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To Be or Not To Be – Clean and Organized?
Local Girl Scout Earns the Gold Award

As an active drama student, Girl Scout Kelly L. had seen the stage from both sides. However, she found the props and stage inventory at her high school so disorganized that Shakespeare himself would cry out in despair.

"When I started working with the drama department, I saw how disorganized everything was," said Kelly. "Everything from the props to the dressing rooms needed to be organized to keep the productions flowing." Kelly spent more than 50 hours to satisfy the requirements to receive the Gold Award, which is the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement. "With the help of volunteers I did an inventory of all drama department items," she said. "We also cleaned and organized the backstage area which helped a lot."

It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to Girl Scouts and/or the community.

As Kelly prepares for college, her accomplishment as a Gold Award recipient will serve her well. She now recognizes the value of her leadership and organization skills. "When I first started this project, I was hesitant to ask for the help of volunteers. Once I overcame my insecurities, I realized that I am an excellent leader," said Kelly. "It takes a good leader to recruit and motivate volunteers," she added.

Currently, Kelly attends St. Agnes Academy. Upon high school graduation in 2008, Kelly plans to attend college majoring in math, science or engineering.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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