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Local Girl Scout Earns Gold Award by Giving Lessons in Hurricane Preparedness
Girl Scout Kimberly M. was so affected by the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes that she decided to teach community citizens how to prepare for the fear and panic that accompanies the high winds and relentless rains. Her strong conviction regarding hurricane preparedness led her to earning the Girl Scout’s highest honor, the Gold Award.
“After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, I wanted to do my part to help,” said Kimberly. “I figured I would do that by informing as many people as possible about how to prepare for hurricanes.”
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 the community.
Kimberly conducted a series of workshops to discuss tips and information that are vital to survival when preparing for a hurricane. She also passed out information at community locations in the neighborhood.
The Gold Award allows the girl learn through her community service project on many levels. Kimberly learned that she really didn’t mind the hard work it took to accomplish the requirements to receive her Gold Award. “I genuinely enjoy helping others,” said Kimberly. “It was an amazing feeling.”
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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.
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