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Local Girl Scout Works with Hundreds of Children While Earning Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Girl Scout Melissa Z. has completed all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

Melissa hosted two holiday craft parties for hundreds of children in her area. She created a different theme for each one. One party was called "Santa’s Ranch" and had a Texas theme. The kids made Texas themed gift bags, bluebonnet flowerpot minis and a cowboy snowman placemat.

The other party was called "A Soldier’s Christmas." The children made holiday cards for the troops abroad and sewed mitten and angel ornaments. "There were 300 children at the first party and 200 children at the second,” said Melissa. “We sang Christmas carols at the end."

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.

Melissa gained valuable skills through working on this community service project. “I learned that talking to adults wasn’t that hard,” she said. “I also learned how to better manage my time and increase my organizational skills.”

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.

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

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