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Local Girl Scouts Makes Memories to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
In many families today, both parents work outside the home, making it difficult for them to find quality time with their children. Local Girl Scout Irmalinda F. found an exciting way to help parents bond with their children while completing all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
“I know there are a lot of parents out there who miss out on seeing their children grow up because they have to work,” said Irmalinda F.
Irmalinda F. created a program to bring families served by the Salvation Army together by capturing their memories in a scrapbook. First, she taught the participating children how to make the pages of their scrapbooks in an art class. Then she took them on field trips and hosted parties. Irmalinda F. took pictures of them interacting in art class and having fun at the other events. Finally, she held a parents night where the kids and their parents could spend quality time together as the children proudly displayed their scrapbooks.
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.
Irmalinda F., a junior at Yes Prep School, spent six weeks working with the participants to create the scrapbook and capture memories. More than 65 children ages five and six attended and 11 volunteers helped Irmalinda F. “Nothing is ever easy,” said Irmalinda F. “But, if you work hard, you can do it.”
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 more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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