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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout knits her way to gold

MEMORIAL, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Barbara Nash taught knitting and donated hats and scarves to Foot Washing Ministry to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that I could lead both students and adults, whether I was training them or conducting a class with several students competing for my attention,” says Barbara, a recent graduate of Duchesne Academy.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“One day I brought my knitting to school. Many of my classmates asked me to teach them how to knit,” explains Barbara as to why she chose the project. “During this time, my church asked its members to donate supplies to the Foot Washing Ministry. It was the ministry that gave me the idea for getting my fellow students to knit and sew hats and scarves to donate.”

Over 30 people attended Barbara’s knitting sessions. During a three-month period, she held sessions after school and was able to donate over 60 hand-made items to Foot Washing Ministry.

“Barbara learned that with planning, good help and being consistent, she was able to make a difference in the lives of others,” says Harriet Nash, Barbara’s mother. “She is definitely more confident and more likely to take charge, if the situation so requires.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Barbara was a program aide and member of Senior Senate. At Duchesne Academy, she participated in Robotics Club, Shakespeare Club, Harry Potter Club, Youth Serving Community Club, golf and the school’s literary magazine. Barbara is currently attending Carnegie Mellon University studying mechanical engineering.

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. 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 72,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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