Girl Scout promotes healthy living, earns Gold Award
CY FAIR, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Nikole Cocker taught children at Boys and Girls Country about healthy lifestyles through sports 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 like to work with kids and share what I know so others can enjoy and benefit from it,” says Nikole, a recent graduate of Langham Creek High School.
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.
“I chose this project because I know how important it is to be in good health and exercise,” explains Nikole. “I have always been active, and if people only knew how much fun sports offers, maybe the world would be healthier.”
Nikole taught the importance of a good diet, sports safety, teamwork and good sportsmanship through soccer. She also collected donations for Boys and Girls Country.
“Nikole has shown great leadership and proved she is able to set goals and carry out a plan,” says Wanda Cocker, Nikole’s mother.
As a member of Girl Scouts, Nikole participated in GSSJCs sailing and horse programs and traveled to Pax Lodge, a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Center, and to Switzerland. At Langham Creek, Nikole participated in soccer, PALS, Junior Christians Club and Young Women’s Club. She is currently attending East Texas Baptist University studying kinesiology and athletic training.
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