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Amber Childres

Girl Scout refurbishes running trail to earn Gold Award

CYPRESS, Texas (Nov. 12, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Amanda N. refurbished her high school’s running trail 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 had the inner strength and determination to complete my vision,” says Amanda, a recent graduate of Cypress Woods High School. “Even though this project was much harder than I anticipated, I ended up having the determination to finish what I set out to do.”

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 wanted to make my high school’s long-distance running trail a safer and more enjoyable place to exercise,” explains Amanda as to why she chose the project. “I also wanted to give future students the resources I didn’t have when I attended Cypress Woods.”

Amanda’s project included filling a four-foot deep sink hole, placing reflectors around other dangerous terrain, posting reflective tape on bridge guard railings, clearing limbs and brush, and collecting over 420 gallons of trash. The project took 14 days over the course of the summer to complete.

“I think Amanda learned that it is up to you to make things better for yourself and others,” says John N., Amanda’s father. “After a fellow student was hurt, she decided to do something about improving the trail and making it safer for future athletes.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Amanda also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards, participating in backpacking, worked as a CIT at resident camp and served on girl planning boards. At Cypress Woods, she was a member of the cross-country and track teams, National Honor Society, Senior Women and Environmental Club. She is currently attending the University of Texas in San Antonio studying fine arts and political science.

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 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit