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Amber Childres

Girl Scout creates walking rosary to earn Gold Award

LEAGUE CITY, Texas (Nov. 12, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Hilary K. created an outdoor walking rosary for the Christian Renewal Center 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 won’t let rough times in life stop me from doing something that I really want to accomplish,” says Hilary, a recent graduate of Clear 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 wanted to give the Christian Renewal Center a new form of prayer that the staff and visitors could use to pray with,” explains Hilary.

To create the walking rosary, Hilary and volunteers created a stone path shaped like a rosary that was lined with cement stones to represent rosary beads. Hilary also created a pamphlet explaining how the walking rosary works. A large cross was built to store the pamphlets for visitors.

“Hilary constantly impressed me with her perseverance and dedication,” says Theresa K., Hilary’s mother. “I know very few adults who show the same level of drive and determination she modeled.”

At Clear Creek High School, Hilary was a member of band and National Honor Society. She is currently attending the University of Texas in Austin studying biology.

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