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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout teaches water safety, earns Gold Award

KATY, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Briana D. held a water safety workshops for her community 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 have the ability to lean and train my peers on water safety,” says Briana, a junior at Seven Lakes 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 to do a water safety day because it is a topic that is not discussed even though it is a leading factor in adolescent deaths,” explains Briana.

Briana led 20 volunteers in a day of activities focusing on sun safety, beach and boat safety, pool safety, how to use safety equipment and water games. More than 30 kids attended the workshop.

As a Girl Scout, Briana is involved in Senior Senate. At Seven Lakes High School, she is a member of orchestra, varsity swimming and has received numerous swimming awards. Following graduation, Briana plans to attend college to study dentistry.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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