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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout walks on the wild side, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Virginia G. held a zoo-themed craft camp over the summer at the Holcombe Ronald McDonald House 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.

“Along with developing my organization and leadership skills, I learned a lot about how families deal with sick children,” says Virginia, a senior at Memorial High School. “It was amazing how happy and positive they were.”

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 love kids, so I wanted to do something working with children,” explains Virginia as to why she chose the project. “I also have done several other projects with Ronald McDonald House and was excited to work with them again.”

Virginia’s craft camp took place daily over a period of two weeks. Each camp day was two hours long and included three unique crafts. At the conclusion of the camp, the Zoo Mobile from the Houston Zoo visited her campers, bringing live animals for the children to learn about and even touch.

“Virginia has always been a giving person, but this project was so special for her,” says Elizabeth G., Virginia’s mother. “I saw her working with and relating to those children. She was a blessing to them and they were a blessing to her.”

At Memorial High School, Virginia is a member of National Honor Society and National Charity League. At her church, she is in the youth choir and is vice president of the mission development team. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M or Stanford to study 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 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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