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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout gets crafty at Texas Children’s Hospital, earns Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (April 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Courtney F. led volunteers in making craft kits for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital 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 helping in your community can greatly benefit others,” says Courtney, a senior at Clements 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 work with Texas Children’s Hospital because I love kids, and I knew that there was an opportunity for me to help them,” explains Courtney.

Courtney led volunteers in creating eight unique craft kits. Twenty five kits of each craft were made and donated to the hospital. In addition, Courtney also held a book drive and collected over 150 books for the hospital.

“Courtney learned the importance of being involved in your community and experienced the positive feelings one receives from helping others,” says Robert F., Courtney’s father. “She has matured and gained leadership skills as well as interpersonal skills.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Courtney has also earned her Silver Award and is a Program Aide. At Clements High School, she is a member of varsity swim team, National Honor Society and has received the Academic Excellence Award. Following graduation she plans to attend Baylor University to study nursing.

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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