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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout hand-makes layettes, earns Gold Award

KATY, Texas (April 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Rachel C. compiled layettes, a collection of hand-made clothing for babies, for the Pregnancy Help 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 operate well under stress and have great organizational skills,” says Rachel, a senior 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 this project because the Pregnancy Help Center does a lot for the community, but it does not receive enough aid,” explains Rachel.

Over a six-month period, Rachel led over 30 volunteers in hand-sewing baby clothing. Items sewn ranged from bibs and hats to blankets and bags. Rachel donated 25 layettes, each with seven hand-made items plus diapers.

“Rachel learned to recognize the skills and strengths of her volunteers,” says Cynthia C., Rachel’s mother. “She quickly adapted tasks to fit the daily changing skill sets of her volunteers.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Rachel is a Program Aide. At Seven Lakes High School she is a member of theater, National Honor Society and Spartans Out Serving. She is also a National Merit commended student. Following graduation, Rachel plans to attend college to study English and history.

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

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