Girl Scout creates buddy program for seniors to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON (August 6, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Shannon M. led volunteers in planned visits at a local retirement 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.
“My Gold Award project provided me with several learning experiences,” says Shannon, a recent graduate of Stratford High School. “I learned the one hour that was spent with each resident made a tremendous difference by livening their spirits and bringing smiles to their faces.”
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 my friend’s grandfather was in a nursing home and when I visited him, I saw how many residents did not have any visitors,” explains Shannon.
For her project, Shannon recruited volunteers who met with residents weekly for 90 minutes over a six month period. Volunteers engaged in conversations with the residents, as well as enjoyed playing games and spending time together.
“I have seen Shannon grow and mature during the entire project,” says Bill McP., Shannon’s father. “Her love to help other people has really shown through.”
As a member of Girl Scouts, Shannon participated in Mariners, the GSSJC sailing program. At Stratford High School she was a member of symphonic orchestra, theater, National Honor Society and Link crew, a mentoring program for freshman. This fall she will attend the University of Tennessee to study 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 www.gssjc.org.
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