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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout improves conditions at riding barn to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Leslie W. improved the local horse barn she rides at 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 persistence is a good life skill to have and that time is a very valuable thing in life,” says Leslie, a 2010 graduate of Houston Christian High School. “It also taught me better time management, which is a key skill to have.”

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 I love working with animals and especially horses,” explains Leslie. “I noticed my barn I rode at needed some repairs to benefit the horses and the riders, so I decided it would be a good idea.”

Leslie led volunteers in clearing branches from the wooded riding trails, thoroughly cleaned the horses feeding area, swept down the stalls and power-washed fencing for repainting. Leslie spent several Saturdays during a three month period working on her repairs.

“Leslie learned to coordinate and plan ahead,” says Esther W., Leslie’s mother. “She also came to understand the importance of teamwork, which helped build her leadership capacity.”

As a Girl Scout, Leslie was a member of SPURS and intends to continue in Girl Scouting as an adult volunteer. At Houston Christian High School, she was a member of cross country, track, choir and the school’s Water for Life program. She is currently attending Texas A&M University at Galveston to study marine biology.

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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