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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout holds summer twilight camp to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Shelby Y. held a twilight camp for youth and their parents 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 to think things through and weigh out pros and cons,” says Shelby, a 2010 graduate of Jersey Village 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 for the kids in our community to have a great time and learn some lessons on how to make right choices in their life,” explains Shelby.

During the twilight camp, Shelby led volunteers in teaching children important life skills while playing games and other activities. She encouraged parents of the children to volunteer in the community.

“Shelby learned the benefit of setting a long-term goal and achieving it,” says Don Y., Shelby’s father. “She learned how to persevere and finish what you’ve started even if it’s hard or you don’t always feel like it.”

At Jersey Village High School, Shelby was a member of swim team, water polo and student council. She is currently attending Blinn College and plans to transfer to Texas A&M University to pursue a teaching degree.

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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