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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds concert for orphans to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Jan. 12, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Detria T. organized a concert for teens living at The DePelchin House, a local orphanage, 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.

“The main thing I learned was how to manage people, timeliness and situations,” says Detria, a senior at School of the Woods. “I also learned how to approach people about donating their time and services.”

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 it was unique to the Girl Scout community,” explains Detria. “I also chose it because I wanted to give the teenagers a day to just be teenagers, enjoy live music and just have a good time.”

For the concert, Detria recruited four local bands, set up the show schedule, organized volunteers and found a local business to donate food, Five Guys Burgers and Fries. By the day of the concert, she had enough food for 70 people and 35 attendees. The entire event lasted six hours.

“Detria matured with more confidence and drive to take on challenges,” says Oscar Turner, Detria’s father. “She was told in the beginning that her idea was too difficult. I encouraged her to look beyond the negativity. I knew she could do what she set her mind to.

As an active member of Girl Scouts since third grade, Detria’s accomplishments include serving on planning boards, earning her Silver Award and participating in cookie and Fall Product sales. At School of the Woods, she was involved in track and yearbook. Following graduation, she plans to major in aeronautical engineering and get her doctorate’s 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

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