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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout encourages confidence in young girls to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Rebecca T. held a cheer clinic to encourage confidence in young girls 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 cheering can help me reach out to other girls and be a mentor to them,” says Rebecca, a 2010 graduate of Westbury Christian School. “The girls had a great time and met new friends, and that is the important part.”

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 to cheer, and I wanted to share this passion with other younger girls and be an influence on them,” explains Samantha.

Rebecca taught girls 12-14 cheers, stunts and a dance according to ability in either a beginner’s or advanced group. The clinic lasted seven and a half hours and had 13 participants. At the end of the day, the girls performed what they learned in front of their parents.

“I believe Rebecca learned a lot from her Gold Award project,” says Lori Thompson, Rebecca’s mother. “She learned better organizational skills and that she needs to allow plenty of time for planning big events. Now that she has put on her cheer clinic, she knows how to plan other big events. Ever since her project, I have noticed that she is more organized with her things.”

At Westbury Christian School, Rebecca coached middle school cheerleaders, managed all three boys’ basketball teams and was on the Praise Team. She currently attends Harding University as an international business major.

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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