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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout entertains rehabilitation residents to earn Gold Award

BROOKSHIRE, Texas (Jan. 28, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Scarlett G. provided entertainment to the residents of The West Oaks Rehabilitation home 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 manage my time wisely,” says Scarlett, a 2010 graduate of Royal High School. “I was involved with school, extra-curricular activities, work, home and the Gold Award. It was a bit stressing, but I learned to smoothly arrange a good schedule for all these events, inside and outside the Gold Award.”

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 the moment I stepped in the resident’s home and checked out the calendar, I sat and thought, ‘The residents need more activities, more involvement, more fun!’” explains Scarlett. “It was a very nice way to help them get out and relieve themselves from the daily routine.”

While visiting the residents, Scarlett and her volunteers arranged activities such as bingo, gardening and crafts for up to 20 residents. The visits lasted two to four hours every Saturday for nine months

“Scarlett and Shayda did a great job organizing themselves to accomplish their goal,” says Amanda Gutierrez, Scarlett’s mother. “I saw them in every meeting working hard to plan out every event. They really learned to keep good communication between each other as well as to keep an arranged schedule. I am very proud of them both.

At Royal High School, Scarlett was involved in FFA and won the Grand Champion Showmanship belt buckle. She is currently attending Sam Houston State University as a pre-veterinarian student.

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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