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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts summer camp at Creative Dreams Outreach to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Sugar Land, TX – Girl Scout Melissa V. held a week-long fine arts camp at Creative Dreams Outreach, a nonprofit after school program for teams, 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 I wish to work with people, more specifically teens, when I enter the workforce," said Melissa, a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School. "The teens helped me determine the best way to respect peers and still lead them. I learned about the teens themselves and to persevere in any situation."

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 of Creative Dreams' dedication to promoting the fine arts, working hard and being respectful to themselves, others and the world," said Melissa.

For her project, Melissa planned and carried out a week-long summer camp at Creative Dreams Outreach. She taught art projects to the teens and chose group activities to help highlight the country of Ireland. Approximately 25-30 teens participated in her camp session.

"Melissa searched for a project that was dear to her heart and for an organization that demonstrated good morals and values," said Joyce V., Melissa's mother. "She learned from the teens to persevere and be courageous in the face of adversity. She has become a respectful and thoughtful young woman able to take an idea from inception to completion."

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Melissa has served as a program aide at local summer camps. At Stephen F. Austin High School, she is activities chair of Spanish National Honor Society and a member of marching band and Link Crew. She has also received the Outstanding Psychology AP Student Award for 2011. Following graduation, she hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study human development and family science, psychology and Spanish.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

 

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