Cy-Fair Girl Scout works with area pet shelter to earn Gold Award
Cy-Fair – Girl Scout Erica B. helped increase awareness of Special Pals Animal Adoption Center, in particular their rabbit adoption program, in her community 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 although I am shy, I am good at organizing," said Erica, a junior at Cypress Falls High School. "I improved my communication skills by interacting with my community, and I learned that when I show enthusiasm for my project, others are willing to help me."
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 enjoy working with animals and hope to study veterinary medicine," said Erica. "The animal shelter needed assistance adopting out rabbits, and since few people come looking for rabbits, I wanted to bring their story to the community in hopes of increasing adoption chances."
For her project, Erica led a team of volunteers in creating informative picture storyboards about the rabbits needing to be adopted. They visited local pet stores and shared the adoption opportunity as well as information about Special Pals with customers. Erica chose to support the rabbit adoption program as the rabbits were acquired by Special Pals following a fatal home fire in the area and were in need of good homes. In addition, Erica built cat condominiums for a charity event benefitting the shelter.
"Erica learned a lot about time management and really seemed to improve her ability to approach others for help and community effectively," says Denise B., Erica’s mother. "Erica put a lot of effort into completing this project. She seems much more confident."
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Erica has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cypress Falls High School, she is a member of marching and concert bands, PALS and Animal Club. Following graduation in 2012, she hopes to attend Texas A&M to study veterinary science.
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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