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Girl Scout teaches swim lessons to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Houston – Girl Scout Reagan R. organized and taught swimming lessons for children ages 5-12 at her local community center 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 how to teach swim lessons to children, how to deal with adults and how to organize teenagers," said Reagan, a senior at Bellaire High School.

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’ve swam all my life and I am a lifeguard," said Reagan.

Sixty children attended the swim lessons, and Reagan led volunteers in teaching the children based on their skill level. The lessons were held during the summer over a period of two weeks with each lesson for the six groups lasting roughly 45 minutes.

"Reagan has always had a tremendous ability to organize and prioritize," said Kim R., Reagan’s mother. "The Gold Award project really played to her strengths and pulled them all together."

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Reagan is a member of the Girl Scout Leadership Institute. At Bellaire High School, she is a member of varsity swim team, Bellaire Best Buddies, is president of the Qudditch Club, secretary of the Cardinal Class of 2012, and vice president of the Fit for Life Club. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a master'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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit


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