Cy-Fair Girl Scout hosts vacation Bible school for underprivileged to earn Gold Award

Cy-Fair, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Lauren C. planned and hosted a vacation Bible school for underprivileged children her church's Hope 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 that everyone has a story, and you shouldn't judge someone based on what they have or don't have," said Lauren, a senior at Cypress Ridge High School. "It doesn't take much to make a difference in someone's life, just an open heart, listening ears and a helping hand."

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 have always been involved in vacation Bible schools at my church, so when the Hope Center opened, I thought it would be a good opportunity to plan a VBS."

For her project, Lauren led a team of volunteers in planning and organizing a one-week VBS camp for the children at Hope Center, hoping to give them a safe-haven to come to during the summer. The camp included crafts, snacks, Bible stories and games. Around 60 children attended the camp.

"We are so very proud of Lauren for her hard work and dedication with putting this project together," said Mary C., Lauren's mother. "It required many hours of setting up, gathering supplies and managing volunteers."

Lauren has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Cypress Ridge High School, she is a member of theater and choir. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study either education or nursing.

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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