Bellaire Girl Scout organizes church costume closet to earn Gold Award

Bellaire, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Riley M. cleaned out and organized her church's costume closest and also cataloged all the costumes in a digital database 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 have a knack for organization and time management and that I enjoy being a leader," said Riley, a junior at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA). "I also learned how rewarding it is to persevere through a project and see it through to its completion."

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 saw a need at my church for more organization in the costume area," said Riley. "I attended HSPVA for costume design and plan to go to college for fashion, so it is an area that I enjoy."

For her project, Riley led a team of volunteers in cleaning out and organizing the costume closet. In the process of the organization, Riley photographed 581 costumes to add create a digital database so church members could view their costume options easier. Riley also built and painted two vanities for the church's actors to use.

"I think Riley learned that even though her project was very time consuming, it was well worth it in the end when she saw the results of her hard work and vision," said Jeannie M., Riley's mother.

Riley has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At HSPVA she is a member of costume design, stage management, costume crew and is a production assistant. Riley was awarded "Best Use of Material" at the Contemporary Arts Museum Fashion Show 2011 – Teen Council. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study fashion and management or fashion merchandising.

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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