Bellaire Girl Scout plants garden at Destiny Village to earn Gold Award

Bellaire, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Kirkland S. planted and maintained a garden at Destiny Village, a facility created by WOMAN, Inc. providing women with affordable housing in Pasadena, Texas, to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned that I have strong leadership skills," said Kirkland, a junior at Bellaire High School. "This was shown in my ability to motivate my volunteers and keep them on task."

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 in order to change the environment of the grounds of Destiny Village," said Kirkland. "I chose to do this by creating an easy-to-maintain garden that residents could be proud of."

For her project, Kirkland led her team of volunteers in acquiring supplies for the garden and planting it. They then visited the site on a regular basis to maintain the garden and teach residents how to do the same.

"Kirkland learned a small beautification project can have a positive impact on self-esteem," said Kelli S., Kirkland's mother.

Kirkland has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and participates in the sailing program, Mariners. At Bellaire High School she is a member of golf, volleyball, National Honor Society, Bellaire International Student Association, Quidditch Club and Photography Club. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study either engineering or architecture.

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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