Vidor Girl Scout hosts Easter egg hunt, dance to earn Gold Award

Vidor, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Stephani D. held an Easter egg hunt in 2011 and held a dance for individuals with special needs 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 had fun," said Stephanie, a senior at Vidor 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 wanted to have something for kids and people with special needs to do," said Stephani.

For her project, Stephani held a community-wide Easter egg hunt where she hid 2,000 eggs and created five crafts for children to enjoy. She also held a dance for individuals with special needs. The event included games and crafts as well as door prizes. Forty children attended her Easter egg hunt and 20 people attended her dance.

"Stephani had a great time working on her events," said Lori D., Stephani's mother. "I think it helped her to have something to look forward to while being sick. She has always wanted to do things for others and with this project she succeeded."

Stephani has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Vidor High School she is a member of the swim team, color guard and the Special Olympics swim and bowling teams.

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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