Nacogdoches Girl Scout hosts fire safety course to earn Gold Award

Nacogdoches, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Brandi C. recently hosted a fire safety course for area families 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 how much actual planning goes into an event, and it makes me appreciate the people who put them together," said Brandi, a senior at Nacogdoches 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 fire safety is so important and is often overlooked," said Brandi.

For her project, Brandi led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting the fire safety course for Nacogdoches-area families. She recruited a local fire fighter to attend the event and share tips with attendees.

"Brandi learned how much planning and responsibility goes into such a project," said Melba C., Brandi’s mother. "She also learned that she can do anything she sets her mind to. She is more confident."

Brandi has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study social work.

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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