Splendora Girl Scout hosts first aid safety day to earn Gold Award

Splendora, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Chelsie B. planned and hosted a first aid safety day for teens and tweens 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 with every event or program you plan, something will go wrong. When this happens, you have to find a way to solve it or just go with the flow," said Chelsie, a junior home school student.

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 realized the impact I could make on my community by offering this training," said Chelsie.

For her project, Chelsie led volunteers in planning and hosting a first aid safety day. Classes were divided between children under 12 years old and children over 12 years old. Children under 12 were taught basic air, and those over 12 years old learned first aid as well as CPR/AED for infants, children and adults. The one day training certified 34 children in these valuable skills.

"I think Chelsie has a great idea about the responsibility involved with being in charge of the success and failure of the event," said Dona B., Chelsie’s mother. "I was very impressed with her ability to get things she needed."

Chelsie has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has participated in many girl planning boards and the GSSJC sailing program, Mariners. She swims with a year-round US swim team and is also a member of a Boy Scout Venture Crew. Following graduation she hopes to attend college to study pre-medicine.

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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