Sugar Land Girl Scout holds fitness camp for kids to earn Gold Award

Sugar Land, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Stephanie S. hosted a fitness camp for kids called "Fit for Life" 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 enjoy working with little kids and that I can do much more to help my community," said Stephanie, a junior at Kempner 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 noticed a lot of young, obese children in my community," said Stephanie.

For her project, Stephanie led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a fitness camp that encouraged young children to become active and stay active to help fight obesity. The all-day camp was held at the Alief YMCA.

"Stephanie learned more about being responsible, helping educate youth on the importance of eating healthy, exercising and just loving yourself every day," said Geneva S., Stephanie's mother.

Stephanie has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Kempner High School, she is a member of basketball, track and softball. Following graduation she hopes to attend college at Louisiana State University to study nursing.

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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