Clear Lake Girl Scout makes fleece caps for cancer patients to earn Gold Award

Clear Lake, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Macy L. made fleece caps for cancer patients at Texas Children's Hospital and MD Anderson 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 although the project seemed too much at first, when I just got started it became more and more manageable," said Macy, a junior at Clear Brook High School. "I learned to sew and how to buy and cut fabric. I learned it feels good to help others."

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 help cancer patients in the hospital that maybe didn't have families to visit them and bring needed items to them," said Macy.

For her project, Macy led a team of volunteers in making 100 fleece caps for cancer patients. She found a pattern, collected the supplies and taught her volunteers how to make the caps. Macy then donated half to Texas Children's Hospital and half to MD Anderson.

"Macy learned time management and that everything takes longer than you think, as well as the value of volunteers," said Amori L., Macy's mother. "She also learned big projects are more manageable if you tackle small pieces at a time, but most importantly I think she learned to be a finisher." 

Macy has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Clear Brook High School she is a member of varsity cheerleading, National Honor Society and PALS. Following graduation she plans to attend college but is currently undecided on her major.

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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