Fort Bend Girl Scout works with SAFE to earn Gold Award

Richmond, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Rachel H. made and donated stuffed animal turtles for Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE) 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.

"My project helped me to see more good in the community," said Rachel, a 2011 graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School. "It really brings out the true colors of the community when you ask for help in order 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 was at a troop meeting at which we were planning out our next Interest Project, and I saw the 'Tally and Tripp' picture on the back of what our troop was planning," said Rachel. "It nagged me and while I was exploring Gold Award project ideas."

For her project, Rachel led a team of volunteers in creating stuffed turtles. Volunteers came from her community, a local quilting club and even Build-A-Bear employees. Through the project, Rachel was able to donate 71 stuffed turtles to SAFE that will be distributed to children who are caught in traumatic, emotional or transitional situations.

"Rachel's Gold Award really helped her realize that she can do anything she wants to do," said Debbie H., Rachel's mother. "She completed her award days before leaving for college, and her feeling of accomplishment radiated from her as she encountered her new surroundings."

Rachel was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Lamar Consolidated High School she was a member of National Honor Society, Tri-M National Honor Society, choir and was president of the choir board from 2010-2011. She is currently attending Texas A&M University at Galveston studying maritime administration.

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

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