Lake Jackson Girl Scout delivers meals to senior citizens to earn Gold Award
Lake Jackson, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scout Brittney R. prepared and delivered meals to senior citizens in her community 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 acquired patience after working with, or for, senior citizens," said Brittney, a junior at Brazoswood High School. "I also learned that I don't have to do something huge to make a difference. After completing my project, I've found that I have much better time management skills as well as better listening skills."
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 cooking is something I really enjoy, and I felt like I could use that hobby to serve God and make forgotten people feel loved," said Brittney.
For her project, Brittney led a team of volunteers in identifying residents in her area that had health problems preventing them from easily leaving home or preparing their own meals. Brittney and her volunteers then prepared meals on a weekly basis for the residents and delivered them over a six month period. Several meal recipients invited Brittney to join them for the meal, and she had the chance to also build relationships with people in her community.
"I think Brittney learned to be more aware of elderly people and how to communicate better with them," said Kim R., Brittney's mother.
Brittney has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Brazoswood High School she is a member of National Honor Society and German National Honor Society. Following graduation she hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study either nursing or nutrition.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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