Katy Girl Scout hosts music camp to earn Gold Award

Katy, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Melanie P. hosted a music camp where younger girls learned how to read music and performed for friends and family 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 to really take a leadership role and share with young girls the importance of music in their lives," said Melanie, a senior at James E. Taylor High School. "I believe that this event benefitted these girls, and it benefitted me because I was blessed enough to see young kids having fun with music and singing just as I do."

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 of my undeniable love and passion for music," said Melanie. "It is my life, and I am honored to have been able to share my joy in music with young girls. I hope that they, too, can develop a need for music as I have."

For her project, Melanie led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a music camp for girls. During the camp, the girls learned about music notes and their values, learned how to play two songs that were performed for an audience of friends and family and even created their own instruments.

"I really enjoyed watching Melanie take on this event for her Gold Award," said Sherry P., Melanie's mother. "She wants to pursue a career in music, and her love of music and children showed. Her leadership skills have become much stronger."

Melanie has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze Award. At James E. Taylor High School she is a member of choir and has received the Outstanding Performer Award at the state solo and ensemble competition for the past two years. She was also in the All-State Mixed Choir as second chair second soprano. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study vocal performance.

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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