Cypress Girl Scout works with Reach Unlimited to earn Gold Award

Cypress, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Lindsey H. renovated the sports and music rooms at Reach Unlimited, a nonprofit providing quality support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 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 I need patience in everything I do," said Lindsey, a senior at Cy-Fair High School. "I thought the project would have been completed sooner, but we could only paint on the weekends. I have learned to be patient because if you want things to look great, you might have to spend more time on it."

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 have been involved in sports and I thought this project would be a great fit for me," said Lindsey. "I also loved being around the clients."

For her project, Lindsey led a team of volunteers in repainting the walls in the sports and music rooms. She designed both rooms to include sport and music designs. Lindsey also led volunteers in making instruments for the music room. At the end of the work phase, Lindsey organized and held a field day for Reach Unlimited clients. Approximately 150 clients at Reach Unlimited have benefitted from her work.

"Lindsey grew so much in her responsibility, organizational skills and leadership by completing this project," said Barbara H., Lindsey's mother. "She walked away with a rewarding and satisfying experience because she gave back and helped others."

Lindsey has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cy-Fair High School she is a member of the varsity girls' golf team. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study business.

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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