Girl Scout works with refugees at Interfaith Ministries to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Sarah G. created presentations on hygiene and collected hygiene items for refugees at Interfaith Ministries 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 about time management and organization," said Sarah, junior at Bellaire High School.

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 make the refugees transitions to the United States easier and more successful," said Sarah.

For her project, Sarah led a team of volunteers in collecting more than 100 toiletry items for Interfaith Ministries and developed a presentation on hygiene to present to refugees at the ministry.

"Sarah learned about the wide variety of community needs and the organizations in Houston that help to meet those needs," said Dinah G., Sarah's mother. "She realized how complex our health care system is and how people from other cultures might struggle to understand our system. She developed strong organizational skills as well."

Sarah has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Bellaire High School she is a member of choir, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.

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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