Friendswood Girl Scout hosts sports camps to earn Gold Award

Friendswood, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Karen C. hosted a basketball camp and a volleyball camp for junior high girls 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 teaching younger kids was not that easy," said Karen, a senior at Clear Brook High School. "I learned many girls were glad to learn new skills so that they could try out for basketball or volleyball."

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 girls to have an opportunity to learn to love sports," said Karen. "I wanted to give them skills and knowledge to be confident enough to try out in junior high."

For her project, Karen led a team of volunteers in planning and teaching two sports camps for girls in junior high. In addition to perfecting basketball and volleyball skill sets, the campers also learned about proper nutrition and good eating habits.

"Karen is a leader, and she used her skills to run a very successful basketball and volleyball camp," said Marcy C., Karen's mother.

Karen has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Clear Brook High School, she is on the varsity basketball, soccer and cross country teams. She also serves as a Safe School Ambassador and is a member of PALS. Following graduation she plans to attend Texas A&M University to study industrial engineering.

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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