Sugar Land Girl Scout improves local summer enrichment program to earn Gold Award
Sugar Land, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scout Jenni B. hosted a three-week arts and crafts camp for low income students attended the summer enrichment program at Ascension Chinese Mission 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 how to be more patient towards students and the people who helped me during my project," said Jenni, a 2011 graduate of Westbury Christian School. "I also learned how to listen to other people's opinions and ideas and how to accept the different artwork and creativity skills of students by seeing how all their work was beautiful in every single way."
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 improve the summer enrichment program by introducing students to several types of art," said Jenni. "I wanted students to be exposed to new experiences during the summer so they could be creatively and academically active."
For her project, Jenni planned and taught classes to teach the children decoupage, stamp making and origami among other activities. Students attended the classes for 2-3 hours each week day over a three-week period.
"Jenni learned to be more patient when working with children," said Nam P., Jenni's mother. "She build a close relationship with them, and they loved to be around her. Jenni has also learned more about teaching and leadership skills and has more confidence in herself."
Jenni was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Westbury Christian School she was a member of volleyball, tennis, swimming, chorus, National Honor Society and Science Olympiad. She is currently attending the University of St. Thomas studying education.
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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