Cypress Girl Scouts improve therapy suite at Carruth Center to earn Gold Award

Cypress, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scouts Megan O. and Erica S. worked to improve an occupational therapy suite at the Carruth Center, an occupational therapy center serving children, 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 my community is filled with very kind and helpful people willing to sacrifice their time to help me make a difference," said Megan, a junior at Cypress Woods High School.

"I learned that I have good conversational skills when I presented my project to the administration, and that I have good leadership skills," said Erica, also a junior at Cypress Woods 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 love working with kids and the Carruth Center needed my attention," said Megan.

"I chose this project because I shadowed the therapists for career hours because I was interested in the field," said Erica. "I found that the Center had a need for improvement and wanted to enhance the children's therapy environment."

For their project, Megan and Erica led volunteers in painting a chalkboard wall, reorganizing and labeling filing cabinets, taping testing lines for evaluations, building a balance beam, wooden testing boxes and stair step, adding mulch to flower beds, sewing mats and more. The girls hosted a series of workshops to complete the work.

"Megan demonstrated her ability to develop, organize and execute a plan and stay committed to it," said Laura O., Megan's mother. "She has grown into a hardworking, determined and dedicated young lady."

"Erica learned important leadership, time-management, communication and organizational skills when working on her project," said Tina S., Erica's mother. "These are all skills that will impact her high school, college and job activities."

Megan has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cypress Woods High School she is a member of drill team, Interact Club and Drama Club as well as National Charity League. Following graduation she hopes to attend Texas Christian University.

Erica has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cypress Woods High School she is a member of swimming, water polo, Interact Club, Proclaim the Name Club and the Forensic Science Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study neuroscience.

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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