Humble Girl Scout hosts week-long day camp to earn Gold Award

Humble, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Rachel P. hosted a week-long day camp at her synagogue for area children and shared her activities at a local women's shelter to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned patience and how fun it is to help others," said Rachel, a senior at Kingwood High School. "I learned about strength and perseverance from women at the shelter."

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 really feel it is important to get people involved in the community," said Rachel. "This was a way for me to include kids to give them a sense of pride in who they are and to create ties that will last forever."

For her project, Marisa led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting the day camp. Campers enjoy activities such as games, crafts and learned about Shabbat. She then visited an area women's shelter with her volunteers and shared the activities there as well.

"Rachel is very caring and a great leader," said Susan P., Rachel's mother. "She has become an event better leader since the Gold Award. We are very proud of her."

Rachel has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and enjoys participating in the Council's backpacking program. At Kingwood High School she is a member of cross country, National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study occupational therapy.

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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