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Spring Girl Scout constructs benches at Brazos Bend State Park to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Spring, TX - Girl Scout Stacy S. constructed four benches for a trail at Brazos Bend State Park 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 self-determination and to believe in myself even through adversity because when I set my mind to it, I know I can do it," said Stacy, a 2011 graduate of Klein Collins 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 projects that not only benefit people but also benefit the environment," said Stacy.

For her project, Stacy led a lead of volunteers in collecting supplies, building and installing four park benches along the Pilant Slough Trail at Brazos Bend State Park. The project took approximately one month to complete.

"Stacy learned a lot about working with red tape and about timelines and deadlines," said Judy S., Stacy's mother. "She handles most of her decisions now with very little assistance. She is more comfortable handling situations with adults."

Stacy was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and sang in the Council's Take Note Choir. At Klein Collins High School she was a member of National Honor Society and choir. She currently attends the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she is studying business management.

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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