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Missouri City Girl Scout holds day camp for seniors to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Claudia S. held a day camp for seniors at a local assisted living facility 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 to not take anything for granted and that even the smallest things in your mind can be the most important things for someone else," said Claudia, a 2012 graduate of Hightower 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 to give back to seniors who have done so much in the world and in my local community," said Claudia.

For her project, Claudia led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her day camp. Activities included teaching seniors about recycling, playing games, making arts and crafts and enjoying complimentary manicures, massages and more. The day camp was held for three days and 12 seniors attended.

"I have seen Claudia really step forward to take on leadership roles in school, church, Girl Scouts and more," said Londa S., Claudia's mother.

Claudia was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and was a member of the Girl Scout Leadership Institute Girl Planning Board, part of the 52nd National Convention held in Houston last November. At Hightower High School she was a member of marching band, National Honor Society, Photography Club and her school’s African Dance Troupe. This fall she is attending college to study journalism or 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

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