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Memorial Girl Scout plants vegetable garden to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Karen S. constructed and planted a vegetable garden at her high school 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 just because something sounds simple does not guarantee that it is," said Karen, a 2012 graduate of St. Agnes Academy. "Building a garden is deceptively difficult."

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 my school's Green Club wanted a garden and was filling to fund the project," said Karen. "I could help out my community and earn my Gold Award at the same time."

For her project, Karen led a team of volunteers in designing, planning, building and planting a vegetable garden on-campus at her school. Karen did her best to utilize scrap wood to build the garden's frame. The garden was constructed over a five-day period.

"Karen learned about the many difficult aspects of project planning, such as laying out tasks ahead of time, discovering dependencies, planning for contingencies if things don’t go perfectly and staffing," said Carol S., Karen's mother. "She now seems more confident and better able to multitask."

Karen was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At St. Agnes Academy she was a member of choir. This fall she is attending college to study geology and graphic arts.

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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