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Bellaire Girl Scout teaches middle school girls lifesaving skills to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Maya P. held an event for middle school girls focused on teaching lifesaving skills, such as first aid and hurricane safety, 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.

"Although I was teaching the girls that attended my event, I was educating myself on what to do in case of a crisis as well," said Maya, a 2012 graduate of Carnegie Vanguard 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 came up with this idea when I got a bee sting and none of my fellow Girl Scouts knew what to do, including me," said Maya. "I wanted to do this project because I realized that many girls do not know what to do in case of a crisis."

For her project, Maya led a team of volunteers in hosting four booths to teach middle school girls what to do in case of a crisis. Topics included: first aid, deep cuts, broken bones and hurricane safety. Attendees were taught lifesaving skills through presentations and interactive games developed by Maya.

"I was very impressed with Maya's planning and organizational skills when she was preparing for and executing the event," said Cindy P., Maya's mother. "I was proud when I watched her request resources and support from organizations, and I was proud when she spoke to the group of girls at the workshop."

Maya was a member of Girl Scouts for eight years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Carnegie Vanguard High School she was a member of Spirit Team, Green Club, Glee Club and on the prom committee. This fall she is attending the University of Texas at San Antonio to study 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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