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Pearland Girl Scout teaches children world cultures to earn Gold Award

December 2011


Pearland, TX - Girl Scout Danielle B. conducted a two-week "Around the World" culture camp for children at St. Paul's United Methodist Church 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 many things about the different countries I presented," said Danielle, a 2012 graduate of St. Agnes Academy. "I also learned about the incredible commitment and dedication required in organizing an event for children."

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 working with kids and have greatly enjoyed my international travels with my family," said Danielle. "I wanted to share this love of travel with kids who may never be able to experience it."

For her project, Danielle led a team of volunteers in developing and hosting a two-week camp for children in the Rutabaga Program at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She introduced her campers to culture, food, geography, language, music, currency and typical activities children in 10 different countries enjoy. More than 20 children attended the camp daily.

"Danielle learned how to effectively manage her volunteers and her time while working on her project," said Kathy B., Danielle's mother. "She enthusiastically maintained the attention of the children throughout the camp and everyone, kids and volunteers alike, had a great time."

Danielle was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. She also served on several girl planning boards for service unit events. At St. Agnes Academy, she was a member of field hockey, Campus Ministry Team, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, mixed chorus and Performance Workshop. She also volunteered with SIRE, a therapeutic riding program at Sienna Stables. This fall she will attend college to pursue a degree in animal science with hopes of becoming an equine veterinarian.

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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