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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout throws party for child burn victims to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (April 4, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Hayley B. organized a fourth of July party for the child burn victims at Shriner’s Hospital to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned how to better my communication with people,” says Hayley, a senior at Bellaire High School. “I learned that seeing people smile and learn was very rewarding. I learned not to procrastinate and to be more organized to meet deadlines.

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 so that others would have an opportunity to learn about different health careers and maybe be able to narrow down a college major, while making connections to their field of interest,” explains Hayley.

For the party, Hayley set up a July 4 Bingo game, a bean bag toss, food, crafts and face painting. Hayley also invited the members of the Health Occupations Students of America to volunteer at the party to teach students what it meant to be a child life specialist.

“We learned how very capable she is,” says Robert and Charlene Burgess, Hayley’s parents. “She really took control of the plans for both the club and the event at Shriner’s Hospital. We see her pride in recognizing what she has accomplished. We think it has given her more confidence.

As an active member of Girl Scouts since 1999, Hayley has also earned her Silver Award. At Bellaire High School, Hayley is president of HOSA, a member of the Step Up Club and a volleyball player. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M University to study psychology.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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