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Crystal Simmons

Girl Scout holds Bible studies to earn Gold Award

CYPRESS, Texas (May 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Hillary C. led a weekly youth Bible study class 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.

“There are so many high schoolers who want to seek the lord, but don’t know where to start,” says Hillary, a senior at Jersey Village High School. “Also, if you’re passionate about making a difference, it’s easier and more fulfilling to start it than wait until someone else comes along and decides to do something.”

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 am very active in my church and passionate about youth getting involved in Bible study,” explains Hillary.

To prepare for the classes, Hillary made her students study packets for all the books of the Bible. In class, she either chose a book of the bible to go over in detail using the packets or encouraged her class to choose a book for group discussion. Hillary has been teaching her one-hour class every Thursday since August 2010 and has had up to 20 students.

“Hillary has always had such a big heart,” says Ralph and Phyllis Camp, Hillary’s parents. “She has always tried to help others whether at nursing homes, animal shelters, delivering meals for Meal on Wheels or working at Habitat for Humanity building homes. She has always helped others with physical needs, and with this project, she helped with spiritual needs as well.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Hillary has won her Silver and Bronze Awards and has participated in many volunteer projects. At Jersey Village High School, Hillary is involved in the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society and volleyball. She has also won many academic awards. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Texas to study nursing and do mission work as a physician’s assistant.

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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