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Bellaire Girl Scout creates exhibit, activities at Nature Discovery Center to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Charlotte C. created an exhibit on backyard animals for the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire 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 how to coordinate volunteers and how to take charge of a situation," said Charlotte, a 2012 graduate of Bellaire 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 chose this project because I attended summer camp at the Nature Discovery Center when I was little and am now a counselor so I am very attached to the Center," said Charlotte. "I wanted to give something back to the community that is benefitted by what the Nature Discovery Center is doing."

For her project, Charlotte led a team of volunteers in creating an exhibit on backyard animals as well as activities for young children to enjoy, such as animal memory games, insect lifecycle activities and a concentration chart. 

"Charlotte learned great leadership skills through working on the Gold Award," said Wooty S., Charlotte's mother. "She learned to take charge, initiate action to solve a problem, how to communicate frequently and effectively and how to not wait until the last minute to finish a project."

Charlotte was a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Bellaire High School she was a member of theater, dance, Culinary Club and spent time doing volunteer work. This fall she plans to attend college to study history.

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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