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Missouri City Girl Scout hosts kids exercise clinic to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Symira M. held an exercise clinic for children 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 that no matter how young or old you may be, everyone deserves to live a long, healthy life," said Symira, a senior at Dulles High School this fall. 

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 wanted to get young kids out of the house, off their cell phones and away from video games and show them other fun and exciting things to do while staying healthy and physically fit," said Symira.

For her project, Symira led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting clinic called "Move ya Body!" that focused on teaching children the importance of having an exercise schedule and staying active. She also shared with them the dangers of common health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and more. Thirty-five children attended her clinic.

"Symira learned how to eat a healthy and balanced diet," said Pamela M., Symira's mother. "She has started the whole family on a balanced diet with lots of exercise. I've lost 45 pounds as a result and her father has lost 20 pounds. We have definitely noticed a change in her attitude towards her health."

Symira has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Dulles High School she is a member of cheerleading, student council and DECA. Following graduation she hopes to attend Louisiana State University to study business management.

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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