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Katy Girl Scout revamps play house for Kids Unlimited to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (February 2012) - Girl Scout Katie D. refurbished a play house for Kids Unlimited, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping children with cancer, 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 plan ahead and allow enough time to finish my project," said Katie, a 2012 graduate of Taylor 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 wanted to make sure that the kids with cancer could count on having a play area while there were activities going on at the Kids Unlimited ranch," said Katie.

For her project, Katie led a team of volunteers in gathering supplies and refurbishing an existing play house structure. The project took approximately five weeks to complete.

"Katie learned independence, responsibility and appreciation of others," said Tesa D., Katie's mother.

Katie was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Taylor High School she was a captain of the varsity bowling team. Outside of school, she was a third degree black belt in taw kwon do. This fall she is attending Texas A&M at Galveston to study marine biology.

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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