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Local Girl Scout teaches foster care children lacrosse to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (February 2012) - Girl Scout Taffeta B. taught the basics of lacrosse to a group of foster 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 had to reschedule my workshop twice, so I learned to persevere which was a good lesson to learn," said Taffeta, a 2012 graduate of Houston Christian 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 when I was younger, I did not know of the sport lacrosse until I was exposed to it in high school," said Taffeta. "I would not want anyone else to go without knowing such an awesome sport."

For her project, Taffeta led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a skills workshop to learn lacrosse. The children learned stick skills and fundamental moves in the sport.

"Taffeta has grown and matured as a leader," said Cathy B., Taffeta's mother. "Through the Gold Award process, she has learned that deadlines and commitments are important. She has also learned that others rely on you as a leader to follow through on all your promises and timelines. We are extremely proud of her."

Taffeta was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Houston Christian High School, she was a captain of the field hockey and lacrosse team and president of the school band. This fall she is attending Texas A&M University to study petroleum engineering.

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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