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Champions-area Girl Scout betters local YMCA facilities to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Laura C. cleared and cleaned up trails at the Cypress Creek YMCA and renovated the archery and BB gun ranges 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 it is very hard to stick to ‘plan A’ and a concrete schedule,” said Laura, a 2012 graduate of Klein High School. “However, it made me learn more time management skills and how to be flexible.”

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 of my love of running and to encourage others to stay active,” said Laura.

For her project, Laura led a team of volunteers in clearing underbrush, picking up trash and adding mile markers on running trails at the Cypress Creek YMCA. Once the trail project was complete, Laura also renovated the archery and BB gun ranges to make them more appealing and inviting to YMCA members.

“Organization is what Laura learned from working on her Gold Award,” said Dawn C., Laura’s mother. “She led adult volunteers from task to task, sharing and implementing her vision. She learned that organizing an event is multi-faceted.”

Laura was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and was active in Mariners, GSSJC’s sailing program for girls. At Klein High School Laura was a member of cross-country, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. This fall she is attending college to study chemistry.

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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