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West U Girl Scout creates toys for area animal shelters to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Emma B. created enrichment toys for Houston-area animal shelters 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 properly organize an event and how to plan a project,” said Emma, a senior this fall at 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 I am deeply concerned about the lack of enrichment [for shelter animals], and I wanted to do something to help homeless animals and educate people,” said Emma.

For her project, Emma led a team of volunteers in holding a donation drive for recycled materials that were used to create enrichment toys. She also developed a community and school seminar to teach proper pet care. More than 200 toys were made and donated to animal shelters.

“Emma has learned a great deal and grown as a project leader,” said Debbie B., Emma’s mother. “She has discovered a passion and developed the confidence needed to solve problems she believes exist.”

Emma has been a member of Girl Scouts for eight years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Houston Christian High School she is a member of varsity softball. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study psychology and art.

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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