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Southwest Houston Girl Scout works with Children’s Museum to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Lauren B. restructured the Boy and Girl Scout overnights at the Children’s Museum of Houston 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.

“Communication and the importance of it was a major take away,” said Lauren, a senior at Bellaire High School. “I also learned the importance of listening to what your boss wants, inspiring boys and girls to be leaders, the new badge system and adapting to change.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I chose this project because I knew that I wanted to do something that would impact kids,” said Lauren. “I contacted the Children’s Museum, and after brainstorming they called me with this project. I remembered many overnights I attended as a younger Girl Scout, and I wanted to make an impact on other Girl Scouts.”

For her project, Lauren spent a year working with staff at the museum to restructure the overnight curriculum for both Boy and Girl Scouts. First she attended the sleepover activities the museum already had in place and made notes on what she thought could be improved. Then she worked on updating the badges offered, changing the rotation schedule and promoting the program to new groups of Boy and Girl Scouts.

“Lauren learned that when there is a breakdown in communication, all the planning may not go as one might have planned,” said Michelle B., Lauren’s mother. “She learned how to work with people who did not know what was planned and learned to explain and execute a plan while carrying out an event.”

Lauren has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Bellaire High School she is a member of the Jewish Student Union and National Honor Society. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study accounting.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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 www.gssjc.org.

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