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Spring Girl Scout creates ‘Fitness in the Park’ event to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Penelope R. created “Fitness in the Park”, a series of exercise stations at a local park, to encourage local residents to exercise more 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 community effort and positive attitudes can help in obtaining great outcomes in solving problems affecting our community,” said Penelope, a junior at Klein Collins High School.

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 it involves the entire community,” said Penelope. “With the construction of these exercise stations, people will not only have a place to exercise but also a place to commune with nature.”

For her project, Penelope led her team of volunteers in building and installing her exercise stations at a new park in her neighborhood. She followed this up by organizing a tree planting day to beautify the park for years to come. Finally, to celebrate her accomplishment and let residents know about the park improvements, Penelope held a celebration in the park complete with yoga instructors, coaches and community leaders on hand to speak about fitness.

“We were very impressed with how well Penelope presented her project,” said Marie M., Penelope’s mother. “Her idea of building exercise stations in the park is giving those in the community using the stations a hope of a healthier lifestyle."

Penelope has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and is president of her troop. At Klein Collins High School she is a member of theater, swimming, diving, Fashion Club and is historian of Spanish National Honor Society. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study fashion design.

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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