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Houston Girl Scout renovates community center bathroom to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Emily M. renovated the poolside bathroom at the Lakewood Residents' Club 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 a lot about project planning and management as well as about recruiting volunteers,” said Emily, a 2013 graduate of Cypress Creek High School. “I learned how to paint walls, install curtains and strip paint off of cement floors. I learned I have the persistence to finish a project even if it takes a lot longer than I thought it would.”
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.
“As a member of the Lakewood Lightning swim team for the past ten years, I have spent a lot of time every summer at the Lakewood Residents' Club (LRC) pool,” said Emily. “The swim team is a great organization that teaches kids about fitness, setting goals, good sportsmanship and friendly competition. I have a lot of wonderful memories of my swim team years and I selected this project to support the Lakewood Lightning swim team and the LRC.”
For her project, Emily led a team of twenty-five volunteers in planning and budgeting the renovation of the Lakewood Residents' Club women's poolside restroom. She repainted the walls, replaced the mirror, installed a fan and curtains, and replaced the flooring for this community center.
“Emily learned a lot about project planning and breaking a big project down into manageable steps,” said Lynn M., Emily's mother. “She ran into problems when replacing the flooring but did not give up and put in the extra effort needed to finish the project. She also gained leadership experience by explaining her project to the LRC Board and other adults and by supervising her volunteers.”
Emily was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Cypress Creek High School she was a member of the varsity golf team, National Honor Society and Peer Assistance Leadership program. She was also a member of the Lakewood Lightning swim team and National Charity League (NCL), and has won several NCL awards. This fall she will attend the University of Colorado Boulder to study marketing or advertising.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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