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Woodlands Girl Scout plants garden for Conroe Senior Friendship Center to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Rita S. built and planted a grape arbor for members of the Conroe Senior Friendship Center 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 organize and coordinate teams and how to conduct effective research,” said Rita, a senior at College Park High School. “Most importantly, I learned how rewarding doing a project like this can be.”

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 after seeing how much my dad’s elderly friends enjoyed their gardening, I hoped to bring the same benefits to The Friendship Center,” said Rita. “I also hoped to help the environment by growing food locally and organically.”

For her project, Rita led a team of volunteers in planning and constructing the framework for the grape arbor. Once completed, her team then planted grapes. She invited a younger Girl Scout troop to the arbor to learn about the importance of environmental sustainability.

“Rita developed confidence in her ability as a leader,” said Renee K., Rita’s mother. “She used to be afraid of tools and is now very comfortable with power tools, which was one of her project goals.”

Rita has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years and also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At College Park High School she is a member of Mu Alpha Theta. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study either science of engineering.

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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 62,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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