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Local Girl Scout Celebrates Arbor Day to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Local Girl Scout, Emily B., educated children and spruced up the Kingwood area by planting more trees, to complete all the requirements in order to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
Every Arbor Day, Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center donates trees to the community to replenish the growing number cut down each year. This year, the nature center donated 50 trees to Emily’s project. “I was disturbed by the number of trees destroyed due to construction,” said Emily. “I knew through my volunteer work at the nature center that fewer and fewer people were taking advantage of the free trees.”
It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.
Emily, a Kingwood High School senior, and her 20 volunteers spoke to more than 10 groups of children about environmental issues such as recycling and tree replenishment. She began her project in January and kept planting until late April. “I enjoyed working with different groups of children, and teaching them how to plant trees,” said Emily.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as 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 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties.
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