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Local Girl Scout Holds Very Special Dance to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Local Girl Scout Tranicia R. united teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities with teens from the Beaumont community at a unique dance completing all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
Tranicia understands the isolation a special needs child can feel because her sister suffers from autism. She worked with the ARC of Beaumont, a grassroots organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to organize a dance where the ARC’s members would feel comfortable.
“I know from observing my sister,” said Tranicia. “Teens with disabilities can function in society, with help.”
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.
Tranicia developed pre-dance workshops for volunteers that educated them on how to communicate with their disabled guests. Tranicia also had a pre-dance social that allowed the volunteers to become acquainted with the other teens. “We had a variety of activities including karaoke and dancing,” said Tranicia. “The teens loved it.”
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 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties.
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