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Local Girl Scout Holds Open House to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Local Girl Scout Maegan H. hosted an open house for a community medical clinic to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
Southwest Community Health Clinic, part of the Christus St. John network, offers a variety of services from triage to family practice and is always looking for volunteers. Maegan is a long-time volunteer at the clinic and recognized the need to increase public awareness regarding the clinic. “While working with disadvantaged children,” said Maegan. “I saw the need for community support.”
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.
Maegan is senior at Bellaire High School. She worked with 12 volunteers planning, organizing and hosting the open house. They sent out more than 100 invitations to people in the community. The event lasted five hours and featured a general presentation and tours of the facilities. Guests were encouraged to bring baby items to donate to the clinic. “Managing this project has taught me that helping those in need brings me joy,” said Maegan.
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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