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Local Girl Scout Helps Community Shelter to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Local Girl Scout Casey R. assisted a battered women’s shelter to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
Casey and her eight volunteers held arts and crafts day camps for children temporarily housed at Bay Area Turning Point, a non-profit social service agency that provides a variety of assistance including shelter services and community education/crime prevention activities in the Greater Bay Area.
She also prepared goodie bags for the women staying at the shelter. Each bag included a T-shirt and a variety of personal hygiene items.
“I wanted to help the women and children staying at the shelter recover and lead safe and normal lives,” said Casey.
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.
Casey is a junior at Clear Lake High School and spent most of her summer planning and hosting this project. She gained skills through the project’s completion that will benefit her for a lifetime. “I learned to be more flexible and to always have a back-up plan,” said Casey.
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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