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Local Girl Scout Helps Her Church and Earns the Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scout Amanda G. wanted her Gold Award project to benefit her faith community because the Friendswood Friends Church had done so much for her. With the help of 20 volunteers, she spent three months cleaning and organizing the church’s closets.
"I knew that I wanted to do something with the church. In the past I have gone on mission trips to Mexico and been a camp counselor through the church," said Amanda. During the many hours spent earning her Gold Award, Amanda benefited both the church and herself. "I learned in this project how to lead large groups of people,” says Amanda. “I also learned how to problem solve when things were not going the right way."
A personal challenge was having to rely on her volunteers to do their designated share. "I am the type of person who hates asking people for favors or for help. I’d rather just do it myself," said Amanda. "However, with this project I not only had to ask people for help but also to correct them when things needed to be done differently,” she continued.
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.
In addition to completing her Gold Award project, Amanda has also helped Troop #1459, a group of Girl Scouts four years younger than herself, to achieve their Bronze and Silver Awards. A student at Friendswood High School, Amanda is a member of the Student Council and the varsity wrestling team. She plans to pursue a degree in neo-natal nursing at college.
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