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Betsy Denson
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or 1-800-392-4340, ext. 1236

Local Girl Scouts Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Heather S. and Dianna B. have completed all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

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.

Heather worked with Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) to organize volunteers to work in the lobby where families wait for assistance. She and her volunteers provided an artistic outlet for the children as they waited at the center. They helped them create fabric squares for handprints and self-portraits.

“The children were able to enjoy themselves for a short time and create something beautiful,” said Heather. “We enjoyed smiles, quiet conversations and even hugs.”

Once the squares were completed they were assembled into a 6-foot by 6-foot fabric mural. The mural supports the organization’s mission: “Heart to Heart and Hand in Hand.” “The artwork will remind visitors in the center about the small clients helped there everyday,” said Heather.

Heather learned a lot about herself through this community service project. “I learned that planning and organizing is harder than doing,” she said. “I also learned that I love working with children of all ages.”

Dianna organized the Young Adult section of the Bellaire City Library. After many hours of research regarding the organizational placement of books and general décor, Dianna was ready to re-do the Young Adult Section. She worked with teen volunteers to review the library’s Young Adult book list and recommended topics, series and genres for both fiction and non-fiction books.

“I contacted book publishers to solicit teen book donations,” said Dianna. “I also held a book fair at Barnes & Noble in order for people to support the Friends of the Bellaire City Library. The public could purchase a teen book and donate it to the library.”

Dianna also worked with an interior designer to create a look that would be appealing to young adults. The Friends of the Bellaire Library raised the money necessary to purchase the furniture and rugs. “It was a challenge to choose the right look because the space is used as a general meeting place for clubs and organizations as well as being a teen section,” she said.

She also realized the importance of her Gold Award project. “I learned just how much impact one person can have,” said Dianna. “Just because I asked, publishers and community donors increased the Young Adult library by 112 books.”

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 over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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