713-292-0367 or 713-292-0300
Local Girl Scouts Improve Their Community to Earn Girl Scouts Gold Award
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (May 19, 2008) – Local Girl Scouts Andrea R., Amanda W. and Danielle C. designed and implemented community service projects that earned them each the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.
Andrea, a senior at Friendswood High School, wrote a musical based on the Girl Scout song “The Princess Pat.” In her production, the heroine Pat travels the world looking for the pirate treasure her parents left for her. She finds herself in a mythical adventure full of pirates and maybe even love.
“It has always been a dream of mine to write a musical to bring happiness to other people,” said Andrea.
As producer, Andrea directed, choreographed and cast the production, and booked the venue Upstage Arts for three performances. At each performance guests donated food to the Mary Queen food pantry. “We collected six bags of groceries for the pantry,” said Andrea. “It felt good to help.”
Amanda, a Friendswood High School senior, also wanted to help people within her community with her project titled “Growing Green,” which assisted Habitat for Humanity by creating garden beds. Each family received basic vegetable seeds and a book of guidelines in both English and Spanish.
“I wanted families to enjoy and reap the benefits of having their own vegetable garden,” said Woods. “That way they could spend family time together growing their vegetables and also add monetary support to their grocery budget.”
Amanda recruited 10 volunteers to assist her in structuring the vegetable beds over four days. “I learned how to be a better motivator to others,” said Amanda. “I had to be encouraging and optimistic.”
Danielle, a senior at Pearland High School, created a motivational self-esteem workshop for sixth grade girls titled “100 percent Whole Grain Girl, Building Strong Women” that focused on the issues facing teenage girls. Five professional women spoke to the girls about various topics, including nutrition, fitness and self-image. Older girls from the local junior and senior high schools served on a panel with a question and answer session.
“I believe that young girls should not just be told that they can do anything,” said Danielle. “They should also see older girls and young women achieving their dreams.”
Each girl received a “Wonder Girl” backpack filled with goodies donated by local businesses. Danielle hopes to pursue a career in international relations. “I developed great public relations and advertising skills as I promoted ‘Wonder Girl’ to the younger girls,” she said. “I also learned that I’m capable of making a difference in the world, one person at a time.”
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. 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 26 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.
GSSJC | Communications Department
3110 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77098