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Amber Childres

Girl Scout builds rose garden to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Lauren B. planned and planted a rose garden at Cenacle Retreat House to earn 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.

“I learned leadership skills, how to interact with people and time management,” says Lauren, a senior at Duchesne Academy. “I also learned a great deal about dedication and a sense of accomplishment.”

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 more than 100 service hours and 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.

“The Cenacle Retreat House addresses the spiritual needs of the community, and I think it is important to address one’s spiritual needs in our constant, busy lives,” explains Amanda as to why she chose the project.

In addition to beautifying the grounds, Lauren’s project also corrected drainage problems. The rose garden was built with the help of six volunteers over the course of 10 days.

“Lauren learned how to manage a large project, including researching, planning, directing, completing and evaluating,” says Ginger B., Lauren’s mother. “She figured out what or who could best help her, gained confidence and mastered tasks to achieve a major goal.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Lauren has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Duchesne Academy, she is golf team captain and has received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to studying kinesiology.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit