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Amber Childres

Girl Scout directs soccer camp to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Misha S. planned and directed a four-day soccer camp 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 it is possible for me to plan out an entire event and be successful in carrying it out,” says Misha, a senior at Stratford High School. “It was really neat to see a program you have worked so hard to plan turn out so well.”

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.

“I love soccer, and I believe that learning to play a team sport can provide many life lessons to young children,” explains Misha as to why she chose the project. “I also wanted to give something back to children that could not afford camps provided by area soccer clubs.”

During the camp, Misha and volunteers from her school’s varsity soccer team taught campers basic soccer skills, teamwork, self-confidence and more. In total, 35 students from Sherwood Elementary School attended.

“Misha learned what it meant to be a leader as well as how to juggle several responsibilities simultaneously,” says Claire S., Misha’s mother. “She also gained insight into herself and found strength which will be invaluable to her in college and beyond.”

At Stratford High School, Misha is a member of National Honor Society, varsity soccer, student council and Academy of Science and Engineering. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study biology or pre-med.

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