Girl Scout makes “Caps for Chemo” to earn Gold Award
SPRING, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Taylor B. held several sewing parties to make “Caps for Chemo” 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 that although things may seem difficult or frustrating at times, you should never give up,” says Taylor, a senior at Klein High School.
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 chose this project because not only do I have loved ones that have or have had cancer,” explains Taylor, “but it’s estimated one in three Texans will develop cancer. Chemo caps protect sensitive scalps and improve self esteem, which can ease the experience.”
During a one-month period, Taylor spent over 80 hours organizing and leading sewing parties. As a result, she was able to donate 80 caps to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The caps were made for all age groups.
“Taylor has always been a caring and giving person,” says Tom B., Taylor’s father. “‘Caps for Chemo’ is something she felt strongly about participating in. It made Taylor feel good to know that she could make the cancer patients feel some comfort.”
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Taylor has also earned her Bronze Award and is a top cookie seller in her troop. At Klein High School, she is a member of yearbook, president of Earth Club, director of philanthropy in Seniors on Service and a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. She is also a mentor at Mittelstädt Elementary School. Following graduation, Taylor plans to attend college to study interior design and business.
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 www.gssjc.org.