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Amber Childres

Girl Scout makes caps for cancer to earn Gold Award

SPRING BRANCH, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Melissa W. organized volunteers and made caps for cancer patients 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 how to stay on top of projects that I have going, both in and out of school,” says Melissa, a senior at Spring Woods High School. “I also learned that sometimes it is difficult to lead groups of people with different personalities.”

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 to make chemo caps for cancer patients after my grandmother became ill with cancer,” explains Melissa. “She had a hard time finding caps to wear that were comfortable and not too warm for our Houston climate.”

To create the caps, Melissa purchased cotton blend fabrics and held two workshops. Sixteen people attended the events, and Melissa was able to donate 75 caps to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

“Melissa has become more aware of what her strengths and weaknesses are as well as what brings her satisfaction,” says David W., Melissa’s father.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Melissa has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and works as a program aide at twilight camp. At Spring Woods High School, she is an athletic trainer and a member of marching band. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas Woman’s University to study occupational therapy.

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