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Amber Childres

Girl Scout travels to India to earn Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Nikita G. taught children about healthy habits at Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram at Ahmedabad in India 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 little you need to really enjoy life and sustain a normal lifestyle,” says Nikita, a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School. “I realized how easy it is to make a huge impact on someone else’s life.”

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 lived in India for a year and have visited plenty of times,” explains Nikita as to why she chose the project. “I have always seen young children begging for food at the side of the street. Both my grandfather and father are actively involved in reaching out to the community. Seeing two important people give so much to the community was a major inspiration for me to do my share.”

Nikita spent five weeks at the ashram teaching children the importance of oral and general hygiene, proper eating habits and the negative effects of drugs. She also taught basic reading, writing and math skills and collected over 600 hygiene products to donate to the children.

“Social responsibility in ingrained in Nikita,” says Deepak G., Nikita’s father. “She now appreciates the impact she can make on the lives of others by virtue of her leadership and dedication.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Nikita has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Stephen F. Austin High School, she is a member of volleyball, HOSA, Model United Nations and Red Cross Club.

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