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Amber Childres

Teen Holds Field Day for Youth, Earns Girl Scouts Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (April 8, 2009) – Girl Scout Sarah P. held a field day for the children of Boys and Girls Country of Houston to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“Through my community service project, I learned the importance of knowing how to effectively use all forms of communication, including networking,” says Sarah, a senior at Stratford High School. “My project also taught me how to deal with change.”

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 choose my project because I am an active person and I also enjoy working with kids,” explains Sarah. “Boys and Girls Country had a need for an activity, and I had such fond memories of field days in elementary school. I knew the children would enjoy such an activity.”

As part of her project, Sarah recruited 29 volunteers to help her put on the field day. In the days leading up to the event, Sarah visited the center to help the children design their own team T-shirts and banners. During the seven-hour field day, she played games with the kids.

“I am so proud of what Sarah was able to accomplish with her Gold Award,” says Susan, Sarah’s mother. “I was truly amazed by her organizational skills. Her very detailed project was constantly challenged by scheduling conflicts, changing participants and weather delays. Sarah learned how to think on her feet and come up with a good Plan B.”

An active member of her Girl Scouts troop, Sarah enjoys volunteer work. She plans to attend college after graduation with an interest in studying international 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 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit