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Amber Childres

Girl Scout Leads Karate Workshop, Shows Kids Basic Skills of Self-defense

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (April 8, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Amanda C. held a karate class and health seminar for Big Brothers and Big Sisters 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 that having a deadline really keeps me on track and motivated,” says Amanda, a senior at Clear Lake High School. “I also learned that when planning large events like this one, you need to be very flexible in your plans and always have a back-up.”

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 karate and am a black belt at Bushi Ban International in Clear Lake,” explains Amanda as to why she chose the project. “Karate has taught me how important it is to maintain your health now to prevent problems later and I wanted to share my knowledge with others.”

As part of her project, Amanda taught the adults (“Bigs”) and the kids (“Littles”) about self defense, stranger danger, basic nutrition and sleep habits. The group also played games, created skits and made picture frames to include photos of themselves taken earlier in the day.

“Amanda learned how important it is to be organized when planning a major project,” says Patrice Cummings, Amanda’s mother. “She lined up her volunteers based on their skills to contribute to the project, reserved the place to hold the event, planned out the agenda for the day and made sure everyone involved had a great time!”

Amanda began her Girl Scouts experience as a Daisy and is currently the vice president of administration for GSSJC’s Senior Senate. She plans to attend either Southern Methodist University or The University of Texas after she graduates from high school.

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