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Amber Childres

Teen Leads Music Camp for Church Youth, Earns Girl Scouts Gold Award

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (April 8, 2009) – Girl Scout Rebecka H. ran a music camp for children at Christ Church United Methodist 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 I could successfully organize and execute a large event while handling more than 30 young children at once,” says Rebecka, a graduate of The Woodlands College Park High School. “I also learned that young children are so innocent and joyful in their music, which is a gift from God that I am grateful I could witness.”

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 wanted to contribute to the children’s choir at my church before I left for college,” explains Rebecka as to why she chose the project. “I love the children in the choir dearly, and I wanted to ensure that the program would continue when I left.”

As part of her project, Rebecka recruited 10 volunteers to help her run the camp which was designed for children ages 4 to 9 years. She taught the kids how to sing, play a variety of instruments and dance to different types of music.

“While pursuing her Gold Award, Rebecka learned about time management,” says Chris, Rebecka’s mother and troop leader. “She was organizing her project during her final semester of high school. She learned that even if you think you’ll have time to do it all, there’s always the possibility of other problems arising that you must learn to work around.”

Now an adult member of Girl Scouts, Rebecka is currently attending Baylor University where she is studying biology in the honor’s program.

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