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Amber Childres

Girl Scout Holds Vigil to Promote Peace in the Community

HOUSTON (April 8, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Laura B. planned and led a peace vigil at The John Cooper School, a Woodland’s high school, 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 it every person has some issue of importance they hold close and in sharing these ideas we come closer to peace in our community,” says Laura, a senior at The John Cooper School. “I chose to do this particular project because I felt there was a need for social awakening at my school.”

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.

As part of her project, Laura asked the members of her school’s clubs and organizations to prepare a presentation on a peace-related issue. In the end, more than 12 different groups displayed their ideas on peace during a one-night vigil held at the school.

“Laura learned how to organize her activities and time to accomplish the task at hand,” says Jan, Laura’s mother. “She also learned how it is possible to turn an idea into a reality, and how to persuade and motivate others to help.”

An active member of her Girl Scouts troop, Laura enjoys camping and has been a camp counselor. She has even participated in Girl Scouting overseas while attending Camp Lachenwald, a resident camp in Germany. Laura plans to attend college after high school to pursue a degree in environmental science or law.

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