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Amber Childres

Girl Scout Gives Back to the Home Run Hitters, Earns Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (June 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Rebecca N. created sports equipment bags and other personalized items for disabled children participating in the Home Run Hitters program at T.H. Rogers 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 developed strong connection with the Home Run Hitters program,” says Rebecca, a recent graduate of Bellaire High School. “I also developed greater leadership abilities by training volunteers and supervising them throughout the process.”

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 chose this project because I had volunteered with the disabled children at T.H. Rogers for six years and wanted to do something special for the kids,” explains Rebecca.

The Home Run Hitters program is designed to enable children with disabilities to participate in baseball and other interactive activities. As part of her project, Rebecca designed and created 60 equipment bags to hold special items for the students. She also made 60 individualized notebooks for each student, and locker banners so that the students could display their accomplishments. Rebecca also held a back-to-school Thank You Breakfast for the new coaches in the program.

“Rebecca has gained immense confidence in her ability to plan and execute a major project which took more than 100 hours,” says Rebecca’s mother. “Over the course of the Gold Award Project, I watched my daughter grow substantially in her ability to create, lead and organize.”

An active member of her troop, Rebecca has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and received her Silver Award in 2005. She plans to attend college in the fall with an interest in majoring in something related to the health care field.

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