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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout Leads Works with Katy Christian Ministries to Earn Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (June 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Abigail C. designed and built shelving for the re-sale shop for Katy Christian Ministries 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 my communication and leadership skills by planning, organizing and overseeing the entire project from start to finish,” says Abigail, a recent graduate of Stratford High School. “I also learned that large projects like this one can feel overwhelming at times, but if you break it into smaller parts and focus on accomplishing those tasks, the project becomes less daunting.”

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 address the fact that some families in Katy are struggling to make ends meet and there is a demand for affordable clothing and other goods,” explains Abigail as to why she chose the project. “I wanted to help Katy Christian Ministries better serve the community by building new shelving for the re-sale shop.”

As part of her project, Abigail recruited seven volunteers who helped design and build custom shelving that fits into the re-sale shop. The shelves are six-feet tall and have five horizontal shelves on each unit.

“Planning and earning the Gold Award promotes commitment as well as involvement in the community for these girls,” says Suzanne, Abigail’s mother. “My daughter learned the importance of helping others through volunteerism while working on the project.”

An active member of Girl Scouts, Abigail has spent four summers volunteering as a camp counselor at Camp Silver Springs where she planned activities for the girls such as crafts, water games, hikes and songs. A recent high school graduate, Abigail plans to attend college in the fall to major in civil engineering.

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 www.gssjc.org.