Girl Scout brings generations together to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Sian D. brought generations together through activities at Treemont Retirement Community to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
“I learned publicity is important in running a good event,” says Sian, a 2010 graduate of Duchesne Academy. “I also learned older people had interesting stories about living in America in the early 20th century.”
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 was originally going to organize a pen-pal program (with the seniors), but they preferred face-to-face interaction,” explains Sian as to how she chose the project.
She adapted the project and held a series of parties for seniors at Treemont. Sian led volunteers in bingo, casino day, a Fourth of July party and more. Events took place every Friday over the course of a month.
“Scouting increased her self-confidence and gave her a great sense of perseverance to achieve her goals,” says Jennifer D., Sian’s mother.
At Duchesne Academy, Sian was a member of dance, theater, field hockey, art, improve, peer mentoring and choir. This fall she is attending Texas A&M University in Galveston to study marine biology.
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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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