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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds music camp to earn Gold Award

RICHMOND, Texas (Dec. 21, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Megan H. held a three-day music camp for children at a local daycare 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 how to communicate with and manage a large group of my peers as well as a large group of children,” says Megan, a 2010 graduate of B.F. Terry High School. “I also learned a lot about music such as discovering new composers and news ways of understanding the theory behind music.”

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 have always been very passionate about music and wanted to share this passion with others,” Megan explains. “Music has had a large positive influence on my life and I wanted to introduce children to something I believe could be a positive influence on their lives as well.”

At the daycare, Tiny Steps Educational Center, Megan taught 20 children for two hours a day music appreciation and music theory. She introduced children to famous composers and demonstrated how music conveys emotion. She also used games to show students different note values, the notes on the staff and simple dynamics. During the last day of camp, children put on a concert at Richmond Health Care center to show off everything they learned.

I think Megan learned that young children, regardless of their past experiences with music, can appreciate music,” says Wanda Hartensteiner, Megan’s mother. “I also believe Megan developed an even deeper respect for those who teach music to elementary-aged children.

As a Girl Scout, Megan has also earned her Silver and Bronze awards and has served on multiple planning boards for service unit events. At B.F. Terry High School, she was involved in band, varsity tennis, National Honor Society as secretary and Interact Club. She is currently attending the University of Houston where she studies architecture and is a member of the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.

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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