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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout volunteers with animal shelters, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Kayla A. worked with Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) and Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) 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 that if I set out to do something, there will be twists and turns, but it all pays off in the end,” says Kayla, a graduate of Jersey Village High School. “I also learned that you can make a huge difference just by actions in everyday life.”

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 want to work with animals and science in my career,” explains Kayla as to why she chose the project. “I am also actively involved in volunteering with CAP and AAR and wanted to further my assistance.”

Kayla and her volunteers collected and donated supplies and volunteered their time at the two animal shelters. She also taught younger Girl Scout troops about the importance of volunteering.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Kayla was on several girl planning boards for events such as Kaleidoscope, Service Unit Weekend and Father/Daughter dances. At Jersey Village High School, she received awards for personal fitness and Aquatic Science. She plans to major in biology in college.

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

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