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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout holds archery camp for girls, earns Gold Award

ANGLETON, Texas (March 29, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Danica Y. held an archery camp for girls ages 9-14 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 I’m a ‘get it done’ kind of girls,” says Danica, a junior home school student. “I am a well organized person and was well prepared for camp so everything went as planned.”

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.

“My older brother introduced me to archery at Cub Scout Day Camp,” explains Danica as to why she chose the project. “We have shared many enjoyable times together doing archery.”

Danica led her volunteers in teaching two archery camps. Girls ages 9-11 met for a morning class, and girls ages 12-14 met for an afternoon class. They were all taught basic archery skills, including proper shooting stance and form, how to determine in an arrow being shot is safe to shoot, how to inspect the equipment for safety flaws and how to care for a bow. Classes took place over four days, with two classes held per day.

“Danica is a very hard-working, determined young lady,” says Denise Y., Danica’s mother. “She always seeks out anyone sitting on the sidelines, too shy to participate and includes them. She especially likes teaching children.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Georgia earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and is a Program Aide. She also participates in 4H Club, where she holds offices at local and state levels. Following graduation, she is considering attending Wharton Junior College to pursue a career in physical therapy.

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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