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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout holds badge workshops, earns Gold Award

KINGWOOD, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Erica B. held two badge workshops for Brownie and Junior troops focusing on animal care and self-image 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 much I enjoy working with children,” says Erica, a junior at Kingwood High School. “I also learned to develop good planning and time management skills to complete the project on time.”

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 thought it was a good opportunity to speak to a lot of girls at on time about two important issues in our community,” explains Erica.

Erica invited Brownie and Junior Girl Scout troops to attend a local theater performance. Following the performance, she held her workshops where the troops earned badges. After a performance of “101 Dalmatians” and “The Aristocats,” Erica spoke to the troops about animal care. She collected 50 bags of food for a local animal shelter and helped the troops earn the Brownie Animal Try-It and Junior Pet Care Badge. Following a performance of “Sleeping Beauty,” Erica taught troops about body image to earn the Brownie My Body Try-It and Junior Looking Your Best Badge.

“I saw Erica’s confidence grow when working with children and speaking in front of large groups,” says Darlene B., Erica’s mother. “After she completed this project, Erica found a job tutoring elementary school students in math and reading. I believe working on this project gave her the confidence to do this job.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Erica as served on several girl planning boards and was Deer Forest Service Unit’s delegate to the Spring Council meeting. At Kingwood High School, she participates in tennis, choir, Student Council, National Honor Society and is the school mascot at football games. Following graduation, Erica plans to attend college. She is interested in pediatric 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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