Girl Scout hosts carnival to earn Gold Award
Houston – Girl Scout Elizabeth C. hosted a carnival for the West University Challenger baseball teams following the close of their season 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 fun it is to work with little kids," says Elizabeth, a graduate of Bellaire High School. "It was very rewarding to see them having so much fun."
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 liked carnivals as a kid, and I didn't think many of the Challenger players had ever been to one," says Elizabeth.
For her project, Elizabeth led a group of 10 volunteers in setting up a variety of carnival games for Challenger players and their families to enjoy. Carnival games and booths included face painting, ducks-in-the-water, a cupcake walk, bean bag toss and a goodie bag station. The carnival lasted three hours following the league's final games of the season, with more than 200 people in attendance.
"Elizabeth leaded valuable skills, such as organization, advanced planning and perseverance," says Julie C., Elizabeth's mother. "She also learned about putting others first when her carnival fell on the same weekend as a family wedding."
Elizabeth was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned her Silver Award. At Bellaire High School she was a member of the softball team, making first team her junior and senior years. She was also named Player of the Week by the Houston Chronicle. Elizabeth currently attends Columbia University and is studying pre-med.
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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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