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Bellaire Girl Scout hosts cheer camp at Star of Hope to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Houston – Girl Scout Erica L. hosted a cheerleading camp at the Star of Hope 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 understand and teach younger kids in a productive way," said Erica, a junior at St. Thomas Episcopal. "I also learned public speaking skills as I had to announce openings in the camp performances."

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 wanted to be able to show children something that I love to do," said Erica. "I wanted to give the Star of Hope kids an opportunity to develop new hobbies and make new friends."

For her project, Erica planned and led the cheer camp. She focused on teaching cheers, jumps and dances to the children that attended. A total of 25 children participated in her camp, and the end-of-camp performance was attended by more than 50 people.

"I was very impressed by the initiative Erica took to make this project successful," said Alice L., Erica’s mother. "She took great care in organization and preparing for every aspect of the camp. She spoke to many people and as a result has improved her communication skills. The project also gave her a good sense of community, perspective and leadership."

Erica has been a member of Girl Scouts for five years. At St. Thomas Episcopal she is a member of cheerleading and yearbook. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study business.

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


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