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Girl Scout renovates space at local church to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Clear Lake, TX – Girl Scout Samantha G. renovated the youth room at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church 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 hard it is to keep everyone focused and working hard," said Samantha, a graduate of Clear Lake High School. "I also learned the importance of working a little extra hard each day to clean things in order to keep the mess at the end manageable."

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 as a member of the youth group, I noticed how uninviting the room appeared due to its white walls with minimal decorations," said Samantha. "After discussing with the youth director, we decided color on the walls and some renovations would be beneficial."

For her project, Samantha led a team of volunteers in cleaning and painting the room as well as building a stage and prayer wall. They also re-padded the bottoms of the couches and made the room more youth-friendly overall. The project was completed during seven work days.

"I think Sam gained an appreciation for the details," says Jackie G., Samantha’s mother. "She realized during the long clean up that paint projects are better if cleaned up daily. She saw the dedication of family and friends working with her to finish on time."

As a member of Girl Scouts, Samantha also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Clear Lake High School, she was a member of marching band and ran the morning announcements. She also won awards for various science fair projects. Samantha is currently attending Texas A&M studying communications.

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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