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Girl Scout beautifies Philmont House to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Houston – Girl Scout Stephanie H. created a beautification project at Philmont House, a facility for special needs teens and young adults, 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 about leading people and how to work with people who aren't necessarily similar to you and be able to succeed," said Stephanie, a junior at Stratford High School.

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 my brother has special needs and went to the Monarch school," said Stephanie. "I have a special place in my heart for those with special needs, and it felt nice to help them out."

For her project, Stephanie led a team of volunteers in constructing mosaic benches and cleaning up flower beds and planting new plants in the front yard of Philmont House. Stephanie also worked in the community to share the mission of and educate others about Philmont House. She worked over a two month period to complete her project.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Stephanie has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Stratford High School, she is a member of the Spartanaires drill team. Following graduation in 2013, 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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