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Cypress Girl Scout hosts workshops for children at Reaching Pines to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Cypress, TX – Girl Scout Ashley M. planned and hosted workshops for children at Reaching Pines, a transitional living center for women and children at the Montgomery County Women’s Center 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 the importance of being flexible," said Ashley, a senior at Houston Christian High School. "The kids were all different ages, which made it hard to make a game or activity they all would enjoy. Also, some were not initially receptive to my efforts."

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 enjoy working with kids and helping them develop new tasks," said Ashley. "I love seeing children expand their abilities and use their creativity toward whatever is placed before them."

For her project, Ashley led volunteers in hosting two-hour workshops over the course of a month. Children played games and enjoyed making arts and crafts as well as learned household responsibilities and safety. Ashley focused all her activities on helping the children learn independence.

"Ashley learned about being organized and prepared, yet flexible as things don’t always go as planned," said Marie M., Ashley's mother. "She was so patient with the children as they reached out to her and taught her about the fun of playing and just spending time together."

Ashley has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Houston Christian High School, she is a member of soccer, student council, National Honor Society, and Discipleship Group. She was also named a commended National Merit Scholar. Following graduation she hopes to attend Vanderbilt to study medicine.

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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