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Girl Scout makes teddy bear pillows for local hospital to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

The Woodlands, TX – Girl Scout Bryanna S. made 100 teddy bear pillow for Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital 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 that sewing is a difficult task as I had never done it before my project," said Bryanna, a graduate of The Woodlands College Park High School. "It taught me patience and how to take a large project and categorize it into smaller pieces to finish the task without getting overwhelmed."

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 it was giving back to the community through making a fun craft," said Bryanna. "I also wanted to give back to Memorial Hermann since they are a large part of The Woodlands community."

For her project, Bryanna led volunteers in monthly work sessions where they assembled the teddy bear pillows. Bryanna collected the supplies and taught her volunteers how to make the pillows at each session.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Bryanna earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. She was a member of the Mariners sailing program and participated in SPURS, a program for horseback riding. At The Woodlands College Park High School, she was a member of soccer, Dugout Dolls, Cycling Club, Key Club, French Club, Cross Country Club and swimming. She is currently attending Louisiana State University studying industrial engineering.

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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