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Girl Scout works with Texas Children’s Hospital to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Houston – Girl Scout Caroline B. collected activity items for teens to donate to the neurology floor at Texas Children's 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 I have good planning and organizing skills, and that I can lead others and accomplish greater goals than I thought possible," says Caroline, a senior at Bellaire High School. "I realized I am committed to helping otherss who are suffering. Being able to make a difference in other patients’ hospital experiences is very rewarding."

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.

Caroline's project was of special interest to her after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and having surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital herself while completing the project.

"I chose this project because I realized the need for improvement when I was a patient on the neurology floor this past year," she says. "Because of my experiences, I know that it is scary and unsettling to have a neurological illness and know that a better hospital experience will help the patients."

For her project, Caroline collected activities for teens because of the lack of resources for that age group in the hospital’s recreation room. She collected items such as activity kits, popular DVDs, board and card games, and video games. She also collected young adult novels for the hospital’s library. Despite having surgery in the middle of her project's timeline, Caroline was able to collect items prior to the surgery and continue assisting her volunteers in finding much needed items and delegating tasks until she was healthy enough to return to working on the project herself.

"Caroline has emerged as a more persistent and goal-driven person," says Donde B., Caroline's mother. "She also has developed the flexibility to change her strategies or modify goals in order to achieve outcomes she desires. Caroline has strengthened her commitment to helping others in need, especially overlooked populations."

Caroline has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Bellaire High School she is a member of choir and National Honor Society. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study 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 www.gssjc.org.

 

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