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Katy Girl Scout rebuilds Stations of the Cross at Catholic summer camp to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (March 2012) - Girl Scout Grace G. rebuilt the Stations of the Cross at Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, Texas to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned how to improve my leadership skills," said Grace, a junior this fall at St. Pius X High School. "It was not one of those things where I could just sit back and go with the flow. I had to buckle down, figure everything out for myself and lead my team to accomplish goals I set in a way that was not commanding but encouraging and respectful."

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 the Pines Catholic Camp is very dear to me," said Grace. "This camp is a selfless nonprofit organization that is there for one reason: to teach the graces of the Lord. I wanted to leave a lasting footprint of myself at the camp."

For her project, Grace led her team of volunteers in tearing down the dilapidated Stations of the Cross at the camp and reconstructing each one. They installed 14 decorative posts and added glass candle globes, word-burned roman numerals and landscaping to each station. The planning and execution of the project took approximately five months.

"Grace learned to persevere throughout this very long and difficult project," said Mary G., Grace's mother. "Even with her demanding school schedule, she was determined to complete the good work she started with Girl Scouts. We are so proud of her for being such a great person and seeing her Girl Scout career through."

Grace has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At St. Pius X High School she is a member of choir, theater and National Honor Society. She was also a member of the soccer team her freshman and sophomore years. Following graduation she hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study animal sciences.

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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