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Spring Girl Scout helps open community park to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Shelby C. led volunteers in installing barbecue pits and trash cans in a new 55-acre community park 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 be flexible with schedules, how to gather donations and how to solicit help with clear and specific requests,” said Shelby, a junior at Hockaday School.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I chose this project because I have always been fond of the outdoors,” said Shelby. “I wished to leave behind something that would be used by many families over time.”

For her project, Shelby led her team of volunteers in installing barbecue pit sites and trash cans throughout the 55-acre park. Once the work was complete, she organized a family cookout day and invited a local Brownie Girl Scout troop to attend. She led the girls in exploring the park and taught them about earning the Gold Award.

“Shelby displayed strong leadership qualities and loved being able to use her skills on this project,” said Marylinda C., Shelby’s mother.

Shelby has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At the Hockaday School, she is a member of Drama Club and Environmental Club. Outside of school she is also a member of National Charity League. Following graduation in 2014, she hopes to attend the University of Southern California or the University of Miami to study environmental science.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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