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Seabrook Girl Scout teaches children water safety to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Kristy S. held a Fundamentals of Canoeing (FOC) training for girls and hosted a Water Safety Day for children in her community 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 that events are not as easy to plan as one would think,” said Kristy, a junior at Clear Falls High School. “I developed the ability to ‘go with the flow’ and think on my feet. My project provided many obstacles and whenever a new one presented itself, I had to learn to flow with it and be flexible rather than getting frustrated and giving up.”
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 my community has a lot of water activities,” said Kristy. “Unfortunately with the water opportunities comes safety hazards. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death, but providing simple swim lessons can decrease a child’s chance of drowning by 88 percent, according to CDC.org. I chose to hold a Water Safety Day project to address drowning and to increase awareness of fun, safe water activities.”
For her project, Kristy led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her Fundamentals of Canoeing training and Water Safety Day. Kristy focused on teaching young children 10 and under basic swimming skills. She and her volunteers also taught teens and adults first aid and CPR.
“I was really impressed with how Kristy stuck by her ideas and goals for her project,” said Katie S., Kristy’s mother. “When she first wanted to encourage more girls to become FOC trained and active in canoeing, she really had to broaden her ideas and plant to do more to reach out to the community. When it was looking like no facility would be able to help offer her Water Safety Day idea, she kept at it and finally found a way to accomplish all of her original ideas.”
Kristy has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Clear Falls High School she is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, CFHS Art Society, cross country and track. She is also involved with her church as an alter server and in Teen Acts. Following graduation she plants to attend college to study veterinary medicine.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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