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Spring Girl Scout hosts culture camp for elementary students to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Maria R. hosted a 10-day culture camp for students at Ehrhardt Elementary School 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 many values such as time management and communication skills,” said Maria, a senior at Klein High School. “I also learned from the students and about customers from their own families and cultures.”

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 family has always taught me the importance of taking pride in my Latina culture,” said Maria. “After spending time volunteering at Ehrhardt, I decided I wanted my project to benefit the bilingual students so they can succeed in the future.”

For her project, Maria led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting the culture camp. Each day of camp consisted of crafts, story time, games and dances pertaining to the Hispanic culture. Campers presented the dances to their families on the final day and enjoyed a fiesta and piñata. Approximately 25 students attended the camp daily.

“Maria is much more aware of project planning and the early preparations required to complete a project involving multiple people, with multiple stages,” said John R., Maria’s father. “She is also much more confident.”

Maria has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Klein High School she is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, HOSA, Seniors on Service, varsity track and Art Honor Society. Following graduation to hopes to attend the University of Texas to study either biology or geology.

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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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