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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts tennis camp to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Samira A. promoted healthy living and exercise by hosting a tennis camp for 10-16 year olds 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 not only how to be a better leader, but how to be a mentor to a group of younger kids and how to teach them important skills, how to change lifestyles and how to be more positive about yourself,” said Samira, a 2012 graduate of Travis High School. “Most importantly, I learned that you can make a change if you put your heart in it.”
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 of my love for tennis and also my love of being with younger kids to help them learn something new and about themselves,” said Samira.
For her project, Samira led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting the tennis camp where they taught kids how to play tennis, how to be healthier in everyday life and how to make time for exercise every day. The camp was held for six weeks on Saturday and Sunday afternoons over the summer.
“I believe Samira learned how to be a leader and a mentor to a group of people,” said Noor A., Samira’s mother. “I see a more responsible, respectful and successful person in her. I feel like she’s proud of what she has done, and she’s ready for anything coming her way.”
Burgundy was a member of Girl Scouts for nine years and also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Clear Brook High School she was a member of marching band. She also completed an internship that has allowed her to student-teach eighth grade math and English. She is currently attending college to double major in English and math and minor in secondary education.
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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