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Cy-Fair Girl Scout creates prayer garden at local church to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (July, 2013) – Girl Scout Candace D. established and landscaped a prayer garden at a local church 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 leadership skills and communication skills that I can apply later on in life,” said Candace, a senior at Jersey Village High School. “I also learned how to install a watering system to maintain my garden.”

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.

“After doing the Sow What? Journey and being a part of the Global Green Team, I felt strongly about doing a ‘Go Green’ project, and my church had the perfect opportunity to help the planet,” said Candace.

For her project, Candace led a team of volunteers in landscaping a space at her church to be used as a prayer garden. Candace and her team also installed a watering system to help maintain the garden. She hopes the space will also be used for meetings, Bible classes and more.

“I have watched my daughter struggle at times with this project but am so proud of how she has worked her problems out,” said Dawn D., Candace’s mother. “I am also quite proud of her willingness to continue care of the garden with the church grounds keeper.”

Candace has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Jersey Village High School she is a member of drill team and Interact club. Following graduation in 2014, she hopes to attend the University of Houston to study international business.

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