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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout Put on Retreat for Confirmation Class, Earns Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (May 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Brittany B. planned and hosted a retreat for the incoming freshman of St. Bernadette Catholic Church’s confirmation class to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“Through my community service project, I learned that giving back to the church is something I greatly enjoy, but I could not handle the stress of being the Youth Director on a daily basis,” says Brittany, a senior at Clear Lake High School. “I now have a new respect and level of appreciation for those that serve in the youth director positions full time.”

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community. As part of her project, Brittany organized a group of 20 volunteers to help her put on the two-day retreat for 45 incoming freshman of the confirmation class.

“I chose this project because I loved the Life Teen program when I went through it several years ago and I wanted to pass that experience on to other kids,” explains Brittany. “I wanted to introduce the first year kids to the confirmation class while making them comfortable in their new surroundings. By the end of the retreat, everyone was participating and sharing their faith openly. I really feel I’ve made a difference in the Life Teen program!”

“While working on her Gold Award, Brittany learned about the many details that go into planning and hosting an event, and that it can often be quite stressful juggling so many things at once,” says Tammy, Brittany’s mother. “She also learned that she can share and strengthen her faith by successfully organizing the retreat while making it fun and educational at the same time.”

An active member of Girl Scouts since she started as a Brownie in first grade, Brittany has participated in service projects, leadership positions and attended several Girl Scout camps. During high school, Brittany has been involved with drill team, the color guard and even flew a plane while participating in a U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol. She plans to attend college after graduation.

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 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.