Girl Scout promotes healthy lifestyles, earns Gold Award
HOUSTON (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Beena S. held a healthy living day camp for girls in grades 2-6 to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
“I learned how to communicate with businesses, find donors, to be flexible and how to quickly adjust my plans when something didn’t go as planned,” says Beena, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School.
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.
“After seeing the growing obesity and lack of activities in girls today, I wanted to help girls see the importance of being active and staying healthy,” explains Beena as to why she chose the project. “I also wanted to show the girls the importance of picking an activity they love and sticking with it through high school and beyond.”
Beena led 30 volunteers in carrying out her day camp. Campers rotated through stations focusing on health and nutrition; the environment; dance; music; crafts; and science. Throughout the day, girls met with role models from local high schools and learned about different activities they could pursue in junior high, high school and beyond.
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Beena is also a Program Aide for archery and canoeing. At Cinco Ranch High School, she is a member of varsity tennis, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Math Honor and is class secretary.
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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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