Girl Scout holds fitness camp, earns Gold Award
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Teju K. held a fitness camp to teach youth about making healthy choices and staying physically fit 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 the tremendous amount of planning, preparation and organization required to plan such an event,” says Teju, a junior at Woodlands College Park High School. “I also learned many kids are not award of the negative health implications association with obesity.”
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.
“Childhood obesity is expected to be the next world-wide epidemic,” explains Teju as to why she chose the project. “I wanted to make a positive difference in my community regarding this issue.”
Through a variety of activities and presentations, Teju led volunteers in teaching youth about food portion, stretches and exercises and the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise. The camp was held over a three-day period and was attended by 10 campers.
“I think Teju learned that it takes many different people to run a camp like this,” says Sohana K., Teju’s mother. “It also takes a lot of coordination. She learned to deal with kids of different ages and what their individual needs were to become physically fit.”
As an active member of Girl Scouting, Teju has also earned her Silver Award. At Woodlands College Park, she is a member of Interact, Mu Alpha Theta and Academy Student Union. Following graduation in 2012, Teju plans to attend college to study engineering or nanotechnology.
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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