Girl Scout teaches healthy living, earns Gold Award
NACOGDOCHES (Sept. 12, 2011) – Girl Scout Katherine J. held “Food, Fitness and Fun” workshops for children ages 5 to 10 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 organize and present a class to younger kids,” says Katherine, a 2011 graduate of Seton Home School. “I also learned that I enjoy teaching kids new things and that I would definitely like to be an elementary teacher someday.”
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.
“I chose this project because I am interested in majoring in education and health and nutrition in college,” explains Katherine. “Also, obesity is a growing problem in our country, and I wanted to be able to inspire young kids to live healthier lives.”
During her three-hour workshops, Katherine taught children to choose healthy snacks through interactive games and activities. The children also worked out, learned fun activities to keep them in shape and made mini versions of the games to take home.
“Katherine’s leadership skills flourished,” says Cheryl J., Katherine’s mother. “She planned her time wisely in such a way that nothing was a rush. She gathered all materials and planned the day’s activities before her help arrived. Most importantly, Katherine communicated with adults.”
As a Girl Scout, Katherine received her Bronze and Silver Awards and has attended Camp Whispering Pines and Camp Casa Mare. Katherine also plays piano and is involved in church, ballet and Friends of the Library. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study education.
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 76,000 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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