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Houston Girl Scout hosts summer camp for underprivileged girls to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Sarah S. hosted a weeklong summer camp to help the families of Spring Spirit Baseball 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.

“Through this project I learned how to be a leader,” said Sarah, a 2014 graduate of Memorial High School. “I learned how to be patient with struggles, to treat others as you want to be treated, to love and care for others, to teach, and to continuously act as a role model for someone is always watching.”

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.

“I chose this project because for my Gold Award because I was inspired to become a mentor for underprivileged children and provide them with a loving and fun escape to struggles at home,” said Sarah. “I wanted to educate them with a healthy way to live life with a Christian foundation.”

For her project, Sarah led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a one-week long summer fun camp for underprivileged girls at Spring Spirit Baseball. She offered the girls softball training, arts and crafts, bible study, and personal mentoring. Sarah also organized an annual donation drive and collected hygiene products for the families of Spring Spirit Baseball. Twenty-three girls attended the camp.

“Sarah has always demonstrated leadership qualities in her daily life,” said Cathy S., Sarah's mother. “Her Gold Award project crystallized this characteristic while enhancing her confidence. She learned to handle issues as they arose during her camp while leading a team, showing an example to her campers. She was also able to demonstrate the caring and teaching skills she has, balancing them with her leadership talents. This was a great experience for Sarah and it strengthened her personality."

Sarah was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years, and earned her Bronze and Silver Awards as well. At Memorial High School she was a member of Nation Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math club, Academy of Finance, is an executive officer for Student Council, and received the Most Outstanding Girl Student Award her freshman and sophomore years. She plans to attend college following graduation to study the math and sciences.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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