Sugar Land Girl Scout builds community garden to earn Gold Award

Madeleine Harbin

Girl Scout Madeleine Harbin helped build a community garden at the Mamie George Catholic Charities Community Center by installing a fence around the garden’s perimeter 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.

“I learned about project planning,” said Madeleine, a 2013 graduate of St. Agnes Academy. “I found it’s best to assess the situation, decide a course of action and proceed with what is possible. I also learned about having a work plan and to be clear in communicating as not everyone will understand what to do.”

“I chose this project because the garden will be sustainable and benefit the Center and its community for a long time,” said Madeleine. “The benefits include fresh vegetables for an onsite café as well as providing an outdoor activity for senior citizens.”

For her project, Madeleine led her volunteers in installing 174 feet of wire fencing and58 feet of temporary fencing. The garden has been built in phases and other Boy and Girl Scouts have helped complete pieces of the garden for their Eagle Scout or Gold Award projects. Once finished, it will provide residents at the Mamie George Catholic Charities Center with vegetables throughout the year and will also give residents a way to stay active.

“Madeleine learned the value of helping a community with which she was not familiar,” said Charles Harbin, Madeleine’s father.

Madeleine was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has participated in the travel program, destinations. At St. Agnes Academy she was a member of student council and cheerleading. This fall she will attend college to study physical therapy.

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