Sugar Land Girl Scout betters YMCA soccer fields to earn Gold Award
Girl Scout Sasha Asthana planned, constructed and installed benches at her local YMCA’s soccer fields to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award.
“As a child, I always played soccer so I thought it would be appropriate to place my benches at the YMCA soccer fields,” said Sasha, a 2014 graduate of Clements High School. “I’ve also always been fond of the YMCA, their values and the people there.”
“After putting 12 years of hard work into being a Girl Scout, I decided it was time to put some effort into giving back to my wonderful community,” said Sasha.
For her project, Sasha met with officials at her local YMCA to get the benches approved. Then she planned their construction, purchased materials and recruited a team of 20 volunteers to help her build the benches and install them at the soccer fields. She hopes the benches will provide soccer players and their families a place to rest and relax for years to come.
“I have always understood the merit of giving back to the community, and I’m extremely passionate about giving back to those that help others every day,” said Sasha.
By earning the Gold Award, Sasha says she not only learned some construction skills, she also learned how to delegate and how to develop and implement a successful plan – a skill that she says will benefit her in college and beyond.
“Sasha learned how to plan projects better,” said Namita Asthana, Sasha’s mother. “In order to complete her project, she learned how to break it down into smaller tasks that would be practical [to finish].”
As a Girl Scout for 12 years, Natalie also earned the Silver Award. At Clements High School she was a member of golf, drum line and symphonic band. This fall she plans to attend Baylor University to study biomedical engineering.
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