Girl Scout Ambassador Tiana Griffin held a dance camp at the Fort Bend Women’s Center 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 was more patient than I originally thought from doing this project,” says Tiana, a 2011 home school graduate. “My patience sometimes is not the best because I get frustrated quickly if things are not working to my advantage. I also did not think I had the patience to teach younger children because sometimes they do not listen well.”
“I chose this project because I really love the art of dance, and I would like to share my talent with other children and have them exposed to something different,” explains Tiana.
During her dance clinic, Tiana taught underprivileged children different genres of dance, arts and crafts and how to stay physically fit. The children’s activities included making bracelets and necklaces, decorating foam hangers and watching a video about healthy eating and exercise. The clinic lasted six hours each day for two days and eight to 11 children attended.
“I feel Tiana has learned patience and persistence,” says Techonia Griffin, Tiana’s mother. “She made an enormous amount of phone calls, typed emails and sent faxes, which she never had to do before to this extent. She has learned one has to be patient while waiting on the responses of others via phone and email. She has learned when you don’t’ get the answer you’re seeking, you have t continue to plod until you do.”
As an active member of Girl Scouts for more than 10 years, Tiana has sold cookies, participated in interest projects, attended troop camping trips, volunteered and earned various patches and her Bronze Award. Her extracurricular activities include ballet, modern and praise dancing as well as track. She has performed at the Wortham and Hobby Centers and has earned numerous awards in track. In the fall, she plans to attend University of Houston to study dance, education and psychology.