Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sugar Land Girl Scout Earns Gold While Helping Therapeutic Riding Community

Katie Hyde, a senior at Logos Preparatory Academy, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award! The award, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts, recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. 

Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award--Way to go Katie!

To earn the award, Hyde built eight sets of horse jumps for the therapeutic riding program at Southern Equestrian Center. As part of her project, she met with the equestrian center manager, designed the horse jumps, shopped for wood and supplies and solicited donations from two local area hardware stores – Lowe’s and Home Depot.

“My volunteer team measured and cut the wood for each horse jump and then they used the instructions I had typed up to build each jump,” said Hyde. “Then all the jumps were primed and painted. Once the jumps were completed, my team delivered them to Southern Breeze Equestrian Center to benefit their therapeutic riding program.”

Hyde’s team consisted of more than 17 people, including 10 employees from Lowe’s who helped construct the horse jumps during a summer workday.

SPURS Parade Team in 2017 Houston Livestock Show and
Rodeo Parade
Hyde is an active member of GSSJC’s horseback riding program, Super People Using Riding Skills (SPURS) and is also a member of the Council’s parade team where she represents Girl Scouts while on horseback. 

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award. 

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit