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August 10, 2010 > Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scout Gold Award

Building condos is not something with which a typical high school junior would be involved. However, Kimberly Sims decided to do just that for her Girl Scout Gold Award, the equivalent of a Boy Scout Eagle Project and of equal scope and difficulty. Sims, of Union City Troop 31832, wanted to do something a little bit different.

"Most girls' projects have helped the people in their communities in some way but I decided to help the animals," Sims said. "I visited the Fremont Tri-City Animal Shelter to see if there might something they needed I found that the cat condos, part of an unfinished school project, were a little shabby and crude."

Before embarking on construction, Sims visited lumber and hardware stores to research necessary materials and prices. She and her mentors then designed new structures for the cats and planned their construction. As the project manager for the Gold Award, which emphasizes leadership, Sims had to address every element - expenses, materials, construction, volunteers and safety.

Working with her fellow Girl Scouts in the Union City Association, as well as classmates, Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts, she completed the cat-condo construction over several workdays between October and December 2009.

"The keys to the successful completion of the condos were cash and material donations from individuals and organizations, including Hulbert Lumber and Dale Hardware," said Sims.

The new modular homes were installed in the cat habitat at the Tri-City Animal Shelter on March 1, 2010. For Kimberly, who hopes to study veterinary medicine after graduation from Logan High School, this was a perfect way for her and her fellow Scouts to make a difference in their community.

For information about the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), visit To learn more about the Girl Scouts of Northern California Council, visit or call (510) 562-8470 or (800) 447-4475.

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