2011 National Council Session/52nd Convention

Hello Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas!!!!

Per GSUSA, via an email sent August 30, 2011, the early-bird convention registration deadline has been extended to 10:59 p.m. (central time), Friday, September 9 due to the many service disruptions caused by Hurricane Irene.

After 10:59 p.m. (central time) on Friday, September 9, the following fees will be in effect:

  • Adult Official Visitors (Members) -- $345/person
  • Adult Official Visitors (Non-members) -- $380/person
  • Girl Official Visitors (Members ages 13-17) -- $170/person
  • Girl Official Visitors (Non-members ages 13-17) -- $185/person

There is still time to register for GSU@Convention, the History Conference, and the Girl and Adult 100th Anniversary parties.

Any Delegates or Official Visitors who register after September 9 will automatically be charged the higher registration fee.

We encourage you to check out the GSUSA convention website -- it has all the details and specifics of the events planned, exhibitors, celebrations, venue and more.

Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: rgb(0, 153, 102); ">Kayla Rice (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 227).

Please note that all 2011 National Council Session/52nd convention materials are currently being revised to reflect the dates November 8–13. This change will allow for pre-convention sessions—details of which are outlined below—to be incorporated into our print and web collateral. (The original print and web collateral only showcased the dates November 10–13.)
There are a number of exciting pre-convention activities at an additional cost, so you’ll want to plan your travel accordingly.

In addition to the Girl Scout History Conference, a staple of past conventions, GSUSA is proud to offer new educational development opportunities through Girl Scouts University (GSU) @ Convention. These opportunities are for volunteers, parents, and council staff. Topics are varied and many, and include “Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for Younger Girls,” storytelling, song workshops, leadership development sessions, and much more.

November 8–10: History Conference
November 8–9: GSU @ Convention: Board Governance seminar (This is a one-day seminar offered twice. The title of the program is Building Strong Boards for Greater Philanthropic Impact.) 
November 8–12: GSU @ Convention: The sessions include I Love Girl Scouting and Leadership Development.
November 9–13: Girl Scout Leadership Institute

More details on each of these sessions as well as the prices for each can be found on the GSUSA convention website.


2011 National Council Proposals

Below are the proposals that will be discussed and voted on by our National Delegates at the 2011 National Council Session in Houston, November 10-13, 2011.

Using a formula based on the ending girl membership numbers for last year, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is entitled to send 11 National Delegates to the convention. As representatives of the council, they go informed, but not instructed; that is, they need to hear your thoughts on these proposals so they can better represent the entire council as they vote.

Please review each of the three proposals:

Included with each proposal is the rationale from the council which submitted the proposal and the recommendation from the National Board of Directors. Please note that the recommendation of GSUSA’s board should not have any bearing on how each council discusses the pros and cons. As you review the proposals, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How does this proposal benefit Girl Scouting? 
  • If the proposal is adopted, what will be the impact on the membership? On the council? 
  • If the proposal is not adopted, what will be the impact?


Registration is now open!

Prior to actuallly registering, you may want to learn more about the convention program. Details on the content, as well as information about Houston and lodging, is available at theconvention website.

You may register yourself for any of the following:

  • Official Visitors who are not Alternate Delegates
  • Day Passes
  • Hall of Exhibits Only Passes
  • 100th Anniversary parties
  • Girl Scouts University @ Convention: Tracks 1 and 2
  • History Conference

You must meet the Girl Scout membership and minimum age requirements and you will need your membership number to register. (You can obtain your membership number from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: rgb(0, 153, 102); ">Anna Lopez, 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 236.) Click here to register.

The following registration categories must continue to register via Council Group Registration:

  • Delegates
  • Official Visitors who are Alternate Delegates
  • Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) registrants
  • Girl Scouts University @ Convention: Track 3 -- Board Governance Registrants

Any of the above must register through Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.

Should you have questions or require further assistance regarding registration, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: rgb(0, 153, 102); ">GSUSA.

Volunteer Opportunities

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will be needing volunteers throughout the convention and GSUSA will need volunteers to serve as Parliamentary Aides or Tellers. Priority will be given to San Jacinto council members and those who volunteer to work a three-hour shift or more will receive a complimentary day pass. Get an online application here.

This site will be updated as information from GSUSA is received -- so check back often or visit the official site! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: rgb(0, 153, 102); ">Kayla Rice (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 227).

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