Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas serves more than 18,500 girls and
volunteers in Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio,
Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Maverick,
Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson and Zavala counties.
Working in partnership with a team of committed adult
volunteers, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is available to girls
through troops and interest groups, in neighborhood and community
program facilities, in schools and as part of many after-school
programs, and in juvenile detention centers. Girl Scouting provides
opportunities and experiences as diverse as the girls we serve. While
the girls are having fun and making new friends, they are also
learning. Age-appropriate lessons on health and wellness, financial
literacy, peer pressure and self-esteem are all common themes in Girl
Scouting. Our outdoor programs help nurture a love of the environment
and encourage girls to learn about and preserve the world around them.
Service Centers The Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center is located in
San Antonio, Texas and includes a volunteer service center, retail
shop, several meeting rooms and program facilities.
Girl Scout Camps Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas now
operates two camps: Camp La Jita, near Utopia, Texas and Camp Metro.
Camp La Jita's resident camp programs offer week-long, overnight
camping along the Sabinal River for girls of all ages. It includes
horseback riding, archery, canoeing and other skill-building
adventures. Camp Metro is a day camp beginning during summer months
and is located at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center. Girls
can choose from an array of interesting programs from hands-on DIY
projects, to field trips to explore the city.
Funding and Community Support
Funding for the Girl Scout Leadership
Experience comes from corporate and community foundations, United Way,
municipal grants, special events, and contributions from member
families, individuals, and community businesses. Our annual Girl Scout
Cookie Program and Fall Product (nuts and candy) Sale provide revenue
to support the program as well as help troops earn money to fund their
program activities, participation in workshops and events, community
service efforts, and much more.
Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the
highest award that a Girl Scout age 14-18 may earn, often described as
"what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl
Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and
sense of community and commitment that come from "going for the
Gold" set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.