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.
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.