Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This mission can only be accomplished with the support and assistance of many community partners. As a integral part of the community, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is pround to partner with other youth-serving agencies, schools, businesses and individuals to provide opportunities to girls.
Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts!
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Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.
Together, we can get her there.
A service unit or troop may create their own website to facilitate communication among members. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas does not monitor nor maintain these websites. Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is not responsible for the content of these websites. Consequently, Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will not be held responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material contained in websites listed below. The inclusion of any links to third-party websites (including, but not limited to, social-networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Twitter, etc.) does not imply endorsement by Girl Scouts of the USA or Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas makes no representations whatsoever about any other website which you may access through www.girlscouts-swtx.org.
When creating a service unit or troop website, be mindful to abide by the GSUSA Web Site Guidelines.
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas encourages troops and service units to create websites with Rallyhood.
Social Media Guidelines
When representing Girl Scouts on social media channels remember to make safety the top priority.
Treat others as you want to be treated; do not use the internet to attack or abuse any individual or group based on race, gender, religion or political preference. Careful monitoring of social media is important in maintaining a positive image of Girl Scouting. When possible, please share articles/events from the GSSWT website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube channel and other communication resources.
Use of photos or videos requires a Media Release form signed by a parent/guardian of all girls and any adults pictured. This release only provides permission for use directly related to Girl Scouts and should never be used to promote a business or for political reasons. A verbal confirmation from a Girl Scout’s parent or guardian is also acceptable, but one or the other is required before posting online.
There are plenty of ways to stay connected with GSSWT!
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Community Connection, January 1, 2013
Holiday Message, December 24, 2012
Community Connection, November 28, 2012
Community Connection, October 30, 2012
Community Connection, October 11, 2012
GirlExpo 2012, September 21, 2012
Community Connection, August 22, 2012
Trefoil 2012, August 15, 2012
Trefoil Honoree, June 13, 2012
CEO Celebration, June 6, 2012
Community Connection, May 23, 2012
Community Connection, May 11, 2012
Community Connection, March 21, 2012
Community Connection, March 13, 2012
Community Connection, March 5, 2012
Community Connection, February 22, 2012
Community Connection, February 1, 2012
More than ever, the challenges that face us are shared. Economic and social changes that once took shape over a generation now ripple around the world in a few years. Learning to connect and take action across boundaries of any kind is now a vital skill. In the blink of an eye, today's Girl Scouts will take their places as leaders of households, communities, businesses, and governments around the world. And they'll be ready.
It is our responsiblity to arm today's Girl Scouts with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead. That's why Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas offers activities in a variety of fields and seeks out unique opportunities for girls. Girl Scouts is the experts on girls and leadership, we value diversity and teach girls to lead healthy lifestyles, care for the environment, study new technologies and have pride in their country.
Girl Scouts and Community: Girl Scouts selflessly gave 30,665 service hours in 2009.
Girl Scouts and Leadership: Today's girls represent humanity's largest untapped talent pool.
Girl Scouts and Diversity: We look like America, and we change with America.
Girl Scouts and Healthy Living: Girls believe health combines physical fitness with emotional well-being.
Girl Scouts and the Environment: For today's girls, reversing environmental threats will be the work of their generation.
Girl Scouts and Technology: Girl Scouts introduced programs in aeronautics and circuitry in 1913.
Girl Scouts and Military: The tradition of service to those who defend our country continues.
GSSWT is featured in the 2012 March/April issue of San Antonio Woman magazine. A 16-page section of the magazine spotlights the incredible achievements of our girls, volunteers, donors and staff. You can find a copy of this free publication at more than 300 locations, including H-E-B, Jim’s Restaurants, and a variety of small businesses who support female entrepreneurship.
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, a brand-new girl handbook, will have one book for each grade level -- Daisy through Ambassador. Although described as a book for girls, this book is considered to be a sufficient leader resource as well.
The book has three main sections:
Each girl will want her own copy since the Girl’s Guide will contain information such as:
Until this new resource is available, existing resources are still valid and available to use. For more information about the transition in resources, click here. For FAQs about the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the future of badges, GSUSA FAQS and What's Happening with Badges can be downloaded here.
The launch of the new Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting from GSUSA has been very successful and has hit the country by storm. These great new resources for girls are flying off the shelves across the country and GSUSA has not been able to keep up with the demand.
The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting was first previewed at the Service Team Training in August, where GSSWT began taking pre-orders.
GSSWT placed an initial order in April 2011 based on estimated projected sales. However, it was clear that when GSSWT began taking pre-orders, the initial order would not cover the demand.
At this point a second order was placed by GSSWT in August 2011 to meet all of the pre-orders and extra. This second order will arrive mid-November or early December 2011. GSUSA is already working off of a backlog.
As each day passes, more and more girls are getting excited about the guides and more and more pre-orders are received in the Girl Scout Shop. Due to the larger demand, a third order was sent to GSUSA and will arrive hopefully by late December. Again, GSUSA has a backlog so we are unable to get them any sooner. GSUSA is also not filling any individually ordered guides as they are working to fill the orders they already have.
Please NOTE: If you are on GSSWT’s shop pre-order list, do NOT call the shop -- they are calling everyone on the list and you will be contacted. Once contacted, you will need to pick up your order by the shop’s date or they will go back into the inventory.
Transforming Leadership, a book published by GSUSA, outlines the Discover-Connect-Take Action framework of the 15 outcomes, and helps adults to understand how girls will benefit from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience now and in the future.
To become a council facilitator you will participate in an eight-hour Facilitating Adult Learning course, and then have the opportunity to teach several times with an experienced facilitator. After six months, all new facilitators have the opportunity to attend an additonal skill development in-service, Facilitating Adult Learning II. Council facilitators teach at least 10 hours of courses each year, maintain skills through practice and facilitator enrichment activities, and represent GSSWT in adult learning courses throughout the council.
Any registered Girl Scout adult may participate in adult learning courses and workshops in the Program/Adult Learning Guide.
It is required that all new troop leaders and co-leaders complete the GSSWT Welcome Session and Troop Leadership Essentials before meeting with their girls or parents.
Each troop should have an adult certified in adult/child CPR and American Red Cross First Aid.
Babysitting is not provided at training sessions. Please make arrangements for child care while you are attending training.
Courses can be taught in Spanish if needed. Call the Adult Learning & Mentoring Specialist for more information 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247.
Training may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrations. Fees for cancelled courses are refunded.
Only those registered for a course will be notified of any changes.
Fees for courses which are held but which you do not attend are forfeited. You may provide a registered Girl Scout adult for a replacement, but be sure to notify the Training Registrar (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 210) before the training.
If you cannot attend a course for which you have paid a fee and you call the Training Registrar 24 hours prior to the course, you will have six months from that date to reschedule and complete the course. After that time, your fee is forfeited.
Financial assistance is available for any course requiring a fee by completing the box on the registration form.
Persons receiving financial assistance who fail to cancel when unable to attend will not be eligible for financial assistance for the remainder of the year.
The American Red Cross (ARC) First Aid course along with the ARC Adult/Child CPR course will fulfill the requirements in Safety-Wise for Girl Scouts for a Level I First Aider. Using the current curriculum from ARC, each course is three hours in length. Certification is required in both first aid and adult/child CPR, but the courses may be taken independently, depending upon the expiration of current certifications. Each course is a combination of video, reading, and skill practice. Participants will be required to pass skills and multiple-choice written tests. Adult/child CPR certification is good for two years and the first aid certification is good for two years. NOTE: Participants wishing to re-certify may wish to register for a Challenge course.
$9 - Participant’s Manual
$25 - CPR (Adult/Child)
$25 - First Aid
$3.50 - Ready Reference Card
Financial assistance available! (one request per Pathways Guide)
CPR and First Aid Challenge Courses
CPR certification from American Red Cross (ARC) is valid for two years. To renew your CPR certificate, you may retake the CPR course or take a CPR Challenge. First aid certification from ARC is valid for three years. To renew your first aid certificate, you may retake the first aid course or take a First Aid Challenge.
Note: Participants taking Challenge courses are responsible for demonstrating skills and knowledge from the current American Red Cross workbook, First Aid/CPR/AED for Schools and Community, 2006 edition.
Participants MUST be able to demonstrate, without coaching or practice, all skills and pass a written test on these skills. This is a pass/fail course with no instruction given. No refunds or fee transfers are given if certification cannot be achieved.
Fees: $15/person if participant brings current ARC workbook
Level II (Wilderness) First Aid
MANDATORY Prerequisite: Current GSUSA-accepted certification in adult/child CPR, infant CPR and AED. Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adults only
As per Safety-Wise, there are two levels of first aid for Girl Scouts. Level I meets requirements for most activities, such as field trips and troop camping trips on Girl Scout property. However, for events such as service unit campouts with more than 200 people, certain Activity Checkpoints, and backpacking, Level II First Aiders are required. This course meets the GSSWT requirements for Level II First Aid. Course includes training in preparation for wilderness trips, preventive measures to reduce injuries, evacuation techniques, and a variety of wilderness first aid skills that are needed when help is delayed. Course provides certification in American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (good for three years). This is a great opportunity for volunteers and Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors to expand their skills and be prepared for high adventure! Note: girls under 18 may NOT serve as Level I or Level II First Aiders.
Fee: $60/person (cost includes all materials, including American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid textbook)
Volunteers who have completed training at other Girl Scout councils, as well as USA Girl Scouts-Overseas may be eligible for a training waiver. All adult volunteers are encouraged to participate in the adult training courses, but may not be required to duplicate training already taken elsewhere.
Volunteers requesting a training waiver must meet the following requirements:
- Must have been active and continue to be active at the troop level within the last two years.
- Training must be comparable to that offered at this council (ARC or AHA curriculum).
- Waiver requests must be completed and submitted with documentation (i.e. copy of past training card, etc.) to the Adult Development Department. Complete the Training Waiver Request Form and submit it with your documentation.
- Volunteers will be notified in writing of the results of their waiver request.