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Monday, 23 April 2012 09:42

Program Partners

Click on the name of the organization below to read more about GSSWT's program partners and community service resources:

  • American Camp Association - Our very own Camp La Jita is ACA-approved!

  • American Red Cross of the San Antonio Area

  • Boerne Gymnastics Center - Gymnastics center offering recreational programs in girl’s and boy’s gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and rock climbing. The center also offers a competitive program for girls and boys in gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics.

  • GSUSA Online Volunteer Orientation: No prerequisites. Note: This course does NOT substitute for the GSSWT Orientation provided by a local volunteer or staff member. Access to the Girl Scout Orientation is found at: http://training.girlscouts.org/. The current assigned password is discover.

  • Humane Society SPCA of Bexar County - The Humane Society SPCA has many dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are available for adoption. They also conduct educational presentations for children and adults that highlight responsible pet ownership, pet needs, pet overpopulation, animal cruelty, and respect towards all animals. In addition to offsite educational programs, tours of the facility are offered for any age group.

  • Incredible Pizza - At Incredible Pizza, you'll find an incredible all-you-can-eat buffet and choose to eat in the sporty Gymnasium,  cool Drive-In Room, fun retro 50s Diner, or quiet Family Room! Then, hop into some fun at the Fairgrounds, where you'll find indoor Go-Kart Races, Bumper Cars, Route 66 Mini Golf, an incredible game room, bowling, and much more!

  • Little Brownie Bakers GSSWTs official vendor for the cookie sale program. This site is filled with fun facts, games, and resources to help with the cookie sale program.

  • MouthPower -- Discover the power of a healthy smile! The National Museum of Dentistry, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to present MouthPower. Created in partnership with the American Dental Association, www.mouthpower.org is an entertaining and educational Web experience that engages children in discovering the power of a healthy smile. Meet Mouthie, the chatterteeth mascot, run experiments about oral health, healthy eating, tobacco-use prevention, and how much a dental visit has changed. Girl Scouts will learn about making healthy choices and fulfill requirements for several Brownie Try-Its and Junior Badges. After completing the program, Girl Scouts have the option to purchase a MouthPower patch to place on their uniform. MouthPower online is available in both English and Spanish.

  • National Women's Friendship Day  Kappa Delta created National Women's Friendship Day in 1999 to encourage all women to acknowledge their female friends. Since that time, women and girls across the country have celebrated with picnics, outings, and adventures. Some Kappa Delta chapters have celebrated with local Girl Scout troops by helping girls earn friendship badges.

  • Paul Mitchell the School - San Antonio is designed to teach Future Professionals the skills they need to inspire and explore their passion and creativity. When people come first, success will follow!

  • Project Linus - Service project to make homemade, washable blankets and afghans to give to seriously ill or traumatized children.

  • P.R.A.Y. - Programs of Religious Activities with Youth is a not-for-profit organization that assists with providing information about the religious award programs for Girl Scouts.

  • Riverside Nature Center - Riverside Nature Center is located in the heart of Kerrville on the Guadalupe River at the junction of Town Creek.  This former small farm has been transformed into an urban wildlife and native plant sanctuary.

  • San Antonio Children’s Museum – The San Antonio Children’s Museum provides engaging hands-on experiences where children and the adults in their lives actively learn through creative play. Here you will find information about the museum’s exhibits, hours, membership options, ticket pricing, and special events.

  • San Antonio Missions Baseball - Ticket information, player stats, and season schedule for the San Antonio Missions baseball team. Here you can also find information about special events and shop for all of your MiLB gear.

  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park - In 1718, Franciscans and Spanish representatives established the first mission. Within 13 years, five were located along the San Antonio River. Today, visitors can retrace the footsteps of the mission Indians and friars. Free guided tours, movies, and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the week.

  • San Antonio Symphony - Schedule and ticket information for all symphony events. Call 210.554.1066 for information about special Girl Scout pricing.

  • San Antonio Zoo - The San Antonio Zoo is home to more than 3800 animals representing 750 species. The zoo opens at 9:00 AM every day of the year. Admission to the San Antonio Zoo is $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and children.

  • SeaWorld San Antonio - This wet theme park is a treat for anyone who loves animals, roller coasters and fabulous shows. Not only does Sea World have Shamu,the performing killer whale, it also has walk-through animal habitats and exciting rides. Check out the water-skiing shows and the restaurants and be sure to stick around at night for laser shows and seasonal concerts.

  • Seguin Outdoor Learning Center Our friends at SOLC offer a 115-acre facility nestled along Geronimo Creek in historic Seguin, Texas. SOLC offers a variety of outdoor activities and invite you to explore their woods, fields, and waters for your next adventure! Join SOLC through Girl Scout programs or on your own for a day of education through experience.

  • Southwest School of Art and Craft – On a historic campus alongside San Antonio ’s meandering River Walk, the Southwest School of Art & Craft is one of the country’s largest community-based art schools, offering classes to established artists as well as to beginning and intermediate students of all ages.

  • Space Center Houston – Space Center Houston is a place where people can experience space -- from its dramatic history and exciting present to its compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space.

  • Sunin Clay Studio – SUNIN Clay Studio will introduce the world of pottery and clay to anyone with pottery knowledge/experience or just a curiosity of the art with classes and a nurturing, well-equipped studio and gallery.

  • Interested in visiting San Antonio? VisitSanAntonio.com has all the information you need!

What would you give to help change the world?
Help us start in Southwest Texas, one girl at a time.

Together, we can get her there.

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:40

Funding Partners

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Monday, 23 April 2012 09:39

Community Partners

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!

  What would you give to help change the world?
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.

  • Make sure the privacy standards settings ensure the safety of girls.
  • Practice diligence to ensure that groups you are joining or linking to have standards consistent with Girl Scouts.
  • Make sure the messages you post do not conflict with Girl Scouts positions. Please contact the council if you need clarity.
  • Use good judgment and common sense - do not write or post anything that would embarrass or upset Girl Scout members and volunteers, or reflect badly on our organization.

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.


  • Do not post a girl’s last name, e-mail address, physical address, phone number or school.
  • Do not post the date, time and location of meetings, events or trips. Service units can post recruitment events online. If service units wish to share program information with families, they should do so via email or through a closed group or password-protected page only (such as Rallyhood). 
  • Any Girl Scout use of a social networking site for communication must have parental permission and must meet age limits set by the provider, which is 13 and older in most cases, as per the United States Child Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and the Child Online Protection Act (COPA).
  • Only events/opportunities that are directly related to Girl Scouts can be promoted.
  • Under no circumstances should volunteers utilize information available on social media sites to make volunteer appointment decisions.
  • Respect other people’s privacy and your own personal boundaries by using discretion when posting information and photography.
  • Girl Scouts of the USA’s requirements are listed in Safety Activity Checkpoints (“Girl Scout Cookie/Council-Sponsored Product Sales” and “Computer/Online Use”) and we encourage all girls to sign the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge.
  • Members responsible for posting disparaging material, bullying, intimidation or other misuse will be reprimanded and other disciplinary measures may be taken. We expect our adult members to be role models for our girls and to follow the Girl Scout Law and Promise to be considerate and caring, honest and fair. GSSWT has a zero tolerance for adult-to-girl cyber-bullying.
  • Comments should be deleted if they break any of the procedures listed above; contain profanity, obscenity, vulgarity or nudity; are defamatory to a person, people or organization; contain name-calling, personal attacks and/or personal issues that are more appropriately addressed offline; or infringe on copyright laws.


Questions? Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:34

E-Communication Channels

There are plenty of ways to stay connected with GSSWT!

Service Unit and Troop Web Sites

Want your Web site linked on GSSWT's? Get more info here...


Community Connection

Are you signed up to receive GSSWT's Community Connection e-communication?

If not, sign up now! Read archived issues below:



Community Connection, March 8, 2013


Community Connection, February 27, 2013

Community Connection, February 13, 2013

Community Connection, February 6, 2013


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

Monday, 23 April 2012 09:34


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.


Girls have a lot to say. And we are their voice. 


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.

Leaders Behind the Leaders

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.  


Monday, 23 April 2012 00:19

The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

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:

  1. Girl Scout Traditions
  2. Cookie Program Activities
  3. Earned Awards (badges, religious awards, Bronze, Silver, Gold)

Each girl will want her own copy since the Girl’s Guide will contain information such as:

  • Girl Scout history
  • Girl Scout traditions
  • What’s special about being a Girl Scout
  • List of emblems and awards (i.e., membership stars, GSUSA strip, council strip, etc.)
  • Awards log
  • Diagram of sash/vest with badge placement
  • Bridging award requirements for relevant program level
  • Bronze, Silver, Gold Award requirements for relevant program levels
  • Additional program information for each level such as Program Aide or Counselor in Training info
  • Journey map for relevant program level
  • Map showing all the councils and special Girl Scout places (i.e., the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, World Centers, etc.)


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.

Important Information Regarding the Girl's Guide

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.

Thank you for your patience. The Girl Scout Shop staff is working daily with GSUSA to get the orders filled and processed. In the meantime, if your girls want the guides be sure and get on the list now by filling out the pre-order form and  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">email or fax (210-349-2666) to the Girl Scout Shop.

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:18

Girl Scout Leadership Experience

The Girl Scout program is fun with purpose, and is based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) where girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scout activities take place within the safety of an all-girl environment where girls take the lead, learn by doing, and learn cooperatively.


All Girl Scout activities are tied to one of 15 short-term outcomes to ensure every girl receives a quality leadership experience. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is what leadership "looks like" for girls and empowers them to:

  • Develop a strong sense of self
  • Develop positive values
  • Gain practical life skills
  • Seek challenges in the world
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Develop healthy relationships
  • Promote cooperation and team building
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Advance diversity in a multicultural world
  • Feel connected to their communities, locally and globally
Take Action
  • Identify community needs
  • Become resourceful problem solvers
  • Advocate for themselves and others
  • Educate and inspire others to act
  • Feel empowered to make a difference in the world


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.



Monday, 23 April 2012 00:17

Adult Facilitators

Be a Volunteer Council Facilitator


GSSWT Facilitator Interest Form


Would you like to share your enthusiasm for Girl Scouting with others? Would you be willing to conduct leadership courses, outdoor education courses, or specialty courses? If so, just complete the form above or send an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be considered for a council facilitator position. 


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.

Frequently-Asked Questions about Becoming a Council Facilitator

  • What does a facilitator do? A council facilitator has the responsibility for facilitating adult learning for adult Girl Scout volunteers to enable participants to carry out their specific Girl Scout volunteer responsibilities.
  • What types of courses does a facilitator teach? There are three types of course areas: Leadership, First Aid/CPR, and Outdoor Education. Facilitators may teach in one or all three areas depending on their interest. First Aid/CPR requires the completion of the American Red Cross Instructor course (also offered by GSSWT).
  • What time commitment is required? Council facilitators are asked to conduct a minimum of 10 hours of sessions per year and attend at least one facilitator event (such as a 3-hour rally) per year.
  • What does it cost? The Facilitating Adult Learning course is FREE! The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Instructor has a cost for materials and includes ARC certification.
  • What is the certification process? The council facilitator certification process for facilitators consists of three parts. The first is attending the Facilitating Adult Learning course. Next, new facilitators co-teach with other experienced facilitators over a period of at least six months. Third, facilitators attend an Adult Learning enrichment day (also an 8-hour course), within 6-18 months of attending the first course.
  • Do I have to facilitate by myself? Girl Scouts is committed to team teaching. Particularly as a new facilitator, you will work with other experienced facilitators to gain experience and familiarity with the session design manuals.
  • Who can be a teen faciliatator? Girls interested in being apprentice facilitators must have successfully completed the Leader-In-Training course and apprenticeship.

For more information, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247).

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:16

Adult Learning Registration Procedures

General Information

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.

Cancellations and Reimbursements

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

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.

Registration Steps

  1. Select course you wish to attend from the Program/Adult Learning Guide.
  2. Complete a separate registration form for each course you wish to attend, one person per form, please.
  3. Send completed registration form and fee (when required) to the council office five business days before the date.

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Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:
to serve God and my country,
to help people at all times,
and to live by the Girl Scout Law


Our Locations

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center
811 N. Coker Loop
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Tel: 210-349-2404


West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
5622 Cesar Chavez Way
San Antonio, TX 78237
Tel: 210-319-5775