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Monday, 23 April 2012 00:12

Pathways Guide

GSSWT's Pathways Guide is published twice a year (January and August). Hard copies of the publication are available for every registered Girl Scout and its easily accessed online. Inside the Pathways Guide, you'll find your step-by-step guide to registering for and attending a variety of council-sponsored activities that emphasize the flexible pathways in Girl Scouts. GSSWT staff plan and implement girl activities and adult learning opportunities throughout the council's 21-county service area to meet the needs and interests of our diverse membership. Each event identifies the appropriate grade level, if adults are required to attend, and if the event is for troop, individual, or family participation.

Didn't get a copy of the latest Pathways Guide? Visit the Staff Directory and contact a member of your GO Team today. 


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Pathways Guide

Council programs provide an opportunity for girls to experience Girl Scouting beyond the troop and with any of the flexible pathways. By developing collaborations with local community resources, the council can provide programs that often are not available at the troop or service unit level. Girls come together from all areas of the council to enjoy the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:12

Volunteer Recognition Event

Annual Adult Volunteer Recognition

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216)

 

Celebrate with us as we acknowledge many of our adult Girl Scout volunteers who were nominated by their peers and staff for a board-approved award!

Once a year we gather to recognize the hard work, commitment and dedication of truly amazing Girl Scout adult volunteers. This is a great opportunity for you to meet and greet  wonderful peers and community partners who will receive board-approved awards. 

 

Thank the special Girl Scout volunteer in your life. Download this cool shareable card!

VAW card 

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:11

Board-approved Awards

Volunteer Recognition Awards

Each year Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas hosts a Volunteer Recognition Event to honor volunteers who have been nominated and selected to receive a board-approved award. Volunteers giving service that significantly impacts the Girl Scout council can be nominated for one of the following board-approved awards:

  • Community Partner Award -- Presented to corporations, agencies, organizations, businesses, and community individuals who have provided exceptional support to the council.
  • Girl Scout Volunteer Service Award -- Presented to volunteers who have completed their first successful service on a board committee or a council task group, or a volunteer who has served notably as a service team member or with Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Appreciation Pin -- For outstanding service, which goes above and beyond expectations, and is delivered to at least one geographic area or service unit within the council's jurisdiction. The volunteer service given by the individuals receiving this award contributes greatly to the council's goals and objectives.
  • Mentoring Award -- Given to volunteers who have gained sufficient skills and experience as a coach or mentor. Recipients of the mentoring award must have coached and mentored volunteers resulting in their retention for at least two years. A mentor is a sounding board, someone who helps adults new to Girl Scouts solve challenges and problems. The Mentoring Award recognizes outstanding volunteers who have become mentors or have provided ongoing support resulting in the retention of volunteers. 
  • Honor Pin -- Recipients have repeatedly given outstanding service beyond the local level to a broad segment of the council and have significantly contributed to the achievement of one or more of the council’s goals in membership growth, fund development or community visibility in two or more geographic areas. In addition, they actively recognize, understand, and practice the values of inclusiveness and the Girl Scout Mission.
  • Daisy Pin (unique to GSSWT) -- An award exclusive to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, it recognizes those volunteers who have made a significantly outstanding contribution to Girl Scouting in the council, have performed consistently above and beyond what is required, and have given service to the service unit or to the council for at least two years. Recipients of this unique award have shown outstanding leadership skills in a variety of positions.
  • Thanks Badge -- Is presented for outstanding service that benefits the total council or entire Girl Scout Movement. Recipients have taken a leadership role in programs at the council level in one or more areas such as retention, funding, and innovative programs. The service recognized by the national Thanks Badge is so significantly beyond expectations that no other award is appropriate.
  • Thanks Badge II -- The Thanks Badge II for continuing service recognizes volunteers who have already received the Thanks Badge and who have continued to contribute in extraordinary ways to the success of the entire council. The result of their time, talents, dedication, and commitment to serve make the entire Girl Scout Movement stronger. This award is given to individuals whose service is outstanding and is so significantly beyond expectations that no other award is appropriate.

But wait, there is more!

Please complete the endorsement form as well as view the information guide to inform yourself further of what is expected for each award.

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:10

Ways to Recognize Special People

Ways to Recognize Special People

Most adults who volunteer to help the troop do so for personal reasons and do not expect a special thank you, but it's always nice to know that you were appreciated. The ideas below are simple and inexpensive. They're just quick ways to say thanks!

 

  • Present a bag (or jar) of peanuts decorated with curly ribbon. Attach a note that all the girls have signed saying "We're nuts about you!"
  • Present a jar of jam decorated with curly ribbon. The message from girls can read "Thanks for helping us out of a jam!" or "Such a sweet thing to do!"
  • Present a wooden (or plastic) spinning top with the message attached "You're tops with us!"
  • Purchase an extra box of Girl Scout cookies. Decorate as desired and attach a message "Top Cookie of Troop 1234" or "To a real sweet cookie!"
  • Make a crown from construction paper or fun foam. Let girls decorate as desired. Write the message "Queen (or King) of our Hearts!" Have each person who helped the troop throughout the year wear one during the ceremony (or award) event.
  • Purchase a can of band-aids. Decorate with curly ribbon and attach a message signed by all the girls "Thanks for the first aid!" or "Thanks for sticking to us!"
  • Certificates are always a nice thanks, too! Use these templates to create your own recognition certificates or create your own!
Monday, 23 April 2012 00:10

Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteers who participate, encourage, and support the Girl Scout Movement are the very foundation of our organization. An attitude of appreciation and encouragement is expressed throughout the council in ways that recognize dedication and contributions of volunteers to the mission of Girl Scouting. Thank You. Showing appreciation is an everyday commitment and Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas greatly appreciates the thousands of volunteers who help make Girl Scouting a reality.

 

It's easy to say thank you and show your appreciation ... get quick ideas on ways to recognize special people here!

 

Each year Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas hosts a Volunteer Recognition Event to honor volunteers who have been nominated and selected to receive a board-approved award. Read about the board-approved awards volunteers can receive here.

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:09

Volunteer Connection

Are you signed up to receive the Volunteer Connection e-communication? If not, sign up now! Read archived issues below:

 

2013

October 2013    
October 11    
October 4    
     
     
     
September 2013 August 2013 July 2013
September 27 August 30 July 26
September 20 August 23 July 19
September 13 August 16 July 12
September 6 August 9 July 5
  August 2  
     
June 2013 May 2013 April 2013
June 28 May 31 April 19
June 21 May 23 April 11
June 14 May 17 April 4
June 7 May 10
 
  May 3   
     
March 2013 February 2013 January 2013
March 29 February 22 January 25
March 22 February 15 January 18
March 15 February 8 January 11

March 8

February 1 January 4
March 1    

 

2012

December November October
December 21 November 30 October 26
December 14 November 16 October 19
December 7 November 9 October 12
  November 2  
     
September 2012 August 2012 July 2012
September 28 August 31 July 27
September 21 August 24 July 20
September 14 August 17 July 13
September 7 August 10 July 6
  August 3  
     
June 2012 May 2012 April 2012
June 29 May 25 April 27
June 22  May 18 April 20
June 15 May 11 April 13
June 8 May 4  
June 1    
     
 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012
March 23 February 24 January 27
March 16 February 17 January 20

March 9

February 10 January 13
March 2 February 3 January 6

 

 

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:08

Safety Activity Checkpoints

 

When preparing for a Girl Scout activity, always begin with the Safety Activity Checkpoints to see the nationally required standards and guidelines. You can find more information on the GSUSA website here.

 

 

Search the Activities by CATEGORY:

Water Sports

 

Land Sports

 

 

Camping Activities

 

 

Other Activities

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:08

Recognition Certificates

Need to say "Thank you!", show your appreciation or just send a congratulations? Certificates are the perfect way to say whatever it is you want to express!

 

Girl Certificates
Generic Certificates

Investiture & Rededication

PDF Word
2 per page/black & white
full page/black & white
2 per page/black & white
full page/black & white
Girl Scout Daisy Certificates

Girl Scout Daisy Candlelight Investiture

PDF Word
2 per page/black & white
2 per page/color
Watermark, 2 per page/black & white
2 per page/black & white
2 per page/color
Watermark, 2 per page/black & white
Girl Scout Daisy Welcome 2 per page/black & white
2 per page/color
full page/black & white
2 per page/black & white
2 per page/color
full page/black & white
Girl Scout Daisy Hard Work & Dedication 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Girl Scout Daisy Petal Award 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Girl Scout Daisy Bridging Award 2 per page/black & white
2 per page/color
2 per page/black & white
2 per page/color
Girl Scout Brownie Certificates
Girl Scout Brownie Investiture & Rededication PDF Word
2 per page/black & white
full page/black & white
full page/black & white
Girl Scout Brownie Folded Program full page color full page color
Girl Scout Brownie Hard Work & Dedication 2 per page/black & white 2 per page/black & white

Girl Scout Brownie Hooray Hard Work & Dedication

2 per page/color
full page/color
2 per page/color
full page/color

Girl Scout Brownie Bridging Award

2 per page/black & white
full page/color
2 per page/black & white
full page/color
Girl Scout Junior Certificates

Girl Scout Junior Investiture & Rededication

PDF

Word

2 per page/black & white

full page/black & white

2 per page/black & white
full page/black & white

Girl Scout Junior Hard Work & Dedication

2 per page/color
full page/color
full page folded card/color
2 per page/color
full page/color
full page folded card/color

Girl Scout Junior Bridging Award

Bridge - 2 per page/black & white
Bridge - 2 per page/color 
Patch - 2 per page/color
Patch - full page/color
Bridge - 2 per page/black & white
Bridge - 2 per page/color
Patch - 2 per page/color
Patch - full page/color
Girl Scout Cadette Certificates
Girl Scout Cadette Hard Work & Dedication Folded Card PDF Word
 -- full page/color
Girl Scout Cadette Bridging full page/color full page/color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Certificates
Miscellaneous Certificates
Angel You Are PDF Word
2 per page/color
full page/color
2 per page/color
full page/color
Bookmarks, Girl Scout Promise & Law 5 per page/black & white 5 per page/black & white
Boundless Energy, Make New Friends full page/color full page/color
Girl Scout Promise & Law Cards 6 per page/black & white 6 per page/black & white
Order Green Heart, Assistant Troop Leader 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Order Green Heart, Husband 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Order Green Heart, Leader's Daughter 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Order Green Heart, Troop Leader 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Outstanding Volunteer, no border full page/black & white  --
Outstanding Volunteer, with border full page/black & white  --
Support & Dedication, 2 signature lines full page/color full page/color
Support, no border full page/color full page/color
Support, with border full page/color full page/color
Thank You, Make New Friends 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Troop Camping Trip 2 per page/color 2 per page/color
Volunteer Extraordinaire 2 per page/color 2 per page/color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:07

Equipment & Kits

 

From sports to camping to candle-making, the Resource Center has all kinds of equipment that you can check out!

There is also a variety of badge, activity, and specialty kits for troops to check out. A badge kit contains most of the materials necessary to complete a particular badge or patch. Specialty or activity kits are not designed to complete an earned award, but contain materials needed for fun activities girls will enjoy doing.

  

The badge and activity kits are not meant to be completed in one meeting. The purpose of an earned award is for girls to develop a better understanding of the topic and even be able to discuss their opinions on that topic with others. It is very difficult to relay the importance of the information in the kits in one meeting. We suggest spending two to four meetings on a kit. Each kit is different as is every troop, so we can help you determine how long each kit will be needed.  Kits are extremely popular and in great demand. To ensure they are available to as many troops as possible, they are limited to a three-month advance reservation.

 

Resource Center Reservations

With the exception of library materials, it's best to reserve needed equipment or kits as far in advance as possible. With nearly 1,000 groups using the center, items are not always readily available. Once girls decide which items to borrow, call or come in to reserve immediately.

 

To reserve equipment and a kit, volunteers complete the Equipment Request Form (SCGSLC form or WSGSLC form) or call the Resource Center at 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext 203. Include the pick-up date and due date, agreed upon by volunteer and Resource Center staff. Information on the person responsible for the item is also noted. The volunteer, or other designated party, can pick up the reserved item(s) any time during Resource Center hours on the pick up date, and return the item(s) any time during regular center hours on the due date. 

*Kits/items not picked up within five days of the scheduled pick-up date will be cancelled and made available to others. 

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:06

Library

The library has books on arts and crafts, outstanding women, multi-cultural holidays, program ideas, Journey Books for all age levels, international and national Girl Scout history, outdoor fun, music, teen-adult relationships, self-help materials, and much, much more. Library materials cannot be reserved -- they are on an as-available basis.

 

There is no charge for using the library resources, we simply ask that you honor your due/return date and return items on time. Others are always waiting to use them.

Books, videos, and cassettes can be checked out from the Resource Center Library for two weeks at a time. There is a limit of six items per checkout.

 

A late fee of 10¢ per item, per day will be assessed on all late library items. Persons with overdue materials will receive a letter or e-mail reminder. Library privileges will be revoked until all items have been returned.

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