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Monday, 23 April 2012 00:15

First Aid & CPR

 

CPR/First Aid

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.

 

Fees:
$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)

 

Training Waivers

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.
Monday, 23 April 2012 00:14

Outdoor

Outdoor Education

Troop Camp Leadership Certification

Why enjoy the Outdoor Experience with girls? Lead girls out-the-door to a field trip in the city or out-of-doors to a campsite—all of these experiences will allow girls to discover the world around them, connect with their environment, and inspire them to take action to make their world a better place! The out-the-door experience is one of the best ways to involve girls in girl-led, cooperative activities in which they learn by doing!

 

In order to take a troop on an outdoor experience, each troop must have one or more adults who have taken outdoor training. Both women and men over 18 may take outdoor training. Financial assistance is available!

 

Please note:

Day Trips and Cooking with Girls: If a troop plans on doing only daytime field trips which include cooking with girls, the Introduction to the Outdoors course will provide the adult in charge the required cooking and outdoor training.

 

Camping: For troops planning outdoor overnight experiences, one or more adults MUST take training to become Troop Camp Leadership (TCL) certified. Adults completing TCL certification may then take troops camping in a variety of locations, including council-owned sites, cabin-camping, and tent camping in state parks/ private property (sites that have permanent buildings, restrooms, and are within 30 minutes of emergency help). The TCL-certified adult then guides the troop through its planning process and accompanies the troop on camping trips. Each troop must have a TCL-certified adult in order to go camping. TCL certification is good for three years; adults current in TCL can recertify through a TCL-review process.

Changes to TCL certification -- TCL certification is now offered in just two formats as described below. Either of these formats provides successful participants with TCL certification.

 

TCL Option 1, Overnight Format

Participants must attend:

  • TCL OPTION 1 Classroom Planning Session (3 hours)
  • TCL OPTION 1 Overnight Session (12 p.m., Saturday to 12 p.m., Sunday) in an outdoor environment

TCL Option 2, Troops & Adults Camping Together Format

Adult participants must attend:

  • TCL OPTION 2 Classroom Planning Session (9 hours)
  • TCL OPTION 2 Overnight with their troop—training staff provides supervision and activities for girls while adults train (9 AM, Saturday to 11 AM, Sunday) in an outdoor environment

Either of the above options will certify an adult in Troop Camp Leadership.

Camp Essentials

Prerequisite: Participant must be a registered member of GSUSA with a criminal background check form submitted to the council.

This is now an optional course. This is a two-and-a-half-hour classroom and outdoor cooking session. Note: This course should be taken only by those participants who plan to take TCL OPTION 1 to become TCL certified OR want to cook outdoors and on day trips with girls, but do not plan on becoming TCL certified. (Do not take this training if you are taking TCL OPTION 2.) This training will prepare adults to take their girls on outdoor day activities where the girls will be cooking. Participants will learn how to involve girls in planning the activity, how to use a kaper chart, as well as learning basic environmental awareness. Focus will be on health and safety procedures for outdoor cooking, use of basic charcoal fires, and one-pot meal preparation. Note: This course by itself does not provide TCL certification.

Fee: $7/person (includes meal and course material)

Please register five business days prior to the date of your choice. 

 

TCL Option 1, Overnight Format

Prerequisite: Participant must be a registered member of GSUSA with a criminal background check form submitted to the council.

This is a mandatory three-hour classroom planning session. You must also attend the mandatory overnight camping session.

Completion of TCL OPTION 1 is needed to complete TCL certification in this format. Adults will learn about required procedures and paperwork, emergency procedures, kaper charts, and environmental awareness. More advanced cooking methods than in Introduction to the Outdoors will be taught.

Fee: $15/per person (covers the cost of training materials and site usage)

Please register five business days prior to the date of classroom session.

 

TCL Option 2, Troops & Adults Camping Together Format

Prerequisites: Participant must be a registered member of GSUSA with a criminal background check form submitted to the council.

Adult volunteers and girls can learn to camp together! Mandatory nine-hour classroom planning session for adults only, as well as an overnight camping session from 9 AM, Saturday to 11 AM, Sunday with adults and girls. TCL OPTION 2 provides an opportunity for adults to gain TCL certification while camping with their troop. It is a camping experience intended for troops that have limited or no camping experience. Each troop provides and cooks its own meals with assistance from experienced volunteer leadership. Girls and adults will sleep in separate cabins which are within viewing and listening distance. Male adults will sleep in a separate unit but can participate with their troops in all activities. Classroom session is required and is for adults only. At least one adult* from each troop must attend the classroom session. Failure to attend the entire classroom session will prevent the troop from participating in the TCL OPTION 2 overnight and there will be no refund. In order to become TCL certified, you must attend the entire classroom planning session and the entire overnight training. (*One adult should be current first aider.)

Minimum: 1 adult for classroom session; 2 adults and 5 girls for campout

Fee: $20/per person

Ratio: Troop leaders/adults should meet but not exceed adult/girl ratio (see Safety-Wise). Tag-a-longs are NOT permitted.

Scholarships: NOT available for girls. Girls may use cookie credits.

Notes:

  • Troops are encouraged to register early, as this is a first-come, first-serve event. Courses without sufficient troops registered by deadline will be cancelled.
  • Please register no later than five business days prior to the date of classroom session.


Training Waivers

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.
  • 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.
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.

 

Download and print the revisions insert to the Pathways Guide  

 

 

 

 
Monday, 23 April 2012 00:12

Volunteer Recognition Event

Special Reception and Adult Volunteer Recognition

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216)

 

Special Reception/Meet & Greet from 12–12:45 p.m.
Volunteer Recognition Ceremony begins at 1 p.m.

$20/person

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. 

Monday, 23 April 2012 00:11

Board-approved 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.
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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