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Monday, 23 April 2012 12:29

Join Girl Scouts FAQs

 

Why should I let my daughter join Girl Scouts?
Girl Scouts helps your daughter realize her dreams and prepares her to take on a complex world with dignity and confidence. We create a safe and nurturing environment where girls can learn to be their best, learn about the world around them, and how to make a difference in their communities.

 

What happens after my daughter becomes a Girl Scout?
When a girl joins the organization, she becomes a Girl Scout member. All members may choose any one, all, or some of the flexible pathways to participate in during a single year.

 

How can I support my daughter’s Girl Scout journey?
Parents/guardians should be familiar with the flexible pathways your daughter can experience. Help her identify her interests, and encourage her to participate in various activities.

 

Where do funds come from to pay for books, pins, and awards?
Through participation in product sales, such as the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, which provides troops or individual girls with proceeds to help pay for books, earned awards, or uniform pieces. Proceeds may also be used to pay for attendance at camp or to travel, as well as various activities offered by the council. Parents/guardians of girls will often pay some of the costs. If a troop is newly formed, a troop leader may request a small amount from the parents to begin the program year. All of these specific troop details should be discussed at the first parent’s meeting. Limited financial assistance for books, membership pins, and uniform components is available.

 

Are uniforms required in Girl Scouting?
Uniforms are not required, but are encouraged for visibility and Girl Scout spirit. A girl is always welcome to participate in Girl Scouting whether or not she chooses to have a uniform. The Girl Scout Membership Pin can be worn with or without the uniform. Girls are encouraged to at least purchase (visit the Girl Scout Shop) a sash or vest on which to display earned awards and other official insignia. Financial assistance is available.

 

Is financial assistance available?
Yes. GSSWT believes no girl should ever be denied the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts because of financial need. Funds are available to assist girls with council activities, membership dues, books, etc.

 

Who can be a Girl Scout volunteer?
Anyone over the age of 18 and willing to accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law is welcome to volunteer for the organization. Adults go through the following steps when applying to become Girl Scout volunteers: application with criminal background check, appointment for one year, placement, and required training. GSSWT offers adult learning opportunities online and in a live class format to provide volunteers with a solid foundation for guiding the leadership development of girls.

 

Who do I contact for information or help?
Contact your Girl Scout staff liaison (call 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 or click here for the staff directory).

Monday, 23 April 2012 12:23

Just 4 Teens

 

Where 6th-12th grade girls
discover, connect, and take action!

This leadership approach encompasses all the things girls have always loved about Girl Scouting -- from camping, to community service, to working on badges, to earning the Girl Scout Silver & Gold Awards.

Teen program opportunities are based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girls are registered Girl Scouts, pay GSUSA membership dues, accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and abide by the health and safety guidelines written in the Safety Activity Checkpoints.

 

Adults serve in an advisory role, and the girls' leadership, ideas and interests are at the forefront. Girls need to have input as to what they want their participation level and Girl Scout experience to be. Let your girls know what teen activities/opportunities are available. Check out the most recent GSSWT Pathways Guide for programs and activities!

 

Today's busy Girl Scout volunteers have been asking for easy ways to guide girls through the wealth of experiences that Girl Scouting offers. This fall, those requests were answered as we launched the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience at each grade level. Easy-to-use companion adult guides accompany each leadership journey and are designed to help volunteers guide girls easily through fun and meaningful experiences. The adult guides also help volunteers to understand and observe the impact of the Girl Scout program.

 

What is a Leadership Journey?

A leadership journey is the exciting new way of working with girls in a series of themed activities focused on building specific leadership skills. Journeys generally are designed in a six to eight session framework, and are fully customizable by girls and volunteers. In partnership with girls, volunteers can add outings, celebrations, and explorations that suit the journey’s theme and the girls’ interests. Journeys can be stretched over a Girl Scout year or done over the course of a few weeks or months. While journeys offer plenty of choices for girls, the companion adult guides will provide the “roadmap” volunteers want.

 

Girls of all ages and from across the country contributed their ideas and feedback to make the New Girl Scout Leadership Experience a reality. Girls said they wanted challenging experiences and an exciting, contemporary “look” for books and awards. They also shared, in no uncertain terms, what “leadership” means to them.

Check out the NEW Journeys here!

 

Celebrations

Celebrations is the award ceremony, held each May, that honors the recipients of the highest awards in Girl Scouting:

  • Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Girl Scout Silver Award
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Gold Level
  • Graduating Senior Scholarships

Certain paperwork is required and Celebrations is by invitation only.

 

Talk to Us!

Here's your chance to voice your opinion about teen programs. What should we change? What's missing? How do you want to get involved? Let Your Voice Be Heard!

 

Looking for more to do?

Don’t forget to check out the GSSWT Pathways Guide

 

Questions?

Contact the Teen Program Manager at 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247.

Monday, 23 April 2012 12:22

It's Your Story -- Tell It!

The It's Your Story—Tell It! leadership journey series uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential. Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible in part by a generous grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund.

The journeys give girls opportunities to develop leadership skills through fun and engaging multidisciplinary content and activities. On this journey, an emphasis is also placed on media literacy and creative expression. All along the journey, girls have opportunities to engage in a variety of arts, including performing, visual, culinary, and new media, to tell their stories and take action to make the world a better place.

5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals! (Girl Scout Daisy)

Girl Scout Daisies learn just how much they can care for animals and for themselves—and just how good that makes them feel.


A World of Girls (Girl Scout Brownie)

Stories teach Girl Scout Brownies clues about how they can create positive change in the world—change that affects girls.


aMUSE (Girl Scout Junior)

Girl Scout Juniors learn just how many roles are open to them in the world and the possibilities those roles open for them. 


MEdia (Girl Scout Cadette)

Girl Scout Cadettes look for the ME in media and learn how they can shape media—for themselves, their community and the world.


MISSION: SISTERHOOD! (Girl Scout Senior)

Girl Scout Seniors learn how widening their network broadens their world, and benefits the world as well.


BLISS: Live It! Give It! (Girl Scout Ambassador)

Girl Scout Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too.

Monday, 23 April 2012 12:21

It's Your Planet -- Love It!

It's Your Planet -- Love It! journeys invite Girl Scouts of every age on an adventure to:

  • Explore the wonders of Earth as they enjoy the natural world
  • Use the three leadership keys -- Discover, Connect and Take Action -- as they become stewards of our fragile planet
  • Investigate the science that keeps our Earth -- and us -- spinning


It's Your Planet -- Love It! invites girls to meet female professionals from around the globe who are already saving the planet via original profiles -- researched through first person interviews with scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, and more.

 

Along this journey, Girl Scouts seek answers to some interesting questions including:

  • What happens when dirty water "disappears" down the drain? Where does it go? Why does it matter?
  • How much energy could you save getting from here to there if you did it differently? And how much energy is that building using up? 
  • What would it take to grow enough food to feed the whole planet?


Between Earth and Sky (Girl Scout Daisy)

In this journey for kindergarteners and first graders, Girl Scout Daisies join their flower friends for an exciting road trip in a flower-powered car. As they travel the country living the values of the Girl Scout Law, the girls and their flower friends enjoy what's local and learn why that's important. They experience what's great about what grows near them, and they learn how their own special skills make the world a better place.

WOW! Wonders of Water (Girl Scout Brownie)

This journey for second and third graders follows friends Alejandra, Campbell, Jamila, and Brownie Elf as they enjoy some amazing wonders of water. Girls will learn about the endless water cycle and enjoy making their own rainbows as they explore our precious resource of water. They'll meet inspiring women working for water, learn Girl Scout history, and, as a team, come to understand that WOW also stands for Ways of Working. Girl Scout Brownies reach out to their community as they advocate for other people to get involved in protecting water, too!

Get Moving! (Girl Scout Junior)

In this journey, fourth and fifth graders become leaders who energize, investigate, and innovate as they explore their own energy, the energy of their places and spaces, and the energy of getting from here to there. Along the way, Dez, the fashionista spider, learns right along with Girl Scout Juniors. The girls will also meet energizing artists, cooks, engineers, and architects as they Get Moving to get others moving, too.

Breathe (Girl Scout Cadette)

Air is everywhere in this journey for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. As the girls explore the air all around them, they'll learn a lot of air-clearing strategies, including how to turn down the volume! That means they'll be improving their personal air space -- and finding the breathing room so necessary to be leaders who make the most of their special flair! Girl Scout Cadettes will also meet scientists, engineers, writers, and artists -- all of them working for Earth's air! To earn their Aware, Alert, and Affirm awards, the girls will build an Air Care Team aimed at airy improvements for Earth and all its inhabitants.

Sow What? (Girl Scout Senior)

On this journey, ninth and tenth graders get down to the roots of their food network to see how complex and how global food and land issues can be. They'll meet scientists, farmers, artists, and others who have plenty of knowledge to serve up. And they'll have a chance to explore what makes a meal truly happy. This journey will also have girls asking tough questions about their own "food print" as they develop "leader print" and speak up about what they believe in.

Justice (Girl Scout Ambassador)

This journey for eleventh and twelfth graders tackles the engaging global issue of environmental justice by giving girls the opportunity to create their own equation for justice. Along the way they will see how "Doing the Math" with even the simplest acts can lead to powerful and positive changes in the world. From scientists and doctors to lawyers and environmentalists, this journey is rich with eye-opening career possibilities -- all focused on caring and collaborative work that helps both people and the planet.

Monday, 23 April 2012 12:20

It's Your World -- Change It!

It's Your World -- Change It! helps girls understand what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world. These journeys have been intentionally designed to engage girls in a critical-thinking process related to identifying and researching issues they care about, developing community networks, and creating and implementing plans to take action. Upon completion of the journeys, girls will be prepared to carry out substantial award projects.

Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden

In this journey for Kindergarteners and first graders, a favorite pastime -- gardening -- meets the Girl Scout Law. The result is a storybook world of flowers and little girls who, together, do great things. Girl Scout Daisies will especially enjoy meeting the colorful, global characters who teach them to live the Girl Scout Law.

Brownie Quest

This quest has second and third graders traveling along two colorful trails, one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group. Along the quest, Girl Scout Brownies will meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf -- in a brand new Brownie story meant to inspire their own take action projects.

Agent of Change (Girl Scout Junior)

Power! In this journey for fourth and fifth graders, there's a whole spiral of it waiting for Girl Scout Juniors. This powerful journey is filled with ceremonies and circles, real-life heroines and special new characters, including the fashion-savvy spider named Dez. Along the way, girls learn how their own power combines into team power and then moves out to become community power.

aMAZE (Girl Scout Cadette)

Life is a maze of relationships and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace.

GIRLtopia (Girl Scout Senior)

This journey for ninth and tenth graders gives Girl Scout Seniors a chance to imagine a perfect world -- for girls. They're invited to create their vision as an art project -- in any medium of their choice. Then they'll take action to make their vision a reality.

Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy (Girl Scout Ambassador)

This journey for eleventh and twelfth graders gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of change. While creating their own "butterfly effect," they'll learn such key skills as networking, planning, and speaking up for what they believe.

Monday, 23 April 2012 12:20

Journeys

What is a Leadership Journey?

A leadership journey is the exciting new way of working with girls in a series of themed activities focused on building specific leadership skills. Journeys generally are designed in a six to eight session framework, and are fully customizable by girls and volunteers. In partnership with girls, volunteers can add outings, celebrations, and explorations that suit the journey’s theme and the girls’ interests. Journeys can be stretched over a Girl Scout year or done over the course of a few weeks or months. While journeys offer plenty of choices for girls, the companion adult guides will provide the “roadmap” volunteers want.

A key part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, journeys are a coordinated series of activities grouped around a theme. Each journey is tied to Girl Scouts' 15 national outcomes for girls. These outcomes are integral to the three leadership keys, Discover, Connect, and Take Action.


Fun, friendship, challenges, active leadership.
That's a Girl Scout Journey.
That's making the world a better place.

 


The Journeys:
 

 

This series engages girls  in a critical thinking process related to identifying and researching issues they care about. 

 

This series invites girls of every age on an adventure to explore the wonders of Earth as they enjoy the natural world.   This series invites girls to tell their story through creative expression, building self-esteem in girls while exploring today's media.

 

 

 



 






 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Monday, 23 April 2012 11:54

Girl Scout Pathways

Find the path that's right for you

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) recently developed a more flexible model for participation in Girl Scouting. Pathways correspond with the exciting work of GSUSA's Core Business Strategy to create nationally consistent and flexible ways for girls and adults to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

 

Most participants believe the Pathways model is an ideal approach to attract and retain new members and will ultimately optimize the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and achieve measureable outcomes for girls and adults.  


What does Pathways mean for girls and adults everywhere?

  •     Membership flexibility and participation options
  •     Increased volunteer retention and recruitment -- more adults to serve and support more girl members
  •     Increased flexibility encourages more girls to join Girl Scouting
  •     Increased interest from adults who desire to provide direct service to girls through more short term volunteer opportunities
  •     Current girl and adult members can remain with the organization longer because of the flexible ways to join and volunteer

 

When a girl or an adult joins the organization, she or he becomes a Girl Scout member. Girls can choose any one, all, or some of these pathways -- camp, events, series, travel, troops and virtual, within a single school year.

 

The flexibility of Pathways will allow adults to participate in Girl Scouting based on their lifestyle and availability -- whether the adult prefers to partner directly with girls throughout a membership year, participate for only a few weeks or months, or work with other adults in a variety of roles.

 

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:35

Give the Green Light

Give the Green Light ToGetHerThere 

 

Serving 3.2 million members nationwide, Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls with the mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

 

Girl Scouts of the USA will use its 100th anniversary to declare 2012 the Year of the Girl and launch ToGetHerThere, the largest and boldest cause campaign dedicated to girls’ leadership issues in the nation’s history.

 

The long-term goal of ToGetHerThere is ambitious and urgent: to create balanced leadership in one generation. To do that, Girl Scouts is asking all adult members of society— mothers, fathers, businesses, governments and nonprofits— to help girls reach their leadership potential and place this urgent issue front and center on the national agenda.

We all have a role to play in helping girls achieve their full leadership potential, because when girls succeed, so does society. Together, we can get her there.


Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas invites local governments and businesses, as well as civic and historic organizations to have landmark buildings in Bexar County and the surrounding area lit with green exterior lights for the month of March. GSSWT is also engaging its nearly 30,000 members and countless alumnae in a grassroots cause campaign to transform residential neighborhoods with green exterior lights as well. To commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary on March 12, participants will visibly show support for the promise of all girls and their leadership potential through Give the Green Light ToGetHerThere.

 

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will also engage its nearly 30,000 members and countless alumnae in a grassroots cause campaign to transform residential neighborhoods with green exterior lights.

Participants of Give the Green Light ToGetHerThere will align themselves with the compelling cause of girls’ leadership and the iconic Girl Scout brand. For 100 years, Girl Scouts has fueled the pipeline of today’s well-known female leaders in business, government, education, science, technology, medicine and the arts. Support of the ToGetHerThere cause is appropriate for the month of March, as it not only commemorates Girl Scouting’s anniversary but also Women’s History Month.

 

Give the green light now and tell us how you'll support Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:35

Girl Travel

 

More information coming soon!

Monday, 23 April 2012 10:34

Forever Green

Global Girl Scouts Forever Green Project 2012-2013


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Girls selected to participate will choose a Take Action project that will make a significant impact within GSSWT’s 21-county jurisdiction. These girls will have the rare opportunity to join together with 600 girls from 20 Girl Scout councils and 13 countries to implement this global impact project.

The full one-year journey will begin with Take Action projects to include recycling aluminum and using reusable bottles/bags, engaging in Earth Hour and promoting the use of Energy Star qualified light bulbs and planting rain gardens. Girls will also participate in a global twinning project with GSSWT’s selected partner country, MEXICO!

Girls will have the special privilege of video conferencing with an international Girl Guide group in Mexico and utilizing an exclusive smart classroom by integrating with all types of social media, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Skype and many more!

APPLY TODAY! Submit application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Community Development Manager ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax 210-349-2666).


Take Action
Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG) enables Girl Scouts, as a Movement, to track significant, collective, positive impact on our environment. The project, developed by girls, volunteers, alumnae, staff and collaborators for our 100th Anniversary honors Girl Scouts' founder—Juliette Gordon Low—who loved nature and the outdoors. When combined with the It's Your Planet—Love It! Leadership Journeys, GSFG engages girls to activate their communities in a global effort to protect our planet. Remember, you can still participate by tracking your projects and/or taking the Forever Green Pledge. Did you take the pledge and participate in a take action project during the 100th Anniversary? The 2012 Forever Green patch is still available for purchase in the Girl Scout Shop (limited supply -- don't delay!).

Capri Sun Pouch Brigade

Thank you to all the troops that participated in the Capri Sun Pouch Brigade. Together, we kept a whopping 35,785 pouches from ending up in a landfill. Everyone did a wonderful job! Congratulations to the troops who collected the most pouches during this contest:
First Place: Troop 44 sent in 9,436 pouches
Second Place: Troop 3005 sent in 2,150 pouches
Third Place: Troop 1159/605 sent in 2,060 pouches

The top three troops will be contacted soon regarding their prizes. No matter if you sent in one or 1,000, every pouch you helped recycle did good for the environment. If you participated in this project and took the Girl Scout Forever Green online pledge, you are eligible to purchase the 2012 Forever Green Patch.

Recycling

Recycling is an important part of going “green”! Whether you are an avid recycler or are just starting, the following resources can help you learn more. Look at these sites for more information -- get your troop, neighborhood, school, county involved. Terracycle just started a new brigade ... old shoes! Your troop can get major points for sending in old shoes, look on the website for more information. If you are spring cleaning, think about recycling the stuff you are getting rid of (did you know that CPS energy will give you a rebate for recycling your old fridge or freezer?  They will even pick it up -- look on their site for more info).

Find lots of resources here:


Energy Conservation

Think about having regular “lights out” meals with your family or friends. Use battery-powered lanterns or candles. Sit and share sandwiches and stories or play dominoes. We challenge you to find ways your families, troops, schools can save energy. Assign “turn off switches” as a chore. Come up with your own plan, and track your money savings by comparing electricity bills from last year. Get more ideas at these websites:

Planting Power

Planting time is just around the corner. Find the list of planting opportunities available for the counties in our council below. Plug your troop into one or more of them. Getting outside really is good for your body and soul. Always be sure to wear sun protection. There are several really GREAT projects here, so turn off the computer and get involved.

Bexar County

    • Parks and Recreation has several great opportunities. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (210-207-8603/210-880-8225)
    • San Antonio Master Naturalists have several great projects, especially in the area of protecting our environment. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Green Spaces Alliance takes care of all the community gardens in San Antonio; your troop can volunteer for a day, once a month or the entire year. Visit http://www.greensatx.org 

Comal County -- Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (830-221-4367); there are many different opportunities, from planting to beautifying, at the parks in the New Braunfels area

Edwards County
-- Contact county extension agent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frio County
-- Contact extension agent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kendall County
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    • Contact county extension agent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Cibolo Nature Center is a 100-acre public park in Boerne that supports four different ecosystems. A great place to visit or volunteer or get involved with Master Gardeners or Naturalists to learn more about the world in which we live! Contact mary Gomillion (830-249-4616) or visit www.cibolo.org

Kerr County -- Petersen Hospital, in Kerrville, is an ideal place to volunteer. Great opportunities to benefit patients include helping with the vegetable garden, butterfly garden, flower garden (so that patient meal trays get fresh flowers!) and more. Contact  Kelly Boggess (830-896-4200)

Kinney County -- The Montalvo House, located in Brackettville, needs help with landscaping, building, planting. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Medina County
-- Parks & Recreation projects in Castroville, contact Angelo Gonzalez (830-931-1639)

Real County -- School garden project in Leakey, may be other projects through local garden clubs, contact county extension agent This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anywhere -- Your troop may choose to do smaller individual gardens or pick a school or street corner to “beautify.” Or participate in a nature walk or local gardening class -- just get out and enjoy nature! The Arbor Day Society will send your troop 10 free trees with each membership, ready to plant, if you join. The fee is $10. Learn more at www.arborday.org. Next Arbor Day is Friday, April 26.


Here are some websites that may be helpful with your next project:

Finally, all members of the 100th Anniversary Forever Green Committee thank you for choosing to go GREEN. Whatever projects you participate in, consider making GREEN a part of the rest of your life.

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

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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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