Our council joined the Girl Scouts movement in March 1924 to provide a space for girls to dream big, be themselves, and find adventure. Our history is rich with bold women and girls who took the lead and passed on their knowledge and skills to other generations. Our council leaders work to continue that legacy, and so do our girls—who are filled with optimism, tenacity, and the Girl Scout spirit.
Covering 21 counties, our council cuts a swath across Southwest Texas—from the Hill Country of Kerrville to the farmland of Uvalde to the border and Del Rio, then back toward the center and our headquarters: San Antonio. We work to make our communities better, and stronger, by encouraging our more than 10,000 girls to take action and teaching them how to care for the planet, for others, and for themselves.
Our membership reflects the diversity of this state and our region, with more than 65 percent of our Girl Scouts of Hispanic ethnicity. Serving girls of all backgrounds, especially those in or near at-risk and marginalized communities, has always been a priority. We’ve had a presence in San Antonio’s West Side since 1978 and today run important programming out of our West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center.
We’re committed to serving our area’s population and meeting girls where they’re at—whether that’s at school, in after-school programs, or at home. By expanding our programming, we’re engaging with girls and families who wouldn’t typically connect with the organization. Our programming helps these girls reach their full potential, and we provide a safe space for them to discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.
We offer multiple ways to be a Girl Scout in addition to the volunteer-led model and Independently Registered Girls:
In-school: Facilitated by teachers/instructors at 16 schools in the Edgewood and Harlandale independent school districts. Girls follow curriculum provided through virtual or in-person programming led by council staff.
Collaborations: Led by trained staff members at 53 after-school organization sites, girls follow curriculum provided by council staff.
Led by trained teachers/instructors at 24 middle schools (Pearls) and 10 high schools (Girls), girls sign up to participate in this sorority-like mentorship and leadership development program. Founded in 2010, Gamma Sigma lets girls explore common interests in a safe space, discover their passions, and make new friends. It’s a unique program offered by GSSWT that brings the proven outcomes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to area girls. Unlike other extracurricular activities at school, GSG does not require members to have a special talent, skill, or minimum GPA.
Led by council staff, this after-school tutoring and Girl Scout programming is conducted at our West Side center.
We’re proud of our Girl Scouts and what they’ve accomplished this century, and we can’t wait for the next 100 years.
In May 2022, we joined the Uvalde community and beyond in mourning the loss of the 19 students, including Girl Scout Junior Amerie Jo Garza, and two teachers whose lives were taken during the Robb Elementary School shooting.
Dozens of our Girl Scouts and their families were directly affected by the tragedy. We continue to offer them support and are committed to providing relevant programming and resources as they chart new paths.
Amerie was 10 years old. She was posthumously awarded the Bronze Cross, one of the highest honors in Girl Scouting, for doing all she could to save the lives of her classmates and teachers. She was a friend to everyone, just as Girl Scouts are sisters to every Girl Scout, and she wanted to be an art teacher. She will always be loved, and missed.