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  • Burn ban lifted at Camp Myra S. Pryor


    The burn ban put in place Oct. 27 at Camp Myra S. Pryor in Nada has been lifted as of Dec. 6.

    Please contact us for questions.

  • Burn ban to be issued for Camp Myra S. Pryor Thursday, Oct. 27


    Effective Thursday, Oct. 27, Wharton County and Camp Myra S. Pryor will be under a burn ban. No open fires will be allowed on camp property during this time. 

    Please contact us with questions.

  • 18 Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Eighteen Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

    Megan A. built a large, durable prep table, complete with storage and sink for Interfaith of The Woodlands’ Veggie Village. The prep table, which has more than 20 square feet of tabletop, a sink for cleaning and a storage underneath for items used for harvesting, provided a convenient and central location for volunteers to wash and package the more than 4,000 pounds of produce Veggie Village receives annually. The culmination Megan’s project was creating a website where she could share her project. She also gave presentations to local Girl Scouts. Her project impacted more than 7,000 families served by Interfaith of the Woodlands.

    Rachel B. rallied more than 25 volunteers to raise awareness about habitat loss in hopes of changing long-term actions within her community. She hosted a workshop for students in grades 2-5 where they learned about the causes and...



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  • Local area Girl Scout Council receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Innovation Generation Grant


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the top ten Girl Scout Councils in the U.S. today announced it has received a grant for $10,000 as part of the “Innovation Generation Grant” program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, GSSJC will be able to provide more support to its robotics teams, which has seen a 30 percent increase in participation. The money will allow the Council to add additional teams, purchase robotic kits and pay competition fees.

    The Innovation Generation program provides awards to organizations, such as GSSJC, which foster and support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives for teachers and students (U.S. preschool through university level) — especially girls and underrepresented communities.

    “We introduce girls of every age to STEM to help them see how they can actually improve the world,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “With support from Motorola Solutions, we will be able to provide more girls the opportunity to learn about robotics, how to work together to solve problems and produce positive outcomes, and possibly put them on a path to choosing a STEM career.”

    The Motorola Solutions Foundation grant program overall will impact about 1 million students and teachers, each receiving an average of 120 programming hours from our partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support a variety of populations including...



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  • 18 Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Eighteen Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

    Tiara B. recruited volunteers to teach members of her community how to make baby mittens, bibs and diapers. These handmade items were donated to the Diaper Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides education and material assistance to underprivileged families. Tiara hoped to provide reusable baby items to parents who aren’t about to continuously purchase disposable items. She was able to donate more than 50 gift sets to the Diaper Foundation.

    Rachel B. rallied more than 25 volunteers to raise awareness about habitat loss and change long-term actions within her community. To do this, Rachel and her team of volunteers held a workshop for students in grades 2 – 5 to teach the causes and consequences of habitat loss, how to build a nesting box and more. She also hosted a series of supply drives for Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to assist with its miss...



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  • Vietnamese Catholic community maintains longstanding scouting heritage through involvement with local Girl Scout council


    Approximately 100 Vietnamese-American girls who belong to Our Lady of La Vang Catholic Church gather every month under the Girl Scouts of the USA, U.S. and Vietnamese flags. The scouting community has called Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) home for 32 years.

    The Community of La Vang has strived to use GSSJC as a means of community building since they first assembled under the name Truong Son, in 1984. Members are the legacy of founder Nam Luong, who out of war brought La Vang to the Houston community in 1986. Today, after generations of growth, a once displaced group of refugees is now building their youth into community leaders they hope will carry on the traditions they’ve carried so far.

    Kim La, the leader of Cadette Troop 3005, was a first generation Girl Scout in La Vang. She can tell you about her escape from Vietnam and how her family’s search for community and understanding ended with the founding of La Vang.

    “We had to leave that night,” said La, as she reflects on April 30, 1975, also known as the “Fall of Saigon” or the end of the Vietnam War. “My family with about 50 other refugees got on a raft and floated for somewhere between 10 and 15 days. After landing in the Philippines, we stayed in a refugee camp for 18 months before being sponsored by an American family who brought us to Pensacola, Florida.”

    La and her family moved to Houston eight years later. Katlyn Tang, a Cadette in Troop 3005, shares a similar story....



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  • Man Enough: Girl Scout patch honors Conroe resident’s commitment to teaching girls about the outdoors


    For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has brought girls out of isolated home environments into community service, the outdoors, travel, money earning opportunities and STEM. While, the majority of leadership roles are held by women, many men like Henry Steitz, who was recently honored by Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), for his exemplary service to the organization, have shown that they are man enough to help girls lead.

    For more than 10 years, Steitz has treated Girl Scouts and their volunteers to a special trek at Camp Agnes Arnold in Conroe, Texas called Hikes with Henry and Friends. Each participant who completes the tour receives a special patch.

    During the hike, Steitz teaches girls and adults about the property’s vegetation and wildlife and ways he’s working with the council to preserve the camp so visitors can enjoy it for years to come.

    Steitz has built trails, planted trees and participated in the construction of the camp’s nature center and bridge. He has even recruited additional volunteers to provide tours, making the experience available to more girls.

    While Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, anyone over the age of 18 can become a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without volunteers, like Steitz who has made a real difference in the lives of thousands of girls.

    To learn more about the Hiking with Henry patch program or to register...



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  • Pearland resident honored for lifelong commitment to Girl Scouts, earns 50 year pin


    Without the more than 17,000 volunteers who participate, encourage and support the Girl Scout Movement, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., would not be able to serve more than 61,000 girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    Pearland resident and Girl Scout volunteer, Tamara “Tami” Swinbank received Girl Scouts 50 Year Membership Numeral Pin for serving as a registered member of the organization for 50 years.

    “I stayed in Girl Scouts for so long, because it was what I did to be involved in my community and I think it’s a great way for girls and adults to get involved as well,” said Swinbank. “Like sports such as basketball and softball, Girl Scouts is a team and a great opportunity for girls and adults to learn team building.”

    Swinbank has been a Girl Scout since second grade—the earliest she could join at that time--and started camping with the Girl Scouts even before then with her parents, who chaperoned camp outs for her sister’s troop.

    “Dare I say that the highlight of her years on the water was a troop rafting trip down the Rio Grande one summer,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO, during Swinbank’s pinning ceremony.

    As an adult, Swinbank began volunteering in the fall of 1976 in Huntsville as a parent first, then troop leader. In 1993, she began participating in GSSJC’s canoeing program where she served for many years. She has also worked at the council’s camps and vo...



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  • Girl Scouts announces addition of S’mores cookie to 2017 cookie lineup


    Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, that the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies.

    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will add one of the newly introduced cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites, and Shortbread. Girl Scouts of GSSJC will offer a s’mores-inspired crispy graham cookie double-dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating. This clever take on the time-honored campfire treat was developed in response to popular consumer trends. It is vegan, and free of artificial colors, preservatives, and partially hydrogenated oils. The last new Girl Scout Cookies, including the gluten-free Trios, were introduced in 2015.

    “When you think of s’mores, you think of Girl Scouts,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “So, we are pretty excited to introduce this new cookie to our customers in honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC’s CEO.

    The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. The organization was one of the first to publish the iconic recipe under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine and, then, as “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scout publication.

    The popular s’mores recipe is just one component of Girl...



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  • Introducing the Activities Tab


    Registering for Girl Scout activities just got so much easier! We heard your feedback at Member Meetings earlier this year that a single sign-on was needed to help manage your Girl Scout Membership.

    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is excited to announce this is now possible with the new Activities tab!

    Now when you register your Girl Scout, troop or family for any activity, like a girl program or training, you will use your My GS log in - the same log in you use for managing your membership! Try it now.

    You can also find additional information here.

    Once you're logged in, click on the Activities tab to start browsing upcoming girl programs, events and trainings!

    What else is new:

    • Events on GSSJC's website link directly to your registration cart 
    • Event-specific information and forms will become available immediately after registration for some activities 
    • You'll have an at-a-glance view on the GSSJC event calendar when registration is open and spots are available 
    • Register for multiple activities with a single transaction 

    We also have easy guides to help familiarize you with Activities:

      ...


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  • Now is the time to register: Girl Scouts calls for new girls and adults to join in the fun


    As families start thinking about their children returning to school, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the US, is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things, and exercising leadership skills through activities like building robots, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports, and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round. 

    National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show it’s not just what girls do, but how they do it that makes Girl Scouts so beneficial. Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them. Girl Scouts is the largest girl-led organization in the world, and it is a significant contributor to its members’ success in and enjoyment of life.

    GSRI reports that at least 75 percent of girls who experience the fun of “learning by doing” and are part of a girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing self-confidence. In addition, nearly three in four girls who experience learning by doing and who are part of...



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  • Six Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Six Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

    Mary B. created the Bilingual Club at her school to foster relationships between English- and Spanish-speaking students. She and her club members met weekly to play games, participate in cultural activities and more in an effort to learn about each other and build friendships.

    Daphne K. instilled a love of reading and learning in underprivileged students at a local elementary school. She and her team of volunteers did this by reorganizing and beautifying the school’s library, making it a more inviting place for students to visit.

    Shumaila L. redesigned the storage system at Fort Bend Family Promise. She and her volunteers cleaned the storage room and added additional storage space. She also created a book to act as a guide for finding items in the storage room. Finally, Shumaila educated her community about how Fort Bend Family Promise serves their commu...



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  • Important notice in avoiding mosquito bites at camp this summer


    Record rainfall this spring and recent flooding has led to mosquito breeding sites across our Council area, increasing the risk for mosquito-borne disease.

    In light of the recent concerns, we are continuing to take precautions to protect visitors, including addressing standing water on our properties and treating our camp grounds.

    We are also encouraging visitors to take extra precautions.

    Here’s how you can protect yourself from mosquito bites when visiting our camps:

    1. Wear insect repellant. According to the CDC, when used as directed insect repellant is the best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites
    2. Cover up. When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.

    All information included follow guidelines provided by the CDC. To learn more or for additional resources, visit the CDC website.

    Mosquito Bite Prevention (PDF)

  • Girl Scouts luncheon raises $200,000 in support of girl leadership


    On April 22, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) hosted its sixth annual Success to Significance event and celebrated the centennial of its highest award, known now as the Girl Scout Gold Award. 

    The luncheon took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located in downtown Houston and featured a keynote speech by Ann Rhoades, former executive vice-president at Jet Blue turned president of her own consulting company, People Ink. Sharron Melton was the emcee. 

    The event presentation also included testimonials from two Gold Awardees, Francesca Farris and Varsha Sathappan. Farris, a senior at the St. John’s school, earned her Gold Award for working with Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) to create a labyrinth in the 4th Ward. 

    “Seeing how this labyrinth united an entire community of teachers, students and neighbors showed me how something as simple as placing bricks in the ground can bind people together,” said Farris. “Girl Scouts has allowed me to grow as a leader, feel confident and accomplish something permanent for my community.”

    Sathappan, a 2014 Girl Scout Young Women of Distinction honoree and Rice University student, received the Gold Award for raising $19,000 to build an outpatient ward in a hospital located in Kodikottai, a town in Southern India. The project took nearly two years to complete.

    “My family jokes that it started when I was curled up in my mother’s womb, as she studied for her...



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  • GSSJC welcomes Jean Janssen as new president and board chair


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., announces retired Houston attorney Jean Janssen as its new president and chair of its board of directors. GSSJC serves more than 61,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 26 counties in southeast Texas. Janssen will begin serving a two year term June 1.

    “Girl Scouts is relevant now more than ever,” said Janssen. “From STEM, entrepreneurial skills, outdoor experiences and leadership, I am proud of the myriad of opportunities Girl Scouts gives girls that help them maximize their potential and make a difference.” 

    Janssen was reintroduced to Girl Scouting as an adult in 1987 when she served as outside counsel for GSSJC until her retirement. In 2007, Janssen became a member of the Council’s board of directors. Since then, she has held numerous positions, including vice chair of GSSJC’s board of directors, a member of its Executive Committee, chair of its Human Resources Committee and sponsorship chair for the Council’s signature fundraising events - Urban Campout and Success to Significance. She has also been recognized by the organization with its Board Award and the Girl Scout Honor Pin.

    “We are privileged to have a board that reflects our strong commitment to diversity, comprised of the most talented and influential members of our community,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Having served our Council as a volunteer for more than a decade, Jean understands the import...



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  • 12 Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Twelve Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

    Baiyinah A. launched Youth of Understanding, a service-based interfaith group for Houston area youth ages 14 to 21. The group, which consisted of approximately 15 members, served hundreds of people of different faiths almost every night during the holy month of Ramadan. More than 300 people were impacted by Baiyinah’s project.

    Kaitlyn A. built a garden for a local food pantry with her team of volunteers. The food harvested from the garden will help provide fresh produce to those in need. In addition to the garden, Kaitlyn also educated more than 50 children about the importance of giving back to their communities.

    Shannon B. taught young girls who attend the Impact Church of Christ environmental awareness, including how to compost, save water and electricity and recycle. Brown also gave a similar presentation at her local garden center and library and...



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  • GSSJC welcomes new members to board of directors


    The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the US, welcomes five  new members to its board of directors: Julie Boushka, Kim Denney, Suzanne Kean, Melinda Reeves and Elizabeth Travis. The new board members will begin serving a two-year term June 1, 2016.  

    Julie Boushka serves as the senior vice president for financial planning and the chief risk officer for Columbia Pipeline Group. She is also a member of the company’s Benefit Investment Committee, Risk Management Committee and acts as the company representative for the Millennium Pipeline Audit Committee. 

    Kimberly K. Denney is managing director, Dallas Houston for Newport Board Group. In her role, Kim acts as a trusted advisor to CEOs of mid-sized businesses in engineering, manufacturing and industrial services companies. 

    Francisco Diaz is CEO of Adapt2 Solutions, a company he founded in 2008 to provide enterprise level software solutions that are personalized and cost effective. 

    Suzanne Kean is retired vice president, deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer at McDermott International, Inc. 

    Melinda Reeves is executive vice president, human resources and internal communications for Direct Energy, one of the largest providers of electricity, natural gas and related services in North America, with responsibility for more than 6,000 employees across the U.S. and Canada. 

    Elizabeth LaTorre...



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  • Success to Significance takes place as planned Friday, April 22


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's signature fundraising event, Success to Significance, will take place as planned this Friday, April 22. If you have purchased a ticket, we will forward to seeing you there!

    You will hear from some fabulous girls as they share their journey to earning Girl Scouts' highest achievement as we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Gold Award.

    Please review final details for our schedule, parking and dietary needs.

    Success to Significance takes place Friday, April 22 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Houston. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. outside the third floor Imperial Ballroom.

  • GSSJC honors volunteers at Adult Recognition Event


    Without the more than 18,000 volunteers who participate, encourage and support the Girl Scout Movement, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., would not be able to serve more than 61,000 with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    On Saturday, April 16, GSSJC honored a group of volunteers who go above and beyond at the Adult Recognition Event.

    Honorees are:

    Volunteer of Excellence:
    Susanna Reyes
    Tracy Simmons

    Appreciation Pin:
    Phadrea Hacker
    Jenna Knight
    Noreen Wasserman
    April Hill
    Chery Brown
    Imelda Johnson
    Gena Drawhorn
    Josephine McGill
    Crystal LeMoine
    Barbara Day
    Alva Allen
    Judy Cheng
    Tracy Rijken
    Michelle Raab
    Lisa Puente
    Jocelyn Schroeder
    Zahra Sulemanji
    John Ross
    Paul Prodoehl
    Kristen Gall

    Honor Pin: 
    Kelly Colby        
    Margaret Lincoln
    Van Martin
    Beth Walz
    Kimberly Vopat
    Bette Lehmberg
    Marilyn Jones
    Henry Steitz
    Elizabeth Meservey
    Michelle Barreda

    Thanks Badge:
    Mary Ryder
    Dianne Massie

    Thanks Badge II:
    Mary Rose Smith
    Patti Glass

    Continuing Service Pin:
    Larry Loop
    Dolores Richards

    Lifetime Achievement:
    Nancy Flatt

    Community Service: St. Francis Episcopal Church Hunters Creek Elementary Greyston...



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  • Girl Scouts launches soccer program for girls in 4th to 8th grade


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country, has launched a soccer program for girls in 4th to 8th grade. 

    The program will begin April 18 and end June 4. Girls who have never experienced Girl Scouting and who love soccer are encouraged to join. 

    “This program will provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment where girls can learn how to play soccer while gaining sportsmanship and leadership skills,” said Genevieve Christianson, GSSJC’s community engagement director.

    There are currently 16 teams forming throughout GSSJC’s 26-county service area and each team is led by trained volunteers.  

    To join GSSJC’s Girl Scout Soccer Program or volunteer, contact GSSJC’s Customer Service Hotline at 713-292-0300 or visit: leadlikeagirl.gssjc.org. 

    Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 2.8 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 61,000 girl members and nearly 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

  • Member Meeting follow-up webinar on membership dues now available


    After our Member Meetings concluded, additional information regarding the increase for 2018 membership dues was shared with Councils by GSUSA. GSSJC staff and volunteers shared this information in advance of our annual meeting through two webinars held April 7 and 8. 

    If you were unable to attend one of the two webinars hosted, you can now view the webinar recording and presentation on GSSJC's Resources site.

  • Gold Award recipients: apply to be a NYWOD, deadline April 22


    Gold Award recipients who earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor and meet requirements can apply to become a National Young Women of Distinction. Applications are due April 22, 2016.

    To qualify for the award, a girl must have earned her Gold Award between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. Girls who have previously applied to be a NYWOD may not reapply.

    To apply, visit Go Gold Online and fill out the online application with the information you provided on your Gold Award Final Report. Once it is submitted, notify Melissa Kuhta at goldaward@sjgs.org. All final applications must be submitted by a Council staff member. A second application will be required to apply for NYWOD - Refer to the "Application Questions" link in order to prepare yourself. 

    The National Young Woman of Distinction (NYWOD) is the highest honor in Girl Scouting. It is given yearly to 10 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.

    Additional documents: FAQs for Girls...



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  • Council luncheon to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, highest award in Girl Scouting


    On April 22, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host its sixth annual  Success to Significance event. The luncheon, which serves as the council’s signature fundraiser for Girl Scouting locally, will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its highest recognition, known now as the Gold Award.  

    Every year, GSSJC strives to present keynote speakers who will inspire, motivate and excite guests. From a young woman who went from homeless to Harvard to a girl gang member turned entrepreneur, the stories presented at Success to Significance luncheons have impacted hundreds of guests in the best way possible. 

    This year’s keynote speaker is Ann Rhoades founder and president of People Ink, a consulting company that helps organizations create unique workplace cultures based on values and performance. She held a number of significant executive positions including, vice president of the People Department for Southwest Airlines, executive vice president of Team Services for Promus Hotel Corporation and most recently, the executive vice president of People for JetBlue Airways where she currently remains as a board member. 

    During the luncheon, guests will also hear from Girl Scouts, alumnae and Gold Award recipients who were so positively impacted by their experience that they went on to make a difference in their communities.  

    2016 luncheon sponsor...



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  • Texas Statewide Gold Award Scholarship deadline is May 2


    Girl Scouts who are currently registered as a member in the state of Texas and have earned their Gold Award as of April 1, 2016 are eligible to apply for a statewide Gold Award scholarship.

    Three scholarships will be awards in the amount of $500. The scholarship recipient will be eligible to receive her scholarship after graduation from high school and must utilize the award within one year of graduation, unless other arrangements are made with the committee. The scholarship check will be mailed directly to the university or higher educational institution to be applied toward tuition. Unused funds will revert back to the Statewide Gold Award Scholarship Endowment Fund.

    Requirements include:

    • Have earned the Gold Award in the state of Texas and received approval for final project by April 1, 2016
    • Girl Scout Ambassador graduating in 2016
    • Currently registered as a Girl Scout in a Texas Girl Scout Council
    • Has a need for financial assistance
    • Plans to enroll in a college, university or higher education institute during the calendar year from June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017
    • Has a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average
    • Fills out and submits the Statewide Gold Award Scholarship Application

    The scholarship submission deadline is Monday, May 2.

    Apply...



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  • Share feedback with GSSJC from Member Meetings


    Members of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council are invited to hear about Council updates and share their feedback at Member Meetings. These meetings are open to all registered members. Delegates, delegates-at-large, girls 14 and older, administrative volunteers, troop leaders and parents, in particular, are encouraged to attend.

    If you were unable to attend one of the 2016 Member Meetings, or if the meeting was canceled due to severe weather warnings, you can download and review the presentation and feedback form:

    2016 Member Meeting Presentation

    2016 Member Meeting Feedback Form

    Items covered included the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI), best practices and challenges for member recruitment and registration, Volunteer Toolkit, 2016 Annual Meeting agenda and an update on a possible membership dues increase.

    Using the Feedback Form above, you can share your thoughts with GSSJC through April 6. 

  • Buy your Girl Scout cookies while supplies last, sale ends March 20


    The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale is coming to a close March 20, so pick up your favorites while you still can. Until then, cookies will be sold at cookie booths outside of grocery stores and other retail venues. You can also visit the Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org to purchase cookies.

    Girl Scout Cookies come in eight varieties, including Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Caramel deLites, Lemonades and Cranberry Citrus Crisps. All varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are $4.  Also being sold are the gluten free Trios for $5. Customers looking to purchase Trios are encouraged to ask troops selling cookies at booths about this option.

    This is also the last time customers will be able to purchase Cranberry Citrus Crisps. The popular cookie variety will be discontinued.

    When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life. As women, they’ll need these skills, whether their goal is to start a business or a family.

    Every penny, after paying the baker, stays with the local council and is reinvested into girl programming and activities for girls. Girls use their portion of the proceeds earned to attend summer camp and complete service projects to better their...



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  • Girl Scouts, Taste of Home announce second annual Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest


    Girl Scouts of the USA and Taste of Home recently announced their second annual national Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest. From now until March 25, Girl Scout Cookie enthusiasts can create and submit their favorite dessert recipes using the iconic cookies as ingredients, for the chance to win prizes ranging from $250 to $500, plus a spotlight feature in Taste of Home magazine.

    From April 25 to May 1, members of the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite finalist recipes at www.girlscouts.org/recipecontest.  The recipes with the most votes in each category will win and be announced in May. 

    Dickinson, Texas resident Crystal Oliver was one of 16 finalists in 2015. She submitted a recipe for Thin Mints cupcakes that shows cookie lovers what they can do with all those left over boxes of Thin Mints stashed away for a special occasion or surprise treat.

    Here’s her recipe:

    Thin Mints Cupcakes

    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

    • 2 packages (9 ounces each) Girl Scout Thin Mints cookies, divided
    • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
    • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)

    Ganache:

    • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

    Frosting:

      1 cup butter, softened 1 cup shortening<...


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  • Eight Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Eight Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

    Francesca F. built a labyrinth and prayer garden in an empty lot adjacent to the Multicultural Education and Counseling through Art (MECA) in Houston’s historical 6th Ward. Farris led a team of students and volunteers to design and construct the vibrant and whimsical labyrinth, which included several hand created art pieces donated by members of the community. 

    Isabella G. led a team of volunteer to renovate a park in Corquín, Honduras. They removed all existing equipment that was too dangerous to play on and installed new landscaping and cleaned up the park.

    Hannah H. and her volunteers created a Birthday Buddy Bags project. Each birthday bag made contained everything needed to host a birthday party, from cake mix to party utensils. Hannah and her team collected items, then assembled and donated 280 bags to DePelchin Children’s Center....



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  • Local Girl Scout’s recipe to delight the hearts and stomachs of many


    Girl Scout Cookie fans are packing their pantries and filling their freezers with America’s favorite cookies. For some, Girl Scout Cookies are a delicious treat. For others, iconic cookies like Shortbreads, Thin Mints or Caramel deLites are the key ingredient in top secret dessert recipes. 

    Before the Cookie sale ends March 20, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) is hoping you’ll consider buying a few more boxes of Caramel deLite cookies to enjoy this recipe by Girl Scout Isabelle P.

    Caramel deLite Squares

    The Crust 

    • 1 1/2 cup crushed graham cracker
    • 1/3 cup butter; melted 
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

    The Caramel Layer

    • 1 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 7 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
    • 2/3 cup toasted shredded coconut

    The Chocolate Layer

    • 8 oz. dark chocolate; chopped or shaved
    • 1 c. heavy whipping cream

    The Topping

    • 1 box Caramel deLites

    Start by making a classic graham cracker crust (crushed graham crackers, melted butter, little sugar), but with a twist… add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder.  Spread mix in a 9x9 square glass baking dish, pushing crust sides at least ¾ inch.  The crust should be thicker on bottom than on the sid...



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  • Girl Scouts honors St. Francis Episcopal Church with Community Award for service


    On February 7, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) awarded St. Francis Episcopal Church with the Community Award for its years of service to Girl Scouts in the Memorial area. The award ceremony was the culmination of events hosted in observance of Scout Sunday.

    During the special church service, Girl Scouts held a flag procession and participated as readers, acolytes and ushers. Awards for God and Me and God and Family, a religious recognition created by the faith community for its Girl Scout members, were also presented.

    After service, Girl Scouts participated in a number of community service project, including making Kits for Kids for Project C.U.R.E, valentines for Westside Homeless Partnership and lunches for Lord of the Streets, an initiative of St. Francis.

  • Three Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Three Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

    Katherine F. helped preserve Houston landmark Olivewood Cemetery, the city’s first incorporated African-American cemetery. During her project, French first focused on photographing the state of the cemetery when she visited. She sought to capture the decaying condition of Olivewood as well as the beauty and grace of the tombstones, architectural embellishments, wrought iron fencing and more. She then created prints and displayed her photos at the nearby Paulie’s Restaurant for three months and invited 150 family and friends to the opening of her exhibit. Now through May 29, Katherine’s exhibit titled Honoring Olivewood, which features a collection of the young Houstonian’s photographs taken at the cemetery, will be on display at the National Museum of Funeral History.  

    “I chose this project because there is a true need to preserve Houston’s first incorp...



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  • Girl Scouts awarded $25,000 from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S. was awarded $25,000 by Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). The money is being used to support GSSJC’s Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD) program in central Houston.

    “We believe Girl Scouts is for all girls despite their socioeconomic background,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO.  “Our Girl Scouting in the School Day program connects girls with positive adult role models and mentoring and teaches them skills, like how to resist negative peer pressure, drug and alcohol prevention and online safety. These are skills that they will use throughout their lives and pass on to family and friends.”

    Through GSISD, GSSJC places a paid staff person at an underserved public campus to deliver contemporary programming to at-risk girls who would not be able to participate in Girl Scouting otherwise.

    GSISD is being delivered in four to six sessions on approximately 30 school campuses in three school districts: Channelview, Houston, and Pasadena ISDs as part of GSSJC’s outreach to more than 21,500 at-risk girls throughout the region. 

    During the 2015-2016 school year, GSISD is teaching girls social and life skills to increase their person and academic success through collaborations with schools and administrators to design curriculum to address issues posing the greatest barriers to girls’ success. This year through Girl Scouting in the School Day, girls...



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  • The Cupcake Cowgirls win People’s Choice at Girl Scouts’ dessert competition


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) hosted its annual Just Desserts event on Thursday, January 21 at the Junior League of Houston, and The Cupcake Cowgirls walked away with People’s Choice. Just Desserts, a competition between local chefs who battle it out to create signature desserts using Girl Scout Cookies, kicked off the Girl Scout Cookie Sale and celebrated the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts highest award, now known as the Gold Award.

    More than 100 guests enjoyed the palate-pleasing event as celebrity chefs vied for the best in each of the following categories: Best Table, Best Theme Interpretation, Best Use of Cookie, Celebrity Judges Favorite, Most Camp Friendly, Most Creative Recipe and People’s Choice.

    This year’s participants also included Michael’s Cookie Jar, Take The Cake, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Ooh La La Dessert Boutique and Maine-ly Sandwiches.

    Girl Scouts were paired with chefs and members of the media who served as judges. Judges included Patricia Lopez of KTRK Ch. 13; Amy Davis of KPRC Ch. 2; and Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine.

    List of Awards:

      Best Table Display (Lemonades) - Michael's Cookie Jar Best Theme Interpretation (Peanut Butter Patties): Take The Cake Best Use of Cookie (Peanut Butter Sandwich): Gigi's Cupcakes Celebrity Judges Favorite (Shortbread): The Cupcake Cowgirls Most Camp Friendly (Thin Mint): Ooh La La Dessert Bo...


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  • Five Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Five Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

    Baiyinah A. launched Youth of Understanding, a service-based, interfaith group for Houston area youth ages 14 to 21. The group, which consisted of approximately 15 members, served hundreds of people of different faiths almost every night during the holy month of Ramadan. More than 300 people were impacted by Baiyinah’s project.

    “We helped bridge the faith gap in the community by bringing people of different faiths together,” said Baiyinah. “I’ve always been interested in interfaith community service and this allowed me to explore how faith communities can come together for common good.”  

    Kaitlyn A. built a garden for a local food pantry. The food harvested from the garden will help provide fresh produce to those in need. The first harvest was overseen by Kaitlyn and a team of master gardeners who will continue to maintain the garden...



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  • Millions of Girl Scout Cookies arrive by the semi-truck loads


    The Girl Scout Cookie Mega Drop is a sight to behold: nearly three dozen semi-trucks filled with more than 300,000 cases of cookies and hundreds of volunteers working to deliver them to cars snaked around a parking lot the size of a football field.

    From Saturday, January 30 - Saturday, February 6, millions of packages of Girl Scout Cookies will be delivered this way to the world’s youngest entrepreneurs who took pre-orders in December as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led business in the world.

    “Each year members of our local community look forward to receiving America’s favorite cookies and we are truly grateful for the support they have given us,” said Mary Vitek, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC). “For decades, the Cookie Program has taught girls important life skills, including money management, decision making, people skills, goal setting and business ethics.

    Parents and local volunteers will line up to pick up their packages of cookies that will be delivered, in the coming days, to customers eagerly awaiting the arrival of their purchase. Those who haven’t put in orders still have time to satisfy their cookie craving.

    Girl Scouts of the USA has declared February 26-28 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, a special time for Girl Scouts and Girl Scout supporters to share with the community the importance of the Cookie Program, the skills girls learn and the impact those who p...



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  • Girl Scouts awarded $25,000 from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S. was awarded $25,000 by Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR). The money is being used to support GSSJC’s Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD) program in central Houston.

    “We believe Girl Scouts is for all girls despite their socioeconomic background,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO.  “Our Girl Scouting in the School Day program connects girls with positive adult role models and mentoring and teaches them skills, like how to resist negative peer pressure, drug and alcohol prevention and online safety. These are skills that they will use throughout their lives and pass on to family and friends.”

    Through GSISD, GSSJC places a paid staff person at an underserved public campus to deliver contemporary programming to at-risk girls who would not be able to participate in Girl Scouting otherwise.

    GSISD is being delivered in four to six sessions on approximately 30 school campuses in three school districts: Channelview, Houston, and Pasadena ISDs as part of GSSJC’s outreach to more than 21,500 at-risk girls throughout the region. 

    During the 2015-2016 school year, GSISD is teaching girls social and life skills to increase their person and academic success through collaborations with schools and administrators to design curriculum to address issues posing the greatest barriers to girls’ success. This year through Girl Scouting in the School Day, girls...



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