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  • 2017 Fall Product Program will be online-only sale


    After careful consideration, the Council has decided the 2017 Fall Product Program will be an online-only sale. This decision was made to ensure girls and troops counting on funds earned through the program could still participate without placing additional pressure on families in our Council. The Fall Product Program will still begin Friday, Sept. 22 and end Thursday, Nov. 30.

    What this means for you:

      Participation is simpler. Girls and their parent or guardian can sign up to participate online starting Friday, Sept. 22, and girls can immediately customize their personal site with their goals and begin sending emails to friends and family. Here's how to get started on Friday, Sept. 22. If girls want to have more personal interaction with their customers, they can invite them to their online business by:       - Calling or talking to customers to describe the sale.       - Showing them some of the available products from an order card.       - Providing a business card with their personal URL. Starting Sept. 22, these can be printed from their Me2 Site. They can also use the personalized flyer available for printing. If girls can't begin the sale on Friday, Sept. 22,...


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  • JOANN partners with Girl Scouts to ignite innovation and positive change


    JOANN Stores is teaming up with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to encourage Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families to explore their individual creativity while having a positive influence on the world. With its new Girl Scout Rewards program, the nation’s leading craft and fabric retailer is offering 15 percent off all eligible purchases for Girl Scouts’ more than 2.6 million members, allowing troops to create, grow, and learn even more, with an additional 2.5 percent of each purchase going back to GSUSA. Through the multi-million-dollar partnership, JOANN will also offer in-kind education, recruitment support, and in-store events across the U.S.

    “As a Girl Scout alumna, I can personally attest to the impact this organization has on young women everywhere,” said Jill Soltau, President and CEO of JOANN. “We aim to inspire the creativity in all of us and to bring new ideas to life through people’s hands, hearts, and minds. Girl Scouts shares our passion for bringing imagination to action, and has been empowering its members to create positive change for more than 100 years. Through JOANN’s Girls Scout Rewards program, we’ll be able to help members of the Girl Scout Movement take their creative activities even further, and help make a lasting impact on the world. Our partnership is a terrific match, and we look forward to supporting this mission together.”

    In addition to enabling troops to explore more creative opportunities, JOANN guarantees that a minimum of $1...



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  • Girl Scout Center, surrounding service centers and Beaumont to reopen Tuesday, Sept. 5


    Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. In light of ongoing recovery efforts across much of our community, we have made the decision to close the Girl Scout Center, surrounding service centers and the Beaumont Service Center through the end of this week. We anticipate reopening the GSC and all service centers on Tuesday, September 5.

    How to Help

    In times of need, Girl Scouts are among the first to respond. We have received so many messages of support and requests to offer assistance – our hearts are full! Donations to support our community’s broad recovery needs should be made through United Way of Greater Houston and the American Red Cross.

    If you are in one of the affected areas and were personally impacted by the storm, we are so sorry for your loss and are hopeful that you are safe and may begin the recovery process. If you were not impacted by the storm, we encourage you to put on a Girl Scout T-shirt and get out there and volunteer to support those who were impacted. The need in our community is so great.

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  • A message from GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek


    We hope you and your family are safe. As our community faces one of the most impactful and devastating weather events in recent history, please know you are in our thoughts.

    Girl Scouts are strong and resilient and we are a family. We have received many messages of support from Girl Scout councils across the country and I am confident our community will emerge from this disaster stronger and more united.

    Service is a cornerstone of Girl Scouting, so I also know many of our Girl Scouts will go to work as soon as it is safe to do so, rebuilding our community and making the world a better place. Please be safe and follow the instructions of local officials as you do so.

    Given the devastation our community is experiencing, the Girl Scout Center, Houston area service centers and southern service centers will remain closed until Thursday at a minimum. Our camps will be closed through the weekend. We will continue to watch the path of Harvey and will close for a longer duration if that is advisable. Please follow us on Facebook for updates. www.Facebook.com/GSSJC

    If you need information on available community resources, call #211. (2-1-1 is the Texas/United Way HELPLINE answering thousands of Harvey-related calls. They are available 24/7 with updated info & resources.)

    Yours in Girl Scouting,
    Mary Vitek
    Chief Executive Officer

  • GSSJC offices and service centers closed until Thursday, Aug. 31


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's Girl Scout Center, Houston area service centers and southern service centers will remain closed until Thursday, Aug. 31 at a minimum. Girl Scout camps will be closed until after Labor Day. 

    Staff in Houston should contact their supervisor to notify them of their status. Staff in outlying areas - Beaumont, Lufkin and Garrison - should follow the instructions of their local school district. If the school district is closed, you should also stay home. If your community is carrying on as normal, please continue with your work only while it is safe to do so.

    If you need information on available community resources, call 2-1-1, the Texas/United Way HELPLINE answering thousands of Harvey-related calls. They are available 24/7 with updates and resources.

    For those offering assistance, please stand by and we will share more information on how you can help when it is available.

     

  • GSSJC offices remain closed through Monday, Aug. 28 due to Harvey


    All Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council offices will remain closed through Monday, Aug. 28 due to Harvey. Weather will continue to be monitored, and staff will receive alerts via text of the office status beyond Monday.

    Please note that phone systems are down at the Girl Scout Center, making voicemail unavailable. Members should monitor gssjc.org and our social media for the latest updates. Staff should utilize the Council phone tree to notify supervisors of their current status.

    Continue to watch gssjc.org, Facebook and Twitter for additional updates.

  • Hurricane Harvey Update: GSSJC to close all buildings at 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25


    Last updated Friday, Aug. 25 at 9:45 a.m.

    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will close all council buildings, including camps, on Friday, Aug. 25 at 12 p.m. through the weekend. Additional updates on building closures will be posted on gssjc.org as they are announced.

    In addition, the following activities for Aug. 25 - 27 have been canceled:

    Camping weekends - Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27
    If you were scheduled to camp this weekend at any GSSJC property, your troop has been notified via email and/or phone that all GSSJC camps are closed due to Hurricane Harvey.

    This includes:

    • Basic Sailing, Sunfish Mate and Sunfish Skipper at Camp Casa Mare
    • Adult SPURS weekend at Camp Misty Meadows

    Community Fall Product Program Training - Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27
    If you registered for this training, you should have received notice of its cancelation. Training will be provided via a simulated webinar instead. Please watch your email for the webinar link, which is expected to be sent no later than Friday, Sept. 1.

    Scout Day at Splashtown - Saturday, Aug. 26
    If you purchased tickets for this event, you will be able to use the same ticket to visit Splashtown before Sept. 23. Please contact Splashtown for additional information.

    Brownie Painting Badge W...



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  • Girl Scouts works with SETI Institute to skyrocket girls' interest in STEM


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced new details about a five-year program called Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts. Funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute, the program offers more girls opportunities to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through new Space Science badges.

    Research shows women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields and exposing girls to these subjects at a young age is vital to ignite their curiosity and close this gap. In response, together with five partners—the SETI Institute, Girl Scouts of Northern California, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the University of Arizona, and ARIES Scientific—GSUSA is equipping girls as young as five years old with the confidence and skills they need to take their STEM interest to the next level.

    At the center of the collaboration are new Space Science badges for girls at every Girl Scout grade level. These badges, combined with GSUSA’s larger suite of national STEM programming, provide a seamless pathway for girls to develop a lifetime love of the cosmos and its endless possibilities. The badges range from Space Science Explorer, which introduces Daisies in kindergarten and first grade to the fundamentals of space science, to Space Science Master, which engages Ambassadors in grades 11–12 in their own explorations of space based on research that NASA scientists are conducting. Other badges include...



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  • Girl Scouts announces return of popular Girl Scout S'mores to 2018 cookie lineup


    Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced that its popular Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies will return as part of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie® season lineup. With its debut last season, the Girl Scout S’mores became the most popular flavor to launch in the 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies.

    Girl Scouts across the United States will offer one of the two varieties of Girl Scout S’mores, which join classics like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®/Samoas®, and Trefoils®/Shortbread. This means consumers will again be able to get their hands on the delicious cookies, while powering unique and amazing experiences for girls with each and every purchase.

    As a nod to the different ways people “s’more,” Girl Scout councils will offer one of two versions of the cookie: one is a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating. The other is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling, which is embossed with designs that honor Girl Scouts’ Outdoor badges.

    “We’re incredibly excited to announce that our popular Girl Scout S’mores will return next cookie season!” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “While the tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s, our s’mores...



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  • Why there has never been a better time to join Girl Scouts


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) recently released new badges in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the outdoors, areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside of Girl Scouting. The badges will debut on the organization’s first digital platform for volunteers, making it more accessible than ever to unleash the power of every girl.

    At a time when 81 percent of American voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority, GSUSA—the preeminent leadership development organization for girls—offers girls even more opportunities to learn skills and empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. And as the Girl Scout Research Institute releases new findings that confirm the outstanding leadership outcomes that Girl Scouts exhibit compared to their non–Girl Scout peers, there has never been a better time to join.

    New Programming in STEM and the Outdoors

    Through hands-on and age-appropriate experiences for girls as young as five, Girl Scouts is both enhancing the important outdoor opportunities the organization is known for and addressing the lac...



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  • GSSJC receives $25,000 from Bank of America to help 6,400 girls in underserved areas succeed


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., received a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Funds will help GSSJC provide the Girl Scout experience to more than 6,400 G.I.R.L.s (Go-Getter, Innovators, Risk-Takers, Leaders)™ living in underserved areas of Houston with community outreach programs, like Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD).

    “The support we receive from corporations like Bank of American enables us to provide more opportunities for girls to discover who they are, identify their passions and connect with others to address issues that impact their community,” said GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. “No matter their background or stage in life, Bank of American believes all girls should have the chance to succeed.”

    GSISD, is a four to six-week program that runs through the school year. It is offered free-of-charge to girls, their families and the schools they attend and helps address obstacles faced by girls as they strive to achieve academically, emotionally and socially. GSSJC employs staff who work with girls in their own neighborhoods.

    “Every girl, regardless of where she is from or what her dream is, should have access to opportunity,” said Hong Ogle, Houston President for Bank of America. “That is why we are making critical investments with community nonprofits like Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council to help level the playing field for underserved communities and create...



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  • Celebrate National S'mores Day with us at Levy Park


    Did you know that the earliest known recipe for s’mores can be found in a Girl Scout camping guide from 1927? Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., invites members of the community to Levy Park to celebrate this awesome tradition on Thursday August 10 at Levy Park Conservancy in Houston.

    You do not have to be a member of Girl Scouts to attend. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a citizen scientist DIY by making their own solar s'mores oven and will then put their ovens to the test with the iconic campfire treat to celebrate National S'mores Day.

    You can also get a jump on the school year and join Girl Scouts on-site.

    GSSJC's S'mores in the Park event takes place Thursday, August 10 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Levy Park Conservancy, 3801 Eastside St. in Houston.

    See our Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP!

  • August/September 2017 issue of The Golden Link is now available


  • 23 New STEM and Outdoor Badges Enrich Girl Scout Programming, Which Data Shows Helps Girls Excel in Life


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today releases new badges in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the outdoors, areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside of Girl Scouting. The badges will debut on the organization’s first digital platform for volunteers, making it more accessible than ever to unleash the power of every girl.

    At a time when 81 percent of American voters think preparing girls for leadership roles should be a national priority, GSUSA—the preeminent leadership development organization for girls—offers girls even more opportunities to learn skills and empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. And as the Girl Scout Research Institute releases new findings that confirm the outstanding leadership outcomes that Girl Scouts exhibit compared to their non–Girl Scout peers, there has never been a better time to join.

    New Programming in STEM and the Outdoors Through hands-on and age-appropriate experiences for girls as young as five, Girl Scouts is both enhancing the important outdoor opportunities the organization is known for and addressing the lack of exposure many girls have to STEM....



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  • GSSJC celebrates dedication of Houston-area volunteers


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) recently honored volunteers for believing in the power of G.I.R.L (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)TM during the Council’s annual adult recognition event hosted at Camp Agnes Arnold in Conroe, Texas.

    The following volunteers received the highest Girl Scout recognitions for a volunteer:

    Thanks Badge:

    • Dean Eicher
    • Pamela Lippert

    The Thanks Badge is given to a candidate who has provided outstanding service that benefits the total Council or entire Girl Scout Movement.

    For more than 20 years, Dean Eicher has been involved with Girl Scouts. He began his journey as a volunteer for his daughter’s troop but quickly expanded his efforts. For the last 15 years, he has been an integral part of GSSJC’s Cookie Program, providing leadership support as the community cookie manager for Bending Bayous Community and a member of the Product Sales operations team. In addition, Eicher is also a member of GSSJC’s campership committee and has served as a Girl Scouts of the USA national delegate.

    For more than 10 years, the kitchen has been the center of Pamela Lippert’s Girl Scout volunteer experience. She’s cooked for numerous Council events and facilitated most of GSSJC’s camp kitchen certification, enlisting dozens of new Council cooks. Most recently, Lippert authored the new camp kitchen certification training manual,.

    Thanks Badge II...



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  • Girl Scouts to host G.I.R.L. 2017, the largest girl-led event in the world, in Columbus, Ohio


    Hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), G.I.R.L. 2017 will bring together 10,000 girls, female leaders, celebrities, and influencers for this first-ever, special three-day event focused entirely on girls and the issues they care about. Taking place October 6–8 in Columbus, Ohio, and anticipated to be the largest girl-led event in the world, G.I.R.L. 2017 is open to all those who care about the future of girls.

    Developed by a special team of 21 Girl Scouts from all over the U.S. (the “G-Team”), G.I.R.L. 2017 will feature unique opportunities for girls and their advocates to debate and engage on hard-hitting topics that are central to girls’ lives and wellbeing today. In keeping with Girl Scouts’ philosophy of letting girls lead, the G-team has been involved in all aspects of planning G.I.R.L. 2017, from program content to the selection of guest speakers, to the creation of fun and educational actitivities focused on leadership development. GSUSA is, for the first time, expanding its convention experience to include every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ and providing access to the organization’s over 100 years of expertise on girl leadership development in this new forum discussing what is most important to girls and their future.  In line with the new Girl Scout...



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  • Why I give back to Girl Scouts


    Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout. It’s a phrase that certainly sums up Barbara Barnes’ experience.

    As a young girl living in Australia, she joined the Girl Guides. When she and her family moved back to the United States, she and her four sisters immediately joined Girl Scouts. Their mother, Margaret Sheriff, agreed to be troop leader for the two youngest girls, Barbara and Linda. The girls enjoyed years of friendship, camping and even earning Girl Scouting’s highest honor, then called First Class.

    “Girl Scouting with my mother and sisters had a huge impact on my upbringing,” she says. “Mom was my Junior leader in New Orleans and my Cadette leader in Houston. She took leadership of my Senior troop my last year of high school.”

    But it was camp that kept Barbara coming back.

    After graduating from high school, she spent her summer unexpectedly leading a group of girls at a local day camp after her volunteer partner left after just one day. Her love for Girl Scouting led to volunteering with a Junior troop near Trinity University in San Antonio her first year at school. Studies quickly became her priority, but Barbara still kept Girl Scouts in mind.

    During the summer of 1979, she jumped at the chance to be arts and crafts director for the Wider Opportunity, an event where girls across the U.S. visited our Council, held at Camp Casa Mare. Her experience there led to becoming a camp counselor at Casa Mare in 1980. Barbara also worked as th...



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  • Important update on camp and Tropical Storm Cindy


    At Girl Scouts we are always prepared!

    The safety and well-being of our girls, volunteers and staff are our highest priority. Our trained rangers and camp staff are working hand-in-hand to monitor the forecast as a tropical storm warning has been issued for our Council area. While we don't anticipate that our camps will experience more than a few inches of rain, we do have a plan in place in case the impact of Tropical Storm Cindy is stronger than predicted.

    If there are any changes, we will immediately notify parents or guardians. However, we want to reassure you that we are using the utmost care to ensure your camper's safety at all times.

    If you have additional concerns you would like to address regarding your child's camp experience, please contact our Customer Service hotline at 713-292-0300 or registration@gssjc.org and someone will determine how to best route your inquiry.

  • Palo Alto Networks and Girl Scouts of the USA announce collaboration for first-ever national cybersecurity badges


    Palo Alto Networks® (NYSE: PANW), the next-generation security company, and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today announced that they will join forces to deliver the first-ever national Girl Scout Cybersecurity badges for girls in grades K–12. Girl Scout badges are insignia Girl Scouts earn and display on their uniforms to demonstrate their mastery of a given topic. Led by a panel of expert cybersecurity advisers, GSUSA and Palo Alto Networks expect to roll out the first in a series of 18 Cybersecurity badges to Girl Scouts throughout the United States in September 2018.

    According to the latest Cybersecurity Jobs Report by Cybersecurity Ventures, the worldwide deficit of qualified cybersecurity professionals will reach 3.5 million by 2021. A deficit of this magnitude can inhibit the industry’s ability to prevent cyber breaches, and the challenge is compounded by the growing frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks. Getting ahead of tomorrow’s threats requires a larger, diverse and innovative team of problem solvers.

    Yet, a study by (ISC)², Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity, shows that women remain vastly underrepresented in the cybersecurity industry, holding just 11 percent of jobs globally. Plus, according to research by the Computing Technology Industry Association, 69 percent of women who have not pursued careers in information technology attribute their choice to not knowing what opp...



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  • Girl Scouts ranked no. 2 on World Value Index


    This week, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) was ranked second on the World Value Index, an anticipated annual report that measures world-class organizations based on how different audiences perceive and value a brand’s purpose and mission. After coming in seventh in 2016’s index, GSUSA is now recognized as the second top-valued brand in the world for its significance and dependability to the communities and audiences the nonprofit serves.

    During the last year, Girl Scouts has reclaimed its ownership of and legacy in the leadership space for girls, showing the world there is no better program to ignite the power of every girl. In addition to continuing its investment in technology to better deliver and influence innovative programming, Girl Scouts also welcomed a new leader, CEO Sylvia Acevedo, who brings to the organization a background in entrepreneurship; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and innovation, as well as a lifelong commitment to advancing opportunities for girls. Under Sylvia’s leadership, the Girl Scout Movement has expanded its reach to populations that need it most and is enhancing its proven program offerings so more girls can develop leadership skills that aren’t cultivated in traditional school settings.

    “GSUSA is honored to be recognized in the 2017 World Value Index as the second most valued brand in the world,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “For more than a century, we have be...



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  • Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council welcomes new members to board of directors


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., welcomes five new members to its board of directors: Tony Canales, Darcie Durham, Michele McNichol, Helene Sheena and Katherine Warren. The new board members began serving a two-year term June 1. 

    Tony Canales is president and general manager of Telemundo 47 Houston/KTMD, the NBCUniversal-owned television station that serves Spanish-language viewers in the Houston market. Since being named to his role in 2012, Tony has been responsible for managing the station’s news, sales, marketing, engineering, finance, human resources and community relations operations. He proudly supports his daughter in all her Girl Scout activities. She joined Daisy Troop #125076 in 2016.

    Darcie Durham is senior director of national strategy for Boeing in Houston. Prior to this position, she served as the chief of staff to the CEO at Boeing in Seattle and a federal lobbyist for Boeing in Washington D.C. Darcie was a member of Girl Scouts as a girl. As a member of the board of directors, Darcie hopes her experiences in her career will help encourage girls to explore STEM careers and provide opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.

    Michele McNichol is chief executive officer of Wood Group Asset Life Cycle Solutions – West and serves on Wood Group’s executive leadership team. She is responsible for more than 11,000 employees who provide projects an...



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  • June 2017 issue of Troop Program Ideas now available


    Looking for fun activities for your next Girl Scout troop meeting or camping trip? Troop Program Ideas is jam packed with song, recipes, games, crafts, ceremonies and more with the busy troop leader in mind.

    Read the June 2017 issue now. See an idea you like? Right click and save the PDF for future reference!

    You can also find Troop Program Ideas on gssjc.org by clicking on Our Council, Publications. Troop Program Ideas is published five times per year between issues of our member magazine, The Golden Link

  • Sylvia Acevedo named permanent chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA


    After a thorough nationwide search, during which many highly qualified candidates were considered, Girl Scouts of the USA's National Board has named interim leader Sylvia Acevedo the permanent CEO of our 105-year-old organization. A lifelong Girl Scout and longtime business leader, Sylvia has held the title of interim GSUSA CEO since June 2016. Before that, she was secretary of the GSUSA Board of Directors. She is an enduring champion of girls’ and women’s causes who brings a deep understanding of the youth leadership market and the evolving needs of today’s girls to her role at permanent CEO. Ms. Acevedo has also advocated for Hispanic, Asian, and other minority populations in the U.S. throughout her career and is a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence. “I am truly honored to have been selected for this role,” said Sylvia. “Throughout my career, I have been deeply committed to helping girls cultivate the skills they need to excel in life. I firmly believe they can change the world, and that at this decisive moment in time, we need their courage, confidence, and character more than ever.” She continued, “Girl Scouts has always been an important part of my life, helping me as a young girl to develop the skills to become a leader. My focus [at GSUSA] has been to raise the profile of the Girl Scout Movement and mission, with the targeted aim to grow membership. So I am excited to be able to move...



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  • Carnegie Vanguard student earns Girl Scout’s highest honor


    According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

    Payton Campbell, a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.  The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

    To earn the award, Campbell raised awareness about the importance of good cardiovascular health by creating an interactive touch box for youth and their families. Inside the touch box were four preserved hearts of a rat, rabbit, pig and cow in addition to a flipbook that gives information on the different animals and key facts about how their hearts work.

    “Youth and adolescents have been benefitting from my project because they have been able to take the information I provided them with the interactive heart touch box and use it to make smart choices in ways in which they take care of their bodies,” said Campbell.

    The touch box and an acco...



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  • Girl Scouts honored at American Alliance of Museums' annual Excellence in Exhibition competition


    At the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM’s) 2017 Meeting & MuseumExpo this Monday in St. Louis, Missouri, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 29th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition for the installation Girls Writing the World: A Library, Reimagined. The installation lives in the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a historic site in Savannah, Georgia, owned and operated by GSUSA. The award recognizes the installation as “Creating a Big Change in a Small Package—an excellent transformation of a historic library space using experiential strategies and intentionally utilizing evaluation.”

     “Girl Scouts is honored to receive this important recognition from the American Alliance of Museums for the birthplace’s library exhibition,” says Cindi Malinick, cultural resources executive at GSUSA. “It reaffirms the forward-thinking vision we hold for GSUSA’s rich cultural assets, so that they can best serve girls, women, and all visitors—building on the power of place to create new experiences—and inspire each person in their own way to act to make the world a better place. We’d like to thank the American Alliance of Museums, and our peers in the museum world, for valuing our work with this award.”   

    The reimagined library is an accessible, inspiring, and engaging space that incorporates historic furnishings and...



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  • May/June/July 2017 issue of The Golden Link is now available


  • GSSJC volunteer shares passion for beekeeping with girls


    Volunteers have no expectation of compensation, be it monetary or a gesture of gratitude. Instead, they express only a desire to help or give back to their community freely. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) has some of the best volunteers and since April is National Volunteer Month, a well-deserved show of appreciation is in order.

    A volunteer is defined as a person who willingly undertakes a service. Ansuya Hesse, realtor, backyard beekeeper and Girl Scout volunteer, epitomizes this definition. By day, Ansuya helps families find houses that could become dream homes for their loved ones. But in her free time, she nurtures a home to a much different type of resident: bees.

    “My husband and I were watching ‘60 Minutes’, and they had a segment on how bees are disappearing at an alarming rate in the world. We thought, ‘What could we do to save the bees?’ We joined our local beekeeper’s association and got a beehive in our backyard,” said Ansuya.

    What began as a hobby has now evolved into a passion. Ansuya has become quite an expert on bees, excitedly touting facts about their habitat, forms of communication and the contributing factors to their rapid decline in numbers. Seeking to share her knowledge, Ansuya pursued an opportunity to speak with a Girl Scout troop.

    “My yoga instructor has a Girl Scout troop, and I asked her if I could educate and talk to her Girl Scouts about it,” said Ansuya. “It was so much fun. I think the girls get excit...



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  • GSSJC honors volunteers at 2017 Adult Recognition Event


    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 58,000 with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

    On Saturday, April 22, GSSJC honored a group of volunteers who go above and beyond at the Adult Recognition Event.

    Honorees are:

    President’s Award
    Bending Bayou
    Emerald Oaks
    Way Out West

    Ervan Chew Award
    Shirley Harrigan
    Susan Huff

     

    Appreciation Pin
    Beverly Olasimbo
    Carol Dyson
    Carrie Harding
    Christina Hurd
    Christina Smith
    Donna Fontenot
    Janet Stephens Lovelady
    Janet Wolf
    Julie Mayer
    Kirsten Davenport
    Megan Coots
    Patrina Carter
    Sandra O'Guynn
    Sarah Roberts
    Staci Black
    Susan Lawyer
    Tammy Lockington
    Wendy Rachuk
    Maria Isabel Martinez

    Volunteer of Excellence
    Becky Normand
    Magna Cayll
    Mary Gedelian
    Rachel Durst-Strecker
    Sharon Jones

    Honor Pin
    Cindy Costales
    Katy Cox
    Kristin Homsi
    Wally Davis

    Thanks Badge
    Dean Eicher
    Pam Lippert

    Continuing Service Pin
    Leda Kliesing

    Thanks Badge II
    Patti Stefek
    BJ Bonner

    Community Award Certificate
    HEB Fairfield Market

    Community Award...



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  • Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!


    So often, the team at Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council talks about how we couldn't do this without you. We recognize there's no way we could unleash the inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TMin thousands of girls in our community, without your generosity of time and heart. It's true, friends. 

    Without your support, your fierce commitment to these girls----- to their present and to their future----- Girl Scouts wouldn't and couldn't be the number-one leadership organization for girls in the world. But we are! Thanks to you. 

    And listen, we know it's not always glamorous. We know there are hiccups, logistics galore and a whole lot of general running around. But you do it, and you do it so well. 

    So though you might not hear it from us as often as you should, during this very special month we want you to know we're always thinking about you and all that you do for our girls. You are a crucial piece of this extraordinary puzzle, and we can't thank you enough. 

    In fact, we totally co-sign this little something Girl Scouts of the USA wrote you...read it now!

  • April 2017 issue of Troop Program Ideas now available


    Looking for fun activities for your next Girl Scout troop meeting or camping trip? Troop Program Ideas is jam packed with song, recipes, games, crafts, ceremonies and more with the busy troop leader in mind.

    Read the April 2017 issue now. See an idea you like? Right click and save the PDF for future reference!

    You can also find Troop Program Ideas on gssjc.org by clicking on Our Council, Publications. Troop Program Ideas is published five times per year between issues of our member magazine, The Golden Link

  • Spring 2017 issue of Connections now available


    The spring 2017 issue of Connections, the newsletter for GSSJC donors is now available online

    In this issue, donors will find the latest on Success to Significance, how to send a girl to camp this summer, an update on the new Lake Site at Camp Myra S. Pryor and more.

  • Last call for Girl Scout Cookies


    The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale is coming to a close March 26, 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 locate a cookie booth in your area.

    Girl Scout Cookies come in eight varieties, including Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Caramel deLites, Lemonades and the newest flavor S’mores. All varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are $4.  Customers looking to purchase gluten free Trios are encouraged to ask Girl Scouts about this option. They are $5.

    When customers purchase Girl Scout Cookies they are helping girls learn 5 Skills – decision making, goal setting, money management, business ethics and people skills, and giving girls the ability to power new, unique and amazing experiences. 

    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 proceeds earned to attend summer camp, attend badge workshops and complete service projects to better their communities and more.

  • 14 GSSJC staff members recognized for years of service


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council recognized 14 staff members who recently hit milestone anniversaries with the organization. Adult volunteers, including staff, are recognized for their years of service every five years.

    Congratulations to the following staff members for earning this recognition:

    5 Years
    Carrie Carter, Product Sales Manager
    Lupe Cedillo, Customer Service Specialist
    Jeniece Quintero, Girl Experience - Outreach Manager
    Tina Ruiz, Hispanic Volunteer Development Manager

    10 Years
    Cynthia Brown, Community Engagement Manager
    Pam Green, Herd Manager
    Melissa Hardy, Girl Experience Director
    Beth Shea, Chief Marketing and Development Officer

    15 Years
    Audrey Davis, Shop Clerk - Girl Scout Shop Houston
    Selina Howard, Emerging Markets Director
    Betty McGill, Cashier - Girl Scout Shop Imperial Valley

    25 Years
    Allen Hoffer, Property Manager - Treelake
    Margaret Vaughn, Cash Receipts Clerk

    30 Years
    Donna Robinson, Director of Curriculum & Community Outreach Services

  • Girl Scouts celebrates the power of cookies during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will join Girl Scout councils February 24–26 to participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017, which celebrates all the fun, learning, and excitement that selling cookies has powered for girls over the last 100 years. The weekend highlights some of the most creative and successful Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs, as well as the positive change that cookie earnings make possible in communities across the United States. One hundred percent of the net revenue raised through Girl Scout Cookie sales stays with the local Girl Scout council and troop, so customers who purchase cookies are making an important investment in their communities and supporting millions of fun and formative leadership experiences for girls.

    During Girl Scout Cookie season, each amazing young G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™is not only selling delicious cookies but also building essential life skills, such as goal setting, people skills, and business ethics—which are essential for 21st century leadership. And the more cookies girls sell, the more earnings they have to power impactful community projects and personal enrichment experiences, such as camping and traveling. From a Brownie troop in Atlanta t...



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  • State of Girls report shows increasing need for investment in girls


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today released findings from The State of Girls, an omnibus report on the overall well-being of girls in the United States. Compiled and released by GSUSA’s Girl Scout Research Institute, this third edition of The State of Girls focuses on national- and state-level trends across key indicators affecting girls’ overall well-being. The findings suggest that, regardless of an increase in high school graduation rates, economic conditions affecting girls in the United States have not fully recovered from the Great Recession. These conditions are leading to increased emotional and physical distress among girls, with obesity, marijuana use, and low self-esteem on the rise.

    “Increased poverty rates among girls affects everything from their physical and psychological well-being to their perceptions of what they can achieve and become as adults,” said Kathy Hannan, GSUSA’s national board president. “Girls living in low-income households experience more challenges on nearly all indicators of health and well-being compared to girls living in higher-income households. And girls falling behind is bad news for our country, because it means that America will inevitably fall behind, too.”

    A closer look at The State of Girls data reveals t...



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  • Girl Scouts begin selling cookies at retail locations across southeast Texas


    Girl Scouts from the San Jacinto Council will begin selling Girl Scout Cookies in front of retail locations across southeast Texas beginning February 17 at 4 p.m. as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The program is the largest girl-led business in the world and teaches girls essential skills to succeed personally and professionally.

    In January, Girl Scouts took pre-orders and now customers can purchase their favorite varieties – Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Caramel deLites, Shortbread, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties and Thanks-A-Lot, before or after they’ve picked up their household items. The newest cookie S’mores, a crispy graham cookie double dipped in yummy crème icing and finished with a scrumptious chocolatey coating, will also be available for purchase. Packages cost just $4.

    Returning to the cookie line-up is the gluten free chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookie called Trios. The bite size cookies are made with real chocolate chips, real peanut butter and certified gluten free whole grain oats and will retail for $5 per package. Customers looking to purchase packages of Trios are encouraged to ask troops selling cookies at booths about this option.

    When customers stop by a cookie booth to purchase a package of Girl Scout Cookies, they are not only helping to teach girls The Five Skills – decision making, goal setting, money management, business ethics and people skills, but they are also giving girls across southeast Texas t...



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  • Girl Scouts announces results of Just Desserts competition


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., hosted its annual dessert competition, Just Desserts, at the Junior League of Houston Thursday, January 19.  Half-a-dozen pastry chefs from across Houston battered it out to create delicious desserts using Girl Scout Cookies, and Smallcakes Houston was selected as the People’s Choice winner.

    This year’s event celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, and the event’s football theme joined in the excitement of Houston hosting Super Bowl LI.  A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money.

    More than 100 guests enjoyed the palate-pleasing event as celebrity chefs vied for the best in each of the following categories: Best Table Display, Best Theme Interpretation, Best Use of Girl Scout Cookie, Celebrity Judges Favorite, Most Delicious, Most Creative Recipe and the People’s Choice. Guests were also treated to the newest flavor in the Girl Scout Cookies line-up – S’mores.  

    This year’s participants included Michael’s Cookie Jar, Gigi’s Cupcakes - Post Oak, Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique, The Cupcake Cowgirls, Maine-Ly Sandwiches and Smallcakes Houston....



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  • Pastry chefs “batter” it out to help Girl Scouts kick-off 100th anniversary of first-known sale of Girl Scout Cookies


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., will kick-off the 2017 Cookie Sale with its annual dessert competition Just Desserts 2017. Half-a-dozen pastry chefs from across Houston will “batter” it out to create delicious desserts using Girl Scout Cookies. The event will take place Thursday, January 19, 2017 at The Junior League of Houston located at 1811 Briar Oaks Lane from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    This year’s event will help mark the 100th anniversary of the first-known sale of Girl Scout Cookies and join in the excitement of Houston hosting Super Bowl LI.  A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ will be available for order at the start of the sale, joining classics like Thin Mints and Shortbreads. The cookie will also be available for tasting at the event.

    Just Desserts will feature desserts by:

    • The Cupcake Cowgirls Cypress
    • Gigi's Cupcakes
    • Mainely Sandwiches
    • Michael's Cookie Jar
    • Ooh La La: The Dessert Boutique
    • Smallcakes Houston

    Each team will...



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  • Girl Scouts celebrates 100 years of Girl Scout selling cookies


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced today the start of the 2017 cookie season, which marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program®. Through the program, girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, gain self-sufficiency, and develop confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization and celebrate how the cookie program powers amazing experiences for Girl Scouts year-round, the highly anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints® and Trefoils®/Shortbread.

    The sale of cookies by Girl Scouts had humble beginnings, born as a way for troops to finance activities. The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in their high school cafeteria as a service project. As the Girl Scout Cookie Program developed and evolved, it not only became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—but it also enabled collaboration and integration,...



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