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  • 20 GSSJC Girl Scouts travel path of adventure on Destinations trips

    15 Oct 2014

    Twenty Girl Scouts participated in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Destinations program over the summer, traveling to states across the US as well as to countries around the world. Destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 13-18 that take place all over the world and give girls the chance to meet remarkable people, develop leadership skills, gain confidence and enjoy valuable learning opportunities.

    To go on a Destinations trip, a girl must submit an application, two personal references and an essay explaining why she wants to participate in the event and what skills or talents she can contribute to the group. Girl Scouts can apply for up to four trips per year. A limited number of girls are chosen for each Destination, and no more than two girls from one Girl Scout council are chosen to encourage attendees to make new friends. After being chosen for a Destination, Girl Scouts are responsible for raising the funds to go on the trip through selling cookies, money earned at a job or personal savings.

    Michelle B. traveled to Scotland for the trip Walking the West Highland Way. She applied for the trip because she traveled to Ireland on her first Girl Scout Destination trip and loved the country and wanted to return to that part of the world. Michelle enjoyed spending every night in a different village of Scotland and experiencing Scottish culture.

    Amy B. traveled to San Juan for the trip Caribbean Multi-Sport. She had the opportunity to explor...

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  • Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts and Maverick of Women’s Issues

    09 Oct 2014

    More than 100 years ago, before women were given the right to vote, Juliette Gordon Low started an organization that would provide more than 59 million women the opportunity to learn leadership skills that would not only impact their lives, but the communities in which they live. She went against the grain to address issues that were not popular, including equal opportunities for women and girls, health, education and the environment. On October 31, Girl Scouts from around the world will celebrate the birthday and the legacy of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts and maverick of women’s issues.

    Low, affectionately nicknamed ‘Daisy’ by family and friends, was born in 1860 in Savannah, GA to an affluent family. Due to her socioeconomic status, she was able to grow up socially and academically in two countries – England and the United States. In the early 1900s, after the death of her husband and at a time when older women were expected to stay in the background of life, Juliette continued to be active in her community and traveled the world.  On one of her many trips abroad, she met Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell who inspired her to start a similar organization for girls.

    Despite adversities, including hearing impairment, Juliette always persevered and encouraged girls to do the same. She cultivated adult volunteers as active role models, troop leaders and program volunteers. When she was...

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  • Port Arthur volunteers say Girl Scouts is good way to give back to community

    07 Oct 2014

    From its beginnings, Girl Scouts has taught girls that they can make a difference in their communities. It has also given adults the opportunity to give back by serving as mentors, helping girls to maximize their potential so that they can achieve their goals.   Port Arthur volunteers Yolonda Stevenson and Diane Dennis, troop leaders of a multi-level troop with more than 25 girls, are passionate about Girl Scouts and know it gives girls opportunities that they would not have – getting involved in their communities, learning new skills and growing to become their best selves. 

    Troop #3686 was established in 2013 with only six Girl Scouts. Since then, it has grown and accommodated every request for girls seeking troops in Port Arthur and surrounding areas.  

    “We will continue taking girls until we can’t take anymore because we don’t want to see any girls without a troop,” said Dennis.

    Stevenson and Dennis’ troop consists of girls in each of the six Girl Scout levels – Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador – and they have no plans to split the troop. Typically, troops are comprised of girls of the same age in the same Girl Scout level. However, the volunteers decided to keep the troop multi-leveled at the request of the girls’ parents.

    “Many of the parents have more than one daughter in Girl Scouts, so keeping their daughters in the same troop cuts down on the number of times they have to get their daughter...

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  • GSSJC announces September Gold Award recipients

    30 Sep 2014

    Four southeast Texas Girl Scouts from 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. Girl Scouts Hannah S. of Spring, Julie S. of Cy-Fair, Srini S. of Katy and Jennifer J. of Katy each earned the award.

    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.

    Hannah S. renovated a visitation room at Child Protective Services to earn the Gold Award. For her project, Hannah visited with local business to ask for furniture donations. Once the donations were secured, she led a team of volunteers in renovating the room from top to bottom. Hannah repainted the walls and created a book nook for children to enjoy. She also moved in furniture, toys and installed a TV with a DVD player. She hoped to make the room more inviting to families.

    Julie S. established a drama club for children and Boys and Girls Country in Hockley, TX to earn the Gold Award. Julie met with officials at Boys and Girls Country to pitch her idea. Once approved, she developed curriculum for a weekly club meeting where s...

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  • Girl Scouts Kicks Off Recruitment With Registration Event at Parnell Elementary

    20 Aug 2014

    When a girl says, “I can’t wait to,” you know that what’s coming next is something she’s excited about. Whether she’s talking about tomorrow’s trip to the art museum or football game next Saturday, that wide-eyed anticipation is one of the best parts of childhood. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., is giving girls in the Jasper area the opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime by being a part of the premier leadership organization for girls. It’s kicking off recruitment season with a rally on Monday, Sept. 15 at Parnell Elementary School from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    During this time, girls in kindergarten through seniors in high school can register and/or learn the benefits of joining Girl Scouts. Through programs that include science and technology, business and economic literacy, visual arts as well as outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouts discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.

    “Girls are succeeding in many areas today – in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO.  “Yet 61 percent of girls are deeply ambivalent about leadership.  Girl Scouts helps girls develop their leadership skills and have the confidence to take on the leadership roles of the future in all aspects of society in a fun and safe environment.” 

    Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA conducted a survey of more than...

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  • Girl Scouts Kicks Off Recruitment With Registration Event at Newton Elementary

    19 Aug 2014

    When a girl says, “I can’t wait to,” you know that what’s coming next is something she’s excited about. Whether she’s talking about tomorrow’s trip to the art museum or football game next Saturday, that wide-eyed anticipation is one of the best parts of childhood. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., is giving girls in the [area] the opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime by being a part of the premier leadership organization for girls. It’s kicking off recruitment season with a rally on September 8 at Newton Elementary School from 6 – 7 p.m.

    During this time, girls in kindergarten through seniors in high school can register and/or learn the benefits of joining Girl Scouts. Through programs that include science and technology, business and economic literacy, visual arts as well as outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouts discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.

    “Girls are succeeding in many areas today – in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO.  “Yet 61 percent of girls are deeply ambivalent about leadership. Girl Scouts helps girls develop their leadership skills and have the confidence to take on the leadership roles of the future in all aspects of society in a fun and safe environment.” 

    Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA conducted a survey of more than 3,000 parents of r...

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  • I can’t wait to be a Girl Scout!

    08 Aug 2014

    When a girl says, “I can’t wait to,” you know that what’s coming next is something she’s excited about. Whether she’s talking about tomorrow’s trip to the art museum or football game next Saturday, that wide-eyed anticipation is one of the best parts of childhood. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., is giving girls the opportunity to make memories that last a lifetime by being a part of the premier leadership organization for girls. It’s kicking off recruitment season with rallies across southeast Texas.

    During this time, girls in kindergarten through seniors in high school can register to join and learn the benefits of Girl Scouts. Through programs that include science and technology, business and economic literacy, visual arts as well as outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouts discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.

    “Girls are succeeding in many areas today – in the classroom and on the playing field,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO.  “Yet 61 percent of girls are deeply ambivalent about leadership. Girl Scouts helps girls develop their leadership skills and have the confidence to take on the leadership roles of the future in all aspects of society in a fun and safe environment.” 

    Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA conducted a survey of more than 3,000 parents of registered Girl Scouts about their experience. Ninety...

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  • Humble Girl Scouts Promote Innovation, Host Intellectual Property Workshop

    07 Aug 2014

    Humble-area Girl Scouts from San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., will host an Intellectual Property (IP) patch workshop Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Humble as part of the It’s Your Story-Tell It Leadership Journey series.

    “Two of the attorneys I work with approached me with the desire to teach girls about intellectual property, so our troops at First United Methodist Church of Humble will host this unique opportunity,” said GSSJC Volunteer Sharon Taylor.  

    The It's Your Story – Tell It! Leadership Journey series, made possible by a grant from the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, gives girls the opportunity to tell their stories through a range of creative approaches. The Intellectual Property patch curriculum was developed by Girl Scouts District of Colombia with support from the Intellectual Property Education Foundation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office to create a fun, accessible and interesting way to teach girls the importance of innovation and intellectual property to their lives and the national economy.  

    The IP patch teaches girls the difference between trademarks, copyrights and patents, teaches girls about entrepreneurship and gives girls the opportunity to repurpose an invention created by Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low.

    The workshop is $15 and open to registered Girl Scouts i...

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  • S'mores Recipes Evolve With The Modern Day Girl Scout

    01 Aug 2014

    After more than 100 years, it's no secret that the Girl Scouts have perfected the art of making s'mores. From summer nights under starry skies to roasting marshmallows in the microwave, the s'mores recipe has come a long way since it was first documented in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook.

    As a toast to this tasty treat, Girl Scouts everywhere will celebrate National S'mores Day on August 10. Although the original graham cracker-chocolate-marshmallow layered method will forever be a classic, we're sharing unconventional s'mores to mirror the imaginative girls of today.

    Here's an alternative twist on the typical s'mores that you can enjoy inside or out:

    Indoor S'mores: (via Dessert for Two)
    Serves: 2

     

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup chocolate chips
    • 8 large marshmallows
    • graham crackers for dipping

    Directions

    1.      Preheat the oven to 450.
    2.      In a cast iron skillet, add the chocolate chips. Snip the large marshmallows in half and top the chocolate chips with them. (You could also use a scoop of mini marshmallows alternatively.)
    3.      Once the oven is up to temperature, add the skillet to the oven. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until the marshmallows turn golden brown.
    4.     ...

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