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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 Jansen 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are now paperless


    At Girl Scouts we are always working to make the world a better place. The Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are now supporting this goal by becoming more environmentally friendly and going paperless. 

    New documents that are editable are now live on our website. Please take a look!

    Bronze Award

    Silver Award

    Gold Award

    Beginning January 1, 2016, this is the only format in which council will accept any and all Highest Award submissions.

  • Four Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Four 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.

    Isabella G., with the assistance of 17 volunteers from her church, renovated 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.

    “I am very passionate about missions and I had visited Corquín before and fell in love with the town and its people,” said Isabella.

    Marissa K. made more than  80 tote bags, 20 pillowcases and 20 small stuffed pillows from material given to her by her grandmother and donated them to girls who sought assistance from New Life Children’s Center for serious emotional and behavioral disorders stemming from past trauma. She delivered the items with 100 bookmarks.

    “The intent of my project was to address the feelings of ‘no one cares’ and ‘no one can understand what I am going through’ for girls at New life Children’s Cen...



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  • Girl Scout Cookies get an early start date: Sale begins December 19


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., will begin selling Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door and digitally December 19, approximately three weeks earlier than previous years. The program is the largest girl-led business in the world and teaches girls essential skills to succeed personally and professionally, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. For the last two years, GSSJC has had the top cookie sale in the country.

    Through the Cookie Program, Girl Scouts venture into the entrepreneurial world to learn business skills and financial literacy and earn money to fund their service oriented goals. When customers purchase a box of Girl Scout Cookies, they are enabling girls to become advocates for issues they are passionate about, or they are sending a city kid from a low income household to camp. A purchase can also send a girl overseas to learn about an archipelago or help girls purchase supplies to send care packages to soldiers serving abroad. Every Girl Scout Cookie purchase supports girls as they do great things in their communities and encourages them to change the world.

    With the new season brings the 10th anniversary of Lemonades. These savory slices of shortbread with a refreshing tangy lemon flavored icing are a customer favorite. Gluten free chocolate chip peanut butter oatmeal cookies, called Trios, will be offered again. The bite size cookie...



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  • Girl Scout program provides Christmas necessities to students in Klein ISD


    Northwest Houston Girl Scouts are sharing Christmas spirit with students in Klein Independent School District (Klein ISD) with their 3T program, providing them with  much needed items, including a top, toy and toiletries. 

    The 3T program started four years ago when Girl Scout volunteer Susan Huff and her Girl Scout troops were trying to figure out how they could give back locally. A few of the girls said that they had friends who were in need, so to provide items anonymously they created 3T.

    The first year the girls and volunteers donated 58 bags to two Klein ISD schools. The bags, filled with a top, toy and toiletries, were packed by age and gender, each one costing approximately $20.  

    “There were numerous stories about Girl Scouts and their families shopping for items for these bags, and the girls being excited that they were helping a friend at one of the Klein schools,” said Huff. “The next year, I had big dreams and knew that we could as least double the 58 bags from the first year and include more schools.”

    Huff contacted counselors from 25 Klein ISD schools who were receptive thanks to the counselors who worked at the two schools that received donations the previous year. With the support of family, friends and community and corporate sponsors, the program provided 313 bags to 20 Klein ISD schools.

    “We had a last minute request for 20 students at another school and without even thinking about it, my husband took his...



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  • Ashdon Farms Issues Allergy Alert on Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix and Honey Mustard Mix


    Ashdon Farms, Waukesha, WI 53188 is alerting consumers that Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix sold under the Girl Scouts of the USA brand and Honey Mustard Mix sold under the Ashdon Farms brand distributed to consumers on or before November 15, 2015 are being recalled because milk is not declared in the “contains” statement on the label. People with an allergy to milk should not consume these products. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

    Girl Scouts of the USA branded product packaged in 7 oz bags (no UPC code) has been sold through Girl Scout councils and online sales nationwide, including San Jacinto Council. Ashdon Farms branded product in 8 oz bags (UPC 79113-41184) has been sold through fundraising distributors nationwide. Ashdon Farms is currently correcting the label at the distribution level so that all product distributed to consumers on or after Nov 16, 2015 will correctly declare the milk allergen. ONLY PRODUCT DISTRIBUTED TO CONSUMERS ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 15, 2015 IS AFFECTED.

    Due to correction at the distribution level, the product cannot be identified based on code date. Affected packages can be identified by the contains statement found immediately below the ingredient listing. The contains statement on incorrect labels reads “Contains: Cashews, Almonds, Soy, Wheat.” Packages with the correct label read “Contains: Cashews, Almonds, Soy, W...



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  • Girl Scoutacular event gives glimpse into what it means to be a Girl Scout


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the US, is inviting anyone interested in learning about Girl Scouts to join the fun at Girl Scoutacular Day, Thursday, November 19. 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. 

    “The best part about these community events is that they are being hosted by current Girl Scouts for future Girl Scouts,” said Genevieve Christianson, GSSJC’s community engagement director. “If you’re not sure what Girl Scouting looks like in 2015 or if you simply want to learn more about the organization, then you should join us.”

    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.

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  • Four Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Four 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. Francesca worked with 15 student and volunteers to design and construct the vibrant and whimsical labyrinth that was also the recipient of several hand created art pieces donated by members of the community. 

    “I took part in a religious tolerance program called Sacred Sites Quest and helped build a labyrinth in Freedman Town in Houston’s 4thWard and on a UNESCO site in Lyon France,” said Francesca. “I used my project to spread

    Hannah H. earned the award for her Birthday Buddy Bags project. Each birthday bag contains everything one would need to have a small birthday party from cake mix to party utensils. It took more than 20 people and 83 hours to asse...



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  • Girl Scouts receives $50,000 from Anadarko for STEM and Gold Award Programs


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout Councils in the U.S., received a $50,000 grant from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC), one of the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies. Funding will support GSSJC’s robotics and Gold Award programs during the 2015-2016 Girl Scout year. 

    “We are very committed to closing the STEM achievement gap between men and women,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Anadarko’s investment will enable us to prepare our girls to be change-makers and leaders of tomorrow, enhancing our community’s ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace.” 

    GSSJC introduces girls to robotics through the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League Program. The robotics program provides girls with experience designing, building, and programing robots competitively. In addition, the Council has a robotics special interest group that meets throughout the year and gives girls the opportunity to learn and advance their programming and engineering skills. 

    The Gold Award recognizes a high school-aged girl for her exemplary service in making her community a better place. Girls create a plan to meet a community need and implement a 80-hour leadership project that includes eight requirements, all of which promote community service, personal and spiritual growth, positive values, and leadership skills. ...



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  • Nine Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Nine 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.

    Alaa A. received the honor for her work with the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Center and Foundations Academy Day, a private preschool and after school program. With assistance from friends, Alaa decorated a donations box and placed it in the entertainment room at the center and asked Foundations Academy Daycare to support by providing donations, including CDs, movies and games.  In addition to the entertainment drive, Alaa gave presentations to two clubs at her school about the importance of volunteering.

    “I really wanted to make a difference in the lives of the patients at the Alzheimer center,” said Alaa. “By making people more aware of what Alzheimer’s is, I am hoping that the center will receive more volunteers to interact with patience and receive more donations.”  

    Kendyl B. received the honor for creating a recycling program at her church an...



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  • Burn ban lifted at all GSSJC camp properties


    As of October 26, 2015, the burn ban placed on all camp properties within Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has been lifted.

    If you are camping at one of GSSJC's properties, a reserve ranger can always answer questions you might have about possible burn bans and fire safety at check in.

    Stay posted on camp updates, such as new burn bans, by finding information under the news and camp sections of gssjc.org.

    GSSJC News

    GSSJC Camps

  • Girl Scouts pinky promise to be a friend first and stop bullying


    According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 60 percent of middle school students witness bullying every day. Add the online world to the mix and about 85 percent of middle school students say they’ve been cyber-bullied at least once. To address this issue, Girl Scouts launched Be a Friend First (BFF) in 2013, a program that gives girls the tools they need to: feel safe in school, online and everywhere in between; build the confidence to deal with mean girls and cliques; and develop healthy, positive relationships.

    This month, Brownie Troop #134017, took the Girl Scouts Be a Friend First (BFF) Promise Pledge, painted their pinkies blue and pinky promised not to be bullies. The girls and troop volunteers also reviewed statics and discussed ways to stand up to bullying to be a better friend.

    “By taking the pledge and completing the activity, we found out that one of the girls has been bullied by the same group of girls since kindergarten,” said Jessica Tellez, troop volunteer. “She opened up to us and decided to go and speak to her counselor.”

    Girl Scouts wants to give girls the confidence to change their environment by building better friendships and empowering them to be a part of the change that makes their environment better.  

  • Girl Scouts go pink, raise awareness about breast cancer


    Girl Scout Founder Juliette Gordon Low, born October 31, succumbed to breast cancer in 1927 during a time when the words breast and cancer were not used in conversation. Today, October is not only Low’s birth month, but the month devoted to raising awareness about breast cancer. 

    Many Girl Scouts, girls and adults,  from around the country observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month by completing service projects in Low’s honor, including serving as volunteers during breast cancer walks, making pillows and blankets for breast cancer patients, hosting workshops or wearing pink. Low would be happy to know Girl Scouts is still committed to addressing the issues facing girls. 

    Troop #2644 from Nacogdoches, Texas recently earned the Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA’s) Silver Award – the second highest award in Girl Scouting – for raising awareness about the disease. 

    As part of its Silver Award project, the troop invited an OB-GYN to teach them the importance of early detection by performing a self-exam each month. The doctor also provided replicas of different breast tissue to show girls the difference between a regular breast and one infected by the disease.  

    “The girls wanted to learn the full cycle of breast cancer and how to be aware to also help those that have the disease,” said Shelley Evans, troop leader. “The girls had a lot of questions, so I am happy that the doctor was available to answer them.”

     

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  • 15 Girl Scouts from San Jacinto travel on Destinations trips


    During the summer of 2015, 15 girls from San Jacinto Council traveled the world on a Destinations trip.

    Destinations are travel adventures for Girl Scouts ages 11 and older that take them to places all over the world and give girls the chance to meet other Girl Scouts from different states, develop leadership skills, gain confidence and enjoy valuable learning opportunities. 

    To go on a Destinations trip, girls must submit an application, two personal references and an essay explaining why they want to participate in the event and what skills or talents they 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.

    Megan C. traveled to Panama where she spend the majority of time exploring the beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro in northern Panama. From an island basecamp, she had the opportunity to become scuba certified in the tropical waters, wakeboard and snorkel among colorful reefs.  

    “My favorite part of the trip was the night dive,” said Megan. “We stood on the ocean floor and turned off all our lights, then watched the bioluminescent animals light up when we...



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  • Girl Scouts provides opportunities for Hispanic families to grow together


    From its inception more than 100 years ago, Girl Scouts was established as an organization committed to the inclusiveness of all girls, and it is a commitment that has transcended generations. As the Hispanic community continues to be one of the fastest growing populations in the U.S., Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) continues to provide opportunities for Hispanic families – both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking –to grow together.

    Five years ago, Elizabeth Kuykendall, a lead volunteer of GSSJC’s Hispanic Community Engagement (HCE) program, took her youngest daughter, Haeven, to a rally at J.W. Oates Elementary —an act she says dramatically altered her life. If you asked her then, what do you do? Kuykendall would have told you she spent most of her time tending to her family and her home and watching her favorite telenovelas. Today, Kuykendall does all that and serves as an active Girl Scout volunteer.

    “Every now and then I’ll catch up on my favorite shows, but as a troop leader, a cookie manager, a rally host and a facilitator of the HCE program, the truth is I don’t have much free time,” said Kuykendall. “I keep myself very busy now, but it is good because it has changed me.”

    After attending the rally that would introduce Kuykendall to Girl Scouts, she made the decision to get involved because, as she says, Girl Scouts was more than an afterschool book club. She saw Girl Scouts as an opportunity to learn leadership skills—not just for...



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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.

    Allison C. created a nonprofit after school program for immigrant children who attend Sundown Elementary School in Katy ISD with the goal of educating them about the importance of education.

    “Some of these children moved to Katy from El Salvador, Iraq, Honduras, Ecuador, Mexico or the Philippines,” said Allison. “I want to help give them a solid educational foundation and equip them to have the best future possible so they can support themselves and eventually their families.”

    Diana D. was inspired by the Last to Leave Home, a book that describes the journey of a family living with a son born with Down Syndrome, and decided to focus her award project on children living with the genetic disorder. With assistance from more than 15 volunteer, Diana partnered with the Down Syndrome Association of Houston to host a kite decorating and flying event for childre...



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  • 5 areas where Girl Scouts Succeed


    Fast forward to the future. It’s time to say goodbye and you hope your daughter will remember everything you’ve taught her as she steps up to the college adventure. You know she’ll learn new things and form new opinions. But above all, you know that thanks to you and her years as a Girl Scout she knows exactly who she is and exactly what she stands for.

    For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls learn the tools to succeed, and given parents the peace of mind to send girls into the future. Many of them have gone on to help create the future, becoming leading scientists, astronauts, and a number of U.S. public servants. In a 2012 Alumnae Impact Study, Girl Scout alumnae said they attributed a great degree of their success and confidence to Girl Scouts, regardless of engagement in extracurricular activities and programs outside of Girl Scouts.

    Girl Scouts knows that your daughter is the future, which is why we help families teach them skills and lessons that will last a lifetime. Here are five areas she’ll succeed in after she becomes a Girl Scout:

    1. Fiscal Responsibility and Financial Literacy More than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say that the Girl Scout Cookie Program was beneficial in the development of their skills today. That’s because as young as age five, Girl Scouts begin to learn skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics—skills most children nev...



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  • 5 reasons to be a Girl Scout this year


    The Girl Scout New Year is almost here, and those celebrating on October 1 understand how exciting this next year is going to be. Not only do we have our Nation's Best Cookie Seller title to maintain, but this next year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts Gold Award. But if you've never been a Girl Scout and have no idea what we're talking about, well, get excited because here's the top five reasons to join Girl Scouts this year:

    Make new friends
    Being a Girl Scout is not just a way to have fun, but a way to have fun together! Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has over 78,000 girl and adult members, and nationwide Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is 2.8 million members strong. Connect with girls in your community who share your same passions. Serve together, learn together, go to camp together, and as the years pass you can grow and succeed together. 

    Get better grades
    Most Girl Scouts involved in a 2012 study were shown to be academically successful! We're sure you're a champ in the classroom, but we can help boost you from B's to steady A's, because our stellar community of girls and helpful leaders will inspire you to do better. Destiny, a 12 year old Girl Scout from our state of Texas said, "I have been a Girl Scout since I was 5 (a Daisy), and I would not be where I am today. I think I would do well in school, and I don't think I would get along with others as well as I do."

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  • Help Girl Scouts with Your Back-to-School Shopping!


    It's that time of year again when we're scouting for the best deals on school supplies and gearing up for Houston back-to-school traffic. As you and your Girl Scout wander the aisles--you, looking for that perfect deal while she's looking for the latest trends--make sure you shop for a cause and send your spendings back to Girl Scouts!

    By shopping online at Amazon, or at Randalls and Kroger a percentage of your expenses will be donated to GSSJC.

    Amazon: You can support Girl Scouts every time you shop on Amazon! GSSJC is now part of the Amazon Smile Program that donates a portion of eligible purchases to a nonprofit organization of the customer’s choice. Make sure you shop via http://smile.amazon.com and search for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council to link your Amazon account to us. Your charity of choice will be listed at the top of the page while you shop and stored in your account for future purchases.

    Randalls: The Randalls Good Neighbor Program donates one percent of customers’ purchases to up to three nonprofit organizations of their choice. Visit the courtesy booth at your local Randalls to fill out the enrollment form and indicate charity #519. Your account will be linked to GSSJC. You only have to sign up once! You can also call 713-292-0231 to request the form from the Council.

    Kroger: GSSJC is part of the Kroger Community Rewards program tha...



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  • 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 a girl...



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  • Celebrate National S'mores Day with Girl Scout Cookies


    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 its first-known published recipe was included in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook, Tramping and Trailing. 

    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 an unconventional s'mores to mirror the imaginative girls of today using America’s favorite cookie – Girl Scout Cookies.

    Here's an alternative twist on the traditional s'mores that you can enjoy inside or out using our Thanks-A-Lots.

    Thanks-A-Lots S'mores: (Via The Girl Scout Cook(ie) Book)
    Serves: 8

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 package of Thanks-A-Lot cookies
    • 8 marshmallows toasted

    Directions:

    Camp Fire:

    1. Toast marshmallow to individual's liking
    2. Place marshmallow in between two Thanks-A-Lot cookies
    3. Enjoy!

    Microwave:

      Place one Thanks-a-lot cookie upside down on a microwaveable table Place one marshmallow on cookie, then set the other Thanks-A-Lot cookie on top Microwave for 15 seconds or until marshmallow begins to inflate Remove from microwave...


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  • 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.

    Zinnia C. brought awareness to different cultures and promoted the diversity of the student body by creating the Seven Lakes High School International Club. Through the club Zinnia, with assistance from more than 30 volunteers, hosted an international festival for the community, which included an African tribal fashion show, Japanese martial arts, Chinese calligraphy and a French crepe station.

    Danielle D. addressed the issue of habitat loss in her community as a result of suburban sprawl and how it has forced native bird and bad species to move elsewhere or die off. Danielle hosted three events at Armand Bayou Nature Center where she showed visitors how to easily and inexpensively build bird, bat and owl houses and place them in their yards to encourage native species to return to the areas they had once flourished in before development. In addition to the h...



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


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the US, welcomes four new members to its board of directors: Lanesha Anderson, Mary Bass, Cassandra M. McZeal and Catherine B. Smith. The new board members began serving a two-year term June 1, 2015.

    “We are honored to welcome Lanesha, Mary, Cassandra and Catherine as new board members,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Each of them has been a longtime supporter of Girl Scouts and will bring a diverse perspective that will enhance our efforts to provide leadership opportunities to girls that help them maximize their potential and make a difference in their communities.”

    Lanesha Anderson is vice president and deputy general counsel at ABM Industries Incorporated. Her responsibilities include managing all commercial legal matters, international business operations, joint ventures, subsidiary governance, government contracting and compliance, commercial litigation and acting as assistant corporate secretary for the business units she supports. Prior to ABM, Lanesha served as senior legal counsel for Shell Oil, corporate counsel at Sprint Nextel and practiced law at K&L Gates. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science from St. Louis University and her MBA and JD from the University of Tulsa. Lanesha serves on the board of trustees for the National Urban League and co-chaired their Centennial Commission. She also serves on the Houston Business Education Commission and is a memb...



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  • Four Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Four 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.

    Carol C. hosted a week long music camp for children during Spring Break. She wanted to provide an enrichment program to expose children to music and address the lack of opportunities for low income families. Carol gathered supplies, wrote lesson plans, recruited more than 10 volunteers and publicized the event. Twenty-one children participated in the camp that included crafts, games, lessons in several music concepts, an introduction to recorder and demonstrations of band instruments provided by members of the James E. Taylor High School Band. On the last day of the camp, participants put on a short concert, performing rhythm activities and playing a song on the recorder. 

    “I have enjoyed working with children and have taught Sunday school for five years and I also love band and feel that music has enriched my life,” said Carol. “My Gold Award projec...



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  • In honor of Flag Day, Girl Scouts gives tips on flag etiquette


    Many words are synonymous with Girl Scouting, including cookies, camp, crafts, leadership and patriotism. Flag etiquette is one of the many important skills Girl Scouts learn and as a result, troops are asked to perform flag ceremonies in the community during special ceremonies, luncheons and parades. This Flag Day, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, one of the largest councils in the U.S., is giving you tips on the proper ways to display your U.S. flag.

    GSSJC guidelines on handling a U.S. flag:  

    Display of the U.S. flag is governed by law to ensure that it will be treated with the respect. This is known as the United States Flag Code. Some of the rules most useful are:

      The American flag must be placed in the center, and higher, when displayed with a group of state, local or organizational flags flown from staffs. It may also be positioned to the right of other flags. (If girls were to hold the flag while facing their audience, their right side would be the flag's own right.) When displayed from a staff in a house of worship or public auditorium, the flag of the United States must hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergy's or speaker's right as he or she faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergy or speaker or to the right of the audience. The flag is to be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly with dignity...


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  • Cypress Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award, build award-winning bench


    Members of Troop #14513 from the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the third largest council in girl membership in the country, have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a girl in fourth or fifth grade can earn in Girl Scouting.

    To earn the award the girls wanted to promote friendship, so they installed a Buddy Bench at Ault Elementary School in Cypress, Texas – the site of their troop meetings. The Buddy Bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.

    “The girls all shared stories about having a hard time on the playground during recess, because they did not have anyone to play with, didn’t enjoy the games being played or just wanted to make a new friend,” said Kimberly Wilbanks, troop leader and GSSJC volunteer. “One of our mom’s suggested doing a Buddy Bench after hearing about a student in York Pennsylvania who created one with a simple vision: if two people are sitting at the bench, they could ask each other if they want to play.”

    A requirement of earning the Bronze Award is that the projects must be sustainable, so the troop selected a six-foot bench made from recycled plastic that didn’t require any painting or upkeep after it was built and installed and included a plaque that read “Everybody needs a buddy.” In addition to the bench, the troop also created a cement bench pad.

    “We spent six hours learning how to mix, pour and level cement with the help of our volunteers,” s...



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  • Humble Girl Scouts show racing style, host first Powder Puff Derby


    On Saturday, May 2, Humble area Girl Scouts from the San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) hosted their first-ever Powder Puff Derby at Atascocita High School. More than 500 people watched as 141 girls and adults competed for a chance to place in each race level.

     “Our girl planning board did a fabulous job planning this event,” said Charlotte Bennett, Girl Scout volunteer. “They designed the Powder Puff patch, trophies and decided on the Girl Scout badge to be earned. They showed up with the night before the event and got everything ready.”

    All participants were given a car kit that included a block of wood that they used to create and enhance the car to make it as fast as possible. Each car had to weigh less than five ounces to qualify for racing.

    “Our goal for the Powder Puff Derby was to create a family friendly event where girls could make new friends, create a derby car and members of the community could learn more about Girl Scouting,” said Bennett. “The girls can be proud to know that it did just that.”

    First United Methodist Church Humble lent their track and software to keep track of the winners and Boy Scout Pack #912 managed the competition.

    In addition to the derby, Girl Scouts were given the opportunity to earn the GSSJC Puppetry Parade patch and earn a Community Service patch by crafting four cards – two thank-you cards for the military and two get-well cards. The Get Well Cards will be placed on lunch trays of patients at Memor...



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  • Council celebrates dedication of Houston-area volunteers


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council recently honored more than 30 volunteers who have gone above and beyond for girls during the past Girl Scout year during its Adult Recognition event, held at the council’s camp in Conroe, Texas. During the event 11 volunteers received the highest awards in Girl Scouting as an adult volunteer – the Thanks Badge, Continuing Service, Thanks Badge II and Lifetime Achievement awards.

    “Our volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization and without them we wouldn’t be able to provide the Girl Scout experience to more than 61,000 girls in southeast Texas,” said GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. “The more than 18,000 men and women who volunteer in our Council are helping to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place and I am proud to recognize our volunteers for their hard work and accomplishments in shaping the future leaders of our nation.”

    The following volunteers received the following recognitions:

    Continuing Service Award:

    • Lynn Flournoy
    • Lynda Starbuck
    • Marianna Olivarez
    • Nancy Lee Peterson
    • Rosie Haffemann

    The Continuing Service Award is GSSJC’s own award instituted in 1978. It is given to an outstanding volunteer who has received the Thanks Badge, provided outstanding service that benefits the total Council or entire Girl Scout Movement and has continued to serve the Council above and beyond the position(s) he or she holds.<...



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  • Be a Girl Scout Ranger


    Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

    Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

    “Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

    Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders a...



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  • Girl Scouts awards $30,000 in scholarships to 24 Houston area students


    The Emerald Circle of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) awarded $30,000 in scholarships to 24 Houston-area students at its annual Gold Award Merit Scholarship presentation on April 12. The merit-based scholarships are awarded only to Girl Scouts who have earned the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

    Scholarship recipients plan on attending the following schools: The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Rice University, Baylor University, University of Houston, Texas Lutheran University, Sam Houston State University, The University of Texas at Arlington and University of Dallas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Colby College, Maine,  Florida State University,  Bentley University, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania State University, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. One recipient will go abroad for college, attending Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

    Recipients of 2015 scholarships are:

    Rebecca G. of Memorial High School received the $3,000 Judy Kunkel Memorial Scholarship, presented in honor of Kunkel, a long-time Girl Scout volunteer and professional educator.

    Caroline B. from Westchester Academy for International Studies in Spring Branch ISD was awarded $2,500 from the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation. The Alkeks were Texas philanthropists, and a majority of Foundation grants reflect their strong community involvement and s...



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  • Girl Scouts honors positive contributions of Y. Ping Sun at annual luncheon


    On April 23, 2015, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) hosted its fifth annual Success to Significance event and highlighted the personal and professional accomplishments of Y. Ping Sun, Rice University representative and social investor.

    The luncheon took place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston and featured a keynote speech by Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm.  KTRK Ch. 13 news anchor, Sharron Melton was the emcee.

    In 2011, Buchanan, an American aid worker, was kidnapped by Somali pirates and survived a 93-day ordeal before being rescued by the Navy’s SEAL Team Six.

    “Before Jessica was a teacher and an American aid worker, she was a Girl Scout who learned that she could make a difference not only in her community, but the world,” said Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council CEO Mary Vitek. “I know that her speech will inspire those who attend to support us in providing leadership opportunities for girls so that they can do amazing things at home and abroad.”

    This year’s honoree, Sun, is the wife of Rice University President David Leebron. In addition to being a university representative, she is a member of the Shepherd School of Music and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research advisory boards; is honorary co-chair of the Baker Institute Roundtable; and hosts the “Something New for Lunch at Rice University” luncheon series. Sun has served as trustee of Texas Children’s Hospital; board member of the Asia Society Texa...



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  • Girls of all ages find adventure at Girl Scout summer camp


    Did you know that girls who regularly spend time outdoors more readily seek challenges and are better problem solvers than their peers? According to a recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, More Than S’mores (2014), girls benefit immensely from time spent outdoors. This summer, give your girl the opportunity to build her skills, try new outdoor activities and develop a strong sense of self. Send her to one of three Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) summer resident camps - Camp Agnes Arnold, Camp Misty Meadows and Camp Casa Mare.

    Every girl – not just current members of Girl Scouts –in grades 1-12, can spend a week at GSSJC’s resident camps this summer. Sessions begin June 14 and ends July 31. Whether it’s horseback riding, canoeing, exploring sculpting or science, backpacking, trying her hand at archery or creating her own personal style, there is an activity to match every girl’s interest and sessions to pique her curiosity. Either way, she’ll come back home with new friends, new skills and a lifetime of great memories.

    “Few things are as memorable for a girl as going away to camp for the summer and we offer girls an opportunity to enjoy being girls in a safe, social and fun environment,” said Linda Pau, GSSJC outdoor experience director responsible for summer resident camp. “In addition to traditional experiences, girls are enjoying learning new skills, discovering their strengths, earning badges and even certifications.” 

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  • 15 Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Fifteen 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.

    Sahar A. turned to the older population at her mosque to earn the Gold Award. She hosted a health awareness/spa day at the Ismaili Center in Clear Lake to promote the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The majority of the senior population of Abdullah’s mosque are immigrants and she felt that they were not aware of the many resources offered to assist them in living healthier and happier lives, like better nutrition and massage and spa treatments.

    “This project really has taught me to take control of the things that need to be done as well as how to cooperate and encourage others,” said Sahar. “I want to motivate others to make change happen and I learned that I have what it takes to see project through to completion.”

    Sarah B. established a speech club at the Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Houston’s Second Ward where she taught 15 stude...



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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.

    Tela B. raised awareness about diabetes prevention by educating youth and adults on the importance of proper diet and exercise. For Tela, diabetes hits close to home. Her father has the disease and she wanted to gain more understanding, something she also hopes to pass on to other members of her family.

    “Earning my Gold Award has been a goal of mine since I was a Brownie,” said Tela. “By doing this project, I learned organizational skills and how to use my time wisely.”

    Caroline C. worked with eight volunteers she recruited to help her support and expand the therapeutic horseback riding program at Southern Equestrian Center in Frenso, Texas. She designed, built and donated four wooden saddle racks for saddling horses before riding. The therapeutic program helps those with special needs improve their balance, posture and coordination.

    “I’ve been ri...



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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.

    Sahar A. hosted a health awareness day for senior citizens at her mosque. She led a team of volunteers in teaching the participants the importance of maintaining their health. She hoped the project would encourage the seniors to live a long and happy life.

    Carina H. created memory books for seniors to help them document their memories and life experiences. She led a team of volunteers in interviewing each senior, then created a book for them based on the stories shared. She hoped the books would help preserve their valuable memories and stories for years to come.

    Jana H. built a garden to benefit children at La Escuela Rice (The Rice School). She led a team of volunteers in working with the children to create a garden and then taught the children how to maintain it and the benefits of eating homegrown foods. She hoped the project would teach the childr...



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  • GSSJC to honor positive contributions of Y. Ping Sun at annual luncheon


    For more than a century, Girl Scouts has given girls the courage, confidence and character to lead change and make a difference in their communities. On April 23, 2015, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host its fifth annual Success to Significance event and highlight the accomplishments of Y. Ping Sun, Rice University representative and social investor. The luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Houston and will feature a keynote speech by Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm.  In 2011, Buchanan, an American aid worker, was kidnapped by Somali pirates and survived a 93-day ordeal before being rescued by the Navy’s SEAL Team Six.

    “Before Jessica was a teacher and an American aid worker, she was a Girl Scout who learned that she could make a difference not only in her community, but the world,” said Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council CEO Mary Vitek. “I know that her speech will inspire those who attend to support us in providing leadership opportunities for girls so that they can do amazing things at home and abroad.”

    This year’s honoree, Sun, is the wife of Rice University President David Leebron. In addition to being a university representative, she is a member of the Shepherd School of Music and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research advisory boards; is honorary co-chair of the Baker Institute Roundtable; and hosts the “Something New for Lunch at Rice University” luncheon series. Sun has served as trustee of...



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  • Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council announces Debbie Clark as CFO


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest councils in the U.S., welcomes Debbie Clark as its new chief financial officer. Debbie, who brings more than 30 years of accounting and financial accountability experience to the Council, assumed her role in early February. 

    “Debbie is well respected in the CFO community and has held numerous positions in the private sector,” said GSSJC Chief Executive Officer Mary Vitek. “Her experience in financial management and strategic planning and execution will serve as an asset to our Council as we continue to maintain a bright financial future, reaching more girls and expanding Girl Scouting locally.”

    Clark spent 10 years as managing director and CFO of Strategic Capital Corporation where she advised and assisted companies in all phases of the reorganization process. Prior to being appointed CFO of GSSJC, Clark held director-level positions at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she oversaw asset management functions including treasury operations and led and performed special project assignments.  Clark is also a member and past president of the Houston Chapter of Financial Executives International.   

    Clark, a CPA, received her Bachelor's of Science degree in accounting from Youngstown State University and her MBA from the University of Houston.  

  • 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 20 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.

    For two weeks in January, Girl Scouts took pre-orders and now customers can purchase their favorite varieties, including Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Caramel deLites, Shortbread, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Thanks-A-Lot or Cranberry Citrus Crisps, before or after they’ve picked up their household items. Packages cost $4 each. When customers stop by a cookie booth to purchase a package of Girl Scout Cookies, they are helping to teach girls 5 Skills – decision making, goal setting, money management, business ethics and people skills.

    New to the cookie line-up is a 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. Packages of Trios have to be ordered directly from the baker through a girl who is taking orders digitally. Customers looking to purchase packages of Trios are encouraged to ask troops selling cookies at booths about this option.

    Every penny, after paying the baker, stays with the local council and is reinvested into girl programming an...



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  • Local chefs’ debut of desserts made from Girl Scout Cookies a hit


    Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) hosted its annual Just Desserts event on Thursday, January 22 at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Houston. At "A Night at the Movies", the 2015 theme for Just Desserts, guests walked the red carpet and were transported to the set of some of Hollywood's box office hits as seven local chefs offered up movie-themed desserts using Girl Scout Cookies.

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

    This year’s participants included chefs from Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, Red Dessert Dive & Coffee Shop, Take the Cake, Quite A Stir, Maine-ly Sandwiches, Smallcakes Houston and The Village Bakery.

    Girl Scouts were paired with members of the media who served as judges, which included Sonia Azad of KTRK Ch. 13; Amy Davis of KPRC Ch. 2; Tiffany Craig of KHOU Ch. 11; Lizzet Lopez of Univision; Marcy de Luna of CultureMap; Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia magazine; and Dana Donovan of Houston Family Magazine.

    The girl judges and assistant chefs were all top cookie sellers, having each sold more than 1,000 packages during the 2013-2014 cookie sale.

    Participants earned the following awards:

      Most Creative Recipe – The Village Bakery – Peanut Butter Sandwic...


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


    More than half a 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. The Girl Scout Cookie Mega Drop is a sight to behold. On Saturday, February 14 at Sam Houston Race Park (7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West) from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. millions of packages of Girl Scout Cookies will be delivered to the world’s youngest entrepreneurs who took pre-orders in January 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 27-March 1 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, t...



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  • Seven Girl Scouts earn Gold Award


    Seven 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.

    Arunika B. planned and held an art camp at Boys and Girls Club for students ages 6-9. In the face of budget cuts to fine arts programs, she wanted to encourage young children to continue exploring the world of art. At the art camp, students learned about different art forms and historical art periods. The camp culminated in a living art show.

    Demi D. planned and held a summer camp for children at a local Ronald McDonald House. In addition to playing games, doing crafts and spending time with the children who attended her camp, Demi also worked with her volunteers to personalize rocking chairs for the house’s patio in order to provide comfortable seating to visitors. 

    Elizabeth H. introduced 30 students from a Title I elementary school to tennis. During her four-day workshop, she taught the children tennis basics and the importance of staying activ...



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  • Girl Scout alumnae committed to helping girls succeed return to lead old troop


    For years, Girl Scouts was a way of life for Alexandra Miller, Bria Taylor and Cynthia Whittington. The leadership and technical skills they learned and lifelong friendships they made during these years had a major impact on their lives. For these reasons, the alumnae decided to recommit themselves to helping girls succeed by serving as leaders of their old troop with an emphasis on preparing members for college.

    Miller, Taylor and Whittington will serve as co-leaders of Troops #21196 and #4343, which is comprised of 22 Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who attend New Faith Church located in southwest Houston. Troop #4343 was established in 1979 and Troop #21196 was established in 1991. Girl Scouting has been a tradition for this community for more than 35 years, and current members were attracted to Girl Scouting by watching the journey of their co-leaders.  

    “The majority of our girls are juniors in high school this year, so our main goal is to get all of their Gold Award projects done so that can enjoy their senior year while preparing for college,” said Miller. “As someone who just completed college at Texas Tech University, I feel like I can relate to where the girls currently are because I was in their shoes just four years ago.”

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout can achieve. Girls who earn the honor distinguish themselves in the college admissions process, qualify to earn special scholarships and have the opportunit...



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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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