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Moo-ve over, Girl Scouts participate in 2011 Austin CowParade


Girl Scout cookie-themed design to highlight 100th anniversary of organization

KINGWOOD (August 2, 2011) – Nothing says Texas like cattle and nothing says Girl Scouts like cookies. Put the two together and you have one of this year’s Austin CowParade entries, submitted by Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) Troop #3849 of Kingwood, Texas.

“I’ve been tracking CowParade opportunities for years now and when the CowParade came to Austin, I started thinking about ideas to submit,” said Heidi Crockett, Troop #3849 volunteer and local artist.

As it turned out, GSSJC’s 100th anniversary was the perfect opportunity. In November, the Council will serve as host Council for the 2011 Girl Scout Convention to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which will kick-off the organization’s centennial.

“With the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts coming up, I decided to present the idea to my eldest daughter's troop as a once in a lifetime opportunity and a good way to expand the girls’ creativity,” said Crockett.

To promote the 100th anniversary of the premier leadership organization for girls, the troop wanted to come up with an idea that supported GSSJC’s girl-led programs. The troop’s theme, Cookies & Milk: 100 Years of Girl Scout Cookies, featured a collage of Girl Scout cookie images on a grazing cow, a glass of milk under the cow’s utters and a platter of cookies under the cow’s nose. For years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has enabled girls to set goals that support chosen activities for the year, fund community service and leadership projects, attend summer camp and travel to destinations near and far to provide events for girls in other communities.

The troop spent July 4 weekend printing and cutting out more than 1400 paper cookie images used to cover the cow. Finishing touches included painted-on eyes and three layers of acrylic medium and varnish. The entire project was completed in a little over a week by 12 Girl Scouts (and several adults).

There is no cost to submit a cow design to the Austin CowParade. The sponsors and a local committee choose the winning entries and the? CowParade commissions the artists. Troop #3849 received word in June that their design concept was selected and was being sponsored by Emmis Communications, the ninth largest radio group in the country. The CowParade does pay a $1,000 stipend to the artist(s) after the cow is returned and approved for display.

“The money is used to defray the costs associated with completing the cow,” said Crockett. “After creative costs have been tallied, the remaining funds will go directly to the troop to subsidize the costs of activities for the upcoming Girl Scout year.”

The cows will be displayed at the Austin CowParade preview party, Wednesday, July 27 in Austin and at an undisclosed Austin location (to be revealed at a later date) for three months before they are auctioned off on October 30 at the Driskell Hotel. Fifty cows will be sold to benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and Superhero Kids Fund. Globally, CowParade has raised more than $30 million for its nonprofit partners.

For more information about the Austin CowParade visit www.cowparadeaustin.com.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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Editor’s Note:

Photo [CowParadeCrew]: Troop #3849 of Kingwood, Texas is pictured with their Austin CowParade submission, Cookies & Milk: 100 Years of Girl Scout Cookies. The cow design pays tribute to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in 2012, and features a collage of more than 1400 cookies on a grazing cow, a glass of milk under the cow’s utters and a platter of cookies under the cow’s nose.

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