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March 2011
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GIRL SCOUT SPOTLIGHT: Courage, Confidence & Character 

It's no secret that the mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character but sometimes that idea gets lost in the shuffle of planning troop activities, earning badges and making sure the needs of each service unit are being met. For Girl Scout Mari of Round Rock, that mission statement is a reality. Cookie seasons come and go, but this one in particular meant quite a lot to her and her mom. Her mother tells GSCTX that Girl Scouts helped her once shy daughter come out of her shell and she made new friends and sold lots of cookies because of it. So when you take a bite into your beloved Thin Mint, remember what you did for a girl. You helped get her one step closer to being the strong leader she is capable of being. To Mari and everyone else who participated in this year's cookie sale, great job! GSCTX is proud of you and your accomplishments.


Donate to Japan

Through April 12, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will be selling cookies in Central Texas and a portion of proceeds will benefit Japan relief. Girls will also accept monetary donations for Japan. For more information, click here.


Register for Camp!

The 2011 camp season is upon us and with plenty of program options to choose from, you are sure to have the summer of a lifetime! Please visit our 2011 camp guide and event calendar for program details and availability.


Pledge to Save Energy

Join Girl Scouts around America as we aim to save energy, lower our CO2 footprint and encourage sustainable behavior change. Help us make a statement by participating in Earth Hour the last Saturday in March. All you have to do is turn off all your lights from 8:30-9:30p.m. local time. For more information and other ways to participate, please visit the Forever Green website. 


GSCTX Wants to Feature your Girl Scout!   

Everyday Girl Scouts excel in our council's four focus areas by going green, strong, creative and tech. Submit your story with a photo to the Marketing Department and it could be featured in eNews, Girl Scout website, blog and even local media! For an example of a great Girl Scout story and more information on featuring your Girl Scout, please visit our blog


2011 Women of Distinction Events

Save the date for the2011 Women of Distinction luncheons and dinners! Taking place in the areas of San Angelo, Brownwood, Killeen and Austin, these events honor local outstanding women who were nominated by people from their communities. Tickets are now available for purchase. Please visit our website for a list of honorees and more information.


NEW Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting is the newest addition to the national program portfolio and will be available at your local Girl Scout shop in September 2011. The Girl Guide will be a true memory book of each Girl Scout's experience and will have several sections including the handbook, 'My Girl Scouts' and an area for badges and awards. For more information on this new guide, please visit our blog or contact your local Pathway Coordinator.


Share Your Thoughts on Camp

As we assess camp usage, your feedback on the matter would be much appreciated. Whether you're a professional Girl Scout camper or you've never been to camp, we would love to hear from you. We ask that all Girl Scouts, parents and volunteers take a moment to share this important information with us. 

2011 Spring Catalog on Website

The new catalog for spring is now available to view on the shop section of our website. Take a peek inside because these new items will be coming to your local shop very soon! Orders can be placed by phone, fax or in person.


Bridging Kits Available March 15

Each bridging kit will include the must-have items that are presented to every girl bridging to the next age level! Kits will also include a FREE gift. For pricing and details, please visit our Shop page.


Starter Kits Available March 15

Your spring starter kits has arrived at your local shop! Due to a national program transition, handbooks and badge books are not part of the starter kits but can still be purchased separately while supplies last. The 'Girls Guide to Girl Scouting' will be available for all age levels in September 2011. For pricing and details, please visit our Shop page.

Discover a world of possibilities with Girl Scout programming! Check out the full list on our online calendar.

Theater Fans: April 15, Travis County 

Create your own theatrical production! Write a play, make the scenery, choose costumes and makeup and learn acting techniques that will lead to a stellar performance. At the end of the night, perform your play for all of your friends!



Discover Letterboxing: April 16, Bell County

Treasures are all around us! Discover the secret to uncovering them. Put together your troop's special letterboxing kit and then strike out to find hidden boxes.


Fairy Godmother Academy: April 16, Travis County

Join Jan Bozarth, author of the Fairy Godmother Academy series, for a fantastic 'Hello Dreamer' party with your Girl Scout sisters! The party will have a costume show, book signing and Q&A on the art of writing. 


STEM Conference: April 30, Brazos County

Explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math by participating in hands-on workshops with top women professionals. Perform surgery, program a robot, uncover forensic clues and much more!


Engineers to the Rescue: April 30, Travis County

Survival skills meet science after diaster strikes your fictional campground. Your electrical power, food and water source are now unavailable. Learn to apply your newfound engineering skills to the problem and get yourself out of this predicament. Program presented by the Society of Women Engineers.


Nominate an Amazing Volunteer!

This is your chance to recognize all the remarkable volunteers who make Girl Scouting a rich and fulfilling leadership program for all girls. With many options to choose from, read through the qualifications to see which one fits your deserving volunteer best! Let the volunteers in your Girl Scout's life know how much they are appreciated for their efforts. The deadline has been extended to March 22nd and the council recognition ceremony is set to be held May 14th. For nominations forms, please visit our website.    


Operation Cookie '11   

The 2011 events were a success and it's all thanks to you! We collected more than 41,500 boxes of cookies so far to send to troops. Donations are still being accepted. To view photos of our Austin event, click here.


Girl Scout Dough

Dough will be mailed March 31st to troop leaders of girls that sold 120 boxes or more during the 2011 cookie season. Learn how to spend your Girl Scout Dough!


Recycle Empty Cookie Cases!

Austin Canoe and Kayak wants your empty cookie cases for shipping merchandise. Not in Austin? Find other ways to reuse your cookie cases!


2011 Cookie Season Recap

Good job to everyone who participated in this year's cookie sale! Your hard work did not go unnoticed and we appreciate all the time and effort you put into this season. Be sure to send us any good photos of your Girl Scout with her cookie booth!


Friends of Girl ScoutingFriends of Girl Scouting: $38,011

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the FOGS campaign! We are making great progress because of you and your hard work. There are many ways to help us reach our goal so contact the Resource Development Department to find out how you can contribute to this year's campaign.


Girl Scouts are always finding something fun to do! Check out this story below!


Extreme Home Makeover: Girl Scouts from the Central Bell Service Unit took a trip last month to Salado to experience the filming of the national televison show, "Extreme Home Makeover..."