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GIRL SCOUT SPOTLIGHT: Green Girl Scouts

Rachel J., Hannah R. and Kaia H. from Oakhill Service Unit started a sustainable aluminum and plastic recycling program at their middle school as a part of their Silver Award project. The girls partnered with their science teachers and the 'Keep Austin Beautiful' organization to market their recycling campaign to fellow students. In addition to creating a series of videos and informational resources to raise awareness, the project was incorporated into science classes at the school so students could measure the amount of wasted deferred by this recycling program. The girls' project has gone on to win the Scouting Leadership award from Keep Texas Beautiful and the Keep America Beautiful Youth award. Amazing work ladies!

COUNCIL NEWS

2011 Teen Conference: February 19, Travis County 

Register now for the Teen Conference! Created by teens for teens, this day offers all Texas high school girls a chance to network and discuss the topics most important to them in life. Taking place at the University of Texas at Austin, attendees will also have the opportunity to experience college life.

 

What Did Your Girl Scout Do Today?
 
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

 

Join the GSCTX Alumnae Organization 

Connect with current and former Central Texas Girl Scouts by registering with GSCTX through our Alumnae Interest Form! By reconnecting with Girl Scouts, Alumnae can find out about upcoming Girl Scout events in the area, learning more about recent developments in Girl Scouting and share photos and memories. Register today!

 

Summer Camp Guide Coming January 18!

The new and improved Camp Guide will be available January 18 on our website. With cool interactive features, you will be able to access Camp Guide in a more user-friendly manner complete with all the summer happenings at camps like Kachina, Texlake, Wood Lake and more!

 

Share Your Thoughts on Camp 

As we assess camp usage, your feedback on the matter would be 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. 

 

Scholarship Deadline: February 11

If you are a currently registered Girl Scout who is also a soon to be high school graduate, you are currently eligible for one of ten available $1,000 scholarships. The criteria and forms can be found on our website and will be due to GSCTX by February 11. For questions, please contact Glenda Hicks. Good luck to all applicants!

SHOP NEWS

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest! Your hard work brought joy to fellow Girl Scouts, volunteers, parents and staff who were able to enjoy the festive décor of each house at the program centers. Winners were picked from the Austin, Bryan, Killeen, Waco and San Angelo areas and can be viewed on our website.

 

Cookie Merchandise Arrival!

Cookie merchandise is now available at your local GSCTX shop! From table cloths perfect for cookie booth selling to winter wear to keep you warm, the shop has everything you need for a successful cookie sale.

 

Temporary Shop Hours

The Austin shop will be open the last Saturday of the month, January 29, in honor of our annual meeting. All GSCTX shops will be closed on February 1 for software upgrades. Check the shop page for more information.

 

New for 2011!

Changes are coming to your local GSCTX Shop for the New Year! Adjustments have been made to our 'Frequent Buyer' program, an online store will be coming your way in May and much more! For more information on what to expect and see in the year 2011, please visit the shop section of our website.

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

Rose Parade Trip: January 2012

Join Girl Scouts from across the country as you travel by train to Southern California for the 2012 Rose Parade. There will be an opportunity to work on the 100th Anniversary float for the parade and activities are being planned by the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. Open to girls in grades 6-12 during time of trip. For more information, please visit our website.

 

My Story is a Texas Story: January 15, Travis County

Earn the "My Story is a Texas Story" patch with your Girl Scout troop at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Share personal stories and explore Texas history while finding your inner Texan spirit.

 

World Thinking Day & Girl Scout Birthday: January 19, Brown County 

Celebrate two days in one by taking a trip around the globe and ending the day with a party to celebrate the 99th birthday of Girl Scouts! With your Girl Scout sisters in attendance, it's sure to be the celebration of the year.

 

Around the World (Centers): February 26, Bell County

Visit all the WAGGGS World Centers without even leaving Texas! Learn about the Pax Lodge in England, Sangam in India and much more.

 

Girl Genius STEM Conference: February 26, Tom Green County 

Exciting and innovative hands-on workshops will be available to attendees during this day of discovering everything STEM. Learn from the best by attending the workshops presented by women professors in the fields of biology, chemistry and more.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Amazing Leaders Wanted!

Have you ever considered helping other adults become amazing capable leaders just like you? Have you wondered how you could take the next step to impacting the lives of more girls? Become a Council Facilitator! GSCTX can teach you all that you need to know to train volunteers on how to lead girls through Journeys and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! Check the GSCTX event calendar for more info on Adult Learning Courses in your area!

 

Changes to CPR & First Aid Certifications

Starting January 1, all Red Cross CPR and First Aid courses (including those taught through GSCTX) will certify each individual for two years instead of just one. All GSCTX participants will also receive quarterly reminders via email, which will serve as a way of refreshing your CPR skills should you need it if an emergency arises. To register for a CPR or First Aid class in your area, please visit the training calendar on our website.

PRODUCT SALES - It's Cookie Time!

Cookies, Cookies Everywhere!

 Girl Scout Cookies are taking over Central Texas starting January 19! Cookie booths will begin January 22 so make sure you know your product well, practice safe-selling techniques and have fun!

 

Cookies in Cyber-Space!

Promote your sales online by setting up a 'Catch Goals' account to take orders and track your goals! Share our Online Booth Locator with customers while maintaining safe online practices. Good luck!

 

Fall Product Sale

Dough earned during October's Fall Product Program will arrive soon. Learn how to spend your Dough!

INVEST IN A GIRL

Girl Speaker Opportunity 

This spring, GSCTX and friends will celebrate several accomplished women at our annual Austin Women of Distinction event. We are currently looking for potential high school girls to speak about their personal Girl Scout stories at said event. Interested girl speakers are asked to send a brief paragraph explaining their story to the Resource Development Department. Finalists will be called back in February to audition before staff and from there; one girl will be picked to speak at the April 21 luncheon.   

 

Friends of Girl ScoutingFriends of Girl Scouting: $18,117

Through Friends of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Central Texas' family, friends, and alumnae support the next generation of leaders. Donations fund girl programming, scholarship opportunities, outreach initiatives and more! Consider making a donation today!

OUT & ABOUT

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

 

Holiday Parade: Texas Skies Service Unit got in the holiday mood by donning cookie costumes and chef hats at the annual Taylor holiday parade...

Trick or Cans Project: Ladybird Service Unit collected over 4,000 cans of food for the Round Rock Serving Center as a part of their 'Trick or Cans' activity...