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GIRL SCOUT SPOTLIGHT: 3M Innovation Trip

Sixty Austin Girl Scouts took a trip to the local 3M Innovation Center last month to take part in fun STEM activities in conjunction with the GSCTX Edge initiative. The girls met with 3M engineers who served as mentors throughout the day. Upon splitting up into groups, the Girl Scouts participated in building and designing puff cars that could travel at least six feet and carry a family of Gummi Bears. They also learned a lesson in mass production along the way as they had to build as many cars as possible on a budget within ten minutes. After the cars were built, the girls developed a marketing strategy to promote their work. In addition to the car activity, all participants were given a tour of the Innovation Center and they also took home lots of free souvenirs from their visit! Sounds like a great day ladies!
COUNCIL NEWS

Win a FREE Week at Camp! 

Become our fan on Facebook and you could win a free week at Girl Scout camp. Stay tuned for status updates regarding the contest. Winners will be chosen Tuesday, May 17th.

  

Japan Donation Results

GSCTX is donating $1 for every case of cookies sold through Opportunity Knocking to the Japan relief effort. Thank you for your hard work and donations! View the results here!  

 

Program Center Closures

All program centers will close to the public Friday, July 1st and reopen Tuesday, July 19th due to staff training, shop inventories and preparation for Service Team Conference. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to serve you better. For questions or comments during this time, please contact the council at 800-733-0011 or email council@gsctx.org.

 

Sign up for Summer Camp! 

Make cool plans for a hot summer by joining us at Girl Scout camp! Enjoy fun activities, meet new friends and develop cool skills (like archery and sailing) along the way. For availability and additional programs, visit our event calendar and Camp Guide online. 

 

Call for Photo Submissions!

Send us your best recent photos of your Girl Scout enjoying the activities Girl Scouting provides to 20,000 Central Texas girls. Photos should be engaging, high quality and showcase girls having a fun time! Your submissions could be featured in a number of publications that will be viewed by the council, volunteers, fellow Girl Scouts and the public. Submit your high resolution photographs or links to photos@gsctx.org.

 

Be an Early Bird!

Register by June 15th and receive a 15 percent coupon off a one-time purchase at the Girl Scout shop! Coupon is for troop use only and not available to individual registrants. The person who turns in all registration forms before or on June 15th will be given the coupon.

 

Announcing Scholarship Recipients

GSCTX Founders Scholarship winners have been selected and names can be found on our website. Congrats to all ten girls! Each and every one of you embodies the true spirit of Girl Scouting.

 

Join the GSCTX Media Team!

Write for local newspapers, create PSAs and have the chance to be on television with the Girl Scout Media Team! Open to girls of all ages, this team is the perfect opportunity for girls who want to spread the news about Girl Scouts and for those who hope to work in the media industry someday. Participants will be able to improve their public speaking and writing skills, discover digital media and photography. The meeting for this month will take place May 15th from 2-4p.m. Please contact Terry Bracamontez to register for the team.

SHOP
Online Shop Debuting May 17!

The Girl Scout shop you love, available 24/7! GSCTX will unveil a new online shop next week on May 17! A variety of Girl Scout merchandise will be available including patches, uniforms and 100th anniversary items. Official'Launch Week' will take place from May 17th to 27th and during this time, you will receive a FREE Girl Scout tote bag with purchases of $25 or more. All shop proceeds will go directly back to the council. For more information on payment, merchandise and more, please visit the Shop page.  

 

Killeen Shop Closing May 19

Take advantage of our 'Celebration Sale' happening May 3rd through 19th. In preparation of the closing, Killeen shoppers will receive a bag to fill with any and all merchandise they can fit into the bag. Upon checkout, you will receive 35 percent off the purchase of these items. For more information, please visit the Shop page.

 

Camp Packs Now Available

Perfect for campers of all ages, packs include all the essentials for a perfect summer outdoors! Order forms can be mailed, faxed, emailed or turned into the Austin area shop.

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

Toad's School of Magic Day Camp: June 20-24, Travis County

Only students with great imaginations need apply! Sharpen your senses at the 'Toad's School of Magic' by creating your own wand, robe and magical pet. Study the secrets of herbology, potions and charms. Travel the world with Toad and discover the habitats of the world's most famous dragons in this magical camp.

 

Movie Makers Day Camp: June 20-24, Travis County

Take a break from watching TV and make your own television show! Get real life, hands-on experience using digital camcorders, computer editing and professional broadcast equipment. Guides from channelAustin will help you produce, direct, write and edit your work.

 

Sow What? Day Camp: July 18, Travis County

Join your fellow foodies, aspiring gardeners and Girl Scout friends for a fun-filled weekend of exploring the roots of what we eat and getting the dirt on hunger and agricultural issues around the world. Digging into the Sow What? Journey, we will get a taste of local and global food networks including visitis to urban farms, grocery stores and farmer markets.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Council Recognition Ceremony: May 14, Austin

Girl Scouts of all ages will be recognized this Saturday, May 14th at Concordia University in Austin for their outstanding achievements in Girl Scouting. Honorees will include 1000+ Cookie Sellers, Silver Awardees, Gold Awardees, Scholarship Recipients and Adult Recognition Recipients. You're invited to join us for a day of celebrating those who put 110 percent into their Girl Scouting. RSVP here. 

 

Service Team Conference: July 16

Save the date for the 2011 volunteer conference. Registration and more information will be posted soon on our website.

PRODUCT SALES

2011 Operation Cookie Results 

The numbers are in and we are overcome with joy at how many boxes of cookies we raised for troops! Thank you for your help in collecting 47,996 boxes! For more information, please visit our website.

 

1000+ Seller Celebration

Girls who surpassed the 1000 mark during this year's cookie sale will be honored at our council recognition ceremony on Saturday, May 14th in Austin. RSVP here if you plan to attend the celebration event.

 

Recognition & Bonus Checks

Cookie recognitions have been mailed to service units and troop bonus checks will be distributed to Pathway Coordinators by May 27th. Be sure you turn in your troop financial report to your Pathways Coordinator to receive your bonus check!

 

Girl Scout Dough

Dough Cards were 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!

INVEST IN A GIRL

2011 Women of Distinction = Success! 

This year's Women of Distinction events took place in San Angelo, Brownwood, Killeen and Austin. Congratulations again to all the remarkable women who were honored and thank you to everyone who came to support them and Girl Scouts! Your contributions were a tremendous help to our organization. To view photos of the events, please visit our Flickr page.

 

GSCTX Alumnae Community

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, learn more about recent developments in Girl Scouting and share photos and memories. Register today!

 

Friends of Girl ScoutingFriends of Girl Scouting: $46,070

Thank you for your continuing support! For ideas on how to contribute to this year's FOGS campaign, please contact the Resource Development Department.

OUT & ABOUT

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

 

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