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GIRL SCOUT SPOTLIGHT: HACA Outreach Troops 

Austin-area HACA Outreach troops recently organized a community service project that incorporated their love of the outdoors, their neighbors and artistic expression. The girls gathered several flowers and planted them into pots they decorated themselves. The plants will be placed around the community for their friends and family to enjoy on a daily basis. Jerri Sadler, GSCTX Outreach Specialist, says the project teaches the girls another way to serve their community and also how they can help their environment. Girl Scout Brownie Larisa G. was very excited to be involved in the project because it will not only "make [her] neighborhood beautiful" but will also "provide oxygen and cleaner air to the community." Excellent way to "go green" girls!

COUNCIL NEWS

Go Green at Summer Camp! 

Don't want to stay inside all summer?Register for camp and enjoy a variety of programs including eco-friendly ones like Cave Girls, Wild Women and Destination Discovery. Join us at camp and you are sure to have the summer of a lifetime. For availability and additional programs, visit our event calendar and Camp Guide online. 

 

Build a Rain Garden!

During the month of April, Girl Scouts around America will pledge to take part in our latest Forever Green project. The said project will be to plant and maintain rain gardens at your school, home or other sites. Rain gardens increase green space and wildlife habitat, and improve water quality by reducing waterborne pollutants running into streams, rivers and other water supplies. We look forward to seeing your rain gardens so please share any photos with us! For more information, please visit the Forever Green website.

 

GSCTX Wants to Feature Your Girl Scout!

We're looking for Girl Scout stories in celebration of Earth Day on April 22. If you know of any troops, service units or individual Girl Scouts who are participating in service projects or activities that will help make their community 'greener', please let us know. Please send at least one photo & include the basic who, what, when, where, why information in your story. Submit stories here.

 

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 and explore media related career-fields. The first meeting will take place April 17 from 2-4p.m. Please contact Terry Bracamontez to register for the team.

 

Accepting Donated Items for Garage Sale 

GSCTX will be holding a council garage sale at our Austin facility on April 16 from 7a.m. to noon. Join us for a day of good food, refreshments, music, games and great deals! If you have any items you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Kodosky Program Center before April 15. Proceeds will benefit Girl Scouts trips to New York and Europe.

 

Austin Animal Center Pet Drive

Troops 526, 341 and 2196 are coming together to organize a pet drive for their local animal shelter. Through April 21, you can help by donating items from their wish list. The girls, along with the Austin Animal Center, will also host an event on April 15 at Perez Elementary in Austin. All animal lovers are welcome to attend. Topics will include responsible pet ownership, raising awareness on unwanted and homeless animals and more.

 

Camp Surveys Due by April 30 

As we assess camp usage, your feedback on the subject 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. 

 

Bryan Program Center Moving April 7

The program center in Bryan will be moving to a new location located at 4240 Boonville Road. For more information, please visit our website.

SHOP NEWS

NEW Local Online Shop 

GSCTX will unveil an online shop on May 17! A variety of Girl Scout merchandise will be available including patches, uniforms and 100 anniversary items. Official 'Launch Week' will take place from May 17 to May 27 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

After careful consideration, we have decided to close our Killeen shop. After the closing date, shop items can be purchased through our new online shop (available May 17) and through phone or email. In preparation of our closure, the Killeen shop will have a 'Celebration Sale' May 3 to 19. All Killeen shoppers will receive a bag to fill with any and all merchandise they can fit into the bag and upon checkout, you will receive 35 percent off the purchase of these items. For more information, please visit the Shop page.

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

Earth Day Celebration: April 20, Travis County 

Girl Scouts is excited to partner with Austin Green Art for their annual Kids Corner of Austin Earth Day Festival. The festival will include a variety of fun Earth Day activities and take place from 4-8p.m. at the Triangle Farmer's Market. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Shannon Thomas. For more information, please visit the Austin Earth Day website. 

 

Texas A&M STEM Conference: April 30, Brazos County

Explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by participating in hands-on workshops with top women professionals in the field. Program a robot, uncover forensic clues, use a microscope and more!

 

Engineers to the Rescue: April 30, Travis County 

Survival skills meet science after disaster 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.

 

Build-A-Ballet: May 5, Travis County

Carnival of Animals comes to life in an interactive format that draws from great audience participation. Learn more from dance and help produce part of a ballet with help from the dancers. You will even get a chance to see the final product live on stage!

 

Breathe: May 12, Tom Green County

Take a deep breath. How do you feel? Join us for an evening of relaxation and learn tips on how to relieve the stress in your daily life.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES

National Volunteer Week: April 10-16

Volunteers are the driving force for Girl Scouts everywhere. We can't thank you enough for your continuing support of our council, our girls and our programs. As a Girl Scout volunteer, you truly make a difference in the lives of more than 20,000 girls each year. Thank you! Please join us in recognizing your fellow volunteers who help make everything possible!

 

Girl Scout Leaders Day: April 22 

The leader for your Girl Scout's troop puts in several hours of hard work planning and preparing well-rounded leadership experience for the troop members. She makes sure the girls have opportunities to discover new things, connect their knowledge to the world around them and then take action to make the world a better place. Take a moment to recognize your daughter's troop leader. For ideas on how to show your appreciation, please visit our website or share your ideas on our Facebook page! 

 

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

Cookies Available through April 12!

All your favorite cookies will be on sale for six more days in Central Texas! Be sure to stock up while they're still here. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Japan relief effort. To find an approved troop in your area who is selling cookies, please fill out this short form. 

 

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!

 

Recycle Empty Cookie Cases!

Austin Canoe and Kayak wants your empty cookie cases for shipping merchandise. Contact them for more information about reusing your cases. Not in Austin? Find other ways to reuse your cookie cases!

INVEST IN A GIRL

Austin & Killeen Women of Distinction

 Save the date for the 2011 April Women of Distinction events! Taking place April 14 in Killeen and April 21 in Austin, these events will 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.

 

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

 

Friends of Girl ScoutingFriends of Girl Scouting: $43,393

We have raised more than 70 percent of our goal and it's all thanks to you! 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!

 

Big Bend Adventure: Michaela T. from Troop 3933 recently embarked on an outdoor adventure with her Girl Scout friends to West Texas...