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October 2010
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GSSGirl Scout Spotlight 
 Aminah Kahn

Last year during cookie season Girl Scout Aminah Khan's Girl Scout Troop visited the Dallas Refugee Center as part of their Gift of Caring. The Refugee Center provides shelter for adults and children that have been forced to flee their homelands.

After their visit Aminah's troop decided they wanted to do more to help the Center and decided that their Girl Scout Bronze Award project would be to build a library there.

Click here to continue reading Aminah's story.

CCCookie Corner 

The 2011 Cookie Program kicks off on January 7, 2011 with girl order taking!  During the program, girls will launch their very own businesses! 

To participate in the 2011 Cookie Program:

 Girls: Must be in grades K-12 and registered members of Girl Scouts of the USA.

 Volunteers: New Troop Cookie Managers must be members of the Girl Scouts of the USA and need to fill out the required Volunteer Application and Criminal Background Check Authorization at If your Troop Cookie Manager has not had a Criminal Background check in more than 2 years, please have them fill one out again
 to update their profile.

ShopShop News 
Patch of the Month
Fall Fun Patch - $.99

Shop Blowout Sale 

GSNETX shops are having an End of the Year Blowout Sale! Receive an additional 20% off of our already reduced clearance prices. Hurry in to your local GSNETX shop for the best selections- this sale only lasts through September 30! Quantities and styles vary by location, sale not valid on previous purchases.


Take Action Community Partners Fair

During Kids Care Week 2010, October 17- 23, please consider registering your older girl GS troop to participate in our Take Action Community Partners Fair to learn how they can be the change agent in "making the world a better place." Click here to learn more.


Connections Vendor Fairs

This is an opportunity to meet directly with vendors in Connections to discuss their programs as they relate to your girls' interests. 

Click here to learn more.


"What's New with Connections"
Join the Program department staff as they take you through the changes in Connections! Webinars have been extended through October 19, and will be held every Tuesday at 12 pm and 6:30 pm Click here to learn more.


Sally Ride Science Festival

ExxonMobil has graciously offered GSNETX 50 free registrations for girls in grades 5-8 to attend the Sally Ride Science festival at UT Arlington on Saturday, October 30. Sally Ride Science Festivals are designed to encourage girls in grades 5-8 in science. The festival will include an inspiring talk by astronaut Barbara Morgan, discovery workshops given by local scientists and engineers, workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support student's interests in science and math, and the street fair with food music and activities. There are only 50 registrations available for GSNETX! If you are interested please click here to learn more.

World Habitat Day
The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as annual World Habitat Day to call attention to the current global state of the human habitat and push toward adequate housing for all. Click here to learn more. 


NEW Meeting Plans for GS Journeys

GSNETX has created guides by GS Journey Series and program grade level. Each guide contains suggestions for how to extend your GS troop year and incorporate the GS Journeys into your traditional curriculum. Click here to learn more. 


Cookie Box Creations  

Cookie Box Creations teams girls 6th grade and up with women architects and engineers, in a design contest to turn empty cookie boxes into free-standing structures. This year girls will create structures themed around dinosaurs, as part or the ongoing exhibit at the Museum of Nature and Science. Click here to learn more.


Girl Scout destinations
Girl Scout destinations Workshops are $5.00 per person attending and are for Girl Scout Cadettes-Ambassadors, parents and advisors. Adults and girls register on an Adult Education Registration Form. Girls must be accompanied by Safety-Wise adults or have a signed permission slip to attend. Click here to learn more. 


Badge Program

Questions have been swirling about the "new badges" - what is staying, what is going, when is it all this happening, and how can we learn more? Badges are not going away. The badge program is being redesigned for a launch at the beginning of our 100th Anniversary Year. In addition to the badge books, you may want to review the entire selection of badges electronically. Each Service Unit that attended the Administrative Kick Off received a CD with the entire selection for easy reference.


Camp Fees

Camp fees are going up effective January 1, 2011. This includes all new camp reservations in the November camp draw. More information will be posted after October 1, 2010 here.



Are you interested in going camping? Did you know that you could hold your troop meetings at one of our Girl Scout camps? For the answers to these questions and more, contact 


Winter Western Family Camp

Get the whole family together for this western-themed family campout on December 17-19 at Camp Bette Perot. Click here to learn more. 


GSNETX membership staff welcomes new and experienced leaders for the beginning of the 2011 membership year. We thank you for your efforts in providing girls a quality leadership experience in Girl Scouting.  

Troop Financial Reports
It is a council policy for each existing GS troop to submit a Troop Financial Report. Be sure to complete one for your troop and submit to your Service Unit for the 2010 membership year.

Fall Registrations 
If you have not re-registered by now, please contact your Service Unit Registrar to register your GS troop. GS troops should not meet until everyone is registered.

Girl Scout Troop Meetings 
Things you want to remember to do for your first GS Troop meeting:

         Plan a simple activity to help girls get to know each other.

         Set guidelines for the GS Troop meeting place:

            -Going to the restroom with a buddy at all times

            -Keeping the meeting place cleaner than you found it

            -Any additional safety practices

Your questions and concerns are important; please contact your Service Unit team or Membership Specialist for anything you may need.
FDFund Development 

Family Partnership 2010/2011 Campaign Launch
On July 1, 2010 we launched the new Family Partnership campaign and so far we have raised $5,096.31 thanks to the hard work of our fantastic volunteers. We are optimistic that this Family Partnership year will be the best one yet! We have quite a few online tools for family members and troop leaders that can be found here.

United Way Giving Campaigns
As a reminder, most companies are doing their United Way drive right now. We encourage you to remind your families that Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is a partner agency with United Way. Reach out not only to parents, but to aunts, uncles and grandparents who might also be contributing via United Way! All that we ask is that you send us a copy of the pledge card indicating what SU/troop needs to receive the credit.

ADAdult Development 
4 HER Toolkit: Building Family Support

What would doubling the amount of support received from troop families do for a leader? National studies show the more that you offer clearly defined ways that parents can help ...the more likely they are to step in. Click here to learn more.


Want to take your "Girls on the Go", but they're not ready to camp?
The newest addition to the GSNETX home study training catalog introduces newer GS troop leaders to girl readiness and progression as it relates to group outings like field trips, and overnights with established sleeping and bathroom facilities - such as lock-ins and slumber parties. This course is a prerequisite to Troop Camping Certification, and should be taken before short duration travel or a simple overnight occurs.


Click here for a registration form. Once you have completed it, please return to Upon receipt of materials, you will have 30 days to review the package and return the completed worksheets for credit.  


Safety Activity Checkpoints - An Overview:

Replacing the printed Safety-wise publication, the Activity Checkpoints can now be found on our website. You can download it and email to parents and co-volunteers. Safety information about 44 different activities is alphabetically listed. Click here for more information.


Timely Training Registration

Q: What is the value of a timely RSVP?

A: Your host knows that you are coming and can properly accommodate everyone. Does this apply to registration for training? Absolutely! If we do not know far enough ahead of time that you are planning to attend we may cancel the class because we may assume there is not enough demand for it. Additionally, unregistered drop ins cause delays in start times and a shortage of supplies. To make the training environment the best it can be for both the participants and the volunteer facilitators, we are asking all students to register no later than 48 hours in advance of any class to be guaranteed a seat and materials.