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 May/June 2011
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Disaster Relief in Joplin, MO

We know you are all aware of the tornado-related losses of life and property in Joplin, Missouri - Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. The losses have been catastrophic.Council leadership has reported that their Service Center and camp were not damaged and while staff and volunteers are OK, as far as they know, a lot of their families are not.

 We encourage those of you who would like to donate money or collect funds to do so with respected national charities that focus on disaster relief including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who continue to serve girls in this area. You are truly living the Promise and Law.


Nancy Lieberman's Basketball Camps

Sign up now! Visit

www.nancylieberman.com 

for more information.

Save the Date!

2011 Administrative Kickoff Event  
August 6, 2011
 
Collin County Community College- Spring Creek Campus

AFP Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy

Do you know a  young person or group of young people ages 5-23 who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the community? Nominate them for the AFP Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy award. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2011. Click here for more information

PPROGRAM UPDATES

SUMMER FUN PROGRAMS AT GSNETX  Day and Resident Camps are approaching the 80% full mark with several sessions at capacity. If your girls are interested in attending, don't delay. Register now at http://www.gsnetx.org/camp. Capacity has been added to several of our most popular sessions, so if your favorite was full before check again!

 

Not the camp type? Have fun with us this summer in other ways (and make progress toward completing the Journey prerequisites for the Silver and Gold Awards, too!)

How about a weeklong get away at Texas Women's University?

When: July 10-15  

Who: Girl Scout Cadettes (beginning with those entering 7th grade) through Girl Scout Seniors (through those entering the 11th grade).

Where: Stay in the dorms with us at TWU in Denton, Texas

Why: Because it will be a blast! We will explore campus life, do a deep dive into the aMAZE and Sow What Journeys, and explore possible career opportunities with tours at Frito Lay and First Choice Power. Get off of your couch and get out and about!

This program is now being redesigned to fit the needs of the Girl Scout in the year 2011. For more information check out the website, www.gsnetx.org/collegejourney.  Are you an adult interested in chaperoning? Let us know! Register through GSNETX.

Cost: $300 all inclusive

 

How about getting away for just a day? Escape to a fun filled day at the University of Texas, Dallas!utd

When: July 28, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Who: Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Where: UT Dallas campus, located in Richardson

Why:  This Go DYNAMC workshop will allow girls the opportunity to explore their voice through advertising and marketing. Explore what's in a brand name, what makes slogans catchy and create your own mini-ad campaign. This workshop is in partial fulfillment of the Your Voice Journey. The complete schedule is available here
Cost: $5 for the day (lunch included)-what a bargain! Register through GSNETX.           

 

Want to learn how to "Love your Planet"?

When: August 9 , 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.love

Who: Girl Scout Cadettes - Ambassadors

Where: Frito Lay, 5220 Tennyson Parkway, Ste 100, Frisco

Why:  Participants will spend the day learning ways to "walk the talk" for a quality of life that includes caring for the earth. The day-long event will include interactive sessions with experts in conservation and as they share the exciting ways corporations and individuals are contributing to environmental sustainability. Online link: Planet  Register through GSNETX.

Cost: $15 per participant

 

F.U.D.G.E Event with the Dallas Cowboys  da

Just in time for Father's Day, Girl Scouts can bring their F.U.D.G.E (Fathers, Uncles, Dads, Grandpas and Everyone Else!) for a day of fun at Dallas Cowboys stadium!    

When: June, 25, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cost: $20.00 per Girl Scout (includes Commemorative photo and patch) & $15.00 per F.U.D.G.E. 

 

2011 was a record year for our Gold Award Recipients! Come find out more about how to earn the award at one of our upcoming GS Gold Award Roundtables

Next Round Table(s):

Saturday, June 11: Collin Area Service Center, Allen
Saturday, June 25: JoAnn Fogg Service Center
, Dallas
For more information on dates/locations, click here.   


Labor Day Family Camp 2011

Join us for a fun-filled camping experience at Camp Bette Perot September 2-4.  Bring the entire family (grandparents are welcome) and enjoy swimming, horseback riding and archery. 

Cost: $22.00 per person - this includes swimming, lodging and patch.

Each family will stay in their own cabin. Bring your own food.  You will share a kitchen and fridge with the other families in your unit.

 
One member of the family must be a registered Girl Scout.

A self-guided hiking nature trail is also available.

Activity times will be posted at check-in and filled by first come, first served sign up.  There will be room for everyone to do everything, but times will vary.  Planned activities are on Saturday only.No lifeguard will be available on Sunday.

 

Horseback riding is available at an additional cost.Kids in 2nd grade and up andadults may trail ride for $25.00.  A round pen pony ride is offered for kids youngerthan 2nd gradefor $15.00. 

 

Archery is available for an additional cost of $5.00 per person. 

 

Check in time: Anytime after noon on Friday, September 2.

Check out time: Anytime before 3:00pm Sunday September 4

Questions: Email Cindy Brownlow cbrownlow@gsnetx.org or phone 903-724-5691.

GSNETX 100th Anniversary Trips

Spaces are still available for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas trips to 100Washington, D.C or Savannah! All trips are either for Girl Scout Troops or "She and Me" (Girl Scout and Mom/Grandmother/Aunt/Adult Sister). Girls need to have completed at least one year of GS Juniors, or completed 4th grade, by 2012. See www.gsnetx.org/travel for more information. To learn how to enroll in the trips or for any questions please contact Emilie Anderson at 940-243-1314 or eanderson@gsnetx.org.

 

GSNETX Summer Reading Program

GSNETX Summer Reading Program is back by popular demand.  Please click here for more information. the requirements to participate in the Summer Reading Program.  


 

ADADULT DEVELOPMENT UPDATES   

Calling all new incoming Service Unit Team Members!  Summer Service Unit Team Training is now open for registration.  Please visit the Search for a Course page under Adult Education on the GSNETX website.


Service Unit Team Training is scheduled for the following dates/locations:

   Saturday June 11JoAnn Fogg Service Center - 6001 Summerside Drive, Dallas, TX 75252

    Saturday June 18 - Southern Sector Service Center - 8705 South Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75232

     Saturday June 25 - St. Thomas Aquinas Church - 3741 Abrams Rd. Dallas, TX 75214

     Saturday July 9 - Treitsch Memorial United Methodist Church - 6101 Morriss Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028


Summer Time Troop Camp Training Dates

Be prepared for Fall Service Unit Camp Outs by getting your Basic Troop Camp Certification during the summer.  The following classes still have seats available:

 

 July: This Basic TCT planning session originates out of DENSC & JAFSC on Tues. 07/12. The outdoor skills day takes place at Camp Whispering Oaks on Sat. 07/16 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Aug: This Basic TCT planning session originates out of ETRC & SSSC on Tues. 08/09. The outdoor skills day takes place at Camp Bette Perot on Sat. 08/13 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Aug: This Advanced TCT class originates out of ALL northern service centers, including Collin, DENSC, & JAFSC for the planning session on Tues. 08/09. The overnight is on Sat. 08/13 at Camp Rocky Point.

 

Sept: This Basic TCT planning session originates out of SSSC & JAFSC on Mon. 09/12. The outdoor skills day takes place at Camp Whispering Cedars on Sat. 09/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

   

Save the Date!
Harvest Jamboree- Adult Volunteer Retreat 2011

Camp Bette Perot

October 21-23, 2011 

Want the newest info about the Girl Scout Program?

Visit www.gsnetx.org/newinformation to learn about the following topics; National Proficiency Badge Categories, How the National Girl Scout Program Portfolio Works, Examples of National Proficiency Badges, the Anatomy of a Badge, What's new with Girl Scout Daisies Petals, Awards and Leaves, and The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

 

Need to prepare for upcoming changes to the Girl Scout Program?  Click here for recommendations if your Girl Scouts are using any GSUSA resources now through Summer or Fall 2011.

 

GSUSA has updated the requirements to earn the bridging awards for girls
As we transition away from the current handbooks and badge books to the new Guide to Girl Scouting, the bridging requirements are changing. To find the most up to date requirements, visit the national website at http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/insignia/bridging_awards/.

While the current requirements found in many of the current handbooks are still ok to use, be careful in your planning so that awards your girls may be earning are still relevant after they have moved up.  If your Girl Scouts are using any GSUSA resources now through Summer 2011 or Fall 2011, click here for recommendations about how to plan ahead and prepare for all the changing resources! Remember, bridging awards are an optional award girls can choose to earn when they move up to the next program grade level.

 

Are you an adult volunteer that really loves nature, camping and outdoor activities?    If so, we've started planning a new outdoor event for adult volunteers.  This event will take place April 27-29, 2012 at Camp Rocky Point.  If you would like to be a part of making this event a success, contact Pat Sherwood, psherwood@gsnetx.org.

 

MMEMBERSHIP UPDATES   

Reminders

Spring Re-registration-It is not too late! If you missed this deadline date you can still submit your Spring Re-registration packet to your Membership Specialist as quickly as possible.


Service Unit and Troop Financial Reports are due to your GS Service Unit by June 15.  This form can be found on our website

 

FDSUPPORT FAMILY PARTNERSHIP    

There are many reasons why Family Partnership directly affects every girl participating in Girl Scouts, but here are just a few highlights.

1.     It costs $250 per girl to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. 100% of membership fees go to GSUSA and any dues that are paid to the troop stay at the troop level. The remainder of the funds must come from member and community support.

 2.     What about the horses? The cabins? The boats - and more importantly, the life preservers? To ensure girls enjoy camp every summer, maintenance is required during the off-season to feed the animals, to replace old boats and life preservers, and to get the cabins ready for the summer. Many of you may know that the dining hall roof at Camp Bette Perot recently had to be replaced in order to accommodate this summer's campers. Family Partnership dollars helped make this happen! 

3.    
Family Partnership also helps to give the Gift of Girl Scouting to girls throughout Northeast Texas to make sure that every girl has the opportunity to participate regardless of their circumstances. It helps pay for membership fees, uniforms and after school activities.

With the school year coming to a close, many Girl Scout troops will have the summer off. Please reflect on the experience your girl had in the program this year and support our girls through the Family Partnership Campaign. Every SU that exceeds their goal and has a Family Partnership SU member will receive a refund that goes directly back to your SU to provide programs, events, and opportunities for the girls in your life. Thank you for contributing through the Family Partnership Campaign and for showing that our families value investing in girls!