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 October 2011

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$100 for the 100th  


 As we celebrate the 100th year of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, we thought it was a great time to ask our friends for $100. It comes out to only 27 cents/day or $1.92/week - and you can split it up into quarterly pledges of $25 or 10 monthly pledges of $10.


In the second century of Girl Scouting we want to offer our girls more opportunities to strengthen and grow and become the next generation of female leaders. Please give what you think girls deserve at a significant level for you. Our theme this year will be "$100 for the 100th" and for those members who haven't contributed at that level before, we hope you agree that now is the time. Please visit our website for more information and to make your donation now.


Girl Scouts National Convention 

Registration: If you've NOT already registered through GSNETX to attend the 2011 National Convention, please see the information below.  You may now review the classes that will be offered, the agenda for the convention, and all of the exciting events they have planned - AND - you may register directly on their website. Please note, if you have already signed up through GSNETX, you must go through our council to make any changes, add classes, etc.


Proposals: Please check the GSNETX website to view the proposals that will be discussed at the Convention.  So that our National Delegates can go "informed but not instructed," please use the feedback portal to give us your feedback on the proposals.  We encourage you to discuss these at your Service Unit and leader meetings, as well. 



8th Annual Cookie Box Creations

Come "Under the Sea" with us and work with women architects to imagine, create and build your own Cookie Box Creation.

For more information and to fill out your Cookie Box Creations application just click the link!


100th Patch Opportunity

The 100th Anniversary Patch will be available in all GSNETX stores with exciting opportunities to make this year your most memorable yet while commemorating the 100th! Learn more about the 100th Anniversary Patch!


Rethink What's Possible: Women of AT&T Technology Fair

When: October 10, 2011; 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
(Many area schools 'Fair Day')

Who: Girl Scout Cadettes: all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls are welcome to attend!

Where: AT&T, 208 S. Akard Street, Dallas, TX 75202

What: Join us for the morning in downtown Dallas to innovate, create and learn technologies that break communication barriers through interactive, hands-on activities. Would you like to create a webpage, application, social media tool or other technology that will 'wow' your friends and family? If so, you could win really cool prizes: Kindle, Digital Camera, iPod Shuffle! Ever meet a robot? You will if you join us on this day! This event will help girls complete part of their MEdia Journey. Sign up as an individual girl (adult chaperone must attend alongside girl) or as a troop (Safety-Wise ratios must be met).

This event is offered by the Women of AT&T Dallas Chapter and is a bargain at only $5 per girl for the day.

For more details and to Register: Click here.


Online Program Listings for GPS
(Girl Program Supplement -formerly Connections)
Looking for more events for your Girl Scout or Troop? Visit


Discovery Days

Are you interested in learning more about the animals that live with us in the city?Join us on October 8, 2011 from 9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the JoAnn Fogg Service Center as we learn all about City Critters!For more information contact Marianne Bowen at 972-349-2449 or For more information click here.



New procedures for this year. If you are interested in having archery at your event, you will need to contact ANTS (Archers of Northeast Texas) to request a range master and make payment.

Log onto their website to register. Password: arrows.Cost $5.00 per person.  Payment for archery will be made to the ANTS group.


Camping Events

  Core Camp Challenge - Nov. 4-6 at Camp K - this will be a fun way for leaders to receive their advanced troop camp training and have fun with their troop in the same weekend.  Take the Challenge: test the skills you know well and discover some new skills. Cooking, fire building, and finding your way are part of the fun for the weekend. Adults taking the Advanced Troop Camp Training will need to attend a planning session on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the training course.Food is provided for Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast.  Cost is $35 per girl, $20 per Safety Wise adult and $35 for adult taking the training.Program Grade Level - Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors.  

  Compass Kapers - Nov. 4-6 at Camp Whispering Cedars, Dallas

 Winter Wonderland Fiesta - Dec. 2-4 at Camp Whispering Cedars, Dallas

  Winter Western Family Camp - Dec. 16-18 at Camp Bette Perot, Palestine


Program Aide

Program Aide is being updated to meet new national guidelines.  Please check here for updates and information.Questions?Contact Debbie Chesley at 972-349-2440 or


Good Turn Project with Goodwill
Goodwill Industries of Dallas and GSNETX are teaming up again to participate in the Good Turn Project between October 1st and October 31st.  Please go to for information on how to participate in this community service project. For questions, contact Gerri Gordon at


GAB Alert!    

September's GAB meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 9 from 2:00-4:00pm.  The Girls Advisory Board (GAB) is an opportunity for girls to come together on a quarterly basis, from the comfort of your home computer and phone line, and talk about all things Girl Scouts!  Girls on the board stay on the cutting edge of information as they are updated with changes and events before anyone else! Everyone who participates in this group is fundamental to making decisions and helping advise older girl programming.  All Girl Scouts who are Cadette level and higher are invited to attend and find out more about the Girls Advisory Board!  If you are interested in joining, please email for more information.  Please note that this is a virtual pathway opportunity, so you will need access to a phone line and internet.  This is a leadership opportunity that you don't want to miss! To JOIN the meeting and be automatically dialed, click here. If you do not already have the Meeting Center application, click here to install.  This link will give you the phone number to dial to join the meeting.  If the link is not working, dial the following number - 1 888 583 1347.  When prompted, for the meeting code, enter *1269757*.  This will give you phone access!    


Camp Whispering Cedars: Leaving a Legacy

Join us on October 29, 2011 to mark the end of an era and usher in a new one at Camp Whispering Oaks. Click here for more information and to RSVP.




Is Your Email Address Current? 

Did you know your primary email address is used by the system for confirmation of registration and many other communications?  If you have already activated your "EBIZ" account, visit, enter your username and password, and please verify your email address is current.  If you have not already activated your "EBIZ" account, go to and activate now!


Tools for Leaders
Encourage new leaders in your Service Unit to visit the TOOLS page on the GSNETX website under Member & Volunteer Resources. Here are some of the helpful things they will find:

  • The 4 HER toolkit offers a Leaders Guide, Volunteer Menu, Promise Cards and logos to use when soliciting family support for the new troop year.      
  • A full year's worth of Journey Meeting Plans for Daisies through Ambassadors for all three series can be found.         
  • Programs in A Box can make your meeting easy and fun. Girls can Slip into the Past or examine International Uniforms, and more  
  • Got questions? Your answer might be found in the Troop Leader FAQ      
  • Uncertain about what form to use or how to fill it out? A sample year's worth of planning for a fictional troop has been laid out. Follow Jane Leader and her Co-Leader, Sarah Helper, month by month as they establish a brand new troop and navigate the forms a leader will use. Download the Forms Guide and read Jane Leader's meeting plan, training & activity plans, as well as her notes to self.

New This Year! Course 201: PB & J Workshop (Proficiency Badges & Journeys)
The Girl Scout Leadership Experience is comprised of two distinct components: the Journeys, which develop girls' leadership ability through the three leadership keys (discover, connect, and take action), and proficiency badges, which build girls' topic-specific skills. Journey awards provide a 360-degree view of a topic while a proficiency badge zeros in on something specific. Together they complement each other like peanut butter and jelly. This experiential workshop will help you make your own particular flavor of the PB&J sandwich.

Prerequisites: Girl Scouting 101 or Volunteer Orientation & Troop Leadership Basics.

All Fall Troop Leader Training Classes are available for registration now on the GSNETX website under Member & Volunteer Resources Adult Education Search for a Course.

Become a Trainer  Why are Volunteer Council Trainers important? Because Volunteer Trainers are vital to fulfillment of the Girl Scout Mission.  The promise of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is only as strong as our leaders' understanding of what that means, and rests entirely upon how prepared they feel to deliver the Program.  It takes trainers to make that happen.  6 opportunities to attend a Train the Trainer Workshop are available this fall.  Email for more information.  Click here to register for a workshop.


Save the Date! 
Harvest Jamboree- Adult Volunteer Retreat 2011
Camp Bette Perot
October 21-23, 2011 
Online Registration Open Now




Have you re-registered?   If you have not re-registered by now, please contact your Service Unit Registrar to register your GS troop.  Your membership will expire on September 30th.As you know, troops should not be meeting until they are registered.The $12.00 annual membership fee  includes supplemental insurance which goes directly to our national office, Girl Scouts of the USA.    


Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouting with GSNETX! 

In 2012 we will host 100th Anniversary celebrations in a variety of locations throughout our council.Girl Scouts and adults will have many opportunities to be involved in celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting!   Watch for more details as we celebrate the Year of the Girl.The activities below are currently scheduled:

Area 1

Holiday Rowlett Parade: Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Thinking Day for the Next Generation: Come and celebrate our 100th Anniversary by taking a journey into the past and future of Thinking Day. Saturday, February 4, 2012: 12:00pm - 4:00pm at Cityplace Convention Center: 2711 Haskell Ave Dallas, TX 75204   

Mesquite Rodeo Parade: Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Garland Labor Day Parade: Monday, September 3, 2012

For more information contact Monica Lopez at or (972) 349-2453.    

Area 2

100th Anniversary High Tea Party: We will be having a great, big afternoon tea party in March to celebrate our 100th birthday. Be on the lookout for more information about this event and how adults and girls can register beginning in January 2012. This event will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2012, from 3-5 p.m. at the Midlothian Conference Center, located at 1 Community Center Circle, Midlothian, TX 76065.

We will also have the exclusive opportunity to have the official GSNETX 100th Anniversary Float entered into four different parades in the Southern Sector this year. We will take care of registering entries for these parades and will host poster contests before each parade to determine which Girl Scouts will be able to ride on the float. We want as many girls as possible to participate in these parades so we can make sure that everyone knows how great Girl Scouts really is!

Saturday, November 19, 2011: Cedar Hill Parade of Joy

Monday, January 16, 2012: Elite News' Martin Luther King Parade

Saturday, May 5, 2012: Cinco de Mayo Parade
Saturday, May 26, 2012: Ennis Polka Festival Parade

We are still looking for volunteers who want to help with these activities. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Kristin Wear at (214) 946-7075 ext. 106 or .


Areas 4 & 6 

GSNETX will sponsor floats in the Allen, Irving, and Flower Mound Christmas Parades in December 2011. Area 4 & 6 Membership Specialists can be contacted beginning September 30 for the contest form, for the chance to be one of the very few girls selected to ride on the float! Please contact Severina Ware at (972) 912-3030 or if you have any questions. If you are interested in helping out with Area 4 & 6 events, please contact Amanda Mackoy at


Area 5   
100 days of Girl Scouting
- Girl Scouts to collect pennies for 100 days prior to March 10, celebration to use on an event and need of their Girl Scout troop.  
March 10, 2012- "Green Carpet" Hollywood Night
. Our Area 5 Birthday celebration will feature a Hollywood theme, complete with pictures, games and activities from the past 100 years!

July 4th Parade and Celebration- Paris City Parade for the 4th of July and then follow with a Celebration, outdoor events and games.



Adora Girl Scout Dolls can now be special ordered for holiday gift giving.  These beautiful 18 inch dolls are available in Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scout uniforms at a cost of $59.95.  Click here to place your order and make that little Girl Scout in your life VERY HAPPY!


Starter Kits may be pre-ordered to be picked up at your designated store.  The kit includes all the "must have" items needed for a new Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador PLUS you will receive a free Girl Scout backpack (while supplies of backpacks last)  Click here to place your order.


Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting:  We are emailing customers that have pre-ordered the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting as soon as we receive the books from GSUSA.  If you got an email that your book order was in, but haven't been able to pick it up, please make arrangements to do so before Saturday if possible.  If you have not received an email from us yet, you will be contacted as soon as your order arrives, as we will continue to fill orders based on the date received.  If you have not pre-ordered, we would suggest that you do so, as this will put you in line for a reserved copy.  Click here to place your pre-order.