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September 2012
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100th Anniversary  

2012 is the Year of the Girl and GSNETX is celebrating all year! Click here to see a list of our 100th Anniversary events.


$100 for the 100th   


As we celebrate the100th year of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, please consider making a gift of $100 to Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. 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. Please visit our website for more information and to make your gift today. 


Trip Open to All Registered Adults and Their Spouses

The GSNETX Trefoil Guild is sponsoring a trip to Our Cabana, the beautiful WAGGGS World Center in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for the approximate dates of November 11-18, 2013. Forget all previous notions you've had about Mexico and discover the lush, subtropical color all around you in a session designed for nature lovers. This brand new session will focus on the birds and plants of the Cuernavaca area. An add-on trip to the monach butterfly sanctuary is being planned to enhance your experience.


An informational meeting for this trip will take place on Wednesday evening, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at JoAnn Fogg Service Center. Bring your questions and get the details. Registration for the trip will be accepted beginning that night with a $100 non-refundable down payment.

STEM Corner



Engineering Education Service Center Poster Contest


Encourage your girls to apply for this fun contest. Cash prizes are available. There are two categories:

1. "Grand Challenges for Engineering"

2. "Women in STEM"


Click here for more information and to visit our Contests and Scholarships page.


Deadline: November 1, 2012 

StateFairMeet us at the 2012 State Fair of Texas!

Grab your boots and saddle up to the 2012 State Fair of Texas for the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Experience in the historic Hall of State. Indulge in Fried Samoas and be amazed by 100 years of Girl Scouting and how we're moving forward into the 21st Century!


For more information and to volunteer,


Alumnae Day at the State Fair of Texas!

On October 13, 2012, we will be hosting "Girl Scout Alumnae" day at the GSNETX exhibit. We will have a drawing for incentives for all new Alumnae. We also encourage all current members to bring a friend who is not currently registered and you will both receive an incentive that day. If you are unable to join us at the State Fair of Texas, you can register online here. If you register on that day, you will be eligible for the drawing as well.

In Texas we have an estimated 1 million Alumnae. Join the Northeast Texas Alumnae Association today! It's free to join and a wonderful way to reconnect with women who are connected to the Girl Scout mission.

North Texas Giving Day is just around the corner!

This year's North Texas Giving Day is September 13th 7:00 a.m. - midnight. If you make a $25 or more donation to GSNETX through on September 13, 2012, your donation will be multiplied! Last we raised $18,401.80, and we know this year we can raise even more.


Mark your calendars and GET UP and GIVE on September 13th!


Fall Starter Kits

It's already Back to Troop time and time to purchase your age-level Starter Kits! Your kit will contain everything you need to start your year including vest, sash or tunic, all essential patches and pins, your Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, Journey book and 100th Anniversary pin. Each complete kit purchased comes with a free drawstring bag (a $10 value) while supplies last. As an added bonus (due to the gererosity of GSUSA) Daisies and Brownies will also receive a free set of Daisy or Brownie socks with their complete kit purchase. Click here for the Fall Starter Kit form.


Meet us at the State Fair of Texas!

The State Fair of Texas is just around the corner! When you come, please visit our shop in the Hall of State where you will be able to purchase special items created just for this special celebration. The new Girl Scouts State Fair "Centenniy'all" t-shirt is now available for purchase in your local council shop. We encourage both individuals and troops to purchase, customize and wear to the State Fair of Texas to show your support for Girl Scouts!


Patch of the Month

The patch of the month will be back in the shops beginning in September. A great value for troops at only 99 cents each. September's patch is perfect for Back to Troop with its "make new friends" theme!


Click here to visit the shop.


Cookie Box Creations is Here!

You will be teamed with female architects and engineers to design structures around the theme "Outer Space" to be on display at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Applications are due October 19, 2012. Click here for more information and to apply.


Girl's Advisory Board

GAB is the premier older girl leadership opportunity within GSNETX. For more information about joining the board and applying for officer positions please click here.    


Did you hear that the TI STEM patches have been streamlined? Each set of program grade level guidelines now has easy to follow instructions so your Girl Scout can be one of the 5,000 girls we want to complete this opportunity by December 2012 and receive a FREE patch! Click here for more information.


Join the Girl Scout GSNETX Global Green Team

We are seeking Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors to lead the way while earning community service hours and gaining leadership skills. Girls will be involved in a twinning partnership with Brazil to develop, plan, and implement an international environmental take action project as they engage at least 400 youth locally. Click here to apply.

For questions contact: Gerri Gordon at


Goodwill Good Turn Project

This is a collaborative service project opportunity with Goodwill Industries of Dallas and East Texas and GSNETX to help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages who need job training. Click here for details to learn about the process to participate and how to earn your Goodwill patch.


Outdoor Programs

Compass Kapers at Camp Whispering Cedars for girls 4th grade and up, Survivor Training Girl Scout Style at Camp K for Cadettes, and Fun Fest Fiesta at Bette Perot for Brownies and Juniors. Click here for other outdoor opportunities.


For information about Saturday Archery please click here (password - Arrows) or if you have other questions related to archery, contact the ANTS team at


Travel Opportunity

GSNETX is offering another travel opportunity starting June 10, 2013. We will start out going to Boston and then on to New York! The trip cost is $1,295 per girl. Please contact Becki Rush at for more information.


What is the 10.11.12 Initiative?

It is a date and a commitment to community for another year of service. One of our three keys to leadership is TAKE ACTION, and with this in mind, Girl Scouts are continuing this initiative, in partnership with Direct Energy, that we hope will inspire our Girl Scouts and/or troops to step up and help their communities in a sustainable way for a third year. By October 11, 2012, which is 10.11.12, we hope to make an impact that has a lasting impact on our communities. 10.11.12 is designed to show all Girl Scouts how a small contribution and effort can make a major impact on their local communities. Girl Scout troops may choose to have their contributions go to the program beneficiaries they choose. Click here for more information. 

Fall Training Classes

Training classes are now available on eBiz. Click here to register. 


Great News!

GSNETX has expanded the list of approved First-Aid/CPR Providers from 4 to 7 to give you a wider choice of vendors and created a cheat sheet of information, including what the certification cards look like. Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions. Knowing the right questions to ask when booking an instructor can save you time and money. Click here for more information.

New Leader? Got Questions? We've Got Answers!
Visit our Troop Leader Frequently Asked Questions page for quick information on topics such as how to divide up responsibilities with your co-leader, what training is required, who should fill out a volunteer application, and preparing to meet the girls' parents/guardians for the first time.


What Would Doubling the Amount of Support You Receive From Your Troop Families do For You?

National studies show that the more clearly you define the ways that parents can help, the more likely they are to step in. If done correctly, you will build a solid support base, strengthen the girls' chances of longevity with your troop, and potentially even increase participation from your dads. Click here to learn more.


GSNETX Camping Reservation Form Updated

On August 16 a new GSNETX Camping Reservation and Approval Form was introduced. When you want to register to use a GSNETX camp you will not have to submit a Low Risk Activity Approval Form. This form along with a copy of your CPR/FA/AED persons cards and a deposit is all you need. We are also not requiring a copy of your Girl Scout troop trained adults training card - just provide us their name and we will look it up for you. The new form can be found here.


Volunteer Retreat

Camp Whispering Cedars

November 9-11, 2012

Online Registration Now Open!

Click here to register.



Short-Term Volunteers Needed for 2013 Spring Series

Our council is fortunate to have received grants to implement fun and exciting leadership series for our girls the spring - STEM and Hispanic Leadership Project. We are currently looking for short-term volunteers to coordinate, plan and implement the 2012 spring series in key areas. With your kind support, this opportunity will impact the lives of girls that do not have the ability or resources to participate in our traditional troop pathways. They get to experience Girl Scouting through engaging series that will give them amazing transformational leadership tools, and engage parents and new volunteers to start new troops. Your gift in making this happen for our girls is priceless!


"Volunteers don't necessarily have the time but they have the heart!"

For more information on the grant details and/or how you can support, contact Mara Rodriguez at or 972.349.2450.


Nominate an Outstanding Latina Girl Scout!

El Hispano News, a local Spanish newspaper, wants to routinely feature a Latina Girl Scout in the publication that has made a difference in her community or who embodies the Girl Scout mission.


We need your help in finding Latina Girl Scouts to feature in El Hispano News. It's preferable that they speak Spanish, however if not we can translate their story for them. We are looking for a range of girls in age from all over the council.


If you'd like to nominate a Latina Girl Scout, please send their name, troop number, and a brief description to


Free Spanish Program Books from GSUSA for Brownies & Juniors!

GSNETX has been chosen as one of 10 councils to pilot new Spanish books for adults and girls (Brownies & Juniors). The content of the book is tied to our Journey books and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. In addiditon, our girls have the opportunity to do fun activities and earn badges! If you are interested in reviewing the books or participating in our pilot program and utilizing this practical and fun resource with your troops, please contact us to receive your free copies today plus more information on our pilot. Highly recommended for Dual Language Program schools; not recommended for girls who are learning English as a second language. (ESL). For more details please contact Mara Rodriguez at or 972.349.2450.



Will You Be One of the Lucky 20?

We have an exciting opportunity for 20 lucky re-registering Girl Scout troops to win a $25 GSNETX shop gift card (each Membership Specialist will have a girl card to award). In order to be eligible for the drawing, each Girl Scout troop must reach 100% of their expected number of re-registering girls. This offer is extended to Girl Scout troops who participated in Early Bird spring re-registeration and/or On-Time fall registration. New Girl Scout troops will not be included in this drawing. Contact your Service Unit Manager or Membership Specialist for more details.


Be the First to Choose a Cookie Booth Location!

Six amazingly lucky troops will have the opportunity to choose a cookie booth location before the system booth scheduler opens up to all troops. Imagine knowing that your cookie booth location is set and secure before all other troops! So how can your troop get entered into this spectacular drawing?


All you have to do is have your troop at 100% retention and get all of the registration paperwork turned into your Service Unit registrar by September 7, 2012. Once you have met the requirements, your troop will be entered into a drawing in your respective area. Don't miss out on this opportunity; get your entire troop re-registered! Winners for the contest will be announced in December. Contact your Membership Specialist for any questions.


This contest is only open to existing troops.


Tie a Ribbon Around Your Finger for These Registration Reminders

Within ten days upon receiving membership registration and/or Family Partnership donations, please deliver all monies and paperwork to your Membership Specialist. Girl Scout troops are not considered registered until the paperwork and membership dues reach a Council representative.


If a member does not have a pre-printed form, please use a blank Membership Registration Form.


Individually registered Girl Scout Girls and Adult Volunteers, who wish to participate in fall registration and purchase a patch, may do so.


Individuals re-registering online before the deadline can purchase an Online Patch.