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October 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. 


Travel Opportunities 

Boston & New York Trip

June 10, 2013

$1,295 per girl

Click here for itinerary.


London & Paris Trip

June 17-24, 2014

This is a girl-only trip for girls 14-18 years old. If your Girl Scout will be a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador in the year 2014, she will be eligible to attend. GSNETX has selected council-approved chaperones, so no other adults are needed. For more information contact Becki at or click here to visit website.

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,


Come See What's Inside the GSNETX Time Capsule Sealed in 1987!

Betty Richardson, former Board Member and Board Chair for the Tejas Girl Scout Council from 1985-1991, along with her Girl Scout daughter and granddaughter, will unveil the contents of the time capsule she sealed 25 years ago.  Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join three generations of Girl Scouts to remember the past as we celebrate our future. Join us on September 28, 2012 at 5:30 p.m., downstairs in the auditorium at the Hall of State.


For the closing of the 2012 Time Capsule, we are including a collection of video messages from today's Girl Scouts to future girls! All Girl Scouts are invited to create a 30-second video to share their thoughts with the Girl Scouts of 2037.  Videos can be individual girls, volunteers, or troops sharing their personal memories of Scouting, experiences of the 100th anniversary, and their hopes and dreams for the next generation of Girl Scouts.   Please send your 30-second video to by October 12, 2012. 



Be Green and Ride the Green Line to the 2012 State Fair of Texas

Click here for more information.


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 a 100th Anniversary sticker. 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.

State Fair of Texas Online Shop

The GSNETX State Fair of Texas online shop is now available for you to shop for your State Fair souvenirs prior to your fair visit. State Fair "Centenniy'all" t-shirts as well as State Fair patches and pins are also available at your local council shop. We encourage both individuals and troops to purchase their shirts in advance of the fair, customize them, and wear them to the fair to show your support for the Girl Scouts! Click here to begin shopping!


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 generosity 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.


Click here to visit the shop.

communityinvolvement COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


10.11.12 is all about small contributions that make a major impact. Direct Energy bags and sign up forms are in all GSNETX shops! Take pictures of girls using the Direct Energy bags and send them to When you complete all the components for 10.11.12, fill out the completion form found on the website. Click here for more information and the completion form.


Prudential Spirit of Community Award

If you've made a difference by volunteering in your community over the past year, you could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C., next May - by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Click here for more information on how to apply.


Share the Warmth

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is partnering with Sleep Experts again this November for Sleep Experts' Share the Warmth Blanket Drive. Through Share the Warmth, Sleep Experts provides warmth for families in need by collecting blankets and other comfort items. Girl Scouts who participate in this service opportunity will be eligible to receive a Share the Warmth patch! More information to come.


Take the Pledge

AT&T has launched the "It Can Wait" campaign to encourage teens to take a pledge not to text and drive. Click here to take the pledge.


Good Turn Project

This is a collaborative project with Goodwill Industries of Dallas and East Texas to help individuals with disabilities and disadvantages that need job training. Click here for more information.


Camp Information Booklets

Ever wonder how you could get a copy before your campout? Click here to download them now.

Compass Kapers

November 2-4, 2012 at Camp Whispering Cedars.

Fourth graders and up will have fun while working with others in a series of hands-on compass-based activities. All activities are included in the weekend price of $25 per person with troops providing their own meals.


Fun and Friendship Winter Day Camp

December 15, 2012 at Camp Whispering Cedars.

Second through fifth graders are invited for a day of fun and friendship! Come see summer resident camp staff members and have a blast in all the camp environment has to offer. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Lunch is included.



Check out the ANTS website here, password "arrows" for archery information and patches. Registration for Saturday archery at Camp Whispering Cedars is also located on the site as well as dates and times for Rangemaster classes.

stem STEM

Cookie Box Creations

You will be teamed with female architects in a design contest to turn empty Girl Scout cookies boxes into "Outer Space" free-standing structures. Applications are due October 19, 2012. Click here for more information and to apply.



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


TI STEM Contest

All Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas girl members, troop or a Juliette are welcome to apply for a once in a lifetime opportunity through the Texas Instruments STEM patch. Any girl/troop/Juliette that completes the TI STEM patch between January 2012 through November 26, 2012 will have the opportunity to enter the drawing to win one of several prizes including a behind the scenes tour of Fox 4 studios and a limo ride. Visit for more information.


The National Engineers Week Future City Competition

Middle school students from around the nation can team with engineer-volunteer mentors to create - first on the computer and then in large, three-dimensional models - their visions of the city of tomorrow. This program offers students a fun way to build math and science skills and learn about engineering by solving the real-world problems in designing cities of the future. Click here for more information.


Invent it. Build it. Outreach Event

November 10, 2012 - Houston, TX

The best way to learn about something is to jump in and experience it - which is exactly what Invent it. Build it. is all about! All participating Cadettes will work with members of the Society of Women Engineers from around the world engaging in engineering-related activities featured on the hit PBS show, Design Squad Nation. Scholarships are available for transportation to Houston. 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.



Let's Get This Membership Year Started!

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas doesn't want your troop to miss out on all the fun! Hurry and turn your membership into your registrar.


Please not that Girl Scout troops that are not registered:

- Won't be covered under Girl Scout insurance and adults in charge of those meetings are held personally liable if there is an accident.


- Troops will miss out on receiving cookie selling materials and won't be allowed to sell cookies this year.


This is our 100th Anniversary, don't be the troop that misses out on all the fun!


Please remember that your troops should not be meeting if they have not yet turned in girl and adult registration forms for the 2012/2013 year.


Empower Our Girls... Be a Troop Leader

Without a doubt Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has amazing troop leaders, but we need more. As girls join Girl Scouts, we need individuals to provide a great Girl Scouting experience. Help in our efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.


As a troop leader you will receive training opportunities and experience to build your confidence, public speaking, problem-solving skills, and career. You will also get to meet new people and forge new friendships and share in meaningful projects that promote civic responsibility and your community.


To find out more information on becoming a troop leader, visit or contact your membership specialist.