Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Don't Miss Out!
Meeting Reminders
Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts in Japan
Girl Scout Voices
Fun Family Programs
Lemonade Day
Traveling Teens
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember 
Summer Resident Camp Draw Deadline
April 4

Ambassador Bridging to Adult Ceremony

April 10

Birdies for Charity
Donations Due
April 12

Staff Development Mtg (GSSWT Offices Closed)
April 13

Battle of Flowers Holiday
(GSSWT Offices Closed)
April 15
Leader Appreciation Day
April 22

Annual Meeting &
Volunteer Recognition
April 30

Lemonade Day

May 1

Celebrations 2011
May 22

Memorial Day

(GSSWT Offices Closed)
May 30

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Spring 2011 Catalog

April 1, 2011

Happy Spring!

Welcome to the Volunteer Connection E-newsletter!
Here you'll find timely information about programs, adult learning opportunities, and other general news to keep you connected to GSSWT! Volunteer Connection will be sent weekly every Friday. Stay in the know and keep an eye on your inbox for great Girl Scout information!

Ready for an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun?!   

smoresThen don't miss out on the summer resident camp draw deadline to get first dibs on your fave camp session!


Deadline is Monday, April 4!


Camp registrations received by Monday, April 4 will be included in the random draw on Wednesday, April 6. (This draw helps ensure all applicants an equal opportunity for placement.)  


Don't worry -- registration will continue to be accepted until camp sessions are full!


Read more about summer camp here

Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Event -- Saturday, April 30  

The 2011 GSSWT Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 30 at the Norris Conference Center at 4522 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, 78201.


The board of directors voted to move the Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition to the last Saturday in April 2011 due to Mother's Day falling on the first weekend in May. 


Get all the details and the registration form here

Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts in Japan 

To contribute to earthquake and tsunami relief efforts, you can make an online donation to the newly established Girl Scouts of Japan Relief Efforts


Make checks payable to Girl Scouts of the USA:

Girl Scouts of the USA-Fund Development

P.O. Box 5046

New York, NY  10087-5046

Memo: Girl Scouts of Japan relief efforts


Origami Cranes 

Girls are also encouraged to send expressions of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan by making origami cranes (Sadako). For instructions, see YouTube videos.
Origami Crane
Mail cranes to:
USAGSO - West Pacific
Unit 45005
APO, AP 96343-5005


Operation Backpacks for Japan: Kids Helping Kids!

The Scouts of Camp Zama, Japan are organizing this operation to help provide comfort and a message of love to the kids of Japan who have recently lost everything. These comfort backpacks can contain anything from small games to tissues to non-perishable snacks, and more. See the complete details here.  


A Journey of 1,000,000,000 Pennies to Japan

Elisabeth, a Girl Scout Daisy, is learning lessons in charity, empathy and math. She has decided to start on a journey to try to collect one million pennies, by her birthday in April, to be donated to the Girl Scouts of Japan to aid in their relief efforts. Read more and learn how to donate your pennies here.


What have your girls done to support their sister Girl Scouts in Japan? Tell us your story here

Girl Scout Voices --
Special Invitation for Juniors & Cadettes

The older girls get,
the less they like being girls. 

(Girl Scout Research Institute, 2010)  

Girl Scouts learned this from the Girl Scout Voices survey. Knowing information like this helps Girl Scouts create programming targeted to help girls where they need it most-like self-esteem. It's one of the 15 promises we've made to girls. 

Participating in research studies is an important part of helping make Girl Scouts better for girls and volunteers. Thank you for returning GSSWT outcome surveys each year!

Here is a special opportunity to participate in a national study about Girl Scouts and Academic Success.

Calling all Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes!
We need YOU to tell us about your experiences in Girl Scouting, at school and in the community. This is a special invitation to participate in an exciting national research project that helps GSSWT  and GSUSA make connections between all parts of girls' lives.

GSSWT is one of only twelve councils participating in this study, which is coordinated by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI). If you have any questions, please contact Lea Rosenauer, Chief Administrative Officer (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 224).

Sign up here to participate

[Note: If you are under 13, you will need your parents' permission to sign up. So, be sure to visit the Girl Scout Voices with an adult.] 

Fun Family Programs

Wildflower Hike -- April 2

Grab the family and get to Jackson Nature Park near Stockdale to take a wildflower hike and see these beautiful flowers that color the fields and roadsides up close! Remember to bring your camera! Click here for more details.  


Brownie Try-It Day 2011 -- April 16 

Participate in fun activities for only $12/girl and earn three try-its: Dancersize, Making Music, and Special Language!  Click here for more details

Lemonade Day is Coming!
Lemonade StandSpring is here and so are the lemonade stands! And Lemonade Day is just around the corner -- Sunday, May 1 to be exact!


Individual Girl Scouts and groups/troops are welcome to participate in Lemonade Day -- providing a Troop Money Earning Application is completed and submitted to your Retention Specialist.  


Interested in participating in Lemonade Day? Visit the official Web site.

Celebrate Girl Scouts 100th with Travel!

Join sister Girl Scouts in celebrating the 100th anniversary by traveling nationally and internationally! Opportunities are unique, exciting, and action-packed and include:

  • Savannah, Georgia to discover Girl Scouts' birthplace
  • Washington, DC to raise your voice and participate in a sing-a-long at the mall
  • and cross the seas to visit Europe and our sister Girl Scouts from across the world!

Pick one, two, or all three of these great adventures! Sign up now while discounts apply! Questions? Contact Erin Magee.

Tell Us! Button now on Web site

Tell Us!GSSWT's Web site has a new feature just for you -- the Tell Us! button!


This is the place for you to share your ideas, constructive suggestions, compliments, or concerns about anything that relates to your involvement in Girl Scouts.


So please, Tell Us! Click here or on the button above to share now.  

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