Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Office Closed Dates
Ways to Help Sister Girl Scouts
The Early Bird gets the Patch!
Who's Ready for Summer Camp?
Summer Travel Fun!
100th Anniversary Fun
Community Service Ops
Calling All SUDs!
Girl Scouts Do Great Things
Girl Scouts in the News
Tell Us!
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Memorial Day
(GSSWT Offices Closed)
May 30

Shop and
Resource Center
Summer Hours begin

June 1

Discount Deadline for 100th Travel
June 1

C/S/A Leadership Workshop
June 1

GSSWT Offices Closed for Staff Meeting
June 15

Early Bird Registration Deadline
June 16

It's Your Story -- Tell It!
SUD Training
June 25

Recognizing Excellence Nominations due
June 30

The Great Escape
Adult Volunteer Weekend
November 4-6

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Spring 2011 Catalog

May 27, 2011

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!

Girl Scout Offices to be Closed
Monday, May 30

Please note that all Girl Scout offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

All Girl Scout offices will also be closed Wednesday, June 15 for a staff meeting.

Click here to see future closed dates.

Ways to Help Joplin, Missouri 

The losses in Joplin, Missouri after a multiple-vortex tornado have been catastrophic. Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Council Board Chair, Tina Stillwell and CEO, Jennifer Orban report that the service center and camp were not damaged and while staff and volunteers are okay, as far as they know, a lot of their families are not. With reported damage of 75 percent to Joplin, it's too soon to have a whole picture of the impact as access to the area is limited due to the need for rescue and clean up.

Girl Scouts of the USA encourages those who would like to donate money or collect funds to do so with respected national charities that focus on disaster relief including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Click on the links below to learn about several other ways to assist Missourians in recovering and rebuilding: At times like these, Girl Scouts come together in sisterhood to help those in need. We have seen our Movement rally in support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters over the years, and will continue to do everything we can to help our communities in the weeks and months ahead.

The Early Bird gets the Patch!   

The 2011-2012 Early Bird registration deadline is Thursday, June 16. Outcome Surveys and Troop Financial Reports are also due June 16.

Early Bird is a term used for re-registering 2010-2011 members for the upcoming new membership year 2011-2012.

Early Bird PatchFor each girl or adult form turned in on or before June 16, 25 cents will be given to the service unit. And, new this year, patches will be given to troops and individuals at the time of early bird registration! Your troop may also be eligible for Product Sales Incentives.

New 2011-2012 registration forms are available electronically! Learn more about Early Bird registration here!

Extended Hours on Thursday, June 16


Orange and Yellow GO Teams:

The Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center included) will have extended hours until 7:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.).

Blue GO Team:

Avenida Guadalupe Girl Scout Center will also have extended hours of 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pink GO Team:

Seguin Girl Scout House -- 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Floresville Girl Scout Regional Office -- 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Purple GO Team:

Offices in the Purple GO Team area will be staffed in the afternoon/ early evening as follows:

Who's Ready for Summer Camp?!  

2011 Summer Camp GuideLooking for Girl Scout fun this summer? Look no further! Camp is a special place of self-discovery, laughter, fun, making new friends, and a lifetime of memories. Girls learn and grow in a healthy, controlled environment -- they enjoy physical activity, perform daily living tasks, and plan their own adventurous program. Girls break-away from their home routine and create fun for themselves. They gain self-confidence and enjoy their shared independence.


GSSWT has offered quality program for more than 60 years. Each summer, trained camp staff and 1,000+ girls have fun and enjoy learning through well-planned activities. Your Girl Scout can choose from 59 different programs offered this summer at Camp La Jita and Camp Mira Sol.


It is not too late to register for summer fun -- check out GSSWT's Summer Camp Guide 2011  for more details.


Special Mom and Me Session at Camp La Jita

Bring your mom to camp and experience all that Camp La Jita has to offer. Your journey will include swimming, archery, and horseback riding, and good ol' quality time. This special session will be held Sunday, July 31-Wednesday, August 3. Get all the scoop here!


Not so sure about being away from home? Then try day/twilight camps to fill summer days with exciting adventures!


Questions about camp? Contact Becky Jennings (210-349-2404/ 1-800-580-7247 ext. 205).

Summer Travel Fun! 

Summertime is right around the corner, and it's time to head out on the highway and take a trip! Fantastic travel opportunities are available this summer --  Under the Sea (Corpus Christi), Good Ol' Texas Time (Houston), and Dino's of Fun (Glen Rose). Hurry, you don't want miss your chance to explore fun destinations during your summer break!


Check out our Calendar of Programs/Events for more information or contact Denise Aguilar.  

Celebrate National Girl Scouts
100th anniversary with us
in a variety of ways! 

Forever Green

The Forever Green Committee invites troops to participate in the pouch brigade with TerraCycle. Start collecting your Capri Sun or Honest Kids drink pouches and for every pouch collected, TerraCycle will donate 2 cents to GSSWT for the 2012 Forever Green projects. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to top troops.


Have fun this summer and quench your thirst with icy pouch drinks -- and then collect them all!! For more information, visit the Forever Green Web page or contact Mary Martha LeBlanc.


Teen Travel -- savings deadline extended

Save $150 off each 2012 travel opportunity through Wednesday, June 1. Don't miss your chance to travel to these fantastic destinations to join the fun and celebrate Girl Scouts turning 100:

  • 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!

Girls, adults, and alumnae are all invited to join in the fun. Cookie credits and Fall Product Sales earnings may be used towards the cost of trip(s). 


Questions? Contact Erin Magee (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 237).

History Committee 

The 100th Anniversary History Committee is actively seeking memorabilia and photographs from all 21 counties to be used throughout 2012 in various displays and celebrations. If you have historic photographs or memorabilia to contribute, please contact Adrienne King.


100th Anniversary Committees

Eight committees have been formed to help celebrate Girl Scouts 100th anniversary: Brand, Funding, History, Alumnae, Fiesta, Council-wide Event, Camporee, and Forever Green. Join the fun and be a part of making history! Get all the details here.   

Community Service Opportunity 

Girl Scouts in seventh grade and above are needed to volunteer for National Down's Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Kid's Camp Convention Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7.


Girl Scouts who have completed Program Aide Core Training (look for additional dates to be added to the online program calendar) or the Red Cross Certified Babysitting course are encouraged to participate.


If interested in volunteering, contact Mary Lowe, Kid's Camp Coordinator. Get more details about the convention and NDSC here.

Attention SUDs  

All Service Unit Directors (SUD) are invited to attend
It's Your Story -- Tell It! 2011 Service Unit Director Training
Saturday, June 25, 2011, 8:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center

Come to get the information you need to be the best SUD you can be!  All new and returning SUDs are encouraged to attend. Questions? Contact Lisa Ewell, Adult Learning/Mentoring Manager (210-349-2404/ 1-800-580-7247 ext. 207).

Girl Scouts Do Great Things

May 21 -- Girl Scout Troop 793

Girl Scout Troop 793 in the Driscoll/Harris/Wood Service Unit volunteered Saturday, May 21 at the San Antonio Food Bank packing food boxes for 250 families. The troop also donated 60 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and $100 of their cookie proceeds to the food bank. The experience was so rewarding that the girls are looking forward to volunteering again in the near future.

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Girl Scouts in the News

January 28-- San Antonio Teen Team Mia Kozlovsky
Girl Scout Mia Kozlovsky, a San Antonio Teen Team member, was asked in the San Antonio Express-News S.A. Life section Friday, January 28 what she looks forward to most in 2011:

Getting creative -- I look forward to spending more time in a crisp new notebook for creative writing. Stemming and branching thoughts and words, sticking them to the spiraled paper. I look forward to more dinners in lousy, filmy diners with two of my closest friends, eating eggs over easy and limp pancakes with Sweet 'N Low-flavored iced tea.

It's in these times that my friends and I learn from each other while observing our habits and listening to our stories.

Learning from people helps us better ourselves. Learning about people helps us better them.

Nicely put, Mia! Mia also received her Girl Scout Gold Award at Celebrations Sunday, May 22.

May 20 -- Girl Scout Troop 543
Working with Meadow Haven Horse Rescue to earn their Power of Community Award, Troop 543 learns a vital lesson: "The real story is of girls learning to think beyond their own wants and needs, particularly in our materialistic world."

Read the creative story here!

May 28 -- Girl Scout Cookies to be featured on Food Network's "Unwrapped"!!

Ever wonder how Girl Scout Samoa cookies are made?  Well now's your chance to see it all!  Tune in to the Food Network's "Unwrapped" Saturday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m. local time. Get all the scoop on how we make those delicious yummy cookies!

Have news to share? Tell Us! your story!Tell Us!  

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 stories, 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.  

Girl Scout Shop News

Girl Scout Shop 

Click on the graphic above to find detailed information about the Girl Scout Shop ... or to shop online!!

Please note that the Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center will be closed July 11-22 and will reopen Monday, July 25.

Summer Hours to Begin June 1

Please note that summer hours begin Wednesday, June 1 (and continue through August 31):
  • Monday-Wednesday -- 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday -- 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday -- 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Saturday -- 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
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Our vision is to be a high performing, girl-focused staff with the desire and skill set to provide the highest standard of support that enriches, empowers, and energizes the local Girl Scout Movement. In doing so, we create a lifetime of inspiration through Girl Scout experiences that are so relevant and inclusive every girl will want to be a part.