Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Offices Closed May 28
Summer Hours
Folklife Festival
Renewing the Promise
Early Bird 2012
Silver Stars
Online Toolkit
Council Facilitator
Camp Reservations
Share Their Voice
Girl Scouts Lead National Effort
Continued Construction
Girl Scout Do Great Things!
Girl Scout in the News
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
 Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open School Year Hours
Now-May 31 

Offices Closed --
Memorial Day

May 28


Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open Summer Hours
June 1-August 31

Texas Folklife Festival
June 8-10

Renewing the Promise
June 14

Girl Scout Night with the Silver Stars
June 16

Early Bird deadline
June 15

Offices Closed--
Independence Day
July 4

Facilitating Adult Learning Session
July 14

Girl Scout Greats
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May 25, 2012

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!
GSSWT Offices to be closed Monday, May 28

Please note that all GSSWT offices will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28. Click here to see additional closed dates

Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center to begin Summer Hours on June 1

The Girl Scout Shop and Resource Center will begin Summer Hours on Friday, June 1. Summer Hours run from June 1 through August 31 and are as follows:

  • 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 of each month: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Be sure to get to the shop for your camp supplies

-- all camp items 15% off --  before May 31!


41st Annual Texas Folklife Festival    

41st Folklife FestivalMark your calendars for June 8-10 and get ready to embark on the cultural experience of a lifetime! The 41st annual Texas Folklife Festival will be held at the Institute of Texan Cultures.


Located in downtown San Antonio on the 22-acre grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures in Hemisfair Park, this three day, fun-filled celebration showcases Texas' diversity, strength, and rich heritage by featuring delectable dishes created by ethnic groups, arts and crafts vendors, pioneer craft demonstrators, and so much more. View the festival's website for detailed information.


This is GSSWT's seventh year as a craft demonstrator in the kid's area and we need volunteers! Among other perks, volunteers working the Girl Scout booth receive free admission for all three days of the festival. Troops with girls ages 12 and up are encouraged to volunteer. Individual adults and alumnae are especially welcome! Volunteers are needed to help set up and take down the Girl Scout display booth, as well as facilitate activities at the booth while open to the public during the following hours:

  • Friday, June 8 from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of TWO three-hour SHIFTS. I
nterested in volunteering, contact Lynne Lee (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 239). 

Renewing the Promise 2012   
You are invited to renew the promise from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216.


Enjoy light refreshments, take the Forever Green and ToGetHereThere pledges and register for 18-months of Girl Scouting for the low price of $18!



  • Learn about new programs and volunteer opportunities
  • Register as an adult member and customize your volunteer experience
  • Hear about upcoming events and programs


  • Enjoy a fun Girl Scout activity and fire-up some s'mores
  • Register to become a Girl Scout
  • Sign-up for summer camp and upcoming Girl Scout programs

For more information, contact your GO Team Recruitment Specialist (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247):

Early Bird 2012   
Early BirdDeadline to register as an Early Bird is Friday, June 15!

Be sure to renew the promise by submitting your Girl Scout membership registration before Friday, June 15!

Renewing the Promise bracelets will be given to girls and adults at the time of early bird registration!

Re-registering troops and individual girls will be given an early bird patch for every form turned in on or before the deadline. Limited quantities, while supplies last.

Download the form here, complete and mail to GSSWT, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, Texas 78216 or fax to 210-349-2666. Once your Early Bird form is received, your GO Team Recruitment Specialist will contact you to coordinate pick-up/delivery of patches and bracelets.

For more information, contact your GO Team Recruitment Specialist (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247):

Go Silver Stars!  
Silver Stars Tickets are now available for the 2012 Girl Scout Night with the Silver Stars Saturday, June 16. The Silver Stars will face off against the L.A. Sparks. Packages start at $12.50 and courtside seats are only $32.50 --  each ticket entitles the participant to a food voucher, commemorative 100th Anniversary patch and the opportunity to attend a pre-game seminar hosted by Dove beginning at 3:00 p.m. Limited space is available for the Dove Self-Esteem Workshop, so be sure to arrive early if you want to participate.

Don't miss out on this exclusive offer -- the first 250 group/troop leaders purchasing 10 or more tickets will receive a pair of tickets absolutely free! Orders must be in by June 1! Contact the Resource Center or the Volunteer Service Center (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247) for more details and to get the order form.
Have you accessed your online toolkit yet?!   

Toolkit During the last week of April, GSUSA sent emails to all Daisy, Brownie and Junior volunteers inviting them to enter for a chance to win Girl Scout merchandise for their group/troop to use in the year ahead and take a tour of the National Program Portfolio.


Once in the website, volunteers will be able to customize and share communications to the Girl Scout community using e-tools, as well as access additional online tools and resources.


Didn't get your email? Enter here for your chance to win and access the tools and resources!

Want to be a Council Facilitator? 

Here's your chance! A Facilitating Adult Learning session will be held 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 14 at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.

Questions? Contact
Courtney Cunningham (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 207).

Need a group/troop/service unit
camp reservation?  

Please note that all group/troop/service unit camp reservations should now be submitted to Dawn Santaniello or Becky Jennings. Questions? Contact Dawn Santaniello (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 206). 

Give them a chance to share their voice! 

Please forward this message along to your Girl Scouts to share their experiences. Survey results will help us understand how Girl Scouting is benefiting girls. Their input will tell us how we can make their experiences even better. That means that their answers are very important to the success of Girl Scouting!


To complete the surveys, simply click the link below, copy and paste the link into your web browser to take the survey, or visit the Girl Scout website.


There are two types of surveys: pre and post. Pre surveys are initial feelings of Girl Scouts and Girl Scouting. Post survey results are compared to pre surveys to research if Girl Scouting programs and activities have benefited the girls. All answers are kept confidential!  


Before taking any of the following surveys, please visit Girl Scout Voices to ensure that GSSWT is able to accurately include your survey information.   


2012 Outcomes Pre Surveys


2012 Outcomes Post Surveys

Girl Scouts lead a national effort to cut greenhouse gases  

Through Girl Scouts Forever Green, the 100th anniversary Take Action project, Girl Scouts was named the top nonprofit pledge driver in the 2011-2012 Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR Campaign, saving more than 155 million pounds of greenhouse gases. Congratulations to everyone who participated and made Girl Scouts the top nonprofit world-changer!

Parkway progress and construction updates 

Construction on the Wurzbach Parkway extension continues to progress, affecting traffic flow to and from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center. 


West Ave at Wurzbach Parkway

Non-stop closure through October

West Avenue, between Walker Ranch Park and Indian Hollow Apartments, will be closed for approximately six months while crews rebuild West Avenue. This will be a complete closure and no traffic will be allowed through the construction zone. North-bound traffic will be routed to Nakoma to U.S. 281 frontage roads to Bitters and onto West Avenue. South-bound traffic will turn left on Interpark, right onto the U.S. 281 frontage road and right on Nakoma, then reach West Avenue.


Starcrest Rd from Budding Blvd to Wetmore Ave

Non-stop closure through August

The east-bound lanes of Starcrest are closed for work relative to the Wurzbach Parkway project. All traffic has been diverted to the west-bound lanes, limiting Starcrest to a single lane in each direction. No left turns are permitted along this road. This closure has been extended.

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!  

Wilson County Girl Scouts 

The Wilson County Service Unit celebrated Girl Scouting's 100th Anniversary at its annual bridging ceremony. Girls from Troops 559 (Emily Demmer), 2532 (Sarah Theuret), 8 (Madison Budde), 559 (Katilin Gutierrez), 865 (Lindsey Startz) and 3162 (Alyssa Estep) presented the flag ceremony in their 1912 vintage Girl Scout uniforms and Juliette Gordon Low was represented by Sherri Demmer, Wilson County Service Unit Director. Girl Scout memorabilia from Wilson County Girl Scout alumnae was also on display.

 Wilson County Girl Scouts  


Troop 1086 earns the Girl Scout Bronze Award  

Collectively, Girl Scout Junior Troop 1086 completed more than 90 hours of community service this past school year. The girls educated the Eagle Pass public about pet responsibility and adoption at vaccination clinics, neighborhoods and elementary schools. They donated chew toys, bathed, walked and fed homeless dogs around town and at Vector Control. The girls sponsored a dog adoption clinic with the assistance of Dr. Torres and Vector Control, refurbished the "Save a Life" sign and placed it in a location for all citizens to see. Their goal was to sponsor 10 dog adoptions and save lives -- through their efforts more than 10 dogs were adopted. Way to go, Adalina H., Itzel R., Amanda L., and Andrea H.!

Bronze Award 

Girl Scouts in the News 
Old Edgewood school to be reborn as Girl Scouts leadership center

May 23 -- San Antonio Express-News

As more than 100 teen girls on the city's West Side were inducted as Girl Scouts Wednesday, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and the Edgewood Independent School District announced they will turn a shuttered elementary school into a scouting center. Read the entire story here.


Niñas Exploradoras de Texas: la tropa más grande

May 23 -- Telemundo

Las Girl Scouts de Southwest Texas llevaron a cabo celebración y anunciaron la expansión de sus instalaciones. Read the article and see the video clip here.  


Degrees of Difficulty

May 24 -- Conexión

Girl Scout Ambassador Clarisa Medina is highlighted for her success and future endeavors -- read about her here. Want to pick up your own copy? Find locations here.
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Open School Year Hours Now-May 31

Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Second Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.    

Summer Hours (June 1-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.
Second Saturday: 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.  

Big Savings
Now-May 31: Camp Supply Sale -- 15% off

June 1-31: Clearance Sale 

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GSSWT's Vision Statement
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.