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Camp Guide available for download
Girl Scout Sunday Celebrations
On the Green ToGetHerThere
Kohl's Cares Scholarships
Family Fun at ITC
Free Training for Teen Drivers
Free Tickets & T-shirt
Upcoming Programs
Leadership Lounge coming soon!
Birdies for Charity
Summer day camp staff needed
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Girl Scouts in the News
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
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Dates to Remember
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open School Year Hours
now-May 31
Girl Power! ITC exhibit
now-July 14
March 15
Girl Scout Sabbath
March 16

March 22

March 23

March 23
On the Green
March 26
March 27
March 30
April 5
April 6
April 9
April 11
Texas Cavaliers River Parade
April 22
Battle of Flowers Holiday (offices closed)
April 26
April 30
Staff Development Meeting
(offices closed)
May 1
May 9
May 13
Memorial Day
(offices closed)
May 27

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March 15, 2013

Here you'll find timely information about program, adult learning opportunities and other general news to keep you connected to GSSWT! Volunteer Connection is sent weekly every Friday. Stay in the know and keep an eye on your inbox for great Girl Scout information!
Camp it Up! Your 2013 Summer Fun Guide --
available for download!

Camp it Up! Ready to plan your summer fun? Download Camp it Up! Your 2013 Summer Fun Guide now and look for it late next week in your mailbox -- one is being mailed to every Girl Scout household! 


Questions? Contact Becky Jennings (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 241).

Girl Scout Sunday Celebrations --
Celebrating 101 Years

Each year, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas celebrates a variety of religious services during March. Troops must meet adult/girl ratio. Individual girls must be accompanied by an adult. Girls attending are encouraged to wear official Girl Scout uniform. Girl Scout Sunday patches are available for purchase in the Girl Scout Shop at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center.


Join us for a Protestant Service -- Sunday, March 17

10:30 a.m. sign-in; 11 a.m. service

Travis Park United Methodist Church, 230 E. Travis Street, San Antonio, 78205

On the Green ToGetHerThere

  On the Green ToGetHerThere

Join us for our inaugural golf tournament 
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ Canyon Springs Golf Club

24405 Wilderness Oak, San Antonio, 78260  

11:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch   *    1 p.m. Shotgun Start 

Scramble Format    *   Awards reception to follow tournament
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities available -- click here
Players must be at least 18 years of age by March 26 to participate

Your participation will help highlight the national ToGetHerThere cause -- to reach gender-balanced leadership in one generation.

When a girl succeeds, so does society. 

Hurry and nominate -- deadline is today!

Kohl's Cares® -- Nominate a young volunteer for up to $10,000 in scholarships

Go to kohlskids.com to nominate a young volunteer, ages 6 to 18, who has made a difference in your community. Top winners will receive $10,000 each for higher education. Nominations are due today, Friday, March 15Nominators must be 21 or older.

Family Fun at ITC

The Institute of Texan Cultures, in partnership with GSSWT, presents Girl Power!, an exhibition heralding the next century of Girl Scouting. Visit ITC's website for hours and admission. 


Come experience the enduring values and traditions of this iconic organization as told through personal stories, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia. The exhibit will be on display through July 14.

Outdoor Skills Day for families
Saturday, March 23
In conjunction with the exhibit, ITC and GSSWT are teaming up to offer an outdoor skills class for families. Join us at ITC (801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78205) from 10 a.m-2 p.m., Saturday, March 23 to learn about fire safety, camping skills, knot tying and play outdoor games! Informal tours of the Back 40 outdoor living history area will take place, too! Get more details and admission fee here.
Free hands-on training for teen Girl Scouts!

Do you work with Teen Girl Scouts? The Ford Motor Company Fund and the Texas Department of Transportation have teamed up to provide free hands-on training, led by professional drivers, in essential driving skills to teens. If your teen has a learner's permit or driver's license, don't miss the chance to register her for this free program, March 23 and 24!

Women's 2013 Elite Eight Division II Basketball Championship

Here's an exciting opportunity for Girl Scouts at the elementary and junior high grade levels! The San Antonio Sports Foundation is offering a free ticket to Girl Scouts who would like to attend one of the Women's 2013 Elite Eight Division II Basketball Championship games on March 26, 27 or 29 at Greehey Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University. Additionally, with each ticket, girls will receive a free T-shirt! Individual tickets for adults begin at $15. Quantities are limited. For questions and to obtain tickets, please contact Gina Castro (210-820-2102) by 12 noon on Friday, March 22.


You're invited to upcoming programs

All sorts of fabulously fun programs are coming soon! Want to picture your future? Learn to be a great pet owner? How to enact change in your community? Like film and art and storytelling? Then these programs are for you! Each has a link to more details and a registration form.


It's a Girl's World

6-8 p.m., Friday, March 22 -- open to girls in grades 9-10

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216Get more details and the registration form here


Celebrate Your Bliss

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, March 23 -- open to girls in grades 11-12

Heritage Middle School (8004 New Sulphur Springs Road, San Antonio, 78263) Get more details and the registration form here.  


6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 11 -- open to girls in grades 11-12

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) Get more details and the registration form here.


Animals, Pets & Me

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, March 30 -- open to girls in grades K-1

Floresville Community Center (600 Hwy 97 W., Floresville, 78114Get more details and the registration form here.


Break Out Your Muse

6-8 p.m., Friday, April 5 -- open to girls in grades 4-5

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) Get more details and the registration form here.


Speak Out Brownie

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, April 6 -- open to girls in grades 2-3

Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) Get more details and the registration form here.

Leadership Lounge coming soon!

GSSWT invites you to participate in the new monthly Leadership Lounge


Each month, the Volunteer Resources staff will host an evening just for you -- the adult volunteer. Join us at the lounge as we laugh, learn, listen, get loot and make lasting friendships. It's a place for you to meet other adults and share best practices, get new ideas, learn how to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, win door prizes, hear guest speakers and, most of all, build a better adult Girl Scout experience.


Girl Scout Shop will be open -- special discounts and deals will be available for these dates only!


Time for each date is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dates that the Leadership Lounge will be open at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) are:

  • Wednesday, March 27
  • Tuesday, April 30
  • Monday, May 13

And at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237):

  • Tuesday, April 9
  • Thursday, May 9

Questions? Contact Dawn Collins (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 212).

Support GSSWT through the 2013 Birdies for Charity® program

Birdies for Charity In 2013, GSSWT is poised to succeed with its partnership with Birdies for Charity® through the annual Valero Texas Open and your help is needed to spread the word! What's a birdie, you ask?! It's a score of one stroke under par (the expected score) for any hole on the golf course.


Birdies for Charity is a fundraising program designed to give participating organizations the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open, scheduled for April 1-7. All donations and pledges are tax deductible and GSSWT will receive 100 percent of the dollars raised through Birdies for Charity! S
top by GSSWT's Shop (at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center) and buy a birdie for just $2 each, or buy a golden birdie for $5 each! Get more details here.  
Summer day camp staff needed

camp counselor Camp Mira Sol is searching for summer day camp staff members. A variety of positions are open, including camp nurse, cook and especially counselors. Staff members will ride the bus daily to Camp Mira Sol from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio or from the Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville. Check out the available positions and apply TODAY!


Can't make it to camp the entire summer? We always welcome volunteers. Whether you have a day, a week or a month available, come spend time sharing your talents and skills with our campers!


Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Katie Hornstrom, Camp Mira Sol Program Specialist (830-995-2191).

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!

Troop 1020 celebrates Girl Scouting's 101st birthday in the Big Apple!

Did you catch Troop 1020 on Good Morning America on Tuesday? The troop had lots of fun running around New York to celebrate our 101st birthday. Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez even danced with them! See the blog part 1 here and part 2 here!


What will it take to get a Girl Scout in the White House?

CEO Rose González Pérez attended the annual SA to DC trip last week with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of CommerceSan Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Free Trade Alliance. Read about her experience during the conference here.

Girl Scouts in the News

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Students, teachers spend spring break volunteering

A group of San Antonio students (including Girl Scouts!) and teachers are spending their spring break volunteering for Meals on Wheels, helping to fill a void left by regular volunteers who have left town for spring break. Read the entire story and view the video here.


Today Show, NBC

Girl Scouts CEO: 'I'm living the American dream'

GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and Girl Scouts from New Jersey were featured in a segment on the Today show on NBC on Tuesday, March 12. The segment looks at Anna's upbringing in Arizona and addresses the social impact Girl Scouting has had on the country. View the video now

Wurzbach Parkway Progress

Keep an eye out for heavy equipment transportation in our area as construction on the Wurzbach Parkway extension continues to progress. Construction on Wurzbach Parkway is scheduled for completion in 2015. 

For more information and weekly updates on the construction, sign up for the newsletter here.
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