Volunteer Connection
In This Issue
Early Bird
National youth program seeking local applicant\s
GSSWT at Siclovia
Camp Metro Info Nights
Celebrate National Volunteer Month
Celebrate Volunteers & Fiesta
WSGSLC Shop to open
Camp it Up!
Make a Difference!
Adult Enrichment Sessions
Volunteer Assessment
Family Fun at ITC
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
Shop News
Get Connected!
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
Girl Scout Shop at
West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center
operating temporary hours
now-April 30
April 5
April 6
April 7
April 9
Camp Metro Info Night
April 10
April 11
National Volunteer Month Celebration
April 17
Camp Metro Info Night
April 17
Texas Cavaliers River Parade
April 22
Camp Metro Info Night
April 24
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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April 4, 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. Stay in the know and keep an eye on your inbox for great Girl Scout information!
The Early Bird gets the ... Patch!

Early Bird patch Early Bird registration gives current Girl Scouts and troops/groups the opportunity to register early for the upcoming Girl Scout year (October 2013 through September 2014) before the fall rush! Re-register today! Please note that dues have increased to $15/member, $195/graduating girl lifetime membership dues and $375/lifetime membership dues.


Learn about Early Bird incentives and important information regarding the membership dues increase here.

National youth program seeking local applicants --
hurry, deadline is Monday, April 15

Ever wondered how things work in Washington, D.C.? 

Join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) High School Latino Leaders in D.C. this summer and find out! This program provides Latino high school students the chance to spend a week in Washington, D.C., exploring the city and the role it plays in our nation's past, present, and future.

The program is completely free of charge to students! Travel, lodging, meals and activities will all be covered through the support of State Farm Insurance Companies and CHCI. The program will take place on July 14-19, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Get complete details here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

GSSWT at Siclovia -- Sunday, April 7

Are you participating in Siclovia on Sunday? Girl Scouts will be there! Meet us in the Family Zone at the Lion's Field Reclovia (2809 Broadway, San Antonio,78209). We'll be there from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. handing out 2013 Summer Fun Camp Guides and taking the Forever Green Pledge. Hope to see you there!

Info Night for Camp Metro @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center

Join us from 6-7:30 p.m. on any of the following dates to learn more about Camp Metro @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center summer camp sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 10
  • Wednesday, April 17
  • Wednesday, April 24

Info night (all dates) will be held at both the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center and the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center.


Register for camp at one of these special Camp Metro info nights and receive a camp backpack for your Girl Scout camper! Staff will be on hand to help you register for any camp sessions listed in the Camp It Up! 2013 Summer Fun Guide, as well as answer any questions your family may have about your daughter's participation in Girl Scout camp. Questions? Contact Melissa Soliz, GO Team Manager (210-319-5775 ext. 401).
Celebrate National Volunteer Month

Thank You On Wednesday, April 17, join us at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center as we celebrate YOU -- our wonderful Girl Scout volunteer! There will be food, fun and fellowship from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the AT&T conference rooms. 

Stop by to have a little snack for breakfast, join us for a light lunch or snag a dessert in the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you!
Questions? Contact Pamela Riles (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 219).
Celebrate Volunteers & Fiesta at the
West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center

Join us from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center for a Community & Volunteer Fiesta Dinner. We'll celebrate our wonderful Girl Scout volunteers and kick off Fiesta week! Friends, families and neighbors are welcome to enjoy this free Fiesta celebration with food, music, activities for children and giveaways! We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Contact Steven Acton at 210-319-5775 ext. 418. 
Girl Scout Shop at West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center open

The Girl Scout Shop at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center is open -- the following hours are temporary for the month of April and are subject to change without notice.

  • Monday,  2-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 12:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 12:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 2-8 p.m.
  • Friday, 1-5 p.m.
  • 3rd Saturday each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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 in your mailbox -- one has been mailed to every Girl Scout household! 


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

Make a difference!
Forever Green Girl Scouts Forever Green (GSFG) enables Girl Scouts, as a Movement, to track significant, collective, positive impacts on our environment.
Making a difference starts with you! Here's how:
Adult Enrichment Sessions

Join us as we kick off a series of enrichment sessions at the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78237). Most sessions are FREE (certification classes have a fee) and all are open to adultsCome learn how to manage your stress, manage your finances better or become certified in first aid and CPR. Registration is required -- click on each item below for more details and the registration form.

Questions? Contact Pamela Riles at 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 219.

Volunteer Assessment

We know that volunteers want to do the best job they can, and that they rely on the feedback and assistance of council staff and administrative volunteers. Each year, to better understand and work with every volunteer, we ask you to complete a self-assessment survey to reflect on your performance and provide written documentation and feedback to the council about your personal experience with the organization.

This year there's an online assessment tool! The assessment tool developed is for all volunteer positions at the troop, service unit and regional level. Your answers and participation help the council gather the data to make necessary changes to address volunteer needs and plan re-appointments or position changes that best utilize each volunteer's skills and passions. It's a simple, easy-to-navigate survey -- get it now!

Don't have access to a computer? Visit the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center or the Mobile Leadership Center (when in your area) and utilize the volunteer computers. A representative from y
our GO team may also be able to assist you in completing the online survey. We encourage online entry so the results can be gathered quicker, but paper surveys are available -- contact a representative from your GO team.

Thank you -- you are helping us serve you better! We appreciate your time and participation and want you to know it will lead to higher quality volunteer experiences, increased volunteer satisfaction and greater rates of retention! 
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.

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!

Troop 566 Girl Scout Troop 566 is on a mission to help cancer patients!
The girls are donating 150 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, one for every cancer survivor, to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life at the STAR Soccer Complex on May 3. They are also decorating 500 luminaries to line the track and gathering Girl Scout friends to help volunteer at Relay For Life. 

On Good Friday, the troop bought and donated 12 wigs and six turbans to the American Cancer Society

They celebrate one of their leaders, who is a cancer survivor. Their Girl Scout sister Alexis S. lost her battle with cancer on October 14, 2012 and the troop wants to keep her memory alive through this volunteer project. If your troop would like to volunteer at the May 3 Relay for Life, email juliesteele99@aol.com
Celebrate, remember, fight back! 
Troop 1087
Troop 1087 collected more than 400 boxes of Girl Scout cookies ...
for the patients, staff and volunteers of the Brooke Army Medical Center.


On March 12 (Girl Scouting's 101st anniversary), the troop had the privilege of delivering the cookies to Col. Ronny Fryar, Deputy Commander of Allied Health. Read more on the GSSWT blog.

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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Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Second Saturday: 9 a.m-3 p.m. 
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