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Camp does a girl good!
Survivor 2013
Neighborhood day/twilight camps
Experienced exceptional service?
Bronze & Silver
Save the Date
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Girl Scouts Do Great Things!
Girl Power!
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop &
Resource Center open Summer Hours
now-August 31
Girl Power! ITC exhibit
now-July 14
Clearance Sale
now-July 16
Girl Scout Summer

Fall Kick-off
August 10

CPS Energy




Wells Fargo

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June 21, 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!
Camp does a girl good!

Camp does a girl good

The camp setting is a small community unlike any other. The unfamiliar setting, new people and shortened time together help girls make friends and bond. As a girl makes choices and directs projects, her leadership instincts progress. She learns to get along with others and becomes self-reliant without parents there to save the day. Ready to let her find her way? GSSWT offers a variety of flexible options to get her there! (Scholarships available!)


Upcoming Sessions

July 8-10, Camp Metro Mix it Up @ Eagle Pass

July 8-12, Groovy Girls @ Camp La Jita Day Camp in Utopia
July 8-12, Animal Tales @ Camp Mira Sol Day Camp in Waring

July 14-19, Pick & Mix @ Camp La Jita Resident Camp in Utopia

Camp Perks 

Camp Metro @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center offers:

1. Free transportation from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in the morning and afternoon
2. Before and after care at an additional $25/girl


Camp Mira Sol Day Camp in Waring offers:

1. Free transportation from the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in San Antonio and the Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville in the morning and afternoon

2. Before and after care at an additional $25/girl


Camp La Jita Resident Camp offers:

1. Transportation on Friday afternoon to transport campers and their gear from Camp La Jita to the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center at an additional $20/girl


Check the camp guide now for other great sessions! Questions? Contact Becky Jennings (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 241). 

Survivor 2013

Survivor! Are you prepared to have a blast at Survivor 2013?

Do you think you're prepared to help yourself and your family in the event of a natural disaster? Subject matter experts will inform and train you in disaster preparedness and survival techniques as you are challenged to prepare, improvise, build shelters, cook your own food, sterilize water, learn wilderness first aid and how to defend and protect yourself. You will be part of a team and participate in many challenges. You will be taught to survive!

Survivor is open to girls entering grades 6-12, costs $250/girl and runs from 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Camp Mira Sol. Get more details here

Don't miss out on this popular program! Contact the Volunteer Service Center (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 391) to register today!

Neighborhood Day/Twilight Camp sessions happening near you! 
Wild, Wild West at Woodlawn Lake Day Camp, July 15-19 
Ready for a boot-scootin', rope twirlin' day camp session? Head on over our way, y'all! Join the fun at Wild, Wild West at Woodlawn Lake Day Camp, daily from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 15-19 (sponsored by Whittier/Twain/Longfellow Service Unit). Contact Maggie Valdez (210-854-6055) to register now!
Tool Girl
Girl Scouts ... We Can Do It! Twilight Camp, July 15-19
Grab your tools, roll up your sleeves and let's get to creating something! This Orange GO Team-sponsored twilight camp will be held at OP Schnabel Park daily from 5-9 p.m., July 15-19. Contact Lidia Gonzales (210-669-6452) to register now!
Have you experienced exceptional service from a GSSWT staff member?

If so, we encourage you to nominate her/him for a Recognizing Excellence staff award. Created in 2010, this award program recognizes staff members who go above and beyond and consists of six categories: customer service, teamwork, commitment, leadership, flexibility and creativity and innovation. Nominate a staff member now -- for awards presented early August, nominations are due Friday, June 28. 

Is your troop working on Girl Scout Bronze or Silver award projects?

Have the girls in your Girl Scout Junior or Cadette troop completed a journey? Are they ready to embark on their Bronze or Silver Award? Both awards are a meaningful and wonderful experience for the girls and the adults who work with them.


The new staff liaison, Courtney Cunningham (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 221), can answer any questions you have about the process or paperwork involved.

Fall Kick-off to make a comeback!

Fall Kick-off Save the Date  

You asked for it and we listened! Save the date for Fall Kick-off -- Saturday, August 10 at Region 20 Education Service Center (1314 Hines Avenue, right off of IH 35 and the Walters Street exit).


All volunteers are invited to attend -- and bring a friend! Traditional Girl Scout learning sessions, service team position training, enrichment courses and more will take place. Stay tuned for more information on how to register.

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!

Troop 465 beautifies two school campuses!

Troop 465 Girl Scout Troop 465 recently planted a beautiful Crepe Myrtle tree on the campuses of Lopez Middle School and Buckner Fanning. Gracie from Buckner Fanning, and Abrianna, Andrea, Melissa, Megan, Cera, Gabrielle and Sarah from Lopez all helped with the effort. They just finished their Breathe Journey, which taught them about the environment and how to improve it. They chose the Crepe Myrtle tree because of its beautiful colors and it lives well in the Texas environment. The girls held fundraisers to aid in buying the trees and other supplies needed. "When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves." -- David Orr


Nice job, Troop 465!

Girl Scouts in the News

Girl Scouts names new CFO in San Antonio,

San Antonio Business Journal, June 14, 2013  

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas has chosen Blythe Simonson as the organization's chief financial officer, effective June 3. Read more here ... 

Have you visited Girl Power?

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.

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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Shop @ Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center Hours
(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 p.m.
  • Second Saturday: 9 a.m-1 p.m. 
Shop @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center Hours
(for the month of June, 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, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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