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Holiday Closed Dates
Experienced exceptional service?
Top 10 Reason Why Summer Camp!
Neighborhood day/twilight camps
Interested in gold?
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
Camp sessions
now-August 5
June 28

Girl Scout Offices closed for Independence Day
July 4 & 5

Fall Kick-off
August 10

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June 28, 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!
Holiday Close Dates

4th of july All GSSWT offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 for Independence Day. However you choose to celebrate -- picnic, barbecue, fireworks! -- be sure to have fun and stay safe!


See future closed dates here

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 today! 

Top 10 Reasons Why Summer Camp!

Camper If you've been to camp, you're not surprised when you hear about the benefits of summer camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult, and you also know that you want the same thing for your own kids.


But if you didn't go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. So while we have talked about most of these before, here is a list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp.


At camp, girls:

10. Spend their day being physically active. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing! Camp is action!

9. Experience success and become more confident. Camp teaches girls that they can.

8. Gain resiliency. Camp helps conquer fears.

7. Unplug from technology. Camp is real!

6. Develop life-long skills. Camp expands every girl's abilities.

5. Grow more independent. Camp is a slice of carefree living where girls can relax, laugh and be silly all day long. At camp we play!

3. Learn social skills. Camp builds teamwork.

2. Reconnect with nature. Camp gets girls back outside.

1. Make true friends. All the fun at camp draws everyone together -- singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships.


See? Camp is great. GSSWT offers a variety of flexible options to get her there! (Scholarships available!)


Upcoming Sessions

July 22-24, Camp Metro Mix it Up @ Carrizo Springs

July 22-26, Science in the Sun @ Camp La Jita Day Camp in Utopia

July 22-26, Weird Science @ Camp Mira Sol Day Camp in Waring

July 21-26, Pony Tails (grades 2-3) @ Camp La Jita Resident Camp in Utopia

July 21-26, Dancin' Divas (grades 4-6) @ Camp La Jita Resident Camp in Utopia

July 21-26, Pick & Mix (grades 7-12) @ 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). 

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!
Interested in gold?!

Go Gold The new Gold Award Advisory Committee is taking applications for currently registered volunteers interested in being a member of this committee. You will have the chance to facilitate workshops, work one-on-one with girls and work with a diverse group of volunteers! Interested? Email us for an application (apps due Monday, July 15).

Girl Scouts Do Great Things!

Girl Scout Ambassador nominated for
Mayor's Youth Award

Caroline B. Girl Scout Ambassador Caroline B. was nominated by the Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL) for the Mayor's Youth Award. This award recognizes a volunteer or volunteers (18 or younger) whose efforts have contributed outstanding service to the community. Caroline began volunteering at the ADL when she was six years old and has consistently logged enough volunteer hours annually to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award at the Gold level. When she began to plan her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she created and implemented a new Junior Volunteer program (JV+) which focuses on retention, recruitment and outreach of volunteers from ages 10-16. Way to go, Caroline!


Danny Green

Girl Scouts meet Danny Green!

Girl Scouts working on the Alcoa Twinning Project met the San Antonio Spurs' own Danny Green on Tuesday, June 25 as part of the Silver and Black Give Back Team Up Challenge -- see the photo gallery here! Danny Green signed the Alcoa Forever Green Pledge to promote responsible environmental and conservation practices. You can sign it 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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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.