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Special Shop Hours
First Lady supports Girl Scouts
Mobile Leadership Center is headed your way!
2013 Fall Product Sale is here!
High Tea Invitation
Service & Upgrade Schedule
Calling all aspiring girl artists!
Upcoming Events
Always a second chance!
Adult Learning News & Happenings
Native Words, Native Warriors ITC Exhibit
Girl Scouts in the News
Wurzbach Parkway Progress
Shop News
Get Connected!
Dates to Remember
Volunteer Service Center, Girl Scout Shop & Resource Center open now-May 31, 2014

Girl Scout Shop @ SCGSLC open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
October 5

Mobile Leadership Center tour stop in Boerne

Mobile Leadership Center tour stop in Del Rio
October 14

Trainers' Gathering
October 15

Final Long Range Property Plan Town Hall Meetings
October 15 & 17

Mobile Leadership Center tour stop in Eagle Pass
October 15

Deadline to submit
holiday card art

October 16

Native Words, Native Warriors ITC Exhibit Family Day
October 19

Girl Planning Board
October 20

November 2

November 8

The Great Escape
Adult Weekend
November 15-17


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October 4, 2013

We've gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month in honor of our founder Juliette Gordon Low (who passed away from breast cancer in 1927), all who have fought it, all who are at peace and all who have been affected by it. Go Pink! 


Here you'll find timely information about program, adult learning opportunities and other general news to keep you connected to GSSWT!
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Special Shop Hours    

The Girl Scout Shop at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216) will be open from 11 a.m.-2p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, October 5.  Come on in and get your Girl Scout needs ... and perhaps pick up a few wants, too! 
First Lady Michelle Obama supports
Girl Scouts   

First Lady Michelle Obama supports Girl Scouts  
Mobile Leadership Center
is headed your way! 

All girls and their families are invited to join the excitement of Girl Scouts when the Mobile Leadership Center rolls through their area as part of Girl Scouts of the USA's National Recruitment Week.


Girls attending will participate in activities relating to healthy living, art, the outdoors and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Mobile Leadership Center

The Mobile Leadership Center, a 38-foot specialty vehicle owned and operated by Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, travels a 21-county area and includes a library of resources and equipment for adult volunteers, a mini-shop and 24 laptop computers for girl activities and adult learning.


Here are the upcoming tour stops:

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, October 5 @ First Baptist Church, Boerne
  • 5-8 p.m., Monday, October 7 @ Texas Lutheran University, Seguin
  • 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 8 @ Hastings, Kerrville
  • 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 9 @ McKenna Center, New Braunfels
  • 5-8 p.m., Thursday, October 10 @ H-E-B (281/Evans), Honey Creek Service Unit
  • 5-8 p.m., Monday, October 14 @ Plaza Del Sol Mall, Del Rio
  • 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 15 @ H-E-B, Eagle Pass 
2013 Fall Product Sale is here!  

Girls are currently taking orders! Are you interested in earning fast start-up funds and having girls participate in Girl Scout Leadership Experience activities? The fall product sale is a quick "friends and
family" sale that runs now until October 13 when orders are submitted.   

It's not too late to sign up to participate! Questions? Contact the product sales staff.
You are invited to High Tea 

You are cordially invited to attend an English High Tea at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 13 at St. Matthew's Family Center (Room 106, 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, 78230).    

The Friends of Pax Lodge are raising funds to be used for Pax Lodge scholarships for girls and to assist with ongoing operating expenses.

If you wish to attend for a $25 donation, contact Adrienne King
Service and upgrade schedule

Please be advised that GSSWT's computer and phone network will be down for servicing and upgrades on Friday, October 18 beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at approximately 5 p.m. During this time, incoming/outgoing emails and phone calls will be intermittent. There will also be a second phase implemented approximately one to two weeks after phase 1 on October 18 is completed. Phase 2 will also require network down time between one and five hours. An exact date will be shared once it is confirmed. 
We ask for your patience while we perform these upgrades to better serve our membershipThank you!
Calling all aspiring girl artists! 

If your girls like to draw and be creative, this is an opportunity for them!


GSSWT is in need of an image to put on the front of a holiday card for the winter season. We plan to send this card to donors and other community members to thank them for their support of Girl Scouts. Here are the requirements:

  1. Don't be afraid to use color. 
  2. Must either be in a high-resolution JPEG format (created with Photoshop, MS Paint or other image editing software) OR original artwork on 8˝ x11" paper can be dropped off at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216).
  3. Cannot depict a Christmas tree, stockings or any other religiously themed items (must be a generic, winter-themed card) OR must depict all religiously oriented holidays (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, etc). Snowmen and gifts are acceptable on non-denominational cards.
  4. Must be emailed to Brooke Johnson OR dropped off no later than 5 p.m., Monday, October 16. If you need to mail your creation (must be received by Oct.16 to be considered), please send it to
    Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Attn: Brooke Johnson, 811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, TX 78216.

All submissions will be showcased at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center and the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center.  

The winning design will also be showcased as the council's Facebook cover photo for the month of December. 


Questions? Contact Brooke Johnson (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 211).

Upcoming Events  

Thin Mint Sprint

6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, November 2 -- open to girls in grades K-12 and their families

Challenge yourself to sign up for this fun 5K walk/run! What an easy way to get healthy before the holiday eating begins -- no equipment needed! Connect with your friends to test your endurance and celebrate with a healthy snack when you reach the finish line. Get the details and registration packet here.


I Am a Princess

6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, November 8 -- open to girls in grades K-5

Wow! A glass slipper. Who could it belong to? Is it yours? Delight your imagination and be royalty for a day. Make your own tiara, wave your wand and poof, let's have some fun! Show who you are, become confident and have positive self-esteem. Join the enchantment of the magical place and be your own princess in your own fairy tale. Get the details and registration packet here

Always a second chance! 

Did your girls miss the first Super Sleuths program?

That's ok! Girls are able to attend any of the dates -- the more the better! Simply register with the Volunteer Service Center before the next program date of Tuesday, October 8.

Did your girls miss the first Girl Planning Board meeting?
That's ok! Girls are able to attend any of the dates. Simply register with the Volunteer Service Center before the next meeting of Sunday, October 20.

Need details? Contact Courtney Cunningham. 
Adult Learning News & Happenings

Trainers' Gathering 
Calling all Trainers and Potential Trainers!

6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 15 @ Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center (811 N. Coker Loop, San Antonio, 78216)  

Join us for our monthly gathering! We will be celebrating Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday! Get updated on what's going on with the GSSWT council and the exciting events coming up for trainers. Hope to see you there!

Save the Date -- Trainers Conference 

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, January 11, 2014 @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center (5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, 78232)  

Join us for a day of learning, fun, and camaraderie! More information to come!


NEW!! Trainer of the Month Spotlight -- Emily Bee

Emily is a volunteer trainer from the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit. She has been a trainer for 12+ years and has 20 years experience as a Girl Scout. Her training expertise is in Troop Leadership Essentials, Grade Level Essentials, Outdoor Education and Money Manager courses. One of Emily B Emily's greatest strengths is commitment and she loves shopping! Her favorite color is green and her favorite vacation spot is Las Vegas. When asked what she loves most about Girl Scouting, Emily says, "How rewarding it is to see the outcomes of our trainings with the girls and the adults." Thanks for all you do for us, Emily!  


Questions regarding all things adult learning may be directed to Pamela Riles (210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 ext. 219).  

Native Words, Native Warriors
Family Day -- Saturday, October 19   

Institute of Texan Cultures invites all Girl Scouts and their families to the Native Words, Native Warriors exhibit for Family Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19.

Families will have the opportunity to decipher language, culture and codes through puzzles and activities. Visitors may also hear from guest speakers who will discuss the role of Native American code-talkers in U.S. history. Get details here.
Girl Scouts in the News  

San Antonio Business Journal Morning Edition,
September 25, 2013

Girl Scouts to present Carri Baker Wells with Trefoil Award

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will honor Carri Baker Wells on Thursday, Sept. 26 by presenting her with its annual Trefoil Award for her contributions to education and economic development. Read the full story here.
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.
Girl Scout Shops

Shop Hours
Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center running 
school year hours (school year hours, September 1-May 31)
  • Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Second Saturday: 9 a.m-3 p.m. -- open Sat., Oct. 12!  
  • Special shop hours from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 5! 
Shop @ West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center Hours

Please call 210-319-5775 for shop hours and open Saturday dates

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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.