February 2013
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Girl Scout Links 


When girls succeed, so does society. Visit togetherthere.org.


Travel Opportunities 

2012-2013 destinations


Ever dreamed of traveling or having an amazing adventure? If you are 11 or up, consider the destinations program! You could visit a Space Academy, hike in Wyoming, see the clear blue Caribbean waters, spend New Year's Eve in London, and even see pandas in China!  You'll meet other Girl Scouts from across the nation and form lifelong friendships. To find out more and to apply, go to 

www.gsnetx.org/destinations. Get ready to experience your adventure through destinations!

Girl Scout Tuesday Nights at Norma's Cafe 

Support the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas every Tuesday night in February at Norma's Cafe. A portion of all proceeds on Tuesday nights from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. will be donated to the Girl Scouts to raise money for the Girl Scouts Birthday Week in March. Wear your uniform and receive a free slice of Mile High Cream Pie!


SU Update

Click here to download the latest SU Update.


Girl Scouts at Dallas Summer Musicals

Mary Poppins - Girl Scout Nights are March 22, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and March 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. This show is recommended for all audiences, but please use your discretion.

 - Girl Scout Nights are April 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and April 16, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. with a cast chat back following the performance for an additional $3 per girl (free patches available from Dallas Summer Musicals). This show is recommended for audiences 8 and up, but please use your discretion.


For tickets, contact groupsales@dallassummermusicals.com or call 214.426.GROUP or access the online order form here.


Girl Scout Night with the Dallas Sidekicks

Free soccer ball for the first 2,000 kids.

$14 Endzone seats and $24 Sideline tickets.

For tickets, call 214.550.6130 or visit www.dallassidekicks.net.


College Journey 2013

NEW! Girl Scout Cadettes: (entering 7th-8th grades only please) June 23-28, 2013

Girl Scout Seniors/Ambassadors: (entering 9th-12th grades) July 21-26, 2013
Girls will make memories of a lifetime as they experience life on a college campus, participate in fun, hands on experiments, and get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of top companies in the area all while earning a Journey. Girls will get to network with amazing professionals who love what they do, meet other girls, and explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. THIS IS A GREAT WAY FOR GIRLS TO EARN THEIR PREREQUISITES FOR THE SILVER OR GOLD AWARD. Cost: $350/girl. A $50 deposit is required to hold a spot. Scholarships available. Visit www.gsnetx.org/collegejourney for registration forms.  


Upcoming STEM Events 
February 16, 2013: SciTech Growing from STEM up! (all ages) Click here for more information.
February 23, 2013: Earth Science Fair (all ages) Click here for more information. 
March 2, 2013: Expanding Your Horizons (Cadettes) Click here for more information.



Has your daughter/troop completed the TI STEM patch this year? Free patches are still available for all girls and drawings will be held monthly for a GSNETX gift card for girls who complete all the requirements.  Details are online at  www.gsnetx.org/tistem.


GSNETX receives MetLife Foundation Grant for Bullying Prevention Program; adult volunteers needed to execute curriculum 

The grant will be used to launch Be a Friend First (BFF), an anti-bullying program, and will allow GSNETX to provide Hispanic girls in middle school the opportunity to learn about anti-bullying efforts and self-esteem tools. The BFF program is designed to work with the aMAZE! Journey, Girl Scout's highly-acclaimed leadership program that teaches girls about healthy relationships, preventative bullying behavior and peacemaking skills. The eight-week program begins the week of Jan. 21, 2013 and will be implemented in four schools throughout the Northeast Texas:
  • Ann Richards Middle School (Pleasant Grove)
  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School (Dallas)
  • Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy (Dallas)
  • Sam Houston Elementary School (Garland) 
GSNETX is looking for adults to volunteer with the BFF program. If you would like to participate, please contact Mara Rodriguez at mrodriguez@gsnetx.org or call 972.349.2450.




Hurray for Cookie Season

As many of you know Cookie Season has begun and girls are working hard to sell cookies. Please make sure that all of your girls are registered so they can start their cookie season on the right foot. If you're uncertain about a girl registrations please contact either your Service Unit Manager or Membership Specialist.  


Congratulations to the Colleen's Camp Celebration Winners

Six troops have won an amazing one of a kind camp experience with Colleen Walker, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas CEO. These troops will experience archery with Colleen, S'mores by the campfire, a Girl Scout sing along, field games, trading of SWAPS, participation in a community service project, AND a special one of a kind patch designed exclusively for this event.  

The winning troops of this remarkable experience are:
Troop 1009 from SU174 (Area 1)

Troop 2922 from SU213 (Area 2)

Troop 1393 from SU364 (Area 3)

Troop 3025 from SU404 (Area 4)

Troop 2901 from SU173 (Area 5)

Troop 2553 from SU155 (Area 6)


Big congratulations to the six troops!


Nominate Your ASTONISHING Troop Leader 

It's that time of the year to nominate a volunteer for a Girl Scout award. For  information on exactly which awards you can nominate a volunteer for, please view either the video library for the "Which Award Is It" video here or the downloadable Adult Recognition System Guide here . If you have any questions please feel free to contact your Adult Recognition Specialist, Service Unit Manager, or Membership Specialist.



New Cultural Program Partner

The Latino Cultural Center has officially partnered up with Girl
Scouts in offering excellent programming that meets the requirements to earn a badge related to theatre, dance, etc. For more information regarding GSNETX leadership programs at the Latino Cultural Center and badge requirements please contact Becki Rush at 972.349.2427, brush@gsnetx.org.


Also, please enjoy a FREE theatre tours for Girl Scout troops at the Latino Cultural Center at any time! To book your tour please contact Patricia Morales at 214.670.7952, patricia.morales@dallascityhall.com.


Support GSNETX's 2013 Hispanic Growth Initiative in our area today! 

Interested in finding out about how you can support our council-wide Hispanic Growth Initiative opportunities? Please contact Mara Rodriguez at 972.349.2450, mrodriguez@gsnetx.org.


Nominate an Outstanding Latina Girl Scout!

El Hispano News, a local Spanish newspaper, wants to routinely feature a Latina Girl Scout in the publication that has made a difference in her community or who embodies the Girl Scout mission. We need your help in finding Latina Girl Scouts to feature in El Hispano News. It's preferable that they speak Spanish, however if not we can translate their story for them. We are looking for a range of girls in age from all over the council. If you'd like to nominate a Latina Girl Scout, please send their name, troop number, and a brief description to jyepez@gsnetx.org. Your attention and help in this matter is greatly appreciated.



Cookie Gift Items

Great new Cookie Merchandise is now available at your local council shop. Come check out our cute cookie journals--perfect for taking notes and keeping track of customers, new cookie totes, cookie key chains, bracelets, flags, tablecloths and a whole lot more! 


2013 Patches and Awards

Thinking Day awards, Global Awareness awards and National Cookie Day patches will be arriving soon for these upcoming Girl Scout events.  Contact your local shop for details and dates of availability.
The New GSNETX Online Shop is Here!

Our GSNETX online shop has launched and is now linked to the GSUSA online shop. With our websites now being linked together, your council now benefits from any purchase you make through either GSUSA or GSNETX! You will need to create a new user id for this combined shopping power. Click here, create your new log in, and start shopping!


Shorter Troop Camping Classes

Basic Troop Camp Training has been shortened to a one day skills based class. No more planning sessions on a work or school night! Spring Training opportunities are available for registration in eBiz now. Click here to register.


Save the Date

GSNETX 2013 Annual Meeting & Adult Recognition Presentation

Dallas Arboretum

April 13, 2013

Registration opens soon



Real Outdoor Women at Camp Rocky Point 

April 26-28, 2013

Registration opens late February 2013



Volunteer Recognitions

Do you know an exceptional Girl Scout leader? A volunteer whose service has made a difference in the leadership opportunity for a girl or another volunteer? Nominate a volunteer today! New online nomination forms make this process easier than ever. www.gsnetx.org/recognitions.



Shop For a Cause

We want to help make your everyday shopping quick and easy, while also supporting your Girl Scouts! The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is happy to announce our new shopping site, where every purchase you make will help invest in a girl on her journey through Girl Scouting. This is not Girl Scout merchandise, but a shopping portal to your favorite retailers like Target, Macy's and more. 


Bookmark shopping.gsnetx.org and do all your shopping here and share with friends and family. The more you buy, the more you contribute to our cause. We all have shopping to do, why not do it with us? 


Trefoil Guild Upcoming Events 

Sunday, February 24-25, 2013 - 5:00 p.m.

Meeting for all participants in the November Cabana trip.

Location: Lynn Wilbur's home.


Monday, February 24, 2013 - 5:45 p.m.

Potluck supper and Oscar watching party!

Location: Lynn Wilbur's home; spouses welcome.


March Event - Date TBD

Stay tuned for details.


Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Grandma & me event at Camp Whispering Cedars.

A day of outdoor fun to include hiking, a service project, a cookout, and of course, a campfire with s'mores!

Register by April 15, 2013.


For more information on the Trefoil Guild, contact Lynn Wilbur at gs156lynn@sbcglobal.net.