Sunday, June 21, 2015

Unwind With Dad Time
You may have heard the myth that Girl Scouts are only about cookies, but how about the myth that Girl Scouts is just for mothers and daughters? It's true that you don't see a lot of male troop leaders, but that isn't because dads don’t understand their daughters. In fact, those naysayers couldn't be more wrong!

According to a number of studies done on the positive impact fathers have in the lives of their daughters, girls who's fathers are continuously involved in their lives tend to have a healthier self-image, are more willing to jump out of their comfort zone, and are all around more comfortable in their own skin! We can thank our father's carefree goofy attitude for that. In Raising Confident Girls: What About Dads? Rachel Simmons notes that when dad is just being dad--boys will be boys-- subconsciously their daughters are taking their cue that it is ok to be themselves, and won’t accept any negativity boys their age may give them.

This Father's Day let’s thank our dads for being such great role models. Have some one-on-one father-daughter bonding time, and do all those things dads and daughters love to do. Fuel-up with a big breakfast, go camping, play video games—whatever you do, do it together, and have a Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Flag Etiquette for June 14 Flag Day

Many words are synonymous with Girl Scouting, including cookies, camp, crafts, leadership and patriotism. Flag etiquette is one of the many important skills Girl Scouts learn and as a result, troops are asked to perform flag ceremonies in the community during special ceremonies, luncheons and parades. This Flag Day, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, one of the largest councils in the U.S., is giving you tips on the proper ways to display your U.S. flag.

GSSJC guidelines on handling a U.S. flag:  

Display of the U.S. flag is governed by law to ensure that it will be treated with the respect. This is known as the United States Flag Code. Some of the rules most useful are:

  • The American flag must be placed in the center, and higher, when displayed with a group of state, local or organizational flags flown from staffs. It may also be positioned to the right of other flags. (If girls were to hold the flag while facing their audience, their right side would be the flag's own right.)
  • When displayed from a staff in a house of worship or public auditorium, the flag of the United States must hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergy's or speaker's right as he or she faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergy or speaker or to the right of the audience.
  • The flag is to be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly with dignity.
  • The flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it, nor should it ever be carried flat or horizontally—always aloft and free.
  • Never use the flag as a cover or place anything on top of it.
  • No disrespect of any kind should be shown to the flag of the United States. It should be kept clean.
  • The flag, when carried in a procession with other flags, should be either on the marching right or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
  • When you display the flag on a wall or in a window where people see it from the street, it should be displayed flat with the blue part at the top and on the flag's own right (which is the observer's left).
  • When displayed after dark, the flag should be illuminated.

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 and commemorates the adoption of the U.S. flag, which took place on that day in 1777.

For more information about flag etiquette, GSSJC recommends visiting 

To request Girl Scouts to perform a flag ceremony for your organization, contact the Council’s customer service hotline at 713-292-0310.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Resident Camp Bucket List

Of all the amazing things to do during GSSJC's 2015 Summer Resident Camps, we've made a list of the top things we are most excited for. From the water's of Casa Mare to the stables of Misty Meadows, all campers should bring a bucket list to resident camp to make sure they're getting the most out of every experience.

What will you do this summer?
  1. Make a new friend.
  2. Go  canoeing. 
  3. Do a nature study.
  4. go on a hike.
  5. Shoot a bulls-eye at archery.
  6. Learn to sail.
  7. Catch a fish.
  8. Learn to fence.
  9. Take a drama class and be the star of the show.
  10. Learn to ride a horse.
  11. Create a s'more.
  12. Commit to being the kind of person you want to be around.
  13. Learn to identify different constellations.
  14. Have a picnic by the lake or beach.
  15. Skip stones.
  16. Play volleyball.
  17. Run in the rain.
  18. Build a house of cards, or play Jenga.
  19. Bake an entire meal over a campfire.
  20. Play the imagination game.
  21. Fly kites.
  22. Have a silly song writing contest around the campfire.
  23. Watch a sunrise and a sunset on the same day.
  24. Jump rope.
  25. Fingerpaint.
  26. Look for cool rocks. 
  27. Play board games.
  28. Fly paper airplanes.
  29. Tell ghost stories at night.
  30. Have a pillow fight.
  31. Give hugs.
  32. Play hide and seek.
  33. Bird watch.
  34. Chase butterflies.
  35. Look at the different shapes of various tree leafs.
  36. Catch fireflies.
  37. Smile often.
  38. Search for four leaf clovers.
  39. Dance without any music.
  40. Catch crawdads.
  41. Roll down a grassy hillside.

Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 Gold Award Rewind

We are so proud of all our girls who received their Gold Awards at the May 17th ceremony. On this day over 40 girls received the achievement known as the highest honor in Girl Scouts. Less than 5% of girls who ever join Girl Scouts receive the award, making it also the most prestigious. The hard work and dedication put forth by them throughout their many years in Girl Scouts lets us know that they earned it, and absolutely deserve it. Great job girls!

You can view photos of individual girls with their certificates by viewing our event Facebook album.