Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Clear Creek Community teams with Ranger Randy to clean Camp Wind-A-Mere.

Written by: Valarie Gauntt - CLT - Clear Creek Community

Many people may not know, but Camp WAM was without a ranger for a while last year. The camp got a little overgrown and the worked piled up for the new Ranger. When Clear Creek Community found out about the need for some help, we organized an all Community cleanup day. A couple of our TEAM members and their husbands met with Ranger Randy to walk the whole property and see where resources could best be used. After some planning, and more talking with the ranger the date was set and the girls started to get excited.

On April 9, 2016 at 8 am, a group of about 30 adults and kids from Clear Creek Community arrived at camp. There was a plan in place, and the girls were determined to get everything done that they knew the ranger could use some help on.

There were sticks to be picked up, painting to be done, platform tents to be cleaned, plenty to keep the volunteers busy for about 8 hours. Some of the bigger tasks that got done, thanks to the help of the adults, both Leaders and Dads, were new bathroom doors and framing on the bathrooms near the Lodge, pressure washing on all bathrooms, as well as the kitchen pavilion in the Pine Meadow camp area and the Tee Pees. Dads also helped with placing fire rings that had been displaced due to rain.
A group of girls and leaders repainted and touched up most of the signs throughout camp and also replaced all the ropes at the Archery range.

The girls felt so accomplished at the end of the day, and have decided that this will be a yearly Community Event for us. Next year, they hope to double the amount of volunteers for the day.
The volunteers and girls of Clear Creek Community feel so blessed to have a camp so close to us, and a Ranger that welcomes the girls to come out and help and gives them the opportunity to feel like they truly are part of the camp.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 Camp Work Day

Are you ready for camp? We are!

On Wednesday, April 27, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council staff members took a break from the office and went to camp to prepare for the 2016 Girl Scout Resident Camp sessions . Each of our camp properties received the star treatment as staffers took out the mops and brooms got to work. By the end of the day, everyone was tired but proud of continuing the tradition that helps our camp facilitators, and not to mention our Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council offers many opportunities for girls to enjoy camping. The Council has 10 properties available for camping activities. Each camp has a unique outdoor setting and has been developed with a particular type of camping and set of activities in mind. At camp, girls can pedal down a scenic path on a bicycle, paddle a canoe around an island, rig a sailboat, go swimming or ride a horse down a winding trail. Girl Scout camp is an experience that puts girls in the outdoors away from the noise and distractions of the city.

Don't miss the 2016 Girl Scout camp season! To register your Girl Scout for a camp session, download the 2016 GSSJC Summer Camp Catalog and follow the instructions for registration. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Girl Scouts Continue Earth Day Tradition

April 22, The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council celebrated Earth Day with a new tradition. On Earth Day, Girl Scouts, parents and GSSJC staff went to work planting a garden and building a sitting area behind GSSJC's offices. "One girl can make a difference," they pledged, "but together we can change the world."

While the new office break area may not necessarily change the world, for GSSJC staff members it provides a much-appreciated escape during the nine-to-five work day. Not to mention, for the girls who participated, the stones they laid in the dirt that day will provide a foundation upon which their character as future world leaders and caretakers can be built.

"The Pledge", as the girls called the space, was first built in 2015. Troops from Franklin Elementary, San Jacinto, Martinez Elementary, Richey Elementary and Bellaire Methodist Church all participated in making this years renovation possible.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Girl Scouts Respond to Texas Community Flooding

Last week, Greater Houston experienced some of the worst flooding in our history with record rainfall that affected many families and friends in the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council community. As emergency services responded to the public distress and made over 500 rescues, our Girl Scouts were already thinking of ways to help in the aftermath. 

Above: Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 13495 donated baby blankets they made to families affected by recent flooding in the Spring-Klein area.
Above: Senior Troop 15232 from the Cypress Bend community volunteer side by side with Boy Scout Troop 747 in Jersey Village removing walls and floors from flood-affected homes.

As our community continues to rally around those in need, we want to remind all GSSJC Girl Scouts that you are continually in our thoughts, and remind you there are community organizations that may be able to help those significantly affected, such as the American Red Cross, United Way 211 Helpline and Houston 311. We are coordinating with local United Ways and affiliate agencies and will have more information soon on service projects that are appropriate for other Girl Scouts and volunteers who would like to help. 

If you would like to share photos of your troop supporting flood relief efforts, please send photos and a brief description to communications@sjgs.org. 

Girl Scouts Send Soldiers a Taste of HOME

As part of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Virtual Cookie Share Program, Help Our Military Endure helped GSSJC ship more than 25,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to men and women serving on the aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan, stationed in Japan. The cookies will be delivered to approximately 3,000 crew members. This is the third year DHL has partnered with HOME to ship the cookies free-of-charge. 

DHL crew members help unload cookies to be delivered to service men and women.
Cookie drop coordinator and HOME president Trudy Duhon stands by to help oversee the shipment.  

Each year, members of our local community look forward to receiving America’s favorite cookies, and for decades, the Cookie Program has not only taught girls important life skills, including money management, decision making, people skills, goal setting and business ethics, but the importance of giving back to their communities. Great job, girls!

In 2015, more than 4,500 cases of Girl Scout Cookies (approximately 54,200 packages) were donated to MoMs USA, Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria Co., Ellington Field U.S.O, HOME (Help Our Military Endure), National Guard Armories and the Beaumont Reserve Unit.