Friday, May 19, 2017

Success to Significance 2017

Girl Scouts has invested more than 100 years in teaching girls how to be G.I.R.L.s, or, Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers and Leaders ™ . That means when you're a Girl Scout, you don't earn a badge - you master a new set of skills. You don't assist with a problem in your community - you solve it. Thanks to events like S2S, were able to raise awareness of what a girl can do and continue to empower the whole girl as she faces challenges, goes on Journeys, and later embarks on her career path. 

This year's signature fundraiser had a special focus on women in the medical field who exemplify G.I.R.L attributes every single day.You go, G.I.R.L.s!































For more information about this year's event, and how you can attend future events like this one, visit www.gssjc.org and go to Activities. Thank you again everyone who attended the Success to Significance 2017 event!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Camp Life Tips & Tricks: How to Tie a Bandana



You've already signed up for camp this summer and can't wait to go: you've picked your summer session and made sure your friends will be there as well. Now what? Get your camp on with this short tutorial demonstrating five ways to master the art of the bandana. 

Tip: If you signed up for a resident camp session with your troop, matching bananas are a fun way to share your enthusiasm for your tribe. #SquadGoals

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How to Do Anything: A Girl Scout's Determination Shows Us How

Just set your mind to it! 

In the May/June/July issue of The Golden Link, a Girl Scout did just that when she overcame her unique challenge to lead in the Council's horseback riding team, Super People Using Riding Skills (SPURS). Read the story below:


When a girl participates in Girl Scouts she gains access to unique experiences, learns essential life lessons, makes lifelong friendships and builds the confidence and character essential to future leaders. Each Girl Scout’s journey looks different, but they all start with the same life-changing moment a girl and her family are introduced to Girl Scouts.

Chevelle Porter, 13, joined the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) when she was 12-years-old. Her mother, Sara Porter, registered her for Girl Scouts after the insistence of a family friend and GSSJC alumna.

“I had heard of Girl Scouts but thought it didn’t have anything to do with me,” Sara said. “Our friend offered to pay for her membership, her activities—anything to get her into Girl Scouts.”

Each Girl Scout’s journey is unique, and Chevelle’s is no different. Chevelle was born legally blind. She has no vision in her right eye, no peripheral vision and limited vision in her left eye, but Chevelle has been determined to not let that stop her. After becoming a Girl Scout with GSSJC, she joined the Council’s horseback riding special interest group, Super People Using Riding Skills (SPURS).

Girl Scouts grades 6 and up can become SPURS and get involved with the equitation program at Camp Misty Meadows. In SPURS, girls learn hands-on leadership skills needed to help teach younger girls horseback riding and improve their own riding skills as well.

George Ann Barret, GSSJC’s outdoor experience manager who works with the equitation program, recounted the first time she met Chevelle:
“I received a call from her mom before she attended the training to say that her daughter was legally blind. I told her that wouldn’t be a problem. Then on one of the weekend trainings, a girl came up to me with a quiet voice and asked if I would walk with her and the horse she had been assigned because she didn’t feel comfortable enough to handle the horse on her own. I saw that she was wearing glasses, but I didn’t make the connection that this quiet little girl was Chevelle!”

 Chevelle wasn’t a shy, little girl for long, however.


“My first ride I was kind of scared, but now I’m not,” Chevelle said. “I’ve always liked horses. My favorite horse is called Oakey—he is a barrel racer. To ride him, all I do is place my first and forefinger on his reigns and hold them like ice cream cones.

Chevelle joined SPURS in February 2016 and by May of the same year, she had already spent more than 116 hours learning and teaching younger girls to ride horses. By February 2017, she progressed to a level two SPUR after being reviewed and passing a written examination.

While her quick success in the program is impressive, Chevelle still says her favorite part is being able to make the younger girls smile. One of her favorite things to do is ride in the demonstrations and show girls how to properly care for the horses and care for themselves by using the safety measures taught to her by staff.

“It was so comforting to me that they have rules and teach them the safe way to do things,” said Sara. “She was born at 25 weeks weighing only one-pound and fourteen-ounces. It was hard letting go but the security the leaders show - just knowing that the leaders want to be there and everyone loves the work they do with the kids allowed me to let her go.”

Chevelle says she is thankful for all the opportunities she’s been given in Girl Scouts and for the incredible friendships she has made. For her next challenge, she plans to conquer the waves in Galveston Bay in the Camp Casa Mare special interest sailing group, Mariners. 


The Golden Link, published five times per year, is mailed to registered members of the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and is packed with news, updates, upcoming program activities, trainings and more. For more stories like this one,  visit our Publications page at www.gssjc.org.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Take Action: How to Solve Problems in Your Community



Let's face it, there are a lot of problems in the world--in our own communities. We see them everyday, and while we may have some idea of how to fix them, most of us just tell ourselves it's a crazy world and there is no real way to fix everything. 

When a Girl Scout sees a problem she thinks differently, because through Girl Scout programming she's prepared to identify problems, explore her community, build a team and plan and execute her "Take Action" project. These are all steps along the way to earning the Girl Scout Silver Award. The Silver Award is the highest honor a Cadette can earn, and gives girls a chance to show they are a leader who is organized, determined and dedicated to improving their community. 

The award requires approximately 50 hours to be completed. That's a lot! But if she's the kind of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ who is ready for a challenge then she can do it--so can you!

Follow the steps Girl Scouts take to earn their Silver Award to solve the problem your community is facing:
  1. Identify Issues you care about: Ask yourself what matters to you most. Do you find yourself reading articles about endangered species? Do you worry about where homeless children sleep at night? Pick an issue  and then ask what connections you can make between it and issues in your own community. 
  2. Build your team or decide to go solo: You can work with a team or go solo. Also, look for others in your community to partner with (like businesses, neighbors, friends) who can help you achieve your goal. 
  3. Explore your community: Think about what communities you belong to--these can range from your neighborhood to the group of students you ride the bus with every day. Think about the issues that matter to you that you've identified. Is there an overlap?
  4. Pick your Take Action Project: Now that you've identified how your issues and community needs overlap, it's time to pick a project! Choose a project  based on what matters to you most or where you think you can create some positive change. Remember, a Take Action project is one that fixes a problem in a sustainable way, not just a one-time fix. 
  5. Develop Your Project:Whether you're working in a team or solo, there is a lot of planning to do before you actually launch the work of your project. Think about what steps are needed to reach your project's goal. Identify special talents needed and what other organizations, businesses or individuals you will need to reach out to in order to make the project successful. Develop a timeline!
  6. Submit the Intent Form: For Girl Scouts, they need to complete this step before their project can be approved to accomplish the Silver Award. But if your following these guidelines and are not a Girl Scout, remember, getting an extra set of eyes on your plan can only help! Seek feedback from positive sources to make sure you haven't missed anything. 
  7. Put Your Plan in Motion: Once you have your project details worked out and receive approval or feedback (if you are not a Girl Scout), put together a list of tasks and start working on them. If you're working on a team, decide who will complete each task. If you're working solo, identify what tasks you could assign to volunteers. Then go out and do your project!
  8. Reflect, Share and Celebrate: Once you've completed your project that makes a difference, it's time to celebrate and reflect on what you've learned. Think about how you've grown during the process or how your project made the world a better place. Think of ways to share your project with others, whether that's through a website, by making a video or writing an essay for your local newspaper. 

For more information about the Girl Scout Silver Award, visit us at www.gssjc.org and visit Our Programs page


Saturday, April 22, 2017

GSUSA: 6 Things All Girls Should Know Before They're 16


Girl Scouts of the USA has released an excellent article every girl, parent and essentially everyone should read. In 6 Things All Girls Should Know Before They're 16, GSUSA outlines six important things every girl needs to know--or six important things every woman needs to catch up on.

Read the points below, and for the full article visit www.gsusa.org and read the article.

1. Where to Draw Boundaries 
You want your daughter to be courteous, respectful, and kind, but there’s a difference between that and being a doormat for others to take advantage of. Do her “friends” only want to hang out so they can copy her math homework? Is someone in her life—and adult or another kid—pressuring her to do things that feel uncomfortable? Talk to her now about these types of scenarios even if they haven’t come up yet. You want to make sure she has the skills to stand up for herself with confidence. Saying a simple “no,” without feeling the need to give excuses or apologies takes confidence—which you can help her with.

2. The Art of Managing Money
Understanding how to manage money isn’t just a nice-to-know, it’s a necessity for this generation. Help younger girls separate their allowance into amounts they’ll save, spend, or donate will set the groundwork for success. Then when your girl gets a little older, giving her a budget and having her plan her own birthday party will take that decision-making to the next level. Financial literacy will not only help your girl understand the value of a dollar, but also help ensure that she’ll be on secure financial footing for life.

3. When (and Who) to Call for Help 
As early as possible, all children should know to call 911 in the case of an emergency—but what about when your girl is older? Will she feel comfortable calling you or another trusted adult for help in an emergency situation where you might disapprove of her actions or who she’s spending time with? It’s imperative to make sure your kids know that even if they use poor judgment, the adults in their lives love them and prioritize their safety above all else.

4. How to Avoid Burnout
We all know at least a couple people who are notorious for over-booking themselves or even sometimes have to bow out of commitments at the last minute out of sheer exhaustion. Don’t let your daughter become one of them! Get her a kid-friendly calendar to keep in her room and let her update it with birthday party invites, soccer matches, school project due dates, and anything else going on in her world. Then have her figure out where and when she has time in her calendar for rest and relaxation. Time management and balance are obviously super important in the working world, but as we all know, they go a long way in keeping yourself healthy and happy, too.

5. The Ability to Keep Moving 
Whether she’s on a bike, navigating transit, or in a car, your girl should know how to get out of a fix. Help her learn how to repair her own bike, read a map, and change a flat on the family car when she’s old enough. Even if she’s not that excited to learn this stuff now, she’ll thank you later when she’s not stuck waiting around for a tow-truck.

For the full article visit www.gsusa.org and read the article.


There is no instruction manual for raising awesome girls, but the Girl Scouts have been doing it for over 100 years. For more information on what Girl Scouts are doing in Southeast Texas, visit www.gssjc.org.