Thursday, August 27, 2015

Resident Camp Wrap-up

Summer is over and school is in! But we wont forget all of the amazing memories and friends we gained during the 2015 Summer Resident Camp sessions. From the stables of Camp Misty Meadows to the shores of Camp Casa Mare, flip through this slideshow for a recap of some of this summer's most amazing moments:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebrate Women's Equality Day

Girl Scouts has helped women come a long way since 1912. Since then millions have been turned from girls into leaders with the courage, confidence, and character to help them forge a better future for all women. Just take a look at our Inspiring Women timline and see many of their faces. From Julliette Gordon Low to Madeline Albright, Girl Scouts have fought hard, and worked hard, to earn their places in America's history books. 

Each year, on August 28, we commemorate the granting of the vote to women. Women in the United States were given the right to vote in 1920, with the writing of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution into law. It was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug, and was passed thanks to the convictions of many men and women. The resolution to commemorate the occasion was passed in 1971, and designated August 26 Women's Equality Day.

Celebrate this August 26 by reading more about the women's suffrage movement, an important moment in American History. But when you're done learning more about our past, focus on our future by brainstorming with your troop ways women today can continue to make a difference in each other's lives. Maybe you aspire to be the first U.S. female President, or just want to be a really good Girl Scout and friend to your fellow troop members. Every dream and good deed counts when working towards a brighter future. 

How will you make a difference? Share with us through social media, via Facebook or Twitter

Monday, August 24, 2015

5 Reasons to Be a Girl Scout This Year

The Girl Scout New Year is almost here, and those celebrating on October 1 understand how exciting this next year is going to be. Not only do we have our Nation's Best Cookie Seller title to maintain, but this next year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts Gold Award. But if you've never been a Girl Scout and have no idea what we're talking about, well, get excited because here's the top five reasons to join Girl Scouts this year:

 Make new friends
Being a Girl Scout is not just a way to have fun, but a way to have fun together! Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has over 78,000 girl and adult members, and nationwide Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is 2.8 million members strong. Connect with girls in your community who share your same passions. Serve together, learn together, go to camp together, and as the years pass you can grow and succeed together. 

 Get better grades
Most Girl Scouts involved in a 2012 study were shown to be academically successful! We're sure you're a champ in the classroom, but we can help boost you from B's to steady A's, because our stellar community of girls and helpful leaders will inspire you to do better. Destiny, a 12 year old Girl Scout from our state of Texas said, "I have been a Girl Scout since I was 5 (a Daisy), and I would not be where I am today. I think I would do well in school, and I don't think I would get along with others as well as I do."

 Have new experiences
What would you like to check off your bucket list this year? Learn to ride a horse, learn to sail, learn how to camp--how about go to Summer Resident Camp!? We can help you accomplish everything you want to this year. You can create your own Girl Scout experience, too! One that fits around your schedule. Just sign up for a short series and one-time events on all kinds of topics. You might want to make a robot, learn a new fitness routine, attend an engineering expo, join a canoe-racing team, and more!

 Go on trips
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! With different trips every year, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. GSSJC's summer 2016 Destinations applications start coming in late September, early October--don't miss your chance to explore the world!

 Become a stronger leader
In Girl Scouts you'll become a leader--and have fun! Build your leadership skills in the most unexpected ways by serving at your local animal shelter, taking action and giving a city park a makeover, even growing through the ranks of girl scouts and mentoring young girls who were just like you. Girl Scouts have long been recognized for their role in impacting their communities, and the world. Did you know that Girl Scouts have been in space, Congress, and even in the White House!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Help Girl Scouts with Your Back-to-School Shopping!

It's that time of year again when we're scouting for the best deals on school supplies and gearing up for Houston back-to-school traffic. As you and your Girl Scout wander the aisles--you, looking for that perfect deal while she's looking for the latest trends--make sure you shop for a cause and send your spendings back to Girl Scouts!

By shopping online at  Amazon, or at Randalls and Kroger a percentage of your expenses will be donated to GSSJC. 

Amazon: You can support Girl Scouts every time you shop on Amazon! GSSJC is now part of the Amazon Smile Program that donates a portion of eligible purchases to a nonprofit organization of the customer’s choice.

Make sure you shop via and search for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council to link your Amazon account to us. Your charity of choice will be listed at the top of the page while you shop and stored in your account for future purchases.

Randalls: The Randalls Good Neighbor Program donates one percent of customers’ purchases to up to three nonprofit organizations of their choice. Visit the courtesy booth at your local Randalls to fill out the enrollment form and indicate charity #519. Your account will be linked to GSSJC. You only have to sign up once! You can also call 713-292-0231 to request the form from the Council.

Kroger: GSSJC is part of the Kroger Community Rewards program that donates $1 million annually to local nonprofits.

Visit to link your Kroger Plus Card to Girl Scouts, and a portion of your purchase will be donated to GSSJC. You only have to sign up once, and you’ll be a supporter of GSSJC for the next year. You can search for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council by name or by the organizational number 83762.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Happiness is Happening!

It's never too late or too early in life to discover true personal happiness, and all throughout the month of August the Secret Society of Happy People wants to challenge you to do something every day that makes you happy.

So far this month they've challenged their followers to sing loud, walk barefoot on grass/sand, pay it forward and even make a toast with sparkling lemonade. Today, they want to challenge you to find time to cool off in the pool, relax in a bath, or soak in a hot tub. Now, maybe a bath or the hot tub doesn't sound appealing in this Texas heat, and maybe you don't have time for a swim, but this month is all about enjoying the little things, getting out of your comfort zone and remembering to be happy!

Let us know what you do by tagging us (@GSSJC) in your online post, and use the #HHM2015 to join the movement.

The Secret Society of Happy People started celebrating happiness with Admit You’re Happy Day on August 8, 1999. But members wanted to let the happy feeling linger a little longer, so in 2000 they expanded the celebration to the entire month of August, and eventually the renamed it Happiness Happens Day and Month.

Share the Happiness!