Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Want S'more Girl Scout Cookies?

Just a few days left to get your cookies! Get and sell your Girl Scout Cookies before the sale ends March 26.

Sure, Girl Scout Cookies are awesomely delicious and only come around once a year, but beyond how great they taste Girl Scout Cookies are a great way to raise money for troop activities and educational experiences that will last a lifetime.

When you participate in the cookie sale by either buying or selling cookies, your time and dollars help power new, unique, and amazing opportunities like Destination trips, STEM programming, money for summer camp and service projects that benefit our community.

Not only that but through the Girl Scout Cookie Program cookie sellers learn awesome skills such as confidence, money management, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Don't forget to enjoy the new Girl Scout S'mores cookie while they're still here! This crispy graham cookie double dipped in yummy crème icing and finished with a scrumptious chocolatey coating is one more delicious way to support any adventure!

Selling Cookies?
If you're a cookie seller and need a boost, visit your resources and cookie selling tools at www.girlscouts.org.

Buying Cookies?

If  you're interested in buying cookies while they're here, find where you can buy them when you enter your zipcode at www.girlscouts.org and click the "Cookies" tab at the top of the page.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

See Our New Cabins at Camp Pryor Open House

See it for yourself!


GSSJC is proud to announce the opening of our newest Columbus cabin unit at Camp Myra S. Pryor located in Nada, Texas! And just in time for our Camp Pryor Open House, Saturday, March 25.

This is an opportunity to bring your troop, group and friends to Camp Pryor to explore our newly developed lakeside and Columbus cabin unit. The beautiful 300 acre camp is located approximately 86 miles southwest of Houston between Wharton and El Campo and borders the Colorado River.

The newest Lake Site addition completes the second phase development project started in early 2016. The new unit includes a six-acre lake, boat pavilion, ceremonial bridge, four birdhouse cabins, a bathroom/shower facility, kitchen shelter and amphitheater.

The lake is a great place to enjoy canoeing and swimming. We built the lake in a natural wet area that already collects a large amount of water draining from other parts of the camp. During windy days and the hot summer months when we lose water due to evaporation, a 150’ deep water well will help keep the lake filled.

Deer, birds, turtles and other wildlife are already visiting the lake. We even have a few fish in the lake and have plans to stock it with minnows, catfish, crappie and bass. Water depth ranges from a zero beach entry near the cabin shore to an average depth of 4-5 feet. The deepest portion of the lake is 10-12 feet near the dam. Underwater bubblers to oxygenate the water for fish and plants and control algae growth.

The boat pavilion sits at the northwest corner of the lake facing the cabins, giving adult volunteers a clear view of activities at and near the boat pavilion and canoe entry into the lake. The boat pavilion has a dressing room, covered deck and storage for canoe paddles and personal floatation devices. We built a four stall bathroom and hand-washing station nearby for easy access and convenience. A 40-foot wooden bridge spans across the lake from the cabins to the new amphitheater. This structure will be a focal point for bridging ceremonies. The new amphitheater is situated to afford the best lake shore and sunset views with a large fire pit for a camp fire.

The covered porches of four birdhouse cabins allow for great views of the lake and a place for girls to gather. Each climate-controlled cabin comfortably sleeps 10 girls and two adult volunteers. A three-quarter wall between the girls and adult volunteers sleeping quarters maintains a semi-private area for both without compromising safety and security. Higher wood walls and vaulted ceilings give occupants the feeling they are actually inside a birdhouse. Each set of two birdhouse cabins shares a fire circle with bench seating near the shoreline. Almost all the wood used both inside and outside these cabins and on the ceremonial bridge was harvested from Camp Silver Springs in Conroe and salvaged as a result of tornado damage at Camp Robinwood in Willis. Using resources wisely is what we do as Girl Scouts!

The kitchen shelter sits between the cabins and lake, approximately 35 feet from the shoreline. Girls and adult volunteers will enjoy the best view of the entire lake and breeze off the water. Four freestanding charcoal grills are there to cook tasty meals with picnic tables to seat girls and volunteers.

The bathroom/shower facility is centrally located with two cabins on either side. This building features a covered outdoor handwashing station with bench seating, interior concrete counters with mirrors, four toilets and showers. Each shower has a private dressing area. We also installed a large ice machine near the handwashing station to keep ice chests full, especially on hot days.
Come see the beautiful views for yourself!

Nearby vehicle parking on a concrete surface accommodates individuals with disabilities. Concrete walkways connect each building for easy access between cabins, bathrooms/showers and over the bridge all the way to the boat pavilion.

The six-acre lake shoreline is shared by two nearby dorms – the Brazos and Lavaca units. These units have outdoor cooking and shower/restroom facilities. We freshened up the Brazos shower/restroom facility with interior paint. We demolished the older Lavaca shower/restrooms and replaced it with a new building. Each unit comfortably sleeps 16 girls and four adult volunteers for a total of 20 persons. Each dorm has a large centrally located fireplace to keep occupants warm during winter camping season. The view of the new lake from the Brazos and Lavaca units is spectacular and with the lake’s added amenities, we expect to see renewed interest in reserving these facilities.

During the open house you will be on your own to roam about the camp and explore our new facilities. Enjoy several activities throughout the day including, hikes, crafts, cabin tours, snow cones, lakeside fun and more! Visit www.gssjc.org for more information and how to register!

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Letter to Girl Scouts: "It made me feel important"

March 26 marks the end of the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program and 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) is overjoyed by all the progress our girls have made. Not only have GSSJC Girl Scouts sold over 4.6 million packages of cookies that will help power new, unique and amazing experiences for girls, but through the cookie sale we've seen girls grow and unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™. 

Isabel Herrera, a Brownie in Troop #22256, recently wrote a letter in Spanish to GSSJC staff about her cookie sale experience. Read the translated script and letter below:

March 8, 2017
Hi!
My name is Isabel Herrera, I’m 9 years old. 
I’m in 3th grade of elementary. I’m a Girl Scout in Houston Tx. This is my second year as a Brownie.  I speak English and Spanish. 
Since I’m Girl Scout I have had very nice experiences, but this year something happened that I like. 
Every year I sell cookies. This year I took the basket that my mon uses to take the clothes to the laundry, I cleaned very well, I decorate it with paper flowers, and I put my cookies inside. 
I went out to sell cookies in the neighborhood with my mom, and my sister… she also is Girl Scout. 
I also took the city metro rail, and a man who went there, bought me a cookie package, and told me: 
“You are doing something good for this country, you are making it big, and better.  When you grow up, tell everyone that you were a Girl Scout, because you are going to be successful.  All girl who have been Girl Scout are successful”    
I like that a lot, and it made me feel important. 
My mom is part of Girl Scout, she started as a volunteer, and now is my troop leader.  I think that help me to achieve things that I like, but I also like thing like what the sir of the metro rail told me. 
I think without my mom I could not do it.  She is my leader, and my guide. I like to be a Girl Scout because I have fun, and learn. 
One day I will be a lider just like my mami. 



What an experience! That's why we always focus on the interaction between girls and cookie fans. When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.


For more information on how you can get involved this cookie season and make a difference in the lives of girls, visit www.gssjc.org

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Register for Day/Twilight Camp in 3 Easy Steps!

Not ready to spend the night at camp? Then hang out with us during the day!  If you need a day of fun and adventure with friends, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's day/twilight camps are waiting for you.

This summer, girls ages 5-17 can participate in a variety of activities during the day and return home in the afternoon or evening. Day camps typically start around 9 a.m. and twilight camps around 6:30 p.m. Each day/twilight camp offers a wide variety of activities for girls to enjoy together. Typical offerings include practicing outdoor skills (fire building, cooking or knot tying), making arts and crafts, singing songs, playing games, as well as stargazing, dancing, hiking and playing sports. Girls may also earn badges!

Ready to go to camp? Here's how to register for a day/twilight camp:


1. Registering for a day/twilight camp is as simple as three easy steps. First, make sure you have all the proper forms completed and legible. These include the following:  Day/Twilight Camp Registration Form, Girl Scout Medical Information (F-185), Girl Scout Permission Slip (F-204) and the Authorization for Release of Information Form (O-40). You can find these forms at daycamp.gssjc.org. One form should be filled out per child for each camp session. Send all forms to the registrar of the day camp you choose.

2. Don't forget to mail the completed registration form (one per child) with your check or money order (no cash) to the address listed with the camp information! Mark the envelope “Day Camp.” Please do not send registration forms to the Girl Scout Center unless specified. This will delay the registration process.

3. Make all checks and money orders payable to GSSJC--and that's it! After a camper is registered, a confirmation with more specific information will be sent prior to the start of camp. Girls are placed on a first-come first-served basis. Children of camp volunteers will have priority placement. Each camp’s capacity is noted in its listing. Girls will be placed as long as there is adequate adult leadership. If a girl cannot be placed in the camp of her choice, parents will be notified.

Adults can go to a day/twilight camp too! 


Day camps are planned and staffed by caring adults – parents, leaders, grandparents, and friends – willing to volunteer their time and energy to provide enriching programs for young girls. Many volunteers enjoy day camp as an opportunity to spend quality time with their girls away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Some day camps also provide units for younger children of staff volunteers.

At this time, camps are busy recruiting volunteers for many staff positions. Adults interested in volunteering any amount of time should complete the Adult Volunteer Interest Form (found on pg. 10 of The Golden Link, March/April issue) and submit it to the appropriate camp registrar. Adults working with campers must be registered with GSUSA and have a criminal background check on file and have completed the child protection test. The day camp director provides training of all day camp staff.



We can't wait to see you there! For more information on how you can join us for day/twilight camp this summer, go to daycamp.gssjc.org!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Troop Program Ideas: Girl Scout Birthday Ceremony

Happy Troop Tuesday! Need a few quick activities for your next troop meeting? Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's Troop Program Ideas, published in the months between the Golden Link, gives Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop leaders fun ideas for games, songs, crafts, snacks and ceremonies to use throughout the year.

Girl Scouts' birthday, March 12, recognizes the day in 1912 when Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, officially registered the organization's first 18 members in Savannah, Georgia.

Girl Scout Birthday Ceremony 
(Courtesy of Rockford Michigan Girl Scouts)

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Steps: Gather your troop around the Birthday Cake and have your girls read as you light the candles of the GS birthday cake.

What you’ll need: Cake (1), Candles (9),

G is for the Gracious way we all proclaim our birth
I points up the Ideas shared and those we¹d like unearthed
R is for Respect we have for every race and creed
L is for our Loyalty to promises we heed

S is for Sincerity of deed and word and mind
C is for the Countless ways in which these are combined
Image result for girl scout birthdayO is Obligation that we owe to fellow man
U means that it’s You who must be first to lend a hand
T is for the Teamwork which has evidenced our growth
I is for Integrity which backs the Girl Scout oath
N is for the Noble way we remember days of old
G is for the Grateful thanks for efforts toward our goal

It all began with a spark of light,
And Juliette led the way.
Today her ideas are glowing bright,
It’s Girl Scouts 105th Birthday!

For more Troop Program Ideas read the latest issue of the Golden Link or visit us at www.gssjc.org and go to the My Council publications webpage.