Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Give the gift of camp!

You may not be able to give her a horse this holiday...but you can give her 40! Or a wide open bay to sail on, or even a lake she can canoe across.

This holiday season, give her the gift of a week at summer camp.

Don't know what session she'll pick? Gift cards can be purchased at any GSSJC shop location, and the balance can be applied towards resident camp registration when you're ready.

Already know which camp she wants to attend? Register her online now for Camp Agnes Arnold, Camp Casa Mare or Camp Misty Meadows, then print one of the custom certificates from our website to fill in and wrap!

Note: Certificates do not constitute proof of payment for resident camp session, nor do they have any monetary value.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Get a hug for giving back today!

Do a good turn daily. It’s one of Girl Scouting’s oldest traditions. And today, on #GivingTuesday, it’s a tradition you can easily participate in!

After the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people all over the world choose to do their daily good turn by participating in #GivingTuesday and giving back to their community. This movement started in 2012 as a grass roots campaign to give back locally, and in just three years it has grown into a global movement that has engaged more than 10,000 organizations and celebrates generosity.

This year, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is joining that movement!

How you can give back:
It’s pretty simple – do a good turn. As you go through the day, think about a good deed you can do to make a difference, big or small! Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Take out or put up a busy neighbor’s trash cans
Do someone else’s household chores for the day
Go the extra mile for a coworker
Give a stranger a compliment
Straighten up a common space at work or at home for everyone’s benefit

The possibilities are endless! You’ll be amazed at how the smallest gestures can make someone’s day.

Share how you’re giving back! Do your good turn and share it with us on Facebook. We’ll be giving shout outs to everyone who shares how they’re giving back on #GivingTuesday.

How to give to GSSJC:
Want to help GSSJC make an impact on girls today? This #GivingTuesday our Council is working towards making the camp experience possible for 2,000 more girls annually at Camp Myra S. Pryor in Nada, TX. Won’t you join us?

Thanks to a matching gift by generous donors, all donations designated for #GivingTuesday will be nearly doubled – that means just a $10 donation turns into nearly $20 for the Council and helps us get that much closer to our $87,000 goal – enough to start building beautiful new cabins at Camp Pryor.

Ready to join in? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to donate.gssjc.org.
  2. Select or type in your donation amount – remember, every dollar counts!
  3. Select “Camp Improvement” as the designation in the drop down box.
  4. Click “Add Donation”. On the next screen under “Additional Information”, type #GivingTuesday in the comments box so we can track your gift! This is the only way we’ll know it’s a #GivingTuesday gift.
  5. Complete the rest of the form and submit!

Online donations must be a minimum of $10 to be processed. If you wish to make a smaller donation, make a pledge or make your donation over the phone, please call 713-292-0273.

Give on #GivingTuesday, get a hug! 
EVERYONE who gives to Girl Scouts on #GivingTuesday deserves a great big hug – after all, you’re helping us give girls the chance to unplug from their technology-saturated lives and rediscover the great outdoors at Camp Pryor! That’s definitely hug-worthy.

But, like everything in Texas, our Council is large and hugs for everyone aren’t feasible, so we’re offering the next best thing: every person who donates to GSSJC on #GivingTuesday, whether it’s $10 or $10,000, and designates their gift for #GivingTuesday in the comments box will be entered into a drawing to win an oh-so-huggable 100th Anniversary Girl Scout Build-A-Bear we stashed away for a rainy day. Consider it our way of giving you a great big hug and saying thanks for making a difference in the life of a Girl Scout!

Details: All persons who make a donation of any amount to GSSJC on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 AND either designate their online gift for #GivingTuesday using the instructions above or verbally state their gift or pledge made over the phone is for #GivingTuesday will be entered into a drawing to win one 100th Anniversary Girl Scout Build-A-Bear from GSSJC. The winner will be notified no later than Dec. 19, 2014.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

We are thankful for...you!

This Thanksgiving, GSSJC is thankful for one very important thing: YOU.

YOU make the world a better place.

YOU make a difference in your community through service projects.

YOU inspire others to set, achieve and surpass their goals.

YOU help build girls of courage, confidence and character.

YOU inspire girls to chase after their dreams.

Whether you're a girl member or a volunteer, YOU make Girl Scouting happen every day in southeast Texas.

Thank you for being a part of our Council and for being a part of the Girl Scout Movement.

Happy Thanksgiving from Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Girl Scouts: vote NOW for the Girls' Choice badge!

How cool would it be to help choose a badge girls all over the country can earn?
Girl Scouts in GSSJC can make that a reality right now by voting for an outdoor badge that will be added for girls in fall 2015!

At the National Council Session, GSUSA announced four outdoor badges will be added to program in fall 2015 at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior levels. To determine which badges get added, GSUSA is asking current Girl Scouts to help choose, meaning girls take the lead on deciding which badges will be created! Pretty cool, right?

Here's how it works:

  1. From now through Nov. 30, girls can vote on which content area they're interested in with the outdoor category, including outdoor recreation, outdoor environment and outdoor survival.
  2. Once GSUSA receives a majority vote on the content area, girls will vote again Dec. 1 - 31 on the actual badge topic, such as hiking, camping or trail blazing, based on their grade level in the coming year.
  3. The 2015 girls' choice badges will be announced on March 12, 2015.

Ready to take action? With parent supervision or permission, head over to GSUSA's poll to pick which type of badge you'd like to earn!

We can't wait to see what you choose!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GSSJC celebrates Juliette Gordon Low's birthday

More than 100 years ago, before women were given the right to vote, Juliette Gordon Low started an organization that would provide more than 59 million women the opportunity to learn leadership skills that would not only impact their lives but the communities in which they live. Based on a pulse poll Girl Scouts conducted in summer 2014, parents and volunteers believe Girl Scouts is still the place for girls to have fun, make friends and learn new things. In fact, 97 percent of parents say that Girl Scouts has been a positive activity for their daughter and 95 percent say that Girl Scouts offers their daughter new experiences that are fun and exciting.

Low would be please to know that more than 100 years later, the organization she founded was still going against the grain to address issues that were not popular, including equal opportunities for women and girls, health, education and the environment. On October 31, Girl Scouts from around the world will celebrate the birthday and the legacy of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts and maverick of women’s issues.

Low, affectionately nicknamed ‘Daisy’ by family and friends, was born in 1860 in Savannah, GA to an affluent family. Due to her socioeconomic status, she was able to grow up socially and academically in two countries – England and the United States. In the early 1900s, after the death of her husband and at a time when older women were expected to stay in the background of life, Juliette continued to be active in her community and traveled the world. On one of her many trips abroad, she met Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell who inspired her to start a similar organization for girls.

Despite adversities, including hearing impairment, Juliette always persevered and encouraged girls to do the same. She cultivated adult volunteers as active role models, troop leaders and program volunteers. When she was recruiting adult help, she would use her hearing impairment as an advantage by not acknowledging people who told her “no.” Today’s Girl Scout leaders share the same passion as the organization’s founder as they strive to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place by giving every girl despite their circumstances the opportunity to lead.

Low succumbed to breast cancer in 1927 during a time when the words breast and cancer were not used in conversation. Today, October is not only Low’s birth month, but the month devoted to raising awareness about Breast Cancer. Around the country, girls and volunteers complete service projects in Low’s honor, including serving as volunteers during breast cancer walks and making pillows and blankets for breast cancer patients. Low would be happy to know Girl Scouts has been in existence for more than 100 years and is still committed to addressing the issues facing girls.

For more information about Girl Scouts or to register, visit gssjc.org or call 713-292-0300.