Thursday, September 22, 2016

GSSJC in the News: Henry "Hikes with Henry" Steitz honored with new patch

Recently, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council honored volunteer Henry Steitz of "Hikes with Henry and Friends" with his very own patch. For more than 10 years he has shared his love for the outdoors with Girl Scouts and volunteers with hiking trips at Camp Agnes Arnold.

The Conroe Courier helped GSSJC honor Steitz by recognizing his accomplishments. Click here to read the full story.

Hikes with Henry are held at Camp Agnes Arnold during the school year at 10a.m. and 2p.m., on Saturdays. Every participant to finish a tour with him will receive the new patch.

Steitz has built trails, planted trees and participated in the construction of the camp’s nature center and bridge. He has even recruited additional volunteers to provide tours, making the experience available to more girls.

While Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through grade 12, anyone over the age of 18 can become a Girl Scout volunteer. Girls cannot experience the positive impact of Girl Scouts without volunteers like Steitz, who has made a real difference in the lives of thousands of girls.  

For more information on how you can hop on a Hike with Henry and volunteer with Girl Scouts, visit for more information.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Behind the Scenes at GSSJC: 2016 Fall Product Program

Ever wonder what happens behind the big glass doors at the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council? Girl Scouts happens, thanks to the effort made every day by the employees and volunteers who work here.

This week, GSSJC wants you to meet the staff behind the Fall Product Program. If you haven't heard, the Fall Product Program launches September 24--that's this weekend! It takes our Product Sales Department all year to plan the sale, which includes making decisions on new products to include and the amazing rewards girls earn for all their efforts.

So what makes the 2016 Fall Product Program so important for girls and families to participate in? We asked the Product Sales Department members and listed their responses below to give you the inside scoop on the best Fall Product Program yet!

Q: How does the Fall Product Program benefit and educate girls?
A: This is a great way for troops to get a head start on funding their activities for the year. Not only do they get to participate in the online sale but they can get a great Avatar patch for selling just six magazines. They can also get a wonderful 100th Anniversary patch. Most importantly this is a great way for girls to practice for the Girl Scout Cookie Program, because it is with friends and family. Girls can learn how to get some of their shyness out of the way and build their courage in a safe space. (Rachel L., Product Sales Manager)

Q: What is new this season that makes this the most exciting sale yet?
A: Honey Roasted Mixed Nuts that come in a 1lb container and a new tin that girls will love! But besides new products, we have new troops participating. A lot of them are brand new to Girl Scouts and this will be their first experience learning the Five Skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. (Myriam H., Product Sales Specialist)

Q: What do you want families to know about this Fall Product Program?
A: It is a comfortable sale so it’s easy for girls to work on their confidence. It's short, so they can also really focus on their budgeting and goals going into the Cookies Program. There is less competition where they can also work on simply supporting each other. (Carrie C., Product Sales Manager)

When girls participate in the Fall Product Program their helping support the Council and the employees and volunteers who make everything possible. For more information about the 2016 Fall Product Program, visit

Monday, September 19, 2016

Troop Program Ideas

Need a few quick activities for your next troop meeting? The 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!

We know your girls are excited about fall festivals, so why not feed into the anticipation with a tasty treat at your next troop meeting?

For more Troop Program Ideas, visit

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Healthy Living Program is Girl Scout Gold

Congratulations Lara Prakash for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award!

When a Girl Scout earns her Gold Award it is something to brag about. So every now and then we like to highlight the girls who earn them and the communities they are impacting.

Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award, which recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete.

To earn the award, Lara partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) to host a four-day wellness camp for middle school students who are socially and economically disadvantaged. The camp covered both mental and physical wellness and included information about exercise and healthy eating, relationship building, financial security and the environment.  

Image result for girl scout gold award“Through my project, I hoped to be able to give those CIS students the knowledge and tools they need to understand and practice wellness each day,” said Lara. “I want them to be confident and successful in all aspects of their lives.”

After graduation, Lara aspires to earn a business degree and attend medical school. Way to go!

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Golden Link: Clear Creek Community teams up with Ranger Randy to help clean up Camp Wind-A-Mere

Have you picked up your copy of The Golden Link's September-November issue? The  Golden Link is the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council's official publication. It's full of upcoming events, our newest Gold Award recipients and loads of other great resources including the GSSJC news!

Speaking of news, GSSJC Volunteer Valarie Gauntt tells a great story in this issue--take a look!

"Many people may not know, but Camp Wind-A-Mere was without a ranger for a while last year. The camp got a little overgrown and the work 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. 

Bright and early on April 9, a group of approximately 30 adults and girls 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 eight hours. Some of the bigger tasks that were done, thanks to the help of 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. It gives them the opportunity to feel like they truly are part of the camp!"

For more great stories like this one, don't forget to pick up your copy of The Golden Link's latest issue at Girl Scouts centers in Houston, Lufkin, Beaumont, Lake Jackson and Stafford. Or, go online to view all GSSJC publications!