Wednesday, February 3, 2016

7 Pinterest-inspired ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your troop

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to celebrate love and friendship - so why not do it every day of Valentine's week? Here are seven Pinterest-inspired ideas for both the creative older and younger Girl Scout to make every day.

Monday: Animal Valentines (Found on

Tuesday: Valentine's Popcorn (Found on

Wednesday: Color Paper Art (Found on

Thursday: Heart Candy Scented Candle (Found on

Friday: Valentines Photo Frame (Found on

Saturday: Valentine Heart Wreath (Found on

Sunday: Valentine Paint Sample Bookmark (Found on

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

5 ways to rock your Cookie Booth

Every year some of our most creative Girl Scouts get their chance to shine in Girl Scouts of the USA's Bling Your Booth challenge! (That's right, Bling Your Booth has gone national!)

Attract new customers and get your creative juices flowing by participating in this years contest.

How? Easy!

How to participate:
  1. Pick an original cookie booth theme, like tropical, girl power, or glitz and glam-it's up to you.
  2. Use cool color combinations.
  3. Create fun posters with your cookie goals, lots of awesome pictures and maybe add balloons!
  4. Dress up, and use colored lights to invite customers to a cookie party.
  5. Have fun with it! Add anything that makes your booth stand out from the crowd.
Learn more about the contest, then head over to GSUSA's Facebook page to enter!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Our robotics teams are having a successful year

We are so proud of our robotics teams who are having a successful Girl Scout year.
Our robotics program consists of five First Lego League (FLL) competition teams for girls aged 9-14 and one junior FLL team for girls aged 5-8. This is the first year we have a sponsored team for Jr. FLL.
Our Junior FLL team dubbed Smart Sassy Lego Ladies earned an award for their optimal application of simple machines – they made a musical band out of Legos, simple machines, and recycled materials.
Our FLL teams were also successful in qualifying to participate in championship tournaments taking place late February.
Here's the rundown:
  • Although the Luna Tech team did not place, they had a very fruitful season where members gelled as a team and became coding rock stars. 
  • The Robo Raiders earned third place for their project and presentation and the Robot Runners team earned second in the same category. 
  • Our BotCats team received a Judge’s Award for their research and preparation, which stood out from all other teams. 
  • Last but not least, the Brainiac Maniac team placed first in Core Values (FLL organizational values similar to the Girl Scout Law) and first in Robot Performance. 
Congratulations to all the teams!
We are so proud of the work they have accomplished and the Girl Scout values they have exemplified. GSSJC would also like to say a big THANK YOU to the coaches of these teams, who have been meeting weekly with them for several months.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

9 tips for selling Girl Scout Cookies like a pro

Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Girl Scout Cookie Program is no exception. In 2015, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council had the largest sale in the country for the second year in a row – approximately 4.7 million packages of cookies were sold by Girl Scouts right here in southeast Texas. That’s a lot of Thin Mints, Shortbread and Peanut Butter Sandwiches!

Let’s keep the momentum going! GSSJC was excited to be named the largest sale in 2014 and 2015 and we're hoping for a three-peat in 2016. Here's how to make the most of your cookie experience, Girl Scouts:
  1. Say Hello! It gets everything off on the right foot. Make eye contact. It can be kind of weird looking people you don't know in the eye and talking to them. But it's a big part of building trust and respect for others. It says, "Hey, we're serious about what we're doing!" 
  2. Ask if they were in the Girl Scouts. You'll be surprised at how many Girl Scouts are out there. More than 59 million women have been part of Girl Scouts. Ask what it was like for them. 
  3. Share your goal! You and your team have set goals and made decisions about what you'll do with the money you earn. Maybe you're going to a place you haven't been or supporting a cause you care about. Whatever it is, let people know. They'll be impressed. 
  4. Show off your inventory. Everyone has a favorite cookie, but there are a lot of different ones. So be prepared to tell them about all the cookies in your inventory. 
  5. Point out the package design. The cookie boxes have a new look in recent years and tell the story of what Girl Scouts do. Show your customers the new boxes and ask what they think. 
  6. Talk about money. Money is a big responsibility. Even if you get help from a volunteer, you have to make sure you have to make sure you have a role in handling it and managing it. And you need your customers to know how you plan to use the money you earn. So make sure they know. 
  7. Share why you're a Girl Scout. Everyone joins the Girl Scouts for different reasons. Whether it's to make friends or accomplish big things--or both--let people know. 
  8. Find out how you did. Your cookie business is hard work. Always welcome tips on how to be better at it. And if they don't tell you, find out! After the sale, ask the customer how the sale went and what you could've don to make it better. 
  9. Say thanks. Saying "thank you" is easy. And it means a lot to the people buying cookies. 

Find more tips and tricks like these by checking out the 2016 Cookie Program section of our website. Don't miss the special sections for Cookie Lovers, Parents, Volunteers and Cookie Sellers!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Cookie Season is here!

It's that time of year again! The Girl Scout Cookie Program in San Jacinto Council kicked off December 19, so you may have seen our Girl Scouts on your street or at your doorstep asking that magic question: would you like to buy Girl Scout Cookies?

And beginning Friday, February 12, you'll begin to see them in front of stores selling from their cookie booths.

But do you know why Girl Scouts sell cookies? And if you haven't seen them yet, maybe where to buy them?

Why should you buy Girl Scout Cookies this year?

When cookie lovers like you participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program by buying a package of your favorite cookies, you make dreams possible. And when girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they receive more than money to fund their new adventures. They develop important life skills, like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics, that will set them up for success beyond anything they can imagine.

So it's no wonder why we ask you to buy the delicious cookies you crave all year from your local Girl Scout cookie professional. You'll enjoy your favorite cookies even more knowing you helped a girl achieve her goals, learn new skills and earn funds for her all her Girl Scouting adventures.

Learn more about the 2016 Cookie Program.

How to buy Girl Scout Cookies this year

Haven't had a Girl Scout knock on your door or send you an ecard this year and still need your fix? We have an app for that!

Just download the Cookie Finder app, available on Apple and Android devices. With a super simple, intuitive interface, the Cookie Finder app makes supporting Girl Scouts and finding your favorite cookies a snap.

Don't have a smartphone? Not a problem - head over to the Cookie Finder site, type in your zip code and locate an upcoming cookie booth near you.

By the way - do you know the right way to buy cookies? Learn how!