Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Unlock Your Cookie Troop 100 Patch

It's not too late to participate in the Cookie Troop 100 Challenge!


Girl Scouts everywhere are celebrating 100 years of selling cookies, so why not mark the occasion with an exciting opportunity to reach your milestones while we reach new milestones as an organization?

Win BIG! One lucky troop in the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will win $100 to put towards their Take Action and service projects, and one troop from any council in the country could win $3,000 to power any project.

Winning troops will be randomly selected—no voting necessary!



Photograph of your booth with a fun filter!

Enter to earn the Cookie Troop 100 patch: 

  1. Set a troop goal and share the plan for your cookie money—what cool stuff will you do to improve your community this year?
  2. Earn a Cookie Business badge—you can take your pick!
  3. As a troop, ask 100 NEW customers to buy cookies.
  4. Bling Your Booth. Gather your troop and get those creative juices flowing to come up with a fun theme—a party, a race, a cookie disco—what will it be? You can even include a Cookie 100th twist. Just remember to snap a cool photo!
Complete all four steps and ask your troop leader to submit your entry January 3 – April 30 to unlock your patch, and enter for a chance to win money to finance your troop activities.

Learn more and enter!




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Troop Program Ideas: Thin Mint Cupcakes

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.

You know it's Girl Scout cookie time, but now that you have your Girl Scout cookies what are you going to do with them? Eat them of course! Here is a fun recipe you can bake for just that:

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Thin Mint Cupcakes 
(Created by Crystal Oliver)

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
2 packages (9 ounces each) Girl Scout Thin Mints cookies, divided
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)

Ganache: 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

Frosting: 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup baking cocoa 1/2 cup 2% milk 4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Reserve six Thin Mints cookies for garnish. For truffles, place remaining Thin Mints cookies in a food processor; process until finely crushed. Add cream cheese; process until blended. Roll into twenty-four 1-1/2-in. balls. 
  2. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions. Drop 1 tablespoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Place one truffle in center of cup. Fill two-thirds full with remaining batter. 
  3. Bake 14-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. 
  4. Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; let stand 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Stir with a whisk until smooth. Stir in peppermint extract. Cool ganache 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, vanilla and salt until creamy. Beat in baking cocoa and milk alternately with enough confectioners' sugar to reach spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes; drizzle with ganache. Garnish with reserved Thin Mints cookies. Yield: 2 dozen.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The State of Girls 2017 Revealed

Photo Source: gsblog at GirlScouts.org.

It's here and with lots to share!

Last week on Thursday, February 9, The Girl Scout Research Institute released The State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends. The report, which focuses on girls' health and well-being, showed both startling and encouraging trends affecting girls in the United States.

The report outlines research on changing demographics, economic health, physical and emotional health, education and extracurricular activities.

Did you know that girl volunteerism is on the rise? According to the report, due to states and school districts incorporating community-service activities into their graduation requirements, more school age girls are conducting volunteer work on a regular basis. That's good news!

Some not so great news: According to the report, more girls are living in low-income families than in 2007.

On the day of the reports release, Mankaa Ngwa-Suh, Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital program manager, addressed congressional staff with the many other findings the report also revealed. You can read the report here, or online by going to www.girlscouts.org.

As we learn more about the state of girls in our country, the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will continue to work hard to provide Girl Scouts with the resources and opportunities to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Join the GSSJC mission by volunteering at www.gssjc.org.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcome to Camp! Which Session Will You Choose?

Did you know that girls with frequent outdoor experiences are more likely to seek challenges and are better at solving problems? Qualities that will help them both academically and personally in the future! 72 percent of girls surveyed said that Girl Scouts gave them the chance to build their skills or try new outdoor activities, so why wait to sign up you daughter for a 2017 resident camp session?

Registering is easy! Registration for resident camp can be done online at any time by going to residentcamp.gssjc.org, or via a paper resident camp registration form found on the same website. Campers registering online are able to reserve their camp spot immediately, while camp registration via fax or mail can take up to five business days--so don't wait!



Your registration will include the camp session, camp T-shirt and patch and if you registered before February 1 your special edition camp socks!

At camp girls have the opportunity to learn new things, make new friends and have the summer they'll never forget. Here are a few of the new summer sessions Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) is offering girls this year:

Camptacular
Want to join us for a short week and enjoy a camp sampler? Girls get to pick each and every activity they do. Love arts and crafts? Take several arts and crafts classes. Want to try archery or theater? You can! You can even come to relax with some yoga and spa time. This week is all about enjoying the classics of Camp Casa Mare. For girls in 4-5 grades.

Wild About Animals
Do you absolutely love wild animals? Then this is the session for you! Come experience this camp wearing your very own animal accessories like a busy tail and a pair of ears from your favorite animal. Learn more about your favorite animals and get a visit from some wild animals as well. Top your week off with a trip to the Houston Zoo. For girls in 4-5 grades. 

Create and Innovate
Do you enjoy building with Legos or playing with robots? Create your own robot to take home. Engineer a marshmallow launcher and help build a Lego masterpiece with your cabin mates. Let your imagination and

Digital Art
Are you snapping photos all the time? Want to learn how to get the best pictures possible? Then this is the session for you! Learn the basics of digital photography, then hit the camp trails to take lots of pictures. Finish the week editing and sharing your pictures with the camp and by creating a newsletter. Your pictures may be featured in next year's camp catalog or framed for camp art. For girls in 6-10 grades. 




For more of this year's camp offerings and how you can register your daughter for camp, visit residentcamp.gssjc.org

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Volunteer to Help at Cookie Drop!

On February 4, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will have its largest cookie drop ever, so we'd love to see you there!

What is a cookie drop? Only the means of getting you your delicious Girl Scout cookies! Each year, cookies are delivered by the amazing ABC Bakers to bring you public favorites such as Thin Mints, Caramel deLites and the new Girl Scout S'mores cookie.

But we can't do it without you! We need volunteers for two-hour shifts to help us get cookies in the hands of Girl Scouts. This Saturday, over 120,000 cases (that's 1.44 million packages) are arriving to the Houston Area.


What Does a Cookie Drop Volunteer Do?
Ensures the cookie delivery operation runs smoothly! We especially need Cookie Count Volunteers (Walkers) and Loaders. Cookie Count Volunteers walk along with the vehicles through the pick-up line, verifying the count of cases being loaded. Meanwhile, Loaders help load the cases of cookies 

What Should I Wear/Bring?
Dress for the weather. Cookie are delivered rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and your company’s logo shirts if you desire. Water will be provided. If you stay longer, you may want to bring a snack or light lunch.

What Do I Do When I Arrive?
Follow the signs for Volunteer Parking, find the green Girl Scout canopy (Volunteer Check-in), sign in and get your assignment and don't forget to have fun!

For more information on how to sign-up and for cookie drop shift times and locations, call us at (713)-292-0300. We can't wait to see you there!