Thursday, September 19, 2013

Piers and Parades!

It's been incredibly busy around our Council as we launch into another exciting year of being proud Girl Scouts. (So busy, in fact, we haven't been dropping by the blog quite as often to let you know what our Girl Scouts are out there doing!) Here's a little peek at some of the fun happenings from last weekend - bring on the parades and piers!

Fiestas Patrias Parade

Nearly 100 GSSJC Girl Scouts volunteers to participate in the Fiestas Patrias Parade held in downtown Houston on Saturday morning. This kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Girl Scouting has a long, rich history of diversity. Did you know the first Hispanic troop in the country was formed right here in Houston in 1922. Pretty cool, huh?

Another fun fact: in 2012 alone, our Council served more than 21,300 Hispanic girls - that's nearly one third of the girls in our Council! As the Hispanic community has become one of the fastest growing population in the country, GSSJC has developed initiatives to deliver Girl Scouting to this community.

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts and troops that particiated in this event with us! You all looked great, and we hope you had a fantastic time showing off your Girl Scout pride!

Pier Dedication at Camp Casa Mare

Also on the books this week was a dedication for the new pier at Camp Casa Mare! If you've been to camp in the past year, you've probably spotted this new addition on the water. We're so excited to have a place girls can enjoy the water, ON the water in addition to sailing.

"The Otis Redding Pier" was officially dedicated last Friday, Sept. 13 and was made possible by Kate and Ken Marx, pictured above with GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek and GSSJC Board President Stacy Methvin.

Here's a quick view of camp from the pier. We hope girls will be able to enjoy fishing, relaxing and more when they visit Camp Casa Mare.

How has your Girl Scout or troop been staying busy this month? We'd love to hear what you've been up to across the Council!