Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Be the Voice For Girls

The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides a tool for you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and state legislatures.
As Congress considers federal research and STEM programs, Troop Capitol Hill Co-chairs Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Kay Granger (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill to inspire and support girls and underrepresented minorities to enter the STEM workforce.

H.R. 4161, the 21st Century STEM for Underrepresented Students Act, would allow the National Science Foundation to provide funding to evaluate programs aimed for out-of-school or summer activities that engage underrepresented students in grades kindergarten through 8th in STEM.

We are pleased to announce that the House Science Committee included the exact language in its comprehensive effort to reauthorize important research and science programs at several federal agencies – an important step towards enactment.

Please join the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network and Take Action to send a message of thanks to House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) for his support of our efforts to see girls succeed and become interested in science, technology, engineering or math fields.
Join the Girl Scouts Advocacy Network  This will only take a moment of your time.  PLEASE DO IT NOW.
When you join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network, you will ensure your voice is heard in Congress, the state legislatures and your local governments.  The Girls Advocacy Network is a collective voice of over 13,000 (and growing!) that responds to policy issues in our Girl Scout 2014 Legislative Agenda. As a member you are able to:

  • Receive updates on issues moving through Congress and the state legislatures;

  • Send customized messages to your elected officials;

  • Have access to contact information for your elected officials; and

  • Be part of a growing grassroots network that addresses issues impacting girls.

 We encourage you to share this grassroots advocacy tool with your Boards, Staff and Volunteers!

The link to the site is

Thanks for all of your support toward advocacy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mariners at Kachina by Sarah Young

A Sunfish sail
All full and big
And boats on the water
That we, Girl Scouts, rigged

We all learn
To sail
On Lake Belton
So Blue

And a Sunfish
Would sail better
If it sailed off
With YOU!

I have gone to many sailing camps and programs. But the Spring Break Sailing Camp at Camp Kachina is, by far, my favorite.

The afternoon you arrive, you are welcomed with a smile and the day is dedicated to getting you familiar with the parts of the boat, safety and knots. As well as getting to know the other Girl Scouts who would be sailing with you. The next day is smooth sailing all day. If you’re experienced you can solo sail or you can go out on the water with a buddy. 

The camp I attended, we sailed for a fun six hours! None of us had trouble sleeping that night and the next day was points of sail and cleaning up.

Its camps like these that help get girls feet wet in the world of sailing. It opens up an opportunity to stay fit and learn to harness the wind and the water as well as meet other girls you share your same interest.

I was fortunate enough to go to camp two and a half years ago and learn to sail, because I have had a love and passion ever since. And now, as an Ambassador, I still go to these camps and events to get a recap. Because it’s not only the sunfish and the wind that always draw me back to Camp Kachina, but it’s the coordinators and adult volunteers that make all of these events and programs fun and safe.

These adults at Kachina have encouraged me to keep boating and they will forever fill my sail with wind to keep sailing forward. And now this summer I am going on the Virgin Islands Tall Ship Sailing Destinations trip. 

Come to Camp Kachina for Summer Sailing camp, because we would love to see you paired with a sunfish and on the water. Sailing like a Mariner Girl Scout!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Girl Scout Day with the Lady Longhorns

Yesterday, April 6th at noon, the UT Softball Team welcomed Girl Scouts for a day of sports for Girl Scout Day.  Our very own Cadette Girl Scout, Lizzie Wolf, kicked off the day when she beautifully sang the National Anthem! GSCTX Program and Award Specialist, Miranda Sterling-Rains--who played softball from 6th grade to high school--got to throw the ceremonial first pitch. The day got more exciting from there as Girl Scouts screamed and cheered for their favorite Longhorns, hit after hit and play after play!  After a horns victory, the girls were able to celebrate on the field with Head Coach Connie Clark and all of their favorite players. Girls listened to Ms. Clark talk about her experience as a Girl Scout and even got to do a Longhorn cheer with her. Afterward, the girls were able to meet, get autographs, and take pictures with the star players. Thank You UT softball--our girls had an awesome time!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Girl Scouts Taking To The Skies!

Last month we had a successful first session with our FlyGirls program, which was taught by Mary Schott, lifetime Girl Scout. Read a little more about who she is and her experience flying:

Mary Schott started taking flying lessons after school when she was 17. As a Girl Scout, she loved learning and experiencing new things, so when she started to think about what she wanted to do in life, flying seemed like the perfect adventure.  

The first flight was a blur- there was so much going on and so much to see, but after several lessons, it became easier and easier until flying became like second nature. In college, Mary studied aviation science-making straight A's-and started flight instructing. Teaching people how to fly was something she never dreamed of doing, but it was surprisingly fun to mentor someone through the world of aviation.  

Now, at 24, Mary flies all over the United States and sometimes to Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas too! She manages a flight school with full motion flight simulators and brand new airplanes, but she really loves getting to work with amazing people. Girl Scouts taught Mary that no matter what - friends and family are the most important thing in life and a fun job is just the icing on the cake!      

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Shayna Bright" Light on Camp

"Howdy! My name is Shayna, but I am better known to most people as my camp name, Pepper. I am the Camps Reservation Specialist for Camp Texlake and Camp Kachina (year-round camping) and the registrar for summer camps. While I have only been a part of the year round team for two years, this will be my sixth summer working at GSCTX camp and my ninth summer in camps overall! 

Shayna on the high ropes course.
I was lucky enough to be a scout growing up in New Mexico and in Texas, from Brownie to Cadette. Part of that experience was going to Camp Texlake with my troop and for four summers of overnight camp learning how to sail. My time in Girl Scouts certainly shaped me into who I am today, but it was camp in particular that helped me grow the most and figure out who I am. My favorite part of the job is watching my campers grow into amazing confident young women, and especially seeing them eventually become summer counselors! 

The transformative power of camp isn't just limited to the campers, but also to the staff and anyone who spends time in the camp environment. Each activity from archery to high ropes is set up to build character.  My favorite memory as a camper is going on my first solo sail during my second summer sailing. It was a huge accomplishment and one that--just the previous summer--I thought was out of reach. My counselor Luna helped me improve my skills and build the confidence to attempt (and complete!) such a task.

Camp is a place filled with successes and challenges. When failure happens at camp, it's within a safe place to learn from it and move forward to an even greater success. The perfect example is the High Ropes Course. Practicing “Challenge by Choice” can be hard for a camper; to see those who climb ahead of you fully complete the challenge and then be unable to complete it yourself. 

The best moments that I have ever witnessed are at Ropes. When a camper is able to push into their challenge threshold it is a win every time, whether or not the challenge is completed in the traditional sense. Seeing them take just one more step than they thought possible is a gift that I feel lucky to witness every single time. 

Camp is magical. It is adventure and fun. Camp makes lifelong friends. Whether it is a few weeks in the summer or a weekend trip, the experience of camp can have a positive impact on everyone involved. Hope to see you there!

In the Spirit of Camp, 


Monday, March 31, 2014

What is Banning Bossy?

For the past couple weeks you have probably been seeing #banbossy all over the internet and haven’t be sure what it is all about. We are here to help clear that up for you! Lean In and Girl Scouts have partnered up to create a movement of girl leadership. The campaign is encouraging girls to speak up and stand out at their schools and for the community to stop using descriptive words like “bossy” to describe these young girls.
                Words are extremely impactful, especially in the life of a young girl so when they get called words like “bossy” or “pushy” they are less likely to participate in future activities and take leadership roles. The Ban Bossy campaign wants to change this stigma and elevate girls to be the best leader they can be.

                Their website  is filled with helpful information and leadership tips. Girls, parents, teachers, managers, and troop leaders can download the tips and help ban bossy. So join the movement along with prominent female figures like Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce and #banbossy today!