Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 years

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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) is proud to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in the southeast Texas region this year! When our council was founded in 1922, our mission began to build girls of confidence, courage and character and support the development of our future female leaders. That mission remains strong today as we continue to provide the best experiences, programs, and resources for girls to become the leaders of today and beyond. 

It’s Just So Much Fun!

Fun, friendship, and new adventures are what Girl Scouts is all about. Right now, Girl Scouts are meeting furry friends at the local animal shelters, giggling past lights-out at sleepovers, and learning how their favorite roller coasters work.

Above all else, they’re having a blast—because they know bringing the fun is all about being their true selves, trying new things, and cheering each other on. Girls can expect a fun time and they and their friends decide on their next adventures together. Attend summer camp? Travel to Disney World? Create craft projects for local charities? The options are endless when girls are in charge! 

Whether your Girl Scout is interested in learning more about space or wants to sail the high seas, we have a group for her, including: 

  • Archery 

  • Astronomy 

  • Backpacking 

  • Horseback Riding

  • Robotics Team 

  • Sailing 

  • And so much more!

Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We’d love for you to join the fun as we plan for another year of adventures.

Leadership Development 

Did you Know That…

With focuses on exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), mastering the outdoors, honing life skills, real-world entrepreneurship experience, and everything in between, Girl Scouts is the best girl leadership development program in the world. The organization is positioned to help girls develop important leadership skills they need to succeed well beyond their years in Girl Scouting. 

Guided by supportive adults and peers, girls develop their leadership potential through age-appropriate activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment, and take action to make a difference in the world.

Girl Scouts of all ages lead the charge and complete projects that they are passionate about to make a difference in their communities. Girls can put these leadership skills to use as they work toward earning a Highest Award, including the Gold Award.

The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, and one of the most prestigious awards for girls in the world. To earn the Gold Award, girls must demonstrate an exceptional level of leadership as they address an issue they feel passionately about. By taking action and organizing a plan to make the world a better place, Gold Award Girl Scouts acquire real-world experience that they can utilize well into adulthood, allowing them to excel in many areas of life, including college admissions and scholarships, careers, and community involvement. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to higher education and amazing career opportunities.

Mental Health Support

The last few years have highlighted the urgent need for mental wellness support for adolescents and girls in our community. 

According to a 2019 Pew Research Poll, more than 70% of teen respondents identified Anxiety & Depression as major problems. 

At Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, we aim to equip girls with tools to promote and encourage greater social-emotional confidence and resilience and provide support systems when challenges arise. 

Research has shown that Girl Scouts develops a strong sense of community and belonging for its members, and this connection is so important in a young girl’s development. 

According to the council’s 2021 Voices Count Survey, 80 percent of Girl Scouts who responded said that:

  • Girl Scouts helped them feel less isolated and lonely 
  • Girl Scouts helped them feel more connected to other girls

In addition to the sense of community and support that Girl Scouts provides, there are also patch programs such as “Resilient, Ready, Strong” and the “Okay to Say” that focus on mental health awareness and provide the tools needed to continue to build girls of confidence. 

For more information about joining Girl Scouts, visit: www.gssjc.org.

We’re Girl Scouts of the USA

We’re 1.7 million girls and adults who believe in the power of every girl to change the world. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, a United Way agency, is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 35,000 girl members and 14,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information, call 713-292-0300 or visit www.gssjc.org.


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