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Tech Girls participating in the Samsung STEM Challenge finale

Community Troops

The Community Troops of the Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) are designed to reach girls who are unable to participate in traditional troops due to the geographic, socioeconomic, and emotional challenges they face each day.

Community-Based Programming
Daisies from one our community-based programming troops, petting a goat

Community-based Programming is a council-wide outreach initiative for girls in at-risk areas who would not normally participate in and benefit from Girl Scouting. We partner with prominent community organizations to deliver alternative methods to teaching Texas State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) standards through our Journeys educational series. GSCTX targets schools where an average of 85% of students are economically disadvantaged, 61% are at risk of dropping out, and 38% are English language learners. Programs are implemented either directly by GSCTX staff or through partnering organizations’ staff and volunteers. Our girls gain access to leadership and service opportunities, which diversify their life experiences, encourage them to make positive life decisions, and support them as they progress toward high school graduation. Community Troops serve over 350 girls annually.

Gamma Sigma
3 girls from one of the Austin Gamma Sigma troops

Gamma Sigma is a unique leadership opportunity offered to under-served, high-school-aged girls. Each chapter operates as a school-sponsored club that engages girls in advocacy, leadership, community service, career and college readiness, and other life skills.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB)
GSBB's Troop 1500 performing the flag ceremony

GSBB targets girls whose mothers are incarcerated, providing support services through bimonthly troop meetings, monthly prison visits, individual mentoring with positive female role models, individual and group therapy, and assistance with family and community reunification. The goal of GSBB is to reduce the number of girls with incarcerated parents who participate in high-risk behaviors and enter into the juvenile justice system. The program seeks to break the cycle of intergenerational criminality and facilitate a healthy bond between mother and child. In the 15-year history of GSBB, none of the participating girls has been involved in the juvenile justice system.

Girls Lead
2 girls and a parent from the Girls Lead program

Our Girls Lead program, funded by the Community Youth Development Grant (CYD), brings the Girl Scout program to 200 elementary, middle, and high school girls living in the 76707 zip code in Waco. Poverty, low education levels, and crime plague this neighborhood at a disproportionate rate. Through this program, GSCTX works to reduce the occurrence of juvenile delinquency in the area. 

HACA
a HACA troop visiting Crowe's Nest Farm

Our HACA program is named for its partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and its service to girls whose families are on the waiting list for Section 8 housing. The program currently supports 116 girls at seven public housing sites in Austin. Girls participating in the HACA program meet weekly after school to discuss their needs, concerns, and growing pains in a safe environment. They also occasionally participate in weekend field trips, as well as summer day and residential camps, all of which complement the program curriculum. The HACA program’s intensive after-school programming allows girls to become more conscious community members, healthier young adults, and leaders in the classroom and the community. 

SISTERS
SISTERS group selfie

SISTERS is an acronym for Stay in School to Enjoy Real Success. SISTERS is an original program conceived, developed, and implemented in San Angelo since 2006. The program is unique in its dedication to following girls as they progress through middle and high school encouraging them to stay in school, graduate, and pursue their dreams for the future.

Tech Girls
Tech Girl doing a chemistry experiment

Tech Girls is a weekly after-school program for middle and high school girls that aims to excite and engage them in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Tech Girls uses a hands-on curriculum to engage girls in STEM and encourage them to choose STEM-related education and career paths.