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Special Interest Groups

In Girl Scouts, you can do anything ... but sometimes you might want to dive more deeply into a special interest. Try out one of our groups below – or maybe start your own!

Archery Clubs
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Juniors through Ambassadors

Live in the Waco area and want to hone your archery skills with other archery enthusiasts? The Waco Archery Club is the perfect Special Interest Group for you! Club meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Outhouse in Waco.  They are always for new girl members and adult coaches. If you would like to join the fun, email Max Burns.

Interested in starting an Archery Club in your area?  Email outdoors@gsctx.org to start today!

Concho Pearls Dance Troop
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Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Even if you've never tried dancing before, you can stretch yourself by joining the Concho Pearls, an all-dance troop in San Angelo. Learn to dance and perform in the community – all while still enjoying traditional Girl Scout leadership experiences. For more information, email programs@gsctx.org.

Council Travel
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Age levels vary by trip

Want to travel with your fellow Girl Scouts from Texas, the United States, or all over the world? Then Council Trips are perfect for you! Girls will coordinate with each trip leader and help plan their trips from activities, transportation, food, and Girl Scout activities. Don't have time to help plan but still want to go? No problem! Email the trip coordinator, pay your deposit, and your spot will be reserved. Your entire troop can sign up for trips, too. Trips are girl-led, girl-planned, and girl-enjoyed! Check out all of the upcoming trips.

Not sure which trip to go on or have general travel questions? Email our travel program specialist. 

FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
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Juniors or Cadettes

Girls have an exciting opportunity to compete in FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) competitions! Discover and solve real-world engineering challenges, connect with engineering and science professionals, and take action to make positive contributions to society. We currently have teams in Belton, Waco, and Bryan. No previous robotics experience necessary. Contact Customer Care and ask for more information about this exciting opportunitiy. 

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
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Seniors or Ambassadors

FRC combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of six students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Girls get to learn from professional engineers, build and compete with a robot of their own design, learn and use sophisticated software and hardware, compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments, and qualify for nearly $14.8 million in college scholarships. GSCTX sponsors FRC teams in Austin and Waco.  Contact Customer Careand ask for more information about this exciting opportunitiy. 

Girl Scout Mariners
GSCTX Mariners with their sailboats at Lake Belton
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Cadettes through Ambassadors

Do you love the wind and the water? Are you ready for adventure? Mariners is for you! No experience is necessary, and girls of all skill levels will continue to learn and grown in their sailing ability. Sailing weekends, day sails, overnights, and camp are at Lake Belton, Camp Kachina and Lake Travis, Camp Texlake. By attending multiple events, girls will improve sailing skills and graduate through sailing proficiency levels by sailing Sunfish. Sailing on sloops and planning trips or cruises will also be available. Girls will:

Make friends

Have tons of water fun

Develop lifelong skills
Learn safety and gain confidence on the water
Expand their leadership skills by planning events and providing training to others
Learn teamwork and responsibility

For more information and the details, email ctxmariners@gmail.com.

Harp Ensemble
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Daisies through Ambassadors who own a harp and are currently enrolled in harp lessons

The Harp Ensemble is a fun way for young harpists to play together in a non-competitive group setting and to participate in community performances. Meetings are monthly with occasional outings and service project performances. Girls choose the music and extra activities and can write their own parts if they’d like. This girl-led group is under the direction of Elaine Barber, Principal Harpist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
 

For more information or to join, contact Julie Wiedemeier at (512) 288-1319 or juliew@jandjw.com

High Adventure Team (HAT)
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Cadettes through Ambassadors

The High Adventure Team (HAT) is for girls that want to expand their Girl Scout experience by participating in outdoor activity-focused, girl-led programs. Through the HAT program, girls can explore the trails on mountain bikes, build their strength by rock climbing, adventure in the great outdoors with a backpack on their back, and whiz through the air on a zip line – and so much more! For more information contact our Outdoor Program Specialist
 

Homeschool Girls STEM Club
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Daisies through Juniors

Girl Scouts of Central Texas is excited to offer STEM-focused homeschool programming. This group offers supplemental, weekly STEM learning experiences for homeschooled girls. The group meets Fridays from 10 am–1 pm with a lunch break. For more information contact Customer Care

Press Corps
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Brownies through Ambassadors
 

Girl Scouts make news all the time. Want to report that exciting news to the rest of the world? Come join our Media Girls team!

We will train you to interview, write, photograph, and speak in front of a camera—and then you get to be part of our crack team that attends Girl Scout events and reports them to the local media. You might even get to see yourself in print, online, or on the air! 

Whether you’ve just started elementary school or are about to graduate from high school, there’s a place for you in Media Girls. We’ll help you figure out what you most enjoy doing—maybe it’s writing, or interviewing, or photography—and then we’ll work on getting better at it. You’ll even get your own  Media Girls Press Pass  that gives you exclusive access to events you’re covering.

Girl Scout interviewing the CEO of SeaWorld San Antonio

GSCTX Press Corps

Cadettes through Ambassadors

Stories and all their fascinating details are what keep us connected as one council with one mission. Members of the Press Corps are a select group of trained media girls who have the privilege and responsibility of sharing our council’s stories with the GSCTX and Central Texas communities.

Requirements

Before graduating to the Press Corps, Media Girls must successfully complete:

Responsibilities
  • Report on a minimum of four assignments throughout the year
  • Attend Council events as required for assignments
  • Act as an official GSCTX spokesperson for media appearances

For more information on the Press Corps, please email the Marketing & Communications Team.

Outdoor Progression Patch
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Brownies through Ambassadors

Red Poppy Service Unit will be starting a Special Interest Troop for the 2016-17 school year that will be focusing on helping girls earn the Outdoor Progression Patch.

Girls from first-year Brownies to Ambassadors will meet once per month to learn a new outdoor skill and practice that skill in a real-life setting. We will meet on Sunday afternoon at our scout house which has a fabulous fire circle that can be used year-round. At each meeting, the girls will choose a topic to lead for the next meeting with assistance as needed. We have several parents lined up to come in and teach some of the skill sets and we have several camping trips planned for practicing the skills learned. We are excited to give this as we think it will help to retain some of our older girls and it opens the door for girls that don’t want to be in a traditional troop but want to learn outdoor skills. 

If all goes well, we will open the troop up for girls from outside of Red Poppy for the next year. If you have questions, please contact Jenni Netherby.

SCUBA Divers
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Juniors through Ambassadors

Interested in protecting the oceans and the aquatic life? Want to journey into the underwater world? Join the Girl Scouts Scuba Divers, a group for certified divers and those planning on obtaining their scuba certification. Through land, pool, and open water adventures, you will:

  • conquer new tasks
  • discover the habits of unique creatures
  • experience new adventures
  • explore dives that appeal to your interests
  • sample new activities
  • try new equipment
  • extend your abilities to go beyond an entry level diver’s limits.

Certified instructors from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors will organize and supervise activities to aid in exploring the local and surrounding diving environments.

For more information, please contact the group leaders.

Toastmasters Club
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Brownies through Ambassadors

Do you sometimes freeze up when you have to talk in front of people? Want to become a better public speaker? 

The Toastmasters Youth Leadership program is an eight-session, biweekly program that teaches you to evaluate your current speaking ability; organize and give speeches; give impromptu talks; control your voice, vocabulary, and gestures; and give constructive feedback to others. 

This will be a fun way to improve your speaking ability while having fun with your Girl Scout sisters! Register for the upcoming semester here.

STEAM Queens

STEAM Queens is a special interest Girl Scout troop located in San Angelo that specifically cultivates girl-interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The troop is open to all girls Daisy-Ambassador *(K-12th grade) including girls already registered to other special interest troops, traditional troops or girls participating in scouting as Juliettes! This troop does not currently host structured, traditional troop meetings, and the majority of girl participation will be through STEAM themed planned activities and programming. (Participation in fall-product and cookie sales is at the discretion of the STEAM Queens troop Leaders.)  STEAM Queens partners with the Tom Green County Library, ASU, and the Texas Association of Minorities in Engineering to ensure quality programming for girls who register. This troop will attempt, annually, to set/break the Guinness Record for the largest all-girl STEAM troop K-12 in the state of Texas.

*Not all activities are open to all levels. Please refer to the STEAM Queens event calendar to note which programs are designed for specific levels.

Débutante Troop
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Troop 11000 is a multi-level, Special Interest troop in San Angelo, with a Debutante focus. The girls in this Senior/Ambassador troop complete projects over the course of the program-year with emphases on community service, leadership engagement, career and social etiquette, college and career readiness, and networking. Girls money-earn towards their end of the year ball where seniors are presented to society and honored and recognized for their personal accomplishments both inside and outside of Girl Scouts.

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Love our special interest groups,
or want to form one of your own?

Let us know! Email Programs@gsctx.org.