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At Girl Scouts, we always have a good story to tell. We look forward to working with our local media to share how Girl Scouts—17,500 girls to be exact—are taking action in Central Texas, for themselves, their communities, and the world!

In addition to all the ah-mazing ways our girls are making the world a better place, we also always have a spotlight to shine on our superhero volunteers, programs (STEM, Girl Scout Cookies, and camp—oh my!), and special council events. The possibilities are endless!

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Lolis Garcia-Baab, Director of Marketing & Communications
Office: (512) 490-2385, lolisgb@gsctx.org

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    18 May 2015

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  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas Responds to #WhatWomenAsk

    13 May 2015

    Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) stands in solidarity with the women and men working to uphold Austin’s reputation of being a city that embraces diversity. However, the statements made in the March 27th city council training session highlights the steps yet to be taken toward equality.

    This is why, after 103 years, the work being done at GSCTX, and at councils across the country, remains relevant. Girl Scouts works towards the day where female leadership is celebrated, not questioned. When women in leadership roles are questioned, as if they don’t belong, it is crucial to model to young women the value of recognizing their strengths, passions and talents. GSCTX believes in the power of girls and is committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character, whether it be in the classroom, at home, or on a city council.

    GSCTX looks forward to continuing our legacy of celebrating girls and encouraging their journey in becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

     

    About the Girl Scouts of Central Texas:

    Girl Scouts of Central Texas is 17,500 girls and nearly 13,000 volunteers strong. Serving 46 Central Texas counties and headquartered in Austin, Girl Scouts of Central Texas has service centers in Brownwood, College Station, Killeen, San Angelo, Stephenville, Temple and Waco. Through fun, outcomes-based leadership adventures, girls discover their own potential, connect with others and take action to improve their communities...



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  • We want to hear from YOU!

    07 May 2015

    Tell us about your experience with Girl Scouts this year!

    This spring, Girl Scouts of the USA is introducing a new survey called “Girl Scout Voices Count” and our council will be participating.

    There will be versions for girls, parents, and volunteers—so we can get an idea of what the year was like for everyone.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Girls: Your chance to tell us about your experience starts May 11. To participate, you need to sign up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. If you are 13 or older, you can sign yourself up here: www.GirlScoutVoices.org! If you are 12 or younger, ask your parents to sign you up.

    Parents: Look for an email that tells you how to sign your daughter up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. We also want to hear from you and will be inviting you to participate in a parent/guardian survey starting June 1.

    Volunteers: Your opportunity to give feedback will begin June 1. In a few weeks, we’ll be sending you an invitation to participate via email, but you can also keep an eye on our social media feeds for information on when to participate.


    We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

    Got questions? Can’t find the email with the survey invitation? Feel free to get in touch with us at ...



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  • Girl Scout Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

    06 Apr 2015

    Jillian Neutzler, a Dripping Springs Girl Scout and 8th grader at Dripping Springs Middle School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

    The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) nominated Jillian for national honors this spring in recognition of her volunteer service.

    Jillian operates in the spirit of helping others with service. She plays bingo nearly every Sunday with the residents of Stonebridge Rehabilitation Center; she is a member of the National Charity League, which specializes in doing philanthropy work through mother-daughter teams; and is a volunteer at her church.  Last year, Jillian contributed over 100 hours of community service at different sites in Austin through her affiliation with the Austin Chapter of the National Charity League. She has also done volunteer work as a counselor at the Austin Art Garage, helping both kids and adults create art.

    “Today’s Girl Scout does so much more than cookies, crafts, and camping,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO for GSCTX. “She is a champion for social change in her community. She strives to meet the needs of the world around her. She is a caring and compassionate leader among her peers. We ar...



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  • Girl Scout Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

    06 Apr 2015

    Madeleine Munford, a Girl Scout and senior at Westlake High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) nominated Madeleine for national honors this spring in recognition of her volunteer service.

    Madeleine received the award because of her volunteer work with Mobile Loaves and Fishes.  Once a month, she goes out on the truck to serve the homeless around Austin.

    “For years, I’d watched the faces light up as we handed them food and clothing items,” Munford said. “For my Girl Scout Gold Award, I chose to collect as many socks as possible and donate them to Mobile Loaves and Fishes. I ended up donating over 400 pairs of socks, and started a social media awareness campaign of the cause.”

    “Today’s Girl Scout does so much more than cookies, crafts, and camping,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO for GSCTX. “Madeleine is a prime example of that. She is a champion for social change in her community. She strives to meet the needs of the world around her. She is a caring and compassionate leader among her peers. We are proud of Madeleine for earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award.”

    The Prudential Spi...



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  • Girl Genius STEM Fest Offers Exclusive Hands-On STEM Education for Girls

    25 Mar 2015

    Waco, TX, March 25th 2015 – Thanks to the 2015 Girl Genius STEM Fest, 184 girls from across Central Texas got a glimpse into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers in ways they haven’t seen before. The conference, which was held on Saturday at Texas State Technical College (TSTC), provided girls with the ability to experience STEM careers through hands-on projects with area STEM educators and college students.

    Girls attended four hands-on workshops ranging in topics from welding to respiratory therapy to industrial culinary arts to computer coding.

    “Girl Scouts is proud to offer this conference and introduce girls to a variety of STEM fields, many of them underrepresented by women,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX). “Girl Genius allows girls to see how STEM careers can be achievable, meaningful, and relevant in their everyday lives. It’s important for us to empower girls to explore all their options, especially in lucrative STEM careers.”

    “The most important aspect of Girl Genius is that we give the girls a chance to explore and engage, alongside peers, mentors, role models, and educators that they can relate to.  We have to make the STEM experience equitable for girls, and that means giving them a chance to connect with a community that sees the importance, now and in the future, of their STEM education.  What better way to accomplish this than to have educational and commun...



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  • Girl Scouts Celebrates Birthday at the State Capitol

    13 Mar 2015

    Austin, TX, March 13th, 2015 – Girl Scouts is 103 years old! And to celebrate, Girl Scouts took over the State Capitol, with a breakfast reception for female legislators, a pinning ceremony for Honorary Troop 1920, proclamations in both the House and Senate, and delivery of cookies to all the legislative offices.

    Girls Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) along with Girl Scout representatives from across the state and from the national board of Girl Scouts of the USA, hosted a breakfast reception for female legislators and advocacy training for Girl Scouts yesterday at the State Capitol. This event was held in celebration of Girl Scout Week, the week of March 12, which is the birthday of Girl Scouting. Female legislators enjoyed breakfast with Girl Scouts and showed their support for the leadership training at the heart of the Girl Scout program. Representatives from five the seven Girl Scout councils in Texas attended and met with state legislators. Carri Baker Wells, member of the National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA, was in attendance and introduced participants to some of Girl Scouts’ advocacy priorities, which include encouraging healthy living opportunities for girls, promoting economic opportunities for girls, fostering global citizenship and voice for girls, and supporting a strong nonprofit community and Girl Scout experience.

    A proclamation was presented on the floor of the House Chamber by Representative Celia Israel and a Senate P...



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  • Girl Scouts Kick Off Cookie Season

    20 Jan 2015

    Austin, TX January 20th, 2015 – Girl Scouts of Central Texas are excited to announce the kick-off for cookie season on Wednesday, January 21. They can’t wait to give central Texans their first taste of this year’s cookies! The world’s largest girl-led business—the nearly $800-million cookie program—aims to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Last year across central Texas, over 10,000 Girl Scouts sold 2,146,392 boxes of, raising $8.6 million dollars in Cookie sales.

    The sale begins with girls taking orders from friends and family. Don’t know a Girl Scout? Don’t despair! Cookie fans can stock up on their favorite cookies at booths outside neighborhood restaurants and shops. Girl Scouts will have the traditional mouth-watering Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos and Trefoils, in addition to Savannah Smiles (a lemon-flavored cookie), and two new cookies: Rah-Rah Raisins (an oatmeal raisin cookie), and Toffee-tastic (the new Gluten-free cookie).

    “The Girl Scout Cookie Program is more than just exchanging cookies for money,” said Lynelle McKay, CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “Where else do girls have the fun and excitement of being young entrepreneurs and money managers that will help them build a lifetime of skills and confidence?”

    Except for the cost of cookies, all funds raised go toward girl programming, financial assistance for girls, a...



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  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Samsung Launch First-Ever STEM Challenge

    13 Sep 2014

    Girl Scouts of Central Texas and Samsung Launch First-Ever STEM Challenge
    GSCTX and Samsung unite to challenge Central Texas girls to engineer a solution for water conservation.

    Austin, TX September 13, 2014 – Girl Scouts from all over Central Texas now have their eyes on becoming innovators regarding environmental engineering and water conservation. Samsung Austin Semiconductor is the underwriting sponsor for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge for Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX). The Challenge is Samsung-inspired and urges girls to think creatively to conserve and efficiently use water with the plan for a sustainable future. GSCTX, along with girls from across 46 counties have stepped up to the plate to put on their thinking caps so that they may live the Samsung motto of ‘inspiring the world, and creating the future.’  

    We want encourage and challenge you to speak up, to dream big, and to think outside the box,” GSCTX CEO Lynelle McKay told the over 200 girls in attendance. “You are our next generation of engineers and we are looking to you to be innovative and courageous.”

    Throughout this 6-week challenge, Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 will work in teams with mentors from Samsung to devise solutions for water conservation. They will build models of the Samsung facility exemplifying the use of water in the same fashion that Samsung does.

    ”These girls are so smart,” said Charmaine Win...



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  • Girl Scouts Texas Councils Recognize Gold Award Girls at State Capitol

    16 Jun 2014

    Girl Scouts Texas Councils Recognize Gold Award Girls at State Capitol 
    Girl Scouts of Central Texas recognizes its Gold Award Girls in one of the biggest events of the year

    Austin, TX June 16th, 2014 – On Saturday, June 14th, Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX), along with the 6 other Girl Scouts Councils from Texas, recognized some of their most remarkable girls with the highest honor in the Girl Scouting world—the Gold Award. The event took place at the Texas State Capitol and was without a doubt one of the most important moments in those Girl Scouts’ life paths. The Gold Award was established in 1916 and is only open to girls in high school. In order to obtain a Gold Award, Girl Scouts need to identify a need within their community, develop a plan to address the issue at hand and execute it with long-term sustainability in mind. The time and effort that goes into a Gold Award requires incredible discipline and focus. After the project is done, the girls have learned important life lessons and skills which they will use in all future endeavors. The Gold Award is not given, it is earned.

    During Saturday’s ceremony, leadership and staff from all councils were present for this momentous occasion, as well as family members and friends of the Girl Scouts who were honored. Also in attendance were emcee Lauren Petrowski (FOX 7), and Lucy Nazro, author and former head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Lizz...



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