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Special Interest Troops

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

Astronomy Club
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Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors 

Are you interested in stars, planets, and outer space? Want to learn more about them and attend star parties? Join the GSCTX Astronomy Club and join other girls in exploring the universe!

 

For more information:

Email: astrogsctx@gmail.com

Facebook and Twitter: GSCTX Astronomy Club

Harp Ensemble
3 members of the Harp Ensemble performing at a Women of Distinction event
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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
one of our High Adventure Teams backpacking in the woods
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Cadettes through Ambassadors

The High Adventure Team is for girls that want to expand their Girl Scout experience by participating in outdoor activity-focused, girl-led programs. Through the High Adventure Team, 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, whiz through the air on a zip line, and so much more! For more information contact our Outdoor Program Specialist
 

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.

Press Corps
Girl Scouts at a Media Girls program learning to take good digital photos
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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.

Robotics
Robotics

Girl Scouts have an exciting opportunity to compete in robotics competitions! Discover and solve real-world engineering challenges, connect with engineering and science professionals, and take action to make positive contributions to society. 

Through robotics, Girl Scouts will learn valuable life and employment skills by creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles. They will also gain confidence in their abilities to positively use technology.

No previous robotics experience necessary. Contact Customer Care and ask for more information about this exciting opportunity. 

Levels

FIRST® Robotics Competitions (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. 

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.

STEAM Queens
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Queens

STEAM Queens is a special interest Girl Scout troop located in San Angelo and is open to all Girl Scout grade levels, Daisy-Ambassador*. 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.

STEAM Queens partners with the Tom Green County Library, Angelo State University, and Texas Association of Minorities in Engineering to ensure quality programming. 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.

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Love our special interest troops or want to form one of your own?
Let us know! Contact Customer Care for more information.