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Programs and Opportunities

Graduating Senior Scholarship

The Bryan-College Station Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Central Texas is pleased to offer our annual scholarship application.

If you are gearing up to start college next year, please cash in on this opportunity. There are three PDF files. 

The application deadline was March 30 but has been extended to April 12 due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are also waving the requirement for an “official copy of high school transcripts through the first semester of the senior year, in a sealed envelope”. Recipients will be announced at the Service Unit Banquet or notified by email.

It is with mixed emotions that we celebrate this year with you. Sad to see you go, proud to see you become an adult Girl Scout leader, and excited to see what you do with everything we have worked hard for, learned, and given over the years together. We hope to see your application soon.

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Programs and Opportunities

LEGO Robotics

The Bryan/College Station area has a Girl Scout sponsored FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge team! This STEM opportunity for girls from 4th-8th grade (GS Juniors and Cadettes) uses LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots to teach teamwork, programming, project planning, research, and embraces the tenets of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. A local competition offers a chance for friendly competition with 30-40 other teams, and could lead to regional and world-level competition! For more information, visit http://scoutbots.net!

There are FIRST opportunities for other ages too. If parents or other GS leaders are interested in any of these programs, please contact scoutbots@gmail.com.

FLL Discover (new 2020) program is for Pre-K to 1st Grade, designed to build STEM curiosity and learning habits.

FLL Explore (formerly FLL Junior) is for 2nd-4th Graders, with a focus on engineering fundamentals and creating solutions with LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.

FIRST Tech Challenge goes beyond LEGO robotics, and embraces design, build and code using Android technologies to compete against other teams. Grades 7-12.

FIRST Robotics Competition for high-school level challenges teams to build larger robots to play games in alliance with other teams and advancing STEM exposure in their communities.

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Service Opportunities

Blanket Maker Badge

“Kuddles” for Kids­

Giving blankets to hospitalized children

“Kuddles” for Kids is a project that was started by local middle schooler and Girl Scout Elise S. to teach people how to make fleece­ tied-blankets for hospitalized children, who may not have an object to comfort them while they are sick.

Recently, she did several presentations for young Girl Scouts about why the children need the blankets, and how to make them. After that, they helped tie blankets, all of which went to the children at the College Station Medical Center after being washed with hypo­allergenic detergent and placed in containers to keep the blankets clean and dust­ free.

You and your troop can earn the Blanket Maker Badge and participate in this great service project!

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Service Opportunities

Camp Howdy Site Team


Come be a part of keeping Howdy beautiful.  Every third Sat of the month from 9 am till noon you can volunteer time with the current site team.  There’s rumor that if you put in enough time a cool Camp Howdy site crew T-shirt could come your way!

Upcoming work days:

  • TBD
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Service Opportunities

H.E.B. Health Screening

(Postponed until further notice – March 2020)

H.E.B. Market hosts free health screening the second Saturday of every month.  (https://www.heb.com/static-page/article-template/Second-Saturday-Screenings)

They are very interested in allowing older Girl Scouts the opportunity to help in some capacity.

For more info please contact:
Diane Penkunis
H-E-B Community Coordinator
College Station Tower Point
Phone: (979)690-4940
s6198n@heb.com

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Service Opportunities

Scouts Serving Seniors

This Gold Award project was designed for other scout troops to be able to participate in volunteer opportunities at retirement communities. Below are sample ideas for events your troop could host complete with a budget sheet, flyers and instructions. These are just guidelines however; you could alter the events or make new ones to suit your needs. If you would like to set up an event, please contact either me (Maggie Ford) at 979-695-6970 or maggie.ford.13@gmail.com or Heather Murphy, the Meaningful Pursuits Coordinator for the Bluebonnet and Millican houses. She can be reached at 979-575-3622 or millicanhouse-mpc@alcco.com.

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Howdy Day Camp

Howdy at Home 2020 Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who made last week’s Galactic Howdy at Home Live week possible! If you missed last week’s live online camp and you have a scout in 1st-7th grade, you can still participate in camp by registering and joining us in the programs, craft, cooking, STEM activities, and more that were recorded for Galactic Howdy at Home. The only thing missing will be the live announcements and Zoom meetings. Your scout will still get a FREE t-shirt, song book, and patch if they complete at least a majority of the activities and share them with their unit on our private BAND site by July 31. Just register at this link and you will be sent all of the information you need for a great Camp Howdy time! Your child must be a registered scout and in the Bryan/College Station Service Unit or have attended Camp Howdy previously. Email Jami Castillo with any questions, jrhmcastillo@gmail.com.
https://forms.gle/DQZf2Ei2P4ydfBi68

Thanks and have a great Camp Howdy time!  Jami Castillo

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Howdy Day Camp

2020 Camper and Volunteer Information

Get Ready for Fun!!!

Every year, girls experience a wonderful week at Howdy Day Camp. It is a time of fun and friendship through outdoor Learning and rewarding experiences. This year’s camp theme will Expose girls to a variety of career possibilities in addition to the time-honored camp events.

Campers are placed by school grade from different troops to promote new friendships while experiencing nature

activities, crafts, snacks and cookouts. Girls in the Campcraft and Aides-in-Training units also participate in an overnight campout.

The entire camp is planned and run by caring and responsible adult volunteers who are trained in program and

safety and meet all GSUSA and state requirements.

Registration

  • Any girl may attend. Girls who are not currently Girl Scout must pay the $25 Girl Scout registration fee at www.gsctx.org.  The best time to complete registration with Girl Scouts of Central Texas is AFTER April 1, 2020, when you may take advantage of the EXTENDED YEAR MEMBERSHIP REDUCED PRICE OF $35.  This registration is good through September 31, 2021 and allows for your girl to get involved in traditional troop, council lead programs, or simply be registered as a Girl Scout for next years Camp Howdy Day Camp.
  • Your daughter may request to be in unit with one friend. Buddy requests should match. They must be in the same grade,
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2020.

The registration process (online registration application, health form, immunization record and payment) must be completed by midnight April 30th.

What will Day Camp cost?

Fees include a t-shirt and all program costs. Campcraft and AIT costs include the overnight campout. Note that we require everyone to wear the camp T-shirt every day. If you don’t want to wash every day, you can order extra shirts at a small additional cost. Adult volunteers receive one t-shirt free.

Participants Early Regis tration FeeMarch 17 – April 15 Regular Registration FeeApril 16 – 30
Campers, girls entering 1st through 5th grade $40 $50
Campcraft, girls entering 6th grade $55 $65
 Aide-in-Training, girls entering 7th grade and up  $55 $65
 Aide, girls who complted Aide-in-Training $12 $22
 Broncos, boys entering 1st through 6th grade of full-time adult volunteers $25 $35
 Pixies, pre-school children of full-time adult volunteers No Charge No Charge

Refund policy: Full refund if cancel by May 1. If between May 1 and May 15, refund will be fee-$10. No refunds after May 15.

To receive the early registration discounted fee, registration must be completed and all forms submitted by April 17, 2020 (health and immunization record), otherwise all forms must be submitted by April 30, 2020. Registration closes midnight on April 30, 2020.

What to Wear

It’s really important that girls and adults dress appropriately for camp.

• Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes with socks (athletic shoes or other comfortable walking shoes). NO SANDALS.

• Everyone should wear her camp t-shirt every day. Additional t-shirts may be ordered if you don’t want to wash every day.

• A hat is required to keep bugs out of your hair and the sun off your nose.

• NO SHORT-SHORTS.

• Sunscreen and insect repellent should be applied at home. 

Following these rules will make camp fun and easy for everyone.

What Else Does My Camper Need?

• Each camper should bring a package of non-perishable healthy snacks to Open House. These will be shared by the units throughout the week.

• Either Wednesday or Thursday will be designated “Cookout Day” for each unit. All other days everyone should bring a sack lunch in a large Ziploc-type bag labeled with name and unit number. On cookout day, campers will need a plate, bowl, fork and spoon.

• Everyone needs a water bottle that can be carried. Ask your troop leader or unit leader about easy ways to do this.

• A complete change of clothing should be delivered to your unit leader in a large Ziploc-type bag including underwear and socks.

• A small backpack is handy for carrying stuff each day. Include a large garbage bag that can be used as a raincoat in case of rain.

• A letter will be mailed to each camper about two weeks before camp with detailed information about your camper’s unit and emergency procedures.

Questions?
Contact either of the Camp Directors:

Lis Soto / Mrs. Rainbow  979-422-8236
ricky.lis.soto@gmail.com

Amy York   979-777-8829
amy.york.03@gmail.com

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Howdy Day Camp

Letter from the Directors of Galactic Howdy 2020

Hello To Those That Registered for Howdy Day Camp,

We hope you are all well and finding some joy in this strange time. 

It is with very heavy hearts that the decision was made to cancel Galactic Howdy 2020.  We are thankful for all the wonderful feedback you gave us through the survey.  With your feedback in mind and due to uncertainty around the required COVID-19 safety regulations and the Texas summer heat in July, it was decided to cancel June 1st  day camp and not postpone it into July 2020.

Stay alert, there is discussion of a virtual summer program for our Girl Scouts!

Thank you to those who have already eagerly registered for Galactic Howdy.  Checks have not been cashed.

Those who sent in payment have 3 choices:

  1. Donate the money to Friends of Girl Scouting (FOGS) to directly impacts girls in GSCTX by supporting programming, council-wide events, and by maintaining and updating camps.
  2. Request for your check to be returned to you through the mail.
  3. Do nothing and let the check be shredded by our registrar.

We need to know your decision by May 15th or option 3 will be your choice by default.

If you choose option 1 or 2, you can email Mary Marek with your thoughts or questions at Mareklm@aol.com.

Thank you to all those who invested time and planning into Galactic Howdy 2020.  We look forward to seeing you at camp in the future.

Take Care,

Amy York and Lis Soto (Mrs. Rainbow)

If you have questions, please contact:

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Howdy Day Camp

Introducing Galactic Howdy at Home!

June 22-26, 2020

We’re moving everyone’s favorite day camp into your backyard! Every day during camp we will post videos taught by your favorite Howdy Aides on how to create a space themed craft, a fun game you can do with your family, songs you can learn together, and even skits to make you laugh. We will have a program video every day that will teach you something about space.  You can also join in a Unit Time chat on Zoom with your unit if you’d like. 


Come have some virtual day camp fun with all of your favorite parts of Howdy Day Camp without the heat and the bugs! Registration starts Monday, May 18 and goes through Sunday, May 31! Cost is free for registered Girl Scouts and no health forms required. Adults are welcome, too! We need volunteers to make this work.


Please submit your questions to: Jami Castillo jrhmcastillo@gmail.com