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Ways to Recognize
Special People

Most adults who volunteer to help the troop do so for personal reasons and do not expect a special thank you, but it's always nice to know that you were appreciated. The ideas below are simple and inexpensive. They're just quick ways to say thanks!


  1. Present a bag (or jar) of peanuts decorated with curly ribbon. Attach a note that all the girls have signed saying "We're nuts about you!"
  2. Present a jar of jam decorated with curly ribbon. The message from girls can read "Thanks for helping us out of a jam!" or "Such a sweet thing to do!"
  3. Present a wooden (or plastic) spinning top with the message attached "You're tops with us!"
  4. Purchase an extra box of Girl Scout cookies. Decorate as desired and attach a message "Top Cookie of Troop 1234" or "To a real sweet cookie!"
  5. Make a crown from construction paper or fun foam. Let girls decorate as desired. Write the message "Queen (or King) of our Hearts!" Have each person who helped the troop throughout the year wear one during the ceremony (or award) event.
  6. Purchase a can of band-aids. Decorate with curly ribbon and attach a message signed by all the girls "Thanks for the first aid!" or "Thanks for sticking to us!"
  7. Certificates are always a nice thanks, too! Use these templates to create your own recognition certificates or create your own!




2014 Annual Gathering PROGRAM (click to download) 

Annual Meeting, SWAP meet, Recognition Banquet, and Adventure Camporee

Join us in a celebration of Girl Scouting in Greater South Texas at the 2014 Annual Gathering.  Register to be a part of the Annual Meeting, Council-wide SWAP meet, Recognition Banquet, Gold Award Meet 'n' Greet, and the 3rd annual Adventure Camporee!  Fun with Girl Scouts across our council awaits you, so open the Registration Packet now to learn more and register.


Adult Recognition Packet (click to download)



April 12-13, 2014
 10:00am – Registration opens 
 10:00am-3:00pm – Girl Scout shop open 
 11:00am– Business meeting and Swap Meet begin 
 12:00pm– Conclusion of Annual Meeting and Swap Meet 
 12:00pm- Recognition Banquet Lunch served and Awards presented 
   2:00pm- Gold Award Alliance Meet and Greet immediately following the conclusion of the Recognition Banquet
   3:00pm- Adventure Camporee Kick-off in Equestrian Center 
   6:00pm- Supper break 
   7:00pm- Evening Camporee Activities
   9:00pm-8:00am – Camp-out 
   8:00am – Breakfast served 
   8:45-10:30am – Scout’s Own Ceremony and conclusion



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Volunteers who participate, encourage, and support the Girl Scout Movement are the very foundation of our organization. An attitude of appreciation and encouragement is expressed throughout the council in ways that recognize dedication and contributions of volunteers to the mission of Girl Scouting. Thank You. Showing appreciation is an everyday commitment and Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas greatly appreciates the thousands of volunteers who help make Girl Scouting a reality.


It's easy to say thank you and show your appreciation ... nominate special people here!


Each year Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas hosts a Volunteer Recognition Event to honor volunteers who have been nominated and selected to receive a board-approved award.

Volunteer Services Department

   Terry Blevins                                                                        Caroline Roel

   Director of Volunteer Services                                         Volunteer Services Executive

   800-865-3069                                                                       800-477-2688

   361-573-6451                                                                       956-425-2388

   361-579-0988 fax                                                                 956-425-9602


CPR/First Aid

The American Red Cross (ARC) First Aid course along with the ARC Adult/Child CPR course will fulfill the requirements in Safety-Wise for Girl Scouts for a Level I First Aider. Using the current curriculum from ARC, each course is four hours in length. Certification is required in both first aid and adult/child CPR, but the courses may be taken independently, depending upon the expiration of current certifications. Each course is a combination of video, reading, and skill practice. Participants will be required to pass skills and multiple-choice written tests. Adult/child CPR certification is good for one year and the first aid certification is good for three years. NOTE: Participants wishing to re-certify may wish to register for a Challenge course.


$8.50—Participant’s Manual
$14—CPR (Adult/Child)
$14—First Aid
Financial assistance available!



CPR and First Aid Challenge Courses

CPR certification from American Red Cross (ARC) is valid for one year. To renew your CPR certificate, you may retake the CPR course or take a CPR Challenge. First aid certification from ARC is valid for three years. To renew your first aid certificate, you may retake the first aid course or take a First Aid Challenge.

Note: Participants taking Challenge courses are responsible for demonstrating skills and knowledge from the current American Red Cross workbook, First Aid/CPR/AED for Schools and Community, 2006 edition.
Participants MUST be able to demonstrate, without coaching or practice, all skills and pass a written test on these skills. This is a pass/fail course with no instruction given. No refunds or fee transfers are given if certification cannot be achieved.

Fees: $10/person if participant brings current ARC workbook; $18.50/person if council provides workbook to participant



Infant CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

MANDATORY Prerequisite: Current GSUSA-accepted certification in adult/child CPR. This course is also available to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

Participants will learn to prevent and respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in infants and perform infant CPR, as well as use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) device for children and adults. Required course for GSGST Level II First Aiders.

Fees: $10/person if participant brings current ARC manual; $25/person if council provides manual to participant



CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor Course -- American Red Cross Instructor Certification

Prerequisites: Registered Girl Scout member; age 17 or above; knowledge and skills in adult/child CPR and first aid (2006 revisions)

Volunteer CPR/first aid instructors are the key to ensuring Girl Scout safety! Come join this important team and make CPR training more available to your community! GSGST greatly needs more trained instructors. Being an instructor is also a great way to keep up your safety skills—and NEVER pay for another basic CPR course! The $60 course fee includes all sessions, materials and Red Cross instructor certification. This fee is a discount for Girl Scouts—normal Red Cross fee is $225. Girl Scout volunteer instructors have option to obtain reimbursement of course fee by providing courses for Girl Scouts.



Level II (Wilderness) First Aid

MANDATORY Prerequisite: Current GSUSA-accepted certification in adult/child CPR, infant CPR and AED. Girl Scout Seniors, Ambassadors, and adults only

As per Safety-Wise, there are two levels of first aid for Girl Scouts. Level I meets requirements for most activities, such as field trips and troop camping trips on Girl Scout property. However, for events such as service unit campouts with more than 200 people, certain Activity Checkpoints, and backpacking, Level II First Aiders are required. This course meets the GSGST requirements for Level II First Aid. Course includes training in preparation for wilderness trips, preventive measures to reduce injuries, evacuation techniques, and a variety of wilderness first aid skills that are needed when help is delayed. Course provides certification in American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid (good for three years). This is a great opportunity for volunteers and Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors to expand their skills and be prepared for high adventure! Note: girls under 18 may NOT serve as Level I or Level II First Aiders.

Fee: $60/person (cost includes all materials, including American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid textbook)



Training Waivers

Volunteers who have completed training at other Girl Scout councils, as well as USA Girl Scouts-Overseas may be eligible for a training waiver. All adult volunteers are encouraged to participate in the adult training courses, but may not be required to duplicate training already taken elsewhere.


Volunteers requesting a training waiver must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have been active and continue to be active at the troop level within the last two years.
  • Training must be comparable to that offered at this council.
  • Waiver requests must be completed and submitted with documentation (i.e. copy of past training card, etc.) to the Adult Development Department. Complete the Training Waiver Request Form and submit it with your documentation.
  • Volunteers will be notified in writing of the results of their waiver request.

Adult Education


Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Essentials (Spanish)

Blue Bookof Basic Documents

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Safety Activity Checkpoints (Spanish)

Adult Learning Opportunities August 2013 - July 2014

Registration Form - Adult Learning Opportunities

Footsteps to Follow

Learning Opportunities                
August 2013 – July 2014

Each troop must have at least 1 person trained in Leadership Essentials & FA-CPR, in order to hold meetings, participate in product sales and go on trips.  Outdoor Fun is needed for a one pot cook-out, Troop Camp Training if your troop wants to go Camping, sleep out or cook out.
Series & Events if you are planning to Chair events or series. See below for Progression.

Leadership Progression:
Leadership Essentials – On line class
Leadership Essentials – Face to Face class
Level Roundtable (register for one of the following:  Daisy, Brownie, Junior or
                                                                                                Older Girls
Journey-Guide Workshop

Outdoor Progression:
Outdoor Fun  ($10.00 fee)
Troop Camp Training ($25.00 fee)
Backpack Training -  no fee

First Aid-CPR
A First Aider must be present any time girls are present.   ($35.00 fee)
First Aid – CPR Review (must show a current card which is expiring)
                        Bring your book to the class  ($25.00 fee)
Red Cross Babysitting Class  ($35.00)

Series & Events
Series & Events - on line class
Series & Events – Face to Face Class



Girl Scout Journey

Participants need to bring paper, pencil, Leader/Facilitator Guide and Handbook/Journey for your Grade Level. You must register one week prior to the Training course. If registration minimums are not met, the Training will be cancelled.

For more Information concerning training classes please see Introduction to Adult Learning.

If you have any questions regarding training, please contact:

Terry Blevins
Director of Volunteer Services
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104 W. River St..
Victoria, Texas 77901
(361) 573-6451 or 800-865-3069
Fax: (361) 579-0988

Isabel Palacios
Volunteer Services Executive
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2410 Bevecrest
Corpus Christi, Texas 78415
Fax: 361-883-5038

Volunteers Make It Possible

Two-thirds of the women who are today's leaders in government, business, education, medicine, science, and in their communities were once Girl Scouts. But two-thirds of too few is not enough.

An investment in Girl Scouts is broader than a cause or a cure. It's a commitment to a generation. Our volunteers are changing the world by supporting the young women who will change it.

If you have the time, join our more than 8,000 volunteers. You'll be amazed at what girls can achieve for themselves and for your community. If you have a passion, share it with a group of Girl Scouts. Girls are more inspired by role models than school subjects.


Today's Girl Scouts are the children of a new century. With your help, it will be their century.
What is the change you want to see in the world? 

Imagine what an entire generation of girls will do, given the confidence, the skills, and the experience they need to lead.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities with Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, complete the online interest form and start your rewarding experience today.

Feel inspired to volunteer?

Everyone who volunteers with Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas must fill out a Volunteer Application-Background Check.

Complete the application, print, then mail or deliver it to (or email your completed form to croel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ): GSGST, Attn: Adult Development, 202 E. Madison, Harlingen, Texas 78550 or fax to  956-425-9602 Attn: Adult Development, after the completion of Girl Scouting 101 (current assigned password is: aboutGS101) and complete your Leadership Essentials Class- See Adult Learning Opportunites or Council  Calendar for dates and times.


Girl Scouts offers volunteer opportunities for all levels of time commitment. You can choose the opportunities that fit your skills, talents, interests, and availability. Whether you have a few weekends a year to spare or want to make a weekly commitment, we have many fun and rewarding positions to choose from. There are many Pathways for adults to enter Girl Scouting and more information on Pathways can be found on our homepage.  We offer training and support for volunteers and will help you turn your interests into a rewarding volunteer experience. We encourage you to pursue your ideas, ambitions, or share your areas of expertise.

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you might work with teens to help them deal with peer pressure, go with girls on their first camping trip, or teach a finance workshop that will influence a young woman's future direction. You will also meet other interesting, committed volunteers who share your passion for helping others and giving back to the community.

Benefits to volunteering include:

  1. Opportunity to make a contribution to the development of girls;
  2. Opportunity to increase self-esteem;
  3. Learning opportunities in public speaking, goal setting, supervision, time management, team building, etc.; and
  4. Opportunities to meet new people and forge new friendships.

Girl Scouts has a place—and need—for you! Simply call or email to find the perfect volunteer position for you.


Terry Blevins Director of Volunteer Services  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  104 W. River St.. Victoria, Texas 77901 (361) 573-6451 or 800-865-3069 Fax: (361) 579-0988




Caroline Roel Volunteer Services Executive  

202 E. Madison, Harlingen, Texas 78550

(956)425-2388 or 800-477-2688

FAX: (956)425-9602



The new volunteer redesign has volunteer positions on four levels: Council, Regional, Community and Direct Service.  These positions also function across the council in ALL Departments:  Membership, Program, Volunteer Services, Product Sales and Communication/Marketing.  Volunteer positions are no longer limited to adult volunteers!  We are looking for girls (Cadette-Ambassador) with Girl Scout Leadership Experience to help deliver the Girl Scout Movement throughout our council and beyond.  So, you ready for a new experience?!  See the charts below for position descriptions, trainings needed and resources for all new volunteer positions. 


Download SDR Volunteer Manual

All (*) items need to be checkout or picked up at the council office.  Please e-mail the Department Director.
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-Program Resources- Penny Falian, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
-Volunteers Services Resources- Terry Blevins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
-Product Sales – Claudia Menchaca, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Membership Dept. Volunteer Positions

Position and Description Training Needed Resources
Community Champion Healthy Relationships Pathway Class In Motion
Council Goals
Council Contact Person & Meeting Schedule
Membership and Community Development Organizer Healthy Relationships Pathway Class
Adult Recruitment Class
In Motion
Recruiter Roster
PR Contact List
Targets & Goals
Volunteer Recruiters Adult Recruitment Training Volunteer Essentials
Flyer Template
Adult Interest Cards
Application Packets
*Presentation Kit
Rally Calendar
Roster of Girl Recruiters
Business Card Templates
Girl Recruitment Captain ACT NOW- Girl Recruitment Sections
Adult Recruitment Training
Organizing Training
Roster of Girl Recruiters
List of Local Locations
*Presentation Kit
In Motion
Pathway Information

Program Dept. Volunteer Positions

Position and Description Training Needed Resources
Gold and Silver Awards Committee Organizer Take Action Training
Journey Workshop
Activity Check Points
Volunteer Essentials
Journey books and Girl Guides
Committee Roster
Award Information
Camp Pathway Advisor Troop Camp Training
Outdoor Fun
Journey Workshop
Preparing Teen Mentors
Activity Checkpoints
Journey books and Girl Guides
Camp Inventory
Contact info for Camp Ranger and Key Staff
Completed Evaluation Forms
Travel Pathway Committee Organizer Travel Volunteer Learning Training Activity Checkpoints
Volunteer Essentials
Older Girl Roster
Opportunity List
Emergency Communication Plan
Workshop for Completing Applications
GSLE Committee Organizer Journey Workshop
Preparing Teen Mentors
Activity Check Points
Roster of Volunteers
In Motion
Webinar resources
Coordinators (Series, Events, Camps) Event-Series Training
Journey Workshop Class
Outdoor Fun (as needed)
Troop Camp Training (as needed)
Activity Check Points
Journey books and Girl Guides
Budget Worksheet
List of Available Venues
Ceremonies Book
Program in a Box
Flyer/Event Templates
Evaluation Template
Roster of Teen Advisors
Council Calendar
GSLE Teen Advisors (Teen Role) Journey Workshop
Preparing Teen Mentors
Activity Checkpoints
Journey books and Girl Guides
Interest Cards
Coordinator Contact List
Comm./Reg. GSLE Teen Advisors Roster
Listing of Past Events
Coordinators (Events, Troop) Event-Series Training Journey books and Girl Guides
List of Available Venues
Flyer Templates
Program in a Box
Activity Check Points
List of Troops by school
Series Directors/ Series Assistant Event-Series Training
Journey Workshop Class
Activity Checkpoints
Council Calendar
In Motion
Journey books and Girl Guides
List of Available Venues
Press Release Template
Coordinator Contact List
Comm./Reg. GSLE Teen Advisors Roster Permission Forms
Budget Sheet
Camp Directors/ Camp Assistants Troop Camp Training
Outdoor Fun
Journey Workshop
Preparing Teen Mentors
Activity Check Points
Budget Sheet
Outdoor Education & Resources
Camp Inventory
In Motion
GSLE Teen Advisors Contact List
Event Directors/ Event Assistants Event-Series Training
Journey Workshop
Outdoor Education & Resources
Available Supplies
Troop Leaders/Troop Assistants On-Line Orientation
Leadership Essentials
Journey Workshop
Level Roundtable
First Aid-CPR (one per troop does not have to be troop leader)
Volunteer Essentials
Activity Check Points
Council Calendar
Journeys & Girl Guides
Name and Contact Info for Assigned Mentor
Program in a Box
Outdoor Progression
Quick Start Guides

Volunteer Services Dept. Volunteer Positions

Position and Description Training Needed Resources
Volunteer Interviewer Orientation with Volunteer Services Staff

Training Calendar
Interest Form/Card

Trainer Application

Questionnaire Template
Pathway Binder
Placement Letter Template

Volunteer Customer Service Representative All Available Girl Scout Trainings List of Regional Volunteers
Contact Numbers and Roles of Council Staff
Accounting Committee Organizer Audit Training
How to Manage and Balance Account
Volunteer Essentials
Audit Forms
Bank Account Request Form
List of Troop Friendly Banking Establishments
Volunteer Support Committee Organizer Diversity Training Adult recognition packet
Training & Council Calendar
Listing of New Adult Recruits
Reporting system for Team
Checklist for Each Adult Volunteer
Volunteer Development Coordinator *Knowledge of all Training Resources Adult recognition packet
Training & Council Calendar
List of Available Venues for Training Classes
Training Course Catalog
Facilitators/Trainer F.A.L Training

Council Expectations

Trainer Application
Sheets
Training Calendar
Progression Guides
Training Cards and Materials
Roster of Council Facilitators and Trainers
Training Modules
Self Assessments
*Please see Volunteer Services for resources

Quality Assurance Coordinator GS 101 Evaluation Tools
Journey Training Outline and Packet
Survey Questions
Training Calendar
Report Template
New Volunteer Mentor *Must have 2 years of Leader Experience Knowledge of Elf program and Coach Positions
List of Area Troops
Business Card Template
Training Calendar
Reporting Form
Journey Books and Girl Guides
GSLE Coaches (Camp,Series,Troop) Journey Workshops
Series and Events Training
Preparing Teen Mentors Training
Training Calendar
Journeys and Girl Guides
Community Team Information
Recognition Information
Coach Guide
Evaluation Forms w/ Feedback
Thank You Card Template
Self Assessment form
Accounting Coordinator Audit Training
How to Manage and Balance Accounts
Volunteer Essentials
Audit Forms
Bank Account Request Form
List of Troop Friendly Banking Establishments

Product Sales Dept. Volunteer Positions

Position and Description Training Needed Resources
Product Sales Committee Organizer Product Sales Training (Fall & Cookie) Volunteer Essentials
Booth Sales Etiquette
Roster of Product Sales Coordinators
Product Sales info (Fall Product, Cookies)
Council Goals
Contact info for Event, Series and Camp Coordinators
Product Sales Coordinators Product Sales Training (Fall & Cookie) Volunteer Essentials
Booth Sales Etiquette
Roster of Product Sales Coordinators
Product Sales info (Fall Product, Cookies)
Council Goals
Roster of Registered Girls

Communication/Fund Development Dept. Volunteer Positions

**Please note that these are all positions currently being piloted from the Corpus Christi Service Center.  If you would like to learn more about resources for your area please contact your Service Center.


For more information contact

Caroline Roel Volunteer Services Executive 

202 E. Madison, Harlingen, Texas 78550

(956)425-2388 or 800-477-2688

FAX: (956)425-9602


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On my honor, I will try: to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law