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Thursday, 29 August 2013 18:05
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 425

From sports to camping to candle-making, the Resource Center has all kinds of equipment that you can check out!

There is also a variety of badge, activity, and specialty kits for troops to check out. A badge kit contains most of the materials necessary to complete a particular badge or patch. Specialty or activity kits are not designed to complete an earned award, but contain materials needed for fun activities girls will enjoy doing.


The badge and activity kits are not meant to be completed in one meeting. The purpose of an earned award is for girls to develop a better understanding of the topic and even be able to discuss their opinions on that topic with others. It is very difficult to relay the importance of the information in the kits in one meeting. We suggest spending two to four meetings on a kit. Each kit is different as is every troop, so we can help you determine how long each kit will be needed.  Kits are extremely popular and in great demand. To ensure they are available to as many troops as possible, they are limited to a three-month advance reservation.


Resource Center Reservations

With the exception of library materials, it's best to reserve needed equipment or kits as far in advance as possible. With nearly 1,000 groups using the center, items are not always readily available. Once girls decide which items to borrow, call or come in to reserve immediately.


To reserve equipment, volunteers complete the Equipment Request Form with pick-up date and due date, agreed upon by volunteer and Resource Center staff. Information on the person responsible for the item is also noted. The volunteer, or other designated party, can pick up the reserved item(s) any time during Resource Center hours on the pick up date, and return the item(s) any time during regular center hours on the due date.


To reserve a kit, you also complete an Equipment Request Form or call the Resource Center at phone #5555. Kits/items not picked up within five days of the scheduled pick-up date will be cancelled and made available to others.



Thursday, 29 August 2013 18:01
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 443

The library has books on arts and crafts, outstanding women, multi-cultural holidays, program ideas, Journey Books for all age levels, international and national Girl Scout history, outdoor fun, music, teen-adult relationships, self-help materials, and much, much more. Library materials cannot be reserved -- they are on an as-available basis.


There is no charge for using the library resources, we simply ask that you honor your due/return date and return items on time. Others are always waiting to use them.


Books, videos, and cassettes can be checked out from the Resource Center Library for two weeks at a time. There is a limit of six items per checkout.


A late fee of 10¢ per item, per day will be assessed on all late library items. Persons with overdue materials will receive a letter or e-mail reminder. Library privileges will be revoked until all items have been returned.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:52
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 486

The Resource Center has been developed for YOU, the Girl Scout volunteer. It is located at the Harlingen 202 E. Madison Harlingen, Texas 78550. The purpose of the Resource Center is to help make the volunteer's job a little easier. The Resource Center loans items such as flags, ceremony and program supplies, camping and sports equipment, books, song cassettes, badge kits, and more to assist adults in providing Girl Scout program to girls. Qualified consultants staff the Resource Center and are available in person or by phone to assist you.

Resource Center Hours

School Year Hours (September 1-May 31) Summer Hours (June 1-August 31)

Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
2nd Saturday each month, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  2nd Saturday each month, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday Open Dates:
September 14  |  October 12  |  November 9  |  December 14

Earn $10 in Resource Rebates!

Please help us improve the Resource Center by taking a few minutes to complete a Customer Satisfaction Survey. Your input is vital to the center’s continued growth, improvement and direction! All information is confidential. For additional information or questions, call the Resource Center phone #5555. Thank you for your time and commitment to girls.

Resource Rebates

Resource Center equipment sometimes requires a use fee and/or deposit. A special program called Resource Rebates has been created specifically to make the Resource Center available to all girls and troops, regardless of financial status.

Resource Rebates are paper money awarded to volunteers upon completion of activities that promote building the skills and knowledge needed to operate a Girl Scout troop or group effectively. Volunteers can earn Resource Rebates by attending their service unit meetings, taking training, serving on or attending council committees and/or meetings, planning service projects with your troop, and other ways.

Resource Rebates can be used to pay any use fee charged by the Resource Center including laminating costs, copy expenses, certificates, Resource Center publications, equipment fees, etc. Resource Rebates cannot be used in lieu of deposits, damage fees, or replacement costs.

Thursday, 29 August 2013 17:42
Category: Troop Leaders
Written by Hits: 440

General Information

Any registered Girl Scout adult may participate in adult learning courses and workshops

It is required that all new troop leaders and co-leaders complete the GSGST Welcome Session and Troop Leadership Essentials before meeting with their girls or parents.

Each troop should have an adult certified in adult/child CPR and American Red Cross First Aid.

Babysitting is not provided at training sessions. Please make arrangements for child care while you are attending training.



Cancellations and Reimbursements

Training may be cancelled if there are insufficient registrations. Fees for cancelled courses are refunded.

Only those registered for a course will be notified of any changes.

Fees for courses which are held but which you do not attend are forfeited. You may provide a registered Girl Scout adult for a replacement, but be sure to notify the Training Registrar before the training.

If you cannot attend a course for which you have paid a fee and you call the Training Registrar 24 hours prior to the course, you will have six months from that date to reschedule and complete the course. After that time, your fee is forfeited.


Registration Steps

  1. Select course you wish to attend
  2. Complete a separate registration form for each course you wish to attend, one person per form, please.
  3. Send completed registration form and fee (when required) to the council office five business days before the date.


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