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Girl Scout Summit Encourages Teens and Tweens to 'Be A Survivor'
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council host Teen Summit 2001 for 200 Girls


(Houston-October 17, 2001) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host Teen Summit 2001, 'Be A Survivor' on Saturday, October 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Council headquarters, 3110 Southwest Freeway. The theme 'Be A Survivor' was developed to help girls learn healthy ways to cope with the stress of growing up. According to Teens Before Their Time, the inaugural report from the national Girl Scout Research Institute reveals that girls are facing accelerated concerns that will not go away until they are addressed. The report also confirmed that the three areas of child development are not working in sync for girls today. Cognitive and physical development are accelerated, but emotional development lags behind for the majority of the nation's 12 to 16 year-olds. 'Be A Survivor' is part of GSSJC's ongoing programming designed to reach girls at each of these developmental levels, and to help ensure their learning in a supportive, non-competitive all-girl environment.

'Be A Survivor' will empower Girl Scouts with informative workshops on how to start your own business, creating a unique look with make-up, learning about breast health awareness, and determining how to get out of a crisis situation safely. Girls will also be learning cardio-tai boxing as a way to 'box to a healthy lifestyle.'

Native Houstonian and Houston Chronicle Columnist Shannon Buggs will address the girls as the event's keynote speaker. Buggs, who writes the paper's 'Your Money' column, holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a master's in journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She will give an overview of Modern Journalism, suggest how girls can be their best at whatever they do, and invite the girls to interview her.

GSSJC is the second largest council in the United States, serving 53,183 girls and 14, 000 adults. The Council is currently recruiting troop leaders, in order to make the traditional Girl Scout experience available for every girl who accepts the Girl Scout Promise and Law. For more information, call 713-292-0300, and ask for Membership. Visit us online at

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council l Brand Management & Fund Development Department
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l Houston, TX 77098