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Largest Girl Scout Council in Texas Hosts National Wider Opportunity: Earth-Interactive
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council To Welcome 24 Girl Scouts from Seattle, Maryland, New York, and Illinois for a week of Space Exploration, Coastal Ecology and Forestry Activities

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Houston, June 16, 2003) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will introduce Houston to 24 Girl Scouts from around the country at a special week of interactive learning sessions called a ‘wider opportunity.’ In Girl Scouting, a ‘wider opportunity’ is known as a special experiential learning program that Girl Scouts can apply for, usually in another state or even country. Each Girl Scout meets new friends from outside her own home community, shadows professionals in different disciplines, and learns something new, about herself and others. At the Earth Interactive Wider Opportunity, which is being held in Houston, Lufkin and Nacogdoches, from Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, July 6, the girls will learn about many different aspects of our Earth, Sea and Sky.

They will examine the impact space exploration has on the Johnson Space Center; they will work with the U.S. Forestry Department and design a new habitat for the Red Cockheaded Woodpecker, an endangered species; learn the effect of wetlands on the environment, and develop a working knowledge of sustainable forestry.

Through collaboration with many local organizations; including Stephen F. Austin University, Moody Gardens, the Johnson Space Center, Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, and the Texas Forestry Association, the girls will gain a working knowledge of how Earth, Sea and Sky work together to keep our planet’s lifecycle going. “Each girl is also going to have fun, says Cindy Walter, San Jacinto Council’s director of programs. “These girls were selected from among many exemplary applications to go on this wider opportunity, and we feel their time here as native Texans will expand their universe, and help them truly experience learning on another level. Experiences like these are what college admissions professionals are looking for when they review applications,” says Walter.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the premiere organization for all girls—building character, values and skills for a lifetime. As the largest Girl Scout Council in Texas, San Jacinto serves more than 55,000 girls and 14,000 adults in 21 east and southeast Texas counties. For information about joining Girl Scouts, or about Community Outreach programs, call 1-800-392-4340 and ask for Membership. Visit us online at www.gssjc.org.

GSSJS 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.

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