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Betsy Denson
713-292-0236
or 1-800-392-4340, ext. 1236

Lady Oliver
713-292-0361
or 1-800-392-4340, ext. 1361

It’s a Day at Camp For ExxonMobil Employees

On September 19, nearly 100 employees from ExxonMobil, joined by 15 Council staff members, spent the day at Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s (GSSJC) Treelake complex in Conroe, Texas. Canoeing and s’mores were not on the schedule however; instead the ExxonMobil crew spent the day to improve the camps for the girls during the United Way’s Day of Caring.

The ExxonMobil volunteers painted kitchen shelters and camp gates, cleared brush and reworked two horse trails, and performed maintenance on four existing trails in addition to opening a new trail connecting Camps Silver Springs and Camp Agnes Arnold. The team also spread mulch on the ‘fall zones’ at Camp Silver Springs’ Challenge (Ropes) Course. Their biggest challenge was building a 20-foot bridge over a ravine at the Challenge Course, connecting Wild Woozy and Low Multi-vine – two elements of the course.

Mark Broughton from ExxonMobil led the volunteer contingent to build the bridge. "We all had a fun time producing a quality product with some ExxonMobil sweat equity benefiting our community," he says.

ExxonMobil provided breakfast and lunch in addition to their work and cheerful attitude. Bob Spaeth, GSSJCs Facilities director, estimates that the group provided 630 hours of intensive labor. It would take a single person working 15 weeks to accomplish the equivalent amount of work. “They worked very hard and were well organized,” says Spaeth. “Council staff was on hand to answer questions about the camps and the volunteers went away with a true sense of what they accomplished for the girls.”

“We are so appreciative of the work done by ExxonMobil,” says Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Community support like that provided by ExxonMobil is vital to the growth and success of our Council.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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.

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