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Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Is Now the Largest Council in the Country!
Houston organized its first troop in 1918 from a Sunday school class. By 1921, there were three troops in total. Today, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) is recognized by Girl Scouts of USA (GSUSA) as the largest Council in the country with a girl membership of 64,000 plus!
The first Council in the Houston area began in 1922. In those early days, troops met in the Banquet Hall of the city auditorium or depending upon weather conditions, they would meet in Sam Houston Park. Now, GSSJC members can enjoy the Program Place for Girls, complete with program rooms, a lounge, a theatre and a café, which opened in December 2007.
In the early years, the Golden Eaglet was Girl Scouts’ highest award. It was awarded for the first time in Houston to Florence Jackson of Troop #2. This award represented the culmination of all the work the recipient had done in Girl Scouts over an extended period of time, sometimes years. Today, girls earn the Gold Award, which honors girls for using their leadership skills to make the world a better place. Less than five percent of all girls who join Girl Scouts earn this award of distinction.
The first area summer camp for Girl Scouts was held at Camp Harris Masterson, a Boy Scout camp on the San Jacinto River. Today, GSSJC has 10 camps, including three resident camps, for girls to explore and enjoy.
From its humble beginnings when Houston’s population was just over 138,000 in the 1920s, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council has grown to more than 80,000 members, including adult volunteers and girl members.
“San Jacinto Council has made tremendous strides over the years and we are so proud to be able to provide the unique Girl Scout experience to such a large member base,” said GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek. “We believe that a girl’s participation in Girl Scouts can truly change her life for the better.”
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 more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 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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