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Nature Center Opens At Girl Scout Camp

Four-thousand square foot facility offers window to nature, outdoors

CONROE, TX (April 15, 2008) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) celebrated the highly anticipated opening of its nature center at Camp Agnes Arnold in Conroe with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 12. At more than 4,000 square feet, the center will provide programs for more than 4, 300 girls annually, helping them learn about nature and the environment, and encouraging them to interact in more meaningful ways with their surroundings.

“After three years of planning and construction, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is happy to see the hard work of its staff and volunteers turn a dream into a nature-inspired reality for the benefit of its girl members,” said Bob Spaeth, director of facilities. The nature center was one of several projects made possible by GSSJC’s successful 2006 capital campaign, which raised $11.3 million.

Members, staff and supporters joined Girl Scout CEO Mary Vitek and board chair Mary McIntire for the festivities, where Brownie Girl Scout Rachel Glasser had the honor of cutting the green ribbon. Immediately following the well-attended opening, guests embarked on a self-guided tour of the beautifully crafted facility.

Complete with a workroom, classroom and exhibit hall, as well as overnight accommodations for two naturalists, the nature center sits amidst beautiful campgrounds – just yards away from Shadow Lake’s shore - and serves as the anchor for a nature trail that encircles the lake.

“We are eternally grateful to our donors and supporters for making this nature center a reality,” said Vitek. “This would not have been possible without them.”

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.

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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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