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Girl Scouts unveils Ranch Site during camp dedication in Nada, Texas

Expansion to accommodate growing membership and program

 

HOUSTON, Texas (February 25, 2014) – The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., held a dedication ceremony at Camp Myra S. Pryor in Nada, Texas to unveil the camp’s new Ranch Site. Nearly 100 donors, community supporters, staff and local dignitaries were on site to tour the new additions that includes the Hamill Foundation Welcome Center, Mamie E.George Activity Center and DeSanctis Family Gathering Pavilion around the Madison Charitable Foundation town square and the refreshed Wildflower Cabin Cluster equipped with new kitchen shelters and fire circles.

“With 10 camp properties, we are highly committed to our camping program,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Camp Pryor has a tremendous opportunity for development, and we are placing a great deal of resources into preparing this beautiful camp for our girls.”

GSSJC is leading a major effort to raise more than $13 million by 2015 to update the Houston Girl Scout campus, grow its endowment and renovate its network of camp properties, with a primary focus on Camp Pryor. The Second Century of Leadership Campaign will help the council provide an unrivaled outdoor leadership experience, and establish a meaningful endowment to ensure that future generations of girls have access to all that Girl Scouts has to offer.

The dedication of the Ranch Site completes phase one of the Camp Pryor expansion. Phase two of construction will focus on building two new cabin clusters that will sleep a total of 98 campers and enhancing GSSJC’s kayaking and canoeing programs. The Council is constructing a six-acre lake with shallow areas for swimming and deeper areas that will accommodate a slide or a large flotation device. The Council will also build a canoe dock to facilitate girls’ boating instruction.

When the Second Century of Leadership Campaign is complete, GSSJC will offer a progressive boating program for girls at Camp Pryor and more than 200 climate-controlled beds for girls to enjoy the property year-round.

According to the National Wildlife Federation’s report, Whole Child: Developing Mind, Body and Spirit through Outdoor Play, the average American child spends more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen but only four to seven minutes playing outdoors. Experiencing nature connects children to the world around them and is intrinsic to their physical, social and emotional development.

For more than 100 years, the Girl Scout Movement has utilized outdoor education and exploration to teach girls to become courageous and confident leaders. GSSJC’s camp program is an essential part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 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 62,000 girls served and nearly 19,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is leading a historic Second Century of Leadership Campaign to raise more than $13 million by 2015 to meet two critical objectives, update and expand its unique network of camp properties and the Houston Girl Scout campus as well as establish a meaningful endowment to ensure the future generations of girls have access to all that Girl Scouts has to offer. A donation to Girl Scouts ensures future generations have an opportunity to learn the skills they need to reach their full potential in a safe and natural environment. For more information on ways you can donate, contact Beth Shea at 713-292-0321 or bshea@sjgs.org.

 

Editor’s Note:

Photo Caption [WelcomeCenter]: [Pictured left to right] Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) President and Board Chair Stacy Methvin, Hamill Foundation Executive Assistant Pamela Stanton, Hamill Foundation Grant Director Tom Brown and GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek are pictured in front of the Hamill Foundation Welcome Center at Camp Myra S. Pryor. GSSJC hosted a dedication event in January for the camp’s new Ranch Site that includes an activity center, pavilion and refreshed cabin clusters. The welcome center will serve as a check-in for girls spending the weekend at camp and house the reserve ranger on duty each weekend.

Photo Caption [WildflowerCabin]: The Wildflower Cabin Cluster is one of the newly renovated units at Camp Myra S. Pryor. It features 98 beds for girls, and new kitchen shelters and fire circles. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council hosted a dedication event in January for the new Ranch Site at Camp Pryor that also includes an activity center, pavilion and welcome center.

Photo Caption [MamieEGeorge]: [Pictured left to right] Lynn Bielamowicz, Roger Adamson and Dee Koch with the George Foundation stand in front of the new Mamie E. George Activity Center, located at Camp Myra S. Pryor in Nada, Texas. The facility includes classrooms, an indoor meeting place, stage and catering kitchen. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council unveiled the activity center in addition to other amenities during a dedication ceremony for the camp property’s Ranch Site.

Photo Caption [Pavilion]: The DeSanctis Family Gathering Pavilion located in the the Madison Charitable Foundation town square is one of the new amenities at Camp Myra S. Pryor, one of 10 camp sites belonging to Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. The council held a dedication event for Camp Pryor’s new Ranch Site that also includes the Hamill Foundation Welcome Center, Mamie E. George Activity Center and the refreshed Wildflower Cabin Cluster.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 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 the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 62,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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