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Girl Scouts receives $50,000 from H-E-B for camp renovation
Money used to overhaul kitchen in reconstructed activity center

HOUSTON, Texas (April 1, 2014) – The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., received $50,000 from Texas grocery giant H-E-B  to build  a new kitchen  in the newly renovated Mamie E. George Activity Center located at Camp Myra S. Pryor in Nada, Texas.

“We are grateful for the support of H-E-B,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “As a longtime supporter of Girl Scouts and its mission, H-E-B understands that camping is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. It provides opportunities that help girls discover who they are, connect with others in a safe and nurturing environment and take action to make a difference.”

The H-E-B kitchen is just one of several new amenities located in the activity center. There are also six classrooms that will be used for community and regional meetings, girl and adult trainings, day camp programs and Council-led program activities, a stage, porches and landscaping in keeping with the Texas ranch theme. As part of the Ranch Site, girls will also enjoy a new welcome center, refreshed cabins outfitted with fire pits and a pavilion equipped with a stage.

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.

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