• A Man Among Girls

    15 Nov 2014

    Eric Foster enjoyed the outdoors as an Eagle Scout but little did he know then that his interests would one day lead him to where he is today – a trainer with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

    Foster served as a Scoutmaster with his two sons, taking them through Boy Scouts. Now, he is doing the same with his daughter, only in a slightly different setting.

    When he adopted his daughter, Morgan, from China, he decided to transfer his knowledge of scouting to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas where he volunteered his time to become a scout leader and a trainer. He works with the fifth-grade Junior level since his daughter is now 11.

    “Scouting is my hobby,” says the Flower Mound father. “The reason I give my time to scouting ... is the holistic nature of the program.”

    Through working with his daughter and other young women, Foster has been able to help them learn skillsets in leadership, being a team player, citizenship, fitness, disaster preparation, environmental stewardship, life skills and more.

    “We’re teaching girls in this program to be leaders in the community,” he said.

    Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves an estimated 30,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties including Denton County, which has 4,396 girls in the program. An estimated 732 of the county’s Girl Scouts are from Flower Mound with 138 from Highland Village, 88 from Lantana, 55 from Argyle, 23 from Double Oak, three from Bartonvi...

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  • Longview Girl Scout Troop Places Flags on Graves in Honor of Veterans Day

    07 Nov 2014

    Rosewood Cemetery in Longview got a healthy dose of patriotic support Thursday thanks to the help of an area Girl Scout troop.

    “I wanted to help the veterans,” fourth grade Junior Girl Scout Dina Zeid said. “My grandfather was in World War II in the U.S. Navy, and he’s buried at this cemetery.”

    Dina, who is in Troop No. 2473, said she feels her grandfather would be proud of her setting out flags on graves throughout the cemetery in honor of Veterans Day.

    “I think that all veterans deserve to be honored because they did help us become a free country,” Dina said. “I would want to say thank you (to veterans).”

    Dina, along with fellow troop members Jayla Robertson, Jeanne Thurman, Maddie McCracken and Tiana Morgan, have come to the cemetery for the past three years to place flags on graves in honor of Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

    “This is our first year as juniors (members), and we’re trying to do a year of service,” Troop Leader Kakie McCracken said. “We’ve always done for the last three years, come out to Rosewood Cemetery and put flags on grave sites for veterans because freedom’s not free. The girls need to know that at a young age so they can grow into people in the community that actually care.”

    Cemetery General Manager Johnny Greathouse said families of the deceased appreciate the girls’ work.

    “I’ve had several family members mention...

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  • Scout Dedicated to Saving Pets

    04 Nov 2014

    Devin Bray, a junior at Denton Guyer High School, has been reaching for the gold since she was a Daisy — the youngest level of Girl Scouts — in kindergarten.

    Bray says her passion for animals inspired the project she’s undertaken to earn her Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Her goal, she said, is to help firefighters learn how to better save the lives of cats and dogs rescued from burning homes.

    “By watching the news I saw all these animals that needed to be saved, and I wanted to help do something about it,” said Bray, a member of Girl Scout Troop 317 in Corinth.

    And she did.

    Over the past seven months, Bray researched how to provide not only pet oxygen masks to the community, but also the training needed to use them.

    Denton Fire Department Battalion Chief Brian Glenn said he had been in communication for six weeks with Bray about her project, and initially she was just asking to donate some masks.

    “We weren’t really in the market for more masks, but I told her we could maybe use some training and it went on from there,” he said.

    Caleb Coursey, a member of Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Emergency Team, led training Saturday at the Denton Public Safety Training Center.

    Coursey said it was the veterinary team’s first oxygen safety training course for firefighters, and he hopes it leads to more.

    “It’s possibly one of the best things that could happen,” he said about the launch of the n...

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  • Invite-a-Friend to GSNETX

    03 Nov 2014

    Life is always better with a friend, right? We think so, too! So why not invite your friend to become a Girl Scout volunteer!

    With nearly 30,000 Girl Scouts and 17,000 volunteers, we want to know who you think would make a great role model for our girls.

    For the entire month of November, volunteers can invite their friends to the Girl Scout family! When you invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop, you’ll receive $50 to spend at Girl Scouts’ official online store, and your friend will get a free Volunteer Resource Pack filled with tools that won’t just jumpstart your friend’s Girl Scout experience, but inspire each girl to take on new adventures!

    Once your friend joins Girl Scouts as a troop leader, completes the volunteer application, and starts a new Girl Scout troop, be sure to claim your prize!

    But it doesn’t have to end there.

    You can invite up to two friends; that's a $100 gift to you, and important volunteer tools for your friend!

    When you Invite-a-Friend, you're inviting more than just another volunteer. You're inviting a dedicated person to serve as their girls’ cheerleader, mentor and counselor. We can think of a million reasons why your friend would be a perfect fit. Participate today and watch your friend and her troop flourish!

  • Local Girl Scouts Meet Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere

    17 Oct 2014

    Members of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Junior Troop 3537 met with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere in his office located at the Plano Municipal Building on Monday, October 13, 2014. Meeting the Mayor was an honor and a key step for completing their “Inside Government” badge.

    Mayor LaRosiliere spoke with the troop regarding how city government is run and how they can be active citizens. The girls then asked questions that ranged from “why did you decide to become mayor” to “can you tell me about your kids.”

    After the discussion, the girls pledged to become ambassadors for the city of Plano, as part of the city’s Youth Ambassador Program for which the Mayor awarded each scout a certificate and badge.

    After the meeting, Mayor LaRosiliere tweeted:

    Plano Mayor’s Office (@PlanosMayor) 10/13/14, 5:10 PM

    "Met with Girl Scout Troop 3537. Thanks girls for taking the Youth Ambassador Pledge!"

    About Troop 3537
    Girl Scout Troop 3537 are first year Juniors and fourth grade students at PISD’s Gulledge Elementary and Hickey Elementary. Troop members who met the Mayor included: Cassidy Brown, Gillian Hill, Eva Myers, Devika Nair, Hayley Polkes and Maya Villanueva. Also in attendance were troop leaders Leslie Brown and Leanne Villanueva, as well as, parent volunteer Seth Myers.

    About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

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  • Stand up, don’t stand by

    03 Sep 2014

    As students begin to settle into the school year, it’s important to be aware that one-third of girls ages 12-18 have reported being bullied at school; 85 percent of the time, no one intervenes.

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) is looking to change that statistic by instilling courage, confidence and character in its 33,000 members.

    “I am totally in the know about these things because I have a 6th-grade daughter,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of GSNETX. “Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has been around for 102 years, and the core of who we are is about how to have healthy relationships. As we have seen girl-on-girl bullying and cyberbullying increase, Girl Scouts provides resources to prevent bullying. Troops learn teamwork, conflict resolution, how to build a better self and about positive relationships. [It’s important because] girls don’t always get that kind of character development outside of school.”

    Of the 7,233 Girl Scouts in Collin County, more than 2,400 live in Plano. Bartkowski said Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 participate in a “journey” aimed at the organization’s three keys of leadership: discover, connect, take action.

    “We have three journeys – one is called aMaze! and it’s all about healthy relationships,” Bartkowski said. “Girls go through that journey over two to three years and learn how to stand up for themselves and how to have healthy relationships.”

    A few years ago Girl Scouts developed its BFF: Be a Friend Fi...

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