Special Interest Groups

FIRST LEGO Leauge (FLL)

Girl Scouts ages 9-14 (Juniors & Cadettes)
Girl Scouts of Central Texas have an exciting opportunity to compete in a FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) competitions! Discover and solve real-world engineering challenges, connect with engineering and science professionals, and take action to make positive contributions to society. We currently have teams in Belton, Waco, and Bryan. 

* Meeting location: varies
* Meeting time: varies

Contact: Mitchell Whittier, STEM Programs Manager at mitchellw@gsctx.org

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

Girl Scouts ages 14-18 (Seniors & Ambassadors)
“The Varsity Sport for the Mind”, FRC combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules,  limited resources, and time limits, teams of 6 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Girls get to learn from professional engineers, build and compete with a robot of their own design, learn and use sophisticated software and hardware, compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments, and qualify for nearly $14.8 million in college scholarships. GSCTX sponsors an FRC Team in Austin and Waco.

Meeting location:
*Austin team – Kodosky Service Center
*Waco team – Waco High School
Meeting time: During competition season- evenings and weekends; during off season- varies

Contact Mitchell Whittier, STEM Programs Manager at mitchellw@gsctx.org

Girl Scout Mariners

Do you love the wind and the water? Ready for adventure? Mariners is for you!
Girl Scout Mariners is a special interest group for Cadette through Ambassador Girl Scouts. No experience is necessary, and girls of all levels will continue to learn and grown in their sailing ability. Sailing weekends, day sails, overnights and camp are at Lake Belton, Camp Kachina and Lake Travis, Camp Texlake. By attending multiple events, girls will improve sailing skills and graduate through sailing proficiency levels by sailing Sunfish. Sailing on sloops and planning trips or cruises will also be available. 

Girls will:
Gain confidence on the water by learning safety skills
Leadership skills by planning events, providing service and training to others
Develop a lifelong recreational skill
Learn team work and responsibility
Develop friendships

Girls must pass a swimming test, and be Girl Scout members. We encourage girls to sign up individually. Events will be led by qualified adults. As a volunteer-led program, costs are kept to a minimum. We're also recruiting qualified adult volunteers to help sail, drive motor boats, or chaperone. 

For more information email asailingwewillgo@yahoo.com 
Beginner to experienced sailors welcome!

Harp Ensemble

Girl Scouts ages K-12 who own a harp and are currently enrolled in harp lessons. 
The Girl Scout Central Texas Harp Ensemble was established in 2011 as a special interest group for student harpists (K-12). The purpose of this group is to give young harpists an opportunity to play together in a collaborative, noncompetitive environment, provide group performance opportunities in the community, and promote the harp and harp-playing. This group is open to girls of all playing abilities. The Girl Scout Harp Ensemble meets once a month, with occasional additional outings and service project performances once a quarter. This is a girl-led group with collaboration and direction from Elaine Barber, Principal Harpist for the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The girls decide on the mustice they wish to play, location of their service project performances, and additional related activities. The girls Girl Calendarare also encouraged to write and arrange their own parts. Previously, the group focused on classic Girl Scout songs like "Make New Friends" and experimented with extended techniques with the classic camp song like "Herman the Worm". 

The Girl Scout Harp Ensemble performed at the Texas State Capital during the Girl Scout Centennial Celebration. This year, the harp ensemble will focus on earning their Performance Badge and will put on a 'harp clinic' for non-harpists to introduce the instument to young girls, educate them on basics, provide hands-on opportunities to play a hard, and participate in a Girl Scout harp sing-a-long. 

Contact Julie Wiedemeier at (512) 288-1319 or juliew@jandjw.com

Bryan/College Station Girl Scout Media Girls
(soon to be across council)

The Media Girls are a group of Bryan/College Station Girl Scouts from all age levels who are interested in learning more about the many careers in public relations, communications and media. The girl-led team will utilize the skills they gain to get the word out about many of the wonderful activities and service programs that our local BCS Girl Scouts are doing. The direction that the team will take is entirely up to the girls. So far, there is interest in serving as reporters and photographers who will generate news/blog articles over upcoming events. There is also interest in producing a BCS Girl Scout newspaper and a BCS Girl Scout YouTube show. All girls who joing the Media Girls will receive their own Press Pass and log sheet to keep track of their hours of activity. At the end of each school year, awards will be presented to the girls for thie work within the team. It is also hoped that we can set up mentorships within the community with people who work in the fields. Meetings will be held on a monthly basis and will rotate days depending on the availability of the majority of the group. 

For more information or to join the BCS Media Girls, contact Virginia Ford (BCS SU Media Coordinator) at fordginny4@yahoo.com or (979) 695-6970.

Homeschool Girls STEM Club

Back to school – Back to fun
Girl Scouts of Central Texas is excited to continue our STEM-focused homeschool programming this fall. This group is designed to be a supplemental STEM learning experience for homeschool girls. Each week the girls will participate in hands-on STEM activities. This semester's programming consists of two different series– Aviation and the Samsung STEM challenge. Both series have activities for girls of all ages. They will be meeting Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a lunch break. Drop-offs are allowed for these events. Fee is $20 per series.

Contact Mitchell Whittier, STEM Programs Manager at mitchellw@gsctx.org for more information. 

9/19

10/3

10/17

11/14

Aviation– Take Flight
5th - 12th grades
Joanna C, homeschool Girl Scout and Gold Awardee will be leading the Take Flight Interest Patch/Badge from Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She is building excitement for a Wing Scout troop to start in January.To register visit the Girl Calendar and search for "Aviation".

Movers
Kinder - 4th grades
Girls will be exploring all aspects of flight and air movement principles. The classes will be full of fun hands-on experiments designing rockets, planes, and windmills. To register visit the Girl Calendar and search for "Movers".

9/26

10/10

10/24

11/7

Samsung STEM Challenge
Working with 4 person teams, the girls (even non-girl scouts) can and will explore real problems and solve them with Samsung mentors. Teams are 4th - 5th graders, 6th - 8th graders and 9th - 12th graders. Teams or at least one representative is encouraged to register and attend the Samsung STEM kickoff on 9/13 at the Kodosky Service Center. Teams will present their finished projects at Samsung judges on Saturday, 11/8. Winning teams will receive awesome Samsung products.

Kickoff on 9/13, register here www2.e-council.net/code/admin/onlinereg/index.cfm?fuseaction=Registration&Eventid=9424

Coder Girls Explorers + Engineering
During the STEM Challenge days, Daisies and Brownies will discover the world of Computer Science and Engineering. Girls will be introduced to programming with Scratch by making an interactive collage with music, drawing, and animation. Girls will also participate in hands-on engineering activities. To register visit the Girl Calendar and search for "Coder Girls".

High Adventure Team (HAT)

The High Adventure Team (HAT) is a special interest group for girls that would like to expand their Girl Scout experience by participating in an outdoor activity-focused, girl-led group for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. Examples of HAT activities consist of (but are not limited to) mountain biking, rock climbing, camping, backpacking, zip lining and more.

Visit the offical HAT page or contact Jessica Noelke at jessican@gsctx.org for more information.

Council Travel

Want to travel with your fellow Girl Scouts from Texas in the United States or all over the world? Then Council Trips are perfect for you! Girls will coordinate with each trip leader and help plan their trips from activities, transportation, food, and Girl Scout activities. Don't have time to help plan but still want to go? No problem! Email the trip coordinator, pay your deposit and your spot will be reserved. Your entire troop can sign up for trips too. Trips are girl-led, girl-planned and girl-enjoyed! Visit www.gsctx.org/girls/ourprogram/travel to check out all of our upcoming trips. The annual Council Travel meeting is the first Sunday of May where girls can come and vote on future trips that GSCTX will offer.

Not sure which trip to go on or have general travel questions? Email our Program Specialist, Emily Magnotta at emilym@gsctx.org

Color Guard- Area 4

Participate in local, state and national events held in the Austin area representing Girl Scouts of the USA honoring the flag of our country. The Color Guard- Area 4 patrol meets once a monmth. A full uniform is required for participation. If you are interested in joining the Color Guard- Area 4 or starting one in your area contact Kate Woodward Young at kate@texasdirector.org

If you have a current special interest group that is looking for new members or are currently organizing a new group please contact programs@gsctx.org