In partnership with more than 7,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) serves 23,600 girls in its 21-county jurisdiction. Girl Scouts helps girls in grades K-12 develop the courage to experience new adventures, the confidence to defy self-doubt and the character to impact a community. Girl Scouting at all levels emphasizes development of personal values, appreciation of others, decision-making, leadership and service.
GSSWT is headquartered at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in north central San Antonio. The leadership center includes a Girl Scout Shop, Resource Center, a large multi-purpose room for programs and overnights and plenty of meeting rooms. In October 2012, GSSWT opened the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center in the former Coronado/Escobar Elementary School, allowing both centers to serve more girls than ever before.
In 2010, through a partnership with San Antonio ISD, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas introduced Gamma Sigma Girls®, a unique leadership development series for high school-aged girls. It has since expanded from 250 girls on 10 campuses to more than 1,650 girls across 36 campuses in five area school districts, including Edgewood ISD, Harlandale ISD, San Antonio ISD, Southwest ISD and Uvalde Consolidated ISD. Gamma Sigma Pearls, the “younger sister” focus of Gamma Sigma Girls® serves middle school girls in the targeted school districts to retain the interest of at-risk girls in academic and leadership excellence.
The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.