‘A new school year means the start of a fresh year of exciting Girl Scouting possibilities and the opportunity for girls to register. With the new school year, the Heart of Texas Girl Scout Council is offering new programming and expanding to serve more girls, both steps in moving toward its updated vision: to provide the best outcomes-based leadership opportunities for girls. As girls today face unprecedented challenges, the Girl Scouts is transforming and developing the best leadership program for girls. The added programs promise to address these challenges by providing the most relevant and realistic curriculum possible, including programs focused on community leadership and civic responsibility. Upcoming program opportunities include the Texas Conference for Women, an all-day conference hosted by Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry in which girls create a roadmap for their future and gain valuable insight to help them make better life decisions and career choices. Other exciting programs include ‘Project Wild for Juniors,’ an overnight workshop for girls to learn about Texas wildlife and conservation, ‘Mom & Me,’ a weekend of mother-daughter bonding and home makeover crafts, and ‘Brownie Fairy Mist,’ an opportunity for girls to explore the legends of the Wood Fairies at Camp Wood Lake. To provide the relevant programs and better serve girls in Central Texas, the Heart of Texas Council and three other Central Texas Girl Scout councils, Bluebonnet, Lone Star and El Camino, will join together on October 1, 2007 to form Girl Scouts of Central Texas, one of seven high-performing Girl Scout councils in Texas. ‘The council realignment will result in increased program opportunities, access to more facilities and an improved volunteer system,’ says Lone Star Council and future Girl Scouts of Central Texas CEO, Etta Moore. ‘The formation of the Girl Scouts of Central Texas creates an environment to prepare girls for leadership in a global society, and that’s exciting for everyone involved.’ The Girl Scouts is proud of the changes taking place and looks forward to better serving every girl, every where. For girls interested in taking advantage of Girl Scouting opportunities, registration is beginning now. Information regarding Girl Scout rallies and registration events is available through schools and community venues. For more information on joining Girl Scouts, visit www.heartoftexasgsc.org or call (800) 346-3215. Incorporated by the state of Texas in 1951, the Heart of Texas Council is chartered every four years by Girl Scouts of the USA to present the Girl Scout program to the girls and adults within its 19- county jurisdiction. The council serves over 18,000 square miles and approximately 2,500 girls and 900 adults. The girls have the option of joining one of the 180 troops or registering as an individual. The four Girl Scout councils that will become the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Bluebonnet, Heart of Texas, El Camino and Lone Star Councils, currently serve nearly 20,000 girls, ages 5-17 years, and more than 12,000 adult volunteers in 46 Central Texas counties. As the largest organization with a commitment to girls, Girl Scouting offers an array of fun, educational programs focusing on art, science, technology, engineering, math, the environment and life skills. The Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information about the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, visit www.gsctx.org.