Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: July 2009 Archives

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See how sharp your outdoor skills truly are during the Alabama Nature Center's Youth Outdoor Challenge July 18.  Participants 15 and under are challenged to compete in activities at three adventure stations--fishing, archery and BB guns.

Each challenger will obtain a challenge card at the ANC Pavilion Outpost that details the challenge course.  At each adventure station, an ANC staff member will verify completion of the activity by signing the challenge card.  After finishing all three, participants will return to the Pavilion Outpost to receive their certificate of achievement.


Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18.


The ANC will be open to the public Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 19, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  For more information, visit the Alabama Nature Center's website. 


We're making plans for the 2010 Cookie Sale, and we need your input! Please encourage your girls to take our quick survey to help decide which recognitions to offer during the Cookie Sale. We want your input, too!

All the recognitions are fun and cute, so check them out and let us know your favorites!


Legendary entertainer Dolly Parton and Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council are launching a global "Coat of Many Colors" patch program. It's based on Parton's popular ballad about taking pride in yourself--no matter the circumstances. 

"Have you ever felt bad about being different?" Parton asks Girl Scouts. "I'll bet you have, but you shouldn't--being different is what makes you special!"

Parton immortalized her coat of many colors in her 1971 song of the same name. Parton's mother sewed the now famous garment from rags. Young Dolly proudly wore the coat to school, only to find classmates making fun of it.

Parton turned the devastating experience into a signature song; now, through Tanasi Council, the "Coat of Many Colors" is a patch program helping Girl Scouts develop self-esteem and compassion for others.

The first 450 girls who earned the patch were from Parton's native East Tennessee, and she honored them at her Dollywood theme park Saturday, June 13 with colorful patches and huge hugs.  She also performed the legendary song, weaving a strong connection with an audience a generation apart in age, but strongly united in spirit.

Parton became a lifetime member of Girl Scouts in 2007 and wore her own Girl Scout uniform, complete with patches representing her own lifetime of accomplishments, for the celebration.

"Now, I think twice before saying something to someone who looks or seems different; I don't want to hurt their feelings," says Girl Scout Melia Killion. "Plus, you can be rich without having a lot of money, as long as you have people who love you ... And I am rich!"

The Coat of Many Colors patch is now available to all councils.  Please note, however, that the patch is on order and it will be approximately 4-6 weeks before the patch is actually in their store.  The cost is $1.50 per patch.



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