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Hi my name is Patricia and I'm a member of Troop 9195 in Dothan.
I want to tell you about the wonderful time I had at the George Washington Carver Museum this past weekend. he museum is located in downtown Dothan, and honors George Washington Carver and other African Americans who have a made a difference in our country.
One of my favorite activities was choosing a person featured in the museum to talk about. I choose Dr. Patricia Bath, who was the first female black doctor to get a patent for a laser that works on the eye. I thought it was cool that both of our names is Patricia. Next, we got to do a time line worksheet. Whoever finished their time line first got a t-shirt. Even though I did not win it was fun.
We also got to a new exhibit with 100 inventions that George Washington Carver made with peanuts. Another cool thing is that the museum was once a bus stop. It was a great learning experience. If you are ever in Dothan, check it out!
First of all, the Girl Scout Promise means honor to me that you are promising to respect other people, and to show the respect to things in life and for God. I show honor by going to church, help people when they need it, and much more, and it is important for every Girl Scout is to live by the Girl Scout Law!
The Girl Scout Law means to me is that every Girl Scout should do their best to be honest and fair because if you don't you will be breaking the Girl Scout law. A way to be honest and fair is to be a good sport and to be honest and truthful about things. Another way is to be friendly and helpful! I like to be friendly and helpful by helping my friends with home work and have a good relationship with them.
Also, you should be considerate and caring. One way to be considerate is to help someone that is unable to do certain things like my friend's mom is blind so I help lead the way to the car. Caring is similar to being considerate but it's not the same thing. I like to pray or think about someone that's sick or making someone a happy birthday card on their birthday. There are so many ways you can help people.
To be courageous and strong is one of my favorite things to learn about in Girl Scouts. I have helped a friend of mine before who people were being mean to and that made me feel courageous! To be strong is to stick up for someone that is being bullied or sticking up for yourself.
To be responsible for what you say and do is if you clean up a mess you made or do what you say you will do. I respect myself by taking care of myself and I like to respect others by listening to what they're saying and being nice and generous.
Respect authority is to obey your parent and adults when they're talking to you. My mom always reminds me to thank adults for what they do for me and that makes them smile!
As Press Rep this year, I will be able to report on what my troop is doing to earn our Get Moving badge for using resources wisely and show other Scouts how to make the world a better place and to be a sister to every Girl Scout!
Hello, my name is Tamatha and I'm here to tell you what a wonderful day I had.
We went to Botanical Gardens in Dothan with the Girl Scouts. There were 8 troops and 75 girls who attended. We played 3 games, one was where you had to toss plastic pumpkins into a bin. Then there was another game where you had to roll the tennis ball at the tin cans and no matter if you won or not you got candy or a prize. The last game was like a ring toss game.
Another really fun thing was you could decorate a cupcake. You could put candy, or icing, or frosting, or you could choose all of those. I chose a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. After that you could have your face painted. My friend Kaitlyn and I both got minions painted on our faces.
Then the really fun craft we made was bookmarks. The materials used were paperclips and ribbons. You had to put the ribbon through the paperclip and tie it like you were tying your shoe, and then you had a bookmark. The last but not least was our scavenger hunt. We had 34 riddles and we had to find the scarecrow that matches the riddle and your troop leader would check if you were right.
Now that was my fun day at Botanical Gardens, What about you?
My Girl Scout troop, Troop 9327, recently had second graders join us. We are enjoying having Cadettes and Brownies.
The Cadettes are earning our Leadership In Action Award by helping the Brownies earn their WOW Journey. As part of the Journey, our troop went the Lanark Nature Center in Millbrook. The Nature Center has a new Discovery Center and a new program in which you can spend half a day or a whole day with a naturalist learning about different aspects of nature. We explored the Discovery Center and went on a creek hike with a naturalist and learned about stream ecology, Cypress trees, and wildlife that lives in or around streams. We had a great time.
-- submitted by Press Rep Claire
My troop participated in the Dozing with Dolphins program this weekend. It was a lot of fun. The program was at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, MS. They rescue dolphins and also sea turtles there. We learned about how they rescue animals and also about how they cleaned them after the Gulf oil spill.
On Friday we had different activities, and each group went to each activity at a different time. My group started with the dolphin rescue relay, which was a relay race where we had to check a stuffed dolphin's pulse, cover it with a towel, spray it with water, and carry it in a rescue sling. Later that night we watched the movie A Dolphin's Tale which showed the same steps in it. Next we sifted through sand to find fossilized teeth. We also used a Japanese art process to make t-shirts. Our favorite activity on Friday was the Discovery room. There we touched sting rays, horseshoe crabs, starfish, a shark, and blue crabs in tanks. We also touched a snake.
On Saturday, we saw a dolphin demonstration with trainers and a sea lion. It was really interesting to see how the trainers communicated with the animals. My troop also talked with a trainer about their bird program. My troop used our cookie money to pay for a dolphin interaction after Dozing with Dolphins had ended. That was really a lot of fun, too.
-- Press Rep Claire
Hi! My name is Tamatha. I have been in Girl Scouts for four years. Every year at cookie season, I make a goal for where I want to sell up to. This year I want to sell up to 500 boxes. Instead of just making a goal for us, we can make a goal for the troop by selling enough cookies and getting enough money, we can go on trips like the Birmingham Zoo.
Our troop also has to make decisions by deciding what trip we will go on. We also have to decide how many cookies to bring to booth sales. When we have a booth sale at the mall for three hours, we will decide on how the cookies usually sell and how many hours we are selling. If Thanks-a-lots sell really well, we will bring 3 or 4 cases, but if Lemonades don't sell that well, we will only bring 1 or 2 cases.
When my troop earned the Money Management badge, we had to learn that when a customer bought two boxes of cookies it would cost $7.00 and if they paid with a $10 bill, they would get $3 back; but if they pay with a $20 bill, they would get $13 back. If we bought 2 movie tickets and each are $6 and we pay with a $20 bill, we will get $8 back.
I learn how to communicate with different people by being polite using manners, listening to people and lots of others. When selling cookies, you have to be able to ask politely. I learn to be courteous by listening to why they want to buy cookies and why they do not want to buy cookies and accepting their reasons.
Selling cookies is a business and I am a part of that business. I learn how to take care of money and give correct change. I learned a whole lot about supply and demand. Having enough cookies for the demand of my customers, keeps me very busy.
As a Girl Scout and part of the cookie business, I have learned a whole lot and will learn more with each cookie sale.
After being in Girl Scouts for seven years, I have learned a lot of things. Most of those things are the five skills of Girl Scouts that you see on all the boxes and cases of Girl Scout Cookies: money management, goal setting, decision making, people skills, and business ethics.
With the money, sometimes the leader will help us tell the customer how much it is so you have to know a little math. We don't handle the actual money though. As for goal setting, I think the girls, as do I , like having to work toward, so the prizes are a motivation and just being able to say "this year I sold the most cookies." My troop is always so excited about the award ceremony at the end of Cookie Season to see how many cookies they sold. The cookies themselves play into the decision making. I mean, who wants to decide which cookies you want to get! They're all so delicious and I think most everyone can agree with me on that! Anyway, the 4th skill: people skills. I am not that good with people, but as the years have gone by I've slowly opened up and stopped cowering by the table and started asking more and more people if they would like to buy cookies. Business ethics make up a small part of each of these too.
The point is, I have learned things like different math skills, how to make and fulfill goals, make tricky decisions, communicate properly with people, and business skills I can use in the future. Girl Scouting is a great thing and can teach many other children very valuable skills that they will appreciate later in the future.
-- Press Rep Angel
December 22, 2014 began my seventh year of selling cookies. This year I used the new CoCo Direct (Digital Cookie) and sent emails. I have already reached 1/3 of my goal selling just to family and friends, so I think this sale year is going great.
Over the years I have learned that math is important in making change and keeping up with orders; that customers respond to politeness and enthusiasm; and that cookie selling is more complicated than just walking around with an order form, and takes planning and budgeting.
My troop is raising money this year to go zip lining and to pay for a dolphin encounter. Last year we used cookie proceeds to spend the night in the Atlanta Aquarium. It was an awesome trip.
-- Press Rep Claire
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program we are taught 5 essential skills.
I have learned goal setting is very important and needed because if you don't have a goal you don't know what you're working for. Decision making is another skill learned through the Cookie Program. You first have to make decisions such as where you will sell your cookies because if you don't have decisions made you don't have any idea what your plan is. Another one of the 5 skills learned through the Cookie Program is money management and it is one of the most important things when selling cookies. You need to know how to count back change.
The more the girls can do, the better the selling. Let the older girls handle the money because it does take a little longer for the little ones to count back change. Always double count the change and add up the boxes sold right after the sale just to make sure that you have the correct amount of money. Having people skills is also another important skill when selling cookies. Girl Scouts need to have good people skills because some people are not very nice and I have learned that you have to be nice no matter what. The last thing you learn is good business ethics.
To have a successful Cookie Sale, it's important to know how to run your cookie business and manage your money wisely.
--- Press Rep Kyndall Boynton