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My name is Gabriella, and I'm a Cadette in Troop 8645 in Mobile. I have been a Girl Scout for almost five years, and in all that time, I still have not tasted a Girl Scout cookie. All of that will change this cookie season.

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which is an Auto-Immune Disease that causes my body to attack gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, spelt, rye, malt, and some oats. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine and promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people.  

Currently, the only treatment for celiac disease is by sticking to a strict gluten-free diet. So for me, that means I am unable to eat things that my friends eat, like donuts, pizza and cookies that contain gluten. It is hard sometimes to watch others eat snacks and treats that I am unable to eat. But this cookie season all that will change. Our council will be getting a shipment of gluten-free Girl Scout cookies! I'm really excited about these new cookies. I can't wait for cookie season to start so I can say I ate a Girl Scout Cookie. I hope they sell well so we can get them again next year. 

press-rep-claire.jpgLast week, Press Rep Mary Virginia, Ambassador Girl Scout Courtney, and I went to the Rally in the Alley in downtown Montgomery.  

Rally in the Alley was the River Region United Way's kick off for their fall campaign.  We were able to walk around handing out Girl Scout cookies and asking women if they had ever been a Girl Scout.  If they said yes, we would interview them.  Something interesting I learned during those interviews is that a lot of people said the most valuable lesson they learned in Girl Scout was to never give up.  

Not only were we able to meet a lot of former Girl Scouts, we also got to meet the Mayor of Montgomery, the AUM Chancellor, and the AUM Athletic Director.  We also talked to representatives from other United Way agencies and got some ideas for service projects for our troops.  

It was a great turnout and a lot of fun.

-- Press Rep Claire
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Press Rep Gabby appeared on the Studio Ten program on Fox 10 TV.  She did an amazing job explaining the fun and benefits of Girl Scouting!  Thanks for representing Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama so well, Gabby!

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Susan was a GSSA Press Rep in 2013-14.  She LOVED camp then, and she still does!  She kindly contributed this blog entry with her thoughts on the camp experiences this summer.

Every summer, I get to enjoy an amazing week of hiking, singing, swimming, canoeing, banana boating, kayaking, zip lining, camping, archery, and meeting amazing new friends.

Where do I do all these amazing activities? Kamp Kiwanis, of course!  Kamp Kiwanis is located in Eclectic, Alabama on the beautiful Lake Martin.  I have been going every summer for the past four years!  My favorite part of camp is always going to be meeting new people.  My first year I even met one of my best friends!  

Camp is an amazing place to make memories!  One of my favorites is sleeping out under the stars one night, outside of the tents.  Another would be trying sushi for the first time.  If you are looking for something exciting to do next summer, camp is definitely the place to go!

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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is opening applications for 2014-2015 press reps! 


This past year's press reps had so many fun and exciting opportunities, such as TV time, PSAs, videos, radio spots, and billboards -- all for cookies and membership.  


They also starred United Way and social media ads, reading the pledge and prayer at the State House for Girl Scout Advocacy Day, writing articles for the Girl Blog, and delivering cookies and press releases to local media outlets.


You don't need any experience being in front of a camera -- just an interest in sharing your enthusiasm for Girl Scouts!

 

If you are a Girl Scout who would be interested in this exciting position, please have them turn in an application with requested materials by June 13 to Meghan Cochrane, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at mcochrane@girlscoutssa.org.



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Make New Friends and Keep the Old.  In this case my new friend is also my old one. I was cleaning out my closet when I found a picture of my old Brownie troop from when I lived in Prattville in first grade before I moved away for six years. I was looking at the picture, and I thought I recognized one of the girls. I looked on the back of the picture at the names and realized that one of the girls is now one of my new best friends.

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When we were Brownies we did a lot of fun things like being in the Prattville Christmas parade, going to Kamp Kiwanis for the camporee, and going on a hayride. My friend, Sami, had quit Girl Scouts after that year and rejoined after a six-year break from scouting. Now in our Senior troop, we go weekend camping at Kamp Kiwanis and we get to plan our meals and activities. We also work on badges, do service projects, and help at the camporee each year.

            It's a small world and I have had the chance to go back to places I have been before to see old friends again. I'm thankful that Girl Scouts has allowed me to make new friends and keep the old through the years.



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Are you an outgoing person who would like to tell others why Girl Scouting is important to you?  Then submit your application to be a Girl Scout Press Rep!  Girl Scout Press Reps can be girls or adults, who enjoy public speaking and/or writing and would like to represent the council.   Press Rep activities vary.  They may include writing articles, public speaking and more. Press reps will be required to write at least three articles during the year about Girl Scout activities for possible publication.

 

Remember: Press Reps can be girls or adults!  Both perspectives are welcome.  Click here for the Position Description and Agreement.  Click here for the Application Form.

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My week at Kamp Kiwanis was great! My friends and I enjoyed so many fun activities like arts and crafts, boating, nature, archery, swimming, singing camp songs, and banana boating. My favorite activities were probably boating, archery, and banana boating.  It's hard to choose which activities were my favorites because I enjoyed them all.

The session I signed up for at camp was called Night Owls. We got to stay up later than all of the other campers doing fun night activities.  We went night swimming, hiking in the dark, and stargazing. I really liked going night swimming. It was great!

While at camp, my group completed some badge work. We worked on the Cadette Girl Scout Way badge. One of the requirements was to throw a party for an adult Girl Scout volunteer. We worked hard to throw a surprise party for Bossy, the camp director. It was really fun! We planned activities for all of the other girls to do and even baked cookies. The party was awesome!

Overall, my stay at Kamp Kiwanis was great! I made new friends while doing some of my favorite outdoor activities. We all had so much fun and I can't wait to go back next year!

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Hi! My name is Maxine and I'm a Senior Girl Scout. Being in Girl Scouts has given me many opportunities to get involved in my community and help others. In addition to this, it has caused me to develop a desire to participate in more of these activities. From preparing Christmas gifts for a nursing home to teaching 100 girls a dance I made up, I have learned that helping others is what being a Girl Scout is all about! Nothing gives you that fuzzy feeling inside like seeing the smile on someone's face and knowing that you helped make their day.

Girl Scouts has not only inspired me to join other groups that take part in community service through my school and church, but also to encourage younger girls to take part in Girl Scouts activities. I hope that one day they will share their experiences with other girls and get them excited about volunteering as well. This common desire to better our communities has been evident since the beginning of Girl Scouts, and I'm proud to be a part of the millions of girls around the world that share the love of giving back to them. Maybe in the future, if everyone takes part in helping out in our communities, the world will be a much better place!

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Hey guys, it's Tori. 

I just got back from horse camp and it was so much fun! 

My horse's name was Quincy. He is a good horse and a big one, too. First we learned the basics: how to go and stop. Then we learned harder things like how to saddle and trot.  Then we had to clean the stables! That was really hard. The next day we had to wake up early to clean the stables, feed the horses and groom them.  And, then we had to saddle them. 

On the last day of horse camp we got to go on a tour of the ring and on the trail. The trail was long and so much fun! It was a real treat for us and the horses.  It made us all very happy.  I like being a Girl Scout and learning new things! We even got to cook a hobo meal at our campsite. You should go to camp to learn new things too! It is fun!

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