Results tagged “Patch” from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

Answer the following question: Would you make fun or think bad of someone who has cancer or heart disease? Odds are you answered no, so why should it be any different for someone who has a mental illness? After all, it is a disease, just like cancer, heart disease, etc. A new patch program called Change of Mind seeks to educate girls about mental illness as well as heighten awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with mental illnesses.

Even if you have not experienced or never will experience a mental illness, it is very likely you know someone who has or will. Consider the following:

????        Mental illness affects one in five people at any given time

????        The first symptoms of severe, chronic forms of mental illness (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression) generally appear between the ages of 15 and 24

????        An estimated two-thirds of all young people with mental health issues are not receiving the help they need

????        Fear of stigma and resulting discrimination discourages individuals and families from getting the help they need

Change of Mind provides clear, factual information about mental illness, the biological component that makes it not much different from other illnesses, its causes, treatment and recovery.

In addition to earning a cool patch upon completion of the program, all girls who complete the Change of Mind patch program will receive a Change of Mind silicone bracelet! Just be sure to turn in an evaluation to receive your bracelet! Change of Mind was developed by the Alabama Department of Mental Health's Office of Public Information and Community Relations. ADMH is the state agency responsible for serving more than 200,000 Alabamians with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders.


100annivpatch.jpgDid you know that Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is celebrating 100 years of Scouting in 2012?

There's a new patch program to help us all get ready for a great Centennial celebration.  One of our volunteers, Gigi B., developed this excellent patch program to help us celebrate and to appreciate how our council became what it is today. This patch may only be earned from March 2011 through December 2012. Check out the patch program document.

The patch requirements fall under three categories: Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. history; Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama history; and Girl Scout history-related service project. 

A patch that will go with the council's souvenir celebration patch will be available only to girls and adults completing this patch program, so plan to earn this special patch!
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Girls will be amazed as they travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and revel in this tale of devotion, courage, and love at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament,  Saturday, March 26 starting at 11:00 a.m.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., four course feast and two hour show at 11:00 a.m. with a special scout presentation to follow which includes care and training of horses, falconry, and meeting the cast.  All girls will receive the Medieval Times participation patch.

This is an event that you will be registering for on your own as a troop.  You will need to make reservations directly with Medieval Times.  or 770-225-0495.   Groups of all size are welcome but there is a minimum of 15 for group benefits.  Full payment must be made 14 days in advance.  Prices do not include tax and gratuity.  Scouts and leaders must wear sash, vest or uniform to receive free patch.


Who: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts and their guests

When:  Saturday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (approximately)

Where:  Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA

Fee:       $24.95 for scouts and leaders (includes lunch, show and patch.  Must wear uniform for patch)

$34.95 for guests and tag-alongs


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Girls Take Action!  We can learn, in a fun  way, about global issues facing us and our communities.

When we complete the activities for this patch, we will join in with 10 million other Girl Scouts and Girl Guides who together are advocating for themselves and others, both locally and globally.

Together, by taking small steps, we can make big change!

Earning requirements for this patch can be found at <> .

pink-princess.jpgWe introduced the Pink Princesses Patch Program November 4.  This patch program was developed by a high school girl in Baldwin county.  She feels very passionate about teaching girls to stand up for their beliefs, and work on ways to resist pressure to behave in ways that contradict their beliefs or violate their individuality.   The program encourages girls to model their good character and independence for all to see!  I think we can all benefit from those lessons, while having fun!


Thanks to a Girl Scout supporter, we are able to offer the first 200 girls that complete this program a free patch!  (If you need to have the patches mailed, you will need to pay for shipping charges.)  Ask your parent or troop leader to check this out!


Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is pleased to announce a new patch program, Pink Princesses, created by a Girl Scout in Baldwin County.

The objective of the Pink Princesses Patch Program is to teach girls awareness, pride and confidence in the qualities that make them a unique individual.  It encourages them to stand up for their beliefs, and works on ways to resist pressure to behave in ways that contradict their beliefs or violate their individuality.  The program encourages them to model their good character and independence for all to see!

A special component of this patch program is an opportunity to have the Pink Princesses come to your troop meeting to perform the skit, Staying True Never Goes Out of Style.

nemo.jpgJoin the ocean-sized adventure of the curious clownfish Nemo, his overprotective father Marlin and their absent-minded yet lovable pal Dory as Disney On Ice immerses you in a vibrant aquatic world in Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo.

Follow alongside Marlin and Dory on a daring search of the big blue. Ride the current with "super-dude" turtle Crush and make waves with Nemo's new friends - the Tank Gang - as they plot an escape from the dentist's aquarium in this whale of a tale full of laughter and fun!

Cost: $14 per ticket includes a Disney on Ice fun patch

Where: MS Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS (this is the closest location to our council)

When: Fri, Dec 4 at 7 p.m.

To Register: Download the Order Form


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.

Each year we look for creative ways to thank our Girl Scout families.  This year we want you to design a thank you patch for our 2009 Family Partnership Campaign. 


Any registered Girl Scout can submit artwork with the theme of giving or sharing on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of white paper.  Include your name, address, phone number, age, troop number and town on a separate sheet of paper attached to your drawing.   


Entries will be judged on originality and creativity; the winning entry will be used as the official thank you patch for the 2009 Family Partnership Campaign.  Entries become the property of GSSA and may be used for promotional purposes. Questions? Call Tonya Howard at 800-239-6636, ext:2802.


The deadline for entries is Friday, June 5, 2009. Mail entries to GSSA, 145 Coliseum Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36109, Attn: Tonya Howard.  



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