Results tagged “press rep” from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

by Press Rep Claire and Lisa Harden

 

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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, and our community, lost a bright light with the recent  passing of Susan Deloney.


Girl Scouting can mean different things to different people, but for Ms. Susan, Girl Scouting meant going new places and trying new things.  Ms. Susan always thought big and when there was a trip opportunity, she encouraged us to take it--to Gulf Port, to Dauphin Island, to Atlanta etc.  Because our troop covers the cost of troop trips, to go on these trips, we had to raise money by selling cookies. Ms. Susan was a talented Cookie Chair for four years for our troop.  She would explain to us during cookie training what it would cost for us to take the trip, and then she would help us sell enough cookies to get to that goal. She juggled booth schedules, made countless trips to the cupboard, and always had cookies to sell in her car.

 

We always did Walk About Weekend in her neighborhood, and she opened her house up to all of us to come in and out while we did it.  But, the Deloneys' house was always kind of that way--people stopping by and coming in and out. Ms Susan did not know many strangers.

She was active with our troop in other ways too.  When we decided to make our own troop shirts, she taught herself to tie-dye, bought the supplies, and then helped us make troop shirts.  She went on our camping trips with us and helped comfort younger girls new to camping. She also loaned us beautiful kimonos to wear for our Thinking Day celebration and loaned us her big family tent to take on a trip that she could not go on with us. 

 

We will miss Susan so much, but we will carry the memory of her boundless enthusiasm and big heart with us forever.

 

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I had the opportunity to interview Girl Scout Ambassador, Deja Chappell. Deja is a Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) graduate who will be attending Yale in 2017. She was selected to participate in the 2016 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The USSYP has a very competitive application process. Only two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity are selected to attend what is known as "Washington Week."The selectees were also awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

Deja began Girl Scout in first grade as a Daisy and remained until she graduated high school. Although, she didn't earn awards she made memories that will last a lifetime. Deja's favorite memory was learning to sail at Kamp Kiwanis. She enjoyed going to Kamp Kiwanis every summer as a Girl Scout so much so, that she became a camp counselor. She loved working at camp, however, Deja said if she could change one thing about camp it would be the cost. She would like to have grants available so more girls could experience Kamp Kiwanis which could possibly add more diversity among the girls.

Deja has been a leader in class as well as in Girl Scouts so I asked her what advice she had for other girls. She said "follow your passion". If there is something that you want to do, don't allow your gender or fear to keep you from it. Instead, research about it and DO IT!

-- Press Rep Allyson, Troop 9327

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For the past two years, some of the Cadettes in my troop (9327) and I have been babysitters for the Army!  

The Soldier and Family Assistance Program for Montgomery's Recruiting Battalion has an Annual Training Meeting Banquet at Maxwell Air Force Base. This year it was on June 3, 2016.  

Several of the Cadettes in my troop and I earned our Babysitting badge at the Badge Day put on by the Kappa Deltas at Troy University.  We used what we learned earning our badge while we babysat the children of the Army officers who attended the training banquet.  We watched some really young kids who were still in diapers and also some older kids who wanted to play board games and Twister.  

We were glad to help the Army in this way, and had fun too.

-- Press Rep Claire

8454-photo-1-web.jpgMy Troop (8454) is earning our Bronze award. We are serving at Mobile Urban Gardens. We have to serve 20 Hours. We saved compost to put in our garden. Our gardener gave us some seeds to plant so we can plant them at our house to turn to seedlings. I got one of my favorite vegetables, carrot. Some of my plants are sprouting.  

Earning a Bronze award is really fun because we are doing other related activities like using vegetables to make dog biscuits for a program called Tailwaggers.  At the gardens we sow, grow and reap what we sow - at the end of our growing in May, we will invite our moms to a vegetable dinner we make for them. 

After our troop earns our Bronze award we are going to Disney World.  We will go this summer.  Our troop chose motion.  Motion is where you get to ride Space Mountain and learn the physics about it.  We get to ride it with the lights on and off.  Once you earn a Bronze award you'll have fun earning it.

-- Press Rep Tristan
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As a Girl Scout I was chosen as Press Rep to say a prayer in front of the legislators in Montgomery. It was a very wonderful opportunity. Two other press reps said the pledge. It was kind of scary but it was actually pretty fun because we got to meet the Secretary of State. 

There's a lot of history behind the state of Alabama that I never knew of. I also got to try the North-Central Girl Scouts of Alabama types of Girl Scout cookies, like the Savannah Smiles cookie. 

My favorite place in the State House is the voting room called the Senate. We talked about Governor Robert Bentley. The Secretary of State, John Merrill said that he has met President Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton and many more politicians and Presidents. 

The girls and I got to skip school but it was worth it. You should go to Montgomery, too! The people that work at the State house are very nice and you should go there and meet them to learn about the wonderful politicians of our great state. 

-- Press Rep Tristan

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My Girl Scout Troop 9327 and the sisters of a few of my troop members who are also Girl Scouts, took a great trip to Chattanooga this past weekend.  We participated in an overnight at the Tennessee Aquarium.  

We got to tour behind the scenes and find out how the animals in the aquarium are cared for.  We slept in the undersea cavern where sharks, sea turtles, and fish swam above and around us all night.  

After the overnight program, we went to Ruby Falls and participated in a scouts program where we learned about the geology of the formations in Lookout Mountain, took the cave tour, and then did some gemstone panning. It was a great trip.

  -- Press Rep Claire
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I want to tell you about one of our latest Girl Scout adventures. We spent the day at Camp Butter and Egg in Troy, Alabama. 

There we were able to go zip lining, play laser tag, climb a rock wall, and do an obstacle course in the trees. The tree obstacle course was a little scary, but all of the girls encouraged each other to be brave.We also wore harnesses. 

When we played  laser tag, we were split into teams by our different troops. We worked together to defeat Team Red by hiding behind obstacles including an old helicopter. 

The rock wall was very high, and there was a bell that you could ring when you reached the top. I was finally able to ring after several tries and hard work. My favorite activity that we did was the zip lining. We zip lined through the trees and even over the water. It was so much fun! 

-- Press Rep Patricia
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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!

Patricia  

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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!

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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?

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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

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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.

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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


 

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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

 

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Hi, my name is Mary Virginia.  Last summer I went to the Brownie Sampler Camp.  There are four units at camp, Mariner, which is also called the Young Unit, Pioneer, Ranger, and Mountaineer.  Only one unit has cabins, the Young Unit.  That is where I stayed.  There is a unit house and 8 cabins.  I stayed in cabin 6 with one other girl.  We did not know each other, but we were camp buddies and we became friends.
 
When you first get to camp, your parent can put money in your account for the Trading Post.  You can get things like candy, toys, and other things.  The Trading Post is fun.
 
At this camp you can have two sessions where you choose what you want to do that day.  My favorite thing was probably swimming.  That is why both my sessions were swimming.  For me, swimming is a challenge and an activity.  I really like it.
 
Another thing we did at camp was arts and crafts.  I liked that because we got to pick out and decorate walking sticks.  It was also fun coloring caps with markers.  We could have also made bead buddies.  It was really fun.
 
We also learned some new songs at camp.  Some songs we sang were "The Marshmallow Song", "Fudgy the Whale", "Dry Bones", and "A Crazy Moose."  They were really funny.  I like them.
 
We also earned our hiking badge while we were at this camp.  We went on a hike and made trail mix to get it.  We received the badge at the end of camp.  It was fun getting it.
 
If you would like to try camping, I would recommend the Brownie Sampler camp.
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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. 

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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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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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