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It's not too late to register to "Adopt A Distinguished Young Woman" for this year. Formerly known as Adopt an America's Junior Miss, this program allows Girl Scout troops to interact with contestants at 4 events over the time that they are in Mobile for the national finals, June 17-27. 

We've all been focused on 100th Anniversary events, but this annual event, unique to Mobile, is one of the highlights of the GSSA girl scout calendar. It is so rewarding for our girls to meet high-achieving young women whose ambitions and dreams can inspire them to  dream big for their own lives!    See what great role models  your girls can interact with if you participate in this program. 

Check out the Be Your Best Self patch program. If your troop completes the patch program by June 12, your troop will be recognized in a special ceremony at one of the events. 

Be sure when you turn in your Event Registration Form to list which states you would like to adopt.  The young women who are coming are really impressive!

04082010_AJM.jpgIt's not too late to register to "Adopt A Distinguished Young Woman" for this year. Formerly known as Adopt an America's Junior Miss, this program allows Girl Scout troops to interact with contestants over the time that they are in Mobile for the national finals, June 12-25.

At this point, we still have 19 out of the 50 girls without troops. We want this to be a great experience for all of the girls. We've extended the deadline (again) until May 20, 2011.

If your troop can host, please contact Jeannie Napper at 251-344-3330, ext. 1202.

Check out the Be Your Best Self patch program. If your troop completes the patch program by June 12, your troop will be recognized in a special ceremony at one of the events.

Be sure when you turn in your Event Registration Form to list which states you would like to adopt. Keep in mind, 31 of the states have already been assigned. The young women who are coming are really impressive! See what great role models your girls can interact with if you participate in this program.

Still aren't sold? Look at the photos from last year's program, and we're sure you'll adopt a Distinguished Young Woman!
04082010_AJM.jpgGirl Scouts of Southern Alabama troops "adopt" Distinguished Young Women each summer and show them hospitality while getting involved in this exciting program! This is a great summer activity for your girls!

Troops are still needed as we are far from our goal of 50 troops. If you are interested, please send an Event Registration Form to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz by May 1. Be sure and include your state preferences, if any.
We are still in need of troops to Adopt a Distinguished Young Woman (formerly known as AJM) June 12-25. This is a special program just for Girl Scouts. We would love to have 50 troops participate in the program this year.  As soon as your troop is assigned a state, your girls can start corresponding with your state contestant. When the Distinguished Young Women arrive, your girls will already have a relationship with your DYW and will be anxiously awaiting her arrival.  
 
The tentative schedule for Girl Scouts and Distinguished Young Women:
·Arrival ceremony at Airport Sunday, June 12
·Special Girl Scout and Distinguished Young Women party (nominal fee to cover the meal), date TBA
·Girls can visit their young women at the "Meet and Greet" at Bel Air Mall, date TBA
·Community Night Show Wednesday, June 22
 
The Distinguished Young Women look forward to spending time with their Girl Scouts, therefore it is important that your troop be able to have some representation at all of the listed events in order to adopt.  Please consider the commitment before registering your troop.
 
The registration deadline has been extended to  to April 15. To register, fill out an Event Registration Form <http://www.girlscoutssa.org/forms/Program/Event_Registration.pdf> , write the girls' top three state choices and send to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz <mailto:mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org> .
 
We will again have the Be Your Best Self Patch program in connection with Distinguished Young Women.  This is a program to develop an understanding of the Distinguished Young Women program while gaining a desire for excellence. It builds self esteem to help one prepare to successfully deal with daily challenges in a way that exemplifies courage, confidence, and character. Please note on your Event Registration Form if your troop will be participating in the program.  We will need to get an accurate count to order patches by May 1.

04082010_AJM.jpgWe are still in need of troops to "Adopt a Junior Miss" June 13-26. This is a special program just for Girl Scouts. As soon as your troop is assigned a state, your girls can start corresponding with your state contestant. When the AJM's arrive June 13, your girls will already have a relationship with your AJM and will be anxiously awaiting her arrival. 

 

The tentative schedule for Girl Scouts and AJM's:

·         Arrival ceremony Sunday, June 13

·         Special Girl Scout and AJM party Wednesday, June 17 (nominal fee to cover the meal)

·         Girls can visit their misses at the "Meet and Greet" at Bel Air Mall Saturday, June 19

·         Community Night Show Wednesday, June 23

 

The Junior Misses look forward to spending time with their Girl Scouts, therefore it is important that your troop be able to have some representation at all of the listed events in order to adopt.

 

The registration deadline is extended to April 19. To register, fill out an Event Registration Form, write the girls' top three state choices and send to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz in the Mobile Service Center.  (Because we are past the original deadline, registrations can be dropped off, e-mailed, faxed or mailed.)


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If any Girl Scouts are interested in America's Junior Miss goodies, now is the time to check it out because they are clearing out their merchandise. This is the perfect for girls who have earned the Be Your Best Self patch or adopted an AJM. By visiting the online store you can look at all the merchandise they are closing out. Everything from T-shirts to notebooks are on sale and available while supplies last.   

There are some really cute pics of Girl Scouts from the AJM's Bay Bears game!  The pictures were taken by AJM's professional photographer, and are available for purchase at  http://www.fpvision.com/c/fusionpointmedia.  Whether your girls participated or not, you'll be sure to enjoy them.

Many of our Girl Scouts are getting ready for their Junior Miss pals to come in town, and many of you have earned the America's Junior Miss Be Your Best Self patch.  Well, now you have a chance to be a Junior Miss for a day!  America's Junior Miss is holding a donation raffle at their Meet and Greet at Bel Air Mall, where you can enter for a chance to win.

Includes the following for one young girl, her mother and a friend on Saturday, June 27:

·         Front row seats at the 52nd AJM National Finals and rehearsals on Saturday, June 27

·         Backstage passes during rehearsals to see the dressing rooms, hospitality rooms, hair and makeup, VIP rooms, and other backstage areas where you'll get to enjoy food and drinks with the Junior Misses and meet some of the VIP guests (like Lindsey Brinton, America's Junior Miss 2008)

·         Early admission to the State Specialties Party, where you'll get to meet the Junior Misses, their parents and Junior Miss volunteers from all 50 states

·         Personal attention from Chelsea Fenton, Mobile County's Junior Miss 2009, as she escorts you to all of the day's events

·         Two free merchandise items of your choice - one for you and one for your friend

Enter for your chance by making a donation to America's Junior Miss at the AJM Meet and Greet at Bel Air Mall.

When: 7-9 p.m., Saturday, June 20

Where: Bel Air Mall in Mobile

Cost: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets and $20 for 5 tickets

Girl Scout night at the Mobile County Junior Miss Contest for the 2009-2010 school year will be held at Alma Bryant High School in Bayou La Batre June 4.  Chelsea Fenton, Mobile County's Junior Miss for 2008 -2009 will speak on the Be Your Best Self patch and Girl Scout troops that have earned the patch will participate. Contestants will perform in the areas of Talent, Fitness and Self Esteem. Tickets are $5 per person and girls should wear uniforms or T-shirts as Girl Scouts will be recognized.  Contact Chelsea Fenton at 251-379-1035 for more information.

When: 7 p.m. June 4

Cost: $5

Grade Level: All Ages

Where: Alma Bryant High School

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The America's Junior Miss (AJM) Program and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama are expanding the Be Your Best Self Program nationwide and are piloting the program throughout the entire council. The Be Your Best Self patch program is designed to encourage Girl Scouts to be their best selves through such tenants as a healthy lifestyle, service to the community and goal setting. Girl Scouts may partner with the Junior Miss contestants in their community and become involved in the program. The patch requirements are available in the patch book http://www.girlscoutssa.org/forms/Program/patch_book.pdf).  

 

Troops that are located in or close to Mobile (or don't mind traveling) are invited to adopt a Junior Miss. Troops provide the council with their top three state choices for selection purposes on the Event Registration form.  The deadline to register is April 1. Once the troop and the AJM are matched, they may begin to exchange letters, e-mails and pictures. The troop will then be invited to participate in the festivities:

 

·         May 18 -troops receive bios and picturess of their AJM.

·         June 15-troops welcome AJM's to Mobile at the Arrival Ceremony at the Airport.

·         June 20-troops attend Meet and Greet at Bel Air Mall.

·         June 22--Girl Scouts have supper and enjoy a Bay Bears baseball game. Troops will be invited to  attend at a special price of $5 (for Girl Scouts and leaders) which includes the game and supper. Troops and Junior Misses will participate in the Field Parade, have supper together, autograph pillow cases, and enjoy the game together. Troops will sing " Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.

·         June 24-Troops attend the AJM Community Night Show. Troops and leaders receive complimentary tickets. Tagalongs are $5.

 

Troops need to be able to attend most of the festivities in order to participate. Please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org or 251.344.3330, ext: 1202) at the Mobile Service Center if you have questions.

 

America's Junior Miss 2008, Lindsey Brinton, will speak to Girl Scouts about the "Be Your Best Self" program on Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. at the Exploreum in Mobile. This is in conjunction with the Brownie Exploreum Adventure.  The Exploreum Adventure registration deadline is extended until Wednesday, November 5.

 

If your troop would like to come and hear Lindsey, it's FREE!  If they wish to stay for the IMAX or to visit the Exploreum, the following rates will apply:

  • IMAX -$6 girls and $7.75 adults (1:00 Hurricane on the Bayou, 2:00 Fly Me to the Moon)
  • IMAX and Exhibits-$10.75 girls and $13 adults.

Lindsey will also be at the Fountain at the Eastern Shore Center on November 8 from 2-4 p.m. for a meet and greet session.

 

To learn more about Lindsey, visit http://www.ajm.org/about/2008_ajm/.   

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