The mountain of cookie boxes is starting to look more like a hill now, with cookies (happily!) continuing to fly out of the offices, cupboards, and warehouse. We are grateful to each and every one of you who work with girls to make that the world's largest girl-led entrepreneurial program a success. It is always simply amazing to see some of these girls in action. Girls do learn how to set goals, make decisions, money management, people skills and business ethics from that experience. Given what I have seen in some of these girls, they have a promising future as entrepreneurs themselves.
This time of year, as we see light at the end of the cookie program, we turn our attention to other activities and events we have planned to teach girls leadership. It is always a busy time because we have some great spring programs planned.
One of the new events on the program calendar is Pi day at Auburn University on March 14. The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) are hosting this event of fun with science. A STEM program, girls can select from the program outline the badge they are interested in earning during that daylong event. I even hear that Aubie will make an appearance!
For girls who enjoy politics, Advocacy Day at the State Capitol is always a great event. Co-sponsored by Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, this event has girls watching the beginning of the legislative sessions. They have an opportunity to interact with legislators and get to see the process in action. This event is on March 12. Letters from local legislators are available requesting excused absences from for school.
Each year in April in Montgomery, there is a large event called the Joy to Life walk/run for breast cancer awareness. This was started many years ago by a board member of Girl Scouts, Joy Blondheim, who is a breast cancer survivor. She started this event to heighten awareness about breast cancer and its challenges. There are a number of ways a troop can participate in this event, no matter where you live. Troops can make bracelets that will be passed out to cancer survivors at the special Survivors Tent. The bracelets can be made and taken to either the Montgomery or Mobile Service Center or given to your field executive to get to the event. There is a new Joy to Life fun patch available for sale at the council shops. Your troop can also volunteer to work at this event; it is an extravagant affair and includes many Girl Scouts who have survived breast cancer.
If you have never had the opportunity to visit the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, you have missed a treat and should take advantage of the following exciting program. Mission: NAS Pensacola is scheduled for March 21 at the air station where girls will have an opportunity to watch an IMAX film. You can visit all various planes, jets, and winged forms of transportation, as well as take a tour of the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. The facilities are interesting and the highlight is a talk by a three star general and a Captain who was a Girl Scout. This program will delight girls of all ages.
Also be sure to
check out our Mini-Destination to Huntsville in July. This two-night event will include both a
special visit to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Sci-Quest. Girls will get
to tumble spin on the Multi-Axis Trainer and experience the Five Degrees of
Freedom Chair at the Space and Rocket Center's sleepover space camp! Then
girls will have a one-of-a-kind science adventure sleepover at Sci-Quest where
they will investigate the different ways things can glow by doing hands-on
chemical reactions. It all sounds so cool!
These are but a few of the programs we have planned for the spring and summer. We hope you find some great activities for your girls to learn and experience leadership in action.