Results tagged “Girl Awards” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer

liz_brent.jpgWe recently had a Boy Scout who was working on his Eagle project for the girls of this council. Like a Girl Scout Gold Award, the Eagle project is one that consumes a great deal of time, but results in making a difference in the lives of others.   If you know of a boy interested in an Eagle project with the council please let us know.   We will try to find a project that will interest him and benefit the girls.

Nyoika D. from Girl Scout Troop 8389 is working on the pre-requisites for her Gold Award.  In working toward her Gold Award, Nyoika has discovered that she has an interest in breast cancer awareness.  Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nyoika wanted to share her story with you to keep you and your family informed.

 

Today, not tomorrow is a good day to schedule a mammogram

 

I was given the awesome task of interviewing two breast cancer survivors.  I knew my mom's friend would  talk with me, but I had a lot of difficulty finding another individual who would openly talk with me about breast cancer.  So, I went to Google and found a lady who was willing to talk with me about breast cancer. 

 

While conducting my interviews, I found the two ladies had a lot in common.  The first lady was a cancer survivor of four years.  When the news was told to her that she had cancer, her family was in shock and scared for her health.  When she thought her life was over, her family gave her the support and help she needed.  The chemo treatments were exhausting.  Because of her breast cancer she had treatments every day, but she survived it all. 

 

The second lady was my mother's dear friend.  She was vacationing when she found a lump the size of an egg.  Upon returning home, she went to the doctor and with two biopsies was told she had less than a year to live.  "I was not afraid of dying, but I wanted to live," she said.  My mom's friend is a five year survivor, but she has to visit the doctor every six months. 

 

If you don't find it, you can't fight it, and if you don't fight it, you can't beat it!

Do you have older girls that are interested in Going for the Silver or Gold? Then you need to attend the training for leaders and advisors. This training will be a step by step explanation of the tools you need to help your girls be successful, along with lots of tips and pointers. This is open to all leaders and advisors of Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.

 

The training will be held at the Montgomery Service Center Wednesday, October 21 at 6 p.m. Contact Mary Anne (extension 1202) by Friday, October 16 to register.

Nuggets of information for your success by Mary Anne

 

The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Less than 6% of eligible girls receive this prestigious award yearly.  In order to achieve the Gold Award, the Girl Scout completes several steps designed to help her find her issue and her voice. After she determines how she would like to impact the community, she presents a proposal to the Gold Award Committee. The Gold Award Committee consists of active Girl Scout volunteers and other community members.  The committee is responsible for:

·         determining if the proposal has merit

·         making suggestions to strengthen the proposal if necessary

·         interviewing girls after their project is completed

·         determining whether or not the girl's efforts merit a Gold Award

 

Deadlines for this year's Gold Award interviews have been set: October 24, January 16, March 27, and July 10, in Mobile and Montgomery.  Girls need to submit their proposals and final reports four weeks before the date they wish to interview to allow the committee sufficient time to review their reports.

 

Girls are strongly encouraged to complete their Gold Awards before their senior year in high school. If a girl decides to wait until her senior year to complete her  award, it is in her best interests to have her final interview no later than March 27; this will allow time to make any changes or additions the committee may deem necessary and still finish before the September 30 absolute deadline for committee-approved Gold Awards.

 

If you have any questions about the Gold Award or the process, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at ext.1202 or mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org.  

As the end of the Girl Scout year approaches, many troops and service units are having awards banquets and receptions and girls are receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze Girl Scout Awards at special ceremonies.  We have had many thoughtful requests for council staff to attend these special events, and we are happy to do so.  However, we ask that, due to the volume of events, you send your invitation to us no later than two weeks in advance.  We want to attend as many of these special events as possible and this will allow us to do so.  We look forward to sharing in the celebration of your girls' many accomplishments with you and their families!

Spring and the closing of the school year is a very busy time for everybody, including the Girl Scouts.  Many girls are in the process of finishing awards and want to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to making their community a better place.  Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is very proud of all of these young ladies and want to see them complete their awards successfully within the required time frame.  Please keep the following deadlines in mind:

·         Bronze Awards must be completed and all paperwork submitted to the council before September 30 of the girl's 7th grade year

·         Silver awards must be completed and approved by the council before September 30 of the 10th grade year

·         Gold Awards must be completed and approved by the council before September 30 of the calendar year the girl graduates or turns 18.

 

Although we do not approve Bronze Awards, girls are required to submit them to the council.  Please make sure that the girls fill out their planners completely in their own words.

 

Please keep in mind that Silver awards must be approved by the council before awarding them.  Gold awards must be approved by a committee and the council before planning the awards ceremony.  The council asks that paperwork on these awards be submitted two months ahead of the awards ceremony. This is to leave ample time in case the girl has to revise or make additions to her project.  Should this present a problem, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz for advice at 800-239-6636, ext: 1202.

There have been a lot of questions about the future of the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. These awards will remain the highest awards in Girl Scouting. Guidelines for the awards are being revised by GSUSA to align them with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and will be released in August 2009.

 

There has been a slight change in the grade level requirements for the awards: Bronze -- 4th and 5th grade Juniors; Silver--6th-8th grade Cadettes; Gold --9th-12th grade Seniors and Ambassadors. Girls who have not begun working on awards are encouraged to work through the grade-appropriate Journey. Completion of the Journey will satisfy much of the prerequisite work for the award.

 

Girls who have already begun working on their awards will have until October 1, 2011, to finish under the old guidelines. This is a lengthy transition and should give girls adequate time to finish their projects and paperwork.

 

The council plans to revise the planner and release the revised planner and award requirements at the end of the summer. Girls and troops who plan to begin work on awards before the new guidelines are released should contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz in the Mobile Service Center (800.239.6636, ext: 1202) for further information and instructions.

It's that special time of year again!  Time to honor the many accomplishments of our older girls at the Older Girl Recognition Banquet.  This special event will take place at the First United Methodist Church (note: the location has changed!) in Montgomery on March 28 at 4:30 p.m.  We will present many girl awards, have dinner and enjoy a special speaker, Dr. Susan Diamond.  Dr. Diamond, minister at First Christian Church, is a recent Women of Distinction honoree and an engaging speaker who will talk to girls about her leadership journey. Registration ends March 15, so send your registration in today.

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