Results tagged “Other Opportunities” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer

gloria_caddell.jpgFor over 50 years Gloria Caddell was an instrumental part of scouting in Mobile. She taught countless girls to swim, canoe, cook over a campfire, and live by the Girl Scout Law. In 2005 she was honored as a "Southern Hero" for her work in the community. Gloria's 90th birthday is May 8th and her family will celebrate this milestone Saturday, May 12th at 5:30 in the cafeteria at Little Flower Catholic school. Mass will be at 4:30. If your life was touched by Gloria please join us. If you are unable to attend, but would like to reach out to her, please contact her daughter, Mary Caddell: for Gloria's address.

Her family is putting together a book of memories - if you have a picture or special memory of Gloria, please contact her daughter Mary Caddell:  We hope you can join in Gloria's celebration!
The Refugee Resettlement Program is the branch of Catholic Social Services created to meet the special needs of refugees. The Mobile Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement Program is the only refugee resettlement program in all of Alabama. Their goal  is to make the refugee families feel welcome and to ease their transition into this country. They need the help of generous key people and organizations to assist in welcoming our new neighbors. 

Opportunities exist for older Girl Scouts to help with ESL classes. Girl Scout troops of all ages are encouraged to collect needed items for this program. For a complete listing and to volunteer, click here.   
We appreciate that our volunteers are willing to share their great programs with other girls.   We list these as a service so our girls have other learning opportunities. Please contact the volunteer listed in the program for more information.  

Cookie Cook-Off: Watch, Judge & Taste!

Contact:  Becky K Tate 251.366.1143 

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00PM 

Event Type:  Events and Series 

 Join us for a day of Cookie competition! 

Troops are invited to attend to watch the chefs prepare their dishes, and complete requirements that could count towards badges.  They will also be given the opportunity to vote for Daisy's Choice by voting for their favorite with Dimes for Daisy (so bring those dimes to vote).   

Who:  Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Date:  Saturday, March 17, 2012

Location: Virginia College, Culinard School of Culinary  

                  Mobile Festival Center  

                  3725 Airport Blvd, Suite 165

Cost:   $7.50  per girl  2 leaders free   $5.00 for additional adults

Due to space limitations No tagalongs please

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 29                                  

Send Registration on council event registration form to:

                           4256 Vega Drive, Mobile 36693

                           (Checks payable to SU 804)

Minimum to hold event: 25

Maximum capacity:  75

Contact:  Becky K Tate 251.366.1143 
We appreciate that our volunteers are willing to share their great programs with other girls.   We list these as a service so our girls have other learning opportunities.   Questions about this program should be directed to the contact listed below.

Contact: Laura Morin, Daisy Troop 8003, or 205-239-4967

Our troop has planned a wonderful World Thinking Day full of activities. We will have several professional speakers who are great with kids plus some recylced craft stations. The information is below. 

Naturally Thinking! (D, B,J, C)
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 9:00 am

Become one with nature for World Thinking Day! Visit the Gulf State Park Nature Center, which is a living museum of plants and animals that are native to the Gulf Coast region. Learn about endangered sea turtles and how we can help them survive. Be entertained while studying about the importance of recycling. Construct several recycled craft projects. Discover important elements of gardening the natural way. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings without the use of electricity. The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is girls worldwide say "we can save our planet." This program will help Girl Scouts to understand their connection to the natural world and their responsibility to protect it.

Who:  Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Adults and Tagalongs

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am (The Gulf State Park is open for attendees to hike after the program, if they choose.)

Location : Gulf State Park Nature Center, State Hwy. 135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Cost: Girl Scouts $10, Adults and Tagalongs $6 Cost includes World Thinking Day badge, crafts, snack, parking, goody bag, and more.

Minimum:30 participants

Maximum: 120 participants

Registration Deadline: February 20

Send registration to: Girl Scout Troop #8003, 126 Meadow Run Loop, Foley, AL 36535

Contact: Laura Morin, or 205-239-4967

We appreciate that our volunteers are willing to share their great programs with other girls.   We list these as a service so our girls have other learning opportunities.   Questions about this program should be directed to the contact listed below.

Cookie Cook-Off - Competition

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM 

Event Type: 

  Events and Series 

 Join us for a day of Cookie competition! 

Teams will compete for the best cookie recipe made using Girl Scout cookies as a major ingredient.  Competition on the scout level is open to 16 older girl scout troops.  Award for Best in Class and  a Daisy's Choice Award as voted on by scouts attending the event.  Official rules will be provided with registration.   

Who:  Older Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Time:  10:00 - 4:00 Competing teams   

Location: Virginia College, Culinard School of Culinary  

                  Mobile Festival Center  

                  3725 Airport Blvd, Suite 165

Cost:   $20.00 entry fee for scout troop Cooking Team (Max 5 GS Chefs per cooking team)  

            Troops may have multiple teams

(must be Juniors or older and bring their own cookies)  

$5.00 per additional scout. 

2 leaders free. 

Additional Adults $5.00  

No tagalongs please

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

Send Registration using council event registration form to (mark as competing):

                            GSSA SU 804

                            4256 Vega Drive, Mobile 36693

                           (Checks payable to SU 804)

Minimum to hold event: 4 teams

Maximum capacity:  8 teams

Contact:  Becky K Tate 251.366.1143

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales on Thursday, April 12 at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre.   Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairytale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life right in your hometown. Featuring dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humor, fun and adventure of these spellbinding stories. Dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains, and marvel as these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that's pure magic. Call 800-745-3000 to purchase tickets and use Customer Code DLIVE12.

The Murray House on Government Street has a volunteer need from local Scout troops. They are collecting hygiene items to give to their male and female residents for prizes. Examples of hygiene items they need are: toothpaste and toothbrushes, Kleenex, soap, shampoo, hairbrushes, and combs. They also have a need for new blankets, towels, and pillows, if anyone wants to donate those. If your troop can help out, please bring items to the council office by March 15. Leaders may also contact Rebecca Thomas ( 251-432-2272 for more information.

Golf is a wonderful lifelong sport for girls and Alabama has some of the best courses in the world! Mobile Girls Golf Club gives girls an affordable opportunity to learn and practice golf. Contact for more information. 

GWF2012.jpgThe Girls World Forum 2012 will take place July 11-17 in Chicago. The focus of the GWF will be three of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals: Ending hunger and poverty; Empowering girls;  and saving the planet.  Delegates will develop skills and networks to bring about change in their community and country. Each council is allowed to send two delegates. Delegates must be between the ages of 14-18, actively involved in the Girl Scout council, interested in the United Nations MDGs, and willing to implement a plan for change in their community. 
We are also seeking applications for a young (18-30) volunteer active in Girl Scouting willing to  chaperone girls and work with them upon returning home to implement plans in their community. Cost of the program is $650 per participant, which includes lodging, meals, programs, and transportation in Chicago. Interested girls and volunteers should contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz to apply by February 15.

The MLK Day of Service, January 16, 2012, will mark the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King's legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community.


HandsOn South Alabama (formerly Volunteer Mobile) has developed a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities that you and your girls can choose from for this Day of Service.  Click here for more information.

Are you an AT&T employee? If so, your support of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will be DOUBLED when you join AT&T in supporting GSSA in honor of our centennial. 

AT&T has announced a special matching gifts initiative just for its employees. If employees make a gift to a local Girl Scout council between now and Dec. 31, 2011, AT&T Mar 31, 2012 will match their gifts dollar for dollar up to $500,000.  Employee gifts made to Girl Scouts through the 2012 United Way/Employee Giving campaign will also be matched.

AT&T Employees can learn more by visiting the company intranet, AT&T Insider, or tSpace to learn more (search Girl Scouts Centennial).    

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We need wrappers!!!  Join us this holiday season at the Eastdale Mall gift wrapping kiosk.  Gift wrapping will get you in the holiday spirit and all proceeds will benefit Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. 

Shifts begin Monday, December 19, starting at 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and shifts continue every day until Christmas Eve from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

We can use 2-3 volunteers per shift.  Minimum age to volunteer with an adult is 10.  Minimum age to volunteer without an adult is 16.  Wear comfortable shoes and feel free to show your holiday spirit!

Students, you can get credit for community service hours.  Please join us to support a great cause and spread holiday cheer at the Eastdale Mall in Montgomery, AL!

Contact person:  Melinda Stallworth (phone) 334-272-9164 (email)

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We know our way around a parade and we know a good float when we see one -- so we can appreciate a HUGE parade and floats covered in FRESH FLOWERS!

Of course, we talking about the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2nd, where the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float will make its debut!  The float will feature a girl astronaut, a huge gold award, and other symbols of the goals and aspirations of Girl Scouting and will be ridden by the new CEO of GSUSA, Anna Maria Ch????vez.

There's a fun patch about floats and the Rose Parade your girls can earn; part of the requirement is to watch the parade and choose a favorite float -- what a great way to ring in the new year with your troop!

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles are hosting the float -- click here to find out more about them and to support them in this amazing process.
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These events, while not official GSSA programs, are great opportunities for our girls:

The Theatre Department at USA has invited Girl Scouts to a special showing of " Honk", a children's musical Saturday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m.  Girl Scouts will receive a special rate of $5 ($5 off). Interested troops should call the box office at  (251) 460-6306.

2.      The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to the Dothan Civic Center Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Girl Scouts and their families can take advantage of a special rate. If you are interested, contact Jasper Joyce: /(800) 641-4667 (118). 

Outward Bound is offering a 2-day training on Wilderness First Aid, on December 1st and 2nd at Weeks Bay Preserve  The fee for the course will be waived for Girl Scout volunteers who are interested in acquiring skills that will be vital both in the wilderness and during a natural disaster. More details are just a click away: First_Aid_and_Coastal_Resilience_Workshop.pdf

Please contact Liz Brent at by Friday, November 18 if you are interested in attending.

Troop 8302 is sponsoring A TEEN NIGHT at PETE'S PARTY PALACE in Mobile, AL. on Friday, November 25, for girls in 5th-9th grades.

There will be a DJ, X-Box Tournaments, and Concessions. The time will be 8pm to midnight!

Come support our troop and help us spread the word.  We are raising money to celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary in Washington D.C. in June. 

This would be a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done.

Contact Rachel Pierce at 251/367-8550 to get your advance tickets now through Wednesday, November 23.

Troops wishing to submit information on their fundraising efforts to attend the 100th Anniversary "Rock the Mall" celebration in Washington, DC can send details to our PR and Marketing Department.for inclusion in the blog and the GSSA weekly.

We received news about casting  for a new series on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) called "Super Saver Showdown" that will be taking place around Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola.  They are looking for families who would like to throw a party, for any occasion, on a budget. Specifically, they are looking for a family to host a "Girl Scout/Boy Scout" themed party.

 If you are interested, or know any families, keep reading. They begin shooting soon, so spread the word!

Super Saver Showdown:

A new TV show on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) is looking for DYNAMIC & ENERGETIC families!  Looking for families in the Mobile, Pensacola, and Biloxi areas.

Are you a family who wishes they could throw a special party for a member of your family? Are you missing the money, time, & creativity needed to throw a great party?

Please email us and tell us all about your family and the special party you would like to throw for your loved one. Make sure to include a picture and tell us why your loved one is so amazing and deserving of this party.

Please include the following:

1) A picture of your entire family

2) List of names and ages of each family member.

3) A picture of your home, including the area for the party - (must own or rent a home - apartment rentals won't work for this show but a friend's home could work if they are willing to have us film for three days)

5) Briefly describe each member of your family and what makes them unique - remember, we are looking for big fun personalities!

6) Describe the party you are interested in having - this show is about helping you to plan a great event on a limited budget (we supply the budget)

7) Why is it difficult for you to throw the party? (no time? financially strapped- not good at


8) If this party is for a specific person tell us why they are deserving - what special reasons do they deserve this party?


** If chosen, families would need to be available for 3 full days of filming in your home this fall. Location fees will be provided.

Please send info to:


Moving to a new town is unsettling enough; imagine how stressful it would be to move to a different country, leaving almost everything you own behind because you are afraid for your safety?

Catholic Social Services is seeking donations for their Refugee Resettlement Program. Refugees are people who come to the United States seeking freedom from persecution. They are admitted to the U.S. by the Department of State and sponsored by various non-profit organizations, such as Catholic  Social Services. The goal is to make the refugee families feel welcome and to ease their transition into this country.

One of the needs this time of year is gift cards if a troop would like to host a drive. Other items that are always needed are:

Alarm clocks, blankets, pillows, tea pots, pots, pans, cleaning supplies, waste baskets, deodorant, shampoo.

If your troop is interested in this worthwhile cause, please contact Alyssa Mueller: (251)432-2727.

parade.jpgThe holidays are coming and many troops are planning to participate in local parades and celebrations.  Don't forget to review the Safety-Activity Checkpoint for Parades .  

Looking for costume ideas?  Take a look at what the girls did in this community parade.

Tr   Keep Mobile Beautiful provides Recycling Field Trips for Girl Scouts at the Mobile Recycling Center on Government Blvd. Girls can tie this field trip into the It's Your Planet, Love It! Journey  series and badge work. Interested leaders should contact Phyllis Wingard : (208-6028).


      Keep Mobile Beautiful is holding the semi-annual Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, November 5 at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds.  

Older girls (Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors) are needed to unload cars, distribute materials and collect information. The shift will be from 8:45am-1:15pm and documentation of hours will be provided. 

Contact Carol Conrad: (208-6028) to volunteer.


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Presents: Salute to Girl Scout Weekend Fall 2011!

Girl Scouts from around the country are invited to participate in the annual "Salute to Girl Scouts" on November 5, 2011 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, a day filled with adventure and activities designed to inspire the next generation of space explorers.   

Participants will have full access to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex shows and exhibits, take a tour of Kennedy Space Center, enjoy a 3D IMAX space film, tour the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, attend a private, interactive briefing about NASA's latest mission and meet an astronaut with a special message to scouts.
Admission to "Salute to Girl Scouts Weekend" is $45.00 per person plus tax and includes activities from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and lunch plus a second day of admission to explore Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  Click here for registration flyer.

There is also the option to attend an Overnight Adventure at additional cost.

For more information or to register please call (321) 449-4832 or visit .

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