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Thanks for giving back!   It's almost fall, and our staff members are running full tilt!   We seem to have a lot of interest in Girl Scouts this year, which is always a delightful thing for us, since we believe girls can change the world.   

Lately, we've had some great illustrations of our girls making their community a better place.   We had a troop at Camp Scoutshire Woods last weekend, making Gypsy Glen more accessible.   This troop has a member with limited mobility, so they wanted to make improvements there for everyone.   Another troop cleaned front and back yards at the Montgomery office.  They pressure washed the outside of the building, pulled weeds and raked leaves.   I'm always grateful for that, since I stay there when I am working in the Montgomery area.    

Thanks to these groups for making the council a better place!


Camp Scoutshire Woods is in need of a wonderful nurse, who would love to be at camp for a week or two! Dates needed are: June 19-June 24, and/or June 26-July 2. You have the option to be paid staff (pay is modest) or you can volunteer as the camp nurse, and bring one camper (daughter/granddaughter) free for each week that you volunteer. We are looking for an RN, LPN, or emergency first responder licensee. Other positions open are:
  • Boating Director/counselor 17 years or older
  • Lifeguard/counselor 17 years or older
  • Assistant to Horse Director 17 years or older, experienced in working with children and horses
E-mail Woody at pbjk@peanutbutter-n-jellykids.com  
 
Kamp Kiwanis is also looking for nurses. Dates needed are: June 19-June 24, and/or July 3-8. You have the option to be paid staff (pay is modest) or you can volunteer as the camp nurse, and bring one camper (daughter/granddaughter) free for each week that you volunteer. We are looking for an RN, LPN, or emergency first responder licensee.
Additional volunteer opportunity:
  • Kitchen Assistant: if you volunteer for a week you can bring a camper for free
E-mail Bossy at kiwanis@girlscoutssa.org
So, here we are sitting around feeling like we've accomplished a lot.  The camp information is up, cookie sales are going well, the Thin Mint Sprint planning is coming right along ... and we get a call that the camp info that is up is from last summer!  

Certainly, that can't be, we thought.  So many of us have looked at the camp page and had a piece in getting the information out.  Certainly, not one of us realized it was last year's camp booklet.  

Well, that's the case.  For those of you who looked at the camp info over the last week and were busy planning out your summers around the sessions, we apologize.  The 2011 programs will be posted tonight, and we're so sorry for any confusion this created.

The plus side? If you were excited about the 2010 programs, just wait to see what's really in store for 2011!

liz_brent.jpg2010 was a tremendous cookie sale.   And that was in spite of the fact the cookie baker never delivered our initial cookie order.    It is amazing how good the cookie sale was with that impediment.    We had enough funds after the cookie sale and paying the bills this year to do the following:

Camp Humming Hills: spraying and replanting

Camp Sid Edmonds: purchased 4 jon boats with oars, easier for the girls to use, purchased 10 used aluminum canoes to increase boats available

Camp Scoutshire Woods: negotiating to lay crushed limestone on some of the roads, installed ceiling fans and electrical outlets in Gypsy Glen, replaced ranger's lawn tractor

Kamp Kiwanis: replaced dining hall roof, moving from shingles to metal for longer durability, purchased 4 person towable for pontoon boat, replaced ranger's truck, purchased 4x4 Big Red for ranger's use

Mariner's program: purchased Boston Whaler chase boat that can be used at Kamp Kiwanis and on Perdido Bay, purchased zodiac to serve as a smaller rescue boat

 

Thanks for all the hard work, and hopefully, your girls will enjoy all the new equipment purchased for their use.

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Due to popular demand, Woody has added a special session for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors at Camp Scoutshire Woods!  July 4 - 9 girls will enjoy a full week of traditional camp fun with games and songs. There will also be fireworks and a picnic.  Camp staff will bring back the camp favorite "Win it in a minute" game. 

 

Cost: $265

When: July 4 - 9

Who: Junior and up Girl Scouts (girls going into 4th through 12th grades)

Where: Camp Scoutshire Woods

To register, turn in:

Registration Form

Hold Harmless Agreement

Camper Healthcare Recommendations

Camper Health History

 

 

 

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Camp Registration Still Open
Resident Camp Sessions are still available! Some of the camps are full, but you can still attend Resident Camp this summer. Check out our Camp page for more information.

 

Have you looked into two of our new camps this year?  We're offering Circle of Friends at Camp Scoutshire Woods, and Camping 101 at Kamp Kiwanis. 

 

Circle of Friends

The Scoutshire Woods Circle has grown so big we need to have our own weekend, where we can give back to the camp that has given us so many fond memories!

Friday we will welcome back old friends, and induct new friends. Saturday's activities will include a great camp service project for camp improvements. Saturday night we will have a huge gathering and feast to celebrate the Circle of Friends! Come and join our circle of friends, the only prerequisite is that you have attended Scoutshire Woods' Summer Resident Camp five different years! Join us in service and friendship.

Cost: $120 Includes six meals and helps defray the cost of the service project.

Who: girls in grades 7-12, and adults who are past campers!

SSW Session: July 2-4

 

Camping 101

Come to Kamp Kiwanis with your troop! These sessions let you explore everything KK has to offer, with the comfort of your troop leader. We offer half weeks and whole ones, and troops of all ages are welcome! During troop camping, you will have time to explore KK as a troop, as well as participate in traditional camp activities like swimming, canoeing and arts and crafts. All of your activities will be guided by two of our experienced staff members.

Troops must have a responsible leader (who will serve as the primary care giver for the girls) attending the session with them in order to register.

KK Session: June 20 - 23; Cost: $120

KK Session: June 23 - 25; Cost: $120

KK Session: June 27 - 30; Cost: $120

KK Session: June 30 - July 2; Cost: $120

KK Session: July 5 - July 9; Cost:  $190


We'd like to clarify a couple of things about summer resident camp.  The date for the camp open houses is incorrect in the brochure - the open houses are Sunday, May 2 from 2 - 4 p.m.  You still have time to register to attend for the early bird price, $3.  What a steal!

 

Please use the Camp Scholarship Form, not the generic Financial Aid form, to request a scholarship to attend summer resident camp.

 

The summer resident camp registration is open, so send your registrations in!  We'll update you on GSSA Weekly as sessions fill up. 

 

There was also some confusion about June 1.  On June 1, we'll begin taking registrations for 2010-2011 camporees (completely separate from resident camp).  If you want to start planning your camporee, the Camporee Book is a great resource!

 

Now, back to the open houses... Hope to see you there!

 

Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods Open House

May 2, 2010 (Sun) 2 - 4 p.m.

Are your girls excited about attending summer camp? Maybe they are feeling a little anxious? Then this is your day to visit Kamp Kiwanis or Camp Scoutshire Woods and find out all the details of resident camp. Help ease their nerves (and their parents' nerves) by letting them get a taste for what goes on while they are at summer camp. This is their chance to visit camp and get registered before sessions start filling up. Guests can stop for a snack in the dining hall, visit the craft hut, check out the cabins! All girls who are going to be in first grade or above are welcome to bring their parents and explore camp for the day. 

Early Bird Cost: $3 per person

Cost: $4 per person

Early Bird Registration/Cancellation Deadline: April 9, 2010

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: April 23, 2010

Earth Day is April 22, and we have a program April 17 that is all about the outdoors!  Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts can attend at Camp Scoutshire Woods or Kamp Kiwanis.

Activities include old-fashioned hayride, nature discoveries, crafts, face painting, games, picnic lunch and hiking. Visit the flower garden for storytelling and select a plant to take home in a decorated clay pot. Snack, picnic lunch and a patch are provided.

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: March 31, 2010 

Make sure to get all of the important details on our Events and Programs Calendar.

It's time to start planning those camporees for the fall of 2010 and the spring of 2011.  The council will begin taking reservations on June 1, and as usual, we anticipate that slots will fill up quickly.  To reserve Camp Sid or Camp Scoutshire Woods, contact Barbara Davis (extension 1902), and for Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Humming Hills, contact Nina Davis (extension 2902).  Please note, there is a $50 deposit required to reserve camp for a camporee.

 

Information and reservation forms for each of our camps is on our Camps and Properties page.  The Camporee Book has information on all the camps, as well as great recommendations for planning a camping trip.

 

 

camp2010.jpgGive your Girl Scout the great outdoors this summer! Girls grow in confidence when they learn new skills and have new experiences away from home. With two camps to choose from, you just can't lose! Summer Resident Camp is offered at Camp Scoutshire Woods and Kamp Kiwanis; two special camps, each with a distinct personality of its own, offering a variety of summer resident camps there's sure to be one (or more) to intrigue your Girl Scout!

 

We have many exciting new additions to our summer resident camp sessions, and we are pleased to introduce them to you!   Some of the changes include camp scholarships (formerly called financial aid), Circle of Friends camp, troop camping and a multi-council sailing camp at Camp Kugelman.

 

Camp registrations for girls who sold more than 600 boxes of cookies (girls who earned cookie camperships or cookie bucks) will be accepted starting March 22. Camp registrations for all other girls will be accepted beginning March 29.

 

All of the camp information can be found on the Camps and Properties page of our website.

This is the second article in a series by our public relations intern, Evie.  She's new to Girl Scouting, and as she participates in different Girl Scout activities, she'll share her fresh perspective with us.  Evie is an unpaid intern, and this her last class before she graduates from Auburn University in August.  We appreciate all that Evie (pictured with a camper) is doing for Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.  

 

evie2.JPGI've been interning with Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama for five weeks now and already I feel like part of the team. I wonder if they would make me a special Internship badge?

I have begun traveling to Kamp Kiwanis in Eclectic every Monday to take pictures and videotape the campers. So far, I have been to the first three camp sessions and I went before camp officially started to interview a few of the counselors. Everyone is so nice and accepting, and I've already been coined with a camp nickname, "Chevy."

At first I was nervous about going to Kamp Kiwanis. How was I going to find my way around this place I had never been to? How were these girls going to react to some stranger taking their picture? But the girls were great! They didn't mind at all and fortunately some of them became hams and posed for me.

I have loved watching these young girls learn how to canoe and learn new swim strokes because it has been a long time since I have done anything like that.

I traveled to Camp Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle, Ala. last week to record some videos there and loved it. It is a little different than Kiwanis, for example, there is no air conditioning! But other than swimming and canoeing, Scoutshire has a stable with horses that the girls ride every day. The best part about my visit to Camp Scoutshire was that I got to go "creek stompin'" with a group of girls. I learned about the surrounding wildlife and was eaten up by mosquitoes.

I am excited about going back and also about traveling to Camp Sid Edmonds. My internship is half-over and I feel like I've just begun!

We've got more video from Kamp Kiwanis for you this week!  Chevy (also known as our intern Evie) came down to Camp Scoutshire Woods Wednesday, June 17, so we'll have that video up next week. 

Also, be sure to check out the camp photos from this week.  It's been a hot week, but that hasn't stopped the girls from having a great time!

 

Girls are at camp, and they're having a fantastic time!  Each week of resident camp, we'll upload pictures from Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods.  We even have video from Kamp Kiwanis this week.

The photos are on the Camps and Properties page of the website at http://www.girlscoutssa.org/properties_camps.php#CampPhotos

The summer resident camp staff are at Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods this week getting ready for your girls.  The staff at Kamp Kiwanis took time out of their schedule to talk about their expectations for camp.  You still have time to sign your daughter up!  Check out the sessions at http://www.girlscoutssa.org/properties_camps.php.

 

Would you like to spend your summer in the great outdoors, helping to build girls of courage, confidence and character (and having loads of fun at the same time)?  We have just the job for you!  We are still looking for qualified counselors 18 years of age and up at Camp Scoutshire Woods Resident Camp.  Check out all of the camp sessions on our camps and properties page.

 

Download the Camp Staff Application.

Congratulations to Jessica J. of Troop 8455 in Semmes! Jessica is the recipient of this year's Goodwill Easter Seals Campership.  Jessica collected the most (32) bags of used clothing and household items in the "Good Samaritan" program.   She plans to use her campership to attend the Kayak Expedition at Scoutshire Woods.

 

Thanks to Goodwill Easter Seals for making  this program possible and to all of the girls who participated in this year's drive. Participants will receive a patch and gift certificates to the Goodwill Easter Seals stores.

 

This program was only available in 8 counties this year (Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Escambia, Conecuh, Clarke, Choctaw and Monroe).  If you have any contacts for the Goodwill Easter Seals in your county, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, ext: 1202.

canoe_girls.jpgSummer Resident Camp at Scoutshire Woods or Kamp Kiwanis is the ultimate Girl Scout experience.  The girls learn new skills, forge new friendships, and gain confidence in themselves while having a great time in the outdoors!  Now is the time to plan for your girls to attend -- some sessions fill up quickly.  All the information you need is on our Camps and Property page

Remember, girls selling 600+ boxes of cookies can receive $175 towards a camp session AND register early.  Be sure to remind your troop parents of this great opportunity to get a huge discount on Resident Camp!

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