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

August 12, 2015



It is with sorrow I announce the passing of a long time Girl Scout volunteer, Gloria Caddell of Mobile.   Mrs. Caddell was a Girl Scout leader for more than 50 years.   During that time, she touched countless lives.   Her work focused around teaching girls the Girl Scout Law:   "I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout."    She did make the world a better place, and she was a sister to every Girl Scout.  In 2005, she was honored as a "Southern Hero" for her work in the community.

Early in my career here my mother was visiting from out of town.   I'm not sure what the event was, but there was a potluck lunch or dinner next door in the volunteer center, so my mother tagged along.   She wound up sitting next to Mrs. Caddell, who was quite gracious.   My mother had been a primitive camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp at the Lake of the Ozarks during her college years.   They started to share stories about their experiences with girls and primitive conditions.  - Liz Brent

Beverly Crews' writes, "my own story of experience with Mrs. Caddell would be a camping story of cooking breakfast at camp like a real hobo, using a paper bag to fry bacon and fry the egg.   I was certain my bag (and my breakfast) would burn up!   Well, of course it cooked up very well.   Our troop's first camping trip last year we tried it with great success."

Teri Eversole noted that Mrs. Caddell was teaching first aid to Girl Scout volunteers into her early 80s.   She would have the troop leaders do the CPR and other training.

Mrs. Caddell's daughter, Mary, provided this:

"Mom volunteered with Red Cross for over 50 yrs and was awarded The Ralph Holberg award "In recognition of Dedication to the American Red Cross Mission and Goals and in particular to Community involvement and Innovative leadership" in 1990. She was a Water Safety Instructor, First Aid and CPR instructor, and volunteered in Hurricane Shelters in to her 80's. I suspect she taught over 10,000 kids to swim through Scouts and Red Cross, all as a volunteer. Of course many also learned how to canoe, sail, make the perfect marshmallow for s'mores, camp...In 2005 she was honored as a Southern Hero by SouthernLINC, which is for "Outstanding Community Service and Leadership."She sang in the choir and participated in chorale through her mid 80's. She went to the National Girl Scout convention in California as a delegate in 2002."

Please remember her family during this time of loss.  Do you have a special memory of Mrs. Caddell?  Please share them on our Facebook page:


Girls can do anything!   Each year we have a group of girls that are highly accomplished and do amazing things.   It is wonderful to see them grow over the years and watch them give back to their community through their award projects.   We have a great group of girls that provide all types of community service through their awards.

A large number of Junior troops earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award during the past year, and many more are currently working on projects in their communities. Here are a few examples from across the council:

  • ????         Daphne Troop 8186 is working on a permanent geocache course at Camp Scoutshire Woods for other girls to enjoy.
  • ????         Troop 9349 from Enterprise helped the local animal shelter by painting some of the rooms and collecting needed items.
  • ????         Troop 9261 in Ozark created an outdoor education garden at their school that included upcycling milk jugs into automatic watering containers, painting stepping stones, and leading a group of more than 50 students to plant a variety of plants.
  • ????         Loxley Troop 8393 volunteered and collected items for a horse rescue shelter.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is earned by Cadettes and is a stepping stone for the Gold Award. Here are a few of our excellent projects from this past year:

  • ????         Troop 9750 from Dothan recycled plastic grocery bags to make plastic yarn, which they crocheted to make sleeping mats for the homeless.
  • ????         Troop 7309 worked with a low-income daycare in Auburn to improve the facilities and provide additional resources and activities for the children to enjoy.
  • ????         A member of troop 9157 in Prattville sewed more than 70 colorful pillowcases to comfort children in an orphanage in Bulgaria.
  • ????         Satsuma Troop 8517 created a "Read Across America" curriculum for their middle school library. They identified and compiled a list of books from all 50 states to encourage students to read.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting, and is only open to Seniors and Ambassadors. Here are two of our recent Gold Awards:  

  • ????         Rebecca Pober from Daphne produced, directed, edited and screened a professional documentary on domestic human trafficking, which can be seen on the website she created: In order to create her documentary, she made contacts, fundraised, conducted on and off-camera interviews.  Afterwards, she has given and continues to give presentations to highlight this issue.
  • ????         Amerie Gramelspacher's topic for her Girl Scout Gold Award was suicide awareness and prevention. She spoke at churches and events, conducted a suicide awareness and prevention 5K, purchased a curriculum for the health classes at her school, and purchased signs for the middle and high schools. Throughout the project, she partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Thanks to Amerie's efforts, the elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Thomasville now receive annual suicide prevention and awareness training hosted by the AFSP.

Rebecca and Amerie have been nominated by our council for the National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD) award, given by GSUSA to 10 exceptional Gold Award recipients from across the nation. GSUSA has done some great work to improve the highest awards.   Rather than having the National Young Women of Distinction awarded every three years at the national convention, that will change to annually.   In addition, a benefactor will be providing funding for a $10,000 scholarship for each NYWOD.  Girls who have earned the Gold Award are eligible to be nominated for NYWOD by the Gold Award Committee of GSSA.

As a reminder, GSSA has a group of trained volunteers who work with girls on their Gold Awards.   This committee reviews girls' applications and materials.   Because it is a group of volunteers, we try hard to respect their time, which means paperwork needs to be submitted well in advance of deadlines so the committee has the time they need to conduct their review.   The new working deadlines for 2015-2016 awards are as follows:

Quarterly deadlines for all Gold Award submissions

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Graduating Ambassadors

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Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is fortunate to have a great group of volunteers and girls committed to community service. Last year GSSA girls earned 112 Bronze Awards, 27 Silver Awards, and 6 Gold Awards, representing more than 4000 hours of service in their communities. Girls also earned 44 Service Bars for Community Service and Service to Girl Scouting, representing more than 1,400 hours of service.


           As I enter my 50th year as a registered Girl Scout, I can definitely say Girl Scouts has benefited not only me, but also my family.  My experiences as a girl member were minimal at best, but I did make some wonderful friends with whom I am still in contact.  It has been as an adult that I have benefited the most.

            My husband was a career Army officer and that meant we were constantly moving around the world.  In each new location for his entire Army career, I was involved with the local Girl Scout council, either as a leader, Service Unit Chairman, or trainer.  I would actually contact my husband's new post before we arrived to arrange to have a Girl Scout troop.  After ten years, we had a daughter who became a Daisy Girl Scout and continued all the way through Seniors, earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.  Her father was a registered Girl Scout and would accompany us on all of our camping trips and field trips, both in the United States and abroad.  Girl Scouts was a family affair for us.  We would even plan our vacations so that we could attend Scouting events or work on badges with our daughter.

            It was my training as an elementary school teacher which made it an easy transition into troop leadership.  I easily put as much time into our troop plans as I had done for my classroom lesson plans.  It became a creative outlet for me.  Even more important, working with Girl Scouts gave me an opportunity to make friends in our new living environment.   Since finding leaders is hard, a woman who volunteers to take a troop is welcomed into the group and I found many lasting friends from these ladies.

            I have been fortunate to attend trainings at Our Chalet, stay at Olave House, and attend an international event at Our Cabana.  My husband and daughter were also able to visit the world centers in London and Adelboden.  The three of us were at Olave Centre before it was officially open and had a chance to see what it was going to be upon completition.  I still correspond with some of the women I met in Adelboden.

            We lived in Belgium for six years and I enjoyed the opportunities open to Girl Scouts Overseas.  My Brownie Girl Scouts had many combined meetings with the British Brownies and Guides.  We learned about WAGGGS up close and personal.  It was, however, living in Morocco which was the most challenging.  I had girls from seven countries in my Brownie Girl Scout troop.  We used American materials, but having a flag ceremony required some adaptations to include flags for all of the girls represented.

            When we moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, I became involved in the Girl Scout Council of the Pacific, leading a Daisy and a Cadette Girl Scout troop, serving as Service Unit Chairman, and a council trainer.  It was here that I was awarded the Thanks Badge, and what an honor and surprise that was.

            As an adult volunteer I've marched in Veterans Day parades, attended theatrical productions, attended events at Macy, visited the Juliette Lowe House in Savannah, gone whitewater rafting and ice skating, had a living room filled with cookies from floor to ceiling, visited many unusual places, learned much Girl Scout history and many traditions, and participated in international events.  My daughter and I enjoyed sharing Girl Scouting together and having my husband along made it a wonderful family experience.  I definitely benefited from the Girl Scout organization on all levels and have received more from it than I could possibly ever give.  I'm definitely a better person because of my Girl Scout experiences and the love I have for the organization.

 -- Nancy Karrick

            I began my Girl Scouting Career in the year 1975 at the age of 5.  I entered as a Brownie Girl Scout and my mother was my troop leader.  Girl Scouts mean many things to me, but can be grouped into my three major rolls in Girl Scouts as a Girl Scout, a leader, and a Girl Scout camp counselor.  These three major stages of my Girl Scout career each hold special meanings in their own right.

            As a young child, I was not very athletic and could not join dancing.  I had many interest and Girl Scouts introduced a way for me to experience my many interest and belong somewhere among my peers.  I made some very special friends that first year in Brownies and between Lydia's mother, Sandy's mother, and my own mother, we always had a troop leader.  We stayed friends for years.  Sandy even stood in my wedding in 1996 some 21 years after our first Brownie meeting.  We learned about camping, cook outs, compass skills, hiking, canoeing, singing and friendship.  We even took part in our own cookie sales growing up, selling our share to help earn money for our troop and council.  Girl Scouts as a child made me a very strong, independent, girl.  The comments and teasing from other girls as I was growing up held no meaning as the family I had in my Girl Scout Troop was more important.  Holding a Girl Scout membership was important to who I was to become as an adult.  My best childhood memories all stem from Girl Scout activities.

            I think the saddest day would have been when I aged out of Girl Scouts.  I still wanted to participate as an adult, so I become the Girl Scout Unit Cookie director in 1988.  I will never forget the look on my father's face when the big truck backed up in the driveway and delivered 1000 cases of cookies.  My mother and I had decided he was on a need to know basis and he did not need to know about the delivery until it was already being delivered.  I will never forget the overwhelming peanut butter smell that enveloped the house for weeks.  I felt a great sense of accomplishment with that first cookie sale as an adult Girl Scout.  Exactly 22 years later, I began assisting my daughter with her first cookie sale and am amazed at the skills she has learned while selling cookies.  Each year that passes our troop sells a few more boxes and learns a little more about the business of cookies.  Again I find myself as the Unit Cookie Director and housing the cookie pantry at my house.  The smell of peanut butter when the pantry is fully stocked for the first weekend of cookie sales brings back the feelings from my very first cookie sale as an adult Girl Scout.  I think watching my Brownies and Juniors this year develop some business sales techniques and sell their cookies instilled a sense of pride in the life lessons I am able to guide these young girls through. Girl Scout Cookies and the sale of those cookies will always be an important part of what Girl Scouts means to me.

            I stayed active in Girl Scouts with my unit until I went away to college and this is when I switched to being a camp counselor at Camp Whispering Pines.  I was the Unit director for the farming sessions of camp.  I was not only in charge of 24 girls every week but also 7 cages of animals.  Those summers I learned how to care for not only the rabbits I was used to raising but also chicks, ducks, goats, pigs, and cows.  We took our ducks canoeing with us and walked our goat and cow on a leash around camp with us.  We began each camp session singing a rewritten version of the "Green Acres" theme song as "Pine Hollow" and showing off our animals.  I met so many wonderful young girls and had the opportunity to affect change in their life.  I worked with a diverse camp staff and took away many memories of some great summers.  Camp allowed me the opportunity to teach these young girls many of the Scouting skills I had learned as a Girl Scout.  We cooked out once each session, anything from a Hobo lunch to Solar Oven Lasagna, we cooked whole chickens over hot coals and we roasted s'mores. One very rainy s'mores night, we had a competition with another counselor to see who could light a fire even in the rain.  Needless to say my little farm girls had a fire floating on a garbage can lid with a tarp held over the top to keep the rain from putting out the fire.  We learned a lot about perseverance that night but we had our opening night campfire while no other unit was able to start their fire.  My girls were very proud of their unit that week.

            I began as a Girl Scout Leader the same time I became Cookie Unit Director.  I was one of the first Daisy Girl Scout leaders in 1998.  At the time Daisy Girls were not allowed to earn badges, they just completed a scrap book.  My girls marched in a Cub Scout parade to earn their first fun patch.  Daisy Girl Scouts was also only a one year program for Kindergarten girls before they entered Brownies in First Grade.  I stayed as a Daisy leader and would pass off my Daisies to another Brownie leader and then take more girls as Daisies the next year.  This only lasted two years until I went away to college, but I enjoyed both years and learned plenty from my Daisies.  In 2008, I started another Daisy troop with my oldest daughter and have been her and her sister's leader for the past 5 years.  Our troop has evolved over the years and is in for many changes as I release the girls to run their own meetings as they grow up and become leaders themselves.  I am proud to be a part of each of these girl's lives and hope I have made some impact on their life for the better.

            Girl Scouts is an organization that can help shape tomorrow one girl at a time.  I am a very proud Girl Scout both as a girl and an adult.  I am passing the love of Girl Scouting on to both my daughters and all of their friends.  Girl scouting to me shapes young girls to be successful in the future.  The experiences gained through the Girl Scouting program will help these young girls change the world.

-- Tammy "Panther" Ortego    
Girl Scout Troop 9195


As a teenager, one of my favorite memories of Girl Scouts is summer camp.  During a two week camp I did a ropes course, spelunking, canoeing with an overnight stay on the bank, and a backpacking hike with an overnight stay.  I had a great time making new friends.  Camp adventures were demanding, scary and at the same time- thrilling! The counselors urged me to engage in new experiences and encouraged me when I was unsure. For example, I found out that I like horses, but not horseback riding. Girl Scouts provided a way for me to expand my horizons in a safe environment. 


Now as a Girl Scout Leader, I try to give my girls the same opportunities and a variety of experiences.  I'm offering support during their first canoe ride, making camp dinner or just sleeping in the tent for the first time. When one of my girls was too afraid of the zip line, I set the example and went before her even though I was scared too.  Despite the fact that I hit the tree stump at the end of the line, I laughed and my girls laughed too.   I'm proud to say that she went down the zip line after me.   The shout, "I did it!" was music to my ears and helped soothe the big bruise forming on my behind! Watching sister Girl Scouts supporting each other and and having a great time are moments that I treasure. 


When I see the girls slowly break out of their shell by leading presentations on World Thinking Day and I watch the older girls in the troop help the youngsters finish their craft, my heart warms.  I know that they are learning to make their own decisions and will become great confident women of the future.

-- Kim Manley

BarbaraMitchell2015VoY.jpgLifetime Girl Scout Barbara Mitchell is an amazing woman. She has worked tirelessly to provide Girl Scouting to girls in Dothan's public housing community -- changing lives and certainly making the world a better place.

Barbara came to Girl Scouting through her work at the Dothan Housing Authority where she served as a liaison between DHA and its residents by engaging and involving them in worthwhile activities, events and challenges on both a personal and community level.

Barbara has always believed the easiest way to reach adults would be through their children. It was because of this belief that Barbara started both Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in the housing authority.  Girl Scouting specifically began there in 1995 and has been going strong thanks to Barbara's leadership ever since.

The size of the troop took off and grew by leaps and bounds. For years the rolls grew with repeat registrations of twenty to thirty girls and added new girls. The top enrollment grew to 67 girls!

Barbara met with different groups of girls five times weekly - one day at each complex - until their numbers were such that we transported and met with one level per day. People from the community were brought in to do programs, and were invited to join ongoing programs. These included programs with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, dance classes, basketball, volleyball, vacation bible school and arts activities, just to name a few.

Some of Barbara's favorite Girl Scout events over the years were part of the Studio 2B program for older girls. Barbara and her girls' favorite Studio 2B event was a Mini Destination to the caves in Chattanooga, TN. Of course, they drove up to Chattanooga the evening before. Barbara says they dubbed themselves "the troop who liked to sleep around." If they could find a way to stay overnight, that's what they did. On this trip they didn't just stay over one night, but two -- enjoying all of Chattanooga . . . Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, Rock City, Market Street Bridge, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Barbara says the girls' most memorable trip, though, was to Plains, GA, where they visited with President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalind. President Carter taught their Sunday School class, and the girls attended worship service with he and his wife. After service, they allowed the girls to take pictures with them, and they visited the library, museum, his boyhood home, the campaign office, and road the train.

In 2008, Barbara retired from Dothan Housing Authority, but not from Girl Scouts. She decided to continue what she had started and remains a dedicated volunteer -- serving girls who benefit so greatly from our program.

Barbara is grateful to the Dothan Housing Authority for providing meeting spaces, transportation and support and to the staff and volunteers of our council who have supported her in her efforts to make the world a better place for girls.

Barbara also sends love to her special guests, Ida Danzy, Pat Williams, Cathy Walker, Ahneysha Jackson, Sheila Twiggs, and all the girls and families she's had the pleasure to serve.

We thank you, Barbara, for your continued work to create girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


I was a Girl Scout. For many years, my own mother was my leader. Naturally, that motivated my choice to be a leader for my own daughter. And many times I compare my leadership experience with hers. She took us to Kiwanis for Camporees. She even served as Service Unit manager a few years. We did service projects and fun things. I participated in the council's Spotlight Girl program, and I did radio spots to promote Girl Scout Cookies. When I was a Cadette, I got on a plane and flew to National Center West for a Wider Opportunity. I earned my Gold Award. When I graduated from high school and went on to college, those experiences went with me. I like to think that my Girl Scout experiences, along with others, helped me earn the scholarships that sent me to college.

Fast forward quite a few years, and I became a Girl Scout again. My own daughter wanted to be a Girl Scout, and we joined a troop here in our hometown. I assisted with the few Juniors in the troop, while the leaders focused on the Brownie activities. My daughter is now a Girl Scout Senior, and I have been involved in her troop from the beginning. I have served with my service unit as Secretary and even helped plan service unit events.

My troop loves to go to new places and experience new things. Badges are okay, but plan a trip and they are all in. At times I have struggled with whether my troop is being done "right." But it is girl-led -- we do what they want to do. We have spent the night at the Georgia Aquarium, at the McWane Center (three times!), in the Battleship, and at Fort Gaines. We have been on Mini-Destinations at Dauphin Island Sea Lab (twice!) and at Space Camp. They have learned how to make tasty goodies and decorate cakes, they have gone on hikes, and they swam with dolphins this summer. We collect food for our sponsoring church's Christmas boxes each November, we donate to the church clothes closet, and we participate in the church-sponsored Slapout Clean-Up each spring. We hope to learn about falconry next year, and we are signing up to participate in the council's Dozing with Dolphins event. If I can get them there and we can afford it, we go.

So, you may be asking, how has this journey benefitted my family or changed my life for the better? I can truly say that Girl Scouts has enriched my life. I have had opportunities that I would not otherwise have had. I have done things I probably never would have if I had not been a Girl Scout or a Girl Scout leader. And, now, as a leader, I am truly blessed to be able to share these opportunities and experiences with my own daughter and a few girls I have watched blossom into amazing young ladies over the years. I hope every day that my leading them enriches their lives. I want them to see amazing things, experience amazing things, and to do amazing things. Watching girls grow into young women of courage, confidence, and character is beyond enriching. Seeing it happen touches the soul. I cannot speak for other leaders, but I suspect that they feel similarly. That feeling is why we come back year after year. Because it truly matters.

     -- Marcy Perdue


Each year, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is given the gift of millions of hours of generosity on the part of the volunteers.   These volunteers make a difference in the lives of thousands of girls in the southern half of the Great State of Alabama.   Most would be worthy recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award.   They are devoted to their girls, spend lots of times assuring girls have a great experience, and much of their work and effort goes unheralded.

In 2001, Leslie Lerner started to substitute teach at St. Paul's Episcopal School, when her own children were getting older.  By 2004, she was working full time at St. Paul's.   For many of those years, Leslie has been a volunteer with Girl Scouts, working with St. Paul's students to bring Girl Scouting to students at Augusta Evans School in Mobile.   She has inspired her students to provide Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to the students there.

Leslie, as the head of the Community Service Department at St. Paul's, works with students who become class tutors at Prichard Preparatory School, and the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind.   St. Paul's students do projects at McKemie Place, the Ronald McDonald House, Animal Rescue Foundation, and Little Sisters of the Poor.   Students also do annual service days at Habitat for Humanity and Wilmer Hall.   As a part of a St. Paul's education, students are required to perform at least 15 hours of community service per year, and Leslie is a task master to assure the students do the work and do quality work in the community.

Leslie Lerner is driven.   She is driven to help others.   She is driven to be sure her students assist the largest number of people possible.   Leslie has high expectations for herself and her students.   She is a servant leader.   Leslie is remarkable because she always brings out the best in the people she touches.   Her energy and drive have made the St. Paul's Community Service Department an asset to the community.

On behalf of more than 7,000 girls of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, I want to congratulate Leslie Lerner on being selected our 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year.

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. 

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.

      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.

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  
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

liz_brent.jpgThere's a fine line between encouragement and criticism.  I had a boss who once said, "if you are doing an evaluation, you need to say four positive things for every negative comment so the person can actually hear the negative comments."   But those comments are made to improve performance. As an adult, I can still recall criticism that I felt was unjust or given in error even today. 

It is important to recognize how important our words and deeds are to the children we work with.  Melinda Wilson, our fund development staff person, gave a very poignant thanks to the volunteers attending a spaghetti fundraiser this week. Part of that was a poem written by Ley Cash from the San Gorgonio Girl Scout Council.

A Careful Soul

A careful soul I have to be,

A little Girl Scout follows me.

To a narrow path I must stay,

For if I don't she too will stray.

I must choose my deeds with care.

For all I do, she too, will dare.

My worlds I guard and softly speak

And I must love the strong and the weak.

Oh, I must be fair, from the start.

And boldly lead with a steady heart.

In all I say and all I do.

I promise to strive to be true.

Because you know

Where're I go

A careful soul I have to be.

A little Girl Scout follows me!

These words remind us of how important our words and actions are to the girls we serve, and that in everything we do, we must remember that a little girl always is watching.

In an effort to plan for the future of Girl Scouts in southern Alabama, we are conducting four surveys to gain information from girls, former members, volunteers and parents. Your input can help us plan for a future that meets interests and needs of the girls we serve. 

We estimate that it will take you approximately five to 10 minutes to complete the survey. Please choose the appropriate survey (you may complete more than one survey if you are both a parent and a volunteer), then simply click on the link below, or cut and paste the entire URL into your browser to access the survey. 

We would appreciate your response by Friday, March 18.  Your input is very important to us and will be kept strictly confidential. If you have any questions, or would prefer to complete a paper survey, please call the receptionist at 800-239-6636, ext. 1902.

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The Mobile Museum of Art is looking for volunteers, 14 and older, to help with fun art activities at the Festival of Flowers.  Volunteers will assist art instructors, interact with children to make hats, kaleidoscopes, painting "en plein air," leading a story time about art and artists, helping with a Readers Theatre.  Volunteers will also recruit participants, help set up and put away art materials.

Festival of Flowers is the premier flower and garden event of the greater Gulf Coast.  The festival theme this year is "All Things Bright and Beautiful."  The Museum needs volunteers on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00-5:00 (in 2.5 hour shifts) and Sunday, March 27 11:00 - 6:00 in 2 hour shifts.  Every volunteer will gain free admission to the Festival. 

An event orientation will be held at the museum on Monday, March 21 4:00-5:00.  Volunteers should be 14 and older. For more information about the event contact Howard McPhail, Curator of Education, Outreach at 251-208-5205  or To sign up for one or more shifts, please contact Gail McCain, Volunteer Coordinator at 251-208-5211  or    

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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is having their 3rd Annual Bunny Chase 5K and Family Fun Festival Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Medal of Honor Park in Mobile.

They are looking for some older Girl Scouts to help with face painting and hiding Easter eggs. If you or your troop would like to help, please let Erica Bass, know by Friday, April 15.


Girl Scout troops are also invited to register and run in the 5K or 1-Mile Fun Run.  Register online at

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Be a part of the Thin  Mint Sprint!
Volunteer opportunities still exist for older girls and adults to help make this event a success! Volunteers are needed to pass out water, cheer runners on, help with the Health Expo, and provide an extra hand wherever needed. If you are willing and able to serve, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (800-239-6636, ext. 1202) by Thursday, February 24.

Editor's Note: Mary Anne "ain't too proud to beg," so if you need some cajoling, just give her a call!

liz_brent.jpgOne of my favorite signs that I found in someone's office when I started here was A GIRL IS WATCHING.   We should all remember that all day every day.   I chatted with our staff about that this week; we always need to think in that context.   When I arrived I heard horror stories about the chaos of cookies.   It is hard to describe to someone who hasn't seen it done, especially from the delivery side of the program.   What I was more surprised at was a call I received about volunteers throwing cookies at each other because of the door they wanted at a Wal-mart.    This didn't happen on just one weekend, but two weekends in a row.   We had some discussion about why this happened; how we could correct it.   But the most important part of that challenge for me is to remind everyone, when it comes to the cookie program A GIRL IS WATCHING.   As we struggle with how to best shape the future generation, we can't be complacent about how our behaviors impact those of the children around us.

All Service Unit Cookie Chairs, Troop Cookie Chairs, and Troop Leaders are invited to attend one of the Cookie Training Conferences listed below.  Get all of the details on the Program and Events calendar.



????         Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m.

Volunteer Center, Montgomery

????         Sunday, November 7 at 3 p.m.

Volunteer Center, Montgomery

????         Monday, November 8 at 12 p.m.

Volunteer Center, Montgomery

????         Monday, November 8 at 6 p.m.

Volunteer Center, Montgomery

????         Tuesday, November 9 at 6 p.m.


????         Wednesday, November 10 at 10 a.m.


????         Thursday, November 11 at 6 p.m.

Town Hall, Grove Hill

????         Friday, November 12 at 12 p.m.

Volunteer Center, Mobile

????         Friday, November 12 at 6 p.m.

Loxley United Methodist Church, Loxley

????         Saturday, November 13 at 10 a.m.

Volunteer Center, Mobile

20100915drcrlogo.jpgThe Dog River Clearwater Revival (DRCR) is looking for Girl Scout volunteers to participate in a fun community service project to protect Dog River and other waterways from being polluted. The goal of the DRCR is to educate the public about storm drains and their role in keeping pollution out of our waterways.

Their storm drain marker project consists of volunteers gluing small markers onto storm drains that read "No Dumping -Drains to River or Bay". It is simple, and can be done at your troop's convenience. The DRCR will provide all of the needed materials and assign troops to a specific community. This is a great opportunity for girls to help the community and environment while learning valuable lessons about the importance of preserving our waterways. If your troop is interested, please contact Janet Miller, 251-654-1827. Visit their website,, for more information.

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