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CookiesRock1.jpgDid you know a girl is a allowed to "reallocate" her cookie money to her troop for a troop trip? If there are girls in your troop who would like to do that, please complete the Cookie Money Troop Trip Form and the Girl Earned Cookie Money Form and send to Chris Shavers for processing.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact Chris at extension 2202.

You can download the forms directly by clicking on the links above. Or, if you would like to find the forms later, they are located on the Forms & Resources page of our website under the Cookie Forms section.  They are the last two forms on the list. 
A Troop Trip folder should include completed:
  1. health forms
  2. permission slips
  3. copies of reservations, pre-payments, business contacts, etc.
  4. a troop roster with emergency contact numbers
  5. maps, destination addresses & phone numbers
  6. trip itinerary
Each driver and the at-home contact should have this info, as well.
  
Don't forget:
  • caravans (following a lead driver) are not permitted
  • verify every girls is a registered member
  • verify every adult is a registered member, an approved volunteer, & his/her required training is current
  • check Safety-Activity Checkpoint for each activity (theme parks, camping, outdoor cooking, etc.)
  • for day trips, notify SUM of travel plans and verify that you have copies of Driver's license and auto ins cards
  • for overnight trips, complete the overnight trip/camping application form (must attach copies of driver's licenses, auto insurance cards, certifications, etc.)
  • check to make sure you have the proper adult:girl ratios for the activity
  • do not sign any rental contracts until you complete a rental application and have it reviewed by a council staff member

Review the Venturing Out module on our website.
 
For questions about trip applications, insurance, rental applications, safety-guidelines, etc.
Contact: Cheryl Miller
Learning & Volunteer Services Liaison
Cell # 334.312.0433
cmiller@girlscoutssa.org
04082010_AJM.jpgGirl Scouts of Southern Alabama troops "adopt" Distinguished Young Women each summer and show them hospitality while getting involved in this exciting program! This is a great summer activity for your girls!

Troops are still needed as we are far from our goal of 50 troops. If you are interested, please send an Event Registration Form to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz by May 1. Be sure and include your state preferences, if any.
We've noticed that some of your troop checks, used to pay fall product and event registrations, are not imprinted with the correct council or troop information.  For legal purposes, "Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Tr# ____ " should appear on troop checks along with the address of one of your leadership team members.  The council's mailing address should NOT be on troop checks.  Also, to better safeguard troop funds, one team member should carry the checkbook and another should receive the statement or have online access to view troop account activity.  
If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Miller, ext. 2302.

8547_huntsville.jpgA lot of team work, determination, hard work, and great parent participation!  That's what it takes to pull off a wonderful trip (like ours) to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.  The girls of Troop 8547 (pictured right) raised in just under 2 years $7,000 through cookie sales, fall product sales, and fundraisers to fund this all inclusive trip (souvenirs included) they will never forget. 

 

The girls spent three days at space camp learning space flight history, space shuttle piloting, space station operations and mission control to fly a simulated space mission including space walks.  Then the girls spent 3 days learning to take off, fly and land a fighter jet in aviation camp.  The girls also learned survival skills and teamwork (the teamwork was the easy part for them) to wrap up their week crawling in the dark on their bellies in the woods through the dirt and mud in a game against another team.  We (yes, the 3 adults participated as well) did not win the challenge, but it was fun trying!

 

Robin M. - Leader

Junior Troop #8547

Job Description: Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama seeks a program aid to assist the program coordinator with troop activities for a special-needs troop at the Vivian B Adams School in Ozark. The troop meets Wednesday mornings twice a month and occasionally takes special outings.

 

Requirement:  Good rapport with special needs women and girls. Good organizational skills. Must be available Wednesday mornings and as needed for occasional special trips. Must have own transportation.

 

Salary:  $10 per hour plus mileage

 

Contact:  Angela Fedor 334-272-9164, ext. 1803

 

Resumes with references can be faxed to 251-344-4181 or e-mailed to afedor@girlscoutssa.org

Field Executives Cheryl Pierce and Becci Benson are currently looking for Junior troops to do flag ceremonies and promote Girl Scouts at elementary school PTA meetings starting in August.  The girls must wear a Girl Scout vest or sash, and at least one girl willing to speak into a microphone to the audience about Girl Scouts. Cheryl and Becci will make sure that the girls are well trained in flag ceremonies and public speaking.  

 

To participate, simply contact them by Friday, July 16, 2010.

For Mobile County:

Contact Cheryl Pierce at extension 1103 or cpierce@girlscoutssa.org

For Coffee and Houston Counties:

Contact Becci Benson at 334.494.0616 or bbenson@girlscoutssa.org

Emblem of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

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Girl Scouts are invited to take a tour of a hurricane hunter plane!  Hurricane hunter planes play an integral role in hurricane forecasting. Data collected during hurricanes (by flying into the storm!) help forecasters predict how intense a hurricane will be, and when and where it will make landfall.

 

This event is open to all grade levels and there is no cost to participate.  The hurricane hunter plane will be in Mobile June 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The plane will be located at the Mobile Air Center (Mobile Regional Airport) which is on the west side of the airport.  To get to the Mobile Air Center, take the entrance immediately west of the entrance to the airport, which is named Flave Pierce Road.

 

If you are interested in participating, contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz, extension 1202, with your troop #, and the number of girls and volunteers who will be attending.

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Join the Daytona 500 Experience to honor women pioneers in auto sports while hosting the Women in the Winner's Circle exhibit co-founded by racing legend Lyn St. James.  Girls will be surrounded by everything Girl Power stands for and develop within themselves what it takes to be a successful female not only in the auto industry but also on any path life takes them.  Your favorites such as the speedway tour, IMAX movie and arcade tokens will be included as well as a food voucher to allow you to choose what you'd like to eat at the 4th Turn Grill.  Cap it all off with a special guest speaker and your troop will have a day they won't soon forget.

 

For those who are still craving adventure, they are offering the first sleepover for Girl Scouts.  You will receive everything the day program has to offer, but also get to continue into the night with Girl Power Team Building Sessions, a pizza party, movie and continental breakfast.  Because the sleepover is held inside the attraction space is limited so reserve your spot now!

 

Download the order form for the First Annual Girl Scout Sleepover at Daytona 500 Experience taking place March 20 - 21, 2010. 

The Girl Scout Mariner Troop is raising money for their character-building trip by holding a yard sale, and you're invited!  Items for sale include furniture, household items, clothing, a bathroom sink and more.

When: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., September 25 and 26

Where: 3300 Old Shell Rd, Mobile

                Behind Peanut Butter Jelly Kids

For more information, call: 251.753.3973

We wanted to spread the word about the good work the cookie sale is still doing.  Thanks to Troop 8408 (Leaders Dee Owen and Shannon Dorazio) and Troop 8400 (Leaders Jeanne Peebles and Carolyn Hertel) for sharing this inspirational letter.

 

 

Dee, Hello,

 

I've just received a gleeful email from my son in Iraq who now has in his possession mounds of girl scout cookies.  He has plans to not only enjoy them himself but to share them throughout his entire battalion.  As he will be expressing their gratitude, I'm expressing mine.  His dad and I appreciate your troop's tremendous efforts to let our son and other sons and daughters in military service in Iraq know that you have them in your thoughts and prayers.  Perhaps nothing says it better than that which satisfies the sweet tooth.  I'm so pleased to have met you and to be reminded of how wonderfully sincere the girl scouts are to serving the community.  I look forward to the cookie sells every season.   Good luck in your endeavors in helping to grow great girl citizens.

 

Our Sincerest Gratitude,

 

Marsha and Gill, parents of

CPT Gill Tatman-Tyree of the 224th MI BN

We want to know how you use technology to help run your troop. 

Do you have a favorite scouting web site service to help you with email, scheduling, posting photos, or even forums?  Here's a popular option: http://www.myscoutlink.com/

Do you have a more traditional troop web site where you upload information and photos?  Do you use group email to send out announcements?

Do you involve your girls in the development and maintenance of your web site?

An important thing to keep in mind however you use the internet is to read and follow the GSUSA guidelines, such as never post meeting locations and times where the general public could view them; don't post girls' last names, and other common sense ways to keep our girls safe.  It also has great information on setting up a web site.

Let us know in the comments how you make the internet work for you!

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