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  • Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is LIVE!


    We can't wait for you try out the Volunteer Toolkit! The Volunteer Toolkit is a digital resource designed to make it dramatically easier for troop leaders to manage their troop, prepare for and lead meetings, and connect with other volunteers and parents.

    You`ll be amazed at what you can do with your new software AND your troop's very own Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) where you can:

    - Renew memberships
    - Submit your troop's annual Financial Statement
    - Use online resources to plan troop meeting schedules and share them with parents
    - Look at badge requirements, access step-by-step meeting outlines and print supply lists
    - Customize your meeting itinerary and content to match your girls' needs
    - Upload Annual Permission Forms for every member/family profile page
    - Update member information
    - See when background checks and certifications are due for renewal....

    And, so much more! Be sure to stop by our Volunteer Systems page on our website for more info and to watch a quick video!

  • In YOUR Honor -- Thank You!


    Don’t forget to thank your Girl Scout Leader this week!  Leader Appreciation Day is this Saturday, April 22.  Send an email, have your girls make cards, or simply take a moment to tell this special person how much they mean to you.

    I want to thank each of our volunteers during this Volunteer Appreciation Month, but this week, I particularly want to focus on our leaders.  After all these years, I still remember that “brave” woman who led a rag-tag group of second-grade girls to Kamp Kiwanis one Saturday, starting me on my Girl Scout path.  The picture of our little group that day sits on the bookshelf in my office, and never fails to bring a smile to my face.

    It’s you, our leaders, who make these special memories possible for our girls.  Every day you work to change lives, often in very quiet ways.  I hope that, when you look back upon this time, you know that it was worth every moment spent with a crying child, that rainy night at camp, or that time you spend 18+ hours chasing 12 girls around the aquarium.

    Please know that we are grateful for your hard work, your dedication, and your love for our girls.  We honor your many achievements and look forward to what’s to come!

  • Advocate, Be the Voice for Girls


    As Girl Scout leaders and volunteers, you shape the future for our girls.  You help them have meaningful experiences and learn lessons that will serve them through their lifetime. You build them into girls of courage, confidence, and character, and now we ask you to be their advocate, as well.

    The Girl Scouts Advocacy Network provides a bipartisan tool for you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we, as a movement, can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and the Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and state legislatures.

    When you join the Girl Scout Advocacy Network, you will ensure your voice is heard in Congress, the state legislatures and your local governments. Please click here to join or if you are interested in learning more about how you can be an advocate for girls.  Together, we will make the world a better place for our girls.

  • Join us to celebrate another year of Girl Scouting -- and YOU!


    We can't wait to tell you about GSSA's success during the 2016 membership year. We saw membership increase, a bundle of fantastic Gold Awards and girl programs, and an amazing cookie sale. And there are more great things on the horizon this year. 

    Come hear about the great things that are going on -- and allow us to celebrate our volunteers and parents who work so hard to make Girl Scouting possible in southern Alabama. At 1 p.m. on April 8 at the Mobile Service Center's Volunteer Center, we will hold our annual meeting and a special volunteer reception. This is your chance to learn more about GSSA and our future, and you also will serve as a delegate, voting on new members for our board of directors and the slate for GSUSA's National Convention, which takes place this fall. Best of all, we will enjoy time to honor YOU, with lots of time for fellowship, door prizes and tasty treats. 

    This is your chance to learn about GSSA and share with us your inspiration as a volunteer. We can't wait to see you there!

  • Girl Scouts Celebrate 105 Years of Changing the World


    Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!  On March 12, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated its 105th birthday – and the many ways our girls have made the world a better place.

    It all started back in 1912 with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of every girl to make a difference. On that fateful March day, Juliette called her cousin and announced, "I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight!" 

    That first year, Juliette served 18 girls in Savannah.  Today, Girl Scouts has 1.9 million girl and 800,000 adult members. There are an estimated 59 million living Girl Scout alumnae, and there are Girl Scouts or alumnae in every zip code in the United Stated.  Isn’t the power of girls amazing?!

    Juliette Gordon Low envisioned an organization that would prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character – and we live this dream every day.  I hope you and your Girl Scouts spend some time this month thinking about our shared history and looking ahead to an even brighter future.

  • Register for Camp Today: Girl Scout camp offers s’more than you might think!


    The crackle of the campfire, the splash of canoe paddles in the lake, the whoosh of an arrow flying towards the bullseye—these are the sounds of a beloved summer tradition: Girl Scout camp. Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) is pleased to announce that summer camp kicks off on Sunday, June 11. Girls have a variety of camps from which to choose including both day and overnight camp options. New this year, our Red-Cross certified instructors will be teaching swimming lessons!

    Our resident and day camp properties, Camp Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle and Kamp Kiwanis on Lake Martin, are the perfect places for your Girl Scout to spend the summer.  Each property is special in its own way, and we can’t wait for girls to experience them.  Kamp Kiwanis is perfect for water bugs, with its gorgeous lake and ample opportunities for girls to participate in all kinds of water activities (sailing, anyone?). Camp Scoutshire Woods will be her home away from home as she rides the trails, enjoying the beauty of the wild magnolias and pitcher plants.  This summer, our programming, which includes Girl Scout badge work, has a fun Dr. Seuss theme, which we know the girls will enjoy.

    Not only do girls have fun and create lifelong memories at camp, but the Girl Scout Researc...



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  • Welcome to the new girlscoutssa.org!


    Welcome to our shiny, new website! We hope you like it! Let’s give you a little tour. Here are the top five things you need to know:

      This new website is part of our Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI) which is a fancy way to say we’re making big changes to improve the Girl Scout experience for all of our members and friends.  Need a troop cash report or want to look at Safety Activity Checkpoints? Head to the “Forms & Resources” page.  You can enter a search term in the search box, or search by category by clicking on “options.” You’ll also see a list of top 10 forms so you can easily access some of the most popular ones. We have a snazzy new calendar. Just click on “Activities” and then “Activities Calendar” to see all upcoming activities in calendar format. Each activity is color-coded by category like “STEM” or “Outdoors.” When you click on an activity, a bubble will pop up with more information about that event. Click on the title in the bubble, and you will be taken to a page with details and a registration link. You can also view activities in list form, by clicking on “Activities” and then “Activities List,” From there, you can filter by category and program level. For example, if you wanted to find an outdoor activity for your fourth-grader, you could filter the category to “Outdoor” and program level to “Juniors.” <...


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  • Early Bird 2018 Registration Starts in June


    The Early Bird gets the PATCH!  The Early Bird Renewal period gives current Girl Scouts the opportunity to renew their membership early for the upcoming 2018 Girl Scout Year. With the excitement of the CEI launch approaching, we are pushing back Early Bird 2018 registration to June 5.  We hope by doing so it will allow everyone to be comfortable with the new system and have time to ask questions before the Early Bird deadline. There will be no paper packets given out for Early Bird registration, as it will all be done online.  More details to come! If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Thrash at jthrash@girlscoutssa.org.