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  • 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!

  • Our New Website is Just the Beginning!


    By now, we hope you’ve taken time to explore our new website, which launched in March (if you haven’t, be sure to head to girlscoutssa.org.  Besides its cool, streamlined new look, we bet you’ve noticed a few other things, too. 

    Finding forms is easier than it used to be (hooray!), and there is a news on the front page for keeping up-to-date on council happenings. As a parent, I love how our program events are listed in categories, like special event, member benefit, or girl program, rather than simply by date. Also, many of the resources offered by GSUSA are offered in one place instead of you having to visit separate website.  

    To top this off, our online shop now was access to all the Girl Scout products, which means you no longer have to visit our shop site for some items and GSUSA’s site for others.  How simple is that?!

    GSSA’s new website and online council shop are just the start of great new things to come.  We are delighted to have you along on this journey!

  • Join us for a day of Girl Scout fun!


    GSSA is excited to offer a day of family fun starting with The Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run/Walk, Fun Run, and Health Expo at Langan Municipal Park in Mobile. Free Thin Mints, health living presentations, entertainment, refreshment, and more!

    Then starting at 1 pm Girl Scout leaders, volunteers, and girls over the age of 14 are invited as delegates to the council’s annual business meeting.  This is a great opportunity to discuss the state of the council, as well as participate in fellowship with other Girl Scout leaders.  The meeting will take place at the Mobile Earline Locke Volunteer Center and light refreshments will be served.  

    For more information on both events please refer to the event calendar.

  • 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.

  • Survey is Coming!


    At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you! 

    In April, Girl Scouts of the USA will be conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians and troop volunteers called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what's working, and what's not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs. 

    The surveys open on April 3rd. Save the date and be sure to check your email for the invitation to participate. As a Thank You, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! 

    We can't wait for you to make your voice count! Got questions? Read our FAQ, or email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

  • 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!

  • A Big Cookie Program Thank You!


    Hooray and congratulations!  Another year of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is in the books! I want to thank you for all your hard work to make this a success for our girls. I don’t know about you, but after some weird weather and our cookie shortages, I thought this one might never end. 

    Thank you for supporting us and hanging in there this year, as we faced our cookie supply issues from ABC Bakers.  Please know that we are working with them to make sure this does not happen again. It was disappointing to our girls and so very frustrating for us and for you, as our partners in this effort.

    I know how hard it is to spend your weekends alongside your girls selling cookies, but  I hope you find, as I do, that it makes a difference in the lives of our girls.  I am so excited about the future and the many things we can offer them, as a council.  However, it is you – our caring and supportive adults – that build our girls of courage, confidence and character, who will make the world a better place.

    Now, we hope that you will get some well-deserved rest and time for some fun with your girls to celebrate the fruits of your labor!  

  • 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.

  • Celebrate Women’s History Month with GSSA!


    March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a great time to think about the many ways the girls we are bringing up through Girl Scouts can impact our nation’s future.  It also reminds us to reflect upon those great women who have blazed the trail for us all.

    March 12 is the “birthday” of Girl Scouts and the perfect time to remind our girls of our founder, Juliette Low, and her work to bring Girl Scouting to girls everywhere.  It might be fun to tell them about some other Girl Scout alums who have made a difference, too – from astronauts and athletes to public servants and performers.

    To celebrate Women’s History Month, GSSA is presenting its Leading Ladies Awards Brunch, which takes place at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery on March 14. Our “Leading Ladies” and Leading Workplaces for Women around southern Alabama that will be honored have made a significant impact in their communities and promote female leadership in the workplace. They are outstanding role models through civic, academic, or professional efforts and exemplify the ideals we hold dear as Girl Scouts. We invite you to join us for the inaugural year of this event.  For more information, check out our Leading Ladies page.

    This month, our girls also are headed to the Alabama State House to take part in Girl Scout Advocacy Day.  GSSA’s girl representatives will present the Pledge of A...



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  • Find Your Cookie Program Paperwork Here


    We hope you are enjoying your experience on our new website!  It is our ultimate goal to make everything easier for you. We understand it might take some time to get use to, so please know we are here to help if you can’t find what you are looking for!

    Since the Cookie Program is coming to an end, we know a lot of you are looking for the final paperwork! You can find all Cookie Program paperwork you need under the Forms link at the top right of every web page.  You can also go to the tab Our Council and then Forms and Documents. The end-of-sale Cookie Forms are in one convenient packet named 2017 Final Cookie Forms Packet (contains the Final Envelope Contents List, Troop Cookie Sale Bonus/Troop Program Credit, and the Delinquent Account Form). You can then search what document you are trying to find.

     Please email communicatons@girlscoutssa.org if you have trouble finding a form.

  • 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.