At this point, after weeks of being around cookies and getting the money into the bank to pay for them, I thought it might be a good opportunity to remind you why you do so much work. It is to have a lot of fun with your girls once the sale is over!
Glancing at some of what is on the spring calendar, it looks like a pretty good time to me. This spring, we are again offering Night Moves in Mobile for older girls. This is one of my favorite programs because the girls get to go to the Coast Guard base and see what they do there. Last time we were there, they had gone out of their way to have all the women Coast Guard pilots come in for the program and bring their children. It was a great way to show girls that you can have a great career in the Coast Guard and still have children. Girls often get to climb in and out of the many aircraft in both hangers and meet the rescue swimmers. It is a great program that shows off what careers happen at night.
Last year was the first time the Auburn University WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) group did a program for us called Pi Day. This program received rave reviews and sounds like it will great again this year. Girls participated in a large number of fun hands-on science experiments, making learn fun and exciting. It is a great introduction to how STEM can be fun!
We have a new program in the Mobile area with Gulfquest, a new maritime museum. It boasts many hands-on activities that teach about the Gulf Coast and the Mobile Tensaw Delta. This is offered as an overnight. Gulfquest also has a wonderful view of Mobile Bay, where the boats and tugs go up and down to the state docks.
We have the Troy Kappa Delta Badge Day, another program that receives great reviews. The KDs have been to us across the council footprint, but this is a wonderful opportunity for girls to interact with college coeds who are often role models.
At Scoutshire Woods, there's a day devoted to the It's Your Planet - Love It Journey. There are all sorts of activities planned as part of that day. One of my favorites is making bluebird houses. I have long wanted to have bluebird houses put at all our camp properties, because bluebirds are hard to attract. The program should be a great one.
There's an overnight camping trip to DeSoto Caverns, so you can test your spelunking skills. That's in Childersburg. Another annual favorite is the overnight at the McWane Center in Birmingham.
Another of my favorite programs is the overnight at the Biscuits baseball stadium. Just as a reminder, the staff members report that some parents get tangled up because they have not completed the background check, the link to that is http://girlscoutssa.org/volunteers/.
Thank you for all you do to make this endeavor a success - and be sure to enjoy the fruits of your labor in enjoying time with the girls at some of the wonderful events.