January 2009 Archives

Troop 1586 of Wheatland, Wyoming is looking for troops interested in Daisy Traveling Bear project.  Interested troop or troops can email Stephanie Mote for more information at rsmote@netcommander.com.  She is trying to get a list of addresses ready to send with the bear to make it easier to send to the next troop.


Here is a new program for Juniors!
Date: March 21
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Alabama Institute of the Deaf & Blind, Mobile
Cost: $5 per girl
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: February 20, 2009
Mail Registration to: Mobile Service Center
Contact: Mary Anne Brutkiewicz
We often think of being bilingual only if we speak Spanish or French or another foreign language, but what about sign language? Introduce your girls to the exciting world of sign by bringing them to this program developed just for Girl Scouts! Girls will learn to sign their name and even the Girl Scout Promise! The program will be lead by an expert signer and will help girls understand what it would be like to live in the world if they were unable to speak or hear. Girls will earn the Beauty of Sign Language patch. This year's program will also focus on the visually impaired. 
USA is hosting the Coca Cola Classic Baseball Series over Mardi Gras weekend at Stanky Field.  Girl Scouts are being given the opportunity to come to the games and have a booth sale at the main gate.

With the purchase of 5 tickets ($3 each, same price for youth or adults), a troop can set up a booth sale.  Your troop can take turns watching the game and selling cookies!  Sign up by Feb 6
by filling out and submitting an event registration for and mailing it to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at the Mobile Service Center.  First come, first served.

Game schedule:
Feb 20, 6 pm. vs. Mercer
Feb 21, 11 am vs. Liberty
Feb 21, 6 pm vs. Liberty
Feb 22, 1:30 pm vs. Ole Miss



The deadline for all these awards is March 1, 2009.

Loucretia Hollingsworth Scholarship for graduating seniors.  This scholarship is based on community service.  $1,000. Click here for more information (found on our web site under Forms and Resources, click on Girl Awards Forms and Packets.

The Ellen Autry Anderson Gold Award Scholarship is for graduating seniors who have completed their Gold Award and is based on academics and service. $500. Click here for more information (found on our web site under Forms and Resources, click on Girl Awards Forms and Packets.

The Blanchard-Hinton Lifetime Membership Award is essay-based and confers lifetime Girl Scout membership to the recipient. Click here for more information (found on our web site under Forms and Resources, click on Girl Awards Forms and Packets.

Girl Scout Day with Lady Jags - Mobile
Program: All Girl Scouts
Registration Deadline: January 28
Fee: $3 per participant (no limit on tickets)
Bring your troop to Girl Scout Day with the Lady Jags February 14, 2009. Troops will have a pre-game chat with Coach Petrie and some of the players at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Lady Jags game against Florida Atlantic at 1:00 p.m. This will be a nationally televised conference game. Since there are no restrictions on the number of tickets, you may mail, drop off the Event Registration Form or e-mail it to mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org. Girl Scouts will also participate in the half time show! We need troops to do the "High 5 Tunnel," present the flag with a color guard, wear cookie costumes and dance. Two troops will be allowed to set up cookie booths between the games. Contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, if your troop is interested in participating in the half time show or selling cookies.
The deadline for the Mobile training for the Silver, Bronze and Gold awards (to be held on February 10) is tomorrow, January 30.

Program: Junior, Cadette, Senior & Ambassador Girl Scouts
Time: 5:15 - 6 p.m. (Bronze) 6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(Silver) 7:15 - 8 p.m. (Gold)
Place: Earline Locke Volunteer Center, Mobile
Cost: $5
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: January 30, 2009

Mail Registration to: Montgomery Service Center
Contact: Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330 ext: 1202

The Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will host its Alabama Championship and National Qualifying Tournament in Millbrook on March 12-14, 2009. Tournament waters will be the Alabama River from Goldstar Park in Wetumpka to the down river side of Swift Creek near Autuagville. Daily weigh-ins will be held at Lanark home of Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) and the Alabama Nature Center, at the Lanark Pavilion. AWF will also host a kid's fishing rodeo at Lanark in conjunction with the event.

 Kids Fishing Rodeo Details:

 - Kids 15 and under
 - No admission charged
 - Must pre-register by calling AWF at 800-822-WILD
 - Limited to first 200 youth
 - Prizes will be awarded 
 - Don't forget your bait and fishing pole

 - Catch and Release Only 
 - Registration: 8-9 am  |  Fishing & Activities 9-11 am
 - Download directions to Lanark here

The Girl Scouts is establishing troops at McIntosh Elementary in Washington County through their 21 Century Afterschool Program. Three part-time, temporary Program Facilitators are needed during the afterschool hours on Tuesdays to deliver prepared Scouting activities with the girls enrolled.  Training and supplies provided.

Job Description: Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama seeks individuals to work with girls in Kindergarten through fifth grade at McIntosh Elementary's afterschool program.  Sessions are on Tuesdays during the afterschool hours Individuals would be responsible for leading troop activities including arts & crafts, interactive games, and educational activities.  The program will begin as soon as possible.  Training will be provided.

Requirements:  Good presentation and communication skills.  Candidate must have own transportation.

Contact:  Angela Fedor at 251-344-3330 ext: 1803

Resumes can be faxed to 251-344-4181 or emailed to afedor@girlscoutssa.org

Just as World Thinking Day encourages Girl Scouts to consider girls and women globally, the Girl Scout Global Citizen Essay Contest helps Girl Scouts reflect on the meaningful experiences they've had through Girl Scouting, and connect those experiences with the wider world. This contest is hosted by EF Tours and Smithsonian Student Travel.

Expense paid trips to New York City and Mexico will be offered to 18 lucky winners. Girls, ages 12-17, are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the Girl Scout Global Citizens Essay Contest is to help Girl Scouts reflect on the meaningful experiences they've had in Girl Scouting, and connect those experiences with the wider world.

The contest deadline is March 15th.

Visit studio2b website to download the application and contest rules: http://www.studio2b.org/gossipyouneed/global_citizens_essay_contest.asp

 

Do you have a special dance or presentation you developed for Thinking Day?  We are looking for girls to share their special Thinking Day performances at the Annual Meeting!  The meeting will be Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Montgomery. 

If you are interested in auditioning, please send us an audition video, or let us know when your Thinking Day is and we'll try to visit in person. Because of  time limitations only five to eight troops will be selected to perform.  Performances should range from 2-3 minutes in length and can include a song, dance, poem, short story, play, etc.  For more information, please contact Cheryl Miller at cmiller@girlscoutssa.org 334.272.9164 ext: 2302.

Thanks to Vicki Hudson for planning this unique council-wide Girl Scout eventBrownies and Juniors may attend the day program, and Older Girls (Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors) have a special overnight option just for them.  The program will be held at SIFAT in Lineville, Alabama.  To learn more, please visit the SIFAT website, www.sifat.org.  Troop registration forms and payment are due February 25, 2009. For registration forms and more information, contact Vicki Hudson at hschoolhuds@bellsouth.net, or 334-745-2856.

 Daytime program for Brownies, Juniors and Older Girl Scouts:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2009
Cost: $20 (includes program, lunch, one badge, and one activity patch)
Around the World CARES program
Around the World is a geography-based program that allows girls to walk into developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Girls learn what daily life is like outside of their communities, such as climates and terrains, animal life, unique foods, native jobs and cultural entertainment.

Global Village Overnight Experience for Older Girl Scouts (grades 6-12):
9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, until 10 a.m., Sunday, April 5, 2009
Cost: $55 (includes the entire daytime Around the World program and lunch, as well as dinner Saturday evening, overnight lodging in the "Global Village" in a variety of developing world settings, breakfast Sunday morning, Appropriate Technology CARES program, event patch, and one IPA)

The fun doesn't have to stop when you turn in your initial order. There will be 5 more weeks for your girls to earn money for your troop and learn valuable marketing skills.  Let your Troop Cookie Chair know that you are still interested in selling!

Mardi color.jpgGirl Scouts of Southern Alabama has certain patches that are unique to our area, like the Mobile Mardi Gras patch.  All age level girls from across the council can earn this patch, while learning about the socio-cultural and historical background of a major annual event in our council.  Some activities include making a king cake, starting a Mardi Gras scrapbook and making a list of safety rules.  Evelyn Harbagh, Wilda Baker and their troop developed this patch program, and we welcome your troop to design a patch program that interests your girls!

Download the Mardi Gras patch program from our patch book.

Is your troop planning a booth sale?  Why not have it at the Thin Mint Sprint on Feb 28?

2 slots are available: from 8am to 10am and from 10am to 12pm.

Call Molly Smart at 344-3330 or email her at msmart@girlscoutssa.org by Feb 7 to sign up.

Cookie_Costume.jpgThe runners at the Thin Mint Sprint will be encouraged and delighted when they see our Girl Scouts in the Cookie Costumes!  We have 4 available costumes for the event.  One size fits most.

Wouldn't one of your girls like to
participate in the fun?  Contact Molly Smart at 344-3330 or email her at msmart@girlscoutssa.org to sign up.

The Alabama Hiking Trail Society will be holding demonstrations in dutch oven cooking, compass skills, gear packing and more at their Annual Conference, to be held at Mobile's 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on March 6-7.

More information can be found at the Society's web site: http://www.hikealabama.org/conf09/registration.html

Our Montgomery Service Center will open a Volunteer Center on February 1!  The Volunteer Center is a great place to have meetings, special events such as bridging, or even overnight events. 

You can find the Reservation and Kaper forms on the Forms & Resouces page of our web site, under the Property section.

Reservations are now being accepted, so take advantage of our new Volunteer Center for your next event!

As a council, we purchase additional activity insurance for events that may include tagalongs who are not registered Girl Scouts (like moms, dads, brothers, sisters, etc.). We encourage you to purchase this insurance, as well, when you are planning events that involve non-registered individuals, as a safety precaution.  We particularly advise you to do so if the events include the following: horseback riding, archery, and other shooting sports.

 

At about 11 cents per person, activity insurance is an inexpensive way to provide additional protection  for those attending your events.  If you would like to purchase this insurance, please contact Christine Shavers (cshavers@girlscoutssa.org) at 800.239.6636.  The form is available on the Forms & Resources page of the web site, under Program & Events Forms

Troop cookie orders are to be entered into eBudde system by 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28.  After 10 p.m. on this date, eBudde will automatically lock you out of the system.

Similarly, Service Unit Cookie Chairs will have until midnight on Thursday, January 29, to verify orders on eBudde before they are locked out of the system, as well.

If this happens to you, simply contact Teri Eversole (teversole@girlscoutssa.org) or Cheryl Miller (cmiller@girlscoutssa.org), and they will authorize your access to the system.

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None of the eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies are part of the current peanut butter recall, including the Tagalong® and Do-Si-Do® cookies.  We have received assurances that none of the cookies are connected to the peanut producer linked to the salmonella outbreak.

The peanut butter used in all Little Brownie Bakers Girl Scout cookie products does not come from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter recall.  Our CEO, Dr. Liz Brent, said "We've been in constant contact with Little Brownie Bakers and they reassured us that our cookies are not coming from the affected source."

Food safety and quality are of the utmost importance to us. We appreciate your continuing support in our local communities.

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It's Girl Scout Day at the Auburn vs. Tennessee Women's Basketball on Sunday, January 25. Fill out and bring this form and Wear your Girl Scout T-Shirt to get in FREE! The game starts at 2 pm; there is a fun half-time show and post-game autographs.

Come join the fun

Here's some tidbits of interest for Cookie Leaders:
Patches for troops choosing NO incentives: Troops will still receive patches, even if they choose to not receive incentives. Your cookie chair will order these incentives with the other final incentives at the end of the sale.

Pewter Figurines: Was your troop concerned that there was no little pewter figure as an incentive this year? Lots of Girl Scouts collect them every year! They are back! This year's figurine is an elephant to match the theme of the cookie sale and is available in the council shop for sale for $6.

This is the last week of the pre-order period! Have a great sale!

A good sales pitch is everything!  (Note the cookie names are not the same as we have in our council).

Even more good ideas are available at www.wikihow.com.

Service Unit Camporees are right around the corner!  Do you have a certified troop camper so your troop can join in the fun?  The council is offering Basic Troop Camping Skills on Feb 28 - Mar 1 (it's an overnight) at Camp Sid.   

This learning opportunity teaches you what you need to know to take your girls camping!  It provides opportunities for hands-on experience in planning and preparation for camping skills the Girl Scout way. Includes basic kaper charts, knife safety, fire building, knots, outdoor cooking and more.

This training is required to take troops camping overnight.
  The deadline for registration is February 20.

Would you like your hard work recognized at this year's Older Girl Recognition Banquet (Saturday March 28 in Montgomery at Troy University)?

February 2 is the deadline for Bronze and Silver Award projects to be turned in, if you would like to be recognized at the banquet.  Girls working on their Gold Awards must submit their final paperwork by February 2, in order to set up an interview.  To attend the banquet, the special event form in Connections is due March 15.

You will need to prepare and turn in a posterboard with photos and information on your project;  the posterboard will be on display at the Banquet for everyone to see!  Let your fellow Girl Scouts be inspired by your accomplishment!


girlscoutpatch02.gifNEW! The Discover the World Essay Contest from Hostelling International USA
Hostelling International USA is getting ready to celebrate 100 years of the hostelling movement worldwide and 75 years here in the United States and we want to hear about girls' experiences! When girls share their story, they could win airfare on American Airlines and 3 nights at a participating hostel for themselves and three others, a Flip Video camera, or an HI-USA goodie bag! Visit www.hiusa.org/girlscouts to learn more.

Discover Hostelling
Hostelling offers a special kind of travel that opens doors to self-discovery, intercultural exchange, and new people and places. Hostels are safe, clean, inexpensive accommodations that provide a base for exploring and learning. Hostels are also welcoming places that encourage meaningful interactions. Equipped with dormitory-style rooms, common rooms, and kitchens, hostels provide Girl Scouts a place for making friends and discovering new ways of thinking.

Connect with the World
Girl Scout troops can take advantage of HI-USA's Getaway packages. The Discover the World patch, World Travel 101 and Cultural Kitchen empower girls to learn about and explore their world. Unique opportunities for Girl Scouts are available throughout the country from HI-USA hostels and local councils.

Take Action
Start your Girl Scouts on a hostelling adventure today! Visit www.hiusa.org and click on programs to learn more about opportunities for Girl Scouts from Hostelling International USA.

To learn more about partnering with hostels and local HI-USA councils, contact Arielle Semmel at girlscoutsgohostelling@hiusa.org or (312) 583-2226.

Would you like to spend your summer in the great outdoors, helping to build girls of courage, confidence and character (and having loads of fun at the same time)?

Apply for a position as a Summer Resident Camp Staff. Click here for the application form. Camp dates will be announced in the last half of February. Join the fun!

(Information on Counselor in Training positions for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts will be available in late February.)

Liz Brent, our CEO, would like to give thanks to the Brownies and Junior of Jackie Culberson's troop and Diane Griffin's Brownie troop, who created holiday cards for the GSSA board members. 

 

The board members were delighted and said the cards were creative and beautiful!  Thanks, girls!

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Volunteers know there is more to the cookie sale than selling and eating yummy Girl Scout Cookies. Our girls learn planning, goal-setting, marketing and finances. And this year, Daisies can join in the fun!

Daisies are able to participate in all aspects of the cookie sale activity, including booth sales. Of course, all the Safetywise guidelines apply to our littlest girl scouts.

So welcome, Daisies to the fun of Cookie Sale!

Join Girl Scouts at the "Hank" as we cheer our hometown baseball team to victory and camp out on the outfield! All participants will receive game tickets, unlimited amusements and a participation patch. You can also purchase a picnic meal package to enjoy in Gaslight Park before the game. Girls can even bring their bathing suits for the slip-n-slide! After the game, girls and approved female adult volunteers are invited to camp out on the outfi eld! We will watch a movie on the big screen following the game. Each troop is responsible for personal tent, sleeping gear and late night snack. The Bay Bears' mascot will be available before the game for photo opportunities. Don't forget to wear your uniform and make signs and banners to show your spirit! There will be a parade before the game, for troops to show off their banners!

Register using the Event Registration form by March 9.  You can e-mail the form to mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org, or mail it to 3483 Springhill Ave, Mobile 36608, or fax 251.344.4181.


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Girl Scouts of the USA along with 11 other campaign partners are joining Nickelodeon to engage kids in The Big Green Help campaign. The Big Green Help is Nickelodeon network's multiplatform pro-social campaign designed to empower kids to participate in earth-friendly and energy saving activities.

 Starting January 1, 2009, Nickelodeon will air green-themed messages and promotional spots throughout every single programming break, all day long, as well as introduce a series of original, environmentally-themed online games. The Girl Scouts/iCarly Cafeteria Recycodrama online mini-game has been developed in order to educate kids on how they can make the world a better place by helping their schools go green.

 All year long, The Big Green Help will provide information and tools across all of Nickelodeon's multiple platforms to help explain climate change to kids, and  to connect them to ways they can help at home, in school and communities. The centerpiece of The Big Green Help campaign will be the forthcoming, first-of-its-kind global multiplayer online green game for kids, which will provide actionable, measurable steps and information to directly link  players to ways they can positively contribute to helping the environment in a variety of ways,  on both individual and community levels.

 Girl Scouts will also help extend the campaign's reach through local grassroots activities and programs where kids can fulfill their online virtually volunteered hours throughout the year.   

 To play the game and help your kids learn how they can be a part of this initiative, visit www.biggreenhelp.com, go to the "Games" section, and click on the iCarly/Girl Scouts icon.

 

For more information, agong@girlscouts.org.

Do you eagerly anticipate Camporee?  Do you wish your troop camping events would never end?  Then Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) is for you!

BOW is a three day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older. The workshop offers hands-on instruction in a fun and non-threatening learning environment. Participants choose from over 50 courses such as backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass, camping, mountain biking, shooting sports (pistol, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, as well as gun safety), fishing, hunting, canoeing, nature photography, nature crafts, archery, ATV handling, bird watching, motor boat handling, and more.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman is held twice each year. The next workshop is March 6-8, 2009, at the Alabama 4H Center near Columbiana in Shelby County.  Cost for the weekend adventure is $199 and covers meals, lodging, program materials and instruction. All instructional equipment is provided. For additional information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman contact:

Sylvia Payne, Coordinator
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
AL Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
64 North Union Street, Suite 106
Montgomery, AL 36130

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The volunteers will have just as much fun as the runners at the Thin Mint Sprint!  Passing out water, setting up tables, face-painting and many other opportunities are available to support and enjoy the festivities!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is hosting a 5K run and 1 mile fun run and family fun festival in partnership with the Port City Pacers on February 28 at Langan Municipal Park in Mobile. Make your commitment to a healthy lifestyle by registering now for the run at www.active.com.

Volunteers make a difference!  With your help, the Thin Mint Sprint 5K Race and Fun Run/Family Fun Festival can become one of the most successful events in Southern Alabama.  We need approximately 40 volunteers for race day.  There are a wide range of needs and we can use volunteers middle school ages and up. This is a great community service opportunity for your older Girl Scouts.  All volunteers will receive the official Thin Mint T-shirt.

To volunteer, please contact Molly Smart or Tonya Howard at 251-344-3330 or e-mail communications@girlscoutssa.org.

The Cookie Sale has started! And some of the best recognitions available are credits toward Summer Resident Camp.

When a Girl Scout sells 600+ boxes, she earns all the cumulative recognitions up to the level AND she can choose, among other options, $175 toward a camp session. And at the 1000+ box level, she can choose $350 toward a camp session. Immediate family members have the benefit of pooling their number of boxes at the 600 and 1000 levels, so that the family may receive a credit towards camp! For specific examples, contact your Troop Cookie Chair.

bulletin.jpgMarch 12 is the birthday of Girl Scouting! This is the day the first Girl Scout meeting was held in the United States in 1912. The first troop consisted of Juliette Low, two other adults and 18 girls.
Juliette's niece, Daisy Gordon, was the first girl registered in America. The week containing Girl Scout birthday is known as Girl Scout Week. The Saturday and Sunday of the week that includes March 12 are designated as Girl Scout Sabbath and Girl Scout Sunday. During this week, troops should make a special effort to celebrate Girl Scouting.

This year, your troop can recognize Girl Scout Week by asking your religious organization to place the Girl Scout bulletin insert, designed by Brownie Girl Scout Troop 9161 of Deatsville, on Girl Scout Sunday or Sabbath.  Girl Scout Sunday is March 8, 2009 and Girl Scout Sabbath is March 14, 2009.  The inserts are free, however they are limited, so make sure to put your order in quickly!  Orders can be e-mailed to communications@girlscoutssa.org, faxed or mailed to either service center.  Download the entry form at www.girlscoutssa.org/forms/Communications/Bulletin_Insert_Form.pdf.

ladyjags.JPGBring your troop to Girl Scout Day with the Lady Jags February 14, 2009. Troops will have a pre-game chat with Coach Petrie and some of the players at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Lady Jags game against Florida Atlantic at 1:00 p.m. This will be a nationally televised conference game. Cost is $3 per participant and the deadline for ticket orders is January 28. Since there are no restrictions on the number of tickets, you may mail, drop off the Event Registration Form or e-mail it to mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org.  Girl Scouts will also participate in the half time show! We need troops to do the "High 5 Tunnel," present the flag with a color guard, wear cookie costumes and dance.  Two troops will be allowed to set up cookie booths between the games. Contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, if your troop is interested in participating in the half time show or selling cookies.

Daugters and Mothers Experiencing Science (D.A.M.E.S)  aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue careers in sciences and mathematics.  

This one-day program (8am to 2pm) invites girls in grades 6-8 and their mothers (or guardian) to experience a variety of short hands-on science and math courses taught by female students and faculty and women from industry.  There are many different sessions to choose from, ranging from the chemistry of make-up to research in Antarctica.  The sessions are followed by a luncheon and an inspirational speaker. 

This year's event will be held on February 14, from 8 am to 2 pm at Auburn University. Preregistration is required; here is the registration form with more information.

gmac_parade.jpgWhat do you get when you combine lots of excited Girl Scouts, a parade of colorful floats, and a TV camera that lets the girls wave to themselves?  A blurry photo!  But more than that, you get the GMAC Bowl Parade!

Our girls carried the signs identifying each float, as well as the banner leading the parade that announced Greer's Food Tiger as the parade sponsor.  The girls acquitted themselves admirably and scored a pile of throws in the process.  This is a fun event every year and it's a great way to kick off the Mardi Gras Season while performing a community service!

Marketing.jpgHere's another great way for our girls to sell cookies and get additional opportunities to earn camp sessions, Destinations, gift certificates to a GSSA Shop and more!  The Cookie Business Marketing Campaign is designed to meet area business requests for Girl Scout cookies.  The campaign is a marketing tool that streamlines the process of order taking and delivery of cookies to businesses.  Participating girls will earn a cookie marketing patch.

Here's how to participate:

·         Your Troop Cookie Chair informs your Service Unit Chair that you have girls choosing to participate in the Cookie Business Campaign.  The SU Chair will get you the business order forms to deliver to two or more area businesses, or you can download the forms here.

T    The Girl Scout picks up the order form, or the business may fax in the order to the council (be sure the girl's name, troop number and service unit are on the form)

·         Businesses can fax orders to:
                Mobile Service Center 251.344.4181
                Montgomery Service Center 334.272.6574

When an order is received at the service center, the council will ensure the order is given to the girl.

Girl Scouts deliver cookies and collect money as usual.

·         Your Troop Cookie Chairs will order the marketing patch through the e-budde website, and the patches will be included in the service unit recognitions shipped from Little Brownie Bakers.

 

 

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Each year on February 22, girls participate in activities, games and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2009 is girls worldwide say "we can stop the spread of AIDS, malaria and other diseases." World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people.

This year, girls voted and selected Costa Rica, Fiji, Ireland, Jordan and Kenya to represent the five regions of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)--Western Hemisphere, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Arab region and Africa. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community--one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Visit http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/world_thinking_day/default.asp for great activity ideas for making 2009 Thinking Day a meaningful and empowering experience for your girls!

eca.gifThe U.S Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched an interactive Video Contest!  Enter your 3-minute video about what "My Culture + Your Culture" means to you for a chance to win an international exchange program.  Participants can submit videos containing any form of artistic expression such as dance, spoken word, poetry, and song. 

Videos (no more than 3 minutes long) will be judged on originality, creativity, effectiveness, and production quality. Four winners (two in each of the age categories: 14-17 years and 18+ years; one non U.S., one U.S.) will receive the grand prize: an all-expense-paid, two-week cultural exchange program to the United States (for the non-U.S. winners) or from the United States to a country to be determined (for the U.S. winners). 

Contest opened December 1, 2008 and closes January 26, 2009. Winners will be announced March 16, 2009. Create your videos now for a chance to win.  Here's the link for more information! http://exchanges.state.gov/news/ovc.html

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