June 2009 Archives

This is the second article in a series by our public relations intern, Evie.  She's new to Girl Scouting, and as she participates in different Girl Scout activities, she'll share her fresh perspective with us.  Evie is an unpaid intern, and this her last class before she graduates from Auburn University in August.  We appreciate all that Evie (pictured with a camper) is doing for Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.  

 

evie2.JPGI've been interning with Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama for five weeks now and already I feel like part of the team. I wonder if they would make me a special Internship badge?

I have begun traveling to Kamp Kiwanis in Eclectic every Monday to take pictures and videotape the campers. So far, I have been to the first three camp sessions and I went before camp officially started to interview a few of the counselors. Everyone is so nice and accepting, and I've already been coined with a camp nickname, "Chevy."

At first I was nervous about going to Kamp Kiwanis. How was I going to find my way around this place I had never been to? How were these girls going to react to some stranger taking their picture? But the girls were great! They didn't mind at all and fortunately some of them became hams and posed for me.

I have loved watching these young girls learn how to canoe and learn new swim strokes because it has been a long time since I have done anything like that.

I traveled to Camp Scoutshire Woods in Citronelle, Ala. last week to record some videos there and loved it. It is a little different than Kiwanis, for example, there is no air conditioning! But other than swimming and canoeing, Scoutshire has a stable with horses that the girls ride every day. The best part about my visit to Camp Scoutshire was that I got to go "creek stompin'" with a group of girls. I learned about the surrounding wildlife and was eaten up by mosquitoes.

I am excited about going back and also about traveling to Camp Sid Edmonds. My internship is half-over and I feel like I've just begun!

First 100 to Register for NPLD and World Water Monitoring Day will Receive Free Test Kit

Hopefully we are all familiar with the saying, "Water is life."  While true, this phrase could be improved--"Clean water is life."  In the United States and throughout the developed world, people tend to take the availability of clean water for granted.  We turn on a faucet and have water to drink, we dive into a lake and don't get ill--for the most part.  How is this possible?

Throughout the U.S., groups of volunteers dedicate their time to monitoring the quality of the nation's waterways.  If something doesn't look quite right, they investigate and may eventually seek action from environmental agencies to identify and solve the problem.  What are these water quality monitors looking for? 

While conducting a river clean-up, or working in a park near a body of water for National Public Lands Day (NPLD), why not seize the opportunity to learn a little bit about water quality?  It's easy--simply register for World Water Monitoring Day as well, and order an easy-to-use water quality test kit.  Monitor your waterway (along with tens of thousands of others around the globe) and then report your data.  Information for how to do this can be found at www.WorldWaterMonitoringDay.org.

In order to encourage more NPLD groups to also take part in World Water Monitoring Day, the program is offering a FREE water test kit to the first 100 groups that register on the WWMD website and identify themselves as being associated with National Public Lands Day. 

For more information about WWMD or the free test kit offer, please contact Lorien Walsh at lwalsh@wef.org.

Great opportunity from the Mobile Area Jewish Federation - a musical performance by the Israeli Scouts!

Monday, July 6, at the Main Library, Burnheim Hall, 701 Government St.
 

About Tzofim Friendship Caravan

The Friendship Caravan consists of four traveling groups, 5 male and 5 female 17-year-old Tzofim (Israel Scouts) in each, who crisscross North America each summer as emissaries, sharing their lives in Israel through song, dance and story.  Participants are chosen after undergoing an extensive auditioning and interviewing process, ensuring that above all, they are true representatives of Israeli culture and spirit.  In 2008, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan reached 35 states, including 250 camps, community centers, churches, senior homes and schools, performing for an audience totaling nearly 100,000 people.

 

Each teen in the Friendship Caravan, like all 100 Delegation members visiting North America, is a member of the 60,000 member strong Tzofim (Israel Scouts) Movement which, in turn, is part of the International Scouting movement. The Tzofim Movement is the only non-political and non-sectarian youth movement in Israel. Each Delegate must exhibit leadership capabilities, a high level of scouting and extensive knowledge of Israeli and Jewish history.

 

For more information about the Israeli Scouts visit: http://www.israelscouts.org/ and click on: Tzofim Friendship Caravan.

 

For more information about the performance in Mobile, contact Shir Mnuchin at (251) 656-8294.

One of our Girl Scout Brownies in southern Alabama has leukemia, and she needs our help.  Frances Grace was cancer free for 4 years, but has relapsed.  She is currently in Children's Hospital in Birmingham and has a need for type O blood.  She is in a 2 year chemotherapy plan and will need blood off and on during that time.  You can donate blood in your hometown for Frances Grace.  Simply contact Susan at the Red Cross office in Mobile, and she'll tell you how to donate close to home.  Susan's contact number is 251.662.2615.

Kids looking for summer jobs can take a class at Infirmary West that trains them to be baby sitters.  Safe Sitter, a national program designed for girls and boys ages 11 to 13, teaches basic child care skills and how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

The one-day course is scheduled Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Infirmary West Auditorium. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies.

Certified instructors from Infirmary West teach the course, which includes hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques and CPR so the students are prepared to act in a crisis. Safe Sitter participants receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers such as safety and security precautions, what to do when a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They also learn about child development, age-appropriate activities and the business aspect of baby-sitting.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written exam to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

The cost of the program is $35.  For registration or more information, contact the Infirmary West Public Relations Department at (251) 435-3912 or jennifer.vellianitis@infirmaryhealth.org

GS_DQ.jpgPeanut butter and chocolate always has been a popular flavor combination. Now Dairy Queen has taken that flavor profile to new heights with the introduction of the first-ever Girl Scouts Tagalongs Peanut Butter Patties Blizzard Flavor Treat, slated as the Blizzard of the Month for July.

 

This marks the second year that Dairy Queen is partnering with Girl Scouts of the USA, which last year culminated with the debut of the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Blizzard Treat.  The Thin Mint Blizzard will be the Blizzard of the Month for August.  Last summer, Dairy Queen served more than 10 million Girl Scouts Thin Mint Cookie Blizzards, making it the most popular limited time Blizzard flavor ever.

 

"You might say it's a Girl Scout summer at Dairy Queen with these two Blizzard flavors on our menu in July and August," said Michael Keller, chief brand officer for International Dairy Queen, Inc. "But the relationship goes beyond that. During the week of July 20, we are hosting DQ Girl Scouts Appreciation Week. Through events at our local Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill® locations around the country, we will support this preeminent leadership organization in building girls of courage, confidence and character."

 

During Girl Scouts Appreciation Week use this coupon for $1 off your Peanut Butter Pattie Blizzard!  To find participating stores visit www.dairyqueen.com or call DQ Customer Service at 866-793-7582.

 

Girls can also develop their entrepreneurial skills with a behind-the-scenes tour of a DQ store. Girls will learn how to run a successful business, gain insight into the product development process, and enhance their financial literacy skills. Your tour will be topped off by an opportunity to make a DQ cone with a twirl the way the experts do it!  Troops should schedule a store tour during July 20 - 26.

 

Steps for a Successful DQ Store Tour

  • Call stores at least one week in advance to schedule their tour.
  • Ask the DQ owner what time and day is most convenient for a tour.
  • Review the DQ Activity Guide prior to your tour.

We've got more video from Kamp Kiwanis for you this week!  Chevy (also known as our intern Evie) came down to Camp Scoutshire Woods Wednesday, June 17, so we'll have that video up next week. 

Also, be sure to check out the camp photos from this week.  It's been a hot week, but that hasn't stopped the girls from having a great time!

 

After much consideration, we have signed a one-year contract with Little Brownie Bakers to provide cookies for the 2010 cookie sale.  We appreciate the input that all of you provided regarding our choice of cookie bakers, particularly those who attended the presentations by ABC Bakers.  We were impressed by the staff at ABC and the product they provide.  However, we decided to go with Little Brownie because of concerns about the new cookie online ordering system that ABC will debut this year.

 

Please know that we are continuing to assess this situation so that we may provide the best cookie selling opportunities to our girls.  We will take a look again at both cookie bakers following the 2010 sale.

Girl Scouts of the USA is hosting a survey about Leader Magazine, and when you participate you will automatically be entered into a raffle for a free tour of Europe or a new Singer® sewing machine!  What do you like most about Leader? What would you like to see more of?  Tell us what you think and a little about your involvement with Girl Scouts, and help make a better publication for everyone!

 

Please give a few minutes of your time to answer the questions in the Girl Scouts Leader Magazine Survey.  The survey deadline is June 26.

Earn your Sea to Shore Interest Project Patch through this exciting hands-on program presented by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Staff.  You will experience the saltwater marsh ecosystem first-hand, handle a variety of marine creatures in the Touch Lab and learn about cephalopods through a squid dissection.  The cost includes two program classes, entrance to the Estuarium, other great activities, two nights lodging, five meals, snacks and Sea to Shore Interest Project Patch.   

 

Date:  October 2-4, 2009                                                                              

Age Level: Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

Time:  Friday 8 p.m. - Sunday 1 p.m.       

Contact:  Christine Shavers at 800.239.6636, ext: 2202 

Cost:  $80 per Girl Scout / $65 per Adult

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:  September 14, 2009

Download the Event Registration Form.

For More Information, visit the Events and Programs page of our website.

Girls are at camp, and they're having a fantastic time!  Each week of resident camp, we'll upload pictures from Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods.  We even have video from Kamp Kiwanis this week.

The photos are on the Camps and Properties page of the website at http://www.girlscoutssa.org/properties_camps.php#CampPhotos

Many of our Girl Scouts are getting ready for their Junior Miss pals to come in town, and many of you have earned the America's Junior Miss Be Your Best Self patch.  Well, now you have a chance to be a Junior Miss for a day!  America's Junior Miss is holding a donation raffle at their Meet and Greet at Bel Air Mall, where you can enter for a chance to win.

Includes the following for one young girl, her mother and a friend on Saturday, June 27:

·         Front row seats at the 52nd AJM National Finals and rehearsals on Saturday, June 27

·         Backstage passes during rehearsals to see the dressing rooms, hospitality rooms, hair and makeup, VIP rooms, and other backstage areas where you'll get to enjoy food and drinks with the Junior Misses and meet some of the VIP guests (like Lindsey Brinton, America's Junior Miss 2008)

·         Early admission to the State Specialties Party, where you'll get to meet the Junior Misses, their parents and Junior Miss volunteers from all 50 states

·         Personal attention from Chelsea Fenton, Mobile County's Junior Miss 2009, as she escorts you to all of the day's events

·         Two free merchandise items of your choice - one for you and one for your friend

Enter for your chance by making a donation to America's Junior Miss at the AJM Meet and Greet at Bel Air Mall.

When: 7-9 p.m., Saturday, June 20

Where: Bel Air Mall in Mobile

Cost: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets and $20 for 5 tickets

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents OVER THE TOP, a wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where Dogs fly, Asian Elephants stomp, hop and groove and one courageous man stands eye to eye with a pack of powerful Bengal Tigers!  Extraordinary aerial acts fill the arena sky with a rare double-decker trapeze and Chinese acrobats propelling through the air.

There's a special discount for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts!

When: June 18- 21

Where: Mobile Civic Center

To register: Download the order form.

For more information on discounted tickets, call the Mobile Civic Center at 251-208-7906.

Look what we found at GSUSA's blog!

 

Tonight (June 10) ushers in the premiere episode of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." In the show, big-time kitchen kings and queens compete for $100,000 in prize money for their favorite charity.

Several Girl Scouts are being featured as guest judges. Think they're push-overs? Not so much.
Just ask Boston's Michael Schlow.

 

Swing by Bravotv.com for information, videos and more about the show!

This is the first article in a series by our public relations intern, Evie.  She's new to Girl Scouting, and as she participates in different Girl Scout activities, she'll share her fresh perspective with us.  Evie is an unpaid intern, and this her last class before she graduates from Auburn University in August.  We appreciate all that Evie (pictured with Tatyana from Camp Sunshine) is doing for Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. 

Evie.JPGThe ironic thing about working for the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is that I was never a Girl Scout. I didn't know the different between Brownies and Cadettes, or that they sold anything other than Girl Scout cookies.  

           My first real "Girl Scout" experience was attending two days of Camp Sunshine.  Camp Sunshine is a week-long day camp for 75 girls who live in the Montgomery Public Housing Communities.  Each day there are planned activities for the girls giving them the opportunity to do things they normally wouldn't.

                Monday, June 1, the girls went to the Montgomery Zoo and picnicked outside.  Wednesday, June 3, the girls visited the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to learn about acting and to try on costumes. They also attended a basketball camp one day, had various arts and crafts sessions and spent Thursday night at Kamp Kiwanis.

                Accompanying these girls and watching them have these wonderful experiences made me wish that I had become a Girl Scout when I was younger.  I believe becoming a Girl Scout is a very important growing experience that every girl should try. Or at least think about.  Not only do they make lifelong friends, but they get to go to the coolest places and do the coolest things.  Not many people can say they've tried on costumes with three talented young actors!

                Besides doing some pretty exciting things, the girls learn important life skills and have good role models to look up to.  I am looking forward to spending more time with the Girl Scouts this summer and hope that I can enjoy the privilege of being a Girl Scout through their experiences.

For 20 years, Camp Sunshine has created a fun-filled environment for girls from Montgomery Public Housing Communities (ages 6 to 12) to attend a weeklong camp, sponsored by Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.

 

Camp Sunshine, founded 20 years ago by Laurie Weil, who now co-directs the camp with Kathy Sawyer, is specifically designed for at-risk girls who have limited summertime recreational activities.  The camp provides girls with fun, exciting field trips; programs that nurture self-confidence, emphasize the importance of success in school, teach self-reliance, build teamwork skills, and help girls to be their very best.

 

In addition to enjoying being outside and seeing new sights, the campers participate in activities that reinforce the Girl Scout Law and Promise. 

 

Camp Sunshine is staffed by volunteers, some of whom take a week's vacation from work to volunteer.  Many of the campers find the experience so rewarding, they return to Camp Sunshine as Junior Aides.

  

There's also great photos on the Montgomery Advertiser's website, as well as video.

 

 

Thumbnail image for leaderboard_AdultNewsletter.gifLMK ("let me know") is an online safety campaign created in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA and Microsoft. The campaign includes an interactive Web site for girls, as well as an e-newsletter and Web site for adults.

 

Have you signed up for LMK's e-newsletter yet?  April's newsletter dealt with online photos, and covered some interesting topics:

·         Learn about the popular sites where teens post their pics.

·         Cyber-expert Parry Aftab lays out the facts about what your girls are putting online.

·         How to be a Part of Your Teen's Online Photos

·         4 steps to make sure your teen's online photo activities are safe and fun.

 

Parents, sign up for the free monthly Online Safety newsletter (written by girls) highlighting popular safety issues at http://letmeknow.girlscouts.org/Newsletters.aspx

Get a leg up on your busy fall schedule, by registering now for the 2009-2010 membership year!  Not only will you have one less thing to think about as school begins, but you'll also keep girls involved in Girl Scouts another year.  

 

You may order the FREE Early Bird patches for all girls registered on or before July 13, 2009.  Patches will be ordered for the number of girls indicated below plus up to TWO additional patches for adult leadership.  This form must accompany your troop registrations when they are submitted to the service center.

 

A fun, new challenge!  Every girl who recruits 5 new girls and 2 new adults by July 13, 2009, will receive an additional FREE patch.  

 

Don't forget, when you participate in early registration, there are other perks like free Day of Camp and discounted water park tickets.   Download the Early Registration Packet to get started.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Milam at 800.239.6636, ext: 1102. 

The summer resident camp staff are at Kamp Kiwanis and Camp Scoutshire Woods this week getting ready for your girls.  The staff at Kamp Kiwanis took time out of their schedule to talk about their expectations for camp.  You still have time to sign your daughter up!  Check out the sessions at http://www.girlscoutssa.org/properties_camps.php.

 

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