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Auburn University Athletics invites Girl Scouts and the required number of leaders to receive FREE admission to the following games:


  • Auburn University vs. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

                November 6, 2010: 12 p.m. Kickoff

  • Auburn University vs. University of Georgia

                November 13, 2010: kickoff time to be announced

Tickets are limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get the 4-1-1 including how to register on our Events Calendar!

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Every year, the Goodrich Alabama Service Center mails over 500 holiday cards to its customers.  This year, Goodrich has decided to showcase one of the United Way of Baldwin County partner agencies that its employees faithfully support. 


Please see the form which outlines the artwork completion which Goodrich is sponsoring to achieve this end.  Beneficiaries of any UWBC partner agency are invited to submit artwork for consideration. 


The agency which submits the winning entry will receive a donation of $1,000.  Deadline is Tuesday, November 2.


UPDATE 11/1/2010

The deadline for entries for the Goodrich Holiday card has been extended to: Tuesday, November 9


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October 31 isn't just Halloween, it's the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA. How much do you really know about her?


Test your knowledge with this quiz.


Girl Scouts of the USA has some really cool information about the woman who founded Girl Scouts! 


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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) and BeautyGirlMag.com will host a virtual conversation on Twitter on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m.  The chat will cover the importance of media images in today's society and how they affect our youth. To participate, log on to Twitter (if you don't have an account, sign up prior to November 18) and search #beautygirlchat (make sure to include the #).  The chat will kick off with questions and discussion on how this issue is affecting our youth and what we can do about it.

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liz_brent.jpgIt is amazing what girls can do!   I visited an excellent camporee this past weekend.   It was run by girls, and that is the way we want it.   As I walked from one station to the next, everyone was having an EXCELLENT time.    They were learning things, everyone was engaged.    It was a fantastic illustration of what GIRLS CAN DO!


Liz Brent, Ph.D.


2011 destinations


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It's that time of year again for destinations! Check out the 2011 destinations.


·         Explore It! Your Guide to Girl Scout destinations a resource for girls filled with tips on applying for destinations.


·         Girl Scout destinations can whisk you to the far corners of the world where you will meet remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and enjoy valuable learning opportunities. Read Explore Your World (PDF) and learn about all the fun and exciting experience these Girl Scouts had on their destinations trip.


·         Got the travel bug? You're in the right place. The Global Travel Toolkit consists of four exciting resources to prepare you for international travel.



2011 destinations timeline:

UPDATE 10/28:

November 15: Applications due in council office: 3483 Springhill Av. Mobile, AL  36608; mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org. Contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (extension 1202) for further information.


·         Thanksgiving: All applications are in route to event sponsors from the applicants' home councils


·         Dec. 1: All "early" applications received by event sponsors


·         Jan. 14: All applicants notified of their status for "early" applications


·         Feb. 1: All deposits holding a participants' spot are due to event sponsors for "early" applications


·         Feb. 16: "Late" applications received by event sponsors


Girls can apply up to 4 destinations. Application process - fill out a Girl Scout application with 2 letters of recommendations. You can use the same letters of recommendation for additional destinations that you apply for.

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liz_brent.jpg2010 was a tremendous cookie sale.   And that was in spite of the fact the cookie baker never delivered our initial cookie order.    It is amazing how good the cookie sale was with that impediment.    We had enough funds after the cookie sale and paying the bills this year to do the following:

Camp Humming Hills: spraying and replanting

Camp Sid Edmonds: purchased 4 jon boats with oars, easier for the girls to use, purchased 10 used aluminum canoes to increase boats available

Camp Scoutshire Woods: negotiating to lay crushed limestone on some of the roads, installed ceiling fans and electrical outlets in Gypsy Glen, replaced ranger's lawn tractor

Kamp Kiwanis: replaced dining hall roof, moving from shingles to metal for longer durability, purchased 4 person towable for pontoon boat, replaced ranger's truck, purchased 4x4 Big Red for ranger's use

Mariner's program: purchased Boston Whaler chase boat that can be used at Kamp Kiwanis and on Perdido Bay, purchased zodiac to serve as a smaller rescue boat


Thanks for all the hard work, and hopefully, your girls will enjoy all the new equipment purchased for their use.

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Airbus Engineering is looking for an older girl troop to help with an event. They  are hosting a Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 11, from 8 a.m.-- noon at the Battlehouse in downtown Mobile. They would like six to 12 volunteers 12 years and older who like to work with children to come and help with crafts. If your troop is interested, please contact Rose-Marie Waters at 251-434-7301.

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Carrie Underwood is coming to the Mobile Civic Center October 23, as part of her "Play On" tour.  Pretty awesome, right?  But what does that have to do with Girl Scouts?


Well...Carrie Underwood would like for Girl Scouts to attend her concert!  We have a limited number of tickets, and you can get them for only $2 per ticket.


Who is eligible to receive tickets?  Any registered Girl Scout!  You can purchase three tickets per family.  All you need is one registered Girl Scout (ages 5-18), and your family can purchase up to three tickets.


How do you get them?  It's easy!  We're doing this on a first-come, first-served basis by date and time each e-mail is received.  So, be sure to register quickly.  Simply e-mail the Event Registration Form to communications@girlscoutssa.org, and we'll let you know if we have tickets for you.


After that, we will let you know when we have the tickets available for pick up.  The concert is nine days away, so there won't be enough time to mail out any tickets.  Tickets will be available for pick up (once we receive them) at the Mobile and Montgomery Service Centers between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Tickets will not be available for pick up on the day of the concert, so be sure you can come by one of the offices before that time.


We will keep a waiting list for any tickets that don't get picked up by noon on Friday, Oct. 22.


We knew Carrie is an American Idol, but we think she's a Girl Scout Idol, too!

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liz_brent.jpgHave you noticed the Girl Scout offices have nicer desks?   We are the lucky recipients of a gift of nine desks, plenty of desk chairs and a conference table from the law firm of Alford, Clausen & McDonald in Mobile.    The firm had excess furniture and our board chair, Helen Alford, noticed our need.    We were able to replace desks that fell apart as the rangers tried to remove them from some offices.    The staff has chairs that don't fall apart as they move around.    We were able to donate some of our retired desks to a school near one of our camp properties.  Thanks for Alford, Clausen &McDonald for their generosity.



On Wednesday, October 6, Girl Scouts of the USA, Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis and other leaders from the entertainment, policy, business and youth-serving communities joined forces to examine media literacy and healthy images of girls and women.

The Healthy Media for Youth Summit (a partnership of GSUSA, national broadcasting organizations, and The Creative Coalition) considered and identified ways to promote healthy, positive media images of girls and women for the benefit of all youth.

Read all about it!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama has a part-time job opening in Montgomery for an Outreach Specialist.  The Outreach Specialist will work with GSSA management and the Advancement Team to develop and establish partnerships and collaborative relationships to extend and support the impact of Girl Scouting within assigned council's jurisdiction in the areas of development and outreach.  S/he will assist with development and outreach administrative duties in the Montgomery office, including assisting with the development and management of resources, including management and supervision of grants and funded initiatives and facilitation of outreach programs.   Position may require periodic weekends and evenings.

Click here for more information on this position.

The posting closes October 21.  If you are interested in applying, send your resume to jobs@girlscoutssa.org.



About "Watch What You Watch"

Girl Scouts of the USA, along with the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and The Creative Coalition, believe every child deserves to live in an environment that fosters confidence and character. We recognize that as children's media use continues to increase, all youth would benefit from experiencing healthy and positive messages about girls and women.

"Watch What You Watch" hopes to build awareness about the need to pay attention not to just what kids watch, but how they watch it. Now more than ever, tools such as media literacy, public education and career exploration can be invaluable to young people. "Watch What You Watch" offers a clearinghouse of resources and tools that girls, parents, communities, and the media industry can use to help young people encounter and use media content that inspires, empowers, and engages.

Girl Scouts Promoting Healthy Media Images

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls and a leading authority on their healthy growth and development. As the leading voice for girls, we are committed to addressing the issues important to girls, such as self-esteem and body image. Positive media messages could foster higher self-esteem and a positive body image for girls, while highlighting healthy relationships and strong role models. To improve girls' lives, Girl Scouts is raising awareness about the importance of promoting positive messages about girls and women.

"Watch What You Watch" also connects you to research, programs, and policies Girl Scouts is developing to elevate the importance of healthy media images. Our innovative research sheds light on the impact media can have on girls' body images, relationships, and overall health. The soon to be released program, It's Your Story- Tell It!, will create opportunities for girls to improve their self confidence and media literacy skills. The Girl Scout Advocacy Network offers a forum to take action on this topic.

Justine magazine is now promoting their 2011 R.E.A.L. (Remarkable. Energetic. Aspirational. Leader) Girl Contest. One girl who is a current Girl Scout between the ages of 13-19 will be selected the winner and appear on an upcoming 2011 Justine cover and in a feature article. The winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to her Justine cover shoot and a Justine swag bag. Finalists and semi-finalists will also be chosen.

*The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2011.

Visit justinemagazine.com for the official entry form and contest information.




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