May 2011 Archives
Summer is a bit of a down time for Girl Scout troops, but we are working to make sure opportunities for Girl Scout fun are available year round. As many of you know, we run two resident camps during the summer, for which we spend a lot of time working to make certain the girls who attend have a great time. Of course, not everyone can make resident camp, though.
This summer our staff membership, volunteer and program team (MVP) group is working to have other activities for the girls. Some are programs we have had each year, like the opportunity to host or attend America's Junior Miss (now Distinguished Young Women) events in Mobile. Those programs are all planned and ready for girls to have a great time getting to know accomplished young women. A Mobile area service unit offers a day camp at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. In the northern part of the council, we will offer a Science Day in Troy, Family Fishing and Fun Day at Camp Humming Hills in Elba and a Christmas in July activity in Montgomery, just to name a few. Keep an eye on the programs and events tab on the council website for all the fun we have planned to make your summer a great one! And look for new program events for fall coming soon!
You can download the forms directly by clicking on the links above. Or, if you would like to find the forms later, they are located on the Forms & Resources page of our website under the Cookie Forms section. They are the last two forms on the list.
work to leverage the advantages of being a "high-capacity" council, we have
become more aggressive in advocating for girls through our local and state
governments and even developed an advocacy alliance with our sister
council, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. The first arena we will tackle as a part of this initiative,
will be promoting healthy media images.
Many of you may remember that we had Civic Education Day
scheduled for April 28, filled with 100 girls who were going to spend
part of their day learning about the legislative process. However, the damage from severe storms and
tornadoes from the previous evening intervened, and the event was
As a part of our endeavors to build a higher profile with our state and elected officials, we are holding an installation ceremony for Alabama Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912. Troop 1912 is a bi-partisan delegation of Alabama elected officials, formed to help educate our branches of government about issues affecting girls and young women. They are supportive of Girl Scout initiatives and will serve as a voice for girls and young women. The inaugural group will be installed in a ceremony at the State House in Montgomery on June 2 at 9 a.m. Let us know if you are interested in attending. We would love to have you join us for this special event.
In honor of Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary, this honorary legislative troop is called Troop 1912 for the year Girl Scouting was founded. Troop 1912's purpose is to be the voice for girls in the legislature. We're excited to have a diverse group representing Alabama's girls.
The ceremony is open to the public, and we hope you'll join us for this momentous occasion.
Induction Ceremony Invitation
And now they've turned their eyes to Girl Scout Cookies!
Back in January, Girl Scouts of Colorado participated in a filming for this segment and we can't wait to see it. We recently received word that this show will air May 28 at 7 p.m. on the Food Network. The Unwrapped website <http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_cw> will have all the information on show times in different areas and a repeat schedule.
In addition to the shots of the Colorado Girl Scouts, this segment will also include scenes from Kentucky's Little Brownie Bakers, Girl Scouts of Colorado's cookie bakery, and interviews with a Girl Scouts of the USA marketing exec.
The Unwrapped episode is called "All American Eats" and in addition to Girl Scout Cookies will feature products such as Albanese Army Gummies, Bonomo Turkish Taffy, Coca-Cola, Hungry Jack Hashbrowns, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Land O' Lakes American Cheese, Little Debbie Creme Pies, Nestle Drumsticks, Shearer's Hot Dog Potato Chips, Starbucks Frappuccino and Twinkies.
Let's tune in -- it will be great fun to see our sister Girl Scouts and how our cookies are made!
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is launching a fun project to honor the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. We are creating a special commemorative cookbook with recipes from volunteers, girls, friends of Girl Scouting and staff members. We hope this will be a wonderful way to promote Girl Scouts and to share the fun of cooking with our girls.
We hope to have the book published and in the office by Oct. 15 and distribution starting by the end of Oct. - just in time for holiday shopping! Look for your chance to pre-order the book (and receive a special discount) later this summer. The book will feature many recipes, including a special section with recipes from Girl Scouts. It also will feature artwork throughout designed by girls from our council.
Now, we need your help! We need you to have your girls send in their design for our 100th anniversary cookbook cover design contest, and we need your recipes.
To enter the Cookbook Cover Design Contest, please download the Entry Form and submit it with your drawing by July 15, 2011.
You may enter recipes (yes, more than 1!) under the following categories:
Appetizers and Beverages
Soups and Salads
Vegetables and Side dishes
Desserts and Cooking with Cookies
This and That
Girls Cook - This section is reserved for recipes from current girl members of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, ages 5-17.
To submit recipes go to: http://cookbookpublishers.com/utypeit/login.cfm
Deadline for recipes: July 31, 2011
Please help us make this project a success!
Below are some FAQs regarding these new resources:
- What will happen to the current resources, such as the Junior Badge book or the Cadette Handbook? GSUSA is currently working on a new "Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting" for each program level. It will provide updated badge activities and handbook information for girls and will be available in September 2011, when girls can begin enjoying the new badges in the guide.
- What do we do between now and September 2011? Leaders/advisors can help girls choose a Journey and continue enjoying the current badge activities. Check out the online "Journey Maps" for examples of using journeys and badges together for a great Girl Scout experience. Click here <http://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/maps/> for the maps. Here's a graphic that shows the connection between the Journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
- Will we still be able to purchase older resources and
insignia? As part of the roll-out of the Journeys and the new guide, the GS
Shop will begin to streamline existing inventory by retiring certain merchandise
this summer. This will affect the availability of certain patches, books, and
other merchandise. To check on item availability, please contact the shop at
- Boating Director/counselor 17 years or older
- Lifeguard/counselor 17 years or older
- Assistant to Horse Director 17 years or older, experienced in working with children and horses
Kamp Kiwanis is also looking for nurses. Dates needed are: June 19-June 24, and/or July 3-8. You have the option to be paid staff (pay is modest) or you can volunteer as the camp nurse, and bring one camper (daughter/granddaughter) free for each week that you volunteer. We are looking for an RN, LPN, or emergency first responder licensee.
Additional volunteer opportunity:
- Kitchen Assistant: if you volunteer for a week you can bring a camper for free
Send planners to Jeannie Napper at the Mobile Service Center. If you have any questions, contact Jeannie or Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251-344-3330 (or 800-239-6636), ext. 1202. If you are interested in having representation from the council at your ceremony, please contact Jeannie or Mary Anne at least a week before the event. We love to attend ceremonies to see the culmination of the girls' hard work!
At this point, we still have 19 out of the 50 girls without troops. We want this to be a great experience for all of the girls. We've extended the deadline (again) until May 20, 2011.
If your troop can host, please contact Jeannie Napper at 251-344-3330, ext. 1202.
Check out the Be Your Best Self patch program. If your troop completes the patch program by June 12, your troop will be recognized in a special ceremony at one of the events.
Be sure when you turn in your Event Registration Form to list which states you would like to adopt. Keep in mind, 31 of the states have already been assigned. The young women who are coming are really impressive! See what great role models your girls can interact with if you participate in this program.
Still aren't sold? Look at the photos from last year's program, and we're sure you'll adopt a Distinguished Young Woman!
Thank you, volunteer Becky G., for sharing this
information on how Girl Scouts can help with storm relief:
Averitt will, free of charge, take donated items to their Birmingham location from six cities in Alabama. If anyone has a logistics need in any of the following areas, they are standing by, ready to help. PLEASE, if you need to contact Averitt, do so by calling the toll free number (800-283-1488) so we don't tie up their local lines and interrupt their daily operational flow.
Dothan Averitt Service Center
Service Center Director - Alan Jimmerson
Hours of operation 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. M-F
2951 John D. Odom Road
Dothan, Ala. 36303
US 231 South: The Service Center is on the left about 1 mile inside the Dothan city limits. Turn left at the traffic light onto John D. Odom Rd. The Service Center is immediately on the left.
US 231 North: Stay on US 231 North, which becomes Ross Clark Circle and loops around the west side of Dothan. Turn right onto John D. Odom Rd. The Service Center is immediately on the left.
From US 84 West: Stay on US 84 West, which becomes Ross Clark Circle and loops around the north side of Dothan. Turn right onto US 231 North. Turn right onto John D. Odom Rd. The Service Center is immediately on the left.
From US 431 South: Take US 84 West, which becomes Ross Clark Circle and loops around the north side of Dothan. Turn right onto US 231 North. Turn right onto John D. Odom Rd. The Service Center is immediately on the left
Mobile Averitt Service Center
Service Center Director- Jeff Spivey
Hours of operation 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. M - F
5945 Rangeline Rd
Theodore, Alabama 36582
From I-10: Take Exit 17 A (SR 193 South / Rangeline Rd.) Go south on SR 193. Cross 3 bridges. Turn right onto Rabbit Creek Rd. Turn left onto service road. Averitt is on the right.
Montgomery Averitt Service Center
Service Center Director- Justin Presley
Hours of operation 8am - 6pm M - F
10406 US Highway 80 East
Montgomery, AL 36117
From I-85: Take Mitylene Exit 11 (US 80/ Ryans Rd). Go East on US 80 approximately 2 miles. The Serivce Center is located on the right.
From I-65: Take Exit 171 (I-85 North). Take Mitylene Exit 11 (US 80/ Ryans Rd). Go East on US 80 approximately 2 miles. The Service Center is located on the right.
Opelika Averitt Service Center
Service Center Director - Greg Clark
Hours of operation 8am - 4pm M - F
701 W Point Pkwy
Opelika, AL 36801
From Montgomery, AL: Take I-85 North. Take Exit 62 (US 280/Columbus Pkwy). Turn left and cross back over I-85. Turn right onto US 431 (Fox Run Pkwy). Go approximately 1.5 miles to US 29 (W Point Pkwy). Turn right on US 29. The Service Center is 1/4 mile on the right.
The last two weeks have been challenging for both our state and some of our communities here in southern Alabama. Many of you have asked for updates about the area around Kamp Kiwanis and want to know how our sister council in North Alabama weathered the storm. You also have been wanting to help.
I am happy to report that the power is back on at Kamp Kiwanis and many of the surrounding areas, and the cleanup effort is in full swing. Kamp Kiwanis has reopened and will available for all of its planned activities in the coming weeks. The needs in that area are many, but specific things we are asking for include: water, furniture (many of the trailers being brought in to house families are unfurnished), general household items and clothes. If you would like to contribute to the relief effort, we will collect items at both service centers and make sure they are delivered to those in need in the Eclectic area.
Also, Montgomery's Service Unit 914 is conducting a tornado relief drive at the Montgomery Service Center tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. They will collect non-perishable food items, cleaning items, etc.
Troop 7238 was already scheduled to host a recycling event at the Opelika Parks and Rec Center on Denson Drive, Sat. May 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. as part of the Junior troop's Bronze Award activity. However, they would like to extend the event to also help collect clean, gently used clothes, toiletries, and school supplies to help tornado victims. Any troop who would like to contribute are invited to come and drop off items during that time. These donations will be sent to the Montgomery office. Monica Frazier, Junior Troop leader and Julie Sosebee, Troop Leader
Please support them if you can!
Sadly, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama had significant damage in 31 of their 37 counties. We understand that one Girl Scout lost her life and countless others have seen their homes destroyed. However, the council will not know the full impact of the damage until power and communication lines are restored throughout their jurisdiction. You can also visit the North-Central Alabama website for details on what you can do to assist them.
Please join us in keeping those affected by the tornadoes in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Chief Operating Officer
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
Last week, I was in Montgomery on Wednesday because we had Civic Education Day for Girl Scouts from around the state the following morning. Melinda Wilson and I were in our offices, trying to get ready for Civic Education Day, and I had the evening news on. As the newscast started, it showed the storm live from Tuscaloosa via the weather video cams they have stationed throughout the city. I called Melinda in, and we watched in stunned silence as it was clear, with the flying debris and power of the tornadoes. Clearly, this was a horrible experience for those on the ground.
The difficult element of our improved, up-to-the-minute media is that we often see and experience events that are painful and frightening to watch. I can't imagine how scary that would be to watch as a child, since as an adult I find it scary. This real-time coverage continued throughout the local news, with the tornadoes building in intensity as they cut through Birmingham.
All evening I was glued to the television while thinking through my emergency plan. Both the Montgomery buildings are brick with some windowless interior spaces, and I do have some emergency equipment there, but not lots. As I listened, one of the tornadoes was headed toward our COO's house. It was clear, as I watched until late in the night, the power of Mother Nature is formidable.
Civic Education Day was cancelled, and early the next morning I called our ranger at Kamp Kiwanis. It was clear from his voice things weren't good. He said the camp was fine, but he had lost two cousins in the storm, and his monument business literally was gone. He indicated he needed a generator, so I assured him I would take care of that. I bought a generator and en route was stunned at how everything where the description of the storm was looked fine. Not until we got to 200-feet from the turn on to Mount Hebron Road did we see any indication that it had even rained the night before. Then, as we turned on to Mount Hebron, we saw the devastation.
It looked as if a bomb had been
dropped. Trees down,
twisted, snapped off 15 feet in the air with nothing left but toothpicks,
splintered half way down. The scene was like something out of a horror
movie. We delivered the
generator and drove on to Kamp Kiwanis. That day camp was eerily beautiful, not even a limb
was down, and the lake was stunning.
It looked so serene with all the violence from the storm, not ¼ mile
from camp. It is good to be
reminded of all that we take for granted. Many perished that day, and the death toll is still
climbing. We are afforded
the opportunity to experience the glory of nature in the work that we do. On the drive back to the office,
we decided cancelling Civic Education Day was such a small price to pay, as we
mused on what many others are confronting, that day and in the foreseeable
Photos of devastation near Kamp Kiwanis (click picture for full size image):