Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: August 2009 Archives

Bay Shore Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Girls Scouts are given preferred seating at this performance and will enjoy some special time back stage with the director and cast.  Bring your camera and take advantage of the wonderful scenery and costumes for a troop picture.  Get any information needed to help you complete your Theatre patch or your Dancercise patch.

The Suite Shoppe will be open at intermission for refreshments and you can also do some Christmas Shopping at Ballet Boutique.

 

When: Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m.

Where: Fairhope Civic Center

Cost:   $5 per person

Reservations can be made via e-mail to lorna@mchsi.com

Checks should be mailed to:

Lorna Foster

27054 Bit & Spur Drive

Daphne 36526

lmk.gifHow many of us have had our identity stolen?  I know I have, and it's no joke!  None of us want strangers listening in on our phone calls or reading our emails. From privacy settings to passwords, LMK (the newest interactive Web site from Girl Scouts and Windows) shows you how to keep your private info private.  There is a quiz (which surprisingly I didn't do too bad on), polls and girls talking about privacy.  This is great for girls and adults... so check it out, and get your keys to the cyberworld!

Are you looking for a fun way to encourage the important elements of the Scouting Program in your troops?  Look  no further...Come and check out how much fun you can have in a cornfield.  You will be installing both teamwork and camaraderie, while telling your troops to "Get Lost!" The MAIZE is a three-acre human puzzle, carved into a cornfield, that contains more than one mile of twists, turns and dead ends.  It provides a challenge while participants employ navigational skills, and teamwork while also having FUN!  Most participants spend an average of one hour trying to maneuver their way to the correct exit. Scouts are provided with a "Scouting" passport to help them find their way, while testing their knowledge of scouting facts.  In order to get an idea of what kind of obstacle a maze can present, take a look at the farm website at www.sewardfarms.com.    

 

The discounted rate for scouts is $8.50 (which includes Maze Ticket and 3 activities of choice; scouts cannot use any coupons towards their admission price)

Scout patches can be bought separately for 50 cents.  One Leader Free. Leaders and Scouts must be wearing uniforms or a membership pin in order to receive the discounted price.  Chaperones and siblings can go to the website and print the $1 off coupon, which can be used towards their full price admission tickets.

There is no need to make a reservation unless you have 50 or more scouts, or you need to reserve a fire pit.

 

Troop Checks Only.  To expedite your ticket purchasing please have head count and collect money ahead of time.

 

OPEN:  Saturdays from 10 a.m. -  9 p.m., September 12 - October 31

Wow! That's Engineering! in Huntsville, Alabama - Saturday, September 19, 2009

To encourage girls across the country to become involved with engineering and technology, the Society of Women Engineers has launched a new program:

Wow! That's Engineering!

Experience the creativity and innovation of engineering and technology with fun hands-on activities like:

     • CSI Huntsville

     • Newton's Rocket Car

     • SWE's Next Top Cosmetic Designer

Come meet women engineers, scientists, and technologists and hear firsthand about these exciting careers. This event is open to the first 200 girls to register.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: University of Alabama in Huntsville

Grade level: Cadettes

Cost: FREE, includes lunch and a patch. Overnight accommodations are available for Friday, September 18, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for an additional $25, which includes breakfast.

Registration: Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Registration closes Friday, September 11, 2009, at 5 p.m., no exceptions. There will be seminars for parents, guardians and troop leaders. Those wishing to attend must also register. Participants must complete a Program Registration Form which may be submitted by mail, fax, or email to:

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

ATTN: Registrar

1515 Sparkman Drive NW

Huntsville, AL 35816

Fax: (256) 882-1750

Email: registrar@girlscoutsnca.org

Contact: For more information, call Rhonda Lambert at (256) 883-1020 or (800) 410-8338 or email rlambert@girlscoutsnca.org.

Job Description: Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama seeks a program facilitator to work with 1st and 2nd graders  at T.S. Morris Elementary School in Montgomery.  The facilitator will deliver a prepared, 6-session Girl Scouts literacy program during the school day in the Fall 2009 semester.  The program will begin as soon as possible with a flexible schedule.  Training will be provided.

 

Requirement:   Good presentation, communication and organizational skills

                          Candidate must have own transportation

 

Salary:  $11 per hour plus mileage

 

Contact:  Angela Fedor, extension 1803

 

Resumes: Fax to 334-272-6574 or e-mail afedor@girlscoutssa.org

Are you a lifetime Girl Scout member?  If you are a lifetime member, from any legacy council and live in southern Alabama, please contact us so we can be sure we have your membership information.   This will ensure you receive all of the council publications and updates.

Please contact Teri Eversole, extension 1302 or teversole@girlscoutssa.org.   We need your full name, the council you registered your lifetime membership with and membership number (if you have it).   If you could do this before September 15, we would greatly appreciate it. 

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Journey 2, "It's Your Planet - Love It" are now available at GSSA Shops

Our girls are the most enviromentally-aware young people since the "Green Movement" of the 70's. The new Journeys help them develop and focus that interest.  They'll learn about the earth and have fun!  Here are the details:

Girl Scout Daisies: Between Earth and Sky -- On this journey, flower friends take to the road, living the Girl Scout Law with new friends and old. Join them for sunshine, fresh air, and colors and shapes, too--and big Daisy lessons.

Girl Scout Brownies: WOW Wonders of Water -- Girl Scout Brownies find plenty of ways to WOW! themselves and everyone else on this journey. You'll find everything you need to guide the girls to LOVE water, SAVE water, and SHARE what they know.

Girl Scout Juniors: Get Moving! -- This journey offers endless energy in all its forms and functions, plus ways big and small to Energize, Investigate, and Innovate. So get set to guide Girl Scout Juniors to see that energy is what leaders are all about.

Girl Scout Cadettes: Breathe -- On this journey called BREATHE, there's plenty of space for Girl Scout Cadettes to focus all their senses on air. And all along the way, you'll be guiding the girls to their very best flair!

Girl Scout Seniors: Sow What? -- When it comes to food, what's really best for people and the planet? Girl Scout Seniors will figure that out (with you!) as they dig into far-reaching food networks on this Sow What? journey.

Girl Scout Ambassadors: Justice -- On this journey to JUSTICE, Girl Scout Ambassadors create a brand-new equation for something Earth and all its inhabitants need. Do you yearn for it, too?


If you earned a 2009 Cookie Sale shop gift certificate or destination money, but have not used it yet, you can put the funds you earned toward joining us for our Heritage Trip to Savannah, Feb. 12-16, 2010.  If you have an $80 shop gift certificate, you can have $175 towards the trip.  If you have a $145 shop gift certificate, you can have $300 towards the trip.  And, if you have destinations money already, this is an option for you, too!  Just contact Chris Shavers (ext. 2202) to let her know that you would like to transfer your funds from the gift certificate or destination to our HeritageTrip account.

Thanks to GSSA volunteer Nancy Melkerson for letting us know about InsaneScouter's guide, Discounts to Scouts!   The guide contains stores that give discounts to scouts, and what the discount is.  Did you know you can get scout discounts at Bass Pro Shops, Starbucks, McDonalds, Walmart and more??  Check it all out at http://insanescouter.org/p/4990/28/Discounts_to_Scouts.html.

InspiredByU_FullLogo.jpgThe grade level activity kits are in!  You can also get a VIP access code in each of the Little Brownie Cookie Activity Kits to use in accessing on-line activities and resources referenced throughout the kits.  Checkout Little Brownie's volunteer page for access to these great resources.  Please contact your field executive to get your activity kit (one per leader).

 

The VIP code is age-level specific.  It will take you to the page for the age level code entered.  Once you are into an age level page, you will be able to navigate to other age level pages.  (click on age level icons on the left side bar.)  This gives you access to even more choices!

 

Age Level VIP Codes (not case sensitive):

Daisy - LBB09DSY401

Brownie - LBB09BRW401

Junior - LBB09JUN401

Cadette - LBB09CDT401

Seniors - LBB09SNR401

Ambassadors - LBB09AMB401

 

The "Rallies to Go" file download link is in the left side bar of the volunteer page.  If your troop or service unit would like to plan a cookie kick-off, take a look at the Rallies to Go section.  Then, if you decide this is something you're interested in, contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (ext. 1202) to start planning!

Girl Scout troops 9163 and 9165 of Troy visited Savannah July 30 - Aug. 2 for the primary purpose of learning more about the founder of the Girl Scouts and about the Girl Scout program.  An article about their trip was featured in the Troy Messenger.  Read the article on the Troy Messenger's website at http://www.troymessenger.com/news/2009/aug/07/local-scouts-visit-home-founder/ 

 

You can go to Savannah this February with GSSA, and participate in the Girl Scout activities like troops 9163 and 9165.  For more information on the trip, read the Heritage Trip flyer.

Troop 8153 is working on their Girl Scout Bronze Award, and as part of their project they created a billboard to educate people about spaying their pets.  The billboard is in Mobile on Highway 98 near Wolf Ridge Road.  Check it out, if you have a chance!

 

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Join other girls and leaders from around our council on our "Heritage Trip" to the birthplace of Girl Scouting!  Take advantage of President's Day and Mardi Gras holidays and go on a once in a lifetime trip this Feb. 12-16, 2010.

 

Savannah is a fascinating city and there are many things to do, see and eat!  Just a few of the activities will be the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Program, a dolphin cruise, a tour of some reportedly haunted places the city and a visit to Paula Dean's renowned Lady and Sons restaurant.

 

The "hold your space" deposit of $50 is due August 31, which is half refundable.

 

All of the details including cost, payment schedule and the itinerary are on the Heritage Trip flyer.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (extension 1202).

Troops and girls interested in earning girl awards this year will need to contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (extension 1202) and notify her of your intent to begin. On-line training for Girl Scout Silver and Gold awards will be ready soon. New requirements using Journeys have been released by GSUSA and will be implemented this Fall. If you have questions about which award plan is best for you, please contact Mary Anne, and she'll be happy to put you on the road to the Gold (or Silver, or Bronze).

Do your girls like to lead cheers?  Well, here's an opportunity for your girls to cheer for a good cause!  The American Cancer Society is holding a "Walk for Life" October 24, and they want Girl Scout troops to serve as cheerleaders for the walkers. The walk is at 8 a.m. in Mobile at Bienville Square.  If your troop would like to participate, please contact Beverly Hollady at  Beverly.holladay@gmail.com.   

There are some really cute pics of Girl Scouts from the AJM's Bay Bears game!  The pictures were taken by AJM's professional photographer, and are available for purchase at  http://www.fpvision.com/c/fusionpointmedia.  Whether your girls participated or not, you'll be sure to enjoy them.

This year, fall product sale chairs and troop leaders have three options for fall product sale training.  You can either complete a special online training that will be offered, or you can attend an in-person training - or both!  The online training will be available soon, and the "in-person" trainings will be Saturday, August 15, at the Montgomery Volunteer Center from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (lunch served), and Sunday, August 16, at the Mobile Volunteer Center from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (snack served).

 

If you plan to attend either "in-person" training, please contact Teri Eversole (ext. 1302) for the Mobile Volunteer Center training and Cheryl Miller (ext. 2302) for the Montgomery Volunteer Center training.  Fall product sale chairs, service unit managers, troop leaders and troop cookie chairs all are invited to attend the training of their choice.  There's also Fall Product information up on our website - check it out!

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