Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: September 2009 Archives

Calling all Girl Scouts ages 12 and up!  Have your girls pack up their gear and hit the road with the Gulf Pines council to Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham. This trip will let your girls fine tune their primitive camping, day hiking and nature exploration skills.


The group will meet at Camp Iti Kana in Mississippi on Friday, cook dinner, check gear, and get to know each other. Then will head to Oak Mountain State Park Saturday morning where they will set up camp and plan their day hikes for Sunday and Monday.


Make sure your girls register early: this trip is limited to 20 participants!


Who: All 2009-2010 registered Girl Scouts age 12 and up (To chaperone, please call Kari Vicknair at 601.582.1455)

When: Friday, November 20, 6 p.m. to Monday, November 23, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Camp Iti Kana, Wiggins, MS, and Oak Mtn State Park, Pelham

Cost: $85 per person (Includes all meals & snacks, transportation, lodging, activities and a T-shirt!)

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2009

Download: Gulf Pines' Event Registration Form

United Way of Southwest Alabama chose to feature Girl Scouts in their annual kick-off because Girl Scouts are role models of volunteering! Girls of Troop 8369 are shown talking about recent projects in this video (about 2/3 of the way through). Way to go, Troop 8369!
Watch the video

On October 1, we will launch our brand new online council store.  Now you will be able to select items and place your order right over the website, and the items ordered will then be shipped directly to your home. We are excited to offer this exciting new service to our girls and volunteers.

Exciting new Girl Scout programs added with Space 301 in Mobile!

The Centre for the Living Arts/ Space 301 is hosting art badge days for Girl Scouts in the Fall and the Spring. A special feature of each badge will be the opportunity to tour a visiting exhibition. Local artists and art experts will work with the girls on badge requirements. An overnighter will be offered for older girls March 20-21 with an opportunity to attend Cirque de la Symphonie at the Saenger March 21.


Space 301 Art Days:

Brownie Try -It Day: Colors and Shapes and Art to Wear (Sat. 11/14)

Junior Badge Day: Folk Arts (Sat. 12/5)

Older Girls IP Day: Folk Arts (Sat. 12/5)

Older Girls IP Overniter: Architecture and Environmental Design (Sat. 3/20-Sun. 3/21)

Brownie Try-It Day: Numbers and Shapes and Me and My Shadow (Sat. 4/24)

Junior Badge Day: Art in 3D (Sat. 4/24)

We want to make sure your troops can access the information they need on the Trophy Nut website.  To do this, Service Unit Fall Product Chairs should be sure to remove the "Check" from the  Troop has Read Only Access Box when they create new troops.  If a leader calls and states she can enter only one girl, then the Troop has Read Only Access Box is checked and must be corrected by the Service Unit Fall Product Chair, so that she can enter the proper information.  If you make sure to take this simple step now, you can avoid lots of phone calls later!

For Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts


Great for team-building and confidence-boosting!  Girls between the ages of 9 and 11 will experience the low challenge course, and ages 12 and up will experience the low and high challenge course.  Juniors may apply this event toward the "Adventure Sports" badge, and older girls can apply this event toward the "High Adventure" IP.


Troops or individuals may register for this event. Individual girls must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Adults not participating in the course do not have to pay.


Visit the challenge course web site!



When: Sunday, October 18, from 1 - 5 p.m. 

Where: Auburn University, Auburn

Ages: 9 years old and up, adults may participate!

Cost: 9-11 years old - $20.00, 12 years old and up - $30.00

Send check payable to "Auburn Girl Scouts" to:

Judy Prior, 261 Cary Drive, Auburn, AL 36830

Registration Deadline: October 5

The waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.

For More Information: Download the flyer.

The Girl Scout Mariner Troop is raising money for their character-building trip by holding a yard sale, and you're invited!  Items for sale include furniture, household items, clothing, a bathroom sink and more.

When: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., September 25 and 26

Where: 3300 Old Shell Rd, Mobile

                Behind Peanut Butter Jelly Kids

For more information, call: 251.753.3973

Call for Entries


WHO:   Calling all Girl Scout volunteers. Disney's FamilyFun magazine wants to hear from you!


WHAT: As part of an upcoming story celebrating Girl Scouts, Disney's FamilyFun magazine would like to feature Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scout troop or group projects and activities. The best stories will reflect fun, learning, and inspiration and be those that Girl Scouts and their families can enjoy.


In addition, the best entries will:

·         Be memorable group projects, crafts, games, or activities;

·         Highlight the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Stories about girls enjoying the Girl Scout Journeys are encouraged.


Volunteers whose stories are published will receive $250 for their Girl Scout troop or group, a free set of FamilyFun recipe and craft books, and a free print or digital subscription.


HOW:   To enter, send a description of your Girl Scout troop or group's project, craft, game, or activity.  Photos are encouraged!  Please write "Girl Scouts" in the subject line and send your submission to:


WHEN: Submissions are needed by Friday, Sept. 25

Did your daughter go to Girl Scout resident camp this year?  If so, what did she like?  What did she learn? We want to know about your daughter's experience, so please have her take a few moments to complete our resident camp survey.  Her responses will help us as we develop programming for next summer.


So your daughter didn't go to camp this year?  Well, we want her opinions, too!  Was she scared to sleep in a tent?  Not into canoeing?  We want to know why camp isn't her "thing" and what we can do to make it something she wants to do next summer. Please have your daughter complete our survey and share her thoughts with us.

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Take a Step to Help People with Disabilities


Goodwill Easter Seals is hosting a family fun walk October 3, and they would like Girl Scouts to participate.  Girl Scouts are invited to host a booth with information to promote Girl Scouts, and to be cheerleaders.  There is also a troop doing the opening flag ceremony.  If your troop is interested in participating, call Mary Anne at extension 1202.  This will be a great opportunity to promote scouting and to show that we work together to help each other make our community a better place.


Schedule: 8:00 a.m. check in; 9:00 a.m. start time
Date: October 3, 2009
Location: Langan Park in Mobile
Course Route: 1.2 mile Family Fun Walk

We've Reached Our Goal of 290 in the House. We Still Need Your Support in the Senate!


Thanks to all of your calls, emails and outreach to Congress, we've reached our goal of 290 cosponsors to pass the HOUSE version of the Girl Scouts Commemorative Coin Act. We're expecting the bill to reach the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote in the next few weeks and will keep you updated!


Now that we have the necessary House cosponsors, our collective attention turns to the SENATE and the 67 cosponsors needed to pass the Senate version of the Commemorative Coin Act. We're almost there and need to continue the momentum you've created.


What can you do? Check to see if your Senator is not a cosponsor then go to to send a message to your Senator to ask for support of the Coin Bill (S. 451). Please spread the word to Girl Scout supporters to enlist their help in advocating for the coin by linking them to


Working together across the Girl Scout Movement, we can have a lasting symbol recognizing and celebrating the history and achievements of Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts are invited to attend USA Jags football games during Scout Days October 17 and November 7.  Girl Scouts will be able to purchase reduced tickets and special patches. See the flyer   and order form for ticket information.  If your troop would like to do the flag ceremony or participate in the fan tunnel, contact Mary Anne at extension 1202.

Cost: Tickets $5, Patches $1

When: 4 p.m. October 17 and November 7

Where: Ladd Stadium, Mobile

Registration Deadline: October 12 and November 2

Contact: Alyssa Reilly at 251.461.1384

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, in partnership with FEMA's Citizen Corps, presented the brand-new Emergency Preparedness Patch Program, designed to equip Girl Scouts with skills to protect their families, friends and communities when disaster strikes. The Emergency Preparedness Patch program prepares Girl Scouts to:

  • Identify local risks and potential emergencies
  • Connect with local community service agencies
  • Learn local alerts and warning systems
  • Prepare themselves and their family


Download the activity booklet and the appendices to find out how you can discover, connect, and take action to make your communities safer and more prepared for emergencies!

Alabama Emergency Management Agency invites southern Alabama Girl Scout Troops to visit a local or state emergency operating center.  Please contact the undersigned or your county emergency manager to schedule a visit.  Local director listings can be found on the Alabama EMA site;


The History of Girls Scouts and Preparedness

Encouraging girls to take preventive steps and actions toward being safe has always been a priority for the Girl Scout movement. "Be Prepared" is our organization's motto, and as far back as the 1917 edition of the Handbook for Girl Scouts, girls were asked to write articles to share information about the spread of insect-borne diseases, learn how to use a fire alarm and be knowledgeable on other topics of public health and safety.

Our Wish List


wish list.jpgWe wish we could provide Girl Scouting for every girl! To help work towards this BIG wish, we have assembled a Wish List of items we need for our programs and properties.

Items as small as a flashlight or as large as a truck will help us to bring the value of Girl Scouting to as many girls as possible in our area.

Please take a look and see if you can spare any of these items - new or used, or any help with the cost would be greatly appreciated!

Gift cards from home improvement stores or craft stores are also a big help!

It's a fact that the more children read, the better they do in school.
United Way of Southwest Alabama recognizes the value of helping our local elementary school students prepare for a successful future. After all, they are tomorrow's workforce.
So United Way is challenging companies and individuals to participate in their Live United thru Reading book drive. Now through December, United Way will be collecting new books for first graders in the Mobile County Public School System. Books collected will be handed out on the 100th day of school.

Books can be dropped off at the GSSA Mobile service center between 8:30 - 4:30, Monday - Friday.   Put books in the hands of local children and improve their early reading skills. Make a long-lasting, positive impact on their lives for years to come.

Our council shops will be closed for annual inventory September 28-30.  Volunteers are needed to help with inventory, so if you can assist, please let Pam (extension 1902) in Mobile, or Brittney (extension 2602) in Montgomery know. 


Also, because cookie gift certificates & Viva cards will expire September 30 while the shops are closed, we are extending the deadline until October 3.   The shop will be open October 3, for the Saturday Shop, so you can use your gift certificate or Viva card then!

Make a weekend of it! Bring your older girls to Badge Day at USA Oct. 10 and come back Oct. 11 for:

Purple Pearls

An older girl event for 6-12th grade girls


When: 2-5 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2009

Where: USA's Ballroom in the Student Center

Cost: $5 for Girl Scouts, $12 for non-Girl Scouts

Registration Deadline: October 5

KD Badge Day Extended Registration Deadline: September 18


Older girls are invited to a fun filled afternoon on the USA campus. Girls will learn about opportunities especially for them while enjoying music and activities.  There will be door prizes, step dancing, eco-friendly facials, and so much more!  There will also be information on cool travel opportunities, scholarships, college info, camp opportunities, etc.


There will be an adult session about older girl activities for parents and leaders in a separate room in the student center.  This will also include a Silver and Gold Award training for leaders.


This is a volunteer-led event, so if you would like to see something like this in your area, we welcome your participation!  Call Mary Anne Brutkiewicz for more information at extension 1202.

Nuggets of information for your success by Mary Anne


The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Less than 6% of eligible girls receive this prestigious award yearly.  In order to achieve the Gold Award, the Girl Scout completes several steps designed to help her find her issue and her voice. After she determines how she would like to impact the community, she presents a proposal to the Gold Award Committee. The Gold Award Committee consists of active Girl Scout volunteers and other community members.  The committee is responsible for:

·         determining if the proposal has merit

·         making suggestions to strengthen the proposal if necessary

·         interviewing girls after their project is completed

·         determining whether or not the girl's efforts merit a Gold Award


Deadlines for this year's Gold Award interviews have been set: October 24, January 16, March 27, and July 10, in Mobile and Montgomery.  Girls need to submit their proposals and final reports four weeks before the date they wish to interview to allow the committee sufficient time to review their reports.


Girls are strongly encouraged to complete their Gold Awards before their senior year in high school. If a girl decides to wait until her senior year to complete her  award, it is in her best interests to have her final interview no later than March 27; this will allow time to make any changes or additions the committee may deem necessary and still finish before the September 30 absolute deadline for committee-approved Gold Awards.


If you have any questions about the Gold Award or the process, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at ext.1202 or  

Did you ever wish that all the answers to the most common questions about Girl Scouting in southern Alabama could be found in one place?  Here it is:

·         the whats: programs, badges, meetings, awards, cookies and more;

·         the whys: council policies, how they work, when to use them; and

·         the hows: taking trips, understanding your girls, and getting the most out of your leadership role.


Volunteer Essentials is your guidebook to the world of Girl Scouting!  Volunteer Essentials can be found here, or on our Forms and Resources page under Publications.


In addition to Volunteer Essentials, you will also find many more forms for girls and adults, and training and volunteer materials on our Web site. Please check the site regularly for updates and also subscribe to The Virtual Volunteer for even more of the news you need to know.

This new enrichment course is offered for people interested in:

·         Street Games to get Kids Outdoors and Active

·         Strengthening the Mutual Relationship Between Families and Nature Through Water Resource Activities

·         Using STAR GPS to Promote Outdoor Play

·         Native Songbird Population Recovery Efforts

·         STAR Disaster Preparedness: Practical Information for Young People


When: Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Where: Camp Sid

Who: Adults and girls 14+

Cost: $5 per person


Get all the information you need on our Events and Programs Calendar!

A Girl Scout Cadette Troop from Pennsylvania wants to go to Switzerland in two years, and they've come up with a new idea to raise the $30,000 they'll need to get there... What could they possibly be doing?  You won't believe it!  The Girl Scout troop is raising money for their trip by placing flamingos on lawns of unsuspecting victims who pay to have them removed.


Read more about it at The Pennsylvania Patriot-News Website.  Maybe this story will get your creative fundraising juices flowing!

sonia.jpgHi, my name is Kayleigh S.  I'm an Ambassador Girl Scout with Troop 8493. I am asking for support from my fellow Girl Scouts to help me in a service project, called Nurses, Infants, Community United (NICU). This program supports The Children's Miracle Network, that helps preemie babies, and helps soothe the troubled times for the babies' families. I am asking the Girl Scouts because I know that the girls have loving and caring hearts and would love to help the babies and their caregivers for our local hospitals.


Your donations would brighten their days. The babies are not able to visit their mothers so much, so the nurses love to take pictures and print them out and give it to the worried mothers. The babies also listen to nice relaxing music to help them sleep.  They often have to change the babies' blankets and they tend to run out of fresh ones in one day's time.  They use expo markers to constantly update the boards with the babies' info for the parents and loved ones.


Some of the items needed are: new digital cameras, blankets, CD players and relaxing CD's, photo paper, and expo markers. 


Your support is greatly appreciated!!  We will be taking donations through November 15, 2009.  Please set up a box within your troop and items collected can be dropped off by your leaders at your local Girl Scout office. 


If you have any questions e-mail me at:


Thanks again,



Stressed out? Take a step back in time and enjoy life when things were a lot simpler on October 3. Mosey around the Alabama Nature Center (ANC) during Good 'Ole Days, all while meeting requirements for Girl Scout Try-Its, Badges and IP's. Activities will include blacksmith demonstrations, Native American reenactors, quilters, historic tours, bluegrass music, dulcimers, hayrides, herding dog demonstrations, wood carving, black powder demonstrations, and period arts and crafts--just to name a few.


This activity can help your girls meet the requirements for:

·         Try-Its: Outdoor Adventure, Wildlife, Eco-Explorer

·         Badges:  Hiking, Rocks Rock, Across Generations, Wildlife, My Heritage, Music Fan, Science Discovery

·         Interest Project Patches: Generations in Hand, Eco- Action, Wildlife, Heritage Hunt

Gates will be open October 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for ANC trail use. Good 'Ole Days activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Get more info on the ANC website at

If your girls have made a difference by volunteering in their community over the past year, they could win $1,000 and a fabulous trip to Washington, D.C., by applying for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award! Even more important, they could win recognition that might inspire other young people to follow their example. These prestigious awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, have honored tens of thousands of middle level and high school students over the past 14 years solely for their volunteer work.

Applications for the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program will be accepted from until November 2, 2009. To apply online, click here. To request a paper application, call 1-877-525-8491 toll-free.

Space Scout Days


The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville has announced their Scout Days for the spring and fall.  You might want to try this out with your troop - it looks like a lot of fun!



  • October 10, 2009
  • Admission $18 per person



  • April 25th, 2009
  • Admission $18 per person



  • Admission to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Museum
  • One IMAX Movie at the Spacedome Theater
  • Hamburger Box Lunch
  • A Scout Day Patch for each Scout
  • A Scout Day Certificate for each Troop


Events & Activities

  • Discovery Theater Presentations available
  • Guided Tours available upon request


Call (800) 63-SPACE, EXT. 200, or visit their website.

Discover what happens at night at the world's largest aquarium!  Explore the Georgia Aquarium after hours and sleep beside our world-class exhibits.  After everyone has gone home, and the Aquarium has closed its doors for the night, you're invited to an exciting night of exploration! Price includes admission into the Aquarium, Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow, Behind the Scenes Tours, guided adventure through the galleries, a sleeping mat, fun activities, light supper and breakfast.  January 16 is for Girl Scouts only!  Special programs for Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts are also available.  Check out the info at

Our Fall Product Sale starts Sep. 25, 2009.  Your troop will earn $1 for each candy item sold and $2 or $3 for Magazine Vouchers. This is a quick and easy way to earn extra money for your troop.  Need information on how to get started?  Contact Chris Shavers


You can get trained for Fall Product right from the comfort of your home!  Online training is available - to get access, contact Chris Shavers or your Service Unit Product Chair.


To contact Chris Shavers call extension 2202, or e-mail


IMPORTANT! NEW!  Revised Safety-Wise Standards and Checkpoints for Online Marketing. This exciting new plan for marketing the Girl Scout Cookie and Fall Product sales allows the use online resources for selling in a safe and fair manner. Girls of all age levels can use group e-mail to market the cookie and fall product sales and Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can use social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to market their products, as long as they follow certain guidelines.  For more about this exciting news, check out the 411 on Online Marketing for Girl Scout Product Activities.


Requirements to earn the Troop Bonus for 2010 Cookie Sale will include completing three activities from the age-appropriate Little Brownie Baker (LBB) provided Cookie Activity Kit 2009-2010.  The kit contains fun and exciting activities, so contact your Field Executive or Council Service Center to get your book and get started.



Safety-Wise Revisions for Online Marketing 


411 on Online Marketing


Internet Safety Pledge

Join Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) for a weekend of fun and leadership & earn the BPW Patch!

When: October 9 & 10

Where: Courtyard Marriot, 500 Shades Creek Parkway, Homewood, AL 35209, (205) 879-0400

For: 9th-12th Grade Girls

Check in: 6 p.m. Friday; Check out: 4 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $35 per girl including lodging and food; Saturday only: $15

Friday Night Mixer at the pool

Saturday sessions include (beginning 9:30 a.m.):

Standing Out in a Crowd, Leadership 101 and It's All About You

Mail, fax or e-mail registration to:

Marie Gill, 1515 Sparkman Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35816

Fax: 256-882-1750


For more information, contact Debbie LeBron at or 800-447-5755 

nemo.jpgJoin the ocean-sized adventure of the curious clownfish Nemo, his overprotective father Marlin and their absent-minded yet lovable pal Dory as Disney On Ice immerses you in a vibrant aquatic world in Disney On Ice presents Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo.

Follow alongside Marlin and Dory on a daring search of the big blue. Ride the current with "super-dude" turtle Crush and make waves with Nemo's new friends - the Tank Gang - as they plot an escape from the dentist's aquarium in this whale of a tale full of laughter and fun!

Cost: $14 per ticket includes a Disney on Ice fun patch

Where: MS Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS (this is the closest location to our council)

When: Fri, Dec 4 at 7 p.m.

To Register: Download the Order Form

Stumped on what your troop should do this month?  How about using the environmental events for September?  They're a great way to incorporate the new Journey.

September 3 The Wilderness Act of 1964 enacted by Congress

September 18 World Water Monitoring Day,

September 19 International Coastal Cleanup, 

September 26 National Public Lands Day,



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