Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: May 2010 Archives

I am looking for at least one troop in each of the fifty states to join me in collecting books in your community to give to some kind of shelter in your area. Some places you can give the books to are, shelters, orphanages, children's shelters, women's shelters, or a place like the Red Cross.  The purpose of donating the books is to show people that you care about your community and to provide a chance to escape to another world for a little while. Comic books, novels, even magazines will take a person out of their situation and escape to a better place. Have you ever just read a book and felt so invincible or like nothing else matters? Well that is what I want to do for people all across America, but I can't do it all alone. That is why I am asking for your help.


If your troop can help me, please notify me.   I will provide troops with a 'getting started' checklist and additional ideas.  I will need pictures of your troop. I plan to post the pictures I receive on my project's Facebook page (Connect Across America) and will provide you with a photo release form. Also, please make a journal or diary of what you as a troop have learned through the process and struggles and leadership and how you think you as a troop have done to help the community. Include times, dates, and feelings.  


If you have any questions please contact me, Chelsea W. at


If you would like to participate, please e-mail me by June 9. The second due date is for the project itself, June 23.




                        Chelsea W.

Archery and Life Guard Training Events at Camp Windhover (Crystal Springs , MS)


Camp Windhover, an accredited American Camp Association camp, is offering archery and lifeguard training.  Camp Windhover is located in Crystal Springs, MS, about thirty miles south of Jackson, MS.  Trainees are welcome to stay at camp in one of the cabins during the lifeguard training or following the archery training.


For a Registration Form and Driving Instructions, contact Camp Windhover Director Celia Wood at (601) 892-3282


Training: Basic Archery Instructor (National Alliance for the Development of Archery - NADA)

When: 2 - 10 p.m. Sunday, June 6

Recommended for: Camp Directors, Program Directors, counselors, and any who will be teaching archery.

No prerequisites

Cost: $50 includes manuals, materials, testing, certification cards and evening meal. Also includes one night stay for June 6.


Training: American Red Cross Lifeguard Training       

When: 9 a.m. Thursday, June 3 through 5 p.m. Sunday, June 6

Recommended for: Camp Directors, Program Directors, counselors, and any who will be teaching swimming, supervising a waterfront area, or lifeguarding.

Prerequisites: Candidates who are at least sixteen years of age  will have to swim 300 yards of a mixture of breast stroke and freestyle, continuously, and retrieve a ten pound brick from a depth of seven to ten feet.         

Cost: $180; Does not include room and board, which are available upon request.

With the upcoming primary elections June 1, I thought it would be a good time to teach Girl Scouts the importance of voting.  An article in the 2006 Leader Magazine says:


Many Girl Scout councils have incorporated some form of advocacy into their program models and public policy efforts. For example, "I Promised a Girl Scout I'd Vote" developed by the Girl Scouts, Patriots' Trail Council in Massachusetts teaches girls about the election process and the importance of voting.


Take our daughters to the polls is a White House Project to encourage girls that they are a valuable part of the political process.  The website says:


The U.S. currently ranks an astounding 71st in the world in women's political representation. Women leaders make up just 17% of the Senate, 24% of state legislatures, and 17% of big city mayors. With so few women to emulate, young girls are going to have a hard time believing that they can make a difference in politics when they grow up.


Today's Girl Scouts are learning to use their voices to make a difference, and they want the adults in their lives to do the same by being politically engaged. Model the way for girls by taking the time to research the candidates and issues this election season and then going to the polls to cast your vote!

Camp Registration Still Open
Resident Camp Sessions are still available! Some of the camps are full, but you can still attend Resident Camp this summer. Check out our Camp page for more information.


Have you looked into two of our new camps this year?  We're offering Circle of Friends at Camp Scoutshire Woods, and Camping 101 at Kamp Kiwanis. 


Circle of Friends

The Scoutshire Woods Circle has grown so big we need to have our own weekend, where we can give back to the camp that has given us so many fond memories!

Friday we will welcome back old friends, and induct new friends. Saturday's activities will include a great camp service project for camp improvements. Saturday night we will have a huge gathering and feast to celebrate the Circle of Friends! Come and join our circle of friends, the only prerequisite is that you have attended Scoutshire Woods' Summer Resident Camp five different years! Join us in service and friendship.

Cost: $120 Includes six meals and helps defray the cost of the service project.

Who: girls in grades 7-12, and adults who are past campers!

SSW Session: July 2-4


Camping 101

Come to Kamp Kiwanis with your troop! These sessions let you explore everything KK has to offer, with the comfort of your troop leader. We offer half weeks and whole ones, and troops of all ages are welcome! During troop camping, you will have time to explore KK as a troop, as well as participate in traditional camp activities like swimming, canoeing and arts and crafts. All of your activities will be guided by two of our experienced staff members.

Troops must have a responsible leader (who will serve as the primary care giver for the girls) attending the session with them in order to register.

KK Session: June 20 - 23; Cost: $120

KK Session: June 23 - 25; Cost: $120

KK Session: June 27 - 30; Cost: $120

KK Session: June 30 - July 2; Cost: $120

KK Session: July 5 - July 9; Cost:  $190

It's Your Story--Tell It! Journey Series


Available in December 2010, the "It's Your Story--Tell It!" leadership journey series uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential.


On this journey, an emphasis is also placed on media literacy and creative expression. All along the journey, girls have opportunities to engage in a variety of arts, including performing, visual, culinary, and new media, to tell their stories and take action to make the world a better place.


Check out the grade level titles and themes, and get a taste of the "It's Your Story--Tell It!" journey series right now by downloading the activities below and trying them with girls in troops, groups, series, events and camps.


Daisy: 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals!

Daisies learn just how much they can care for animals and for themselves--and just how good that makes them feel.


Brownie: A World of Girls

Stories teach Brownies clues about how they can create positive change in the world--change that affects girls.


Junior: aMUSE

Juniors learn just how many roles are open to them in the world and the possibilities those roles open for them.


Cadette: MEdia

Cadettes look for the ME in media and learn how they can shape media--for themselves, their community and the world.



Seniors learn how widening their network broadens their world, and benefits the world as well.


Ambassador: BLISS: Live It! Give It!

Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too.

It's not too late to celebrate the close of another great year in Girl Scouting with a camp out at the Mobile Bay Bears or Montgomery Biscuits!


Bay Bears' Girl Scout night is Friday, May 28 and there is still space available for this fun activity. Before the event, make banners supporting the Bay Bears for the pre-game parade, where girls walk across the field displaying their banners.

On the day of the event, troops will meet in Gas Light Square for a picnic supper at 5 p.m. At 6:30, troops will line up for the Girl Scout parade of banners! Girls can also slide down the water slide at Bay Bear Beach. After the game, troops will camp on the outfield and enjoy a movie on the big screen.  The cost for this event is $19 per person. Game only tickets are available for $8. Contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz, extension 1202, for more information. Send your Event Registration Forms to the Mobile Service Center by May 27.


June 5 is the second-annual Montgomery Biscuits Girl Scout Camporee! After the game, girls and approved female adult volunteers are invited to camp-out in the outfield. We will watch a movie on the big screen and eat popcorn following the game. Plus, the event includes special benefits:

·         All Girl Scouts will be seated together

·         Sign up for the pre-game parade

·         Watch the video board for a special message just for Girl Scouts

·         CIRCUS NIGHT! Have a ball in the midway games area and see crazy performers on the concourse


Cost: Ticket $10; Camp-Out $6; Patch $3
If you have any questions or to purchase your tickets, please contact Dan Boyd, Group Sales Representative at (334) 323-0369

Registration Deadline Extended: June 4

Emblem of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron

Image via Wikipedia

Girl Scouts are invited to take a tour of a hurricane hunter plane!  Hurricane hunter planes play an integral role in hurricane forecasting. Data collected during hurricanes (by flying into the storm!) help forecasters predict how intense a hurricane will be, and when and where it will make landfall.


This event is open to all grade levels and there is no cost to participate.  The hurricane hunter plane will be in Mobile June 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The plane will be located at the Mobile Air Center (Mobile Regional Airport) which is on the west side of the airport.  To get to the Mobile Air Center, take the entrance immediately west of the entrance to the airport, which is named Flave Pierce Road.


If you are interested in participating, contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz, extension 1202, with your troop #, and the number of girls and volunteers who will be attending.

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We asked if you would rather receive VIVA points or a raffle ticket for a shop gift certificate, and the poll says you want VIVA points.  So, VIVA points it is!  Answer this Girl Scout trivia question correctly, and receive 50 VIVA points.


What are the three keys to leadership? (Cue Jeopardy music, please)


E-mail your answers to Cheryl Miller or Teri Eversole by Wednesday, May 19.


Good luck!  We'll post the correct answer Thursday, May 20.


UPDATE 5/20/10

Congratulations to everyone who earned 50 VIVA points! 

The Three Keys to Leadership are:

1.    Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.

2.    Connect: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.

3.    Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.


There's limited availability of these T-Shirts, so visit our shops soon!


summerscoops.jpgThere are lots of great programs in the patch book, but the Summer Fun one is well... fun for the summer!  Your troop just has to plan at least one outdoor activity per month in June, July and August. At least one of these activities should include your girls' families, and all of the activities should heighten your troop's appreciation of the outdoors. 


It's available for all Girl Scout levels, and when you're done, you can order the patch on our online shop! 


I would love to earn an ice cream patch... Any troops have extra room for me??


Activity Suggestions

Suggestions include but are not limited to:

·         Go on a picnic

·         Go swimming

·         Take part in an outdoor service project

·         Explore a Girl Scout camping facility

·         Attend a baseball game

·         Go star-gazing

·         Attend an outdoor festival

Pepsi accepts 1,000 ideas per month from people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact in their community for their Refresh Everything challenge. The charge is to, "Look around your community and think about how you want to change it."  Then, grants are given for the top ten voted projects in each monetary level.  Several Girl Scout councils are doing just that:


Girl Scouts of Frontier Council is one of the finalists for the Pepsi Refresh Grant at the $50,000 award level.  Give them a chance to help send girls to camp at


Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council was selected as one of several finalists for the Pepsi Refresh Grant at the $25,000 award level.  The grant was written by two GSVSC girl members, Sam and Meredith, and requests money to build the first platform tent units at Icimani Adventure Center. Visit

Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina (GSESC) is in the $25,000 award level, also. Support 16 all-girl FIRST LEGO League robotics teams in South Carolina at


Once you go to the sites (each of these takes you directly to the council's project), you simply click "Vote for this idea".  The voting ends May 31, and all of these councils need our help!  You can vote every day for each of these councils, so let's help our sister Girl Scouts out.


Share your thoughts with us about projects that you would like to see Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama pursue.


With the oil slick approaching, we are receiving inquiries on how to help.  Prior to the oil slick reaching the beaches, the best thing to help is to pick up trash on the beaches.  Once the oil slick gets here, it's considered hazardous waste and requires training to assist. 


Volunteer Dana Jones is coordinating any and all inquiries for Girl Scouts.  If you are interested in volunteering with clean up, contact Dana Jones. She is in contact with the appropriate organizations and has up-to-date and comprehensive information.


Update June 14, 2010

Dauphin Island Sea Lab is now taking donations of Dawn Dishwashing Detergent and "Simple Green" degreaser. Dawn to clean small research vessels, Simple Green to degrease nets. For more information, e-mail


Updated June 24, 2010

Girl Scouts needed to make hair booms!


Girl Scout troops or individual Girl Scouts can make hair booms for use along Mobile Bay.   There is a facility in Fairhope at 254 Greeno Road in the old bowling alley.  It is behind the Pizza Hut and next to the Key West Inn.  The supplies needed are on site, but volunteers are needed to fill stockings with donated hair. 


Contact Victoria Burleson at 251-767-5616 to set up a date and time to meet and make hair booms.


If your troop is planning on volunteering to clean up, please contact Molly Smart at 800-239-6636, extension 1402.



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