Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama: October 2011 Archives

The Mobile Ballet would like to invite Girl Scout troops to come see their Christmas performance of the Nutcracker for a special group price of $8 per ticket for groups of 10 or more attending the same performance.  These seats are in the upper balcony but you can also choose seating in the main area for 15% off their ticket prices if you bring a group of at least 10 people.

Nutcracker performances are at the Mobile Civic Center Theater.  

Performance times: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:30pm and 7:30pm 
Sunday, Dec.. 11, 2:30pm 

Seating is limited so please purchase your tickets as soon as possible before Nov. 30.  You can purchase them directly from the Mobile Ballet Office on Downtowner Loop .  They will take a girl scout troop check.   You can find out more information by calling Mobile Ballet and talk to Miss Kittrell at 342-2241 or email her at

Tr   Keep Mobile Beautiful provides Recycling Field Trips for Girl Scouts at the Mobile Recycling Center on Government Blvd. Girls can tie this field trip into the It's Your Planet, Love It! Journey  series and badge work. Interested leaders should contact Phyllis Wingard : (208-6028).


      Keep Mobile Beautiful is holding the semi-annual Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, November 5 at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds.  

Older girls (Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors) are needed to unload cars, distribute materials and collect information. The shift will be from 8:45am-1:15pm and documentation of hours will be provided. 

Contact Carol Conrad: (208-6028) to volunteer.

Do you love Disney World? Do you love Girl Scouts? Then this bridging ceremony is just for you! Girl Scouts and their families are invited to a special ceremony May 26 or 27 at Epcot. 

This isn't a Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama program, but is a wonderful opportunity to combine two things girls love -- Girl Scouting and Disney World -- into an unforgettable bridging event.

ttendees will participate in a ceremonial welcome and pledge before dividing into smaller groups for the bridging experience. Each Girl Scout will receive 1 commemorative event item and access to badge alignment e-materials. Disney characters will be on hand to surprise and congratulate the Girl Scouts. Add on youth programs are available.

Register before this event reaches capacity (or May 1, whichever comes first) and receive reduced ticket prices and hotel rooms (online).

Registration information :

Note: this event is not sponsored by Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. It is open to troops or individual Girl Scout families.  Answers to frequently asked questions:


Adding value ... isn't that what it's all about?   I had a rather lengthy and difficult encounter with someone we do business with last week.   It became increasing evident that, not only what we needed wasn't going to get done, but other things we needed from this business were getting tangled up.   I went home that evening talking to myself and asking, why do we do even business with them?   Really, I wanted them to do what they are supposed to do; that is my job, to assure the girls' funds are spent equitably and for the greatest good.   What I wanted this group to do was add value, do what they agreed to do and do it well.   We use them because they add value, so when they don't, I start asking is this the right group.  

What you do for girls is add value.   We know girls will play, talk to one another, learn from each other and grow up.   They can do that without being Girl Scouts.  What you bring to their childhood experience is adding value.   You assist them in connecting the dots between what they are taught and what they experience.   You teach them what "on my honor, I ..." means.   You assist girls with challenges, teach them to solve problems and "make the world a better place."   We appreciate how you contribute to the next generation by adding value to the lives of others.

Don't miss the celebration that only comes once every 100 years!  GSSA's Centennial Celebration will be Saturday, October 29, 2011, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. Come out and celebrate this special occasion with us. This event is open to the public and starts promptly at 8:30 a.m., lasting until 12:30 p.m. Bring your girls (and their friends!) to join in on the fun as we celebrate 100 years of building girls of courage, confidence and character!

Also, don't forget to pre-order your GSSA centennial cookbook while they're still $10. This is the last week for this price. They make awesome gifts, and the recipes are great! Orders can be emailed, faxed or mailed in (MUST be postmarked no later than October 29). Cookbooks will cost $12 after that date. Click here to order yours today!

rock_the_mall.jpgGSUSA is searching to find a Girl Scout with a passion for Girl Scouting and a love of music to perform on stage at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall. 

The "I Want to Rock the Mall" YouTube Contest, generously sponsored by K12, will launch on November 10, 2011 and registered Girl Scouts may post their video entry through April 20, 2012. One talented Girl Scout (and adult chaperone) will win a trip to Washington, DC to perform on stage at Girl Scouts Rock the Mall

Click here to download flyer PDF.  


So why do we register to be Girl Scouts?   Unlike many councils across the U.S., GSSA struggles to get members registered in a timely fashion each year.   As I speak with other CEOs, many have 60 percent of their members registered before October 1, which is the beginning of the membership year.   We are nowhere near that percentage.

So you ask, well, why does it matter, really?   Yes, it does, and here's why.  With registration comes insurance for adults and for girls.   Although that might not seem like a big deal to you, each year we have countless insurance claims.   These range from a stumble and a fall at camp, to someone getting stabbed in the forehead with a staple while trying to work with a girl on a craft project.   It was an accident, but accidents do happen.

 If you are not registered, then technically you are not attending a Girl Scout event, and you are not covered by council insurance, so you would have to cover this personally.  Trust me, that $12 per girl member is much less expensive than many insurance claims.   The $12 registration fee goes directly to GSUSA, and GSSA does not receive any of those funds, but this is the only way insurance is covered.   I wind up writing this each year, and it feels like I am nagging.   However, it is important for you to understand the liability you assume by meeting and not being registered.  We cannot cover situations where you met, had an accident, but had not turned in your annual registration.   So, please, remember to register soon if you have not already done so.   Thanks to those of you who register early, or register on time, we appreciate your diligence.

dog.jpgDo you love animals? Ever thought about a career in Veterinary Science? Then this program is for you! Girls will learn basic animal care, visit different types of veterinary practices, learn about careers in veterinary medicine, and do volunteer work with animals. 

Cadettes will earn the new Animal Helper Badge and Seniors will earn the new Voice for Animals badge. Please note: this is a Pathway Program. Girls have to be registered Girl Scouts, but do  not have to be members of a troop.

Who: 7th and 8th grade Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Date: First and Third Tuesdays (first meeting Tuesday, November 1

Time: 4 p.m. -6 p.m.

Location: GSSA Volunteer Center, Mobile

Cost: $12 Girl Scout registration fee

Registration Deadline: October 24

Minimum to hold program: 5

Maximum capacity: 15

To register or for further information, contact Barbara (251) 776-8774



The Postal Service announced that it will salute the Girl Scouts in 2012 by commemorating the 100th anniversary of an organization credited with helping girls build character and leadership skills. The Celebrate Scouting Forever Stamp can be seen on social media and will be issued next year as part of the centennial celebration. Using social media to reach broader, more diverse audiences is an initiative that began this month to engage more interest in stamp collecting.

Select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will be previewed one at a time throughout the summer. "Celebrate Scouting, the 'sister' stamp to the 2010 Scouting stamp, pays tribute to scouting organizations for the opportunities and pleasures they have provided millions of youths worldwide," said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services.

The stamp art was created by Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, under the guidance of art director Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C. Customers may preview the stamps on Facebook, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf.

Facebook link:
Beyond the Perf

Do you think it's too much work to participate in the Fall Product Sale?   

Actually, we have been working to make the fall product sale easier, so if it sounds too much like cookie chaos, think again.   This sale is done via an order sheet, much like the cookie pre-sale.    We have changed vendors, because I was even confused about what software to get on last year to make an order.  We felt it needed to be easier, since you are doing many other important things.   We have put incentives in the program, hopefully giving the girls some reason to get involved.   

The proceeds from the sale go to the troop, so it provides some early funds for troop operations.   Given the number of troops planning to travel next summer, this is a good opportunity to get some funds early. If you are interested in participating in the fall product sale, it's not too late.  Just contact Cheryl Miller or Teri Eversole, and they'll get you on the right track.

We currently have a part-time position open for an Outreach Program Facilitator.  

The Outreach Program Facilitator delivers outreach programming in the River Region.  Facilitators present academic enhancement programs and the Girl Scout Leadership program to girls, as assigned.  S/he works collaboratively with the Outreach Specialist and other outreach staff to fulfill the requirements of funded initiatives including direct program delivery, organizing program-related events, maintenance of records and reports and communication with community 

This is a part-time position. The filing deadline is October 21. Click here for the complete job description.

Yes, this is the  time of year that we start planning for summer camp.   It is important for the camp directors to get their plans nailed down so we can get the properties ready for the summer ahead.  Last year we saw a significant decrease in the number of girls attending resident camp, which we hope will not happen again this summer.

I had someone call and suggest we do an abbreviated session for Brownies.   We do offer abbreviated sessions for Brownies; in fact, we have one that includes moms!   Our initial camp registrations last year  were ahead of what they had been the year before.   But, as time went along, both resident camps had fewer girls.   I speculate some of this is from troops saving their funds to go on significant trips this summer.   We have a number going to Rock the Mall in Washington, D.C., and many traveling to Savannah.   Another problem for summer 2012 is the Montgomery School District isn't out of school until much later in June.  Because of these factors, we will reduce the number of camp sessions at both properties from four weeks to three weeks.   Given the number of girls we had last summer, I don't anticipate this will create any issues.   In fact, it should make for better sessions.   Both camp directors have new ideas on how to improve the programs.   They are both working to integrate the new materials from the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting in their programs.   We hope to have more information for resident camp available earlier this year and can't wait to see you at camp next summer! 



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