Girl Scouts are invited by ARC
Energy Consulting and Hampstead Institute Downtown Farm to join hundreds of
millions of people across the globe in switching off the lights for one hour -
Earth Hour! Here's the event poster -- it looks great!
By taking part in this
event, Girl Scouts will earn the GSUSA's 100th Anniversary Forever
Green Patch. The Celebration lasts from
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. we
will all turn out the lights!
We are looking for troops to
facilitate and provide the activities.
If you would like your troop to lead a game, a craft, or hand out
Forever Green stickers, please call (334)272-9164 ext 2205 or email Amy Farrar
at firstname.lastname@example.org We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic
girls who don't mind teaching and leading younger kids in activities.
This is a great opportunity to
earn the100th Anniversary Forever Green Patch.
Girls will learn responsibility of their environment as well as all of
the different ways they can help the planet!
Earn the Make a Difference patch or Go Green patch before March 1stand have your troop's photo on display at the Girl Scouts Rock Mobile celebration! More information can be found in our 100th Anniversary Patch Book. Patches can be earned through the end of 2012, but paperwork and photos must received by March 1, 2012 to be included in the display at Girl Scouts Rock Mobile.
Here's a photo of girls from Brownie Troop 8100 in Gulf Shores earning the Make a Difference patch by making 100 cards to send to our troops overseas.
I suspect most of our girls are smitten with
the celebrities they see on "Entertainment Tonight," the cover of People magazine or in the theater. This focus and attention on celebrities has
grown over time. We used to know some
of what on in celebrities' lives, but now with technology and the internet, we
have real-time feeds of what is going on with celebrities day and night. But what if you did something to make your
community a better place and became a ROCK STAR!
Take our own Erin.
Erin is a quiet, bright, capable individual. I emphasize the word QUIET. She doesn't necessarily relish attention. For her Gold Award, she built a helipad for
her small community, Citronelle. It is
sustainable because the community embraced it and will continue to use it, long
after she has graduated from college and made her way in the world.
For this excellent project, she was nominated to be an
OUTSTANDING YOUNG WOMAN OF DISTINCTION at the GSUSA National Convention in November. One of 159 nominated, she was selected as
one of 10 young women whose project made a difference. This is a great honor, but it comes with
responsibilities. One of those is to
get up and speak in front of the audience about her project. Imagine how scary that would be, to speak to
thousands of people with lights and cameras, when you are quiet and don't seek
responsibility of that honor is to attend the Girl Leadership Institute of the national
convention and participate in various sessions in front of lots of girls. Erin had worked at camp, so she was more
comfortable in front of girls. But
still, this is hard to have everyone listening to what you say.
Erin faced her
demons. She was nervous, but she got up
in front of thousands and talked about her project. Because she was a celebrity at the Girl
Leadership Institute, she was mobbed by girls as she walked around; they wanted
to pose for photos with her. And last
weekend, Erin served as the Grand Marshall of the Citronelle Holiday
Parade. Who knew that earning a Girl
Scout Gold award came with such celebrity and trappings?! I have watched how Erin has grown in
confidence because of this. Erin has
had to muster up plenty of courage to talk in front of all these people. She has left her community a better place
because of what she has done.
Would you like to see? Here's the video produced by GSUSA of Erin and her project:
The new My Promise, My Faith Pin invites girls in grades K-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith.
Girls earn the pin by choosing one line from the Girl Scout Law and relating it to their faith through artistic interpretations, inspirational quotes, and discussions with other members of their faith community. More information about pin requirements can be found in the Girl Guide to Girl Scouting for each age level.
Girls can earn this pin once a year at each grade level. The color of the pin corresponds to Girl Scout grade level color.
September 30, 2011 is the deadline for all Bronze and Silver Awards
using the old Studio 2B requirements. Paperwork must be received in the council
office no later than September 30, 2011.
This is a GSUSA deadline, and we cannot extend it.
Also, the age levels for awards using the new requirements are
different. Juniors working on the Bronze Award under the new requirements have
until September 30 of their 6th grade year to finish. Cadettes
working on the Silver Award under the new requirements have until September 30
of their 9th grade year to finish.
If you have any questions about the old or new awards requirements,
please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz or Jeannie Napper.
A new patch program called Change of Mind is now available at council offices. Change of Mind
seeks to educate girls about mental illness, as well as heighten awareness,
understanding and acceptance of people with mental illnesses. It also serves to
reduce stigma against people with mental illnesses.
Having access to reliable
information on mental illness is crucial for a number of reasons. Mental and
emotional problems are common among those ages 11-17 and need to be addressed,
just like physical health problems. Even if girls have not experienced or will
never experience a mental illness, it is very likely they know someone who has
or will. Consider the following:
·Mental illness affects one in every five people
at any given time
·The first symptoms of severe, chronic forms of
mental illness (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression)
generally appear between the ages of 15 and 24
·An estimated two-thirds of all young people with
mental health issues are not receiving the help they need
·Fear of stigma and resulting discrimination
discourages individuals and families from getting the help they need
don't have to have prior knowledge or experience with mental illness to
complete this patch program. All activities include easy-to-follow plans
complete with material lists and discussion questions. Change of Mind provides clear, factual information about mental
illness, the biological component that makes it not much different from other
illnesses, its causes, treatment and recovery.
A cool patch is available
for purchase by all girls who complete the Change of Mind patch program
and as an extra incentive - all girls will also receive a Change of Mind
silicone bracelet! Just be sure to turn in an evaluation. Change of Mind
was developed by the Alabama Department of Mental Health's Office of Public
Information and Community Relations. ADMH is the state agency responsible for
citizens with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities and substance use
disorders. Annually, ADMH serves more than 200,000 people through a broad
network of state facilities and community-based services.
Perhaps you have heard about the upcoming Girl's Guide 2 Girl Scouting (GG2GS), which will be available in September. If you have, we know you have plenty of questions, so we have a document that answers most of them. Every level will have their ownGG2GS which will encompass the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including badges and journeys. Read all about it in this document, and get ready for a great new year!
KARMA- Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression Anti-Bullying Patch
For: Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors
Objective: To develop an understanding of the different types of bullying, how to prevent bullying and how to build a safe environment. To build self-respect and confidence to help girls overcome a bullying situation.
Guidelines: Brownies and Juniors will complete one activity from each session. Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will complete two activities from each session, one of these must include the starred (*) activities.
Coming this Fall!The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
Where can a girl find exciting new badges, the 100th Anniversary
handbook, information on bridging and Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards, and
much more all in one place? In The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, of course! There is a Girl's Guide for each level of Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors.
The Girl's Guide features robust skill-building badge
activities, updated and new awards, information on Girl Scout history
and traditions, and -- most of all -- lots of fun!
With this fall release, girls can grow as leaders and build new skills with a complete National Program Portfolio: Journeys + The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting!
Take a peek. Let Brownie Elf tell you more...
See the Anatomy of a Badge, if you'd like something to print and share this exciting news with your troop!