Badges, Patches & Awards: April 2009 Archives

Troop 9469 with Joy Blondheim.jpgTroop 9469 had a booth at the recent Joy to Life Walk to earn its Silver Award. They recruited many new Girl Scouts and leaders. They also gave out packets to those Girl Scouts attending to complete the following badges:  In the Pink (Cadettes); Walking for Fitness (Juniors); and Women's Health (Cadettes and Seniors). These materials are now available at the Montgomery Service Center, if anyone is interested in earning these three badges. (Ask the front desk for them.) Thank you for supporting our troop!

There have been a lot of questions about the future of the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. These awards will remain the highest awards in Girl Scouting. Guidelines for the awards are being revised by GSUSA to align them with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and will be released in August 2009.


There has been a slight change in the grade level requirements for the awards: Bronze -- 4th and 5th grade Juniors; Silver--6th-8th grade Cadettes; Gold --9th-12th grade Seniors and Ambassadors. Girls who have not begun working on awards are encouraged to work through the grade-appropriate Journey. Completion of the Journey will satisfy much of the prerequisite work for the award.


Girls who have already begun working on their awards will have until October 1, 2011, to finish under the old guidelines. This is a lengthy transition and should give girls adequate time to finish their projects and paperwork.


The council plans to revise the planner and release the revised planner and award requirements at the end of the summer. Girls and troops who plan to begin work on awards before the new guidelines are released should contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz in the Mobile Service Center (800.239.6636, ext: 1202) for further information and instructions.

Summer is upon us and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park is gearing up for 2009 Scout Days!  Big Kahuna's in Destin, Fla. Is offering a Scout Day between May 23 - June 20, to allow more flexibility for troops.  All Scouts, Troop Leaders, and Chaperones receive $22.99 park admission, which is normally $36.99!  Troop members will also receive a free Scout Day patch.


Dates: May 23 - June 20, 2009

Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Admission: $22.99 per person plus tax

Minimum: 10 Scouts

Where: Big Kahuna's 1007 Highway 98 East, Destin, Fla.

For More Information: Shanean Jones at 850.837.8319, ext: 23, or e-mail

All Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to bring out their family and friends to Stanky Field and cheer on the USA Jaguars as they take on the Troy Trojans.  Scouts will watch the game, get a patch, participate in the National Anthem and much more! 


You can choose to attend the game May 15 or 16.  Both days will have the discounted ticket price, and announcement of Scouts during the game.  On May 15, there will also be participation in the National Anthem on the field, post-game fireworks and run-the-bases!


Cost:    Tickets are $3 for the game ticket and patch. 

For $7, you will also get a "Fastball" meal of hamburgers & hotdogs,
            popcorn or chips, cole slaw and a beverage.

When: Friday, May 15 at 6 p.m. or Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m.

To Register: Contact Alyssa Reilly at 251.461.1384

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 4

juniorbridge.jpgLeaders, planning your bridging ceremony has just become easier! Purchase a Bridging Kit for each girl and receive all the items she needs to advance to the next Girl Scout grade level.  Bridging kits cost $10 each and include:

·        To Brownie:  Bridge to Brownie Patch, Membership Star & Disc, Bridging Certificate, Daisy Ending Certificate and Journey Book

·         To Junior:  Bridge to Junior Patch, Membership Star & Disc, Bridging Certificate, Brownie Wings and Journey Book

·         To Cadette:  Bridge to Cadette Patch, Membership Star & Disc, Bridging Certificate and Journey Book

·         To Senior:  Bridge to Senior Patch, Membership Star & Disc, Bridging Certificate and Journey Book


E-mail or fax your orders to the store using the Shop Order form.  

Do YOU want to experience a free day of camp?  We're hosting a day of visual and performing arts at Camp Scoutshire Woods and Kamp Kiwanis for all girls who register for the 2009-2010 membership year by July 13.  We're painting, creating unique fashions, making jewelry and learning the hottest new dance, the Hannah Hoedown.  Do you adore adventurous water slides and wave pools?  We've got discounted water park tickets available for the early birds.  And you can earn patches!  Last but not least, your troop can get a jump start on the 2009-2010 Girl Scout year.  Come one, come all:  Register early for Girl Scouts!


Download the Early Registration Packet.

cookieflipit.jpgOn Sale Now in the Shop: Scrapbook Kits!  Create your own Girl Scout memories or add stickers to your personal journal, cards or letters.  Included in the kit are:

·         Cookie Themed Scrapbook

·         Cookie Flip-it Sticker pack

·         Bookmark

·         Scrapbooking Fun Patch


It regularly sells for $24, but is on sale for $12.  That's a 50% discount! 

This offer is good while supplies last.  E-mail or fax your orders to the store using the Shop Order form. 

Many of you may be breathing a sigh of relief that the cookie sale is over, but the rewards are just beginning!  We planned to give out three Wii or iPod's this year however, there was only ONE box difference between the third and fourth place cookie sellers, so we're giving away four! 


Congratulations to everyone on a successful cookie sale, and thanks for all of your hard work!


Check out the top sellers, and be sure and congratulate them if you see them!


The top four council cookie sellers are:

              Lindsay D. from Troop 8400 at 2,009 boxes

              Corrin G. from Troop 9303 at 1,612 boxes

              Jennalyn S. from Troop 9205 at 1,441 boxes

              Hannah L. from Troop 9205 at 1,440 boxes 



The top troops are:


Category 1-10 Girl Scouts Selling:

1.           5 Girl Scouts from Troop 8455 (SU 807) sold 337 cases of cookies (4,044 Boxes).  Troop Leader: Becky James

2.           9 Girl Scouts from Troop 8309 (SU 807) sold 299 cases of cookies (3,588 Boxes).  Troop Leader: Dana Jones


Category 11-20 Girl Scouts Selling:

1.                   20 Girl Scouts from Troop 9341 (SU 923 ) sold 554 cases of cookies (6,648 Boxes).  Troop Leader: Debbie Kasper

2.                   18 Girl Scouts from Troop 9265 (SU 923 ) sold 544 cases of cookies (6,528 Boxes).  Troop Leader: Denine Richey


Category 20+ Girl Scouts Selling:

1.                   42 Girl Scouts Troop 9351 (SU 913) sold 950 cases of cookies (11,400 Boxes).  Troop Leader: Jessie Harris

2.                   40 Girl Scouts from Troop 9418 (SU 916 ) sold 894 cases of cookies (10,728 Boxes).  Troop Leader: Alison Simonton

joy_to_life_logo-092408.gifTroop 9469 would like to invite all Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts to visit Troop 9469's Girl Scout tent at the Joy to Life's Walk of Life in Montgomery.  The walk will be hold at the Cramton Bowl on April 18 between 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The troop is working on their Girl Scout Silver Award.  Junior Girl Scouts can earn Walking for Fitness; Cadette Girl Scouts can earn In the Pink; and Senior Girl Scouts can earn both In the Pink and Women's Health IPAs.  Troop 9469 has put together easy ways to earn at least one badge for each age group and will also be recruiting new Girl Scouts.  For more information email Jean Bradley at  For information on the Walk of Life, visit

Cinco de Mayo is approaching, and we have a new patch program that would be the perfect activity for your troop - the Hispanic Heritage patch!  Hispanics are people from countries that have drawn their traditions and history from the country of Spain. There are many Hispanics in the United States today.  Select a Hispanic culture either from your own background or one that interests you, and complete an activity from Discover, Connect and Take Action.  Some of the activity choices include eating a Hispanic meal, interviewing a woman of Hispanic heritage and learning a traditional Hispanic story, folk tale or song.  This patch is appropriate for all Girl Scout grade levels. 

Download the Patch Book at

Contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, ext: 1202 if you have any questions about patch programs.

Program: All Girl Scouts

Time: 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25
Location: 1st United Methodist, 100 East 4th Street, Prattville
We often think of being bilingual only if we speak Spanish or French or another foreign language, but what about sign language? Introduce your girls to the exciting world of sign by bringing them to this program developed just for Girl Scouts! Girls will learn to sign their name and even the Girl Scout Promise! The program will be lead by an expert signer and will help girls understand what it would be like to live in the world if they were unable to speak or hear. Girls will earn the Beauty of Sign Language patch. No Tagalongs. Due to lack of space, each troop is to provide only the number of adults needed to meet Safety-Wise requirements.

Cost: $5 per girl
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: April 14, 2009
Mail Registration to: Montgomery Service Center
Contact: Chris Shavers at 344.272.9164, ext: 2202

Minimum: 25 Maximum: 50



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