Badges, Patches & Awards: May 2009 Archives

Girl Scout night at the Mobile County Junior Miss Contest for the 2009-2010 school year will be held at Alma Bryant High School in Bayou La Batre June 4.  Chelsea Fenton, Mobile County's Junior Miss for 2008 -2009 will speak on the Be Your Best Self patch and Girl Scout troops that have earned the patch will participate. Contestants will perform in the areas of Talent, Fitness and Self Esteem. Tickets are $5 per person and girls should wear uniforms or T-shirts as Girl Scouts will be recognized.  Contact Chelsea Fenton at 251-379-1035 for more information.

When: 7 p.m. June 4

Cost: $5

Grade Level: All Ages

Where: Alma Bryant High School

As the end of the Girl Scout year approaches, many troops and service units are having awards banquets and receptions and girls are receiving Gold, Silver and Bronze Girl Scout Awards at special ceremonies.  We have had many thoughtful requests for council staff to attend these special events, and we are happy to do so.  However, we ask that, due to the volume of events, you send your invitation to us no later than two weeks in advance.  We want to attend as many of these special events as possible and this will allow us to do so.  We look forward to sharing in the celebration of your girls' many accomplishments with you and their families!

Dear Girl Scout Family,


Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama has an annual fundraising campaign - the Family Partnership Campaign - that gives Girl Scout members (parents, families, volunteers, troops, service units, etc.) the opportunity to provide financial support for Girl Scouting.  Family Partnership Campaign gifts are an essential part of the success of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.

It costs $200-$250 to provide one year of programs for each of the more than 8,000 Girl Scouts in our council, but the proceeds from the cookie and fall product sale programs fall far short of that amount. That is why we turn to the Girl Scout family.

An investment in the Family Partnership funds:

  • camping/outdoor skills programs
  • financial assistance for girls to participate in program events
  • national dues for girls who otherwise might not be able to join
  • council-wide events for all age levels
  • creation and distribution of troop materials
  • leader and older girl training and support

When you compare the costs of other activities, like soccer, ice skating, and music lessons, Girl Scouting is a remarkable bargain at an annual membership fee of $12 per girl.

Being able to say that a large percentage of our Girl Scout families support us financially is crucial to our efforts to leverage additional support from corporations and foundations.  A gift to Family Partnership helps us to keep Girl Scouting for every girl, everywhere.

Please encourage your families to make a contribution today with their membership registration dues.    

P.S.  Every family that contributes $25 or more before Sept. 30, 2009, will receive a Family Partnership Patch.  Thanks for all you do for our girls!


Tonya Howard

Director of Advancement

334.272.9164, ext: 2802

Spring and the closing of the school year is a very busy time for everybody, including the Girl Scouts.  Many girls are in the process of finishing awards and want to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to making their community a better place.  Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is very proud of all of these young ladies and want to see them complete their awards successfully within the required time frame.  Please keep the following deadlines in mind:

·         Bronze Awards must be completed and all paperwork submitted to the council before September 30 of the girl's 7th grade year

·         Silver awards must be completed and approved by the council before September 30 of the 10th grade year

·         Gold Awards must be completed and approved by the council before September 30 of the calendar year the girl graduates or turns 18.


Although we do not approve Bronze Awards, girls are required to submit them to the council.  Please make sure that the girls fill out their planners completely in their own words.


Please keep in mind that Silver awards must be approved by the council before awarding them.  Gold awards must be approved by a committee and the council before planning the awards ceremony.  The council asks that paperwork on these awards be submitted two months ahead of the awards ceremony. This is to leave ample time in case the girl has to revise or make additions to her project.  Should this present a problem, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz for advice at 800-239-6636, ext: 1202.

summerscoops.jpgSummer is the time to plan fun outdoor activities with your troop!  Activities should be planned that will heighten your troop's appreciation of the outdoors.  It's easy to earn!  All you need to do is plan at least one outdoor activity per month for the months of June, July and August.  At least one of these activities should include your girls' families.



  • 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


Patches will be delivered at the November Service Unit Meetings.

Deadline to order patches is Labor Day.

Each year we look for creative ways to thank our Girl Scout families.  This year we want your girls to design a thank you patch for our 2009 Family Partnership Campaign. 


Any registered Girl Scout can submit artwork with the theme of giving or sharing on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of white paper.  Include your name, address, phone number, age, troop number and town on a separate sheet of paper attached to your drawing.   


Entries will be judged on originality and creativity; the winning entry will be used as the official thank you patch for the 2009 Family Partnership Campaign.  Entries become the property of GSSA and may be used for promotional purposes. Questions? Call Tonya Howard at 800-239-6636, ext:2802.


The deadline for entries is Friday, June 5, 2009. Mail entries to GSSA, 145 Coliseum Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36109, Attn: Tonya Howard.  

Congratulations to Jessica J. of Troop 8455 in Semmes! Jessica is the recipient of this year's Goodwill Easter Seals Campership.  Jessica collected the most (32) bags of used clothing and household items in the "Good Samaritan" program.   She plans to use her campership to attend the Kayak Expedition at Scoutshire Woods.


Thanks to Goodwill Easter Seals for making  this program possible and to all of the girls who participated in this year's drive. Participants will receive a patch and gift certificates to the Goodwill Easter Seals stores.


This program was only available in 8 counties this year (Mobile, Baldwin, Washington, Escambia, Conecuh, Clarke, Choctaw and Monroe).  If you have any contacts for the Goodwill Easter Seals in your county, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, ext: 1202.



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