Badges, Patches & Awards: September 2009 Archives

Exciting new Girl Scout programs added with Space 301 in Mobile!

The Centre for the Living Arts/ Space 301 is hosting art badge days for Girl Scouts in the Fall and the Spring. A special feature of each badge will be the opportunity to tour a visiting exhibition. Local artists and art experts will work with the girls on badge requirements. An overnighter will be offered for older girls March 20-21 with an opportunity to attend Cirque de la Symphonie at the Saenger March 21.

 

Space 301 Art Days:

Brownie Try -It Day: Colors and Shapes and Art to Wear (Sat. 11/14)

Junior Badge Day: Folk Arts (Sat. 12/5)

Older Girls IP Day: Folk Arts (Sat. 12/5)

Older Girls IP Overniter: Architecture and Environmental Design (Sat. 3/20-Sun. 3/21)

Brownie Try-It Day: Numbers and Shapes and Me and My Shadow (Sat. 4/24)

Junior Badge Day: Art in 3D (Sat. 4/24)

Do you know what to do in an emergency situation? The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, in partnership with FEMA's Citizen Corps, presented the brand-new Emergency Preparedness Patch Program, designed to equip Girl Scouts with skills to protect their families, friends and communities when disaster strikes. The Emergency Preparedness Patch program prepares Girl Scouts to:

  • Identify local risks and potential emergencies
  • Connect with local community service agencies
  • Learn local alerts and warning systems
  • Prepare themselves and their family

 

Download the activity booklet and the appendices to find out how you can discover, connect, and take action to make your communities safer and more prepared for emergencies!

Alabama Emergency Management Agency invites southern Alabama Girl Scout Troops to visit a local or state emergency operating center.  Please contact the undersigned or your county emergency manager to schedule a visit.  Local director listings can be found on the Alabama EMA site; http://ema.alabama.gov/CountyEMA/Index.cfm

 

The History of Girls Scouts and Preparedness

Encouraging girls to take preventive steps and actions toward being safe has always been a priority for the Girl Scout movement. "Be Prepared" is our organization's motto, and as far back as the 1917 edition of the Handbook for Girl Scouts, girls were asked to write articles to share information about the spread of insect-borne diseases, learn how to use a fire alarm and be knowledgeable on other topics of public health and safety.

Nuggets of information for your success by Mary Anne

 

The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Less than 6% of eligible girls receive this prestigious award yearly.  In order to achieve the Gold Award, the Girl Scout completes several steps designed to help her find her issue and her voice. After she determines how she would like to impact the community, she presents a proposal to the Gold Award Committee. The Gold Award Committee consists of active Girl Scout volunteers and other community members.  The committee is responsible for:

·         determining if the proposal has merit

·         making suggestions to strengthen the proposal if necessary

·         interviewing girls after their project is completed

·         determining whether or not the girl's efforts merit a Gold Award

 

Deadlines for this year's Gold Award interviews have been set: October 24, January 16, March 27, and July 10, in Mobile and Montgomery.  Girls need to submit their proposals and final reports four weeks before the date they wish to interview to allow the committee sufficient time to review their reports.

 

Girls are strongly encouraged to complete their Gold Awards before their senior year in high school. If a girl decides to wait until her senior year to complete her  award, it is in her best interests to have her final interview no later than March 27; this will allow time to make any changes or additions the committee may deem necessary and still finish before the September 30 absolute deadline for committee-approved Gold Awards.

 

If you have any questions about the Gold Award or the process, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at ext.1202 or mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org.  

Stressed out? Take a step back in time and enjoy life when things were a lot simpler on October 3. Mosey around the Alabama Nature Center (ANC) during Good 'Ole Days, all while meeting requirements for Girl Scout Try-Its, Badges and IP's. Activities will include blacksmith demonstrations, Native American reenactors, quilters, historic tours, bluegrass music, dulcimers, hayrides, herding dog demonstrations, wood carving, black powder demonstrations, and period arts and crafts--just to name a few.

 

This activity can help your girls meet the requirements for:

·         Try-Its: Outdoor Adventure, Wildlife, Eco-Explorer

·         Badges:  Hiking, Rocks Rock, Across Generations, Wildlife, My Heritage, Music Fan, Science Discovery

·         Interest Project Patches: Generations in Hand, Eco- Action, Wildlife, Heritage Hunt


Gates will be open October 3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for ANC trail use. Good 'Ole Days activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Get more info on the ANC website at http://www.alabamawildlife.org/alabama-nature-center/

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