Badges, Patches & Awards: October 2009 Archives

Nyoika D. from Girl Scout Troop 8389 is working on the pre-requisites for her Gold Award.  In working toward her Gold Award, Nyoika has discovered that she has an interest in breast cancer awareness.  Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Nyoika wanted to share her story with you to keep you and your family informed.


Today, not tomorrow is a good day to schedule a mammogram


I was given the awesome task of interviewing two breast cancer survivors.  I knew my mom's friend would  talk with me, but I had a lot of difficulty finding another individual who would openly talk with me about breast cancer.  So, I went to Google and found a lady who was willing to talk with me about breast cancer. 


While conducting my interviews, I found the two ladies had a lot in common.  The first lady was a cancer survivor of four years.  When the news was told to her that she had cancer, her family was in shock and scared for her health.  When she thought her life was over, her family gave her the support and help she needed.  The chemo treatments were exhausting.  Because of her breast cancer she had treatments every day, but she survived it all. 


The second lady was my mother's dear friend.  She was vacationing when she found a lump the size of an egg.  Upon returning home, she went to the doctor and with two biopsies was told she had less than a year to live.  "I was not afraid of dying, but I wanted to live," she said.  My mom's friend is a five year survivor, but she has to visit the doctor every six months. 


If you don't find it, you can't fight it, and if you don't fight it, you can't beat it!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is accepting nominations to recognize women who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership. This event will honor up to nine women from across Southern Alabama who make a difference in our community.

The 2010 Women of Distinction Gala will be held on March 25, 2010, at Wynlakes Country Club in Montgomery.

We invite you to nominate distinguished women from our community. One award will be presented in each of the nine categories.

  • Business, Finance, Insurance
  • Arts, Cultures, Humanities
  • Education, Faith, Youth or Social Services
  • Environment, Architecture, Engineering, Real Estate, Construction
  • Health, Wellness, Fitness
  • Law, Government, Elected Officials
  • PR, Advertising, Media
  • Girl Scout Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Woman of Distinction


The nomination packet and Young Woman of Distinction packet contain more information and the needed forms to nominate your candidate.  The application deadline is Friday, November 27, 2009. 

Religious awards programs are available to girls via the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) organization.  Through the P.R.A.Y. award program, each participating Girl Scout will earn the religious emblem for her specific faith and age level. 


The goal of P.R.A.Y., which has programming in place for more than 40 denominations, is to help young people develop a deeper relationship with God and to understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. These awards are ordered at (not through Girl Scouts).  To get the age level program overviews along with other helpful information, visit  


Highlights of the program:

  • Includes awards/emblems that are approved for wear on the official uniforms of the Boy Scouts of America & Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Is an interdenominational resource, which means that all denominations use the standard curriculum.  The curriculum allows each church to introduce the unique characteristics of their denomination.
  • Consists of four different programs based on grade level. 
  • Offers an Adult Mentor component for parents.

Do you have older girls that are interested in Going for the Silver or Gold? Then you need to attend the training for leaders and advisors. This training will be a step by step explanation of the tools you need to help your girls be successful, along with lots of tips and pointers. This is open to all leaders and advisors of Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts.


The training will be held at the Montgomery Service Center Wednesday, October 21 at 6 p.m. Contact Mary Anne (extension 1202) by Friday, October 16 to register.

American I Spy


The Conde Charlotte Museum in Mobile offers "American I Spy" programs for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors. Girls take an "I Spy" journey through the Conde Charlotte Museum, learn about the history of the American flag and proper respect for it, and make a badge related craft project. Girls will earn the "America the Beautiful" patch while participating in the program. Fee of $10 per girl includes patch, activities and snack. Troops can schedule programs after school or on Saturdays. For more information or to schedule a visit with your troop, contact Laura Clark at

Drama Camp Productions at Sunny Side Theater in Mobile presents: Let's Pretend Brownies Badge Day and Juniors Theater Badge Day. Girls will participate in a fun filled half day intense theater workshop. Brownies and Juniors will participate in theater games (including speaking, acting, character creation and miming games), improvisation, costume fun, and nursery rhyme acting.

Girls will earn a badge, present a skit and receive tickets to a drama camp production show. Cost is $13 per participant, which includes the badge and a snack. For more information, contact Chris at 251.510.1808.



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