We are at the culmination of the 2014 cookie program. Like you, we are all happy for the cookies to disappear. We look forward to the program each year, but are grateful for its completion. I want to thank each of you for all your hard work, patience, and generosity of your time.
Each year I hear a number of stories about the quiet girl, who doesn't really talk in the troop meeting who blossoms during the cookie program, being a real entrepreneur. The goals of the cookie program - which are for girls to gain experience in goal setting, business ethics, people skills, money management, and decision making, are fulfilled by all the girls who participate in the cookie program. Hopefully, each of you had some powerful learning experiences with your girls.
And now for Camp!
We are in the process of camp sign up. This year we have added a day camp opportunity for those girls who are reluctant to spend the night away from home. The camp program from their arrival at camp until they leave (9a.m.-4 p.m.) each day will be the same as the resident campers. A girl can use her cookie program credits for day camp, as well as resident camp. We look forward to this as a great way to provide a great camp experience for girls.
This year we are making some changes at resident camp. We are going to eliminate turtle time and bring in external resources from the wider community. In each area, we have some tremendous outdoor education and environmental resources, which will provide fun and educational activities for the girls during this time every day. In addition, the COO or I will be on the property daily with some of the program staff and other resource people. We have had our program team working on the programatic elements of camp.
We are also working on a new opportunity for GSSA's older girls. The staff at Wehle Conservation Center in Midway (near Union Springs) are going to allow us to conduct a resident camp on their property for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. We are going to allow the girls to shape their camp experience. Wehle provides some wonderful outdoor education and conservation opportunities. This will be aimed at older girls only, and they will have a great deal of input on the activities in which they participate. For more information on that opportunity, which is scheduled for July 13 - 19, contact Amy Farrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334 272-9164, x2205.
Sailing camp is still under discussion at this time, and we hope to have information to you soon.
Have you heard of Amazon Smiles?
Finally, this week I discovered another painless and easy way to donate to GSSA. We have Socialvest, which is an organization that provides us with a small percentage of your purchase costs from a large number of companies. It does not increase the cost to you, and GSSA receives a check related to your online purchases. The other one is Amazon Smile. We talked to Amazon Smile, and it seems they have added us, using one of the legacy council names (Girl Scouts of the Deep South), which is fine as we still use that tax identification number, so you go to Amazon Smile and sign up. Then, when you go to Amazon to shop, instead of going directly to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and again a small percentage of your purchase will be sent to us to support the girls of GSSA at no cost to you. Please sign up and remember Girl Scouts when you shop.
Thank you for all you do on a regular basis to make the world a better place.