It is spring, which means it's time for us to start planning for next fall. It seems hard to believe we start now, but we do. We are always looking for new and educational events and activities for our girls to participate in, and this year we had a number of new programs offered across the council.
The general criteria for the council to offer a program is that it should be something a troop individually cannot do or do easily. In addition, it needs to be attractive enough for folks to travel from one part of the council to another because it is not cost-efficient to use the girls' money to plan council events for less than 50 girls. Because of this, most events will be larger, that is always desirable. If you have some thoughts or ideas of good events that you believe girls would like, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, we had some great new events that have received excellent reviews. Auburn University hosted an equestrian day for the girls and a fantastic Pi Day event that was filled with all sorts of hands-on science experiments. Recently, we had a day with the dolphins in Gulfport, which filled twice, and the girls loved it. We also had a new program at the zoo in Gulf Shores.
Again, one of the caveats in planning events is they must attract people from around the council. We have worked at hosting a number of programs in the Wiregrass area and have been disappointed they didn't make the minimum attendance required. .
We will be starting to do some strategic planning, involving volunteers, always looking for ways to make the Girl Scout experience better for the girls we serve, so be on the lookout for those questionnaires and surveys in the near term.
As we work through our girl numbers this year, we find that some folks did not register until the cookie program. Just a reminder on this, for now and I will do so again in the fall. If you are not registered and participate in activities and there is an accident, you are held liable, not GSSA. So you do that at your own peril. The $15 price is a small price to pay for insurance coverage in case there is some type of accident.
We are also working on getting things ready for summer resident camp. We will have a commuter option for those who do not want to spend the night. Again, we take girls from the Mobile Service Center to Scoutshire Woods and the Montgomery Service Center for Kamp Kiwanis to be cost efficient. We found last year that we had a number of girls who were able to enjoy camp this way.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place. Please share your ideas on programs you would like to see.