Events: January 2009 Archives

Troop 1586 of Wheatland, Wyoming is looking for troops interested in Daisy Traveling Bear project.  Interested troop or troops can email Stephanie Mote for more information at  She is trying to get a list of addresses ready to send with the bear to make it easier to send to the next troop.

Here is a new program for Juniors!
Date: March 21
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Alabama Institute of the Deaf & Blind, Mobile
Cost: $5 per girl
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: February 20, 2009
Mail Registration to: Mobile Service Center
Contact: Mary Anne Brutkiewicz
We often think of being bilingual only if we speak Spanish or French or another foreign language, but what about sign language? Introduce your girls to the exciting world of sign by bringing them to this program developed just for Girl Scouts! Girls will learn to sign their name and even the Girl Scout Promise! The program will be lead by an expert signer and will help girls understand what it would be like to live in the world if they were unable to speak or hear. Girls will earn the Beauty of Sign Language patch. This year's program will also focus on the visually impaired. 

Just as World Thinking Day encourages Girl Scouts to consider girls and women globally, the Girl Scout Global Citizen Essay Contest helps Girl Scouts reflect on the meaningful experiences they've had through Girl Scouting, and connect those experiences with the wider world. This contest is hosted by EF Tours and Smithsonian Student Travel.

Expense paid trips to New York City and Mexico will be offered to 18 lucky winners. Girls, ages 12-17, are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of the Girl Scout Global Citizens Essay Contest is to help Girl Scouts reflect on the meaningful experiences they've had in Girl Scouting, and connect those experiences with the wider world.

The contest deadline is March 15th.

Visit studio2b website to download the application and contest rules:


Do you have a special dance or presentation you developed for Thinking Day?  We are looking for girls to share their special Thinking Day performances at the Annual Meeting!  The meeting will be Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Montgomery. 

If you are interested in auditioning, please send us an audition video, or let us know when your Thinking Day is and we'll try to visit in person. Because of  time limitations only five to eight troops will be selected to perform.  Performances should range from 2-3 minutes in length and can include a song, dance, poem, short story, play, etc.  For more information, please contact Cheryl Miller at 334.272.9164 ext: 2302.

Thanks to Vicki Hudson for planning this unique council-wide Girl Scout eventBrownies and Juniors may attend the day program, and Older Girls (Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors) have a special overnight option just for them.  The program will be held at SIFAT in Lineville, Alabama.  To learn more, please visit the SIFAT website,  Troop registration forms and payment are due February 25, 2009. For registration forms and more information, contact Vicki Hudson at, or 334-745-2856.

 Daytime program for Brownies, Juniors and Older Girl Scouts:
9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2009
Cost: $20 (includes program, lunch, one badge, and one activity patch)
Around the World CARES program
Around the World is a geography-based program that allows girls to walk into developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Girls learn what daily life is like outside of their communities, such as climates and terrains, animal life, unique foods, native jobs and cultural entertainment.

Global Village Overnight Experience for Older Girl Scouts (grades 6-12):
9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, until 10 a.m., Sunday, April 5, 2009
Cost: $55 (includes the entire daytime Around the World program and lunch, as well as dinner Saturday evening, overnight lodging in the "Global Village" in a variety of developing world settings, breakfast Sunday morning, Appropriate Technology CARES program, event patch, and one IPA)

Is your troop planning a booth sale?  Why not have it at the Thin Mint Sprint on Feb 28?

2 slots are available: from 8am to 10am and from 10am to 12pm.

Call Molly Smart at 344-3330 or email her at by Feb 7 to sign up.

Cookie_Costume.jpgThe runners at the Thin Mint Sprint will be encouraged and delighted when they see our Girl Scouts in the Cookie Costumes!  We have 4 available costumes for the event.  One size fits most.

Wouldn't one of your girls like to
participate in the fun?  Contact Molly Smart at 344-3330 or email her at to sign up.


It's Girl Scout Day at the Auburn vs. Tennessee Women's Basketball on Sunday, January 25. Fill out and bring this form and Wear your Girl Scout T-Shirt to get in FREE! The game starts at 2 pm; there is a fun half-time show and post-game autographs.

Come join the fun

Service Unit Camporees are right around the corner!  Do you have a certified troop camper so your troop can join in the fun?  The council is offering Basic Troop Camping Skills on Feb 28 - Mar 1 (it's an overnight) at Camp Sid.   

This learning opportunity teaches you what you need to know to take your girls camping!  It provides opportunities for hands-on experience in planning and preparation for camping skills the Girl Scout way. Includes basic kaper charts, knife safety, fire building, knots, outdoor cooking and more.

This training is required to take troops camping overnight.
  The deadline for registration is February 20.

Would you like your hard work recognized at this year's Older Girl Recognition Banquet (Saturday March 28 in Montgomery at Troy University)?

February 2 is the deadline for Bronze and Silver Award projects to be turned in, if you would like to be recognized at the banquet.  Girls working on their Gold Awards must submit their final paperwork by February 2, in order to set up an interview.  To attend the banquet, the special event form in Connections is due March 15.

You will need to prepare and turn in a posterboard with photos and information on your project;  the posterboard will be on display at the Banquet for everyone to see!  Let your fellow Girl Scouts be inspired by your accomplishment!

Join Girl Scouts at the "Hank" as we cheer our hometown baseball team to victory and camp out on the outfield! All participants will receive game tickets, unlimited amusements and a participation patch. You can also purchase a picnic meal package to enjoy in Gaslight Park before the game. Girls can even bring their bathing suits for the slip-n-slide! After the game, girls and approved female adult volunteers are invited to camp out on the outfi eld! We will watch a movie on the big screen following the game. Each troop is responsible for personal tent, sleeping gear and late night snack. The Bay Bears' mascot will be available before the game for photo opportunities. Don't forget to wear your uniform and make signs and banners to show your spirit! There will be a parade before the game, for troops to show off their banners!

Register using the Event Registration form by March 9.  You can e-mail the form to, or mail it to 3483 Springhill Ave, Mobile 36608, or fax 251.344.4181.


The volunteers will have just as much fun as the runners at the Thin Mint Sprint!  Passing out water, setting up tables, face-painting and many other opportunities are available to support and enjoy the festivities!

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is hosting a 5K run and 1 mile fun run and family fun festival in partnership with the Port City Pacers on February 28 at Langan Municipal Park in Mobile. Make your commitment to a healthy lifestyle by registering now for the run at

Volunteers make a difference!  With your help, the Thin Mint Sprint 5K Race and Fun Run/Family Fun Festival can become one of the most successful events in Southern Alabama.  We need approximately 40 volunteers for race day.  There are a wide range of needs and we can use volunteers middle school ages and up. This is a great community service opportunity for your older Girl Scouts.  All volunteers will receive the official Thin Mint T-shirt.

To volunteer, please contact Molly Smart or Tonya Howard at 251-344-3330 or e-mail

ladyjags.JPGBring your troop to Girl Scout Day with the Lady Jags February 14, 2009. Troops will have a pre-game chat with Coach Petrie and some of the players at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Lady Jags game against Florida Atlantic at 1:00 p.m. This will be a nationally televised conference game. Cost is $3 per participant and the deadline for ticket orders is January 28. Since there are no restrictions on the number of tickets, you may mail, drop off the Event Registration Form or e-mail it to  Girl Scouts will also participate in the half time show! We need troops to do the "High 5 Tunnel," present the flag with a color guard, wear cookie costumes and dance.  Two troops will be allowed to set up cookie booths between the games. Contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330, if your troop is interested in participating in the half time show or selling cookies.


Each year on February 22, girls participate in activities, games and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2009 is girls worldwide say "we can stop the spread of AIDS, malaria and other diseases." World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people.

This year, girls voted and selected Costa Rica, Fiji, Ireland, Jordan and Kenya to represent the five regions of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)--Western Hemisphere, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Arab region and Africa. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community--one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

Visit for great activity ideas for making 2009 Thinking Day a meaningful and empowering experience for your girls!



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