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Girl Scout Troop 8454 is a troop combined of 4 schools in the Mobile area, mostly St Lukes Episcopal School.  We feel our success stems from a multi-level approach of opening many doors for girls in order for them to explore the avenues of personal and academic growth outside of the boundaries of school. 

This year we adopted water as our theme.  Friday, Nov 1, 2013 was our first venture to navigate these waters (pun intended!) of how what we drink gets from the atmosphere to our homes, via pumping stations.  With the help of MAWSS (Mobile Area Water & Sewer System) we were able to get a private tour of S. Palmer Gaillard Pumping Station and accompanying Converse Reservoir (Big Creek Lake).

We learned that this pumping station was created in order to serve the growing population of greater Mobile from the 1950's.   The 3600-acre storage lake has 26 miles of shoreline, is fed by 5 creeks and is connected to the pumping station. 

We learned that when the lake fills with too much water, the nearby spillway gates open and release the extra water.  We also learned that after water is pumped into the station, it leaves through 60-inch pipes and goes to one of two treatment facilities to make the water drinkable.  Last, we learned by modeling how different forms of pollution affect watersheds and the area in which we live and play.

This event was a wonderful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunity because we learned that gravity assists moving water to the treatment facilities (science), the importance of pumps in generating the initial movement to the facilities (technology), the use of dams and spillways to allow or refrain water movement (engineering) and math because we calculated that the 26 miles of lakeshore to be over 450 football fields.

A great big thanks to Mr. Benny White and Mrs. Lucinda Sully at MAWSS for taking their time to teach us about water!

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Girl Scout Troop 8454 pictured from left to right:

Back row:  Tristan, Brenna, Abigail, Maggie, Della, Aleah, Mallory, Devan, Haley

Front row:  Vina, Olivia, Virginia Grace, Claire, Anya, Lilli, and Maggie (not pictured are troop leaders Michele Johnson, Shea Sadler and Julia Winnen).

 

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What do you think about the new Journey curriculum? Is it the best thing since sliced bread, or is it a thorn in your side? Are you a Journey expert, or is your Journey GPS broken? We want to make sure that your experience as a Troop Leader be fun, rewarding and easy breezy, so the program development team is designing a Journey Curriculum Workshop. So we can better serve our dedicated and tenacious Troop Leaders, please visit the link below.  Take the survey by November 3- make your voice heard!

Journey Curriculum Workshop: A Troop Leader's Perspective

Perhaps you have heard about the upcoming Girl's Guide 2 Girl Scouting (GG2GS), which will be available in September.  If you have, we know you have plenty of questions, so we have a document that answers most of them.  Every level will have their ownGG2GS which will encompass the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including badges and journeys.  Read all about it in this document, and get ready for a great new year!
Are there outgoing people in your troop who would like to inform others about why Girl Scouting is important to them? Then submit an application to be a Girl Scout Press Rep! Girl Scout Press Reps can be girls or adults, who enjoy public speaking or writing and would like to represent the council.

Press reps will hone their writing skills and learn about different kinds of media by participating in It's Your Story- Tell It! Journey-based activities. Press reps will be required to write at least three articles during the year about Girl Scout activities for possible publication. As part of the 100th Anniversary, press reps are encouraged to attend the anniversary celebrations and submit photos, videos, or articles.

Parents, it is very important to note that the majority of representation for the council will be internal to the Girl Scout community - through our website, blogs and newsletters.

To apply, submit the following application by September 15. Applications will be reviewed and confirmations sent by September 30. There will be a Press Rep Workshop in Montgomery and Mobile. A snack will be provided at both.
• Montgomery Workshop: October 17, 2011 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
• Mobile Workshop: October 18, 2011 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

You can submit applications to: communications@girlscoutssa.org or the Mobile or Montgomery Service Centers.
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The three available journeys for each level of girls make it fun and easy to plan a Girl Scout Year!  The ideas below tell how to use the journey format to make your time with your girls as rich and interesting as possible.

Customize!
Use your adult journey guide as a base for creating a fun and exciting experience for girls. You'll find ideas about using activities, starting discussions, and earning awards so that the "whole" feels like one big adventure. The journey will be so much more fun and relevant as you assist girls in making it their own!


Flexible!
Sample sessions in the journeys suggest several ways to engage girls. Many girls and volunteers will quickly find there is more they will want to do! The journey books are filled with tips for you to add more to the experience. Let everyone's imaginations take hold and extend the journey with ideas from girls. Do you have a short time frame? Follow the tips about doing what's most important!

Link!
Are Ambassadors interested in partnering? What would happen if Seniors worked together? What do Cadettes in your area have to offer to Juniors? What if Brownies link up on steps of their journey? How could Daisies benefit from meeting other Daisies? Connecting helps make a powerful Girl Scout journey!

Explore Stories!
Stories capture the imagination and motivate, and inspire us to put values into action. The journeys engage girls in stories--real and fictional--of girls and women taking action in the world. You and the girls decide how much time to spend on them before going on to create their own adventures.

Leadership and You!
As a Girl Scout volunteer, your experiences--and your view of leadership--will influence and inspire girls. Use the reflection exercises in your journey guide to think about the three leadership keys (Discover, Connect, and Take Action) and how you can best apply them as you team up with Girl Scouts on their journey.

Click on the image to start your journey with your girls!

2011 Starter Kits are available for purchase through the council shops!
2011 Starter Kits InfoPurchase a starter kit and receive a free Girl Scout bag (while supplies last).  Call 800-239-6636, ext. 2602 or visit us in Mobile or Montgomery to order one!

Coming this Fall! The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting

Where can a girl find exciting new badges, the 100th Anniversary handbook, information on bridging and Bronze/Silver/Gold Awards, and much more all in one place? In The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, of course! There is a Girl's Guide for each level of Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors.

The Girl's Guide features robust skill-building badge activities, updated and new awards, information on Girl Scout history and traditions, and -- most of all -- lots of fun!

With this fall release, girls can grow as leaders and build new skills with a complete National Program Portfolio: Journeys + The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting!

Take a peek. Let Brownie Elf tell you more...



See the Anatomy of a Badge, if you'd like something to print and share this exciting news with your troop!

Girl Scouts of the USA is on track to deliver new program resources in time for the 2011 membership year.  The new books will be available for purchase  in our council shops in September.  At this time, we do not know exactly when we will receive them, but will let you know as soon as we have the books in hand.
 
Below are some FAQs regarding these new resources:
  • What will happen to the current resources, such as the Junior Badge book or the Cadette Handbook? GSUSA is currently working on a new "Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting" for each program level.  It will provide updated badge activities and handbook information for girls and will be available in September 2011, when girls can begin enjoying the new badges in the guide.
  • What do we do between now and September 2011?  Leaders/advisors can help girls choose a Journey and continue enjoying the current badge activities.  Check out the online "Journey Maps" for examples of using journeys and badges together for a great Girl Scout experience.  Click here <http://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/maps/>  for the maps.  Here's a graphic that shows the connection between the Journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
  • Will we still be able to purchase older resources and insignia? As part of the roll-out of the Journeys and the new guide, the GS Shop will begin to streamline existing inventory by retiring certain merchandise this summer.  This will affect the availability of certain patches, books, and other merchandise.  To check on item availability, please contact the shop at 1-800-239-6636.  
We encourage you to share this information with other Girl Scout members.  Additional information will be announced as it is released.  




It's Your Story--Tell It! Journey Series

 

Available in December 2010, the "It's Your Story--Tell It!" leadership journey series uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential.

 

On this journey, an emphasis is also placed on media literacy and creative expression. All along the journey, girls have opportunities to engage in a variety of arts, including performing, visual, culinary, and new media, to tell their stories and take action to make the world a better place.

 

Check out the grade level titles and themes, and get a taste of the "It's Your Story--Tell It!" journey series right now by downloading the activities below and trying them with girls in troops, groups, series, events and camps.

 

Daisy: 5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals!

Daisies learn just how much they can care for animals and for themselves--and just how good that makes them feel.

 

Brownie: A World of Girls

Stories teach Brownies clues about how they can create positive change in the world--change that affects girls.

 

Junior: aMUSE

Juniors learn just how many roles are open to them in the world and the possibilities those roles open for them.

 

Cadette: MEdia

Cadettes look for the ME in media and learn how they can shape media--for themselves, their community and the world.

 

Senior: MISSION: SISTERHOOD!

Seniors learn how widening their network broadens their world, and benefits the world as well.

 

Ambassador: BLISS: Live It! Give It!

Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too.

Girl Scouts of the USA launched a national campaign with the girl-centered journey, It's Your Planet--Love It!, that includes eye-catching, interactive activities and games and information that we know your girls will explore and love. 

 

This is a great resource to use particularly if your troop is working on this journey.

 

Have your girls join in on the fun and check it out: www.girlscouts.org.  You may want to play around on it as well, we certainly did!

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