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So, are you new to Girl Scouts?   Does it  seem overwhelming?   Don't let the catalog of rules, paperwork, and online training be daunting.   The point is to have fun with girls!  Share what you know.   Allow the girls to decide things they want to do from one meeting to the next.

I had a leader invite me to her troop meeting the first year I was here.   It was delightful.   She was very talented and had 40 Brownies in her troop.   She said she planned activities, crafts, songs and educational activities for each meeting, but the girls would come up and ask if they could talk and color.   She learned very quickly to have plenty of ideas on hand, but she gave the girls time to talk to one another and color.   Sometimes we underestimate the value of talking with your friends at the end of the day.   One of the salient values of Girl Scouts is a group of girls working with one another.   They learn to make decisions about what they want to do.   They learn to work with one another when they don't always agree.   Sometimes they argue, but what I hear over and over is they learn by those experiences, as well as the many opportunities to earn badges and patches.

There are tremendous ideas, resources, and program ideas available for you, which could be what look like mountains of information to sift through.   We find different leaders find ideas in different places.   Some use this Virtual Volunteer blog, a place where you can use the "search" function (in the upper right hand corner) to find information.   Others prefer to use the Journey books and curriculum materials.   Others use online resources, which are plentiful.(Check out our great Pinterest boards!)  We are always happy to assist with questions, Cheryl Miller is our Volunteer Liaison. She can be reached at 334-312-0433 or CMiller@girlscoutssa.org.

Some troop leaders take their troop to council-sponsored events, while others don't attend them often.   The council-sponsored events are programs that are more easily done across all troops that are hard for an individual troop or service unit to host.   Good examples are the sleepover on the US. ALABAMA, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab program or the McWane Science Center.   If your troop needs resource individuals, we have lists of those we can provide.   We also have a list of lifeguards and certified archers.   We let you make arrangements with those individuals directly.

Subscribing to the GSSA Weekly e-newsletter is a good way to get an idea of different program deadlines, Other Opportunities we don't host but believe would be good opportunities for girls all around the council and beyond.   The website, www.girlscoutssa.org, has the forms, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and a wide variety of other information.

We hope that the fun you can have with girls motivates you to accept the challenge of working through the elements to obtain your Leader License and have a blast!

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Girl Scouting 101 is a new online training from GSUSA, designed especially for new leaders.  It contains all the latest information about the new Girls Guide to Girl Scouting (GG2GS) handbooks, and the third and final Journey series for every age level, "It's Your Story, Tell It."

GS101 replaces two other online trainings: Online Volunteer Orientation (OVO) and Leadership Essentials (LE).  But don't worry -- GS101 covers the best of these, as well as the new information. Leaders can still train using OVO and LE, but we encourage new leaders to use GS101.

Please email mailto:training@girlscoutssa.org for the password.  Enjoy!

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!
Last chance to RSVP for GSSA Kickoffs in Mobile and Montgomery
RSVP by Friday, August 5, 2011

It's never too early to start planning Girl Scout activities and programs, and GSSA is ready to jump start the 2011-2012 year with kickoffs for volunteers in both Montgomery and Mobile. 

During these fun events, we will have Fall Product Sale training with our new vendor, QSP/Ashdon Farms, tell you all you need to know about the new Girls Guide to Girl Scouting and give you plenty of time to share best practices and ideas with your peers. 

All volunteers are welcome to attend either the Mobile Kickoff, Saturday, August 13, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or the Montgomery Kickoff, Sunday, August 14, from 1-5 p.m.
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GS_100TH_burst400px.jpgDon't forget that July 31 is the final day to submit your recipes for our 100th anniversary cookbook!  Our goal is to have 200 recipes in this special book, and right now we need about 75 more, so we still need your help.  You may say you don't cook, but almost everyone has a special recipe from their mother, grandmother or a special friend they can share.
 
To enter your recipes or those of your troop, simply go to:  http://cookbookpublishers.com/utypeit/login.cfm.  Our login is girlscout and our password is girls. Please make sure to enter your name and/or your troop number/location, so everyone knows who you are and where you're from.
 
Once you've entered your recipes, please continue to spread the word to other volunteers and friends in the community about this exciting project.  Time is running out!
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!
_9460091935.jpgGirl Scouts of Southern Alabama and Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama inducted a bi-partisan delegation of legislators into the Alabama Honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912 on Thursday, June 2.  The ceremony took place in the Capitol Auditorium.

"In honor of Girl Scouts' 100th Anniversary, this honorary legislative troop is called Troop 1912 for the year Girl Scouting was founded," said Trish Coghlan, chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. "Troop 1912's purpose is to be the voice for girls in the legislature. We're excited to have a diverse group representing Alabama's girls."

Senate members include Linda Coleman (D), Priscilla Dunn (D), Vivian Figures (D), Mark Keahey (D), Hank Sanders (D), Bobby Singleton (D), Harri Anne Smith (I) and Cam Ward (R).

House of Representatives members include Mike Hubbard, Speaker of the House (R), Alan Baker (R), Elaine Beech (D), Barbara Boyd (D), Terri Collins (R), Merika Coleman (D), Paul DeMarco (R), Juandalyn Givan (D), Laura Hall (D), Jamie Ison (R), Yvonne Kennedy (D), Mary Sue McClurkin (R), Joseph Mitchell (D), Mary Moore (D), Becky Nordgren (R), Patricia Todd (D), Mark Tuggle (R), Pebblin Warren (D), Kurt Wallace (R) and April Weaver (R).

Additionally, Representative Paul DeMarco presented a resolution recognizing June 2 as Girl Scout day and the formation of Troop 1912.

For more photos, click here.

Pictured L-R: Kurt Wallace, Mary Sue McClurkin, Jamie Ison, Paul DeMarco, Terri Collins, Barbara Boyd, Elaine Beech, Cam Ward and GSSA Board Member Marian Loftin
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In celebration of World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD), Girl Scouts can receive a free water test kit while earning credit toward the Get with the Land or Water Drop patches just by registering for both WWMD and National Public Lands Day! Registration is free for both programs.

To receive a kit, troops must register with WWMD and indicate that they are affiliated with National Public Lands Day (NPLD), or register with NPLD and indicate that they are affiliated with WWMD. Simply checking the respective boxes while registering can do this.  Kits will be shipped between July and September while supplies last.

Questions? Contact Jacqueline Connell with the Water Environment Federation at jconnell@wef.org with questions.

In 2006, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) developed a partnership with World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD). Through the WWMD program, Girl Scouts learn about the quality of their local waters by testing for dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and turbidity (or clarity). These parameters represent basic elements that help determine water quality. Girl Scouts then submit their data into the worldwide database, where it is included in the annual WWMD report produced at the end of monitoring activities performed each year.

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Get a leg up on your busy fall schedule, by registering now for the 2011-2012 membership year! Not only will you have one less thing to think about as school begins, but you'll also keep girls involved in Girl Scouts another year.

You may order the FREE Early Bird patches for all girls registered on or before July 1, 2011. Patches will be ordered for the number of girls indicated below plus up to TWO additional patches for adult leadership. The form (linked below) must accompany your troop registrations when they are submitted to the council.

Plus! The First 100 leaders to register 75% of her troop BEFORE July 1st will receive a limited
edition 100th Anniversary Tablecloth.

Get all of the details and links to forms in the Early Bird Packet: 2011earlybird.pdf
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Check out Girl Scout Junior awards on our online shop!