Leader Tips: March 2009 Archives

New for this year, dues are being increased to allow Girl Scouts to keep providing quality programming for girls.

·         Girl Scouts of the USA has increased girl and adult annual membership dues to $12.

·         Lifetime membership has been increased to $300.

·         Graduating Ambassador Girl Scout lifetime membership is $156 if purchased before 2008-2009 membership expires.

 

Background: Membership dues annually provide the single largest source of revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA.  The last increase in membership dues approved by the National Council went into effect in October 2003 and raised the dues to the current $10 level. Over the past 40 years, the National Council has approved dues increases approximately every six years.

Can girls who are currently in Kindergarten register to attend resident camp?

Resident Camp Sessions are geared to match the current National age-level guidelines (Brownies - grade 2-3, Juniors - grade4-5, etc.).  As stated on the first page of the brochure, the camper should meet "grade-level requirements" and that "grade refers to Fall 2009."

 

In the past, girls in Kindergarten were allowed to attend camp as Brownies because they were moving into the 1st grade in the Fall and  1st graders were Brownies.   Now that 1st graders are officially considered Daisies, that changes the adult girl ratio requirements set forth in Safety-Wise.  Those guidelines were recently revised. (02/09)  The updates that GSUSA sent out, are published on our website in the left column of the Forms & Resources page.

"Girl Scout Daisies who have completed Kindergarten may independently participate in resident camp experiences lasting up to three nights." 

"Girl Scout Daisies who have completed first grade may independently participate in resident camp experiences lasting four or more nights."

 

So, to answer the question......

Yes, girls going into the 1st  grade in the fall of '09, are welcome to attend

camp during either Troop Camping or Family Camping week or Brownie Sampler at Camp Scoutshire Woods.

 

If you have any additional questions about this, contact Volunteer Liaison Cheryl Miller at 800-239-6636, ext: 2302.   

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Think you might like to become familiar with archery? The Bowhunters of Alabama are offering beginning archery classes at their upcoming tournament on Saturday at the Alabama Nature Center. While this class won't certify you for archery for Girl Scouts, it will provide an interesting introduction to the skills used in Archery. Who knows, you might want to become certified for your next Camporee!

sid_lake.jpgIt's getting to be Canoeing and Camping Season -- time to ensure that you are up-to-date on all you need to know to have a fun and safe outdoor experience with your Girl Scouts.

Check our Adult Learning Opportunities page for upcoming Camping Adventures: the next Basic Troop Camping Skills will be held on March 28 with a registration deadline of March 16. 

Please use the Adult Learning Registration Form to register for these and all other Adult Learning Opportunities. 
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You know those mysterious single socks that show up in the dryer?  Here's a craft that is a triple win -- your troop moms get rid of single socks, your girls get an easy and fun craft, and shelter kitties (or pet cats) get a toy they will actually play with.

All it takes are socks, polyester fiberfill and catnip.  You can read the step by step instructions here!

The times change, recreational opportunities change, and Safety-Wise, our resource for keeping our girls as safe as possible during any activity, has been updated to reflect this! As a troop leader, you received a copy of Safety-Wise during your initial training.  Our web site now has a pdf document with all the updates, going back to 2004.  Print it out and keep it with your copy of Safety-Wise so you will be up to date!

If you no longer have your copy of Safety-Wise, they are available for purchase at the Council Shops.  Every troop must have a copy -- it is a great resource!
The times change, recreational opportunities change, and Safety-Wise, our resource for keeping our girls as safe as possible during any activity, has been updated to reflect this! As a troop leader, you received a copy of Safety-Wise during your initial training.  Our web site now has a pdf document with all the updates, going back to 2004.  Print it out and keep it with your copy of Safety-Wise so you will be up to date!

If you no longer have your copy of Safety-Wise, they are available for purchase at the Council Shops.  Every troop must have a copy -- it is a great resource!

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