Other Opportunities: March 2009 Archives

Spend all day at Wild Adventures, Saturday, April 25, with Girl Scouts of all ages! All Girl Scouts will have a great day filled with fun, friends and fellowship. Learn about all your favorite animals as you discover hundreds of creatures from around the world. Take a walk through the swamp and meet the fearsome gators, black bears, playful primates, colorful birds and other interesting critters. Then travel half-way around the world to take a Safari Train ride, an adventure that will bring you face to face with a giraffe, elephants, zebras, wildebeest and more! Special shows just for the Girl Scouts are designed to bring the animals up close and personal to you.

Cost is $20 per person (if booked before March 31) and includes the special shows and event patch! On April 1, the price increases to $25 per person. You may also be eligible for additional bonuses including 1 comp ticket per 15 purchased. See order form for details.

Troop leaders should call the Group Sales department at 1-800-808-0872 and make a reservation today or
download a 2009 Girl Scout Day Order Form

Service Unit 826 invites your troop to a Safari and Swamp Tour day trip to Louisiana from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, May 23. All age Girl Scouts are invited!  The group will take a chartered bus from the Mobile Volunteer Center to the Global  Wildlife Park in Folsom, LA for a covered wagon safari ride. After a picnic lunch, girls will tour a swamp through Honey Island Swamp Tours and see alligators in their natural habitat. Then, stop for dinner and shopping at the Gulfport Outlets. Cost is $60 per girl and $75 per adult and includes bus, admissions and dinner. Bring sack lunch and drinks. Registration deadline April 19 and space is limited.  Contact Colleen DeVoe at 251.342.2722 for more information or to register.

In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting, we need your help to pass legislation introduced in the 111th Congress that will authorize the U.S. Mint to issue a Girl Scout Commemorative Coin. For this to happen, we need you to contact your Members of Congress to encourage them to pass "The Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act."

Please join the Girls Scouts Advocacy Network and make your voice heard! Click on "Take Action" at
www.GirlScouts4girls.org, and you will be led through a few short steps that will generate a letter to your Members of Congress, asking that they support the Girl Scout Commemorative Coin bill. For this bill to pass, we will need 290 House cosponsors and 67 Senate cosponsors. We can reach these numbers, but there is some work to be done! Please take action and invite others to do so as well.


If you have any specific questions, please email the Public Policy and Advocacy office at advocacy@girlscouts.org, or call directly at (202) 659-3780.

Please Share Your Views On Energy!

Southern Growth appreciated the help last year in holding a forum about the importance of youth engagement.  As they emphasized in last year's Report on the Future of the South, Brave New South, youth are the future of the South.  They don't want to view last year's efforts as a onetime event.  Instead, they hope to continue to engage young people in thinking about and sharing their opinions on issues that are important to the future of their communities - and the South. 

Ask your girls to answer 4 quick questions about their opinions on energy, including bio-energy -- the production of electricity and automotive fuel from plants, trees and waste. The results will be incorporated in plans for addressing the South's energy issues.  To take the survey, click here or go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=xgpQOzvuM4KcqA309em_2btQ_3d_3d. Feel free to forward the link to other individuals or organizations with an interest in energy.

Need service hours?  Girl Scouts are invited to help with the Dog River Spring Clean Up 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Dog River Park in Mobile. Come on foot, by car or by boat. Bring kayaks and canoes. Contact Claire Wilson for more information at clairetwilson@comcast.net.


Or, if you're just looking for some entertainment... Dog Paddle 2009 will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at Dog River Park. Bring your kayak or canoe or borrow one there to race (or you can just watch). Categories are: men, women, juniors (under 14), dog and owner, parent and child, and celebrity. Entry fee is $20 adults and $10 children (include T-shirts). There will be music, food and drinks to purchase, and a pet adoption. This is to  benefit Dog River's Clearwater Revival. Contact Ann Gathings for more information or to pre-register: 251-476-7245 or 251-454-2322.

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to a special showing of Bay Shore Ballet's "Coppelia" 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Fairhope Civic Center.  Girls can work on badge requirements while enjoying a beautiful performance.   Girls Scouts are invited to stay after the performance to meet the cast, come on stage to have their picture taken and questions to help with their badges!

Juniors can earn their Theatre Patch,  Brownies can earn their Dancersize Patch and Daisy Troops can come for a morning of enchantment!


THE STORY:  A beautiful girl named "Coppelia" sits very still on a balcony reading. Frantz, a boy from the village tries to flirt with her. He is promised to another maiden named Swanhilda who becomes very jealous when she sees Frantz blowing a kiss to the mysterious girl on the balcony. Swanhilda learns that Coppelia is really a mechanical doll who belongs to the mad scientist, Dr Coppelius. She discovers the doll in Dr Coppelius' work shop and decides to impersonate her. This causes chaos, but all is soon forgiven. The story ends in a village celebration with a beautiful wedding!


Tickets are $5 and snacks are $1 each.

Download the registration form

Mail Ticket Orders To: Lorna Foster, 27054 Bit & Spur Drive, Daphne, Al 36526

For addition information call: 251-472-6129 or e-mail lorna@mchsi.com.

The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation is dedicated to preserving the memory of Corinne Schillings, a 26- year-old woman who lost her life in the Baltimore Water Taxi accident on March 6, 2004. Corinne was a Silver Award Girl Scout and a 1999 graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Corinne received her undergraduate degree in foreign languages, majoring in Italian; she also studied Spanish, French, and Portuguese. She spent two semesters studying in Italy, first in Florence and then Milan. During her study abroad in Florence, Corinne met her future fiancé, Andrew Roccella, who also died in the accident. Corinne believed strongly in higher education for women and in learning about various cultures through language. The foundation will award scholarships and grants to deserving young women who reflect Corinne's aspirations, values, and enthusiasm for life.


Scholarship: The foundation will award scholarships to deserving young women who have earned the Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award and who plan to or are currently pursuing a college major or minor in foreign language. This scholarship is renewable.


Grant: The foundation will provide airfare for a Silver or Gold Award Girl Scout who plans to study abroad, regardless of her major/minor. It is not necessary to be a scholarship recipient to apply for this one-time grant; nor are scholarship recipients excluded from applying. This grant is not renewable.


Application Deadline: May 15

For further information about Corinne, the foundation, or to obtain the downloadable scholarship and grant applications, visit the foundation's Web site at: http://www.cjsfoundation.org or contact by email at: dschillings@cjsfoundation.org or by phone at: 708-957-3684 or 630-886-0507.


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!

Special discounts to Disney on Ice will be offered for Girl Scouts!  Come experience a magical Disney fantasy on ice!  Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy.  

Montgomery                                                               Mobile

Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m.                                            Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m.

Garrett Coliseum                                                        Mobile Civic Center

Montgomery Event Registration Form                       Mobile Event Registration Form

Check out this great video of girls from all over the world telling what the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts means to them!

911 Operators are truly unsung heroes -- we never see them, but they save lives every day!

Brownie Troop 8547 from Theodore is collecting letters, posters and drawings that thank or appreciate (or even telling a personal story) the 911 Operators in our council area.  They would like to get something from as many Girl Scout Troops as possible to let these heroes know they are appreciated.  Please send a note identifying your troop (and a troop photo, if you wish).  The items will be sent to Emergency Services Offices throughout our council to show our appreciation for all they do!

Your troop can even recruit a school to participate!  Nan Gray Elementary and St. Vincent School are joining in the fun.

Contact: Tracy Wilson, 251-445-6932
Deadline for receipt of all letters, posters and drawings: April 1
Mail to:  Mobile County EMS, Attn: Tracy Wilson, 7921-C Tanner Williams Rd, Mobile, AL  36608



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