Other Opportunities: April 2009 Archives

Basic Water Rescue/Small Craft Safety Canoe - Auburn/Opelika

Program: Volunteers

When: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., June 6

Volunteers: Canoe Training

Location: Auburn/Opelika
Cost: $30
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: May 29
Prerequisite: Basic Canoe Skills
Who: Registered Girl Scout age 14 +
Alt rain date: June 20
Bring: sack lunch and drinks
The purpose of this course is to provide the information and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to small craft and aquatic emergencies using non-swimming rescues. This training is required to take Girl Scouts canoeing on lakes.

Skill requirements: Be able to swim 25 yards, tread water for one minute without a life jacket, and demonstrate basic canoeing skills including: launching, boarding, paddling forward and backward, stopping, turning and straight line solo paddling. Participants will also be capsizing and re-entering a canoe from deep water.

Memorial Day is a U.S. holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 this year).  Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service to their country.  Starting in the 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.


There are three national cemeteries near our council that will have Memorial Day activities your troop can participate in.  Andersonville National Cemetery, Fort Mitchell and Mobile National Cemetery will allow troops to place flags on the graves of veterans at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 23.  If your troop is interested, you just need to call the cemetery and tell them your troop number and how many will participate.  Click on the names of the cemeteries, for contact information.  They will also have ceremonies on Sunday your troop can attend.  The Andersonville Cemetery Administrator, Gerry Allen, asks that you register before May 1.


Some other suggestions for your troop:

  • Visit memorials
  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon
  • Fly the 'POW/MIA Flag'
  • Participate in a "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day.
  • Renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of the fallen, and to aid the disabled veterans.

Summer is upon us and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park is gearing up for 2009 Scout Days!  Big Kahuna's in Destin, Fla. Is offering a Scout Day between May 23 - June 20, to allow more flexibility for troops.  All Scouts, Troop Leaders, and Chaperones receive $22.99 park admission, which is normally $36.99!  Troop members will also receive a free Scout Day patch.


Dates: May 23 - June 20, 2009

Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Admission: $22.99 per person plus tax

Minimum: 10 Scouts

Where: Big Kahuna's 1007 Highway 98 East, Destin, Fla.

For More Information: Shanean Jones at 850.837.8319, ext: 23, or e-mail sjones@palaceentertainment.com.

Enter the "Fun with Water" Watercolor Contest for Kids 6-18


Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) wants you to pour on the pictures! Submit your original watercolor to our "Fun with Water" Watercolor Contest.

Artwork should portray your favorite summertime activity involving water. All artwork submitted will be displayed at Bel Air Mall from June 16 - 26, 2009. Winners will be chosen from three different age groups: 6 -10, 11-15 and 16 -18.


The cool prize? Gift certificates to Bel Air Mall and winning artwork on permanent display at the Catherine Street location.  And, the Grand Prize Winner's organization (Girl Scouts!) will receive a gift certificate as well.


Entering is easy. Complete an entry form and submit your watercolor in person to any of the following locations:

     • Bel Air Mall Customer Service Center

     • MAWSS West Mobile location (4725-B Moffett Rd.)

     • MAWSS Main Office location (207 North Catherine St.)


Entry Deadline: June 12 • Winners will be notified by June 29

Please see official contest rules. Pick up an official entry form at any drop-off location listed above, or visit http://www.mawss.com/waterColorcontest.html.

Location:      Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, Alabama
Date:            Saturday, April 25, 2009

Time:           10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission:  Free


The 19th annual Mobile Bay area celebration of Earth Day is inspired by the worldwide Earth Day Network, which promotes environmental citizenship and steers environmental awareness around the world.


The Girl Scouts of Service Unit 824 will hand out information on how to "go green" and give out Green Ribbon Pins to remind people to go green.

There will also be environmental displays and exhibits, educational activities for children and adults plus live music and art. Fun for the entire family! Bring computers, old TV's, other electronics, used cooking oil and other aluminum, plastic and cardboard items for recycling.  

The Atlanta Zoo has a special overnight just for Girl Scouts - Nightcrawlers

After the sun sets and Zoo Atlanta closes its gates for the evening, the fun is just beginning for NightCrawlers! During this overnight program, you and your students will discover what happens in the zoo after hours. With all Zoo programs aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards, NightCrawlers is perfect for groups from 1 -- 12 grade, and even adults! Each of the nine uniquely themed NightCrawler programs include a fun hands-on classroom component, an animal encounter with education animals, an exclusive tour of our Animal Nutrition Kitchen, and a nighttime scavenger hunt in the World of Reptiles. Guests sleep in climate-controlled facilities and wake in the morning to the sound of lions roaring! You and your girls will then enjoy breakfast, a guided tour of Zoo Atlanta, and a ride on the train or carousel. 

Whether your group is testing the water quality of our wetlands exhibit, tracking golden lion tamarins with the help of telemetry equipment, or learning to differentiate between a giant panda and a red panda by examining skulls, your students are bound to discover a new appreciation for science and environmental education on this nocturnal adventure!

To take your troop to spend the night at a Zoo Atlanta NightCrawler that your girls will never forget, please visit them online or call 404-624-WILD.


PLUS!  There's plenty of other fun activities to enjoy in Atlanta.  There are so many great things to see and do there, and it's an easy drive for most.  Other attractions are the Georgia Aquarium, Coca-Cola Museum, Puppet Theatre, Underground, International Market, CNN Center, Stone Mountain, etc.


If you are planning a trip with your troop please remember that troop leaders must complete Venturing Out.  This training guides you through planning and carrying out trips, meetings and activities outside your normal meeting place.    Please remember to follow the Safety Wise rules for trip planning, check your Leader Notebook for procedures, and make sure you have Permission Forms, Girl Health Forms, emergency contact info, etc., with you and ready for the trip.   


If you need help planning a trip, contact Cheryl Miller at 334.272.9164, ext: 2302.  



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