Other Opportunities: November 2011 Archives

One of our fellow sisters in Girl Scouting, Hailey from Johns Chapel, was involved in  a tragic ATV Accident and was air-lifted to Children's Hospital in Birmingham.  Hailey's injuries are very serious, and she will require several months in the hospital to recover.

As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for Hailey's family, who wish to be at their daughter's side as much as possible.  Your troops can help Hailey by collecting soda tabs on her behalf. For every gallon of soda tabs collected, her parents can stay for a night at no charge at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham while Hailey is in the hospital. 

If your troop has any pop tops they would like to donate, please send them to the Birmingham Ronald McDonald House in Hailey's name.  Get well cards would also be most welcome.

Please contact your local field executive for more details or for help getting the tabs to the family. Thank you for all your support in helping one of our sisters. 

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We know our way around a parade and we know a good float when we see one -- so we can appreciate a HUGE parade and floats covered in FRESH FLOWERS!

Of course, we talking about the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2nd, where the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float will make its debut!  The float will feature a girl astronaut, a huge gold award, and other symbols of the goals and aspirations of Girl Scouting and will be ridden by the new CEO of GSUSA, Anna Maria Chávez.

There's a fun patch about floats and the Rose Parade your girls can earn; part of the requirement is to watch the parade and choose a favorite float -- what a great way to ring in the new year with your troop!

The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles are hosting the float -- click here to find out more about them and to support them in this amazing process.
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These events, while not official GSSA programs, are great opportunities for our girls:

The Theatre Department at USA has invited Girl Scouts to a special showing of " Honk", a children's musical Saturday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m.  Girl Scouts will receive a special rate of $5 ($5 off). Interested troops should call the box office at  (251) 460-6306.

2.      The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour to the Dothan Civic Center Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Girl Scouts and their families can take advantage of a special rate. If you are interested, contact Jasper Joyce: joyce@harlemglobetrotters.com /(800) 641-4667 (118). 

Outward Bound is offering a 2-day training on Wilderness First Aid, on December 1st and 2nd at Weeks Bay Preserve  The fee for the course will be waived for Girl Scout volunteers who are interested in acquiring skills that will be vital both in the wilderness and during a natural disaster. More details are just a click away: First_Aid_and_Coastal_Resilience_Workshop.pdf

Please contact Liz Brent at lbrent@girlscoutssa.org by Friday, November 18 if you are interested in attending.

Troop 8302 is sponsoring A TEEN NIGHT at PETE'S PARTY PALACE in Mobile, AL. on Friday, November 25, for girls in 5th-9th grades.

There will be a DJ, X-Box Tournaments, and Concessions. The time will be 8pm to midnight!

Come support our troop and help us spread the word.  We are raising money to celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary in Washington D.C. in June. 

This would be a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done.

Contact Rachel Pierce at 251/367-8550 to get your advance tickets now through Wednesday, November 23.

Troops wishing to submit information on their fundraising efforts to attend the 100th Anniversary "Rock the Mall" celebration in Washington, DC can send details to our PR and Marketing Department.for inclusion in the blog and the GSSA weekly.

We received news about casting  for a new series on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) called "Super Saver Showdown" that will be taking place around Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola.  They are looking for families who would like to throw a party, for any occasion, on a budget. Specifically, they are looking for a family to host a "Girl Scout/Boy Scout" themed party.

 If you are interested, or know any families, keep reading. They begin shooting soon, so spread the word!

Super Saver Showdown:

A new TV show on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) is looking for DYNAMIC & ENERGETIC families!  Looking for families in the Mobile, Pensacola, and Biloxi areas.

Are you a family who wishes they could throw a special party for a member of your family? Are you missing the money, time, & creativity needed to throw a great party?

Please email us and tell us all about your family and the special party you would like to throw for your loved one. Make sure to include a picture and tell us why your loved one is so amazing and deserving of this party.

Please include the following:

1) A picture of your entire family

2) List of names and ages of each family member.

3) A picture of your home, including the area for the party - (must own or rent a home - apartment rentals won't work for this show but a friend's home could work if they are willing to have us film for three days)

5) Briefly describe each member of your family and what makes them unique - remember, we are looking for big fun personalities!

6) Describe the party you are interested in having - this show is about helping you to plan a great event on a limited budget (we supply the budget)

7) Why is it difficult for you to throw the party? (no time? financially strapped- not good at


8) If this party is for a specific person tell us why they are deserving - what special reasons do they deserve this party?


** If chosen, families would need to be available for 3 full days of filming in your home this fall. Location fees will be provided.

Please send info to:


In our previous entry, we linked the Safety-Activity Checkpoint for Parades.  Here's another reminder: 

1.       If your troop plans to participate in a Christmas parade,  be sure and email Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (mbrutkiewicz@girlscoutssa.org ) with the following information: date, time, place, nature of the parade, troop number,  program level and number of girls participating.  

      Remember, Girl Scouts are allowed to participate in parades, but are not allowed to throw items -- we don't want anyone to be injured in all the excitement. 

parade.jpgThe holidays are coming and many troops are planning to participate in local parades and celebrations.  Don't forget to review the Safety-Activity Checkpoint for Parades .  

Looking for costume ideas?  Take a look at what the girls did in this community parade.



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