GSSA Weekly

The latest news from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

January 24, 2013


Welcome to GSSA Weekly, the council's e-newsletter. 


At right, members of Daisy Troop 7128 were warmly welcomed by the Lee County Humane Society as they delivered supplies to support all the cats and dogs awaiting their forever homes.  Way to go, Girl Scouts! (Click here or on the image to see a larger version.)

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Cookie Bites - Booth Sales are Coming
Remember that the Booth Host Request letter (Montgomery/Mobile)  and Booth Host Permission form are your friends.
They spell out the expectations on both sides -- and are especially handy if, when you arrive for a booth sale, the manager that gave permission isn't on duty and forgot to tell anyone! 


What's Wrong with this Booth?


There are at least 11 things wrong with this picture.  Click here for a fun document to review with your girls.
Before your booth sale, remember to have your girls read and sign the Booth Etiquette Pledge.  We are guests at booths, and our girls learn valuable lessons when they are on their best behavior! 
Upcoming Deadlines
Friday, Jan 25, 6 a.m. -   Booth Sale site reservations change

(5 per day, 3 days)  


Fri - Sun, Jan 25-27 - Walkabout Weekend & Photo Contest  


Fri - Sun, Jan 25-27 - planned order in SNAP (due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday) (
Monday, Jan 28, 6 a.m. - No restrictions on Booth Sale site reservations.  
Friday, Feb 1Booth Sales Begin

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Lisa and Sophie on Earning Their Silver Awards


Lisa and Sophie, of Troop 7098, earned their Silver Awards. Their project was making and installing 40 plant posts that will be used to identify plants at the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve in Auburn. We are extremely proud of these two girls who designed, got the material donations, built and installed the posts, which are a wonderful addition to the facility.

We interviewed Lisa and Sophie about their project:


How did you come up with your idea?  

Sophie: I told Lisa about working at the summer camp they do there every year and we both thought it would be fun to do a project there, so we contacted Mrs. Jen Lolly and started our project.


Lisa: I started eliminating things I didn't want to do and I came across the Forest Ecology Preserve.

Read the rest of their interview on our Girl Blog.
Interested in learning about more girls' award experiences, and meeting potential community partners?  Check out the Leadership Celebration event, to be held on April 13.


Walkabout Weekend Photo Contest


What better way to celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie Program than with fabulous photos of our girls? 

Take a photo of your Girl Scout or Troop/Group as she/they go door-to door selling cookies during this  year's Walkabout Weekend and send it to  We will load it into a photo album on our facebook page for everyone to vote on!

Become a fan of our facebook page to vote for your favorite photos. Simply click on the Photo Contest album at the top of our Facebook page to join the fun. Once our fans vote on their favorite photo, we will choose the winner, who will receive 100 Program Credits, good for our shops, resident camp, and event registrations.
You can submit as many photos as you like before March 3, 2013, 11:59 p.m. You and everyone else can vote for your favorite entries. The photo with the most votes will be the winner!  The winner will be announced March 15, 2013.  


Planning -- It's a Beautiful Thing


It's January, and the cookie the craziness has begun. The offices smell somewhat different than usual -- it must be Mango Crème's.   And they certainly look different, with furniture moved aside so we can shift cases from one space to another.  

I've already heard two stories of people being flagged down by others unknown to purchase cookies, one at a Waffle House.   There must be something about Waffle House as I hear a similar story to that every year.   We, of course, love to hear the fun stories about cookies, and there are usually plenty of them.   If you have a great story, please let our new director of public relations and marketing, Meghan Cochrane, know.   She can be reached at or call either office and dial extension 2907.   If you need more media releases in your area, please let us know.   We put out the media kits before the holidays.   Thanks to those troop leaders, girls, and press reps who made that happen.   It is a lot of work, but it's fun.


Read more on our blog, the  Virtual Volunteer.


New Programs & Program Updates


 New Programs:

Day of Summer Camp at Kamp Kiwanis

Alumnae Day at Kamp Kiwanis 

Daddy Daughter Day at Camp Humming Hills  (date changed to 3/16)

Mom and Me Overnight at Kamp Kiwanis 

Hyundai Fun Day: Girl's Discovering Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 

Leadership Celebration

 Program Updates:

Cadette Woodworker Badge has been canceled 

Alabama's Last Secret Hiding Place - Overnight has been re-opened for registration

"Wicked" Musical in New Orleans - deadline extended

Upcoming Deadlines 





"Wicked" Musical in New Orleans (J,C,S,A) 

New Orleans




For a complete listing of our events, please visit our calendar. 


Other Opportunities


Because we want our girls to have many learning (and fun!) opportunities, we have created an additional calendar for programs that are not presented by our council. Some of these programs are presented by our volunteer Troops and Service Units, others are put on by groups in the communities we serve. You can see this new calendar at the bottom of our Events & Programs page 

Please contact the volunteer listed in the program for more information. 

Newly added Events:

Make a Quilt Square for Newton Girl Scout Quilt

Project Yumway Challenge at the Mobile Chocolate Festival

Chocolate Challenge at the Mobile Chocolate Festival

Upcoming Events:

Girl Scout Leader is Collecting Empty Cookie Case Boxes