The GSSA Weekly from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

November 19, 2015


Welcome to GSSA Weekly, the council's e-newsletter. 
At right, Jamie, a 3rd-year Cadette in Troop 9750, completed her Silver Award project. For her project, Jamie collected over 600 plastic bags from the community, cut them up to make plarn (plastic yarn) and then crocheted them into a large sleeping mat.

Jamie delivered her mat to The Rescue Mission of Dothan.  Jamie learned there are many homeless people of all ages, both male and female, in her hometown. Her mat was very much appreciated as it serves as a barrier between the hard, cold ground and the individual using it. While crocheting she realized how plastic bags can keep you warm. Congratulations, Jamie!

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Dream Design Do! Cookie Fun at Camps 12/5
Come "Dream, Design, Do!" and get excited about the cookie season! Join Henrietta the Hedgehog and learn cookie fun facts and safety through games and challenges. 

Explore either Camp Scoutshire Woods or Kamp Kiwanis on Saturday, Dec. 5 as you solve the clues for the cookie scavenger hunt! 

Later we will enjoy roasted hotdogs on the grill before leaving camp.  Program cost includes activities, cookie patch, and lunch.  Bring a blanket to enjoy your picnic!

Camp Scoutshire Woods Dream Design Do! Cookie Fun

Kamp Kiwanis Dream Design Do! Winter Wonderland

Join Us for Holiday Cheer!

Please join Girl Scout staff to celebrate the season.  We want to say thank you for all the ways you give to Girl Scouts!

Volunteers, Alumnae, Donors, and Community Partners are invited for a light luncheon and holiday cheer at our Service Center.  No time for lunch?  Just drop by, so we can thank you in person!
Craft Holiday Goodness at Homespun for the Holidays!

All Girl Scouts are invited to "get their glitter on" while making holiday crafts, munching cookies, sipping hot chocolate, and listening to music.

This craftalicious event will be in Montgomery on Saturday, Dec 12.  Please register by Monday, Nov 23.  Here's the link with all the details!

Giving Tuesday 

December 1, 2015 is #GIVING TUESDAY. A global day dedicated to generosity and giving back. Many not-for-profits use this day to kick off year end giving campaigns to solicit donations to support our mission and keep our organizations functioning. If you haven't already contributed, or even if you have, we hope you will consider an investment in the girls of GSSA. 

Please ask your family members, friends and coworkers to support our girls and join us in this Season of Giving. We have a new online giving platform that is safe and secure.  It's easy to donate. Click here to make a one-time donation or to join our new monthly giving program. Our monthly giving program is an affordable way to support Girl Scouts using an automatic ACH withdrawal from your checking or savings account, or with a monthly charge to your credit card.  You can also use our printable form and mail in your donation.

Every day I have the opportunity to see what a girl can do.  It is pretty amazing.  Last weekend, Evie, a second grader, spoke to the board of directors of GSSA about her Girl Scout experience.  Evie tried camp this year for the first time.  She wasn't sure about spending the night, so she went the day camp route, so she could go home each evening.  The first day she arrived in her cowboy boots.  It's camp, so we encourage them to dress in whatever they desire.  At the end of the day, when her mother picked Evie up she asked whether or not the boots were hot. She admitted they were. Evie was concerned about snakes, which is really a normal concern and one we see daily. But, after a day at camp seeing no snakes, she summoned the courage to wear cooler shoes.  Her experience at camp was so fun she decided to invest her own funds and return for a second week and stay overnight.
 Continue reading in our Virtual Volunteer blog.  
New Programs & Updates

 Both Service Centers and Shops will close on Wednesday, November 25, at noon for the  Thanksgiving Holiday, and will re-open on Monday, November 30.

 Holiday Luncheon and Open House - Mobile (12/8)

 Holiday Luncheon and Open House - Montgomery (12/9)

 Save the Date: Gulf Quest Overnight (3/18-19)
 Update: Desoto Caverns Overnight Adventure (3/19-20)

Upcoming Deadlines 

every Thurs + as needed
Kamp Kiwanis
Camp Scoutshire Woods
CPR/FA/AED Certification  (Volunteers) 
online study
All About Money (ALL + Volunteers)
Other Opportunities
Because we want our girls to have many learning (and fun!) opportunities, we offer this 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. Calendar listings do not imply endorsement by the council.  This calendar is available on our Events & Programs page 
Please contact the volunteer listed in the program for more information and program status.