The GSSA Weekly from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

March 31, 2016 


Welcome to GSSA Weekly, the council's e-newsletter. 
At right, members of Girl Scout Troop 9196 partnered with AKA Ivy League Girls for their recycle project. Here they are at Barnes and Nobles story time with their recycling of cookies boxes.  Very nice, ladies!

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Press Rep Tristan Reports on Advocacy Day!
As a Girl Scout I was chosen as Press Rep to say a prayer in front of the legislators in Montgomery. It was a very wonderful opportunity. Two other press reps said the pledge. It was kind of scary but it was actually pretty fun because we got to meet the Secretary of State.

There's a lot of history behind the state of Alabama that I never knew of. I also got to try the North-Central Girl Scouts of Alabama types of Girl Scout cookies, like the Savannah Smiles cookie.

My favorite place in the State House is the voting room, called the Senate. The Secretary of State, John Merrill, said that he has met President Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton and many more politicians and Presidents.

The girls and I got to skip school, but it was worth it. You should go to Montgomery, too! The people that work at the State House are very nice and you should go there and meet them to learn about the wonderful politicians of our great state. 
-- Press Rep Tristan

Be our Camp Nurse this Summer

We're looking for a Camp Nurse for Summer Resident Camp.  Enjoy our beautiful camp properties while helping to provide a positive health services experience to our enthusiastic campers and staff. 

We offer room, board, and a weekly stipend.  Plus the biggest intangible -- CAMP LIFE! If you have a daughter who wants to attend camp, we can make accommodations. 

Click here for the Camp Nurse position description.  A Camp Staff Application is also required.  For more information, please contact Amanda Abercrombie at [email protected]. See you at camp!

Still Time to Sign Up for the Annual Meeting/Back to Basics Day!

Girl Scouts and their siblings will have good old-fashioned Girl Scout fun at Back to Basics Day!  They will tie-dye bandannas (You may bring 1 additional item -shirt, pillowcase, or similar- to tie-dye.  No sheets or towels.), make some simple campfire cuisine, and go on a letterboxing adventure. 

Adults (and Girl Scouts over age 14 who wish to participate) will attend the Annual Meeting and be the first to hear the CEO Annual Report for 2015.  The overview of our Scouting year is always informative.  Join Us!

Click for more information on the Annual Meeting and Back to Basics Day.

Spend Friday night at Kamp Kiwanis for games, SWAPSs, and skits/songs around the campfire! Here's info on the Optional Friday overnight before the Annual Meeting.

Spring is Here and Our Camps are Blooming      

It is spring and the azaleas are in bloom, as well as the spirea, dogwoods, redbuds and a wide variety of other trees, bushes and flowers.   For those of you bothered by pollen, yes, your car and outdoor furniture is coated in that lovely yellow dust on a daily basis.   But spring announces the fun of the season and the always popular end of the school year.
This spring has given us way too much rain for some of our council events, causing us to postpone them. I know of a number of camporees and sleepovers at camp that needed to be changed because of the monsoon and storms we have had this spring.
The rangers are reporting they are spending a lot of time working on washed out areas of roads and trails, which is always a challenge this time of year.   It is time when I'm listening to requests from them asking for loads of rock and gravel to stabilize roads for later use in the summer.

Sometimes, in this context, we don't recognize what we do have and how wonderful it is.  
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New Programs & Updates
 DEADLINE EXTENDED to 4/1: Annual Meeting Day Option (4/9) and Overnight Option  (4/8-9)
UPDATED (Cadette Badge choices) KD Badge Day in Troy (ALL) (4/16)

 FULL: Junior Camp Session: Horsemanship (both sessions)
Upcoming Deadlines 

Kamp Kiwanis
Kamp Kiwanis
Kamp Kiwanis
SUCC Final Paperwork Due to Council  
as requested
online study
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. 
Newly Listed Events: