The GSSA Weekly from Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

August 4, 2016 

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Welcome to GSSA Weekly, the council's e-newsletter. 
 
At right, members of Troop 9327, who have been
babysitters for the Army!  Press Rep Claire explains how her Girl Scout Troop, with an assist from the Troy Kappa Deltas, provided babysitting service for the Soldier and Family Assistance Program for Montgomery's Recruiting Battalion.

Want to see your Girl Scouts featured in GSSA Weekly?  E-mail your photo with event information to [email protected].
  
How Do You S'MORE?

How do you S'MORE? 

National S'mores Day is August 10, and we have a fun contest for you!  

Would you like to win a S'mores Party for your troop?  Just send us a photo of you, your Girl Scout, or your troop creating or eating s'mores!

The last day to enter the contest is tomorrow, and we will announce the winner on National S'mores Day, August 10.

Send your photo to [email protected] and show us how you s'more!

Bright Ideas for New (and Returning) Leaders

 

This week's tip: Register your girls as Girl Scouts so they are eligible to sign up for Programs and Events! 

 

We've got a new slate of great programs on the calendar, with more coming.  But only girls who are already registered as Girl Scouts can sign up! This is because the annual registration fee pays for insurance that is required for participation at events (GSSA buys extra insurance for recruitment events).


 

Register online using eBiz or, if you are using Program Credits to pay registration fees, use these forms.

  

Girl Scouts Rock! Recruitment Kick-off Event in Mobile

 

Come try out rock climbing at the indoor rock wall at USA's recreation center and introduce your friends to Girl Scouting! 


 

Scouts and their friends will have the chance to climb the rock wall, visit the Mobile Blood Donation Bus and participate in the Junior League's Fit n Fun challenge. Girls can earn fun patches from the blood mobile as well as Junior League today! We will serve popcorn and make a swap! Open to girls ages 5 - 17.


 

Click here for details and registration information.

  

Press Rep Applications Open for 2016-17 Girl Scout Year!

Are you an outgoing person who would like to inform others about why Girl Scouting is important to you? Then submit your application to be a Girl Scout Press Rep! 

Girl Scout Press Reps can be girls or adults, who enjoy public speaking or writing and would like to represent the council. Press Rep activities vary; they may include writing articles, public speaking and more. 

Press reps will be required to write at least three articles during the year about Girl Scout activities for possible publication. 
Click here  to see posts that Press Reps have written for our Girl Blog.


It Has Always Been About the Girls

I am packing up my office, thinking about what "retirement" might look like for me.   I've replaced my beloved Amber, my golden retriever rescue that many of you knew with two Boykin spaniel puppies.   They are not the same as Amber, comfortable and familiar, it's a challenge.
I'm packing up two offices, with gifts, photos and nostalgic items collected from more than nine years of working for a very large contingent of girls.   It provokes many memories of fun times, girls who have become successful women, and today's girls, working toward that same end.   What fun it has been, how many I have seen grow and become leaders, women who will contribute to their community.
As some of you may be aware, my husband and I have commuted for the past nine years.   So the spaniels will be joining an elderly golden retriever and a very smart 3-year-old black Labrador retriever.   I expect there will be many days that I will yearn for the commotion of the office, too many things to do, money to juggle, requests to consider, blogs to write, not enough hours in the day.   During a large part of the year I had options on girl events I could attend to see Girl Scouts in action.   What a wonderful opportunity that was, to see girls learning, growing, honing skills.   These girls get out of bed on Saturdays and do things, they don't sleep in and play video games, and they are girls of action.    I suspect my Saturdays might have different options in retirement, not as fun as the ones I have had.
Continue reading on our Virtual Volunteer Blog

New Programs & Updates

 Both Service Centers and Shops will be closed on Monday, Sept.5, for Labor Day
   
 Adult Registration link corrected "Explore Something Different" with Fall Product! Mobile (ALL) 9/10


 End time corrected (11:30 p.m.) Night Moves - Mobile (C S A) 12/9
   
Upcoming Deadlines 

Event
Location
Date
Deadline
FA/CPR/AED Certification (Volunteers)  
 Montgomery
8/11
online study
 Mobile
8/20
8/13 
 Mobile
8/20
8/13 early registration
FA/CPR/AED Certification (Volunteers)  
 Montgomery
8/25
online study
 Mobile
8/27
8/19
 Mobile
8/27
8/19
Program Credits earned during 2105 Cookie Sale expire on August 31  
  
 
8/31
 webinar
9/1
RSVP
 Mobile
9/10
9/2
 Montgomery
9/10
9/2
 Montgomery
9/11
9/2
 
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. 
Thin Mint Sprint is ON! Join Us August 20 in Mobile
Join us for a fun Saturday morning on the USA Campus in Mobile.  The Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run/Walk, Fun Run and Health Expo has something for everyone!  Plus FREE Thin Mint Cookies! Register today!