July 2012 Newsletter

Girl Scouting Works!

All of us in the Girl Scout family know the value and benefits we've received as girls, and as adults, in Girl Scouting. Now we have
proof for everyone else.

According to the latest Girl Scout Research Institute report Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as youth volunteer more, vote more, have a higher education level, rate their satisfaction with life higher, and even get paid more than those who weren't Girl Scouts. 


Girl Scouting has positively impacted the lives of millions of women, who in turn have made a difference in the world.  Still, Girl Scouts
wants to do more. That’s why in its 100th anniversary year, Girl Scouts of the USA launched the ToGetHer There campaign, an effort to create gender balanced leadership—the equal representation of women and men in leadership positions in all sectors and levels of society—within one generation.

Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to help millions of highly qualified young women overcome barriers and enter the ranks of senior leadership, and thrive there. One kind of support we know girls need is role models—successful older women they can learn from and emulate. And, there is no group of women better suited to do that than our Girl Scout alumnae.

Are you a Girl Scout alumnae? Would you be willing to talk to girls who want to be leaders but may not be sure how to go about it? If so,
there are many ways you can help. Please join our alumnae association, and contact our office to let us know how you might like to help.

Vital Connections

Marge Stoneking's last day as Girl Scouts of Alaska CEO was June 15.  We are grateful for her leadership and service to this council. 

Before leaving, she wrote a final blog post about the development of young minds and the role of Girl Scouting plays in that important process.  Here is an excerpt:

We already knew that supportive adult relationships, involvement in meaningful activities, and volunteerism are protective factors for reducing risky behavior in youth. With the additional in-depth understanding of what is happening in older girls' brains we now know that Girl Scouts is perhaps most critical to girls 12-18, which is why we have to keep working to bring girls into Girl Scouting throughout the teen years. We can't, however lead our Senior Girl Scouts the same way we did when they were Brownies or Juniors. We have to play a supporting and guiding role, or frankly they won't stick around.

I will be a lifelong supporter of Girl Scouts because in Girl Scouting we expose girls to new experiences and new people they wouldn't get just from home and school. Girls need and want what we do in Girl Scouting, so let's make it work for them all the way through high school graduation, and perhaps even beyond.

Click here to read Marge's full post.  

Marge plans to continue her service to Girl Scouts as a Senior troop leader.

Pick. Click. Give a gift to Girl Scouts.

It's not too late!  Even though the filing period is over, you can still donate to Girl Scouts of Alaska through August 31.  Here's how:

1. Go to the pfd website at http://www.pfd.state.ak.us/
2. On the right side of the screen look for "Access your 2012 electronic application" and select "Add or change charitable pledges"
3. Choose Girl Scouts of Alaska

Thank you for helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character by choosing to support Girl Scouts of Alaska!

Council Shop Sale!

Girl Scouts of Alaska has an online store! Now you can shop, order, and pay for Girl Scout merchandise anytime, from anywhere.
Check it out at www.girlscoutsalaska.org/shop and get 20% off your online order through August 3. Use coupon code "july" to redeem your 20% off savings. (Sale ends at midnight on Friday August 3rd, 2012. 20% discount applies to online orders only.)

Be sure to check out these shop items:

Starter Kits
Select either a pink or green bag FREE with purchase of qualifying uniform essentials and a
Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting or a Journey book. Available for all levels of Girl Scouts.

Year of the Girl merchandise
When girls succeed, so does society. Show your support for 2012 as the Year of the Girl with these shirts, bags, keychains, and more!
Together we will get her there.

NEW items
Girl Scout iPhone 4/4S cover and earbuds, new adult apparel in sizes S-5X, Daisy, Brownie and Junior socks, jewelry, and gift items, and our new items just for Girl Scout alumnae!

Girl Scout trefoil iphone case


Visit the store today at www.girlscoutsalaska.org/shop. Use coupon code july to redeem your 20% off savings.

GSAK Honored with Award

Soroptimist International of Anchorage (SIA) recently honored Girl Scouts of Alaska with its 2012 Advancing the Status of Women Award.  Sorotoptimist members work to "live the dream by pledging ‘I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!’  Girl Scouts of Alaska was chosen for the “Advancing the Status of Women” award because Girl Scouts also "live the dream" and make a difference by developing women leaders and do it by building girls of courage, confidence, and character who will make the world a better place.

Upon accepting the award on behalf of Girl Scouts of Alaska, Marge Stoneking noted that Girl Scouts of Alaska celebrates with SIA the collaborative partnership we’ve enjoyed in Alaska to help girls and women make significant gains during the first 100 years of Girl Scouts. We’ll work together over the next 100 years to further inspire and shape leaders for today and tomorrow.

Opportunities for Girls - Statewide

Join the Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska  and other teens across the state to voice your ideas and opinions. You can help shape the way the State of Alaska responds to important teen issues such as substance abuse, suicide, violence, teen pregnancy,
sexually transmitted diseases and nutrition & fitness. This is your chance to influence State programs and meet with decision makers.

Who is eligible? Youth Ages 14 - 18 from across Alaska

When? 12pm to 2pm on the 1st Saturday of every month (for the 2012-2013 school year) plus one full day meeting in Anchorage
(travel, lodging and per diem).

Where? Youth living in Anchorage and surrounding areas will attend a face-to-face meeting every month in Anchorage. Youth in other areas of the state will attend the meeting via telephone/video conference.

What you get? $10/hour gift card or school service learning credit and a chance to have your voice heard and make a difference for
Alaska youth.

Contact Jenny Baker for more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Serve Alaska Seeks Youth for Commission

Serve Alaska Commission is seeking youth between the ages of 16 and 25 to fill a seat on its advisory board. Any girl or boy who is a participant or supervisor in a national service program can qualify.
Interested applicants can apply online here.

Opportunities for Girls - Southcentral

Volunteers are needed to help with the Relay for Life event on Friday night, August 10, 2012 in Eagle River
Location: Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center,
13701 Harry Mc Donald Rd Eagle River, AK 99577
Looking to have a team stay the night and help with luminaries on Friday night for the Relay for Life! This event is free. Please contact Debra Gilley at 694-9424 for more information.

Day camp will be in Kodiak August 13-17.  Contact Amy for details:

Opportunities for Girls - Southwest

Day camp will be in New Suyahok, Manokotak, Newhalen, Nondalton, and Dillingham in August!  Check our calendar for dates, or call Amy for details:

Opportunities for Girls - Southeast

Day camp is coming to Petersburg August 13-17.  Contact Amy for details:


Mission Pawsible

Girl Scout Troop 11 hosted a Family Fun Game Night fundraiser to help purchase a service dog for an 8-year-old hearing impaired Kincaid Elementary student, Lauren.  200 people and close to 50 volunteers showed up, helping to raise enough funds to pay for Lauren’s dog!  
This is just one of so many examples of Alaska Girl Scouts making a difference in their communities.
Send your story to Anne Gore at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pen Pal Requests:
I have a new troop starting in September made up of 9 Juniors who are 9 and 10 yrs old. We live in New Jersey. If you have a similar troop that would like to exchange pen pal letters with us, please email me at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hello, we have a Brownie troop of 3rd grade girls in Coral Springs, Florida. We would love to connect with a Brownie troop in Alaska and possibly begin a pen pal program. Thank you for your help.  Lea LeMay McCarthy.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 954-234-5765.

I am Amanda Alexander with Brownie troop #733 in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are a troop of 13 girls looking to make contact with another troop to start pen pals with. Most of the girls will be Junior scouts starting Fall 2012. We look forward to conversing with a group of fun girls who are interested in learning about our girls of the desert as our girls are interested in learning about our sisters of the taiga!

Thank you,
Amanda Alexander, Troop 733
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 373-1016
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Other Troop Requests

"My name is Mercedes. I am in Cadette Troop 70036 from Neodesha, Kansas. Next year we will be putting together a cook book to sell as a
fund raiser to help us earn the money to go to Savannah, GA in 2014. We will be sending the books to the printers in October 2012 and hope to
have them ready to sell by Thanksgiving. They would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves to cook or someone who is just starting out
learning to cook. We will be selling them for $12 each. We are asking for help from all 50 states and a few other countries in collecting
recipes for our book. They can be for any meal, a snack, or a favorite beverage. If you would like to help my troop out, please email your
favorite recipes along with your name and troop number to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you in advance for your help. ~ Mercedes"