By Marge Stoneking, CEO
Girl Scouts is all about leadership. On October 31, we'll celebrate the birthday of our founding leader, Juliette Gordon Low. Juliette Low's vision launched a nation-wide movement that has inspired millions of girls to develop leadership skills, put their leadership into action, and grow into leading women. She is the leader behind each one of us who is a part of Girl Scouts.
Now, it is our job as adults in the Girl Scout movement, to carry on this legacy by becoming our own best version of "the leader behind the leader." In my October 3, 2011 blog post, I elaborate on what it means to be the leader behind the leader.
We'll also explore the concept of "the leader behind the leader" in even more depth at our 2nd Annual Adult Learning Summit, where I hope you can join us!
Adult Learning Summit
It's not too late to register for the 2nd Annual Adult Learning Summit! Join us November 4-5 at the UAA campus in Anchorage for workshops, mini-courses, and interactive booths. There's something for everyone - both new and returning volunteers.
Take a look at the full schedule of events:
2nd Annual Adult Learning Summit
The Leaders Behind the Leaders
Honoring 100 Years and Preparing for the Next 100
University of Alaska, Anchorage
November 4th-5th, 2011
- Friday, November 4th, 2011
2:30-5 pm Check In
2:30-5 pm Girl Scout Expo
Interactive Booths - Stop by interactive booths showcasing sessions that will be offered the following day. Glean information from every course and choose which topics you want to explore more.
Mini Courses - Take part in fun mini courses that will provide you an opportunity to network with other leaders and practice using new Girl Scout materials and traditional songs, games, and ceremonies.
Girl Scouts of Alaska Shop - Be sure to check out the Girl Scouts of Alaska Shop where you can purchase the latest materials and merchandise to take home for you and the girls you lead.
5:30-7:30 pm Volunteer Recognition Event
- Saturday, November 5th, 2011
8:00-9:00 am Check In
9:00-10:30 am General Session
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-12:00 pm Workshop Session Block 1
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:30 pm Workshop Session Block 2
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-4:00 pm Workshop Session Block 3
4:00-5:00 pm Pinning Ceremony
Staff and volunteers are preparing helpful Workshop Sessions. Some of the topics include:
Explore E-Council: Practice how to access, enter and update your troop or school’s information at any time of day using our new database.
Storytelling: Learn about storytelling in the context of Girl Scouts -- what makes a great story, how to tell stories that inspire girls to action, and using storytelling to further the mission of Girl Scouts. This is a hands-on, interactive session that will include several practice exercises and lots of ideas to try with your girls.
Juggling Elephants: Ring masters unite to teach one another ways to juggle self care and our many other responsibilities.
FUNdamentals of Girl Scouting – Traditions, Songs and Games: Juliette Gordon Low knew how important it is to feel a part of a group and that traditions, songs and games can bring diverse individuals together into a unit. Not only can they be fun, traditions are full-stop moments allowing a group to reflect on their accomplishments, to honor change and to ease transitions – for a new girl entering the group as well as for the group welcoming a new girl! Explore famous and lesser known traditions, and guide girls in the art of creating their own. Gain confidence in singing camp songs and leading inventive games and learn how to build your repertoire.
Let’s Get Moving into the New Girl Guide to Girl Scouting: See the new Girls Guide to Girl Scouting come alive and explore ways to use it with the Journeys in this fun, hands-on course. We will take a look at how the new Junior Level Girl Guide to Girl Scouting is organized and do some fun activities to show how you can integrate the “Get Moving” journey program into a fun multi-aged event for girls to learn about energy! This will give Leaders of every level new ideas and confidence when working with the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting and Journeys.
Getting Started: Learn how to start and facilitate a troop, what safety guidelines to follow, how to manage troop finances, and where to find the forms and information you need when you need it.
Travel Treasures – It’s a Tool Kit: Girl Scouting offers the potential to connect girls to many different travel opportunities. Whether exploring their own neighborhoods, going on overnight camping trips, participating in community service projects, or flying to one of the four world centers, Girl Scouts are continually expanding their horizons. When leaders unpack the diverse travel opportunities available, not only do they unleash fresh motivation and vigor for the girls, but they can know they’ll be embarking on a life-changing experience for everyone involved!
This session explores the Travel Pathway: Girl Scout Camping, Service-Learning, Troop Trips Near and Far, and the Five World Service Centers. Participants will gain skills in researching travel, requirements for travel, and gain insight into money earning efforts that can be incorporated into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Most importantly, leaders will walk away with a toolkit for guiding their girls as they take a lead role in planning one of these adventures of a lifetime!
The 360 Degree Leader - Leading From Anywhere in the Organization: Deconstruct leadership myths, identify solutions to leadership challenges, outline leadership principles for leading up, across and down, and reflect on principles that you will employ back home.
Everyone Deserves Girl Scouts: Partner with professionals in the community to overcome concerns and discover ways to include girls with special needs.
100 Years, 100 Adventures: Take the Forever Green Pledge, explore 100 things girls and troops can do for the environment in celebration of the 100th anniversary, and make 1 of 100 geocaches to take back to your community.
Girl Adult Partnership – Letting Girls Lead: What sets the Girl Scout movement apart is our girl-led activities, and the resulting magic that transforms unassuming girls into confident leaders. Unfortunately creating a girl-led environment in troops and events is the very thing that eludes and frustrates most volunteers.
This session explores the Girl-Adult Partnership in Girl Scouting: what it looks like and how you can put it into practice. Learn how girl development guides decision-making. Get skills to ensure all girls get a chance to be part of the planning. And learn how to help other adults plan with girls not for them. You will leave this session with a bevy of tools to keep you actively engaging girls as partners in leadership.
Girl's Speak Out! PSA Contest
Do you know a girl with a vision for how to make the world a better place? Does she want to share her ideas?
Girl Scouts of the USA is soliciting PSAs (Public Service Announcements) made by girls about issues they care about. PSAs can inspire people to think differently, shift how they behave or go out and do something. Do you know a girl who is interested in making a PSA that inspires others to create change? What a great way to TAKE ACTION!
PSAs can be submitted in video format, or as a script, photo, or illustration. The winning entry will be professionally produced!
Go to the Girl's Speak Out! website for more details.
Take a walk on the wild side, and join the fun-loving folks at the Spring Creek Farm in Palmer for any one of a series of Outdoor Adventures! Earn a badge each day, and work toward completing a Journey. One Saturday each month, Girl Scouts will connect with nature, explore the cob oven, the yurt, and the beautiful trails that surround the Farm.
Each of the Outdoor Adventure days is split into two sessions. Daisies and Brownies connect from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and Juniors and Cadettes meet from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (along with some sleepover weekends!) Seniors and Ambassadors may come and assist younger girls as counselors.
Reserve your Outdoor Adventure at the Spring Creek Farm by visiting the Girl Scouts of Alaska website (www.girlscoutsalaska.org) selecting the calendar, and clicking on the Outdoor Adventure of your choice. Each Outdoor Adventure is $15 per girl. Chaperones who would like to help out with the fun are most welcome!
- November 12, 2011 Geocaching and Orienteering
- Discover 6 geocaches on the farm and your treasure hunting, map and compass skills. Connect with other girls as you run around exploring the woods. Then, take action in your community as you make your own geocache to hide where you like to adventure. We’re planting 100 geocaches across the state to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting!
- December 3, 2011 Winter Survival Skills
- Discover how cozy a yurt can be after building a snow fort, trying out your tracking skills, and connecting with other girls as you enjoy the winter wonderland. Take action and teach others about how to be prepared in the wilderness!
- January 21, 2012 Snow Science and X-Country Skiing
- Discover how to predict avalanches by learning about snow types and digging an avalanche pit, just like the ski patrol! Learn beginning or more advanced cross-country skiing skills as you explore the trails at the farm! Connect with other girls over hot cocoa in the cozy yurt and relax after your adventures
- February 3, 2012 Forever Green
- Down with Plastic Waste Join Girl Scouts across our nation and discover ways to reduce plastic waste. Make your own bag for shopping, explore what plastic does to sealife, and connect with other girls to take action in your community as you encourage others to stop buying products wrapped in plastic. Make cookies from scratch.
- March 3, 2012 Forever Green
- Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Discover solar heating and a solar pump at the farm! Connect with solar and wind energy as you make toys that are powered by alternative energy sources. Take action by making solar ovens to send to villages that need them to survive. Make a kite and connect with the wind!
- April 7, 2012 Forever GreenRain Gardens
- Discover how Girl Scouts across the nation are using the rain to feed their families and communities. Play with gutters and rain spouts to divert water to a pizza garden! Make a pizza to celebrate.
- May 5, 2012 Growing your Garden
- Discover the wonders of planting your own tasty treats. Connect with vermiculture by making your own worm bin! Eat well, and explore all that a sustainable farm has to offer. Visit yak and other wild things that live here.
Girl Scouts of the USA, which enters its 100th anniversary year in 2012, is rolling out an all-new collection of badges aimed at giving girls the skills they need to succeed. Girl Scouts of Alaska began showcasing the new badge portfolios, called The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, in August and received enthusiastic reviews.
The new badges are part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which guides girls in discovering for themselves what it means to be a leader, and the many different ways they can make a difference in the world. The new program is flexible, allowing girls to work independently and at their own pace without having to be part of a troop.
Girls can still earn popular long-time badges such as Cook, Naturalist, and Athlete - topics as relevant today as they were in 1912 - but now they also have badges such as Product Designer, Digital Movie Maker, and even the Science of Happiness. And new "Make Your Own" badges at every level give girls the opportunity to explore any interest they choose.
The Girl Scout organization has transformed itself in recent years to focus on leadership development for girls in the 21st century, and the new badge offerings reflect that transformation.
"The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting builds the critical thinking, creativity, and entrepreneurship that the next generation of leaders will need to make the world a better place," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.
"This is a great program that works really well for Alaska's geographic and cultural diversity," noted Marge Stoneking, CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska. "The girls are so excited about the new books, and we need more adult volunteers to help girls bring these leadership experiences to life."
Girl Scouts of Alaska wants every girl to have her own a copy of the Girl's Guide. Come by the council store to check out the new books and look through the new badges. Contact the council store for questions about how to order yours!
October 31 is not only Halloween, it's Juliette Gordon Low's 151st birthday! To celebrate, we're offering 15% off the total amount of any purchases made in the council store, or called in to the council store by fax or phone.
This is a ONE-DAY-ONLY SALE. So, be sure to come by the store, or go online to check out our merchandise.
The Juliette Gordon Low Birthday 15% off SALE applies only to your total purchases. It does not include any shipping costs.
Thanks for doing all your Girl Scout shopping at the Alaska Council Store!
Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout
Are you a Girl Scout Alumnae? Girl Scouts turns 100 in 2012 and we want YOU to be a part of the celebrations! Stand up and be counted among the thousands of Girl Scout alumnae living in Alaska by joining our new Online Alumnae Community.
Our Alumnae Community is a place to connect with your fellow Girl Scout alumnae, find old friends, learn about Girl Scout events in Alaska, find out what Girl Scouts are up to today, and re-connect with the Girl Scout movement and community.
Visit http://alumnae.girlscouts.org today!
Pen Pal Requests
Free Math Resources for Girls K-6
Math is fun! Mixing in Math is a free set of English and Spanish math resources aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and the Common Core standards. But, most importantly, it helps girls from pre-Kindergarten through grade 6 build and maintain their math skills by combining math with projects that involve science, engineering and crafts; everyday activities, like cooking and cleaning up; literacy, social skills, and dramatic play; and games for both indoors and outdoors.
You can download everything at http://mixinginmath.terc.edu.
Food Pantry of Wasilla
Starting October 1, The Food Pantry of Wasilla is signing people up for our government food program known as TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program). They need volunteers to help with the paperwork and in-take procedures. This is not complicated paperwork, it just takes time. The Food Pantry would like at least two people to help each day from now until the end of October.
Please contact Eddie Ezelle at the Pantry (357-3769) or stop by 501 E. Bogard Road in Wasilla on the campus of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Thank you for helping out your community here in the Mat-Su Valley.
Nadene LaFever's Food Drive
Dear Girl Scouts,
I would like to ask for your assistance with a project for my co-leader, Nadene LaFever. Each year Nadene conducts a personal food drive for the Food Bank of Alaska. She has set a due date for November 18 this year. However, she can't organize the drive this year because of an unfortunate accident.
I would like to help Nadene acheive her goal of 500 pounds of food for the Food Bank. I think it would mean a lot to her right now if others could help her at a time when she is not able to do this herself.
What can you do? Please bring food donations to the Denali Alaska Federal Credit Union at 701 East Tudor Road. Please use the door at the center of the building where there is a reception area. The doors are open Monday - Friday from 9am - 6pm.
Troops or individuals who want to help can call me with any questions. Or just deliver your food donations and help us reach 500 pounds by November 18!
Thanks so much!
Events in and Around Anchorage
Kids These Days Writing Contest
Kids These Days radio and 49 Writers Write Young Alaska are putting on a contest for young writers ages 10-20. Send in your best essay on the topic: "What it means to be a kid these days" by the deadline - Friday, October 28. Winning entries will be read on air! Read all the contest details and submit your entry at www.wyakcontests.com.
Trick or Treat Town
Trick or Treat indoors at the ACS garage at 600 Telephone Avenue in Anchorage on October 28 & 29. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.bgcalaska.org or at the Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club, 2300 West 36th Avenue.
Session times are October 28: 5:30-7:30, and 7-9pm; October 29: 12-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, and 6-8pm. All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska.
The Anchorage Museum is offering free admission on some weekend days over the next few months.
See the Museum website here for the schedule and details.
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The submission deadline for our November newsletter is November 18 at 5pm.