January Newsletter

What Can a Cookie Do?savannah smiles cookies image

By Marge Stoneking, CEO

 

Girl Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership organization for girls, and the $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program -- the largest girl-led business in the country -- generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils and communities across the nation.
 
The activity of selling cookies is directly related to our purpose of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident, and resourceful citizens. Girl Scouts learn life skills and realize their goals, and also have fun!
 
Furthermore, customers get a great product and get to support girls in their own communities. All of the proceeds of cookie sales support Girl Scouting. 
 
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills: 
1. Goal setting
2. Decision making
3. Money management
4. People skills
5. Business ethics
 
Why do these skills matter? Because when your Girl Scout has learned these, she’ll be poised for success in her career or whatever path she chooses to follow in life.
 
Read my full blog post for more about what skills girls learn by selling cookies, and how the proceeds of these sales directly benefit girls in Alaska.
 

Adult Learning - Conference Call Schedule

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Girl Scouts of Alaska strives to provide our adult volunteers with the support and information you need to succeed. Conference calls are a great way to share your experience and questions with other volunteers, parents and staff from across our council without having to leave the comfort of your home. Check out these upcoming learning opportunities.  
 
All calls are from 7 - 8 p.m.  Please register in advance on eCouncil or by emailing Liberty at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

February 9, 2012

Service Unit Team Talk - Service Unit Teams will talk with our CEO about how to make our organization stronger.
 

March 8, 2012  

Opportunities for Adults – BREAK UP your routine and learn about new opportunities to volunteer with Girl Scouts, and recognize others for their efforts. In this conference call we'll address:
 Pathways
, Chaperones
, Host Families
, Journey in a Weekend, Series
, Events
, Adult Learning Opportunities, and More.
 

April 12, 2012

Re-engaging Girls – Learn how Bridging, Pathways, the New Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouts, Awards and more can re-engage girls in Scouting. In this conference call we'll address:
  Bridging
, Pathways, Girls Guide to Girl Scouting
, Awards
, the Girl-Adult Partnership
, and    Spring Break Ideas.
 

May 10, 2012

Wrapping Up for Next Year – Take time to celebrate what you’ve accomplished, make plans for the summer and prepare yourself, the girls and their parents for next year. We'll cover:
  Ceremonies, Early Bird Registration
, Reports and other Paperwork
, Plans for Summer - Hiking, Camping, Parades
, Returning Next Year or Disbanding?  Bank Account
s, and What to Tell Parents.
 
 

2012 Camp Catalog

 
We know you’ve been waiting and we’re excited to tell you that the 2012 Girl Scout summer camp catalog is on its way to your home.

If you're really excited and want to see the catalog now, you can download a copy at www.girlscoutsalaska.org/programs/camps.  You’ll find exciting programs on every page along with the registration and campership forms at the back of the catalog. 

Camp registration opens on March 1st for all our camps.  For most of our programs, you’ll be able to register your daughter online. You can also mail, fax or drop off your registrations to the Anchorage office. 
 
If you have any questions about any of the camps please email or call Amanda, our Statewide Camp Director, at 800-478-7448 or 907-248-2250. 

We hope you’re as excited about the upcoming summer camp season as we are!
 
 

Congratulations to....

Katherine Dolma who has achieved her Girl Scout Gold Award, scouting’s highest recognition, for her community work on reusing and recycling.  Check out this news article in the Homer Tribune recognizing Katherine's project:

http://homertribune.com/2012/01/dolma-receives-girl-scout-gold-award/ 

 

Congratulations to all of our robotics teams, and especially to:

  • Girlz vs. Food our Girl Scout robotics team that won 3rd place overall Champions award!! and
  • Robot Chicks, who won the Judge's Clean Board award!
     

Centennial Celebration Challenge

2012 is finally here, and we are excited that so many of you have already started sending in the results of your Centennial Celebration Challenge projects!
 
Keep sending us photos and descriptions, not only of your Centennial Celebration Challenges, but also any other things you are doing to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.
 
Do you have any questions about our 100th Anniversary -- what's happening and what you can do?  Please call or email Anne Gore at 273-0315 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
 

Girl Scouts Forever Green

 
Girl Scouts Forever Green is the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary national Take Action project. The project asks everyone -- both Girl Scouts and the public at large -- to commit to changing some aspects of their daily lives to help protect the environment and conserve natural resources. The project suggests specific actions in three categories: reduce plastics, save energy, and save water.
 
Because the projects are aligned with the It's Your Planet, Love It! leadership journey, girls can earn awards as they work to create positive change for the environment. Anyone who participates in Girl Scouts Forever Green is also eligible to receive the patch shown here.Girl Scouts Forever Green patch image
 
If you live in Anchorage or the Mat-Su, check out these Forever Green activities we have planned as part of our Walk on the Wild Side series at Spring Creek Farm in Palmer:

February 18, 2012

Forever Green: Down with Plastic
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.

March 3, 2012

Forever Green: Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation
Discover solar heating and the solar pump at Spring Creek 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 who need them to survive. Make a kite and connect with the wind.

April 7, 2012

Forever Green: Rain 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 pizza to celebrate what you've learned. 
 
Be sure to visit the Girl Scouts Forever Green website to learn about the three national take action projects, take the pledge, and get more tips, tools, and resources.
 
 

Upcoming Events - Anchorage

Girl Scout Night at Alaska Aces - February 25

The Alaska Aces have invited Girl Scouts back for the 2nd annual Girl Scout Night of hockey!  Join us for what is sure to be a very a fun evening, and earn a free patch to commemorate the event.  Aces Hockey Girl Scout Night patch

Watch our 100th anniversary program during the 1st intermission, and be sure to wear your Girl Scout uniform.

Download this form to order your tickets today.

Or call George at the Aces office: 907-375-6815.

 

 

Girl Scout Night at Rage City Roller Girls - March 3

The Rage City Roller Girls are a flat track roller derby club that donates proceeds from its ticket sales to local charities.  On March 3, 2012, in honor of Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, proceeds from the Anchorage versus Fairbanks bout will benefit Girl Scouts of Alaska. Rage City Roller Girls photo

The more tickets sold, the more money we'll earn for Girl Scout programs!  Check the Girl Scouts of Alaska calendar for details about how to purchase tickets for this event.  And, watch your email boxes for a reminder note.

We're excited to partner with the Rage City Roller Girls because they share values similar to Girl Scouts:

 

Rage City Roller Girl Values

  • Empowerment of Women: provide a safe and supportive environment for women to excel
  • Diversity: respect and involve women from all walks of life
  • Community: develop relationships and give back through service and volunteerism
  • Democracy: maintain democratic principles and constructive dialogue
  • Excellence: provide rigorous training and maintain code of conduct for all skaters

For more information, including an explanation of what is roller derby and its history in America, check out this link.

 

Young Women of Distinction Luncheon - March 29

March 29, 2012, Noon - 1 p.m., Denai'na Center, Anchorage

Every year, Girl Scouts of Alaska honors its Gold Awardees at a luncheon in Anchorage.  This year our event takes place on March 29, and will include recognition of teen girls from Homer, Kodiak, and Anchorage, as well as celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary. We'll also showcase a new Girl Scouts of Alaska video highlighting girls and women in science, technology, engineering,and math (STEM).

You are invited to attend the Young Women of Distinction Luncheon. We suggest a minimum donation of $100 per person.

This luncheon supports Girl Scouts of Alaska’s Annual Fund, which allows any girl to participate in Girl Scouts without regard for family economic status or remote geography.

If you would like to attend, have questions, or are interested in being a table captain, contact Lorrie McCann at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

 

Women of Science - February 4

We are getting excited for our 20th annual Women of Science events around the state!

Women of Science and Technology Day in Anchorage is Saturday, February 4 at UAA.  Younger girls start at 9:30 a.m.  Older girls start at 12:30.  

It's not too late to register!   Call Kay Shoemaker in Anchorage at 907-273-0393 for details.

 

Upcoming Events - Southeast Alaska

Juneau Auction - March 17

Come to the Girl Scouts Annual Southeast Benefit Auction March 17th at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council from 6 to 10 p.m.! Traditionally an autumn event, this year’s auction will be in March to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting. We’re planning a big party in keeping with this benchmark year!  



We'll have a vast array of items to bid on, and guests will enjoy hors d’oeurves and a no-host bar.
 

We still have a variety of volunteer positions needing to be filled to help make this event something truly spectacular. To contribute with donations or to volunteer, please contact Mary Siroky at 789-7616.



Proceeds raised at the Auction assist Southeast Girl Scouts with memberships, camperships, and travel assistance.

 

 

Flat Juliette

Flat Juliette has been traveling around Alaska. If you would like to help Flat Juliette visit more places in Alaska, please contact Linda Sylvester at the Juneau office.

 

 

 

 

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Daisies Seeking Pen Pals

I'm a Daisy leader for Troop 223 in Mountain Home, Idaho.  We are currently working on the Petal VI, Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout, and would love to be able to exchange letters between other Daisy girls! We have 7 Daisies, all in Kindergarten.

If you would like to initiate a pen pal exchange with this troop, please contact: Jill Schildhauer, 1445 Fairway Street, Mountain Home, Idaho, 83647, or 208-286-8975.

Brownies and Daisies Seeking Pen Pals

A Brownie and Daisy Troop in North Carolina is looking for Alaska pen pals. Contact Jaime Bowns at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Brownies Seeking Pen Pals

  • Kirsten in Petersburg has a Brownie troop interested in being pen pals with others in Alaska. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Skye Ware of Long Beach, Mississippi seeks pen pals in Alaska for her Brownie Troop.  Contact Skye at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Juniors and Brownies Seeking Pen Pals

  • My name is Kathi Kline and I am a Girl Scout leader for two troop (2nd grade Brownies and 5th grade Juniors) in St. Louis, Missouri.  I am looking to find a couple of troops that would be interested in possibly being pen pals!  My Brownie troop has 13 girls and my Junior troop has 10.

Please let me know if there are any troops that are interested in having their troop get to know girls from a different area, share their ideas, their similarities and differences!

Thank you, Kathi Kline.

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Phone: 314-749-8830

  • Lisa Nappi from Long Island has 25 Juniors.  She seeks other Juniors, Cadettes, or Brownies to be pen pals with.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 631-281-2038.