February Newsletter

Leadership and the Next 100 Years

 

In early February, Girl Scouts of the USA launched its Year of the Girl campaign and the "ToGetHerThere" cause -- a multi-year effort to bring attention to girls' leadership issues. The ultimate goal of the campaign: to create gender-balanced leadership in one generation.

 

At Girl Scouts, we've been helping girls discover their inner leader for 100 years. But, outside the supportive Girl Scout environment, girls face so many discouraging messages that many of them opt out of pursuing their ambitions and never dare to believe in their potential. In the next 100 years, Girl Scouts wants to change that for good, not just for girls who are Scouts, but for every girl.

 

One way we can make a difference is by getting others involved in our cause, and having conversations about what holds girls back, as well as what helps them succeed. Ask them to sign the ToGetHerThere pledge to become informed, speak up, and invest in girls.  

 

On February 7, 2012, Girl Scouts of Alaska did just that with Honorary Troop 49, Alaska's female legislators and commissioners.  Troop 49 met with Girl Scouts in Juneau at the State Capitol and spent more than an hour talking about leadership.  

 

Events like these, that give girls the chance to meet women leaders and talk openly about issues that matter, are what Girl Scouts is all about. It's why we're making a difference, and why I know that our next 100 years will be just as successful as our last 100.

 

Read our blog for more about the leadership conversation in Juneau.  And, if you haven't already, take a moment to sign the ToGetHerThere pledge.


Yours in Girl Scouting,


Marge Stoneking, CEO

 

100 Years of Girl Scouts: Celebrate With Us!

Can you believe Girl Scouts has been around for one hundred years? Now, that's something to celebrate!

We have SO MANY exciting events planned, we decided to create a new tab on our website to help keep track of everything that's going on.  Check it out at this easy-to-remember URL: www.girlscoutsalaska.org/100.

Here are some highlights of events already passed:

  • Troop 49 and Juneau Girl Scouts gathered on February 7 to talk about Leadership and kick off the Year of the Girl campaign in Alaska. Read our blog post about this event.
  • Girl Scouts filled the stands at the Aces hockey game for Girl Scout Night on February 25, which was also the first day of cookie booth sales.  A small group of Girl Scouts dressed in vintage Girl Scout uniforms and paraded on the ice at first intermission, with signs depicting each decade of Girl Scouts.
  • In honor of our 100th annivesary, Girl Scouts was the recipient of ticket sales proceeds for the Rage City Roller Girls bout against Fairbanks on March 3. If you were at the event and didn't get your patch, come by the council office to pick it up.

Here are some highlights of events yet to come: 

  • 

100th Anniversary Camp Fires:  Monday, March 12th.  This is a great way that all Girl Scout across the state can celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts together.  Camp fires will be happening in multiple places across the state including Camp Singing Hills and CampTogowoods. 
  • Centennial Celebration Challenge: Deadline, May 7.  Here's your chance to celebrate 100 years and take action at the same time! Share a story and photos of what you did and we'll enter you in a prize drawing worth more than $100.
  • Community Parades: Share the excitement of Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary by carrying our 100th anniversary banner in your local parade.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details about how to get a banner.

We invite all current Girl Scouts and volunteers, as well as Girl Scout alumnae, former staff, parents, and anyone else who wants to celebrate the mission and cause of Girl Scouts to join us for these and other events throughout our anniversary year.   

Check out these other resources:

100th Anniversary FAQs

Are you planning a 100th anniversary event?
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Silver and Bronze Awards

 

Bronze Awards

 

Congratulations to Eagle River Junior Girl Scout Troop 916 successfully completed their Bronze Award. Several of the girls have pets they've adopted or rescue, so they decided this was a community need they wanted to support.

 

The girls used fleece material donations to make pet beds, baked pet treats, made cat toys, and sold bandanas at a holiday bazaar and in their school's teacher lounge.  They donated the dog beds and pet toys and treats to the local SPCA, along with more than $174 they received in sales and donations.

 

Troop leader Chris Kelliher noted that her troop members are: Lily, Chloe, Rachel and Tia.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Awards 

Troop 916 Bronze Award photo

 

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 642 in Eagle River for completing their Silver Award Project! 

 

The first requirement for earning the Girl Scout Silver Award is completing one Cadette Journey. The troop completed the "It’s Your World—Change It!"  aMaze!  journey.

 

To complete their Silver Award, the troop first spent 10 months identifying issues important to them, exploring the community around them and developing leadership skills.  They had to answer questions about those issues, why they were important to each individual girl, discover how those issues effect their community, and figure out a way for each girl to get involved in order to implement their project.  They had to make community contacts and find partner organizations to help implement their project.  The girls talked with project advisors, troop mentors, neighbors, religious leaders, teachers and local community sponsors and explored the internet to identify what projects they might be able to help with.

 

After discovering how many projects were available, the girls spent countless hours strategizing and narrowing down project ideas to those that would work for the group.  Several smaller projects were started and completed as a means to determine what one project would work best for the troop and community.  

 

Community member, Cynthia Juettner, approached troop members in July of 2010 and asked if they would be interested in assisting with "Trick or Treat in the Heat" for the Eagle River community.  Girls sat down and discussed the possible supplies they would need, how they could help the organization, how to get others involved and if this project could be sustainable.  Girls went to the computer, community and other news sources to research the project before they committed to it.  

 

After deciding to take the project on, the girls were tasked with the following:

  • Designing and creating posters and street signs that would last for several years 
  • Putting up and taking down these signs on the day of the event
  • Monitoring street and pedestrian traffic during the event
  • Securing entertainment for the kick-off block party
  • Set up for entertainment
  • Hand out candy at the homes of event organizers
  • Collect trash around the neighborhood after the event
  • Promotion of event to family, friends and neighbors

While the troop did not officially fundraise for the event itself, they used teamwork and volunteerism to support the first Eagle River Trick or Treat in the Heat event.  As a result of their contributions, more than 600 children and families attended the event, and all the proceeds were donated to support Ronald McDonald House, Hospice of Anchorage and the Make A Wish Foundation.  In Eagle River, over $7000 was raised this year, adding to the more than $33, 000 raised at all three Anchorage bowl events. 

 

Thank you to Troop 642 Adult Volunteers:  Laura de Mander, Melissa Papasodora, Lisa Sandefur and Brenda Fogleman, and Project Advisor Cynthia Juettner and Laura de Mander.

 

Congratulations to Troop 642 and its members: Madeline Corbett, Emma de Mander, Hailey Sandefur, Brooke Meredith, Cathryn Papasodora, Skye Spindler, and Kayla Fogleman!

 

Council-Wide Events and Opportunities

100th Anniversary Sale: March 12, 2012, 9am-5pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Alaska will have a sale on all 100th merchandise, apparel, and clearance items.

Enjoy 25% off all 100th anniversary items. This discount applies to phone, fax & email orders. This discount does not apply to shipping & handling charges.

For more information, contact the shop at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (907) 248-2250/1-800-478-7448.

March 12 Mini-Store 

Girl Scouts of Alaska will also be having a mini-store at the bonfires at Camp Singing Hills and Camp Togowoods with 100th anniversary items.  All 100th anniversary items at the bonfires at Togowoods & Singing Hills will be 25% off.

Don’t forget to purchase our exclusive 100th anniversary patch for $1 at the bonfire. See you there!

 

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

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 Registration is Open 

By now you should have received in your mailbox the 2012 Girl Scout summer camp catalog.

If you haven't seen it yet, 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!
 
 

Girl Scouts Forever Green

 
Girl Scouts Forever Green is Girl Scouts of the USA's National Take Action Project. The projects are aligned with the It's Your Planet, Love It! leadership journey, so girls can earn awards as they work to create positive change for the environment. Anyone who participates in Girl Scouts Forever Green is eligible to receive the patch shown here.
 
If you live in Southeast, read this article about Girl Scouts Forever Green projects in Sitka, Ketchikan, and other communities in Southeast, and Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for ideas about how to bring this program to your own community or troop.
 
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If you live in Anchorage or the Mat-Su, check out this last Forever Green activity we have planned as part of our Walk on the Wild Side series at Spring Creek Farm in Palmer, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

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 and Southcentral

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 how Girl Scouts supports girls in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

If you plan 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 - Mat/Su

Discover the worlds of science and technology through hands‐on activities in three fun workshops! Connect with local women working in science and technology related fields. This is Girl Scouts of Alaska’s signature event, and many troops’ favorite event of the year!

 

Date: March 31, 2012

 

Time: Daisies/Brownies (grades K‐3): 10:00 AM – Noon

Time: Cadettes and Junior (grades 4 - 8): 1 PM - 3 PM

 

Place: Mat-Su College

 

Cost: $5 for all girls (Girl Scouts and others) Adult Chaperone: no cost

 

Earn: Participation Patch

 

Info: Registration ends March 26. (Registrations accepted on a space available basis after March 26 for $8 per girl.) Girl Scouts may attend either with their troop or with an adult chaperone. All other girls should turn in Individual Girl Registration when signing up for the event at the Council office. Questions? Contact Julie Alexander at 907-376-3822.

 

Note: This event is open to all girls in grades K‐8. Girl Scouts can sign up using an Event Registration Form. Girls who are not currently Girl Scouts may attend with a parent or guardian. Contact the Council Office at 248‐2250 for an Individual Registration Form.Chef Vern Wolfram told us today that we're going to have 7 or 8 Girl Scouts of Alaska cookie recipes to sample this weekend at his demo in Anchorage, so no one will leave hungry. See you at 10 am Saturday morning at the SBS Design Center!

 

Science Saturdays at Campbell Creek Science Center

Girl Scouts is partnering with 4-H and the BLM Science Center at Campbell Creek to for a special series inviting middle school youth to discover the fun of science and the outdoors.

March 24: "Mining and Minerals"  - Investigate rock chunks from active Alaskan mines and connect them to everyday products. Try your hand at making a successful "edible" mine.

April 21: "Letterboxing" - Challenge your navigational skills with this outdoor treasure quest similar to geocaching.  Learn how to find letterboxes and how to set your own.

May 5: "Stream Studies" - Test creek health by measuring pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and even critter living in the water. Come with your break-up boots ready to get INTO Campbell Creek.

All activities are $5 and start at 1pm and all programs will have some outdoor time, so be sure to dress appropriately. Adults may accompany children free of charge.  Must be a member of 4-H or Girl Scouts to participate.

Call Marianne at 786-6300 for more information, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

SBS Gourmet Chef Series - March 10

University of Alaska's Chef Vern Wolfram is sharing 7 or 8 new recipes using Girl Scout cookies on March 10 at his demo in Anchorage.   See you at 10 am Saturday morning at the SBS Design Center!

 

Lemonade Day - May 6

Lemonade Day is an experiential program to teach youth about entrepreneurship through actually starting their own business (specifically, the quintessential youth business -- a lemonade stand!)  Registration is FREE, and participants receive a backpack with workbooks to help them walk through the steps of starting their own business.

Last year, Lemonade Day debuted in Anchorage with almost 1,000 registrants.  This year, the program is being offered state-wide to over 3,500 participants.  We are planning to reach 2,200 kids in Anchorage alone.  But, we need your help to spread the word. 

Lemonade Day organizers are looking for speakers for workshops geared towards youth, as well as locations to hold registration and events.

To find out more about this great event and how you can help or get involved, please contact Kathryn Abbott at 907-786-5419.

 

Alaska Energy Kids Day - March 13

FREE admission to the Anchorage Museum on March 13, 2012 for this event geared towards kids of all ages. Come learn about Alaska's oil industry, and other energy industries in Alaska.

 

Upcoming Events - Western Alaska 

Women of Science, Bethel

Discover the worlds of science and technology through hands‐on activities in three fun workshops! Connect with local women working in science and technology related fields. This is Girl Scouts of Alaska’s signature event, and many troops’ favorite event of the year!

Date: March 10, 2012

Time: 1 pm - 5 pm

Fee: $5 Per Girl (suggested, not required)

Place: University of Alaska, Kuskokwim Campus, Bethel

Adult Chaperone: no cost

No pre-registration required.  Earn a participation patch!

For more information, please contact Amanada Block at 907-248-2250.

 

Upcoming Events - Juneau and Southeast

Juneau Centennial Camp-In

Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts in Juneau by joining us at the Dimond Field House on March 10 and 11 for a Celebration and Camp-In.

Winter in Southeast Alaska is not the ideal time for a camp OUT, so industrious Juneau Girl Scouts set out to find an alternative solution. The Dimond Field House provided the perfect location with its large, “grassy” field and lots of space for tents and song-circles! Thanks to a generous donation by the Field House Board of Directors, Juneau Girl Scouts will take to the field Saturday night for games, singing & reflection. We’ve got big plans for campfires outside on the bank of the Mendenhall River for our treasured s’mores! Every troop in Juneau is planning to attend and celebrate, so you don't want to miss out!

The cost is $10 per girl and adult chaperones are free.The cost includes snacks and a t-shirt! The traveling Girl Scout shop will also be on location at the Field House for girls to purchase fun items to commemorate our 100th Anniversary!

For more information about the Juneau Camp-In, contact Melanie Coleman at 209-9424.

Juneau Auction - March 17

Come to the 23rd Annual Girl Scout Charity Auction on 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.



Auction proceeds will directly benefit Southeast Girl Scouts with memberships, camperships, and travel assistance.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BUY TICKETS
 

Sitka 100 Year Camporee - March 18, 19, 20

Halibut Point Recreation Area, March 18-20, 2012.  For all registered Girl Scouts. Call Patricia MacPike for details.

 

Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout Leaders - April 13-15, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.

Join a nationwide group of leaders in STEM education, learn hands-on activities in astronomy with your troops, learn how to engage girls and young women not only in science and math but also the astrological and technological concepts relating to the James Webb Space Telescope's mission.

For more information contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the Astronomy Camp website

 

Pen Pal imagePen Pals and Swap Requests

Requests for Daisies

1. "We are a Daisy troop that studied Alaska for Thinking Day.  We would love to get a letter or swap from a troop in Alaska.  Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help us out! Thanks!"

2. "I'm a Daisy leader for a troop in Mountain Home, Idaho.  We are currently working on the Petal VI, Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout, and we would love to exchange letters with girls from Alaska.  We have 7 Daisies, all in Kindergarten.  Please contact me at 208-286-8975 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested. Thanks so much.  Jill Schildhauer."

3. A Daisy troop in Louisiana seeks pen pals in Alaska.  Contact Ashley Myers for more information: 504-234-8528.

Requests for Brownies

"Greetings!  I am hoping you can help me with this project my troop is doing.  We are making and swapping SWAPS with other troops all over the USA. We are 13 Brownies in Missouri.  Please send us 13 swaps and a letter about your troop and what you like to do.  A picture of your troop would be great, too.  We are pinning all of our letters to a map of the U.S. so we can see where our new friends are from.  If you want to send us swaps and letters we will send some back to you!  Thank you for your time, and happy SWAPing! Pam Sokolic, Troop 1687, Girl Scouts of Greater St. Louis.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Brownies and Juniors Seeking Pen Pals

My name is Kathi Kline and I am a Girl Scout leader for a troop of Brownies and a troop of Juniors in St. Louis, Missouri. Please let me know if there are any troops that are interested in being pen pals with my troops.  My Brownie troop has 13 girls and my Junior troop has 10 girls.

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

Requests for Juniors

Debbie Sparer wants to connect with another Junior Girl Scout troop and exchange scrapbook pages.  They are collecting two pages per state for the 100th anniversary.  Please call Debbie at 917-882-0647 if you have a Junior troop interested in doing this.

 

Rhonda Williams has a troop of 4th grade Juniors who are interested in exchanging letters, or communicating on Skype.  Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (316) 262-4733.

 

Cadettes Seeking Pen Pals

A Cadette troop from Jacksonville, Florida is seeking pen pals.  If you think your troop would be interested in communicating with this troop, please contact Lynn Harper-Nimock at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Volunteer Opportunities - Anchorage

Do you like to skate, or want to learn how?  This might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!

Anchorage Parks & Recreation needs volunteers to help at the Westchester Lagoon Family Skate events on Saturdays through March 10 from 12:30 - 3 p.m.  Help is needed with skates, serving hot cocoa, helping the program coordinator, or to dress in costume. Call ahead, or just show up!  This is a simple and fun way to give back to your community.  Contact Jen for more info: 343-4495.

 

 
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