October 2012 Council News

A Note From GSAK's New CEO

This is my third week on the job as Girl Scouts of Alaska’s new Chief Executive Officer.  I’m excited about the coming year and looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

I’m making arrangements to visit many of the communities Girl Scouts of Alaska serves. It’s important that I meet and talk with as many of you as possible about what’s working and what you might like to see improve, so that we can best support you in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Stay tuned for more details about where I’ll be visiting and when.

I feel privileged to have this opportunity to work with you to make a difference for girls in Alaska, and look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you!

Please take a moment to read my full note here.

Sue Perles, CEO
 

 

Save the Date!

3rd Annual Adult Learning Summit, November 9 and 10, 2012

at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage

The Adult Learning Summit has something to offer every volunteer, whether you're a new or experienced Girl Scout leader.
Join us for two fun-filled days of learning and sharing. 

Scholarships and travel assistance may be available.  Please contact Tasha Nichols ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for more information, or call the council office at 907-248-2250.

Click here for more details about the Adult Learning Summit, including session descriptions and a schedule of events.

 

Adult Awards

Do you know an adult volunteer who deserves recognition for exemplary service to Girl Scouts? 

Check out the GSUSA Adult Award categories, below, and submit your nomination

Approved awards will be presented at the Adult Learning Summit (November 9 & 10 in Anchorage), and Service Unit Leader Meetings later in the Girl Scout year.

The Appreciation Pin
The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, but for this pin the impact is within one geographic area of service.

The Honor Pin
The Honor Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; this support has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service to reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals of the council.

The Thanks Badge
The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

The Thanks Badge II
The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge award recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role which resulted in a measurable impact benefitting the entire Girl Scout Movement.

The President's Award
The President's Award recognizes the efforts of a service team, committee, or volunteer team whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council's overall goals.

The Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal
This prestigious national award is granted tin individuals and councils who have enhanced and progressed the understanding of the global aspects of Girl Guiding and Gilr Scouting, which empowers girls to be global citizens.  

The Volunteer of Excellence
This award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.  



Happy Halloween & Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low!

Back by popular demand, it's our annual Juliette Low Birthday Sale! 

Save 20% off EVERYTHING in the store and at our online store, on Wednesday October 31, 2012 only.

Use code birthday at www.girlscoutsalaska.org/shop to save 20% off your entire purchase! Sale and code valid on 10-31-2012 only. Discount does not apply to shipping & handling charges.
 

 

2013 is Encampment year!

We are getting excited and already starting to plan, so get out your calendars, mark the date, and join us for 3 days of games, fun, learning, and friendship!

Our theme this year is To Get Her There: Empowering Girls to be Leaders.  Click here to learn more information about this years' theme.  

Here are the details you need to know about Encampment:
When? June 6-9, 2013
Where? Fairgrounds in Palmer
Need more info?  Contact Tasha Nichols at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 907-273- 0312.
 

Upcoming Series and Events

Anchorage Astronomy Series for girls in grades 6-12

Dates and Times:
1. Saturday, November 17, 10:30 am - 3 pm
2. Saturday, December 15, 11 am - 3 pm
3. Friday, January 18 (TBA)
4. Friday, February 9 - Saturday, February 10, 3 pm - 1 pm

Come join us for a four-part series where we learn about astronomy. This is a series of events that leads to an overnight stay to look at the stars through the Galileoscope that you constructed yourself.

Cost per girl: $70
Cost per adult: $20
 

Robotics

Girl Scouts of Alaska is forming all-girl robotics teams for the FIRST Lego League and Junior FIRST Lego League competitions this fall.  If you are a girl age 6-14 with an interest in trying out this fun activity, we can set you up with an introductory workshop, or a robotics team.  This opportunity is open to ALL GIRLS -- not just current Girl Scouts.

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

 

 

 

 

 

The Alaska Zoo is excited to invite scouts of all ages to the zoo for some exciting winter adventures!

Educational, fun and unforgettable experiences await Girl Scouts this winter with great programs such as Critter Tales, Hands-On Animal Detectives, Scout Safari and our two most popular choices, Zoo Scouts and Zoo Snooze! These programs are packed with badge and patch related material as well as behind-scenes tours and animal encounters, so don’t miss the chance for your troop to see the zoo like never before!  We look forward to hearing from all our Alaska troop leaders and seeing you all this winter at the Alaska Zoo!

Scout Programs for YOUR Troop's Next Adventure:

Critter Tales
Be immersed in a 30 to 45 minute program that includes listening to zoo story books, followed up with a behind-scenes encounter featuring the story's main character!
Cost is $8 per scout (ages 3-17) and $9 per adult (18 and older).*  Call to reserve your date and time!

Hands-On Animal Detectives
A 30 to 45 minute tactile exploration of our critter collection filled with furs, feathers, skulls and more!  Come discover various species arctic adaptations!
Cost is $8 per scout (ages 3-17) and $9 per adult (18 and older).*  Call to reserve your date and time!

Scout Safari
Guide your troop through the zoo with help from the zoo's educational packets that incorporate badge and patch related materials!
Cost is $7 per scout (ages 3-17) and $9 per adult (18 and older).  Call to reserve your date and time!

Zoo Scouts
Delight in a 30 minute animal encounter in our new zoo classroom followed by an hour guided behind-scenes tour at our most popular animal exhibits- all packed with badge and patch related materials!
Cost is $10 per scout (ages 3-17) and $10 per adult (18 and older).*  This program runs daily from 6pm to 7:30pm daily, call to reserve your date now!

Zoo Snooze
An overnight adventure from 6pm Friday to 10am Saturday that is overflowing with behind-scenes animal encounters and keeper interactions!  We even include evening snacks and breakfast!
Cost is $45 per scout (ages 3-17) and $12 per adult (18 and older).*  Call for available dates to reserve your troop's adventure in Zoo Snooze now!

Contact Ellen Grover (Camp Coordinator) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (907) 341-6432 for more information, pricing, and scheduling.

*Please note that annual passes cannot be applied to your admission rate.  The program fees cover the staff time and preparation that these programs require.  Thank you for understanding.

 

Pen Pal Requests:

"Hi, I'm a Rainbow and Brownie leader in England and my units would like to learn about Girl Scouts in America. Would any of your units like to pair up with us? We are based in London.  The Rainbows are ages 5-7 and the Brownies are ages 7-10.  ~Sara"
Contact me at:
Sara Atkins
260 Belmont Road
Erith, Kent, DA8 1LG, ENGLAND
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Good day!  I am a Girl Scout of the Phillippines adult leader.  We just conducted a training for our girls and challenge them to connect with their fellow Girl Scouts outside of our country.  I hope you can help us and let your girls communicate with our girls.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.

Hello - I 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. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested! Leah LeMay McCarthy, Troop 10874. 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
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Hello - I have a Brownie troop in Northern Virginia and the girls voted on the most exotic place in the U.S. where they would like to connect with other Girl Scouts.  The winner was Alaska!  So, I hope to find another Brownie troop to exchange letters with who would like to learn all about living in Northern Virginia, which is right next to our nation's capitol, Washington, DC.
Please call me at 703-266-6798 if you are interested.  Jenny Bradshaw.

Brownie and Junior troops from the Southern Appalachian Girl Scout Council in Tennessee seek pen pals.  Please contact Jennie if you have a troop that wants to connect with girls in Tennessee! This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 423-539-3889.

 
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