August 2013 Newsletter


The 2013-14 academic year is nearly upon us! That means it is time for troop registration. Troops meet regularly so girls can share amazing experiences, learn to make a difference in their community, and have lots of fun.

Girl Scouts of the USA will be upgrading its online registration website system. Please expect the site to be down from 5:00 p.m. EDT August 9 to 8:00 a.m. EDT August 14. As part of the upgrade, all existing accounts (user names and passwords) will be deactivated. Adults will be required to create a new online account to gain access to the system following the upgrade. You can reuse your old user name and password when creating your new online account if you choose.

With your new online account, you will be able to manage your own profile as well as your family and/or troop(s) profile. For example, a troop leader who has a daughter participating in Girl Scouts will be able to manage both her family and troop(s) with a single login (username and password).

How to Create a New Online Account

Step 1

Go to and click on the New Online Account button on the right-hand side of the screen.

Step 2

Enter the information as requested. This basic information will allow the system to search for your record and help check if you already exist in our database.

Step 3

One of the following will apply:

If the system finds you in the database, you will see the following message: "Congratulations! We found you in the online system. Please go to your email and follow the instructions to activate your online account." Please follow the instructions to complete your account activation.

If you receive the following message "We have found you in the system, but in order to continue please contact us," follow the instructions and contact the Help Desk at 907-273-0319 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This message generally appears when there is no email address on record or if there is a potential but unconfirmed match.

If the system does not find you in the database, you will be prompted to provide additional information to create your profile.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our Help Desk at 907-273-0319 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



This summer, Girls Scouts of Alaska served more than 2,500 girls through resident and day camp programs at 34 locations. At day camp, girls designed and carried out service learning projects to help their communities and the world. In Sitka, for example, campers held a "kindness car wash," the proceeds of which went to Sitka's Alaska Raptor Center.

Here are some things campers said they learned/gained by participating in day camp:

"I learned that looks don't define a person." (age 10)

"I am grateful that there are people outside of my family that care for and respect me." (age 15)

"One thing I learned about myself is that I have the power to do anything." (age 7)

A huge thank you to our staff, parents, and girls for making Girl Scouts of Alaska's 2013 summer day camps a success!



Despite the cold and rain, Anchorage-area Girl Scouts showed off their patriotic flair at Anchorage's annual Fourth of July parade. The parade began at 11:00 a.m. on H Street, traveled west down Ninth Avenue, made a loop around the Delaney Park Strip, and ended back on H Street and Ninth Avenue. Girl Scouts of Alaska were represented by both individual Girl Scouts and Troops 11,175, 315, 337, 351, 387, 414, 421, 444, 518, 679, 740, 1103, and 1111. Marching with the Girl Scouts were GSAK CEO Sue Perles; GSAK Board Vice Chair Beth Nordlund and her daughter, Ella; and Rep. Mia Costello, an honorary member of Troop 49. A big thank you to all of the girls and adults who participated! Special thanks to Mary Soots, leader of Troop 518 from the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, for coordinating the parade; and to Randy O'Neill, volunteer dad from Troop 414, for serving as parade marshal.

Girl Scouts also turned out for the Bear Paw Festival, an annual event put on by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. The Grand Parade began at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13. It followed the route down the Old Glenn Highway, Business Boulevard, and Centerfield Drive in downtown Eagle River. Thanks to Michelle Coakley, leader of Troop 657, for coordinating this event; and to the girls and parents from Troops 240, 637, 647, 657, 659, and 690 for participating.



Seventeen-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador Cassandra Alexander, a Wasilla resident, recently traveled to Peru where she attended weaving school, volunteered at an orphanage, hiked the Inca Trail, and visited Machu Picchu.

Olivia Larson, a 15-year-old Girl Scout Senior from Anchorage, joined the Outward Bound Catching Waves program in Costa Rica where she surfed, rafted, ziplined through rainforest canopies, assisted with local conservation efforts, and visited the vibrant artisan market of San Jose. Olivia described her adventure as "a great experience" that was "very exciting and fun-filled."

Girl Scouts destinations travel adventures range from two days to three weeks and fall into six travel categories: international, outdoors, science, people, apprenticeships, and getaways. For information, visit



Bev Cutler cites Girl Scouts' commitment to "empowering young girls through education, character development, and a sense of 'can do'" as her reasons for joining Girl Scouts of Alaska's board of directors.

"I was a Girl Scout myself, and I had the privilege of attending some excellent girls' schools for middle and high school," Bev said. "When girls learn how to make true, lifelong friendships with other girls, they later cultivate these same relationships with other women."

Originally from Washington, D.C., Bev attended Stanford University and Yale Law School before moving to Alaska in 1974. She served as an Anchorage District Court judge for five years starting in 1977, and in 1982 she was the first woman named to the state Superior Court. Bev retired in 2009 after 32 years on the bench.

Bev currently resides in Hatcher Pass with her husband, Mark Troutman. Together they have four children: Lucia, 33; Andrew, 29; Rebecca, 25; and Colin, 21. Bev and Mark's daughters were both Girl Scouts. In her free time Bev enjoys making jams and jellies, reading, cooking, sports and recreation, and farming.



Do you know an adult volunteer who deserves recognition for exemplary service to Girl Scouts? Check out the GSUSA Adult Award categories and submit your nomination by Friday, October 11. Awards will be presented at the annual Adult Learning Summit on Friday, November 8 in Anchorage. 



To register for all events, fill out the Event Registration Form in the 2013-14 Pathfinder. Forms can be mailed, emailed, faxed, or dropped off at our office. The form can also be accessed online.

Please note: Registration for events closes two weeks prior to the date the event will be held. If you have questions about upcoming events, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , GSAK's travel and outdoor specialist.


Grades 9-12

Time: 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, September 11

Location: Anchorage (exact location TBD)

Event Description: Have you ever wanted to shoot a bow and arrow? Have you wondered why arrows have feathers and why one is a different color from the others? Learn the answers to these questions and much more when you come to "Take Aim, Shoot!"

Cost for Girls: $6

Cost for Adults: No Cost

Registration Closing Date: Wednesday, August 28 (maximum of 12 girls)


Grades K-3

Time: TBD

Date: Saturday, September 14

Location: Anchorage (exact location TBD)

Event Description: Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? What is your dream? Join us as we engage in activities and explore different professions, discover values you care about, connect with new friends, and take action to make the world a better place.

Cost for Girls: $10

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, August 31 (minimum of 10 girls needed to hold the class)


Grades K-3

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Date: Saturday, September 21

Location: Bricks 4 Kidz, 705 S. Knik Goose Bay Road, Suite L, Wasilla

Event Description: Work with a partner and experience the hands-on fun of model building from concept to completion with Legos. Then add motors to really get things moving!

Cost for Girls: $30

Cost for Adults: No Cost

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, September 7 (minimum 10 girls/maximum 20 girls)


Grades 6-8

Time: TBD

Date: Saturday, September 28

Location: Anchorage (exact location TBD)

Event Description: "Take a Stand" allows girls to explore issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques through engaging role-plays, creative writing, games, and discussion.

Cost for Girls: $10

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, September 14 (minimum of 10 girls needed to hold the class)



Check out the GSAK store for great back-to-troop items! This year's items include uniform polo shirts (pictured), volunteer resource packs (includes a free bag!), new apparel and gifts, and starter kits. The store is located at 3911 Turnagain Boulevard East in Anchorage, or shop online.



The Girl Membership Connection Committee (MCC) is made up of Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9–10) and Girl Scout Ambassadors (grades 11–12) who provide input, direction, and influence over major policy issues of Girl Scouts of Alaska.

The Girl MCC will provide annual forums for girls and adults to give input on strategic plans, celebrate achievement, and participate in program events. The Girl MCC may also provide input to the Board Development Committee on the nominating process.

The Girl MCC is an excellent opportunity for older girls to become more involved in the council. Adults may nominate girls and/or girls may apply for the position. There are several spots open at this time and we would like them filled by October.

Girl Scout Seniors and Girl Scout Ambassadors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, and from all areas of Alaska, are encouraged to apply.

GSAK MCC application

GSAK MCC nomination form



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