September 2013 Newsletter

RASMUSON FOUNDATION GRANT TO ASSIST WITH THE REBUILD OF CAMP SINGING HILLS

Sate-of-the-art STEM programs, year-round camping, and outdoor education and activities - Camp Singing Hills is poised to offer important programs to meet the leadership needs of girls in Alaska. 
The 40-acre Singing Hills property is located in Chugiak, just north of Anchorage. In 2009, the primary structure on the property was destroyed by arson. The following year, project teams came together to consult with girls, adult volunteers, board members, and community leaders to determine the facilities and campus elements that would best meet the needs of Alaska's girls. The result: New camp facilities that will include a fully-wired lodge for programs, events, training, and interactive distance learning; four yurts and a shower house for year-round camping; two trail systems, plus camping locations and outdoor environmental education sites; and a waterfront area with canoe storage and an environmental education dock.
The Rasumson Foundation recently awarded a generous grant to GSAK to support the rebuild of Camp Singing Hills. The grant includes matching funds, meaning that any gift made between now and the end of the year will have double the impact. For each troop that donates $100, every girl will receive a special Camp Singing Hills patch. If your troop donates $500, your troop number will go on the new camp bell.  
To donate, go online (click the "donate" button under the "Contribute to Singing Hills Capital Campaign" heading) or contact Board, Development & Events Manager This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0307.

FORMER GIRL SCOUT HELPING CONSTRUCT CAMP SINGING HILLS

When GSAK CEO Sue Perles visited Camp Singing Hills, she was intrigued by a young woman working as an apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Sue introduced herself and discovered that the woman, Kayla Bowdoin, had been a member of a Girl Scout troop when she was growing up in Ketchikan. Kayla credits Girl Scouts with helping give her the drive, determination, and work ethic to succeed in the male-dominated construction industry. Read more about Kayla and her work out at Singing Hills on our blog!

 

GSAK RECEIVES GENEROUS SUPPORT

Thanks to generous support from three organizations, more girls across the state can discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.

This year, through the Barbara and Ed Dimock Art Scholarship Fund, Soroptimist International of Anchorage (SI/A) donated funds to GSAK to be used for art supplies for girls. SI/A is a women's organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Dimock Fund awards money to non-profit organizations that provide arts programs to school-age children. In 2012, SI/A honored GSAK with its "Advancing the Status of Women" award.

In August, GSAK received a Community Impact Grant from United Way of Southeast Alaska to assist with capacity-building efforts in 26 communities in Southeast Alaska. The grant will help enable GSAK to deliver education and health initiatives, including Women of Science events in five major Southeast communities; friendship, fun, and age-appropriate activities through troop membership; the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place; and camps and outdoor education. United Way of Southeast Alaska is an independently governed, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening lives, helping people, and improving community conditions in Southeast Alaska.

Fluor Foundation recently donated money for STEM education at Camp Singing Hills. As the firm responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline in the 1970s, GSAK is especially excited to have Fluor support our STEM efforts. Fluor is a Fortune 500 company that delivers engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management to governments and clients in diverse industries around the world.

A big thank you to SI/A, United Way of Southeast Alaska, and Fluor Foundation for their generous contributions!

 

GEARING UP FOR FALL PRODUCT SALES! 
The Girl Scout Fall Product Sale program goes beyond the enjoyment of some great products – it gives girls the experience of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. This is a ‘friends and family sale’ that provides troops with the opportunity to earn start-up funds for the new Girl Scout membership year. Troops earn $1 per item sold, and all proceeds stay within Girl Scouts of Alaska to benefit local girls.
 
Important Dates:
 
Now-Oct. 1: Troops begin picking up sales materials from their Service Unit or Council Office
Oct. 4:  Girls begin taking orders
Oct. 23: Troop enters orders in the Trophy Nut Ordering System (TNOS)
Week of Nov. 18: Products arrive and girls begin delivery
Dec. 4: Troops deposit money into troop account
Dec. 6: First automated clearing house (AHC) (100% of the total amount due to council
Week of Dec. 9: Recognitions arrive
Month of December: Additional ACHs take place as needed  
 
We are offering 12 varieties nuts, sweets, and mixes ranging from $6 to $10. Treat your family, treat yourself – just in time for the holidays! Questions can be directed to Product Sales Manager This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0302.

SAVE THE DATE!
Camp Singing Hills Celebration and Tour  
When: 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: Camp Singing Hills, 26401 Paradis Lane, Chugiak  
Join Girl Scouts of Alaska as we review the progress at Camp Singing Hills. Travel the trails and explore year-round camping and recreational opportunities. Enjoy cookies and hot drinks as you see the work completed to date and imagine what the finished project will look like!  Please RSVP to Board, Development & Events Manager This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0307.  
Opening Night of A Wrinkle in Time - proceeds to benefit GSAK! 
When: 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29 
Where: Cyrano's Theater Company, 413 D Street, Anchorage
This acclaimed theatrical version sends Meg and her little brother, Charles, on a quest to rescue their father from the evil, all-powerful IT. Meg and Charles have the magical help of three eccentric sisters named Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, but in the end they must rely on their own resources. Perfect holiday entertainment for the whole family! Girls who attend in uniform will earn a theater badge. All opening night proceeds benefit GSAK. Purchase tickets online.

FIVE GIRL SCOUTS RECEIVE GOLD AWARD

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open to Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (grades 11-12), this prestigious award challenges girls to make a difference in their world. Recently, five girls in communities across Alaska earned their Gold Award. Congratulations to:

Ellie Hakari, Troop 620, Palmer - "Project Twila," which addressed the need for outdoor fitness for seniors

Sarah Miller, Troop 664, Chugiak - "Entry Sign," which installed a sign and flower bed at the entrance of Chugiak Elementary School

Diane Murph, Troop 4115, Petersburg - "Electrifying GS about Green Energy and Projects," which taught girls in grades 6-8 about renewable energy

Nicole Nelson, Troop 4009, Juneau - "Fuel the Spark for Art," which installed a permanent, rotating student art exhibit

Margaret Wallace, Troop 664, Chugiak - "Covenant House Awareness," which brought students together for a clothing and electronics drive to benefit Covenant House Alaska

To receive the Gold Award, girls must complete a project that takes a minimum of 80 hours. The project has to be sustainable (no one-time events), and girls must measure the impact of their project quantitatively. Ellie, Sarah, Diane, Nicole, and Margaret will be formally recognized at the GSAK Young Women of Distinction banquet in March in Anchorage. In August, Nicole's "Fuel the Spark for Art" exhibit was installed at the Juneau International Airport. Read more about Nicole and her Gold Award project on our blog.

Girl Scouts of Alaska congratulates these five young women on their Gold Award-winning projects and thanks them for their service!

 

ADULT LEARNING SUMMIT - NOVEMBER 8 & 9

Whether you're new to Girl Scouts or a seasoned volunteer, the Adult Learning Summit is a great way to learn more about the organization, strengthen your youth-development skills, and network with other volunteers. This is a fun and educational two-day event you won't want to miss!

When: Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9

Where: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

Cost: Friday only (sessions and volunteer award ceremony) - $15; Friday and Saturday - $30

Travel Stipends

Limited funds are available for our volunteers living off the road system. For information about travel stipends, contact Director of Program & Membership This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0312.

Lodging

We have reserved a block of 10 rooms at a discounted rate at the Anchorage Residence Inn by Marriott. The hotel is conveniently located in the same parking lot as the BP Energy Center. Individuals must contact our reservation center at 800-314-0781 and let the reservation agent know they need to make a reservation out of the block of rooms under "Girls Scouts of Alaska." Reservations must be made no later than Saturday, Oct. 19. After that date, all un-sold rooms in the block will be released.

Rates:

Studio Suite: $109 + 12% tax per night

One Bedroom Suite: $119 + 12% tax per night

Two Bedroom Suite: $139 + 12% tax per night

GIRL MCC - CALL FOR NOMINEES

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

The Girl MCC provides a forum for girls to give input on strategic plans, celebrate achievement, and participate in planning. The committee may also provide input to the Board Development Committee on the nominating process for our board of directors.

The Girl MCC is an excellent opportunity for older girls to become more involved in the council. You can nominate a girl 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 Ambassadors from all areas are encouraged to apply. For information, contact Mat-Su Member Service Specialist This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-376-3822.

GSAK MCC application

GSAK MCC nomination form

 

GIRL GUIDES & JOURNEY SETS 25% OFF!

Sale valid through Thursday, Oct. 31. Visit us at 3911 Turnagain Boulevard East in Anchorage, or shop online.

 

KETCHIKAN TROOP VISITS BIRTHPLACE OF GIRL SCOUTS FOUNDER

In August, Troop 4071 visited Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Gordon Low. Ms. Low's large Savannah home was purchased and restored by Girl Scouts of the USA in 1953. Now known as the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center, or often referred to as "the Birthplace," the handsome English Regency house was designated a registered National Historic Landmark in 1965.

The troop spent a full day at the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center where the girls participated in a "Sisters of the Palette" art activity and conducted a pinning ceremony in the gardens. After their day at the house, the troop located Ms. Low's grave where they recited the Girl Scout Promise and Law. While in Savannah, the troop explored River Street, went on a ghost tour, ate dinner at Paula Deen's The Lady and Sons Restaurant, toured Fort Pulaski, and visited the first Girl Scouts headquarters building.

Troop 4071 is based in Ketchikan and made up of Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10), and Ambassadors (grades 11-12). A big thank you to troop leader Karen Taylor and co-leaders Gretchen O'Sullivan and Eleanor Oman for taking Troop 4071 on this once-in-a-lifetime trip!

 

PATHFINDERS DELIVERED TO A MAILBOX NEAR YOU!

The Pathfinder program guide lists GSAK's exciting programs and events that provide girls with excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills while having fun. Pathfinders were delivered to members' mailboxes in August. If you did not receive yours, contact Director of Program & Membership This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0312. You can also access the Pathfinder online.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

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. If you have questions about upcoming events, please contact Travel & Outdoor Specialist This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0308.


NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY, ANCHORAGE

Grades 4-12 and Adults

When: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28

Location: Campbell Creek Science Center, Anchorage

Event Description: Wear warm clothes, boots and gloves; tools, equipment, and a pizza luncheon will be provided. The annual Science Center Open House follows at 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. with educational games and live music. Visitors may call the Science Center at 267-1247 for more details or to pre-register volunteer groups in advance of the event.

Cost for Girls: $0/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Register the morning of the event


DESTINATION WEBINAR, STATEWIDE

Grades 6-8

When: 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2

Location: Online

Event Description: Hear from girls who have gone on adventures, get advice about the application process, and brainstorm money-earning ideas.

Cost for Girls: $0/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1


SONGS & GAMES, HAINES

Grades K-12

When: 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4

Location: Haines School commons

Event Description: Sing songs and learn new games! You can also register for the 2013-14 Girl Scout membership year. Price includes a fun patch.

Cost for Girls: $5/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Friday, Sept. 20


OUT OF THIS WORLD: STARS OF THE ALASKA SKY, ANCHORAGE

Grades K-3 and 4-8

When: 6-7 p.m. (grades K-3) and 7:30-8:30 p.m. (grades 4-8), Friday, Oct. 4

Location: UAA Planetarium, Anchorage

Event Description: Join us for an exclusive Girl Scouts show to learn about constellations and more.

Cost for Girls: $8/Cost for Adults: $7

Registration Closing Date: Friday, Sept. 20


OUTDOOR EVENT, HAINES

Grades K-12

When: Time TBD, Saturday, Oct. 5

Location: The Bakery, Haines

Event Description: Girls of all ages are welcome to try their hand at outdoor skills. Cook out, build shelters, and more! Come with a parent or troop leader.

Cost for Girls: TBD/Cost for Adults: TBD

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, Sept. 21


WALK ON THE WILD SIDE! WITH SPRING CREEK FARM, PALMER

Grades K-3 and 4-8

When: 9 a.m.-noon (grades K-3) and 1-4 p.m. (grades 4-8), Saturday, Oct. 5

Location: APU Spring Creek Farm, Palmer

Event Description: Earn a participation patch, enjoy the farm and trails, and work toward completing a journey or badge.

Cost for Girls: $15/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Monday, Sept. 30


SEAWOLVES VOLLEYBALL CLINIC, ANCHORAGE

Grades 4-6

When: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 5

Location: UAA Sports Complex, Anchorage

Event Description: Join the Lady Seawolves Volleyball team for a clinic on passing, serving, setting, and teamwork. Girls will receive a fun patch and a voucher for a Seawolves volleyball game.

Cost for Girls: $9/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, Sept. 21


GOLD AWARD ONLINE ORIENTATION, STATEWIDE

Grades 9-12

When: 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8

Location: Online

Event Description: Learn about the Gold Award and what you need to do to earn it.

Cost for Girls: $0/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Sunday, Oct. 6


MYSTERY EVENT, JUNEAU

Grades 6-12

When: 4:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8

Location: TBD, Juneau

Event Description: You're off on an adventure, but what you will do is a mystery! Bring a friend.

Cost for Girls: $15/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Tuesday, Sept. 24


SONGS & GAMES, GUSTAVUS

Grades K-12

When: After school, Wednesday, Oct. 9

Location: Gustavus School lunch room

Event Description: Sing songs and learn new games. You can also register for the 2013-14 Girl Scout membership year. Price includes fun patch.

Cost for Girls: $5/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Wednesday, Sept. 25


BRONZE & SILVER AWARD ORIENTATION, ANCHORAGE & STATEWIDE

Grades 4-8

When: 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11

Location: 3911 Turnagain Blvd. E. in Anchorage and online

Event Description: If you want to learn more about the Bronze of Silver award, you can participate in this orientation in person (Anchorage) or via webinar (statewide).

Cost for Girls: $0/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Friday, Oct. 4


JOURNEY EVENT: SOW WHAT!, KETCHIKAN

Grades 9-10

When: Time TBD, Friday, Oct. 11

Location: TBD, Ketchikan

Event Description: Journey through a local market and sample locally-grown and -produced products. Put it together and create a local feast on your own plate! Bring a friend.

Cost for Girls: $15/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Friday, Oct. 4


ALASKA NATIVE ATHABASCAN CULTURE, ANCHORAGE

Grades K-5

When: 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16

Location: Anchorage Museum

Event Description: Earn GSAK's Atahbascan Try-it or badge while you explore the Dena'ian Way of Living exhibit and attend a guided tour of the Alaska History Gallery.

Cost for Girls: $10/Cost for Adults: One adult free w/ every five girls; additional adults $12/adult

Registration Closing Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2


DESTINATION INFO NIGHT, ANCHORAGE

Grades 6-12

When: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17

Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage

Event Description: Enjoy dinner while hearing from girls who have gone on destination adventures, get advice about the application process, and brainstorm money-earning ideas.

Cost for Girls: $5/Cost for Adults: $5

Registration Closing Date: Wednesday, Oct. 16


ROLLER SKATING, ANCHORAGE

Grades K-12 and families

When: 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17

Location: Dimond Skateland, Anchorage

Event Description: Bring the whole family and roll the night away! Family-friendly Halloween costumes encouraged.

Cost for Girls: $7/Cost for Adults: $7

Registration Closing Date: Pay the event fee at the door the night of the event.


FAB LAB TOUR, ANCHORAGE

Grades K-5

When: 2-3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18

Location: Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Anchorage

Event Description: Tour CITC's new fabrication laboratory. Fab labs allow you to dream up, design, and create almost anything using 3D printers and cutting-edge software and equipment.

Cost for Girls: $3/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Friday, Oct. 11


MYSTERY EVENT, KETCHIKAN

Grades 2-5

When: 2-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25

Location: TBD, Ketchikan

Event Description: You're off on an adventure, but what you will do is a mystery! Bring a friend.

Cost for Girls: $15/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Friday, Oct. 11


ROBOTICS CHALLENGE WITH BRICKS 4 KIDZ, WASILLA

Grades 4-8

When: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26

Location: Bricks 4 Kidz, Wasilla

Event Description: Turn your LEGO creation into a robot using motors, sensors, and software.

Cost for Girls: $35/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, Oct. 12


FRIENDSHIP TOUR INFORMATION WEBINAR, STATEWIDE

Grades 6-12 and adults

When: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29

Location: Online

Event Description: Learn more about the Friendship Tour with Japanese and Alaskan Girl Scouts.

Cost for Girls: $0/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Monday, Oct. 28


ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


GETTING STARTED (PART 1 FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS), ANCHORAGE

When: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5

Location: Muldoon Public Library, Anchorage

Event Description: Introduces new volunteers to the goals, policies, and procedures of GSAK.

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, Sept. 28

 

GETTING STARTED (PART 1 FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS), STATEWIDE

When: 10-11:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 14

Location: Online

Event Description: Introduces new volunteers to the goals, policies, and procedures of GSAK.

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: Monday, Oct. 7

 

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT 101, STATEWIDE

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon., Thursday, Oct. 17

Location: Online

Event Description: Lear the basics of behavior management.

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: Thursday, Oct. 10

 

BRINGING YOUTH & ADULTS TOGETHER THROUGH TEAMBUILDING, PALMER

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17

Location: Mat-Su College, Palmer

Event Description: Learn strategies for teambuilding.

Cost $0

Registration Closing Date: Thursday, Oct. 10

 

GETTING STARTED (PART 1 FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS), STATEWIDE

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17

Location: Online

Event Description: Introduces new volunteers to the goals, policies, and procedures of GSAK.

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: Thursday, Oct. 10

 

GETTING STARTED & TROOP MANAGEMENT, VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Event Description: Introduces new volunteers to the goals, policies, and procedures of GSAK. Also covers how to start and manage a troop. Topics include running a parent meeting, the six parts of a troop meeting, and the mechanics of managing a troop

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: One week prior to training

Time/date/location:

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, Mat-Su College, Palmer

9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 5, UAS campus, Sitka

6-9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, Mat-Su College, Palmer

5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, Girl Scouts council office, Anchorage

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, Kenai Public Library, Kenai

9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 19, Ketchikan Public Library, Ketchikan

11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, Homer Public Library, Homer

 

FRIENDSHIP TOUR INFORMATION

When: 7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29

Location: Online

Event Description:Are you interested in learning about the Friendship Tour with Japanese and Alaskan Girl Scouts? Learn about the application process, the various destinations, and how families can help out by hosting a scout next summer.

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: Monday, Oct. 28