October 2013 e-news

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! JOIN US FOR THE CAMP SINGING HILLS CELEBRATION AND TOUR OCTOBER 19

When: 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19

Where: Camp Singing Hills, 26401 Paradis Lane, Chugiak

RSVP: Board, Development & Events Manager This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0307

You are invited to celebrate our progress at Camp Singing Hills. We will be serving cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee. Please dress warmly, tour the camp, and see what the future holds for our girls!

The GSAK Capital Campaign to rebuild Camp Singing Hills is underway. We are off to a great start - the trails and yurts are ready to go - but we're not done yet! Once completed, Singing Hills will be a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) center for girls. Our 6,500-square-foot lodge will be wired for interactive technology and include a sleeping loft and commercial kitchen.

GSAK needs addition funds to complete the Capital Campaign. To boost our efforts, the Rasmuson Foundation is matching donations, so your gift will have twice the impact! For troops that donate $100, each 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.

 

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 & 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 Tasha Nichols, 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

 

ADULT AWARDS - CALL FOR NOMINEES

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, Oct. 18. Awards will be presented at the annual Adult Learning Summit on Friday, Nov. 8 in Anchorage.

 

OPENING NIGHT OF A WRINKLE IN TIME - PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT GSAK

NOVEMBER 29

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.


FALL PRODUCT SALES ARE UNDERWAY

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:

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.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR BOARD MEMBERS

The GSAK board guides the direction of our organization keeps us true to our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We want to extend a big thank you to our board members for their hard work, dedication, and support!

GSAK bids a fond farewell to outgoing board members Sue Gamache and Karen Jordan of Anchorage and Sarah Lewis of Juneau, and welcomes incoming board members Vicki Otte and Ella Tonuchuk of Anchorage and Cori Mills of Juneau.

 

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF GIRL SCOUT VOLUNTEERS

First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the important role played by Girl Scout volunteers in a video released Sept. 29 by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). Ms. Obama serves as honorary national president of GSUSA. Every First Lady of the United States has served in this post since 1917.

Ms. Obama's video coincides with the launch of GSUSA's new campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers while highlighting the fun, excitement, and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience. Parents, caregivers, and volunteers are vital to the organization's success.

"Girl Scout volunteers can be moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or anyone else looking to help girls in their community fulfill their boundless promise," First Lady Michelle Obama says. "As a Girl Scout volunteer, you can show girls that anything is possible, and you can inspire them to dream bigger and go further than they ever even imagined." To view the video, click here. For volunteer information, visit the GSAK website.

 

MANAGING GROUP FINANCES

Girl Scout Product Activities help girls develop five key skills: Goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Coaching girls as they earn and manage money is an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. As a new Girl Scout year begins, GSAK wants to remind troop and Service Unit leaders about the keys to managing troop/group finances.

Maintaining a group/troop bank account

•Troop funds benefit all girls in the troop and should be spent in the year the funds are earned, unless the troop has a long-range plan for spending the funds.

•All troop account signers are responsible for safeguarding and maintaining the troop's treasury. This includes ensuring adequate funds to cover payments drawn from the troop account and maintaining accurate troop financial records.

•As with any banking account, signers are legally responsible for all account transactions and should verify account balances before disbursing funds.

Funds

•All expenses should be paid for by troop check or debit card. If cash is used, receipts for purchases should be attached to the withdrawal receipt for cash.

•If a volunteer is being reimbursed via check from the troop account, the second signer shall sign the reimbursement check.

Record keeping

•A file must be maintained with receipts and records that supports all financial transactions.

•Troop financial reports (deposit slips, receipts, account register, etc.) shall be available for review by your troop's parents/guardians, service unit manager, or council staff.

•The troop treasurer should prepare periodic financial reports for the troop members and parents with a copy of the bank statement.

•All checks and deposits should be recorded in a checkbook or spreadsheet. The bank statement should be reconciled on a monthly basis. To prevent mismanagement of funds, a separate individual should be responsible for receiving the bank statement and reconciling the account from the person(s) spending and collecting the funds.

If you have questions about managing troop finances, contact your member service specialist.


GIRL MEMBERSHIP CONNECTION COMMITTEE - CALL FOR NOMINEES

The Girl Membership Connection Committee (GMCC) 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 GSAK.

The GMCC 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 GMCC 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 the end of October.

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors from all areas of Alaska 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

 

JBER GIRL SCOUTS MAKING A POSITIVE IMPACT

Girl Scouts on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) are improving the lives of our Anchorage-based military women through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

Fun, friends, and food were the focus of the JBER Service Unit Girl Scouts kickoff held Sept. 20 at the Dallas Community Center. Sixty-five girls and their parents turned out for arts and crafts, limbo, and karaoke as they learned about the impact Girl Scouts have made on the JBER community. The luau was a follow up to the JBER Girl Scout Leader Roundup and a parent night co-sponsored by the JBER Girl Scout Service Unit and GSAK. They have been assisted in their leader recruitment efforts by the JBER Joint Volunteer Action Council (JVAC).

Jennifer Short serves as one of the event chairs for the JBER Service Unit. She also heads up JBER-based Girl Scout Troop 700. She emphasized Girl Scouts' commitment to serving the girls whose parents live on base, as well as the Anchorage community at large. "At the luau, we collected toiletries to donate to AWAIC (Abused Women's Aid in Crisis). In December, we'll do a donation drive for cold-weather clothing. With us being on JBER, our girls have one or both parents in the military. It's important for us to honor that connection, such as when we cook dinner for the families living at Fisher House."

Fisher House is an on-base "home away from home" for service members, veterans, and their families. It enables family members to be close to a loved one who is in the hospital for illness, disease, or injury.

Theresa Roach and Debbie Boland serve as co-managers of the JBER Service Unit. Theresa said successful past Girl Scout projects include a park cleanup day and putting together care packages for cancer patients and foster children.

Debbie likewise highlighted JBER Girl Scouts' commitment to the community. "We adopted a local family for Christmas last year and donated food, gifts and clothing for a family of five. We're in the process of collecting 50 pillows and 50 blankets for AWAIC, and we'll be collecting for the Toys for Tots Foundation this holiday season," she said.

If you are a military parent and interested in having your daughter participate in a JBER-based Girl Scout troop, contact Director of Program & Membership This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0312.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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.


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

 

SONGS & GAMES, Hoonah

ALL grades

When: Early November (exact time/date TBD)

Location: Hoonah Youth Center

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: TBD

 

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, Nov. 2

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, Oct. 28

 

BRONZE & SILVER AWARD ORIENTATION, Statewide

Grades 4-8

When:5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12

Location: Online

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

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

Registration Closing Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5

 

GOLD AWARD WORKSHOP, Anchorage

Grades 9-12

When:6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15

Location: Anchorage (exact location TBD)

Event Description: This workshop is intended to help girls understand the steps to earning their Gold Award. Topics include research, project planning, choosing a project advisor, creating a budget and timeline, and recording and reporting project results.

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

Registration Closing Date: Friday, Nov. 8

 

LEARN TO CURL, Anchorage

ALL grades

When: 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16

Location: Anchorage Curling Club

Event Description: Try your hand at the Olympic sport of curling. Girls learn how to deliver a stone, sweep, team communication, basic rules, and strategy for the sport of curling.

Cost for Girls: $13/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, Nov. 2

 

SURVIVAL WEEKEND, Wasilla

Grades 6-12

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17

Location: Camp Togowoods, Wasilla

Event Description: Teamwork is the highest achievement! Troops compete in first aid, knives, knots, lashing, fire building, outdoor cooking, and Leave No Trace principles. A great learning experience and a test of what your girl-led team can do!

Cost for Girls: $30/Cost for Adults: $0

Registration Closing Date: Saturday, Nov. 2

 

OLYMPIAN HOLLY BROOKS RECORDS PSAs FOR GSAK

We were fortunate to land Olympian (and former Girl Scout!) Holly Brooks as our spokeswoman for volunteer and troop recruitment. Click here to listen. The PSAs will air on radio stations from Bethel to Ketchikan.

A big thank you to Ms. Brooks and Martin Severin of Studio 2200 for their help recording these PSAs!

 

GS DESTINATIONS

Girls Scouts of the USA has made available the destinations for summer 2014! For information and an application, click here. Applications are due to GSAK by Friday, Nov. 15. If questions, contact Travel & Outdoors Specialist This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0308.

 

RED CROSS TRAINING

All GSAK volunteers receive a discount on training and retail purchases from American Red Cross of Alaska. This is great news for troop leaders, who are encouraged to receive first aid and CPR certification.

The coupon code for training classes is GSUSAGIRLSCOUTSOFALASKA0914. The 10% Red Cross Store retail discount code is GSUSA2014.

Access class schedules online, or call 800-RED-CROSS.

 

ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

SERVICE UNIT TEAM MEMBERS LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, Statewide

When: 7-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 for Service Unit team members

Location: Online

Event Description: Webinar and conference call

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: Monday, Oct. 21

 

FRIENDSHIP TOUR INFORMATION, Statewide

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

 

GETTING STARTED (PART 1 FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS), Statewide

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13

Location: Online

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

Cost: $0

Registration Closing Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6

 

TROOP MANAGEMENT (PART 2 FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS), Statewide

When: 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14

Location: Online

Event Description: Teaches volunteers about starting and managing 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: Thursday, Nov. 7

 

GETTING STARTED & TROOP MANAGEMENT, Anchorage

When: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21

Location: Girl Scout council office, Anchorage

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: Thursday, Nov. 14

 

PEN PAL AND SWAPS REQUESTS

"Hi!! My name is Rebecca Hughes and I am a Girl Scout leader in Mississippi. I am trying to find a third grade brownie that would be interested in being a pen pal with a girl from my troop (7265). If anyone is interested, please have their leader or parent send me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so I can set it up. Please feel free to contact someone at my council, Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi to verify who I am! I look forward to hearing from someone soon!"

"I am a leader with Troop 1264 in White Hall, AR and we would like to exchange SWAPS with troops from all 50 states. If you have a troop that would like to participate with us please contact Elizabeth Pipkin Resinger at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

"Hi! We have a troop of Daisy's, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes & Ambassadors. We are trying make swaps with all of the states this year. Please let me know if your troop would like to swap with us. We have 17 girls. We are from Grainger County, Tennessee. Contact Heather Fields at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

"We are still looking for a troop from Alaska to make state themed swaps with us. We have a troop in almost 30 states so far just trying to complete all 50. Do I have any takers out there that would like to help our troop out & swap with us????? Contact Troop 8134 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

"Hello I am Tammy Butler Woolard, a Girl Scout Leader in Texas, and my troop is going to try a project with my girls where we are making a Traveling Scout that we want to send to troops in each state to get pictures following the Scouts journey around the country and have a journal sent with her. SO we are looking for scout troops in every state who would not mind getting a visitor in the mail, snapping a picture or two, uploading to a special FB page we will set up, making a journal entry and then you would be given the next send-to address. It will cost you about $5.00 to mail it (probably less but I do not know the exact cost yet) so if your troop would like to be part of it message me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

"I'm a leader from troop 01221 Mt. Pleasant, NY. I'm looking for my brownie troop, grade 2. Thank you.

Catherine Cangialosi, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

"Greetings! I had the great privilege of visiting your state in 1992 on a Wider Op, Alaskan Discovery. Now, I have the honor of leading my daughter's Daisy troop, here in Boston.

We'd love to explore and apply 'be a sister to every girl scout.' I'd love to get in touch with a Daisy troop for a simple pen-pal exchange. We'd be happy to write first sharing a bit about what makes us unique, as well as celebrating what we likely share in common. We happen to be a troop of home-schooled girls, but are eager to get in touch with any Daisy Troop. Thanks so much for your time and consideration. We hope to be in touch soon. Denise Teeter, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "

A Brownie-Senior troop based in Chicago is looking for pen pals. If interested, contact Amanda at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

MEET AMANDA MORGAN, GSAK's NEW MEMBER SERVICE SPECIALIST

Amanda Morgan recently joined GSAK as a member service specialist for the Anchorage area. She comes to us from the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada council, where she also served as a member service specialist. Amanda's husband is active duty Air Force, and this is her family's second stint in Anchorage.

Amanda holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and is currently pursuing a master's degree in secondary education. "I have been a Girl Scout of 23 years, starting as a Daisy and continuing through high school," Amanda said. "I have worked for Girl Scouts ever since, starting as a camp counselor in Alaska and transitioning to a full-time staff member. I can't wait for my daughter to enter kindergarten because she wants to be a Girl Scout, just like mom!"

Please join us in welcoming Amanda to GSAK!

 

GSAK COUNCIL STORE SALES

Annual Juliette Low Sale

The shop is having its annual Juliette Low Birthday Sale at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Take advantage of 20% off everything in the shop and online, including clearance items. Use the code JULIETTE to save 20% online. (Online discount does not apply to shipping and handling charges)

Girl's Guides & Journey Book Sets

October is the last month that the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and all Journey Book sets will be on sale, 25% off! Sale prices expire at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Girl's Guides are on sale for $16.87 (regular price $22.50), and the Journey Book sets are on sale for $11.25 (regular price $15). (Please note there will NOT be an additional discount on the Girl's Guides or Journey Sets during the Annual Juliette Low sale Oct. 31.)

Visit the Council store at 3911 Turnagain Boulevard East in Anchorage, or shop online.