Friday, August 21, 2015

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Calls for New Girls and Volunteers to Join in the Fun: Now is the Time to Register!

Research shows hands-on opportunities offered by largest girl-led organization in the world positively impact all aspects of girls’ lives.

As families in Central Alabama return to their school routines, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is inviting girls to join the fun and register for Girl Scouts. Providing countless opportunities for making friends, trying new things and exercising leadership skills through activities like fighting pollution in their community, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, playing sports and more, Girl Scouts is an exciting way to engage girls all year round. Girls can join by going to girlscoutsnca.org/startthefun  

National studies from the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) show that Girl Scouts is unique because girls get to learn by doing, and they do so in a girl-led environment. This means that, in addition to girls learning in a hands-on and active way, they are encouraged to choose their activities, decide which topics they want to explore, and determine how they want to go about exploring them.

Families can learn more about Girl Scouting at the annual Girl Scout Day at the Birmingham Zoo on September 12, 2015. This event is open to all girls grades K-12 and their families and friends. Enjoy special wildlife shows for Girl Scouts, face painting, photo-ops, a foam zone, train rides, a scavenger hunt and take a ride down the new slide! There will be a $5 admission for everyone. To discover other information nights in your area, go to girlscoutsnca.org/recruitmentevents.

GSRI reports that at least 75 percent of girls who experience the fun of “learning by doing” and are part of a girl-led program become better at conflict resolution, problem solving, team building and cooperation, and developing self-confidence. In addition, nearly three in four girls who experience learning by doing and who are part of a girl-led program say that, because of Girl Scouts, they’ve become a leader in more activities with their friends and classmates, as well as in their community.

“Girl Scouting is the place for girls to have fun and try new experiences such as turning ordinary household items into robots, convincing the mayor to install a swing for special-needs children  in a park or hiking at one of our local Girl Scout camps,” said Heather Pike, Girl Scout Membership and Community Development Manager for the Over the Mountain area. “Girls gain so much confidence with Girl Scouting and our volunteers have worked tirelessly to prepare for an awesome year.”

Hands-on learning opportunities and girl-led experiences within Girl Scouts supplement the academic learning girls receive in school. These fun and empowering experiences have been shown to boost girls’ social and emotional skills, which are not generally part of a school curriculum, as well as improve academic performance. Additionally, since learning by doing is best facilitated in small environments, Girl Scouts’ 3:1 adult volunteer to girl ratio gives girls the optimal experience to tap into their interests and talents, and the opportunity to explore fun new things like STEM, entrepreneurship, and the outdoors. GSRI reports girls who experience learning by doing and are part of a girl-led program are more likely to develop confidence, healthy relationships, critical thinking, problem solving and positive life skills.

“We want every girl to be so excited about the adventures she’ll have with us that she can hardly wait for it, because she knows she can do anything she sets her mind to,” said Mary Charles, Interim CEO for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “That feeling starts with parents who encourage their daughters, and volunteers who are role models. I challenge you to experience the positive impact that Girl Scouting can have on your girl.”



About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
We're over 18,000 strong—14,000 girls and 4,000 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org or call 800-734-4541.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Publix Super Markets Charities Invests In Local Girl Scouts


Publix Super Markets Charities donated $10,000 to the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) to support GSNCA’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which builds girls of courage, confidence and character across the council’s 36-county jurisdiction.  

“By investing in GSNCA, Publix Super Markets Charities is investing in the leaders of tomorrow,” says GSNCA Interim CEO Mary Charles.  “Publix is giving girls the opportunity to discover, connect and take action in their communities.”

Pictured: GSNCA Interim CEO Mary Charles and Publix District Manager James Mowery

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
We're over 18,000 strong—14,000 girls and 4,000 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts' founder Juliette Gordon "Daisy" Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.


Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way partner. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org or call 800-734-4541.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Office and Shop Hours

All GSNCA offices will be open from 8:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. All offices will be closed on Mondays. 

Shop Hours for June and July 2015 are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Huntsville & Birmingham. View more information about council shops.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Girl Scouts Of Troop 350 Earn Bronze Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.May 28, 2015–Girl Scout Troop 350 members Juliana Eberhardt, Audrey Roller, Tressa Vander Kamp, all Birmingham area students, recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project Predator Enrichment. The girls’ made play toys for tigers at the Birmingham Zoo. These items are designed to exercise the tigers’ survival instincts and limit inactivity. The tigers played with the toys and the project was viewed as successful.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior (fourth and fifth grades) can earn. This award recognizes that a Girl Scout Junior has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in her community.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
Girl Scouting gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something BIG! Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves over 15,000 girl members grades K-12 and 5,000 volunteers in programs across 36 counties. For more information, call 800-734-4541 or visit girlscoutsnca.org.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Amberlee Fisher of Jasper Earns Silver Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.May 18, 2015– Amberlee Fisher, 8th Grader at Valley Junior High and member of Girl Scout Troop 125, recently earned her Girl Scout Silver Award. ‘Kool-Aide’ Leadership Training develops leaders for summer day camp. Amberlee not only instructed Cadette Girl Scouts in camp procedures, she created training binders, enhancing sustainability of the training program while improving her own leadership skills.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. This award symbolizes a Girl Scout Cadette's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities as she matures and works to better her life and the lives of others.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
Girl Scouting gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something BIG! Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves over 15,000 girl members grades K-12, and 5,000 volunteers in programs across 36 counties. For more information, call 800-734-4541 or visit girlscoutsnca.org.


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