Thursday, December 4, 2014

GSNCA Welcomes Interim CEO Mary Charles

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama welcomes Mary Charles, interim chief executive officer. Charles is a Girl Scout executive leader who has over 26 years of diverse experience in strategic leadership and staff development. 

Charles served most recently as interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer at Girl Scouts of North East Kansas and North West Missouri, where she helped align the council’s technology to GSUSA platforms and oversaw 1.5 million dollar property development and maintenance projects. 

“I am impressed with the experience and expertise of our Interim Chief Executive Officer Mary Charles,” said Sarah Edwards, GSCNA board president. “I am looking forward to working with her on strengthening the board's support of the girls and the program in our jurisdiction. I know we on the board and Mary Charles will make a great team.” 

Charles is a native of Wisconsin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation administration from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse. Charles has been a Girl Scout since she was seven years old. She owns stock in the Green Bay Packers and enjoys quilting, card making, cooking, golf and gardening.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday Office Hours

During this time of Thanksgiving, the staff and board of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama are most thankful for you – our Girl Scouts, their parents and our dedicated Girl Scout volunteers.  Without the dedication of our almost 4,000 strong volunteer corps, Girl Scouts would not happen in north central Alabama.  From their efforts, over 14,000 girls had the opportunity to grow their Courage, Confidence and Character and make the world a better place.

In observance of the season, the council service centers, shops and camps will close on Wednesday, November 26 at noon. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Girl Scouts Brighten the Lives of Kirkwood by the River Residents

Girl Scout Troop 153 members Anna Kate, Mary Claire, Maya, Juliet, Hayley, Sarah Katherine, Valena, Maddie, Kellyn, Katherine, and Alisonstudents at The Altamont Elementary and Liberty Park Elementary Schools,recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project: “A Year Helping the Elderly." Their goal was to develop friendship bonds and brighten the lives of residents of Kirkwood by the River. The girls created a friendship tree, as well as seasonal ornaments, that enabled residents to decorate their surroundings throughout the year. Their organization and focus made the project a success.

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 AlabamaGirl 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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jemison Student Earns Silver Award by Helping Ronald McDonald House

Kasey, a 9th grader at Jemison High School and member of Girl Scout Troop 340, recently earned her Girl Scout Silver Award. Her project “Pop Tops” for Ronald McDonald House demonstrates that everyone can make a positive environmental impact.

Kasey and her group of volunteers took on the issue of recycling, with purpose of showing that everyone in the community can help, even in small ways. Teens at Kasey’s school and church were challenged to save all of the pop tops from their soda cans over the course of several months. The effort showed how a small gesture could gather over 60 pounds of pop tops, which could then be recycled. All proceeds benefitted the Ronald McDonald House. The program was deemed successful. Kasey helps her community continue to collect pop tops and donates them to the Ronald McDonald House.

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 AlabamaGirl 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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2015 Day & Resident Camp Dates, Campership Application Details

2015 Resident and Day Camp Schedule
Camp Cottaquilla  
Resident Camp Weeks (Sun-Fri): May 31–June 5 & June 7-12
Day Camp Weeks (Mon-Fri): June 1–5 & June 8-12 

Camp Coleman
Resident Camp Weeks (Sun-Fri): June 14 -19 & June 21-26
Day Camp Weeks: (Mon-Fri) May 26 – July 31  

Kanawahala Program Center (KPC)
Resident Camp Weeks (Sun-Fri): June 28 – July 2; July 8-10 & July 12-17
Day Camp Weeks (Mon-Fri):  June 29-July2, July 8-10, & July 13-17

Camp Trico
Resident Camp Weeks (Sun – Fri): July 12-17 and July 19-24
Day Camp Weeks (Mon- Fri): July 13-17 and July 20-24


Campership Information
Girls with demonstrated financial need can apply for a Campership to help them attend the summer camp program of their choice. Camperships help to ensure that every girl, everywhere has access to outdoor education opportunities. Please note deadlines below when submitting a Campership Application.  Application is available on page 48 of Pathway Opportunities or download the campership application.
February 1: Applications must be received at the Birmingham Service Center. (Feb 1 is a firm deadline; email address for notification is mandatory.)
February 2: Data from applications received by Feb. 1 is transcribed and forwarded to the Campership Committee for screening and review.
February 10: Campership Committee meets for group review of applications that were received by Feb. 1.
 February 12–15: Campership award amounts are finalized for applications that were received by Feb. 1
February 16–18: Campership applicants whose forms were received by Feb. 1 are notified via email. Please note, if an email address is not provided, notification is impossible.
February 21: Registration begins for summer camp programs.
February 23–27:  If funding remains after all “on time” applications are awarded, the Campership Committee may review any applications received after Feb. 1. Please note, if an application is received after Feb. 1, notification of award amount will be well after the Feb. 22 opening day of registration.

Help! I want to go to camp!  Where do I start? Who do I contact?
All six camps are available for reservations!
Check out Pathway Opportunities for guidelines and procedures (pg. 43-47)  
Check pricing for facilities (pg. 45-47) and staffed program activities (pg. 44).
Select a location (choose more than one) and date (choose more than one).
Reserve your location/date. 
     For any camp, contact Jasmine Paullin jpaullin@girlscoutsnca.org  205-490-2252 or
     Tonya Sails tsails@girlscoutsnca.org 205-453-9526.
 For staffed program activities, scheduling, meals, food service..