Friday, September 28, 2012

Two Girl Scouts Earn Presidential Awards

Bailey, of Troop #30116 in Birmingham, recently earned a Gold Award (ages 14 and under) and Zoё, of Troop 40002 in Tuscaloosa, recently earned a Bronze Award (ages 15-25) from The President’s Volunteer Service Award. To earn these awards, Bailey and Zoe kept a record of their volunteer activities and served over 100 hours during the past year. Their hours were certified by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. Bailey's hours included service to Girl Scouts and her youth group. Zoe's hours included service to Girl Scouts, her community and her school.

These awards are issued by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.  These awards are given to individuals, families, and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period.

Troop 66 Earns Bronze Award

Troop 66 members Yasminye from Irondale Elementary School, Jasmine from Hillview Elementary School and Jada from Green Valley Elementary School recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project, Free Market. The girls collected nonperishable food and clothes to hand out to others in need.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior 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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Troop 1150 Earns Silver Awards

Troop 1150 members recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award. Kara, an eighth grader at Vinemont Middle School earned her award for sprucing up the Vinemont Scout Hut. Originally, all the cleaning supplies were held in an empty bathroom stall, but Kara cleaned up a supply closet and hung shelves for cleaning materials.
 

Serena, a seventh grader at Holly Pond Middle School, earned her award for leading a soccer skills camp for the four-year old class at Sonshine Preschool. Since there are few opportunities for children to learn about the game, Serena decided to put her expertise to good use during the preschool’s summer program.
 

After collecting and organizing donated clothing, Samantha, a ninth grader at West Point High School, held a clothes drive at the Vinemont Scout Hut for families in need. Samantha donated the leftover items to charity.
 

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.

Adelyn Earns Silver Award



Adelyn, a tenth grader at Vestavia Hills High School and a member of Girl Scout troop 710, recently earned the Silver Award for painting a mural at the Glenwood Autism and Behavior Health Center. She also collected toys and games to donate to the center.

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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Maddie & Mary Frances Earn Silver Award

Troop 130 members Maddie from Our Lady of Sorrows and Mary Frances from Pizitz Middle School, recently earned the Girl Scout Silver Award for their project with Hand in Hand. The girls worked with the organization to create a garden that would help with sensory stimulation. The girls learned many new things during the project, including how to select and plant bulbs, how to build a teepee, and how to harvest, clean and dry herbs. The girls also learned the importance of working within a budget.

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.

 

Sarah Earns Gold Award

Sarah, a freshman at Cullman High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Sarah earned her Gold Award for her project Sugar & Spice Science: Science Just for Girls! Her project focused on helping third and fourth grade girls at East Elementary School improve in science. Sarah created lesson plans and presentations for each of the science experiments.

“I hope my project will inspire younger girls to become scientists,” said Sarah.


“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Trish Coghlan, CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Sarah has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”


The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.


Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Troop 512 Earns Silver Award


Troop 512 members Kaitlyn, Hannah, Kelley and Sklyer from Oak Mountain Middle School and Mikyla from Thompson Middle School recently earned their Girl Scout Silver Award for their project with Barrett Elementary School in Eastlake. With the money raised through the Girl Scout Fall Product Sale and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the girls were able to repair a girls’ bathroom at the elementary school by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint and hanging new stall doors.

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.

Hallie Earns Gold Award

Hallie, a senior at Spain Park High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Hallie earned her Gold Award for her project Music of the Mind. Her project focused on in-school music therapy for students in the special needs class at her high school. With the help of two fellow students, Hallie spent time with the class every day teaching them basic rhythms that the class could identify in some of their favorite music.

“The students’ retention of information was incredible,” said Hallie, “they enjoyed learning the rhythms and playing along with their favorite songs.” Hallie says the most rewarding part of the whole project was the concert at the end of the year. “The students were so proud of what they had accomplished, and they each received a ribbon for their hard work.”
 

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Trish Coghlan, CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Hallie has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”

The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.


Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Abbie & Katherine Earn Silver Award



Troop 340 members Abbie from Thorsby High School and Katherine from Clanton Middle School recently earned their Girl Scout Silver Award for raising awareness about childhood obesity. The girls adopted a Brownie troop for six months and taught them about healthy alternatives to high-calorie snacks, and the importance of exercise. To help the younger girls out at home, Abbie and Katherine created recipe books for each girl.

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.

Kathryn Earns Gold Award

Kathryn, a senior at Vestavia Hills High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Kathryn earned her Gold Award for her project Glenwood Garden and Youth Autism Awareness. Her project focused on creating an attractive and stimulating environment for the residents of Glenwood and the Allen Scott School for autistic individuals. After extensive research, Kathryn learned that many autistic people are either hyposensitive or hypersensitive, and decided that planting lilies and herbs in the Glenwood Garden would help them stimulate some of their senses. To raise awareness for her project, Kathryn set up booths at her church and ballparks in her community to educate others about understanding and accepting autistic behaviors instead of viewing them as “not normal.” Kathryn is currently working with the Vestavia Hills mayor to support an autistic awareness day every year.

“The most successful part of my project was educating others about treating everyone equally regardless of their appearance or abilities,” says Kathryn, “It’s also nice to drive by the Glenwood school and see the residents sitting in the garden.”


“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Trish Coghlan, CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Kathryn has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.


The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.


Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Girl Scouts Hold 100th Anniversary Event at Ave Maria Grotto

Event Open to Non-Members

The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will hold their last 100th anniversary celebration at Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman on October 6, 2012. from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Girls will earn the Girl Scouts 100 anniversary patch for Catholics (program cost: $12 per girl, $3 per adult).  Non-members will pay an additional $12 membership registration fee (participation in a troop is not required to be a Girl Scout).

To attend the event, please contact Heather Sellers, program manager at 800-734-4541 x1238 or at hsellers@girlscoutsnca.org by September 27. There will be a recruitment table set up at the Grotto during the event for those who want to find out more about Girl Scouts and becoming a member. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Girl Scouts Host Girlapalooza: A STEM Extravaganza

The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) and the University of Alabama will host the seventh annual Girlapalooza: A STEM Extravaganza on Saturday, October 13 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. in the Shelby Hall Courtyard on the University of Alabama campus.

Girls can participate in hands-on activities provided by the university’s math, reptile, chemistry, biology, robotics and geology departments. Activities include nitrogen experiments, activities with the NASA Lunabotics Lunar Rover Team and earthquake experiments.


The event is $2 per person and is open to all registered Girl Scouts and non-registered girls between ages 5-17. The deadline to register for the event is September 27. For more information about Girlapalooza contact Rosa Johnson at 800-734-4541 x1423 or email rjohnson@girlscoutsnca.org.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Troop 31 Earns Bronze Award

Troop 31 members Olivia, Holly, Holli, Harper, Rachel, Grace, Mary Margaret, Emily, Amelia Jane, Greer, Louise, Tess, Hannah, Katelyn, Kathleen, Kate, AnnaLisa, Ella, Sophie, Kyndall, Annika, Maddie, Sarah, Grace, Maddie, Martha Louise and Luisa from Brookwood Forest Elementary School, Sara from the Altamont School and Alison from Liberty Park Elementary School recently earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The troop worked closely with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) to make a difference in the lives of sheltered animals. Not only did the girls make newspaper rolls for cleaning the cages easily, but they also set up a pet food drive and were able to donate over $500 worth of food to the GBHS. With the monetary donations the girls received, they purchased two small mammal habitats for the GBHS.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior 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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Troop 350 Earns Bronze Award

Troop 350 members Lindsay from Brookwood Forest Elementary School, Lelia, Madei and Ava from Advent Episcopal School, Isabel from Spring Valley Elementary School and Harper of Shades Cahaba Elementary School recently earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The girls built and decorated art boxes. After filling the boxes with art supplies, the girls delivered the boxes and homemade cupcakes to the YWCA in downtown Birmingham.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior 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.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Troop 30123 Earns Bronze Award

Troop 30123 members Jennaleigh, Karen and Zoë from Cleveland Elementary School, and Natalie, homeschooled, recently earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award after hosting a bike rodeo in their community. The event focused on teaching kids how to ride bikes, safety signals, and street and helmet safety.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior 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.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Troop 219 Earns Bronze Award

Maddy, Elena, Annie, Jacqueline and Catherine, members of Troop 219 and students at Brock’s Gap Intermediate School, recently earned their Bronze Award after preparing a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The girls loved serving the meal to the families, and they learned how to shop comparatively for the items they needed to make lasagna.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior 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.