Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pave the Way: Legacy Brick Campaign

Who would you like to honor? Your first troop leader? A special Gold Awardee? An outstanding Girl Scout volunteer? The troop that supported you until high school graduation?

Participate in the 2016 Legacy Brick campaign. Choose which property you would like to place a brick at and all proceeds will go to the maintenance budget for that property.




Join us on Founder's Day as we celebrate Juliette Gordon Low and the volunteers -past and present- that make our council great. Reach out to past leaders, fellow Girl Scouts and camp friends to join you at any of GSNCA's properties for a party! We'll share and capture stories to help keep our Girl Scout traditions alive. 


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

'16-'17 Opportunities Magazine Unveiled





It's time to plan for the new Girl Scouting year! GSNCA has unveiled the 2016-2017 Opportunities magazine to help service units, troop leaders and parents take a look into the awesome planned events that are upcoming this year.

Download the Opportunities magazine now.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Camp Work Days & Yard Sale Announced


Join us as we complete maintenance projects around camp so that we can continue to continue to provide great outdoor programming opportunities to girls in North-Central Alabama. It doesn't matter how handy you are- all are welcome! An email confirmation with a list of needs and projects will be sent after registration. To register, contact Tonya Sails.

Camp Coleman: September 24-25 - Optional overnight; October 8-9 - Optional Overnight

Camp Cottaquilla: August 20; September 17; October 15 

Camp Trico: September 9; October 21; November 5; November 18; December 3; March 4; May 27
View the council calendar. 


Camp Coleman Pool Revival Campaign

Remember your days of splashing around in the aquamarine colored pool with friends, playing games and diving for pennies? To make Camp Coleman a thriving provider of outdoor programming for Girl Scouts, the camp must have a pool! A grassroots funding campaign led by the Camp Coleman Caretakers fundraising chairs Sarah Edwards and Karen Carroll has been created to raise the $58,000 that it will take to revive the pool at Camp Coleman. Over $2,000 has already been raised- and we need your help!

Donate to the yard sale:
  • Make an appointment with Karen Carroll or Sarah Edwards to drop-off items for the sale at camp or to be picked up. We welcome Girl Scout memorabilia, craft supplies, furniture (please no mattresses), recreational supplies, sporting goods and camping supplies. Please, no clothes unless Girl Scout memorabilia or accessories.  
To become a committee member or donate items for the yard sale, contact Sarah Edwards or Karen Carroll

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

NEW S'mores Cookie!

Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the organization will introduce new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie. Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will the new cookie to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®. The cookie will be available on January 27, 2017: the first day of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.

”We cannot wait to introduce our hungry cookie customers to this new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie,” said Karen Peterlin, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.  “S’mores is a delicious way to celebrate our organization’s commitment to providing quality outdoor adventures for girls in Alabama. This cookie brings a new and nostalgic way for consumers to support girls and the confidence-building activities that grow their everyday leadership skills through Girl Scouts.”

This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Like other similar consumer products, the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production.

To celebrate the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama asks girls to visit their website at girlscoutsnca.org to join a troop! Additionally, the organization will be prompting consumers to share how they “s’more” on social media, using #NationalSmoresDay and tagging @GirlScouts.

The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. The organization was one of the first to publish the iconic recipe under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine and, then, as “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scout publication. The popular s’mores recipe is just one component of Girl Scouts’ longstanding commitment to the outdoors, a cornerstone of the organization that plays a vital role in girls’ leadership development. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) More Than S’mores report, there is a clear connection between outdoor experiences and girls' understanding of their leadership potential. Girls who spend time outdoors through Girl Scouts eclipse their peers in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers, all of which are traits needed for twenty-first-century leadership. When consumers purchase a box of Girl Scout S'mores cookies or any other variety of Girl Scout Cookies, they are investing in a girl’s future and can feel good that their Girl Scout Cookie purchase powers amazing experiences for girls.

Girl Scout S’mores give consumers another delicious way to support all the positive things girls do to impact their community—using their cookie earnings— like Birmingham Girl Scout Troop 30658, who used the money earned from selling cookies to donate the Little Free Library Willow Wood Park in Woodlawn to Troop 30919, the newer group of Woodlawn Girl Scouts.

To learn more about the new cookie varieties and find out when Girl Scouts will be selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free for your iOS or Android phone or mobile device. For more information about Girl Scouts and how to join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

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.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Rocky Mountain Day Camp Ends With a Song



RMDC concluded an amazing week of day camp at Kanawahala Program Center earlier this month with skits, celebrating accomplishments and friendships, and thank you’s all around. 

Approximately 145 girls were able to attend camp all week because nearly 75 program assistants and adult volunteers stepped up to provide this experience. Five days a week and nearly 10 hours a day is a huge volunteer commitment, not to mention all the training, planning, and meetings leading up to the actual week of camp.

The girls in this video are some of youngest campers being first and second graders.  One parent said how her daughter started the week afraid to get in a canoe with a PA to going out by herself in a kayak! 

This year was especially fun as older girls were able to be the first in line for the new high ropes course which was recently renovated at Kanawahala Program Center, and they loved it! 
Karen Peterlin, CEO, also attended All Camp and praised all the girls and volunteers for their efforts.  "You will never forget the skills, memories, and friendships that you made here this week," Peterlin said. Volunteers agree this is an amazing week on many levels and is often the highlight of their year in Girl Scouts!