Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Be The Change: A program that equips girls to think & act globally

January 21, 2016: Birmingham
Early bird registration deadline: Sept. 30

​​​Be the Change is all about equipping girls to think and act globally! This event will focus on four of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, Clean Water & Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy. Come to Birmingham Southern College to
Be the Change, and enjoy many hands-on activities to and have fun while learning to “make the world a better place.”  

GSNCA is partnering with local, community, organizations to present hands-on activities for Girl Scouts of all ages!​ Older girls will have the opportunity to participate in more in-depth activities and discussion. Participating community partners include: the Cahaba River Society, the Southern Environmental Center, Alabama River Alliance, Birmingham Food Bank and many more!

Event cost includes a buffet lunch in the Birmingham-Southern cafeteria, an event patch, and all of the day's activities. Early bird registrants will receive Earth Matters "e" addition to the event patch. Please wear your Girl Scout vest or sash to the event!

Location: Birmingham Southern College
Cost Per Girl: 20
Cost Per Adult: 20
Registration Deadline: 11/2/2016
*this is a no Tagalong event

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Be a W.I.S.E. Leader– Join us for a Weekend of Instructional and Social Exploration!

Even the most seasoned Girl Scout volunteers know– training is a must! What's a better way to become a W.I.S.E. leader than get all of your training completed in one weekend? Join us at beautiful Camp Trico in Guntersville on October 7-8 for the annual W.I.S.E retreat.

The easiest way to help your troop become successful is to make sure leaders like yourself are well-versed in all of the confidence-building opportunities that Girl Scouts has to offer. Leaders from across the council will gather to share knowledge about everything from troop camping to religious awards. 

Workshop opportunities include: 

First Aid/CPR/AED Skills Session
Did you know at least one adult in your troop needs to be CPR/first aid certified? The online portion of this blended learning course must be completed before a skills session will be conducted. Please sign up with the registrar at least 3 weeks in advance.

Level II Basic Troop Camping
This course is required for at least one adult volunteer who has completed Intro to Troop Camping and will prepare the troop for camping. 

Looking for new craft ideas, perhaps recycling items to make fun, inexpensive crafts?  Girls love being creative and you want them to use resources wisely, so come and share ideas while making crafts to teach the girls.

Knots and Lashing
What’s the difference between a square knot and granny knot; or a knot and a hitch?  Learn how you can use knots and hitches to tie things together to make tables, tripods, and other useful camping equipment. 

Teen Mentor Opportunities
Explore how you can help older girls earn the Program Aide, Counselor-in-Training and Volunteer-in-Training awards and help then find younger troops to work with to complete their awards internships.  These mentor awards help girls learn what it takes to be a leader of younger girls.

Ceremonies, A Lost Art?
Does the American flag go on the right or left of the stage?  What’s a Scout’s Own ceremony?  Where do you find the ceremony about the elf? Come and find out how to guide girls as they plan ceremonies to mark significant moments in their Girl Scout journeys.

Journey Workshop
Journeys are the core of the Girl Scout program that help girls identify issues important to them and guide them to creatively solve those issues to make the world a better place.  Learn how to help girls plan their Journeys and add skill building badges along the way to strengthen their talents as advocates and community leaders.

Making and exchanging SWAPS is a Girl Scout tradition that goes back to the Native American potlatch ceremony at which gifts were given to guests.  Gift giving welcomes new friends and strengthens old friendships. Join new friends as you make SWAPS to exchange or take back to teach the girls about this wonderful tradition.

Music lifts the spirit, celebrates momentous occasions, and can be just plain fun!  You may not be a singer, but girls will usually take the lead if you open the door.  Join the chorus and learn some of the girls’ favorite camp songs and traditional Girl Scout songs.

Archery for Fun (non-certification workshop)
Picture this: You nock (or place) an arrow onto a bow, hook your fingers around the string, draw it back, eye your target and release! Bull's-eye! Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Get ready to challenge yourself as you build your archery skills and learn how to shoot on a range.

Religious Awards
Encourage your girl to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions. Created by national religious organizations to encourage the spiritual growth of youth members, religious recognition programs reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting and help girls grow stronger in and learn more about their chosen faiths. Once each year, a girl can also earn the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and tying it directly to tenets of her faith.

Girl Scout Traditions/Scouts Own
We love our Girl Scout traditions and want to share them with you! How can you bring a roomful of chatty girls (or even thousands of adults) to a whisper? Why are Daisies called Daisies?  What’s a kaper chart and why use one?  What’s a Scouts’ Own?  Let an experienced volunteer who is wise as an owl share our traditions with you and let you in on our special ways.

Troop Management
A little bit of this and a little bit of that. We’ll explore how to manage behavior, communicate with girls and parents, and ways to ensure the girls are the decision makers in the troop or group.  This is a great time to ask questions and share best practices.

Take Action
Gold, Silver, Bronze: The highest awards in Girl Scouting!  A Take Action project goes beyond community service and really dives into why a problem exists, how it can be solved, and involves the community. It’s doing something with the community, not just for the community, to solve the problem in a measurable and sustainable way.

Order S'mores & Grab Your Patch: It's Time to Renew!

Any girl who registers by September 30, 2016 will receive a free "I Can't Wait To" fun patch!

On-time registration is for currently registered members who did not register during early bird spring renewal and for new members joining Girl Scouts. 

Renew to Order S'mores!

You can't use the new S'mores cookie to fund your next adventure or Take Action Project without being registered! Your troop MUST be registered for the 2016-2017 Girl Scouting year by September 29, 2016 to pre-order Girl Scout S'mores and Toffee-Tastic Gluten Free Cookies. 

1. Register 

First Fifteen

A wise Girl Scout leader once said, "A parent should only have to pay for Girl Scout registration one time- the first year. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program should be used in all years after."

Encourage your girls to set aside the First Fifteen of their cookie proceeds to cover each girl's 2016-2017 membership. It's a solid lesson in financial skills for girls as they learn to budget their troop profits to cover both the everyday expenses of their Girl Scout experiences and extraordinary trips and activities. It's one less thing for the troop parents and leadership to manage during the busy and costly back to school season. When using the First Fifteen, it's ok if girls do not know if they will participate in the troop the coming year. Being registered allows girls to participate in all Pathways, including camp, events and travel, even if they are no longer active with the troop. 

Why Should I Register Through eBiz?

  • No paperwork to submit to the council
  • Registrations are confirmed instantly
  • Print current troop rosters
  • Send emails to troop members
  • Use it to update the troop meeting information
  • Know girls are registered for cookie season

One exception to using eBiz:

Ambassadors who graduated high school in May of 2016 cannot use eBiz to purchase the reduced price lifetime membership at $195. eBiz is only set up to sell full-priced lifetime membership ($375). To take advantage of the reduced price, paper membership forms must be turned in to Marie Gill (at 1515 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816) by September 1, 2016. 

How to Register Your Troop for 2016-2017 Using eBiz

  1. Gather the guardians' signatures and updated information for renewing girls using the Girl Membership form. Keep these forms at least until the end of the year for your records. 
  2. Ask the guardians if any of their contact information has changed over the past year. Note the changes so you can update these during the renewal process. 
  3. Have your Girl and Adult Membership forms (including completed forms for the new members) and troop debit card ready. 
  4. Access your account online. If you have not accessed your account since August 2013, please click on "New Online Account" to re-establish your login information. Once logged into your account, click on the "My Troop" tab and follow the "Purchase Membership" instructions. Use the Add a Member buttons to add new members. 
  5. Print the registration receipt for your records. The 2016-17 individual membership cards will be available to print after October 1, 2016. 
Need answers? We can help you with all of your questions related to online registration. Phone: 205-980-4750 x1202. Email:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Friends & Family Fall Product Program Dates Extended

There's Still Time! 
Contact your service unit fall product manager to join the fun. 

There is still time to earn additional funds to start your troop year off by participating in the 2016 Fall Friends & Family Product Sale Program. The sale dates have been extended to allow all troops this opportunity.

Extended Dates:
Paper magazine subscription money due: September 26, 2016
Troop Fall Managers must submit orders in Nut-e by September 26, 2016
SU Fall Managers must verify orders in Nut-e by September 28, 2016
Delivery: October 17-21
Nut/Candy final deposit due: November 8, 2016

Not sure who your fall product sale manager is? Contact Nicole Harris.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Homewood Girl Scout Earns Gold Award by Prepping At-Risk Children for Kindergarten

Isabel Estes, a junior at Homewood High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Estes earned her Gold Award for her project, “Vamos a la Escuela” which addressed the lack of readiness that Hispanic children often experience when entering kindergarten. Estes worked with HICA, the Hispanic Interest Coalition, to create a camp to teach children skills such as using scissors, identifying colors or simply being away from their family, that are often missed when children don’t attend a preschool.  

“As I continued both in Girl Scouts and observing community issues, I heard a conversation that peaked my interest about how some children who head to kindergarten have never been in any type of school setting,” Estes said. “I wondered how they knew how to “get in line” or “be a scissors monitor” since those aren’t things you would hear in a home setting.”

“[By completing this project] I feel like I realized that I am a leader. I gained confidence in speaking, in setting up meetings, in following through and figuring out what to do when things don’t go as planned.”

Estes plans to share her lesson plans with her church, school and other places in her community to hopefully be an inspiration to continue. She plans to continue the project in Homewood in 2017.

“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,” said Karen Peterlin, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, “Isabel 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.

About Girl Scout Gold Award
Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright! To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit

About Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
We're over 14,000 strong—9,500 girls and 5,000 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 or call 800-734-4541.