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!

Early Bird Star Service Units Announced

Thank you to every service unit, volunteer and parent who participated in Early Bird registration this year! You are all truly amazing. Below are the service units that met or exceeded 35% of their  Early Bird Membership Goal  by June15, 2016! Keep up the great work!!

SU 200
SU 201
SU 210
SU 212
SU 213
SU 221
SU 222
SU 231
SU 242
SU 260
SU 261
SU 263
SU 271

As you know, service units who registered a minimum of 35% of their 2016-17 membership goal by June 15th are eligible to receive a 1 time 10% discount on the rental of any GSNCA facility for their service unit encampments.

Now that the deadline has been extended to June 30, 2016, service units have the opportunity to receive an even higher discount! Please see below for details.

Service units that reach 35% of their 2016-17 membership goal by June 30 will still receive a 10% discount.
Service units that reach 40% of their 2016-17 membership goal will receive a 15 discount.
Service units that reach 45% of their 2016-17 membership goal will receive a 20 discount.

Please consult your MCDM about your service unit’s goal.

Don't let the friendships and fun of Girl Scouts slip away! Renew her membership right now-it only takes a few minutes-to give her another year of amazing adventures and leadership training. Her future is in your hands!
Any girl who registers for the 2016-17 membership year by June 30, 2016 will receive a free "Early Bird '16-'17" fun patch!
Any troop who registers 80% of the current troop girl members and their leadership team (leader and assistant leader) for the 2016-17 membership year using eBiz by June 30, 2016 qualifies for the following:
  • a chance to win 1 of 15 $100.00 bonuses to be added to their 2017 cookie sale profits

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Back to School Water Park Bash Gives Back to Local Veterans

Celebrate the end of summer while helping a worthy cause and join Operation Stand Down: No Veteran Left Behind at this year's back to school bash at Point Mallard Park in Decatur. 

We will be collecting donations such as personal care items, toiletries, underwear, socks, t-shirts, and nonperishable foods to go to Operation Stand Down: No Veteran Left Behind. According to local officials, it is estimated there are nearly 1,000 homeless people in North Alabama and approximately 30% of these being homeless or displaced veterans. Operation Stand Down: No Veteran Left Behind believes that no veteran should be homeless; No veteran who wants to work should be jobless; No veteran should feel hopeless; and No veteran will be left behind.

Details, Details
Child (ages 5-11) tickets*: $14 
Adult (ages 12+) tickets*: $14
Meal Only Tickets**: 7.50
*Child and adult tickets include admission, meal and patch. Children 4 and under are free; does not include meal or patch. **Meal only ticket (to be used with season passes) includes meal and patch. It does not include admission. This event is open to the public. 

Facebook Challenge
Have older girls who would be interested in brining awareness to the sensitive issue of veteran suicide? Join Operation Stand Down: No Veteran Left Behind's challenge to do 22 push-ups to bring awareness to the fact 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Check out their Facebook page and share photos or video of your challenge by emailing them to

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Recognizing Volunteers at the Service Unit Level

Honoring volunteers at the point of service is a great way to recognize their dedication locally, where they are surrounded by peers who see and appreciate their work.  This spring the following volunteers were recognized by their service units for a “job well done!”

Volunteers Recognized at 2016 Annual Council Meeting

One of the highlights of each annual council meeting is recognizing our outstanding volunteers.  Girl Scout adult awards are deeply rooted in our tradition and provide symbolic and public recognition of volunteer service that significantly exceeds expectation, is a unique contribution, or substantially supports the Girl Scout program.  At the 2016 annual meeting twenty-five volunteers, six service units, and six community partners were recognized with national or council awards.