February E-newsletter

February 2011 E-newsletter (click to download PDF)

World Thinking Day

What are your plans for February 22nd?  Do you know what Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world will be doing on that day?  Thinking about you!

Every year one day is set-up to think about the sisterhood of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world…World Thinking Day.  Girl Scouts of Alaska is part of Girl Scouts of the USA and GSUSA is a Member Organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS). WAGGS is the largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world!

When we pin our blue and gold WAGGS pin on our uniform, we are reminding ourselves and others that we are part of something much bigger.  We are a sisterhood. Through WAGGS you are connected to the ten million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the globe.

Here are some things you can do to for World Thinking Day 2011:

·      Make a donation to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund. Every year Girl Scouts across the country make donations to the fund to promote global understanding and friendship.

·      Visit the WAGGS website http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/home and download the World Thinking Day (WTD) Activity Packet and earn the WTD 2011 Badge.

·      Is your community or Service Unit hosting a World Thinking Day event? Attend and learn about girls from around the world.

·      Are you going into 8th grade or older in the fall? Apply to be part of the 2012 Friendship Tour and travel to Hokkaido, Japan to learn about the lives of Girl Scouts in Japan. http://girlscoutsalaska.org/for-teens/travel

STEM Across the Council

Girl Scout Robotics Rock!

On Saturday January 15 at Dimond High School in Anchorage, First Lego League (FLL) robotics teams from across the state faced off with this year’s challenge Body Forward. Four Girl Scout teams from Anchorage and Mat-Su were present. All girls received a medal for their participation and one team, the Medibotz, won third-place for Project, which is a research and presentation component of the competition. We are proud of all seven of our Girl Scout FLL robotics teams (two in Juneau and one in Girdwood competed last December). Motorola Foundation through Girl Scouts USA provided a grant again this year to help fund our Girl Scout Robotics Teams. Visit Girl Scouts of Alaska on Facebook to see media coverage of this event.

For the first time in recent years, there will be a FIRST Tech Challenge (high school level robotics) scrimmage in Anchorage this year.  (The tournament will again be held in Fairbanks.)  The scrimmage will be held at UAA on Saturday, February 26.  Watch the Alaska FLL webpage (http://fllalaska.com/) in the coming weeks to find out more about time and location of the scrimmage.  If you are interested in being a part of or helping to start up Girl Scouts of Alaska’s first ever FTC Girl Scout robotics team, please contact Terry Gryting at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 907-273-0318 (800-478-7448, ext. 318).  We hope to start up a team in the near future (this fall?).

WOS Patch

Women of Science

Registration is in full swing for several Women of Science & Technology Day events across Alaska!  Past favorite workshops have included Cupcake Geology, Paste With a Taste, Crime Scene Forensics, Mining a Cookie and many more! Please join us for hands-on, fun activities led by women in science and technology-related fields.  

Cost is just $5 thanks to generous sponsorship by BP Foundation and the University of Alaska. Financial assistance is available.  For more information, visit our recently updated website at www.girlscoutsalaska.orgor call 907-248-2250 / 800-478-7448.

·      February 5, 2011 - Anchorage*

·      February 19, 2011 - Juneau*

·      February 2011 - Dillingham (Date TBD))

·      March 2011 – Bethel (Date TBD)

·      April 2, 2011 - Soldotna*

·      April 16, 2011 - Kodiak*

·      April 30, 2011 - Mat-Su*

* Pre-registration is available (and may be required) for these events. 

Call for Presenters -If you know a woman who works in a field related to science, technology, engineering or math, that you think would make a great workshop presenter leading hands-on activities for girls at a Women of Science event, please contact Terry Gryting at tgryting@girlscoutsalaska.orgor 907-273-0318 / 800-478-7448.  We are currently collecting names for women in Anchorage, Juneau, Dillingham, Bethel, Soldotna, Kodiak, and Mat-Su.

Women of Science Luncheon – Anchorage, February 5, 2011

Announcing keynote speaker Dr. Ginny Eckert, marine biologist at the University of Alaska Southeast. Specializing in crab research, her experience is a perfect fit for this year’s marine biologist Women of Science patch! Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, we hope you’ll join us for this opportunity to meet women scientists and learn about what they do at their jobs. Cost is $8 for girls and chaperones, and there might still be room for you at this event. (Don’t wait! Call 248-2250 to find out.)

Rendezvous with a Comet

This year’s mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai, will open on February 16 (event date is April 16-17). Not only will girls get the chance to plot a course to rendezvous with a comet and launch a probe to collect scientific data; they’ll also participate in fun team-building activities.

This event is popular and often fills on opening day. As has been the policy for many years, if we have more girls trying to register on opening day than we have space for in the missions, we will hold a lottery to see which girls/troops can register. To facilitate this process, online registration will not be available on opening day (Feb. 16). We ask that everyone use paper registrations that day, without payment (can be postmarked, faxed in or dropped off up to one week in advance). On Feb. 17 we will hold a lottery if necessary, process those registrations, and let you know if you are on a waiting list or should send in payment for the event (you will have until Feb. 24 to provide payment). If space is still available after processing registrations from opening day, we will open online registration on Feb. 18 and will continue to accept online and paper registrations until the program fills.

For overnighting girls/troops, bunks will be filled first (37 bunks available at $15 each) before floor space opens up for sleeping ($5 per person). Please also note: the April 16 1:00 PM mission is a Mission Only option (no overnight option available; we may add that option at a later date if event does not fill). The April 16 5:00 PM mission and April 17, 9:00 AM mission are open to overnighting troops. Due to the popularity and the planning involved for this event, no refunds will be given after March 15.

Galileoscopes for Girl Scouts

A Galileoscope is a basic telescope kit designed to make it easy for kids to be able to assemble a telescope and use it to observe the moon, rings of Saturn and moons of Jupiter (objects that Galileo observed 400 years ago) www.galileoscope.org/gs/.

A service unit needs both a volunteer willing to facilitate an initial activity with girls, and a volunteer willing to store the scopes and set up a system for checkout/use by troops within the service unit (may be the same person or two different volunteers). (Anchorage-area and Mat-Su-area service units are each eligible to share one set within their geographic area.) Scopes have already been sent for Girl Scout use to the communities of Sitka, Homer, Cordova and Petersburg. Do you know someone in your community who could serve as a Galileoscope program volunteer? Contact Terry Gryting at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 907-273-0318.

Cookie Graphic

Starting Today…It’s Cookie Time!

There’s an app for that…The Cookie Locator app from Little Brownie Baker is here! Just search ‘Cookie Locator’ on your phone’s App Store and download this free app. February 25th kicks off cookie booth sales across the council. If you’re in Southcentral join us at the Alaska Aces hockey game for Cookie Booth Sale Kick-off.

Juneau’s Cookie Kick-Off was held on January 7th and 30 volunteers operating 6 stations oriented 190 Juneau Girl Scouts to launch the 2011 Cookie Sale Program. Stations ranged from “Design on a Dime: the Cookie Booth Sale Edition” where girls got some hands on practice at designing & constructing a perfect booth sale station to “Goal Setters & Go Getters” where older, top sellers shared proved top selling ideas to the younger girls.

Older Girl Info

Alaska Club Lock-In

Saturday, April 2nd-Sunday, April 3rd Lock yourself in the Alaska Club Anchorage East while you and your friends enjoy the sports facility. Swimming, volleyball, tennis, racquetball, aerobic machines and movies are all at your fingertips for the night.

Cost: Girls: $20 for Girl Scout members, $25 for non-Girl Scouts, Adult Chaperone: no cost At least 50 girls must be registered by March 5th in order to hold the event. Are you an Adult who plans to stay all night? If so, we need you! Adult volunteers (male or female) are needed for the Alaska Club Lock-In. Without a minimum of 20 adult volunteers, this event will be cancelled. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tasha Nichols at 907-273-0312 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Travel Opportunities

National Destinations open up travel opportunities to older Girl Scouts across the country. The final deadline for applying to National Destination Trips is February 8, 2011. Congratulations to the girls who have already been accepted to Destinations in the Grand Canyon, Costa Rica, California, Peru, and Alaska! Remember to mark your cookie credits for the $1.00 per box benefit for your trip. Girls currently in grades 8-11 are eligible to apply to travel to Japan for the summer of 2012 Friendship Tour!

Applications for this International Destination through Girl Scouts of Alaska are due March 1, 2011. Cookie credits may be used for this trip from sales during the 2012 season. For more information on these trips or travel with Girl Scouts of Alaska, contact Kay Shoemaker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 907.586.1710/800.478.8247.

Outdoor Adventuring

Outdoor Adventure

Camp Mueller was the scene for Outdoor Survival as 49 Kodiak Girl Scouts celebrated snow, friendship, and adventure in wild places. Ambassadors, Seniors, and Cadettes from Kodiak troops 778 and 242 led girls in fire building, outdoor cooking, orienteering treasure hunts, and lashing emergency shelters. Courage, Confidence, and Character were displayed by all of the girls, as they braved the cold and worked as teams to meet each challenge.

Thanks to volunteers: Deb Houlden-Engvall, Tamie Fogle, Kathy Simpler, Barb Hartt, Matt Gross, and John and Karen Chya for all of their help in making the event a huge success! The Outdoor Survival series continues March 12-13th at Camp Togowoods. Juniors on up are invited to stay overnight for the winter adventure at Beaver Lodge! Register through eCouncil by going to the Girl Scouts of Alaska website: www.girlscoutsalaska.org volunteer for this event, or if you have questions, contact Kay Shoemaker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone 907.586.1710/800.478.8247.

Capital News

Juneau Girl Scouts opened the Alaska State Legislature with a Flag Corps and leading the Pledge of Allegiance for both the House and Senate Chambers. Between the opening sessions, the girls visited the Juneau Delegation, and other friends and greeted them with boxes of Samoas. The highlight was a brief stop to see the Governor’s security detail where they got a view of the technology involved in keeping the Governor, Legislature and the Capitol campus safe!

Adult Learning

Conference calls are a great way to share questions and insights with other volunteers, parents and staff from across our council without having to leave the comfort of your home. Go to http://www.girlscoutsalaska.org/programs/registration and click on “Adult Training” to sign up for one (or all) of the following opportunities. Instructions on how to call in will be emailed to you before the meeting. We look forward to talking with you soon. Bridging 101 Monday, February 21, 7-8pm

Talk about what to expect as girls bridge from one level of Girl Scouts to the next. Learn how best to prepare and partner with girls. It’s Your Story Tell It Monday, March 21, 7-8pm Learn about new Girl Scout materials including the latest Journey, It's Your Story Tell It! Early Bird Registration Monday, April 18, 7-8pm Plan a "Paper Work Party" with your troop. Enter and access all your troops’ information in one stop. Learn about fun ways to re-register your troop and the incentives for doing so! Pathways to Participation Monday, May 16, 7-8pm Girl Scouts can choose from camp, events, series, troop, and travel. We have a good sense of which options will interest girls based on their grade levels.

Call and learn more about how to share the benefits of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience with girls of all ages.

100 Years of Girl Scouting

Encampment Plans for Encampment are moving along. We are excited by the enthusiasm from girls all across the state! Is there a presenter or activity that you always thought would be great at Encampment? All program sessions will support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and will be grouped in the following areas: Discover Outdoors Discover Science Discover the Arts Discover Opportunities Discover Physical Activity Take Action Community Service Projects Email Tasha Nichols with ideas and suggestions for presenters at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . GSUSA National Convention The official kick-off of the national celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting will be at our National Convention. Hosted by Girl Scouts of San Jancinto in Houston, Texas, the Convention will be held November 10-13, 2011. In addition to the festivities and traditions at the Convention girls 13 and older will have the opportunity to participate in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute. Learn more about this at http://www.gssjc.org/convention2011/gsli.cfm The website to register and attend as a guest will be available from GSUSA in February.

Camp News

Summer is coming fast! The summer camp catalog will be mailed to girls and their parents and troop leaders in February. The catalog will contain information about all our day and resident camp programs across the council. Camp registration opens on March 15.

This & That

  • Looking for a fun way to say thank you to the people who make a difference for Girl Scouts? We will be sending Valentine’s Day Cards to GSAK supporters this year. If you or your troop is interested in sending in cards, please have them be either ½ page (folded horizontally) or ¼ page size. All Valentine’s must be received in the Anchorage office by February 7th.
  • Alaska Ski for Women - Girl Scouts of Alaska Ski For Women team – skiing the party wave… Join Team Captain Marge Larson on the Girl Scouts of Alaska team, wear your vintage GS wear, anything GREEN, or borrow a GS Cookie Costume and join us for the Party Wave, promoting Girl Scouts among girls, moms, and alumnae alike. The 15th Annual Alaska Ski for Women will be held on Feb. 6, 2011, in Anchorage at beautiful Kincaid Park. This is a fun event where women of all ages and abilities come out to Nordic ski approximately 2.4 miles (4K), many in colorful costumes, while raising funds for Alaskan non-profit organizations that help stop the cycle of domestic abuse against women and children. The Alaska Ski for Women is known for the camaraderie and fun of dressing up in costume and skiing with a friend or team. The non-timed Party Wave is ideal for anyone that just wants to come out and enjoy a day of skiing at a fun or leisurely pace. Check out their website for LOTS of information and register today. If you want to join us but aren’t a skier, we’d love to have GS alumnae volunteers and board members help at the Girl Scouts of Alaska table. Race Day: Sunday, February 6, 2011: 10:30 - Freestyle Timed Wave 11:00 - Classic Timed Wave 11:30 - Costume parade 12:30 - Party Wave
  • Girls on Ice 2011 Expedition (in partnership with University of Alaska Fairbanks) is a free wilderness science education program for high school girls (girls provide transportation to Seattle). Applications currently being accepted for the program which will be July 25 – August 4, 2011 on Mount Baker in Washington State. Girls on Ice is a unique, free, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year a team of nine teenage girls and three instructors spend 11 days exploring and learning Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with the fourth annual Doodle 4 Google contest. Open to K-12 students in the U.S., Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity of a lifetime: to design the Google.com homepage doodle for millions to see, and while you’re at it, take home a $15,000 scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for your school. In the spirit of thinking big, the theme this year is “What I’d like to do someday...” For an optional doodle party kit tailored to Girl Scouts (intro letter, flyer, awards certificate) look here. Last year, it was reported that a Girl Scout finalist was in the Doodle 4 Google contest.
  • United Way's Walk for Warmth is an opportunity for warmhearted community members to join TOGETHER, UNITED to help struggling Anchorage families stay warm in these harsh winter months (and to get a little exercise). This one-mile walk starts and ends at the Dena'ina Center with a loop around Delaney Park Strip. 


    Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011

    Time and Place:  9-11:30 a.m. at the Dena'ina Center (Walkers depart Dena'ina at 10 a.m.)

    RegistrationRegister online January 3-February 18          Late Registration:  On-site day of the event  9-10 a.m.

    Why a walk?  Too many of our neighbors are walking a financial tightrope to pay for housing, utilities and food. A little aid in paying utility bills will keep a family warm. Even more, it may be the tipping point in keeping a family housed. 

    The need for energy assistance is outpacing available resources.  Walk for Warmth immediately addresses this need and is a powerful way for you to be part of United Way’s ongoing work to see that all Anchorage families are housed, warm, fed and on the path to financial stability.

    Get together with your group, staff, class, family or club, or form your own team of one or 100, then register right away.

    Feel great because you know the monies raised will help our most vulnerable neighbors in need.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at 263-4696.