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Girl Scouts of Alaska Celebrates 5 Gold Awardees

On April 8 we celebrated 5 young women who have earned their Gold Award at the Girl Scouts Young Women of Distinction Lunch in Anchorage. Each of the women received a proclamation in their honor from the Alaska State Legislator and Senator Begich’s office presented each awardee with a US flag that had previously flown over the Capitol in Washington, DC. The lunch also featured a presentation from the award winning Medibotz Robotics Team and a flag ceremony with over twenty one Girl Scouts. 

Thank you to everyone who attended the lunch! Without the support of donors and volunteers like you, we would not be able to make Girl Scouting accessible to those who need and want it the most.

Since 1916, The Gold Award, Girl Scout’s highest award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. Girls who pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching results.

For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from “going for the Gold” set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. An increasing number of colleges and universities as well as many government and non-profit organizations have recognized the achievement leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients.


Congratulations to All Bridging Girl Scouts!

Bridging events are happening across the council in the coming weeks and it is an exciting time to be a Girl Scout.  There are lots of ways to stay involved with Girl Scouts over the summer!

  • Go to camp!!!  Girl Scout camp is happening in many communities this summer –we would love to see you there
  • Work on a Leadership Journey – the new journey It’s Your Story – Tell It! is available in the store.
  • Make plans for your next year of Girl Scouting – take time to think and dream and about what you want to do in 2012- in the fall you’ll be ready to make a plan and put it into action!

Are you a graduating Ambassador Girl Scout? You have a special opportunity to join Girl Scouts for life!

1. Complete an Adult Registration (paper) form by September 1, 2011

2. Check the box that you want to be a Lifetime Member

3. Turn in $156 membership fee – that only ½ the cost of a regular Lifetime Membership! (If you live to be 100 that’s only $1.90 per year!)

4. Girl Scouts of Alaska will give you your Lifetime Membership pin as a gift to celebrate becoming an adult Girl Scout!

 Girl Scouts of Alaska will pay for the your first year of Adult Membership ($12 Membership Dues) for any graduating Ambassador who registers by September 1, 2011.  Complete a paper Adult Registration form and write “Graduating Ambassador” on the top.


Encampment

Encampment is just around the corner and we can’t wait to see you there! 

May 13 – Due to Council Office                 

  • Participant List
  • Activity Request
  • Pizza Order

Have you made your SWAPS yet???

Here is a website to get you started: 

http://www.topsinswaps.com/index.htm

www.poohswoods.homestead.com/traders.html

 


Girl Scout Camp

Due to overwhelming popularity of Girl Scout Day Camp at Singing Hills we have decided to add another week of camp at the end of the Singing Hills season. The week will be a “Discover: Girl Scout Camp” week. There are also corresponding Program Aide openings. The week of camp will run Monday, August 1 to Friday, August 5. 

Camp registration is open and camps are filling fast! You can register online for most of our camps at www.girlscoutsalaska.org/programs/camps to receive a $20 discount per girl. 


STEM Programming

Women of Science and Technology Day brought over 150 girls in Soldotna (April 2) and Kodiak (April 16) to their local University of Alaska college campus to participate in hands-on science and technology workshops led by women scientists.

Soldotna's Women of Science event brought out the scientists in 111 girls on Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College. Girls of all ages launched rockets, diagnosed medical conditions based on veterinary x-rays, acted out the life cycle of salmon and designed landscape architecture for a local park. The Kodiak Daily Mirror did a great write-up of the Kodiak Women of Science.  Click here for the full story.

This Saturday, April 30, nearly 350 girls will be at the Mat-Su College for the final - Women of Science and Technology Day this Spring. 

Thank you to BP for your many years of supporting girls expanding their opportunities in STEM through your sponsorship of our Women of Science & Technology program! We also are grateful to the University of Alaska for their support in providing facilities for Women of Science across the state.

STEM Girls

Did you know that Girl Scouts across Alaska are building Galileoscopes – a basic telescope – and observing the moon and planets from their communities? We have sent scopes to Sitka, Kachemak Bay, Cordova, Petersburg, Bethel, Dillingham, Seward/Moose Pass, Central Peninsula, Anchorage, Mat-Su and Juneau!

We have just two sets of scopes left for this free chance to bring astronomy to Girl Scouts in your community. To find out more, visit www.galileoscopes.org or contact Tasha Nichols at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 907-273-0312 or toll-free at 800-478-7448 for a request form.


Looking for more STEM opportunities?

INSPIRE –the Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience program is now accepting applications from high school students until June 30, 2011 for academic year 2011-2012. INSPIRE is a year-round program for students interested in pursuing STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


2011 Friendship Tour

Thank you to all the troops and girls who have expressed concern about our sister Girl Scouts in Japan. We have heard from the Hokkaido Council and they are well and are still coming to Alaska this summer!

They will arrive in Anchorage on July 27 and depart back to Japan on August 9. Girls from across the state have been selected to travel with the Japan Girl Scouts exploring Southcentral Alaska. They are already busy planning a wonderful adventure!

 Do you live in the Anchorage/Mat-Su area and are interested in hosting a Girl Scout from Japan? Contact Kay Shoemaker at 907-273-0393 or Toll Free at 800-478-7448 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


In the News

Girl Scout volunteer, Ola Williams, was presented with the Dorothy A. Jones Volunteer of the Year Award by United Way Mat-Su. Ola has volunteered with Girl Scouts for over 32 years and currently serves as a service unit manager and cookie manager for 3 services units.  She coordinates the entire Mat-Su valley cookies which includes over 101,245 boxes of cookies, 100 volunteers and the cupboard. Congratulations Ola!


Other Opportunities

Statewide

April 30 -This is the second statewide Prescription Drug Disposal Event!   JoEllen Walters, one of the young women who received her Gold Award at the Young Woem of Distinction Luncheon is helping again with this project. You may turn in your Rx medications at the Abbott and Muldoon Fred Meyer in Anchorage, the Eagle River Fred Meyer and the Wasilla Fred Meyer.   Other statewide locations can be found by checking the www.dea.org Web site. 

May 28 Alaska Public Garden Day

Anchorage Bowl

Girl Scout Programs

May 7- Walk Together is a joint activity of the Anchorage Volkssports Club and the Girl Scouts of Alaska. Click here for a PDF flyer about the event or contact Tasha Nichols at 248-2250 in the Girl Scout office.

May 7- Girl Scouts of Alaska staff will be participating in the Scout-O-Rama from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event is at the National Guard Armory and is open to the public (use the Ft. Richardson exit).

Community Events

May 1 – National Lemonade Day It is a FUN, FREE, Anchorage event where KIDS get to MAKE and KEEP THE MONEY that they earn. Kids of all ages learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to their community. http://alaska.lemonadeday.org/

May15- Alaska Disc Golf Association is sponsoring a clinic open to all ages and all abilities at the Westchester Lagoon course. Contact Kay Shoemaker at 273-0393 or kshoemaker@girlscoutsalaska.org

May 21 - Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.  This event is always fun for kids, as there are many law enforcement vehicles, helicopters, and personnel in local law enforcement.  It is a 5K event, all levels, wheels, abilities, etc. are welcome!  This year the Anchorage event is being held on May 21st, at 10am at West High School (registration starts at 9am). The entrance fee is $25 per person and each entry gets a Torch Run T-shirt! visit: www.specialolympicsalaska.org