August E-newsletter

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National Council Meeting

The beginning of Girl Scouting in this country is unique in that it started as a national organization and then, a few years later, chartered Girl Scout councils.  This relationship creates an interdependence between Girl Scout councils and the national organization. 

Collectively, the national organization, Girl Scout councils, and the National Council are responsible for sustaining the existence of Girl Scouting in the USA.  In addition, GSUSA maintains a global relationship as a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

The national organization, the National Board of Directors, and the National Council are created by the Congressional Charter of Girl Scouts of the USA, conferred by a special act of Congress in 1950.  Only Congress may amend the Congressional Charter. 

The Girl Scout Movement holds a national convention triennially, the next one coming up in November 2011 in Houston. This Convention will be extra special as it will also kick off our celebration of 100 Years of Girl Scouting (1912-2012). However, the business end of things will convene as always. The National Council is composed of official delegates from each of the GS councils, based on membership size.

Girl Scouts of Alaska is allowed to send 4 delegates. Our delegates, as selected and approved by our Board of Directors are: Marge Stoneking, Jane Angvik, Anna Bryant, Lynda Zaugg with alternates Tasha Nichols, Beth Nordlund, Mary Siroky, and Timea Webster. These delegates will debate and vote on National Board members and on resolutions.

There are three resolutions before the National Council this year: 1) Authorization For Annual General Program Fee

For Girl Members: 2) Annual Membership; 3) Timing For The Election Of National Council

Delegates In Councils. All of the supporting documentation is in the pdf for each proposal.




If you have feedback on these proposals that you’d like to share with your Alaska delegates, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Anchorage Cadette Troop 198


 The girls of Anchorage Cadette Troop 198 (Maddy Boutet, Elsa Gillespie, Cassidy Johnson, River Nygard, Siri Parker, Zoe Xavier, & Karina Zyatitsky), working in two teams and on different portions of a joint project, completed their Silver Awards this past April.  They realized that the after-school-activities at Trailside Elementary were generally for grades 2 & up, and wanted to know why.  They found out that most sponsors were unwilling to teach the younger grades, or their activities were not age-level appropriate; so the girls decided to incorporate this into their "Go Green" Silver Award by planning and implementing one session per month for those younger kids to enjoy.  K-2, We Care About U!    

The challenge? To keep them all eco-friendly! (Just for Fun, Scout for the Day, Garden Party, Recycled Art, Batik Banner Making, Edible Art, etc.)  The result? The girls received some great practice at planning & doing age-level eco-friendly activities with the younger children, while having fun & helping our community. They also plan to help keep it going by teaching the 6th grade GS troop how to do it for next year!


River, Elsa, Karina, Cassidy, Zoe, Siri, & Maddy!

But that was just a small part of it... After much research & planning, the Girls then hosted the "Girls Go Green" event for the SSU at Trailside back in April.  Many GS friends joined them for an evening of eye-opening activities!  (Stop Polluting the Planet-one girl at a time, Plant Power, Save the Species, Plastic bottles & the Landfill, Recycle Relay Race, Water Works, and The 4R’s:Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RETHINK! Spread the Word!!) They taught the girls and adults how you can make a difference, and challenged them to get to work! 

What will they do next?  Read on about the Junktique Jamboree 2011 that takes place this September!  It's an “upscale community yard sale” that benefits all!  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink… This is a “Go Green” Eco-Friendly Event, organized by Girl Scout Cadette Troop 198 and sponsored by the Trailside PTA and many local businesses.  We hope you can ALL join us in this FUN community-wide event!! Whether you come as a vendor; or to check out the wares, listen to live music, eat great food, and hang out with friends... This is the event to join!

Just Arrived!



Girl Scout Dolls! These dolls are 18" tall, with open & close eyes, beautiful long hair, and life-like skin. Available in 5 ethnically diverse faces, and fully posable. $60.00 + postage. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 1-800-478-7448.

Postcard Exchange

Hello my name is Kimberly Kneeter and I am a Co-Service Unit Team Manager and also a Troop Leader. My county (Miller) is with the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. This upcoming Girl Scout year our Troop will be first year brownies, they are excited and ready to try new things. One of the things they would like to do is a post card exchange. Our council does not have a pen pal coordinator and when I asked they told me to go ahead and reach out to other Troops to do the exchange with. I was wondering if I could please get share my contact information (which is listed below) with either a pen pal coordinator, or a troop leader in your area that might also be intrested in the post card exchange. If there are any other questions please dont hesitiate to ask.
Kimberly Kneeter
Troop Leader 70253
Miller County CO-STM 742
Cell: (573) 723-2706
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Girl Scout Recipes

Our troop #776 for Service Unit 626 Isle of Wight/Surry with the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast has been approved for a 13 day trip to Italy and Greece in July 2012.  The expense of this trip is $3,500.00 per scout.  The troop has planned a Thinking Day Cookbook and Girl Scout Cookie Cookbook fundraisers to help raise money for the expense associated with this experience.  An experience I never dreamt would become a reality without Girl Scouting.

Where there is a need we will help! Your council/troop can help us by providing recipes (there is no limit to the amount of recipes you can provide) for the cookbooks.  If you would like to participate with a recipe please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and make sure that you include the following: Your Council and Troop name and number and the country that the recipe is native to.  Once the cookbooks are completed you will have an opportunity to purchase them, if interested please provide your name and email address so that we can provide you with the information to do so.

Thank you in advance for your support


Girl Scout Troop #776

Service Unit #626

Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast

A Call for Submissions

If your girls did GS travel this summer or recently earned their silver or bronze award, you can promote that by sending a photo and paragraph to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for our eNewsletter. We'd love to share your success!

Calendar of Events:

September 2 – 4 Labor Day Weekend at Camp Togowoods

  • Always wanted to go to camp with your Girl Scout? Here’s your chance…Helping Hands Weekend. Your family can help us put camp away after a successful season by packing up program supplies, taking down platform tents and helping to get camp ready for winter. Saturday is a day to complete work projects while Sunday is a day to hike, canoe and enjoy camp. Free.

            Families arrive Friday starting at 7 p.m. Families depart Sunday by 4 p.m. 

           Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up.


Community Links:

The Sodexo Foundation, in partnership with Youth Service America, is offering $500 Youth Grants for youth-led service projects focused on childhood hunger and to increase community awareness around the issue.

25 grants will be awarded nationwide. Additional information, including requirements, can be found at Applications are due September 16, 2011.