Back-to-school, Back to Girl Scouts!
We’re excited for the coming year, not only because another school year means new experiences and opportunities, but also because we’ll be celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts in 2012. We’ve got lots of new tools, resources, and ideas for helping girls discover, connect, and take action on their journeys to becoming confident leaders. Whether you’re a girl, a parent, a returning volunteer, or a new volunteer, we have what you need to make this a great year for girls! Thank you for being a part of Girl Scouts of Alaska.
Dear returning volunteers: We are glad you’ll be with us for another year of dedicated service to Girl Scouts of Alaska! In an effort to reconnect with all of you, please check in with your Member Services Specialist and provide the following information:
1. Is your troop looking for more girls? If yes, how many?
2. What is the day, time, and location of your meetings?
3. Is your background check still current? (Background checks are conducted every 3 years)
4. Please fill out a new Add_Driver_Form
5. Please complete the Meeting in Home form (needed annually if meeting in the home)
Your Member Services Specialist will share and/or give you:
- Volunteer Agreement for 2012
- Volunteer Essentials 2011 and GSAK’s Volunteer Policy
- Information about The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting located in Volunteer Essential on page 23-27.
- Information about Adult Learning Opportunities is on pages 14-15 of Volunteer Essentials.
Don't forget to mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Adult Learning Summit on November 4-5, 2011.
The Pathfinder is Girl Scouts of Alaska's seasonal program events catalog. Use it to help your girls chart and plan their journeys through the different Pathways to leadership.
In this Fall issue of Pathways, we have Series events such as a robotics workshop and an outdoor environmental program, Travel opportunities and lots of Events. Check it out here and start planning your activities for the Fall!
The early bird registration period is underway. There are two options for re-registering your troop:
1. Register your entire troop on-line through E-Council with one credit card payment.
- If you already have access to E-Council, follow these instructions for online registration.
- Still need access to E-Council? Please complete the Confidentiality and Access Statement form and return it to your council contact.
2. Register with a hard copy registration form and pay with cash, check, or credit card.
As a special "thank you" for registering your troop online, troop leaders will receive a coupon for 25% off one regular priced item in the Council store.
Volunteers are essential to the success of the Girl Scout program, and we want to make it easy for you to get started. We know your time is limited, so we designed our New Volunteer online application and screening process with that in mind. Here's what you need to do to sign up as an adult volunteer with Girl Scouts:
1. Fill out an application: An online application can be completed within a few minutes at http://www.girlscoutsalaska.org/index.php?option=com_chronocontact&chronoformname=Volunteer.
2. Interview: GSAK staff will contact you within 5-7 business days to confirm receipt of your application and set up a telephone or in-person interview.
3. Reference checks: GSAK staff will ask your references to complete an online form.
4. Background check: You can complete your background check securely online from the convenience of your own computer. GSAK staff will provide the URL, password and directions during your interview.
5. Appointment email: Once all of these steps are complete, GSAK staff will notify you of your volunteer application status, placement and adult learning opportunities.
Whether you're a new volunteer, or you've been involved with Girl Scouts for a long time, our Volunteer Essentials handbook will provide you the information you need to guide your girls through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Get your copy from your Member Service Specialist, or find it online here: http://girlscoutsalaska.org/documents/Volunteer%20Essentials%202011(1).pdf
Member Services Directory
Girl Scouts of Alaska serves Southcentral, Western and Southeast Alaska. Our member service staff is here to help answer any questions you may have about your Girl Scout troop or program. Consult our Member Services Directory to find the right contact for your area.
Girls will soon have an exciting new resource to accompany their leadership-building Journeys: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. This 100th anniversary edition of the Girl Scouts handbook and badge book is offered for every level from Daisy to Ambassador, and together with the Journeys make up the complete National Girl Scout Program Portfolio.
Here's how it works:
For a preview of the Girl’s Guide, check out this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccjzljjeLek
Our first shipment of handbooks is expected in late October. Contact the Council office with questions, or to pre-order. (907) 248-2250 or 1-800-478-7448.
Take advantage of the SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE PROMOTION and get 25% off the regular price now through March 12, 2012.
Please click image to read the full PDF.
We would like to introduce our new Fall Product Sale Program. Girl Scouts of Alaska has partnered with Trophy Nut Company. This is a ‘friends and family" sale that provides our troops with the opportunity to earn start up funds for the new Girl Scout membership year. Contact Tricia Matyas for details about how to participate at 907-273-0302. All nut/candy proceeds stay within the Girl Scouts of Alaska to benefit local Girl Scouts.
Calendar of Events
The Anchorage Public Library offers movies, games, and special programs for youth of all ages, including teens. Check out their September schedule of events here, or call Sherri Douglas at 907-343-2840 for more information.