April newsletter

Building Girls of Character

When we think about summer camp, what's likely to come to mind are those quintessential summer experiences, like canoeing, sleeping in a tent, and roasting marshmallows around a campfire.

At Girl Scout camp, there's also important work happening – the work of character development. On the Girl Scouts of Alaska blog, Statewide Camp Director Amanda Block describes the 7 critical character traits that children need to develop into successful adults -- Grit,
Self-control, Gratitute, Optimism, Zest, Social Intelligence, and a Sense of Wonder.

Girl Scout camps have always developed these in girls, and this summer, we will help campers recognize their character by not only pointing out when they express those traits but also by consciously reflecting on them. For example, every camper group will end their day by sharing what they were grateful for during that day.

To register your daughter for camp go to www.girlscoutsalaska.org/programs/camps where you will find the online registration link (and can download the full camp catalog).  If you have questions about summer camp contact Amanda Block at 907-273-0316 or toll free at 800-478-7448.  You can also reach her by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To learn more about how Girl Scouts of Alaska helps girls develop character, visit our latest blog post here

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Marge Stoneking


Camp Registration Info

Summer camps are filling quickly – several Togowoods and Singing Hills programs are already full so don’t wait to sign up! 
When you register online (www.girlscoutsalaska.org/programs/camps) you’ll be able to see in real time which programs have openings.


Council Shop Goes Virtual

Girl Scouts of Alaska has an online store! Now you can shop, order, and pay for Girl Scout merchandise anytime, from anywhere.
Check it out at www.girlscoutsalaska.org/shop.

Be sure to check out these new shop items:

Starter Kits
Select either a pink or green bag FREE with purchase of qualifying uniform essentials and a Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting or a Journey book. Available for all levels of Girl Scouts. 

Bronze, Silver, Gold
Celebrate your girl's Bronze, Silver, and Gold award achievements with these commemorative necklaces, bumper stickers, refridgerator magnets, and mugs.

Year of the Girl Merchandise
When girls succeed, so does society. Show your support for 2012 as the Year of the Girl with these shirts, bags, keychains, and more!
Together we will get her there.


 Gold Award Recipients 2012

On March 29, Girl Scouts of Alaska honored 3 young women who earned their Gold Award. The program was conducted almost entirely by Girl Scouts, with Cassandra Alexander serving as Master of Ceremonies, Dharma Gilley leading the audience in song, and many other Girl Scouts, leaders, and other volunteers contributing everything from set-up to lighting for the event. Girl Scouts of Alaska also got to show off our new promotional video.  Thanks to local company Affinity Films, Inc., and everyone who helped make this video possible.

Katherine Dolma

Katherine is a Sophomore at Homer High School. She has been in Girl Scouts for 10 years and has earned her Bronze, Silver, and now her Gold Award. After High School, she plans to study environmental sciences.
For her Bronze Award, Katherine wrote about women scientists in Kachemak Bay. She conducted a project on coastal beach clean up for her Silver Award. Building on these previous projects, Katherine's Gold Award focused on recycling education and implementation in her home town of Homer.
Katherine says, "After High School I plan to continue to try and make a difference. I would like to thank Girl Scouts for helping me along this path."




Taylor Donovan

Taylor Donovan photo
Taylor is a Senior at West High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.
For her Gold Award, Taylor collected toys and gifts for distribution to low-income families in Anchorage, enabling "families to experience the joys of the Holidays
without the stress of financial worries." She worked with Title 1 Schools and Northwood Elementary.
Taylor noted that "the community does a great job of providing children with necessary materials but often the little things are forgotten."





Samantha Wicks

Samantha Wicks photo
Samantha Wicks is a Senior at East High School. She has been in Girl Scouting for 13 years, 12 of those as a member of Troop 488. She plans to attend Boise State University in the fall to study kinesiology and join the women's swim team.
Samantha wanted her Gold Award to make a positive impact in her community. She noticed that history education in Anchorage wasn't up to par, so she created a game in the style of "Jeopardy" to help kids get excited about learning history.
"Earning my Gold Award has helped give me a better awareness of the needs in the community," she said.





Girls Love Stem

The Girl Scout Research Institute released a new report in February focused on girls' perceptions of, attitudes toward, and
interests in the subjects and general fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology,Engineering, and Math concludes that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but they need further exposure to and education about what STEM careers can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.

Key research findings include the following:

• Seventy-four percent of girls nationwide are interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math; girls like being creative, asking questions, and solving problems.• Eighty-one percent of STEM-interested girls are interested in pursuing a STEM career, but only 13 percent say a STEM career is their first choice.
• Exposure to STEM activities and careers is low, and girls are aware of gender barriers in STEM career development and the workplace.
• Girls interested in STEM are excellent students and high achievers, and have more STEM exposure and great adult support in pursuing STEM, compared to girls who are not interested in STEM.

Girls want to make a difference in the world, and they want to help people. Eighty-eight percent of all girls want a career that will help them make a difference in the world.

At Girl Scouts of Alaska, we’ve been facilitating girl/adult learning with Alaskan women scientists through our Women of Science and Technology Day program for 20 years now. With the generosity of an annual program sponsorship from BP, Women of Science reaches 8 communities a year, impacting roughly 2000 girls every year.


It's Your Planet - Love It!

Did you know that a group of teen girls came up with the name for Girl Scouts' environmental leadership curriculum: It’s Your Planet—Love It?  From the point of view of girls, we hear so much information about protecting the planet, but we aren’t really moved to act until our hearts are involved.

In honor of Earth Day, spring, and upcoming summer camp season, think about how you can help girls experience the joy of the great outdoors and protect the environment too! The It’s Your Planet—Love It! Journey series is a great place to start. 

Girl Scouts Forever Green is another a great way for girls and families to honor Girl Scouts' century-long commitment to stewarding our precious resources.

Be sure to also tell girls to visit the web site For Girls to create and to post their PSAs about saving the planet!





Upcoming Outdoor Programs

Science Saturdays

May 5th is the day for Critter Catching at the Campbell Creek Science Center.  All families are welcome, and the cost is $5 per child. Explore Campbell Creek, and the salmon and aquatic insects that call it home.  Dress for the outdoors, and wear boots!

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Walk on the Wild Side

May 5th is also the final day of our Walk on the Wild Side series at Spring Creek Farm in Palmer.
The program is Growing Your Garden!  We’ll plant seeds, explore the greenhouse, and play in the Children’s Garden. 

This program is led by the amazing grad students from APU who make every event a great time. 

Daisies and Brownies come 10 AM to 1 PM; Juniors and older are welcome from 2 PM to 5 PM.  The cost is $15, and scholarships are available.  

Register online by going to the Girl Scouts of Alaska website, select calendar, then select the day of the event to register. 
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Have Cookies Will Travel

June 1 is the deadline for troops to apply for Troop Trip Cookie Credits to allow troops to travel with cookie money during the summer of 2013.  If your troop is made up of Seniors and Ambassadors, you may apply for the $1 per box credit for cookie sales
each year.  Please go to the Girl Scouts of Alaska website, select Teens, and Travel or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Girl Scouts travel photo

Travel Training Day is May 7 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM

If your troop is interested in applying for Troop Trip Cookie Credits, or you have girls interested in National or International Destinations, please come to the Travel Training Day at the Council Service Center in Anchorage. This is your opportunity to meet with our Girl Scout Staff Travel Specialist and ask Kay all of your questions. 

If you’re not able to be there in person, you can call into the conference line

Dial 1-800-582-3014 and enter the passcode: 0764483221#

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Stand Against Racism

Girl Scouts of Alaska will be participating in Take a Stand Against Racism on April 27th. 

The Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through this annual event.
We encourage you to visit www.StandAgainstRacism.org to learn more. Stand Against Racism bookmark image

We will give out Take a Stand Against Racism stickers and bookmarks to everyone that comes in the store on Friday, April 27 . 

We will also be offering 10% off phone orders and purchases of our “It’s Your World, Change It” Journey books that highlight inclusion, friendship and advancing peace.



Online Leadership

Young women can now apply to participate in a new e-learning trial that will allow them to take a WAGGGS leadership course over the internet this summer.

Running from 14 June to 22 July this year, the trial will allow them to take initial steps into their leadership journey while
helping WAGGGS to explore how it could use e-learning technology in future.

The trial course will use the Wagggs Leadership Development Programme (WLDP) as its foundation and will cover topics such as understanding leadership, leading others and advocacy.

Visit http://www.wagggs.org/en/news/21824 for more information.



Lemonade Day is May 6

Registration for Lemonade Day is now open! 

Lemonade Day is a FREE experiential program designed to teach youth about entrepreneurship through the process of starting their own small business - a lemonade stand.

To participate, you'll need to register, then pick up a backpack with your Lemonade day materials and instructions.

Register online or contact Kathryn Abbott, Program Coordinator, at 907.786.5419. 

Lemonade Day is available to kids across Alaska.
For more information, visit www.alaska.lemonadeday.org.


Serve Alaska Seeks Youth for Commission

Serve Alaska Commission is seeking youth between the ages of 16 and 25 to fill a seat on its advisory board. Any girl or boy who is a participant or supervisor in a national service program can qualify.
Interested applicants can apply online here.


Sitka Camporee

Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting at the Halibut Cove State Recreation area in Sitka on May 18-20
Thanks to everyone who pointed out that we'd mistakenly listed this on our website as taking place in March.


Boating Safety for Adults

Small Craft Safety Certification will be offered for adults this summer (June 15-17) at Camp Togowoods. 
The course will include both classroom and water components and costs $75.00/adult. 
Full details and online registration can be found on our calendar.


Get Crafty with JoAnn

The Bayshore JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts at 1920 Diamond has a new classroom  and Kids Camp Summer classes starting in May with craft,
sewing, knitting, and cake decorating classes for girls, boys, and teens.
Scouts are invited to come in for a free craft project. Call Krista Pemberton, education coordinator at 349-6544 for more info and to set a date. We are also looking for instructors.


Volunteers Needed - Anchorage

Volunteers are needed to help with the Alaska Heart Run to be held on April 28 in Anchorage. Pre event and day of event volunteers are needed! Everyone who helps gets an awesome volunteer t-shirt, coupon for a six inch sandwich from Subway and a chance to win Alaska Airlines tickets!

Families and teens are welcome!

Sign up on the website at www.heartrun.com click the volunteer tab.


Pen Pal Requests

Troop of 12 Daisies Seek Pen Pals
Who? Troop 6254
Contact: Carey Towne Christenson
Waupaca, Wisconsin
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Brownie Troop of 13 girls seeks pen pals.  Contact:
Amanda Alexander
Los Vegas, Nevada
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13 Juniors from troop 4319 seek pen pals
Kelly Kallies
Oconto Falls, Wisconsin
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Other Troop Requests

My name is Samantha Rice and I'm the troop leader for troop #387.
I'm looking for a Brownie troop that one of my girls can join for a meeting in May, to work on her bridging from Daisy to Brownie.
Please contact me on Facebook if you can help. 

I would like to swap with a troop in Alaska. Please have a troop email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
We have a total of 20 in our troop, both girls and leaders