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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

April 2012


in this issue

:: 100th anniversary events

:: summer camp 2012

:: gshg highest awards ceremony

:: girl scouts forever green

:: centennial camporee 2012

:: 100th anniversary photo contest

:: georgia historical society honors juliette low

:: legacy circle spotlight

:: scholarships for older girls



Dear Tara,

While we celebrated the Official 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting last month with many special events, we'll continue to celebrate our 100th throughout the rest of 2012 - it's the Year of the Girl!

Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 15 - April 21, so we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our incredible Girl Scout volunteers!  We value your time, effort and talent all year round.

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

Wreathcelebrating 100 years in savannah 

anniversary events
March 12, 2012 marked the official 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.  Since Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah, GSHG held numerous large-scale events there from March 10-12 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary.  Over 3,500 Girl Scouts from GSHG and across the country joined us for the Bridging to the Next Century event, Party in the Park, Sunrise Ceremony and more!  Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at these special events.  Please visit our Facebook page for photos from these events, and feel free to post your own photos too! 



summer camp 2012
go outdoors
!Camp Girl Scouts


This summer, we'll be celebrating the Year of the Girl with Journey camps, water-fun weeks, badge-earning opportunities, camping through the decades and more!  Cost for Day Camp is $125/week.  Cost for Resident Camp is $250/week. Deadline to register is May 7, 2012.

Three weeks of camp will take place at Camp Martha Johnston, Camp Concharty and Camp Tanglewood simultaneously:
June 1-3: S'mores Campout (Troops and individual Girl Scouts are welcome to participate.)
June 3-8: Resident Camp (June 3-8)
Day Camp (June 4-8)
June 10-15: Resident Camp (June 10-15)
Day Camp (June 11-15)
June 17-22: Resident Camp (June 17-22)
Day Camp (June 18-22)

Camp Open House will take place at Camp Concharty on April 21, Camp Tanglewood on April 28 and Camp Martha Johnston on May 5.  Read more... 



gshg highest awards ceremony
honoring girls and adult volunteers

You are invited to join us Gold Awardon Sunday, May 6, for our Highest Awards Ceremonies taking place throughout the Council, where we will recognize our Gold, Silver and Bronze Award recipients, as well as our exceptional volunteers.
Please RSVP by April 23, 2012.

Elks Club in Gainesville
4:00-6:00pm  |  RSVP to Jennifer Browder

Holy Family Catholic Church in Columbus
3:00-5:00pm  |  RSVP to Valerie Ellis

Augusta Jewish Community Center in Augusta
4:00-6:00pm  |  RSVP to Sheri Matis

Avalon United Methodist Church in Albany
3:00-5:00pm  |  RSVP to Valerie Ellis

Camp Martha Johnston in Lizella (Macon)
2:00-5:00pm  |  RSVP to Jennifer Browder

Elks Club in Savannah
4:00-6:00pm  |  RSVP to Sheri Matis



girl scouts forever green
100th anniversary take action project

The 100th AnniversaryForever Green Patch Take Action project is all about making the world a better place by participating in projects which encourage simple changes that make a big difference.  Check out the website here to find out everything you need to know about participating in these earth-friendly activities.  Girls, troops, and service units are encouraged to choose projects about which the girls feel most strongly.  (Forever Green projects could also be great Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award projects!)

The focus months for these activities are February, March and April this year, but feel free to continue these projects throughout 2012.  You'll be asked record your work on the website, and when you're finished, you are eligible to receive the Forever Green patch!   

centennial camporee 2012

celebrate outdoors Camporee Logo

Join GSHG for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  The Centennial Camporee will take place June 25-30, 2012, in Savannah, Georgia.

Please note: The location of this event has changed.  We are very excited to be partnering with Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah for the Centennial Camporee, with special sessions/activities to be held at beautiful Camp Low!

Registrations are still being accepted through Monday, April 16.  Except for the $75 deposit which must be paid for with money, GSHG girls may use cookie dough to pay for a portion or all of the remaining fees to attend the Camporee.

If you have any questions, please email   



100th anniversary photo contest
what can you do with 100?

Troop 40607

In honor of our 100th Anniversary, troops were asked to submit photos of themselves using the number or idea of "100."  We received lots of creative photos, so thank you to everyone who participated.  The winning photo was submitted by Troop #40607 from the Magnolia Service Unit in Albany.  Look for it on the cover of our 2012 Fall Program Guide!



honoring juliette low for the 100th 

georgia historical society
Juliette Low
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts, the Georgia Historical Society is honoring Juliette Gordon Low throughout this entire year.  Learn more about GHS and find great program ideas for troops by visiting their website here



legacy circle spotlight
getting to know her

GSHG's Legacy Circle members are a dynamic group of volunteers who are truly committed to Girl Scouting.  They have an important voice in our council, meet regularly and participate in the areas of alumnae recruitment, fund development, 100th Anniversary and public relations.  Meet one of our wonderful Legacy Circle Chairs, Debra Harden, Ed.D.:

Debra Harden, Professional Development Director for the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA), is a career Georgia educator. Prior to being superintendent, she held a variety of leadership positions, including teacher, Director of Special Education, Principal and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.  After her retirement in 1999, she taught for Piedmont College and coordinated Piedmont's graduate programs offered in several Gwinnett County schools.

In 1997, Dr. Harden was named a charter member of the prestigious BellSouth/CLSR Superintendents Leadership Network and in 1999, she was named Georgia's Superintendent of the Year.  From 2005 - 2008, Debra served as President of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Georgia.  She lives in Watkinsville, Georgia, with her husband, Amrey. They have one son.



ops for older girls Books


The Jeanne McPherson Stansell Memorial Scholarship awards $1,000 to a graduating GSHG Girl Scout.  Please note that the deadline has been extended for this scholarship.  Applications must be postmarked by April 10, and should be sent to Betsy Connell, GSHG, 906 Interstate Ridge Drive, Suite E, Gainesville, GA 30501.  The application is on our website here, as well as various other scholarship and funding opportunities.   

important info for volunteers

  • The Early Bird Campaign will run from May 1st through June 30th. Please pick up your Early Bird packet this month, as Service Units will receive $1.00 for every girl who Early Birds!
  • There are two new Spanish language program resources available to councils: "Cambian el Mundo" for Brownies and "Apuntan a las Estrellas" for Juniors. These books were created for girls, volunteers and families to use together.  Retail price is $7.
  • Translation of GSUSA program resources into Braille is complete!  This includes all girl Journey books and adult guides, all grade levels of the "Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting" and all badge packets.  A combination of grant funds makes it possible to offer all Braille resources at no cost to councils.  Please let your Council shop know if this resource is needed in your area.
  • Please note: The membership year marks the GS Grade Level. A Brownie is a Brownie until the new membership year begins on October 1st.
  • GSHG will have many volunteer training opportunities at ETC (Extreme Team Conference) and LEAP (Leadership Experience for Adult Pathways.)  For dates and locations, please click here.
  • Please join us for our Centennial Camp & Outdoor Training opportunity at Camp Martha Johnston May 18-20.  More information available here



troops on the move 


TOTM April 2012      

1.  The Jasmine Service Unit of Camden County hosted a Star Party where Girl Scouts discovered their inner astronomer.  They viewed the moon, planets and stars through telescopes, calculated their weight on other planets, made a model of the solar system and more.


2.  Girl Scouts from Troop #30370 of Richmond Hill learned the basics of crocheting and then put those new skills to work by creating scarves to donate to the 2012 Winter Special Olympics in Georgia.  For more information about this annual project, visit

3.  Girl Scouts from the Greenbriar Service Unit in Augusta participated in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Stand Down community event for homeless veterans by making 692 "no sew" scarves of all sizes, colors and styles.

4.  Girl Scout Troop #12810 of the Franklin Service Unit in the Athens area donated 100 cans of soup to the Lavonia Food Bank for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting.

5.  Girl Scout Troop #40271 of Albany recently visited Covin Farm in Sasser, GA, where they learned about growing vegetables.  Now, the girls will grow and harvest their own lettuce, which will be donated to "Farm to Fork," a fundraiser that benefits the Lily Pad, an organization that helps victims of child abuse.

6.  Girl Scouts in Camden County gathered at the George Bancroft Exhibit on Sunday, March 11, for a special Promise Circle Ceremony to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts.  Gold Award recipient Jessica Imgrund was the master of ceremonies and Mayor William T. DeLoughy of St. Marys attended as an honorable guest.

7.  Girl Scouts from Troop #30190 and #30454 from Jesup recently used some of their cookie profits to visit St. Augustine, Florida.  They learned much of the city's history while visiting the Old Jail, the Old Town History Museum, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park as well as many other interesting sites.

8. Girl Scout Daisy Troop #30406 from Richmond Hill represented the country of Jamaica at their recent World Thinking Day celebration.

Is your troop doing cool things? Take a photo and send it to  Please be sure to include your troop number, where you're from and a short description of the event in your email.  



In observance of the Easter holiday, all Council shops will be closed on Saturday, April 7;
however, they will be open on Saturday, April 14 instead.  


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