Girl Scouts of Historic
are receiving this email because you or your daughter are a member of or
affiliated with Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
We hope you've had a wonderful summer! While some Girl Scouts are
about to head back to school, some have already started... and that means
it's time to come back for another exciting year of Girl Scouting.
We're still celebrating our 100th Anniversary and the Year of the Girl,
so it's sure to be an AWESOME year!
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff
coming together to address the
Last month, inspiring girls from 145 countries and 100 U.S. Girl Scout
councils met in Chicago to address the issues they chose as the world's
most urgent: ending extreme poverty and hunger; focusing on ways to
empower women and promote gender equity; and ensuring environmental
sustainability. The selected attendees, ages 14 to 18, are now charged
with returning home to mobilize their communities around these issues.
Sa'Haara-Jade Bryant from Albany and Madison Johnson from Columbus
served as GSHG's girl representatives, and Lindsay Farley from St.
Marys attended as their chaperone. Check out our facebook page for
more photos and blog posts from the event.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia has lots of exciting
events planned for girls this fall! The Teen Leadership
Conference will take place September 21-23 at Camp Tanglewood in
Augusta and Girls' Golf Day will take place at numerous locations
throughout the Council. Get additional information about these
events and more upcoming programs on our website calendar.
Just use the drop-down box to search by grade level.
child abuse and neglect
expands mandated reporters
1, 2012, Georgia law has expanded the list of people mandated
(law-bound) to report suspected child abuse or neglect. All child
service organization personnel (both employees and volunteers) are now
mandated reporters. The law requires that mandated reporters,
"having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused,
shall report or cause reports of that abuse to be made."
The council will offer information and training to help staff and
volunteers understand their role, be able to identify the warning signs
of abuse and neglect, and understand the reporting process. You will
receive more details about this law, the training and the reporting
process at upcoming Service Unit meetings.
You can access the Child Protective Services fact sheet on child abuse
and neglect here.
Want to learn more now? The Governor's Office for Children and Families
(GOCF) sponsors a free, online training course, provided through
ProSolutions Training, that details the law and its recent changes,
discusses warning signs that can indicate if a child is being abused or
neglected, and explains your role in reporting suspected child abuse.
The hour long course can be accessed online here.
girl scouts forever green
anniversary take action project
Do your part to
make the world a better place and join Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from
around the world in celebration of our movement's positive impact on
See exactly how
many people from GSHG have done their part here!
Take the Girl Scouts Forever Green Pledge! Then, take
part in one of the three GSFG Take Action project ideas: Reduce Waste,
Save Energy or Plant a Rain Garden. Register your Forever Green
project online here to receive
a patch. After you have registered your project, contact Betsy Connell
at email@example.com to
receive your patches. Include brief details about
the project you completed (including the date, location and number
of girls who participated.) Please also include your address, and
we'll mail the patches to you.
check out our favorites
from GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez
Girls Run the World!
(Teen Leadership Conference 2012)
Use the Common Kindness website
to look up coupons AND help raise funds for Girl Scouts of Historic
Georgia! Just follow the link and click "Become a Supporter"
to begin saving AND earning!
GSHG is excited to announce that as of Wednesday,
September 19, you'll be able to visit us in our relocated Augusta
service center at 508 Shartom Dr., Augusta, GA, 30907 in the Augusta
This convenient, single level facility is easily accessible to all our
members and visitors and provides our staff a more comfortable and
efficient work space. Amenities at the new service center include easy
access from roadways, a bus stop within walking distance, ample parking
within the complex and a new, larger shop, conference room and training
rooms that may be used by volunteers after regular business hours!
The Augusta office will be closed beginning Thursday, September 13, and
will reopen for business on Wednesday, September 19. We feel sure
that our relocation will enhance our customer service so we can all
more easily focus on our mission, to build girls of courage, confidence
and character, who make the world a better place.
funds for your troop
Product Program is almost here! This year's theme is "What Can a
Girl Do? Get Connected!" Girls will learn money
management skills and how to set and achieve goals, and they'll earn
start-up funds for their troop for the new Girl Scout year.
Here are some
important upcoming dates:
August 28-September 9: Service Unit training
10-16: Troop training
September 17: Order taking begins
Nuts/candy delivered to SUs
November 12-30: Nuts/candy delivered to Customers
make your mark on history
The First Girl Scout Headquarters building in Savannah, formerly the
carriage house for Juliette Low's adult home, was willed to the local
Girl Scout council upon Juliette's death in 1927. The building
currently houses the council's archives and serves as a program
activity center, offering exciting interactive educational experiences
for Girl Scouts and the community.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is replacing the bricks in the
courtyard at First Headquarters, which were laid in the 1970s, with
new, commemorative engraved bricks. Bricks will be
4"x8" in size, cost $100 each and can be engraved with your
name or a special Girl Scout message! Read more...
girl scout safety
our number one priority
As we begin our
new program year, it's important to remember that the safety of our
girls is our number one priority. Here are a few reminders:
New Girl Scout Safety Checkpoints will be made available for most Girl
Scout activities throughout 2012-2013. Read about them on our website
(in the new Volunteer Essentials.)
If Safety Activity Checkpoints do not exist for an activity you'd like
to plan, check the safety standards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
making any definite plans.
Wherever people gather, there is a risk of spreading germs. Spreading
communicable illness or disease, whether of the 24-hour or
life-threatening variety, can be avoided by observing universal
health precautions. Two of the simplest and most effective ways to
protect yourself and your girls is to encourage disciplined hand
washing and to consistently use medical gloves (remember some folks are
allergic to latex) gloves whenever administering first aid. A
definition of "universal precautions" as it relates to first
aid may be found here or by using an
online search of the phrase "Universal Health Precautions".
Due to recent events in which innocent people were confronted
unexpectedly with extreme violence in public places, we encourage you
to become familiar with ways to protect yourself and your girls in such
unthinkable circumstances. This helpful video
reminds us that if facing fire, we "stop, drop and roll;" if
facing a violent attack, we should be prepared to "run, hide, or
Thank you all for your diligent focus on safety for the girls of
scholarships for girl scouts
Because Girl Scouts develop into young women of courage,
confidence and character, who make the world a better place, many of
them are excellent candidates for college scholarships. Girls with high
academic achievement and a record of community service deserve, and
often receive, close attention from scholarship donors. The US military
awards higher rank to Gold Award recipients and several
colleges/universities have created special scholarships for girls who
earn the Gold Award. You can find information about these opportunities
The new virtual catalog
for Fall 2012 is available on the GSHG website here.
Great Start Kits are available
again starting at $54 for sash kits.
Council shops will be open August 4
and September 8 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., but closed on September 1 & 3
in observance of Labor Day. Shops will also be closed for inventory
important info for volunteers
has many wonderful volunteer training opportunities at ETC (Extreme
Team Conference), LEAP (Leadership Experience for Adult Pathways)
and GYK (Grow Your Knowledge.) For dates, locations and
additional information regarding these upcoming trainings, view our
training calendar here!
will reimburse GSHG for the $12 membership fee as well as $7.48 for
program materials (the Journey book) for any of its girl
members who join Girl Scouts. If any girls in your troop or
recruitment are Amerigroup members, please fill out the Amerigroup form
and attach it to their membership registration.
note the following dates:
- Council Wide Trainers' Retreat at Camp Concharty in Shiloh
24-26 - Product Sales Manager Rally at Camp Low in
- Gold Committee Training at Camp Martha Johnston in Lizella
22 - Service Unit Manager Training at Camp Martha
Johnston in Lizella
troops on the move
1. Girl Scout Troop #40305
from the Albany area took an exciting trip on Sam's Shortline Railroad.
During a stop in Plains, some of the girls did laundry (without a
2. Girl Scout Troop
#50272 from Columbus planted trees as part of the Girl
Scouts Forever Green project and in celebration of the 100th Anniversary
of Girl Scouts. 100 trees were planted by more than 100 Girl Scouts
and additional volunteers at Flat Rock Park in Columbus. The tree
planting was sponsored in part by the Columbus Legacy Circle, Keep
Columbus Beautiful and Trees Columbus.
3. Girl Scout Troop
#27068 from the Augusta area used part of their cookie
proceeds to visit the Go Fish Education Center to learn about the
different types of fish that are raised in Georgia. They played
games, learned how to bait a fish hook and learned to catch fish in the
4. Girl Scout Troop
#30078 from Effingham County participated in the Great
Girl Scout Hike June 27-30th. They hiked from Unicoi Gap near Helen to
Dick's Creek Gap in Hiawassee. They covered 20 miles and more than 10,000
feet in elevation over three mountains! (Learn more about hiking
the Appalachian Trail for the 100th Anniversary at gshike.org.)
5. Girl Scout
Troop #60078 of the Macon area took a trip this summer to
the Georgia coast. They visited both Cumberland Island, where they
took a fun tour, and Jekyll Island, where they participated in a sea
6. Members of Girl Scout Troop
#30197 from Effingham County earned and received their
"God and Me" awards at Faith Presbyterian Church this summer.
7. Girl Scout Troop
#60078 of the Macon area cheered for runners and handed
out water at the Air Force Museum of Aviation Half Marathon and 5K on
8. Junior Troop
#60885 from Warner Robins traveled to Rock Eagle 4H
Center in Eatonton for a day packed with outdoor activities. One of
the educational classes included a hike through the woods to view the
historic Rock Eagle, a stone effigy built about 2,000 years ago by Native
Is your troop doing cool things? Take a photo and send it to email@example.com.
Please be sure to include your troop number, where you're from and a
short description of the event in your email.
Dough cards earned during the 2012 Cookie Program will expire on September
All GSHG offices and shops will be closed on Monday, September 3, in
observance of Labor Day.
The Planning Committee for the Savannah-area Tunnel to Towers 5K is
requesting the help of Girl Scouts at the upcoming race on September 15 to
hold flags and photos of the firemen whose lives were lost on 9/11.
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