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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

August 2012


in this issue

:: girls' world forum

:: program opportunities

:: child abuse and neglect

:: girl scouts forever green

:: girl scout videos

:: common kindness

:: new augusta service center

:: fall product program

:: buy a brick

:: girl scout safety

:: scholarships for girl scouts



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Dear (Contact First Name),  

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

girls' world forumWorld Forum
coming together to address the issues

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.



program opportunitiesGirls Golf Clubs  

coming up soon 


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
georgia expands mandated reporters


Effective July 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
100th 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 the planet.

 Forever Green Patch

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 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. 



girl scout videos
check out our favorites 

Message from GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez

ToGetHerThere Message
from GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez


GSHG Girls Run the World!  (Teen Leadership Conference 2012)

GSHG Girls Run the World!
(Teen Leadership Conference 2012)



common kindness   Coupon
save and support

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!

we're moving! Box
new augusta service center


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 Business Center.

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.



Mailbox Tinfall product program

start-up funds for your troop


GSHG's Fall 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

September 10-16: Troop training
September 17: Order taking begins 

November 7-9: Nuts/candy delivered to SUs
November 12-30: Nuts/candy delivered to Customers



make your mark on history
buy a brick

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 before 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 fight."

Thank you all for your diligent focus on safety for the girls of Historic Georgia.



college scholarships for girl scouts

a reminderBooks


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 here!



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Fall 2012 Catalog   council shop updates

         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 September 26-28.



important info for volunteers


  • GSHG 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!
  • Amerigroup 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.
  • Please note the following dates:
    August 18 - Council Wide Trainers' Retreat at Camp Concharty in Shiloh
    August 24-26 - Product Sales Manager Rally at Camp Low in Savannah
    August 25 - Gold Committee Training at Camp Martha Johnston in Lizella
    September 22 - Service Unit Manager Training at Camp Martha Johnston in Lizella



troops on the move 


TOTM August 2012

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 machine!) 

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 great outdoors.

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

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 turtle program.

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 August 4.

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 Americans.

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.



Cookie Dough cards earned during the 2012 Cookie Program will expire on September 21, 2012!

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.  Please click here for additional information.


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