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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

December 2012


in this issue

:: buy a brick

:: early bird patch contest

:: epic conference

:: world thinking day

:: operation pillow case dresses

:: world thinking day

:: program opportunities

:: girl scouts psa contest

:: georgia youth leadership awards



You are receiving this email because you or your daughter is a member of or affiliated with Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.


We know how busy this time of year is for everyone, but we sincerely hope that you get to relax and spend some quality time with family and friends this holiday season.  The new year is right around the corner, and that means so is the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program!  Happy Holidays!

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

make your mark on history
buy a brick

This is your last chance to purchase a brick at the Girl Scout First Headquarters building in Savannah.  Make your mark at the Girl Scouts' Early Meeting Place for the 100th Anniversary!

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... 



2013 girl scoutAsk Me Sign
cookie program 
starting soon


The Girl Scout Cookie Program officially begins on January 4, 2013! 


·  Make plans to join us for the National Sleepover to kick off cookie season!

·  Get cookie program-related forms and resources you need on our website here!

·  Volunteers who wish to order promotional items may do so using this form.  Deadline for orders is January 10, 2013.

·  Join us in celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day on February 8, 2013.  More details coming soon!



sister to sister Support Sandy
letters to nj

Many people in New Jersey are still feeling the effects of Super Storm Sandy.  While Girl Scouts from GSHG recently pulled together hundreds of supplies to send to residents there, they still could use some encouragement and support.  Write a note to the girls in New Jersey to help them know that their Girl Scout sisters are thinking of them.  Send your letters to the Northern New Jersey Council office at:

Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey
Attn: Betty Garger, CEO
"Sister to Sister Letters"
95 Newark Pompton Turnpike
Riverdale, NJ 07457



girl scout day at the capitol  Capitol 2013
take it to the house

Discover the issues impacting girls in our community, connect with community resources to research the issues(s) that interest you and take action by meeting with your legislator to discuss the issue(s) important to you... at Girl Scout Day at the Capitol 2013!  The event will take place at the Georgia State Capitol Building in Atlanta on February 12, 2013, and is open to all GSHG Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.  Cost is $5 (no lunch) or $17 (with lunch.)  For additional information and the registration form, please visit our website here.



operation pillowcase dresses Pillow Case Dress

a community service project 

All girls and troops are invited to make a pillow case dress to send to little girls in Liberia. 85% of the population in Liberia is living below the international poverty line due to the aftermath of civil war. You can help these girls feel pretty and important by making them a pillowcase dress. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia has a goal of making 1,000 dresses by February 25, 2013!  We are also accepting donations of pillowcases and ribbon for spring program events where girls will make the dresses.  For more information and some patterns for the dresses, please visit our website here

2013 annual business meeting 100th Trefoil Small 
a year in review

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will hold our annual meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Camp Martha Johnston, Sweetwater Retreat, Lizella, Georgia and will begin promptly at 12:30 pm.  Registration will open at 10:30 am with lunch to begin at 11:30 am.  The cost for lunch will be  $10.00 for all attendees other than girls.  We request an RSVP by January 31, 2013 from all attendees to assist us in making the final lunch preparations.  Please RSVP to

View the list of elected Delegates for the 2013 Annual Meeting.



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pop-up opps     


Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is sometimes presented with wonderful yet unexpected opportunities for our girls.  Even though the notice is short, we would still like to share information with you regarding these opportunities, which we refer to as Pop-up Opps.  Here are a few that might interest you:

For more information about these and dozens of other GSHG programs, please visit the event calendar on our website.



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challenge from the white house 


Do you know any Girl Scouts who use apps on their smartphones, tablet computers, or other mobile devices? If you do, the White House has a fun and educational challenge for them! The Equal Futures App Challenge asks girls to create an app that promotes civic education and/or inspires other girls to serve as leaders in our democracy.


Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, will serve as a judge in the White House's Equal Futures App Challenge, alongside some great people like Jack Dorsey, creator and co-founder of Twitter, Representative Barbara Ballard, Andrew Shue, co-founder of, Senator Lisa Murkowski, and many more. Notable apps will be highlighted on the White House website and in the White House blog. For more on the challenge, go to  Individuals can submit their app until January 12th, 2013 at 12:00am EDT.





georgia youth leadership awards  

accepting nominations now
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Do you know a Georgia student who has started their own business, founded their own non-profit organization, created their own charity event or led a significant community service project?  Nominate them for the 21st Century Leaders Georgia Youth Leadership Awards!    

21st Century Leaders, in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 Under 40, will select the top 20 Georgia youth under the age of 20 who have made a significant impact on their schools or local communities.  Award recipients will be formally honored and have their projects showcased at the Georgia Youth Leadership Awards in February.

Nominations accepted through December 31, 2012.  Click here for the nomination form and for additional information.

council shop updatesFHQ Ornament

  • The brand new Online Girl Scout Shop is now LIVE on our website here. Now you can shop the full Girl Scout assortment plus our council's own merchandise all in the same place!
  • Please note that all Council Shops will be closed on Friday, December 21st at noon and will reopen at 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 2nd. Shops will also be open on Saturday, January 5, 2013.



important info for volunteers


  • ADULT RECOGNITIONS Recognize a volunteer for outstanding service to girls by nominating her/him for a Girl Scout Adult Recognition Award.  Details and nomination forms are available here and must be submitted to Lena Applegate at by February 4 at 9:00 am.
  • TRAINING:  GSHG is offering two Low Ropes & High Challenge Course Facilitator trainings this winter: one at Camp Low January 25-27 (deadline to register is January 7) and one at Camp Concharty March 15-17.  Four Outdoor Skills 101 trainings and a New Leader Teleconference have also been scheduled.  For additional information on these and other training opportunities, please view the Volunteer Training section of our website calendar.
  • SAFETY CHECKPOINTS:  The new Safety Activity Checkpoints are available in the Volunteer Resources section of the GSHG website. Troops may use either the new Checkpoints or the Safety Wise book to inform their safety plans until June 1, 2013, at which time Safety Wise will no longer be used. If you have a safety question please send it to us at
  • HELP NEEDED:  GSHG is in need of more Event Directors, Grade Level Facilitators and Gold Award Mentors.  The Event Director position is a fun and important job for those interested in the planning and implementation of Girl Scout program events.  If interested, please contact your Membership Manager.  If interested in becoming a Grade Level Facilitator, you will need to take Facilitating Adult Learning and co-train Grade Level in order to become qualified. Check for scheduled Grade Level training dates.  Those interested in helping girls earn their highest award as a Gold Award Mentor should contact Betsy Connell at
  • QSP QUICK START:  All troops (not just new ones) can now continue to sell magazines at any time during the year to earn troop funds.  When outside of our fall sale dates, troops will still earn $3 per subscription; however, the girls will not earn incentives.  Please contact your Product Sales staff member for additional information.  



troops on the move 


TOTM December 2012 

1.  Girl Scouts from Troop #50105 of Columbus led the Pledge of Allegiance at the "Paint the Town Pink" breast cancer awareness walk/run event in their community.

2.  Girl Scouts from the Marshes of Glynn Service Unit adopted Marshes of Glynn Overlook Park in Brunswick.  Each month, Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors get together to clean up the park.

3.  Girl Scout Brownie/Junior Troop #40302 from Cordele recently participated in the restoration of oyster beds at Skidaway Island in Savannah, Georgia. The girls spent several hours filling mesh bags with oyster shells used to restore the reefs.

4.  In celebration of Juliette Gordon Low's birthday in October, the Girl Scout troops #60157, #60191, #60132, and #60078 from Warner Robins collected items needed to host a birthday party and then assembled several kits, each known as a "Birthday in a Bag."  The bags contained cake mix, frosting, plates, cups, candles, party favors, decorations, and more.  The girls then donated these bags to the Sacred Heart Christian Service Center for those in need.

5.  Girl Scout Troop #30480 from Savannah had a community service table at the local Ronald McDonald House's "McHappy Day" celebration. They had a wonderful time teaching both children and adults how to make turkey cookies and wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

6.  Girl Scout Troop #11210 from Cornelia used the proceeds from their Fall Product Sale to make Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes to send to needy children around the world for Christmas.  Each girl made a box and then went shopping to fill it with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

7.  Girl Scout Mary Surber of Troop #30197 from Effingham County worked at Teach Right to complete the "learn the basics of running a business" requirement of the Junior Business Owner Badge.  She learned that a typical day of work includes serving customers, as well as completing orders, bookkeeping and pay roll tasks.  Mary's favorite part was when she learned how to work the cash register and checked out several customers.

8.  Girl Scout Troop #50105 of the Columbus area attended "Night on Ice," where they watched the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey game and then spent the night on the ice.  Girls also exchanged SWAPs and played on the ice.  In total, 225 people attended the game and 170 girls spent the night!

9.  Girl Scout Troop #40369 of Albany made hand puppets for the Shiners' Hospital.  The Shiners handed them out to the children hospitalized there.

10.  The Marshes of Glynn Service Unit from Brunswick thanked local veterans by marching in the Veterans' Day parade in their community on November 12th.  

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.


All GSHG offices and council shops will be closed on Friday, December 21st at noon and will reopen at 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 2nd. Shops will also be open on Saturday, January 5, 2013.


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