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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

July 2013


in this issue

:: council's own badges

:: gshg updates via text message

:: lifetime memberships

:: samoa news design refresh



Dear Historic Georgia Friends: 

We sincerely hope you had a fun, safe and happy Fourth of July. There's still just a bit more summer left before it's back-to-school time next month, so please enjoy it!

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

updates and retirement Councils Own
council's own badges

GSUSA has recently published updated standards for Council's Own badges, and as a result, the Council's Own badges offered by Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will be going through updates soon, and some of them will be retired.  These changes will bring our Council's Own badges up to the national Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program standards and eliminate some duplication.  In addition, Council's Own opportunities will now be experiences that are unique to our council.  

The following changes will take effect on September 30, 2013:

The INK, Preserving Girl Scout History, Coastal Georgia, Daisy's Neighborhood, Savannah Safari and Geocaching Council's Own badges will have updated requirements.  The Allied Health, Archery, Recycler and In Her Honor Council's Own badges will be retired and will no longer be available for purchase.

Our patch and pin programs (Dahlonega and Lumpkin County History patch, Hometown Heroes patch, Diversity pin, Savannah Sings pin, and adult patches for Savannah programs) will undergo updates later this fall, but we will not retire any of these at this time.

If you are willing to serve on a volunteer committee to assist with these updates, or have any suggestions, comments or concerns please contact Betsy Connell or Jami Brantley

updates on your phone 

texts from gshg

You are now able to get important GSHG updates to your phone via text message!  Opt in to receive our weekly text update by texting the words "follow GSHGupdates" to 40404. It's that easy! Standard text messaging rates apply.

Please note: This service is provided by Twitter, so you may receive an occasional text/tweet from "Here's a Top Tweet."  To prevent these from coming to your phone, just reply to that message with the words "set discover off" so that you only receive GSHG texts.



lifetime membership
register now

GSHG's Early Bird registration period is now over, but there's still time to become a lifetime member at a discounted rate.  A Girl Scout Lifetime Membership is tax-deductible.  Cost is currently $156 for graduating seniors and $300 for adults.  Beginning October 1, 2013, the cost will increase to $195 for graduating seniors and $375 for adults.



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a refresh

In an effort to better serve you, we'll soon be launching an updated version of Samoa News that is mobile-friendly, so be on the lookout for it next month!

important info for volunteers


  • VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE EVALUATION:  Please complete our survey here.
  • SUMMER SAFETY REMINDER:  If your troop is planning an activity outside of your troop meeting location this summer, please be sure to review the "Safety Activity Checkpoints" at  As of June 1, use of Safety Wise has been discontinued and these will become the official safety standard.
  • ETC (Extreme Team Conferences): The ETCs are designed to support your Service Unit team. Service Unit team members can take position training or learn about new strategies and enrichment options to enhance your area's current Girl Scout programming.  Please use this form to register.
    • Albany: August 17 at Victory Baptist Church (Tifton)
    • Athens/Gainesville: July 13 at Homer United Methodist Church 
    • Augusta: August 3 at St. Mark United Methodist Church
    • Columbus: August 3 at Spirit, Truth and Liberty Ministry
    • Macon: August 3 at Camp Martha Johnston 
    • Savannah: July 20 at Fort Stewart Main Post Chapel (Hinesville)
  • MORE GSHG TRAINING:  GSHG encourages all volunteers to regularly view our Volunteer Training calendar available on our website as we are always adding new trainings.  Dates are now posted for the following GSHG trainings:  
    • First Aid/Adult & Child CPR training
    • Daisy/Brownie and Junior/Cadette Grade Level Trainings  
    • Facilitator's RetreatQR Volunteer Application
    • Product Sales Retreat
    • Low and High Challenge Course Facilitator Training
    • New!  GSHG is in need of Level 2 Archery Instructors, Canoe Safety Instructors, and Moving Water Instructors.  Training is now available!  Please click here for more information.
  • USING A SMART PHONE? Scan the QR code to the right to update your volunteer application on file.  (This needs to be done once every three years.)




Shop merchandise will be available at the Athens/Gainesville area ETC in Homer on July 13th.
Shop merchandise will be available at the Savannah area ETC in Hinesville on July 20th.

The Gainesville shop will be closed the entire week of July 22-26.



troops on the move 


TOTM July 2013    

1.  Girl Scout Daisy Troop #30480 of the Cherokee Rose Service Unit in Savannah wrote letters and sent a case of Girl Scout Cookies to a soldier serving in Afghanistan. To show his appreciation, he sent the girls a flag that was flown on his helicopter while on medical missions.


2.  Girl Scout Troop #40193 from Avalon United Methodist Church in Albany made trash can holders for Tift Park as part of their Junior Journey Project. The girls painted, assembled and installed the holders to benefit the community.


3.  After earning their Healthy Eating badge, Girl Scout Brownie Troop #11919 of Braselton celebrated by touring a chocolatier.  The girls learned about different types of chocolate and which kinds are the healthiest. They learned about Ivory Coast, the world's leading cocoa producer, and they also created a snack necklace to wear.


4.  Girl Scout Troop #30728 and Troop #30248 of the Marshes of Glynn Service Unit donated about eight cases of Girl Scout Cookies and numerous hand-made thank you cards to the Wounded Warriors Project.  The Wounded Warriors' vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.  You can find out more about this organization by visiting their website at


5.  Girl Scouts from the Wayne County Service Unit in Jesup recently visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.  They saw many wonderful and exotic marine animals and enjoyed a dolphin show.


6.  Girl Scout Troop #20110 from downtown Augusta celebrated the end of their first year as a troop with a party at the Build-A-Bear Workshop. Each girl made her very own Girl Scout Thin Mint bear!


7.  Girl Scout Troop #37003 from Garden City Elementary in Savannah took a tour of the WTOC television station led by Brandi Cummings, the co-anchor of The News at Daybreak.  The girls learned about how the TV station operates, watched the news at noon live and even made a short appearance on live television!


8.  Girl Scouts from Troop #50211 met Mayor Teresa Tomlinson when they led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Columbus City Council Meeting on June 25, 2013.


9.  Girl Scouts from a traveling troop in Augusta participated in an "I SPY" event where the girls used clues to find monuments, historical sites and other important places throughout downtown Augusta.

10.  Girl Scout Troop #30093 and Troop #30060 from Savannah visited the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. for their end-of-year trip.

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.
Note: Only high-resolution photos can be used. Please do not send photo collages.



Please note that current COOKIE CREDITS expire on September 18, 2013.

Please plan to use yours prior to this date.


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