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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

June 2012


in this issue

:: girl scout at the white house

:: holiday availability

:: kin valley

:: ToGetHerThere

:: buy a brick




School is out for the summer, and we're about to kick off an exciting month of summer camps!  In addition to resident camp, GSHG will continue to celebrate the year of our 100th Anniversary by hosting more than 1,000 Girl Scouts from across the country (and Canada and the United Kingdom) later this month at the Centennial Camporee in Savannah!

Also this month, we wish a Happy Father's Day to all of our dedicated Girl Scout dads!
Have a wonderfully exciting and safe summer!
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Staff

girl scout goes to the white house
georgie helps accept award

On Tuesday, May 26, President Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Juliette Gordon Low one hundred years after the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA, noting that Low has made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security and national interests of the United States."

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia was proud to have one of our own at the ceremony.  Augusta area Ambassador Girl Scout and Gold Award Recipient Georgie Ekechukwu was one of just five Girl Scouts in the country who traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the highest civilian honor on behalf of Juliette Gordon Low. Georgie attended the special ceremony with the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Anna Maria Chávez.

"My favorite part was shaking hands with the President," said Georgie. "He was really nice and talked to each of us!"



holiday availability to be limited
gshg council offices and shops


With the exception of Wednesday, July 4, GSHG offices will be open during the week of July 2-6; however, many members of the staff will be on vacation. The holiday immediately follows the Centennial Camporee, and many staff members will be taking a much needed break. Because staffing will be limited, please handle time-sensitive Girl Scout business prior to July 2.

Please note that while the offices will remain open, all GSHG shops will be closed the week of July 2-6.



explore kin valley  Kin Valley House

girl scouts online

This summer, take some time to explore KIN VALLEY!  Kin Valley is a safe, secure (and super cute) site for Girl Scouts and their "kin" to meet and chat.  In this virtual world, your whole troop can meet together in your own Girl Scout building! Check it out today at!


when girls succeed,
so does society 


Research shows that 61% of girls are either ambivalent about leadership or say it's not important to them at all.  Studies also reveal that girls idealize leadership qualities and skills, like being talented, caring, honest, hard-working, confident, good listeners, and team players. But only 21% of girls believe they have the qualities required to be a good leader. In other words, she knows what it takes to lead, but she lacks the confidence to do so.

So what is happening? What is so discouraging for girls today?

She is lacking role models and mentors, especially in high-paying STEM careers. She is confronted by unhealthy images about female beauty. And the bullying mentality of peers holds her back. An unsupportive environment gives her discouraging messages starting in grade school, and continuing beyond. If this situation goes unchecked, millions of girls will never realize their full leadership potential. They'll opt out of pursuing their ambitions and never dare to reach their full potential.

We all have a role to play in helping girls reach a successful future. Find out here how you can have an impact on girls today, to help them lead for a better tomorrow.  Because when girls succeed, so does society. Together, we can get her there.



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...  


council shop updates

·         Please note that all Council Shops will be closed July 2-6, 2012.



important info for volunteers

  • Summer time is a time to travel for many Girl Scout troops and groups. It is EXTREMELY important that you follow these exact steps when requesting additional insurance for your event... READ MORE...
  • The Early Bird Campaign ends on June 30th. Please pick up your Early Bird packet this month, as Service Units will receive $1.00 for every girl who Early Birds!
  • GSHG has officially gone LIVE with eBiz!  This means you can now re-register for Girl Scouts online.  This is the fastest and most accurate way to register and/or re-register.  For directions, tutorials or to register now, visit our website here!
  • 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 note the following dates:
    June 14 - Service Unit Manager Teleconference from 6:00-7:00 pm
    August 1 - Service Unit Plan of Work is due to your Membership Manager
    August 18 - Council Wide Trainers' Retreat at Camp Concharty in Shiloh
    August 24-26 - Product Sales Manager Rally at Camp Low in Savannah



troops on the move 


TOTM June 2012

1.  Girl Scout Troop #30024 from the Marshes of Glynn Service Unit in Brunswick teamed up with Keep Brunswick Golden Isles Beautiful for a "Jazz-Up Beautification Project" at Perry Park Neighborhood Clinic, a non-profit organization offering medical services to families in the surrounding area.  The girls designed and constructed flower beds in front of the clinic and then planted 10 flats of flowers donated by Home Depot.

2.  Clarke County Daisy Troop #12059 planted a rain garden at the Athens Montessori School where they meet. The area is approximately 24 ft. x 12 ft. and now includes more than 70 different perennial plants. This was their Take Action project for the "Between Earth and Sky" Journey, and it also served as their Forever Green project.

3.  Macon area Girl Scout Cadette Troop #60078 and Brownie troop #60321 recently went camping together as "sister" troops.  The girls all enjoyed hiking, singing and playing games.

4.  As part of the Cookies from Home program, Girl Scout Troop #20164 of the Augusta area shipped several cases of Girl Scout Cookies to Sgt. Daron Symonette to enjoy and share with other service men and women currently serving in Korea with him.  Sgt. Symonette is the father of Girl Scout Cadette Dejah, and he is also a dedicated Girl Scout volunteer.

5.  Each year, Girl Scout Senior Troop #12017 of the Athens area takes a trip to Sapelo Island with their cookie program proceeds.  They are pictured here on the ferry in route to Sapelo Island.

6.  Girl Scout Brownie Troop #11919 from Braselton toured the Jefferson Humane Society Thrift store for their April meeting.  The girls voted to help animals in their community with some of the proceeds from their Girl Scout Cookie sale.  They donated supplies for the animals, clothing for the thrift store and purchased a brick for the Humane Society's "Raise the Woof Campaign." 

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 Council offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

All Council shops will be closed July 2-6, 2012.

SAVE THE DATE: The Fall Teen Leadership Conference (TLC) for girls in
grades 6-12 will take place September 22 at Camp Tanglewood!


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