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Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia Newsletter

June 2013


in this issue

:: summer camp 2013

:: oklahoma disaster relief

:: gshg updates via text message

:: operation cookies from home

:: lifetime memberships



Dear Historic Georgia Friends: Margaret 2012

What do we think about now?  How far we have come in the last five years or how far we have yet to go?

We have been on an amazing journey together and our celebrations of success have been tempered with our acknowledgement of our next steps.  Looking back at our early days, it was difficult to know where to begin in establishing Historic Georgia as a viable entity - we laugh now but those first months were a test of everyone's patience and willpower.  I found this great quote:

"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying."

We certainly did not shy away from trying - new things, old ways, combined ways  - blazing new trails with the Extreme Makeover and the Centennial Celebrations.  The memories will are ours forever.

Always remember the work you do is important and impactful to the girls of Georgia - when you are frustrated or bogged down in paperwork, make time to go and participate in a girl event - that is where the mission is manifest and where you gain your inspiration.  It's truly all about the girls.

"Making one person smile can change the world - maybe not the whole world, but their world."

I hope you'll continue to "change the world!"  See you later!

Margaret Skene
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia

summer camp 2013 STEM Logo
go outdoors

Summer camp has started!  Girl Scout summer camp is a place where girls are empowered to step out of their comfort zone, take risks and grow as leaders.  Please note that the registration deadline for our STEM Camps is June 20, 2013.  For additional information regarding these opportunities, please visit our website at!

Also:  Just in time for summer camp, the requirements for PAs, CITs, and VITs have recently been updated.  Read more...



disaster relief OK Help
helping oklahoma

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by the massive and devastating tornados that recently tore through Oklahoma.  Many lives were lost, including a Girl Scout who was a member of the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma Council.

The council appreciates all of the good wishes, but is unable to handle all of the calls and emails at this time. We ask that you not call or email the council, but instead check its website or Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest information. The council also cannot accommodate material donations, such as blankets and other goods. Instead, the council has created the Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund that will help get troops back up and running, provide scholarships for program and camp participation, and offer other support to Girl Scouts in the affected areas. You can text the word GIRLS to 20222 to make a $10 donation. In addition, the council is encouraging girls to send messages or art in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil that will be presented this summer to Girl Scouts affected by the storm. Send your trefoil artwork to:

Girl Scouts - Western Oklahoma
Mary Nichols' Family Leadership Center
6100 N. Robinson Ave.
Oklahoma City, Okla. 73118

get updates to your phone 

texts from gshg smart phone

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.



operation cookies from home  Samoa

letters of appreciation 


Each year, deployed service members around the world enjoy their favorite Girl Scout Cookies as a result of Operation Cookies from Home, a program of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.  Girl Scouts sell cookies to sponsoring members of the public, then work with Georgia military installations and contacts to ensure that they are shipped and delivered to service members overseas. Girls often include notes of thanks in the shipment along with the cookies and sometimes receive photos and thank you notes in return.  Several Girl Scout troops have shared with us the notes and emails that they've recently received, and we've posted them on our website to share - just click here!



lifetime membership  Trefoil profile for web
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, cost will increase to $195 for graduating seniors and $375 for adults.

important info for volunteers


  • COOKIE PRICE INCREASE:  At the regular meeting on May 22, your board of directors voted to raise the price of cookies from $3.50 to $4.00 per box for the 2014 sale.  Please take a moment to read through this recent letter from our Board Chair, Don Gregory.
  • 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 ETC's 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!
  • 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.) 





All council shops will be closed July 4-7.

Shops will NOT be open the first Saturday of July; however:
Gainesville/Athens shop will attend ETC in Homer on July 13th.
Savannah shop will attend ETC on July 20th.

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



information for alumnae:  Alum Event


On May 4, 2013, Girl Scout Alumnae gathered for a reunion at Camp Martha Johnston in Lizella, Georgia.  This event was organized by the alumnae of Troop 255, who met at Macon's Ingleside Baptist Church in the 1960s.

Though the weather was rainy, almost two dozen Girl Scout alumnae still came out to CMJ to share pictures and memories and begin a digital archive.  Badges, sashes, uniforms, handbooks, camp rosters, newspaper clippings and snapshots from as early as the 1940s were on display.  All in attendance enjoyed both the fire in the fireplace and the Girl Scout Cookies!



troops on the move 


TOTM June 2013    

1.  Girl Scouts from Columbus area Troop #50143 and Troop #50400 recently attended the MEA Credit Union's "Money Manager Madness" program.  This event closed out the girls' month of financial literacy learning and helped them complete their requirements for the Financial Literacy Badge.

2.  Due to the great success of this year's Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scout Troop #20164 of the Augusta area was able to donate cookies to numerous organizations/recipients this year, including the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  The troop held a packing party to prepare boxes and create thank you notes that were then distributed to soldiers and operatives in the field.  While security issues prevented them from knowing their recipients' specific assignments or locations, the troop did receive e-mails, a certificate of appreciation and a flag flown over the embassy in Afghanistan in return, making their efforts worthwhile.

3.  Valdosta Girl Scout Troop #40046 and Troop #40124 recently met at Valdosta City Hall to remove nearly 1,000 blue pinwheels and bows representing the 957 reported cases of child abuse/neglect in the area.  This served as a community service project and gave the troops an opportunity to discuss this serious topic.

4.  Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors from the Marshes of Glynn Service Unit in Brunswick recently took an exciting trip to New York City!  They visited Times Square, Central Park, Freedom Tower #1, and Chinatown, and they saw the musical Annie.

5.  Girl Scout Brownie Troop #11420 of Toccoa recently held a rededication ceremony where they proudly sang the "Brownie Smile" song.

6.  Girl Scout Junior Christian Cook from Troop #20044 of Augusta recently completed her Bronze Award project with hospitalized veterans.  The theme of her project was "Caring for Those Who Have Cared for Us: Saluting America's Heroes."   With support from her community, she was able to donate 45 care packages to the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.  Christian said, "I wanted to honor my grandfather and those who have done so much for this country."

7.  The Clarke County Service Unit in Athens had a beautiful day for their all-ages bridging ceremony at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

8.  Daisy Girl Scout Troop #30406 from Richmond Hill and the Cedar Service Unit recently held a bridging ceremony to "bridge up" to Brownies. 

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.



All GSHG service centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and
Friday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day.

Please note that current COOKIE CREDITS expire on September 18, 2013.
Please plan to use yours prior to this date.


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