2011 Girl Scouts of Alaska Encampment Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting

Encampment is an all‐girl world! Girls and troops from dozens of Alaska communities come together for a 3 day round‐up of all things Girl Scout.Girl Scouts of Alaska will launch a year of celebrating the founding of Girl Scouts with the “100 Years of Girl Scouting” themed Encampment.

At Encampment girls will discover new opportunities in science, arts and culture, sports, and careers; they will connect with other Girl Scouts from all across the state; and they will learn about how Alaskan Girl Scouts are taking action to make the world a better place.

In the safety of the gated and secured state fairgrounds in Palmer, troops and groups of girls are invited to camp out and choose from dozens of program options provided by staff, professional presenters, and volunteers. Adult volunteers are invited to maximize their time at Encampment by attending Girl Scout adult learning sessions. Encampment is for girls who have completed 3rd grade and up and their leaders and adult volunteers. We are expecting 1,000 girls this year! Reserve your campsite today and pay the $50 per troop/group camping fee - registration packets are posted at

Encampment begins with a parade of troops/communities, an opening ceremony, and the traditional Girl Scout exchange of SWAPS. SWAPS are handmade tokens of friendship that tell something about you, your troop, or your town. To learn more about SWAPS, visit:
http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/swaps/, and to get other SWAPS ideas, just google girlsocut swaps. Then troops and groups of girls attend sessions of concurrent program options over two full days. This year, program sessions will be offered in the categories of: Discover Science; Discover the Arts, Discover Opportunity; Discover Physical Activity; Discover the Outdoors; and Take Action projects.

Each evening the whole Encampment community will gather for high energy songs, skits, speakers, ceremonies, and Girl Scout pride. At the "100 years of Girl Scouting" Encampment, we'll be looking back and looking forward. You will have the opportunity to visit a Girl Scout museum and see an early Encampment campsite. Girls will also have the opportunity to explore space through an astronaut or astronomer keynote speaker.

Cookie time is upon us - Troops that sell cookies can earn Encampment credits toward registration fees. Encampment credits are offered in addition to regular camp cookie credits for individual girls. Encampment troop cookie credits: $.10 on‐road/$.15 off‐road per box of cookies sold by the troop.

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout...If you were a Girl Scout growing up, register at http://alumnae.girlscouts.org/ so we can be sure to invite you to reconnect with Girl Scouts at the 2011 Encampment Alumnae Event in June.

Call for Presenters...

In Girl Scouts, girls partner with caring adults to engage in fun and challenging activities that empower them to discover, connect, and take action around issues that concern them. In addition to popular programs we’ve offered at past Encampments, special for this year’s 100th theme, we are seeking programs focused on Girl Scout heritage or retired badge work and Girl Scouts of the future themed sessions, focusing on space, science, technology, and global connection. All program sessions this year will reflect the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and will be grouped in the following areas:

Discover Outdoors

Discover Science
Discover the Arts
Discover Career Opportunities
Discover Physical Activity
Take Action Community Service Projects

We are seeking individuals or teams of volunteers representing various skills and disciplines to create and conduct developmentally appropriate, interactive “hands-on” activity workshops for Girl Scouts ages 9 -18. To receive a presenter application and packet, email mlarson@girlscoutsalaska.org

Hope to see you all at the "Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting" Encampment, June 2-4, 2011!