Friday, May 21, 2010

Summer Time

End of the school year, bridging, and trips oh my! I even missed last week's blog post, being caught up in the May frenzy of activity.

As a Girl Scout leader or volunteer you play an enormous role in the lives of girls in our state. Research shows us over and over again the importance of supportive adult relationships to young people. Even girls with super parents need other supportive adult relationships in their lives. Think about the role you've played this last year for Girl Scouts beyond your own daughter, and about who plays that role in your daughter's life.

In the summer, even if you're working full-time, or caring for children home from school, time can be less structured...in a good way. Make opportunities to recharge yourself. You deserve it and you need it. You've worked hard as a volunteer all year. If you're like many volunteers, you not only gave yourself to Girl Scouts, but also PTA, church, sports-teams, school, and more. Sometimes people who spend a lot of time giving to others can be at risk for getting burned out. Taking time to care for yourself regularly can make it easier to live the Girl Scout Law and make you a better volunteer and supportive adult in girls' lives.

Summer camp is one opportunity for you to get a break, and for your daughter to gain other supportive adult relationships in her life and in her Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts of Alaska has day camps coming to over 40 communities in Alaska this summer. Resident camp is offered in Mat-Su, Kenai, Haines, and Kodiak. There are still openings and financial aid available for pre-registration camps, and day camps outside of Anchorage, Juneau, Kenai, and Togowoods don't require pre-registration. Visit http://www.girlscoutsalaska.org/camps.html or email council@girlscoutsalaska.org for more information.


Summer also poses the opportunity to regroup and reorganize for the next school year, which can reduce stress going forward. I strongly encourage you to connect with your Girl Scout Member Services Specialist for support and ideas about doing things differently. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience can be achieved many different ways. In the Girl Scout Movement, we now call those Pathways. The troop model is only one of the Pathways available to Girl Scouts and volunteers alike. Find your Member Services Specialist at http://www.girlscoutsalaska.org/join.html.

Most importantly, thank you. Thank you for your time, your care, your creativity, your encouragement, and your devotion to Girl Scouts. You are treasures to Girl Scouts of Alaska and to the girls we serve.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Girl Scout Camp

Camping is an important part of the Girl Scout tradition and an important program pathway for Girl Scouts of Alaska. Outdoor education and the learning and independence gained at camp contribute very positively to the Girl Scout experience for many girls. For some Girl Scouts, camp is their once a year pathway to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

“Camp” is not dependent on location, specific activities, or even time of year. Camp is about being away from home. It’s the experiences — learning independence, identifying one's own strengths through safe challenges, gaining new healthy role models through camp staff, and making new friends. At Girl Scout camp, girls discover, connect, and take action, building their way to being girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

Camp can be a powerful time in a child’s life when she builds new insights into herself, others, and the world. Camp is a time when we learn that life is about change and, though at times daunting, it’s always an adventure that will make us stronger.

Over 450 girls have already registered for Girl Scout camp this summer in Mat-Su, Kenai, Kodiak, or Southeast Alaska. Full camp catalog can be found at http://www.girlscoutsalaska.org/camps.html

These camps are already FULL:
Togowoods Session 1 Girl Scout Camp (June 8-13)
Togowoods Session 1 Trekkers (June 8-13)
Togowoods Session 3 2 week Girl Scout camp (June 17-28)

These camps are ALMOST full:
Togowoods Session 3 Swanson River Canoe Trek (June 17-28)
Togowoods Session 11 Sojourners (July 30-August 4)
Togowoods Session 1 Sojourners (June 8-13)

Happy Camping Season!