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Atlanta Zoo Adventure

Ever wanted to feed an elephant? Bring your troop on an overnight adventure at Zoo Atlanta the girls will never forget! Discover the world of the largest living land mammal – the African elephant! Spend the evening learning about these majestic creatures through hands-on activities, arts and crafts, observations through night vision scopes, and more. Wake to an exclusive peak of our elephant barn and conclude your experience by feeding one of our pachyderm pals! Climate controlled sleeping facilities, night time snack, continental breakfast, and participation patch will be provided.

Call Zoo Atlanta at 404.624.WILD for more information.

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Girl Scout Destinations: Your Ticket to Travel

There’s an amazing world outside your window just waiting to be explored, and the Girl Scout “Destinations” program is your passport to travel. Destinations adventures are for girls ages 11-17 and range from two days to three weeks. Travel across the country or across the globe. Meet other remarkable girls, develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and enjoy valuable learning opportunities. You will have the most awesome, outrageous, unforgettable trip of your life.

Click here for Destinations information and contact the council’s Amanda Meade at ameade@girlscoutcsa.org for more information.

 
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Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center Welcomes Girl Scouts

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center offers wonderful opportunities for girls working to earn outdoor badges in one of the most biologically diverse areas in North American, right at the foot of Lookout Mountain. Call (423) 821-1160, ext. 0 for more informaton.

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Sew Crazy

Looking for ideas for or help with a service project? The “Sew Crazy” group is eager to help. Schedule a time with this group to learn how to make such simple items as quilts for infants, pillowcases for foster children, or cute outfits for shelter animals. Sew Crazy is based in Johnson City and serves the entire Tri-Cities area. Their assistance is free.

Contact Donna Horowitz, director and sewing instructor, for more information at (423) 434-0424 or e-mail donnasdesigns1@yahoo.com.
 

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Spotlight on the Community Service Bar

During the summer months, many girls decide they want to work in the community. In the new Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, there is an award called the Community Service Bar that is available for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. In order to earn this award, a girl or troop should decide on a community partner that they would like to help with a service project. The next step is to contact their Council Troop Coordinator to get approval to work with their chosen partner. If the targeted community agency or organization agrees to partner in a project, they must also plan and supervise the troop/girl’s work to make sure the project results in a minimum of 20 hours time.

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Build your Eco Dream Home online!

Is your dream home a decked-out mansion in the country or a chic city apartment? Whatever you choose, you can do your part to help keep the planet healthy by making energy-efficient choices!

A new digital program enables girls to design a house—from the outside in—and simultaneously see how green their decisions are. It’s a great tie to the Get Moving Journey for Juniors—and really to every Journey in the It’s Your Planet series.  Get started now by clicking here.

 

 

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Earn the Hungry for Health Patch

Girl Scouts of all ages may earn the new Hungry for Health Patch. The program is designed to fight breast cancer by teaching girls about the importance of exercise and healthy eating.

A service project accompanying the patch includes teaching and preparing food from Hungry for Health, BeatCancer.org’s signature cookbook.

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Enterprise Offers Girl Scout Rental Discounts

Private Transportation Policies for Girl Scout Troop Leaders

Unfortunately, the council does not have a fleet of vehicles for use by volunteers for troop activities. The two council-owned vans can certainly be used for council-sponsored activities and driven by council staff. Because we do not have fleet vehicles for use by troops and service units, or the infrastructure to manage and assure safety of vehicles for Girl Members,  we would like to share some discounts available to Girl Scout troops when renting a vehicle for activities through Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Girl Scout Activities and Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Troops may use national Girl Scout discounts when renting vehicles for Girl Scout approved activities. Please remember that as a troop leader, you are responsible for following the procedures and regulations for renting vehicles as outlined in the GSCSA Volunteer Essentials (chapter 4). http://www.girlscoutcsa.org/leaders/leader-resources/volunteer-essentials

Private Transportation

Private transportation includes private passenger vehicles, rental cars, privately owned, or rented recreational vehicles and campers, chartered buses, chartered boats, and chartered flights. Each driver of motorized private transportation must be at least 21 years old and hold a valid operator’s license appropriate to the vehicle—state laws must be followed, even if they are more stringent than the guidelines here. Anyone who is driving a vehicle with more than 12 passengers must also be a professional driver who possesses a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Call 1-800-474-1912 to speak to a customer service representative at the council office to determine specific rules about renting large vehicles.

Please keep in mind the following non-negotiable points regarding private transportation:

Even though written agreements are always required when renting or chartering, you are not authorized to sign an agreement or contract—even if there is no cost associated with the rental. Such an agreement must instead be signed by the person designated by the council.  (Call 1-800-474-1912 to speak to a customer service representative at the council office.)

Call 1-800-474-1912 to speak to a customer service representative at the council office to make sure you are following accepted practices when using private transportation; this ensures that both you and the council are protected by liability insurance in the event of an accident.

If the council has given permission to use a rented car, read all rental agreements to be sure you comply with their terms and avoid surprises. Note the minimum age of drivers (often 25), as well as the maximum age (often under 70). Be sure the car is adequately insured, knowing who is responsible for damage to or the loss of the vehicle itself. Also, ensure you have a good paper trail, with evidence that the vehicle rental is Girl Scout–related.

Obtain parent/guardian permission for any use of transportation outside of the meeting place.

To rent from Enterprise

1.       Go to http://www.enterprise.com

2.       Under section 3 go to the field titled “Optional: Coupon, Customer, or Corporate Number” and enter the Contract ID: “XZNCGSA”

3.       Enter the first three (3) letters of your national organization’s full name. GIR

The rates for Girl Scouts are below (additional surcharges, local taxes, etc. may apply):

   
  Economy     Chevy Aveo or similar   $ 40.77 USD / day 
$ 45.89 USD Total 
  Compact     Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris or similar   $ 42.39 USD / day 
$ 47.72 USD Total 
  Intermediate     Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra or similar   $ 44.00 USD / day 
$ 49.53 USD Total 
  Standard     Ford Fusion or similar   $ 47.26 USD / day 
$ 53.20 USD Total 
  Full Size     Chevy Impala, Nissan Altima, Dodge Charger or similar   $ 50.50 USD / day 
$ 56.85 USD Total 
  Premium     Buick Regal or similar   $ 77.09 USD / day 
$ 86.79 USD Total 
  Luxury     Cadillac DTS, Lincoln Towncar or similar   $ 96.09 USD / day 
$ 108.19 USD Total 
  Minivan     Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan or similar   $ 87.91 USD / day 
$ 98.97 USD Total 
  Intermediate SUV     Ford Escape, Jeep Liberty or similar   $ 74.01 USD / day 
$ 83.33 USD Total 
  Standard SUV     Jeep Grand Cherokee, or similar   $ 81.61 USD / day 
$ 91.88 USD Total 
  Large SUV     GMC Yukon, Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, or similar   $ 129.11 USD / day 
$ 145.36 USD Total 
  Pickup Truck     Chevy Colorado, Dodge Dakota or similar   $ 38.94 USD / day 
$ 43.84 USD Total 
  Large Pickup     Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500 Crew Cab, or similar   $ 38.94 USD / day 
$ 43.84 USD Total 

 

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