Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Girl Scouts broaden their horizons through travel

Every girl dreams of a chance to see the world. Girl Scouts offers many different travel opportunities so girls can broaden their horizons, meet others, learn about other cultures, and have fun while doing it!

The Girl Scouts Travel pathway:

  • Is available to any girl, regardless of previous Girl Scouting involvement or economic resources;
  • Incorporates the Girl Scout Leadership Experience processes of girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning;
  • Follows the three leadership keys of Discover, Connect, and Take Action; and 
  • Presents girls with opportunities to prepare, plan, earn money, and engage in travel opportunities and Take Action projects.

Several GSAK troops took advantage of travel opportunities this spring, and with good reason: “Travel offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for girls,” Anchorage troop leader Dione White said. “It’s something they will treasure forever.” 

Dione’s troop traveled in May to California to work at the Incredible Edible Farm, an urban farm in Irvine, Calif., where Second Harvest Food Bank grows fresh produce to feed the hungry. “In Orange County, where Second Harvest is based, approximately 400,000 people are hungry every year. Second Harvest feeds about 200,000 of those. Thinking about those numbers in terms of our state population really put the issue of food insecurity into perspective for the girls,” Dione said. 

Troop 163 at the Incredible Edible Farm in Irvine, Calif.

The girls also spent several days at Disneyland Resort where they attended the Disney Youth Education Series (YES). The YES program consists of guided, in-park educational field studies. Dione’s troop elected courses in leadership, physics, and animation. “It was the coolest ‘field trip’ you can imagine,” Dione said. “I attended the animation course with the girls, and it was incredible. We worked with story boards and flip books, saw a demo of the Toy Story zoetrope [a device that flashes a series of still images to produce the illusion of motion], and even learned how to draw Pluto.” 

Dione’s girls range in age from fifth grade to 12th grade. She values travel because it “extends the girls’ desire to be in Girl Scouts. Particularly for the older girls, it gives them something to look forward to and keeps them engaged. The fundraising and planning are a lot of work, but I don’t even see it as work because the reward is so fabulous.”

Anchorage Troop 198 just returned from Hawaii, but the troop is no stranger to travel. This is the third trip the girls have gone on, having previously visited San Francisco and Europe. The girls spent 10 days in Maui, where they made Memorial Day leis for veterans’ headstones and toured Girl Scout Camp Pi'iholo. “Prior to our arrival at Camp Pi'iholo a sewage pipe burst, so it was a bit of a Murphy's Law moment for us," troop leader Bright Nygard said. "They closed the camp and cancelled all campouts, but we did get to explore the property. It's much smaller than Togowoods – with eight main bunk cabins, a main kitchen cabin, and a bathroom – but they had lots of stuff to do like ziplines and volleyball, so it was still cool to see!”  

Bright’s troop travels bi-yearly so as not to conflict with Encampment. “Travel is what bonds the girls,” Bright said. “They’re already talking about where they want to go in 2016.” 

Troop 198 at Camp Pi'iholo in Maui, Hawaii 

Sitka Troop 4140 recently spent a jam-packed week in Washington and Idaho where the girls volunteered with Special Olympics and Food Lifeline, a not-for-profit organization that supplies food to food banks; attended an etiquette class in Seattle; and went horseback riding and visited Silverwood Theme Park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This was the troop’s first trip outside Alaska. 

“It went really well,” troop leader Retha Winger said. “There ended up being five adult chaperones for nine girls, which was great - groups could break off and do different things. We’re already planning our next trip.”  

Planning your Girl Scout travel experience  

Troops can opt for short, extended, or international trips. Short trips are two nights and usually start at the Brownie level (grades 2-3). Extended trips are three nights or longer and can take place anywhere in the U.S. International trips occur outside the U.S., including Canada. 

Troops plan their own trips but are required to submit the appropriate paperwork to GSAK. Paperwork is due anywhere from two months to a year prior to the trip, depending on the time frame and destination. All forms can be found on our website.  

Questions? Contact Program & Travel Specialist Lisa Mead, 907-273-0308

Friday, May 30, 2014

'Weidner Cares' volunteers spruce up GSAK's Camp Togowoods

More than 120 Weidner Apartment Homes employees traveled to Camp Togowoods, a Girl Scouts of Alaska-owned camp property in Wasilla, to rebuild tent platforms, clean camp buildings, rake gardens and grounds, and perform general repairs to buildings and utilities to ready the camp for the 2014 Girl Scout summer camp season. The all-day Weidner Cares event took place May 22. 

Wediner volunteers rebuild tent platforms 

"Weidner is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve through our Weidner Cares program,” said Greg Cerbana, Weidner’s public relations director. “We chose GSAK to be the recipient of our inaugural outreach due to their commitment to serve Alaska’s girls, and provide them with opportunities for leadership development in a safe and nurturing environment. We are proud to partner with the Girl Scouts to help prepare Camp Togowoods for this summer's attendees.”

A Weidner volunteer sets up a tent

Camp Togowoods is located on 400 beautiful acres along the shores of Three Mile Lake in Wasilla. It encompasses five ecosystems, including a wetlands boardwalk. Campers enjoy nature hikes, environmental education, swimming, canoeing or kayaking, and a 35-foot climbing tower. Campers sleep in platform tents, bringing the outdoors within reach. Along with Camp Singing Hills in Chugiak, Camp Togowoods is accredited by the American Camp Association. GSAK is proud to own Alaska’s only accredited camps just for girls. 

GSAK Camp Director Amanda Block and CEO Sue Perles (bottom row, far left) 
with more than 120 'Weidner Cares' volunteers

“We were amazed at the amount of work these dedicated Weidner volunteers were able to accomplish,” said Sue Perles, CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska. “This is the first Weidner Cares event in Alaska, and we were thrilled Weidner selected GSAK. At camp, girls experience vital engagement – the type of engagement that allows for deep learning and meaningful relationships. Summer camp is one way GSAK is investing in Alaska’s girls, our future leaders.”   

About Weidner Apartment Homes:
Founded in 1977, Weidner Apartment Homes is a privately held real estate company headquartered in Kirkland, Wash. As of February 2014, Weidner is ranked No. 30 on the National Multifamily Housing Council’s top 50 list of apartment management companies. The company owns more than 215 buildings, comprised of more than 38,000 units, throughout the U.S. and Canada. For information, visit weidner.com.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Girl Scouts of Alaska committed to STEM education for girls

Girl Scouts believes that every girl needs a chance to explore the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Girl Scouting encourages girls of all ages by offering "fun with purpose" through its K-12 national program curriculum resources: National Leadership Journeys and National Proficiency Badges.

Women are faring better, academically, than ever before. A study entitled Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, released in 2012 by Girl Scouts of the USA, found that the majority of college graduates (57 percent) and master’s-level graduates (60 percent) are women, and nearly half (48 percent) of this country’s work force is comprised of women. However, there are some fields in which female representation has remained low. Within STEM fields, women are better represented in life sciences, chemistry, and mathematics; women are not well represented in engineering, computing, and physics. Women account for about only 20 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics, and regardless of specific area of STEM, only about 25 percent of these positions are held by women.

“Boosting the number of women in STEM fields would expand our nation’s pool of workers, educators, and innovators for the future, bring a new dimension to the work, and potentially tackle problems that have been overlooked in the past,” said Sue Perles, CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska.

GSAK is committed to offering affordable STEM education councilwide. Our unique programs include: 

Women of Science & Technology Day. A GSAK signature event, Women of Science & Technology Day (WSTD) allows girls to experience STEM subjects through fun, hands-on workshops led by women working in STEM careers. This year's presenters were drawn from an array of career fields, including aeronautics, biology, botany, chemistry, dentistry, ecology, engineering, environmental science, robotics, and veterinary medicine.

 Girls learn about primatology (study of primates) at WSTD, Dillingham

WSTD events are open to all girls, regardless of Girl Scout membership. Depending on the community, girls pay either a nominal fee (no more than $9) or events are held free of charge. 

The processes used in WSTD provide quality STEM experiences for girls:

  • Girl-led: Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges. The girl-led process encourages girls to decide which topics they want to explore and how they want to go about it.
  • Learning by doing: Research shows that, particularly with STEM, youth need to be hands-on, active learners. The learning-by-doing process encourages this approach. In addition, Girl Scouts' learning-by-doing process involves a reflection step that asks girls to think about how a given activity worked and what they would do differently in the future—a key skill in scientific testing and conducting experiments.
  • Cooperative learning: In general, girls prefer a collaborative leadership style. The cooperative learning process gives girls the opportunity to develop leadership and STEM skills in a way that might feel most comfortable.

This year, GSAK held WSTD events in 10 communities: Anchorage, Bethel, Dillingham, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, Mat-Su, New Stuyahok, Seward, and Soldotna.  

Natural Resources Patch Roll-Out Events. Along with Alaska Resource Education (ARE), GSAK is in the process of launching four new Alaska natural resources patches: energy, minerals, forestry and natural resources. The energy patch was unveiled at a patch and pizza launch party, held March 29 in Anchorage.  

A Girl Scout Junior examines a core sample of the earth 
at the GSAK/ARE patch and pizza launch party 

Approximately 100 girls attended the event, during which they participated in a "Layer Cake of the Earth" activity that taught them about the location of fossil fuel deposits beneath the earth's crust. Joe Balash, natural resources commissioner for the State of Alaska, served as keynote speaker. The girls also heard from state Rep. Eric Feige, co-chair of the Resources Committee, and Lynnette Sullivan, wife of Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. 

Thanks to the generosity of BP, Donlin Gold, USKH, and other industry partners, there was no cost for girls to attend the event and a free pizza lunch was provided. There are future patch roll-out events planned for later in the year in the communities of Bethel, Juneau, and Kenai.  

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Fifteen ExxonMobil Alaska women engineers introduced girls in grades 6-8 to engineering fields through fun, hands-on workshops such as “Feeling the Pressure” (physics), “Composition of the Earth” (reservoir engineering), and “Go with the Flow” (civil engineering). The girls also participated in a marble rollercoaster competition, attended a Q&A session with ExxonMobil’s women engineers, and heard from Exxon Mobil’s Joint Interest Manager Karen Hagedorn and GSAK CEO Sue Perles. 

Girls in grades 6-8 participate in hands-on STEM activities at Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” was held April 26 in Anchorage. Nearly 90 girls turned out for the event. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of ExxonMobil Alaska, the event was held free of charge. All girls received breakfast and lunch, a t-shirt, and a goodie bag. 

All-girl LEGO robotics teams. Girl Scout all-girl LEGO robotics teams the Electronically Overdressed Survivors and the Glacier Girls won big at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state championship tournament, held January 25 in Anchorage. 

The FLL is a robotics program for 9- to 16-year-olds. Led by at least one adult coach, teams composed of up to ten youth design, build, and program an autonomous LEGO robot to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project. GSAK had five all-girl LEGO robotics teams compete in the FFL state championship tournament: Disaster Dissolvers, Juneau; Electronically Overdressed Survivors, Anchorage; Glacier Girls, Anchorage; Junior Bots, Anchorage; and Obscure Natural Phenomenon Response Team, Juneau. 

The Electronically Overdressed Survivors beat out more than 50 LEGO robotics teams to be crowned the overall state champion. The girls, led by coach Bruce Sexauer, earned the chance to compete at a national LEGO robotics tournament later this year. 

The Electronically Overdressed Survivors earned the title of overall state champions 
at this year's FFL tournament 

In addition to the robot matches (games), teams are evaluated on the three FFL elements: project, core values, and robot design. The Glacier Girls, led by coach Nikole Nelson, took home a trophy for scoring highest in the project category. This year’s theme was “Nature’s Fury,” which required teams to identify a community that could experience a natural disaster; identify a problem that happens when a natural disaster occurs; create an innovative solution that helps people prepare, stay safe, or rebuild; and share their problem and solution with others. 

In addition to unique programs, GSAK is in the process of building a 6,500-square-foot lodge fully wired for interactive distance learning and STEM education at our Camp Singing Hills property in Chugiak. The lodge is due to be completed at the end of 2014. 

The exterior of Singing Hills' STEM lodge, March 2014

“Expertise in STEM fields promotes inventiveness, scientific discovery, and efficiency in the way things are done, while also opening up new job and economic opportunities,” Perles said. “Through program partnerships with organizations such as Alaska Resource Education, BP Alaska, ExxonMobil Alaska, the Alaska SeaLife Center, the University of Alaska and many more, GSAK is committed to providing STEM programming to girls through activities aimed at engaging and cultivating interest in STEM fields.”

Monday, March 31, 2014

Young Women of Distinction Luncheon and Twenty-Second Annual Southeast Auction Draw Crowds, Support Girl Scouting in Alaska

Most charitable nonprofits, including Girl Scouts of Alaska, rely on the generosity of corporate and individual donors for some or all of their funding. GSAK is fortunate to have many generous donors! Donors who give to Girl Scouts of Alaska are investing in the next generation of female leaders. Their money supports Alaska's girls through a variety of pathways including troop membership, summer camp in 35 communities, council events, and series such as our Girl Scout all-girl LEGO robotics teams.

Young Women of Distinction Luncheon 

The highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (grades 11-12) to improve their world. Girls who pursue the Gold Award aspire to transform an idea into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results.    

This year GSAK honored its eight Gold Award earners at a luncheon in their honor: Sierra De La Cruz, Anchorage; Ellie Hakari, Palmer; Emilyanne Lohrey, Juneau; Sarah Miller, Chugiak; Diane Murph, Petersburg; Nicole Nelson, Juneau; Margaret Wallace, Chugiak; and Lydia Weiss, Chugiak. The event was held  March 26 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. 

L to R: GSAK CEO Sue Perles, Sarah Miller, Ellie Hakari, 
Sierra De La Cruz, Diane Murph, and Deborah Bonito

More than 300 attendees turned out for the event, which featured speeches from four of the Gold Award earners. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Girl Scout alumna and member of honorary Congressional Girl Scout troop Troop Capitol Hill, addressed the girls via video. “I wanted to say thank you for all that you have done in your communities around Alaska,” Murkowski said. “The [Gold Award] is an excellent opportunity to highlight the dedicated young women who are influencing their towns and neighborhoods in positive ways.”

Deborah Bonito, wife of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and a former Girl Scout, presented the girls their Gold Awards. GSAK CEO Sue Perles, GSAK Board Chair Mary Siroky, and GSAK Board Second Vice Chair Beth Nordlund addressed the girls and luncheon attendees. 

GSAK Board Chair Mary Siroky (L) with Jane Angvik, 
our Camp Singing Hills capital campaign chair 

“We had an impressive group of Gold Award earners this year,” GSAK CEO Sue Perles said. “Their projects required them to think deeply, explore opportunities, and challenge themselves. The Gold Award shapes leaders for today and the future. The work these girls will do – be it in public service, business, science, education, or the arts – will make a positive mark on their communities that create a lasting impact on the lives of others.”

The 2014 YWOD luncheon drew more than 300 attendees

Though there was no charge for the luncheon there was a suggested minimum donation of $100, and many donated more. Corporate donors included Alaska Commercial Company, ConocoPhillips, Donlin Gold, and Wells Fargo.

Twenty-Second Annual Southeast Auction 

GSAK's Annual Southeast Auction is a can’t-miss event that supports Girl Scouting in Southeast Alaska. This year's auction featured a silent and outcry auction and, as always, delicious hors d’oeuvres and libations. It was held Feb. 15 at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. 

Volunteers in Juneau worked to gather a variety of desirable auction items. Silent auction items included furs, purses and jewelry; a vacuum cleaner and chainsaw donated by The Home Depot; a flight to and hotel stay in Gustavus; a day of sailing; and a geoduck dinner for eight. Outcry auction items included round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets and an ocean voyage to Seattle aboard a TOTE ocean freighter.

GSAK board member Shari Paul bids on a silent auction item

“The Southeast Auction is one of Juneau’s premier annual events,” said Mary Siroky, GSAK board president and Southeast Auction committee member. “This fun and exciting event draws community members and Girl Scout supporters from across the state. Our supporters help make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience – which helps girls to discover themselves, connect with others and take action to create positive change in their communities – available to all girls in Southeast Alaska, regardless of socioeconomic status or ability to pay.”

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, all decked out for the 22nd Annual Southeast Auction

The Southeast Auction committee is composed of Juneau residents Susan Cox, Cherry Eckland, Sharon Fishel, Cori Mills, Shari Paul, Margaret Pugh and Mary Siroky. GSAK received corporate support from BP and event support from Abby's Kitchen & Catering, Viking Lounge & Pull Tabs, and KTOO Public Media. 

We thank our board members, volunteers, and community members for their support at both the 2014 Young Women of Distinction luncheon and the 22nd Annual Southeast Auction! If you would like to give to GSAK directly, please visit the donor page on our website. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

‘Bling your booth’ to boost cookie sales, have lots of fun, and win prizes!

Girl Scouts of Alaska girls, parents, and troop leaders know that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls invaluable skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.

One-hundred percent of the money girls raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program – every penny after paying the baker – stays in Alaska with the council and troops. Cookie proceeds benefit girls across the council by keeping Girl Scouting affordable for all girls; subsidizing the registration cost of GSAK camps; supporting girl programming, curriculum and events; and providing scholarships to girls and troops experiencing financial barriers.

What girls, parents, and troop leaders might not know is that selling cookies is just plain fun! Girls spend time with their friends, earn great items when they reach their sales goals, and attend exciting events centered around the Girl Scout Cookie Program. For example, in January, Mat-Su Girl Scouts attended a Cookie Kickoff Party where they spent the night at the local community center and enjoyed a taco dinner, Cookie Program learning stations, games, community service projects, movies, and more.

One way girls can reach their cookie-selling goals while flexing their creative muscles is through “bling your booth” efforts. Setting up fun, blinged-out booths communicates both professionalism and excitement to potential buyers. Anything fun, bright, colorful, energetic, and creative will attract customers – just be sure to follow the guidelines set by your booth sponsor. Ideas include posters, background music, balloons and tablecloths, a theme, and costumes. You’re limited only by your imagination, so brainstorm with your troop and troop leader creative ideas you would like to implement!

For inspiration, check out Pinterest and what girls in the Girl Scouts of Connecticut council did to bling out their booths.  

We want to see what girls across the Girl Scouts of Alaska council are doing to bling out their booths! E-mail us a picture of your booth and include your troop number and the troop leader’s name and contact info. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m Friday, March 28 to be considered. The winning troop will receive a $25 gift card to the GSAK council store (good for store credit only). Submissions will be judged by GSAK staff. The winner will be posted to the GSAK Facebook page by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

With your help, we look forward to a fun and successful 2014 cookie season!         

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gearing Up for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Season

What do goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics have in common? They are aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life, and they are acquired through participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Cadettes unload cookies

One-hundred percent of the money girls raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program – every penny after paying the baker – stays with the council and troops. Girl Scout cookie sales fund programs, camps, and activities for Alaska's girls. Along the way, girls discover fun and friendship and acquire the values that will guide them along life’s path.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl financial literacy program in the world,” GSAK CEO Sue Perles said. “One of the most important lessons you can teach a girl is how to set a challenging goal and reach it. The cookie program allows girls to set two kinds of group goals: What can we do with our cookie money to help others, and what can we do with our cookie money for fun and learning? Girls also set personal-learning goals, such as money-management skills or business ethics. Nationwide, an incredible 80 percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts. Our alumnae are living proof that what we teach girls today impacts them tomorrow."     

Girls earn recognition items and cookie credits, which can be applied toward a girl's camp registration fee. What’s more, the Girl Scout Cookie Program benefits girls across the council by:
  • Keeping Girl Scouting affordable for all girls;
  • Subsidizing the registration cost of GSAK camps;
  • Supporting girl programming, curriculum, and events; and
  • Providing grants to girls and troops experiencing financial barriers. 

Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place. It’s a time-honored program that works!

If you want to know more about cookies, ask a Girl Scout - she would love to give you the scoop!

Barbara Knaak serves as the Chugiak/Eagle River Service Unit cookie manager. She also leads a Cadette troop. Barbara initially got involved with the Girl Scout Cookie Program four years ago because there was a need, but she has stayed involved “because the rewards are awesome. My daughter, who’s now in eighth grade, sold nearly 250 boxes of cookies last year so she was able to go to camp. Our troop used the money to attend Encampment. When the girls earn the money themselves and then figure out what to do with it, it empowers them and boosts their confidence.”

Barbara’s daughter, Janna, has Prader-Willi syndrome, which causes developmental and cognitive delays. “Selling cookies is really good for her,” Barbara said. “I don’t even take the order form to work – she calls my friends and co-workers herself. She has to tally up the total boxes of cookies, figure out who’s paid and who still owes her money. Janna will sit there all day selling cookies. It puts her out there. I’ve seen it with the other girls too – once they find their groove, they excel.”   

2014 booth sales will run Feb. 28-April 6 in select communities 

2013 Cookie Facts
  • 2,725 girls in our council sold Girl Scout cookies
  • Girls in our council sold more than 500,000 boxes of cookies
  • Last year’s top-selling individual was an Anchorage girl who sold 3,138 boxes of cookies
  • Last year’s top-selling troop was a Mat-Su troop that sold 12,725 boxes of cookies
This year we are selling the “Super Six” cookie varieties: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, and Savannah Smiles. Thin Mints are the top-selling Girl Scout cookie in America, while Samoas are the top-seller in Alaska.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Alaskans support GSAK through Pick.Click.Give.

Pick.Click.Give. allows Alaskans to share their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) with causes they care about. Girl Scouts of Alaska is pleased to announce we are part of Pick.Click.Give. for 2014.

Based on the program’s history of success, GSAK is excited to participate this year! Money received through Pick.Click.Give. will enable GSAK to expand leadership opportunities for girls, help send girls to camp, reach more girls in underserved communities, and develop volunteers to ensure high-quality program delivery.

"Courage" in Hooper Bay

Spearheaded by the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition, GSAK has joined other youth-serving organizations to establish a joint marketing campaign called “LovealaskaYouth.” “Anchorage’s youth represent 30 percent of our population and 100 percent of our future,” said Deborah Williams, executive director of the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition. “Our youth are our most important natural resource, and investing in them through Pick.Click.Give. is both critically important and rewarding.”

Chugiak resident Gretchen Wehmhoff donates to GSAK through the Pick.Click.Give program because she believes “Girl Scouts is one of the best organizations for empowering young women.” A retired educator and current troop leader, Gretchen is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts (she started as a Brownie when she moved to Alaska in 1966) who received the organization’s highest achievement. (The highest achievement is currently called the Girl Scout Gold Award, but it has been known in the past as the Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, and First Class.) As an adult Gretchen received the Honor Pin, which recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in two or more geographic areas. “Pick.Click.Give. is so easy because I look at the PFD as ‘free money.’ I donate to three organizations every year, and Girl Scouts is always one of them,” Gretchen said.

Embracing the possibilities in Metlakatla

Anchorage resident Karen Jordan served on the GSAK board 2010-2013. Currently, she serves as a member of our Finance Committee. “I usually give my big donation to Girl Scouts at the Young Women of Distinction luncheon, but in 2012 I decided to donate through Pick.Click.Give. I wanted to set an example and encourage folks who might not be able to attend the luncheon to give. What’s great about the Pick.Click.Give program is it gives participants the opportunity to not only seek out new organizations, but make an additional gift to those organizations they already support.”   

The 2014 PFD filing period runs Jan. 1 through March 31. Donating is easy:

1. Complete your PFD online 
2. Choose "Participate in Pick.Click.Give." 
3. Search for "Girl Scouts of Alaska" 
4. Choose "Girl Scouts of Alaska"
5. Contribute 

For information about the Pick.Click.Give. program, visit pickclickgive.org