September 2011
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Girl Scouts Join with
Representative Mulvaney to Advocate for

Girl Scouts Join with Represenative Mulvaney to Advocate for Girls






Kim Hutzell, President & CEO, and U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney

Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands President & CEO, Kim Hutzell, joined with U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney on August 15 to discuss issues of concern to girls

and Girl Scouting as part of a national initiative known as Girl Scout District Congressional Advocacy Days.

Girl Scout District Congressional Advocacy Days are held during the congressional August recess period from August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011. Either the council’s CEO or Board Chair attempt to meet with each of the five Congressmen whose district falls within our jurisdiction. (Of the six Congressmen, only U.S. Representative Tim Scott’s district does not.) The purpose of the meetings is to focus attention on issues that affect girls and girl Scouting. Although Congressman Trey Gowdy, Fourth District, was not available due to the budget discussions in Washington D.C., a similar meeting was also held with Cindy Crick, District Director.

In addition to updating U. S. Representative Mulvaney on events of our council, Hutzell also advocated for the Healthy Media for Youth Act, recently introduced legislation that would support research, media literacy initiatives and a FCC task force to examine how women and girls are portrayed in the media.

If it's September, It's Time to Become a

Girl Scout Member

Join Girl Scouts


Although Girl Scout sign-up for girls and adult volunteers is available yearlong, back-to-school season is an excellent time to consider joining as new troops are forming. As the largest girl-serving organization in the country, our program works. At any given time, only 10% of American girls are Girl Scouts, but former Girl Scouts currently make up 80% of women business owners, 59% of female U.S. Senators, 48% of female members of the House of Representatives and virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space. Leadership experiences for girls are what make Girl Scouting unique. We help every girl discover who she can be and what she can do, wherever she chooses to put her energies. Becoming a girl or adult member is so easy. It’s open to all girls, grades K5 - 12, and adult women and men. There are endless, flexible ways for adults to participate. From spending a day coaching a sports clinic or leading a troop for 8 – 12 months, the time commitment is up to the volunteer. For more information click here.


Susu FUNd story

Susu FUNd story

Four Gold Award recipients and two chaperones traveled to Switzerland this summer.
L-R: Chaperone Nalisha Henry, Girl Scouts Mary Catherine Pflug, Monica Fric, Elizabeth Moore, Heather Redd and chaperone Tamar Zwerdling

Giving girls access to life-changing experiences is a Girl Scout leadership development focus. One of the programs that offers that is a council trip to an International World Center every other year. GSSCMM’s Susu FUNd, named in honor of Susu Phifer Johnson, is available for selected Gold Award recipients. This year’s trip to Our Chalet, the World Center in Adelboden, Switzerland, was a memorable, rewarding success, according to the four girls and their chaperones who returned recently from their two-week adventure. Their time at the World Center was marked by high adventure rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting, zip lining, and hiking. They met Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world and gained a personal perspective on the immense sisterhood that is characteristic of our organization. After ninedays at Our Chalet, they traveled to Venice, Italy, for three days of entirely girl-led navigation through canals, museums, first-time activities and restaurants. The chaperones reported that “the girls learned and developed leadership skills such as communication, teamwork, and the essentials of group dynamics. They pushed themselves out of their comfort zones and challenged themselves to embody the essence of what Girl Scouting does for girls.”

Support Girls


A donation to the Membership Fund supports girls who desire the Girl Scout experience but who are unable to pay the annual $12 national membership fee due to financial difficulty. Girls may apply for membership assistance through their local Service Center at the time of their annual membership registration.

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Did You Know...?


Successful Accreditation Process

Our council successfully completed the American Camping Association Accreditation process in mid-July at Camp WaBak. Conducted every three years, this independent audit by trained professionals ensures attendees that each accredited camp has met or exceeded 32 mandatory standards and up to 300 industry-established health, safety and program quality standards.







Correlation between Girl Scouting and formal
educational standards

With back-to-school in full-swing, it’s worth noting that not only can Girl Scouting motivate girls to improve academic performance, but Girl Scouting also offers girls opportunities to practice and achieve the same objectives that are required by formal educational standards. Journeys, the core curriculum for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, are correlated to the Health/PE, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies learning objectives for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Volunteer Spotlight
 Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being. --Goethe


What a difference a BB&T Greenville-area team of volunteers can make for Girl Scouts! We are very appreciative of them committing a good chunk of a Saturday to working with hammers and nails, instead of money, to fix up Camp WaBak. Speaking of money, they donated $4,000 worth of material, purchased a storage building and painted the conference room and entry at the Dodie F. Anderson Administration Center. Thank you, BB&T!

Doris Arvelo and Adrienne Gist

Long-time friends Doris Arvelo (left) and Adrienne Gist (right) have been Girl Scout volunteers in Columbia for 33 years. Both started when their daughters were in first grade.

Doris, currently a Troop Leader of Daisy Troop 761 and Junior Troop 112, was a teacher at St. Martin DePorres in Columbia until she retired last year. She says that what has given her the most satisfaction as a Girl Scout leader for so many years is “when our girls come back and have graduated from college, become lawyers, physicians, scientists, teachers, social workers, homemakers, politicians, administrators, international humanitarians – this makes me feel great. In some small way, I feel that Girl Scouts has given them something extraordinary . . . an edge of courage, confidence, and character.” Both of her daughters are Girl Scout alums. Colenda Arvelo Jefferson is a Program Manager for an international nonprofit organization and Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin is a higher education administrator.

Adrienne, currently a Troop Leader of Cadette Troop 191 and Senior Troop 1172, is a retired rehabilitation counselor and social worker. When asked what gives her the most satisfaction as a volunteer, she responded that “Young women can transform the world when given the opportunity. As a volunteer, I am helping them on their road to transformation. The exercises we do to deepen their appreciation for the diverse cultures of the world helps them see their place and gain perspective. She has one son, Donald, and a daughter, DeAndrea Gist Benjamin who is a Girl Scout Alum and served on the board of the Legacy Girl Scout Council that is now part of Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands. DeAndrea is now a Federal Judge in the State of South Carolina and is the First Lady of the City of Columbia.

Both Doris and Adrienne are very appreciative of the strong sponsorship they have received from St. John’s Baptist Church for many years. In turn, we hope Doris and Adrienne know how appreciative the entire Girl Scout community is of their many years of service. Together they have enriched the lives of many girls, serving as strong role models and motivators to become the best that they can . . . and, in turn, to give back to make the world a better place.


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