Retiring of a Flag


Retiring of a Flag

“The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

The Flag Code, Section 4 (k)

If your troop, group, service unit or camp would like to retire a worn American flag in a respectful way, preferably by burning, please contact Margaret Paschal at the Girl Scout Helpline:


770-702-9411 (toll-free at 1-800-771-4046 ext. 9411)

You may either pick up your flag at the Mableton Service Center, or have it mailed to you. A sample flag-retiring ceremony is attached, but girls may create their own ceremony. This is a great project for Veteran’s Day (November 11 or 12) or Pearl Harbor Day (December 7) but is also appropriate for camp or troop meetings. Girls might also do this service in conjunction with working on their Legacy “Citizen” badge (Brownie – Ambassador.)


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Parent Meeting Checklist 2012

It’s that time of year again – Girl Scout troops are starting up or forming and that means there is parent information to share.

It’s time to hold a Troop Parent Meeting!  If you would like help/support, please email a member of the service unit team.  We would love to help.  Remember older girls also love to work with the younger girls, so if  you need someone to lead them in activities while you talk to the parents, let us know and we can connect you.

Checklist of things to cover:

  • If Girls/Parents are not yet registered for the upcoming year, now is a good time to remind them to do so!
  • Encourage families to make a donation to the GSGATL’s Annual Fund.
  • Discuss how much dues will be and how to handle.
  • Have families complete/update a Health Form for every registered Girl Scout and Volunteer for you to keep on file.
  • Discuss when and where the troop will meet and some examples of fun activities the girls might choose!
  • Parent Positions/Volunteers needed: Troop Treasurer, Fall Product Manager, Cookie Manager, Transportation Coordinator, Troop Driver, etc.
  • every position must be an approved volunteer
  • every position must be a registered Girl Scout
  • Leader training coming up Sept 8th, Woodstock Church of Christ. All new volunteers must attend training.
  • Behavior Expectations, for Girls and Parents
  • Have parents and girls sign the Behavior Contract (Page 81 Volunteer Essentials)
  • Discuss housekeeping responsibilities at your meeting location.  Girl Scouts ALWAYS leave a place looking better than when we arrived!
  • Answer any questions or concerns.

For additional ideas, see page 76 in Volunteer Essentials

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Volunteer Feedback Wanted

Calling all

Riverwood Service Unit


Do you love volunteering with Girl Scouts?

Please tell us why!

We need to know why you love being a Girl Scout Volunteer so we can tell potential new leaders at our upcoming recruiting events!

Please email to Sherry Mongesku

or text 480-580-4110

I love being a Girl Scout Volunteer because……..”

*First names only might be used along with your quote. If you would prefer your name NOT be used, please state that on message.

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Bridging locations

Our service unit is planning its own bridging event, but your troop can also scout out favorite locations for a troop level ceremony.  We are looking for suggestions from other volunteers, and will be creating a page all about bridging after our April SU meeting.

Possible locations include:

  • Girl Scout camps
  • Churches
  • Parks with bridges or amphitheaters/gazebos
  • Recreation centers
  • State parks, particularly day use areas
  • Neighborhood club houses

Any locations outside of your regular meeting location and date should be approved by council with an activity request.  Visit  to view safety activity checkpoints as well.

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Year of the Girl Challange – raise $1 billion FOR GIRLS in 2012

In 2012, we will mark 100 years of Girl Scouting by setting out to raise $1 billion to achieve, in five years, a generational leap in opportunities for girls.  This initiative will ensure that every girl in this generation will have the opportunity and the tools and the access she needs to reach her fullest potential.  That is our promise.  Together, we can make 2012 the Year of the Girl.

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