GSNCA provides a positive, nurturing environment for girl members ages 5 through 17 (kindergarten through grade 12) who subscribe to its ideals as stated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Programs
Girl Scouting is committed to being the organization serving all girls. This is carried out through a variety of informal educational programs under the leadership of caring, trained volunteers and staff. Program events and camping opportunities are available year-round with enrichment opportunities offered in other countries. On average, each girl participates in approximately 85 to 100 hours of Girl Scout programs each year.
Our organization is committed to valuing diversity and keeping pace with an ever-changing world. Girl Scouting offers valuable opportunities for urban, suburban, and rural girls and adults of all income levels, religious, and ethnic backgrounds to work and play together.
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Properties
The Fehr Fowler Service Center, which serves as corporate headquarters and include the council shop, is located in the Inverness area of Birmingham just off Hwy. 280. The Council also owns and operates several camps for its membership and for community groups.
- Camp Gertrude Coleman, established in 1925, is a 140-acre site located east of Trussville on the Cahaba River in Jefferson County.
- Kanawahala Program Center (KPC), a 600-acre site with a 45-acre lake, is located in Shelby County.
- Camp Trico is a beautiful 109-acre wooded lot on the shore of Lake Guntersville.
- Camp Cottaquilla in Calhoun County. It offers beautiful hardwood forest, tall mountains, hiking trails and 3000 acres to explore.
The Council also operates service centers in Huntsville, Florence and Tuscaloosa.
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Structure
A board of directors is elected by delegates at the Council annual meeting to manage the affairs of the corporation. The Council is divided into associations (geographic areas) as policy-influencing links and to elect the delegates who serve as the voting membership at the annual meeting. A chief executive officer is hired by the board of directors to manage the operations of the Council. The CEO employs staff and appoints operational volunteers to deliver the services of the Council.
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Funding
The board of directors is responsible for leading fundraising to operate the Council. A total of 15 United Way organizations provide essential funding for the council. The Council’s annual Girl Scout Cookie Program is another major funding source for the operating and capital budgets. Annual giving, foundation and government grants, as well as program fees, provide additional income.
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama Initiatives
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
A good science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education allows students to succeed in all subject areas. It helps them develop problem solving, critical thinking and collaborative skills. Therefore, engaging girls in STEM at a young age is important for any future career they pursue. If the U.S. is to maintain its competitive advantage in the global economy, we urgently need to ensure our entire population of girls is educated in STEM fields. GSNCA provides girls these opportunities through programs held throughout the council and through partnerships with experts in these fields. GSNCA enhances STEM partnerships by connecting girls with approachable, encouraging STEM mentors and role models in their own communities. Girls participating in these STEM opportunities learn about the many careers available in these fields, and they’ll be able to pursue any STEM-related interests they may have in a supportive environment.
We promote healthy living through a variety of programs focusing on wellness, health issues and physical activities. Girls learn about wellness and mental health topics, from nutrition to self-esteem and bullying, in the Healthy Living program. They learn about energy balance and tips to maintain a healthy weight that’s not too low or too high. Girls are also encouraged to be active and engage in sports. Through Power Up, the Healthy Living program teaches girls how to recognize the different types of bullying and how to prevent bullying when they witness it. Power Up teaches girls how to think, not what to think. By teaching girls keys to strong interventions, they are free to form defenses in their own words.
The Financial Literacy program helps girls learn about money management by balancing a checkbook, creating a budget and understanding credit. These skills prepare girls to control their financial futures and move confidently beyond their current socioeconomic boundaries. We also teach them about careers, exchange rates, credit cards and the stock market. Our most famous financial literacy program, the Girl Scout Cookie Program, teaches girls five key skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. In 2014, GSNCA sold 101,138 cases (1,260,000 boxes of cookies).
According to a study done by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) in 2012, Girl Scouting Works: An Alumnae Impact Study, 62 percent of Girl Scout alumnae think of themselves as leaders. In another GSRI study, Change It Up: What Girls Say About Leadership, girls overwhelmingly said they aspired to a leadership style that served a greater purpose. In fact, 68 percent want to be the type of leader who stands up for her beliefs and values, while 59 percent want to change the world for the better. Girls develop skills through activities that promote responsibility, self-discipline, listening skills, teamwork and the ability to direct and delegate that will allow them to change the world. Additionally, girls build leadership skills by earning their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouting and requires 65 hours of planning, implementation and evaluation of an original leadership project that benefits her community. The Bronze and Silver Awards are also journeys through leadership skills, career explorations, self-improvement and service.