How Will You Grow This World Thinking Day?

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One world, one day—lots of helping hands! Celebrating global sisterhood is what World Thinking day is all about. Since 1923, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has celebrated World Thinking Day, February 22, as a day of international friendship—that includes 10 million girls in 146 countries. How awesome!

This year, World Thinking Day is focused on the theme of growth—inviting even more girls from around the world to participate in all that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has to offer. Let’s celebrate all the ways we can stretch, explore, and take on new challenges. How will you grow this World Thinking Day?

Earn your 2017 World Thinking Day award

Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders, so it’s no surprise there are so many ways to earn a World Thinking Day award this year. Requirements differ from Daisy, Brownie, or Junior girls and Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador girls. Be sure to check out the requirements to earn your award.

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Make the World Greener, One Tree at a Time

Let’s help make the world bloom! It might be cold and snowy here in New Hampshire and Vermont, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plant a tree—start with a seed and grow it inside until spring arrives. Not only can you watch it grow, just think about all the other trees being planted across the world by sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. What a big way to show the depth of our Movement across borders and oceans while making the world a better, greener place. Snap a photo and share on social media with the hashtags #LetsGrow, #WTD2017, and #GSGWM.

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Since 1927, the Juliette Low World Friendship fund has celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s love of travel and making new friends. All donations support international travel opportunities to girls around the world. What a great way to take action globally!

Donate Now to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund

World Thinking Day - Celebrated by Girl Scouts and Girl GuidesWorld Thinking Day is a great opportunity to make new friends and celebrate the awesome power behind ‘growing’ with your global sisters. Follow along with #LetsGrow, and see what fellow Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are doing to celebrate around the globe.

We can’t wait to see what you have planned. Don’t forget to share your photos and tag #GSGWM. Happy World Thinking Day!

Leaders, stuck for ideas? Check out this great resource on celebrating World Thinking Day with your troop.

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers Feb 2017

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February 2017

Thank you

Save The Date for a Celebration!

Mark your calendars—we’ve got a lot to celebrate at Camp Farnsworth on Saturday, May 6! Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating our beautiful new bunkhouse and renovated dining hall thanks to the ongoing efforts of our Capital Campaign fundraising endeavor. We’ll also be celebrating YOU with a full day of workshops, speakers, a silent auction, and a special Volunteer Awards Ceremony where we will be presenting council awards and Membership Year Pins. RSVPs are required, so keep an eye out for your invitation arriving soon in your email inbox.

Time to Update Your Troop’s Information

Leaders, now is the time to review and update your troop description, meeting day, time and location, and girl and volunteer spots available in the Opportunity Catalog. Contact the Community Opportunity Manager or the Volunteer Support Coordinator in your community or our Customer Care team at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org to review and update. Our council team will be reaching out to all troop leaders over the next few weeks to be sure that your Opportunity Catalog listing is ready for Early Registration.

Design Your Own Program!

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Get ready to share your voice and design your dream GSGWM program in our first ever Girl-Led program design contest. From February 13 through March 6, you can vote each week to design a new program activity which will then be offered in our Program Guide, available in May. Beginning next week, check GSGWM’s social media pages to vote on the theme of the program. All who vote will be entered for a chance to win free registration for the program.

ToGetHerThere Essay Contest

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How has being a Girl Scout helped your girls make a difference and discover new things? We can’t wait to hear about it! Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scouts are encouraged to enter our ToGetHerThere Essay Contest. One winning essay will be chosen from the following Girl Scout Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior/Ambassador. Essays must be emailed to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org by March 31, 2017. Each winning essayist will receive a $50 GSGWM gift card and an invitation to our ToGetHerThere Luncheon.

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Free Volunteer Webinar Series

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Looking for tips and tricks about guiding girls through Girl Scouts? Want to learn more about the tools available to help you run your troop? Join us for our upcoming training webinars!

Getting the most out of the Volunteer Toolkit
Learn how to get the most out of VTK and what is new from GSUSA.
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Daisy Doings
Join us for a webinar that will go over how to lead a Daisy troop using the Girl Scout resources and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
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Blossoming into Brownies
Learn what to expect from a typical Brownie Girl Scout, how to help them plan their journey, and what you can do as a leader to help them with Girl Scout progression.
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Jumping into Juniors
Learn how to keep Girl Scouts Girl-Led, what to expect from girls in grades 4 and 5, and how to make Girl Scouts a program girls want to keep participating in.
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Advising Older Girls
Join us to learn how you support Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to become the leaders so you can step back and be the advisor they need.
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Managing a Multi-Age Troop
Learn how to manage the challenges and get the support you need to enjoy the rewards of leading a mixed-age level troop.
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Important News on Membership Fees

Starting in the 2018 Girl Scout membership year, which begins October 1, 2017, our annual national membership dues will increase to $25 for girls and adults. This is separate from our $15 council service fee. Girls may use their Cookie Dough to pay for or offset membership fees. The updated dues will be reflected during early-bird registration, which begins on April 1, 2017.

All membership dues go directly to Girl Scouts of the USA. With the extra funding, GSUSA will be able to sustain and develop exceptional leadership programs, implement digital innovations to enhance the girl and volunteer experience nationwide, maintain fundamental services for our 2.7 million members, and better engage our 59 million alumnae.

Celebrate World Thinking Day!

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Each year on World Thinking Day on February 22, girls participate in globally-themed activities and projects in honor of their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. This year’s theme is “Grow.” Want to learn more? Click the button below for recommended activity plans from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
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Experience the Power of G.I.R.L. 2017!

GIRL 2017

Become a Council Delegate!
Would you like to represent Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains at a national convention? Our Governance Committee is seeking a highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates for a limited number of Council Delegate positions. The National Council Session will take place during the National Convention on October 4 – 6 in Columbus, Ohio. Completed nomination forms are due February 10, 2017.

Learn More and Download Nomination Form

Cookie Season is Upon Us: Save these Dates!

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How sweet it is! National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 24-26, 2017. Cookie booth sales also begin on February 24 for the council.

Send Us Your Good News!

Did your Troop go on a trip, make a special craft, or volunteer at a local business? We want to hear from you! Send your updates to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org.

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Upcoming Activities

Jump In for a Day – March 11, Burlington, VT
Spend the day working with trained teen coaches and adult coordinators to try out single rope, long rope and double Dutch.
$30 pg
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Discovery Weekend – May 19-21, Portsmouth, NH
Join the Coastal Rompers for a girl-planned weekend of seaside fun! Go tide-pooling, sing sea shanties, and do crafts. Troops provide and cook their own meals.
$20 pg
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Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families January 2017

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Williston Office and Store Grand Re-Opening!

Grand Re-Opening of Williston, Vermont's Mountain Top Shop
Join us for our Williston store and office Grand Re-Opening celebration on Tuesday, January 31 from 9 am – 6 pm. Refreshments will be served and all Girl Scouts visiting that day will receive a special gift! Beginning Wednesday, February 1, our regular office and store hours will be Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Important News on Membership Fees

Take the Lead like a Girl Scout. Important information on membership renewal.
Starting in the 2018 Girl Scout membership year, which begins October 1, 2017, our annual national membership dues will increase to $25 for girls and adults. This is separate from our $15 council service fee. Girls may use their Cookie Dough to pay for or offset membership fees. The updated dues will be reflected during early-bird registration, which begins on April 1, 2017.

All membership dues go directly to Girl Scouts of the USA. With the extra funding, GSUSA will be able to sustain and develop exceptional leadership programs, implement digital innovations to enhance the girl and volunteer experience nationwide, maintain fundamental services for our 2.7 million members, and better engage our 59 million alumnae.

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A Facelift for Farnsworth

Camp life is the best life! Renovations at Camp Farnsworth in Thetford Center, Vermont are going well.
We’re making excellent progress on making a great camp even better! Several projects are currently underway at Camp Farnsworth. Renovations to the camp’s dining hall – as well as a brand-new bunkhouse – are expected to be completed in time for this summer’s camp season.

The dining hall will have new kitchen appliances, a new ADA-accessible deck, a revamped main entrance, a modified fireplace, a new PA system, and acoustic tile ceilings.

The bunkhouse, which will sleep 24 people and be available for year-round use, will have two bathrooms, two counselors’ studios, and a kitchen.

Both buildings are energy-efficient, in keeping with the Girl Scout Green! Are you excited for summer yet?

The 2017 Summer Camp Guide is Coming!

Ready for Summer? We sure are! Girl Scout Camp guides for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will be arriving in homes on February 15. Are your thoughts drifting toward summer? So are ours! Keep an eye on your mailbox: the 2017 Camp Guide will arrive in mid-February.

Experience the Power of G.I.R.L. 2017!

Come to the largest Girl-Led Expo this October for G.I.R.L. 2017.
Become a Council Delegate!
Would you like to represent Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains at a national convention? Our Governance Committee is seeking a highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates for a limited number of Council Delegate positions. The National Council Session will take place during the National Convention on October 4 – 6 in Columbus, Ohio. Completed nomination forms are due February 10, 2017.

Learn More and Download Nomination Form

Attend G.I.R.L. 2017 on a Council-Sponsored Bus Trip
Girl Scout Cadettes through Ambassadors (Grades 6 – 12), both individuals and troops, will have the opportunity to participate in the largest Girl-Led event in the world, including hands-on activities from over 400 exhibitors, with emphasis on STEM education, entrepreneurship, the outdoors, life skills, global interests, travel, and more. Register by March 13, 2017. Chaperone opportunities are also available: check our website for details.

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ToGetHerThere Essay Contest

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How has being a Girl Scout helped you make a difference and discover new things? We can’t wait to hear about it!

The 2017 ToGetHerThere Essay Contest is officially underway. All girls who submit an essay will receive a special ToGetHerThere patch! Winning essayists will receive a $50 GSGWM gift card and an invitation to our ToGetHerThere Luncheon. One winning essay will be chosen from the following Girl Scout Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador.

Entries are due by March 31, 2017, and can emailed to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org with the subject line “TGHT Essay Contest – Girl Name, Girl Level.” Contest is open to all registered Girl Scouts in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Girls Have Spoken

The winning Girls’ Choice badge topic for 2017 is in. We’re pleased to announce the next Girls’ Choice badge will be Troop Camping!

Badge requirements will be available for download on June 15; badges and printed requirements will be in council shops by August. Keep an eye out for the badge design poll, which will be open from February 13 to 17.

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Become a Girl Scout Globe Trotter!

Girl Scout Destinations is the ultimate adventure for girls ages 11 and older. Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Girl Scout Destinations is the ultimate adventure for girls ages 11 and older. Make new friends as you travel with Girl Scouts from throughout the country. Want to get in on the fun? Don’t delay – the application deadline is February 13!

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Upcoming Activities

Winter Camp – Camp Farnsworth – February 24-26, $70 pg
For Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes: Spend the weekend at camp and enjoy arts & crafts, games, and outdoor activities like snowshoeing, sledding, and ice fishing or shelter-building! Fun Patch included! Register HERE.

Ropes Rodeo – GSGWM Williston Office – Multiple Dates, $40 pg
For Juniors, Seniors, and Ambassadors: Learn how to tie many different knots through games and activities. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions as skills learned one week will be built on in the next session. Interested participants can plan an optional outing to a local climbing gym for an additional fee. Patch included! Register HERE.

Montshire Magic Overnight – Montshire Museum – March 18-19, $47 pg
For Brownies and Juniors: Study the natural world, check out a huge ant farm, and make enormous bubbles! Cost includes museum admission the following day and an Overnight Patch. Register HERE.

Questions? Contact our Customer Care team at 888.474.9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.
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Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers Jan 2017

Monthly Update for Volunteers of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

January 2017

Two Ways to Experience G.I.R.L. 2017!

Would you like to represent Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains at a national convention?

Become a Council Delegate!
Would you like to represent Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains at a national convention? Our Governance Committee is seeking a highly qualified and diverse pool of candidates for a limited number of Council Delegate positions. The National Council Session will take place during the National Convention on October 4 – 6 in Columbus, Ohio. Completed nomination forms are due February 10, 2017.

Learn More and Download Nomination Form

Chaperone the Council-sponsored Bus Trip
Girl Scout Cadettes through Ambassadors (Grades 6 – 12) will have the opportunity to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 in Columbus, Ohio via a council–sponsored bus trip, and we’re currently looking for adult volunteers to chaperone!

Volunteers will need to be available from October 4 – 9, 2017; be willing to attend training sessions in advance; be at least 25 years old; be current on First Aid and CPR training; be willing to ride the bus with the girls, share a room with other chaperones, be on call throughout the duration of the trip; communicate effectively with staff and guardians before and during the trip; and be able to handle money and maintain budget documents. Parents or guardians of girls attending the Ohio trip aren’t eligible to be Ohio chaperones. Apply by January 31, 2017.

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The 2017 Summer Camp Guide is Coming!

Camp life is the best life. The 2017 Girl Scout Camp Guide from the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will be arriving in homes by 2/15/17.

Are your thoughts drifting toward summer? So are ours! Keep an eye on your mailbox: the 2017 Camp Guide will arrive in mid-February.

ToGetHerThere Essay Contest

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How has being a Girl Scout helped your girls make a difference and discover themselves? We can’t wait to hear about it!

The 2017 ToGetHerThere Essay Contest is officially underway. All girls who submit an essay will receive a special ToGetHerThere patch! Winning essayists will receive a $50 GSGWM gift card and an invitation to our ToGetHerThere Luncheon. One winning essay will be chosen from the following Girl Scout Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador.

Entries are due by March 31, 2017, and can be emailed to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org with the subject line “TGHT Essay Contest – Girl Name, Girl Level.” Contest is open to all registered Girl Scouts in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Help Wanted

Looking for a job that matters? Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is currently seeking a part-time Program Administrator/After School Program to oversee programs in Nashua and Manchester, NH. Programs generally take place on weekdays from 3 to 5:30 pm. Candidates should enjoy working with children and adults, be willing to undergo background screening, demonstrate excellent communication skills, exercise sound judgment, and have the desire to make a lasting difference in the lives of girls.

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Invite a Friend Promotion Has Been Extended!

Learn how volunteering with the Girl Scouts can make a big impact on girls' lives. Invite a friend to start a troop today.

The deadline to invite a friend to join you in making an impact on girls’ lives has been extended to January 31!

Invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop and everyone wins! Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize — $100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value) for each friend. Awesome!

Questions? We’re here for you. Contact us. Please review official Terms and Conditions.

Claim Your Prize

Girl Scout Destinations

Girl Scout Destinations – the ultimate adventure for girls ages 11 and older!

Let your girls know about Girl Scout Destinations – the ultimate adventure for girls ages 11 and older! Girls make new friends as they travel with Girl Scouts from throughout the country. Most trips currently have spots available, but don’t delay — the application deadline is February 13!

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All About Higher Awards

Girl Scout Higher Awards - Gold Award, Bronze Award, Silver Award

Know a girl who’s thinking of starting a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award project but not sure where to begin? Or maybe you’re a guardian or volunteer wondering how you can support your girls in the process? Keep an eye out for our Highest Awards Webinars. Our next Gold Award Workshop is on January 22 at 7 pm.

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Upcoming Programs

Groundhog Day/Midwinter Celebration – February 4, 2017, Hollis, NH
Enjoy a puppet show, see animal displays, and go on a winter hike to find evidence of animal activities!
$24 pp
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Make A Splash – February 11, 2017, Jay Peak, VT
Spend the day at Jay Peak water park with a special behind-the-scenes look at the engineering that makes the Flow Rider work.
$25 pp
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Frosty Fun – February 11, 2017, Hancock, NH
Get a close-up look at animal mounts, learn how animals adapt to the winter weather, and learn how to stay warm yourself!
$16 pp
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Sleeping Under the Stars – February 18-19, 2017, Concord, NH
Use a telescope, watch a planetarium show, and spend the night with friends.
$55 pp
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For more information, contact our Customer Care team at 888.474.9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

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Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families December 2016

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December 22, 2016 Edition

With another AMAZING year coming to a close, we would like to recognize the kindness, generosity, and dedication of our girls, families, and volunteers. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

Cookie Rallies!

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We are celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies and kicking of this anniversary with two HUGE events!

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, join us at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction for our Vermont Cookie Rally.

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, the fun continues at the SNHU Arena in Manchester where we’ve combined two of your favorite events – our New Hampshire Cookie Rally and our Friends and Family Day with the Monarchs hockey team – to bring you the biggest Girl Scout gathering yet!

Each event will give girls everything they need to super-charge their cookie sales! Attend one or both, each provides a unique experience and patch.

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Get Digital

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Be sure and check your inbox to register your Girl Scout for Digital Cookie. An email was sent earlier this month from Girl Scout Cookies, with detailed instructions on registering. Can’t find your email? No problem, just click on the button below and enter your email address. If you are still having issues, call Customer Care 888-474-9686 for assistance. Our Girl Scout Cookie Season begins January 2.

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Girl Scouts Go Global

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Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Girl Scout Destinations is the ultimate adventure for girls ages 11 and older! Make new friends as you travel with Girl Scouts from throughout the country. Want to get in on the fun? Don’t delay- application deadline is February 13!

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Aim Higher (Highest Awards, that is)

Are you a girl who’s thinking of starting a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award project but not sure where to begin? Or maybe you’re a guardian or volunteer wondering how you can support your girls in the process? You won’t want to miss our series of Highest Award Webinars:
•    Guiding Girls Through the Highest Awards on January 17 at 7:30 pm
•    Bronze Award Workshop on January 17 at 6 pm
•    Silver Award Workshop on January 19 at 6:30 pm
•    Gold Award Workshop on January 22 at 7 pm

Winter and Holiday Hours

Our offices and stores will be closed December 26 and January 2 for the holidays. Our Mountain Top Shops will be closed for the week of December 26 through January 2 for the holiday break.

Greetings from (Snowy) Camp

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Wishing you the warmest holiday cheer from all of our camps. With another New Year right around the corner, we’re already dreaming of camp season! Look for your 2017 Camp Guide in your mailbox in February. We can’t wait to see you this summer!

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Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers

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December, 2016

It’s Almost Cookie Time!  •  2017 Cookie Rallies!

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Have you heard the news? Girl Scout Volunteers receive one free ticket to our biggest, most exciting Cookie Rallies!

Bring your troop, bring your family, and you can even bring your friends! What are you waiting for – redeem your ticket and register now!

Cookie Rally Vermont is going to be a hoot! With a live owl demonstration and a chance to meet our 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Mascot, “Allie the Owl,” there’s tons of fun at this jam-packed event on January 7, 2017 at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT.

CLAIM YOUR GIFT – VT

Cookie Rally New Hampshire combines two of your favorite events – our Cookie Rally and our Friends and Family Day with the Monarchs – to bring you our biggest Girl Scout gathering yet! You won’t want to miss this on January 14, 2017 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH.

CLAIM YOUR GIFT – NH


Don’t Forget: Invite a Friend to Volunteer Today!

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Don’t forget – invite a friend to join you in making an impact on girls’ lives before December 15! As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to fun, new, and unique experiences every day, and help them find their spark as they prepare to practice a lifetime of leadership. You’re their biggest fan, their guiding star, and their hero, and we need more amazing mentors just like you.

Invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop before December 15, and everyone wins! Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize – $100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value) for each friend. Awesome!

Offer runs Nov. 15-Dec. 15, 2016. Questions? We’re here for you. Contact us. Please review official Terms and Conditions.

Claim Your Prize


December Office and Store Hours Update

Starting immediately, the Williston office hours are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 am – 4 pm: other times available by appointment only. Please contact Customer Care  or 888.474.9686 to schedule an appointment.

Williston store is currently CLOSED, except for the following hours:
December 10 – 1 pm to 5 pm
December 21 – 10:30 am to 5 pm
December 22 – 10 am to 7 pm

Bedford store* is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Extended holiday shopping hours will be offered on the following dates:
December 10 – 1 pm to 5 pm
December 22 – 8:30 am to 7 pm

*The store will be closed for our All-Staff Meeting on Tuesday, December 13; and for Holiday Break from December 26 to 30.


Silver and Gold Awards

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Now is a great time to start planning for Silver and Gold Award projects. Check out our Silver and Gold Award Fact Sheets and our Highest Award Financing Fact Sheets on our website. Attend an upcoming Silver or Gold Award webinar for more information or reach out to us with your questions and to help girls plan their projects.

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Upcoming Programs

Snowshoeing Adventure – January 14, 2017, Hollis, NH
Enjoy a snowshoeing obstacle course and quest for signs of life in winter!
$14 pp
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Winter Getaway – January 21, 2017, Holderness, NH
Get a behind-the-scenes tour to find out what happens to native species in winter.
$12 pp
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Girl Scout Short Film Festival – January 25, 2017, Online, and April 15, 2017, Concord, NH
Start with a webinar in January, work independently to create your film, and then join us for a red carpet premiere at our own Film Festival at Red River Theatres in Concord, NH.
$15 pp
REGISTER

Have a question? Don’t be shy!
Contact us for more information or call 888.474.9686.

Granite State Girl Scout among BBC News’ “Top 100 Women of 2016”

erin-mckenney-high-resolutionA Londonderry Girl Scout is among the BBC News’ Top 100 Women of 2016, joining the ranks of Olympic medalist Simone Biles, NASA space scientist Katherine Johnson, performer Alicia Keys, and body-positive model Iskra Lawrence.

Erin McKenney, a 2016 graduate of Londonderry High School who earned her Girl Scout Gold Award earlier this year, said she was contacted by a network representative last month. The 100 Women series profiles inspirational women from around the world who’s academic, cultural, or social contributions have made differences in the lives of others- ranging from world leaders to local heroines. At 18, McKenney is one of the youngest women on the list.

Currently a freshman at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, McKenney said she plans to travel to London in early December, where she’ll share her story on camera and also assist the British television network in its quest to profile lesser-known female scientists and engineers. “It’s a great opportunity to represent women in underrepresented fields,” she said.

Encouraging girls to explore their strengths, however non-traditional, is a topic that’s near and dear to McKenney’s heart. Working closely with Girls at Work, Inc. in Manchester, NH, the ambitious Girl Scout designed a series of fun and interactive science workshops for girls ages 8 through 12. The program, which continues to grow and has since been incorporated into a summer camp series hosted by The Circle Program, earned McKenney the highly coveted Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.

One important component of McKenney’s award-winning program required her to network and join forces with successful female scientists, innovators, and engineers. During her stay in the UK, McKenney will have the opportunity to work in the media café at BBC’s international headquarters, where she’ll help build Wikipedia pages for some of the world’s lesser-known women in STEM fields: many of whom she got to know in the process of earning her Gold Award.

“Girls can be what they can see, so my goal is to make those examples more visible,” she explains. McKenney said she plans to document her travels via her project’s Facebook page, Curiosity Science Program (https://www.facebook.com/curiositygirlsscience/).

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Completion of a seven-step project earns girls the satisfaction of addressing a community concern, with eyes sharply focused on the future. Gold Award recipients are highly regarded during the college application process and are also eligible for increased military ranking.

As part of her award-winning teaching program, designed for school-aged children, McKenney designed lessons on scientific formulas and theories, while profiling a female professional working in an applicable field. “We’d build our own rockets, while learning about a woman working for NASA,” she explained.

“Erin’s project and her continued commitment to empowering girls truly exemplifies the Girl Scout way,” said Patricia Mellor, CEO for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. “We are proud to support Erin as she works to change the world for the better, one girl at a time.”

McKenney will further discuss her project during an interview set to appear on the BBC 100 Women Facebook page sometime in the coming month. She said her many years spent in Girl Scouts have given her the confidence to continue moving forward. “I’ve learned so much about leadership and about being a mentor,” she said. For more information on BBC’s 100 Women of 2016, visit http://www.bbc.com/news/world-38012048.

Michelle Dominguez Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

michelledDuring a trip to Poland four years ago, Girl Scout Michelle Dominguez found deep inspiration as she traced St. John Paul II’s historic footsteps.

Created in homage to similar gardens she traipsed during her tour of Poland, the home-schooled high school junior constructed “Mary’s Garden,” a quiet area of contemplation for the St. Kathryn’s Parish community in Hudson. Her efforts have earned her the highly coveted Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.

A Girl Scout for nearly a decade, Michelle said she was struck by the positive effects witnessed by visitors to spiritual gardens in Wadowice- former home of St. John Paul II.  “I wanted that same positive feeling in my own community,” she added.

Donations from her parish’s Knights of Columbus chapter allowed Michelle to purchase mulch, a granite bench, and dozens of colorful shrubs, bulbs, and perennial plants. Once her materials were assembled, Michelle rolled up her sleeves and got down to task, enlisting her church youth group and fellow Scouts to help her out.

She said her church groundskeeper will be able to maintain the garden for future generations to enjoy. “Even when I’m in college, people can still come by and see the gorgeous flowers with Mary: flowers that will keep on blooming year after year,” Michelle said.

Overall, Michelle’s path to Gold has instilled some lifelong lessons: lessons that will serve her well as she looks towards the future. “I learned that I can accomplish anything, no matter how big or small,” she said. “I can achieve any goal, as long as I set my mind to it.”

Though undecided on her adult career path, Michelle said she’d like to one day become “either an engineer, a speech pathologist, or a psychologist.”

Maria Wiles Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

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A Middlebury Union High School senior has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Maria Wiles, a Girl Scout since first grade, said she’s long been inspired by “those that keep a smile on their face even in times of struggle.” Following the death of Gary Griffin, a dear family friend and longtime deacon at Our Lady of Good Help Church, Wiles decided to create a religious education center in his honor.

The Gary Griffin Memorial Learning Center is a space for catechism teachers and students to gather. Noticing her church’s basement was unused and uninviting, Wiles said she was also concerned that many of the congregation’s younger members hadn’t been to church lately. Tapping in to her love of reading and knack for painting, the determined Girl Scout teamed up with members of the close-knit faith community to create an enduring and inviting learning center.

maria2As part of her project, Wiles sought out donations of books, paint, and building supplies; gathered CCD students to complete a colorful mural; and oversaw teams of volunteers eager to lend helping hands.  “For a long time, it has been difficult for the youth in my church to show older parishioners what they do,” she said. “With my project, I was able to bring to light not only my work, but how much each religious education student does in keeping the church going.”

With the Learning Center now fully operational, Wiles continues to raise community awareness of the center’s many resources via its website.

Meanwhile, a new youth group has already made the center its permanent home and is maintained by the members as part of their learning experience. “With my help, the religious education director was able to form this group and is bringing them to serve in places like Burlington and Brandon,” Wiles added.

As she looks to the future, Wiles said the lesson’s she’s gained in the Gold Award approval process has made college applications “a breeze.” She hopes to ultimately earn a nursing degree and assist at a hospital in Costa Rica, where she traveled last year as part of the Girl Scout Destinations Program. “Girl Scouts gave me that opportunity and my life will never be the same,” Wiles said. “Girl Scouts has empowered me as a woman and as a human being. Without it, I would never have had the hunger for service and learning that I do today.”

The Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers

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November 2016

Change More Lives & Get $50. Invite a Friend to Volunteer Today!

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It’s no surprise that 96 percent of girls have tried at least one new thing as a Girl Scout, right?

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to fun, new, and unique experiences every day, and help them find their spark as they prepare to practice a lifetime of leadership. You’re their biggest fan, their guiding star, and their hero, and we need more amazing mentors just like you to impact even more girls’ lives.

Starting Tuesday, Nov. 15, invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, and everyone wins! We’ll email you with more details then.

Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize —-  $100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value) for each friend. Awesome!
Offer runs Nov. 15-Dec. 15, 2016. Questions? We’re here for you. Contact us. Please review official Terms and Conditions.


 

 

Silver and Gold Awards

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Now is a great time to start planning for Silver and Gold Award projects. Check out our Silver and Gold Award Fact Sheets and our Highest Award Financing Fact Sheets on our website. Attend an upcoming Silver or Gold Award webinar for more information or reach out to us with your questions and to help girls plan their projects.
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Service Bars

Winter is a busy time of service to the community and to Girl Scouting for many older girls. Have girls track their hours to earn a Community Service Bar and/or Service to Girl Scouting Bar at every age level. Download the new paperwork below.

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Service to Girl Scouting Bar

 

Learn About Our Exciting Travel Opportunities!

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Check out Girl Scout Destinations, the ultimate adventure program for girls ages 11 and older. Travel with Girl Scouts from throughout the country, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories. First round applications are due to the Bedford office by November 28, 2016 and second round applications are due February 13, 2017.

Want to learn more? Join us for our Travel Information Session next Wednesday, November 16, at 6 pm. Register for this online session to learn about our many upcoming travel opportunities, including visits to Costa Rica, London, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France, as well as several domestic trips (including mother and daughter trips).

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Mark Your Calendar

Badge Sampler—Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join us in our Williston office on Friday, November 18, at 6 pm. Work towards your Product Designer and Jeweler badges as you learn from industry experts, and create some amazing new products!

Try-It Sampler—Girl Scout Brownies are invited to join us in the Williston office on Saturday, November 19, from 6 to 8 pm. Earn part of the STEAM try-its. Each day will be different and include parts of Home Scientist, Computer Expert, Letterboxer, Bugs, Senses, and Inventor. Register HERE by November 15.

Green Saturday—Join us in our Bedford and Williston offices on Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 2 pm for extended shopping hours, store specials, crafts, and holiday fun for the entire family! All registered Girl Scouts will receive a FREE, limited edition Green Saturday patch!

STEAM Expo—Join us in our Bedford office on Saturday, December 3, from 1 to 4 pm for bristlebot-building, SCRATCH Coding lessons, the chance to chat with female STEAM professionals as well as our very own Girl Scout robotics team, and more! Register HERE by November 20.

Cookie Rallies—Join us January 7, from 2 to 5 pm in Vermont at The Champlain Valley Exposition or Saturday, January 14, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in New Hampshire at the SNHU Arena (formerly Verizon Wireless Arena), followed by a Monarchs game at 6 pm. Each event is unique and jam-packed with exciting, giveaways and hands-on activities to help you make your Girl Scout Cookie Sale a fabulous success. Choose one or both locations! Registration is now open online HERE.

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Upcoming Programs

Snowshoeing Adventure – January 14, 2017, Hollis, NH
Enjoy a snowshoeing obstacle course and quest for signs of life in winter!
$14 pp
REGISTER

Winter Getaway – January 21, 2017, Holderness, NH
Get a behind-the-scenes tour to find out what happens to native species in winter.
$12 pp
REGISTER

For more information, contact our Customer Care team at 888.474.9686.


The Outlook is a monthly newsletter for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ volunteers.

Have a question? Don’t be shy! Contact us for more information.

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