Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers September 2017

September 2017

Let’s Make It a Great Girl Scout Year

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you know the incredible difference our program makes in the lives of girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Through Girl Scout troops and experiences, we create a safe space in which girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and feel comfortable failing, dusting themselves off, and trying again!

We want to thank you for volunteering to help empower the future leaders of tomorrow. As the new Girl Scout year is about to begin, please remember to contact our Customer Care team at 888-474-9686 or by emailing customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org with any questions you may have.

Mountain Top Shop Extended Hours

We know you’re excited for the new Girl Scout membership year! To help you get started, the Mountain Top Shops in Bedford and Williston will be offering the following extended hours on some evenings and weekends in September and October:
• Saturday, September 16, 10 am – 1 pm
• Tuesday, September 19, 5-7 pm
• Saturday, October 14, 10 am – 1 pm
• Tuesday, October 17, 5-7 pm
Can’t wait to get started? Check out our online store now.

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Upcoming Store and Office Closures
Our Bedford office and store will be closed on Tuesday, September 12 from 10 am – 1 pm, and our Williston office and store will be closed for the whole day.

Both of the Mountain Top Shop locations will be closed the week of September 25 for inventory.

JOANN and Girl Scouts: Supporting Female Leadership Together

On Tuesday, GSUSA announced a new and exciting partnership with JOANN Stores – offering a discount to Girl Scout members, donating a portion of sales to GSUSA, as well as offering space at its stores to Girl Scout troops and councils for events and craft education. As a Girl Scout volunteer, sign up today to receive JOANN’s new Girl Scouts Rewards and save 15% with each purchase.

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Why Girl Scouts?

How has Girl Scouts impacted your life? We want to hear from you! Send us an email or a short video by September 22 to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org and tell us why Girl Scouts is important to you. Anyone who sends a submission will be entered to win a G.I.R.L. kit, which includes a G.I.R.L. sweatshirt, lanyard, and $30 gift certificate toward a Program Guide program of your choice.

Prudential Spirit Awards

Applications are now open for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This youth recognition program has recognized more than 120,000 middle and high school students – including thousands of Girl Scouts – for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions, and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the national awards ceremony in May 2018.

Applications are due before November 7, 2017.

Apply Today

New Outdoor Skills Resources

GSUSA recently expanded its outdoor skills video library! For many girls, Girl Scouts offers them their first outdoor experience, but for volunteers who might not be comfortable with taking their troop outdoors, this resource not only provides you with great tips, it makes getting girls outside easier than ever before.

Outdoors Songs and Games

Introduction to Fire Building

Pack Your Bags – Become a Council Trip Chaperone

In 2019, GSGWM will be sponsoring trips to the Galapagos Islands and New York for our council. Interested in joining in on the travel fun? We’re currently seeking a few more adult chaperones. Contact Customer Care for more information.

Upcoming Activities

Laura Wilder Weekend – September 22-24, Camp Kettleford
For Juniors and Cadettes. Journey to the Little House on the Prairie for some old-fashioned fun! Learn how to cook prairie foods, make prairie crafts, and learn about how girls’ lives are different today. Each girl will receive a patch.
REGISTER

Pledge for Peace – September 30, Greeley Park, Nashua, NH
Join us for this free event held in partnership with Rotary Interact clubs. Make your own pledge for peace and share your Take Action projects from Girl Scouts. Opportunities to display and participate in fun activities. Contact Customer Care to sign up to receive additional details.

Astronomy Series Information Session – October 11, Virtual
It’s a big universe – learn all about it! As a member of the Astronomy Series, you’ll have access to educational materials and opportunities to experience astronomy first-hand.
REGISTER

Amazing Race – October 15, Camp Farnsworth
Join us at Camp Farnsworth for a fun competition based on the hit TV show Amazing Race. Along with mental and physical challenges, participants will enjoy many classic camp activities. We’ll end the day with a campfire for all with s’mores and songs. Badge provided to girls participating in the event.
REGISTER

Mini Pumpkin Chuckin’ Challenge – October 29, Shelburne Museum
Get your troop together, learn about the science behind the trebuchet (a type of catapult), and get chuckin’ pumpkins! Don’t forget your uniforms. Pumpkin Chuckin’ teams also receive free admission to Haunted Happenings.
REGISTER

International Girls Day – November 12, University of New Hampshire
Kappa Delta invites Girl Scouts ages 7-12 to their sorority house to learn all about UNH and Kappa Delta, play interactive games, do arts & crafts, as well as participate in an educational activity. If you are interested in attending, please email Katelyn Smith at unhkms2009@gmail.com.

Risk-Takers and Robots: Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ FIRST Lego Robotics Teams Continue to Innovate

With names like Ozram JR, the Aqua Llamas, and the Rad Red Foxes, our FIRST Lego League teams are distinguishing themselves around the region for their creativity, problem-solving, and team building. We caught up recently with two teams from the New Hampshire Lakes Region to chat about the FIRST program, which, incidentally, seems to be the perfect fit for Girl Scouts who want to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Co-coach Briar said the GSGWM-sponsored FIRST program had humble beginnings, noting that neither she nor fellow coach Christelle had previous experience with FIRST. The two go-getting Girl Scouts leaders weren’t discouraged by that fact, and dove into the program head first. Two years later, Briar and Christelle are coaching not one but two FIRST teams after discovering that some of the girls’ younger siblings wanted to join in on the fun.

FIRST, an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international program, founded by Granite State innovator Dean Kamen, that encourages youth to participate in mentor-based STEM programs.

As GSGWM’s first Junior FLL team, the five fearless Brownies exhibited at the regional FIRST Lego League Jr. Expo in April at FIRST’s Manchester, New Hampshire headquarters. The girls’ hard work certainly paid off! During the Expo, the Rad Red Foxes were honored for their professionalism.

With a season that starts shortly before the school year, the FIRST experience brings with it many important life lessons, as noted by several members of the Aqua Llamas team.

“I’ve learned to keep my cool under pressure,” one sixth-grade Girl Scout said. “I’ve gotten really, really good at research,” a teammate chimed in, with a third Girl Scout adding that the team has, collectively, “gotten awesome at problem-solving!”

Their efforts continue to prove successful. Last November, the four-member Aqua Llamas team took home first place in Robot Design during the Qualifier Tournament at University of New Hampshire. One month later, the FIRST team from the Contoocook/Weare, New Hampshire region competed in the state championships for the first time.

Briar said the regional meets are focused more on fun, despite the underlying elements of competition. “It’s usually about ‘let’s go and see what everyone else is doing’ and ‘where did your brain go with this?’ rather than ‘mine’s better than yours,’” she said. “Each project is different, and we learn stuff from everybody!”

The FIRST robotics program aims to help combat the problem that although girls are interested STEM, many don’t see a future for themselves in these fields. A Girl Scout Research Institute study, Generation STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, found that:

  • 74 percent of girls say they’re interested in STEM.
  • Only 13 percent of interested girls say a career in STEM is their first choice.
  • Half of all girls feel that STEM isn’t a typical career path for girls.

But with continued efforts to help bridge the gap between girls and STEM careers, Girl Scouts continues to offer innovative programming and now new STEM badges to girls across the country. In fact, 81 percent of Girl Scouts who took part in a robotics evaluation agreed that because of the organization, they’ve been a leader in more activities with friends, in class, or in their community.

“Not only are they thinking up projects, but they are presenting those projects to adults, and learning public speaking,” Christelle said.

With another season about to begin, Christelle and Briar said they’re both excited to attend the upcoming Farnsworth Weekend where they’ll share all their FIRST stories with other volunteers, hoping to spread how the FIRST robotics program is making a positive impact on our council’s Girl Scouts.

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Interested in starting a FIRST robotics team near you? Join us for our virtual webinar on Thursday, September 7. Contact Customer Care at 888-474-9686 to register.

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families August 2017

August 2017

Help Your Girl’s Troop Win Big

There’s still time – renew your girl by August 31 and help her troop become eligible to receive one of several new troop incentives for a great Girl Scout year! Troops that have 80% renewal by August 31 will be entered to win exciting prizes, including free troop archery lessons, first pick of a council cookie booth, and more. Talk to your troop leader for further details.

Learn More

Renew Now

Thank You – Camp Season Was a Huge Success!

What a summer! We had a record year at GSGWM’s Girl Scout camps in New Hampshire and Vermont, with a higher percentage of our membership attending than ever before. From paddling across the lake to taking part in awesome science experiments, girls made lots of new friends, learned all about the outdoors, and became leaders by actively exploring their world. Thank you for allowing us to get to know your girl. Keep an eye out for our 2018 Camp Guide in February. We hope to see you again next year!

Girl Scouts: The Value of Girls-Only

The inclusive, girl-led environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space in which girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and feel comfortable failing, dusting themselves off, and trying again! Read more about how our single-gender program helps to empower your girl.

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Why Girl Scouts?

How has Girl Scouts impacted you and your girl’s life? We want to hear from you! Send us an email or a short video to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org by September 15 and tell us why Girl Scouts is important to your family. Anyone who sends a submission will be entered to win a G.I.R.L. kit, which includes a G.I.R.L. t-shirt, lanyard, and $30 gift certificate toward a Program Guide program of your choice!

Create Your Own Girl Scout Experience with Series

Busy but still want to participate in Girl Scouts? Check out a GSGWM Series! Series are short-term programs that run throughout the year. From our new Astronomy Series to GSGWM favorites like FIRST LEGO League, Coastal Rompers, and Swift Water Paddlers – we have an adventure for you that fits your schedule!

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Fall Product Sale Participation

Are you an individually registered Girl Scout who’s interested in participating in the 2017 Fall Product Sale? We’d love to help you unleash the hero within! Please contact our Customer Care team at 888-474-9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org for more details.

G.I.R.L. 2017 – Let’s Take Action

On October 6, nearly 10,000 Girl Scouts will converge in Columbus, Ohio for our national G.I.R.L. 2017 convention. This high-energy event will celebrate what makes each G.I.R.L. special and unique. Our council will be represented by delegates ready to share our voice and bring back important information for us all. Attendees will be participating in real-time, hands-on service projects and they need your help. They will be assembling welcome packets for the Columbus YWCA Family Center, an emergency shelter. If you have travel-sized items of the following, please drop them off at our offices in Bedford and Williston before September 22.

• adult toothbrush
• child’s toothbrush
• travel-size toothpaste
• travel-size women’s deodorant
• travel-size men’s deodorant
• lip balm
• body wash (suitable for man, woman, or child)
• shampoo (suitable for man, woman, or child)
• box of children’s Band-Aids

Labor Day Office and Store Closure

Please note, our offices and stores in Bedford and Williston will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. Offices and stores will reopen on Tuesday, September 5.

Highest Award Deadline Reminder

Girls who have finished 5th, 8th, and 12th grade must complete their Highest Awards projects and submit their Final Reports by September 30. Paperwork may be submitted to the GSGWM Bedford office in person, by mail, or by email. Final report paperwork may be found on our website.

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Upcoming Activities

New Hampshire Coastal Clean-Up – September 16, Odiorne Point State Park
Join the Coastal Rompers and dozens of other Girl Scout volunteers to help survey and clean .9 miles of beach.
REGISTER

Laura Wilder Weekend – September 22-24, Camp Kettleford
Journey to the Little House on the Prairie for some old-fashioned fun! Learn how to cook prairie foods, make prairie crafts, and learn about how girls’ lives are different today. Each girl will receive a patch.
REGISTER

Crazy About Canines Series – September 24, NHSPCA, Stratham, NH
Join us for the first planning meeting for our series all about our furry best friends. Girls in grades 4 and up will learn about first aid, grooming, care, and more about pups, whether you have a pup as a pet or not. Girls will be planning a year full of canine activities, including attending dog shows, helping with agility trials, and much more. Interested and want to register? Please call our Customer Care team at 888-474-9686.

Lake Explorer’s Cruise – September 30, Holderness, NH
Join us on hands-on cruise of Squam Lake that gives participants an opportunity to use binoculars, search for common loons, collect microscopic life, watch live fish, participate in a scavenger hunt, and test your navigational abilities. After the cruise, walk along the trails and enjoy the live animal exhibits!
REGISTER

Pledge for Peace – September 30, Greeley Park, Nashua, NH
Join us for this free event held in partnership with Rotary Interact clubs. Make your own pledge for peace and share your Take Action projects from Girl Scouts. Opportunities to display and participate in fun activities. Contact Customer Care for additional details.

Happy Hikers – October 7, Mount Philo State Park
Grab your day pack and join us for a trek around Mt. Philo State Park in Charlotte, VT. Girls will learn basic map and compass skills, look for and try to identify animal tracks and scat, and participate in a fun nature scavenger hunt. Families are welcome to join, too!
REGISTER

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers August 2017

August 2017

New Membership Renewal Incentives

Leaders, we’ve rolled out some exciting troop incentives for those who renew by August 31. Read all about them by clicking the button below.
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Has your troop already renewed? Great news! You’ve already been entered for a chance to receive these new rewards.

Unleash the Hero Inside

This year’s Fall Product Sale is aimed at unleashing the hero inside of every girl! Starting September 15, the Fall Product Sale is a great way for troops to launch their new membership year. We have lots of exciting enhancements this year, including a special patch for girls that participate in both the Fall Product Sale and the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Don’t delay, renew your Girl Scout membership today – troops with 100 percent registration by August 31 and 100 percent participation in fall product are eligible to win $250!
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There’s Still Time! Join Us for Farnsworth Weekend 2017

Join us on September 8-10 for Farnsworth Weekend at Camp Farnsworth. Enjoy great workshops, connect with other Girl Scouts, relax, and most importantly – have fun! Meals and accommodations are included. Register by August 18 and pay only $60. Check out the Farnsworth Weekend brochure online by clicking the button below.
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Torchbearer Ceremony
Help recognize someone who’s had an impact on our girls’ outdoor experiences. Nominations are still being accepted for the Torchbearer’s Award for a Torchbearer’s Ceremony to be held during Farnsworth Weekend.
Nominate Someone Today

New Alumni Program Coming

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks about GSGWM’s new Alumni Program. Big (and exciting) changes are on the way!

Important Retail Updates

For the month of August, the Williston store hours are as follows:
• Monday: Closed
• Tuesday: 9 am – 4:30 pm
• Wednesday: 9 am – 4:30 pm
• Thursday: 9 am – 4:30 pm
• Friday: 9 am – noon

Also, please note that both retail stores in Bedford and Williston will be closed for inventory on September 25-29. But don’t worry, our online Girl Scout shop is always open 24/7!

Sing-Along and S’mores for a Good Cause

Enjoy some singing and s’mores for a good cause on August 15 and September 24 at Camp Kettleford in Bedford, New Hampshire. The Torchbearers, a GSGWM alumnae group, will be hosting two Bring-A-Friend Sing-Along and Campfire events to help raise funds to repair a chimney at Camp Farnsworth. Adults and girls are welcome.
Register Here

Take the Lead – We Need Your Help

We have two great series this year that are in need of a few additional volunteers to help make them unforgettable for GSGWM girls. We’re seeking your help with Media Mavens, which teaches girls about different types of media, and our new Astronomy series, which teaches girls more about the wonders of astronomy. Interested? Please contact Customer Care to volunteer or for more information at 888-474-9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Become a BOLS Facilitator

Do you love camping and the outdoors? If so, consider becoming a BOLS facilitator. Help coach adults to develop girls’ camping skills. You’ll work with a team of GSGWM facilitators who thrive on teaching an array of camping skills to girls of all ages. Interested or need more information? Please contact Customer Care at 888-474-9686.

Upcoming Activities

Hidden Figures Movie Night – August 23 – 24, New Hampshire and Vermont
GSGWM volunteers, we are holding two FREE movies nights in New Hampshire and Vermont just for you! We’ll be showing the award-winning movie Hidden Figures on Wednesday, August 23: GSGWM Williston office, 6:45 – 9 pm; and Thursday, August 24: Camp Seawood, 6:45 – 9 pm. To reserve your seat, contact Customer Care with the location you’d like to attend.

Robotics Team Information Session – August 16, GSGWM Bedford Office
September 7, Virtual – Online

Learn more about FIRST robotics and help get a team started in your area. We will also discuss the commitment it takes to oversee a team and connect you with volunteers in your community who may be willing to help with your team. Please call Customer Care to reserve your spot for the August event.
REGISTER

New Hampshire Coastal Clean-up – September 16, Odiorne Point State Park
For Daisies through Ambassadors – Join the Coastal Rompers and dozens of Girl Scout volunteers to help survey and clean .9 miles of beach.
REGISTER

Amazing Race – September 17, Camp Farnsworth
For Brownies through Ambassadors – Join us at Camp Farnsworth for a fun competition based on the hit TV show Amazing Race. Along with mental and physical challenges, participants will enjoy many classic camp activities. We’ll end the day with a campfire for all with s’mores and songs. Badge provided to girls participating in the event.
REGISTER

Laura Wilder Weekend – September 22-24, Camp Kettleford
For Juniors and Cadettes. Journey to the Little House on the Prairie for some old-fashioned fun! Learn how to cook prairie foods, make prairie crafts, and learn about how girls’ lives are different today. Each girl will receive a patch.
REGISTER

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families July 2017

July 2017

New Journeys and Badges Are Here

Big news! GSUSA announced new Girl Scout program offerings for STEM and Outdoors this week. Each is topic-specific, aligned to the five program outcomes, and can be used as a prerequisite to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Girl Scouts will be able to design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, create algorithms, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. Look for these new Journeys and badges as they roll out this summer at Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Until then, click below for a sneak peek at the amazing new opportunities for girls.

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Girl Choice! Tell Us Your Pick for the 2019 Council Trip

Oh, the places you’ll go! Girl Scouts, it’s time to pick the destination for our council trip in 2019. We have some exciting options but we need your help! Click each button below to read more about each trip, then keep an eye out for a GSGWM Facebook post on Friday, July 28 where you can vote for your favorite. Which will you pick?

European Highlights

Galápagos Island Adventure

Oslo, Copenhagen & Stockholm

Renew Before August 31 and Help Your Troop Win

Renew your girl by August 31 and help her troop become eligible to be awarded one of several new troop incentives! Troops that have 80% renewal by August 31 will be entered to win a variety of exciting prizes. Talk to your troop leader for details.

Renew Now

Songs and S’mores for a Good Cause

Enjoy some singing and s’mores for a good cause on August 15 and September 24 at Camp Kettleford in Bedford, New Hampshire. The Torchbearers, a GSGWM alumnae group, will be hosting two Bring-A-Friend Sing-Along and Campfire events to help raise funds to repair a chimney at Camp Farnsworth in Thetford, Vermont. Adults and girls are welcome, but please note, adults must accompany girls to this event.

Register

Upcoming Activities

Tall & Small Special Agent Academy – August 18-20, Camp Farnsworth
Invite your favorite tall (adult female) for a weekend of fun and adventure for Tall & Small Special Agent Academy! Attendees will participate in fun themed activities throughout the weekend like learning code breaking skills, CSI techniques, and will even solve mysteries! Plus, there will still be plenty of time for regular camp activities like archery, boating, swimming, and more.
REGISTER

NH Fisher Cats Girl Scout Night – August 18, Manchester, NH
Girls can attend a NH Fisher Cats game with their family, then camp out on the field after the game and watch a movie on the big screen. Can’t sleepover? Girls and family can also just register to attend the game.
REGISTER for Game and Sleepover
REGISTER for Game Only

Vermont Lake Monsters Girl Scout Night – August 19, Burlington, VT
Girls and family can attend a Vermont Lake Monsters Game. Girls and siblings receive a grandstand ticket to the game, fully catered BBQ dinner, youth bracelet to Party City Kid’s Fun Zone, and a patch. Plus, run the bases post-game and take pictures in front of the video board!
REGISTER

Family Power – September 1-4, Camp Farnsworth
Girl Scouts, bring your family and show them why camp life is the best life for a weekend full of camp fun. Attendees will be able to enjoy camp activities, including archery, boating, swimming, and more. There will also be special family activities, including stargazing, a “polar swim,” silly family competitions, and a family campfire with S’more Lab. Families may share a cabin or tent unit. Food, activities, and patch are included in the fee.
REGISTER

Crazy About Canines Series – September 24, NHSPCA, Stratham, NH
Join us for the first planning meeting for our next series all about our furry best friends. Girls in grades 4 and up will learn about first aid, grooming, care, and more about pups, whether you have a pup as a pet or not. Girls will be planning a year full of canine activities, including attending dog shows, helping with agility trials, and much more. Interested and want to register? Please call our Customer Care team at 888-474-9686.

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers July 2017

July 2017

New Journeys and Badges

New Girl Scout program offerings for STEM and Outdoors are on the way! Each is topic-specific, aligned to the five program outcomes, and can be used as a prerequisite to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Look for these new Journeys and badges as they roll out this summer at Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Until then, click the button below for a sneak peek at what’s coming.

Learn More

Join Us for Farnsworth Weekend 2017

It’s s’more fun together! Join us on September 8-10 at Camp Farnsworth in Thetford, VT for a GSGWM Girl Scout favorite – Farnsworth Weekend. Volunteers, adult members, and girls in grades 10-12, will enjoy dozens of workshops, connect with other Girl Scouts, relax, and have fun. Meals and accommodations (hot showers, too!) are included. Register by July 28 and pay just $55! Want to rock some Farnsworth Weekend apparel? Orders must be submitted and paid in full by August 11. Check out the Farnsworth Weekend brochure online by clicking the button below.

Learn More

Torchbearer Ceremony
Do you know someone who should be recognized for having a significant impact on our girls’ outdoor experiences? Nominations are now being accepted for the Torchbearer’s Award. Our next Torchbearer’s Ceremony will be held during Farnsworth Weekend.

Nominate Someone Today

Keep Updated with VTK

Don’t miss out! Leaders and co-leaders, for continued access to the Volunteer Toolkit, it’s important to renew your membership for 2017-2018 year. Please note that leaders and co-leaders who have not renewed membership for 2017-2018 currently do not have access to the Volunteer Toolkit. For troops with summer activities, re-registered leaders for the 2017-2018 membership year will be able to view a read-only version of archived meetings.

Have questions? Please call Customer Care at 888-474-9686.
Renew Now

New Re-Registration Incentives

Watch out for an email in late-July about exciting new summer re-registration incentives for troops and service units that renew their membership for the 2017-2018 year by August 31. Has your troop already renewed? Great news! You’ve already been entered for a chance to receive these new rewards.

Meet Our Member Support Team

Our amazing Member Support Specialist and Intake Team are here to help you, volunteers. Whether they’re guiding you through the background check process, matching girls up with a local troop, or helping new leaders learn the ropes, our team works hard to take care of any member needs that may arise.

Important Note: Browser Update

Upcoming systems upgrades on July 22 will require members accessing our online membership registration and management system to have the most up-to-date web browser.

Please note: If you started the registration process prior to July 1, 2017 but did not complete it and are now getting an error or having an issue when you try to finish registration, please contact Customer Care at 888-474-9686.

Shop Our Online Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

Grab your favorite Girl Scout merchandise during our online semi-annual clearance sale until July 17. All clearance items are 50% off (online only)! Use code Clearance17 at checkout.

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Upcoming Activities

Outdoor Adventure Workshop – August 5, Camp Kettleford
Learn new ways to share outdoor skills with your troop, including a day hike, outdoor games, and nature activities, along with indoor overnights.
REGISTER

Robotics Team Information Session – August 16, GSGWM Bedford Office
Learn more about FIRST robotics and help get a team started in your area. We will also discuss the commitment it takes to oversee a team and connect you with volunteers in your community who may be willing to help with your team.
REGISTER

NH Fisher Cats Girl Scout Night, Game & Sleepover – August 18, Manchester, NH
Girls can attend a NH Fisher Cats game with their family, then camp out on the field after the game and watch a movie on the big screen. Can’t sleepover? Girls and family can also just register to attend the game.
REGISTER for Sleepover
REGISTER for Game only

Vermont Lake Monsters Girl Scout Night – August 19, Burlington, VT
Girls and family can attend a Vermont Lake Monsters Game. Receive a grandstand ticket to the game, fully catered BBQ dinner, youth bracelet to Party City Kid’s Fun Zone, and a patch. Plus, run the bases post-game and take pictures in front of the video board!
REGISTER

37th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat – September 15-17, Camp Fatima, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH
Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 and adult leaders are invited to join Boy Scouts in grades 6-12 for the 37th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat. The cost is $10 per girl and $7 per adult. Scouts will participate in fun, challenging, and faith-filled activities, including a high ropes course and dance. The event is sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Scouting Committee and Fr. Ray Ball, Diocesan Scouting Director and Chaplain. Please call 603-224-4393 x11 with questions or for more information.
REGISTER

 

 

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families June 2017

June 2017

It’s Time! Are You Ready for Camp?

Our Girl Scout camps in New Hampshire and Vermont have opened for the season! Already registered? Stay tuned for emails from the camp crew about drop-off times, what you should bring to camp, Trading Post times, and more.

Still planning your summer? Girl Scout camp has an adventure for every girl: there’s still time to choose yours!

Register Today

Proudly Made in the USA

Girl Scout Merchandise (GSM) continues to honor its commitment to USA-made products and to strive to keep its carbon footprint as small as possible. Girl Scout vests, sashes, tunics, and insignia are all currently produced in this country, and we are reaching out to more vendors that have capabilities to produce stateside. In addition, beginning in July, Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette badge production will take place in the United States. The fabric, thread, iron-on backing, and packaging are all produced in America. The USA-made product will be available to start shipping in July 2017.

In order to offer the USA-made product, there will be an increase to the pricing structure. The new retail price on Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette badges will be $3.00, effective July 1, 2017.

Meet Our Customer Care Team

Whether you have a question about camp or need help registering your girl for the next Girl Scout year, our Customer Care team are the folks who answer the phones and greet you with a smile when you walk through the doors of our Bedford office. We always do our very best to answer your questions but if we can’t, we make sure to find someone who can!

You can reach us anytime at 888.474.9686 or email customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Pictured from left to right are: Pam, Paula, Michelle, Kristine, and Lara.

Start Her Girl Scout Journey with Girl Sprouts

Hey, Girl Scouts – do you have a younger sister who isn’t quite ready for Kindergarten but can’t wait to get in on the fun?

Great news! Our new Girl Sprouts program is the perfect Girl Scouting introduction for girls in New Hampshire or Vermont who are 4 years old and under, or not yet in Kindergarten. As a Girl Sprout, she will learn about honesty, sharing, being helpful, and more!

To get started, download our Girl Sprouts activity booklet. We think it’s the perfect summer activity! Once you’ve completed the activities, fill out the Girl Sprouts Interest Form to receive a free Girl Sprouts patch.

Girl Sprouts Activity Booklet

Girl Sprouts Interest Form

Last Call to Receive a FREE Patch!

There’s still time to get in on our Early Registration promotion – but hurry! Girls will receive a FREE Power of the G.I.R.L. patch when they register for the 2017-2018 Girl Scout year by June 30. Cookie Dough may be used toward girl registration.

Renew Membership

Have questions or need assistance with registering? Contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888-474-9686.

Help Us Honor GSGWM Volunteers

We’d love your help as we continue to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our volunteers. Do you admire your daughter’s troop leader or other Girl Scout volunteer and think they should be featured as our next Volunteer of the Month? Tell us all about them!

Nominate Someone Today

Holiday Hours

Our stores and offices will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 in observation of the Fourth of July holiday. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 5.

VTK Maintenance Announcement

Please be aware the Volunteer Toolkit will be offline the week of July 1-7 for upgrades.

Upcoming Activities

Jump-In – July 5-28, Various Vermont Locations
Sign up for an upcoming session of our Jump-In program next month and try six different types of jumping, including long rope, double Dutch, and more! You’ll also dance, play games, make new friends, and have lots of fun!
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NH Fisher Cats Girl Scout Night – August 18, Manchester, NH
Girls can attend a NH Fisher Cats game with their family, then camp out on the field after the game and watch a movie on the big screen. Can’t sleepover? Girls and family can also just register to attend the game.
REGISTER for Game and Sleepover
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Vermont Lake Monsters Girl Scout Night – August 19, Burlington, VT
Girls and family can attend a Vermont Lake Monsters Game. Girls and siblings receive a grandstand ticket to the game, fully catered BBQ dinner, youth bracelet to Party City Kid’s Fun Zone, and a patch. Plus, run the bases post-game and take pictures in front of the video board!
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Wizarding Family Weekend – August 25, Camp Farnsworth
Invite your family for a weekend of wizarding adventure. Create wands, learn spells, make potions, and so much more! Families may share a cabin or tent unit. Food, activities, and patch are included in the fee.
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Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers June 2017

June 2017

Meet Our Customer Care Team

Our Customer Care team are the folks who answer the phones and greet you with a smile when you walk through the doors of our Bedford office. We always do our very best to answer your questions but if we can’t, we make sure to find someone who can!

You can reach us anytime at 888.474.9686 or email customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Pictured from left to right are: Pam, Paula, Michelle, Kristine, and Lara.

Only a Few Weeks Left to Take Action

Girls only have a few more weeks to lead Take Action for Healthy Living Projects. Projects of all sizes are encouraged, and need to be completed by June 30. Girls will receive a special girl-designed patch for participating. Need help with funding? Consider applying for a Take Action Mini Grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

Plan Your Project

Work at Summer Camp!

We’re still looking for a few great staff to join us as we guide girls through a summer experience they’ll never forget. And did you know that children of staff can attend camp at a discounted rate? Join our summer camp team! We’re hiring for positions, including Unit Leaders, at our camps in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Click here for a full list of positions available.

Last Call for Early Registration

There’s still time to get in on our Early Registration promotion – but hurry! Register your troop by June 30 and receive $2 toward the cost of your membership (to a maximum of $50) for every girl who registers. A minimum of 5 girls must register to qualify. If your troop qualifies, your troop account will be credited in mid-August. Girls will each receive a FREE Power of G.I.R.L. patch. We’re also still holding special events through June 15 for newly registered girls. See our website Activities tab for locations and dates to register.

RENEW NOW

Who Will Be Our Next Volunteer of the Month?

We’d love your help as we continue to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our volunteers. Do you admire a fellow volunteer and think they should be featured as our next Volunteer of the Month? Tell us all about them! Send your nominations to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Farnsworth Weekend 2017

It’s s’more fun together! Farnsworth Weekend will be September 8-10, 2017. Stay tuned for more fun details in the coming weeks. Registration will open by mid-July.

Join Our Summer Clubs

Your girls are going to LOVE our Summer Clubs! Girls can participate with their troops, or independently – all at their own pace.

Summer Science Club – Keep your girls connected and active by doing science experiments, crafts, cooking, and more as they read about women in science and earn their It’s Your Planet Journey. The adult fee grants troop leaders access to the 10-week program with weekly meeting activities to guide your troop. All of the planning is done for you in this online program.
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Outdoor Artist Club – Encourage girls to discover the beauty of the outdoors for the first time or all over again. Girls will learn about nature, create art, and earn their Outdoor Artist Badge. The adult fee grants troop leaders access to the 10-week program with weekly meeting activities to guide your troop. All of the planning is done for you in this online program.
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Upcoming Activities

Boston Breakers – June 24, Cambridge, MA
Girl Scouts, friends, and family members are invited to attend a Boston Breakers women’s professional soccer game at Jordan Field, Harvard University. Girls will receive a special patch and have the chance to meet the players and take photos.
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Jump-In – June 26 – July 28, Various Vermont locations
Jump-In is so much more than jumping rope! Play games, learn choreographed dance routines, try out yoga, make new friends, and of course, learn some fun new jump roping skills! Space is still available for the following sessions:
June 26 – 30: Burlington, VT
July 5 – 7: Vergennes, VT
July 10 – 28 (3 separate weeks): South Burlington, VT
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G.I.R.L. 2017 – October 5 – 8
For three days, girls will dominate Columbus, Ohio, and we want you to be a part of it! G.I.R.L. 2017 will draw more than 10,000 of the brightest, toughest, and most capable girls and women in the world for an event that only comes once every three years! GSGWM is offering individual girls and troops the opportunity to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 with a bus trip to Columbus, Ohio.

Registration deadline is June 30.
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Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families May 2017

May 2017

Camp: An Adventure for Every Girl

With a brand new saltwater pool, bunk house, and renovated dining hall at Camp Farnsworth, it’s going to be an unforgettable summer at Girl Scout Camp! Did you know we’re also offering new themes for our general camp program? It’s all the traditional camp activities you love – like swimming and arts & crafts – plus lots of themed fun! Girls can live like pioneers in Off-the-Grid, celebrate a freakishly fun Halloween in July with Monster Mania, break out their superhero cape to save camp with Superheroes, and more.

Girl Scout Camp has an adventure for every girl. Choose yours today!

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Introducing Our New Program Guide

Have you checked out the new 2017-2018 Program Guide yet? Girls can take the lead with Elena of Avalor, learn all about woodworking, camp in Iceland, and much, much more.

New Program Guides were mailed out earlier this month. There’s truly something for everyone! Take a peek at our Program Guide online.

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It’s Time to Register for Another Girl Scout Year

Register for the 2017-2018 membership year before June 30, you’ll receive a FREE Power of G.I.R.L. patch and also have the chance to attend one of our remaining Early Registration Parties. Open to all girls registered for the upcoming year (prior to the date of the Early Registration Party), these events are your chance to make crafts, play games, dance, and have fun with all your Girl Scout friends! Already renewed? Register for a party below!

Renew Membership
Register for a Party

Cookie Dough may be used towards girl registration. Have questions or need assistance? Call Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888-474-9686.

The Membership of a Lifetime

Graduation season is the perfect time to give the gift of Girl Scouting! Lifetime members are a cherished part of the Girl Scout family.

Ready to join? Start with completing the Lifetime Membership Form. Graduating high school seniors (Ambassador Girl Scouts) who register by September 1, 2017 are eligible for special pricing. Cookie Dough may be used toward lifetime membership dues.

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Volunteering This Summer?

Are you chaperoning your girl’s camporee, or volunteering at other upcoming summer troop activities? Please remember that ALL Girl Scout volunteers MUST register as a member and undergo a background check. This process can take up to 3 weeks.

New volunteers may register online at www.girlscoutsgwm.org. Click “Volunteer Today” to get started.

Questions? Contact our Customer Care team at 888-474-9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Extended Hours at The Mountain Top Shop

As summer approaches, the days are getting longer. And good news – so are the hours to The Mountain Top Shop! We’re extending our hours and will be open until 6:30 pm on May 25 and June 1 at our Bedford and Williston locations.

A reminder: Our stores and offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observation of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.

Council Take Action Project Reminder

Girls have one more month to lead Take Action for Healthy Living Projects focused on helping their communities be healthier. Projects of all sizes are encouraged. Girls can apply for funding for their projects through a Take Action Mini Grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and will receive a special girl-designed patch.

Get Started!

Join Our Summer Clubs!

Outdoor Artists Club
Discover the beauty of the outdoors, learn about nature, create art, and earn your Outdoor Artist Badge. Participate independently or with a troop, at your own pace.
Register

Summer Science Club
Spend your summer doing science experiments, crafts, cooking, and more as we read about women in science and earn your It’s Your Planet Journey. Participate independently or with a troop, at your own pace. Journey Book and Badges included in girl fee.
Register

Upcoming Activities

Boston Breakers – June 24, Cambridge, MA
Spend the evening with the longest running women’s professional soccer team! Registered Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to attend a Boston Breakers soccer game at Jordan Field, Harvard University. Patch included.
REGISTER

Jump-In – July 5-28, Various Vermont Locations
Grab your sneakers and try six different types of jumping, including long rope, double Dutch, and more! You’ll also dance, play games, make new friends, and have lots of fun!
REGISTER

G.I.R.L. 2017 – October 5-8, Bedford, NH
GSGWM is offering individuals and troops (Cadettes through Ambassadors) the opportunity to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 with a bus trip to Columbus, Ohio.
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Camden Tillinghast Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

After learning that her state’s Fish and Game Department was no longer able to sustain an outreach program encouraging schoolchildren to help protect the endangered New Hampshire state butterfly, one local Girl Scout is working to ensure the dainty blue insects are protected for future generations.

Camden Tillinghast, an Ambassador Girl Scout and senior at Somersworth High School, recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Camden Tillinghast, an Ambassador Girl Scout and senior at Somersworth High School, recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for her project addressing the plight of the rare Karner Blue butterfly.

Tillinghast, who joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie, wrote, illustrated, and self-published “Saving KB: The Story of Karner Blue,” an informative children’s book that appeals to readers of all ages. “I knew I wanted to write a book about endangered species,” she explained. “So when I learned that the state’s butterfly was endangered and in need of more [educational and public outreach] resources, I started researching right away.”

It was an eye-opening experience for the teen. “As it turns out, a lot of people don’t even know we have a state butterfly,” she said. “And a lot of the information that’s out there is incorrect.”

Declared a federal endangered species in 1992, New Hampshire state and federal Fish and Game biologists began working to re-establish colonies of the Karner Blue butterfly within the pine barren area of Concord. In 2000, the state program “Kids for Karners” was introduced to encourage schoolchildren to grow lupine plants to maintain healthy habitats for the colorful critters. The program was hugely successful, with over 2,000 lupine plants planted in the span of a decade. However, due to funding shortages, Kids for Karners was canceled.

Tillinghast said she’s spent an estimated 130 hours researching butterfly facts – like the insects feed exclusively on lupine leaves – for her book, but she didn’t stop there. Teaming up with the members of Wingate Grange 308 in Dover, the innovative Girl Scout hosted a community sewing bee. The event yielded dozens of bags, which she filled with copies of her book, along with “Karner Kits” containing games, crafts, and word search puzzles.

Since then, the kits and books have been distributed to area libraries and elementary schools. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is also incorporating Tillinghast’s program into its outreach efforts. Wanting to expand her reach not just to young readers in New Hampshire, but also to those around the world, Tillinghast donated books to organizations that work with children in India, the Philippines, Australia, and Africa.

While her Gold Award Project is now completed, she continues to share her book with schoolchildren around the region, regularly reading at local schools. “It’s important for the children to learn to love nature at a young age,” she explains.

Tillinghast credits Girl Scouts for giving her the confidence to follow her dreams. She’s a longtime program aide for the Girl Scouts Coastal Rompers program, which encourages younger girls to take care of the ocean and its natural resources. For her next adventure, she looks forward to visiting England this summer where she and the rest of Troop 12046 of Community 216 have earned their way to be bridged to adults at the WAGGGS World Centre, Pax Lodge.

“The thing about Girl Scouts is you have to stick with it,” she said. “As you get older, you learn more and more about leadership, about advocacy. It’s just made me better.”

After she graduates from high school later this spring, Tillinghast, a high honors student and community ambassador for the National Honor Society, plans to study occupational therapy at the University of New England. She said she’s considering a minor in environmental law and hopes to spend a semester studying in Morocco.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout may achieve. Earning the Gold Award requires many hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project. Successful projects not only engage others, but are sustainable enough to create lasting community impact.