Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families December 2017

December 2017

Get Ready for an “Altogether Awesome” Girl Scout Cookie Season

We’re gearing up for our Altogether Awesome 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program which starts January 1. Now is the perfect time to set up your Digital Cookie site. Setting up an account is easy – check your email for login details or click the button below to visit Digital Cookie and set up an account. Contact Customer Care with any questions.

Visit Digital Cookie

Hooray, It’s Time to Rally!

GSGWM 2018 Cookie Rally NH

We’re gearing up for our Altogether Awesome 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program which starts January 1. We can’t wait to see you at our fun-packed Cookie Rally in New Hampshire on January 13!

This year’s rally will be better than ever. You can:

      • explore interactive stations at your own pace and prepare for a great Cookie Sale;
      • older girls can attend special workshops designed just for them;
      • relax in the Digital Cookie lounge;
      • shop at our Mountain Top Shop for cookie merchandise and council apparel; and
      • girls will receive a free patch.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Girls can participate in special hockey opportunities like shooting a puck on the ice before attending a Manchester Monarchs hockey game with friends and family at 6 pm.

Buy Tickets

Unfortunately, despite promotion and outreach, we don’t have enough girls registered to run the Cookie Rally Vermont on January 6. We know you were looking forward to attending and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Help Us Unleash Her Potential

We are so close to reaching our goal of raising $100,000 for our Unleashing Her Potential campaign by December 29, 2017 so we can earn $50,000 from a New Hampshire Girl Scout family. We’re getting close to our goal, but still need to raise $7,000! With your help, we can continue providing innovative programming that allows our Girl Scouts to flex their leadership muscles. Follow us on Facebook for campaign updates, and to share our progress with friends and family.

Every pledge counts! Donate today.

Donate

Scarves for a Cause
One council employee, Patty Canuel, is taking the lead and supporting our Unleashing Her Potential campaign by selling homemade scarves. Scarves can be purchased for $10 in our Bedford office lobby or online, and 50% of the proceeds will go toward the campaign.

Learn More

What’s Your Cookie Story?

What did you do with money earned from last year’s Girl Scout Cookie Sale? We want to hear from you and have extended our deadline for submissions. Whether you planned a trip or gave back to the community with your troop, we want to spotlight our council’s cookie bosses. Send us your story by Friday, December 29 for a chance to be featured in upcoming media appearances, including TV and radio! Submissions should be sent to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org.

December Holiday Store and Office Hours

As we wind down for the year and prepare for an exciting 2018, we have several hour changes for our offices and Mountain Top shops in Bedford and Williston.

Williston
(please note that the store is closed daily from 1 pm to 1:30 pm)
• December 25 – 26: Store and office closed
• December 29: Store and office closed

Bedford
• December 25 – 26: Office will be closed
• December 25 – January 1: Store will be closed

Find Your Travel Adventure

Girl Scouts – we have an adventure-packed year ahead that you won’t want to miss! Learn about different cultures and meet new friends.

          • Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France: Spend 13 days exploring these four amazing countries as you learn their history and local customs.
          • Camp Iceland: Spend 6 days discovering the land of fire and ice – from camp adventures at the northernmost Scout Center in the world to lake activities and exploring Iceland.

Travel Information Session
To learn more about these upcoming trips, how you can use Cookie Dough toward travel costs, and more, check out our upcoming Travel Information webinar on January 11.

Register

Destinations Extended Deadline
Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure! There’s still time to apply for Girl Scout Destinations. Applications are due to GSGWM by February 15, 2018. From Tall Ship Sailing School to a deep-jungle trek in Costa Rica, you won’t want to miss out on the travel fun.

Learn More

Upcoming Activities

Winter Getaway – January 20, Holderness, NH
Take a boat cruise around the lake, then join a staff naturalist at the Squam Lake Natural Science Center for a guided walk on the live animal exhibit trail. Don’t miss a behind-the-scenes tours of the animal care room to learn how these native animals adapt for winter weather.
REGISTER

My Story – January 22 – April 6, Online
Tell your story – past, present, and future – while earning your It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journey and creating a storybook album of your story.
REGISTER

Disney On Ice: Dream Big – January 26, SNHU Arena, Manchester, NH
Get ready to be dazzled with heartwarming tales that bring Disney Characters to life such as Ariel, Elsa, Belle, and many more! Event includes special Girl Scout post-show, patch, and best available group seating.
REGISTER

Jump-In for a Day – January 27, Burlington, VT
Get your winter wiggles out and join us for a day of jumping rope! Learn different jumping techniques such as single rope, long rope, and double-Dutch.
REGISTER

Who Done It? – January 27, Amherst, NH
Be a Crime Scene Investigator to discover who has been swiping the snacks from PMEC. Help us solve the various “crimes” by learning real CSI techniques such as fingerprinting, code breaking, and more.
REGISTER

Sleeping Under the Stars! – February 17-18, Concord, NH
Don’t miss a stellar night packed with fun at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center! Explore exhibits, be wow’d by the night sky in the planetarium theater, and enjoy hands-on activities, while learning about astronomy, Earth, and space science.
REGISTER

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers December 2017

Hooray, It’s Time to Rally!

We’re gearing up for our Altogether Awesome 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program which starts January 1. To kick things off, we’re holding two fun-packed Cookie Rallies in Vermont and New Hampshire you won’t want to miss! We’re introducing an improved format this year where you can:

• explore interactive stations at your own pace and prepare for a great Cookie Sale;
• older girls can attend special workshops designed just for them;
• relax in the Digital Cookie lounge;
• shop at our Mountain Top Shop for cookie merchandise and council apparel;
• girls will receive a free patch.

The fun doesn’t stop there! Girls attending our Vermont rally can meet local turtle species and learn how to help turtles throughout the world, while girls attending our New Hampshire rally can participate in special hockey opportunities like shooting a puck on the ice before attending a Monarchs hockey game at 6 pm.
Buy Tickets

Attend Cookie Webinars
This year’s cookie sale will be Altogether Awesome! Remember to attend your community training to learn what’s new this year and receive your troop cookie materials. Have questions or want more training? Attend one of our upcoming Cookie Sale Webinars. These will also be recorded and available on our website.
Sign Up

Digital Cookie Emails
Volunteers should have received their Digital Cookie registration email on December 4. Parents will be receiving their emails on December 10 to register their Girl Scout. If you have any questions, please contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Help Us Unleash Her Potential

We are so close to reaching our goal of raising $100,000 for our Unleashing Her Potential campaign by December 29, 2017 so we can earn $50,000 from a New Hampshire Girl Scout family. We’ve come really far, but still have to raise $32,041! With your help, we can continue providing innovative programming that allows our Girl Scouts to flex their leadership muscles.

Together, we CAN make a difference. Donate today.
Donate

Scarves for a Cause
Council employee Patty Canuel is taking the lead and supporting our Unleashing Her Potential campaign by selling homemade scarves. Scarves can be purchased for $10 in our Bedford office lobby or online, and 50% of the proceeds will go toward the campaign.
Learn More

Important Money-Earning Updates

We recognize that troops and communities need opportunities to raise money to fund activities, special projects, or trips. We have two important updates on eligibility and fundraising timelines to share:
• Troop/Group money-earning activities may not be held during published dates of council-sponsored sales. These dates will vary each year. This year’s dates are:
– Fall Product Sale: September 15 – October 20, 2017
– Cookie Sale: January 1 – March 25, 2018
• The troop/group must participate in the council-sponsored cookie sale in order to be approved for other money-earning activities.
Detailed Money-Earning Guidelines and Forms may be found on our website.
Learn More

December Holiday Store and Office Hours

Schedules can be hectic this time of year, but no worries – we’re offering weekend hours this Saturday, December 9 at our Mountain Top Shop locations in Bedford and Williston so you can grab the latest Girl Scout gear.

Williston (please note that the store is closed daily from 1 pm to 1:30 pm)
• December 9: 10 am to 1 pm
• December 12: Store and Office Closed for All Staff Meeting
• December 20: 9 am to 2 pm
• December 25 – 26: Store and office closed
• December 29: Store and office closed

Bedford
• December 9: 10 am to 1 pm
• December 12: Store and Office Closed for All Staff Meeting
• December 25 – 26: Office will be closed
• December 25 – January 1: Store will be closed

What’s Your Cookie Story?

What did your troop do with money earned from last year’s Girl Scout Cookie Sale? We want to hear from you! Whether your troop planned a trip or gave back to the community, we want to spotlight our council’s cookie bosses. Send us your troop’s story by December 21 to enter to win a chance for your troop be featured in upcoming media appearances, including TV and radio! Submissions should be sent to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Volunteer of the Month

Everything we do counts in the life of a girl. Recognize a council volunteer who is taking the lead and creating opportunities for girls to develop skills and confidence that last a lifetime. Nominate someone today!
Nominate

Upcoming Activities

Travel Information Session – January 11, Virtual
Do you know a Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, or other adults who want to travel? Have them check out our free webinar to learn more about travel opportunities for individuals or troops – like our Camp Iceland trip or Galapagos Island trip.
REGISTER

Winter Getaway – January 20, Holderness, NH
Where do animals go in the winter? Find out by spending a day with a naturalist at the Squam Lake Natural Science Center. Take a guided walk through the live animal exhibit, enjoy a boat ride around the lake, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the animal care room.
REGISTER

Disney On Ice: Dream Big – January 26, SNHU Arena, Manchester, NH
Don’t miss Disney On Ice: Dream Big next month! Get ready to be dazzled with heartwarming tales that bring Disney Characters to life such as Ariel, Elsa, Belle, and many more! Event includes special Girl Scout post-show, patch, and best available group seating.
REGISTER

Winter Camp – February 2-4, Camp Farnsworth
Ready for some winter camp fun? Enjoy arts and crafts, games, and outdoor activities like snowshoeing, sledding, or ice fishing, weather permitting. Dress to be outside and learn about the science and ecology of animals in winter. Fun patch included.
REGISTER

Sleeping Under the Stars! – February 17-18, Concord, NH
Don’t miss a stellar night packed with fun at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Explore exhibits, be wow’d by the night sky in the planetarium theater, and enjoy hands-on activities, while learning about astronomy, Earth, and space science.
REGISTER

Sofia Fahsi Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

For one local Girl Scout, spreading the love of music is more than a passion, it’s her mission. Sofia Fahsi of Nashua, recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for creating and leading a music program for senior citizens in her community.

A Girl Scout since second grade, Fahsi has fully embraced the nonprofit’s motto of being a girl of courage, confidence, and character, who makes the world a better place. In addition to her Gold Award, she has also earned her Bronze and Silver Girl Scout Awards by helping her community.

Partnering with her local animal shelter in fifth grade, Fahsi collected food, blankets, and other items needed for the shelter’s animals. She also held a school assembly for her peers which highlighted ways to help shelter animals, ultimately earning her Bronze Girl Scout Award.

In eighth grade, she earned her Silver Award by working with three troop members to improve two local homeless shelters. The group raised money through donations and grants to purchase couches, blinds and curtains for each room, sheets and comforter sets for every bed, and new dressers. They didn’t stop there. They also educated community members on homelessness and how they could help as well.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award for girls in the world, requiring a minimum of 80 hours of work on a project that not only makes a difference now, but can also be sustained to make a significant impact for years to come. Only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award annually.

For Fahsi, earning her Girl Scout Gold Award came down to her passion for music and her dedication to make a difference.

“I love working with people and I love music,” she said. “I loved the idea of teaching a group of people to play an instrument that otherwise would never have the opportunity.”

After reading an article that cited how music can help senior citizens improve their memory, Fahsi began brainstorming ideas for her Gold Award project, ultimately deciding to teach ukulele to elderly community members. It turned out to not only be a learning experience for her students, but also for herself.

“I learned that I am capable of more than I think. I often doubted, and still do doubt myself, but what I figured out is that everything worked itself out in the end,” she said.

During her eighth week of teaching class, the group put on a small show for the Senior Center the week before Christmas. Sofia played and sang along with the seniors, then stopped halfway through, watching as her students continued without her help.

“I cannot explain how proud and happy it made me to see them be able to perform alone after only eight weeks.”

Fahsi graduated high school this past spring and is currently taking a gap year where she’s attending a German high school to learn the language. And though she might be abroad, senior citizens at her senior center can continue to learn music thanks to her efforts to make her Gold Award project sustainable.

Through the generosity of a grant from Girl Scouts as well as community members, Fahsi purchased 15 ukuleles, stands, tuners, and materials to make music books which she donated to the senior center. She also created and donated videos showing how to play various chords as well as a few songs.

Fahsi credits Girls Scouts with having a huge impact on her life. “It has helped me become a leader, independent, and helped me to help others,” she said. “Girl Scouts has been a part of my life for 11 years and I cannot imagine not being a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts has given me so many opportunities that I would’ve never had.”

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families October 2017

Save the Date for Girl Scout Camp 2018!

It seems like only yesterday that we were at camp: hiking, paddling in a canoe, and making new friends. Girl Scouts, now you can save the date for camp next summer so you can do it all again!

View Dates

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for our 2018 Camp Guide in January full of new programs as well as camper favorites.

Girl Scouts Are the Experts on Girl Leadership

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is aware of Boy Scouts of America’s decision recently announced to allow girls into their program. With more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field, Girl Scouts brings a wealth of knowledge to programs that meet the unique needs and specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best. That’s why we believe and will continue our girl-led, girl-centered programming which empowers the future leaders of tomorrow.
Read More

Gearing Up for an “Altogether Awesome” Girl Scout Cookie Season

Mark your calendars, the Girl Scout Cookie Program starts January 1, 2018!

After much discussion and input from our volunteers, our board of directors have voted and approved an increase to the price of Girl Scout Cookies from $4.00 to $5.00 per package. Specialty cookies like Girl Scouts S’mores and Toffee-tastics will stay at $5.00 per package. This increase aligns us with most of our neighboring councils and ensures our ability to continue providing girls in New Hampshire and Vermont with high quality, engaging, and unique programming.

Troop proceeds will also increase from an average of .64 cents per package last year up to .90 cents per package in 2018, enabling girls to support and give back to their communities and fund new adventures and life changing opportunities. From domestic and international trips to a week at Camp Farnsworth, our volunteers and girls know that Girl Scout Cookies help make it all possible!

Get Ready to Rally
Come to one or both of our Cookie Rallies this January! Each of our rallies in New Hampshire and Vermont offer special surprises, including a new and improved format for even more fun.

2018 Cookie Rally Vermont
January 6, 2-5 pm
The Champlain Valley Exposition
Essex Junction, VT

2018 Cookie Rally New Hampshire
January 13, 2:30-4:30 pm(game starts at 6 pm)
SNHU Arena
Manchester, NH

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Planning Meetings

Need help brainstorming for your Highest Award project? Have questions about the requirements or how to start? We offer individual or troop Skype or phone meetings on your schedule! Contact Customer Care to reserve your time today at 888-474-9686 or email customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Mountain Top Shop Weekend Hours

We know your girl loves that Girl Scout swag, so to make your holiday shopping easier, the Mountain Top Shops in Bedford and Williston will be offering the following weekend hours in November and December:

• Saturday, November 18, 10 am – 1 pm
• Saturday, December 9, 10 am – 1 pm

Please also note that the Williston shop will have a delayed opening on Monday, October 30, opening at 10 am instead of the usual 9 am.

And of course, as always, our online store is available any time. Check it out now!
Shop Online Now

Travel the World with Girl Scouts

Dust off your passports, Girl Scouts! We’re heading overseas for two amazing adventures and we’re inviting you along! Explore Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Paris next summer, or discover the land of ice and fire – Iceland, that is – on our Camp Iceland trip.

Want to learn more? Register for our upcoming webinar on travel opportunities on November 15.
Register

Choose Your Adventure with Series

Girl Scouts, you’ve voted, and our new astronomy series is now called Astro Girls. Want to join in on some out-of-this-world fun? Contact Customer Care. You can also join Media Mavens, our series that teaches you how to tell an engaging story through guest speakers. You can even cover one of GSGWM’s events!
Learn More

Upcoming Activities

Fit, Fun & Fabulous: Hula Hoop Your Heart Out – November 5, Burlington, VT
Have fun, get fit, and increase your fabulousness. Learn how hula hooping is good for your heart, mind, and body.
REGISTER

Sleeping Under the Stars – November 11-12, Concord, NH
Join us after hours to explore exhibits, peer through our telescope, and be wow’d by the night sky in our planetarium theater. Enjoy hands-on activities with your friends while learning about astronomy, Earth, and space science.
REGISTER

Aiken K-12 Maker Faire – December 2, Burlington, VT
K-12 students and families are invited to browse maker and engineering exhibits, participate in programs and workshops, and to cheer on students participating in the Aiken Engineering Challenge. The day includes opportunities to make, create, learn, and play while exploring engineering, music, science, technology, and more.
REGISTER

Gingerbread Workshop – December 2, Various locations
Design, build, and decorate your own Gingerbread house all while competing with girls across the council doing the same thing!
REGISTER

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers October 2017

October 2017

Thank you!

We’re excited to announce that Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains now serves over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. And we owe this largely to you – our volunteers – and your continued dedication to inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow. Your hard work creates a safe space for our girls to grow and learn in an environment that teaches them to empower themselves.
Read More

Girl Scouts Are the Experts on Girl Leadership

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is aware of Boy Scouts of America’s decision announced yesterday to allow girls into their program. With more than 100 years of experience and expertise in the field, Girl Scouts brings a wealth of knowledge to programs that meet the unique needs and specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best. That’s why we believe and will continue our girl-led, girl-centered programming which empowers the future leaders of tomorrow.
Read More

Gearing Up for an “Altogether Awesome” Girl Scout Cookie Season

Mark your calendars, the Girl Scout Cookie Program starts January 1, 2018!
After much discussion and input from our volunteers, our board of directors have voted and approved an increase to the price of Girl Scout Cookies from $4.00 to $5.00 per package. Specialty cookies like Girl Scouts S’mores and Toffee-tastics will stay at $5.00 per package. This increase aligns us with most of our neighboring councils and ensures our ability to continue providing girls in New Hampshire and Vermont with high quality, engaging, and unique programming.

Troop proceeds will also increase from an average of .64 cents per package last year up to .90 cents per package in 2018, enabling girls to support and give back to their communities and fund new adventures and life-changing opportunities. From domestic and international trips to a week at Camp Farnsworth, our volunteers and girls know that Girl Scout Cookies help make it all possible!

Updated Volunteer Policies and Procedures

Council Policies and Procedures for Volunteers have been updated and effective October 1, 2017. All policies remain the same, and some significant procedural changes include:
• The background check renewal process will occur every 3 years instead of 5 years.
• New York City is no longer considered an extended trip as long as it is 2 nights or less.
• Smoking and use of electronic cigarettes is not allowed on Girl Scout properties.
• Volunteers should contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org for all inquiries where they will be directed to the appropriate staff person when necessary.

Download the Policies and Procedures

Troop Banking

Stay tuned for information and training on the new Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Finance tab in early November. Troops will be able to enter income and expenses, indicate their troop’s status for the next year, attach items to their annual troop finance submission to council, and more. In the meantime, troops should continue to use the Annual Finance Report sheets available on our website to track their income and expenses.

TD Bank Accounts When opening a bank account at TD Bank, please note that it should be set up as a non-profit checking account. If your troop bank account is getting hit with bank fees, please contact the TD Branch where the account was opened and have them verify that the troop account is set up as a non-profit checking account. Still having trouble? Contact Customer Care.

Weekend and Extended Store Hours

Busy schedule and can’t make it to the Mountain Top Shop? No problem! Our Mountain Top Shop locations in Bedford and Williston will be holding weekend and extended store hours this month.
• Saturday, October 14: 10 am – 1 pm
• Tuesday, October 17: 5 – 7 pm

And don’t forget, our shop is also available online 24/7.
Shop Now

Upcoming Store Closures
Our Mountain Top Shop location in Williston will be closed Friday, October 13.

Help Unleash Her Potential

A Girl Scout family in New Hampshire recently pledged $50,000 in a matching challenge to council! What does that mean? With your help, GSGWM can continue providing vital programming to over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont – helping them flex their leadership muscles, discover the outdoors, and explore the world of STEM.

Matching Challenge Details
The family has pledged $50,000 toward GSGWM’s Unleashing Her Potential campaign, but only if we can raise $200,000 toward the campaign between September 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018! The first $100,000 of the $200,000 goal must be committed by December 29, 2017. When the first milestone is met, the family will make their first matching gift of $25,000.
Donate Now

Take the Lead with GSGWM programs

We are looking for volunteers to lead STEM and Leadership programs and guest speakers to participate in STEM programs around our council in New Hampshire and Vermont. The time commitment is flexible – most programs are only a few hours. Interested? Contact Customer Care for more information.

Upcoming Activities

Sleeping Under the Stars – November 11-12, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Join us after hours to explore exhibits, enjoy hands-on activities, and be wow’d by the night sky in our planetarium theater.
REGISTER

Paint Your World – November 19, Burlington, VT
Work with local artists to learn tips and techniques to create a canvas unique to you!
REGISTER

Halloween Party – October 26, Various locations
Show off your costume and celebrate Juliette’s birthday with wicked sweet treats and spooky fun at our free event.
REGISTER

Fall Back into Girl Scouting Lock-In – November 4-5, Somersworth, NH
Join Girl Scout Troop 20447 for a night of fun and camaraderie, including activities for troops of all age levels like swimming, dance party, friendship gorp buffet, and more.
REGISTER

Halloween Safety Event- Saturday, October 28 from 12 – 2 pm, Aiken 108 at UVM
International Girls Day – November 11 from 1 – 4 pm, Aiken 108 at UVM
Contact Lila Dolan at kdalphathetacommunityservice@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for these free programs.

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families September 2017

September 2017

Unleash the Hero Inside!

The 2017 Fall Product Sale has begun! We are encouraging every girl to Unleash the HERO Inside — empowering girls to find the “super” person within. New this year, we are happy to announce the Super Seller patch. Participate in BOTH the Fall Product Sale and the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, and reach $200 in sales during the Fall Product Sale, then sell 100 or more packages of Girl Scout cookies and you will earn this exclusive patch. Wow, you’re a Super Seller!

All girls registered for the 2018 year have been sent an email to get started building their own online portal to be able to take online orders. Your Community Product Sales Coordinator and our Customer Care team are available for any questions you may have. Click the button below to learn more!

Learn More

JOANN and Girl Scouts: Supporting Female Leadership Together

GSUSA recently 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 member, sign up today to receive JOANN’s new Girl Scouts Rewards and save 15% with each purchase.

Learn More

Visit our Facebook page for more details on Girl Scout Day at JOANN stores this Saturday, September 23.

Mountain Top Shop Extended Fall 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 in October:
• 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. Shop Online Now

Upcoming Store Closures
Mountain Top Shop locations in Bedford and Williston will be closed the week of September 25 for inventory.

Save the Date!

It feels like just yesterday we were singing camp songs, watching you hit a bullseye in archery, and hike with your new friends. Get ready – you’ll soon be able to save the date so you can do it all again next summer! We’ll be announcing dates for the 2018 camp season in October. There’s an adventure for every girl at camp, and we hope you can join us.

Help Unleash Her Potential

A Girl Scout family in New Hampshire recently pledged $50,000 in a matching challenge to council! What does that mean? With your help, GSGWM can continue providing vital programming to over 10,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont – helping them flex their leadership muscles, discover the outdoors, and explore the world of STEM.

Matching Challenge Details
The family has pledged $50,000 toward GSGWM’s Unleashing Her Potential campaign, but only if we can raise $200,000 toward the campaign between September 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018! The first $100,000 of the $200,000 goal must be committed by December 29, 2017. When the first milestone is met, the family will make their first matching gift of $25,000.

Contribute to the Challenge

Take the Lead with GSGWM

Girl Scouts take the lead early and often, and that’s why council is committed to providing leadership experiences for all girls, no matter their schedule. We have programs for both Program Aide and Volunteer in Training starting in October.

Learn More

Spooktacular Halloween Party!

Show off your costume and celebrate Juliette’s birthday with wicked sweet treats and spooky fun at our free event on October 26 at the GSGWM Bedford and Williston Offices and Camp Seawood. All registered Girl Scouts receive a free patch.

Register

Highest Award Deadline Reminder

Remember, 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.

Learn More

Holiday Hours

Please note that our offices and stores in Bedford and Williston will be closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, October 10.

Upcoming Activities

Travel Information Session – October 15, Virtual
Explore the canals of Venice, bike through the Black Forest of Germany, and visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris! Learn all about our 2018 council trip to Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and France, in addition to upcoming trips to Camp Iceland, the Galapagos Islands, and more.
REGISTER

Fall Fest – October 21, Camps Twin Hills and Kettleford
Visit camp with your family (costumes optional) for an afternoon of insanely silly activities. Try your luck at our freakishly fun carnival games and activities, howl along to camp songs, devour some scarily good treats, or take a spine-tingling walk on our haunted trail!
REGISTER

STEAM Design and Engineering – October 21, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Experience the fun of the design process as you create and test things that float, fly, and soar through the sky!
REGISTER

Great Pumpkin Adventure – October 22, Stonewall Farm
Meet the “Great Pumpkin” and learn about her life. Make apple cider, take a hayride, pollinate pumpkin flowers, and visit barnyard friends.
REGISTER

Fit, Fun & Fabulous – October 22, October 29, November 5, UVM, Burlington, VT
Have fun, get fit, and increase your fabulousness with some fun in the fall! Learn new jump rope skills, make bath fizzies, and more.
REGISTER

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.

Shop Online Now

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.

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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.
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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.

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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!
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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.
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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