Celebrating National Volunteer Week

We have so much to celebrate as Girl Scouts. Not only do we continue to take the lead, we also make the world a better place! This week – National Volunteer Week– is a chance for us to celebrate the dedicated individuals who work so tirelessly for Girl Scouts. Indeed, our dedicated adult volunteers continue to be the pulse of our movement!

Since 1912, Girl Scouts has empowered girls of all ages—guiding them toward the path of leadership and self-fulfillment. Today, the program serves nearly two million girls worldwide, and nearly 60 million American women are Girl Scout alumnae.

Recently, we caught up with some of the volunteers who help make the magic happen here at the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and asked them what it means to be a Girl Scout.

For longtime volunteer Patricia Decker, it was fond childhood memories of spending time with a Girl Scout leader she thought of as “the nicest woman in the world, second to my Mom,” that inspired her to give back. Today, Decker is in her seventh year as a troop leader, and she prides herself in creating memories that she hopes her Brownies and Juniors will carry with them well into adulthood.

Why Girl Scouts? “Well, that’s easy,” says Decker. “Girl Scouts teaches girls that they can do anything. We don’t believe in gender roles or gendered professions. And the Girl Scout Law is chock full of goodness. If only everyone would live by our Law!”

Not only does she meet inspiring girls through volunteering with the organization, Decker credits the Girl Scouts with providing her the opportunity of meeting amazing adult female friends as well. “I know that I can call these women and ask for help with just about anything, and they will be there for me,” she says. “While television and social media repeatedly portrays female friendships as being competitive, we don’t act like that in Girl Scouts. We help each other and genuinely want to see the other succeed. “

For Brandy Hardiman, Girl Scouts has been a lifelong passion – from joining as a girl in first grade, earning her Gold Award, and now as a troop leader.

As a high school student working toward her Gold Award, Hardiman taught a group of local first graders about the importance of recycling. As she watched those younger girls make new discoveries and delighted in their newfound knowledge, Brandy felt her heart burst with pride. Now a leader of two Girl Scout troops, that feeling hasn’t gone away. In fact, it’s proven quite contagious.

“The enthusiasm the girls have for Girl Scouts and the things we do makes my heart happy,” Hardiman says, noting that her troop members often recruit other friends because the enjoy Girl Scouting so much. “We have a strong, supportive network and have become another family.”

Nancy Dickinson’s relationship with Girl Scouts spans over three decades and includes experiences as a girl member, a camp counselor, and most recently, a leader and facilitator. For Dickinson, being a lifelong Girl Scout means “belonging to a movement which empowers girls and the adults who work with them to try new experiences they might never have thought they could do, encourage each other along the way, and learn to live by the Girl Scout Law.”

While attending college in northern Michigan, Dickinson had the time of her life working as a Girl Scout camp counselor, and made many cherished memories. “At the end of each camp session, each camper made a small boat from tree bark and natural decorations, added a small birthday-sized candle, and floated it down the river,” she recalls. “Every time I hear the song, ‘Barges,’ all those memories come flooding back.”

Many years later, as a troop leader, Dickinson accompanied a group of council girls on a trip to England where they attended Poacher—a weeklong camporee for Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, and Boy Scouts from around the world. “It was a very special experience where I made many lasting friendships.”

With a lifetime of Girl Scout memories under her belt, Dickinson said the lessons she’s learned have served her well in adulthood. “The people you meet, learn to work with, and learn from are very important,” she says. “Some of my very best friends I have met through Girl Scouting, and they are special to me because I know they have the same values I do, and we have been there for each other through good times and bad.”

We salute our dedicated volunteers and continue to learn from their collective wisdom. Has Girl Scouts made a difference in YOUR life? Tell us—we’d love to hear all about it!

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers April 2017

April 2017

We Thank You!

Without you, our amazing volunteers, it wouldn’t be possible for GSGWM to empower girls to make the world a better place. Thank you for your heartfelt dedication and incredible generosity. Your contribution is powerful. You not only inspire us, you are a hero to all the girls you work with, and for that, we are endlessly thankful.

Want to spread the love to a fellow volunteer? Send an ecard by clicking here!

In the News

GSGWM received a $5,000 grant from Citizens Bank last week, allowing us to continue our renowned financial literacy program to at-risk and underserved girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. The award was one of two grants received by New Hampshire nonprofits through Citizens Bank’s internationally-recognized Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program.

Early Registration is Underway

Register your troop before 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 receive a FREE Power of G.I.R.L. patch. Let’s celebrate! We’ll be holding special events throughout May and June for girls who registered for the 2017-2018 year. Watch our website for details.

How to Register
As a troop leader, you can register your returning girls and adults by logging into your MYGS tab at girlscoutsgwm.org, choosing the Member Profile tab, and following the prompts. Have questions or need assistance, please contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888-474-9686.
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Take Action for Healthy Living

Take Action for Healthy Living with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

Leaders, it’s time for your girls to vote. Check out our girl-designed CTAP patches on our Facebook page, and help us pick a winner! Then, lead others to Take Action for Healthy Living with the 2017 Council Take Action Project. This is the perfect time for your girls to lead and inspire others!
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Make Your Voice Count

We want to hear from YOU! The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) is conducting a national “Girl Scout Voices Count” survey of girls, parents, and troop volunteers to help GSUSA and local councils understand how to make Girl Scouts the best it can be. Complete the survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card from GSRI! Emails will be sent from GSUSA during the month of April, so keep an eye out.
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Introduce Your Girls to the Great Outdoors

Looking for more ways to get girls outside? Our Volunteer Tool Kit gives you the planning tools to make that happen! Check out videos, an outdoor progression chart, and more.
View Outdoor Resources

Planning an Extended Trip?

Now is a great time to start planning extended troop trips for the upcoming membership year! Please consider the necessary timelines and forms as you work through the planning process. Check them out:

Domestic Timeline
International Timeline

It’s S’more Fun Together!

Save the date! Farnsworth Weekend will be September 8-10, 2018.

Free Volunteer Webinar Series

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

Getting the most out of the Volunteer Toolkit
Learn how to get the most out of VTK and what is new from GSUSA.
Register

Daisy Doings
Join us for a webinar that will go over how to lead a Daisy troop using the Girl Scout resources and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Register

Blossoming into Brownies
Learn what to expect from a typical Brownie Girl Scout, how to help them plan their journey, and what you can do as a leader to help them with Girl Scout progression.
Register

Jumping into Juniors
Learn how to keep Girl Scouts Girl-Led, what to expect from girls in grades 4 and 5, and how to make Girl Scouts a program girls want to keep participating in.
Register

Advising Older Girls
Join us to learn how you support Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to become the leaders so you can step back and be the advisor they need.
Register

Managing a Multi-Age Troop
Learn how to manage the challenges and get the support you need to enjoy the rewards of leading a mixed-age level troop.
Register

Upcoming Activities

Travel Information Session – April 20, Online
Join us for this online session about upcoming travel opportunities for girls in Grade 6 and older, including G.I.R.L. 2017 in October, and our Summer 2018 Germany, Switzerland, and Italy trip.
REGISTER

Flowers for Mom – May 7, Camp Seawood
Come learn about gardening and make special gifts to take home and surprise mom on her special day. Patch included.
REGISTER

Land of Fairy Magic – May 13, Camp Kettleford
Explore a world full of magic, mystery, and new friends. Build a fairy house, listen to fairy stories, and create magical crafts. Patch included.
REGISTER

Older Girl Conference – May 19-21, Camp Farnsworth
Try out paddling or climbing, learn tips for balancing a budget, enjoy a campfire, begin planning your Silver or Gold Award, and so much more!
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 have time to dance, play games, meet new friends, and have lots of fun!
REGISTER

And, we are hiring! Are you over the age of 18 and looking for a fun summer job? Contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888-474-8686 to apply.

G.I.R.L 2017 – October 5-8, Bedford, NH
GSGWM is offering individual girls and troops (Caddettes through Ambassadors) the opportunity to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 with a bus trip to Columbus, Ohio.
REGISTER

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers March 2017

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March 2017

Girl Scout Week

Celebrate Girl Scout Week with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains on March 12-18, 2017!Girl Scout Week is March 12-18: the perfect time to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 105th birthday! For tips on observing Girl Scout Week and preparing your girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders, click the button below:

Girl Scout Week Tips

ToGetHerThere Luncheons

Invest in girls. Change the world. TOGETHERTHERE luncheon and essay contest for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Our ToGetHerThere luncheons highlight our efforts to transform the leadership landscape for girls and raise critical funds needed to help girls reach their full potential. We also celebrate the many achievements of Girl Scouts who are making a difference in their communities and poised to become the leaders of tomorrow. This year we are holding two ToGetHerThere luncheons:

Upper Valley ToGetHerThere Luncheon
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
11:30 am to 1 pm
Fireside Inn
West Lebanon, NH

Fifth Annual Concord ToGetHerThere Luncheon
Thursday, May 11, 2017
11 am to 1 pm
Grappone Conference Center
Concord, NH

If you or your employer is interested in purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor, click the button below to learn how!

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Essay Contest

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

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Camp Like You Mean It

Camp Like You Mean It with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. With chilly temps here, summer may seem far away, but it’s never too early to Camp Like You Mean It! Request your “Camp Like You Mean It” Activity Kit from the council office, and your girls will be well on their way to enjoying their summer. Girls completing their Camp Guide Explorer, Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities will earn a patch!
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Council Take Action Project: Take Action for Healthy Living!

Take Action for Healthy Living with Girl Scouts of the Green and White MountainsThis year’s Council Take Action Project will involve girls, troops, and communities in developing healthy living-themed Take Action Projects during the months of April, May, and June. Projects will focus on meeting the Take Action criteria of solving the root cause of a problem, planning for sustainability, educating others, and advocating for change.

Can your girls help us design a patch that best represents this exciting mission? Designs due by March 31.

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Program Aide Training

Know any Girl Scout Cadettes through Ambassadors looking to deepen their leadership skills? Program Aides are great role models for younger Girl Scouts! Register your girls for this exciting training session at Camp Twin Hills on April 8. Deadline for registration is March 26.
Register Online

Cookie Troop 100

We're celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Join us for Cookie Troop 100. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. Your troop can join the nationwide celebration by participating in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Troop 100! Troops can participate through April 30.

One lucky troop from EVERY council across the nation will win $100 each to put toward their awesome cookie Take Action or service projects. One VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to super power their project!
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Early Registration Begins Soon!
Register today and believe in the power of G.I.R.L. with the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Registration for the 2017-2018 membership year begins April 1. Register before June 30 and receive a free patch! As a troop leader, you can register all your returning girls and adults by logging into your MYGS tab at girlscoutsgwm.org, choosing the Member Profile tab, and following the prompts. This also allows the girls to use funds they have earned as a troop to be used to pay for their membership! Remember, our annual national membership dues will increase to $25 for girls and adults, which is separate from our $15 council service fee. Girls may use their Cookie Dough to pay for or offset membership fees.

Party Time – Excellent!
Keep an eye out for more details coming soon about special events in May and/or June for girls who have registered early for the 2017-2018 year. There will be dancing, crafts, games, and more!

Register between April 1 and June 30 to receive this Power of G.I.R.L. free patch!

Register and receive this special Power of the G.I.R.L. patch from Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

Background Check

Is your background check set to expire on March 31, 2017? If yes, you will be prompted to renew your background check when you renew your membership. Once the membership fee is paid, you will be sent an e-mail from our trusted vendor, Asurint. This e-mail will contain a link to complete an online portion for the background check. If you have lived or worked in New Hampshire anytime within the past 7 years or if you currently live or work in New Hampshire, you will also need to complete a paper form required by the state. You will be sent this form via e-mail once you complete the online Asurint link. Print and complete the form, have it notarized, and send it to the Girl Scout Bedford office for processing. Not sure if your background check expires this year or have other questions? Please contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Mountain Top Shop and Office Hours on March 14

Please note that the Williston and Bedford Mountain Top Shops will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, for our all-staff meeting. The stores will re-open on Wednesday, March 15.

The Williston office will be closed all day Tuesday, March 14, and the Bedford office will be closed from 10 am – 2 pm and open from 2 – 5 pm.

Free Volunteer Webinar Series

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

Getting the most out of the Volunteer Toolkit
Learn how to get the most out of VTK and what is new from GSUSA.
Register

Daisy Doings
Join us for a webinar that will go over how to lead a Daisy troop using the Girl Scout resources and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Register

Blossoming into Brownies
Learn what to expect from a typical Brownie Girl Scout, how to help them plan their journey, and what you can do as a leader to help them with Girl Scout progression.
Register

Jumping into Juniors
Learn how to keep Girl Scouts Girl-Led, what to expect from girls in grades 4 and 5, and how to make Girl Scouts a program girls want to keep participating in.
Register

Advising Older Girls
Join us to learn how you support Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to become the leaders so you can step back and be the advisor they need.
Register

Managing a Multi-Age Troop
Learn how to manage the challenges and get the support you need to enjoy the rewards of leading a mixed-age level troop.
Register

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Upcoming Activities

G.I.R.L 2017
Planning to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 this fall? Troops and Individual girls are invited to get on the bus and travel with us to Columbus, Ohio.
REGISTER

Hello, London
Are your girls looking for an exciting travel opportunity this summer? Our Hello London tour still has some spots left! Those who reserve a spot by April 2 will receive a $200 discount off the price of their trip.
REGISTER

Let’s be Friends
Join us for an afternoon with Kappa Delta at UNH for a Badge Blast to earn the Brownie Making Friends or Junior Social Butterfly badge. For Brownies – Juniors at University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. March 25, noon – 3 pm. Free admission. Email cgreen@girlscoutsgwm.org to register by 3/17.
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