The Outlook – Monthly Update for Girl Scout Volunteers

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October 2016

New Program Guide!

Our new Program Guide includes tons of fun and exciting programs for Girl Scouts of all grade levels. Be sure to share it with your girls when planning your year! If you haven’t received one in your mailbox, give Customer Care a call at 888.474.9686.

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Fall Product Reminders

Fall Product Booth Order Forms—Planning a Fall Product booth sale? Fall Product Booth Order Forms are due to council by this Friday, October 14. Booth Sale product will be delivered to our Bedford/Williston offices and Camp Farnworth on November 4–in time for troops to sell on November 8 at Presidential election sites!
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Keep on Selling—Our Fall Product Sale continues through Friday, October 21.

Join us For Halloween Fun!

halloweenGirl Scouts and their families are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and join us for Halloween fun on Thursday, October 27 from 4 to 6 pm at our Bedford and Williston offices, and Camp Seawood from 4 to 7 pm. All Girl Scouts will receive a fun patch. Our retail stores will remain open during this time; don’t forget to bring your Cookie Dough! Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or other non-perishable items for local food pantries. Registration is required. Email marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org with name and location to register.

Mark Your Calendar

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

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

Exciting Travel Opportunities

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

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Hello London—Summer 2017
Delve deep into the history and culture of London. The capital city was once the center of an empire, and today Britain’s age-old traditions come at you from many angles—from the stage of a West End theater, to a plate of fish and chips, to the ringing chimes of Big Ben. Applications will be accepted until the program is full.

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Gemany, Italy, Switzerland, and France—Summer 2018
Encircling the Alps, each of these cities, towns, and villages inspires the imagination in its own unique way. The one-of-a–kind canals of Venice create a magical mood. The Black Forest of Germany evokes a world of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Bavarian Munich proudly displays its folkloric tradition, while the dramatic scenery of Adelboden’s mountain sets an awe-inspiring tone. Visit Paris and see the Place de la Concorde, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, and more.

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Hawaii—Summer 2017
For girls in grades 8 through 12. Would you like to visit Oahu, home of Pearl Harbor, and try your hand at surfing? Hike Diamond Head, snorkel at Hanauma Bay, participate in a luau, and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture. Applications will be accepted until the program is full.

Hawaii Girl Application
Hawaii Reference Form

Girls Rock the Capitol Legislative Internship Program

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High School girls are invited to spend the 2016/2017 school year gaining an inside look at what state government is all about, working side-by-side with women legislators on issues that will influence their state’s future.

Applications and references for this exciting program are due October 31.
New Hampshire GRTC Program Details and Application
Vermont GRTC Program Details and Application


 

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Winooski Girl Scout Troop Will Always Have Paris!

parisSince they were Brownie Girl Scouts in elementary school, Troop 30444 has enjoyed traveling together. They planned their first trip—to Lake Placid, New York—in fourth grade. Earlier this summer, the six girls, now entering their senior year in high school, experienced their most memorable trip—a sight-seeing tour of Paris.

According to volunteer troop leader Betsey Dempsey, the trip included a Sunday service at Notre Dame Cathedral, a boat tour of the Seine River, and a visit to the Eiffel Tower. During their stay, the girls shared the entire floor of a French villa. “They really enjoyed their down time together,” said Dempsey. The final day in Paris included an elegant lunch in Versailles. “Everyone was excited to dress up. It felt really special,” she added.

Dempsey said the girls proved themselves to be seasoned travelers. “They loved the autonomy, where they could decide what they wanted to do each day,” she said, noting that on many instances, the girls enjoyed having their own table at a restaurant, while chaperones dined nearby.

The girls funded their trip with proceeds from their annual Girl Scout cookie sale and biannual “Princess Night” event, where they dress up as their favorite Disney princesses and plan activities for the younger girls in their community.

These globe-trotting Ambassador Girl Scouts have forged many memories over the years, staying in hostels in New York City; Ottawa and Montreal, Canada; Boston; and Newport, RI. Dempsey says the girls have always centered their Girl Scout experience around traveling in their community, their country, and most recently, their world. “These girls have been together a long time and they’ve always focused on travel…they love to go places.” Over the years, Dempsey has filled several photo albums with memories from each trip.

For the girls, the preparation process was almost as exciting as the trip itself. “We saved for years for this big trip,” one troop member said, noting that when the time came to decide on their travel agenda, the girls had plenty of suggestions. Ultimately, however, all of them agreed Paris was a place they were passionate about visiting.

“Paris was even bigger than a dream come true,” another troop member added. “The architecture, culture, cafes, and especially the people were a big part of its charm.”

With their Paris adventure behind them, Troop 30444 has turned their attention toward completing their individual Girl Scout Gold Awards. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, and is aimed at making lasting change in girls’ communities.

Travel opportunities such as extended troop trips are an exciting option for older Girl Scouts, provided they submit paperwork to the council in advance (4-6 mounts prior to a domestic trip and 1 year prior to an international trip). For more information contact our Customer Care team at 888.474.9686.

Destination Girls Say “Adieu” To Paris As Their Journey Comes To An End

The Girl Scout Destinations program brings girls from across the country together to experience a travel opportunity rich with culture, sight-seeing, and new friendships.

good bye parisAfter a memorable visit in Paris, our travelers left Paris to return to Dublin where their adventure began. Here they said farewell to Europe and began the long trek back to Boston.

After some goodbyes and farewells,good bye hugs the GSGWM girls headed home while the Destination girls from other parts of the country headed to their hotel for one last night in Boston and then flights home Sunday morning.

What a marvelous journey this has been! Thanks for sharing this awesome adventure with us over the last 12 days! flight landing

For more information about future Destinations trips and other travel experiences, visit girlscoutsgwm.org and click About/Ways To Participate/Travel. Join us for our next amazing journey!

Destinations Girls Tour de la Ville de Paris

The Girl Scout Destinations program brings girls from across the country together to experience a travel opportunity rich with culture, sight-seeing, and new friendships.

LouvreOur travelers enjoyed a full day in Paris today. They had the opportunity to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triumph.  They also went on an evening cruise on the River Seine! C’est fantastique!

 

 

Destinations Girls Explore London

The Girl Scout Destinations program brings girls from across the country together to experience a travel opportunity rich with culture, sight-seeing, and new friendships. Our Destinations group has had their first full day in London, filled with exciting discoveries.

Pax Lodge pinning 2The girls had an amazing opportunity to participate in a pinning ceremony at Pax Lodge, one of four World Centers for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.  They also played games and learned about Girl Guiding. From there they were off to see the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and a tour of the city including Big Ben and the London Eye.  Part of the group also took in the theater to see Wicked.

We’ve another journal entry from one of our travelers from July 17th:

JOURNAL ENTRY BY GIRL SCOUT EMILY

Today we woke up extra early to eat a quick breakfast and hop onto the bus to catch a ferry, which happened to look more like a cruise to Wales. Many of the girls slept on the ferry, some enjoyed the amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, and some even did both. Once we arrived to our destination, we got onto our coach and stopped at the town with the longest name to get our passport stamped. We enjoyed a nice but long beautiful bus ride through the county side of Wales featuring lots of mountains and rock structures and more sleep! Finally we reached the heart of Wales with this gorgeous beach that had sailboats that just so happened to be aligned in the perfect spots. Wales had a lovely strip of different shops and different colored buildings. There was this castle too and when you reached the top (there were multiple tops) the view was so pretty and it was a prefect picture moment. After we took another very long trip to our hotel, unloaded our bags, ate some dinner (lasagna & chocolate cake), and then we were able to hang another with all of our new friends and enjoy a peaceful night to prepare for the next early wake up!

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Destinations Excitement Continues!

13775624_947320626448_636327132296073754_nThe girls participating in this summer’s Destinations trip to Dublin, London, and Paris are having a fabulous and exciting experience. We are hearing from the advisors that the girls are thoroughly enjoying their experience. Because we hear from them in between their various stops, we get their communiques at various times. Here’s one journal entry we received this morning.

Today is their first full day in London. More about London in our next blog.

JOURNAL ENTRY FROM GIRL SCOUT SYDNEY –

Today was our second completed day in Dublin and it was just as fun as the first. To start off the day, we woke up bright and early and made our way down to breakfast. At breakfast we got to experience black and white pudding which actually turned out to be delicious sausage! We then made our way to the coach and got comfortable for a three hour tour. During this informational tour, we visited Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and looked at some Georgian architecture. Then we had 6 hours to roam around and finished waking around Dublin for the trip. I went back to the Georgian architecture and took some more beautiful photos, then found a nice park to lounge in and relax. We then ventured over to the Spire to meet for dinner. After our Irish dinner, we went back to the hotel where we traded swaps and got to know each other more. It was all around another amazing day! Tomorrow we take the ferry to Wales!

The travelers  do stop briefly to send us pictures. Some will be featured in the blog, but will also be added to our Gallery.

Dublin Is Only the Beginning!

The girls participating in the Destinations trip to Dublin, London, and Paris are having a marvelous time. We heard first hand from one excited traveler:

FIRST DAY IN DUBLIN FROM GIRL SCOUT SAMANTHA:

streets of dublinAfter sleeping and watching movies on Aer Lingus for 7 hours we began our Dublin adventure!  Once we landed in Dublin we went to go get our passports stamped, which was super exciting for me because this is the first time that I have ever flown internationally.

Ketchup comes out of this tomato!
Ketchup comes out of this tomato!

Then we met Cat, our EF Tour guide at the airport and we all loaded up into the coach bus to begin our tour at Trinity College. There we were able to visit the oldest college in Ireland and see the Book of Kells.  Later we were able to have some free time in Dublin to have lunch and explore the area.

My first day in Dublin was such fun and I can’t wait to see where the rest of our adventures in Dublin take us tomorrow!

 

After Dublin, the group will head to North Wales. Snowdonia and a Welsh castle awaits!

 

Destinations Girls Discover Dublin!

Our Destinations girls enjoyed a last day in Boston before winging their way to Europe. We’ve been planning for so many months and now their excursion is finally here.

DAY TWO BY GIRL SCOUT EVE:

group quincy marketThis morning we got to sleep in until around seven, but had to be out of the rooms with our luggage by 8:45. Then we started the the drive to Boston and the Holocaust Memorial Museum. After that we had a brief discussion about the holocaust and its importance as well as how it made us feel, we made our way to Quincy Market and had a little shopping time. Next we walked on the freedom trail to Paul Revere’s house and the old North Church. After a couple hours of spending time in northern Boston we had a fun time at the Science Museum with a planetarium and an Imax theater. We ended the day by meeting up with the GSGWM girls and taking an overnight flight to Dublin!

KellsThe group arrived really early in Dublin from their overnight flight, met their tour director Catriona, and were off on a tour of this intriguing city.  Along the way they went to Trinity College and see The Book of Kells.  They tried some new food and discovered, of all things, a Pringles dispenser!!!!  Pringles DispenserLast night part of the group chose to try out Irish River Dancing, while part of the group headed back to the hotel to get settled and rest from their travels!  Of course along the way there was some shopping.

Irish River Dancing

 

Destinations Girls Off To Dublin, London, and Paris!

Fenway park group shotOver the next two weeks we have 28 girls and adults gathering in Boston, then traveling on to Dublin, London and Paris on a GSUSA Destination trip hosted by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

Thirteen girls from around the country arrived on Tuesday and were joined by the GSGWM girls participating.  Destinations trips are open to all girls of the appropriate age from any Girl Scout council. The application process opens in August/September and girls are accepted in mid-December.

currency and passportBefore their departure to Europe, the group visited Fenway Park, the Boston Tea Party, spent time getting to know each other at the EF Tours headquarters, been on a Duck Tour, and visited the Boston Museum of Science.

Follow along on their amazing adventure here, in their own words, and be sure to check out all the other upcoming GSGWM travel opportunities for the next two years on our website!

DAY ONE, BY GIRL SCOUT BEKA
Today was our first complete day in Boston.
To start off, we went to the Boston Museum of Science and waited for the Duck Boat tours to open up. I happened to fall asleep right on the lawn while we were waiting so now I can officially say that I have slept on the streets of Boston!
After our fun little tour with our Argonaut river guide, we went to the New England Aquarium and saw some fish…shocker there! Actually there were penguins and seals as well, which was interesting, not to mention the 85-90 year-old sea turtle. (I swear the grumpy ones never die…seems to travel between species!)
Eating lunch was our next task, which was carried out very faithfully by all members of the party (mine happened to be fish and chips), and then we proceeded to shop.  We made our way to the EF Tour headquarters and got to know each other because it is always good to know who you are going to sleep next to. Then we went to dinner at a nice Asian restaurant called Wagamama, I believe. (I know it had something “mama” in it at least)
Then we went and looked around Harvard University or “Havahad” as the locals call it, and made our way back to the hotel where we are now discussing all of the world problems and not realizing that tomorrow we will wish we had slept. Thanks for a great day ladies! It’s been a blast!