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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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

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.

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!
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

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.
REGISTER

 

 

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!

Register Today

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.

Download Program Guide

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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Download Form

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.
REGISTER

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families April 2017

April 2017

A Sweet Ending to Cookie Season

Congratulations on another successful Girl Scout Cookie Season. Our council sold over 1.4 million packages of cookies! The council’s Virtual Gift of Caring was 17,060 packages of cookies, in addition to the many more cases contributed by individual troops through Troop Gift of Caring. Way to take the lead, Girl Scouts! Cookie Dough will be issued in mid-May, and final rewards should be distributed by your troop leaders within the next few weeks.

Let’s Party – It’s Time to Register for Another Girl Scout Year

Come and party with us! Register for the 2017-2018 year before June 30, and you’ll be a guest at one of our 35 FREE Early Registration Parties this spring and summer. 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! Please check out our website for times and locations. Girls will receive a FREE Power of G.I.R.L. patch, as well.

How to Renew Your Membership: It’s easy! Just log into your “MYGS” tab at girlscoutsgwm.org, select the “Member Profile” tab, and follow the prompts. Have questions or need assistance? Call Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888-474-9686. Already renewed? Register for a party below!

Register for a Party

Countdown to Camp

There’s no doubt about it, camp is a blast—but did you know it’s good for you, too? Girl Scout camp allows girls to:
Gain resiliency
Unplug from technology
Learn social skills
Reconnect with nature
Spend their days being physically active

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Not sure which program to choose? Check out our 2017 Camp Guide and register today!

CAMP STARTS HERE

Can’t wait for summer? Join us at Camp Farnsworth Helping Hands on April 29 from 9 am to 4 pm. Experience a fun-filled day outdoors as you help us prepare camp for the upcoming season. There is no registration fee, but registration is required. A light breakfast, lunch, and snack will be provided, with the opportunity to stay overnight on Saturday. Any troop that brings five or more adults will receive a voucher for $50 toward the rental of a GSGWM property. Call 888-474-8686 to register.

Make Your Voice Count

At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

During the month of April, Girl Scouts of the USA is conducting a national survey of girls, parents, and troop volunteers called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs. Complete the survey for a chance to win a $50 gift card from the Girl Scout Research Institute! The survey closes April 30, so keep an eye out for emails coming from GSUSA and be sure to check your spam folders (or promotions tab if you have Gmail).

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And the Contest Winners are…

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Design Your Own Program contest. We are excited to announce our winning program: Paws with a Cause! Discover the many ways animals help people! Meet service animals and learn about the work they do, see a demonstration of how dogs help police departments and rescue organizations, then get hands-on as we help animals in our communities.

Excited for more GSGWM fun? Program guides for 2017-2018 will be arriving in mailboxes by mid-May.

Take Action for Healthy Living
On another exciting note, we have a winning patch for our Council Take Action Project! Congratulations to Isabella for coming up with the winning design.

Have you decided on a project to work on so you can earn one of these cool, girl-designed patches? Learn how here.

Upcoming Activities

Flowers for Mom – May 6, Camp Kettleford
Come learn about gardening and make special gifts that you will be able to take home and surprise Mom on her special day. Registration has been extended for this fun event! Patch included.
REGISTER

Land of Fairy Magic – May 13, Camp Kettleford
Build a fairy house, listen to fairy stories, and create magical crafts. Patch included.
REGISTER

Robotics Information Session – May 17
Robotics teams for the 2017-2018 FIRST Season are forming now! Adults, these information sessions are for you to learn more about the program: we will go over the basics of forming a team, finding adults for teams, and subject matter experts.
REGISTER

Older Girl Conference – May 19-21, Camp Farnsworth
Join us for this fun leadership weekend where there will be tons of workshops, allowing you to choose your own adventure! Come for the whole weekend or just one day, with your troop or on your own. We will provide your meals and Friday and Saturday night entertainment.
REGISTER

Laura Wilder Weekend – June 2-4, Camp Kettleford
This weekend will include new pioneer activities as well as some old favorites! Girls will have the opportunity to create a pieced quilt square, embroider or cross-stitch a handkerchief, and learn more complex cooking techniques. Troops will camp in Adirondack shelters, bring their own food, and make their own meals.
REGISTER

Program Aide Training – June 17, Camp Kettleford
Program Aide is your opportunity to share your interests and excitement with younger Girl Scouts. This training is a prerequisite to becoming a program aide at summer camp or Laura Wilder Weekend, and to becoming a Jump-In coach.
REGISTER

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families March 2017

March 2017 Edition

Countdown to Camp

With less than 100 days until camp, we’re looking forward to another unforgettable summer! Our Girl Scout camps offer something for every girl, from amazing outdoor adventures to fun science experiments. Best of all, it’s girl-led – meaning girls of every age are involved in planning and organizing camp activities. Girls can try new things, explore nature, make new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

REGISTER TODAY

Not sure which program to choose? Check out our 2017 Camp Guide.

Download the Camp Guide

Can’t wait for summer? Get a head start on your camp adventure with our Camp Like You Mean It patch program!

Learn More

In Your Own Words

Enter our ToGetHerThere essay contest and tell us how being a Girl Scout helped you make a difference and discover new things.

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors – NOW is your chance to shine! Fire up those laptops, and tell us how Girl Scouting has impacted your life in 500 words or more. All essayists will receive a free patch. Winning essayists will receive a GSGWM gift card and will be featured guests at our ToGetHerThere Luncheon this spring!

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A Sweet Cookie Season

With just 10 days until our Cookie Program wraps up on April 2, there’s still time for girls to reach their goals. Girls who sold 100 or more Girl Scout Cookie packages will be eligible for Cookie Dough! Cookie Dough cards will be mailed in May, and may be used toward girl membership registration, camp, and in our retail stores, among other things. To learn more about earning and using Cookie Dough, click the button below!

More Details

Early Registration Rocks!

Registration for the 2017 – 2018 membership year begins April 1. Register before June 30 and you’ll get a free Power of G.I.R.L. patch!

Yet another reason to register early – get your party shoes ready! Throughout May and June, we’ll be holding special events for girls who are registered for the 2017-2018 year. There will be dancing, crafts, games, and more! Watch our website for details.

Art for Action

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

Calling all aspiring artists – we need YOU to design our patch for our Council Take Action for Healthy Living project!

As our girls, troops, and communities delve into projects aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles, we’re looking for the perfect patch to embody the mission.

Enter your patch designs today. Deadline is March 31. Everyone who enters will have the chance to win an awesome volleyball!

Learn More

Design Your Own Program!

Great news – we’ve extended our voting deadline for our Design Your Own Program contest! You’ve voted for theme, activities, and length of program, now help decide the final details. Will you learn about creatures of the dark or help animals in your community? You decide! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to vote – you just may win free registration to the program!

Vote Here

Upcoming Activities

Travel Information Session – April 4 from 6 to 7 pm
For Cadettes – Ambassadors. Learn about upcoming Girl Scout travel opportunities- without leaving your living room! This exciting session will also include information on G.I.R.L. 2017, plus a sneak peek at our Summer 2019 trip! Register by April 3.
REGISTER

Program Aide – April 8 from 10 am to 3 pm
For Cadettes – Ambassadors. Learn how to be a Program Aide and be a role model for younger Girl Scouts, deepen your understanding of leadership, and get excited about guiding your younger peers and enabling them to be leaders! Please note that the location has changed to Camp Farnsworth in Thetford, VT. Register by March 26.
REGISTER

Campus Tours:
University of New Hampshire, April 8 from 12 to 3 pm
University of Vermont, April 22 from 11 am to 1 pm

For Cadettes – Ambassadors. Join the Sisters of Kappa Delta for a college tour and learn about university life! Ask the sisters questions, learn about majors, and how to prepare for success during this fun, free event. Register by April 5 for UNH and April 18 for UVM.
REGISTER

Tech Adventure with Comcast Cares – April 19 from 4 to 8 pm
Juniors and older girls can join us at the Hudson Recreation Center in Hudson, NH. Create a computer using a Raspberry Pi kit and then use it to do cool things like make burping jelly beans. This event is free with support from Comcast Cares. Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 12360. Register by April 17.
REGISTER

Vermont Aviation – April 28 from 10 am to 2 pm
Juniors – Ambassadors can visit the Vermont airport of their choice, and learn how planes fly and airports operate. Participating airports include Barre/Montpelier, Bennington, Highgate, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Morrisville, Newport, Post Mills, Rutland, and Warren. Register by April 16.
REGISTER

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families February 2017

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February 2017

It’s Cookie Time!

It's Girl Scout Cookie Season. Find your cookies at www.girlscoutsgwm.org.

Booth sales begin this weekend, February 24-26, during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Don’t forget to enter the Cookie Troop 100 Challenge: Upload photos of your blinged-out cookie booths and you can earn a special patch and be eligible to win a cash prize for your troop’s Take Action or service project!
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In the News

Girls Scouts of the Green and White Mountains were featured on WMUR's Cook's Corner.

It’s a big week for GSGWM! We’re proud to be featured in this week’s Cook’s Corner segment on New Hampshire’s WMUR. Watch the Cook’s Corner segment online, and tune in on Friday morning (February 24) at 8:10 on Channel 22 in Vermont to catch a live interview with Girl Scouts about National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.
Watch Online

Camp Registration is Open

Girl Scout Camp registration is open for Vermont and New Hampshire. Don't miss out!

Camp life is the best life! Registration is now open for our summer camps. We’re unveiling multiple camp improvements at Camp Farnsworth in Vermont this summer, including a beautifully renovated dining hall and new bunkhouse, and campers can enjoy the new in-ground, heated saltwater swimming pool as well.
Register

Design Your Dream GSGWM Program!

Create Your Own

Share your voice and design your dream GSGWM program in our first ever Girl-Led program design contest! Visit GSGWM’s social media to vote weekly until March 6 to design a new program which will then be offered in our Program Guide, available in May. All who vote will be entered for a chance to win free registration for the program!

Voting for Week 1 (Program’s theme) is still open
Vote now for Week 2 (Program’s activities)

ToGetHerThere 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 you 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. All entries will receive a special ToGetHerThere Essayist Patch, and each winning essayist will receive a $50 GSGWM gift card and invitation to our ToGetHerThere Luncheon.
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Do you know a wonderful troop leader? Tell us about it!

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We’re accepting nominations for the Volunteer Higher Awards through March 1. Honorees will receive Honor Pins, Appreciation Pins, Thanks Badges, and Volunteer of Excellence Awards during a special celebration at Camp Farnsworth this May.

For more information or to submit an award nomination, contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Take Action for Healthy Living

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

Make the world a healthier place by leading a project focused on healthy living and earn a limited edition patch designed by a GSGWM Girl Scout. You decide the healthy living issue and the size of the project.

Troops may apply for funding for their projects through our Take Action Mini Grant – made possible through generous funding from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. Projects may occur any time between April 1 – June 30, and can be part of a Journey Take Action Project, or a Silver or Gold Award Project.

Feeling extra creative? Participate in the Take Action for Healthy Living Patch Design Contest March 1 – March 31!
Learn More

London Calling

Girl Scouts London

Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? Join girls from throughout the council as we spend a week touring London. We’ll visit Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and so much more. Register early for exciting money-earning opportunities, to be able to apply Cookie Dough toward travel costs, or to receive financial assistance.
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Not enough England for you? Extend your stay for an additional eight days, and join us as we venture to Lincolnshire where we’ll meet up with thousands of Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, and Boy Scouts from around the world at Poacher, a huge camporee like no other. Participating girls will have the chance to choose from hundreds of different activities.
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Virtual Running Club

Join Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains in our Virtual Running Club.

Get moving with our Virtual Running Club. From beginners to experts, girls and adults can participate in this fun online club starting March 20. Participants will learn about healthy living, receive a T-shirt and patch, and can post their running times on a password-protected website. Girls will also have the chance to earn their Athlete and Healthy Living badges. Optional athletic T-shirt is available for $15 each.
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Girl Scouts on the Silver Screen

Are you a Junior Girl Scout who’s a serious movie buff? You won’t want to miss “From Black and White to Today” on April 29 at Red River Theatres in Concord, NH. Discover how movies have changed as you watch “The Golden Eaglet,” a Girl Scouts film from 1918, then learn how a modern-day movie theater operates. Registration is $12 if completed by April 8.
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Seeking New Members

The Gold Award Support Committee is seeking new members to mentor girls working toward earning their Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and is designed to address the root cause of an issue and educate and inspire others to take action. Girls lead others as they complete their project – requiring a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Girls must complete a project plan proposal, produce a minimum of 80 hours of work, and submit a final report to the Gold Award Support Committee for approval.

New Gold Award Support Committee volunteer members are needed to:

  • Support and encourage girls in attaining desired goals.
  • Review girls’ Gold Award Project Proposals and Final Reports and provide feedback.
  • Mentor assigned girls throughout the project.
  • Communicate with Girl Scout members, GSWM staff, and Gold Award Support Committee members.

To apply or learn more, contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families January 2017

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Williston Office and Store Grand Re-Opening!

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

Important News on Membership Fees

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

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

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A Facelift for Farnsworth

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

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

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

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

The 2017 Summer Camp Guide is Coming!

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

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

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

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

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ToGetHerThere Essay Contest

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

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

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

The Girls Have Spoken

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

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

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Become a Girl Scout Globe Trotter!

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

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Upcoming Activities

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

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

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

Questions? Contact our Customer Care team at 888.474.9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.
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Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families December 2016

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December 22, 2016 Edition

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

Cookie Rallies!

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

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

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

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

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Get Digital

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

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Girl Scouts Go Global

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

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Aim Higher (Highest Awards, that is)

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

Winter and Holiday Hours

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

Greetings from (Snowy) Camp

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

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Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families – September 2016

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September 21, 2016 Edition

We’re gearing up for another exciting Girl Scout year and have some important reminders and resources to share with our Girl Scout families:

Save Her Spot: Re-register Your Girl Scout by September 29!

The 2016-2017 membership year begins October 1. Our member registration system will be offline for maintenance/updates on Friday, September 30, so be sure to renew your Girl Scout’s membership by September 29 to save her spot!

On October 1, any remaining troop openings will be made available to new or transferring members. Re-register your girl today so she’ll continue to enjoy the adventure, friendship, and fun of Girl Scouts!

Please note: girls using Cookie Dough toward their member registration will need to use a paper registration form. Paper registrations take longer to process and must be completed BEFORE September 29 to continue membership for the 2016-2017 membership year.

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Important Store Hours Update

Extended Store Hours Thursday, September 22!
Both Bedford, NH and Williston, VT retail stores with extended hours until 7 pm.

Store Closed for Inventory Next Week
Our Williston, VT and Bedford, NH retail stores will be closed for inventory next Monday through Friday, September 26 through 30. You may continue to shop online 24/7 at girlscoutsgwm.org.

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Get Your Discount Tickets to Girl Expo-NH

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Girl Expo-NH will be here on Saturday, October 8. The event, which is open to the public, features over 100 hands-on exhibits, workshops, and stage shows. Do you have your tickets yet? Now through October 3, registered Girl Scouts may purchase tickets online for only $3! Tickets are $5 at the door. When you purchase tickets online, you’ll also have an opportunity to pre-register for our many exciting workshops. Get yours today!

Fall Product Sale Runs September 16 Through October 21

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Is your Girl Scout participating in this year’s Fall Product Sale? It’s a quick and easy way to boost troop funds early in the year, enabling girls to enjoy even more amazing activities and experiences! New this year: troops may hold booth sales! Connect with your Troop Product Sale Coordinator for details. Need additional support? Contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888.474.9686.

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Join us for Halloween Fun!

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Girl Scouts are invited to join us for Halloween treats, games, and other activities on Thursday, October 27 from 4 to 6 pm at Camp Seawood in Portsmouth, NH, and at our Bedford and Williston offices. Both retail stores will also be open for business. This is a drop-in event and admission is free, but reservations are required. Please confirm your attendance at marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or other non-perishable item for local food pantries. All Girl Scouts will receive a patch!

Program Guide Filled with Girl Scout Fun

Check out our current Program Guide, which includes programs scheduled through January, 2017. Our next Program Guide, which will include programs scheduled through next summer, should arrive in your mailbox by early October. To view these and more offerings in our online Program Guide, visit girlscoutsgwm.org and click on the Activities tab.

Help Choose our National CEO

Girl Scouts of the USA is searching for our new national CEO and would like your help in identifying those qualities that are most important for the leader of our movement. When completing this survey, please think about the challenges and opportunities our CEO will face over the next two to five years. All responses are due by September 30.

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