Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers March 2018

Girl Scout Week

Celebrate Girl Scout Week March 11-17, including Girl Scouts Birthday on March 12, commemorating the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, GA. Girl Scouts can participate in daily activities that celebrate Girl Scouting. Be sure to share how your girls are celebrating by posting on Facebook and tagging @gsgwm. Check out these awesome ideas to help observe this special Girl Scout tradition.
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Cookie Dough Expires Soon!

Cookie Dough expires on March 31. Be sure to remind parents, members and girls of this deadline. Cookie Dough can be used in our Mountain Top Shops, to register for programs and for summer camp. Our Williston and Bedford Mountain Top Shops will be open for extended hours Saturday, March 10, and Saturday, March 31, from 10 am – 1 pm, to accommodate those who have Cookie Dough to spend. Please note that the Williston store will be closing at 12:30 pm on March 23.

G.I.R.L. Expo Vermont

G.I.R.L. Expo 2018 Vermont is almost here! On April 28, girls from 5-18 and their families can enjoy a day of “Everything Exciting for Girls” with hands-on exhibits and activities, workshops, demonstrations and live main stage performances!
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Save the Date for a Celebration!

Adult Recognitions are a special way of saying “thank you” to adult volunteers in Girl Scouting who provide invaluable support. Do you know a volunteer who goes above and beyond the call of duty to support Girl Scouts? Show your appreciation for everything they do by nominating them for an adult Girl Scout recognition. Nominations for Board-approved recognitions are due by March 15.

All volunteers are invited to celebrate our award recipients and the hard work of volunteers across our council at our Volunteer Celebration Luncheon on May 20 at Camp Farnsworth in Thetford, VT. Save the date and watch your email for a special invitation later this month.

Early Membership Renewal

Spring is right around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about ways to encourage girls and their parents to renew for another great year of Girl Scout leadership and adventure. Starting April 1, renewal registration will be available to all current members. During our Early Registration promotion period from April 1 to June 30, each girl that registers will receive a FREE Power of G.I.R.L. patch. Our membership fee is $40 for girl membership and $25 for adult membership.

Time to Update Your Troop’s Information

Leaders, now is the time to review and update the Opportunity Catalog with your troop description, meeting day, time and location, and girl and volunteer spots available. Our council team will be reaching out to all troop leaders over the next few weeks to be sure that your Opportunity Catalog listing is ready for Early Registration. Contact the Customer Care Team at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org to review and update any changes.

Please note that leaders renewing their membership may temporarily lose access to the VTK until their membership is processed and approved. This normally will take 2 business days, but will be longer if you also need to renew your background check. Lifetime members do not need to purchase new membership but need to renew their volunteer role for 2019.
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Helpful Volunteer Toolkit Updates

The new Resources Tab is now active! Check it out in VTK by clicking on RESOURCES. Informational topics are available such as Safety, Training, Traditions, Awards, Trips and Travel, Camp, and more.

This spring we will activate the Finances Tab, an online form that will allow you to submit your Annual Troop/Group Financial Report through the VTK. Troops can choose to submit reports through the VTK or via the traditional paper method. Annual Reports are due May 31, 2018.

Coming mid-March are two new training webinars to help you complete your financial reports: Finance 101: Managing your Troop Bank Account and Finance 102: Completing and Submitting your Annual Financial Report.
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GSUSA Voices Count!

In early April, GSUSA will be emailing all members the annual “Voices Count” survey. Customized surveys will be sent to all troop leaders, parents, and girls. We encourage our members to complete this survey as the feedback is extremely valuable to our council and helps us to improve on the experiences that girls, leaders, and families have. In mid-May, GSUSA will send surveys to all Volunteer Support Coordinators.

  • If someone is a leader and a parent, they will receive 2 surveys.
  • If someone has a daughter who is a Girl Scout and is under the age of 12, the survey will be sent to the primary parent’s email on file.
  • If someone has multiple daughters in Girl Scouts, they will receive surveys for each individual girl.
  • Girls over the age of 13 who have their own email address connected to their membership will receive the survey directly.

Share Your Ideas

We are eager to hear from your troop! Answer this month’s question for a chance to win a $10 troop credit toward a program event of your choice. This month’s question is: “What makes your troop leader awesome?” Submit your troop’s response by March 31.
Answer Question

Upcoming Activities

Virtual Running Club – Beginning March 12, Online
Whether you are an avid runner or just starting out adults and girls can learn to run or improve their skills. Post running goals in a password protected website, learn about living healthy and pick up tips in weekly running posts.
REGISTER

Pursuits (new program series) – Every other Sunday, Durham, NH
Girls from all over are welcome to join this new and exciting series for Cadettes and older girls interested in exploring outdoor activities such as knife safety, camping skills, hiking, outdoor cooking, and more! Contact Customer Care to register.

Lead the Way – March 24, Boston, MA
Spend a day learning the skills necessary to chaperone a trip with girls for council and troop travel. You will also learn group safety and travel tips all while having a great leaders’ day in the city.
REGISTER

Harlem Globetrotters – March 29, Burlington VT; March 30, Manchester, NH
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! Experience ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment sure to thrill fans of all ages. ALL Girl Scouts attending will be on the list to enter a Special Girl Scout Meet and Greet with Hoops Green, an amazing female player on the Harlem Globetrotter team!
PURCHASE TICKETS (VERMONT)
PURCHASE TICKETS (NEW HAMPSHIRE)

Older Girl Conference – May 18-20, Camp Farnsworth
Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors join us for a fun-filled leadership weekend and create your own agenda filled with activities and workshops with topics from stress relief and resume building, to exploring their global community. Go for the whole weekend or just stay one day, either on your own or with your troop. We will provide meals plus Friday and Saturday night entertainment! Vote here for Saturday night entertainment
REGISTER

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers February 2018

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Initial Orders are complete and Girl Scouts are now gearing up for booth sales, just eight days away! If you have a booth sale planned for next weekend, be sure to enter your cupboard order in eBudde by Monday, February 12 for pickup on Friday, February 16.

Cookie Booths are a great way for troops and girls to reach or exceed their goals! Even if your troop did not submit an Initial Order you can still participate. There are several council booth slots available in eBudde and your Community Product Sales Coordinator can provide you with other local opportunities as well.

Adult Recognitions and Awards

Adult Recognitions are a special way of saying “thank you” to adult volunteers in Girl Scouting who provide invaluable support. Do you know a volunteer who goes above and beyond the call of duty to support Girl Scouts? Show your appreciation for everything they do by nominating them for an adult Girl Scout recognition.

Nominations for Board-approved recognitions are due by March 15. Awards will be presented at the Volunteer Celebration Luncheon on May 20.
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Share Your Ideas

We are eager to hear from your troop! Each month we will ask a question that we would like to have the Girl Scouts in your troop answer. We will draw one entry from each month’s responses and award a $10 troop credit toward a program event of your choice. This month’s question is: “What themes or topics would you like to see incorporated into next year’s program guide offerings?” Please provide your troop’s response by February 28.
Answer Question

Change of Mailing Address

No, we haven’t moved, but we have a new mailing address! When sending correspondence to GSGWM, please update your records and use the following address instead of the P.O. box:

1 Commerce Drive
Bedford, NH 03110-6835

We are in the process of updating our materials, forms, and stationary to reflect the new address. Contact our Customer Care Team with any questions.

Get Ready to Celebrate Like a G.I.R.L.

February and March are packed with Girl Scout celebrations. Take the lead like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ and celebrate the best all-girl leadership organization in the world in an impactful way!

World Thinking Day, February 22
Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate this year’s theme, IMPACT, where Girl Scouts have a strong effect on something or someone. Participate with your service unit or troop with activities available from GSUSA and WAGGGS. You can also support GSGWM’s Thinking Day Project by sewing dresses for impoverished girls around the world, or by bringing donations to our drop-in open house collection event.
Learn More about World Thinking Day

Girl Scout Week, March 11-17
Celebrate Girl Scout Week in March, including Girl Scout Birthday (also known as National Girl Scout Day) on March 12, commemorating the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Check our website later this month for details on how to celebrate this significant week in Girl Scouting with your girls!

Fun on Facebook!

We have a new Junior Connection Facebook Group! Junior Girl Scout volunteers can network, discuss relevant topics, ask questions and share ideas. We look forward hearing about all the exciting adventures of our GSGWM Juniors!
Join Junior Group

In case you missed it, we also have a Brownie Connection Facebook Group as well. If you are a Brownie Girl Scout volunteer, then be sure to like and follow this group.
Join Brownie Group

Training Resources

Have you tried a “Short and Snappy” yet? A “Short and Snappy” is a 15-20 minute enrichment opportunity to enhance your knowledge as a leader. Topics include Supporting Positive Behaviors, Ensuring Girl Led Progression, Customizing Your Journey, and understanding the difference between Community Service and Take Action Projects. A Community Learning Coordinator or interested volunteer can lead a “Short and Snappy” during a monthly leaders’ meeting at your community. Try one out today!
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Important Retail Updates

For the month of February, the Williston store hours are as follows:

February 12-15: Closed all day
February 28: 9:45 am – 4:30 pm

Please call our Bedford store to place an order before 10 am on Thursday, February 15. We will try our best to have your order ready for pick up in the Williston store when we resume normal business hours on Friday, February 16. Our online Girl Scout shop is always available 24/7!
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Upcoming Activities

Thinking Day and Dress a Girl Collection Open House – February 22, Bedford, NH
Celebrate the 2018 World Thinking Day and make an “IMPACT” by joining our Alumnae Association at this drop-in open house. Donations will be collected for our Thinking Day service project. Casual activities and refreshments related to Haitian culture will be available.
Register

Virtual Running Club – Beginning March 12, Online
Whether you are an avid runner or just starting out adults and girls can learn to run or improve their skills. Post running goals in a password protected website, learn about living healthy and pick up tips in weekly running posts.
Register

Lead the Way – March 24, Boston, MA
Spend a day learning the skills necessary to chaperone a trip with girls for council and troop travel. You will also learn group safety and travel tips all while having a great leaders’ day in the city.
Register

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers January 2018

GSGWM 2018 Cookie Rally NH

It’s Almost Cookie Rally Time!

Only two days until we kick off our Altogether Awesome! Cookie Rally on January 13 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH. Kick off your cookie program with everything you need to succeed. Explore interactive stations, relax in the Digital Cookie lounge, shop for cookie merchandise and council apparel, and more! Stick around for special hockey opportunities and the Manchester Monarchs hockey game. You still have time to purchase tickets! Contact the Girl Scout office today and Friday for ticket sales.
Buy Tickets

GSGWM and GUSA Cookie Pro 2018Earn the Top Cookie Pro 2018 Title

This is her chance to step up and show everyone how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program is helping her become a barrier breakin’, challenge crushin’, lead takin’ cookie pro! Nationally six girls, one per grade level, will earn the title of Top Cookie Pro 2018 and for an epic chance to be featured on our iconic Girl Scout Cookie box! Let her cookie expertise shine today.
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Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (GSGWM) Highest AwardsStart a Highest Award Adventure

If Girl Scouts in your troop are thinking about earning a Highest Award, then attending a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award webinar is a great way to understand the requirements, learn how to develop project ideas, hear about financing their project, and have questions answered right away. Sign up today to learn more.
Register

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (GSGWM) Volunteer Toolkit

Helpful Volunteer Toolkit Update

The Volunteer Toolkit recently received a helpful update. Upon login to the VTK, you will now see a new “VTK Help Menu” button (on the right). This new button provides additional online support options within the VTK, including step-by-step instructions for completing a particular action, and links to video tutorials. Users will also see circular green information icons (Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (GSGWM) VTK) throughout the VTK, that when selected, will either trigger that step in the walk-through, or present a pop-up window with more information about that section of the VTK.

These updates are a great addition for anyone who is still learning the VTK. Contact Troop Support with questions or for more information.

Lead a Council Program Near You

Plans are underway for our 2018-2019 program guide. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in making programs happen in their area. We provide all the materials, a detailed program outline, handle registrations, and make sure you have the support needed to run a successful program. We want to hear from you – let us know about the programs that you and your girls want to see offered, such as CSI or STEAM activities that focus on environmental science and art. To lead a program or for more information, please contact Customer Care.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains (GSGWM) Unleashing Her PotentialUnleashing Her Potential

The 2017 year was fantastic for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. We want to thank our Girl Scout community for helping us meet our goal to raise $100,000 to earn the first half of the Unleashing Her Potential campaign challenge of $25,000! We look forward to meeting the second half of the challenge this year to earn the full $50,000. We need to raise another $100,000 by September 30, 2018. It’s never too late to be counted! Help us spread the word to support the Unleashing Her Potential Campaign.
Donate

View our 2017 Impact Report to read more about the great work of our organization from the 2016-2017 membership year.
View Impact Report

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. Our volunteers set an example of volunteerism for our girls.
Nominate Someone Today!

Upcoming Activities

Games Galore! – January 27, Peterborough, NH
Take a trip and explore the Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center. Play games from around the world like Nim, Mancala, Achi and Tangram. Some of these games date back thousands of years and are still played today! Great complement to Brownie World of Girls Journey.
Register

Winter Camp – February 2-4, Camp Farnsworth
Spend the weekend at camp and have fun outdoors snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing or shelter building (weather permitting), making crafts and playing games. Girls take home crafts and a fun patch!
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

Harry Potter and the STEM Challenge – January & February, Various Locations
Think you can build a broomstick using only natural materials found outside? How about building a three dimensional Quidditch Pitch? Put your wizarding skills to the test by taking the Harry Potter STEM Challenge! A six-part series, girls can choose from creating a quidditch pitch, designing a dragon, and more. Attend as many sessions as you want.
Register

STEAM Basics – January & February, Camp Seawood
Girls choose their own STEAM adventure. Discover how electricity works using Art Bots and make fun hands-on art projects. Learn all about snap circuitry and build a water clock, a ringing doorbell and even a light up sign!
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.
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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.
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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

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers August 2017

August 2017

New Membership Renewal Incentives

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

Unleash the Hero Inside

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

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

New Alumni Program Coming

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

Important Retail Updates

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

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

Sing-Along and S’mores for a Good Cause

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

Take the Lead – We Need Your Help

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

Become a BOLS Facilitator

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

Upcoming Activities

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

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

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

New Hampshire Coastal Clean-up – September 16, Odiorne Point State Park
For Daisies through Ambassadors – Join the Coastal Rompers and dozens of Girl Scout volunteers to help survey and clean .9 miles of beach.
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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.
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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.
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Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers July 2017

July 2017

New Journeys and Badges

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

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Join Us for Farnsworth Weekend 2017

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

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

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Keep Updated with VTK

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

Have questions? Please call Customer Care at 888-474-9686.
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New Re-Registration Incentives

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

Meet Our Member Support Team

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

Important Note: Browser Update

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

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

Shop Our Online Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

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

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Upcoming Activities

Outdoor Adventure Workshop – August 5, Camp Kettleford
Learn new ways to share outdoor skills with your troop, including a day hike, outdoor games, and nature activities, along with indoor overnights.
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Robotics Team Information Session – August 16, GSGWM Bedford Office
Learn more about FIRST robotics and help get a team started in your area. We will also discuss the commitment it takes to oversee a team and connect you with volunteers in your community who may be willing to help with your team.
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NH Fisher Cats Girl Scout Night, Game & Sleepover – August 18, Manchester, NH
Girls can attend a NH Fisher Cats game with their family, then camp out on the field after the game and watch a movie on the big screen. Can’t sleepover? Girls and family can also just register to attend the game.
REGISTER for Sleepover
REGISTER for Game only

Vermont Lake Monsters Girl Scout Night – August 19, Burlington, VT
Girls and family can attend a Vermont Lake Monsters Game. Receive a grandstand ticket to the game, fully catered BBQ dinner, youth bracelet to Party City Kid’s Fun Zone, and a patch. Plus, run the bases post-game and take pictures in front of the video board!
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37th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat – September 15-17, Camp Fatima, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH
Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 and adult leaders are invited to join Boy Scouts in grades 6-12 for the 37th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat. The cost is $10 per girl and $7 per adult. Scouts will participate in fun, challenging, and faith-filled activities, including a high ropes course and dance. The event is sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Scouting Committee and Fr. Ray Ball, Diocesan Scouting Director and Chaplain. Please call 603-224-4393 x11 with questions or for more information.
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Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers June 2017

June 2017

Meet Our Customer Care Team

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

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

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

Only a Few Weeks Left to Take Action

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

Plan Your Project

Work at Summer Camp!

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

Click here for a full list of positions available.

Last Call for Early Registration

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

RENEW NOW

Who Will Be Our Next Volunteer of the Month?

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

Farnsworth Weekend 2017

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

Join Our Summer Clubs

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

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

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

Registration deadline is June 30.
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Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers May 2017

May 2017

A Fabulous Day at Farnsworth

We were delighted to catch up with many of you at our Annual Celebration and Luncheon at Camp Farnsworth on May 6! From the unveiling of our new bunkhouse and newly renovated dining hall, to the numerous accomplishments of our volunteers, there was so much to celebrate this year. Of course, one of our favorite parts of the day was awarding Appreciation Pins, Honor Pins, and Thanks Badges, among other recognitions, to volunteers who’ve gone above and beyond in their service to our council. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees, and thanks to ALL of our volunteers and supporters. We couldn’t do it without you!

Coming Soon – Your New Program Guide!

Keep an eye on your mailbox-your copy of the 2017-2018 Program Guide is heading your way! Guides were mailed out in early May and will be arriving shortly. Can’t wait? Download a digital version by clicking the button below.

Download Program Guide

We have a great line-up of new programs for 2017-2018, including the first ever GSGWM girl-designed program: Paws for a Cause. And don’t forget to check out our Programs on Demand. They are a great resource to help make the program planning process easy, convenient, and fun for volunteers!

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Love the Outdoors? Camp Positions Available

Do you love camping and adventure? Join us at camp and help guide girls through a summer experience they’ll never forget! Click below for a full list of positions available at our day camps and resident camp.
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Background Checks Are for ALL Volunteers

Will you need additional volunteers at your camporee or other spring/summer troop activities? Please remember that ALL Girl Scout volunteers MUST register as a member and undergo a background check. The background approval process can take 2 – 3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

To register as a new volunteer:
• Visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org and click “Volunteer Today.” Complete the online form, select a troop, and pay your $15 membership fee.
• You’ll receive an email from Asurint, our background check provider, with a link to our online form, along with instructions. Complete the background check form* and you will receive an additional email with further instructions from GSGWM.
• Watch Girl Scouting 101 training video. Once GSGWM receives your approved background check, you’ll be ready to volunteer!

*NOTE: If you currently reside in, or have lived in New Hampshire and/or Rhode Island within the past seven years, you’ll have to complete a separate New Hampshire and/or Rhode Island background check form(s). GSGWM will email you an attachment for either or both of these forms. Please print and notarize the form(s), and send to our Bedford office for processing.

Questions? Contact our Customer Care team at 888.474.9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Early Registration Rocks

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. We’ll also be holding special events throughout May and June for newly registered girls. See our website for locations and dates to register.

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It’s S’more Fun Together

Make sure you save the date! Farnsworth Weekend will be September 8-10, 2017. Look for registration to open by mid-July.

Upcoming Activities

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.
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Discover the Bear Facts at Clark’s! – June 4 and 17, Clark’s Trading Post
Spend the day learning about the bears that have been part of the Clark’s Trading Post family for over 80 years!
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Program Aide – 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.
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Planning Your Eclipse Party – June 17, Camp Kettleford
Get ready for the total solar eclipse in August by joining us in June to create pinhole cameras and so much more.
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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!
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Looking for a summer job? Applicants aged 18 and older are encouraged to apply for Jump-In staff positions in the Burlington, VT region. Staff will be expected to work the entire six-week program, which begins June 24 and runs Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm. See our website for more information on the Jump-In program. Resumes may be sent to payroll@girlscoutsgwm.org.

G.I.R.L 2017 – October 5-8, Bedford, NH
GSGWM is offering individual girls and troops (Cadettes through Ambassadors) the opportunity to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 with a bus trip to Columbus, Ohio.
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Send Us Your Good News!

Did your Troop go on a trip, make a special craft, or volunteer at a local business? We want to hear from you! Send your updates to marketing@girlscoutsgwm.org.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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