Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families January 2017

trailheadJanuary 26, 2017 Edition

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.

Register For Trip

ToGetHerThere Essay Contest

TGHT- ToGetHerThere Girl Scouts Essay Contest
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 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.

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