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, select the “Member Profile” tab, and follow the prompts. Have questions or need assistance? Call Customer Care at 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!


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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