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

Celebrating National Volunteer Week

We have so much to celebrate as Girl Scouts. Not only do we continue to take the lead, we also make the world a better place! This week – National Volunteer Week– is a chance for us to celebrate the dedicated individuals who work so tirelessly for Girl Scouts. Indeed, our dedicated adult volunteers continue to be the pulse of our movement!

Since 1912, Girl Scouts has empowered girls of all ages—guiding them toward the path of leadership and self-fulfillment. Today, the program serves nearly two million girls worldwide, and nearly 60 million American women are Girl Scout alumnae.

Recently, we caught up with some of the volunteers who help make the magic happen here at the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and asked them what it means to be a Girl Scout.

For longtime volunteer Patricia Decker, it was fond childhood memories of spending time with a Girl Scout leader she thought of as “the nicest woman in the world, second to my Mom,” that inspired her to give back. Today, Decker is in her seventh year as a troop leader, and she prides herself in creating memories that she hopes her Brownies and Juniors will carry with them well into adulthood.

Why Girl Scouts? “Well, that’s easy,” says Decker. “Girl Scouts teaches girls that they can do anything. We don’t believe in gender roles or gendered professions. And the Girl Scout Law is chock full of goodness. If only everyone would live by our Law!”

Not only does she meet inspiring girls through volunteering with the organization, Decker credits the Girl Scouts with providing her the opportunity of meeting amazing adult female friends as well. “I know that I can call these women and ask for help with just about anything, and they will be there for me,” she says. “While television and social media repeatedly portrays female friendships as being competitive, we don’t act like that in Girl Scouts. We help each other and genuinely want to see the other succeed. “

For Brandy Hardiman, Girl Scouts has been a lifelong passion – from joining as a girl in first grade, earning her Gold Award, and now as a troop leader.

As a high school student working toward her Gold Award, Hardiman taught a group of local first graders about the importance of recycling. As she watched those younger girls make new discoveries and delighted in their newfound knowledge, Brandy felt her heart burst with pride. Now a leader of two Girl Scout troops, that feeling hasn’t gone away. In fact, it’s proven quite contagious.

“The enthusiasm the girls have for Girl Scouts and the things we do makes my heart happy,” Hardiman says, noting that her troop members often recruit other friends because the enjoy Girl Scouting so much. “We have a strong, supportive network and have become another family.”

Nancy Dickinson’s relationship with Girl Scouts spans over three decades and includes experiences as a girl member, a camp counselor, and most recently, a leader and facilitator. For Dickinson, being a lifelong Girl Scout means “belonging to a movement which empowers girls and the adults who work with them to try new experiences they might never have thought they could do, encourage each other along the way, and learn to live by the Girl Scout Law.”

While attending college in northern Michigan, Dickinson had the time of her life working as a Girl Scout camp counselor, and made many cherished memories. “At the end of each camp session, each camper made a small boat from tree bark and natural decorations, added a small birthday-sized candle, and floated it down the river,” she recalls. “Every time I hear the song, ‘Barges,’ all those memories come flooding back.”

Many years later, as a troop leader, Dickinson accompanied a group of council girls on a trip to England where they attended Poacher—a weeklong camporee for Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, and Boy Scouts from around the world. “It was a very special experience where I made many lasting friendships.”

With a lifetime of Girl Scout memories under her belt, Dickinson said the lessons she’s learned have served her well in adulthood. “The people you meet, learn to work with, and learn from are very important,” she says. “Some of my very best friends I have met through Girl Scouting, and they are special to me because I know they have the same values I do, and we have been there for each other through good times and bad.”

We salute our dedicated volunteers and continue to learn from their collective wisdom. Has Girl Scouts made a difference in YOUR life? Tell us—we’d love to hear all about it!

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.
Register Today

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
REGISTER

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.
REGISTER

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.
REGISTER

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!
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 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.
REGISTER

ToGetHerThere Luncheons Aim to Help Girls Reach Potential

Every girl has the ability to lead, but only one girl in five believes she can. Together we can change this.

For over a century, Girl Scouts have been building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In New Hampshire and Vermont alone, nearly 10,000 girls are discovering their path to leadership through Girl Scouts. This spring, we’re excited to highlight our efforts to transform the leadership environment for girls through our exciting ToGetHerThere events.

With celebrations happening in the Upper Valley at the end of April, and in Concord in May, our ToGetHerThere luncheons celebrate the many achievements of our Girl Scouts and those of our ToGetHerThere Champions, while raising critical funds needed to help girls reach their full potential.

Year after year, girls in our council tell us how they’ve shot an arrow, rode a horse, or swam underwater for the first time while attending one of our summer camps. Throughout the year, our comprehensive programming instills the integral skills needed to ensure girls are well-equipped to navigate both her personal and professional life. We approach this responsibility with the dedication it deserves, offering girls a foundation for leadership development through such initiatives as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girls Rock the Capitol, World Thinking Day, and the Destinations travel program, for starters.

In short, we’re on the cusp of ushering in a leadership renaissance for girls, nurturing and elevating the next generation of female leaders who will leave an indelible imprint on our communities, the nation, and our world.

We need society to invest in girls—in a greater, more sustained capacity. And for a movement to reach the height of its impact, it must embrace allies outside the fold. We need our brethren-in-arms, our male counterparts who offer their unwavering support—in deeds and donations—and are integral to sustaining our cause for the long haul.

Your investment now is the fuel that propels our girls toward leadership greatness tomorrow. Ultimately, the leadership gap in America is not a girls’ issue or a women’s issue―it’s our issue. And that’s what lies at the heart of our ToGetHerThere events—we’re celebrating our fearless girls and their amazing potential.

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To purchase tickets for the Upper Valley ToGetHerThere Luncheon or the Fifth Annual Concord ToGetHerThere Luncheon, or to become an event sponsor, click here.

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

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers March 2017

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March 2017

Girl Scout Week

Celebrate Girl Scout Week with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains on March 12-18, 2017!Girl Scout Week is March 12-18: the perfect time to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 105th birthday! For tips on observing Girl Scout Week and preparing your girls to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders, click the button below:

Girl Scout Week Tips

ToGetHerThere Luncheons

Invest in girls. Change the world. TOGETHERTHERE luncheon and essay contest for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Our ToGetHerThere luncheons highlight our efforts to transform the leadership landscape for girls and raise critical funds needed to help girls reach their full potential. We also celebrate the many achievements of Girl Scouts who are making a difference in their communities and poised to become the leaders of tomorrow. This year we are holding two ToGetHerThere luncheons:

Upper Valley ToGetHerThere Luncheon
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
11:30 am to 1 pm
Fireside Inn
West Lebanon, NH

Fifth Annual Concord ToGetHerThere Luncheon
Thursday, May 11, 2017
11 am to 1 pm
Grappone Conference Center
Concord, NH

If you or your employer is interested in purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor, click the button below to learn how!

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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 your girls 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. Each winning essayist will receive a $50 GSGWM gift card and invitation to our Concord ToGetHerThere Luncheon.

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Camp Like You Mean It

Camp Like You Mean It with Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. With chilly temps here, summer may seem far away, but it’s never too early to Camp Like You Mean It! Request your “Camp Like You Mean It” Activity Kit from the council office, and your girls will be well on their way to enjoying their summer. Girls completing their Camp Guide Explorer, Discover, Connect, and Take Action activities will earn a patch!
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Council Take Action Project: Take Action for Healthy Living!

Take Action for Healthy Living with Girl Scouts of the Green and White MountainsThis year’s Council Take Action Project will involve girls, troops, and communities in developing healthy living-themed Take Action Projects during the months of April, May, and June. Projects will focus on meeting the Take Action criteria of solving the root cause of a problem, planning for sustainability, educating others, and advocating for change.

Can your girls help us design a patch that best represents this exciting mission? Designs due by March 31.

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Program Aide Training

Know any Girl Scout Cadettes through Ambassadors looking to deepen their leadership skills? Program Aides are great role models for younger Girl Scouts! Register your girls for this exciting training session at Camp Twin Hills on April 8. Deadline for registration is March 26.
Register Online

Cookie Troop 100

We're celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Join us for Cookie Troop 100. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. Your troop can join the nationwide celebration by participating in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Troop 100! Troops can participate through April 30.

One lucky troop from EVERY council across the nation will win $100 each to put toward their awesome cookie Take Action or service projects. One VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to super power their project!
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Early Registration Begins Soon!
Register today and believe in the power of G.I.R.L. with the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Registration for the 2017-2018 membership year begins April 1. Register before June 30 and receive a free patch! As a troop leader, you can register all your returning girls and adults by logging into your MYGS tab at girlscoutsgwm.org, choosing the Member Profile tab, and following the prompts. This also allows the girls to use funds they have earned as a troop to be used to pay for their membership! Remember, our annual national membership dues will increase to $25 for girls and adults, which is separate from our $15 council service fee. Girls may use their Cookie Dough to pay for or offset membership fees.

Party Time – Excellent!
Keep an eye out for more details coming soon about special events in May and/or June for girls who have registered early for the 2017-2018 year. There will be dancing, crafts, games, and more!

Register between April 1 and June 30 to receive this Power of G.I.R.L. free patch!

Register and receive this special Power of the G.I.R.L. patch from Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

Background Check

Is your background check set to expire on March 31, 2017? If yes, you will be prompted to renew your background check when you renew your membership. Once the membership fee is paid, you will be sent an e-mail from our trusted vendor, Asurint. This e-mail will contain a link to complete an online portion for the background check. If you have lived or worked in New Hampshire anytime within the past 7 years or if you currently live or work in New Hampshire, you will also need to complete a paper form required by the state. You will be sent this form via e-mail once you complete the online Asurint link. Print and complete the form, have it notarized, and send it to the Girl Scout Bedford office for processing. Not sure if your background check expires this year or have other questions? Please contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Mountain Top Shop and Office Hours on March 14

Please note that the Williston and Bedford Mountain Top Shops will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, for our all-staff meeting. The stores will re-open on Wednesday, March 15.

The Williston office will be closed all day Tuesday, March 14, and the Bedford office will be closed from 10 am – 2 pm and open from 2 – 5 pm.

Free Volunteer Webinar Series

webinarLooking 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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
Register

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Upcoming Activities

G.I.R.L 2017
Planning to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 this fall? Troops and Individual girls are invited to get on the bus and travel with us to Columbus, Ohio.
REGISTER

Hello, London
Are your girls looking for an exciting travel opportunity this summer? Our Hello London tour still has some spots left! Those who reserve a spot by April 2 will receive a $200 discount off the price of their trip.
REGISTER

Let’s be Friends
Join us for an afternoon with Kappa Delta at UNH for a Badge Blast to earn the Brownie Making Friends or Junior Social Butterfly badge. For Brownies – Juniors at University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. March 25, noon – 3 pm. Free admission. Email cgreen@girlscoutsgwm.org to register by 3/17.
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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!
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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.

How Will You Grow This World Thinking Day?

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One world, one day—lots of helping hands! Celebrating global sisterhood is what World Thinking day is all about. Since 1923, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has celebrated World Thinking Day, February 22, as a day of international friendship—that includes 10 million girls in 146 countries. How awesome!

This year, World Thinking Day is focused on the theme of growth—inviting even more girls from around the world to participate in all that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has to offer. Let’s celebrate all the ways we can stretch, explore, and take on new challenges. How will you grow this World Thinking Day?

Earn your 2017 World Thinking Day award

Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders, so it’s no surprise there are so many ways to earn a World Thinking Day award this year. Requirements differ from Daisy, Brownie, or Junior girls and Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador girls. Be sure to check out the requirements to earn your award.

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Make the World Greener, One Tree at a Time

Let’s help make the world bloom! It might be cold and snowy here in New Hampshire and Vermont, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plant a tree—start with a seed and grow it inside until spring arrives. Not only can you watch it grow, just think about all the other trees being planted across the world by sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. What a big way to show the depth of our Movement across borders and oceans while making the world a better, greener place. Snap a photo and share on social media with the hashtags #LetsGrow, #WTD2017, and #GSGWM.

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Since 1927, the Juliette Low World Friendship fund has celebrated Juliette Gordon Low’s love of travel and making new friends. All donations support international travel opportunities to girls around the world. What a great way to take action globally!

Donate Now to the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund

World Thinking Day - Celebrated by Girl Scouts and Girl GuidesWorld Thinking Day is a great opportunity to make new friends and celebrate the awesome power behind ‘growing’ with your global sisters. Follow along with #LetsGrow, and see what fellow Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are doing to celebrate around the globe.

We can’t wait to see what you have planned. Don’t forget to share your photos and tag #GSGWM. Happy World Thinking Day!

Leaders, stuck for ideas? Check out this great resource on celebrating World Thinking Day with your troop.

Outlook – Monthly Updates for Girl Scout Volunteers Feb 2017

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February 2017

Thank you

Save The Date for a Celebration!

Mark your calendars—we’ve got a lot to celebrate at Camp Farnsworth on Saturday, May 6! Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating our beautiful new bunkhouse and renovated dining hall thanks to the ongoing efforts of our Capital Campaign fundraising endeavor. We’ll also be celebrating YOU with a full day of workshops, speakers, a silent auction, and a special Volunteer Awards Ceremony where we will be presenting council awards and Membership Year Pins. RSVPs are required, so keep an eye out for your invitation arriving soon in your email inbox.

Time to Update Your Troop’s Information

Leaders, now is the time to review and update your troop description, meeting day, time and location, and girl and volunteer spots available in the Opportunity Catalog. Contact the Community Opportunity Manager or the Volunteer Support Coordinator in your community or our Customer Care team at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org to review and update. 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.

Design Your Own Program!

Create Your Own

Get ready to share your voice and design your dream GSGWM program in our first ever Girl-Led program design contest. From February 13 through March 6, you can vote each week to design a new program activity which will then be offered in our Program Guide, available in May. Beginning next week, check GSGWM’s social media pages to vote on the theme of the program. All who vote will be entered for a chance to win free registration for the program.

ToGetHerThere Essay Contest

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How has being a Girl Scout helped your girls 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. Each winning essayist will receive a $50 GSGWM gift card and an invitation to our ToGetHerThere Luncheon.

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Free Volunteer Webinar Series

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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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Important News on Membership Fees

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.

Celebrate World Thinking Day!

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Each year on World Thinking Day on February 22, girls participate in globally-themed activities and projects in honor of their sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. This year’s theme is “Grow.” Want to learn more? Click the button below for recommended activity plans from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
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Experience the Power of G.I.R.L. 2017!

GIRL 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.

Learn More and Download Nomination Form

Cookie Season is Upon Us: Save these Dates!

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How sweet it is! National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 24-26, 2017. Cookie booth sales also begin on February 24 for the council.

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.

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Upcoming Activities

Jump In for a Day – March 11, Burlington, VT
Spend the day working with trained teen coaches and adult coordinators to try out single rope, long rope and double Dutch.
$30 pg
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Discovery Weekend – May 19-21, Portsmouth, NH
Join the Coastal Rompers for a girl-planned weekend of seaside fun! Go tide-pooling, sing sea shanties, and do crafts. Troops provide and cook their own meals.
$20 pg
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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.

Learn More and Download Nomination Form

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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