Take a Hike!

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Nine Hooksett Girl Scouts and their three adult advisors took their experience and knowledge to great new heights during a recent hike in NH’s White Mountains.

On Thursday, July 30- a month before starting their freshmen year of high school- members of Troop #10085 were loading up their backpacks and lacing up their hiking boots as the prepared to make their ascent up Mt. Lafayette.

Joining them for the late July hike were seven fellow troop members (many of whom have been enjoying Girl Scout activities since kindergarten) and three adult advisors, including Troop Leader Karren Crain.

Karren said climbing a 5200’ peak is a testament to the progress her troop members have made over the years (some of them have been together since they first joined a Daisy troop in kindergarten!) Despite the extreme heat and humidity, the girls soldiered on, reaching the Appalachian Mountain Club hut at 4200’ feet the first day and rising bright and early the following morning to reach the summit.

Using skills acquired from Girl Scouts over the years, the troops were able to navigate trails, load up their packs accordingly, and even keep their supplies dry and protected from intermittent rain showers using carefully-placed trash bags.

Troop Member Ava Toole admitted she’d “never really hiked before,” but she made it to the top with the encouragement of her fellow Girl Scouts.  “Most of us were pretty new to climbing,” Ava said.

Troop Member Catey Crain said she’s made a lot of friends during her time in Girl Scouts: friendships she knows will endure, even though her troop members will be attending five separate high schools this fall.

Troop Member Carley Crain added that her Girl Scout experiences have made her a more confident, well-rounded person: one who’s ready to take on high school, college, and the world beyond.

The troop members will soon celebrate their bridging to Senior Girl Scouts.

Happy National S’Mores Day! Our 5 Favorite Ways to Celebrate

We’re so excited for National S’Mores Day – a holiday for eating one of our favorite Girl Scout treats. Yeah, you heard us right: we don’t just provide everyone’s favorite cookie; Girl Scouts are also credited with inventing this campfire favorite. The original S’mores recipe was first introduced to the world over 80 years ago in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook. YUM!

So how are we celebrating? We’re rounding up our 5 Favorite S’Mores variants. Looking for even more options? These treats (and loads more) are compiled on our Pinterest page. Check it out!

Frosty S’Mores Cups

A cold S’More? Hear us out! Yes, we all love the traditional campfire favorite, but when the sun’s beating down on a hot August day it’s time to let it go, make like Elsa, and break out the frozen options.

Campfire Bars

This one’s for all the chefs-in-training out there: every step of this recipe is made from scratch. Bake your own Graham Crackers, whip up some Marshmallow Fluff, and dunk ’em all in delicious chocolate. Of course, for the kitchen disinclined, you can always use store-bought!

S’Mores Pops

S’Mores have always been nice and portable, but we all know that they can be pretty messy. This trick is quick, easy, and promises fewer sticky fingers.

Girl Scout Cookie S’Mores

Why not combine two things we all love? Girl Scout Cookies and S’Mores make a great match. We couldn’t resist these tasty options, and we bet you won’t be able to either!

S’mores Dip

Great for a party, but easy enough to make for everyday dessert. One of our staff members tried this out last week and said it was EXTREMELY delicious- and we all know Girl Scouts are honest!

Our Top Program Picks – September 2015

GSGWM Top Picks ImageThe new school year is about to start up, and with it we’ve got TONS of great programs for girls of all ages to enjoy. Picking our top programs this month was tough! Sign up with your Troops as they start up again for the year, or enjoy one of these offerings solo – either way, you’re in for a great time! These top picks for next month still have openings, so don’t forget to register now before the price increases or they sell out.

App Builder

Who’s it for: Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who want to make their own mobile app.

Why we love it: We’ve all gotten caught up in Candy Crush, Instagram, or Yik Yak – like it or not, cell phones are here to stay, and this program gives girls a chance to get in on the tech boom from the ground up and explore a growing career field.

Details: Runs Saturday, September 19 and Saturday, September 26 (two fun sessions!), 10AM-3:30PM in Salem, NH. Cost is $5 per girl. Register here.

Camp Cooking

Who’s it for: Girls in Juniors and up who want to try daring outdoor cooking methods.

Why we love it: This program gives girls a chance to get outdoors and try something new at the same time. They’ll explore tons of different cooking methods, try new things, and gain confidence in their camping skills (and we’ll have tasty snacks to try!)

Details: Runs Saturday, September 26, 10AM-2PM at Whispering Pines in Meredith, NH. Cost is $15 per girl. Register here.

Source to Sea Cleanup

Who’s it for: Girls of all ages and their families who want to help keep our community waterways clean.

Why we love it: Girl Scouts are always looking for ways to make the world a better place, and keeping trash out of our rivers is a great way to make a big impact. This program is open to everyone and available up and down the Connecticut River, so it’s a great option for folks all across our council.

Details: Runs Saturday, September 26 at a variety of locations. Contact the Source to Sea Cleanup team at cleanup@ctriver.org to sign up and find out more. This program is free!

Sculptural Visions

Who’s it for: This family event is open to visitors of all ages, and there’s also a girls only event for Juniors and Cadettes that starts in October.

Why we love it: Saint-Gaudens is a local art mecca and a beautiful National Historic Site, and this program gives girls a first-hand look at all forms of sculpture including clay, wood, stone, metal, wire, and paper. There will also be a live bronze casting demonstration at 1 and 3PM. Perfect for artists and people just looking for a fun and interesting weekend activity!

Details: Runs Saturday, September 26, 11AM-4:30PM in Cornish, NH. This event is free! Register here.

What’s in the Trash: Screenwriter Badge

Who’s it for: Cadettes who dream of seeing their work on the big screen (or who just want a fun afternoon with YA author Jen Malone).

Why we love it: Where else can you earn a badge, meet and learn from a successful author (and even score a signed copy of her book), and try your hand at writing all in one day? We’re also offering two other programs with Jen (another session of “What’s in the Trash” in April and another session before this one for Juniors) so all our budding authors out there should definitely keep an eye out in our program guide.

Details: Runs Sunday, September 27, 3PM-5PM in Bedford, NH. Cost is $18 per girl (includes badge and singed book). Register here.

Lights, Camera, Action: We’re Making a Camp Video!

We’re very pleased to share that we’re creating a camp promotional video! Our team spent Tuesday at Camp Kettleford in Bedford, NH, and will finish up filming on Friday at our resident camp, Farnsworth, in Thetford, VT. We were super excited to see our girls having such a great time, and to get some great footage of these amazing budding actors. We’ve posted TONS of photos on our Instagram and Twitter accounts and will add even more on Friday. Once our videographer Michael finishes up filming, he’ll edit together our footage to create some promotional videos. We’re so excited to see the finished product (should be sometime in August), and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Packing for Overnight Camp

DO: Write your camper’s name in or on all her items (first and last!).

DON’T: Bring anything fancy or valuable- roughing it is fun!

DO: Bring enough clothing for the number of days your camper will attend camp plus 1. Camp can get messy!

DON’T: Bring flip-flops- they’re not allowed for safety reasons. Closed toed shoes (like sneakers or hiking boots) are a must!

DO: Remember to bring warm clothes- even in the summer it can get chilly at night.

DON’T: Forget the sunscreen and sunblock.

DO: Bring a comfort item like a stuffie or a book- this is especially helpful for younger campers and first-timers.

DON’T: Bring electronics, or anything you wouldn’t bring on a plane (drugs, lighters, weapons, sports equipment, etc.) When in doubt, leave it at home!

DO: Talk to campers about potentially embarrassing topics like bed-wetting and menstruating at camp if this might be an issue for your camper. Bedding can be washed discretely if necessary – just remind your camper to let her counselor know if she has a problem. Don’t forget to pack pads or tampons for girls who may need them!

DO: check out our full packing list here (open the Family Handbook and flip to page 7).

And, most importantly, have a great time at camp!

Our Top Program Picks – August 2015

GSGWM Top Picks ImageSummer is definitely camp season here at GSGWM, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some super fun programs running too. These top picks for August still have openings, so register now before the price increases or they sell out!

Triple Threat Camp (Theatre/Dance/Music)

Who’s it for: Brownie and Junior girls who love to sing, dance, and act.

Why we love it: This super fun 2-week camp is a great place for her to have fun while building confidence and creativity (and parents, you’ll even get to see a performance on the last day of camp). This program is run by young, enthusiastic industry professionals, so girls will have an in-depth look at what it takes to explore performance based careers.

Details: Runs Monday-Friday, 9-Noon, August 10-21 in Merrimack, NH. The cost is $175 per girl. Register here.

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards Webinars

Who’s it for: We have two options; one for Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls, and one for parents and leaders.

Why we love it: The Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards are the highest awards girls can earn as Girl Scouts, and this program helps girls and their supportive adults navigate the process. Earning a highest award requires resilience, hard work, compassion, critical thinking, and much more, so you can see why we hope all girls will give this a try!

Details: These webinars are the first of 4 throughout the year. They’ll take place on Tuesday, August 11 through our online system. The girls’ webinar runs from 6-7PM, and the adults’ webinar runs from 7:30-8:30PM. Register here.

Mountain Biking

Who’s it for: All ages except Daisies. Siblings (including brothers) also welcome!

Why we love it: Girls will never look at biking the same way again once they attend this program- they’ll try out extreme mountain biking in a safe environment, and will also learn basic bike maintenance (pretty empowering to not have to ask Mom and Dad to fix minor problems!). Even better, they’ll get to meet a super cool role-model: a professional female mountain bike racer!

Details: Runs Tuesday, August 18, 10AM-2PM in Northfield, NH. Cost is $5 per person. Register here.

Experience Spain!

On Sunday, griding the t to the airportirls from across the country met up with girls and chaperones from GSGWM in Boston, where they spent a day getting to know each other and participating in team building activities. They also squeezed in some sight-seeing at Faneuil Hall before riding the T to the airport for an overnight flight to Spain.

Everyone arrived safe and sound this morning in MSan Miguel Beach Malagaalaga, where they had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at Miguel Beach before grabbing lunch and heady back to their hotel for the evening. They’re all tired and happy, and we’re all super jealous!

Part 2:

schedule for day in Granada

The girls had a busy schedule on their second day in Spain! They spent the day touring Grenada with the help of their guide Pilar. They’re having a fantastic time exploring on a scavenger hunt and have been trying out local foods (including visiting a Moroccan Tea House).

Check out some of their photos from the day below:

They also visited the Alhambra, one of the most exciting sites in Granada and a great example of Moorish architecture. The building contains a fortress, a palace, and a small city, and was home to Sultans! It’s also the location where Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand agreed to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic to the good old USA.

Part 3:

Well, our Dancing Queens made quite a splash during today’s Salsa Dancing lesson! Today they journeyed to Seville where they enjoyed guided sightseeing, look a walking tour of the cathedral, saw a flamenco show, and learned how to dance themselves! They group also visited an olive farm where they saw how olive oil is made and tasted different oils, including an orange infused oil drizzled on chocolate ice cream. Yum!

Part 4:

Seville brought tons of exciting new experiences for our brave explorers! Today, they spent another day in Seville, the city of bullfights, flamenco, Carmen, and the heartbeat of Andalusian culture. Starting with a tour of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the girls experienced a neighborhood full of twisty alleys, picturesque patios, and whitewashed houses. Next, they took in the size and grandeur of the bullring. Ole!

We also have a fabulous video of the girls trying out salsa dancing that we’ll be able to upload on Monday.

Part 5:

Today the group traveled to Madrid with a brief stop in Cordoba to visit the Cathedral of Cordoba. This church is inside a building that used to be a mosque! They report that they had a great guide for the tour of the building and enjoyed taking time to explore the city.

Part 6:

Today in Madrid the girls took a guided tour of Spain’s capital city which included visiting the Plaza Mayor, the Palacio Real (the royal palace), a walking tour, and a stop at the Prado museum (the premier Spanish national art museum). What a packed day of learning and fun!

Part 7:

Today the girls are really living up to the Girl Scout song “Make new friends, but keep the old” while they participate in a student exchange. We should have some pictures of this great opportunity to post tomorrow, but in the meantime here are some extra photos from Madrid, including the palace and a group picture.

Part 8:

After a seven hour train journey, our travelers have arrived in Barcelona. Barcelona is a city famous for art- Picasso, Miró, and Dalí all created there! It’s also known for avantgarde art and architecture, so our girls are in for an interesting and unusual sight-seeing adventure. They also visited the 1992 Olympic stadium and take a guided tour of the city.

Part 9:

Well, sadly it’s time to say adios to Spain! The group finished off the trip with a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, and then split into smaller groups to pick their last activities of the trip. Some picked shopping, and some went to the beach, but everyone had a blast! They’ll arrive in Boston at 2:30 PM Eastern Time, and we may update the blog one last time depending on what they get up to back in the states. What a trip!

Part 10:

They’re baaaaaaaaack! They’ve Experienced Spain and had a fantastic time doing it, and now everyone is home safe and sound. What a trip! Want to join us on our next journey? Check out our travel page to find out how!

Camp Like a Girl!

GS Camp image for emailGirl Scout camp season is fast approaching. Our camp programs are filling up fast – register today to join the fun this summer! Check out our camp page here.

Summer Leadership Programs for Older Girls

Are you a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador? Do you love working with kids? We have great opportunities available for you at all of our camps this summer. Learn valuables skills, make our camps great, and have fun too!

Cadettes (grade 6-8) are invited to become Day Camp Program Aides. Training is scheduled for June 22-24 at Camp Kettleford in Bedford, NH. After training, you can volunteer for as many weeks as you want at any of our day camps. At Camp Farnsworth, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12) can volunteer as Camp or Barn Aides. Counselor in Training (CIT) programs are available for girls in grades 10-12.

Applications, references, and interviews are required. Forms will be sent to you once you have registered. Contact Karen at kprovost@girlscoutsgwm.org with questions.

Come Work with Us!

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding job this summer? Look no further: our day and resident camps are looking for fantastic people just like you to join our staff! We’re currently looking for business managers, assistant directors, nurses (EMTs, LPNs or RNs), lifeguards, a waterfront director, a barn director and assistants, and camp counselors.

Please consider this opportunity to give back to our community by sharing skills and experiences with the next generation of girls! Click here to apply.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

VOlunteer Appreciation photoHappy Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation week!

We couldn’t support Girl Scouting here in New Hampshire and Vermont without the hard work, time, and talent of our dedicated volunteers. So this week, we’re celebrating you. Whether you’re a troop leader, a community volunteer, a board member, or a cookie mom/dad: thank you!

Not a volunteer and looking for a way to say thanks? Here are some ideas:

  • Pick up something special at Our Store – we’ve got great gift options for any GSGWM Volunteer!
  • Give them a picture of your Scout or the whole troop with a note attached
  • Share a house plant or a new garden plant
  • Bake a yummy treat (don’t forget to check for allergies!)
  • Have your Scout write a note with one of the shareable cards on our website
  • Help the whole troop pick a song to sing or create a thank you skit
  • Take to social media- post one of our cards on Facebook or Twitter during this special week. Don’t forget to tag @girlscoutsgwm and use the hashtag #NVW15!

Girl Expo: Everything Exciting for Girls

Mark your calendar for Girl Expo 2015: Everything Exciting for Girls—Saturday, May 2, 10 AM to 4 PM at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.  The area’s ONLY expo for girls will feature over 100 exhibitors, fun and informative break-out sessions, a Girl Scout museum and fashion show, main stage shows, a live radio broadcast by WZID and more! Attendees are invited to climb an outdoor rock climbing wall provided by Evolution Rock and Fitness, check out Highland Mountain Bike Park’s interactive ride zone, or learn new skills at one of Home Depot’s many workshops. Come with your troop, come with your family, or come with your friends.  You DON’T want to miss this one!


Purchase now and save! Advance tickets for Girl Scout members are just $3. Tickets purchased at the door are $5. Click on this link to get your tickets today!

http://girlscoutsgwm.org/general/page/girl-expo-everything-exciting-girls

Want to be one of our Girl Scout fashion show models? Contact Carrie Green at cgreen@girlscoutsgwm.org.