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.
REGISTER

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.
REGISTER

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.
REGISTER

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families July 2017

July 2017

New Journeys and Badges Are Here

Big news! GSUSA announced new Girl Scout program offerings for STEM and Outdoors this week. Each is topic-specific, aligned to the five program outcomes, and can be used as a prerequisite to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Girl Scouts will be able to design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, create algorithms, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. 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 below for a sneak peek at the amazing new opportunities for girls.

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Girl Choice! Tell Us Your Pick for the 2019 Council Trip

Oh, the places you’ll go! Girl Scouts, it’s time to pick the destination for our council trip in 2019. We have some exciting options but we need your help! Click each button below to read more about each trip, then keep an eye out for a GSGWM Facebook post on Friday, July 28 where you can vote for your favorite. Which will you pick?

European Highlights

Galápagos Island Adventure

Oslo, Copenhagen & Stockholm

Renew Before August 31 and Help Your Troop Win

Renew your girl by August 31 and help her troop become eligible to be awarded one of several new troop incentives! Troops that have 80% renewal by August 31 will be entered to win a variety of exciting prizes. Talk to your troop leader for details.

Renew Now

Songs 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 in Thetford, Vermont. Adults and girls are welcome, but please note, adults must accompany girls to this event.

Register

Upcoming Activities

Tall & Small Special Agent Academy – August 18-20, Camp Farnsworth
Invite your favorite tall (adult female) for a weekend of fun and adventure for Tall & Small Special Agent Academy! Attendees will participate in fun themed activities throughout the weekend like learning code breaking skills, CSI techniques, and will even solve mysteries! Plus, there will still be plenty of time for regular camp activities like archery, boating, swimming, and more.
REGISTER

NH Fisher Cats Girl Scout Night – 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 Game and 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. Girls and siblings 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!
REGISTER

Family Power – September 1-4, Camp Farnsworth
Girl Scouts, bring your family and show them why camp life is the best life for a weekend full of camp fun. Attendees will be able to enjoy camp activities, including archery, boating, swimming, and more. There will also be special family activities, including stargazing, a “polar swim,” silly family competitions, and a family campfire with S’more Lab. Families may share a cabin or tent unit. Food, activities, and patch are included in the fee.
REGISTER

Crazy About Canines Series – September 24, NHSPCA, Stratham, NH
Join us for the first planning meeting for our next series all about our furry best friends. Girls in grades 4 and up will learn about first aid, grooming, care, and more about pups, whether you have a pup as a pet or not. Girls will be planning a year full of canine activities, including attending dog shows, helping with agility trials, and much more. Interested and want to register? Please call our Customer Care team at 888-474-9686.

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.

Learn More

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.

Nominate Someone Today

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.
Renew Now

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.

SHOP NOW

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.
REGISTER

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.
REGISTER

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!
REGISTER

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.
REGISTER

 

 

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families June 2017

June 2017

It’s Time! Are You Ready for Camp?

Our Girl Scout camps in New Hampshire and Vermont have opened for the season! Already registered? Stay tuned for emails from the camp crew about drop-off times, what you should bring to camp, Trading Post times, and more.

Still planning your summer? Girl Scout camp has an adventure for every girl: there’s still time to choose yours!

Register Today

Proudly Made in the USA

Girl Scout Merchandise (GSM) continues to honor its commitment to USA-made products and to strive to keep its carbon footprint as small as possible. Girl Scout vests, sashes, tunics, and insignia are all currently produced in this country, and we are reaching out to more vendors that have capabilities to produce stateside. In addition, beginning in July, Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette badge production will take place in the United States. The fabric, thread, iron-on backing, and packaging are all produced in America. The USA-made product will be available to start shipping in July 2017.

In order to offer the USA-made product, there will be an increase to the pricing structure. The new retail price on Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette badges will be $3.00, effective July 1, 2017.

Meet Our Customer Care Team

Whether you have a question about camp or need help registering your girl for the next Girl Scout year, 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.

Start Her Girl Scout Journey with Girl Sprouts

Hey, Girl Scouts – do you have a younger sister who isn’t quite ready for Kindergarten but can’t wait to get in on the fun?

Great news! Our new Girl Sprouts program is the perfect Girl Scouting introduction for girls in New Hampshire or Vermont who are 4 years old and under, or not yet in Kindergarten. As a Girl Sprout, she will learn about honesty, sharing, being helpful, and more!

To get started, download our Girl Sprouts activity booklet. We think it’s the perfect summer activity! Once you’ve completed the activities, fill out the Girl Sprouts Interest Form to receive a free Girl Sprouts patch.

Girl Sprouts Activity Booklet

Girl Sprouts Interest Form

Last Call to Receive a FREE Patch!

There’s still time to get in on our Early Registration promotion – but hurry! Girls will receive a FREE Power of the G.I.R.L. patch when they register for the 2017-2018 Girl Scout year by June 30. Cookie Dough may be used toward girl registration.

Renew Membership

Have questions or need assistance with registering? Contact Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888-474-9686.

Help Us Honor GSGWM Volunteers

We’d love your help as we continue to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our volunteers. Do you admire your daughter’s troop leader or other Girl Scout volunteer and think they should be featured as our next Volunteer of the Month? Tell us all about them!

Nominate Someone Today

Holiday Hours

Our stores and offices will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 in observation of the Fourth of July holiday. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 5.

VTK Maintenance Announcement

Please be aware the Volunteer Toolkit will be offline the week of July 1-7 for upgrades.

Upcoming Activities

Jump-In – July 5-28, Various Vermont Locations
Sign up for an upcoming session of our Jump-In program next month and try six different types of jumping, including long rope, double Dutch, and more! You’ll also dance, play games, make new friends, and have lots of fun!
REGISTER

NH Fisher Cats Girl Scout Night – 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 Game and 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. Girls and siblings 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!
REGISTER

Wizarding Family Weekend – August 25, Camp Farnsworth
Invite your family for a weekend of wizarding adventure. Create wands, learn spells, make potions, and so much more! Families may share a cabin or tent unit. Food, activities, and patch are included in the fee.
REGISTER

 

 

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.
Register

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.
Register

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.
REGISTER

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
REGISTER

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.
REGISTER

Trailhead – Monthly News for GSGWM Families May 2017

May 2017

Camp: An Adventure for Every Girl

With a brand new saltwater pool, bunk house, and renovated dining hall at Camp Farnsworth, it’s going to be an unforgettable summer at Girl Scout Camp! Did you know we’re also offering new themes for our general camp program? It’s all the traditional camp activities you love – like swimming and arts & crafts – plus lots of themed fun! Girls can live like pioneers in Off-the-Grid, celebrate a freakishly fun Halloween in July with Monster Mania, break out their superhero cape to save camp with Superheroes, and more.

Girl Scout Camp has an adventure for every girl. Choose yours today!

Register Today

Introducing Our New Program Guide

Have you checked out the new 2017-2018 Program Guide yet? Girls can take the lead with Elena of Avalor, learn all about woodworking, camp in Iceland, and much, much more.

New Program Guides were mailed out earlier this month. There’s truly something for everyone! Take a peek at our Program Guide online.

Download Program Guide

It’s Time to Register for Another Girl Scout Year

Register for the 2017-2018 membership year before June 30, you’ll receive a FREE Power of G.I.R.L. patch and also have the chance to attend one of our remaining Early Registration Parties. 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! Already renewed? Register for a party below!

Renew Membership
Register for a Party

Cookie Dough may be used towards girl registration. Have questions or need assistance? Call Customer Care at customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org or 888-474-9686.

The Membership of a Lifetime

Graduation season is the perfect time to give the gift of Girl Scouting! Lifetime members are a cherished part of the Girl Scout family.

Ready to join? Start with completing the Lifetime Membership Form. Graduating high school seniors (Ambassador Girl Scouts) who register by September 1, 2017 are eligible for special pricing. Cookie Dough may be used toward lifetime membership dues.

Learn More
Download Form

Volunteering This Summer?

Are you chaperoning your girl’s camporee, or volunteering at other upcoming summer troop activities? Please remember that ALL Girl Scout volunteers MUST register as a member and undergo a background check. This process can take up to 3 weeks.

New volunteers may register online at www.girlscoutsgwm.org. Click “Volunteer Today” to get started.

Questions? Contact our Customer Care team at 888-474-9686 or customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Extended Hours at The Mountain Top Shop

As summer approaches, the days are getting longer. And good news – so are the hours to The Mountain Top Shop! We’re extending our hours and will be open until 6:30 pm on May 25 and June 1 at our Bedford and Williston locations.

A reminder: Our stores and offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observation of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 30.

Council Take Action Project Reminder

Girls have one more month to lead Take Action for Healthy Living Projects focused on helping their communities be healthier. Projects of all sizes are encouraged. Girls can apply for funding for their projects through a Take Action Mini Grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation and will receive a special girl-designed patch.

Get Started!

Join Our Summer Clubs!

Outdoor Artists Club
Discover the beauty of the outdoors, learn about nature, create art, and earn your Outdoor Artist Badge. Participate independently or with a troop, at your own pace.
Register

Summer Science Club
Spend your summer doing science experiments, crafts, cooking, and more as we read about women in science and earn your It’s Your Planet Journey. Participate independently or with a troop, at your own pace. Journey Book and Badges included in girl fee.
Register

Upcoming Activities

Boston Breakers – June 24, Cambridge, MA
Spend the evening with the longest running women’s professional soccer team! Registered Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to attend a Boston Breakers soccer game at Jordan Field, Harvard University. Patch included.
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 dance, play games, make new friends, and have lots of fun!
REGISTER

G.I.R.L. 2017 – October 5-8, Bedford, NH
GSGWM is offering individuals and troops (Cadettes through Ambassadors) the opportunity to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 with a bus trip to Columbus, Ohio.
REGISTER

Camden Tillinghast Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

After learning that her state’s Fish and Game Department was no longer able to sustain an outreach program encouraging schoolchildren to help protect the endangered New Hampshire state butterfly, one local Girl Scout is working to ensure the dainty blue insects are protected for future generations.

Camden Tillinghast, an Ambassador Girl Scout and senior at Somersworth High School, recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Camden Tillinghast, an Ambassador Girl Scout and senior at Somersworth High School, recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for her project addressing the plight of the rare Karner Blue butterfly.

Tillinghast, who joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie, wrote, illustrated, and self-published “Saving KB: The Story of Karner Blue,” an informative children’s book that appeals to readers of all ages. “I knew I wanted to write a book about endangered species,” she explained. “So when I learned that the state’s butterfly was endangered and in need of more [educational and public outreach] resources, I started researching right away.”

It was an eye-opening experience for the teen. “As it turns out, a lot of people don’t even know we have a state butterfly,” she said. “And a lot of the information that’s out there is incorrect.”

Declared a federal endangered species in 1992, New Hampshire state and federal Fish and Game biologists began working to re-establish colonies of the Karner Blue butterfly within the pine barren area of Concord. In 2000, the state program “Kids for Karners” was introduced to encourage schoolchildren to grow lupine plants to maintain healthy habitats for the colorful critters. The program was hugely successful, with over 2,000 lupine plants planted in the span of a decade. However, due to funding shortages, Kids for Karners was canceled.

Tillinghast said she’s spent an estimated 130 hours researching butterfly facts – like the insects feed exclusively on lupine leaves – for her book, but she didn’t stop there. Teaming up with the members of Wingate Grange 308 in Dover, the innovative Girl Scout hosted a community sewing bee. The event yielded dozens of bags, which she filled with copies of her book, along with “Karner Kits” containing games, crafts, and word search puzzles.

Since then, the kits and books have been distributed to area libraries and elementary schools. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is also incorporating Tillinghast’s program into its outreach efforts. Wanting to expand her reach not just to young readers in New Hampshire, but also to those around the world, Tillinghast donated books to organizations that work with children in India, the Philippines, Australia, and Africa.

While her Gold Award Project is now completed, she continues to share her book with schoolchildren around the region, regularly reading at local schools. “It’s important for the children to learn to love nature at a young age,” she explains.

Tillinghast credits Girl Scouts for giving her the confidence to follow her dreams. She’s a longtime program aide for the Girl Scouts Coastal Rompers program, which encourages younger girls to take care of the ocean and its natural resources. For her next adventure, she looks forward to visiting England this summer where she and the rest of Troop 12046 of Community 216 have earned their way to be bridged to adults at the WAGGGS World Centre, Pax Lodge.

“The thing about Girl Scouts is you have to stick with it,” she said. “As you get older, you learn more and more about leadership, about advocacy. It’s just made me better.”

After she graduates from high school later this spring, Tillinghast, a high honors student and community ambassador for the National Honor Society, plans to study occupational therapy at the University of New England. She said she’s considering a minor in environmental law and hopes to spend a semester studying in Morocco.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout may achieve. Earning the Gold Award requires many hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project. Successful projects not only engage others, but are sustainable enough to create lasting community impact.

 

 

 

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.

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!

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