March 2013Connect with us! Quick Links
Although some of you may still have some snow on the ground, it's time to start thinking about all the spring and summer opportunities we have available for you and your girls.
- First off is summer camp! Please let your girls and their parents know about all the awesome summer camp opportunities we offer. You never know who may fall in love with the outdoors this year! Share our camp webpage and be sure to ask them if they received their summer camp brochure in the mail. If you need more, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the summer camp entry below for information on our Early Bird Discount!
- Cookies, cookies, cookies! We have been hearing that customers are using the Cookie Locator to find your booth sales! Did you know that on average 50% of our newsletter readers open them on a mobile device? Be sure to share the Cookie Locator App on your social media sites to increase booth sale traffic!
- Oodles of events...we have tons of events in the next two months. Be sure to check out your level listings below! Don't forget that at most events, girls are welcome on their own (Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors) or younger girls can attend with an adult. Be sure your parents know how to find out what's going on!
- Adult training. Back by popular demand are regional training days! Be sure to sign up for one near you! See the Volunteer Development Services section below for details.
Please remember that your troop final cookie payment is due today, March 22, 2013. If you are holding booth sales or filling Goal Getter orders after March 22 you should deposit money to the council within three days of receiving it. Payment can be made online using the Webster Bank link or at any Webster Bank location. If you do not already have a Webster Bank account, you can easily set one up by following these step by step directions.
All troop paperwork is due to the Service Unit Cookie Manager no later than April 3, 2013. Paperwork that is due is:
• Proof of payment to the council: Troops who deposit online should be submitting their online payment confirmation. Troops depositing at the bank should hand-in deposit tickets that have been stamped by the teller. Submit the paperwork that comes from the bank, not a print out of the deposits page from eBudde.
• Gift of Caring Patch Order form: Troops should record the number of boxes sold for the council's Cookies for Heroes program and for local Gift of Caring projects. Troops participating in Local Gift of Caring projects should include the name of the organization receiving the donated cookies. All troops should also record in eBudde the number of Gift of Caring patches needed for their girls.
• 5 for 5 Troop Recognition form, if applicable: Remember that handing in paperwork on-time is one of the requirements to earn this recognition.
• Parent/Guardian Delinquency form, if applicable: The Troop Cookie Manager completes this form if a family does not pay for their Girl Scout’s cookies.
|Troop 50821 at their booth sale! Nice banner girls!
Spring Booth Sales
Spring booth sales are sprouting through April! Troops that hold booths in April will earn $.85 per box and girls will have the opportunity to sell Girl Scout snack bars for the first time in the state! Troops can also earn an additional $10 for selling 20 cases of cookies and snack bars picked up from a cupboard this April. Boxes sold at these booth sales will not be applied to girls’ orders or their recognitions. Cookies for these sales will be available from select cupboards including those in our Bridgeport, Hartford, Lebanon, North Haven, Torrington, Waterbury, and Wilton Service Centers. Payment will be expected to be deposited into the troop account within 72 hours of the booth sale.
The Bling Your Booth Contest deadlines will be extended to accommodate all the springtime creativity! For more information to share with your troop, here is the flyer.
|Girl Scouts in Torrington celebrating Girl Scout Sunday.
Girl Scout Week
Thank you all for coming out and participating in the activities offered through your local Service Center to celebrate Girl Scout Week! Don’t forget to send in any pictures of your Girl Scout Week activities to Communications at email@example.com!
Planning a trip?
Use the writable TTA (Troop Trip Application). ALL TRIP APPLICATIONS and rosters must be submitted to the Service Unit Manager (or designee) for approval by the following deadlines:
• 1 Week before field trips/events of no more than 4 hours;
• 2 Weeks before day trips in excess of 4 hours;
• 4 Weeks before overnight trips of 1 or 2 nights;
• *6 Weeks before trips of 3 or more nights within the continental United States
Make sure that you print and take with you the Safety Activity Checkpoints for the activities you are participating in. Don’t forget that if your planned activities are High Adventure please refer to Volunteer Essentials, pgs. 98-99 for information on the vendor approval process!
Memorial Day Parades
Although the weather has been cold and blustery, spring is here! The weather will be warming up and Memorial Day Parades are right around the corner! Please remember to think safety first by familiarizing yourself with the appropriate Safety Activity Checkpoints. Submit a Parade Float Request Form at least two weeks prior to your parade if your troop is planning to participate in a float.
|Be sure to pick up a set of these unique pint glasses in our shops!
Please note that all shops will be closed April 4, May 26, and June 18, 2013.
Hartford Shop is closed Monday March 25, 2013 for inventory.
Wilton Shop is closed Wednesday March 27, 2013 for inventory.
However, online shopping is available 24/7!
The council shops are offering 25% off all Year of the Girl and 100th Anniversary inventory.
Featured This Month - Cookie Merchandise
Now that cookies have been delivered, have you picked up your pint glasses? New this year, this set of two pint glasses are for sale in our shops. They feature our famous Girl Scout Cookies and our Mission. They make great gifts for your favorite Girl Scout cookie lovers or for yourself! Check out all our other cookie merchandise in the shops or online as well!
|Volunteer Development Services
Volunteer Appreciation Week
|Pick up a small token of appreciation for your
co-leader or troop volunteer! These level pins are available for each of the Girl Scout levels for just $4.50. Shop online or in the shop.
Please join us for the week of April 21-27 in celebration of our many volunteers, without whom we could never offer the level of quality Girl Scout opportunities throughout the state that our girls enjoy. Whether it be an unexpected note, a token of appreciation, or a warm-hearted “thank you,” taking the time to recognize the volunteers in your life is a meaningful way to brighten someone’s day while showing how much you appreciate their commitment to improving the lives of girls.
And don’t forget Leader Appreciation Day is April 22! What a great time to recognize the work that your Troop/Group Leader has done throughout the year by awarding them with the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Leading the Way Pin. It’s easy! Complete the short application and submit it to your Service Unit Recognitions Chairperson or designee today! Click for the writable application form.
Regional Training Days
Just a reminder that the Regional Training Days are coming up quickly! All five of these days will include First Aid/CPR/AED training, Fire, Food and Fun, and Camping Adventures Challenge. Candlewood , Pattagansett, and Aspetuck will also include Basic Leader Training and Out and About training. Register today to ensure your space – these fill up quickly! Choose from one of these wonderful training opportunities:
• Camp Candlewood, New Fairfield - April 27
• Camp Carlson, Bristol - May 4
• Camp Pattagansett, East Lyme - May 11
• Camp Merrie-Wood, Manchester - May 18
• Camp Aspetuck, Weston - June 8
We have increased our registration support to you! Quality Customer Service is something that we at GSOFCT take seriously. To better support the needs of our membership, the North Haven Registration Department will now be open late Thursdays (4:30-7:00 p.m.) and on Saturdays (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) to provide additional assistance. Departmental staff will answer registration questions, reset passwords, as well as accept walk-in individual program and camp registrations. Please note: We do not accept over-the-phone registrations.
|Story of the Month
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Museum Ribbon Cutting
The Girl Scouts of Connecticut Museum is now open to the public! A ribbon cutting was held on Sunday, March 10 to officially open the museum. It is located at the North Haven Service Center, room 107. During regular business hours, self guided visits may be scheduled by contacting Hannah Granfield at firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular Saturday and Thursday night hours will be available as scheduled below.
This museum was made possible by a founding donation from Cheryl and Steve McGuff. Additional donations were made from Peg Standley and Phyllis Palm. The museum has historical exhibits for all ages.
Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday May 16 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 20 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Do you have a great story you want to share?
Submit it to the GSOFCT website! Just fill out the submission form and upload a picture if you have one. It's easy! While you are there, check out some other great stories as well.
Are you a Girl Scout alum? Visit our Alumnae Memories page.
|Looking for a summer job or know someone who is?
Summer camp employment opportunities with GSOFCT are available now. Apply today - it’s so much more than a job! Be paid for the best summer you’ll ever have while making a difference in the lives of youth. Check out our employment opportunities to find a job description that fits you!
Have you checked with the girls in your troop to see if they received their camp brochure? Are they thinking of coming to summer camp? Is your troop helping girls enrich their Girl Scout experience by attending summer camp? Some troops pick a week and attend together. Other troops are using cookie proceeds to assist families with camp fees. If you desire to promote summer camp to your troop families, please call any of the camp managers. We are happy to answer questions and you can check out the expanded session descriptions online. Remember that all girls are welcome to attend our summer camps.
Early Bird Discount
We are again offering this popular summer camp discount to all families! If you register and pay in full by April 1, you will receive $15 off each day camp session and $30 off each resident camp session. All families registering and paying for camp by April 1 are able to claim this discount. Does your daughter have a friend who is not in her troop who would like to join her at summer camp? Invite her to join your Girl Scout now!
|Program and Training Registration Announcement
The online Program and Training Registration area is going down on Tuesday, March 26, from 5:00 p.m.- midnight and then again all day on April 2 for updates and maintenance. We will work to be back on-line as soon as possible. As a result, the following event registration deadlines have been extended:
- GS Day at Mystic Aquarium – extended to March 28 (was March 27)
- PG13203 - GE: What’s in a Career – Stamford - Extended to April 1 (was March 28)
- PG13204 - GE: What’s in a Career – Norwalk - Extended to April 1 (was March 28)
- PG13205 - GE: What’s in a Career – Danbury – Extended to April 1 (was March 28)
Facebook 4 Girls Reminder
Don’t forget to check out our Girls Facebook page for girls 13 years old and older, and encourage older girls to Like us.
Programs-in-a-Box: April Recommendations
Programs-in-a-Box are stocked and ready for you to rent! Please contact the Program Department at email@example.com to reserve your box. Please give two weeks reservation notice and return them within four weeks of your reservation.
It’s time to start getting the girls outside. This month we recommend these two program boxes:
It’s Knot Hard (J-A)
This box teaches how to tie a few simple knots. Pre-cut ropes, direction sheets, hints for how to start, and game suggestions make it easy to learn easy to more progressively difficult knots.
Sports Equipment (D-J) Supports a Badge
This large bag contains tips for practicing sport skills such as tossing and catching, and a variety of equipment such as bean bags, large pompoms and rubber balls, batting tee, bat, paddles/rackets, bases, cones, etc. Due to the size, Sports Equipment cannot be mailed.
In the Community
Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Resources
March is Nutrition Month!
Ask your local supermarket how they can support your Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Patch program efforts!
ShopRite has a webpage with healthy ideas and your local store may offer cooking workshops (for a small fee) or tours. Big Y has information on the nuval system, and at some stores, offer healthy workshops and tours. For stores in the Tolland/Manchester area, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Use these community connections to help girls learn about nutrition as they work on the Live Healthy, Lead Healthy Patch.
Six Flags Science Adventure Day
Girl Scouts of Central Western Massachusetts is sponsoring this event in Agawam, MA. on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Get more info here.
Take a Hike with the CT Audubon Society
Join the CT Audubon Society for a Badge Day Bonanza on April 27 from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the CAS Center in Fairfield (2325 Burr Street, Fairfield). CAS teacher-naturalists lead Girl Scouts on a hike through their beautiful sanctuary, all while satisfying selected badge requirements from Junior Animal Habitats, Brownie Bugs, and Brownie Hiker. For more information or to register contact Jane Guenther at email@example.com or 203-259-6305.
The Springfield Museums offer Camp-Ins for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes as well as Daisy Museum Adventure Days. Contact the museum directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and prices.
Old Sturbridge Village offers hands-on studio programs designed for Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts. Each program provides the information and resources to earn badges; beginning in the studio, followed by time within the Village and, finally, completing some at home. Girls will get their hands on history during activities led by a museum teacher in our dynamic education center or within the museum. Studios are 50-minutes unless otherwise noted. See details on their website.
Check out this link for descriptions of service vs. take action projects, a map of take action projects done around the world, and a link to upload your own Journey, Forever Green, Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award take action project.
How do I find and share upcoming events, like the ones listed below?
Most council-planned events are open to individual girls and their guardians. Give your girls the opportunity to expand their activities by telling them how to find these wonderful opportunities! We know everyone is busy so if your whole troop can't make it, it's not a problem! For most events, she can go on her own (Cadette, Senior, Ambassador only) or with her guardian!
- Log onto gsofct.org
- Under the Participate tab, click on Program and Training Registration Area
- Then click on View and Register for Events
- From here, they can browse all that we have to offer then select, log in, and register for any of the programs. For help with username and password, call or email the Registration Department at email@example.com or (203) 239-2922 ext. 500.
Or, share your Program Resource Guide with them at one of your meetings! It is also available on our website. Just look for the cover on the right hand side under Quick Links.
For registration instructions, click here.
|Upcoming Daisy Events
|Below is a list of upcoming Daisy events. For detailed information about each of these events, refer to pages 83-86 in your Program Resource Guide or visit our online listing. You can register online, by fax, or mail. Girls are invited individually with a guardian, girls can come as a troop, and some are open to families. We hope to see you there!
|Upcoming Brownie Events
|Below is a list of upcoming Brownie events. For detailed information about each of these events, refer to pages 83-86 in your Program Resource Guide or visit our online listing. You can register online, by fax, or mail. Girls are invited individually with a guardian, girls can come as a troop, and some are open to families. We hope to see you there!
|Upcoming Junior Events
|Below is a list of upcoming Junior events. For detailed information about each of these events, refer to pages 83-86 in your Program Resource Guide or visit our online listing. You can register online, by fax, or mail. Girls are invited individually with a guardian, girls can come as a troop, and some are open to families. We hope to see you there!
- S'more Girls at Camp
- Challenger Mission
- Frog Song, Forest Song
- Follow the Leaders
- Knotty Matters
- Barking Up a Tree
- Girl Scout Day at Mystic
- OLS Sampler - Skills Day
- Tabletown overnight
- Earth Day Event
- Puppetry Sampler
- Letterboxing Hike
- TT Wild Work Party
- New! Camp Call-In Night
- Timber Trails Junior Jump Camp Explorer
- Explore Disability Awareness
- Springing Up
- Timber Trails Adventure Day Overnight
- Adventure Day - Archery (Beginner)
- Adventure Day - Archery (Intermediate)
- Adventure Day - Boating
- Adventure Day - Climbing
- Open House - Summer Camp
- S'more Girls at Camp
- Tweetin' Peeps
- Boston Museum of Science Sleepover
- Junior Troop Camping Overnight
- OLS Sampler - Skills Day
- Once Upon a Palette: The "Her" Story of Florence Griswold
- Letterboxing Hike
- Knotty Matters
- Coals and Sparks
- The Archer's Heart
- Fairies, Unicorns, and Mystical Creatures weekend
- New! Camp Call-In Night
|Upcoming Cadette Events
|Below is a list of upcoming Cadette events. For detailed information about each of these events, refer to pages 83-86 in your Program Resource Guide or visit our online listing. You can register online, by fax, or mail. Girls are invited individually with a guardian, girls can come as a troop, and some are open to families. We hope to see you there!
- Travel Opportunities
|Upcoming Senior and Ambassador Events
|Below is a list of upcoming Senior and Ambassador events. For detailed information about each of these events, refer to pages 83-86 in your Program Resource Guide or visit our online listing. You can register online, by fax, or mail. Girls are invited individually with a guardian, girls can come as a troop, and some are open to families. We hope to see you there!