April 2013Connect with us! Quick Links
We said it earlier this week and we're more than happy to say it again: THANK YOU for being a Girl Scout Volunteer! Your dedication is truly an inspiration to the girls in your troop and to many others who may be watching. To continue the warm feelings, you are invited to our Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognitions Ceremony where we will say thank you again! Get the details here.
With May at our doorstep, there is, as always, a lot going on at GSOFCT! Here are the highlights you won't want to miss:
- A new contest!Your idea could become the new CEO Patch!
- Product Sales: Cookie Season is coming to a close - be sure to enter your troop in the Bling Your Booth Contest!
- Membership: It's time for Early Bird & Memorial Day Parades! Be sure you have all your paperwork in order.
- Council Shop: Don't forget to check out our clearance items!
- Volunteer Development Services: Regional Training Days are happening in May - register soon as they are filling fast!
- GSOFCT Museum: It's open - come see us!
- Outdoor Program: Summer Camp registration is open and there is family camping Memorial Day weekend!
- Program: Be sure to check out all the events coming up for your age level!
|Goal Getter Contest Winner!
Almost 8,000 girls sold 24 or more boxes of cookies during the Goal Getter period (Feb. 18-March 29) and were eligible for the Goal Getter drawing. We are pleased to announce that Alessandra of New Hartford Troop 40310 was selected the winner! Alessandra has won the Goal Getter Basket AND a $250 Girl Scouts of Connecticut Program Credit for her troop. Congratulations to Alessandra and all of the girls that worked to reach their cookie goals!
Still time to enter…
|There are still a few days left to enter!
Bling Your Booth entries are due April 30!
Pictured above: Shelton Troop 60048
There is still time to enter your troop’s picture for our “Bling Your Booth” contest and to send in your passport for our “Passport to Product Sales” drawing. Troops have until April 30 to send their booth sale photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Passports can be mailed before May 1 to GSOFCT, 20 Washington Ave. North Haven, CT 06473 for a chance to win one of five “Ice Cream Party” baskets.
Cookie for Heroes Update
Once again our Girl Scouts and cookie customers have chosen to support the council’s Cookie for Heroes program. For the second year we were able to send over 120,000 boxes of cookies to our military men and women! Thank you to all of the girls and adults who worked to support this great program.
Cookie Program wrap-up
Thank you to all volunteers that helped with the 2012-2013 Cookie Program. Our troops earned almost $2 million in troop proceeds! Thank you to all of the dedicated and hard working volunteers that encouraged and supported the girls during this cookie season.
The Product Sales team and SU volunteers are working to wrap up the paperwork for the Cookie Program. If you are contacted about a deposit or cookie inventory question please respond ASAP. Our goal is to resolve the remaining issues quickly and efficiently.
Cookie Credits and 5 for 5 Certificates
Cookie Credits and 5 for 5 Certificates are being prepared and will be mailed to Troop Leader/Troop Cookie Managers in early May. Please look for these in the mail and make sure to distribute all Cookie Credits to the girls as soon as possible. Cookie Credits may be used by girls toward 2013 Girl Scout of Connecticut Summer Camp, Camp Trading Posts, and at all Girl Scouts of Connecticut Shops. 5 for 5 Certificates may be used by the troop at GSOFCT Shop locations. Please be advised that both certificates expire on September 14, 2013.
|End of Year Financial Reports
It’s that time of year again- your Service Unit Treasurer will soon need your End of Year Financial Report!
This mandatory report is critical in determining that troop funds have been used appropriately, and are critical in helping staff support volunteers when financial questions arise. It’s also part of the criteria that will help your service unit be eligible for the Ice Cream Party drawing within your region. We understand that this process can be daunting, and we are happy to work with anyone struggling with this form. The form is writable; just remember to save a copy before you print it. Please contact your Service Unit Treasurer, Service Unit Manager, or Membership and Marketing Manager to determine who is available to help in your Service Unit.
Helpful hint: You don’t need to wait until after the last meeting of the year to turn in your report. As long as you pick up where you left off for next year’s report, you can get this off of your to-do list today!
Memorial Day Parades
|There's a patch for that! Check out our full selection online or in the shops!
A friendly reminder: Memorial Day Parades will be here soon! Please remember to think safety first by familiarizing yourself with the appropriate Safety Activity Checkpoints, submitting a Parade Float Request Form if your troop is planning to participate in a float, and obtain Plan 2 insurance if you are having non-registered participants march with your troop.
Planning for Summer Trips?
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.
|The 2013-14 Early Bird Patch.
Early Bird Materials Have Arrived!
We are happy to announce that Early Bird materials have arrived and are being distributed to your local Service Unit Registrar. We understand that some troop activities have begun to wind down. We encourage leaders to make an extra effort to work with their girls’ families to participate in this initiative. Not only will troops save much needed time in the fall, but all girls who re-register will also receive a patch! Service Units in which 75% of returning troops submit Early Bird registration and 75% troop financial reports are submitted by July 15 will be eligible for a drawing for an Ice Cream Event hosted by your local membership staff! Participate in Early Bird and submit your Troop’s End of Year Financial Report on time and help your Service Unit enter into the regional drawing for this great event!
Please remember that for the next membership year, national membership dues will be increasing from $12 to $15. In addition, Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Board of Directors voted to implement a council service fee of $10 for each girl. The funds will be used to provide resources to better serve our girls, provide more services and support to our volunteers, and to provide more local support to everyone in Girl Scouting. The total girl membership fee will be $25 per year.
Should you have any questions regarding the Early Bird materials, please contact your Membership and Marketing Manager.
National Volunteer Week Promotion Ends Tomorrow,
To show our appreciation, we're giving you FREE Shipping for online orders over $30 until April 27 at midnight! You can also visit any of our shops tomorrow and receive 10% off gift items in honor of National Volunteer Week. (In-store only, no phone or online orders)
We have discounted all the Year of the Girl and 100th Anniversary commemorative items. Get them while supplies last! All prices online reflect this 25% discount. When visiting a council shop don’t forget to check out the clearance items!
New Shop Hours
Our Hartford shop will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays:
May 11, 2013
May 18, 2013
June 1, 2013
June 8, 2013
June 15, 2013
See all locations and hours.
|Volunteer Development Services
Regional Training Days
|Sign up for Fire, Food, and Fun training, and
you will make s'mores! Yum!
Be sure to get your trainings in before summer! Our popular regional training days are not only tons of fun, you will feel accomplished having checked another training off your list! Come join us at any of the following regional training events held at our camps:
- Pattagansett in East Lyme on
- Merrie-Wood in Manchester on
- Aspetuck in Weston on June 8
Get all your training details here!
|We've had many visitors so far - including
our National CEO, Anna Maria Chávez!
The Girl Scouts of Connecticut Museum is now open for visits! The museum 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 email@example.com. 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!
Come by during any of these times:
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.
|Community Service Opportunity
|Girl Scouting in Detention Centers
Currently, in three locations, Girl Scouts of Connecticut serves groups of girls who, for a variety of reasons, live in group residential services. While they are in these facilities, they may choose to attend Girl Scout meetings. While the troop is much like other Girl Scout troops, the girls are living in a restrictive group setting and do not have many of the small luxuries we may take for granted.
If your troop is interested in donating items to these sister Girl Scouts in Detention Centers, please contact Sujey Alicea at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (800) 922-2770 ext. 3321. Items may be dropped off at the Program Department in the North Haven Service Center until June 1, 2013. Items requested are: hand lotion, chapstick, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair accessories such as scrunchies, combs, deodorant, pens & pencils, notebooks, socks, T-shirts, or individually packaged non-perishable snacks. We request that donations do not include hair products, perfumes, body sprays, any aerosol products, or sharp/glass items.
|Story of the Month
On April 17, twenty-four girls took to the hallways of Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford to "Add It All Up." The first group of girls decided to head to Disney World - but how would they get there? A quick web search gave them airfare prices and then their goal was set - save $243 per ticket! Girls proceeded to play "It All Adds Up," a game designed by the Women in Actuarial and Analytics to demonstrate how to save for that special trip or whatever goal you want to reach.
|Girls learned the concept of insurance by using paper money to buy insurance on their cell phones in case it got lost or damaged. See the photo gallery!
Meanwhile, the group in the other room decided whether or not they wanted to buy insurance on their fancy cell phone. Each girl had a turn spinning the wheel to find out if their phone "fell in the tub," "got stuck in their jeans," or if they found it right where they left it. If the girl didn't buy insurance, she had to buy a new phone to keep playing.
Overall, it was a fun day that added up to financial literacy! See the coverage in the Hartford Courant!
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.
We found out girls love eating kiwi at Camp Candlewood!
What fruits do your girls love?
Maybe they will try something new and healthy
this summer at one of our camps!
Open House for Summer Camps!
Haven’t decided which of our great summer camps to attend? Come to an Open House on Sunday, May 5, between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Walk through the camp, meet with some of the camp staff, and ask the questions that will help you decide which camp to attend! Get directions to our summer camps.
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 opportunitiesto find a job description that fits you!
Are the girls in your troop thinking of what to do this summer? Help 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. Please help promote summer camp to the girls in your troop. Check out the expanded session descriptions online. Have girls invite their friends to join them. Remember that all girls are welcome to attend our summer camps!
Still time to register!
Brave, the Highland Games and Arabian Nightsstill have limited spaces available. Come enjoy a fun weekend where you’ll meet girls from around the state, enjoy themed programming and meals served in the dining hall! It's sure to be a great experience. Both events are all ages!
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 are up and running for the 2013 year! We have added nine boxes to coincide with the Journeys. All other boxes have been re-stocked and updated. Please contact the Program Department at email@example.com to reserve your box today! Please give a two-week 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 three program boxes:
It’s Your Planet, Love It! Journey Series
Between Earth and Sky (D)
This box contains materials for conducting nature activities, creative crafts, and educational discussions, which guide Daisies in understanding the Girl Scout Law.
Wow! Wonders of Water (B)
Brownies will enjoy exploring this leadership journey and learning about the importance of water in their lives and what they can do to protect this vital natural resource. This box contains supplies for crafts, activities, and discussions.
Get Moving (J)
The box contains supplies for fun crafts, games, activities, and discussions which focus on the conservation of energy.
Don't Miss These Opportunities!
Want to sleep out under the stars - and helicopters? Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors save October 4-6, 2013 for Camp Sikorsky! Spend the weekend with Girl Scout and Boy Scout friends, and the scientists and engineers at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford while you learn about careers in aviation and related STEM fields. Spend Saturday in workshops and enjoy guest speakers and time with your peers. Meals are covered by the program fee - no need to cook! Registration fee is $40; after September 1, fee increases to $50 and spaces are filled as available. PG14001. Contact Ellyn Savard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robotics - for free!
Thinking about offering robotics to your troop? Now is the time! Through generous funders, GSOFCT can support five teams of 9-14 year olds, and three to five teams of 6-9 year olds. Create a team of six or more girls, add a mentor, and plan to meet once per week, and we can supply the equipment and pay your program registration and tournament fees, as well as provide t-shirts and materials! FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14) begins its new season about natural disasters on September 1, so plan to join in the fun! Visit usfirst.org to see what it’s all about, then contact Ellyn Savard at email@example.com for information about Girl Scout teams.
In the Community
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 activities 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.
Click on 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! 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 events 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 events are open to families. We hope to see you there!
- Timber Trails Junior Jump Camp Explorer
(reg. by 4/26)
- Open House - Summer Camp
- S'more Girls at Camp (reg. by 4/26)
- Outdoor Living Skills Sampler (reg. by 5/3)
- Once Upon a Palette: The "Her" Story of Florence Griswold (reg. by 5/7)
- Letterboxing Hike
- Knotty Matters (reg. by 5/7)
- Coals and Sparks (reg. by 5/10)
- The Archer's Heart (reg. by 5/3, 5/15, & 5/17)
- New! Camp Call-In Night
- Boston Museum of Science Sleepover (reg. by 5/1)
- Girl Scout Day at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center
- The Archer's Heart
- CT Trails Day
- Brave, The Highland Games weekend
- Cooperation & Competition Team Challenge weekend
- Arabian Nights weekend
- Timber Trails All Aboard Camptastic Troop Weekend
- T.A.S.T.E. Day
- T.A.S.T.E. overnight
- Exploring Hammonasset
- Pattagansett Staycation (families)
- Timber Trails Stars & Stripes Family Camping Weekend
- Girl Scout Day at Lake Compounce
- Summer Sizzle
|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 events are open to families. We hope to see you there!
- Travel Opportunities