We love our volunteers and we know you do, too! Help GSMH recognize the greatness of our volunteers and thank them for the contributions they make in developing girl leaders.
Tell us about the amazing and inspirational Girl Scout volunteers you know. Council awards are given to adult members who go above and beyond the expectations of their volunteer role and make a positive difference in the lives of girls. Think of the volunteers you know, consider all they have done over the past year for Girl Scouts, check out the descriptions of the council awards, and nominate that special volunteer today!
Don’t delay! Nominations for council-level adult recognition awards are due on December 5, 2014 to your regional Leadership and Learning Specialist—Volunteerism.
New this year, we will have regional recognition events to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our volunteers:
- Central Region: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9 a.m., Columbia.
- Southeast Region: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12 p.m., Cape Girardeau.
- Southwest Region: Saturday April 18, 2015, 11 a.m., Springfield.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your regional Leadership and Learning Specialist—Volunteerism or 877-312-4764.
New this year, we are excited to announce the 2014-2015 service unit membership registration bonus! Each service unit is eligible for a $150.00 bonus if it meets the following criteria:
- At least one recruitment or registration event planned and implemented by the service unit.
- Must be advertised and open to new members.
- Event must have been held between 9/1/14 and 1/30/15.
- The service unit must meet a specific goal for 2014-2015 troop/Juliette membership registrations by 1/30/15. Contact your Membership Marketing Specialist for the specific membership goal.
- Service unit financial report must be submitted for 2013-2014 year.
- Service unit must have bank account information on file.
- Account must have three non-related signers.
- All signers must have current volunteer application/background checks on file.
For more details contact your Membership Marketing Specialist.
We have exciting news! Girl Scouts is adding four new Outdoor Badges in the fall of 2015 and we want you to help choose them!
Girl Scouts is adding one new badge for the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior levels. Take this short survey and help us choose the badge category. This survey runs from October 31, 2014 – November 30, 2014.
You can vote as often as you like! The badge topic with the most votes wins!
If you have any questions email Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Melody Hutchison or call 877-312-4764 x1122.
By Rolla Girl Scout Troop 62505
Recently, we had the opportunity to make a Public Service Announcement and tour a local television station. Our Cadette and Senior members were able to themselves, record some of the footage. This helped the Cadettes finish their MEdia Journey. All girls from out mulit-age level troop were welcomed to tour the television station.
Girls of all ages truly enjoyed the tour of the television station. We also were able to learn a lot! We learned that they have the words that you need to say right under the camera, which was extremely helpful. And, if they have the green screen on and you are wearing a green shirt, it changes the color of your shirt to black! They also explained to us why they have carpet on the walls (it helps the sound from echoing).
The Cadettes had fun filming and learning about media. Basically, they went around recording footage of each of the groups. Then, we sent the footage to the television station. When we went for the tour, they recorded some more. After we left, the station put it all together, and sent it back to us. They plan on airing it on a local station soon!
Here is the finial version of our PSA:
All the girls, especially the Cadettes, had fun and learned a lot! If you have Girl Scout Cadettes and are getting ready to do the MEdia Journey, we highly recommend contacting your local television station.
-Cadettes and Senior of Rolla Girl Scout Troop 62505
Girl Scouts will host its 53rd national convention in Salt Lake City, October 16-19, 2014. One focus during convention is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience-Outdoors.
GSUSA wants to hear from you!
Below are a few questions about outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts. Share your thoughts by emailing your feedback no later than September 26, 2014.
1. What should our promise to girls be regarding outdoor experiences in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?
2. Girls tell us they enjoy their Girl Scout experience more when they get outdoors regularly and in varied ways. How can GSUSA and councils work together to provide outdoor experiences for our girl members?
3. What can Girl Scouts (local and national) do to support and encourage volunteers and girls to incorporate outdoor experience into their regular troop activities?
4. What support should GSUSA be providing councils to strengthen outdoor experiences within the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?
Thank you for helping Girl Scouts continue the tradition of providing leadership experiences in the great outdoors!
By Anne Soots, CEO Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
A question I’m often asked is “What do girls gain through their participation in Girl Scouts?”
This question brings back memories of when I was a young Girl Scout. I’ve been a Girl Scout since I was seven years old. Every Tuesday afternoon, I couldn’t wait until school was over and I could go to my Girl Scout meeting to see what fun thing we were trying next. It might have been planting an egg carton garden as a Girl Scout Brownie or planning a camping trip and having my first s’more as a Girl Scout Junior, or volunteering in the hospital as a nurse’s aide as a Girl Scout Senior – it was a wonderful adventure lead by amazing troop leaders. As I grew older, I knew I wanted to help girls have the same great Girl Scout experiences that I did.
So what do girls gain when they join Girl Scouts? Girls gain courage to try new adventures. Girls become confident in their abilities to lead. Girls develop character and give back to their communities. Girls discover new skills and learn about the outdoors. Girls develop friendships and make memories that will last a lifetime.
At Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, we serve just over 16,000 girls and 5,000 adults across 68 counties in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. We want to reach more girls than ever before, but in order to do that, we need more volunteers.
Girl Scouts provides a wide range of amazing opportunities for girls and for adult volunteers.
Recent Girl Scout research shows that 94 percent of Girl Scout volunteers and 97 percent of girl members believe Girl Scouts provides them with new, fun and exciting experiences.
I hope you will join me in making those fun, exciting Girl Scout opportunities available to girls in your community. Let’s provide more opportunities for more girls to explore, discover, and give back. To join or volunteer, please visit: www.girlscouts.org/join.
The mission of 100 Missouri Miles is to get more Missourians moving in the beautiful Missouri outdoors. Whether you run, walk, bike, ride, swim, or roll, there is a trail or other outdoor venue that can help you achieve the challenge of 100 Missouri Miles.
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and many other Missouri businesses and organizations have joined Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon in the effort to challenge all Missourians to complete 100 Missouri Miles of physical activity by the end of the year.
Create your own profile at the www.100MissouriMiles.com and then join the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Group. Girls, volunteers, staff and friends of GSMH can all join the group and then compare progress on the leaderboard.
Missouri has been named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails. The national award is presented every two years to the state that has made tremendous contributions to promote and improve their trails system.
Missouri State Parks offers almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and the state claims more than 500 miles of National Recreation Trails designated by the U.S. Department of Interior. The state lives up to its reputation as “Gateway to the West” with significant trails including the Lewis and Clark, Trail of Tears, and the Santa Fe National Historic Trails passing through the state and the Pony Express, California, and Oregon National Historic Trails beginning on the western border. Missouri is also the home of the Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail in the nation.
The miles completed do not have to be at a state park or on a trail, they can be anywhere you get out for physical activity. Do you walk or run every day for exercise? You can log a lot of miles that way. Let’s see how many miles Girl Scouts can accomplish this year!
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is so grateful to have you on board as a valued volunteer as, together, we embark on our second century of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.On behalf of our girls and staff across sixty-eight counties, I’d like to thank you for your dedication to the cause of growing the next generation of female leaders who will make our communities, our states, our country, and our world a better place.
For the countless hours you spend supporting Girl Scouting, your tireless devotion, your
leadership, and the positive example you set for girls, we offer our deepest appreciation. Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland salutes you and looks forward to building a brighter tomorrow for girls, with your help. We invite you to think about the difference you make by providing a place for girls to be safe, to belong, and to thrive. Think about it, smile, and be proud.
With gratitude on Girl Scout Leader’s Day,
Anne Soots, CEO
Renew your membership by June 2, 2014 to be an Early Bird!
Five reasons why it’s great to be an Early Bird.
- You receive a special 2014-2015 Early Bird patch.
- This year includes new incentives:
- Troops earn an Early Bird Bill worth $10 AND are entered into a drawing for an Early Bird Bill worth $100!
- Girls are entered into a drawing to win one of fifteen Early Bird Bills worth $50!
- You receive an automatic invitation to any of the Early Bird Hoedowns or Early Bird Baths!
- You’ll be set to start troop meetings right away in the fall.
- It’s a great way for girls to be self-sufficient by using their recently-earned Girl Scout Cookie Credit!
Register now and be an Early Bird! If you need more information on how you can be an Early Bird, contact your Membership Marketing Specialist or call 877-312-4764.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, GSMH was pleased to honor two Girl Scouts who have exemplified the Girl Scout Promise and Law in their recent actions.
Girl Scout Cadette Hannah received the Girl Scout Medal of Honor. This national Girl Scout Award is given to a Girl Scout who has saved someone’s life.
When Hannah was eleven years old she and her father, Michael, were in a remote area and involved in a truck roll-over. It was such a remote area that only one car went by within the two hours after the accident. This brave Girl Scout climbed out of the vehicle, found the cellphone – which was thrown from the vehicle, and called for help.
Hannah informed 911 that a helicopter was needed. Her father’s arm was severed, and he was losing blood fast.
She remained calm, flagged down that one passing vehicle – whose driver put on a tourniquet. It was 45 minutes before the helicopter arrived. The doctor informed the family afterwards that Michael had lost so much blood, he was only minutes away from not being with us anymore. “I am alive today because of Hannah. If she had panicked, I would not be here,” said Michael.
Olivia is a Girl Scout Ambassador who in thirteen years as a Girl Scout has never missed a meeting. Olivia was the recipient of two special awards, the Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and The President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The Certificate of Excellence signifies that Olivia was in the top 10 of all applications from the state of Missouri for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a national award that recognizes Americans of all ages who volunteer significant amounts of time to serve their community. This year, Olivia has volunteered over 650 community service hours to Girl Scouting and other organizations… and over the past four years, she has given over 2,000 hours.