Join GSMH and Give Ozarks ToGetHerThere

The first-ever Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving days is scheduled for May 5, 2015 and GSMH is participating.

GSMH has a goal of raising $5,000 to support the ToGetHerThere campaign – a campaign that’s all about girls and helping them become successful leaders in their communities.

Making a secure donation is simple! On May 5, donors can to go Give Ozarks-GSMH to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

May 5 is Give Local America Day when community foundations across the country will be holding similar online fundraising events to boost resources for their local nonprofits, encourage new donors and raise awareness of philanthropy in general.

Online giving days, a growing movement in the philanthropy field, have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations over the past six years.

At Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, we believe that when girls succeed so does society.

Help spread the word! Tell your friends about ToGetHerThere and Give Ozarks.

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Be an Early Bird! Renew Today!

early bird patch 15-16Why is it great to be an Early Bird?

  • Girls receive a special 2015 – 2016 Early Bird patch.
  • Back by popular demand – Early Bird Bills!
  • Special access to a limited edition Early Bird t-shirt!
  • Be set to start troop meetings in the fall.
  • Free attendance to an “Early Bird Bath” in your area!

For troop leaders, there are many advantages to registering early! When school starts back up in the fall, we know that the last thing you want to worry about is getting your troop registered. Use Early Bird as a chance to get ahead of the game: forget chasing down registration forms from parents during the busiest time of the year – get them in now, or even better, use ROSE to re-register your troop and skip the forms all together! Turning in your paper forms on or before close of business June 1 will also guarantee that  your troop will be entered into our database and ready for upload into NUTe and SNAP for Fall Product and Cookie programs with no stress or worry on your part. Early Bird
now to save time and stress this fall – and earn an “Early Bird Bill” for your troop to boot!

Register online with ROSE!

Online registration is easier than ever this year! Leaders now have the option of re-registering their troop online if they are the active 01 and want to pay with troop funds!* Notice the new Troop Roster in your packet? That’s to help you get your troop re-registered! Each troop choosing the Troop Roster option will have the parents sign the roster:

  1. Giving their daughter permission to participate in Girl Scouts.
  2. Confirming their daughter’s information.
  3. Giving you, the troop leader, permission to go onto ROSE and register their girl for the next year.

All that’s left is to return the signed roster to the council!  Additionally, parents may still register their own daughter on ROSE. You will simply need to note that next to her name on the roster.
*Online registration currently accepts credit/debit card payments only.

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Believe in Girls Photo Contest

Courage. Confidence. Character.

What does that mean to your girls?

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Girl Scouts of all age levels are invited to submit an original photo of what “Courage, Confidence, and Character” looks like for our Believe in Girls Photo Contest!

One winner from each age level will be chosen and their photo printed on canvas to be displayed at the Believe in Girls Expo and then in their local service center! Winning girls will receive a print of their photo, a certificate, and recognition in council media.

Requirements: must be an original photo, featuring at least one Girl Scout; must be submitted by email along with your name, age (troop level), hometown, and description of photo included with submission!

Please send your photo to Marketing/Brand Manager, Wendy Whelan. Hurry! The deadline to submit your photo is Friday, March 6!

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Giving Tuesday #OneMoreGirl

GivingTuesday3Today kicks off our 2014 #GivingTuesday campaign-“One More Girl!” You and your daughter are enjoying all the wonderful opportunities and leadership experiences that Girl Scouting has to offer.

As part of the holiday giving season, we are asking our families to give that opportunity to another girl. Your $15 gift will allow “One More Girl” to become a Girl Scout. A girl whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent her from participating. A girl whose self-esteem is low because she doesn’t have the chance to explore her dreams and goals. A girl who is afraid to try new things because she doesn’t have the support of friends and adults who can help her expand her horizons. A girl who doesn’t see the leader she can be.

I hope you will take this opportunity to share the gift of Girl Scouting this holiday season! Each girl whose life is forever changed by Girl Scouting learns to “help people at all times” and “to make the world a better place,” ideals emphasized in our Girl Scout Promise and Law. Your gift today will make a lasting impression on a girl, on your community, on our council, and across the globe!

Support GSMH and make your donation today. Thank you for helping just “One More Girl!”

 

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Vote for Outdoor Badge Activities

Girls voted and GSUSA listened! Outdoor Recreation has been chosen as the theme for the next set of Outdoor badges.

The second phase of Girls’ Choice voting has begun. Girl Scouts is adding one new badge for the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior levels. Take this short survey and help choose the badge activities that most appeal to you. This survey runs from December 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.

Girls Choice Badges

You can vote as often as you like! The badge activity with the most votes wins! The winning badges will be announced on March 12, 2015.

If you have any questions email Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Melody Hutchison  or call 877-312-4764 x1122.

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Vote for Girls Choice Outdoor Badge

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!

Girls Choice Badge

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.

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Our MEdia Journey

By Rolla Girl Scout Troop 62505

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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

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Tell us what you think! GSLE-Outdoors

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. Cherokee Ridge 021

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?106

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?

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Thank you for helping Girl Scouts continue the tradition of providing leadership experiences in the great outdoors!

 

 

 

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Join the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge!

The mission of 100 Missouri Miles is to get more Missourians moving in the beautiful Missouri outdoors. Whether you run, walk, bike, rideswim, 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!

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Happy Girl Scout Leader’s Day!

MagnetOutlineGirl 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,

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Anne Soots, CEO

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