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.


Join GSMH for Give Ozarks

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) is participating in the first-ever Give Ozarks 24-hour online day of giving on May 5, 2015.

Give Ozarks 30-second Promo from CF Ozarks on Vimeo.

GSMH will raise online donations from midnight to midnight on May 5 at Our goal is $5,000 for the ToGetHerThere campaign.

What is the ToGetHerThere Campaign? It’s about girls! We believe every girl deserves the confidence to dream big.

Research indicates that 61% of girls are either ambivalent about leadership or say it’s not important to them at all. Studies also reveal that girls idealize leadership qualities and skills, like being talented, caring, honest, hard-working, confident, good listeners, and team players. Sadly, only 21% of girls believe they have the qualities required to be a good leader. In other words, girls know what it takes to lead, but lack the confidence to do so.

It’s time for things to change.

Investing in girls through Girls Scouts will allow more girls to join a community of leading Girl Scout Alumnae, develop into the next generation of empowered and resourceful women, and build a confidence they will carry with them into the future.
• 70% of professional women are Girl Scouts
• 69% of female U.S. Senators are Girl Scouts
• 67% of female members of the House of Representatives are Girl Scouts
• Almost every female astronaut is a Girl Scout.

Making a secure donation is simple. On May 5, go to 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.




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.


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!”



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.


Be an Early Bird for 2014-2015

Renew your membership by June 2, 2014 to be an Early Bird!

Five reasons why it’s great to be an  Early Bird. Logo_Color

  1.  You receive a special 2014-2015 Early Bird patch.
  2. 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!
  3.  You receive an automatic invitation to any of the Early Bird Hoedowns or Early Bird Baths!
  4. You’ll be set to start troop meetings right away in the fall.
  5. 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




GSMH Holiday Open House & Winter Weather Policy

December 13, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.


December 10, 2013

Due to inclement weather our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers are closed today. Staff are available to assist you via email and voicemail.


December 9, 2013

Due to weather and road conditions our Cape, Dexter and Springfield Service Centers are closed today.


December 6, 2013

Due to the weather and road conditions, the Holiday Open Houses scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers will be rescheduled. The Jefferson City Open House will continue as planned.

December 6, 2013

Due to inclement weather the Cape, Dexter, Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.

December 5, 2013


Due to inclement weather our Dexter Service Center will close at 1:00 p.m. today. The Joplin and Springfield Service Centers will close at 4:00 p.m. today.

December 4, 2013

The weather forecast is calling for a wintery mix throughout GSMH Thursday through Friday. We feel this is a good time to remind everyone of the inclement weather policy for all of our service centers.

If the public school system in a city where a service center is located cancels school for the day due to inclement weather, the service center in that city will also be closed (Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Jefferson City, Joplin or Springfield public schools only).

Many of you have plans to attend the GSMH Holiday Open House events happening at our service centers (except in Cape Girardeau) this Saturday, December 7. We will make every effort to have these as scheduled. However, this will be dependent upon factors such as electricity and roads. Please call our offices first at 877-312-4764 for updates prior to driving to a service center.

We hope you all stay safe and warm!


GSMH 2014 Signature Event



Join us for a fun-filled, STEM-tastic day! Girls of all ages can explore science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and educational activities. There will also be interactive exhibits and live demonstrations.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy this event—but it might just inspire you to become one! Girls and troops will have a chance to show off their talents too! Mini competitions will be taking place throughout the day.

  • There will be concessions available for purchase.
  • Troops are allowed to tent camp on Saturday night at the location of the event.
  • Discounted hotel rates are available at hotels in Columbia and Jefferson City.

DATESaturday, April 12, 2014
LOCATIONAshland Optimist Club, 511 Optimist Dr., Ashland, MO 65010
TIME10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COST$20 (includes admission, patch, and t-shirt)

Information packets and registration forms will be available on the GSMH website mid-November.


Strategic Learning in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is currently engaged in its second cycle of the Strategic Learning process.  This work will set the direction for the council for 2014-2017.  Strategic Learning is a process that was developed by Willie Pietersen, Columbia University Business School, and adopted by Girl Scouts of the USA several years ago.  The key to Strategic Learning is to help build adaptive organizations ready to meet the challenges facing them and prepared to achieve their mission.

The Council Strategy Team, comprised of operational volunteers, board members, community volunteers and council staff members, began their work in April 2013.  They did intensive research to discover the “brutal truths” facing Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and began to develop the strategy that will help the council move forward in achieving the Girl Scout mission.  The work of the team was approved by the council board of directors in September 2013.

This work has produced five Strategic Priorities that will drive all of the efforts of GSMH during this upcoming three-year period.  These priorities are:

  • Recruit, develop, retain, recognize and inspire volunteers who are equipped to support the Girl Scout program.
  • Develop and implement fun, quality, outcomes-based leadership experiences for girls.
  • Create sufficient and sustainable council funding by developing the potential of all council revenue streams and increasing contributed income.
  • Develop and implement flexible strategies to increase retention of girls in grades 1-7.
  • Build upon Girl Scouts’ iconic brand to educate the public on the value of the Girl Scout program.

Staff Gap Teams are working now through early January 2014 to develop strategies to “close the gaps” we have identified and move the council toward the achievement of these Strategic Priorities.  They are eager to have more input from the volunteers.   Any input regarding these five priorities and strategies to achieve them can be emailed to the following addresses:

Volunteer Support Gap Team

Program Delivery Gap Team

Funding Gap Team

Girl Retention Gap Team

Perception and Awareness Gap Team

Anne Soots, Strategic Learning Project Manager


GSMH Property Update

We asked for your feedback on the recommendation for GSMH program properties and we definitely received it. Many people expressed their love for the properties and asked for an opportunity to be able to retain them. As announced after the June 14 Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to allow volunteer/community groups the opportunity to develop and submit sustainable, viable long-term plans for supporting Girl Scouting including retaining and maintaining all of the GSMH program properties that were recommended for divestment.

We know that many people are anxious to begin work on their plans. We will announce the criteria/expectations for those plans very soon. Therefore, we want to share some dates with you now. We will hold meetings in August to meet with volunteers/community members that will be involved in developing sustainable plans to retain properties to submit to the Board. We will provide information and answer questions about plan development. Each of these meetings will be from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and there is no registration required. The meetings will be held at the respective program properties, except the Sacajawea East meeting will be held at the Cape Girardeau Girl Scout service center. The schedule is:

Monday, August 5 – Latonka Program Center
Tuesday, August 6 – Sacajawea East at Cape Girardeau service center
Thursday, August 8 – Mintahama Program Center
Tuesday, August 13 – Sacajawea West Program Center
Wednesday, August 14 – Greenberry Acres Program Center

Anne Soots, GSMH CEO, and council Board member representatives will attend all of the meetings to give input into the discussion. We are looking forward to thoughtful, constructive dialogue about the future of Girl Scouting and program properties in GSMH.