GSMH 2014 Signature Event

STEM

 

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.

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Covering Ground with Geocaching

by Erin Schloss

If you are like me, you are asking yourself, “What is geocaching?”   I’ve heard this term on several occasions and decided it was time to find out.

Blog1Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  These coordinates can be located on several geocaching websites and apps and are only accessible to registered members.

“Who can be a geocacher?”  Anyone!  In fact, that’s one of the draws of geocaching.  Girl Scout troops or families can trek about in search of finding the next cache.  Caches are hidden in both easy and hard to find places, and the owners of these caches are pretty creative.

I tagged along with a “Cacher” who showed me several hidden caches throughout my own town.  Some were hidden in plain sight.  However, when finding one of these treasures, you must be very discreet to avoid catching the eye of a “muggle” or a non-cacher.   Other things to remember when caching:

  • Leave the cache where you found itBlog 2
  • If you take something from the cache, you must leave something in its place (of equal value)
  • Never put anything in the cache that could expire (i.e. food)
  • Cache owners are responsible for maintaining their caches
  • Geocache in groups for safety and support

 

All in all, I found Geocaching to be both challenging and rewarding, but most of all fun.  The cachers are some of the most enthusiastic, passionate sportsmen I have ever encountered and their excitement and dedication for the sport makes you want to be part of the fun.  We can help you get started with our Perfectly Effortless Program: Geocaching. So gather your Girl Scouts, get up, get out and get Geocaching!

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Sacajawea East resumes Horseback Riding Sessions

Horseback riding sessions will resume at the Sacajawea East Program Center on Monday March 11th.  Registration required in advance. Submit a Horseback Riding Registration form or call 1-877-312-4764 ext. 1515 for placement and or registration questions.

Individual Girl/Troop-Group Horseback Riding Registration Form

Individual Girl/Troop-Group Program Registration Procedures

We offer Individual Girl session sign up every Monday through May; the advanced class runs from 4:00-5:30 and the beginner class runs from 6:00-7:30.

Troop or group sessions are available Tuesday –Thursday from 4:00-5:30 and 6:00-7:30. Saturday sessions are available on the first and third Saturday of each month through May. Session times are 9-10:30, 10:45-12:15, 1-2:30 and 2:45-4:15.  Troop and group sessions have a five participant minimum for registration.

If you have additional questions please contact Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Keely Elfrink at 1-877-312-4764 ext. 1515 or kelfrink@girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporees

Turning 100 deserves another celebration! Celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100th by getting together with your Girl Scout friends for an ole’ fashioned Camporee near you! The registration deadline for our From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporee is almost here – REGISTER BY AUGUST 15, 2012.

All participants will receive a commemorative patch bracelet the day of the event.

Want to join in the Celebration?

The Camporees are open to troops and individually registered girls. Troops need to follow the troop travel guidelines for ratio, first aiders, etc. and individual girls must be accompanied by a chaperone.  (In keeping with the Girl Scout Camporee tradition, this is a troop camping or individually registered Girl Scout experience.)

When and where are they happening? ­

September 21-23 (one day or all weekend!)

Central – Sedalia Fairgrounds

Southeast – Bootheel Rodeo Grounds, Sikeston

Southwest – Centennial Park Fairgrounds, Nevada

 

What is the Cost?           

Saturday daytime only (no overnight) $10* per person

Saturday daytime through Sunday morning $12* per person

Friday night through Sunday morning $15* per person

 

What Time does the fun start?

Gates open Friday September 21 at 5:00pm (all Locations)

(Friday is an on your own entertainment night)

Registration Starts at 7:30am Saturday

Opening Flag Ceremony at 8:30am Saturday

Saturday Night Campfire, Songs and S’mores

Closing Flag Ceremony Sunday at 11:00am

 

 

What goes on at a Camporee?

There are many scheduled activities throughout the day Saturday including:  Knot tying, Knife safety, Letterboxing; Tent pitching, Archery, team-building games & SWAP station, Trading Post & MORE!

What do I need to bring?

Camping is primitive tent camping only.  So you will need to bring your own tents.  If you don’t have one check with your service unit to see if they have one you can borrow.  They are a great troop investment.

You will be responsible for your own food, cooking utensils and cooking source. Only grills or camp stoves, no open fires are allowed.  Don’t have what you need; don’t forget to check with your service unit.  A food vendor will be available to purchase lunch and dinner on Saturday otherwise meals are on your own.

You will receive a confirmation email closer to the event which will include an agenda as well as directions, more information and even a sample packing list!

 

Some question you might still be wondering about:

Is there electricity or water at the camp sites?

There is at the fairgrounds but not at the individual sites…primitive camping only.

 

Is there shade?

There is some shade, but most of the area is open field.

 

Do the troops reserve their spot, or it is first come-first serve?

First come, first serve.

 

Can the girls use Cookie Cards?

Yes, just like any event.

 

What is happening on Sunday?

There will be a Scouts Own ceremony, Troop Team Challenges followed by closing ceremony.

 

Do I have to have the BOS training in order to bring my troop?

No, because it is a council event.

 

Do I need to bring swaps?

SWAPs are not required but are encouraged! You will receive information in your confirmation about an approximate number of participants for which to plan for.

 

How can we help with this event?

Troops are needed for flag ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday and to help plan the Scouts Own on Sunday. Adult Volunteers are also needed to help with various stations on Saturday.

Click here to Volunteer at the Camporees   

 

 

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Take me out to the ballgame – to Girl Scout Day at the Springfield Cardinals

This annual event is fun for the entire family! Join hundreds of your sister Girl Scouts as you take part in a special pre-game parade around the baseball diamond and watch one lucky Girl Scout throw out the ceremonial first pitch! Come show your Girl Scout spirit and cheer on the Springfield Cardinals as they take on the Tulsa Drillers.

When: Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Hammons Field, Springfield

Who: Girl Scouts, their friends and family

Tickets are only $8 per person. All seats have chair backs and are in the Field Boxes. To get your tickets fill out a Program/Event registration form and send with payment to your local service center by May 7th.  Girls can use program credit and cookie credit to pay for their tickets.  Tickets will be mailed out prior to the game.  If you have questions contact Stefanie McCall at 1-877-312-4764 x1137 or smccall@girlscoutsmoheartland.org

 

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Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend

This year in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts we will have a Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend. The fashion show will be in the Riverfront Playhouse from 12:15pm -12:45pm on Saturday, May 5, 2012. We need 10-15 models to wear historical Girl Scout Uniforms and they will need to be available starting at 11:30. These historical uniforms do run a little small and are best suited for Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts. We also have a few adult uniforms that older girls could wear. If you are planning to attend Girl Scout Weekend at Silver Dollar City and have girls who would be interested in being in the fashion show please contact Lori Enyart at 877-312-4764 X 1111 by April 13, 2012.

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Property Program Surveys!

UPDATE: The survey period is closed. Thank you, those who have taken the surveys! And those who haven’t, we’re sorry we missed your input. Please stay tuned to our online channels as we will surely be requesting your feedback in the future.

The online version of the property surveys are here!

As you are aware, this year the property committee is working on developing a long-range property plan. This plan will be presented to the board of directors and will help set the course for GSMH’s future property needs.  In order to help the committee develop this plan, we want input from GSMH Girl Scouts, Girl Scout parents and Girl Scout volunteers.

There was a paper version released earlier this month, so if you’ve already filled it out and sent it in – thanks!  If not, use one of the appropriate links below to fill yours out.

The deadline to submit the survey is February 15.

Thank you so much for your help in setting the future for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland!

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2012 Teen Conference: Take Action for Yourself

IMPORTANT NOTE: The dates of the event have been moved back to April 28 and 29, and the registration deadline has been extended
to April 13!

forever greenGet ready for 25 hours of fun, discovery and friendships as you “Take Action for Yourself” at the Teen Conference! The conference is designed to help you tap in to the powerful person you are, as you learn and try new things and have a whole lot of fun with other girls your age from all over the council area.

The conference is open to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. It begins on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 29. The cost of the conference is $50 per girl and $45 per adult. Cost includes 3 meals, a hotel room with three other people, program supplies and a gift bag for all girls!

 

Conference Highlights

  • Workshops
  • Fabulous free time
  • Make your voice heard
  • Be independent
  • So much more!

 

See the registration packet for more details, workshop descriptions, information for adults, and registration forms.

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Backpacking Interest Group

If you are interested in exploring the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, we’ve got a group for you!

Becky Miller and Mara Teeslink aka “Chiknhead” and “Hershey” are starting a backpacking interest group. This group is for girls and adults alike! Troop leaders can bring their girls to learn along with them, or try it out on their own without the girls. Girls need to be at least in the 7th grade and everyone must weigh at least 100 lbs (so they can carry the packs!). Interested girls and adults will first attend a Shakedown to cover some basics about what equipment is needed, menu planning and a practice hike. There is basic equipment available for use and the destination of the trip will be determined by the group.

Shakedown is planned for September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Finbrooke Program Center Rogersville, MO and the backpacking weekend is planned for October 8-9th somewhere south of I-44! If you are interested, or have any questions please contact Becky Miller at talknwaters@cebridge.net.

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Gearing Up for National Volunteer Week 2011

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year since, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected officials.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.

During National Volunteer Week, Girl Scouts of the USA pays tribute to innovative volunteers for making a difference. National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate our volunteers, but to enable a nation to share ideas, practices, and stories, wherever they happen, and shaping a movement to re-imagine the notion of citizenship for the 21st century.

(ht: GSUSA)

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