Have you heard of Pinterest?

by Shandon Hill

Pinterest is an online sharing service that allows members to “pin” images and video onto virtual pin boards.

Whether you’re a seasoned expert with projects to share or a newbie looking for inspiration, Pinterest can be an excellent resource for your Girl Scout troop!

Here are some basic Pinterest terms:

Board: a virtual cork or pin board

Pin: noun – images and video you put on your board are “pins”

verb – the act of putting a picture or video on a board is “pinning”

Repin: If you like someone else’s pin, you can “repin” it and place the picture on an appropriate board of your own

Like: If you like a pin, but it doesn’t fit into your own boards, you can click a button to “like” it.

Service Unit 734 uses a Pinterest board to share craft ideas.  Below are a couple of pins posted on their board:

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Cookie thank you card

Bridging cake idea

For more information on Pinterest, please join me at the “Oh, How Pinteresting!” session at GSMH Leader’s Weekend 2013.  Register quickly because space is limited!  The registration packet is available here.

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Skip the Paperwork-Register Online!

GSMH is pleased to introduce the all new Online Registration system! Beginning in time for Early Bird, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland girls and adults will be able to renew, or create new, their memberships through the web.

ROSE is our new little owl friend who will be helping us roll out the Online Registration ROSE-with-bubblesystem. ROSE stands for Registration On-line Simple & Easy, and she’s coming soon to the GSMH website. When you see ROSE on the website click on her to take you to the Online Registration system.

Volunteers, this is a great opportunity to finally be done with all the hassle and paperwork that come with membership registrations! No more collecting and sending in forms. Encourage your girls’ parents and guardians to use the easy Online Registration system to renew their memberships beginning with Early Bird.

(Never fear: All completed Online Registrations still count toward Early Bird totals and patches. Additionally, girls who have their registrations completed online will receive a special Online Registration patch that features ROSE!)

Here are some of the reasons why you’ll want to have your parents and guardians completing Online Registration instead of you, the volunteer:

  • They will be able to register from home, any time of day.
  • Information at the council will be more accurate than ever as the parents and guardians themselves will be responsible for entering all information without it being copied and entered by someone else.
  • Families will feel more involved in their daughter’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
  • When a parent or guardian registers their girl, the leader does not have to collect and send any signatures to the council—it’s an entirely paperless system! (Alternatively, when a troop leader registers a girl, a paper registration and signature from that girl’s parent or guardian would still have to be collected and sent in to the council.)
  • Volunteers will be free to spend more time working with girls instead of with membership registration.
  • No backlog! Online Registration memberships are active and counted in the system immediately without the delays of passing the registration from person to person to council staff.

Of course, parents and guardians won’t have all the fun. Troop leaders (01s) will be able to use Online Registration to print troop rosters and manage multiple troops.

To experience Online Registration, simply go to www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/rose beginning April 15,  2013. There you will also find guides, videos, and an FAQ to help you use the Online Registration system.

 

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Three C’s of Girl Scouts

by Megan White

Have you ever noticed how we like to reduce names, processes, concepts, just about everything, down to a few handy initials? LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (Oh my goodness!), and TTYL (talk to you later) have even been added to the dictionary!

When buying a diamond you’re told to remember the four C’s (carat, clarity, color, and cut). We use the term STEM to refer to topics related to science, technology, engineering and math. While I love that I can easily remember these concepts, I try to keep in mind the larger idea behind the small grouping of letters.

For many, there are three C’s that sum up the Girl Scout experience. If you had to hazard a guess what those C’s are, what would you say? If “cookies, crafts and camping” came to mind, you would be on the same page as many of the people that I have met, but I am here to share that Girl Scouting goes deeper than those three iconic C’s.

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. This is a mission that I can really get behind. These three C’s are at the heart of what Girl Scouts is all about: the courage to stand up for what is right in our communities and our world, the confidence that we can make a difference in our lives, and  the character to do what is right, even if it’s not popular.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. Girl Scouting is a girl-led, learning by doing, hands-on environment where girls develop life skills. Sure, girls sell cookies. But the Girl Scout Cookie Program is teaching girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.  Girl Scouts still make craft projects for fun or as a part of a skill-building badge, or perhaps as part of a service project to make their communities a better place. And, Girl Scouts definitely go camping. They have amazing outdoor experiences where they learn about environmental protection and sustainability. Learn how to work together as a team and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.

Girl Scouts are learning courage, confidence, and character through their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. These are three C’s that we can all benefit from, don’t you think?

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GSMH Winter Weather Policy

All GSMH Service Center Cookie Cupboards are open Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9 am – 1 pm.

The Jefferson City Service Center is closed Friday, February 22, 2013. Our Joplin office will open at 10:30 and all other offices are open regular business hours.

UPDATE! Due to the current weather conditions, all GSMH Service Centers are closed Thursday, February 21, 2013.

February 20, 2013

The weather forecast is calling for a wintery mix throughout GSMH Wednesday night through Thursday morning. We felt this was 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 for cookie booths this upcoming weekend, and we will make every effort to have our service centers and cookie cupboards open on Friday even if the public schools in our service center towns are closed. However, this will be dependent upon factors such as electricity and roads. Please call our offices first or check Facebook or the website for updates prior to driving to a service center.

Every effort will be made to update our website or Facebook page with information about changes to service center or cookie cupboard hours during this forecasted winter storm.

We hope you all stay safe and warm!

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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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Leader Weekend 2013 Windows to the Past

By Ginger Schneider, Service Team Manager SU 7562011 AD

Having attended Leader’s Weekend every year since 2000, I was asked to share why I attend.

The short answer is because it is fun.  I have met so many new friends from all over the council and I wouldn’t miss the chance to spend the weekend with them.

Leader’s Weekend gives us the chance to re-connect, catch up on each others lives, share our concerns and join the excitement of the Girl Scout Movement.  I come for the whole weekend, but it is planned so you come and go as it fits your schedule.

There is a lot of time and travel spent by the committee to make this all happen.  I have been a part of the committee since 2001.  I wanted to help plan, find workshop presenters, and share. This event is planned by volunteers for volunteers.  2012 P

Leader’s weekend becomes what you want it to be. There is lots of networking, and learning new skills to share with your girls, experiencing night at camp, exchanging ideas and contact information.  The list goes on.

My favorites are being co-unit leader with Trina Keeler, my early morning bird hike, zip line at night, Sunday service at inspiration point and the many new friends I have met, to name a few.  Oh and I can’t forget the fabulous food and not having to cook the entire weekend!

Looking back I am so glad in 2000 (having just moved to Missouri from Minnesota) that I left my comfort zone and went to an event where I didn’t know anyone.

Hope to see you there! 2011 AM

All Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland volunteers are invited to attend Leader’s Weekend: Windows to the Past on Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14 at Finbrooke Program Center. Join us for fun, friendship and learning! Come for the whole weekend, a day or just a few workshops. You won’t want to miss this exciting event!
Register now!

All registrations must be postmarked by March 4, 2013.
If you have any questions contact Melody Hutchison, leadership and learning specialist-volunteerism at mhutchison@girlscoutsmoheartland.org  or 877-312-4764 x1122.

 

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What Exactly is World Thinking Day?

World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

On 22 February each year, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day by:

  • Learning about their international sisters in designated focus countries for the year.
  • Doing fun and educational activities based around an advocacy theme for the year.
  • Fundraising for the World Thinking Day Fund.
  • Earning the World Thinking Day badge.

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926.

How does your troop or group celebrate Thinking Day?  Every year the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts chooses specific countries to represent each of the geographic regions of WAGGS. The 2013 countries are Ireland, Malawi, Venezuela.,

How does your uniform compare to the uniforms in Pakistan?

Pakistan

What about Malawi?

Malawi

Or Ireland?

Ireland

One of my first memories of being a Girl Scout was as a Brownie at our celebration on Thinking Day.  The mother of my good friend Thao was at our party.  This was unusual because Thao’s mother rarely came to anything.  You see Thao was from Vietnam.  As a child I did not know what that meant, all I knew was that Thao did not look like the rest of us and that when her mother was there, she spoke in words I did not understand.

Now here she was sitting in front of us as our leader was arranging us in a circle.  It turned out that the words I did not understand were actually spoken in the language of another country!  As a girl from a small town this was quite intriguing to me.  Thao’s mother smiled at us and in halting English began to tell us stories from when she was a girl in Vietnam.  I remember the fascination my entire troop had that day as our leader helped Mrs. Nguyen with her stories of what she wore, what she ate, where she lived and especially what she did for fun. We had so many questions for her!

I don’t know where Thao and her mother are today.  I feel quite sure that had it not been for World Thinking Day it would have been some time before this small town girl learned that it is a large and fascinating world out there.

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February 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day!

18018tGirl Scouts of the USA has declared February 8 as National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Why? To increase national awareness of what the Girl Scout Cookie Program does for girls and their communities, of course!

Nationally and locally, we’ll be working with media to get the word out about 4 key messages:

  1. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the biggest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales. 
  2. Girls sell more than 200 million cookie packages a year to more than 50 million cookie customers.
  3. The Girl Scout Cookie Program builds 5 essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
  4. With their Girl Scout Cookie Program earnings, girls fund important community projects at the local level.

What can you do? Help spread the word about National Girl Scout Cookie Day! Share the news about this exciting day with your friends and family on your Facebook page. You can even change your cover photo or profile picture to show your support.

On February 8th, tweet about #5Skills or encourage your followers to purchase #onemorebox of #girlscoutcookies.

Girls can purchase a fun patch at a local GSMH retail shop to proudly proclaim their participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Most importantly, celebrate! National Girl Scout Cookie Day is a day to celebrate all the wonderful skills girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program as part of their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Take extra time to tell your Girl Scouts how proud you are of them and let them know that all of us at Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland are proud of them too!

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Tell Us What You Think! Strategic Learning 2013

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To Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Girls, Parents and Volunteers:

We are very glad to have you involved in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.  Providing an exciting Girl Scout program that gives girls opportunities to grow, learn and have fun is very important to us.  And we need your help to make sure our council keeps up to date with what is important to our girls.

Over the next year our council will be going through a process called Strategic Learning.  We will be using the proven best practices of Strategic Learning to gather and review a lot of information from girls and adults across our council.  Girls and adults will have the opportunity to tell us what they like about Girl Scouts and what they would like to see happening in Girl Scouts.  Girls, parents and volunteers are encouraged to complete the online surveys listed below.  You may complete a survey in more than one of the categories if applicable.  Please encourage any girls, Girl Scout parents or Girl Scout volunteers that you know to complete the survey on-line.  The more people that participate, the richer the pool of data we will have to use in our Strategic Learning process.

Girl Survey 

Parent Survey

Volunteer Survey

Thank you for helping us with this very important project.  Your information will help lead Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland into the future.

Sincerely,

 

Anne Soots, Chief Executive Officer

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

 

 

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2013 JUST DESSERTS: Recipe for Success

By Renee Trout

Ingredients:

8 varieties of Girl Scout Cookies

4-5 Girl Scout Troops (any age level)

4-5 local chefs

1 panel of judges

Unlimited amount of community supporters

1 evening of delicious fun

Mix all ingredients with creativity, flair, and ambition.  Serve on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Drury Lodge in Cape Girardeau, MO and you have created something fabulous that we call Just Desserts!

More than a fundraising event, this exciting evening allows Girl Scouts a chance to work with renowned chefs to create a totally new recipe using Girl Scout cookies.  Participants can sample all the delicious entries and vote on their favorite dessert by purchasing a vote for $1 each (you can vote as many times as you like).  The entry with the most votes is named “People’s Choice” winner.  Our panel of sponsors will also pick their favorite dessert, judging each entry on texture, flavor, use of Girl Scout cookie, and creativity. Just Desserts 2013- for VC and blog

This is the third year that Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has hosted the Just Desserts event.  TV shows like Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars and Sweet Genius were the inspiration for creating this unique fundraising opportunity.  The combination of a cook-off and Girl Scout cookies was too good to pass up!

As with everything we do in Girl Scouting, it is not just about the money we raise–it’s about what we are able to teach our girls in this process.  All the chefs are local business owners who offer the girls some real world advice and show them how to use their imaginations to create something totally new.  The girls must also come up with the name for their new recipe that will motivate people to vote for their dessert.

As we celebrate another Girl Scout cookie season, we encourage everyone in the area to come out and see what great things our Girl Scouts are learning and doing.

 

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