Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bowling Registration Deadline Approaching

The absolute deadline to register your troop for the town-wide bowling event is Wednesday, March 4.
Please note, that the event could sell-out prior to this date.
For more information on this Me & My Pal Bowling Event on March 7th see previous posting at:

REMINDER: Leader meeting Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

*Tuesday, March 3: Leader meeting 7 p.m. at Plymouth Church

Troop Lodge Camping Skills Training Offered in Waltham

Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council will offer Troop Lodge Camping Skills Training in Waltham on Tuesday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This training will prepare and qualify you to help girls lead their troop on a camping experience in a Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council cabin or lodge, Brownie or Monster Camping and incorporate the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. You will gain camping skills that are girl-led through cooperative and learn-by-doing activities. Safety and risk management, what to bring on your trip, menus and meals, Girl Scout program in the out-of-doors and fire building will be covered. You will learn how girls can Discover and Connect to the world outside through activities during camping trips.
Please note that your official camping experience will require another volunteer who is a qualified First Aider.
Leaders are advised to take Troop Lodge Camping Skills 6-8 weeks before taking a troop lodge camping. All training sessions are free.
To register, contact Council or visit

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Special Leader Event: Thursday April 16 in Norwood

Spend an evening enjoying dinner and hear Dr. Karol Maybury discuss, “The Ten Things Girls Need to be Happy, Healthy and Secure.”
Dr. Maybury is a girl development expert, working with girls, their families and educators around the U.S. on topics related to girls, the media, mental health, and parenting. Dr. Maybury is also the author of her upcoming book, Raising a Natural Girl in a Material World.
After years of working with girls, Dr. Maybury has an excellent handle on the landscape that today’s girls are growing up in and how that differs from the environment that today’s parents, educators and leaders grew up in.
Dr. Maybury acknowledges that this is one of the most challenging times to be a girl and a parent, educator or leader of girls, but she will provide the audience with proven solutions and new ideas on how to be an agile and powerful advisor, parent, educator and leader of today’s girls.
Dr. Maybury is an inspiring speaker and as a girl development expert, parent and Girl Scout Volunteer she is well prepared to motivate us to build Our Girls, Our Future.
This special event offered by Council is open to leaders, adult volunteers and Scouts in grades 9-12.
Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per person.
The event is 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in Norwood.
To register, visit
Learn more about Dr. Karol Maybury, Ph.D. at

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Special Event: Space Pirates Show for Scouts on Sunday, March 15

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a special program Space Pirates in Danvers on Sunday, March 15.
Space Pirates is a musical adventure through cyberspace - a song-filled battle between technology and imagination. The story begins when the babysitters of a couple of ordinary kids are sucked into a video game. The adventure begins when the kids must figure out how to get into the game! Can they stop Chasm with the help of the Space Pirates, rescue their babysitters, and restore peace and harmony to the universe?
Girl Scouts have an exclusive behind the scenes and onstage tour. Tickets are open Seating.
Tour starts at 1 p.m. Show begins at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 Scouts and $8 leaders/adult volunteers.
Program Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Event is held at the Hogan Regional Center Auditorium in Danvers.

Council Offers Take A Stance Program for Cadette Scouts

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a Take a Stance workshop for cadette Scouts on Saturday, March 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cedar Hill in Waltham.
In this intro to self-defense and awareness skills, participants learn escape moves and reflexive actions. The program focuses on setting personal boundaries, and the power of saying “no.” It is presented by Girls’ Lifetime Empowerment and Awareness Program, whose mission is to promote the safety and well-being of girls, women, and their families through focused education programs.
The cost is $15 for Scout and $15 for leader/adult volunteer.
To register, visit

Friday, February 20, 2009

Council Offers Rock Climbing Program for Junior Scouts

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a Rock Climb program for Juniors in Boston on Saturday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Junior Scouts will do lots of different adventure activities in this program! Rotate from rock climbing on the high walls, to learning to boulder, to yoga and more!
The event takes place at Spot Rock Climbing Gym, 67 Sprague St., in Boston.
The cost is $15 per Scout. Leaders/adult volunteers are free.
To register visit the council site at

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Leadership Essential Training in Framingham

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a Leadership Essentials Training in Framingham on Wednesday, March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Leadership Essentials is required for both new and experienced volunteers who work with girls in Daisy through Ambassador level troops. By participating in this course participants will learn how to effectively facilitate the new Girl Scout Leadership Experience and explore program materials and badge books. Participants will learn how to facilitate Girl Scout troop meetings and activities so they are girl-led, cooperative learning and learn-by-doing. Participants will also learn about their own leadership style, how it impacts girls and their volunteers colleagues.
To register, contact Council.

Cookie Creations Fundraiser - March 12

Girl Scout Cookie Creations Event
Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m.
The Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Come out and support Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts at Council's annual "Cookie Creations" fundraiser on Thursday, March 12th at the Hotel Commonwealth as the area’s favorite pastry chefs create delicious desserts with your favorite Girl Scout cookies!
A great after-work party with a fabulous silent auction, and lots of fun! Satisfy your sweet tooth and your generous heart all in one night!
Chefs from
BOKX109 American Prime in Newton
Burtons Grill – Boston, Hingham & North Andover
DaVinci Ristorante in Boston
Old Town Bread Company - Rowley
Olivadi Restaurant & Bar - Norwood
Oleana/Sofra Bakery – Cambridge
Troquet - Boston
will use their culinary genius to whip up some amazing desserts with our Girl Scout cookies.
The desserts will be judged Jenny Johnson from TV Diner, Alicia Love from Mix 98.5 and Boston Breakers player Nancy Augustyniak Goffi.

Sugar and spice are nice... but courage, confidence, and character (built through the Girl Scout experience) are even better!
Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50.
To purchase tickets, visit

Got Girl Scout Cookies? Try These Recipes!

Cookie Booth Sale Sunday

Girl Scouts will be holding a cookie sale at St. Bridget's Church on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 1;30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Council Event: Splash with Scouts at Coco Key in Danvers

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a special afternoon of fun for Scouts of all ages at CoCo Key Water Resort on Sunday, March 22.
Girl Scouts will unite to make a big splash! It’s cold out there so join other Girl Scouts, where it will be always 80 degrees, and you can splash, slide and swim all day. For more info on the Danvers-based water park, visit
Troops may arrive after 1 p.m. and stay until 8 p.m. at the indoor water park in Danvers.
The cost to register is $18 per Brownie and $18 per adult/leader.
(Note: Typically a ticket to play at CoCo Key from 3 p.m. to closing is $40 per person.)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

SPECIAL EVENT: Lowell Devils Family Sleepover on April 3/4

Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scouts Council has arranged for a very special outing -- Lowell Devils Family Sleep Over on Friday, April 3 into Saturday, April 4.
Come and cheer for the local hockey team and stay for some exclusive Girl Scout family time, including ice skating! Fun patch, ice skate rental, and Lowell Devils promotional item included. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Friday night, April 3 and ends at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 4.
The events is for Scouts of all levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, & Ambassador.
The Lowell Devils play at the Tsongas Arena, in Lowell.
The cost to attend is $20 per Scout and $20 leader/adult.
The deadline to register is March 2 or if/when the spaces sell out earlier.
To register your child visit,

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Mass Audubon in Worcester will Work with Junior Troops on Badges

Mass Audubon Society's Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and
Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester will work with Junior level Girl Scouts to run a program to earn a Badge.

(Badges are not provided as part of the per Scout fee and will need to be purchased separately by the troop's leader.)
A minimum of 8 Scouts is needed for each program offering.
The cost is based on the length of the program. A 2-hour program is $7 per Scout. A 2.5 hour program is $8 per Scout. There may be an additional charge for adults/leaders. Please check with the sanctuary when registering for a program.
To Book a Junior level Scout Program: Call the Worcester Sanctuary at 508-753-6087, Ext. 15

Programs available for Junior level Scouts are:
Wildlife 2 ½ hours
Learn our state’s wildlife symbols and two animals or plants that are endangered in Massachusetts, and learn how our sanctuary tries to protect them. Identify 3 kinds of birds and learn about beak adaptations! Learn what characteristics are shared with members of two wildlife groups.
Rocks Rock 2 ½ hours
Talk with a geologist about career opportunities. Search the sanctuary for signs of geologic events. Learn how to test and classify rocks. Learn about fossils while making one to take home. Take home a real 300 million year old fossil!!!
Plants and Animals 2 ½ hours
Learn how and why animals are grouped together and discuss the world of extinct animals. Discover whether there are really are Good or Bad plants and animals. Go on a "wildlife safari", identify plants and their uses, and talk to a naturalist who works with wildlife.
Earth Connections 2 ½ hours
Become an ecologist and study a n ecosystem to learn about the different levels of plant life. Learn about growth rings and identify ten trees. Play an eco-game and learn about problems that affect our environment and what you can do to protect earth’s ecosystems.
For the Birds 2 ½ hours
Become an ornithologist as we explore the fascinating world of birds. Learn about beak adaptations, bird calls, feathers, migrations and so much more.
Thanks to Sheryl Farnam at the Broadmeadow Brook Sanctuary for forwarding this information to Framingham Girl Scouts..

Puzzlers: Junior Badge Workshop, in Norfolk on Thursday Night, March 19

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a special Junior badge Workshop on Thursday night, March 19 in from 5:30 to 7:30 in Norfolk.
Puzzlers: Mazes, crosswords, math tricks and magic -- all of these involve working with puzzles. Test your brain power by solving or creating these unique puzzles.
The registration price includes the badge.
The workshop takes place at the Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main Street.
The registration cost is $9 per Junior Scout and $0 for adult/leader.
To register, visit

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Junior Tree Workshop in Waltham

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a special Junior Scout workshop called "Twigs & Sprigs."
Junior Scouts will try their hands at identifying trees in early spring with the help of leaf scars and dormant leaf buds.
The event takes place on Monday, March 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.
This event is for Junior Scouts in grades 4-5-6.
The cost to register is $7 per Scout and $0 for adult/leader.
To register, visit:

Optional Council Event: Green Scene in Belmont

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a special Green Scene workshop for Brownies in grades 2 or 3 on Saturday, March 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
GREEN SCENE: How big is your footprint? Discover your impact on the earth and the animals around you. Work with other Brownies to decide how you can make the world a better place!
The event takes place at the Belmont United Methodist Church, 421 Common Street.
The cost is $8 per Brownie and $0 leader/adult.
For additional information and to register visit:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Register for Me & My Pal Bowling by March 4th

Framingham Girl Scouts is sponsoring a Me and My Pal Bowling Event on Saturday, March 7 at the Fairways Bowling, on Route 9 in Natick.
There are 2 time slot options:
A = 12:45 – 2:15
B = 2:15 to 3:45
All Girl Scout Levels, including Juliette Scouts, can participate.
A "pal” is defined as an adult 18 or older who is a significant person in the girl’s life.
Cost: $7.50 per girl and $6 per pal (covers cost of bowling, shoe rental, and patch) – make checks payable to “Town of Framingham Girl Scouts”
Contact for the event: Mary Ann Sager.
15 minutes: Check in, patches given to troop leader or representative, girls and their pals assigned to lanes and pick up their bowling shoes
60 minutes = Bowl (lanes are automatically timed, don’t be late or you may miss bowling time)
15 minutes = Return shoes
New This Year: Door prizes for each level/time slot, must be present to win – fill out slip at check in and names will be drawn while the girls are bowling

The Framingham Service Unit is recommending that Troops return the registration form ASAP. Do not wait for the deadline as this popular event fills up early each year.
All girls and pals must be pre-registered, no walk-ins, no money at the door.
- Individual registrations are also accepted by completing the form and sending payment.
- Please attach a list of the girl(s) and pal(s) names to your registration - you may list unknown
- Requests to assign troops/individuals near each other in the lanes will be considered, but are not guaranteed. Please make these requests with your paid registration.
- One town-wide Troop/Service Unit Activity Application will be sent for this event.

For a registration form visit the Yahoo Leader group...
Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 4th or if the event sells out sooner.
Framingham Girl Scouts host this event as part of national Girl Scout Week, which runs from March 8 to 14.

Council Offering Special Magic Show

Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a special day of magic for Girl Scouts.
The Council is sponsoring a Sunday, March 29 event at Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Show.
Recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest running resident stage magic production at 33 years, this show sparkles with classic illusions of stage magic, elaborate backdrops, and curtains, hundreds of stunning costumes, and beautiful choreography to classical music, all blended into a splendid, colorful and enchanting production for all ages.
After this exclusive show for Council, stay tafterwards to learn tricks and meet the cast!
The show starts at 3 p.m. in Beverly at the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre.
The cost to register is $12 per Brownie and $20 per adult/guardian/leader.
The deadline to register is March 6 or if/when the spaces sell out earlier.
To register visit,

Reminder: Deadline Looming for Girl Scout Sunday events!

St. Bridget Church and St. George's Church will both host Girl Scout Sunday in March
Below is the details. Deadline to participate in the services is looming.
If your daughter is interested in attending, please have her Troop leader contact the organizers (contact info is below).
PS: It is a family event but we would love it if the girls and the leaders would sit together in assigned seating! Please remember to wear your sash or vest to this event!
Sunday, March 8: 9 a.m. St. Bridget Church (downstairs)
Contact: Mary Ann Sager at 508-872-4989 or
Details: All Girl Scouts, Leaders, and their families are invited to join St. Bridget Parish as we celebrate Girl Scout Sunday. Everyone is encouraged to wear their uniforms and sit together in the reserved pews near the front of the church. It is recommended that the girls arrive by 8:45 a.m. to be seated in the reserved area. It is encouraged to have Safety wise adults sit with the girls in the reserved section. As a reminder we are there representing the Town of Framingham Girl Scouts and are guests to the church, please help keep the girls quiet before, during and after the Mass.
Contact Mary Ann ASAP if a girl in your Troop is interested in the following:
* Like to participate in the Mass as readers, altar servers, gift bearers, or door greeters. Please call early for this first come first serve opportunity.
* With an approximate number of attendees to ensure adequate seating and for your troopʼs number to be displayed at the end of the pew.
* Final decision for helpers will be made on Feb. 28th
Note: Since this will be a family event an Activity Application Form for the town will NOT be completed. Feel free to complete the form for your troop if you wish.

Girl Scout Sunday at St. George's Church in Framingham for 10:30 a.m. upstairs.
Details: 10:30 a.m. upstairs church with refreshments to follow in the meeting hall downstairsThe girls will be invited after Communion to sing together This Little Light of Mine
We will also need troops to volunteer to set up the refreshments, we would like each troop to bring either a beverage or baked good for everyone to share.
We need a Reader (can be a mom/dad and daughter?) Greeters for before Mass and After to welcome to the Meeting Hall
We would like to have a head count from troops by February 22nd so we can plan accordingly. Contacts: Missy at or Patty Hebert at .
It is a family event but we would love it if the girls and the leaders would sit together in assigned seating! Please remember to wear your sash or vest to this event!

Monday, February 9, 2009

March 3 Leader meeting agenda & Details on Upcoming Framingham Service Unit Events

All leader meetings this year to be held the first Tuesday of the month at the Plymouth Church at 7 p.m.

Next meeting is March 3.
Agenda: National Girl Scout Week 8-14, discussion of activities, New Leader Investiture Ceremony

Weather Cancellations: If the Town of Framingham activities/schools are canceled the day of a meeting then the meeting will also be canceled. If the weather looks poor or there is a weather advisory please look for an announcement from the Leader Yahoo group – we will post by 6pm the day of the meeting.
Cookies: Questions/concerns should be addressed to Helena,. Delivery date is scheduled for tomorrow, Feb 10 at St George Hall. Helena sent out an e-mail requesting your troop’s preferred scheduled pick up time – if you have not responded please do so ASAP, remember “many hands make for light work” any volunteers that sign up to help that morning will be able to take their cookies first
Bridging: Discussion on Bridging to be held at the next leader meeting (March). We will ask a Council representative to attend and explain any new criteria/suggestions for Bridging in light of the newly instituted Girl Scout levels
Girl Scout Sunday (See previous post on these events): Two options in town this year. PLEASE contact the person listed below for the program you are interested in with your request to have girls participate as = Altar Servers, Readers, Gift Bearers, and Door Greeters, also with your troop number and an estimated girl count to have a reserved pew
Sunday, March 8, 9am Mass at St. Bridget Church – contact Mary Ann at masager5@...
Sunday, March 15, 10:30 am Mass at St George's Church – contact Missy at maloofx4@... or Patty at pchebert@...
Girl Scout Bowling Event: Back by popular demand is the “Me and My Pal Bowling Event." (Details will be posted on this Web site later this week. Registration information is available now on the Yahoo Leader group.)
Registration deadline is March 4.
The price had to be increased this year due to increase in bowling fees, still a deal at $7.50 per girl (includes patch) and $6 per pal.
Contact person is Mary Ann at masager5@... anyone interested in helping at the event please contact Mary Ann.
Girl Scout Week: Remember the week including March 12 is always Girl Scout Week. This year it will run March 8 to March 14. This is a good time to say thank you to those in the community who help make your troop a success (i.e. those who helped with your meeting location, volunteers who have come to your meetings to help, etc.).
A suggestion is for your girls to write thank you cards/letters/posters or give gifts of Girl Scout cookies, etc.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Girl Scout Day at Old Sturbidge Village Selling Out Quickly

FYI....Wanted to pass this along to everyone...
Old Sturbridge Village is hosting a Girl Scout Day on Saturday, March 28. Registration began online on Monday, but by yesterday half the badge programs, Try-It programs, and educational workshops were already sold out.
Try-it and badge workshops are for Brownie & Junior Levels only but all levels of Girl Scouts can attend the day-long event.
Every Girl Scout registered will receive an OSV participation patch for the back of their vest. This once-a-year Old Sturbridge Village event is designed for all Girl Scouts who are interested in learning more about early 19th-century American history. Inspired by Women's History Month, this event will explore the everyday lives of New England girls and women through demonstrations and performances.
The cost to attend is $7 per Scout and $7 per leader/parent.
Most fun workshops and badge workshops are an additional $3 per person. There is no fee for a parent or chaperone to watch a badge or fun workshop.
A list of all the workshops is provided below as well as registration link.
Troops can register as a group on individually. A credit card is required.
*** This is NOT a drop off and pick up event.
Registration Information & Workshop Descriptions:
-- Susan Petroni, Media Manager Framingham Girl Scouts

Medieval Maidens Try-It Offering from Central & Western Massachusetts Council

The Girl Scout Council of Central & Western Massachusetts is offering its exclusive Maidens Try-it Workshop for Brownies at Artzzone in Fitchburg on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Brownies earn your Medieval Maidens Try-It in this crafty fun workshop!
Ever wonder what it was like living in medieval times? Well, let's find out! How about sampling some medieval food or making a toy that was used long ago? Lots of fun activities lay ahead. Come on all you maidens, let's "try-it"!
Try-it patches are not included in the registration cost.
Talk to your leader about the Try-It cost and how to obtain. (This Council Own Try-it is available for purchase at the Worcester store.)
Troops and Individual Girl Scouts (Juliette and individual brownies with an adult) mat register.
Register directly with Artzzone by calling 978-345-1600 or e-mail
Cost is $12 per Brownie. The event needs 20 Brownies. Registration will end on Feb. 27 or when 50 Brownies have registered.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Council Offering April School Vacation Week Camp Days in Waltham; But No Bus Service This year

Girl Scout Council of Eastern Massachusetts is again offering day camp 4 days during April School vacation.
Each camp has a specific theme and will be held at Cedar Hill in Waltham from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for each day is $30.
Below is a summary on each day's activities:
April 21: POP STAR CAMP: Create your own pop star persona at camp! Learn how to be a true diva on stage. Create pop star jewelry. End your day with a pop star performance by other campers. The stage is yours!
April 22: Mission Earth Camp: Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Save Planet Earth from global pollution. Master the eco-friendly challenges! Can you recycle more materials than the average girl? Can you complete the trash triathlon? Yes, you can!
April 23: Camp Fabulous: Do you have what it takes to be a fabulous camper? We think so! Come experience why camp is so marvelous! Try outdoor cooking, games, songs and crafts while spending time with friends outdoors.
April 24: Adventure Camp: Do you crave a little adventure in your life? Could you hit the bull's eye in archery if your team depended on you? Boulder across a rock wall or walk the tight wire? Test your limits in this adventure-filled day.

Unfortunately this year, Council has eliminated bus service to the Waltham-based school vacation week camps from the Framingham/Natick area.

COUNCIL's reasoning: "As for April Vacation Camp, we ran buses through Framingham the last 2 years. We had 4-6 girls on the bus. It was not cost effective to continue at this rate."
To register, for any of the days visit:


Framingham Bus Service Available For Camp Winnetaska This Summer

Bus Service for Camp Winnetaska in Ashland is available for Framingham residents.
Unfortunately, the information for Bus #4 didn't make it into the Camp Brochure sent out to all registered Girl Scouts by the Eastern Massachusetts Council.
Here is the information that was missing:
Bus 4: am pick-up / pm drop-off
Natick: Lilja School 7:45 5:15
Natick: Johnson School 7:55 5:05
Natick: Brown School 8:05 4:55
Framingham: McCarthy School 8:15 4:45
Framingham: Keefe Vocational School 8:25 4:35
Southboro: Town House Tot Lot 8:40 4:20
For more information on summer camp at Camp Winnetaska visit:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Buy Girl Scout Cookies at 4 Upcoming Booth Sales

The following booth sales are scheduled by local Framingham Girl Scout Troops.
Stop by and purchase a box of cookies or 2 or even donate money to the troop.
Thanks in advance.

1) Stop & Shop on Temple Street on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2) Stop & Shop on Old Connecticut Path on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3) Stop & Shop on Temple Street on Sunday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
4) Stop & Shop on Old Connecticut Path on Monday, Feb. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Council News on Girl Scout Cookie Sales!

This from Council:
Because of inclement weather in January, the first few weeks of the cookie sale were challenging. We have extended the sale to give everybody a chance to sell in better weather.
Book another booth sale, and the girls can go back out with order cards.
Make reservations in QuickBase, then go to any cupboard to pick up the cookies.
You can keep booth sale cookies for up to a week now, so you have time to create more opportunities to sell out.
The final payment date is now April 2.