Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tomorrow last Day to Sign up For Scout Night at Big Apple Circus

For details visit:

Lowell Spinners Offer Two Scout Night Options

The Lowell Spinners are hosting two Scout Sleepover events this season.
They are:
(#1) Saturday, July 18
(#2) Saturday, August 22
Rain Date: Saturday, August 29
Come down to LeLacheur Park for the opportunity to spend the night with the Lowell Spinners and sleepover night on the field! Back by popular demand The Lowell Spinners have dedicated two nights in honor of the Boys and Girl Scouts of New England.
The gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the game starts at 5 p.m.
Each participating camper receives:
* Ticket to the game
* Official Lowell Spinners Scout Night Patch
* Pre-game recognition on the field
* Food voucher for a hot dog, soda and chips to be used during the game
* Complimentary breakfast the following morning

Other activities include:
Playing catch on the field under the lights
Feature presentation TBD on our state-of-the art video board
This event sells out every year. Only 750 tickets will be sold. Campers are required to bring their own tents and other camping gear. No minimum quantity required and everybody is welcome to participate.
Price: $33.00 per camper (premium box seat)
$32.00 per camper (box seat)
$30.00 per camper (reserved bleacher seat)

*based on availability
(The Lowell Spinners will be offering a pre-paid parking pass for the night located in the parking garage for an additional $5)
Please contact Jon Healy at 978-459-1702 for further information or to book a Scout night.

Council Offers Spring Peepers Event on April 29th

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a Spring Peepers event on Wednesday, April 29 for Brownies at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
No participation patch or Try-it Badge will be awarded at this workshop; although this event does meet a requirement for a couple of different Try-Its.
Workshop description: Spend an early evening listening to the sounds of Spring and identifying whose voices are calling.
Cost is $7 per Brownie (grades 1-2-3). Leaders and adult chaperones are free.
To register your Brownie, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?id=424

Monday, March 30, 2009

EcoArt Workshop for Daisies & Brownies

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is offering a special workshop called EcoArt at Camp Winnetaska in Ashland on Tuesday, April 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
This is not a Try-It or a participation patch workshop.
Workshop is open to Daisy and Brownie level.
Workshop description: You can reuse materials in their original form instead of throwing them away. EcoArt will reuse supplies found in homes and in nature to create pieces of art.
The cost is $8 per Scout. Leaders and adult chaperones are free.
To register your daughter, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?id=422

Pawtucket Red Sox Game & Sleepover Event for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island and the Pawtucket Red Sox in Providence, R.I. are hosting a Girl Scout sleepover for July 18.
The PawSox are playing Indianapolis at 6 p.m.
The Girl Scout Sleepover is a great event for scouts of all ages.
At a price of $25 per camper (scout & chaperone), this event includes an on-field clinic with members of the PawSox team, ticket to the game, and a food voucher for a hotdog, bag of chips and a sports drink.
The highlight of the evening is the opportunity to pitch your tent in the outfield of McCoy Stadium and the showing of a movie on the right field video board.
For additional information or to order tickets visit, http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/promotions/index.jsp?sid=t533
This is a very popular event and typically sells out quickly.

Princess Pink Pudding party on May 9 in Tewksbury for Daisy & Brownie Levels

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is offering a special Princess Pink Pudding Party on May 9 for daisy & Brownie Scouts.
What little Scout isn’t a potential Princess? And what’s this Pink Pudding all about?
Learn good manners and how to treat others with respect while working on fancy crafts fit for a princess.
NOTE: Brownies can earn the Manners Try-It.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Wynn Middle School, 1 Griffin Way in Tewksbury.
The cost is $9 per Daisy, Brownie or Juliette Scout. Leaders and and chaperones are free.
To register, visit the GSEM Web site at http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?id=453

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Girl Scout Night at the Big Apple Circus - April 17th

I got an e-mail from the Big Apple Circus in NYC, which is putting up their big tent in Boston starting on April 4th.
They are offering a special Girl Scout Discount!!!
On Friday, April 17 at the 6:30 p.m. show (this is the start of school vacation week), Scouts and their family members can get a discount ticket to the Circus at just $14 ($28 off the Mezzanine ticket price.)
A minimum of 15 tickets must be ordered to qualify for the $14 rate.
I'm willing to coordinate for my Brownie Troop and other Framingham Scout Troops, so we can all benefit from the group discount rate.
The Big Apple Circus is also offering a special Scout Meal/Patch(a minimum of 10 meals must be ordered at least by April 6 to qualify.) The cost is $7.50 per Scout (sibling).
Price includes a participation patch for the back of the vest, a hot dog, popcorn, and a juice pack.
Any Troop levels or Juliette Scouts interested in attending, please e-mail me offline at spetroni@rcn.com
For the best seats, tickets should be ordered ASAP.
I'd like to close registration by April 1st, if not sooner.
E-mail me with any questions.
I have an e-mail into the circus about how payment should be coordinated.
---Susan Petroni

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Junior Car Care Badge Workshop Available in Framingham

Thanks to Troop leader Colleen Burnham for forwarding this FREE Junior Scout badge workshop information:

Dimidis & Sons Auto Service (12 Watson Place in Framingham) would like to offer an educational activity to the Framingham Girl Scouts Troops.
Our Basic Auto Repair workshop would be perfect for Scouts ages 8 and up who want to learn the basics of auto care and fulfill the requirements for the Car Care Badge (Junior Scouts).
In this one hour activity at our garage, we will:
* Identify major parts under the hood/importance of changing fluids regularly
* Tire safety/tire pressure check
* Identify gauges and dials on dashboard and importance of each
* Safety/Emergency items to have on hand– getting car ready for summer or winter
* Job training/typical work day for an auto technician
* Technological advances/environmental concerns/recycling

We are happy to offer this as a FREE activity for Framingham troops.
Because of space limitation and the nature of the event we would request a limit of 20 people including chaperones.
Please contact me directly at 508-788-9149 or cell 617-257-0204. I look forward to hearing from you.
Paula Dimidis
Co-Owner Dimidis & Sons Auto Service and Girl Scout Parent Volunteer


Friday, March 20, 2009

Scout Safari Day at Roger Williams Zoo on April 25

Girl Scouts of Rhode Island and Roger Williams Zoo in Providence are hosting a Scout Safari Day
on Saturday, April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Spend an adventurous day at this Providence, R.I., Zoo with fellow Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages.
Scouts can participate in interactive stations that will help you to complete a variety of badge requirements, while surrounded by a zoo full of fascinating animals. Meet special guest presenters, Zoo staff, and some very cool critters.
Cost: $12/Scout (includes admission and program fee; does not include lunch).
Non-participants: $5/children, $10/adults (admission only).
The $5 non-Scout admission means that siblings will not be allowed to participate in any of the special programs and interactive stations.
Pre-registration is required and payment is due upon registration.
Registration deadline is April 9.
There will be a late fee of $5 per scout after that date. Sorry, no refunds.
Registration forms will be available online at http://www.rwpzoo.org/
For additional information, contact Jen at 401-785-3510 ext. 352

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Special Council Event: Theatre Workshop & Performance of Charlotte's Web by Wheelock Family Theatre on April 11

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts has partnered with Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston for a special performance of Charlotte's Web. E. B. White's inspired tale celebrates a friendship that transcends differences. First published in 1957, Charlotte’s Web is for all generations.
On Saturday, April 11, Brownie & Junior Girl Scouts are invited between 1:45-2:30, before the 3 p.m. performance, to participate in a drama workshop.
Think about character, place, and story. How does an actor choose a movement, a look, or a sound? How does a designer build a world onstage? Scouts will be introduced to the theatrical choices artists make when creating a performance, and this in turn will illuminate the performance they are about to see.
After the show, stay for a question and answer period with the cast and crew! (an additional 30 minutes)
NOTE: Leaders are required to attend with their troop; you can only bring the required Safety-Wise ratios of: 2 adults for the first 5 scouts, & 1 for each additional 5 scouts. First Aider is required.
Cost is $22 per Scout and $22 per leader/adult.
Cost of the ticket includes the pre-show, post Q&A, and the actual performance.
To register, visit: http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?textfield=&agelevel=&category=&zip=&date_st_month=&date_st_year=&id=272
C$22 (girl), $22 (adult)

Council Movers Try-It Workshop: Thursday, April 16 in Waltham

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a Brownie Movers Try-it Workshop on Thursday, April 16 in Waltham called "Little Breeze, Big Wind."
Workshop description: The wind can create a gentle breeze or a powerful hurricane. An airplane couldn’t fly without the wind blowing on its wings. Can you make things that are powered by the wind and have fun doing it? Girls will earn the Movers Try-it.
Worskhop is 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.
The workshop is for 2nd and third grade Brownies only.
Th cost of the workshop is $9 per Brownie. $0 per adult/leader.
To register, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?textfield=&agelevel=&category=&zip=&date_st_month=&date_st_year=&id=409

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

School Vacation Week Event: Letterboxing in Andover on Saturday, April 18

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is hosting a school vacation week event on Letterboxing on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover.
Workshop info: This is an intro to a great outdoor sport! With maps and clues in hand, girls head off on an outdoor nature adventure, discovering boxes and collecting stamped images for their logbook.
The event is for Brownies Scouts. The cost is $7 per Brownie and $0 per leader/adult.
To register visit, http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?textfield=&agelevel=&category=&zip=&date_st_month=&date_st_year=&id=411

Monday, March 16, 2009

Be Your Best Badge Workshop for Juniors in Groton on Early Realease Day - April 9

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is offering a Junior Badge Workshop "Being My best" on an early release Thursday, April 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Groton-Dunstable Middle School Cafeteria, 344 main Street, Groton.
Workshop description: When you have a good opinion of yourself, you take positive risks and avoid negative ones. Make and keep friends, and you’re successful in life! Create a Brag Bag, role play and write in a new journal. Cost of the workshop includes the Junior badge.
Fee: $9 per Junior. $0 per adult/leader.
To register visit: http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?textfield=&agelevel=&category=&zip=&date_st_month=&date_st_year=&id=403

School Vacation Week Event: Victorian Day in Holyoke

Girls Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts Council and the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke is offering a special Victorian Era Day event for Girl Scouts during School vacation week on Thursday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
The event is open to Girl Scouts in grades first through 12th.
(It is about a 75 to 90 minute drive from Framingham to Holyoke.)
Event info: Discover what life was like in the last 1800's by exploring a Victorian mansion. Experience daily Victorian life in hands-on segments. A sampling of activities includes Victorian fashion and hairstyles, the language and decoration of fans, garden and outdoor games, letter writing and diary passages, Victorian etiquette and entertainment, calling cards, and Victorian crafts.
Girl Scouts will be divided into small groups to travel through the museum.
To register, send Event Registration Form with payment to Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 or call 1-413-322-5660.

Cost is $7 per Scout.
Registration will remain open through April 1 or until 60 girls have registered.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Juliette Gordon Low Quote In Honor of Girl Scout Week

"Right is right, even if no one else does it. "
--Juliette Gordon Low

Thursday, March 12, 2009


"Ours is a circle of friendships united by ideals."
-- Juliette Gordon Low

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Booth Sale Opportunity: Sell Girl Scout Cookies at Natick Service plaza on MassPike

Exciting news!! Girl Scouts have been invited to have cookie booth sales at the Natick Service Plaza on the Eastbound MassPike for the next three weekends!
These dates will be assigned as part of the council-organized booth sale program, and will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.

Details: Booth Sale shifts are available from 10am-3pm on the following days:

Saturday March 14, 21, and 28
Sunday March 15 and 22

Troops will be able to set up by one or both entrances to the Natick Service Plaza on the eastbound side of the Mass Turnpike.
You may set up right outside the doors if the weather is nice, or just inside if it is inclement. Please do not block entrance/exit doors and keep all personal belongings secured and out of the way of traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular).

If you would like to reserve a spot, please e-mail cookieboothsale@girlscoutseasternmass.org with your troop number, requested date(s), and troop contact name, e-mail, and phone number. Please provide alternate dates if possible.

Please contact me if you have questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!

Deb Shea
Administrative Assistant, Product Sales
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
95 Berkeley Street, Boston , MA 02116
Phone 617 482-1078 x 5323 Fax 617 482-9045

QUOTE: Enduring Lesson From Girl Scout Years

"I think the most enduring lesson I was taught through my experiences of being a Girl Scout was that I was a member of a larger community. I out-grew my uniforms and badges years ago, but the memories of visiting nursing homes or organizing Earth Day tree plantings or my summers camping with girls from all different backgrounds will stay with me always."
Natalie Merchant
Musician & Girl Scout Alumna

Thanks to the Virginia Girl Scouts Web Site for the quote.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Celebrate National Girl Scout Week with a Quote from Its Founder

In honor of National Girl Scout Week, I'll post a few quotes about Girl Scouting and its founder Juliette Gordon Low.
"The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers."
-- Juliette Gordon Low

Friday, March 6, 2009

NEW COUNCIL Requirements for Troop Camper and Troop First Aider

Beginning September 1, 2009, troops will be required to have separate adults as First Aider and Troop Camper on while camping.
For safety reasons, GSEM is urging Troops to comply with this now.
At encampments, please consider sharing certified adults among troops if you do not have an adult for a position in your troop.
First Aiders will focus on attending to sick or injured children, while Troop Campers are continue the camp program safely with the rest of the girls.
See Basic Troop Camping and First Aid training dates.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

IT's YOUR WORLD - CHANGE IT! --- Facts on the New Girl Scout Leadership Journeys

Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) has unveiled a series of Leadership Journeys for Girl Scouts. Each Journey is a coordinated series of activities grouped around a single theme and delivered over a period of time.
**Each journey is tied to some of Girl Scouts' 15 national outcomes for girls, as defined in the Girl Scout Leadership Model.
**These outcomes are integral to the three leadership keys - Discover, Connect & Take Action.
** GSUSA unveiled one leadership journey for each grade level.
** These initial journeys invite girls to explore a specific leadership theme for their level.
** Subsequent journeys will layer on more multidisciplinary content, like science and technology, healthy living, and the outdoors.
** This first series of journeys, It's Your World—Change It!, is summarized below.
Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden -- In this journey for kindergartners and first-graders, a favorite pastime—gardening— meets the Girl Scout Law. The result is a storybook world of flowers and little girls who, together, do great things. Girl Scout Daisies will especially enjoy meeting the colorful, global characters who teach them to live the Girl Scout Law. The adult "how-to" guide offers Garden Story Time tips, key ideas for garden projects, and all the Girl Scout history and traditions needed for an adventure starring Amazing Daisy, a new flower friend for Girl Scout Daisies.
Brownie Quest: Follow the Trails... of the ELF Adventure and the Three Keys -- What are the most important keys for a Girl Scout to own? This quest, which has second- and third-graders traveling along two colorful trails—one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group—answers that question in a very special way. On this quest, Girl Scout Brownies will meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf—in a brand new Brownie story meant to inspire their own Take Action projects. The accompanying adult guide offers all the tips needed to create and maintain a sense of fun and mystery along the entire quest. Instructions for a Brownie Brainstorm, Brownie Team Trade, and other activities ensure a quality and fun time for the girls.
Agent of ChangePower: In this journey, there's a whole spiral of it waiting for Girl Scout Juniors. This powerful journey is filled with ceremonies and circles, real-life heroines, and special new characters, including the fashion-savvy spider named Dez. Along the way, girls learn how their own power combines into team power and then moves out to become community power (kind of like how Dez weaves her web from the inside out). The journey's centerpiece is a comic story of girl heroines who will inspire the real-life Girl Scout Juniors as they take action to improve their own community.
aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting AlongLife is a maze of relationships, and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and even peace. The adult guide offers tips for talking about relationship issues with girls, and pointers for understanding Girl Scout Cadettes' development and creating a safe, welcoming space.
GIRLtopia: Toward an Ideal World for Girls -- Girl Scout Seniors know the world is not ideal. This journey is their chance to imagine a perfect world—for girls. They're invited to create their vision as an art project—in any medium of their choice. Then they'll take action to make their vision a reality. Leaders, after all, are visionaries!
Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy -- How often have you seen something that really needed to be changed and wondered, "Why isn't someone doing something about that?" This journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be that someone—an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of real and lasting change. While creating their own "butterfly effect," they'll gain an array of skills—such as networking, planning, and learning to speak up for what they believe—that will benefit them as they prepare for life beyond high school.

WAGGGS Pin Ceremony

I looked through My Girl Scout bin after the discussion at Tuesday's leader meeting and I found this handout on WAGGGS Pin Ceremonies that I received during training.
It is posted below so Troop leaders can do with their girls...
(If any other leaders have Ceremonies to share with Framingham Leaders, please e-mail me and I'll post here at http://www.framinghamgirlscouts.blogspot.com/)

This ceremony, which can be used on Thinking Day or during national Girl Scout Week, is a nice way to explain the meaning of the WAGGGS pin to new Girl Scouts.
To do this ceremony,
you'll need:
felt cutout of the WAGGGS pin, which one can make from blue and yellow felt.
a large yellow circle
a slightly smaller blue circle (so that when you put the blue circle on top of the yellow circle, there's the yellow border outside of it)
yellow felt cutouts of the trefoil and the fire symbol at the base of the trefoil, the two stars and the compass needle.
To start: All participants stand in a horseshoe.
Somewhere, have a table or felt board available for the construction of the pin as the ceremony proceeds.
Leader: The horseshoe formation symbolizes the open friendship circle. In the open end of the horseshoe stand our sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world. If they were actually here, our horseshoe would become a completed circle, having no beginning or end.

Series of Q&As
As the questions are asked, have a Scout come forward and place the part of the pin they asked about on the felt board.
What is the world pin?
It is the pin of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. We are going to construct such a pin. As we do, let us consider very carefully the reason for its color and design. Then we will know how deep a feeling of international friendship it can inspire in it.
What does the gold circle around the edge stand for?
The gold band surrounding our pin symbolizes the sun that shines on children all over the world.
Why is the world pin blue?
The blue background symbolizes the sky above us, all over the world.
Why do we have a trefoil in the World pin?
The gold trefoil is the sign of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding around the world. The 3 parts of the trefoil stand for the 3 parts of the Promise.
There are 2 stars on the World pin. What does the left star stand for?
The star on the left, the same side as our heart, stands for the pledge that all Girl Scouts and Girl Guides try, on their honor, to keep: the Promise.
What does the other star stand for?
The right star, on the side of a helping hand, stands for the Girl Guide and Girl Scout code of conduct--the GG/GS Law.
What does the pointer in the middle stand for?
We place a compass needle in the center, to serve as a guide pointing towards the right way in life.
What does the base of the trefoil mean?
At the base of the trefoil we place the flame. Its burning represents love for humanity and international friendship.

Next: Present World (WAGGGS) pins to the Scouts who have not received it yet.
Perhaps, have older Troop members place the pins on the younger Scouts.

Finally: As a Troop, read the Promise.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Framingham Girl Scout Leader Meeting Summary for Tuesday, March 3


Note: All leader meetings held the first Tuesday of the month at the Plymouth Church at 7 p.m.
Next meeting: April 7 -- Council representative to discuss summer camp options/programs, Bridging discussion, Service Unit positions discussed, new Girl Scout books reviewed

Attendance: 12
**Cookies: questions/concerns address to Helena = http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FraminghamGirlScoutLeaders/post?postID=PQ1CoUyCNLZEFkxYt6tic91UFOCt_w_-Pp80OXr61mT_dfcd5yybrrMVyVt4ouJhokVahgD1SufgA42jsFc Remember to be sure the money gets into your bank account on time and that you complete the girl information on Quickbase by March 26 deadline!
**Bridging: Discussion on Bridging to be held at the next meeting, watch yahoo for a separate information sheet about Bridging this year and when to bridge with the new levels.
The following troops who were at the meeting are considering participating in a town wide Bridging event = 2147, 2078, 2125
**Girl Scout Sunday two options in town this year:
Sunday, March 8: 9 a.m. Mass at St. Bridget Church contact Mary Ann at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FraminghamGirlScoutLeaders/post?postID=_nTsEC8omEd2_yj5SqD0DwWqiBnPicCRZE-bxNjFB4lwUmlfk0j1WHjhzBWzp8xd_Wo0z4kf-0Opcg
Sunday, March 15: 10:30 am Mass at St George's Church contact Missy at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FraminghamGirlScoutLeaders/post?postID=QV8jreXTHo9XTRxpNj0YNTgXkUyHlnSLCHe6L6FjrsDzkut-Fp5ngdW-M0VwGoBRcufvXssHP0AkEYdT-g or Patty at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FraminghamGirlScoutLeaders/post?postID=j9sCDqBO_BD2QGnNr0utTPdMiRhoMVHa_2KilQCsL0bupNbNlBCalnsf8PNyMA0O5q89JD7AkpE
**Girl Scout Bowling Event -- Deadline to register is today,March 4 for the Me and My Pal Bowling Event. Contact person Mary Ann at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FraminghamGirlScoutLeaders/post?postID=FkMn2AhAfFr20_dSAtOLoAoQWq6s2JvBQsVXW3VlfQZsmECFpRPePZb3GAfRbdDTHjM9zBHxPA0FX3ju
**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.
**Council Information: 2 representatives from council attended the meeting,
*Flyers available: check out on line or contact Francesca Hudson for more information about programs = 17-482-1078 or fhudson@...
*Some of the programs closer to Framingham include:
*Brownie Programs
- Art to Wear Try-It, May 11 at Camp Virginia, Bolton, Healthy Quest, March 7 at Camp Cedar Hill, Waltham, Little Breeze, Big Wind, March 8 at Elks Lodge, Maynard and Apr 16 at Cedar Hill, Waltham
*Junior Programs -Puzzlers Badge Workshop, May 7 at Camp Virginia, Bolton, Twigs & Sprigs, March 16 at Cedar Hill, Waltham, Being My Best Badge Workshop, March 23 at Cedar Hill, Waltham
*Cadette -Creative Cooking IP, March 13 at Cedar Hill, Waltham
*Senior/Ambassador - Future Me Conference, March 15 in Middleboro
*Leadership Essentials (explains the new GS levels) on March 18 from 6-9 p.m. in Framingham. This is a free program for adults . All leaders are encouraged to obtain this training.
* Summer Camp Guide 2009 mailed out recently
Volunteer programs/Questions? Contact Lu-Ann Souza at 508 923 0800 x18 or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FraminghamGirlScoutLeaders/post?postID=ReardhTlotdjELgLFeqvKts7R1PWeibdM41hYZWUBe08em5ObR1iU3tVGkEAR6Vy1-sEbwoZt9pyhFynbEatqG0n63O6mtQ
*VOLUNTEER THANK YOU DAYS - FREE - We would like to thank you with an inspirational day of guest speakers, networking, lunch and sessions that will enrich your volunteer and personal life. Sessions include GSEM Gems, Attitudes, Sensitive Issues, Self Defense, Cooperative Games, PR and Media, Yoga -- more than the basics!
Sat, March 28, 9:00a-4:00p, Plymouth OR
Sat, April 4, 9:00a-4:00p, Reading
*VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DINNER - Outstanding volunteers will be recognized by our Board of Directors with GSUSA's highest awards. Years of Service Pins will also be presented. Thurs, May 21, 7:00p-9:00p, Andover, $20
*VOLUNTEER / DAUGHTER SLEEP-OVERS - FREE - Fun overnights at camp lodges, with activities, campfires and s'mores -- a special thanks to the girls who share their volunteer parents all year. BYO dinner.
Fri-Sat, May 8-9, 6:00p-10:00a, Beverly
Fri-Sat, May 8-9, 6:00p-10:00a, Waltham
Fri-Sat, May 15-16, 6:00p-10:00a, Plymouth
*2009 Advocacy Event on Thurs, Apr 16 at 7pm: 10 Things Girls Need to be Happy, Healthy, and Secure by Dr. Karol Maybury, girl-development expert. This event is for adults and girls in grades 9-12, pre-registration required $25 per person includes dinner, Four Points Sheraton, Norwood. Go to www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/volunteer - or call 508-923-0800 x 18
For additional details, visit previous posting: http://framinghamgirlscouts.blogspot.com/2009/02/special-leader-event-thursday-april-16.html

**Local Program options:
Susan brought in brochures from Old Sturbridge Village. Along with Girl Scout Day special admission pricing on Saturday, March 28, OSV offers a number of year-round programs, some of which meet the criteria for Brownie and Junior badges. Contact: 508-347-0285 or http://www.osv.org/
Carolyn mentioned a program in Boston called Diablo Glass Works, she will send us more info

**New Leader Investiture Ceremony: held tonight, 3 new leaders were in attendance, after a short ceremony that Nancy prepared they received their Girl Scout and WAGGGS pins Congratulations and Welcome! Special thank you to Nancy for preparing such a thoughtful ceremony.

**Troop folders at the Plymouth Church: reminder that each troop has a folder in the box located at the bottom of the stairs at the church. The following troops have items in their folders =
2076, 2077, 2081 = girl and adult member cards
2140 = roller skating patches
2148, 2172 = card for one free admission to town sponsored event
2161, 2164 = Early Bird patches and card for one free admission to town sponsored event
2122 = Early Bird patches

Scouting Reorganization

Girl Scouts USA has reorganized all the Scouting levels.
Membership groups for Girl Scouts will be:
Grades K-1: Girl Scout Daisy
Grades 2-3: Girl Scout Brownie
Grades 4-5: Girl Scout Junior
Grades 6-8: Girl Scout Cadette
Grades 9-10: Girl Scout Senior
Grades 11-12: Girl Scout Ambassador

Mixed Troops are permitted.
For example, a troop this year with 4th & 5th grade Juniors, next year could be a mixed Troop of 5th grade Juniors and 6th grade Cadettes.
If anyone has any questions in relationship to bridging and Troop levels, please post on the Yahoo leader group or contact Council.

March 22 Coco Key Council Event Sold Out

Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scout Council is offering two additional dates in May -- 2 & 30.
See previous posting about March 22 event for other details:

To register for the May dates, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/search.html?textfield=coco&agelevel=Any+Age&category=Any+Category&zip=Enter+Zip+for+Locations&date_st_month=&date_st_year=&image.x=61&image.y=8


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Slot B Bowling Time period Filling Up

The second time slot for the Framingham-wide Me and My Pal Bowling Event on Saturday, March 7 is filling up quickly.
I have received payment and registrations from the following troops:
2125 = Mary Ann Sager - Cadettes - slot A
2134 = Nancy Solomon - Cadettes - slot B
2086 = Natasha Ashe - Brownies - slot B
2102 = Allison Nelson - Brownies - slot B
2148 = Patty Hebert - Juniors - slot B
2147 = Pam O'Callaghan - Juniors - slot B
2082 = Pam O'Callaghan - Brownies - slot B
All above leaders were sent an e-mail confirming their time slots.
Remaining openings as follows:
Time slot A = 12:45-2:15 = 94 openings
Time slot B = 2:15-3:45 = 22 openings
Time slots are assigned at a first come first serve basis
I must have payment to confirm the time slot.
The deadline for registering for the event is this Wed, March 4th.
There is a leader meeting this Tuesday, March 3rd and I will be there if you would like to hand me your registration and payment.
Reminder if you have questions please email me directly.
Thank you!
Mary Ann Sager