As many of you know we held our cookie sale kick off on Saturday, September 21 at the Howard County Fair Grounds! The event was packed with Girl Scouts and Volunteers that were eager to get the cookie season started! Take a look at some of our favorite moments from the day!
Draw or color what YOU think GSCM’s new 2013-14 SHARE patch should look like. We want to see your ideas!
Girls may drop entries off at the front desk at the GSCM Urban Program and STEM Center or mail in entries to:
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
Attn: Jennifer Moumane
4806 Seton Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21215
Entries must be dropped off or postmarked by October 31, 2013
With your submission please answer the following questions:
– What is your FAVORITE thing about being a Girl Scout?
– Why do you think Girl Scouting is important for girls?
– What does it mean to share with others?
– How does your troop support SHARE?
Girl Scout Emily is a rising junior at Centennial High School who is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award! For her project, Emily elected to draw attention to the importance of knowing local history by hosting an event that will take participants to five sites in Historic Ellicott City. Read below to find out more about Emily, why she chose this project, and how you can participate!
I’ve always been a history “nerd”. In my younger years, while other girls played with dolls, I read historical fiction and collected Colonial and Victorian costumes. One of my favorite memories was attending a Victorian Dreams Camp at the Patapsco Female Institute in historic Ellicott City where, for one week, I was able to step into another time, dress in a pinafore, sip tea, eat scones, stain my fingers with ink attempting to write in calligraphy, and learn the art of spinning and weaving. It was truly fascinating to learn the history behind the Institute. Even cooler still was the fact that the ruins of a once revolutionary school for girls were mere minutes from my home!
About a year ago, I met up with Mrs. Jacque Galke, the Heritage program and Facilities Manager, and none other than my counselor from Victorian Dreams Camp! She informed me that there was no longer enough interest to hold the camp. Apparently kids these days aren’t quite as interested in dressing up and learning the art of fan language (did you know that if your fan was open wide it meant you were in love?). I was saddened to learn about the lack of interest in local history but it inspired me to make Historic Ellicott City the topic of my Girl Scout Gold Award. During the past year, I have been working diligently to plan an event called “Your Past… It Matters!” which will occur on October 5th, 2013 and involve five historic sites; the Patapsco Female Institute, the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, the Firehouse Museum, the Colored School, Restored, and the B & O Railroad Museum.
My event will include a walking tour where participants will receive a passport with information and illustrations which will guide them as they journey through five historic sites. At each site they will be able to take a tour with a knowledgeable guide, and participate in the exciting activities I have planned! Some of these activities include learning spinning and lace-making (from the experts, of course), tracing the history of a local family with roots at the Colored School, Restored, going on a scavenger hunt of Historic Ellicott City’s Relic Wall, playing Graces (a colonial game), trying on pinafores, and more! Also, the first 100 participants to sign up will take home a free T shirt designed by a very talented artist promoting Historic Ellicott City and the five sites! Below is an image of the T shirt which is made from good quality, heavy weight cotton, and is quite stylish.
My event is on October 5th from 1 – 4 PM, and it begins at the Heritage Orientation Center: 8334 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043.
I am pleased to say that sign up is now available here. Registration is necessary due to the limited space in some of the historic facilities and the fact that participants will be given an arm band which gives them entry to the B&O Railroad Museum for free! The event can also be found on page 21 of the Howard County Recreation and Parks 2013 Fall Activity Guide. There is a $10 per person fee that will help to cover the cost of registration as well as bring in the knowledgeable tour guides and provide two shuttle buses for the two less accessible locations.
I can’t wait to share it with you!
Woah! Great work Emily! Sometimes it takes an awesome event like this one to remind us just how exciting history really is!
Are you or someone you know a Girl Scout working on a Gold Award Project? Share it with us! Send a description of your project, a photo of you, and any images you would like to share. Information can be sent to Maura Kovalcik, GSCM’s Web and Social Media Specialist at email@example.com.
Your Girl Scout is honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale. Her business ethics reinforce the positive values she is developing as a Girl Scout.
“Working with the other girls to sell cookies, I see how important it is to keep your word all the time. And why it’s important to build trust. If I don’t do something I say I will, it ends up hurting not just me but the other girls, too. I can’t say, “Yeah, sure,” and then not do anything. That only makes it harder for us to reach our goal. Now I know how important my word is.”
Because your Girl Scout learns how to talk and listen to all kinds of people while selling cookies…
● She can ask a teacher for help or navigate the school cafeteria more easily.
● She can work well with others on school projects or as part of a sports team.
“Asking a stranger or even a neighbor to buy a box of cookies can be hard. I can’t be shy. I have to speak up and look them in the eye when I’m talking. And I have to be able to explain why I’m doing what I’m doing. Everyone likes cookies. But when I explain what the money we’re making is used for and what I’m learning from selling cookies, people feel even better about buying a box—or four. And I feel good, too.”
As many of you know, our founder Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low was inspired to start Girl Scouts after spending time with Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, in Scotland in 1911. As soon as she returned to America in 1912, Juliette got to work to begin the first Girl Guides group in Savannah, GA which later became known as Girl Scouts of the USA. This groups focus was to empower young girls and help them be prepared for life.
Because September is National Preparedness Month, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about our motto, which every Girl Scout and Girl Guide knows is “Be Prepared.”
According to one source:
“National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the United States of America. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. FEMA’s Ready Campaign, the correlating public education outreach campaign, disseminates information to help the general public prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.”
As Girl Scouts we know that it is important to be prepared for emergency situations, that is why we learn first aid, CPR and other elements of emergency preparedness. We also know the importance of being prepared for school, work, cookie sales, and other activities we participate in. Through these activities we learn to be prepared for life by practicing our decision making and goal setting skills.
Girl Scouts works to promote the dreams of every girl and to give them the strength to carry out their goals. The preparedness to complete the tasks that bring you to your goal or decision. Being prepared doesn’t always have to do with natural disasters but the preparedness to go an extra mile for a friend, family member or fellow girl scout. Take time this September to discuss the many meanings of preparedness with you fellow girl scouts.
What does “be prepared” mean for you?
Did you know that when your girl participates in the cookie sale she takes cookie orders, handles customers’ money, and gains valuable and practical life skills around financial literacy?
“Working with my Girl Scout team to sell cookies, I’ve learned a whole lot about money. I now see how it works, how a business is run on it, and why money matters not just to me but to everyone. I see how it can do good for the world if used right. And how you have to watch not just the money coming in, but the money you spend. I’ve also learned how to better manage it. Now, I think twice before I buy something with my own money—or at least come up with a better reason to ask mom for more.”