January 2017 VINE



Daisy Girl Scouts can do anything! They can dance, create works of art, plant gardens, go on hikes, be cookie bosses and they can even change the world. Right now their hands are small, but their hearts and imaginations are BIG! In every zip code in central Maryland Daisy Girl Scouts are making their communities a better place. This month and next, Daisy recruitment activities are taking place across central Maryland. Go to gscm.org for a listing of Daisy recruitment events and share what your Daisy Girl Scouts can do on Instagram with #DaisiesCan, and be sure to follow us @girlscoutscmd!

Girls’ Choice is Back!


As part of this girl-led badge creation process, Girl Scouts will offer new badges for Daisies through Ambassadors. Polls are open now until January 22 for the first round of voting in which girls will vote for one of two badge categories—Outdoors or STEM—as well as for a badge topic pertaining to their chosen category.

Once the winning topic is determined, girls will have a chance to vote on the design of their badge. The design poll will be open February 13–17; stay tuned for more promotional tools.

Cast your vote now!

Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Ambassadors
Applications Due: January 30, 2017

_grj0379The KPMG Future Leaders Program selects top female high school seniors from around the country to participate in the program and receive a KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship of $10,000 per year through four years of college. Selected students attend a three-day retreat at Stanford University the summer before their freshman year of college; in 2017, the retreat will be held July 17–19. Students also participate in a yearlong mentoring program, paired with a female leader participating in the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit.

1480539110064Download the Application now!

Back again by popular demand: The e-commerce Me2 Magazine Product Sale

Starting February 17th, registered girls will be able to go online, create Me2, a look-alike avatar, and send emails to friends and family asking them to purchase magazines and support her, her troop and Girl Scouts.  It’s easy, fun and her troop will earn 15% of her sales.  Girls can earn patches too:  the “#Sparkle” patch for sending 15 emails, the “Do the Bright Thing” patch for selling 1 Magazine and the “Dare to Dazzle” patch for selling 3 Magazines.  Plus, if you sell 6 magazine subscriptions you will earn a “Sparkles” personalized patch with your name and your Me2 avatar on it.

Save the date!  Adults who want to learn more about the magazine sale and how the girls earn patches, please attend one of following webinars.

  • February 11th @ 10am
  • February 13th @ 6pm
  • February 16st @ 6pm

Register here

Also, ONLY girls who sold over 100 boxes of cookies during the fall 2016-2017 GSCM cookie sale, have the opportunity to earn the once in a lifetime 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie Program Patch by sending 15 emails in the magazine program this year.

Look for more information and the ME2 sale participation link in GSCM’s February issue of the VINE!

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 Our In-School program was featured on Baltimore County Public School TV last month. The cameras rolled as our program specialist engaged girls at Riverview ES in our Be a Friend First (BFF) activities. Watch it now!

Volunteers Needed for the Big Outdoors Event!

dsc_0028The Big Outdoors Event is just over 3 months away (April 23, 2017), which means that it is time for the Big Outdoors Event committee to ramp things up and recruit troops and groups to run stations, give presentation, and volunteer! Our Girl/Adult volunteer planning committee meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm at Camp Ilchester.

Even if you cannot attend our meetings we would love to have you, your troop, and/or your group involved in our event – so please email cdnc.boe@gmail.com and boxturtle@gscm.org and let us know how you want to participate.

We LOVE it when troops, groups and individuals have something that they are passionate about and share it with our attendees by running a station or giving a presentation in the pavilion. We also love for troops to share what they did for a Journey take action project or service related to a badge or patch. Girls are also encouraged to showcase their Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold award projects 9because you just might inspire someone). If your troop wants to participate and needs ideas please reach out to our committee and we will be happy to help!

This year’s theme is Bees – It’s more then just honey bees!

Questions: Contact cdnc.boe@gmail.com 

Click here for more event information.

Recognizing Volunteer Service with an Adult Recognition

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland appreciates that our volunteers give generously of their time, talents and skills and we believe they deserve to be recognized for the valuable work they do. When volunteers have given significant service above and beyond their position, they should be considered for a GSUSA or GSCM award. Here is a brief overview of the awards available:

  • GSCM’s EverGreen Award – for individuals with 50 or more  years of membership
  • GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence – outstanding service implementing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience or in support of the council’s mission delivery (requires Service Team approval)
  • GSUSA Appreciation Pin – outstanding service to the entire service unit.
  • Black-Eyed Susan – continued service to the entire service unit.  Must have previously received Appreciation Pin
  • GSUSA Honor Pin – outstanding service to two or more service units.
  • GSUSA Thanks Badge – outstanding service to the council.
  • GSUSA Thanks Badge II – must have received the Thanks Badge and has contributed outstanding service to the council or national organization.

 If you know an outstanding volunteer who is deserving of one these awards, please take the time to nominate them. A full listing of award deadlines and information on each of the awards can be found on Volunteer Recognitions page of gscm.org 

The spring deadline to submit nominations for Adult Recognitions is February 28. (Please note, we also have the GSCM Daisy Award – nominations are accepted year round for this award and require Service Team approval.)

 If you have any questions, please contact membercare@gscm.org 

Important information about gscm.org

If you’ve visited gscm.org on your smartphone or tablet lately, you might have noticed that our page titles are showing up as “false.” We are aware of the issue and are working with GSUSA to get this resolved.

If you have tried to log into your member profile or the VTK from your tablet of mobile device, you may also have noticed that there is no “MYGS” tab. Instead you will be logging in through the “MEMBER PROFILE” link in the side navigation OR the “sign in” link at the top of the page.

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