The September 2017 VINE

Girl Scout Cookie Sale Starts Friday, September 15, 2017—Let’s Sell S’more Cookies!


Last Saturday hundreds of girls attended GSCM’s Cookie Kick-Off in preparation for the annual cookie sale.  Girls learned about setting goals, fun facts and information about our delicious cookies, how to count cookie sale money, saw a solar-powered cookie sale booth and so much more!

Are your girls ready to participate in the largest female-operated business in the nation?  Don’t let your budding entrepreneurs miss out on the fun and rewards of this year’s cookie sale!  Especially since all Girl Scouts who participate in the sale can enter to be named GSUSA’s Top Cookie Pro 2018!

In order for troops to sell cookies, the troop leader or troop treasurer, who is registered for the 2018 Girl Scout membership year, must complete the T-3 ACH form. This will trigger an email to the TCM (troop cookie manager) entered on the T-3 so they can then go in and complete the T-10 TCM form. These forms must be completed through the GSCM financial reporting system. Troops will NOT receive access to the Smart Cookies system until these forms are completed.

Don’t delay! Here’s what you need to do:


If you have trouble accessing the financial reporting system or completing the forms, contact and ask for assistance with the financial reporting system.

Important Cookie Dates

  • September 27—You’re a TCM—Now What?
  • 7- 9 pm GSCM Program Center (4806 Seton Drive)
  • October 8—Initial Troop Cookie & Early Recognition Orders due in Smart Cookies.
  • October 10—Service Unit initial order submitted by SUCM to Council by 9:00 am.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Girl Scouts

Most Girl Scouts, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie sale will learn and sharpen their financial literacy and business skills—skills these young entrepreneurs will utilize for the rest of their lives.

To illustrate the entrepreneurial power of G.I.R.L.s, check out stories of a few of our accomplished, Girl Scout alumna on The GSCM blog!

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts—Important Update from GSUSA


Hurricane Harvey was an unprecedented storm that led to massive flooding and devastation in many communities. Unfortunately, Harvey negatively affected many of our girls and their families, as well as several council colleagues and their loved ones. Many of you have asked how you can contribute to the recovery efforts for our sister Girl Scouts.

GSUSA, with the strong support of our National Board, is temporarily lifting fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money. This is an extraordinary move by the National Board, as it is usually never appropriate for Girl Scouts to raise money for other organizations. However, given the severity of this massive storm, the National Board acknowledges that help is needed nationally for the storm victims and is allowing, for a specified amount of time, fundraising for Girl Scouting recovery efforts at the four impacted councils: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and Girl Scouts of Louisiana–Pines to the Gulf.

Fundraising efforts can be undertaken with the sole intention of providing membership scholarships to impacted girls that will cover things such as dues, uniforms, credentials and Girl Scout materials. To contribute to this effort, please go to or text HurricaneHarvey to 41444. You can give to the fund for all four councils, which GSUSA will distribute based on their need, as defined by impacted membership, or you can choose a specific Council. In lieu of fundraising, girls may also donate portions of their cookie sale proceeds. For more details about raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims see the Hurricane Harvey Relief Guide.

Stay tuned for more information from GSUSA on how Girl Scouts can support other Girl Scouts, for example by teaming up on projects that troops in these areas are carrying out.

* GSUSA is also monitoring Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose for possible impact on our members.

Uniform Day

GS Uniform Day Patch 2017Girls registered in Central Maryland can earn a free uniform patch by wearing their uniforms to school on Tuesday, October 3rd and submitting a picture of themselves in uniform by Friday, October 6th.  Last year more than 3,500 girls from our council earned this free patch.  The survey link to collect the girls’ information and pictures will be listed on the website and will open at 6:00 am on October 3rd and close at midnight on October 6th.

Brownie Sundae Competition

HNJ_Maplewood15_0214September and October are great months for launching Brownie troops!  To sweeten the pot for Service Units undertaking this effort, the SU gaining the largest percent increase of registered Brownies from September 9, 2017 to October 31, 2017 earns a Brownie Sundae ice cream party for its Brownie troops!  Talk to your SU team and the recruiter for your areas about any ideas you have to form new Brownie troops!

New Patches for Girls and Adults

VTK Patch for Volunteers 
GSUSA has rolled out new Journeys and Badges on the Volunteer Toolkit! Each will have a focus on the four pillars, specifically on outdoors and STEM. This new programming will add to the choices that girls and volunteers already have. All badges and Journeys (whether new or old) will be topic-specific, include hands-on activities, and incorporate Discover, Connect and a Take Action project. A new training video is available in order to learn more about how to use the VTK.

Themes for the new content will include:

Outdoor: Outdoor Skills, Outdoor Adventure, Environmental Skills

STEM: Think Like an Engineer, Think Like a Programmer, Think Like a Citizen Scientist

At GSCM, we want leaders to use our resources wisely! From August 15th to October 31st, leaders who use the VTK can earn a Leaders patch! Complete this survey and submit your VTK troop roster to earn your FREE Patch, which will be distributed at the January Service Unit meeting.

In order to gain access to the VTK, you must have a 2018 adult membership, an up to date Background Check and be a troop leader or co-leader!

Lead like a G.I.R.L. Patch for Girls
Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 10.45.56 AM.pngLight the leadership spark by sharing how awesome Girl Scouts is with all your friends and earn the new girl recruiter patch!

Complete one recruitment activity in each section on the checklist below and earn the patch. It’s that Simple!

Show your Girl Scout spirit at school by doing one of these activities:

  • Wear your Girl Scout uniform and pass out fliers and or giveaways (provided by GSCM)!
  • Get permission to make a campus-wide announcement about joining Girl Scouts!
  • Speak at a school assembly about the great things about being a Girl Scout!

Volunteer at a Girl Scout Recruitment Event by doing one of these activities:

  • Create SWAPS with girls attending the event!
  • Teach new girls the Promise and Law!
  • Wear your uniform and share your stories from camp!

Choose to do one of these creative things to help more girls learn about Girl Scouts:

  • Create a poster about what Girl Scouts means to you and display it in school!
  • Plan your own recruitment event (get other Girl Scouts to help)!
  • Do something else and tell us about it!

Then, just fill out this form to earn your patch!

Now is Great Time to Get involved in STEM!


Girl Scouts can now earn 23 new badges focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through a variety of hands-on “learning by doing” activities in a girl-focused, girl-led environment. The new badges introduce kindergarten and first graders to the world of robots and engineering; girls can also learn basic programming and build prototypes to solve everyday problems. It is a fun and interactive way to explore and build potential career paths in these increasingly important fields.

GSCM’s 2017-2018 First Lego League robotics team will soon start. We invite Juniors – Cadettes to join the team, have some competitive fun using the LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 robot set to program robots and score points while creating innovative solutions to a problem in their community.  Join the fun and earn the GSCM robotics patch while working toward some of the new Girl Scout robotics and engineering badges. For more information email

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Get the 411 on Upcoming Events

The 2017-2018 GS411 is here! Download your digital copy here and visit our online events calendar for details about each event!

Don’t miss these exciting upcoming events:
October 14Girl Scout Day on the Bay
October 28Trunk-or-Treat (Open to the public–Get the flyer here!)

G.I.R.L. 2017 Updates

GIRL-logoCan you believe how close we are to G.I.R.L. 2017?! Below are some updates from GSUSA about the event:

Community Service Project
There will be a real-time community service project on Saturday where attendees will assemble care/welcome packages for homeless individuals in partnership with the YWCA Family Center. As part of the project, we are requesting donations of personal care supplies. Click here for details.

Volunteers Needed
There are still volunteers needed for both the National Council Session as well as G.I.R.L. 2017. Click here for details.

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