The December 2017 VINE

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Happy holidays—and best wishes for a 2018 full of courage, confidence, and character!

Reminder: Our offices and stores will be closed Friday, December 22nd-Tuesday, January 1st. Regular Hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.


Together We Dream: A Short Film, Poem and Essay Contest

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In honor of the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the voice that inspired change, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland challenges you to examine today’s global, civil and human rights issues. Let your voice be heard by sharing how you feel about how we as individuals, a community or nation treat and act towards one another. How does it impact you? How can we and how do you show compassion for others? How can society make a change and, how we can support each other in this journey?

What issues touch your heart and what is YOUR dream for our country or the world?
Tell us how you think we can do a better job of peacefully resolving conflict. What can we do to impact legislation and affect change? Who/what inspires you to take a stand?

Join the conversation! Your thoughts, ideas, and stories matter.  Submit your poem, short film (maximum 3 minutes), or essay (maximum 175 words) that answer any or all of the questions above.

Submissions
Submissions for the contest must be received by February 14, 2018, by 5:00 pm.  Submissions can be emailed to Communications@gscm.org. or delivered to the GSCM Program Center by hand or mail: 4806 Seton Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Prize Info
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for grade levels 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Winners will be announced via Girl Scouts of Central Maryland social media, email and on the Together We Dream web page–coming soon!

All participants, including winners, will receive a certificate of participation. Winners will receive an additional winner’s certificate. This contest is open to registered Brownie – Ambassador members of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

Need ideas to get started?  GSCM partnered with the YWCA to create the Racial Justice Patch packet.  The activities in the packet may spark some ideas for your poem, essay or short film.  Additionally, the activities provide great information about our country’s history with racial and ethnic issues.


Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest

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This is your chance to step up and show the world how the Girl Scout Cookie Program is helping you be a barrier-breakin’, challenge-crushin’, lead-takin’ cookie pro! This year, six Girl Scouts nationwide—one per grade level—will earn the title of Top Cookie Pro 2018 and get the epic chance to be featured on the iconic Girl Scout Cookie box!

Rules | FAQ

To Enter

  1. Visit girlscouts.org/cookiepro between January 2, 2018, and April 30, 2018.
  2. Choose a photo you want to submit, and have it ready to upload.
  3. Choose the Cookie Pro Résumé survey for your grade level, complete it, and upload your photo.

Prizes

Be the Star of a Girl Scout Cookie Box

  Be featured on the Girl Scout Cookie box!
•  Travel to New York City for an all-expenses-paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience!

Cookie Pro Patch 2018

Limited-Edition Patch


Everygirl who enters Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest will unlock this awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch. You must be an eligible Girl Scout Cookie seller from a participating council to take part.

Contest opens January 2, 2018, and winners will be announced June 2018!

Check out the official contest rules.


Be a 2018 Distinguished Women’s Shadow Girl!

ShadowGirl__Large.pngCalling all Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors: Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Distinguished Women Shadow Award program.

As part of our Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration, we honor five esteemed women from across central Maryland and provide five Girl Scouts the opportunity to shadow them. As a Distinguished Woman Shadow Girl, you will spend the day with one of the honorees and experience first-hand, a typical day in her professional role, and learn more about how she navigates her career.

As one 2017 Shadow Girl shared during her speech at last year’s event:

“While I am not yet certain exactly what will happen in the future, I do know that I want to become a lawyer. Shadowing Ms. Dennis certainly solidified these aspirations, and I cannot thank her or GSCM enough for the opportunity.”

Click here to download the 2018 Shadow Girl application now! The application can also be found at http://www.gscm.org/shadowgirl.

Applications are due (emailed or postmarked) by January 5, 2018.

For more information, please contact Karen R. Blake, Special Events Manager at 410-358-9711, ext 254 or kblake@gscm.org.


Tickets Now Available for the Distinguished Women’s Award Celebration!

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New this Year: Early Bird Ticket Sale

From now until January 31, 2018, tickets are just $95. Price increases to $125 on February 1, 2018.

Click here to get tickets!


Volunteer Toolkit Updates

In the past couple of weeks, VTK has gotten some new improvements including the addition of resources and an improved calendar feature! Currently, 50 percent of Daisy troops are using VTK!

Our top SU is SU675, where 100 percent of their Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Multilevel troops are utilizing VTK! SU657, SU605, and SU676 are tied behind at 67 percent utilization! Keep up the good work!

Want to access VTK? You must be a 2018 registered and background troop leader or co-leader in an active troop! To log in, go to gscm.org and click on MY GS.

Need a VTK refresher? Check out this webinar!


Standard First Aid, CPR, & AED

We have two standard First Aid, CPR & AED Trainings coming up!

Recognition and care for injuries including wounds and muscle, bone, and joint injuries. Recognition and care for medical and environmental emergencies including loss of consciousness, heart attack, stroke, seizure, poisoning, bites/stings, heat and cold emergencies, breathing and cardiac emergencies, including the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). This 4-hour course meets ILCOR Guidelines, OSHA Guidelines satisfying any job requirements, and Girl Scout requirements for Level 1 First Aid Certification. Valid for 2 years.

January 17, 2018, 6-10pm at the GSCM Program Center | Register
March 17, 2018, 9am-1pm at Camp Ilchester | Register

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