The April 2018 VINE

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Volunteers: Without you, there’s no us—so THANK YOU!

Because of you we’re able to build girls of courage, confidence, and character and prepare them for the lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure that every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ deserves.  Although everything girls do in Girl Scouts is girl-led, mentors like you make all the difference in the quality of a girl’s experience and the amazing things she learns . Because when your G.I.R.L. spirit shines, hers does too. Thank you!

Want to send leaders and volunteers a special thank you? Click here and choose an ecard to send now!


Early Bird Updates

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Congratulations to Girl Scout Cadette, Katherine P. from Troop 1827 for designing the winning 2019 Early Bird Patch!

Early Bird is the time for volunteers and girls to renew their registration for the coming year so girls keep their spaces in troops and troops are ready to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program in the fall.

2019 Incentives
This year’s troop incentive (an additional $.08 per box in cookie profits) will be much easier to qualify for!  Service units will have a chance to earn incentives and renewed girls will earn the patch on the right, designed by Girl Scout Katherine P.!

New for this year is an online self-check that will allow troops and service units to check troop qualification as the renewal process moves along.

Key Dates
April 17th – Deadline for troop requests for VTK roster clean up.  Send requests to: membercare@gscm.org

April 23rd – Troop and service unit “snapshot” taken (see details below)

April 24th – GSCM  Early Bird renewal opens

June 27th – GSCM troop incentive qualification ends

VTK Roster “Snapshot” Preparation
The VTK roster “snapshot” is the basis for the percentage calculation criteria for troop incentives.  Members that have not participated in your troop this year should be removed from the VTK roster so the “snapshot” will be accurate for your troop.  Review your roster and submit requests to remove inactive members to membercare@gscm.org before the VTK Roster “snapshot is taken.”  Requests must be received by April 17th.  Below are instructions to complete troop roster preparation.

  1. Log onto MyGS and look at your VTK roster to see if any inactive members need to be removed. If there are, send a request to membercare@gscm.org. Include the troop number and the name of members to be removed from your roster.
  2. If you have not already logged into MyGS to see your roster, you can do so by doing the following:
  3. Go to https://gsmembers.force.com/members/login
  4. Use the email you use for your preferred Girl Scout contact for your user name
  5. Enter your password or click on the “Forgot Your Password?” link
  6. If you clicked “Forgot your password” you will receive a short email for password reset from gsusacustomercare@girlscouts.org with the Subject “Your New Member Community password” (Be sure to check your junk folder if the email does not show in your inbox). Follow the instructions to reset your password.
  7. If you need assistance, please contact membercare@gscm.org.
  8. Send an email to membercare@gscm.org once you have identified the girls that need to be removed from your VTK roster. Be sure to include your troop number.

Show Your Appreciation for our Volunteers with a Gift to Family Partnership!

Every day, Girl Scout volunteers make it possible for girls across central Maryland to enjoy and benefit from an adventure-having, skill-building, lead-taking, life-changing good time. It’s undeniable: without our volunteers’ commitment to unleashing the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in every girl, we couldn’t and wouldn’t be the largest girls’ leadership organization in the world. But we are thanks to them.

Show your appreciation for everything your daughter’s troop leader does for her by making a donation in her honor to Family Partnership. Funds from Family Partnership help us train every amazing, dedicated council volunteer.

And your daughter can benefit from a donation in her troop leader’s honor, too! The troop leader with the most donations made in her honor will receive free Canoe and Kayak Certification Training, and the leader with the most dollars donated in her honor will receive free Archery Certification Training.

Click here to make your gift today!

To learn more about Family Partnership, click here.


Get ready to Inspire. Imagine. Innovate!

Planning for a successful 2018-2019 cookie season is underway! To help get you and your goal-getters inspired, we’re excited to introduce our new theme and adorable mascot.

40275247665_541fb7e1a5_zOur Theme: INSPIRE, IMAGINE, INNOVATE
Our Mascot: Narwhal – The unicorn of the sea!

Remember to participate in Early Bird Renewal for 2019 so you are ready to sell in the fall. Be sure to meet all the qualifications necessary to earn an additional $.08 per box, for all boxes sold during the 2018-2019 cookie sale.

Save the upcoming cookie sale dates:
Cookie Sale starts September 15, 2018 and ends December 15, 2018.


Highest Awards Updates

Highest Awards

Silver Award Celebration | June 2nd from 1- 3pm
Join us for a council-wide celebration for this year’s Girl Scout Silver Award recipients.  Awardees will be able to display their projects and will be recognized for their accomplishments.  Silver Awards will be presented at the celebration, but will need to be purchased by leaders beforehand.

 


 

Adult Opporunities

Adult Learning Roundup | May 19
So many great Adult trainings to pick from, but too hard to fit them all into your schedule? Sign up for the Adult Learning Roundup, where you can get up to 4 trainings/workshops in one day!  You can pick from over a dozen trainings, including: Archery, Event Planning, Girl Scout Traditions, Tent Camping, Grade Level Trainings, and much more!  Click here for details. | Register

First Aid/CPR Instructors Needed!
We are currently searching for an instructor to teach Basic First Aid and Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED to our Adult volunteers.  The instructor would be expected to teach a minimum of 6 classes per year.  The format would be the combined First Aid/CPR class in one four-hour session.  Interested persons should send the following information to membercare@gscm.org:

  1. Copy of current instructor certification
  2. Training resume
  3. Proposed charge per student

GSCM is Hiring Community Program Assistants!
The Community Program Assistant is a contractual, part-time position responsible for delivering the Girl Scout Leadership programming to girls in grades K-12 in various community settings (schools, places of worship, community centers) through a series of four to six week sessions following approved curriculum and guidelines. Program locations will focus on areas that are undeserved and culturally diverse in Baltimore City and surrounding counties.

Hours: up to 15 hours per week
Starting Salary: $15/hour plus mileage reimbursement
To Apply: Submit your resume to cbaker@gscm.org or fax to 410-358-9918.  Please include Community Programs Assistant in your subject line.

Click here for full details.

Work at Woodlands for the Chesapeake Bay Trust
A Conservation Corps position is available at Camp Woodlands.  The Conservation Corps applicant will be integral to the implementation of two bond bill capital projects and will learn about State regulations related to Historic Trust Preservation and for disbursing bond funds. They will assist with vendor relations and budget management, including procurement practices. The applicant will use the project and properties as a living classroom whenever the opportunity for teaching and community engagement presents itself at various phases of the project, and will work with GSCM program delivery staff to engage elementary and middle school children in learning activities.  For more information, find the requirements for the position at https://cbtrust.org/prospective/


Updates from Juliette’s Closet

Spring hours start April 15th

Juliette’s Closet at Seton Drive
4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-358-9711, ext. 202

Hours of Operation
Monday – 9am – 5pm
Tuesday – 10am – 7 pm
Wednesday – 9am – 5pm
Thursday – 9am – 5pm
Friday – 9am – 5pm
Saturday – 9am – 3pm
Sunday – CLOSED

Clementine’s Corner at Camp Ilchester
5042 Ilchester Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-455-0542

Hours of Operation
Monday – 9am – 5pm
Tuesday – 9am – 5pm
Wednesday – 10am – 7pm
Thursday – 9am – 5pm
Friday – 9am – 5pm
Saturday – 9am – 3pm
Sunday – CLOSED

Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 3.06.53 PM.pngG.I.R.L. Hoodie Special
During April you can get the G.I.R.L. pullover hoodie for just $20 ($25 for adult sizes). Limited time offer while supplies last. Not valid online.

Order Your Camp Care Kit Now!

Click here to check out the 2018 camp care kit options. Order before June 1 to take advantage of special pricing!

Bridging Preparation
Congratulations to our bridging Girl Scouts!  Bridging Kits are now available at our stores and online.  The kit contains everything you need for checking off achievements – Girl Scout bridging certificate, iron-on award, Girl Scout Membership Star pin, membership disc and a new Bridging Pencil.

Annapolis Mall and Adult Roundup Express Delivery Service
Too busy to go to the store?  GSCM Stores will be offering Express Delivery Service for volunteers who would like their orders delivered to them at the upcoming Annapolis Mall Lock-In and Adult Round Up Training at Camp Conowingo. Email membercare@gscm.org with your contact information, order details and subject line “Express Delivery Service”, we will pack your order and have them ready for you to pick up at the event.  Yup, It’s that simple.

Save the date for the Service Unit Team Kickoff!

The Kickoff will take place on August 25, 2018 starting at 9 am.  This is a great opportunity for Service Unit Team members to attend in addition to the Service Unit Manager.  More information to come later in the spring.

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