The May 2018 VINE


The 2017 Annual Report is here!

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We appreciate our Girl Scout families, friends, volunteers and donors for the generous support you provided our girls in 2017 and that you continue to provide today. Thank you for believing in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We are proud of our Girl Scouts who are leaving their mark and making a difference.

Click here to download the 2017 Annual Report and see the impact Girl Scouts had in central Maryland last year!

Early Bird Updates


All Girls registered by July 10 will get this patch!

Timeline Update
GSUSA renewal and registration practices have changed in a way that could impact a troop or service unit’s ability to add new girls to be included in Early Bird incentives.

Who Can Renew or Register for Early Bird 2019?

Now – 07/10/2018 All current girl, volunteer and adult members, girls entering kindergarten in the fall and new volunteers and adults

Now – 06/30 New girls or adults purchasing extended year memberships

7/01 – 07/10 New girls entering grades 1 – 12

To allow new girls, other than those entering kindergarten, to join and count towards troop qualification, the deadline to complete criteria for qualification of Early Bird incentives has been extended to 7/10/18.

Click here for the full list of 2019 Early Bird Renewal incentives.

Check Your Troop’s Early Bird Status
Troop Leaders and SUMs will be able to keep track of whether or not they have met the criteria for incentives by accessing a self-check tool on line. The leader would input the troop number to get a weekly status for each criterion by a met or not met response. This tool will be available on the renewal page beginning on May 22nd.

Troop Finances & Banking Updates

Request a Bank Letter
To request a bank letter, a troop should have three registered, background checked and unrelated adults identified. The troop should also have the bank name, location of the bank branch and the contact information of the branch official that needs to receive the bank letter. Once that information is ready, the following steps will produce a bank letter:

  1. The troop leader accesses the bank letter request survey here and completes the form using the information gathered.
  2. Survey requests are viewed and processed weekly. It may take up to a week to process requests.
  3. Completed bank letters will be sent to the branch officials and to the requesting volunteer.

Please contact if you have questions.

End of Year Financial Reporting
This year, End of Year finance reports will be collected through the VTK Finance tab. You can find the Finance tab in your Volunteer Toolkit, by clicking the MyGS button, logging in and clicking the Volunteer Toolkit prompt. The finance tab is to the far right.

The EOY financial report will be due 07/10/18. Troops completing the EOY report by 07/10/18 will receive a 10% coupon for Juliette’s Closet. There are two very important things to remember about this new system moving forward:

  1. It can only be submitted to GSCM once. You will be prompted to submit three times before officially sending it to council. Once you send it, there is no way to resubmit. To be sure that you are ready to complete your EOY finance report, there is the Financial Report Worksheet located under the Resource Tab on VTK. Use this resource to plan your EOY report effectively.
  2. The full finance tab can only be accessed and completed by the troop leader/co-leader who has an active 2018/2019 membership, an active BGC, and is active in this role in a troop. If you are a troop treasurer, and would like access to the Finance Tab, please email or call us at 410.358.9711, to be temporarily placed in a troop leader or co-leader role until 07/10/18.


Family Partnership Campaign has Been Extended!

The Family Partnership Campaign has been extended to June 15, which means you still have time to qualify for our campaign incentives! A gift to the Family Partnership campaign can provide your Girl Scout and girls across our region with experiences to last a lifetime.

Service Unit 679 is in the lead for the Camp Conowingo Dining Hall naming opportunity.

Troop 269 is in the lead for the Camp Conowingo Heritage Area naming opportunity.

Every donor is entered to win a week of summer camp for 2019.

A donation to Family Partnership provides your Girl Scout and girls across our region with experiences to last a lifetime. Whether they are completing a ropes course, building a fire, designing a cookie booth or working as a team to earn their bronze or silver award with a take action project, Girl Scouts provides opportunities to develop leadership, conflict resolution, financial literacy, STEM and outdoors skills that will impact the rest of lives.

Click here to make your gift today!

To learn more about Family Partnership, click here.

Updates from the Program Team

Make this a summer to remember working at Girl Scout Camp! Click here to apply!
Camp Counselors work with girls and young women in the outdoors to help them realize their full potential, gain self-confidence and become future leaders. Click here for more information.

Adventure Manager
Health Coordinator
Waterfront Assisstant
Unit Counselor
Kitchen Manager
Waterfront Manager
Unit Leader

Apply now!

GSCM FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo | June 9 at Camp Ilchester | 12:30-4PM
You’re invited to the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo!
Join GSCM in celebrating the hard work of FLL Jr. teams from across Maryland as they showcase their Aqua Adventures LEGO creations. After spending the season learning about water, teams were tasked with engineering a functional LEGO model to display their innovative solution to a challenge around water. There will be LEGO activities and information about joining a GSCM robotics team.

Attend the GSCM FLL Jr. Expo on June 9th at Camp Ilchester as a spectator or volunteer as a Reviewer and help provide teams with feedback about their projects.

Email for more information about volunteering. Great opportunity for high school students to earn service learning hours.

Highest Awards Updates

Highest Awards

Girl Scout Bronze Award
GSCM now has an online leader verification form for troops that earn the GS Bronze Award. This helps us keep track of all of our amazing girls who are out in the community doing amazing things to earn their Highest Awards! If you have girls who have earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award, even if it was 1, 2, 3, or more years ago, please take a moment to click here and complete the form.

Save the Dates

GSCM Store Yard Sale | June 23 at Juliette’s Closet
We are very excited to host our first ever GSCM Store Yard Sale at Juliette’s Closet! Join us from 1-5 for tons of clearance items, refreshments and music!

Girl Scout Summer Swap Meet | July 15 at the GSCM Program Center
Join GSCM volunteers on the afternoon Sunday, July 15th for a Girl Scout Summer Swap Meet! This swap meet is all about Girl Scout stuff. Use your resources wisely and buy, sell or trade unused camp supplies, materials, uniforms, etc. More details to come in the next VINE!

Service Unit Team Kickoff  | August 25 at the GSCM Program Center
Please mark your calendars 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.

2018-2019 Cookie Kickoff |  September 16 at Laurel Race Track’s Carriage Room
At the Cookie Kickoff, girls will discover the fun of dreaming big while setting realistic and attainable cookie selling goals. Girls can practice hands on activities to help market and promote their cookie business. Tips and techniques will be shared to help connect girls to more customers while learning how to communicate their goals and gain customer support.

Low Ropes Training  | October 6 at Camp Conowingo
This course is designed as an introduction of the major concepts and practical skills of Low Ropes Challenge Course facilitation. Successful completion of the course will result in a low ropes certification. NOTE: Participation in the program does not guarantee certification card.

Fall Adult Learning Roundup|October 13 at Camp Woodlands
Unable to attend the May 19th training, or can’t fit in all the classes you want to take? Come to the October Learning Roundup where we will have grade level trainings, Girl Scout Traditions, and more! Write down the date and stay tuned for more information over the summer.

Updates from Juliette’s Closet

Current Hours

Juliette’s Closet at Seton Drive
4806 Seton Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-358-9711, ext. 202Hours 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
410-455-0542Hours of Operation
Monday – 9am – 5pm
Tuesday – 9am – 5pm
Wednesday – 10am – 7pm
Thursday – 9am – 5pm
Friday – 9am – 5pm
Saturday – 9am – 3pm
Sunday – CLOSED

Both stores are closed on May 28th for Memorial Day.

Gold and Black Shirt 0518.jpgNew this month
Shine like a Girl Scout in this new GSCM T-shirt! Available online and in store in Black/Gold, Navy/Gold & Navy/Silver for $19.99.

Camp Care Kit Early Bird Price ends soon
Summer camp is around the corner, don’t forget to order Camp Care kits and Trading post credits for your favorite campers!  Early bird pricing ends June 1st,.  Packages start at $14.99.  Click here for the order form.

It’s award season!
Recognize your grads and award winners with these items available in our online shop!

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