The June 2019 VINE

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Spring Renewal Period Ends June 28th!

Have you renewed for 2020? 

The following troops are real Go-Getters! These six troops were the first Troop qualifiers for the Troop incentives:   980, 1026, 2139, 4094, 4159, 9581.  Congratulations to those troops for leading the way and having a great start to 2020!

There is still time to renew and earn the great girl, Troop and Service Unit incentives!  Don’t miss out on these incentives – only available through June 28, 2019!

Girls that renew their membership for 2020 by June 28 will receive a patch.

Troops that meet the renewal requirements will receive a Store Discount Coupon and an additional 8¢ per box of cookies sold in fall cookie season.

Service Units that meet their assigned goals will receive $100 to use towards Girl programming!

Do you want to know if your troop is close to meeting its goals?  Click here to use the Spring Renewal Self Checking Tool on our website!

Reminder for Troop Leaders:  If your troop has roster changes for next year, please submit the girls’ names and their new troop numbers after July 15th to membercare@gscm.org.

To renew your membership now, click here.

We’ll be open late for last-minute assistance!

On June 28th, Service Unit and Troop Support will be available for extended hours to offer parents and Troop Leaders any last minute assistance for Spring Renewal for 2020.  June 28th is the last day of the Spring Renewal Campaign. The GSCM office at 4806 Seton Drive will be open until 8pm for walk-in assistance or phone consultation.

Thank You to our Family Partnership Participants!

To all of those that have given to our Family Partnership campaign when you renewed — THANK YOU! Your gift to Family Partnership provides your daughter and other girls across our region a place to become a Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader.

Support from Girl Scout families like you gives each girl member an opportunity to develop skills that will impact the rest of her life, from leadership development and conflict resolution to financial literacy and STEM.


Opportunities for Girls

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Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend | July 12-14, 2019

Girl Scouts all over the USA will be flocking to their local state parks on the weekend of July 12-14, 2019 to participate in the first ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks Day!  In Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, we are proud to partner with Patapsco Valley State Park.

Join in this nationwide celebration by spending the weekend with your troop at Patapsco Valley State Park.  Girls at each level will participate in Girl Scout Badge activities; participants will also receive a Girl Scouts Love State Parks 2019 patch!

Brownies Badges: Eco Friend, Hiker, and Outdoor Adventurer
Junior Badges:  Outdoor Art Explorer, Eco Camper, and Animal Habitats
Cadette Badges:  Eco Trekker, Night Owl, and Primitive Camper

When/Where: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 14, 2019; Patapsco Valley State Park; 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Who: Brownie-Cadette Level Troops; Registered Troop Volunteers *participating girls and volunteers are current members of a troop who are registered for the 2019 Girl Scout Membership Year

Cost: None (park entrance fee and lodging accommodations are free)

Registration: Click here to register. Troops MUST register to participate. Registration is being managed by GSCM (not Patapsco Park).

Questions:  Contact membercare@gscm.org

Important Notes:

  • Capacity: The event is limited to 70 girls/volunteers due to site capacity
  • What/Who to Bring: Troops will need to bring their own overnight equipment (i.e. tents, cooking equipment, etc.), food/meals, and current GSCM Basic Outdoor Trained Adult and First-aider
  • Lodging: Participating troops are provided tent space to place their tents; troops bring their own tents.  Due to space capacity, it is recommended that 4-person tents be utilized
  • Check-in: Check-in on Friday, July 12th is from 3:00-7:00 PM; Check-in will be open until noon for troops arriving on Saturday, July 13th
  • Check-out: No later than 1:00 PM on Sunday, July 14th

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Girl Scouts Cyber Challenge

There has been a cyber attack on a moon colony in space! Join the team of Girl Scouts that are going to save the colony by identifying the cybercriminals and stop them from hacking the colony!

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has been selected to pilot a Cyber Challenge in partnership with GSUSA and Raytheon. At this event, middle and high school girls will team up to test their cybersecurity skills. They’ll also get to meet real-life cybersecurity pros! The event will be held on October 19, 2019.

Click here to register now!

Before the challenge begins, girls will need to complete the Think Like a Programmer Journey and Cybersecurity Badges for their Girl Scout level. Badges can be earned as individuals, troops, or during a council led workshop!

Click here to find council led Journeys-in-a-day and badge workshops

Questions? Email STEM@gscm.org

Build a Roller Coaster Adventure: A Girl Scout Daisy LEGO Design Challenge

On September 15th, the LEGO stores at the Arundel Mills Mall and the Annapolis Mall will each host a fun and exciting STEM LEGO Roller Coaster Adventure where lucky Girl Scout Daisies will become roller coaster engineers for a day!

By the end of the adventure, participating girls will have earned the Mechanical Engineering badge! Daisy troops must be registered or renewed for the 2020 Girl Scout year and have submitted this survey by July 31st to be considered for this unique opportunity.  Qualified troops that have submitted the survey will be entered in a drawing for the chance to participate in the Roller Coaster Adventure.

Click here to fill out the survey.

Spaces are limited. Troops will be notified by August 2nd if they have been selected to participate in the LEGO Roller Coaster Adventure!

Volunteers Needed for the Cookie Kickoff!

Join us for the Cookie Kickoff on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the GSCM Program Center, 4608 Seton Drive Baltimore, MD 21215. The volunteer Cookie Kickoff Sub-Committee is looking for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to help develop or run girl program activities.

If your teen troop or Girl Scout is interested in volunteering and/or earning the Service to Girl Scouting bar, please contact Pat Heinrichs at dpheinr@gmail.com.

Below is a sample of activities for Service to Girl Scouting bar available at the Cookie Kick Off. We are seeking troops, groups or individuals to run activity stations:

  • Creative Marketing
  • Cookie Booth Etiquette
  • Goal Setting: Activity on troop goal/individual goal/cookie share goal
  • Cookie knowledge games
  • Learn about your cookies: Box information, serving sizes, ingredients etc.
  • Developing a business plan
  • Developing a budget
  • Mock Booth sales/ Mock Door- to – Door sales/ Mock Phone sales
  • Living the promise and law during Girl Scout Cookie Sales (Business ethics)
  • Thank You cards or cookie themed crafts

Opportunities for Adults

Join us for the Give S’more Challenge!

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National S’mores Day is August 10th—Join us at Camp Whippoorwill for our Give S’more Challenge!

Local companies, alumnae, parents, and friends will compete against our top cookie sellers in a Girl Scout relay and raise funds for Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

You can join in by starting a corporate team or a team of your friends or by participating as an individual.

Challenge participants receive lunch and a fun afternoon of outdoor activities! Participants who raise $100 or more receive an event t-shirt.

This event is intended as a fundraiser for adults. If your Girl Scout would like to participate on your team, contact Kim Becker Cooper at kbeckercooper@gscm.org.

Click here to register your team today!

Tickets on Sale Now for Not Your Daughter’s Camp In

Think you’re too old to go to Girl Scout camp? THINK AGAIN!

Back by popular demand, the 2nd “Not Your Daughter’s Camp In” for Girl Scout alumnae, volunteers, camp counselors, staff members, and all other grown-up Girl Scouts, hosted by the GSCM Alumnae Association!

Activities include high ropes (NEW this year!!), kayaking, canoeing, hiking, arts and crafts, archery and more!

This event is for guests 21 and over. Click here to register today!

Save the Date—Adult Learning Roundup

This a day of training and fun learning for Girl Scout Adults.  One can register for one class or the whole day!   Typically, there are level trainings, beginner courses, and specialty training.

We would like to see more Adults and Volunteers take part in this Adult Learning Opportunity!  We don’t want you to miss out so please “save the date” for the Roundups for next year:

October 19, 2019, at Camp Woodlands
May 9, 2020, at Camp Conowingo

If you would like to see something not offered in the past, please send in your idea for the class to membercare@gscm.org and entitle it Roundup class.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • We are in need of a ServSafe volunteer to cook meals at Not Your Daughter’s Camp In and at our S’mores Day Challenge. If you are interested, please contact Kim Becker Cooper at kbeckercooper@gscm.org.
  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is seeking a volunteer(s) who can work independently to provide administrative assistance in our finance department.  The duties include data entry into our accounting system, updating spreadsheets, organizing purchase orders, filing, and general administrative support.  If you are detail-oriented, have strong data entry skills and you are familiar with Excel and Word, we have the perfect opportunity for you. Contact Jeanette Thomas at jthomas@gscm.org to get started

Get Social!

Want to help show the world what Girl Scouting is all about? Sharing stories on your social media pages is an easy but impactful way to get Girl Scout stories in front of new audiences!

If you are interested in becoming a social media advocate for Girl couts of Central Maryland by receiving easily sharable Girl Scout stories in your inbox, sign up here! We promise not to flood your inbox—we’ll keep these emails to a maximum of one per month. The first email will be out before the end of the month.

Questions? Contact communications@gscm.org.


News from Juliette’s Closet

Yard Sale and Swap Meet | 7/20/19 

Juliette’s Closet is hosting a Yard Sale and Swap Meet on July 20th from 10am to 1pm. Come shop for clearance items like fun patches, apparel, and gifts. Attendees can also buy, trade, and sell Girl Scouts items.  If you are interested in selling or trading your items please click here to reserve your spot.

Summer Hours Start June 15!

GSCM Program Center Camp Ilchester
Monday – closed
Tuesday – 9am – 5pm
Wednesday – 9am – 5pm
Thursday – 9am – 5pm
Friday – 9am – 5pm
Saturday – 9am – 12pm
Monday – closed
Tuesday – 9am – 5pm
Wednesday – 10am – 7pm
Thursday – closed
Friday – closed
Saturday – 9am – 12pm
Both stores will be closed:

The fourth of July
July 7
July 29 – August 9 for inventory
August 16 – closed until 2pm for a staff meeting.

We want to make sure we are providing the best services to you. Please help us help you by filling out this survey to let us know when you usually visit our stores and what additional items you would like us to carry.


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Planned Shutdown of the Volunteer Toolkit

The annual shutdown of the VTK will take place in early July. During this shutdown, troop’s year plans are archived so that troops can begin to plan for the new Girl Scouting year. This shutdown is also always when GSUSA uploads new materials. This year there will be over 40 new Badges and awards uploaded in the VTK during this time!
We will provide updates on the exact dates of the shutdown when we have that information.
Questions about VTK? Email membercare@gscm.org.

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