The November VINE

Congratulations to the members of Troop 1093 for being 2020 Honor Rows recipients! M&T Bank, the Baltimore Ravens and the Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism annually honor a youth group for their philanthropic efforts! Click here, to read more about Troop 1093.

Cookie Booth Sale update

We are saddened that COVID-19 has had such an impact on our cookie sale and other programs.  The cookie sale is still taking place virtually, but for safety reasons, cookie booths are not taking place at this time. This decision was made after conversations with council members, board members, and Governor Hogan’s recent announcement that Maryland is again a red COVID-19 state due to the surge of cases. The safety of our girls and families is, as always, our top concern.

We don’t want girls, parents, or supporters to be disappointed but we need to heed the warnings of local professionals who share concern over a rapid COVID-19 surge in a very short time period in our area. We’re committed to working with our girls and volunteers so they can have a safe cookie sale. Please review this 1-pager for cookie delivery safety protocols and tips on how to continue with the cookie sale.

Program Updates

GSCM Program Patch of the Month

Hunger knows no holiday. The Harvest for the Hungry program helps girls understand hunger, its causes and effects, the extent of the problem in our community and how to use available resources to combat the problem. Click here, to request your Lead Like A Girl Scout patch after you complete the program.

Here’s an inside look at some of the programs GSCM is offering this year. If you’re interested in the programs below, check out what other programs GSCM has to offer by clicking here.

Kindness and Caring for All Workshop

GSCM and Challenge Island have a fun-filled STEM opportunity for Girl Scout Daisies. Girls will be able to dive into the world of engineering while learning what being considerate and caring is all about. For more information, click here.

Think Like an Engineer Journey Workshop

Brownies can get started on their Think Like an Engineer Journey by participating in this workshop with GSCM program partner Challenge Island. Girls will have a hands-on learning experience as they explore the world of engineering. To learn more about this program, click here.

Space Science Researcher

Do you know a Cadette that would love to explore the starry skies of the universe? Here’s a great opportunity for her to tap into her inner scientist, with the Space Science Researcher program. To learn more about this program, click here.

Women’s Transportation Seminar Engineering Badge

A great opportunity for Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts to earn their “Think Like an Engineer Badge” and the “Take Action Badge” to complete the Journey. Girls will be immersed in an interactive, hands-on STEM activity to learn about engineering and the transportation industry. The seminar will be led by volunteers from the Women’s Transportation Seminar, so they will have a chance to get up close and personal with women in the engineering and transportation field. For more information on this program, click here.

Store Updates

MORE WAYS TO SHOP!

NEW!  In-store Shopping by Appointment

Miss being at the store browsing around? We will now be taking appointments for in-store shopping. Only one customer at a time will be given entrance and safety protocols must be followed, including temperature check and mandatory mask wearing.  Email  gscmstore@gscm.org to make your appointment now. 

Virtual Store Visits

New to Girl Scouts? Want to know about our programs, badges, patches and more?  Make a virtual appointment with the shop and our staff will be glad to share more information about Girl Scouts.

Facebook Shop Socials

Curbside pick up at Ilchester

Busy during the week? We are adding a new curbside pickup day on Saturday from 10am to 1pm at our Camp Ilchester store. Please note: The store will be closed on Nov 26th-28th in observance of Thanksgiving.

myGS, VTK, etc. Offline for Enhancements November 18 – Early December

Girl Scouts is working on a national system refresh and enhanced member account management system! In just a few weeks, myGS will become the new and improved myAccount, with even more options for managing your household and troop information! A few key benefits include:

  • For girl members with primary caregivers in multiple households, the household manager can provide access for multiple adults to see the girl’s account and make purchases on her behalf
  • Troop leaders will be able to update troop information without council support
  • Members can access their membership card in their account
  • Members can initiate their own troop-to-troop transfers, and transfers will occur automatically without council support
  • Detailed troop logistics, including meeting time, date, and location, will be easily accessible within your account
  • The Troop Catalog will have enhanced search features, including Affiliation (schools, community, or religious organizations), Focus (for troops with a specific program focus), and Language
  • For volunteers, 90-, 60-, and 30-day background check reminders will now be triggered based on your background check’s expiration date
  • Overall improved user experience across all platforms

As we prepare to launch the new myAccount experience in early December, we want to make sure you’re prepared for the downtime period, November 18 through early December.

Please review our readiness checklist and ensure that you have what you need for any troop meetings or activities on your Girl Scout calendar during the downtime period.

During system downtime, council staff will use temporary tools to capture registration and background checks. Please continue to email membercare@gscm.org for any inquiries. It is important for you to include your troop or SU number, your contact phone number and applicable girl information. Keep in mind we won’t have access to previous cases in the system and may have limited information available.

Thank you for your patience while we work to enhance your Girl Scout member experience!

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