The December VINE

Program Updates

GSCM Patch of the Month

We Together  – Learn about diversity through these fun activities created for all program levels. Celebrate Similarities and Differences – Learn about Issues of a Diverse People.  These two patches can be earned by completing the entire program packet. Patches are available for sale at the GSCM store. Click here, to complete the packet.

National Service Project:
Fighting Hunger

More than 50 million adults, kids, and families in the U.S. are experiencing food insecurity, a number that has only increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and may include members of our own communities, friends and family, or members of our troops, making this a sensitive and important take action issue for Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts can make a big difference in their communities—and for children around the world—by supporting hunger relief efforts. There are lots of ways for your troop to make an impact, whether you’re meeting safely in person or virtually and even if you aren’t able to give food directly:

  1. Support a food drive in your community or organize your own (DOC)
  2. Thank a Food Bank Hero! Write to a Food Bank Hero to show your troop’s appreciation and send encouragement for the hard and vital work they do. Mail your handwritten notes to your local food bank.
  3. Volunteer at a drive-thru food distribution program if there are COVID-safe options with local food banks in your area. (And if your troop is old enough!)

(Check out our detailed troop leader instructions (PDF) for helpful tips for each project!)

Once your troop has completed this service project, remember to:

  • Inspire others to give back! Post a photo of your project to your social networks using the hashtag #GirlScoutsGiveBack. Be sure to tag @girlscouts too!
  • Complete our survey so your troop’s impact can be counted in our national service projects.
  • If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

For all National Service Project activities taking place during COVID-19, please make sure that your troop complies with health and safety guidelines given by the CDC, your local government, and your local Girl Scout council.

Special Support for Girls with Special Needs 

If you or a Girl Scout you know wants to go Gold but may feel limited because of special needs, please let us know. GSUSA now has National Volunteer Partner experts who are willing and able to help us make the Gold Award accessible to all Girl Scouts. Contact membercare@gscm.org for more information.

We’re excited to announce a pilot featuring a new product: the Gold Award Girl Scout Military Ribbon. 

All Gold Award Girl Scouts and Gold Award alums who are pursuing careers in the military are invited to complete GSUSA’s  survey  by January 8 for a chance to claim and potentially wear the new Gold Award Girl Scout Military ribbon. The first 50 qualifying registrants will receive a complimentary ribbon, and in the event that the number of requests exceeds the pilot’s 50 ribbons (and we hope it does!), we’ll revisit the offer and consider carrying the product in our online store. 

*Note that the ribbon is not approved for wearing on official U.S. armed service-affiliated uniforms. Gold Award alums at non-federally funded military schools (including senior military colleges and maritime academies) can request permission to wear the ribbon proudly on their school uniforms; alums already in the military, at one of the five service academies, or in an ROTC unit at a civilian school may claim their ribbon as a keepsake.

Tell Us (More) About Your Best Pandemic Project Pivots 

We have all come to love the word pivot and 2020 has been full of pandemic pivots. If your Girl Scout, or group of Girl Scouts, really demonstrated the pandemic pivot while earning her (their) highest awards we want to know! Please take a minute to complete our survey and tell us how your Girl Scout (s) adapted her (their) Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t forget to include pictures if available. You may see a story featuring your Girl Scout(s) on our blog or even in a GSUSA newsletter. 

Store Updates

New Items in Store

  • New Cadette/Senior/Ambassador uniforms are in!  Make an appointment to check them out. 
  • New Holiday gifts and stocking stuffers such as hand sanitizer holders, wooden puzzle kits and mask extenders are arriving weekly.

Many Ways to Shop

  • Curbside Pickup-Facebook Shop Social 
  • Virtual Shopping Appointments 
  • In Person Appointment shopping
  • Online at GIRLSCOUTSHOP.com – FREE SHIPPING through December 31

Holiday Hours and Closures

Both stores will be closed December 18 and December 24 – January 3.

Curbside Pick-Up

  • Seton: Monday and Thursday 10 am to 3 pm 
  • Ilchester: Tuesday and Friday 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday 10 am to 1 pm
  • Email GSCMstore@gscm.org with the items/quantities you need. Include a phone number and preferred store location.

Virtual and In-Person Appointments

  • Please email GSCMstore@gscm.org if interested in Virtual or In-Person Appointments.

Facebook Live Shop SocialJanuary 14 (It’s a New Year) at 5:30 pm

Good morning Girl Scouts LIVE on Facebook 8:15 AM

VS 2.0 Updates

More Features. More FUN! Girl Scouts NEW Member Account Portal is HERE! 

In early December, Girl Scouts released a refreshed new member management portal as part pf the My GS community of online member resources. My Account makes it easier than ever to manage your household’s Girl Scout memberships and keep track of your Girl Scout’s experiences. With so many new features, we’re choosing to highlight just a few for you today: 

  • The *NEW* Household Summary View:  A scrollable list of all current and inactive Girl Scout members in your household along with troop affiliations and the status for all household memberships – renewing your girl has never been easier! 
  • A *NEW* Event Dashboard: A scrollable summary of upcoming events and activities for your household. 
  • The *NEW* Troop Summary View: There to provide you with a quick look at basic information on the troops that your household members are a part of! 
  • The *NEW* My Account Menu: Ready to take to you pages like My Household, My Troop, My Profile, My Events where you will be able to find more details and information – beyond the summary views on your landing page—and where you’ll go to update and edit your member account information!  

Of course, there’s more but we wanted to save a few surprises for you to find! Be sure to check it out! We think you’re going to like what you find! To get started you’ll need to reset your password: 

From the council’s website, www.gscm.org click on My GS, then click on the Login button and follow the system provided prompts and guidance. Of course, if you have any trouble, be sure to reach out to membercare@gscm.org and we’ll be happy to support and welcome you to our refreshed Girl Scout member platform! 

Have fun exploring!

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