The March VINE

Program Updates

Becoming Me Program

Girl Scouts of the USA has announced the Becoming Me program, a special collaboration with Penguin Random House and Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. The program follows the recent publication of Mrs. Obama’s book, Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, and offers a unique opportunity for Girl Scouts to embark on their journeys to become their best selves. The program includes a virtual event with Mrs. Obama, that will walk girls through earning three badges at each Girl Scout level. The Becoming Me program will launch in early May 2021.

Girl Scouts’ Becoming Me program will be available at no cost to any interested Girl Scout enrolled for the 2021–22 membership year. Drawing on Girl Scouts’ programming—which includes over 300 skill-building badges—we’re thrilled to release the curated Becoming Me program series, built on 18 badges that explore key themes in Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers.

The program includes:

  • A six- to eight-week experience centered around core themes from Mrs. Obama’s Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers that align with the Girl Scout mission, such as knowing and telling your story, maintaining mental health and wellness, and supporting and nurturing girls on their own journeys.
  • A journal activity through which participants reflect on their personal experiences as they answer the question “Who are you, and who do you want to become?”
  • A facilitator guide to help volunteers steer Girl Scouts through their journeys, as well as free digital downloads, such as modified Becoming journal content and an excerpt from Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers.
  • Admission to a virtual event featuring a conversation between Girl Scouts and Mrs. Obama during which she’ll explore the themes in Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers and how they relate to Girl Scouts’ and young people’s experiences today.

There will also be an exclusive Becoming Me patch for optional purchase. More details will follow. Stay tuned!

There’s a pandemic—How are your children managing it?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an entire generation of children in our country to experience multiple hardships. Many more are now hungry, missing out of the benefits of classroom teaching and are worried about the future as well as their family’s health and finances. The mental health statistics related to youth are already staggering and COVID has provided a heavy extra layer of stress. Our CEO, Violet M. Apple, hosted a conversation about girls’ mental health on March 2, with Dr. Janice Hutchinson, child psychiatrist and medical doctor and Dr. Angela Stewart, pediatrician and founder of Our Children’s Clinic, with SUMs. The conversation addressed questions and provided tips for gauging how your girl(s) are handling the impacts of the pandemic.

Because children will often mask or show their emotions in in-direct ways, both doctors underscored the importance of making time for your children, adding that an extra hug, can go along way. They also advised parents and caregivers to pay attention to outbreaks, anger, changes in habits and changes in appetite as they are often clues that a child is having a problem. Dr. Hutchinson reminded attendees that school is the biggest source of self-esteem for many children. She added that our kids have lost a lot—school activities, going to the movies, friends and even family. Dr. Stewart added that children need nurturing and school is a large part of that nurturing. When school is out that is again something that they miss. As a takeaway, she shared the Pillars of Well-Being for children, that include:

1. Validation

2. Keeping their routines (bedtime, study time, etc.)

3. Ensuring they get enough sleep

4. Monitoring their screen time

5. Promoting movement and exercise

6. Encouraging them to engage in Acts of Kindness

7. Finding ways they can pursue mastery/achievement

8. Assisting with mindfulness/awareness of thoughts

9. Encouraging them to socialize

10. Helping them find joy

Another discussion, designed for troop leaders, will be held in the coming months. Don’t forget to visit GSUSA’s Raising Awesome girls page for additional tips and resources for helping your child.

Trailblazing American Women Writers Project Series: Sonia Sanchez

The PBS Books Trailblazing American Women Writers Project’s goal is to highlight incredible women authors and their accomplishments as part of our ongoing celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendments. PBS Books will release a video highlighting nationally acclaimed poet, Sonia Sanchez, after the event to further promote her life and work. This series is perfect for young and new writers and poets who want to explore different ways to express themselves. A Q&A with Ms. Sanchez is part of the program. To learn more, click here.

Virtual Troop Meeting Tips

Need some tips for your virtual meetings? Click here.

Patch of the Month- My Family Loves Girl Scouting 

The “My Family Loves Girl Scouting” Patch Packet is designed as a way to help families become more aware and involved in their daughter’s Girl Scout experience. It will help you see firsthand how Girl Scouting is giving your daughter tools she will use now and the future.

GSCM Annual Camp Summit

Calling all adventurers! Registration for the medieval themed annual Camp Summit is now open. Are you ready to slay a dragon at the top of the rockwall, or become an expert in birds of prey and alchemy?  Maybe you’ll be the first to hit a bull’s eye during the archery tournament! No matter what interests you there’s sure to be activities for everyone who attends.  You can sign up to stay in a unit or bring your own tent. Covid-19 protocols will be in place. Masks must be worn at all times, except when eating, drinking, sleeping or participating in a water activity.  Physical distancing will be maintained whenever possible. Hand washing and hand sanitizing will be built into the schedule, and available at all program areas. All high touch surface areas will be routinely sanitized throughout the day. 

Cost includes four meals, snacks, program supplies, water bottle and program patch.  NOTE: Camp trained adults and first aiders are both provided by the event committee. All adults attending the event must be registered and background checked.  

High Adventures

Are you looking for a way to build your girl’s self-confidence, or just “elevate” her level of fun? If yes, then this program is for her. Join us at our awesome high ropes course and take a ride on the zip-line! This event is open to troops and individual girls. The program will run with a minimum of six (6) participants and a maximum of ten(10) participants. This event will take place at Camp Conowingo on March 27 and is available at two different time slots. For more information, click here.

Homemade S’mores

Looking for a fun event to engage your troop in? Join us on April 3rd, for a unique opportunity to make s’mores from scratch. We will start by baking our own graham crackers and crafting our own marshmallows before we combine them with some chocolate to create a delectable treat! We may even throw in a camp song or two! Each participant will receive a box of supplies that will be available for pick-up at Juliette’s closet one week after registration closes, or the box may be shipped for an additional $15.00 shipping & handling. For more information, click here.

Store Updates

Store Reopening

GSCM stores will be reopened starting March 15th.  We will be enforcing social distancing, mask wearing, temperature measurement and we will limit the number of visitors in the store at one time.  Below are the hours for each store.  Curbside pickup and virtual appointments will still be available.

Seton

Monday: 10am – 3pm

Thursday: 10am – 3pm

Ilchester

Monday: 10am – 3pm

Tuesday: 10am – 3pm

Wednesday: 2pm – 6pm

Friday: 10am – 3pm

Saturday: 10am – 1pm

Facebook Shop Social

April 8, 5:30pm

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New Merchandise Alert

New Girl Scout masks are now available. They are made of three layers of fabric material and are soft and breathable.  The price is $7 each and it comes in adult and youth size.  We only have a limited number of them so if you are interested, please email: gscmstore@gscm.org. 

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