September 15, 2014

I Can't Wait To... Share My Girl Scout Experience!


What makes a great experience even better? Sharing it!

Share your next adventure with a neighbor, friend, or family member!

Invite your girls' favorites to register for Girl Scouts today, and embark on the best year ever, together– making new friends, trying new things, and contributing in your community.

Are you among the ranks of our amazing volunteers? Share your experience with a co-worker, new neighbor, or family member.


The benefits of Girl Scouting begin long before and last into adulthood, according to results of a summer 2014 pulse national poll conducted with more than 3,500 volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts in the K−5 age range.


•    90% of parents reported that their daughter’s confidence has increased as a direct result of participation in Girl Scout programming.


•    95% said their girls have had access to new experiences and formed lasting friendships in Girl Scouts. 


•    97% say Girl Scouts has been an overall positive experience for their daughters.


•    89% attributed Girl Scout membership to increasing their child’s happiness.


Girls aren’t the only ones gaining from the Girl Scout experience. GSEM volunteers report that their involvement has given them purpose and support during periods of unemployment, the ability to build stronger connections with their girls and their friends, and helped them form friendships of their own.





•    94% of volunteers have made new friends.


•    88% believe their lives are better because they volunteer with Girl Scouts


•    Two-thirds believe their volunteer experience has helped them professionally.


•    95% are happy knowing they are making girls’ lives better.


We can't wait to see your family and friends this fall! Check out our calendar for upcoming recruitment events near you.

Share your Girl Scout experiences with our GSEM community. Email photos, stories, and more to koreilly@girlscoutseasternmass.org.



September 11, 2014

Use Your Outdoor Voice!


Next month's Girl Scout National Convention agenda includes an open discussion of the outdoor experience in the Girl Scout National Program Portfolio.



Participate in our survey to share your thoughts and experiences, and help our Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts delegates best represent your opinions in Salt Lake City. 

Need some outdoor inspiration? Check out some of our favorite images from the 2014 summer camp season below!










August 13, 2014

Campfire Cooking



Girl Scouts cook cal-zones, banana boats and other unconventional treats. Your campfire food experience doesn't have to be limited -- make cooking an activity, not a chore, on the next camp out! There are even ways to make clean up a breeze by not using dishes for preparation. First you will need some coals to cook over - a traditional teepee-style campfire will burn down quickly to make them. As always, be sure to follow all fire safety and food preparations guidelines and Girl Scout activity checkpoints.


Bacon and Eggs Breakfast in a Bag

1 Brown Paper Bag
3-4 Thick slices of bacon
1-2 Eggs
1 stick

Take a brown paper bag, open it up and line the bottom with bacon - going slightly up each side to create a "bacon boat." Crack the egg(s) on top of the bacon. Fold down the top of the bag and poke the stick through. Using the stick, hold the bag over hot coals until the bacon and eggs are cooked. Be careful not to put the bag over open flames - just use the heat from the coals. Then it’s time to enjoy...clean up is easy, just burn the bag when you're finished.



Bread on a Stick


2 cups flour
1/2 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp dry milk
2 Tbsp flax seed

Mix all of the dry ingredients at home in a plastic bag, and wrap it up tight to go.

When you're ready to cook, follow "leave-no-trace" principles. Never cut branches off of live trees, instead look for a downed branch that is still fresh, and shave off the bark to get a nice clean area about 2-3 fingers thick. Add about a cup of water to the dough and mix well until it's about Play-Doh consistency - include additional small amounts of water as needed. Then, roll the dough into a snake shape and wrap it around the stick in a twisting pattern about half an inch thick. Find a hot spot over the coals and roast the bread like a marshmallow, rotating it so that the dough doesn’t sag and fall off. Cook the bread for about 10-minutes and it should be ready to eat!

These are just two ideas that could be fun to try out on your next outing. There are many other recipes out there - does your troop have any neat campfire cooking ideas? Share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!

July 16, 2014

2014 Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts' Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ 2014 Scholarship Winners
Nicole Butler of Acton and Lindsay Schrier of Quincy

Nicole Butler and Lindsay Schrier were chosen for this distinction for their leadership, community engagement, and personal commitment to the Girl Scout Mission.

Both young women demonstrated a consistent commitment to the Girl Scouts and helped to further the mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Their growth through the program is notable, as they both earned the Bronze and Silver Award and have taken on significant leadership roles, serving on the CEO Advisory Committee. Lindsay completed her Gold Award, and Nicole is working to complete hers as well.



Lindsay Schrier
For her Gold Award, Lindsay created a Model United Nations club at her high school to help raise student awareness of global issues. The club traveled to the UN in New York city and met weekly in Quincy to encourage members to be world citizens, conscious of world problems. Lindsay will pursue a degree in International Studies at Boston College in the fall.

Nicole Butler
As she works toward her Gold Award, Nicole is educating teen drivers on the importance of registering as organ donors as they get their permits and licenses. The initiative taught Nicole that one person can make a difference in the lives of many others. Nicole hopes to become a teacher as she heads off to study at Saint Michael’s college in Vermont.

We are very proud to honor these two outstanding young women!

2014 Summer Family Events


Girl Scout membership gives your entire family opportunities for summer fun. Don't miss the exciting lineup of family-friendly events we have in store all summer long. Bring the whole gang along for experiences everyone can enjoy together!


Lowell Spinners Baseball
Catch a ball game at Lelacheur Park in historic Lowell. We have three Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts nights at the park. Check out lowellspinners.com for more information about the team and game experience! Get the chance to see up-and-coming major league players and enjoy the ballpark atmosphere. Tickets are $10 each.

Sunday, August 10, 3:05 PM, Lowell vs. Williamsport -- Register Now
Peanut free day at the park. The first 1,000 kids receive a free hat!
Registration Deadline: July 28

Saturday, August 30, 7:05 PM, Lowell vs. Aberdeen -- Register Now
Stick around for fireworks after the game!
Registration Deadline: August 18

               


Boston Pizza Tour 
Explore Boston on an educational—and tasty!—walking tour. Discover the North End, Boston's oldest neighborhood. Each private tour includes two hours of food, fun and history, plus two slices of North End pizza. Boston Pizza Tours will deliver the pizza to YOU! Patch included. $25 per person. Grades 2 and up.

Saturday, August 9, 11 AM, Boston Pizza Tour -- Register Now 
Registration Deadline: July 28 


Provincetown Whale Watch 
Bring the entire family along for a fun-filled day at sea in search of the various species of whales found in our oceans. Provincetown: $20 per person, patch included.

Sunday, August 17, 12 PM, Provincetown Whale Watch -- Register Now
Registration Deadline: August 4

Please note: If you prefer an alternate date, purchase tickets for August 17 via our website, then email program@girlscoutseasternmass.org to alert us of your preferred departure date.

          
We hope to see you and your family on these adventures!  Share your stories and photos with us. Email koreilly@girlscoutseasternmass.org.

July 15, 2014

Recognition and Gold Awards at the State House


Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts proudly celebrated the achievements of our girls both earning the Gold Award, and bridging to adulthood on June 23, 2014 in the Great Hall of Massachusetts State House. More than sixty girls were honored for completing the rigorous Gold Award and many others were honored for bridging into adulthood.

Prior to the ceremony, Gold Award recipients displayed presentations detailing their projects. Friends, families, and other girls browsed the exhibits and learned the extent to which these extraordinary young women helped others.



During a special candle ceremony, Girl Scouts reflected on the journeys they've completed and read alumnae quotes on what scouting meant to them. Each girl receiving the Gold Award and bridging was personally congratulated by Council President, Elizabeth Stevenson and Chief Program Officer Melanie Wills.

Corporate Partner TD Bank’s Vice President and Field Marketing Manager, Jerry Copsinis, State Representative Patricia Haddad, and Chief of Staff for Senator Gale D. Candaras, Lauren Corcoran, attended the ceremony and offered words for the honorees.

The speakers lauded the achievements of the young women, and Rep. Haddad issued a challenge. She emphasized her confidence that the girls will accomplish great things, be leaders, and have bright futures, charging them with a task to “be the first, not the only” in everything that they do. Rep. Hadded continued that she hoped each girl honored would open doors for the women who come after them, allowing future generations to stand on their shoulders, and reach new heights.


These girls have served their communities, both near and far, and have exemplified the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Council President Elizabeth Stevenson said it best, “As you move forward in life, whether your path takes you to college, a trade school, the military, or directly out into the work force, you can take pride in knowing that you have what it takes to make the world a better place.”

Congratulations to all of our Gold Award recipients and Girl Scouts who have bridged to adulthood!
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