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!

July 8, 2014

Bridging to the Next Level

Each summer troops and service units all across the council hold bridging ceremonies for their girls progressing to the next level of the Girl Scout program. While each has its own traditions, regardless of how formal the function, bridging is meaningful for the leaders, the families and (most importantly) the Girl Scouts.

The Carver Service Unit celebrated 65 girls bridging to all levels of the program.  The girls ran an impressive ceremony, presiding over everything from the presentation of the colors to gifting pins of appreciation to leaders and cookie moms.

The Shawsheen Service Unit had about 120 girls cross the bridge in a ceremony held at South Church in Andover. Members of one troop received their bronze award pins, and two Cadette troops -- including five girls from troop 60919 who both bridged to the Senior Girl Scout level, and planned the whole ceremony -- were celebrated for earning the Silver Award.

For Holbrook/Avon Troop 88208, 2014 marked their first-ever bridging ceremony. Six girls bridged to Brownie, while five Daisies received their first membership pins. The girls also received patches earned from recently completed events, including their first troop parade and a town-wide clean-up day.

Family and friends attended each of the ceremonies to recognize the young women who have worked hard and lived by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Congratulations to all the girls who have bridged! We look forward to supporting you as your journey continues.

June 27, 2014

Member Benefits

Girl Scout membership has its privileges, check out some of the exciting discounts and activities you're invited to participate in this summer, simply for being a Girl Scout.

A portion of select ticket sales come back to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts so we can invest in future programming and trainings. Whether you're treating the family to some football fun or an afternoon learning about human biology, you're not only getting a deal on some outstanding summer experiences, but helping support girl leadership development.

Edaville USA

Select events through Fall 2014

Dinosaurs, and pirates, and princesses delight. Edaville USA is offering GSEM Girl Scouts and their families discounted admission to several special summer events. Meet Hello Kitty or Curious George, or travel back in time to see how you size up to a T-Rex.  Tickets for Girl Scouts and their accompanying family and friends are just $16. Use coupon code GIRLSCOUT.



Bodyworlds VITAL

Through September 14, 2014

Inspire your future surgeon or scientist with a trip to Body Worlds Vital! Girl Scouts receive half off full-price tickets, and get one free entry for every 15 paid tickets. To receive this special offer, contact Molly Tarpey, Group Sales Director:Call 978-666-0298 or email Groups@BostonExhibitsLLC.com


Boston College Scout Day

Saturday, September 27

Are you ready for some football?! Purchase your tickets for Boston College Athletics Scout Day before July 1 to receive a limited edition BC patch. Activities include a pre-game scavenger hunt through Alumni Stadium, an on-field flag ceremony featured on the jumbotron, and scoreboard recognition for the largest group of Scouts. Discounted tickets to Scout Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 27, are $25 each, with a portion of sales to benefit GSEM. For tickets and information email brandon.gilson@bc.edu or call 617-552-3917

June 20, 2014

Pay It Forward

Over the course of more than three months, the Cadette Girl Scouts of Troop 51145 from the Wetherbee School in Lawrence worked with the Highland Street Youth Philanthropy Initiative (HSYPI) to give a local non-profit a grant to help fund programs addressing their community's most pressing needs.

HSYPI trains youth in philanthropy, teaching them about community needs and effective non-profit management. Once the trainings, research, meetings and deliberations are complete, the HSYPI empowers the youth to decide which organization is awarded the HSYPI-funded grant.

The girls spent time understanding the needs of Lawrence residents and evaluating different non-profit organizations in the area. After finishing the program, they made their decision, awarding the HSYPI grant to Family Services.
The Cadettes said they determined which programs would be most beneficial to their hometown, and then took action.

"We identified community needs such as teen pregnancy and child abuse," one troop member said. "Family Services helps find solutions to these problems and other issues in our city."
The 13-week program culminated on May 30 with a check ceremony at the Lawrence Boys & Girls Club. Troop 51145 described the grant awarding process, which included meeting with four  non-profit organizations, and how they came to their ultimate decision. Afterwards, they presented a check for $5,000 to Family Services Executive Director Elizabeth Sweeney and board member Judith Holt.
The girls of Troop 51145 truly embody the Girl Scout mission to make the world a better place.

June 18, 2014

Gluten-Free Giving

Cookie Season may be over, but we're still spreading the love.

At the close of our cookie sale, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts donated 181 cases of gluten-free cookies to Pierce’s Pantry, a locally based gluten-free food bank.

GSEM began offering a gluten-free cookie option this past year, introducing Chocolate Chip Shortbread to complement our existing cookie offerings.

Director of Pierce’s Pantry, Tracy Keegan, was extremely grateful for the donation. As gluten-free dietary needs cost more than 200% more than traditional food, Keegan said treats like cookies are not often affordabe for celiac populations in need.

"They'll probably burst into tears," she said of food pantry clients who will receive the Girl Scout cookies. "It’s a luxury to get a cookie, think about kids than don't have anything -- parents certainly aren’t going to be spending money on cookies if they can't afford regular groceries."

Pierce’s Pantry was started by and named for Keegan's teenaged son after his involvement in the Walk for Hunger left him wondering what he, having been diagnosed with Celiac disease as a preteen, would do if he were in a position to need food donations.

GSEM Staffer Toni Dixon helps Pierce's Pantry volunteer Marissa Devlin pack up GSEM's gluten-free cookie donation.

The addition of these donated Girl Scout cookies to Pierce’s Pantry and the inclusion of a gluten-free cookie option in general, Keegan says, is huge for the Celiac community.

“It means that you now can be part of society again,” she said. “Girl Scout cookies are so iconic in terms of childhoold and interaction with the community.”

“The gluten free Girl Scout cookie is symbolic of what the Girl Scouts stand for because it’s a manifestation of showing that everyone needs to be embraced," she said. "It’s a beautiful gesture of inclusion.”
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