September 2, 2015

Remembering Christa McAuliffe on her Birthday

Today, September 2, we are remembering Girl Scout, astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe on what would have been her 67th birthday. Born in Boston and a graduate of Framingham State College, Christa was an accomplished teacher and Girl Scout leader who was chosen out of over 11,000 applicants to be the first teacher in space. In 1986, her life was sadly cut short, along with six other crew members, during the failed launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Keeping her memory alive in her home state of New Hampshire is "Christa's House" at Camp Wabasso, a beautiful cottage that features a library of Christa McAuliffe’s Girl Scout memorabilia.

August 18, 2015

#TroopTuesday: Treasuring Time with Keating & Goldberg

We had two great finance-themed events last week! Read on to learn more about how our Girl Scouts explored women's history and finance.

Congressman Keating and #TheNew10
Earlier in the summer, Congressman Keating reached out to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to help draft ideas for the U.S. Treasury Department’s “The New 10” initiative. The Treasury Department will be featuring a woman on the bill when it is resigned in 2020. The public is able to provide input on who this woman should be and that is where our Girl Scouts come in! They have been working on ideas, as well as symbols and designs, for the bill.

Congressman Keating visited Camp Wind-in-the-Pines last Tuesday to hear presentations from girls. Girl Scouts from New Bedford, as well as campers from Camp Wind-in-the-Pines and Camp Favorite presented their projects. Congressman Keating will be forwarding all of the presentations to the Treasury Department!

Massachusetts State Treasurer Visit
Last Wednesday, Quincy Girl Scouts (and GSEM CEO Pat Parcellin) enjoyed hearing from Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. Treasurer Goldberg discussed the challenges she faced growing up and being interested in math. She encouraged the girls to pursue their career aspirations, even if they are in male-dominated fields.

Treasurer Goldberg then heard Girl Scouts present on the financial management skills that they learn through Girl Scouting. Meg Powers and Brianna Cristiani talked about their troop saving $9,000 over the course of four years so they could all travel to California. Hannah Davis, a Senior Girl Scout, said "I really enjoyed how the treasurer talked about why saving your money early is important. I also loved when she said that a woman can do any job a man can do, and sometimes even better".

We want to share your troop stories! Send us pictures for future #TroopTuesday posts by emailing

August 10, 2015

Today is National S'mores Day

Whether you plan to invite your friends over or you are hosting a party for one, we have the most creative and tasty ways to celebrate this sweet day!

A little history about Girl Scouts and S'mores

Although it is unknown when the first s'more was made, the first recipe was published in the 1927 Girl Scout book, “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”. Back then, the recipe for "Some Mores" called for graham crackers, plain chocolate bars, marshmallows, and sticks for roasting. This recipe has been popular for generations, keeping us all wanting some more!

S'mores Inspired Treats

Over the years, people have created some pretty exciting twists on this classic treat. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to incorporate s'mores ingredients into desserts. Share your favorite s'mores-inspired recipes in the comment section. 

S'mores Cookie Bars
S'mores Dip

See s'more recipes on our S'mores Pinterest Board

S'mores Smoothie

August 4, 2015

Bronze Butterflies

The girls in Girl Scout Troop 80300 were on a mission to save the endangered Cape Cod Monarch Butterfly, fueled by their determination to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award. The Girl Scout Bronze Award is a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Girls in a troop work together to plan and complete a project, developing more confidence, meeting new people, and feeling a sense of accomplishment in working with other Girl Scouts to make a difference.

The girls started by contacting the Cape Cod Monarch Project to learn more about the butterflies and how they could help them thrive. They learned that the Dennis Conservation Trust had planted milkweed at one of its conservation areas to attract butterflies. They decided to expand on this project with a garden to attract adult butterflies and to encourage them to lay their eggs on the milkweed. They began in the middle of the cold and snowy winter, seeding the milkweeds to create a home for the Monarchs. They knew exactly how to prepare the soil and composting thanks to Mike Almonte, Dennis Conservation’s Master Gardener. 
Once it became spring, the girls were at the garden every Monday, working to clear and prepare the soil for planting on June 1. On June 7, the garden was showcased at a dedication ceremony for Lawrence Barros, a 32-year-old husband and father who had passed away in a tragic car accident. Following the dedication, there was a celebration of the completed garden and Lawrence’s life at one of the recreational areas. The girls wanted to document their Bronze Award Journey, so they filmed and edited their own story

We are so proud of these girls and their dedication to improving their community. Let us know what your troop is up to by e-mailing us at! 

July 27, 2015

Whales, Tales and Trails Destination

Last week, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts hosted 24 girls from all over the country for our Whales, Tales and Trails Destination program. Several of the girls are from within our council and represented towns such as Carver, Methuen, Lawrence and Lexington. Many of the girls who came from out of state had never been to New England before this visit!

During the program, the girls were able to improve their writing skills while learning about New England history and culture. Endicott College in Beverly was home base for the week, giving the girls a sneak peek at college campus living.

The Destination began with a flag ceremony featuring local Girl Scouts in vintage Girl Scout uniforms. Pat Parcellin, GSEM’s CEO, and Elizabeth Stevenson, GSEM’s Board Chair, welcomed the girls to Massachusetts

The group had the chance to work with local female authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Kristine Asselin and Edith M. Maxwell to improve their writing skills.

The girls learned about 
Louisa May Alcott, the late author and role model whose novel “Little Women” is as beloved by girls today as it was when it was published in two volumes in the late 1860s. While visiting the Alcott home in Concord, called Orchard House, the girls took time to write in their journals about the experience, and some girls were interviewed by a local reporter.

The group explored the New England coastline by visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and by going on a whale watch out of Gloucester. 

                                       The group then got to discover Salem during a scavenger hunt
Boston through a Duck Tour.


Every Destination includes an opportunity for girls to give back, and our girls wrapped up their busy week by working on a service project at the Beverly School for the Deaf.

We are already missing this awesome group of girls! We can’t wait to see the amazing stories they write after all of their adventures.

July 23, 2015

In the News: Girl Scouts Going for the Gold

Our Girl Scouts’ efforts to bring real, sustainable change to their communities are being recognized! This past year, 70 girls across eastern Massachusetts earned the highest award attainable in Girl Scouting—the Gold Award.

Each girl chose an issue, created a plan to take action, and inspired others along the way. Girls typically spend 80 hours over one to two years on their Gold Award projects, and are able to sustain them through the work of other troops or volunteers. More than 30 local newspapers have highlighted our girls through articles and photos.

A Golden Ceremony
On Monday, June 15, our Gold Awardees were honored at the Massachusetts State House. Girls who were recognized for Bridging to Adult also participated in this memorable celebration. In addition to remarks from GSEM Chief Executive Officer Patricia Parcellin and Council President Elizabeth Stevenson, State Auditor Suzanne Bump addressed the audience of girls, parents, troop volunteers and council board members. All the girls received a certificate and a rose from the council, along with local and national certificates of commendation. 

Girls Making Headlines
Sagamore Girl Scout Lazara Wilson earned the Gold Award with her project Mural of Inspiration for RFK. She felt that the dreary exterior of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps Center in her community did not reflect the organization’s spirit. Lazara designed a mural to enhance what was once a plain white wall, using her own artistic talents and giving the kids an opportunity to make a difference at the center that does so much for them and the community.

Youssr Attia, from Randolph, earned the Gold Award as well as the GSEM scholarship this year. Her project, WEmpower, set out to empower girls and women, physically and mentally. Inspired by her own passion for martial arts, she created a series of workshops and self-defense classes. Each workshop addressed the root causes of low self-esteem and revolved around a self-empowerment theme. Her efforts are what led her to receive her scholarship, which she will use to study chemical engineering at Northeastern University.

Topsfield’s Chiffer family is going gold! All three Chiffer sisters are Girl Scouts, and the two oldest girls have each earned their Gold Award. Elizabeth Chiffer completed her project, French Immersion through the Arts, this year. She set out to help students in the fourth through sixth grades learn the language and the culture of France by developing and leading a series of French language and cultural classes using visual, performing and culinary arts to engage her students.

Wakefield Girl Scout Caitlin Mogan has always loved to read, but felt that a lack of time to read for pleasure outside of school contributed to many of her friends’ loss of passion for books. As part of her project, Reversing Readicide, Caitlin collected books and created a library at the local Boys & Girls Club to give middle school students the opportunity to read books that genuinely interested them and revive their love of reading.

Stay tuned for more Gold Award spotlights!  

Photography by Randy H. Goodman

April 17, 2015

GSEM in the News: February and March

Our Girl Scouts are making headlines! Read on to see what they've been up to lately.


Cookies for a Cause

To cap off the cookie season, nearly 1,000 girls, families and volunteers gathered at Hanscom Air Force Base on March 21 to donate 30,000 packages of cookies as part of the Cookies for a Cause program. 

We’re very appreciative of our military troops, and hope that they enjoyed our tasty message of “Thanks-A-Lot!” 

CBS Boston highlighted this great accomplishment – listen and read more here.

Good Morning Boston!

Girl Scouts were invited to be on "Good Morning America" when the show was broadcast from Boston on March 11

During the Frozen-themed “Coolest Summer Ever” segment, girls enjoyed sweet treats, met Olaf, that infamous snowman, and represented GSEM! See more photos here.

Leading Women Awards

Our Leading Women event was a shining success!

We honored Martha Coakley the Former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Christa Hagearty, president and chief executive officer of Dependable Cleaners; Dr. Denise Hammon, president of Marian Court College; Elaine Steward, vice president and club counsel of the Boston Red Sox; and Janet Wu, anchor/reporter at 7News/CW56. Each Leading Woman received stories in her hometown newspapers and Boston Business Journal highlighted the event in their Out Of Office section.

STEM Conference and Expo

Photo from the MetroWest Daily News
On March 15, GSEM hosted our annual STEM conference in Framingham. 

It was a day filled with activities, including hands-on experiments, live demonstrations, and conversations with women in the STEM fields. A number of Wicked Local websites featured a pre-event article (with 1.2 million impressions), and The MetroWest Daily News article published after the event featured several girls inspired to learn more about STEM.

GSEM CEO Patricia Parcellin featured in Boston Business Journal
Photo from Boston Business Journal
In an Executive Profile, Pat Parcellin shared her vision for the council's future and discussed her transition from financial services to the nonprofit world. 

In her first six months at the council, Pat has been focused on girl leadership,building stronger connections with the corporate community, investing in properties, increasing and diversifying membership, and engaging more adult volunteers.

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