Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  -  February 13, 2017
Attention Troop Leaders!
Please log into the eBiz registration system and verify that all of your Girl Scouts have a valid email address listed. Thank you!
Booth Sales Coming Soon 

With Cookie Sales right around the corner, don't forget about the Cookie Troop 100 and #BlingYourBooth challenge. Click image above for more detail.
Community Partners
We are honored to work with community partners who offer opportunities for girls to enhance their Girl Scout Leadership Experience. To check out the latest offerings, click here. 

Calendar of Events
Be sure to check out our
 * Grand Rapids Drive Girl Scout Night on February 25.  Join us for a fun night of basketball for all girls!  Custom patch will be available along with a voucher for hot dog/soda and there will be a post-game free throw shot. To sign up, contact Tess Russo at or 616-328-7092.

Open Your Eyes: The Power of Art on February 25 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Scouts will practice their critical thinking skills as they explore the art of Ai Weiwei, internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist. This event is a natural tie-in to Girl Scout World Thinking Day
, a day of international friendship that focuses on issues that affect girls and young women.  

* Every Dress has a Story running March 3-19.  GSMISTS will be partnering with Goodwill Industries for a fourth year to collect dresses for the Every Dress Has a Story campaign. To learn more or sign up, click here. 

Muskegon Lumberjacks Girl Scout Night on March 25. The day will be filled with crafts, ice skating, a movie, a custom Lumberjacks Girl Scout patch, and a hockey game. Register by February 24 to guarantee a patch. To sign up, contact Jordan Haidle at 231.724.5225 ext. 255 or or send payment to 470 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440. Registration closes on March 20. Download the event flyer here.

Troop Management
Troop Management Sessions have been added. Night & weekend dates are available! Click here  for details.
Day Camps
Interested in having a Day Camp in your area? We are looking for Day Camp Directors. Please email if you are interested in learning more.
Service Unit Troop Events
If you are holding local events that are open to the entire council, we would love to help you promote it! We are looking for events that are Girl Scout badge based, financial literacy, healthy living, etc. Please complete and submit this form for consideration.
Save the Date
Save the date for these upcoming events. More information coming soon.

* Gold Award Ceremony - March 18 at Camp Anna Behrens.

 * Adult Recognition & Annual Meeting - April 22 at Camp Anna Behrens.
Join us for the largest gathering of girls and women in the world: 
G.I.R.L. 2017!

For three days, girls will dominate Columbus, Ohio - and we want you to be a part of it! October 6-8, 2017, G.I.R.L. 2017 will draw more than 10,000 of the brightest, strongest and most capable girls and women in the world for an event that only comes once every three years.

G.I.R.L. 2017 is for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to stand up, take charge, and change the world, for her and for all of us. This event will offer tons of one-of-a-kind fun, inspiring speakers, and enlightening educational opportunities-it's THE event of the year for everyone who wants to see girls and women rise and shine! At G.I.R.L. 2017, girls will build a lifetime of friendships and connections, as well as check out the ever-popular Hall of Experiences. To learn more, watch this brief video.

The registration portal is scheduled to open the week of March 13.Mark your calendar, invite your friends and visit for updates. 

We can't wait to see you there!
Shop News
Coming Soon! 
New Council Cookie T-Shirt! 

Shirts will be available for purchase in our Shops by the end of February. 
$12.00 each, Youth Medium - Adult 3X.

Thinking Day is February 22
This year's theme is "Grow." Patches are now available in shops, $2.00 each.

Cookie Activity Pins for 2017
are light pink. Pins are also available in shops, $2.00 each.

Placement of these items are on the front of the tunic, vest, or sash. 

To learn more and view patch requirements, click here: World Thinking Day and Cookie Activity

Shop for these items anytime online
Civic Engagement Reminder
As demonstrations have become a common occurrence across the United States and beyond, many members of our Movement have inquired about how to respond or engage.
By participating in marches and demonstrations, Girl Scouts across the country are joining with many of their fellow Americans to express their opinions and beliefs. We applaud their individual efforts in civic engagement and taking action on issues they feel strongly about-practices that are foundational and fundamental to being a Girl Scout.

We respect the right of all girls and adult members in our Movement to make their own decisions about their involvement in these types of events. That said, remember that these individuals' choices regarding causes, demonstrations and marches (and affiliated sponsors and organizers) they support are in no way associated or affiliated with the Girl Scout Movement and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Girl Scouts.

While local, national and global service and action are core elements of the Girl Scout experience, please keep in mind that Girl Scouts are prohibited from participating or intervening  directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of or in
opposition to any candidate for public office and may not participate in any legislative activity or function which contravenes the laws governing tax-exempt organizations. Any involvement in these areas must be done as a private individual and not as a representative of the Girl Scouts. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore is looking for girls interested in the opportunity to join council staff on television, news, and radio visits!

Girls from any age and area can join our Media Mavens and have the chance to appear alongside council staff at news interviews, radio tapings, and more! 

Upcoming opportunities for girls are:
  • The Maranda Show on February 16 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in Grand Rapids
  • The WGVU Morning Radio Show with Shelley Irwin on February 20 at 3:00 pm at Grand Valley State University
  • eightWest promoting our Every Dress Has Story Campaign in Grand Rapids (more details coming soon!)
If your girl is interested, please fill out our Media Maven Participation Form and email it to

Any girl who wishes to participate will be added to our Media Mavens Group, and we will contact the girls with media opportunities as they come available throughout the council area.
Membership News
Coming Soon!! Early Bird 2018 membership registration. Watch for details to come by email, Facebook, and on our website.

Membership Goal update  

The following service units have met at least:
80% of their girl membership goal:
  • Rogers City/Onaway (114%) - GOAL!!!!
  • Oscoda (97%)
  • Byron Center/Rabbit Run (114%) - GOAL!!!
  • White Lake (96%)
  • Charlevoix (93%)
  • Belding/Greenville/Five Cities (94%)
  • EBO/West/North Park (92%)
  • Big Rapids/Chippewa Hills/Morley/Stanwood (90%)
  • Rockford/North Kent (86%)
  • Forest Hills (93%)
  • Greater Montcalm (85%)
  • Reeths Puffer/North Muskegon (84%)
  • Alpena/Montmorency (92%)
  • Cheboygan (88%)
  • Otsego (88%)
  • Flat River(84%)
  • Zeeland (80%)
  • Ionia/Portland/TriCities/Lakewood/Grand River (80%)
  • Kalkaska/Antrim (80%)
Great work to all!
Keep going! Let's be sure to offer the Girl Scout program to ALL girls.
Finance Reports
Be sure to update your troop/group Detailed Cash Report on a regular basis. As your troop has income or expenses, it works well to log the transactions right away. When it is time to submit, all you have to do is make a copy. The Finance Report/Detailed Cash Report can be found on our website.
Be sure to be carefully reviewing your troop bank statements. Many banks are now charging fees.  If your account has been charged fees, please work with the bank to get the charges removed or change to a new fee free account. In some cases, we may have to consider moving the troop account to a different bank.

Attention Troop Leaders 
If you currently have an 03 helper acting as your assistant, please remember this person is not trained to lead the troop meetings on their own.  If you are in need of having an 03 helper take the lead, please provide them the training resources to become a trained 02 co-leader.  Thank you!
Program News
Broadway favorite Wicked is coming in the Fall of 2017! Watch out for details soon! 

Final Day for Destinations Applications!
We are excited to share that GSUSA has awarded GSMISTS money designated to help girls participate in Destinations. The deadline to apply is TODAY, February 13, 2017. Please visit the Destinations page on GSUSA's website to explore where to travel! There are both national and international opportunities available. Complete the application and submit here.

World Thinking Day International Festival  
Come as a troop and present games, songs, food, etc. from a WAGGS country or just enjoy the demonstrations.
Location: Gaylord Middle School
Date: February 19 from 12- 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per girl. Adults free.
Registration: Contact Rose Warner at by February 15.  To learn more about World Thinking Day, click here. 

Diocese of Grand Rapids Scout Mass
February 26 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Grand Rapids.
The Mass is open to any children, youth, parents and adults involved in Scouting - Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire and American Heritage Girls.
Reception at Cathedral Square will follow.

GVSU Discover Nursing  
This event is a way for nursing students to reach out to the community by putting together an event for the girl scouts. This is a way for members of the Student Nursing Association to teach the scouts about the nursing profession, as well as give them a fun and educational outing to do as a troop. Girls will receive a fun patch at this event.
Grand Valley State University

 $10 per girl
Levels: All
Date: March 25 , 2017  
Morning Session: (Daisy & Brownie) 9 a.m.- Noon.Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. 
Afternoon Session: (Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassadors) 1:00 - 4: 00 p.m. Registration starts at 12:30 PM.  Sign up here.  

On April 29 at the Betsy Cutler House in Muskegon,  Trout Unlimited will be hosting  an exciting new watershed-based program for young women to explore their local streams. During the STREAM Girls program, Girl Scouts will  assess a community stream, sample macroinvertebrates, journal and sketch their experiences, tie a fishing fly, and even learn to cast a fly rod! Through STREAM Girls, Trout Unlimited aims to promote experiential science learning connected to lessons in leadership, arts, health, and recreation, fostering girl scouts that will become impactful stewards of clean, healthy watersheds.  Click here to register!
NEW: STEM Spark Events!
Spark Events inspire girls to dream big when they think about their future, and bring girls together with STEM professionals in their work spaces . Each event will introduce girls to a professional field, and will provide an opportunity to learn by doing an engaging activity similar to what the professionals do on a regular basis. There will also be time for Girl Scouts to ask questions and get a feel for whether this kind of career would be a good fit for them. Girls will receive a fun Spark patch at the event.

Brownies: March 23 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Custom Profile in Grand Rapids. Girls will walk through what a career at Custom Profile looks like. There will be hands on STEM related activities and girls/parents will learn about career paths offered by Custom Profile. Girls will make a key chain, experience what is involved with quality checks and learn about various functions of parts. Register here. 

Seniors & Ambassadors - Save the Date! 
May 20 at  8:30 - 11:00 a.m. at Pleune Service Company in Grand Rapids. Girls will learn about the mechanical contracting industry and misconceptions about STEM careers as well as the technology within the walls of buildings being built in Grand Rapids. Girls who will be 18 years of age this summer, will have the opportunity to submit an application to intern with Pleune Services.

To learn more about STEM for girls, click here. 

Stay tuned for more Spark Events to come!
Product Sales
Please make sure that all girls that have sold cookies through the Initial Order time-frame  
have a Parent Permission form filled out completely for the troop to keep on file before the cookies are delivered. This form will be needed if any delinquent money situations arise.

Community Cookie Booth (CCB) day is Feb. 18. Sign-ups begin Monday, February 6 at 8:30 a.m. Troops may also secure their own spots as long as they enter the sites in the ebudde system for approval. Remember, CCB day is the only day that unsold cookies may be returned to the council.
Go to the ebudde website to see the locations and times available.

The Goal Getter contest started January 31 and runs through February 19. Any girl who sells 60 additional boxes of cookies gets entered to win 1 of 20 Dinner and Movie for two gift cards. After Feb. 19, normal Go Getter orders are still taken to get the girls to the next big reward level. Please note, only the super six variety will be available through council cupboards. A list of council cupboards will be sent out via ebudde. 
Goal Getter Contest Form
Goal Getter From (normal)
2017 Girl Scout Cookies Delivery starts the week of February 20-24. Please be sure to contact your SUPSM for dates and delivery times. Remember, a signed receipt for all cookies is a must. Always deliver the cookies to your customers right away and collect payment at that time. 
Please add/verify your Troop Bank account information in the Cookie Ebudde System if you have not already done so.

New this Cookie Season: ONLINE Cookie Dough! There will be an option to chose whether your girls would like to use cookie dough online or still receive a Cookie Dough card to use through our local council shops. All girls in troop do not have to agree on the method. Some may chose online while others may want the card. Once the choice is made, it can not be reversed. Please contact us with any questions.

Check out the new  Gift of Caring Program
this year for Fall Sales and Cookies. All donations stay at your local level with girls distributing the items to their choice of "Hometown Heroes."  W e ask that girls work with their Service Unit to coordinate a designated site, and we would love to see pictures of the girls donating! 

Griffins Hockey Cookie Kick-Off: We had over 140 girls attend this fun and interactive Kick Off event. Our winner of the Grand Prize was Ms. Stella Quick. Congratulations Stella!