Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  -  February 27, 2017
2017 Girl Scout Recognition Ceremony
You are invited to our prestigious Girl Scout Teen Award Ceremony! 
This evening gives girls a chance to shine for their many accomplishments in Girl Scouts and the wonderful impact they have had on their communities. We will be honoring those that earned their Gold Award, Silver Award, Graduating Seniors, 13 years of Girl Scouting, 10 Year Pin, Mackinac Island Honor Scouts and Destinations.
Girls are asked to wear their sashes and vests, along with any pins they have earned.
Where?   Camp Anna Berhens, 9841 Colby Rd., Greenville, MI 48838
When?   March 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
 Register Here. Questions? Please email or call us at (844) 476-4787. 

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!
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

* 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.

* Adult Recognition & Annual Meeting - April 22 at Camp Anna Behrens.
Shop News
Coming Soon! 
New Council Cookie T-Shirt! 

Show your cookie spirit! T-shirts are available for purchase in all retail shops. 
2.00 each, Youth Medium - Adult 3X.

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: Cookie Activity

Shop for these items anytime online
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!

Show your Cookie Spirit!
Booth Sales have officially started! This past weekend was National Cookie Weekend and Girl Scouts were out in the community selling cookies throughout the council! Please promote our Cookie Finder at to help people find their nearest cookie booth through March 19.

Don't forget about the Cookie Troop 100 and #BlingYourBooth challenge.
Click image above for more detail.
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 (116%) - GOAL!!!
  • White Lake (94%)
  • Charlevoix (93%)
  • Belding/Greenville/Five Cities (97%)
  • EBO/West/North Park (93%)
  • Big Rapids/Chippewa Hills/Morley/Stanwood (91%)
  • Rockford/North Kent (87%)
  • Forest Hills (93%)
  • Greater Montcalm (87%)
  • Reeths Puffer/North Muskegon (84%)
  • Alpena/Montmorency (92%)
  • Cheboygan (89%)
  • Otsego (90%)
  • Flat River(87%)
  • Zeeland (80%)
  • Ionia/Portland/TriCities/Lakewood/Grand River (80%)
  • Kalkaska/Antrim (80%)
We appreciate everyone's support in helping to grow membership in all areas. 
Let's be sure to offer the Girl Scout program to ALL girls everywhere!
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
Please note, all Girl Scout events require girl supervision; either a troop leader or parent is asked to be in attendance at events with girls.
Broadway favorite Wicked is coming in the Fall of 2017! Watch out for details soon! 
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
Goal Getter: Starting February 20, Goal Getter orders can still be 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 was sent out via ebudde for easy pick up. Goal Getter forms may be used until the end date of March 19 but please make sure to pick up cookies periodically to ensure all ordered varieties ar e available. Download the 
Goal Getter Form .
Booth Sales: Cookie Booth sales began on February 25 and will run through March 19. Cookies may be picked up from any Council Cupboard and then become the troop's property and responsibility. Cookie Costumes are available in limited supplies, so please contact us as soon as possible.  
Cookie Delivery was February 20-24 . Please make sure to have the girls deliver cookies to their customers right away and collect payment at the same time.   No cookies should ever be left with a customer if payment has not be received.
Permission to Sell forms:   All girls who have sold cookies through the 2017 Cookie Sale must have a Parent Permission form filled out completely for the troop to keep on file. This form will be needed if any delinquent money situations arise.
Initial Order Bank Sweep: The Initial order troop bank sweep will happen on or after March 10 for $2.00 per box sold through initial orders only. The second sweep will happen on or after March 17 for $1.43 per box sold through initial orders only. Tiered proceeds will be calculated at the final sweep happening on or after March 24 which includs the payment for all Goal Getter, add-on's and booth sale cookies. Outstanding Money Reports are due by March 8
ONLINE Cookie Dough!  There is an option to chose whether girls would like to use cookie dough online or still receive a cookie dough card to use through our council shops, registration fees and camps. All girls in the troop do not have to agree on the same method. Some may chose online while others may want the card. However, once the choice is made, it can not be reversed. Please contact us with any questions.
Check out the new  Gift of Caring Program
All Troop Gift of Caring donations will stay at your local level with girls distributing items to their choice of Hometown Heroes. We ask that girls work with their Service Unit to coordinate a designated site, or the troops may decide to donate on their own. We would love to see pictures of the girls donating!
Please note, if the troop exceeds the amount of donated cookies verses the extras from your rounded up cases through initial orders, you will need to visit a Council Cupboard to pick up additional cookies to fill the order. These cookies will be adjusted out of inventory, and will not be charged to the troop again.
Update on GSMISTS Camps
We have had a few questions about summer camp for 2017. We are fortunate again to have our sister council - Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) - welcome our girls into their wonderful summer camp opportunities. GSMISTS  cookie dough can be used and scholarships are available.
What does this mean for our camp properties? The board continues to carry out the decisions it made last fall regarding the closing and sale of Charlevoix, Little Deer and some unused acreage surrounding Camp Anna Behrens(CAB) and the resting of Camp Saki. Until Charlevoix and Little Deer are sold they remain available for use. 

At CAB, we are working on finishing the Yurts and getting them open for use this spring, once we have them completed and furnished we will make an announcement in Shore Essentials. In addition we are creating work plans for long over due maintenance and repair of cabins, tent platforms and more. Although we will not be hosting resident camp at CAB this summer, program staff are building plans to host a wonderful day program in early summer and another in fall, watch Shore Essentials for more details.
In addition to resident camp opportunities at GSHOM, our members have the ability to also utilize Camp Oak Hills located near Harrison, MI for troop camping.
To learn more or sign up for camp, click here: