Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  -  January 9, 2017
Office Closures 
Winter is here!
Please note, GSMISTS Service Centers will be delayed or closed due to weather according to the appropriate school district:
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Muskegon Public Schools
  • Traverse City Public Schools
Office and event delays or closures will be posted on our council website and social media.
Be sure to bookmark this link for reference:

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
Movie Madness
CKC Service Unit will be hosting a Movie Madness event on January 20-21. In this overnight event, girls will enjoy three movies, music patch, and activities. The cost includes unlimited pop & popcorn! 

* Michigan Winter Try-Athlon on February 5. The Try-Athlon is a family friendly event for people who want to try the sports of luge, ice speed skating, and cross country skiing. This event is geared towards people who have never tried these sports. No big awards. No pressure to win. Just fun experiencing a sport you have never tried before. Questions?  Mark Jastrzembski at  or call (231) 828-4627.
 * 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, 2017. 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.

Community Events
A Scout is Reverent Cub Scout Retreat   on January 14,  join other Catholic Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls and their families for a day of faith and age-appropriate activities.
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.
Shop News
Cookie Dough Expires Soon! 
Cookie Dough expires Jan. 29th

Get your Girl Scout Starter Kit!
 This kit includes everything a girl needs to begin her Girl Scout year! Kits include a free bad with purchase while supplies last.
See the flyer here!

Also remember, you can shop anytime on our online store. 

It's Almost Cookie Season!

Our cookie sale starts THIS FRIDAY, January 13th. With each box sold, more and more exciting opportunities become available to our girls. To learn more, click here.  

Volunteer Invite-a-Friend
This offer has been extended!

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you introduce girls to fun, new, and unique experiences every day, and help them find their spark as they prepare to practice a lifetime of leadership.

From November 15 to January 31, invite a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, and everyone wins! 

Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize-$100 for you to spend at the online  Girl Scout Shop. GSUSA also gives a  Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value) to each friend.

Membership News
A special shout-out to two of our Service Units who more than exceeded their girl membership goals!

The Rogers City/Onaway Service Unit reached 109% of their goal.

And, the Byron Center/Rabbit Run Service Unit reached
109% of their goal! 
Membership Registration
Please submit GSUSA Membership registration forms as soon as possible. This will ensure that our data entry can be completed in a timely manner so we can provide up to date rosters to our Service Units. It is also a must that all girls participating in the Cookie Program be registered Girl Scout members. Please contact your membership staff person for assistance in turning in your registrations. Thank you for all of your support and efforts.
We have many Service Units who are on their way to reaching their girl/adult membership goals. Keep up the great work. Together we can achieve greatness.
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 ( under the Forms tab.  
Program News
Find your inner artist at Raven Hill Discovery Center

Explore the "Artist Within" at Raven Hill Discovery Center as you learn the connections between science, history and the arts.
Choose a date and time of your choice to create your own silky soft sensation in your favorite colors!   Fold your silk scarf, clip it and drizzle on your favorite colors!   Then wrap yourself in a wash of mesmerizing colors.   Plan a time for the Shibori Experience at Raven Hill Discovery Center.   Fashion your own special look or create a lavish gift for a friend or relative.   Be sure to wear old clothes or bring an old shirt or apron to protect your clothes from the dyes.   Afterward:   Enjoy refreshments and play in the museum, while you show off your new creation.   Then come another time and create a fused glass ornament or a copper pendant.
GVSU Girl Scout Day Cheer/Dance Clinic 
Date: January 21st
Time: Clinic starts at 9 AM. GVSU Women's Basketball Game starts at 12 PM
Description: Day will start with clinic with the GVSU Cheer and Dance teams in the morning. At noon the GVUSA Women's Basketball game will start and girls will be preforming in the halftime show. Girl Scouts attending the clinic are invited to stay for the GVSU Women's and Men's games at no additional cost. Tickets are $5 for family members that want to stay and the ticket includes both games. Please pack a lunch.
Cost: $3 for clinic.
Questions: Call Kelsey Penland at (616) 331 - 8630 or email
For information, click here.
Click here to register.  

Adult Recognition for Awards Season
Award season is right around the corner, which means it's time to recognize our dedicated volunteers for the hard work they do! If you know a fellow volunteer who deserves special recognition, nominate them for one of our Girl Scout adult awards! For guidance, check out our Adult Recognitions Handbook here. Remember, nomination forms are due to a council office no later than Wednesday February 1 st. If you have further questions or need additional guidance, please contact

Scholarship Information 
Graduating Ambassadors eligible for KPMG future leaders program and scholarship
The KPMG Future Leaders Program selects top female high school seniors from around the country to participate in the program and receive a KPMG Future Leaders Scholarship of $10,000 per year through four years of college. Selected students attend a three-day retreat at Stanford University the summer before their freshman year of college; in 2017, the retreat will be held July 17-19. Students also participate in a yearlong mentoring program, paired with a female leader participating in the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit. Apply here

2017 Chuck McLane Scholarship for STEM-Related Gold Award Recipients Provided by the Arconic Foundation (formerly Alcoa Foundation), the Chuck McLane Scholarship is a $10,000 college scholarship awarded to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose projects involved science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM). Applications are due by Feb. 21. Apply here 

Adult/Girl Award Forms due February 21st
Product Sales
Please make sure that all girls and adult members are re-registered for the 2017 Membership season if they wish to participate in the upcoming 2017 Cookie Sale. Please also remember, before a girl receives a selling packet or order card, the parent/guardian must fill out the Parent Permission form for the troop to keep on file. One form is good for both Fall and Cookie sales.

2017 Girl Scout Cookie Season starts January 13th.
The initial order time frame runs till January 29th but sales do not need to stop then. Please utilize the Goal Getter cards for any additional sales after January 29th. Contest details coming soon!
Please add/verify your Troop Bank account information in the Cookie Ebudde System before the sale starts and make sure all info is correctly updated. Login is your email address and use the temporary password of Dosi@10513 the first time you log in.

Online Cookie Training
was recorded for viewing and is available anytime here Service Unit Product Sale Managers will be scheduling area trainings for all leaders who wish to attend in-person. Please ask your Service Unit Representative for dates and times.

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.

2016 Cookie Dough cards expire on January 29, 2017. 
Visit one of our council shops to spend any amount that may be left. The girls worked very hard to earn these rewards and we want them to take advantage of their hard work and efforts! Cookie Dough may be spent on anything available in our Council Shops, for girl membership registration and council fee, camp, or Service Unit events.

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 the girls work with their Service Unit to coordinate a designated site, and we would love to see pictures of the girls donating!
National Council Delegates
I n 2017, we're putting the spotlight squarely on girls and refocusing our Girl Scout convention to make it the premier event for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to make the world a better place-and we're calling it G.I.R.L. 2017.

The time is now-time to give girls and young women the tools to empower themselves for a lifetime of leadership, to connect and share ideas with one another in friendship, and to act together in true team spirit to let the world know girls can make awesome, game-changing things happen!

In October 2017, you can join Girl Scouts, the biggest girl-serving organization in the world, as we come together to celebrate girls in a big, big way. From educational sessions to inspiring speakers and tons of one-of-a-kind FUN, this is the girl-power event of the year. You don't want to miss it! Check back here for updates.

National Council Delegates

If you are interested in is being a national delegate (girls and adults) click the Delegate Application button below to learn more and to apply.  National Council Delegate Applications are due 1/31/2017 .
What is a National Delegate?
National delegates serve for three years and attend the National Council Session, a meeting of Girl Scouts nationwide, which happens every three years.

What do National Delegates Do?
National delegates attend the National Council Session and vote on measures as representatives of our council. They also generally participate in discussion session before the National Council Session in order to better represent the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore.

Girls' Choice Polls
Girls' Choice Polls Open January 11
Girls' Choice is back! As part of this girl-led badge creation process, we will offer new badges for Daisies through Ambassadors. For the first round of voting, polls will be open January 11-22, and girls will vote for one of two badge categories-Outdoors or STEM-as well as for a badge topic pertaining to their chosen category.