Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  -  May 8, 2017
Girl Scouts are Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders! Download 
the "DNA of a G.I.R.L." poster 
Kindergarten Roundup
Have a girl in your life who's starting kindergarten this fall?

Set her up for success before she even walks into the classroom!

Girl Scouts can help you (and her) navigate this new chapter with expert tips and activities sent straight to your phone. 

Text DAISY to 59618 or visit for more info on raising awesome girls. Text STOPGS to unsubscribe and HELPGS for help. Message and data rates apply.

It's never too early to unleash her inner leader!
Upcoming Events

Alpine Chocolat Haus
Times Vary

Create Community Arts Studio
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The First Tee Golfing
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Grow Benzie
Times Vary
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Icebreaker Mackinac 
Maritime Museum
Times Vary

Lake Louise Camp and
Retreat Center
Times Vary

Van Andel and Devos Performance Hall Events 
Times Vary 

Video Game Design
May 5, 12 and 19

Girl Scout Birdhouse Build
May 6th

Intro to Robotics
May 6, 13 and 20
Learn More

Girl Scout Night at the West Michigan Whitecaps
May 6th
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Brownie Pet Badge Day
May 20th
Register Here

Girl Scout Toolbox Build
May 20th
Wicked is coming October 29th! Purchase tickets here.
Agent of Change Journey

Become an Agent of Change with the DeVos Learning Center at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. 

Girl Scout Juniors will embark on a leadership journey and discover how to take action and improve their local communities. 

For Girl Scout Juniors. Limited space is available. Cost is $15 and includes the 3-day series, as well as the Agent of Change Workbook and Badge.

To learn more and register, see the event flyer.
Spring Cleaning at
Camp Anna Behrens
Spring is here and it's time for some outdoor activities.  We need help with some jobs to get Camp Anna Behrens ready for this year's summer activities. The areas we need help in are; cleaning camp sites and sleeping shelters in White Pine, Sawmill, and Skyway; cleaning the shower houses; and cleaning up the beach area, bird sanctuary and archery range.

As an incentive, the council is offering a free one night stay in one of our brand new yurts for every service project your troop helps with.  Available dates are May 19-21 and May 26-29.

Please contact Gary Lemke, Property Manager, at 616-784-6669 ext.143 or 
if your troop would like to volunteer.

Location: Camp Anna Behrens 9841 Colby Rd, Greenville, MI 48838

National Convention -  Registration is Open!
Join us October 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio for G.I.R.L. 2017, a one-of-a-kind gathering of girls and women from around the world! Girl Scouts is taking the lead by working with high school girls across the nation to plan the multiday event for all girls and those who care about them. The event will bring together more than 10,000 people-Girl Scout members, supporters, speakers, entertainers, and exhibitors-to inspire girls to get active in their communities and build a better world.
G.I.R.L. 2017 will feature:
  • Life-changing conversations about issues affecting girls, women, and all of us
  • Inspiring speakers
  • Chances to learn crucial lessons and skills to implement in girls' communities
  • Amazing friendships and connections that will last a lifetime
  • Incredible fun and excitement!
Excited? We are!  Register Now!
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.
Shop News
Cookie T-shirts
are still available in all three of our retail shops. Cost is $9 each.
Girl Scout Pins 
Cookie Activity Pins for 2017 are light pink. Pins are available in shops, $2 each.

End of the Year Award Orders  
Leaders! Be sure to order your end of year badges and bridging awards early to ensure they arrive in time.

Shop for these and all Girl Scout items anytime online!
Membership News
Early Bird Registration 
is now in Phase II

Early Bird Registration is open for returning members until June 15th.  The earlier you 
re-register, the more you earn! 

Registration is broken into three phases - 
Phase I has ended.

Payment and re-registration information can also be 
Phase 2 (May 1 - May 31)

Troops that have 2 adults* and at least 3 of their current registered girls re-registered for the 2017-2018 membership year will receive:

 * Special pricing for Anna B's Camporee at
$15 per girl/ $8 per adult (see below)

 * One entry into a drawing to win Edible Fire Kits for the troop in the fall (1 winner per Service Center)

 * Individual Girls* that register during this phase will receive the May pricing for Anna B's Camporee and a shop coupon for 15% off one item

 * All girls that register during this phase receive an Early Bird patch
Phase 3 (June 1 - June 15)

Troops that have 2 adults* and at least 3 of their currently registered girls re-registered for the 
2017-2018 membership year will receive:

 * Special pricing for Anna B's Camporee at 
$18 per girl/ $10 per adult (see below)

 * Individual Girls* that register during this phase will receive the May pricing for Anna B's Camporee and a shop coupon for 10% off one item

 * All girls that register during this phase receive an Early Bird patch
Adults* must be registered and have an approved background check, as well as have completed trainings.

Individual Girls* are registered members and not currently in a Troop.
Anna B's Camporee  is a special camp program only open to re-registered Early Bird Girl Scouts at Camp Anna Behrens. This open-house style program includes lunch and awesome activities for girls like archery, kayaking, swimming, and leadership games .

This event does have a maximum capacity and is expected to sell-out, so don't wait to register!
Attention 01-Troop Leaders:
Troop finance reports are due to the Service Unit Treasurer between May 23 and June 1.  Please contact your Service Unit Treasurer or Membership Staff person if you need assistance.
Program News

Journey Through a Life in Space
Have you ever wondered what life in space is like? Experience it firsthand at A Journey Through Life in Space with the  Van Andel Institute. This four-day program teaches Girl Scout Juniors about how the human body works differently in space, the dangers associated with space travel, what robots can do for humans in space, and more! 

Level: Juniors
Cost: $12 
To learn more & register, click here.
Grand Rapids Galaxy
The Grand Rapids Galaxy (Grand Rapids' first Women's Basketball team) will have their Opener Game and Girl Scouts are invited at a special price. Girls will have on the court activities with the players plus earn a patch (patches will be available at the event).
When: June 4 th 2017
Time: 1:00 PM until 4:30 PM
Where: Delta Plex
To buy tickets, click here.

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 to ask questions and get a feel for whether this kind of career would be a good fit. Girls will receive a fun Spark patch at the event.

Upcoming Events

Pleune Services STEM DAY for  Seniors & Ambassadors:
May 20 at 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. - 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. 
Reminder:  All Girl Scout events require girl supervision; either a troop leader or parent is asked to be in attendance at events with girls.  E vents organized by GSMISTS or by any of our Community Partners may have cookie dough applied to the event fees.

Camp Season is Finally Here!!!
Troops are an essential part of the Girl Scout experience and helping create healthy relationships for girls.  

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is offering numerous ways to help you take a step outside your comfort zone (whether you're a girl or adult) at camp with support from knowledgeable and friendly staff. 

Coming to camp as a troop allows the girls to become connected to the outdoors along with their troop friends. Experiencing new things together creates long term bonds between campers just like regular troop meetings do. 

This year troop programs are bigger, bolder and give girls more options to explore their interests. 

Check out programs like Trail Masters, Girl Power and Jamboree: Wild about Nature as a troop! 

To learn more, click here
Volunteer Development is in need of 20 aluminum pie plates. These can be recycled from previous use. Volunteers can turn them in at any of our council service centers, attention: Volunteer Development. If volunteers plan to donate any plates, please do so by June 1.
Save the Date! - Journey through STEM Volunteer Institute
Brownie Leaders; join us Saturday September 30th for our new Journey through STEM Volunteer Institute! Learn more about STEM and Journey work with your Brownies at this special interactive training. Specific time and location details TBA.
Product Sales

2017 Cookie Sale: Thank you all for a GREAT cookie season!
Council and Troop Gift of Caring:   Over 1,100 cases of cookies were donated this 2017 Cookie season helping numerous "Home Town Hero's". Great Job to all the girls and Outstanding Leadership who helped make this possible.
Bank Sweep: The banks sweeps are completed now with the exception of a few small number of troops we are still working with to reconcile.  
Outstanding Money Reports: If your troop has turned in one or more of these forms and have now collected the delinquent amount, please contact Product Sales right away. We are no longer sweeping troop accounts this season so it is the troops responsibility to bring a check or money order to the council to submit the payment for monies due to the council.

Girl Rewards:   All girl rewards have arrived to the SUPSM. Please contact you SUPSM for pick-up times. Some SUPSM's have had a few missing patches so they will be re-shipped out the first week of May. Please make sure the awards are distributed to girls right away. Girls do not receive rewards if all money due for cookie sales has not been collected. These rewards should be brought back to council to hold until the delinquent situation is resolved.
ONLINE Cookie Dough!  Girls chose whether they would like to use cookie dough online or still receive a cookie dough card for our council shops, registration fees and camps. Online Cookie Dough may only be used to purchase items from the GSUSA shops, and may not  be used for council events or registration. 

All girls in the troop did 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. If a choice was not selected in the ebudde system, a Cookie Dough card was the default method of reward. If multiple choices were made in the ebudde system, the higher amount selection was given. GSUSA contacted  the girls who choose the online option with a code to use at the GSUSA Shop site but if an email was not listed in our system, the Leaders email was the default email.  We do have a master list at council so please  contact us  with any questions or concerns. 

Hard Card Cookie Dough was distributed to the SUPSM's and should be passed on to the girls right away so that they may use this for payment of Early Bird and on-time registrations. Cookie Dough may only be used for girl registrations.
Fall Product Sales: We still have a small amount of Fall Product left. If interested, please visit the Council Shops through the month of May. There is no discount on Fall Product items.