Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  I  November 14, 2016
Community Partners
We are adding events to our GSMISTS calendar as they develop and we are highlighting the event additions in our bi-monthly Shore Essentials newsletter. Many of our programs are now in coordination with our new Community Partners.

In addition to the events posted on our calendar, volunteers are now able to schedule specific activities with their girls based on specific interests. Our Community Partners that are coordinating with GSMISTS are going to be partners that support the interests of your girls. We are working on growing the list of our community partners as we speak.  
Calendar of Events
Be sure to check out our
events calendar!

  * Explore Christmas & Holiday Traditions Around the World on December 6. Register by December 2.
Explore some of the world's most cherished holiday traditions with a scavenger hunt. Also participate in an art activity. Weather, permitting, scouts can head outdoors to enjoy thousands of holiday lights. More details here.
Event costs $6 per girl scout, 1 leader is free, second leader is $4 and every additional adult is $10.
Pre-register by calling Rebecca at 616-977-3145 or Julie at 616-975-3145 or emailing

* Clara's Nutcracker Party on December 11 from 11am - 1:15 pm. The cost is $60 per person. Create a special holiday memory you and your family will never forget by taking your children to Grand Rapids Ballet's "Clara's Nutcracker Party" on Sunday, December 11 in the Ambassador Ballroom at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. They'll will meet their favorite Nutcracker characters in all their splendor, enjoy a fun meal of kid-sized miniatures, take an impromptu ballet class with Drosselmeier himself, participate in a variety of holiday-themed arts and crafts, and hear a reading of The Nutcracker.Tickets are only $60 each and include the matinee performance of The Nutcracker at DeVos Place and Devos Performance Hall.

* Get Moving! on January 7 at Hope College. Juniors will have the opportunity to earn three prestigious Girl Scout leadership awards - Energize, Investigate, and Innovate. Girls will have hands-on participation in learning about energy and energy issues. Please pack a lunch for the event. This is NOT a drop off event, adults are invited to participate at an Expo to see the girl's accomplishments. Registration deadline is December 12. Click here for more information or to register.

* Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off at Griffins' Hockey Game on January 7 at Van Andel Arena. Girl Scouts are invited to attend our 2017 Cookie Kickoff at the Grand Rapids Griffins' Hockey Game. From 1-4 pm girls will be provided with cookie selling tips, create crafts and other activities. From 4-5:15 pm, there will be ice activities (girls are asked to bring their own skates). Deadline to register is January 7; register by December 9th for a guaranteed Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff patch.  For questions or to sign up by phone, please contact Zack Krywyj at 616-774-4585 ext. 3060.

 * Grand Rapids Drive Girl Scout Night on February 25 at the Deltaplex Arena & Conference Center. The Grand Rapids Drive Girl Scout Night will be an exciting for the girls. Custom patch will be available along with a voucher for hot dog/soda and there will be a post-game free throw shot! Join us for a fun night of basketball for all girls! Deadline to register is February 3. To sign up, contact Tess Russo at or 616-328-7092
Community Events
* A Scout is Reverent Cub Scout Retreat on January 14 at St. Ann's Home in Grand Rapids. Join other Catholic Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls and their families for a day of faith and age-appropriate activities! Register as an Individual or as a Group. Lunch will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome, but advance registration is encouraged. Click here to register. 
Troop Management
Troop Management Sessions have been added. Night & weekend dates are available!
Click here for information.
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 event that is 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.
Girl Scouts Take the Lead 
to Change the World
For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has prepared every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to practice a lifetime of leadership, enabling her to take the lead in creating positive change in lives and communities across the map. 

And now, we're taking our legacy of leadership to a whole new level by collaborating with Disney Channel and Disney Junior to encourage every girl to discover their inner leader. Because at Girl Scouts and Disney Channel, we know that leadership isn't just about who you are, but about what you do. 

Click  here  for a sneak peek.
Volunteer Invite-a-Friend
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. You're their biggest fan, their guiding star, and their hero, and we need more amazing mentors just like you to impact even more girls' lives.

From November 15 to December 15, 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 and a  Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value) for each friend.

Beginning November 15, claim your prize here.

Membership News
Reminder to all volunteers: the deadline to register for the 2017 membership year is November 30, 2016. If you miss this deadline, you will have to resubmit your Volunteer Application and pay for a new Criminal Background Check out-of-pocket.
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There is still time to earn some cash for your unit. The deadline to reach a minimum of 65% of your girl membership goal is November 30, 2016.

As of November 10
, the following service units have met at least:
85% of their girl membership goal: (these Units will receive .50 per registered girl in the December payout as stated in the SU Scorecard) 
  • Rogers City/Onaway (95%)
  • Oscoda (90%)
  • Byron Center/Rabbit Run (99%)   WOW!
  • White Lake (87%)
        Great work to all!
65% of their girl membership goal: (these Units will receive .25 per registered girl in the December payout as stated in the SU Scorecard)
  • Riverbend/Hudsonville/Allendale/Wyoming (67%)
  • Flat River (73%)
  • CKC/North Park (72%)
  • Rockford/North Kent (76%)
  • Forest Hills (78%)
  • Ionia/Portland/Tri-Cities/Lakewood (69%)
  • Mecosta/Chippewa Hills/Morley/Stanwood (69%)
  • Greater Montcalm (78%)
  • Belding/Greenville/Five Cities (73%)
  • Reeths Puffer/North Muskegon (77%)
  • Fremont/Holton/Hesperia (71%)
  • Ravenna (68%)
  • Mason County (66%)
  • Otsego (71%)
  • Charlevoix (82%)
  • Kalkaska/Antrim (77%)
  • Cheboygan (80%)
  • EBO/West  (78%) 
  • Muskegon Metro/West Muskegon  (65%)
  • Cherry Valley/Kentwood (65%)
55%-64% of their girl membership goal
  • Zeeland  (61%)
  • Oceana  (60%)
  • Norton Shores/Fruitport   (64%)
  • White Cloud/Newaygo/Grant  (58%)
  • Grand Haven/Spring Lake  (58%)
  • Osceola/Lake  (60%)
  • Alpena/Montmorency   (62%)
  • Crawford   (61%)
  • Grand Traverse West  (60%)
  • Manistee   (60%)

Also, keep in mind we want to have all interested girls registered by November 30  so that they are prepared to participate in the Cookie Program.
Product Sales
Delivery for Fall Sale products will be November 15-18, just in time for holiday giving. Rewards will be shipped at this same time but will come through UPS or FedEx, depending upon your region and amounts so make sure to pass out all rewards as soon as they are sorted.

Please make sure that all girls and adult members are re-registered for the 2017 Membership season if they wish to participate in either of the Product Sales. 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.

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! Fall Sale Gift of Caring items will be direct shipped to the SUPSM delivery locations.
The cookie Gift of Caring program will have two options: 1) CGOC, cookies get ordered but do not get delivered to the SU or troops, Council picks a designated Home Town Hero's location. 2) TGOC, cookies get ordered and delivered to the SU and troops to donate to their local Home Town Hero's of their choice

Online Cookie Training was recorded for anytime viewing and is available at our GSMISTS website. SUPSM's will be scheduling area trainings for all leaders who wish to attend an in-person trainings locally. Please ask your Service Unit Representative for dates and times.

New this upcoming Cookie Season: ONLINE Cookie Dough! We have the option to offer our Cookie Dough for online GSUSA sales. There will be an option in the ebudde system to chose whether your girls would like to use it online @ GSUSA or still receive a Cookie Dough card to use thru our local council shops. It needs to be full dollar amount earned for the choice and shipping and handling charges for online sales do apply. All girls in troop do not have to agree on which method. Some may chose online while others may want the card. Once the choice is made, it can not be reversed. Please call your local Council Product Sales staff person for questions or concerns.
Shop Updates
The December Snowball Sale will be here soon!

Visit our shop and pick a snowball and receive 5, 10, or 15% off your total order!

Shops are open Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm. This is also the last Saturday to  use Cookie Dough.

Don't forget! Cookie Dough expires January 19, 2017.
Special Thanks!

Thank you to Barb Gatchel, Katie Behrens and Debbie & Kerstin Unseld for taking down the tents at Camp Anna Behrens.  We appreciate your dedication and hard work! Thank you so much for your commitment of time & energy on this project.
Thank you to the Traverse City Service Unit for hosting the Amazing Race event and thank you to the girls and adults that attended the event to help close Camp Saki for the winter.  We appreciate your time and dedication to camp!