Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  I  November 28, 2016
Community Partners
We are adding events to our  calendar as they develop and highlighting additions in this 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
event calendar!

  * Explore Christmas & Holiday Traditions Around the World on December 6.  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.

* Clara's Nutcracker Party on December 11. Create a special holiday memory you and your family will never forget with the Grand Rapids Ballet. Meet your 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. Click here for tickets. Search ticket type "Clara's Nutcracker Party." For more information or questions, please call 616.454.4771.   

* 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. 

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. For questions or to sign up by phone, please contact Zack Krywyj at 616-774-4585 ext. 3060.

* 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've never tried before.  Questions? Contact Mark Jastrzembski, email , 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. Troops will search for selected works of art in the galleries, conservatories, and public areas and will look carefully at each piece, photograph some, and think about the important ideas they convey. 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.
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 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 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.

Invest in Girls. Change the World.
On Giving Tuesday, tomorrow November 29, participate in  Girl Scouts' ToGetHerThere Challenge!  Your investment makes possible critical, life-changing, girl-led programming that combines life skills, STEM, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship with civic engagement: everything girls need to build a better world today, tomorrow, and always-for her, for you, and for all of us.

For over 100 years, Girl Scouts have taken action like G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)™ to make the world a better place. And throughout their lifetimes, they complete more education, earn higher incomes, and become leaders in their communities at higher rates than their non-Girl Scout peers. Now that's what we call impact-the Girl Scout way!

Take part in the ToGetHerThere Challenge and have a positive impact on the lives of girls in your community-and take an important step toward building a better w
orld for all of us.

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.

Membership News
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 22, the following service units have met at least:
85% of their girl membership goa l: (these Units will receive .50 per registered girl in the December payout as stated in the SU Scorecard) 
  • Rogers City/Onaway (100%)  GOAL!!!!
  • Oscoda (90%)
  • Byron Center/Rabbit Run (107%)   GOAL!!!
  • White Lake (88%)
  • Charlevoix (85%)
        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 (77%)
  • Forest Hills (79%)
  • Ionia/Portland/Tri-Cities/Lakewood (69%)
  • Mecosta/Chippewa Hills/Morley/Stanwood (72%)
  • Greater Montcalm (78%)
  • Belding/Greenville/Five Cities (74%)
  • Reeths Puffer/North Muskegon (77%)
  • Fremont/Holton/Hesperia (73%)
  • Ravenna (68%)
  • Mason County (68%)
  • Otsego (75%)
  • Kalkaska/Antrim (77%)
  • Cheboygan (80%)
  • EBO/West  (80%) 
  • Muskegon Metro/West Muskegon  (71%)
  • Cherry Valley/Kentwood (65%)
  • Norton Shores/Fruitport (66%)
         Keep going, we are almost there!

55%-64% of their girl membership goal:
  • Zeeland  (64%)
  • Oceana  (64%)
  • White Cloud/Newaygo/Grant  (60%)
  • Grand Haven/Spring Lake  (62%)
  • Osceola/Lake  (62%)
  • Alpena/Montmorency   (62%)
  • Crawford   (62%)
  • Grand Traverse West  (60%)
  • Manistee   (60%)
  • Emmet (56%)
Keep going!  Let's be sure to offer the Girl Scout program to ALL girls.
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.
Service Unit Director Meetings
We are happy to report our online Service Unit Director's Meetings are going fantastic! Here is what a few of our volunteers have had to say:

"... helpful in planning my leaders meeting."- Michelle B.   

"... really enjoyed the on line SUD meeting. If it had not been on line I would not have been able to attend."- Heather V.        
" It is nice to listen to them at my convenience whether it's live or later on the Hotspot ."- Tee V.
Program News
We have added a Scholarship portion to our website. Please continue to check this page as we are adding new opportunities throughout the year. Scholarships page.

Get Moving!
Get Moving! Junior Journey event is January 7! Hope College staff will be leading girls through fun hands-on activites surrounded around energy! Register here.

Cookie Kickoff
Cookie Kickoff will be January 7 and we are looking for volunteers to help with the stations. If you are available to help please contact us at 

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 and popcorn! To learn more, click here.
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 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! 

Online Cookie Training was recorded for anytime viewing and is available 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. 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 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.
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 10, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm. This is also the last Saturday to  use Cookie Dough.

Don't forget! Cookie Dough expires January 29, 2017.
On-Time Registration T-shirts Pickup
On-time registration T-shirts are at the Service Centers and are ready to be picked up. They can also be mailed with paid shipping charges.