Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore's Shore Essentials
GSMISTS  I  November 7, 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!
* Destinations Travel Program Informational Meeting on Nov. 7 via Online Webinar. Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls 11 and older! With different trips and itineraries, each girl can find a trip which will inspire whatever her personal passion might be! This information meeting will help parents and girl learn more about the process and answer any questions that they may have about the application. Register here. To learn more about the program, click here

Art Van Santa Parade on November 19. 
The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year's parade will be "Unwrap the Magic." The deadline to register is November 7.Sign up here.

* 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

* 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. To learn more or sign up, visit 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
 * United Veterans Council of Kent County Veterans Day Parade - November 11   
Route: Monroe to Monroe Center, Monroe Center to Division, Division to Fulton, Fulton to Veterans Memorial Park. Ceremony held after parade. Girl Scouts will be lined up between Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls.Contact Coordinator Jerry Dennis at  (616) 901- 1667 or
with questions.

* 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.
Program Schedule
Registration: 8:30 A.M.
Program: 9:00 A.M.-1:15 P.M.
Station 1: Footsteps of the Saints Station 2: Bishop Baraga Missionary Trails Award
Station 3: Rosary Patch Series Station 4: Girl Scout Awards (God is Love, Family of God, I live My Faith, Mary- the First Disciple) Station 5: International Awareness Workshop, Pope Paul VI, Quality Unit, Duty to God Awards, Station 6: Stations of the Cross (in Chapel)
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.
Join the Girl Scout

Build a Better World with Girl Scouts 
This fall at the 90th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, we're celebrating every Girl Scout who takes the lead to build a better world. To make sure your girl is included in the magic, challenge her to share how she's making the world a better place. She could even win a $500 scholarship sponsored by the Metlife Foundation. To learn more visit 

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
Please submit membership registration forms at your earliest convenience. This will ensure up-to-date rosters to our Service Units. Please contact your membership staff for assistance in turning in your registrations. Parents or troop leaders may register girls and adults online through our website. 
Recruitment News
Recruitment Events
Please let us know of any assistance needed in setting up and holding recruitment events in your area. Check out our website for a list of registration events in our Council jurisdiction.

Yard Signs
We have a new supply of Girl Scout yard signs coming soon.  There will be a few extra available for purchase through our Service Center Shops. Cost is $8 each.

Trip Application and Plan 2 Insurance
Friendly reminder: Trip Application forms and Plan 2 insurance must be received 3 to 4 weeks before event or we cannot promise insurance coverage (one week is not sufficient).  
Goals by Service Unit
As of November 1, 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 (91%)
  • Oscoda (90%)
  • Byron Center/Rabbit Run (91%)
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 (65%)
  • Flat River (69%)
  • CKC/North Park (69%)
  • Rockford/North Kent (71%)
  • Forest Hills (67%)
  • Ionia/Portland/Tri-Cities/Lakewood (67%)
  • Mecosta/Chippewa Hills/Morley/Stanwood (67%)
  • Greater Montcalm (75%)
  • Belding/Greenville/Five Cities (68%)
  • White Lake (83%)
  • Reeths Puffer/North Muskegon (72%)
  • Fremont/Holton/Hesperia (71%)
  • Ravenna (68%)
  • Mason County (66%)
  • Otsego (67%)
  • Charlevoix (83%)
  • Kalkaska/Antrim (77%)
  • Cheboygan (77%)
  • EBO/West  (65%)  
55%-64% of their girl membership goal:
  • Cherry Valley/Kentwood (63%)
  • Zeeland  (61%)
  • Oceana  (60%)
  • Norton Shores/Fruitport   (61%)
  • Muskegon Metro/West Muskegon  (63%)
  • E. Newaygo  (57%)
  • Grand Haven/Spring Lake  (57%)
  • Osceola/Lake  (57%)
  • Alpena/Montmorency   (60%)
  • Crawford   (60%)
  • Grand Traverse West  (57%)
  • Manistee   (57%) 
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.

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
Bank sweeps for Fall Sale items will happen on or right after the 2nd of November. 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.

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." We 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.

Online Cookie Training will be available November 3rd and it will be recorded for anytime viewing.
In-person training will be as follows:

Please save the date if you plan on attending an in-person training. You may sign up using the ebiz site. Service Unit and Troop Product Sale Managers are all welcome to attend. Please note: No dinner will be served but we will be snacking on lots of yummy Girl Scout Cookies including the "New" S'mores. Coffee or Water will be provided.

Regional Governance Meeting - November
All Delegates and Alternate Delegates are invited and needed to attend their respective Region meeting per the schedule here

The tentative agenda for Delegates is:
  • Review the Region Girl Delegate applications and vote for two (2) to represent your Region
  • Receive an update from a Board of Directors member
  • Give feedback regarding potential change(s) in the Bylaws
  • Participate in a SHORT Delegate training
All registered Adult Girl Scouts are invited to attend their region's meetings. Why attend? Hear and review updates given by the Board of Directors and Mary Charles, Interim CEO; hear and learn about our vision process; and meet volunteers from around your region.
The meetings will include: election of girl delegates, ratification of Service Unit Delegate elections, governance/board update, review of suggested Bylaw changes and property updates. Immediately following the meeting, delegate training will be held for all newly elected delegates. 

Unable to attend your region's meeting? You are welcome to attend another region meeting that fits your schedule.  Don't know what region you're in? Click here for our region map.