Keep up with all of the awesome happenings being put on by the council,
and be inspired by some of our
incredible Girl Scouts troops!


Check out our new PSA!


Ever since the first Girl Scout troop was formed more than 100 years ago, being a Girl Scout has been a transformative experience. More than 59 million girls have participated in the program-but we're not resting on our century of experience helping girls achieve their dreams. We're always evolving!
Sing along to the new  
Girl Scout anthem!
 
Our powerful new anthem, "Watch Me Shine," explores how Girl Scouts find the strength and confidence to lead the way, every day-and create meaningful change in themselves and in their communities. Written by Grammy Award-winner Liz Rose and performer Emily Shackelton (both Girl Scouts!), the tune features Girl Scouts on backup vocals. Listen here!

Troop 4309 brought the spirit of Christmas to Grand Rapids during the 2017 Wyoming-Kentwood Area Santa Parade! With an adorable sleepover-themed float, the girls helped welcome the Christmas season.


Invite a Friend!

Double the impact.
 

Girl Scouts change the world! Invite a friend to join Girl Scouts and double the impact. 

Girls, ask your friends to join your troop. Adults, ask your friends to become part of the community and help our girls. We need you!
~ Cookies ~
It's almost Cookie Time! 

The 2017 Cookie season is approaching fast. The season starts on January 13 and order taking ends on January 29. Deliveries run February 20-24, and Cookie Booths begin on February 25!

You don't have to be in a troop to sell cookies. Individual girls can still earn rewards, earn money per box, and she will learn the 5 skills. 
The 5 skills girls learn through Cookie Sales are: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics. Girls learn confidence, courage and character which help them build a better world.
 
If your girls want to improve her cookie selling chops, ask a leader or council representative about our exclusive Cookie Club. This site is filled with games and fun learning tools to help increase your daughters cookie sales while still having a blast selling cookies 
Getting Involved:  

Below are the steps your daughter will need to take to participate in the Cookie Sale. If you have questions or need any help, please  email us

1) Fill out the Parent Permission Form for the troop or Service Unit Representative to keep on file.

2) Both the parent and girl will take a small training, either online or with your troop.

3) Set a goal! Help set her motivation for the season and teach her to reach high.

4) Once the sale starts, the girl will contact their friends and family to see if they want some delicious cookies. Door to door sales MUST always be done with a parent, and social media sales must be done with a parent's knowledge.

5) Finally, the cookies are delivered and the money is collected. 

Give Me S'more! 
This year, Girl Scouts will be adding the new S'mores cookie to their classic lineup. This new cookie is bound to become a new favorite. Check out all of the cookies here: 
Meet the Cookies.

The Gift of Caring
The Gift of Caring Program  for Cookies will give donations on a local level, with girls distributing the items to their choice of "Hometown Heroes." Girls should work with their Service Unit to determine where to donate, and we would love to see pictures of the girls donating!

Troop 4175 in Greenville is making a wonderful impact in their community! The troop decided to donate their leftover cookie money to different organizations. They have purchased 20 blankets which they will turn into 40 knot blankets for local animal rescues, alongisde 40 bags of dog treats. They have also purchased 12 bears with Chapstick and lotion for Devos Children's Hospital! Great work girls, you are an inspiration!  

New this Cookie Season:
ONLINE COOKIE DOUGH!

There will be an option to chose whether your girl would like to  shop online or still receive a Cookie Dough card to use through our local council shops or to attend a summer camp. The earnings need to be full dollar amount earned for the choice and shipping and handling charges for online sales do apply. Please inform your troop leader or Service Unit Representative of your daughter's choice. Please note, once the choice is made, it may not be changed.
Online Cookie Training

Our Online Cookie Training has been recorded for anytime viewing and is available to view on our website

Service Unit Product Sale Managers will be scheduling area trainings for all leaders who wish to attend an in-person training. Troop leaders will then roll out the trainings to girls and their parents. 

Please note, all trainings should be completed by January 10, 2017.
 ~ Programs and Events ~

The Explore Hope department is also allowing Cadette Girl Scouts the opportunity to mentor the Junior doing this event. Please contact Susan Ipri Brown for more information at  browns@hope.edu .
Get Moving!
Junior Journey in a Day: 
January 7, 2017

The Program Department was busy this summer developing Community Partners with organizations such as Hope College and the Explore Hope program. Through this partnership, Explore Hope is organizing a Junior in a Day event for girls. 

This event will walk girls through the Get Moving journey with hands on learning about energy and energy issues facing our world. 

Girls will finish this event with a Get Moving journey book and the Get Moving award badges. There is still room to register, don't miss it!

Girls becoming tech-savvy at Girls Rock I.T.!
Girls Rock I.T.!

Over the summer, GSMISTS developed a Community Partnership with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. The new partnership lead to the event Girls Rock I.T.! We were able to provide our girls with an a opportunity for hands-on experiments led by some of the area's leading computer and informational technology experts. By the end of the event, girls earned their Entertainment   Technology &  Netiquette badge. 

Save the Date for the next Girls Rock I.T.! event on March 11, 2017. More details to come!
Click the image above to see our past winners!
Why Go Gold?
The Girl Scouts Gold Award

Do you have a Girl Scout that is in High School or will be in High School soon? Encouraging your Girl Scout to complete her Gold Award will be the culmination of her Girl Scout experience. 

As a parent you will see her years of Girl Scouting come to life in the Gold Award project, you will see the leader that she has become as a result of her dedication to her Girl Scout experience. Younger girls also have the opportunity to earn leadership awards. 

Learn more about Girl Scout awards here: Awards Information

Troop 1614 of Holland took part in a festive holiday tradition and walked in the Holland Parade of Lights! With perfect weather, the girls helped spread some holiday joy alongside 70+ other organizations. The girls were even on the news! Fox 17 Parade Coverage


Kerstin from Hudsonville, MI traveled to 10 states to sample food from across America! What a fun way to "eat" your way through the USA. Read more here.

Girl Scouts' Destinations
Explore your World

Did you know that Girl Scouts from our council have the opportunity to travel the world? Through the
Destinations program, girls can pick from the list of travel spots, apply to participate and then off they go!

GSMISTS has a guide on how you can support your girls in this process. There are also specific scholarships available for girls living in Muskegon County .  
Check out our website for more info: Girl Scout Destinations.
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Quest Fest
  Join in on the quest, solve clues, face exciting challenges, and win some cash in the beautiful city of Savannah, GA!   Learn more here.


Fun. Fashion.  
Civic Engagement. 
Eco-consciousness.

All wrapped into one great dress drive!
GSMISTS will be partnering with Goodwill Industries for a fourth year to collect dresses for the Every Dress Has a Story campaign from March 3-19, 2017. 
To learn more or sign up, click here.
 ~ Retail Shop ~
On-Time Tees Now 
Ready for Pickup

 Stop by your local Service Center and pick up your On-Time Registration Tee

Don't forget, you can shop all of your Girl Scout favorites day or night at   
December Snowball Sale 

The shop will be open Saturday,
December 10 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
(last Saturday to use Cookie Dough)
Cookie Dough expires Jan. 29, 2017.
 

The Mason County Service Unit celebrated Founder's Day with a unique and special gift. Girls from the service unit, as well as girls from the Oceana County Service Unit, all donated a new baby girl item. The items were composited into a large gift basket and the 1st baby girl born in Mason County on or near Founder's Day was given the basket. On November 4, mom Hannah and her newborn daughter, Amelia, were presented with the basket filled with gifts by Bella Gokey (new Daisy), Elizabeth Norman (Brownie, Troop 4535), Sarah Minnberg (Junior, Troop 4528), Grace Fessenden (Cadette, Troop 4528). What a neat gift girls, we tip our hats to you!

 ~ National Happenings ~
In 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