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!
Let's Go to Camp!
Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore is proud to partner with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) to offer resident and troop camping in 2017. Sign up for camp by March 31 and save! D ownload the Girl's Guide to Summer for details. For questions, contact GSHOM directly at (800) 49-SCOUT or visit girlscoutcamp.org to learn more. 
 ~ Cookies ~
It's Still Cookie Time! 

Delivery of Girl Scout cookies will run February 20-24. In celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Cookie Booths begin on February 25 and will run through March 19!
 
Cookie Sales may continue through March 19 using the Goal-Getter Order Card available on our website.

Girls don't have to be in a troop to sell cookies. Individual girls can still earn rewards, earn money per box, and learn the 5 essential skills.
 
The 5 skills girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program 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 girl would like to improve her cookie selling chops, please ask a troop leader or council representative about our  exclusive Cookie Club. This site is filled with games and fun learning tools to help increase your daughter's cookie sales, while still having a blast selling cookies throughout the sales time frame and beyond.
 


Troop 4245
is excited for the Cookie Booth Sale,
are you? The sale starts this weekend! Find
booths near you by entering your zip code into
our Cookie Finder at girlscoutcookies.org.
Thanks for sharing this girls!



Share Your Cookie Success Story  

Was your daughter's booth a work of art? Did your daughter's troop exceed their goals? Or do something that made the world a better place with the money they earned?  

Every year, Girl Scouts across the country take the lead to do amazing things by selling cookies, and using the money they earn to better themselves and their communities - it's pretty amazing stuff.

Please ask your daughter's troop leader to help us show everyone how Girl Scouts are using all of the awesome leadership skills they have gained through the Girl Scout Cookie Program to step up, take charge and change the world, together.  Share Cookie Stories Here!
 
Ask your daughter's troop leader to submit their story for a chance to be featured throughout the year on girlscoutcookies.org, the Girl Scout Blog, our Facebook and Twitter pages, in media during our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, and more -- so cool!
Give Me S'more!  
New this year! We added the S'mores cookie to our classic lineup and it is selling very well. This new cookie is bound to become a favorite!

Check out all of our Girl Scout 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!
Getting Involved in the Cookie Program

If your daughter is just joining a troop, below are the steps you will need to take so that she can participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. If you have questions or need help, please   email us.    
  1. Fill out the Parent Permission Form for the troop or Service Unit Rep. 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. Now that the sale has started, girls can still contact their friends and family to see if they would like 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. If her troop is selling at a Booth Sale location, she can join in on the fun. Booth sales are a great opportunity to increase cookie sales while still learning the five essential skills.
~ Programs & Events ~
Please note, all Girl Scout events require girl supervision; either a troop leader or parent is asked to be in attendance at events with girls.

2017 Girl Scout Recognition Ceremony

You are invited to our prestigious Girl Scout Teen Award Ceremony! 

This evening gives girls a chance to shine for their many accomplishments in Girl Scouts and  the wonderful impact they have had on their communities.  We will be honoring those that earned their Gold Award, Silver Award, Graduating Seniors, 13 years of Girl Scouting, 10 Year Pin, Mackinac Island Honor Scouts and Destinations.

Girls are asked to wear their sashes and vests, along with any pins they have earned.
 
Where?  Camp Anna Berhens, 9841 Colby Rd., Greenville, MI 48838
 
When?  March 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Register Here.  Questions?  Please email  or call us at (844) 476-4787.

Troop 4709 gave back to their community by donating cookie money to ACSET Community Action Agency in Kent County in support of the Walk for Warmth event. The girls were able to meet Grand Rapids Mayor, Rosalyn Bliss, and Kent County Commissioner, Carol Hennessy. The girls were featured on WOOD Radio's Facebook.

Muskegon Lumberjacks  
Girl Scout Night 

The day will be filled with crafts, ice skating, a movie, a custom Lumberjacks Girl Scout patch, and the hockey game! Activities begin at 1:00 p.m., ticket to game at 7:15 pm.

Cost:
 $15 per girl/adult
Levels:  All
Date: March 25 , 2017 
Register by February 24 to guarantee a patch. To sign up, contact Jordan Haidle at 231.724.5225 ext. 255 or send an email. Or you can send payment to 470 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440. 

Registration closes on March 20. 
 
Download the event flyer here.
GVSU Discover Nursing

This event is a way for nursing students to reach out to the community by putting together an event for Girl Scouts. This is a way for members of the Student Nursing Association to teach scouts about the nursing profession, as well as give them a fun and educational outing to do as a troop. Girls will receive a fun patch at this event.

Location: 
Grand Valley State University
Cost: $10 per girl
Levels: All
Date: March 25 , 2017  
Morning Session: (Daisy & Brownie) 9 a.m.-Noon. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. 
Afternoon Session: (Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassadors) 1:00-4:00 p.m. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m.  Sign up here.  

Fun. Fashion.  
  Civic Engagement. 
     Eco-consciousness.

   All wrapped into one great dress drive!

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore is proud to partner 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.

NEW: 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.
 
Brownies:
March 23 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Custom Profile in Grand Rapids. Girls will walk through what a career at Custom Profile looks like. There will be hands on STEM related activities and girls/parents will learn about career paths offered by Custom Profile. Girls will make a key chain, experience what is involved with quality checks, and learn about various functions of parts. Register here. 
 
Seniors & Ambassadors: Save the Date! 
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.
 
To learn more about STEM for girls,  click here. 
 
Stay tuned for more Spark Events to come!

Troop 4321 joined council staff for the WGVU Morning Show with the wonderful Shelley Irwin, and three brave girls talked about why they love being a Girl Scout and how important Girl Scout Cookies are for their troop.

STEAM Girls
On Saturday, April 29 at the Betsy Cutler House in Muskegon, Trout Unlimited will be hosting an exciting new watershed-based program for young women to explore their local streams. During the STREAM Girls program, Girl Scouts will assess a community stream, sample macro invertebrates, journal and sketch their experiences, tie a fishing fly, and even learn to cast a fly rod! Through STREAM Girls, Trout Unlimited aims to promote experiential science learning connected to lessons in leadership, arts, health, and recreation, fostering girl scouts that will become impactful stewards of clean, healthy watersheds. Register here.
Ferris's Technology
Engineering Aptitude

Saturday, April 1
This one day event will provide girls with a tremendous opportunity to complete hands-on activities and interact with an engineering professional to learn about valuable, high-wage opportunities in the engineering industry. 

The event is designed to encourage young women to take an interest in pursuing a career in the engineering industry. Lunch will be provided. Adults are asked to register. 

To learn more or sign up, click here.

Wanna be an Engineer?
Exploring STEM Jobs

Saturday, May 6
Engineers use STEM to create and test solutions in their everyday profession.

Actively explore different engineering careers and strengthen critical thinking skills as you are challenged to innovate and solve problems in various fields, such as mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, structural, materials, environmental and aeronautical engineering. 
 
To register, contact: Cheri Leach, Raven Hill Discovery Center, at (231) 536-3369 or by email at cheri@miravenhill.org.
Girl Scout families:  Please invite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to learn about Girl Scouts! We always welcome adults to volunteer as troop leaders or in other roles throughout the year.  See our  website   for volunteer opportunities. Contact us with any questions.
My Promise, My Faith
Girl Scouts encourages girls to grow
their faith and is based on the
Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Although a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the beginning, encouraged girls to explore their spirituality by earning the 

Throughout this journey, girls open up conversation with women in their religious community. Girls research inspiring quotes that resonate with the part of the Girl Scout Law on which they have chosen to focus. Girls will then create art to express what they've learned with their friends, family and possibly even the larger community. Girls of all grade levels are eligible once per year to earn the My Promise, My Faith pin. Learn more about how to get started.
 ~ Retail Shop ~
Cookie Tee
Now Available!

Show your cookie spirit and pick up our new council t-shirt available at all three area retail shops while supplies last.  
$12.00 each; Youth Medium - Adult 3X.

Cookie Activity
Pins for 2017
 
Pins are light pink and are available in shops, $2.00 each.  Placement of these items are on the front of the tunic, vest, or sash.
To learn more and view patch requirements, click here.  




Shop for all of your favorite Girl Scout items  anytime and anywhere at our  
 ~ National Happenings ~
Join us for the largest gathering of girls and women
in the world: G.I.R.L. 2017!
 
For three days, girls will dominate Columbus, Ohio - and we want you to be a part of it! This October 6-8, G.I.R.L. 2017 will draw more than 10,000 of the brightest, strongest and most capable girls and women in the world for an event that only comes once every three years.

G.I.R.L. 2017 is for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to stand up, take charge, and change the world, for her and for all of us. This event will offer tons of one-of-a-kind fun, inspiring speakers, and enlightening educational opportunities-it's THE event of the year for everyone who wants to see girls and women rise and shine! At G.I.R.L. 2017, girls will build a lifetime of friendships and connections, as well as check out the ever-popular Hall of Experiences.

Be sure to mark your calendar and tell your friends! For a limited time, you can save 15% on registration by taking advantage of our early bird registration price starting March 14, 2017. In the meantime, please visit girlscouts.org/girl2017 for updates.

We can't wait to see you there!


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