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!
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Early Bird Registration
Current members who renew their membership for the 2018 Membership Year between April 15th to June 15th will earn awesome awards. The earlier members re-register, the more awards they earn! Learn more about the prizes and how to register on our website.
Anna B's Camporee
Girl Scouts who re-register for 2018 before June 10th will receive special pricing for Anna B's Camporee. 

This is a special camp program only open to  re-registered Early Bird Girl Scouts at Camp Anna Behrens. This  open-house style program includes lunch and awesome activities for girls like archery, kayaking, swimming, leadership games, three different crafts and a flag ceremony demonstration. This  day-long event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on June 10, 2017.

Find out more about the event & registration on our website.
 ~ Volunteerism ~

Share Your Thanks

National Volunteer Appreciation Month is here! More specifically, this week (April 23-29) is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, when we celebrate all of the incredible volunteers who make Girl Scouting possible.

In celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Month, show your gratitude for the Girl Scout volunteers in your life with a personalized ecard! You can create and share a card on social media or email it directly to your favorite volunteers, whose dedication to our Movement and mission inspire us every day to be our very best. To all of our volunteer heroes out there, thank you from the bottom of our green, green hearts. 

Thank you volunteers for all you do!
 ~ Membership ~
 
Are You Ready for Kindergarten?
What an exciting and stressful time!
 
Set your girl up for success before she even walks into the classroom! Girl Scouts can help you (and her) navigate this new chapter with expert tips and activities sent straight to your phone. 

Text DAISY to 59618 or visit  girlscouts.org/daisy for more information on raising awesome girls. It's never too early to unleash her inner leader!
 
Text STOPGS for stop, HELPGS for help. Message and data rates apply.
~ Programs & Events ~
Camp Life is The Best Life

At Girl Scout summer camp, the adventure is high and the fun is big, like really big! Spend your summer trying new things, exploring the great outdoors, making incredible memories with awesome new friends, and much more.

Warning. This is not your everyday summer experience! Come ready to play, explore, discover, and have the time of your life.

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore is proud to partner once again with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM) to offer resident and troop camping this summer.

Save Money!

The early registration deadline for Overnight Camp has been extended to April 30th. We are so excited for you to see all of the new opportunities and returning favorites at camp this summer. Last year, 770 girls attended overnight camp and we know that even more girls will experience the magic of summer camp this year.
 
Go to girlscoutcamp.org to check out the 2017 Girls Guide to Summer. 
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.
Journey Through  A Life in Space
Upcoming Summer Series
Made Possible by Van Andel Institute & NASA

Did you know that virtually every female astronaut has been a Girl Scout? Maybe you'll be the next Girl Scout in space! Join us through this summer series (provided by the Van Andel Institute) to discover what it's like to live and work in space.

During your four days at the institute, you'll discover how the human body works differently in space, gain an understanding of the dangers associated with space travel, learn about what robots can do for humans in space, and much more!

This program is for Juniors. Register here.
Thank you Zonta Club of Traverse City for your generous contribution to our Girl Scout STEM Program .
We are grateful for your support!
    


Exploring STEM with
Pleune Services

Saturday, May 20
Girls will learn about the mechanical contracting industry as well as misconceptions regarding STEM careers.

Girls will also explore 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.

This event is for Seniors & Ambassadors.
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.

Coppelia
Presented by the Michigan Ballet Academy.

Coppelia is a full-length ballet with original choreography by internationally renowned Artistic Director Nikoloz Makhateli. It is a charming light-hearted romp, perfect for all ages. Coppelia  is one of the most frequently performed and well-loved comic ballets, with something for everyone: mischief,romance, dancing mechanical dolls, and a large wedding celebration which ends happily ever after. Check out the flyer for more detail.

Video Game Design
With GR Makers

This class will cover the basics of video game design and provide a foundation for anyone who would like to learn more about video game development. Anyone can learn how to make video games in this class even if you have never written code in your life! Girl Scouts will explore different free programs, make a simple video game, and be able to build more after the class has ended.

Level: Juniors
Cost: $20 per girl
There are multiple dates for this event. 
 
To find out more or register: 
Intro to Robotics
With GR Makers

Anyone can build and control a robot in this exciting robotics class! Girl Scouts will be provide with guidance and instruction to build a Lego robot and battle other teams in our battle arena. Girls will be using EV3 robotics. All scouts will learn basic engineering skills and will have the chance to battle other participants. The robots will have to stay at GR Makers, but a buyer's guide will be provided.

Level: Brownies
Cost: $30 per girl
There are multiple dates for this event 

To find out more or register: click here
 
Some of Troop #3951 out of North Rockford Middle School (Grace Nyeholt, Juliana Antel, Isabelle Parks, and Sara Schuette) deliver over 20 boxes to the Rockford Police Department. Giving back is in our Girl Scout DNA, way to go girls! 

Toolbox Build
Heritage Woodworks Cadette Event

May 20th
$15 plus $2 registration fee

Each Girl Scout will leave the event with a Woodworker Badge and a toolbox that could double as a magazine rack or garden toll caddy. The toolbox will be assembled with nails and glue from pre-sawn components, and Scouts will use hand tools to assemble, nail, and glue the tool box.

Birdhouse Build
Heritage Woodworks Junior Event

May 6th
$12 plus $2 registration fee

Each Girl Scout will leave the event with a Fun Patch and a birdhouse. The birdhouse is assembled with nails and glue from pre-sawn components. Scouts will be instructed in how to use a hand drill and a small  power drill, how to start a nail in the wood, and how  to nail the pieces together.

Register here
Grass River Natural Area
Introducing our Community Partner

The Grass River Natural Area works to manage the Grass River Natural Area, conserve and protect its watershed and provide opportunities that increase knowledge, appreciation and community-wide stewardship of the natural environment. 

Women Build Week
Muskegon Habitat for Humanity

Muskegon Troops! Looking for a way to give back to the community? Come be a part of  Habitat for Humanity Women's Build Week. Girls will be painting, planting flowers and more. Space is limited. Click the link below for more information. 

  Learn more about this event.
 
Daisy Troop #4688 in Ludington earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award in recognition of their service project, Scouts for Soldiers. These girls filled barrels with toy soldiers and placed them around Ludington. The toys could be taken to honor those fighting for our freedom. What an inspirational project, girls!

Girl Scout Night
With the West Michigan Whitecaps

Calling all Girl Scouts! Baseball season is finally here.

Come celebrate at Girl Scout Night with the West Michigan Whitecaps. Event tickets will include a pre-game parade, autographs and photos with the Whitecaps Mascot as well as post-game fireworks on the field. 

This event is for all levels.
Cost is $12 or $16 (includes a hot dog/soda voucher).
Registration information is  available here
 ~ Cookies ~
It's not too late to win big
This is your last chance to enter the Cookie Troop 100 Challenge!

Cookie Season is done, but the Cookie Troop 100 Challenge is still here! 

Troops can enter the challenge until  April 30th . One lucky troop from each council will win $100. Troops also have the chance to win a grand prize of $3,000 for troop year-round experiences! So what are you waiting for? Signing up is simple! 

 
One Awesome Cookie Season

Cookies are now grabbing some much needed R&R after an amazing 2017 Cookie Season.

Thank you for all the parental help, which makes this exceptional Girl Scout experience possible.

We can't do this without any of our amazing parents/volunteers!
 
Troop #10037, led by Amanda Allen, top GSMISTS cookie seller in 2017, have donated 11,000 cookie boxes for U.S. Troops overseas. Way to give back your community like a G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader)!

Rewards & Cookie Dough 

Cookie rewards will be arriving to the Service Units around April 24th. Please get with your leader for pick up after that date.

 

Online Cookie Dough Card Codes have been emailed to all parents. If  you did not receive an email with a code for online shopping, please check with your leader.  We also have a master list at the council office and would be happy to help you retrieve the code.

 

Regular Cookie Dough Cards are being distributed this week to troops. All Cookie Dough will expire on January 5, 2018.

 ~ Retail Shop ~

Bridging Supplies & End of Year Awards Are  Now Available

End of the Year Awards and Bridging Supplies are now available in shop at all three Service Centers.

For shop hours and locations, visit our website.
Questions? Call us at 844-476-4787
 ~ 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.

Excited? We are too!

Don't delay, sign up today!

GSUSA "Make Your Own Badge" Site Shutting Down in June

Launched in 2011, Girl Scouts' Make Your Own Badge site was designed to offer girls a truly girl-led experience. With the Make Your Own option, Girl Scouts could get creative in designing a badge not already offered through our program, around a topic of particular interest to them. After all, a true leader should never be limited in what she can learn and accomplish!
 
Unfortunately, the number of girls making their own badges has been declining, and the site will be shutting down on June 30.
 
The last day to place an order for a Make Your Own badge is June 1, 2017.  To read more, click here.

National Park Service Ranger Program

Girl Scouts is continuing our exciting partnership with the National Park Service and the "Girl Scout Ranger Program," a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.
 
Through this program, girls are invited to play outdoors, learn about national parks and why they're preserved, and develop essential leadership skills. Even better, girls have the opportunity to earn patches, complete journeys, and achieve Take Action and Gold Award projects!
 
So, how exactly do you earn your Ranger patch? It's simple! Click here to learn more.
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