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Cookie Season is Here!
Bidding for Good - Online Auction
Leadership Luncheon
100th Anniversary Gold
Environmental Patch
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February 2016
Dear Leaders, Volunteers and Parents,

February and March are going to be full of wonderful opportunities for Girl Scouts, with lots to celebrate! 

We hope you can join us for our 100th Anniversary Gold Award Celebration, the Leadership Luncheon, or World Thinking Day. 

Have your own activities planned? We'd love to hear stories of World Thinking Day, Girl Scout Birthday activities and other celebrations. 

If you have any suggestions, ideas, photos, or stories, you would like to share with us, please email

Yours in Girl Scouting,
Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson Team
Blast Off into Cookie Season!
When girls sell Girl Scout Cookies, they're doing more than just helping customers stock up on delicious treats (and having lots of fun). They're doing it with a goal in mind. Whether that goal is a pizza party, a community project, or your first overnight trip with their troop - they know how many boxes they need to sell to make it happen. She's also part of a HUGE business, one that's run by girls all over the country just like her! A business that gives them skills essential for success.

Initial Order starts on February 5th. Start your cookie season with a blast!  5...4...3...2...1... Cookies!

GET READY - Prepare a customer list - Last year's  customers and at least 10 new ones!
GET SET - Register for Digital Cookie 2.0 and set up your site. 
GO!  On Feb 5th, visit, phone, e-mail or text your customer list. Send out DOC e-mails. Ask you parents to post on their social media sites. Talk about Operation Cookie Drop. The Sale is under way!

Digital Cookie 2.0:  Girl Scouts is moving at the speed of girls-and we know girls enjoy the Internet!  Last year we introduced an innovative online selling tool, Digital Order Card (DOC), with great success.  Customers and girls loved it. 
As the 2015-2016 cookie season begins, we've built on the initial success of Digital Cookie 1.0 by launching Digital Cookie 2.0, with dynamic, engaging, and interactive  new tools and fun new upgrades that make learning and selling cookies more exciting and educational for girls.
Digital Cookie 2.0 will provide a more robust, hands-on, and entertaining learning experience, including an enhanced cookie website with fun quizzes, games, videos, and other activities that offer girls opportunities to learn budgeting and resource allocation using a "spend, save, and give" model. Girls will also be able to earn all age-appropriate Cookie Business badges through the platform, while exploring ways to help others by investing their earnings back into their communities and practicing Internet safety. 

Last year almost 1,000 girls used Digital Cookie - and together they sold more than 23,000 boxes! It's a great way for girls to express their creativity and goals, e-mail contacts, and connect with customers 24/7. Customers can place an order with their credit card and cookies are shipped directly to them.

Registration e-mails for DOC
will were sent on Jan. 19th from "Girl Scout Cookies" If your family did not receive the e-mails,  click here   for step-by-step instructions.   
Bidding for Good

Looking for a great trip, unique experiences or sports 
memorabilia or do you need a gift?
Check out the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson's online auction from 2/1 - 2/29.

All proceeds go to the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.

Help keep Girl Scouting alive for the next 100 years.

Happy "bidding"
Leadership Luncheon
Join us Friday March 11th, 11:30 am - 2pm 
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown
455 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Keynote Speaker: 
Susan Quackenbush
           Chief Human Resources Officer at Vonage 
Mistress of Ceremonies: Janine Rose
           News12 Anchor/ News Director
Cost: $140 Early Bird (If registered by 2/13/2016)
  $150 Standard (After 2/13/2016)
  $125 Alumnae/Registered Girl Scouts

Sponsorships and Journal Ads are available.  Please contact Laura Montopoli

This Year's Honorees:
  • Leadership Award: Mercy College
  • Humanitarian Award: In memory of Jane Goldwasser
  • Community Partner: Orange County Youth Bureau
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson's Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Award: TBA
100th Anniversary Gold Award
This year we will be celebrating the  10 0th Anniversary of the Gold Award - that's 100 years of outstanding women making meaningful and sustainable change in their communities and around the world.

The Ceremony will be Sunday, March 13th at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  

Invitations will be going out next week to this year's recipients and past recipients.

If you have earned Gold and not yet filled out our survey, you can still do so.
Elliot Wildlife Values Project - Patch Program
L ove the outdoors - even in the winter cold?  Then the Elliott Wildlife Values Project Patch Program is perfect for you and your troop to enjoy!

Choose between the Birds! Birds! Birds! or the Animal Tracks and Scat backpacks,  watching and tracking the local wildlife at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, and earn this patch.
Each backpack is complete with all materials needed for the program, including a trail map and specific programmatic directions
3 Easy Steps to Enjoy this Program:
  1. Sign up for your backpack   experience  at
  2. Provide 2 choices for dates and times to participate in this program
  3. Be sure and list your troop number and number of attendees
Receive your email confirmation with arrival details and procedures
This program will remain open all winter for interested troops and individual members.
Girl Scouts Connect on Thinking Day
Sunday, February 21st, 1 pm -4 pm at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Center Court.

Girls are encouraged to bring SWAPS and displays about the country they learned about this year (not exceed 1/2 of a 6' table)
Event will include an opening ceremony, thinking day ceremony, singing of the World Song and other Girl Scout favorites, a visit from Juliette Gordon Low, a flag ceremony honoring all countries of the world, and a massive friendship circle.

Questions? E-mail
Camporee: The Biggest Year-End Celebration
End your 2015-2016 Girl Scout year on a high note with our 3rd biennial Camporee.

The weekend will be jam-packed with activities ranging from dancing to environmental sustainability, from archery to sing-a-longs, and from outdoor survival to fitness challenges. Whether you love the sciences, the arts, or just being outdoors with a couple hundred of your Girl Scout sisters, Camporee is perfect for everyone.

Join us Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th as we pitch tents under the stars and look back on a fantastic year. 

$55 includes all activities; camping space; dinner, late night, snack, and breakfast; OOT and First Aid certified staff on premise.