January and February Winter Programs

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We still have lots of girls waiting to join troops – if you know anyone who would like to be a troop leader, please call Dawn McCloney at 1-800-736-5243 x2308 or email her at dawnm@gsmw.org!

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We have lots of exciting programs this winter for girls in the Missoula area! For more detailed information, please check our Council Programs & Events page. Call Sarah with questions about any of these programs: 1-800-736-5243 x2306

Snowshoe & Soak – Missoula (Grades K-12) – Saturday, January 10

After a cool, crisp snowshoe through the snowy trails of Lolo Pass, Girl Scouts will get to soak the chill away in the hot and warm springs of Lolo Hot Springs. Missoula Parks and Recreation will generously supply the lessons and the snowshoes. Just bring your boots & suits!
Participants will meet at McCormick Park near Currents Aquatic Center. From there, girls will hop in a van and/or caravan to the snowshoe site near Lolo Hot Springs Resort. Girls will be fitted for their snowshoes and venture on hikes with age-appropriate groups and instruction.
If you need to borrow any gear, just let us know!

Call Sarah for more details: 1-800-736-5243 x2306.

This event is open to girls in grades K-12 and adults.
Registration deadline is January 2.

Register for this program online

Saturday, Jan 10, 2015

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost:

$18/girl; $20/adult

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Highest Awards Training – Missoula (Grades 4-12) – Wednesday, January 14

Are you a girl who wants to earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award but don’t know where to start? Or are you an adult volunteer guiding girls toward their awards? This interactive workshop is for YOU!
This training will incorporate the outcomes of all three Girl Scout Keys to Leadership: Discover, Connect, and Take Action, with a heavy focus on the outcomes of the Take Action Key.
Each participant will receive a copy of the Adult and/or Girl Guidelines for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Participants will also enjoy pizza and salad.

Participants should bring a notebook, pen, and folder.
This training is for troop leaders at any level as well as girls in grades 4 through 12.
Registration deadline is January 2.

Register for this program online

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2015

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cost:

$5 girl; $5 adult

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Leadership Swim Party – Missoula (Grades K-12) – Friday, January 23

Celebrate your Girl Scout Sisterhood and the leadership skills you gain with a swim and pizza party at Currents Aquatic Center. Girl Scouts get the whole swimming center to themselves for the night! Enjoy pizza, veggies, and juice as well as swimming and activities that emphasize fun and girls’ leadership skills!
The event is open only to registered Girl Scouts and registered Girl Scout adults.

This event is open to girls of all ages and adults.
Registration deadline is January 11.

Register for this program online

Friday, Jan 23, 2015

4:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Cost:

$6/girl; $6/adult

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Zink the Zebra – Missoula (Grades K-5) – Tuesday, February 17

Zink is a zebra with spots instead of stripes. At this event, we will provide a fun and unique program that celebrates people’s differences through crafts and fun activities based on the story of this very special zebra. Through a delightful and engaging storybook, participants will meet Zink and participate in activities that help girls understand that it’s okay to be different.
A drink and a snack is included in the price.
This is a ‘Recruit a Friend’ event. Invite a non-Girl Scout friend and earn a ‘Recruit a Friend’ fun patch for each friend who registers.
This event is open to girls in grades K-5 and supervising adults. This event will fill up fast, and we have very limited supplies, so please register early! Registration deadline is February 3.

Register for this program online

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Cost:

$5/Girl; No cost for adults

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Intro to Snowboarding – Missoula (Grades 2-12) – Sunday, February 22

Calling all girls who have ever dreamt of shredding, gliding, or racing down the slopes. Here’s a chance for beginners to try snowboarding with a lesson and some free time on the rope tow run at Snowbowl.
Participating girls will also have a chance to receive a brand new snowboard or boots, but the sizes are very limited. Please thank our wonderful volunteer for donating her time and the giveaway boards and boots – this is her 4th year giving us these wonderful gifts!
The $15 program fee covers a lesson, rope tow ticket, snowboard & boot rental, and helmet use. When you register, please include the following in the ‘special needs’ box: participant’s shoe size, age, and height. A parent/guardian signature is required on the rental agreement which we will send with a confirmation letter two weeks before the program.
This event is open to girls in grades 2-12
Registration deadline is February 8.

Register for this program online

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015

12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Cost:

$15/girl; $15/adult

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Family Night With the Harlem Globetrotters – Missoula (grades K-12, Friends & Family) – Friday, February 27

Girl Scouts, be a part of the Globetrotter Nation! The Globetrotters are hoping to pack the Adams Center with Girl Scouts and their families so they have offered a discounted ticket price! The Globetrotters will be coming to play an exhibition game in Missoula, Montana on February 27th, 2015, and they want you, your friends, and your family to be there.

To order tickets please contact: Derek Gensburg at 1.800.641.4667 ext.136 or gensburg@harlemglobetrotters.com. For ticket information, click here.
This event is open to girls in grades K-12, friends and family.
Registration deadline is February 25.

Friday, Feb 27, 2015

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost:

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Time to Kickoff the New Year

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Girl Scout National Convention – Salt Lake City, Utah Oct. 16-19, 2014

0  Any GS member can go to our Council Website to register to attend the Convention.

http://gsmw.org/events-council-national/

o   Girls representing Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming in Salt Lake include:

GSLI Planning Team Members

Teresa Patten, Helena, MT

Elaina Colussi, Helena, MT

Kyla Campbell, Great Falls, MT

Jordan McCloney, Missoula, MT

 

GSLI Participants

 

Cassie Hawley, Newcastle, WY

Melodee Strauch, Missoula, MT

Kylee McCloney, Missoula, MT

Aurora Stratton-Hein, Shepherd, MT

Rebekah Dunn, Shepherd, MT

Sarah Dunn, Shepherd, MT

Katelyn Campbell, Great Falls, MT

Jaydyn Child, Dillon, MT

Tianna Thurston, Clancy, MT

Eleanor Serviss, Missoula, MT


 

  Hands Across the Border – in Eureka, MT,   Sept. 19-21
This is a great opportunity for Girl Scouts to meet other Boy and Girl Scouts/Guides from Montana and Canada. For More information please click on the link below.
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Outdoor Survival-Camp Castle Rock, Butte (6-12)
Date: September 26, 2014 07:00 PM-September 28, 2014 12:00 PM (Registration Closes at 11:59 PM ET on September 12, 2014)
Facility Location: Camp Castle Rock
Butte, MT
Description: Back by popular demand, Outdoor Survival at Camp Castle Rock will test your outdoor skills. During this interactive camping event, girls will learn about techniques that could save their lives. Instructors will discuss orienteering, fire building, survival techniques and more. Girls will also put together a personal survival kit they can take home. This event will cover winter survival skills too!Girls check in Friday after dinner and spend the evening getting acquainted while doing hands-on classes on First Aid, fire building and fire starting techniques, knots, knife safety, shelter building, and much more. On Saturday, girls will split into groups to learn orienteering and build a shelter that they can choose to spend the night in. Program cost includes all meals (except dinner Friday) and survival kit materials.

Because of the nature of this training and the seriousness of the topic, this program is only open to girls in 6th grade and up. Supervising adults are welcome. Camp begins at 7 p.m. Friday, September 28 and runs through noon on Sunday, September 30.

Price:
Rates Adult
(5 Available)
Girl
(24 Available)
List Price $20.00 $35.00
Outdoor Survival 1 – Missoula (Grades K-5)
Date: October 25, 2014 10:00 AM-01:00 PM (Registration Closes at 11:59 PM ET on October 10, 2014)
Description: Outdoor survival skills can not only save your life, but they can prepare you for tough circumstances in the wild and in day-to-day situations. GSMW and Missoula Parks & Recreation join forces again to provide girls with a program to change the way girls venture into the wilderness. Through a creative treasure hunt format, professional instructors will teach girls the following skills:
• Emergency fire starting
• Map & compass/navigation
• GPS Geocaching
• Animal tracking
• Shelter building
• Dutch oven cooking
In addition, girls will learn basic wilderness first aid and put together a personal survival kit they can take home. Girls will also get to eat their Dutch oven creations and earn a “Survival Skills” fun patch.
This is a great event for friends! Girl Scouts can register their “new-to-Scouts” friends and earn a “Bring a Friend” patch. Please call Sarah for information on registering friends: 1.800.736.5243 x2306.
This event is open to registered Girl Scouts and registered Girl Scout adults. Daisies must be accompanied by a GSUSA adult member. Attend with your troop!
Price:
Rates Adult
(15 Available)
Girl
(40 Available)
List Price $0.00 $8.00
Outdoor Survival 2 – Missoula (Grades 6-12)
Date: October 25, 2014 10:00 AM-01:00 PM (Registration Closes at 11:59 PM ET on October 10, 2014)
Description: Outdoor survival skills can not only save your life, but they can prepare you for tough circumstances in the wild and in day-to-day situations. GSMW and Missoula Parks & Recreation join forces again to provide girls with a program to change the way girls venture into the wilderness. Through a creative geocaching format, professional instructors will teach girls advanced forms of the following skills:
• Emergency fire starting
• Map & compass navigation
• GPS Geocaching
• Animal tracking
• Shelter building
• Dutch oven cooking
In addition, girls will learn basic wilderness first aid and put together a personal survival kit they can take home. Girls will also get to eat their deluxe Dutch oven creations and earn a “Survival Skills” fun patch.
This event is open to registered Girl Scouts and registered Girl Scout adults.
Price:
Rates Adult
(5 Available)
Girl
(25 Available)
List Price $0.00 $8.00

 

World of Destinations – Missoula (Grade 4-Adults)

Date: November 05, 2014 06:00 PM-08:00 PM (Registration Closes at 11:59 PM ET on October 27, 2014)
Facility Location: Missoula Public Library
Missoula, MT
Description: A Girl Scout Destination is your chance to go somewhere new, do something different, and meet people from everywhere you can imagine! Through Girl Scouts, girls are given the chance to travel to destinations across their state, the US, and overseas!Join us for a fun, engaging event that will teach you all you need to know and more about the different destinations. Along with the locations and approximate prices, you’ll learn where other girls have gone and what they’ve done. You’ll play games and hear stories. Plus, you’ll learn how you can apply for a destination through Girl Scouts and how you can afford a destination. Girls ages 11 to 18 can apply for these travel opportunities. Not yet that age? It is never too early to start planning and saving.Don’t be intimated by the price of a destination. There are a handful of travel scholarships available to fund your experience! You can also raise money for your destination in many ways including, but not limited to, nuts, magazines, and cookies.

Girls are encouraged to bring an adult with them and also a friend. Friends do not need to be a registered Girl Scout to attend.  Please call Sarah to reserve your spot:  1.800.736.5243 x2306. Current Girl Scouts can register through eBiz.

The event will be held in the large meeting room on the bottom floor of the Missoula Public Library.  Girl Scouts will provide a light snack.

Just imagine where in the world you could travel!

This event is open to girls in grades 4-12, friends, and supervising adults.

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For additional information for any of the events, to RSVP or to register, please call or email Sarah M. at 1.800.736.5243 x2306 or sarahm@gsmw.org

Summer Camps, Early Birds, & Blooming Daisies! Oh my!

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Day Camp 2014 Summer Camp

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Girls Golf -Missoula (Grades K-12)

Girl Scouts of MT & WY and the University of Montana Golf Course are working together to bring you a monthly Girls Golf Program. The instructors include the course golf professional as well as a member of the UM Golf team – both are amazing women role models. The three-hour program will include snacks, drinks, and games.

The UM Golf Course will provide one golf program a month to our Girl Scouts. Attend two ‘Girls Golf’ programs, and receive a special Girl Scouts golf fun patch! Girls in grades K through 12 will learn to play golf or increase golf skills, build lasting friendships, and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment. The program aims to prepare girls for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game.

Girls Golf will provide a solid instructional foundation for girls who want to:
*Get an introduction to golf skills
*Increase existing golf skills
*Get hands-on help from a PGA professional
*Play for fun with friends and family
*Learn for a future career in business
*Compete at high school, college, and/or local, state and national levels
*Learn a sport that you can play for a lifetime

The fee also includes snacks. Golf clubs will be provided to the girls if needed.   Parents are welcome to stay at the course during the lesson (you can bring your clubs and practice, too). Only registered adults can expect to help supervise at the actual lesson, however.

When registering, in the ‘Special Needs’ box, please indicate whether the participant will need to borrow golf clubs, and indicate the participant’s height.

This event is open to girls in grades K-12

Registration deadline: June 13

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014; 9:00 AM12:00 PM; Cost: $15/Girl; No cost to adults

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Intro to Backpacking, Horsepacking, & Trail Crew-Lincoln (Grades 6-12)

Wednesday, Jul 30 through August 3, 2014;  10:00 AM July 30th to 3:00 PM on August 3rd; Lincoln, MT 

Cost: $150/Girl; $150/Adult

GSMW, The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation (BMWF), and The All Women’s Outdoor Leadership Institute (AWOL) are offering an affordable and rewarding experience in the backcountry of Montana’s glorious Bob Marshall Wilderness. Join girls from across Montana & Wyoming for a horse-aided backpacking trip you will never forget!

From Wednesday, July 30th until Sunday, August 3rd, participants will get a unique opportunity to learn outdoor skills, discover their personal strengths, and to provide service to others through work that will improve access to some of Montana’s most serene and awesome natural spaces. And horses will help you get the job done!

Service to the wilderness will include cutting back overgrown brush on the trail, rehabilitating campsites, pulling weeds, and much more. We will also have traditional pack support (horses and mules) to help get group gear to camp.

And it’s not all about work. Girls will also enjoy engaging activities that promote personal well-being, enhance self-esteem, and increase girls’ confidence. In addition, each day will include lessons on environmental science, natural history, and plant & animal identification.

Girls are required to provide their own transportation to the meeting spot near Lincoln, MT. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. In order to participate, Cadettes must be 12 years of age or older. Plus, we may have room on the trip for any leaders who want to become Outdoor III Trained so they can take their own troop backpacking in the future. Preference will be given to girl registrants before adults, however. Adults must call Sarah M. to get on the waiting list.

Scholarships are available! The AWOL Institute also has all the backpacking gear you need other than shoes. So, if you need a backpack, a sleeping bag, a tent, or any other item, just ask AWOL – they have you covered.

Registration through ebiz is not available for this program. To register, or for more information, please contact Sarah M. at sarahm@gsmw.org or at 1.800.736.5243 x2306.

This event is open to girls in grades 6-12 and supervising adults.

Registration deadline: July 21
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Girls Only Outdoor Adventure Camp:

Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Mountain Biking, Swimming, and Camping!  All in a week that will leave girls loving the outdoors for the rest of their lives!  August 18th-22nd from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day.  There will be a campout on Thursday night.  Every participant receives a free Girl Scout membership for 2014-2015.  The cost is $130 for girls in 2nd through 8th grades and includes mountain bike use, campout food and gear, and everything a girl needs to enjoy her outdoor adventures.  Register through Missoula Parks & Recreation:  406-728-PARK

For additional information for any of the events, to RSVP or to register, please call or email Sarah M. at 1.800.736.5243 x2306 or sarahm@gsmw.org

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Introduction to Girl Scouts: “Blooming Daisies” mini-camp

Join us for our “Blooming Daisy” events where girls and their parents/guardians are invited to engage in leadership activities aimed at girls entering Kindergarten through third grades.  These events are FREE!  Girls and their adult partners will play games, do science experiments, and practice good values all while learning about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  If you and the young girl in your life are interested in Girl Scouting or even starting your own troop, this event will give you a good idea of what Girl Scouts is all about!  The events occur in two evening sessions, and at the second session, you’ll enjoy a potluck BBQ to celebrate!  Call to reserve your FREE spot at the following locations:

o   Lowell School (Westside Park), June 16th & 17th from 6pm to 7:30pm

o   Bonner Park, July 21st & 22nd from 6pm to 7:30pm

o   Fort Missoula, August 11th & 12th from 6pm to 7:30pm

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For additional information for any of the events, to RSVP or to register, please call or email Sarah M. at 1.800.736.5243 x2306 or sarahm@gsmw.org

Events, Early Registration, Service, & Trainings – April 2014

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Time for Early Bird Registration!

Check out the http://www.gsmw.org website for information on all the wonderful perks of registering your troop for the 2015 year of Scouting:  http://gsmw.org/2015-early-bird-registration/

Your troop can earn badges, council coupons, and even $500 for a trip or a troop party!  Early bird registration is now open and continues through June 30th.  But don’t wait!  Get the girls registered while you still have the cookie funds!

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Girl Scout Leadership Training Retreat!-Butte (Adults)

Saturday, May 31, 2014
10:00 AM 2:00 PM
$35/Adult

Calling all leaders, volunteers, and staff! You are invited to a fun overnight training retreat at the beautiful and historic Camp Castle Rock in Butte. At the retreat, you will get the tools necessary to manage your troop, take your troop camping, and help your girls earn Journeys awards. You can also take this opportunity to become a training facilitator. Participants will receive the following trainings: Troop Management, Joy in the Journey, and Outdoor Trainings 1 & 2.

Participants who have already completed any of these trainings are eligible to become GSMW facilitators for those trainings.

The Troop Management course provides information to help you help your girls develop leadership skills. You will get an overview of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and you’ll learn how to effectively partner with your girls to make their plans & goals a reality.

The Joy in the Journey training will teach leaders to use the Journeys girl books and adult guides. Participants will learn about ready-made resources, tips to customize the Journey, and age-appropriate activities designed for girls.

In Outdoor Training 1 & 2, leaders will learn how to effectively plan a trip, prepare simple meals, start safe fires, pitch a tent, practice Leave No Trace, and more.

Each participant will receive a handbook for each training, tools for outdoor adventures, a camping cookbook, and a binder for all the resources. Facilitators in training will also receive the training modules and materials for each training. GSMW will provide participants with one dinner, one breakfast, and one lunch.

When registering, in the ‘Special Needs’ box, please indicate whether you are seeking ‘Facilitator Training’ and also if you need to borrow a sleeping bag.  Prospective facilitators will need to go through an application process as well as the training to become facilitators.  Call Sarah for more details (1.800.736.5243 x2306)

Registration deadline: May 19

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Night at the Museum-Missoula (Grades 2-8)

Friday, Apr 25, 2014
6:00 PM 8:00 PM
$8/Girl; $3/Adult

Registration DEADLINE is Friday, April 11th!  SpectrUM Discovery Area is hosting a fun-filled evening of hands-on science adventures just for our Girl Scouts. Girls, it’s time for us to step into the lead as scientists and take over the museum for a night of engineering, technology, and life science amusement. This evening of science fun will kickoff your dreams of becoming the next female science hero!

After a delicious pizza dinner, the SpectrUM science party staff will lead girls through extreme hands-on science experiments based on the famous PBS SciGirls TV show. Girls will be grouped according to age, so every girl will be challenged in just the right way. Experiments will include ‘squishy circuits’ and ‘digital bling’!

From their Brain Lab to their Watershed Table, SpectrUM revolutionizes how kids think about science. Girls will splash and play, look through microscopes, and delve deep into neurons as the peruse the engaging museum exhibits.
This event will also kickoff the new SciGirls Club that will welcome girls to SpectrUM once a week through the month of May. Every Thursday in May from 3:30pm to 5pm, girls will participate in fun, hands-on science activities that have been proven to pique girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math!  The cost is $40 for 5 sessions.  SpectrUM also offers scholarships for SciGirls Club.  Call Sarah for more info:  1.800.736.5243 x2306

Girls, make sure to tell your friends! Any girl in grades 2-8 is welcome to join – just get them signed up as a Girl Scout for $15 and then we’ll help get them registered for the event. If you recruit a friend to come along, you’ll earn a ‘Recruit a Friend’ patch. Call Sarah for details or to register a friend: 1.800.736.5243.
This event is open to girls in grades 2-8 and supervising, registered adults. Adult space is limited because of limited space in the museum.

Register for this program online

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Animal Badge Workshop (Grades K-8)

Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 AM12:30 PM
$8/Girl; No cost to adults

Girls are invited to a special event with a host of exotic and domestic animals. Daisies will enjoy fun animal-related activities while Brownies earn their ‘Pets’ badge, Juniors will earn their ‘Animal Habitats’ badge, and Cadettes will earn their ‘Animal Helpers’ badge.  Animal Wonders, Inc. will present an array of exotic animals including a coendu, a parrot, and a bettong. Girls will also get up-close-and-personal with a snake, a rabbit, and even a cockroach!

To earn their badge, and to learn about how animals can help humans, we will also have a visit from a local service dog trainer and her helpful canine. After the guest speakers, girls will enjoy the remainder of their badge activities – investigating animal habitats, creating animal toys, and learning about how we can protect animals.

Animal Wonders, Inc. is an amazing organization that cares for exotic animals that need our help. As part of your badge-earning requirements, you will be instructed to bring a donation to the event. You can choose from a list of possible donations to fit your ability or budget. Please read your confirmation letter carefully so you know exactly what to bring for the animals at Animal Wonders, Inc. Donations may include but are not limited to: animal food, fresh fruit, cardboard boxes, or towels or blankets in good condition.

GSMW will provide a light, healthy snack around noon. The registration fee includes Brownies’, Juniors’, and Cadettes’ badges as well as a fun patch for Daisies.

This event is open to girls in grades K-8 and supervising adults.

Registration deadline: April 28

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Looking for a fun service project?

Friendship Bracelets for WAGGGS “Stop the Violence” Campaign

The Sangam World Centre is inviting Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from all over the world to make friendship bracelets and send them to Sangam.  This will help Sangam to continue supporting its projects, like Children’s Camp, and supporting our community partners. This will also allow visitors, and particularly local guides and scouts, to buy something that celebrates the world of WAGGGS and the international friendship we share.

 

Why not have a bracelet-making meeting with your unit or troop? Make a bracelet for a friend, and then make another one to send to us here at Sangam. When you pass on your bracelet, you can share the Sangam Spirit by explaining why you made the bracelet. You can share what you have learned about Sangam or your favourite Guiding/Girl Scouting experience.

We would also like to help promote WAGGGS’ Stop the Violence campaign through our
friendship bracelet project. Learn about the campaign and make your bracelets in the red and green colours of the campaign. This will help us to keep building the whisper into a shout!

Thank you for your friendship and support. We hope you enjoy making your friendship bracelets, and we look forward to receiving them and sharing the international friendship!

Sharing Friendship Bracelets

There is no deadline! This is an ongoing project and you can send your bracelets all year long.

If you have any questions, please email info@sangamworldcentre.org.

Send your completed friendship bracelets to:

Sangam World Centre

c/o Friendship Project
Alandi Road
Yerwada
Pune 411 006
INDIA

For more information, check out the web site:   http://www.sangamworldcentre.org/en/friends/friendshipproject

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Local Annual Meeting

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Missoula Town Hall Annual Meeting (Adults & Girls)

It’s not too late to register for the annual meeting held in Missoula next weekend!  This year’s Annual Meeting business will be conducted differently this year.  This format (Town Hall Meeting) will provide members with an opportunity to engage in dialogue with council staff on matters of importance to Girl Scouts. It is also an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate local volunteers in their own communities! Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM 2:00 PM;  $15/Girl; $15/Adult

In Missoula on March 15th, all members are invited to attend a town hall meeting of their choice to:

  • Hear the state of the council report
  • Discuss council direction with staff
  • Celebrate our awesome volunteers!

Participants will enjoy a luncheon with peers and staff while receiving information on the state of the council, participating in discussions about current council direction and participating in a traditional S.W.A.P.S. exchange.   Each meeting will conclude with a volunteer recognition celebration.  If you are a volunteer receiving recognition, and you want to invite your family members under the age of 14, your local Community Development Manager can register them on your behalf.

A registration fee of $15.00 will be assessed for each attendee and the fee will be reimbursed to volunteers who receive awards. The fee includes lunch/dinner meal.  Please follow this link for more information.  This event is open to girls and adults.

Registration deadline: March 7;  Register for this program online

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Engineer That, Girl!-Missoula (Grades 2-8)

Let’s make Engineer That, Girl! the biggest GSMW event in Missoula this year!  Join us for Missoula’s most engaging, fun, and inspiring girls’ engineering expo of the decade! Calling all girls who like to innovate, create, and design things to make the world a better place! Bring your best friends to this fun and inspiring event that will challenge you and teach you all the tricks of the engineering trade.

You’ll build catapults, create structures that stand up to earthquakes, and play with electric circuits and robotics. Women engineers from Missoula are bringing all their ‘tricks of the trade’ to share with Girl Scouts. The Forest Service, Mountain Water, and SpectrUM, among other organizations, are going to give girls useful freebies that will inspire them to follow their dreams to become creators, innovators, and leaders in science and engineering.

The day will start with mingling, pastries, and hot drinks. Girls are welcome to tour the informational booths, talk with area experts, and grab freebies to take home to start home-grown creative projects. After a short kickoff presentation, girls will participate in at least five hands-on activities designed to challenge and inspire the creative and scientific side in every girl. Each age group has specific design challenges to meet and different activities to enjoy. Girls will enjoy building new toys, experimenting with structures and electricity, and taking home cool creations and prizes.

Every girl in grades 2 through 8 is welcome to join us at this event. Please spread the word and invite your friends. If you bring a non-Girl Scout friend, you will earn a ‘Bring a Friend’ patch. Please call Sarah at 1.800.736.5243 to register your friend. Let’s make this the biggest Girl Scout event in Missoula!

This event is open to girls in grades 2-8 and supervising adults.

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014
9:30 AM12:00 PM
Cost: $5/Girl; No cost for adults

Winter Events, Annual Meeting, & Spring Sneak-Peaks!

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Girl Scouts have three more chances to earn their Girl Scouts of MT & WY Winter Olympics 2014 Gold Medal!
In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Girl Scouts of MT & WY is hosting winter sports programs to promote healthy living and outdoor adventure! Attend two GSMW ‘Winter Olympics’ programs and earn a ‘Girl Scouts Gold Medal’. Check out some of the events below and at www.GSMW.org for more info on the Winter Olympics programs.
Four girls will receive the first gold medals at the Dogsledding event on February 8th.  Congratulations!
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Check out the upcoming events for Girls & Adults:

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Miss Representation

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014;  6:00 PM 8:00 PM; for all middle school girls – even non-Girl Scouts, so bring a friend!
The University of Montana Sororities invite middle school girls to their place to watch a film about girls’ empowerment. Along with the film and some snacks, girls will play games, make an action plan, and discuss the importance of knowing your own power and thinking for yourself. At this event, girls will watch the documentary ‘Miss Representation’ which explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
This event is FREE and open to middle school Girl Scouts, their female middle school friends, and supervising adults. To register, please call Julie Bryant (406-243-5527), the program coordinator for UM’s sororities. Prepare to give her the first and last names of all attendees as well as their phone numbers. Registration through GSMW is not available for this event.
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Harlem Globetrotters Friends & Family Night

The Globetrotters will be coming to play an exhibition game in Missoula from 7PM to 9PM on February 28th, 2014 and want you, your friends, and family to be there.  With the sale of 50 tickets, troop purchasers will have the opportunity to promote Girl Scout cookie sales and present The Harlem Globetrotters with the ‘Best Cookies Ever’ or other incentives like giving High Fives to the team as they take the court. To order tickets please contact: Carl Pavlock at 1.800.641.4667 ext.120 or pavlock@harlemglobetrotters.com.  Full details here: http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1341

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Winter Olympics Skiing

At Montana Snowbowl on Saturday, March 1st from 9AM to 12PMFor grades K-12 – not open to adults, but we would love some adult assistance!  Please call or email (sarahm@gsmw.org, 1.800.736.5243 x2306) to help wrangle the girls.  Rentals, Lessons, and a full lift ticket all for just $23!  Learn from Snowbowl’s instructors and enjoy the mountain air.  This is a “Winter Olympics” event – girls who participate in at least two “Winter Olympics” events will earn their “Girl Scout Gold Medal”.  Full details here:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1361
Registration deadline: February 14th
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Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Girls & Adults)

Saturday, March 8th from 10AM to 12:30PM at Lolo Pass Visitor’s Center (for grades 2-12).  Adults must be registered Girl Scouts members.

In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Girl Scouts of MT & WY is hosting winter sports programs to promote healthy living and outdoor adventure! Attend two GSMW ‘Winter Olympics’ programs and earn a ‘Girl Scouts Gold Medal’.   The registration fee includes cross-country ski rentals and instruction from a certified cross-country ski instructor.  Also, for each car parking at the visitor center, you will need to purchase a day parking permit for $5. All the more reason to carpool! Keep in mind, the program ends around lunch time, so bring cold lunches if you would like to enjoy them at the pass. There will be limited time spent indoors, so proper winter & water-resistant apparel is required.  Brownies must be accompanied by a registered parent or troop leader.

Participants will need to report their age, height, and shoe size in the ‘special needs’ box upon registration through ebiz to reserve gear at the Trailhead in Missoula. The Trailhead has generously given us half-off of all ski equipment to make this an affordable experience for our girls. Participants will need to pick up their rental equipment the night before the event and we will arrange to have the equipment returned on Saturday after the event.  $8/girl;  $10/adult.

Registration deadline: February 24;  Register for this program online

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Missoula Town Hall Annual Meeting (Adults & Girls)

This year’s Annual Meeting business will be conducted differently this year.  This format (Town Hall Meeting) will provide members with an opportunity to engage in dialogue with council staff on matters of importance to Girl Scouts. It is also an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate local volunteers in their own communities! Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 from 11:00 AM 2:00 PM;  $15/Girl; $15/Adult

In Missoula on March 15th, all members are invited to attend a town hall meeting of their choice to:

  • Hear the state of the council report
  • Discuss council direction with staff
  • Celebrate our awesome volunteers!

Participants at each site will enjoy a luncheon or dinner with peers and staff while receiving information on the state of the council, participating in discussions about current council direction and participating in a traditional S.W.A.P.S. exchange.   Each meeting will conclude with a volunteer recognition celebration.  If you are a volunteer receiving recognition, and you want to invite your family members under the age of 14, your local Community Development Manager can register them on your behalf.

A registration fee of $15.00 will be assessed for each attendee and the fee will be reimbursed to volunteers who receive awards. The fee includes lunch/dinner meal.  Please follow this link for more information.  This event is open to girls and adults.

Registration deadline: March 7;  Register for this program online ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Winter Olympics Curling (Girls & Adults)

Saturday, March 22nd from 12PM to 1:30PM at Glacier Ice Rink on the Missoula Fairgrounds.  For girls in grades K-12 and their parents!  Adults do not have to be registered Girl Scouts members.  In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Girl Scouts of MT & WY is hosting winter sports programs to promote healthy living and winter activity! Attend two GSMW ‘Winter Olympics’ programs and earn a ‘Girl Scouts Gold Medal’.  Girl Scouts and their parents are invited to Missoula’s Glacier Ice Rink to enjoy playing and learning about the Olympic sport of curling.  Players take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called “rocks”, across the ice towards a target area. Teams want to score the most points possible by sliding the stone closest to the center of the target.
Curlers from the Missoula Curling Club will teach participants about the history and rules of curling. Then, everyone will get to try their hand at sliding the 42-pound “rock” down the curling lanes. Girls, bring your parents along and enjoy some time with them on the ice learning about the relatively new Olympic sport that originated in medieval Scotland in the mid-1500s.  Because of the nature of the sport – heavy rocks & slippery ice – this event is not open to tagalongs, but adult relatives of registered Girl Scouts are welcome to register to attend and participate.  $8 for girls and adults.

Registration deadline: March 10th

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Keep an Eye out for:

Engineer That, Girl!  Missoula Senior Citizen’s Center on Saturday, March 29th from 9:30AM to 12PM.  Girls in grades 2-8 will enjoy science-based activities focused on engineering.  Women engineers and students will lead girls through hands-on, innovative, and fun activities that will get them excited about engineering and design.  PLUS, local engineering organizations and other science-based organizations will have booths full of fun facts and freebies for the girls to take home.  Breakfast pastries will be served along with hot drinks.  BRING a FRIEND!  Open to ALL GIRLS IN GRADES 2-12!  Stay tuned for more details.  This event is not yet on our GSMW site, so check back for registration and price details.

Night at the Museum at SpectrUM Discovery Area on Friday, April 25th from 6PM to 8PM.  Girls in grades 2-8 will enjoy more science fun as we take over the SpectrUM science museum for the night.  SpectrUM’s savvy staff will lead girls through activities and we’ll enjoy a pizza dinner.  Again, this event is not yet on the GSMW site, so please check back for details on pricing and registration.  We hope this event will kickoff our SciGirls club that will meet once a week at SpectrUM after school.  This will be an incredible opportunity for our girls to get a jump on their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!

Animal Badge Workshop – there are a lot of details still to be determined for this event, but we’re working with local organizations to bring girls in grades K-8 an opportunity to see exotic and domestic animals close up.  Girls in grades 2-8 will enjoy age-specific activities that will help them earn their animal badges, while Daisies will get a great introduction to caring and respecting animals and their habitats.  We’re aiming to hold this event in mid- to late April.

Wacky Science – This very popular event will be back and better than ever!  Put on your safety goggles and lab coats and get ready for some science fun!  Girls in grades K-5 will enjoy all new science experiments and some good food at this annual event.  We’re looking to plan this event in early to mid-May.  Girls will earn a science fun badge and learn about how FUN science is!  Please check back often for details on cost and registration.

Volunteer Recognition & Winter Events

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Do you know an amazing volunteer?

Nominate them for a GSMW volunteer recognition award: http://gsmw.org/volunteers-forms-and-resources/more-volunteer-forms-and-resources/nominee-information/

Volunteers will be recognized at our Annual Meeting at noon on Saturday, March 15th.  GSMW’s annual meetings will be held locally this year with a “Town Hall” type gathering for each region of our council.  All adult volunteers, girls over age 14, and family are welcome to attend the Town Hall Annual Meeting.  Please set aside this special date, and stay tuned for details!

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Here are some important details for the following winter programs, meetings, and activities:

Missoula Cookie Kickoff & Rally! – Adult volunteers and parents are invited to the cookie kickoff on Friday, January 24th from 6 to 8:30pm.  Registration is free and open on ebiz.  If you do not have an ebiz account, please call our offices for help registering!  Girls are welcome to the Cookie Rally at the same place and time!  Girls get to taste the cookies, play games, and learn about the cookie sale.  For more info, contact Ann:  annbates29@gmail.com

Winter Fun Day - This service unit event will be on Saturday, January 25th.  See http://www.gsmissoula.org (below) for full details.  Registration is now closed.

Winter Olympics Dogsledding - Saturday, February 8th from 10AM to 12:30PM.  $5 for girls, $3 for adults.  Meet at Lolo Hot Springs and carpool/shuttle to the site 2 miles up the road.  Registration closes January 27th.  This program is filling FAST!  Full details found here:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1334

World Thinking Day - This service unit event will be held at First Lutheran Church during the afternoon on Saturday, Febrary 22nd.  Troops, it’s time to start researching your WAGGGS country!  Contact Sonja for more details: skovlin@hotmail.com

Miss Representation - On Tuesday, February 25th from 6PM to 8pm at the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, The University of Montana Sororities invite middle school girls to their place to watch a film about girls’ empowerment. Along with the film and some snacks, girls will play games, make an action plan, and discuss the importance of knowing your own power and thinking for yourself. At this event, girls will watch the documentary ‘Miss Representation’ which explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful women.  To register, please call Julie Bryant (406-243-5527).  Full details:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1357

Harlem Globetrotters Friends & Family Night - The Globetrotters will be coming to play an exhibition game in Missoula rom 7PM to 9PM on February 28th, 2014 and want you, your friends, and family to be there.  With the sale of 50 tickets, troop purchasers will have the opportunity to promote Girl Scout cookie sales and present The Harlem Globetrotters with the ‘Best Cookies Ever’ or other incentives like giving High Fives to the team as they take the court. To order tickets please contact: Carl Pavlock at 1.800.641.4667 ext.120 or pavlock@harlemglobetrotters.com.  Full details here: http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1341

Winter Olympics Skiing – Snowbowl, Saturday, March 1st from 9AM to 12PM.  Rentals, Lessons, and a full lift ticket all for just $23!  Learn from Snowbowl’s instructors and enjoy the mountain air.  This is a “Winter Olympics” event – girls who participate in at least two “Winter Olympics” events will earn their “Girl Scout Gold Medal”.  Full details here:  http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1361

Still to Come: Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing, GSMW Annual Town Hall Meeting in Missoula, Winter Olympics Curling, “Engineer That!”, and an animal badge workshop for Brownies through Cadettes.

Please call or email Sarah for more details on council events: 1.800.736.5243 x2306 or sarahm@gsmw.org