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

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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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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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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

Register for this program online

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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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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

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.

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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

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xmas treeCHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING AT THE COURTHOUSE

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013

From:  10 am – 12 noon as follows:
10-10:30 –  Daisies
10:30-11 –  Brownies
11-11:30 –  Juniors
11:30-12 –  Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors (older girls may also come early to help hang ornaments on the top portion of the tree)

Cost: $1.00 per girl for a tree decorating patch (given out at event)

TREE TRIMMING TIPS: 

  • Please have your ornaments made in advance with big sturdy hooks.
  • Include your Troop #, “2013” & girl’s first name so we can reflect on them in the coming years. (Individuals are also welcome.)
  • Please no glass or breakable ornaments – it’s terribly sad to see a girl’s ornament break while trying to hang it on the tree  L
  • No time to make ornaments??  No worries!  We have lots from past years that you can help hang!
  • Please come at specified times as listed above so we have an even flow of girls during the event and not a mob all at once.  Daisy & Brownie troops will be able to hang ornaments on lower portions of the tree, while Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors can hang ornaments from the upper level of Courthouse Foyer.
  • Please enter from the west side parking lotThis will be the only door that will be unlocked.
  • Each troop is asked to bring a dozen cookies to share with other tree trimmers so the girls have a snack while there.

Additional info:

  • There will also be a collection bin for the Humane Society for items such as dog/cat food, toys, old blankets or towels!
  • Unfortunately, we hear Santa will be snowed in at the North Pole and will be unable to join us this year.
  • QUESTIONS??  Please contact Lisa at 239-2132.

 PLEASE CLIP AND BRING THE BOTTOM PORTION TO THE TREE DECORATING

WITH YOUR PAYMENT TO COLLECT YOUR PATCHES:

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Troop # _____________    Leader:  _______________________________________________

Address:  ____________________________________________________________________

Phone:  ___________________________  Email:  ____________________________________

Number of Girls attending __________ x $1.00 =   $_________________ (amount attached)

Also:  Mark your calendar for the next Girl Scout volunteer & leader meeting on Monday, Dec. 9 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Missoula Valley Church on Higgins by Paxson School and Grizzly Grocery!

Winter Events!

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Hello, Missoula Girl Scouts, and happy holiday season!  Below, you will find a list of some events coming up this winter.  Keep your eye on the calendar page of http://www.gsmw.org for updates.

Winter Olympics Snowboarding 1 & 2 -Missoula (Grades 4-12) Saturday, Jan 11, 2014girl snowboarding

9:00 AM12:00 PM OR 12:30PM to 3:30PM
Cost: $6/Girl; $6/Adult
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 http://www.GSMW.org for more Winter Olympics programs.
This program is for beginner snowboarders who want to try out the rope tow at Montana Snowbowl. Girls will learn the basics and practice their technique in the rope tow area. Girls and registered adults will learn how to get in and out of their snowboard, how to get off the ground and walk while strapped to their boards, and they will learn and practice heel-side slides and ‘falling leaf’ maneuvers.  Younger girls are encouraged to take the later lesson (‘Winter Olympics Snowboarding 2′) because they may get tired quicker.  Girls who practice in the AM may choose to stay on the rope tow until 4pm but their lesson will end at noon. If girls want more of a challenge, they can purchase a half-day T-Bar ticket or a half-day lift ticket after 1PM on their own. Girl Scouts, however, will only be supervising and instructing girls on the rope tow. There is no charge for supervising adults who want to attend to just watch the girls participate.
Participating girls will also have a chance to receive a brand new snowboard package! The selection will be made based on the girls’ attitude and aptitude for picking up the sport during their lesson, as well as their compatibility with the available snowboard sizes. A limited number of board packages are available for some very lucky girls!
The $6 program fee covers instruction, helmet use, and the rope tow fee. A snack bar with a grill and beverages is also available. Girls may choose to pack a lunch or bring about $10 for warm food and warm drinks. Girls will need to bring their own snowboard equipment including a snowboard and snowboard boots. Discounted rentals will be available from Sports Authority on Reserve Street.
This event is open to girls in grades 4-12 and supervising adults and is a very popular event. Register early as it fills fast! Not a Girl Scout yet? Not a problem! Register today and sign up for this winter fun.
Registration deadline: January 2
Register for this program online
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Girl Scout Winter Fun Day at Marshall Mountain

This is a SERVICE UNIT EVENT – This will not be posted on http://www.gsmw.org and registration is not open through ebiz.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Enjoy an educational and fun day including the following workshops:
WINTER CAMPINGWinter-fun
SNOWSHOE TREASURE HUNT
AVALANCHE SURVIVAL
SNOWFLAKE SCIENCE
WINTER BIRD FEEDERS
Check-in from 8:30-9:00 am; Lunch break from 11:30 am-12:15 pm; Pick up girls at 2:00 pm
Cost is $10 per girl and includes a badge and a bottomless cup of hot cocoa!
Please make sure you are dressed for winter weather and bring a healthy sack lunch.   We will be outside no matter what the weather brings us! This event is limited to 50 Girl Scouts and open to Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The registration deadline is January 10.  Every effort will be made to keep troops together.  Individual registrations are also welcome.
For registration forms, please contact:  michelle@nw-tower.com  or  sarahm@gsmw.org
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We Will Be Dogsledding Again!dog sled 2 4.6.13

Tentative plans are mid-morning on Saturday, February 8th on East Fork Rd.  We will meet at Lolo Hot Springs and carpool to the parking lot that is less than a mile from the hot springs.  We are finalizing details and the event will be posted on http://www.gsmw.org after Thanksgiving break.  Space will be very limited, but the fun will be unlimited!  This program will also be part of the Girl Scouts “Winter Olympics” program – attend two “Winter Olympics” programs and earn a GS gold medal!  Call Sarah for details:  1.800.736.5243 x2306

And the Harlem Globetrotters are Returning!Globe-Trotter-Ball

On February 28th, the most entertaining basketball players in the world will return to Missoula and offer their Girl Scouts friends & family discount!  Please mark your calendars and stay tuned to http://www.gsmw.org, gsmissoula.org, and our Facebook Pages (Missoula Girl Scouts  & GSMW SWM Region FB pages!  Like them!)  for additional information on discounts and prizes for participating troops.

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Service Opportunity!  Help Build an “All-Abilities Park”

The Friends of Missoula Parks has raised over $380,000 toward building Montana’s first, large-scale, universally accessible playground!  They are in their final stretch of fundraising, and they are calling upon Girl Scouts to help with the planning and building.  Check out their message below:

The All-Abilities Playground is nearing construction in spring 2014 and must cut our ribbon by the end of June, in McCormick Park in downtown Missoula.  I would love to connect with local GS leaders to learn about involving the girls in our community playground build, sensory garden, and fun ability awareness activities.  It might be a great opportunity for them to engage in some service and also gain skills and confidence interacting with persons with disabilities of all kinds.

We are also seeking to close a fundraising gap, and would love to permanently recognize the Girl Scouts at the playground site, if there were cookie funds available to be donated to the cause.  We have found that children love being part of a cause they can directly relate to (play!), and that their natural instincts toward fairness and inclusion really shine as they grow passionate about the project.

To volunteer or to get more information about helping, contact Jenny from The All-Abilities Playground Project Committee, Friends of Missoula Parks.  Her cell #: (406) 838-6752