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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
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
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 email@example.com or at 1.800.736.5243 x2306.
This event is open to girls in grades 6-12 and supervising adults.
Registration deadline: July 21
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: 406-721-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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Winter Olympics Dogsledding
East Fork Road near Lolo Hot Springs on Saturday, February 8th from 10AM to 12:30PM. 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 Scout Gold Medal’. Check http://www.gsmw.org for more Winter Olympics programs.
The women dogsled mushers of the Bitterroot Mushers are returning to the Lolo area for an afternoon of dogsledding. Their appearance at Winter Fun Day last year was such a huge hit, we’ve arranged for a program just about dogsledding! Meet the excitable and athletic sled dogs, learn about the awesome adventure sport, and then take a dog sled ride with an experienced musher. Girls and adults alike will enjoy mingling with the dogs and mushers and enjoy some hot cocoa while taking in the cool winter mountain air. Sign up early – there is limited space!
Girls and adults should come prepared in full winter apparel including water resistant jackets, pants, gloves, hats, and sturdy, insulated and water-resistant snow boots. GSMW will provide hot cocoa, helmets, and a light snack.
Due to limited parking space at the dogsledding site, we will meet in the parking lot directly in front of Lolo Hot Springs where we will car pool up to East Fork road (less than two miles up the pass from the hot springs). At the end of the event, we will carpool back to the Hot Springs. Hot springing after the program is not required, but it is highly recommended to beat the chill. Parents, troop leaders, and girls must arrange hot springing on their own.
This event is open to girls in grades K-12 and registered supervising adults. Parents can attend if they are Girl Scout members – memberships only cost $15 for the entire year! This event is open to girls in grades K-12 and supervising adults.
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.
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 email@example.com. Full details here: http://gsmw.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1341
Winter Olympics Skiing
Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing
Saturday, March 8th from 10AM to 12:30PM at Lolo Pass Visitor’s Center (for grades 2-12)
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. 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
Winter Olympics Curling
Saturday, March 22nd from 12PM to 1:30PM at Glacier Ice Rink on the Missoula Fairgrounds. 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
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’s 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.
The Good Food Store’s professional cooking instructor, Emily, taught Brownies & Juniors how to make their own healthy snacks and simple meals. Girls were inspired by new flavors, French cuisine, and European flare on their way to earning either their Brownies ‘Snacks’ or Juniors ‘Simple Meals’ legacy badges. The cost of this program includes the instruction, food, supplies, and badges. Girls should come prepared to get a little messy and to work with utensils, knives, and hot stoves. If adults are interested in cooking classes, perhaps with a troop, please contact the GFS instructor, Emily, at 406.541.3663 x214. This event is open to girls in grades 2-5.
Date of Event: Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
The Good Food Store hosted Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to teach them how to create worldly dishes from local, organic, and innovative ingredients. Girls were inspired by new flavors and Mediterranean cuisine on their way to earning their ‘Locavore’, ‘Eating for Beauty’, or ‘World Cuisine’ legacy badges.
The Good Food Store’s professional and experienced instructor taught girls some of the basics of cooking, and they supplied the freshest and tastiest local, organic ingredients to add to their culinary creations. By the end of the program, girls created a mid-day meal to enjoy with their friends! If adults are interested in cooking classes, perhaps with a troop, please contact the instructor, Emily, at 406.541.3663 x214. This event is open to girls in grades 6-12.
Date of Event: Saturday, Sep 28, 2013
Missoula Family Leave no Trace Expo Date: Aug 25th Time: 4-8 PM ( set up 2-4 PM )
Location:near Historical Fort Missoula Museum, turn off South Ave. by Big Sky High School. Follow the signs.
This Leave No Trace event for kids/adults is open to anyone! And it is FREE! Non perishable animal items would be appreciated as part of a Girls Scout silver project to be completed after the EXPO. Shane Clouse our own local talented musician will open the event with signing the National Anthem.
Some of the local guests were: Wind River bear dogs will help us learn with a demo, a bear spray demo is planned by CWI along with the Be Bear Aware trailer, hopefully track pouring, even going back in time to some dinosaur education. Numerous other leave no trace activities with various groups sharing knowledge. Come check it out with the PROS as it out as a GREAT educational event. We are expecting more booths to sign-up for presentations.
Aug 26th is “Train the Trainer Day”. The Leave No Trace Team from Boulder ,CO will offer two courses on Monday, the 26th: 3-5 PM youth 10 and older/ adults; 5:30- 7:30 PM adults/ Youth Location: Historical Fort Missoula. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org , Missoula LNT event coordinator
Girl Scouts from Butte, Missoula, and Frenchtown enjoyed an incredible day at the PEAS Farm in Missoula’s Rattlesnake valley. From wrangling the chickens to feeding the pigs, girls saw how an organic farm operates. They also learned about good food as they chomped on leafy greens and carrots straight from the earth. In the end, the girls enjoyed contributing to the farm by helping them plant Romanesco (really fancy broccoli) and Tomatillos (like a tomato but with a husk). Thank you, Girl Scouts, and thank you PEAS Farm for an unforgettable day! ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Cadettes earned the skills and knowledge necessary to become a Program Aide and work with younger Girl Scouts. They learned to use their leadership skills and share their interests and experiences with younger girls in a troop, group or camp setting.
The Program Aide (PA) award is for Cadette girls in grades 6-8. To earn the Cadette Program Aide award girls must follow these steps: 1. Earn one LiA award. This is a prerequisite before a girl can register for a PA training.
- 2. Complete a council sponsored Program Aide leadership training course.
- 3. Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions.
- 4. Turn in a time log signed by an adult volunteer mentor, then purchase the PA pin from a GSMW council store. (Girls must complete the requirements in order to receive their pins.)
Girls had a great time snowboarding at Snowbowl. Our dear instructors donated a handful of awesome snowboard packages which they gave away to a few lucky Girl Scouts who showed courage, confidence, and character on the slopes.
Daisies, Brownies and Juniors enjoyed exciting and creative activities from our leadership Journey series. Girls made super-girl hero bracelets, birds nests, inspiring marionettes, and fascinating water colors. We also played games and enjoyed some good food with our friends. We hope to see more girls at upcoming events and remember to bring a friend!
Our older girls participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Remembrance on Monday, January 21st. They met at the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center and learned about Dr. King and the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center while conducting a survey and creating an art piece all hosted by the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center. Girls began work on a project that will earn them the “Girl Scouts Global Action Award.”
Girl Scouts Decorate the Missoula Courthouse Christmas Tree and Visit Santa.
On December 8th, Girl Scouts of all ages decorated the courthouse Christmas tree. Go check it out – it’s in the atrium of the downtown county courthouse. Girls put their names and troop numbers on their ornaments to they can come back year after year to reminisce about holidays past.
Local Cadettes and Juniors Help Ronald McDonald House Ready for Christmas
Cadettes and Juniors decorating a RMCD House tree with homemade ornaments this year.
Please notice that RMCD House has a family with twin boys in the NICU. They will be staying at the House through Christmas. The boys are 2 lbs. each. Other families have been adopted by organizations for this Christmas… Lynn Baker (541-7646), Volunteer Coordinator, asked us if our Girl Scouts might be willing to help with the twin boys. Any small gift is appreciated, even baby wipes or a bottle cleaner helps.
If your daughter or your entire troop would like to help, please take items unwrapped to RMCD House. Be sure to put the boys’ names on it (Silas and Tristan) so the family recieves your gift. Even a 97 cent pack of baby wipes will help! I am sure anything is greatly appreciated. The people there are truly in need of the assistance and very grateful for our community’s love and support.