Medford Girl Scouts on Parade

Medford Girl Scouts turned out in force today to march in the parade to celebrate Medford’s 385th  birthday!  Many parade watchers wondered where the cookies were, which bodes well for a strong cookie sale this winter.  Thanks to all the girl, parents, and troop leaders to participated!

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Everyone Loves a Parade – All Girl Scouts are Invited to March in the Parade for Medford’s 385th Birthday

entering-medford-resized-600The City of Medford will be holding a parade to celebrate the city’s 385th birthday!

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Troop Registration Deadline: Sept. 19, 2015

Participants: Registered Girls Scouts and adult chaperones. Adults do not need to be registered members of Girl Scouts. Non-Girl Scout siblings may not march in the parade.

Route: Parade starts at Medford High School (MHS,) proceeds down Winthrop Street onto High Street, onto Riverside Avenue, disbanding at Medford City Hall.

Registration: Medford Girl Scouts are registered for the parade and all Troops will march together. Troop Leaders must register their Troop’s participation with the Medford Service Unit parade co-coordinator, Carolyn Heald, by September 19th.

Cost: $2.00 per girl for a parade fun patch. There is no cost for adults.  Checks should be made payable to Medford Service Unit 406.

Guidelines and Safety: Please review the following safety guidelines:

  • Uniforms – Girls should wear their uniform: khaki bottoms (shorts, skort, skirt or pants), plain white top, and their vest or sash. Adults should wear khaki bottoms, a white shirt or official Girl Scout shirt, and if registered should wear their insignia tab and pins.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and bring water
  • Each Troop is responsible for transportation to the meeting point at Medford City Hall (to be shuttled to the start of the parade) and for ensuring that all of their members are reunited with their parent/guardian at the end of the parade
  • Each Troop is responsible for having the correct safety ratio for the event. The adult-to-girl ratios are two non-related adults (at least one of whom is female) to every:
    • 6 Girl Scout Daisies, 12 Girl Scout Brownies, 16 Girl Scout Juniors, 20 Girl Scout Cadettes, 24 Girl Scout Seniors, 24 Girl Scout Ambassadors
    • Plus one adult to each additional:  4 Girl Scout Daisies, 6 Girl Scout Brownies, 8 Girl Scout Juniors, 10 Girl Scout Cadettes, 12 Girl Scout Seniors, 12 Girl Scout Ambassadors
  • Each girl needs to have a designated buddy for the parade
  • Parade decorations – We will not have a float (extra insurance required). Troops may make signs to carry.  The Parade organizers do not want anything thrown into the crowds.
  • Completed Activity Permission Form for each girl.  Troop leaders to keep with them.

 

 

Medford Girl Scouts at the Patriot’s Day Ceremony

Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors participated in Medford’s Patriot’s Day Ceremony.  The older girls paired up with the younger ones to march from City Hall to the Salem Street Burial Grounds in Medford Square.  Once there, the girls recited the Pledge of Allegiance in unison.  Thanks to all the girls, leaders, and their families for participating!

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Thank You to Medford’s Dedicated Volunteers!

11149233_847595375329464_3262333328538346064_nGirl Scout Leader’s Day is April 22 and, to celebrate, a number of Medford’s dedicated volunteers were selected to be honored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts or by our Medford Service Unit.  On behalf of all Medford Girl Scouts and their families, congratulations to the following volunteers!  You give Medford Girl Scouts your best and your hard work and dedication are deeply appreciated.

The following Medford honorees will be recognized at the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Marlborough Holiday Inn. Please join us at the dinner to celebrate the dedication and commitment these volunteers demonstrate. Pre-registration is required, $25.00/PP. Preceding the dinner at 6:00 is the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Annual Meeting. Pre-registration is required to attend the Annual Meeting.

The Honor Pin  – Evalyn O’Rourke
The Girl Scouts of the USA Honor Pin recognizes volunteers actively giving outstanding service in support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in two or more geographic areas. The Honor Pin requires one nomination, one endorsement, and the approval of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Board of Directors. The recognition criterion includes:
  • Registered Girl Scout adult.
  • Significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development or increased community visibility in two or more geographic areas.
  • Actively recognizes, understands and practices the values of inclusive behavior.
15 Year Sustained Service Award – Brenda Briggs
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty, Twenty-five and Thirty Year Sustained Service Awards recognizes volunteers actively giving service to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for five to thirty consecutive years since receiving their last formal Girl Scouts of the USA volunteer recognition. The Sustained Service Award requires one nomination, one endorsement, and the approval of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Board of Directors. The recognition criteria includes:
  • Registered Girl Scout adult
  • Previous Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, or Thanks II recipient
  • Completed appropriate training for the position
  • Continued performance at a level that exceeds expectations of his/her position description for one of the following areas since receiving a volunteer award: Membership, Fund Development, Product Sales, Program, Adult Development, and Community Collaborations.
Appreciation Pin:  Jennifer Briggs, Andralyn Farro, Carolyn Heald, Amy Jayne McCabe, Monique O’Connell, and Leigh Kinsella

The Girl Scouts of the USA Appreciation Pin recognizes volunteers actively giving outstanding service in support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in at least one geographic area or program delivery audience. The Appreciation Pin requires one nomination, one endorsement, and the approval of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Board of Directors. The recognition criteria includes:

  • Registered Girl Scout adult
  • Significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development or increased community visibility in one geographic area
  • Actively recognizes, understands and practices the values of inclusive behavior

The following volunteers will be recognized at the next Medford Girl Scouts Service Unit volunteer meeting on Monday, May 11th, at Bertucci’s in Medford, 6:45 pm. The Medford Girl Scout Service Unit will provide appetizers, soft drinks and good cheer. This will be our May Leader meeting, where we will review some “business”, but the focus will be on celebrating our volunteers. Please RSVP to Evalyn O’Rourke by May 1st ekgorourke@yahoo.com.

The Volunteer of Excellence Pin:  Gretchen Gingo, Samantha Parris, Caren Sarno, Rebecca Scott, and Elizabeth White
  • The Volunteer of Excellence Pin recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway (troop, camp, event, etc.) to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio (Journeys and /or The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting); or who contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.


The Green and Growing Pin:  Jenna Labissoniere and Cheryl Rodriguez

  • The Green & Growing Award is a Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Pin awarded to volunteers who have volunteered for less than 2 years with a troop or series, completed the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Learning Plan (Girl Scouting 101, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Orientation, “Essentials” for appropriate level) , participated in at least one service unit or council event or program , kept troop open to new members, shows commitment to the troop through early registration for following year and implements Girl Scout Leadership Experience within troop programming.