Tufts Girls of Code win the Outstanding Service Unit Partner award for their contributions to Medford Girl Scouts

IMG_6765-editMedford Girl Scouts deeply appreciates the special partnership it has with the Tufts Girls of Code. Founded in 2016 by Dr. Laney Strange, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University, the group brings together female computer science students to hold hands-on coding workshops for girls.  Their goal is to “create a welcoming environment for girls and other individuals who are frequently underrepresented in computer science.”  The Tufts students are fantastic mentors who show Medford Girl Scouts that coding is fun and something everyone can do.

Held in the computer science labs at Tufts, the workshops are free and open to all girls ages 10 and older and, each year, the Tufts Girls of Code give priority registration to Medford Girl Scouts. Recent workshop topics have included:

  • Animating in JavaScript
  • Programming games in the Python computer language
  • Using the language Alice to create 3D animations
  • Creating websites from scratch by coding in HTML and CSS

“It’s a really fun program to take because I’m learning a lot of new things that I can use later in life. Everyone that is teaching is patient and helps out when you need help with something.” – Cadence McPherson, Junior Girl Scout

““I really enjoyed it. They provided a positive environment and taught me things about coding that I hadn’t learned anywhere else. They made coding fun!” – Claire Gingo, Junior Girl Scout


Girls from the at least seven different Medford troops have jumped on the opportunity to attend the workshops. In addition to their general coding workshops, at the request of Medford Girl Scouts, the Tufts Girls of Code developed a special workshop just for Brownies who want to earn the Computer Expert badge.  They held three Computer Expert workshops and each was filled to capacity.  This was the first time the Tufts Girls of Code had led workshop for girls who were younger than 10 years old. The girls loved being in the lab, working on the computers, and seeing their work come alive on the screen.


“About half my troop participated in the Brownie Computer Expert workshop, and they all proudly showed their work at pickup time! It was such a gift to have this event. The young women leading it were great role models, and I think it is so important for our girls to see a wide range of leaders in addition to their own troop leader.” – Jane Hamel, Leader, Brownie Troop 72096


Tufts Girls of Code has a special mission to “spark engagement and interest in computer science.”  They strive, and succeed, in creating a warm and welcoming environment in which all girls get to code their own creations, and then play the games, or watch the animations, that they bring to life through their code.

Thank you to Dr. Laney Strange and the Tufts Girls of Code for expanding Medford Girl Scouts interest in STEM and coding!

About the Award:

The Outstanding Service Unit Partner recognizes a partnership that is instrumental in expanding program at the Girl Scout Service Unit level. In Girl Scouts, a Service Unit is a team of volunteers who organize and support Girl Scout programming in a particular community or region (such as the City of Medford.)  A program partner supporting a Service Unit has a direct impact on the local community which gives girls the tools they need to be successful leaders in today’s world, shows girls future career possibilities and supports one or more of the pillars of Girl Scouting (Entrepreneurship, STEM, Outdoors and Life Skills).

The award was presented to Dr. Laney Strange by Lu-Ann Souza (Manager, Program Partnerships & Member Benefits) and Jennifer Duczkowski (Director, Girl Program and Partnerships) at Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’s first Program Partner Brunch on June 16, 2018 at Camp Cedar Hill.

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What a Year for Medford Girl Scouts!

IMG_7978As Girl Scout troop activities wind down for the summer, it’s a good opportunity to look back and celebrate. Medford Girl Scouts had a great year building girls of courage, confidence and character and here are some stats that back up that claim.

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Moving on Up

The following troops bridged to the next level

Daisies to Brownies

  • Troop 62732 – Leaders: Rachael, Courtney, and Ellen
  • Troop 62969 – Leaders: Melissa and Shalena
  • Troop 62970 – Leaders: Meghan and Kerri
  • Troop 62971 – Leaders: Eve and Lynde
  • Troop 62974 – Leaders: Lisa and Jacque

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Brownies to Juniors

  • Troop 72096 – Leaders: Jane and Lisa
  • Troop 69024 – Leaders: Amy and Jeannette
  • Troop 69039 (3rd grade girls) – Leaders: Jenna, Lynda & Tara

Juniors to Cadettes

  • Troop 69166 – Leaders: Selena and other Tufts students
  • Troop 68137 – Leaders: Rebecca, Gretchen and Moira
  • Troop 68140 – Leaders: Carolyn and Julie

Cadettes to Seniors

  • Troop 75198 – Leaders: Gretchen, Kim, and Lindsay

Seniors to Ambassadors

  • Troop 65007 – Leader: Monique

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Celebrating our Volunteers

The following new leaders received the Green and Growing Award. This award is for leaders and assistant troop leaders who have lead a troop for less than two years, who have completed their required trainings, participated in at least one Medford Girl Scout or GSEMA event or program, participated in the cookie sale, welcomed new members to the troop.

  • Jacque Aureli
  • Ashley Bennett
  • Michele Candeias
  • Dena Dalelio
  • Rose Polenzani Drozek
  • Christin Keegan
  • Leah Leach
  • Jessica Rivieccio
  • Yamaris Vazquez

In addition, the following Medford leaders were awarded the Volunteer of Excellence pin for going above and beyond their troop roles to help organize city-wide events or support Medford Girl Scouts and GSEMA in other ways.

  • Jane Hamel – for organizing caroling in the retirement community
  • Jenn Iacopucci – for organizing the Brownie Computer Expert badge workshops with the Tufts Girls of Code
  • Tracy Keene – for being a GSEMA Regional Delegate
  • Sharon McCarthy- for organizing participation in the Medford/Malden Lantern Parade)
  • Lynda Panico – for organizing the city-wide bridging with Jenna LaBissioniere
  • Paul Ruseau – for supporting other men who want to be leaders in GSEMA

 

Medford’s Marianne O’Connell is Eastern Mass’s top cookie seller for 2018!

MarianneThis year, the girl who sold the most cookies in all of Eastern Massachusetts is from Medford! Marianne O’Connell sold 4,408 packages, which is more than most troops sell in total.  Marianne and her Senior Troop 65007 are saving up for a Girl Scout trip to Europe and selling cookies is the cornerstone of their fundraising strategy.  They were Medford’s top selling troop with a total of 6,608 packages. Congratulations to Marianne and the rest of the girls in Troop 65007!

cookiechartIn total there were 244 Medford girls selling cookies this year for a grand total of 35,490 packages sold, which is more than Medford sold in the past three years.

 

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The Top Selling Troops

  1. Senior Troop 65007 – 6,608 Packages
  2. Cadette Troop 65456 – 3,279 Packages
  3. Junior Troop 68137 – 3,003 Packages
  4. Brownie/Junior Troop 69039 – 2,899 Packages
  5. Brownie Troop 62974 – 1,656 Packages
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The Top Selling Girls and 500 Club Members

  • 4408 – Marianne O’Connell (65007)
  • 1000 – Allie DeNisco (65007)
  • 750 – Victoria Remick (65456)
  • 750 – Lorelai Davis (65456)
  • 531 – Alessandra Bouley (72096)
  •  500 – Katherine Burke (65007)
  •  500 – Ellie Lynch (65007)
  •  500 – Dylan Ominsky (65456)
  •  500 – Aubrey DiRusso (65456)
Troop65456All girls in Eastern Massachusetts who sell at least 500 packages are in the 500 Club.  This year, girls in the 500 Club will receive a free ticket to Canobie Lake Park for a special 500 Club event on May 20, 2018.
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Special thanks to Monique O’Connell, our Medford Cookie Coordinator, and Sammy Parris,  our Cookie Booth Coordinator.  In addition, we are deeply appreciative to the local  businesses that host our cookie booths.  A big shout out to:
  • Rite Aid in West Medford
  • Stop &  Shop in Wellington Circle
  • Modell’s in Wellington Circle
  • Medford Public Library
  • Post Office in Medford Square
  • Tufts University
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Celebrating our Fantastic Leaders!

Medford Girl Scouts was pleased to celebrate its fantastic volunteer troop leaders at our last monthly leader meeting of the year. Without all our troop leaders, assistant troop leaders, and other volunteers, there wouldn’t be troop meetings, field trips, camping trips, or cookie sales.  Quite simply, Medford’s Girl Scout volunteers are helping the leaders of tomorrow to grow, learn new skills, try new things, have fun, and make friends to last a lifetime.

This year, Medford Girl Scouts honored some of its newest troop leaders and assistant troop leaders with the Green and Growing Award.  This award is for volunteers who have lead a troop for less than two years, who have completed their required trainings, participated in at least one Medford Girl Scout or GSEMA event or program, participated in the cookie sale, welcomed new members to the troop this year and next.

GreenGrowingAwardCongratulations to the following 2017 Green and Growing Awardees

  • Jeanette Albee
  • Kerri Babish
  • Shalena Bonnett
  • Amy Clark
  • Lisa Cohen
  • Lynde Doherty
  • Eve Driscoll
  • Meghan Dwyer
  • Jane Hamel
  • Rachael Mattull
  • Melissa Maywalt
  • Stacy Pattureli
  • Moira Pulitzer-Kennedy
  • Courtney Russo
  • Seana Smith
  • Selena Steinberg
  • Jessica Turner-Waugh

manenoughtobeaGSNot all men are Man Enough to be a Girl Scout and Medford Girl Scouts gave a special shout out to the men who volunteer as troop leaders.

  • Tracy Keene
  • John Pappas
  • Paul Ruseau
  • James Kossuth

 

 

superheroMedford Girl Scout Leaders also took the opportunity to nominate their fellow volunteers and, through that process, the following leaders were honored with a Treasured Volunteer Award.

  • Lynda Panico – Cookie Queen
  • Tracy Keene – Best Leader Ever
  • Ann Frenning-Kossuth – Community Relations, Community Connector, and Advocate
  • Jenna LaBissoniere – Events Coordinator and Troop Pathway Orientation Trainer
  • Monique O’Connell – Medford Treasurer and Cookie Guru
  • Lindsay Nordstrom – Troop Pathway Orientation Trainer
  • Rebecca Scott – Communications and Recruitment

 

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There’s a Patch for Every Season from the New Hampshire/Vermont Council

Many Girl Scout councils across the United States have special patches that all Girl Scout can earn and the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont are no exception.  Click here for a complete list of their council’s own patches and see below for a highlighted patch for every season.

Summer – Sunsational Summer Patch

Open to all levels of Girl Scouts, this patch has tons of different options for activities including going on a theme walk for Daisies, going on a hike or putting on a skit for the neighborhood for Brownies, plan an all-day or overnight outing for Juniors and Cadettes, making a windmill or solar water heater for Seniors and Ambassadors.

Fall – Apple Quest Patch

12683195544664_main-01This patch will bring girls and troops out to an orchard to go apple picking.  In addition, girls can also pick activities like baking with apples, learning about the importance of bees to orchards, bring apples to a food pantry, and/or learn about different varieties of apples and where they come from.

 

 

Winter – Operation Snowflake Patch

Don’t let the cold weather keep you trapped indoors. Girl Scouts of all levels can earn this patch by learning about winter sports,  reading books about the snow, and learning about first aid for frostbite, for example.

Spring – Maple Sugaring Patch

NHVT Maple Sugar patch The sap runs when the nights are still cold but the daytime temperatures get above freezing and maple syrup seasons is usually a sign that winter is coming to an end.  Girl Scouts of all ages can earn this patch by learning about how maple syrup is made (including the two types of maple trees that produce maple syrup sap), the difference between artificial and real maple syrup,  and the important role maple syrup plays in the economies of New Hampshire and Vermont.

All Year ‘Round – A Year in the Life of Juliet Patch

a_year_in_the_life-juliette_patchThis patches program gives girls and troops a chance to learn more about the life of the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliet Gordon Low.  Girls start with the center patch and then build out around the circle with a new activity and piece of the patch each month.  Activities may change over time but currently include learning how to be inclusive of girls with disabilities in September, learning about World Thinking Day in February, and learning about how to be a friend to  animals in March.

 

The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains Store

Click here to order the patches from the online store or call (888) 474-9686 (and ask for the store) to order over the phone.

If you are going to be in the area, you can stop by and visit their Girl Scout store in person at:

  • Bedford, NH Corporate Office
    One Commerce Drive, PO Box 10832, Bedford NH 03110-0832
    Hours of Operation
    Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    888-474-9686
    603-624-5989
    customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org
  • Williston, VT Service Center
    60 Knight Lane, Suite 30, Williston VT 05495
    Hours of Operation
    Monday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Tuesday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Wednesday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Closed for lunch daily from 1:00-1:30 pm
    888-474-9686
    802-872-5887

 

 

Medford Girl Scouts Take It To The Next Level

The Troop numbers will stay the same but over 130 Medford Girl Scouts are bridged up from one level to the next this year. Many of the girls participated in the City-Wide Bridging Ceremony that was held at St. Raphael’s Parish on June 15.  Thanks to Jenna LaBissoniere, Lynda Panico, and Jenn Iacopucci for organizing the event, and thanks to all the girls and their families for participating!

Bridging Troops
Daisies to Brownies
Troop 72091 (Leaders: Sharon and Melissa)
Troop 72095 (Leaders: Kathy and Keely)
Troop 72103 (Leaders: Debbie and Tracy)
Troop 72027 (Leaders: Jenn and Stacey)
Brownies to Juniors
Troop 72102 (Leaders: Paul and Kathryn)
Troop 72094 (Leaders: Flo, Andrea, and John)
Troop 72069 – 2 girls in the troop bridged (Leaders: Jane and Lisa)
Troop 69039 – Half the troop bridged (Leaders: Jenna, Lynda and Brooke)
Juniors to Cadettes
Troop 65264 (Leaders: Ann, James, Christine, and Liz)
Troop 65456 (Leaders: Andie and Leigh)
Cadette to Seniors
Troop 71205 (Leader: Caren)
Troop 65007 – 2 girls in the troop bridged (Leader: Monique)
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Girl Scouts in Medford’s 2017 Patriot’s Day Ceremony

Special thanks to all the girls and their families who came to the Salem Street Burying Grounds to participate in Medford’s Patriot’s Day Ceremony.  The girls collectively recited the Pledge of Allegiance, helped place flags on the graves on the Patriots, and then marched down to Medford Square to wait for Paul Revere to ride through town.  It was perfect weather and a great turn out with girls from Daisy to Cadette troops represented.