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!
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.
The Girl Scout membership year officially runs from October 1 to September 30 but Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is offering special incentives for girls, troops and for Medford when girls and adult volunteers re-register early.
To re-register, go to http://www.gsema.org/en/about-girl-scouts/renew.html or call customer care at 844-306-GSEM (4736).
Please note, the membership fees for next year will go up to $40 for girls ($25 for Girl Scouts USA and $15 for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts) and $25 for adults (for Girl Scouts USA). Girl Scouts is committed to making sure that ability to pay will never be a barrier to being a member and financial aid is available upon request. Look for the check-box to request financial aid in the renewal process.
Girls who renew before April 25 will receive:
Spring Renewal patch
- $5 girl program credit for GSEMA programs
- a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more at a GSEMA shop
If a girl renews between April 26 and June 13, 2017, she will receive the Spring Renewal patch.
Renew 75% of your girls in your troop (and two adult volunteers) by June 13 and receive:
- a coupon for the NEW 2017 Girls’ Choice Troop Camping badges for Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scouts, redeemable at any Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts council shop. This badge is the first-ever for Daisy Girl Scouts. (Coupon will be valid for number of badges equal to number of girls renewed.)
- a link to the Troop Camping badge requirements. Badge requirements will be ready for download this summer and in council stores by August.
Note: To qualify for troop incentive, troop must renew a minimum of four girls and two adult volunteers, have no Product Sales debt, and submit a troop financial report by June 30, 2017.
MEDFORD SERVICE UNIT INCENTIVES
If we renew the following percentages of girls by June 13, we will receive a cash bonus that we can use to benefit Medford Girl Scouts:
- 75% of girls (which is 237 out of 316 girls): $500
- 65% of girls (which is 205 out of 316 girls): $400
- 50% of girls (which is 158 out of 316 girls): $300
Last year, we re-registered more than 50% of our girls and we received $300 that we used to buy a set of Girl Scout flags which we can use for city-wide events and which troops can use for their own flag ceremonies. Click here for more information about our new set of flags.
- The three service units/areas with the highest percentage of renewed girls will receive lunch with GSEMA’s CEO, Pat Parcellin, and Chief Membership Services Officer, Carrie Weatherbee.
- The service unit/area with the highest percentage of renewed girls will also be awarded a complimentary table for eight at GSEMA’s signature breakfast event, the 2018 Leading Women Awards.
The Cookie Cupboards are closed, the Recognition Orders have been placed, and the Cookies-for-a-Cause have been delivered, all of which adds up to the end of another successful Girl Scout cookie season. We are proud to report that this year’s cookie sale far surpassed last year’s totals. This year, 23 Medford troops sold 33,852 packages of cookies, a 27% increase over last year’s total of 26,515 packages. Way to go girls, volunteers, and our supportive Girl Scout families! We look forward to seeing how the troops decide to spend their earnings to pay for dynamic troop activities and to help make the world a better place.
Medford’s Top 5 Selling Troops were:
- Senior Troop 65007 – 4146 packages
- Brownie Troop 69039 – 3354 packages
- Junior Troop 68137 – 2705 packages
- Cadette Troop 71198 – 2200 packages
- Junior Troop 65456 – 2096 packages
This year, Medford has 7 girls in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts 500 Club for selling over 500 packages, they are:
- Marianne O’Connell (Troop 65007) – 2,050 packages
- Allie DeNisco (Troop 65007) – 1,041 packages
- Jennifer O’Connell (Troop 71198)- 1,000 packages
- Abby Lynch (Troop 71198) – 755 packages
- Bridget Heald (Troop 68140) – 515 packages
- Allesandra Bouley (Troop 72096) – 501 packages
- Ellie Lynch (Troop 65007) – 500 packages
Each member of the 500 Club will receive a ticket for themselves (and one for a chaperone) to Canobie Lake Park, to attend the park and participate in the 500 Club ceremony event.
2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and from the first cookie (Shortbread) to the most recent addition to the lineup (S’mores), Girl Scout cookies have been teaching girls how to run their own business, learn financial literacy skills, and work together as a troop to set goals.
Special thanks to our Medford Cookie Mentor, Monique O’Connell, and the Medford Booth Coordinator, Sammy Parris, and congratulations again to all Medford Girl Scouts for great work they do selling cookies, and all year ’round.
Medford Girl Scouts is proud to announce that we have recently purchased our own set of Girl Scout flags, which are available for troop and city-wide events. The money to purchase the flags came from the $300 bonus Medford Girl Scouts received from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts when more than 50% of our girls re-registered before June 30 last year during the early bird Spring Renewal membership drive. Thanks to all the troop leaders and volunteers for helping their members re-register early.
We have three flags: a Medford Girl Scout flag, a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts flag, and a flag of the United States of America. In addition, we also have flag stands and flag holders that the girls can wear while walking with the flags.
The Girl Scout website explains that a “flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it represents. If your group includes girls from other countries, invite them to honor their flags too, and together conduct an international flag ceremony. Flag ceremonies may be used for:
- Opening or closing meetings
- Opening or closing special events
- Beginning or closing a day
- Honoring a special occasion or special person
- Retiring a worn flag
Flag ceremonies may take place in meeting rooms, outdoor settings, large auditoriums, onstage, or even on horseback. The American flag is carried by a color guard for protection during a flag ceremony. All flag ceremonies share one thing—respect for the flag.”
If your troop would like to learn how to do a flag ceremony, please check out the links below:
- Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has a useful handout which explains all the steps, roles and procedures for indoor and outdoor flag ceremonies: http://www.gsofsi.org/forms/leaders/ceremony/flag.pdf
- Girl Scout Cadettes, Pria and Lauren from Tustin, CA, teach girls and volunteers how to perform a Girl Scout Flag Ceremony in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQepPlMrZmg
To borrow Medford Girl Scout flags, contact the Medford Girl Scout Coordinator Andie Farro at email@example.com
Medford Girl Scouts has a bumper crop of new Daisy troops for kindergarten girls and its not too late to join. Most troops are still in the early stages of getting started and they all have room for more members.
All registration for Girl Scouts is now done online. To join, go to gsema.org/join and, when you register, search for the troop number for the troop that works best with your family’s schedule. Troop numbers, meeting times, and locations are listed below.
- Schools: All
- Leaders: Rachael and Courtney
- Meetings: Every two weeks on Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Columbus School Cafeteria
- Schools: Roberts, McGlynn and St. Clement Elementary
- Leaders: Melissa and Shalena
- Meetings: Every two weeks on Tuesdays, 6:15 – 7:15 pm at the First Community United Methodist Church, 55 Otis St. (day and place to be confirmed)
- Schools: Brooks and Columbus Elementary
- Leaders: Kerri and Meghan
- Meetings: Every two weeks on Wednesdays, 6-7 pm at Andrew Realty, 12 High St.
- Schools: St. Raphael’s Parish School
- Leaders: Eve and Lynde
- Meetings: First and third Monday of each month, 2:15 – 3:30 pm at St. Raphael’s Parish School
- School: Brooks Elementary
- Leaders: Jessica and Lisa
- Meetings: Every two weeks on Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the Brooks Elementary Parents’ Room
- School: St. Joseph Parish School
- Leaders: Rosaleen and Nicole
- Meetings: Monthly on Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm at St. Joseph Parish School (day and time to be confirmed)
A few things to note…
- Adults are encouraged to register if the want to help with the troop. Adults who register will receive an email from Verified Volunteers to begin the two-step criminal background check process.
- Fees are non-refundable or transferable to another person.
- Financial aid is available upon request.
Questions along the way?
Call the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts customer care line at 844-306-4736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tufts University has a new club this year called Tufts Girls of Code and the group would love to connect with Medford Girl Scout troops. Tufts Girls of Code is organized by Dr. Laney Strange and she works with a dynamic group Tufts Computer Science undergrad women, to teach coding, confidence, and creativity to girls from around the Boston area.
Tufts Girls of Code would look forward to organizing a workshop for interested Girl Scout Troops in Medford. Dr. Strange took at look at the Girl Scout badge requirements and she identified the following badges as ones that the Tufts Girls of Code could help troops earn:
- Brownies – Grades 2 and 3: Computer Expert badge (Click here for the requirements.)
- Juniors – Grades 4 and 5: Entertainment Technology badge, specifically Step 2 “Dig into Video Game Development.” This step has the option of creating an interactive story or game using a downloadable coding program, such as MIT’s Scratch or Carnegie Mellon’s Alice. (Click here for the requirements.)
- Seniors – Grades 9 and 10: Website designer badge.