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.

Spring Renewal re-registration has incentives for girls, troops, and Medford!

1489495718491The 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.

GIRL INCENTIVES

Email_PatchGirls 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.

TROOP INCENTIVES

Girls_Choice_Results_960x960 (002) (1)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

20170106_145152Last 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.

Additionally:

  • 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.

Medford’s 2017 Cookie Sale was a Huge Success!

16708751_1040803459359154_4615841677668724837_nThe 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.

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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

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This year, Medford has 7 girls in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts 500 Club for selling over 500 packages, they are:

  • Marianne (Troop 65007) – 2,050 packages
  • Allie (Troop 65007)  – 1,041 packages
  • Jennifer (Troop 71198)- 1,000 packages
  • Abby L (Troop 71198)   – 755 packages
  • Bridget (Troop 68140)  – 515 packages
  • Allesandra (Troop 72096)   – 501 packages
  • Ellie (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.


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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.


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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.


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Medford Has Its Own Girl Scout Flags

20170106_145152Medford 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.

20170106_203102We 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.”

20170310_154315If your troop would like to learn how to do a flag ceremony, please check out the links below:

To borrow Medford Girl Scout flags, contact the Medford Girl Scout Coordinator Andie Farro at afarro81@gmail.com

 

 

Everything is Coming Up Daisies

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.

Troop 62732 

  • Schools: All
  • Leaders: Rachael and Courtney
  • Meetings: Every two weeks on Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Columbus School Cafeteria

Troop 62969

  • 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)

Troop 62970

  • Schools: Brooks and Columbus Elementary
  • Leaders: Kerri and Meghan
  • Meetings: Every two weeks on Wednesdays, 6-7 pm at Andrew Realty, 12 High St.

Troop 62971

  • 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

Troop 62974

  • School: Brooks Elementary
  • Leaders: Jessica and Lisa
  • Meetings:  Every two weeks on Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the Brooks Elementary Parents’ Room

Troop 62976

  • 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 customercare@gsema.org

Stay connected with Medford Girl Scouts

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Tufts Girls of Code are Ready to Partner with Medford Girl Scouts

tuftsgoc2Tufts 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.

tufts-goc1Troops don’t have to work on a badge to join forces with the Tufts Girls of Code. Middle-school and high-school aged troops are welcome to connect with Dr. Strange if they would simply like the Tufts Girls of Code to lead a workshop for the troop.  For example, the group already led a couple of workshops that were open to all girls in Medford.  The first one taught girls to build an animated Jack-o-Lantern in JavaScript and the second one  helped the girls create their own Android app video game.

If your troop is interested in working with the Tufts Girls of Code, send an email to Dr. Laney Strange at laney@cs.tufts.edu
You can also follow the Tufts Girls of Code on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/tuftsgoc

Three Tips for Helping Girls Earn Badges

Rebecca Scott, Co-Troop Leader for Medford Troop 68137, was a guest writer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts blog. Her post shares tips for helping girls earn badges as a troop or on their own.

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Volunteers are at the heart of our organization. They carry their responsibilities with so much care, and we value all of the hard work they do to help girls try new things and find their spark.

Rebecca Scott, a co-troop leader for Junior troop 68137 in Medford, shares three tips for helping girls earn badges:

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1. Start with a vote

At the beginning of the troop year, all troop members and their caregiver(s) are asked to review possible badges. The Badge Explorer page on the Girl Scouts website is a useful tool for giving girls an overview of the steps required to earn each badge. At the next meeting, we post all the different badges on the wall and give each troop member three stickers, each representing one vote. Each girl places her stickers…

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Girl Scout Membership Has Its Privileges

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offers Girl Scouts and their families discounts to arts, cultural, and sports events in the area.  Girls and their friends and families can attend any event on their own, or troops can arrange to go as a group.

Here are some of the upcoming member benefits:

  • Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 – Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7pm at the Boston Garden.  Tickets for Girl Scouts and their family and friends are $25 and must be ordered by Oct. 30.  The Scout tickets include a 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions patch and Scouts can test their balance, flexibility, and strength at the Kellogg’s Fitness Zone on the concourse.  Click here for the form to order tickets.
  • Boston Holiday Pops – Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 am and Sunday, December 4 at 11 am.  Join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus! You can  purchase a Boston Pops Girl Scout patch when you order your tickets. To purchase your tickets visit bostonpops.org/girlscouts
  • Wachusett Mountain – Nov. 15, 2016 – April 15, 2017.  Girl Scout discount for skiing and snowboarding tickets.  Click here for the flyer
  • Pats Peak  – Girl Scouts get special discounts on tickets if purchased online in advance at employeeactivities.com/patspeak. Enter code: GSEM under Company/Program name. Also, Girl Scouts get 1 free ticket for every 15 purchased as a group (1 for every 10 on Scout Weekend March 4 & 5, 2017).  Click here for the flyer

For a complete list of member benefits,  click here to see the list on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts website.

Daisy Troop 72096 Makes a Difference in Medford

Medford Girl Scouts Complete “Take Action” Project by Releasing Ladybugs to Support Food Pantry Garden

GirlsWithGardenersThe girls from Troop 72096, who just completed first grade, gathered together on Saturday, July 16, with several master gardeners at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford to conclude their Daisy year with a Take Action project: the release of almost 20 ladybugs. These small insects are formidable fighters and eat aphids, tiny bugs that afflict vegetable gardens. Controlling aphids is especially important because the food grown at the church is donated directly to the Community Cupboard food pantry. Fewer aphids will equal healthier plants, which will mean more food for the 7090 families that rely on the pantry each week.

Sydney and JoanThe Daisy Girl Scouts spent the past few months learning about gardens. They planted and tended snow peas and beets at Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, which were all donated to the food pantry. Through this work, the girls learned about what gardens need to stay healthy.

They became interested in raising ladybugs and built small habitats to allow each girl to raise a few insects. Having tended them carefully through their larva and pupa stages, the girls were thrilled to watch numerous Spotted Pink Ladybugs emerge from their cocoons. On July 16 at dusk, after carefully watering the plants and inspecting for evidence of aphids, the girls released the ladybugs into their new home. The ladybugs now inhabit the Medford Community Cupboard Food Pantry Vegetable Garden, which is a new program started this year by the food pantry with support from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford and the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. A team of Master Gardeners “champions” the program and are on site every Thursday from 1PM to 4PM, providing education, working with volunteers, and harvesting vegetables that are distributed at the food pantry on Thursday evenings.

Hannah and JoanThe girls very much enjoyed working with the Master Gardeners to contribute to this local food pantry and they eagerly look forward to the projects they may take on as Brownies this coming school year!