Medford sets a cookie sale record for the 4th year in a row!

Medford 2019_20 cookie salesThanks to the hard work of Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors, and with the support of their friends and family, Medford troops set a record for the number of cookies sold for the fourth year in a row. Total sales for the 2019/20 cookie season were 49,249 packages, an increase of 12.48%. As we embrace technology, online sales were up 32% and the per girl average went up from 147 to 166 packages.

FB_IMG_1582891416679The Top 6 Selling Troops:

  • 4,347 – Juniors & Cadette Troop 69039
  • 3,160 – Brownie Troop 70207
  • 2,870 – Senior & Ambassador Troop 65007
  • 2,756 – Cadette Troop 68137
  • 2,589 – Brownie Troop 62969
  • 2,523 – Cadette Troop 65456

 

 

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Congratulations to the 18 Medford Girls in the 500 Club:

  • Marianne – 65007 – 911
  • Tessa – 70207 – 902
  • Teaghan – 70207 – 837
  • Sophia – 69039 – 656
  • Aubrey – 65456 – 633
  • Ellie – 65007 – 632
  • Victoria – 65456 – 630
  • Dylan – 65456 – 630
  • Lorelai – 65456 – 630
  • Lilah – 70207 – 549
  • Shayna – 72103 – 522
  • Mia – 69039 – 521
  • Bethiah – 68137 – 518
  • Juniper – 72103 – 507
  • Avicennia – 67712 – 501
  • Emily – 67712 – 500
  • Abby B – 65007 – 500
  • Abby L – 65007 – 500

From adventurous activities to trips near and far, Medford’s Cookie Bosses have all sorts of plans for what they want to do with the money they’ve earned.  Here’s a sample of where and how you’ll find Medford Girl Scouts spending their troop money on becoming girls with courage, confidence and character, and having fun while they are at it.

52661706_10210958839525344_2453313438626086912_oDaisies:

  • Troop 67711 – Going to a farm to learn about taking care of animals
  • Troop 67707 – Donating to Cradles to Crayons, making care packages for the troops, and something fun TBD
  • Troop 70203 – Boston Children’s Museum and the Camp Explorer at Cedar Hill

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  • Troop 70207 – Horseback riding, badges, the Museum of  Science, and helping animals
  • Troop 82138 – Renting the GSEMA house in Gloucester
  • Troop 62969 – Camping, climbing, badges, and other fun activities
  • Troop 62732 – Overnight trip to Camp Rice Moody and a paint night
  • Troop 82698 – Horseback riding and saving up for Gals Night Out

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  • Troop 72096 – Skiing at Scout Weekend at Pat’s Peak, plus spring camping
  • Troop 67712 – Plans to vote at the end of the season
  • Troop 72103 – Overnight trip to the EcoTarium in Worcester
  • Troop 69039 (Juniors and Cadettes) – Rocking Horse Ranch in Upstate NY

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  • Troop 72102 – Badges, camping trips, and a community project TBD
  • Troop 68137 – Rocking Horse Ranch in Upstate NY at the end of 8th grade
  • Troop 62094 – Badges and woodworking
  • Troop 65456 – Rocking Horse Ranch in Upstate NY, Silver Awards, and planning a big future trip

Seniors and Ambassadors:

  • Troop 65226 – Travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Troop 65007 – Travel to Costa Rica

Special thanks go to the following local businesses for hosting our cookie booths

  • Century Bank in Medford Square
  • Colleen’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop
  • Medford Post Office on Forest Street
  • Stop and Shop on the Fellsway
  • Tufts University Campus Center
  • Xfinity Store at Assembly Square

And thanks to Monique for being our Medford Cookie Mentor and Jenna and Rebecca for organizing the cookie booths.

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Medford Juniors and Cadettes Learn About Civil Rights and Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

img_0755Members of Girl Scouts Junior Troop 67712 and Cadette Troop 72102 from the Brooks School, Andrews Middle School and McGlynn Middle School, all in Medford, Massachusetts, honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and learned about the Civil Rights Movement during an overnight winter lodge camping experience on Sunday, January 19 – Monday, January 20, 2020. Troop leaders Tracy Keene, Diane Cervati, Patricia Wheeler, Veronica Hunt and Paul Ruseau, also a member of the Medford School Committee, organized this troop outing at the GSEMA Camp Runels in Pelham, New Hampshire as a learning and service experience.

Troop 67712 co-leader Tracy Keene said, “We thought it was very important for our girls to learn about civil rights during this weekend honoring King’s legacy. The girls worked on two civil rights badges, Four Little Girls and Civil Rights History. They also earned a Martin Luther King, Jr. patch and patches for Winter Camping, Homeless Awareness, and Wildfire Relief.”3064007_main-01

Boston University professor of political science and Medford resident Timothy Longman led the eighteen girls in a discussion on Sunday on civil rights. Professor Longman provided a history of slavery, Jim Crow and the civil rights movement. The girls listened to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” discussed prominent African American women, and learned about the September 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four girls. Carole Robertson, one of the girls killed, was an active Girl Scout.

The girls, ranging in age of 10-12 years old, also studied about segregation and civil rights in the Girls Scouts USA. Using material from the Girl Scouts Museum in Waltham, MA, the girls discovered disagreements over whether the first integrated troop in the US was the Red Rose Troop founded by Miss Emma Hall in New Bedford, MA, in 1913 – the third Girl Scout troop in the country – or a later troop in 1924. The girls were surprised to learn that even in Massachusetts, many troop remained racially segregated until the 1950s.

img_0767In addition to learning about civil rights, the troops participated in projects for the MLK Day of Service. They made pine cone bird feeders to hang around the snow-covered campsite. They also sorted and assembled care packages for the unhoused community. The troops are partnering with Ari Barbanell, Medford Resident and the Executive Director of the Winter Walk, to see that the care packages are distributed to members of our community who have found themselves without shelter during these winter months. Winter Walk is an initiative to raise funds and awareness about homelessness and will be held February 9 in Copley Square.

In addition, the girls made posters of encouragement and concern for the Girls Scouts and Girl Guides in New South Wales, Australia.  The girls learned that at least 28 people have died in Australia and more than 3,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged in the state of New South Wales alone and that millions of wildlife have be impacted.  The posters will be shared on the Facebook pages of Australian Girl Scouts and Girl Guides and mailed to their Council.

After the trip, Anna Shanley, said about her daughter, “Sofia still can’t stop talking about it and she really learned a lot of valuable lessons.”

It was blue skies for Medford Encampment 2019

71403500_10218651088521139_9194915507696828416_n.jpgOver 200 girls and adult volunteers from 18 different Medford Girl Scout troops came together at Camp Runels in Pelham, NH this past weekend for our first citywide encampment in nine years. Big thanks to Andie Farro and Evalyn O’Rourke for taking on the task of organizing everything as our Encampment Directors. It wouldn’t have happened without them!

During the day on Saturday troops from Daisies to Cadettes all had opportunity to go canoeing.  In addition, each troop could pick from a variety of other activities including: geocaching, fire building (both real and edible), parachute games, gaga ball, or making recycled fashions, going on a scavenger hunt or a nature walk, or making pine cone bird feeders.  All the troops came together for a campfire and s’mores and troops in the evening and troops that are Brownies and older had the option of staying overnight. The event opened and closed with a traditional Girl Scout flag ceremony and the weather couldn’t have been better!

 

 

 

 

 

2018/19 is a Record-Setting Year for Cookie Sales in Medford

img_0323Medford Girl Scouts sold a record number of packages of cookies this year.  31 troops from Daisies to Ambassadors sold 43,776 packages, which is a 21% increase from last year!

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This Year’s Top 5 Selling Troops are:

  • Ambassador Troop 65007 – 4,660
  • Junior Troop 69039 – 4,056
  • Cadette Troop 65456 – 2,785
  • Cadette Troop 68137 – 2,500
  • Brownie Troop 62969 – 2,304

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The Top Selling Girls:

  • 3,010 – Marianne (Ambassador Troop 65007)
  • 1,000 – Abby B (Ambassador Troop 65007)
  • 784 – Aubrey (Cadette Troop 65456)
  • 752 – Lorelai (Cadette Troop 65456)
  • 558 – Victoria (Cadette Troop 65456)
  • 558 – Dylan (Cadette Troop 65456)
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Additional Girls Who Made it into the 500 Club:
  • Alessandra (Brownie Troop 72096)
  • Sophia (Junior Troop 69039)
  • Mia (Junior Troop 69039)
  • Ellie (Ambassador Troop 65007)
  • Bethiah (Cadette Troop 68137)
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Special thanks to all the businesses and locations that hosted Medford Girl Scout cookie booths this year:
  • Burlington Mall
  • All Eyes
  • Dunkin’ (154 Main St)
  • Medford Post Office (Forest St.)
  • MBTA
  • Stop and Shop (Wellington Plaza)
  • Tufts University
  • Xfinity Store (Assembly Square)

And extra special thanks to our Service Unit Cookie Mentor, Monique O’Connell,  and our Cookie Booth Coordinator, Nancy Carbone!

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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 (65007)
  • 1000 – Allie (65007)
  • 750 – Victoria (65456)
  • 750 – Lorelai (65456)
  • 531 – Alessandra (72096)
  •  500 – Katherine (65007)
  •  500 – Ellie (65007)
  •  500 – Dylan (65456)
  •  500 – Aubrey (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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