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2013 GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA CENTENNIAL SILVER DOLLAR

The Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, signed into law in 2009, authorized the minting of up to 350,000 silver dollar coins in commemoration of the yearlong celebration of our 100th anniversary. On Saturday, Girl Scouts of the USA unveiled the design of the coin at the Gala 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview & Dinner Under the Stars, hosted by Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, with Connie L. Lindsey, our National President, and Anna Maria Chávez, our CEO.

The coin will be available for sale starting in early 2013. (We don’t have an exact price yet, but we’ll keep you updated.) A surcharge on the sale of each coin is authorized to be paid to Girl Scouts of the USA for national program development and delivery, which helps girls grow into their best selves. And the coolest part? This is the first time the United States Mint has produced a commemorative coin dedicated to a girls’ organization!

WILL YOU HELP HER BE A FRIEND FIRST?

Next month, GSUSA launches an innovative bullying-prevention initiative for middle-school girls. BFF, which stands for Be a Friend First (a name that girls selected) is based on the popular aMAZE! Leadership Journey.

Working with volunteers, girls learn relational and leadership skills to short-circuit bullying behavior when it happens and prevent it from happening in the first place. BFF uses role playing, creative writing, and discussion exercises, through which girls explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques.

As part of BFF, girls also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle bullying issues.  BFF integrates easily into existing health or character education classes, can serve as an after-school program, and may even be offered during a holiday break. Councils will launch this important initiative in their communities this winter.

Call Dawn or check back at http://www.GSMW.org for more info.

Unit Meetings Times & Places

Mondays    5:30-7 Gold Hill Lutheran Church (940 S Placer)
Contact – HL Meeks 406-491-5641

Tuesdays    6-7 :30  United Church of Christ, UCC  (2945 Bayard St)
Contact – Kristin Ryan 406-782-5882

Thursdays    5:30-7  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (2300 Florence Ave)
Contact – Chrissy Hadley 406-565-3007

Fridays    6:30-8 Hawthorne School (3500 White Way)
Contact – Nancy Brunell 406-498-3855 or Jessica Short jbharwood@hotmail.com 

All Girls, regardless of age, are invited to join us at a weekly meeting that fits their schedule.Similar activities are planned for each meeting in a  week. Registration Forms will be available at each Unit meeting.   See Ya there!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming.  There are several ways for you to get involved, simply by matching your expertise, skills, interests, and life experiences to the opportunities available.

 Think it’s a full year commitment? Think again. Schedule tight? No problem. There are endless, flexible ways to participate.

Volunteer Pathway Opportunities

CAMP: Unplug from your everyday demands and explore the great outdoors with a group of like-minded girls. Share your passion and unique talents with tomorrow’s outdoor enthusiasts.
EVENTS: Have high energy but limited availability? Choose your favorite topics, and help girls unleash their potential. During half- to three-day events, you’ll interact with girls, excite their passions, and help them become their best selves.
SERIES: Have a particular skill or talent? Looking for a chance to work with girls without a long-term commitment? Then come share your passion with a focused group of girls who can’t wait to learn your skill or pursue your area of interest.
TRAVEL: Expand girls’ horizons. Explore the world—or at least your corner of it—with a group of girls who need your help planning a trip, earning money, and preparing themselves for the adventures of travel.
TROOPS: Want to participate in exciting activities, throughout the school year, with a small group of girls? You’ll share so much as the girls in your troop earn awards and badges, go on field trips, and learn from community leaders and experts on issues important to your community.
VIRTUAL: Enjoy mentoring girls in an online environment. The magic of the Internet will link you with girls who immerse themselves in leadership activities, earn badges, and enjoy the virtual—but very real—friendships that blossom.

Troop Leader

Summary: The Troop Leader has the enthusiasm and ability to generate girls’ interests and curiosities about the ways they can discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). The nature of this position requires the individual to provide direct service to girls, helping them to develop their leadership skills on an individual or group basis.

Term of appointment: The Troop Leader is appointed for a 1 yr term that is renewable upon completion of evaluation processes. This position requires an average of 7-10 hrs/month.

Supervision: The Troop Leader reports to the Service Unit Manager.

Support: The Troop Leader receives support, guidance, and encouragement from the Service Unit Manager and Council Staff. She or he has access to relevant learning opportunities and materials that prepare for and support this role.

Responsibilities:    

  • Ensure that the program offered aligns to the GSLE by utilizing Journey books and The Girls’ Guide toGirl Scoutingcustomized with additional local experiences.
  • Serve as a positive example for girls by modeling positive attributes such as reliability, respect for others, inclusiveness, and a positive attitude.
  • Organize fun, interactive, girl-led activities that address current issues involving girls’ interests and needs.
  • Communicate effectively and deliver presentations and information to the individual or group.
  • Support and encourage girls in attaining desired goals and awards.
  • Provide guidance and information to the parents or guardians of girls on a regular, ongoing basis through a variety of tools, including e-mail, phone calls, newsletters, and blogs.
  • Ensure troop membership registrations and other paperwork is complete according to Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and GSMW’s policies and procedures.
  • Manage the group funds according to GSUSA and GSMW policies and procedures.
  • Be guided in all actions by the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law.
  • Remain informed about and comply with the most current policies, procedures, and guidelines of GSMW and GSUSA.

Qualifications and core competencies:

  • Girl focus: Empower girls to lead activities, learn by doing, and cooperate with others on current issues that involve their interests and needs, while having fun.
  • Personal integrity: Demonstrate dependability, honesty, and credibility.
  • Adaptability: Adjust, modify own behavior, and remain flexible and tolerant in response to changing situations and environments.
  • Oral communication: Express ideas and facts clearly and accurately.
  • Foster diversity: Understand, respect, and embrace differences.
  • Computer skills: Access to e-mail and the internet.
  • Additional requirements:
    • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (if applicable)
    • Must become a registered member of GSUSA
    • Complete required coursework as assigned and provided by GSMW and GSUSA

Troop Assistant      Summary: The Troop Assistant has the enthusiasm and ability to generate girls’ interests and curiosities about the ways they can discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). The nature of this position requires the individual to provide direct service to girls.

Term of appointment: The Troop Assistant is appointed for a 1 year term that is renewable upon completion of evaluation processes. This position requires an average of 5-7 hrs/month.

Supervision: The Troop Assistant reports to the Troop Leader.

Support: The Troop Assistant receives support, guidance, and encouragement from the Troop Leader and other direct-service volunteers. She or he has access to relevant learning opportunities and materials that prepare for and support this role.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Troop Leader in implementing fun, interactive, girl-led activities to deliver the GSLE to girls by completing tasks as assigned.
  • Ensure that the program offered aligns to the GSLE by utilizing Journey books and The Girl’s Guide toGirl Scouting,customized with additional local experiences.
  • Attend troop meetings and assist with activities.
  • Serve as a positive example for girls by modeling positive attributes such as reliability, respect for others, inclusiveness, and a positive attitude.
  • Support and encourage girls in attaining desired goals and awards.
  • Communicate effectively and deliver presentations and information to the individual or group.
  • Be guided in all actions by the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law.
  • Remain informed about and comply with the most current policies, procedures, and guidelines of GSMW and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Qualifications and core competencies:

  • Girl focus: Empower girls to lead activities, learn by doing, and cooperate with others on current issues that involve their interests and needs, while having fun.
  • Personal integrity: Demonstrate dependability, honesty, and credibility.
  • Adaptability: Adjust, modify own behavior, and remain flexible and tolerant in response to changing situations and environments.
  • Oral communication: Express ideas and facts clearly and accurately.
  • Foster diversity: Understand, respect, and embrace differences.
  • Computer skills: Access to e-mail and the Internet.
  • Additional requirements:
    • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record (if applicable)
    • Must become a registered member of GSUSA
    • Complete required coursework as assigned and provided by GSMW and GSUSA

Hands Across the Border-Eureka (grades 6-12)

May be too late for this year, but what a goal for next fall!

Hands Across the Border is an annual event which takes place each fall in the western region of the council. Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts while you team up with Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Rovers, Pathfinders, and Rangers from the US and Canada!

Participants will enjoy Scouting traditions and ceremonies, then will divide into station groups for more activities. Each group is also asked to prepare a skit, song or yell for the campfire. What a special time you will have not only performing for others but being entertained by your fellow Scouts.

There will be prizes for the best overall campsite and dutch oven cooking contests. Attendees will need to supply their own food, tents, tarps, cooking equipment, etc. so the possibilities are endless! All participants must also bring 2 copies of health history forms.

Camp check in and set up will be from 5:00-10:00 pm on Friday, Sept. 28, and will break down at 10:30 on Sunday, Sept. 30. Late registration is $5.00 per person after Aug. 30, 2012, but there is no guarantee that late groups will receive their patches.

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming will not be collecting registrations.   Please click here for the registration form. All registrations and payment need to be sent to:

Jim Atkinson
PO Box 412
Kalispell, MT 59903
1-406-249-6765
theskinnypope@yahoo.com

Additional information on this event can be located here.

This event is open to girls in grades 6-12 and supervising adults

Registration deadline: August 30. Additional $5 per person after that
Girl min/max: 10/200
Adult min/max: 2/100

Friday, Sep 28, 2012   All Day Event
Cost:  $15/girl; $15/adult
Location:   Rexford Bench Campground   Eureka, MT

2012 Fall Product Program Webinars

From Dawn McCloney, our Girl Scout Membership Manager:

Hello folks!  We have received the final schedule for the Fall Product Program Webinars, and some start ASAP!     The login will be http://lotuslive.readyshow.com/ and the passcode will be 954432752. For the audio, if your would like to phone in, 1-800-582-3014 with the same passcode.

The schedule is as follows and all webinars will begin at 6:30 pm:

Program Overview:  September 17th   and   October 10th

nut-E for Beginners:   October 2nd,  October 15th  and  October 22nd

nut-E Refresher Course:   October 4th,     October 17th    and    October 23rd

 Please let me know if you have difficulties.  Thanks!   Dawn

REGISTRATION NIGHT!

Girl Scouts provides experiences that will challenge you – helping you figure out what you want to do with your life, taking you to incredible places, and bringing you to new heights of personal achievement. There are many flexible pathways for you to participate in Girl Scouting, including camp, troop, travel, series, events, and soon, virtual. Girl Scouts helps you discover the leader you can be, and connect with others to have an effect on your world. Get started in Girl Scouting today.

In Butte, Girl Scouts make a difference with annual food collections, Earth Day and volunteering in their community.  They have fun on their own or with a troop in Parades, Field trips, Powder Puff derbies, Camping, Ice skating, World Thinking Day events, and more.

Today’s girls are destined to lead tomorrow’s boardrooms and courthouses and run our hospitals and technology start-ups, and you can help to get them there!  Interested adults are always welcome to become a mentor, helper, or troop leader.  No experience is needed, and training & support is available.

We are inviting girls ages 5 to 17 to join in on the fun and friendship of Girl Scouting!  Stop by to learn what Girl Scouting is all about and to see what’s new during our 100th year of Scouting.

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at the Butte Plaza Mall from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to find out how YOU can be a part of the action!

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