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April Volunteer Meeting THIS Wednesday at 6:30 pm

Just a quick reminder that we have our monthly Volunteer Meeting on Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, at the Girl Scout room at Hawthorn School.  The address is 3500 Whiteway and we would like at least 1 adult representative from every troop.


Our May Meeting is usually a PARTY!!  Bring your Calendar and a Snack to Share!  This is our last meeting til school starts, so we have a LOT to discuss!

Spring Sales Recap and Cookie Balances Due

May and June Council Events  – So much going on!

July 4 Parade – Theme Tees? Do you know of a low trailer we could borrow for the Float?

Camp @ CastleRock – Early Registration has started

New Leader Training/ GS 101  – Traditions and Team Building

Back to School KickOff  – Volunteer Meeting in Mid August?

This is a great place to ask questions, to seek advice, to find mentors, AND to see what’s happening in Butte! 

There are a lot of activities going on, so stay in the loop and JOIN US!



Discover the great outdoors and discover yourself at the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming resident camps!

Printable PDF of the 2013 Camp Reservation Form.

Girl Scout summer camp is all about trying new things, meeting new friends, and having fun in the great outdoors.

Explore nature, sing around the campfire, go horseback riding, do arts and crafts, and much more!

Go for a few days, a week, or longer. Any girl can attend!

So, “What will you do today?”             Things you didn’t know you could do?

Discover new things about yourself?             Accomplish something you’ve dreamed of?

Believe anything is possible, because it is.        Haven’t you always dreamed of doing great things?

Climb mountains, create with your hands, kayak and sail, or learn to play guitar.

We offer so many opportunities, the only problem you’ll have is deciding what to do.

2013 Camp Descriptions

Brownie Bite– Curious about camp but may not want to spend a whole week away? This session provides a sampling of camp activities for Brownie Girl Scouts.  Arts and crafts, nature, songs and games are just some of the possibilities!

Call of the Wild-The nature network is waiting for you.  Learn about the wilderness, its inhabitants, and the skills you need to impress your parents on your next camping trip!  Hike, explore, star gaze, and take in the extraordinary scenery.  River rafting at Timbercrest Camp and kayaking at Camp Sacajawea if conditions allow. S’mores are on the menu if 2013 fire restrictions allow.

Flag Ceremony Guidelines

A flag ceremony honors the American flag as the symbol of our country and all the hopes, dreams, and people it consists of.

If your group includes girls from other countries, girls can honor their flags, too, and 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, on stage, even on horseback.

All flag ceremonies share one thing—respect for the flag.


Flag Ceremony Guidelines

Keep it simple. Emphasis needs to be on respect for the flag rather than on the commands or techniques. Adults can ask girls these questions when planning:

1.     Who will carry the flag?

2.     Who will be the color guards?

3.     Who will give the directions for the ceremony?

4.     What song will be sung? Who will sound the pitch and start the song?

5.     Will a poem or quotation be included? Who will say or read it?

6.     After the Pledge of Allegiance, will the Girl Scout Promise and the Law be said?

7.     In what order will the parts of the ceremony take place?

8.     When will the group practice?

9.     Where will the flags be placed at the end of the ceremony?


Terms Used in a Flag Ceremony

The color bearer (or flag bearer) is the person who carries the flag. There is one color bearer for each flag used in the ceremony.

The color guard is a team that guards the flags. Any even number of guards may be used, but usually four or six girls are sufficient.

The Girl Scout in charge (or caller) is a designated Girl Scout who announces or calls each part of the ceremony.

Possible Commands for a Flag Ceremony

“Girl Scouts, attention.” Used to announce that the flag ceremony is to begin.

“Color guard, advance.” This signals the color guard to advance with the flags, or advance to pick up the flags.

“Color guard, post the colors.” This directs the color guard to place the flag in flag standards, or to attach the grommets to a flag pole rope.

“Color guard, honor your flag.” The color guard salutes the American flag.

“Please join us in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.” (Followed by an appropriate song, quotation or poem, if so desired.)


“Color guard, honor your flag.” The color guard salutes the American flag.

“Color guard, retire the colors.” This asks the color guard to remove the flag from standards, or to lower the flag, detach from the rope, and fold prior to being dismissed.

“Color guard, dismissed.” The color guard leaves in formation, with or without the flag.

“Girl Scouts, dismissed.” Girls may leave in formation or be at ease where they have been standing.


Handling the American Flag

Display of the American flag is governed by law to ensure that it will be treated with the respect due the flag of a great nation. This is known as the United States Flag Code. Some of the rules most useful for Girl Scouts are:

·        The American flag must be placed in the center, and higher, when displayed with a group of state, local, or organizational flags flown from staffs. It may also be positioned to the right of other flags. (If girls were to hold the flag while facing their audience, their right side would be the flag’s own right.)

·        When displayed from a staff in a house of worship or public auditorium, the flag of the United States must hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergy’s or speaker’s right as he or she faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergy or speaker or to the right of the audience.

·        The flag is to be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly with dignity.

·        The flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it, nor should it ever be carried flat or horizontally—always aloft and free.

·        Never use the flag as a cover or place anything on top of it.

·        No disrespect of any kind should be shown to the flag of the United States. It should be kept clean.

·        The flag, when carried in a procession with other flags, should be either on the marching right or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

·        When you display the flag on a wall or in a window where people see it from the street, it should be displayed flat with the blue part at the top and on the flag’s own right (which is the observer’s left).

·        When displayed after dark, the flag should be illuminated.

Program Aide & Outdoor Skills Training — Missoula (Grades 6-8)

 Registration deadline: May 3

Friday – Saturday, May 17 – 18, 2013 This is an overnighter.

6:00 pm  Fri – 5:00 pm  Sat

Cost:   $25/Girl; $5/Adult

This program is not posted on yet, but be watching for it!

Individual girls or troops welcome.

Calling all Cadettes!  Become a Program Aide and work with younger Girl Scouts. Learn to use your leadership skills to share your interests and experiences with younger girls in a troop, group or camp setting.

Program Aides are Girl Scouts Cadettes (6-8 grade) who want to share their skills with others, and help promote the Girl Scout program. Once Program Aides are trained, they will be able to work with other troops by sharing their special talents and help with any service unit event or council program, including day camp.

 What is the Program Aide (PA) Award?  The Program Aide (PA) award is for Cadette girls in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. To earn the Cadette Program Aide award girls must follow these steps:

1.    Earn one LiA award. This is a prerequisite before a girl can register for a PA training.

2.    Complete a council sponsored Program Aide leadership training course.

3.    Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. This might be assisting girls on journey activities (in addition to what she did for her LiA), badge activities, or other sessions. She might work with a group at their meetings, day camp, council events or service unit events or activities. The council membership and program staff can assist Cadettes in finding a group of Brownies and an adult volunteer to partner with.

4.    Once girls have completed these requirements they must have the adult volunteer mentor sign their time log and turn this in when they purchase their PA pin from a GSMW council store. (Girls must complete the requirements in order to receive their pins.)


A Program Aide must be a registered Girl Scout.
A Program Aide must be a Cadette Girl Scout.
A Program Aide must complete a LiA before attending the council PA training.

Registration deadline: May 3

Friday – Saturday, May 17 – 18, 2013 – This is an overnighter.

6:00 pm  Fri – 5:00 pm  Sat


Cost:   $25/Girl; $5/Adult

Online Cookie Sales? BEST PRACTICES!

Cookie Selling Guidelines for Online and Facebook

For Girls

1.    Girls who are 13 years or older may use social networking sites to market product; however, they must follow council and GSUSA guidelines:

2.    Girls should use their first names only, their troop number, and their council name. Full names, personal emails, or street addresses of girls should never be used.

3.    Girls are NOT permitted to collect payment online. Girls should deliver cookies and collect payment in person. If the product needs to be shipped, the girl/parent is responsible for shipping charges.

4.    Girls under the age of 13 that would like to utilize the internet to boost their cookie sales may do so with the guidance of their parents through the Girl Scout Cookie Club:

5.    Leaders enter participating girls on the site  and distribute passwords to parents. Girls can then send out emails to obtain “cookie promises”.

For Adults

1.    Parents may post on their Facebook page that their daughter is selling Girl Scout Cookies. They must, however, arrange for a time for their daughter to visit a potential customer or business. They may NOT collect orders over Facebook. Sample Messaging would be-

“My daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies. If you would like buy a box, send me a message with your address, and a convenient time to stop by.”

2.    Social media locations such as “Facebook Online Yard Sale” and e-Bay are not an acceptable location to promote Girl Scout Cookies.

3.    If a parent has a question as to what is an acceptable selling practice they should contact their local Community Development Manager.

Cookie Club Info, Online marketing for Girl Scouts, and More Resources for a successful Cookie Season!

Cookie Club Helps girls reach their goals!
  • There is a safe and easy way to help girls boost their sales and reach their goals. Sign them up for the online Cookie Club, which enables them to send emails asking for cookie “promises.” This program is offered through Little Brownie Bakers.
  • Girl Scouts throughout Montana and Wyoming can supercharge their sales!
  • The Cookie Club is a safe and easy way to enhance the Cookie Program. Ask your Troop Leader for more information and get started today. Troop Leaders can get more information on how to sign up for the Cookie Club on the Little Brownie Bakers website.
Online marketing for Girl Scouts
Resources    For more information specifically for adults working with girls and parents, check out the following downloads:

Cookie Dates 2013

For Girl Scouts & Parents

Our Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program will kickoff of January 26, 2013. So when your local Girl Scouts come calling with this year’s best- selling cookies, remember you’re saying hello to tomorrow’s business leaders.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country! Everything girls do in Girl Scouting is designed to help them grow into leaders of courage, confidence and character. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen Girl Scout activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp, to travel to destinations near and far, and much more. Plus, our cookie customers get a great product and support girls right here in Montana and Wyoming.

Learning Life Skills

The activity of selling cookies is directly related to our purpose of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident and resourceful citizens. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills:

  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Money management
  • People skills
  • Business ethics

What’s New?

For the first time in thirteen years, the Girl Scouts of the USA has changed its iconic cookie box! The boxes sport not only a new look, but a new purpose: to showcase the five lifelong financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches. You will notice that each individual cookie will be wearing a sash that will explain the different opportunities and badges that individual girls can earn.

Always remember to follow safety rules as we begin the pre-sale. If you have any questions, please contact Bernie Steffan, Product Sales Manager at 1-800-736-5243 or You may also contact Roberta Lynch at 1-800-736-5243 or

Important Dates (2013) to remember:

December 3-6, 2012: Wyoming Cookie Training Dates

January 5-12, 2013: Montana Cookie Training Dates

January 12-26, 2013: Cookie Rallies

January 26, 2013: Cookie Program Begins! NO EARLY STARTS!

February 10, 2013: Pre-Sale Ends

February 13, 2013: All orders and pre-sale incentives entered in to e-Budde

February 14, 2013: Orders due to the service unit

February 15, 2013 All service unit orders submitted to the council

March 4, 2013: Delivery begins

March 16 – April 7, 2013: Booth Sales

April 8, 2013: Money due to the troops

April 10, 2013: Deposits due to the council

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