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Details for the annual Missoula Girl Scout Day Camp are here!

Date: July 9-12
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Cost: $40 early bird, before June 1
$50 by June 22
$65 late registration, after June 24
No registrations will be accepted after July 3
Join us for GSI: Girl Scout Investigation, where girls are introduced to a variety of detective skills: fingerprinting, clue tracking, observation perfecting, scene investigating, … maybe they will even find a case to crack!

Girls do not need to be in a troop to attend, and current Girl Scouts are encouraged to invite their non-Girl Scout friends to join in on the fun! This week-long event welcomes all girls entering 1st grade through 12th grade. The more, the merrier!/u

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Day Camp T-Shirt Design Contest!
We would like to have this year’s Day Camp t-shirt designed by a local Girl Scout! Please have your interested girls submit their design following these guidelines:
– Must represent this year’s Camp theme “GSI – Girl Scout Investigation” and have the theme IN the design.
– The design must fit on an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of white paper.
– Encourage girls to use entire sheet as it is easier to shrink than enlarge.
– No more than 3 colors (plus black).
– Girl’s name must be on the back of paper only
– Remember that this design will be printed on t-shirts, so tiny detail may not transfer well.
Please pass this information on to all your families — individual girl entries are welcome, or the troops can submit entries from all girls./u

Must be submitted no later than May 20th at 1:00pm.
Entries can be dropped off at the GS office, emailed or snail mailed!
Designs will be judged by an impartial panel.

Submit all shirt entries to:
Dawn McCloney
1018 Burlington Ave, Ste 101
Missoula, MT 59801
dawnm@gsmw.org

GS day camp reg form 2013 can be emailed
By dawnmccloney

Missoula Downtown River Float-Missoula (Grades 2-12)

DATE: Saturday, Jul 20, 2013
TIME: 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Cost: $40 per Girl; $40 per Adult
Registration deadline: July 5

Girl Scouts and their families will enjoy a scenic and adventurous float through Hellgate Canyon and into Downtown Missoula. See Missoula from a new perspective! Participants will go on a 2 hour scenic rafting trip with the best raft guides from ZooTown Surfers.

You’ll float through the countryside and then pass by The University. You will see where Rattlesnake Creek joins the Clark Fork. See if you can spot Caras Park and Osprey Stadium and other Missoula landmarks like The Wilma. You’ll finish your float at McCormick Park. This tame, but scenic float takes you under the University and Madison St. walking bridges and several other bridges you normally pass over in your cars and bikes. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like deer, osprey, trout, and bald eagles.

The event is open to girls in grades 2 through 12 and their family members who are at least in 2nd grade. Want to bring your best gal pals? Have them join Girl Scouts and let’s get them signed up for this adventure! Girls in 2nd and 3rd grade must be accompanied by an adult (troop leader or parent/guardian).

After you experience this amazing trip, if you are looking for even more adventure, you’ll love our upcoming Wild River Ride on the Alberton Gorge on August 10th!

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Wild River Ride-Missoula(Grades 4-12)

DATE: Saturday, Aug 10
TIME: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $45 per Girl; $45 per Adult
Registration deadline: July 26

Girl Scouts and their families will enjoy a day of family friendly rapids, sun, and swimming while floating one of western Montana’s best rivers: The Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River. The Gorge is filled with numerous Class II-III rapids such as Cliffside, Tumbleweed, Fang, Roller Coaster and many more!

Participants will go on a 4 hour whitewater rafting trip with the best raft guides from ZooTown Surfers. We will eat lunch at the put-in while we listen to the safety talk, so bring your own lunch. After a couple of warm-up rapids, you’ll get to take a sun-tan break and enjoy a cool-off swim at the famous ‘Sandy Beaches’. After the beach the wild ride kicks in – Tumbleweed and Fang are just around the bend! Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like deer, osprey, trout, and bald eagles. If there’s enough time, you’ll get to stop at Fish Creek and jump into the crisp, blue water of this gorgeous tributary.

The event is open to girls in grades 4 through 12 and their family members who are at least in 4th grade. Want to bring your best gal pals? Have them join Girl Scouts and let’s get them signed up for this adventure!
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JOIN US AT CAMP!

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.

Missoula Downtown River Float-Missoula (Grades 2-12)

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013  11:00 AM 1:30 PM
Cost:$40/Girl; $40/Adult

Location:McCormick Park Parking Lot   Missoula, MT

Registration deadline: July 5
Girl min/max: 6/40
Adult min/max: 2/20

Girl Scouts and their families will enjoy a scenic and adventurous float through Hellgate Canyon and into Downtown Missoula. See Missoula from a new perspective!

Girls and their families will enjoy an afternoon on the water. Participants will go on a 2 hour scenic rafting trip with the best raft guides from ZooTown Surfers. Float on the Clark Fork river starting above Hellgate Canyon, and bob through waves as you pass through downtown Missoula.

You’ll float through the countryside and then pass by The University. You will see where Rattlesnake Creek joins the Clark Fork. See if you can spot Caras Park and Osprey Stadium and other Missoula landmarks like The Wilma. You’ll finish your float at McCormick Park. This tame, but scenic float takes you under the University and Madison St. walking bridges and several other bridges you normally pass over in your cars and bikes. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like deer, osprey, trout, and bald eagles.

Girls should eat an early lunch before the program and bring a snack like a granola bar or fruit – but don’t use the river as a garbage can! Leave no trace! Pack a reusable water bottle and sunscreen. About 10 days before the event, we will send you a confirmation letter with all the preparations you will need to make for this trip.

The event is open to girls in grades 2 through 12 and their family members who are at least in 2nd grade. Want to bring your best gal pals? Have them join Girl Scouts and let’s get them signed up for this adventure! Girls in 2nd and 3rd grade must be accompanied by an adult (troop leader or parent/guardian).

After you experience this amazing trip, if you are looking for even more adventure, you’ll love our upcoming Wild River Ride on the Alberton Gorge on August 10th!

This event is open to girls in grades 2-12 and supervising adults.

Registration deadline: July 5
Girl min/max: 6/40
Adult min/max: 2/20

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013
11:00 AM 1:30 PM

 

Cost:

$40/Girl; $40/Adult

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Location:
McCormick Park Parking Lot

Missoula, MT

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.)

OR

“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.

Take Action in Glacier — For Older Girls

GSMW is once again offering Take Action in Glacier events this summer.  Four weeks are being offered for troops to visit Glacier and not only enjoy the beautiful park but also to help the park doing a Take Action project that the park plans for the girls.  All of the leaders that brought girls last year said it was an amazing experience for both the girls and adults and that the girls are still talking about it.  Please spread the word to our members about this fun travel opportunity for their troops and watch gsmw.org for more details.

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