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NEW! – Discovering Geology – Butte (Grades K-8)


Registration deadline: April 22
Saturday, May 4, 2013   10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost:   $11/Girl; $9/Adult

Location:        World Museum of Mining, Butte, MT

Individual girls or troops welcome.

Butte, Montana, was once known as ‘The Richest Hill on Earth.’ Explore rocks and minerals and Butte’s colorful history as Girl Scouts are given a behind the scenes look at geology and mining at the World Museum of Mining. Through this event, participants can earn the ‘Discovering Geology’ patch by engaging in an investigation of rocks, minerals, and geology.

The museum has arranged a special program just for Girl Scouts. Participants will enjoy free range to the museum’s exhibits. Plus, the museum has graciously set up exhibits that are not normally on display for the public. Girls will get to pan for garnets, talk to a rock specialist, and earn their ‘Discovering Geology’ patch. Adults get to enjoy panning, all-access, and the specialty talk, as well. In addition to studying minerals and gems, girls will learn what a geologist does, what geoscience means, and what ore-related careers they can explore. Girls will need to fulfill three requirements to earn their patch.

Participants can wander the museum grounds and imagine what it was like to be a gold, copper, or silver miner in the early 20th century. You’ll also get pan for garnets as though you were an old prospector in the rich hills of Silverbow County. And don’t forget to take in the sights and sounds of the city that used to be considered one of the richest and most famous towns in the country.

Make a day out of it! While you’re in the area, you might want to plan a visit to the Berkley Pit, visit Montana Tech’s mineral museum, or take a walking tour of historical downtown Butte. Also, the World Museum of Mining will take reservations for an underground mine tour for the girls. This perk will cost extra and will require you to call ahead to arrange a tour time.

Bring your friends! Have your buddies register as Girl Scouts for $12, and then help them get registered for this special event. Call 1.800.736.5243 for help registering friends.

All girls in grades K-8 must plan on attending with a supervising adult and bring your own lunch or snacks. Girls must check-in at 10am and can leave early or stay after 2pm, but you should plan on being on the grounds for at least 2 hours in order to fulfill the requirements for the patch.




Wacky Science – Butte (Grades K-5) — EVENT DEADLINE MONDAY, 3/25/13

Registration deadline: March 25
Monday, Apr 8, 2013   5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Cost:   $6/Girl; $2/Adult

Location:        Gold Hill Lutheran Church, Butte, MT

Individual girls or troops welcome.

Girls, put on your lab coat and goggles and dig into some wacky and wild science. Globs and blobs, smoke and ice, geysers, planes, and more – work together to explore how these fun things work. A Wacky Science evening will provide girls with the opportunity to get messy and be creative while learning by doing.

In an afternoon, girls will transform into a mad scientist as they make instant snow, play tricks with dry ice, make paper airplanes, create their own geysers, study crystalline structure, investigate Newton’s first law, and learn how lungs work.

At this program, Girl Scouts will be introduced to a wide variety of science disciplines. Girls will rotate through several experiment stations, and girls can take home some of their experiments.

Girls will receive lab coat, goggles, and a fun patch. We will provide a light, healthy snack.




Butte Girl Scouts on Ice program on Saturday, March 23rd Register by March 11!!!

Butte Girl Scouts on Ice program on Saturday, March 23rd.  Registration for this event closes on Monday, March 11th   Just scheduled! More details to follow!

Girl Scouts on Ice-Butte (Grades K-12)

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 6:30 PM 8:00 PM
Cost: $5/Girl; $5/Adult
Location: Butte Community Ice Center (By Clarks Park!) Butte, MT

Stand, glide, and spin your way around the ice skating rink. Work with instructors and hockey coaches to learn the basics of skating such as standing to more advanced moves like spinning. Let’s hit the ice and go ice skating on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 6:30-8:00pm! After learning the basics from local instructors, spend some free time on the ice perfecting your moves.

For the skaters’ safety, helmets are recommended but not provided by the rink. Please feel free to bring your own bicycle helmet.

Skates and instruction will be provided by the rink and are included in the registration fee. Parents are encouraged to participate with their K-12 skater so register today. Dress warm and join in the winter fun.

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

Registration deadline: March 11
Girl min/max: 15/30
Adult min/max: 5/20


Note from our GSLE Program Planner Sarah Megyesi

Once the online registration has closed for an event you must send a check into Billings HQ (GSMW, 2303 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59102) along with the registration forms.  Please let me know if you are sending in additional registrations for the February 11th Journey Jamboree, so I can tell HQ whether or not we are going ahead with the program.  If we don’t get more girls, funding may not be approved to send me there with the materials to run the program.  Let’s make it happen!!!

Just so you know, I have arranged a Butte Girl Scouts on Ice program for Saturday, March 23rd.  Registration for this event closes on Monday, March 11thwe cannot continue to register girls late, so please let me know if you need help working out the registration process.  I will be sending out an instructional email in the next couple weeks.  It will clarify the differences between “council” and “service unit” events and how to register for council events online or through email, mail, or fax.

Here is the link to registration instructions:  Share this on your web page and with the leaders in your area, please.

(+++ Editor note: Submit a completed Individual Program Registration Form or Group Program Registration Form to council headquarters with payment (if applicable) unless otherwise stated. The registration form and program fee must be in by registration deadline to secure a slot at the event.

If attending with girl as an adult, the Individual Program Registration Form serves as your registration. If enrolling yourself and a girl, please check all participating boxes that apply (Girl; Program Aide; Adult; Adult volunteer).

Registrations may be submitted in three ways:

  • Mailed to GSMW, 2303 Grand Avenue, Billings, MT 59102
  • Faxed to (406)252-4063
  • Emailed to ONLY if paying with with credit card (please complete payment information on registration form).

Please note a completed Registration Form must still be submitted if registering for a free event.

If you submit a program registration electronically, you should receive an email reply confirming that your registration was received, complete and being processed. Please contact the GSMW office if you do not receive a reply within two days of submission.

Note: It is not recommended that you email credit card information, to protect your credit card account. +++)

Also, visit to see a full list of programs in surrounding areas.  Your girls may like the Globetrotters night, or the K-3rd grade night at the museum, or the Scout Day at the Museum of the Rockies.

Butte Wacky Science Night is scheduled for April 8th (registration closes March 25th).  Also, plans are in the works for a patch program at the World Museum of Mining.  Registration for this event is not yet open, but the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th with registration closing April 29th.

In addition, don’t forget about Girl Scouts swim days after school at the YMCA on the last Tuesday and Thursday of the month!  Just show up, pay the $2 and voila!  You’re swimming!

Great American Can Roundup Scout Council Challenge Jan 15-April 30

cid:image001.jpg@01CDEA83.88F18F40Dear Girl Scouts,
Here is an extraordinary opportunity to show your recycling spirit, earn CASH and bring honor to your Council. Your Troop can win $500 plus the value of the cans. Scout leaders can take advantage of free patches, stuffed guys, t-shirts, baseball caps, aluminum bottles and more to stimulate greater aluminum can recycling. The Troop/Council Challenge is open to Boy and Girl Scout Troops and their Councils. Go to to register your unit and find everything you need to help you generate recycling enthusiasm and initiate a successful Roundup. Show your true green spirit and environmental leadership by rallying your troop and
Council to recycle aluminum cans between Jan. 15 and April 30. Cash prizes through 6th place will go to the top per capita aluminum can recycling troops. Troop verified poundage will be added together to recognize the National Recycling Champion and Reserve Champion Councils along with $800 for Scout activities.
Sincerely, Al the Can

It would be great to see Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming on the Great American Can Roundup Scout Council Challenge leader board.  This is your opportunity for your Council and troops to win cash awards, bring honor to your council and show your recycling spirit.  In addition to the value of the aluminum cans, the Can Manufacturers Institute will be giving $2,150 in cash to top recyclers.  Last year a total of 28 troops participated, so your chances of winning are excellent.  Don’t be left out.  Please help us let Girl Scout leaders learn about the Scout Council Challenge and encourage them to register at where they will find everything needed for a success roundup. Let’s rally your troops to recycle between January 15 and April 30, 2013 and make every can count.  Game-on at      Recycle to win.  Go Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming!     Sincerely,   Jenny Day

Can Manufacturers Institute   1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW   Suite 1000   Washington, DC 20036   202/232-4677   Fax:  202/232-5756

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye,

1:  Register at     2:  Recycle       3:  Win!

The Scout/Council Challenge is a nationwide environmental fundraiser with prize money and rewards/awards.  The contest starts on January 15 and runs through April 30th with receipts or Great American Can Roundup Log Sheet/Verification Forms due by May 15.  Register at where you will find virtually everything you need for a successful Roundup.  On the website, you can even scope out the level of recycling by the 28  units sending in receipts last year to calculate your goal.  It’s easy, fun and environmentally friendly.

Scout Units recycling the most beverage cans per capita from January 15 to April 30, 2013, earn top recycling honors and a total of $1,350 cash in addition to the value of the cans.

Champion — $500; Reserve – $300; 3rd Place – $200; 4th Place — $150; 5th Place – $100; 6th Place — $100

Individual Scout Awards/Rewards

35 Pound GACR Club Patch – 35 lbs.                         Al the Can stuffed guy – 125 lbs.

Al the Can t-shirt – 200 lbs.                                          Cans—Infinitely Recyclable Baseball cap – 300 lbs. aluminum “collector’s edition” bottle – 400 lbs.

Councils recycling the most aluminum beverage cans:  Champion –  $500; Reserve  – $300, bragging rights and distinctive plaques to celebrate.  For individual Scouts, there are free patches, stuffed guys, t-shirts, baseball caps, aluminum bottles and more to stimulate greater aluminum can recycling.


Powder Puff Derby in Anaconda March 23

Girl Scout Powder Puff Derby
Date: March 23, 2013
Cost: $6
Check-in/Inspection Time: 1:00 to 1:45 PM
Race Time:2:00 PM
Location: Elks-upstairs_221 Main St, Anaconda (across from Post Office)

The following are inspection points:
The car weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final.
The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
The car must have 1 ¾ inches clearance between the wheels.
The car must have ⅜ inch clearance underneath the body.
The wood provided in the kit must be used. The block may be shaped any way that is desired.
The wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam from the wheels.
The axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated.
Wheel bearing, washers or bushings are prohibited.
The car must not ride on any springs.
The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used.
Girls are encouraged to be creative when designing and decorating their cars. “Bling” is encouraged.
Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. The Inspection committee has the responsibility to disqualify those cars that do not meet these specifications.
If a girl cannot attend the race, she may have her car run in absentia as long as arrangements have been made prior to race.
Every Girl Scout will receive a patch and trophies will be awarded based on race results.

    There will be an open class if any friends, siblings, leaders or parents would like to compete.

Cars can be purchased at Fran Johnsons (Butte), Michaels (Bozeman & Missoula) or on-line $4-$5
Please direct all Powder Puff questions to Tonia King, Anaconda Service Unit, at 691-4152.

Night at The Museum-Missoula (Grades K-3)

Friday, Mar 22, 2013  5:00 PM 7:00 PM

 Cost:  $5/Girl; $3/Adult

Location:   Families First Children’s Museum  Missoula, MT

The Girl Scouts have been given an all-access, after-hours pass to the Children’s Museum of Missoula. Let your imaginations run wild as you explore dinosaurs, bubbles, forests, and more as the museum opens its doors for a special evening reserved just for Girl Scouts!

The Children’s Museum is packed with engaging museum exhibits crafted specifically for young children. Participants will have free reign of the museum exhibits like the climbing fort and puppet theater, or they can spend their time pretending to be doctors, farmers, or construction workers. Girls will spend the evening learning through play as they also try to step into a giant bubble or go shopping through the make believe health food store. We can only hope that one night at the museum is enough to do all the great activities at The Children’s Museum!

The ‘Precipitation Station’ and the ‘Water Works Wonders’ station relate to the Daisy Journeys and to the Brownies’ ‘Wonders of Water’ Journey. Adults should also encourage girls to try the ‘Go Fish’ hands-on fishing exhibit.

This event is open to girls in grades K-3. Participants must plan to attend with an adult (parent or troop leader). We will provide a healthy snack. Girls will also get to make a special science experiment to take home.

Recruit a Friend: Make this event even more memorable by bringing your non-Girl Scout friends too! Show them how much fun you can have as a Scout and share this wonderful experience together. Non-Girl Scouts will pay the annual membership fee of $12 in addition to the program fee, which will enable them to attend all Girl Scout programs for the membership year.

This event is open to girls in grades K-3 and supervising adults.

Registration deadline: March 8
Girl min/max: 25/100
Adult min/max: 5/25


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