Girl Scouts In The News

8/26/16


Tradition Continues!

Girl Scout Troop 71611 is continuing a tradition that began in the fall of 2008. Girl Scouts of Troop 73712 were in the 7th grade that fall and working on various community service projects and badges. Working with their leader they embarked on learning "all" about still photography.  One afternoon they photographed trees and rocks and flowers -- and each other. That afternoon led to a great interest in photography.  After working with photographers to learn more the girls began work on their next badge, the Business badge.

In earning the Cadette Girl Scout Business badge the girls learned about entrepreneurship, marketing, sales and money management, for example. Upon completion the girls decided to start their own "business" to raise funds to support their community service efforts and fund their troop activities. The Sights of Reading Calendar was born. From the fall of 2008 through the summer of 2009 the young teens took thousands of pictures around their hometown of Reading. The girls chose 12 beautiful pictures to appear in the calendar and then embarked on identifying sponsors, researching and interviewing a printer, finding ways to sell their product and creating marketing materials.  

The production of the calendar continued as the girls made their way through high school.  The monies raised were utilized for community service projects such as their Adopt an Island, suppliers and events for other Girl Scouts and students in need, signage and a trail entrance in the town forest, materials for a literacy project for pre-schoolers, materials to educate children about protecting themselves from the sun, and many more activities.  The "girls" of Troop 73712 are now juniors in college!  Recently, one Mom from the former Girl Scout Troop 73712 stated "Girl Scouts and projects like the calendar and event planning taught my daughter so many skills that have led to even more opportunities during college because of the great knowledge and leadership skills she learned and put to use."

Reading businesses and the community supported the project whole heartedly  Organizations such as Salon Muffie, The Hitching Post, The Reading Chronicle, The Reading Cooperative Bank, Tierney Chiropratic, Douglass Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home, Louisa's Pizza World, Re/Max, Sanborn Place and Home Care and The Olde Reddng Butcher Shoppe supported the project for Troop 73712 and are supporting the project again this year.  One of the greatest gifts the girls of Girl Scout Troop 73712 (Mary Kate, Grace and Kasey) left behind was the calendar legacy.  The sights of Reading continue to be photographed as high school Girl Scout troops have continued the creation and sale of the calendar so that community service projects can be funded.

The calendar will debut at the Reading Street Faire on Sunday, September 11th.  It will be for sale at various events around town but also at The Hitching Post.  THANKS to the "girls" of 73712 who started this project and to all the people and businesses of Reading that support Girl Scouts.

8/19/16


Deadline for Fall Fun is Now!

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will be gathering at Camp Runels in Pelham, NH from October 7-9.  Pitch a tent or sign up to sleep in a platform tent, cabin, tentalo or yurt for the weekend.  The weekend-long, all-you-can-Girl-Scout camping jamboree is open to girls, adults and alumnae!  The deadline for registration is upon us, act NOW!

The camporee is a large extravaganza that is only held every 4 or 5 years given the amount of planning that goes in to running the event.  Staff and volunteers from the GSEM council have spent the last 18 months putting together a weekend of fun.  The camporee  is MOVIE THEMED! Doesn’t everyone love a good movie night? The weekend will have movie-themed program tracks. Tracks include Adventure, with activities like obstacle courses, mazes and other team-building challenges; Sci-Fi,which includes science,technology, engineering and math related activities; Action, which will involve sports and games like gagapits and beach volleyball and Indie Films, which will allow participants to express their creative side and discover many different artistic media. In addition to the program tracks, there will be carnival booths, presentations and large group activities throughout the weekend.

Unlike the 2012 camporee, this event is New England wide.  Girl Scouts from around New England have been invited to participate in this event.  SWAPS will be a highlight of the event.  Attendees are asked to bring their SWAPS (Specially Watchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) to share with other attendees.  

The Camp Runels location also offers participants the opportunity to participate in high ropes adventures as well as many water activities. The water will be full of paddlers in kayaks and canoes.  Trained personnel will be at camp to teach and support all those who wish to participate in these activities.  

The program is open to girls (grades 4 by fall 2016 and up)as well as adults. The weekend’s $40 per participant fee includes the use of the facility,all activities, souvenirs and dinner on Saturday.The Camporee is a flexible event, allowing you to participate as much or as little as you wish. If you want to do an activity and then hang out, you can. Or if you want to run around doing every possible activity, you can! It’s a camp-as-you-wish event. A program guide with all activities will be published and available online closer to the date of the event.Any questions about the event may be sent to camporee@gsema.org. 

8/12/16


The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award  Girl Scout can earn, is celebrating its 100th  year.  In its 100-year history, 1 million girls have earned the Gold Award. But, this still represents a very small fraction of girl scouts able to do all of the work needed to reach this highest level of achievement. In fact, less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Tessa Semders, a recent RMHS graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award and was presented with the award at a ceremony this week.  Tessa has joined a century of women who have accomplished big things. While earning this award, girls explore possible careers, practice public speaking, improve communication skills, research and share their knowledge and often gain practical life skills such as learning to use a new piece of technology. Earning this award truly represents an in credible undertaking and a great learning experience. 

Those who receive the Gold Award have selected a local or global community problem, investigated that problem, invited others to support them, created and presented a plan to address the problem, carried out the plan and then used their experience to educate and inspire others. For Tessa’s Gold Award project, she connected with experts, community members and other Girl Scouts to create lasting change in her community. Gold Award recipients like Tessa devote at least 80 hours to their projects and truly accomplish the Girl Scout mission of developing courage, confidence and character to make our world a better place.

Tessa Senders’ Gold Award project addressed the issue of hearing loss and how to prevent it. She hopes that her project will impact teenagers and the parents of young children and encourage them to protect their own ears and their children’s ears to prevent permanent damage. As part of this project, Tessa created a mannequin called “Jolene,” where “Jolene” is designed to be able to measure the decibel levels of music on an iPhone or MP3 player. Tessa donated the mannequin to the Reading Memorial High School Health department, and the Health Department plans to use Jolene to educate students and their parents about hearing loss. Tessa also created brochures about hearing loss to be used in health classes at Reading Memorial High School. Tessa also gathered a team to help her prepare and run booths at two major Reading town events (the Fall Street Faire and Reading Friends and Family Day) so that Tessa could hand out flyers, earplugs, and other items. With the guidance of a doctor at Boston Children’s hospital, Tessa created a second brochure for parents of infants, and Tessa provided these brochures to pediatrician offices in Reading, North Reading, and Melrose as a way of further educating the community.

Reading Girl Scouts Lindsey Braga, Julia Delaney, Katie Delaney and Lauren Downing served as flag bearer and color guard for the flag ceremony and participated in the candle ceremony celebrating the Girl Scout promise and law.  Tessa was presented with the Gold Award by Nancy Lewis, CFO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and also received proclamations from the White House, Massachusetts Senate and Massachusetts House of Representatives.  Frank Fantasia of the Military Orders of the World Wars and John Arena represented the Reading Selectman presented proclamations from their respective organizations. 

8/12/16


Yum and fun!

This past Wednesday, August 10th, was National S'Mores Day. Yes, a day to celebrate that delicious treat made with a graham cracker, chocolate bar and marshmallow. Perhaps you love your s'more made the traditional way or perhaps you hve adapted it to make it even more yummy for your taste buds.

The s'more, a contraction of "some more", is traced back to Girl Scouts as early as 1925.  Most research finds the creation of the s'more being credited to the Girl Scouts as the recipe for "Some More" was published in Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts in 1927.

The s'more is very simple but it is still a treat of contrasting flavors and textures.  The crunch of the cracker as you bite is followed by the ooey gooey sticky marshmallow that smoothly hits your tongue and is followed by the great taste of chocolate.  The final treat, made with just three ingredients, is so much greater than the individual parts.

A Girl Scout troop is also greater than the individual parts.  Girl Scout troops come in all sizes and ages.  Girls can join Girl Scouts as they enter kindergarten and remain through high school or join any time through their Girl Scout years.  Troops in Reading are typically made up of girls from the same grade although multi grade troops do exist.  

The troops are bound together by two adults who serve as the leaders.  The volunteer leaders receive training in Girl Scout traditions but also regarding safety, working with children, managing troop money and other skills.  Training is offered in person, online and through publications - 24/7 to make it as easy as possible for leaders to feel comfortable in their role.

The leaders and the girls together have an overriding goal of making new friends, learning new skills, providing community service and having fun.  Troops in Reading are welcoming new girls and new troops are being formed as well.  To sign up to join Reading Girl Scouts, visit www.gsema.org and click join.  Once you have entered all your information, Reading volunteers will receive your information and you will receive a welcome emil with further information as the fall approaches.

There is no wrong way to eat a s'more and there certainly are many variations, just as there are many variations of Girl Scout experiences. Girl Scouts participate in troop activities, individual activities and can venture out of Reading to participate with girls from other communities. Some activities are by age group and some include multiple ages which allows older girls to mentor their younger Girl Scout sisters.

8/5/16


Friends and Sisters, too


Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. Girl Scout sisters are all of those things, including biological sisters, too. Meet Lilla and Beatrice Eliet. Lilla is 8 years old and will start the 3rd grade this fall. Beatrice is 6 and will start the 1st grade this fall.

Lilla has been a Girl Scout in Troop 76150 for the past 3 years and is entering her 2nd year of Brownies. Lilla loves to be outdoors. Her favorite badge she has earned is the Outdoor Adventurer badge. The Outdoor Adventurer badge is one of the newest badges to be added for Brownie Girl Scouts. It focuses on giving younger girls the opportunity to “try a lot of new things outdoors and learn about which activities they want to do again.”To earn this badge, girls need to play outdoors in a new way, explore nature,buddy up and play outdoor games, learn a camp skill and care for the outdoors. Lilla went camping and canoeing to earn her badge. Just as the badge aims to do, Lilla tried archery through Girl Scouts and decided she wanted to continue it. Archery is her favorite skill she has learned as a Girl Scout. In fact, Lilla loved it so much she “took archery lessons after learning how to do it with Girl Scouts.” Some of Lilla’s other favorite things include “going to Camp Maude Eaton in Andover, going on hikes, camping, and of course, selling cookies.” But, her absolute favorite thing was, “participating in the Memorial Day celebrations. I was really touched by the ceremonies and I want to recruit more girls for next year”.

 

Beatrice just finished 1 year as a Girl Scout in Troop 62777, which is a Daisy Troop at Barrows. At just 6 years old, Beatrice loves helping others, being independent and being outdoors like her big sister. Beatrice’s favorite things she’s done as a Girl Scout include, “earning petals, going to Girl Scout Camp, and learning about different countries.” And her favorite of the 11 Daisy petals was the Make the World a Better Place petal. To earn it,Beatrice and her troop cleaned up a playground to benefit all of the kids and families in the community. Beatrice is looking forward to earning the rest of her petals in the next year. She also is excited to learn how to do archery with Girl Scouts, when she is a little bit older though. When asked what skills when has learned or improved by being a Girl Scout, Beatrice said, “I learned how to do more things for myself at camp”. Beatrice loves sharing her passion for Girl Scouting. “My dad and I taught my class at school about Girl Scouts this year.  We talked about how our whole family does scouting. Then we read them a book about Juliette Gordon Low and taught them how to make friendship bracelets for a SWAP.”

Like her younger sister, Lilla is excited to continue her adventures in Girl Scouting. Lilla specifically said she was, “really looking forward to more camping, selling cookies, being with some old friends and some new ones”. Beatrice and Lilla both love Girl Scouts and believe that it is a wonderful thing for all girls to participate in. As Beatrice put it, “it's good that girls get to do Girl Scouts because girls learn new things and help protect the Earth.”


7/18/16


Sisters in More Ways than One!

They are sisters in more ways than one.  Katie and Julia Delaney are sisters by birth but they are also sisters in Girl Scouting.  The girls told us they have different personalities but both "love Girl Scouts".  In addition to Girl Scouts "we also bond over similar activities including softball, singing and acting" Katie told us.

Katie will be entering her freshman year at Reading Memorial High School and Julia will be a 7th grader at Coolidge Middle School this fall.  They are entering their 10th and 8th years of Girl Scouting respectively.  Julia's favorite activity to date was traveling with her troop to Club Getaway in Connecticut.  "I have never done anything like that and we pushed ourselves to try new things such as zip lines and a high ropes course" said Julia.  Katie has many favorite memories so far in Girl Scouting but being with her friends, going on trips and building leadership skills top her list.

The girls, along with their fellow troop members, have earned many badges over the years including Making Snacks, Comic Artist, Book Making, Detective badges and any all art badges.  The variety of activities offered through Girl Scouts is exciting.  Additionally, Julia's troop earned the Bronze Award as Juniors and Katie's troop completed two journeys which involve many steps including a Take Action project.

Katie is very outgoing and Julia is a bit more reserved and they both commented that Girl Scouts has helped them grow.  Julia has had opportunities to move out of her comfort zone, taking chances and trying new things which has made her more confident.  Katie, while always outgoing, has built on her teamwork and communication skills such as public speaking. In addition to Girl Scouts these amazing young ladies are very busy.  Katie was involved in the drama, art, yearbook and economics club at middle school along with chorus, softball and basketball.  In high school she plans to participate in the drama club and softball and will be exploring new clubs and groups.  Julia loves to play the piano at home and the clarinet at school.  She just finished the RCTV summer camp which was a great deal of fun.  With her free year long membership to RCTV she will be hanging out there more often learning more about videography.  Julia is also a softball player and loves when she gets the chance to pitch.

The sisters are both looking forward to going to new places with their Girl Scout troops and continuing to become more independent as they move to new Girl Scouting levels. Katie's troop has planned an adventure to Nantucket in August. a girl planned weekend.  In the near future she looks forward to the trip and more bonding with her troop mates.  Long term, both girls look forward to earning their Gold Awards, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

7/11/16


Meet Sophia

Sophia Regazzini just celebrated a decade as a Girl Scout and is looking forward to even more experiences as a Girl Scout.  Sophia started Girl Scouts in first grade and is now preparing to enter her junior year at Reading Memorial High School and her 11th year as a Girl Scout.

Of all the activities, meetings and other events Sophia has participated in, her most favorite have been community service activities such as cooking at a homeless shelter.  Cooking at the shelter was so rewarding.  "Seeing the smiles on people's faces is so great" Sophia told us.  The folks at the shelter are so friendly, warm and enveloping and just lit up when Sophia and others were helping them.

Girl Scouts earn badges during their Girl Scouting years.  Among Sophia's favorite badges are typically the cooking ones.  Sophia spoke about her troop hosting big dinners when working toward the cooking badges.  "We would make the menu items from scratch, it was always fun and delicious." 

With her other troop members, Sophia earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6, 7 and 8) can earn.  The girls held several back to school supply drives all around Reading and then bundled up the supplies and distributed them to the families in the community.  The troop partnered with the Mission of Deeds for the distribution of the school supplies.

Sophia feels that Girl Scouts has helped her develop leadership skills.  She has been presented with many unique opportunities through Girl Scouting.  Sophia has had the chance to be a camp counselor in training but has also worked with many others on a number of leadership boards.  Working as part of a team, collaboratively with other board members has been challenging and rewarding for Sophia and something she has really enjoyed.  These experiences and the knowledge gained will help her far in to the future.

As Sophia looks forward to her final two years as a girl member of Girl Scouts, she is hoping to earn her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.  She is also committed to completing her training to be a camp counselor and continuing to work on projects alongside other Girl Scouts.  

Outside of Girl Scouts Sophia takes several honors level classes, plays the guitar, takes art classes and competes in ice skating competitions as a member of the North Shore Skating Club. 

7/4/16


The Woods are Alive!

Voices, laughter, splashing in the pool and the sounds of girls having fun are coming from the forest on Rice Road in Reading.  Camp Rice Moody, our own little jewel right here in Reading, is open and summer camp is in full session .  The camp is sited on 8 forested acres in a residential area, is an easy 1 mile hike to the Town Forest and is alive with girls from kindergarten through 5th grade right now.  In addition to summer camp, the camp is open year round and is available for Girl Scout meetings and events, indoor overnights and is available for private party rental.

Girls are taking part in planning their week at camp alongside their counselors and fellow campers.  Girls can choose from favorite camp activities like arts and crafts, games, singing and more. Swimming is part of every day activities and once a week girls enjoy their outdoor lunch around the fire pit after cooking it with their fellow campers. Older campers participate in weekly field trips such as heading to Camp Maude Eaton in Andover for canoeing and archery.  

Girls enjoy one week, two weeks or the entire summer at Camp Rice Moody.  This summer the sessions still remaining include Ahoy Mateys, Little Mermaids, Seuss and Woodland Fairies for girls in Kindergarten and first grade while girls entering second and third grade might enjoy Pirate Palooza, Splashtacular, Glitterbugs or Fairy Forest.  For the older girls in fourth and fifth grade the activities abound.  Older girls can participate in a week of H2OOO, Crazy Candy, Design Divas and many other topics.  And each week the older campers venture out to other Girl Scout camps to experience archery, ropes and other activities with a larger group of girls.  One of this week's attendees stated "everyday we do such fun things,  I can't pick a favorite" while her friend was boasting about how she passed her swim test, had made flowers for her Mom, created her own bandana and has been cooking everyday and couldn't wait for Friday's camp fire.

Camp Rice Moody is open to all girls whether they are currently a Girl Scout and is even having a special program for sixth - tenth graders who are "Ready to Help".  Girls in middle and high school can practice leadership skills while working on their Program Aide pin.  Girls can select an area at camp to learn more about and assist younger campers by leading specific activities.  

Camp Rice Moody offers before and after camp care and is even offering a half day camp this summer.  Not a Girl Scout but want to attend camp - no problem - all girls are welcome.  

Camp Rice Moody includes an open play area, well-suited for cookouts and troop activities, and the lodge, a modern all-purpose building for overnights and troop meetings. The lodge has a large meeting room that can be divided and Its kitchen has 2 stoves and 2 refrigerators. Other features include an indoor bathroom, an indoor (non-cooking) fireplace, an outdoor (cooking) fireplace, 50 mattresses, 6 tables and 50 chairs.  During summer camp, ingroundn pool is open each day (weather permitting) for campers.

Make new friends, appreciate nature, swim, exercise.... have fun at camp, right here in Reading.  For more information about Camp Rice Moody, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/camp-day-rice.html. 


6/27/16


Forever Girl Scouts

Perhaps you have heard that Girl Scouts are "Greenbloods".  The sisterhood of Girl Scouts is forever and there are many opportunities for adults who were a Girl Scout, volunteered with Girl Scouts, wished they were a Girl Scout... to participate as an adult. Volunteers are always needed and Reading would welcome anyone who had an hour a year or their entire year to help out.  But, there are many events where Forever Girl Scouts can gather and network.

Family Camping Weekend at the end of July includes boating, swimming, archery, hiking, campfires - everything you love about camp - can be shared with family and friends. This affordable summer weekend outing (July 29-31 is held at Camp Menotomy which is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. All weekend activities are led by trained and certified staff and families can participate in as many or as few activities as they wish. The weekend includes all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch and are served family style in the dining hall. Sleeping accommodations include rustic cabins and platform tents. Register online by July 9th.

The Girl Scouts are going to the Lowell Spinners and the Spinners are giving back.  Tickets for the July 12th and August 10th games are $10 for premium box seats and $2 per ticket is donated to our Girl Scout council.  Tickets can be ordered by contacting Jamie Arthur at the Lowell Spinners organization. Call Jamie at (978) 805-5287 and you will be ready when they play ball! CAMPOREE! 

As the warmth of summer wanes, Girl Scouts are hosting a CAMPOREE! Yes, that’s right: a weekend-long, all-you-can-Girl-Scout camping jamboree right here in Massachusetts. The Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth will be alive with Girl Scouts Friday, October 7 to Sunday October 9, 2016. This year’s camporee is MOVIE THEMED! Doesn’t everyone love a good movie night? The weekend will have movie-themed program tracks. In addition to the program tracks, there will be carnival booths, presentations and large group activities throughout the weekend.. The Camporee is a flexible event, allowing you to participate as much or as little as you wish. Register by August 31 at www.gsema.org.

And save the date to return to camp for a few hours this fall. Alumnae Day at Camp will be held on October 22 at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham from 11am – 3pm. Each attendee may choose how to spend the day. Both the low rope and high rope challenge courses will be open along with the archery field and the new rock wall. A campfire will be ablaze for visitors to gather and reminisce over a s’more, and the Museum at Cedar Hill, which houses one of the most extensive collections of Girl Scout memorabilia in the country, will be welcoming guests


6/20/16


Make the World a Better Place!

Aesop was quoted as saying "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted".  From Muhammad Ali we heard "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth" and from Edgar Allen, the founder of Easter Seals, "Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take... but by what we give."

Girl Scouts have always instilled a sense of community and service in all of its members.  Giving back is a great way to instill community among our members.  Girl Scout Troops and individual Girl Scouts are known for giving back and this usually continues right through the summer here in New England with the warmer weather.  Community service projects are one way that girls become more courageous and more confident.

As troops, girls and families think about "free" time in the summer, please consider planting trees, collecting canned foods and other items for our Food Pantry, helping to beautify a local park or recreation center, donating items/time to animal shelters or performing a cleanup, for example.  One Reading Girl Scout troop recently worked to beautify and stock the children's reading room at Mission of Deeds while a Daisy troop created a Butterfly Garden near Mattera Cabin this spring.

Community Service makes the world a better place RIGHT NOW!  The acts of kindness are important ways to help some people right this very moment.  Community service - helping others...comes from the heart.

Reading Girl Scouts in partnership with Camp Rice Moody summer campers will continue to collect stuffed animals and books for Mission of Deeds this summer.  Containers will be located at the main entrance to the camp building from June 27 through August 11 so please drop off your books and stuffed animals for Mission of Deeds.  


6/6/16


Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for Girl Scouts!

Reading Girl Scouts invite families with future kindergarteners to Camp Rice Moody on Sunday, June 12th from 3-5 pm.  Girl Scout families and friends and the community are invited to join in a Girl Scout celebration - crafts, singing, games and s'mores!  If you are wondering about Girl Scouts and have already finished kindergarten, come along as well!

Fun activities will be available from 3-4 pm on June 12th.  Enjoy the beautiful shaded and sunny areas of Camp Rice Moody as you move through the pathways from one area to another and enjoy making a craft, taking photos, having your face painted or a treat by the campfire - yes s'mores of course. 8 Reading Girl Scouts from 5th to 8th grade have spent the last couple of months planning for a fun afternoon sharing their love of Girl Scouts. At 4 pm, the Girl Scout Sing-A-Long begins.  "Make New Friends", "Mrs. O'Leary", "Chick A Boom", :Little Red Wagon" and so many more favorite Girl Scout songs.  Pack a blanket or sit-upon and join the group in songs and dances. 

Camp Rice Moody has been in Reading for many years, this summer celebrates the 31st year for the current camp and lodge.  Parents, this is a great time to hear directly from girls all about Girl Scouts.  Learn about the traditions of Girl Scouts - the motto "Be Prepared", the slogan "Do A Good Turn Daily" and the very special Freindship Circle. Join the celebration in June and tour the camp while you are there!  Remember, Camp Rice Moody serves 100's of girls for half and full day camp opportunities in the summer.

Reading Girl Scouts will also be at Reading Town Day on Saturday June 11th from 11am - 3 pm.  Stop by the Birch Meadow complex and check out all the local organizations here in Reading.  Girl Scouts has something special for visitors.

5/30/16


The Fun Never Ends!

Girl Scouts are invited.  Pilgrim Belle Cruises invites Girl Scouts to bring the whole family for a fun-filled day on the ocean in search of various species of whales.  The trip dismbarks from Provncetown on July 17th at noon.   

The fun continues with the Lowell Spinners this summer!  The Spinners are excited to invite Girl Scouts to their 2nd Girl Scout Sleepover.  The Spinners take on the Batavia Muckdogs at 5:05 on July 30th and they are hoping that lots of Girl Scouts will be in attendance to cheer them on.  Following the game, grab some grass space for a post-game movie and a night under the lights in centerfield.  This event package includes a game ticket, food voucher, pre-game socut parade, morning breakfast and a unique Spinners Scout Night Patch.   

Camp Menotomy in NH is offering special camping sessions this summer.  MOM and ME is held July 15-17.  Girls are invited to bring their Mom (or other adult female role model) to camp for a weekend about girls.  Make crafts, explore nature, swim in the lake, participate in archery and canoeing and have fun.  The memories will last a lifetime!

The WHOLE family is invited to Camp Menotomy July 29-31.  Boating, swimming, archery, hiking, campfires - share everything you love about camp with your entire family.

It might be after summer ends but tickets are available now for the 2016 Tour of Gymnastics Champions.  Limited seats are available for Girl Scouts at a reduced price for the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions on November 13 at 1 and 7 pm.  The event ticket, normally $35, is available to Girl Scouts for $25 and includes a 2016 Tour of Gymnastics Champions Girl Scout patch and scouts can test their balance, flexibility, and strength at the Fitness Zone on the concourse.

5/23/16


Sing Along with Girl Scouts!

Reading Girl Scouts invite families with future kindergarteners, girls interested in learning about Girl Scouts, families, friends and the community  to join in the Sing Along on June 12th from 3 - 5 pm.  The celebration includes includes crafts, singing, games and s'mores!  If you are wondering about Girl Scouts, were a Girl Scout or just love to sing, join the fun!

Fun activities will be available from 3-4 pm on June 12th.  Enjoy the beautiful shaded and sunny areas of Camp Rice Moody as you move through the pathways from one area to another and enjoy making a craft, getting a tattoo, having your face painted or a treat by the campfire. Reading Girl Scouts and troops are excited to host this event and share the fun of Girl Scouts.  At 4 pm, the Girl Scout Sing-A-Long begins.  Pack a blanket or sit-upon and join the group in songs and dances. 

While Camp Rice Moody has been in Reading for many years,  the current camp and lodge have been in place for 31 years.  The lodge at Camp Rice Moody was burned down in the early 1980's. Significant efforts were made to secure the funds to erect a new building and in 1985, the current lodge was dedicated.  Join the celebration in June and tour the camp while you are there!  Remember, Camp Rice Moody serves 100's of girls for half and full day camp opportunities in the summer.  Camp Rice Moody meets all guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act including the onsite pool.

5/5/16


Time to Get Outdoors!

May flowers are blooming as the Girl Scouts are preparing for so many outdoor activities.   Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts in kindergarten through second grade along with friends are invited to participate in building new outdoor houses for Reading fairies to enjoy this spring.  Girls will gather at Camp Rice Moody on Saturday, May 21st from 10:30 - 12:30 pm to build the homes for the fairies.  Girls can collect all natural materials and bring them to Camp Rice Moody .  Sticks, bark that has fallen from trees, dried grasses, seedpods, nuts, rocks, pebbles, pinecones, driftwood,  moss, ferns, dried flowers, colorful leaves, dry beans, hay, feathers, acorns and more can be brought to create the fairy houses.  There are two rules for this event - all materials must be natural and no harming anything that is still growing.   Get all the details and register for the Fairy House event by visiting the Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org to download the registration form.  Registration must be completed by May 15th.  

Continuing with an outdoor theme and hoping for good weather, the Reading Girl Scouts will honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces by participating in the Reading Memorial Day parade on May 25th.  Girl Scouts, along with other marchers, will gather at 8:30 am on Memorial Day to prepare for the 9 am parade up Main Street and in to the Laurel Hill Cemetery for ceremonies honoring those who died while serving. 

Outdoor activities continue for all Girl Scouts at the second annual Reading Girl Scout Sing Along.  The event is completely girl led.  The planning committee has arranged exciting activities including a scavenger hunt, face painting, jewelry making, crafts and of course a campfire for s'mores.  And the singing begins at 4 pm.  Current Girl Scouts and families along with girls entering kindergarten in September are welcome!  Girls, bring your family, grab a blanket, and be prepared to learn and sing some old favorite songs like "Make New Friends", 'The Moose Song",  "Bumble Bee", "Little Red Wagon", Mrs. O'Leary" and more!  

4/25/16


October, the Time to Plan is NOW!


October seems to have become the month for our Girl Scout sisters to gather together from near and far. 

Join the fun October 7 – 9, 2016 for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Camporee. Returning to The Cape Cod Fairgrounds in Falmouth, the fun will be aplenty. The weekend is MOVIE-THEMED! Who doesn’t love a good move night?  Reading Girl Scouts have available camp certified adults willing to travel with Girl Scouts from Reading.

The Camporee is a flexible event, allowing you to participate as much or as little as you wish. If you want to do an activity and then hang  around,you can. If you want to run around doing every possible activity, you can! It’sa camp-as-you-wish event. A program guide with all activities will be published and available online closer to the date of the event. Registration closes on June 1, 2016 so visit hergirlscouts.org now to register.

After you spend a weekend with all the GSEM scouts you will be energized and won’t be able to wait to do it again. October 2017 finds Girl Scouts gathering in Columbus, Ohio for the Movement’s National Convention and you will want to bethere. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland will be welcoming thousands of Girl Scout visitors to Columbus from October 4 – 8, 2017.

Columbus is a vibrant metropolitan area with a lively arts and entertainment scene,great shopping, one of the country’s most innovative food scenes, and a wide range of professional sports teams. It is also home to Ohio State and Big Ten sports, and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), where they make science fun for kids and where more than one million Girl Scouts have participated in the COSI Camp-In.

October wouldn’t be the same if you couldn’t gather with thousands of other Girl Scouts,so mark your calendar now and start saving for this special adventure. Whether you choose to make the 12-hour drive or take off to the skies, plan to be there!

While you are marking the calendar and saving for the trip, keep in mind that the Girl Scouts convene their national convention every 3 years and October 2020 will find our Girl Scout sisters heading south to Orlando, FL!

4/18/16


Happy 100th National Park Service!

The Girl Scouts of the USA have partnered with the National Park Service!  Girl Scouts have launched the "Girl Scout Ranger Program" which connects Girl Scouts with National Park sites throughout the entire country - including monuments, seashores and urban sites.

Thanks to this program, girls can enjoy a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects or the girls can design their own project that aligns with the Girl Scout Journey experience, badge activities or a Take Action project.  Girls completing projects involving the park services will be awarded Girl Scout badges as well as certificates from the National Park Service.

Girls and troops can visit the National Park Service website to get all the details about the Ranger Program.  Visit the National Park website at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/youthprograms/girlscoutranger.htm.  Find a park near your home or travel outside your home zone and explore the history of the park and learn about is natural and cultural resources.  Troop leaders and parents can arrange for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided interpretive tours, and the Girl Scout Ranger Program will also allow girls to build their own unique experience.

Clicking the link to the park service website opens up a plethora of opportunities and excitement.  Most know that Boston contains a national park for all its historic areas but did you know that the Boston Harbor Islands, Washington's headquarters at the Longfellow House in Cambridge, the Essex National Heritage Area, the National Seashore on Cape Cod, Lowell, Concord, Lexington, Adams, the Appalachian Trail through Massachusetts (and New England), New Bedford, Saugus and ......... all contain sites that are part of the National Park Service.

The national parks are an important part of the USA and its many generations and offer very unique experiences.  Check out the website and enjoy all that the parks have to offer!

4/11/16


Fairies, Dancing, Singing and More!

Spring is here and Reading Girl Scouts are excited about so many of  their upcoming events.  All girls in grades K-5, Girl Scout or not, are invited to dance the (early) night away on Friday, April 29th.  Girls can be dropped off for a Parent's Night Out as plenty of chaperones will be on site.  Honda Gallery of Reading has provided their showroom area for this event.  Pizza, appetizers and dancing from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  

May brings the warmer weather and the fairies will be returning to Reading, we hope.  Girl Scouts are invited to spend the afternoon in the woodlands at Camp Rice Moody.  From natural materials, fairy houses are created by Girl Scouts. At the end of this annual event, everyone will roam the woods to view all the houses before gathering for snacks and story time.

June 12th will find Reading Girl Scouts celebrating at Camp Rice Moody with their annual Sing Along.  The planning committee comprised of 8 current Girl Scouts in grades 5-8 have been busy planning this event.  The afternoon will kick off at 3 pm with a choice of activities for attendees and their families.  Girls who are thinking of participating in Girl Scouts are invited to join the fun and learn what Girl Scouts is all about. Activities include hiking, science experiments, face painting, crafts and a campfire with s'mores, of course!  At 4 pm, the Sing Along begins. Bring a blanket and pick a spot as the group sings traditional Girl Scout songs and oh so many of those repeat after me songs that are loved!  Everyone will be laughing and singing.

Families are welcome to join the Sing Along and Reading Girl Scouts especially hope that families with girls entering kindergarten this fall will come and have fun. Troops are being formed for the fall.

4/4/16


Hank Phillippi Ryan to Speak to Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts' Alumnae Network was formed four years ago with a simple goal - engage Girl Scout alums and provide a network for them to share their past, the here and now and the future.  With a monthly newsletter written by alumnae for alumnae and the annual Fall for Service event which has been held each fall for the last three years, the alumnae network committee is thrilled to announce a new series of Fireside Chats.

The first Fireside Chat will be held on June 2nd from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.  This free event will feature Hank Phillippi Ryan, on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate.  Ryan is thrilled to be the inaugural speaker for the Fireside Chat Series for the Alumnae Network as she herself is a Girl Scout alumna.

Ryan has won 33 EMMYs, 13 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism.  Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction.  National reviews have called her a "master of crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."  

A bestselling author of eight mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, two Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.  Her 2013 novel, The Wrong Girl, won both the Agatha Award for Berst Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller.  Truth Be Told is the Agatha Award winner for Best Contemporary Novel, an Anthony Award nominee and a Library Journal Best Book of 2014.

For the inaugural Fireside Chat Hank will talk about mixing the worlds of fact and fiction - her career that goes from radio reporter to Rolling Stone Magazine to US Senate to undercover investigations -- the obstacles and the rewards, the challenges as a newbie reporter in the early 70's as well as the challenges of an experienced senior reporter.  She will also talk about making a career change at mid-life -- can it really work to follow your dreams?  Come hear Hank speak and chat with fellow alumnae about following your dreams.

To register for this event, please email alumnae@gsema.org.  It is bound to be an interesting night around the beautiful stone fireplace at the historic Great Hall at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.

3/28/16


Lights, Camera, Camping!

Calling all Reading Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusettswill be hosting a CAMPOREE!  The CapeCod Fairgrounds in Falmouth will be alive with Girl Scouts Friday, October 7 toSunday October 9, 2016. 

Just four years ago, Girl Scouts of EasternMassachusetts hosted their first camporee in celebration of the 100thanniversary of Girl Scouts. While the weather was not so great, the weekend wasamazing. Girls, adults and alumnae made their way to the fairgrounds tocelebrate the anniversary. Events included the opening ceremony, sports andgames, arts and crafts, science activities, trivia, and a carnival! Though theweekend left many drenched with rain, the fun never stopped. There were alwayspeople in the ga-ga pits, which quickly became mud pits, and activities likearchery and fencing always had a line. 

This year’s camporee will be a littlebit different, it is MOVIE THEMED! Doesn’t everyone love a good movie night?The weekend will have movie-themed program tracks. Tracks include Adventure,with activities like obstacle courses, mazes and other team-buildingchallenges; Sci-Fi, which includes science, technology, engineering and mathrelated activities; Action, which will involve sports and games like gaga pitsand beach volleyball and Indie Films, which will allow participants to expresstheir creative side and discover many different artistic media. 

In addition tothe program tracks, there will be carnival booths, presentations and largegroup activities throughout the weekend. Alumnae that choose to attend withouta troop or group of girl members will be able to set up camp near each other.The program is open to girls (grades 4 by fall 2016 and up) as well as adults.The weekend’s $40 per participant fee includes the use of the facility, allactivities, souvenirs and dinner on Saturday. The Camporee is a flexible event,allowing you to participate as much or as little as you wish.  Or if you want to runaround doing every possible activity, you can! It’s a camp-as-you-wish event. Aprogram guide with all activities will be published and available online closerto the date of the event. 

If you would like to attend the weekend as part of a Reading contingent, contact us now!  Reading has camp certified adults who are attending. Perhaps your troop wishes to attend, perhaps just one or two girls - no matter, join the fun,  ContactReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com so we can arrange a group and get registered.

3/21/16


Health Day for Girls!

Girl Scout Troop 65038 is made up of a dozen amazing 5th graders from the Barrows Elementary School.  This group has been together since kindergarten. 

Amber, Abby, Nora, Madison, Danielle, Madeline, Madeleine, Megan, Phoebe, Julia, Sara and Riley are committed to being strong role models for younger girls.  The group is excited to be hosting their 2nd annual Health Day for Girl Scouts and their friends in grades 2 through 5.  

Two sessions are being offered on Wednesday, March 30th; 1:15 - 2:15 pm or 2:15 - 3:15 pm.  Participants will take part in a fun fitness class, relax with some yoga and share a healthy snack. All activities promote good choices, teamwork and being the best you can be.  To register for this event, visit www.ReadingGirlScouts.org and complete the registration form. 

Proceeds from this event will help the troop fund their troop trip to Rocking Horse Ranch in New York this spring.  Rocking Horse Ranch is a year round facility with varying activities depending on the time of year.  This spring, the girls of Troop 65038 will participate in rock climbing, boating and horseback riding while at the ranch.  The ranch's riding adventure will take the girls back in time with the flavor of the Old West.  In addition to taking part in these activities the Reading Girl Scouts will meet other Girl Scouts from the northeast because the weekend is Girl Scout weekend and the resort will be bustling with Girl Scouts and their leaders.  The girls will also earn badges as they learn new skills and expand their horizons.

3/14/16


Silver Award Earned!

Hours of work over the course of the last eighteen months came to a culmination last week when Alyssa Cole, Julia Scozzari and Sarah Murray were presented with their Girl Scout Silver Award pins.  As Cadette Girl Scouts, these young ladies worked tirelessly to earn the Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.  Pursuing the Girl Scout Silver Award gives girls the chance to do big things and make their community better in the process.

These Girl Scouts identified an issue that they cared about, explored the community to find out a need and then developed their project.  Once their project was developed, they made a plan and put it in to motion.  For Alyssa, Julia and Sarah, they focused on educating our community on the importance of Service Dogs.  The girls thought that this was an important project to carry out because of the lack of understanding by many people of what Service Dogs do.  The goal of the project was to educate individuals and organizations about the Service Dogs while also helping the organizations that provide the service animals.

The girls chose to work with The Service Dog Project Inc. who donates their dogs to those who are mobility impaired.  During the training, these dogs learn to match their pace with their handlers in order to help steady their master.  All service dogs must be focused and relaxed in order to receive commands from their handlers.

In earning this award, the girls needed to invest a minimum of 50 hours each towards their project.   In order to help The Service Dog Project Inc. (SDP) the girls held educational sessions for community members.  Working in conjunction with the Reading Public Library, the girls held a well attended educational event at the Reading Senior Center during the summer of 2015.  Folks from the SDP helped the girls educate the citizens.  The SDP has donated over 100 Great Danes to individuals who have severe balance and mobility limitations.

In addition, the girls developed a brochure to hand out as well as a website.  To  find out more about this Silver Award project please visit http://whatisaservicedog.weebly.com/.  If you encounter these young ladies around Reading, please take a moment to offer your congratulations on their earning this award.

2/29/16


Nominate and Celebrate Volunteerism

Each year, the Reading Girl Scout community honors those who have gone above and beyond to help the Girl Scouts.  The Volunteer of Excellence Award is given to a volunteer who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls or who has contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl or adult members.  

In addition, newer volunteers, those who have participated for less than two years, may be honored with the Green and Growing Award.  These individuals need to have participated in at least one service unit or council event, implemented the Girl Scout Leadership experience within troop programming, kept a troop open to new members and participated with girls in the annual cookie sale.

Girl Scouts do not want to forget community partners.  The Make New Friends Award is given to businesses or  individuals who are not Girl Scouts for their contributions to the Girl Scout community.  These individuals or organizations may have donated meeting space, materials or a monetary donation or served in a mentor-ship role to further the Girl Scout mission.  Past recipients include The Hitching Post, The Reading Co-operative Bank, Zinga, The Reading Chronicle, Mission of Deeds and The Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe, for example.   We have also honored individuals who have served as first aiders, photographers and mentors on so many occasions.

On May 11, 2016, all awardees will be invited to our special celebration. The annual event is held at Camp Rice Moody in Reading at 7 pm.  All nominations should be submitted to ReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com.  When submitting your nomination, please include the nominees  name, reason(s) for the nomination and your name and telephone number. Nominations may be mailed to 125 Franklin Street in Reading.  Nominations are due by April 15, 2016.

2/22/16


Tour the World

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides celebrated World Thinking Day this week.  Each year, on February 22nd, girls around the world participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.  Thinking Day is a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA are part of a global community - one of 146 countries.  Thinking Day is also a fundraiser for the World Thinking Day Fund which supports Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in under-privileged areas of the world.

With funds raised in the past, the Girl Guide Association of Zimbabwe bought a vehicle to enable them to reach the poorest girls and young women in remote rural areas outside of the capital city Harare while the Haiti Guides Association received money to help them build a new National Headquarters following the 2010 earthquake.  A grant to Sudan Girl Guides Association helped to fund a goat-rearing project in some of the country's most deprived rural areas.

Reading Girl Scouts will host "Tour the World" on Sunday, March 6th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Camp Rice Moody.  Troops, small groups and individual girls chose a country to learn about and then during the "Tour the World" celebration they will set up a display so guests can learn about the country.  Displays will share information about the country's culture, traditions, foods, geography and history, for example.  During past celebrations, groups have performed dances associated with their countries, served snacks from their country and played games.  

Tour the World is a family event and guests are invited to visit Camp Rice Moody and tour the world.  Guests will receive a passport that will be stamped for each country they visit.  At the event, donations are accepted which will be sent to the World Thinking Day Fund on behalf of Reading Girl Scouts.  Fun patches will be available for purchase by Girl Scouts and guests.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2016 is CONNECT.  It is hoped that girls will celebrate by "Connecting with me" - taking the time to connect with themselves and understanding what makes them happy and confident.  Girls are asked to "Connect with friends" since the connection of friendship brings happiness.  Connect with someone they care about, make a new friend and explore the relationships that matter to them.  "Connect with the world" and see how you can make a difference in the places you care about - family, troop, community and more.

2/15/16


Sadly, boo hoo, the February school vacation is coming to an end but what better time to start thinking about April school vacation!  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offer April Vacation Camp for girls from kindergarten through 10th grade.

No need to wait until summer for an adventure,  You can attend camp for one day, two days or the entire week.  Each day offers exciting new programs tailored to each age level.  For girls in grades 6 - 10, experience the best of both worlds - traditional camp activities and exciting field trips.

Girls in kindergarten through 5th grade can attend one day sessions such as Budding Artist, Time Warp, Mad 4 Science and Camp Palooza.  Artists of all levels are welcome to participate in painting, sculpting and jewelry making for an entire day.  Time Warp allows participants to explore the past and flash forward to the future.  Camp becomes a laboratory as girls spend the day creating geysers, launching rockets, making bouncy balls and more.  Camp Palooza allows participants to enjoy a fun-filled day from arts and crafts to cooking over the open fire, singing and eating the traditional snack - s'mores.

For those in grades 6 through 10 the four days of April vacation provide the same opportunity for girls to meet new friends during Teen Adventures. All days begin and end at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham but girls will be found in the city and points north and south.  Courtesy of Boston Pizza Tours, girls will spend the day in the north end seeing the sights, exploring the neighborhood and eating pizza.  Paint party day unleashes the girl's creative spirit as they turn a blank canvas in to a masterpiece under the direction of a skilled artist.  High Adventure day will allow girls to reach new heights on the new high ropes course at Camp Runels.  And therapy, chocolate therapy that is, will be the theme of the day for Friday.  Participants will taste test different kinds of chocolate and see how it's made.  And the family at home will be excited when girls bring home treats that they created themselves.

To sign up for any of these days of adventure, visit www.gsema.org, click on CAMP and be ready for an exciting April vacation!  


2/8/16


26 years ago, Reading adults associated with Girl Scouts decided to honor and assist the young women that were graduating from high school and moving on to be adult members of the Girl Scout Movement. The Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award was created and in the years since, more than $12,000 has been awarded to Reading Girl Scouts who moved on to further their education.

High school seniors have entered their final semester of high school and assuredly are thinking about the next step. The Reading Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are excited to be able to offer an Achievement Award and a Scholarship respectively. The Reading Achievement Award is available to any graduating Reading senior girl whether from Reading Memorial High School, a parochial, private, vocational school or from a home schooling program.  She must be a currently registered Girl Scout (either in a troop or as an individual) as of October 1st of the current school year, must have been active in a troop or as a Juliette for at least four (4) years – two of which were beyond the 5th grade; and is going on to any type of higher education.  The GSEM award is open to all registered Girl Scout seniors.  Both awards are in recognition of leadership, community engagement and personal commitment to the Girl Scouts mission.

Reading Girls who recently received the award are currently studying at UMass Amherst, Temple University, Salem State University and Ithaca College. These young women continue to excel as leaders in their respective academic communities. If you would like to donate in honor of girls such as these, donations to the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award can be mailed to 157 West Street, Reading, MA.

The Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award is not underwritten, funded or distributed by the Girl Scout council or the Reading Service Unit of Girl Scouts - the awards are 100% funded by donations from individuals, monies raised by the Awards Committee and Girl Scouts troops who have donated each year from their cookie sale profits. The Achievement Award Committee recently finished their Sights of Reading Calendar fundraiser which was supported by Sanborn Place, Douglass, Edgerley & Besson Funeral Home, Louisa's Pizza, Goodhearts, Dynamik Sports, Tierney Chiropractic, Mary Ann Quinn at the Premier Realty Group, The Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe, Reading Cooperative Bank, SG Contracting, Mark Nelson of RE/MAX Leading Edge, Salon Muffie and The Hitching Post. Make sure to look for the 2017 calendar later this year!


2/1/16


The Girl Scout summer Camping Guide has been published.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts have 4 resident camps, 6 day camps and 2 family overnight camp programs. Camp programs are available for girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  Camps are located throughout eastern Massachusetts and in central and southern New Hampshire.

Right here in Reading we have Camp Rice Moody on Rice Road.  Camp Rice Moody, owned by the Reading Council for Girls, has been  utilized by Girl Scouts for over 65 years.  Camp Rice Moody will be serving girls in kindergarten through 5th grade again this summer.  Girls can take part in planning their week at camp alongside their counselors and fellow campers.  Girls can choose from favorite camp activities like arts and crafts, games, singing and more.  Swimming is part of every day's activities and once a week girls enjoy their outdoor lunch around the fire pit after cooking it with their fellow campers.  

Girls can enjoy one week, two weeks or the entire summer at Camp Rice Moody.  Sessions being offered include Little Mermaids, The World of Seuss,, Incredible Edibles and Ahoy Matey for girls in Kindergarten and first grade while girls entering second and third grade might enjoy Pirate Palooza, Splashtacular, S'more Than Camp Fun and Glitterbugs.  For the older girls in fourth and fifth grade the activities abound.  Older girls can participate in a week of Design Divas or Mystery Mayhem, H2OOOO, and Crazy for Candy.

Camp Rice Moody is open to all girls whether they are currently a Girl Scout and will even have a special program for sixth - tenth graders who are "Ready to Help".  Girls in middle and high school can practice leadership skills as a DCA (Day Camp Assistant).  Girls can select an area at camp to learn more about and assist younger campers by leading specific activities.  

Camp Rice Moody offers before and after camp care and is even offering a half day camp this summer.  Not a Girl Scout but want to attend camp - no problem - all girls are welcome.  Want to learn more about this wonderful opportunity right here in Reading, visit the camp during an upcoming Open House.  Take a tour Wednesday, February 24th from 6-7 pm, Sunday, March 20th from 1 - 2:30 pm, Wednesday, April 14th from 6-7 pm or Sunday, May 22nd from 1-2 pm.  

Make new friends, appreciate nature, swim, exercise.... have fun at camp, right here in Reading.  For more information about Camp Rice Moody, visit http://www.gsema.org/en/camp/our-camps/rice-moody/rice-day-camp.html.

1/25/16


Tour the World

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will celebrate World Thinking Day in February.  Each year, on February 22nd, girls around the world participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.  Thinking Day is a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA are part of a global community - one of 146countries.  Thinking Day is also a fundraiser for the World Thinking Day Fund which supports Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in under-privileged areas of the world.

With funds raised in the past, the Girl Guide Association of Zimbabwe bought a vehicle to enable them to reach the poorest girls and young women in remote rural areas outside of the capital city Harare while the Haiti Guides Association received money to help them build a new National Headquarters following the 2010 earthquake.  A grant to Sudan Girl Guides Association helped to fund a goat-rearing project in some of the country's most deprived rural areas.

The theme for World Thinking Day 2016 is CONNECT!  Connect with me!  Connect with Friends!  Connect with the World!  Connect, share and Celebrate!  And that is exactly what reading Girl Scouts will do on March 6th.

Reading Girl Scouts will host "Tour the World" on Sunday, March 6th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Camp Rice Moody.  Troops, small groups and individual girls choose a country to learn about and then during the "Tour the World" celebration, set up a display so guests can learn about the country.  Displays will share information about the country's culture, traditions, foods, geography and history, for example.  During past celebrations, groups have performed dances associated with their countries, served snacks from their country and played games.  If you wish to participate by choosing a country, visit www.readinggirlscouts.org and all the details.

Tour the World is a family event and guests are invited to visit Camp Rice Moody and tour the world.  Guests will receive a passport that will be stamped for each country they visit.  At the event, donations are accepted which will be sent to the World Thinking Day Fund on behalf of Reading Girl Scouts.  Fun patches will be available for purchase by Girl Scouts and guests.

Reading Girl Scouts invite all Readingites to view the displays but we also welcome you to represent a country.  Join the fun and learn about one of our world's countries.

1/18/16


Sisters, Girl Scouts and Beyond!


As we have previously shared, Reading Girl Scouts have been holding an annual Skating Day for more than 50 years.  Hockeytown in Saugus was the venue at the beginning and rinks in Melrose and Stoneham were used at various times.  Even the outdoor rink at Memorial Park was used as a gathering spot for Girl Scout Skating Day.

The Burbank Ice Arena is now the location for this annual event which includes ice skating, face painting and even tables for youngsters to sit and warm up and do some coloring.  As the smiling happy faces entered the rink on Monday, one could tell that it was going to be a fun morning.  Girl Scout sisters skated hand in hand but they also brought their friends and shared a bit of the Girl Scout sisterhood with them.  Smiles galore were seen around the rink as girls spent time with their Mom, Dad, grandparent or other special guest.  Sisters could even be seen helping brothers (oh yes, those boys) learn to skate.

The Reading Girl Scouts Friends & Family Ice Skating Day is completely 100% volunteer organized.  Times, they are a changing, and this year, the volunteers at the rink included numerous non Girl Scout teens as well as registered Girl Scouts.  Ceeva Flood, Catherine Kerr and Sophia Regazzini are all long time Girl Scouts and gave of their time.  As elementary level Girl Scouts they often enjoyed attending with family and friends to skate the morning away.  Now, they come to help and ensure that all guests have fun.  

The Girl Scouts were lucky and very thankful to have some phenomenal young ladies (non Girl Scouts) come and help out as well.  Six juniors from Reading Memorial High School gave of their time to make sure that others had fun.  Tess O'Regan, Hannah Almeida, Quinn Marchetti, Jamie Azulay, Jacquelyn Iannuzzo and Lizzie Schwartz all came to help.  The teen volunteers were engaging, excited to be there and so helpful to all the guests.  The teens could be found blowing up balloons,  welcoming guests and handing out the special penguin patches, taking photographs, assisting youngsters on the ice, face painting and oh yes, cleaning up!  

The teen volunteers did not get to skate around for fun but had a fun time helping others.  "I had a blast with the kids" said Lizzie and "It was fun" said Jaquelyn.  Reading Girl Scouts are 400 strong in Reading with numerous adult volunteers as well but are always in need of additional help and are very THANKFUL to all these volunteers!


1/11/16


Celebrate and Honor Volunteerism

Troop 75097 worked with the Reading Rotary and the Adopt A Family program to make the holidays a little brighter for families in need.  They not only adopted a family and supplied a meal for them, they also did a wrapping paper and blanket drive to add a little something to over 30 baskets.

Troop 75097 feels fortunate to live in such a community of giving people.  The troop reached out to family and friends to help them "Wrap it Up" for families in need.  The girls asked for donations of wrapping paper, tape and bows for families to have included with the gift items that were donated by so many Reading residents. The girls also put out the request for cozy warm holiday throw blankets to include with the packages to make it a snuggly Christmas for the recipient families. The troop collected  over 50 rolls of wrapping paper and 30 blankets. 

On the morning of drop off they brought their food basket donation  and "Wrap it Up" items to the DPW garage for distribution.  The Reading Girl Scout community is proud of this troop's efforts. As a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award, we hope that this troop, and many others, will be honored for their efforts.

Reading Girl Scouts are thrilled to honor both individuals (beginning at 5 years of age) and families with this award. America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation. This award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents to live a life of service.

We know there are many Girl Scouts out there who qualify to be honored with this award and we are in search of them.  Community service hours as part of Girl Scouts count but so do hours spent with school classmates, family and friends helping in the community, volunteering as a coach, volunteering for a sports organization, caring for an Adopt an Island, helping the food pantry, assisting a neighbor and so much more.  All the hours add together! Consider joining many Readingites who have earned this award as they provided many hours of service to the Girl Scout community, their school communities and the town as a whole.  

Reading Girl Scouts have certified a number of teen Girl Scouts since 2010 and hope to add Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as families to the list for the 2014 calendar year and the upcoming year.  We are hoping this year will be the year we honor families as well.  
 
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.  Consider logging your hours and being recognized for your good deeds.   


1/4/16


Deep Rooted!


Reading Girl Scouts have deep roots in the Reading community.  The year was 1918 and Juliette Low had founded Girl Scouts  six years earlier in 1912.  Women of Reading heard about the organization and decided that the young girls of Reading should have the same opportunities as the Girl Scouts of Savannah and Girl Scouts of Bedford and Malden, MA for example.

In 1965, fifty years ago, the adult volunteers in Reading hosted Ice Skating Day at Hockeytown!  Yes, the annual Reading Ice Skating event dates back at least 50 years.  Notes in the Reading Girl Scout archives reveal that it was 30 cents per girl in 1965 and the skating event was open to Reading Girl Scouts for an hour.  In 1969 girls paid 40 cents to attend and by 1970, 50 cents got the girls in to the one hour skating event.  Different rinks in the area from Melrose to Saugus, Wilmington to Burlington have hosted the Reading Girl Scouts.

By the mid 70's the event was $1.00 per girl and through the 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's the event has continued.  The Reading Girl Scouts will host the annual Ice Skating event for at least the 50th year this coming Monday, January 19th.  Since the opening of the Burbank Arena in 1994, the Girl Scouts have hosted the event right here in our hometown.  The event expanded to be two hours in length and include not only the girls from Reading but surrounding communities and siblings and parents.  It's a family affair!

Girl Scouts and families are invited to participate in the annual skating event Monday from 9:30 - 11:20 am.  The entrance fee is $5.00 per person with a family maximum of $12.00 which includes a patch for kids.  Skate rentals are available on a first come first serve basis.  Additionally, face painting is available in the warm room along with tables for coloring, drawing and warming up.  For complete details, visit the Reading Girl Scout website at readinggirlscouts.org.  

The website will also give you the details about the upcoming FUNTASTIC event for girls in kindergarten through 5th grade and the annual square dances for grades K-5!  JOIN the FUN!  Funtastic has been run annually for the last decade by a group of Reading Girl Scouts.  Funtastic is being held January 30th from 1230-2 or 230-4 pm.  Participants will make Flubber, Fuzzletons, Friendship Bracelets, Tissue Paper Flowers and Girl Scout Stars. Girls can have their faces painted and participate in Sports and Games!  The square dance for grades K - 2 will be held on February 27th and grades 3 and up will Do Si Do the night away on March 5th.  Don't get left out in the cold, spaces are filling quickly.

12/28/15


New and Traditional Activities for the New Year!

The new year is upon us and Girl Scouts have a chance to try so many new activities.  Why not kick off the new year by signing up by 1/3/16 for Crazy Cupcakes.  Girls will create their own crazy cupcake flavor and learn how to decorate cupcakes using simple items that are typically found in kitchen cabinets.  You will use your new creative skills to participate in a Cupcake Wars-style competition.  This event occurs Saturday, January 16 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.

Night Fun is also being held at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham!  Join the group on January 20th from 4 - 6 pm for snowshoeing (hiking if no snow).  You will explore nature on snowshoes and then warm-up with hot chocolate.  If you prefer a daytime adventure, join the group at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover on January 23rd from 9 - 11 am for this activity.

Right here at Camp Rice Moody in Reading on January 30th, Cadettes can earn the Screenwriter badge.  Pick through a "stranger's trashcan" and piece together crumpled letters, movie tickets and a slew of other items to write a short script or piece of fiction about the character whose life was glimpsed in the contents of the trashcan.  Cross your fingers you don't find the smelly banana peel?

January will be topped off with the Girl Leadership Conference being held at Simmons College.  This all day conference on January 30th will feature a keynote speaker, workshops and a networking resource fair.  Workshops will focus on developing leadership skills used in college, the workforce and everyday life.  Older girls won't want to miss this awesome day long event.


12/14/15


The GSEM Alumnae Network completed their 3rd annual Fall forService season at Camp Rice Moody in Reading recently.  The events began in the fall of 2013 and Reading has always been a well attended and very productive event.


As done in prior years, the GSEM Alumnae Network partnered with Project Sweet Peas – Multiple Miracles to make blankets and picture frames for NICU babies. However, in addition, the network “used resources wisely” and made polar fleece hats from the small pieces of fleece that remained after the blankets were completed.  The hats will fit children from about age two to seven and are being donated to homeless shelters in eastern Massachusetts.


Fall for Service kicked off at Camp Cedar Hill during Alumnae Day at Camp on Halloween day. Alumnae participated in hiking, archery, ropes course activities, a singalong, a camp fire and the service project during the event.  In November the Walpole Scout House was opened and welcomed alumnae, girls and friends one Sunday afternoon.  The group worked diligently making hats,blankets and even ornaments. A special guest, Juliette Gordon Low, attended the event and participated in a special candle ceremony hosted by Walpole Girl Scouts.


The fall series was capped off in Reading where more than 100 adults and girls gathered.  With every table and chair in the building being used, many took to the floor to create blankets and more hats.  Alumnae and girl members came with friends, some who were being introduced to the Girl Scout Movement for the first time, and enjoyed great conversation and snacks while working.  Elizabeth, a girl member told us it was her third year and she was very excited to make blankets again but thought the hats were really cool. Samantha thought it was great because she worked with others, like a team, to make a blanket but then made a hat all by herself! 


Almost 70 blankets, 150 Thanksgiving frames and more than 80 hats were completed during the three alumnae gatherings. Project Sweet Peas delivered the foam frames so that each family would receive a photo of their baby on their first Thanksgiving Day.  The blankets will be included in the care packages that they deliver on a regular basis to the NICUs.


Project Sweet Peas – Multiple Miracles is a non-profit organization run by volunteers across the country who, through personal experience, have become passionate about providing comfort to families with babies in the intensive care units of hospitals.  Project Sweet Peas programs support the wellness of families by providing care packages and other services that offer comfort while furthering the bond between parent and child. 


12/7/15


A  Night of Tradition for Brownies & Juniors

Traditions give Girl Scouts a sense of history—and inspire them to be the best they can be.  Sharing traditions with millions of Girl Scouts - and the huge network of Girl Scout alumnae who came before them - helps remind girls they belong to a big, powerful sisterhood.

The Girl Scout sign, the motto - "Be Prepared", the Girl Scout slogan - "Do a good turn daily", the Girl Scout handshake, the friendship circle representing the unbroken chain of friendship among Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world and SWAPS all represent long standing traditions.

Learn  more about Girl Scout traditions on Friday, December 18 at Camp Rice Moody in Reading.  Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts (Grades 2-5) are invited to A Night of Tradition from  5:30 - 8:30 pm.  Join with others for a fun night!  Bake using the original Girl Scout cookie recipe, sing traditional Girl Scout songs, make crafts, and more! Each participant will do "a good turn" by bringing home a bag of cookies for their own family and taking a bag to donate to those in need or a local hero as a thank you for all they do!  This event is run by alumnae Girl Scouts and the proceeds will benefit the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award. 

The venue for this event, Camp Rice Moody, is also a long standing tradition for Reading Girl Scouts.  Dating back many decades, Reading and subsequently North Reading Girl Scouts, have been gathering and celebrating at Camp Rice Moody in Reading.  30 years ago, in July of 1985, the current building was dedicated at Camp Rice Moody. The camp has been the location for thousands of troop meetings, thousands of friendship circles, so many celebrations such as investitures, court of awards, flag ceremonies, rededications, bridgings and thousands of campers have attended summer camp at Camp Rice Moody.

So join the fun on Friday December 18.  Girl Scouts are welcome to bring friends and share the celebration.  Sing the "Bear Song", "Make new Friends" song, laugh with friends and eat some yummy cookies along with making crafts.  Parents, enjoy the time celebrating with adult friends or shopping for the upcoming holidays!  Registration form is available on the Reading Girl Scout website!  Don't delay, submit today.

11/30/15


Ready, Set, Chew – It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

 

The cookie season for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts kicks off Friday, December 11th!!  Girl Scout cookies are delicious, make great holiday gifts, and benefit a great organization.  Help support the Reading Girl Scouts by purchasing some delicious cookies!


Did you know the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world? All of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with the local council and troops.  Additionally, buying cookies from a Girl Scout helps girls learn about goal setting, decision making, money management,people skills, and business ethics.  The Cookie Program helps girls build skills essential to leadership, success, and life!   


This year, Reading Girl Scouts will be selling 8 different types of cookies.  Thanks-A-Lots are a shortbread cookie dipped in rich fudge and topped with an embossed thank you message in 1 of 5 languages. Cranberry Citrus Crisps are a whole grain cookie full of tangy cranberry bits and zesty citrus flavor.  The traditional Shortbread cookie (formerly Trefoils) is a classic.  Thin mints are crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolate coating.  Peanut Butter Patties (formerly Tagalongs) are a crispy vanilla cookie layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.  Caramel DeLites (formerly Samoas) are a vanilla cookie topped with caramel sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolaty strip.  The Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie (formerly Do-Si-Dos) is crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.  Which flavor is your favorite?


It is the 10th birthday for the popular Lemonade cookie.  The Lemonade cookies are savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon flavored icing.  Since they were introduced, they’ve become one of the best-selling cookies.  They have a uniquely refreshing taste and are vegan too!  Additionally, the packaging no longer has a box, keeping more than 200 tons of paperboard out of the waste stream annually.    


If you do not know a Girl Scout, the Girl Scout Cookie Finder makes finding your favorite cookies a snap.  Download the app on your mobile phone orvisitwww.girlscouts.org/cookies to find dates and locations for Girl Scout cookie sales near you.  Girl Scout troops will be hosting many booth sales in and around Reading.  


11/20/15


Troop 75097 is working towards raising money for community service projects and a camping adventure.  The troop is active in the community and will be using funds to participate in Adopt-A-Family sponsored by the Reading Rotary Club, a paper drive that will provide gift wrapping supplies to families in need, and Mission of Deeds. This event will also allow the girls to attend Camp Getaway, a Girl Scout camp in Western Connecticut where Troop 75097 will be able to connect with other Girl Scouts and learn new skills.

The girls learned many skills during the process of choosing what activity to hold,contracting the facility, gathering supplies, marketing the event and of course acting as hosts on event day.  Leading the Paint Day were three girls from Junior Girl Scout Troop 75097, Jackie,Jessica, and Gabriella, along with their troop leader, Caryn. They all mentioned they were very excited about the event and even more excited about how the event will allow them to help people this holiday season.

When asked directly what they liked about being in the Girl Scouts, Jackie and Gabriella were in agreement that they enjoyed helping people and getting to go on field trips with their friends.  Jessica, Jackie and Gabriella truly exemplify the Girl Scout Law as they were friendly and helpful and are certainly trying to make the world a better place.

This very popular event brought adults and girls together to complete the same, but in the end very different paintings.  Friends, aunts, grandmothers and Girl Scouts talked about their paintings, school, badges being worked on for Girl Scouts, activities at school and many other topics as they spent a few hours together enjoying each other’s company. Wendy commented that she loved spending time with her nieces while another adult enjoyed spending time with the girls since her children are grown and have moved out and are now involved in career pursuits.

11/13/15


Fall For Service

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Alumnae Networkis hosting a Fall for Service event on Sunday, November 22ndfrom 1:00-3:00pm at Camp Rice Moody in Reading, Massachusetts.  Volunteers are invited to join the AlumnaeNetwork, in partnership with Project Sweet Peas, for an afternoon of service,conversation and refreshment while making blankets for childrenin Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and fleece hats for children living in shelters.

Project Sweet Peas is a national non-profit organizationcoordinated by volunteers, who through personal experience have becomepassionate about providing support to families with infants in intensive careand to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.  Project Sweet Peas maintains closepartnerships with hospitals nationwide to provide their patients and familieswith services to aid them throughout their stay. They are committed to offeringcare packages, peer-to-peer support, informational literature, hospital eventsand other resources that empower families as they endure life in the NICU.


The November 22ndevent is the third annual Fall for Service event to be hosted in Reading.  In 2013, approximately 50 volunteers inReading made fleece blankets.  Last year,almost 90 volunteers in Reading made fleece blankets, ornaments, and pictureframes.  Volunteers in Reading havealready made hundreds of blankets for Project Sweet Peas and the Alumnae Network hopes to make this year’s event even bigger!  Alumna are invited to bringfriends (alumna or not) and a current Girl Scout to the Reading event.  Additionally, Girl Scout leaders areencouraged to bring their whole troop. 


If you are interested in donating toward the event, thefollowing items are needed: polar fleece (approximately 42” x 36”), Elmer’sglue, and markers.  Additionally, if youare attending the event, please bring a pair of scissors to use ifpossible.  You will get your scissorsback at the end of the day.


The Girl Scout Alumnae Network is comprised of adult GirlScout Alumnae who are 18 years and older, former and current Girl Scoutvolunteers, and Girl Scout staff. You’ll always be a GirlScout. Whatever your Girl Scout role may have been - Brownie, Junior, Cadette,troop leader, camp volunteer, staff member, or dozens of others - you are partof a 50-million-strong network of Alumnae.The organization is a50-million-strong network of alumnae worldwide. The local council, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, is hosting theFall for Service event in Reading for area alumnae.  The local alumnae network hosted similarservice events in Waltham and East Walpole earlier this fall.


11/6/15


Outdoor Adventurers!

Second Grade Brownie Girl Scout Troop 76150 from Birch Meadow attended an overnight camping trip at Camp Wind in the Pines as a step toward earning their Outdoor Adventurer badges.  For many of the girls, this was their first experience camping!

The Outdoor Adventurer badge was introduced this fall and was selected through the first-ever Girl Scout “Girls’ Choice” process. Girl Scouts from across the nation cast their votes to select the badge topic and design.  The selection process was girl-led from top to bottom.  To earn the new badge, Brownies must complete at least 5 outdoor activities that fit into the following categories:  play outdoors in a new way, explore nature, play outdoor games, learn a camp skill, and care for the outdoors. 

The troop worked toward earning the badge during their camping trip with a variety of activities.  The girls had fun taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by swimming, canoeing, and playing croquet.  Troop leaders taught the girls some basic camp skills like how to pitch a tent and start a campfire.  Marshmallows were roasted and traditional Girl Scout songs were sung.  The night ended with a lesson about constellations and a night time walk in the woods.

Troop 76150 will continue to complete the requirements for the Outdoor Adventurer badge with a focus on nature at nighttime.  On Wednesday, the girls observed the moon through a telescope.  They also plan to take more night time nature walks to learn about night time animals and help them get in touch with their five senses while exploring nature.  Additionally, the girls plan to care for the outdoors by building bird feeders or bird houses.

Troop 76150 has fifteen members: Cordy, Ella, Emma M., Emma P., Emma R., Gabriella, Grace, Isabelle, Kari, Kaylie, Lilla, Michelle, Quinn, Tori, and Calista.  The troop has been together since kindergarten.  This is their first year as Brownies.  Lilla likes “Girl Scouts because you can go on all different types of adventures. My favorite Girl Scout activities are the skating day and the square dance every year.”  Some of the troop’s other adventures included letterboxing, orienteering, participating in a Zumba class, and doing science experiments.  The girls also give back to the community by making scarves for children in need, donating money to the Reading Food Pantry, and participating in the Girl Scout Alumnae Association’s blanket project.

10/12/15


Girl Scouts to Host Paint Party

Fifth grade Wood End Girl Scout Troop 75097 will host a paint party on Saturday, November 7th at Camp Rice Moody in Reading.  Girl Scouts and their friends are invited to participate in the painting fun for $25 per person per session.  The cost will include instructions for painting and all supplies needed to complete a beautiful, ready to hang, piece of art.  Three time slots are available, 11:30–1:15, 2:00–3:45, and 4:30–6:15. 

Julia, Natalie, Gabby, Bella, Rosey, Althea, Jacquelyn, Olivia, Jessica, Eniyah, Ella, Taylor, Elizabeth, Sedona, and Nicole are raising money for a special troop adventure to sleepover camp in Connecticut next summer.  They are excited to try new things including archery and completing a ropes challenge course at camp.   Gabby stated, “I love Girl Scouts because I do things I haven’t tried before!”  This will be the troop’s first year attending sleepover camp. 

When asked about her favorite part of Girl Scouts Jackie said, “I can be with all my friends doing fun things.”  The troop does many fun things together. Past troop activities have included apple picking, sleepovers at Boston’s Children Museum and Plimoth Plantation, day camp, and volunteering at the Reading Food Pantry.  This fall the girls have already earned their “Girl Scout Way” badge by learning what is expected of a Girl Scout. 

Jessica likes Girl Scouts because “we help out in our community.” This year, the girls are working towards earning the “It’s Your World, Change It” Journey.  The Leadership Journeys encourage girls at every age to make the world a better place, have fun, learn more and find new friends along the way.  While working on a journey, Girl Scouts at every level experience unique leadership and advocacy challenges and discover what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world.

As Junior Girl Scouts, the “Agent of Change”  Journey  includes learning about women who have made the world better, realizing the benefits of teamwork and discovering what the girls themselves can do to make the world a better place.  As part of the journey, the girls anticipate organizing a household goods drive for Mission of Deeds in Reading with a focus on donating items needed for children’s rooms.

 

10/5/15


Cookies for a Cause

Girl Scoutcookie season is coming again, but it’s not all about the cookies.  As well as selling cookies to family andfriends, Girl Scouts also sell Cookies for a Cause, a program in which thecookies are donated to an organization of the troop’s choice.  Last year, Birch Meadow troop 75096 donatedthe cookies and a collection of toiletries to The Home for Little Wanderers,the oldest and largest child and family services agency in New England. Thegirls came up with the idea of giving cookies to children who didn't have apermanent home.  The Girl Scouts did some research and found out about TheHome for Little Wanderers.

Founded in1799, The Home for Little Wanderers was originally an orphanage, but now hasservices for kids of all ages and their families.  Some programs include counseling, group homesfor children who can’t safely live at home, and therapeutic schools.  The Home for Little Wanderers also providesadoption and foster care services and programs that help teenagers and youngadults go to collage and learn to live on their own.

The Home forLittle Wanderers was very appreciative of troop 75096’s donation.  “It made me feel good to be helping otherkids,” said one of the girls. “I’m glad the Cookies for a Cause were put togood use.”  Last year the troop sold1,170 boxes of cookies, 40 of which were purchased for The Home for LittleWanderers.

Troop members last yearincluded Grace Burke, Caitlyn Camello, Ally Clarkson, Courtney Goldner, AbigailLeBovidge, Ashley McCue, Kailey O'Leary, Molly Keating, Sophia Ortins, KatelynPuglia, Maya Serrano, Michelle Walsh, and Lucy Weld.  Many of the members of troop 75096 have beenselling cookies since kindergarten, when they started Girl Scouts.

Soon, the troop willdecide where they are going to donate the cookies this year.  The girls hope for another successful cookiesale season.

 

This week's article was authored by 5th grade Girl Scout Abigail LeBovidge.

9/28/15


R-E-S-P-E-C-T


Young Ladies, kindergartners and first grade young ladies, to be more specific.  Girl Scouts of Reading invite already registered Girl Scouts and their classmates to join us next Wednesday, October 7th.


Daisy Girl Scouts participate in all types of activities from planting a garden to putting on a skit to visiting the fire station, the bank and the farm.  During the meetings and field trips, Daisies learn about Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, the founder and learn about the mission and values of Girl Scouts.


As the girls partake in these adventures, they help others, learn to respect themselves, learn to be courageous and strong, responsible for what they say and do, use resources wisely, be a sister to every Girl Scout and respect themselves and others - all parts of the Girl Scout Law.


Respect Myself and Others is the theme of the "Purple Petal Workshop" on Wednesday, October 7th at 1:30 pm at Camp Rice Moody in Reading.  Students from the Forsyth Dental School will be in attendance to have some fun with girls while discussing proper dental care and 5th grade Girl Scouts will be conducting activities filling the room with giggles and laughs and smiles as the girls practice respecting others.  A serious topic that is presented in a light hearted way for young ladies.


All attendees will receive a fun patch.  For Daisy Girl Scouts the patch can be placed on their Girl Scout uniform and for non-registered girls, our hope is that they will decide to join the fun and become a Girl Scout or place their patch on their memory blanket or bulletin board.  This event is a chance for girls to meet other girls of the same age from around Reading.  


For all details, please visit www.ReadingGirlScouts.org and check out the details. The registration form can be downloaded or further information is available by emailing ReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com or by calling 781 789-6774.  A donation of 3 is requested to cover the cost of supplies, patches and snacks.


When visiting the site, check out the details for the January sleigh ride.  Girls and their families are invited to jump on the bus here in Reading and travel to Candia NH for a sleigh ride complete with s'mores and hot chocolate.  Sign-up early!


8/31/15


Ready, set, register.

The start of the school year has arrived and you might be on overload with papers to read and forms to sign but Girl Scout registration can be done quickly and easily online, on paper and even in-person!. Girls in kindergarten through grade 12 are welcome to register and participate in a troop or individual activities.  

Whether your daughter is new to Girl Scouts or a returning Girl Scout, cross Girl Scout registration off your list now.  Visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org and click on "Get Involved" to register online.  Once you have completed this step it is requested that you send an email to ReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com so our town registrar can welcome your Girl Scout to our Reading group.

To register in person, parents may visit our Girl Scout booth at the Reading Street Faire on Sunday September 13th from noon - 5 pm or join Reading adult Girl Scout volunteers at Camp Rice Moody on Friday September 18th at 6 pm to register and be assigned to a troop.  The meeting will run from 6-8 pm and will include registration, orientation and troop assignment.  For those new to Reading Girl Scouts, Camp Rice Moody is our hidden jewel located on Rice Road (off Forest Street) in Reading.  

Lastly, registration can be done via paper by printing a registration form from the website, completing it and mailing it with payment to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, 1740 Turnpike Street, North North Andover, 01845.

Girl Scouts offers activities ranging from crafts to first aid, basketball to canoeing, entrepreneurship to community service and a myriad of other activities.  To view the hundreds of events planned in this area for the coming year, visit GirlScoutsEasternMass.org and click on programs.  You may also visit ReadingGirlScouts.org to get specific information about Girl Scouting in Reading.  For Facebook users, like Reading Girl Scouts at https://www.facebook.com/ReadingGirlScouts and get up to the minute information and learn about many wonderful ideas and events for girls from K-12.  


8/28/15


Back to Girl Scouts

If you took some time off from Girl Scouts this summer, take a few moments now, forget about back to school and think about back to Girl Scouts!  Registration is occurring, events are being planned, supplies and patches are being purchased, reservations are being made and volunteers and girls are getting excited.

Register now by visiting http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/join/.  You can register girls and adults online or print a form and mail payment.  Prefer hearing more about Girl Scouts of Reading?  Visit the Girl Scout booth during the Reading Fall Street Faire from noon - 5 pm.  The booth will be located on Haven Street, just down the hill from the Reading Post Office.  Girl Scouts will be available to answer questions.  In person registration will also occur on September 18th at 6 pm at Camp Rice Moody.  

Dates have been set for many events so mark the calendar now.  Reading Girl Scouts, for more than 50 years, have been hosting annual Square Dances and this coming year is no different.  Coolidge Middle School will host grades K - 2 on February 27th while grades 3 and up will dance the night away on March 19th.  Reading Girl Scouts will celebrate World Thinking Day on March 6th.   World Thinking Day is when girls around the world participate in activities and projects with global themes.  It is a fun and engaging way to connect with Girl Guides in other countries.  Troops are asked to pick a country, learn all about it and then on March 6th, set up a display for all to visit at Camp Rice Moody.

The fall product sale will run from September 25th through October 27th.  Troops should send a volunteer to the product sale training right here in Reading on September 10th at 7pm.  To sign up to attend the training in Reading or to ask questions about the fall sale, contact rondawhite@aol.com.  Training will also be offered at the Girl Scout office in North Andover on September 12th.

Daisies are invited to earn the "Respect Myself and Others" petal on October 7th at Camp Rice Moody.  Local volunteers in addition to professionals from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene are organizing this fun event.  And Martin Luther King Day is always the Girl Scout Annual Skating Day!  January 18th will find the Burbank Ice Arena in Reading filled with Girl Scouts and their families.

It is going to be a fun year with activities throughout Reading and hundreds of activities throughout the eastern Mass. Girl Scout area.  Even our alumnae are getting in the act on October 31, Juliette Gordon Low's birthday.  All alumnae are invited to Be a "Girl" Scout again at Alumnae Day at Camp!  A great event is planned at Camp Cedar Hill from 11 am - 3 pm.

8/21/15


Hear ye, hear ye! Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts have released their schedule of hundreds of programs for Girl Scouts starting September 1st. And better yet, hundreds of them are in or near Reading! The Ultimate Guide for 2015-2016 is also delivered to Girl Scout homes but all the activities that appear in the guide appear online as well, plus more!

Right in Reading at our beloved Camp Rice Moody, all ages can participate in "Art & Yoga", Juniors can learn about "Staying Safe at Home", Cadettes can learn about being a Screenwriter, Juniors will learning new beading techniques, Cadettes can earn their "Babysitter" certificate, Daisies can attend the "Me & My Bear Tea Party, Brownies can "Jumpstart a Journey" and the list continues. 

The guide is jammed with activities for girls from kindergarten through high school. Perhaps you aspire to be a movie director? Participate in iMovie 2.0 at the Technology Center and edit, add and create clips. Bring your clips and add music, captions, themes and special features and leave with a product to share with friends. Creativity is your thing but not with video, maybe chocolate instead? Earn your Chocolatier Making patch at Chocolate Therapy. Learn the history of chocolate, how to make it and what it's like to have a career as a chocolatier. Hands-on experience transforming ganache into truffles. Before the ingredients, there are the animals. Meet the farm animals and learn what products they provide us. Young girls in elementary school are invited to card and spin the farm sheep's wool to create a friendship bracelet and enjoy organic popcorn topped with butter you assist in making.

Just want to be outdoors, learn the basics of archery and arrows and how to aim for the bulls-eye. Join in the urban adventure for a day of biking fun through Boston. What about really challenging yourself and being actively involved in figuring out the challenges of teamwork using the challenge course and ropes course. Zip lining is even available for those adventurous girls. Stay active but take it indoors and join the Northeastern University women's basketball team. This clinic will include ball handling, shooting, defense and rebounding and then time spent with the college players to learn about their experiences.

Whether it be animals, crafts, sports, writing, dance, technology, safety, the environment or travel, for example, the activities are numerous and for the volunteer leaders out there - these activities are planned for you and the girls! For registered Girl Scouts, check your mailbox for your guide. To check out ALL the programs online, visit www.girlscousteasternmass.org and click on Programs! Lose yourself in the abundance of opportunities for fun and learning. Reading troops are gearing up for the start of a new school year and Girl Scout year. Girls are welcome to join a troop or join Girl Scouts as an individual and participate in the many activities listed throughout the Ultimate Guide.


8/14/15


Tradition Continues

In 2008, Girl Scouts of Troop 73712 were earning their Photography badge and a Business badge.  As a result of working on these two endeavors at the same time, the girls came up with the idea for the Sights of Reading Calendar.  For more than a year the Girl Scouts photographed Reading during all seasons and debuted their 2010 calendar. Photographing and producing the calendar continued in the following years and Reading businesses sponsored the girls as they used the proceeds to fund community service projects throughout our town.

Those Girl Scout entrepreneurs are now in college but the Sights of Reading Calendar is continuing.  Reading High School Girl Scouts Emma and Grace wish to earn their Gold Awards and as a method to raise funds, they have partnered with the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award Committee to produce the 2016 calendar.  

The calendar hangs 11" X 17" with each months' photograph being 8 1/2" X 11".  The calendar depicts photos taken by Girl Scouts of some of their favorite Reading sights. The proceeds will benefit two separate Girl Scout Gold Award projects and the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award.  

The Gold Award is the highest and most distinguished award any Girl Scout can earn and is meant to help develop a scout as a leader and make a mark on the community that creates a lasting impact on the lives of others.  While working as individuals to identify an issue, investigate it, build a support team, create a plan, gather feedback, take action and educate and inspire others the scouts are working together as a group to raise the necessary funds to carry out the projects.

The Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award will celebrate its 25th year supporting girls who graduate high school and pursue further studies. The Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award was founded in 1991 by the adult members of the Reading Service unit of the Eastern Mass. Girl Scout Council.  This award is not underwritten or distributed by the council or the Reading Girl Scout Service Unit.  The awards are 100% funded by donations from Reading Girl Scout troops and monies raised by the Awards Committee.


The calendar will debut at the Reading Fall Street Faire on Sunday September 13 from noon - 5 pm.  The Sights of Reading Calendar booth will be located on Haven Street, just down from the Post Office.  The calendar can also be purchased at The Hitching Post after the faire.  

8/7/15


GS Volunteers - Mark your Calendars

Reading Girls Scouts are proud of the many volunteers who step up to assist all the girls participating in the Movement.  All volunteers, facilitators, service unit members, and adult members - this GSEM event is for you!  

The 2015 GSEM Volunteer Conference will be held on October 4th from 9 am - 4 pm at the Framingham Sheraton.  Required trainings, workshops enrichments, vendor tables and networking opportunities are being offered throughout the day.  This event is free and open to all registered adults, but pre-registration is required.  Come at the start and enjoy a free continental breakfast while chatting with new and old friends.  You won't go hungry as a sit down luncheon is provided which allows for more networking among volunteers from the entire GSEM footprint.  

Enjoy the keynote address by Jeanine Fitzgerald, founder of the The Fitzgerald Institute, which focuses on empowering children, parents and professionals to promote social, emotional and behavioral competencies.  Jeanine's keynote address "Influencing in Authentic Ways" will explore how the most influential leaders are not heroes but hero makers.  Ms. Fitzgerald will also facilitate two workshops - "Don't Pop Your Cork" and "Why Do They Do That" 

Three sessions of workshops will be offered; one in the morning and two in the afternoon. New volunteers can take part in the basic required training seminars such as Orientation, Daisy, Brownie and Junior Essentials. In addition workshops such as First Aid and CPR (Fee charged), Synergy Sessions, Taking Action with Journeys, Troop Communication in the Digital World, Ceremonies and Traditions, Bronze Award Training, Icebreakers, Team Building Ideas and so much more are being offered.  Once registered, a participant will receive a packet explaining every workshop and will be able to sign up or their choices

GIRLS from K - 12 are also invited for the day.  The girl program - "Free Being Me" - will have specific activities and workshops by age level.  Daisies and Brownies will recognize their best qualities through expressive art and games.  Juniors will identify and create positive role models through art and acting.  Cadettes through Ambassadors will have the opportunity to dive deep into how beauty is portrayed in media.  Girls will attend a Peer Educator Workshop to prepare for the LIA and VIT Awards.

The $15 registration fee for girls includes the days activities and lunch with the adult participants.  Visit the Girl Scouts website at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org and check out "What's New" right on the home page to get all the details and register for the conference.  You will leave the Sheraton energized with new ideas, friends, tips and tools!

7/27/15


GS Volunteers - Mark your Calendars

Reading Girls Scouts are proud of the many volunteers who step up to assist all the girls participating in the Movement.  All volunteers, facilitators, service unit members, and adult members - this GSEM event is for you!  

The 2015 GSEM Volunteer Conference will be held on October 4th from 9 am - 4 pm at the Framingham Sheraton.  Required trainings, workshops enrichments, vendor tables and networking opportunities are being offered throughout the day.  This event is free and open to all registered adults, but pre-registration is required.  Come at the start and enjoy a free continental breakfast while chatting with new and old friends.  You won't go hungry as a sit down luncheon is provided which allows for more networking among volunteers from the entire GSEM footprint.  

Enjoy the keynote address by Jeanine Fitzgerald, founder of the The Fitzgerald Institute, which focuses on empowering children, parents and professionals to promote social, emotional and behavioral competencies.  Jeanine's keynote address "Influencing in Authentic Ways" will explore how the most influential leaders are not heroes but hero makers.  Ms. Fitzgerald will also facilitate two workshops - "Don't Pop Your Cork" and "Why Do They Do That" 

Three sessions of workshops will be offered; one in the morning and two in the afternoon. New volunteers can take part in the basic required training seminars such as Orientation, Daisy, Brownie and Junior Essentials. In addition workshops such as First Aid and CPR (Fee charged), Synergy Sessions, Taking Action with Journeys, Troop Communication in the Digital World, Ceremonies and Traditions, Bronze Award Training, Icebreakers, Team Building Ideas and so much more are being offered.  Once registered, a participant will receive a packet explaining every workshop and will be able to sign up or their choices

GIRLS from K - 12 are also invited for the day.  The girl program - "Free Being Me" - will have specific activities and workshops by age level.  Daisies and Brownies will recognize their best qualities through expressive art and games.  Juniors will identify and create positive role models through art and acting.  Cadettes through Ambassadors will have the opportunity to dive deep into how beauty is portrayed in media.  Girls will attend a Peer Educator Workshop to prepare for the LIA and VIT Awards.

The $15 registration fee for girls includes the days activities and lunch with the adult participants.  Visit the Girl Scouts website at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org and check out "What's New" right on the home page to get all the details and register for the conference.  You will leave the Sheraton energized with new ideas, friends, tips and tools!

7/20/15


Whales, Tales and Trails!

Whales, Tales and Trails is a fun name for a wonderful adventure that has been occurring this week in eastern Massachusetts for 24 girls from around the United States.  The girls are participating in a "Destination" - a travel adventure designed for individual Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts developed the Whales, Tales and Trails program for this summer.  The participants have taken a whale watch, headed out on the Atlantic Ocean in the Schooner Ardelle which was built in Essex and sails from Gloucester, have spent time tidepooling, visited Salem and enjoyed the House of Seven Gables and the Witch Museum and visited Louisa May Alcott's House in Concord.  In addition, local authors Hank Philiip Ryan, Edith Maxwell, Kristine Asselin and Bonnie Hurd Smith have engaged with the girls to share their experience.  The weather has been perfect and the days have been full of fun and learning.

As is tradition, Girl Scouts begin events with an Opening Ceremony.  The ceremony for Whales, Tales and Trails was held on the beautiful Endicott College campus where the event is based this week.  The opening ceremony included a welcome from the CEO, Pat Parcellin, and Board Chair, Elizabeth Stevenson as well as a video that highlighted the adventures the girls would be participating in.  

The flag ceremony, a Girl Scout must, was extra special.  Thanks to volunteers from The Museum at Camp Cedar Hill, the Color Guard were dressed in historic Girl Scout uniforms dating from the 1920's to 1980's.  The Color Guard consisted of local Girl Scouts from Reading and Walpole.  Representing Reading were Bella Alberto of Reading Daisy Troop 69174, Sophia Ortins and Michelle Walsh of Reading Junior Troop 75096, Julia Delaney of Reading Cadette Troop 73709 and Ceeva Flood representing Reading Cadette Troop 71611.

The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event was Katie Delaney of Reading Cadette Troop 71611.  Katie welcomed the visitors as well as Girl Scout staff and alumnae to Endicott College and Massachusetts.  The ceremony also included a guest appearance by Louisa May Alcott, portrayed by Franny Bester, a Senior Girl Scout from Reading.  Franny welcomed the visitors and talked a bit about herself, her family's home in Concord that they would be visiting and mentioned some of the books she had written such as Little Women.  Prior to the retirement of flags at the conclusion of the ceremony, each member of the Color Guard was introduced and a description of their historic uniform was provided.



7/13/15


Kindergarteners (and others) are you Registered?

The registration process is underway, have you submitted yours?  Girl Scout registration occurs 365 days each year but why not sign up now and be all ready to enjoy the fun with others at the start of the school year?

Many troops continue earning badges and enjoying activities through the summer but much of the Girl Scout troop experience occurs during the school year.  All girls entering kindergarten through 12th grade can register now!  Registering now means that you will hear about all the activities that are planned and girls won't miss any opportunities.

Kindergarten Girl Scouts are invited to participate in "Respect Myself and Others", an event occurring in the fall at Camp Rice Moody.  All Daisy Girl Scouts will participate in games, crafts and activities to help them learn about respecting themselves as well as other people,  The girls don't even realize they are earning a badge while having so much fun.  Some older Reading Girl Scouts are heading out for weekends at camp in September and October.  They will be participating with 100's of other girls in weekend camping events with outdoor cooking, campfires,geocaching, star gazing, canoeing and more. 

Girl Scout registration can be done by completing a simple form found on the Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org.  Once the form and $25 registration fee is submitted, adult volunteers work on assigning girls to existing troops and for kindergarteners, new troops are typically formed for the first year experience.

Many events for the 20156-2016 Girl Scout year are already scheduled.  Square Dances, Ice Skating Day, World Thinking Day, Annual Sing Along, Fairy Houses, Funtastic and much more.  Don't let your daughter miss out!

Make new friends, appreciate nature,learn new skills, have fun, right here in Reading. 

7/6/15


The Woods are Alive!

Voices, laughter, splashing in the pool and the sounds of girls having fun are coming from the forest on Rice Road in Reading.  Camp Rice Moody, our own little jewel right here in Reading, is open and summer camp is in full session .  The camp is sited on 8 forested acres in a residential area, is an easy 1 mile hike to the Town Forest and is alive with girls from kindergarten through 5th grade right now.  In addition to summer camp, the camp is open year round and is available for Girl Scout meetings and events, indoor overnights and is available for private party rental.

Girls are taking part in planning their week at camp alongside their counselors and fellow campers.  Girls can choose from favorite camp activities like arts and crafts, games, singing and more.  Swimming is part of every day's activities and once a week girls enjoy their outdoor lunch around the fire pit after cooking it with their fellow campers.  

Girls enjoy one week, two weeks or the entire summer at Camp Rice Moody.  This summer the sessions being offered include Daisy Buddies, Under the Sea, Incredible Edibles and Be A Star for girls in Kindergarten and first grade while girls entering second and third grade might enjoy Icky, Sticky Science, Photo Booth, Camp Chef or Secret Agent.  For the older girls in fourth and fifth grade the activities abound.  Older girls can participate in a week of CSI activities or Water, Water, Everywhere, Instacamp, Kitchen Everywhere and many other topics.  And each week the older campers venture out to other Girl Scout camps to experience archery, ropes and other activities with a larger group of girls.

Camp Rice Moody is open to all girls whether they are currently a Girl Scout and is even having a special program for sixth - tenth graders who are "Ready to Help".  Girls in middle and high school can practice leadership skills while working on their Program Aide pin.  Girls can select an area at camp to learn more about and assist younger campers by leading specific activities.  

Camp Rice moody offers before and after camp care and is even offering a half day camp this summer.  Not a Girl Scout but want to attend camp - no problem - all girls are welcome.  

Camp Rice Moody includes an open play area, well-suited for cookouts and troop activities, and the lodge, a modern all-purpose building for overnights and troop meetings. The lodge has a large meeting room that can be divided and Its kitchen has 2 stoves and 2 refrigerators. Other features include an indoor bathroom, an indoor (non-cooking) fireplace, an outdoor (cooking) fireplace, 50 mattresses, 6 tables and 50 chairs.  During summer camp, the built in pool is open each day (weather permitting) for campers.

6/29/15


New Girl Scout Outdoor Challenges!

The girls voted and then they voted again and finally the announcement was made, the girls wanted more Outdoor activities and badges!  Now, the Girls' Choice Outdoor badge requirements and badges are available.  Just think what a girl might earn this summer in the outdoors or plan to do in the fall and upcoming winter.

These new badges, chosen by girls, are for the adventure seeker, team builder and problem solver.  These are the newest way for girls to explore their world.  As girls get older, the challenges become greater as all badges are appropriate for that specific age.

Brownie Girl Scouts can work towards the Outdoor Adventurer badge.  There are so many adventures outside so girls should get ready to explore the great outdoors earning this badge.  Grab a friend and climb the tallest hill, create a new sprinkler and dance game for friends, grab a flashlight and see the world after dark.

Junior Girl Scouts can earn the Horseback Riding Badge.  Riding a horse is one of the most exciting things you can do but ask any horseback rider her secret to success and she'll say that understanding a horse is as important as learning to ride one.  Learn about Western and English style riding, what is a saddle, a bit, what to wear?

Cadette Girl Scouts take aim as you earn the Archery badge.  Cadettes will nock (or place) an arrow onto a bow, hook your fingers around the string, draw it back, eye the target, and release!  Bull's eye!  Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Girls should get ready to challenge themselves while building archery skills.

Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts taking a summer break from the rigors of high school can earn the Senior Paddling or Ultimate Recreation Challenge badge respectively. Paddling takes a mix of knowledge and skills and a dash of daring.  Paddling also delivers one of the most unforgettable experiences you'll ever have on water.  This badge includes three paddling activities to choose from - canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

Ambassador Girl Scouts, at the peak of their Girl Scouting careers are ready to do something BIG.  The Ultimate Challenge is a chance to deepen outdoor experiences. There is no race to finish this badge, take time to savor each adventure.  Girls decide what they will do on their five adventures.

For ALL the information about the new Outdoor Badges, visit http://www.girlscoutshop.com/NEW-GIRLS-CHOICE-OUTDOOR-BADGES.

6/22/15


Girls Need Goals 5K Walk/Run This Sunday!

The mind and body are both needed for an individual to be in good shape.  The members of Girl Scout Troops 71290 and 75034, all high schoolers, are hoping to help instill a sense of good health through activity for girls and their families.  

The girls in these troops commented that "to be an athlete, good fitness is needed, to be a competitor, the will will to push through obstacles and the want to win is needed and therefore both the mind and body need to be in shape."  The girls organized their first 5K last year as part of a Girl Scout Journey project.  The Girl Scout Journey series helps girls understand what it means to be a leader who makes a difference in the world through unique leadership and advocacy.  A Girl Scout DISCOVERS her special skills and talents, finds the confidence to set challenging goals and strives to live by their values.  A Girl Scout also CONNECTS with others, which means she learns how to team up, solve conflicts, and have healthy relationships.  Lastly, the Girl Scouts TAKE ACTION to make the world a better place.  

Running and walking tend to be individual sports and when you participate, you are "left alone with the skills you have learned during training and when you are tired, it is the mental determination to continue that builds the person's confidence".  With this in mind, the Girl Scouts created the 5K (3.1 miles) event to help girls condition and test their body and mind to build confidence in themselves.  

The 2nd annual Girls Need Goals 5K promotes healthy minds, especially for females in Reading.  Money raised during the inaugural run last year was used to purchase field hockey nets for an upcoming intramural program at the middle school level.  This year, in addition to being a money earning activity for the Girl Scout Gold Award efforts, the Girl Scouts are hoping to address the concept of "Mental Toughness".

Girls, aunts, moms, friends and family including brothers and dads and uncles are invited to join the fun and exercise their body and mind this Sunday, June 28.  Registration begins at 8 am and the race kicks off at 8:30 am.  New this year, "Buddy Runners".  High school students will run/walk with various groups of children to encourage them along the route.  Participants will receive a special patch and a reduced entry fee of $8 (in lieu of a tee-shirt).  

First place female and male runners will receive prizes.  Girl Scout troops, families, school groups and friends are invited to dress in their own “unique theme” or color.  To register or for information, email GirlsNeedGoals5K@gmail.com.

6/15/15


The Benefits of PET ADOPTION

Fifth Grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 73709 recently has worked to earn their Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve.

The girls completed a Girl Scout Journey, explored their community, unanimously agreed on a topic, conducted researched, attended meetings, wrote, filmed and edited a Public Service Announcement and had fun being together. The girls all agreed that pets are amazing and many people spend time considering whether to add a pet to their family. This led Troop 73709 to undertake their research.

The Girl Scouts learned that approximately 1.2 million dogs in the USA are euthanized each year (according to the ASPCA). Many people want a pet but, unfortunately,once people find out they can't care for the creatures, the poor animals end up abandoned or lost, without a home. Lucky animals get taken into shelters, but shelters have limited space. 

There are many different ways people can obtain a pet. Some people get their dogs from pet stores. The only problem is that, in many peoples' experience, the pet stores don't always care for the pets well-being and when people bring them home, there are often additional costs to improve the dogs' health. In one instance, a Reading family bought a dog from a pet store only to learn that she had come from a puppy mill. Only after they brought the pet home they realized that the dog was incredibly sick and the cost to treat the dog was over three thousand dollars. 

On the other hand, shelters care for the animals and don?t charge the same fees as stores. Usually, the adopted animals are healthy, clean and spayed or neutered pets. The shelter is able to assess the disposition of the dog and determine what the health and family requirements are for each pet.This helps to make sure that a new owner takes home the perfect dog for their family.

Girl Scout Troop 73709 stresses that owning a dog is a large responsibility. You need food, a crate, a bed, leash and toys for your dog. Plus a dog needs daily exercise and love! However, they give back so much more than they take. Dogs tend to cheer you up and calm you and provide unconditional love.

If you are considering getting a dog, shelters are as mart, inexpensive option. Breeders can be a good option, too, but be sure to research the breeder before you. Remember, if you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are saving two lives! The pet you take home from a shelter opens up a spot for another animal to go in! 

Please take a few moments and view the PSA created by these girls! The PSA is located online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0G_F7Kswyw. 




6/8/15


Mark your Calendar, Silver and Gold and S'Mores!

Hopefully you are planning on attending the Lions Club Annual Reading Friends and Family Day Event at the Birch Meadow Complex on Saturday the 11th?!   Organizations will have their booths set up from 11 am - 3 pm so you can learn all about what is happening in our community.

Venture over to the Hearing Health Booth and visit Jolene and Tessa.  Tessa is working towards her Girl Scout Gold Award and has been visiting school dances to work toward ensuring a safe maximum decibel level is occurring.  At the booth on Saturday, stop by for your free ear plugs, educational coloring books, and information flyers.   Spend a minute with Jolene, the mannequin that tests the decibel level of your phone.

Tessa and Jolene have been educating our community during the past year in regards to decibel levels and hearing loss and will be creating an educational brochure that will be available at doctors and pediatricians' offices in the near future.

Girl Scout Troop 71274 is nearing completion of their Silver Award, the highest Girl Scout Award for girls in 6th - 8th grade.  Troop 71274 focused on helping our community by educating residents regarding service dogs.  Service Dog Project Inc. is an organization that breeds, trains, and donates Great Danes to the mobility and balanced impaired.  

These 8th grade Girl Scouts have created a presentation for children and adults that is meant to educate children on how to act around service dogs, as well as how the service dogs are trained.  On July 20th at 3:30 pm, the presentation will take place in the Great Room at the Reading Senior Center on Pleasant Street.  For further information regarding the Girl Scouts' Service Dog Silver Award Project, please email Troop71274@gmail.com.

The forecast is for S'MORES and SUN for Sunday, June 14th!   Reading Girl Scouts Sing Along & Activity Faire occurs from 3-5 pm.  The activity faire runs from 3-4 and the Sing Along begins at 4 pm.  Girl Scouts, friends, family, alumnae, future Girl Scouts are all invited.  Perhaps you have a daughter entering kindergarten this September, come on down to Camp Rice Moody on Rice Road and find out all about Reading Girl Scouts.  


5/31/15


The Reading Girl Scout Service Unit is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. We are thrilled to honor both individuals (beginning at 5 years of age) and families with this award. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Christina Brzezenski who has met all the requirements and earned the Presidential Service Award for her efforts in 2014.  Christina is finishing her junior year at Austin Prep School in Reading.  A Girl Scout since starting as a Daisy in kindergarten, Christina has been a Girl Scout for twelve years.

The President's Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents to live a life of service.  Volunteers are committed to helping others and making new connections that bring them closer together as families, neighbors and communities.  

Christina has provided many hours of service as part of her Girl Scout activities, school activities and family activities.  In earning the award for 2014, Christina volunteered during the summer at Massachusetts General Hospital.  She worked three days per week transporting patients around the hospital and visiting patients along with nurse practitioners. In addition, throughout the entire year, Christina assisted other Girl Scout Troops who were working towards Silver and Gold Awards and assisted a younger troop.  At Austin Prep Christina gave tours to prospective students and at Thanksgiving time Christina was found at the Lazarus House helping with the holiday dinner.

As we reach the half way mark in 2015, Christina has already been found providing service and this summer will be volunteering with the Red Sox Foundation.  The Red Sox Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Red Sox organization and is committed to using the power of the Red Sox Nation to create new and strengthened community partnerships that will improve the lives of children and adults across New England.

Christina earned her Bronze Award as a 5th grade Girl Scout and her Silver Girl Scout Award in the 8th grade.  She is currently working towards her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.  The topic of Christina's Gold Award is depression awareness in teens.  Christina is on track to complete her project this fall as she begins her final year of studies at Austin Prep.  Christina loves drama and Irish Step Dancing as well and plans to pursue further studies after high school as she would like to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.             

Consider joining Christina and many Reading Girl Scouts who have earned this award as they provided significant hours of service to the Girl Scout community, their school communities and the town as a whole.  Reading Girl Scouts have certified a number of teen Girl Scouts since 2010 and hope to add Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as families to the list for the 2015 calendar year and the upcoming year.

5/24/15


Girl Scouts is for the whole family! 

Throughout this summer and into the fall, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is running programs for Girl Scouts and their families. These family events start in June and range in location from a couple of miles from Reading to Cape Cod.

Kicking off the summer’s family events is Family Flying Fun which will be held at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover on June 7. During this event, families are encouraged to pack a picnic as well as spend a day making your own kites and playing with other fun flying objects.The event costs $10.00 per girl but it is free for adults and other family members. This event does require preregistration.

For all the sports fans out there,Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is hosting multiple events at local professional sports games. Girl Scouts is inviting girls and their families to attend one of three New England Revolution soccer games. Families can see the Revolution take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on June 27th, the New York City FC on July 18th, and the Toronto FC on August 1st.The tickets cost $27.00 each, $2.00 of which will be given back to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and each girl will receive a patch. Additionally, there will be two Girl Scout nights at the Lowell Spinners’ baseball games. On July 15th, Girl Scouts and their families can see the Spinners face off against the Connecticut Tigers and on August 4th, the Spinners will be playing against the Brooklyn Cyclones with Girl Scouts and their families in the crowd. At both games, there will be special activities for Girl Scouts in addition to $2.00 of each Girl Scout purchased ticket being donated back to GSEM.

Boston Red Sox lovers should take advantage of Girl Scout day at a Red Sox game on July 30th. The Red Sox will be challenging the Chicago White Sox. Tickets will be $32 for the outfield grandstand and $30 for the bleacher seats. Additionally, each Girl Scout will get a patch at the game. Girl Scouts and their families can also take a tour of Fenway Park on August 22nd.  This guided tour will be an experience of a lifetime.Learn why there is only one red seat in the stands,  see Pesky’s pole and many other interesting things at Fenway Park.

And for those who have a sense of adventure, Girl Scouts and their families can try their hand at paddle boarding.This is an unique outdoor water sports activity that combines stand up paddle boarding, swimming, education, & adventure forall ages and skill levels. The event takes place in Brewster, so make it a day trip. This event occurs on both July 18th and August 19th.The event costs $30.00 and a patch is included for Girl Scouts.

GSEM will also be hosting the always fun and family-friendly Whale Watch. One Whale Watch will depart from Provincetown and be on August 8th, although the date can be changed if your family cannot make that day. The tickets cost $20.00 per person. The other Whale Watch will depart from Gloucester on August 14th. This Whale Watch costs$25.00 per person.

In September, GSEM will be hosting a Gals’ Night Out camping event. This event isfor Girl Scouts to spend a night at camp with their mom, aunt, grandmother, or other significant female. So sorry guys but, NO BOYS ALLOWED at this one!Participants will play games, make crafts, explore nature and sit by the campfire. The weekend includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, as well as breakfast on Sunday, all program supplies and lodging in platform tents. This girl’s weekend will be September 19th and 20th and will be located at Camp Wind in the Pines in Plymouth.

While enjoying your summer, make sure to take some time for the family by joining in on one of these incredible Girl Scout events! Registration for all these events can be found on the council website at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org .  Just click on Programs!


5/17/15


Ready for Kindergarten, Ready for Girl Scouts!

Reading Girl Scouts invite families with future kindergarteners to Camp Rice Moody on Sunday, June 14th from 3-5 pm.  Girl Scout families and friends and the community are invited to join in a Girl Scout celebration - crafts, singing, games and s'mores!  If you are wondering about Girl Scouts and have already finished kindergarten, come along as well!

Fun activities will be available from 3-4 pm on June 14th.  Enjoy the beautiful shaded and sunny areas of Camp Rice Moody as you move through the pathways from one area to another and enjoy making a craft, getting a tattoo, having your face painted or a treat by the campfire. Reading Girl Scouts and troops are excited to host this event and share the fun of Girl Scouts.  At 4 pm, the Girl Scout Sing-A-Long begins.  Pack a blanket or sit-upon and join the group in songs and dances. 

While Camp Rice Moody has been in Reading for many years, this summer celebrates the 30th year of the current camp and lodge.  The lodge at Camp Rice Moody was burned down in the early 1980's. Significant efforts were made to secure the funds to erect a new building and in 1985, the current lodge was dedicated.  Join the celebration in June and tour the camp while you are there!  Remember, Camp Rice Moody serves 100's of girls for half and full day camp opportunities in the summer.

5/10/15


Honors Bestowed by Girl Scouts! 

Camp Rice Moody was the site of the annual Reading Girl Scouts' Awards celebration earlier this week.  Every May, the Reading Girl Scouts celebrate girls that are graduating and bridging to adult Girl Scouts as well as adults and local organizations that have given of their time, treasures and talents to Girl Scouts.

The 'Green and Growing Award' was given to a volunteer who has been engaged with Girl Scouts for less than two years.  The honoree was someone who has participated in implementing the Girl Scout Leadership experience within troop programming or within the Girl Scout council.  Carolyn Eliet, recipient of the 'Green & Growing Award', was nominated for her great commitment to her own daughter and her entire troop.  In her nomination, it was stated that "she always re-encourages the values that were taught with each petal earned.  When one of the girls is considerate, she reinforces the lesson about being kind and considerate."  Carolyn has led a troop for two years and this year has stepped up as Secretary of the Service Unit and has also taken the helm for organizing the Girl Scouts for the annual Memorial Day Parade.  In their nomination Jennifer Delaney and Julie Cremin thanked Carolyn for all her efforts.

Samantha Weld, a leader for four years, was honored with the Volunteer of Excellence Award.  The excellence award is given to an individual who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girls and adult members.  Nominated by a parent of one of the members of her Junior troop, Samantha Weld was the recipient of the Volunteer of Excellence Award.  "Sam is the type of leader and person you'd want for your daughter's troop.  She has been guiding this group of girls for over 4 years now.  Sam puts her heart and soul in to each meeting and event, yet manages to encourage and empower the girls to take on more responsibility and more decision making as they have been growing through the years in Girl Scouts" said Linda Kiene.

The Make New Friends Award has been given for the last five years to a non Girl Scout or business who has assisted local Girl Scouts by offering free meeting space, donated food, materials, made a monetary donation or helped or provided service that furthers the cause of Girl Scouts in the community.  Joining some great partners who have previously been honored is Zinga of Reading.  Owners Caitlin Merullo, Jerry Pothier and Camille Bardaro opened Zinga about three years ago and have shown their commitment to the community by sponsoring sports teams, assisting organizations with fundraising events and even purchasing Girl Scout cookies and including Thin Mints as part of their topping bar.  Zinga also sponsored two elementary schools in a reading program this past year.  As the kids read, they could earn Zinga Froyo - a great incentive.  Zinga's nomination closed with the following statement - "Caitlin, Camille and Jerry are the epitome of caring and dedicated business owners in our community.  Thank you for all that you do!"



5/3/15


Find Your Park

The Girl Scouts of the USA have partnered with the National Parks Service!  Girl Scouts recently launched the "Girl Scout Ranger Program" which connects Girl Scouts with National Park sites throughout the entire country - including monuments, seashores and urban sites.

Thanks to this program, girls can enjoy a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects or the girls can design their own project that aligns with the Girl Scout Journey experience, badge activities or a Take Action project.  Girls completing projects involving the park services will be awarded Girl Scout badges as well as certificates from the National Park Service.

Girls and troops can visit the National Park Service website but first, it is recommended that they visit the step by step guide to this partnership at http://blog.girlscouts.org/search/label/National%20Park%20Service.  Find a park near your home or travel outside your home zone and explore the history of the park and learn about is natural and cultural resources.  Troop leaders and parents can arrange for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife watching, and guided interpretive tours, and the Girl Scout Ranger Program will also allow girls to build their own unique experience.

Clicking the link to the park service website opens up a plethora of opportunities and excitement.  Most know that Boston contains a national park for all its historic areas but did you know that the Boston Harbor Islands, Washington's headquarters at the Longfellow House in Cambridge, the Essex National Heritage Area, the National Seashore on Cape Cod, Lowell, Concord, Lexington, Adams, the Appalachian Trail through Massachusetts (and New England), New Bedford, Saugus and ......... all contain sites that are part of the National Park Service.

The national parks are an important part of the USA and its many generations and offer very unique experiences.  Check out the website and enjoy all that the parks have to offer!

4/27/15


Celebrate and Honor Volunteerism

The Reading Girl Scout Service Unit is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. We are thrilled to honor both individuals (beginning at 5 years of age) and families with this award. America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation. This award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents to live a life of service.

We know there are many Girl Scouts out there who qualify to be honored with this award and we are in search of them.  Community service hours as part of Girl Scouts count but so do hours spent with school classmates, family and friends helping in the community, volunteering as a coach, volunteering for a sports organization, caring for an Adopt an Island, helping the food pantry, assisting a neighbor and so much more.  All the hours add together! Consider joining many Readingites who have earned this award as they provided many hours of service to the Girl Scout community, their school communities and the town as a whole.  

Reading Girl Scouts have certified a number of teen Girl Scouts since 2010 and hope to add Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as families to the list for the 2014 calendar year and the upcoming year.  We are hoping this year will be the year we honor families as well.  
 

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.  Consider logging your hours and being recognized for your good deeds.   

4/20/15


Time to Get Outdoors!

April showers will hopefully bring some May flowers as the Girl Scouts are preparing for so many outdoor activities.   Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts in kindergarten through third grade are invited to participate in building new outdoor houses for Reading fairies to enjoy this spring.  Girls will gather at Camp Rice Moody on Wednesday, May 6th from 1:15 - 2:45 pm to build the homes for the fairies.  Girls can collect all natural materials and bring them to Camp Rice Moody .  Sticks, bark that has fallen from trees, dried grasses, seedpods, nuts, rocks, pebbles, pinecones, driftwood,  moss, ferns, dried flowers, colorful leaves, dry beans, hay, feathers, acorns and more can be brought to create the fairy houses.  There are two rules for this event - all materials must be natural and no harming anything that is still growing.   Get all the details and register for the Fairy House event by visiting the Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org to download the registration form.  Registration must be completed by May 1st!  

Continuing with an outdoor theme and hoping for good weather, the Reading Girl Scouts will honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces by participating in the Reading Memorial Day parade on May 25th.  Girl Scouts, along with other marchers, will gather at 8:30 am on Memorial Day to prepare for the 9 am parade up Main Street and in to the Laurel Hill Cemetery for ceremonies honoring those who died while serving. 

Outdoor activities continue for all Girl Scouts at various Girl Scout properties throughout May and June.  Consider kayaking, canoeing, hiking, low ropes, archery, outdoor rock climbing and more.  These events are available for girls and sometimes families as well.  Check them out at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org by clicking on programs and exploring the many available adventures.

For Red Sox fans - and who isn't - July 30th is Girl Scout day at Fenway.  Bring the family and root for our team!  Come back to explore Fenway Park like never before on August 22nd at 1:30 pm.  The guided tour of the park will be an experience of a lifetime.  Learn why there is only one red seat in the stands, see Pesky's pole up close and more.  Register NOW for these events at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org before they sell out.


4/13/15


They Drank Spinach!
 
Third Grade Brownie Girl Scout Troop 75254 recently hosted UFIT Kids for girls in grades 2 through 5.  The event focused on fun, fitness and healthy snacking and was hosted by Unleashed Fitness - UFIT of Woburn.

The 70 girls who attended rotated through activities including dodgeball, yoga and healthy snacking.  Local trainers Kerry Kilduff, Kelly Willing and Dan Newton shared their passion for fitness with the Girl Scouts and friends by hosting this day of fitness.  Kerry spoke about healthy snacking and categorized snacks in to two groups: fuel and fun.  The suggested ratio is one fun snack for every three fuel foods.  The participants received posters to take home and help remind them of what they learned.  

The girls battled it out in an exciting round of dodgeball and played "freeze fitness" as well as learned how to center themselves in the mind body studio.  Annabelle said she "liked the dodgeball the best!"

Guest speaker Sarah Knight, Marketing Team Lead and Community Liaison from Whole Foods Market in Woburn, provided loads of information on healthy snacks and made Green Dream Smoothies with all the girls.  What makes it green?  Did they like the taste?  Even knowing that there was spinach in the drink the girls readily drank it down - often returning for seconds!  Mary Jane was "surprised!, I like it".

The girls drank spinach, talked about food being fuel and they readily did jumping jacks to get back in to the dodgeball action.  Hailey, Cory, Annabelle, Elizabeth and Mary Jane completed the Girl Scout Journey - "It's Your World - Change It!" by organizing and hosting this event.  In working their way to the completion of the journey, the girls earned badges for impacting their community and healthy snacking.

When asked what she liked, Elizabeth said "Well, let's see... the dodgeball, yoga studio and the smoothie!  I guess I liked it all!"   

This Barrows Girl Scout Troop thanks Sarah from Whole Foods and Kerri from UFIT for making their event a pure blast for the girls and all their friends!   Drink green for Girl Scouts, for health and for fun!


4/6/15


Girl Scouts Annual Celebration!

Reading Girl Scouts will be celebrating Girl Scouts on June 14th from 3-5 pm at Camp Rice Moody!  Reading Girl Scouts welcome their families and friends and the community to join in the fun.  Current Girl Scouts, former Girl Scouts, families, friends and FUTURE Girl Scouts - join the celebration.  

Fun activities will be available from 3-4 pm on June 14th.  Enjoy the beautiful shaded and sunny areas of Camp Rice Moody as you move through the pathways from one area to another and enjoy making a craft, getting a tattoo, having your face painted or enjoy a treat by the campfire.  Activities are still being planned.  Reading Girl Scouts and troops can sign up to organize an activity station for kids of all ages to enjoy.  

At 4 pm, the Girl Scout Sing-A-Long begins.  Pack a blanket or sit-upon and join the group in songs and dances.  Reading Girl Scouts will lead visitors in songs and dances. 

While Camp Rice Moody has been in Reading for many years, this summer celebrates the 30th year of the current camp and lodge.  The lodge at Camp Rice Moody was burned down in the early 1980's. Significant efforts were made to secure the funds to erect a new building and in 1985, the current lodge was dedicated.  Join the celebration in June and tour the camp while you are there!  Remember, Camp Rice Moody serves 100's of girls for half and full day camp opportunities in the summer.


3/29/15


Fun For Families at Camp!

Girl Scouts are known for loving the camp experience.  Whether it be for a few hours, a day, an evening, or overnight, being at camp is fun.

This summer, Girl Scouts can experience camp with their families,  Whether your family is looking for a great family vacation or just wants to get outside for the day, try some time at Girl Scout camp - family camp at that.  There are five family fun SaturdDAYS beginning July 11th and running until August 8th.  A different camp will host families each week.  Travel to Camp Maude Eaton in Andover on July 11th, Camp Runels in Pelham, NH on the 18th, Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham on the 25th, Camp Wind in the Pines in Plymouth on August 1st and Camp Favorite in Brewster on August 8th.

For $10 per person participants at Family Days can swim, canoe, hike or shoot a bow and arrow and relax around the campfire with family.  Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.

Weekend programs run from Friday through Sunday and include all meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.  The tents are up and the activities abound - families just need to bring a sleeping bag and clothes.  Family Weekends kick off at Camp Menotomy in Meredith, NH June 26-28 and continue each weekend through August 2nd.  Two weekends are reserved for Moms and Daughters, one weekend for Dads and Daughters and the remaining three weekends for families - including siblings and grandparents if you wish!

The camping experience with families - no work required.  The tents are up and the meals are cooked for you!  All you have to do is sign up and show up for fun!  Visit GirlScoutsEasternMass.org to sign up. 


3/22/15

Nominate and Celebrate Volunteerism

Each year, the Reading Girl Scout community honors those who have gone above and beyond to help the Girl Scouts.  The Volunteer of Excellence Award is given to a volunteer who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls or who has contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl or adult members.  

In addition, newer volunteers, those who have participated for less than two years, may be honored with the Green and Growing Award.  These individuals need to have participated in at least one service unit or council event, implemented the Girl Scout Leadership experience within troop programming, kept a troop open to new members and participated with girls in the annual cookie sale.

Girl Scouts do not want to forget community partners.  The Make New Friends Award is given to individuals who are not Girl Scouts or businesses for their contributions to the Girl Scout community.  These individuals or organizations may have donated meeting space, materials or a monetary donation or served in a mentor-ship role to further the Girl Scout mission.  Past recipients include The Hitching Post, The Reading Co-operative Bank, Grumpy Doyle's, The Reading Chronicle, Mission of Deeds and The Graphics Shop, for example.   We have also honored individuals who have served as first aiders, photographers and mentors on so many occasions.

On May 12, 2015, all awardees will be invited to our special celebration. The annual event is held at Camp Rice Moody in Reading at 7 pm.  All nominations should be submitted to ReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com.  When submitting your nomination, please include the nominees  name, reason(s) for the nomination and your name and telephone number.  Nominations are due by April 25, 2015.


3/15/15


Spring Activities Galore!

It has been, according to many, a long winter but today marks the first day of spring.  Time to get out, time to move, time to break out of our winter shell!  The Girl Scouts have plenty to offer.  

Aim for the target in Waltham as the outdoor archery field is open for business!  Learn the basics of the bows and arrows and how to aim for the target.  Camp Cedar Hill is waiting for participants!  Maybe you just want to keep moving while you are outside.  Camp Cedar Hill offers programs in the afternoon including hiking and nature exploration.  Girl Scouts will even learn (or practice) fire building skills.  Learn fire safety, building the fire for cooking a meal and end the hike with hot chocolate.  

Perhaps you are interested in connecting your food and the earth?  Enjoy a food adventure which includes visiting two organic farms using 120 acres of land.  Track the ingredients that make a pizza from farm to fork.  For more food fun, girls in 6th - 12th grade can venture to Camp Wind in the Pines and take a culinary journey around the globe and through the ages.  Girls will explore the world in a whole new way and learn how to make a dish from a different time period or another country and even create a new dish of their own.  Cadette Girl Scouts can earn the New Cuisine badge while attending this event.

Do you love to bike?  Join Girl Scouts and Urban Adventure Tours for a day of biking fun!  While biking through Boston, learn about safe city riding and basic bicycle repair.  Ride through Boston's North End. Bikes and helmets are provided for this event open to 4th to 12th graders.

UFIT for Girls is being offered by  Reading Girl Scout Troop 75254 in conjunction with Unleashed Fitness in Woburn.  On April 1, girls can attend one of two sessions that include fitness related games and challenges that build camaraderie.  For parents needing a night out, girls can enjoy a NIGHT IN on March 28th at Camp Rice Moody in Reading.  Troop 75906 invites Girl Scouts to come celebrate spring with an evening full of fun activities.  While parents spend the night out, girls will have fun eating, singing, playing games and making crafts.

All of these programs and many more can be found at the Reading Girl Scout website - www.readinggirlscouts.org, or at the GSEM website - www.girlscoutseasternmass.org.  Bookmark these sites and check back regularly as new programs are added frequently.  


3/8/15


March 12th marked the 103rd birthday of Girl Scouting.  In Savannah, GA, on March 12th, 1912 Juliette Gordon Low signed up the first 18 girls to be Girl Scouts.  103 years later, Girl Scouts of Reading are about 500 strong, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are almost 40,000 strong and Girl Scouts of the USA are two million strong.

In addition to girls, Girl Scout alumnae are almost 60 million strong.  For more than 100 years Girl Scouts has always attempted to provide leadership opportunities specifically for girls.  GS alumnae are living proof of the positive impact of Girl Scouting in the world.  At any given point in time, approximately 10 percent of girls are Girl Scouts.  What does this lead to?

Eighty percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts.  Christa Hagearty, CEO of Dependable Cleaners, was honored on March 11th by Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.  Christa received a Leading Women Award and during her remarks to the audience she shared her experiences as a Girl Scout that helped her to be the person she is today.  In addition to business owners, sixty-nine percent of female U.S. Senators were Girl Scouts and sixty-seven percent of female members of the House of Representatives were Girl Scouts.  Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout.

America's most accomplished women in public service, business, science, education,the arts, and community life are Girl Scout alumnae.  Juliette Gordon Low believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually.  Juliette's goal was to bring girls out of their home environments and into community service and the open air.  Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, camped, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid, for example.

Within only a few years, Girl Scouts was a growing, girl-centered organization and today the Girl Scouts still thrive in our community. Visit the Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org to find some great activities and events.  


3/1/15


Reading Girls Create the Fun

Girl Scouts develop girls of courage, confidence and character who TAKE ACTION.  Reading girls are taking action this spring by creating and running special events for Girl Scouts of Reading and in many cases, their friends.  Details for all events are found on the ever-changing Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org.  The website includes activity ideas, forms, links to activities in other towns and Pinterest, for example, as well as contact information for all questions to be answered.   

On March 28th, girls can enjoy a Girls Night Out at Camp Rice Moody.  Girls will enjoy viewing a movie, free of charge, while hanging with friends and enjoying snacks.  There is a cost for the snacks.  UFIT for Girls will follow on April 1st.  Troop 75254 is proud to have organized UFIT Kids.  Two sessions, one hour in length, are being offered at Unleashed Fitness in Woburn.  The program includes fun fitness related games and challenges that build camaraderie and character without pushing kids to be the "best in their sport or activity" rather encouraging them to be the best version of themselves.  Kids come to UFIT to build self-esteem and connections through teamwork and lessons about making healthy balanced food choices.  Sessions begin at 1:15 and 2:15 pm and questions can be directed to gbacker2@yahoo.com.

It doesn't end there!  Girl Scout Troop 85450 is hosting Gymnastics Day at the Reading Gymnastics Academy from 1 - 2:30 pm on Friday, April 24th.  Girls in grades K through 3 are invited to spend some time tumbling and flipping with friends.  All participants must wear a leotard or shorts, tie their hair back and be ready to move, laugh and participate in different activities!  All questions for this activity can be directed to smcclaughlin@gmail.com.  

An annual event for Daisy Girl Scouts is Fairy Day.  Save the date of May 1 from 1 - 2:30 as details are coming on the Girl Scout website.  Girls in grades K and 1 will create fairy houses using all natural items.  Girls, in small groups, will go in to the woods and locate a place to build their fairy house.  Girls will look for a tree or rock to lean against as they build a roof, doorway and walkway out of the all natural materials that are found on the ground.  Upon completion, everyone will tour and view all the fairy houses.  Check the website for further details but save the date for the fun!

Registration forms for all activities are found at www.readinggirlscouts.org.  Download your form and register now as all events have limited spaces available.

Not planned by the Girl Scouts but mark your calendars for the Memorial Day Parade at 9 am on Monday, May 25th.  Girl Scouts always participate to honor the men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces.


2/22/15


Tour the World

Girl Scouts and Girl Guides celebrated World Thinking Day this week.  Each year, on February 22nd, girls around the world participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries.  Thinking Day is a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA are part of a global community - one of 145 countries.  Thinking Day is also a fundraiser for the World Thinking Day Fund which supports Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in under-privileged areas of the world.

With funds raised in the past, the Girl Guide Association of Zimbabwe bought a vehicle to enable them to reach the poorest girls and young women in remote rural areas outside of the capital city Harare while the Haiti Guides Association received money to help them build a new National Headquarters following the 2010 earthquake.  A grant to Sudan Girl Guides Association helped to fund a goat-rearing project in some of the country's most deprived rural areas.

Reading Girl Scouts will host "Tour the World" on Sunday, March 22nd from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Camp Rice Moody.  Troops, small groups and individual girls choose a country to learn about and then during the "Tour the World" celebration, set up a display so guests can learn about the country.  Displays will share information about the country's culture, traditions, foods, geography and history, for example.  During past celebrations, groups have performed dances associated with their countries, served snacks from their country and played games.  If you wish to participate by choosing a country, visitwww.readinggirlscouts.org and et all the details.

Tour the World is a family event and guests are invited to visit Camp Rice Moody and tour the world.  Guests will receive a passport that will be stamped for each country they visit.  At the event, donations are accepted which will be sent to the World Thinking Day Fund on behalf of Reading Girl Scouts.  Fun patches will be available for purchase by Girl Scouts and guests.


2/15/15


As February public school vacation winds to a close and some kids sadly think of returning to school, why not check out the April vacation activities at out local Girl Scout camp!  No need to simply wait for summer to experience the fun at camp.

At Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, girls (non Girl Scouts pay a one time $25 registration fee) can attend for one, two, three or all four days of the April Vacation Camp session.  Girls from kindergarten through 8th grade will be grouped by age level to experience camp and meet new friends.  Each day includes exciting activities that are tailored to the specific grade levels.  

Everyone's an artist on the first day when the theme is ART EXPLOSION.  Come back on day two for the INCREDIBLE EDIBLES session.  Girls will make delicious food creations, build an edible campfire and even cook desserts outside!  Participants will also discover the science of food.  On Day 3, Thursday, April 23 join with new and old friends for OOEY GOOEY FUN!  If you love playing with sticky, slimey, gooey stuff, you will have fun making Oobleck, Gak and other messy creations.  On the fourth and final day, the theme is CAMP SAMPLER.  Girls can explore all that camp has to offer, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, singalongs, archery and much more.  

Girls in grades 6 through 10 can participate in TEEN ADVENTURES.  Teen adventures will include field trips that begin and end at Camp Cedar Hill.  Transportation for the field trips is included.  TEEN ADVENTURES will include journeying under the sea at 5 Wits in Foxboro and other Cedar Hill Mysteries.  The High Adventure Session will involve making and achieving goals with a team on the challenge course.  The group will also head to Central Rock Gym for the ultimate climbing challenge.

Teen Adventures continues with the KATNISS Camp Session.  Welcome to Panem where you can try your hand at the various survival skills used to win the Hunger Games.  Learn archery, bake bread from the District 12 bakery and more.  The final day of Teen Adventures is an URBAN ADVENTURE.  The group will head to Boston for the final day.  See the city's sights aboard a Boston Duck Boat and end the trip with a tour of Fenway Park.

Transportation to the camp is available each day from surrounding communities.  To learn more about these great opportunities in April, when the weather will hopefully be a bit warmer, visitwww.girlscoutseasternmass.org and in the search box, type April Vacation Camp!


2/8/15


Yoga, science, writing and artistry!  Girl Scouts can experience exciting workshops on these topics right here in Reading during the spring.  Don't stress about the snow, let the flurries fall while you think about learning something new.

A great family experience - yoga!  Try yoga and get a great workout while learning about breathing, yoga poses and how to reduce stress.  On March 1st, three sessions will be offered at Camp Rice Moody. Limited spaces (less than 10 for each session) remain for this event.  The Brownie session runs from noon - 1:15 pm, Juniors from 1:30 - 2:45 pm and Cadettes from 3:00 - 4:15 pm.  The fee is $10.00 for a girl while adults are free.  Registration must be completed by February 16th at midnight.

Girls in kindergarten through 5th grade can attend Mad Science on March 15th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Camp Rice Moody.  Explore the scientific method through observation, hypothesis and experimentation at this interactive event.  Girls should prepare to be amazed when the Mad Scientist takes the stage.  At the conclusion of the show attendees will be able to experiment on their own.  This was a hugely popular event last year and the Mad Scientist is back with a brand new show.  Sign up by February 28th.

For older Girl Scouts in grades 6 - 12, Camp Rice Moody will host the Book Artist event.  During this 4 hour workshop, girls will learn about printing while creating their own books.  Attendees will make decorative papers, an ancient scroll and even a blank hardcover book that can be used as a scrapbook, journal or diary.  Participants will also learn about career options from artists, bookbinders and conservators from the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers.  All girls will receive the Book Artist badge.  Sign up for this April 12th event by March 30th.

Jen Malone, author of At Your Service, is running the Scribe - Photo Swap Workshop for girls in grades 4, 5 and 6 on May 3rd from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  Bring a personal photograph and swap it.  Girls will write a story based only on what is observed in the photo.  Everyone will get a chance to share their writing and get feedback.  This May 5th event has limited spaces available.  

All events are at Camp Rice Moody on Rice Road.  To find out more or to sign up for an event, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/search.html and type in our zip code "01867" to have some fun!

2/1/15


For Girl Scout families, an exciting catalog arrived in the mail in the past week - the summer camping Guide.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts have 4 resident camps, 6 day camps and 2 family overnight camp programs.  Camp programs are available for girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade.  camps are located throughout eastern Massachusetts and in central and southern New Hampshire.

Right here in Reading we have Camp Rice Moody on Rice Road.  Camp Rice Moody, owned by the Reading Council for Girls, has been  utilized by Girl Scouts for over 65 years.  Camp Rice Moody will be serving girls in kindergarten through 5th grade this summer.  Girls can take part in planning their week at camp alongside their counselors and fellow campers.  Girls can choose from favorite camp activities like arts and crafts, games, singing and more.  Swimming is part of every day's activities and once a week girls enjoy their outdoor lunch around the fire pit after cooking it with their fellow campers.  

Girls can enjoy one week, two weeks or the entire summer at Camp Rice Moody.  Sessions being offered include Daisy Buddies, Under the Sea, Incredible Edibles and Be A Star for girls in Kindergarten and first grade while girls entering second and third grade might enjoy Icky, Sticky Science, Photo Booth, Camp Chef or Secret Agent.  For the older girls in fourth and fifth grade the activities abound.  Older girls can participate in a week of CSI activities or Water, Water, Everywhere, Instacamp, Kitchen Everywhere and many other topics.

Camp Rice Moody is open to all girls whether they are currently a Girl Scout and will even have a special program for sixth - tenth graders who are "Ready to Help".  Girls in middle and high school can practice leadership skills while working on their Program Aide pin.  Girls can select an area at camp to learn more about and assist younger campers by leading specific activities.  

Camp Rice moody offers before and after camp care and is even offering a half day camp this summer.  Not a Girl Scout but want to attend camp - no problem - all girls are welcome.  Want to learn more about this wonderful opportunity right here in Reading, visit the camp during an upcoming Open House.  Take a tour Wednesday, February 25th from 6-7 pm, Sunday, March 22nd from 1 - 2:30 pm, Wednesday, April 29th from 6-7 pm or Sunday, May 31 from 1-2:30 pm.  

Make new friends, appreciate nature, swim, exercise.... have fun at camp, right here in Reading.  For more information about Camp Rice Moody, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/programs/camp-day-rice.html.

1/26/15


Girl Scouts from Around the World

Teen Girl Scouts from around the world will be gathering in Massachusetts this summer.  Girl Scouts from 13-18 years of age will be participating in a "destination" - a trip designed for individual Girl Scouts from across the nation and globe. 

WHALES, TALES and TRAILS is the destination to be hosted by Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts this summer.  Girls will experience Massachusetts from the shores to the woods, through the eyes of settlers, sailors and some of America's most important writers. Walk in the footsteps of Americans of many heritages while exploring Boston's neighborhoods and coastline. Debate whether the witches persecuted in Salem were really witches or just citizens caught up in local disputes. Journey to the sea, and watch mighty whales breech and blow. Take action as we provide service in a coastal fishing community. 

Local authors will join the group to work on helping girls develop their writing skills and share their experiences in getting their books published.The 8 day adventure takes place from July 17 to July 25.
Housing will be in a college dorm and participants will travel by bus to local attractions in and around the Boston area. There will be some walking excursions as well. Girls should not be afraid of being out on the ocean. Girls should bring a love of exploration and a willingness to make new friends and respect for all participants.

For local girls who are not ready to travel to destinations farther away but are looking for their first "solo" travel experience away from family, this local opportunity could be the perfect fit.  Or, for girls wishing to venture further, destinations are occurring in Texas, California, Wyoming and many other states as well as overseas.  For further information about destinations, visit the destination website at http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/.

1/19/15


Girl Scouts from Around the World

Teen Girl Scouts from around the world will be gathering in Massachusetts this summer.  Girl Scouts from 13-18 years of age will be participating in a "destination" - a trip designed for individual Girl Scouts from across the nation and globe. 

WHALES, TALES and TRAILS is the destination to be hosted by Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts this summer.  Girls will experience Massachusetts from the shores to the woods, through the eyes of settlers, sailors and some of America's most important writers. Walk in the footsteps of Americans of many heritages while exploring Boston's neighborhoods and coastline. Debate whether the witches persecuted in Salem were really witches or just citizens caught up in local disputes. Journey to the sea, and watch mighty whales breech and blow. Take action as we provide service in a coastal fishing community. 

Local authors will join the group to work on helping girls develop their writing skills and share their experiences in getting their books published.The 8 day adventure takes place from July 17 to July 25.
Housing will be in a college dorm and participants will travel by bus to local attractions in and around the Boston area. There will be some walking excursions as well. Girls should not be afraid of being out on the ocean. Girls should bring a love of exploration and a willingness to make new friends and respect for all participants.

For local girls who are not ready to travel to destinations farther away but are looking for their first "solo" travel experience away from family, this local opportunity could be the perfect fit.  Or, for girls wishing to venture further, destinations are occurring in Texas, California, Wyoming and many other states as well as overseas.  For further information about destinations, visit the destination website at http://forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/.

1/12/15


Reading Girl Scouts have deep roots in the Reading community.  The year was 1918 and Juliette Low had founded Girl Scouts  six years earlier in 1912.  Women of Reading heard about the organization and decided that the young girls of Reading should have the same opportunities as the Girl Scouts of Savannah and Girl Scouts of Bedford, MA for example.

In 1965, fifty years ago, the adult volunteers in Reading hosted Ice Skating Day at Hockeytown!  Yes, the annual Reading Ice Skating event dates back at least 50 years.  Notes in the Reading Girl Scout archives reveal that it was 30 cents per girl in 1965 and the skating event was open to Reading Girl Scouts for an hour.  In 1969 girls paid 40 cents to attend and by 1970, 50 cents got the girls in to the one hour skating event.  Different rinks in the area from Melrose to Saugus, Wilmington to Burlington have hosted the Reading Girl Scouts.

By the mid 70's the event was $1.00 per girl and through the 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's the event has continued.  The Reading Girl Scouts will host the annual Ice Skating event for at least the 50th year this coming Monday, January 19th.  Since the opening of the Burbank Arena in 1994, the Girl Scouts have hosted the event right here in our hometown.  The event expanded to be two hours in length and include not only the girls from Reading but surrounding communities and siblings and parents.  It's a family affair!

Girl Scouts and families are invited to participate in the annual skating event Monday from 9:30 - 11:20 am.  The entrance fee is $5.00 per person with a family maximum of $12.00 which includes a patch for kids.  Skate rentals are available on a first come first serve basis.  Additionally, face painting is available in the warm room along with tables for coloring, drawing and warming up.  For complete details, visit the Reading Girl Scout website at readinggirlscouts.org.  The website will also give you the details about the upcoming FUNTASTIC event for girls in kindergarten through 5th grade and the annual square dances for grades K-4!  JOIN the FUN!

1/5/15


The Reading Girl Scout Service Unit is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. We are thrilled to honor both individuals (beginning at 5 years of age) and families with this award. America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation. This award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents to live a life of service.

Consider joining many Reading Girl Scouts who have earned this award as they provided many hours of service to the Girl Scout community, their school communities and the town as a whole.  Reading Girl Scouts have certified a number of teen Girl Scouts since 2010 and hope to add Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as families to the list for the 2014 calendar year and the upcoming year.
 
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers.  Consider logging your hours and being recognized for your good deeds.  

12/29/14


Reading Girl Scouts celebrate the new but also love tradition!

High School Seniors will soon be preparing for their final semester of high school and thinking about their next step. The Girl Scouts of Reading and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are excited to be able to offer an Achievement Award and a Scholarship, respectively. The Reading Girl Scouts Achievement Award is celebrating its 24th year having been founded in 1991 by adult members of the Reading Girl Scout Service Unit. 100% of the funds supporting this award are raised by the Awards Committee with many Reading Girl Scout troops donating 2 cents per box of their cookies sold. GSEM offers two $1000 cholarships in recognition of leadership, community engagement and personal commitment to the Girl Scouts mission. The
GSEM award is open to all Girl Scout seniors in eastern Mass. Applications for both of these awards will be on the group's website. These awards are to be used towards post high school study.

The traditional Girl Scout Friends and Family Skating Day will be held on Monday, January 19th from 9:30 - 11:20 am at The Burbank Ice Arena. Reading Girl Scouts are sponsoring this event which includes skating, face painting and good times with good friends. Ages 5 and older can skate for $5 which includes a patch. Under 5 is free pf charge. The family max is $12 and cash or checks are accepted. Spectators are free of course! Come watch the fun! Pre-registration is not required for this event. Questions can be directed to Reading Girl Scouts at 781 789-6774.

"Funtastic Fantasy " is fast approaching! This fabulous annual event was created and is sponsored by 10th grade Girl Scouts. Troop 71283 invite girls from Kindergarten through 5th grade for a fun afternoon of crafts, fun and games at Camp Rice Moody on January 31st. Participate in Flubber In the mad lab, Fuzzletons at the Circus, Friendship Bracelets at the Luau ,Tissue Paper Flowers in the Garden, Face Painting with the Cats, Sports and Games at the Olympics and Girl Scout Stars in Hollywood! There is a 12:30 - 2 and a 2:30 - 4 session. The registration form can be found at www.readinggirlscouts.org. For further information, please contact Troop 71283 at 781 942-3876.

And it's time to Do Si Do - annual Square Dances kick off on January 10th! Girls in grades 4-6 will be dancing on January 10th, girls in grades 2-3 dance on February 28th and kindergarteners and first graders will dance with their favorite adult escort on March 21st. A tradition for more than 30 years, girls enjoy a night out with one of their favorite adults. Registration forms can be found at www.readinggirlscouts.org.


12/22/14


Leadership Opportunities

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is comprised of 178 communities from the New Hampshire border to Provincetown and west to Route 495.  35,000 girls and numerous volunteers make up this council, one of 112 in the United States and one of the largest.

For a number of years girls have been asked to step up, outside of their troop and own town, to help set the direction for the council as a whole.  Applications are now being accepted, and are due by January 2, 2015 for the GSEM Girl Leadership Committee and the GSEM Teen Leadership Committee.  The GSEM Girl Leadership Committee is for girls in grades 5-8.  Girls will be given the chance to build on their leadership skills and advise the CEO and other council staff in regards to what girls want to accomplish as a Girl Scout.  This group is girl led and girl focused and will meet every other month to represent the interests and voices of girls throughout the council.  Committee members will not exceed 20 girls and will discuss what programs should  be offered, how to attract new members, and much more.

The GSEM Teen Leadership Committee is for girls in grades 9-12 who wish to have their voices heard beyond the local level.  This group will also meet every other month and will also meet with the Girl Leadership Committee to hone their skills of working across multiple age levels and developing a team.  High school age girls will lead this group and develop plans to present to the CEO and Board of Directors for the future of GSEM.

Applications for both groups are due by January 2, 2015 and can be found online at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org.  The links to the applications are on the home page, they can't be missed!  The application has further details about the opportunity including meeting dates that occur during the next 12 months, including summer months.  Become an advocate for all the other girls that love Girl Scouting and want to ensure that the activities are fresh and up-to-date.

12/15/14


Local Woman New CEO of Girl Scouts

Girl Scout alumna Pat Parcellin was namedChief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts in September2014, following an eight-month national search. Pat is a senior executive withmore than three decades of financial industry and global operationsexperiences, as well as seven years of non-profit board service. Pat, aresident of Wakefield, grew up in Malden where she was a Girl Scout. Mostrecently she was director of global business reporting at State StreetCorporation. 

As CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Pat has four core objectives for the next three years:  Increasing the visibility of the value of Girl Scouts; identifying and recruiting volunteers who represent the values we stand for; increasing membership in underserved communities and expanding diversity; and, financial sustainability.   While there are so many wonderful things going on with Girl Scouts, Pat has enjoyed being with the girls.  She is really looking forward to the cookie season and to visiting Girl Scout booth sales.  She was recently in Winchester for their Veteran’s Day Parade and was thrilled to see the Winchester Girl Scout troops marching. Pat also looks forward to working with the staff at GSEM to bring the very best to our girls.

Pat was a Girl Scout growing up in Malden from second to seventh grade.  She had two leaders that were caring and responsible adults who worked tirelessly to bring the best experiences possible to the troop members.  Pat marched in the town parade and remembers beforehand the practice, practice, practice! Her leaders instilled a focus onquality and pride about themselves and Pat had very loving and supportive parentswho were always there for her. Pat remembers well raking leaves at her grammar school as part of a Girl Scout community service event, traveling to Canada with her troop and taking the elevator under Niagara Falls.  She learned to swim at Girl Scot camp, learned First Aid in conjunction with the Boy Scouts and visited a courthouse.  Pat has commented that her favorite memory was forming friendships and working together as a team.

Pat feels that the biggest challenges facing Girl Scouts in the next five years is the need to increase visibility, recruit first class volunteers, increase membership and diversity and ensure financial sustainability.  

12/8/14


2014 might not be over yet but Reading Girl Scouts are already thinking of 2015 and have a number of great events planned for January so you can KICK OFF the new year in style.

Join other Girl Scouts and families on Monday, January 19th at The Burbank Ice Arena from 9:30 - 11:20 am.  This annual skating tradition has been occurring for more than 30 years now and it is still one of the most popular events of the year.  Skating is $5 for those from 5-65 and $12 maximum for the family.  Girls and their families and friends are invited to this event which includes skating, face painting, good music and great friends!  Check out the details at www.readinggirlscouts.org.

Girl Scouts can get limber in preparation for ice skating day by participating in a "Learn Yoga" event at Camp Rice Moody on January 11th from 2-4 pm.  Girls in grades K - 3 can attend from 2-4 pm while girls in grades 4-12 can participate from 2:30-4:30 pm.  Create a cool art project and then try a yoga class specifically geared toward girls in your age group.  Learn several poses while working with partners and groups.  Sign up at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org.  Click on Programs. 

4th - 6th graders - have you sent in your registration for the annual Square Dance? The Coolidge Middle School, on Saturday January 10th beginning at 6:30 pm is the place to be for girls and their favorite escort.  Dance the night away.  Square dances for grades K-3 will be held in February and March.  All registration information can be found on the Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org.

And the month ends with a wonderful girl created and girl led event.  FUNTASTIC, an event for girls in grades K-5, will be held on Saturday, January 31st from 12:30-2 or 2:30-4.  This event features Flubber in the Mad Lab, Fuzzletons at the Circus, Friendship Bracelets at the Luau, Tissue Paper Flowers in the Garden, Face Painting with the Cats, Sports and Games and the Olympics and Girl Scout Stars in Hollywood.  Register now, before the event sells out.  Sign-up forms are available at www.readinggirlscouts.org.

12/1/14


Time is almost here!  (Yum, yum time that is)


Reading Girl Scouts are excited to bring back America’s favorite cookies, and to introduce a new gluten-free flavor. Each year Girl Scout cookies are offered in eight delicious flavors and are sold for a limited time. Beginning Friday,December 12, customers can purchase Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Cranberry Citrus Crisps. Be sure to stock up; they are only available until March 10, 2015.  The gluten free Trios are available by special order only so ask your favorite Girl Scout.


Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. From their earliest beginnings to their current popularity, Girl Scout Cookies bring joy to customers and help girls have fun, develop valuable life skills and make their communities a better place. Each purchase means you get tasty cookies—and a girl learns a lifetime of skills, such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.


During the cookie sale, girls work towards a common goal as part of a team. The money earned from cookie sale activities helps the troop partake in service projects, go on field trips, purchase patches, attend summer camp and so much more. In addition, girls give back to others during the sale through the Cookies for a Cause program. Girls sell boxes of cookies that are set aside to be donated to soldiers overseas or to a local food pantry. Last year Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts donated more than 35,000 boxes. This especially meaningful element of the Girl Scout cookie program helps girls develop business ethics and a foundation for a lifetime of community service.

New this year is the opportunity for girls to sell on-line to family and friends.  Girl Scouts, with parental supervision, can email a link to their sales page to friends and family.  Family and friends can submit orders online, directly to the baker, who will then ship cookies directly to customers. Girls can only send their link to people they know, and the whole process will take place under supervision. 

Booth sales will be set up around town at the many retailers that are so kind to offer space in their establishment for girls to set up shop.  If you need cookies, check the Reading Girl Scout website for booth locations or to request a Girl Scout contact you.  www.readinggirlscouts.org.


11/24/14


 Like the Elves!

Girl Scouts are busy all around Reading, Massachusetts and the US during this holiday season that is now underway.  At Birch Meadow School last week, a Brownie Girl Scout troop was busy decorating ornaments to put on a tree that they will be donating to the Festival of Trees.  The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser hosted by the Reading Education Foundation.  These Brownies are giving of their time and troop money to donate a tree that will end up going to a lucky person's home.  The theme of their tree has an International flair.

Reading Girl Scouts from Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors, along with Girl Scout alumnae gathered at Camp Rice Moody (right here in Reading)  this month to FALL for SERVICE.  Fall for Service is hosted by the Girl Scout Alumnae network.  All 85  who gathered had a great deal of fun and shared many stories and laughs while making blankets, ornaments and photo cards for the babies in the NICUs at local hospitals.  The Girl Scouts partner with Project Sweet Peas, a non-profit organization run by volunteers across the country.  Project Sweet Peas' volunteers, through personal experience, have become passionate about providing comfort to families with children in the intensive care units and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.  The blankets and other items will become part of care packages that help comfort the families.

And just this week, some Girl Scout troops and families received their Adopt a Family assignments from Reading Cares.  Through the Adopt a Family program, those who are less fortunate this holiday season will still receive holiday gifts and food.  The Girl Scouts, while helping others, also learning about using coupons, budgeting and other skills that will be helpful to them.  By using coupons and checking advertisements, for example, the girls learn that they can provide more for the families that they have adopted.

Girl Scouts learn, very early, to do good deeds and many are being done around Reading this holiday season but also throughout the year.


11/17/14


A Tradition for More than 50 Years!

They grow up so fast!  While it is happening, it may not seem like time is flying by but wow, when you look back, you wonder where the time went.  For Reading girls in Girl Scouting, square dances have been a Reading Girl Scout tradition for more than 50 years.  

Recently, a Dad with four daughters, all in Girl Scouting, shared how he looks forward to the square dances each year.  Having four children (all girls), he and his wife typically do many activities as a family and it is difficult to find time to just focus on one specific child.  This Dad has found a special event, the square dance, and he and his special girl make a huge event out of it.  

Some years there are two special girls so the night becomes even more special because an uncle, grandfather or family friend become part of the memorable event.  While Girl Scouts typically bring a favorite guy - Moms, Aunts, Sisters… are often found on the dance floor as well.

The special night for this couple usually begins with a private dinner, girl’s choice.  And yes, it has been McDonald’s for this Dad but it has also been the 99 and other local restaurants.  After dining, the couple heads to Coolidge Middle School where the dances have been held for many years.  The event starts with a picture of just the two of them, snuggling.  By 6:30 pm, the do-si-do’s have started.  Four couples make a square and the caller explains a few basic moves.  It is so much fun to watch the kindergarteners with their dates.  The adults are initially bumping into each other, while the girls catch on quickly.  The more dances you attend, the better you get.  This Dad is now approaching expert status.  

The dance has a short break and then a conclusion.  After the work out, many couples can then be found at a nearby store for some well-deserved ice cream or other delightful dessert.  Dinner, dancing, and dessert!  That’s a full night for anyone and it is also a great memory to make and to have for you and your special girl!

Please consider taking your daughter/niece/granddaughter to one of our 3 Girl Scout Square Dances.  The dances are divided by grades and are as follows: January 10, 2015 for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders; February 28, 2015 for 2nd and 3rd graders; and March 21, 2015 for 1st graders and kindergarteners.  All the sign-up information can be found on the Reading Girl Scout website (www.readingscouts.org) or email Lisa at mikeandlisacashins@msn.com for further information.

And finally, since Girl Scouts is a volunteer based organization, local Girl Scout troops are needed to host these dances in order for the event to take place.  If you are involved with a Reading Girl Scout troop, please consider hosting a dance.  A recent Reading troop had so much fun hosting square dances for 8 years, until they graduated last year and moved away to college.  Currently, no dances have host troops and are in jeopardy of being canceled.  Please consider hosting so a Girl Scout and their date can have a wonderful evening and make an amazing memory.

This writer still remembers some very special square dances many years ago with her own special guy!  Definitely a fun, worthwhile and memorable event.  

11/10/14


Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 73720 are 5th graders who are working towards earning the Get Moving Journey which includes leadership awards for Energize, Investigate and Innovate.  These Junior Girl Scouts from Killam are building their skills as leaders who energize, investigate and innovate.  In order to earn these three awards and the journey itself, the girls explore their own energy, the energy in their places and spaces (buildings) and the energy of getting from here to there (transportation).  It is not required that the girls complete all three leadership awards to complete the journey itself but this group is full of energy and will be doing it all.

The troop typically meets at Camp Rice Moody or the Reading Library but lately, they have been out and about.  The traveled to Waltham and completed the low ropes challenge course at Camp Cedar Hill and will be heading to the Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) soon to learn about the energy that powers our homes and businesses.  The low ropes course teaches girls about being active and using human energy.  The girls had a great deal of fun on the low ropes despite it being a rainy day.

Julia, Gianna, Katrina, Anya, Kate, Elaina, Lindsey, Caitlin, Megan, Brooke, Audrey and Lauren have also been working on their business skills as they are fundraising and saving for a special troop trip to Rocking Horse Ranch.  This group of girls have sold cookies each year and also held a yard sale and have completed other money raising activities.  In addition to saving for their fun adventure, they donated a portion of their proceeds to the Boston Strong Fund.  Through the democratic process, they voted on which charity they would like to support.

Continuing to learn about energy and the environment, the girls even made a poster for Boston Strong and used recycled magazine paper to construct the poster.  During their meeting prior to making the sign, they had discussed recycling and spent much time talking and learning about packaging of every day items that generate considerable waste.


11/3/14


Girl Scouts of the USA gathered recently in the Beehive State - Utah!  The 53rd national convention was hosted in Salt Lake City.  The exciting event reunited alumnae and invigorated a global movement of girls, women and men around the theme "Discover, Connect, Take Action: Girls Change the World".

All 112 Girl Scout councils send delegates to the national convention - in total about 1200 delegates.  National delegates complete an application describing their involvement in the Girl Scout Movement and leadership and service activities.  All adults and girls that submitted applications for the eastern Massachusetts council gathered together to discuss hypothetical questions and policy decisions.  From this pool of applicants, Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. chose 21 delegates; 15 adults comprised of volunteers and council staff and 6 girl members between 14 and 18 years of age.  
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Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) pride themselves on filling 30% of their delegate positions with girl members.  Doing this is not a requirement and not every council follows this philosophy. GSEM was represented by Makayla, Talor, Mollie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Tessa.  Tessa is a Reading resident who is a junior at Reading Memorial High School and has been a member of Girl Scouts since kindergarten.   

In Salt Lake City Tessa attended National Council Sessions to vote on three different proposals.  The proposals all had to do with changing the Girl Scout constitution.  The first proposal was to change the membership options from "annual and lifetime" to "applicable".  It was voted to change the wording to "annual, lifetime, or other applicable".  The delegates also voted yes to having the CFO report to the CEO instead of the National Board of Directors.  The final vote, also in the affirmative, was in regards to a proposal which stated that Past Presidents would no longer be on the National Board as ex officio members.  The delegates also had a discussion on the role of the outdoors in Girl Scouting where new badges and new initiatives for getting outdoors were the hot topic.

The delegates met adults and girls from around the world while at the convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.  Girls also attended the Girl Scout Leadership Institute during the four day convention.  The institute focused on leadership skill-building activities tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  The girls from GSEM have many exciting memories but at the top of the list for all is when they joined with girls from the Central and Western Massachusetts Council for a photo and suddenly Anna Maria Chavez, the CEO of GSUSA, jumped in to their photo!

The next national convention will be held in October, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.  


10/27/14


Happy Birthday Juliette!

October is known by many for its haunts, scares and ghouls, leaves changing color and falling from the trees, the first frost of the year, and Breast Cancer Awareness month. But for Girl Scouts, October is the month to celebrate our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, a.k.a. Daisy. Juliette was born on Halloween and celebrated her birthday each year by standing on her head. Happy birthday, Daisy!

During an early Girl Scout Board meeting almost 100 years ago, "Daisy" stood on her head during the board meeting to show off her new Girl Scout shoes.  And on October 31st, her birthday, she stood on her head head every year.  Why stand on her head?  According to her great niece Margaret Seiler, she stood on her head "just to show she still could"!

According to the Gordon Family papers dated 27 September 1897, Juliette wrote to her Aunt Eliza Stiles that "Jess and I retired at intervals to my room, where I stood on my head and Jessie screamed aloud, to let off steam.:  Margaret Seiler said it was a "Gordon family tradition to stand on one's head on birthdays to show how young and virile you still were."   In 1912, the year that  Girl Scouts was founded, Daisy was explaining her ideas for starting another troop of Girl Scouts to a group of prominent women in a private home in Boston.  Juliette ended her presentation by saying "and now I will show you one thing that every Girl Scout learns to do."  Juliette proceeded to stand on her head.  

Reading has approximately 500 girl members of Girl Scouts so you might possibly see one of them standing on their head in honor of Juliette's birthday!  


10/20/14


Fall for Service

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Alumnae Network is holding their second annual Fall for Service event during the month of November.  In 2013, the alumnae network launched a series of weekend events where alumnae gathered with friends and current Girl Scouts to complete a service project.

Like the girls participating in Girl Scouts, alumnae are compelled to help others. On November 9th, the alumnae will gather at Camp Rice Moody in Reading as they partner with Project Sweet Peas-Multiple Miracles for an afternoon of service. While enjoying the social gathering and refreshments, the group will be making fleece blankets and other items to donate to families with children in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at area hospitals.

The alumnae network invites Girl Scouts of ALL ages to join them on Sunday, November 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Camp Rice Moody -- and bring a friend! Girl Scouts are invited to join in so they can share their stories and activities with the alumnae members and maybe even hear a story about Girl Scouts of the past. Camp Rice Moody is located at 29 Rice Road right here in Reading. To RSVP or for those with additional questions, please email alumnae@girlscoutseasternmass.org or call 857-453-5329.

If able to  donate, supplies such as the following are needed.  Polar fleece (approx. 42" X 36"), clear ornament balls, glitter, paint, construction paper, scrapbook paper, scrapbook stickers, markers and stamps. Bringing a pair of scissors is also helpful – don’t worry you get to take them back home at the end of the day. 

Project Sweet Peas is a non-profit organization run by volunteers across the country who, through personal experience, have become passionate about providing comfort to families with children in the intensive care units and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Their programs support the wellness of families by providing care packages and other services that offer comfort while furthering the bond between parent and child, and are providing treasured keepsakes to families who have experienced loss. For further information, check their website at www.projectsweetpeas.com. For further information or to join the Alumnae Network, email alumnae@girlscoutseasternmass.org.


10/13/14


Join our team and start training now!  The Boston Marathon will be held April 20, 2015 and The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are proud to be honored as a charity partner organization for the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) for the 119th running of the marathon.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Boston Marathon Team will consist of 15 runners.  As a team member, you will be provided with support and resources for fundraising and training.  Team Girl Scouts is part of a Marathon Coalition, a group of charity runners.  The Coalition meets weekly for tips, techniques ad training with Coach Muir of Marathon Solutions.  Runners receive help in developing training plan to ensure preparedness.  Training runs and team events are scheduled throughout the ext 6 months. 

Girl Scouts will also provide support and resources for fundraising.  Team members will receive a fundraising webpage, where donations can easily be accepted and progress tracked. Girl Scouts will help team members with brainstorming fundraising ideas and activities, writing fundraising support letters, setting and exceeding personal fundraising goals and personalizing webpages. 

Funds raised through the Boston Marathon charity program by Team Girl Scouts will help support GirlSports, and other health and wellness initiatives to teach girls about empowerment through sports, and how to have a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and activity. 
 
The deadline to apply to run for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is October 31, 2014 or until all spots are filled.  The goal is to raise $100K to bring us in to the next 100 years of Girl Scouting.  Interested runners should contact Jennifer Perrone at 857-453-5325 or via email at jperrone@girlscoutseasternmass.org to receive an application. 


10/6/14


Project Hope


Rachel Vinciguerra, a 2010 RMHS graduate and a 2014 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan earned her Girl Scout Gold Award before graduating high school but has continued her involvement in Girl Scouts and is now a member of the Girl Scout Alumnae Network.

 

Rachel was part of a week-long mission trip with other Ohio Wesleyan students to an orphanage in Haiti in 2013.  After spending seven days with almost 450 incredible children, Rachel said "it was hard to imagine going back home".  On their final day in Haiti one young girl approached Rachel and said "Don't forget me" and then asked "When are you coming back?"  At that moment, Rachel could not fathom the number of visitors that must pass through these children's lives.  These youngsters must meet different people every week who leave them the next and Rachel did not feel right about that.  Not wanting to be just another visitor, with only a moment to think, Rachel told the young girl"I'll be back in one year, I promise."

 

A year later, Rachel and a friend are now in Haiti working as Volunteer Coordinators and interns at Pwoje Espwa (Project Hope). Looking back on her decision to take this path, Rachel credits Girl Scouts for playing a big part in her decision.  Rachel was a Girl Scout from kindergarten through twelfth grade and earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and still looks back on those accomplishments as some of her greatest moments.

 

Earning the Gold Award was a large undertaking but a big success.  When Rachel went to college, the Gold Award was a unique experience that many of her classmates had not had.  With her Gold Award as a reference experience, Rachel was able to successfully apply for four separate research and travel grants through her college. Rachel traveled to Hawaii, Nepal and Haiti and worked with fellow students to make a difference. The Girl Scout commitment to service had a great impact on Rachel. The service focus not only defined her college career but it is continuing to define her life.  During college, Rachel led three mission service teams which led her to her current year of service in Haiti.

 

Although this year has already proven to be quite challenging, Rachel knows she can handle it because she has proven herself capable in the past and always falls back upon the values that were instilled in her through her years as a girl member of Girl Scouts. If you are interested in reading more about Rachel’s year in Haiti, visit her blog, The Penniless Traveler at pennilesstraveler.com/.  To learn more about the Pwoje Espwa Orphanage, visit their website at www.freethekids.org.  Girl Scout troops looking for a community service project might consider partnering with Rachel to help the kids at Pwoje Espwa. 



9/29/14

Brownie Girl Scouts from around Massachusetts, including members of Reading Troops 85448, 85450 and 75256, spent a day at college on September 27th. Volunteers from MIT's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) welcomed Girl Scouts to MIT and led the second and third grade Girl Scouts in a day of fun science experiences. The theme for the day was "Earth and Science" and the Girl Scouts began by drawing ideas for an invention that would improve the environment.  Ideas put to paper by Reading Brownies included special nets to scoop trash from the oceans, robots that could automatically water plants, special containers that dissolved cigarette butts, pills to make people not want to smoke, showers that use rainwater and solar powered cars.  

The Girl Scouts then used various dye solutions to learn how plants uptake nutrients and then proceeded to form teams that each created, using common household materials, filtering systems to see if they could filter dirty water.  The girls were quite surprised at how good a filter substance like sand could be.
 

The girls also created insulated space capsules of their own design, using plastic cups, tape, plastic bags, cotton, newspaper, and other materials.  The capsules would house an uncooked egg that would have to survive being dropped from a second story balcony onto a hard marble floor (to simulate a space capsule landing on earth).  After lunch, the group proceeded to the lobby of the MIT Roger's Building to drop their eggs. Some of the eggs managed to survive their drop to earth fully intact . . . others not so well.  From this activity the girls learned which types of construction, and what quantities of insulation along with placement of materials might be necessary in a real space capsule.  Continuing on with the space theme, the girls learned about our solar system, trying out their weights on different planets, and finished by crafting beaded solar system bracelets, with each bead sized, colored, and spaced from the others so as to be an exact replica of our solar system.   .

The MIT SWE group have been hosting this event for Girl Scouts for a number of years.  The event has become quite a tradition for the organization.  One of the student members of SWE shared that she had been a Girl Scout and had received her Gold Award, which involved setting up a program in her local schools to teach girls about science, including a website with lots of teaching information, etc.  The MIT student told chaperones that she had not completed her Gold Project by the time she submitted her application but it was complete by the time she had her interview, and the MIT interviewer was very interested when the student talked about her Girl Scout Gold project during her MIT college interview (and other college interviews). She said the experience of doing that Girl Scout Gold project, completing it, and all of the challenges in getting it done were great examples to talk about in interviews when asked about experiences that showed how she overcame challenges


9/22/14

LOCAL GIRL SCOUTS COMPLETE SILVER AWARD PROJECT

Girl Scouts Alexindra Wheeler and Lindsay Yatsuhashi, eighth graders at Parker Middle School and members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 71302, recently completed all the requirements and completed a service project to earn their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and helps girls develop into organized and determined leaders, dedicated to improving their community. Before beginning their Silver Award project, Alex and Lindsay completed the Cadette journey "Breathe,"  including a service project with their troop at the Northeast Animal Shelter.   

For their Silver Award project, Alex and Lindsay worked in conjunction with Courtney Vernadakis at the organization Birthday Wishes and created over 30 "birthday boxes" to provide homeless children with birthday parties.  A "Birthday in a Box" is a copy paper box wrapped in festive birthday wrapping paper and filled with items for a party; cake mix, frosting, cake pan, forks, candles, tablecloth, party plates and napkins, juice boxes, and balloons.  The box is then customized with a gift and delivered to a child for a birthday celebration. 

To achieve their goal, the Girl Scouts contacted Courtney to ask about assisting the organization.  At Courtney's suggestion,the girls decided to donate the birthday boxes.  Lindsay and Alex reached out to Karen Feeney, principal at Joshua Eaton, their former elementary school, to see if they could ask the students for donations to fill the boxes.  Miss Feeney embraced the idea under the "Joshua Eaton Cares" initiative and graciously allowed the Girl Scouts to present their project to students and staff at an assembly in May 2014.  Lindsay and Alex created a Powerpoint presentation to share at the assembly and asked each grade level to please contribute specific items for the boxes.  Collection boxes were placed at the school and a very generous school community filled the boxes many times during the collection period. 

While organizing the contributions, Alex and Lindsay realized they had lots of some items, but were lacking other needed items.  To complete all the boxes, the Girl Scouts reached out to family and friends and asked for donations. Once again, the response was generous and overwhelming with people eager to support the Girl Scout's Silver Award project.  With the help of the Joshua Eaton community and friends and family, Lindsay and Alex were able to wrap and fill 32 birthday boxes. The Girl Scouts delivered the boxes to Birthday Wishes on August 22, 2014 to complete their project.

Alex and Lindsay enjoyed working on their project and believe they learned valuable skills, such as email communication, public speaking, and giving back to the community.

9/15/14

You Probably Thought a Daisy was a Simple Flower....

Girl Scouts in kindergarten and first grade are referred to as "Daisies".  Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in 1912, was nicknamed Daisy by her uncle who is quoted as saying "I bet she's going to be a Daisy!"  The nickname stuck and years later, what better name for the youngest level of girls participating in Girl Scouting.

In October of 1984, thirty years ago, Girl Scouts of the United States introduced a new age level to Girl Scouts.  Girls in kindergarten and first grade can join Girl Scouts as Daisies.  Daisy Girl Scouts meet in a nurturing, inclusive environment under the leadership of a volunteer who is typically also a parent or relative of one of the girls in the group.  The girls go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities.  Girl Scout Daisies can also earn Learning Petals and earn patches for special activities.  As Daisies, the girls begin learning to organize and plan activities, not just participate in activities.  The Promise Center and Petals that the girls earn focus on the Girl Scout Law.  The girls also earn Leadership Awards as they begin the Girl Scout leadership experience.  

Reading Girl Scouts has a number of Daisy troops and will be holding a registration and information meeting for girls and their parents interested in finding out about participating in all levels of Girl Scouts.  Please join the fun on September 24th from 6-8 pm at Camp Rice Moody.  Jennifer Delaney, Reading Girl Scout registrar will be discussing Girl Scout membership for all levels and leading a Q&A session.  Camp Rice Moody is located on Rice Road in Reading.  Activities will be available for girls while parents participate in the discussion.

9/8/14

Alison M. of Groton, MA staged an annual backyard "carnival" to raise money and collect food items for a local food pantry while Kat H of Dover, NH organized a campaign that challenged high school sophomore classes across the state to collect food items for the NH Food Bank and Staci A. of Rogers, Ark organized a summer lunch program for disadvantaged children and adults in her community.  These young woman all have one thing in common though - they are all winners of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  Numerous projects have been undertaken during these last twenty years including projects that helped the disabled, fed the hungry, comforted the sick, protected the environment, enhanced school or community resources, promoted health and safety, provided disaster relief, campaigned against substance abuse and domestic violence, encouraged literacy, mentored and tutored other young people and supported our service men and women, to name a few.

Nominations are currently being sought for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  This is the 20th anniversary of the program which recognizes young people solely on their volunteer service.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. can nominate girls in grades 5-8 and 9 -12.  Girls who have earned their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award are great candidates as are girls who have been involved in a long term project or multiple community service projects. The award is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  Since 1995 the program has honored more than 100,000 students at the local, state and national level.

To apply, visit http://spirit.prudential.com and complete the application by November 4, 2014.  Girl Scouts must then email or print out instructions for the Girl Scout certifier, Ms. Joan Reilly, and provide those to her for certification by November 11, 2014.  The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will select representatives from each age group for final submission once the nomination deadline has occurred.

In each state and Washington, DC, the top middle school and high school applicant will be named s State Honoree and receive a $1000 unrestricted award, a medal and an all expense paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to Washington, DC.  10 of the State Honorees will be named America's top youth volunteers of the year and be honored with $5000 awards and a Gold award.  Additionally, the non-profit charitable organization of their choice will receive a $5000 grant.


9/1/14


Congratulations to Girl Scout alumna and Boston writer Rebecca Demarest, who recently launched her debut novel, Undeliverable, in cooperation with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The novel is an avenue to raise awareness and funds for the Center. It has drawn attention not only for its "spirited language [and] dead-on humor," according to reviewer Michael Strelow, but also for this unique partnership, all after a successful crowdfunding campaign.

"The project never would have come to fruition without (my) having learned many of the skills I gathered through Girl Scouts, including my Gold Award project. I learned about follow-through, writing, editing, how to reach out to organizations for support and collaboration and to gather donations through the myriad events I planned and put on for my Seattle council."

Undeliverable tells the story of Benjamin Grant, whose five-year-old son disappeared a year earlier. Benjamin threw himself into the search, but his obsession left him without a home, wife or job. Now, he’s managed to find employment at the United States Postal Service’s Mail Recovery Center, which he hopes will prove an invaluable tool in his search. With the help of Sylvia – a kleptomaniac artist – Ben learns the ins and outs of a warehouse full of lost mail and explores every lead in his son’s case. When the investigation leads him to the monstrous Leonard Moscovich, Ben fears he is too late. 

“Service has always been a large part of my life,” Rebecca said. “I wanted to find a way to usemy passion for writing to give back to the community, and working with an organization so closelytied to the novel’s main themes just seemed right.”  $1 of the cover price of the book is donated directly to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to help aid the search for missing children.

Rebecca started in Girl Scouts as a Daisy. Rebecca's mother started their troop, and from that point on, she was always one of my leaders, and a real inspiration. I stayed in Girl Scouts all the way through high school.  Rebecca's family moved  a great deal and every time they moved her mother got them involved in three organizations: PTO, church and scouting - Boy Scouts for her brother and Girl Scouts for her.  "Girl Scouts was such an amazing place to make friends and learn about the area we had just moved to as there were always great events in both historical and/or entertaining areas of the state.  Some of my closest friends have been girls I met through Girl Scouts, both here and abroad.  In fact, after I moved to Boston, I randomly ran in to one of the girls from my fifth grade troop and we've started up our friendship again after all these years.

Rebecca also shared that she "created and ran a LOT of events for my service unitsover the years and without the skills I learned in putting those Girl Scout events on, I never would have had the confidenceand skills to make this novel a reality. It taught me how to reach out to strangers to ask for their help onprojects as I had to do multiple times while researching Undeliverable." 

This article originally appeared in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Alumnae News.  To participate or get information from the GSEM Alum Committee, call 857-453-5329.  For further information about Rebecca, please visit www.rebeccademarest.com/about/ and for information about missing children, visit www.missingkids.com/home.


8/25/14

Ready, set, register.

The start of the school year has arrived and you might be on overload with papers to read and forms to sign but Girl Scout registration can be done quickly and easily online, on paper and even in-person!. Girls in kindergarten through grade 12 are welcome to register and participate in a troop or individual activities.  

Whether your daughter is new to Girl Scouts or a returning Girl Scout, cross Girl Scout registration off your list now.  Visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org and click on "Get Involved" to register online.  Once you have completed this step it is requested that you send an email to ReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com so our town registrar can welcome your Girl Scout to our Reading group.

To register in person, parents may visit our Girl Scout booth at the Reading Street Faire on Sunday September 7th from noon - 5 pm or join Reading adult Girl Scout volunteers at Camp Rice Moody on Wednesday September 24th at 6 pm to register and be assigned to a troop.  The meeting will run from 6-8 pm and will include registration, orientation and troop assignment.  For those new to Reading Girl Scouts, Camp Rice Moody is our hidden jewel located on Rice Road (off Forest Street) in Reading.  

Lastly, registration can be done via paper by printing a registration form from the website, completing it and mailing it with payment to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, 1740 Turnpike Street, North North Andover, 01845.

Girl Scouts offers activities ranging from crafts to first aid, basketball to canoeing, entrepreneurship to community service and a myriad of other activities.  To view the hundreds of events planned in this area for the coming year, visit GirlScoutsEasternMass.org and click on programs.  You may also visit ReadingGirlScouts.org to get specific information about Girl Scouting in Reading.

8/18/14

Perhaps you anxiously awaited the Sears holiday catalog oh so many years ago or more recently, the Toys 'r Us catalog that arrives in late fall.  Well, the wait is over for Girl Scouts who have just received the Ultimate Guide for 2014-2015. The Ultimate Guide is still delivered to Girl Scout homes but all the activities that appear in the guide appear online as well, plus more!

The guide is jammed with activities for girls from kindergarten through high school.  As you lounged on the beach this summer perhaps you saw those folks seemingly standing on the water and paddling by.  Paddle Boarding is for everyone and Girl Scouts can join in the fun this fall or next spring.  Perhaps adventure is in the Girl Scout's blood and a New York City Adventure would be on the list or exploring New England and beyond.  The Travel Group joins together this fall as a two year special interest group.  The group will plan small trips and larger adventures in monthly meetings.  The last groups adventured to Quebec City and Chicago for their 5 day culmination events.

Perhaps you aspire to be a movie director?  Participate in iMovie 2.0 at the Technology Center and edit, add and create clips.  Bring your clips and add music, captions, themes and special features and leave with a product to share with friends.  Creativity is your thing but not with video, maybe chocolate instead?  Earn your Chocolatier Making patch at Chocolate Therapy.  Learn the history of chocolate, how to make it and what it's like to have a career as a chocolatier.  Hands-on experience transforming ganache into truffles.  Before the ingredients, there are the animals.  Meet the farm animals and learn what products they provide us.  Young girls in elementary school are invited to card and spin the farm sheep's wool to create a friendship bracelet and enjoy organic popcorn topped with butter you assist in making.

Just want to be outdoors, learn the basics of archery and arrows and how to aim for the bulls-eye.  Join in the urban adventure for a day of biking fun through Boston.  What about really challenging yourself and being actively involved in figuring out the challenges of teamwork using the challenge course and ropes course.  Zip lining is even available for those adventurous girls.  Stay active but take it indoors and join the Wheelock College women's basketball team.  This clinic will include ball handling, shooting, defense and rebounding and then time spent with the college players to learn about their experiences.

Whether it be animals, crafts, sports, writing, dance, technology, safety, the environment or travel, for example, the activities are numerous and for the volunteer leaders out there - these activities are planned for you and the girls!  For registered Girl Scouts, check your mailbox for your guide.  To check out ALL the programs online, visit www.girlscousteasternmass.org and click on Programs!  Lose yourself in the abundance of opportunities for fun and learning.  Reading troops are gearing up for the start of a new school year and Girl Scout year.  Girls are welcome to join a troop or join Girl Scouts as an individual and participate in the many activities listed throughout the Ultimate Guide.


8/11/14

The Girl Scouts "GirlSports" initiative has been around for decades and utilizes the Legacy Athlete badge program to connect girls to health, leadership, learning, and teamwork through sports. Girls also earn five age-appropriate badges that teach them about fair play, practicing with a purpose, good sportsmanship, cross-training, and coaching.  In 2013 Girl Scouts announced that Nestle USA would be the GirlSports sponsor as the Girl Scouts continue their commitment to actively engaging millions of girls in sports, nutrition and healthy living.

The Girl Scouts and Nestle want girls in grades K-12 to "show off" in their new challenge.  The Girl Scouts/Nestle partnership is dedicated to showcasing girls who know the importance of staying healthy through physical activity.   Girls, like our teen Girl Scouts who organized a 5K in June and then used the funds to provide two field hockey nets to the Reading Schools for middle school use, know the importance of staying healthy through physical activity.  

Now, your physical activity will not only maintain a healthy heart and keep you fit, but you could WIN!  Participate in the GirlSports Challenge by uploading a creative photo of you, staying active through sports, to the GSUSA Facebook page.  Then, rally your friends and family to vote for your photo.  And of course we will let all the Reading followers know so they can support you by voting.

Make sure to keep in line with the sports theme!  A Gold, Silver and Bronze winner will be chosen.  The Gold winner will earn a $300 gift card plus a GirlSports merchandise bundle while the Silver winner will take home a $150 gift card and a GirlSports merchandise bundle and the Bronze winner will receive a GirlSports merchandise bundle.

Make sure to let Reading Girl Scouts know you (or your parents if you are too young to have your own Facebook account) have entered your photo so we can make the community aware of your entry!  So, get up, get active! With GirlSports, Girl Scouts continues the mission of inspiring girls to achieve leadership roles in all aspects of society, helping them get there through sports and the leadership skills they learn in the process—no matter what paths they choose.


8/4/14

Take Action, Bring a Friend, Enjoy some End of Season Beach Time!

As you walk the beach and feel the sand between your toes or dive in to the waves and simply enjoy the beautiful coastline of Massachusetts along with fellow residents and many tourists this summer, make sure to clean up after yourself.  But, plan to take action this fall to fight the coastal pollution by cleaning up part of our beautiful beaches. Grab the sunscreen, bring a friend, bring your family and join in the Coastal Sweep on Saturday, September 21st from 2-4 pm in Salem, MA.  (If by chance you will be on the south shore that weekend, the clean-up will also take place in Wareham, MA.)

Gloves and trash bags will be provided for all volunteers young and old.  Work in partnership with other volunteers to clean the beaches of Salem.  Once the sweep is done have some fun participating in family beach activities.  Girl Scouts, bring a friend and if she ends up joining you as a Girl Scout, you will receive the Add-a-Friend patch.

It is suggested that you pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic before the clean-up begins.  Adults are free of charge for this event but the fee per child is $4 and includes a Coastal Sweep patch.

Coastal Sweep is an annual event sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.  During the fall sweeps in 2013, cleanup volunteers found some strange items not typically associated with beach trash.  Weird items included a pink plastic whale, a broom, a 25 pound weight, an air conditioner and a wedding gown.  Cigarette butts were once again the number one debris item with a tally of 40.699 butts, a 10% increase over the prior year.  The cleanup also revealed continued illegal dumping issues with the cleanup crews retrieving 38 appliances.  Food wrappers and containers were in abundance with a reported 12,235.

Girl Scouts, to volunteer to take action and cleanup our coastline, visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org and click on Programs to register for the event. For further information about Girl Scouts, please contact Michelle @ 781 789-6774 or via email at michellekramer@verizon.net.

7/28/14

You've probably heard of Storrow Drive! 

 

HelenOsborne Storrow was a progressive-minded woman, blessed with wealth and awillingness to share it. Her philanthropies touched communities all overMassachusetts, but Girl Scouts was the most major and absorbing effort of herlifetime. 

 

Helen Osborne was born in1864 and married James Storrow II in 1891.  Helen andJim were outdoor types who loved to explore and were frequently found hikingand canoeing. They purchased land and built a country home in Lincoln,Massachusetts.

 

Helen first heard about Girl Scouts in 1915 and liked the motto“Be Prepared.” She started her own troops in Boston and Lincoln and trainedleaders in outdoor skills. In 1917, Helen organized and commanded the firstNational USA Girl Scout Training School for Girl Scout Leaders at the WinsorSchool in Boston. Two years later, she offered her property in the Plymoutharea of Massachusetts to be the site of the first National Training School forGirl Scouts of the USA. 

 

Helen arranged the acquisition of a 76-acrefarm for the Massachusetts Girl Scouts. She personally financed the conversionfrom farm to Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, Massachusetts. At the 1923Cedar Hill dedication, Lord Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts spoke. His wife, Olave Baden-Powell, as well as Juliette Gordon Low,attended the dedication. Ninety years later, Cedar Hill remains a premier GirlScout property, serving as a program camp center and home to the Girl ScoutMuseum at Camp Cedar Hill. 

 

Beyond Massachusetts and the USA, Helen impactedGirl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world.  Helen was asked toattend the Girl Guide-Girl Scout World Committee meeting at The Hague in 1929as the substitute USA delegate. She loved hearing about all the activities andoffered to “give the house” for international world meetings as long as it waslocated in her beloved Switzerland. She agreed to donate money for constructionand finance the first four years of operations. Our Chalet, The FirstWorld Center, was dedicated in 1932 and still serves as a vibrant centerof international friendship today.

 

In honor of Helen OsborneStorrow's 150th birthday, a tea will be held to celebrate her contributions. On Sunday, September 21st from 2:00 - 4:00 pm "The Legacy of HelenStorrow" will be presented at The Rookery at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham,MA.  It is requested that you please RSVP by Friday, September 13, 2014to cedarhillmuseum@live.com or call 781-373-4360.  Tea and light refreshments will be served.


7/21/14

Where could a Girl Scout be next summer?  Where are the Girl Scouts this summer?  Each summer and sometimes during the winter school break, Girl Scouts offer nationally sponsored trips around the world for girls 13 and older. Girls apply as individuals to participate in these sponsored trips called "Destinations".  The girls from around the world then meet, make new friends and experience the traveling adventure as a group.

This summer has found girls rappelling a six story building, climbing a 110 foot ladder truck and investigating crime scenes alongside southern Arizona's fire and police services.  A group of 24 teen girls are discovering the beauty of the southwestern regions of California and Nevada including the Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, Lake Tahoe and the Redwood National Forest.  The girls are also venturing off the trail as they explore San Francisco, Monterey Bay, Salinas and Las Vegas.  The Adrenaline Rush junkies are spending a week in Georgia.  The girls that crave high thrill adventure are on a Destination that is a thrill ride from start to finish. Whitewater rafting, mountain biking, paddle boarding , kayaking, zip lining and roller coasters are on their week long agenda. 

In addition to remaining within the US borders, Destinations are taking place around the world.  Earlier this month, a group of Girl Scouts met in the US and then traveled to the Ya'an Conservation Center in the Sichuan Province of China to work with the most beloved endangered mammals in the world.  Each day the group helped caretakers of these beautiful pandas by feeding them, working on maintenance projects at the facility and learning all about the pandas.  Exploration of Beijing was also on their agenda.  And then there were the girls who participated in the Scuba and Sea Turtle Adventure.  14 days were spent exploring the diverse marine life and unique culture of Panama while helping to protect its most endangered and beloved marine life.  

The list of locations for 2014 also included Santa Cruz, CA, Wisconsin, Alaska, Alabama, Washington and San Juan, London, Costa Rica, India and more!  The 2015 Destinations might be some of the same but lots of new locations as well.  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will be hosting the Whales, Witches and Writers Destination right her on the North Shore of Massachusetts.  Whether you wish to travel near or far, there is probably a Destination for you. 

Check out the website "forgirls.girlscouts.org/travel/"  to learn more about this years great experiences and watch the site as the independent experiences for summer 2015 are revealed.  Applications are typically due in the fall to mid winter time frame and scholarship monies are often available thanks to generous donors and supporters.

7/14/14

Mass, Deep Connections to Girl Scout History


Born in Abington, Massachusetts, in 1859, the 11thof 15 children, Sarah Louise Arnold was a child prodigy who graduated from highschool at age 13. She was unable to begin studies at Bridgewater State TeachersCollege for four years due to her age. She eventually earned her degree and taught primary school inBridgewater and later in Kingston. One of her initial administrative positionswas as Grammar School Principal in Middleboro, from 1884 to 1886.

 

She left Massachusetts for seven years to work as supervisorof Primary Schools in Minneapolis. Upon her return in 1885 she became AssistantSuperintendent of Boston Public Schools until 1902. While teaching, shepublished Stepping Stones to Literaturein which she wrote many stories about her nieces and nephews.

 

Ms. Arnold served as the first Dean of Simmons College beginningin 1902 and retiring in 1921. Her area of expertise was Home Economics. Sheserved as President of the American Home Economics Association and wasappointed as a member of the U.S. Food Administration under President HerbertHoover. She was introduced to Girl Scouting by Helen Storrow and became a colleagueand friend of founder, Juliette Gordon Low. When she resigned as Dean ofSimmons to “write and lecture, and live,” she was elected as a member of theNational Girl Scout Executive Board. In 1925, she was elected third NationalPresident to succeed Mrs. Herbert Hoover.

 

As National President, 1925 to 1928, she published manyarticles and stories in American GirlMagazine. Mrs. Hoover urged her to publish her many inspirational storiesand writings, and in 1934, when Dean Arnold was 75 years old, the compilationof these writings was published under the title The Way of Understanding. The foreword by Mrs. Hoover includes thefollowing: “We thank Dean Arnold for all she has done for us, and for all shehas meant to us. Especially do we thank her for this little book that she haswritten.” The book, although now out of print, remains a favorite of GirlScouts and Girl Scout leaders for its wealth of inspiration.

 

Dean Arnold died in 1943, at age 84, and was buried in NorthAbington. “Massachusetts has lost one of her ablest educators,” was part of atelegram from former President Herbert Hoover. Indeed, Girl Scouting lost one of its ablest pioneers, too.   This article was reprinted from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Alumnae Newsletter.  If you are a Girl Scout alumnae and would like to receive their newsletter, email alumnae@girlscoutseasternmass.org or call 857-453-5329.

7/7/14

It might be summer but Girl Scouts still have lots of great activities planned for girls and their families.  Girl Scouts have partnered with the Lowell Spinners to bring girls together for a few great baseball games.  Seats are always $10 for Girl Scouts.  It is game show night on July 22nd and the Spinner organization is saluting some of your favorite TV games.  Call Jeff at 978-805-5111 for tickets to this special game.  August 10th is peanut free day at the park and the first 1000 kids receive a free hat and on August 30th, as the season ends, Girl Scouts will gather as the Spinners take on Aberdeen.  Hang around after the game for the fireworks.  Tickets for the last two games can be purchased online at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org.

If you prefer some outdoor time combined with history, participate in a Boston Pizza Tour on August 9th at 11 am.  Discover the North End, Boston's oldest neighborhood, through an educational and tasty walking tour.  Each private tour includes two hours of food, fun and history, plus two slices of North End pizza.  Girls receive a patch by participating in this fun event.  Register by July 28th on the Girl Scout website.

As the dog days of summer settle in, get out with the whales!  The Girl Scouts will be sailing out of Provincetown on August 17th to watch the whales.  The entire adventure is $20 per person but Girl Scouts and their families must register by August 4th.  Visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org.  Join together with Girl Scouts and their families from all around eastern Massachusetts and find out what is happening with your fellow Girl Scouts.

6/23/14

A flowering Dogwood tree was planted at Camp Rice Moody recently. Trees are planted throughout our community on a regular basis for their beauty, to assist with the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to help with water conservation, reduce soil erosion and provide habitat for wildlife.  So why is this tree special?

Cadette Girl Scout troop 71611 planted the tree at the local Girl Scout camp as a finishing touch to earning their Tree badge.  The tree will grow to 20 or 25 feet in height and will spread shade almost 15-20 feet around as well.  Each spring white flowers will bloom and in the fall red berries will appear.  The red berries are high in fat and the red fruit is loved by more than 35 species of birds.

A freshly planted tree needs some tender loving care and this group of middle schoolers have set up a regular watering schedule to ensure their tree gets all the care needed to become well established and flourish at the camp.  The troop will fertilize and prune the tree for as long as needed.  But the planting of the tree was the final and possibly least important part of the troop's project.  

In order to earn the Girl Scout Tree badge, the girls gathered at Mattera Cabin and spent the day in the Bare Meadow Conservation area viewing different trees and learning about food items that come from trees.  Do you know why we do not eat the leaves of trees?  Due to high amounts of tannins, the leaves really taste bad!  The girls also learned about identifying trees and learned about the two types of trees found in Massachusetts - coniferous and deciduous.  Walking through Bare Meadow the girls looked at leaf shapes and the position of leaves on the branches to help them identify the different types of trees.

The Cadette troop also took to books to read and learn about legends of trees from different countries.  The Kalpa tree, also known as a wishing tree, is a tree that is prayed to because of a belief in its connection to the divine.  The banyan tree is the type of tree that the Buddha sat under and according to some, its meaning is very deep and profound.

6/16/14

Girls Need Goals 5K

Fitness is a quality one should learn from an early age either by becoming engaged in a sport or simply by running around with friends. Personally, it was a sport that helped this writer become active; and that sport was field hockey. It is an enjoyable sport that many young girls could benefit from. When the news of this project was announced, I was overjoyed. Girl Scout troops 71290 and 75093 are earning money for the placement of field hockey goals at the Parker Middle School field for a future middle school team that will be coached by math teacher, Ms. Webster. 

The money earned will also be used to help the members of these troops complete their Gold Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Girls complete a service project that provides lasting benefit to the girl's larger community. The award requires a minimum of 80 hours of work in planning and actually completing the project.  This project leading up to the undertaking of the Gold award has an overall goal of promoting and creating early fitness habits and to foster a love for the game of field hockey.

In order to earn money for their cause, the Girl Scouts in troops 71290 and 75093 will be hosting a 5k run/walk titled, ‘Girls Need Goals’. Participating in this 5k and playing a sport like field hockey, which is a part of their overall goal, breeds good physical fitness habits. These events also cultivate a strong mind and will power. When your heart is pounding in your ears and your breath is leaving you in short gasps for air, you may feel like giving up. However, these activities can push you to your brink and motivate you to work harder, whether that means to jog faster or gain the ball from the opposing team the result is the same.

The ‘Girls Need Goals’ 5k is on June 28th at 8:30 am in Reading. The race will begin and end at the former ‘Imagination Station’ area on Birch Meadow Drive across from the Coolidge Middle School.  
To date, the race has received support from sponsors such as Saucony, Christopher’s Restaurant and Mike Boyles Strength and Conditioning. These sponsors see the importance of our goal of fitness.  

Come join the effort and either walk or run the ‘Girls Need Goals’ 5K to help troops 71290 and 75093 reach their goal. You can find all  the information you need athttp://www.coolrunning.com/eventcal/event/girls-need-goals-5k/ or Google ‘Girls Need Goals’ 5k.

6/9/14
Mission of Deeds & JE PTO President Honored

Girl Scout Troop 71264 recently received their Girl Scout Silver Award  while honoring the Mission of Deeds and Joshua Eaton's PTO President for their mentorship and assistance with the service project.  The Girl Scout Silver Award can be earned by Cadette Girl Scouts in the 7th or 8th grade.  To earn the awards, girls are required to work as individuals or in small groups to identify a community issue, build a team to assist in taking action to help solve the community concern, build a plan to implement the project and then put the plan in action.  It is recommended that the girls earning the award spend a minimum of 50 hours during the planning and implementing of the project.

Olivia Blumenshine, Sophia Regazzini and Dianna Gagnon, all members of Girl Scout Troop 71264, attended Joshua Eaton during elementary school and were involved in the Adopt a Family Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Working each fall to collect food, the girls realized that the families they were helping might also need other items and the idea for a school supply drive was launched.  The girls titled their project Supplies2Kids!

During this past school year, the girls worked to collect school supplies by holding drives in conjunction with schools and churches in Reading.  The final drive is underway this week at Joshua Eaton. As students clean out their desks and families clean out their drawers and closets, it is hoped that the un-used school supplies will be left in the collection boxes located at the school.  As was done after the prior drives held during the school year, the girls will gather to package the items as kits to be distributed through the Mission of Deeds.

Bruce Murrison and Paula Goss of The Mission of Deeds and Ami Dolan, Joshua Eaton PTO President were presented with the Girl Scout "Make New Friends" award at the recent Reading Girl Scout awards ceremony.  Mr. Murrison, Ms. Goss and Ms. Dolan were nominated for the award for mentoring the girls and assisting with the collections as well as identifying methods to ensure that the kits were distributed to those that needed them.  Reading Girl Scouts are thankful to our community partners that work so closely with the Girl Scouts.  

Olivia, Sophia and Dianna were excited to receive their Silver award but are also looking forward to continuing their work with Mission of Deeds by volunteering with them this summer.  For further information or to donate items please email supplies2kids@gmail.com.

6/2/14
This is the third part in our series profiling Reading’s graduating Girl Scouts who recently received the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award. This award recognizes active Reading Girl Scouts who are going on to any type of further education.  Since this is our final article in this series we wish to thank the teen Girl Scouts for taking the time to write these features about their fellow Girl Scouts.

This final profile features Mary Kate Kelly who will be attending Salem State University this fall to study Education.  Mary Kate has been a Girl Scout for the past 13 years, starting as a Daisy Girl Scout in kindergarten as a member of troop 73712.


Throughout high school Mary Kate, along with her troop, has helped run numerous events for younger scouts including the annual Reading Girl Scout Skating Day, the Juliette Low Tea Party, and Famine to Fabulous. Her troop also organized a town wide encampment locate on Martha’s Vineyard for Reading Girl Scouts. 


Furthermore, Mary Kate participated in the creation and distribution of the “Sights of Reading” Calendar for four years. The troop photographed numerous sites around Reading during the four seasons, designed the calendar’s layout, sought out loca lbusinesses to help assemble the calendar, and marketed the calendar to consumers. Also, Mary Kate attended the Girl Scout Leadership Conference at Salve Regina University where she went to workshops and partnered with Girl Scouts from across New England to brainstorm how to solve problems in her local community as well as the world.


Earlier this spring, Mary Kate earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, in addition to already having earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.  Mary Kate’s 80 hour community service project titled "A Lifetime of Literacy,” "aimed to promote and encourage literacy starting at birth and continuing throughout a lifetime.” For her project Mary Kate distributed“literacy bags” which contained a brochure she designed, a board book, and a video she produced on how to encourage literacy for a lifetime.  These bags were distributed to a local hospital. The video can be found at http://youtu.be/smM6X6ZE06w.


In addition to Girl Scouting, Mary Kate participated in numerous after school activities. She founded the Interact Clubat Reading Memorial High School and has been the president for the past three years. Also, Mary Kate was a member of the RMHS track team and an Upper Connector her junior and senior year. Finally, she served as a high school liaison for the Board of Selectmen last year and a facilitator for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).


5/26/14

Part 2 in our series profiling Reading’s graduating Girl Scouts who received the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award.  This award recognizes active Reading Girl Scouts who are going on to any type of further education.

Last wee Reading Ambassador Girl Scout Kasey Cook received the Girl Scout Achievement Award.  Kasey will be attending Temple University in the fall and will be majoring in Communications with a minor in Graphic Design and Photography. Kasey has been a member of Reading Girl Scouts for 13 years and has earned both the Bronze and Silver Awards.  She is currently finishing her Girl Scout Gold Award which focuses on recycling water bottles and the installation of fixtures for refilling water bottles at RMHS. 


Kasey has also been very involved in the Reading community.  She has danced at J&D Dance Academy for nearly all her life and recently performed in her last recital.  At Reading Memorial High School she is a member of the Marching Band, playing flute for the past four years.  She has also been a member of the drama club for four years and has served as the Team Manager of the Varsity Baseball team for all four years as well.


In Girl Scouts she was chosen to be a Girl Delegate at the 2011 National Convention in Houston and represented Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) at the Leadership Institute.  Kasey served on the GSEM Board of Directors and the CEO girl advisory committee.  Kasey interned in Boston at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offices in the Marketing Department and is beginning her second summer as a counselor at Reading’s Camp Rice Moody , after having been a CIT and a camper in prior  years.


Kasey has traveled frequently with the Girl Scouts.  She attended the Wyoming Wildlife Wonders Destination and Get Out! in Atlanta,Georgia.  She also led a group of Girl Scouts to Quebec  and served as the interpreter for the group in French speaking areas. Kasey has written weekly  senior profiles for the Reading Chronicle this year and  received a High Five in September from the High School.   


5/19/14

The first in our three part series beginning today will profile Reading's three graduating Girl Scouts who received the Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award recently.  The Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award recognizes active graduating Reading Girl Scouts who are going on to any type of further education.  

Our first profile is of Grace Stroman who will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this fall to major in biology.

Grace has been a Girl Scout for the past 13 years, ever since she joined troop 73712 as a daisy in kindergarten. Throughout high school, most of Grace’s involvement in Girl Scouts was through her troop. Her troop ran activities like the annual Reading Girl Scout Skating Day, where Grace was able to include her passion for art by organizing a face painting station, and the Juliette Low Tea Party.

But her troop also did some less conventional activities.Grace, along with her troop, created and sold the “Sights of Reading” Calendar.The “Sights of Reading” Calendar was an entrepreneurial and money-earning adventure for the girls in troop 73712. They did everything necessary for the calendar from photographing the sights to finding local businesses to partner with to putting the calendars together to marketing and selling the calendars.


Grace was also awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award this past fall. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. Girls complete a service project that provides lasting benefit to the girl's larger community. It requires a minimum of 80 hours of work in planning and actually completing the project.  Grace’s Gold Award Project, "Get to Know Your Backyard: A Guide to Reading’s Town Forest,Conservation Lands and Open Lands", consisted of several parts to improve Reading’s public wooded lands and the citizens knowledge of it. One aspect of Grace’s project was to create an alternate entrance path into the town forest located near the Wood End School and mark it, along with volunteers. In addition, she hosted presentations and created a book, which can be accessed online or at Town Hall.  The hard copy book or online version educate people about Reading’s Town Forest, Conservation Lands and Open Lands.


Grace’s Gold Award project stemmed from her love of science and the environment. Outside of Girl Scouts, Grace is the president of the RMHS Environmental Club. The club is responsible for the recycling at RMHS, a large adopt-an-island plot near the high school and participates in many other projects each year.  But, in addition to her passion for the environment, Grace loves art. Grace was always able to use what she loved and cared about advantageously in Girl Scouts.  


5/12/14

The Reading Girl Scout Service Unit celebrated many successes at their annual awards event this week.  This annual event honors adults and businesses who have volunteered or partnered with Girl Scouts as well honoring graduating Girl Scouts and other awardees.

The Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award was presented on Wednesday evening for the 23rd time.  The Achievement Award is presented to a graduating Reading Girl Scout.  The young woman must be currently registered as a Girl Scout, a resident of Reading and must be going on to any type of further education.  This award was originally created by adult members of the Reading Girl Scout community and has been funded through private donations as well as through donations from Reading Girl Scout Troops.  Denise Iozzo, chair of the awards committee, thanked Reading Girl Scout troops for their annual donations of two cents per box from their cookie profits each year as well as the private donors.  Denise also announced that the committee has awarded more than $10,000 in awards since inception.

On Wednesday night, Ms. Iozzo presented the 2014 Reading Girl Scout Achievement Award to Kasey Cook, Mary Kate Kelley and Grace Stroman.  All three of these young women are members of Troop 73712 and have been Girl Scouts for 13 years.  Denise shared the many reasons that these women were chosen - service to the community, service to Girl Scouts, employment, sports membership, leadership in high school groups and within Girl Scouts and the contributions went on.  It was noted that Kasey, Mary Kate and Grace have been mentors to many other Girl Scouts in Reading and have been positive role models.  Grace will be pursuing further education at UMass Amherst, Mary Kate will be attending Salem State University and Kasey will be attending Temple University.  The entire Girl Scout community wishes them much success and look forward to having them as adult Girl Scout members for many years to come.

5/5/14

Those April showers have hopefully brought May flowers and dry weather as the Girl Scouts are preparing for so many outdoor activities.   Daisy scouts in kindergarten and first grade are invited to participate in building new outdoor houses for Reading fairies to enjoy this spring.  Girls will gather at Camp Rice Moody on Wednesday, May 14th from 1:15 - 2:45 pm to build the homes for the fairies.  Girls can collect all natural materials and bring them to Camp Rice Moody .  Sticks, bark that has fallen from trees, dried grasses, seedpods, nuts, rocks, pebbles, pinecones, driftwood,  moss, ferns, dried flowers, colorful leaves, dry beans, hay, feathers, acorns and more can be brought to create the fairy houses.  There are two rules for this event - all materials must be natural and no harming anything that is still growing.   Get all the details and register for the Fairy House event by visiting the Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org to download the registration form.  Registration must be completed by May 12th!  

Continuing with an outdoor theme and hoping for good weather, the Reading Girl Scouts will honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces by participating in the Reading Memorial Day parade.  Girl Scouts, along with other marchers, will gather at 8:30 am on Memorial Day to prepare for the 9 am parade up Main Street and in to the Laurel Hill Cemetery for ceremonies honoring those who died while serving. 

Outdoor activities continue for all Girl Scouts at various Girl Scout properties throughout May and June.  Consider kayaking, canoeing, hiking, low ropes, archery, outdoor rock climbing and more.  These events are available for girls and sometimes families as well.  Check them out at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org by clicking on programs and exploring the many available adventures.

4/28/14

Supplies2Kids

Dianna, Olivia and Sophia are 8th graders and members of Girl Scout Cadette Troop 71264 who will be presented with their Girl Scout Silver Award in May at a celebration at Camp Rice Moody.  The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouting and only Cadette Girl Scouts in 6th - 8th grade can earn this award.  Girls that wish to earn this award must first complete a Cadette journey which involves a Take Action Project in their community.  Once the journey is completed, the Girl Scouts working towards the award must complete a 50 hour service project that leaves a lasting impact on the community.  .  

Supplies2Kids, the Silver Award project designed by the three Cadette Girl Scouts, is a partnership between Reading Girl Scouts, local schools, churches and the Mission of Deeds.  Having participated in an annual Thanksgiving holiday project giving to Reading families in need and in some years, collecting more donations than necessary, Dianna, Olivia and Sophia conceived the idea of collecting supplies for elementary aged children.

The girls are all Joshua Eaton alumnae and returned to their roots and asked the Joshua Eaton community to help them help others.  The girls expanded their efforts to include local churches, for example.  The Cadettes worked with mentors who helped them build momentum to succeed.  The mentors offered guidance, an indispensable gift, as well as provided access to their networks and resources which greatly increased what the Girl Scouts were able to accomplish.  

Dianna, Olivia and Sophia are not new to helping others.  These young ladies have previously coordinated a Girl Scout donation to the annual Festival of Trees event and have maintained an Adopt an Island location for a number of years.  In May, the girls will be continuing their supplies collection at St. Agnes Church.  Donations of school supplies applicable to elementary aged children are requested.  Suggested items include pencils, crayons, erasers and post it notes, for example.  

The girls have enjoyed participating in Girl Scout activities together.  In the fall, the girls traveled to western Mass. to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail and have participated in overnight winter camping events with older Reading Girl Scout troops at Camp Wabasso in NH.  The girls have been active in Girl Scouts since kindergarten and are preparing to bridge to the next level of Girl Scouting - Seniors.  Having once been the young girls learning from older Girl Scouts, these young leaders are looking forward to working with younger Girl Scouts and helping them with many Girl Scout activities.

4/21/14

Summer Planning!  Summer Fun!  Register Now!

June 1, almost summer, almost the end of school.  Join in the flying fun!  Join other Girl Scouts in grades 2 - 5 at Camp Maude Eaton in Andover on Sunday, June 1 to Blastoff!!!    Girls will expand their knowledge of how rockets work and become a stomp rocket expert.  Girls can test their skills as they make and launch rockets from 1-4 pm.

Register now to explore Boston on an educational -- and very tasty! -- walking tour.  Get a behind the scenes look at two of the Freedom Trail's most historic sites and discover the North End, Boston's oldest neighborhood.  Each private tour includes two hours of food, fun and history!  Slices of pizza from two pizzerias included.  YOU are delivered to the pizza by Boston Pizza Tours.  All Girl Scouts receive a patch.  This event is open to Girl Scouts of all ages and their friends and family.  

As the summer gets warmer, enjoy an evening with the Lowell Spinners for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Night.  Enjoy a special night at the ball park as the Lowell Spinners take on the Vermont Lake Monsters, an affiliate of the Oakland A's.  Families and friends are welcome to join in the fun.  Box seats are $9 each but registration must be completed by June 20th!  

Paddleboarding, ziplining,and an afternoon with the Boston Breakers are also available to Girl Scouts this summer.  Check out all these programs at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org to join in the summer fun with fellow Girl Scouts.  Click on Programs and try something new.

4/14/14

Girl Scouts Try It!

The warm weather is upon us (well almost) and warm weather means outdoor water activities for many Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts from 4th - 12th grade can give Canoeing a try on May 20th from 4-6 pm.  Learn correct safety procedures and spend time on the pond in groups of 2 or 3.  Camp Virginia in Bolton features 65 acres of pine forest and undeveloped woodlands abutting West Pond.  

A little more time on the water?  Head to Pelham, NH on May 22nd for some late afternoon kayaking.  Kayak around Little Island Pond which is part of Camp Runels,  Participants will learn how to steer a kayak with a paddle and competing with other kayakers to see who can get from one place to another the quickest.  

For the 4th - 12th graders who want to be even a bit more adventurous, why not register for the "Try"-athalon on May 18th.  Camp Wind in the Pines will host this event which kicks off at noon.  The event begins with skill-building drills and workshops in three distinct areas.  Practice kayaking in a straight line, run with fun and get the benefits of agility exercises (balancing and strength training).  This afternoon program culminates in a 90 minute Girl Scout triathlon - 7 mile kayak on the lake, 5 mile agility obstacle course and 1 mile run.  Girl Scouts can choose to be on a relay team, complete all three elements as an individual or cheer from the sidelines to give support to others.  No prior experience is necessary - remember, this is a "Try"-athlon.

For Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, water activities such as these are available beginning in 4th grade.  

Registration for all these programs  can be completed at www.girlscoutseasternmass.org.

4/7/14

Nominate and Celebrate Volunteerism

Each year, the Reading Girl Scout community honors those who have gone above and beyond to help the Girl Scouts.  The Volunteer of Excellence Award is given to a volunteer who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls or who has contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl or adult members.  


In addition, newer volunteers, those who have participated for less than two years, may be honored with the Green and Growing Award.  These individuals need to have participated in at least one service unit or council event, implemented the Girl Scout Leadership experience within troop programming, kept a troop open to new members and participated with girls in the annual cookie sale.

Girl Scouts do not want to forget community partners.  The Make New Friends Award is given to individuals who are not Girl Scouts or businesses for their contributions to the Girl Scout community.  These individuals or organizations may have donated meeting space, materials or a monetary donation or served in a mentor-ship role to further the Girl Scout mission.  Past recipients include The Hitching Post, The Reading Co-operative Bank, Grumpy Doyle's, The Reading Chronicle and The Graphics Shop, for example.   We have also honored individuals who have served as first aiders, photographers and mentors on so many occasions.

On May 14, 2014, all awardees will be invited to our special celebration. The annual event is held at Camp Rice Moody in Reading at 7 pm.  The Reading Girl Scout Achievement Committee will also take part in the celebration.  All nominations should be submitted to ReadingMAGirlScouts@gmail.com.  When submitting your nomination, please include the nominees  name, reason(s) for the nomination and your name and telephone number.  Nominations are due by April 24, 2014.

3/31/14

Event Planning 101

You have probably experienced this.  You've decided to host a party and now there are the details.  When, where, food, entertainment, invitations and all the other preparations associated with the event.  

Sixth grade Girl Scouts from Troop 71611 and 71273 decided to join together to do just that for younger Reading Girl Scouts.  The middle school Cadette Girl Scouts wanted to host an event for younger girls and the decision was made - a DJ Dance Party for 4th and 5th grade Girl Scouts. 

The two troops, comprised of 19 Cadettes, met on a number of occasions.  The first step for the middle school girls was simply to get to know each other but then the meetings turned to the serious side regarding all the details and budget.  Much brainstorming took place to determine a theme for the party.  The democratic process came in to play and the final vote was "Neon Glow".  With ideas on paper and agreed upon, the real work began.   

Working as a team, the girls worked collaboratively while considering the logistics and determining responsibilities.  It wasn't all hard work as the girls spent much time reviewing individual songs to determine a playlist for the event.  Much thought was given to determining what the Junior Girl Scouts would like to hear and what was appropriate.  

Junior Girl Scouts in the 4th and 5th grade are invited on Friday 4/11/14 to Camp Rice Moody in Reading to DANCE and have FUN!  The Glow Party runs from 7-9 pm and snacks will also be sold.  Bring a friend and celebrate!  All details for this fun evening can be found at www.readinggirlscouts.org!  Girl Scouts - bring a friend!  The event fee is $10 per person which includes a fun patch and beverages.

Bridget, Catherine, Lindsey, Natalya, Renee, Samantha, Sarah, Sierra, Stephanie, Yazmine, Katie D, Nicole, Katie S, Ceeva, Sophia, Sarah, Jennifer, Gabby, and Cailey have completed Event Planning 101 and are sure to get an A+ from the party guests.

3/24/14

Girl Scout families will not be stressing over what to do during the upcoming school vacation in April.  The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts have put together numerous activities to make for a fun week.  Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes can participate for one, two, three or four days during the vacation week at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham or Camp Maude Eaton in Andover from 9 am - 4 pm each day.  Bus transportation will be available from Reading to Camp Maude Eaton in Andover on a daily basis.

For girls in 6th - 12th grade, register to spend the day at the State House for "Girl Power on the Hill".  Girl Scouts will take over the State House on April 23rd from 9 am - 4 pm.  Girls from across the state will learn how to use their voice for change.  Girls can participate in workshops on leadership and learn how a bill is passed, research a current bill and debate it on the floor of the House of Representatives.  At lunchtime, all attendees will participate in a special luncheon and then tour the State House and find the Sacred Cod.  

Girl Scouts and their families can top off the week by celebrating Earth Day at the Franklin Park Zoo at the "Party for the Planet" event.  There will be exciting Earth Day activities provided by Girl Scouts and the Franklin Park Zoo.  Join Girl Scouts from throughout New England at the zoo on April 27th from 10 am - 1 pm.

For more information about these great events, visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org and click on Programs so you don't miss the fun!  Information about Reading Girl Scouts can be found at readinggirlscouts.org or by contacting Michelle at 781 789-6774.

3/17/14

Spring arrived this week and Girl Scouts of Reading and surrounding towns are looking forward to numerous outdoor activities including overnight camping.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are proud to have numerous properties throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire where Girl Scouts can spend time together.  Camp Menotomy in Meredith, NH is the furthest north with Camp Taupawshas, located in Nantucket, being the southernmost property.  

Camp Rice Moody is sited on 8 forested acres in a residential area, is an easy 1-mile hike from the Town Forest and is located right here in Reading, MA. The camp is open year around and is available  for Girl Scout meetings, indoor overnights and in the summer is the site for 7 weeks of day camp for girls who have completed kindergarten through 10th grade.  

Camp Rice Moody includes an open play area, well-suited for cookouts and troop activities, and the lodge, a modern all-purpose building for overnights and troop meetings. The lodge has a large meeting room that can be divided and Its kitchen has 2 stoves and 2 refrigerators. Other features include an indoor bathroom, an indoor (non-cooking) fireplace, an outdoor (cooking) fireplace, 50 mattresses, 6 tables and 50 chairs.  During summer camp, the built in pool is open each day (weather permitting) for campers.

The directors of Camp Rice Moody have been involved with the camp for a combined 37 years having started as counselors and moving up the ranks.  This very active facility is offering camp topics for this summer such as "Under the Sea", "Fashionistas" and "Adventureland" for girls in grades 1-3 while girls in 4th-5th grade might enjoy "Treasure Galore" or "Extreme Cuisine" and girls up to 10th grade can participate in camp themes such as "Amazing Food Race", "Mystery Mayhem" or "Fashion Forward".

For further information about programming at Camp Rice Moody or any other Girl Scout camp this summer, please visit www.girlscoutseasternmass.org website and click on Programs and Camps.  The camps are also available for private groups to utilize. 

3/3/14

Local Organizations Teaching Girl Scouts

Lights, Camera, Action! Daisy Troop 85448, 21 first graders from Joshua Eaton, recently toured RCTV studios. RCTV employee Angela Merrill showed the girls how to operate and control television cameras, how different television backgrounds can be controlled and displayed on a green screen and how different television signals are converted into television programs that appear on televisions at home. The girls became "invisible" or became just "floating heads" by putting on green shirts and sweaters in front of the green screen. All the girls got the chance to control the studio cameras while the other half danced and sang for the camera. The Girl Scouts were fascinated with the controls and equipment and how everything worked.

The Daisy Girl Scouts were amazed to learn that RCTV is housed on Main Street where the Reading Theatre once was. And speaking of history, Junior Girl Scout troop 71267 recently visited the Reading Municipal Light Department. As the girls walked the hallways of the RMLD building, they viewed old photographs and meeting minutes from the early 1900's.

This Girl Scout troop is comprised of 5th graders from the Killam Elementary School. The Junior Girl Scouts are working towards earning their Journey Award titled "Get Moving". The fifth graders explore their own energy, the energy in their places and spaces (buildings), and the energy of getting from here to there (transportation) en route to earning this award and along the way, build their skills as leaders who energize, investigate and innovate. 

At the RMLD, the girls attended a workshop to learn about electricity and energy efficiency and then received a tour of the plant, control room and the garage where they got to see and sit in the big trucks.
Our Girl Scouts do not have to travel outside our own town limits to learn about careers, our environment and local history. The girls are grateful to these organizations and their employees for such fun and interesting experiences.


2/24/14

Meet Troop 71288

Noel, Jacquelyn, Colleen, Lauren D., Lauren L., Elizabeth, Sofia, Casey, Rebekah, Riley, Bridget, Kate, Camdyn, and Victoria, along with their leaders Lisa and Christine, make up Girl Scout Troop 71288 from the Barrows Elementary School. Most of this group of 5th graders have been together for six years in Girl Scouting. The leaders are hoping that the group will be bridging to the Cadette Girl Scout level at the end of this school year as they move to middle school.

As Junior Girl Scouts, the girls have learned to work in patrols, small groups that work together to run meetings and earn badges. The girls completed the Music, Cooking and Camping badge and over the years have participated in many Memorial Day parades, hosted a square dance, hosted ice skating days, went on hay rides and slept overnight at the Museum of Science, Plimoth Plantation and CoCo Keys.

Troop 71288 is currently working on a Junior level journey award. During a Girl Scout journey, awards link the experiences, discussions, and ideas that girls explore together. As girls get older, the awards signify attaining new and higher levels of knowledge and skills.

These girls have many favorite things they love to do and are lucky to have great memories. The girls have been very lucky to do things as friends, going on trips together, going on sleepovers and exploring new areas while on trips. The girls love going to camp outs and selling cookies at Girl Scout cookie booths. Troop 71288 made fleece blankets for animals at Nevins Farm in Methuen but are especially proud of their current project. The girls wanted to help children at a homeless shelter. The girls contacted a number of shelters and after speaking with the administrators, the girls contacted a number of possible drop off locations in Reading and explained their project and goals.

The girls are collecting child sized toiletries (tooth brushes, rinses, brushes), individually wrap snacks, diapers, baby wipes and lotions, twin and crib size sheets and blankets. These items can be dropped off at Barrows Elementary School, The Unitarian Universalist Church at 239 Woburn Street, The Old South Church in Reading Square and at St. Agnes Church located at 186 Woburn Street. At the end of March, the girls will be delivering all items collected to a Somerville homeless shelter.

Neither of this troop's leaders were Girl Scouts as children but they became leaders to help the girls learn leadership, kindness and cooperation. Lisa and Christine really want the girls to have fun and strengthen their friendships. "The girls have such great and unique ideas and are learning to work together."

For additional information about the project with the homeless shelter, please email lisaandmikecashins@msn.com or parks_family5@comcast.net.

2/17/14

Thinking Day

Ten million Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world will be celebrating World Thinking Day on Saturday, February 22nd. Since 1926, each year on this same date, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides have celebrated February 22nd as World Thinking Day with three goals: the girls learn about their international sisters in designated focus countries, they participate in fun and educational activities based around an advocacy theme for the year and fundraising for the World Thinking Day fund takes place.

The theme for the 2014 World Thinking Day is girls worldwide say "education opens doors for girls and boys." This theme is based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal 2 which is to achieve universal primary education, and is especially focused on making sure girls have access to education. It is believed that the education of girls is one of the most powerful and effective ways to reduce global poverty.

In 1926, during the Fourth Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, the delegates highlighted the need for a special international day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts would think about the worldwide spread of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and all the members around the world. February 22nd was chosen as the celebration date in honor of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement and Lady Olave Bden-Powell, his wife and First World Chief Guide.  

Many traditions have come about as part of World Thinking Day. One tradition is that every Scout or Guide, ex-Scout or ex-Guide, place a candle in their window that night at dusk to symbolize - "This is my little Guiding Light, I'm going to let it shine." Numerous Reading Girl Scout troops have proudly displayed their postcard collections after taking part in a worldwide postcard exchange sharing information about their very tiny part of the world with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the United States and the world.
Girl Scout troops often choose one country to research and learn about. The troop members will then cook food items from their chosen country, dress in traditional clothing that represents that country and share information about their country with sister troops.   

2/10/14

Killam Second Graders

They may be only 7 and 8 years old but the Kill am second grade Girl Scouts stood very proud recently as they received their Brownie Quest Journey Awards. Ella, Charlotte, Abigail, Lauren, Mia, Ella, Eva, Maura, Ava, Katherine, Sydney, Lexi, Lily, Kate, Amelia, Gabriella and Sophia are all members of Girl Scout Troop 75256. Most of the girls are in their third year of Girl Scouting, having begun as Daisies, but they want everyone to know that they welcome new friends to their troop anytime!

To earn the Brownie Quest Journey Award the girls learned about themselves, their families and their community. They really got engaged at translating their thoughts mad ideas in to action. The second graders learned about community service while working towards the award. The girls helped their Killam school community conduct a food drive for the Reading Food Pantry. The girls made posters which hung around the school asking for donations. One girl's poster put it very simply "Help Others".

The Brownies also earned their dancer badge recently thanks to Linda of the Dance Studio of Wakefield. The girls love to spend time sharing ideas and working with each other to help the community but they also love to do arts and crafts and be active, as evidenced by earning the Dancer badge. They love to attend special events and recently enjoyed a fun Saturday night at the annual Girl Scout Square Dance.

While many troops are led by women who were Girl Scouts as a child, Troop 75256 is led by no former Girl Scouts although one Mom was a Campfire Girl. Sara stated that she became a leader "because I really believe that giving these girls a tool kit for building their self-esteem, sense of worth and their abilities in invaluable". Diana loved Campfire Girls and said that she initially became a leader by "default". She loves working with "the amazing, energetic girls and hopes that as they continue in Girl Scouts, each girl discovers the leader inside her."

This troop of 17 is an active group who have learned patience and teamwork along with a few other skills while working towards their badges and the Brownie Quest Journey Award but they have also had a great deal of fun and have made some great friends in the process.

2/3/14

Reading Girl Scout honorees coming soon!

The Reading Girl Scout Service Unit is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. We are thrilled to honor both individuals (beginning at 5 years of age) and families with this award. America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation. This award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents to live a life of service.

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

To date, the President’s Council has partnered with more than 80 Leadership Organizations and more than 28,000 Certifying Organizations to bestow more than 1.5 million awards to the Nation's deserving volunteers. Reading Girl Scouts certified a number of teen Girl Scouts in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and hope to add Girl Scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade as well as families to the list for the 2013 calendar year.

1/27/14

Are you ready for some football?

Sunday, 2/2/14 might be Super Bowl Sunday but it is also Baking Day for our Heroes! The Teen Girl Scouts of Reading and North Reading will be gathering on Sunday February 2nd to bake for heroes in our communities.

Girl Scouts in 6th - 12th grade are invited to join in this event. Each participant is asked to bring a mixing bowl, spoon, measuring spoons and measuring cups and be prepared to mix and bake. The ingredients have been generously donated and will be made in to cakes, cookies and muffins. The flour will be flying as the Girl Scouts prepare these delicious treats.

Hailey will be baking on Sunday and is very excited because not only will she be delivering some of the baked goods to heroes but she said "we never bake at my house and I am hoping I will learn how to make some great things that I could make for my family". The group of Girl Scouts that are participating in this event will be determining which "heroes" in the community will receive the baked good thank you. Caroline is planning on delivering some items to the Senior Center to be enjoyed by the senior citizens who have helped Girl Scouts this year and for many years before. Mary is delivering some of the items to the EMT's and firefighters who were so kind and caring to her grandmother when she had to go to the hospital in the ambulance on a couple of occasions.

When the baking is complete and the kitchen is sparkling clean once again, the teen Girl Scouts are hoping that they will know the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon, will know how many 1/4 cups are in a full measuring cup and will know how to keep the flour in the bowl. In addition, the teen Girl Scouts will be discussing what makes someone a hero, what can they learn from these people that they wish to thank and what characteristics do they hope they have in common with our heroes.
It is not too late to participate or make a donation of ingredients. 

Teen Girl Scouts will gather at Camp Rice Moody from 11 am - 2 pm on Sunday 2/2/14. Anyone wishing to participate or help can contact Michelle at 781 944-3620. Come join the pre-game fun!

1/20/14

3, 2, 1 GO! Let the races begin!

The First Annual Reading Scoutmobile Rally is coming to Reading this June! Cub Scouts of Pack 735 in conjunction with Girl Scouts of Reading have started the planning for a Scoutmobile Rally to take place on June 14, 2014 - Reading Friends and Family Day.

This event is open to elementary-aged Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Older Boy and Girl Scouts are invited to assist with running the event, providing logistical support, helping to building the vehicles and providing information to spectators on race day in June. Scouts will work in small groups (troops or dens perhaps) to build one vehicle as a team. On race day, the team members will take turns racing the vehicles.

To make this happen, volunteers are needed to help with the planning and organizing. Teams will need help to build the race cars - what kind of wheels and where to obtain them, what is the frame of the car made of, where do you get a steering wheel and how do you make it connect to the wheels and actually steer the vehicle? Perhaps there are some car hobbyists out there that would like to mentor a team?

The more people involved in getting this event organized, the easier it is for all volunteers. Cubmaster Chris Boran says "get involved - you won't be sorry!" To contact Chris Boran to assist or to find out how to get your troop or den involved in the building of a car, email cubmaster@readingpack735.org.

1/13/14

Yum, Yum - Cookie Creations!

Perhaps you recently bought some Girl Scout cookies or will be passing by a cookie booth in the near future and decide to support Girl Scouts with a purchase. Before you pour that glass of milk and enjoy the cookie, consider all the ways that cookie can be enjoyed! Come spend time at Cookie Creations, an evening of epicurean delight to support the Girl Scout mission and to be inspired and taste some amazing creations.

Prior cookie creations have included Lemon Drop Tempura Shrimp, Caramel deLites Cheesecake, Coconut Caramel Cookie Ice Cream and many more delicious delights. Top chefs from local restaurants will create and serve original appetizers, snacks and desserts inspired by their choice of one of the eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies. Special guest judges, including Maggie Battista, Founder of Eat Boutique, will determine "Best Overall Creation" and attendees will award a "Crowd Favorite." It’s a fun and delicious evening with an exhilarating atmosphere, full of spirit sparked by passion for the Girl Scout mission.

Come enjoy tastes of all the "Cookie Creations," a cash bar and a wonderful silent auction! Proceeds support our Girl Scout leadership development programs for girls in grades K-12. The event will be held on Thursday, February 6 at 6:00 PM at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per pair of tickets. Questions? Email e
vents@girlscoutseasternmass.org or call 857-453-5325. For more information about the 14 chefs and to register, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/.

1/6/14

Do Si Do Saturday!

Girls in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade and their pal are invited to Do Si Do the night away on Saturday, January 11th at the Coolidge Middle School. The annual Girl Scout Square Dance, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, is sure to be another great evening. According to Julia, a 4th grade Girl Scout, "I feel so special on Square Dance night because it is just my Dad and I." Julia also commented that they get their photo taken each year at the event. A photo taking station opens at 6 pm and pictures are $3.00 each. Julia still has her photo from last year on the bulletin board!

All girls are invited to dance away whether they are a registered Girl Scout, are thinking about joining Girl Scouts or just want to share the evening doing something special with their pal. The fee is $10 per couple and couples are welcome to pay at the door on Saturday, 1/11/14.

Additional Square Dances are being held in February and March for younger ladies. Kindergarten and 1st grade Girl Scouts are invited to their age group's square dance on March 8th at Coolidge Middle School. Girls in 2nd and 3rd grade will be "do si do"ing on February 8th at the same location. To sign up for the February and March events, visit www.readinggirlscouts.org and the
link to the registration flyer is on the home page. All events begin with a photo session at 6 pm and dancing at 6:30 pm. Additionally, each event has a host troop who provides snacks during break time.

Don't forget, another wonderful family event occurs on Monday, 1/20/14 from 9:30 - 11:20 am - Reading Girl Scouts Friends and Family Skating Day at the Burbank Ice Arena! There is no pre-registration for this event, pay at the door. The $5 fee for 5 - 65 year olds includes a fun patch for those between 5 and 18 years of age. Additionally, there is a family rate of $12. Those who are under 5 or over 65 are free of charge. Face painting will be available and the Burbank Ice Arena will be renting skates and will open their snack shop for the event. Additional details can be found at www.readinggirlscouts.org.

12/30/13

Girl Scout Troop 71279 has five members who are all in the 6th grade at Parker Middle School. Four of the Girl Scouts, Maura, Macayla, Olivia and Julianna have been together in Girl Scouting for 7 years and this year they were joined by a new troop member, Sophia. The year started off with a ceremony and bonfire in the Reading Town Forest. Using a large broken down tree as a bridge, the girls "bridged" and became Cadette Girl Scouts. Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. It is a moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. The Cadette Girl Scout level is for girls in the 6th - 8th grade.

In the fall, as part of the requirements to earn the Comic Artist badge, the girls visited the comic store in Reading and learned a great deal about the industry and then created their own comic book. Additionally, the troop took part in a scuba diving adventure at the pool at Gordon College. "It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun" said the girls. In 7th or 8th grade they will head to western Mass. to take part in a whitewater rafting adventure. They are currently working on their International Foods badge and a Spy badge and will be heading off to 5 Wits at Patriot Place for a spy adventure.

As Junior Girl Scouts the members of troop 71279 completed a project on energy and met with Next Step Living to learn how to make their homes more energy efficient. The girls made a video to teach others about what they learned and how much fun they had learning about energy. They were proud to earn their Bronze award and are hoping that they will earn the Silver Award as Cadette Girl Scouts but do not have any plans yet.

As sixth grade Girl Scouts, one of the things the girls really like is that they are more in charge and responsible for what they get to do and activities that they focus on. Hanging out together is a lot of fun and sometimes they do not get as much done but that is ok because they are having fun with friends and learning how to plan and manage on their own. Last year they traveled to New York and spent a fabulous weekend at Rocking Horse Ranch. Of course they got to ride horses but they also swam and spent time enjoying the resort.

Their troop leader, Sam, was a Girl Scout for a few years as a child and especially remembers being a Brownie. "The best part of being a volunteer leader is working with the girls since kindergarten and seeing each girl grown into their own" said Sam. Troop 71279 has accomplished much but still have much in their future Girl Scouts plans!

12/23/13

Reading Girl Scouts celebrate the new but also love tradition!
High School Seniors will soon be preparing for their final semester of high school and thinking about their next step. The Girl Scouts of Reading and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are excited to be able to offer an Achievement Award and a
Scholarship, respectively. The Reading Girl Scouts Achievement Award is celebrating its 23rd year having been founded in 1991 by adult members of the Reading Girl Scout Service Unit. 100% of the funds supporting this award are raised by the Awards Committee with many Reading Girl Scout troops donating 2 cents per box of their cookies sold. GSEM offers two $1000 cholarships in recognition of leadership, community engagement and personal commitment to the Girl Scouts mission. The GSEM award is open to all Girl Scout seniors in eastern Mass. Applications for both of these awards will be on the group's website. These awards are to be used towards post high school study.

The traditional Girl Scout Friends and Family Skating Day will be held on Monday, January 20th from 9:30 - 11:20 am at The Burbank Ice Arena. Teen Girl Scouts are sponsoring this event which includes skating, face painting and good times with good friends. Ages 5- 18 can skate for $5 which includes a patch. Those 4 and under and over 65 are free of charge while other adults are $5 with no patch. The family max is $12. Spectators are free of course! Come watch the fun! Pre-registration is not required for this event. Questions can be directed to Troop 75298 at 781 789-6774.

"Funtastic Fantasy " is fast approaching! This fabulous annual event was created and is sponsored by 9th grade Girl Scouts. The Roustabouts of Troop 71283 invite girls from Kindergarten through 5th grade for a fun afternoon of crafts, fun and games at Camp Rice Moody on February 1st . There is a 12:30 - 2 and a 2:30 - 4 session. The registration form can be found at www.readinggirlscouts.org. For further information, please contact Troop 71283 at 781 942-3876.

12/16/13
Mix it Up!

Who could resist - Be a Cholatier for the Day! Girl Scouts from 4th -12th grade can earn the Chocolate Making patch at Chocolate Therapy. Learn the history of chocolate, how to make it and what it's like to have a career as a chocolatier. You get hands-on experience transforming ganache into truffles! Sign up by January 4th for this event which takes place January 11, 2014 from 2 - 3:30 pm and is $15.00 per girl.

Maybe you prefer to mix up different ingredients! "Mad Science" Day for girls in kindergarten through 5th grade occurs January 12th from 4-6 pm at the Scout House in Concord. Girls will explore the scientific method through observation, hypothesis and experimentation at this interactive event. Prepare to be amazed when the Mad Scientist takes the stage—you may even be invited to help. After the show, attendees will be able to experiment on your own! This is a different show than last year and attendees receive a patch. The fee is $9.00 per girl but don't wait, registration for this event closes on January 4th.

2nd & 3rd graders are invited to mix it up with paints right here at Camp Rice Moody in Reading on January 24th from 6-8 pm. Paint and color your world in super strokes, transforming into an artist for the day! Visit various stations to try a variety of art processes: paint a "real-world" portrait, depict abstract moods, create a group mural, and paint without brushes—in other words, lots of messy fun! The $10 fee for this Friday night event includes a badge.

Register for any of these events at http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/search.html and check out the 100's of events that our Girl Scout council is offering this winter and spring.

SAVE the DATE for Girl Scout Skating Day on Monday, January 20th at the Burbank Ice Arena from 9:30 - 11:20 am. Details will be on the Reading Girl Scout website and in the December newsletter. Girls and their families and friends are invited to this event which includes skating, face painting, good music and great friends!

12/9/13

Just Helping!

Reading Girl Scout Troop 75096 is very excited to have adopted a Reading Family this holiday season as part of the Reading CARES Adopt a Family Program. Makayla, Grace, Caitlyn, Mikayla, Courtney, Abigail, Ashley, Kailey, Sophia, Katelyn, Maya, Michelle and Lucy are all 3rd graders at Birch Meadow Elementary School who make up Junior Girl Scout Troop 95096.
In early fall, the girls agreed to adopt a family of five. The Girl Scouts will be providing a basket for the family that contains all the fixings for a delicious holiday mean. In addition, the girls will be buying holiday gifts for the children in the family.

In order to be able to fulfill their commitment to this family and project, the girls have been working hard completing tasks to earn money for their troop which they will then use to buy the items needed for the meal and the presents. On Saturday, December 14th from 11 am - 1 pm, these Junior Girl Scouts will have a craft table at Starbuck's on Main Street (right after the Bank of America Drive thru). The craft table will have some wonderful items such as ornaments for sale. There will be other crafts available for sale during the 11-1 event.

In addition to the craft table, the girls have been completing numerous projects to earn money for their troop. The girls have done dog walking and babysitting for starters. One member of the troop spent time babysitting and provided the money earned to the troop's fund. Other girls raked leaves and some even made bracelets that were sold to the staff who work at Boston Children's Hospital. All monies raised are added to the troop funds so the girls can make the 2013 holiday season a happy one for this family of 5.

The girls would like to thank Starbucks for providing them such a warm, public space for their craft sale and they hope that Readingites will stop by between 11 am and 1 pm on Saturday the 14th to purchase an ornament or piece of jewelry.

12/2/13

Time is almost here! 


Reading Girl Scouts are excited to bring back America’s favorite cookies, and to introduce two new flavors, including one that is gluten-free. Each year Girl Scouts cookies are offered in eight delicious flavors, and are sold for a limited time. Beginning Friday, December 13, customers can purchase Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches or one of our two new cookies this year, Cranberry Citrus Crisp, and starting January 23 in limited supply, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread. Be sure to stock up; they are only available until March 4, 2014.


Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. From their earliest beginnings to their current popularity, Girl Scout Cookies bring joy to customers and help girls have fun, develop valuable life skills and make their communities a better place. Each purchase means you get tasty cookies—and a girl learns a lifetime of skills, such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.


During the cookie sale, girls work towards a common goal as part of a team. The money earned from cookie sale activities helps the troop partake in service projects, go on field trips, purchase patches, attend summer camp and so much more. In addition, girls give back to others during the sale through the Cookies for a Cause program. Girls sell boxes of cookies that are set aside to be donated to soldiers overseas or to a local food pantry. Last year Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts donated more than 35,000 boxes. This especially meaningful element of the Girl Scout cookie program helps girls develop business ethics and a foundation for a lifetime of community service.

Selling Girl Scout cookies is fun and I get to learn about being in business," commented Emma, a Junior Girl Scout from Reading. Caroline, a second grade Brownie said that she is "hoping her friends and neighbors will help her raise money for her troop to go camping." Girl Scout cookies are $4 a box, Gluten Free are $5 a box. If Reading Girl Scout does not find you, check our website at www.readinggirlscouts.org to find out booth sale locations or to find a Girl Scout in your neighborhood

11/25/13

Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout

The Girl Scouts have their own set of "laws" and the last line is "be a sister to every Girl Scout". Recently, 4th grade Junior Troop 73294 helped their sister Daisy troop earn the “respect myself and others” petal. Junior Girl Scouts Ashely, Carlee, Catherine, Caylee, Kate, Abby, Tallulah, Meredith, Hannah, Ally, Bella and Solana spent much time preparing for this important meeting. The Junior Girl Scouts wrote situations that required the Daisy Girl Scouts to decide what was respectful and what was disrespectful. The Daisies watched skits about helping others, bullying and taking turns as well as playing a few games that also helped them understand respect! Situations such as "Suzie came home from school and helped her Dad make dinner" or "Suzie came home from school and didn't clean her room" were presented to the Daisies and they discussed whether these behaviors were respectful or not.

The Junior Girl Scouts learned how to present to others as well as how to create games and skits. The Juniors had the opportunity to be role models for the younger Girl Scouts and enjoyed leading the entire meeting. The younger Girl Scouts "loved having role models." While the Junior Girl Scouts were excited to help their "sister" scouts, they are also working towards a badge of their own. All the Daisy Girl Scouts "had a great time and really enjoyed working with the older girls and learning from them" according to their leader.

The Daisies are excited to think that they will have this same opportunity in the future to work with younger girls. Since all these girls are at the same elementary school, they see each other once in a while which gives the older girls further opportunity to be seen as mentors and the Daisies have the opportunity to continue to learn from their "older" Girl Scout friends.

The troops ended their meeting with a game of Twister and then made friendship bracelets together, Daisy troop leaders Kelly Malone and Sara McLaughlin, along with Erica, Zoe, Isabelle, Lauren, Ella, Ava and Ryla are very appreciative and hope to work with their new friends again in the future.

11/18/13

The chill is in the air, the pumpkins are covered with frost in the morning and we New Englanders know this is a sign of winter approaching. We also know it means that Thanksgiving is quickly approaching - a time for family and friends and some delicious food - but also a time that we concentrate and ponder all that many of us have to be thankful for every day throughout the year.

At a recent Girl Scout gathering, girls of all ages worked side by side with adults of all ages, some who were Girl Scout alumnae and some who were simply friends of Girl Scouts. As the group made blankets for the tiny babies in the NIC units of local hospitals, conversations turned to thankfulness and gratitude for what they each had. One 6 year old Daisy was thankful that her Nana had brought her so she could make blankets for the "little babies that must be so cute." Her friend was thankful (and made this writer chuckle) for her Girl Scout troop leader because unlike her teacher in school "my Girl Scout leader teaches us things that I will need to know when I am older." Many alumnae in attendance, being a bit more worldly, were very thankful for all they had, for their health and the health of their families but many were thankful for the opportunity to gather with young and old to help others.

When some Junior Girl Scouts (4th and 5th grade) were asked what they were thankful for, they mentioned their families and all that their parents do for them. One young lady said "I feel bad though because I do not tell my Mom and Dad that I appreciate them but I am going to tonight." The young ladies mentioned, because they were at a Girl Scout event, that they were very grateful for all the things they get to do in Girl Scouts - thanks to some "great leaders." The Girl Scouts mentioned that their leaders have taught them how to cook indoors and on a fire, how to care for their skin to prevent cancer and how to "help other people without embarrassing them." They thank their leaders for the many trips to fire stations, police stations, banks, hospitals, and businesses to learn about the world in which they live.

One Cadette Scout summed it up nicely when she said "I am thankful for the safe home and town I live in, the friends and family I have and the friends and family that continue to enter my life each day and help me make the world a better place." Girl Scouts of Reading are thankful for all our wonderful members and volunteers and especially thankful to the people of Reading who support the many activities that help our girls gain courage, confidence and character as they try to make the world a better place.  

10/28/13

Reading Girl Scouts, You are Invited!

Since 1992, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts have honored more than 210 community leaders with the Leading Women Award. The prestigious list of past honorees includes individuals of outstanding success who have had tremendous impact personally and professionally in an impressive array of career fields. The 2013 group of recipients are equally impressive. The Leading Women Awards Ceremony will be held on November 7th from 7 - 9:30 am at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

This energetic breakfast ceremony draws an impressive audience of more than 500 professionals and friends of Girl Scouting. The awardees are honored by outstanding teen Girl Scouts who have spent time getting to know each honoree on a one to one basis. The breakfast is exhilarating and full of spirit sparked by influential members of the Greater Boston business community. This year's honorees include Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College; Denise Kaigler, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Boston Scientific Corporation; Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder & CEO of Care.com; Joyce Maroney, Sr. Director Customer Experience & Services Marketing at Kronos Inc. and the Leading Man - The Honorable Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston.

All are welcome to support the Girl Scouts mission and network by purchasing a ticket but Reading Girl Scouts are invited to be guests and mingle with the crowd and spend time talking with attendees. Through a generous donation, there are seats available for Reading Girl Scouts to attend this inspirational breakfast free of charge. Yes, the Girl Scout will be a bit late for school but girls who have previously attended the event tell us that they "learned so much", were "inspired by the women who have accomplished so much in their fields of expertise" and "loved telling guests all about their Girl Scout experiences." A few seats still remain for Reading Girl Scouts. To attend this great event, please call Michelle at 781 789-6774.

10/21/13

Girl Scouts of ALL Ages Join Together

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Alumnae Network will be gathering at a number of locations during the month of November to complete their fall service project. Like the girls participating in Girl Scouts, alumnae are compelled to help others. On November 17th, the alumnae will gather at Camp Rice Moody in Reading as they partner with Project Sweet Peas for an afternoon of service. While enjoying the social gathering and refreshments, the group will be making fleece blankets to donate to families with children in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at area hospitals.

The alumnae network invites Girl Scouts of ALL ages to join them on Sunday, November 17th from 2 - 3:30 pm at Camp Rice Moody -- and bring a friend! Girl Scouts are invited to join in so they can share their stories and activities with the alumnae members and maybe even hear a story about Girl Scouts of the past. Camp Rice Moody is located at 29 Rice Road right here in Reading. If interested or for those with additional questions, please email events@girlscoutseasternmass.org or call 781 789-6774.

Project Sweet Peas is a non-profit organization run by volunteers across the country who, through personal experience, have become passionate about providing comfort to families with children in the intensive care units and to those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Their programs support the wellness of families by providing care packages and other services that offer comfort while furthering the bond between parent and child, and are providing treasured keepsakes to families who have experienced loss. For further information, check their website at www.projectsweetpeas.com. For further information or to join the Alumnae Network, email alumnae@girlscoutseasternmass.org.

10/14/13

Be SWEET, Give a Treat of School Supplies!

Girl Scout Troop 71264 is comprised of 8th graders who have been enjoying Girl Scouts together for more than seven years. They have completed many activities and projects including traveling to Camp Wind in the Pines in Plymouth, MA, Camp Wabasso in Bradford, NH, Camp Wampanoag on Martha's Vineyard and Mount Greylock in western Mass. They have climbed to the top of a lighthouse and learned the history of lighthouses and the purpose of them. They have helped younger Girl Scouts and learned from girls older than themselves. The troop completed the AMAZE Journey which helps Cadette Girl Scouts learn about maneuvering through all the twists and turns to find true friendships and plenty of confidence.

The members of Troop 71624 have now embarked on the journey of earning their Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout in the 6th - 8th grade can earn. The requirements include each person completing a minimum of 40 hours towards the completion of a project that must be sustainable, something that will have an impact for future years and not just a one time occurrence.

Be SWEET, Give a Treat! kicks off on October 23rd. The troop is collecting school supplies for local families in need from October 23 to 30th. Please consider donating your extra school supplies such as colored pencils, crayons, lined paper, pens, pencils, rulers and notebooks for Reading students from Kindergarten through 8th grade that are in need of these items. The Girl Scouts will be distributing the items later this fall. Donations can be left at 1 Pennsylvania Avenue (Back Door), 157 West Street (Back Door) or 45 Pratt Street (Front Door). Guidelines do not allow the girls to accept cash donations, only the products that they will be distributing.

10/7/13

The strong connection between Reading businesses and the Reading Girl Scouts continues to grow stronger each day. The Reading Chronicle, The Reading Cooperative Bank and The Hitching Post, past recipients of the "Make New Friends" Award which is given by Girl Scouts, have once again partnered with some of Reading's teen Girl Scouts for the "Sights of Reading Calendar 2014".

The calendar, which hangs 11 X 17", displays a beautiful site in Reading each month throughout the year. The calendar was produced for 2010, 2012 and 2013 and sold out all three years. "We love producing calendars that everyone can enjoy and are thrilled to have them again this year!" said one Girl Scout.

The calendars debuted at the Reading Street Faire thanks to the generosity of The Reading Cooperative Bank, booth sponsor. Calendars can be purchased Monday thru Saturday between 9 and 5:30 at The Hitching Post which is now located at 494 Main Street in Reading. At a price of $12 each or 2/$20, the calendars make a great gift for a local or far-away friend. Calendars can also be ordered and are delivered free of charge to Reading residents.


Girl Scout troop 73712 members have accepted the challenge of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest and most distinguished award any Girl Scout can earn and is meant to help develop a scout as a leader and make a mark on the community that creates a lasting impact on the lives of others. While working as individuals to identify an issue, investigate it, build a support team, create a plan, gather feedback, take action and educate and inspire others the scouts are working together as a pair to raise the necessary funds to carry out the projects. Earning the Gold Award involves many dedicated hours of service and typically takes about 2 years to complete. Profits from the sale of the calendar will be used to fund the scouts’ community service projects.


Visit www.calendarofreading.com to get a sneak peak of the calendar and some of the photos. Order forms can be downloaded and more information about the calendar and the girl’s projects can be found on the website. For more information, email info@calendarofreading.com or call 781 944-3620.


9/30/13


Salt Lake City 2014! The beautiful city of Salt Lake, the capital of Utah with average October temps of 65 degrees is located in northern Utah and sits in a large valley between two mountain ranges, the Wasatch on the east and the Oquirrhs to the west. Salt Lake will be welcoming the Girl Scout National Convention in October 2014. Every three years, Girl Scouts gather at the National Council Session and Convention to reinvigorate the Movement, celebrate accomplishments and chart the future. The 53rd convention is expected to honor the cherished traditions while continuing to propel the Movement forward.

For the 2014 National Council, the delegate formula has been adjusted to maintain the optimal size of 1,500 delegates from around the United States. Each council will be choosing 2 delegates as a basis and then an additional delegate for each additional 2000 members. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will be accepting applications from October 1 to December 6, 2013 to fill approximately 20 delegate positions.

Applications are reviewed and interviews are conducted in January of 2014. Applicants must be Girl Scout adult or girl members (at least 14 years of age) and United States citizens. The GSEM National Council Delegates are elected by the delegate body at the Annual Meeting in May and serve a term of three years. The delegates attend all meetings of the National Council Session and report back to the membership regarding the outcomes. The delegates will vote on all initiatives brought to the annual meeting.


GSEM has always been a leader in making sure that girls are sent as representatives as well as adults. In 2011, GSEM sent 8 girls as elected delegates to the convention in Houston, TX. The selection criteria provided by GSUSA includes critical thinking skills, communication skills, experience in policy influencing or policy making capacities, knowledge of Girl Scouting, decision making abilities and adaptability. If you are interested in applying to represent Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, visit http://www.girlscoutseasternmass.org/aboutus/convention.html. For those completing applications, interviews will be held at Camp Rice Moody in Reading on January 30th from 7-9 pm.

9/23/13

A search has begun! Who was part of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 1265 from Reading? Where are these young ladies now? Please help the Reading Girl Scouts solve a mystery.

Sometime during the mid 1990's, it is thought, Brownie Troop 1265 was working on a badge, maybe a sewing badge, maybe an art badge, maybe a friendship badge, we are going to find out. While working on this badge, the Brownie Troop which would have been made up of first and/or second grade girls, drew beautiful winter designs on cotton squares which were then sewn in to create a beautiful holiday quilt.

The squares appear to reveal favorite winter activities for the girls. The square completed by Jessica shows a young girl standing with her freshly completed snowman during a winter storm. Laura's drawing also displays a snowman but he stands all alone amid the snow covered trees. Thinking about the holidays, C.H. drew a Christmas tree covered with candy canes and red ornaments. An unsigned square shows a beautiful wreath adorned with red balls and a beautiful red bow. The time that the Brownies took to create their hand drawn squares and the time that was taken by a wonderful seamstress to complete this quilt, clearly shows when one looks at the quilt hanging on the wall.

The quilt has hung for the past 15-20 years at the Reading Senior Center and is now heading to a new home we hope. The quilt was presented to the Reading Senior Center who took great care of the quilt for all these years. As we work towards finding a new home to display this beautiful art work that is a part of Reading Girl Scout history, we also look for members of Brownie Troop 1265. The girls that were part of Brownie Troop 1265 are probably about 22 - 25 years old now but hopefully fondly remember the Girl Scout meetings that were spent designing and drawing this quilt that has brought pleasure to many of Reading's Senior Center visitors for all these years.
A photo of the quilt can be found on the Reading Girl Scout website at www.readinggirlscouts.org.

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