Upcoming Events


9/16/17 - Apple Festival

10/2 to 10/27 - Fall Product Sale

10/10 - Leader Meeting, 7:30, Library Activity Room, emphasis of meeting will be on Daisy, Brownie and Junior levels

10/22/17 - Haunted Halloween Party, Moose Lodge, 2-4

11/15 - Leader Meeting, 7:30, Library Activity Room

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Leader Meeting Minutes 9/12/17

North Reading Girl Scouts
Leader Meeting Minutes 9/12/17
Meeting started at 7:42 p.m.
In attendance: Debbie Nearing, North Reading’s SU Coordinator and Corresponding Secretary, and Leader of troop 73891; Anne Valade, Fall Product Coordinator, Jo Gibson, Hood School Coordinator, Cookie Manager, and Leader of Troop 69175 and 62548; Amy Kelly, SU Treasurer, and Leader of Troops 71901 and 62804; Denise Kung, Recording Secretary, Little School Coordinator, and Leader of Troop 62798; Amy Salomon 69175, Kristin Pemberton 69171, Vicki Labriola 69176, Cindy DeWolfe 85336, Karianne Bekier 62803, Kerri Antonuccio 62803, Lisa Coroa-Bockley 85121, Ruth Kennedy 73899 and Special Guest, the SU Coordinator from Reading Girl Scouts, Amy Ward.
Fall Sale - Anne Valade is the Fall Sale Products Coordinator. She had packets for everyone and handed them out. We sampled this year’s product offerings. New this year: organic vegetable seed planters, pickle flavored peanuts, salt and pepper cashews, new commemorative camping tin. Sale starts October 2nd. Will be delivered before Thanksgiving.
You can opt out of incentives (Cadettes and up) by a certain date (see packets). If you do, you earn 17-18% vs 15% profit for your troop on your sales.
Once the orders arrive, they are sorted by Anne and delivered to individual troops before Thanksgiving. Perfect for hostess gifts, gifts to teachers, bus drivers, coaches, etc. There are also community caring tins for those that want to donate $5 cans of peanuts to the food pantry.
How the sale works: Kids can set up accounts online to send emails to relatives and friends. Relatives CAN order online, but they have to pay the shipping (high). Kids earn patches for different activities such as online sales, community caring tins, etc. In addition, they can sell magazine subscriptions.
Why participation is important: in order to do any other kind of fundraising, you NEED to participate in both the fall sale and cookie sale. The town also gets incentives: $10 for each troop that participates with 100% of girls.
Bank account: you need to have a troop bank account set up for the fall sale monies
** Please send your troop’s fall sale coordinator email address, name and phone number to Anne Valade. She will start sending out information. **
Go to www.gsema.org and look under the Cookie tab for more information on the fall sale.
Ruth Kennedy spoke about the Girl Power party Sun Nov 5th from 1:30-3 in the Library Activity Room. Ruth’s senior high school troop is graduating this year. They really enjoyed the girl scout experience and would like to throw a party for younger girls at the Daisy/Brownie level. They are looking for Cadettes to help run craft stations. There will be dancing and yoga.
Early Bird registration patches were handed out to troop leaders.
Potential corn maze event for older girls (Marini Farm, Mann Orchards, or Connors Farm). You can also plan it as a troop activity. One leader mentioned there’s a Groupon for Connors Farm. Note: no hay rides are allowed for Girl Scouts (liability issue). Don’t forget to check that there is an insurance binder with GSEM with the organization where you attend with the girls.
Haunted Halloween party Sun Oct 22 2-4pm at the Moose, organized by Jo Gibson.
Deadline to sign up: Oct 10th. Jo is looking for volunteers to come early for setup and to supervise activities during the event. An idea was proposed where maybe we can walk through the back of the Moose after the party and cross over to the nursing home to do a costume parade. Do we need another permission form or waiver on the flyer to do this, Debbie asked? Debbie researching with GSEM.
Caroling event: Amy Salomon volunteered to organize a caroling event at a local nursing home or elder care facility, rather than caroling on the common. This will give the girls a chance to do community service and perform for an audience.
Encampment update: the event was a big success. We are looking for future encampment directors and volunteers to train for future events. Debbie is still looking for story trains (the rainy-day activity in the encampment packet).
Girls Scouts has created new badges at every level, including a Camping badge at each level. There is a webinar on Tuesday Nov 7th on the new camping badge (see the Ultimate Activity Guide and register on e-Biz to get the link).
Troops can combine and go on overnights together and share the responsibility to get First Aid and Lodge Camping trained. Look up the volunteer-to-girl ratios online for your level.
Debbie is looking for some older girl volunteers this Saturday to help run a table at the Apple Festival.
The Service Unit is looking for a recruitment specialist. There will be a Reading-North Reading recruitment event this Saturday to introduce new girls to scouting. There was information in the Monday email about the event.
If you are looking for new members, you will want to list your troop in the Opportunity Catalog so girls can find you.
Flying Stables in Chelmsford was wonderful for one of the Brownie troops. They had liability insurance (necessary for field trip). The girls visited the horses and each girl got to ride a horse and brush it. $25/girl.
Thank you to Kerri Antonuccio for stepping up as Service Unit Membership Promoter, Denise Kung for stepping up as Recording Secretary (taking minutes at each Leader meeting), Assistant Fall Product Coordinator to work with Anne to take over next year, and also the Little School Coordinator and Amber O’Driscoll for stepping up as Batch School Coordinator!
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
Minutes taken by Denise Kung and edited by Debbie Nearing

Friday, September 15, 2017

Interested in Joining Girl Scouts?

The North Reading Girl Scouts have put together a flyer with information about how to join Girl Scouts.  Please check it out here.

Haunted Halloween Party!

The North Reading Girl Scouts is hosting a Haunted Halloween Party on October 22 at the Moose Lodge from 2pm to 4pm.  This event is for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.  Please see the flyer here for the full details and permission form.  All forms are due back to your troop's leaders by October 10th.  Please make checks out to "NRGS", the cost is $10/child.  Any questions please contact Joanne Gibson at joanneg@gmail.com.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Grand Opening Mann Orchard RIverside Farm

Mann Orchard recently bought a new farm in Methuen called Mann Orchard Riverside Farm. They are going to have a corn maze, hayrides, a petting zoo and a midway.  Their grand opening is September 9th from 10-6. You can find their website here.

Monday, August 28, 2017

New Service Unit 2017-2018

The Service Unit is always listed on the side page of the blog but since we have some openings we wanted to advertise for anyone who has an interest in helping out.  Below is the list of Service Unit members. If you are interested in a position, please contact Debbie Nearing.  The OPEN positions can be shared by more than one volunteer.  The Service Team meets once a month and we try to attend the monthly Leader meetings.  All Volunteers must be registered and complete a CORI/SORI.

S.U. TREASURER:   Amy Kelly   kellys@majekelly.com


S.U. SECRETARIES:         
            CORRESPONDING:   Debbie Nearing   bcednearing@comcast.net
            RECORDING:   OPEN – alternating volunteers can take monthly minutes at meetings

SCHOOL COORDINATORS:                                           
            Batch Elementary School   OPEN – volunteer to be contact person for the Batch School
            Hood Elementary School    Joanne Gibson   joanneg@gmail.com
            Little Elementary School    OPEN

NRGS BLOG MANAGER:  Melissa Audier   audier@verizon.net

S.U. COOKIE MANAGER:  Joanne Gibson   joanneg@gmail.com

S.U. FALL PRODUCT PROGRAM MENTOR: Anne Valade avalade@baystatedisposal.com



S.U. ADULT RECOGNITIONS ORGANIZER:  Debbie Nearing   bcednearing@comcast.net

S.U. ENCAMPMENT DIRECTORS:  Debbie Nearing, Kerstin March, Anne Valade  

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR:  OPEN – volunteer to send articles to the Transcript, etc.

FOUNDER AWARD COMMITTEE:  Debbie Nearing, Sue Kirby, Kim Lambert-Serna,
       Helen Munroe, Alycia McGoldrick

S.U. CORI COORDINATORS:  Debbie Nearing, Joanne Gibson

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Encampment Updates

Letter from Debbie Nearing, encampment director:
As an overnight camper, you should have received the following forms in your troop packet for Encampment:
Medical/permission form for NRGS on yellow paper  here – one for each girl in your troop
Standard camping equipment list on blue paper here
Individual packing list for overnight campers on pink paper here
Need to Know form on lilac paper here  – this form has been revised since the packet was released
Encampment attendance sheet on ivory paper here
Camp Runels map on white paper here
Please email the attached Individual Packing List, Need to Know form, and Camp Runels map to each of your parents who have a girl attending Encampment ASAP so they can start putting together camp items for their daughter.  If you have other adults attending as first aiders or who will be staying overnight as adults in charge, please send them this email.
You will need to give each girl/parent the yellow medical/permission form to complete (you should have one for each girl signed up to attend). The parent or you should make a copy and keep the copy and the yellow form will need to be passed in at check-in the day of the Encampment.  You may need to have a meeting before Encampment to hand these out.
You will also need to complete the ivory form as the troop Leader. 
Give the ivory attendance form to one of the parents if you are not attending as it must be turned in at check-in so please do not complete it until the day before.  The attendance (ivory form) sheet should list EVERYONE who will be attending for any length of time.  If you find that a girl is coming late or leaving early, I still need them on the form and also let me know that with a notation next to to their name.  All parents and Leaders should also be on the attendance sheet if they are attending and/or staying for more than drop off.  This is so in case of an emergency, we know who is at camp at all times.  I will also need to make sure if a parent is attending that they are Coried and Cori’s now take at least 3 weeks to get authorized by GSEM.  Keep this in mind.
The blue standard troop camping sheet is the packing list basically for your troop.  This is just an idea of what to bring.  You may bring more or less.  It is acceptable to forego the “Girl Scout Way” and use paper but you must carry it out of your site and dispose of it properly.
You should also have a first aid kit with your troop gear.  Please make sure that the first aid kit has some of the items like tylenol, tums, benadryl which are included on the yellow medical/permission form.  We may have a Camp Nurse this year on site but for the day on Saturday only, so you need to rely on your First Aider if staying overnight.  We will have plenty of First Aiders on hand should you need help with any emergency at camp. 
I’m attaching a blank CORI request form here.  If you have any parents coming for the day or overnight or they are staying for more than drop off, I need them to complete a CORI and come to me in person with a copy of their driver’s license to get it authorized so I can send it off to GSEM before Encampment.  They can also bring it to the GSEM office on 143 Abbott Street in Andover for faster processing.  The process takes a few weeks so please let me know ASAP.  Also, if you are expiring before the end of the year, please complete a new CORI/SORI.
Remember that as a troop you will need to help the girls make at least 10 swaps for the GS swapping event if they want to participate in the in the SWAPs exchange.  It’s a lot of fun.  You can get ideas from Pinterest, www.makingfriends.com or www.swaps4less.comYou should try to get together with the girls over the summer or you can make them Friday night if you are staying over at camp. 
Girls will also need some sort of bandana or hat.  They don’t have to match in color but should be similar in design or some way to show that they are together as a troop so you can identify them easier in a crowd of girls.
If you have any questions about any of these forms, please email me.  If you are available and want to attend our Encampment Committee meeting, our first meeting will be Tuesday, July 11th at 7:30 p.m.  The location is to be announced as we are still waiting to hear from the Library.  If you are interested, please email me back at bcednearing@comcast.net.
Thank you so much.
Debbie Nearing, Encampment Director
North Reading Girl Scout Service Unit

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Congratulations to our Older Girl Troops

  • Congratulations to our older girl troops who bridged and flew up to a new level of Girl Scouts last Wednesday evening and congratulations again to our 11 graduating senior Ambassador Girl Scouts who flew up to adults. 
  • Congratulations to Amy Kelly and Jodi Sponzo who received the “Soaring through the Ranks” award which is for leading a troop from Daisy to Ambassadors.  This is the first time we have presented this award since it’s inception in 2010. 
  • Also, congratulations to Claire Bailey, Jessica Kelly and Ashley DeSousa for completing their take action projects and being presented with their Gold Award pin and certificates by a Council Representative from GSEM
  • Congratulations to Jessica Kelly for receiving the 2017 NRGS Founder Award Scholarship
  • Finally, congratulations to three volunteers who were awarded the Volunteer of Excellence pin for going above and beyond their troop service: Amber O’Driscoll, Jennifer Vant, and Amy Kelly and to Melissa Audier who received the Council Appreciation Pin recently at the annual GSEM awards luncheon.

  •  Found after Fly Up: a bridging patch, a pair of purple sunglasses and a Sports Fun day patch.  You can claim them Wednesday night at our Leader/Encampment meeting
    If you Fly Up to a new level this year, you will need to take the next level Essentials .  Trainings are online all summer into September. You can also find Girl Scout Reference Books including Journeys for each level in the children’s room in the Flint Memorial Library.  These are for reference only and are to be kept in the Library.