Thursday, June 15, 2017

Little Free Library

The little free library is a community book exchange project where people are encouraged to "take a book, leave a book".  Brownie Troop 69175 and Daisy Troop 62548 created a Little Free Library right here in North Reading.  Landrey Fagan (one of the Daisy parents) donated the book box and both troops painted tiles with an outdoor theme at Look What I Made. These tiles were used to decorate the sides of the library. The library can be found on the porch of Ryer's General Store. Info on little free libraries can be found at littlefreelibrary.org.
Go check out the library and bring a book along to donate, it can be for children or adults.
 
 




Monday, June 12, 2017

Congratulations Graduating Seniors!!

Congratulations to our graduating Senior Ambassador Girl Scouts:
Ariana Romeo, Ashley DeSousa, Brooke Sponzo, Carly Sponzo, Claire Bailey, Emily Humphreys, Jessica Kelly, Joanna Keaton, Julia Kushakji, Kimberly Bockley, and Nicole Shedd. 
 
Also congratulations to our first grade Daisy troops who flew up last week and became Brownies and to the following Volunteer Troop Leaders of less than 2 years who received the GSEM Green and Growing Award Pin at the Daisy Fly Up Ceremony for going above and beyond service at their troop level by helping to coordinate and participate in one of our NRGS Service Unit events: the International World Thinking Day Event, The Caroling Event and the Father Daughter Fun Sports Day Event--
Jessica Blanchette, Kerri Antonuccio, Karianne Bekier, Michelle Gerokoulis, and Denise Kung who also took minutes at the Leader meetings on occasion.  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Fall Encampment Updates!

 We have received quite a few registration forms for the Encampment being held at Camp Runels in Pelham, NH on September 8-10 and wanted to let you know that if you have not considered attending with your troop, there is still time to register.  Currently there are 58 confirmed girls registered to attend and another 12 committed to attend for a total of 70 girls.  Most of the troops registered to attend want to stay overnight, a couple of troops for both nights!  We still have a lot of room for day campers and can still accommodate overnight campers before we return the unused sites we reserved.  We are also sending the attached Flyer and a brief email to all registered parents of NR Girl Scouts to make sure all girls are aware of this event.  Once supplies and patches are ordered this summer and sites are returned, we will not be able to add girls if they decide to attend after that time.
We are reaching out to all of the troops who have not responded who may be interested or may consider in just attending for the day.  DID YOU KNOW...
  • In the fall, your Girl Scout level will be a year ahead of your current level.  Current 1st grade Daisies, will be 2nd grade Brownies and can attend overnight! 
  • When you reach a new level in the fall, your adult to girl ratio will change requiring less adults to attend for safety.
  • Any girl currently registered with NRGS can attend, even if she is not continuing on in Scouting as she is covered and registered until September 30, 2017.
  • Girls can attend for the day even if their troop and Leader is not attending.  We will have adult coverage for day campers without a troop.
  • Day campers can come for the day at 9 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m. and pay just $6 for a fun filled day with friends and girls of all ages.
  • There will not be another Encampment until the year 2019 and that is only if we have the volunteers to step up to run it. 
  • So, come swim (weather permitting) canoe (age restrictive), play games, make crafts, trade SWAPS, enjoy a scavenger hunt, create fairy houses, eat s’mores and get a custom patch!
If you are signed up to attend Encampment, we will have an Encampment meeting on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Flint Memorial Library.  Please come to this meeting to receive your site assignment and pertinent paperwork which you will need prior to check in at Encampment.  
If you are sharing a site because you are not camp certified, you WILL NEED to meet during the summer with the other troops staying at your campsite  to discuss meals, sleeping arrangements, etc. 
The Encampment Flyer can be found here  and the Recap sheet that must be completed if you are attending overnight can be found hereEvery registered girl must have a parent complete the permission form on the bottom portion of the Encampment Flyer and return it with your payment.  You may drop off registration permission forms and money to Debbie Nearing by the final deadline of June 23rd in the following ways:
  • at her home mailbox at 126 Central Street in North Reading no later than June 22nd,
  • drop off at the Flint Memorial Library Activity Room on Monday, June 12th from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m.,
  • drop off at the Flint Memorial Library Activity Room on Wednesday, June 15th from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.,
  • bring them to the Fly Up Ceremony being held on Wednesday, June 21st at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall from 6:30 to 8.
Anyone wanting to help out this summer on the Encampment Committee with planning the activities, games, and creating a patch, contact Debbie Nearing by June 23rd at bcednearing@comcast.net
Don’t miss out on the fun this September!!!!
North Reading Girl Scouts Encampment Committee

Friday, May 5, 2017

Clean Up at Veteran's Memorial 5/20/17

Service Project!! Ruth Kennedy is organizing the clean up of the Veteran's Memorial at North Parish Park on rt. 62. Any Girl Scout is welcome to come plant a flower and help spruce up the garden. The memorial is a small raised bed put in by a NR Girl Scout as her Gold Award project to honor our Veterans. Please bring your trowel, work gloves and a potted geranium to plant. Last year, WalMart had geraniums for about $1.50. Geraniums are tolerant to dry conditions, which is necessary in this planting spot. Please come at 9:30 on Saturday May 20. RSVP here so I'll have an idea of who may be coming. I'll bring a few shovels as well. Thank you for helping make NR beautiful for Memorial Day!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Monster Jam Gillette – Scout tickets from GSEM 6/10/17

From Meg Blanchard, Group Sales Manager, FELD Entertainment, P:1-857-400-8608, E: mblanchard@feldinc.

To purchase your Scout Tickets for June 10 please click on the link below and read all of the information CAREFULLY. What this link does is allow you to purchase tickets to the show and then invite the rest of your Troop family and friends to purchase as well and the link will magically make sure you’re all sitting together! This prevents large groups from having to collect money to purchase in one transaction.

In years prior, we had scouts who were unable to attend the pit party, so we have moved forward with creating multiple price levels where you can add on a pit party ticket if you so choose! All show day scout event times, with the exception of the pit party, will be TBD up until week of show.

For scout event updates: continue to check back to the purchase link!

Purchase Links:

Click this link, https://www.fevo.com/edp/Monster-Jam--Girl-Scouts-of-Eastern-Massachusettes-0hWM56iG, if you’re with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts! 



Fall 2017 Encampment "Super Powered Girls!" 9/8-9/10

Our "Super Powered Girls" encampment, where girls can test their strength, smarts, and the ability to conquer an obstacle course in the blink of an eye, starts on Friday, September 8th at 5 p.m. and ends on Sunday, September 10th at 10 a.m.  Troops have the option of staying one or two nights or coming for the day, except Daisies can only attend for the day on Saturday, September 9th.  Girls staying overnight pay only $15 to cover one or two nights and adults pay $5 to stay overnight, while any girl attending for the day pays $6 and adults coming for the day only do not pay a fee.  **Please NOTE, new this year, per GSEM, ALL adults whether they attend for the day or overnight, MUST submit a CORI and be a registered Girl Scout. If girls or adults are registered for the 2016-2017 year, they are covered until September 30th!  Please find the flyer here.

Please note that the deadline to register for the Fall Encampment is June 2.    All Troop Leaders must also complete the Recap sheet found here and return it by that date, designating who is attending and what accommodations  they will need.   

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Memorial Day Parade 5/29

Memorial Day Parade on May 29th.  We will be lining up at 9:45am in the Senior Center parking lot.  Remember your troop banner.  If you'd like more information about the parade and about making your troop banner, you can find it here.  Remember - any Girl Scout can march, even without her troop.



Fly Up Ceremonies for Daisys and for Girl Scouts Brownies through Ambassadors 2017

North Reading will host two separate Fly Up ceremonies this year.  The Daisy Fly Up ceremony will be on Monday, June 5th, at 6:30pm.  It will take place at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Please see the invitation here.

The Brownie through Ambassador Fly Up ceremony will be on Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30.  It will take place at St. Theresa's Parish.  Please see the invitation here.




Monday, April 3, 2017

Registration and Membership Fee Increase 2017

Registration
On Tuesday, April 4, the Girl Scout Spring Renewal period opens for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts members. Spring Renewal is managed through Volunteer Systems (the My GS link in the navigation bar of gsema.org) and runs from Tuesday, April 4 through Tuesday, June 13.  Service units, troops and girl members who renew during this period are eligible for awesome incentives!   The PDF overview of incentives can be found here.

Membership Fee Increase
To ensure Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is able to continue to provide exceptional girl programming and outstanding volunteer support, we will increase our service council fee by just $5, beginning with spring renewal for the 2017-2018 Girl Scout membership year. The council service fee will be $15 per girl membership. There is no service fee for adult members. As always, financial assistance is available for any girl whose family demonstrates need.  This increase will go into effect concurrently with a membership fee increase announced by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) last year. GSUSA announced a National Board-approved increase in the girl and adult membership fee from $15 to $25 effective for the 2017-2018 membership year.  Every dollar of the membership fee goes directly to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities; the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents; program development, research, resources, training, services to councils, and promotion of the Girl Scout brand.  Therefore, with these increases in place, the new annual cost for Girl Scout membership in eastern Massachusetts will be $40 per girl, and $25 per adult member. Girl membership continues to be an excellent value, and represents only 5% of the actual annual expense we invest in each Girl Scout in eastern Massachusetts. Please note that Lifetime Members do not need to renew their membership, but during Spring Renewal they will need to renew their volunteer role(s).


Thursday, March 30, 2017

GSEM Circus Scout Night in April

Circus Scout Night
As many of you may know, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will perform their last shows in New England this Spring. With that being said, our FINAL circus scout nights will be held this April! If you’re interested in purchasing please reply to the email address below with the following information:
1) Which show would you like to attend? April 14th at 7pm in Worcester or April 21st at 7pm in Manchester?
2) Which council are you affiliated with? This is a MUST so please reply with this information. The council you belong to is the organization in which your troop reports to in your state. For example: The Girl Scouts of Eastern MA, The Boy Scouts of Daniel Webster Council, The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, etc.
I’ll get back to everyone with the appropriate information based on your council affiliation as fast as I can as you respond. Thanks so much for your understanding!
-Meg Blanchard
Group Sales Manager, FELD Entertainment
P: 1-857-400-8608
E: mblanchard@feldinc.com

 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Reading Girl Scouts Square Dance

Reading Girl Scouts is having a Square Dance coming up next Saturday March 18th for girls in grades K-2 and on April 8th for girls in grades 3 and up. 

The registration date for this coming Saturday has been extended beyond the date on the attached flyer, please see flyer for K-2 here and flyer for 3-5 here.. All this information is on their website as well at readinggirlscouts.org


 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

GSEM Meet the Author Night with Ammi-Joan Paquette

March 29, 2017 05:30 PM-07:30 PM
50 Spots Available (Registration Closes at 11:59 PM ET on March 20, 2017)
CAMP MAUDE EATON
Andover, MA
Daisy, Brownie & Junior Level
All Princess Juniper wants for her 13th birthday is a very small country all her own, where she can practice being Queen with a group of willing kid subjects. But when Juniper and her friends arrive in their new mountain kingdom, they learn that building their own country is not nearly as easy as they’d thought it would be. Then they find out their homeland is under attack—but what can they do from so far away? And is someone really trying to steal Juniper’s throne right out from under her? 
Author Ammi-Joan Paquette will read an excerpt from Princess Juniper of the Hourglass and be available to answer questions and sign books during the event.  Hands on activities will also be available for the girls.  Our council shop will be open and offering a 10% discount on your purchase.
Please find the registration link here.  Any questions please contact Molly Nagel at mnagel@gsema.org.

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

GSEM Changes to Volunteer Essentials

Important Update from GSEM – Changes to Volunteer Essentials**
Effective February 9, 2017, GSEM has updated the procedure for adherence to the volunteer-to-girl ratios at service unit or troop sponsored family one-day events.  These events are defined as events organized and executed by service unit and/or troop volunteers with each girl participant accompanied by an adult family caregiver for the duration of the event (i.e., Me and My Guy Dances, Adult-Girl Teas, etc.). Assuming service units and troops follow the safety guidelines detailed in “Volunteer Essentials, Chapter 4: Safety-Wise,” family caregivers will not be required to complete the membership and criminal background check requirements prior to attending these events. For additional information, please review the following resources: Volunteer Essentials, Large Gathering Safety Activity Checkpoint, Safety Activity Checkpoints, Non-member insurance, page 7

STEM Conference & Expo 3/12/17

5th Annual STEM Conference & Expo, March 12th from 9 to 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.  This is an event from girls in grades 6-12.  The cost is $45 for registered Girl Scouts and $70 for non-members.  The registration deadline is February 28th. Please find information about registering for this event here.

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Father-Daughter Fun Day Sports Event 4/2/17

 Grab your dad or another significant male adult and join in the fun in our second Fun Day Sports event.  Navigate an obstacle course, run a 3 legged race, take turns shooting baskets, are just a few of the fun activities you and your guy will experience.  This event is being held on Sunday, April 2nd from 1 to 3 p.m. at the NRMS/HS Gymnasium.  The event is for registered Daisies and Brownies and their father or other significant male adult.  Registration and money (checks payable to NRGS) is due at the March 13th Leader meeting.  Please find flyer here.  Any questions please contact Jessica Blanchette at blanchettern@gmail.com
 
 

Friday, February 17, 2017

North Reading Juniors/Cadettes Night of Beauty 3/24/17

Come enjoy a night of beauty mixed with lessons on body image and self-confidence, hosted by Cadette Troop 71901! Activities include nail art, DIY facial scrubs, garbage bag fashion, hair styling, and a body image presentation!
Date: Friday, March 24th
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Camp Rice Moody
Cost: $10 per girl
RSVP: Payment and permission form due by the March Leader’s Meeting (3/13). Checks should be made out to Troop 71901. Each troop must have at least one adult chaperone. Please find the form/flyer here.
Questions: Amy Kelly (978)-590-6717 kellys@majekelly.com

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

North Reading Food Pantry March Drive

Donate a Can! North Reading Food Pantry March Drive

Hello Girl Scout Troop Leaders!
March is food drive month for the Girl Scouts! Troop 73894 is running it and we need your help! You can get your girls excited to donate and ask them to have their friends, family, and neighbors donate as well. Donate a can! :D





How can YOU contribute to our efforts?

  • Girl Scout decorated collection bins will be located at Flint Memorial Library, Hood School, Batchelder School and Little School. Please encourage family and friends to drop off items in any of these convenient bins.
  • Ask friends and families for food pantry items by calling, emailing, visiting and asking door to door. The “On the Spot” flyer can be found here and the “I Promised a Girl Scout” flyer can be found here.
  • Collect food pantry items at your troop meetings throughout the month of March
GIRL SCOUTS CAN DROP OFF ALL COLLECTED ITEMS AT OUR FOOD PANTRY DRIVE
AT THE NR TOWN HALL GYM ON SATURDAY MARCH 25TH FROM 10:00-10:30AM
 (by guest blogger Jogi Emni) 

Leader Meeting 2/6/17



NRGS Leader Meeting- Monday, February 6, 2017

Meeting called to order at 7:39pm.

In Attendance: Debbie Nearing, Anne Valade, Michelle Gerokoulis, Lisa Alexander, Amber O’Driscoll, Melissa Audier, Amy Kelly.

Debbie
-reviewed some GSEM run camp sessions for those who want to get some camping experience. If your interested in encampment, check them out. Melissa will have them posted on the blog.
-GSEM offers a $1,500 scholarship award for 2 graduating high school seniors. Look on the GSEM website for guidelines and application process.
-The Ultimate Guide (2016-2017) on p.59. Community Service and Service to Girl Scouting bars for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.
-Silver and Gold Torch Awards- Complete 1 Leadership journey and serve for one term in a leadership position.
-2017 Camp Guide was mailed. Girls and leaders should have received a copy in the mail.
-February 15th is the last day to nominate an outstanding volunteer (could be a leader, cookie mom, parent volunteer).

Events
-Girl Scout Sunday- Lisa will order patches and distribute to churches. 8 at Aldersgate, 10 at UCC.
-Day of Beauty- Friday, March 24th @ Rice Moody- 7 to 9pm. Girls in 4th to 8th grade.
-Fun Day- Sunday, April 2nd- Daisies & Brownies.
-Food Pantry- Boxes to the elementary schools, Library, and Stop & Shop. Melissa is working on the flyers and will send out when complete.
-Fly-up- Amy Kelly & 8th Grade. Lisa can talk to Ken on Thursday. Hold a separate Daisy fly-up again. Jo and Anne will help run.
-Encampment-
-November- Father/Daughter Square Dance

Our next leader meeting is scheduled for March 13th at 7:30pm the Library Activity Room. If you have a 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th, or 12th grader, please come to our next meeting. We will have a fly-up meeting for these troops. We will also discuss making troop banners for use in the Memorial Day parade and Fly-Up ceremony. There will be several examples to look at for inspiration and ideas.

We still haven’t rescheduled encampment yet. It will likely be in September.  We must submit a date on April 14th.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40pm.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Outdoor Activity Opportunities

Since we are unable to have an Encampment this year, we wanted to highlight some opportunities that are being offered by GSEM.  You can find the full list here.

 

Girl Scout Leadership Awards

There are three different leadership awards for Cadette, Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts.  Please see the information here about the Community Service Bars, Silver Torch Award and the Gold Torch Award.

 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Leader Meeting Minutes 1/12/2017



Leader Meeting – 1/12/2017 at Flint Memorial Library
 In attendance: Debbie Nearing, Service Unit Coordinator and (73891); Jo Gibson, SU Cookie Manager and (62548, 69175); Anne Valade, Fall Product Manager; Melissa Audier, Blog Manager and (73894); Karianne Bekier (62803); Denise Kung (62798)
 Meeting start time: 7:40 p.m.
·         Anne distributed t-shirts to troop Leaders whose girls earned them in the Fall Product Sale fundraiser.  The Town earned $90 to go into our town service unit account. 
·         Cookie update – delivery will be at Agfa near Target like it was last year, 9-12:30, Sun Jan 22nd.  Email Jo if you have cookies you want to get rid of and can’t sell.  She can contact other troops to see about transferring them.  Debbie noted the cookie recognitions opt out form has the wrong fax number on it. This is the form that you download from the GSEM website. She notified Travis at GSEM.  This form is due by February 1st for Cadette troops and older who want to opt out of prizes in the cookie sale and would rather get an additional 5 cents a box of cookies sold.
·         Jessica Blanchette and Karianne Bekier have volunteered to help organize the Father-Daughter Field Day event in April. More information to follow – Lisa A. will follow up with them.
·         World Thinking Day – we are going to skip having a town wide event this year. Debbie and Lisa emailed out ideas for troops to celebrate on their own in a Monday email.  The theme for 2017 is “Grow”.  If your girls participate in any World Thinking Day activities (log onto www.wagggs.org/en), they can earn their WAGGGS pin (blue and yellow pin which goes below their GS pin on their vest, sash, or blouse. 
·         Jan 16th – Reading Girl Scouts invited us to their ice skating event at Burbank Arena on Monday, January 16th – flyer is on the NRGS blog website – Get there early for skate rentals.
·         Girl Scout Sunday will be celebrated on March 12th which is also Girl Scout Day. GS Sunday patches will be distributed at several churches in town (St Theresa’s, UCC, Aldersgate).  Any girl attending any House of Worship (including a Temple) on March 11th or March 12th can receive a Girl Scout patch.  Leaders should email Lisa Alexander or come to the March Leader meeting to get a patch.  Lisa will be sending out letters to the Houses of Worship and will send Melissa the flyer for the blog and attach it to a Monday email coming soon.  Lisa A. will order patches.
·         Amy Kelly’s troop is looking to run a Night of Beauty in March. More information to come.
·         Food Pantry drive will be held in March for the North Reading Girl Scouts and Melissa Audier and her Ambassador Troop 73894 will be coordinating it again this year.  Boxes will be distributed to all the elementary schools as well as other places in town to be announced.
·         Fly Up is going to be coordinated by Amy Kelly’s 8th grade troop this year; and will be held late June since they will be in DC. There will be a separate Daisy fly up ceremony with more information to come and this is because of the number of Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards we will have to recognize at Fly Up as well as the number of troops/girls graduating and Bridging to Adults. Girls in 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 8th grade, 10th grade and 12th grade are all eligible to fly up and participate in the Annual Town Wide Fly Up Ceremony.  We are hoping to have it again at the International Church but Amy Kelly will be our contact.
·         Reminder Daisy troops are asked to bring their troop banners to their Fly Up ceremony so this may be a good time to create one if you don’t already have one. Jo Gibson volunteered to help run Daisy Fly Up if we need someone as she attended last year.
·         Encampment – cutoff is end of January for voting on the theme using Survey Monkey. Troops should only vote once as a group.  Encampment Committee will get together, decide on a theme and send out flyer and registration form hopefully all by end of February!  Look up ideas for  “sit upons” online for ideas on how to make these for encampment (good activity for younger troops, reusable at other events for sitting upon). Anne brought in a few sample Kaper Charts to show Leaders which can be used at encampment or weekly troop meetings to keep girls accountable and responsible.  You can do an overnight with your troop leading up to encampment, to get your troop ready for the weekend campout. In past years you could do a sleepout at the library but you need to check to see if this is still offered.  There’s also a Girl Scout sleepover event at the Museum of Science. Other ideas: Rice Moody, Maude Eaton. For lodge or outdoor camping, an adult in charge needs special camp certification. Look at the activity guide – trainings should start in the spring again.
·         Debbie will be sending out via email and snail mail the Founder Award Scholarship applications to ten graduating senior Ambassador North Reading Girl Scouts.
·         Debbie printed out copies of a new Activity Girl Permission form for 2016-2017 to show Leaders.  This is required for individual events not at your normal meeting space, nor within walking distance of it (both of which are covered by the Annual Permission Form).  Make sure you are having permission forms completed for each field trip and that you bring the annual permission form with you wherever you go.
 Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
 Minutes taken by Denise Kung in the Secretary’s absence and reviewed and edited by Debbie Nearing