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


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)
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


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

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

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
 (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.

-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).

-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.
-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, 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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Father-Daughter Field Fun Day

We are looking for leaders to help our service unit organize a Father-Daughter sports themed event in April. If you are interested, please contact Lisa for more information at

World Thinking Day 2/22/17

Celebrate and grow with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from around the world! Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day (WTD) is a day of international friendship and speaking out on issues that effect girls and young women around the world. WTD is on February 22nd, but your troop can celebrate it at a troop meeting sometime around that date (mid-February to early March). If they haven’t earned it already, you can have your girls earn their blue WAGGGS pin by completing an activity for WTD. This year’s theme is “Let’s Grow”. Here is a link to a guide for activities and the WTD badge that you can do with your troop and here is a website with more Thinking Day ideas.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Reading Girl Scout Events in January

The Reading Girl Scouts have a few events coming up and they are open to our North Reading Girl Scouts as well. 
Night of Tradition is being held on Friday, January 6th at Camp Rice Moody for levels Brownies and up. Juliette herself will be joining us to talk about traditions from the beginning of Girl Scouts and we will sing some traditional songs. The link for the flyer is
Annual Ice Skating Day will be held on Monday, January 16th from 9:30 - 11:20 am at the Burbank Ice Arena in Reading. The link to the flyer is

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Cookie Sale 2016/2017

Joanne Gibson, our new Service Unit Cookie Mentor for NR, will hopefully have troop cookie materials for troops to pick up at the November meeting as well as samples of cookies including the new S’mores cookie!! This season marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies to fund their activities and adventures.
The cookie season starts on December 9th and Jo will be putting together information for booth sales at Wal-Mart and Stop and Shop and she sent an email already to your designated Cookie Troop Managers about this. 
SNAP will be open on November 8th for lottery entries to win a COBS (Council Organized Booth Sale) at MBTA stations.  Your Cookie Manager MUST pay attention to the instructions on the GSEM site and meet the December 2nd deadline in order to be considered for an MBTA COBS, including requiring two adult troop members who need to submit paperwork for COBS.  Troops can enter up to 100 entries to try and win a COB.  Please remind your Cookie Manager to go on the GSEM cookie site and click on the For Cookie Sellers page and learn about how to get started so your troop is ready to go when the season starts! 
Jo’s contact information is  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall For Service 11/20/16

Forever Girl Scouts are partnering with Project Sweet Pea - Multiple Miracles for an afternoon of service, conversation and refreshments. Join us in making fleece blankets and knit hats to donate to families with children in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Boston-area hospitals on November 20 from 1-3 at Camp Rice Moody in Reading.

Forever Girl Scouts are adults who were girl members, volunteers as adults and adults who wish to support the Girl Scout Movement.  Please see flyer here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Leader Meeting Minutes 10/11/16

NRGS Volunteer Leader Meeting – Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016
Meeting began at 7:35 p.m.
Service team members and Volunteer Leaders in attendance: Debbie Nearing, Service Unit Coordinator and Troop 73891; Anne Valade, Fall Sale Promoter; Jo Gibson, Hood School Coordinator and SU Cookie Manager and Troops 62548/69175;  Amy Kelly, SU Membership Promoter, Troops 62804/73897/71901; Kristen Puliafico, Little School Coordinator; Denise Kung Troop 62798; Kristen Pemberton Troop 69171; Michelle Gerokoulis Troop 62796; Rebecca Lowe Troop 68550; Kate Mahoney Troop 71868; Kerri Antonuccio Troop 62803; Joanna Maguire Troop 78188; Karianne Bekier Troop 62803; Cindy DeWolfe Troop 85336; Julie Galvin Troop 62802; Jenn Vant Troops 85337/76212; Amber O’Driscoll Troop 76211

Welcome email - All girl parents should have received a welcome email from NRGS. If they didn't, please let Debbie know.

Juliette Low's Birthday - founder of GS -  Oct 31. Google for fun ideas to celebrate with your girls. Idea: you can have each girl bring something you need for a later event as a "gift" (e.g. craft supplies) to your party.

Registration - The process was changed this year. It's all done via online (vs paper) registration and Council handles all placements. If a new girl signs up via the Opportunity Catalog with a specific troop, she's all set. Otherwise, new girls get placed in a "pool" and Council contacts the parents to help place them into a troop. Amy has no visibility into this process - she cannot see which girls are waiting to be placed and she does not get notified when a particular girl is placed. If you are waiting for a girl to show up on your roster, please email Amy directly for help ( She will contact Council. In order to make sure no one is getting lost, Amy is going to be sending out full troop rosters to each leader listing all the girls and adult volunteers in your troop. All registered girls in your troop should be showing up in NutE (the online system) for the Fall Sale.
Another issue this year - new leaders cannot get their online access without going through the Troop Pathway orientation. Existing leaders need to make sure they renew their CORI's, which are good for 3 years, but GS asks that you renew early a couple months early or they lock you out of your online account. The CORI deadline is coming up in January. Tip: you can go to a notary to fill out your paperwork, you don't have to do it through the service team.
Kindergarten Registration - registration and new troop formation was also bumpy this year due to the new process. Currently, there is NO kindergarten troop at the Little School. The advertising and flyers got stalled in the system and never made it into backpacks. There was a lot of discussion about how to spread the word about GS to the Little School - talking to Ms Molle, advertising in the next PTO newsletter, various Facebook pages. We need to get the word out (tell your neighbors). Anne says to remember there is no cut off for registration - girls can sign up throughout the year.
Early Bird patches - some troops have still not picked these up. Amy will be delivering them to leader mailboxes.

Fall Products - We sampled some fall products at the meeting, including nuts and candy. Anne Valade is the coordinator, direct any questions to her or watch the training videos. Make sure all girls are in the NutE system because THE DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY 10/14 to get girls in. If they are not in the system, you cannot put in orders for them. Travis Sammons can help get girls registered quickly if you email him directly.

Spooky Tales – Forms are now due for the event.  If your troop is attending, please get your form to Anne and please include the number of girls participating.  Anne is at 24 Abbott Rd.  and her email is

Halloween party - Jo still needs volunteers for party setup, running crafts and games. We might not have enough decorations. Jo is talking to the people running a Halloween party at the Batch. The Moose doesn't want to loan out its Halloween decorations this year. She could use more inflatables and wall decorations (we have table decorations). Patches will be ordered tonight.  Right now we have about 50-55 signups.

Caroling on the Common - Drop off is at the top of the common. After caroling, we walk over to the Union Congregational Church for making cards and cookies. Pick up is from the Church. You can stick around to sing, but siblings cannot go to the church because we won't have enough food and supplies. Registration forms were accepted for this event.

Veteran's Day - Nov 11 at the Town Common. Can be moved inside to the Batch, weather depending. Event is for boy and girl scouts. There are usually refreshments in the meeting house afterwards. We ask the girls to attend in uniform for the ceremony to represent GS. If you want to participate in the event (flag ceremony) or help with refreshments, contact

Service Projects – A couple of years ago, we collected for the food pantry around Christmas, but not this year, but your troop can participate individually. Other ideas for service projects - meals on wheels (make crafts, cards, etc) that can be sent to the seniors getting meal delivery. On the blog there is a whole section on ideas for service projects. This can be helpful for earning a badge. Amy's troop earned their garden badge by inviting the North Reading Garden Club to teach the girls about planting and helping them plant bulbs (which were donated by a local business). Amy encourages you to reach out to any organization or business in the community and to be creative in how you earn your badges. What's important is understanding the meaning behind the badge (or journey too).

Encampment - Debbie. At this event, girls of all ages from our service unit come together to enjoy outdoor activities, learn skills, and camp overnight (no Daisies). Daisies can come for Saturday only. You need to be certified for camping - get your training ASAP if you are interested. Check the online GSEM Guide for trainings.
The best date appears to be Father's Day weekend (June 16-18). Debbie says you can leave by Saturday night to get back for Sunday (or just  come for Saturday). She is going to submit the request and list that weekend as our first choice. We're trying to work around lots of other events including HS graduation, Relay for Life, etc. Debbie would like to get some older girls (6th grade and up) and adults on the planning committee. She needs lot of help to plan and chaperone the event.

Bring any leftover materials you have to the November meeting e.g. craft supplies, discs (for membership pins), books, etc. Hand them down to another troop.

Next meeting is Monday Nov 14th, Library Activity Room 7:30 – we will have an Investiture Ceremony for new Volunteer Leaders and a Rededication Ceremony for existing Leaders.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.