Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday, 4/19/14 - Friday, 4/25/14

What’s New This Week

Early Bird Registration has begun!
Early Bird registration for the 2014-2015 Girl Scout membership year kicked off on 4/11, and will end Friday, June 13th! For returning troops, we have a new registration option for Troop Leaders!  01 Troop Leaders now have the ability to re-register their current troop members online.  This means the Troop Leader can re-register the girls in her/his troop without guardians logging into their individual accounts to re-register.  In addition, the Troop Leader can re-register adults that are currently troop parents or troop volunteers*.  In addition, we have several exciting incentives for troops who participate in Early Bird Registration. For more information, please visit our website or contact our Helpdesk at 380-6665 if you have any problems.
Second round of proceeds being deposited on 4/21/14, if your eBudde account has been completely reconciled and cleared!

 Deadline Approaching! Volunteer Recognition Awards Due 5/1
Girl Scouts of Hawai`i believes that our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Girl Scout Movement. You give selflessly of your time and talents to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character. The deadline to submit your nominations is May 1st. All awardees will be recognized at our Volunteer Mixer on June 21st. Click here to download the Criteria and Nomination forms for the following awards:
  • Volunteer of Excellence 
  •  Appreciation Pin 
  •  Honor Pin 
  •  Outstanding Leader Award 
  •  President’s Volunteer Service Award
Lifetime Membership!
Lifetime membership as a Girl Scout adult is available to any individual who accepts the principles and beliefs of the Girl Scout Movement, pays the one-time lifetime membership cost, and is 18 years of age or older, or is a high school graduate or the equivalent. Registration for Lifetime members is processed by local councils, so there is NO online membership form for them to complete. The lifetime membership dues are $375.00 (25 times the annual dues). A special lifetime membership, at the reduced cost of $195.00 (13 times the annual dues), is offered to girls who are registered Girl Scouts 14-17 at the time of their high school graduation, provided they apply for lifetime membership before their current annual membership expires. For more information, as well as to download the Lifetime Membership Brochure and Registration form, please click here.

Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Training, 4/19/14 (9am – 3pm)
Training is being provided by AED Institute (Pam Foster).  Session is open to 35 people.  Payment to be made via credit card to AED Institute by April 11th – contact Pam at 440-8988. While this is a Pediatric Training that will focus on First Aid/CPR/AED for elementary school aged and younger, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED training will be covered.  However, if Adult manuals and certification are required, additional cost will apply ($35 manuals and $10 certification).
For more information, please click here.

Upcoming deadlines & registration openings

2014 Gold Award Ceremony, 4/26/14 (2pm - 3:30pm)
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Central Union Church Parish Hall
Registration for the ceremony is now closed as we have reached our maximum capacity.  For questions, please contact Colleen LaClair at 808/675-5514, or email,

Cancelled: PCCS ASHP Brownie/Junior Troop Camp, 4/26 – 4/27/14
Please contact Mike Uno for more information.

Cookie Entrepreneur Officer (CEO) Event, 5/10/14
LETS CELEBRATE!!!  Join us for the annual CEO Event on board the Star of Honolulu on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 11:30am-2:30pm! We are pleased to inform you that the Cookie C.E.O. Event is available for registrations! In order to register, click on the “Activities” tab at the top, and you will see the C.E.O. Event featured on the right hand side of the activities page. Click on it to start the registration process. All C.E.O. girls (those who sold 700+ boxes of cookies) will have their registration fees deducted at check out. It will show $45 until the last page, where it will show $0 for these girls. All others pay the $45 fee if you register before 4/27. If you register from 4/28 through 5/2, the price will be $55 per person. There will be no registrations after 5/2. If you have family and friends who will be attending this event with you, they MUST be in your Girl Scout account in order to register them (or have their own account in which to register). If they are not already in your account, please “add family member” to add them like you did when you first set up your GS account. After they are added, then you can register for the event. Please note: *they do not have to become GS members to register for this particular event. Click here to download a tutorial on adding family members to your account. For those of you flying over for the event, if you have not already done so, please contact Shereen Ho`opii to make flight arrangements for the C.E.O. girls and coordinate your flights with theirs. Shereen can be contacted by phone at 245-4984 or by email at Please email Lila at or Ariana at with any questions. See you on May 10th!

NEW! Central Intelligence Agency’s Bright Future: A Symposium for Young Women in Hawaii, 5/18/14, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
The Central Intelligence Agency, National Association of Asian American Professionals and Girl Scouts of Hawai`i will be sponsoring a free career symposium for high-school girls on Sunday, May 18, 2014 here at the Ala Moana Hotel, Garden Lanai Ballroom.  The symposium will feature GSH board member, Heather Schwarm, as a Keynote Speaker and will focus on informing the girls about scholarships, internships and career opportunities with the CIA.  The event will also include roundtable career discussions with various Hawaii professionals in different fields and industries. For more information, click here to download the event flyer or RSVP by clicking here.

Custom Patch for the Lei of Aloha event
Lei of Aloha Service Project – Troop 1018
Saturday, May 24, 2014; Windward Mall, 10am- 2pm
As part of Kaneohe Troop 1018’s Service Project, Girl Scouts collect lei and flowers to decorate the graves every Memorial Day at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery in Kaneohe.  Help them out by bringing a lei (artificial or floral), sewing a lei, or donating flowers!  Girl Scouts from the Kaneohe Service Unit will be manning the donation booth at Windward Mall, and will also be available to help younger scouts sew lei for our veterans.  Any floral donations are greatly appreciated. Suggested blossoms are stephanotis, plumeria, bougainvillea, crown flowers or anything from your backyard, or even your neighbor’s. Also useful are stalks of ginger, heliconia and other tropicals (lengths up to 24” maximum). The cemetery also accepts silk, ribbon and yarn leis. Fee is $5; The first 50 girls will receive a custom patch and snack pack/water. RSVP by 5/15 to Ailyn at 226-1228 or click here to email her. To download a flyer, please click here.

Custom Patch for Memorial Day 2014
Memorial Day Event at Kaneohe Veteran’s Cemetery, 5/25/14, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Join Hawai`i's Girl Scouts as they honor Hawai'i's veterans at Kane`ohe Veteran's Cemetery. Girl Scouts place a United States flag at every veteran's grave and a lei, adding Hawai`i's special touch of aloha - join us on this special day of remembrance. Registration deadline is 5/12/14. For more information and to register as a TROOP, click here.
For more information and to register as an INDIVIDUAL, click here.

Give 'Em Wings This Summer - Pacific Aviation Museum Flight School
A 3-day adventure in the history and technology of aviation for kids entering the 6th-8th grade in the Fall. Immersive, hands on activities with an emphasis on Pacific aviation and fun. 9am - 4pm, $165 for the 3-day program includes all materials, lunches, snacks and a Flight School logo tee shirt. June 10th-12th or July 8-10th. For more information, please click here.

First look: shop sales & promos

  • Starter Kits are available for pre-order! Starter Kits include the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, Iron-On Troop #s, American Flag patch, Council Identification set, World Trefoil pin, Membership pin, age level insignia tab and vest.
  • Bridging Kits are available, while supplies last! $4.50 - $5.50! Bridging Kit includes a patch, pin, disc, bar and customized certificate! To better serve you, please complete an online "pre-order" form so that we can customize your certificate and pull your order prior to pick up.
  • 30% off Journey Books and Associated Badges!!  While supplies last!
  • 50% off selected Cookie Merchandise!
  • Additional 50% off already reduced clearance items!

Return/Exchange Policy:
Due to the Shop Closure on 5/23, all sales will be final as of 4/7/14. Absolutely no returns or exchanges on purchases made beginning 4/7/14. Our return policy will apply to merchandise purchase prior to 4/7/14, now thru 4/23/14. Our regular return policy states, that we will issue a store credit for any returns with a valid receipt. Exchanges are allowed with a valid receipt. Please plan ahead as NO returns or exchanges will be made after 4/23/14. No exceptions. No phone orders please.

If you are interested in purchasing an item that has been featured on Facebook or the GSH Blog, and are not able to make it to the GS Shop, please email Anne or call 675-5519.  Please note that shipping will be charged according to the shipping chart posted on our online shop. Stay tuned to the GSH Blog for current special and info regarding the shop, or visit us online by clicking here.

A Vision of the Future
by Connie Mitchell, Executive Director of the Institute of Human Services

Brownie Troop 112 of the Hui Hookela (Kailua) Service Unit visited IHS
for a project the girls chose during their Story of Girls Journey.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting some extremely creative and compassionate young ladies from a local Brownie Troop that had been learning about homelessness. As part of a service project, the girls collected some toiletries, food, and other household items to donate to IHS. These hardworking girls also collected recyclables and gathered enough bottles and cans to donate $100. I was invited to attend one of their meetings to teach them a bit about IHS, but what they taught me was much more inspiring and will stick with me for a long time to come.

Each girl had spent time coming up with “inventions” that could help solve homelessness that were then woven into a skit. What they came up with was nothing less than astonishing.

Among the inventions was a portable home that could be folded up to fit in a backpack. Another was a robotic claw to help people with disabilities reach items they needed. Still another invention was a vehicle equipped with a digital “maker” that could manufacture needed supplies with a programmable keypad. Finally, there was also a time machine to help bring all the futuristic inventions into the present.

I found myself wondering what could happen if adults charged with solving homelessness allowed their imaginations to run wild like these girls did. Instead of constantly talking about what needed to change and what can’t be done, what if we began to imagine all of the possibilities, and figure out ways to make them happen? Maybe we can’t build a time machine, but are we allowing ourselves to be constrained by only what is known to have worked in other places?

At IHS, we pride ourselves on being innovative and trying out new solutions. These young ladies have truly inspired me to continue to push the boundaries and continue to search for new angles for ending homelessness. When these girls grow up and their creative minds are the ones in charge, I hope that they will have inherited a world where homelessness is no longer a burgeoning problem, but may have met with a storybook ending in which homes have been delivered to everyone who needs one.
Recent Events

41 cases of cookies were delivered to the US Coast Guard on Monday, 4/14. The USCGC Rush pictured here received 15 of these cases. Captain Diane Durham (pictured on the far right) was a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout leader!

Troop 40’s Lessons Learned from the aMaze! Journey

Cadette Troop 40 of the Honolulu East Service Unit recently completed their aMaze Journey, and had this to say about what they learned.

What We Learned

We learned not to bully, but to stand up for each other.  We also learned to be kind to others and not to judge people by their looks or appearance.  We learned to support people and not to discourage people when they are trying their best, not get bossy or tell people what to do. We learned to treat friends how you would want your friends to treat you.  We also learned not to lie to each other.  We learned to respect each other.  Don’t ditch your friends when a better opportunity comes along.  Don’t leave your friends out or shut them out.  Don’t talk about friends behind their back.  Help friends out when they are in sticky situations.  we learned to help friends when they need it.  We also learned to support people when they needed.  If they are feeling down, you can comfort them to make them feel better about themselves. All we learned through this journey book is closely related to the Girl Scout law “To be a sister to every Girl Scout”.

Social Media

Hello. I'm Kandace, co-leader with Daisy's Troop 4344 from Baraboo Wisconsin (Badgerland Council). The girls are working on one of the petal Be a sister to every Girl Scout (Violet) Petal and we are looking for a 1st year Daisy girl scout troop in Hawaii to become pen pals with.  I figure I would start my journey on finding a troop with sending a email to you.  I'm hoping you can find a Daisy Troop or a Troop close to there age and become pen pals with the girls. If you can help me out that would be great. If you are interested in becoming pen pals, please email Kandace at