Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday, 12/7 - Friday, 12/13

What’s up this week
Saturday, 12/7-Sunday 12/8
PCCS Dad & Me Camp, 8:00 a.m. Saturday-11:00 a.m. Sunday @ Camp Paumalu
Camp is a wonderful time when girls experience the joys of the outdoors. Come and share that experience with your daughter at the Dad & Me camp and join in her excitement as she discovers more about herself and connects with girls and dads from other Troops, who share the same passion for nature and all it has to offer.

Saturday, 12/7
Big Island Cookie Rally, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. @ Camp Kilohana
Prepare for a great cookie season by participating in fun activities geared to teach girls and their families all about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Get pumped up for cookie sales, see what incentives you can earn, meet fellow Girl Scouts from across the island, and get tips on having the most successful and safe cookie season possible. Games, crafts, cookies, fun!

Saturday, 12/7
Winter Wonderland-Troop 383 Silver Award Project, 4:30-7:30 p.m. @ Children’s Discovery Center
Brownies and Brownie families, come and join Santa’s helpers for an exciting day of holiday fun! Enjoy a pizza dinner, holiday arts and crafts, a cupcake extravaganza, and a fun visit to the Discovery Center as you help Troop 383 earn their Silver Award!

Tuesday, 12/10
Highest Awards Training (MAUI) @ Boy Scout Conference Room
The Girl Scouts’ Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are the highest honors that Girl Scouts can achieve. Embarking on any one of these leadership journeys enables girls to know themselves better and realize the vast capabilities they possess. Each of these journeys culminate in a take-action project that is designed and intended to make a positive impact and lasting difference in the community and world.

Wednesday, 12/11
Service Unit Manager Meeting, 6:00-7:30 p.m. @ Girl Scouts of Hawai`i HQ (OAHU)
Please contact Jennifer for more information.

Upcoming deadlines & registration openings
PCCS Cadette and Above Troop Camp (1/11-1/12) @ Camp Paumalu
Deadline: 12/21 (or when we reach capacity)
Do you love making use of resources found in nature? Do you want to make your own first aid kit? Do you want to learn first aid and life support strategies while hiking, camping and swimming? We invite all Cadette, Senior & Ambassador-level Girl Scouts to put their outdoor know-how to the test at our First Aid-themed weekend camp! In a lush, secluded setting, spend the day on Saturday learning basic first aid for indoor and outdoor situations. On Sunday, put your skills to use in a practice outdoor first aid scenario at GHS's own Camp Paumalu. 

Troop 001’s True Blue Christmas Celebration (12/14) @ Kamehameha Elementary School Cafeteria
Deadline: 12/7
We’re having an evening filled with Christmas crafts, a Scrumptious Dinner and we’ll end the night watching the DVD premier of The New Smurfs 2 Movie! Wait, that’s not all!  We’re also having a Candy Buffet Bar, Popcorn & not one, but two Girl Scout patches!! That’s right, attending Girl Scouts will receive one Movie Night patch and one Christmas Ornament Craft patch! Seats are limited to the first 150 people and this event is only for registered Girl Scouts and their accompanying adults.

Monday, 12/9 is the one-week mark until our 2014 Cookie Season begins!
You must be a registered Girl Scout in order to participate in Cookie Season. If you have not already registered online, please do so as soon as possible! Also be sure to check our Cookie Bites blog, where you can find all the information you need to know before starting this year’s Cookie Season.  

Recent programs and events
Troop 56 participated in the Annual Hawaii Kai Keiki Kalikimaka Parade on Sunday.

Service Unit 611 (Ka`ahumanu) prepped to march in the Pearl City parade last weekend but made the smart decision not to participate due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. They still received their patch for being prepared. Safety first!

This photo of Girl Scouts on Hawai`i Island (Troops 528 and 739) at the Hilo Lighted Christmas Parade was featured in Hawaii Tribune Herald last weekend. Way to show that Girl Scout spirit!

A huge mahalo to Troop 713 for helping to fix up our Kea`au Service Center on Hawai`i Island. As part of their Bronze Award project and Savvy Shopper Badge, Troop 713 helped to paint, install and stain new flooring, recap the legs of the furniture, install new screens, and more. Special thanks to Heather O. and the Big Island Church of Christ, who donated the flooring, screen materials and volunteers.

More photos from recent programs and events can be found on our Facebook page. To see your photos here, post them to our Facebook page, tag us (@girlscoutshi) on Instagram, or send them to

First look: shop sales & promos

ONLINE: 20% off Girl Scout jewelry online now through December 8!

ONLINE: Holiday special deals continue online! What better way to say “Happy Holidays” to your favorite Girl Scout, volunteer or alumna?

IN-STORE: Loom band kits are still only $11.95 in our shop—but hurry before we run out! (They are no longer available on the GSUSA website or online!)

From our Facebook page
Below are requests and inquiries received from our Girl Scout sisters around the globe. Please read and connect with them by responding to their posts directly. You can do this by visiting our Facebook page and finding their comment or simply by clicking on their name below and sending them a PM (private message). If they provide an email address you may also contact them directly that way. Mahalo!

Kindergarten Troop (via Facebook)
Hello. I'm a troop leader for a Daisy Girl Scout troop and we're working on a project to send out Daisy paper dolls to as many States and Countries as possible to help our girls earn a pedal and learn about other places. We would send you one of our Daisy paper dolls to you for you to show around your area for a few days, taking pictures of her adventures and then you'd send us our doll back with the pictures and some info on your State and our girls can learn about where you live. We've gotten a lot of States to help us but we are still missing Hawaii. Will you help us? Thank you. (Email:

Hi Girl Scouts of Hawai'i, I am a Junior troop leader in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, known for our fresh powder skiing. Living in a landlocked state, some of the girls have never been in the ocean and all of them are fascinated with island life and Hawaiian culture.  For this reason we're looking to build a relationship with one of your highly motivated Junior Troops. We'd like to become pen pals and work towards visiting each other. The idea is that we can share our differences (such as ski town life versus tropical island life) and learn about our similarities as well. Ideally we're looking for a troop of mostly 4th graders and around 8 to 10 girls. We're pretty serious about wanting to visit each other too, so we want to find a troop that is dedicated enough to work towards that as well. We'd love to share our snow activities and mountain lifestyle with your girls, and to experience your beach activities and island lifestyle. Please let us know if you have any Junior Troops interested in striking up this kind of a relationship. Take care!  Chayla (Email:

Hi. My name is Carrie Baldwin and I am the troop leader for the Desert Divas Daisy Troop 51-575 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. My Co-Leader, Vicki, and I are looking for other Daisy Troops who would like to become Pen Pals and help us earn our Vi Petal by Being a Sister to Every Girl Scout. Can you help us connect with a Daisy troop in your area? We have a flat Daisy scout that we would mail to the troop with a photo of our troop and information about our troop and where we live. All we ask in return is that the participating troop completes the enclosed questionnaire about their troop and where they live and mail it back to us.  Our troop is made up of 10 kindergarten girls, so we would prefer an all Daisy troop  If you have a troop that would like to participate with us, please email their mailing address to me at and we will send them a letter. Thank you in advance for your help. Our girls are very excited to learn about other troops and where they live. Regards, Carrie Baldwin, Troop Leader 51-575

Did you know?

  • Leadership is not a top goal for girls, as only a third (39 percent) say they want to be a leader. Girls value a social and collaborative approach to leadership, as opposed to the traditional top-down, command-and-control style.
  • Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls are more likely to have leadership aspirations than white girls. Fifty-three percent of black/African American girls and 50 percent of Hispanic/Latina girls want to be leaders, compared to 39 percent of all girls. Compared to white girls, black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls rate themselves more highly on leadership skills and dimensions.
  • Girls’ leadership experiences are limited to responsibilities and opportunities that exist in their family and social circles, such as babysitting, taking care of a pet, or helping a friend. Girls have fewer experiences with leadership in volunteerism, community service, school sports, clubs, student government, and neighborhood, social, and political activism.

Read more about these findings in the Girl Scout Research Institute’s newest report (released yesterday), “The State of Girls: Unfinished Business.”

Registration problems?

  • Are you encountering problems with registering your girls? Are you unable to see your troop roster? Are you missing girls from your roster? If so, please submit a Help Desk Request Form online  at or contact Jennifer Kondo (808-675-5520 or
  • Just a reminder, all troop leaders, adult volunteers and girls must be registered to participate in any troop activity including meetings, events and selling cookies. Troop Leaders, please be sure to check you rosters and make sure your girls are registered today!

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