Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from GSH


The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i offices are closed from Wednesday, December 25, 2013, through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. We will re-open for normal business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) on Thursday, January 2, 2014. 

The Girl Scouts of Hawai`i shop will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013, and Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The shop will be open for normal business hours (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) between those dates and starting again on January 2, 2014.


While we know you all just can't wait to get back to Girl Scouts, we hope you have the opportunity to spend some time with all your loved ones this holiday season.

Mele Kalikimaka and happy holidays!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday, 12/14 - Friday, 1/3


What’s up this week (through 1/3/2014)
Ongoing
Cookie pre-sale continues!
Due to popular demand, we’ve moved our Cookie Pre-Season to begin this coming Monday, December 16. Before you sell, be sure you are registered for the 2013-2014 membership year. All Troop Cookie Managers (TCM) must also submit a “Cookie Manager Agreement Form” and parents need to sign the “Family Adult Permission & Responsibility Form.” Subscribe to Cookie Bites, our cookie blog, to get everything you need to know delivered directly to your email inbox.
Wednesday, 12/25-Wednesday, 1/1/2014
Girl Scout offices closed. Our offices will re-open for regular business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) on Thursday, 1/2/2014.
Wednesday, 12/25
Girl Scout shop closed. The Girl Scout shop will re-open for regular business hours (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.) on Thursday, 12/26.
Saturday, 12/28
Ka`ahumanu Service Unit Parent Interest Meeting (Brownies), noon @ Webling Elementary School
Parents interested in enrolling their girls in a Brownie troop are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Friday, 1/3/2014
In-Town Meeting for PCCS Cadette and Above Troop Camp @ GSH Headquarters
An In-Town Meeting is required for all first-time adult leaders/chaperones who are new to Camp Paumalu. The In-Town Meeting will be held at the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i Headquarters at the Ala Moana Hotel on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. At that meeting supplemental information will be provided to assist in preparation for the camp (directions, what to pack, gate code, drop off and pick up times).
For more information, please contact Mike Uno.
Upcoming deadlines & registration openings
DEADLINE
Health Forms Due for PCCS and Above Troop Camp @ Camp Paumalu
Deadline: 1/3
A current "Girl/Adult Health Information for Council Program" form must be completed for every participant and submitted to GSH by Friday, January 3, 2014, by 5:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION OPEN!
eBudde Training #2 Webinar (1/8/14)
Deadline: 1/8
So now that you have your contact information and Girl Scouts set up in eBudde, what next?? eBudde, our online cookie inventory system will help make it easy for you to keep track of cookies and finances this Cookie Season! Join us during the second eBudde webinar as we navigate you through the next steps you must take in eBudde to help you have a successful season.
REGISTRATION OPEN
Gold Award Workshop (1/22/14)
Deadline: 1/15/14
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. The Gold Award Workshop is intended to familiarize you with the steps and standards of excellence that will enable you to successfully submit a project proposal and complete your project. During the workshop you will also get to meet adult volunteers who may be able to help you brainstorm ways to write a draft of your project proposal and expand the impact of your project. 
REGISTRATION OPEN
Service Unit Trainer Training (2/1/14)
Deadline: 1/15/14
Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of Girl Scouts of Hawai`i? Learn to be a Service Unit Trainer in this morning session hosted by one of our Service Unit Managers, Anne R. In this session you will learn how to train our Service Unit Managers and Troop Leaders. Sign up today—the teacher in you will be glad you did! 
Recent programs and events




The Hickam/`Ohana/Pearl Harbor (HOPS) Service Unit had an exciting Cookie Rally last weekend!
 
The Kaimuki Business and Professional Association’s Kaimuki Christmas Parade was filmed and will be shown on cable TV (Oceanic) at the times listed below. Tune in to see your fellow Girl Scouts marching!
December 22, 11 p.m., Olelo 55
December 24, 9 p.m., Olelo 55
December 25, 5 p.m., Olelo 55
December 26, 10 a.m., Olelo 49
 
Be sure to also check out our Volunteer Appreciation Gallery, where our troop leaders and co-leaders can see themselves on our website!
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 Jennifer Kondo.
First look: shop sales & promos
ONLINE: Still haven’t found the perfect gift for that special Girl Scout or volunteer on your list? Not a problem! Electronic Gift Cards are the perfect solution for last-minute shopping relief. Once you buy the card it will be delivered directly to the recipient’s email, so you won’t even have to worry about shipping! What more could you ask for?
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!
Hello and good afternoon. My name is Lisa Young and I am the registrar for the Elgin/McDade Texas Service Unit. We have a group of second year juniors (5th) grade, who are very interested in being pen pals with a troop in your service unit.. Please let me know if you are interested. We have 15 or so girls.
Thanks and have a very Merry Christmas.
Lisa Young (llrwb@austin.rr.com)
"On November 11, 1932, Girl Scouts baked & sold cookies for the first time in the windows of the Philadelphia Gas & Electric Co. here. This endeavor soon became a Philadelphia tradition. In 1935 the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. adopted the annual cookie sale as a national program."
Mahalo to our Hawai`i island volunteer for sharing this neat piece of history!
Did you know?
Attention Troop Leaders and Co-Leaders!
Did you know that all Troop Leaders have access to their Troop Account when activating their Girl Scouts Online Account? Your Troop Account gives you access to your troop roster, provides guardian contact information and is a convenient way to email your troop members. Please be sure to fill out the following forms so that we may activate your access to your Troop Account!

Missing registered members on your Troop Roster? Need to add a new girl to your Troop? We want to help! All new members are automatically placed in a Hawaii Group and the rest are placed in last year’s Troop. Please inform us of missing registered members and new members by submitting a Troop Transfer Form.
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 or contact Jennifer Kondo (808-675-5520 or email).
·         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!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday, 12/14 - Friday, 12/20

What’s up this week
Saturday, 12/14
True Blue Christmas Celebration, 4:00-8:00 p.m. @ Kamehameha Elementary School Cafeteria
Join Cadette Troop 001for an evening filled with Christmas crafts, a scrumptious dinner and the DVD premier of the new Smurfs 2 Movie!  Wait, that’s not all!  They’re also having a Candy Buffet Bar, Popcorn & not 1, but 2 Girl Scout patches! That’s right, attending Girl Scouts will receive (1) Movie Night patch and (1) Christmas Ornament Craft patch!  How Smurfy is that?!

Sunday, 12/15
Hickam/`Ohana/Pearl Harbor Service Unit (HOPS) Cookie Rally, 1:00-4:00 p.m. @ Mokulele Elementary School
Join the Hickam/`Ohana/Pearl Harbor Service Unit (HOPS) Sunday at this fun cookie rally! Girls and adults will learn all there is to know about this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Season and just might have an opportunity to taste-test some cookies too! You don’t want to miss this!

Monday, 12/16
Cookie Pre-Sale Begins! (12/16/13-1/17/14)
Due to popular demand, we’ve moved our Cookie Pre-Season to begin this coming Monday, December 16. Before you sell, be sure you are registered for the 2013-2014 membership year. All Troop Cookie Managers (TCM) must also submit a “Cookie Manager Agreement Form” and parents need to sign the “Family Adult Permission & Responsibility Form.” Subscribe to Cookie Bites, our cookie blog, to get everything you need to know delivered directly to your email inbox.

Tuesday, 12/17
New Leader Training, 5:45-9:00 p.m. @ GSH Oahu Headquarters
All new volunteers are welcome to join us in this training that will cover “Welcome to Girl Scouts,” “Girl Scouts Basics,” and Journeys. These trainings are normally done in three separate sessions but will be done all in one at this special volunteer training. It’s recommended that you bring a snack or dinner with you. For those who preferred a training at night, this session is for you.

Wednesday, 12/18
Cookie Club Webinar, 6:00-7:00 p.m., ONLINE
We know how busy you are with your Girl Scout’s schedule! That’s why Little Brownie Baker has the Cookie Club website available for your Girl Scout. Use modern technology to make it easier for her to spread the word about our annual Cookie Program while learning how to manage her cookie sale and gain skills by using the computer! Join us as we navigate Cookie Club and help you get your troop set up and ready for the Cookie Season. Give your troop the tools they need to make this season a success!



Upcoming deadlines & registration openings
REGISTRATION STILL OPEN!
PCCS Cadette and Above Troop Camp (1/11-1/12) @ Camp Paumalu
Deadline: 12/21 (We are already at 60 participants! Sign up TODAY!)
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. 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
eBudde Training #2 Webinar (1/8/14)
Deadline: 1/8
So now that you have your contact information and Girl Scouts set up in eBudde, what next?? eBudde, our online cookie inventory system will help make it easy for you to keep track of cookies and finances this Cookie Season! Join us during the second eBudde webinar as we navigate you through the next steps you must take in eBudde to help you have a successful season.

REGISTRATION OPEN
Gold Award Workshop (1/22/14)
Deadline: 1/15/14
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. The Gold Award Workshop is intended to familiarize you with the steps and standards of excellence that will enable you to successfully submit a project proposal and complete your project. During the workshop you will also get to meet adult volunteers who may be able to help you brainstorm ways to write a draft of your project proposal and expand the impact of your project. 

REGISTRATION OPEN
Service Unit Trainer Training (2/1/14)
Deadline: 1/15/14
Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of Girl Scouts of Hawai`i? Learn to be a Service Unit Trainer in this morning session hosted by one of our Service Unit Managers, Anne R. In this session you will learn how to train our Service Unit Managers and Troop Leaders. Sign up today—the teacher in you will be glad you did! 


Recent programs and events



Daisy Troop 675 and Brownie Troop 899 showed their Girl Scout spirit in the Kaimuki Christmas Parade on Thursday last week.

Brownie Troop 793 also got into the holiday spirit at the Kaneohe Christmas Parade on Saturday.

 
Various troops from Service Unit 610 (Kaneohe) also marched in the Kaneohe Christmas Parade on Sunday.



Over 150 girls and adults showed up for the Big Island Cookie Rally on Saturday for fun games, cookie tasting and exciting activities!


On Hawai`i Island, Bethany C. has been working diligently toward her Gold Award, which aims to address the problems of food sustainability and nutrition. On Tuesday Bethany did a cooking demonstration at CPCS to show people how easy it is to prepare delicious, healthy meals using food that can be grown in Hilo. She is also compiling her recipes in a cookbook so the community can continue to use locally grown produce, thereby fostering a healthier lifestyle.

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 takaneshige@girlscouts-hawaii.org.


First look: shop sales & promos

ONLINE: Final days to wrap your shopping up online and save 10% off your entire order—now through Sunday, 12/15 only! Use promo code "JOY13".

   
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!

I am a Girl Scout Leader of 3 Cadettes in St. Charles, MO. We are looking to trade "State SWAPs" with all 50 states and was wondering if a GS Troop in Hawaii would like to trade with us. 
I can be reached at
monkeesfour@gmail.com for details. 
Thank you for your help!
Martha Latka
Leader Troop 2831


Did you know?
Cookie Club lets girls jump into the exciting world of today’s social media while protecting them from unwanted communications.  Cookie Club helps girls reach their goals, reach new customers, reach new levels of family involvement and reach higher cookie sales! Girls who asked family and friends through Cookie Club had on average 5 boxes of cookies per order! That's almost double what they got going door-to-door! Girls must have their leader sets up a troop account and return a signed permission forms. Once the permission slip is received, the leader will give the girl an ID and password so she can use the online tools with an adult.

What is the Cookie Club?
The Cookie Club is a website where girls can:        
  • Learn about goals and selling tips
  • Set selling and personal goals
  • Track their progress
  • Record their customer lists so they can be saved and reused each Cookie Season  
To learn more about Cookie Club, visit our Cookie Resources page, our Cookie Bites Blog, or contact Lila Frisbie via email or phone (675-5529).

Did you know? You can also visit the GSH website to download all of your Cookie Collateral! From art stencils, tablecloths, booth hours signs, posters, directional signage, girl name tags, business cards, cookie receipts and even thank you cards! Get these cookie goodies now.

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 or contact Jennifer Kondo (808-675-5520 or email).
  • 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!



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
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
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. 


DEADLINE:
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.

ONE MORE WEEK:
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 takaneshige@girlscouts-hawaii.org.


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: amariebartlett@gmail.com)


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: chayla.rowley@gmail.com)


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 cbaldwin@nmsu.edu 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 http://girlscouts-hawaii.org/help-desk/ or contact Jennifer Kondo (808-675-5520 or jekondo@girlscouts-hawaii.org).
  • 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!