Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday, 1/25/14 - Friday, 1/31/14

What’s up this week

Hawaii Pacific University 2014 Girls & Women in Sports Day
1/25/14; 10am – 12:30pm; HPU Hawaii Loa Campus
This is a FREE community event and is open to all girls ages 4-14 or grades K-8.  All participants will have the opportunity to participate in all sports and clinics offered at HPU: golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, softball and acrobatics & tumbling.

Chinese New Year Parade
1/25/14; 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Celebrate Chinese New Year in downtown! The parade begins on Hotel Street at the State Capitol and proceeds to Maunakea Street (ends at River Street). 

Service Unit Cookie Orders due to GSH Council (1/27/14)

Service Unit Initial Incentives Order Due to GSH Council (1/27/14)

Cookie Club Webinar (1/28/14; 6:30pm)

Cookie Deposits must be made in order to be eligible for early Gift of Caring proceeds in March (1/31/14)

Upcoming deadlines & registration openings


Remember to submit your Bronze, Silver & Gold Award Final Project Reports to Council by February 1, 2014 if you would like to attend the annual Gold Award Ceremony.  This year’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2:00-3:30 p.m., at Central Union Church (Parish Hall).  More information on the ceremony will be forthcoming.  For questions about your final project reports, contact Colleen LaClair at, or, (808) 675-5514. 

Service Unit Trainer Training (2/1/14)
Deadline: 1/29/14
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! 

Camping Hawaiian Style Training (2/8/14)
Deadline: 1/27/14
Interested in taking your troop camping? Join us for a day at Camp Paumalu and learn to teach outdoor skills to the girls in a troop, Service Unit or program setting. Outdoor cooking, knot tying, and fire building are just a few of the skills adults and Program Aides will learn.
Click here for details and to register.

PCCS Brownie Troop Camp (2/15 – 2/16/14)
Deadline: 1/31/14
In the lush, secluded setting of Camp Paumalu girls will spend their days learning basic outdoor skills, hiking, crafting, swimming, and making friends that will last a lifetime--all while building Courage, Confidence and Character!
Click here for details and to register.

Great Aloha Run Clean-Up (2/17/14)
Deadline: 1/15/14
Show your aloha and community spirit during the Great Aloha Run clean-up. Each year Girl Scouts show their support of the Great Aloha Run by helping with the rubbish pick-up at Aloha Stadium. Be part of this annual community service project and help keep Hawai'i beautiful.
Click here for details and to register.

Apply to be a Girl Advocate on our Board of Directors
Deadline: 2/11/14; 5pm
We are now accepting applications for high school girls (grades 9-11) to serve on our Board of Directors as Girl Advocates! Through this unique opportunity, girls will not only gain confidence as a voice for their fellow Girl Scouts, but they will also connect with our board members and learn first-hand how the decision-making process works in a non-profit organization. 
Click to read more about applying to be a Girl Advocate…

Recent programs and events

Girls Take Action!

Girls in Daisy and Brownie Troops 445 and 286 pulled weeds and cleared paths to help restore native Hawaiian bird habitats at the Freeman Seabird Preserve as part of their Take Action project for the Between Earth and Sky journey. They even received a patch from the Audubon Society for their efforts! Great job, girls!  

Leader Tip: If you have girls that are allergic to animals, working to restore native bird habitats at the Freeman Seabird Preserve can be used for your Take Action project for the 5 Flowers, 4 Stories and 3 Cheers for Animals journey! If your troop would like to volunteer at the Freeman Seabird Preserve, please contact Marisa Watanabe at 528-1432.

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

Save 25% off the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting during the month of January!  The Girl’s Guide is an invaluable tool for every leader and Girl Scout!  Get your copy in January!

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 Summer. Please note that shipping will be charged according to the shipping chart posted on our online shop.

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!

My name is Niki and I am a troop leader for a Daisy Troop in Wakefield, RI. My troop is doing a "Flat Daisy" Project in connection with earning our "Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout petal. We are sending out "Flat Daisy" colored pictures and information about our troop, where we live, what we like about girl scouts, etc.. We are hoping that girls from all over will respond with a information sheet (which we will provide) so we can learn more about girls all over the country as part of our Vi - Be a Friend to Every Girl Scout - petal. Please email me at and let me know if your troop would be willing to do this exchange. Thanks so much for your time and consideration.
Go Red for Women Girl Scouts Patch Program

The Saint Thomas Heart/Go Red Girl Scouts Patch Program aims to raise awareness of heart disease and the risks that it poses for women. By emphasizing good heart health habits early in life, we hope to help girls begin a lifetime of healthy living. Girls of all ages can participate in activities from heart education, nutrition, fitness, family and service to earn their own badge. Click here to download information.

Planning for World Thinking Day?

What is World Thinking Day, and when is it?
World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on February 22nd by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world by learning about their international sisters in various countries. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926! Troops will select a country and do their research! Girls come dressed up in traditional clothing of their selected country, prepare dishes to share with others, or create swaps and play games to teach others about what they have learned. For 2014 the theme is achieving universal primary education. The messages for this theme are: "Every girl has the right to learning so she reaches her fullest potential" and "Education opens doors for all girls and boys". 
What goes on during World Thinking Day?
Do you have questions about World Thinking Day? Are we supposed to have an Opening and Flag Ceremony? What about a Parade of Flags? How do we select a country? What kinds of entertainment, games, crafts or swaps can we do for the event? Click here to download a handout on World Thinking Day that will answer some of your questions!
Have you ever wondered what the Girl Scout Promise is in Sweden? Or when Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting was introduced in India?  
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts reaches 10 million girls and young women in 145 countries located in five regions: Africa, Arab, Asia Pacific, Europe and Western Hemisphere.
Click here to learn more about Girl Scouting/Girl Guiding around the world.

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