Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015

I Can’t Wait to…

...Learn How to Fly!
The Junior Aviation event at the Pacific Aviation Museum is February 14. Registration closes this Thursday, 1/29, so sign up today!

...Explore Waimea Valley With My Ohana!
Every 3rd Saturday of the month is La 'Ohana (Family Day) at Waimea Valley. This would be great to experience with your family or Girl Scout ohana! Leaders, if you would like to take your troop please submit a day trip application to your Service Unit Manager at least 2 weeks in advance.

...Share My STEM Story With the White House!
The White House Office of Science Technology Policy requested Girl Scouts send compelling stories of students that competed in STEM competitions this past year. These can include winners, finalists, or competitors with impressive projects and compelling personal stories. GSUSA will select the top 10 submissions to provide the White House to highlight girls and their projects at upcoming events. Please send your submissions (details below*) to the Girl Scouts of the USA Public Policy and Advocacy office at by Friday, January 30th.

*Please submit a Word document containing the following:
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Project Name
  • City/State
  • DOB
  • Picture of student(s) and project
  • Short compelling paragraph on the student(s), their backstory, and the goal of their project

...Participate in a Cross-Continental Sleepover!
Girl Scouts in Connecticut are having a library sleepover on January 31 and YOU'RE invited! Brownies who would like to Skype with their Connecticut Girl Scout Sisters should contact Lauren at lamaturo@crec.orgJuniors and Cadettes who would like to Skype into the sleepover, please contact Estela:

...Exchange SWAPS with my Girl Scout Sisters!
Daisy Troop 448 from Callicoon, New York has 7 girls looking for a Hawai'i troop to trade SWAPS with. Search Pinterest for ideas and contact Antonia at for information on where to send your creations!

...Celebrate World Thinking Day!
If you are planning on participating in World Thinking Day this year, make sure you 
reserve a patch for this fun event!

...Help With Cookie Pick-Up!
February 26th, 8am-5pm is our cookie delivery day, and it is a huge production! We wouldn't be able to do it without the help of volunteers, so if you would like to come (even for just a few hours), or know someone who might, please email Elizabeth at by 2/13 for details. Help us make this cookie season the best one yet!

...Select a Cookie Booth Site!
Booth Site Selection is now unlimited, so make sure you sign up for as many as your troop needs. Please note, that if you sign up for a booth site and don't show up, it is a bad reflection on the entire organization. Businesses will not be willing to continue to support Girl Scouts if we do not follow through with our word. So please, if you are not able to make it to your site, simply deselect it in eBudde. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 17, 2015

I Can’t Wait to Experience …
Check out these upcoming events on the GSH Calendar:

Women of Distinction- Volunteers needed.  Event date is on March 6, 2015

Ala Moana Beach Clean Up with Clothing and Food Drive
January 24, 2015 from 9 a.m. – noon

I Can’t Wait to Meet a Girl Scout Sister…
3rd Merstham Brownie Unit in Surrey, England (United Kingdom) is  working towards their World Guiding badge and would like to send friendship messages to Brownies in Hawaii.  Please contact: Rosanna Musetti (Barn Owl), 60 Brook Road, Merstham, Surrey.

Troop 8707 is a Junior 5th grade troop in Illinois and looking for pen pals from a state they have not visited.  A Junior troop can share life in Hawaii, the environment, what people do for fun and the people who live in the area.  Contact:  Stacey Ottenschnieder

I Can’t Wait to Learn and Lead…….

Peace First
The Peace First Prize recognizes young people between the ages of 8–22 for meaningful peacemaking work that creates lasting positive impact in their community, neighborhood, or school.  Winners will each receive a $25,000 Peace First Fellowship over two years to further their peacemaking work.  Applications and nominations for the Peace First Prize are open from January 5th through March 30th, 2015. Winners will be announced in the fall. .  Click here to nominate a Girl Scout candidate for the Peace First Prize today! 

I Can’t Wait to Take a Bite…….
Booth Site Selection
Didn't get what you wanted the first round of booth site selection? No sweat! New locations and times will be posted on our third and fourth rounds. Round 3 begins Monday, 1/19 at 6:30pm and round 4 on Wednesday 1/21 at 6:30pm eBudde time, sharp. Its competitive, so make sure you have your sites planned out again.

Bling your Booth
What makes cookie selling more fun? Bedazzling your booth! GSH is hosting a Bling your Booth contest! Read all about booth etiquette and how you can win some great prizes here. 

Cookie Pre-Sale
Pre-sale ends January 23rd! Are your girls working toward their goal? Don't forget about our awesome incentive prizes.

Cookie Locator App

Customers can use the apps to find the cookie booth closest to them including the time, date and location of the sale. Both apps are directly linked to eBudde, so it is important to deselect your site in eBudde if your troop is not able to make a booth site. Find out more about each of them here: 
Little Brownie Baker App and Girl Scout USA App.

I Can’t Wait to Shop…..
Accepting orders for Thinking Day patches.  Please order through Elizabeth Stone.

I Can’t Wait to Share…..
Maui Girl Scouts celebrated their Cookie Rally on January 10thGirls from Troop 72 practiced their elevator pitches.  PA’s Kamaili and Alyssa from Troop 460 helped the girls with the Cookie Dice Game.  Girls learned about customer service from PA Heather from Troop 183 they made door signs and thank you cards.

Hawaii Island Girls Scouts Cookie Rally on Sunday January 11th had close to 100 Girl Scout families and friends from 12 troops at Camp Kilohana to celebrate COOKIES!!! There were, cookie tasting, cheetah goal climbers, zipper pulls, cookie nail painting, door knob hangers and cookie carry bags all geared towards helping out troops have a successful and safe 2015 cookie season.  The weather was perfect and everyone had a fantastic time. Now we’re ready to sell sell sell!

 Troop 377 had their last Gold Award booths at Palama Settlement Holiday Party on December 19th. The girls also organized a food drive. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 10, 2015

I Can’t Wait to Experience …

Check out these upcoming events on the GSH Calendar:

Women of Distinction- We need volunteers to pick up auction items from now until March, creating SWAPS, and other preparations. Event date is on March 6, 2015

Juliette Program
Girl Scouts is for EVERY GIRL…and you don’t have to join a troop to join the fun! Please contact Ellen if your daughter is interested in becoming a Juliette.
Individually registered Girl Scouts (Juliettes) can:
*    Go to Camp Paumalu
*    Explore a Girl Scout journey
*    Earn badges and patches
*    Work toward your Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards
*    Impact your community
*    Participate in the Cookie program—the largest girl-led business in the world

       Miss Media Program
        Miss Media is a new and exciting program providing the opportunity for girls to explore the evolving media environment, have hands-on experience developing communication skills, and engage in career exploration.   Deadline to apply is January 31st at midnight HST.  Through this unique program, Miss Media participants will:
*      Develop writing, public speaking, and photography skills
*      Participate in exciting Girl Scout events throughout the year
*      Interview with media on TV, Radio or for print publications
*      Star in council commercials, videos and print features
*      Become a peer role model for other girls in the community
*      Work towards badges and awards
*      Explore the world and make new friends

         Community Event
·        January 17 – Keiki Ultimate Fitness Day, UFC GYM in Waikele

·        January 31 – Girl & Woman in Sports Day: Game On! HPU Hawaii Loa Campus

I Can’t Wait to Learn and Lead…….

             Camping Hawaiian Style Training

I Can’t Wait to Take a Bite…….
Cookie pre-sale is up and running! Have your girls started making those phone calls to your friends & family to secure orders? Pre-sale ends January 23rd!
*   New Cookie Flavors
The new cookie flavors have hit the media hard! You may have seen news coverage or an online article about the 3 new flavors. Girl Scouts of Hawai'i will only be selling 2 new flavors- Rah Rah Raisin and Toffee-tastic. It is up to our volunteers to clarify if customers inquire about the 3rd flavor.
*   Booth Site Selection
Round 1 is coming up quick!
January 12th at 6:30pm, eBudde will be open for troops to sign up for Cookie Booth Sites. For the first and second round, troops will be limited to 3 locations, and only 1 location per chain.
*   You've got Stories!
Our girls have done so many great things with their cookie money. Tell us about them! We are looking for great stories about how girls have impacted their community or gained valuable experience because of the Cookie Program. Please include pictures (with parental permission) and email your stories to ASAP.
*   Samoas 40th Birthday Bash
Today celebrate the famous Samoa Cookie, Girl Scouts will be broadcasting the biggest Girl Scout Cookie party ever! Make sure to tune in! Check their website for updates.
*   Digital Cookies
If you receive questions from the media or customers about Digital Cookie, please direct them to Lila at

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!!

I Can’t Wait to Experience …

Check out these upcoming events on the GSH Calendar:

I Can’t Wait to Take a Bite…….

Cookie pre-sale is here starting January 5th!  Remember, you must be registered to participate in this as well! 

eBudde Webinar #2
Make sure to be registered for the January 8th webinar. It will cover: the initial order tab; the delivery tab; the girl order tab; and the booth sale tab. Register here.

I Can’t Wait to Share…
Making Gifts to Share
Troop 832 completed their Christmas Service Project on December 17th. Girls made pine cone ornaments at camp and were delivered to our Seniors of Hawaii Island Adult Care Center.

Ma'ili ASHP
Ma’ili ASHP Brownies &  Daisy at their Christmas party.

Fulfilling a Need
On December 24th Troop 445 delivered gifts, food, basic needs, and a Christmas Dinner to a very deserving family in Waipahu.  Anne Rice shared that the older sister is only 29 and has gained custody of her siblings, ages 10-19, from their abusive parents.  Catholic Charities facilitated the meeting and delivery to the family.  “We were able to meet one of the boys and he helped with the pickup – you should have seen his eyes when I opened the back of my car and had to catch a gift that came out because it was so full,” shared Rice. “The girls planned the entire dinner right down to matching Christmas paper plates and the little things you always forget like butter.”  The troop was able to provide some long term needs for the family – dishes, glasses, silverware, shoes, slippers, socks, and clothes in addition to three tubs full of items of some basic needs like toilet paper and laundry detergent.

Helping at the Marathon
Girl Scouts of Honpa Hongwanji helped with the Honolulu Marathon on December 14th and were at the First Aid Station #1 and provided first aid. Troop 383 and 415 manned the water station at the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th.