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Inspire Discovery Spring 2023
Registration Opens Feb. 2
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Meet the Highest Awards
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2024 Early Bird Renewal
Bronze Award Silver Award
Girl Scout Round Up 2023 8 Tour the GSEM Service Center 9 Community Service 10 Girl Scout Robotics 12 Financial Aid 15 Girl Scout Cookie Program 16 Camp 22 Program Partners 27
Program Registration Ways to Participate
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2023 Spring Issue With support from dedicated adult volunteers, parents and staff, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM) delivers the Girl Scout experience to girls and adults in eastern Missouri, which includes St. Louis City and the 28 surrounding Missouri counties of Adair, Audrain (Van-Far School District), Clark, Crawford, Franklin, Iron, Jefferson, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Reynolds, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Sullivan, Warren and Washington.
Inspire Discovery is an bi-annual publication of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
Bonnie Barczykowski Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Daleen Chief Marketing and Membership Officer
Would you like to receive our monthly e-newsletter and other GSEM updates via email? To ensure you receive these updates please login to your MyGS account, click on the “Family Profile” tab and make sure the “Email Opt In” box is checked and that the email address we have on file is accurate.
Danielle Washington Chief Program Officer Julie Cubbage Chief Financial Officer
GSEM Service Center 2300 Ball Drive St. Louis, MO 63146
Janine Lawler Chief Fund Development Officer Amber Overton Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Kathy Mack Chief Human Resources Officer
Camp Cedarledge Pevely, MO Camp Fiddlecreek Labadie, MO
Camp Tuckaho Troy, MO
Editorial Inquiries communications@ girlscoutsem.org
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has zero tolerance for any instances of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or molestation of any individual. Any staff member, volunteer, or independent contractor found to have engaged in any such activity will be terminated from their employment, volunteer role, and/or any other affiliation they have with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will also pursue any and all legal actions warranted in the event of an instance of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or molestation. For more information about this policy, see the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri website at https://vr.girlscoutsem.org/sampolicy, or contact the Senior Manager, Risk Management. Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse and Molestation Policy
If you have any concerns about, or need to report, an instance of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or molestation, contact the Senior Manager, Risk Management. If that person is not available, contact another Leadership Team staff member. Also remember that Missouri law states that if any person with the responsibility for the care of children has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or may be subjected to abuse or neglect or observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances which would reasonably result in abuse or neglect, that person shall immediately report to the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division. Mandated reporters include Girl Scout volunteers and staff.
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Let's Get Ready to Explore this Spring and Summer!
Danielle Washington Chief Program Officer
Girl Scout Families, Welcome to the spring 2023 issue of Inspire Discovery ! This publication is your insider’s guide to all the upcoming programs, adventurous activities and valuable information developed especially for our Girl Scouts and their families. This is an essential resource for you and your Girl Scout to plan their upcoming adventures this spring and summer—so many awesome opportunities await inside these pages! Does your Brownie Girl Scout love to climb, jump and play? Sign her up for our new Brownie Climbing Adventure on May 7. She will climb to new heights, burn some energy and earn a badge all at the same time! Turn to pg. 56 for all the details. Is your Junior Girl Scout dreaming of a summer getaway? Check out our trip up the mighty Mississippi on our new travel opportunity, Quad Cities Adventure, June 23-24. Girl Scouts will travel by bus and enjoy all the fun kid-friendly sites in this unique bi-state region. Learn more on pg. 61! Is your Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout ready to learn more about the college admissions process? On June 16, they can join us for a day trip on our new Visit to Missouri S&T program. They will tour campus, visit academic departments and learn more about the financial aid process. Parents and caregivers are welcome to tag along as well, check it out on pg. 60.
Of course, these are just a few of the engaging and unique programs we are offering girls in the coming months. No matter what spring and summer programs you select, your Girl Scout is sure to have a blast and learn some new skills along the way! Spring is also the time for early bird membership renewal. These benefits of early registration are many—along with some cool Girl Scout swag, your family will be the first to know about new initiatives, camps and programs at Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for the fall and 2023 school year. Please be sure to re-register your Girl Scout on April 1 and don’t miss a second of the Girl Scouting fun! We are honored to be a part of your Girl Scout’s journey. Together, we will help your Girl Scout discover everything she is capable of accomplishing today, tomorrow and beyond.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
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Early Bird Renewal 2024
Renew Your Membership Starting April 1!
New experiences, strength and the support of community—that’s what Girl Scouts is all about! In this uncertain world, you can count on one thing for sure: today, tomorrow, together we are on your family’s team! When families stand with Girl Scouts, you’re not just giving your girls something to do, you’re giving them someone to be: the boldest, bravest and best version of themselves.
Renew memberships starting April 1 at girlscoutsem.org/renew .
Check out our tiered incentives on the next page! Early birds have access to awesome perks from an adorable and useful lanyard to discounts at the GSEM Shop and cool troop raffles!
But don’t wait—these incentives will fly away on June 30!
2024 Early Bird Lanyard
2024 Early Bird Patch
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If You Renew By:
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Early Bird Lanyard and Early Bird Patch
Early Bird Lanyard (leader roles must be renewed)
15% off GSEM Shop Discount
Early Bird Patch (by request only)
Early Bird Patch (by request only)
Raffle for troop photo shoot with GSEM Marketing team 1 troop per grade level and 4 Juliettes
Raffle for Cookie Booth Kit 1 winner per district
(75% of girls renewed, and 2 DP renewed)
Raffle for “Early Bird Bucks” Raffle will be drawn for 4 troops $10/girl and $10/DP
(75% of girls renewed, and 2 DP renewed)
Districts that re-register 60% of girls by July 1 will receive money for a Plan Your Own Adventure event for the district.
The reimbursement amount based on number of troops as of March 31, 2023 • Districts with 1-99 Troops: $100
• Districts with 100–199 Troops: $200 • Districts with 200-300+ Troops: $300
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Girl Scout Round Up 2023
Mark your calendars for Girl Scout Round Up on Saturday, November 4 at Camp Cedarledge!
YES! We have moved this event to a bit later in the fall so we can enjoy some time around the campfire with our Girl Scout friends, both returning girls and new girls who join when school starts.
YES! Registration will open in late summer to help alleviate the stress of registering so early for a program in the fall when schedules can get busy.
YES! You can still camp over the weekend! Sign ups for both the event and camping will open at the same time in late summer.
YES! Girl Scouts will all come together at the same camp and same day this year!
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Are you curious about what happens behind the scenes at the Girl Scout Service Center—where do all those cookies get stored, who packs the Daisy Drop Boxes and Live From Girl Scouts program boxes, what is the Emerson Resource Center and can I visit the Girl Scout Shop? Tour the GSEM Service Center!
Beginning March 2023, 30-minute tours of the Service Center will be offered each Tuesday from 4 pm to 6 pm. These tours are conducted by members of the council’s leadership team and provide a tour of the office,
overview of council operations, and an opportunity to learn about the Emerson Resource Center and shop in the Girl Scout Shop.
All participants will receive a commemorative patch, shown on this page and a special Girl Scout Swap.
Please reserve your tour through through gsEvents. Registration for 2023 tours will be open until February 28, 2023. Please register all girls and adults participating. Tours are offered at no cost and are open to all members.
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Girls who engage in community service develop a strong sense of responsibility for others. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri provides girls with opportunities to serve, to connect with their communities and to reflect on their experience to better understand themselves, area needs and their role in making the world a better place. Community Service Partners Community Service Partners are organizations looking for Girl Scouts to provide service to their organization. These partners will be listed in future publications and on our website for easy access when your troop is looking to do a service project. Stay tuned to the upcoming newsletters for more information when the Community Service Partner webpage launches. Have you worked with any agencies that regularly need volunteers and would recommend them to your fellow Girl Scouts? Please send your Community Service Partner suggestions to Abby Muir at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
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All items donated through the online registries will be delivered to our camps. Girls will have the opportunity to assist with counting and sorting items donated through the registries. More information is available in the Troop Participation Guide. All registered Girl Scouts are expected to participate in April Showers through door-to-door distribution, donation collection or Showering the Community. District and Neighborhood Events scheduled for either weekend of April Showers should plan to incorporate April Showers as part of their event plans. Troops camping are expected to participate on the alternate weekend. We encourage families and friends to participate too! April Showers is a great community service project for the whole family. Non-member insurance will be provided by Girl Scouts for family and friends who volunteer for April Showers. Together we can help empower girls to team up and make the world a better place. Be on the lookout for more information from your Neighborhood April Showers Coordinator.
April Showers 2023 Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, families and friends can help individuals and families in need by participating in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s largest community service program, April Showers. For 25 years, Girl Scouts, their families and neighbors have collected more than 25 million personal care items. We are excited to be offering the community multiple ways to participate in April Showers. We will again be utilizing online registries in addition to the traditional in-person aspects of the program. Girls will place self-adhesive notes door-to door throughout eastern Missouri the weekend of April 21-23, 2023. The note will encourage households to purchase items and reuse a bag or box of their own for pick up on April 29 or to donate through our online registries which will be available April 21-30. Showering the Community is back for 2023. On April 22, girls will be stationed outside of local stores to encourage customers to purchase additional personal care items for donation.
Door-to-Door Distribution: April 21-23
Donation Collection: April 29 Registries Available: April 21-30
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Girl Scout Robotics
FIRST® Robotics is a progressive program beginning with the FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) levels. Teams then advance to FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC). • FLL Discover: grades K-1, 2-8 teammembers • FLL Explore: grades 2-4, 2-6 teammembers • FLL Challenge: grades 4-8, 2-10 teammembers
We encourage our Girl Scouts to become science and technology leaders through participation in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and SeaPerch Robotics programs. Each teammember gains hands-on STEM experience along with problem-solving, teamwork and other important life skills. Teams follow an innovative curriculum that combines basic engineering and science concepts with an exciting season theme, then show off what they have learned at an end-of-season event. No previous experience is necessary for our participants or coaches. If you have an interest in learning how to build and program, this is an amazing opportunity for you! Teams are led by adult volunteer coaches and mentors. Teams have an opportunity to compete at local and regional tournaments and win prizes.
• FTC: grades 7-12, 2-15 teammembers • FRC: grades 9-12, 2-99 teammembers
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips Girl Scouts with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). • SeaPerch: grades 2-12, 2-5 teammembers
What would I do on a Robotics team? You can do so many things! As a teammember, you will:
• Learn about designing, building and programming robots with your teammates • Get creative by making team posters and even designing your own shirts • Earn robotics badges and every year, Girl Scouts also receive a special robotics patch How can I get started? Start by asking other girls your age if they are interested in robotics! This could be members of your troop, friends from camp or other girls that you know. They don’t need to be involved in Girl Scouts as long as they become a registered Girl Scout when they join the team. You can learn more by emailing Brooke Stochl, Robotics Program Manager, at email@example.com . How can I learn more? There is more information about the robotics program on our website, girlscoutsem.org/robotics. On our page, we even have a video of our Girl Scouts in action with their very own robots! We also encourage you to join us at the Robotics Showcase or another upcoming Robotics program. This is a great way to get a sneak peek at GSEM Robotics before joining a team.
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Medusa Serpentine, FTC #12565
• Medusa Serpentine is a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) team from Incarnate Word Academy. • This is their second year competing in FTC! • Their team is made up of 15 Girl Scouts in 9th-12th grades. Team Accomplishments: Medusa Serpentine has been extremely busy this season with community outreach, mentoring other teams, and more! Here are some of the things they’ve been up to: • Medusa Serpentine mentors a FIRST® Global robotics team from Lesotho, Africa. In their weekly peer mentor meetings, they offer guidance, debrief competitions, and discuss robotics with this team from across the world. • In collaboration with the NASA STEM Learning Pathways, Medusa Serpentine prepared and delivered Artemis Rocket Launch STEM Project Kits to 350 students. • In October, they managed an End Period Poverty drive at Incarnate Word Academy collecting items for Epworth Children & Family Services. • Using a 3D printer, Medusa Serpentine made and donated over 100 face shields and mask protectors to first responders in November. In Their Words: What is your favorite part of Girl Scout robotics and FIRST® Tech Challenge? • “This is my second year doing robotics. The first year I was so scared to talk to people. As I’ve grown and learned more, I’ve gotten really confident and am able to talk to people. We do a lot of outreach activities and it’s great to know that people are so nice and like to help. People also give great advice and are really helpful.” – Sophia How do your team, mentors, and coaches support you? • “Our coach always pushes me and it shows me that I can. When I finally achieve it, there is a euphoria of being able to accomplish it. I wouldn’t be able to do it without her!” –Erika How do you envision robotics impacting your life? • “It will help with working better with people because it’s important to work well with others in robotics. I’m also doing something I don’t normally get to do.” – Rebecca What advice would you share with girls interested in robotics? • “Even when you fail or make a mistake, just keep trying. It can usually be fixed. Don’t give up!” – Davonne
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If you want to learn more about our Robotics Program before starting or joining a team, register for one of these upcoming opportunities! Robotics Showcase May 11 6 pm-8 pm More than LEGO: The Building Blocks of Robotics May 16, July 26, Aug. 31 6:30 pm Virtual, held on Zoom Free Register at girlscoutsem.org/robotics Girl Scout Service Center $10 for girls; $0 for adults Register in gsEvents
Come meet some of our Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Robotics Teams and see what they’ve accomplished this year! You will have the chance to see their robots in action, enjoy hands-on activities from local STEM partners, and more. Each youth participant also receives a take-home surprise!
Join our Program Managers to discuss all things Girl Scout robotics! They will overview the GSEM Ro botics Program, FIRST® Robotics, SeaPerch and what to do next if you or your girl are interested in becom ing a member of the robotics program.
Our GSEM Robotics Staff Ready to get started or need support? Our GSEM Robotics Program Managers are here to support you!
Interested in joining or starting a robotics team?
Please contact Brooke Stochl at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314.592.2377.
Are you a current team and need support? Please contact Lauren Kornegay Dollar at email@example.com or call 314.592.2376.
Special thanks to our Robotics supporters!
Building leaders in STEM—one gear and sensor at a time. Get started today! girlscoutsem.org/robotics
The Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation
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Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri offers our members high-quality programming at affordable prices. In general, the cost to deliver our programs is more than the fee that we charge to participate. We are able to keep the fees reasonable with the amazing support of the Treats & Reads Program, the Girl Scout Cookie Program and donations to our Gifts for Girls Annual Fund. We also offer financial assistance for membership fees, programs, including camp, and uniforms so that ALL girls have access to the full breadth of the Girl Scout experience. Thank you for all that you do! Please consider making a gift to the Gifts for Girls Annual Fund so that we can continue to make these experiences accessible to girls across our region. Our Commitment to Removing Financial Barriers for Families
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We offer financial aid to cover the following expenses:
• Annual Membership Registration: Applicants will need to check the Financial Assistance box on the girl or adult paper registration or when registering online • Camp and Programs: Applicants will need to register for the program through MyGS and select the Financial Aid option on the payment screen. For programs $10- $50 there is no additional steps needed. For programs over $50, please complete the Activity Scholarship Application
• Uniforms: Apply for uniform aid with the Uniform Assistance Fund Application
• Adult Education: Applicants will need to complete the Adult Education Course Registration and Scholarship Application
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Girl Scout Cookie Program Check out these
During this year’s cookie program, you will be able to showcase
amazing rewards! Have your earned these yet?
your entrepreneurial, team building, and creative skills that will help you and your troop Go Bright Ahead and reach every goal you all have set for yourselves. Tips to help you finish out a successful cookie season: • Use your Cookie Bingo as a guide to help you expand your marketing reach • Ask each adult family member to make a purchase of at least two packages of Girl Scout cookies from you • Make sure to participate in your troop’s cookie booths • Direct shipping opens Feb. 27- Send out the newDigital Cookie email to customers near and far so they can order the new cookie. Plus, get 10+ shipped orders and you can win a JBL bluetooth speaker! • Create a Project Thank You donation program sign to go on your booth • Collect money from your customers by your troop’s deadline—your cookie volunteer will thank you • Make sure you have picked up cookies and fulfilled every Digital Cookie order placed for girl-delivery through your site • Thank your cookie customers for their support this season and for supporting you • Inform your cookie customers that you can assist them with any additional cookie orders through March 19 • Look for cookie rewards in late April/May • Put those troop proceeds to use for your troop—fund a service project, have an awesome troop experience, go camping with your troop; the opportunities are endless!
AluminumWater Bottle 70+ pkgs
Rechargeable Headlamp + 2023 Bar Patch 190+ pkgs
Digital Cookie ® Rewards
Email Patch Charm 18+ marketing e-mails sent via Digital Cookie (excludes thank you e-mails)
Troop rewards are cumulative; Eligible reward opt-out troops can earn the Movie Night program.
Movie Night Under the Stars at Camp Tuckaho 300+ Troop PGA
For more information, visit girlscoutsem.org/girlcookieresources!
Go Bright Ahead Long Sleeve Hooded T-Shirt + Two Trefoil Rewards 510+ pkgs
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Expert Entrepreneur Club
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As an expert entrepreneur you will be able to earn exclusive rewards that will provide memorable experi ences and customizable items that show your style and personality!
May 20, 2023
Ryze Adventure Park Program AND Girl Scout Trefoil Build-A-Bear with Accessories OR Custom Vans Shoes 1,500+ pkgs
American Girl Truly Me Doll, Book and Accessory OR Outdoor Fun Package 2,000+ pkgs
Fun on Wheels Set OR Sweet & Sassy Spa Program 2,500+ pkgs
She & Me Iowa/Missouri River Cruise Trip (B) OR Indiana Dunes Road Trip (J) OR Trip to Nashville (C/S/A) 3,000+ pkgs
This Girl Scout Cookie season, let your customers know that you’re not just a cookie seller—you’re an entrepreneur with goals that you’re ready to accomplish. Girl Scouts already Go Bright Ahead, and the Cookie Program can take you to new heights when you earn Trefoil Rewards!
Selling 280+ packages = One Trefoil Reward Selling 510+ packages = Two Trefoil Rewards Selling 1,000+ packages = Three Trefoil Rewards
How Do Rewards Work? When a Girl Scout earns Trefoil Rewards, she earns a summer program experience, or two or three! Instead of a dollar amount, the Girl Scout gets to choose the eligible program to attend, use it as a program discount, or carry it over to 2024.
They can also be used for a discount toward a program with a higher fee. See examples below.
• A Girl Scout who earns one Trefoil Reward might use it for a Day Camp or one-night camp, or for a 25% discount for a higher-fee summer program.
• A Girl Scout who earns two Trefoil Rewards might use it to attend two Day Camps, one three-day/two-night camp or for 45% off one, higher-fee summer program.
• A Girl Scout who earns three Trefoil Rewards can use it to attend one, week-long Overnight Camp (not to exceed $410) or for 65% off a higher-fee summer program (not to exceed $410). Each eligible program will have a one, two or three Trefoil designation. Let’s see how many Trefoil Rewards you will collect this year!
Be on the lookout for the Trefoil icon throughout the Camp Adventure Guide and the Spring 2023 Inspire Discovery , indicating camps, programs and travel adventures that qualify for Trefoil Rewards.
Turn the page for more details or visit at: https://tinyurl.com/TrefoilFAQ .
2023 Trefoil Rewards Eligible Programs
Project Thank You Project Thank You is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s service project that provides our community the chance to donate treats to one of our nonprofit partners. Each $5 donation will gift one package of cookies to organizations that serve military personnel and veterans, those in need and those who help our community stay safe. Trefoil Rewards Usage • Trefoil Rewards are not gift cards and have no cash value; no remaining balances may be applied to another program or carried over • Programs designated as eligible for Trefoils Rewards in th same level may not ave the exact same fee; they are ch sen if they are within a fee range to allow for more variety of programs to be included • When meeting certain criteria, 2023 Trefoil Rewards may be carried over one year; otherwise they must be used by Sept. 30, 2023; carryover details will be shared in official reward notification Eligibility Our Project Thank You partners are USO of Missouri and Operation Food Search. Last year the community donated 92,906 packages of cookies. In 2022, Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri can help our communities with the gift of cookies, and earn special Project Thank You rewards. • Girl Scouts in reward opt-out troops can earn Trefoil Rewards • Trefoil Rewards may not be transferred to another Girl Scout; financial assistance is available to families with a need • Trefoil Rewards are non-cumulative; they may only be earned at the highest package level achieved Program Registration • Trefoil Rewards-eligible programs will be indicated in 2023 Camp Adventure Guide , Spring 2023 Inspire Discovery and online • Trefoil Rewards do not guarantee a spot in any program; all programs are first-come, first-served • Girl Scouts should register for programs and pay any required deposits when registration opens in December, as programs fill up quickly. Official Trefoil Rewards notification will not go out until late March 2023/early April (Trefoil Rewards will be applied to program balances beginning in April 2023); once applied, this may result in a refund for deposit paid • Trefoil Rewards may not be used for program deposit fees or for events hosted by outside organizations; families must still pay deposit to demonstrate program commitment and secure spot • Families must submit Trefoil Rewards acceptance by deadline stated in the Trefoil Rewards notification communication. This form will notify council of the program or option the Girl Scout wishes to apply their Trefoil Rewards to. Rewards will not be applied to a program without this acceptance and will not carry over automatically
2022 Project Thank You Goal: 100,000 packages • Indiana Dunes Trip (June 7-9) • Volunteer in Programs, June 12-15, July 10-13 or Aug. 7-10 • Junior Day Camp, June 13 or July 11, Aug. 11 • Brownie Day Camp, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 • Daisy Day Camp, June 14, July 13 or Aug. 10 • Visit to Missouri S&T, June 16 • Quad Cities Adventure, June 23-24 • Urban Target Sampler, June 26 • Current River Camp and Canoe, July 16-17 • Cadette Outdoor Journey, July 21-22 • Trip to Nashville, July 26-28 • Junior Robotics Badge Day, Aug. 3 • Senior/Ambassador Outdoor Journey, Aug. 4-5 • Junior Outdoor Journey, Aug. 18-19 • Senior and Ambassador Journey Overnight, Sept. 8-9 • Survival Skills Day, Sept. 16
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2023 Project Thank You Goal: 100,000 packages
Project Thank You Project Thank You is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s service project that provides our community the chance to donate treats to one of our nonprofit partners.
Each $5 donation will gift one package of cookies to
organizations that serve military personnel and veterans, those in need and those who help our community stay safe.
Our Project Thank You partners are USO of Missouri and Operation Food Search.
Last year the community donated more than 93,000 packages of cookies. In 2023, Girl Scouts across eastern Missouri can help our communities with the gift of cookies, and earn special Project Thank You rewards.
Boost your cookie sales to the next level by promoting the Project Thank You Recognition Program to a local business!
2023 Cookie Contests Girl Scouts, are you ready to win?!
Brighten My Booth GS Style Contest allows Girl Scouts to showcase their creative skills. There will be a weekly troop winner. The GS booths will be judged on their creativity, branding, and placement of the cookies. Girl Scout BINGO is a contest for the individual Girl Scout. Submit your completed BINGO card and get a fun patch and a chance to win a Girl Scout hoodie!
Rally to the End Girl Scouts who promote the direct ship option in Digital Cookie between February 27-March
19 and get at least 10 shipped orders will be entered to win one of two custom cookie JBL bluetooth speakers.
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Join the Camp Team in 2023!
A shared passion for empowering our next generation of female leaders starts at Girl Scouts. As a member of our camp team, you’ll experience the great outdoors while helping girls develop key leadership skills. Apply today at girlscoutsem.org/careers . Camp staff are needed at both Camps Cedarledge and Tuckaho. Minimum age of hire is 17 years old.
Camp Cedarledge 5-9 week positions available
Internships Positions are available for the full 9-week summer, or for a partial summer internship with 5-week positions negotiable. As a member of the intern camp team, you will receive free housing and meals, as well as professional development training designed to help young adult leaders with the skills they need for the future. Activity Staff Positions Are you looking to join the camp team part-time throughout the year? We are hiring individuals, 18 years and older, as Camp Program Specialists to lead programs year-round with troops at our three camp properties. Training and certification are provided.
Paid staff training starts on June 2, with camp sessions June 11-Aug. 4. Camp staff will live in a camper unit and lead programs for Girl Scouts grades K-12. Camp Tuckaho 5 week positions available Paid staff training starts on June 2, with camp sessions June 11-July 23. Camp staff will live on-site, leading programs for caregiver/child, troop and family groups.
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2023 Camp Adventure Guide The 2023 Camp Adventure Guide is here and bursting with camp fun! Registration for 2023 summer Resident and Day Camps is now open! As a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri member, you have access to Overnight, Day and Troop Camp options that offer their own brand of adventure and innovative programming. • Girl Scout Day Camps are an excellent option for first-time campers and busy families. With activities ranging from DIY projects to exploring
the night sky, there is something for everyone! • Girl Scout Overnight Camps are experiences ranging from a few days to a few weeks, offering campers equestrian and specialty camp options. Girl Scouts have an immersive outdoor experience where they learn teamwork, perseverance and self-discovery in an encouraging environment. • Girl Scout Troop Camp is a year-round opportunity for Girl Scouts in troops to experience camping with their friends and leaders. Troops can access everything our camps offer and make the adventure all their own!
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2023 Camp Open House Events Bring your family and join us for an open house at Camp Cedarledge and Camp Tuckaho. Meet camp staff, explore what living in a camp unit is like and see the amazing activity areas on our camp properties!
Labor Day Family Camp Celebrate the end of summer with your family at Girl Scout Camp! The weekend will be jam-packed with activities like swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, campfires, games, fishing
and more. Sept. 2-4 Cost: $50 per person at Camp Cedarledge $25 per person at Camp Tuckaho and $25 per person at Camp Fiddlecreek
(Girl fee only)
(Girl fee + one adult fee)
• Camp Cedarledge: Registration includes lodging, all activities and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, and brunch on Monday • Camp Tuckaho: Registration includes lodging and activities. All meals are up to individual groups, bring cold food or cook over a campfire • Camp Fiddlecreek: Registration includes lodging and activities. All meals are up to individual groups, bring cold food or cook over a campfire. Climbing wall and zipline registration additional $15 per person for 1-11 th grade and adults for the 2022-2023 school year At all three camps, families can request to stay in a permanent platform tent, lodge or cabin. Each family group attending must include at least one registered Girl Scout and all adults will have to complete a background check before attending. To register campers age 4 and under, please email the Answer Center at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Camp Tuckaho Sunday, May 28, 2-5 pm
Camp Cedarledge Sunday, June4, 10am-2pm
There is no cost to attend an open house, but please register prior to attending. To register, please visi t mygs.girlscouts.org
Spring 2023 Equestrian Programs Enjoy a unique horseback riding experience at Camp Cedarledge. Located in Pevely, approximately 45 minutes from the Girl Scout Service Center, our equestrian program is run by experienced wranglers who help girls of all levels discover the joy of horses. All programs have a 12-person limit. Troops who exceed the 12-person limit can choose two time slots or contact the Answer Center for assistance in scheduling a program. Adults are welcome to register and ride, but are not required to as wranglers secure ratios on the trail ride (except Pony Tales).
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Pony Tales Length: 90 min. Dates: April 29, 30 May 6, 7, 13, 20, 21 Times: 9:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 4 pm Cost: $25 per girl (girls only) Max Girl Scouts: 15 Hoofprints Length: 90 min. Dates: April 29, 30 May 6, 7, 13, 20, 21 Times: 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm
Offered to: Daisy | Brownie • Wrangler-led horseback ride helps girls gain confidence • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Equestrian Center • Learn how to groom a horse Offered to: Junior | Cadette | Senior | Ambassador • 45-minute trail ride where girls grow in independence • Learn the value of good horsemanship Offered to: Junior | Cadette | Senior | Ambassador • 45-minute trail ride helping girls become more self-reliant • Completion of the special Camp Cedarledge Saddle Scout Patch Program Offered to: Junior | Cadette | Senior | Ambassador • 45-minute trail ride empowering girls to be better riders • Simple meal cooked for troop over campfire with s’mores for dessert
Cost: $35 per rider Max Girl Scouts: 12
Saddle Scout Length: 3 hrs.
Dates: May 6, 7, 13, 20, 21 Times: 9:30 am, 2:30 pm
Cost: $50 per rider Max Girl Scouts: 12
TroopRide and Cookout Length: 2.5 hrs. Dates: April 29 May 6, 13, 20 Times: 4 pm Cost: $45 per rider,
$10 per non-rider whowill participate in cookout
Max Girl Scouts: 12
“Under Missouri law, an equine activity sponsor, an equine professional, a livestock activity sponsor, a livestock owner, a livestock facility, a livestock auction market, or any employee thereof is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine or livestock activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine or livestock activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri.” All equestrian programs follow Girl Scouts of the USA Safety Standards as outlined in Safety Activity Checkpoints .
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High Adventure Opportunities
Outdoor Adventure Course at Camp Tuckaho Build team spirit, improve communication, inspire ingenuity and develop resourcefulness by participating in a fun and challenging low and high ropes course. In this extraordinary, interactive learning environment, campers are faced with decision-making situations that can be stimulating both mentally and physically as they navigate obstacles both on the ground and in the trees at the Outdoor Adventure Course (OAC).
Troop OAC Challenge Dates: April 1-Oct. 2023 (select weekends) Troops will need a minimum of eight people, girls and/ or adults to participate Prerequisite: Individual OAC or Troop OAC Challenge Registration will open on Feb. 2 in Doubleknot by 10 am and you will register into Cricket Corner 1 or 2.
When troops participate in the Troop OAC Challenge, they build teamwork, develop self-esteem and create memories that last a lifetime! • Available for troops to build teamwork develop self esteem and create memories of a lifetime. • Troops will need a minimum of eight people, girls and/or adults. • All eight people participating must be able to attend the entire program from Friday evening through Sunday morning. • Troops are responsible for ensure that the adult/child ratios are met. • Adult volunteers who accompany their troops are responsible for girls when they are not participating in the program, i.e. meals and rest periods. • Once registration is received, we make every attempt to place troops interested in participating in the OACcourse. • Instructors are contacted immediately and you will be notified about 4 weeks before your date. • Your Lead OAC Instructor will contact your troop prior to your program participation to help you prepare for this adventure.
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Climbing Wall and Zipline Get ready for an exhilarating experience at Camp Fiddlecreek! This is the perfect activity for troops looking for a high adventure experience or a unique bonding activity. The climbing wall and zipline are open to any troop or individual Girl Scout. Participants are also welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy the other activities at Camp Fiddlecreek like climbing on the spider net, taking a hike or playing GaGa ball. The climbing wall and zipline are operated by trained facilitators who assist campers on their memorable outing. Participants must climb the wall in order to zipline. Grades 2-12, adults Dates: Open on select Saturdays and Sundays from April 8 -December 17, 2023 Visit mygs.girlscouts.org for available days and times Check-in: 10 minutes prior to scheduled time
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Cost: $15 per participant for a 90-minute program Registration Deadline: Two weeks before each date
For details and more information, visit girlscoutsem.org/highadventure. Individuals or groups can register for a 90-minute session, which has a 10-person limit. Troops who exceed the 10-person limit can choose two time slots. If a camper is registering to attend as an individual, an adult must accompany them to camp and be present during the program. Adults are welcome to register and participate. Event directors wishing to reserve the climbing wall and zipline for an event at camp will need to contact the Answer Center at 314.400.4600 or email@example.com .
Climbing Wall Badge Opportunities Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri offers fun badge programs at the climbing wall and zipline. Girl Scouts can sign up as a troop or an individual and the price includes a badge and climbing wall patch.
Practice with Purpose Badge Program Sept. 17 Start: 8:30 am End: 11 am
Grades: 4-5 Cost: $20 per girl Registration Deadline: Sept. 3
Staying Fit Badge Program Sept. 17 Start: 12:30 pm End: 2:30 pm
Grades: 4-5 Cost: $20 per girl Registration Deadline: Sept. 3
Field Day Badge Program Sept. 17 Start: 3 pm End: 5 pm Grades: 6-8 Cost: $20 per girl Registration Deadline: Sept. 3
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Upcoming Camp Programs Check out these additional camp programs coming up in 2023!
Summer GAM Offered to: Cadette | Senior | Ambassador July 23-30 Camp Tuckaho $105 per Skippers and Youth and $75 per Barnacles Girls compete in the Council’s longest- standing Mariner event, a five-day expe rience testing their canoeing, swimming and sailing abilities! Advanced preparation is required, and all activities are based on recognized water safety standards and follow Girl Scout water safety requirements. Register for the whole program or each day separately. This event is exclusive to girls active in a ship! For more information or to join Mariner Girl Scouts, contact Aundreya Ottens at 314.592.2353 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fallin’ Into Fun Offered to: All grade levels Oct. 13-15, full weekend $50 per person, includes lodging, fall crafts and activities, lunch, dinner, snacks and special patch OR Oct. 14, day only (10 am-4 pm) $30 per person, includes fall crafts and activities, lunch, snacks and special patch Camp Fiddlecreek Registration opens April 1 Bring out your troop and/or family for a fall festival at Camp Fiddlecreek. Troops and/or families must provide adult-to-girl ratio and a licensed troop camper for the event. Adults will be required to complete a background check to attend the overnight portion of this event. Participate in different fall activities* including archery, hatchet throwing, decorating pumpkins, climbing wall and zipline and much more!
Daisy Day Offered to: Daisy | Brownie March 18, 10 am-2 pm Camp Cedarledge $10 per person, includes lunch and patch
Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts and their special male role model (father, uncle, grandfather or adult brother) will help beautify camp with seasonal plantings.
Dottie Cox Daffodil Day Offered to: Daisy | Brownie Oct. 21, 10 am-2 pm Camp Tuckaho $10 per person, includes lunch and patch
Registration opens April 1 Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts and their special male role model (father, uncle, grandfather
or adult brother) will help beautify camp with lots of daffodils.
*dependent on weather and age of participant
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Looking for badge/Journey workshops or fun field trip ideas for your troop? Look no further than our Program Partners! Program Partners are organizations approved to offer Girl Scout programs as a resource to members. These opportunities can be scheduled directly with the organization. We are always adding new Program Partners. Visit girlscoutsem.org/programpartners to find the most updated list of Program Partners and information on the activities they are offering. Or, click on a Program Partner below to visit their website!
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2023 Program Partners Animal Protective Association of Missouri Claster Educational Services Complete Harmony
DaySpring Arts and Education Gateway Arch National Park Mad Science of St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden MJ Performing Arts Academy
Otto Orthodontics Photo Explorations Rooted Warriors Yoga Ryze Adventure Park Safety House Saint Louis Zoo St. Louis Aquarium St. Louis Cardinals
theCoderSchool The Gentle Barn The Magic House Upper Limits Vertical Voyages Youth Friendly Learning STL
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Meet the Highest Awards in Girl Scouting
The Girl Scout Gold Award, Silver Award, and Bronze Award prove you’ve got what it takes to build a better today—and tomorrow.
Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts going for the Gold Award are rock stars, role models and real-life heroes in their community. How do they do it? By leading a team of adults and peers to help fix a problem in their community or make a lasting change in their world. You don’t have to be a seasoned activist or star student to get there. We provide training to get you started and mentors to help along the way!
This Girl Scout Bronze Award adventure is big—in fact, this award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. As you and your team plan and complete your project, you’ll de velop more confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when you work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference.
As girls bridge into Cadettes they can
choose a small group or work independently on the Silver Award. They will find an issue they care about, create a solution to the root cause and then take action with their sustainable project!
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Girl Scout Bronze Award
How Girl Scout Juniors Make the World a Better Place
Welcome to the Girl Scout Bronze Award, a leadership adventure for you and more than half a million Girl Scout Juniors across the country and around the world. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is extremely proud of our Bronze Award honorees and recognize these ground breakers at the annual Reflections Ceremony held in June each year. Once the girls have completed their Bronze Award Project, the leader will verify requirements have been met and submit the troop’s report online. Projects must be submitted online by March 1 in order to be recognized at that year’s Reflections Ceremony. Projects received after this date will be recognized at the following year’s ceremony.
The steps you take to earn the Bronze Award:
Complete a Junior Journey Review Bronze Award Guidelines Explore Your Community Identify a Need and Root Cause Make a Plan (Use the Bronze Award Rubric as a guide) Take Action Submit Your Final Project Online
The rubric and online project form can be found at girlscoutsem.org/bronzeaward .
Need Help Getting Started? Contact Annie Miller, Highest Awards Program Manager at email@example.com .
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Outdoor Art Maker: Badge Workshop for Local Daisies
Issue: Girl Scout Daisy troops needed more opportunities to earn badges for their grade level
Bronze Award Team: Troop 1968; 5th grade Juniors; 3 Girl Scouts on award team
Project Details: The troop chose to create a workshop for Daisy Girl Scouts to earn the Outdoor Art Maker Badge. The girls researched the requirements of the badge, planned activities and logistics for the event. On September 17, the troop hosted Daisy Girl Scouts at a workshop for the Outdoor Art Maker Badge. The girls participated in nature themed Pictionary, learned about art history, participated in a nature scavenger hunt, played some games and drew a nature background with chalk that they shared with their parents during a gallery walk. The Daisies had a great time and were very engaged with all of them earning the Outdoor Art Maker badge at the end!
Sustainability: The badge workshop for the Outdoor Art Maker badge was developed and piloted by troop 1968. Future Junior troops could duplicate the workshop and provide the same badge opportunity to more Girl Scout Daisies.
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Girl Scout Silver Award
How Girl Scout Cadettes Make the World a Better Place
Have you ever looked around your community and saw something that didn’t seem to work right or was causing concerns? Did you think about things that could be done to improve the issue? Our Cadette Girl Scouts address these problems through earning the Silver Award. Our Silver Award honorees are celebrated by family, friends, volunteers, staff and special guests at the annual Reflections Ceremony held in June each year. Once girls complete their Silver Award Project, they should receive approval from their troop leader before submitting their final project online. Projects must be submitted online by March 1 in order to be recognized at that year’s Reflections Ceremony. Projects received after this date will be recognized at the following year’s ceremony.
The steps you take to earn the Silver Award:
Complete a Cadette Journey Review Silver Award Guidelines Explore Your Community Identify a Need and Root Cause Make a Plan (Use the Silver Award Rubric as a guide) Take Action Submit Your Final Project Online The rubric and online project form can be found at girlscoutsem.org/silveraward .
Need Help Getting Started? Contact Annie Miller, Highest Awards Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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