Cookies, Cookies, who has the cookies…

oh wait, that is supposed to be button, button, who has the button.

WE have the button – ok, we have the app.  Want to find out where the nearest cookies are? Simply download the new Official Girl Scout Cookie Finder App in either Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Once it’s installed, you enter the zip code of your location and it tells you where cookie booths are. It’s that simple. Seriously, that simple – I just did it! From my location where I am now sitting – I can get them in a multitude of places this weekend! It even gives me a map and tells me what troop # is manning the booth.

Want to meet the cookies? You can do that too.

Best thing about this feature ??
It gives you the “old” name for the cookies.  Know what a Tag-A-Long is? or a Do-Si-Do? Do you remember the old name of the now Shortbread?  (My troop girls do – ask them).

Bad thing about this feature??
It lists the cookies from BOTH bakeries.  sigh.  So you might have to explain why you don’t have the Savannah Smiles at your booth.

You can also vote for your favorite cookie!  Right now Thin Mints has a slight lead over Caramel Delites, and the PBP’s are pulling up a strong 3rd place.  Surprisingly (to me) the Shortbreads are ahead of the PBS’s.

Are your girls learning the 5 skills? Are you helping them or are they helping each other? Does your scout know the 5 skills?  Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.

Goal Setting – what are the girls going to do with their profits?  Did they have trouble making a goal to realize this want?
Decision Making – did they decide how to run the booth, where to have the booth, who should work the booth?  Did they have a tough time coming up with a Goal? Did they have to learn a way to be fair to all or did they decide to do two activities so as to make everyone happy with the decision?
Money Management – do you let your girls handle the money, count change back, with an adult overseeing them or do you have an adult sitting at the table with the money bag?
People Skills – do your girls stand at the booth and ask potential customers to buy, or do they sit at the table and wait for customers to come to them.  Do the exuberant ones teach the more shy ones how to ask customers to buy, or let them answer simple questions about the cookies?
Business Ethics – Do the girls make sure that each customer is offered correct change, do they count it twice?  Do they keep an accurate tally of how many boxes were sold per shift (if your troop does this)?  Do they keep the “keep the change” donations separate?  Do they let someone know if they drop a box of cookies or an entire case, or leave it where the cookie crumbled?

So, you see Girl Scouts learn a lot by selling cookies, so when someone makes a statement regarding GS being known just for our cookie selling – - – take the time and effort to educate them on what the girls (and volunteers!) learn from selling cookies.

Happy Selling !

P.S.  Do you know where the first commercially baked cookie was sold?   Do you know when?   Check this link out for the answer.     http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/history.asp

Don’t forget to shop locally – We’re EVERYWHERE !02_findCookies

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So, you say all your Scouts’ “stuff” is in a bag?

I am no different than you…sometimes that “stuff”- badges, insignia, pins, and patches- gets put aside in a baggie “So I won’t lose it.”   In a recent cleaning sweep I found such a bag, and luckily I know which daughter it belongs to. It’s still in a baggie from her 3rd grade year, when her vest was entirely too full to hold one more thing.  (said daughter is now 2nd yr college).

You can ask your leader where the items go, but sometimes they are just too busy doing activities with your girls, and you say the other parent’s don’t know either right?

Here’s a link that shows each age level vest AND sash so you know where to sew or pin it all on.  Just choose the link for the appropriate age level and you can choose either a list of all the insignia, or it will give you a PDF with the placement.

http://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/for_volunteers/where_to_place/daisy/

SEE?!?  Easy Peasy – all ya had to do was ask. ;) 

Now, let’s get sewing – or perhaps we should teach the girls?!

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I Can’t Wait to________________!

‘I CAN’T WAIT TO’ welcome you all back to Girl Scouts !

It’s already almost Halloween (or another great event date – what is it?), where have the past two months gone? SHEWEE!  I know where they’ve gone:  registering, training, parent meetings, nut/candy sale and troop meetings. Hang on, I need to BREATHE a minute before I can go further.  This time of year is always busy and hectic, but to do the girls JUSTICE the paperwork and phone calls must be made. It’s also a fun and grand time to get to learn what the girls did over the summer and meet new friends that we welcome into our existing troops.

Speaking of summer – we had a great group of Girl Scouts, new leaders, and experienced leaders meet over the summer to help the new leaders get their feet wet so they could “hit the ground running” when school started!  What fun that was! We did cool science stuff, learned songs, games, some crafts, exploded a Coca Cola with Mentos and made indoor S’mores!  Thanks to all of those involved!

SAW has already hosted 6 troop events and several recruitment events, and SAW has plenty more on the calendar. Be sure to check out the calendar before you leave our webpage so you can BE PREPARED for all there is to do with your girls this year.  We are off to a wonderfully fast start with our Nut/Candy sale and are excited about the addition of booth sales!  First Aid and CPR re-certifications classes are scheduled and we are working on a class for you to learn FA and CPR as well.

New troops are forming for girls at Riverheads Elementary, Beverly Manor Elementary and Wilson Elementary! How exciting it is that we have new volunteers and leaders to add to our already amazing volunteer roster at SAW!  We can’t wait to see these new Daisy Girl Scouts learn all the things there are to learn BETWEEN THE EARTH AND SKY,  as the leaders water them with GS traditions, history, and trivia like they were little FLOWER GARDENS and grow, grow, grow!

We will even welcome several college students studying at Mary Baldwin College into the fold as leaders of a Junior troop in Fishersville  (clap) (clap) (clap).  This is going to be an AMAZING year for those gals (and for the Mary Baldwin gals as well)  :)  We are so thankful that all these wonderful ladies decided to DISCOVER Girl Scouts, CONNECT with GSVSC, and then TAKE ACTION to become volunteers!

WOW the more I type the more I feel the excitement of an AMAZ[E]ing, exciting, and BLISSful year coming up!  If we all SOW WHAT we can into the fields of the Community we can create a massive GIRLTOPIA, that can reap many more girls and adult volunteers to help AMUSE us all and GET [us] MOVING in the direction of  the MISSION [of] SISTERHOOD!

WELCOME BACK – - did you get all the GS references in the post? If not, be sure to ask a Girl Scout – she’ll know!  And we PROMISE we won’t make you feel awkward for not knowing them all, it’s not a LAW  to know everything about Girl Scouts.  :)

Oh and what CAN’T YOU WAIT TO DO as a Girl Scout??!!??

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Girl Scouts is _______ !

Fill in the blank:  Girl Scouts is _____________! There are tons of words to fill in the blank, and my first word choice probably won’t be the same as yours! That’s how Girl Scouts can be – a different experience for each one of us.

We – Girl Scouts in SAW- are gearing up for a new year of scouting!  Tons of events, and fun!

Girls are out having fun at day camps, with their friends on Destinations (overseas trips) and working on badges and journeys.

Please enjoy our website as we continue to make improvements to help you stay up to date with what YOUR scout can do, and to give leaders and other volunteers resources to make the scouting experience the best it can be!

So, just drop us a line, leave a comment, or a call us (see the Joining Info page) and let us know how we can help you and your daughter have an awesome experience in Girl Scouts.

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