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CONTENTS National Program Portfolio 4-5 Websites Girl Scout Basics Perfectly Effortless Programs Holidays 6 Service Projects Lingo 7 Kits On Request Awards 8-9 Ceremonies & Events 10-11 Local Ideas Troop Administration Patch Programs Travel 12 Events Safety 14 Volunteer Trainings Finances 15 Learn 2 Lead/Leader’s Weekend Product Programs 16 Forms Cheat Sheets Event Registration

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Training Registration Horse-Riding Info/Reg. Form Financial Assistance Volunteer Financial Assistance Permission Slip Shop Order Shop With Us! Calendars (by age level) Stay Connected Ways to Volunteer Troop Checklist

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DON’T MISS IT! September 21-23, 2012 November 2012 December 2012 March 23, 2013 April 1, 2013 April 12-14, 2013 June 1, 2013 July 1, 2013 August 24, 2013

100th Anniversary Camporee Weekends destinations applications due to GSMH (see page 41) Volunteer award nominations due (see page 46) GSMH Annual Meeting Girl Scout Gold Award final paperwork due (see page 9) GSMH Leader’s Weekend (see page 47) Young Women of Distinction Early Bird registration deadline Learn 2 Lead (see page 47)

WHO TO CONTACT The staff at Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is here to help you. Although your membership marketing specialist is your primary contact at the office for troop administration questions, please take note of who you can call directly for other questions or concerns: Camp Use/Reservations Property/Risk Manager Ceremonies Your Regional Leadership & Learning Specialist—GSLE Council Publications Marketing/Brand Manager Donations Chief Development Officer Your Regional Leadership & Learning Specialist—GSLE Events (listed in this magazine) Fundraisers/Money-Earning Projects Chief Development Officer Insurance HR/Benefits Coordinator Photo Submissions Marketing/Brand Manager Product Programs Your Regional Product Program Specialist Shop Merchandise or Hours Your Service Center Retail Shop Summer Camp Leadership & Learning Specialist—Outdoor Programs Volunteer Trainings Your Regional Leadership & Learning Specialist—Volunteerism Website Content PR/Digital Media Manager

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WELCOME Dear Girl Scout volunteers, In 2012, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated 100 years of blazing trails, raising the bar, and developing leaders. It is because of people like you that our next generation of girls will be more confident in who they are, engage in healthier relationships, and be empowered to make a difference. Your time and commitment to girls are gifts that we value and appreciate—and we hope that you feel gifted in return by the many moments of discovery, connection, and taking action that girls will have under your caring guidance. We know that today’s girls and adults are busy people! We hope that this magazine, along with your Volunteer Resources CD (available at new leader orientation and at fall service unit meetings), will help you plan and administer a positive, productive, and safe Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls. The Volunteer Cheat Sheets section of this magazine offers some great, quick resources for you to use throughout the year. We’ve also included some “bright ideas” throughout the magazine; keep an eye out for the symbol. Keep in touch with us, and let us know about the amazing things you are doing with your girls this year! Make sure that you are also signed up to receive our regular Volunteer Connections email newsletters and that you follow us on Facebook and Twitter; we strive to keep volunteers informed and to send important reminders throughout the year. Thank you again for your promise to girls. Have a fantastic year! -Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Staff

moving forward... What does strategic learning mean for you? Throughout late fall 2010 and early 2011, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland engaged in an extensive strategic learning process. Board members, staff, and volunteers throughout our jurisdiction came together to lead the council in learning about its competitors, customers, stakeholders, sector trends, and internal realities. Here are just a few of the realities that were realized in this process:

• 90% of girl experience takes place at the troop level. • GSMH does not have the processes in place to effectively train volunteers on the National Program Portfolio or measure the extent to which girl-led leadership development experiences are being facilitated. • Program emphasis is not at the troop level where most girls are engaged.

As realities like these rose to the forefront, we quickly realized that significant shifts were required—in terms of our focus as a council, our staffing structures, and our training and program delivery. In this issue of the Volunteer 411, you see the beginning stages of these changes. For example, there are fewer council program events being offered this year—a change intended to allow us to allocate more resources at the local level. Moving forward, GSMH will focus on how to best “Any intelligent fool support the troops delivering the national Girl Scout program. Specifically, you can can make things expect more program trainings, increased staff consultation and expertise, and complex. It takes a the creation of fast, flexible ways to welcome girls and volunteers into Girl Scouttouch of genius and a lot of courage to ing. Changes will be implemented during the next several years as we complete the move in the opposite important work of aligning ourselves behind the key priorities that came out of the direction.” strategic learning process. It is an exciting time at GSMH and in Girl Scouting and we —Albert Einstein sincerely appreciate your continued support in developing our future leaders!

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National program portfolio The Girl Scout National Program Portfolio ensures that all girls receive the same positive benefits and outcomes in Girl Scouting, but still offers the flexibility for girls to make their experience their own. The projects, badge activities, and community service that girls do will vary according to their interests—but every single Girl Scout in the country will emerge a stronger leader.

The Core: Leadership Journeys Girls learn the Three Keys to Leadership (Discover, Connect, and Take Action) through the Girl Scout journeys. By guiding the girls through age-appropriate activities, discussions, and service projects, journeys engage girls in the process of leadership— helping them discover, connect, and take action in tangible ways. Each journey has a How-To Guide for Adults that offers advice and guidance to volunteers as they mentor girls through this exciting part of the National Program Portfolio.

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Skill-Building & Traditions: The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting

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The newest part of the National Program Portfolio, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting is a binder that includes an age-level handbook, a badge requirement section, and room to grow! There is no volunteer-specific version of these binders, but we encourage troop volunteers to have their own copy of the book, so that they can mentor and advise girls through their activities. The Girl’s Guides for Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors includes 12-14 skill-building badges in three categories (legacy, financial literacy, and cookie business) per age level. Girl Scout Daisies may earn 10 petals and a Promise center, plus four leaves. Three Badge Activity Sets are also available for each age level, complementing each of the three Girl Scout Journeys and offering five additional badges per set.

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Girls develop a strong sense of self. Girls develop positive values. Girls gain practical life skills. Girls seek challenges in the world. Girls develop critical thinking.

CONNECT

• Girls develop healthy relationships. • Girls promote cooperation and team building. • Girls can resolve conflicts. • Girls advance diversity in a multicultural world. • Girls feel connected to their communities, locally and globally.

TAKE ACTION

• Girls can identify community needs. • Girls are resourceful problem-solvers. • Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally. • Girls educate and inspire others to act. • Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world.

Everything that girls do in Girl Scouts should help them achieve these outcomes. The long-term outcome? Girls lead with courage, confidence, and character, to make the world a better place.

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The Girl’s Guide and the Girl Scout journeys work together by combining skillbuilding activities with leadership development activities. The badges in the Girl’s Guide build specific skills, and are primarily aimed at the “Girls develop a strong sense of self” outcome; they also help ensure that girls experience important Girl Scout traditions as well as a sense of self-sufficiency. The Girl Scout journeys cover all fifteen national outcomes, which help ensure the long-term outcome of Girl Scouting: that Girls lead with courage, confidence, and character, to make the world a better place.

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girl scout basics Girl Scout Holidays october

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Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday (Founder’s Day) Celebrate the birth of Girl Scouts of the USA founder Juliette Low with a birthday party or special service project. Read about her interesting life and why she started Girl Scouting in the United States; The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout journeys are good resources for this. Bright idea: Juliette Low sold a strand of valuable pearls to help fund the Girl Scout Movement. Why not honor her sacrifice on Founder’s Day by making a donation to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland or the Juliette Low World Friendship Fund?

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World Thinking Day Girl Scouts of the USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which spans 145 countries. World Thinking Day celebrates the sisterhood between Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the globe. Every year, a global action theme unites WAGGGS members in service; for 2013, it is “Together we can save children’s lives and every mother’s life and health is precious.” All Girl Scouts are encouraged to celebrate world cultures and give service on World Thinking Day. Why not learn a song or dance from another country? Or invite someone you know who is from or has traveled to another country, so girls can learn more about our global community?

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Girl Scout Week Always including March 12 (Girl Scout Birthday), Girl Scout Week begins with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as Girl Scouts. Girls may want to perform a service such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. This day can also be a time when girls explore other faiths if they wish - or just enjoy nature together! March 12 is Girl Scout Birthday, marking the day in 1912 that our founder held the first meeting for Girl Scouts in the United States.

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Bright idea: Help children and families in need by putting together “birthday bags” for food shelves, family shelters, or other organizations. Bags could include cake mix, frosting, paper plates, party hats, balloons, and a small gift. See page 19 for details.

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Girl Scout Leader’s Day Girl Scout Leader’s Day honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers. Keep an eye out in the mail for a special “thank you” from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.

What’s That Mean? We’ve got a lot of lingo in Girl Scouts! Here’s a cheat sheet for some of the most common terms and abbreviations used in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. GSLE—Girl Scout Leadership Experience. A combination of activities, discussions, projects, and experiences that engages and empowers girls to discover, connect, and take action. GSMH—Abbreviation for “Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.” SWAPs—Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or Share With a Pal. Often made and traded between Girl Scouts at events. Generally follow the event theme or representing the maker’s interests. Tagalong—A non-registered child attending a Girl Scout event. For insurance purposes and to ensure that girls receive the best possible service and experience, these are generally not permitted at GSMH program events.

The Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

LLS— Leadership and Learning Specialist. New titles for GSMH staff in summer 2012, each of our three geographic regions has one LLS-GSLE, who facilities program events and advises the different Girl Scout pathways, and one LLS-Volunteerism, who coordinates volunteer trainings and support. We also have one LLS-Outdoor Programs who oversees our summer and day camp programs. MMS—Membership Marketing Specialist. Responsible for marketing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience locally, this person is also a primary staff contact for troop volunteers. Region—Three geographic areas within GSMH—southwest (Springfield/Joplin areas, KS, OK), central (Jefferson City area), and southeast (Dexter/Cape Girardeau areas). STM— Service Team Manager. An adult volunteer who supports a service unit (see below). SU— Service Unit. Geographic area—usually by county—of Girl Scout troops and members.

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girl scout awards In addition to the leadership awards from the Girl Scout journeys, girls at all age levels can earn specialized awards. Details about most awards are in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for each age level; you can also find information online at www.girlscouts.org.

All Ages Journey Summit Awards: When girls complete all three Journeys for their age level, they earn this special pin. My Promise, My Faith Awards: Girl Scouts may earn a My Promise, My Faith Award for each year of Girl Scouting. Be sure to check out The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for details! Safety Awards: The updated Safety Award Pin is earned by following a three to five step process for staying safe, tailored to each Girl Scout age level. The color of the cross on the pin corresponds to the Girl Scout age level color.

For Girl Scout Juniors Junior Aide: Girl Scout Juniors who wish to work with a younger troop may earn the Junior Aide Award. Girl Scout Bronze Award: This is the highest award that a Girl Scout Junior can earn. It is designed to be earned as a group (a Girl Scout troop or a group of girls who are interested in the same topic). To earn this award, you must complete a Girl Scout Junior journey and then work on a project with a suggested minimum of 20 hours. Information about this award is available at www.girlscouts.org or by contacting a GSMH Leadership & Learning Specialist.

For Girl Scout Cadettes Girl Scout Silver Award: This is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, either as part of a team or individually. To earn this award, you must complete a Girl Scout Cadette journey and a project with a suggested minimum of 50 hours. Information on this award is available at www.girlscouts.org or by contacting a GSMH Leadership & Learning Specialist. Cadette Program Aide Award: If girls earn one Leader in Action award from the Girl Scout journeys, complete council’s program aide course training, and work directly with younger girls, they can earn this award.

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For Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors Service to Girl Scouting Bar: A different colored bar can be earned by Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who volunteer at least 20 hours to the Girl Scout organization. It can be at a special event for younger girls, as an office assistant for the council or service unit, or helping with special projects. Community Service Bar: This is earned by making a difference in the community and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Law. It is also a way for girls to get involved with a cause they care about. Torch Awards: Earned by Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who act as leaders in their community, this award requires completion of a journey and service in a leadership position at a school, place of worship, library, or similar organization.

For Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors Volunteer-in-Training: A Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) completes a group leadership course and works as a mentor with a younger troop outside of the camp pathway. Counselor in Training I and II Awards: These are earned by Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who mentor young girls in a camp setting as they build skills toward becoming a camp counselor. To earn this award, Girl Scouts complete a leadership course designed by the council on outdoor experiences and work with younger girls over the course of a camp session. Girl Scout Gold Award: This is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn. To earn it, you must complete two Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador Journeys OR the Girl Scout Silver Award and one journey, as well as a final project. Your project, which has a suggested minimum of 80 hours, must be approved by the council before you begin. You must turn in a completed Final Report by April 1 to be included in that year’s Young Women of Distinction event. More information is available at www.girlscouts.org or by contacting a GSMH Leadership & Learning Specialist

Bright Idea: Fewer than 5% of Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, which opens up the doors to exclusive opportunities like automatic military or job interview advancement, college scholarships, insurance discounts, and more. Encourage your girls to talk to a GSMH leadership & learning specialist about finding a project that fits their passion!

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Ceremonies & events Ceremonies

Ceremonies are a long-held tradition in Girl Scouts, and a great way to commemorate important moments in a Girl Scout’s career. All ceremonies have three basic parts: • Opening: welcome guests, state the purpose, and set the mood. • Main Part: develop the theme or idea of the ceremony with dialogue, poetry, songs, candle-lighting, or other activities. • Closing: thank guests, say good-bye, and offer closure through a friendship circle, song, or other activity. Investiture/Rededication An investiture ceremony is planned to welcome new girls and adults when they join Girl Scouts for the first time. Traditions often used at this ceremony include the Girl Scout Promise and Law, singing, presenting the Girl Scout membership pin, and doing the Girl Scout handshake. Rededication is a very similar ceremony, except it is for girls and adults who have been invested to reaffirm their belief in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. To take the guesswork out of these ceremonies, Investiture/Rededication Kits are available for checkout at all GSMH retail shops. Bridging Ceremony Bridging ceremonies represent a girl’s growth and development from one level of Girl Scouts to another. The “bridge” or crossing over into the new program level can be symbolized in different ways - indoors or in an outdoor setting, perhaps at a local park with a wooden bridge (a portable bridge is available for checkout at the Springfield and Joplin retail shops). Consider inviting a sister troop at the next Girl Scout age level to assist. Ideas for bridging ceremonies can be found in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Bright idea: Visit www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org to download FREE resources, such as Cookie Program certificates, event flyer templates, program covers for your ceremonies, and more! Flag Ceremony A flag ceremony is a great way of showing love, pride, and respect for one’s country or state. They are often used to open other ceremonies and can also be a nice way to begin troop meetings or other Girl Scout events. The Pledge of Allegiance in the presence of the flag is always included in this ceremony; reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law or singing a patriotic or Girl Scout song may also be included. Flag ceremonies often use a color guard, a guard of honor for the flag. They consist of one color bearer and two or more guards on each side who ensure that the flag does not touch the ground or become entangled. Materials for flag ceremonies are available for check out at all GSMH retail shops. A kit with information about color guard positions, responsibilities, scripts, instruction on flag folding and proper etiquette, history, and sample flag ceremonies is available for checkout at all GSMH retail shops. Other Ceremonies Additional ceremonies that your troop may choose to do include: • Opening/Closing Ceremonies (at meetings or events) • Pinning Ceremony (for grade-level Girl Scout pins) • Court of Awards (to celebrate achievement) • Fly-Up (for girls bridging from Brownies to Juniors) • Girl Scouts’ Own (for exploration of the girls’ choosing) For more information on these and other ceremonies, visit www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ceremonies/.

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Event Planning Check List A Note on Insurance...

Request for Certificate of Liability Insurance Many times the locations where troops and service units meet or hold activities will require a certificate of insurance before agreeing to let them use their facility. If your meeting or event location needs proof of insurance, please complete a Request for Certificate of Liability Insurance form (available on your Volunteer Resources CD and our website). Forms should be submitted to the GSMH human resources department at least two weeks before the facility is needed. Once requested, a copy of our certificate of liability insurance will be faxed, emailed or mailed directly to the site that needs it. Girl Scout Activity Accident Insurance and Optional Plans and Claims Registered Girl Scouts are covered by a secondary accident insurance while participating in approved Girl Scout activities. (All Girls in grades K–12 should be registered as Girl Scout members.) Sometimes, a troop or service unit must take out extended insurance for members or non-members. Some instances in which troops or service units should purchase this low-cost insurance include: • non-members attending a Girl Scout event (Plan 2) • registered members participating in an event or activity lasting more than two consecutive nights (Plan 2); members and non-members accident and sickness for events lasting longer than two consecutive nights • members and non-members accident and sickness for international travel Detailed information about this additional insurance and when and how to obtain it is available on your Volunteer Resources CD and our website. Questions may be directed to the GSMH HR/benefits coordinator.

At Least 8 Weeks Prior □□ Discuss with girls; form a committee if appropriate. □□ Check Volunteer Essentials for safety guidelines and requirements. □□ Determine a date, time, and location. □□ Develop communication plan for event. 6-8 Weeks Prior □□ Develop the program and budget for the event. Check out www.girlscouts.org or other websites (see page 17) for great ideas. □□ Contact any presenters or special guests desired. □□ Pre-order refreshments, if desired. □□ Locate and secure event site location. □□ Develop “Plan B” and cancellation plan. □□ Send invitations. 4-6 Weeks Prior □□ Finalize program for event. □□ Purchase supplies and equipment, including applicable participant recognition items. □□ Take RSVPs; send out confirmations if desired. □□ Purchase Mutual of Omaha non-member insurance through the GSMH HR/benefits coordinator. 2-3 Weeks Prior □□ Review/assign responsibilities for event day. □□ Confirm with any presenters invited. □□ Create signs (e.g., parking, directions) if necessary. □□ Customize girls’ certificates and award presentations (bridging certificates are available at GSMH retail shops; other certificates are available at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org). □□ Print event programs for guests, if desired (customizable program cover templates for bridging and court of awards are available for download at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org). □□ Visit site again for last-minute details, if desired. Event Day □□ Arrive early and review event schedule. □□ Set up room/building to welcome guests. □□ Greet presenters; assist with set-up if necessary. □□ Review day’s expectations with girls and adults. □□ Leave site clean and picked up. After Event □□ Hold a girl/committee meeting to evaluate. □□ Send thank-you notes as appropriate.

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Troop Travel Travel—whether it be around town or around the world—can be an enriching and educational Girl Scout pathway. Of course, there are program standards and procedures that you should follow to ensure that the experience is safe, fun, and rewarding for all. For All Trips (including in-town field trips) Make sure that you receive a signed Parent/Guardian Permission Slip for each girl before departure. In addition, keep the following vehicle guidelines in mind: • Girl Scouts of the USA recommends 2 adults per car. • There must be least one adult with current CPR/ First Aid registration traveling with the group. • Each vehicle should have a First Aid kit.

Bright idea: Check out pages 22–24 for local activity ideas! GSMH’s Leadership & Learning Specialists are great resources for other field trip or service project ideas. Just give her/him a call! For Day Trips of 50+ Miles & Simple Overnights A troop travel application must be submitted to your volunteer service team manager for approval (preferably 4 weeks in advance). If there is no service team manager, or of the service team manager is a participant in the trip, the application should be submitted to a GSMH leadership and learning specialist.

Field Trip Check List At Least 4-6 Weeks Before Trip □□ With girl input, establish purpose of trip. □□ Discuss finances with girls and families. □□ Review troop travel procedures. □□ If required, submit troop travel application. □□ If needed, purchase Mutual of Omaha non-member insurance or additional accident and sickness coverage through HR/benefits coordinator. 3-4 Weeks Before Trip □□ Have girls practice any new skills that will be used. □□ Secure adult participants with proper training. □□ Inform parents of upcoming trip/event; distribute permission slips and instructions. □□ Secure transportation. □□ Identify emergency contacts for trip. □□ Inventory first-aid kits (1 per car). Day of Trip □□ Make sure that: Leader has □□ A permission slip for each girl. □□ A health history form for each girl. □□ Emergency contact information for each driver.

For Trips 100+ Miles Outside Council Jurisdiction, 3+ Nights, or International A troop travel application must be submitted for approval by both your volunteer service team manager and a staff leadership and learning specialist. Please complete the troop travel application at least 4 weeks in advance for domestic trips; 12 weeks for international trips.

First-Aider has □□ Troop/group first-aid kit. □□ Girls’ medications in original containers with directions, including over-the-counter.

Additional accident & sickness insurance coverage must be purchased through Mutual of Omaha for trips lasting 3 or more nights. Please contact the GSMH HR/ benefits coordinator for more information.

Each driver/car has □□ A seat belt/car seat for each girl in car. □□ A trip itinerary and map. □□ A first-aid kit. □□ Site rules (preferably written) to review with girls.

General Travel Guidelines Complete travel guidelines are included in Chapter 4 of Volunteer Essentials. The troop travel application also includes important information for longer trips.

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The emergency contact person has □□ Copies of permission slips. □□ Trip itinerary with contact information (not just cell phones!).

□□ GO AND HAVE FUN! After Trip □□ Evaluate the trip with your girls to help them learn from their experience.

Where Can Girl Scouts Go?

...anywhere!

Every girl deserves the chance to explore the world. The Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Travel Pathway provides girls the opportunity to learn about different regions of the United States, participate in Girl Scout National Conventions, and even to experience different cultures of the world. GSMH is excited to offer a three-year rotation of amazing travel opportunities. Girls should mark their calendars and start saving now—they won’t want to miss these!

Summer 2013: Washington, D.C. Girls will discover the history and beauty of our nation’s capital. Special attractions may include visits to the Smithsonian Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Washington Monument and more! October 16-19, 2014: GSUSA National Council Session/53rd National Convention Salt Lake City, UT. A leadership experience like no other! Join Girl Scouts from all across the United States to connect and take action on issues that affect the future of girls and the Girl Scout Movement. Girls will attend the opening and closing ceremonies and have time to explore a Hall of Exhibits and enjoy first class entertainment! Summer 2015: Europe. Start planning now to save money for this amazing global travel opportunity for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who are at least 14 years of age by the date of departure. Girls will travel to some of Europe’s most amazing cities and have the journey of a lifetime! Bright idea: Don’t forget! Girls may use Girl Scout Cookie Credit to pay for GSMH-sponsored travel opportunities—even if it’s still a couple of years away!

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destinations destinations are travel opportunities that range from two days to three weeks for Girl Scout Cadettes and older. With destinations, she can:

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Explore the Galápagos Islands Become an Aerospace Career Explorer Learn the ins and outs of Broadway with professional mentors Trek through the Rockies on horseback

And much more... Most Girl Scout destinations require council (GSMH) approval; scholarships are available. For more information about destinations and the application process, please see page 41.

Girl Scout safety When preparing for any activity with girls, start by reading the Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints for that particular activity. You can find these on your Volunteer Resources CD and online. Each Safety Activity Checkpoint offers you information on where to do this activity, how to include girls with disabilities, where to find both basic and specialized gear required for the activity, how to prepare yourselves for the activity, what specific steps to follow on the day of the activity, and so on. The checkpoints are formatted as checklists, so that you and the girls can check off each step that has been accomplished. In keeping with the three processes of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, be sure that: • All activities are girl-led. Take into account the age and abilities of the girls. Older girls can take the bulk of the responsibility for carefully planning and executing activities, while younger girls will require more of your guidance but should still be deeply involved in making decisions about their activities. • Girls have the chance to learn cooperatively. Have girls teach each other new skills they may need for the activities, rather than hearing all that from you. • Girls learn by doing. If research or special equipment is needed, they’ll learn better by doing that research themselves than by having you do the legwork and report back to them. Even Daisies can do basic research and give reports or do show-and-tell for each other. Ambassadors may need you only for moral support as they research, teach each other, and plan every detail of their excursions. If Safety Activity Checkpoints do not exist for an activity you and the girls are interested in, check with a GSMH Learning and Leadership Specialist before making any definite plans with the girls. A few activities are allowed only with written council pre-approval and only for girls 12 and over (e.g. operating motorized vehicles, using firearms, trips on changeable waterways), while some are off-limits completely (e.g., bungee jumping, parachuting, extreme variations of approved activities).

Crisis Situations

Girl Scouts has a fantastic safety record and we know that our volunteers take every precaution to assure the safety of Girl Scouts in their care. However, you should always be prepared in case of a serious accident, health emergency or fatality. Please take the time to read through the GSMH Crisis Guide for Leaders, available on the Volunteer Resources CD and online, and carry the bright green Crisis Communication Card with you at all times. Remember: no volunteer should make ANY KIND of statement to the media, or give out names or information. If the media shows up at the scene of the accident or you are contacted by someone from the media, ask the person to call the GSMH Administrative Service Center (877-312-4764) or the after-hours phone number listed on the Crisis Communication Card.

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Bright idea: Volunteer Essentials, included on your Volunteer Resources CD and our volunteer portal, includes a handy chart for girl/adult safety ratios. Bookmark the page or print it out for quick reference.

Troop finances 1/3 Rule of Thumb

from Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, New Leader Training

Troop income earned through troop dues collection, product program, and money earning activities should be helping your girls and all the families to have a Girl Scout experience. A good rule of thumb to follow is a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 rule. Families and girls should be learning to budget in a responsible and sustainable way. That means each troop should be working to minimize extra costs to themselves and to families at all times. • 1/3 to help cover costs of badges, registrations for the following year, and uniform pieces. All girls should have an opportunity to have a membership paid in full or part by their troop, even if they decide not to join the troop the following year. • 1/3 covers field trips, meeting supplies, and ceremonies…that’s right, only 1/3. Girls should be learning to use their resources wisely and learning the value of saving up for big trips and ideas. • 1/3 for unexpected expenses (like a family who needs financial assistance, or an amazing opportunity that suddenly comes up), and larger expenses (like travel and take action projects).

Troop Money-Earning Projects

The Girl Scout program is intended to be a self-sufficient one. Although most troops find that the Girl Scout product programs provide adequate funds to support troop costs such as membership dues, uniforms, books, service projects, and badge activities, troops may elect to conduct additional money-earning activities during the year. Because Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. is the holder of a non-profit 501(c)(3) status, all troop money-earning projects (except the council-sponsored fall product and Girl Scout Cookie programs) must be pre-approved by our resource development department. All projects must comply with state and local laws, be age-appropriate, and adhere to applicable Girl Scout Activity Checkpoints and council policies. Money-earning projects cannot take place during United Way Blackout periods (usually September-October) or council product sale programs. Complete guidelines and the Troop Money-Earning Project Application are available on your Volunteer Resources CD and our website. *Note: Girl Scouts may not raise funds on behalf of other organizations, though they may choose to contribute troop funds to service projects and initiatives of their choice.

Financial Assistance

To help ensure that everyone interested may participate in Girl Scouts, financial assistance is available for national membership dues (girls and adults), handbooks and uniforms (for girls), GSMH program events and summer camp, Girl Scout destinations, and volunteer trainings for adults. Financial assistance is reserved for those who demonstrate need; it is not a substitute for troop funds or product program proceeds. Financial Assistance Application forms are available on your Volunteer Resources CD and our website. For girl applicants, the troop leader and parent should discuss the individual needs of the girl before completing the application. Each applicant must submit a separate application; troop applications are not accepted.

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Girl Scout product programs The Girl Scout Cookie and fall product programs are excellent leadership development opportunities. They teach girls about teamwork, planning, budgeting, customer service, and business skills that they will use for years to come. They are also a primary moneyearning activity for girls each year. Each service unit has a volunteer product program manager who will train you and be an ongoing resource. Many troops ask a parent (other than the leaders) to serve as the troop product program manager. It’s a great short-term way for other parents to pitch in, and it allows you to focus on other troop activities!

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Goal Setting Decision Making Money Management People Skills Business Ethics

Girls learn these essentails skills through product program participation.

Where Does the Money Go?

A lot of people wonder how just how much of the Girl Scout Cookie Program proceeds help girls. We’re happy to tell them that 100% of the proceeds—which is about ¾ of what customers pay for a box of cookies—benefit girls!

74% Benefit to girls:

• Troop Proceeds: Troops use proceeds to fund service projects, badge activities, field trips, uniforms, and membership and event fees. • Girl Scout Cookie Credit: This is earned in addition to direct troop proceeds; girls may use it to pay for individual event and camp fees, membership dues, retail shop items, and more. • Recognition Items: Girls can earn items to commemorate their success. • Girl Scout Leadership Experience: GSMH utilizes additional proceeds to ensure that we can provide financial assistance to girls in need, safe and well-maintained program and service centers, free back- ground checks for volunteers, low-cost events and training opportunities, free council publications, and much more.

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26%

Cost of the Girl Scout Cookie program, including bakery and transportation fees.

Cookie Rallies Get ready for the Girl Scout Cookie Program with a Cookie Rally! Most service units host one, so check with your service unit cookie manager about dates and locations. We even have a packet that service units can use to easily plan a cookie rally (see page 18). If your service unit is not hosting a rally, consider doing a mini-rally just for your troop—check out Cookie Chefs, a Perfectly Effortless Program, on page 18 for an easy way to get your girls excited about Girl Scout Cookie season!

Cheat Sheets Websites

Got a question about Girl Scouts? Looking for a new activity, craft, or game for your troop? The internet makes it easier than ever before to access Girl Scout information and ideas for activities to do with your girls—many of them posted by volunteers just like you! Here are some of the best websites* to make your search easier: www.abcsmartcookies.com Great resources for the Girl Scout Cookie Program for troops leaders, cookie volunteers, girls and parents alike. Features include Girl Scout Cookie games, marketing ideas, printable thank you cards and fun clip art. www.familyfun.com A plethora of ideas for crafts and games. www.girlscouts.org The official place to learn about awards, news and the world of Girl Scouting. Special sections include: “Girl Scout Central.” Girl Scout basics and hot topics: www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/ “A World for Girls.” Activities, games, and quizzes for each age level: www.girlscouts.org/forgirls/ www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org Our council website is a great way to keep up with what’s new in GSMH, and features all of our council forms, a full program calendar, breaking council news, an online shop and much more. www.gsswaps.net Hundreds of SWAP (see page 7) ideas and instructions. www.makingfriends.com Crafts galore - check out the special section just for Girl Scouts! All craft instructions are completely free to download. Printable games, activity sheets, and even Girl Scout paper dolls are also available. www.scoutsongs.com Looking for Girl Scout songs—or maybe can’t remember the words to one from your childhood? The site features Girl Scout Songs, action songs and graces. www.scoutingweb.com Ceremonies, traditions, songs, skits, stories, poems and more—a one-stop resource for all things Scouting. *Please note, GSMH is not responsible for content on websites other than its own.

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Cheat Sheets PEPs | Perfect Effortless Programs

Sometimes life is just BUSY, yet you want to provide quality programs for your girls. Or maybe girls have expressed interest in a topic you don’t know much about…. Perfectly Effortless Programs (PEPs) to the rescue! A PEP is a curriculum packet written for you and your girls to explore topics together. Physical supplies for the activities are not provided, but each packet includes a handy supply list and ways to further explore the topic if girls so choose. Please contact your regional leadership and learning specialist to request a PEP. Unlike Program Box Kits, PEPs do not need to be returned. We can email them to you for free, or mail them for a small shipping fee. • Geocaching: For Girl Scout Juniors, this packet expands on the Geocacher Badge. For older girls, it gives information needed to explore this hi-tech treasure game! The packet explains how to use GPS signals to locate a geocache, but you must provide GPS receivers (e.g., smartphones). For Girl Scout Juniors and above. • Dance, Dance, Dance: Learn about different styles of dance, and some basic steps for many of them. This is a great way to discover if girls have an interest in any particular style of dance and to further their knowledge about different styles. Express yourself through dance!

• Marshmallow Olympics: This packet is all about fun! Silly games and activities abound. Great for letting a group that is just getting to know each other bond, make new friends, and laugh! • Doodle Bug Delight: Ladybugs, butterflies and bumblebees—this packet is all about little critters. Crafts, snacks, activities and lots of facts you might not know about our little friends are included. Don’t worry—this is fun even for those who find bugs “icky!” Best suited for Girl Scout Daisies or Brownies.

• A Day at a Time in the Outdoors: Are you a troop leader whose girls want to get outside, but your idea of the outdoors is crossing the parking lot at the mall? Don’t worry—the best thing to do is start small with day outings. No need to worry about things like sleeping bags and tents; this packet has lots of ideas and activities for all ages to get out in nature through day outings! • The Last Straw: Don’t underestimate the power of the drinking straw! This packet includes games, crafts, and science projects to help girls explore physics and geometry, as well as art—all using a simple straw! • Fall’s Harvest: Learn about owls, seeds, leaves and that really big word: “cornucopias.” Crafts, finger plays, and even snacks are a part of this fun set of activities. Best suited for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies. • Snowcapades: Brrr. It’s winter and all you want to do is stay indoors where it is warm! Girl Scout Songs, legends, and crafts are in this winter-themed packet. Learn about animals that hibernate and play games such as “flip, flap, flop relay.” Best suited for Girl Scout Daisies or Brownies. • Mother May I?: This packet will help you near the end of the school year, when you need something to do at a troop meeting—but the year end has everyone busy. This packet has crafts, activities and information to learn about three major holidays that take place in May: May Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Mother’s Day. Best suited for Girl Scout Daisies or Brownies. • Cookie Rally: Make your Service Unit Cookie Rally a hit! Girls will learn the 5 essential skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program through games, hands-on activities, and crafts. Only available for Service Units. • Cookie Chefs: Girls love to cook! Here is a chance to kick off Girl Scout Cookie season with your very own Cookie Chefs! Whether it is with your troop or whole service unit, this packet will get you started. Girls will become culinary artists as they work as a team to follow a recipe—and then get to eat their masterpieces!

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Cheat Sheets Service Projects

A great way for Girl Scouts to take action to make the world a better place is to do service projects that benefit their communities. Troops should work together to choose projects that are important to them and that are appropriate for the girls’ talents and skills. The girl-led process is essential to the success of service projects. Questions to consider:

What do the girls see in your community that they want to help change? Do they wish more people recycled? Have them work with local businesses or schools to set up a program! What are the girls really interested in? If they like animals, you could check with a local animal shelter to see what they need; if they like to craft, see about making cards for nursing home residents or sewing pillows for heart patients. What personal experiences might inspire action? Do they know someone who has been affected by a serious medical issue? Check with a local hospital or organization to find ways girls can help those fighting that problem. Depending on the age level of the troop involved, it might be learning to knit a soft blanket for those whose treatment tends to make them cold, or it might be as simple as creating care-kits with specific types of lotion for those whose skin is affected by treatment.

After girls select a cause, work together to determine the best way to respond. Service comes in many forms, including:

Collections: Children’s shelters, food banks, nursing homes, hospital wards, and animal shelters are common recipients of item drives. Creations: GSMH girls in the past have made cards for senior citizens, soldiers, and hospital patients; they have also sewn blankets or crocheted hats for newborns; there are tons of possibilities! Services: Consider dog-walking, cleaning, repairing, or beautifying. Education: Inspire others to act with an awareness campaign for saving water, recycling, or saving energy.

Bright idea: Need more ideas for service or other troop activities? The GSMH leadership & learning specialist —GSLE can help! Just give us a call at 877-312-4764.

Birthday in a Bag Service Project

Turning another year older is a milestone that all kids look forward to, and each deserves to have a birthday celebration! But not all families can afford a birthday party. We’re asking troops and service units to take part in a council-wide service project, Birthday in a Bag. It’s easy! In a gift bag, place party necessities such as a tablecloth, candles, paper plates and cups, party favors, and the dry, non-perishable items for a cake. We suggest troops in a service unit or community work together and create bags for both boys and girls and for different age levels. The birthday bags should be distributed locally. Contact food banks, children’s homes, missions or shelter ahead of time to make sure they will have a way to distribute the bags. Help make every child’s birthday special!

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Cheat Sheets Program & Training Box Kits We offer ready-to-go kits for Girl Scout meetings and events! The kits can be checked out for two weeks. Most require a $10 deposit, which will be refunded when the kit is returned in good condition with a roster of girls served by the kit. Contact your regional leadership and learning specialist to make a reservation.

GirlSports and Fitness (Daisy Brownie, Junior) Explore sports and learn about female athletes! Girls will learn ways to keep their bodies in shape and active.

Girl Scout Basics (Daisy, Brownie, Junior) This kit is perfect for the first-time leader or as your troop bridges up to a new level. Work with your girls to learn the fundamentals of Girl Scouts and what is special and unique about each age level.

Girl Scout History (Daisy, Brownie, Junior) Help girls discover the rich history of Girl Scouts’ first 100 years through hands-on activities and cool facts.

New in 2012! Knot-Tying Knots can be used for a variety of camp needs such as tying up a sleeping bag or putting up a clothesline. Knowing how to tie knots and what each is used for is important. This kit includes directions with pictures and knot-tying cords to practice two basic knots before going on a camping trip.

New in 2012! Letterboxing Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime that combines navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a fascinating “treasure hunt” style outdoor quest. Try basics like carving your own stamp, making a log book, learning how to hide and locate boxes, and looking up guides to boxes in your area! Adaptable for all ages.

New in 2012! Making Cents in the City (Daisy, Brownie, Junior) It’s never too early to start teaching your girls financial literacy skills. This program will get girls thinking about where their money comes from and how to spend it wisely. Daisies and Brownies will practice counting and spending money and read stories about spending wisely. Juniors will discuss needs verses wants, decision- making, and savings goals; they will also practice paying bills and investing through the game Payday.

New in 2012! Nature Unleashed Fun is in your girls’ nature, and this will help them get outside and explore it. This box kit contains information and field experiments that incorporate fun and learning in an outdoor environment.

SCIENCE (Daisy, Brownie, Junior) Science: ‘Cause It’s Extremely Neat, Cool and Exciting! This kit contains fun science experiments and projects.

String Orienteering (String-O) Girls follow a taut string line as they complete outdoor activities at five different control points, including leaf rubbing, tree measurement, paw print identification, feel box, and string art.

Zink the Zebra (Daisy, Brownie, Junior) Teach girls appreciation of differences, respect for one another, compassion, and understanding.

Flag Ceremony/Etiquette (All ages) Teach your troop or service unit how to do a flag ceremony. This kit contains sample ceremonies and 6 red sashes for a flag color guard. Flags and stands may be checked out separately from the GSMH retail shops.

Investiture/Rededication (All ages) This kit is an easy way for adults to learn a simple investiture/rededication ceremony. It contains an outline for the volunteer facilitator, a ceremony book and items for the Ribbons and Candles ceremony.

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Cheat Sheets On Request While we try to offer a variety of program events, dates, and times to girls each year, we know that scheduling can be difficult. The following events may be scheduled on request; simply contact a GSMH leadership & learning specialist to make arrangements. Path to Silver / Path to Gold Do you have girls interested in taking taking action by completing a Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award? We are happy to help walk them—and you—through the process, explain the benefits, and brainstorm ideas. FREE / Minimum 10 Program Aide Trainings Older Girl Scouts make great mentors for younger Girl Scouts. The core training teaches girls basic skills and leadership styles; specialization trainings are available in outdoor skills and crafts, songs, and games. $10 per Girl Scout / Minimum 10 Pony Party Groups may enjoy horseback-riding, a decorated party area, and an additional fun activity (choose from photos, games and crafts, or horse-painting)! $22 per Girl Scout / 5–20 girls per session Go Challenge In problem-solving and teamwork-building games, girls will use skills in critical and creative thinking, communication and cooperation to solve scenarios together with this traveling low ropes course. $15 per Girl Scout / Min. 10, Max. 20 Challenge Games Can girls work together in ground-based and low ropes challenges? Some problem-solving and teamworkbuilding games will be about girls pushing individual boundaries; others will be about thinking creatively, communication and cooperating to reach a goal. $15 per Girl Scout / Min. 10, Max. 20 Geocaching Do you want to learn about the exciting game of geocaching? It’s a GPS-based treasure hunt right in your neighborhood—and around the world. Learn about coordinates, travelbugs and how to find the well-hidden caches. $8 per Girl Scout / Minimum 10

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Cheat Sheets Local Travel & Activity Ideas

The opportunities found here are offers from our Program Partners. For more information, or to schedule a visit to one of these locations, please contact the partner directly. Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center | Cape Girardeau, MO

The Conservation Nature Center is located in Cape Girardeau’s North County Park and showcases the rich cultural history and diverse natural resources of southeast Missouri. It features a 160-seat auditorium, three classrooms, hands-on exhibits, a scientific research laboratory, freshwater aquariums, and an indoor wildlife viewing area. The White Oak Trace features two miles of nature trails allowing visitors to traverse rolling river hills with sinkholes, deep hollows, and ravines covered with prominent stands of poplar and oak. Native plants featured in the nature center’s landscape provide habitat for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife species. Visitors can start their experience in the Exhibit Gallery by viewing Paul Corbin’s collection of Native American artifacts, including primitive tools that were used to harvest plants and animals hundreds of years ago. Interactive exhibits encourage exploration of the forest, marsh, swamp, and big river habitats of southeast Missouri. Visitors can learn where to go in the region to experience these unique natural features and gain insight into local opportunities for camping, hunting, and fishing. There is no admission fee. Call (573) 290-5730 for more information.

Challenger Learning Center | St. Louis, MO or Paducah, KY

The award-winning Challenger Learning Centers provide space education programs for schools, corporations, community groups and the general public. The centers feature state-of-the-art space simulators, which include an orbiting space station and a Mission Control center modeled after NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Both locations offer special Girl Scout days. Costs vary; contact location for prices and availability. Contact the St. Louis center at 314-521-6205 or visit their website at www.clcstlouis.org. Contact the Paducah Center at 270-534-3101 or visit their website at www.clcpaducah.org.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) | Columbia, MO

CCUA is a non-profit dedicated to the elimination of food insecurity and the education of communities about urban agriculture. Girl Scout groups can meet some requirements for cooking badges (such as the locavore badge) by touring and attending workshops at the urban farm. The amazing staff are available to work with troops individually or as groups. There are a variety of volunteer project opportunities as well. Costs vary. Call (573) 514-4174 or visit www.columbiaurbanag.org for prices and availability.

Creative Ewe Pottery | Cape Girardeau, MO

Girls and adults can get their creative juices flowing as they pick out a bisque project to decorate. The staff at Creative Ewe Pottery will then glaze and fire your one-of-a-kind creation for you. Your finished masterpiece will be ready to pick up in a few days. Girl Scouts receive a 15% discount and need to call ahead for availability: 573-335-0018.

Discovery Center | Springfield, MO

Bring your troop for a day of scientific exploration at the Discovery Center! With more than 200 exhibits and 50,000 square feet to explore, you’re guaranteed to have a day filled with learning AND fun! Troops can request the Environmental Pathway Scavenger Hunt when they register and will receive copies at check-in for this self-guided investigation of the LEED Gold Certified green building (best suited for girls ages 8 and above.) For hours, special events and more visit www.discoverycenter.org. Groups of 12 or more paying participants who schedule in advance receive a group rate of $5 per person. Groups must have a ratio of 1 adult per 5 girls. To schedule a visit, contact Megan West, Program Facilitator, at least 7 days prior to trip date: mwest@discoverycenter.org or 417-862-9910 x726.

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Cheat Sheets Discovery Play House | Cape Girardeau, MO

The mission of Discovery Play House is to create fun, interactive and educational experiences for children. The exciting exhibits are designed to serve children 11 years and younger. Explore 7,500 square feet of interactive exhibits in this fabulous children’s museum, located in Downtown Cape Girardeau—it’s the perfect place to play and learn! Shop in the grocery store, become a dentist, splash in the Secret Water Garden or learn about money at the bank! The newest exhibit is “Grandma Ruth’s Farm,” where you can milk a cow, harvest veggies or sell your produce in the nearby grocery store! Young children can join in the fun as they uncover the magic of “Pollywog Pond” in a kid-sized fishing boat! Groups of 10 can receive a rate of $3 per person by booking at least 2 weeks in advance. Groups must have a 1:5 ratio of adults to children (adults within the ratio are free of charge; additional adults are $3 each). Play House memberships may not be used in conjunction with a group admisison. Visit www.discoveryplayhouse.org or call 573-335-PLAY (7529).

The Mudd Room Studio | Columbia, MO

The Mudd Room is a place to paint (and make!) your own pottery. Walk in to relax, experiment, and express yourself as you create a unique ceramic masterpiece! You can choose from the pre-made, always changing selection of decorative and functional pottery pieces to paint or try your hand at creating your own ceramic piece from clay. You can meet requirements for the Pottery Badge, or just be creative together! Special rates are given to Girl Scout groups. Call 573-441-1MUD (1683) or email info@mudroomstudio.com.

Paint Among Friends | Springfield, MO

Girl Scouts love to be creative and Paint Among Friends offers a special rate just for Girl Scouts to paint on canvas! All materials are provided for your group’s artistic experience. $15 per girl. Visit www.paintamongfriends.com or call 417-258-7767 for more information.

The Red House | Cape Girardeau, MO

Red House Interpretive Center houses a number of outstanding exhibits and interpretive panels that highlight Lewis and Clark’s visit to the area. Learn about community founder Louis Lorimier and his family, Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, French Colonial architecture, settlers in the Old Cape Girardeau district, and more—plus, check out a re-creation of Lorimier’s Trading Post, which displays authentic items that would have been sold at the turn of the 19th century. Additional information and teacher’s guides are available at www.orgsites.com/mo/redhouseinterpretivecenter. $1 for children; $3 for adults. To schedule a group tour, call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-777-0068.

Runge Conservation Nature Center | Jefferson City, MO

Runge Conservation Nature Center is happy to help leaders and girls of the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland work on their badges. Here are a few ways Runge can help: • Naturalist-Led Programs: Get started on the Girl Scout Brownie Senses Badge (through the Sensory Exploration program) or Bug Badge (Insects program). Girl Scout Juniors can start the Animal Habitat Badge (Call for animal program titles.) Reservations for naturalist-led programs must be made at least two-weeks in advance and must have a minimum of 10 girls. Call 573-526-5544 to make a reservation and for further information. • Adventure Backpacks: Any size group may check out an Adventure Pack to help complete badges. The following packs are available: Insects, Tracks & Scat, Aquatic, and Art. Packs are available on a first-come basis at the front desk. • Runge General Public Programs/Activities: These often have components that fulfill badge requirements. For a listing of the programs available to the general public, subscribe to their bimonthly newsletter Habitat Happenings or visit www.missouriconservation.org. • Resource Binder: Stop by the front desk at Runge and look through the resource binder for pamphlets and information that may help you discover more about animals, gardening, flowers, insects, and hiking as you journey through the badges. Runge exhibits, trails, and free publications are always available to Girl Scouts, leaders, and families. Call 573-526-5544. Costs vary; contact location for prices and availability.

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Cheat Sheets Silver Dollar City, Whitewater, and the Showboat Branson Belle | Branson, MO

Bring your troop to Silver Dollar City’s annual Girl Scout Weekend to explore 1880s America, complete with an actual working homestead, more than 100 demonstrating craftsmen, and guided tours of Marvel Cave. Plus, take on 21st century thrills with more than 30 rides and attractions! Sister attractions Whitewater and the Showboat Branson Belle also offer special Girl Scout days! 2013 Girl Scout Weekend at Silver Dollar City: May 4th & 5th 2013 Girl Scout Day at White Water: August 3rd 2013 Girl Scout Days at Showboat Branson Belle: May 11th & May 18th Call 1-800-417-7770 or visit www.silverdollarcity.com for more information.

Springfield Little Theater | Springfield, MO

SLT offers special rates for Girl Scout troops and leaders to many productions. Parents and other family members may purchase tickets at the regular price. The following shows and dates for the 2012–2013 season are discounted for Girl Scouts: • It’s a Wonderful Life: Thursday, 11/29 or Thursday 12/6 at 7:30pm. $8 per ticket. • Oliver: Thursday, 1/31 or Thursday, 2/7 at 7:30pm or Saturday 2/2 or Saturday, 2/9 at 2:30pm. $12 per ticket. • Seussical the Musical: Thursday 2/21 or Thursday, 2/28 at 7:30pm or Saturday, 2/23 at 10:30am. $8 per ticket. Also check out the Seussical the Musical: Green Eggs and Girl Scouts program on February 23 (see page 28, 34 or 39). • Legally Blonde (best suited for Cadettes and up): Thursday, 6/13 or Thursday, 6/20 at 7:30pm. $12 per ticket. Ticket prices listed above. To purchase tickets, call the SLT box office directly at 417-869-1334.

Twin Pines Conservation Education Center | Winona, MO

Located in the midst of Missouri’s most productive forests, Twin Pines places a special emphasis on the history of the Ozarks’ timber industry. Displays at Twin Pines include vintage logging equipment, a log cabin and an early 20th century schoolhouse. Other exhibits, such as a restored 1946 Chevrolet panel truck outfitted with a generator and movie projector, celebrate early efforts to spread conservation messages to Ozark communities. Twin Pines offers opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, photography and other nature activities. A trail provides access to several forest types. The center also offers many program education opportunities. Costs vary. Contact the center at 573-325-1381 to arrange a program for your troop, and for prices and availability.

Adult-to-Girl Safety Ratios

Girl Scouts’ adult-to-girl ratios are the minimum number of adults needed to supervise a specific number of girls. These ratios ensure the safety and health of girls; for example, if one adult has to resond to an emergency, a second adult is always on hand for the rest of the girls. Use this chart to check how many adults you will need for your Girl Scout trips or events. GROUP MEETINGS Two unrelated adults (at least one of whom is female) for this number of girls:

Girl Scout Daisies Girl Scout Brownies Girl Scout Juniors Girl Scout Cadettes Girl Scout Seniors & Ambassadors

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12 20 25 25 30

EVENTS, TRAVEL, AND CAMPING

Plus one additional Two unrelated adults Plus one additional adult for each (at least one of adult for each additional number of whom is female) for additional number of this many girls: this number of girls: this many girls:

6 8 10 12 15

6 12 16 20 24

4 6 8 10 12

*Please remember that adults must be at least 18 years old, approved as council volunteers, and registered as Girl Scout members to count toward your adult/girl ratios.

patch programs Show Me Camp!

Are your girls into camping? Do they love seeing what’s around the bend, over the hill, or down the stream? Are they interested in checking out as many of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s program centers as possible? Our special multi-segment patch features five of them: Cherokee Ridge and Latonka Program Centers in Wayne County, Finbrooke Program Center in Christian County, Mintahama Program Center in Newton County and Silver Meadows Program Center in Boone County. We’ve got some great places for outdoor fun, so come check them out while completing this patch program!

SING Patch Program This program will help girls learn more Girl Scout songs, and encourage your troop to include more singing in its group activities! The first year of participation, girls will be recognized with a patch and a musical note. For each year after that, they may receive another musical note to add to their patch!

There will be one each of the following song types yearly: Requirements for each segment are: • Traditional Girl Scout • Spend the night. This can be part of a troop • Folk/International or USA camping, council event or summer resident • Grace camp experience. • Round • Name three activities that can be done at • Fun the program center. • Name three buildings, sites or paths at this CDs of SING Patch Program songs will be available at all program center. Service Center shops after October 1, 2012. Volunteers • Know where the emergency shelter is in case should bring a BLANK CD to their nearest Service Center of bad weather. and it will be replaced with a SING Patch Program CD. • Pick up five pieces of litter and properly dispose SING Patch Requirements of them. Each year, your group must complete all of the following • Identify and find one type of tree found at requirements: this location. • Learn the five songs chosen for the Council SING That’s it! It’s really simple, so get out there and check Patch Program. out what our program centers • Teach at least three of the songs to a younger have to offer! After completing all group of girls, or sing the songs during a program of the requirements for a for a community group, club or residents of a program center, you may care center. purchase patches from • Incorporate at least three of the songs into any GSMH retail shop. your group’s Girl Scout activities. (e.g., opening and/or closing of group meetings, Thinking Day or Girl Scout Week Celebration, Juliesta event, campfire or other outdoor activity, bridging and/or Court of Awards ceremony, Investiture/ Bright idea: Troops and service units may Rededication ceremony, cookout or group dinner). reserve GSMH program centers for camping or • Learn the Sign Language interpretation for one of activities. Contact the property/risk manager for the five Patch Program songs or make up actions more information! for one of the songs.

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events

GIRL SCOUT DAISIES & bROWNIES Join Us! 100 Year Camporees From Past to Present—100 Years of Girl Scouting

Come join us on the weekend of September 22, 2012! Offered in our three regional locations:

Southeast Region—Sikeston • Central Region—Sedalia • Southwest Region—Nevada

Registration deadline: August 15, 2012 DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Hay Girl Hoedown

It’s an afternoon of good old-fashioned hoedown fun. Girls will work together at activity stations like line dancing, horseshoe pitching, waterless apple bobbing, and team-building games. They will also enjoy a craft and s’mores. Girls are encouraged to come dressed in their western best. Option 1: Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Sacajawea East Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/19/12 Option 2: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/5/12 MIN/MAX: 30/100 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

MSU Volleyball Lock-In

Come cheer the MSU Lady Bears Volleyball team on to victory; then spend the night at Hammons Student Center! Girls will get a private autograph session with the Lady Bears and then spend the evening playing volleyball, basketball, racquetball and other games with Girl Scouts from all over the council. We will end the night watching a movie. Cost includes a patch. Troops can bring their own snacks and breakfast.

OVERNIGHT!

NOTE: Troops must have leaders stay with them; girls attending as individuals need an adult chaperone. Date: Friday, Oct. 12 - Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 10/1/12 MIN/MAX: 100/200 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $7.00

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TAKE ACTION. Girls are resourceful problem-solvers.

Corn Maze Adventure 2012

Our 2012 Corn Maze Adventure at Shryocks Callaway Farms is fun for the whole family! With the help of GPS, Shryocks creates elaborate systems of trails for people of all ages to explore. Join us to kick off the new Girl Scout year with booths, games, food and fun. NOTE: $12 is for corn maze only; $15 cost includes a hot dog and s’more snack; children 3 and under are free. Date/Time: Sunday, October 14, 2012 — 12:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Kingdom City, MO Registration Deadline: 9/14/12 MIN/MAX: 200/1000 Girl Cost: $12 or $15 Adult Cost: $12 or $15

Bright idea: OCTOBER ACTIVITY Celebrate the founder of Girl Scouts! Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday just happens to fall on Halloween. Creative GSMH troops have hosted Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat food drives in her honor, created birthday bags for kids in need, and learned about life in Juliette’s day. DISCOVER. Girls develop critical thinking.

Brownie Journey Day

Take a day trip through a Brownie journey—girls will get their own journey book to take home! We will spend the day exploring A World of Girls from the It’s Your Story - Tell It! series; join us for crafts, games, fun and learning. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy with the group. An afternoon snack will be provided. Option 1: Saturday, November 10, 2012 — 10:00am to 3:00pm Location: Poplar Bluff, MO Registration Deadline: 10/26/12 MIN/MAX: 10/50 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe Option 2: Saturday, March 9, 2013 — 10:00am to 3:00pm Location: Cape Girardeau, MO Registration Deadline: 2/20/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe Option 3 : Saturday, April 6, 2013 — 10:00am to 3:00pm Location: Hallsville, MO Registration Deadline: 3/22/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

TAKE ACTION. Girls can identify community needs.

Discover the Daisy Flower Garden

Health + Happiness = Hy-Vee

Come learn about cuisines from around the world and even make a few yourself. The Hy-Vee dietitian will teach girls about food from different countries and they will make their own healthy hummus! Come hungry to learn tastes from other cultures. Cost includes food and patch.

Option 1: Saturday, November 3, 2012 — 10:00am to 11:00am Location: Hy-Vee Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 10/19/12 Option 2: Saturday, February 2, 2013 — 10:00am to 11:00am Location: Hy-Vee Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 1/25/13 MIN/MAX: 15/30 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls promote cooperation & team-building.

Cheer Girls

Girls will tumble, cheer, and dance at this event which combines basic coordination with the fundamentals of cheerleading. Utilizing games, drills, and exercises, trained coaches will turn the girls into Cheer Girls! Cost includes a patch.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2012 Option 1: 4:30pm to 5:30pm Option 2: 5:30pm to 6:30pm Location: Jefferson City, MO Registration Deadline: 10/26/12 MIN/MAX: 10/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls can resolve conflicts.

Ladybug Girl

Cooperation, sharing, and fun make for great friendships! Discover these values and the skills it takes to get along with the story of Lulu and Sam and have a blast with activities from the book! Cost includes a patch.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 10, 2012 — 10:00am to 12:00 pm Location: Joplin, MO Registration Deadline: 10/26/12 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $8.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

Elite Cheer

Girls will learn some cheer basics including jumps, tumbling, dance cheers, flexibility and conditioning. Cost includes a patch.

Date/ Time: Saturday, November 17, 2012 — 10:00am to 11:30am Location: Elite Athletics, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 11/2/12 MIN/MAX: 20/70 Girl Cost: $15.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Option 1: Saturday, November 17, 2012 — 10:00am to 3:00pm Location: Dexter, MO Registration Deadline: 11/02/12 MIN/MAX: 10/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe Option 2: Saturday, May 4, 2013 — 10:00am to 3:00pm Location: Hallsville, MO Registration Deadline: 4/19/13 MIN/MAX: 20/75 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

2012 Blowout Bash Lock-In

Join your sister Girl Scouts for the final celebration for our 100th Anniversary! Say good-bye to the Year of the Girl in style. Girls will enjoy a jam-packed night of fun with a wide-range of activities, including a midnight snack! Everyone will go home with a patch to commemorate this special event. Option 1: Friday, Dec. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 Time: 10:00pm Friday to 6:00am Saturday Location: Cape Girardeau, MO Registration Deadline: 11/12/12 MIN/MAX: 150/TBD Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00

OVERNIGHT!

TAKE ACTION. Girls advocate for themselves & others.

Spend the day diving into the Girl Scout Daisy journey Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden. Girls will be introduced to “Amazing Daisy” and all the flower friends in the series as they complete fun activities and learn what it means to be a Girl Scout! Girl cost includes the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden journey book. Be sure to pack a sack lunch!

Option 2: Saturday, Dec. 8 - Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Saturday to 5:30am Sunday Location: Jefferson City, MO Registration Deadline: 11/9/12 MIN/MAX: 50/150 Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00 Option 3: Friday, Dec.14 - Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Springfield Gymnastics & Aquatics, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 11/30/12 MIN/MAX: 40/90 Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00

Bright idea: DECEMBER/JANUARY ACTIVITY Want to get your girls excited for the Girl Scout Cookie Program? Contact us for our fun, easy Cookie Chefs PEP packet (see page 18). Couple that with talks about goal-setting, safety, and more during your troop cookie training, and your girls will be ready to go!

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DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

Hy-Vee

Girl Scout Brownie Science Day at Missouri State Univeristy

Missouri State University students and professors will help girls explore the exciting world of science! Girls will conduct fun, hands-on experiments as they earn the “Home Scientist” badge. Cost includes badge. Date/Time: Saturday, January 26, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 1/14/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe TAKE ACTION. Girls advocate for themselves & others.

Purplicious

Pinkalicious is back and she LOVES the color pink, but all the girls at school like black. They tease her, saying that pink stinks and pink is for babies. But Pinkalicious doesn’t think so…that is, until her friends stop playing with her. Now Pinkalicious has a case of the blues. But could she ever turn her back on her favorite color? Find out as we read the story, do crafts, and play games the PURPLICIOUS way. NOTE: Bring a gently used book to donate to kids in need. Option 1: Saturday, February 9, 2013 — 9:00am to 11:00am Location: Joplin, MO Registration Deadline: 1/21/13 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

Springfield Little Theatre’s Seussical The Musical: Green Eggs and Girl Scouts

Oh the places you’ll go - like to see Seussical the Musical! This play combines Dr. Seuss’ favorite characters and stories into one really fun show! “Green Eggs and Girl Scouts” will take the girls deep into the historic Landers Theatre where they will play theater games and learn a dance and song from the show’s choreographer - plus, they’ll get a backstage tour, a picture taken with the show’s cast, and refreshments. We’ll have lots of zany fun! After our special Girl Scout event, we’ll watch the live performance of Seussical the Musical! NOTE: Do not complete a GSMH registration form for this program. To register, please contact the Springfield Little Theater Box office at 417-869-1334. Check our website for other Springfield Little Theatre productions with Girl Scout discounts. Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:30pm Location: Landers Theater, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 2/11/13 MIN/MAX: 20/75 Girl Cost: $22.00 Adult Cost: $8.00

Option 2: Saturday, February 9, 2013 — 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Pittsburg, KS Registration Deadline: 1/21/13 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Bright idea: COMMUNITY PARTNER ACTIVITIES We are often contacted about special offers and discounts just for members. Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and check out our website; we post opportunities as they become available.

Option 3: Saturday, February 16, 2013 — 9:00am to 11:00am Location: Cape Girardeau, MO Registration Deadline: 1/28/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Option 5: Saturday, February 23, 2013 — 9:00am to 11:00am Location: Dexter, MO Registration Deadline: 2/8/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe Option 6: Saturday, March 2, 2013 — 9:00am to 11:00am Location: Hallsville, MO Registration Deadline: 2/15/13 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe Option 7: Saturday, March 2, 2013 — 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Hallsville, MO Registration Deadline: 2/15/13 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe Option 8: Saturday, March 9, 2013 — 9:00am to 11:00am Location: Rogersville, MO Registration Deadline: 2/22/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $10.00 28 Adult Cost: Free to observe

DISCOVER. Girls develop critical thinking.

Night at the Museum: Discovery Center Lock-in

Bring your sense of adventure and a sleeping bag for an after-hours exploration of the Discovery Center! Girls will arrive after the museum is closed and have access to all of the museum’s hands-on-exhibits plus additional activity stations planned just for this event! Girls will end the night watching Night at the Museum and then sleep in the museum! Girl price includes a patch. NOTE: Girls registering without a troop must bring a chaperone. To accomodate as many girls as possible, we ask troops to limit the number of adults to the required Girl Scout safety ratios.

OVERNIGHT!

Option 4: Saturday, February 16, 2013 — 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Perryville, MO Registration Deadline: 1/28/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

February 2, 2013 (see page 27)

Date: Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2, 2013 Time : 8:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Discovery Center, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 2/18/13 MIN/MAX: 50/200 Girl Cost: $24.00 Adult Cost: $10.00

DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Bright idea: MARCH ACTIVITY Don’t forget to celebrate Girl Scout Week in March! For ideas, check out page 6 or make things extra-easy and contact us to borrow a Girl Scout History box kit (see page 20 for details).

Brownie Journey Day

March 9, 2013 (see page 26) April 6, 2013 (see page 26)

CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

De-Stress from Cookie Success!

Take a break after the Girl Scout Cookie Program and relax! Girls will take part in yoga, meditation, and other “de-stressing” techniques to help after a long day, a hard test, or successful challenge. Healthy snacks will be provided. Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 2013 — 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Pittsburg, KS Registration Deadline: 3/1/13 MIN/MAX: 20/40 Girl Cost: $8.00 Adult Cost: $3.00 CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their global community.

Butterfly Palace Exotic Exploration

Bring your girls to discover the wonders of the rainforest! Explore the Living Rainforest Science Center, participate in hands-on education sessions, watch the Monarch Migration movie, and view a piranha feeding! Finally, enter the butterfly aviary, home to more than 1,000 live butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest, where we’ll learn about rainforest conservation and how places like the Butterfly Palace have a global impact on our world. Girls can participate in a butterfly release and ask questions of the Palace’s butterfly experts. All girls will receive a special patch available only at this event!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, Branson, MO Registration Deadline: 4/1/13 MIN/MAX: 20/150 Girl Cost: $11.00 Adult Cost: $11.00

Daisy Dudes

It’s Daisy Day at the horse barn! Girls will get up close and hands-on with the horses. They will be led on horseback, learn horse safety, play a horse game, and enjoy a craft and snack. Boots and helmets provided. Participants should wear long pants, tall socks, a jacket, and boots if they have them. NOTE: Girl Scout Daisies are only allowed to ride horses while being led by an adult. Adult attendees must be able to help with leading if asked; they must wear boots and helmets. Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Option 1: 9:00am to 11:30am Option 2: 1:00pm to 3:30pm Location: Sacajawea East Program Center Registration Deadline: 4/23/13 NO TAG-ALONGS! MIN/MAX: 10/40 Girl Cost: $22.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe DISCOVER. Girls gain practical life skills.

All Brownie Camp Day

Calling all Brownies—join your Girl Scout sisters for a day of fun and adventure at All Brownie Camp Day! Spend the day learning outdoor skills, earning part of the Hiker badge, playing games and exploring camp! You will even get a special patch! Bring a sack lunch and your water bottle. Option 1: Saturday, April 20, 2013 — 10:00am to 3:00pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 4/5/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $8.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe TAKE ACTION. Girls educate and inspire others to act.

Fun with Food

Girls will learn the importance of nutrition through a series of fun and interactive workshops taught by students from the University of Missouri’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics, and leave ready to share their newfound knowledge with their families! Cost includes a snack and patch. Date/Time: Sunday, April 21, 2013 — 1:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 4/5/13 MIN/MAX: 30/80 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Daisy Flower Garden

May 4, 2013 (see page 27)

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DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

H2OMG!

Water, water everywhere! Let’s hit the water during this day full of activities. Set sail on Lake Mintahama and enjoy paddle-boating, canoeing and some time at the pool. Take part in water games and have a refreshing snack. Cost includes a patch.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013 — 9:00am to 1:00pm Location: Mintahama Program Center Registration Deadline: 7/5/13 MIN/MAX: 25/100 Girl Cost: $14.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

DISCOVER. Girls develop critical thinking.

Surf’s Up!

Bring the whole family for a day of fun in the sun at Big Surf Water Park!

Tiny Treasures

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm Location: Friendship Fields, Pittsburg, KS Registration Deadline: 5/3/13 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

TAKE ACTION. Girls feel empowered to make a difference.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Enjoy the beauty of Close Memorial Park with an experienced gardener as your guide. Girls will take action to keep this garden beautiful by planting a bed of flowers in the amazing Botanical Garden. They’ll also receive their own packet of flowers to take home to plant and enjoy a scavenger hunt as they explore more than 20 gardens in the 110-acre park. Cost includes a patch. Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 10:00am to 12:00pm Location: Close Memorial Park, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 5/3/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $6.00 Adult Cost: $3.00 CONNECT. Girls advance diversity.

Brownie Butterfly Adventure

Discover the journey of a caterpillar on its way to being a beautiful butterfly during this afternoon adventure through the Botanical Gardens at Close Memorial Park. At the butterfly house, girls will be surrounded with butterflies native to the Midwest and learn about what flowers attract butterflies. Girls will also get to explore the 100-acre park through a scavenger hunt, and give service by planting a bed of flowers for the Botanical Gardens. Cost includes a plant to take home. Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Close Memorial Park, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 5/3/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $8.00 Adult Cost: $3.00

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NOTE: This is a family event. Please list all family members attending on the registration form and indicate if they are a Girl Scout. Children 3 and under are free. Date/Time: Sunday, July 21, 2013 — 10:00am to 6:00pm Location: Lake of the Ozarks, MO Registration Deadline: 7/1/13 MIN/MAX: 50/1000 Girl Cost: $14.00 Adult Cost: $14.00 CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

Mall Madness Lock-In

It’s a shopper’s dream come true - spending the night in the Battlefield Mall! Girls can shop ‘till they drop, pamper themselves at a mini-spa, sing karaoke on stage, play games, and more! A midnight snack and a patch are included in the cost. NOTE: Volunteer dads are needed to serve as security for the event. Troops must have leaders stay with them; girls attending as individuals need an adult chaperone.

OVERNIGHT!

Girls will learn the art of decoupage and have fun with paper, glue, paint, charms and sparkling jewels to complete their special tiny treasure box.

Date: Friday, Aug. 23 - Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 Time: 10:00pm Friday to 6:00am Saturday Location: Battlefield Mall, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 7/31/13 MIN/MAX: 100/250 Girl Cost: $24.00 Adult Cost: $12.00

DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Sundown Sing-Along

Since the days of Juliette “Daisy” Low, Girl Scouts have been writing, singing and playing songs that celebrate the sisterhood and ideals of Girl Scouting. Keep this tradition alive and sing to your heart’s content around a campfire (complete with s’mores!) with your sister Girl Scouts. NOTE: If you have a favorite Girl Scout song, send it to us before the registration deadline; we’ll add it to a special songbook for this event. Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 2013 — 5:30pm to 7:30pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/13/13 MIN/MAX: 10/100 Girl Cost: $6.00 Adult Cost: $6.00

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DISCOVER. Girls develop critical thinking.

Go Challenge

In problem-solving and teamwork-building games, girls will use skills in critical and creative thinking, communication and cooperation to solve scenarios together.

Offered in our three regional locations:

Date/Time: Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Silver Meadows Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/21/12 MIN/MAX: 10/20 Girl Cost: $15.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Registration deadline: August 15, 2012

DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

From Past to Present—100 Years of Girl Scouting

Come join us on the weekend of September 22, 2012! Southeast Region—Sikeston • Central Region—Sedalia • Southwest Region—Nevada

Archery at Mintahama

Outdoor skills are a great tradition in Girl Scouts, and archery is no exception! Girls will learn safety basics and have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow multiple times-maybe even hit the bulls-eye!

DISCOVER. Girls gain practical life skills.

Horse Fun at Hartman Farms

Option 1: Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 12:30pm to 4:30pm Location: Hartman Farms, Marshfield, MO Registration Deadline: 9/21/12 Option 2: Saturday, April 27, 2013 — 12:30pm to 4:30pm Location: Hartman Farms, Marshfield, MO Registration Deadline: 4/12/13 MIN/MAX: 20/60 Girl Cost: $30.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls can resolve conflicts.

Hay Girl Hoedown

It’s an afternoon of good old-fashioned hoedown fun. Girls will work together at activity stations like line dancing, horseshoe pitching, waterless apple bobbing, and team-building games. They will also enjoy a craft and s’mores. Girls are encouraged to come dressed in their western best. Option 1: Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Sacajawea East Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/19/12 Option 2: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 1:00pm to 3:00pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/5/12 MIN/MAX: 30/100 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012 Option 1: 10:00am to 11:30am Option 2: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Location: Mintahama Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/21/12 MIN/MAX: 10/18 Girl Cost: $7.00 Adult Cost: $7/Free to observe CONNECT. Girls promote cooperation & team-building.

MSU Volleyball Lock-in

Come cheer the MSU Lady Bears Volleyball team on to victory; then spend the night at Hammons Student Center! Girls will get a private autograph session with the Lady Bears and then spend the evening playing volleyball, basketball, racquetball and other games with Girl Scouts from all over the council. We will end the night watching a movie. Cost includes a patch. Troops can bring their own snacks and breakfast. Troops must have leaders stay with them; girls attending as individuals need an adult chaperone.

OVERNIGHT!

Girls will learn basic horse care including feeding, grooming, how to saddle and more. Each participant will practice their new skills and get to ride a horse in an indoor arena. Cost includes a fun patch. Riding helmets provided.

Date: Friday, Oct. 12 —Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 10/1/12 MIN/MAX: 100/200 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $7.00

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DISCOVER. Girls gain practical life skills.

Archery at Finbrooke

Outdoor skills are a great tradition in Girl Scouts, and archery is no exception! Girl will learn safety basics and have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow multiple times - maybe even hit the bulls-eye!

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012 Option 1: 10:00am to 11:30am Option 2: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Location: Finbrooke Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/28/12 MIN/MAX: 10/18 Girl Cost: $7.00 Adult Cost: $7/Free to observe CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

Corn Maze Adventure 2012

Our 2012 Corn Maze Adventure at Shryocks Callaway Farms is fun for the whole family! With the help of GPS, Shryocks creates elaborate systems of trails for people of all ages to explore. Join us to kick off the new Girl Scout year with booths, games, food and fun. $12 is for corn maze only; $15 cost includes a hot dog and s’more snack; children 3 and under are free. Date/Time: Sunday, October 14, 2012 — 12:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Kingdom City, MO Registration Deadline: 9/14/12 MIN/MAX: 200/1000 Girl Cost: $12 or $15 Adult Cost: $12 or $15

CONNECT. Girls advance diversity.

Magic of Chemistry: Fun with Polymers

In Fun with Polymers, one of three Magic of Chemistry workshops, Girl Scouts become product consultants for an imaginary company, Polymer Fun, Inc. The participants visit with ‘research scientists’ to make and evaluate new polymer products. Girls will make and test ‘slime’ as well as completing other experiments such as ‘incredible incrediblobs,’ ‘moo glue,’ and ‘supersoakers.’ They then get to take their new products home with them! This program is funded by grants and the support of sponsors and collaborators at a cost of more than $20 per person. Because of their generosity, the fee for girls and adults is only $10. This cost includes lunch, a t-shirt, and patch. A 1:4 ratio of adults to girls is necessary; therefore, registered adults will be evenly distributed among all girls in attendance. Adults will assist girls with experiments and help the Program Host manage her group of 20+ girls. NOTE: Program is for Juniors and 6th Grade Cadettes only. For safety and insurance reasons, infants/children/adults not participating in the program are not permitted in the program areas. Please indicate t-shirt sizes on your registration form. (adult sizes only) Option 1: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 9:00am to 2:30pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 10/5/12 Option 2: Saturday, March 9, 2013 — 9:00am to 2:30pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 2/22/13 MIN/MAX: 50/200 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $10.00 TAKE ACTION. Girls advocate for themselves & others.

Spa-tacular

Girls will have a spectacular time at this DIY spa day! Spend a day de-stressing with yoga, facial masks, manicures and making homemade beauty products. Girls will learn how feeling good inside and out can boost their confidence.

Option 1: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 1:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Finbrooke Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/8/12 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe Option 2: Saturday, May 4, 2013 — 1:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Sikeston, MO Registration Deadline: 4/20/13 MIN/MAX: 15/75 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

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Bright idea: SISTER TO SISTER PATCH PROGAM One of the best ways to share Girl Scouting and its benefits is word of mouth! Encourage girls to bring a non-Girl Scout buddy to large events like the Corn Maze; they can earn a special patch just for getting a friend to join Girl Scouts! Details on the back cover.

DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

Challenge Games

Can girls work together in ground-based and low ropes challenges? Some problem-solving and teamworkbuilding games will be about girls pushing individual boundaries; others will be about thinking creatively, communicating and cooperating to reach a goal. NOTE: Adults may also be needed as “spotters”.

Option 1: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Finbrooke Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/5/12 Option 2: Saturday, November 3, 2012 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/19/12 MIN/MAX: 10/20 Girl Cost: $15.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe NO TAGALONGS

Bright idea: REQUEST A PROGRAM EVENT! Some of our program events, including Challenge Games, are available “on request.” That means that we can work around your schedule! Check out page 21 for details. CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

CONNECT. Girls promote cooperation & team-building.

Elite Cheer

Girls will learn some cheer basics including jumps, tumbling, dance cheers, flexibility and conditioning. Cost includes a patch.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 2012 — 12:00pm to 1:30pm Location: Elite Athletics, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 11/2/12 MIN/MAX: 20/70 Girl Cost: $15.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

2012 Blowout Bash Lock-In

Join your sister Girl Scouts for the final celebration for our 100th Anniversary! Say good-bye to the Year of the Girl in style. Girls will enjoy a jam-packed night of fun with a wide-range of activities, including a midnight snack! Everyone will go home with a patch to commemorate this special event.

Health + Happiness = Hy-Vee

Option 1: Saturday, November 3, 2012 — 12:00pm to 1:30pm Location: Hy-Vee Springfield, Missouri Registration Deadline: 10/26/12 Option 2: Saturday, February 2, 2013 — 12:00pm to 1:30pm Location: Hy-Vee Springfield, Missouri Registration Deadline: 1/25/13 MIN/MAX: 15/30 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Junior Cheer!

Girl Scout Juniors take cheering to a new level with stunts, tumbling, cheers and dances! Utilizing games, drills, and exercises, the coaches will combine basic coordination with the fundamentals of cheerleading at this event. Cost includes a patch.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 15, 2012 — 5:30pm to 7:00pm Location: Jefferson City, MO Registration Deadline: 11/2/12 MIN/MAX: 10/50 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

OVERNIGHT!

Come learn about cuisines from around the world and even make a few yourself. The Hy-Vee dietitian will teach girls about food from different countries and they will make their own hummus too. Come hungry to learn tastes from other cultures. Cost includes food and patch.

Option 1: Friday, Dec. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 Time: 10:00pm Friday to 6:00am Saturday Location: Cape Girardeau, MO Registration Deadline: 11/12/12 MIN/MAX: 150/TBD Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00 Option 2: Saturday, Dec. 8 - Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Saturday to 5:30am Sunday Location: Jefferson City, MO Registration Deadline: 11/9/12 MIN/MAX: 50/150 Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00 Option 3: Friday, Dec.14 - Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Springfield Gymnastics & Aquatics, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 11/30/12 MIN/MAX: 40/90 Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00 TAKE ACTION. Girls feel empowered to make a difference.

Engineering for Juniors

Students from the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Missouri-Columbia will introduce girls to the amazing world of engineering through hands-on experiments and activities. Cost includes a custom “Women in Engineering” patch.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 9, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 1/25/13 MIN/MAX: 50/100 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

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CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

Springfield Little Theatre’s Seussical The Musical: Green Eggs and Girl Scouts

Oh the places you’ll go - like to see Seussical the Musical! This play combines Dr. Seuss’ favorite characters and stories into one really fun show! “Green Eggs and Girl Scouts” will take the girls deep into the historic Landers Theatre where they will play theater games and learn a dance and song from the show’s choreographer - plus, they’ll get a backstage tour, a picture taken with the show’s cast, and refreshments. We’ll have lots of zany fun! After our special Girl Scout event, we’ll watch the live performance of Seussical the Musical! NOTE: Do not complete a GSMH registration form for this program. To register, please contact the Springfield Little Theater Box office at 417-869-1334. Check our “community partners” website page for other Springfield Little Theatre productions with Girl Scout discounts. Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:30pm Location: Landers Theater, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 2/11/13 MIN/MAX: 20/75 Girl Cost: $22.00 Adult Cost: $8.00 DISCOVER. Girls develop critical thinking.

Night at the Museum: Discovery Center Lock-in

Bring your sense of adventure and a sleeping bag for an after-hours exploration of the Discovery Center! Girls will arrive after the museum is closed and have access to all of the museum’s hands-on-exhibits plus additional activity stations planned just for this event! Girls will end the night watching Night at the Museum and then sleep in the museum! Girl price includes a patch.

OVERNIGHT!

NOTE: Girls registering without a troop must bring a chaperone. To accommodate as many girls as possible, we ask troops to limit the number of adults to the required Girl Scout safety ratios. Date: Friday, March 1 - Saturday, March 2, 2013 Time : 8:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Discovery Center, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 2/18/13 MIN/MAX: 50/200 Girl Cost: $24.00 Adult Cost: $10.00

Magic of Chemistry

March 9, 2013 (see page32)

DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

De-Stress from Cookie Success!

Take a break after the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls will take part in yoga, meditation, and other “de-stressing” techniques to help after a long day, a hard test, or successful challenge. Healthy snacks will be provided. Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 2013 — 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Pittsburg, KS Registration Deadline: 3/1/13 MIN/MAX: 20/40 Girl Cost: $8.00 Adult Cost: $3.00

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CONNECT. Girls promote cooperation & team-building.

Archery at Silver Meadows

Outdoor skills are a great tradition in Girl Scouts, and archery is no exception. Girls will learn safety basics and have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow multiple times-maybe even hit the bulls-eye!

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013 Option 1: 10:00am to 11:30am Option 2: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Location: Silver Meadows Registration Deadline: 3/19/13 MIN/MAX: 10/18 Girl Cost: $7.00 Adult Cost: $7/Free to observe CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their global community.

Butterfly Palace Exotic Exploration

Bring your girls to discover the wonders of the rainforest! Explore the Living Rainforest Science Center, participate in hands-on education sessions, watch the Monarch Migration movie, and view a piranha feeding! Finally, enter the butterfly aviary, home to more than 1,000 live butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest, where we’ll learn about rainforest conservation and how places like the Butterfly Palace have a global impact on our world. Girls can participate in a butterfly release and ask questions of the Palace’s butterfly experts. All girls will receive a special patch available only at this event!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, Branson, MO Registration Deadline: 4/1/13 MIN/MAX: 20/150 Girl Cost: $11.00 Adult Cost: $11.00

Horse Fun

April 27, 2013 (see page 31)

Spa-Tacular

May 4, 2013 (see page 32)

Bright idea: PROGRAM AIDE TRAINING Are your girls ready to take the lead? Girl Scout Juniors are the perfect age to begin serving as role-models and mentors for younger Girl Scouts. Contact us to set up a Program Aide training (see page 21 for details)! TAKE ACTION. Girls feel empowered to make a difference.

Tiny Treasures

Girls will learn the art of decoupage and have fun with paper, glue, paint, charms and sparkling jewels to complete their special treasure box.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 2013 — 1:00pm to 2:30pm Location: Friendship Fields, Pittsburg, KS Registration Deadline: 5/3/13 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Bronze Award The Girl Scout Bronze Award is a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. By planning and executing a project together, girls will develop more confidence, meet new people, and have fun making a difference! Girls must complete a Girl Scout journey before pursuing the Girl Scout Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is not a requirement for the Girl Scout Silver or Gold Awards, but it is great preparation—especially because it is the only high award that can be completed as a larger group. Download the Bronze Award Guidelines at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

Wilderness Camping

OVERNIGHT!

This camp out is the perfect opportunity for girls to develop the skills necessary to be confidant wilderness campers. Girls will learn basic outdoor skills while being guided by trained outdoor skill facilitators. Girls will also receive an introduction to archery, reading trail markings, outdoor cooking, outdoor survival skills and geocaching. Lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday will be provided. Participants will cook out for at least one meal during the weekend. Date: Saturday, May 4- Sunday, May 5, 2013 Time: 9:00am Saturday to 11:00am Sunday Location: Mintahama Program Center Registration Deadline: 4/2/13 MIN/MAX: 25/100 Girl Cost: $25.00 Adult Cost: $25.00

CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

Mall Madness Lock-In

It’s a shopper’s dream come true - spending the night in the Battlefield Mall! Girls can shop ‘till they drop, pamper themselves at a mini-spa, sing karaoke on stage, play games, and more! A midnight snack and a patch are included in the cost. NOTE: Volunteer dads are needed to serve as security for the event. Troops must have leaders stay with them; girls attending as individuals need an adult chaperone.

OVERNIGHT!

TAKE ACTION. Girls are resourceful problem-solvers.

Date: Friday, Aug. 23 - Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 Time: 10:00pm Friday to 6:00am Saturday Location: Battlefield Mall, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 7/31/13 MIN/MAX: 100/250 Girl Cost: $24.00 Adult Cost: $12.00

DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

H2OMG!

Water, water everywhere! Let’s hit the water during this day full of activities. Set sail on Lake Mintahama and enjoy paddle-boating, canoeing and some time at the pool. Take part in water games and have a refreshing snack. Fee includes a patch.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2013 — 9:00am to 1:00pm Location: Mintahama Registration Deadline: 7/5/13 MIN/MAX: 25/100 Girl Cost: $14.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

Sundown Sing-Along

Since the days of Juliette “Daisy” Low, Girl Scouts have been writing, singing and playing songs that celebrate the sisterhood and ideals of Girl Scouting. Keep this tradition alive and sing to your heart’s content around a campfire (complete with s’mores!) with your sister Girl Scouts. NOTE: If you have a favorite Girl Scout song, send it to use before the registration deadline; we’ll add it to a special songbook for this event. Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 2013 — 5:30pm to 7:30pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/13/13 MIN/MAX: 10/100 Girl Cost: $6.00 Adult Cost: $6.00

Surf’s Up!

Bring the whole family for a day of fun in the sun at Big Surf Water Park!

NOTE: This is a family event. Please list all family members attending on the registration form and indicate if they are a Girl Scout. Children 3 and under are free. Date/Time: Sunday, July 21, 2013 — 10:00am to 6:00pm Location: Lake of the Ozarks, MO Registration Deadline: 7/1/13 MIN/MAX: 50/1000 Girl Cost: $14.00 Adult Cost: $14.00

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GIRL SCOUT cadettes, seniors, and amb Join Us!

100 Year Camporees From Past to Present—100 Years of Girl Scouting

Come join us on the weekend of September 22, 2012! Offered in our three regional locations:

Southeast Region—Sikeston • Central Region—Sedalia • Southwest Region—Nevada

Registration deadline: August 15, 2012

CONNECT. Girls promote cooperation & team-building.

Archery at Mintahama

Outdoor skills are a great tradition in Girl Scouts, and archery is no exception! Girls will learn safety basics and have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow multiple times-maybe even hit the bulls-eye!

DISCOVER. Girls gain practical life skills.

Horse Fun at Hartman Farms

Option 1: Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 12:30pm to 4:30pm Location: Hartman Farms, Marshfield, MO Registration Deadline: 9/21/12 Option 2: Saturday, April 27, 2013 — 12:30pm to 4:30pm Location: Hartman Farms, Marshfield, MO Registration Deadline: 4/12/13 MIN/MAX: 20/60 Girl Cost: $30.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe CONNECT. Girls can resolve conflicts.

Go Challenge

In problem-solving and teamwork-building games, girls will use skills in critical and creative thinking, communication and cooperation to solve scenarios together.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 6, 2012 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Silver Meadows Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/21/12 MIN/MAX: 10/20 Girl Cost: $15.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

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Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012 Option 1: 10:00am to 11:30am Option 2: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Location: Mintahama Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/21/12 MIN/MAX: 10/18 Girl Cost: $7.00 Adult Cost: $7/Free to observe CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

MSU Volleyball Lock-in

Come cheer the MSU Lady Bears Volleyball team on to victory; then spend the night at Hammons Student Center! Girls will get a private autograph session with the Lady Bears and then spend the evening playing volleyball, basketball, racquetball and other games with Girl Scouts from all over the council. We will end the night watching a movie. Cost includes a patch. Troops can bring their own snacks and breakfast. NOTE: Troops must have leaders stay with them; girls attending as individuals need an adult chaperone.

OVERNIGHT!

Girls will learn basic horse care including feeding, grooming, how to saddle and more. Each participant will practice their new skills and get to ride a horse in an indoor arena. Cost includes a fun patch. Riding helmets provided.

Date: Friday, Oct. 12 —Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 10/1/12 MIN/MAX: 100/200 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $7.00

DISCOVER. Girls develop critical thinking.

bassadors CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

Archery at Finbrooke

Outdoor skills are a great tradition in Girl Scouts, and archery is no exception! Girl will learn safety basics and have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow multiple times - maybe even hit the bulls-eye!

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012 Option 1: 10:00am to 11:30am Option 2: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Location: Finbrooke Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/28/12 MIN/MAX: 10/18 Girl Cost: $7.00 Adult Cost: $7/Free to observe TAKE ACTION. Girls educate and inspire others to act.

Magic of Chemistry Volunteer Training

We need enthusiastic and mature teen Girl Scouts who like to work with younger girls to help make the “Magic of Chemistry” program a success! Several Girl Scouts will be selected to serve as ‘hosts’ at the “Fun with Polymers” workshop. Responsibilites include helping with program preparation, escorting participants throughout the day, and clean-up. Volunteer hosts will be paired with an MU student mentor and receive lunch and a t-shirt. Cadettes must be in 7th or 8th grade. Interested girls must be able to attend both the training and program sessions, and should submit a 50-100 word essay with their registration form entitled, “Why I want to volunteer for this program.” Selection notification will be sent about a week before the training via email.

Corn Maze Adventure 2012

Our 2012 Corn Maze Adventure at Shryocks Callaway Farms is fun for the whole family! With the help of GPS, Shryocks creates elaborate systems of trails for people of all ages to explore. Join us to kick off the new Girl Scout year with booths, games, food and fun. $12 is for corn maze only; $15 cost includes a hot dog and s’more snack; children 3 and under are free. Date/Time: Sunday, October 14, 2012 — 12:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Kingdom City, MO Registration Deadline: 9/14/12 MIN/MAX: 200/1000 Girl Cost: $12/15 Adult Cost: $12/15 CONNECT. Girls advance diversity.

Magic of Chemistry: Fun with Polymers

In Fun with Polymers, one of three Magic of Chemistry workshops, Girl Scouts become product consultants for an imaginary company, Polymer Fun, Inc. The participants visit with ‘research scientists’ to make and evaluate new polymer products. Girls will make and test ‘slime’ as well as completing other experiments such as ‘incredible incrediblobs,’ ‘moo glue,’ and ‘supersoakers.’ They then get to take their new products home with them! This program is funded by grants and the support of sponsors and collaborators at a cost of more than $20 per person. Because of their generosity, the fee for girls and adults is only $10. This cost includes lunch, a t-shirt, and patch. A 1:4 ratio of adults to girls is necessary; therefore, registered adults will be evenly distributed among all girls in attendance. Adults will assist girls with experiments and help the Program Host manage her group of 20+ girls. NOTE: Program is for Juniors and 6th Grade Cadettes only. For safety and insurance reasons, infants/children/adults not participating in the program are not permitted in the program areas. Please indicate t-shirt sizes on your registration form. (adult sizes only)

Option 1: Sunday, October 14, 2012 — 3:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 10/5/12

Option 1: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 9:00am to 2:30pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 10/5/12

Option 2: Sunday, March 3, 2013 — 3:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 2/22/13

Option 2: Saturday, March 9, 2013 — 9:00am to 2:30pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 2/22/13

MIN/MAX: 1/10 Girl Cost: $0.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

MIN/MAX: 50/200 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $10.00

Gold Award The Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards are a great way for girls to take action in their communities, gain practical life and leadership skills, and build momentum for a successful future. We offer trainings - at the girls’ convenience—to help girls generate ideas and excitement about these prestigious awards; check out pages 8-9 for details.

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Cowgirl Roundup

OVERNIGHT!

Bring your boots and bedroll for this fun-filled overnight. Girls will experience the best of a roundup: we will cook over an open fire, ride horses, work with leather, make “cow pies”, toss frying pans and more! Cost includes camping, morning and noon meals, snack, and riding. Date: Friday, Oct. 19 - Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 Time: 6:00pm Friday to 4:30pm Saturday Location: Cherokee Ridge Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/3/12 MIN/MAX: 10/20 Girl Cost: $30.00 Adult Cost: $10.00 for food

CONNECT. Girls can resolve conflicts.

Challenge Games

Can girls work together in ground-based and low ropes challenges? Some problem-solving and teamworkbuilding games will be about girls pushing individual boundaries; others will be about thinking creatively, communicating and cooperating to reach a goal. NOTE: Adults may also be needed as “spotters”.

Option 1: Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Finbrooke Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/5/12 Option 2: Saturday, November 3, 2012 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/19/12

CONNECT. Girls promote cooperation & team-building.

The Gathering: Year of the Girl

Celebrate the “Year of the Girl” at this retreat for teen Girl Scouts. Settle into your unit on Friday and start making new friends around the campfire. Spend Saturday at five workshops of your choice that focus on themes of leadership, healthy living, and of course - fun! On Saturday night, dress up for a theme dinner then spend the rest of the night performing Karaoke and dancing! Workshop descriptions and a special registration form will be available after September 1, 2012 at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

OVERNIGHT!

DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Date: Friday, November 2 - Sunday, November 4, 2012 Time: 6:00pm Friday to 11:00am Sunday Location: Finbrooke Program Center Registration Deadline: 10/19/12 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $30.00 Adult Cost: $20.00

TAKE ACTION. Girls advocate for themselves & others.

Health + Happiness = Hy-Vee

Come learn about cuisines from around the world and even make a few yourself. The Hy-Vee dietitian will teach girls about food from different countries and they will make their own hummus too. Come hungry to learn tastes from other cultures. Cost includes food and patch.

Option 1: Saturday, November 3, 2012 — 2:00pm to 3:30pm Location: Hy-Vee, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 10/26/12

MIN/MAX: 10/20 Girl Cost: $15.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Option 2: Saturday, February 2, 2013 — 2:00pm to 3:30pm Location: Hy-Vee, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 1/25/13

NO TAGALONGS

MIN/MAX: 15/30 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Bright idea: REQUEST A PROGRAM EVENT! Some of our program events, including Challenge Games, are available “on request.” That means that we can work around your schedule! Check out page 21 for details.

CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

2012 Blowout Bash Lock-In

Join your sister Girl Scouts for the final celebration for our 100th Anniversary! Say good-bye to the Year of the Girl in style. Girls will enjoy a jam-packed night of fun with a wide-range of activities, including a midnight snack! Everyone will go home with a patch to commemorate this special event. Option 1: Friday, Dec. 7 - Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 Time: 10:00pm Friday to 6:00am Saturday Location: Cape Girardeau, MO Registration Deadline: 11/12/12 MIN/MAX: 150/TBD Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00

DISCOVER. Girls develop positive values.

This event is designed for Girl Scout Ambassadors who would like to try out their culinary skills. Work with the HyVee dietitian and chefs to learn proper place setting, manners and wrap up by preparing, serving and eating a healthy dinner. Cost includes food and patch. NOTE: Adults will not participate in program but can be served dinner for a $5.00 cost. Date/Time: Thursday, October 25, 2012 — 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Hy-Vee, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 10/11/12 MIN/MAX: 10/15 Girl Cost: $18.00 Adult Cost: $5.00

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OVERNIGHT!

Time to Dine

Option 2: Saturday, Dec. 8 - Sunday Dec. 9, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Saturday to 5:30am Sunday Location: Jefferson City, MO Registration Deadline: 11/9/12 MIN/MAX: 50/150 Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00 Option 3: Friday, Dec.14 - Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 Time: 7:00pm Friday to 8:00am Saturday Location: Springfield Gymnastics & Aquatics, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 11/30/12 MIN/MAX: 40/90 Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: $10.00

CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

Advanced Cookie Chefs

This is not the no-bake Cookie Chefs for the younger girls! Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will take charge of the kitchen and will work together to follow recipes. They will cook and bake delicious desserts using Girl Scout Cookies and will also be challenged to create a unique dessert of their very own! Cost for adults includes tastes of all the creations.

Option 1: Friday, January 11, 2013 — 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Finbrooke Program Center, Rogersville, MO Registration Deadline: 12/21/12 MIN/MAX: 10/80 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $3.00 Option 2: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Cape Girardeau, MO Registration Deadline: 1/4/12 MIN/MAX: 10/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $3.00 Option 3: Sunday, January 27, 2013 — 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Silver Meadows Program Center, Hallsville, MO Registration Deadline: 1/11/13 MIN/MAX: 20/50 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $3.00 Option 4: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 — 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: Dexter, MO Registration Deadline: 1/15/13 MIN/MAX: 10/25 Girl Cost: $10.00 Adult Cost: $3.00

Hy-Vee

February 2, 2013 (see page 38)

CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

Springfield Little Theatre’s Seussical The Musical Green Eggs and Girl Scouts

Oh the places you’ll go - like to see “Seussical the Musical!” This play combines Dr. Seuss’ favorite characters and stories into one really fun show! “Green Eggs and Girl Scouts” will take the girls deep into the historic Landers Theatre where they will play theater games and learn a dance and song from the show’s choreographer - plus, they’ll get a backstage tour, a picture taken with the show’s cast, and refreshments. We’ll have lots of zany fun! After our special Girl Scout event, we’ll watch the live performance of “Seussical the Musical!” NOTE: Do not complete a GSMH registration form for this program. To register, please contact the Springfield Little Theater Box office at 417-869-1334. Check our “community partners” page for other Springfield Little Theatre productions with Girl Scout discounts. Date/Time: Saturday, February 23, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:30pm Location: Landers Theater, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 2/11/13 MIN/MAX: 20/75 Girl Cost: $22.00 Adult Cost: $8.00

Magic of Chemistry: Volunteer Training

March 3, 2013 (see page 37)

Magic of Chemistry

March 9, 2013 (see page 37)

DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their global community.

Engineering for Cadettes

Students from the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Missouri-Columbia will introduce girls to the amazing world of engineering through hands-on experiments and activities. Cost includes a custom “Women in Engineering” patch.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 9, 2013 — 1:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Columbia, MO Registration Deadline: 1/25/13 MIN/MAX: 50/100 Girl Cost: $12.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

De-Stress from Cookie Success!

Take a break after the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Girls will take part in yoga, meditation, and other “de-stressing” techniques to help after a long day, a hard test, or successful challenge. Healthy snacks will be provided. Date/Time: Saturday, March 16, 2013 — 2:00pm to 4:00pm Location: Pittsburg, KS Registration Deadline: 3/1/13 MIN/MAX: 20/40 Girl Cost: $8.00 Adult Cost: $3.00 DISCOVER. Girls gain practical life skills.

College 101 Bright idea: CAMP COUNSELORS! Got camp-lovers and adventure-seekers in your midst? We offer summer camp opportunities just for teen Girl Scouts to be Camp Aides and Counselors-in-Training. Not only do they get great leadership experience to put on their resumes, but they also get a reduced camp rate for the week(s) that they help out! The 2013 camp guide will be mailed to girls in February!

Spend a day in the shoes of a college girl on the campus of Drury University in Springfield. Members of Kappa Delta Sorority will be your guides for the day showing you the ins and outs of college life. Staff from the admissions office will give you tips on what you can do now to help get into the college of your dream. Eat lunch at the “Commons”, take a tour and do fun activities with the Kappa Deltas.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 6, 2013 — 10:00am to 3:00pm Location: Drury University, Springfield MO Registration Deadline: 3/25/13 MIN/MAX: 100/300 Girl Cost: $7.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

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TAKE ACTION. Girls feel empowered to make a difference.

Outdoor skills are a great tradition in Girl Scouts, and archery is no exception. Girls will learn safety basics and have the chance to shoot a bow and arrow multiple times—maybe even hit the bulls-eye!

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013 Option 1: 10:00am to 11:30am Option 2: 12:30pm to 2:00pm Location: Silver Meadows Registration Deadline: 3/19/13 MIN/MAX: 10/18 Girl Cost: $7.00 Adult Cost: $7/Free to observe CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their global community.

Butterfly Palace Exotic Exploration

Bring your girls to discover the wonders of the rainforest! Explore the Living Rainforest Science Center, participate in hands-on education sessions, watch the Monarch Migration movie, and view a piranha feeding! Finally, enter the butterfly aviary, home to more than 1,000 live butterflies in an indoor tropical rainforest, where we’ll learn about rainforest conservation and how places like the Butterfly Palace have a global impact on our world. Girls can participate in a butterfly release and ask questions of the Palace’s butterfly experts. All girls will receive a special patch available only at this event!

Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 2013 — 9:00am to 12:00pm Location: Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, Branson, MO Registration Deadline: 4/1/13 MIN/MAX: 20/150 Girl Cost: $11.00 Adult Cost: $11.00

Horse Fun at Hartman Farms

April 27, 2013 (see page 36)

CONNECT. Girls promote cooperation & team-building.

Treetoppers

Girls discover the excitement of our High Ropes Challenge Courses as they climb ropes, cables and trees. They’ll stretch their comfort zone and traverse elements such as the Postman’s Walk, Floating Islands or the Zip Line (each course has different elements). They’ll test their own limits and see if they can handle the heights. All safety equipment, including harnesses and safety ropes, is provided.

Turpentine Creek Wild Animal Refuge Trip

Spend a day you will never forget with the big cats at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR), home to more than 100 tigers, lions, and mountain lions—as well as a bear or two. Girls will get a guided tour of the animals, hear their stories, and learn about career paths working with big cats from college interns at TCWR. Next, girls and adults will perform a hands-on service project to help improve the lives of the animals. Participants will end their day watching feeding time for the animals—one of the highlights of the refuge. After an inspiring day with the animals, kick back at a hotel where we will eat pizza and play games. Price includes admission to TCWR, hotel with four to a room, dinner and breakfast. NOTE: Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Eureka Springs and a sack lunch for Saturday.

OVERNIGHT!

Archery at Silver Meadows

Date: Saturday, May 18 - Sunday, May 19, 2013 Time: 10:00am Saturday to 10:00am Sunday Location: Turpentine Creek Wild Animal Refuge, Eureka Springs, AR Registration Deadline: 5/1/13 MIN/MAX: 20/100 Girl Cost: $50.00 Adult Cost: $50.00

TAKE ACTION. Girls are resourceful problem-solvers.

Wilderness Camping

This camp out is the perfect opportunity for girls to develop the skills necessary to be confidant wilderness campers. Girls will learn basic outdoor skills while being guided by trained outdoor skill facilitators. Girls will also receive an introduction to archery, reading trail markings, outdoor cooking, outdoor survival skills and geocaching. Lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday will be provided. Participants will cook out for at least one meal during the weekend.

OVERNIGHT!

DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Date: Saturday, May 4- Sunday, May 5, 2013 Time: 9:00am Saturday to 11:00am Sunday Location: Mintahama Program Center Registration Deadline: 4/2/13 MIN/MAX: 25/100 Girl Cost: $25.00 Adult Cost: $25.00

CONNECT. Girls develop healthy relationships.

Surf’s Up!

Bring the family for a day of fun at Big Surf Water Park!

Option 1: Saturday, May 4, 2013 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 4/20/13

NOTE: Please list all family members attending on the registration form and indicate if they are a Girl Scout. Children 3 and under are free.

Option 2: Saturday, May 11, 2013 — 1:00pm to 5:00pm Location: Finbrooke Program Center Registration Deadline: 4/27/13

Date/Time: Sunday, July 21, 2013 — 10:00am to 6:00pm Location: Lake of the Ozarks, MO Registration Deadline: 7/1/13 MIN/MAX: 50/1000 Girl Cost: $14.00 Adult Cost: $14.00

MIN/MAX: 10/20 Girl Cost: $20.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe

Young Women of Distinction Honoring 2013 Girl Scout Gold Awardees

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June 1, 2013

DISCOVER. Girls develop a strong sense of self.

Keep an eye out! GSMH Travel Opportunity Washington, DC | Summer 2013

Join your fellow Girl Scouts for an exciting adventure to our nation’s capital! CONNECT. Girls feel connected to their local community.

Mall Madness Lock-In

It’s a shopper’s dream come true - spending the night in the Battlefield Mall! Girls can shop ‘till they drop, pamper themselves at a mini-spa, sing karaoke on stage, play games, and more! A midnight snack and a patch are included in the cost.

OVERNIGHT!

NOTE: Volunteer dads are needed to serve as security for the event. Troops must have leaders stay with them; girls attending as individuals need an adult chaperone. Date: Friday, Aug. 23 - Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 Time: 10:00pm Friday to 6:00am Saturday Location: Battlefield Mall, Springfield, MO Registration Deadline: 7/31/13 MIN/MAX: 100/250 Girl Cost: $24.00 Adult Cost: $12.00

TAKE ACTION. Girls can identify community needs.

The Food Source

Agriculture is one of the most important forces in Missouri’s economy, and it impacts all of us. Work with agribusiness experts to discover the beginnings of many of the foods that we eat. You’ll find plenty of activities that can apply to Girl Scout journeys and badges, especially the Senior Sow What journey and Locavore badge.

Date/Time: Saturday, August 24, 2013 — 1:30pm to 4:00pm Location: Beggs Family Farm, Benton, MO Registration Deadline: 8/9/13 MIN/MAX: 10/30 Girl Cost: $8.00 Adult Cost: Free to observe DISCOVER. Girls seek challenges in the world.

Thrillin’ and Chillin’

OVERNIGHT!

Are you a girl who has diverse interests? Do you want to test your mettle by climbing among the trees of our High Ropes Course and then relax at the extremely exclusive “Troophouse Retreat Spa”? (It’s so exclusive it exists for just one night for you and your friends.) After dark, head back out to the zip line for a “Night Zip.” Spend the night at camp and head home the next morning. Supper and light breakfast provided. Date: Saturday, September 21 - Sunday, September 22, 2013 Time: 1:00pm Saturday to 8:00am Sunday Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/6/13 MIN/MAX: 10/30 Girl Cost: $28.00 Adult Cost: $8.00

Sundown Sing-Along

Since the days of Juliette “Daisy” Low, Girl Scouts have been writing, singing and playing songs that celebrate the sisterhood and ideals of Girl Scouting. Keep this tradition alive and sing to your heart’s content around a campfire (complete with s’mores!) with your sister Girl Scouts. If you have a favorite Girl Scout song, send it to use before the registration deadline; we’ll add it to a special songbook for this event. Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 2013 — 5:30pm to 7:30pm Location: Latonka Program Center Registration Deadline: 9/13/13 MIN/MAX: 10/100 Girl Cost: $6.00 Adult Cost: $6.00

Destinations Girl Scout destinations are travel experiences that range from two days to three weeks for Girl Scout Cadettes and older. These opportunities can whisk girls to the far corners of the world, where they can connect by advancing diversity and take action on a global level. For more information about destinations, visit www.girlscouts.org/forgirls/travel/destinations/or contact a GSMH leadership and learning specialist. GSMH application deadlines are as follows: November 10. All applications are due to GSMH (November 10 is the annual deadline). December 1. All “early” applications received by event sponsors. January 15. All applicants notified of their status. Participant status reported to GSUSA by event sponsors. January 20. All “late” applications are due to GSMH (This is the annual deadline for late applications). February 1. Deposits are due to event sponsors to secure “early” applicant’s space in the event. February 16. “Late” applications are to be received by the event sponsors. March 2. All “late” applicants and their councils notified of acceptance status. March 16. Deposits due to event sponsors to secure “late” applicant’s space in an event. destinations that are not full may extend the deadline for applications.

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Volunteer Trainings Trainings are an important and helpful component of your Girl Scout volunteer experience. Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is committed to providing its volunteers with quality resources, ideas, and support.

Volunteer Training Check List

How to Register for Trainings : Complete the Training Registration Form (page 51 of this publication or at www. girlscoutsmoheartland.org). Please use a separate form for each individual. When. The registration deadline is 14 days before each training session. Please make sure to allot enough time for your registration to reach its destination if you mail it. Where. Please use one of the following methods to sub mit your registration and payment: • Email gscouts@girlscoutsmoheartland.org • Mail to any GSMH Service Center Fees.

Training fees must be paid at the time of registration. Financial assistance is available for council-scheduled trainings only (see page 55). No refunds will be given after the registration deadline date unless the training is cancelled by the council. All refunds of $5 or less will be in the form of Girl Scout Shop credit, which may be used at any GSMH retail shop.

Within six months of appointment:  Orientation (in-person)  Girl Scouting 101 (online or DVD)  CPR/First-Aid/AED*

*Because emergencies require prompt action and quick judgment, Girl Scouts recommend that at least one adult volunteer be first-aid/CPR certified. Courses offered by chapters of the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, and American Heart Association are approved. First Aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements, as they do not offer enough opportunities for technique practice and feedback.

Additional training as needed:  National Program Portfolio (strongly recommended for all troop volunteers)  Basic Outdoor Skills (required for one-day outings, backyard or cabin camping at a council program center)  Basic Troop Camping (required for camping at an established campsite; pre-requisite: Basic Outdoor Skills and sufficient time to practice skills)  Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events

Late Registrations: If the registration deadline for a training has passed, please call us at 877-312-4764 to see if there is room in the session and to confirm that it has not been cancelled. If session space is still available, you will need to mail your registration and payment prior to the training date. If the session is full, a waiting list will be kept and you will be notified if there is a vacancy or an additional date is scheduled. Confirmations: Confirmations will be sent to the email address provided on the registration form, unless otherwise requested. Cancellations and Changes: Training sessions with fewer than the minimum number of participants may be cancelled. Those registered will be notified of any cancellation. Most trainings are conducted by volunteers. As a courtesy to them and to ensure that people on waiting lists may attend, please call us if you are no longer able to attend. Trainings are generally held “rain or shine”! In the event of severe weather cancellations, every effort will be made to contact registered participants. Cancellations are also available on the council cancellation line (call 877-312-4764 and follow prompts). Late Arrival & Early Departure: Trainings are designed to start and end on time. Please plan to arrive 5–10 minutes before the start of the training to allow time for check-in and greetings. Extreme lateness and/or early departure may result in not receiving credit for the training. Tag-Alongs: Children are not permitted to attend trainings.

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Orientation

Required for all new troop volunteers. This session is done once an applicant has been approved to be a volunteer. It is an in-person session that prepares new leaders on the basics of starting a troop. You will learn how to: register girls and adults, set up a bank account, handle emergencies, use safety activity checkpoints, develop family support, conduct your first meeting, and much more! Your orientation will be scheduled by your membership marketing specialist, regional leadership and learning specialist—volunteerism, or volunteer service team manager.

Girl Scouting 101

Required for all new volunteers; recommended for returning volunteers. This is a 45-minute, self-paced online orientation to Girl Scouting. This training is for new Girl Scout volunteers or returning volunteers who want to brush up on areas of interest. Topics covered are Girl Scout basics, Girl Scout Safety, the National Program Portfolio, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, and much more. This training is also available on DVD; see the Trainings On Request section (page 46) for more information.

1. Visit the website training.girlscouts.org and click on Girl Scouting 101. 2. Enter the password for this training: aboutGS101. 3. Enter your contact information and select our council name, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, as prompted. Your information will be sent to us so we will know you have completed the course.

CPR/First Aid

Required for at least one adult per troop/group. Adults acting as primary first aid providers for Girl Scout activities must be certified in first aid and CPR to meet Girl Scout safety standards. New and experienced leaders, assistant leaders, and other registered adults may attend this course. Note: CPR/First Aid offered through any other agency must be approved by GSMH PRIOR to attending the course. Participants should bring pencil, paper, a blanket, sack lunch/drink, and their Girl Scout training card. Pre-Requisite: None / Minimum Participants: varies per facilitator / Cost: $35

Reference Cards will be available for purchase the day of training for $3 each.

Date Location Time

Sunday, October TBA Rolla, MO 1:00pm–9:00pm October TBA Jefferson City Service Center 9:00am–2:30pm Saturday, October 20, 2012 Scout House, Columbus, KS 9:00am–3:30pm Saturday, October 20, 2012 Cape Girardeau Service Center 9:00am–2:30pm Saturday, October 27, 2012 Springfield Service Center 9:00am–2:30pm Saturday, November 3, 2012 Dexter Service Center 9:00am–2:30pm Saturday, January 19, 2013 Jefferson City Service Center 9:00am–2:30pm Saturday, March 2, 2013 Cape Girardeau Service Center 9:00am–2:30pm Saturday, March 16, 2013 Scout House, Columbus, KS 9:00am–3:30pm Saturday, April 6, 2013 Dexter Service Center 9:00am–2:30pm

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National Program Portfolio-Girl Scout Leadership Experience Strongly recommended for all new and returning Girl Scout troop volunteers.

This training demonstrates how the new materials in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and Girl Scout journeys work together to provide a well-balanced program for all age levels. It is available on request; we can come to your service unit meeting or other volunteer gathering at your convenience (see page 46 for details). Date Location

Saturday, August 18, 2012 Saturday, August 25, 2012 Saturday, August 25, 2012 Weekend of April 12-14, 2013 Weekend of August 24, 2013

Sikeston, Missouri—Learn 2 Lead Event* Columbia, Missouri—Learn 2 Lead Event* Springfield, Missouri—Learn 2 Lead Event* Finbrooke Program Center—Leader’s Weekend Event* Learn 2 Lead Events—Locations TBA*

*NOTE: Do not use a training registration form for these training events. A special form will be available at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org for each event.

Basic Outdoor Skills

Required for one-day outings, backyard or cabin camping at a council program center. This course teaches outdoor skills such as knots, fire building, dressing for the weather, protecting the natural world, meal preparation, kaper charts and more. It is designed to assist you in identifying what girls need to know to prepare for their outdoor experience, and includes tips for teaching the skills to girls. This course certifies you to take girls on a one-day outing or for backyard camping or cabin camping at a GSMH program center. This course is a pre-requisite for Basic Troop Camping. Participants should bring a pen/pencil, paper, mess kit (or non-breakable plate and eating utensils), drink, and Girl Scout training card. A dunking bag is recommended, but not required. Lunch is prepared as part of the course. Pre-Requisite: None / Minimum Participants: varies per facilitator / Cost $6 Date Location Time Saturday, September 8, 2012 Saturday, September 8, 2012 Saturday, September 29, 2012 Saturday, September 29, 2012 Saturday, October 6, 2012 Saturday, October 13, 2012 Saturday, October 20, 2012 Thursday, October 25, 2012 Saturday, October 27, 2012 Saturday, April 6, 2013 Saturday, April 6, 2013 Saturday, April 13, 2013 Saturday, April 20, 2013 Saturday, April 27, 2013

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Silver Meadows Program Center Mintahama Program Center Silver Meadows Program Center Sacajawea East Program Center Latonka Program Center Mintahama Program Center Sacajawea West Program Center West Plains Hut Finbrooke Program Center Sacajawea West Program Center Finbrooke Program Center Sacajawea East Program Center Latonka Program Center Silver Meadows Program Center

9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 5:30pm–8:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm 9:00am–1:00pm

Basic Troop Camping

Required for camping at an established campsite. Participants start with a pre-camp planning session, which covers topics such as troop camping forms, equipment list, makeables (e.g., sit-upons, buddy burners, bedrolls, etc.) and Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints. During the overnight, participants learn about tent-pitching, outdoor cooking, ceremonies, safety/security, outdoor activities, and review skills. This course certifies adults to take girls camping at an established campsite. Volunteers must participate both in the pre-camp session and the overnight to receive course credit. Pre-Requisite: Basic Outdoor Skills and sufficient practice time / Minimum Participants: 8-10 / Cost $15 Pre-Camp Date Location Time

Saturday, September 15, 2012 Springfield Service Center 9:00am–noon Saturday, March 2, 2013 Springfield Service Center 9:00am–noon Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Springfield Service Center 6:00pm–9:00pm * Registered participants for overnights at Sacajawea–West, Cherokee Ridge, and Silver Meadows will be notified about Pre-Camp dates/times.

Overnight Date/Time

9:00am Saturday, September 29, 2012–4:00pm Sunday, September 30, 2012 9:00am Saturday, March 16, 2013–4:00pm Sunday, March 17, 2013 9:00am Saturday, April 20, 2013–4:00pm Sunday, April 21, 2013 9:00am Saturday, April 27, 2013–4:00pm Sunday, April 28, 2013 9:00am Saturday, May 11, 2013–4:00pm Sunday, May 12, 2013 9:00am Saturday, August 3, 2013–4:00pm Sunday, August, 4, 2013

Location

Finbrooke Program Center Finbrooke Program Center Sacajawea West Program Center Cherokee Ridge Program Center Silver Meadows Program Center Finbrooke Program Center

Volunteering for Girl Scouts and Events Required for new series or event volunteers.

This is a 25-minute, self-paced, streamlined online orientation for series and event volunteers who are new to the organization and want to share their time and skills with girls in a one-time event or the series pathway (meeting girls for only a few weeks or months, not a full year). This training is broken down into six parts: What Girl Scouts Do; Mission, Promise, and Law; Girl Scout Cookies; Staying Safe; Ages and Stages: What Girl Scouts are Like; and Ready to Work with Girls. 1. Visit the website training.girlscouts.org and click on Volunteering for Girl Scout Series and Events. 2. Enter the password for this training: volunteer. 3. Enter your contact information and select our council name, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, as prompted. 4. Complete the training at your own pace; it should take about 25 minutes. Your information will be sent to us so we will know you have completed the course.

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Trainings on Request

We try to schedule a variety of training dates and locations, but we know that volunteers may need other options. If a training is needed in your area, please contact us at 877-312-4764 with the following information: • Type/Name of training needed • Two to four possible dates (4 weeks in advance) with desired start/end times • Desired location (e.g., council property or community location; please provide an address) • Proposed registration deadline (some are at the discretion of the facilitator) • List of what participants need to bring (e.g., lawn chair if training is to be conducted outdoors) • Contact person (to answer questions) You will be contacted with confirmation of the “on request” training, which will be advertised in council communications when possible. Training registration forms must still be submitted by the established deadline. The following trainings are available upon request: • Orientation: 1 ½ hours / No Fee / No Minimum • Basic Outdoor Skills: 4 hrs / $6 per person / Minimum 5 • CPR/First Aid: 5 ½ hours (varies by facilitator)/ $35 per person / Minimum varies per facilitator • CPR/First Aid Recertification: 3 hours / $19 per person / Minimum varies per facilitator • Basic Troop Camping: $15 per person / Minimum 8–10 (Pre-Requisite: Basic Outdoor Skills with sufficient time to practice camping skills.) • National Program Portfolio—Girl Scout Leadership Experience: 1 ½ hours / No Fee / Minimum 5 • Path to Silver/Path to Gold (for GS Cadettes and older): 2 hours / No Fee / Minimum 10 • Program Aide (for GS Cadettes and older): 6 hours / No Fee / Minimum 10

Mini Training Check-Out Kits

• Flag Ceremony/Etiquette: 30 minutes / $10 refundable deposit / Minimum 5 • Investiture/Rededication: 30 minutes / $10 refundable deposit / Minimum 5 • String Orienteering: 1 hour / $10 refundable deposit / Minimum 5 • Knot Tying: 30 minutes / $10 refundable deposit / Minimum 5

Contact a GSMH leadership and learning specialist to reserve a kit.

Bright idea: For check-out kits that you can use with your troop, see page 20.

Volunteer Recognitions

Each year, volunteers have the opportunity to recognize each other for exemplary service. The process for the Outstanding Leader and Outstanding Volunteer awards is handled by a volunteer service unit recognitions chair. Volunteers with up to 20 years of service may also be recognized in service units with a Years of Service Pin. A board-appointed committee accepts and reviews nominations for council-level awards—the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, and Thanks Badge II. These awardees, along with volunteers receiving a Years of Service Pin for 25 or more years, are recognized at the council’s annual meeting event. The Juliette Low Community Partnership Award recognizes community members or groups for activities or projects resulting in positive awareness of Girl Scouting. Each service unit may submit one nomination annually to the board-appointed committee. Nomination forms for all awards will be posted by late September at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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Calling all volunteers for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland! You're invited to Learn 2 Lead 2012! What is Learn 2 Lead?

A one-day training extravaganza! We want to use your time wisely, so at Learn 2 Lead, you can choose from many different training sessions designed to help you become a better volunteer!

When and where is it?

• Central Region: August 25, 2012 8:00am–5:00pm Trinity Presbyterian Church — Columbia, MO • Southeast Region: August 18, 2012 8:00am–4:30pm Tanner Christian Church — Sikeston, MO • Southwest Region: August 25, 2012 8:00am–4:30pm Praise Assembly Church — Springfield, MO

Why should I come to Learn 2 Lead 2012?

• It's a one-stop training shop! We'll have many training opportunities all in one spot, in one day. • Gather tips and tricks from volunteers who have been there. • Get pumped up for the next Girl Scout year. • Find confidence as a leader.

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2012 Mark your calendars for Learn 2 Lead 2013—August 24, 2013.

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All Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland volunteers are invited to attend:

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s

Leader’s Weekend 2013

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14th at Finbrooke Program Center th

Join us for fun, friendship, and learning! Come for the whole weekend, or for just a few workshops! Leadership workshops might include games, crafts, songs, relaxation, cooking, dance, and more! Girl Scout trainings will include Leadership Essentials, CPR/First Aid Recertification, and Basic Outdoor Skills. Space will be limited, so be on the lookout for additional information in Spring Volunteer Connections newsletters and on the GSMH web site. Questions? Please contact a Leadership & Learning Specialist–Volunteerism at 877-312-4764.

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GSMH event registration policies All girls and adults participating in council-sponsored programs must be registered Girl Scout members. Pre-registration is required for all events/leadership opportunities unless otherwise stated in program or event descriptions.

4. Buddies: A non-Girl Scout buddy who is in the same grade level as the event can attend by paying a $12.00 national membership fee in addition to the event fee. 5. Program Attendance Policies:

• Please read program descriptions carefully. Many require girls to bring items (e.g., a sack lunch) or to wear specific clothing. Help us ensure that each girl enjoys a quality program experience by making sure they have what they need to fully participate. • Siblings or children not registered for program events are considered ‘tag-alongs.’ These individuals are discouraged from attending Girl Scout programs and events, unless specifically deemed a family or age appropriate event. However, if a parent must bring this child, the parent/guardian is responsible for providing supervision as well as an age-appropriate activity. This activity should not distract from or interfere with the scheduled Girl Scout program. These individuals may not participate in the Girl Scout program being offered. The non-member insurance provided through Mutual of Omaha does not cover tag-alongs for programs intended for Girl Scouts. Therefore, GSMH is not liable for these individuals; parents are solely responsible for the care and safety of ‘tag-alongs.’ If the parent/guardian does not provide appropriate supervision, or the child causes a distraction or safety issue, the parent and child will be asked to leave the program site.

Registration Procedures 1. Complete required forms:

• Use a separate registration form for each event/program. • Enclose the appropriate fee with each form. You may make copies of the forms in this magazine or download them online. • Girls must be accompanied at events by a troop leader or other adult chaperone unless otherwise stated. • The adult in charge needs to have Parent Permission forms as well as the Health History forms for each girl on hand at all times in case of an emergency.

2. Payment options: • • • • •

Check, payable to Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Girl Scout Cookie Credit Gift Card* Financial Assistance Application(s) (if applicable)* Credit Card Combination of the above

*Please note: Some programs do not allow Cookie Credit or Financial Assistance. See the specific event and program description for restrictions.

3. Submit all forms and payment. Please use only ONE of these submission options in order to ensure that your registration is not double-processed: • • • •

Mail to any Girl Scout service center. Drop off at your local service center. Fax to (417) 862-4120. Form MUST contain credit card information or it will not be processed. Email to programs@girlscoutsmoheartland.org. Form MUST contain credit card information or it will not be processed.

6. Changes and Cancellations:

• Events/leadership opportunities may be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. • If the event/leadership opportunity is cancelled or moved to a new location, ONLY THOSE REGISTERED WILL BE NOTIFIED. • If you must make changes to your registration information after you have submitted your forms, please contact a leadership and learning specialist–GSLE prior to the final registration deadline. • If you must cancel a registration, please call 877-312-4764. Many programs may have a waiting list.

4. Confirmations are sent via email. Please do not attend a pro7. Refund Policy*: Please make any changes/cancellations to gram if you have not received confirmation (call a leadership and events BEFORE the registration deadline. A refund or substitulearning specialist–GSLE if you are still awaiting confirmation). tion will be permitted if the registration deadline has not passed. Program Policies Refunds After Registration Deadline: 1. Girl /Adult Ratios: To ensure that girls receive a quality experi• If a cancellation is made after registration deadline due to ence, girl/adult ratios are maintained for all programs. Leadillness or family emergency, a refund will be considered on a ers registering groups should refer to Girl Scout Safety Activity case-by-case basis. The refund amount, if any, will be directly related to the deposits/contracts required for facilities or serCheckpoints for girl/adult ratios. Because girls remain the focus of vice and the date the council was notified of the cancellation. program service, leaders are reminded to recruit adults to meet • If a cancellation is made prior to expenditures, a full or partial the required girl/adult ratios; however adult chaperones shouldn’t refund may be available, but is not guaranteed. Refund amounts exceed the number of girls registered per troop. 2. Deadlines: Please note the registration deadline for each event. Registrations and payments may be submitted prior to the deadline.

will be determined within 14 days after the event. • Deposits for travel-related programs are non-refundable. • Refunds will be given for events cancelled by the council.

*Note: Due to processing costs, all refunds of $5.00 or less will be in the form of credit to the GSMH Girl Scout Shops.

3. Confirmations: Confirmations will be sent approximately two weeks prior to the event, by email unless otherwise requested. If 8. Financial Assistance: • Limited financial assistance is available to assist girls in you do not receive a confirmation, please call a leadership and paying event registration fees. learning specialist–GSLE at your nearest Service Center prior to • Assistance is allocated based on demonstrated financial departure for the event. need. All applications are kept confidential.

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Shop with us! The GSMH retail shops have everything that you and the girls need! Parents, grandparents, and friends are also welcome! Stop by often for the latest publications, badges, uniforms, gifts, sportswear, fun patches and much more. Remember: shopping with us is the only way to ensure that proceeds from your Girl Scout purchase support girls right here in Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland!

More Ways to Shop! • Visit us at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org ( just click on “shop”)!

• Download a printable order form from our shop web page. • Call 877-312-4764 to place a phone order.

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Payment Methods GSMH retail shops accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, personal and troop checks, Girl Scout Cookie Credit gift cards and cash. Please note that Girl Scout Cookie Credit may only be spent for the girl who has earned it. Refunds and Exchanges Refunds and exchanges will be given on purchases when merchandise is returned within 30 days. All merchandise must be current (no discontinued items) and in original condition, have all tags attached and be accompanied by a receipt. Refunds over $25 will be given in the form of a check issued within two weeks of the return.

s t i K r e t r Sta • Tunic* $58.50 $60.75 or Vest* • Flag Patch • GSUSA ID Set • Troop Numerals (5) • Insignia Tab • Girl’s Guide • Journey Book (choose 1) –Daisy Flower Garden –Between Earth & Sky –3 Cheers for Animals

• Sash $51.50 or Vest $69.25 • Flag Patch • GSUSA ID Set • Troop Numerals (5) • Insignia Tab • Girl’s Guide

• Sash* $50.00 $62.25 or Vest* • Flag Patch • GSUSA ID Set • Troop Numerals (5) • Insignia Tab • Girl’s Guide • Journey Book (choose 1) –Brownie Quest –Wonders of Water –World of Girls

• Sash* $51.00 $62.25 or Vest* • Flag Patch • GSUSA ID Set • Troop Numerals (5) • Insignia Tab • Girl’s Guide • Journey Book (choose 1)

• Journey Book (choose 1) –Amaze –Breathe – MEdia

–Agent of Change –Get Moving –aMuse

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with purchase of starter kit. while supplies last.

–GirlTopia –Sow What? –Mission: Sisterhood

–Your Voice/World –Justice -Bliss: Live It/Give It

*Plus size additional cost

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Daisy/Brownie Calendar Events open to Girl Scout Daisies, but not Girl Scout Brownies, are blue. Events open only to Girl Scout Brownies, but not Girl Scout Daisies, are brown. All other events are open to both Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies.

October

Day Event 6 Hay Girl Hoedown 12-13 MSU Volleyball Lock-In 14 Corn Maze Adventure 20 Hay Girl Hoedown

November

Day Event 3 Health/Hy-Vee 8 Cheer Girls 10 Brownie Journey Day 10 Ladybug Girl 17 Elite Cheer 17 Daisy Flower Garden

December

Day Event 7-8 Blowout Bash Lock-In 8-9 Blowout Bash Lock-In 14-15 Blowout Bash Lock-In

January

Day Event 26 Brownie Science Day

February

Day Event 2 Health/Hy-Vee 9 Purplicious 16 Purplicious 23 Purplicious 23 Seussical the Musical

March

Location Sacajawea East Springfield, MO Kingdom City, MO Latonka

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Day Event 1-2 Discovery Ctr Lock-In 2 Purplicious 9 Purplicious 9 Brownie Journey Day 16 De-Stress – Cookie Success

Location Springfield, MO Jefferson City, MO Poplar Bluff, MO Joplin, MO Springfield, MO Dexter, MO

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April

Location Cape Girardeau, MO Jefferson City, MO Springfield, MO

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Location Springfield, MO

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Location Springfield, MO Pittsburg, KS Joplin, MO Perryville, MO Cape Girardeau, MO Dexter, MO Springfield, MO

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Day Event 6 Brownie Journey Day 13 Butterfly Palace 20 Brownie Camp Day 20 Daisy Dudes 21 Fun With Food

May

Day Event 4 Daisy Flower Garden 18 Tiny Treasures 18 Garden Grow 18 Butterfly Adventure

July

Day Event 20 H2OMG! 21 Surf’s Up!

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Location Hallsville, MO Branson, MO Latonka Sacajawea East Columbia, MO

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Location Hallsville, MO Pittsburg, KS Springfield, MO Springfield, MO

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Location Page Joplin, MO 30 Lake of the Ozarks, MO 30

August Day Event 23-24 Mall Madness Lock-In

Location Springfield, MO

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Location Latonka

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September Day Event 28 Sundown Sing-Along

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Location Springfield, MO Hallsville, MO Rogersville, MO Cape Girardeau, MO Pittsburg, KS

Junior Calendar October

Day Event 6 Horse Fun 6 Hay Girl Hoedown 6 Go Challenge 6 Archery 12-13 MSU Volleyball Lock-In 13 Archery 14 Corn Maze Adventure 20 Magic of Chemistry 20 Spa-Tacular 20 Hay Girl Hoedown 20 Challenge Games

November

Day Event 3 Health/Hy-Vee 3 Challenge Games 15 Junior Cheer! 17 Elite Cheer

December

Day Event 7-8 Blowout Bash Lock-In 8-9 Blowout Bash Lock-In 14-15 Blowout Bash Lock-In

February

Day Event 2 Health/Hy-Vee 9 Engineering for Juniors 23 Seussical the Musical

Location Marshfield, MO Sacajawea East Silver Meadows Mintahama Springfield, MO Finbrooke Kingdom City, MO Columbia, MO Finbrooke Latonka Finbrooke

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Location Springfield, MO Latonka Jefferson City, MO Springfield, MO

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Location Cape Girardeau, MO Jefferson City, MO Springfield, MO

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Location Springfield, MO Columbia, MO Springfield, MO

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March

Day Event 1-2 Discovery Ctr Lock-In 9 Magic of Chemistry 16 De-Stress–Cookie Success

April

Day Event 6 Archery 13 Butterfly Palace 27 Horse Fun

May

Day Event 4 Spa-Tacular 4-5 Wilderness Campout 18 Tiny Treasures

July

Day Event 20 H2OMG! 21 Surf’s Up!

August

Day Event 23-24 Mall Madness Lock-In

September

Day Event 28 Sundown Sing-Along

Location Springfield, MO Columbia, MO Pittsburg, KS

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Location Silver Meadows Branson, MO Marshfield, MO

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Location Sikeston, MO Mintahama Pittsburg, KS

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Location Page Joplin, MO 35 Lake of the Ozarks, MO 35

Location Springfield, MO

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Location Latonka

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Cadette, SR, Amb Calendar Events open to Girl Scout Cadettes, but not Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors, are red. Events open to Girl Scout Ambassadors, but not Girl Scout Cadettes or Seniors, are yellow. Events with a grade-level requirement are indicated by parentheses after the event title.

October

Day Event 6 Horse Fun 6 Go Challege 6 Archery 12-13 MSU Volleyball Lock-In 13 Archery 14 Magic of Chem Training (7th +) 14 Corn Maze Adventure 19-20 Cowgirl Roundup 20 Magic of Chemistry (6th ) 20 Challenge Games 25 Time to Dine

Location Marshfield, MO Silver Meadows Mintahama Springfield, MO Finbrooke Columbia, MO Kingdom City, MO Cherokee Ridge Columbia, MO Finbrooke Springfield, MO

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March

Day Event 3 Magic of Chem Training (7th +) 9 Magic of Chemistry (6th ) 16 De-Stress–Cookie Success

April

Day Event 6 College 101 6 Archery 13 Butterfly Palace 27 Horse Fun

May November Day Event 2-4 The Gathering 3 Healthy/Hy-Vee 3 Challenge Games

December

Day Event 7-8 Blowout Bash Lock-In 8-9 Blowout Bash Lock-In 14-15 Blowout Bash Lock-In

January

Day Event 11 Advanced Cookie Chefs 21 Advanced Cookie Chefs 27 Advanced Cookie Chefs 29 Advanced Cookie Chefs

February

Day Event 2 Health/Hy-Vee 9 Engineering for Cadettes 23 Seussical the Musical

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Location Finbrooke Springfield, MO Latonka

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Location Cape Girardeau, MO Jefferson City, MO Springfield, MO

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Location Finbrooke Cape Girardeau, MO Silver Meadows Dexter, MO

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Location Springfield, MO Columbia, MO Springfield, MO

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Day Event 4-5 Wilderness Camping 4 Treetoppers 11 Treetoppers 18-19 Turpentine Creek

July

Day Event 21 Surf’s Up!

August

Day Event 23-24 Mall Madness Lock-In 24 The Food Source

September

Day Event 21-22 Thrillin’ and Chillin’ 28 Sundown Sing-Along

Location Columbia, MO Columbia, MO Pittsburg, KS

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Location Springfield, MO Silver Meadows Branson, MO Marshfield, MO

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Location Mintahama Latonka Finbrooke Eureka Springs, AR

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Location Page Lake of the Ozarks, MO 40

Location Springfield, MO Benton, MO

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Location Latonka Latonka

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Adult training Calendar September

Day Event 8 Basic Outdoor Skills 8 Basic Outdoor Skills 15 Basic Troop Camping - Prep 29 Basic Outdoor Skills 29 Basic Outdoor Skills 29-30 Basic Troop Camping - Night

Location Silver Meadows Finbrooke Springfield, MO Silver Meadows Sacajawea East Finbrooke

October

Day Event Location TBA CPR/First Aid Rolla, MO TBA CPR/First Aid Jefferson City, MO 6 Basic Outdoor Skills Latonka 13 Basic Outdoor Skills Mintahama 20 Basic Outdoor Skills Sacajawea West 20 CPR/First Aid Columbus, KS 20 CPR/First Aid Cape Girardeau, MO 25 Basic Outdoor Skills West Plains Hut 27 Basic Outdoor Skills Finbrooke 27 CPR/First Aid Springfield, MO

November

Day Event 3 CPR/First Aid

January

Day Event 19 CPR/First Aid

March

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Day Event 2 CPR/First Aid 2 Basic Troop Camping - Prep 16 CPR/First Aid 16-17 Basic Troop Camping - Night

Location Cape Girardeau, MO Springfield, MO Columbus, KS Finbrooke

April

Day Event Location 6 CPR/First Aid Dexter, MO 6 Basic Outdoor Skills Sacajawea West 6 Basic Outdoor Skills Finbrooke 12-14 Leader’s Weekend Finbrooke 13 Basic Outdoor Skills Sacajawea East 20 Basic Outdoor Skills Latonka 20-21 Basic Troop Camping - Night Sacajawea West 27 Basic Outdoor Skills Silver Meadows 27-28 Basic Troop Camping - Night Cherokee Ridge

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May

Day Event 11-12 Basic Troop Camping - Night

Location Dexter, MO

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July

Location Jefferson City , MO

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August

Day Event 23 Basic Troop Camping - Prep

Day Event 3-4 Basic Troop Camping - Night 25 Learn 2 Lead

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Don’t forget! If a training is needed in your area and none is scheduled, please contact us about doing one on request. The following are available upon request (see p. 46 for details): • Orientation • Basic Outdoor Skills • CPR/First Aid: • CPR/First Aid Recertification • Basic Troop Camping (Pre-Requisite: Basic Outdoor Skills with sufficient time to practice camping skills with troop members prior to taking Basic Troop Camping.)

• National Program Portfolio—Girl Scout Leadership Experience • Path to Silver/Path to Gold (for GS Cadettes and older) • Program Aide (for GS Cadettes and older)

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We send brief e-mail newsletters twice a month, which include important announcements and reminders as well as news about events, volunteer resources, and more! Sign up at www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

Volunteer Portal

Can’t find your Volunteer Resources CD? Want to find a volunteers-only resource? Visit our password-protected volunteer portal! We post major council publications, including the Volunteer Essentials, Safety Activity Checkpoints, Cookie Program information, and more to this site only accessible by volunteers. www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/volunteers Username: gsmhleader Password: Through 9/30/12, Beetle22B. After 10/1/12, CadettesCarry3Cards

Ways to Volunteer Girl Scouts exists for girls, but it could not exist without the support of millions of adult volunteers and supporters. GSMH is proud to have so many caring adults lend their time, talent, and support as volunteers.

Adult Recognitions Committee

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you may know other people in your community who would be wonderful contributors to Girl Scouting. If they can’t commit to regular troop meetings yearround, there are plenty of other opportunities for them! We can help match a person’s expertise, skills, interests, and life experience to a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Assist with fundraising efforts and event-planning.

Adult Learning

Facilitate trainings in Girl Scout leadership essentials, outdoor skills, or CPR/First Aid.

Facilities/Maintenance

Help with projects at GSMH program or service centers.

Program Events and Series

Plan and/or facilitate one-day or multi-week thematic programs.

Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

Help review and approve Girl Scout Gold Award project proposals.

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Oversee the adult recognition process for GSMH, including the review of annual nominations.

Resource Development Committee GSMH Board

Serve as an advocate for girls and an active ambassador of Girl Scouting. Committees include: • Executive Committee • President’s Team • Board Development Committee • Resource Development Committee • Property Committee • Finance Committee • DeLappe Trust Advisory Committee • Annual Meeting Committee • Policy Review Committee If you know anyone with talents or skills from which you think girls could benefit, please encourage them to contact the Girl Scout office at 877-312-4764 and ask for a membership marketing specialist for the area in which they live.

Troop Checklist October

October 1: Membership registrations are due (Troops should not be meeting unless they are registered)* October 31: Founder’s Day (Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday)— see page 6. Plan an investiture ceremony for new Girl Scouts and/ or a rededication ceremony for returning Girl Scouts (see page 10) Attend service unit training for fall product program* New troops: Open bank account and submit Bank Info Card*

November

Fall Product Program destinations applications due to GSMH (see page 41) Attend service unit cookie training (Nov./Dec.)*

April

April 1, 2013: Girl Scout Gold Award project final paperwork due (see page 9) April 12-14, 2013: GSMH Leader’s Weekend (see page 47) April 22: Leader’s Day (Thank your fellow volunteers!) (see page 6) Pick up “Early Bird” registration packet for 2013-2014 at ser vice unit meeting

May

May 1, 2013: Summer camp registration deadline (tentative) Hold bridging ceremony or court of awards for your troop (see page 10)

June

December

June 1, 2013: Young Women of Distinction Work on Troop Financial Report (due July 1) Attend any additional training (BOS, CPR, etc.) needed before the new Girl Scout year begins

January

July 1: Early Bird Registration deadline July 1: Troop Financial Report Due*

Hold troop cookie program training (Dec./Jan.)* Nominate a fellow volunteer (or a few!) for council awards. See page 46 for details. Girl Scout Cookie Program Starts!

February

Girl Scout Cookie Booth sales February 22: World Thinking Day (see page 6). Look for summer camp guide (mailed to girls and posted online)

March

March 12: Girl Scout Week/Birthday March 23, 2013: GSMH Annual Meeting

July

August

Attend a Learn 2 Lead event to kick off the new year, finish up your basic trainings, and have fun with your fellow volunteers!

September

September 30: 2012-2013 membership year ends Make sure all returning members are re-registered by October 1. Plan an investiture ceremony for new Girl Scouts and/or a rededication ceremony for returning Girl Scouts (see page 10) *denotes deadline or required item for troop volunteers.

Internet Safety & Online Policies

Our highest priority is the safety of girls. Our website has resources to help volunteers and parents keep their children safe when they use the Internet: www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/onlinesafety.php This page includes an “Internet Safety Pledge,” the Girl Scouts “Digital Living: Handbook Introduction,” links to Girl Scouts of the USA and Microsoft’s joint project: “LMK (let me know): Life Online,” and other helpful resources. www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/policies.php View our policies & guidelines for troop/service unit website and social media use so you know what is expected of you as you act as representatives of Girl Scouts and the council in online activities.

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Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. 210 S. Ingram Mill Rd. Springfield, MO 65802-6100

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Columbia, MO Permit No. 353

Sister to Sister patch program Girl Scouts turned 100 in 2012! We want to share the great opportunities that we have to offer with as many people as possible. We are asking all girls and adults share the story and benefits of Girl Scouting and invite a friend to become a member of Girl Scouts this year. To thank you for your help in building our membership, we will continue to offer our Sister to Sister patch program. All current members—girl and adult—are eligible to participate. If you recruit a new member into Girl Scouting, you will receive a patch to build a “Circle of Friends.” Your first patch is the center patch (circle-shaped); colorful girl patches can be earned for each addtional member that you recruit. Use the Sister to Sister form below and attach it to the newly registered member’s registration form; you both will receive a patch.

GSMH SISTER TO SISTER PATCH FORM Please submit this form to a GSMH service center. � Girl � Adult

Name

County

Troop (if applicable)

Phone Number

Already earned Sister to Sister center patch? � Yes � No

Buddy’s Name Date Registered Troop (if applicable)


Volunteer 411 2012-2013