2022 June Newsletter

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June Monthly Newsletter

Issue 6 | The Power of Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The Girl Scout Program Grounded in the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scouting is an experiential, cooperative education program that promotes girls’ personal growth and leadership development. Partnering with caring adults, girls design fun and challenging activities that empower them and raise their voices within a local, national, and global sisterhood.

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.

June Monthly Newsletter

In This Edition Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law...... 2 Contact Us................................................... 3 Cookie Program.......................................... 4 Finance ....................................................... 5 Upcoming Events....................................... 6 Summer Fun............................................... 7

Girl Scout Law

Girls in Action............................................. 8

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,

Badge in a Box............................................ 10

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.

Thank you to Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes for sharing their beautiful design with us!

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Contact Us! Phone: 406-252-0488 Email: customercare@gsmw.org Mail: 2303 Grand Ave | Bilings, MT 59102




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Regional Facebook Pages GSMW - Billings & Eastern Montana GSMW - Northcentral Montana GSMW - Northeast Wyoming GSMW - Northwest Montana GSMW - Southcentral Montana GSMW - Southeast & Southcentral Wyoming GSMW - Southwest Montana GSMW - Southwest Wyoming

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Cookie Program Congratulations! Congratulations on an impressive 2022 Cookie Program. It was a challenging year with obstacles along the way, but you and your girls CLIMBED WITH COURAGE! Check out this fun video where we announced our Top 2022 Cookie Program.

GSMW Top Cookie Entrepreneurs It is amazing success that is Built by Girls! It takes Goal setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics to be one of GSMW’s Top Entrepreneurs.

Top Overall Cookie Entrepreneurs

Top Girl Scout Level

Overall Highest

Shai S.

Troop 3593

Top Daisy

2nd Highest

Creeana B.

Troop 6060

Lily W.

Troop 3375

Top Brow nie

3rd Highest

Ella D.

Troop 2092

Paytyn C.

Troop 2092

Top Junior

Ella D.

Troop 2092

Top Selling Troop

Troop 2092


Top Cadette

Shai S.

Troop 3593

5000 Club

Shai S.

Troop 3593

Top Senior

Sausha J.

Troop 6036

4000 Club

Creeana B.

Troop 6060

Top Ambassador

Paige W.

Troop 2651

3000 Club

Ella D.

Troop 2092

Top Juliette

Creeana B.

Troop 6060

3000 Club

Vyvien A.

Troop 6225

Top Digital

Teagan P.

Troop 2226

Top Region

Rewards Rewards will arrive to Service Units soon. All rewards except the youth medium hoodies are arriving to Service Units.

Southwest Wyoming

Annabelle D.

Troop 1593

Southcentral Wyoming

Kali R.

Troop 1402

East Central Wyoming

Creeana B.

Troop 6060

Southeast Wyoming

Loriana W.

Troop 1177

Northeast Wyoming

Mariah P.

Troop 1297

Eastern Montana

Addyson H.

Troop 2153

Headquarters Region

Ella D.

Troop 2092

Southcentral Montana

Emmagrace F.

Troop 3526

Northcentral Montana

Shai S.

Troop 3593

Rewards that are 1000+ will be sent to the individual Girl Scouts beginning in June.

Central Montana

Madison G.

Troop 3501

Any Girl Scouts who are receiving higher rewards who have outstanding balances will not receive their rewards until the balance is paid in full. Balances must be paid in full by September 1st to retain the higher rewards.

Southwest Montana

Vyvien A.

Troop 6225

Northwest Montana

Addelynn B.

Troop 3375

The youth medium hoodies are backordered currently, but will be arriving by mid-June to the bakery then will be sent out to Service Units. There are 90 Girl Scouts that are impacted by this delay. Service Units need to count and report any shortages for the rewards that arrive from Little Brownie Bakers.

Top 100 Sellers It takes a lot of planning and hard work to create a Cookie Business that is “Top 100” successful. COMING SOON

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Finance EOY Finance Reports

Office Hours

It’s End of Year Troop Financials time! June 30th is the deadline for your troop’s annual report. This year, the GSMW Finance Department is setting high compliance goals, and have been working hard to make filling out and turning in your troop financial report easier!

The Finance Department has set aside time throughout the month of June to meet with anyone who would like assistance with their report. The half-hour time slots can be scheduled here, at SignUpGenius.com. Please reach out to customercare@gsmw.org if you need an additional appointment option.

Video Tutorial: EOY Financials

Service Units: EOY Financials Service Units do not have the ability to submit via the volunteer toolkit. The PDF form from prior years is still available, but now Service Units may also complete the report online!

Need some guidance? This YouTube tutorial on completing your end of year financials, via the volunteer toolkit, will guide you through the entire process.

Product Finance Tool

We hope to give you all a shout-out in the next few newsletters for completing this report! Please note that bank accounts are subject to closure if we cannot ensure they are in compliance with GSMW and GSUSA’S financial policies.

The Product Finance Tool, or PFT! This tool will be linked on our website. You can use it to determine the product sales income and expenses for your troop, identify the troop’s proceeds, and to calculate the cost of leftover product. It’s easy! 1. Just enter your troop number in the green box at the top (the specific figures for your troop will automatically populate). 2. Enter the sales values of leftover Fall product and the package count of leftover cookies in the corresponding boxes. 3. The resulting costs of leftover product reflects the troop’s proceeds. This tool is also discussed in the video tutorial: (Here on the website)

Video Tutorial End of Year Financials

Click the image to watch the tutorial on completing your end of year financials via the volunteer toolkit. *REMEMBER: Bank accounts are subject to closure if we cannot ensure they are in compliance with GSMW and GSUSA’S financial policies, which includes submitting your year end financial report and appropriate documents.

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Upcoming Events 110th Celebration - Helena - July 8th, 9th, & 10th Put on your party hat, pack up your troop camping supplies, and join GSMW as we enjoy a weekend celebrating 110 years of Girl Scouting! This birthday weekend will include a variety of activities focused on the outdoors, arts and crafts, STEM, life skills, and more. Your group can choose to join us at the Highest Awards Celebration Friday, July 8th, at 2:00pm or check-in for the weekend’s festivities starting at 5:00pm. Friday night will include dinner and an outdoor movie!

Save the Date: 110th Celebration in Cheyenne, WY: August 13-14 110th Celebration in Jackson, WY: September 10-11

Saturday, groups and families will choose from dozens of field trips, activities, and stations that will include archery, fishing, hiking, canoeing, gold panning, sapphire mining, outdoor cooking, crafting, community service, and much more! Participants will tent camp, so please bring your own camping equipment. Dinner is included Friday, and lunch and dinner will be provided Saturday. All registered participants will receive a commemorative 110th anniversary patch. For more information, please check out our events page. (Registration deadline is June 20th at noon) Lifetime Members – You are invited to join us Friday, July 8th at 6:00pm as we kickoff our 110th celebration in Helena. Enjoy dinner, conversation with sister Girl Scouts, make SWAPs, and receive a special gift! There is no cost to attend dinner, but you must RSVP by June 24th Please RSVP here if you’d like to attend the dinner.

Highest Award Ceremony The Highest Award Ceremony will be hosted in Helena, MT on Friday, July 8th as a kickoff to our 110th celebration. If your group would like to attend the Highest Award Ceremony in Helena, please submit your Bronze, Silver, or Gold paperwork by June 20th to customercare@gsmw.org

Castle Rock Open House Please join us Saturday, August 27th from 11:00am – 3:00pm for an open house at Camp Castle Rock. Come and see the renovations that have taken place at camp, take a guided or self-guided tour, and learn of our upcoming improvement plans! This event is FREE and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by August 24th . Everyone is invited to join, so bring your troop and make a weekend out of it! Cabins will be available for rent Saturday for $25/cabin. For more information, visit our website.

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Summer Fun Summer Outdoor Challenge & Day Camp Do you want to help our Girl Scouts become better people by hosting a Day Camp in your community? 1. Prior to running your own Day Camp: Download and read the Day Camp Director’s Manual. 2. Take the online Day Camp Director Questionnaire. 3. Submit the Day Camp Director’s Intent Form. Get your game face on because The Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Challenge has begun! Brought to you this year by GSUSA, there will be an exciting new patch and activity page. Find the outdoor activities that speak to you and go find some adventure this summer! The activity page is available on our website here.

For more Day Camp details and a whole slew of valuable Day Camp resources, be sure to visit our Volunteer-Led Day Camp web page.

Help make the most of her time at summer camp! Your girl’s Camp Care Bag will be waiting for her at check-in at camp! She’ll receive a soft plush horse to snuggle at night, color changing water bottle to stay hydrated on adventures, binoculars to view wildlife, vanilla lip balm to protect against the sun, and a GSWM fleece blanket. This all includes a drawstring bag with this year’s camp theme, “Camp, Eat, Sleep, Repeat”. Camp Care Bags are ONLY available to participants who are registered to attend a GSMW summer camp.

How to Order

For purchase details, visit www.gsmw.org/camp. Items come in assorted colors. All colors will be chosen at random and special requests cannot be considered. Design and color may vary.

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Girls in Action Highest Award Spotlight Kendall S. of Billings, MT earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by tackling the issue of sexual assault. She hosted a self-defense workshop for middle and high school girls where girls had the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker talk about her experience with sexual assault and then learn some hands on self-defense techniques. Kendall also created YouTube content teaching basic self-defense techniques as a resource for others. Congratulations Kendall on your accomplishment!

Kendall S. The Essential PEDI Gold Award Girl Scout

*Please note, this video may address a sensitive topic

Ready. Set. Action! We love hearing what Girl Scouts and volunteers are doing in their communities and want to feature YOU! We now have a dedicated page on our website where you can submit your stories and photos. Your story could be featured in our newsletter, social media, and various marketing assets including the camp guide, fundraising campaigns, our website, and more!

Website Feedback Squad GSMW will be implementing a new website coming late 2022! We are seeking members and volunteers to provide feedback for this new website. If you are interested in helping us make our site the best user experience it can be, please let us know by emailng website@gsmw.org.

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Alumna Calling All Girl Scout Alumna As we celebrate 110 years of Girl Scouting, we want to hear from YOU, our Girl Scout alumna. You know more than anyone about the benefits of being a Girl Scout and we want to share your experience. Did your Girl Scout experience lead you down a certain career path? Did Girl Scouts help you build confidence or give you the courage to stand up for something you believe in? Did Girl Scouts help you become the adult you are today? If you’re interested in sharing your Girl Scout story, please reach out to Missy Lucas at marcomm@gsmw.org or give her a call at 406-252-0488.

Carmel Johnston 1994 Girl Scout Water & Wastewater Operator Glacier National Park

Years of Membership GSMW would like to recognize individuals for their Years of Girl Scouts Membership in 5-year increments. Years of Girl Scout Membership include combined years of membership both as a girl and an adult member. If you or someone you know has 30 or more years of membership, please email your name, photo, and years of membership to marcomm@gsmw.org.

Girl Scout Alum of Montana and Wyoming Facebook Page Stay connected with your sister Girl Scouts by joining our Alum Facebook group! This group is specific for Lifetime Member’s and Alumna. Here, we’ll post inspiring stories and share upcoming events and you can visit with other LTM’s and alumna throughout the council.

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Badge in a Box


Summer Series July

Badge in a Box Seasonal Subscription

Girls will learn about women in sports, including others, being part of a team, and building endurance and strength. Daisies will earn the Honest and Fair petal, Brownies will earn the Fair Play badge, Juniors will earn the Practice with Purpose Badge, and Cadettes will earn the Good Sportsmanship badge.

Our summer Badge in a Box subscription series focuses on discovering your inner athlete, artist, and entrepreneur while getting your girl outdoors and away from the virtual platform. Step away from your busy schedule and earn badges on your own time.

What you need to know: Just $25/Month! •

August Girls will focus on creativity while teaching girls about different styles of art. Daisies will earn the Board Game Design badge, Brownies will earn the Painting badge, Juniors will earn the Drawing badge, and Cadettes will earn the Comic Book Artist badge.

September Girls will learn all about building their own business! Daisies will earn the Toy Business Designer badge, Brownies will earn the Budding Entrepreneur badge, Juniors will earn the Business Jumpstart badge, and Cadettes will earn the Business Creator badge.

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We will be receiving orders from June 1st – 15th for boxes to be received July, August, and September. We will be processing and packaging boxes in June; expect to receive your first box in July and each month from there forward. Order link here!

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To work on life skills and entrepreneurship, two important pillars of Girl Scouts. The summer series will expose your girls to different career paths that are consistent with the four Girl Scout pillars–all on their own schedule! Each box will contain everything girls will need to earn their badge, plus some fun extras to take the adventure outside the box.

Order Your Badge in a Box Here!

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