FOCALPoint - Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands

FOCALPoint - Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands

FOCALPoint 2017–2018

FOCALPoint - Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands

Table of Contents Girl Scout Dates to Remember News and Highlights . 1–10 Volunteer Experience . . 11–13 Girlz Gear . 14–15 Product Programs . 16–17 Program Events/Workshops and Series . . 20–62 Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards . . 65–66 Adult Learning Opportunities . 70–77 Volunteer Resource Fairs Upstate Area . . August 26 Midlands Area . August 12 Great American Solar Eclipse (August 21) and Eyes to the Sky Solar Eclipse Destination . August 19–22 Fall Product Sale . September 15–October 15 On Time Girl Scout Registration/Re-registrations Due .

September 30 G.I.R.L. 2017 National Convention . . October 6–8 Mountain Magic Weekend . November 3–5 Back in the Woods . . October 21 Founder’s Day, aka Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low’s Birthday . . October 31 Powerful Women Summit (Spartanburg . November 11 Annual Business Meeting . November 11 Girl Scout Cookie Program Order Taking Begins . . January 12 Cookie Program Rallies . . January 12–14 Powerful Women Summit (Greenville, Columbia . January 27 Cookie Delivery to Customers and Cookie Booth Sales . . February 16–March 18 See your Cookie Program Reference Guide or Cookie Gram for other cookie program-related dates.

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend . . February 23-February 25 As Girl Scouts across the country raise awareness about the benefits of the largest girl-led business in the country, troop leaders and parents need to remind girls to have their order card mobile devices ready to take more orders. World Thinking Day . February 22 Girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 146 other countries. Girl Scout Birthday (March 12) - And Girl Scout Week . . March 11–17 A whole week celebrating the Girl Scout Movement and specifically commemorating the 104th Anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting in the USA on March 12, 1912.

Adult Recognitions Submissions Years of Service Pin and Volunteer of Excellence Award . March 2 Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, Thanks Badge II, and President’s Award . March 2 Midlands Magic Weekend . April 14–April 15 Council Adult Recognition Celebration and Dinner . . April 28 Summer Camp Registration Opens . . December 15 Financial Assistance Requests due (First Round . . March 1 Financial Assistance Requests due (Second Round . . April 1 Summer resident and day camping opportunities are published in December. Girl Scout Leaders’ Day . . April 22 A day for saying “thank you” to all the Girl Scout volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with the girls.

Delegate Business Meeting . March This is a governance business meeting of the council that is attended by your service unit’s elected representation. Your service unit delegate serves as the liaison to your area by representing your feedback on items that they receive a month prior to the meeting. In addition, your service unit delegate reports on key decisions of the council and Girl Scouts of the USA such as focus, strategy, property, and financial direction. In 2018, they will be conducted by region with details sent to all delegates elected by Service Units no later than 12/31/17. Gold and Silver Award Reception .

May 6 Troop Year End Reports and Troop Leader Reviews Due . . June 15

FOCALPoint - Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands

1 FOCALPoint A Program for Every G.I.R.L. Over this past year, many of our volunteers, parents, girls, and staff members have become certified G.I.R.L. Champions. The training took us back through our history and reminded us that what has always made us strong is the same today as it was 105 years ago. Girl Scouts have always been true Go-getters, Innovators, Risktakers, and Leaders. Since the very beginning, Girl Scouts has created an environment that encourages girls to speak up and take a stand to overcome social challenges. Overcoming these challenges then and today continues to be an essential part of our Girl Scout DNA as true Go-Getters.

We were reminded that Girl Scouts have never found a problem too big to address. Everyday our girls look around their world, learn about problems, and address them head-on, as Innovators. Our girls are constantly taking on new experiences and stepping outside of their comfort zones. That is real Risk-taking! And through it all, Girl Scouts practice leadership with empathy. Girl Scouts’ idea of being a Leader isn’t about power over people, but power with purpose. It’s not about aspirational outcomes, but the everyday ways we help each other.

At the heart of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, are our volunteers. And the tools to teach girls to empower themselves for a lifetime of leadership are their experiences as Girl Scouts. That’s why we have used G.I.R.L. as the foundation of everything you will find in the following pages. As you read through this FOCALPoint, you will see the G.I.R.L. framework supporting our programmatic expansion throughout all areas of our council jurisdiction. In this FOCALPoint you will find everything you have been looking for, and more. For the first time in our council’s history, we will deliver council-sponsored programming in every one of the 22 counties we serve.

This year you will find more than 300 program options for your girls that touch on all five of the council’s strategic programmatic areas of focus, and for all age levels. But most importantly, the quality of programming options makes this our most exciting FOCALPoint ever. Everything was planned with the G.I.R.L. in mind. This year, let’s make Juliette Gordon Low—the Original G.I.R.L.— proud. All you need to do to get started is turn the page! Kim Hutzell President and CEO Jes Williams Chief Operating Officer

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2 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint New For You! Outdoor & STEM Badges and Journeys! New Girl Scout Badges and Journeys are available now! These new Journeys are topic specific, based on the five national outcomes, and are prerequisites to Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards. Some new Badges and Journeys are only available on the Volunteer Toolkit, so be sure to sign up today!

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3 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint This year we have added some more exciting digital components that are modernizing the sales experience.

It’s not too late to take advantage of them. In addition to girls being able to create their own goal page and set and track their progress toward meeting their goals online, they have tools to reach out to prospective customers online - including the option of online ordering where shipping is included. During the booth/direct sale phase, troops have the option to accept credit/debit card payments using a mobile payment account. The specific details can be found at http://www.gssc-mm.org.

In addition to actual selling, delivering, and recordkeeping experiences, are you helping your girls connect how their individual efforts combine to earn money for the troop’s treasury and funding the troop’s planned activities? Are they discussing the cost of their plans, learning to budget and prioritize? The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a Learning Adventure For All Ages Girl Scouts of the USA has teamed up with Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, SETI Institute, ARIES, University of Arizona, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to create a new series of space science badges in collaboration with NASA! GSSC-MM is one of only ELEVEN councils selected to pilot this program!

Our Girls are piloting the badges by:
  • Learning about space science and engaging in scientific inquiry while they explore the sky
  • Developing communication skills through the opportunity to provide feedback on the badges
  • Having a unique experience by helping to develop a new badge, and be part of history!!! More to come... Over the next 18 months we will have each level testing the badges. Our pilot Daisy and Brownie troops are completing the badges this fall. We will wrap up December 2018. To Infinity and Beyond!
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5 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Program Kits 411 Planning fun and interesting activities for Girl Scout meetings, events, and camp-outs can take a lot of time.

We’ve designed program kits to make Girl Scouting easier for both new and experienced troop leaders. These kits are designed to enhance the Girl Scout Leadership Experience with hands-on activities and contain instructions, resources, and non-consumable items needed for the activity. Some kits are designed for troop meetings, while others may be more appropriate for an event at a council property.

Some of our program kits include:
  • Geocaching
  • Letterboxing
  • Orienteering
  • PA Training
  • Girls Go to Mars
  • Techbridge
  • CATCH
  • Strong Girls Healthy Meeting Guide and Resources Plus more! For the most up to date information about program kits, how to reserve kits, and pricing, visit www.gssc-mm.org. Are you a lifelong Girl Scout, or a recent one that loves preparing girls to empower themselves? Are you organized? Love leading activities? Enjoy being outdoors? WE NEED YOU!

The Program Team is looking for volunteers who can provide approximately one day or weekend a month to be part of our Program Specialists Team.

After a short training you will be able to assist us around the council with our council sponsored events. We will need Program Specialists who can arrive early at a site and check in our girls and troops, as well provide skills at camp depending on interests and skillsets! Interested? Please contact Deanna Ludwick, Director of Program Experience, at dludwick@gssc-mm.org.

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6 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint INDIVIDUALLY REGISTERED GIRL PROGRAM All Girl Scouts promise “to serve God” and Girl Scouting encourages girls to grow in faith. Let’s make the connection through GSSC-MM’s Faith-Based Initiative. Faith-based awards include:
  • My Promise, My Faith (MPMF) Pin
  • Religious Recognition For more information on MPMF or other Religious Recognitions please contact our Customer Experience Team Faith-Based Initiative Girls will have the opportunity to join other girls in the community who are unable to participate in traditional troop experiences in our Individually Registered Girl Program* (IRG)! The IRG Program will give individual members the chance to:
  • Participate in all product program activities!
  • Attend council-sponsored programs and series!
  • Attend summer camp!

Attend IRG Program Special Events! *For details on how to register contact our Customer Experience Team.

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7 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Calling all older girls! This is your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop from local powerful women. During this brunch you will get ‘face time’ with successful women who represent a variety of careers including engineering, news media, entertainment, education, medicine, law, the arts, and more. Learn their secrets of success and find out how they made their dreams reality.

Come dressed as if you were attending an interview. Non-Girl Scouts welcome for this GIRLS-ONLY EVENT!

Fee is $17.00 per girl. Presented by: Spartanburg 11/11/2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Registration Opening 9/13/2017 Closing 10/29/2017 Columbia & Greenville 1/27/2018; 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Registration Opening 11/8/2017 Closing 1/14/2018 Early bird gets the worm! Be on the lookout for our Early Bird promotion. New Date next year! Begins April 1st, 2018. Watch for more details, coming soon! Lifetime Membership and Annual Membership Fees are non-refundable. Once registration is received, the fee in full is forwarded to Girl Scouts of the USA. early bird registration

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8 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint The Great American Eclipse will be here August 21st! How to view an eclipse safely: Wow, what a day this will be! Of course the weather needs to be just right, and you MUST use special eye protection to look at the sun whenever it is not totally eclipsed! About 2:36:02pm, the shadow of the great 2017 total eclipse first touches the final state in its path, South Carolina.

Greenville is a very large city, and it is fully in shadow by 2:38pm. Its sister city of Spartanburg, however, is split by the path - you'll want to head west, and enjoy Greenville's two minutes and 14 seconds of totality. Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. Please be sure to research and see what other options there are for viewing. We now carry eclipseapproved glasses in our GIRLZ GEAR stores! Here is an activity you can do at home! SUN TRACKING What Is This About? Long before humans kept track of time with mechanical clocks, atomic radiation, or computer chips, they used the Sun to tell time.

As the Earth spins around like a top, the Sun appears to move across our sky. This movement causes shadows to move and change over the course of a sunny day. The simplest Sun tracker is called a gnomon, pronounced “no min.” A gnomon casts a shadow, and can be as simple as a vertical pole. It can be used to track time on its own, or to measure time in hours and minutes as part of a sundial.

  • Materials
  • Vertical pole, stick (straight branch, stake, pencil)
  • Open location on a sunny day
  • Rocks or other markers, 3 or more What To Do If you are installing your own stick as a temporary gnomon,
  • Find a clear, sunny space with soft dirt
  • Press the stick straight down into the ground until it stands up on its own
  • Find your gnomon’s shadow and mark the shadow’s end with a rock
  • Decide when you can return to your gnomon, at least 30 minutes later
  • Estimate where the gnomon’s shadow will be at this future time
  • Place a second rock at the location of your guess
  • Groups can make multiple guesses with more rocks
  • Return to your gnomon after the planned amount of time Check your guess. Is the rock close to the shadow? Did the shadow move more, less, or differently than you expected? Based on this movement, where do you hypothesize the shadow might be if you waited the same amount of time again? If you have time, guess again check back a second time. Did the shadow move as you expected?
  • 9 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Eyes to the Sky: A Once in a Lifetime Destination We are hosting 48 girls at Camp WaBak for this amazing adventure. We have girls coming from 16 states and 23 councils to join our own Girl Scouts for this once in a lifetime opportunity. They will start their adventure with a space themed lunch before they head off to learn and have fun at Roper Mountain Science Center, Challenger Learning Center, and The SC State Museum and Planetarium. They will test their problem-solving skills as they engage deeper in robotics, rocketry, and aviation. They will make new friends while they plan for their day together viewing the Total Solar Eclipse from Camp WaBak. Make a Pocket Sun Clock Materials
  • 7 inches (20 centimeters) of string
  • Sun Clock print out
  • Tape
  • Scissors Make a simple Pocket Sun Clock. Pick the pattern for your location, and print on heavy paper or glue onto cardstock. Cut out the Sun Clock, and carefully cut the short notch at each end. Fold along the dotted line, with the print on the inside. Take about 7 inches (20 centimeters) of string, and place the ends through the notches. Tape one end to the back of the clock. Make the string tight when the two parts of the clock are at a 90 degree angle. Tape the second end of the string to the back of the clock.

Take the Pocket Sun Clocks outside on a sunny day. Ask the Girl Scouts to place the clocks on a flat surface and experiment with them until they tell the right time. Which way are the clocks facing? Is there only one correct position? If possible mark the position on the ground, and return about an hour later to experiment again. Any changes? Google Map of 2017 Total Eclipse in South Carolina

10 10 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Volunteer Resource Fairs Join us at the Volunteer Resource Fairs! Connect with community resources and gather ideas for activities and service opportunities that you can share with your girls.

Leave with information that is sure to make for an exciting year with your Girl Scout troop! Columbia Service Center Saturday, August 12th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (drop-in) Adult Learning Weekends LEARN. LAUGH. LEAD. Join other Girl Scout volunteers as you cultivate your creativity, learn tips and strategies for working with girls, connect with other leaders, explore the outdoors, and enjoy fun and fellowship! These training weekends are for any adult volunteer – new, experienced, or anywhere in-between. Options are available to spend the entire weekend or just a portion of it.

November 3rd – 5th @ Camp WaBak, Marietta MIDLANDS MAGIC April 14th & 15th @ Camp Kinard, Batesburg-Leesville MOUNTAIN MAGIC —wilderness weekend— Roper Mountain Science Center Saturday, August 26th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (drop-in) Volunteer Experience

11 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Volunteer Recognition Celebration and Dinner Adult Recognitions We have amazing, out-of-this-world volunteers serving girls across our 22 counties. The impact they have on our girls inspires them to believe in themselves, teaches them trajectory-changing skills, and opens them up to a lifetime of opportunities.

To recognize this dedication and service, there are several ways parents, girls, and fellow volunteers can say thank you! Information about our Adult Recognitions can be found on our website under Volunteer, then Recognitions.

Deadline for Volunteer Recognition Nominations and Endorsements—March 2, 2018 Have a ROARING good time as we celebrate YOU in style! Please join us for an evening to honor your contributions to our Girl Scout organization. Saturday, April 28, 2018 Greenville, SC Location TBA Volunteer Experience *1920s attire or dress uniform preferred

12 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint It’s about fit. Your volunteer position should make good use of your skills and interests – so let us know if you’d like to consider shifting to a different role that better fits your time constraints, and your skills and interests.

Troop Co-Leaders Work together to provide a quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience through service to the girls assigned to their troop. The team structure allows each volunteer to maximize his or her skills as they pertain to troop leadership. Troop Specialists Work with a troop as a consultant in a special area, i.e. the arts, financial literacy, service/take action projects, STEM, and trip planning or to fulfill the requirement for a First Aid/CPR certified adult or Outdoor Skills certified adult. Adult Learning Facilitators Work with council staff to train potential and current volunteers as well as provide enrichment opportunities to enhance the volunteers’ abilities to help girls lead.

Event Volunteers Help throughout the year at large council organized activities for girls which could include STEM events, programming for older girls, outdoor education, cookie rallies...just to name a few! Individually Registered Girl (IRG) Program Advisors Provide quality leadership experience for girls who are not able to participate in a traditional troop; organize opportunities for these girls to come together, sell cookies, attend summer camp, and participated in a yearly Special Event.

Program Specialists Share a special skill like outdoor cooking, archery or orienteering during a council sponsored event, lead a session at one of outdoor programs like Core Troop Camp and Back In the Woods, or run a check-in table at one of our events across the region. Product Program Volunteers Coordinate the product program for a group of troops in a geographical area. During the fall it is all about nuts, chocolates, and magazines. During the winter/spring, it’s all about the premier business enterprise for girls...the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Service Unit Volunteers Assist with support for adults and programming for girls in a geographical area.

  • It’s about having the tools and resources.
  • GSSC-MM website – Volunteer tab
  • FOCALPoint
  • Volunteer Essentials
  • Safety Activity Checkpoints
  • Volunteer Resource Fairs
  • Mountain Magic and Midlands Magic Adult Learning Weekends
  • Online Learning Opportunities
  • New This Year—Volunteer Toolkit! Questions? We're here to help! Sara McCutcheon Director of Volunteer Experience smccutcheon@gssc-mm.org 864-208-2700 Peach Collins Volunteer Experience Manager pcollins@gssc-mm.org 864-208-2717 Lindsey Shealy Volunteer Experience and e-Learning Manager lshealy@gssc-mm.org 803-461-3727 Jessica Garrido Volunteer Experience Manager jgarrido@gssc-mm.org 864-423-0325 Volunteer Experience: Equipping Volunteers for Easy Success

13 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) – Designed to Help Plan the Most Exciting Girl Scout Year! Girl Scouts provides troops with an online one-stop resource: The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). This will help keep troops organized and troop years exciting; not to mention easy to plan. To get started, go to www.gssc-mm.org and click “My GS.” Since it is mobile friendly, everything this resource has to offer is available wherever and whenever you need it! There is more information about all the features of the Volunteer Toolkit on our council website in the “Volunteers” section.

Year Plans With this feature, Daisy, Brownie and Junior troops can choose either a pre-written year plan or create their own custom year plan. Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops have access to create their own custom year plan. The pre-written year plans will pre-populate the agendas for all of your meetings based on the meeting dates you specify. This will help leaders and parents to see that it really is possible to do a lot of awesome things in one Girl Scout year. Leaders can change the order of meetings, edit meeting agendas, change activities, as well as email the information to each other and parents.

Through the VTK, leaders can easily add additional meetings or activities, such as trips or special events (i.e. ceremony). Plan with the girls! If a volunteer is a Daisy, Brownie, or Junior leader, they can use the pre-written plans as a guide for involving the girls in the planning process. To help keep track of important events, GSSC-MM will add important dates throughout the Girl Scout year to show up in troop Year Plans as “Milestones.” These orange banners appear in chronological order along with troop meetings and activities.

Meeting Agendas Troops can edit the full agenda for any meeting and meeting aide resources. When a troop creates additional meetings or activities, they can add in resources from the VTK library onto a blank agenda. The VTK serves as the go-to place for everyone in a troop to see important information about meetings and activities (such as locations, times, and what materials are needed). Troop Finances Troops will be able to easily track and report troop income and expenses during the year as well as upload information needed for end of year council reporting.

Parents have read-only access to meeting agendas and end of year troop finances in the VTK.

This allows them to stay up to date on everything their daughter is enjoying in Girl Scouts! Volunteer Experience: Volunteer Toolkit

14 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint The Girlz Gear Shop is your uniform and Girl Scout gift destination for Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands. We have three convenient locations for all your shopping needs. Girlz Gear Shop Hours* Mon: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tues, Wed. & Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thurs: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thurs. (June & July): 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 1st Sat. of every month: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open every Sat. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in September, October and May Closed legal holiday weekends Closed Sat. in June, July, and August Closed for staff development Nov.

6, 2017, and Feb. 5, May 7, and Aug. 6, 2018 *Please note: Some center and Girlz Gear hours may change in 2018 following the results of the Fall Volunteer Feedback Survey. Can't get to the store? We're always open online!

Stay Up-To-Date with Girlz Gear through G.I.R.L. Talk and find us on the Website: www.gssc-mm.org. Click on “Council Shop” at the top of the home page! Get a Glimpse of our Girlz Gear Year! September: Back to Troop! October: Happy Birthday, Juliette Gordon Low! November: Thanksgiving! December: Holiday Celebration! January: Semi-Annual Sale! February: WAGGGS World! March: Girl Scout Birthday! April: Volunteer Appreciation! May: Year End Celebration! June: Great Outdoor Month! July: Semi-Annual Clearance! Spartanburg: (864) 208-2719 349 East Blackstock Road Columbia: (803) 461-3739 130 Pinnacle Pointe Court, Suite 100 Greenville: (864) 770-1248 5 Independence Pointe, Suite 120 Don’t Forget to Stop at the Girlz Gear Shop!

15 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint perks New Promotions EVERY month! And 10% off every day on council-branded merchandise! *Please review thefull terms and conditions at gssc-mm.org* August September October Pre-order a one-of-a-kind All Girl Journey Books $5.00 Free Custom Juliette Gordon Low council T-shirt for $10 $10 discount off Mountain Magic for Patch with a $25 purchase first 50 M2M perks members who register November December January Additional 10% off your 20% of GSSC-MM Holiday 10% off all Cookie Themed purchase! Ornament Merchandise $10 discount of Midlands Magic for first 50 M2M perks members who register February March April Free Thinking Day Patch with a Happy Birthday Girl Scouts $1 off Basic bridging kits $25 purchase 12% off all month long $2 off Deluxe bridging kits May June Discounts are available in store Additional 15% off In-stock Fun Additional 10% off all Camp only.

In-stock items only, no Patches Merchandise discounts for custom orders Discounts are only available for the GS perks member, Discounts are non-transferrable.

How tojoin: Beginning July 21 you can renew your whole troop with just a few clicks! 1. Visit the council website at gssc-mm.org 2. Click SIGN IN from the homepage 3. Select the MEMBER PROFILE button 4. Once you're signed in, select the TROOPS tab in the Member Community Renew your troop online between July 21st and September 30th, 2017, and you will be automatically enrolled in our GS Perks Program, exclusively for Girl Scout troop leaders! Did you register during the 2017-18 Early Bird Registration? Great! You will be automatically enrolled into the Program!

16 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Financial Literacy Skills through our Product Programs Product programs are a popular and proven life skill component of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Product programs assist girls in developing their self-confidence through entrepreneurial and financial literacy activities while simultaneously providing them with the funds to experience additional adventures. The five important skills that girls “learn by doing” through product sales are goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

The council sponsors two product programs annually. All registered Girl Scouts in grades K-12 may participate with written permission from their parents/guardians. Recruiting capable volunteer help is vital to the success of product sale experiences. Every troop that participates needs to have computer, financial, and organizational skills, and be able to help girls have meaningful, age-appropriate learning experiences during the various aspects of the program. Troop Product Manager position descriptions for each product sale are located on our website in the Product Sales section. Registration for the appropriate product sale adult learning session signifies that your troop is interested in participating in these programs.

Be Fearless—Unleash the Hero Inside! is the 2017 Fall Product theme. The program offers activities to help girls make decisions, exercise their people skills, and manage money so that they reach their goals. Girls take orders for a variety of candy, nuts, and magazines during September and October, with delivery in October and November. The 16-item product line includes nuts and candy ranging from $6–$10 and a broad selection of magazine subscriptions. Give your troop treasury a jump start. Troops retain:
  • $1.00 per nut or candy item ordered (order card or online)
  • $2.00 per magazine ordered (paper form or online)
  • $2.00 per Reach Out Booklet (correct and complete) Online ordering for nuts and candy: All sales made through the Online Nut Store will have no money collection and no delivery of product!

100% of the proceeds from the Fall Product Program go to supporting girls and volunteers, including providing First Aid Certification for one adult per troop; Daisy New Troop Start-up Grants; equipment for Girl Scout facilities; and GSUSAsponsored destinations scholarships (up to $500 per girl, per year). 2017 Fall Product Sale Program Dates Girls take orders for nuts, candy, and/or magazines . . September 15–October 15 Nuts, candy delivered to Service Unit Fall Product Manager . . November 1–3 Girls deliver nuts and candy . November 4–20

17 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint 2018 Cookie Program DATES Initial order begins .

January 12 Cookie Rallies . . January 12–14 Initial order ends . . January 28 SU/Troop delivery . . February 16-22 Direct/booth sales begin . February 23 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend . February 24-26 Direct/booth sales end . March 18 The Girl Scout Cookie Program is our premier business enterprise activity. Selling cookies is a tradition that dates back to 1917 when Girl Scouts began selling home-baked cookies to raise money to help their troop and community. Since then, the activity has grown into an opportunity for girls to practice leadership while earning money for their troop and council activities.

In addition to the life skills Girl Scouts gain from their hands-on participation, troops earn money to carry out their troop activities and also help ensure the future of Girl Scouting in our communities. All revenue generated by the Girl Scout Cookie Program goes directly to troops or is designated for program services that directly support girls and/or adult volunteers in our 22-county area. Girls take orders in January; then deliver cookies and conduct direct sales in February and March. However, girls may continue taking orders throughout the sale.

Girls learn skills they will carry throughout their lives and careers: EVERY COOKIE HAS A MISSION: TO HELP GIRLS DO GREAT THINGS. For additional program links, go to www.abcsmartcookies.com or www.gssc-mm.org or girlscouts.org/program/gscookies Stand Up, Stand Out! is the theme for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program is a way for girls to develop financial empowerment skills they will use throughout their lives. It’s a great way to think about the many ways the cookie activity yields tangible results in support of the Girl Scout Leadership Model. It’s easy to see how the skills gained from the Girl Scout Cookie Program fit right in with Girl Scouting’s Three Keys to leadership: DISCOVER, CONNECT, and TAKE ACTION.

Learn the skills to be the best Cookie Pro you can be! See page 43 for more information!

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19 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint DNA of a G.I.R.L. She’s a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader! HELLO My name is Leader Sets goals and sticks to them Works hard to bring positive change to the world Seeks new adventures and experiences Speaks up for herself and others Takes pride in her abilities and successes Builds team spirit and brings people together Takes action on issues dear to her heart Handles conflict with compassion and clear communication Falls down and gets back up Runs for leadership positions Sees new solutions to old problems Listens to opinions and feelings different from her own Has an imagination that knows no limits

20 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Sample Event Listing Here’s a sample event listing, which explains the information published for each event. This paragraph contains a brief description of the event. If you have any questions, please email customercare@gssc-mm.org or contact the council at 800-849-4475. Who The grade levels that can attend the event When Date and Time of event Where Event location, City Fee The cost per girl and adult. You must register for all events, even those without fees. This allows for appropriate safety planning and event preparations.

Registration Opening Date/Closing Date Individual/Troop Registration Individual Registration This event can be attended by girls not in a troop or troops where only one or two girls would like to attend. An adult chaperone must register to attend with the girl(s). Opening Date This is the date when registration opens for this event. Online event registrations open at 10 a.m. EST.

Event Icon The icon by the listing will tell you which key theme or themes the program explores. Troop Registration This event can be attended by three or more girls from the troop with the appropriate number of adults according to adult supervision requirements. Prior approval is required to register additional adults beyond the supervision ratio. Closing Date This is the last day to register for this event if space is available. Please note that some events fill prior to the closing date. Events may stay open after the printed closing date, check the website for the most up to date availability.

Use this guide to... Programs highlighted in the same color are on the same day at the same place. Read...Review the dates, times, fees, and event descriptions. Select...the events you would like to attend. Register...individually or as a troop/group–check each event for more details. Key to Council-Sponsored Events/Workshops & Series Look for icons next to the events describing the key themes that will be explored. Healthy Living Leadership Outdoor Adventure STEM Arts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

  • 21 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Registering Online for Events
  • Register and pay online on or after the opening date at www.gssc-mm.org.
  • Click Events on the website home page main menu bar and view events in a list or calendar format. Use the advanced search to filter for specific events.
  • Click the name of the event to view the events details. Select Register Now on the page to begin the online registration process. If you want to redeem Cookie Dough for your event fee, you will need to use a Program Events Registration form and your actual Cookie Dough must be attached. Form can be found on page 64 and on our website under forms.
  • 2017-2018 Registration Opening Dates
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 8
  • December 13
  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 11 Adult Supervision Requirements A minimum of two adults must accompany every troop to a program event unless otherwise stated. Please consult with guidelines in Safety Activity Checkpoints or Volunteer Essentials for exact ratio information. Our primary goal is to provide quality programming for girls; space may not be available for additional adults above the stated ratio.
  • Two unrelated Adults to Every:
  • 6 Girl Scout Daisies
  • 12 Girl Scout Brownies
  • 16 Girl Scout Juniors
  • 20 Girl Scout Cadettes
  • 24 Girl Scout Seniors
  • 24 Girl Scout Ambassadors Plus one additional Adult to Every additional set of:
  • 4 Girl Scout Daisies
  • 6 Girl Scout Brownies
  • 8 Girl Scout Juniors
  • 10 Girl Scout Cadettes
  • 12 Girl Scout Seniors
  • 12 Girl Scout Ambassadors Participants Events are open to registered girls and adults, unless stated otherwise. The program activities have been designed specifically for the grade levels indicated. Bringing other family members can interfere with the program being offered and is not fair to others participating.
  • Event Cancellation Policy Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands reserves the right to cancel an event due to insufficient registration, acts of nature, or any other reason beyond its control. Councilsponsored events are held rain or shine, unless inclement weather adversely affects the program. If an event is cancelled or rescheduled, registered participants will be notified and refunds processed accordingly. Refunds The council and our community partners start planning long before the date of the actual program. Staff and volunteers are secured, food and supplies purchased, and sometimes other girls are turned away because you have registered to be there. Refunds will only be offered in the following circumstances:
  • the council cancels the program event/workshop.
  • proof of military or job transfer is provided in advance.
  • participant becomes ill and we are notified within 5 days of the event and receive a doctor's note.
  • your registration cancellation request is received four weeks prior to the day of the event.

Rain Plan Our events will run rain or shine. In the case that an activity is affected, leaders of troops and parents of individual girls will be notified by a council staff person prior to the activity. PROGRAM POLICY Need help? Can’t find it online? For questions related to your family or troop’s My GS account or councilsponsored events, please contact the council at 800-849-4475 or customercare@gssc-mm.org.

22 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Mobile Apps & Gaming Ever thought you might want to design your own video game? Learn how to create mobile and gaming applications by writing text-based code in JavaScript using Bitsbox software.

The application can be shared and ran on any computer, tablet, or phone browser. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. Who Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors When August 12, 2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Where IT-Ology, 1301 Gervais St. Suite 200, Columbia Fee $25.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing August 10 Individual & Troop Business Dinner Etiquette Learn the proper way of dining with The Protocol School of Washington. Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will learn how to converse with the other participants at their table, set the table, proper meals that can be served for a business dinner, and the do's and don'ts of etiquette.

GIRLS ONLY EVENT. Who Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors When September 9, 2017; 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Where Redeemer Lutheran Church, 525 St. Andrews Road, Columbia Fee $25.00 per girl Registration Opening NOW/Closing August 27 Individual & Troop Insectigations Whether they creep, crawl, flutter, or fly, all insects have some things in common. Using nets and bug jars, participants will get a hands on experience to learn about what makes the bugs unique! Price includes state park admission, so bring a picnic and enjoy a day at Sesquicentennial State Park. (Very limited parking available - carpooling strongly advised).

Individually registered girls must attend with a participating adult.

Who Brownies & Juniors When September 9, 2017; 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Where Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC Fee $7.50 per girl; $5.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing August 27 Individual & Troop Gardening Goddesses Girl Scout Juniors will learn gardening basics and will have the chance to tour Hatcher Garden! Girls will gain hands-on experience potting plants, making their very own terrariums, and setting up a take home seed experiment. The Gardener Badge is not included. Please only register enough adult chaperones per troop to cover ratio. Who Juniors When September 9, 2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Where Hatcher Garden, 820 John B.

White Senior Blvd., Spartanburg Fee $15.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing August 27 Individual & Troop Irish Step Dancing Love to dance or wish you could learn a few new moves? Come join us to experience the magic of Irish Step Dancing. Girls will be led by a certified Irish Step Instructor in this fun and energetic workshop!

Who Daisies & Brownies When September 10, 2017; 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Where Ballet Spartanburg, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg Fee $15.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing August 27 Individual & Troop Clay Jewelry Clay can be used to make many amazing pieces of jewelry! From stamping designs onto the clay, to glazing! Be inspired as you work with our professional clay artists to create your own clay jewelry pieces! This would include one finished piece. Additional charges will apply to more than one finished piece. Bring a lunch. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult.

Who Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors When September 16, 2017; 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Where Myersart Pottery Farm, 1281 Legion Rd, Hickory Grove Fee $12.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing September 3 Individual & Troop Program Events/Workshops and Series

23 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint Pottery 1 Ready to make a coil pot and learn other hand building pottery techniques? This is a class on bisque firing clay. Girls may take their clay piece home or register for a follow up class to learn to glaze. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. Who Brownies When September 16, 2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Digital Arts Computers help you do so much. You can make amazing art, find incredible facts on the Internet, and send fun cards to friends and family. Earn this badge, and you'll be a safe, secure computer expert! Individually registered girls must attend with an adult.

Who Brownies When September 16, 2017; 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Jeweler Want more sparkle in your life? Try making jewelry! It's easy and inexpensive to make. You can create it for yourself or give to a friend. Try this badge, and you'll have something wonderful to wear in no time. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. Who Juniors When September 16, 2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Drawing When you pick up your pencil, anything could leap from your mind onto a sheet of paper. That’s what makes drawing so fun. With this badge, you’ll find techniques to make your drawings even better—which will make it more fun to see what your imagination can do.

Individually registered girls must attend with an adult.

Who Juniors When September 16, 2017; 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Digital Movie Maker A movie doesn't just tell a story; it shows a story. If you could show the whole world a story, how would it look? Bright and cheery? Fast-paced and full of changes in scene? With what visual would it start and end? You've probably spent countless hours watching movies—now's your chance to show others how you want them to see the world. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. Who Cadettes When September 16, 2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Book Artist For centuries, humans have been developing methods to create and bind paper in order to share ideas, knowledge, and inspiration with each other and with future generations.

In this workshop, you will try gluing, stitching, and folding your way to shaping your own book-artistry style. During this workshop, you'll get to create some spectacular gifts and keepsakes. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult.

Who Cadettes When September 16, 2017; 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Collage Artist No matter what you do with your collage, there won’t be another just like it in the world. Everything—from the materials you choose, to how it’s assembled—is up to you. Get inspired to see the creative possibility in everyday objects. This badge is an opportunity to make art as unique as you are. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. Who Seniors & Ambassadors When September 16, 2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Clay 1 Let's show your creative side! In this class you will learn about working with clay. Each girl will have an opportunity to learn techniques in hand building and wheel throwing.

Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. Who Seniors & Ambassadors When September 16, 2017; 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Where The Arts Center of Clemson, 212 Butler St, Clemson Fee $35.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing September 3 Individual & Troop Robotics Robots, gears, and gadgets galore! Did you know there are many different types of robots? For this program, girls will bring robotics projects to life using computer programming and LEGO MINDSTORMS, BoeBot, mBot, or Sphero robots! Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. Who Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors When September 16, 2017; 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Where IT-Ology, 1301 Gervais St.

Suite 200, Columbia Fee $25.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing September 3 Individual & Troop

24 Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands FOCALPoint The Zombie Apocalypse Wilderness Training Are you ready for the Zombie Invasion? Learn about the five core tenets of survival: Food, Water, Shelter, Fire, and the proper mindset for how to survive in the woods if the earth is invaded by the undead, aliens, or time travelling warriors! Taught by professional wilderness instructors who can literally light fires in a puddleit will be a day to remember! Adults will be participating and learning as well! Individually registered girls must attend with an adult.

Who Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors When September 16, 2017; 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Where The Woodsrunner Sch.

Self Reliance, 2664 Stomp Springs Rd, Clinton Fee $12.00 per girl; $12.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing September 3 Individual & Troop Irish Step Dancing Love to dance or wish you could learn a few new moves? Come join us to experience the magic of Irish Step Dancing. Girls will be led by a certified Irish Step Instructor in this fun, energetic workshop! Who Juniors When September 17, 2017; 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Where Ballet Spartanburg, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg Fee $15.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing September 3 Individual & Troop Coding 101 – Afterschool Program for Daisies - SERIES Join our 6-week afterschool program to get engaged with floor robots to learn coding! Daisies will engage with Bee-bots and other applications to explore what coding is, why we use it, and how to use it! This is an interactive program full of meaningful learning experiences.

Daisies will be able to get their hands on tools and technology to further their learning. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. This is a six week program. It takes place on Wednesdays for six consecutive Wednesdays.

Who Daisies & Brownies Entertainment Technology - SERIES Join our 6-week afterschool program to explore Entertainment Technology! Juniors will have studio time to themselves for each meeting and explore each requirement. This includes learning about stop-motion animation, getting hands-on with laptops and Scratch programming, learning about green-screen technology, and making a musical composition. Girl Scout Juniors will receive their badges at the end of the program. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult. This is a six week program. It takes place on Wednesdays for six consecutive Wednesdays.

Who Brownies & Juniors MEdia Journey – Afterschool Program for Cadettes - SERIES Join our 6-week afterschool program to take the MEdia Journey at TCMU! The MEdia Journey explores how media is an amazing source of storiessome informative, some pure amusement. Go behind the scenes in our studio and see how these stories are made! Girl scouts who sign up for this program will have the studio time to themselves for each meeting. In addition to exploring the power of media, they will explore the green-screen technology and video editing that goes into the experience. Individually registered girls must attend with an adult.

This is a six week program. It takes place on Wednesdays for six consecutive Wednesdays. Who Juniors & Cadettes When September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2017; 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Where The Children's Museum of the Upstate, 300 College Street, Greenville Fee $100.00 per girl; $2.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW/Closing September 3 Individual & Troop So you Want to Travel? Destination Webinar Girl Scouts between the ages of 12 and 18 who are adventurous and want to expand their horizons are encouraged to join this awesome webinar. Get information on important dates for application submissions, different destinations to consider, and destination funding.

Who Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors When September 21, 2017; 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Where Your Place-Webinar Fee $0.00 per girl; $0.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW / Closing September 3 Individual & Troop Creek Stomping Good Time Pack a picnic to go with your outdoor adventure at Paris Mountain State Park. Learn about the life cycles of different critters living in the pond and lake. Price includes state park admission, so stick around and take a hike around the lake with your Girl Scout friends! (Very limited parking available - carpooling strongly advised.) Individually registered girls must attend with a participating adult.

Who Brownies When September 23, 2017; 3:00 PM-5:00 PM Where Paris Mountain State Park, 2401 State Park Road, Greenville Fee $10.00 per girl; $7.00 per adult Registration Opening NOW / Closing September 10 Individual & Troop

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