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  • A Message from Kim and Rebecca


    Dear Girl Scout Community:   As you may know, Boy Scouts of America recently passed a vote to allow girls into the Boy Scout Program. We have been aware of this possibility for some time now, and we feel that it’s important to reach out to you, and let you know exactly where we stand. While we can’t speak for the decisions made by the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts is, and will remain, the scouting program that truly benefits girls by providing a safe space for them to learn and lead.  And, around the world, the vast majority of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are in single-gender organizations. Last week during our G.I.R.L. 2017 convention, nearly 8,000 girls and those who support their healthy development—including incredible and inspiring speakers, our dedicated volunteers, alumnae, and leaders from across our Movement, as well as many from the general public—came together from all over our country and across the globe to celebrate and amplify the incredible power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in our Movement. The proven long-term benefit of this type of girl-centered environment is more than just convenience.  The girl leadership experience has been well-documented and recognized by educators, scholars, and other girl- and youth-servin...



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  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands Announces 2018 Columbia Women of Distinciton


    Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor four Midlands-area women at its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on March 1, 2018 at the Columba Metropolitan Convention Center. The Women of Distinction Award recognizes local women of courage, confidence, and character, who exhibit exceptional professional and personal success, and have made a lasting impact in the community. The evening pays tribute to the honorees with a night of success stories, inspiration, and call to action.

    This year’s honorees are: Kathleen Lawson Gibson, Director of Clarendon One Community Resource Center; Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of Richland Library; Erin McCaskill, Vice President and private banker for First Citizens Wealth Management; Molly Spearman, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education.

    Kathleen Lawson Gibson is the daughter of the late Henry Lawson and Faye Smith Lawson. She received her formal education at Clarendon School District One and was an honor graduate of Scott’s Branch High School Class of 1970. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood with a concentration in Psychology. Ms. Gibson is always proud to let the young people know that it is never too late to reach their goal. As she is quick to tell anyone, she was a “non-traditional student” who walked across the stage of the Carolina Coliseum in her early 40’s.

    Ms. Gibson is a lifelong member of Historic Libe...



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  • Two Local Women to be honored as Women of Distinction by Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands


    Greenville, SC – The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor two Greenville-area women at its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Celebration on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Rhonda Hunt has been appointed as the event’s chair. The evening pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. 

    This year’s honorees are: Debbie Harris, Vice President, Human Resources, Tire Centers, LLC and Amy Wood, 7 News Anchor.

    Debbie Harris is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at Tire Centers, LLP (TCi) in Duncan, SC.  This role has HR responsibility for the all TCi personnel across the United States working in the functions of tire distribution, warehousing and sales.  Prior to this assignment, she was the Director of Human Resources for Michelin India for almost 4 years, responsible for employees working in manufacturing, service groups, marketing and sales and research and development. 

    Before moving to India in 2013, Debbie’s last assignment in Michelin North America (MNA) was as the Executive Vice President of customer service and logistics, responsible for all customer service operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Debbie joined Michelin in May 1990, as a shop floor manager in a tire manufacturing facility.  After that time, she worked in various operati...



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  • Join our Leadership Center Journey with the ToGetHerThere Campaign


    Girl Scouts teach girls to lead with courage, confidence and character. Our alumnae become independent, financially savvy civic and business leaders who excel in a wide range of professions. While we are proud of the impact we have made so far, the astounding potential of our girls inspires us to aim even higher. That is why we have developed a first-of-its kind leadership model to equip girls with the skills necessary to take charge of their careers and their dreams.

    After extensive research and input from community leaders, donors, agency partners, alumnae, and current Girl Scouts, GSSC-MM created a visionary plan that will inspire Girl Scouts with unparalleled learning experiences and life-changing leadership opportunities. The result is a comprehensive leadership development program that utilizes both indoor and outdoor facilities.

    To be located in Columbia’s Vista area, the Leadership Center will serve all Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders. Girl Scouts across our 22 counties will benefit from the 32,000 square foot facility that will create the workforce of the future. It is designed to be an incubator for leadership for all young women across the council. The girls who learn to empower themselves at the Leadership Center will go on to strengthen the fabric of our communities, our state, our country, and our world. 

    The Leadership Center will allow G.I.R.L.s to participate in...



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  • A Gold and Silver Award Celebration to Remember


    On Sunday, May 7, our entire council came together to celebrate and honor our girls who earned their Gold and Silver Awards. Earning the Gold and Silver Awards means much more than a certificate and a pin. These top honor awards represent the courage it takes to lead, the confidence required to take risks and innovate new solutions, and the character that is so desperately needed in our leadership today. A girl who earns the Gold Award spends at least 80 hours planning, organizing, and working her project. She identifies a need in the community, innovates a solution, and takes action to make the world a better place. Leadership the Girl Scout way is not aspirational, it is the kind of practical leadership that makes change happen. 

    In true Girl Scout fashion, two of our very own Girl Scouts emceed the awards ceremony- we are so proud of how these young ladies stepped up and led like a Girl Scout. In addition to our Girl Scouts speaking, we got to hear from CEO, Kim Hutzell, and a member of our Board of Directors during the awards ceremony. 

    We are so proud of each girl who earns her Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award and we congratulate all who were honored at our May 7th awards ceremony!

  • 24th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration in Columbia


    Women of Distinction honorees exemplify what it means to be a true leader for every girl who dreams of changing the world. They are women who stand up for their values despite adversity; women who seek to serve others; and women who improve the world around them. 

    On Thursday, April 13, we honored these exceptional women with an awards ceremony and dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. It was our distinct honor to celebrate their dedication to giving back, the strong example they set for our girls, and their outstanding leadership- big and small. Because here at Girl Scouts we teach girls to take the lead every day. Whether it’s as simple as asking the new girl to sit at their table, or as big as earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts know that leadership is a daily practice.  That is exactly what our Women of Distinction represent. They each live a life filled with everyday leadership moments that inspire, empower, and encourage.

    Emily England Clyburn, Therese Griffin, Sharon Brown Harriott, Judge Amy McCulloch, and Xiaolan Michelle Wang Cao are all women who exemplify the kind of leader girls want to be. They model the power of G.I.R.L. for our girls, communities, and world.

    Did you miss the event? Learn more about these amazing role models by watching their videos: 

    Emily England Clyburn

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  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands Announce Honorees for Women of Distinction in Columbia


    The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor five Columbia-area women at its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Columbia Convention Center, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Women of Distinction Award recognizes local women of courage, confidence, and character, who exhibit exceptional professional and personal success, and have made a lasting impact in the community. The evening pays tribute to the honorees with a night of success stories, inspiration, and call to action.

     

    This year’s honorees are: Judge Amy W. McCulloch, Richland County Probate Judge; Emily England Clyburn, Retired Librarian; Xiaolan Michelle Wang, Entrepreneur; Sharon Brown Harriott, South Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Therese A. Griffin, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Demand Management at South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) Company.

     

    Judge Amy W. McCulloch grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Dreher High School in 1983 and the University of South Carolina in 1987. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar the same year.

    She was elected as the Richland County Probate Judge in November of 1998 and was sworn-in in January of 1999. She has focused on improving accessibility to estate documents, forms and procedures through t...



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  • The 2017 Legislative Page Program


    Girls from across the state of South Carolina- from both our council and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina- spent four days at our State's capital learning about the political process, meeting officials, and serving as Pages. The girls started off their week at the State House by meeting the Governor, and getting introduced to their Senators and Representatives. Throughout the week, the girls got to sit on the House and Senate Floors while they were both in session as they assisted the officials. 

    The girls were also recognized on the Senate Floor by Senator Shealy, along with other representatives from Girl Scouts. The experiences the girls had, skills they learned, and the connections they made prepared them to lead with courage, confidence, and character in their own communities. 

  • Powerful Women Summit Presented by Publix


    Our Powerful Women Summit offered teens a unique opportunity to have real "face time" with powerful professionals. On Saturday, January 28, we gathered at three beautiful venues, one in each of our major regions, to celebrate successful women and connect them with girls! After brunch, the powerful women rotated between tables in a "speed dating" format for girls to hear their stories and ask helpful questions.

    At each of our locations, we had a wide variety of careers represented- everything from medical and law enforcement, to engineering and education! Girls attending learned how to be Go-Getters who chase after what they want, Innovators who create solutions when obstacles stand in their way, Risk-takers who get out of their comfort zones, and Leaders who inspire others along the way.

    We would like to extend a huge thank you to Publix for being our Presenting Sponsor for our Career Exploration series. Events like Powerful Women are possible because of partners like Publix!  

  • Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program


    A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints and Trefoils/Shortbreads.

    The sale of cookies by Girl Scouts had humble beginnings, born as a way for troops to finance activities. The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. As the Girl Scout Cookie Program developed and evolved, it not only became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—it also enabled collaboration and integration, as early as the 1950s, among girls and troops of diverse backgrounds, as they worked together toward common goals.

    “To think that for 100 years Girl Scouts have been powering their experiences through the sale of cookies is inspiring. We thank the communities we serve for supporting the financial education and incredible experiences offered to girls through the sale of Girl Scout cookies,” said Kim Hutzell, Preside...



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  • The 2017 Camp Book has Arrived!


    To honor 100 years of the Girl Scout Cookie Program powering amazing outdoor experiences for G.I.R.L.s, Girl Scouts announced a new S’more cookie for everyone to enjoy. Between cookies and campfires, we can’t get enough of this delicious treat, so we wanted to continue this theme into our summer programs.  Like the fireside snack, once your camper gets a taste of the outdoors, she’ll Gotta Have S’more…

    Our Camps are about NEW EXPERIENCES and FUN! They are for every Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader! Our camps will fuel her imagination, ignite her interests, and create life-long memories.

    Register before January 31st and you will receive 20% off resident camp at Camp WaBak and Camp Occaneechi $20 off day camp at Camp Mary Elizabeth and Camp Occaneechi. 

    Check out our camp book, find your favorite sessions, register today... AND GIVE THE GIFT OF CAMP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!



  • The Spirit of the Holiday Season: Giving Tuesday


    The holiday season is typically filled with gift giving. We shop feverishly for the perfect gift for our friends and family. We often strive to give the gift of kindness a little more during the holidays. We give gifts of time and treasure to worthy causes and those in need.

    The value of giving is something we try so hard to instill in our girls. We encourage every Girl Scout to take action with meaningful service projects. From the generous Daisy, to the Gold Award earning Ambassador, we see the spirit of the holiday season in our girls and volunteers all year long.

    Today, November 29, 2016, is Giving Tuesday. This day is set aside, in the midst of the holiday season, to give the gift of support to an inspiring cause.  We hope our movement is one you can get behind and root for. We believe every girl should have the opportunity to become a Girl Scout, and with your help we can reach more girls and offer them life-changing experiences.

    Thank you for your support. Together, we will build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who are making the world a better place.  

  • The Fall Town Hall Tour


    At the end of the day, our mission as staff is to give you and your girls the best experience possible. For the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to enrich the lives of our membership, and in turn enrich our communities, and the world.

    We recently concluded our Fall Town Hall Tour. During these listening sessions, Council leadership asked for honest feedback from you, the volunteer. As a result, the Fall Town Hall Tour was refreshingly candid and raw.

    You told us what we are doing right, where we can improve, and what your aspirations for the Council are. We truly took all of your suggestions and comments to heart. Understanding the quality of YOUR experiences as volunteers gives us the knowledge and direction to make the future of Girl Scouting even better.

    We would like to thank each person who came out to the Town Halls. Thank you for your dedication to this movement, and all you do for our girls. We will take all of the guidance you gave us and use it to make each year better than the last. 

  • A Night to Remember: The Gold Centennial Gala


    The Gold Award represents the very mission and purpose of Girl Scouts. This award requires girls to use the confidence it takes to lead, the courage leadership requires, and the character true leadership demands. Girls who earn the Gold Award spend a minimum of 80 hours planning, presenting, and working their project. They invest their time and heart into making their communities a better place. For 100 years, girls have been changing the world through the Gold Award.

    The Gold Award has been known by several names over the course of a century; the Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar Award, and First Class. While the name may have changed, the purpose remains the same; for girls to take action in their communities and make the world a better place.

    On Friday, November 4, we came together as a state to honor the incredible significance of the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. Girls, volunteers, Council staff, and the community were invited to attend this historic celebration at the South Carolina State Museum. All in attendance enjoyed hearing from the CEOs of GSSC-MM and GSESC, Gold Award recipients, and our COO, Jes Williams. 

    We are so proud of all of the girls who have earned their Gold Award. We are grateful to everyone who helped them get there. We look forward to another 100 years of changing the world through the Gold Award. 

  • A Women of Distinction Celebration: Boots and Pearls


    What does it really mean to be a leader? Girl Scouts believe leadership is more than merely holding a position of authority. True leadership means being committed to integrity, courage, and giving back to others. Tuesday, October 18, at Indigo Hall in Spartanburg, we honored three local women with the Women of Distinction Award. The women honored were nominated by their peers and chosen because of their exceptional character, professional achievement, and civic engagement.

    All three of these women give generously of their time, passion, and resources to enrich the lives of others and make our community a better place. They all lead like G.I.R.L. Scouts.

    Dr. Gloria Webb Close has devoted her professional and personal life to the pursuit of helping others. Dr. Close is passionate about sharing her talents by mentoring and counseling others to develop leadership and confidence. She is an incredible role model for the girls of Spartanburg.

    Kathy Dunleavy is a true leader. She is a leader who uses her influence and abilities to pave the path forward for the Spartanburg community. Her legacy of leadership serves as a guide future generations to lead with courage, confidence, and character.

    Dr. Kay Woodward is the picture of grace and wisdom. Dr. Woodward firmly believes in speaking out against injustice and living with conviction. She uses her success to broadcast her message of commitment, perseverance, and integrity to girls throughout the community...



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  • Celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World


    The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. The Gold Award is not given, but earned through the rigorous planning, presenting, and execution of a service project that enriches the community and can last for years to come. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. That’s right- 100 years of changing the world!

    We are so excited to invite you all to our Gold Award 100 Gala to commemorate the Gold Award Centennial. The Gala will be held on November 4, 2016 in Columbia at the South Carolina State Museum. You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to honor Gold Award Recipients, network with Girl Scouts and volunteers, and celebrate 100 years of changing the world! 

    Get your tickets today!

  • A Night of Inspiration: Greenville Women of Distinction 2016


    Women of Distinction honorees exemplify what it means to be a true leader for every girl who dreams of changing the world. They are women who stand up for their values despite adversity; women who seek to serve others; and women who improve the world around them. 

    Tan Kirby Davis and Zandra Johnson are women who exemplify the kind of leader girls want to be. They are courageous enough to stand up for what they believe in. They give back to the community with compassion and generosity. And through leadership and philanthropy, both of these women strive to make the world a better place. 

    On Thursday, September 15, we honored these exceptional women with an awards ceremony at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research. Did you miss the event? Watch the full awards ceremony on our Facebook! 

    Learn more about these amazing role models by watching their videos: 

    Tan Kirby Davis 

    Zandra Johnson 

  • Girl Scouts Meet with Congressmen to Advocate for Girls


    In August, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands began Congressional meetings to advocate for the girls of South Carolina. The meetings began on August 22 with President & CEO, Kim Hutzell, and Congressman Mick Mulvaney and his staff. Following the initial meeting, representatives of our Council met with the offices of Representative Jeff Duncan and Senator Lindsey Graham. Together, we discussed the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award and the issues facing girls and Girl Scouting as part of a national initiative known as Girl Scout District Congressional Advocacy Days.

    The topics discussed with our lawmakers during this brief recess included the support of out-of-school programming such as STEM education, financial literacy, environmental education, and bullying/relational aggression prevention. We also encouraged our officials to support the Girl Scout Experience and recognize the significance of the Gold Award.  

    All of our Congressmen were invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award with us November 4.

    We meet regularly with our elected officials to advocate for girls in our state. We would like to thank our South Carolina lawmakers for working with us to make the world a better place!

     

  • A Sweet Tradition: NEW Girl Scout S’mores Cookie


    The first ever recorded recipe for S’mores was in the 1927 “Tramping and Trailing” Girl Scout publication. Sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows, and making the delicious chocolaty messes are a beloved part of our Girl Scout heritage. That’s why we are so excited to give you the news.

    We present to you, a new Girl Scout cookie that is crafted from an old tradition. The cookie is a crispy graham cookie, double dipped in a yummy crème icing, and finished with a delicious chocolaty layer. Get ready for the Girl Scout S’mores cookie! No fire needed. 

  • The Spring/Summer 2016 Leadership Line is Now Available!


    Your calendar is rarely empty, and you can't be everywhere at once. This is why we have worked to compile the best Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands highlights into one document to keep you "in the know." You can now read the Spring/Summer 2016 Leadership Line, and be inspired by stories of courage, confidence, and character. 

    Missed the Volunteer Recognition Celebration? No worries! Read all about an amazing night of fun, frienship, and Girl Scouts in the L2. Curious about the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award? Let us tell you how Girl Scouts have been changing the world for 100 years!

    Grab your glasses, settle in, and read the new Leadership Line today!  

  • Mary Black Foundation Helps with CME Pool Renovations


    The ribbon is cut, and the pool is open! The Grand re-Opening went swimmingly, as families from around the Upstate came out to enjoy the newly renovated pool. When asked about the Camp Mary Elizabeth pool, Stephanie Lawson said, "I want my kids to have those unforgettable summer memories. The pool is great, and the prices for CME were the only that were affordable for our whole family. My kids are so excited now that they will get to come here for the whole summer." 

    After receiving a $109,610 grant from the Mary Black Foundation, we have been able to successfully renovate the pool at Camp Mary Elizabeth. As a highlight of the grant, we are now able to provide swim lessons and summer pool passes at a low cost to the public, with financial aid available.

    Did you know that for every five people that die from drowning, one of those is a child under the age of 14? The ability to swim can often mean the difference between life and death.

    This statistic is one of the many reasons that the Mary Black Foundation, and Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands, believe this pool will be an incredible resource.  It allows the entire Upstate community access to improved health and wellness, and is a resource to help teach children to swim. 

    Camp Mary Elizabeth is conveniently located in the city of Spartanburg, and is open to th...



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  • Girl Scout Moment Leads to Medal of Honor


    The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is not an award that is bestowed lightly; as the recipient must save a life, or attempt to save a life, without risking their own.  However, for the second time this year, the Girl Scouts of South Carolina, Mountains to Midlands, were pleased to present this award to Tiffany Sue Brown, age 10, of Belton, South Carolina.

    Last summer, while in Michigan with her family, Tiffany took the lead, and responded without hesitation when she noticed that her younger cousin was in danger of drowning. Tiffany recalls that the young boy was splashing, and had begun to go underwater as she raced towards him. Tiffany covered roughly 25 feet, to reach 5 year old Whytt, in order to push him toward the safety of the steps. While Whytt was coughing, and got sick shortly after being rescued, he suffered no lasting injuries. The fortuitous outcome of this potentially disastrous can be accredited to Tiffany’s act of valor, and initiative.

    Our council applauds Tiffany for her courage to take the lead, and act with bravery and determination. The ceremony was held as a surprise to Tiffany and her family on May 31, 2016.

    As we enter summer swimming season safety is crucial.  For information on swim lessons and financial aid at the Camp Mary Elizabeth pool click here. 

  • Greenville Girl Scout Awarded Medal of Honor


    Girl Scout Ella Grace Belew, age 6, of Greenville was awarded the Medal of Honor May 4, 2016 for saving a friend’s life.  

    Ella Belew successfully administered the Heimlich on her friend who was choking.  The girls were playing in Ella’s front yard in July 2015 when Ella noticed her friend choking on a brownie bite.  Ella quickly began performing the Heimlich and after 3 attempts the brownie bite was successfully removed. 

    The event was witnessed by Ella Grace’s sister, Anna Kathryn Belew.  In total shock, Anna asked Ella where she learned the Heimlich and Ella replied, “Well I didn’t get my Safety Patch for nothing.”

    The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is given for saving a life or attempting to save a life without risking the candidate’s own life.

  • Women of Distinction Honored in Columbia


    The Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands recognized four outstanding women Thursday, April 14 at the Columbia Convention Center.

    This year’s honorees exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism.

    This year’s Midlands honorees are: Barbara Blau, President and CEO of DP Professionals; Adrienne Gist, Licensed Social Worker, Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Business Educator and Youth Advocate; Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Terry Peace, Senior VP, Group and Individual Division of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

    To learn more about these distinguished women please watch their videos:

    Barbara Blau
    Adrienne Gist
    Lou Kennedy
    Terry Peace

  • Girl Scouts Experience Law Making Firsthand


    What an incredible week to be at the South Carolina Statehouse.  While the bill to fund South Carolina road improvements continues back and forth between chambers Girl Scouts of South Carolina travelled down a new road they paved themselves. 

    This week Girl Scouts from both South Carolina councils; Mountains to Midlands and Eastern South Carolina were honorary pages in both the House and Senate.  The week began with meetings with South Carolina’s two female state senators, a staff member of the Governor’s office, and Lt. Governor Henry McMaster.  All shared the importance of participating in the political process while South Carolina Girl Scouts engaged them about their passions and missions.  Bonnie F. from Troop 2222 told us, “Girl Scouts has equipped me with the courage and confidence to ask leaders thoughtful questions.”

    The girls settled into Senate and House chambers Tuesday afternoon and didn’t have a moment of rest as they carried out their page duties.  Maddie M. from Troop 9136 says she really enjoyed listening to Legislator’s speak, “Girl Scouts prepared me by teaching me how to interact with people and giving me leadership experiences to share.  I’ve learned that I am very interested in law making.”

    Girl Scouts wrapped up the week by being honored with the presentation of a resolution, presented by the Women’s Caucus, in recognition of the anniversary of 100 Years of Changing the World.

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  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina Works with Lawmakers to Advance the Cause of Girls


    To further the Girl Scouts of South Carolina’s efforts to ensure every girl has the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong the Chairman of the South Carolina Joint Girl Scout Legislative Committee introduced the Girl Scouts 2016 Legislative Agenda to the South Carolina General Assembly Women’s Caucus March 2, 2016.

    On behalf of the members of Girl scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, Belinda Copeland, Chairman of the South Carolina Joint Girl Scout Legislative Committee spoke with lawmakers about the importance Girl Scouting has on thousands of girls throughout the great state of South Carolina.

    To advance the cause of girls Girl Scouts is prioritizing the following public policy aims in 2016:

    - Promote Economic Opportunities for Girls
    - Encourage Healthy Living Opportunities for Girls
    - Foster Global Citizenship and a Global Voice for Girls
    - Support a Strong Nonprofit Community and Girl Scout Experience

    Public policies are needed to develop skills for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs, and connect girls to their communities and their world.

    Both Girl Scout Councils in South Carolina ensured lawmakers that they are ready to discuss the issues, suggest policy solutions, serve on advisory committees, testify at hearings, and provide valuable research so that girls, their communities and the world benefit. 

  • Girl Scout Day at Clemson University Introduces Girls to STEM Careers


    Dozens of Girl Scouts from the Mountains to Midlands council spent a full day immersed in engineering and science activities at Clemson University.  Clemson says it was its attempt to “shatter the glass ceiling.”

    According to Generation STEM report published by the Girl Scout Research Institute, only about 25% of STEM career positions are held by women.  Key components for girls to pursue STEM courses of study include exposure and experiential experiences with STEM fields and access to role models and mentors.

    As part of this year’s event, February 20, Girl Scouts learned Chemistry by making cheese and worked together on computers to learn how civil engineers design infrastructure. 

    This is the 16th year Clemson has hosted Girl Scout day.  The University group Women in Science and Engineering organizes the event that is also sponsored by Lockheed Martin. 

    Meika Samuel, STEM manager for Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains-Midlands, said the program helps introduce Girl Scouts to education and career opportunities in STEM fields.

     

  • The Early Bird Gets the Incentive


    What does early bird registration mean for girls and troops? MORE PROGRAMS! MORE TRIPS! MORE EXPERIENCES! This year, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands is giving back more money than ever to troops and girls through the Cookie Program.

    Re-register for the 2016-17 Membership Year and help your troop have more experiences and more adventures this year.

    Troops who early-register at least 75% of their total troop (based on current registration numbers) will receive an EXTRA $.15 per-box bonus at cookie bonus payout time!
     
    What You Need to Know – Frequently Asked Questions

     If girls who re-register are changing troops, where will the bonus be applied? The troop leader who works to collect and turn in the Early Bird registrations will earn the bonus.  Can troop funds be used to cover Early Bird Registrations? Absolutely! Troops may use their funds to cover registrations if they so choose.                   Does the incentive apply to adult volunteers who re-register? The 75% re-registration goal is girl-specific. Remember that at least 5 girls and 2 non-related adults must be registered per troop (as well as multi-level troops).                 &nbs...



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  • World Thinking Day Celebration Provides Sisterhood and Knowledge


    Did you know Vietnam’s national flower is the lotus?  Have you ever tasted Colcannon?   Troops from Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands got together in mid-February in Taylors to learn about countries around the world in celebration of World Thinking Day.   Daisies to Cadettes shared information about China, Vietnam, Ireland, and other countries.  Every girl or troop brought food or drink samples from the country they represented.  Everyone walked away full of knowledge and native dishes.

    World Thinking Day on February 22 celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts founder Robert, Lord Baden-Powell (1857–1941) and World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (1889–1977).

     The Girl Scout holiday is used to rally global sisterhood and support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action on global issues to make the world a better place.

  • Powerful Women Summits a Success with Girl Scouts


    Early on Saturday morning, January 31, hundreds of girls gave up a weekend morning to invest in their futures.  In both Greenville and Columbia Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands brought together girls from grades 7-12 with Powerful Women from South Carolina.  The Powerful Women represent diverse fields including; engineering, television, politics, and medical.                                                                                                

    In a format similar to speed dating Powerful Women moved around the room every 8-10 minutes answering questions from 8-10 girls per table.

    The Girl Scout experience has always focused on providing girls with opportunities to become leaders in their communities and the world.This annual program connects girls with local leaders.  

  • It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!


    Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands has launched its annual cookie sales program.  This is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide.

    Door-to-door, pre-order sales began January 8 with delivery in mid-late February.  Sales dates at local retail locations, when customers can buy directly, are weekends from February 19 through March 13.

    Once again, the girl entrepreneurs will be able to sell cookies to consumers through the revolutionary, digital technology program that was introduced last year called Digital Cookie.  Using a mobile app, girls can create and manage their sales online and customers can enjoy the convenience of having cookies shipped directly to them and paying via a credit card on a smart phone or tablet.

    States Kim Hutzell, President/CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, “Through the Digital Cookie platform, a game-changing upgrade to the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls have more ways than ever to connect with their customers, and are able to dig deeper into the economics of cookie selling by forecasting troop earnings and analyzing sales data.”

    The returning popular cookies are:  Caramel deLites, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thin Mints, and Thanks-a-Lot.  Lemonades are in the spotlight this year becaus...



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  • Welcome our Newest Board of Directors


    Welcome to our newest Board members!  Seven new members have been elected as new Board Members At-Large beginning January 1, 2016 for a two-year term.

    Welcome to our newest Board members!  Seven new members have been elected as new Board Members At-Large beginning January 1, 2016 for a two-year term.

    Ruth Cate, Spartanburg, is an attorney with her own firm, The Cate Law Firm.  She has a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the University Of South Carolina Law School.  Ruth is a previous board member for Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, serving from 2007-2010.   Prior to that, Ruth served on the board of the legacy Piedmont Area Council from 1998 to 2007 and as a member of the Council Realignment Committee from 2006-2007.  She serves on the Board of Trustees for USC Upstate Foundation, the Board of Advisors for Wells Fargo and on the South Carolina Family Law Council. She has also served in leadership roles on the Board of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Governors for the University of South Carolina Alumni Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the Mary Black Foundation.  Ruth was named a 2014 Karen Mitchell Women of Distinction by our council.  Ruth says, “I love Girl Scouts.  Always have and always will.  I love the fact that it empowers girls and ultimately women and that it provides lots of fun.  I love the emphasi...



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  • Give Volunteer Jean Shew A Big Round of Applause


    Jean Shew, Greer, is in the volunteer spotlight

    Jean Shew is that rare visionary volunteer who also applies ideas practically, leads efforts effectively, and engages others successfully. She is a tireless volunteer, event founder, and fundraising leader. 

    Jean is the founder of the annual Powerful Women Summit, now in its ninth year, which has served more than 1,000 girls in our council.  She has advised countless Girl Scouts through their process of earning the Gold Award, the highest leadership award for Girl Scouts in grades 10th – 12th.  She has also served on many strategic Board committees and was elected as a national Girl Scout delegate.

    A Girl Scout volunteer for over 25 years, Jean was a co-leader for daughter Ashley’s Troop 72 in Greenwood. Then, after moving to Greenville, she started Troop 17 in 1997 with daughters Betsy in first grade and Megan in 5K. Troop 17 went all the way through Senior year for eight of the girls, all of whom received their Gold Awards. Troop 17 attended the national conventions in Atlanta and Indianapolis. Four of the troop members attended the first SusuFUNd international trip to London. (

    She recommends being a volunteer because, “The Girl Scouts is the complete activity package for girls, providing sports opportunities, outdoor adventures, travel, and so much more. The badges cover everything from baking to computer technology with space and star exploration in between...



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  • Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World


    For a century Girl Scouts have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award by taking action to address local, national, and global issues.

    2016 is the year of celebrating the 100 years of the highest honor in Girl Scouting. For the last century, millions of Girl Scout alumnae have created, developed, and executed “Take Action” projects that have positively impacted their communities and the world, earning Girl Scouts’ highest award.

    Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable changes in their communities and around the world.  The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.

    The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, a research study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), reaffirms the lifetime benefits award recipients receive pertaining to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement. Girl Scouts is excited to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout Gold Award excellence, innovation, and visionary leadership in 2016, and to continue empowering future generations of girls to follow their dreams, discover their passions, and make a global impact.

    The GSRI report also highlights that those who have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award feel they have had suc...



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Contact:
Karen Kelly, Director,  Marketing and Communications:
Office: 864-770-1408
Mobile: 864-436-5481 

  • A Message from Kim and Rebecca


    Dear Girl Scout Community:   As you may know, Boy Scouts of America recently passed a vote to allow girls into the Boy Scout Program. We have been aware of this possibility for some time now, and we feel that it’s important to reach out to you, and let you know exactly where we stand. While we can’t speak for the decisions made by the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts is, and will remain, the scouting program that truly benefits girls by providing a safe space for them to learn and lead.  And, around the world, the vast majority of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are in single-gender organizations. Last week during our G.I.R.L. 2017 convention, nearly 8,000 girls and those who support their healthy development—including incredible and inspiring speakers, our dedicated volunteers, alumnae, and leaders from across our Movement, as well as many from the general public—came together from all over our country and across the globe to celebrate and amplify the incredible power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in our Movement. The proven long-term benefit of this type of girl-centered environment is more than just convenience.  The girl leadership experience has been well-documented and recognized by educators, scholars, and other girl- and youth-servin...



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  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands Announces 2018 Columbia Women of Distinciton


    Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor four Midlands-area women at its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on March 1, 2018 at the Columba Metropolitan Convention Center. The Women of Distinction Award recognizes local women of courage, confidence, and character, who exhibit exceptional professional and personal success, and have made a lasting impact in the community. The evening pays tribute to the honorees with a night of success stories, inspiration, and call to action.

    This year’s honorees are: Kathleen Lawson Gibson, Director of Clarendon One Community Resource Center; Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of Richland Library; Erin McCaskill, Vice President and private banker for First Citizens Wealth Management; Molly Spearman, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education.

    Kathleen Lawson Gibson is the daughter of the late Henry Lawson and Faye Smith Lawson. She received her formal education at Clarendon School District One and was an honor graduate of Scott’s Branch High School Class of 1970. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood with a concentration in Psychology. Ms. Gibson is always proud to let the young people know that it is never too late to reach their goal. As she is quick to tell anyone, she was a “non-traditional student” who walked across the stage of the Carolina Coliseum in her early 40’s.

    Ms. Gibson is a lifelong member of Historic Libe...



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  • Two Local Women to be honored as Women of Distinction by Girl Scouts of South Carolina - Mountains to Midlands


    Greenville, SC – The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor two Greenville-area women at its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Celebration on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Rhonda Hunt has been appointed as the event’s chair. The evening pays tribute to women who exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism. 

    This year’s honorees are: Debbie Harris, Vice President, Human Resources, Tire Centers, LLC and Amy Wood, 7 News Anchor.

    Debbie Harris is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at Tire Centers, LLP (TCi) in Duncan, SC.  This role has HR responsibility for the all TCi personnel across the United States working in the functions of tire distribution, warehousing and sales.  Prior to this assignment, she was the Director of Human Resources for Michelin India for almost 4 years, responsible for employees working in manufacturing, service groups, marketing and sales and research and development. 

    Before moving to India in 2013, Debbie’s last assignment in Michelin North America (MNA) was as the Executive Vice President of customer service and logistics, responsible for all customer service operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Debbie joined Michelin in May 1990, as a shop floor manager in a tire manufacturing facility.  After that time, she worked in various operati...



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  • Join our Leadership Center Journey with the ToGetHerThere Campaign


    Girl Scouts teach girls to lead with courage, confidence and character. Our alumnae become independent, financially savvy civic and business leaders who excel in a wide range of professions. While we are proud of the impact we have made so far, the astounding potential of our girls inspires us to aim even higher. That is why we have developed a first-of-its kind leadership model to equip girls with the skills necessary to take charge of their careers and their dreams.

    After extensive research and input from community leaders, donors, agency partners, alumnae, and current Girl Scouts, GSSC-MM created a visionary plan that will inspire Girl Scouts with unparalleled learning experiences and life-changing leadership opportunities. The result is a comprehensive leadership development program that utilizes both indoor and outdoor facilities.

    To be located in Columbia’s Vista area, the Leadership Center will serve all Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders. Girl Scouts across our 22 counties will benefit from the 32,000 square foot facility that will create the workforce of the future. It is designed to be an incubator for leadership for all young women across the council. The girls who learn to empower themselves at the Leadership Center will go on to strengthen the fabric of our communities, our state, our country, and our world. 

    The Leadership Center will allow G.I.R.L.s to participate in...



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  • A Gold and Silver Award Celebration to Remember


    On Sunday, May 7, our entire council came together to celebrate and honor our girls who earned their Gold and Silver Awards. Earning the Gold and Silver Awards means much more than a certificate and a pin. These top honor awards represent the courage it takes to lead, the confidence required to take risks and innovate new solutions, and the character that is so desperately needed in our leadership today. A girl who earns the Gold Award spends at least 80 hours planning, organizing, and working her project. She identifies a need in the community, innovates a solution, and takes action to make the world a better place. Leadership the Girl Scout way is not aspirational, it is the kind of practical leadership that makes change happen. 

    In true Girl Scout fashion, two of our very own Girl Scouts emceed the awards ceremony- we are so proud of how these young ladies stepped up and led like a Girl Scout. In addition to our Girl Scouts speaking, we got to hear from CEO, Kim Hutzell, and a member of our Board of Directors during the awards ceremony. 

    We are so proud of each girl who earns her Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award and we congratulate all who were honored at our May 7th awards ceremony!

  • 24th Annual Women of Distinction Celebration in Columbia


    Women of Distinction honorees exemplify what it means to be a true leader for every girl who dreams of changing the world. They are women who stand up for their values despite adversity; women who seek to serve others; and women who improve the world around them. 

    On Thursday, April 13, we honored these exceptional women with an awards ceremony and dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. It was our distinct honor to celebrate their dedication to giving back, the strong example they set for our girls, and their outstanding leadership- big and small. Because here at Girl Scouts we teach girls to take the lead every day. Whether it’s as simple as asking the new girl to sit at their table, or as big as earning the Gold Award, Girl Scouts know that leadership is a daily practice.  That is exactly what our Women of Distinction represent. They each live a life filled with everyday leadership moments that inspire, empower, and encourage.

    Emily England Clyburn, Therese Griffin, Sharon Brown Harriott, Judge Amy McCulloch, and Xiaolan Michelle Wang Cao are all women who exemplify the kind of leader girls want to be. They model the power of G.I.R.L. for our girls, communities, and world.

    Did you miss the event? Learn more about these amazing role models by watching their videos: 

    Emily England Clyburn

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  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands Announce Honorees for Women of Distinction in Columbia


    The Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will honor five Columbia-area women at its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Columbia Convention Center, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Women of Distinction Award recognizes local women of courage, confidence, and character, who exhibit exceptional professional and personal success, and have made a lasting impact in the community. The evening pays tribute to the honorees with a night of success stories, inspiration, and call to action.

     

    This year’s honorees are: Judge Amy W. McCulloch, Richland County Probate Judge; Emily England Clyburn, Retired Librarian; Xiaolan Michelle Wang, Entrepreneur; Sharon Brown Harriott, South Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Therese A. Griffin, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Demand Management at South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) Company.

     

    Judge Amy W. McCulloch grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Dreher High School in 1983 and the University of South Carolina in 1987. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar the same year.

    She was elected as the Richland County Probate Judge in November of 1998 and was sworn-in in January of 1999. She has focused on improving accessibility to estate documents, forms and procedures through t...



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  • The 2017 Legislative Page Program


    Girls from across the state of South Carolina- from both our council and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina- spent four days at our State's capital learning about the political process, meeting officials, and serving as Pages. The girls started off their week at the State House by meeting the Governor, and getting introduced to their Senators and Representatives. Throughout the week, the girls got to sit on the House and Senate Floors while they were both in session as they assisted the officials. 

    The girls were also recognized on the Senate Floor by Senator Shealy, along with other representatives from Girl Scouts. The experiences the girls had, skills they learned, and the connections they made prepared them to lead with courage, confidence, and character in their own communities. 

  • Powerful Women Summit Presented by Publix


    Our Powerful Women Summit offered teens a unique opportunity to have real "face time" with powerful professionals. On Saturday, January 28, we gathered at three beautiful venues, one in each of our major regions, to celebrate successful women and connect them with girls! After brunch, the powerful women rotated between tables in a "speed dating" format for girls to hear their stories and ask helpful questions.

    At each of our locations, we had a wide variety of careers represented- everything from medical and law enforcement, to engineering and education! Girls attending learned how to be Go-Getters who chase after what they want, Innovators who create solutions when obstacles stand in their way, Risk-takers who get out of their comfort zones, and Leaders who inspire others along the way.

    We would like to extend a huge thank you to Publix for being our Presenting Sponsor for our Career Exploration series. Events like Powerful Women are possible because of partners like Publix!  

  • Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program


    A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies are now available, joining classics like Thin Mints and Trefoils/Shortbreads.

    The sale of cookies by Girl Scouts had humble beginnings, born as a way for troops to finance activities. The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. As the Girl Scout Cookie Program developed and evolved, it not only became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—it also enabled collaboration and integration, as early as the 1950s, among girls and troops of diverse backgrounds, as they worked together toward common goals.

    “To think that for 100 years Girl Scouts have been powering their experiences through the sale of cookies is inspiring. We thank the communities we serve for supporting the financial education and incredible experiences offered to girls through the sale of Girl Scout cookies,” said Kim Hutzell, Preside...



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  • The 2017 Camp Book has Arrived!


    To honor 100 years of the Girl Scout Cookie Program powering amazing outdoor experiences for G.I.R.L.s, Girl Scouts announced a new S’more cookie for everyone to enjoy. Between cookies and campfires, we can’t get enough of this delicious treat, so we wanted to continue this theme into our summer programs.  Like the fireside snack, once your camper gets a taste of the outdoors, she’ll Gotta Have S’more…

    Our Camps are about NEW EXPERIENCES and FUN! They are for every Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader! Our camps will fuel her imagination, ignite her interests, and create life-long memories.

    Register before January 31st and you will receive 20% off resident camp at Camp WaBak and Camp Occaneechi $20 off day camp at Camp Mary Elizabeth and Camp Occaneechi. 

    Check out our camp book, find your favorite sessions, register today... AND GIVE THE GIFT OF CAMP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!



  • The Spirit of the Holiday Season: Giving Tuesday


    The holiday season is typically filled with gift giving. We shop feverishly for the perfect gift for our friends and family. We often strive to give the gift of kindness a little more during the holidays. We give gifts of time and treasure to worthy causes and those in need.

    The value of giving is something we try so hard to instill in our girls. We encourage every Girl Scout to take action with meaningful service projects. From the generous Daisy, to the Gold Award earning Ambassador, we see the spirit of the holiday season in our girls and volunteers all year long.

    Today, November 29, 2016, is Giving Tuesday. This day is set aside, in the midst of the holiday season, to give the gift of support to an inspiring cause.  We hope our movement is one you can get behind and root for. We believe every girl should have the opportunity to become a Girl Scout, and with your help we can reach more girls and offer them life-changing experiences.

    Thank you for your support. Together, we will build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who are making the world a better place.  

  • The Fall Town Hall Tour


    At the end of the day, our mission as staff is to give you and your girls the best experience possible. For the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to enrich the lives of our membership, and in turn enrich our communities, and the world.

    We recently concluded our Fall Town Hall Tour. During these listening sessions, Council leadership asked for honest feedback from you, the volunteer. As a result, the Fall Town Hall Tour was refreshingly candid and raw.

    You told us what we are doing right, where we can improve, and what your aspirations for the Council are. We truly took all of your suggestions and comments to heart. Understanding the quality of YOUR experiences as volunteers gives us the knowledge and direction to make the future of Girl Scouting even better.

    We would like to thank each person who came out to the Town Halls. Thank you for your dedication to this movement, and all you do for our girls. We will take all of the guidance you gave us and use it to make each year better than the last. 

  • A Night to Remember: The Gold Centennial Gala


    The Gold Award represents the very mission and purpose of Girl Scouts. This award requires girls to use the confidence it takes to lead, the courage leadership requires, and the character true leadership demands. Girls who earn the Gold Award spend a minimum of 80 hours planning, presenting, and working their project. They invest their time and heart into making their communities a better place. For 100 years, girls have been changing the world through the Gold Award.

    The Gold Award has been known by several names over the course of a century; the Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar Award, and First Class. While the name may have changed, the purpose remains the same; for girls to take action in their communities and make the world a better place.

    On Friday, November 4, we came together as a state to honor the incredible significance of the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. Girls, volunteers, Council staff, and the community were invited to attend this historic celebration at the South Carolina State Museum. All in attendance enjoyed hearing from the CEOs of GSSC-MM and GSESC, Gold Award recipients, and our COO, Jes Williams. 

    We are so proud of all of the girls who have earned their Gold Award. We are grateful to everyone who helped them get there. We look forward to another 100 years of changing the world through the Gold Award. 

  • A Women of Distinction Celebration: Boots and Pearls


    What does it really mean to be a leader? Girl Scouts believe leadership is more than merely holding a position of authority. True leadership means being committed to integrity, courage, and giving back to others. Tuesday, October 18, at Indigo Hall in Spartanburg, we honored three local women with the Women of Distinction Award. The women honored were nominated by their peers and chosen because of their exceptional character, professional achievement, and civic engagement.

    All three of these women give generously of their time, passion, and resources to enrich the lives of others and make our community a better place. They all lead like G.I.R.L. Scouts.

    Dr. Gloria Webb Close has devoted her professional and personal life to the pursuit of helping others. Dr. Close is passionate about sharing her talents by mentoring and counseling others to develop leadership and confidence. She is an incredible role model for the girls of Spartanburg.

    Kathy Dunleavy is a true leader. She is a leader who uses her influence and abilities to pave the path forward for the Spartanburg community. Her legacy of leadership serves as a guide future generations to lead with courage, confidence, and character.

    Dr. Kay Woodward is the picture of grace and wisdom. Dr. Woodward firmly believes in speaking out against injustice and living with conviction. She uses her success to broadcast her message of commitment, perseverance, and integrity to girls throughout the community...



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  • Celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World


    The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. The Gold Award is not given, but earned through the rigorous planning, presenting, and execution of a service project that enriches the community and can last for years to come. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award. That’s right- 100 years of changing the world!

    We are so excited to invite you all to our Gold Award 100 Gala to commemorate the Gold Award Centennial. The Gala will be held on November 4, 2016 in Columbia at the South Carolina State Museum. You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to honor Gold Award Recipients, network with Girl Scouts and volunteers, and celebrate 100 years of changing the world! 

    Get your tickets today!

  • A Night of Inspiration: Greenville Women of Distinction 2016


    Women of Distinction honorees exemplify what it means to be a true leader for every girl who dreams of changing the world. They are women who stand up for their values despite adversity; women who seek to serve others; and women who improve the world around them. 

    Tan Kirby Davis and Zandra Johnson are women who exemplify the kind of leader girls want to be. They are courageous enough to stand up for what they believe in. They give back to the community with compassion and generosity. And through leadership and philanthropy, both of these women strive to make the world a better place. 

    On Thursday, September 15, we honored these exceptional women with an awards ceremony at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research. Did you miss the event? Watch the full awards ceremony on our Facebook! 

    Learn more about these amazing role models by watching their videos: 

    Tan Kirby Davis 

    Zandra Johnson 

  • Girl Scouts Meet with Congressmen to Advocate for Girls


    In August, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands began Congressional meetings to advocate for the girls of South Carolina. The meetings began on August 22 with President & CEO, Kim Hutzell, and Congressman Mick Mulvaney and his staff. Following the initial meeting, representatives of our Council met with the offices of Representative Jeff Duncan and Senator Lindsey Graham. Together, we discussed the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award and the issues facing girls and Girl Scouting as part of a national initiative known as Girl Scout District Congressional Advocacy Days.

    The topics discussed with our lawmakers during this brief recess included the support of out-of-school programming such as STEM education, financial literacy, environmental education, and bullying/relational aggression prevention. We also encouraged our officials to support the Girl Scout Experience and recognize the significance of the Gold Award.  

    All of our Congressmen were invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award with us November 4.

    We meet regularly with our elected officials to advocate for girls in our state. We would like to thank our South Carolina lawmakers for working with us to make the world a better place!

     

  • A Sweet Tradition: NEW Girl Scout S’mores Cookie


    The first ever recorded recipe for S’mores was in the 1927 “Tramping and Trailing” Girl Scout publication. Sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows, and making the delicious chocolaty messes are a beloved part of our Girl Scout heritage. That’s why we are so excited to give you the news.

    We present to you, a new Girl Scout cookie that is crafted from an old tradition. The cookie is a crispy graham cookie, double dipped in a yummy crème icing, and finished with a delicious chocolaty layer. Get ready for the Girl Scout S’mores cookie! No fire needed. 

  • The Spring/Summer 2016 Leadership Line is Now Available!


    Your calendar is rarely empty, and you can't be everywhere at once. This is why we have worked to compile the best Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands highlights into one document to keep you "in the know." You can now read the Spring/Summer 2016 Leadership Line, and be inspired by stories of courage, confidence, and character. 

    Missed the Volunteer Recognition Celebration? No worries! Read all about an amazing night of fun, frienship, and Girl Scouts in the L2. Curious about the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award? Let us tell you how Girl Scouts have been changing the world for 100 years!

    Grab your glasses, settle in, and read the new Leadership Line today!  

  • Mary Black Foundation Helps with CME Pool Renovations


    The ribbon is cut, and the pool is open! The Grand re-Opening went swimmingly, as families from around the Upstate came out to enjoy the newly renovated pool. When asked about the Camp Mary Elizabeth pool, Stephanie Lawson said, "I want my kids to have those unforgettable summer memories. The pool is great, and the prices for CME were the only that were affordable for our whole family. My kids are so excited now that they will get to come here for the whole summer." 

    After receiving a $109,610 grant from the Mary Black Foundation, we have been able to successfully renovate the pool at Camp Mary Elizabeth. As a highlight of the grant, we are now able to provide swim lessons and summer pool passes at a low cost to the public, with financial aid available.

    Did you know that for every five people that die from drowning, one of those is a child under the age of 14? The ability to swim can often mean the difference between life and death.

    This statistic is one of the many reasons that the Mary Black Foundation, and Girl Scouts of South Carolina- Mountains to Midlands, believe this pool will be an incredible resource.  It allows the entire Upstate community access to improved health and wellness, and is a resource to help teach children to swim. 

    Camp Mary Elizabeth is conveniently located in the city of Spartanburg, and is open to th...



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  • Girl Scout Moment Leads to Medal of Honor


    The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is not an award that is bestowed lightly; as the recipient must save a life, or attempt to save a life, without risking their own.  However, for the second time this year, the Girl Scouts of South Carolina, Mountains to Midlands, were pleased to present this award to Tiffany Sue Brown, age 10, of Belton, South Carolina.

    Last summer, while in Michigan with her family, Tiffany took the lead, and responded without hesitation when she noticed that her younger cousin was in danger of drowning. Tiffany recalls that the young boy was splashing, and had begun to go underwater as she raced towards him. Tiffany covered roughly 25 feet, to reach 5 year old Whytt, in order to push him toward the safety of the steps. While Whytt was coughing, and got sick shortly after being rescued, he suffered no lasting injuries. The fortuitous outcome of this potentially disastrous can be accredited to Tiffany’s act of valor, and initiative.

    Our council applauds Tiffany for her courage to take the lead, and act with bravery and determination. The ceremony was held as a surprise to Tiffany and her family on May 31, 2016.

    As we enter summer swimming season safety is crucial.  For information on swim lessons and financial aid at the Camp Mary Elizabeth pool click here. 

  • Greenville Girl Scout Awarded Medal of Honor


    Girl Scout Ella Grace Belew, age 6, of Greenville was awarded the Medal of Honor May 4, 2016 for saving a friend’s life.  

    Ella Belew successfully administered the Heimlich on her friend who was choking.  The girls were playing in Ella’s front yard in July 2015 when Ella noticed her friend choking on a brownie bite.  Ella quickly began performing the Heimlich and after 3 attempts the brownie bite was successfully removed. 

    The event was witnessed by Ella Grace’s sister, Anna Kathryn Belew.  In total shock, Anna asked Ella where she learned the Heimlich and Ella replied, “Well I didn’t get my Safety Patch for nothing.”

    The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is given for saving a life or attempting to save a life without risking the candidate’s own life.

  • Women of Distinction Honored in Columbia


    The Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands recognized four outstanding women Thursday, April 14 at the Columbia Convention Center.

    This year’s honorees exemplify excellence in service, leadership, community visibility, and professionalism.

    This year’s Midlands honorees are: Barbara Blau, President and CEO of DP Professionals; Adrienne Gist, Licensed Social Worker, Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Business Educator and Youth Advocate; Lou Kennedy, President, CEO and Owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Terry Peace, Senior VP, Group and Individual Division of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

    To learn more about these distinguished women please watch their videos:

    Barbara Blau
    Adrienne Gist
    Lou Kennedy
    Terry Peace

  • Girl Scouts Experience Law Making Firsthand


    What an incredible week to be at the South Carolina Statehouse.  While the bill to fund South Carolina road improvements continues back and forth between chambers Girl Scouts of South Carolina travelled down a new road they paved themselves. 

    This week Girl Scouts from both South Carolina councils; Mountains to Midlands and Eastern South Carolina were honorary pages in both the House and Senate.  The week began with meetings with South Carolina’s two female state senators, a staff member of the Governor’s office, and Lt. Governor Henry McMaster.  All shared the importance of participating in the political process while South Carolina Girl Scouts engaged them about their passions and missions.  Bonnie F. from Troop 2222 told us, “Girl Scouts has equipped me with the courage and confidence to ask leaders thoughtful questions.”

    The girls settled into Senate and House chambers Tuesday afternoon and didn’t have a moment of rest as they carried out their page duties.  Maddie M. from Troop 9136 says she really enjoyed listening to Legislator’s speak, “Girl Scouts prepared me by teaching me how to interact with people and giving me leadership experiences to share.  I’ve learned that I am very interested in law making.”

    Girl Scouts wrapped up the week by being honored with the presentation of a resolution, presented by the Women’s Caucus, in recognition of the anniversary of 100 Years of Changing the World.

    The honor w...



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  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina Works with Lawmakers to Advance the Cause of Girls


    To further the Girl Scouts of South Carolina’s efforts to ensure every girl has the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong the Chairman of the South Carolina Joint Girl Scout Legislative Committee introduced the Girl Scouts 2016 Legislative Agenda to the South Carolina General Assembly Women’s Caucus March 2, 2016.

    On behalf of the members of Girl scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands and Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, Belinda Copeland, Chairman of the South Carolina Joint Girl Scout Legislative Committee spoke with lawmakers about the importance Girl Scouting has on thousands of girls throughout the great state of South Carolina.

    To advance the cause of girls Girl Scouts is prioritizing the following public policy aims in 2016:

    - Promote Economic Opportunities for Girls
    - Encourage Healthy Living Opportunities for Girls
    - Foster Global Citizenship and a Global Voice for Girls
    - Support a Strong Nonprofit Community and Girl Scout Experience

    Public policies are needed to develop skills for today’s and tomorrow’s jobs, and connect girls to their communities and their world.

    Both Girl Scout Councils in South Carolina ensured lawmakers that they are ready to discuss the issues, suggest policy solutions, serve on advisory committees, testify at hearings, and provide valuable research so that girls, their communities and the world benefit. 

  • Girl Scout Day at Clemson University Introduces Girls to STEM Careers


    Dozens of Girl Scouts from the Mountains to Midlands council spent a full day immersed in engineering and science activities at Clemson University.  Clemson says it was its attempt to “shatter the glass ceiling.”

    According to Generation STEM report published by the Girl Scout Research Institute, only about 25% of STEM career positions are held by women.  Key components for girls to pursue STEM courses of study include exposure and experiential experiences with STEM fields and access to role models and mentors.

    As part of this year’s event, February 20, Girl Scouts learned Chemistry by making cheese and worked together on computers to learn how civil engineers design infrastructure. 

    This is the 16th year Clemson has hosted Girl Scout day.  The University group Women in Science and Engineering organizes the event that is also sponsored by Lockheed Martin. 

    Meika Samuel, STEM manager for Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains-Midlands, said the program helps introduce Girl Scouts to education and career opportunities in STEM fields.

     

  • The Early Bird Gets the Incentive


    What does early bird registration mean for girls and troops? MORE PROGRAMS! MORE TRIPS! MORE EXPERIENCES! This year, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands is giving back more money than ever to troops and girls through the Cookie Program.

    Re-register for the 2016-17 Membership Year and help your troop have more experiences and more adventures this year.

    Troops who early-register at least 75% of their total troop (based on current registration numbers) will receive an EXTRA $.15 per-box bonus at cookie bonus payout time!
     
    What You Need to Know – Frequently Asked Questions

     If girls who re-register are changing troops, where will the bonus be applied? The troop leader who works to collect and turn in the Early Bird registrations will earn the bonus.  Can troop funds be used to cover Early Bird Registrations? Absolutely! Troops may use their funds to cover registrations if they so choose.                   Does the incentive apply to adult volunteers who re-register? The 75% re-registration goal is girl-specific. Remember that at least 5 girls and 2 non-related adults must be registered per troop (as well as multi-level troops).                 &nbs...



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  • World Thinking Day Celebration Provides Sisterhood and Knowledge


    Did you know Vietnam’s national flower is the lotus?  Have you ever tasted Colcannon?   Troops from Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands got together in mid-February in Taylors to learn about countries around the world in celebration of World Thinking Day.   Daisies to Cadettes shared information about China, Vietnam, Ireland, and other countries.  Every girl or troop brought food or drink samples from the country they represented.  Everyone walked away full of knowledge and native dishes.

    World Thinking Day on February 22 celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guides/Girl Scouts founder Robert, Lord Baden-Powell (1857–1941) and World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (1889–1977).

     The Girl Scout holiday is used to rally global sisterhood and support girls as they travel internationally, connect with sister Girl Guides, and take action on global issues to make the world a better place.

  • Powerful Women Summits a Success with Girl Scouts


    Early on Saturday morning, January 31, hundreds of girls gave up a weekend morning to invest in their futures.  In both Greenville and Columbia Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands brought together girls from grades 7-12 with Powerful Women from South Carolina.  The Powerful Women represent diverse fields including; engineering, television, politics, and medical.                                                                                                

    In a format similar to speed dating Powerful Women moved around the room every 8-10 minutes answering questions from 8-10 girls per table.

    The Girl Scout experience has always focused on providing girls with opportunities to become leaders in their communities and the world.This annual program connects girls with local leaders.  

  • It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!


    Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands has launched its annual cookie sales program.  This is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide.

    Door-to-door, pre-order sales began January 8 with delivery in mid-late February.  Sales dates at local retail locations, when customers can buy directly, are weekends from February 19 through March 13.

    Once again, the girl entrepreneurs will be able to sell cookies to consumers through the revolutionary, digital technology program that was introduced last year called Digital Cookie.  Using a mobile app, girls can create and manage their sales online and customers can enjoy the convenience of having cookies shipped directly to them and paying via a credit card on a smart phone or tablet.

    States Kim Hutzell, President/CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, “Through the Digital Cookie platform, a game-changing upgrade to the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls have more ways than ever to connect with their customers, and are able to dig deeper into the economics of cookie selling by forecasting troop earnings and analyzing sales data.”

    The returning popular cookies are:  Caramel deLites, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thin Mints, and Thanks-a-Lot.  Lemonades are in the spotlight this year becaus...



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  • Welcome our Newest Board of Directors


    Welcome to our newest Board members!  Seven new members have been elected as new Board Members At-Large beginning January 1, 2016 for a two-year term.

    Welcome to our newest Board members!  Seven new members have been elected as new Board Members At-Large beginning January 1, 2016 for a two-year term.

    Ruth Cate, Spartanburg, is an attorney with her own firm, The Cate Law Firm.  She has a B.A. from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from the University Of South Carolina Law School.  Ruth is a previous board member for Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands, serving from 2007-2010.   Prior to that, Ruth served on the board of the legacy Piedmont Area Council from 1998 to 2007 and as a member of the Council Realignment Committee from 2006-2007.  She serves on the Board of Trustees for USC Upstate Foundation, the Board of Advisors for Wells Fargo and on the South Carolina Family Law Council. She has also served in leadership roles on the Board of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Governors for the University of South Carolina Alumni Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the Mary Black Foundation.  Ruth was named a 2014 Karen Mitchell Women of Distinction by our council.  Ruth says, “I love Girl Scouts.  Always have and always will.  I love the fact that it empowers girls and ultimately women and that it provides lots of fun.  I love the emphasi...



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  • Give Volunteer Jean Shew A Big Round of Applause


    Jean Shew, Greer, is in the volunteer spotlight

    Jean Shew is that rare visionary volunteer who also applies ideas practically, leads efforts effectively, and engages others successfully. She is a tireless volunteer, event founder, and fundraising leader. 

    Jean is the founder of the annual Powerful Women Summit, now in its ninth year, which has served more than 1,000 girls in our council.  She has advised countless Girl Scouts through their process of earning the Gold Award, the highest leadership award for Girl Scouts in grades 10th – 12th.  She has also served on many strategic Board committees and was elected as a national Girl Scout delegate.

    A Girl Scout volunteer for over 25 years, Jean was a co-leader for daughter Ashley’s Troop 72 in Greenwood. Then, after moving to Greenville, she started Troop 17 in 1997 with daughters Betsy in first grade and Megan in 5K. Troop 17 went all the way through Senior year for eight of the girls, all of whom received their Gold Awards. Troop 17 attended the national conventions in Atlanta and Indianapolis. Four of the troop members attended the first SusuFUNd international trip to London. (

    She recommends being a volunteer because, “The Girl Scouts is the complete activity package for girls, providing sports opportunities, outdoor adventures, travel, and so much more. The badges cover everything from baking to computer technology with space and star exploration in between...



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  • Celebrating 100 Years of Changing the World


    For a century Girl Scouts have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award by taking action to address local, national, and global issues.

    2016 is the year of celebrating the 100 years of the highest honor in Girl Scouting. For the last century, millions of Girl Scout alumnae have created, developed, and executed “Take Action” projects that have positively impacted their communities and the world, earning Girl Scouts’ highest award.

    Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable changes in their communities and around the world.  The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.

    The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, a research study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), reaffirms the lifetime benefits award recipients receive pertaining to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement. Girl Scouts is excited to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout Gold Award excellence, innovation, and visionary leadership in 2016, and to continue empowering future generations of girls to follow their dreams, discover their passions, and make a global impact.

    The GSRI report also highlights that those who have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award feel they have had suc...



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