MEOS FOR OUR MEMBERSHIP
Girlz Gear is your Girl Scout Holiday Gift Headquarters all this month! Check these out:
TOP 10 ITEMS on EVERY Leader’s and Girl Scout’s HOLIDAY WISH LIST:
1) Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting
2) 100th Anniversary Puzzle
3) Girl Scout water bottle or tumbler
4) “Girls Rock” flannel PJ pants
5) Mountains to Midlands coffee mug
6) 100th Anniversary Ornament
7) New! M2M polo shirt
8) New! GS tee shirt
9) M2M Pillow Pal
10) Badge Activity Set
December 5-9: All tee’s and sweatshirts are 20% OFF
December 12-16: All jewelry is 20% OFF
December 19-22: All hats, socks, hair bands are 20% OFF
December 27-30: All Christmas ornaments are 25% OFF
Sleep In and Sleep Out sessions have been scheduled for the Midlands. Sleep In is scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Columbia Service Center. This training is required before taking the Sleep Out training.
Sleep Out is scheduled for Saturday–Sunday, January 14-15, 2012, beginning at 9:00 AM, at Camp Kinard. Camp Kinard is located at 6053 Two Notch Road, Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29070. Overnight accommodations will be in heated cottages, with bunk beds and indoor bathrooms. The cost of the training is $18.00. Participants will prepare Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast as part of the training. Please register for these trainings in eCouncil.
Questions? Jeri Kleckley at ext. 1241
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
Thanks to everyone who entered photos of Girl Scouts for our 2011 Holiday Card Contest. The choice was a difficult one! After much deliberation and thoughtful consideration by our committee, our 2011 council holiday card will feature a photo of Girl Scout Troop 468 of West Columbia; Barbara Rohrer, leader. Congratulations, girls!
Remember to share your photos throughout the year through the link on our homepage. They might show up in newsletters, on the Web, or in our publications. Thanks in advance for working with girls to help them become leaders; and for sharing their efforts with the council and community!
GIRLS’ WORLD FORUM
Dear Girl Scouts:
You are invited to apply for the Girls’ World Forum (GWF) to be held in Chicago, IL, July 12 -16, 2012. Each Girl Scout Council may send two girls to the event. The girls selected to attend must be:
· a registered girl member ages 14 to 18 at the time of the Forum
· actively engaged in our Girl Scout Council
· interested in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
· willing to develop skills and networks to bring about change in their community and country
· fluent in English, Arabic, French or Spanish (to contribute and benefit fully from the Forum).
The Girls’ World Forum is the third and final event in a series of forums that are part of the WAGGG’s global centenary celebrations. The World Forums, hosted by Girl Guiding UK in 2010 and the World Centers in 2011, have already engaged over 250 young women in discussions of the WAGGGS Global Action Theme, girls worldwide say “Together We Can Change Our World,” which address the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
GWF 2012 will focus on three millennium goals: MDG 1: to end poverty and hunger, MDG 3: to promote gender equality and empower women, and MDG 7: to achieve environmental sustainability.
The Forum will include the following elements:
· Exchange with external partners
· Develop advocacy, leadership & communication skills
· Identify viable solutions to MDG issues & incorporate them into designs of personal action plans.
· Participate in local take action projects
· Review and incorporate Member Organizations 2010 and 2011 Forum action plans
· Centenary celebrations
Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands will contribute $500 toward the $650 registration fee from the proceeds from the Fall Product Sale. This registration fee includes food, accommodations and all activity and program costs throughout the Forum. The $500 council scholarship is only available to a girl once per calendar year, so if it is used toward a destination fee in 2012, it would not be available for this event. Each girl selected would be responsible for the difference in their registration fee, the cost of travel to the Forum and personal spending money. We anticipate the total cost to the girls, including incidentals, to be about $400 – $600 but will vary based on airfare and unaccompanied minor fees, if applicable.
Cookie Dough may be used toward the registration fee. Also, Financial Assistance, based on need, up to $300 may be requested to participate in this event. More details on financial assistance will be available after the selection process is complete. In addition, the girls chosen for this trip would have the opportunity to apply for the Lillian Holley Martin Travel Fund which helps cover up to $250 for costs associated with Girl Scout travel for one girl from the council each calendar year.
Applications are due to the council by 5:30 PM on January 6, 2012. Please direct any questions to Lynn Arve, 864.770.1410 or toll-free 1.800.849.4475. Once the two girls are selected, Lynn will work with them to coordinate travel arrangements, if needed.