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Lend a Hand: Girl Scout Leaders…Why do we do it? Because WE are the VERY BEST ROLE MODELS for Our Daughters!

100_6841 (240 x 161)Recently, a Troop led by Andrea Forstell built Osprey Platforms at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in Grasonville as a service learning project, as a result of the project the girls were able to fly up to their next level and become Junior Girl Scouts. However, the project was more than just an task for advancement. The girls learned invaluable skills of carpentry and gained knowledge of ecology and wildlife, that will stay with them throughout their lifetime. Andrea says, “The gifts that Girl Scout Volunteers share with the girls are gifts of empowerment and knowledge that they aren’t getting in other places in their lives today and that they need,” She and other volunteers like her believe nothing could bring more satisfaction to your life than that!

Volunteers like Andrea Forstell, who has a daughter in Girl Scouts, became involved initially because she did not want her daughter to suffer the same fate as her many years ago. When Andrea was a youth her scouting days ended abruptly when her troop dissolved as a result of a lack of volunteer manpower. Today Andrea is a troop leader and assists the Service Team in coordinating and recruiting other leaders in Queen Anne’s County.

The Girl Scouts of Queen Anne’s County recently hosted a tea and craft event to recruit new volunteers for the 2013-2014 scouting year. Queen Anne’s County has over 350 Girl Scouts in 49 troops spread across the county and continues to grow larger. Girl Scouting could not exist without the support and commitment of adults who share their time and talents to help girls build courage, confidence and character. Even small commitments of time can make a big difference in the life of a girl. While some volunteers become troop leaders, others visit established Girl Scout troops to share information about a passion or hobby. Still other volunteers assist with the administrative tasks necessary to keep troops running or help with organizing county-wide Girl Scouting events.

If you would like more information about becoming a Girl Scout volunteer in Queen Anne’s County, please call Robin Lansinger at 410-758-5424 or email at troop585@toadmail.com.

Queen Anne’s County Girl Scouts Will Go Door-to-Door Taking Cookie Orders

cookie sales photo (400 x 440)Queen Anne’s County Girl Scouts will go door-to-door to begin taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies starting Saturday, January 5, 2013. This year local Girl Scouts will offer the six varieties – Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos and Savannah Smiles. All Girl Scout Cookies are free of preservatives and have zero trans fats. Cookies are $4.00 per box.

The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay are also participating in a pilot program to sell a new product, Girl Scout Snack bars. The chewy granola bars come in two flavors, Double Dutch and Tagalongs and are $4.00 per box.

Once again this year, girls will be taking donations of Girl Scout cookies for Operation Taste of Home. The Operation Taste of Home cookies will be donated to our Armed Forces and food banks in Queen Anne’s County. Customers can donate boxes during pre-order sales and at cookie booth sales, which begin in February.

All of the proceeds—every penny—remain in the area where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop treasuries, and some of it indirectly by funding Council-led programs for Girl Scouts.

Queen Anne’s County has over 350 Girl Scouts in 49 troops spread across the county and we continue to grow larger. Individuals interested in purchasing Cookies or donating to Operation Taste of Home may call Robin Lansinger at 410-758-5424 or email at troop585@toadmail.com.

Girl Scout Woodworking at CBMM Oct. 13

On Saturday, October 13 from 1-4pm at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD, Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to join CBMM’s Journeyman Shipwright Jennifer Kuhn for an afternoon of working with wood.

Held in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, the program helps Cadettes meet some of the requirements for a woodworking badge. Participation is limited, with pre-registration required.

This special woodworking program also offers participants the opportunity to learn about skipjacks and bugeyes while participating in woodworking activities and tool demonstrations. Cadettes will learn to use a hammer, level, screwdriver, and more while creating their own wooden boat to take home. Participants will also receive a fun Girl Scout patch.

The cost is $12 per participant with pre-registration required through the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay by calling 302-456-7182. For more information about CBMM, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org. For more information about Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake, visit www.gscb.org.

Adult Recognition Dinner

The Girl Scouts of Queen Anne’s County (Service Unit 88) held an Adult Recognitions Dinner on June 4, 2012 at Centreville United Methodist Church. Volunteers enjoyed a dinner prepared by Helen Todd Caterers while receiving awards for outstanding service and leadership to Service Unit 88.

Longevity awards were given to 30 leaders for 5 years of service, 12 leaders for 10 years of service and 2 leaders for 15 years of service. Green Angel awards were given to 20 leaders and adult volunteers for excellent service to a troop. Outstanding Leader Awards were given to four leaders and five troops were honored as Super Troops. The Service Team (18 members, including 2 teen delegates) and Event Coordinators were also recognized for their service.

Guest speaker for the evening, Samantha Lansinger, shared a letter explaining what Girl Scouting meant to her, “Girl Scouts is more than the awards, the activity on the resume, or the friendships. It is a sisterhood that develops extraordinary leaders and young women who have influenced society for the best”. Ms. Lansinger is a 2011 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School.

Many local businesses provided door prizes for the event.

The Girl Scouts wish to thank their local supporters and community partners, who assist us throughout the year. The Girl Scouts of Queen Anne’s County is run entirely by volunteers and served 381 girls last year. New volunteers are always needed to assist with troops. Contact Service Unit Manager, Robin Lansinger at 410-758-5424 for more information.

In photo: Kim Ruth, Leader Troop #550, Outstanding Leader Award and 15 years of Service and Jenna Ruth, Adult Volunteer Troop #550, 5 years of Service.

Queen Anne’s County Girl Scouts Will Go Door-to-Door Taking Cookie Orders

Queen Anne’s County Girl Scouts will go door-to-door to begin taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies starting Saturday, January 7, 2012. This year local Girl Scouts will offer the six varieties – Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos and new this year Savannah Smiles in honor of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary. All Girl Scout Cookies are free of preservatives and have zero trans fats. Cookies are $4.00 per box.

Girls are also taking donations of Girl Scout cookies for Operation Taste of Home and local community groups. The Operation Taste of Home cookies will be donated to our Armed Forces and local churches and food banks in Queen Anne’s County. Last year local donations exceeded 160 cases of cookies.

The Girl Scouts Cookie Program is about more than just great tasting cookies. The program has a lasting impact on girls’ lives by helping them to build life skills such as leadership, money management, decision-making, teamwork, and goal setting. The benefits of the Cookie Program have been hailed by many of today’s businesswomen, who cite selling Girl Scout Cookies was their first step toward successful careers.

All of the proceeds-every penny-remain in the area where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop treasuries, and some of it indirectly by funding Council-led programs for Girl Scouts.

Queen Anne’s County has over 350 Girl Scouts in 49 troops spread across the county and we continue to grow larger. Individuals interested in purchasing Cookies or donating to Operation Taste of Home may call Robin Lansinger at 410-758-5424 or email at troop585@toadmail.com.

Girl Scout Cookie Sales to Begin in January

Cookie Sales start Saturday, January 8, 2011. Girls will start selling door to door on this day. Cookie Booths will start Friday, February 11, 2011 at local businesses.

The varieties this year have been condensed to 6 or better known as “The Super Six” and they are Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, and Lemon Chalets. The price remains $3.50 per box.

Girl Scouts Earn Awards

Troop 1252 (400 x 300)The Girl Scouts of Service Unit #4 had a remarkable number of girls receiving their Gold and Bronze Awards during the 2008-2009 Scouting year.  For the first time in twelve years, a Girl Scout from Talbot County received the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.  A National Award with high standards, the Gold Award represents a girl’s time, leadership, creativity, and effort contributed to making her community a better place.  Only 3 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide will earn this prestigious award each year.  Katherine Schumacher of Easton (Troop 612) earned her award by creating and organizing a computer database for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Talbot County’s library.  Schumacher picked out software for the program to use and entered all of their materials into the database.  She also shelved everything in a way that helps CASA volunteers to find resources more quickly and easily.

Kelsey Abbott of St. Michaels, Christina Thomas of Tilghman, and Kaitlyn Whitby of Easton (all in Troop 453) earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn, by helping the environment.  They learned about recycling and how to best recycle materials in Talbot County.  Whitby and Thomas manned a table at the Bay Day Celebration at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  They demonstrated the reusing of unrecyclable materials and handed out information on recycling in Talbot.  Kelsey Abbott held a program on recycling at the St. Michaels Library.  She displayed information about the importance of recycling and handed out information.

Also using recycling as a theme, Girl Scouts Rose Willis, Jamie Millard, Lexi Gale, Karlin Foote, Cayley Ross,  Shelby Barnes, Emma Shreves and Heather Matthews, all of Easton (Troop 1252), created a recycling center at Camp Todd Girl Scout Camp in Denton.  The girls collected such things as glass and plastic jars, newspapers, frosting and yogurt containers, scrap paper, and more.  They also collected bookshelves and cabinets to store the items in.  Now any Troop using the camp can easily find materials for a multitude of craft projects and will be helping the environment at the same time!

A ceremony was held in May at the Elks Lodge in Easton to honor the girls and present them with their awards.

Girl Scouts is for any girl in grades Kindergarten though twelve who would like to make a difference in her community and the world.  For more information or to join a troop, call Amy Schisler at 410-745-2559 or email amyschisler@atlanticbb.net.