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  • Wear Your Girl Scout Uniform to School Day


    Join Girl Scouts across the council in showing your Girl Scout pride and wear your uniform to school on Friday, October 6.

    It's a great day to proudly show all your badges and awards, and share all the fun you're having in Girl Scouts with your school friends! You can even invite them to your next troop meeting so they can join in on the fun.

    Earn a patch!

    By sharing your Girl Scout spirit at your school you can earn a Uniform Award fun patch! Just have a grown up snap a picture of you in your uniform at school, car-rider, drop-off, or bus stop and they can upload it.

    There are two ways to get your fun patch:

    1. Pick it up at the nearest Trefoil Trunk council shop starting Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, November 3.
          - Memphis: 717 South White Station Rd., Suite 2, Memphis, TN 38117
          - Jackson: 1007 Old Humboldt Rd., Jackson, TN 38305
          - Tupelo: 1140 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801
    2. Pick it up at the FREE G.I.R.L. Event on Saturday, November 4 at the Lander's Center in Southaven, MS
          - All patches not picked up by Friday, November 3 will be brought to the G.I.R.L. Event. on November 4 for final pick-up.

    Due to the large number of participants we are unable to mail or hold individual fun patches aft...



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  • GSHS Stands Beside Puerto Rico


    Our friends in Puerto Rico need us now. Here's how YOU can help!

    Last night we found out that fellow GSHS leader, Marta Lopez-Flohr, has family in Puerto Rico who are still in desperate need of basic supplies, as are thousands of others affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

    THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, trucks will be stationed in different locations across the Greater Memphis area to collect much-needed supplies for our friends in Puerto Rico. Trucks wil be stationed in Whitehaven, Midtown, Germantown, and at the Jackson Avenue Flea Market in North Memphis. Specific locations and requested supplies are stated on the flyer found at THIS LINK. Even soap from the dollar store would be wonderfu! 

    GSHS is proud to support the Memphis for Puerto Rico effort! Let's fill a truck together.

    ** Special thanks to the Germantown/Dogwood Service Unit for alerting GSHS to this outstanding effort! **

  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South Launches Coalition to Better Serve Girls and Women in Greater Memphis


    Every day hundreds of thousands of Memphians work to make a difference in their own way through their work with a girl or woman serving organization. Imagine if all those people were at one table, working together to decide how to serve the community, and pooling their collective resources, what an amazing difference they could make in the lives of every girl and woman in our community. On September 28, the City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, announced the formation of Stand Beside Her Memphis, a coalition of Memphis area girl and women serving organizations in a press conference.  

    Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Hutchison School, Women’s Foundation For A Greater Memphis, Big Brothers, Big Sisters - Memphis, GIRL 24 Movement, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Junior League of Memphis, St. Agnes Academy, City of Memphis Fire Services, Angel Street Memphis, and KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools have worked collectively to form a coalition of all girl and women serving organizations. Three years ago, Girl Scouts Heart of the South started the national movement – Stand Beside Her. This is a call to action initiative to mentor, support and develop women and girls; to end comparison and competition and create more collaboration and support for one another.

    The idea for this movement came from the experiences that girls have in Girl Scouts. The fact is, most of a girl’s life is co-ed. But the emotional, girl-inclusive safe space offered by...



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  • New STEM and Outdoor Journeys and Badges


    Extra, extra, read all about the new Journeys and badges for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors rolling out across our nation this fall. And your troop can join in the fun!

    What are they?

    Outdoor Journey

    Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, our new Outdoor Journey will strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Girls will also complete a Take Action project.

    STEM Journeys

    Engineering: Think Like an Engineer. Girls discover how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.

    Computer Science: Think Like a Programmer. Girls learn how programmers solve problems as they (girls) participate in interactive computational-thinking activities and complete a Take Action project.

    Outdoor STEM: Think Like a Citizen Scientist. Girls practice the scientific method by undertaking a citizen science project. They make observations, collect data, and work with scientists who provide feedback on research and findings. Girls also complete a Take Action project.

    Badges

    Engineering | Robotics: Girls design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits.

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  • Help Fellow Girl Scouts Affected by Recent Hurricanes


    In times of need, Girl Scouts are the first to respond. Recent storms have caused an incredible amount of damage for many sister councils.

    Many of you have expressed an interest in helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma in our communities. While the councils are still working to assess the damage, these storms will have lasting effects and will greatly impact girls.  

    While there will be more opportunities coming, we have three easy ways you and your girls can help right now:

      Make a donation to the GSUSA Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will provide support to councils that have been affected by hurricanes recently.  GSUSA has lifted the fundraising ban for girls as well, so please consider having girls ask for donations during the Fall Product Product or come up with creative ideas on your own! Get your girls involved and help them make a difference in the life of a sister Girl Scout! Print and decorate a Trefoil with a special note of encouragement and mail it to: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Attn: Development - Help for Harvey, 3110 Southwest Fwy., Houston, TX 77098 Fulfill specific...


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  • Girl Scouts Recycling Eclipse Glasses


    Girl Scouts Heart of the South is working with Astronomers Without Borders to help those without resources be prepared for the next eclipse in 2019 in South American and Asia.
     
    If you have glasses that you used today to view the Great American Eclipse of 2017 please help us by recycling them. You can bring the glasses by any of our Girl Scout Leadership Centers located  at:

    • 717 South White Station Road, Memphis, TN
    • 1007 Old Humboldt Road, Jackson, TN
    • 1140 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS

     
    Girl Scouts Heart of the South will be providing all recycled glasses to Astronomers Without Borders in the near future. Astronomers Without Boarders brings the world together to share a passion of astronomy and the wonders of the universe. Observing projects bring people together to share their activities with each other. Supporting projects in developed countries to share with others, making it possible for everyone to enjoy the wonders of the night sky.
     
    Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. By helping recycle eclipse glasses, you are living by the Girl Scouts Law to use resources wisely.
     
    Girl Scout Leadership Center office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     

  • Why Girl Scouts, Why Now


    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), the BEST leadership development organization for girls—is offering Girl Scouts even more opportunities to learn skills and prepare them to empower themselves with the experiences they need to succeed in life. Today, GSUSA introduced 23 new badges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the outdoors—our largest programming rollout in almost a decade! Girl Scouts will be able to design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, create algorithms, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more. And the best part? These new badges are girl-tested and girl-approved! The new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age—areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside Girl Scouting—increasing their confidence in an all-girl, girl-led environment where they feel comfortable to try new things, take appropriate risks, and learn from failure. GSUSA created select badges with contributions from notable organizations in the STEM and outdoor industries, such as GoldieBlox, WGBH/Design Squad, the Society o...



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  • GSHS Media G.I.R.L.s Group - Forming NOW!


    Calling all G.I.R.L.s!

    Girl Scouts Heart of the South is looking for charismatic, unique G.I.R.L.s with a true passion for Girl Scouting to be the new faces of GSHS - our GSHS Media G.I.R.L.s! The Media G.I.R.L.s will get the opportunity to participate in upcoming council-produced videos, speak on behalf of the council at local events, and may also serve as ambassadors for GSHS on local television programs (when needed). 

    We are looking for enthusiastic G.I.R.L.s (Go-Getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, and Leaders) of all ages from all across our council jurisdiction to join this exciting new group! Interested in becoming a Media G.I.R.L? Apply online today!

    PLEASE NOTE: The online application requires you to create and submit a short (two minutes or less) video of yourself telling what you love most about Girl Scouts and which G.I.R.L. characteristic (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, or Leader) best describes you and why. As the form generation software will not allow uploads of files over 10MB, you will need to upload your video ahead of time to a file-sharing service such as Dropbox or Google Drive and be prepared to submit the link. You will also be required to upload a signed Publicity Release Form (...



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  • Raise it. Salute it. Love it. Let's celebrate Flag Day!


    Old Glory. Stars and Stripes. The Star-Spangled Banner. However you refer to it, the American flag—and respect for it—is an important part of the Girl Scout Movement and our nation’s history. Our flag’s story begins in 1776 with “the Continental Colors,” often described as the first national flag. Its design was similar to our current flag, with 13 alternate red and white stripes, but with the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress resolved that our flag would include 13 alternating red and white stripes, with 13 white stars in a blue field. The colors have meaning: Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice. No one knows for sure who actually designed the first stars and stripes, or even who made it. Many historians credit New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkinson with the design—and the story of George Washington asking a Philadelphia upholsterer by the name of Betsy Ross to create a flag may be more legend than fact. Nevertheless, that original, basic design endures to this day, with additional stars added to the field of blue through the years, representing each state’s admission to the Union. In 1916, when patriotism after the Great War was high, President Woodrow Wilson introduced a national celebration honoring our flag. But it wasn’t until 1934 that President Harry Truman...



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  • Annual Meeting Scheduled for Saturday, May 20 in Olive Branch, MS


    Please join us for the 2016 Girl Scouts Heart of the South Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Whispering Woods Hotel and Convention Center, 7300 Hacks Cross Rd., Olive Branch, MS.

    Our board will conduct council business, propose bylaw changes and elect new board members. All registered Girl Scout members age 14 and up are eleigble to vote according to our council bylaws. Please review the propsed bylaw changes and board of director slate.

    After the Annual Meeting registered Girl Scout adult volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Leadership Summit and Heart of the South Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. This day is designed with our Girl Scout volunteers in mind and features informative sessions including tracks for individual Girl Scout Grade Levels. This is a perfect opportunity to get both ideas for next year and a jump start on your planning. All registered Girl Scout volunteers can receive one complimentary ticket to both the summit and luncheon. Request yours today - registration closed on May 12.

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  • Five Ways to Thank Your Girl Scout Volunteer During Volunteer Appreciation Month


    We know it, you know it, but do they realize it? Our extraordinary volunteers are what make the adventurous Girl Scout world go round. And during April, we’re ensuring they hear how much girls and parents appreciate that. Here are five fun ways to show your favorite volunteer your love and gratitude during National Volunteer Appreciation Month (and beyond!): 1. Make something. Who doesn’t love a handmade gift from the heart? Show the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout volunteer in your life just how much they mean to you by breaking out those arts and crafts supplies and getting creative. They’ll love it! 2. Shout ‘em out on social media. What better way to make your favorite Girl Scout volunteer feel special than to broadcast your thanks far and wide? They’re the best, and you’ll shout it loud and clear: I love my Girl Scout volunteer! Be sure to include a line about why this volunteer (or volunteers!) is so special to you, and include the hashtag #NVW2017 to call out National Volunteer Week, which runs April 23–29. 3. Write them a love letter. Imagine their surprise when they open their mailbox and find a love letter from you. Need a little inspiration? Check o...



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  • Women’s History Month Celebration! Girl Scouts Bring Icons to Life


    Women’s History Month is always an important time for Girl Scouts to reflect on the amazing women who’ve come before us—blazing trails, setting records, breaking barriers, and generally wowing the world. Sharing their stories with girls today is important not only in providing phenomenal role models, but also in showing girls the power that each of us has within us to create a better world. This year, in true Girl Scout spirit, we decided that instead of simply talking with girls about these icons, we’d invite some Girl Scouts to actually be them for a day. By dressing up as some of the most influential and inspiring women, 11 girls were able to actually try historic heroism on for size. Whether styled as Amelia Earhart, Mae Jemison, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Celia Cruz, Lucille Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, or Girl Scouts’ own founder, Juliette Gordon Low—these girls had pretty big shoes to fill, and were definitely up to the task. Girl Scout Daisy Kennedy was impressed by all the math and science done by the real women depicted in t...



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  • Join Girl Scouts to Stand Up for Girls and Their Potential


    As March unfolds into spring and brings warmer weather, longer days, and the promise of new beginnings, we also celebrate Women’s History Month, an opportunity to renew our focus on women’s achievements and commemorate their invaluable contributions to American life. At Girl Scouts, part of our celebration includes Girl Scout Week, which honors the founding of our Movement on March 12, 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of girls and their limitless potential to change the world as courageous female leaders. Today, from Washington to Wall Street to Main Street, we see women in positions of leadership, and their insight, talent, and skill are forging new paths for a generation of girls aspiring to leadership in the 21st century. Of course, no group of women is better positioned to advance policies that help today’s girls develop into tomorrow’s leaders than members of Congress. In recognition of Women’s History Month and Girl Scout Week, Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce the new Troop Capitol Hill co-chair...



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  • Girl Scouts—105 Years Never Looked So Fabulous!


    Birthdays are joyous times to celebrate and cherish. They’re also a time for reflection. Today, on Girl Scouts' 105th birthday, we look back on the importance of our Movement and its powerful, overarching mission.

    As we commemorate Girl Scout Week across the nation and abroad, let’s celebrate with a reinvigorated commitment to our Movement’s mission: to develop girls of courage, confidence, and character who transform the world by becoming the civic-minded leaders of tomorrow.

    As someone who proudly "bleeds green," I am tremendously moved by the passion and dedication that our volunteers and members demonstrate for girls—those promising go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders who inspire us all.

    At Girl Scouts, we recognize that our strength lies in an unwavering investment in developing girls’ leadership skills. By engaging more girls and giving them the tools they need to succeed, we honor the storied legacy of Juliette Gordon Low.

    Today we kick off a full week of celebration and purpose as we move toward a future led by the next generation of trailblazers. So, happy birthday, Girl Scouts—105 years never looked so fabulous!

    Yours in Girl Scouting,

    Sylvia Acevedo
    Interim Chief Executive Officer

  • The Results Are In: Meet the Winning Girls’ Choice Badge Designs!


    Two weeks ago, girls had the chance to vote on one of two designs for the new badge they’ll be able to earn this coming fall—Troop Camping. (It’s her world—we’re just here to guide her!) Thanks to everyone who cast a vote and made their voices heard!

    Check out the winning designs—did your favorite take the lead?


    What’s next? Well, we’re hard at work on the badge requirements now, making sure they’re chock full of opportunities for her to take the lead like a Girl Scout and unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. And we can’t forget all the adventure, fun, and excitement great Girl Scout memories are made of! This will be a big part of the journey, too.

    Badge requirements will be ready for download by June 15 and in council stores by August. In the meantime, girls: get ready, because camp life is the best life! It’s going to be amazing.

  • CEO Statement on Inclusivity in Girl Scouts


    At Girl Scouts of the USA, a commitment to inclusivity is part of our DNA. Founded by a daring and courageous woman who wasn’t afraid to break the mold, Juliette Gordon Low plainly stated that Girl Scouts was to be a Movement "for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world.”

    For more than 100 years, we have lived up to these words and carried forward the legacy of openness, inclusion, and unity that Juliette Low handed down to us. We have actively embraced all girls and are reflective of American society. Through turbulent and troubled times, through wars and economic depressions, and through periods of peace and prosperity, we have always served girls in every walk of life, without regard to their race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, economic standing, orientation, country of birth, or family history.

    Girl Scouts has truly been, and will always be, a Movement for ALL girls—a place where girls can, must, and will feel safe to explore their potential, learn new skills, make lifelong friends, and tap into their potential for the leadership that our world so desperately needs. In today’s environment, some of our girls may be experiencing certain pressures and anxieties; they may feel unsure, confused, or even threatened.

    So let me be perfectly clear: Girl Scouts of the USA is here for them. Our role is to support and encourage every girl, not insert ourselves into her spirituality, question her birthplace or family’s count...



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  • Rock out to Girl Scout Cookie Monster this cookie season!


    Have you heard the deliciously sweet, and super catchy "Girl Scout Cookie Monster" by Sara Beth? A Nasvhille, TN recording artist and avid Girl Scout Cookie lover, Sara Beth wrote this fun song professing her love for Girl Scout Cookies and has given our girls permission to download and rock it all season long!

    Download lyrics

    Download song

  • New Heritage Center Exhibit Highlights World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Centers


     

    World Centers offer Girl Scouts and Girl Guides a comfortable and safe place for short stays or long-term accommodations, seminars, training sessions, and international events. Members and their families are encouraged to visit the centers, meet girls from other countries, and build lasting friendships. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has World Centers located in United Kingdom, Switzerland, Mexico, India, and Africa.

    This exhibit highlights each of the five world centers through photography, international uniforms, cultural items and a hands-on activity. 

     

    The Heritage Center is located at the Girl Scouts Heart of the South Memphis Leadership Center, 717 South White Station Rd., Suite 2, Memphis, TN 38117, and is open from Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Heritage Center Committee members are available for “guided tours” by appointment. Contact Lori Gilmore a moderated visit.

  • GSUSA Annual Membership Dues Increase


    Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors have voted to increase annual membership dues for girls and adults to $25 for the 2017-2018 membership year.

    Every dollar of membership dues is sent to Girl Scouts of the USA to cover the cost of fundamental services supporting the Girl Scout Movement. This includes, but is not limited to, accident insurance for members participating in approved Girl Scout activities, Journey and Guidebook curriculum development, research, resources, training, technology, services to councils, and protection of the Girl Scout brand. Membership dues also help fund the implementation of new technologies to improve the Girl Scout experience for girls, volunteers, and parents. The last dues increase was in 2013.

    At $2.08 per month, Girl Scouting is still a great value! Girls who take part in Girl Scouting graduate high school and go to college in higher numbers. As adults, they are more active in their communities, and they earn more income over a lifetime. For those who stay in Girl Scouting at least three years, these success indicators skyrocket! (Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, 2012)

    Delegates at the 2011 GSUSA National Convention approved a proposal authorizing Girl Scout councils to charge an annua...



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  • Digital Cookie Payment Processing Issues


    UPDATE: 1/18/17 at 8:20 a.m.
    Digital Cookie Payment Processing Update!

    All 9,049 Shipped orders that had been held have been processed. Out of those, 85 had an issue that we are now working with PayPal to figure out and solve.

    In-Person Delivery orders. 261 parents were notified to approve their orders from 1/13. Once those are approved, if any are rejected we will work with PayPal to resolve. Customer should not place a replacement order.

    Donated orders generally saw customers trying multiple times to get an order through. Each attempt they made is showing up as an authorization on their bank statement. Next effort will be releasing those authorizations. We are unable to capture these orders. We will be looking for any customers who did not successfully place an order and sending them a link to the girl’s site so they can try again.

    We are combing the records to try and avoid any potential duplicate orders that were created from getting processed.

    The DOC dashboard is still working to catch up from the large volume of backlogged orders that was cleared.

    The message to parents about not approving orders has come down from the website.


    Over the weekend we were alerted to a system wide issue with PayPal that several vendors, including GSUSA's Digital Cookies, experienced. GSUSA has been monitoring this issue all weekend and feels it has it resolved for all orders that have come i...



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  • Reach Your Cookie Goal by Being a G.I.R.L. and Win!


    The first step to a successful cookie business is setting your goal! Why are you selling Girl Scout Cookies? To earn your Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin? Help your local animal shelter? Earn money for summer camp? Go on a troop trip this summer?  Write it out. Stick up on your mirror and work towards it each day. Next, show customers you're a go-getter, innovator, risk taker and leader (G.I.R.L.)TM and buying cookies from you makes the world a better place.  People are more likely to buy when they know you are working towards something. Make a poster for your upcoming cookie booth, or create a short video for your Digital Cookie page to tell customers exactly why they should support you. Each week, until the end of the Cookie Program, G.I.R.L.s will have the abilityto earn fun prizes from the council and from GSUSA! Below is each week's challenge and how you can enter to win. Have questions? Email news@girlscoutshs.org...



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  • Girl Scout Cookies!


    Girls across the council are launching thier very own cookie businesses to help fund their goals and reach their dreams! They may be selling cookies to go to summer camp, or buy dog beds for the local shelter. Along the way they learn 5 key skills: goal-setting, money management, decision making, people skills and business ethics - all important to their future success. So while our cookies taste good, they do good!

    From January 7 - 27 girls will be taking pre-orders to deliver in February. Cookie booths will start popping up at your favorite retail outlets the weekend of February 24 and run through March 19. Find a cookie booth near you at www.girlscoutcookies.org by searching with your zip code.

  • Apply to be a council delegate at the Girl Scout Convention and 54th Council Session


    The 54th Convention will take place Wednesday, October 4 – Sunday October 8, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Our Council always has great participation from our volunteers and girls, and we hope this upcoming convention will inspire you to join us!

    In 2017, we're putting the spotlight squarely on girls and refocusing our Girl Scout convention to make it the premier event for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ who wants to make the world a better place—and we’re calling it G.I.R.L. 2017.

    We are now accepting applications for council delegates. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

    We are also exploring options for a Girl Scout Getaway for members to attend the G.I.R.L. 2017 convention. Please email rebecca.day@girlscoutshs.org to let her know to keep you in the loop of our plans!

  • Be a Cookie Boss with Digital Cookies


    Rock this cookie season online with Digital Cookies - a website created just for you! Upload your goals, post a picutre of video and start reaching out to customers for orders. 

    First, you’ll need a Digital Cookie platform login to set up and use the Digital Cookie mobile app. All Girl Scouts have been emailed their registration and log-in instructions.Can't find the email? That’s OK! Request a registration email now.

    Once you’ve signed up, you can:

    • Let customers easily order their favorite Girl Scout Cookies.
    • Take orders on your website—or in person with the app.
    • Get important safety advice and cool cookie-selling tips.
    • Accept credit card payments—it's so easy.

    There is even an app (App Store l Google Play) to check your progress, and share your site URL via email. Remember: only share with cookie customers you and your family know—safety first!

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  • The Giving Plate: Designed for Sharing


    Because the world needs more kindness - Girl Scouts Heart of the South is creating Giving Plates to show how much they care about their friends, family, neighbors and community. The plates are designed specifically to share! Girl Scouts across the council have already started creating Giving Plates which they will fill with goodies and treats to share with others. Our hope is those that receive a Giving Plate will pay-it-forward by filling it with goodies and treats to share with someone in their life.

    Create joy and comfort. Create your own Giving Plate! All you need is a plate, plastic or glass, paint pens, or permanent markers! Make it your own and design however you want. Fill with your favorite goodies and share with someone you love. Ask them to do the same.

    Here is a sample poem you can use on your plate:  

        Girl Scouts are considerate and caring, and created this plate designed specially for sharing.

        This plate is for everyone to give love and kindness away. Let its gift bring joy and comfort while it’s with you on this day.

        Cherish the precious memories made with your family and your friends, then pass it on to someone else so its giving never ends.

    Share your pictures! Use #GirlScoutsGivingPlate and tag us, or post on our page! We'd love to share how these are touching people this holiday season.

  • Black Friday Turns Green 2016 New Membership Drive


    Girl Scouts Heart of the South is proud to present our 2016-2017 “BLACK FRIDAY turns GREEN” New Members Drive! Succeed in getting non-Girl Scouts to complete an online membership, and you could be eligible to enter into a drawing for awesome GREEN FRIDAY prizes!

    All you have to do is contact all the girls and adults you know who have never been Girl Scouts or that haven’t been Girl Scouts for two or more years. Tell them about all the fun and excitement that awaits them, and invite them to become members. Complete an online “GREEN FRIDAY DRAWING SUBMISSION FORM”  for each potential new Girl Scout friend you find. You’ll receive one entry into the drawing for each of your friends who becomes a new member. To be eligible to be entered into the drawing you must be a registered member (girl, parent, guardian, or friend of Girl Scouting) who does not hold a volunteer position.

    Don’t wait! You know how amazing Girl Scouts is-especially here at Heart of the South. Share your love for our organization and you could win prizes on “Green Friday!” (without having to get up at 3 am to brave the crowds)

    GREEN FRIDAY DRAWING SUBMISSION FOR...



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  • Discover the history and the beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway with updated patch program.


    Girl Scouts Heart of the South is proud to announce a partnership with the Natchez Trace Parkway to re-launch the Girl Scout Natchez Trace Parkway Patch in celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service and National Public Lands Day on September 24, 2016.

    Patch packets with requirements and the patch will be available at the Natchez Trace Visitor’s Center in Tupelo, as well as, all Girl Scout Council Shops in north Mississippi and west Tennessee.  Any Girl Scout from across the United States who visits the Natchez Trace Parkway will be able to complete the patch requirements and earn the patch.  The patch is also available to Boy Scouts who would like to complete the requirements provided.

    The Girl Scout Natchez Trace Parkway Patch was originally developed in 1995 by Girl Scout Erica Odom from Aberdeen, MS.  The patch program was Odom’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  The patch has been updated and re-launched so that girls can once again explore all that the Natchez Trace Parkway has to offer, along with the history of the parkway.

    Download the Girl Scout Natchez Trace Parkway Patch Program

  • Attention Leaders! Confirm your troop size.


    Every day, hundreds of new girls are registering for Girl Scout troops through our Online Membership Catalog, and their parents are registering to become troop co-leaders, drivers, first-aiders, chaperons, and even product sale managers.  HOORAY, it’s all coming together!

    Online registration has made it so easy for families to connect to Girl Scouting and select troops for their daughters that meet their needs. It’s also giving parents the opportunity to easily register for troop volunteer roles that provide co-leaders with the parental support they need.

    This is such an exciting time for Girl Scouts Heart of the South. We are growing by leaps and bounds! New troops are starting and existing troops are welcoming new girls with open arms; exhibiting what it means to be inclusive. 

    We want to continue to grow and welcome even more new girls and families into the Girl Scout sisterhood. We are asking all troop co-leaders to contact their Grade Level Specialist to confirm the number of spaces available in their troop. If we don’t hear from you, or haven’t heard from you already, your troop will be set to display 12 spaces with any unfilled spots showing as available in the Online Membership Catalog. If you want more girls, let us know. If you want fewer girls, let us know. Troops who have not communicated to the Council may have an unexpected member select and join their troop as a result. We don’t want this to happen, and we will not have that ne...



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  • Girl Scout to Girl Scout Disaster Relief Effort



    Louisiana was recently hit with the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. According to the Red Cross, a reported 60,000 homes have been completely destroyed. Along with losing their homes, Girl Scouts and their volunteers have suffered the loss of their Girl Scout items including t-shirts, uniforms and troop supplies. In light of this tragedy, Girl Scouts Heart of the South has created the "Girl Scout to Girl Scout Disaster Relief Effort." 

    Starting Tuesday, August 23, Girl Scouts Heart of the South is hosting a drive for members and volunteers to donate Girl Scout basics and troop meeting supplies to the two Louisiana councils affected by the natural disaster: Girl Scouts Louisiana Pines to the Gulf and Girl Scouts of Louisiana East. 

    There are two ways you can participate:

    Purchase a gift card for use in their Council shops or by texting a donation with the key word 'gsrelief' to 41-444. All proceeds will be distributed to troops/girls in need.

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  • Girl Scouts of the USA and Disney Channel Team Up to Inspire Girls to Lead


    Girl Scouts of the USA encourages girls and their families to practice leadership skills the Girl Scout way with inspiration from Disney Channel’s new animated series Elena of Avalor

    NEW YORK, NY, and BURBANK, CA — Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership. The collaboration brings GSUSA’s focus on leading like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel’s recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Available in English and Spanish beginning today, the Guide showcases leadership activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage their preschool through fifth-grade girls in to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.

    “Since 1912, Girl Scouts has proudly fostered a tradition of excellence that prepares girls, with the support of their families, to boldly take the lead in their lives in the ‘Girl’ Scout way,” said Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. “Recognizing that leadership development for youth begins early-on, we are particularly excited to work with Disney Channel on this collab...



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  • Let’s build a better world! Girl Scouts to participate in 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!


    Girl Scouts of the USA is excited to announce that this year’s 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include something new—and it’s Girl Scout themed. For the first time ever, Girl Scouts will appear in the historic parade, on a float that will feature girls climbing and belaying  giant, globe- forming  puzzle pieces,  connecting them to “build a better world.”

    Not only does this theme acknowledge all of the amazing and inspiring projects Girl Scouts past and present have done and continue to do as they take action around the globe, it highlights what today’s Girl Scouts embrace: discovering new things, participating in outdoor adventures, exploring STEM; taking the lead every day—and changing the world.

    Build a Better World with Girl Scouts from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

    Picture it: on Thanksgiving Day, an audience of more than 50 million people all-out wowed by a float that shouts “GIRL SCOUTS!” Onlookers  will see badges representing everything from STEM to the outdoors to financial literacy, a Girl Scout Gold Award symbol commemorating this year’s centennial, and more. The Girl Scout-themed float will proclaim far and wide th...



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  • Volunteers Needed for Elizabeth Gwin Special Session, July 24-29


    Looking for a more meaningful summer break? Consider volunteering for the Elizabeth Gwin Special Session at Camp Tik-A-Witha, July 24-29.

    This annual 6 day, 5 night session is an inspiring resident camp program that allows children with special needs to experience and explore their capabilities in the great outdoors. They get the opportunity to experience summer camp just like any child would. Exciting and enriching activities include games, swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking, crafts, outdoor cooking and skills, horseback riding, singing, all-camp final campfire and wish boats. All-camp special events are held daily including a carnival, theme parties, and a dance.

    This session would not be possible without our incredible volunteers.  And this is where we need you!

    We are looking for volunteers, age 16 years and older, who are interested in spending the week at camp working closely with individuals with disabilities in a small unit setting. We will host an all-staff training on Saturday, July 23 at Camp Tik-A-Witha where you will meet the camp director and train with experienced volunteers, while learning how to provide a safe, fun experience for campers.  

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  • Girl Scout Gold Award


    2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. In 2016, 18 girls from across our council achieved this prestigious honor, showing colleges, employers, and their communities that they are out there - changing the world.

    Congratulations to the following 2016 Gold Award Recipients:

    • Madison Alford, Girl Scout Troop 10231
    • Isabella Baldwin, Girl Scout Troop 00000
    • Lauren Bettendorf, Girl Scout Troop 10754
    • Mary Katherin Dewane, Girl Scout Troop 10122
    • Grace Anne Elliott, Girl Scout Troop 20103
    • Danielle Henry, Girl Scout Troop 10464
    • Kayla Jones, Girl Scout Troop 10464
    • Isabella Kelly, Girl Scout Troop 20356
    • Tierney McIntosh, Girl Scout Troop 10186
    • Alexus McKorkle, Girl Scout Troop 20140
    • Abby Pitts, Girl Scout Troop 20373
    • Madeline Rose, Girl Scout Troop 10735
    • Natalie Scarbrough, Girl Scout Troop 10122
    • Brandi Smith, Girl Scout Troop 20037
    • Katie Strickland, Girl Scout Troop 20001
    • Sharon Thomas, Girl Scout Troop 10231
    • Pamela Townsend, Girl Scout Troop 10427
    • Brandy Waldo, Girl Scout Troop 20350

    Want to earn your Girl Scout Gold Award? Start with the Gold Award Training to get step-by-step instructions on how to Go Gold!

  • Get Ready! The Volunteer Toolkit is coming to GSHS Summer 2016!


    The new Volunteer Toolkit addition to our website is going to revolutionize the Girl Scout experience for both parents and volunteers! Get ready! Your Girl Scout year is about to get so much easier!

     

    VOLUNTEERS

    As a Girl Scout volunteer, you already know that your girls love Girl Scouts for the friends, the fun, and all the new things they get to try.

     

    But what if there was a way to run your troop or group that saves you time and helps you plan so that you can spend more time with the girls? Meet the Volunteer Toolkit, the web app that makes it easy for you to get the most out of every troop or group meeting.

     

    And here’s the best part—with the Volunteer Toolkit, you can say goodbye to digging through big stacks of books and piles of resources. It is accessible from your home computer, tablet, or mobile device—placing everything you need in one easy-to-access place that’s accessible on the go.

     

    With the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

    ·         Access a whole year of Girl Scout fun by age level. Year plans come with pre-populated sets of meetings that give you plenty of ideas for activities and all the resources you need at your fingertips.

    ·         Don’t see an activity your troop loves in one of the pre-filled meetings? Well go ahea...



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  • One Smart Cookie Luncheon


    The One Smart Cookie luncheon celebrates women who make it happen in Memphis and the Mid-South!

    The inaugural event will take place Thursday, September 1 at 11:30 AM in the Tennessee Ballroom at the Memphis Hilton.

    Featuring keynote speaker Gina "Gigi" Butler, entrepreneur and founder of Gigi's Cupcakes, this exciting event promises to empower, uplift and celebrate the women who are making a difference in our community.

    Nominate a Smart Cookie! Do you know a Mid-South woman who deserves to be honored as one of GSHS’s first “Smart Cookies?” Nominate her!

    Click to download the 2016 One Smart Cookie Nomination Form 

    Sponsors

    One Smart Cookie features many levels of sponsorship with special donor recognition at each level. Donors may make a sponsorship gift through cash or in-kind donations. All sponsorship levels provide excellent exposure of product and/or services with a civic minded, business-oriented audience as well as the opportunity to support a worthwhile cause.

    One Smart Cookie Sponsorship Package

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  • Service Unit Volunteers Convene for Inaugural Volunteer Leadership Summit


    Service Unit team members from across the council gathered for the inaugural Volunteer Leadership Summit at Pickwick Landing State Park on Saturday, April 30, for a day of comradery, personal growth, and insight into the exciting changes happening with the council.

    Attendees had the first real time look at the upcoming Volunteer Toolkit, a new digital planning tool that gives volunteers resources and program content to get their year started—and keep it going smoothly! Fully customizable, the toolkit is digitally responsive so volunteers can plan and prepare practically anywhere. Guest also got to meet with council staff to discuss strategies and opportunities that service unit team members, and council volunteers, can utilize to make the 2016-2017 membership one of the best.  Four breakout sessions were hosted, focusing on the service unit manager, membership recruitment and retention, volunteer support and learning, and program and event development.

    Guests were also treated to several personal development breakout sessions hosted by Sterling Award recipients. These women have been recognized for being amongst the most influential women in West Tennessee. Speakers included:  Mary Jo Middlebrooks, Attorney at Law, Middlebrooks and Gray, Jacque Hillman, Senior Partner, The HillHelen Group, Wanda Stanfill, Regional Director, Tennessee Donor Services, Delita Johnson, Administrative Assistant to Division Commander, Jackson Police Department.

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  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South Holds Annual Meeting and Installs New Board


    Girl Scouts Heart of the South held its 2016 Annual Meeting Saturday morning, April 30 at Pickwick Landing State Park. The event was attended by members of the GSHS Board of Trustees, Community Advisory Boards, council staff and Service Unit Team members from across the council. Presided over by Board Chair Kathleen Webb and GSHS CEO Melanie Schild, the Annual Meeting began with a welcome from GSHS 1st Vice Chair Dr. Pamela Evans representing the GSHS West Tennessee Community Advisory Board which sponsored the day’s events.

    After approval of the 2015 Annual Meeting minutes by GSHS Secretary Clare Barnett, Board Chair Kathleen Webb spoke to those in attendance about the current State of GSUSA and GSHS CEO Melanie Schild then provided highlights about the positive impact Girl Scouts Heart of the South is having on our local communities through our new initiatives, programs and events. Council staff representatives including Debbie Moore, Venus Chaney, Mary Ellen Rogers, Myra Collins, Kimberly Crafton and Jenny Jones all shared news about the activities and accomplishments of various aspects of the council.

    Community Advisory Committee representatives each presented in turn regarding their Community Advisory Board’s activities and impact on the council during the 2015-2016 membership year. Board member Mary Kay Wegner then addressed the audience regarding the activities of this year’s Gold Award Committee and GSHS’s 18 2015-2016 Girl Scout Gold Award...



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  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers


    Volunteers make a difference in the lives of girls, and recognizing the outstanding impact of our Girl Scout volunteers is a priority. Each April during Volunteer Appreciation Month, we honor those volunteers that give exemplary service to the girls and adults of the Heart of the South by awarding GSUSA and council-level awards.

    On Saturday, April 30 at the Inaugural Volunteer Awards Dinner, we celebrated the dedication and devotion of the following volunteers. Volunteers are nominated for prestigious GSUSA awards and recognitions by their peers and council staff. Each nomination goes through a review process and confirmed by our board of directors. 

     

    New this year we presented several council level awards to service units, troops and individual volunteers that go above and beyond in their volunteer roles in serving the council.

     

    Please join us in congratulating the following recipients:

     

    Girl Scout History Volunteer Award

    The Girl Scout History Volunteer Award is an official designation for anyone who is involved in the preservation of Girl Scout history and memorabilia. GSUSA National Historic Preservation Center bestows the pins at the request of councils.

    ·         Barbara Arnold,  Lifetime Member and council volunteer

    ·         Claire Barnett, Secretary, Girl Scouts Heart of th...



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  • Girls Celebrate at the American Girl Fashion Shows presented by FedEx


    On Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, hundreds of girls from across our council region – and some even hailing from as far away as Tuscon, Arizona – gathered with their families (and their dolls) at the Memphis Hilton for the American Girl Fashion Show benefitting Girl Scouts Heart of the South!

    With three show times to choose from, American Girl Doll fans from all over the Heart of the South were treated to lunch or dinner as they watched young girls’ fashion from across the country and across the centuries parade down the runway. The show came to life as 41 young models ranging in age from 6 to 10 showed off historical and contemporary fashions for both girls and their dolls. In addition to the beautiful models onstage, each show was narrated by a set of inspiring local young women including Madison Snipes, 2016 Miss Collierville; Erin Hatley, 2016 Miss West Tennessee USA; Chessie Biggam, 2016 Miss Memphis; Chelsea Rick, 2013 Miss Mississippi; Christine Williamson, 2016 Miss Mountain Empire, and CaDana Campbell, 2016 Miss Shelby County.

     

    As the models walked the runway to music themed especially for the American Girl Doll or doll-inspired outfit they wore, the lively narrators entertained the audience with girl-friendly pieces of fashion-related history that tied into the stories of the American Girl characters. Their friendly banter also gave insight into how fashion can give girls a way to express their own unique personalities.

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  • 5 Steps to Earning Your Ranger Patch


    Girl Scouts is continuing our exciting partnership with the National Park Service and the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites. 

    Through this program, girls are invited to play outdoors, learn about national parks and why they're preserved, and develop essential leadership skills. Even better, girls have the opportunity to earn patches, complete journeys, and achieve Take Action and Gold Award projects! 

    So, how exactly do you earn your Ranger patch? It's simple!

    1.     Choose a National Park Service site.

    Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 407 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.

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    See parks in Mississippi [hyperlink to: https://www.nps.gov/state/ms/index.htm]

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  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South honors Golden Triangle Region Women of Distinction


    In 2016, Girl Scouts Heart of the South was pleased to honor our first group of Women of Distinction in Mississippi's Golden Triangle Region. The event, held Friday, April 1 in Starkville, MS at First Baptist Starkville was an amazing success!  Encouraged by words from keynote speaker Amy Tuck, former Mississippi State Lt. Governor and past Women of Distinction honoree, the audience of honorees’ family, friends, co-workers and other civic leaders enjoyed an afternoon dedicated to inspiring women who give of themselves and their time and talents to make the Golden Triangle Region a better place! 

    Hosted by the ever-engaging Aundrea Self of WCBI, this year’s Golden Triangle Women of Distinction honorees included Dr. Sheila Adams of Mississippi University for Women’s College of Nursing; Starkville attorney Julie Brown; former teacher and Starkville-area volunteer Leota Cardwell; West Point artist Deborah Mansfield; Starkville-area volunteer Anne McWhorter; Starkville spiritual leader Renee Sanders; Starkville Okitibbeha County School District Trustee Anne Stricklin and author and community activist Tammie Tubbs.

     

     

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  • More STEM and Outdoor Journeys and badges are here!

    GSUSA has introduced 23 new badges in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the outdoors—our largest programming rollout in almost a decade!  

    More STEM and Outdoor Journeys and badges are here!


    Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming that addresses life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges help girls empower themselves to take the lead like a Girl Scout as they accomplish amazing things.

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    Outdoor Journey

    Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, our new Outdoor Journey will strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Girls will also complete a Take Action project.

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    STEM Journeys

    Engineering: Think Like an Engineer. Girls discover how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on desig...



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  • A Taste of Camps Gives Parents and Girls Opportunity to Explore Camp

    We know it can be hard to send her to camp for the first time, but you can feel at ease that, while she’s having the time of her life discovering all the wonders of the great outdoors, trying new things, playing games, making friends, and so much more, she’s well taken care of, happy, and learning critical life skills every step of the way.

    Come see for yourself all the fun she’ll have during summer camp at our free Taste of Camps! This is a great opportunity for girls and their parents to see camp facilities, meet camp directors and counselors, take a tour of the property and ask questions. We'll also be having a lot of fun playing camp games, learning campfire songs, and even hosting a mini-archery session!

    Kamp Kiwani
    1880 Sandy Springs Lane
    Middleton, TN 38052
    Sunday, April 23
    2 - 4 p.m.

    Camp Tik-A-Witha
    365 County Road 117
    Van Vleet, MS 38877
    Sunday, April 30
    2 - 4 p.m.

    Did you know that both Kamp Kiwani and Camp Tik-A-Witha are American Camp Association Accredited, meaning we undergo a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of our operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.