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November 2018

November 9, 2018
A Note from GSHOM CEO, Jan Barker

You may have heard that Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) filed a complaint against Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Litigation is never anyone’s first choice, and we wish it weren’t necessary to take this step. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is a locally chartered council of GSUSA, which is the national organization. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan has taken no local legal action against any other organization. We will continue to direct our resources toward girls and local priorities. All proceeds from product program stay local.

We know that GSUSA remains open to a dialogue with BSA to resolve this issue. I’m aware that many of us, staff and volunteers, might be feeling conflicted by this development—but what GSUSA is doing stems from an unwavering commitment to advocating for our girls, their families and the communities we serve. Protecting our mission and brand is crucial. 


November 7, 2018
Memorials and Vigils for Wisconsin Girl Scouts

On November 3, 2018, Girl Scout Troop 3055 in Wisconsin was participating in a public service project when a truck swerved, crossed over a median and into grass, killing three girls and their adult chaperone, leaving another in the hospital. Girls across Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan are standing in sisterhood with this troop, and many are holding vigils and/or performing public service in their honor. Girl Scouts see problems in their community and try to make them better, and even in times of grief they seek to make positive impacts. Many of the events are listed on our Facebook page, but we'll gather what we can, here. Please be sure to click on the location for event details.

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 pm.
Veteran Memorial Gardens
2074 Aurelius Rd., Holt, Michigan 

Linden - Mackinac Island Honor Guard Troop 7901
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 pm.
Camp Linden
5285 Hogan Rd, Linden, MI  
*Please bring toiletries for LaCasa service project

Bath - Troop 30684
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 pm.
James Cousens Memorial Park 
13753 Main Street S, Bath, MI

Blissfield - Blissfield Girl Scouts
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.
Ellis Park
Off W. Adrian Street on the east side of the River Raisin in Blissfield, MI

Midland - Troop 50402
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Blessed Sacrament Parish
3109 Swede Ave, Midland, MI 

Dexter - Dexter Area Girl Scouts
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3:45 p.m.
Monument Park
8031 Main St., Dexter, MI

Battle Creek - Calhoun County Girl Scouts
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Historic Bridge Park
14930 Wattles Rd., Battle Creek, MI 


October 2018

October 24, 2018: Cookie Tip Off T-shirt Design Contest
October 24, 2018

Join us to Tip Off Girl Scout Cookie Season and cheer on University of Michigan's Women's Basketball Team.  REGISTER FOR THE COOKIE TIP OFF HERE!

NEW THIS YEAR: COOKIE TIP OFF T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST! Compete with other Girl Scouts for the BEST Tip Off t-shirt design. Girl Scouts must submit their design by November 9, 2018. Top 5 will be selected and voting will take place prior to the event. Contest rules are listed below!

2018 U of M T-shirt Contest Template


Girl Scouts are invited to submit a t-shirt design for the Cookie Tip Off. The winning entry will be the shirt available to all troops/Girl Scouts to order. 

  • Submit an entry using the Tip Off T-shirt Design Contest sheet. Draw your design on the sheet provided and scan it in to
  • One entry per Girl Scout
  • All designs will be printed in navy only, and limited to the front of the shirt
  • The information that appears on the back of the template will appear on the winning design
  • Submissions must be emailed to by November 9, 2018.
October 22, 2018: Treats and Reads Announcement!
October 22, 2018
Treats and Reads Announcement!

Your Treats and Reads participation has been amazing! Let's keep it going strong! 

The Unify system is currently very slow, and we wanted to let you know:

  • Any online orders placed by midnight today (10/22/18) will count toward rewards. These orders are time stamped and may not show up in Rewards as "earned" right away. You can still submit and the orders will update.
  • Troop Leaders now have until tomorrow night (10/23/18) at midnight to log all paper orders, make updates and submit the troop order.
  • Area Product Managers, our All Star volunteers, have until 10/25/18 to help make any necessary updates and submit orders for the area.

You and your customers will be able to place online orders for shipping only or place orders through our Regional Center cupboards through December 17th for additional troop proceeds. The fun and learning doesn’t have to end here!

October 19, 2018: NEW Event Calendar
October 19, 2018
NEW Event Calendar!

We are excited to announce that the Event Calendar on our website is live! Council events, trainings and shop closings can be viewed on the Event Calendar, which is also color coded by category.


When clicking on an event of your choice, a small bubble will pop up with more details including date, time, and location. To view a full description, click on the event's title (green hyperlink).


After clicking the event's title, you will be taken to a landing page of the full description of the event as well as the choice to register for the event. If you would like to register, click the "Register Now" button. 


Once you click "Register Now", you will be taken to a separate event registration platform (Event Smart). Continue by adding the number of registrations you'll need, click Add to Event Cart, then Proceed to Registration and payment.


If you prefer to view events by list view, there is also an Event List available. When clicking on an event, it will bring you to the event landing page (as mentioned above). Tip: Once you are on the landing page, you can click on "View event on calendar" under the event title, and it will take you to the Event Calendar.
Note: the search function on the Event List page is not yet working properly. We are working with GSUSA's Web Team to ensure that we get it working soon. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Looking for something? Searchability features in our main search bar for trainings, events and programs are enhanced on this platform. If you know exactly what you're searching for, go ahead and type it in. If you're unsure or if you only know part of the training/event's name, typing in partial names or "trainings in (name of region/city)" or "girl events", "STEM events", etc. should do the trick! 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk by calling 1-800-497-2688, or fill out this form.

We hope this calendar provides you with some ease as you plan your Girl Scout events this year! 

October 12, 2018: Celebrate JGL's Birthday & Ceremonies
Ways to Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday

Every year, Girl Scouts around the world honor the memory of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, on her birthday, October 31st. Some troops choose to celebrate the whole month, while others plan special events on or near the actual day of her birth, which is also known as Founder’s Day. (And also happens to be Halloween, how fun is that?)

One of the amazing things about Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday is that every troop has their own special way of celebrating this amazing woman! Nowadays, not everyone throws a party—many Girl Scouts use it as a day to give service to others and to participate in community events. Here are some fun ways your troop can celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday!

Host a Birthday Party Troop Supply Drive

Create a wish list of needed troop supplies – this can include scissors, glue, paper or even a first aid supplies. Share the list with troop families and ask every girl to bring one or more of the items as a gift to the troop in honor Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday. Gently used items are welcomed too!

Create a Special Troop Tradition

Design and create a troop t-shirt or hair accessory (cute Daisy hair clips) which the girls can wear to troop meetings and outings. Then, whenever someone asks the girls about their shirt or hair clip, not only can they say they made it themselves, but they can also share their Girl Scout story by telling them why they made them!

Sing Girl Scout Songs and Play Games


Make SWAPS of Juliette’s Pearls to remind girls of the personal sacrifices she made to ensure Girl Scouts continued to grow. Make plans to meet up with a fellow Girl Scout friend, your troop, and maybe even your sister troop, and enjoy some time together and present your SWAPS!

Stand on your head!

Did you know that one of Juliette’s special skills was standing on her head? She stood on her head every year on her birthday to prove she could still do it! She also celebrated her nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays by standing on her head. Rumor has it that once she even stood on her head in the boardroom of the National Headquarters to show off the new Girl Scout shoes.

Create a pop-up Girl Scout museum

Collect vintage Girl Scout items from family and friends who were former Girl Scouts. At the party, enjoy looking through old handbooks, picking out favorite badges on the old sashes and trying on vintage uniform pieces.

With the beginning of the membership year upon us, it's a great time to hold an Investiture and/or Rededication ceremony!

An investiture is the welcoming of new members, both girls and adults, into Girl Scouts for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Girl Scout Brownie, or Girl Scout Daisy pin at this time.

Rededication is the opportunity for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law. You can choose to do them as one or two separate ceremonies.

These ceremonies are a great way to start the new Girl Scout year with the focus being on the Promise and Law. Holding these ceremonies are also a great way to help girls learn to plan and affirm their belief in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

There are many ways to hold an Investiture and/or Rededication ceremony. Have the girls take time to search for some more creative ways to celebrate – check out our Investiture/Rededication Ceremonies Pinterest board. The more involvement the girls have, the better the experience! That follows in all things in Girl Scouting!

Daisy Petal (Flower) Investiture

On a large piece of white poster board, tape or glue a large daisy center of yellow construction paper. Write your troop number in the center. Make petals of white construction paper for each girl in the troop.

On each petal write a different girls name from your troop. Begin the ceremony with a simple flag ceremony have girls bring up flag and say the “Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag” followed by the singing of a song about America any one the girls know.

Call each girl by name to come and add her petal to the flower. As each girl comes forward to attach her petal to the center, welcome her to Girl Scout Daisy Troop #____ with the Girl Scout handshake and her Beginning Certificate. If a new girl joins at a later date, her petal may be added.

Variation – use real daisies or silk daisies and have the girls place them in a flower container with the troop number on it.

Girl Scout Brownie Pond Investiture

GORP (Granola Oats Raisins and Peanuts) Rededication