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  • Volunteer of the Month: Tracy Hall

    Six years after making the transition from teacher to troop leader, Tracy Hall has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. Hall, a Stratham, NH mom, has been honored as Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains’ September Volunteer of the Month. Hall’s personal Girl Scout journey began when her youngest daughter started kindergarten. Though her older daughter had been involved in a troop for several years already, Hall was dismayed to learn there were no Daisy troops around for her kindergartener. “So I started my own,” she said with a grin. “It ended up being a really positive experience for all of us.” Though she’d left her teaching career behind some years earlier, she soon discovered she was a natural when it came to mentoring girls. A former first grade teacher turned stay-at-home-mother, Hall said “the progression really evolved naturally” as she already had plenty of experience in time management, parent relations, and “simply setting realistic expectations for the kids,” An important lesson she learned early on was to “keep it fun.” “You have to remember: these are kids and Girl Scouts is girl-led and girl-driven,” Hall said. “I’ve learned that you can’t have your troop feeling like they’re in school!” Taking the girls’ lead, Hall soon discovered (much to her delight) that her troop members were “pretty much open for anything.” “They just love being social: whether we’re cooking, camping, playing games, or going on field trips,” Hal said. ...

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  • Big News!! "S'mores" Cookie Is Unveiled!

    Have you heard the big news? Just in time for National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) unveils two varieties of Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will add one of the new cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®.

    Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will offer a S’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.

    “We are so excited to share one of our favorite flavors with our consumers this coming season with the introduction of the Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie,” said Patricia K. Mellor, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. “S’mores have very strong ties to our organization’s history and legacy. This delicious cookie brings with it a fresh, new way for the public to support our girls as they learn leadership and, ultimately, make the world a better place.”

    This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Like other similar consumer products, the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting t...

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  • Farnsworth Weekend Inspires Volunteers to "Be The Hero Of Your Own Story"

    As our volunteers prepare for another exciting Girl Scout year, many are counting the days until Farnsworth Weekend. The event, which will take place Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, will include over 90 workshops led by 60 volunteer presenters. “Be the Hero of Your Own Story!” is this year’s theme. “When choosing a theme, our thought was to encourage volunteers to create their own destiny, unlock their inner potential, find the courage to take risks, and have fun,” explained Deb Drake, who has chaired the Farnsworth Weekend committee since 2010. Offered in a safe and nurturing environment, such “risks” might include paddle-boarding, archery, or gourmet campfire cooking. “With so many wonderful opportunities to explore something new, who knows where it will lead,” she said. A variety of fun and informative workshops will be offered throughout the weekend, including Tin Foil and Trash Can Cooking, T-Shirt Crafts, Almost Orienteering, Discover Your Inner Clown, Aromatherapy, and more. Due to the popularity of last year’s workshop, the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery School will be presenting five paddle-boarding sessions during the weekend. Additional workshops, such as Creative Ceremonies or Highest Awards, will be offered to help volunteers guide girls to their highest potential. For over 20 years, Farnworth Weekend has provided Girl Scout volunteers with enrichment opportunities and time to connect with others, exchange ideas, share s...

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  • Jump-In Motivates and Inspires Vermont Girls

    Every summer for the past 10 years, girls in the Greater Burlington area have gathered in local recreation centers and parish halls for week-long jump roping camps presented by local Girl Scouts. Over the years, hundreds of girls have learned new jump roping skills, techniques, and tricks—and a whole lot more. “Jump-In gives girls an opportunity to take risks and learn new skills in a safe and nurturing environment,” says Melissa Mason, series and travel manager for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. “Along the way, girls develop leadership skills and confidence, and learn the value of team work,” she adds. Mason points out that the program is unique because it is girl-led. Under the supervision of adults, campers are coached by trained teens—the majority of whom have gone through the program themselves. In fact, 14 of this summer’s coaches participated as campers last year. Most staff members are also former campers and coaches. Jump-In camp director and recent college graduate Tori Anguish has been involved with the program since she started coaching as a teen, and has served in her current position for the past 5 years. “We see all kinds of girls come to Jump-In,” she says. “A lot of them start out really afraid of the rope—they’re afraid of getting hit. By the end of the week, they’re all superstars!” Mason says that many of the girls who attend the sessions have little or no jump roping experience and are looking to learn...

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  • Volunteer of the Month: Karren Crain

    HOOKSETT, NEW HAMPSHIRE| Longtime Girl Scout volunteer Karren Crain spends most of her waking hours with children and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Crain, a paraprofessional in the Hooksett School District and  co-leader of Hooksett Troop 10085, was named the March Volunteer of the Month for Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

    Growing up in Pennsylvania, Crain gathered fond memories from her own years as a Girl Scout. After moving to New Hampshire with her family, Crain’s lifelong love affair with Girl Scouts would continue when her older daughter, Tracey, participated in the program well into high school. When Crain’s twin daughters, Catey and Carley, entered kindergarten and needed a troop leader, she didn’t hesitate to step forward.  These days, the twins are high school freshmen and Crain has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

    Over the years, she inspired and mentored other Girl Scout volunteers, and currently serves as the volunteer service coordinator for the communities of Hooksett, Pembroke, Allenstown, Bow, and Suncook. Her peers describe her as “someone who is always willing to lend a hand, and offer advice and support.

    Crain said leading 11 teenage Girl Scouts - about half of whom have been with her since kindergarten - continues to offer up adventures and inspiration. “Being with the girls is the best part of this job,” said Crain. “We have a unique situation in Hooksett where these girls attend six separat...

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  • NH Charitable Foundation grant boosts Girl Scouts’ new Customer Engagement Initiative

  • Merrimack Rotary honors Girl Scouts’ Young Women of Distinction

  • Young Women of Distinction event celebrated community service

    Read the press release here!

  • Artist Ellen Davis lends her talents to Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains

    Hopkinton, NH artist Ellen Davis captured Camp Farnsworth’s tranquil lake in homage to her Girl Scout days. Prints of the painting will be presented to all Gold Level sponsors this year.

    Read the Press Release Here!