Monday, October 31, 2011

Framingham Service Unit Team 2011-2012

Town Web site:

Facebook page: 

Town Coordinator = Susan Scully Petroni, 508-620-5922, or

Registrar = Mary Ann Sager, 508-872-4989,

Troop Organizer =

Secretary = POSITION OPEN (Contact Susan at if interested)

Yahoo Leader Group Coordinator = Barbara Miller -

Treasurer = Mary Ayotte,

Adult Recognition = Paula Brackett at 508-877-2478,

Cookie Chair = Mary Ayotte,

Town-wide Encampment = POSITION OPEN
Family Partnership = POSITION OPEN

Media Manager = Susan Scully Petroni at

Area Association Delegates = Connie Miles, 508-624-6382,
(Note: second delegate is open.)

Supplies Storage (flags, etc) = Lauren Fawell -

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Monday, October 11, 2010

Framingham Scouts Science Brownie Try-it & Junior Badge Workshop

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The Legend of Sleep Hollow Program at OSV on Saturday, Nov. 6

OSV Scout Day: “The Legend of Sleepy HollowLives on … in 1830”
Saturday, November 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Old Sturbridge Village

This fall event is for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and their families who want to learn about America’s past. It was in 1820 that Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was first published, thrilling audiences with its mystery, action, and horror! This ghoulish short story tells the tale of a Hessian soldier who comes back to haunt a small rural community while looking for the head that he lost during a Revolutionary War battle.
Learn about this tale and its time through storytelling, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Program Levels: Daisies through Ambassadors, and Juliette Scouts in grades K-12
Sign-up by: November 5
Cost: $7 per Scout ($10 includes patch) $7 per Leader and adult volunteer (NOTE: only 1 adult per Scout. Additional adults are $20.)
To Register: Visit or contact Kathy Kime at 508-347-0335.
There is no minimum or maximum required for this event.

Daisy Workshop on Nov. 13 in Worcester

Treasured Earth on Saturday, November 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Worcester Art Museum.
See how artists have treasured our natural world in centuries of paintings. In the studio, use recycled resources to create and decorate a box for your own treasures. Have fun exploring the galleries and making art in the museum’s studios.
This program can go towards the green Learning Petal (Use ResourcesWisely) and fits nicely into to the Earth and Sky Daisy Journey.
Program includes a custom tailored, 30-minute guided tour followed by a 90-minute creative studio activity.

Program Level: Daisies & Juliette Scouts in K & 1
Cost: $20 per Daisy
To Register: Contact Worcester Art Museum (Education Dept) at 508-793-4333.
Registration will remain open until full or 2 weeks prior to the event.
A minimum of 7 girls is required for each program, with a maximum of 40 girls per program. Registration is open to groups and individuals attending with an adult.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Amazing Relationship Workshop in Worcester on Oct. 28 for Cadette Scouts

aMAZING Relationships: Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Worcester Service Center

The goal of this program is to help teens be safe as they develop healthy relationships with friends. A professional teen counselor will guide girls through games, activities and role plays to help them understand the attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence and to correct them. While they’ll learn to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to help friends who are in unhealthy relationships, they’ll also get a chance to talk about the myths surrounding teen dating violence and sexual assault and how to challenge others, by being an active bystander.
Some requirements from the aMAZE Journey will be met during this interactive session.
Please note that this program contains sensitive topics and will require a “Sensitive Issues” permission slip from each girl’s parent/guardian.

Program Levels: Cadettes Only (Juliette Scouts may also register)
Attend As: Individual w/no Adult

Deadline to register is Oct. 22 or when 40 Scouts have registered.
Cost: $3 per Cadette Scout
To register, visit the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts Web site.
Registration and payment can be completed online.

Craft & Game Jamboree for Scouts on Nov. 6 in Easton

A Craft & Game Jamboree for Girls
GET BALANCED. This program is open to the children of adult participants who attend the Adult Learning Conferences. Girls will make and take home crafts, play games, and more!
Be sure to sign yourself up for one of the conferences in November and sign your daughter up for this terrific fun-filled day. Adults and girls will eat together. Lunch included in cost.

When: Nov 06, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Program Level: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette
Where: Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High, 250 Foundry St., South Easton
Cost: $12 per Scout and $10 per leader or adult volunteer.

Gold Award Orientation on Saturday, Nov. 6 in Easton

Gold Award Orientation
Girls, Troop adults, and parents are encouraged to join us for an orientation to the Gold Award Process, the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting! We’ll explore the pre-requisites and give tips on tackling the Journey books. We’ll discuss and show examples of root issues and unique perspectives for creating sustainable solutions to them. We’ll go over a timeline of the process and what it takes to earn the Gold Award! When we give girls the tools they need, they spread their wings and fly! This orientation will be held at the Adult Learning Conferences in Easton.

When: Saturday, Nov. 6 from 12:40 to 2:40 pm
Where: Southeast Regional VoTech High School, South Easton
Cost: FREE, but pre-registration is required.

Silver Award Orientation on Saturday, Nov. 6 in Easton for Cadette Scouts

Silver Award Orientation
This info session is for Cadettes interested in pursuing the Girl Scout Silver Award, and for the adults who will support them. Learn about the prerequisites, appropriate projects and documentation. Please check the GSEM Web site for the newest requirements. This orientation will be held at the Adult Learning Conferences in Easton.

When: Saturday, Nov 06, from 9:25 to 11:25 a.m.
Program Level: Cadette or Juliette Scouts in grades 6-7-8
Where: Southeast Regional VoTech High School, Easton
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required

Bronze Award Orientations in Andover & Easton on Nov. 6

Bronze Award Orientation
Learn about appropriate projects and documentation. Please check the GSEM Web site for the newest requirements.

When: Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9:25 to 11;25 a.m.
For: Junior Scouts or Juliette Scouts in grades 4 or 5
Where: Southeast Regional VoTech High School in Easton or Greater Lawrence Technical Scool in Andover
Cost: $0
Pre-registration is required
To register, visit the GSEM Web site, and click on programs.

Brownie Animal Try-It Workshop on Nov. 6 in Walpole

Brownie Animal Try-It.
What better place to explore the world of animals than at Norfolk Aggie? Enjoy a tour of the animal science department. Learn how people care for the animals. You can see the animals up close, too! Learn all about Pocket Pets such as mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, hedgehogs and chinchillas. You will go on a scavenger hunt through the Animal Science building and may even come across birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians!
Registration cost includes the Try-It.

When: Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon
Program Level: Brownie and Juliettes in grades 2& 3
Where: Norfolk County Agricultural High School, 400 Main St., Walpole
Cost: $14 per Brownie
Leaders and adult volunteers are free. Please adhere to safety-wise rules for adults. An adult must attend with any Juliette Scout. Leaders & adults may be expected to help.

To register visit the GSEM Web site and click on programs. Registration and payment can be made online.

Junior Geocaching Workshop in Waltham on Saturday, Oct. 30

Nature Geocaching: GET GOING.
Try a different twist on geocaching, the popular GPS adventure activity. Using global positioning system devices and a few clues, girls will search for specific trees, rocks and natural objects to learn their stories.

When: Saturday, Oct 30, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Program Level: Junior and Juliette Scouts in grades 4 & 5
Where: Camp Cedar Hill, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham
Cost: $8 per Junior Scout.
Leaders & adult volunteers, per safety-wise rules, are FREE

To register, visit the GSEM Web site and click on programs. Registration & payment can be completed online.

Bubbles Workshop for Daisy Scouts in Dorchester on Tuesday, Nov. 2

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles (Super Patch)
GET SMART. Girls will have a bubbly-blast at this action packed, fun-filled program. Based on science, expressed through creative bubble activities, bubble-builds and even some pretty, bubblicious artwork. Your girls will surely be floating on air after this program!

When, Tuesday, Nov 2 from 10;30 a.m. to Noon.
NOTE: Framingham Public Schools are closed on Tuesday, Nov. 2
Program Level: Daisy & Juliette Scouts in grades K & 1
Where: Grove Hall Branch Library, 41 Geneva, Ave., Dorchester, MA 02121
Cost: $9 per Daisy.
Leaders and safety-wise adults are FREE.

To register visit the GSEM Web site, click on programs. Registration & payment can be completed online.

Brownie Letterboxing Event in Waltham on Saturday, Oct. 30

GET GOING. This is an intro to a great outdoor sport! With maps and clues in hand, girls head off on an outdoor nature adventure, discovering boxes and collecting stamped images for their logbook.
Leaders & Adults are expected to help.

When: Saturday, Oct. 30 from noon to 2 p.m.
Program Level: Brownie and Juliettes in grades 2-3
Location: Camp Cedar Hill, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham
Cost; $8 per Scout. Leaders and safety-wise adult volunteers are free.

To register visit the GSEM Web site, and click on programs. Registration & payment can be completed online.

Virtual Book Club on November 1 for Older Scouts

Read the Movie - Virtual Book Club

Do you love to read?
Join GSEM’s Virtual Book Club and blog with other Girl Scouts about your thoughts and feelings about books.
You will have to check the blog twice a month to participate in this group.
Together, the group will chose books to read that are also movies. It is possible that if a book is chosen to read and the movie is coming out we will try to meet at the theater to see it together. Most of the time, we will watch the movies on our own before we gather online to discuss the things we liked and didn't like about the two. Each book will be a 6-week session.
Once registered you can participate in just one book or in all for the year.

Questions? Contact Jennifer van Buren, N. Andover, 978-701-6358,

Program level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador or Juliettes in grades 7-12
Location: Online
Cost: $5 per Scout

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Framingham Roller Skating Night - Monday, Nov. 1

DATE: Monday, November 1st
(Note: FPS has no school on Nov. 2)
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Roller Kingdom, Hudson 978-562-3440
Come join your fellow Framingham Girl Scouts as we share cupcakes & sing "Happy Birthday" to Juliette!

Cost: $6 per Scout (Participation Patch included in the price)
Pay this to reserve your spot.

Leaders & Adults within safety-wise limits FREE. Over Safety-wise limits must pay $6.

($3 additional for skates – pay this at the door.)
Scouts & adult may bring their own inline skates.

Registration is confirmed with a check made payable to "Framingham Girl Scouts"

FOOD: Troops may bring a plate of cupcakes or a cake to share. Please do not bring any other food or drinks. It is not allowed! Roller Kingdom food counter will sell pizza, hot dogs, drinks, and snacks at any additional cost.

Please Note: This is a troop event. Chaperones MUST be limited to safetywise ratios. Additional adult will be charged $6. NO SIBLINGS!

Directions: Take Rt. 495 north to exit 26 (Rt 62 east). Just before the Dodge dealership watch for signs on the right. Or take Rt. 85 north to Rt. 62 west and it is just after the Dodge dealership.

EVENT COORDINATOR: Colleen Burnham: colleenunique@...

REGISTRATION NIGHT: Tuesday, Oct 19 at Plymouth Church from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Print out this form & BRING to Registration.

If you cannot make registration, please contact Colleen to make other arrangements. Deadline to register is TUESDAY, OCT. 19! NO EXCEPTIONS!

Troop #: _________________

Level: D B J C S A

Leader Name: ________________________ Phone: ___________________

First Aider: __________________________ Exp. Date: ________________

# Girls: _________________ Total Enclosed: _____________

# Adults: ___________

Make check payable: Framingham Girl Scouts

CORI APPROVALS & RENEWALS - Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

All Girl Scout Leaders & and all adult volunteers must be CORI approved.
ALL CORI approvals are good for 3 years.

Even if you have a CORI approval at an elementary school in town, YOU MUST be CORI approved for Girl Scouts.

Framingham Girl Scouts will be doing CORI approvals & RENEWALS on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church.

Following, CORI approvals Framingham Girl Scouts will hold its first leader & adult volunteer meeting. Meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to stay!


Girl Scout Council of Eastern Massachusetts recently gave the Framingham Girl Scouts a list of those leaders & adult volunteers who are approved and not approved via CORI.

If you have any questions, please contacty either Framingham Service Unit Town Coordinator Susan Scully Petroni at spetroni@... or Framingham Girl Scouts Registrar Mary Ann Sager at masager5@...

Annie Performance for Girl Scouts at Wheelock Family Theatre on Oct. 23

Wheelock Family Theatre: Annie. GET BALANCED.
The classic American musical illuminating the disparity between rich and poor. GSEM offers premium tickets at a discount, including a pre-show drama workshop, post-show Q&A with members of the cast and a study guide for troop volunteers.
Girls receive WFT Partner button for a free admission to a future performance.

When: Oct. 23, 1:45 to 6 p.m.
Program Level: All, including Juliettes from K-12
Category: Creative Arts
Location: Wheelock Family Theater, 20 The Riverway,
Boston, MA 02215
Cost: $25 per Scout and $25 per Leader or adult volunteer.

Several of the other dates have already sold out, so registered ASAP for this program.
To register, visit the GSEM Web site, and click on programs. You can pre-pay for this online.

Scout & Family Fun Festival on Thursday, Oct. 21 in Mansfield

Family Fun Festival
It's S'More Fun with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts!
Girls and their families are invited to participate in this free Welcome Week event.
Create and eat your own edible fire Make and fly paper airplanes while learning about travel destinations Fashion a bracelet out of recyclable materials Learn about the Sundown Sing-Along, Museum of Science Overnights, Animal Tracks, Funky Fabrication, Kitty Tales and more! Bring a friend!

When: Thursday, Oct 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
(Note: This is an early release day for Framingham Elementary.)
Program Level: All levels or Juliettes in grades K-12
Category: Outdoor Adventures Camp, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math, Creative Arts Location: Robinson Elementary School Cafeteria, 245 East St., Mansfield
Cost: Free for Scouts, Leaders & adults.


Town Web site:

Town Coordinator = Susan Scully Petroni, 508-620-5922,

Registrar = Mary Ann Sager, 508-872-4989,

Troop Organizer = Lauren Fawell at

Secretary = POSITION OPEN (Contact Susan at if interested)

Yahoo Leader Group Coordinator = Carolyn Limeri at 508-877-4215,

Treasurer = Mary Ayotte,

Adult Recognition = Pat Aulenbach at 508-533-6510, and Paula Brackett at 508-877-2478,

Cookie Chair = Helena Siciliano, 508-877-7902, AND Mary Ayotte,

Town-wide Encampment = POSITION OPEN

Family Partnership = POSITION OPEN

Media Manager = Susan Scully Petroni at

Area Association Delegates = Connie Miles, 508-624-6382,
(Note: second delegate is open.)

Supplies Storage (flags, etc) = Lauren Fawell (see above)

Princess Ettie Quette Royal Ice Cream Extravaganza on Oct. 27 in Norton for Daisy & Brownie Scouts

Princess Ettie Quette: The Royal Ice Cream Extravaganza!
Be a Princess of Mannersville and learn techniques one must have to run her own country. Practice elegant eating, greeting, and conversation. Learn the basic skills of how to have perfect table manners while eating ice-cream with your favorite toppings (Alternatives will be provided).
Manners Try-It or Daisy petal and tiara included.

When: Oct 27, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Program Level: Daisy, Brownie and Juliettes in grades K-3
Category: Leadership
Location: TBD, Norton, Massachusetts
Cost: $12 per Scout. Adult volunteers and leader are free.
Please adhere to safety-wise rules. Adults are expected to help.
To register, visit the GSEM Web site, and click on programs. Parents can register and pre-pay online.

Sewing Sensations program for Cadettes on Oct. 24 in Sharon

Sewing Sensations (Super Patch). GET BALANCED.
Girls love to be unique and to use their resources wisely. Girls will make cross-stitch creations, her very own, one-of-a-kind purse, work together to make gifts for donation to a local cause and more! This program is sure to be sew-sational!

When: Oct 24, 2 to 5 p.m.
Program Level: Cadette or Juliettes in grades 6-7-8
Category: Creative Arts
Location: TBA, Sharon, Massachusetts
Cost: $11 per Cadette. Leaders and adults are free.
To register, visit the GSEM Web site, and click on programs. parents can register online and pre-pay online, too.

Babysitter Course for Cadettes, Seniors, & Ambassadors in Waltham on Oct. 23

Babysitting is an awesome way to learn the responsibilities of caring for others and earn extra cash. This excellent training includes instruction on First Aid, safety precautions, child development, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities, etc.
You’ll receive a certificate and a patch upon completion.
Bring a doll or teddy bear for hands on practice and a bag lunch.

When: Oct 23, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Program Level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador or Juliette Scouts in grades 6-12
Category: Leadership
Location: Christ Church Episcopal, 750 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451
Cost: $21 for Scouts; Adults and leaders are free.

To register GSEM Web site and click on programs. Registration and payment can be completed online.

Oil Up Junior Badge Workshop on Nov. 5th in Westwood

Oil Up Badge Workshop.
An oil tanker leaks thousands of gallons of oil on a beach, and rescue workers rush to save the wildlife, but how? As you earn the Oil Up! badge, you simulate your own rescue effort, and learn about the petroleum products you use every day.

When: Nov 05, 6 to 8 p.m.
Program Level: Juniors or Juliette Scouts in grades 4-5
Category: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math, Environmental Awareness
Location: TBD, Westwood, MA 02090
Cost: $9 per Scout. Leaders and adult volunteers are free.
Please adhere to safety-wise rules for adults. Adults may be expected to help.

To register visit the GSEM Web site. Registration & payment can be completed online.

Program Aide Training on Oct. 23 in Waltham

Program Aide Core Training. GET SMART
A good Program Aide is a team player who knows Girl Scouting inside and out! Role play to anticipate what happens when you don’t get along with the adults or girls with whom you have to work. What happens when a girl gets homesick, or hurt, or doesn’t want to join in? What do the Girl Scout Promise and Law mean to you? What you learn as a PA will be helpful if you want to work at large council events.
Fee includes PA pin.
Girls should bring a bag lunch and clothes for indoor and outdoor activity.

When: Oct 23, from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Level: Cadette, Senior, Ambassador or Juliette Scouts in grades 6-12
Location: Camp Cedar Hill Great Hall, 265 Beaver St. Waltham, MA 02452
Cost: $14.00 per Scout; leaders and adult volunteers are free

To register visit the GSEM Web site, and click on programs. You can pre-pay online.

Cool Cosmetics Program for Cadettes on Oct 20 in Belmont

Cool Cosmetics: GET SMART.
This program was such a huge hit with Cadette Scouts that Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council (GSEM) decided to bring it back again!
Create your own make up and toiletries at this hands-on program and hear from women in the engineering field to see if you might have a future in an engineering related career!
When: Oct. 20 from 12:30 pm to 2:30 p.m.
Program Level: Cadette or Juliettes in grades 6-7-8
Location: Belmont United Methodist Church, 421 Common St., Belmont,
Cost: $12 per Scout; adults and leaders are free.
To register, visit the GSEM Web site and click on programs. You can register online and pre-pay online, also.

Monday, September 20, 2010

RIVERDANCE ON ICE - Saturday, Oct 16


Riverdance on Ice - Saturday, Oct 16 at 7 p.m. -- ONE NIGHT ONLY

Riverdance on Ice combines the music and artistry of a complete Riverdance™ stage show in unison with on-ice routines from Olympic, World, and National champion figure skaters. A stellar cast will perform live including 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist Joannie Rochette, World Silver Medalists Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto, World Champion Todd Eldridge and many others.

There are 2 price ranges
> 1) GS Discount Tickets at $37 for rows 13-16 (regular cost -$42)
> 2) GROUP tickets for rows 17-18-19 at $22

I am taking reservation through Thursday night, Sept. 23 at 11 p.m.

(Sorry, this is a quick turnaround due to the one night only.)

Please e-mail to reserve tickets for your Troop. Please include Troop #, leader responsible, and number of tickets, and which price range. (Event is for Scouts & Families.)

I will be booking with the Tsongas arena on Friday morning, if we have a minimum of 12 tickets, which is likely as I already have 8 who have expressed interest.

Payment to be made by Sunday, Oct 3. (I will be at the science workshop at St. Bridget's)

Payment will be made to me -- Susan Scully Petroni -- as I will use my own credit card to pay for tickets on Friday.

E-mail me if you have any questions

-- Susan Scully Petroni


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Girl Scout Night at the Ringling Bros Circus - Oct 15


I have made arrangements for Framingham Girl Scouts to receive DISCOUNTED tickets with Ringling Bros Circus on Friday night, Oct 15.
Show starts at 7 p.m. There likely will be a pre-show event as this has been declared Girl Scout Night. (As soon as I have more details, I will post.)

Cost is $15.75 per ticket per Scout.
Seats are in Loge 8 - rows 20-24.
(Loge tickets are selling for $25 & $30 plus fees at Ticketmaster.)

Tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
There are 30 tickets available.

NOTE: Parents & siblings may attend at the Scout price of $15.75 each.

Event is open to all Girl Scout levels - Daisy through Ambassador.

Juliette Scouts may also attend with a guardian/parent.

Please e-mail me with how many tickets your Troop would like.
Deadline to reserve tickets is Friday, Sept 24.
Payment is due by Monday, Oct 4.

E-mail me with any questions.
Susan Scully Petroni
Town Coordinator
Framingham Girl Scouts

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Framingham Scouts to Hold Science Workshops on Sunday, Oct 3

Girl Scout Science Workshop
Sponsored by the Town of Framingham Girl Scouts

Place: St. Bridget School Hall, Worcester Road (Rte 9) Eastbound, Framingham,
Date: Sunday, Octoter 3, 2010
Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Who: All Girl Scout Levels
Cost: $6 per Brownie or Junior (covers cost of Participation Patch and supplies)
$3 per Daisy (covers cost of Participation Patch and supplies)

Juliette Scouts may also register

Cadettes and Seniors who volunteer are free & will receive a Participation Patch
Leaders & Adult volunteers are free
Checks payable: Town of Framingham Girl Scouts

Contact Person for the event: Mary Ann Sager at 508-872-4989 or masager5@...

Badge Workshops: (once earned, badges may be purchased separately at the Girl Scout store)
Brownie = Science in Action Try-It (all requirements can be met at the workshop)
Junior = Science Discovery Badge (all requirements can be met at the workshop)

Participation Patch: all girls attending will receive a Participation Patch design TBA

1:30-1:40 Check-In, Announcements, Girl Scout Promise
1:40-3:15 Workshops set up at tables, possible break taken for speakers TBA

Volunteer Opportunity: We are looking for about 20 volunteers: Adults, Ambassadors, Seniors, and Cadettes. All volunteers need to arrive promptly at 1pm.

NOTE: We ask that NO food be brought into the hall. There will be a variety of chemicals and we do not want anyone to become sick. Girls are free to bring their own water bottles.
Please return the bottom portion with your payment: c/o Mary Ann Sager, 6 Gryzboska Cir., Framingham, MA 01702 Deadline: Friday, September 24. No money at the door!

Troop #: ___________________ Level: D B J C S

Leader: ___________________ Phone: _____________ e-mail: __________________

# Girls Attending: ____________
*Please keep number of adults to GSEM SAFETY RULES.

Total Amount enclosed: $______________ (Make check payable to: Town of Framingham Girl Scouts)

_____ Yes, we can volunteer:

Name __________________
Phone: ________________
(please list additional names on the back)

One town-wide Troop/Service Unit Activity Application will be sent for this event.

Leaders: This page briefly summarizes the workshops planned. Information was taken from the Brownie Try-It book and the Junior Badge book.

Brownie Try-It = Science in Action (pg. 126)
1. Science and Technology Hunt – give a list of things to find in the room that show how science and technology go together (i.e. things of plastic, from trees) – discuss how science and technology work together
2. Weird Glop – observe the difference between solid/liquid/gas, discuss how some things can be only one or all these (i.e. water)
3. Balloon Blowing – they will blow up a balloon without using their own breath - with baking soda and vinegar – discuss how that works
4. Butterfly of Many Colors – ink in black felt tip pen is made from chemicals of different colors, mixed together these colors look black, discuss how you can see the different colors

Junior Badge = Science Discovery (pg. 200)
1. Chemical Appearing Act – discover how you can use a chemical reaction to make an artistic design, sometimes when chemicals react with each other colors change
2. Light and Reflection – make a simple kaleidoscope – which relies on reflected light to create its special effects
3. Water Tricks – why does the needle float, how many drops of water can you get to stay on the penny, what happens when soap meets the skin of water molecules on the penny and why
4. See What? – how is your brain challenged by optical illusions
5. Here's the Rub – discover how speed is affected by friction, how can you use what you learned when riding in a car or riding on your bike
6. Become a Scientist – more men enter fields of science and technology then women do, talk to a female scientist and find out: how she got interested in her field, who encouraged her to pursue science, where does she get information, which people are most supportive to her in her job

Council to Offer Outdoor Skills Day on Saturday, Oct. 16

Troop leaders and adult volunteers can register NOW for the 2nd Annual Outdoor Skills Day at Camp Wind in the Pines in Plymouth on Saturday, Oct 16.
Spend the day learning basic camping skills or attend enrichments focused on advanced cooking skills, outdoor games, campfire songs, nighttime activities and more!
Registration fee is $15 per person.
To register visit

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Welcome to the start of another Girl Scout year!

Welcome back Girl Scout leaders!!

First, I want to acknowledge outgoing Framingham Girl Scouts Town Coordinator Nancy Solomon. I want to thank Nancy for the endless volunteers hours she gave to the service unit and the cooperative attitude she always offered all the leaders. Nancy will still be involved with Framingham Girl Scouts but wanted to focus her efforts on her daughter's Troop at this time. I have agreed to be Town Coordinator, with help from Council. (If you have any ideas or thoughts, please contact me at

1) Many of the Framingham Troops took advantage of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) Spring registration. Troops that have not registered, may pick up their registration packet at Plymouth Church. If you have any questions or issues, please contact our NEW Service Unit (SU) Registrar Mary Ann Sagar at masager5@.... (I want to thank out-going registrar Deb Brisbois for her many years of service.)

2) Troop Coordinator Lauren Fawell will be holding registration for NEW Scouts, leaders, & adult volunteers on:

* Sunday, Oct 3 at 2 p.m. at St. Bridget School

* Monday, Oct 4 at First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.

Council will be delivering the flyers for the FPS & other schools in town this week. I know a couple of our leaders are involved with the PTOs and it would be much appreciated if you could take the flyers for your school. Please e-mail me if you can pick up and deliver flyers for your school. Distribution will take place on Friday, Sept 17. (Supt office has APPROVED the flyers.)

3) The first Service Unit event will be a Science Try-It & Badge Workshop on Sunday, Oct 3. I will be posting a flyer with details and registration information this week. Mary Ann is chairing the event.

4) There will be a meeting of the SERVICE UNIT TEAM MEMBERS ONLY on Tuesday, Sept 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Plymouth Church.

5) The first Framingham Scout leader (and adult volunteer) meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct 19 at 7 p.m. at Plymouth Church.

Other Leader Meeting dates at Plymouth Church at 7 p.m. include:

* Nov. 23

* Dec. 7 (CORI registration & renewal 7 to 7:30 p.m.) Cookie University 7:30 p.m.

* Jan. 25

* Feb. 15

* March 22

* April 26

* May 24

E-mail any time with ideas, concerns, thoughts, or issues.

Please check the Framingham Girl Scout Web site for SU updates, including GSEM Council and out-of-council programs.

I will be posting Girl Scout Night at the Ringling Bros. Circus this week, too.

The Web site is

- Framingham Town Coordinator Susan Scully Petroni

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Troop Together for 13 Years

I know this is an out-of-Framingham Troop, but thought it was worth sharing ...
By Paul Crocetti/Daily News staff
MARLBOROUGH — This year marks the end of an era in Marlborough Girl Scouts.
The 10 members of Marlborough Senior Girl Scout Troop #72834, many of whom joined early in elementary school, are graduating. A program at Marlborough High School on May 27 honored the troop and three Gold Award recipients.
The Senior Troop members shared their experiences over the last 13 years. Highlights included community service, camping and a trip in ninth grade to England in which they stayed with the British equivalent of Girl Scouts, said Laura Wilner, one of the troop's leaders.
"So many said this has been such a big part of their life," Wilner said. "This troop has just been so special. They're a very high-achieving group."
Ruth Bramson, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council, spoke at the ceremony. The Marlborough Gold Award recipients were Katherine Karwoski and Julianne Wilner, of Troop #72834, and Chelsea Wagner, of Troop #72849. The award, akin to an Eagle Scout accomplishment in Boy Scouts, is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive - only 5.4 percent of Girl Scouts achieve it.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

leader & Adult Volunteer Social Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m.

at O'Connell's sports pub, Route 9 East, in the Whimsy parking lot!
All leaders and adult volunteers are invited.

Town-Wide Bridging Slide Show Coming Soon!

Thank You! Congrats to the Scouts who Bridged!

I want to thank everyone for their patience today!
I hope the Brownies & Juniors, who attended, enjoyed their special day!

While the weatherman was correct & the storm did pass in time and we had sunshine; we unfortunately had giant puddles and lots of mud.

At 4:30 p.m., when we began setting up, one of the dads in the parking lot offered to call the Masonic Hall to see if we could have the ceremony there.
The Troop leaders present, then made a group decision to move inside.

Unfortunately, the Masonic Hall could never have been an option as the Framingham bridging location, because 2 of the Troops requested handicapped accessible halls (one Daisy Troop with a Scout in an 80-pound wheelchair and another Junior Troop with a child in a walker).

After the bridging location was planned outside, due to the fact that no handicapped accessible locations were available on the agreed upon date, that Daisy Troop, with the 80-pound wheelchair Scout, dropped out of the town-wide bridging.

I want to personally thank Mr. Canhoto from Troop 2086 for coming through at the last minute and not disappointing all the Scouts. (Parents, probably will appreciate the non-muddy shoes.)

If anyone would like to share photos, either send them to or I will try to post some photos soon.

Congrats to all the Scout who bridged today!


We have moved the bridging inside to the Masonic Hall, 404 Concord Road (Route 126)
Ceremony will start at 5:15 p.m.
Thanks for your patience!

Bridging ceremony is a YES!

I know there is a storm now, but according to it should be passing by 4:15 p.m.
This storm is moving at 55-60 MPH and is suppose to be SEVERE but pass by within 30 minutes.
Worse case scenario we will have to hold off by sitting in cars for a few minutes.
Don't want to diappoint the Scouts, by cancelling.
Radar on looks like we will have a brief clearing between this storm and then a second storm is expected to hit.
I was afraid by delaying until a 530 or 6 p.m. start that we will be right in the middle of that 2nd storm.
Don't forget to bring umbrellas and bug spray!

UPDATED Bridging Plan:
Volunteer girls and Troop leaders arrive at 4:30 p.m.
All Scouts there by 4:45 p.m.
Start Ceremony about 5:05 p.m.

Bridging is a go ...

The Weather Channel is predicting a severe storm between 3:15 and 3:45 for Framingham, but then the radar looks like it is clear for a while...

Most of the storms are heading towards the Merrimack Valley as opposed to along the mass pike today.

I will do one more check and then I am off to pick up the flowers.
I will post again about 3:30 p.m., just in case any of these reports change.

Bridging ceremony ON - last update will be at 3:30 p.m.

At this time, the bridging ceremony is still on.
4:15 p.m. Volunteer Scouts
4;30 p.m. All Scouts
5 p.m. Ceremony
UCC Conference Center, one Badger Road


I am hoping for the weather to stay like this, cloudy and a splatter of raindrops.

I DO see that we are under a tornado watch through 8 p.m. and that there is the possibility of a downpour/lightning storm like yesterday.

I will post on THIS Web site by 3:30 p.m. if we are CANCELLED or POSTPONED until a 5:30 or 6 p.m. ceremony!!!

If we get a storm as severe and SHORT as yesterday, I will make a decision by 3:30 p.m. to back the ceremony by 30 minutes or an hour. Thus, a 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. ceremony.

If that is the case -- I will post on the Framingham GIRL SCOUT WEB SITE by 3:30 p.m. that time change!!

Thanks for your patience
Susan Scully Petroni
P.S. I'd recommend bug spray in this weather and location!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Friday, May 21 Deadline to Register Troop for Framingham Bridging Ceremony

Friday, May 21 is the deadline to register your Troop in the Town-Wide Bridging Ceremony.

Please include in e-mail:
leader's name
leader's contact
Troop #
Scout level
number of Scouts in Troop

Town-Wide Bridging
Sunday, June 6
Where: UCC Conference Center, off Salem End Road
5 p.m. Ceremony

Rehearsal: 4:30 p.m.
NOTE: This is an outdoor venue

Once a Troop has responded they will participate, all other information will be e-mailed or posted on the Yahoo leader site, not on this Web site.

A Bridging PLAN, along with roles for each Troops and volunteer opportunities for all Scout levels, will go out this weekend - no later than Sunday, May 23.

For additional information on bridging requirements and this town-wide ceremony, leaders should visit the Yahoo leader group!

Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to Natasha, who was able to secure the UCC Conference Center at a FABULOUS rate for the Framingham Girl Scouts!!

- Susan Scully Petroni
Program & Media Manager

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Leader Meeting Tonight

Girl Scout Leader/Volunteer Meeting at Plymouth Church at 7 p.m.
7:00-7:15 Spring Registrations and Cookie Incentives Distributed
7:15-7:30 Spring Registration overview
7:30 Bridging Ceremony Meeting

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Springfield Overnight Deadline Approaching

Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts in connection with the Springfield Science Museum is hosting an overnight for Brownies & Junior Scouts on Friday, May 21 from 6 p.m. through Saturday, May 22 at 9 a.m.
Girls will discover a variety of nature and science related information while connecting with sister Girl Scouts and participating in fun, hands on activities.
Girls will sleep beside a coral reef or next to live animals or the Tyrannosaurus.
An evening pizza party and light breakfast is included.
Everyone views the planetarium show and screen prints their own t-shirt.
Girls will complete requirements for a Try It or badge.
The cost of the badge is not included.
Free and secure parking is available.
This event is for groups and individual Scouts, including Juliette Scouts.
Registration fee is $35 per Scout and $30 per leader and adult.
Troops please adhere to safety-wise ratios.
Individual Scouts must attend with an adult.
Registration deadline is May 7 or when 120 people have registered.
To register: Contact Amanda at 413-263-6800 x385 or

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today is National Girl Scout Leader Day

Today is National Girl Scout Leader's Day. The day honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Celebrate National Trails Day at Camp Virginia in Bolton on Sunday June 6

Community Service National Trails Day is a community service day when people come together to clear the trails they love.
Join other Girl Scouts and their families out on the trail. We'll be moving brush and debris, putting up trail blazes, and taking care of the land.
Patches may be available for purchase.
Date: Jun 06, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Program Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Outdoor Adventures Camp
Location: Camp Virginia, Route 85, Bolton, MA 01740

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Drumlin Farm Event for Daisies, Brownies and Junior Scouts on May 1

Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts is holding a Food For Thought event at Drumlin farm in Lincoln for Daisy, Brownie, & Junior Scouts on Saturday, May 1. There are 2 sessions 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
Explore fields, gardens, barns and trails as you discover life on this local farm. Work with Teacher Naturalists as they engage in daily chores and other related activities. Learn how and why we grow and raise what we do and the journey of farm animals and crops to your home. Enjoy a hayride and taste some farm fresh treats!
This program will satisfy requirements towards Try-Its and Badges, but they are not included in the registration fees.
This event is for Troops and individual Scouts. Troops should adhere to safety-wise rules. Individual Scouts must attend with an adult. Juliette Scouts may also register.
Event # 4766
Registration fee is $8 per Scout and $8 per Leader or adult volunteer.

Registration will end on April 23 or at 50 Scouts.
To register visit the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts Web site. Fill out the online registration form and pre-pay with a credit card.

Freedom Trail Event on Saturday, May 1

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is holding a Walk into History - Boston Freedom Trail event for Brownie through Ambassador Scout levels on Saturday, May 1.
The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Boston Common Visitor Center, at 128 Tremont Street. Juliette Scouts and individual scouts may also register, if an adult attends with them.
Get Real. Listen to exciting tales while walking the Freedom Trail! Explore 13 of 16 stops, guided by an interpreter. Walk away with a patch and a great experience.
Walk ends at Old North Church at about 1 p.m.
Please limit number of adults to minimum required with safety-wise rules.
Registration fee is $16 per Scout and $15 per leader/adult.
Registration deadline is about one week prior to the event.
To register, visit the GSEM Web site, click on programs. Fill out the online registration form, and pre-pay with a credit card.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Girl Scout Day At Roger Williams Zoo on Saturday, May 8

Calling all Scouts! Spend an adventurous day at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, Rhode island with fellow Girl Scouts on Saturday, May 8.
Participate in interactive stations that will help you to complete a variety of badge requirements while you’re surrounded by a zoo full of fascinating animals. Meet special guest presenters, zoo staff and some very cool critters.
Souvenir patch is included!
Registration fee is $14 per Scout. Leaders and adults are $10.
Pre-registration is required and payment is due upon registration.
Registration deadline is April 19. There will be a late fee of $5 per scout after that date.
Sorry, no refunds.
Registration forms and by mail.
For more information, call Jen at 401-785-3510 ext. 352 or e-mail at

Friday, April 9, 2010

Brownie Registration for Lorax Program in Ashland Closes Tuesday, April 13

Love Dr. Seuss? Read The Lorax in an exciting new way! Create your own story about weird and wacky plants and animals and make your own portable "greenhouse" to take home. (This is a non-patch event.)
This Council-sponsored Brownie program is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at camp Winnetaska, off Olive Street, in Ashland.
It is for Brownies and Juliette Scouts in grades 2 & 3. Troops and individual Scouts may register. Individual Scouts must attend with an adult. Troop leaders and adults are expected to help with the program.
Registration fee is $7 per Scout. Leaders and adults are free.
To register, visit the GSEM Web Site, click on programs. Fill out the online registration form, and pre-pay with a credit card.