Monday, September 14, 2009

Registration Night for Framingham Girl Scouts - Monday, Oct. 5

Framingham Girl Scouts will hold a registration/information night on Monday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, at the corner of Brook and Water streets, in Framingham.
The cost to register a girl for Scouts is $12.
Please note Each Scout Troop may charge an optional fee for annual or per meeting dues.
Daisy Scouts - K & first grade
Brownie - 2nd & 3rd grade
Junior - 4th & 5th grade
Cadette - 6-7-8 grade
Senior - 9th & 10th grade
Ambassador - 11th & 12th grade
Girls who can not be placed in a troop, for whatever reason, will be registered as a Juliette Scout. .
Leaders are needed at all levels!
If you can not make registration night in October and wish to register your daughter as a Girl Scout, at any level, please e-mail Framingham Service Unit's Membership Coordinator Lauren Fawell at

Framingham Girl Scout Leader MINUTES (Sept. 2009)

Framingham Girl Scout Leader Meeting Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Council programs and forms:
Town web site:
All leader meetings this year to be held the first Tuesday of the month at the Plymouth Church. Next meeting= October 6
Agenda: Fall Registration discussion, upcoming events: roller skating, tree lighting, Menorah lighting
Introductions/Attendance: 10 in attendance

1. Council Updates: Lou Ann Kelly is our new contact person at council, she is in the Waltham office and can be reached by e-mail at
A. Family Partnership – please check your troop folder in the box at the church for the Family Partnership Campaign pamphlets. This program is vital to supporting the many camps, trainings, and programs offered at the council level – did you know it costs the council approximately $286 per girl per year? Keep in mind the $12 dues collected each year goes directly to National Girl Scouts. The Family Partnership and Cookies support the council and they are in desperate need of support. It has been shown in the past that when troop leaders explain the importance of the Family Partnership directly to the parents the donations are more frequent and higher. Please ask your families to support this program, even if they can only donate $10-$25.
B. Florida Everglades Trip 2009-2010flyer given out: info nights = Oct 4, 2-3pm in Norton and Oct 18, 4-5 in Reading – must pre-register – check the web site
C. GSEM Free family day at Harvard Women’s Soccer – Sat, Sept 26 at 11am, info: or call 774-766-69184.
D. Volunteer CORI forms – all volunteers now need to complete a CORI form every three years (previously it was 5 years), there is also a new procedure – the form’s signature must be witnessed by an “approved” volunteer, Lou Ann from council is approved and we are looking into getting someone in town approved.
E. Cradles to Crayonsflyer on this program to help supply clothes/shoes/presents/toys/books/etc to children in need for more information visit: or e-mail –
2. Fall Encampment: due to low interest last spring there is no encampment planned at this time.
Helena has also decided to step down as the Encampment Director for the Town of Framingham – it would be great to have a new volunteer sign up, council provides all necessary training
check out their web site
3. Spring Registration Early Bird Patches: if your troop registered last spring your early bird patches are now in your troop folder at the church
4. Fall Registration: is now under way and due to Deb by mid-October. Your fall packet is at the church with all the necessary forms, please contact Deb at 508-405-1211 or with any questions.
Reminder: your troop may not meet or sell cookies until their registration in completed and with the town registrar.
FYI – the registration fee for this year has been increased to $12 per person (it has been many years since fees were last raised) – the deposit must be made and three copies obtained from the bank to complete the registration process
5. Service Unit Open Positions: we are in search of a Treasurer and Encampment Director – the treasurer position training can be done by Helena, but the Encampment Director must obtain training through the council – check the web site for requirements, further discussion of Service Unit Openings to be discussed at the October Leader Meeting.
6. TentativeTownwide Events:
A. Oct 25 – Math and Computer Workshop at St Bridget School Hall – flyer to come out with specific details soon. Estimated. cost is $6.50 per Brownie and Junior, and $5 per Daisy (Daisies will work on Math portion only). Due to limited space the cut off will be set at 80 girls
B. Roller skating party- TBA
C. Tree Lighting –TBA, we need to hear from the town regarding the completion of construction at town hall
D. Girl Scout Sunday – St Bridget Church will host a Mass on Sun, March 7 at 9 a.m., watch for flyer
E. Girl Scout Bowling –tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 6 late morning/early afternoon

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Town Web site:
Leaders can register for Yahoo Group by contacting Carolyn Limeri below.

Council Contacts: Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
1-866-268-8652 or
Lou Ann Kelly =

Service Unit Contacts:
Town Coordinator
= Nancy Solomon at 508-788-1070 or
(Nancy is stepping down and the Service Unit is looking for a new coordinator for Sept. 2010)
Registrar = Deb Brisbois at 508-405-1211 or
(Deb is stepping down and the Service Unit is looking for a new Registrar for Sept. 2010)
Troop Organizer = Lauren Fawell at
Secretary = Mary Ann Sager at 508-872-4989 or
Yahoo Group Coordinator = Carolyn Limeri at 508-877-4215 or
Treasurer = Mary Ayotte
Program Liaison = Grace Burke 508-877-3818
Adult Recognition = Pat Aulenbach at 508-533-6510 or and Paula Brackett at 508-877-2478 or
Cookie Chair = Helena Siciliano at 508-877-7902 or
Town-wide Encampment = position is open
Family Partnership = position is open
Media Manager = Susan Scully Petroni at
Area Association Delegates = Connie Miles at 508-624-6382 or and 1 other opening
Event Coordinators = assigned to specific events throughout the year
Supplies Storage (flags, etc) = Lauren Fawell (see above)
Library Display = Nancy Solomon (see above)

If you are interested in volunteering for a position with the town, please feel free to
contact the Town Coordinator or Secretary

UPDATED ON Nov 5, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Registration: Girl Scouts Day - Saturday, Sept. 12 at several Massachusetts Malls

Saturday, September 12, is Girl Scout Day in Eastern Massachusetts and to commemorate the day, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council is hosting a series of registration and celebration events at eight area Simon Malls from noon – 3 p.m. (Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough is the closest to Framingham).
The cost to register your daughter for Girl Scouts this year is just $12.
Framingham Girl Scouts will hold its own registration on Monday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, at the corner of Brook and Water streets, in Framingham.
Participating malls in Saturday's Girl Scout Day registrations include:
Arsenal Mall in Watertown
Burlington Mall in Burlington
Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis
Liberty Tree in Danvers
Northshore Mall in Peabody
Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough
South Shore Plaza in Braintree
Square One Mall in Saugus

Junior Science Discovery Badge Workshop in Walpole on Oct. 21

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is holding a Science Discovery Badge workshop in Walpole on Oct. 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for Junior level Scouts.
Get Smart. Experiment! Ask questions and find the answers - put your investigative powers to the test! Create a chemical reaction, perform water tricks and make a collage. Find your inner scientist! Girls will earn the Science Discovery Badge during this workshop.
Pre-registration with the Eastern Massachusetts Council is required. Badge is included in the registration fee.
Cost is $10 per Junior Scout and $0 for adults & leaders.
Workshop will be held at the Walpole Scout House, Scout Road.

FREE Girl Scout Family Day at Harvard Women's Soccer Saturday, Sept. 26

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is holding a FREE Family Day at Harvard University's Women's Soccer on Saturday, Sept 26. game time is 11 a.m.
Highlights of the event include: Girl Scout registration, on field activities, autograph sessions with the athletes, and more.
For additional information contact Council at 774-766-6918 or e-mail

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Coastal Sweep - Beach Cleanup in Gloucester on Oct. 18th

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is sponsoring a Coastal Clean up in Gloucester at Stage Fort Park beaches on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all levels of Scouting -- Daisy through Ambassador.
There is no fee to register, but pre-registration is suggested.
Come to water’s edge for this council-wide service project. Last year, we gathered 100 pounds of debris along the beach! Take action to fight pollution by cleaning up part of the coastline. Bring a bag lunch and have a picnic at the beach. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Families of Scouts Welcome, also.

COUNCIL: Junior Scout Witch Trials Program in October

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is offering a history-Herstory program on the Salem Witch Trials in Wenham on Oct 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.
What was it like for girls your age during the Salem Witch Trials?
Earn the Colonial History badge at the Wenham Museum, through hands-on activities and discussion of life during the late 1600’s.
The Program includes a visit to the Gerrish room in the museum’s historic home, embroidering and a cup of mulled cider.
For Junior Scouts only.
At the Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham, MA 01984
Pre-registration is required. Cost is $11.50 per Scout. Adult & leaders are free.
Juliette Scout at Junior level may register.

Framingham Leader Meeting TONIGHT - 9/8 at 7 p.m.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Gold Award Orientation in Waltham on Oct. 6

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will hold a Gold Award Orientation session Oct 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.
Pre-registration is required but the fee is $0 for Scout, adult, or leader.
Girls and adults are encouraged to attend orientation before beginning to work on the Gold Award.
You will learn about the process and get tips to move forward.
GSUSA's new guidelines will be discussed and all questions will be answered.
Senior & Ambassador level Scouts are eligible.

Go For It! Silver award Orientations on October 6 in Waltham

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 our website for the newest requirements.
GSUSA was updating Silver Award requirements in August 2009.
Date: Oct 06 from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham
Pre-registration is required but there is no fee for Scout, adult or leader.

Girl Scout Night at the Circus: Oct 16

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council has put together a "Bring the whole family to 'The Greatest Show on Earth!' event for Girl Scouts on Friday night, Oct. 16.
Over the Top is an all-new wacky and whimsical circus spectacular where dogs fly, Asian elephants stomp, hop and groove, and one courageous man stands eye-to-eye with a pack of powerful Bengal tigers. Extraordinary aerial acts fill the arena sky with a rare double-decker trapeze and Chinese acrobats propelling through the air.
*Come one hour before show time to explore the arena floor, meet the performers and animals up close, collect autographs from the stars and try on glittering costumes.
* Families Welcome to attend this special event at Girl Scout group rate prices - $18 per person.
* 6 p.m. pre-show and 7 p.m. circus.
* Tickets must be picked-up at a GSEM Service Center in Waltham, unless a leader is attending this event.