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Update from the CEO

June 21, 2021

Dear Girl Scout Members,

Last week, girls slept under the stars at Camp Menzies for the first time in almost two years. Joy radiated from the GSHCC camp staff as they welcomed girls back to soak in the Camp Menzies magic. The beginning of the summer camp season has always filled me with a hope of what’s possible.

Camp gives girls a place to step outside of their comfort zone, discover themselves, and recharge, and this year, Camp Menzies gives them a place to reconnect with their troop and family. While camp sessions look a bit different this year, Camp Menzies is back, and I can’t overstate how much I missed it. There is still time to participate. Just follow this link to register!

I realize it’s been a very difficult year and that girls may be missing being in the outdoors at Camps Menzies and Fleming, innovating in our STEM Centers + MakerSpaces, leading community service projects or just being with their Girl Scout friends in the Friendship Circle at their troop meetings.

Since I was a young girl, Girl Scouts has been a formative community in my life. It’s our community and our people that I missed the most over the past year, and it’s reconnecting with our girls and families that I most look forward to as we plan for the new Girl Scout year.

At GSHCC, we’re adapting again, working towards a “better normal,” as we bring back the Girl Scout traditions we know and love, while evaluating what girls need most right now. We are hearing that girls need and want to reconnect face-to-face, build friendships, receive emotional support from caring adults, make a difference in their communities and just have fun. All aspects of the Girl Scout experience.

As you move through the summer and plan for the next school year, it is my hope that Girl Scouts will continue to be a foundational support system in your girl’s life. The community that we foster in Girl Scouting for both girls and adults builds lessons, memories and bonds that last a lifetime. The support of this community, and the strength, resilience, and togetherness are what Girl Scouts is all about.

I’m asking you to join me as we reconnect for an incredible Girl Scout year and encourage you to renew your membership today. From first-time events to special rewards, here are five reasons to renew now.

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Limited-Time Troop Renewal Incentives

We can’t wait to reconnect with you and our favorite Girl Scout traditions, as in-person activities return for this new membership year. Renew your troop today to take advantage of limited-time incentives. E very troop that renews 85% of their girl members plus two troop leaders between April 1 and July 10 will receive an additional $0.05 per package of cookies sold in 2021-22 Girl Scout Cookie Program. (All troop membership calculations are based on girls with a 2022 membership, as of April 1, who were also members in 2021. More information on incentives can be found on Rallyhood.)

Level Up! Bridge to the Next Level in Girl Scouting

Summer is a special time of year when a Girl Scout graduates from one program level to another. This transition to the next level in Girl Scouting—called ‘bridging’—is an opportunity to progress as well as experience more adventures with your troop, learn new skills, and seek new challenges. Honor all your Girl Scouts’ accomplishments and celebrate the resilient, bold, and thoughtful girls they’ve become. The Girl Scout Bridging Guide will help your troop earn the bridging award and hold a bridging ceremony. Your troop can also participate in GSUSA’s National Bridging Ceremony on June 12, a special virtual ceremony.

Exclusive Becoming Me Series

The Becoming Me program series, inspired by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s book Becoming: Adapted for Young Readers, kicks off this month. I was so inspired by the May 6 event with Mrs. Obama. If you missed the Becoming Me kick-off event with Mrs. Obama, you and your girls can still participate in the upcoming Becoming Me Campfire Chats. Girls will explore the truth of their own stories and the power of their voices while hanging out with friends and earning Girl Scout badges. Register for the first event in the Becoming Me Campfire Chat series on the GSHCC Activities page.

Fast Forward to Fall

Be ready to go for fall! Only girls and adults who have renewed their memberships can participate in the fall product program beginning on September 10. This program provides a progressive experience that builds innovative and entrepreneurial-minded leaders and helps troops earn funds to kick-off their year.

NEW Special Event! Girl Con

On October 2, 2021 we’re launching our first ever Girl Con—a special event that will illustrate how leadership is ingrained into everyday life and every professional field—just for girls! Girl Con: She Leads will include virtual and in-person activities. Join us for virtual workshops on October 2, and then attend in-person meet up events across the council during the month of October. We’re excited to share more as event details are finalized later this summer.

Those are just a few reasons to keep your Girl Scout membership active! We are kicking off an incredible summer, with an elevated sense of hope and community. Camp Menzies has re-opened, the Sacramento and Modesto STEM Centers+ MakerSpaces are welcoming girls back, and we are continuing to host unique virtual experiences for girls at all grade levels.

I thank you for sticking with us through this past year and am excited for all we will experience together in this next year as a stronger Girl Scout community.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Linda E. Farley
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California