Ahoy, Mateys – Adams County Day Camp

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:04pm

The Adams County Day Camp had the pleasure of hosting Fred Macke, a member of the Board of Directors of the Adams County Community Foundation on Thursday, June 12th.  Mr. Macke received a taste of Girl Scout Camp during his visit to the day camp whose theme was Pirate Adventures.  From cooking lunch over the campfire to learning how to use a compass to find buried treasure, Mr. Macke saw it all.  Many thanks to the community foundation for providing support that allowed the camp fee to be reduced for each Adams County girl attending!  The gracious support of the foundation ensured every camper had a wonderful Girl Scout pirate themed camp.  Many thanks to all our friends at the foundation, and to Darlene Hebble Juengel and her camp staff that help make it all possible!

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout!

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:03am

GSNI-M recently held four meet and greet events in Fort Wayne and South Bend as a first step in our efforts to reconnect with Girl Scout alumnae. We enjoyed meeting so many women who are all an important part of Girl Scout history!

At our very first event, six long-time Girl Scouts gathered at Sun Rise Café to share stories and memories. Two women had taken their troop overseas for an unforgettable camping experience in England. Another alumna had a passion for World Thinking Day, and recalled a large celebratory event at the Fort Wayne Coliseum. Some had passed along the tradition of Girl Scouting to their daughters, and subsequently, their grand-daughters are now Girl Scouts. Together they browsed scrapbooks and recounted memories over coffee and tea. The following evening, a recent staff member met a Girl Scout veteran who served on the council staff for 29 years. Pictures were brought to share, and good conversation was had about the importance of Girl Scouting in girls’ lives. Mary Jo from South Bend shared, “I thought these events were a great idea. I enjoyed getting together with Girl Scout alumnae, and I look forward to attending more events like this in the future!”

Whether you were a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador…a troop leader, volunteer, or staff member, you are a Girl Scout alumna and we welcome you as part of this glorious sisterhood! We hope to see you at an alumnae event in the future.

If you are an alumna and did not receive an invitation to these events, please let us know so we can put you on our mailing list. Call (800-283-4812) or email (development@gsnim.org) the development department and we will notify you of our next round of meet and greets!

Thank You Parkview Community Health

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:49pm

Thank You, Parkview!

Our many thanks to Parkview Community Health Improvement for donating much-needed medical supplies for this summer’s camp season.  Parkview is a long-time friend of Girl Scouting and their support helps ensure the safest camp experience for our campers.  The requested medical supplies will be used at Girl Scout Camp to deal with the bumps, bruises, and skinned knees that are an inevitable part of the camp experience. Visit our website for more information on camp opportunities and REGISTER TODAY!

McMillen High Adventure Course Officially Opens

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:21am

The Camp Agnes S. McMillen High Adventure Course officially opened during the 65th birthday of the camp on June 7th, 2014.  Over 130 girls, families, volunteers, board members, alumnae, and special guests were in attendance to see the inaugural zip!  10 lucky girls and our very own Director of Shared Services Chris Myers, were some of the very first to zip the line.  The remaining part of the day was spent enjoying cake and refreshments, taking camp tours and hikes, shopping in the Trading Post, geocaching, and playing in the ga-ga pit.

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana graciously recognizes the McMillen Foundation, whose generous support has made possible the High Adventure Course at Camp Agnes S. McMillen. The McMillen Foundation’s sound investment will deliver a challenging, thrilling, and unforgettable experience to Girl Scouts for years to come.

The new High Adventure Course features two zip lines and a traversing element designed to challenge girls to go beyond what they ever imagined they could do! The High Adventure Course promotes the development of support systems.  This includes girls learning how to use and take care of personal safety equipment, communicate with trained adult staff members to properly transfer oneself from one safety system to the next, and finally, to experience first-hand the benefits of taking healthy risks in one’s life.

The High Adventure Course is officially open!  Please keep your eyes open for future High Adventure Course events coming this fall.  In the meantime, if your troop or group is interested in participating in this thrilling experience, please see the website for more information and FAQ’s on specialized activities.

Girl Scouts Earn Bronze By Lending A Hand To Ronald McDonald Family Room

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:15pm

It’s no secret that Girl Scouts are amazing young people.  But when they go above and beyond to help others and to leave the community in a little better shape than when they found it, as a rule rather than an exception, well then the word amazing almost seems like an understatement.  That’s exactly how one could describe the efforts of Girl Scout Junior Troop #30455 who saw a need for knitted and crocheted items at the Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) in South Bend, at Memorial Hospital, and promptly took action, earning their Bronze award in the process.

The troop had ties with the Hubbard Hill Estates Knitting Group and started their quest to make a difference there.  As a result they were overwhelmed with support and a short while later were able to present an entire box of baby hats, beanies and blankets to the RMFR who received them with open arms.  This gave the girls an understanding for just how important these hats can be to families, eventually deciding to seek out 7 more knitting groups and counting, to help fulfill the Ronald McDonald Family Room’s need for these knitted items.

Troop leader Becky Phelan said, “we are incredibly proud of our troop for choosing such a unique take action project that will benefit so many people in our community.  Our hope is that we helped spread the word about the importance and high demand for these items.  It’s difficult to come up with a way to thank all of the groups who helped with this project presently, and in the future.  The RMFR served more than 3,000 families last year and It’s humbling to know that these knitted and crocheted items will become forever keepsakes for these families.”

A good portion of the materials used are donated by the likes of Busy Hands of Michiana, who went above and beyond to make sure the girls’ first donation was a significant one.  In addition Troop #30455 has voted to make monetary donations to the RMFR using money they earned from selling Girl Scout cookies.

Just as the Boy Scouts have the Eagle Award, Girls Scouts of America offer the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, the highest level of award available per age group, with the Gold award being the highest awarded achievement that any Girl Scout can earn.  One of the great opportunities for girls as Girl Scouts is to really “take action” and make a difference in the community and the world.  The Girl Scout Bronze award is based upon: building a team, exploring the community and assessing a need, choosing a project, making a plan, putting it in motion, and spreading the word.  All while being girl led.

Girls from Troop 30455 pose for a picture while touring the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

New McMillen High Adventure Course

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 10:52am

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana is excited to announce the construction of the new High Adventure Course at Camp Agnes S. McMillen.  Despite a winter full of snow and a rainy spring that caused the ground to be very soft, construction started on the course the week of May 12th.  Trees were cleared, posts were dug, and zip lines were strung.

The new High Adventure Course features two zip lines and a traversing element designed to challenge girls to go beyond what they ever imagined they could do! The High Adventure Course promotes the development of support systems.  This includes girls learning how to use and take care of personal safety equipment, communicate with trained adult staff members to properly transfer oneself from one safety system to the next, and finally, to experience first-hand the benefits of taking healthy risks in one’s life.

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana graciously recognizes the McMillen Foundation, whose generous support has made possible the High Adventure Course at Camp Agnes S. McMillen. The McMillen Foundation’s sound investment will deliver a challenging, thrilling, and unforgettable experience to Girl Scouts for years to come.

The High Adventure Course will officially open during Camp Agnes S. McMillen’s 65th birthday with a grand opening and ribbon cutting dedication on June 7th, 2014 from 2-4pm.  The ribbon cutting and dedication event is open to all girls and their families.  Girls in 4th grade (2013-14 school year) or older attending can enter their names into a drawing. Eight lucky girls’ names will be drawn that afternoon to be the first to zip the line!  For the remainder of the afternoon, cake and refreshments will be served, camp tours will be offered, families can go on self-guided hikes, enjoy geocaching, play in the ga-ga pit, and shop in the Trading Post.

This event is free, but registration is required. Click here to register. Please contact Leslie with additional questions about the grand opening event at leslie.augustyniak@gsnim.org, or 800-283-4812 ext. 144.

We are looking forward to many years of zip-line fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Sing-a-long at Towne House

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:06pm

On Wednesday, May 14, a group of girls and women proved the saying, “Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout.” Lois Hess, a Girl Scout alumna, organized a sing-a-long at the Towne House Retirement Community in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Lois has a long history with Girl Scouts – she has served as a troop leader, and as a staff member at Camp Ella J. Logan. Fellow Towne House residents and Girl Scout alumnae joined Lois to share beloved songs from their days at camp, or with their Girl Scout troop. A few local Girl Scouts also joined in the festivities, including Troop 20504 (led by Terri Henson, Lauri Scholz, and Kimberly Blair), Heather Buchanan’s daughters from Troop 20180 and Troop 20257, and Cathie and Catherine Bledsoe from Troop 20946. Heather shared the following sentiment about the evening: “I really enjoyed the event. I became a leader because of the experience I had as a scout. I was able to introduce my scout daughters to MY Girl Scout leader who was also my mother’s Girl Scout leader.”

The group was graced by the musical talent of Joyce Sampson, who accompanied the singers with her guitar. The group even had a “camp fire” to sit around. They sang classics like “Barges”, “Brownie Smile,” and “Make New Friends.” The girls taught the group new songs as well like “Fred the Moose.” It was a special evening for Girl Scouts from multiple generations coming together to honor and celebrate the traditions of Girl Scouting, both past and present.

Thanks to all of you for keeping the tradition of Girl Scouting alive and well!

Check out some pictures for the evening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts Sell Excess Land at Camp Soni Springs

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:26pm

Girl Scouts has a rich tradition of providing outdoor education most commonly experienced at a property owned by the local Girl Scouts Council. These activities support the mission of Girl Scouting through developing girls’ leadership skills in the great outdoors. Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana (GSNI-M) currently owns four program properties (camps).

As a result of the strategic planning of the Property Strategy Task Force, and the sound leadership of the current Board of Directors, Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana has sold the excess land at camp Soni Springs, Three Oaks, MI.  The decision to sell the excess land, approximately 48 of 150 acres, is directly related to the Board of Directors’ responsibility to be good stewards of Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana’s resources.

“We are thrilled that this transaction has happened.  The revenue from the sale of this excess land at our beautiful property in Three Oaks, MI, simply allows us to continue with the preventative upgrades and maintenance for our council properties and council needs,” says GSNI-M CEO, Sharon Pohly.

This sale of the excess land at Soni, will enable GSNI-M to continually focus our resources on our current properties, not only financially, but will also strengthen the core focus of our leadership development program through outdoor education and girl leadership experience.  With this decision, we are helping to adapt, change and remain fiscally sound, while meeting the ever-changing needs of today’s Girl Scout.

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