Have you picked up the latest issue of Glo? If not, you might want to check out the article “How to be a Fort Wayne Transplant Success Story”. In the article, Ashley Mattocks explains how getting involved with her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop helped her adjust to her new community after moving from Texas.
Mattocks said, “Within a week of being here, I found my daughter’s Girl Scout troop, had lunch with the troop leader, and had an instant group of built in friends who gave me the ultimate low down on everything a mom would want to know about the area.”
Welcome to Fort Wayne and GSNI-M Mattocks family! We’re so happy you’ve joined us!
By Guest Bloggers, Connie Jones and Kim Landis
Who says that Thanksgiving has to be celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November? Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana Troops 00029, 00129, 20361, 20862, and 20036 might have to disagree with you. For the 5th year, girls in the Cadettes, Juniors, Brownies and Daisy grade levels have gathered at Camp Agnes S. McMillen for camaraderie, games and the excitement of turkey. The troop numbers and leadership have changed, but what hasn’t changed is the experience that the girls have of learning how to work together and with careful instruction, prepare dinner for their families.
After checking in on Saturday, November 2nd, the girls choose their bunk bed, enjoyed a hay ride, roasted hot dogs, made s’mores, and even found time to play hot potato and enjoy time with friends before settling in for the night. Early on Sunday, November 3rd, breakfast was consumed, the girls got dressed, cleaned the cabins, and found out what food they would be responsible for preparing. Our girls break up into groups for each different food dish or items on the menu. This year’s menu included turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, apple salad, and rolls. Pumpkin pie and dump cake desserts finished off the Thanksgiving meal. Once the girls were prepped and cooking was done, they were able to enjoy hikes, learn songs and prayers.
After families arrived to the Gathering Center, our girl scouts performed a Girl Scout opening with the pledge, promise, song and a prayer. Everyone really enjoyed some good ‘ol Girl Scout Repeat-After-Me Song selections! We had the privilege of providing delicious nourishment for 83 people.
This weekend teaches our girl scouts so many things such as bonfire safety, cooking, cleaning up after them selves, respect of people and property, friendship, fun and leadership. Although this event can be somewhat of an exhausting adventure, we were proud of how well the girls worked together. The older girls were so helpful to the younger ones and accomplished each task with smiles, and had looks of anticipation of coming back next year to do it all over again.
The community people got together with their cupboard helpers and attended the annual Cookie Training at Camp Ella J. Logan. There were lots of good interactions between all, good questions, and good food. There were door prizes and thank you gifts for all that attend.
Thank you to all those wonderful ladies and gentlemen that took the time out to attend the training.
GSNI-M Family Camp Days were held this September and October at each of our four Outdoor Properties. Family Camp Days were a great time for families to come visit our Outdoor Properties and bring a friend or family members who had not previously participated in Girl Scouts or Girl Scout Camp.
Family Camp Days were held in the fall at the beginning of our new 2014 Membership Year, alongside lots of recruitment events that are also going on throughout the council. Family Camp Days were an excellent opportunity to welcome families new to Girl Scouting, because for many, it was their first Girl Scout event after they joined Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana.
Congratulations to Gabriella Smith, Gold Award Recipient from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Kaitlyn Kanis, Gold Award Recipient from Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, for winning the inaugural Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship! In June, Girl Scouts of the USA partnered with the Alcoa Foundation to present the inauguralAlcoa Chuck McLane Scholarshipavailable to Gold Award recipients who completed projects in STEM.
The scholarship honors Chuck McLane, a retired Alcoa Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. McLane, a GSUSA Board member, championed this program in support of young women pursuing a STEM education. Concluding a 40-year career with Alcoa and Reynolds Metals Company, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation share McLane’s commitment to inspire girls, women, and other under-represented groups on the journey to STEM-related careers. Through 2017, Alcoa Foundation will provide $10,000 scholarships to two girls a year. In addition to financial support, an Alcoa employee will mentor the scholarship recipient during her freshman year of college.
Chemical Bank in Michigan chose GSNI-M’s Camp Soni Springs for one of it’s Day of Caring Projects across the state of Michigan on Monday, October 14th. 1,700 volunteers worked on over 230 projects throughout the state of Michigan. Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana – Michiana is honored to have Chemical Bank volunteer their time to help out at Camp Soni Springs!
Chemical Bank sent volunteers from Niles, Buchanan, St. Joseph, Three Oaks and Berrian Springs out to Camp Soni Springs to help with some improvement projects. Volunteers water-sealed the shower house, decking of the tree house and some of the cabins. Four out of 8 volunteers were Girl Scouts when they were younger and 2 were leaders in our council. Tom Grant, from Chemical Bank, who organized the Day of Caring with Camp Soni Springs Site Manager, Don Evans, has been a volunteer with Boy Scouts and feels scouting is a great way to teach kids about the great outdoors and valuable lifelong skills.
GSNI-M had a great time getting to know our friends from Chemical Bank and look forward to working with them again. We are humbled by the generosity of the community in supporting Girl Scouts. Thank you for all you do, Chemical Bank!