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Brownie Girl Scout Troop 155

Fall 1998

 

Welcome Back To Girl Scouts!

Please save this newsletter for future reference! It covers most of our troop's policies.

 

Troop Roster

The troop roster has been made available to all parents. Please use it to get to know other parents, pass along information and coordinate carpooling.

 

Calendars

In addition to the official troop meeting schedule you received at registration, we will send home calendars from time to time. They will list meetings, hostess schedules and special events. Please post them in a highly visible location. You will receive a reminder at least two days before your daughter is scheduled to be hostess.

Dues

All troop members pay troop dues in addition to the yearly registration fee. Troop dues are lower this year because of successful cookie sales for the past two years. This year, troop dues are $12.75 per girl (75 cents/meeting). Dues cover supplies, crafts, membership pins and badges. Confidential financial assistance is available, if needed.

Uniforms and Handbooks

Uniforms and handbooks may be purchased at Little Colony, through the JCPenney or NES catalogs. Gently used uniforms are sometimes available at the council's Service Center in LaGrange Park. From time to time, our council also offers Scouting-themed T-shirts. These are an acceptable substitute for a full uniform.

Meetings

On meeting days, girls are escorted from their classrooms to the meeting room by adult volunteers. Although we furnish a troop roster to each classroom, we ask that you confirm this information with your child's teacher before the first meeting. Help your daughter to remember meetings by having her wear her vest, uniform, or Brownie T-shirt on those days.

At the end of each meeting, girls are escorted to the northeast (gym) door of the school. Should you need to pick up your daughter early, please enter the school at the office door. Office staff is on duty until 3:30pm, and they will be happy to buzz you in.

Parents are responsible for making sure that their daughters are picked up on time. We will release your daughter only to adults listed on her pick-up authorization form. LaGrange Park parents may authorize their daughters to walk home unescorted. All children living east of Maple Ave and/or south of 31st St must have an escort.

Permission Slips

If the troop plans to meet outside of the scheduled time or place, a permission slip is sent home for parents to sign and return. Permission slips list all information pertaining to the event and must be returned, along with any program fees, by the date listed on the form.

It is GSUSA policy that we are allowed to act only on information provided to us on the permission slip. If any information you have provided changes (i.e., emergency contacts, or adults assigned to pick up your child), you must inform us in person or in writing. This is for your child's safety.

Chaperones are accepted on a first come, first served basis. You do not have to be a registered Girl Scout to volunteer.

Please inform leaders-in-charge of events (check top portion of permission slip) if your daughter will not be able to attend an event for which she has been registered. Doing so allows us to provide accurate rosters to the emergency contacts and to leave for events on time.

Health Matters

If your daughter misses school due to illness, she should not be at meetings or events scheduled for the same day. Program fees for most events can be credited if you call us.

Fundraising

Brownie Girl Scout Troops are allowed to participate in a maximum of two fund-raisers per year, one of which must be the annual Cookie Sale. Participation on the part of troop members is voluntary. However, those members not participating in fundraising must pay program fees in order to attend events paid for by fund-raisers.

Try-Its and Other Awards

Try-It badges encourage girls to try new things and learn about the world around them. Girls complete four out of six activities in order to earn a badge. Although most Try-Its are earned as a troop, your daughter is welcome to work on them independently. Requirements for each Try-It are listed in the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook.

Third grade Brownies may earn the Bridge to Junior Girl Scouts patch to be worn on the Junior Girl Scout uniform. We will work on the requirements for this patch during the second half of the year.

Badges are awarded at Courts of Awards, held at least three times a year.

Discipline

Girl Scouts promise to follow the Girl Scout Law at all times:

I will do my best to be

honest and fair,

friendly and helpful,

considerate and caring,

courageous and strong, and

responsible for what I say and do,

and to

respect myself and others,

respect authority,

use resources wisely,

make the world a better place, and

be a sister to every Girl Scout.

The wording of the Law differs slightly in handbooks published before 1997.

Girls are encouraged to resolve conflicts by themselves and to do so peaceably. Time-outs are used only as a last resort for unacceptable behavior. We will contact you if your child has a chronic behavior problem, especially if it disrupts meetings and/or upsets other children.

Internet News

For those families with Internet access, Troop 155's web page is located at:

http://members.tripod.com/~a_scout

Here, you will find a troop calendar, newsletter, general troop information, a sharing page, and links other Scouting sites through four web rings. More features may be added later by the girls.

Every effort has been made to conform to the Internet safety standards advocated by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts' (United Kingdom).

Girl and adult members' last names, addresses and phone numbers will not be published on the Internet, nor will they be provided to anyone other than troop parents or Girl Scout staff.

Our council also has a web site:

http://members.tripod.com/~w_o_scouting

Volunteers

Perhaps you haven't thought about it lately, but Girl Scouting depends on the work of many volunteers to be successful. Every year, our troop needs adults to...

Find a sponsor for the troop

Chaperone field trips and special events

Camp out

Serve as emergency contacts

Coordinate service projects

Help prepare materials for crafts and activities

Help organize all-school events

Pass along information to parents

Do any of these sound like the job for you? Help our troop run smoothly, volunteer today!

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