2014-2015 Events Archive

Leader Meetings

Please make sure at least one leader from each troop attends. Parents are always welcome!

If you’d like to apply for CORI approval, please arrive 5 or 10 minutes early and bring your completed CORI form and your photo ID.

Click here for an overview of the 2014-2015 calendar (PDF).

For more information about upcoming events, please see individual postings under Events.


Discover Girl Scouts, Information Night

Wednesday, September 3rd
Open House 4:00-6:30pm
First Baptist Church, 40 High Street, Holliston MA

Come see how the Girl Scouts of Holliston are building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Our experienced leaders will be available to answer questions about the many ways girls can participate, our local troops and the exciting events being planned for the upcoming year.

Considering becoming a leader or volunteer? We can answer your questions about that too! This is an open event for current Girl Scouts, future Girl Scouts and anyone interested in learning more about our organization.

Families/Siblings are welcome!


Celebrate Holliston: Visit the Girl Scout booth

Saturday, September 20
Field Day 10am-4pm
Goodwill Park, Green Street, Holliston

Stop by our Girl Scout booth at Celebrate Holliston and learn more about Holliston Girl Scouts


Friends of Fiske’s Fundraiser

During the month of November, the Girl Scouts are partnering with Fiske’s! For every Friends of Fiske’s new membership or renewal, Fiske’s will donate $5 to Holliston Girl Scouts. Members receive 20% off of most everything in the store and 30% off during the last 5 days of the month. Support Girl Scouts by purchasing or renewing a membership in November and share this great fundraiser with all of your friends around town!

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Holliston Girl Scout Leader Meet & Greet

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Welcome all Holliston Girl Scout Leaders to a new Girl Scout year.

Please join us for our Meet and Greet event. Meet your service team, meet other leaders, share ideas, and help us create a year our Girl Scouts will love. Beverages and dessert will be served.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive

Every year the Holliston Girl Scouts help the Holliston Newcomers collect food for Thanksgiving Baskets for local families in need of assistance.

There are three ways your troop can help:

  • Assist with the Food Drive at Shaw’s on 11/15/2014
  • Make cards to go in the Thanksgiving baskets
  • Assemble a “basket” by asking everyone in your troop to donate the components

Food Drive:
This year the Food Drive is Saturday, November 15th at Shaw’s in Ashland.  You can sign up for slots on this sign up form.
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The Newcomers recommend bringing 4-6 girls for each shift.  More than 6 gets a little crazy – also, we don’t want to be disrespectful to Shaw’s or make it difficult for the customers to access the store.  If you have more than 6 girls who want to participate, please have them split the two-hour shift and have each set of girls volunteer for one hour. Also, please indicate your troop number and level in the comments.

Cards:
If your troop cannot volunteer a shift at Shaw’s, please consider having them make a basket and/or cards.

All finished baskets include cards, so having your troop make some would be greatly appreciated. Cards should be generic, homemade “Happy Thanksgiving” cards.  They need to be completed by Friday, November 21st to be included with the finished baskets.

Cards can be dropped off at the Food Drive at Shaw’s on 11/15 or at 65 Cranberry Lane in a box in the front of the house.

You can also email Lisa Brown to arrange drop off/pick up.

Baskets:
To “make a basket” please put your troop’s non-perishable contributions for a Thanksgiving meal into a shopping bag.  If your troop is able to include monetary donations for the turkey and pie/produce, that is also appreciated.  The donation for a turkey is $20 and the pie/produce is $10.

Please bring your finished basket to the Shaw’s Food Drive on 11/15 or contact Lisa Brown to arrange pick-up/drop off.

The following is the shopping list for the non-perishable items:

  • Roasting pan
  • Can of mixed nuts
  • Can or bag of coffee 11-16 oz
  • Box of black tea bags
  • Package of crème filled cookies
  • Box of cranberry or pumpkin bread mix
  • Can of black olives
  • Can of green beans
  • Can or jar of turkey gravy
  • Can of cranberry sauce
  • Bag or box of stuffing mix
  • Box of brownie mix
  • Can of corn

Old Sturbridge Village Scout Day

Saturday, November 15 
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA

SturbridgeBlacksmithShopScouts are invited to learn more about America’s proud past at Old Sturbridge Village’s Scout Day event. This event is scheduled for Saturday, November 15th and offers fun activities focusing on “Citizenship and Patriotism” including hands-on studio activities designed for specific Scout levels.

Please visit Old Sturbridge Village’s Scout Day information page to learn more about this event’s fees, hours, and offered activities.


 

Welcome to Cookie Season Newcomers Table

Holliston Girl Scouts will be hosting a Welcome to Cookie Season/Holliston Girl Scout Informational Table at the Newcomers Annual Craft Fair!

  • Visit our table and learn more about the upcoming cookie season.
  • Learn about how girls can get involved with Girl Scouts beyond troop participation.
  • Check out our displays of past town events and troop activities.

There will be no cookie sales or orders at this event.

Cookie Kickoff at Holliston Holiday Stroll

Holliston Girl Scouts are invited to join us at our Cookie Kick Off Event! Leaders and Girl Scouts can drop in as a troop or as individuals.

itsGSCookieTimeWe’ll be offering lots of great information and activities:

  • Cookie Sales 101
  • Safety information
  • Cookie badge and pin information
  • Practice sales skills
  • Crafts
  • Make your own booth banner

Volunteer shifts available here.

Girl Scout Caroling at the Holiday Stroll

carolersThe Girl Scouts are invited to sing carols at the Holiday Stroll on Saturday, November 29th at various spots throughout downtown Holliston from 1 pm – 6 pm.

Please let Kathy Skerry know if your troop is interested (or if some of your troop are interested) – Kathy will get a final schedule emailed out to people one week prior (Saturday, Nov 22).

Attached here is a copy of carols that some troops sang last year. These include simple songs that the girls enjoyed singing. They’re quick to learn and easy to follow along. Feel free to add others. One troop included a guitar and a ukelele player last year – you can make this event your own!

This is not a Girl Scout sponsored event, so the whole family is welcome to come along.


 

Holiday Gifts or Cards for Homebound Seniors

Every year the Senior Center brings holiday cheer to local homebound seniors by delivering wrapped gifts and homemade cards. Holliston Girl Scouts are invited to contribute to this important effort by  purchasing and donating gifts and/or by making holiday cards.

Holiday card and gift contributions can be dropped off at 21 Gregory Road between December 1st-9th.

Gift ideas include the following:

  • Hatsgifts
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Puzzle Books
  • Puzzles
  • Body Washes
  • Lotions
  • Cookies and/or Candies
  • Hot Cocoa

A Visit with Louisa May Alcott

Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under

Bullard Memorial Farm is inviting Girl Scouts to a living history experience with Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Orchard House, the Alcott family home in Concord, MA. Delightful and engaging, the author of Little Women brings us behind the scenes stories from her life. Appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Reservations are required. You can learn more about this event in Bullard Memorial Farm’s event flyer.

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HHS in the MIAA Football State Championship

Cost: $17 for adults, $14 for students/senior citizens, free for children 5 and younger

Girl Scouts can support Holliston High School’s undefeated football team at Gillette Stadium on Dec 6th!

The game between Holliston High School vs Wahconah Regional High School will begin around 3:30pm (other championship games for other towns will be played before and after our game). Click here to order tickets through Ticketmaster.

For more information, please see full ticket information below:

HOLLISTON FOOTBALL TEAM vs. WAHCONAH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

Ticket Information

Admission to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Championship Experience at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 6, is $17 for adults and $14 for students/senior citizens. Children 5 years old and younger will receive free admission. The ticket price includes parking, admission to all six MIAA state championship football games and a game day discount of $3 at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. Also included in the price of each ticket is a $2.55 Town of Foxborough User Charge.

Tickets are now available for purchase via Ticketmaster, and will be available on game day at the Gillette Stadium ticket office, located outside the Patriot Place Gate, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. All fans will enter the stadium via the NRG Gate, located near The Hall at Patriot Place and CBS Scene.

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Juniors+ Gingerbread House Event Help

Event help requested:
Saturday, December 13th
Shifts between 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Mount Hollis Lodge, 657 Washington St, Holliston

Troop leader, Lisa Brown, is working with the Newcomers Club on a Gingerbread event on Friday and Saturday 12/12 and 12/13. They would love to have older troops or individuals volunteer to help assemble houses Friday night from 6-9PM at the Mount Hollis Lodge. They also need help with the actual event on Saturday. We will have shifts between 9:30AM and 4PM. Troops have helped out in the past and it has been great!

For more information or to sign up contact: lisciacca@hotmail.com

 


Rail Trail Lantern Walk: Older troops invited to host a fire pit

Wednesday, December 31st
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Holliston Rail Trail, Holliston

The 2nd Annual Lantern Walk is coming!

From 5 – 8pm on New Year’s Eve, the Friends of the Holliston Trails Committee invites you to stroll the rail trail by way of either Blair Square (1 mi walk) or Cross Street (.25 mile walk). Along the journey to Phipps Tunnel, which will feature warm snacks and refreshments, visit the many hosted fire pits along the way! This event is free for all participants; however, donations are gladly accepted to help enhance the safety of the trails.

If older Girl Scout troops are interested in hosting a fire pit (and perhaps sing songs or hand out treats to elevate the experience for revelers!), please contact Erica Foster at ericafoster20@gmail.com – the more the merrier to make the event spectacular!


Daisy Essential Training

Wednesday, January 7th
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Whitney Place, 3 Vision Drive, Natick, MA

Cost: free

Daisy Essential Training is required for new Daisy troop volunteers. Additional training prerequisites include Girl Scouting 101 and Troop Pathway Orientation. This training will help you take your learning to the next level and bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life for your Daisies.

Click here to register for the Natick Daisy Essential Training.


 Leader & Daughter Beading Event

Sunday, January 11th
Three shifts available: 11:30am-1:30pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 4:30pm-6:30pm 
25 West Union Street (Rt. 135), Ashland

Cost: $15 per person (Mother & daughter total cost is $30)

Holliston Girl Scout Leaders are invited to this crafty Leader/Daughter beading event at New England Bead Company! Leaders and their daughters will be making the artsy “boho chic cuff” shown below.

Leaders have the option of picking one of the three different time slots available: 11:30am-1:30pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 4:30pm-6:30pm.

Sign ups are required. Please register for your slot on Signup Genius at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0B48A4AB23A75-leader.

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Daisy Essential Training

Monday, January 12th
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
First Congregational Church, 725 Washington St, Holliston

Cost: free

Local venue for Daisy training! Daisy Essential Training is required for new Daisy troop volunteers. Additional training prerequisites include Girl Scouting 101 and Troop Pathway Orientation. This training will help you take your learning to the next level and bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life for your Daisies.

Registration closes one week prior to training. Please register by January 5th.

Click here to register for the Holliston Daisy Essential Training.


Camping with Girls – Online Webinar

Wednesday, January 21st
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online at the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA (GSEM) site

Cost: free

Camping with Girls: Strategies for Success is offered through GSEM’s Wednesday Webinar series:

“Exploring nature and the world around us through camping and outdoor adventures is an important part of the Girl Scout tradition. But how do we make sure that all girls feel confident and included in these experiences? Join this discussion with our camping trainers and hear how to encourage girl-led planning and participation. Also learn how to make simple adaptations to ensure success for girls of different ages and abilities.”

Registration is required by Jan. 19thclick here to register.


Girl Scout Square Dance

Grab your ten-gallon hat, put on your dancing shoes,
and plan for a great night!

Any registered Holliston Girl Scout can attend with a father or other important grown-up in her life, and Girl Scouts are invited to bring a friend, too. The Square Dance is always a favorite for our Scouts!

Please bring a nut free snack to share. Also, please label your container if you’d like it back.

 

Free Being Me Event

Come spend a day with your fellow Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts celebrating the uniqueness of each person!  Hands on activities and discussions will explore body image and the messages girls receive through popular culture. Activities will be age-appropriate for older and younger girls.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, January 5, 2014. Troop leaders of Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors will receive an email outlining all the details and registration information.

 

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Valentine Cards for Seniors

Get crafty and share some Valentine greetings! 

Holliston troops, individual Girl Scouts, and/or Scouts’ families are invited to create Valentine cards to be given to Seniors at the Senior Center.

The cards can be dropped off at 21 Gregory Road between February 2nd through February 9th.

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Brownie Friendship Carnival

Girls will participate in activities and games centered around the theme of Friendship! Girls who attend will complete the requirements of the Brownie Making Friends badge.
*Girls can attend with their Brownie troop or as individuals with a registered parent/adult .
Please send a head count for your troop to Lisa Brown, lisciacca@hotmail.com, by February 1st.

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World Thinking Day

WTD_StarCelebrate Girl Scouting all over the globe at our World Thinking Day event on February 22nd from 2-4pm! Troops will host activities and booths to share information about scouting in other countries. Girls may attend with their troop or individually accompanied by a parent.

Mark your calendars! More information will be provided via email.

 

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Girl Scout Week

Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March. During this week, our Holliston troops show our appreciation for members of our community, and Girl Scouts also have the opportunity to be recognized at our places of worship on Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Shabbath. (Click here to see the flyer for Holliston Girl Scouts Worship Services (PDF)).

This year also marks the Girl Scout’s 103rd birthday on Thursday, March 12th!

Girl Scout Week at a glance:

  • 8th-14th: Appreciations (troops give thanks to community members)
  • 8th: Girl Scout Sunday
  • 12th: Girl Scout Birthday – Girl Scouts can wear their uniforms to school!
  • 13th: Girl Scout Shabbat

 

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Bridging Ceremony


Memorial Day Parade


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