2014-2015 News Archive

Holliston Awarded the President’s Award: 2015 GSEM Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Posted on May 25, 2015 by hollistongs

Co-Coordinators, Karie Morrison-Logan and Celeste Salley, and our Holliston Service Unit were recognized at the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Marlborough Holiday Inn. The dinner was in celebration of the dedication and commitment demonstrated by the honorees.


Co-Coordinator Celeste Salley and Service Unit Team Liaison, Kerry Deprey, at the Award Dinner.

Holliston was awarded the President’s Award. The President’s Award recognizes a service unit or team whose “exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.” This year’s Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ (GSEM’s) Volunteer Recognition Committee processed over 125 nominations for various Girl Scout awards: Four service units and one committee received the President’s Award.

To learn more about this award celebration or see a photo gallery of the night’s events, please visit the GSEM Facebook Page.

Lastly, Girl Scouts, in Holliston and everywhere, would not be possible without a considerable volunteer effort. Our town coordinators here in Holliston are at the forefront of that effort, and this year marks a transition year for Holliston Girl Scouts with Celeste Salley stepping down as Co-Coordinator. With great appreciation, we thank Celeste for her years of service to the Holliston Girl Scouts. Her efforts have enriched the lives of countless girls and truly made our town a better place.


Co-Coordinator Celeste Salley accepting the President’s Award.

Troop Financial Reports Due June 15th

Posted on May 25, 2015 by hollistongs

The Annual Troop Financial Report is now updated and available on the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA website in the Resource Library and Forms, or click here to directly download the Excel spreadsheet to your computer.

The form now has directions at the top and, when completed in Excel, will do the calculations automatically. Please complete and submit your report by June 15th.

Horse Rescue Farm Day

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 written and hosted by Troop 65129

Date: Sunday, June 7th
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM for GIRL SCOUTS ONLY
Where:  Newfound Farm, 1201 Washington Street, Holliston MA

Attention all Horse Lovers!!!
Troop 65129 is having a farm day at Newfound Farm to introduce you to Raven:  She is a horse we rescued and have been caring for and training all year!!

We will have many activities for children and adults. There will be arts and crafts, free food, PONY RIDES and so much more!  The event is FREE!!  All are welcome!!!!


Holliston Cadettes & Older Heifer Farm Overnight: May 2nd

Posted on Apr 19, 2015 by hollistongs

Grade 7 Cadette Troop #72942 is doing an overnight at the Heifer International program on May 2-3 as part of their Silver Award project. They are inviting interested Girl Scouts aged from 6th grade or older and adults to join them. There are 5 or 6 open spots left.

The girls are in their second year of working on this award. As part of the Heifer International outing, girls will cook their own meals by the fire, stay in a Global Village hut (a Peruvian Clay Hut), and learn about sustainable farming. The overnight is located on an active farm with chickens, sheep, cows, llamas, and pigs, so girls can pet the animals and have a farm tour and “experience.”

Heifer International is an organization that teaches about sustainable farming and helps people in impoverished areas (both domestically and abroad) to be able to support themselves by providing education, seeds for farming, and animals for clothing and food.

The outing is from May 2nd at 10 am to May 3rd. The cost is $50 per person. This is a great learning experience and a wonderful cause.

If any Holliston Girl Scout in grade 6 or older or Girl Scout adults are interested, please contact Stephanie Ciano at stephanie@wbcheese.com.


Sturbridge Village Scout Day: Apr 11

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 by hollistongs

Scout Day | April 11, 2015 | 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Scout $8 | One adult w/uniformed Scout $8 | Adults $24 | Seniors $22 |
Members Free
Studios $5 per person

Scouts are invited to join the hearth fire and campfire fun on April 11th for the Annual Scout Day at Old Sturbridge Village!

Girls can discover the many connections between household cooking in the 19th century and techniques used today to prepare food over campfires:

  • Learn about tools used to create a hearth-cooked meal.
  • See primitive fire-starting as costumed historians cook over an open flame.
  • Sing a few camp songs around the fire!

Additionally, hands-on experiences are available through studio workshops designed toward specific badges. Siblings of Scouts may also participate; these workshops last 50 minutes and take place at the Country Bank Education Center.

For more information or to order tickets, please visit Sturbridge Village’s website: https://www.osv.org/event/scout-day-2015.


Girls’ Choice Badge Activities Announced

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 by hollistongs

outdoorsIn November, for the first time ever, Girl Scouts voted on a new series of badges. The winning theme was Outdoor Explorer, and on March 12th, the 103rd birthday for the Girl Scouts organization, the activities associated with that theme were announced.  The five new badge activities are Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling, and Ultimate Recreation Challenge.

For more information, please visit the Girl Scouts’ Press Release or the girlscouts.org blog post, “Guest Post: Girl Scouts are Outdoor Explorers.”

Upcoming Community Event: “Twisted Tales”

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 by hollistongs

The Washington Street Players would love to share “Twisted Tales,” an evening of family-friendly, funny fairy tales, with our Scouts. Girl Scouts working on their It’s Your Story Journey might find this event a good resource!

Performances will be held at Holliston Upper Town Hall at 7:30 pm on April 10, 11, 17, and 18 and at 4:00 pm on April 19.

Tickets are available at Coffee Haven and by calling 508-429-7611 or by credit card on the Washington Street Players’ website: www.wsplayers.net. Please see the ticket ordering link on their website for pricing and service fee information.

The Washington Street Players is a local non profit theater group. They would love the opportunity to entertain you!

Holliston Receives the Girl Scout President’s Award!

celebration_imagePosted on Mar 19, 2015 by hollistongs

Our Service Unit has been recognized by Council for the President’s Award!  We are so proud of our leaders, proud of our parents for their support of Girl Scouts, and proud of our young ladies in Holliston for their contribution to the Girl Scouts in our town.

Congratulations Holliston Girl Scouts!

President’s Award Honorees

The President’s Award recognizes a geographic area, service unit, service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals. The President’s Award requires one nomination and three endorsements and the approval of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Board of Directors. The recognition criteria includes the following:

  • All team members are registered Girl Scout adults
  • Significantly contributed to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development or increased community visibility
  • Reflects the diversity of the area they service
  • Actively recognizes, understands and practices the values of inclusive behavior
  • Supports the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Four service units have been awarded the President’s Award:

  • Concord/Carlisle Service Unit: Co-Coordinators Michelle Coleman and Kathryne Friess
  • Holliston Service Unit: Co-Coordinators Karie Morrison-Logan and Celeste Salley
  • Marlborough Service Unit: Co-Coordinators Bonny Parlee Goldberg and Nancy Theis
  • Wayland Service Unit: Coordinator Karen Montague

To learn more about the President’s Award and other Girl Scout Volunteer Recognitions, please refer to GSEM’s Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Volunteer Recognitions Chart (PDF). 

Celebrating World Thinking Day

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 by hollistongs

Girl Scouts of Holliston celebrated World Thinking Day with an event that explored Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding in various countries and also offered the opportunity to earn the GSUSA World Thinking Day badge.

Daisy through Cadette Girl Scouts played a ball toss game in “Canada,” made a replica of the Eiffel Tower from marshmallows and dried spaghetti in “France,” created a pipe cleaner rose ring in the “Czech Republic,” ate cannoli in “Italy,” glued a flower crown in “Sweden,” and learned about the four World Centers.

To earn the World Thinking Day badge, girls divided into age groups to do different activities based on the theme of creating peace through partnerships. Cadette Troop 73786 closed our event with a candle lighting ceremony.

The best thing about this year’s event was that it was held on the actual date of World Thinking Day: February 22!

Balloons for Girl Scout Week

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 by hollistongs


Join in a Girl Scout tradition and celebrate the Girl Scout Birthday by tying a green ballon on your mailboxes. All Girl Scouts are invited to join in! Balloons should go out at the beginning of Girl Scout Week on Sunday, March 8th.

Troops can deliver balloons to their Girl Scout troop members directly or take advantage of Fiske’s Girl Scout pick up. Troop leaders have the option of placing their balloon orders at Fiske’s (remember to use your tax ID number); Fiske’s will fill a bag with green balloons labeled with your troop number, and then Girl Scout troop members can pick them up at their convenience.

Mar 17th: Girl Scout Camp Information Session (Rescheduled)

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 by hollistongs

GSEM Council will be holding a camp information session at the Millis Public Library on Tuesday, March 17th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (originally scheduled for 3/3/2015).

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in Girl Scout April Vacation Camp or Summer Camp to come and speak with a Camp staff member. During the session, you can learn more about these camps and also have any questions answered.  Additionally, if you have parents who need CORIs done or girls who would like to register for Girl Scouts, feel free to encourage them to attend, as well.

So, save the date for the Girl Scout Camp Information Session:

  • Tuesday, March 17th: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Millis Public Library, 961 Main Street, Millis


Troop #75346 Hosts Brownie Friendship Carnival

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 by hollistongs

carnivalwebThird grade Brownie Troop #75346 hosted a Brownie Friendship Carnival on February 7th. This event brought all Holliston Brownie troops together for an afternoon of hands on activities centered around teamwork and making new friends.

The girls enjoyed earning their Making Friends badge while making valentines for the Holliston Senior Center, building cup towers, creating toothpick structures, launching pom poms from sling shots, carnivalweb2weaving a banner of kind words, and learning to tie a square knot.

Thank you to Troop #75346 for planning this fun event as well as to the leaders, Senior Girl Scouts, and parent volunteers who helped run the activities!

Bringing Together Scouts and Community Members at the Teddy Bear Tea

Posted on Feb 5, 2015
Written by Celeste Salley and Katie Vaughn, Junior Troop #72933 Co-Leaders

Our Junior Girl Scouts from Troop #72933 are earning their Bronze Award, which is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. As a part of that process, the girls worked at developing their leadership skills and organized a philanthropic event for Daisy Girl Scouts. The event’s theme focused on “Being teddybearteaAll that You Can Be” and “Sharing What You Have with Others.” The Daisy Scout guests practiced their etiquette skills and enjoyed some refreshments while hearing from leading women in our community.

Junior Scout organizers invited Detective Ciara Ryan, Firefighter Angela Lawless, and War Veteran Erin Mahoney to share with the Daisy Girl Scouts what it means to be a woman in their profession, what it takes to get there, and what recommendations they have for girls in today’s world.

All Scouts organizing and attending the event were encouraged to bring a new teddy bear to be donated to Project Just Because in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

teddybearsOur Daisy Teddy Bear Tea event was held Sunday, January 25, 2015. It was a wonderful community event bringing together Scouts and community members alike, and we are so proud of our Scouts as they pursue their Bronze Award.

Scouts Explore Beauty and Media Messages at the Free Being Me Event

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 by hollistongs


Scouts “changing the media”

On January 31 approximately 20 Girl Scouts gathered to learn about redefining beauty and being our own unique selves by participating in activities based on the Free Being Me curriculum created by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Dove.

Girls discussed beauty as defined in the popular culture and learned about definitions of beauty in history and in other cultures. Through activities such as a “Free Being Me Gallery” girls appreciated their bodies for what they can do rather than what they look like.

Dancing with Pamela!

“Shaking It Off” with Pamela Pinter Parsons

With Pamela PinterParsons, girls learned what to do when they hear negative comments about themselves…”Shake It Off”!

To close out the event, girls used an activity called “Change the Media” to offer alternative messages on definitions of beauty.

This program can be used by individual troops as well, and the curriculum can be downloaded at http://www.free-being-me.com/.

Maple Sugaring Tours

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 by hollistongs

Natick Community Organic Farm is offering Maple Sugaring Tours for Scouts and groups. Tours can be scheduled weekday afternoons (Mon-Fri) or Saturday mornings. The cost per person is $7 (excludes babies on backs). Maple Sugar season runs from February 23 through March 20, 2015.

For more information, please visit the farm’s website at http://natickfarm.org/Pages/Maple_Sugaring.html or call at 508-907-6019.


ScienceFest Volunteer Opportunities for Scouts

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 by hollistongs

paper-airplaneThe PTSA ScienceFest is inviting older troops or individual volunteers to help with this year’s ScienceFest, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Placentino Cafetorium.

There are a lot of great exhibits for troops to help with: volunteers can help supervise planting grass, turn on and off a light switch for the shadow wall, sweep sand for the pendulum, help launch rockets or paper airplanes, explain an 8-track tape/manual typewriter, and more.testtubes

For more information or to volunteer for a 2-hour shift (10:00 am – 12:00 pm or 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm), please contact Victoria Knight-Connoni at Victoria.knight-connoni@cubist.com or Missy McEligott at missymcelligott@gmail.com.

Square Dancing Scouts Promenade to a Fun Time

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by hollistongs

Holliston Girl Scouts enjoyed a fun night out at this year’s Girl Scout Square Dance! More than 100 girls learned line dances, square danced with their partners, and enjoyed all sorts of snacks and homemade goodies. Thanks to our fabulous Square Dance Caller and the volunteers who made this event possible.

If you left without your photo or patch, contact michelle@hollistongirlscouts.org. The following items were also left behind:

  • 1 serving spoon (black)
  • 1 pair of adult Thinsulate gloves (black).


“What Grown-Ups Need To Know About Selling Girl Scout Cookies” Fun Video

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 by hollistongs

Girls learn important skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Sales program. Girls and parents can check out this fun and highly entertaining video, produced by the Girl Scouts themselves, about how parents can help girls (by not helping too much!):

What Grown-Ups Need To Know About Selling Girl Scout Cookies – YouTube

Girl Scouts Daisies Turn 30

The Girl Scout Daisy program came into being in October 1984, and as 2014 closes, we celebrate the Daisy program’s 30th year of providing the Girl Scout experience to our youngest Scouts.

Did you know that the Daisy program was named after Juliette Gordon Low’s nickname or that the first Daisies used a scrapbook to record their year’s experiences and activities?  Ann Robertson, a freelance writer, editor, and long-time Girl Scout, writes about the history of the Daisies in her GSCNC Girl Scout History Project’s Daisies Turn 30 article.

You can read more about Daisies and our Girl Scout History in the History Project’s blog at http://gshistory.com/author/arobertson66/.

Girls Can Vote on Badge Activities Through Dec. 31st

In November, Girl Scouts voted on a theme for a new set of outdoor Girls’ Choice badges. The votes have been tallied and your voices have been heard. The next set of badges – one each for Brownies through Ambassadors – will be based on an Outdoor Recreation theme!

Now it’s time to vote on the next and final stage of Girls’ Choice!

You can vote on the type of badge activities you will get to earn next year! Voting will continue until December 31st, so be sure to get your votes in! Click here to vote or click the vote button below.

Which set of badge activities appeals the most to you?

Girl Scout Fall Fundraiser Recap

The start of a new school year can be a very busy time of year for everyone, with lots of fundraising and extracurricular activities starting up. Despite this, we had an incredible show of support and participation in the Girl Scout Fall Fundraiser. This is the first year that the Holliston troops have participated in the Fall Fundraiser and the end result was much greater than expected.

  • 7 troops participated – with 29 girls participating across those troops!!
  • A total of almost $1500 in product sales and donations was collected
  • Over $300 in proceeds was earned by the troops that participated, resulting in a quick revenue stream to support other activities within the troop

And the most impressive fact…

  • Our girls encouraged customers to participate in the Fall Fundraiser Community Caring Program through a $5 donation to purchase a can of peanuts to be donated to the Holliston Food Pantry. Their efforts resulted in a total of $325 collected – that’s 65 cans of peanuts donated to our food pantry!

This was an incredible effort by our troops and a great show of support for our community. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser and who showed their support for the Girl Scout Fall Fundraiser this year!

Thank you!

“Thank You” Girl Scout Coupon for 11/14-11/25

As a THANK YOU to our Service Unit for all their hard work during recruitments, our Recruitment Specialist is sharing this 15% coupon with Holliston Leaders, Volunteers, and troops for in-store use at the Girl Scout Shops!

Girls Invited to Vote on New Outdoor Badges

GSUSA is calling all Girl Scouts to vote on a new series of badges to be developed!


Click to vote!

GSUSA wants you to decide! Voting is open to girls only (adults should help younger girls and those without access but should not vote themselves). You can bring a laptop to a meeting and have girls take turns, or collect paper ballots at your event and enter them when you get home.

Voting is happening now and will remain open until November 30th. Girls may vote as many times as they like and are welcome to campaign for their favorite.

Girls can vote at this link or click the “Vote” button to go to the GSUSA voting page. After the voting closes, there will be another round to vote for specific badges to be developed.

The following are the voting details copied directly from the GSUSA voting page:

Welcome to Girls’ Choice Badges

Where girls decide what adventure to go on next!
Girl Scouts is developing several outdoor badges to add to its program next year. For the first time ever, girls will decide what those badges will be!

Think about some outdoor activities that you want to learn about and vote for an outdoor theme below. Voting will remain open until November 30th!

Which theme* should be the focus for the next Outdoor Badges? (choose one)

Outdoor Environment — Explore and protect the wonders of nature!
Outdoor Recreation — Get active in the outdoors!
Outdoor Survival — Be prepared for whatever may happen outdoors!

Outdoor journey and badge backstory

Over the past several years, the GS of USA has reduced the number of camping and outdoor Girl Scout badges and programs being offered. Many feel that these activities are traditional Girl Scout experiences and want them back.

To learn more about efforts to bring back outdoor journeys and badge work, you can visit the Outdoor Journey Project, an unofficial website created by volunteers; the Outdoor Journey Project website is not endorsed by GSUSA.

Girl Scouts at Celebrate Holliston

cel hol girl scoutsHolliston Girl Scouts showed their community spirit by marching in the parade and hosting a booth at Celebrate Holliston on Saturday, September 20th. Our girl volunteers had fun running the Girl Scout ‘tattoo parlor’ and chatting with passersby. Visitors to our booth were invited to decorate a hand cut-out and attach it to our Girl Scout mural. What a great way to kick off the year!

You can read more about Celebrate Holliston in the Holliston Reporter’s article, Celebrate Holliston at Goodwill Park, and learn a little more about the Scouts’ involvement that day.


Top Cookie Sellers 2014!

The Holliston Girl Scouts are pleased to announce the top sellers for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale program. In honor of their accomplishments, these girls were chosen to lead the Girl Scouts in this year’s Memorial Day Parade.


As our nation’s largest girl-led business venture, the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls learn valuable leadership skills such as how to set goals, manage money and work with people. Thank you to all who continue to support this program and congratulations to this year’s top sellers.