Our troop meets the first and third Tuesday of each month
6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Newsletter/Calendar will be published each month,
and should be read by both the Scout and her parents.
These are kept in a file folder
at the meetings
with the scout’s name. Information will be placed in the folder for girls
to take home look over, (paperwork, not the folder)
Any notes from girls, record of badge work or
notes from parents can be placed in the folder
for us to look over at the next meeting.
Newsletters and some other information will not be on
for the girls general safety.
Remember to check this folder.
880 collects annual dues of $35.00.
This is done in
$25.00 helps defray the costs of badges and
patches and program materials.
Also there is the $10.00
fee for annual national dues which
is paid to Girl Scouts of Michigan Trails Council.
Please Note: There is sometimes a small fee associated with
specific camping trips or field trips and some activities and
The troop underwrites part of the cost;
we ask the
participating scout to pay a portion as well.
FINANCIAL AID: Of all organizations I know, Girl
has perhaps the easiest-to-obtain financial aid
If a parent ever feels the cost of scouting is
becoming too much on their budget,
please let me know.
With that, I can make a request to Council for funds to pay for
that scout’s activities – no documentation is required from the
PERMISSION SLIPS: Whenever the troop meets
outside of the
normal meeting location, a permission slip is
required. These need to be signed and filled out
prior to the activity
(which also lets adults know how many
girls will attend).
Normally a generic slip will be used and kept
in the file box
for parents to sign before leaving for the
For other trips and camp outs,
a more formal permission
slip will be used.
No girl may attend any
activity without signed permission.
FORMS: At the beginning of the year,
you will be asked to
fill out a Health History Form and Emergency Consent Form.
take these on every trip,
so that should something happen to a
we will have all needed medical information at our fingertips.
Adults who travel with the troop should also fill these forms out.
There will be adult driver forms that will be filled out for every
trip a parent is driving to and from. Each driver will have a
UNIFORMS: There is only one “required” uniform item
in Girl Scouting,
and that’s the Girl Scout pin. However, in
Junior Girl Scouts,
girls enjoy wearing the uniform items, and
at certain events,
we look best if we wear whatever “official”
items we own.
Experience has shown the vest is easier to wear
than the sash
(doesn’t fall off the shoulder),
and it holds
more badges and patches than a sash.
If you buy a
vest/sash, you also need to buy the following to be sewn on:
Nice, but not necessary: Felt tab for Girl Scout and World pin
The troop provides:
Troop Crest - Falling Star
Girl Scout and World Pins
(if they don’t already have them)
was a Brownie, the “Fly Up” wings go on the front of the Junior
as well as the Bridging Rainbow, if she completed the
Those should have been provided by
her Brownie Troop.
They can be re-purchased, if they were
Uniforms can be purchased at the Council Shop.
Girl Scouts Michigan Trails
3275 Walker Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Tel: (616) 784-3341
Free: (800) 442-1401
Fax: (616) 784-8187
TTY: (616) 784-5605
The shop also has a website http://www.gsmt.org/
addition, Girls are encouraged to buy both the Junior Girl Scout
Handbook and the Junior Guide to Badges and Signs. We don’t
use these books at every meeting, and the girls can get any
information they need from a buddy; however, for those who miss
meetings and wish to catch up on missed badge work, or wish to do
badges on their own, the books are a necessity.