Girl Scout Troop 86146 @ Oak Meadow

Welcome girls!

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The Girl Scouts Mission


Girls scouts deep roots in family and community, seek to find opportunities for girls to work together to problem solve and communicate, while bettering themselves and the people around them. "Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place." ~ Girl Scouts, Who We Are

About Me

Years ago, when I taught ESL/ELL to elementary aged students, I sought ways to connect with my students and their families. One of the ways that I reached out was through the Girl Scouts. At the time, one of my students, from Ecuador, was involved in a community Girl Scout Troop. They welcomed me as an assistant for the troop. It was a great experience on many levels! Although I did not participate as a child, I am passionate about community building, the environment, having fun, and most importantly, empowering our daughters to become confident, caring, and curious creatures! Now that I have a child of my own, I not only want to extend these experiences to her but also I want to share them with her friends both old and new as well. I hope you will consider joining our troop!

The Sky's the Limit

Our first meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2015. All but our January meeting will occur on the first Friday of the month. In January we will meet on the 8th instead. We aim to have one non-meeting girl scout excursion each month. Which is why one of the goals of our first meeting is to identify troop interests and plan future activities. Although I have some ideas of my own, I want to be sure that the girls make the final decisions. After all, it's all about empowering them!
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Finding New Paths

In addition to our monthly meetings, we will plan out of school adventures connecting with other Troops or visiting others in our community as well.


Keep reading to find out how you can help! :-)

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Technology

For the past 10 years, I have worked with students and teachers to help integrate technology. This has involved things as basic as changing a password and using email to content creation with video editing tools and other fun technology, learning how to code, and more. Stay tuned, our Troop Blog is in the works. Once posted, it will be available here on my Smore page. I will also send the link out to parents of our Troop.
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Getting Started!

Membership

New girl scout members will need to register online. Click here to access the online form. You will need a credit card for the annual $25 fee as well as our Troop number, 86146. This process doesn't take too long. Veteran scouts were pre-registered over the summer. I have early bird badges for them.


New registrations or returning girls that are moving up to a new level will need to purchase the appropriate vest. You can order these online or visit one of the Girl Scout stores. I suggest the Waltham or North Andover location.


Please email me to let me know when you have registered so that I may verify that your child has been added to the troop roster or if you have any questions.

Parent Volunteers

In following the Girl Scout tradition, parents are also a big part of the experience. Below are some ways which you might be able to help as well as directions for getting started.


Getting Started


  1. Parent volunteers are also required to register online. Click here to access the online form. There is a small fee for the registration. You will need our Troop number, 86146.
  2. Parents need to complete a volunteer agreement form.
  3. Parent volunteers also require a CORI check which is valid for 3 years.


Do you have a special skill to share?

Perhaps you've got the fever and want to join in on some out of school adventures?

Do you love Girl Scout cookies? Help us sell and distribute them throughout the community.

Do you have financial skills, that I lack? Help the troop by maintaining our bank account?


Whatever your interest, we would love to hear how you would like to get involved. Please complete this survey to let us know how you might be able to help.


There are plenty of opportunities for some training as well, e.g. CPR, archery, boating, camping, etc.

Money Matters

Scout troops typically have meeting fees throughout the year which are either collected during each meeting or as a lump sum at the beginning. Monthly dues will be collected to help with supplies and Girl Scout things. Dues TBD at our first meeting.

Audra Kaplan, Girl Scout Leader

Fun Fact

The selected image in the background was chosen on purpose. The advent of the bicycle, in the late 1890s, gave women in the United States (and hopefully other places), something they unexpected, both independence and freedom. It afforded them and opportunity to reach out and communicate with other like minded people, other women. At the time, there were not a lot of methods for communication and many of these women lived in isolated areas. No longer where they separated by distance. Read the article by the Atlantic, "How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights" or do some research of your own to learn more.