PGMA Girl Scouts Bridging Ceremony, Oct 17

PGMA Girl Scouts will have a bridging program and ceremony Sunday, October 17, Noon – 2PM, at the Fox Hill Community Park bridge. Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life. It’s a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities.

There are two components to earn a Girl Scout Bridging Award. For the first step, girls have to “Pass It On” by telling younger girls what it is like to be a Girl Scout at their current level. For example, Brownies would tell Daisies how much fun it is in Brownies and the type of activities they have done in the past year. The second step is to “Look Forward” where girls find out from older Girl Scouts what it is like to be in that level. For example, Brownies would listen to what Juniors have done in the past year and find out how much fun it is to be a Junior.

Bridging Girl Scouts: get prepared to share last year’s amazing, fun and challenging experiences as well as what you are looking forward to by writing two letters: one letter to a younger girl and a second letter to an older girl. In the first letter you should write 2-3 things you enjoyed about being a girl scout in the previous year, and in the second letter write 2-3 things you are looking forward to in the upcoming year. Younger girls can write one sentence and/or draw a picture. All letters should be brought to the bridging program in sealed envelopes. Write your name on the upper left corner of each envelope, then address the first letter to the level you are leaving, and the second letter to the level into which you are bridging.

Girls bridging to Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes should wear their old vest and bring their new vest to change into at the bridging ceremony. Bridging Girl Scouts will receive their bridging award inshaAllah. Girls who are unable to attend the bridging, should inform their troop leader and make arrangements to pick awards at a later date.

What: PGMA Girl Scouts Bridging Ceremony
Who: All Bridging Girl Scouts
When: Sunday October 17, 2021, Noon – 2PM (Be on time!)
Where: Fox Hill Community Park Bridge
5001 Collington Road, Bowie, MD 20715
(Intersection of 197 and Lerner Place)
Cost: None
Form: None

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Mandatory Virtual Parent Meeting, Sep 20, 10AM

As Salaam Alaikum PGMA Girl Scout Family,

It has been a unique time, but we are very excited to start the 2020 -2021 Girl Scout year inshaAllah. InshaAllah parents and troop leaders can work together in the upcoming year to create fun and engaging activities that help our girls become girls of faith, courage, confidence and character, in spite of the challenges.

We will have a mandatory virtual parent meeting on Sunday, September 20 at 10AM, for the parents of all Girl Scouts currently registered with the multi-level troops at PGMA. Please contact your troop leader to get the link for the parent meeting. This meeting is for parents of returning girls only; Girl Scouts should not attend. We will not be accepting new registrations at this meeting.

Parents should come prepared to take on volunteer positions. We can’t move forward as a troop this year without your support. Here are the descriptions of positions our troops need to help make this year a success:

Troop Leaders: All troop leaders encourage girls to build confidence while trying new things. By coordinating a team of volunteers, leaders can help everyone contribute. This position requires membership registration, background screening, and Basic Leadership and Program Level training to
uphold the safety of girls.

Troop Money Manager: This dependable person helps open and manage the troop checking account and supports the troop committee with reimbursements. They engage the girls in goal setting and budgeting, and are key to the financial integrity of the troop. This position requires membership registration, background screening, and training from the service unit money manager.

Troop Cookie Manager: This seasonal position guides the next generation of financially savvy business leaders and helps girls set and achieve goals through the Cookie Program. This position requires membership registration, background screening, and training which is provided by the Service Unit Cookie Manager.

Troop Fall Product Sales Chair: This volunteer provides girl program and money-earning for troops as they start the fall and make their yearly plans. This position requires membership registration, background screening, and training which is provided by the service unit fall product chair.

Troop First Aider: A volunteer with current certification in first aid and CPR can support the troop as a first aider. Council-sponsored training is available or may be taken through another organization. This
position requires membership registration, current certification, and background screening. Certified and/or licensed healthcare providers may also serve as first aiders for the troop: physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician.

Troop Cookout or Cookout & Campout Qualified Volunteer: This person supports the troop in outdoor cooking by taking a Basic Cookout class or takes the Cookout and Campout class to learn how to help girls plan, prepare and enjoy an overnight camping experience. This position requires membership registration, background screening, and a one-time training to qualify.

Troop SHARE Leader: This volunteer position ensures all family members have the opportunity to donate through our annual giving campaign. In this campaign, troops help achieve a service unit goal through 75% individual gifts and 25% from other methods. This position requires membership
registration, background screening, and training which is provided by the Development department.

See you (virtually) this Sunday at 10AM inshaAllah!

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Brownie Household Elf Virtual Troop Meeting, Apr 3

Brownies will start working virtually on their Household Elf badge on Friday, 3 April, 2020, 5 – 5:40PM, promptly inshaAllah.

Here are the steps to the Brownie Household Elf badge:

    Pick up some new household habits to help your family save energy, save water, and save the planet.

  1. Save energy
  2. Save water
  3. Go natural
  4. Reuse or recycle
  5. Clear the air

    When Brownies have earned this badge, they’ll know how to make their home clean and green.

Parents should download the Zoom app on their computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device ahead of the meeting via, Google Play, or App Store. A Zoom account is not required. Sis Whittni will send a link to join the Zoom meeting Thursday evening inshaAllah

What: Household Elf badge
Who: Brownies
When: Friday, April 3, 2020, 5 – 5:40PM
Where: Zoom meeting
Cost: None
Form: None

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