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Programs-in-a-Box Grief and Loss Boxes
On Site Lending Libraries Kids on the Block
Braille Books Service Unit Event Planning Help
Pen Pals Special Interest Groups


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Programs-in-a-Box
BoxPrograms-in-a-Box contain activities, tips, and most of the supplies needed for fun exploration of specific topics and the activities listed in the box. All boxes contain information, tips, or activities in the Leaders Guide. Boxes are rented for a $15 fee that helps replenish supplies. Boxes have a four week rental period. To reserve a box, just send in the Program in a Box Reservation Form, with the fee, to the Program Department at North Haven Service Center a minimum of two weeks in advance of the date it will be scheduled to leave the office, allowing two three days for shipping. Mark the outside of the envelope “Program Boxes”. Faxed reservations will require a fee and shipping payment by credit card. We will contact you if your first choice is not available.

Badge Boxes
These boxes have enough activities and most supplies needed for girls to earn or complete the badge activities, but the actual badge will need to be purchased from a Council Shop. Grade levels are noted in parentheses. Click here for a reservation form.

Count It Up! (D) Letterboxer (B)
Detective (J) My Best Self (B)
Girl Scout Way (B) Senses (B)
Home Scientist (B) Social Butterfly (J)

 

Journey Boxes
Journey Boxes supply materials for several of the initial activities, but not all of the activities. Grade levels are noted in parentheses. Click here for a reservation form.

A World of Girls (B) Daisy Flower Garden (D)
Agent of Change (J) Get Moving (J)
aMUSE (J) Three Cheers for Animals (D)
Between Earth and Sky (D) WOW! Wonders of Water (B)
Brownie Quest (B)  

 

Patch Boxes
These boxes link to GSOFCT Patches and they are for all age levels. Click here for full descriptions of the boxes and a reservation form.

 Juggling  Plate Spinning

 

Other boxes
These boxes contain materials for skill building and other troop activities.
Grade levels are noted in parentheses. Click here for a reservation form.

Compass (J and up) Jump Ropes and Parachute (All)
Healthy Habits (D/B) Let’s Talk About Bullying (B/J)
It’s Knot Hard (J and up) Living Drug-free (All)
  Traveling Juliette (All)

 


Grief and Loss Boxes
This Program-in-a-Box helps girls develop loss awareness through literature, art, and interactive activities. It is helpful when there is a loss with in a group or family. The box contains resources for adults and girls of varying ages, including stories, reference materials, and suggestions for activities.

There is no charge to borrow this box. One box is available at each GSOFCT Service Center. To reserve the box, fill out a
Program in a Box Reservation Form and mail or fax to Program Department, 20 Washington Ave. North Haven, CT 06473. You may scan and email the form to program@gsofct.org. You will be contacted with the availability of the box and to make arrangements for pick up.

 

 

 

WOW Lending Library box

On Site Lending Libraries
We have on site lending libraries at four Outdoor Program Centers with year-round use buildings - An-Se-Ox,
Merrie-Wood, Pattagansett, and Rocky Craig. All books and supplies must be used onsite. Each site will have the following journeys (Click for a description and packing list): Between Earth and Sky for Daisies; WOW! Wonders of Water for Brownies; and Get Moving! for Juniors.

It is our hope that this will enable girls to try out these journeys and decide to continue work on them, if they wish, and then purchase their own books to continue in their troop setting.

To use the boxes, fill out the Site Reservation form to reserve the building you’d like to visit. After you receive your site confirmation, email program@gsofct.org with the site, date, and your Girl Scout program level. We’ll send you the code to open the Onsite Lending Library box, tips of what you might want to bring with you, and instructions. To ensure the libraries are kept in good condition, we’ll ask you to complete a simple pre-and post-use inventory.

There is no fee to use the boxes, but site fees may apply. Remember that you can use our properties free for three hours or less between Sunday at 3:00 p.m. and Friday at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Braille Books
A generous grant provided GSOFCT with Braille copies of all the Girl’s Guides to Girl Scouting, Badge sets, Journey adult guides, and Girl Journey books. We have lending sets available at each Service Center. For more information, contact the program department at program@gsofct.org or 1-800-922-2770.

Read a press release about the books here.

 


 Pen Pals
While connecting with girls in other parts of Connecticut, increase girls’ literacy skills and help them learn more about our state! Submit a Pen Pal Request form and our Pen Pal volunteer will do her best to find a Connecticut match for you. One of the best things about having Connecticut pen pals is that girls have more opportunities to meet in person. After corresponding, troops may decide to meet up at a council sponsored event, plan a visit to each other’s town or spend time together at one our camp properties.

 

 

Kids on the Block 

Kids on the Block
Kids on the Block are educational puppets that bring children an understanding of disability awareness, educational differences, and social concerns. The program promotes acceptance of differences in others. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors may take training to become Kids On The Block Puppeteers, presenting in their area. Girl Scout Troops and Service Units may request a trained troupe’s presentation. Requests will be honored based on availability of the puppeteers and puppets.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut has the following scripts:

  • AIDS
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention
  • Being a Child of Divorced Parents
  • Bullies and School Safety
  • Combating Childhood Obesity and Overweight
  • Deafness
  • Down Syndrome
  • Gangs, Violence, and Prejudice
  • Healthy Eating and Dental Care
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiculturalism
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sibling of a Child with a Disability
  • Vandalism Prevention
  • Safety on the Go
  • What It’s Like To Be Blind
  • What it’s Like To Be Physically Abused
  • What It’s Like To Have Cerebral Palsy and Use a Wheel Chair


Kids on the Block Special Interest Group
Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors may join this special interest group. Girls will be trained to become puppeteers and may participate in group activities. Girls in troops and individually registered girls are welcome to join. This volunteer led group meets once a month in the Montville (Southeastern CT) area.


For more information on becoming a puppeteer, joining the special interest group, or requesting a presentation, contact the Program Department at program@gsofct.org or 1(800) 922-2770.



 Service Unit Program Event Development
If you are planning a Service Unit event and looking for ideas or a resource contact, consider contacting the Program Department at program@gsofct.org. Let us know what type of event you are planning and the program person with expertise in that area will contact you. We’re happy to talk through ideas to help you in your planning. Also, we have put together the Heart Sisters event plan. This includes activity station ideas, supply lists, table tents, and invitations for a healthy living focused event. This is a great girl, girl and special someone, or recruitment event, that supports the Live Healthy, Lead Healthy patch program.

 


Special Interest Groups

 Kids on the Block Puppeteers
Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors may join this special interest group. Girls will be trained to become Kids on the Block puppeteers and may participate in group activities. Girls in troops and individually registered girls are welcome to join. This volunteer led group meets once a month in the Montville (Southeastern CT) area.

For more information, contact the Program Department at program@gsofct.org or 1(800) 922-2770.

 GSOFCT Girls' Chorus
The GSOFCT Girls Chorus gets together during the year for practices, to learn new songs or rhythmic instruments, social events, and performing. While some activities are optional, prior to a performance, there usually is a required practice session.

Cadettes and older who are interested in learning to lead the chorus in song or accompany on a rhythm instrument are given these leadership opportunities.

Upcoming performances will include the Fun Fest on May 16, 2015 at the Durham Fairgrounds. Anyone wanting to perform at this event must attend some rehearsals and the mandatory rehearsal on May 9. See this list for the full schedule of rehearsals and performances.  

For more information or to RSVP to a rehearsal, contact Sue Wilber at Birdiesuew@aol.com.

 

 Travel Troop #3
Travel Troop #3 has over 200 active members and new members are always welcome! Whether you are in a local troop or not, girls in grades 6-12 may join. Be a part of Travel Troop #3 and experience the adventure of travel as well as make new friendships. Local troops may send a representative to Travel Troop #3 meetings.

Projected trips include ski/boarding weekends, rafting, Narragansett harbor cruise, Boston hostelling, Cape Cod weekend at a Coast Guard house, Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands, and more! For more information, visit traveltroop3.weebly.com or email Maureen at Francesonmoe@aol.com.
 
Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. Visitors and new members, please arrive at 7:00 p.m.
Dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Monday, Oct 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
  Beach Bash, July 21, 2015

 


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