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Awards & Closing Ceremony

posted May 2, 2017, 5:06 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated May 28, 2017, 6:49 PM ]



Closing Permission 2016_2017.pdf
As another school year draws to a close, the date for the USAGSO-Singapore year-end Awards & Closing Ceremony is rapidly approaching. 

When:     Saturday, May 27th, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Where:    Singapore American School (SAS), Elementary School Theater 


As always, it will be a fun time with songs, videos, recognition for Girl Scouts receiving their Summit, Bronze, Silver & Gold awards, presentation of Honor Troop, & Parent Volunteer awards and a bridging ceremony for those moving up to the next level. And of course, it will be a great opportunity to say goodbye to those friends who will be moving on from Singapore. And, once again we have a special surprise guest speaker.

We hope to see you there!

Important Information

  • Fill Out a Volunteer Nomination: Please <click here> and take a few moments to nominate Girl Scout parents who should be recognized for their extra efforts at the ceremony (by May 13th).
  • Vote for a T-shirt Logo: We are running our annual design contest again for next year's T-shirt logo. Please help your Girls Scouts <click here> to vote online for their favorite design; the winner will be announced at closing.
  • Print & Sign the Permission Slip: All Girl Scouts MUST bring a printed and signed permission slip to attend the Closing Ceremony; please <click here> to download a copy. 
  • Bring a Snack to Share: There will be a "pot luck" snack time after the event; please bring some snacks or dessert items for about 8-10 people. PLEASE ENSURE THERE ARE NO NUTS OF ANY KIND IN YOUR SNACKS!
  • Follow the Dress Code: All Girl Scouts should wear their vests over comfortable clothes (and hopefully that includes a USAGSO T-shirt!).
ACRES Charity Drive

Troop 48 is running a charity drive at the Closing Ceremony to benefit ACRES, a local organization that helps to preserve wildlife in Singapore. They will be collecting the following items:
  • Non-powdered latex gloves
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Newspaper (NO staples please)

Town Hall Meeting with USAGSO CEO

posted Apr 5, 2017, 8:04 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated May 6, 2017, 8:06 PM ]

 

Sign Up for Town Hall

Join the Executive Committee in welcoming Stefanie Ortiz-Cidlik (USAGSO Chief Executive) to Singapore in an informal Town Hall setting. This is an exciting event as rarely do executives from the USA home office visit Singapore.

She will be talking about some of the exciting new technologies and membership initiatives that USAGSO will offer to members and volunteers this summer and on into the coming years. This will also be a unique opportunity for a Q&A session with the head of the entire USAGSO organization; you don't want to miss it!

When:   May 6, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Where: Cairnhill Community Center (map)


We ask that every Troop please sign up at least one representative to attend. 

Early Bird Sign Up for 2017-18

posted Apr 4, 2017, 3:50 AM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated May 30, 2017, 5:15 PM ]



Sign Up for Girl Scouts
Early Bird Sign Up
ends 30-May-2017.
Early Bird Sign Up for the 2017-18 school year is now open for all Girl Scouts in Singapore. This sign up is *ONLY* for girls who will be returning to their Troop in Singapore next year, and Girl Scouts who are moving to a new country for the coming school year. Sign Up for new Girl Scouts will begin June 1, 2017. 

All returning girls who sign up during the Early Bird period have top priority for Troop placements in September, and receive a limited edition patch for their vests. Early Bird Sign Up closes on 30-May-2017, so please sign up as soon as possible!

There are several important changes to the Sign Up process for this year. Please download and read this letter carefully before proceeding to the Sign Up page.



4th Annual T-Shirt Logo Contest

posted Apr 2, 2017, 8:51 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated May 2, 2017, 3:06 AM ]

 
It's time once again for the annual Logo Design Contest! Any USA Girl Scout in Singapore can submit a design for the USAGSO-Singapore 2017-18 logo. The logo is used on the limited-edition T-shirts given to all registered Girl Scouts at the Opening Ceremony.


Please download the form and print a copy for your young artist. Then scan or photograph her submission and email it to orders@singaporeusagirlscouts.org by no later than April 30th.

Finalists will be announced on May 7th and all Girl Scouts will have a chance to vote online for their favorite design. The winner will be announced at the Awards & Closing Ceremony.

So get out those colored pencils, markers and crayons and start drawing!

St. Patrick's Day Parade on 19-March

posted Mar 11, 2017, 4:50 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 5:58 AM ]

The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is coming up this Sunday, 19-March. Any Girl Scout can come (with accompanying adult, this is NOT a drop-off event) and march in the Parade! Our group is meeting at 2:15 PM and the parade starts at 3:00 PM. This event is held rain or shine, so come prepared. All Girl Scouts MUST wear their USAGSO-Singapore shirt & vest and bring a completed permission slip to participate.

To get a copy of the Permission Slip, please see the email sent to all parents on this event, or visit our Facebook page or Shutterfly Members Site.

Have questions or need more info? Please contact anniechow8@yahoo.com.

Submit your Early Bird Patch Design

posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:52 PM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 5:58 AM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore ]

 
It's time once again for all Girl Scout artists to get out their markers, sharpen their pencils and start designing their entries for the 2017-18 USAGSO Early Bird Patch! Girls from Girl Scouts Overseas councils all over the world participate and only ONE design is chosen by the home office in the USA. Maybe this year it will be from Singapore?

Use the link below to download the submission form and give it to your Girl Scout to create her design. Then scan or photograph it and submit follow the instructions to submit it by no later than March 15th, 2017.

Please fill in the form fields as follows:
    Committee (City & Country):          Singapore
    Overseas Committee Chair Name:   Melinda Hiemstra
    Overseas Committee Chair Email:   singaporeocc@yahoo.com
    Affiliation (WP, NA, NY, Guam):     NY 


Overnight Camp 2017 Registration

posted Feb 1, 2017, 6:02 PM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 10:05 PM by Webmaster USAGSO-Singapore ]

 

2017ONCampRegForm
Registration closes and full
payment due by 14-Feb-2017.

NOTE: The registration form is not formatted for smart phones or tablets. If you experience trouble, please use a computer.
It's that time of year again! Overnight Camp is one of the most popular USAGSO-Singapore events every year; you don't want to miss it! It is always a fun weekend-away-from-home for Second-year Brownies and older Girl Scouts. The girls enjoy outdoor activities, crafts, campfires, songs, make new friends, exchange SWAPs and do kapers (chores).

When:    March 3rd - 5th, 2017
Where:   Camp Sarimbun

*IMPORTANT: Before registering, please read ALL the information on this page.*


Where is Camp Sarimbun?

It is located in Jalan Bhatera, a quiet and lush part of Singapore, with gated grounds near several other local camps. The camp facilities include a welcome hall, dining facilities, enclosed cabins with bunk beds, toilet & shower facilities, campfire area, parade ground, activity fields, an obstacle course and a zip line among many other amenities.

Bus transportation is available to/from Camp at the Singapore American School (in Woodlands) and Cairnhill Community Club (near Newton Food Centre) and must be reserved as part of your registration. If you plan on driving, be aware it can be difficult to find; it is not located correctly in many commercial GPS devices and mobile device apps!

What Happens at Camp?

Overnight Camp is often the highlight of the year for Girl Scouts in Singapore. It is a chance to be independent, have fun and learn new things all in a safe setting away from home for an entire weekend. All activities and cabin oversight are organized and run by parents and older Girl Scout Program Aides/Counselors to keep the girls busy and engaged throughout the weekend.

Overnight Camp is intended to be a full weekend away-from-home experience. Campers are required to stay the entire weekend on the Camp grounds from check-in Friday until pick-up on Sunday. Campers cannot check-in after Friday, and cannot leave Camp on Saturday or early Sunday except for health or safety reasons.

If you child has never been to a sleep-away-from-home camp before or if you have specific concerns, please read "Is Your Child Ready for Overnight Camp?" Before registering, consider carefully if your child is ready (and you are as well) for a multi-day overnight experience away from home.


Camp Schedule

 Friday, March 3rd

 Saturday, March 4th

 Sunday, March 5th

17:15 Arrival and Check-in 17:30 Opening Ceremony
18:00 Camp Intro 
18:30 Group rotations:
         dinner, shower &
         crafts
20:00 Group Activities
22:00 Lights Out

07:00 Flag Raising
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Activity Stations
11:10 Snack time
11:30 Kapers (Camp Chores)
         & Lunch
13:00 Activity Stations
15:00 Snack time
15:30 Activity Stations
17:30 Group rotations:
         dinner, shower &
         skit preparation
20:00 Flag Retreat & 
         Campfire
22:00 Lights Out

07:00 Flag Raising
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Closing Activity & 
         Ceremony, Flag Retiring
10:00 Cleanup & load buses
10:30 Onsite pickup
11:00 Buses depart

What Should She Bring?

Singapore weather at this time of year is typically hot, humid and rain is always possible. In addition, some activities will be messy and muddy and each Girl Scout must take care of themselves the entire weekend, so pack accordingly. In addition, this year girls need to bring their own bedding, pillow and “mess kit” (plate, cup, utensils, etc). We know that's a lot to remember, so we've compiled this handy checklist that all Girl Scouts and parents should use when packing:

[Download the Overnight Camper Checklist]

Please note that Girl Scouts are NOT allowed to bring any food/snacks/sweets or electronic devices (iPods/iPads, cell phones, radios, electronic games, etc.) to Camp.

Program Aides / Counselors

Overnight Camp is also a great opportunity for older Girl Scouts to develop their leadership skills. Girls who are 2nd Year Cadettes or higher may register as a Program Aid (PA)/Counselor. They will work with the Camp event organizers and volunteers to run the Camp and are entitled to a significantly reduced fee. Each girl registered as PA/Counselors must undergo training prior to the start of camp; information on date/time/location of the training sessions will be sent after we receive her registration. IN ADDITION, all first-time PAs need to earn at least one LIA badge beforehand to be eligible this year.

Parent Participation

Camp doesn't have to be fun JUST for the girls and all work for the grown-ups! Enjoy some S’Mores with your daughter! Savor the outdoors with a fabulous Sunset! 

Cabin Moms will be assigned in a separate cabin from their daughter, which allows the camper to get the independent feel of overnight camp, while allowing for a nice bonding experience. The experience is fun and unique – take advantage of it. Meals and lodging free for all Cabin Moms or daytime volunteers who stay overnight.

That said, Overnight Camp is our largest and most complex event every year, and without participation from everyone we simply cannot do it. As part of the registration process, please also sign up for a volunteer assignment during the Camp weekend. Most jobs require no more than 4 hours commitment (but we'd love to have you sign up for more)!

[Click here to sign up as a Parent Volunteer]

NOTE: If you plan to be a Cabin Mom for the duration of Camp, you need to sign up for three (3) slots (Friday Overnight, Saturday Daytime & Saturday Overnight).

Registration & Fees

You must register for Overnight Camp online; space is limited to 120 Girl Scouts so please make sure you register as soon as possible.

          Camper Fee:              $200
          PA/Counselor Fee:      $90

PayPal is the preferred method of payment, but alternate payment instructions will be emailed with your registration confirmation. We cannot provide refunds for unused registrations, so please check your schedule carefully before registering.

Registration closes and full payment must be received on 14-Feb; unpaid registrations after that date will be CANCELLED. Please read our Payment Policy for further details.


Brownie "Journey in a Day"

posted Jan 25, 2017, 4:41 AM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 5:35 PM ]


Register Now
Registration closes Feb 10th.

You heard that right! This is the opportunity for Brownies to earn their "World of Girls" Journey in just one day! Girls will meet for a day and go through stations (with leaders and older girls helping) and fulfill all the requirements to earn their Journey badges by the end of the day.

When:     Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where:   Singapore American School (SAS) Room M301 (Middle School, 3rd floor)
Cost:       $10 (covers patches and supplies)

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required so we can order the right amount of badges and supplies. Click button at right to register your Brownie; registration closes and payment is due in full by 10-Feb-2017.

What to Bring

All participants should bring the following:
  • Snack & lunc(NO NUTS PLEASE!)
  • Water bottle 
  • Gently used book for donation
  • Girl Scout vest 
  • “A great big Brownie smile”

Volunteers Needed

As always, we need several adult volunteers to help out with this event. In addition, Cadette Scouts can help out and earn their LIA badge, which is a requirement to be a PA at Overnight Camp.


There is no cost fot Cadettes participating to earn their LIA badge, BUT they must sign up as a volunteer (using link above) AND bring a completed permision slip to the event (use link below).


"Discover the Rainforest" Day Camp

posted Jan 13, 2017, 8:35 PM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Feb 12, 2017, 11:44 PM ]

 

2017DayCampRegForm
Registration closes and full
payment due by 31-Jan-2017.

Please note: The Day Camp registration form is not formatted for smart phones or tablets. If you experience trouble, please use a computer.
Day Camp is open to all Daisy & Brownie Scouts and is specifically designed to provide a "camp" experience for girls who are not quite old enough to participate in Overnight Camp. It will feature lots of fun “Discover the Rainforest" activities during the afternoon followed by a dinner and campfire, at dusk.

When:      February 11, 2016 from 1:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where:     Camp Christine, Singapore


Camp Christine is a gorgeous park with lots of shade, a nice offshore breeze and great facilities. All day-time activities, breaks and meal/snacks will be held on sight in their activity hall or their outdoor field. The day will conclude at Camp Christine’s fire pit where the girls will gather for S’mores, songs and an evening campfire.

Bus transportation will be provided to and from the camp venue for all Girl Scouts and Adult Volunteers. This event will be held Rain or Shine; however we reserve the right to cancel in the event of dangerous weather.

Camp Schedule

 1:30 PM  Buses depart for camp venue
 2:15 PM  Check-in & Snack
 2:45 PM  Activities & Crafts
 4:00 PM  Break and Snack Time!
 4:30 PM  More Activities & Crafts
 5:30 PM  Clean up for Dinner
 6:00 PM  BBQ Dinner & Swaps
 7:15 PM  Campfire & S'Mores!
 8:30 PM  Buses load up & depart
 9:00 PM  Buses return to original locations

Parent Participation
As always, we need a lot of parents to help supervise the activities and large number of young children that will participate in this event. There are a wide variety of Volunteer Assignments available; you will be busy and you will not be bored! Please note, as an Adult Volunteer you will be responsible for specific activities, so you WILL NOT stay with your child throughout the entire event. Only adults who sign up to volunteer will be allowed at camp. We apologize in advance if you are not able to secure a volunteer slot, as they are allotted on a first come first served basis.

[Click Here to Sign up for a Volunteer Assignment]


According to USAGSO rules, we must have a minimum of 1 Adult Volunteer for every 4 girls attending camp. If the ratio isn’t right, the USAGSO organization will not allow us to hold this event. If we do not receive enough volunteers we will be reaching out to the Troops to look for additional volunteers.

Camp is an opportunity for younger Girl Scouts to experience teamwork and personal responsibility in a safe and controlled environment. Therefore, parents without a Volunteer Assignment may not attend Day Camp. When registering your daughter, please ensure that she is willing to attend a day long event without your presence.

Older girls will also be working with the younger girls. This reinforces leadership skills in the older girls and also sets a wonderful example for our Daisies and Brownies.

Bus Transportation

Chartered bus service will be provided for all Girl Scouts and Team Leader Volunteers to and from the venue at Camp Christine. Buses will be available from two locations, the Singapore American School (SAS) in Woodlands and Cairnhill Community Centre near the Newton Food Centre, and will return everyone to the same original locations.

All Girl Scout campers MUST ride the chartered buses; parents are not permitted to drop off/pick up their daughters at the camp venue! The bus ride is a measure implemented to make sure your girls stay safe. Team Leaders will get to know their charges on the bus ride to camp which helps them take better care of them during the day. Additionally, bus rides are familiar to many girls who go to school in Singapore and getting on the bus and saying bye is often far easier emotionally than walking in big camp gates.

Departure: Buses will begin loading at 1:15 PM and depart promptly for Camp Christine at 1:30 PM. Please be there ON TIME - they will not wait for late arrivals!

Return: Buses will start loading at Camp Christine at 8:15 PM, depart at 8:30 PM and return to their original locations approximately 9:00 PM. Please be mindful of the volunteers’ time and efforts and arrive on-time to pick up your daughters! Buses may run late if the girls don’t board quickly leaving camp. Be patient and don’t worry: we’re coming!

Registration & Fees
The registration fee is $75; this covers the cost of bus transportation, snacks & dinner, and all activities and crafts. In addition, every registered Girl Scout will receive a gift bag, an event patch and a special Day Camp T-Shirt. Please see the T-Shirt Sizing Guide to ensure you select the right size on the registration form.

Registration will close on 31-Jan-2017 and no new registrations will be accepted after that date. There is a lot of prep work to organize the teams, buses, food, shirts and so much more. Full payment is also due no later than 31-Jan-2017; all unpaid registrations after that date will be cancelled without notice.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations, so please check your schedule carefully before registering. In addition, if the weather is deemed to be dangerous and a risk to the health of our campers, Day Camp will be cancelled with no refunds.

If needed, financial aid assistance is available. Please contact our Chair, Melinda Murphy Hiemstra, at singaporeocc@yahoo.com to make arrangements. All requests will remain confidential.

What Should She Bring?
Singapore weather at this time of year is typically hot, humid and rain is always possible. In addition, some activities can be messy or muddy. Please label everything you send with your Girl Scout's name, packed in an easy-to-carry backpack or shoulder bag (also with her name on it). Ensure your Girl Scout has the following:
  • Sunscreen & insect repellent (please apply BEFORE getting on camp bus)
  • Sneakers/trainers that can get wet & dirty (NO flip flops/sandals!)
  • Hat with a large brim or visor
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sweatshirt/jumper (in case it gets cool at Campfire time)
  • SWAPS (for trading with other Girl Scouts) What are SWAPS?
Please DO NOT bring toys, jewelry, electronics, or any valuable/personal items that are expensive/difficult to replace. Please do not bring your daughter’s GIrl Scout vest. Again, please LABEL everything with your Girl Scout's full name!

Questions? Need more Information?
If you have any questions, concerns or need more information we have set up a dedicated Camp mailbox; please email gsocamp@gmail.com.

Please direct all Day Camp inquiries to this mailbox as it is being monitored by the Organizing Committee. They will be able to provide the fastest, most informative response.

Camps Are Coming Up Soon - Save the Dates!

posted Dec 4, 2016, 8:50 PM by Webmaster USAGSOSingapore   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 6:25 PM ]




It's that time of year when every kids starts to get excited for the Christmas school break and parents can relax a bit as after-school activities go on holiday as well. HOWEVER, we just want to remind everyone that our Day Camp and Overnight Camp events are on the calendar quite a bit earlier next year. So please mark your calendars and diaries, as your girls certainly don't want to miss camp this year!

Please stay tuned to the What's Happening newsletter and our website for further updates.

DAY CAMP

This event is open to all Daisy & Brownie scouts and includes age-friendly games, outdoor activities, dinner, a campfire & s'mores and bus transportation to & from the venue.

When: February 11, 2017 from 1:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Camp Christine, Jalan Bhatera, Singapore
Transport: Bus transport from SAS & central Singapore location (TBD) - MANDATORY FOR ALL CAMPERS
Theme: "The Rainforest"
Registration: January 14-28, 2017 (online via website only)

OVERNIGHT CAMP

This event is open to all second-year Brownie and older scouts. Girls stay at camp Friday & Saturday night and participate in loads of fun outdoor activities, cooking, crafts, campfire & s'mores and more. Bus transport is available to & from the venue or parents can drop off/pick up.

When: March 3 - 5, 2017
Where: Camp Sarimbun, Jalan Bhatera, Singapore
Transport: Bus transport from SAS & central Singapore location (TBD), or parent drop off/pick up
Theme: "Candyland"
Registration: Dates TBA (online via website only)



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