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By Tauna

Past participants and Guides from our Northern Lakes' Canoe Base have come together to share stories about the amazing impact this program has had on their lives. Below they have put together a (somewhat humorous) list of the Top ten signs you’ve been on a Boundary Waters Girl Scout canoe trip through the Northern Lakes Canoe Base:

 

 

  1. You measure distances in rods, or the length of a canoe. 10 rods? Not too bad…but could be steep or swampy. 300 rods? Ooh, that's nearly a mile! You go, girl!
  2. You pause near the Ry Krisp when you go grocery shopping. Something about it sounds so good right now.  Next decision: PB&J, cheese, or all three?  With mustard?
  3. Every January you dig out your trail clothes and wonder what the lifeguards will say if you wear your wet boots to the pool.
  4. When a friend casually mentions a “bridge” in conversation, you instantly throw off your backpack, run in front of her, swing your arms up and say “I’m ready!” followed by “I’ve got it!”
  5. You never go anywhere without a buddy.  And we mean anywhere!
  6. You lost count of your mosquito bites. Who cares, you’re having too much fun to worry about them up anyway!
  7. You put soap on your pots before making dinner. Old habits are hard to break!
  8. When things get rough (say, hard test at school), you break out into a song! “A is for apples we leave back in town…”
  9. You can carry anything, across any portage!
  10. You know the power of teamwork when headwinds blow, canoes need to be carried across portages, and camp chores need to get done. You know that if you set your mind to do something, it will get done!  You know the beauty of the wilderness, the call of the loon in the morning, and the joy of singing around a fire with Girl Scout friends under the northern lights.  You know that a Girl Scout canoe trip is an adventure like no other experience!

Want to go on a Girl Scout canoe trip? Crews are forming now. Registration open to all girls ages 13+ and adults. Girls can come alone or with adults. No previous experience necessary. 

 

By MonicaHusen

The Daisy Petal Power program is a special four month summer mail program designed for girls entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 in the Fall of 2013.  Girls receive one packet per month, May – August, full of activities to do at home along with “get to know Girl Scouts” material for their family.

By Bonnie Reeves

Hello All!

SU 16 graciously invites any adult volunteer to join them at Shingobee Timbers for a retreat!  They have space for 40!
See the link for details and registration form: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/3873.pdf

By Anastacia Schnabel

The Willmar Stingers are excited to invite the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to a Stingers Camp Out! The inaugural camp out will be on Friday, July 19th following the Stingers game against the Mankato MoonDogs. All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families are welcome to join in the fun!  Each person will receive a game ticket and a concession stand voucher for a hot dog, bag of chips, and can of soda. For those who are camping out after the game, the Stingers will have games, player and mascot appearances, and will provide a light breakfast in the morning. Tickets only $12.50/person and that includes the game and the food voucher. No additional cost for the overnight, but please RSVP so we have a head count. Click here for the flyer/ticket order information.

By Tricia Andrews

Be Fit | Saturday, May 11 | 9am–2pm | Discovery Middle School, Alexandria MN | Expanded to Grades 2-8! | $22 girl/$10 adult/girls may use $10 Cookie Dough | Deadline extended to May 3rd - $2 per person late fee now applies. To register, just click here

Who knew getting fit could be so fun?  Dance your way into exercising with Zumba fitness.  Learn new cheers, play a sport, and make new friends. Finish the day by relaxing at the pool.  Plus - meet the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders!  Cost includes lunch, energy snack, program supplies and custom patch.

Bring a Friend Bonus: Bring a friend new to Girl Scouts and each receive $10 off!

By Bonnie Reeves

Planet Plan-It | Saturday, April 20th, 2013 | 9am-5pm | Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge, McGregor, MN | Grades K-12 | $25 girl/$5 adults/girls may use $10 Cookie Dough | Deadline Extended to April 8 - to register, just click here                                                                                                                                                                                           After an outer space adventure with your friends, you find you’ve all landed on an unnamed planet. Spend the day exploring Planet ‘X’ and working together to get through the Silent Swamp, Frozen Fissure, Gravity Gap and Memory Mountain. Your expedition team will create a map, decode a language, break down barriers, and befriend the locals. Cost includes lunch, snack, program materials and patch.                                                         

Bring a Friend Bonus: Girl Scout fee: $15 / Friend who is new to Girl Scouts: $27 ($25 +$12 membership fee = $37, minus $10)

 
 
 
 
By Bonnie Reeves

 Hello!


Would like to share a couple reminders and updates-


Recognitions - Adult, Beacon Award or Year of Service Pins please see our website: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/  or you can contact Bonnie

 

Region 3 Celebration Save the date l Thursday April 25th l 6:30-8 pm l Central Lakes College-Cafeteria

Join us as we honor and recognize adults in our Region. Maureen will have some special R03 recognitions for top girl cookie sellers and Bronze, Silver and Gold Award precipitants will be recognized  Cake and punch will be served.

 

Region 3 Spring Training l 1st Aid/CPR American Heart Association l Garrison l 9-noon l $8.00

This reduced cost has been made available by the generosity of Tabitha Witthuhn from SU14

 

Region Three Basic Outdoor Skills/Advanced Outdoor Skills (BOS/AOS) TBD

                BOS $10.00

                AOS$15.00

                Outdoor Education book available for $9.50 with  pre orders.

By Bonnie Reeves

Well over the months as I’ve talked with volunteers I often hear that girls have so many choices by the time they are  a Junior that we often loose them to other activities: dance, sports…..  Well I read an article this morning and I’d like to share part of it with you.

" There’s lots of buzz about how third-grade reading levels are predictors of high school success. Our National Program Portfolio is of course tied to curriculum standards. Have you shared this information?  With whom? Are you making sure all Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are going home from Girl Scouts with their own books…and that their parents know how valuable it is to spend even a few minutes reading with their daughters?"

~Eileen

Goodness what a bonus I think you all know I feel strongly about recruiting the parent right along with the girl.  Next time I hear how girls/parents are choosing dance or sports over Girl Scouts well I think I’ll be more prepared with an awesome comeback.  What parent doesn’t want success for their child?  Reading with or to their girls is something most parents can do and learn about Girl Scouts at the same time.   I’m betting the parent reading to their child would want to volunteer too!   Girl Scouts isn’t just another activity we are helping pave the path for their successful future.

 

It’s not to late to nominate a deserving adult for an award.  Check out the criteria and let me know if you need assistance. I’d be happy to help: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/

 

Thank you for being awesome volunteers!

Bonnie

By Bonnie Reeves

Hello,


You may have noticed in your last Connections publication details to enter the Leaders Day Card Contest

The submission deadline is March 5th so there is still time to enter!

 

Girl’s say “Thanks” to great volunteers by entering the Leaders Day Card Contest

 

1. Create a 3.5" x 8" card representing Girl Scouts.

2. Write a greeting of appreciation to Girl Scout volunteers on the front and

leave the inside blank.

3. Include a description explaining why you chose your design,

your name, address, troop number, and program level on the

back of the card. Sorry, cards cannot be returned.

4. Use as many colors as you like

(no glitter, stamping or computer generation).

5. Mail by March 5, 2013, to:

Girl Scouts Duluth Regional Center

424 W Superior St, Ordean Bldg, Ste G3

Duluth, MN 55802

One prize will be awarded for each program age level, and one grand prize

design will be featured on the front of this year’s Girl Scout Leaders Day

Card, distributed to all Girl Scout adult members April 22.

 

I had a so much fun contacting the families in our region who won last year.  I hope we have some submissions from R03 again!

By Tauna

Sarah attended Lakes and Pines destination, North Country Rock and Wilderness in 2011. The following year she returned to the Northern Lakes Canoe Base as a Guide in Training. Sarah shares how she experienced teamwork and unity through the experience. Excerpts from Sarah's story ...

"This is teamwork to a whole new dimension."

"Everyone should come out of their shell just to see it [the wilderness] and appreciate what nature and wilderness there is still left. From the crazy thunderstorms that light up the night sky, to the occasional northern lights, and the sunsets full or oranges and purples and reds, I can honestly say that I have never seen such beauty in my life."

"Another part of this incredible experience is the lack of stuff."

Read Sarah's story.

By Maureen Graham

Planned Orders

Please place your planned orders in Snap by 10 p.m. on Saturday evenings to have delivery to your cupboard by the following Friday.  What you need to know: as a council we rely on troops placing planned orders to determine how many cookies to order each week and to send these cookies where they need to go.  Please help us help you by placing planned orders whenever possible. Please refer to page 26 of the pink Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers for complete instructions.  Remember to order in package quantities.

Booth Sales

Please continue to put your booth requests each week in Snap.  For instructions see the previous blog article on this topic. Cookie Booths continue through March 10.

ACH Debit

The first ACH debit was February 20.  If your ACH debit did not go through for any reason, please contact me about making alternate payment plans.  Remember to collect and deposit money from your families each week.  The next ACH debit will be March 20 at which time 50% of your remaining balance owed will be due.

Girls in Snap

You may have noticed some changes to your troop’s listing of girls in Snap.  This past week we did an upload of girls from our membership system to Snap.  This is the only upload of information we plan to do for this sale.  Please check your listing to make sure it is correct and remove any duplicate names.  You will need to verify that this list is correct before transferring packages to girls or placing a recognition order later on.  If you have any questions, please contact me. 

By Maureen Graham

Planned Orders

Please place your planned orders in Snap by 10 p.m. on Saturday evenings to have delivery to your cupboard by the following Friday.  What you need to know: as a council we rely on troops placing planned orders to determine how many cookies to order each week and to send these cookies where they need to go.  Please help us help you by placing planned orders whenever possible. Please refer to page 26 of the pink Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers for complete instructions.  Remember to order in package quantities.

Booth Sales

Please continue to put your booth requests each week in Snap.  For instructions see the previous blog article on this topic. Cookie Booths continue through March 10.

ACH Debit

The first ACH debit was February 20.  If your ACH debit did not go through for any reason, please contact me about making alternate payment plans.  Remember to collect and deposit money from your families each week.  The next ACH debit will be March 20 at which time 50% of your remaining balance owed will be due.

Girls in Snap

You may have noticed some changes to your troop’s listing of girls in Snap.  This past week we did an upload of girls from our membership system to Snap.  This is the only upload of information we plan to do for this sale.  Please check your listing to make sure it is correct and remove any duplicate names.  You will need to verify that this list is correct before transferring packages to girls or placing a recognition order later on.  If you have any questions, please contact me. 

By Tricia Andrews

Ultimate Camper Event | Now open to girls in grades K-5! | Camp Roundely, Minong, WI | April 27-28, 2013 | 10 am-1 pm | $35 per person; girls may use $15 Cookie Dough | Register by April 1

Get ready for another season of camping!  Jump start your camping season with tips and tricks from the pros.  Review old skills and add new skills to your toolbox.  Expect to spend time cooking over a fire, canoeing, setting up tarps, tying knots and much more!  Click here to register.  Questions?  Contact the Bemidji Girl Scout office at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.  See you at camp!

By Maureen Graham

To add to the success of your troop’s Cookie Sale, all troops should enter their booth sale information in Snap as they are scheduled.  Information provided thru Snap will be uploaded to the Cookie Booth Locator so that those searching online for a nearby cookie sale will be able to find your troop’s booth sale.  Boost your troop’s business by providing accurate, complete information for all of your Cookie Booths in a timely manner. 

If you are in an area with a Cookie Booth Coordinator, please contact them for their approval of the Cookie Booth before setting up the booth or uploading the information to Snap.  For additional information on Cookie Booth Sales, please see page 25 of the pink Answer Book.  Read more to learn how to enter your troop's cookie booth sale dates in Snap.

By Maureen Graham

To add to the success of your troop’s Cookie Sale, all troops should enter their booth sale information in Snap as they are scheduled.  Information provided thru Snap will be uploaded to the Cookie Booth Locator so that those searching online for a nearby cookie sale will be able to find your troop’s booth sale.  Boost your troop’s business by providing accurate, complete information for all of your Cookie Booths in a timely manner. 

If you are in an area with a Cookie Booth Coordinator, please contact them for their approval of the Cookie Booth before setting up the booth or uploading the information to Snap.  For additional information on Cookie Booth Sales, please see page 25 of the pink Answer Book.  Read more to learn how to enter your troop's cookie booth sale dates in Snap.

By Linda Bear

Dealing with the winter blues?  Take a peek at our up-coming summer camp opportunities.  These options will surely provide your Girl Scout (and her friends) several options to look forward to so she can beat those blues and look forward to SUMMER!  

Did you know that if your Girl Scout has a friend who is not currently registered that she can still attend camp?  Girls can experience our Camp Pathway and become a registered Girl Scout at any time by paying $12 for her membership fee.  So have your daughter check in with her friends and set some goals to plan a fun summer get away! 

Click on the following links for more information! --  Summer Camp or Troop Camp

Also, don't forget to utilize your Girl Scout's cookie dough.  This is a great Girl Scout member benefit.   

By Bonnie Reeves

 

Hello,

I wanted to share two updates in the volunteer Tab of our Website.

1)     Volunteer Recognition at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/

·          Note the PDF writable format!

2)     There is a new addition under forms please check out : Crisis and Safety Management

Training -

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013

Forms Teleconference

Teleconference

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The conference call is slated to run for 1 hour and we will be reviewing and explaining some of the forms found on our website.  This conference call does not replace the face-to-face New Leader Training session, but is being held to assist you in getting started.   Once registered you will receive an email confirmation that will include the phone number and instructions for the teleconference, along with the materials.

 Please register for the training on the website.

Last but not least save the date for the Spring Regional Day of Training April 13th  -  on our website soon.

Basic Outdoor Skills/Advanced Outdoor Skills

Refresher 1st  Aid / CPR – Red Cross

I am so looking forward to our winter warm up!

Bonnie

By Jessica Kershner

When I was a Girl Scout, my mom highly encouraged me to write a Thank You note to every person who bought at least a box of cookies from me, explaining my appreciation for their support of my goals. One year, I decided to get creative and add a GS cookie recipe to each Thank You note--I did try to include a recipe for at least one of the varieties that person had purchased. Amazingly, this had an unintended effect of boosting my sales, as many of my customers decided to buy extra boxes to try out the attached recipe.

Encourage your Girl Scout to find her own creative inspiration this cookie season. Have her consider the option of personalized Thank You notes for her customers.  

Please share your GS cookie recipes in the comments section of this post. Those who share before Dec. 31st will be entered in a drawing for a special cookie prize, so share your secret recipes today!  

Photo Courtesy of Scapoholics:   http://scrapaholics.com/how-to-sell-more-girl-scout-cookies

By Jessica Kershner

Here's a time filler game that can be creative and fun!

  Follow the Rules:

All players sit in a circle. One person selected to be It
stands away from the group. The players remaining in the circle choose a rule
to use while answering questions. The rule can be hard or simple depending on
those playing. For example: Answer questions as if you were an alien, or,
players must scratch their heads or yawn before answering. When the person who
is It comes back, she must find out the rule by asking players questions about
themselves. The person trying to guess the rule is allowed to take as long as
she needs. If it takes too long, players can help by exaggerating the response
the rule calls for. (The Incredible Indoor Games Book, pg. 52).


Tune in next week for a craft idea that will excite your crowds!  

By Bonnie Reeves

Have you registered for our Region 3 Cookie Rally yet?

Register on our website or feel free to contact me if

You need help with the registration process!

I should like to see 500 girls from R03!

 

New Leader Orientation Training

First Lutheran Church l Little Falls MN

Tuesday, January 15, l 6-9 p.m.  l Free

 

Save the Date –

McGregor MN

Saturday, January 19, l  9am- 3pm  l Free

Troop Finance Training

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)

New Leader Orientation Training (NLOT)

By Bonnie Reeves

Well we have reached another milestone. We have over 100 new volunteers for Region 3!  Let’s do a quick review of who needs to complete the application process!

So we know all Adult Girl Scout volunteers are to be registered and receive an appointment letter prior to working with the girls.

We know any Adult Girl Scout volunteers who handle the girl finances or product sales must be registered and receive an appointment letter.

Are there any exceptions?  Yes

1)         A presenter who will never be alone with the girls.  No additional paperwork required.

2)         An Episodic volunteer – someone who will volunteer only once

a.         Authorizes the background check

b.         Completes the application

c.         Encouraged to register as Girl Scout

d.         Complete a position description

e.         Must receive an appointment letter or approval prior to meeting with the girls.

3)         A parent who may sit in the back of the room during a meeting because it’s just to far to travel.

a.         I would always encourage theses parents to register and go through the appointment process but if they are not willing-we can let it go.

With all that being said I hope that you all join us at the Region 3 Cookie Rally!  We rock!

Yes, you guessed it …I’m looking for volunteers!

By Jessica Kershner

Many of you have been asking for the pumpkin chili recipe used at Shingobee and Sanderson's Fall Festivities and Haunted Harvest (as well as shared at some other regional meetings). Here it is: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Pumpkin-Chili. Enjoy it! This is a great time of year to use it.

By Jessica Kershner

Noodle Doodles:

 
Give each girl a peice of paper, a writing utensil, and something hard on which to write (nothing that you would mind if it was accidentally written on--perhaps a stack of newspapers or a paper plate). Instruct girls to place the paper on the hard surface, and the hard surface onto their heads. Either show the girls a picture that you want them to recreate, or verbally give them the name of an object to draw. They will draw on the paper that is on top of their heads. When finished, get ready for the laughter as the pictures are sure to be interesting.


Have you used any of the games, songs and activities you've learned from the Songs & Games Training, S'more Fun Training, or a regional or Service Unit Meeting? How did it go? Did your girls find a new favorite or did you find a flop? Share your stories so that others can learn what's working with girls today.


Toys for Tots Support: 

Several of you have told us about your wonderful holiday season service ideas and activities. Be sure to take a few minutes to add your tally of service at this site   http://sharejoy.generationon.org/, hosted by generationOn and Hasbro who have joined forces to donate a toy to Toys for Tots for every youth who particpates in a seasonal act of service until December 18th. The deadline is approaching and it's a wonderful opportunity to make your service have twice the impact!

By Bonnie Reeves

Well we have reached another milestone. We have over 100 new volunteers for Region 3!  Let’s do a quick review of who needs to complete the application process!

So we know all Adult Girl Scout volunteers are to be registered and receive an appointment letter prior to working with the girls.

We know any Adult Girl Scout volunteers who handle the girl finances or product sales must be registered and receive an appointment letter.

Are there any exceptions?  Yes

1)         A presenter who will never be alone with the girls.  No additional paperwork required.

2)         An Episodic volunteer – someone who will volunteer only once

a.         Authorizes the background check

b.         Completes the application

c.         Encouraged to register as Girl Scout

d.         Complete a position description

e.         Must receive an appointment letter or approval prior to meeting with the girls.

3)         A parent who may sit in the back of the room during a meeting because it’s just to far to travel.

a.         I would always encourage theses parents to register and go through the appointment process but if they are not willing-we can let it go.

With all that being said I hope that you all join us at the Region 3 Cookie Rally!  We rock!

Yes, you guessed it …I’m looking for volunteers!

By MonicaHusen

Talk with your daughter about bringing a friend to her next troop meeting or G.S. event. Her name gets put in a drawing and both girls recieved a Bring A Friend patch. For more info on Bring a friend contact Monica Husen at 218-270-4859




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