July 10, 2014 at 01:11pm
For those of you still thinking about coming to this great annual event - there are limited spaces available yet for overnight accommodations (please call ahead to ensure there will be space for your entire group), and some Saturday-only spaces available.
This is an awesome event for the whole troop, or just a day for you and your girl! Saturday Only stays include four sessions, lunch and two snacks for $45.
Also, if you live near Nisswa and have a golf cart that you would be able to lend us for the weekend (transporting supplies and older volunteers across the camp), please call Amanda Morrow (320-252-2952). We would very much appreciate it and have cookies on hand to show our thanks!
July 1, 2014 at 08:51am
At Girl Scouts, it’s not just that you get to go – you get to go together. All your adventures are even more special because your friends are right by your side…imagine what you’ll do next year!
Why wait? Claim your spot for another year of fun!
Calling all Girl Scouts – girls and adults!
If you have yet to register for the new Girl Scout year, we ask that you be “on time” and renew your membership before October 1, 2014, the official start of the 2014-15 Girl Scout year.
2,063 girls and 627 adults participated in the Spring Jump Start Renewal Campaign. Girls participating earned their 2014-15 Jump Start patch for renewing their membership early by June 15. 177 Troop Leaders earned a Girl Scout shop gift certificate for a free Girl Scout polo shirt for registering their troop and submitting their updated troop roster.
Missed the Jump Start deadline for your troop?
Please read on….
Be “on-time” and renew your troop according to the guidelines below by September 1 to be entered into a troop drawing for a free Program on the Go for your Service Unit. (one winning troop per membership region)
“On Time” guidelines:
1. Dig out your Spring Jump Start Troop Packet mailed to all 01 Troop Leaders in early April or call your Region’s Membership Specialist for a re-print.
2. Complete the new and easy renewal by troop roster as instructed and submit with associated membership fees or register online at www.gslakesandpines.org and click on “Join Girl Scouts.”
3. If registering online, submit your updated roster indicating “online registration with date” to your Membership Specialist or to the Waite Park Regional Office.
4. Keep a copy of your completed Troop Roster for your records.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help!
July 1, 2014 at 08:44am
The summer is almost half-way over, and we have been very busy with three trips so far, and one left! If you have been thinking about going on a trip with your girls, email us (email@example.com) for details and sign up today! This summer, we have trips planned to Duluth, New York, Chicago, and Salt Lake City in the fall for the National Convention. Traveling with Girl Scouts is a great way to see the world! Remember that at Our World, Our Family participants who register for a GSMWLP trip will receive a reduced deposit, and all girls will be asked to vote on the 2018 council trips.
Brainerd just wrapped up their annual Day Camp—thanks to every one who helped make this great tradition such a success! And a special thank you to the Day Camp Directors, you do so much and the girls always have a wonderful time!
Have a safe and fun 4th of July!!
June 30, 2014 at 03:30pm
Product Sales staff recently road tripped to Interbake Foods (ABC Bakers) in North Sioux City, SD to continue planning our next Cookie Sale Program. While there, we were able to see how our cookies are made. Interbake has 500 employees, and runs three shifts, six days a week. One third of what they make there is Girl Scout cookies. It’s no wonder we could smell Thin Mints when we walked in the building!
Summer is when we do most of our planning for the upcoming year for both the Fall and Cookie Sale programs. At this time we are beginning to contact our past Community Product Sales Managers (CPSM) and Cupboard Managers to see if they are willing to assist us this coming year with either the Fall or Cookie Sales or both. Thank you to all who have worked with us in the past – we hope you will continue to help girls with their upcoming product sales programs! So far we know of several openings around the council for these volunteer positions. If this is something you are interested in, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information.
Fall Product Sale Program dates have been set and there are some new changes to the program which we think will be helpful to troops.
June 25, 2014 at 09:46am
Hello from the Girl Scout Program Team!
We hope that you are enjoying your
summer! If you have already registered
for Our World, Our Family this year, thank
you! We are excited to see so many familiar--and
new--faces each year, and love being able to
share this very special tradition with all of you. Please watch for initial
confirmations later this month, if you have
not already received one. The final confirmation will be sent in August,
and will include preliminary cabin assignments, packing lists, and directions.
If you have not gotten in your registration yet, we still have openings for both
Friday and Saturday night--so send yours today! Note that
there is no late fee for this event, but we expect that it will be full
very soon! All forms and the packet of
information can be found on our website (http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/OurWorldOurFamily11/).
If you need printed copies of these forms, please let us know. Remember that
full payment is due with registration (include Cookie Dough and Adventure Point
Vouchers with forms).
Once again, we are offering a
discounted deposit for all girls and adults who register for a GSMWLP trip at
OWOF--bring your trip
registration forms! Girls will also be able to vote on trips for
Remember that all pre-orders for
OWOF apparel are due by July 11. Order
your glow in the dark t-shirt or hoodietoday!
Have a fun and safe summer!
June 24, 2014 at 01:26pm
Hello from the Girl Scout Program Team!
We hope that you are enjoying your summer! If you have already registered for Our World, Our Family this year, thank you! We are excited to see so many familiar--and new--faces each year, and love being able to share this very special tradition with all of you. Please watch for initial confirmations later this month, if you have not already received one. The final confirmation will be sent in August, and will include preliminary cabin assignments, packing lists, and directions.
If you have not gotten in your registration yet, we still have openings for both Friday and Saturday night--so send yours today! Note that there is no late fee for this event, but we expect that it will be full very soon! All forms and the packet of information can be found on our website (http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/OurWorldOurFamily11/). If you need printed copies of these forms, please let us know. Remember that full payment is due with registration (include Cookie Dough and Adventure Point
Vouchers with forms).
Once again, we are offering a discounted deposit for all girls and adults who register for a GSMWLP trip at OWOF--bring your trip registration forms! Girls will also be able to vote on trips for 2018!
Remember that all pre-orders for OWOF apparel are due by July 11. Order your glow in the dark t-shirt or hoodie today!
Have a fun and safe summer!
May 30, 2014 at 01:00pm
TROOP FINANCIAL REPORTS ARE COMING DUE
Every troop must submit their annual Troop Financial Report (TFR) to their Community Coordinator, Service Unit Manager or
Service Unit Treasurer by June 15 who needs to submit them to their Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than July 1. Writable forms are available on our website: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/4797.pdf. Do a file/save as to your computer. Remember that expenses must be entered as negative numbers for the math to work correctly. A copy of your checkbook register and a recent bank statement must be included.
Troops who fail to submit their TFR are subject to an audit and/or freezing of their Girl Scout bank account. Please help us by turning in your troop’s report in a timely manner. Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist if you have any questions. Thank you!
2015 COOKIE RECOGNITION VOTING IS OPEN
Do you and your girls want a say in what recognitions are chosen for the next cookie sale? Voting is open NOW. Click the link to begin. Our council uses YOUR choices to make our final selections. We need to hear from you today! Lead the Change! Voting closes June 30th.
We are already well into the planning of the 2014 Fall Sale and the 2015 Cookie Sale Programs. Know that we have some great things in store for these sales, but for now we hope that troops are enjoying the warmer weather and reaping the benefits of their past sales in order to do the things they planned to do. For a little light reading, for those troops that are not yet self sustaining, we recommend the following to help your troop plan for the upcoming year: What is a Self Sustaining Troop? Enjoy the start of summer and know that we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Girl Scouts. THANK YOU from all of us.
May 30, 2014 at 08:52am
At Girl Scouts, it’s not just that you get to go – you get to go together. All your adventures are even more special because your friends are right by your side…imagine what you’ll do next year.
Why wait? Claim your spot for another year of fun!
Enjoy another great year with Girl Scouts and Jump into spring with our spring membership renewal campaign Jump Start!
All the details to help guide you through the re-registration process were included in a mailing to all 01 Troop Leaders and Juliette families at the beginning of April.
Girls get a free Jump Start patch if forms are turned in to the Waite Park Regional Center by June 15, 2014!
· New this year for 01 Leaders: A Girl Scout shop gift certificate for your own Girl Scout polo shirt (comes in all sizes) if you return your completed troop roster as indicated and re-register all continuing girls and adults by June 15, 2014.
· Easiest renewal ever! Find your troop’s 2013-14 Troop Roster with a simple check off to renew membership that is included in the mailing.
· The simple steps to renew are included on your roster.
· Use this roster to have parents/guardians review, update information as needed and provide permission – then mail in with Dues Summary or go online as instructed and just update the information.
· Note: 01 troop leader’s can register the entire troop at one time with online registration if done prior to Sept. 30, 2014.
· Girls and families worked hard to sell cookies. Use those proceeds to pay their $15 membership fees! (It will be one less thing to pay for during back-to-school time!)
o Troops have always been encouraged to include membership renewal in their troop budget as part of being a self sufficient troop.
· Other great benefits to your troop and your Service Unit:
o Your troop will be ready to start right away in the fall and you will know who is returning!
o Placing new girls at fall registration is easy because troops know the number of new girls they can add to their troop.
o The recruitment of new adult leadership can start right away because you will know if an adult leader is not returning.
o A “Say You’ll Stay Response Form,” (#3603) is available on the council’s website for you to print and distribute at your next SU leader’s meeting to find out if volunteers will be returning.
If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance. We are happy to help!
Are you a fun loving person who loves Girl Scouts? Read on…
Your Membership Specialist is seeking volunteers who like to have fun to establish Recruitment Teams within each service unit.
What do SU Recruitment Teams do? They have fun getting the word out about Girl Scouts!
Where do you start?
1. Contact your Membership Specialist today to join your Service Unit’s Recruitment Team!
2. Share ideas to make recruitment in your school or town tons of fun for girls and families.
3. Partner with you Membership Specialist to set dates and plans for your Service Unit’s Fall Kick-off and your Fall Recruitment events.
Membership Stats as of May 27, 2014
We are 1,552 girls away from reaching our girl goal of 8,270.
We are 272 adults away from reaching our adult goal of 2,804
Total Membership 9,256
This includes 452 lifetime members.
May 13, 2014 at 05:49pm
Jump Starts are underway across our council! I request volunteers to complete
the Volunteer Self Assessment form which was included in the Jump Start packet
Completed forms can be returned to me your Volunteer Specialist!
To those of you who have completed the background check
‘Thank you” some of you have not and here is your gentle reminder to please go
to the website and authorize the background check now if you have not done so: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LetsGetStarted/
Volunteers who have authorized their background check this
year or the 2012-2013 Girl Scout year do not need to do the authorization.
Questions/concerns please pop me a e mail or give me call.
Thank you for all you do for Girl Scouts!
April 23, 2014 at 01:46pm
Summer is just around the corner, and the Program Team is hard at work planning and
getting ready for OWOF this fall. We hope that you are able to join us
this year, either as a family or with your troop, for a weekend full of
adventure and fun! Join over 1,000 Girl Scouts from all over the country
for this one of a kind weekend packed with traditions and new friends!
Remember to place your advance-order shirts and hoodies by July 11! All shirts and
hoodies will feature glow in the dark ink! Limited supplies of shirts
will be available in the shop during the weekend, but hoodies are only
available by advance order.
The Teen Volunteer Program is filling up quickly! Get your registration in as soon
as possible if you would like to be a part of this program just for girls who
are looking for a new way to experience OWOF! This is a great option if you are
thinking about being a CIT in the future or if you are looking for ways to take
on leadership roles. If you have questions about TVP, please email Program
Specialist Amanda Strobel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Program Team, as well as the whole staff, would also like to thank a few of our
volunteers who were not on our original list: Russ Bennett, Mary Wyman-Goenner,
Kristen Gangl, Christine Benson, Maddison Moyer, Lolita Meyers, Leave No Trace,
Katie Koester, Morgan Carlson, Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, Vicki Foss,
Laura Billman, and Wynn Podratz. We would not be able to offer so many choices
to girls without all of your efforts and we cannot thank you enough! Our
volunteers make OWOF possible!
If you are interested in being a volunteer or have questions about volunteering,
please email Program Specialist Nikki Revier (email@example.com).
April 9, 2014 at 08:31am
May 17, 2014 | McGregor
Attention adventurous girls! You are needed to explore a new planet! Join your fellow explorers to discover a new star, and use your team’s outdoor and team work to solve the challenges you encounter!
Grades K-12 | 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$20 girls and adults | $5 safety-ratio adults
Includes a special space dinner, program materials and a patch.
Grades 4 – 12 | 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 a.m.
$30 Girls and Adults | $5 Safety-Ratio Adults
Register by 2 May 2014.
Questions? Ask Amanda! firstname.lastname@example.org | 320-252-2952
April 9, 2014 at 08:26am
Sunday April 27, 2014 | Brainerd
Grow your leadership skills and become prepared for summer Day Camps and to take the lead at Girl Scout events and programs.
Details are in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for Cadettes, page 30. In order to become a certified Program Aide, girls complete the Leader in Action award, attend this Program Aide training, then work directly with girls for an extended period of time.
Cost includes training, supplies, and light meal. Girls will enjoy up to 4 hours of programming.
$20 girl, adult free
April 1, 2014 at 05:35pm
It's really me your Volunteer Specialsit for R03! I've been crisscrossing our Region and Region 4 offering New Leader Training! It's been awesome meeting new volunteers and seeing the committment of Mom's who are recruiting friends and Grandmothers or former Girl Scouts to come back and help lead a troop! Can you beleive we are still recruiting new volunteers?!!
I will be offering another New Leader Training in Brainerd April 26th, 10am-1pm - check out the website to regsiter:http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LearningDevelopment/
Join us for our third Annual Regional Celebration April 24th 6:30-8:30 at the Brainerd High School. RSVP to Bonnie
We will recognize twenty adult award receipents, R03 top cookie sellers, three honorable mentions for the Leaders Day Card Contest and any girl or troop who earned their Bronze, Silver ot Gold Award. Girls or Troops who earned the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award and want to be recognozed should contact Bonnie!
Aslo note if you haven't done so it's not to late to nominate a business or service group for the Beacon Award: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/
You are winding down on the cookie sale and I'm hearing that girls did a fantastic job selling cookies. A special Thank you to the Mom's and Dad'd who helped make it happen.
I hope you take a moment to check out the Kaleidoscope Events being offered in Duluth and Bemidiji - these events were planned as a direct reposne to volunteer feedback. The programming is awesome!
I hope you take a moment to reflect on the postive impact you are making on girls and don't forget to enjoy your own journey!
I'll be seeing you soon!
February 20, 2014 at 11:09am
I know it's a really busy time of year... Hope you are working on Adult Recognitions please submit by March 1st if you are wanting to present at spring recognitions. Remember you can nominate someone for an award any time of the year.
Leader's Day Card Contest entries are due to the Duluth Office March 1st. Will Region 3 have another winner?
Save the Date and stay tuned for details - Region 3 Celebration will be held at the Brainerd high School on April 24th.
Check our website for updated trainings.
I'll be doing a New Leader Training March 29th in Cromwell. it's ok to register if you are a tried and true volunteer who wants a refresher!
Thank you for volunteering for Girl Scouts!
January 31, 2014 at 10:46am
Bonnie has not seen any Adult Award Nominations yet. We accept nominations year round and there are many deserving volunteers out there. Please, check out the Awards page on our website for descriptions and criteria: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/
You may also request numeral year pins from our website on the same link! Remember to include your years as a girl when you are adding them up!
December 19, 2013 at 04:53pm
Teleconference Offered in Three Easy One-Hour Sessions
January 7, 2014 NLT 1
January 14, 2014 NLT 3
January 21, 2014 NLT 2
See session descriptions and register on our website: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LearningDevelopment/
December 17, 2013 at 10:26am
Do you love winter adventures & camp?
Join Girl Scouts as we go outside and explore winter adventures at Camp Shingobee Timbers. Try your hand at winter sports including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sliding and depending on the weather ice skating! We will spend most of our time outside but will have time to create a wintery craft and Minnesota sweet treat! All participants sleep in a heated dormitory style four season program center! Girl Scouts can sign up for this program with a friend who is new to Girl Scouts—each girl will get a $5 discount off the program cost!
Place: Camp Shingobee Timbers, Walker, MN
Grades: 2-8 Overnight Program; K-8 Day Program
Day Program: Feb 8, 9am-4:30pm
Overnight Program: Feb 8 – 9, 2014 9am Saturday – 11am Sunday
Day Program: $25 per girl / $10 per adult / $5 per volunteering adult
Overnight Program: $35 per girl /$25 per adult/$10 per volunteering adult
Non-Girl Scouts are welcome! Please add $15 for annual membership.
Register by Friday, January 24, 2014!
Questions? Contact Melissa “Gator” Garza at 218-302-3183 or email@example.com
December 12, 2013 at 10:55am
Are you looking for some tropical fun this winter? Escape the snowy blues and join us at the Westgate Mall in Baxter, MN on January 11, 2014 for an evening of Hawaiian games and crafts!
Bring a new friend (new to Girl Scouts) and you each get $5 off of your fee!
December 5, 2013 at 09:00am
Hi Everyone! This is your official invitation to the adult retreat/camp care weekend at Shingobee Timbers. Please share this with all registered Girl Scout adults in our council and register today to be part of this great weekend! Space is limited to the first 40 registrations so don’t delay! Click HERE for the registration form.
November 20, 2013 at 02:22pm
November 18, 2013 at 02:39pm
Be a Friend First Overnight!
January 31- February 1, 2014
5:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Join us for a night of fun as we dive into the aMAZE journey and the Be a Friend First (BFF) anti-bullying series. Girls will complete the journey and start planning for their very own Take Action project.
If you are interested, please email Amanda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
November 18, 2013 at 09:54am
Secure valuable information to help the Cookie Sale Program run smoothly for your troop. All adult members are invited to attend Cookie Training. This training will be especially helpful for Troop Product Sales Managers (aka “Cookie Moms”), Troop Leaders, and Community Product Sales Managers. It’s suggested that at least one adult volunteer from each troop attend the training.
Region 3’s Cookie Sale Training has been set for 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th as part of the Regional Training Day in Garrison. Please allow about two hours for the training, plus additional time for asking questions, networking, and cookie sampling.
Region 3 Regional Training Day:
Attending this Cookie Training? No matter what region you are from, you’re invited to attend the rest of the Regional Training Day. Need more cookie information? An additional cookie enhancement training on SNAP (the cookie website) and forms will be offered from 10:45 to 12:15. Other sessions offered include: Behavior Management, Troop Finance, Conflict Management, Service
Unit Manager/Community Coordinator (SUM/CC), Website and EBIZ, Event Planning, Songs and Games and Troop Trip Progression. Sign up for one session or for the full day. To see session descriptions or to register for the rest of the training day, see our website.
Bring a friend to share in the fun and learning! See you there!
November 15, 2013 at 11:43am
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Region 3 Training Day
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Your Region 3 staff invites you to our Regional Day of Training.
It’s designed just for you. Register for one session or stay for the day. We have many sessions to choose from. Please see our website for session descriptions and information on how to register. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Please, contact Bonnie (320-241-7571 or email) if you have questions. Carpool and bring a friend; we will see you there!
It's a Snap Cookie Website and Forms
Service Unit Manager/Community Coordinator (SUM/CC)
Website and EBIZ
Songs and Games
Troop Trip Progression