<![CDATA[All Blogs]]> <![CDATA[OWOF Update: April]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/OWOF-Monthly-Update/OWOF-Update-April/
   By Lisa Lundberg              (0) Comments

 

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 (astrobel@gslakesandpines.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 (nervier@gslakesandpines.org).

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<![CDATA[Duluth Two Deadline Extended!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Duluth-Two-Deadline-Extended/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

We have extended the deadline for our upcoming Duluth Two trip to June 1--so there's still time get registered! 
 

Duluth Two 2014 | June 27-29
 

Calling all adventurous girls! Stay for two nights in Duluth, MN as your choose your own adventure. Options include Great Lakes Aquarium, Lake Superior Zoo, Gooseberry Falls State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse!  Cost includes transportation during Duluth excursions, all meals, overnight accommodations at the College of St. Scholastica, entrance fees, t-shirt and patch.


Girls  entering  grades 6-12| $140 per person, girls may use up to $70 in Cookie Dough | $30 deposit |  Registration deadline extended to June 1 

 

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<![CDATA[Program Aid Training]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog//Program-Aid-Training/
   By Nikki              (0) Comments

May 9, 2014
Alexandria, Mn
Calvery Lutheran Church
3:30-6:30 p.m.    

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:
$20 girl, adult free

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<![CDATA[Kaleidoscope Countdown]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Kaleidoscope-Countdown/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

Our Kaleidoscope event is just around the corner and it promises to be a day full of inspiration and fun!  To celebrate we are counting down the days with a series of sneak peeks at the available sessions.

Steph Love from Positive Energy Outdoors will be teaching an adult track class on teambuilding that promises to be action-packed! 

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<![CDATA[Space Adventure]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Space-Adventure/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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!

Day Program:
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.

Saturday Overnight:
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! astrobel@gslakesandpines.org | 320-252-2952

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<![CDATA[Program Aide Training Day]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Program-Aide-Training-Day/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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.

Cost:
$20 girl, adult free

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<![CDATA[International Cooking Demo Invitation]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/International-Cooking-Demo-Invitation/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

Hello Girl Scouts and Families,
 

The UWS World Student Association has a fun event to share with you—the International Cooking Demo!

International students and other members of the UWS community cook recipes from their home countries to share with guests. The students prepare the dish for sampling and explain how the recipe is made and how the dish would be served. This event is free and open to the public, and children are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 

When: Saturday, April 12 from 12-2
Where: Pilgrim Lutheran Church
 

Try something new!

 

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<![CDATA[Region 3 GSMWLP Volunteers Rock!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Region-3-GSMWLP-Volunteers-Rock/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Hello! 

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!   

Bonnie

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<![CDATA[Kaleidoscope]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Kaleidoscope/
   By bdean              (0) Comments

Bemidji:  Girl Scouts is hosting Kaleidoscope, a conference and recognition event open to Girl Scouts and all girls in grades 2-adult. Participants choose a variety of activities focused on helping them strengthen their relationships with others. Sessions options range from archery to doll making to self defense.  Evening entertainment will include performances by Minneapolis based singer and songwriter Ann Reed and a celebration message from adventurer, author and photographer Mary Shideler of Grand Rapids. Visit http://gslakesandpines.org/files/4546.pdf or contact the Girl Scouts’ Bemidji office for details.

April 26, 2014, 11am-7:30pm | Bemidji State University
Registration fees begin at $25

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<![CDATA[Kaleidoscope]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog//Kaleidoscope/
   By bdean              (0) Comments

Bemidji:  Girl Scouts is hosting Kaleidoscope, a conference and recognition event open to Girl Scouts and all girls in grades 2-adult. Participants choose a variety of activities focused on helping them strengthen their relationships with others. Sessions options range from archery to doll making to self defense.  Evening entertainment will include performances by Minneapolis based singer and songwriter Ann Reed and a celebration message from adventurer, author and photographer Mary Shideler of Grand Rapids. Visit gslakesandpines.org or contact the Girl Scouts’ Bemidji office for details.

April 26, 2014, 11am-7:30pm | Bemidji State University
Registration fees begin at $25

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<![CDATA[Kaleidoscope]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Kaleidoscope/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

On May 3, 2014, Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes & Pines will be offering a region-wide event called Kaleidoscope at University of Wisconsin - Superior. This is a girls and adults' event filled with inspiration, laughter, and learning. Choose from girl or adult sessions facilitated by community experts with tips to help you care for yourself, try a new physical challenge, express your inner artist, and more.

Open to girls in grades 2-12 and women.
Kaleidoscope will start with registration at 11:30am-7:00pm.

The girl session topics include rock climbing, art, science, rugby 101, dance/cheer, storytelling, and much more!

The adult session topics include leather crafting, college 101, teambuilding, and a hands-on session with Eileen Brown, the owner of How Sweet It Is! Bakery and many more!

The evening will include dinner, recocnitions, and entertainment by Hannah Ray, a local musical performer who grew up in Two Harbors, MN.

Registration Here!



 

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<![CDATA[Opportunity to Help Red Cross in St. Cloud]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Opportunity-to-Help-Red-Cross-in-St-Cloud/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

The Northern Minnesota Red Cross reached out to us with the following request:

 

We will be holding a Flood Canvassing event in the St. Cloud area on Thursday, March 27th.  A youth group in the area will be canvassing neighborhoods leaving behind resources and information at each household.  We are looking for another group of volunteers who would be willing to stuff the bags that will be left on people’s doors. 

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<![CDATA[Vendor Opportunity: Partner with Us!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Vendor-Opportunity-Partner-with-Us/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

Please help us get the word out, by sharing this information with any local business or organization who may be interested!

 

On April 12, 2014, Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes & Pines will be offering our region-wide event called Kaleidoscope at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. This event offers over 200 girl and adult participants a conference experience filled with activities and seminars showcasing information on healthy relationships and communication, entertainment, and FUN!

 

Our Kaleidoscope event is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your merchandise and/or services. We would like to invite you to take part in our marketplace by setting up a booth during the afternoon program and activity sessions from 11:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Please contact either Jess Hoffman at 320.247.4563 / jhoffmann@gslakesandpines.org or Nikki Revier at 320.403.2109 / nrevier@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Flag Ceremony Opportunity]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Flag-Ceremony-Opportunity/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

Attention all Region 5 Troops!  We are looking for a troop to provide a Flag Ceremony at the River’s Edge Convention Center for a Conference on August 4!  Details are below.  Please contact Leah Voss for more details or to get involved | lvoss@gslakesandpines.org 320-247-4565

 

Date: Mon. Aug 4th

Approximate Time: 8:30-9:00am (we will confirm as date gets closer)

Place: River’s Edge Convention Center

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<![CDATA[FREE Program for Girl Scouts]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/FREE-Program-for-Girl-Scouts/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Texas Roadhouse in Waite Park invites all Girl Scout Troops take a field trip to their restaurant. While there, your troop will learn a line dance, bake bread, and play a game! There is no charge, but you must pre-register by contacting Tiffany Mason at store_stcloudmn@TexasRoadhouse.com or calling 320 253-7427 (e-mail preferred).

A big THANK YOU to Texas Roadhouse for sponsoring this member benefit! 

Do you know of other businesses who offer benefits for Girl Scout members? Please let us know so we can spread the word!


 

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<![CDATA[Learn Junior First Aid in Sauk Rapids!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Learn-Junior-First-Aid-in-Sauk-Rapids/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

Just added!  Girl Scout Juniors and troop volunteers, we hope you'll join us for the Junior First Aid program on the go. 

 

Sunday, April 27 | 11:00-2:00 | Sauk Rapids | $11 per girl includes snack, adults free

 

Find out more about the program here and sign up using the Program Registration Form.  Questions?  Contact Nikki at x2109 or nrevier@glsakesandpines.org.

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Recognition Deadline Extended!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Volunteer-Recognition-Deadline-Extended/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Volunteer Recognition Submissions Deadline has been extended to Friday,March 28.

Please help us recognize Girl Scout volunteers in your ocmmunity. Nominate them for National Recognition. visit our volunteer Recognition page on our website to get a nomination form.

Link: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/

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<![CDATA[Stars on Ice]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Stars-on-Ice/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

The Stars on Ice tour is coming to Xcel Energy Center in May, and they are offering a special ticket rate to Girl Scout troops.  This family-friendly show features skaters who just competed in the Winter Olympics! 

 

Stars on Ice | May 4, 2014 | 4:00 pm | Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

If you are interested, you can order your tickets through the Xcel Center.  Check out the flyer for more info and ticket order form.

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<![CDATA[Basic Outdoor Skills Training at Camp Sanderson]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Basic-Outdoor-Skills-Training-at-Camp-Sanderson/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

Are you thinking about a spring or summer camping trip with your troop?  What a great way to do some team building and make memories you and your girls will always treasure.  NOW is the time to get your GSMWLP Basic Outdoor Skills training so you'll be ready. 

 

Whether you're just getting started or have been camping all your life, the Basic Outdoor Skills (BOS) training is designed to prepare you to lead a safe and successful Girl Scout camping trip, so we require at least one adult on your trip to have completed our BOS training.  Plus, you'll get to enjoy some delicious food cooked over a campfire!

 

GSMWLP Basic Outdoor Skills

March 22, 2014

Camp Sanderson - Spicer MN

10:00am - 2:00pm

Cost: $10

Deadline to register: March 19

Questions? Contact Leah Voss | 320-247-4565 | lvoss@gslakesandpines.org

Sign up today!

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<![CDATA[Free Programs for Girls in Superior]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Free-Programs-for-Girls-in-Superior/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

Troops in Superior: Did you know the City of Superior’s Environmental Services Division can partner with you for a program?  Their staff can bring these or other water-related activities to your troop meeting, or perhaps you’d like to set up a joint event with the other troops at your school--especially if you’re working on the Brownie WOW or Daisy Flower Garden Journey.  Options include:

 

  1. Water Cycle game . . . A fun, active game where you are the water droplet--roll the dice and learn where the water goes.
  2. Water cycle bracelets . . . Make a bracelet where each bead represents a water reservoir (lake, stream, ocean, etc.)
  3. Puppet show!  Themes such as keeping water clean and mercury bioaccumulation
  4. Make seed paper. . . Make paper with native plant seeds. Use the paper as you wish – bookmark, cards, etc. Then you can tear a piece off, plant it, and watch your seeds sprout!
  5. Wastewater treatment tour . . . Get behind the scenes to find out how sewage is treated.

 

Because of funding, these programs are only available to troops and groups based in Superior.  For more info or to set up a program, contact Ada Tse, Research Assistant, at 715-394-0392 x1018 or tsea@ci.superior.wi.us

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<![CDATA[Join us for Basic Outdoor Skills Training!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Join-us-for-Basic-Outdoor-Skills-Training/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

Are you thinking about a spring or summer camping trip with your troop?  What a great way to do some team building and make memories you and your girls will always treasure.  NOW is the time to get your GSMWLP Basic Outdoor Skills training so you'll be ready. 

 

Whether you're just getting started or have been camping all your life, the Basic Outdoor Skills (BOS) training is designed to prepare you to lead a safe and successful Girl Scout camping trip, so we require at least one adult on your trip to have completed our BOS training.  Plus, you'll get to enjoy some delicious food cooked over a campfire!

 

GSMWLP Basic Outdoor Skills

March 22, 2014

Camp Sanderson - Spicer MN

10:00am - 2:00pm

Cost: $10

Deadline to register: March 19

Questions? Contact Leah Voss | 320-247-4565 | lvoss@gslakesandpines.org

Sign up today!

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<![CDATA[Science & Engineering Event at St. Cloud State]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Science--Engineering-Event-at-St-Cloud-State/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

Girls in Junior High--the Horizons Science & Engineering Conference at SCSU is back this year: Saturday, March 22, 8-3:30.  For $10 you can attend a full day of workshops and activities to learn about science.  Get more info and sign up through St. Cloud State--click here for a flyer with contact info. 

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<![CDATA[Games, Songs, and S'mores in Little Falls - Program On the Go]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Games-Songs-and-Smores-in-Little-Falls---Program-On-the-Go/
   By Michelle              (1) Comments

Daisies & Brownies learn Girl Scout songs and games!  Have fun singing old favorites and learn new ones.  Girls and adults will have a blast playing games and making a special snack.  Girls will enjoy up to 3 hours of programming.

Cost: $6 girl, adult free

Date & Time: March 23, 2014  1:00 – 4:00 pm

Location: First Lutheran Church, 2100 Riverview Drive, Little Falls

Registration Form 

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<![CDATA[Contests, Trainings, and Awards]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Contests-Trainings-and-Awards/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Hello Friends!

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!

~Bonnie Reeves 

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<![CDATA[Girls in Grades K-5 Join us for GirlSports]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girls-in-Grades-K-5-Join-us-for-GirlSports/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Girl Scouts in ACTION, the popular new afterschool program takes to the field when girls in grades K-5 participate in GirlSports, 3 sessions of afterschool fitness, fun, and learning plus a full Sports Field Day!

We make fitness fun through activities to strengthen your body and improve flexibility.  Girls set goals and track progress in their fitness jouirnal while strengthening team building skills and forming healthy friendships.

Each session is led by trained, caring facilitators and includes healthy snacks and homework help.  Girls receive a Journal, GirlSports patch, water bottle and activity supplies for 3 sessions + Field Day.

Cost: only $54 for all 3 sessions and Field Day, plus annual Girl Scout membership if not currently registered.  Partial scholarships are available.  NEW! Join us for the field day only, $20. Register today!
 
Location: The Center, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd, MN

Date & Time: Tuesdays, 3:15pm - 5:15pm March 4, 11, 18 + Field Day
    *NO RIDE TO THE CENTER? LET'S TALK.


Field Day
: Saturday, 9am - 3pm March 22 at Central Lakes College Gymnasium

Parents/Caregivers provide transportation to/from the GirlSports Field Day and are welcome to stay and watch their girls try a variety of sports and fun fitness activities with the help of local fitness experts.

Questions? Contact Amanda at 218-297-4867 or Monica at 218-270-4859

Registration Form

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<![CDATA[Girls Night Out at the Westgate Mall]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girls-Night-Out-at-the-Westgate-Mall/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Join us ast the Westgate Mall for a little after-hours shopping and for tons of Hawaiian fun! Learn all about the 2015 GSMWLP rip to Hawaii and take time to think where YOU want to go.  Stay up late dancing and goal setting.

Bring your sleeping bag and your sense of adventure!

Cost includes program supplies, pizza snack, breakfast, and a patch.

The Girl Scout Traveling Shop will be at this event until 10:00 pm!


Place: Westage Mall, Baxter, MN

Grades:  4-12

Date
: Sat-Sun, March 15-16, 2014

Time: 8pm Saturday to 7am Sunday

Cost: $30 Girl Scouts |  $45 non-Girl Scouts  |  $5 Adults

Registration is preferred two weeks before the event!


Registration Form 

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Background Checks]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Volunteer-Background-Checks/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

The Lakes & Pines council is working hard to bring up to date all volunteer background checks.

All volunteers please complete a background check by going to our website gslakesandpines.org. On the homepage, click volunteer in the green bar. In the dropdown box, click: Lets Get Started.

All information to complete the background check is there. The background check fees are covered by the council and completely confidential.

If you have any questions please email or call Martha (218) 302-3186 or Shelley (218) 302-3187.

The only volunteers that do not need to have their background check are those who completed one in Oct. 2013 to present date.

Thank you so much for your help,
Shelley Murphy 

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<![CDATA[Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Hasbro-Community-Action-Hero-Awards/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

GenerationOn  Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards | youth ages 5-18 | Nomination deadline February 25, 2014

Generation On, the global youth service movement igniting the power of all kids and teens to make their mark on the world, is now accepting applications for its Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards.

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<![CDATA[Sneak Peek Pajama Party and Girls' Night Out Registration Deadline Extended!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Sneak-Peek-Pajama-Party-and-Girls-Night-Out-Registration-Deadline-Extended/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

We have extended the registration deadline for these events to February 12th!  $2 late fee applies for registration postmarked after February 8th.  Register over the phone today by contacting Kelsey Parker at 218-308-9051. 

Don't miss this year's World Thinking Day themed  Girls' Night Out Sleepover or Sneak Peek Pajama Party at the Irongate Plaza in Hibbing February 22-23! 

Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are invited to the Sneak Peek Pajama Party fo find out what the Girls Night Out tradition is all about!Girls will get to have a pizza and dance party, decorate their very own pillowcase to take home, play a game of Spanish chapas and make their own candy sushi! Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form. 

Girl Scout Juniors through Ambassadors are invited to the Girls Night Out Sleepover for a night filled activities such as origami, henna
tattoos, candy sushi, make your own worry doll, cabochon bookmark making, games from Africa, Russia and Spain and much more! 
Girls will also have a pizza party and dance the night away with a live DJ!  Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form. 

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<![CDATA[Sneak Peek Pajama Party and Girls' Night Out Registration Deadline Extended!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Sneak-Peek-Pajama-Party-and-Girls-Night-Out-Registration-Deadline-Extended/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

We have extended the registration deadline for these events to February 12th!  $2 late fee applies for registration postmarked after February 8th.  Register over the phone today by contacting Kelsey Parker at 218-308-9051. 

Don't miss this year's World Thinking Day themed  Girls' Night Out Sleepover or Sneak Peek Pajama Party at the Irongate Plaza in Hibbing February 22-23! 

Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are invited to the Sneak Peek Pajama Party fo find out what the Girls Night Out tradition is all about!Girls will get to have a pizza and dance party, decorate their very own pillowcase to take home, play a game of Spanish chapas and make their own candy sushi! Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form. 

Girl Scout Juniors through Ambassadors are invited to the Girls Night Out Sleepover for a night filled activities such as origami, henna
tattoos, candy sushi, make your own worry doll, cabochon bookmark making, games from Africa, Russia and Spain and much more! 
Girls will also have a pizza party and dance the night away with a live DJ!  Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form. 

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<![CDATA[Bemidji Troop Will Hold World Thinking Day Event ]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Bemidji-Troop-Will-Hold-World-Thinking-Day-Event-/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Troop 192 will be facilitating a 2014 Girl Scout Thinking Day Event on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10:30 until 12:30 at the Bemidji Middle School.  

 

The event is open it up to all girls in the area.   Girls will learn about Egypt, Benin, Bangladesh and Armenia, do a fun craft project and share a lunch together.  Girls may come individually or as a troop.  

 

The cost of the event is $10 for registrations received by February 14th and $15 for registrations received after the 14th.  Troop 192 will take registrations at the door.  The registration and payment details can be found here.

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<![CDATA[Bemidji Troop Will Hold World Thinking Day Event]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Bemidji-Troop-Will-Hold-World-Thinking-Day-Event/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

 

Troop 192 will be facilitating a 2014 Girl Scout Thinking Day Event on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10:30 until 12:30 at the Bemidji Middle School.  

 

The event is open it up to all girls in the area.   Girls will learn about Egypt, Benin, Bangladesh and Armenia, do a fun craft project and share a lunch together.  Girls may come individually or as a troop.  

 

The cost of the event is $10 for registrations received by February 14th and $15 for registrations received after the 14th.  Troop 192 will take registrations at the door.  The registration and payment details can be found here.

 

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<![CDATA[The Cookies Are Coming! Duluth Cupboard Location]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/The-Cookies-Are-Coming-Duluth-Cupboard-Location/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

A location for the Duluth Cupboard has been secured. The location is the former Freestyle of Duluth, the building has a red awning with yellow lettering. The first open day for the Duluth Cupboard is Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9:00-Noon. 

Physical Address: 28 N 3rd Ave W, Duluth, MN 55802

Hours: 
Wednesday-Friday 8:30-5:30; Saturday 9:00-Noon

*Any Planned Orders are to be submitted on Snap by Saturdays @ 10:00pm. Orders will be ready for pick up the following Friday. 

Parking: There are loading zones in the alleyway next to the building. There is also metered parking on both sides of the street. Metered parking cost $0.25 for twenty minutes with a max of 1 hr. and 20 mins.

From the North (North Shore):

 

·         Take I-35 S toward Duluth           

·         Take exit 256B toward 5th Ave W (0.4 mi)

·         Continue straight (0.2 mi)

·         Turn right onto S 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

 

From the South:

 

·         Take I-35 N toward Duluth.

·         Take exit 256A toward Superior St (0.4 mi)

·         Continue on the ramp and merge onto W Superior St (0.5 mi)

·         Turn left onto N 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

 

From the Northwest (Iron Range):

 

·         Take US-53 S

·         Keep left to continue on MN-194 E/US-53 S

·         Continue to follow MN-194 E

·         Turn right onto Mesaba Ave (0.3 mi)

·         Turn left onto W 7th St (394 ft)

·         Take the 1st right onto N Lake Ave (0.5 mi)

·         Turn right onto W Superior St (0.3 mi)

·         Turn right at the 3rd cross street onto N 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

 

From the East (Wisconsin):

 

·         Get to US-53 N 

·         Take the ramp onto I-535 N/US-53 N - Entering Minnesota

·         Take the Interstate 35 N exit toward Minnesota 61 (0.3 mi)

·         Merge onto I-35 N (0.5 mi)

·         Take exit 256A toward Superior St (0.4 mi)

·         Continue on the ramp and merge onto W Superior St (0.5 mi)

·         Turn left onto N 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

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<![CDATA[The Cookies Are Coming! Duluth Cupboard Location]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/The-Cookies-Are-Coming-Duluth-Cupboard-Location/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

A location for the Duluth Cupboard has been secured. The location is the former Freestyle of Duluth, the building has a red awning with yellow lettering. The first open day for the Duluth Cupboard is Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9:00-Noon. 

Physical Address: 28 N 3rd Ave W, Duluth, MN 55802

Hours:
Wednesday-Friday 8:30-5:30; Saturday 9:00-Noon

*Any Planned Orders are to be submitted on Snap by Saturdays @ 10:00pm. Orders will be ready for pick up the following Friday. 

Parking: There are loading zones in the alleyway next to the building. There is also metered parking on both sides of the street. Metered parking cost $0.25 for twenty minutes with a max of 1 hr. and 20 mins.

From the North (North Shore):

 

·         Take I-35 S toward Duluth           

·         Take exit 256B toward 5th Ave W (0.4 mi)

·         Continue straight (0.2 mi)

·         Turn right onto S 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

 

From the South:

 

·         Take I-35 N toward Duluth.

·         Take exit 256A toward Superior St (0.4 mi)

·         Continue on the ramp and merge onto W Superior St (0.5 mi)

·         Turn left onto N 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

 

From the Northwest (Iron Range):

 

·         Take US-53 S

·         Keep left to continue on MN-194 E/US-53 S

·         Continue to follow MN-194 E

·         Turn right onto Mesaba Ave (0.3 mi)

·         Turn left onto W 7th St (394 ft)

·         Take the 1st right onto N Lake Ave (0.5 mi)

·         Turn right onto W Superior St (0.3 mi)

·         Turn right at the 3rd cross street onto N 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

 

From the East (Wisconsin):

 

·         Get to US-53 N 

·         Take the ramp onto I-535 N/US-53 N - Entering Minnesota

·         Take the Interstate 35 N exit toward Minnesota 61 (0.3 mi)

·         Merge onto I-35 N (0.5 mi)

·         Take exit 256A toward Superior St (0.4 mi)

·         Continue on the ramp and merge onto W Superior St (0.5 mi)

·         Turn left onto N 3rd Ave W

Destination will be on the right

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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts in Action- Girlsports]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog//Girl-Scouts-in-Action--Girlsports/
   By Nikki              (0) Comments

Girls in Grades K-5 Join us for GirlSports

Girl Scouts in ACTION, the popular new afterschool program takes
to the field when girls in grades K-5 participate in GirlSports, 3 sessions of
afterschool fitness, fun, and learning plus a full Sports Field Day!

We make fitness fun
through activities to strengthen your body and improve flexibility.   Girls
set goals and track progress in their fitness journal while strengthening team
building skills and forming healthy friendships. 

Each session is led by trained, caring facilitators and includes healthy snacks and homework help.
Girls receive a Journal, GirlSports patch, water bottle and activity supplies for 3 sessions + Field Day.

Cost: only $54 for all 3 sessions and the Field Day, plus annual Girl Scout membership if not currently registered.  Partial scholarships are available.  Complete the form on the reverse side and send in today!

Roosevelt Elementary*           
Mondays,3:15 – 5:15pm            April 7, 14, 21 +Field Day

*Girls from Kennedy Elementary will be bused to
Roosevelt through the KAT bus.

GirlSports Field Day in Willmar (exact location to be announced)

9am – 3pm Saturday, April 26

Parents/Caregivers provide transportation to/from Field Day and are welcome to stay and watch their girls try a variety of sports, including dance from the Willmar Cardettes, Zumba, family bike ride, plus many other fun fitness activities.


*Not in the Willmar area? If you would like more information on how to host GSIA Girlsports in your area please contact Program Specialist, Nikki Revier.  

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<![CDATA[Adult Retreat/Camp Care Weekend at Shingobee Timbers]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Adult-RetreatCamp-Care-Weekend-at-Shingobee-Timbers/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

You are invited 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.

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<![CDATA[Adult Recognitions]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Adult-Recognitions/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

We accept nominations year round for the many deserving volunteers who strive to provide the best Girl Scout experience for girls in Girl Scouting! Check out the recognition 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!

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<![CDATA[Winter Camping at Hunt Hill - CANCELLED]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Winter-Camping-at-Hunt-Hill---CANCELLED/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

The Winter Camping at Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona, WI has been cancelled.

 

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<![CDATA[Deadline Extended - Join us in Salt Lake City!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Deadline-Extended---Join-us-in-Salt-Lake-City/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

The deadline to attend the Girl Scout National Convention has been extended to March 1!  Read more about it on page 17 of your Program Guide or at the following link:  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/4154.pdf

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<![CDATA[Submit Your Leader's Day Card Contest Entries]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Submit-Your-Leaders-Day-Card-Contest-Entries/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

It’s that time of year again!

Submit your Leader’s Day Card Contest entries at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LeadersDay1/

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<![CDATA[Adult Award Nominations Open Year-Round]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Adult-Award-Nominations-Open-Year-Round/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[National Women and Girls in Sports Day]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/National-Women-and-Girls-in-Sports-Day/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

St Cloud State University is hosting a National Women and Girls in Sports Day on Saturday, February 1st with free admission for girls age 14 and under for the basketball and hockey home games! Free giveaways, prizes, activity stations, and more! Check out the flyer for more information and to order your tickets today!!

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<![CDATA[Bemidji State Women's Hockey Plays UMD]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Bemidji-State-Womens-Hockey-Plays-UMD/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

 

Bemidji State University Hockey | 4:07 PM Saturday, February 1, 2014 | Sanford Center, Bemidji | $1 admission

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Bemidji State University invites all Girl Scouts and their  families to cheer on BSU’s Women Ice Hockey team as they take on Minnesota Duluth.  Admission is only $1, hotdogs and pop will also be only $1 each. Tickets available at the door. 

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Day with the Bulldogs!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Day-with-the-Bulldogs/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

UMD Bulldogs vs. North Dakota
Sunday, Feb. 9, 3:07pm
AMSOIL Arena


The University of Minnesota Duluth Women's Hockey Team is proud to welcome area Girl Scouts to be part of the 4th Annual "Girl Scout Day with the Bulldogs" as they host the University of North Dakota on Sunday, February 9, 2014 in Duluth. In conjunction with the event, UMD will also celebrate the 28th Annual "National Girls and Women in Sports Day" at the game. All Girl Scouts, family members, and friends are invited to attend this special event and experience the fun and excitement of women's college hockey!

UMD is offering discount tickets for all Girl Scouts and their guests when purchased in advance. All Girl Scouts and fans ages 12 & under will receive FREE tickets. Girl Scouts and fans ages 13 & older will receive discounted $4 tickets. Discount tickets must be purchased and paid for in advance by ordering online athttps://umdbulldogs.d.umn.edu/cart/index by Thursday, February 6, 4:00pm. Orders will be held at will call and available on game day at the AMSOIL Arena Will Call ticket window between 1:30pm and game time.

If discount tickets are not ordered by February 6, full price $12 tickets will be available for purchase at AMSOIL Arena on game-day. For additional ticket information, contact the UMD Athletic Ticket Office at (218) 726-8595.

Girl Scout troops in attendance will receive a special welcome on the AMSOIL Arena videoboard and a troop photo opportunity with UMD's mascot, Champ at the start of the 3rd period. Please bring your own camera. The first 100 Girl Scouts in attendance will also receive a free team schedule poster! Don't forget to wear you uniforms!

*If you or your troop is interested in being a part of the Flag Ceremony at this event, please contact Julie.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Gold Award]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Gold-Award/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Girl Scout Gold Award Telephone Orientation | Grades 9-12 | Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 7-8:30 pm

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities-and beyond.

During this informal and informative call, learn about the NEW online web app, the benefits of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award,  the role of adults, the project documentation and approval process, and the characteristics of a successful final Take Action project. To register, simply sign up at  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LeadershipAwards/

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<![CDATA[BFF Overnight in Garrison - CANCELLED]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/BFF-Overnight-in-Garrison---CANCELLED/
   By Michelle              (1) Comments

The BFF Overnight in Garrison has been cancelled due to low registration.  No alternate date is planned at this time.

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<![CDATA[New York 2014 trip]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/New-York-2014-trip/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Thinking about joing us on our upcoming New York trip this June? Seats on the bus are starting to fill up, custom merchandise is going to the designer, and the itinerary is almost finalized! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to see all the sites in one of the most iconic places in our country! New details added: we'll participate in a Broadway clinic where we'll get to meet some actors and learn how they put on a show! Then we'll get to see it all put into action in Cinderella on Broadway!! Check out the rest of the itinerary here!

Check out this picture from our last trip to DC/NY of the girls in Times Square!
New York Times Square picture 

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<![CDATA[Cookie Cupboard Assistant paid position opening!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Cookie-Cupboard-Assistant-paid-position-opening/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Cookie season is fast approaching us and we have a wonderful opportunity for a Seasonal Cookie Cupboard Assistant in the Waite Park and Duluth Cupboards.  We are looking for applicants to work, with Product Sales staff, at both of our Council run Cookie Cupboards.  We are open to having one or two Cupboard Assistants, in each location, for a total 35 hours a week from February 8 – March 14, 2014.  Hours will be Tuesday-Friday’s 8:30-5:30 and Saturday’s from 9-12, February 8 – March 8. 
This is a paid position that requires lifting, as well as use of a computer and phone, and lots of counting.  Interested parties, please submit a letter of intent to Vickie Strobel at vstrobel@gslakesandpines.org.

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<![CDATA[Take Action Project Help]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Take-Action-Project-Help/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Volunteers, here is a new resource that we hope will help you partner with your girls to create and carry out a Take Action Project, whether as part of a Journey or a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.  As you know, we believe in giving girls the opportunity to take the lead in creating a project that is close to their hearts, using their creativity to find a lasting solution to a problem, and carrying out the steps to complete the project.  What does this process look like for our youngest girls?  How can we challenge our older girls?  How can we convert an idea for a temporary help to a lasting solution?  Check out this flyer for ideas!

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<![CDATA[Take Action Project Help]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Take-Action-Project-Help/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Volunteers, here is a new resource that we hope will help you partner with your girls to create and carry out a Take Action Project, whether as part of a Journey or a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.  As you know, we believe in giving girls the opportunity to take the lead in creating a project that is close to their hearts, using their creativity to find a lasting solution to a problem, and carrying out the steps to complete the project.  What does this process look like for our youngest girls?  How can we challenge our older girls?  How can we convert an idea for a temporary help to a lasting solution?  Check out this flyer for ideas!

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<![CDATA[Girls Night Out in Baxter to be Rescheduled]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girls-Night-Out-in-Baxter-to-be-Rescheduled/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Due to low registrations, we are currently in the process of selecting a new date for this event. 

We hope that you all can join us for a night of Hawaiian fun!

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<![CDATA[Upcoming Girl Scout Days at Powder Ridge Skiing and Snowboarding]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Upcoming-Girl-Scout-Days-at-Powder-Ridge-Skiing-and-Snowboarding/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

**Girl Scout Days at Powder Ridge in Kimball - discounted lift tickets! | January 11-12 and 18-19 | flyer for more information 

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<![CDATA[Harlem Globetrotters Come to Minnesota]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Harlem-Globetrotters-Come-to-Minnesota/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Harlem Globetrotters Come to Minnesota

Girls who registered this fall to attend Lakes and Pines events were entered into a drawing for tickets to upcoming Harlem Globetrotters games in Bemidji, Duluth, St. Cloud and Morris.  The lucky winners were Destiny B and Jordyn C, Bemidji; Rachel H and Skye B, Cold Spring; Allie D, St. Cloud; Mariah H, Superior; Nina J, Duluth; Katilyn J, Becker; Jameela D, Sauk Rapids; Samantha M, Milaca, and Camilla D, Big Lake. Thanks to the Harlem Globetrotters organization for their support of Girl Scouts!

Discounted tickets are available to Girl Scouts and their families for the upcoming Harlem Globetrotters games:

Wednesday, January 8, Bemidj, Friday, January 10, Morris, Friday, April 11, St Cloud and Sunday April 13, Duluth.

 

 


 

 

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<![CDATA[Troop Leader Training is for all Leaders New and Experienced]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Troop-Leader-Training-is-for-all-Leaders-New-and-Experienced/
   By Denise Paulisich              (0) Comments

Experienced leaders can find out what's new for Girl Scout policies and Safety Activity checkpoints by taking the Troop Leader Training. This course also updates everyone with new information about the GSUSA Leadership Experience. To register, go to our website at www.gslakesandpines.org and click on "Learning Development" under the tab " Volunteers".

The course is in person on January 14 in Virginia and January 28 in Grand Rapids.  Via teleconference, participants can take the course in three one hour segments on January 7, 14, and 21, 2014.  Questions - Denise at dpaulisich@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Register NOW for the Sneak Peek Pajama Party and Girls' Night Out Sleepover]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Register-NOW-for-the-Sneak-Peek-Pajama-Party-and-Girls-Night-Out-Sleepover/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Don't miss this year's World Thinking Day themed  Girls' Night Out Sleepover or Sneak Peek Pajama Party at the Irongate Plaza in Hibbing February 22-23! 

Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are invited to the Sneak Peek Pajama Party fo find out what the Girls Night Out tradition is all about!Girls will get to have a pizza and dance party, decorate their very own pillowcase to take home, play a game of Spanish chapas and make their own candy sushi! Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form. The registration deadline is February 8.

Girl Scout Juniors through Ambassadors are invited to the Girls Night Out Sleepover for a night filled activities such as origami, henna
tattoos, candy sushi, make your own worry doll, cabochon bookmark making, games from Africa, Russia and Spain and much more! 
Girls will also have a pizza party and dance the night away with a live DJ!  Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form.  The registration deadline is February 8.

These events are filling up fast so get registered soon!  Bring a friend who is new to Girl Scouts and receive an “Add a Friend” patch and receive $5 off your registration.


 

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<![CDATA[Register NOW for Girls' Night Out and Sneak Peek Pajama Party!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Register-NOW-for-Girls-Night-Out-and-Sneak-Peek-Pajama-Party/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Girl’s Night Out Sleepover | Girls in grade 4-12 | Irongate Plaza, Hibbing, MN | February 22-23, 2014 | 8 p.m. – 7 a.m. | $30/girl, $5/adult | Registration deadline is Feb. 8 | Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form
 
Sneak Peek Pajama Party | Girls in grade K-3 | Irongate Plaza, Hibbing, MN | February 22, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | $8/girl, adults free | Registration deadline is Feb. 8 | Click here for a flyer with more details and a registration form

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<![CDATA[The Barron Prize]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/The-Barron-Prize/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes | Nomination deadline: April 15, 2014

Each year the Barron Prize honors 25 inspiring young people across the United States who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet.  The top ten winners each receive a $5,000 cash award to support their service work or higher education.  Submission are accepted beginning January 2 to April 15, 2014 for heroic actions that have taken place since April 15, 2013.  While all young people ages 8 to 18 are eligible, we especially encourage Girl Scouts who have undertaken meaningful Take Action projects to apply.  For more information or for nomination instructions, visit www.barronprize.org.

 

 

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<![CDATA[New Leader Training Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/New-Leader-Training-Opportunities/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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/

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Day with the Minnesota Gophers]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Day-with-the-Minnesota-Gophers/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Girl Scouts Day at Williams Arena! Gophers vs. Michigan State January 4th at 2 p.m.


Click here for the flyer.  

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Day at Bemidji Axeman Game!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Day-at-Bemidji-Axeman-Game/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

The Bemidji Axeman have invited the Girl Scouts to participate in a Human Tunnel on March 21, 2014! There would be no cost for Girl Scouts but tickets for family and friends would need to be purchased. Group ticket discounts are available (parties of 10+).  If your girl is interested in participating in the Human Tunnel or if you are interested in getting tickets please contact Shane Duehn at sduehn@bemidjiaxemen.com or 218-441-4044.  Click here for a flyer on group tickets and rates.

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<![CDATA[Snow Shoveling Volunteer Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Snow-Shoveling-Volunteer-Opportunities/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Hello fellow Girl Scouts and Families,

There is a great need for homebound and seniors with needs for shoveling out after snow storms. Read the message below from Julia of United Way. Part of Julia’s area covers all of Region 2 and she said area of need include the Duluth, Superior, Two Harbors and Hermantown/Proctor/Pike Lake and Cloquet areas. 

Please pass on this information from Julia to all of your Girl Scout families or any friend/s that may be able to help.  Contact should be made directly to her, and she will connect you with a family, elderly person you can help. 

See the message below:

"Hello GSMWLP,

My name is Julia and I work for United Way 2-1-1, a nationwide information and referral service for health and social services. My
call center is particularly for parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Currently we are getting many calls for help with shoveling from individuals who are seniors or disabled and have limited income. We are running out of places to refer people, and were reaching out to ask for help from your Girl Scout volunteers. 

They can get in touch with me by calling (218)726-4773 and leaving a message.

Thank you so much for your help! 

Warm regards,

Julia Johnson
(218)726-4773"

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<![CDATA[Cookie Training Phone Conference]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-Training-Phone-Conference/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Cookie Training Phone Conference

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Did you miss out on your Regional 2014 Cookie Training? Join the Product Sales team for information on the Initial Order process. Bring any questions that you have about the Cookie Program. Please RSVP to receive the details of the call.

RSVP to Julie:

jbode@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Do you love winter adventures & camp?]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Do-you-love-winter-adventures--camp/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Snowflake Adventures

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

Date :

Day Program: Feb 8,  9am-4:30pm

Overnight Program: Feb 8 – 9, 2014 9am Saturday – 11am Sunday

Cost:

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 mgarza@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Do you love winter adventures & camp?]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Do-you-love-winter-adventures--camp/
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Snowflake Adventures
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!

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<![CDATA[Do you love winter adventures & camp?]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Do-you-love-winter-adventures--camp/
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Snowflake Adventures

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

Date :

Day Program: Feb 8,  9am-4:30pm

Overnight Program: Feb 8 – 9, 2014 9am Saturday – 11am Sunday

Cost:

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 mgarza@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Do you love winter adventures & camp?]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Do-you-love-winter-adventures--camp/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Snowflake Adventures

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

Date :

Day Program: Feb 8,  9am-4:30pm

Overnight Program: Feb 8 – 9, 2014 9am Saturday – 11am Sunday

Cost: 

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 mgarza@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[If you love animals you don't want to miss Animal Lovers Overnight!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/If-you-love-animals-you-dont-want-to-miss-Animal-Lovers-Overnight/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Get up close and personal with the many animals that inhabit the Headwaters Science Center.  Hold soft and fuzzy critters as well as more unusual creatures like snakes and lizards, tarantulas, rabbits, chinchillas, amazing insects, and beautiful birds of prey.  This exciting program is offered January 17-18 and January 31-February 1.  Click here for a flyer with more details!

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<![CDATA[Have Snow Much Fun in Bemidji!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Have-Snow-Much-Fun-in-Bemidji/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Don't miss out on having Snow Much Fun at Buena Vista Ski Area and Village January 3-4!  Dress warmly and be ready for outdoor snow games and challenges, sleigh rides and a stop at the Lumberjack Hall of Fame.  Girls will tube, ski or snowbaord (if snow conditions allow)--equipment rental included in the fee.  Register by December 20th.  For more information check out the flyer found here

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<![CDATA[Girls' Night Out]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girls-Night-Out/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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! 

 

Grades K - 3 will start at 6:30 pm, enjoying games and activities at the Sneak Peek Pajama Party until 9pm. $8 Girl Scouts, adults free

Grades 4 - 12 will arrive at 8:00 pm and leave at 7:00 am. ($30 Girl Scouts, $5 adults)

 

All ages are invited to shop late at several mall shops that will stay open late just for us, as well as at the Girl Scout Shop, that will stay open until 10:00 pm. Join us for lots of fun and a great service project that will benefit a local women's shelter. 

               

Bring a new friend (new to Girl Scouts) and you each get $5 off of your fee!

Register today!

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<![CDATA[Grow Your Troop and get rewards!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Grow-Your-Troop-and-get-rewards/
   By bdean              (0) Comments

Get rewarded for helping Girl Scouts grow

The 1-2-3 Grow Your Troop campaign rewards troops with an open-door spirit who welcome new girls by January 15, 2013.  There are valuable merchandise discounts and program rewards.  Any Girl Scout troop who has increased their girl membership over last year is automatically enrolled. In addition, all troops who grow by 1, 2, or 3 girl members by January 15 will also be rewarded. Plus we have a “Bonus!” program for troops welcoming 4+ new girl members.  Visit our webpage at:  www.gslakesandpines.org for more information or contact Becky at 218-308-8880.

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<![CDATA[Adult Retreat/Camp Care Weekend at Shingobee Timbers]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Adult-RetreatCamp-Care-Weekend-at-Shingobee-Timbers/
   By Michelle              (1) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Meeting Notes from 11-19 Regional Meeting]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5/Meeting-Notes-from-11-19-Regional-Meeting/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Hello Region 5! We wanted to thank those of you that were able to make it to our regional meeting this last November 19th! We would love to share the notes with everyone - please click here for the minutes! let us know if you have any questions!

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<![CDATA[Upcoming Community Events]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Upcoming-Community-Events/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

**Girl Scout Night at the College of St. Benedict | December 4th | FREE admission to the women's basketball game, and free pre-show clinic with the athletes! Here's the flyer for more information!
**Girl Scout Days at Powder Ridge in Kimball - discounted lift tickets! | January 11-12 and 18-19 | flyer for more information  

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<![CDATA[Aloha! Girls' Night Out]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Aloha-Girls-Night-Out/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Don't miss this year's Hawaiian themed event at Midtown Square Mall on December 14-15! We'll have a pool party, play authentic Hawaiian games, dance to a DJ, have a pizza party, and get to hang out in the mall! Check out the flyer here for more information and to get registered! Don't wait, spots are filling up fast - registration deadline is 11/29.

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<![CDATA[Family Event at Jack's House in Brainerd]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Family-Event-at-Jacks-House-in-Brainerd/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

"Looking for some family fun this Saturday?  Join us at Jack's House in Brainerd from 11:00am to 2:00pm for family fun!  $8 per person covers two games and shoes.  If you are interested, please contact Community Coordinator Laura (ly679@brainerd.net) as soon as possible!"   Link to Flyer

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<![CDATA[Cookie Training Region 1]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-Training-Region-1/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

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 1’s Cookie Sale Training has been set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10th at Beltrami Electric (4111 Technology Dr NW, Bemidji, MN).  Please allow about two hours for the training, plus additional time for asking questions, networking, and cookie sampling.

Please RSVP to Julie if you plan to attend this important training. If this training date does not work for you, please see the full list of available Cookie Trainings on our website.

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<![CDATA[Be a Friend First Overnight]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Be-a-Friend-First-Overnight/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Be a Friend First Overnight!

Garrison, MN

January 31- February 1, 2014

5:30 pm – 1:00 pm

$54 girls

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 (astrobel@gslakesandpines.org)

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<![CDATA[COOKIE TRAINING: Region 3]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/COOKIE-TRAINING-Region-3/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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.

Please RSVP to Maureen if you plan to attend this important training. If this training date does not work for you, please see the full list of available Cookie Trainings on our website.  

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!

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<![CDATA[You're Invited: Region 3 Training Day!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Youre-Invited-Region-3-Training-Day/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013

Region 3 Training Day

Garrison

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!


Sessions Offered:

Behavior Management

Troop Finance

It's a Snap Cookie Website and Forms

Conflict Management

Service Unit Manager/Community Coordinator (SUM/CC)

Website and EBIZ

Event Planning

Songs and Games

Troop Trip Progression

Cookie Training


 

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<![CDATA[Join Us for Cookie Sale Program Training! ]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Join-Us-for-Cookie-Sale-Program-Training--/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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 4’s Cookie Sale Training has been set for Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Street, Alexandria.  Please allow about two hours for the training, plus additional time for asking questions, networking, and cookie
sampling
. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a friend to share in the fun and learning!

Please RSVP to Maureen by Monday, November 18 if you plan to attend this important training.  If this training date does not work for you, please see the full list of available Cookie Trainings on our website.  See you there!



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<![CDATA[Global activities]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Global-activities/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Carla Lasky is a Girl Scout Troop Leader from Duluth. Recently she sent in a letter showing appreciation for sister volunteer Shirley Balgaard who introduced her to new international aspects of Girl Scouting.We thought you might enjoy hearing some of the insights she shared.

 

"... Eleven years ago, I started my troop. We ran our meetings, did some of the council events and went to Camp Roundelay. Then I met Shirley Balgaard! She opened up the world of Girl Scouts to me. She taught me what Roperunners and SWAPaloozas were by letting me help her run one of each. She showed me how to have an International Festival for World Thinking Day. She signed our troop up with hers for Our World, Our Family camp, which is amazing!

 

She also exposed me to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. If you have attended the Duluth area World Thinking Day program, your girls have earned world badges and are on their way to earning their Global Action Theme badge. This is a curriculum put together with the help of the United Nations. This is an excellent program for all ages and works on issues related to the world.

 

She got me involved with the Greenblood news which has sooo much information and ideas. We even got our GS penpals from around the world here. Through this site we got involved with a SWAP group and exchanged swaps from all around the world. Tessa and I have had dinner made for us by three Taiwan leaders, who shared with us how GS is done in their country. We have done exchanges with Austraiian troops of cookies and patches.

 

I could go on. I just want leaders to know that there is so much out there for your girls. It takes a leader to expose them to all that is available. And a huge thank you to a great leader and friend, Shirley.

 

Carla Lasky

 

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Send in your Girl Scout story.

 

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<![CDATA[Fall Product Recipes]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Product-Recipes/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Check out some Fall Product Recipes here:

http://girlscoutsem.org/Programs/Cookies-Fall-Product/FallProductRecipes.aspx*

Recipes include Peanut Butter Bear Banana Bread, Minty Penguin Cupcakes, and more!  

*Courtesy of Eastern Missouri

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<![CDATA[GS Council Shop will be open on Saturday 11/23!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5/GS-Council-Shop-will-be-open-on-Saturday-1123/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Check it out! Our Girl Scout Council Shops in Duluth and Waite Park will be open on Saturday, November 23, 2014 from 9 a.m. - noon. Here's all the information on this flyer

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<![CDATA[Special offer from the IMAX theatre at the MN Zoo for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Special-offer-from-the-IMAX-theatre-at-the-MN-Zoo-for-Girl-Scouts-and-Boy-Scouts/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (1) Comments

Space Days at IMAX | MN Zoo | Apple Valley, MN
Choose your date: Saturday, November 9
Choose your time(s): 12:00 Space Junk 3D | 1:00 Hubble 3D | 2:00 Space Junk 3D
See both films for $10.00 AND receive a Hubble pin, patch and kaleidoscope making kit! See one film for $6.50/Girl Scout, Boy Scout, $7.75/adult. Reserve your space today. Contact Group Sales at 952-997-9714 or cpurfeerst@imax.com . Offer ends 11.21.13. For more information, click here for the flyer

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<![CDATA[Passport to the World 2013 | SCSU]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Passport-to-the-World-2013--SCSU/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

This year's Passport to the World event will be on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom at St Cloud State University. This event is free.
The event is geared toward children, however all ages are welcome. During Passport to the World, participants receive a passport to collect visa stamps from each booth they visit. The purpose of this event is to show how people share the common experiences of family life, the world of work, expressions of faith, and recreation. Presented by the Center for International Studies in partnership with the International Students' Association at St. Cloud State University.
For questions or more information, visit their website: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/internationalstudents/living/culturalsharing/iew.asp 

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Day at the Minnesota Zoo | March 1, 2014]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Girl-Scout-Day-at-the-Minnesota-Zoo--March-1-2014/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

A message from the Minnesota Zoo regarding Girl Scout Day on March 1st, 2014: Join us for a special day dedicated to Girl Scout Daisies through Seniors. Wear your sash, vest or Girl Scout pin and be admitted for a discount ($8 per girl and $12 leader). Additional family members pay regular admission. Zoo memberships will be honored. Parking for non-members is $7.00 per car, $10 per bus. See the Zoo and participate in fun activities with your sister scouts. No registration necessary. Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be special activity stations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. designed for various levels of Girl Scouts. All Girl Scouts can earn an exclusive Minnesota Zoo patch or Girl Scout Day patch by completing an activity sheet during their visit (patches cost $3.00). Hosts Needed! Tables are available for Girl Scouts who would like to host their own activity station. Those hosting a station (maximum of five scouts per station) will earn a free patch for participating and be admitted free! Please plan on hosting your station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 952.431.9331 or email patti.clark@state.mn.us.

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<![CDATA[Girls' Night Out - St. Cloud]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Girls-Night-Out---St-Cloud/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Girl’s Night Out overnight | Girls in grade 4-12 | Midtown Square Mall, St. Cloud | December 14-15, 2013 | 8 p.m. – 8 a.m. | $30/girl, $5/adult | Registration deadline is Nov 29
Sneak Peek Pajama Party | Girls in grade K-3 | Midtown Square Mall, St. Cloud | December 14, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | $8/girl, adults free | Registration deadline is Nov 29
Registration form: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/4168.pdf  
Click for more info and a flyer 

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<![CDATA[Veterans Day Parade]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Veterans-Day-Parade/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Veterans Day Parade | St. Cloud VA Medical Center, Veterans Drive | St. Cloud, MN | All Grades | Nov 10, 2013 | Line-up Noon | Parade 1 pm | FREE
Come show your support for Veterans in the St. Cloud area by walking in the Veterans Day Parade! Your Troop and Girl Scout Families have  the opportunity to walk in the Veterans Day Parade and represent soldiers from St. Cloud who are currently serving around the globe. Wear GS sashes and insignia to represent Girl Scouts and Dress appropriately for the weather.  This parade happens rain, shine, snow or wind. Parents/leaders should plan to occupy their girls while waiting for the parade to begin. Soldier's names are available by request for girls to include on posters. Please contact the Girl Scout Interns for names and/or questions. |
320-252-2952 | Intern01@gslakesandpines.org

Work toward earning the "Support from the Heart Badge"  |  November 3  |  VFW 428 in St
Cloud- downstairs
| 2:00-3:30pm
Girls will learn how to fold the American flag and the meaning of each fold. Solders will be sharing their experiences in the Military. For more information on the Support from the Heart Badge- go to: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/1144.pdf. For more information or to RSVP contact- Leah Voss | 320-247-4565 or lvoss@gslakesandpines.org



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<![CDATA[The Original Harlem Globetrotters]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/The-Original-Harlem-Globetrotters/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour

Date: Sunday, April 13th 
Time 2:00pm
Where: AMSOIL Arena

Exclusive Girl Scout Discount Offer ~ Save up to $11.00 per ticket!

Purchase a Magic Pass with your game ticket and spend time on the court with the Globetrotters - shooting, trying our ball tricks, autographs and photos!

To order tickets contact Cole Schlesinger:

Toll free: 800-641-4667 X146
Direct: 602-707-7035
Fax: 602-258-5925
Or email your order to:
Schlesinger@harlemglobetrotters.com

See if your Troop qualifies for interactive packages (minimum ticket requirement applies - Contact Cole for more information).

Deadline to order tickets: Friday, April 11th 

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<![CDATA[The Original Harlem Globetrotters]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/The-Original-Harlem-Globetrotters/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour

Date: Sunday, April 13th  
Time 2:00pm
Where: AMSOIL Arena

Exclusive Girl Scout Discount Offer ~ Save up to $11.00 per ticket!

Purchase a Magic Pass with your game ticket and spend time on the court with the Globetrotters - shooting, trying our ball tricks, autographs and photos!

To order tickets contact Cole Schlesinger:

Toll free: 800-641-4667 X146
Direct: 602-707-7035
Fax: 602-258-5925
Or email your order to:
Schlesinger@harlemglobetrotters.com

See if your Troop qualifies for interactive packages (minimum ticket requirement applies - Contact Cole for more information).

Deadline to order tickets: Friday, April 11th          

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<![CDATA[Region 5 upcoming dates to remember!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Region-5-upcoming-dates-to-remember/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

We have two important dates coming up for you all to put on your calendars! Our next regional meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2013. This would be a meeting for the core members of the Service Unit team and any troop leaders that are interested in getting more involved within their Service Unit.
Second, we have our annual Training Date scheduled for December 7, 2013. This day will be divided up into the Cookie Sale training and other training sessions offered for ALL Girl Scout volunteers. In the past we've offered travel, songs and games, swaps, and program level training. We hope to have a variety of sessions offered, so let us know what you're interested in!
Don't forget to RSVP as we get closer!  

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<![CDATA[Disney On Ice - Girl Scout offer]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Family-Updates/Disney-On-Ice---Girl-Scout-offer/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure is coming to the Xcel Energy Center the weekend of December 12. They are once again offering a special just for Girl Scouts! Check out the flyer here to order tickets, or you can order tickets online: http://www.xcelenergycenter.com/girlscouts. Special guest on Friday: a post show clinic with the ice dancers! Special guest on Saturday: a pre show clinic with Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen! Tickets are only $16 and you can get a patch!  

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<![CDATA[2013-2014 Region 5 Calendar is here!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5/2013-2014-Region-5-Calendar-is-here/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

Hello Region 5 Girl Scouts! We have once again created a regional calendar with important dates on it for you all! This is a great resource to provide your families and troop leaders. It has our council dates on it for meetings, events, trips, and trainings. Click here for the calendar.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Bronze Cross Awarded]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Bronze-Cross-Awarded/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Bronze Cross Award | 1:00 pm, Sunday, September 29, 2013 | Calvary Lutheran Church 112 Park Ave S, Park Rapids MN

Girl Scout Brownie Julia Harmon, daughter of Kim and Mark Harmon, will receive the Girl Scouts of the USA Bronze Cross lifesaving award for her efforts to save her little sister from drowning in January 2013. The Bronze Cross is a nationally recognized award and is presented when a girl had shown special heroism or had faced extraordinary risk of her own life to save another’s life. A reception with punch will follow the ceremony.  Please contact Kim Harmon at 317-442-8145 for details or to RSVP.

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<![CDATA[Fall Product Sale Training by Conference Call ~ Sign Up Today!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Product-Sale-Training-by-Conference-Call--Sign-Up-Today/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Fall Product Sale Training by conference call will be offered on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. for those who did not attend in person trainings.  This training is suggested for Troop Product Sales Managers, Troop Leaders, and Community Product Sales Managers.  The training will be approximately one hour in length.  To sign up and receive call in information, please contact Maureen Graham by email mgraham@gslakesandpines.org or phone 320-247-4571 by noon on September 23. Please join us!

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<![CDATA[Fall Product Sale Training by Conference Call ~ Sign Up Today!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Product-Sale-Training-by-Conference-Call--Sign-Up-Today/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Fall Product Sale Training by conference call will be offered on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. for those who did not attend in person trainings.  This training is suggested for Troop Product Sales Managers, Troop Leaders, and Community Product Sales Managers.  The training will be approximately one hour in length.  To sign up and receive call in information, please contact Maureen Graham by email mgraham@gslakesandpines.org or phone 320-247-4571 by noon on September 23. Please join us!

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<![CDATA[New Leader Training]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/New-Leader-Training/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Hello!

We are busy with recruitment nights all over Region 3; it’s a really exciting time!  What’s next…you guessed it ”training”!

 

Region 3 has New Leader training scheduled in each of our five SU’s and at our Regional Day of Training in Garrison - December 7th.  So remember to save the date and follow the BLOG to see what we’ll be offering on this special day. 

 We are trying something new this year– we are offering New Leader Training via phone conference call!

The three hour training will be split into three one hour sessions. Take the sessions in any order that works foryou.  Complete New Leader training and receive a coupon for $4.75 off the purchase of a Volunteer Resource Pack.
Seasoned volunteers are welcome too.  Follow the link to see which option  fits your schedule: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LearningDevelopment/

 

Hope to see you soon at a recruitment night, SU visit or event!  Thank you for all you do for Girl Scouts!


Bonnie

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<![CDATA[Prudential Spirit of Community Award]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Prudential-Spirit-of-Community-Award/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Prudential Spirit of Community Award Call for Entries| Grades 5-12 | Submission deadline November 5, 2013

Are you a middle or high school student who's making a difference through volunteering?  Apply for a 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC next May!

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<![CDATA[DEA Red Ribbon Week]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/DEA-Red-Ribbon-Week/
   By Tricia Andrews              (1) Comments

 DEA Red Ribbon Week | October 23-31, 2013

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a Red Ribbon Week patch to encourage and support Girl Scouts as well as Boy Scouts who wish to learn about Red Ribbon and participate in local efforts to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse.   Patches will be given to the first 15,000 qualifying Boy Scout and Girl Scouts. 

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<![CDATA[Bumble Bee Garden Party: Fall Product Sale Program Training]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Bumble-Bee-Garden-Party-Fall-Product-Sale-Program-Training/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Bee in the Know! Grab your best party gear and join us for our funnest Fall Product Training ever. Yes, there will be prizes!


The 2013 Fall Product Sale Program is a great way for troops to earn start-up funds for activities the girls would like to participate in during the Girl Scout year. Reconnect with your Girl Scout friends, win prizes, and get the latest information about the Fall Product Sale. It's an easy way for the girls to have fun learning and earning money for activities this year! We encourage at least one adult
volunteer from each troop to attend either a council training or a training offered by your Community Product Sales Manager. If you have not been to a Fall Sale training before or if it has been a while, come and check it out.

Choose the party that fits you best!

Each event begins at 6:30 pm and will be wrapped up by 8:00 pm.

  • Monday, August 26, Girl Scout Office, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd
  • Tuesday, August 27, Kanabec County Court House, 18 North Vine Street, Mora

RSVP by August 21 to Maureen or 320-247-4571. 

 

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<![CDATA[Bumble Bee Garden Party: Fall Training / Meeting]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Bumble-Bee-Garden-Party-Fall-Training--Meeting/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

It's almost Back to Troop Time. Grab your best party gear and join us for our funnest Fall Kickoff event ever. Yes, there will be prizes!

Fall Product Sale Training

The 2013 Fall Product Sale is a great and easy way for troops to earn start-up funds for activities the girls would like to participate in during the Girl Scout year.  Learn all of the latest information to get your troop ready to sell.  We encourage at least one adult volunteer from each troop to attend either a council training or a training offered by your Community Product Sales Manager.  If you have not been to a training before or if it has been a while, come and check it out!

Back to Troop Membership Kickoff 

"I can't wait to...be a Girl Scout!" is our recruitment call.  Girl Scouts is fun - so let's havefun! Prizes and materials will be available for all. We will walk through your plans for fall and infuse Girl Scout fun throughout. We want every girl to say, "I can't wait to be a Girl Scout!"

So plan now to be with us at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Street, in Alexandria. 

Agenda

6:00 - Light Supper

6:30 - Fall Product Training 

7:30 - Regional Updates

Distribution of Fall Recruitment Packets to Service Unit Managers and Community Coordinators

Service Unit Managers and Community Coordinators, if you're unable to join us, please contact Linda Bear to get your Fall Recruitment Packets. 

RSVP by Monday, August 19 to Maureen or 320-247-4571. 

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<![CDATA[Join Girl Scouts!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4/Join-Girl-Scouts/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

Welcome

The 2013-2014 Girl Scout year begins on October 1, 2013.   Recruitment events are held late August, September and the beginning of October.  Click here find a recruitment event near you!  Feel free to refer back to this link as additional dates will be added. 

Membership
Girl Scouts provides incredible opportunities for girls to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives. Girls develop leadership skills, lifelong friendships and earn meaningful awards. Through Girl Scout programs girls learn the importance of responsibility, goal setting, team work and flourishing in a unique, all-girl environment. Girl Scouts help girls expanding their knowledge to provide opportunities that excite them and enhance their lives.  These activities may include: troop/group meetings, council programs, sports, camping, arts and crafts, money management, preparing for college, travel and making a difference in their community and world! Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouting is open to every girl in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade who accepts the Girl Scout Promise and Law and pays $15 in annual membership dues.

Through Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls grow and learn new skills in an environment where they feel safe and accepted. Adults are trained to put the needs of girls first, develop strong girl-adult partnerships, encourage girls to share their ideas and provide mentoring, encouragement and coaching. The girl-led activities focus on learning by doing and working together. As girls mature, their level of leadership responsibility expands.

It's never too late to join Girl Scouts. A girl can join at any time of the year and at any age level. Refer to Linda Bear's, Membership Specialist, contact link on left side of this page.

• Girl Scout Daisy

Kindergarten and Grade 1

• Girl Scout Brownie

Grades 2 and 3

• Girl Scout Junior

Grades 4 and 5

• Girl Scout Cadette

Grades 6 to 8

• Girl Scout Senior

Grades 9 and 10

• Girl Scout Ambassador

Grades 11 and 12

Adults, both women and men, are also invited to become adult members and volunteers. To learn more about being a volunteer contact Marge Hanson, Region 4 Volunteer Specialist. Note contact links on left side of page.

Many Ways to be a Girl Scout
Girls participate in Girl Scouting in many ways. When a girl joins, she can choose one, two, or all of these ways to participate:

  • Join a troop with a group of girls her age
  • Become an independent Girl Scout member (Juliette Girl Scout) and enjoy a variety of activities outside traditional troop settings
  • Travel to regional, national and international destinations
  • Attend Girl Scout day or resident camp
  • Join a series that focus on a particular topic – careers, engineering, sports, theater, etc. – with the same group of girls
  • Come to single day events and meet different girls at every one
  • Experience virtual programs delivered in a secure environment 

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls to discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.  

 

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<![CDATA[Girls On The Go ]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girls-On-The-Go-/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

 

 

Join local Girl Scouts for some fun in the sun this summer!  We will go swimming, learn about bugs and visit the zoo!  Each Session will be held at a different location with our final session in St. Paul. Girls will also plan part of our last session-they will be in charge of deciding how we will spend the day.

At every session, snack will be provided.  Each girl will receive a patch and get to see what being a Girl Scout is really like!

Girl Scouts!  Bring a non-registered Girl Scout friend and receive $5 off of your total fee!

Not a Girl Scout? No problem! Just fill out the registration form!

Session One – Swimming/Ice Cream Party – Monday, Jul y 8

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us at Lum Park for a day of fun at the beach!  Ice cream treats and water provided.

Session Two – Arboretum Visit – Monday, July 15

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meet at the Northland Arboretum and learn about bugs and plants!  Plant your own plant in a recycled container to bring home! Snack and water provided.

Session Three – Como Zoo Trip – Monday, July 22

8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The bus leaves from Brainerd  Girl Scout Office at 8:30 a.m. for Como Zoo!!  Girls will plan their day at the zoo, as well as an optional activity to do during the day.

Bring a Bag lunch and a beverage!  We will spend the day at the Como Zoo in St. Paul and plan on arriving back at the Brainerd Girl Scout Office at 7:00 p.m.

 Only $40! (Zoo only $30)

Register by July 1, 2013!!!

Call or email Amanda Strobel or Monica Husen

if you would like to register for summer fun!

 

218-297-4867  astrobel@gslakesandpines.org

218-270-4859 mhusen@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Day at Paul Bunyanland]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Day-at-Paul-Bunyanland/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Girl Scout Volunteers in the Brainerd area invite you to participate in this special event ...

Calling all Girl Scouts and Families!

You are invited to

Paul Bunyan Land for a day of fun!

 

On June 9 starting at 10:30 am.

Paul Bunyan’s hours are from 10-6.         You can stay as long as you want.

Prices are $12.95 for all Girl Scouts. $7.50 for all Leaders attending.

 One admission includes all day enjoyment of Paul Bunyan Land, Paul's Petting Barn, This Old Farm Pioneer Village and all attractions therein.

Paul Bunyan Land is located east of Brainerd. Learn more here: http://www.paulbunyanland.com/

Any Questions call or email me.

Please RSVP Sarah Jungels

by 10 am  June 8th.

daisy56472@yahoo.com   Or 218-821-8638

Thanks again!

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<![CDATA[Already got a Jump Start and re-registered for 2013-14 Girl Scout year? ]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Already-got-a-Jump-Start-and-re-registered-for-2013-14-Girl-Scout-year-/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

Top 10 Reasons to Jump Start and

Re-register for Girl Scouts Today

 

1.     Convenient options: Register online or if you prefer, paper registration forms are still available.  Find both at www.gslakesandpines.org and click on “Join Girl Scouts’ or “Re-register Now.”

2.     If online help is needed, it is just an e-mail away:   helpdesk@gslakesandpines.org

3.     If online registering, you receive an e-mail confirmation within 15 minutes of completing your online registration. 

4.     Your girl will receive the free 2013-14 Jumpstart patch shown.

5.     Troop Incentive for Online Registering:  If your girl is in a troop, her troop will receive $5 for

             every girl registering online if 80% of the whole troop online registers by June 15.

a.     Your troop will know your girl will be returning.

b.     Your troop and Service Unit will know your Troop Leaders are returning.

c.     Your troop will be able to start up easily when school starts again in September.

6.     Your community’s Girl Scout Service Unit will receive a free 4 foot vinyl Girl Scout parade

             banner if 80% of all current Service Unit girl and adult members re-register by June 15.

7.     Camp Bonus! Get a free t-shirt:  Sign up for any camp session over $100 and receive a free camp t-shirt when you renew your Girl Scout membership for 2013-14 by June 15!  Check the website above and click on Camp.

8.     You can join or re-join in any way the fits your family:  as a member of a troop that is supported by family volunteers or as a Juliette (independent) Girl Scout (do everything all Girl Scouts do except meet as a member of a troop.)

9.     Discover yourself, connect with your community, and take action to make the world a better place.

10.  Girl Scouts is great! - of course you want your girl to earn her Jump Start patch and help her Troop and Service Unit meet their goals:

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<![CDATA[2014 Jump Start]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/2014-Jump-Start/
   By bdean              (2) Comments

If you haven't already done so make sure to register now for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout year.  New this year is online registration via the GSMWLP website.  Paper registration forms are also available.  Girls who sign up by June 15th will receive a free patch.  Watch for Jump Start events in your area.

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<![CDATA[Girls Wish You Would Be Their Leader and Leaders Need Other Kinds of Help]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Girls-Wish-You-Would-Be-Their-Leader-and-Leaders-Need-Other-Kinds-of-Help/
   By Denise Paulisich              (0) Comments

Starting now, Girl Scout Leaders/Co-leaders are needed for the following grades:

Bemidji Schools

Cook - grades K through 3 and grade 5

Chisholm - K 1st, 3rd, and grades 5 through 12 Chisholm Schools

Hibbing - all grades in elementary schools

Mesabi East - K, grades 4, 5, and 7-12

Virginia - K, grades 2 & 3, all grades at Roosevelt

Eveleth - grades K, 1-2 

Gilbert - all grades

Mt. Iron - grades 1-4

Ely - K

Tower - all grades

Babbitt - K, grades 1,3,5, and 6

Intl. Falls - all grades

To find out more about being a leader and/or to get trained soon, contact Becky at 218-308-8880 or Denise at 218-208-0236. Being a leader not your thing?  Want to do "office work", help with an event, or find out what kind of help leaders need?  Contact Denise at the Virginia Girl Scout Office.  Help is needed in your community.  Got a comment?  We'd like to hear it.

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<![CDATA[Snapshots of a Lifer in Girl Scouts]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Snapshots-of-a-Lifer-in-Girl-Scouts/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Holding up the Girl Scout sign, I began the Promise confidently: “On my honor, I will try…” But, I stopped suddenly to swallow an unexpected lump in my throat. Looking down at the tiled floor of the church basement, I was a bit embarrassed by the sudden trickle of tears the words brought to my eyes: “To help people at all times…”

 

Finishing in a whisper, I juggled my presence of mind to recite the Law along with the other attendees of the New Leader training and the sudden, overwhelming memories of Girl Scouts in my younger years: beautiful, shining years of meetings and field trips and overnights. Leaders who declared “great job” no matter how badly you did. Camping trips hilariously punctuated by wet tents and burnt food. Hundreds of cases of cookies piled in our family’s barn when my mom once volunteered as Community Cookie Coordinator. Now, standing in a circle with other young mothers whose Kindergartners, like mine, were chomping at the bit to don the little blue vests, I would bestow these beautiful, shining experiences on my own girls.

Experiences gaining confidence. Growing up in New England, I attended Camp Wind-in-the-Pines in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the camp song begins “Some call it fun, while some may call it ma-a-a-dness! A ham by nature, I was never afraid to sing the loudest or get up on stage, but I was shy about being athletic. I preferred not to sweat “ever” and I cramped up in the first 20 yards of a jog. But, the swim coach at Camp Wind-in-the-Pines (Sunshine was the only name I knew her by, of course) didn’t buy it. Slapping the green swim cap of an intermediate swimmer in my hand, she pushed me to bend my knees deeper to dive further; to relax yet engage my muscles to float on my back; to kick and stroke in harmony to actually move along in the water, not just make a splashy show.

 

Sunshine wasn’t the only person who contributed to my confidence then; wrapped in their grungier-by-the-day beach towels, my tentmates patiently waited through my sluggish laps, leafing through a wrinkled Sassy magazine at the edge of the greenish-goldish water.

 

Experiences shaping character. Seniors in high school, my troop saved money fiendishly for years to get ourselves - and an assortment of mothers, aunts, and sisters - to London for a European excursion. Donning windpants and backpacks in the sunny but chilly English spring, we stayed in the Lord Baden Powell Scout Center, ate fish and chips, and snapped 35mm photos of ourselves performing cheerleading stunts in Trafalgar Square. One afternoon, in the shadow of Kensington Palace, there occurred a moment of disagreement about the palace’s tour hours or cost or some other logistical cog in our day’s schedule. Frustrated, I vented my opinion on the problem loudly, brattily, to our troop leader. Rather than telling me I was rude (I was rude!) or solving the problem for the group of girls, she gently pointed me toward two, red-clad guards wearing classic plumed helmets. Culpable for my childishness, I gulped and approached the guards slowly to ask them our question. No one gloated as I sheepishly repeated the information to the group, and our leader gave me her standard, but sincere, “great job!”

 

Experiences showing courage. I am now a fourth-year Daisy leader; having accompanied my older daughter and nine other Daisies through two years of scouts and bridged them to Brownies, I turned back to begin Daisies anew with my younger daughter and nine fresh Daisies. Last year, in the small lobby of a retirement home, the girls entertained the residents with holiday songs. My nerves were piqued. Having recently moved to our town and begun a new troop in Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes & Pines, I’d never been to this retirement center; I had no reputation as a good leader (or not) here; I didn’t actually know the girls that well yet. Still, the visit went smoothly until a resident seated in a wheelchair next to the Christmas tree shook his head and croaked “no” to one of our girls when she offered him a Christmas card. Perhaps other small children would have become shy or even scared. But, the man, clearly unaware of his surroundings, didn’t rattle this Daisy at all; she offered the card a second time and asked sweetly, “don’t you want a Christmas card?”

 

This is where my grand plan to hand down the beautiful, shining experiences of Girl Scouts to my daughters leaves off. That is, rather than see the Girl Scouts in my life - leaders, friends, my mother, my sister, my daughters, and their friends, and their mothers - as parts of a big, happy memory, I see them as contributors to a continuing experience that expands, turns a corner, and grows a new dimension every time I hold up the Girl Scout sign to start a meeting or take a silly photo of the girls (on my phone now rather than a 35mm).

 

Girl Scouts has not imbued me with special talents or abilities that make me courageous, confident, or of strong character; on the contrary, Girl Scouts in my past like my supportive friends and patient leader as well as those in the present, like the courageous, confident Daisy who showed immense character through kindness to an aging man, encourage me to pursue these things every day.

 

Jamie White-Farnham

Girl Scout Volunteer

Superior, WI

Written in 2012

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<![CDATA[I saw changes in the girls and myself as well]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/I-saw-changes-in-the-girls-and-myself-as-well/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Reflecting back to when I began searching for an internship, I never imagined I’d end up at the Girl Scouts. Social work is about identifying social justice issues that affect people’s quality of life; cookies, crafts and camp didn’t seem to qualify as a social justice issue. However, during my internship I saw first hand that Girl Scouts isn’t just about having fun, it’s about breaking down barriers that prevent girls from being able to reach their full potential such as; economic disadvantages, cultural differences, and media influence.  I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the girls to teach them financial literacy skills that they will be able to utilize in the future.

 

As my time at the Girl Scouts comes to an end I am able to look back on my first day and see the changes not only in the girls that I’ve worked with but in myself as well. While implementing the Girl Scouts in ACTION curriculum I not only taught the girls but I learned so many new things from them that I will use in my future career. Every girl needs a role model to look up to and I’m so glad that I was given the chance to be that for some girls.

 

Chantel Purrier

Girl Scouts in ACTION Intern

Waite Park Regional Center, supervisor Leah Voss

Student at St. Cloud State University

May 2, 2013

 

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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts helped me find my leadership skills]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Girl-Scouts-helped-me-find-my-leadership-skills/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Before I began my internship at Girl Scouts I was very unsure about my leadership skills.  I have always been the type of person that shied away from taking initiative and playing the role of a leader.  I am grateful to the Girl Scouts organization for providing me with this opportunity and allowing me to be a Girl Scouts in ACTION leader.  I have developed skills needed to become a great leader by working with diverse groups and implementing a curriculum that focused on teaching the girls about financial literacy.  It has also pushed me to step up and take charge when unexpected situations arise.  That is something that I never would have done before this experience.

 

I would highly recommend volunteering at Girl Scouts if you are a person who loves to work in group settings and would like to enhance your leadership skills.  This is such a great opportunity to build your confidence when it comes to working with small groups.  It pushes you to do things that you never would have thought you could do.  Not only will it help you develop leadership skills but you always get a chance to build strong relationships with the girls who are apart of the program.  You become their role model in a sense.  It is such an empowering feeling to know that these girls look up to you for guidance.  Volunteering at Girl Scouts is truly a rewarding experience!

 

Kelly Yang

Girl Scouts in ACTION Intern

Waite Park Regional Center, supervisor Leah Voss

Student at St. Cloud State University

May 1, 2013

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   By Tauna              (0) Comments
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Top Cookie Seller this year was Audrey, who's in Grade 2 in Sartell, MN. Her goal was to beat her last year's total packages of 1,328. She did it by topping out this year at 1,500 packages. I talked with Audrey and her mom earlier this week ...

Her strategy was twofold. She sold at a "bunch" of Booth Sales and went door to door. Door to door was her favorite. When I asked Audrey about going door to door, she said, "Sometimes I'd trip and fall [in the snow]. I'd get up and say, 'keep on selling, no matter what.'"

 

Audrey's mom Nancy is the adult volunteer guiding the troop. According to Nancy, the troop has voted to use a portion of their product sales proceeds to participate in a service activity every month. Last month the girls went to the Tri County Humane Society (TCHS) and bathed dogs, made bandanas for the dogs, and refresh the newspaper on the floor. They learned that volunteers put a bandana on the dogs who have been bathed so they don't give them two baths. The girls also donated pet supplies to the TCHS which they purchased with their troop funds.

 

Another service project Audrey did with her troop was called Hearts for June. June is a 3 1/2 year old girl from Minneapolis with a rare disease called Aicardi Syndrome. June's parents want to decorate her hospital room with hearts. Audrey's troop made hearts with glitter on them. Then the girls went to school and told their teacher what they'd done in Girl Scouts and the school did the project, too. There have been other individuals and groups also participating in this project and Audrey's mom Nancy believes that June now has more than 20,000 hearts!

 

The girls have also done service projects for Anna Marie's and Toys for Tots.

 

In addition to the money for her troop account, Audrey earned 'Cookie Dough' coupons to use herself. She can use these at the Girl Scout Shop or at upcoming programs. Audrey's currently deciding whether she's going to go to 3 or 5 days at camp -- she can afford to do both. She's also looking forward to going with her troopmates this fall to a Girl Scout program called "Our World, Our Family" which happens in Nisswa every September. The girls attended this event last year and Audrey really enjoyed making bird houses and learning about plants.

 

In addition to Girl Scouts, Audrey is involved in Dance, Piano, Soccer, and Gymnastics. In school she likes math, art gym, and music. She also enjoys reading.

 

When she grows up, Audrey would like to be a Veterinarian and work for the TCHS.

 

Before she left, I asked Audrey if she had any advice for other girls who might have their sites on being the Girl Scout Top Cookie Seller. She offered the following, "Keep on trying, no matter what... and, say thank you, even if they say no."

 

On behalf of the 8,240 girl members of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, thank you to everyone who supported the Girl Scout Cookie Program this year.


Submitted by Tauna Quimby, Girl Scout staff

tquimby@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[We came as strangers, and left as friends]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/We-came-as-strangers-and-left-as-friends/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

We asked participants to write about their experience on Girl Scout canoe trips through Lakes and Pines' Northern Lakes Canoe Base in Ely, MN.  Here is what Janice Hamachek (Girl Scouts of Manitou; Participant 2008, 2009, 2010; Guide-In-Training 2011, 2012) had to say:


We came as strangers, and left as friends.

 

As I drive up in the van, I am surrounded by people I have known for only a couple hours. We make small talk, but no deep conversations. After this ride, I know everyone’s name, where they are from, and a couple random facts about them. As we make the final turn into camp, I see the Northern Lakes Canoe Base and the road is filled with a bunch of people jumping, screaming, and waving. I think to myself, “What have I signed myself up for?”

 

After unloading the van, we move into the Program Center. They give us a little time to talk at first, but it is still awkward. I look around who to sit with and I decide to sit by the people I sat by on the van. They seemed pretty nice. We don’t say much and it is small talk. The people who were lining the roads come into the Program Center. They introduce themselves, and I realize that they are from all over, just like this group of people is. I notice how close they seem to be, but I think that is farfetched from how close this group will be. “They have spent more time together than we will,” I think to myself. Then, they say that I will be spending the next 10 days in the woods with these people, and I will be led by two guides. As I look at them, they seem like they have two completely different personalities.

 

That night, we crawl into our tents. We divide up randomly, because none of us are close enough to make up our mind, besides the two people that came together. We get into the tent and arrange ourselves. We keep everyone’s stuff separated because we don’t want to touch anyone else’s stuff. We sit and talk, and begin to find out more about each other. We begin to learn about every one’s family and where they came from. I begin to find similarities between us, and it is nice to know this. Eventually, we all fall asleep.

 

The next morning we are woken up with songs sung by the energetic guides. As I crawl out of my sleeping bag, I am half asleep. I have no idea how people can be so awake this early in the morning. As I get ready, I begin to talk to the person that I slept next to. We don’t say much, but it is understandable because neither of us are awake. We go to breakfast, and we begin to talk more to everyone else. We find out how they slept, and how much experience they have had with this stuff. I learn that no one has done much, just like I have. Then, the guides tell us we will be having a training session today, so it does not matter that we do not know what to do!

 

While we are doing our training, I begin to get a feel of how everyone else is going to do. When it is my turn to put the canoe on my shoulders, I do not think I can do it. The canoe looks heavy, and I do not think I am strong enough to do it. When I am about to say I can’t do it, someone whispers to me, “I know you can do it!” I walk up to the canoe, and get it put on my shoulders for the first time. It feels heavy and I can’t balance it properly. As I take steps, I stumble. However, the person who told me I can do it once again tells me to keep going, that I am doing a great job. Everyone else chimes in, and I continue on. I take a couple more steps and I feel more confident. As training continues, I talk more to everyone and learn more about them. By that night I am talking to everyone. I still am not 100% comfortable with everyone but it has improved since the night before. When we go to bed that night, everyone is talking and we have to be told multiple times to go to sleep because we have a long day ahead of us. It is the first day of our trip and we need to be well rested.

 

The next morning, we begin our actual canoe trip. I am extremely nervous, but I don’t show it because I don’t want to seem weak in front of anyone else. When the guides ask us who wants to do what, no one volunteers. Everyone just stares at them. Eventually they assign jobs, and we begin our trip. Some of the staff we met yesterday will stay back at the base. We say goodbye and begin to paddle away. With three of us in each canoe I begin to learn more about the other people. I learn about where they go to school in San Diego and Washington D.C. I find it interesting because my school has less people in it than they have in their grade. When we get to our first portage (a trail between two lakes) everyone gets out. People begin to volunteer for the easy jobs, and I do too because I do not think I am ready to carry the canoe. I volunteer to be a partner for the person carrying the canoe to help them out if they need it. When they need help I help them, and I continued to encourage the whole time. Eventually, we had to switch because the person carrying the canoe was tired. Even though I didn’t think I could do it, with encouragement I was able to. As I got to the end of the portage, I felt extremely accomplished. I felt a bond to the person who helped me through because we had pushed through it together. The first lunch was interesting. Everyone was still careful about interrupting each other and putting input into others conversations. By the time we got to our first camp, we were talking more and remembering what happened throughout the day.

 

The next couple of days were just like the first, but better. We saw some amazing sights, went through some difficult portages, and had some long paddles. However, we did it all together. No one person did more than another and no one’s job was less important. When someone felt they were not doing enough to help because they were not strong enough to do something and started crying, everyone tried their best to make that person feel better. We encouraged her and made sure that she felt like she was contributing the same as everyone else. Everyone contributed in their own way, and it each was different. We all found what we were best at, and everyone encouraged each other in the jobs that they did.

 

Layover day, the day without paddling, was a real bonding time for everyone. After sleeping in this day, we made brunch. We cooked over the fire and even though it took longer than normal, we told stories and kept it interesting. We took turns and all chipped in. We went swimming, played cards, and ate all day. We bonded over this telling stories and finding out more about each other. We had fun together and helped each other forget about all the pressures that we had left in the outside world.

 

After layover day, everyone was well rested again and ready to go. We all were ready to get back on the water, and it showed once we left.  We made great time, and had a blast. Everything seemed to be going great, until I tripped on a portage. My nose was bleeding and I was crying. When this happened, everyone ran over and made me laugh while the guides worked on getting it patched up. Throughout the day, everyone checked up on me making sure I was still okay. It was nice to know that I was with people who cared about me. The nights that continued, we stayed up with the campfire looking at the stars in awe.  We couldn’t believe the beauty.

 

The last day on the water was a sad one. No one wanted to say it, but everyone knew that we were to be separated later that day. However, we all kept positive and talked so much. Our last portage, we remembered how much trouble we had on our first one. We laughed about how far we have come, and how much easier it was now. Everyone was fighting over who could carry the canoe, because everyone wanted to do it one last time. We were cheery across the portage laughing, singing, and poking fun at one another. When we finished the portage, we were back on Moose Lake, which is where we started. We made it to our last planned stop to have lunch. We had a very interesting lunch which was comprise of many leftovers from the trip. As we began our final paddle, we were happy and cheery! We took our time coming in and it took longer than usual because of wind, but we laughed through it and pushed on. We had to make an extra stop to switch paddlers because we were tired, but we made it in! We sang the song we wrote and began to tell stories of what had happened with our trip. We seemed to have more energy than we had the whole trip! We had gotten so close and talked with everyone that was there.

 

The time came when we had to go. It was full of tears and was very sad. As we went our separate ways, we vowed that we would stay in touch and that somehow we would see each other again. When we got home, the pictures were sent back and forth, along with many, “Remember when’s.” We talked about meeting up again, but the idea seemed like it would be impossible. However one year later, our dream became reality when 5 out of 7 of us went back as Guide in Training’s at the camp. They probably heard us for miles screaming when we were reunited again. I began this trip along with a bunch of strangers, and left with a bunch of friends.

 

Want in on the fun? Join us on a Girl Scout canoe trip (registration form and session information is on page 12 of our Resident Camp and Wilderness Canoe Tripping Guide.

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<![CDATA[New Summer Daisy Program]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/New-Summer-Daisy-Program/
   By bdean              (0) Comments

Petal Power is a special four-month summer  mail program designed for girls entering kindergarten or 1st grade in the fall of 2013.  The cost is $30.00.  The fee includes four months of Girl Scout programming by postal mail, GSUSA membership/activity insurance through September 30, 2013 and  from October 1 through September 30, 2014, free admission to the Petal Power Party plus a Girl Scout Daisy fun patch.  Need more information?  Contact the Petal Power Hotline at 800-955-6032.

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<![CDATA[Membership Dues Increase]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Membership-Dues-Increase/
   By bdean              (0) Comments

Effective for the 2013-14 membership year, Girls Scouts of the USA annual membership dues are increasing to $15.00.  The last dues increase was in 2009.  At $15.00, membership remains a great value.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Gold Award Update]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Gold-Award-Update/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Are You Ready to Make a Difference in the World?

Lakes and Pines Girl Scouts in 9th through 12 grades who are interested in pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award - along with adults supporting those girls - are invited to register for one of our monthly Gold Award Conference Calls. During this call, you will get a better understanding of the characteristics of a successful final Take Action Project, the role of adults in the Gold Award process, and  Lakes and Pines' application and interview schedule. Typically held at 7 pm the 4th Tuesday of the month, just sign up by visiting our council's Gold Award page.

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<![CDATA[10 signs you've been on a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip ]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/10-signs-youve-been-on-a-Boundary-Waters-Canoe-Trip-/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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. 

 

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<![CDATA[Daisy Petal Power]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Daisy-Petal-Power/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Ultimate Camper]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Ultimate-Camper/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Ultimate Camper | Camp Roundelay, Minong, WI | Girls grades K-5 | 10 am April 27- 1 pm April 28 | $35 per person | Registration extended to April 15; $2 per person late fee now applies| Girls may use $15 Cookie Dough

Get ready for another season of camping!  Jump start your camping season with tips and tricks from the pros.  Review your skills and add new skills to your camping toolbox.  Expect to spend time cooking over a fire, canoeing, setting up tarps, tying knots, and explore beautiful Camp Roundelay. Become an ultimate camper! Details at our website's event calendar.

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<![CDATA[National Parks Road Trip]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/National-Parks-Road-Trip/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

National Parks Road Trip | Grades 7-12 | $800 per person | July 19-28, 2013 | REgister by April 1, 2013, $100 deposit (included in cost) April 1 deadline has been extended to May 15th!  Girls may use up to $400 in Cookie Dough for this trip.

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<![CDATA[Adult Volunteer Retreat]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Adult-Volunteer-Retreat/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Willmar Stingers Scout Night 2013]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Willmar-Stingers-Scout-Night-2013/
   By Anastacia Schnabel              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Meet Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Meet-Minnesota-Vikings-Cheerleaders/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Join us for a day at Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Join-us-for-a-day-at-Rice-Lake-Wildlife-Refuge/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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)

 
 
 
 
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<![CDATA[Recognitions and Training]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Recognitions-and-Training/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

 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.

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<![CDATA[Education Linked to Success]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Education-Linked-to-Success/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Leaders Day Card contest]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Leaders-Day-Card-contest/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Y'awl must be crazy up there, gals!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Yawl-must-be-crazy-up-there-gals/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[FOUR NOTES TO TROOPS]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/FOUR-NOTES-TO-TROOPS/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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. 

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<![CDATA[FOUR NOTES TO TROOPS]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/FOUR-NOTES-TO-TROOPS/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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. 

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<![CDATA[Ultimate Camper Event Update]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Ultimate-Camper-Event-Update/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Endangered Species Day]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Endangered-Species-Day/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Girl Scouts Invited to Participate in Endangered Species Day 

The 8th annual national Endangered Species Day will be celebrated at special events and other programs throughout the country on May 17, 2013. Endangered Species Day was first held in 2006 after the U.S. Senate approved the resolution designating it as a special day of observance.

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<![CDATA[Help us to help you advertise your troop’s Cookie Booth Sale!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Help-us-to-help-you-advertise-your-troops-Cookie-Booth-Sale/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Help us to help you advertise your troop’s Cookie Booth Sale!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Help-us-to-help-you-advertise-your-troops-Cookie-Booth-Sale/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Registration Begins For Summer Camp!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Registration-Begins-For-Summer-Camp/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

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.   

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<![CDATA[]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update//
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

 

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

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<![CDATA[Share Your GS Cookie Recipes!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Share-Your-GS-Cookie-Recipes/
   By Jessica Kershner              (1) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Tips w/ Jessica]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Tuesday-Tips-w-Jessica/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

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!  

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<![CDATA[Cookie Rally and Trainings]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-Rally-and-Trainings/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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)

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<![CDATA[The Application Process]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/The-Application-Process/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Sample Parent Letter]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Sample-Parent-Letter/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

At our recent cookie trainings, we've been discussing the importance of communicating clearly with the parents in your troop and sharing expectations before the cookie sale begins.  I strongly recommend troop leaders or cookie managers share a flyer/letter with each family, outlining the timeline of the cookie sale, describing the troop's goals, giving payment due dates, and explaining the troop's policy for handling unsold cookies that families may have.  It will help the parents to have something in writing that they can put on their fridge or near their calendar for reference.  When each family has received a clear schedule and directions before the cookie sale begins, you can hold them to those expectations.  If each parent has seen in writing that the deadline for returning unsold cookies to the troop is March 1, it is fair if you are not able to accept a return from a family on March 15.  As you know, each unsold package takes a bite out of the troop's profits and affects ALL the girls in the troop. 

Here is a sample of a parent letter that you can download.  It opens as a Microsoft Word document.  You can "save as" to your computer and customize with your own troop's goals, schedule, and guidelines.  If you're using it after you've already placed the initial order, you can delete those lines and still use it at a family meeting held in January. 

Thanks to troop leader Kelly Martin from Hinckley for the template that was my starting point for this letter!

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<![CDATA[Pumpkin Chili]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Pumpkin-Chili/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Tips with Jessica (albeit on Wednesday this week).]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Tuesday-Tips-with-Jessica-albeit-on-Wednesday-this-week/
   By Jessica Kershner              (1) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[100 plus new adult volunteers for Region 3]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3/100-plus-new-adult-volunteers-for-Region-3/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Bring a Friend]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Bring-a-Friend/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

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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<![CDATA[Tuesday Tips with Jessica]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Tuesday-Tips-with-Jessica/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Greetings fine Leaders of Region 3,

       You've been asking for it, and I am here to deliver--Tuesday Program Tips. Tune in each week to learn a new program tip or trick--including songs, games, crowd pleasers, and behavior management tools. I encourage you to post the outcome of using these tips (example: "I played "Bite the Bag" with troop #0150, and they loved it! Here's a picture of one of our craziest moments!" or "I cooked the "Pumpkin Chili" reciepe with the girls in SU 007 at our Fall Festival, and we decided the reciepe gets better if you add a tsp of paprika."). If you've got something to share, we'd love to see it. Feel free to post it here or e-mail it to me, Jessica, mailto:jkershner@gslakesandpines.org

Selecting Games:

·  Be sure the games are appropriate for the age, experience and physical condition of the girls.

·  Begin with familiar games that are quickly learned, and then move on to more complex games.

Games for Large Groups: Alphabetical Circle
Everybody stands in a circle, go around the circle and say your name. Go around twice: clockwise and counter-clockwise. Now circle up alphabetically by first initial of first name without talking. (Youth Leadership in Action. Pg. 126-127)
 

Tune in next time for more information on selecting games, and the instructions to "Noodle Doodles"--a creative time filler activity.  

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<![CDATA[Picture This!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Picture-This/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Would you like to know how to avoid getting "red-eyed" pictures? Do you want to know how to keep the flash from reflecting off of someone's glasses? Want to learn more about all of the buttons on your digital camera? If you answered yes to any of these questions, team up with an adult in your life (mom, dad, troop leader, grandma, uncle, etc) and sign up for Picture This! at Camp Sanderson on January 18th-20th.


If you have additional questions about outdoor and/or digital photography, write your questions below so we can be sure to answer them during the weekend.  


Click for more information. 

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Cookie Rally

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Senior High School; Sauk Centre, MN
Be a Cookie Professional

More Info...


Volunteers needed to help with the stations

Contact Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist

mhanson@gslakesandpines.org or
320-403-2108

 

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Event Calendar

Check our calendar below for a complete list of events, trainings, and important dates.

Please check the Program Status Report for program updates


Friday, Jan 18, 2013 - Sunday, Jan 20, 2013

Picture This!: You & Me Outdoor Photography

7:00 PM to 11:00 AM

Camp Sanderson, Spicer, MN
Bring your digital camera and an adult with you to camp this weekend.

More Info...



Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 - Sunday, Mar 10, 2013

Girls Night Out: SPA-tacular Willmar Mall Sleepover

8:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Willmar, MN
Treat yourself to a Girl's Night Out!

More Info...

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Training]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Volunteer-Training/
   By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist              (0) Comments

There will be several teleconference trainings coming up within the next couple of months.  Coop Troop Training will be held on Thursday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m.  You may register online by going to our website (Troop Management Trainings).  When you register, you will receive a confirmation email along with the materials and call-in number. 

 Forms training will be held on February 21 and April 11.  There will be additional information, as well as, registration information available on our website soon.  

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<![CDATA[2013 Annual Meeting Delegate Training]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/2013-Annual-Meeting-Delegate-Training/
   By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist              (0) Comments

Holiday Inn & Suites, Lyric Conference Room
Duluth, Minnesota
January 25-26, 2013

Service Unit Delegates are a vital communication link between the local service units and the council.  They are individuals who are selected by the service units to represent them at the annual meeting.  Any registered Girl Scout, 14 years or older, is eligible to become a Delegate.  It is extremely important that all Service Units are represented.  Please make sure your voice is heard!  Here are the number of Delegates your Service Unit is entitled to have: SU #19—5, SU #20—3, SU #21—3, SU #22—4, SU #23—3.

Dates and times for the Service Unit Delegate Training Teleconference Sessions are:

Choose one:
     Thursday, December 6, 6-8 pm
     Tuesday, December 11, 6-8 pm

Dial: 866-477-6298   Enter PIN: 275465#

Please register as a delegate for the annual meeting

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<![CDATA[It's Your Business--Run It!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Its-Your-Business--Run-It/
   By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist              (0) Comments

We are currently planning the 6-week after-school Girl Scout Series—It’s Your Business, Run It!—and have a seasonal part time opening for a Girl Scouts in ACTION Coordinator. This position is responsible for quality delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by working directly with schools and volunteers to coordinate a 6-week after-school Girl Scout series culminating with a related Take Action event/project.  This person may also facilitate some of the sessions.  We will need a coordinator and volunteers in both the Alexandria and Willmar communities.  Training for this series begins mid-January.

If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering your time and talent as a role model for girls, please contact Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist, at 320-403-2108 or mhanson@gslakesandpines.org.  

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Leadership Experience]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Girl-Scout-Leadership-Experience/
   By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist              (0) Comments

In support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops are happy to offer adult volunteers the tools they need to guide girls in their leadership Journeys. Now through Dec. 31, 2012, all 18 Adult Guide/Journey Book Sets for all age-levels are 33% off. Regularly $15, on sale $10.

The adult guide for each Journey offers an introduction to the journey's theme and awards, grade-level-specific tips and suggestions, and a full set of sample session plans filled with ceremonies, activities, discussions, and reflections. Adult guides also provide detailed instructions, examples, supply lists, and discussion starters to bring the journey to life in partnership with girls.

Save $5 during this special limited time offer! Visit us or contact your Girl Scout shop in Waite Park and Duluth to place an order.

Please note: Hurricane Sandy has caused a delay in the processing and shipping of orders from Girl Scout Merchandise on the east coast. If you have recently placed a special order with Lakes & Pines shops, it may be arriving later than our normal two week turn-around. We remain well-stocked with most all of the Girl Scout basics - uniforms, emblems, awards, and books. Please call if you have questions about an order you placed recently.

If you and your fellow Girl Scout leaders would benefit from additional training on how to blend Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting into a more meaningful Leadership Experience, please contact me (320-403-2108 or mhanson@gslakesandpines.org)  to set up a learning session for your Service Unit.

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<![CDATA[Cookie Training - St Cloud]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-Training---St-Cloud/
   By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist              (0) Comments

There will be a training day in St Cloud on Saturday, December 8, at Rasmussen College.  This includes Cookie Training.  If you missed the training in Glenwood on November 15, you may attend this one.  However, please register so that they have sufficient materials for everyone.  Check out the registration form today and let us know you're coming! Forms received after 12/4 will not guarantee you program supplies.

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<![CDATA[Our Fall in a nutshell!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Our-Fall-in-a-nutshell/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

 

What a whirlwind of a fall it’s been.  We ‘ve transitioned through SU  Fall Kick-Off,  Registrations Nights, Parent Meetings, Fall Product Sale, Training and of course the Appointment Process-you know the paper work that goes along with becoming a volunteer.  Many of you are scanning the Program Guide with your girls checking our Programming options or deciding with your girls which Journey Book best suits them.  At your local SU Meetings you are deciding who will be your delegates at the Annual Meeting in Duluth representing your local Girl Scouts.

I have had the pleasure to travel across our Region and meet many of our volunteers and frankly you have taken to heart my strong encouragement of building a troop committee to support your troops and your Service Unit (SU).  I’ve had some of you e mail me and tell me to check my phone there must be something wrong as it’s always busy…it’s been busy alright.  We are facing a wonderful problem – we have a lot of new volunteers.  I tallied my book last night and the last count was 91 new volunteers in Region 3 and the number is continuing to increase daily!

Our functional Volunteer Specialist Team will continue to refine our process and increase our efficiency. You can help us by filling in the blanks on the forms and providing e mail contacts for references when possible as this does speed up the process.  If you have questions please ask us as we are here to serve you our volunteers.  Keep building your troop and SU teams and take a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are to have so many people willing to volunteer for our girls to empower them and help develop their leadership skills.  We will help them develop their courage, confidence and character to be able to dream and believe that their dreams can come true and to be true to themselves. Along the way we’ll provide fun with a purpose and create our own remarkable journey.

Regional Day of training for R03 is on our website- regsitration deadline is Nov 12th

http://gslakesandpines.org/index.phphttp://gslakesandpines.org/index.php?mod=Calendar&event_id=1936?mod=Calendar&event_id=1936

Thank you for volunteering for Girl Scouts for taking time from your busy lives to make a difference in another girls life.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Escape: Twin Cities Trip!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Weekend-Escape--Twin-Cities-Trip/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

This just in: a tour has been added to the Weekend Escape: Twin Cities trip!

We will be including a stop at the North Star Scout Museum to check out artifacts from early Girl Scouts as well as check out the 100th Anniversary exhibit there! Other destinations on this December 8th-9th trip include the State Capitol, a show at the Children’s Theatre, dinner downtown Minneapolis, the Holidazzle parade, fun at the Water Park of America, shopping at the Mall of America, and a tour/lunch date with the Rainforest Café! Check out all the details here and find out how to register: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/index.php?mod=Calendar&event_id=1807

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<![CDATA[Save the Date -- Regional Training Day]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Save-the-Date----Regional-Training-Day/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

Regional Service Unit Training

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Glenwood Lutheran Church

206 Minnesota Avenue East

Glenwood, MN 56334

(Please note: Entrance and parking are located at the back of the church.)

 

This meeting is for all Troop Cookie Managers as well as all interested volunteers.

 

Dessert will be served beginning at 6:15.

 

Please RSVP by noon on Monday, November12, to mhanson@gslakesandpines.org

 

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<![CDATA[ A Girl Scout Volunteer]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/-A-Girl-Scout-Volunteer/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

So you decided to become a Girl Scout volunteer…

Now you’re having a panic attack…what was I thinking?

Don’t worry be happy - enjoy your journey. Relax …call me or your local

Community Coordinator’s or Service Unit Manager’s we are here to help.

Ask yourself a few key questions.

1)    Have you received your appointment letter?

No, well did you complete the paperwork? (Registration, Application , Authorize Background Check & Interview)

2)    Did you register for New Leader Orientation Training?

No, check out our website for dates and locations near you!

 

Or

 

Save the date –

Regional Day of Training l Garrison  l 

Saturday, November 17th  l  9am-4pm l  Free

Details coming soon

I assure you everything will be OK!  You are about to embark on journey that will be as rewarding for you as your daughter.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout shopper]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-shopper/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

Read the Lakes & Pines “E-Shopper” for Girl Scout volunteers! News of council shop promotions and timely information regarding Girl Scout merchandise will keep you in the know. October 2012 “E-Shopper” highlights: What every Girl Scout volunteer needs; What every girl needs; order forms; troop leader t-shirts; Welcome Set special offer; Citizen badges. Enjoy!

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<![CDATA[So you decided to become a Girl Scout volunteer…]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Bonnie-Reeves/So-you-decided-to-become-a-Girl-Scout-volunteer/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Now you’re having a panic attack…what was I thinking?

Don’t worry be happy - enjoy your journey. Relax …call me or your local

Community Coordinator’s or Service Unit Manager’s we are here to help.

Ask yourself a few key questions.

1)    Have you received your appointment letter?

No, well did you complete all the paperwork?

2)    Did you register for New Leader Orientation Training?

No, check out our website for dates and locations

 Or

 Save the date –

Regional Day of Training l Garrison  l  

Saturday, November 17th  l  9am-4pm l  Free

Details coming soon

I assure you everything will be OK!  You are about to embark on journey that will be as rewarding for you as your daughter.

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<![CDATA[Lakes & Pines “E-Shopper"]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Lakes--Pines-E-Shopper/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Read the Lakes & Pines “E-Shopper” for Girl Scout volunteers! News of council shop promotions and timely information regarding Girl Scout merchandise will keep you in the know. October 2012 “E-Shopper” (or http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/3346.pdf) highlights: What every Girl Scout volunteer needs; What every girl needs; order forms; troop leader t-shirts; Welcome Set special offer; Citizen badges. Enjoy!

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<![CDATA[Thank You]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/DO-NOT-USE-Region-1/Thank-You/
   By bdean              (0) Comments

 

Fall registration has been going well. Thank you to all of the new and returning leaders. Without you there wouldn’t be Girl Scouts!

 

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<![CDATA[Ice Cream Social and Vintage G.S. fashion show]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Ice-Cream-Social-and-Vintage-GS-fashion-show/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 2 to 4 p.m.
Edgewood Vista in Brainerd
$1.00 donation
any qustions call Susan at 218-829-9754

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<![CDATA[Camp Pathway Programs]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Camp-Pathway-Programs/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

There's something for everyone camp! Take a look at all of the fun coming your way.

October:

Fall Festivities|
Walker, MN
Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome, too!) | October 26-27, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults and program aides

Fall Festivities--Day Only|Walker, MN
Grades k-adult | October 27, 9am-4:30pm| $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides

Haunted Harvest| Walker, MN
Grades 6-12 | October 27-28 9am-11am| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults 



November:

Fall Festivities
| Spicer, MN
Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome, too!) | November 2-3, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering
adults and program aides


Fall Festivities—Day Only
|Spicer, MN
Grades k-adult | November 3,
9am-4:30pm | $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides

Haunted Harvest| Spicer, MN
Grades 6-12 | November 3-4 9am-11am|$35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults


 

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<![CDATA[Program]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Program/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Check out a complete list of upcoming council activities at our website.

Consider using your Program Aide or Volunteer in Training skills to help at council-sponsored activites--most are offered at a reduced price to volunteers.


NOVEL Ideas Mini-Series| Hinckley, MN

Grades 6-12 (adults are welcome, too!) | October 6 (9am-Noon), October 27 (9am-10:30am), November 10 (9am-10:30am)  |Registration Deadline: September 28th, 2012| $10

Join author of The Seeing Stone, Karlajean Becvar for 3 Saturday sessions to complete the Senior Novelist Badge from the It’s Your World—Change It! journey series. You’ll spend time with a local author to learn what it takes to write a book, visit the Hinckley Fire Museum to connect with the inspiration behind events in the book, develop you own plot, and, by completing some activities at home, you’ll earn the Novelist Badge for Senior Girl Scouts. Price includes: snacks, supplies, entrance to the Hinckley Fire Museum, free copy of the book The Seeing Stone by local author Karlajean  Becvar and the Novelist Badge. Additional books can be purchased for $10 each. Contact Jennifer Schmitt (jjsgschmitt@dishmail.net) for more details or to register.

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<![CDATA[Teen Mentor Awards]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Teen-Mentor-Awards/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Growing up in Girl Scouts, I sometimes felt that the older I got, the less programming I was offered. I hope as older girls in Girl Scouting today you don't think this is still the case. I want to highlight some older girl adventures coming your way:

Mentoring Awards:

Juniors: Check out page 33 of Junior: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for information on how to earn your Junior Aide award.


Cadettes: Check out page 30 of Cadette: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for information on how to earn a Leader in Action award and your Program Aide award. (Please note: you'll have to complete one Leader in Action award before you'll be eligible for Program Aide Training). Keep your eyes open for details of upcoming Program Aide Trainings--they'll be offered in each region starting in the Spring of 2013.


Seniors:
Check out page 32 of Senior: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for information on how to earn your Volunteer in Training and your Counselor in Training awards. Keep your eyes open for details of upcoming Volunteer in Training courses offered in the Spring of 2013. Counselor in Training courses are offered at select camp properties during the summer camp season.


Ambassadors:
Check out page 29 of Ambassador: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for more information on how to earn your Volunteer in Training, Counselor in Training, and Counselor in Training II awards. Volunteer in Training courses will be offered in the Spring of 2013. Counselor in Training courses are offered at select camp properties during the summer camp season.

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<![CDATA[The Fall Product Sales Program is About to Begin!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/The-Fall-Product-Sales-Program-is-About-to-Begin/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

It’s almost FLAMINGO TIME!!!

 

Troops throughout the council are getting ready to participate in this year’s Fall Product Sale program which gives girls a great opportunity to raise funds for their upcoming Girl Scout adventures. 

 

The Fall Product Sale, which runs October 6 – October 21, 2012, features delicious chocolates and nuts such as Dark Chocolate Mint Penguins, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bears, melt-in-your-mouth Dulce de Leche chocolates, and also the fun, new, collectible Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace mailbox tin which contains the ever popular Mint TreasuresThe other part of the Fall Product Sale is the magazine portion where girls may sell any of a large variety of magazines either in person or online. With over 665+ magazine subscriptions, plus 50 digital subscriptions and 30 combo deals, where customers buy a regular subscription and get the digital version free, there is something for everyone in the magazine sale.  Remember, with online magazine sales there is no need to collect money from troop families, and no need to pick up or deliver any products! 

 

Troops earn 20% of the proceeds from the sales of both the magazines and the nuts and chocolates.  Girls may earn fun recognition items like a hair tie lollipop, tap and wrap watch, or Fiona Flamingo, this year’s Fall Product Sale program mascot.  Also, the Fall Product Sale program provides much needed resources to help support our council’s local offices and you, our volunteers. 

 

Please remember, girls in a troop need to participate in BOTH the council-sponsored Fall Product Sale AND the Cookie Sale programs for a troop to be eligible to participate in any additional money earning activities such a bake sale, rummage sale, or other troop fundraiser.

 

In the Fall Product Sale program, troops may sell just chocolates and nuts, or just magazines, or both!  There are no minimum or maximum sales amounts required in order to participate.  Interested?  Click the link for more details Fall Product Sale for Volunteers or contact Maureen Graham in the Waite Park office to find out how you can get started!

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<![CDATA[The Fall Product Sales Program is About to Begin!]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/The-Fall-Product-Sales-Program-is-About-to-Begin/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

It’s almost FLAMINGO TIME!!!

 

Troops throughout the council are getting ready to participate in this year’s Fall Product Sale program which gives girls a great opportunity to raise funds for their upcoming Girl Scout adventures. 

 

The Fall Product Sale, which runs October 6 – October 21, 2012, features delicious chocolates and nuts such as Dark Chocolate Mint Penguins, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bears, melt-in-your-mouth Dulce de Leche chocolates, and also the fun, new, collectible Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace mailbox tin which contains the ever popular Mint TreasuresThe other part of the Fall Product Sale is the magazine portion where girls may sell any of a large variety of magazines either in person or online. With over 665+ magazine subscriptions, plus 50 digital subscriptions and 30 combo deals, where customers buy a regular subscription and get the digital version free, there is something for everyone in the magazine sale.  Remember, with online magazine sales there is no need to collect money from troop families, and no need to pick up or deliver any products! 

 

Troops earn 20% of the proceeds from the sales of both the magazines and the nuts and chocolates.  Girls may earn fun recognition items like a hair tie lollipop, tap and wrap watch, or Fiona Flamingo, this year’s Fall Product Sale program mascot.  Also, the Fall Product Sale program provides much needed resources to help support our council’s local offices and you, our volunteers. 

 

Please remember, girls in a troop need to participate in BOTH the council-sponsored Fall Product Sale AND the Cookie Sale programs for a troop to be eligible to participate in any additional money earning activities such a bake sale, rummage sale, or other troop fundraiser.

 

In the Fall Product Sale program, troops may sell just chocolates and nuts, or just magazines, or both!  There are no minimum or maximum sales amounts required in order to participate.  Interested?  Click the link for more details Fall Product Sale for Volunteers  or contact Maureen Graham in the Waite Park office to find out how you can get started!

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<![CDATA[Programs At Camp Sanderson]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Programs-At-Camp-Sanderson/
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Check out these great programs at Camp Sanderson in Spicer!  Click here to register

We are also looking for volunteers who would like to assist at these programs.  If you are interested please contact Jessica Kershner at jkerschner@gslakesandpines.org.  Jessica is also to the person to contact if you have any questions specific to these programs. 

Fall Festivities| Spicer, MN

Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome,too!) | November 2-3, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering
adults and program aides

Come celebrate autumn at Camp Sanderson! Join us for a Friday Fall-themed dinner. Spend the night in the
Program Center, and the day celebrating the season with pumpkins, squash, and scarecrows. Price includes dinner, breakfast, lunch, snack, lodging, program materials and a fun patch. Deadline to register is October 12 and space is limited.

 

Fall Festivities—Day Only|
Spicer, MN

Grades k-adult | November 3, 9am-4:30pm | $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides

Come celebrate autumn at Camp Sanderson! Join us for a day of pumpkins, squash, and scarecrows. Enjoy the
colors of fall during a craft session, and songs and games to celebrate the season. Price includes lunch, snack, program materials and a fun patch. Deadline to register is October 12 and space is limited.

 

Haunted Harvest| Spicer, MN

Grades 6-12 | November 3-4 9am-11am|$35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults

Join us Saturday for the daytime Fall Festivities, then we’ll enjoy an autumn-themed dinner, and when the sun
goes down we’ll haunt the campground. Take a haunted stroll through camp, go spider sniffing, and learn about things that go “bump” in the night. Be sure to bring your favorite scary stories to the campfire. Cost includes lunch, snack, dinner, breakfast, lodging, program materials and a fun patch. Deadline to register is October 12 and space is limited.

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Retreat]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Volunteer-Retreat/
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Regions three is blessed with a strong volunteer base.

We have five trainers and a dedicated core of volunteers who

have hosted a Volunteer Retreat for three years.

 I hope you can join them as they relax, refresh and reconnect;

as they embark on another Girl Scout Year!

Volunteer Retreat!

October 12-14, 2012

Camp Shingobee Timbers

 

Pack your bags and get ready to

“Camp Like a Girl”!

See the home page on the website for details.

http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/3222.pdf

Please, contact Bonnie if you have questions!

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<![CDATA[Silver Award Workship]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Silver-Award-Workship/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

Tricia Andrews, from the Bemidji Girl Scout Office, will present a Program On The Go for Cadette Scouts and their leaders who wish to complete the Silver Award. 

She will present the orientation in Brainerd on Monday, October 1, from 6:30-8:30, at the Girl Scout Office/Room across from Monica’s office on the corner of Kingwood and 8th St.

Tricia would like this form used for registration:  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/2317.pdf. It’s also under the program page at the www.gslakesandpines.org website.  The cost is $5 per girl, adults free. Girls and adult receive the Silver Award Guidelines and Forms and other handouts that help them learn about the Silver Award process and what makes for a successful final project. The deadline for having the forms in to Tricia will be the Friday before the event. That would be September 28th. They need to be mailed or faxed to Tricia Andrews at the Bemidji office. She would like a minimum of 20 participants. 

 

If anyone has any questions, they can call me, Pam Stock at 828-9110 or email me at lpsstock@msn.com.

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<![CDATA[Registration nights]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/DO-NOT-USE-Region-1/Registration-nights/
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Fall is upon us and that means Girl Scout registration nights are happening across our council.  Be sure to check our website to find a sign up date in your region.  If you've already signed up, that's great!  Your girls leader will be contacting you soon.  Is your girl wanting to be a part of Girl Scouts but she wants to participate in other ways besides being in a troop?  Check out additional ways for girls to be involved.  They're called pathways. Learn more at www.gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Trainings]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Trainings/
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Continue to check out the G.S. website for upcoming trainings.

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<![CDATA[Registration Nights ]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Registration-Nights-/
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Registration nights are starting , girls will be bringing home flyers from school.
Some ask what if we can not make it to the registration night, you can still become a member of Girl Scouts, on each flyer is a contact perosns name
amd phone number, give them a call and they will get your  girls registered and conected with a troop.

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Healthier Girls ... Be One | Northland Arboretum | Brainerd MN

Girls Ages 11-15 & adults | Wed August 29 | Free

 

Use this link for more information or to RSVP today!

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   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

Check back next week for dates on upcoming registration nights and watc our website at www.gslakesandpines.org for dates and times.

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<![CDATA[Fall Prep Meeting]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Prep-Meeting/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

August 16th - S.U. 14
August 20th - S.U. 18
August 21st - S.U. 15
August 27th - S.U. 16
August 28th - S.U. 17
These  meetings are for all  registered adults, your Regiional team will be coming out to go over the new S.U. structure, bringing you dates on upcoming activities and programs.
For more info please contact Monica Husen  Membership Specialist Team Lead, at 218-828-3515.

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<![CDATA[Region 1 Volunteers]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/DO-NOT-USE-Region-1/Region-1-Volunteers/
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Hello to Region 1 volunteers and families!  Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes and Pines has launched regional blogs to give us all an easy way to pass along timely updates and to stay connected to one another.  You will see two categories in our Region 1 blog. One is geared towards adult volunteers and the other one for family updates such as upcoming events and programs. We hope you find this a useful communcations tool, and that you share your own updates and questions as this blog develops and grows.  We hope to hear from you! 
Your Region 1 staff,
Tricia, Denise, Becky and Keri Lynn 

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<![CDATA[Region 4 Service Unit Meetings]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Region-4-Service-Unit-Meetings/
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Ready – Set – Go!!

We hope you all are having a fabulous summer and are dreaming of the joy of a new Girl Scout year!  We have been working hard on preparing for upcoming meetings and trainings.  On August 6th we tried our hand at our first teleconference.  I know it was a lot of information but we wanted to provide Service Unit Managers (SUMs) and Community Coordinators (CCs) information to prepare for the upcoming SU meetings as it relates to the new Service Unit structure.  Additional information on the volunteer position descriptions will be emailed to SUMs and CCs by August 17.

 

Important Regional Service Unit Meetings:

Monday, August 27 (Sauk Centre): Region 4 Meeting (site and time to be determined)

This meeting will provide the opportunity to learn about the 5 Basic Functions of a successful Girl Scout Service Unit Team. Let’s brainstorm and envision how we can assist each other in having strong effective Service Units for the upcoming Girl Scout year! This session is for Service Unit team members: Service Unit Managers, Membership Recruitment Chairs, Volunteer Support Chairs, Community Coordinators, Girl Scout Leadership Experience Program Chairs, Product Sales Managers, Trainers, Event Coordinators, Public Relations and Registrars.

 
Tuesday, September 11 (Morris): Region 4 Meeting (site and time to be determined)

This meeting is a duplicate of the one in Sauk Centre on the August 27.  Each Service Unit team needs to determine which date will best fit their schedules.

 
A light supper will be served at 6:15pm.  The meeting will be held from 6:30-8pm.

           

RSVPs Needed

Service Unit Managers and Community Coordinators please visit with volunteers in your Service Unit and email the meeting date your Service Unit plans to attend along with the names of the volunteers who will be attending with you.  At the end of the meeting Service Units/communities will received their needed items for recruitment events. 


Please RSVP  by Monday, August 20th by emailing me at lbear@gslakesandpines.org

Location information will be emailed to the Service Unit Managers/Community Coordinators by Wednesday, August 22.

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<![CDATA[Welcome]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Welcome/
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The 2012-2013 Girl Scout year begins on October 1, 2012.   Recruitment events are held late August, September and the beginning of October.  Click here find a recruitment event near you!  Feel free to refer back to this link as additional dates will be added. 

Membership

Girl Scouts provides incredible opportunities for girls to develop qualities that will serve them all their lives. Girls develop leadership skills, lifelong friendships and earn meaningful awards. Through Girl Scout programs girls learn the importance of responsibility, goal setting, team work and flourishing in a unique, all-girl environment. Girl Scouts help girls expand their knowledge to provide opportunities that excite them and enhance their lives.  These activities may include: troop/group meetings, council programs, sports, camping, arts and crafts, money management, preparing for college, travel and making a difference in their community and world! Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.


Girl Scouting is open to every girl in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade who accepts the Girl Scout Promise and Law and pays $12 in annual membership dues.


Through Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls grow and learn new skills in an environment where they feel safe and accepted. Adults are trained to put the needs of girls first, develop strong girl-adult partnerships, encourage girls to share their ideas and provide mentoring, encouragement and coaching. The girl-led activities focus on learning by doing and working together. As girls mature, their level of leadership responsibility expands.


It's never too late to join Girl Scouts. A girl can join at any time of the year and at any age level. If you have questions feel free to contact me, Linda Bear, Region 4 Membership Specialist at lbear@gslakesandpines.org.

 

• Girl Scout Daisy

Kindergarten and Grade 1

• Girl Scout Brownie

Grades 2 and 3

• Girl Scout Junior

Grades 4 and 5

• Girl Scout Cadette

Grades 6 to 8

• Girl Scout Senior

Grades 9 and 10

• Girl Scout Ambassador

Grades 11 and 12



Adults are also invited to become members and volunteers. To learn more about being a volunteer contact Marge Hanson, Region 4 Volunteer Specialist at mhanson@gslakesandpines.org.



Many Ways to be a Girl Scout

Girls participate in Girl Scouting in many ways. When a girl joins, she can choose one, two, or all of these ways to participate:

  • Join a troop with a group of girls her age
  • Become an independent Girl Scout member and enjoy a variety of activities outside traditional troop settings
  • Travel to regional, national and international destinations
  • Attend Girl Scout day or resident camp
  • Join a series that focus on a particular topic – careers, engineering, sports, theater, etc. – with the same group of girls
  • Come to single day events and meet different girls at every one
  • Experience virtual programs delivered in a secure environment  

 

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls to discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.  To check out up-coming Council programs click here.  

 

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<![CDATA[May 10]]> http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/Blog/Test-Blog/May-10/
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Girl Scout Shop

Great Start Sets for all age levels offer everything your Girl Scout needs for her next age level, including sash or vest, emblems, choice of Journey books, and a terrific canvas bag that’s FREE! Sets range from $22-36. Great Start Sets are the perfect way to “be prepared” for fall adventures and save 10-15%!

Bridging kits are popular options for busy leaders as they get ready for Court of Awards ceremonies. Available for each age level, bridging kits contain bridging patches, membership stars and discs, certificates, and other items as needed. Enjoy the convenience of having your year-end items pre-packed in a large resealable bag and knowing you have everything you need!

Please see our shop web page for detailed information about Great Start Sets and Bridging Kits.

Shop web page: www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/GirlScoutShop

Shop hotline: shoporder@gslakesandpines.org

Duluth: 218-726-4714 | 877-476-6748 (toll free)
Waite Park: 320-252-2952 x200 | 800-955-6032 (toll free)

 

Fund Development: Support Girl Scouts

 Girl Scout Leadership Lunch | Holiday Inn and Suites | Friday, May 13 | 200 West First St, Duluth | Noon-1:00 pm

Join us for the Girl Scout Leadership Lunch! Learn how Girl Scouts are making a difference in the communities we serve. The lunch is free. This event is a fundraiser, however; you will be asked to support our work. There is no minimum gift requested. Karen Salmela will be honored as a woman of Distinction for her work in our community supporting women and girls. To register contact Becky Reynolds, call 800-955-6032, email breynolds@gslakesandpines.org, or online, www.gslakesandpines.org. Please RSVP today!

 

Council Programs

For girls of all ages. Participate as an individual or with your Girl Scout Troop.  Visit http://www.gslakesandpines.org  for complete list.

“New” Featured Camp Session: Summer Sensation | Camp Roundelay  | June 26-July 1, 2011 | Grades 4-5  | Cost: $290

Spend a sensational week at camp.  Experience everything that camp has to offer in one week.  This is your time to try it all - horses, archery, swimming, nature, crafts and more.

“New” Featured Camp Session: Fun in the Sun | Camp Roundelay | July 24-29, 2011 | Grades 7-12 | Cost: $290

Do you love camp? Spend the week creating your own experience.  Your group will decide your activities each day.  Options include horses, geo-caching, community service or whatever you’ve been wanting to try.  Your counselor with help make the fun happen.

“New” Featured Camp Session: Jr. Jam | Camp Roundelay | July 31-August 3, 2011 | Grades 4-5 | Cost: $195

We’ll be jammin’ and crammin’ all the fun we can into 4 days.  Geared toward first time campers, this is your time to try it all at camp.

Check out more summer camp opportunities at http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/files/2239.pdf or register at http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/files/2061.pdf. Contact Outdoor Program Manager Kari Cromwell (kcromwell@gslakesandpines.org or 218-547-3535) for more information about summer camp.

Program Aide Training, a Program on the Go – two dates and locations! | Grades 6‐12 | $20 per girl/ adults observe free/ Girls may use up to $5 in Cookie Dough | 30 minimum/45 maximum capacity

The Program Aide Training prepares Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors to effectively work with younger girls by providing skills relating conflict resolution, group facilitation, activity planning and safety.  This training provides an Outdoor Skills concentration and will focus on preparing girls to volunteer at area Day Camps. Breakfast and lunch as well as all training materials are provided.   Register using the form found at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/2317.pdf.  For more information please contact Program Manager Tricia Andrews at 800-955-6031 or tandrews@gslakesandpines.org

Sunday, May 15, 2011 | 9am-4pm | Janette Pollay Cabin, Duluth MN | Register by May 11|

Please note that Janette Pollay Cabin is also reserved the evening of Saturday, May 14 for groups interested in staying overnight prior to the training.  Limited to 36 girls and adults, groups are on their own for meals and must provide their own adult supervision. There is no additional cost.  Please note your interest on the form when registering.

Saturday, June 11, 2011 | 10am-5pm | Father Hennepin State Park, Isle, MN | Register by June 6|

Cars without State Park stickers may purchase $3 “group rate” park passes upon arrival.

Product Sales

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Sale. We would love to hear feedback from this year’s sale for best practices. Please send your ideas and any suggestions or comments to cweis@gslakesandpines.org.  

Just as a reminder for all troops with a balance due, a third ACH debit will be done on Tuesday, May 10. Please contact Deb at dsjogren@gslakesandpines.org or Valerie at vjohnson@gslakesandpines.org if you have questions regarding this withdrawal. 

In addition, for troops who have earned troop bonus, troop accounts will have an ACH credit on Friday, May 13 for the amount earned based on packages sold and returned by March 27. Troops with an outstanding balance as of March 31 forfeit troop bonus.

 Recognitions have been shipped to service units, so troops should be contacted soon to pick up the incentives for their troop. We do not have extras of any items at the council office, so no exchanges will be possible. 

Adult Volunteers & the Community asked us to let you know …

Spring Fling @ Hibbing Public Library | May 18 | 5-7pm

Join us and Celebrate Family Fun at the Library! Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Book Give-Away for all children that attend by the Literacy Action Center. Entertainment by the Amazing Charles and local musicians. Hibbing Kiwanis Little Ones Indoor Park will be open. Let the City Council know the library is important! Sponsored by the Library Board and Friends of the Hibbing Public Library.

Girl Scout Troop 4256 to hold Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Event | For young women and teens | May 21, 2011 | Lake Superior College | Duluth, MN | Contact: Tessa at (218) 393-8012 or Lubov at (218) 733-9662 or email shadesofpinkduluth@yahoo.com

Join Girl Scout Troop 4256 for "Shades of Pink:  What Young Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer".  This event is free and open to the public. Come and learn about how breast cancer affects young women and teenagers, and ways to help recognize it.

This event will feature Alane Davis, breast cancer survivor and Program Manager of the Young Survival Coalition, speaking on "the knowledge factor" of the risks and types of breast cancer that can affect young women. Survivors will share their stories. Health care professionals and advocates will promote prevention, resources, and healthy living. Create a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet, and make a quilt square for a quilt to be donated to a local breast cancer organization. Other highlights will include refreshments, vendors, and a silent auction. Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts who attend will qualify to receive the "In the Pink" Interest Project Patch.

“Wicked” Girl Scouts Day on Broadway | Manhattan, New York | Saturday, June 2, 2012

This just in from the Emerald City! The Wonderful Wizard of OZ has granted Girl Scouts from across the country a NEW opportunity to see Wicked in 2012! The StudentsLive & Wicked "For Good" Girl Scouts Day on Broadway Workshop and Show tickets are now available! Click your heels three times and call StudentsLive at 212-220-6000 for your tickets to our exclusive Wicked Girl Scout events. Tickets are available immediately and going fast. Package includes Interactive Workshop, Interactive Resource Guide, Special WICKED Girl Scout Patch, Preferred Seating to the Show, and a chance to win a Backstage Tour. To learn more about this event as well as other ways to enhance your visit to NYC, contact  info@studentslive.net, www.studentslive.net,  Facebook: StudentsLive Broadway Education Programs” – Twitter: StudentsLive BEP.

Wanted! Homes for Exchange Students! | St. Cloud Area

Three young women are looking for families to stay with during  the next school year.

Barbora: Czech Republic. Age 18. Interests: Playing the piano, harmonica, flute: Scout group, classical and fold dancing, volleyball, spending time with the dog. Quote: “I am very interested in nature. When I was a small girl my mother brought me to the Scout organization and now I am very grateful to her. The Scouts opend my life to new horizons, We often go camping in the countryside.”

Carolin: Germany. Age 16. Interests: Playing the violin; gymnastics, meeting with friends, reading, shipping, skiing, snowboarding, singing, Scouting, music, theater. Quote: “I also go camping with my family on our bike trips, Almost every year in our summer vacation we go biking for 2 or 3 weeks. I always enjoy it very much to bike in the sun through fields and let my mind wander.”

Maria Beatriz: Portugal. Age 17. Interests: Playing the guitar; horseback riding, Scouts, singing, choir at church, camping, youth group, intends to be a doctor. Quote: “ I belong to the youth groups of the parish. We are the biggest parish of Portugal. I’m going to the World Youth Day in Madrid, It’s the greatest event of the church with young people.”

If you or someone you know are interested in hosting an exchange student, please contact Susanne or Richard Barkalow. E-mail Susanne.barkalow@charter.net or call 320-259-1289 or 320-250-4867.

Valleyfair Scout Day | Valleyfair, Shakopee, MN | June 4

Valleyfair is offering a special discount ticket price to all Scouts and their families during our annual Scout Day. Admission allows you one-day unlimited access to rides, shows, Planet Snoopy and Soak City Waterpark! Food, merchandise, games, some attractions and Challenge Park are extra charges.

Regular Admision­: $21  (48” and taller)

 Junior/Senior Admission: $9.99  (3 years & older and less than 48” tall or 62 years and older)          

Tickets may be purchased at the specially marked Scout Day windows at the Group Sales Building, located to the right of the main entrance gate. You must print off the Scout Day flyer (http://www.valleyfair.com/_upload/VF11-054%20Scout%20Day%20Flyer.pdf)  and bring it to the Group Sales Booth to receive the discount. Tickets must be purchased by 4pm. Rate is valid June 4, 2011 only. Cash or credit card only. Save $18.99 off regular admission.

New Moon Girls | Nominate a girl you know who exemplifies real beauty

From New Moon Girls Magazine: Real Beauty is not about how we look. It's about who we are and what we do.

New Moon Girls say the word beauty shouldn't make a person feel bad about who she is. Help us change the meaning of beauty by honoring girls (and women) who are beautiful being themselves! Nomination form: http://www.newmoon.com/form/94/beautiful-girl-nomination

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Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops have new special gifts to honor Girl Scouts who have earned the highest awards for their age levels. Our selections include:

·          Stylish token necklace for Juniors completing the Bronze Award, $11.00

·          Frosted mug with metallic Silver Award symbol for Cadettes completing the Silver Award, $18.00

·          2½” gold medallion with symbol for Senior or Ambassadors completing the Gold Award, $19.95

 

See more Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold award accessories, magnets, and bumper stickers at  www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/GirlScoutShop, or call and we will be happy to help you choose just the right gift. Some items available by special order only. Please allow two weeks.

 

Shop hotline: shoporder@gslakesandpines.org

Duluth: 218-726-4714 | 877-476-6748 (toll free)
Waite Park: 320-252-2952 x200 | 800-955-6032 (toll free)

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