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By bdean

Sign up now for Day Camp, July 14-16 at Bemidji State Park.  Campers will do a variety of activities including flag ceremonies, kayaking, outdoor cooking, hiking, field games, arts and crafts, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing and more.  This is a wonderful opporunity to experience camp!  For more details and the registration information click here.

By Allison Hand

Attention all Girl Scouts!  The Common Ground Garden at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph is offering the following opportunities for girls to work on badges, learn about gardening, and have fun with their friends this summer. 
All sessions will meet from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  The Garden requires a minimum of 7 participants to schedule a program. 
Cost is $5.00 per participant, chaperones are free of charge.  Please schedule your session at least two weeks in advance. 
Call to schedule your troop for some summertime fun!  For scheduling contact Kate Ritger @ 262-339-7737 or ommionground@csbsju.edu | For questions or more information contact Ann @ anickmcgee@msn.com

Dates

Monday July 14 | Junior Badge “Gardner”

Monday July 21 | Brownies Badge “Bugs”

Monday July 28 | Junior Badge “Flowers”

Monday August 4 | Brownie Badge “Painting”

Monday August 11 | Junior Badge “ Digital Photography” (girls need to bring digital camera)

By Tauna

Northwest Technical College in Bemidji would like to invite Girl Scouts and families to a Community Celebration on June 26, 2014 from 11- 3 pm.  There will be free food, games and a bounce castle!  More information will be found soon on the main page of their website found here:  http://www.ntcmn.edu/

By Michelle

This training is open to Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and Adults.


When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Where: Crosby, MN


Cost: $10.00 or $19.50 with Outdoor Education Book


For more information and to registration, click here.       

By Michelle

Girl Scouts receive a special rate at Paul Bunyan Amusement & Frontier Park on June 14!               

Address:  17553 State Hwy 18, Brainerd               
Time:    10:00 am – 6:00 pm               
Cost:      $14.95

Families and troops are welcome!  Forward to any families who might be interested!

Please RSVP to Laura Billman 218-251-4820 or ly679@brainerd.net

 

By Amanda Morrow

Lots and lots of choices for Region 2!  Check out the complete day camp list here.

By Allison Hand

This summer, our region has several activities planned and some still in the works!  The following events have been planned so far:

Thursday, July 17th- Girl Scout "Try It" Event Held at Art as You Like It!

Saturday, August 2nd- Girl Scout Night with the St. Cloud Rox Girl Scouts can camp out on the field.  

Sunday, August 10th- Girl Scout Night at Granite City Speedway Girl Scouts ages 17 and under wearing uniform will have FREE enterance!

Wednesday, August 13th- Summertime by George! Girl Scouts will have a booth.  

Wednesday, August 27th- Summertime by George! Girl Scouts will have a booth.  

Volunteer opportunities are available for these events.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Leah or Allison at: 320-252-2952.   

Also, don't forget that there are PLENTY of CAMP options!  Some camps are just $10 a day. Check them out here!
      

By Keri Lynn

We would like to welcome two new staff members to the GSMWLP Region 2 team:

 

Valerie Goerlitz, product sales and finance specialist for regions 1 & 2, started with our council on April 17 and has been busy learning about the cookie sale, getting all the remaining recognitions sorted out, and has become an expert on adventure points in a short time! Looking towards the end of the school year she is gearing up to receive all the Troop Finance Reports and learn about the fall product sale – Duluth Training will be on September 11, 2014. 

 

Amanda Morrow has been in the program specialist role since the end of March and has really enjoyed building new programs and working with girls during Programs on the Go and Kaleidoscope.  She is gearing up for two Duluth trips this summer and a College 101 Road Trip and is looking forward to meeting girls and volunteers from across the Council!

 

Stop by and meet them in the Duluth Office!

By Amanda Morrow

We are already well into the planning of the 2014 Fall Sale and the 2015 Cookie Sale Programs.  Know that we have some great things in store for these sales, but for now we hope that troops are enjoying the warmer weather and reaping the benefits of their past sales in order to do the things they planned to do.  For a little light reading, for those troops that are not yet self sustaining, we recommend the following to help your troop plan for the upcoming year: What is a Self Sustaining Troop? Enjoy the start of summer and know that we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Girl Scouts.  THANK YOU from all of us.

By Amanda Morrow

Do you and your girls want a say in what recognitions are chosen for the next cookie sale?  Voting is open NOW.  Click the link to begin.  Our council uses YOUR choices to make our final selections.  We need to hear from you today!  Lead the Change! Voting closes June 30th

By Amanda Morrow

Every troop must submit their annual Troop Financial Report (TFR) to their Community Coordinator, Service Unit Manager or Service Unit Treasurer by June 15 who needs to submit them to their Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than July 1.  Writable forms are available on our website: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/4797.pdf.  Do a file/save as to your computer. Remember that expenses must be entered as negative numbers for the math to work correctly.  A copy of your checkbook register and a recent bank statement must be included

Troops who fail to submit their TFR are subject to an audit and/or freezing of their Girl Scout bank account.  Please help us by turning in your troop’s report in a timely manner.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist if you have any questions.  Thank you!

By Nikki

Camp Lake Hubert, Nisswa, MN                                                                                                                  

Grades 1-12

Join hundreds of girls from Minnesota and Wisconsin who make Our World, Our Family (OWOF) part of their annual "back to school, back to Girl Scouts" tradition. This weekend program is held at beautiful Camp Lake Hubert and Camp Lincoln just north of Brainerd, MN; cost depends upon your length of stay. Day activities include favorites such as bog walk, climbing wall, archery, canoeing, eco art, and root beer science. Over 60 session choices in all! Visit our website for photos from past events. Watch upcoming publications to vote on next year’s theme! Cost includes program sessions, meal, snacks and activity patch.                                                                

Date:            September 5-7, 2014  

Cost:            $45-$115 person

Register by:    June 13, 2014

 

Volunteer and receive a discount of $10 per hour off your weekend price, up to $70 off! For more information contact Nikki Revier at nrevier@gslakesandpines.org

By Maureen Graham

TROOP FINANCIAL REPORTS ARE COMING DUE

Every troop must submit their annual Troop Financial Report (TFR) to their Community Coordinator, Service Unit Manager or
Service Unit Treasurer by June 15 who needs to submit them to their Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than July 1.  Writable forms are available on our website: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/4797.pdf.  Do a file/save as to your computer. Remember that expenses must be entered as negative numbers for the math to work correctly.  A copy of your checkbook register and a recent bank statement must be included.

Troops who fail to submit their TFR are subject to an audit and/or freezing of their Girl Scout bank account.  Please help us by turning in your troop’s report in a timely manner.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist if you have any questions.  Thank you!


2015 COOKIE RECOGNITION VOTING IS OPEN

Do you and your girls want a say in what recognitions are chosen for the next cookie sale?  Voting is open NOW.  Click the link to begin.  Our council uses YOUR choices to make our final selections.  We need to hear from you today!  Lead the Change! Voting closes June 30th.


THANK YOU!!!

We are already well into the planning of the 2014 Fall Sale and the 2015 Cookie Sale Programs.  Know that we have some great things in store for these sales, but for now we hope that troops are enjoying the warmer weather and reaping the benefits of their past sales in order to do the things they planned to do.  For a little light reading, for those troops that are not yet self sustaining, we recommend the following to help your troop plan for the upcoming year: What is a Self Sustaining Troop? Enjoy the start of summer and know that we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Girl Scouts.  THANK YOU from all of us.

By Maureen Graham

TROOP FINANCIAL REPORTS ARE COMING DUE


Every troop must submit their annual Troop Financial Report (TFR) to their Community Coordinator, Service Unit Manager or
Service Unit Treasurer by June 15 who needs to submit them to their Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than July 1.  Writable forms are available on our website: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/4797.pdf.  Do a file/save as to your computer. Remember that expenses must be entered as negative numbers for the math to work correctly.  A copy of your checkbook register and a recent bank statement must be included

Troops who fail to submit their TFR are subject to an audit and/or freezing of their Girl Scout bank account.  Please help us by turning in your troop’s report in a timely manner.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist if you have any questions.  Thank you!


2015 COOKIE RECOGNITION VOTING IS OPEN

Do you and your girls want a say in what recognitions are chosen for the next cookie sale?  Voting is open NOW.  Click the link to begin.  Our council uses YOUR choices to make our final selections.  We need to hear from you today!  Lead the Change! Voting closes June 30th

 
THANK YOU!!!
 

We are already well into the planning of the 2014 Fall Sale and the 2015 Cookie Sale Programs.  Know that we have some great things in store for these sales, but for now we hope that troops are enjoying the warmer weather and reaping the benefits of their past sales in order to do the things they planned to do.  For a little light reading, for those troops that are not yet self sustaining, we recommend the following to help your troop plan for the upcoming year: What is a Self Sustaining Troop? Enjoy the start of summer and know that we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Girl Scouts.  THANK YOU from all of us.

 

By Michelle

At Girl Scouts, it’s not just that you get to go – you get to go together.  All your adventures are even more special because your friends are right by your side…imagine what you’ll do next year.

Why wait?  Claim your spot for another year of fun!

Enjoy another great year with Girl Scouts and Jump into spring with our spring membership renewal campaign Jump Start!

All the details to help guide you through the re-registration process were included in a mailing to all 01 Troop Leaders and Juliette families at the beginning of April.

Girls get a free Jump Start patch if forms are turned in to the Waite Park Regional Center by June 15, 2014!

·         New this year for 01 Leaders:  A Girl Scout shop gift certificate for your own Girl Scout polo shirt (comes in all sizes) if you return your completed troop roster as indicated and re-register all continuing girls and adults by June 15, 2014.

·         Easiest renewal ever!  Find your troop’s 2013-14 Troop Roster with a simple check off to renew membership that is included in the mailing.

·         The simple steps to renew are included on your roster.

·         Use this roster to have parents/guardians review, update information as needed and provide permission – then mail in with Dues Summary or go online as instructed and just update the information.

·         Note: 01 troop leader’s can register the entire troop at one time with online registration if done prior to Sept. 30, 2014.

·         Girls and families worked hard to sell cookies.  Use those proceeds to pay their $15 membership fees!  (It will be one less thing to pay for during back-to-school time!)

o   Troops have always been encouraged to include membership renewal in their troop budget as part of being a self sufficient troop.

·         Other great benefits to your troop and your Service Unit:

o   Your troop will be ready to start right away in the fall and you will know who is returning!

o   Placing new girls at fall registration is easy because troops know the number of new girls they can add to their troop.

o   The recruitment of new adult leadership can start right away because you will know if an adult leader is not returning.

o    A “Say You’ll Stay Response Form,” (#3603) is available on the council’s website for you to print and distribute at your next SU leader’s meeting to find out if volunteers will be returning.

If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.  We are happy to help!

 

Are you a fun loving person who loves Girl Scouts?  Read on…

Your Membership Specialist is seeking volunteers who like to have fun to establish Recruitment Teams within each service unit. 

What do SU Recruitment Teams do?  They have fun getting the word out about Girl Scouts!

Where do you start?

1.    Contact your Membership Specialist today to join your Service Unit’s Recruitment Team! 

2.    Share ideas to make recruitment in your school or town tons of fun for girls and families.

3.    Partner with you Membership Specialist to set dates and plans for your Service Unit’s Fall Kick-off and your Fall Recruitment events.

 

Membership Stats as of May 27, 2014

Girls                             6,718              
We are 1,552 girls away from
reaching our girl goal of 8,270.


Adults                          2,538              
We are 272 adults away from
reaching our adult goal of 2,804

Total Membership    9,256               
This includes 452 lifetime members.

 

 

 

By Linda Bear

At Girl Scouts, it’s not just that you get to go – you get to go together.  All your adventures are even more special because your friends are right by your side…imagine what you’ll do next year.

Why wait?  Claim your spot for another year of fun!

Enjoy another great year with Girl Scouts and Jump into spring with our spring membership renewal campaign Jump Start! 

Girls get a free Jump Start patch if forms are turned in to the Waite Park Regional Center by June 15,
2014!

    Jump Start
    
New this year for 01 Leaders:  A Girl Scout shop gift certificate for your own Girl Scout polo shirt (comes in all sizes) if you return your completed troop roster as indicated and re-register all continuing girls and adults by June 15, 2014.      

Girls and families worked hard to sell cookies.  Use those proceeds to pay their $15 membership fees!  (It will be one less thing to pay for during back-to-school time!)  Troops have always been encouraged to include membership
renewal in their troop budget as part of being a self sufficient troop.

Other great benefits to your troop and your Service Unit: 
Your troop will be ready to start right away in the fall and you will know who is returning! Placing new girls at fall registration is easy because troops know the number of new girls they can add to their troop. The recruitment of new adult leadership can start right away because you will know if an adult leader is not returning.  A Troop Assessment Form (#3603) is available for you to print and distribute at your next SU leader’s meeting to find out if volunteers will be returning.

Need on-line registration help?  Refer to this link and scroll down page for additional
information: http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/JumpStartInformation/
 
Are you a fun loving person who loves Girl Scouts? Read on…
Your Membership Specialist is seeking volunteers who like to have fun to establish Recruitment Teams within each service unit.  What do SU Recruitment Teams do?  They have fun getting the word out about Girl Scouts!

Where do you start?
1.   Contact your Membership Specialist today to join your Service Unit’s Recruitment Team! 
2.   Share ideas to make recruitment in your school or town tons of fun for girls and families. 
3.   Partner with you Membership Specialist to set dates and plans for your Service Unit’s Fall Kick-off and your Fall Recruitment events.

Membership Stats as of May 27, 2014

Girls                             6,718               We are 1,552 girls away from reaching our girl goal of 8,270. 
Adults                          2,538               We are 272 adults away from reaching our adult goal of 2,804
Total Membership      9,256                (this ncludes 452 lifetime members)

 

By Allison Hand

Join Marcus Theaters Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10AM, June 15 - August 13 to view your favorite family flicks for just $2.00! Grab the family and head to your nearest participating Marcus Theatres® location!

Wanna snag FREE tickets to the show? It’s easy – visit a participating agent at American Family Insurance, and you can receive two FREE tickets to your choice of this year’s titles!

  • June 15, 16, 18– The Lego Movie
  • June 22, 23, 25 – The Nut Job
  • June 29, 30, July 2 – Despicable Me 2
  • July 13, 14, 16– Turbo
  • July 20, 21, 23 – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • July 27, 28, 30 – The Croods
  • August 3, 4, 6– Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • August 10, 11, 13– Rio 2

Click here for additional information

By Tauna

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!


 

By Tauna

Sample the learning and fun of college life at Bemidji State University!  Get the inside scoop on how to get into the college of your dreams while experiencing the fun and excitement of college life, exploring the beautiful camps on the lake, touring a TV studio and staying in Tammarack Hall--the tallest buiding in Bemidji.  For more details check out the flyer and registration found here.

By Tauna

Sample the learning and fun of college life at Bemidji State University!  Get the inside scoop on how to get into the college of your dreams while experiencing the fun and excitement of college life, exploring the beautiful camps on the lake, touring a TV studio and staying in Tammarack Hall--the tallest buiding in Bemidji.  For more detail check out the flyer and registration found here.

By Amanda Morrow

Our Kaleidoscope event in Superior, WI was a smashing success!  Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior, girls had the opportunity to reach the top of the climbing wall, learn from the UWS cheer and dance teams, try out rugby and build teamwork skills on the low ropes course.  Adults learned about Girl Scout camp, tried their hands at leather working, and got to know each other throughout the day.  Girls and adults alike tried cake decorating--they had a blast designing and then eating their creations!  We also honored Silver Award winners Caitlin Podratz, Ahna Suliin, Lindsey Shykes, and Jara Moir, Volunteer of Excellence award winners Laura Gomez, Laurie Audette, and Jamie White-Farnham, and Thanks Badge winner April Rasmussen.  It was a wonderful experience for all!  

By Allison Hand

I have had the pleasure of attending a few Court of Award & Bridging Ceremonies this past week.  It has been really interesting to see what the girls have accomplished this past year and inspiring to see that with good leadership and support, girls can do anything!  I would really like to share with you some thoughts on these events from the volunteers...
Pam Maurus-Leader in Sauk Rapids, MN
As the Court of Awards signals the unofficial end of the Girl Scout year, it is a time to reflect.
I encourage you to volunteer, I have just whipped together a Court of Awards program at the last minute with no budget and little personal time to dedicate to it, my thoughts are - next time I volunteer and you see me doing a ‘one women show’, please stop me and insist on lending a hand. But, I also want to say thanks to those who have come before me and created the Court of Awards format for me to follow. 
As a leader, volunteer! You don’t have to go big, but ‘go’ all the same. As Brownies, we try it. As leaders we need to do the same – just try it. If you feel like repeating your success or implementing your improvements next year, that’s great! 

By Allison Hand

Hello! My name is Allison Hand and I am the new Membership Specialist for Region 5. I live in Sartell with my husband and three girls.  We also have a male maltese/ shish tzu dog named Gus  to try to balance the ratio at home.
 I have spent the last year as the Service Unit Manager for Service Unit 28 as well as an active parent volunteer for the last two years with Girl Scouts. I have enjoyed seeing just how Girl Scouts has encouraged my daughter to overcome her fears and adopt an “I can” attitude. In my free time, I enjoy cooking (especially baking), reading and spending  time with my girls.  I look forward to recruiting more members and meeting all of our wonderful volunteers that make Girl Scouts who we are!  Please feel free to contact me about Jump Start, Recruitment, or any other items!
I can be reached at: (320) 247-4567 or by e-mail: ahand@gslakesandpines.org

By Amanda Morrow

For Girl Scouts who are interested in basketball, check out the link below to find out more about the Girls Basketball Camps happening this summer at UMD! 

http://wbasketball.umdbulldogsportcamps.com/ 

By Allison Hand

The St. Cloud Rox would like to invite the Girl Scouts to the Rox home game on Saturday, August 3. Each $10 ticket includes a General Admission seat and the opportunity to camp out on the field overnight! Get more information and registration form here!Advanced Ticket orders are due by Sunday, July 19, 2014.




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