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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,

    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
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 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

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:

By Nikki

Service Units can also host events through POTG DIY! If you would like information on how to host your own, please let me know. These programs are available to you at no cost.


DIY POTG Available to SU and Leaders


Crazy Capital Dinner                                                                                                                                        Grades 4-12

Can you survive a crazy, fun, and even messed-up meal?  Put on your favorite Capital dinner outfit and join us on this adventure which will focus on learning how to use your resources wisely.  During the four course dinner, you will choose what you would like to eat by choosing items on your "menu."  Can you survive this meal with only the things you order?  Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and for survivor champion.  Available as a POTG DIY.  Girls will enjoy up to 3 hours of programming. 

Friendship First                                                                                                                                                   Grades 2-3

The best bully prevention strategy for Girl Scout Brownies is to encourage strong and positive friendship and communication skills.  Adapted from the It's Your World--Change It Journey book Brownie Quest, Friendship First helps girls discover and give voice to their special qualities and appreciate the qualities of their sister Brownies.  Available as a POTG DIY.  Girls will enjoy up to 3 hours of programming.

Games, Songs and S'mores                                                                                                                                          Grades K-5
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.  Available as a POTG DIY.  Girls will enjoy up to 3 hours of programming.

Girl Scout Tea Party                                                                                                                                                  Grades K-5

Put on your party best and join us for a trip back to Juliette's garden for a tea party!  Girl Scout founder Juliette Low hosted many parties to help Girl Scouts succeed since the program began on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. Host your own Girl Scout Tea Party complete with the treats and party favors you could have expected to find at Juliette's garden tea party.  Bring your favorite tea cup as we enjoy our tea or hot cider.  Practice the manners Juliette expected from the earliest Girl Scouts.  Available as a POTG DIY.  Girls will enjoy up to 3 hours of programming.

Murder Mystery Party                                                                                                                              Grades 4-12
Attend this dinner party and connect the clues to solve the murder mystery. Girls will be assigned a character and will dress up to assume their role as they try to figure out who-dun-it. Choose from three mystery options.  Available as a POTG DIY.  Girls will enjoy up to 3 hours of programming.

Savannah Days                                                                                                                                                Grades K-5
Take a trip into the past: learn about Juliette Low's first Savannah Girl Scout troop and play games from the 1900's, such as hoop roll, pancake toss relay race, and Kim's Game.  Girls will complete activities from the Juliette Low Heritage Patch and Girl Scout Ways badge.  Available as a POTG DIY.  Girls will enjoy up to 3 hours of programming. 

 Team Building                                                                                                                                                                      Grades 2-12
Girls improve their communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills through team challenges and games.  This Program on the Go helps groups and troops develop the cohesiveness needed to work together and understand each other better.  Depending upon the interests of the group, this program typically takes 2-3 hours.  Available as a POTG DIY.

By Nikki

Start the evening out by watching a Stingers game and receive a voucher for a free hot dog, chips, and beverage, then spend the evening with the players and Barry. We will play games and take pictures with the players. After, set up your tent and spend the night sleeping on the field! Cost includes game ticket, meal, activities, and breakfast. Fun for the whole family or troop!

Date: July 25, 2014              Cost: $13.00 per person

This event is for either families or troops!

By Bonnie Reeves



Jump Starts are underway across our council! I request volunteers to complete
the Volunteer Self Assessment form which was included in the Jump Start packet 
Completed forms can be returned to me your Volunteer Specialist! 

To those of you who have completed the background check
‘Thank you” some of you have not and here is your gentle reminder to please go
to the website and authorize the background check now if you have not done so:

Volunteers who have authorized their background check this
year or the 2012-2013 Girl Scout year do not need to do the authorization.

Questions/concerns please pop me a e mail or give me call.

Thank you for all you do for Girl Scouts!


By Michelle


Love archery!  Spend the night with some new friends at Space Adventure and then, on Sunday afternoon, learn the archery basics! Girls will be taught how to safely knotch, aim and shoot arrows, and have time to practice their new skill. This extra activity does not have an additional fee, and will include a light lunch.

Questions?  Contact Amanda Strobel!

By Michelle

Looking for more information about the Gold Award? Any girl interested in completing her Gold Award can call in for the Gold Award Orientation Conference Call (Register here The call will include a detailed overview of the process and paperwork needed to complete the award, as well as information about interviews and project ideas.

If you are interested in starting this nationally recognized leadership journey, interviews for June 21, 2014, the Gold Award Proposal is due to the council by June 1, 2014.  All of the paperwork must be complete when submitted, and it is recommended that you submit a few days before the deadline so you can make additional submissions if necessary.  You can drop off physical copies or email them to

By Lisa Lundberg


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 (


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 (

By Michelle

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! | 320-252-2952

By Michelle

Sunday April 27, 2014 | Brainerd

Grow your leadership skills and become prepared for summer Day Camps and to take the lead at Girl Scout events and programs. 

Details are in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for Cadettes, page 30.  In order to become a certified Program Aide, girls complete the Leader in Action award, attend this Program Aide training, then work directly with girls for an extended period of time. 

Cost includes training, supplies, and light meal.  Girls will enjoy up to 4 hours of programming.

$20 girl, adult free

By Bonnie Reeves


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:

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:

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!   


By Linda Bear

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 |

Sign up today!

By Keri Lynn

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

By Michelle

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 

By Michelle

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 

By Michelle

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

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

By Michelle

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

: 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 

By Linda Bear

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.

By Linda Bear

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:

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!

By Michelle

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


By Michelle

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:

By Michelle

It’s that time of year again!

Submit your Leader’s Day Card Contest entries at














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