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By Nikki

Art Explorer

Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN                                                                                                                                                               
Grades 2-8          

Join us at the Paramount Theatre & Visual Arts Center to
  experience different aspects of art! Girls will get the chance to try out the
  pottery wheel, create a watercolor masterpiece in the painting/drawing
  studio, make a pendant out of fused glass, and create a ceramic platter. Cost
  includes all art supplies and professional instruction.

Participants provide: a sack lunch.

Cost:       $30 girl, $5 adult

Date:      April 18, 2015, from 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Register by: April 1, 2015

By Maureen Graham

Welcome!

·         We have a new Product Sales and Finance Specialist for Regions 1 & 2!  April Rasmussen is now officially on board and working at the Duluth office.  Please take a moment to welcome her. We are excited to have her here in time for the 2015 Cookie Sale!

Cookie Sale –

·         SNAP ARCHIVE REPORTS.  ABC is currently working to fix an issue with their Snap Archive Reports.  If you need to see a copy of your troop’s Initial Order Report from last year prior to placing this year’s initial order, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist and we will get a copy to you.  Hopefully they will get this fixed quickly!

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 Keep reading for more important Cookie Sale updates!

By Maureen Graham

Welcome!

·         We have a new Product Sales and Finance Specialist for Regions 1 & 2!  April Rasmussen is now officially on board and working at the Duluth office.  Please take a moment to welcome her. We are excited to have her here in time for the 2015 Cookie Sale!

Cookie Sale –

·         SNAP ARCHIVE REPORTS.  ABC is currently working to fix an issue with their Snap Archive Reports.  If you need to see a copy of your troop’s Initial Order Report from last year prior to placing this year’s initial order, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist and we will get a copy to you.  Hopefully they will get this fixed quickly!

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!


Keep Reading for more important Cookie Sale updates! 

By Maureen Graham

Welcome!

·         We have a new Product Sales and Finance Specialist for Regions 1 & 2!  April Rasmussen is now officially on board and working at the Duluth office.  Please take a moment to welcome her. We are excited to have her here in time for the 2015 Cookie Sale!

Cookie Sale –

·         SNAP ARCHIVE REPORTS.  ABC is currently working to fix an issue with their Snap Archive Reports.  If you need to see a copy of your troop’s Initial Order Report from last year prior to placing this year’s initial order, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist and we will get a copy to you.  Hopefully they will get this fixed quickly!

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 Keep reading for more important Cookie Sale Updates!
 

By Kelsey Parker

Caitlin Cowan leader for troop 15046 in Minneapolis says, "We'll purchase a large number of Milkweed seed packets from SaveOurMonarchs.org Save and then set up tables at neighborhood festivals this spring to teach people about monarchs and the girls will hand out seed packets."

 

SaveOurMonarchs.org distributes Milkweed seed packets to help to save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction.  Milkweed is the ONLY sustenance that the Monarch caterpillar can consume.  

 

Troop 15046 is working to save monarachs as the project for their Bronze Award.  They are trying to raise awarness and invite other Girl Scout troops to do the same.  For more information or to join them in their campaign contact Caitlin Cowan at 612-385-2331or by email at girlscouttroop15046@gmail.com.

 

 

 

By Kelsey Parker

Girl Scouts have been invited to come and lead the pledge of allegiance at an upcoming Bemidji Axeman game!  The currently have the following games available for Girl Scouts to participate:

Sunday February 8th
Saturday February 28th
Friday March 13th
Saturday March 21st
Saturday April 18th
Saturday May 2nd
Sunday May 31st

Participation includes a complimentary ticket to the girls. If there is more then ten family members or friends that also wish to attend they can also offer a discounted ticket to them as well. 

They do ask that there is a minimum of one adult per four children.

To sign up or if you have any questions contact Sam Navratil at 952-358-1084 or by email at snavratil@bemidjiaxemen.com

By Allison Hand

As all of the staff members come back from the holidays, we are gearing up for the upcoming cookie season!  Many of our leaders recieved troop rosters of their registered members.  We appreciate those of you that took the time to update them!  If you did not receive a roster, or still haven't registered all of your troop members, please contact your Membership Specialist. We hope that all of you enjoyed your holiday and thank you for being a part of the Girl Scout family!

By Amanda Morrow

Get out and explore the winter wonderland we call home! Use the gear at Camp Shingobee Timbers or bring your own to snowshoe, ski, sled, and skate your way to a winter adventure. Let’s have some “Frozen” fun! Pin the carrot on Olaf, make frozen popcorn, and have Karaoke time with your favorite Elsa and Anna songs. Activities dependent on weather.

3 choices: Friday overnightSaturday day program and Saturday overnight. Deadline is January 23, 2015.

Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org. 

By Amanda Morrow

Get out and explore the winter wonderland we call home! Use the gear at Camp Shingobee Timbers or bring your own to snowshoe, ski, sled, and skate your way to a winter adventure. Let’s have some “Frozen” fun! Pin the carrot on Olaf, make frozen popcorn, and have Karaoke time with your favorite Elsa and Anna songs. Activities dependent on weather.

3 choices: Friday overnightSaturday day program and Saturday overnight. Deadline is January 23.

Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org. 

By Kelsey Parker

Calling all Brownies and Juniors!  Join your fellow Girl Scouts for a fun weekend getaway this summer to the Twin Cities.  YOU get to help decide what we will do during our time together.  We could visit the Science or Mill City Museum, check out the animals at the zoo, attend a Twins game, shop at the Mall of America, go swimming, take a group photo at the Sculpture garden, have a picnic, the choices are endless!  Register by March 1st to vote on our locations during the trip. 

For all the details click here

Ready to sign up!?  Final registration deadline is June 1st.  Registration form (printable) or Register Online

By Nikki

Make the most of the snow!

 

Join us at our upcoming program, Winter Challenge, to learn
all kinds of fun ways you can be active and have fun outside this winter. 
We will try out snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  Beginners are
welcome!  We’ll also learn survival skills and cook our own lunch
outside.  Do you think you can build a fire in the snow?? 

 

Sign up as a troop, or girls can come with mom or another
special adult.  All girls attend with adult chaperones.  You can add
to the fun by sleeping over at Camp Sanderson the night before, at no
additional cost.  Camp Sanderson’s Program Center has a kitchen, heat and
hot showers, a fireplace, and space to sleep on the floor (mattresses
provided).  Wake up and look out the big windows to see your own winter
wonderland woods. 

 

Date: January 30-31, 2015

Location: Spicer, MN (about 1 hour from St. Cloud)

For girls in grades 4-8

Cost: $35 per girl | $5 per adult

Sign up today!  Registration deadline: Jan. 16

Registration
form
or Register Online

By Tricia Andrews

Ice Castles | Eden Prairie, MN | All Ages | Admission $6.95-$12.95, kids 3 and under free | Opens December 26 |

Imagine a magical collision of the Apostle Island ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers, formed into towering organic archways, tunnels, canyons and thrones.  By day this frozen wonderland glimmers with glacial blues and frosty whites.  After dark the ice formations cast a multi-colored glow with the help of thousands of LED lights embedded within the ice.  Experience Ice Castles with your family or Girl Scout troop! Visit www.icecastles.com for fees, hours and directions.  Groups of 11 or larger may contact groupsales@icecastles.com for group rates. For more information contact Amanda Roseth, director of event operations, at 952-240-9316 or amanda@icecastles.com.

By Tricia Andrews

Worlds Toughest Rodeo | January 31, 2015 | Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN | Girl Scouts and their families | Orders due January 21 and are based on ticket availability | Ticket prices range from $10.25 to $25.25 for youth 12 and under, adult discounted tickets $13 to $43

Hang on to your cowgirl hasts for a special Girl Scout Saturday Night Rodeo at the Xcel Energy Center!  The special offer includes a ticket and access to the "Cowgirl Camp" prior to the rodeao (5:30-6:30 PM.  Girl Scouts will also receive a patch.  Download the event flyer here or go to excelenergycenter.com/girlscouts.  For more information call 651-312-3486.

By Tricia Andrews

Win Free Lift Tickets!

Win free list tickets! Each person who registers to attend one of our three outdoor winter programs will be entered into a drawing to win two free lift tickets compliments of Buena Vista Ski Area.   Sign up now for one of these great programs: Snow Much Fun January 9-10 at Buena Vista Ski Area just north of Bemidji, Winter Challenge at Camp Sanderson and Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer January 30-31, and Snowflake Adventures at Camp Shingobee Timbers near Walker the weekend of February 8th. Depending upon the program you decide to attend, you’ll have a chance to cross country or downhill ski, go snowboarding, tubing, skating, snowshoeing, or sliding, or learn survival skills.  Be ready for indoor fun and games as well.  The tickets will be drawn on January 23rd.  Check here for event and registration details.  Let’s go play in the snow!


By Tricia Andrews

Win Free Lift Tickets!

Each person who registers to attend one of our three outdoor winter programs will be entered into a drawing to win two free lift tickets compliments of Buena Vista Ski Area

By Tricia Andrews

Win Free Lift Tickets!

Each person who registers to attend one of our three outdoor winter programs will be entered into a drawing to win two free lift tickets compliments of Buena Vista Ski Area

By Tricia Andrews

Win Free Lift Tickets!

Each person who registers to attend one of our three outdoor winter programs will be entered into a drawing to win two free lift tickets compliments of Buena Vista Ski Area

By Maureen Graham

Fall Product Sale

 

·         The Fall Product Sale is wrapping up nicely.  The council ACH debits troop accounts for the full balance due on December 10th.  Troops need to make sure to have their Fall Sale money deposited in their account this week for this debit. 

 

·         If a troop is having difficulty collecting money from a family, the troop needs to fill out the F-10 Outstanding Money Report and let Product Sales & Finance know by this Friday, December 5th so that we have time to make the adjustment to the troop’s debit amount. (Please be aware that all council staff will be out of the office at an all staff meeting on December 3-4 and our offices will be closed, but we will be back on December 5 so feel free to email/call Product Sales staff if you have an issue and we will follow up upon return.)

 

·         If a troop has had any checks returned for the Fall Sale then they should fill out the Product Sales Returned Check Notification Form. This form should be completed and turned in as soon as a bad check is received as checks more than 60 days old will not be reimbursed.

 

·         Kids found your private stash of Gummi Berries?  The council has a limited amount of Fall Product left available for sale.  Please contact us for details. 

 

·         We need to hear from you! Please fill out the Fall Product Sale evaluation form found in the back of your Fall Answer Book and return to the Waite Park Regional Center by January 9, 2015.  Your feedback helps us to make changes and improve the sale for next year. 

 

·         Thank you again to everyone who helped to make the Fall Sale a success!

 

Cookie Sale –

 

·         Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in one of our council cookie trainings so far.  Due to the weather, the training at Camp Sanderson has been postponed to December 11th.  Trainings are also available in Virginia (December 8) and Duluth (December 9).  Please RSVP if you wish to attend or need more details.  If the Virginia training does not reach at least ten yes RSVPS, this training will be cancelled.  An online training will also be available beginning December 12th at www.abcsmartcookieu.com.

 

·         In order to sign in to ABC Smart Cookie U, you must have a COCO login.  The login and password will work at both www.abcsmartcookies.com and www.abcsmartcookieu.com.  1. Begin at www.abcsmartcookies.com and click on the COCO icon towards the bottom of the page.  Then click on the Volunteer box. Scroll towards the bottom and login.  2. If you are a new user, click Register at the bottom of the screen.  3. If you are a returning user, your username is the full email address you used to create the account.  If you cannot remember your password, please just create a new account.

 

·         To login to ABC Smart Cookie U you will use your COCO login and password.  Please allow 24-48 hours for COCO to upload to ABC Smart Cookie U before logging in the first time. 

 

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 

By Maureen Graham

Fall Product Sale

 

·         The Fall Product Sale is wrapping up nicely.  The council ACH debits troop accounts for the full balance due on December 10th.  Troops need to make sure to have their Fall Sale money deposited in their account this week for this debit. 

 

·         If a troop is having difficulty collecting money from a family, the troop needs to fill out the F-10 Outstanding Money Report and let Product Sales & Finance know by this Friday, December 5th so that we have time to make the adjustment to the troop’s debit amount. (Please be aware that all council staff will be out of the office at an all staff meeting on December 3-4 and our offices will be closed, but we will be back on December 5 so feel free to email/call Product Sales staff if you have an issue and we will follow up upon return.)

 

·         If a troop has had any checks returned for the Fall Sale then they should fill out the Product Sales Returned Check Notification Form. This form should be completed and turned in as soon as a bad check is received as checks more than 60 days old will not be reimbursed.

 

·         Kids found your private stash of Gummi Berries?  The council has a limited amount of Fall Product left available for sale.  Please contact us for details. 

 

·         We need to hear from you! Please fill out the Fall Product Sale evaluation form found in the back of your Fall Answer Book and return to the Waite Park Regional Center by January 9, 2015.  Your feedback helps us to make changes and improve the sale for next year. 

 

·         Thank you again to everyone who helped to make the Fall Sale a success!

 

Cookie Sale –

·         Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in one of our council cookie trainings so far.  Due to the weather, the training at Camp Sanderson has been postponed to December 11th.  Trainings are also available in Virginia (December 8) and Duluth (December 9).  Please RSVP if you wish to attend or need more details.  If the Virginia training does not reach at least ten yes RSVPS, this training will be cancelled.  An online training will also be available beginning December 12th at www.abcsmartcookieu.com.

 

·         In order to sign in to ABC Smart Cookie U, you must have a COCO login.  The login and password will work at both www.abcsmartcookies.com and www.abcsmartcookieu.com.  1. Begin at www.abcsmartcookies.com and click on the COCO icon towards the bottom of the page.  Then click on the Volunteer box. Scroll towards the bottom and login.  2. If you are a new user, click Register at the bottom of the screen.  3. If you are a returning user, your username is the full email address you used to create the account.  If you cannot remember your password, please just create a new account.

 

·         To login to ABC Smart Cookie U you will use your COCO login and password.  Please allow 24-48 hours for COCO to upload to ABC Smart Cookie U before logging in the first time. 

 

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 

By Amanda Morrow

Coming February 6-8, 2015: Get out and explore the winter wonderland we call home! Use the gear at Camp Shingobee Timbers or bring your own to snowshoe, ski, sled, and skate your way to a winter adventure. Let’s have some “Frozen” fun! Pin the carrot on Olaf, make frozen popcorn, and have Karaoke time with your favorite Elsa and Anna songs. Activities dependent on weather.

3 choices: Friday overnightSaturday day program and Saturday overnight.

Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org. 

By Amanda Morrow

Coming February 6-8, 2015: Get out and explore the winter wonderland we call home! Use the gear at Camp Shingobee Timbers or bring your own to snowshoe, ski, sled, and skate your way to a winter adventure. Let’s have some “Frozen” fun! Pin the carrot on Olaf, make frozen popcorn, and have Karaoke time with your favorite Elsa and Anna songs. Activities dependent on weather.

3 choices: Friday overnightSaturday day program and Saturday overnight.

Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org. 

By Amanda Morrow

Coming February 6-8, 2015: Get out and explore the winter wonderland we call home! Use the gear at Camp Shingobee Timbers or bring your own to snowshoe, ski, sled, and skate your way to a winter adventure. Let’s have some “Frozen” fun! Pin the carrot on Olaf, make frozen popcorn, and have Karaoke time with your favorite Elsa and Anna songs. Activities dependent on weather.

3 choices: Friday overnightSaturday day program and Saturday overnight.

Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org. 

By Tauna

On Sunday, November 9, 50 girls marched in the Veteran's Parade in St. Cloud and participated in a social event. The girls brought about 50 family members, volunteers, and members of the Green Hat Society to join them. Girl Scouts were one of 35 different community groups involved in this event, held annually on the campus of the VA Medical Center and Apollo High School, supported by the St. Cloud Times. 

There was a short program during the line up time where girls sang songs, heard about what's soldiers eat when they are deployed (MRE), and reflected about the contributions our veteran's have made. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!

 

veterans day parade 2014

veterans day parade 2014

 

 

 

By Amanda Morrow

Calling anyone who has completed a Take Action project...check out Map It! You can add your achivement to this interactive map that shows how Girl Scouts all over are changing the world. Whether it’s Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Bronze Awards, Forever Green, or Journey Take Action projects, browse what girls are doing to get inspiration and share your story with us.

It’s a great way to get inspiration for your Girl Scout year or just see what other girls are doing to change the world!

By Maureen Graham

COOKIE SALE PROGRAM

COOKIES arrived this week in the CouncilCan you believe it?  Cookie Sale Program trainings begin in just one week.  Have you signed up yet? We suggest that at least one adult volunteer from each troop attend the training.  It’s a great opportunity to learn valuable information, sample the cookies, and network with other volunteers.

 

·         Camp Sanderson, Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·         Brainerd, Thursday, November 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·         St. Cloud, Saturday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

·         Grand Rapids, Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

·         Duluth, Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Please RSVP with your name, troop, service unit, town, email address and date/place attending to either Maureen Graham:  mgraham@gslakesandpines.org or 320.247.4571, or Jess Hoffmann:  jhoffmann@gslakesandpines.org or 320.247.4563.  We will also have an online training available at www.smartcookieu.com beginning Friday, December 12. RSVP today. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

FALL PRODUCT SALE PROGRAM

THANK YOU to all who participated in any way in this year’s Fall Product Sale Program.  The Council order has been sent to our Fall Sale vendor and delivery information has been sent to community product sales managers.  Some of the important sale dates remaining:

 

·         Product delivery to service units: November 12 – 17

·         Girls deliver product to customers: Beginning November 12

·         Family Money due to troops: December 1

·         Troop deposits money into troop account: by December 2

·         Council debits troop account for 100% of balance due: December 10

 

Fall recognition awards are shipped to community product sales managers at the end of November/early December.  Give recognitions to the girls after they have delivered products and turned in all money.

 

Questions about the Fall or Cookie Sale Programs? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.




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River's Edge Convention Center | St. Cloud, MN
March 12, 2015 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

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