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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:  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!

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:  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/4154.pdf

By Michelle

It’s that time of year again!

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

By Michelle

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!

By Michelle

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

By Michelle

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!

By Michelle

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/

By Michelle

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


Click here for the flyer.  

By Julie Bode

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

By Julie Bode

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

By Tauna

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!

By Michelle

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.

By Michelle

"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

By Michelle

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)

By Maureen Graham

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!

By Maureen Graham

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


 

By Maureen Graham

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!



By Tauna

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.

 

By Maureen Graham

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!

By Maureen Graham

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!

By Bonnie Reeves

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

By Maureen Graham

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. 

 

By Maureen Graham

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. 

By Linda Bear

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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