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By Julie Bode

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.

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 Julie Bode

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

By Anastacia Schnabel

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

By Anastacia Schnabel

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

By Anastacia Schnabel

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 

By Anastacia Schnabel

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.

By Anastacia Schnabel

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 

By Anastacia Schnabel

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



By Julie Bode

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 

By Julie Bode

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          

By Anastacia Schnabel

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!  

By Anastacia Schnabel

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!  

By Anastacia Schnabel

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.

By Tricia Andrews

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.

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 Tricia Andrews

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!

By Tricia Andrews

 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. 

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. 

 




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