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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.

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.

By Tricia Andrews

Girls in grades 2-5 join the Headwaters Science Center on December 5-6 from 6pm to 9am for a rocket ride to outer space.  Star gaze under the Star lab dome then calculate the trajectory on a rocket YOU build and take home.  Plus, girls explore the HSC exhibit floor and gift show, and finish the evening with a movie and popcorn.  Cost includes snack, light breakfast, and activity patch.  Cost is $32 girl, $8 adult.  Register by November, 21.

By Tricia Andrews

Scout and 4-H Ski Days | December 20 & 21, 2014, March 7, 2015 | Buena Vista Ski Area, Bemidji MN | All Girl Scouts and their families | $17 Lift Ticket | $12 Ski Rental | $20 Board Rental |  Reservations reccomended

All Girl Scouts and their families are invited to the slopes of Buena Vista Ski Area north of Bemidji.  To make a reservation, call 218-243-2231 or contact groups@bvskiarea.com.  Additional details at www.bvskiarea.com or click here.

By Michelle

Nov 10th 6-9 pm
The Center (Card Room) Brainerd

Nov 18th 6-9 pm
Mora Mini Mall

Registrations accepted 7 days prior to training.
If you miss the registration deadline contact Martha to see if you can still attend:
mlivingston@gslakesandpines.org

By Michelle

Join Bonnie and some of her Women of Today Friends who are helping facilitate the BFF at the Teen Center in Mora. This BFF has a bonus as it includes a component on careers!

Contact Bonnie with questions please register by Nov 17-Hope to see you there!

 This BFF is an overnight adventure.  BFF stands for Be A Friend First! 

 

When a girl is bullied, she feels alone.

When a girl sees
someone else being bullied, she feels helpless.

But you have the power to change that!

 

Sign up today for the BFF (Be a Friend First) series and learn to:

_ Recognize bullying

_ Deal with mean girls and cliques

_ Be a better friend 


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By Michelle

Help keep local women safe by collecting old cell phones! The Mid-Minnesota Women's Center is a nonprofit organization providing services to battered women and their children.  They provide advocacy, a 24 hour live crisis line, and shelter for women and children.  They need cell phones to give to women they support.

If you are interested in collecting phones, please contact Gina W. at 218-828-1216.  For more information about the Women’s Center, visit www.womenscenteronline.org .


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By Michelle

While you are wrapping up your Fall Sale, take a peek at our travel opportunities (http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/4281.pdf), and see where Girl Scouts can take you!  Girls can use Cookie Dough, Adventure Points and the money their troop earns toward a trip!

Our council group of both National Delegates as well as visitors just returned from their trip to Salt Lake City, Utah for the 53rd National Convention.  The National Convention happens every three years, and we hope that you include the 2017 Convention in Columbus, Ohio in your troop’s plans.  Every three years, Girl Scouts from all over the world gather together in sisterhood to share their passions, learn new skills and decide the future of Girl Scouting! Mark your calendars and register today!

To celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday this month, try out some of these fun ideas;  play a game that Juliette would have played
as a girl—try charades or telephone; bake your own Girl Scout cookies, like girls did decades ago; learn more about Juliette and put on a skit for your troop; or throw a birthday party for Juliette!

By Tricia Andrews

Sunday, November 2nd

2-4 PM

Bemidji waterfront and downtown

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from Chippewa National Forest, and Girl Scouts are invited to be part of the celebration.  Area Girl Scout troops are invited to lead an ornament making activity to be held at the Senior Center.  For more information check out the Chamber of Commerce website here: http://business.bemidji.org/events/details/2014-bemidji-tree-to-dc-12041.   

By Amanda Morrow

Saturday, February 15th, 2014 | University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac, WI
Bay-Lakes Council, BSA, and the Alumni of the Fond du Lac Scouts are proud to invite you to the Winter Amidships (WAM) co-ed Scouting event to be held on February 15, 2014, at the University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac. 

The event includes dinner, an award presentation, dance and event patch. Pre-registration is required.

Learn more: http://www.baylakesbsa.org/document/wam-flyer-2014/131303

By Tricia Andrews

March 7, 2015

Join us for a special day dedicated to Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scouts. Wear your sash, vest or Girl Scout pin and be admitted for a discount ($9 per girl and $13 leader).

Additional family members pay regular admission. Zoo memberships will be honored. Parking for non-members is $7.00 per car.

No registration necessary.

There will also be special activity stations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. designed for various levels of scouts. All scouts can earn an exclusive Minnesota Zoo patch by completing an activity sheet during their visit (patches cost $3.00).

Sign up for a Girl Scout Day badge station for 2015!

Hosts Needed! Tables are available for 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.

Scout Activity Packets – We also have Daisy/Brownie and Junior/Cadette Girl Scout Activity Packets available online. Click here to print copies. Scouts will want to print a packet if they wish to do the Activity Packet on Scout Day. Please be green and share a copy with a person or two.

By Michelle

Our Region 3 Day of Training is on the website; check it out- please register!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register Here!

By Michelle

Fall is a great time to plan out the programs that your girls want to attend this Girl Scout year—check out the Program Guide to see all of the great events and programs your troop has to chose from!  In November, we have two Girls’ Night Out events to pick from, in Superior and in St. Cloud.  As always, there are Programs on the Go, where the program comes to you!

Be sure to celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday at the end of the month!  Bake a cake, play a game that Juliette would have played or just have some great Girl Scout fun!

By Amanda Morrow

Do you know a girl who has completed an exceptional volunteer project?  Encourage her to check out the Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  Girl Scouts in grades 5 through 12 who are making a difference through volunteer service are eligible for this prestigious award, which includes up to $11,000 in prize, scholarship, and DC-travel money combined.

 

Click here to apply. The deadline November 4 deadline is just around the corner!

 

Questions?  Please contact Amanda Morrow, program specialist, at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Sunday, November 2nd

2-4 PM

Bemidji waterfront and downtown

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from Chippewa National Forest, and Girl Scouts are invited to be part of the celebration.  Area Girl Scout troops are invited to lead an ornament making activity to be held at the Senior Center. The ornaments will be made out of 2 to 3 inch diameter wood slices, at least 200 slices out of small trees or branches.  We are seeking some assistance here – if you are able to help, or know someone who can, please let us know.   Contact Tricia at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org or 308-8879.

By Tricia Andrews

Join the staff at the Headwaters Science Center to examine a crime scence and conduct real forensic tests on the evidence.  YOU become the detective and solve the mystery.  Girls will complete portions of the Junior Detective bade and the Cadette Special Agent badge.  Cost includes a snack, light breakfast and activity patch.  Plan to eat supper before arriving.  Cost is $32 per girl and $8 per adult.  Girls may use up to $15 in cookie dough.  Register by November 7, 2014.

By Tricia Andrews

Join us for one of our upcoming fall festivals!  Girls will enjoy games, crafts, songs and celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouts!  Adult volunteer information and training will also be available.  Birthday cake and punch will be served.

Bemidji:  Friday, October 24th from 6-8:30pm at Bemidji Middle School

Park Rapids:  Saturday, October 25th from 9-11:30am at Century School

These events are open to all girls in grades K-12.  The cost is $5 per girl, adults free.  Girls new to Girl Scouts will pay a registration fee of $15; scholarships are available.  
 
To sign up, RSVP by Tuesday, October 21st to Becky Dean at bdean@gslakesandpines.org or call 218-308-8880.  We hope to see you there!

By Tricia Andrews

Powder Ridge Ski and Snowboard Days | Kimball, MN | Saturdays December 12, 2014, December 20, 2014 and January 3, 2015 | Discounted rates for Girl Scout,  Boy Scout and 4-H groups

 

Powder Ridge Winter Recreation Area offers discounts to Girl Scouts on  tickets, equipment,  lessons, and pizza during selected dates in December and January.  Advanced online registration is required. Powder Ridge also offers to Girl Scout and Boy Scouts Sunday tubing specials on  December 21, 2014 and Jan 11, February 8, and March 1, 2015. Click here for details.  For more information visit www.powderridge.com or call (320) 398-7200. 

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

Girls Night Out
Grades 4-12 
What do YOU have in
common with a solar cell
phone charger and a
robotic car? Find out at
this special Girls Night
Out as we partner with
Go Solar! Kids to push
boundaries challenge
ourselves and look at the
world in a new way. Get
energized with pool time,
a dance party, and fun.
Cost includes program
supplies, patch, snack,
pizza, and light breakfast.

Cost: $30 girl, $5 adult
Date: November 22-23, 2014,
from 8 pm-8am

 

Sneak Peek
Pajama Party
Grades K-3 
Swimming, dancing, and
silly science! Experiment
with sparkly silly putty
and put an egg-in-abottle,
have a pool party,
and dance with a DJ.
Cost includes program
sessions, snack, and pool
party.

Cost: $8 girl, adult free
Date: November 22, 2014
from 6 pm-8:30 pm

By Maureen Graham

The 2014 Fall Product Sale Program has begun, but it’s not too late to DIVE IN and BE ACTIVE!!!  Girls can earn recognition credit until October 19 by selling nuts and chocolates, magazines and photo keepsakes.  Troops earn 20% in proceeds on items sold; an easy way to gain start up funds for your troop!  Interested? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist today to get started. 

 

Volunteers who took the Fall Product Sale Program Training received a certificate for FREE Digital Troop Photo Book for their troop.  If you have tried to redeem your troop’s certificate and have gotten an error message – do not be alarmed.  There are some delays as the vendor gets this exciting new program up and running.  Missed one of the council’s in person Fall Sale Trainings and interested in receiving a certificate for a FREE Digital Troop Photo Book?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist to find out how – while supplies last!

 

In search of excellent Express Cookie Cupboards! Looking ahead to the 2015 Cookie Sale Program, we find that there are a number of openings for Cookie Cupboards in our council.  Consider volunteering to take on this vital role of our Cookie Sale.  Hosting an Express Cookie Cupboard does not take a great space or time commitment.  Receive a cookie shipment once a week during the sale, only when your area troops place a planned order and choose your cupboard as their pick up site.  After delivery, troops come and pick up just the cookies that they ordered and there is not much more to do for the week.  If troops do not place any orders that week, no cookies are delivered.  And there is no additional product on hand to store!  This volunteer position would be great for retired or work/stay-at-homes with internet access.  Interested? Know someone who could host an Express Cupboard?  Need more information? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

 

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the new gluten free Trios cookie for the 2015 Cookie Sale.  Did your troop miss the opportunity to place a pre-order and participate in this year’s pilot program?  It’s not too late!  We still have a limited number of cases available.  Interested in participating in the Gluten Free Cookie Pilot Program?  See all of the details on our website and contact us today!

By Maureen Graham

The 2014 Fall Product Sale Program has begun, but it’s not too late to DIVE IN and BE ACTIVE!!!  Girls can earn recognition credit until October 19 by selling nuts and chocolates, magazines and photo keepsakes.  Troops earn 20% in proceeds on items sold; an easy way to gain start up funds for your troop!  Interested? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist today to get started. 

 

Volunteers who took the Fall Product Sale Program Training received a certificate for FREE Digital Troop Photo Book for their troop.  If you have tried to redeem your troop’s certificate and have gotten an error message – do not be alarmed.  There are some delays as the vendor gets this exciting new program up and running.  Missed one of the council’s in person Fall Sale Trainings and interested in receiving a certificate for a FREE Digital Troop Photo Book?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist to find out how – while supplies last!

 

In search of excellent Express Cookie Cupboards! Looking ahead to the 2015 Cookie Sale Program, we find that there are a number of openings for Cookie Cupboards in our council.  Consider volunteering to take on this vital role of our Cookie Sale.  Hosting an Express Cookie Cupboard does not take a great space or time commitment.  Receive a cookie shipment once a week during the sale, only when your area troops place a planned order and choose your cupboard as their pick up site.  After delivery, troops come and pick up just the cookies that they ordered and there is not much more to do for the week.  If troops do not place any orders that week, no cookies are delivered.  And there is no additional product on hand to store!  This volunteer position would be great for retired or work/stay-at-homes with internet access.  Interested? Know someone who could host an Express Cupboard?  Need more information? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

 

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the new gluten free Trios cookie for the 2015 Cookie Sale.  Did your troop miss the opportunity to place a pre-order and participate in this year’s pilot program?  It’s not too late!  We still have a limited number of cases available.  Interested in participating in the Gluten Free Cookie Pilot Program?  See all of the details on our website and contact us today!

By Amanda Morrow

Exciting Kaleidoscope preview: author Erin Soderberg Downing will be presenting “The Magic of Writing: Turning Your Life into Stories”!  Check out her awesome series The Quirks, and don’t forget to register for the second annual Kaleidoscope, happening May 2, 2015 in Superior, WI.

Join us for Kaleidoscope on May 2, 2015 in Superior!  More information and registration materials are here.  $5 early bird registration runs through December 1!

 




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

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