May 13, 2014 at 05:49pm
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: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LetsGetStarted/
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!
April 23, 2014 at 01:46pm
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com).
April 9, 2014 at 08:31am
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!
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.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org | 320-252-2952
April 9, 2014 at 08:26am
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
April 1, 2014 at 05:35pm
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:http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LearningDevelopment/
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: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/
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!
February 20, 2014 at 11:09am
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!
January 31, 2014 at 10:46am
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!
December 19, 2013 at 04:53pm
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/
December 17, 2013 at 10:26am
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
Day Program: Feb 8, 9am-4:30pm
Overnight Program: Feb 8 – 9, 2014 9am Saturday – 11am Sunday
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 email@example.com
December 12, 2013 at 10:55am
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!
Bring a new friend (new to Girl Scouts) and you each get $5 off of your fee!
December 5, 2013 at 09:00am
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.
November 20, 2013 at 02:22pm
November 18, 2013 at 02:39pm
Be a Friend First Overnight!
January 31- February 1, 2014
5:30 pm – 1:00 pm
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
November 18, 2013 at 09:54am
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.
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!
November 15, 2013 at 11:43am
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Region 3 Training Day
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!
It's a Snap Cookie Website and Forms
Service Unit Manager/Community Coordinator (SUM/CC)
Website and EBIZ
Songs and Games
Troop Trip Progression
November 11, 2013 at 02:27pm
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.
Send in your Girl Scout story.
September 16, 2013 at 11:49am
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 email@example.com or phone 320-247-4571 by noon on September 23. Please join us!
September 13, 2013 at 05:05pm
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!
August 15, 2013 at 02:15pm
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.
August 6, 2013 at 10:36am
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.
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.
June 18, 2013 at 09:58am
Join local Girl Scouts for some fun in the sun this summer! We will go swimming, learn about bugs and visit the zoo! Each Session will be held at a different location with our final session in St. Paul. Girls will also plan part of our last session-they will be in charge of deciding how we will spend the day.
At every session, snack will be provided. Each girl will receive a patch and get to see what being a Girl Scout is really like!
Girl Scouts! Bring a non-registered Girl Scout friend and receive $5 off of your total fee!
Not a Girl Scout? No problem! Just fill out the registration form!
Session One – Swimming/Ice Cream Party – Monday, Jul y 8
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join us at Lum Park for a day of fun at the beach! Ice cream treats and water provided.
Session Two – Arboretum Visit – Monday, July 15
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet at the Northland Arboretum and learn about bugs and plants! Plant your own plant in a recycled container to bring home! Snack and water provided.
Session Three – Como Zoo Trip – Monday, July 22
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The bus leaves from Brainerd Girl Scout Office at 8:30 a.m. for Como Zoo!! Girls will plan their day at the zoo, as well as an optional activity to do during the day.
Bring a Bag lunch and a beverage! We will spend the day at the Como Zoo in St. Paul and plan on arriving back at the Brainerd Girl Scout Office at 7:00 p.m.
Only $40! (Zoo only $30)
Register by July 1, 2013!!!
Call or email Amanda Strobel or Monica Husen
if you would like to register for summer fun!
June 4, 2013 at 11:05am
Girl Scout Volunteers in the Brainerd area invite you to participate in this special event ...
Calling all Girl Scouts and Families!
You are invited to
Paul Bunyan Land for a day of fun!
On June 9 starting at 10:30 am.
Paul Bunyan’s hours are from 10-6. You can stay as long as you want.
Prices are $12.95 for all Girl Scouts. $7.50 for all Leaders attending.
One admission includes all day enjoyment of Paul Bunyan Land, Paul's Petting Barn, This Old Farm Pioneer Village and all attractions therein.
Paul Bunyan Land is located east of Brainerd. Learn more here: http://www.paulbunyanland.com/
Any Questions call or email me.
Please RSVP Sarah Jungels
by 10 am June 8th.
firstname.lastname@example.org Or 218-821-8638
May 2, 2013 at 01:34pm
Holding up the Girl Scout sign, I began the Promise confidently: “On my honor, I will try…” But, I stopped suddenly to swallow an unexpected lump in my throat. Looking down at the tiled floor of the church basement, I was a bit embarrassed by the sudden trickle of tears the words brought to my eyes: “To help people at all times…”
Finishing in a whisper, I juggled my presence of mind to recite the Law along with the other attendees of the New Leader training and the sudden, overwhelming memories of Girl Scouts in my younger years: beautiful, shining years of meetings and field trips and overnights. Leaders who declared “great job” no matter how badly you did. Camping trips hilariously punctuated by wet tents and burnt food. Hundreds of cases of cookies piled in our family’s barn when my mom once volunteered as Community Cookie Coordinator. Now, standing in a circle with other young mothers whose Kindergartners, like mine, were chomping at the bit to don the little blue vests, I would bestow these beautiful, shining experiences on my own girls.
Experiences gaining confidence. Growing up in New England, I attended Camp Wind-in-the-Pines in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the camp song begins “Some call it fun, while some may call it ma-a-a-dness! A ham by nature, I was never afraid to sing the loudest or get up on stage, but I was shy about being athletic. I preferred not to sweat “ever” and I cramped up in the first 20 yards of a jog. But, the swim coach at Camp Wind-in-the-Pines (Sunshine was the only name I knew her by, of course) didn’t buy it. Slapping the green swim cap of an intermediate swimmer in my hand, she pushed me to bend my knees deeper to dive further; to relax yet engage my muscles to float on my back; to kick and stroke in harmony to actually move along in the water, not just make a splashy show.
Sunshine wasn’t the only person who contributed to my confidence then; wrapped in their grungier-by-the-day beach towels, my tentmates patiently waited through my sluggish laps, leafing through a wrinkled Sassy magazine at the edge of the greenish-goldish water.
Experiences shaping character. Seniors in high school, my troop saved money fiendishly for years to get ourselves - and an assortment of mothers, aunts, and sisters - to London for a European excursion. Donning windpants and backpacks in the sunny but chilly English spring, we stayed in the Lord Baden Powell Scout Center, ate fish and chips, and snapped 35mm photos of ourselves performing cheerleading stunts in Trafalgar Square. One afternoon, in the shadow of Kensington Palace, there occurred a moment of disagreement about the palace’s tour hours or cost or some other logistical cog in our day’s schedule. Frustrated, I vented my opinion on the problem loudly, brattily, to our troop leader. Rather than telling me I was rude (I was rude!) or solving the problem for the group of girls, she gently pointed me toward two, red-clad guards wearing classic plumed helmets. Culpable for my childishness, I gulped and approached the guards slowly to ask them our question. No one gloated as I sheepishly repeated the information to the group, and our leader gave me her standard, but sincere, “great job!”
Experiences showing courage. I am now a fourth-year Daisy leader; having accompanied my older daughter and nine other Daisies through two years of scouts and bridged them to Brownies, I turned back to begin Daisies anew with my younger daughter and nine fresh Daisies. Last year, in the small lobby of a retirement home, the girls entertained the residents with holiday songs. My nerves were piqued. Having recently moved to our town and begun a new troop in Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes & Pines, I’d never been to this retirement center; I had no reputation as a good leader (or not) here; I didn’t actually know the girls that well yet. Still, the visit went smoothly until a resident seated in a wheelchair next to the Christmas tree shook his head and croaked “no” to one of our girls when she offered him a Christmas card. Perhaps other small children would have become shy or even scared. But, the man, clearly unaware of his surroundings, didn’t rattle this Daisy at all; she offered the card a second time and asked sweetly, “don’t you want a Christmas card?”
This is where my grand plan to hand down the beautiful, shining experiences of Girl Scouts to my daughters leaves off. That is, rather than see the Girl Scouts in my life - leaders, friends, my mother, my sister, my daughters, and their friends, and their mothers - as parts of a big, happy memory, I see them as contributors to a continuing experience that expands, turns a corner, and grows a new dimension every time I hold up the Girl Scout sign to start a meeting or take a silly photo of the girls (on my phone now rather than a 35mm).
Girl Scouts has not imbued me with special talents or abilities that make me courageous, confident, or of strong character; on the contrary, Girl Scouts in my past like my supportive friends and patient leader as well as those in the present, like the courageous, confident Daisy who showed immense character through kindness to an aging man, encourage me to pursue these things every day.
Girl Scout Volunteer
Written in 2012
May 2, 2013 at 12:42pm
Reflecting back to when I began searching for an internship, I never imagined I’d end up at the Girl Scouts. Social work is about identifying social justice issues that affect people’s quality of life; cookies, crafts and camp didn’t seem to qualify as a social justice issue. However, during my internship I saw first hand that Girl Scouts isn’t just about having fun, it’s about breaking down barriers that prevent girls from being able to reach their full potential such as; economic disadvantages, cultural differences, and media influence. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the girls to teach them financial literacy skills that they will be able to utilize in the future.
As my time at the Girl Scouts comes to an end I am able to look back on my first day and see the changes not only in the girls that I’ve worked with but in myself as well. While implementing the Girl Scouts in ACTION curriculum I not only taught the girls but I learned so many new things from them that I will use in my future career. Every girl needs a role model to look up to and I’m so glad that I was given the chance to be that for some girls.
Girl Scouts in ACTION Intern
Waite Park Regional Center, supervisor Leah Voss
Student at St. Cloud State University
May 2, 2013