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By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist

We are currently planning the 6-week after-school Girl Scout Series—It’s Your Business, Run It!—and have a seasonal part time opening for a Girl Scouts in ACTION Coordinator. This position is responsible for quality delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by working directly with schools and volunteers to coordinate a 6-week after-school Girl Scout series culminating with a related Take Action event/project.  This person may also facilitate some of the sessions.  We will need a coordinator and volunteers in both the Alexandria and Willmar communities.  Training for this series begins mid-January.

If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering your time and talent as a role model for girls, please contact Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist, at 320-403-2108 or mhanson@gslakesandpines.org.  

By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist

In support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops are happy to offer adult volunteers the tools they need to guide girls in their leadership Journeys. Now through Dec. 31, 2012, all 18 Adult Guide/Journey Book Sets for all age-levels are 33% off. Regularly $15, on sale $10.

The adult guide for each Journey offers an introduction to the journey's theme and awards, grade-level-specific tips and suggestions, and a full set of sample session plans filled with ceremonies, activities, discussions, and reflections. Adult guides also provide detailed instructions, examples, supply lists, and discussion starters to bring the journey to life in partnership with girls.

Save $5 during this special limited time offer! Visit us or contact your Girl Scout shop in Waite Park and Duluth to place an order.

Please note: Hurricane Sandy has caused a delay in the processing and shipping of orders from Girl Scout Merchandise on the east coast. If you have recently placed a special order with Lakes & Pines shops, it may be arriving later than our normal two week turn-around. We remain well-stocked with most all of the Girl Scout basics - uniforms, emblems, awards, and books. Please call if you have questions about an order you placed recently.

If you and your fellow Girl Scout leaders would benefit from additional training on how to blend Journeys and the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting into a more meaningful Leadership Experience, please contact me (320-403-2108 or mhanson@gslakesandpines.org)  to set up a learning session for your Service Unit.

By Marge Hanson, Volunteer Specialist

There will be a training day in St Cloud on Saturday, December 8, at Rasmussen College.  This includes Cookie Training.  If you missed the training in Glenwood on November 15, you may attend this one.  However, please register so that they have sufficient materials for everyone.  Check out the registration form today and let us know you're coming! Forms received after 12/4 will not guarantee you program supplies.

By Bonnie Reeves

 

What a whirlwind of a fall it’s been.  We ‘ve transitioned through SU  Fall Kick-Off,  Registrations Nights, Parent Meetings, Fall Product Sale, Training and of course the Appointment Process-you know the paper work that goes along with becoming a volunteer.  Many of you are scanning the Program Guide with your girls checking our Programming options or deciding with your girls which Journey Book best suits them.  At your local SU Meetings you are deciding who will be your delegates at the Annual Meeting in Duluth representing your local Girl Scouts.

I have had the pleasure to travel across our Region and meet many of our volunteers and frankly you have taken to heart my strong encouragement of building a troop committee to support your troops and your Service Unit (SU).  I’ve had some of you e mail me and tell me to check my phone there must be something wrong as it’s always busy…it’s been busy alright.  We are facing a wonderful problem – we have a lot of new volunteers.  I tallied my book last night and the last count was 91 new volunteers in Region 3 and the number is continuing to increase daily!

Our functional Volunteer Specialist Team will continue to refine our process and increase our efficiency. You can help us by filling in the blanks on the forms and providing e mail contacts for references when possible as this does speed up the process.  If you have questions please ask us as we are here to serve you our volunteers.  Keep building your troop and SU teams and take a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are to have so many people willing to volunteer for our girls to empower them and help develop their leadership skills.  We will help them develop their courage, confidence and character to be able to dream and believe that their dreams can come true and to be true to themselves. Along the way we’ll provide fun with a purpose and create our own remarkable journey.

Regional Day of training for R03 is on our website- regsitration deadline is Nov 12th

http://gslakesandpines.org/index.phphttp://gslakesandpines.org/index.php?mod=Calendar&event_id=1936?mod=Calendar&event_id=1936

Thank you for volunteering for Girl Scouts for taking time from your busy lives to make a difference in another girls life.

By Linda Bear

This just in: a tour has been added to the Weekend Escape: Twin Cities trip!

We will be including a stop at the North Star Scout Museum to check out artifacts from early Girl Scouts as well as check out the 100th Anniversary exhibit there! Other destinations on this December 8th-9th trip include the State Capitol, a show at the Children’s Theatre, dinner downtown Minneapolis, the Holidazzle parade, fun at the Water Park of America, shopping at the Mall of America, and a tour/lunch date with the Rainforest Café! Check out all the details here and find out how to register: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/index.php?mod=Calendar&event_id=1807

By Linda Bear

Regional Service Unit Training

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Glenwood Lutheran Church

206 Minnesota Avenue East

Glenwood, MN 56334

(Please note: Entrance and parking are located at the back of the church.)

 

This meeting is for all Troop Cookie Managers as well as all interested volunteers.

 

Dessert will be served beginning at 6:15.

 

Please RSVP by noon on Monday, November12, to mhanson@gslakesandpines.org

 

By Bonnie Reeves

So you decided to become a Girl Scout volunteer…

Now you’re having a panic attack…what was I thinking?

Don’t worry be happy - enjoy your journey. Relax …call me or your local

Community Coordinator’s or Service Unit Manager’s we are here to help.

Ask yourself a few key questions.

1)    Have you received your appointment letter?

No, well did you complete the paperwork? (Registration, Application , Authorize Background Check & Interview)

2)    Did you register for New Leader Orientation Training?

No, check out our website for dates and locations near you!

 

Or

 

Save the date –

Regional Day of Training l Garrison  l 

Saturday, November 17th  l  9am-4pm l  Free

Details coming soon

I assure you everything will be OK!  You are about to embark on journey that will be as rewarding for you as your daughter.

By MonicaHusen

Read the Lakes & Pines “E-Shopper” for Girl Scout volunteers! News of council shop promotions and timely information regarding Girl Scout merchandise will keep you in the know. October 2012 “E-Shopper” highlights: What every Girl Scout volunteer needs; What every girl needs; order forms; troop leader t-shirts; Welcome Set special offer; Citizen badges. Enjoy!

By Bonnie Reeves

Now you’re having a panic attack…what was I thinking?

Don’t worry be happy - enjoy your journey. Relax …call me or your local

Community Coordinator’s or Service Unit Manager’s we are here to help.

Ask yourself a few key questions.

1)    Have you received your appointment letter?

No, well did you complete all the paperwork?

2)    Did you register for New Leader Orientation Training?

No, check out our website for dates and locations

 Or

 Save the date –

Regional Day of Training l Garrison  l  

Saturday, November 17th  l  9am-4pm l  Free

Details coming soon

I assure you everything will be OK!  You are about to embark on journey that will be as rewarding for you as your daughter.

By Tricia Andrews

Read the Lakes & Pines “E-Shopper” for Girl Scout volunteers! News of council shop promotions and timely information regarding Girl Scout merchandise will keep you in the know. October 2012 “E-Shopper” (or http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/3346.pdf) highlights: What every Girl Scout volunteer needs; What every girl needs; order forms; troop leader t-shirts; Welcome Set special offer; Citizen badges. Enjoy!

By bdean

 

Fall registration has been going well. Thank you to all of the new and returning leaders. Without you there wouldn’t be Girl Scouts!

 

By MonicaHusen

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 2 to 4 p.m.
Edgewood Vista in Brainerd
$1.00 donation
any qustions call Susan at 218-829-9754

By Jessica Kershner

There's something for everyone camp! Take a look at all of the fun coming your way.

October:

Fall Festivities|
Walker, MN
Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome, too!) | October 26-27, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults and program aides

Fall Festivities--Day Only|Walker, MN
Grades k-adult | October 27, 9am-4:30pm| $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides

Haunted Harvest| Walker, MN
Grades 6-12 | October 27-28 9am-11am| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults 



November:

Fall Festivities
| Spicer, MN
Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome, too!) | November 2-3, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering
adults and program aides


Fall Festivities—Day Only
|Spicer, MN
Grades k-adult | November 3,
9am-4:30pm | $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides

Haunted Harvest| Spicer, MN
Grades 6-12 | November 3-4 9am-11am|$35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults


 

By Jessica Kershner

Check out a complete list of upcoming council activities at our website.

Consider using your Program Aide or Volunteer in Training skills to help at council-sponsored activites--most are offered at a reduced price to volunteers.


NOVEL Ideas Mini-Series| Hinckley, MN

Grades 6-12 (adults are welcome, too!) | October 6 (9am-Noon), October 27 (9am-10:30am), November 10 (9am-10:30am)  |Registration Deadline: September 28th, 2012| $10

Join author of The Seeing Stone, Karlajean Becvar for 3 Saturday sessions to complete the Senior Novelist Badge from the It’s Your World—Change It! journey series. You’ll spend time with a local author to learn what it takes to write a book, visit the Hinckley Fire Museum to connect with the inspiration behind events in the book, develop you own plot, and, by completing some activities at home, you’ll earn the Novelist Badge for Senior Girl Scouts. Price includes: snacks, supplies, entrance to the Hinckley Fire Museum, free copy of the book The Seeing Stone by local author Karlajean  Becvar and the Novelist Badge. Additional books can be purchased for $10 each. Contact Jennifer Schmitt (jjsgschmitt@dishmail.net) for more details or to register.

By Jessica Kershner

Growing up in Girl Scouts, I sometimes felt that the older I got, the less programming I was offered. I hope as older girls in Girl Scouting today you don't think this is still the case. I want to highlight some older girl adventures coming your way:

Mentoring Awards:

Juniors: Check out page 33 of Junior: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for information on how to earn your Junior Aide award.


Cadettes: Check out page 30 of Cadette: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for information on how to earn a Leader in Action award and your Program Aide award. (Please note: you'll have to complete one Leader in Action award before you'll be eligible for Program Aide Training). Keep your eyes open for details of upcoming Program Aide Trainings--they'll be offered in each region starting in the Spring of 2013.


Seniors:
Check out page 32 of Senior: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for information on how to earn your Volunteer in Training and your Counselor in Training awards. Keep your eyes open for details of upcoming Volunteer in Training courses offered in the Spring of 2013. Counselor in Training courses are offered at select camp properties during the summer camp season.


Ambassadors:
Check out page 29 of Ambassador: The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for more information on how to earn your Volunteer in Training, Counselor in Training, and Counselor in Training II awards. Volunteer in Training courses will be offered in the Spring of 2013. Counselor in Training courses are offered at select camp properties during the summer camp season.

By Maureen Graham

It’s almost FLAMINGO TIME!!!

 

Troops throughout the council are getting ready to participate in this year’s Fall Product Sale program which gives girls a great opportunity to raise funds for their upcoming Girl Scout adventures. 

 

The Fall Product Sale, which runs October 6 – October 21, 2012, features delicious chocolates and nuts such as Dark Chocolate Mint Penguins, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bears, melt-in-your-mouth Dulce de Leche chocolates, and also the fun, new, collectible Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace mailbox tin which contains the ever popular Mint TreasuresThe other part of the Fall Product Sale is the magazine portion where girls may sell any of a large variety of magazines either in person or online. With over 665+ magazine subscriptions, plus 50 digital subscriptions and 30 combo deals, where customers buy a regular subscription and get the digital version free, there is something for everyone in the magazine sale.  Remember, with online magazine sales there is no need to collect money from troop families, and no need to pick up or deliver any products! 

 

Troops earn 20% of the proceeds from the sales of both the magazines and the nuts and chocolates.  Girls may earn fun recognition items like a hair tie lollipop, tap and wrap watch, or Fiona Flamingo, this year’s Fall Product Sale program mascot.  Also, the Fall Product Sale program provides much needed resources to help support our council’s local offices and you, our volunteers. 

 

Please remember, girls in a troop need to participate in BOTH the council-sponsored Fall Product Sale AND the Cookie Sale programs for a troop to be eligible to participate in any additional money earning activities such a bake sale, rummage sale, or other troop fundraiser.

 

In the Fall Product Sale program, troops may sell just chocolates and nuts, or just magazines, or both!  There are no minimum or maximum sales amounts required in order to participate.  Interested?  Click the link for more details Fall Product Sale for Volunteers or contact Maureen Graham in the Waite Park office to find out how you can get started!

By Maureen Graham

It’s almost FLAMINGO TIME!!!

 

Troops throughout the council are getting ready to participate in this year’s Fall Product Sale program which gives girls a great opportunity to raise funds for their upcoming Girl Scout adventures. 

 

The Fall Product Sale, which runs October 6 – October 21, 2012, features delicious chocolates and nuts such as Dark Chocolate Mint Penguins, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bears, melt-in-your-mouth Dulce de Leche chocolates, and also the fun, new, collectible Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace mailbox tin which contains the ever popular Mint TreasuresThe other part of the Fall Product Sale is the magazine portion where girls may sell any of a large variety of magazines either in person or online. With over 665+ magazine subscriptions, plus 50 digital subscriptions and 30 combo deals, where customers buy a regular subscription and get the digital version free, there is something for everyone in the magazine sale.  Remember, with online magazine sales there is no need to collect money from troop families, and no need to pick up or deliver any products! 

 

Troops earn 20% of the proceeds from the sales of both the magazines and the nuts and chocolates.  Girls may earn fun recognition items like a hair tie lollipop, tap and wrap watch, or Fiona Flamingo, this year’s Fall Product Sale program mascot.  Also, the Fall Product Sale program provides much needed resources to help support our council’s local offices and you, our volunteers. 

 

Please remember, girls in a troop need to participate in BOTH the council-sponsored Fall Product Sale AND the Cookie Sale programs for a troop to be eligible to participate in any additional money earning activities such a bake sale, rummage sale, or other troop fundraiser.

 

In the Fall Product Sale program, troops may sell just chocolates and nuts, or just magazines, or both!  There are no minimum or maximum sales amounts required in order to participate.  Interested?  Click the link for more details Fall Product Sale for Volunteers  or contact Maureen Graham in the Waite Park office to find out how you can get started!

By Linda Bear

Check out these great programs at Camp Sanderson in Spicer!  Click here to register

We are also looking for volunteers who would like to assist at these programs.  If you are interested please contact Jessica Kershner at jkerschner@gslakesandpines.org.  Jessica is also to the person to contact if you have any questions specific to these programs. 

Fall Festivities| Spicer, MN

Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome,too!) | November 2-3, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering
adults and program aides

Come celebrate autumn at Camp Sanderson! Join us for a Friday Fall-themed dinner. Spend the night in the
Program Center, and the day celebrating the season with pumpkins, squash, and scarecrows. Price includes dinner, breakfast, lunch, snack, lodging, program materials and a fun patch. Deadline to register is October 12 and space is limited.

 

Fall Festivities—Day Only|
Spicer, MN

Grades k-adult | November 3, 9am-4:30pm | $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides

Come celebrate autumn at Camp Sanderson! Join us for a day of pumpkins, squash, and scarecrows. Enjoy the
colors of fall during a craft session, and songs and games to celebrate the season. Price includes lunch, snack, program materials and a fun patch. Deadline to register is October 12 and space is limited.

 

Haunted Harvest| Spicer, MN

Grades 6-12 | November 3-4 9am-11am|$35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults

Join us Saturday for the daytime Fall Festivities, then we’ll enjoy an autumn-themed dinner, and when the sun
goes down we’ll haunt the campground. Take a haunted stroll through camp, go spider sniffing, and learn about things that go “bump” in the night. Be sure to bring your favorite scary stories to the campfire. Cost includes lunch, snack, dinner, breakfast, lodging, program materials and a fun patch. Deadline to register is October 12 and space is limited.

By Bonnie Reeves

Regions three is blessed with a strong volunteer base.

We have five trainers and a dedicated core of volunteers who

have hosted a Volunteer Retreat for three years.

 I hope you can join them as they relax, refresh and reconnect;

as they embark on another Girl Scout Year!

Volunteer Retreat!

October 12-14, 2012

Camp Shingobee Timbers

 

Pack your bags and get ready to

“Camp Like a Girl”!

See the home page on the website for details.

http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/3222.pdf

Please, contact Bonnie if you have questions!

By MonicaHusen

Tricia Andrews, from the Bemidji Girl Scout Office, will present a Program On The Go for Cadette Scouts and their leaders who wish to complete the Silver Award. 

She will present the orientation in Brainerd on Monday, October 1, from 6:30-8:30, at the Girl Scout Office/Room across from Monica’s office on the corner of Kingwood and 8th St.

Tricia would like this form used for registration:  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/2317.pdf. It’s also under the program page at the www.gslakesandpines.org website.  The cost is $5 per girl, adults free. Girls and adult receive the Silver Award Guidelines and Forms and other handouts that help them learn about the Silver Award process and what makes for a successful final project. The deadline for having the forms in to Tricia will be the Friday before the event. That would be September 28th. They need to be mailed or faxed to Tricia Andrews at the Bemidji office. She would like a minimum of 20 participants. 

 

If anyone has any questions, they can call me, Pam Stock at 828-9110 or email me at lpsstock@msn.com.

By bdean

 

Fall is upon us and that means Girl Scout registration nights are happening across our council.  Be sure to check our website to find a sign up date in your region.  If you've already signed up, that's great!  Your girls leader will be contacting you soon.  Is your girl wanting to be a part of Girl Scouts but she wants to participate in other ways besides being in a troop?  Check out additional ways for girls to be involved.  They're called pathways. Learn more at www.gslakesandpines.org

By MonicaHusen

Continue to check out the G.S. website for upcoming trainings.

By MonicaHusen

Registration nights are starting , girls will be bringing home flyers from school.
Some ask what if we can not make it to the registration night, you can still become a member of Girl Scouts, on each flyer is a contact perosns name
amd phone number, give them a call and they will get your  girls registered and conected with a troop.

By MonicaHusen

Healthier Girls ... Be One | Northland Arboretum | Brainerd MN

Girls Ages 11-15 & adults | Wed August 29 | Free

 

Use this link for more information or to RSVP today!

By MonicaHusen

Check back next week for dates on upcoming registration nights and watc our website at www.gslakesandpines.org for dates and times.




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