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By Hannah McCabe

Have you registered for Kaleidoscope yet? Would you like to travel with your troop and other girls from your area? Sign up today to catch a FREE ride from Bemidji to the University of Wisconsin – Superior and enjoy a worry free trip! Simply add the transportation option to your registration when you sign up online here: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Kaleidoscope/

Or contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3182 with questions and to reserve your seat. Spaces are limited so register now to guarantee a spot! 

By Denise Paulisich

Entries must be received in the Duluth Regional Girl Scout Office by March 7 for the Leader's Day Card!  Make a design for this year's Leader's Day Card and you might be a winner!  Girl Scout Leader's Day is April 22.  Designs are due March 7, 2015.  Any girl member of Lakes and Pines is eligible to participate.

Here's what you do: 

1.  Create a 3.5" X 8" card representing Girl Scouts.

2.  Write a greeting to Girl Scout volunteers on the front.

3.  Leave the inside blank.

4.  Use as many colors as you like.  No glitter, stamping, or computer generation.

5.  Include a description explaining why you chose your design, your name, address, troop number, and program level on the back of the card.

6.  Mail to:  Girl Scouts of MN & WI Lakes and Pines, 424 W Superior St, Suite G#, Duluth, MN 55802

Sorry, card entries will not be returned to you.  One overall design will be chosen and used for the Leader's Day Card 2015.  One winner for each program level will be chosen.

By Keri Lynn

Running Sap is cause for celebration in the Northland Sugarbush!  Did you know it takes 40-45 gallons of sap to make just one gallon of the delicious sweet stuff we love on pancakes and waffles – Maple Syrup ?!

 

There are at least one hundred species of maple trees in the world.  Fourteen are native to the United States, and in Minnesota four species are used for producing maple syrup!  They include Sugar, Red, and Silver Maples, as well as Box Elders.

 

The sap flows early in the spring when the daytime temperatures rise above freezing and drop back down below freezing at night.  In our region that could be anytime from mid to late February through March and early April.

 

Identify, tap and boil down your own maple syrup at our upcoming program Tap to Table!  Try your hand at making hard maple candy/taffy and earn a fun patch after attending this SWEET program.  Consider staying overnight on Friday or Saturday and enjoy a Ojibwe inspired meal and learn about the traditions during this time of spring renewal.  Find all the details on page 7 of the Program Guide, and sign up today!

By Hannah McCabe

Interested in a Travel Pathway this summer? Register now for our Atlanta and Savannah trip to experience the rich histories of these two cities and tour Girl Scout First headquarters. Need more information? Check out this years Program Guide or contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3182.

By Tricia Andrews

Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Committee Training | Saturday, April 18 | 9 AM-4:30 PM |Caribou Coffee, St. Cloud

Why consider being part of the Girl Scout Gold Award committee?  Those who are already on the committee will tell you that it is fun.  Really!  They might also tell you how rewarding it is to see girls develop through the Gold Award process.  We see such a transormation. Something magic happen between their first sometimes shaky interview  with the committee to that final meeting several months later.  When girls return to present  their final report, we see articulate, poised and confident young women.  Young women who know that through their hard work, creativity and determination, they truly and concretely made the world a better place.  

We are seeking additional committee members from all corners of our council; consider joining us April 18 in St. Cloud to part of this dynamic and purposeful goup.  Meals and volunter mileage reimbursement provided. For more information, please contact Director of Program Tricia Andrews at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

By Tricia Andrews

Cirque Ziva Special Offer for Girl Scouts! | Mitchel Auditorium, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth MN | Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Doors Open 7 PM, Show 8 PM | Girl Scout Discount $5 off per Girl Scout or adult family member (regular prices children $19.50 adults $39.50)  | Contest for two free tickets – details below!
 The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva, a new world-class cirque spectacular that has been thrilling audiences across the United States since its creation in 2011, is offering a special Girl Scout discount for its February 14th Duluth performance. 

Ticket Contest: Lakes and Pines have TWO FREE Cirque Ziva tickets to any girl or adult registered to attend Kaleidoscope coming up  May 2nd in Duluth.  To qualify for the contest, just sign up for Kaleidoscope by 9 AM Thursday, February 12; tickets will be drawn at 11:00 that morning.  Our thanks to JADE PRESENTS for their generous support of  Girl Scouts!

The Girl Scout discount will be honored via phone at 800-447-5444 or in person, 1200 Kenwood Ave, as well as at the box office day-of show. Just mention that you are a member of Girl Scouts or are a member of the Girl Scout community when purchasing your tickets.

This fast-paced, technically-innovative performance showcases traditional Chinese acrobats, dance and costumes, ancient and contemporary music and modern theatrical techniques. The renowned acrobats dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form. For more details, visit  http://jadepresents.com/cirque-ziva-duluth/

 “There is a precision and beauty about everything they do,” says The Washington Post. The large cast and dazzling production designs illustrate just how breathtaking Chinese acrobatics can be. Cirque Ziva is sure to entertain, delight and keep audiences of all ages in suspense.

By Tricia Andrews

Cirque Ziva Special Offer for Girl Scouts! | Mitchel Auditorium, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth MN | Saturday, February 14, 2015 | Doors Open 7 PM, Show 8 PM | Girl Scout Discount $5 off per Girl Scout or adult family member (regular prices children $19.50 adults $39.50)  | Contest for two free tickets – details below!
 

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva, a new world-class cirque spectacular that has been thrilling audiences across the United States since its creation in 2011, is offering a special Girl Scout discount for its February 14th Duluth performance. The Girl Scout discount will be honored via phone at 800-447-5444 or in person, 1200 Kenwood Ave, as well as at the box office day-of show. Just mention that you are a member of Girl Scouts or are a member of the Girl Scout community when purchasing your tickets.

Ticket Contest: Lakes and Pines have  TWO FREE Cirque Ziva tickets to any girl or adult registered to attend Kaleidoscope coming up  May 2nd in Duluth.  To qualify for the contest, just sign up for Kaleidoscope by 9 AM Thursday, February 12; tickets will be drawn at 11:00 that morning.  Our thanks to JADE PRESENTS for their generous support of  Girl Scouts!

By Tricia Andrews

 

President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. To qualify, youth volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to YSA, and they verify the service and award the PVSA.  Girls may apply the time they spend on a Take Action project, including the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, toward the Preseident's Volunteer Service Award.  For details, visit http://www.ysa.org/pvsa.

 

By Tricia Andrews

Stars on Ice | xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN | Sunday, March 22 | 4 pm | $13.50 per person (reg. $27.50)

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to the 2015 Stars on Ice "Dancing for Joy" Tour, celebrating our love of dancing on ice with many of the top medalists of the past two Winter Olympic games.  This year's tour features 2014 Olympic Ice Dance Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who captured the hearts of fans with their near perfect performances in Sochi last February. Click on Stars on Ice for ticket info and special incentives for large groups. 

By Tricia Andrews

Worlds Toughest Rodeo | January 31, 2015 | Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN | Girl Scouts and their families | Orders due January 21 and are based on ticket availability | Ticket prices range from $10.25 to $25.25 for youth 12 and under, adult discounted tickets $13 to $43

Hang on to your cowgirl hasts for a special Girl Scout Saturday Night Rodeo at the Xcel Energy Center!  The special offer includes a ticket and access to the "Cowgirl Camp" prior to the rodeao (5:30-6:30 PM.  Girl Scouts will also receive a patch.  Download the event flyer here or go to excelenergycenter.com/girlscouts.  For more information call 651-312-3486.

By Tricia Andrews

Win Free Lift Tickets!

Each person who registers to attend one of our three outdoor winter programs will be entered into a drawing to win two free lift tickets compliments of Buena Vista Ski Area

By Amanda Morrow

Coming February 6-8, 2015: Get out and explore the winter wonderland we call home! Use the gear at Camp Shingobee Timbers or bring your own to snowshoe, ski, sled, and skate your way to a winter adventure. Let’s have some “Frozen” fun! Pin the carrot on Olaf, make frozen popcorn, and have Karaoke time with your favorite Elsa and Anna songs. Activities dependent on weather.

3 choices: Friday overnightSaturday day program and Saturday overnight.

Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow at 218-302-3182 or amorrow@gslakesandpines.org. 

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 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 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 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 Tricia Andrews

Join us for a fall festival Saturday, October 4th from 1:30-4:30 at Pla-Mor Roller Rink located at 1422 E. Hwy 169 in Grand Rapids!  This event is 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.  
 
Birthday cake and punch will be served as we also celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouts!  Adult volunteer information and training will also be available.  To sign up RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to Becky Dean at bdean@gslakesandpines.org or call 218-308-8880.  We hope to see you there!

By Tricia Andrews

Girls and families are invited to attend the Bemidji Dance Party on Thursday, September 18th from 6-7:30pm at Bemidji Middle School.  Girls will dance the night away and families will have the chance to learn what being in Girl Scouts is all about!  Don't miss out on this free event open to all girls in grades K-12.  For more details click here.  We hope to see you there!

By Tricia Andrews

2014-2015 GSMWLP Program Events & Activities Guide

The 2014-2015 Program Events & Activities Guide will arrive in the mailbox of  last year's troop leaders and Girl Scout Juliettes as well as to currently rgistered adults and Juliettes, in early September. For a quick peek, check out the publication on our website - or click here.   Please use and share this guide as you brainstorm and plan with girls this fall. Your program team is very excited to begin another year of Girl Scouts, and we look forward to seeing you at our events and programs. For assistance with planning Service Unit events or organizing a Program on the Go, just check in with any member of your regional team or contact us at programs@gslakesandpines.org.




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March 12, 2015 | 5:30 - 8:30pm 

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