<![CDATA[All Blogs]]> <![CDATA[World Thinking Day]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/World-Thinking-Day/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

World Thinking Day will be held in Bemidji, April 18th from 3-5pm at Bemidji Middle School.  The cost is $3 per girl.  This will be a wonderful event for girls and adults to learn more about the Ojibwe and other Native American peoples.  This event will be specifically for girls by women of both Native and Non Native culture.  You will be able to learn about the Moon Daughters from our Keynote Speaker:  Lenore Barsness, make a friendship pouch or spend time learning about Native American stories and the rolls that girls and women play in the tribe.  

 

Please RSVP to Kelsey Parker either to kparker@gslakesandpines.org or by phone 218-308-9051 by Monday, April 13th.

 

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Dance at Camp Ripley]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Dance-at-Camp-Ripley/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Dance the night away with Troop 78 as the DJ plays music for a Frozen-themed Dance. 
A light dinner will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 4:00 - 8:30 P.M.

WHERE: Camp Ripley Training and Community Center  

COST: $15.00 per girl – adults are free          

Frozen activities will be:

·       Mask making

·       Make your own snow

·       Build your own snowman snack

·       Picture booth – 2.00 extra

Bring-a-Friend: Every girl bringing a friend, both the girl's and the friend’s name will be put into a separate drawing for a special prize.

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<![CDATA[Chicago 2016 Dates are Set!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Chicago-2016-Dates-are-Set/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Calling all Girl Scouts! The dates for the 2016 Chicago trip have been set!  Join us for 5 days of fun in the windy city, June 23-27. 2016.  Attractions may include:  Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower Sky Deck and much more!  We will be staying at the Quality Inn Schaumburg located just outside of the city check it out here: http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-schaumburg-illinois-IL321.

The trip is open to girls going into grades 4-8 and HALF of the trip could be paid for in cookie dough!  We already have 9 participants signed up and you don't want to miss out.  The cost of the trip is $550 and includes motocoach transportations from Baxter/Brainerd and Waite Park through the duration of the trip, most meals, all overnight accomodations, entrance fees, t-shirt and patch!

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<![CDATA[Chicago 2016 Dates are Set!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Chicago-2016-Dates-are-Set/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Calling all Girl Scouts! The dates for the 2016 Chicago trip have been set!  Join us for 5 days of fun in the windy city, June 23-27. 2016.  Attractions may include:  Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile, Willis Tower Sky Deck and much more!  We will be staying at the Quality Inn Schaumburg located just outside of the city check it out here: http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-schaumburg-illinois-IL321.

The trip is open to girls going into grades 4-8 and HALF of the trip could be paid for in cookie dough!  We already have 9 participants signed up and you don't want to miss out.  The cost of the trip is $550 and includes motocoach transportations from Baxter/Brainerd and Waite Park through the duration of the trip, most meals, all overnight accomodations, entrance fees, t-shirt and patch!

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<![CDATA[Spring Renewal!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Spring-Renewal/
   By Ashley Rauwolf              (0) Comments

Spring is here and that means its time to renew your Girl Scout memberships! The week of March 30th, you will be recieving your Early Bird spring renewal packet in the mail. This year we are offering two exciting new options: a bright new patch featuring a Girl Scout-themed partridge and free 2015-2016 memberships for each troop's 01 and 02 when all materials are turned in by June 15th.

To earn these great rewards for you, your co-leader, and your girls, please complete the enclosed troop roster as indicated, marking which girls will be renewing, which girls will not be renewing, and how many new girls your troop can accept next fall. Please return the roster with payment to the Waite Park Regional Center at:

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines
400 Second Avenue South
Waite Park, MN 56387

You will also have the opprotunity to turn in your roster with payment at the Duluth Frozen Parties or your service unit's Court of Awards.

To ensure that you don't miss these exciting opprotunites, make sure to turn in completed rosters by June 15th. For questions, please contact Ashley at arauwolf@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3181.

Thank you again for all that you do! 

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<![CDATA[Duluth Frozen Parties!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Duluth-Frozen-Parties/
   By Ashley Rauwolf              (0) Comments

It's time to celebrate a great year of Girl Scouts and a fantastic cookie sale! All families from Duluth and the surrounding areas are invited to attend either of the Frozen-themed Girl Scout parties! 

Tuesday, April 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Good Shepard Church

OR

Friday, April 17th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Piedmont Elementary School

There will be crafts, games, and Frozen-inspired snacks and photo booth!

Encourage girls to invite their friends and recieve matching Girl Scout jelly bands and entry into a drawing for matching Girl Scout Barbies! 

Please register by clicking on the Frozen patch on the home page of the website, by returning the membership form on the back of their invitation, or by giving their registration form to their leader.

All attendees will also be registered for a region-wide drawing for a $100 family program credit at any of the four council properties.

For questions, please contact Ashley at arauwolf@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3184. 

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<![CDATA[Circle of Friends]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Circle-of-Friends/
   By Ashley Rauwolf              (0) Comments

At this point, most of you will have received an envelope from the Girl Scouts with three Circle of Friends program flyers. We are hoping that you are as excited as we are about this great way to keep your girl active in Girl Scouts over the summer. We are also hoping that your daughter will share those two extra flyers with friends and family! What a great way to welcome summer! You register by mailing the flyer to:

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines
400 Second Avenue South
Waite Park, MN 56387

or by bringing it to the Duluth Regional Office. For questions, please contact Ashley at arauwolf@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3181.

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<![CDATA[Go for the Gold]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Go-for-the-Gold/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Girl Scout Gold Award Workshop | 7-9 PM | Thursday, April 9, 2015 | girls grades 9-12 and adult advisors and parents | RSVP by April 6

Troop 453 of St. Cloud will host a Gold Award workshop facilitatated by members of the Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Committee. There is space available for additional girls and adults interested in learning about the approval process and the criteria for a successful final "take action" project.  To reserve your spot for this free workshop, please contact Director of Program Tricia Andrews, tandrews@gslakesandpines.org. 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ MARCH 20, 2015 EDITION]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--MARCH-20-2015-EDITION/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

March 22, the last day for girl credit, is fast approaching.  Thank you to everyone who has helped girls to succeed in running their cookie business this season!  We have several updates to help you through the next stage of the cookie sale.

 

COCOdirect packages were uploaded to Snap this week.  Our girls have sold 2,306 online so far, which is exciting for a first year program.  Congratulations girls!  We will make sure that any additional packages sold online this weekend are credited to girls before the recognitions orders are placed next week.

 

Gluten Free Trios have also been transferred in Snap. Troops will notice that Trios are showing up as Cranberry Citrus Crisps. This will have the smallest impact on next year’s orders.  The key in distinguishing which are Trios is that they are being transferred from the Gluten Free Cupboard.  Because Snap is not currently set up for two different price points, we are not able to increase the dollar amount for Trios so they are currently billing at the same price as the other cookies.  Please note that we will add the extra dollar per Trios package and enter that as a Gluten Free Bank adjustment after the final ACH debit.

 

The last day for RETURNS is Tuesday, March 24.

·         Troops may only return full unopened/unmarked cases (up to the number of girls selling in the troop) if the troop met the requirements of 120 packages per girl selling on the initial order (this can be done at your local cookie cupboard, also). 

Not sure if your troop met this requirement?  Go into ABC Snap > Reports > Troop Balance Summary (make sure to filter by packages)…look for the initial order line – this will tell you how many packages the troop had on the initial order – and divide it by the number of girls selling for the troop.

·         This is a one time return per troop and has to be completed by Tuesday, March 24 (no exceptions).

·         Remember, Exchanges may still be done if you have a full unopened/unmarked case of cookies for a different full unopened/unmarked case of cookies, as long as we have the varieties in stock.

 

March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP.  Remember to transfer packages to girls before creating the recognition order. 

 

The second ACH debit will occur March 25.  The amount being withdrawn will be 50% of the remaining balance owed.  The final ACH debit will be April 8 for the remaining balance due.  Troops having difficulty collecting money from families must fill out an Outstanding Money Report and notify the council at least seven days prior to the ACH date to have their debit amount adjusted.  Outstanding Money Reports must be sent no later than April 3, 2015.  Questions? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

The Waite Park and Duluth Cookie Cupboards will be open the following for the rest of the cookie season:

Saturday, March 21 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday, March 23 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday, March 24 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday, March 25 - 8:30am- 5:30pm

After Wednesday, March 25, the cookies at the Waite Park and Duluth Cupboards will be moved to the Waite Park and Duluth Girl Scout Offices.  Troops may still get cookies after March 25 as long as varieties are available.

 

Evaluations on this year’s Cookie Sale, found in the back of your Answer Book(s), are due by April 15 at the Waite Park Regional Center.  Please take the time to fill these out and return them.  They are helpful in planning next year’s sale!

 

Happy Cookie Season and Thank You again for all that you do!

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ MARCH 20, 2015 EDITION]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--MARCH-20-2015-EDITION/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

March 22, the last day for girl credit, is fast approaching.  Thank you to everyone who has helped girls to succeed in running their cookie business this season!  We have several updates to help you through the next stage of the cookie sale.

 

COCOdirect packages were uploaded to Snap this week.  Our girls have sold 2,306 online so far, which is exciting for a first year program.  Congratulations girls!  We will make sure that any additional packages sold online this weekend are credited to girls before the recognitions orders are placed next week.

 

Gluten Free Trios have also been transferred in Snap. Troops will notice that Trios are showing up as Cranberry Citrus Crisps. This will have the smallest impact on next year’s orders.  The key in distinguishing which are Trios is that they are being transferred from the Gluten Free Cupboard.  Because Snap is not currently set up for two different price points, we are not able to increase the dollar amount for Trios so they are currently billing at the same price as the other cookies.  Please note that we will add the extra dollar per Trios package and enter that as a Gluten Free Bank adjustment after the final ACH debit.

 

The last day for RETURNS is Tuesday, March 24.

·         Troops may only return full unopened/unmarked cases (up to the number of girls selling in the troop) if the troop met the requirements of 120 packages per girl selling on the initial order (this can be done at your local cookie cupboard, also). 

Not sure if your troop met this requirement?  Go into ABC Snap > Reports > Troop Balance Summary (make sure to filter by packages)…look for the initial order line – this will tell you how many packages the troop had on the initial order – and divide it by the number of girls selling for the troop.

·         This is a one time return per troop and has to be completed by Tuesday, March 24 (no exceptions).

·         Remember, Exchanges may still be done if you have a full unopened/unmarked case of cookies for a different full unopened/unmarked case of cookies, as long as we have the varieties in stock.

 

March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP.  Remember to transfer packages to girls before creating the recognition order. 

 

The second ACH debit will occur March 25.  The amount being withdrawn will be 50% of the remaining balance owed.  The final ACH debit will be April 8 for the remaining balance due.  Troops having difficulty collecting money from families must fill out an Outstanding Money Report and notify the council at least seven days prior to the ACH date to have their debit amount adjusted.  Outstanding Money Reports must be sent no later than April 3, 2015.  Questions? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

The Waite Park and Duluth Cookie Cupboards will be open the following for the rest of the cookie season:

Saturday, March 21 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday, March 23 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday, March 24 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday, March 25 - 8:30am- 5:30pm

After Wednesday, March 25, the cookies at the Waite Park and Duluth Cupboards will be moved to the Waite Park and Duluth Girl Scout Offices.  Troops may still get cookies after March 25 as long as varieties are available.

 

Evaluations on this year’s Cookie Sale, found in the back of your Answer Book(s), are due by April 15 at the Waite Park Regional Center.  Please take the time to fill these out and return them.  They are helpful in planning next year’s sale!

 

Happy Cookie Season and Thank You again for all that you do!

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ MARCH 20, 2015 EDITION]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--MARCH-20-2015-EDITION/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

March 22, the last day for girl credit, is fast approaching.  Thank you to everyone who has helped girls to succeed in running their cookie business this season!  We have several updates to help you through the next stage of the cookie sale.

 

COCOdirect packages were uploaded to Snap this week.  Our girls have sold 2,306 online so far, which is exciting for a first year program.  Congratulations girls!  We will make sure that any additional packages sold online this weekend are credited to girls before the recognitions orders are placed next week.

 

Gluten Free Trios have also been transferred in Snap. Troops will notice that Trios are showing up as Cranberry Citrus Crisps. This will have the smallest impact on next year’s orders.  The key in distinguishing which are Trios is that they are being transferred from the Gluten Free Cupboard.  Because Snap is not currently set up for two different price points, we are not able to increase the dollar amount for Trios so they are currently billing at the same price as the other cookies.  Please note that we will add the extra dollar per Trios package and enter that as a Gluten Free Bank adjustment after the final ACH debit.

 

The last day for RETURNS is Tuesday, March 24.

·         Troops may only return full unopened/unmarked cases (up to the number of girls selling in the troop) if the troop met the requirements of 120 packages per girl selling on the initial order (this can be done at your local cookie cupboard, also). 

Not sure if your troop met this requirement?  Go into ABC Snap > Reports > Troop Balance Summary (make sure to filter by packages)…look for the initial order line – this will tell you how many packages the troop had on the initial order – and divide it by the number of girls selling for the troop.

·         This is a one time return per troop and has to be completed by Tuesday, March 24 (no exceptions).

·         Remember, Exchanges may still be done if you have a full unopened/unmarked case of cookies for a different full unopened/unmarked case of cookies, as long as we have the varieties in stock.

 

March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP.  Remember to transfer packages to girls before creating the recognition order. 

 

The second ACH debit will occur March 25.  The amount being withdrawn will be 50% of the remaining balance owed.  The final ACH debit will be April 8 for the remaining balance due.  Troops having difficulty collecting money from families must fill out an Outstanding Money Report and notify the council at least seven days prior to the ACH date to have their debit amount adjusted.  Outstanding Money Reports must be sent no later than April 3, 2015.  Questions? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

The Waite Park and Duluth Cookie Cupboards will be open the following for the rest of the cookie season:

Saturday, March 21 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday, March 23 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday, March 24 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday, March 25 - 8:30am- 5:30pm

After Wednesday, March 25, the cookies at the Waite Park and Duluth Cupboards will be moved to the Waite Park and Duluth Girl Scout Offices.  Troops may still get cookies after March 25 as long as varieties are available.

 

Evaluations on this year’s Cookie Sale, found in the back of your Answer Book(s), are due by April 15 at the Waite Park Regional Center.  Please take the time to fill these out and return them.  They are helpful in planning next year’s sale!

 

Happy Cookie Season and Thank You again for all that you do!

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ MARCH 20, 2015 EDITION]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--MARCH-20-2015-EDITION/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

March 22, the last day for girl credit, is fast approaching.  Thank you to everyone who has helped girls to succeed in running their cookie business this season!  We have several updates to help you through the next stage of the cookie sale.

 

COCOdirect packages were uploaded to Snap this week.  Our girls have sold 2,306 online so far, which is exciting for a first year program.  Congratulations girls!  We will make sure that any additional packages sold online this weekend are credited to girls before the recognitions orders are placed next week.

 

Gluten Free Trios have also been transferred in Snap. Troops will notice that Trios are showing up as Cranberry Citrus Crisps. This will have the smallest impact on next year’s orders.  The key in distinguishing which are Trios is that they are being transferred from the Gluten Free Cupboard.  Because Snap is not currently set up for two different price points, we are not able to increase the dollar amount for Trios so they are currently billing at the same price as the other cookies.  Please note that we will add the extra dollar per Trios package and enter that as a Gluten Free Bank adjustment after the final ACH debit.

 

The last day for RETURNS is Tuesday, March 24.

·         Troops may only return full unopened/unmarked cases (up to the number of girls selling in the troop) if the troop met the requirements of 120 packages per girl selling on the initial order (this can be done at your local cookie cupboard, also). 

Not sure if your troop met this requirement?  Go into ABC Snap > Reports > Troop Balance Summary (make sure to filter by packages)…look for the initial order line – this will tell you how many packages the troop had on the initial order – and divide it by the number of girls selling for the troop.

·         This is a one time return per troop and has to be completed by Tuesday, March 24 (no exceptions).

·         Remember, Exchanges may still be done if you have a full unopened/unmarked case of cookies for a different full unopened/unmarked case of cookies, as long as we have the varieties in stock.

 

March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP.  Remember to transfer packages to girls before creating the recognition order. 

 

The second ACH debit will occur March 25.  The amount being withdrawn will be 50% of the remaining balance owed.  The final ACH debit will be April 8 for the remaining balance due.  Troops having difficulty collecting money from families must fill out an Outstanding Money Report and notify the council at least seven days prior to the ACH date to have their debit amount adjusted.  Outstanding Money Reports must be sent no later than April 3, 2015.  Questions? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 

The Waite Park and Duluth Cookie Cupboards will be open the following for the rest of the cookie season:

Saturday, March 21 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Monday, March 23 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday, March 24 – 8:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday, March 25 - 8:30am- 5:30pm

After Wednesday, March 25, the cookies at the Waite Park and Duluth Cupboards will be moved to the Waite Park and Duluth Girl Scout Offices.  Troops may still get cookies after March 25 as long as varieties are available.

 

Evaluations on this year’s Cookie Sale, found in the back of your Answer Book(s), are due by April 15 at the Waite Park Regional Center.  Please take the time to fill these out and return them.  They are helpful in planning next year’s sale!

 

Happy Cookie Season and Thank You again for all that you do!

 

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<![CDATA[Leaders Day Card Winners]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Leaders-Day-Card-Winners/
   By Ben Carey              (0) Comments

Thanks to all the girls who submitted their drawings for this year’s Leader’s Day Card! After much deliberation the staff has chosen this years winners! As a reminder from each level of scouting, staff selected one card and then chose and overall winner.

This year’s winners are:

Brownie: Zoya Rich, Troop 4437

Junior: Madison Lee, Troop 792

Cadet:Mazy DiFranco, Troop 4255

Senior: Kirsten Schroer, Troop 395

And the overall winner is Lily Habighorst, Troop 16

Lily’s card will be sent to troop leaders council wide to say thank you for everything that they do for girls and Girl Scouts!

Congrats Lily and all of this years winner!

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<![CDATA[Me and My Guy Dance ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Me-and-My-Guy-Dance-/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Superior Girl Scouts are hosting a Girl Scout Birthday Party for Girl Scouts and their special guys! The dance will be held on March 28th, 2015, from 6-8 pm at 

Moose Lodge
66 E 5th St
Superior, WI

Cost is $8 with pre-registration, $10 at the door. There will be a DJ, snacks and beverages, professional portrait photography, and each girl will recieve a patch. 

For more information and to register online, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-scout-birthday-party-me-my-guy-dance-tickets-14978016651 

Questions? Contact Carrie Reno at 715-919-4849 or carriebraun76@yahoo.com

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<![CDATA[Important Cookie Dates!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Important-Cookie-Dates/
   By April Rasmussen              (0) Comments

March 20th: SNAP opens for recognition orders

March 22nd: Last day for Girl Credit for Recognitions and to earn Troop Bonus!

March 23rd: Update Girl Information and transfer cookies to girls

March 24th: LAST DAY for returns of factory sealed/unmarked FULL cases*

March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP
Turn in Super Sister Seller forms to CPSM 

* For questions about returns, etc, contact April Rasmussen at arasmussen@gslakesandpines or 218-302-3185

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<![CDATA[Important Cookie Dates!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Important-Cookie-Dates/
   By April Rasmussen              (0) Comments

March 20th: SNAP opens for recognition orders

March 22nd: Last day for Girl Credit for Recognitions and to earn Troop Bonus!

March 23rd: Update Girl Information and transfer cookies to girls

March 24th: LAST DAY for returns of factory sealed/unmarked FULL cases*

March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP
Turn in Super Sister Seller forms to CPSM 

* For questions about returns, etc, contact April Rasmussen at arasmussen@gslakesandpines or 218-302-3185

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<![CDATA[Winter Animal Discovery]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Winter-Animal-Discovery/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Before spring melts away all the snow, come learn about
Wisconsin’s animals and how they survive the winter at the Hunt Hill Audobon
Sanctuary! Activities will include elements of the Junior “Animal Habitats”
badge, part of the aMuse Journey. Hunt Hill is located in Sarona, WI,a short
distance from Highway 53, between Spooner and Rice Lake; Only a 1 ½ hour drive
from downtown Duluth or Hinckley, 2 ½ hours from Virginia, and 2 ¾ hours
from St. Cloud.  Register here!

Any questions, contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or
218-302-3182

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<![CDATA[Travel Pathway Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Travel-Pathway-Opportunities/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Have you been considering one of our international council trips, but just haven’t had time to register yet? Here’s a little incentive! If you register for Costa Rica 2016 or England, Ireland, Scotland 2017 before March 31st, you’ll save $200 off of the total tour price! Plus, you can use any expiring cookie dough if turned in before April 30th. For more information and to register, contact  Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[Travel Pathway Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Travel-Pathway-Opportunities/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Have you been considering one of our international council trips, but just haven’t had time to register yet? Here’s a little incentive! If you register for Costa Rica 2016 or England, Ireland, Scotland 2017 before March 31st, you’ll save $200 off of the total tour price! Plus, you can use any expiring cookie dough if turned in before April 30th. For more information and to register, contact  Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[Travel Pathway Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Travel-Pathway-Opportunities/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Have you been considering one of our international council trips, but just haven’t had time to register yet? Here’s a little incentive! If you register for Costa Rica 2016 or England, Ireland, Scotland 2017 before March 31st, you’ll save $200 off of the total tour price! Plus, you can use any expiring cookie dough if turned in before April 30th. For more information and to register, contact  Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[ Travel Pathway Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/---Travel-Pathway-Opportunities/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Have you been considering one of our international council trips, but just haven’t had time to register yet? Here’s a little incentive! If you register for Costa Rica 2016 or England, Ireland, Scotland 2017 before March 31st, you’ll save $200 off of the total tour price! Plus, you can use any expiring cookie dough if turned in before April 30th. For more information and to register, contact  Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[REGION 3 ANNUAL CELEBRATION - SAVE THE DATE!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/REGION-3-ANNUAL-CELEBRATION---SAVE-THE-DATE/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015 l 6:30-8:30 pm 
WHERE:  First Lutheran Church, Little Falls 

Join us as we celebrate and recognize our fabulous volunteers and Girl Scouts!

We will recognize adult award recipients; top Cookie sellers from Region 3; Leaders Day Card Contest winners; and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients!

RSVP to Bonnie  320-515-4187 breeves@gslakesandpines.org

Please, let me know how many will be attending so we have enough refreshments for everyone!

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<![CDATA[REMINDER! DEADLINE FRIDAY, MARCH 6]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/REMINDER-DEADLINE-FRIDAY-MARCH-6/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Leaders Day Card Contest!
 
There is still time! We hope you have made a submission! 

See this link for all the details: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LeadersDay1/

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<![CDATA[Free Being ME!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Free-Being-ME/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

March is already underway, so  now is the time to sign up for Free Being Me, a
program happening at Camp Shingobee on Saturday, March 28th. Girl
Scouts has partnered with Dove to create activities designed around positive
body image and self esteem. Come just for the day, or stay the night and
continue making friends and building confidence! Register online at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Default.aspx?pid=92.

Any questions contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[Free Being ME!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Free-Being-ME/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

March is already underway, so  now is the time to sign up for Free Being Me, a
program happening at Camp Shingobee on Saturday, March 28th. Girl
Scouts has partnered with Dove to create activities designed around positive
body image and self esteem. Come just for the day, or stay the night and
continue making friends and building confidence! Register online at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Default.aspx?pid=92.

Any questions contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[Free Being ME!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Free-Being-ME/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

March is already underway, so  now is the time to sign up for Free Being Me, a
program happening at Camp Shingobee on Saturday, March 28th. Girl
Scouts has partnered with Dove to create activities designed around positive
body image and self esteem. Come just for the day, or stay the night and
continue making friends and building confidence! Register online at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Default.aspx?pid=92.

Any questions contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[Free Being ME!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Free-Being-ME/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

March is already underway, so  now is the time to sign up for Free Being Me, a
program happening at Camp Shingobee on Saturday, March 28th. Girl
Scouts has partnered with Dove to create activities designed around positive
body image and self esteem. Come just for the day, or stay the night and
continue making friends and building confidence! Register online at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Default.aspx?pid=92.

Any questions contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302 – 3182.

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<![CDATA[STEM Workshop Opportunity]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/STEM-Workshop-Opportunity/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

 Are you a girl in 5th through 8th grade interested in STEM and the environment? Take a look at this FREE event happening at Vermilion Community Collge on Saturday March 21st! There will be a variety of workshops focusing on different topics, and lunch is provided. Contact information for the event can be found below.

2015 STEM* Workshops

 

Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Vermilion Community College

FOR ALL GIRLS IN 5th - 8th GRADES

 

Free Event ~ Lunch will be provided

 

Registration 9:30-10 a.m. in VCC Classroom Bldg.

Please let us know if you are attending by Wednesday, March 18.

RSVP by email to

elystem@gmail.com

or call / text Jeanne Tomlinson at 235-8470

 

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ March 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--March-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

THANK YOU to all who are helping girls to reach their goals by running their very own cookie business.  Cupboard managers, community product sales managers, troop leaders, other volunteers, parents, and most especially cookie eaters all play an important role in helping girls learn and succeed have fun. Thanks again for all you do!

 

March ACH Debit

What is an ACH debit? It is a financial transaction where funds are electronically withdrawn from a bank account.  We have three ACH debits scheduled to occur during the 2015 Cookie Sale where we plan to withdraw funds electronically from troop bank accounts:

 

- Due March 4: 45% of initial order (or 45% of packages owned by February 17, if no initial order was placed.) March 4 ACH calculations include quantities of Initial order gluten free.  We added initial order packages for the traditional and gluten free cookies; figured amount due to council (excluding the extra $1 for gluten free.)   Example: in packages 144 (in Snap) + 12 (gluten free) = 156 X 3.40 – $530.40 x .45 = $238.68 amount of March 4 ACH.

- Due March 25: 50% of remaining balance troop owes.

- Due April 8: Remaining balance due.  The extra $1.00 for Gluten Free will be collected on the final ACH.

 

If your troop is having trouble collecting the amount which will be withdrawn, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than the Friday before the ACH debit is to occur.

 

Controlling Inventory

Need more cookies? Have too many cookies? Controlling cookie inventory can be tricky.  Remember, the goal is to get to a zero inventory for your troop and our council by the end of the sale.  We want all cookies to be sold because leftover packages that are owned by the troop or council still must be paid for. 

 

How can you help?  The obvious – sell cookies while the demand is there; so help girls to sell early and often.  Next, if you need more cookies, place a planned order in Snap by Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. for exactly what your troop needs for the following week.  Our council relies heavily each week on reports that show where planned orders need to be filled throughout the council.  This information helps us determine where cookies are needed and when. So if your troop does not place a planned order, your local cupboard may not have the cookies on hand that you need.  PLEASE, help us help you by placing a planned order in Snap each week that you need cookies.  Finally, if your troop has too many or the wrong kind of cookies – reach out!  Contact families in your troop, other community troops, your Community Product Sales Manager and your Cupboard Manager and let them know what you have too much of.  Transfer cookies between girls or troops wherever possible. Remember that unopened, factory sealed cases can be exchanged for another variety at cupboards where additional inventory is available.  Need more tips on preventing left over cookies? See page 30 of the Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers.

 

Gluten Free

For any troop who would like more gluten free Trios; we have product available!  Troops are now able to take Trios in either ½ case or full case quantities.  Please know that the no return policy still applies.  If your troop hasn’t tried the gluten free please consider taking a ½ case (6 packages).  We are hearing that customers are asking about Trios at many cookie booths.  Remember that your troop can earn regular troop proceeds of .60 (for the recognition plan) or .65 (for the cash plan) per package, and packages will also count towards girl recognitions.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist on how to get Trios for your troop. 

 

5 for 5 Program

We have had a great number of entries in the Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion and hope it is helping girls to sell even more cookies.  We are aware that customers putting in their entries continue to get an error message.  While we are currently trying to fix this issue, please let customers know that their entry is still getting through and that they should ignore the message.  If customers are told in advance that they may get an error message when putting in their entry, but that we will still receive it, this would be helpful.  Thank you!

 

Also, to answer a common question we have been getting about the 5 for 5, yes, girls need to give customers a unique code for each five packages which are purchased in a single transaction.  So if a customer purchases ten packages, they will then receive two unique codes from the girl.  Hope this makes things clearer. 

 

Bling Your Booth! 

Plain is boring! We have seen a few blinged booths and they have looked fabulous.  There’s still time to Bling Your Booth and win!  Remember to take a photo of your cookie booth and upload to the GSUSA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram by April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Your troop has the potential to win $500 cash! See the Winter 2014 Connections for additional details. Good luck!

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ March 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--March-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

THANK YOU to all who are helping girls to reach their goals by running their very own cookie business.  Cupboard managers, community product sales managers, troop leaders, other volunteers, parents, and most especially cookie eaters all play an important role in helping girls learn and succeed have fun. Thanks again for all you do!

 

March ACH Debit

What is an ACH debit? It is a financial transaction where funds are electronically withdrawn from a bank account.  We have three ACH debits scheduled to occur during the 2015 Cookie Sale where we plan to withdraw funds electronically from troop bank accounts:

 

- Due March 4: 45% of initial order (or 45% of packages owned by February 17, if no initial order was placed.) March 4 ACH calculations include quantities of Initial order gluten free.  We added initial order packages for the traditional and gluten free cookies; figured amount due to council (excluding the extra $1 for gluten free.)   Example: in packages 144 (in Snap) + 12 (gluten free) = 156 X 3.40 – $530.40 x .45 = $238.68 amount of March 4 ACH.

- Due March 25: 50% of remaining balance troop owes.

- Due April 8: Remaining balance due.  The extra $1.00 for Gluten Free will be collected on the final ACH.

 

If your troop is having trouble collecting the amount which will be withdrawn, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than the Friday before the ACH debit is to occur.

 

Controlling Inventory

Need more cookies? Have too many cookies? Controlling cookie inventory can be tricky.  Remember, the goal is to get to a zero inventory for your troop and our council by the end of the sale.  We want all cookies to be sold because leftover packages that are owned by the troop or council still must be paid for. 

 

How can you help?  The obvious – sell cookies while the demand is there; so help girls to sell early and often.  Next, if you need more cookies, place a planned order in Snap by Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. for exactly what your troop needs for the following week.  Our council relies heavily each week on reports that show where planned orders need to be filled throughout the council.  This information helps us determine where cookies are needed and when. So if your troop does not place a planned order, your local cupboard may not have the cookies on hand that you need.  PLEASE, help us help you by placing a planned order in Snap each week that you need cookies.  Finally, if your troop has too many or the wrong kind of cookies – reach out!  Contact families in your troop, other community troops, your Community Product Sales Manager and your Cupboard Manager and let them know what you have too much of.  Transfer cookies between girls or troops wherever possible. Remember that unopened, factory sealed cases can be exchanged for another variety at cupboards where additional inventory is available.  Need more tips on preventing left over cookies? See page 30 of the Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers.

 

Gluten Free

For any troop who would like more gluten free Trios; we have product available!  Troops are now able to take Trios in either ½ case or full case quantities.  Please know that the no return policy still applies.  If your troop hasn’t tried the gluten free please consider taking a ½ case (6 packages).  We are hearing that customers are asking about Trios at many cookie booths.  Remember that your troop can earn regular troop proceeds of .60 (for the recognition plan) or .65 (for the cash plan) per package, and packages will also count towards girl recognitions.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist on how to get Trios for your troop. 

 

5 for 5 Program

We have had a great number of entries in the Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion and hope it is helping girls to sell even more cookies.  We are aware that customers putting in their entries continue to get an error message.  While we are currently trying to fix this issue, please let customers know that their entry is still getting through and that they should ignore the message.  If customers are told in advance that they may get an error message when putting in their entry, but that we will still receive it, this would be helpful.  Thank you!

 

Also, to answer a common question we have been getting about the 5 for 5, yes, girls need to give customers a unique code for each five packages which are purchased in a single transaction.  So if a customer purchases ten packages, they will then receive two unique codes from the girl.  Hope this makes things clearer. 

 

Bling Your Booth! 

Plain is boring! We have seen a few blinged booths and they have looked fabulous.  There’s still time to Bling Your Booth and win!  Remember to take a photo of your cookie booth and upload to the GSUSA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram by April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Your troop has the potential to win $500 cash! See the Winter 2014 Connections for additional details. Good luck!

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ March 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--March-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

THANK YOU to all who are helping girls to reach their goals by running their very own cookie business.  Cupboard managers, community product sales managers, troop leaders, other volunteers, parents, and most especially cookie eaters all play an important role in helping girls learn and succeed have fun. Thanks again for all you do!

 

March ACH Debit

What is an ACH debit? It is a financial transaction where funds are electronically withdrawn from a bank account.  We have three ACH debits scheduled to occur during the 2015 Cookie Sale where we plan to withdraw funds electronically from troop bank accounts:

 

- Due March 4: 45% of initial order (or 45% of packages owned by February 17, if no initial order was placed.) March 4 ACH calculations include quantities of Initial order gluten free.  We added initial order packages for the traditional and gluten free cookies; figured amount due to council (excluding the extra $1 for gluten free.)   Example: in packages 144 (in Snap) + 12 (gluten free) = 156 X 3.40 – $530.40 x .45 = $238.68 amount of March 4 ACH.

- Due March 25: 50% of remaining balance troop owes.

- Due April 8: Remaining balance due.  The extra $1.00 for Gluten Free will be collected on the final ACH.

 

If your troop is having trouble collecting the amount which will be withdrawn, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than the Friday before the ACH debit is to occur.

 

Controlling Inventory

Need more cookies? Have too many cookies? Controlling cookie inventory can be tricky.  Remember, the goal is to get to a zero inventory for your troop and our council by the end of the sale.  We want all cookies to be sold because leftover packages that are owned by the troop or council still must be paid for. 

 

How can you help?  The obvious – sell cookies while the demand is there; so help girls to sell early and often.  Next, if you need more cookies, place a planned order in Snap by Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. for exactly what your troop needs for the following week.  Our council relies heavily each week on reports that show where planned orders need to be filled throughout the council.  This information helps us determine where cookies are needed and when. So if your troop does not place a planned order, your local cupboard may not have the cookies on hand that you need.  PLEASE, help us help you by placing a planned order in Snap each week that you need cookies.  Finally, if your troop has too many or the wrong kind of cookies – reach out!  Contact families in your troop, other community troops, your Community Product Sales Manager and your Cupboard Manager and let them know what you have too much of.  Transfer cookies between girls or troops wherever possible. Remember that unopened, factory sealed cases can be exchanged for another variety at cupboards where additional inventory is available.  Need more tips on preventing left over cookies? See page 30 of the Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers.

 

Gluten Free

For any troop who would like more gluten free Trios; we have product available!  Troops are now able to take Trios in either ½ case or full case quantities.  Please know that the no return policy still applies.  If your troop hasn’t tried the gluten free please consider taking a ½ case (6 packages).  We are hearing that customers are asking about Trios at many cookie booths.  Remember that your troop can earn regular troop proceeds of .60 (for the recognition plan) or .65 (for the cash plan) per package, and packages will also count towards girl recognitions.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist on how to get Trios for your troop. 

 

5 for 5 Program

We have had a great number of entries in the Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion and hope it is helping girls to sell even more cookies.  We are aware that customers putting in their entries continue to get an error message.  While we are currently trying to fix this issue, please let customers know that their entry is still getting through and that they should ignore the message.  If customers are told in advance that they may get an error message when putting in their entry, but that we will still receive it, this would be helpful.  Thank you!

 

Also, to answer a common question we have been getting about the 5 for 5, yes, girls need to give customers a unique code for each five packages which are purchased in a single transaction.  So if a customer purchases ten packages, they will then receive two unique codes from the girl.  Hope this makes things clearer. 

 

Bling Your Booth! 

Plain is boring! We have seen a few blinged booths and they have looked fabulous.  There’s still time to Bling Your Booth and win!  Remember to take a photo of your cookie booth and upload to the GSUSA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram by April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Your troop has the potential to win $500 cash! See the Winter 2014 Connections for additional details. Good luck!

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ March 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--March-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

THANK YOU to all who are helping girls to reach their goals by running their very own cookie business.  Cupboard managers, community product sales managers, troop leaders, other volunteers, parents, and most especially cookie eaters all play an important role in helping girls learn and succeed have fun. Thanks again for all you do!

 

March ACH Debit

What is an ACH debit? It is a financial transaction where funds are electronically withdrawn from a bank account.  We have three ACH debits scheduled to occur during the 2015 Cookie Sale where we plan to withdraw funds electronically from troop bank accounts:

 

- Due March 4: 45% of initial order (or 45% of packages owned by February 17, if no initial order was placed.) March 4 ACH calculations include quantities of Initial order gluten free.  We added initial order packages for the traditional and gluten free cookies; figured amount due to council (excluding the extra $1 for gluten free.)   Example: in packages 144 (in Snap) + 12 (gluten free) = 156 X 3.40 – $530.40 x .45 = $238.68 amount of March 4 ACH.

- Due March 25: 50% of remaining balance troop owes.

- Due April 8: Remaining balance due.  The extra $1.00 for Gluten Free will be collected on the final ACH.

 

If your troop is having trouble collecting the amount which will be withdrawn, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than the Friday before the ACH debit is to occur.

 

Controlling Inventory

Need more cookies? Have too many cookies? Controlling cookie inventory can be tricky.  Remember, the goal is to get to a zero inventory for your troop and our council by the end of the sale.  We want all cookies to be sold because leftover packages that are owned by the troop or council still must be paid for. 

 

How can you help?  The obvious – sell cookies while the demand is there; so help girls to sell early and often.  Next, if you need more cookies, place a planned order in Snap by Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. for exactly what your troop needs for the following week.  Our council relies heavily each week on reports that show where planned orders need to be filled throughout the council.  This information helps us determine where cookies are needed and when. So if your troop does not place a planned order, your local cupboard may not have the cookies on hand that you need.  PLEASE, help us help you by placing a planned order in Snap each week that you need cookies.  Finally, if your troop has too many or the wrong kind of cookies – reach out!  Contact families in your troop, other community troops, your Community Product Sales Manager and your Cupboard Manager and let them know what you have too much of.  Transfer cookies between girls or troops wherever possible. Remember that unopened, factory sealed cases can be exchanged for another variety at cupboards where additional inventory is available.  Need more tips on preventing left over cookies? See page 30 of the Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers.

 

Gluten Free

For any troop who would like more gluten free Trios; we have product available!  Troops are now able to take Trios in either ½ case or full case quantities.  Please know that the no return policy still applies.  If your troop hasn’t tried the gluten free please consider taking a ½ case (6 packages).  We are hearing that customers are asking about Trios at many cookie booths.  Remember that your troop can earn regular troop proceeds of .60 (for the recognition plan) or .65 (for the cash plan) per package, and packages will also count towards girl recognitions.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist on how to get Trios for your troop. 

 

5 for 5 Program

We have had a great number of entries in the Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion and hope it is helping girls to sell even more cookies.  We are aware that customers putting in their entries continue to get an error message.  While we are currently trying to fix this issue, please let customers know that their entry is still getting through and that they should ignore the message.  If customers are told in advance that they may get an error message when putting in their entry, but that we will still receive it, this would be helpful.  Thank you!

 

Also, to answer a common question we have been getting about the 5 for 5, yes, girls need to give customers a unique code for each five packages which are purchased in a single transaction.  So if a customer purchases ten packages, they will then receive two unique codes from the girl.  Hope this makes things clearer. 

 

Bling Your Booth! 

Plain is boring! We have seen a few blinged booths and they have looked fabulous.  There’s still time to Bling Your Booth and win!  Remember to take a photo of your cookie booth and upload to the GSUSA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram by April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Your troop has the potential to win $500 cash! See the Winter 2014 Connections for additional details. Good luck!

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<![CDATA[Free transportation to Kaleidoscope!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Free-transportation-to-Kaleidoscope/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

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 St. Cloud 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!

 

 

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<![CDATA[Free transportation to Kaleidoscope!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Free-transportation-to-Kaleidoscope/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

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 Brainerd 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!



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<![CDATA[Free transportation to Kaleidoscope!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Free-transportation-to-Kaleidoscope/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

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! 

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<![CDATA[Leaders Day Thank You Card Contest!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Leaders-Day-Thank-You-Card-Contest/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Girl Scout Leader’s Day is on April 22 and Girl Scouts are showing appreciation to the adult volunteers by participating in the Leader Day Thank You Card Contest.

Any girl member of Lakes and Pines' is eligible to participate.  Here’s how it works: 
1. Create a 3.5"x8" card representing Girl Scouts.

2. Write/draw some sign of your appreciation to Girl Scout volunteers on the front and leave the inside blank. Use as many colors as you like but no glitter, stamping, or computer generation. 

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

We are sorry, no cards can be returned. 

4. Mail your card and description to the Duluth office. 

       424 W Superior St Ordean Building Ste G3

       Duluth, MN 55802-1584

Entries must be received by March 6.
 
 

Staff will vote on their favorite card and that card will be sent out to all the troop leaders across the council to say thanks for helping build girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character

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<![CDATA[Leaders Day Card Contest cards due March 6th]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Leaders-Day-Card-Contest-cards-due-March-6th/
   By Ben Carey              (0) Comments

Are you an artist? Are you looking for a personalized way to say thank you to your troop leaderand all troop leaders accross Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin?
Girl Scout Leader’s Day is on April 22 and Girl Scouts are showing appreciation to the adult volunteers by participating in the Leader Day Thank You Card Contest.

Any girl member of Lakes and Pines' is eligible to participate.  Here’s how it works:
1. Create a 3.5"x8" card representing Girl Scouts.

2. Write/draw some sign of your appreciation to Girl Scout volunteers on the front and leave the inside blank. Use as many colors as you like but no glitter, stamping, or computer generation. 

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

We are sorry, no cards can be returned. 

4. Mail your card and description to the Duluth office. 

       424 W Superior St Ordean Building Ste G3

       Duluth, MN 55802-1584

Entries must be received by March 6.
 
 

Staff will vote on their favorite card and that card will be sent out to all the troop leaders across the council to say thanks for helping build girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character!

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<![CDATA[Enter the Leader's Day Card Contest Before March 7]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Enter-the-Leaders-Day-Card-Contest-Before-March-7/
   By Denise Paulisich              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Region 3 Celebration - Save the Date!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Region-3-Celebration---Save-the-Date/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

WHEN: April 17th , 2015 | 6:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: First Lutheran Church, Little Falls

WE RECOGNIZE:
- Adult Award recipients
- Top cookie sellers
- Leader’s Day Card Contest winners
- Bronze, Silver & Gold Award Recipients!

Join us as we celebrate our year; enjoy a beverage and cake while we mingle!

RSVP to Bonnie 320-515-4187 or breeves@gslakesandpines.org

 

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<![CDATA[Think Spring! ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Think-Spring--/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Troop Leader Training in Brainerd]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Troop-Leader-Training-in-Brainerd/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

WHEN: February 23, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brainerd Good Samaritan Society | 804 Wright St., Brainerd

A learning session to assist new troop leaders with the basic steps of how to get their troop meetings up and running and how to guide girls in their participation choices throughout their Girl Scout adventure.

Click here for all the details.

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<![CDATA[Winter Training Day in Little Falls]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Winter-Training-Day-in-Little-Falls/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

WHEN: March 7, 2015 | check-in at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: First Lutheran Church in Little Falls

Come for the day or choose the sessions you want to attend
Choose from:
* Ceremonies
* Troop Finance
* PB & J (Proficiency Badges & Journeys)
* Networking with Girl Scout Volunteers
 
Printable Agenda 

Questions? Contact Bonnie Reeves at breeves@gslakesandpines.org or 320-515-4187

Please register on-line. 

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<![CDATA[Roll This Way!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Roll-This-Way/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Have you registered for Kaleidoscope yet? If you were thinking about signing up for a session of swimming, now you can also look forward to trying out the log roll from Camp Roundelay! Camp staff will be on hand to teach you the tricks to staying upright while walking on water. For descriptions of all the sessions and to register online, check out our website! Questions? Contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or (218) 302-3182 

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<![CDATA[Atlanta and Savannah 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Atlanta-and-Savannah-2015/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Atlanta and Savannah 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Atlanta-and-Savannah-2015/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Atlanta and Savannah 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Atlanta-and-Savannah-2015/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Atlanta and Savannah 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Atlanta-and-Savannah-2015/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[3rd Annual Girls Night Out- Kandi Mall, Willmar ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/3rd-Annual-Girls-Night-Out--Kandi-Mall-Willmar-/
   By Nikki              (0) Comments

Join us for a fun night in New York City at the 3rd annual GNO and Sneak Peek at the Kandi Mall in Willmar.


DJ Jason will be coming to this event! He also came to GNO in St. Cloud! Come dance the night away with your favorite songs!!  

Grades 4-12

Imagine life in New York City! Star in a Broadway production, decorate like a Cake Boss, paint Van Gogh style, make cards for our military, and dance in Times Square. Vote for your favorite New York production to watch on the big screen. Bring your glam to this special night out! Girl Scout Traveling Shop. Cost includes program supplies, patch, snack, and light breakfast.

Cost:

$30 girl,

$5 Adult

Date:

March 14-15, 2015,

from 8 pm-7 am

Grades K-3

Spend the night in ―New York City,‖ including a dance party in our Times Square. Girl Scout Traveling Shop. Cost includes program supplies, patch, and snack.Please eat supper before the arriving. Only snacks are provided.

Cost:

$8 girl, adult free


Date:

March 14, 2015,

from 6:30 -8:30 pm

 

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<![CDATA[Service Unit 23 Frozen Party!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Service-Unit-23-Frozen-Party/
   By Michelle              (1) Comments

* Come as you are or dress in costume.
* Discover ways to break Elsa's spell and melt the ice.
* Create movie-inspired arts and crafts.
* Strike a pose in a Frozen-themed photo shoot.
* Make Girl Scout Cookie icecream sandwiches.
* Receive a FROZEN patch (shown on flyer).
* Pizza available for $1 per slice. 
 
WHEN: Friday, February 27 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
**Doors open at 5:15 for check-in

WHERE: Osakis School, High School Entrance
 
COST: Current Girl Scouts - $5 
          Bring a Friend -  $5 + $15 annual membership to Girl Scouts
          - more information about bring-a-friend on the flyer   
    
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FEBRUARY 23

CLICK HERE for a printable flyer and registration form.

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<![CDATA[25th Annual Horizons Conference]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/25th-Annual-Horizons-Conference/
   By Nikki              (0) Comments

The Society of Women Engineers
(SWE) will be hosting the 25th Annual Horizons Conference on March 21 at St.
Cloud State University. This conference is an outreach event for junior high
to high school age girls
, with the aim to motivate their interest in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is a one-day event
that includes hands-on workshops and team projects. We are asking your support
in spreading the word about Horizons, which has always been a wonderfully fun
day for the girls. Women can do very well in engineering and science, but many
girls may not know or believe this. SWE would like to change
that!    

Workshops this year include
competing with a robot to learn about the magic of robotics, using the
scientific method to experiment with light and lasers, and learning the
basics of video game design and creation through cooperation and computer
programming.

Registration is open! For more information click the link below.
http://goo.gl/forms/sAkP3bvYMb

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<![CDATA[Travel the World with Service Unit 28]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Travel-the-World-with-Service-Unit-28/
   By Ben Carey              (0) Comments

Celebrate World Thinking Day with Service Unit 28 Saturday, February 28, from 9:00am - 3:30pm at St Francis Xavier School in Sartell.

Girls will fill out their passport as they travel from country to country through the school participating in games and activities from other countries. Many of these activites will be led by exchange students!

Cost is $8 per attendee and lunch is provided.

Register by 2/19/15 by contacting Wendi Haas at
wendijhaas@yahoo.com.

Would you like to have your World Thinking Day event highlighted on your Regional Blog? contact your regional support team. Just click on their names to the left for their emails!

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<![CDATA[Gold Award Workshop]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Gold-Award-Workshop/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Gold Award Workshop| Monday, February 16 | Noon-2 PM | Waite Park Regional Center | Girls grades 9-12/ interested adults | Cost: Free

Have some free time on President's Day?  Interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, including the role of adults, the approval process, and the characteristics of a successful Take Action project? This is your chance to learn more about the Gold Award and get feedback on your project ideas.  RSVP with Director of Program Tricia Andrews, 320-252-2952 ext 8879 or tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

Girls must attend a Gold Award orientation before they submit their project proposa. While we offer monthly telephone conferences as a convenient way to fulfill this requirement, this in-person meeting also meets this requirement.  Additional details are at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LeadershipAwards/.

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<![CDATA[Gold Award Workshop]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Gold-Award-Workshop/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Gold Award Workshop| Monday, February 16 | Noon-2 PM | Waite Park Regional Center | Girls grades 9-12/ interested adults | Cost: Free

Have some free time on President's Day?  Interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, including the role of adults, the approval process, and the characteristics of a successful Take Action project? This is your chance to learn more about the Gold Award and get feedback on your project ideas.  RSVP with Director of Program Tricia Andrews, 320-252-2952 ext 8879 or tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.

Girls must attend a Gold Award orientation before they submit their project proposa. While we offer monthly telephone conferences as a convenient way to fulfill this requirement, this in-person meeting also meets this requirement.  Additional details are at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LeadershipAwards/.

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015 PART TWO]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015-PART-TWO/
   By Maureen Graham              (4) Comments

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 by clicking on the Buy 5 Boxes icon on the Lakes and Pines home page.

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015 PART TWO]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015-PART-TWO/
   By Maureen Graham              (2) Comments

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 by clicking on the Buy 5 Boxes icon on the Lakes and Pines home page.

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015 PART TWO]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015-PART-TWO/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 by clicking on the Buy 5 Boxes icon on the Lakes and Pines home page.

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015 PART TWO]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015-PART-TWO/
   By Maureen Graham              (1) Comments

Buy 5 Boxes for a chance to WIN Girl Scout Cookies for a Year! 

Girls can sell more cookies all at once by sharing information about the Buy 5 Promotion with each of their customers and by inviting them to buy five packages for a chance to win five cases of Girl Scout Cookies!  Four winning entries will be selected, one winner from each of our four regions.  Each winner will receive 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies – cookies for a year! 

1.       Customer purchases five packages of Girl Scout Cookies in a single transaction between February 14 and March 22. (All transactions qualify whether direct from a girl, at a booth sale, or through COCOdirect.) 

2.       Customer receives a code from the Girl Scout.

3.       Customer enters their information by March 25 at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/5for5Program/

4.       Four winning entries selected week of March 30; winners notified by April 6, 2015

So, as a troop leader, you’re wondering, “What is this mysterious code that my girls will be sharing with their customers?”  It’s simple.  Please use the following formula to create unique codes for each customer. Use your troop number, followed by the girl’s initials, followed by the customer number.  So, for example, if you are from Troop 45321, and Maggie Lemonade is the name of the girl who has three customers who each purchased five packages of Girl Scout Cookies, the codes she will distribute to them will be as follows:  Customer #1 – 45321ML1, Customer #2 – 45321ML2, Customer #3 – 45321ML3.  Have two girls with the same initials in your troop? No problem.  Just add their middle initial or another letter to distinguish the two, for example MEL or MML.   

 

A good way for your troop to prepare to implement this promotion would be to have business cards or slips of paper printed up with the website link, then a line for each girl to write her individual code – adding a 1, 2, 3, etc., at the end of her code for each customer that she has that purchases five packages.  Girls can give a slip to each customer that qualifies. 

 

Questions?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.   

 

Service Unit Finance Reports DUE February 15.

 

Just a friendly reminder that your Service Unit Financial Report is due to your Product Sales and Finance Specialist by February 15.  You can find the form here:  http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/FinanceForms.  The instructions are there as to how to use this writable form, otherwise you can print it out and fill it in before sending.  Thank you!

 

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Gold Award Committee Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Gold-Award-Committee-Training/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Gold Award Committee Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Gold-Award-Committee-Training/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Gold Award Committee Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Girl-Scout-Gold-Award-Committee-Training/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Gold Award Commmittee Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Gold-Award-Commmittee-Training/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Cirque Ziva Free Ticket Contest]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Cirque-Ziva-Free-Ticket-Contest/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Cirque Ziva Comes to Duluth]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Cirque-Ziva-Comes-to-Duluth/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Cirque Ziva is Coming to Duluth!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Cirque-Ziva-is-Coming-to-Duluth/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Cookie Cupboard Help Needed]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Cookie-Cupboard-Help-Needed/
   By Keri Lynn              (0) Comments

Would you like to work at the Duluth Cookie Cupboard?  We are seeking a temporary, part-time cookie cupboard assistant for mid-February through late March, to work Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Hours are 8:30am - 5:30 pm.  Earn a little extra money and help with the behind-the-scenes tasks to make the cookie program run!  For more information, email April at arasmussen@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Share your talents at OWOF!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Share-your-talents-at-OWOF/
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Volunteer Opportunity | Our World, Our Family | Camp Lake Hubert | Nisswa, MN | September 11-13, 2015

Have skills to share, such as tree identification, water craft, fishing, geocaching, art, or jewelry making?  Or do you simply like the idea of committing one weekend this fall to making a difference in the lives of girls?  Close to 1,000 girls and adults from Minnesota and Wisconsin come to our Our World, Our Family, Lakes and Pine’s largest signature event, and you are needed!  For more information and volunteer options, please contact program specialist Nikki Revier at nrevier@gslakesandpines.org, 800-955-6032 ext 2109 or 320-403-2109. 

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<![CDATA[2015 Service Unit Day Camp]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/2015-Service-Unit-Day-Camp/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Calling all interested day camp directors! The curriculum and information packets have been printed and are ready to be sent out. If you would like to put on a day camp in your service unit this summer, please contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.orgwith questions or to request a packet. Previous day camp directors keep an eye on your mail, 2015 packets are being mailed to you!

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<![CDATA[2015 Service Unit Day Camp]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/2015-Service-Unit-Day-Camp/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Calling all interested day camp directors! The curriculum
and information packets have been printed and are ready to be sent out. If you
would like to put on a day camp in your service unit this summer, please
contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org
with questions or to request a packet. Previous day camp directors keep an eye
on your mail, 2015 packets are being mailed to you!

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

·         REMEMBER: ~On your Honor~ Girls can begin taking cookie orders on Monday, February 9th.  No cookies will be available for delivery to customers until February 14thPlease be a sister to every Girl Scout by adhering to these dates and keeping it fair for all.  Thank you.

·         New Council Cookie Cupboard Locations:

DULUTH - 500 S 59th Ave West, Duluth

WAITE PARK - 230 2nd Ave S, Waite Park

Complete list of cookie cupboard locations coming soon.

·         Cookie Booth Updates:

Due to the Cub Foods Booth Sales agreement, booth sales will be allowed throughout the council beginning on February 19th instead of February 20thGo for it! :)

When entering booths in Snap, please do not enter your troop for the Cub Foods locations, as a Requested Cookie Booth.  These are part of the Cookie Booth Lottery.  Lottery details have been sent through Snap email to troops in areas which have the lottery. 

For troops in areas which are not part of the lottery or for booths not included in the lottery, please schedule cookie booths on your own.  Once you have your booths scheduled, please help us help your troop by entering all of your booths in Snap so we can upload them to the Cookie Finder.  This helps to drive additional customers to your booth sale. Remember, they won’t find you if they don’t know about your sale.

·         Cookie Delivery throughout the council begins February 9th.  Shipping schedules have been sent to Community Product Sales Managers.  For troops that placed an Initial Order, please be in touch with your Community Product Sales Manager to find out when your cookies will arrive. 

·         The Girl Upload is coming to Snap!  On February 9th we will upload girl data from our membership system into Snap.  This year we need for girls to be listed exactly the same in our membership system, Snap, and COCO.  The girl data must be in sync in these systems in order for girls who use COCOdirect to get credit for the cookies that they sell.   If you have not entered your girls into the system, please wait for the upload and then check to make sure that everything is correct.  If you have already entered your girl information, then please check Snap after the upload to make sure there are not duplicates. 

Girls should use their first and last names in COCO.  If the girl’s name in COCO is not aligned to her name in Snap, please have her change it to match what is in Snap.  See the troop Answer Book on page 12 for more details. If you have trouble or see any discrepancies in Snap, please let us know.

·         Gluten Free Cookies still available to qualifying troops.  If you are interested, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist.  If after the sale starts you run out and need more, please let us know.They are available on a first come first serve basis.

·         Buy 5 Get 5 Promotion:  Your customer will qualify to have their name placed in a drawing if they purchase five packages of cookies in a single transaction.  We have just a few details to work out yet so that this promotion will run smoothly for all.  Please watch the blog for full details prior to the sale start date.  Thanks for your patience!

·        The USDA, Nutrition & Smart Snack Standards: Selling Girl Scout Cookies at School:  The USDA recently released a document regarding fundraisers at school of items which do not meet their Smart Snack Standards.  This, alas, does include Girl Scout cookies and they are specifically named in the document.  Please read on for more information. 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

·         REMEMBER: ~On your Honor~ Girls can begin taking cookie orders on Monday, February 9th.  No cookies will be available for delivery to customers until February 14thPlease be a sister to every Girl Scout by adhering to these dates and keeping it fair for all.  Thank you.

·         New Council Cookie Cupboard Locations:

DULUTH - 500 S 59th Ave West, Duluth

WAITE PARK - 230 2nd Ave S, Waite Park

Complete list of cookie cupboard locations coming soon.

·         Cookie Booth Updates:

Due to the Cub Foods Booth Sales agreement, booth sales will be allowed throughout the council beginning on February 19th instead of February 20thGo for it! :)

When entering booths in Snap, please do not enter your troop for the Cub Foods locations, as a Requested Cookie Booth.  These are part of the Cookie Booth Lottery.  Lottery details have been sent through Snap email to troops in areas which have the lottery. 

For troops in areas which are not part of the lottery or for booths not included in the lottery, please schedule cookie booths on your own.  Once you have your booths scheduled, please help us help your troop by entering all of your booths in Snap so we can upload them to the Cookie Finder.  This helps to drive additional customers to your booth sale. Remember, they won’t find you if they don’t know about your sale.

·         Cookie Delivery throughout the council begins February 9th.  Shipping schedules have been sent to Community Product Sales Managers.  For troops that placed an Initial Order, please be in touch with your Community Product Sales Manager to find out when your cookies will arrive. 

·         The Girl Upload is coming to Snap!  On February 9th we will upload girl data from our membership system into Snap.  This year we need for girls to be listed exactly the same in our membership system, Snap, and COCO.  The girl data must be in sync in these systems in order for girls who use COCOdirect to get credit for the cookies that they sell.   If you have not entered your girls into the system, please wait for the upload and then check to make sure that everything is correct.  If you have already entered your girl information, then please check Snap after the upload to make sure there are not duplicates. 

Girls should use their first and last names in COCO.  If the girl’s name in COCO is not aligned to her name in Snap, please have her change it to match what is in Snap.  See the troop Answer Book on page 12 for more details. If you have trouble or see any discrepancies in Snap, please let us know.

·         Gluten Free Cookies still available to qualifying troops.  If you are interested, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist.  If after the sale starts you run out and need more, please let us know.They are available on a first come first serve basis.

·         Buy 5 Get 5 Promotion:  Your customer will qualify to have their name placed in a drawing if they purchase five packages of cookies in a single transaction.  We have just a few details to work out yet so that this promotion will run smoothly for all.  Please watch the blog for full details prior to the sale start date.  Thanks for your patience!

·        The USDA, Nutrition & Smart Snack Standards: Selling Girl Scout Cookies at School:  The USDA recently released a document regarding fundraisers at school of items which do not meet their Smart Snack Standards.  This, alas, does include Girl Scout cookies and they are specifically named in the document.  Please read on for more information. 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ February 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--February-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

·         REMEMBER: ~On your Honor~ Girls can begin taking cookie orders on Monday, February 9th.  No cookies will be available for delivery to customers until February 14thPlease be a sister to every Girl Scout by adhering to these dates and keeping it fair for all.  Thank you.

·         New Council Cookie Cupboard Locations:

DULUTH - 500 S 59th Ave West, Duluth

WAITE PARK - 230 2nd Ave S, Waite Park

Complete list of cookie cupboard locations coming soon.

·         Cookie Booth Updates:

Due to the Cub Foods Booth Sales agreement, booth sales will be allowed throughout the council beginning on February 19th instead of February 20thGo for it! :) 

When entering booths in Snap, please do not enter your troop for the Cub Foods locations, as a Requested Cookie Booth.  These are part of the Cookie Booth Lottery.  Lottery details have been sent through Snap email to troops in areas which have the lottery. 

For troops in areas which are not part of the lottery or for booths not included in the lottery, please schedule cookie booths on your own.  Once you have your booths scheduled, please help us help your troop by entering all of your booths in Snap so we can upload them to the Cookie Finder.  This helps to drive additional customers to your booth sale. Remember, they won’t find you if they don’t know about your sale.

·         Cookie Delivery throughout the council begins February 9th.  Shipping schedules have been sent to Community Product Sales Managers.  For troops that placed an Initial Order, please be in touch with your Community Product Sales Manager to find out when your cookies will arrive. 

·         The Girl Upload is coming to Snap!  On February 9th we will upload girl data from our membership system into Snap.  This year we need for girls to be listed exactly the same in our membership system, Snap, and COCO.  The girl data must be in sync in these systems in order for girls who use COCOdirect to get credit for the cookies that they sell.   If you have not entered your girls into the system, please wait for the upload and then check to make sure that everything is correct.  If you have already entered your girl information, then please check Snap after the upload to make sure there are not duplicates. 

Girls should use their first and last names in COCO.  If the girl’s name in COCO is not aligned to her name in Snap, please have her change it to match what is in Snap.  See the troop Answer Book on page 12 for more details. If you have trouble or see any discrepancies in Snap, please let us know.

·         Gluten Free Cookies still available to qualifying troops.  If you are interested, please contact your Product Sales & Finance Specialist.  If after the sale starts you run out and need more, please let us know.They are available on a first come first serve basis.

·         Buy 5 Get 5 Promotion:  Your customer will qualify to have their name placed in a drawing if they purchase five packages of cookies in a single transaction.  We have just a few details to work out yet so that this promotion will run smoothly for all.  Please watch the blog for full details prior to the sale start date.  Thanks for your patience!

·        The USDA, Nutrition & Smart Snack Standards: Selling Girl Scout Cookies at School:  The USDA recently released a document regarding fundraisers at school of items which do not meet their Smart Snack Standards.  This, alas, does include Girl Scout cookies and they are specifically named in the document.  Please read on for more information. 

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<![CDATA[Second Annual Kaleidoscope]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Second-Annual-Kaleidoscope/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

We are so excited to present a full line-up of fun and exciting sessions for this year's Kaleidoscope, happening May 2, 2015.  More information can be found on the Kaleidoscope page.  If you would like copies of the brochure and registration form mailed to you, please email Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Basketball Game]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Girl-Scout-Basketball-Game/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

Check out this great opportunity to see the UMD Basketball Team play on February 21.  Girl Scouts who wear their uniforms will get free admission!

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<![CDATA[Service Unit 28 Cookie Kick Off]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Service-Unit-28-Cookie-Kick-Off/
   By Allison Hand              (0) Comments

The Girl Scouts from Service Unit 28 would like to invite you to their annual cookie kick off! Join them for a fun filled evening where girls will learn about selling cookies, and goal setting. They will move from one station to the next, collecting cookie charms for their bracelet. The event is FREE to currently registered Girl Scouts and only $15 (registration fee) for new girls.  This is all happening on Friday February 6th, from 6:30 to 8:00pm.  The event will be held at St. Francis-Xavier School in Sartell.  For more information or to register, check out the flyer!

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<![CDATA[President's Volunteer Service Award]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Presidents-Volunteer-Service-Award/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

 

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.

 

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<![CDATA[Stars on Ice]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Stars-on-Ice/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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. 

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<![CDATA[Stars on Ice]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Stars-on-Ice/
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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. 

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<![CDATA[Stars on Ice]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Stars-on-Ice/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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. 

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<![CDATA[Stars on Ice]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Stars-on-Ice/
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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. 

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<![CDATA[Mark your Calendars!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Mark-your-Calendars/
   By Hannah McCabe              (0) Comments

Coming March 28th to Camp Shingobee Timbers:

GSUSA has partnered with Dove to offer Free Being Me, a
program developed to build self esteem and confidence surrounded by fellow Girl
Scouts. Participate in workshops and spend time outdoors in this day or
overnight program for girls in grades 4-12. Seniors and Ambassadors, consider
joining us March 27th for Volunteer in Training, then put your new
skills to work at Free Being Me! Contact Hannah McCabe at hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org or
(218) 297-4867 for questions, volunteer opportunities, and registration.

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<![CDATA[Added due to Popular Demand- Art Explorer!!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Added-due-to-Popular-Demand--Art-Explorer/
   By Nikki              (0) Comments

Art Explorer

Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN                                                                                                                                                              
Grades 2-8         

Join us at the Paramount Theatre & Visual Arts
Center to experience different aspects of art!
Girls will get the chance to try out the pottery
wheel, create a watercolor masterpiece in the
painting/drawing studio, make a pendant out
of fused glass, and create a ceramic platter.
Cost included all art supplies and professional
instruction.

Participants provide: a sack lunch.

Cost:       $30 girl, $5 adult

Date:      April 18, 2015, 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Register by: April 1, 2015

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Art Explorer

Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Paramount Theater, St.Cloud, MN                                                                                                                                                              
Grades 2-8         

Join us at the Paramount Theatre & Visual Arts Center to
  experience different aspects of art! Girls will get the chance to try out the
  pottery wheel, create a watercolor masterpiece in the painting/drawing
  studio, make a pendant out of fused glass, and create a ceramic platter. Cost
  includes all art supplies and professional instruction.

Participants provide: a sack lunch.

Cost:       $30 girl, $5 adult

Date:      April 18, 2015, from 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Register by: April 1, 2015

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Art Explorer

Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud

10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN                                                                                                                                                               
Grades 2-8          

Join us at the Paramount Theatre & Visual Arts Center to
  experience different aspects of art! Girls will get the chance to try out the
  pottery wheel, create a watercolor masterpiece in the painting/drawing
  studio, make a pendant out of fused glass, and create a ceramic platter. Cost
  includes all art supplies and professional instruction.

Participants provide: a sack lunch.

Cost:       $30 girl, $5 adult

Date:      April 18, 2015, from 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Register by: April 1, 2015

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ January 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--January-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Welcome!

·         We have a new Product Sales and Finance Specialist for Regions 1 & 2!  April Rasmussen is now officially on board and working at the Duluth office.  Please take a moment to welcome her. We are excited to have her here in time for the 2015 Cookie Sale!

Cookie Sale –

·         SNAP ARCHIVE REPORTS.  ABC is currently working to fix an issue with their Snap Archive Reports.  If you need to see a copy of your troop’s Initial Order Report from last year prior to placing this year’s initial order, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist and we will get a copy to you.  Hopefully they will get this fixed quickly!

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 Keep reading for more important Cookie Sale updates!

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ January 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--January-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Welcome!

·         We have a new Product Sales and Finance Specialist for Regions 1 & 2!  April Rasmussen is now officially on board and working at the Duluth office.  Please take a moment to welcome her. We are excited to have her here in time for the 2015 Cookie Sale!

Cookie Sale –

·         SNAP ARCHIVE REPORTS.  ABC is currently working to fix an issue with their Snap Archive Reports.  If you need to see a copy of your troop’s Initial Order Report from last year prior to placing this year’s initial order, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist and we will get a copy to you.  Hopefully they will get this fixed quickly!

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!


Keep Reading for more important Cookie Sale updates! 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ January 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--January-2015/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Welcome!

·         We have a new Product Sales and Finance Specialist for Regions 1 & 2!  April Rasmussen is now officially on board and working at the Duluth office.  Please take a moment to welcome her. We are excited to have her here in time for the 2015 Cookie Sale!

Cookie Sale –

·         SNAP ARCHIVE REPORTS.  ABC is currently working to fix an issue with their Snap Archive Reports.  If you need to see a copy of your troop’s Initial Order Report from last year prior to placing this year’s initial order, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist and we will get a copy to you.  Hopefully they will get this fixed quickly!

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 Keep reading for more important Cookie Sale Updates!
 

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<![CDATA[Help Girl Scout Troop 15046 Save the Monarchs!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Help-Girl-Scout-Troop-15046-Save-the-Monarchs/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Caitlin Cowan leader for troop 15046 in Minneapolis says, "We'll purchase a large number of Milkweed seed packets from SaveOurMonarchs.org Save and then set up tables at neighborhood festivals this spring to teach people about monarchs and the girls will hand out seed packets."

 

SaveOurMonarchs.org distributes Milkweed seed packets to help to save the Monarch Butterfly from extinction.  Milkweed is the ONLY sustenance that the Monarch caterpillar can consume.  

 

Troop 15046 is working to save monarachs as the project for their Bronze Award.  They are trying to raise awarness and invite other Girl Scout troops to do the same.  For more information or to join them in their campaign contact Caitlin Cowan at 612-385-2331or by email at girlscouttroop15046@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Earn Free Tickets to a Bemidji Axeman Game!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Earn-Free-Tickets-to-a-Bemidji-Axeman-Game/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Girl Scouts have been invited to come and lead the pledge of allegiance at an upcoming Bemidji Axeman game!  The currently have the following games available for Girl Scouts to participate:

Sunday February 8th
Saturday February 28th
Friday March 13th
Saturday March 21st
Saturday April 18th
Saturday May 2nd
Sunday May 31st

Participation includes a complimentary ticket to the girls. If there is more then ten family members or friends that also wish to attend they can also offer a discounted ticket to them as well. 

They do ask that there is a minimum of one adult per four children.

To sign up or if you have any questions contact Sam Navratil at 952-358-1084 or by email at snavratil@bemidjiaxemen.com

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<![CDATA[Happy New Year!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Happy-New-Year/
   By Allison Hand              (0) Comments

As all of the staff members come back from the holidays, we are gearing up for the upcoming cookie season!  Many of our leaders recieved troop rosters of their registered members.  We appreciate those of you that took the time to update them!  If you did not receive a roster, or still haven't registered all of your troop members, please contact your Membership Specialist. We hope that all of you enjoyed your holiday and thank you for being a part of the Girl Scout family!

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<![CDATA[Don't Miss Out on Snowflake Adventure!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Dont-Miss-Out-on-Snowflake-Adventure/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

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. Deadline is January 23, 2015.

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

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<![CDATA[Don't Miss Out on Snowflake Adventure!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Dont-Miss-Out-on-Snowflake-Adventure/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

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. Deadline is January 23.

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

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<![CDATA[Choose your own adventure]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Choose-your-own-adventure/
   By Kelsey Parker              (0) Comments

Calling all Brownies and Juniors!  Join your fellow Girl Scouts for a fun weekend getaway this summer to the Twin Cities.  YOU get to help decide what we will do during our time together.  We could visit the Science or Mill City Museum, check out the animals at the zoo, attend a Twins game, shop at the Mall of America, go swimming, take a group photo at the Sculpture garden, have a picnic, the choices are endless!  Register by March 1st to vote on our locations during the trip. 

For all the details click here

Ready to sign up!?  Final registration deadline is June 1st.  Registration form (printable) or Register Online

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<![CDATA[Winter Challenge]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Nikki-Revier/Winter-Challenge/
   By Nikki              (0) Comments

Make the most of the snow!

 

Join us at our upcoming program, Winter Challenge, to learn
all kinds of fun ways you can be active and have fun outside this winter. 
We will try out snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.  Beginners are
welcome!  We’ll also learn survival skills and cook our own lunch
outside.  Do you think you can build a fire in the snow?? 

 

Sign up as a troop, or girls can come with mom or another
special adult.  All girls attend with adult chaperones.  You can add
to the fun by sleeping over at Camp Sanderson the night before, at no
additional cost.  Camp Sanderson’s Program Center has a kitchen, heat and
hot showers, a fireplace, and space to sleep on the floor (mattresses
provided).  Wake up and look out the big windows to see your own winter
wonderland woods. 

 

Date: January 30-31, 2015

Location: Spicer, MN (about 1 hour from St. Cloud)

For girls in grades 4-8

Cost: $35 per girl | $5 per adult

Sign up today!  Registration deadline: Jan. 16

Registration
form
or Register Online

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<![CDATA[Ice Castles ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Volunteer-Update/Ice-Castles-/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Ice Castles | Eden Prairie, MN | All Ages | Admission $6.95-$12.95, kids 3 and under free | Opens December 26 |

Imagine a magical collision of the Apostle Island ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers, formed into towering organic archways, tunnels, canyons and thrones.  By day this frozen wonderland glimmers with glacial blues and frosty whites.  After dark the ice formations cast a multi-colored glow with the help of thousands of LED lights embedded within the ice.  Experience Ice Castles with your family or Girl Scout troop! Visit www.icecastles.com for fees, hours and directions.  Groups of 11 or larger may contact groupsales@icecastles.com for group rates. For more information contact Amanda Roseth, director of event operations, at 952-240-9316 or amanda@icecastles.com.

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<![CDATA[World's Toughest Rodeo]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Worlds-Toughest-Rodeo/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Win Free Lift Tickets!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Win-Free-Lift-Tickets/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Win Free Lift Tickets!

Win free list 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.   Sign up now for one of these great programs: Snow Much Fun January 9-10 at Buena Vista Ski Area just north of Bemidji, Winter Challenge at Camp Sanderson and Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center near Spicer January 30-31, and Snowflake Adventures at Camp Shingobee Timbers near Walker the weekend of February 8th. Depending upon the program you decide to attend, you’ll have a chance to cross country or downhill ski, go snowboarding, tubing, skating, snowshoeing, or sliding, or learn survival skills.  Be ready for indoor fun and games as well.  The tickets will be drawn on January 23rd.  Check here for event and registration details.  Let’s go play in the snow!


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<![CDATA[Win Free Lift Tickets!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Win-Free-Lift-Tickets/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Win Free Lift Tickets!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Win-Free-Lift-Tickets/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Win free lift tickets!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Win-free-lift-tickets/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ Region 4]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--Region-4/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Fall Product Sale

 

·         The Fall Product Sale is wrapping up nicely.  The council ACH debits troop accounts for the full balance due on December 10th.  Troops need to make sure to have their Fall Sale money deposited in their account this week for this debit. 

 

·         If a troop is having difficulty collecting money from a family, the troop needs to fill out the F-10 Outstanding Money Report and let Product Sales & Finance know by this Friday, December 5th so that we have time to make the adjustment to the troop’s debit amount. (Please be aware that all council staff will be out of the office at an all staff meeting on December 3-4 and our offices will be closed, but we will be back on December 5 so feel free to email/call Product Sales staff if you have an issue and we will follow up upon return.)

 

·         If a troop has had any checks returned for the Fall Sale then they should fill out the Product Sales Returned Check Notification Form. This form should be completed and turned in as soon as a bad check is received as checks more than 60 days old will not be reimbursed.

 

·         Kids found your private stash of Gummi Berries?  The council has a limited amount of Fall Product left available for sale.  Please contact us for details. 

 

·         We need to hear from you! Please fill out the Fall Product Sale evaluation form found in the back of your Fall Answer Book and return to the Waite Park Regional Center by January 9, 2015.  Your feedback helps us to make changes and improve the sale for next year. 

 

·         Thank you again to everyone who helped to make the Fall Sale a success!

 

Cookie Sale –

 

·         Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in one of our council cookie trainings so far.  Due to the weather, the training at Camp Sanderson has been postponed to December 11th.  Trainings are also available in Virginia (December 8) and Duluth (December 9).  Please RSVP if you wish to attend or need more details.  If the Virginia training does not reach at least ten yes RSVPS, this training will be cancelled.  An online training will also be available beginning December 12th at www.abcsmartcookieu.com.

 

·         In order to sign in to ABC Smart Cookie U, you must have a COCO login.  The login and password will work at both www.abcsmartcookies.com and www.abcsmartcookieu.com.  1. Begin at www.abcsmartcookies.com and click on the COCO icon towards the bottom of the page.  Then click on the Volunteer box. Scroll towards the bottom and login.  2. If you are a new user, click Register at the bottom of the screen.  3. If you are a returning user, your username is the full email address you used to create the account.  If you cannot remember your password, please just create a new account.

 

·         To login to ABC Smart Cookie U you will use your COCO login and password.  Please allow 24-48 hours for COCO to upload to ABC Smart Cookie U before logging in the first time. 

 

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 

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<![CDATA[Product Sales & Finance Updates ~ December 2014]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales--Finance-Updates--December-2014/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Fall Product Sale

 

·         The Fall Product Sale is wrapping up nicely.  The council ACH debits troop accounts for the full balance due on December 10th.  Troops need to make sure to have their Fall Sale money deposited in their account this week for this debit. 

 

·         If a troop is having difficulty collecting money from a family, the troop needs to fill out the F-10 Outstanding Money Report and let Product Sales & Finance know by this Friday, December 5th so that we have time to make the adjustment to the troop’s debit amount. (Please be aware that all council staff will be out of the office at an all staff meeting on December 3-4 and our offices will be closed, but we will be back on December 5 so feel free to email/call Product Sales staff if you have an issue and we will follow up upon return.)

 

·         If a troop has had any checks returned for the Fall Sale then they should fill out the Product Sales Returned Check Notification Form. This form should be completed and turned in as soon as a bad check is received as checks more than 60 days old will not be reimbursed.

 

·         Kids found your private stash of Gummi Berries?  The council has a limited amount of Fall Product left available for sale.  Please contact us for details. 

 

·         We need to hear from you! Please fill out the Fall Product Sale evaluation form found in the back of your Fall Answer Book and return to the Waite Park Regional Center by January 9, 2015.  Your feedback helps us to make changes and improve the sale for next year. 

 

·         Thank you again to everyone who helped to make the Fall Sale a success!

 

Cookie Sale –

·         Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in one of our council cookie trainings so far.  Due to the weather, the training at Camp Sanderson has been postponed to December 11th.  Trainings are also available in Virginia (December 8) and Duluth (December 9).  Please RSVP if you wish to attend or need more details.  If the Virginia training does not reach at least ten yes RSVPS, this training will be cancelled.  An online training will also be available beginning December 12th at www.abcsmartcookieu.com.

 

·         In order to sign in to ABC Smart Cookie U, you must have a COCO login.  The login and password will work at both www.abcsmartcookies.com and www.abcsmartcookieu.com.  1. Begin at www.abcsmartcookies.com and click on the COCO icon towards the bottom of the page.  Then click on the Volunteer box. Scroll towards the bottom and login.  2. If you are a new user, click Register at the bottom of the screen.  3. If you are a returning user, your username is the full email address you used to create the account.  If you cannot remember your password, please just create a new account.

 

·         To login to ABC Smart Cookie U you will use your COCO login and password.  Please allow 24-48 hours for COCO to upload to ABC Smart Cookie U before logging in the first time. 

 

·         Cookie Cupboard Locations/Help Needed.  The council is currently looking to secure locations for council cookie cupboards in Duluth and Waite Park/St. Cloud.  If you are aware of the perfect location, let us know! We are also looking to hire temporary cookie cupboard employees at both council cupboard locations.  Flexible hours optional. Please contact Vickie Strobel (320-247-4568) if you can assist us with either a cupboard location or would like to apply to work during the cookie sale.  THANK YOU!

 

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<![CDATA[Snowflake Adventure Program]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Snowflake-Adventure-Program/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

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. 

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<![CDATA[Snowflake Adventure Program]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Snowflake-Adventure-Program/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

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. 

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<![CDATA[Snowflake Adventure Program]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Snowflake-Adventure-Program/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

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. 

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<![CDATA[Honoring Veterans]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Honoring-Veterans/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Map your Take Action project!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Volunteer-Updates/Map-your-Take-Action-project/
   By Amanda Morrow              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Cookie and Fall Sale Updates]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-and-Fall-Sale-Updates/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Cookie and Fall Sale Updates]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-and-Fall-Sale-Updates/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Blast off to outerspace!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Blast-off-to-outerspace/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Buena Vist Ski Days]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Buena-Vist-Ski-Days/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Troop Leader Training in Mora & Brainerd]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Troop-Leader-Training-in-Mora--Brainerd/
   By Michelle              (1) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Be a Friend First!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Be-a-Friend-First/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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 


Printable Flyer    

  

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<![CDATA[Community Service Opportunity ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Community-Service-Opportunity-/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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 .


Printable Flyer 

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<![CDATA[Fall Fun]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Fun/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Don't Forget to Celebrate the Capitol Christmas Tree this weekend in Bemidji!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Dont-Forget-to-Celebrate-the-Capitol-Christmas-Tree-this-weekend-in-Bemidji/
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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.   

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<![CDATA[40th Winter Amidships]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/40th-Winter-Amidships/
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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

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<![CDATA[Join the Minnesota Zoo for Girl Scout Day!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Join-the-Minnesota-Zoo-for-Girl-Scout-Day/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Region 3 Day of Training - Save the Date]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Region-3-Day-of-Training---Save-the-Date/
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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!

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<![CDATA[Program Update]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Program-Update/
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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!

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<![CDATA[2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/2015-Prudential-Spirit-of-Community-Award/
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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.

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<![CDATA[2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/2014-Capitol-Christmas-Tree-Celebration/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Put your detective skills to the test!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Put-your-detective-skills-to-the-test/
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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.

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<![CDATA[We just can't wait to see you at Fall Fest!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/We-just-cant-wait-to-see-you-at-Fall-Fest/
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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!

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<![CDATA[Powder Ridge Ski and Snowboard Days]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Powder-Ridge-Ski-and-Snowboard-Days/
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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. 

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<![CDATA[Program On The Go- Do It Yourself]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog//Program-On-The-Go--Do-It-Yourself/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Girls Night Out- Midtown Square: St. Cloud]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog//Girls-Night-Out--Midtown-Square-St-Cloud/
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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

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<![CDATA[Fall and Cookie Sales Updates]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-5-Volunteer-Updates/Fall-and-Cookie-Sales-Updates/
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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!

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<![CDATA[Fall and Cookie Sales Updates]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Fall-and-Cookie-Sales-Updates/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Kaleidoscope Update]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-2-Family-Updates/Kaleidoscope-Update/
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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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<![CDATA[Join us for a Fall Fest Skating Party in Grand Rapids!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Join-us-for-a-Fall-Fest-Skating-Party-in-Grand-Rapids/
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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!

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<![CDATA[Don't Miss the Bemidji Dance Party!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/Dont-Miss-the-Bemidji-Dance-Party/
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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!

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<![CDATA[Saving Hearts One Beat at a Time]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Saving-Hearts-One-Beat-at-a-Time/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Girl Scout Troop 599 ivites you to their Bronze Award ceremony at Shingobee Timbers Girl Scout Camp. We will be presenting an AED (Heart Defibrillator machine) to the Girl Scout Camp with a skit. You can learn hands-only CPR, how to use the AED and earn part of your First Aid badge!

We hope you can join us on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.  RSVP by Sunday, October 5 to our troop leader, Susan, at 829-9754 or chefsuzy@juno.com.  


Printable Flyer 

 

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<![CDATA[Program Update ~ From Amanda Strobel]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Program-Update--From-Amanda-Strobel/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

We are excited to once again be hosting one of the largest council events in our Region!  Our World, Our Family is one of the most unique, volunteer-driven and girl-led events, and we are so grateful to the volunteers and other partners that help us make great memories for girls all over our state each year. There are still Saturday Only spots available for late registration—get yours in today!

If you haven’t already, check out our new Program Guide to see all of the great programs that will be offered all over our council next year.  It is online right now, and will be sent out in the month of September.  Sign up early for the program your troop picks!

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<![CDATA[ 2014-2015 Program Events & Activities ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-1-Family-Update/-2014-2015-Program-Events--Activities-/
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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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<![CDATA[Fall Product Training, Gluten Free Cookies, and Digital Cookie]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Product-Training-Gluten-Free-Cookies-and-Digital-Cookie/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

The Fall Product Sale is a great way to earn start-up funds for troop activities. Girls run their own business: taking orders for nuts, chocolates, and magazines beginning in mid-September and delivering products in late November. Troops earn 20% profit from sales plus girls earn recognitions for selling as few as 10 nut/chocolate items or 2 magazine subscriptions!

We've got some exciting changes to the Fall Product Sale program this year which can help girls increase sales and earn more troop profit!

Every troop who wants to sell Fall Product needs to have an adult volunteer participate in the Training.  Volunteers can come to any of the six locations listed below.

Fall Product Training Options 

·         St. Cloud, MN, Rasmussen College, Wed, September 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

·         Brainerd, MN, Public Library, Mon, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 

·         Bemidji, MN, United Methodist Church, Tues, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm

·         Spicer, MN, Camp Sanderson, Tues, September 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Mora, MN, United Methodist Church, Wed, September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Duluth, MN, Ordean Building, Thurs, September 11, 6:00-8:30 pm 

Please register today by clicking on the link on our calendar/home page, or contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information.  We look forward to connecting with you and sharing more details about the 2014 Fall Product Sale!

 

Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

We are participating in ABC Bakers’ gluten free cookie pilot program in 2015.  Last year’s gluten free cookie sold out quickly. Please sign up now so your troop can say, “Yes, we do offer gluten free cookies!” 

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<![CDATA[Fall Product Training, Gluten Free Cookies, and Digital Cookie]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Product-Training-Gluten-Free-Cookies-and-Digital-Cookie/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

The Fall Product Sale is a great way to earn start-up funds for troop activities. Girls run their own business: taking orders for nuts, chocolates, and magazines beginning in mid-September and delivering products in late November. Troops earn 20% profit from sales plus girls earn recognitions for selling as few as 10 nut/chocolate items or 2 magazine subscriptions!

We've got some exciting changes to the Fall Product Sale program this year which can help girls increase sales and earn more troop profit!

Every troop who wants to sell Fall Product needs to have an adult volunteer participate in the Training.  Volunteers can come to any of the six locations listed below.

Fall Product Training Options 

·         St. Cloud, MN, Rasmussen College, Wed, September 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

·         Brainerd, MN, Public Library, Mon, September 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 

·         Bemidji, MN, United Methodist Church, Tues, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm

·         Spicer, MN, Camp Sanderson, Tues, September 9, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Mora, MN, United Methodist Church, Wed, September 10, 6:30-8:30 pm

·         Duluth, MN, Ordean Building, Thurs, September 11, 6:00-8:30 pm 

Please register today by clicking on the link on our calendar/home page, or contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information.  We look forward to connecting with you and sharing more details about the 2014 Fall Product Sale!


Get Your Troop on Board to Sell Gluten Free Trios!

We are participating in ABC Bakers’ gluten free cookie pilot program in 2015.  Last year’s gluten free cookie sold out quickly. Please sign up now so your troop can say, “Yes, we do offer gluten free cookies!” 

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<![CDATA[Our World Our Family Patches are Here!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Our-World-Our-Family-Patches-are-Here/
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The patches just arrived, and we are so excited to see you all in less than a month!  Our presenters are getting ready, and our shop is stocking up on fun, new items for this year. We are excited to announce that we will have white pillowcases available in the shop to tie dye—they feature an OWOF design in glow in the dark ink!

If you have not signed up already-there is still space available for Friday Night ($65) at both camps, and Saturday Only($45) stays!  Girls can use Cookie Dough and Adventure Points (see registration packet for details).  

Final Confirmations will be sent out later this month-watch for more information on packing lists and other offers at OWOF!

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<![CDATA[Our World Our Family Update]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Our-World-Our-Family-Update/
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For those of you still thinking about coming to this great annual event - there are limited spaces available yet for overnight accommodations (please call ahead to ensure there will be space for your entire group), and some Saturday-only spaces available.

This is an awesome event for the whole troop, or just a day for you and your girl! Saturday Only stays include four sessions, lunch and two snacks for $45.  

Also, if you live near Nisswa and have a golf cart that you would be able to lend us for the weekend (transporting supplies and older volunteers across the camp), please call Amanda Morrow (320-252-2952).  We would very much appreciate it and have cookies on hand to show our thanks!

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<![CDATA[Be "On Time!"]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Be-On-Time/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

At Girl Scouts, it’s not just that you get to go – you get to go together.  All your adventures are even more special because your friends are right by your side…imagine what you’ll do next year!

Why wait?  Claim your spot for another year of fun!

Calling all Girl Scouts – girls and adults! 

If you have yet to register for the new Girl Scout year, we ask that you be “on time” and renew your membership before October 1, 2014, the official start of the 2014-15 Girl Scout year.

2,063 girls and 627 adults participated in the Spring Jump Start Renewal Campaign.  Girls participating earned their 2014-15 Jump Start patch for renewing their membership early by June 15. 177 Troop Leaders earned a Girl Scout shop gift certificate for a free Girl Scout polo shirt for registering their troop and submitting their updated troop roster.

Missed the Jump Start deadline for your troop? 
Please read on….

Be “on-time” and renew your troop according to the guidelines below by September 1 to be entered into a troop drawing for a free Program on the Go for your Service Unit.  (one winning troop per membership region)

“On Time” guidelines:

1. Dig out your Spring Jump Start Troop Packet mailed to all 01 Troop Leaders in early April or call your Region’s Membership Specialist for a re-print.

2. Complete the new and easy renewal by troop roster as instructed and submit with associated membership fees or register online at www.gslakesandpines.org and click on “Join Girl Scouts.”

3. If registering online, submit your updated roster indicating “online registration with date” to your Membership Specialist or to the Waite Park Regional Office.

4.  Keep a copy of your completed Troop Roster for your records.



If you have any questions, please contact us at membership@gslakesandpines.org. We are happy to help!

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<![CDATA[Travel with the Girl Scouts]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Travel-with-the-Girl-Scouts/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

The summer is almost half-way over, and we have been very busy with three trips so far, and one left!  If you have been thinking about going on a trip with your girls, email us (program@gslakesandpines.org) for details and sign up today!  This summer, we have trips planned to Duluth, New York, Chicago, and Salt Lake City in the fall for the National Convention.  Traveling with Girl Scouts is a great way to see the world!  Remember that at Our World, Our Family participants who register for a GSMWLP trip will receive a reduced deposit, and all girls will be asked to vote on the 2018 council trips.

Brainerd just wrapped up their annual Day Camp—thanks to every one who helped make this great tradition such a success!  And a special thank you to the Day Camp Directors, you do so much and the girls always have a wonderful time!

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!!

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<![CDATA[July 2014 Product Sales & Finance Updates]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/July-2014-Product-Sales--Finance-Updates/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Product Sales staff recently road tripped to Interbake Foods (ABC Bakers) in North Sioux City, SD to continue planning our next Cookie Sale Program.  While there, we were able to see how our cookies are made.  Interbake has 500 employees, and runs three shifts, six days a week.  One third of what they make there is Girl Scout cookies.  It’s no wonder we could smell Thin Mints when we walked in the building!

Summer is when we do most of our planning for the upcoming year for both the Fall and Cookie Sale programs.  At this time we are beginning to contact our past Community Product Sales Managers (CPSM) and Cupboard Managers to see if they are willing to assist us this coming year with either the Fall or Cookie Sales or both.  Thank you to all who have worked with us in the past – we hope you will continue to help girls with their upcoming product sales programs!  So far we know of several openings around the council for these volunteer positions.  If this is something you are interested in, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist for more information. 

Fall Product Sale Program dates have been set and there are some new changes to the program which we think will be helpful to troops. 

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<![CDATA[June Update]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/OWOF-Monthly-Update/June-Update/
   By Lisa Lundberg              (0) Comments

Hello from the Girl Scout Program Team!

 We hope that you are enjoying your
summer!  If you have already registered
for Our World, Our Family this year, thank
you!
  We are excited to see so many familiar--and
new--faces each year, and love being able to
share this very special tradition with all of you. Please watch for initial
confirmations later this month, if you have
not already received one. The final confirmation will be sent in August,
and will include preliminary cabin assignments, packing lists, and directions. 

 If you have not gotten in your registration yet, we still have openings for both
Friday and Saturday night--so send yours today!
  Note that
there is no late fee for this event, but we expect that it will be full
very soon!  All forms and the packet of
information can be found on our website (http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/OurWorldOurFamily11/). 
If you need printed copies of these forms, please let us know. Remember that
full payment is due with registration (include Cookie Dough and Adventure Point
Vouchers with forms).

 Once again, we are offering a
discounted deposit for all girls and adults who register for a GSMWLP trip at
OWOF--bring your trip
registration forms!  Girls will also be able to vote on trips for
2018!

Remember that all pre-orders for
OWOF apparel are due by July 11.  Order
your glow in the dark t-shirt or hoodietoday!

Have a fun and safe summer!

Thanks
Amanda Strobel   


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<![CDATA[Our World Our Family still has space available!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Our-World-Our-Family-still-has-space-available/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Hello from the Girl Scout Program Team! 

We hope that you are enjoying your summer!  If you have already registered for Our World, Our Family this year, thank you!  We are excited to see so many familiar--and new--faces each year, and love being able to share this very special tradition with all of you. Please watch for initial confirmations later this month, if you have not already received one. The final confirmation will be sent in August, and will include preliminary cabin assignments, packing lists, and directions.  

If you have not gotten in your registration yet, we still have openings for both Friday and Saturday night--so send yours today!  Note that there is no late fee for this event, but we expect that it will be full very soon!  All forms and the packet of information can be found on our website (http://gslakesandpines.org/pages/OurWorldOurFamily11/). If you need printed copies of these forms, please let us know. Remember that full payment is due with registration (include Cookie Dough and Adventure Point
Vouchers with forms). 

Once again, we are offering a discounted deposit for all girls and adults who register for a GSMWLP trip at OWOF--bring your trip registration forms!  Girls will also be able to vote on trips for 2018!

Remember that all pre-orders for OWOF apparel are due by July 11.  Order your glow in the dark t-shirt or hoodie today! 

Have a fun and safe summer!

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<![CDATA[Basic Outdoor Skills (BOS) Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Basic-Outdoor-Skills-BOS-Training/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

This training is open to Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and Adults.


When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Where: Crosby, MN


Cost: $10.00 or $19.50 with Outdoor Education Book


For more information and to registration, click here.       

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<![CDATA[Product Sales and Finance Updates ~ June 2014]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Product-Sales-and-Finance-Updates--June-2014/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

TROOP FINANCIAL REPORTS ARE COMING DUE


Every troop must submit their annual Troop Financial Report (TFR) to their Community Coordinator, Service Unit Manager or
Service Unit Treasurer by June 15 who needs to submit them to their Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than July 1.  Writable forms are available on our website: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/4797.pdf.  Do a file/save as to your computer. Remember that expenses must be entered as negative numbers for the math to work correctly.  A copy of your checkbook register and a recent bank statement must be included

Troops who fail to submit their TFR are subject to an audit and/or freezing of their Girl Scout bank account.  Please help us by turning in your troop’s report in a timely manner.  Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist if you have any questions.  Thank you!


2015 COOKIE RECOGNITION VOTING IS OPEN

Do you and your girls want a say in what recognitions are chosen for the next cookie sale?  Voting is open NOW.  Click the link to begin.  Our council uses YOUR choices to make our final selections.  We need to hear from you today!  Lead the Change! Voting closes June 30th

 
THANK YOU!!!
 

We are already well into the planning of the 2014 Fall Sale and the 2015 Cookie Sale Programs.  Know that we have some great things in store for these sales, but for now we hope that troops are enjoying the warmer weather and reaping the benefits of their past sales in order to do the things they planned to do.  For a little light reading, for those troops that are not yet self sustaining, we recommend the following to help your troop plan for the upcoming year: What is a Self Sustaining Troop? Enjoy the start of summer and know that we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for Girl Scouts.  THANK YOU from all of us.

 

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<![CDATA[I Can't Wait to...]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/I-Cant-Wait-to/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

At Girl Scouts, it’s not just that you get to go – you get to go together.  All your adventures are even more special because your friends are right by your side…imagine what you’ll do next year.

Why wait?  Claim your spot for another year of fun!

Enjoy another great year with Girl Scouts and Jump into spring with our spring membership renewal campaign Jump Start!

All the details to help guide you through the re-registration process were included in a mailing to all 01 Troop Leaders and Juliette families at the beginning of April.

Girls get a free Jump Start patch if forms are turned in to the Waite Park Regional Center by June 15, 2014!

·         New this year for 01 Leaders:  A Girl Scout shop gift certificate for your own Girl Scout polo shirt (comes in all sizes) if you return your completed troop roster as indicated and re-register all continuing girls and adults by June 15, 2014.

·         Easiest renewal ever!  Find your troop’s 2013-14 Troop Roster with a simple check off to renew membership that is included in the mailing.

·         The simple steps to renew are included on your roster.

·         Use this roster to have parents/guardians review, update information as needed and provide permission – then mail in with Dues Summary or go online as instructed and just update the information.

·         Note: 01 troop leader’s can register the entire troop at one time with online registration if done prior to Sept. 30, 2014.

·         Girls and families worked hard to sell cookies.  Use those proceeds to pay their $15 membership fees!  (It will be one less thing to pay for during back-to-school time!)

o   Troops have always been encouraged to include membership renewal in their troop budget as part of being a self sufficient troop.

·         Other great benefits to your troop and your Service Unit:

o   Your troop will be ready to start right away in the fall and you will know who is returning!

o   Placing new girls at fall registration is easy because troops know the number of new girls they can add to their troop.

o   The recruitment of new adult leadership can start right away because you will know if an adult leader is not returning.

o    A “Say You’ll Stay Response Form,” (#3603) is available on the council’s website for you to print and distribute at your next SU leader’s meeting to find out if volunteers will be returning.

If you have any questions, please contact us for assistance.  We are happy to help!

 

Are you a fun loving person who loves Girl Scouts?  Read on…

Your Membership Specialist is seeking volunteers who like to have fun to establish Recruitment Teams within each service unit. 

What do SU Recruitment Teams do?  They have fun getting the word out about Girl Scouts!

Where do you start?

1.    Contact your Membership Specialist today to join your Service Unit’s Recruitment Team! 

2.    Share ideas to make recruitment in your school or town tons of fun for girls and families.

3.    Partner with you Membership Specialist to set dates and plans for your Service Unit’s Fall Kick-off and your Fall Recruitment events.

 

Membership Stats as of May 27, 2014

Girls                             6,718              
We are 1,552 girls away from
reaching our girl goal of 8,270.


Adults                          2,538              
We are 272 adults away from
reaching our adult goal of 2,804

Total Membership    9,256               
This includes 452 lifetime members.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Self Assesment and Background Checks]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Volunteer-Self-Assesment-and-Background-Checks/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Hello!

 

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!

Bonnie

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<![CDATA[OWOF Update: April]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/OWOF-Monthly-Update/OWOF-Update-April/
   By Lisa Lundberg              (0) Comments

 

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 (astrobel@gslakesandpines.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 (nervier@gslakesandpines.org).

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<![CDATA[Space Adventure]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Space-Adventure/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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!

Day Program:
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.

Saturday Overnight:
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! astrobel@gslakesandpines.org | 320-252-2952

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<![CDATA[Program Aide Training Day]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Program-Aide-Training-Day/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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.

Cost:
$20 girl, adult free

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<![CDATA[Region 3 GSMWLP Volunteers Rock!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Region-3-GSMWLP-Volunteers-Rock/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Hello! 

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!   

Bonnie

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<![CDATA[Contests, Trainings, and Awards]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Contests-Trainings-and-Awards/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Hello Friends!

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!

~Bonnie Reeves 

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<![CDATA[Deadline Extended - Join us in Salt Lake City!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Deadline-Extended---Join-us-in-Salt-Lake-City/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

The deadline to attend the Girl Scout National Convention has been extended to March 1!  Read more about it on page 17 of your Program Guide or at the following link:  http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/4154.pdf

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<![CDATA[Adult Award Nominations Open Year-Round]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Adult-Award-Nominations-Open-Year-Round/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[New Leader Training Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/New-Leader-Training-Opportunities/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

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/

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<![CDATA[Do you love winter adventures & camp?]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Do-you-love-winter-adventures--camp/
   By Julie Bode              (0) Comments

Snowflake Adventures

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

Date :

Day Program: Feb 8,  9am-4:30pm

Overnight Program: Feb 8 – 9, 2014 9am Saturday – 11am Sunday

Cost:

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 mgarza@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Girls' Night Out]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girls-Night-Out/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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! 

 

Grades K - 3 will start at 6:30 pm, enjoying games and activities at the Sneak Peek Pajama Party until 9pm. $8 Girl Scouts, adults free

Grades 4 - 12 will arrive at 8:00 pm and leave at 7:00 am. ($30 Girl Scouts, $5 adults)

 

All ages are invited to shop late at several mall shops that will stay open late just for us, as well as at the Girl Scout Shop, that will stay open until 10:00 pm. Join us for lots of fun and a great service project that will benefit a local women's shelter. 

               

Bring a new friend (new to Girl Scouts) and you each get $5 off of your fee!

Register today!

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<![CDATA[Adult Retreat/Camp Care Weekend at Shingobee Timbers]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Adult-RetreatCamp-Care-Weekend-at-Shingobee-Timbers/
   By Michelle              (1) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Family Event at Jack's House in Brainerd]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Family-Event-at-Jacks-House-in-Brainerd/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

"Looking for some family fun this Saturday?  Join us at Jack's House in Brainerd from 11:00am to 2:00pm for family fun!  $8 per person covers two games and shoes.  If you are interested, please contact Community Coordinator Laura (ly679@brainerd.net) as soon as possible!"   Link to Flyer

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<![CDATA[Be a Friend First Overnight]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Be-a-Friend-First-Overnight/
   By Michelle              (0) Comments

Be a Friend First Overnight!

Garrison, MN

January 31- February 1, 2014

5:30 pm – 1:00 pm

$54 girls

Join us for a night of fun as we dive into the aMAZE journey and the Be a Friend First (BFF) anti-bullying series.  Girls will complete the journey and start planning for their very own Take Action project. 

If you are interested, please email Amanda (astrobel@gslakesandpines.org)

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<![CDATA[COOKIE TRAINING: Region 3]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/COOKIE-TRAINING-Region-3/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Secure valuable information to help the Cookie Sale Program run smoothly for your troop. All adult members are invited to attend Cookie Training. This training will be especially helpful for Troop Product Sales Managers (aka “Cookie Moms”), Troop Leaders, and Community Product Sales Managers. It’s suggested that at least one adult volunteer from each troop attend the training.

Region 3’s Cookie Sale Training has been set for 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 7th as part of the Regional Training Day in Garrison.  Please allow about two hours for the training, plus additional time for asking questions, networking, and cookie sampling.

Please RSVP to Maureen if you plan to attend this important training. If this training date does not work for you, please see the full list of available Cookie Trainings on our website.  

Region 3 Regional Training Day:


Attending this Cookie Training? No matter what region you are from, you’re invited to attend the rest of the Regional Training Day.  Need more cookie information? An additional cookie enhancement training on SNAP (the cookie website) and forms will be offered from 10:45 to 12:15.  Other sessions offered include: Behavior Management, Troop Finance, Conflict Management, Service
Unit Manager/Community Coordinator (SUM/CC),
Website and EBIZ, Event Planning, Songs and Games and Troop Trip Progression.  Sign up for one session or for the full day.  To see session descriptions or to register for the rest of the training day, see our website.  

Bring a friend to share in the fun and learning! See you there!

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<![CDATA[You're Invited: Region 3 Training Day!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Youre-Invited-Region-3-Training-Day/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013

Region 3 Training Day

Garrison

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Your Region 3 staff invites you to our Regional Day of Training.

 

It’s designed just for you. Register for one session or stay for the day. We have many sessions to choose from.  Please see our website for session descriptions and information on how to register.  Lunch and snacks will be provided. Please, contact Bonnie (320-241-7571 or email) if you have questions. Carpool and bring a friend; we will see you there!


Sessions Offered:

Behavior Management

Troop Finance

It's a Snap Cookie Website and Forms

Conflict Management

Service Unit Manager/Community Coordinator (SUM/CC)

Website and EBIZ

Event Planning

Songs and Games

Troop Trip Progression

Cookie Training


 

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<![CDATA[Global activities]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Global-activities/
   By Tauna              (1) Comments

Carla Lasky is a Girl Scout Troop Leader from Duluth. Recently she sent in a letter showing appreciation for sister volunteer Shirley Balgaard who introduced her to new international aspects of Girl Scouting.We thought you might enjoy hearing some of the insights she shared.

 

"... Eleven years ago, I started my troop. We ran our meetings, did some of the council events and went to Camp Roundelay. Then I met Shirley Balgaard! She opened up the world of Girl Scouts to me. She taught me what Roperunners and SWAPaloozas were by letting me help her run one of each. She showed me how to have an International Festival for World Thinking Day. She signed our troop up with hers for Our World, Our Family camp, which is amazing!

 

She also exposed me to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. If you have attended the Duluth area World Thinking Day program, your girls have earned world badges and are on their way to earning their Global Action Theme badge. This is a curriculum put together with the help of the United Nations. This is an excellent program for all ages and works on issues related to the world.

 

She got me involved with the Greenblood news which has sooo much information and ideas. We even got our GS penpals from around the world here. Through this site we got involved with a SWAP group and exchanged swaps from all around the world. Tessa and I have had dinner made for us by three Taiwan leaders, who shared with us how GS is done in their country. We have done exchanges with Austraiian troops of cookies and patches.

 

I could go on. I just want leaders to know that there is so much out there for your girls. It takes a leader to expose them to all that is available. And a huge thank you to a great leader and friend, Shirley.

 

Carla Lasky

 

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Send in your Girl Scout story.

 

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<![CDATA[Fall Product Sale Training by Conference Call ~ Sign Up Today!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Product-Sale-Training-by-Conference-Call--Sign-Up-Today/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Fall Product Sale Training by conference call will be offered on Monday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. for those who did not attend in person trainings.  This training is suggested for Troop Product Sales Managers, Troop Leaders, and Community Product Sales Managers.  The training will be approximately one hour in length.  To sign up and receive call in information, please contact Maureen Graham by email mgraham@gslakesandpines.org or phone 320-247-4571 by noon on September 23. Please join us!

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<![CDATA[New Leader Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/New-Leader-Training/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Hello!

We are busy with recruitment nights all over Region 3; it’s a really exciting time!  What’s next…you guessed it ”training”!

 

Region 3 has New Leader training scheduled in each of our five SU’s and at our Regional Day of Training in Garrison - December 7th.  So remember to save the date and follow the BLOG to see what we’ll be offering on this special day. 

 We are trying something new this year– we are offering New Leader Training via phone conference call!

The three hour training will be split into three one hour sessions. Take the sessions in any order that works foryou.  Complete New Leader training and receive a coupon for $4.75 off the purchase of a Volunteer Resource Pack.
Seasoned volunteers are welcome too.  Follow the link to see which option  fits your schedule: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/LearningDevelopment/

 

Hope to see you soon at a recruitment night, SU visit or event!  Thank you for all you do for Girl Scouts!


Bonnie

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<![CDATA[Bumble Bee Garden Party: Fall Product Sale Program Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Bumble-Bee-Garden-Party-Fall-Product-Sale-Program-Training/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Bee in the Know! Grab your best party gear and join us for our funnest Fall Product Training ever. Yes, there will be prizes!


The 2013 Fall Product Sale Program is a great way for troops to earn start-up funds for activities the girls would like to participate in during the Girl Scout year. Reconnect with your Girl Scout friends, win prizes, and get the latest information about the Fall Product Sale. It's an easy way for the girls to have fun learning and earning money for activities this year! We encourage at least one adult
volunteer from each troop to attend either a council training or a training offered by your Community Product Sales Manager. If you have not been to a Fall Sale training before or if it has been a while, come and check it out.

Choose the party that fits you best!

Each event begins at 6:30 pm and will be wrapped up by 8:00 pm.

  • Monday, August 26, Girl Scout Office, 803 Kingwood Street, Brainerd
  • Tuesday, August 27, Kanabec County Court House, 18 North Vine Street, Mora

RSVP by August 21 to Maureen or 320-247-4571. 

 

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<![CDATA[Join Girl Scouts!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4/Join-Girl-Scouts/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

Welcome

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. 

Membership
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.  

 

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<![CDATA[Girls On The Go ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girls-On-The-Go-/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

 

 

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!

 

218-297-4867  astrobel@gslakesandpines.org

218-270-4859 mhusen@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Day at Paul Bunyanland]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-Day-at-Paul-Bunyanland/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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.

daisy56472@yahoo.com   Or 218-821-8638

Thanks again!

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<![CDATA[Snapshots of a Lifer in Girl Scouts]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Snapshots-of-a-Lifer-in-Girl-Scouts/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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.

 

Jamie White-Farnham

Girl Scout Volunteer

Superior, WI

Written in 2012

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<![CDATA[I saw changes in the girls and myself as well]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/I-saw-changes-in-the-girls-and-myself-as-well/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

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.

 

Chantel Purrier

Girl Scouts in ACTION Intern

Waite Park Regional Center, supervisor Leah Voss

Student at St. Cloud State University

May 2, 2013

 

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<![CDATA[Girl Scouts helped me find my leadership skills]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Girl-Scouts-helped-me-find-my-leadership-skills/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Before I began my internship at Girl Scouts I was very unsure about my leadership skills.  I have always been the type of person that shied away from taking initiative and playing the role of a leader.  I am grateful to the Girl Scouts organization for providing me with this opportunity and allowing me to be a Girl Scouts in ACTION leader.  I have developed skills needed to become a great leader by working with diverse groups and implementing a curriculum that focused on teaching the girls about financial literacy.  It has also pushed me to step up and take charge when unexpected situations arise.  That is something that I never would have done before this experience.

 

I would highly recommend volunteering at Girl Scouts if you are a person who loves to work in group settings and would like to enhance your leadership skills.  This is such a great opportunity to build your confidence when it comes to working with small groups.  It pushes you to do things that you never would have thought you could do.  Not only will it help you develop leadership skills but you always get a chance to build strong relationships with the girls who are apart of the program.  You become their role model in a sense.  It is such an empowering feeling to know that these girls look up to you for guidance.  Volunteering at Girl Scouts is truly a rewarding experience!

 

Kelly Yang

Girl Scouts in ACTION Intern

Waite Park Regional Center, supervisor Leah Voss

Student at St. Cloud State University

May 1, 2013

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   By Tauna              (0) Comments
Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines Top Cookie Seller this year was Audrey, who's in Grade 2 in Sartell, MN. Her goal was to beat her last year's total packages of 1,328. She did it by topping out this year at 1,500 packages. I talked with Audrey and her mom earlier this week ...

Her strategy was twofold. She sold at a "bunch" of Booth Sales and went door to door. Door to door was her favorite. When I asked Audrey about going door to door, she said, "Sometimes I'd trip and fall [in the snow]. I'd get up and say, 'keep on selling, no matter what.'"

 

Audrey's mom Nancy is the adult volunteer guiding the troop. According to Nancy, the troop has voted to use a portion of their product sales proceeds to participate in a service activity every month. Last month the girls went to the Tri County Humane Society (TCHS) and bathed dogs, made bandanas for the dogs, and refresh the newspaper on the floor. They learned that volunteers put a bandana on the dogs who have been bathed so they don't give them two baths. The girls also donated pet supplies to the TCHS which they purchased with their troop funds.

 

Another service project Audrey did with her troop was called Hearts for June. June is a 3 1/2 year old girl from Minneapolis with a rare disease called Aicardi Syndrome. June's parents want to decorate her hospital room with hearts. Audrey's troop made hearts with glitter on them. Then the girls went to school and told their teacher what they'd done in Girl Scouts and the school did the project, too. There have been other individuals and groups also participating in this project and Audrey's mom Nancy believes that June now has more than 20,000 hearts!

 

The girls have also done service projects for Anna Marie's and Toys for Tots.

 

In addition to the money for her troop account, Audrey earned 'Cookie Dough' coupons to use herself. She can use these at the Girl Scout Shop or at upcoming programs. Audrey's currently deciding whether she's going to go to 3 or 5 days at camp -- she can afford to do both. She's also looking forward to going with her troopmates this fall to a Girl Scout program called "Our World, Our Family" which happens in Nisswa every September. The girls attended this event last year and Audrey really enjoyed making bird houses and learning about plants.

 

In addition to Girl Scouts, Audrey is involved in Dance, Piano, Soccer, and Gymnastics. In school she likes math, art gym, and music. She also enjoys reading.

 

When she grows up, Audrey would like to be a Veterinarian and work for the TCHS.

 

Before she left, I asked Audrey if she had any advice for other girls who might have their sites on being the Girl Scout Top Cookie Seller. She offered the following, "Keep on trying, no matter what... and, say thank you, even if they say no."

 

On behalf of the 8,240 girl members of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, thank you to everyone who supported the Girl Scout Cookie Program this year.


Submitted by Tauna Quimby, Girl Scout staff

tquimby@gslakesandpines.org

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<![CDATA[We came as strangers, and left as friends]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/We-came-as-strangers-and-left-as-friends/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

We asked participants to write about their experience on Girl Scout canoe trips through Lakes and Pines' Northern Lakes Canoe Base in Ely, MN.  Here is what Janice Hamachek (Girl Scouts of Manitou; Participant 2008, 2009, 2010; Guide-In-Training 2011, 2012) had to say:


We came as strangers, and left as friends.

 

As I drive up in the van, I am surrounded by people I have known for only a couple hours. We make small talk, but no deep conversations. After this ride, I know everyone’s name, where they are from, and a couple random facts about them. As we make the final turn into camp, I see the Northern Lakes Canoe Base and the road is filled with a bunch of people jumping, screaming, and waving. I think to myself, “What have I signed myself up for?”

 

After unloading the van, we move into the Program Center. They give us a little time to talk at first, but it is still awkward. I look around who to sit with and I decide to sit by the people I sat by on the van. They seemed pretty nice. We don’t say much and it is small talk. The people who were lining the roads come into the Program Center. They introduce themselves, and I realize that they are from all over, just like this group of people is. I notice how close they seem to be, but I think that is farfetched from how close this group will be. “They have spent more time together than we will,” I think to myself. Then, they say that I will be spending the next 10 days in the woods with these people, and I will be led by two guides. As I look at them, they seem like they have two completely different personalities.

 

That night, we crawl into our tents. We divide up randomly, because none of us are close enough to make up our mind, besides the two people that came together. We get into the tent and arrange ourselves. We keep everyone’s stuff separated because we don’t want to touch anyone else’s stuff. We sit and talk, and begin to find out more about each other. We begin to learn about every one’s family and where they came from. I begin to find similarities between us, and it is nice to know this. Eventually, we all fall asleep.

 

The next morning we are woken up with songs sung by the energetic guides. As I crawl out of my sleeping bag, I am half asleep. I have no idea how people can be so awake this early in the morning. As I get ready, I begin to talk to the person that I slept next to. We don’t say much, but it is understandable because neither of us are awake. We go to breakfast, and we begin to talk more to everyone else. We find out how they slept, and how much experience they have had with this stuff. I learn that no one has done much, just like I have. Then, the guides tell us we will be having a training session today, so it does not matter that we do not know what to do!

 

While we are doing our training, I begin to get a feel of how everyone else is going to do. When it is my turn to put the canoe on my shoulders, I do not think I can do it. The canoe looks heavy, and I do not think I am strong enough to do it. When I am about to say I can’t do it, someone whispers to me, “I know you can do it!” I walk up to the canoe, and get it put on my shoulders for the first time. It feels heavy and I can’t balance it properly. As I take steps, I stumble. However, the person who told me I can do it once again tells me to keep going, that I am doing a great job. Everyone else chimes in, and I continue on. I take a couple more steps and I feel more confident. As training continues, I talk more to everyone and learn more about them. By that night I am talking to everyone. I still am not 100% comfortable with everyone but it has improved since the night before. When we go to bed that night, everyone is talking and we have to be told multiple times to go to sleep because we have a long day ahead of us. It is the first day of our trip and we need to be well rested.

 

The next morning, we begin our actual canoe trip. I am extremely nervous, but I don’t show it because I don’t want to seem weak in front of anyone else. When the guides ask us who wants to do what, no one volunteers. Everyone just stares at them. Eventually they assign jobs, and we begin our trip. Some of the staff we met yesterday will stay back at the base. We say goodbye and begin to paddle away. With three of us in each canoe I begin to learn more about the other people. I learn about where they go to school in San Diego and Washington D.C. I find it interesting because my school has less people in it than they have in their grade. When we get to our first portage (a trail between two lakes) everyone gets out. People begin to volunteer for the easy jobs, and I do too because I do not think I am ready to carry the canoe. I volunteer to be a partner for the person carrying the canoe to help them out if they need it. When they need help I help them, and I continued to encourage the whole time. Eventually, we had to switch because the person carrying the canoe was tired. Even though I didn’t think I could do it, with encouragement I was able to. As I got to the end of the portage, I felt extremely accomplished. I felt a bond to the person who helped me through because we had pushed through it together. The first lunch was interesting. Everyone was still careful about interrupting each other and putting input into others conversations. By the time we got to our first camp, we were talking more and remembering what happened throughout the day.

 

The next couple of days were just like the first, but better. We saw some amazing sights, went through some difficult portages, and had some long paddles. However, we did it all together. No one person did more than another and no one’s job was less important. When someone felt they were not doing enough to help because they were not strong enough to do something and started crying, everyone tried their best to make that person feel better. We encouraged her and made sure that she felt like she was contributing the same as everyone else. Everyone contributed in their own way, and it each was different. We all found what we were best at, and everyone encouraged each other in the jobs that they did.

 

Layover day, the day without paddling, was a real bonding time for everyone. After sleeping in this day, we made brunch. We cooked over the fire and even though it took longer than normal, we told stories and kept it interesting. We took turns and all chipped in. We went swimming, played cards, and ate all day. We bonded over this telling stories and finding out more about each other. We had fun together and helped each other forget about all the pressures that we had left in the outside world.

 

After layover day, everyone was well rested again and ready to go. We all were ready to get back on the water, and it showed once we left.  We made great time, and had a blast. Everything seemed to be going great, until I tripped on a portage. My nose was bleeding and I was crying. When this happened, everyone ran over and made me laugh while the guides worked on getting it patched up. Throughout the day, everyone checked up on me making sure I was still okay. It was nice to know that I was with people who cared about me. The nights that continued, we stayed up with the campfire looking at the stars in awe.  We couldn’t believe the beauty.

 

The last day on the water was a sad one. No one wanted to say it, but everyone knew that we were to be separated later that day. However, we all kept positive and talked so much. Our last portage, we remembered how much trouble we had on our first one. We laughed about how far we have come, and how much easier it was now. Everyone was fighting over who could carry the canoe, because everyone wanted to do it one last time. We were cheery across the portage laughing, singing, and poking fun at one another. When we finished the portage, we were back on Moose Lake, which is where we started. We made it to our last planned stop to have lunch. We had a very interesting lunch which was comprise of many leftovers from the trip. As we began our final paddle, we were happy and cheery! We took our time coming in and it took longer than usual because of wind, but we laughed through it and pushed on. We had to make an extra stop to switch paddlers because we were tired, but we made it in! We sang the song we wrote and began to tell stories of what had happened with our trip. We seemed to have more energy than we had the whole trip! We had gotten so close and talked with everyone that was there.

 

The time came when we had to go. It was full of tears and was very sad. As we went our separate ways, we vowed that we would stay in touch and that somehow we would see each other again. When we got home, the pictures were sent back and forth, along with many, “Remember when’s.” We talked about meeting up again, but the idea seemed like it would be impossible. However one year later, our dream became reality when 5 out of 7 of us went back as Guide in Training’s at the camp. They probably heard us for miles screaming when we were reunited again. I began this trip along with a bunch of strangers, and left with a bunch of friends.

 

Want in on the fun? Join us on a Girl Scout canoe trip (registration form and session information is on page 12 of our Resident Camp and Wilderness Canoe Tripping Guide.

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<![CDATA[10 signs you've been on a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip ]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/10-signs-youve-been-on-a-Boundary-Waters-Canoe-Trip-/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Past participants and Guides from our Northern Lakes' Canoe Base have come together to share stories about the amazing impact this program has had on their lives. Below they have put together a (somewhat humorous) list of the Top ten signs you’ve been on a Boundary Waters Girl Scout canoe trip through the Northern Lakes Canoe Base:

 

 

  1. You measure distances in rods, or the length of a canoe. 10 rods? Not too bad…but could be steep or swampy. 300 rods? Ooh, that's nearly a mile! You go, girl!
  2. You pause near the Ry Krisp when you go grocery shopping. Something about it sounds so good right now.  Next decision: PB&J, cheese, or all three?  With mustard?
  3. Every January you dig out your trail clothes and wonder what the lifeguards will say if you wear your wet boots to the pool.
  4. When a friend casually mentions a “bridge” in conversation, you instantly throw off your backpack, run in front of her, swing your arms up and say “I’m ready!” followed by “I’ve got it!”
  5. You never go anywhere without a buddy.  And we mean anywhere!
  6. You lost count of your mosquito bites. Who cares, you’re having too much fun to worry about them up anyway!
  7. You put soap on your pots before making dinner. Old habits are hard to break!
  8. When things get rough (say, hard test at school), you break out into a song! “A is for apples we leave back in town…”
  9. You can carry anything, across any portage!
  10. You know the power of teamwork when headwinds blow, canoes need to be carried across portages, and camp chores need to get done. You know that if you set your mind to do something, it will get done!  You know the beauty of the wilderness, the call of the loon in the morning, and the joy of singing around a fire with Girl Scout friends under the northern lights.  You know that a Girl Scout canoe trip is an adventure like no other experience!

Want to go on a Girl Scout canoe trip? Crews are forming now. Registration open to all girls ages 13+ and adults. Girls can come alone or with adults. No previous experience necessary. 

 

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<![CDATA[Daisy Petal Power]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Daisy-Petal-Power/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

The Daisy Petal Power program is a special four month summer mail program designed for girls entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 in the Fall of 2013.  Girls receive one packet per month, May – August, full of activities to do at home along with “get to know Girl Scouts” material for their family.

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<![CDATA[Adult Volunteer Retreat]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Adult-Volunteer-Retreat/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Hello All!

SU 16 graciously invites any adult volunteer to join them at Shingobee Timbers for a retreat!  They have space for 40!
See the link for details and registration form: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/3873.pdf

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<![CDATA[Join us for a day at Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Join-us-for-a-day-at-Rice-Lake-Wildlife-Refuge/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Planet Plan-It | Saturday, April 20th, 2013 | 9am-5pm | Rice Lake Wildlife Refuge, McGregor, MN | Grades K-12 | $25 girl/$5 adults/girls may use $10 Cookie Dough | Deadline Extended to April 8 - to register, just click here                                                                                                                                                                                           After an outer space adventure with your friends, you find you’ve all landed on an unnamed planet. Spend the day exploring Planet ‘X’ and working together to get through the Silent Swamp, Frozen Fissure, Gravity Gap and Memory Mountain. Your expedition team will create a map, decode a language, break down barriers, and befriend the locals. Cost includes lunch, snack, program materials and patch.                                                         

Bring a Friend Bonus: Girl Scout fee: $15 / Friend who is new to Girl Scouts: $27 ($25 +$12 membership fee = $37, minus $10)

 
 
 
 
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<![CDATA[Recognitions and Training]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Recognitions-and-Training/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

 Hello!


Would like to share a couple reminders and updates-


Recognitions - Adult, Beacon Award or Year of Service Pins please see our website: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/  or you can contact Bonnie

 

Region 3 Celebration Save the date l Thursday April 25th l 6:30-8 pm l Central Lakes College-Cafeteria

Join us as we honor and recognize adults in our Region. Maureen will have some special R03 recognitions for top girl cookie sellers and Bronze, Silver and Gold Award precipitants will be recognized  Cake and punch will be served.

 

Region 3 Spring Training l 1st Aid/CPR American Heart Association l Garrison l 9-noon l $8.00

This reduced cost has been made available by the generosity of Tabitha Witthuhn from SU14

 

Region Three Basic Outdoor Skills/Advanced Outdoor Skills (BOS/AOS) TBD

                BOS $10.00

                AOS$15.00

                Outdoor Education book available for $9.50 with  pre orders.

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<![CDATA[Education Linked to Success]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Education-Linked-to-Success/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Well over the months as I’ve talked with volunteers I often hear that girls have so many choices by the time they are  a Junior that we often loose them to other activities: dance, sports…..  Well I read an article this morning and I’d like to share part of it with you.

" There’s lots of buzz about how third-grade reading levels are predictors of high school success. Our National Program Portfolio is of course tied to curriculum standards. Have you shared this information?  With whom? Are you making sure all Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies are going home from Girl Scouts with their own books…and that their parents know how valuable it is to spend even a few minutes reading with their daughters?"

~Eileen

Goodness what a bonus I think you all know I feel strongly about recruiting the parent right along with the girl.  Next time I hear how girls/parents are choosing dance or sports over Girl Scouts well I think I’ll be more prepared with an awesome comeback.  What parent doesn’t want success for their child?  Reading with or to their girls is something most parents can do and learn about Girl Scouts at the same time.   I’m betting the parent reading to their child would want to volunteer too!   Girl Scouts isn’t just another activity we are helping pave the path for their successful future.

 

It’s not to late to nominate a deserving adult for an award.  Check out the criteria and let me know if you need assistance. I’d be happy to help: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/

 

Thank you for being awesome volunteers!

Bonnie

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<![CDATA[Leaders Day Card contest]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Leaders-Day-Card-contest/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Hello,


You may have noticed in your last Connections publication details to enter the Leaders Day Card Contest

The submission deadline is March 5th so there is still time to enter!

 

Girl’s say “Thanks” to great volunteers by entering the Leaders Day Card Contest

 

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

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

leave the inside blank.

3. Include a description explaining why you chose your design,

your name, address, troop number, and program level on the

back of the card. Sorry, cards cannot be returned.

4. Use as many colors as you like

(no glitter, stamping or computer generation).

5. Mail by March 5, 2013, to:

Girl Scouts Duluth Regional Center

424 W Superior St, Ordean Bldg, Ste G3

Duluth, MN 55802

One prize will be awarded for each program age level, and one grand prize

design will be featured on the front of this year’s Girl Scout Leaders Day

Card, distributed to all Girl Scout adult members April 22.

 

I had a so much fun contacting the families in our region who won last year.  I hope we have some submissions from R03 again!

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<![CDATA[Y'awl must be crazy up there, gals!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Testimonial/Yawl-must-be-crazy-up-there-gals/
   By Tauna              (0) Comments

Sarah attended Lakes and Pines destination, North Country Rock and Wilderness in 2011. The following year she returned to the Northern Lakes Canoe Base as a Guide in Training. Sarah shares how she experienced teamwork and unity through the experience. Excerpts from Sarah's story ...

"This is teamwork to a whole new dimension."

"Everyone should come out of their shell just to see it [the wilderness] and appreciate what nature and wilderness there is still left. From the crazy thunderstorms that light up the night sky, to the occasional northern lights, and the sunsets full or oranges and purples and reds, I can honestly say that I have never seen such beauty in my life."

"Another part of this incredible experience is the lack of stuff."

Read Sarah's story.

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<![CDATA[FOUR NOTES TO TROOPS]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/FOUR-NOTES-TO-TROOPS/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

Planned Orders

Please place your planned orders in Snap by 10 p.m. on Saturday evenings to have delivery to your cupboard by the following Friday.  What you need to know: as a council we rely on troops placing planned orders to determine how many cookies to order each week and to send these cookies where they need to go.  Please help us help you by placing planned orders whenever possible. Please refer to page 26 of the pink Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers for complete instructions.  Remember to order in package quantities.

Booth Sales

Please continue to put your booth requests each week in Snap.  For instructions see the previous blog article on this topic. Cookie Booths continue through March 10.

ACH Debit

The first ACH debit was February 20.  If your ACH debit did not go through for any reason, please contact me about making alternate payment plans.  Remember to collect and deposit money from your families each week.  The next ACH debit will be March 20 at which time 50% of your remaining balance owed will be due.

Girls in Snap

You may have noticed some changes to your troop’s listing of girls in Snap.  This past week we did an upload of girls from our membership system to Snap.  This is the only upload of information we plan to do for this sale.  Please check your listing to make sure it is correct and remove any duplicate names.  You will need to verify that this list is correct before transferring packages to girls or placing a recognition order later on.  If you have any questions, please contact me. 

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<![CDATA[Ultimate Camper Event Update]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Ultimate-Camper-Event-Update/
   By Tricia Andrews              (0) Comments

Ultimate Camper Event | Now open to girls in grades K-5! | Camp Roundely, Minong, WI | April 27-28, 2013 | 10 am-1 pm | $35 per person; girls may use $15 Cookie Dough | Register by April 1

Get ready for another season of camping!  Jump start your camping season with tips and tricks from the pros.  Review old skills and add new skills to your toolbox.  Expect to spend time cooking over a fire, canoeing, setting up tarps, tying knots and much more!  Click here to register.  Questions?  Contact the Bemidji Girl Scout office at tandrews@gslakesandpines.org.  See you at camp!

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<![CDATA[Help us to help you advertise your troop’s Cookie Booth Sale!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Help-us-to-help-you-advertise-your-troops-Cookie-Booth-Sale/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

To add to the success of your troop’s Cookie Sale, all troops should enter their booth sale information in Snap as they are scheduled.  Information provided thru Snap will be uploaded to the Cookie Booth Locator so that those searching online for a nearby cookie sale will be able to find your troop’s booth sale.  Boost your troop’s business by providing accurate, complete information for all of your Cookie Booths in a timely manner. 

If you are in an area with a Cookie Booth Coordinator, please contact them for their approval of the Cookie Booth before setting up the booth or uploading the information to Snap.  For additional information on Cookie Booth Sales, please see page 25 of the pink Answer Book.  Read more to learn how to enter your troop's cookie booth sale dates in Snap.

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<![CDATA[]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update//
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

 

Hello,

I wanted to share two updates in the volunteer Tab of our Website.

1)     Volunteer Recognition at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Recognition/

·          Note the PDF writable format!

2)     There is a new addition under forms please check out : Crisis and Safety Management

Training -

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013

Forms Teleconference

Teleconference

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The conference call is slated to run for 1 hour and we will be reviewing and explaining some of the forms found on our website.  This conference call does not replace the face-to-face New Leader Training session, but is being held to assist you in getting started.   Once registered you will receive an email confirmation that will include the phone number and instructions for the teleconference, along with the materials.

 Please register for the training on the website.

Last but not least save the date for the Spring Regional Day of Training April 13th  -  on our website soon.

Basic Outdoor Skills/Advanced Outdoor Skills

Refresher 1st  Aid / CPR – Red Cross

I am so looking forward to our winter warm up!

Bonnie

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<![CDATA[Share Your GS Cookie Recipes!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Share-Your-GS-Cookie-Recipes/
   By Jessica Kershner              (1) Comments

When I was a Girl Scout, my mom highly encouraged me to write a Thank You note to every person who bought at least a box of cookies from me, explaining my appreciation for their support of my goals. One year, I decided to get creative and add a GS cookie recipe to each Thank You note--I did try to include a recipe for at least one of the varieties that person had purchased. Amazingly, this had an unintended effect of boosting my sales, as many of my customers decided to buy extra boxes to try out the attached recipe.

Encourage your Girl Scout to find her own creative inspiration this cookie season. Have her consider the option of personalized Thank You notes for her customers.  

Please share your GS cookie recipes in the comments section of this post. Those who share before Dec. 31st will be entered in a drawing for a special cookie prize, so share your secret recipes today!  

Photo Courtesy of Scapoholics:   http://scrapaholics.com/how-to-sell-more-girl-scout-cookies

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Tips w/ Jessica]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Tuesday-Tips-w-Jessica/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Here's a time filler game that can be creative and fun!

  Follow the Rules:

All players sit in a circle. One person selected to be It
stands away from the group. The players remaining in the circle choose a rule
to use while answering questions. The rule can be hard or simple depending on
those playing. For example: Answer questions as if you were an alien, or,
players must scratch their heads or yawn before answering. When the person who
is It comes back, she must find out the rule by asking players questions about
themselves. The person trying to guess the rule is allowed to take as long as
she needs. If it takes too long, players can help by exaggerating the response
the rule calls for. (The Incredible Indoor Games Book, pg. 52).


Tune in next week for a craft idea that will excite your crowds!  

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<![CDATA[Cookie Rally and Trainings]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Cookie-Rally-and-Trainings/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Have you registered for our Region 3 Cookie Rally yet?

Register on our website or feel free to contact me if

You need help with the registration process!

I should like to see 500 girls from R03!

 

New Leader Orientation Training

First Lutheran Church l Little Falls MN

Tuesday, January 15, l 6-9 p.m.  l Free

 

Save the Date –

McGregor MN

Saturday, January 19, l  9am- 3pm  l Free

Troop Finance Training

Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)

New Leader Orientation Training (NLOT)

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<![CDATA[The Application Process]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/The-Application-Process/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Well we have reached another milestone. We have over 100 new volunteers for Region 3!  Let’s do a quick review of who needs to complete the application process!

So we know all Adult Girl Scout volunteers are to be registered and receive an appointment letter prior to working with the girls.

We know any Adult Girl Scout volunteers who handle the girl finances or product sales must be registered and receive an appointment letter.

Are there any exceptions?  Yes

1)         A presenter who will never be alone with the girls.  No additional paperwork required.

2)         An Episodic volunteer – someone who will volunteer only once

a.         Authorizes the background check

b.         Completes the application

c.         Encouraged to register as Girl Scout

d.         Complete a position description

e.         Must receive an appointment letter or approval prior to meeting with the girls.

3)         A parent who may sit in the back of the room during a meeting because it’s just to far to travel.

a.         I would always encourage theses parents to register and go through the appointment process but if they are not willing-we can let it go.

With all that being said I hope that you all join us at the Region 3 Cookie Rally!  We rock!

Yes, you guessed it …I’m looking for volunteers!

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<![CDATA[Pumpkin Chili]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Pumpkin-Chili/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Many of you have been asking for the pumpkin chili recipe used at Shingobee and Sanderson's Fall Festivities and Haunted Harvest (as well as shared at some other regional meetings). Here it is: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Pumpkin-Chili. Enjoy it! This is a great time of year to use it.

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Tips with Jessica (albeit on Wednesday this week).]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Tuesday-Tips-with-Jessica-albeit-on-Wednesday-this-week/
   By Jessica Kershner              (1) Comments

Noodle Doodles:

 
Give each girl a peice of paper, a writing utensil, and something hard on which to write (nothing that you would mind if it was accidentally written on--perhaps a stack of newspapers or a paper plate). Instruct girls to place the paper on the hard surface, and the hard surface onto their heads. Either show the girls a picture that you want them to recreate, or verbally give them the name of an object to draw. They will draw on the paper that is on top of their heads. When finished, get ready for the laughter as the pictures are sure to be interesting.


Have you used any of the games, songs and activities you've learned from the Songs & Games Training, S'more Fun Training, or a regional or Service Unit Meeting? How did it go? Did your girls find a new favorite or did you find a flop? Share your stories so that others can learn what's working with girls today.


Toys for Tots Support: 

Several of you have told us about your wonderful holiday season service ideas and activities. Be sure to take a few minutes to add your tally of service at this site   http://sharejoy.generationon.org/, hosted by generationOn and Hasbro who have joined forces to donate a toy to Toys for Tots for every youth who particpates in a seasonal act of service until December 18th. The deadline is approaching and it's a wonderful opportunity to make your service have twice the impact!

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<![CDATA[100 plus new adult volunteers for Region 3]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3/100-plus-new-adult-volunteers-for-Region-3/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

Well we have reached another milestone. We have over 100 new volunteers for Region 3!  Let’s do a quick review of who needs to complete the application process!

So we know all Adult Girl Scout volunteers are to be registered and receive an appointment letter prior to working with the girls.

We know any Adult Girl Scout volunteers who handle the girl finances or product sales must be registered and receive an appointment letter.

Are there any exceptions?  Yes

1)         A presenter who will never be alone with the girls.  No additional paperwork required.

2)         An Episodic volunteer – someone who will volunteer only once

a.         Authorizes the background check

b.         Completes the application

c.         Encouraged to register as Girl Scout

d.         Complete a position description

e.         Must receive an appointment letter or approval prior to meeting with the girls.

3)         A parent who may sit in the back of the room during a meeting because it’s just to far to travel.

a.         I would always encourage theses parents to register and go through the appointment process but if they are not willing-we can let it go.

With all that being said I hope that you all join us at the Region 3 Cookie Rally!  We rock!

Yes, you guessed it …I’m looking for volunteers!

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<![CDATA[Bring a Friend]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Bring-a-Friend/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

Talk with your daughter about bringing a friend to her next troop meeting or G.S. event. Her name gets put in a drawing and both girls recieved a Bring A Friend patch. For more info on Bring a friend contact Monica Husen at 218-270-4859

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Tips with Jessica]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Tuesday-Tips-with-Jessica/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Greetings fine Leaders of Region 3,

       You've been asking for it, and I am here to deliver--Tuesday Program Tips. Tune in each week to learn a new program tip or trick--including songs, games, crowd pleasers, and behavior management tools. I encourage you to post the outcome of using these tips (example: "I played "Bite the Bag" with troop #0150, and they loved it! Here's a picture of one of our craziest moments!" or "I cooked the "Pumpkin Chili" reciepe with the girls in SU 007 at our Fall Festival, and we decided the reciepe gets better if you add a tsp of paprika."). If you've got something to share, we'd love to see it. Feel free to post it here or e-mail it to me, Jessica, mailto:jkershner@gslakesandpines.org

Selecting Games:

·  Be sure the games are appropriate for the age, experience and physical condition of the girls.

·  Begin with familiar games that are quickly learned, and then move on to more complex games.

Games for Large Groups: Alphabetical Circle
Everybody stands in a circle, go around the circle and say your name. Go around twice: clockwise and counter-clockwise. Now circle up alphabetically by first initial of first name without talking. (Youth Leadership in Action. Pg. 126-127)
 

Tune in next time for more information on selecting games, and the instructions to "Noodle Doodles"--a creative time filler activity.  

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<![CDATA[Picture This!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Picture-This/
   By Jessica Kershner              (0) Comments

Would you like to know how to avoid getting "red-eyed" pictures? Do you want to know how to keep the flash from reflecting off of someone's glasses? Want to learn more about all of the buttons on your digital camera? If you answered yes to any of these questions, team up with an adult in your life (mom, dad, troop leader, grandma, uncle, etc) and sign up for Picture This! at Camp Sanderson on January 18th-20th.


If you have additional questions about outdoor and/or digital photography, write your questions below so we can be sure to answer them during the weekend.  


Click for more information. 

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<![CDATA[Our Fall in a nutshell!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Our-Fall-in-a-nutshell/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

 

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.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Escape: Twin Cities Trip!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Weekend-Escape--Twin-Cities-Trip/
   By Linda Bear              (0) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[ A Girl Scout Volunteer]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/-A-Girl-Scout-Volunteer/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout shopper]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Girl-Scout-shopper/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[So you decided to become a Girl Scout volunteer…]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Bonnie-Reeves/So-you-decided-to-become-a-Girl-Scout-volunteer/
   By Bonnie Reeves              (0) Comments

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.

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<![CDATA[Thank You]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/DO-NOT-USE-Region-1/Thank-You/
   By bdean              (0) Comments

 

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

 

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<![CDATA[Ice Cream Social and Vintage G.S. fashion show]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Ice-Cream-Social-and-Vintage-GS-fashion-show/
   By MonicaHusen              (0) Comments

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

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<![CDATA[Camp Pathway Programs]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Camp-Pathway-Programs/
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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


 

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<![CDATA[Program]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Program/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Teen Mentor Awards]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Teen-Mentor-Awards/
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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.

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<![CDATA[The Fall Product Sales Program is About to Begin!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/The-Fall-Product-Sales-Program-is-About-to-Begin/
   By Maureen Graham              (0) Comments

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!

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<![CDATA[Volunteer Retreat]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Volunteer-Retreat/
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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!

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<![CDATA[Silver Award Workship]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Family-Update/Silver-Award-Workship/
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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.

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<![CDATA[Registration nights]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/DO-NOT-USE-Region-1/Registration-nights/
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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

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<![CDATA[Trainings]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Trainings/
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Continue to check out the G.S. website for upcoming trainings.

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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.

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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!

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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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<![CDATA[Fall Prep Meeting]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-3-Volunteer-Update/Fall-Prep-Meeting/
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August 16th - S.U. 14
August 20th - S.U. 18
August 21st - S.U. 15
August 27th - S.U. 16
August 28th - S.U. 17
These  meetings are for all  registered adults, your Regiional team will be coming out to go over the new S.U. structure, bringing you dates on upcoming activities and programs.
For more info please contact Monica Husen  Membership Specialist Team Lead, at 218-828-3515.

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<![CDATA[Region 1 Volunteers]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/DO-NOT-USE-Region-1/Region-1-Volunteers/
   By Tricia Andrews              (2) Comments

Hello to Region 1 volunteers and families!  Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes and Pines has launched regional blogs to give us all an easy way to pass along timely updates and to stay connected to one another.  You will see two categories in our Region 1 blog. One is geared towards adult volunteers and the other one for family updates such as upcoming events and programs. We hope you find this a useful communcations tool, and that you share your own updates and questions as this blog develops and grows.  We hope to hear from you! 
Your Region 1 staff,
Tricia, Denise, Becky and Keri Lynn 

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<![CDATA[May 10]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Test-Blog/May-10/
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Girl Scout Shop

Great Start Sets for all age levels offer everything your Girl Scout needs for her next age level, including sash or vest, emblems, choice of Journey books, and a terrific canvas bag that’s FREE! Sets range from $22-36. Great Start Sets are the perfect way to “be prepared” for fall adventures and save 10-15%!

Bridging kits are popular options for busy leaders as they get ready for Court of Awards ceremonies. Available for each age level, bridging kits contain bridging patches, membership stars and discs, certificates, and other items as needed. Enjoy the convenience of having your year-end items pre-packed in a large resealable bag and knowing you have everything you need!

Please see our shop web page for detailed information about Great Start Sets and Bridging Kits.

Shop web page: www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/GirlScoutShop

Shop hotline: shoporder@gslakesandpines.org

Duluth: 218-726-4714 | 877-476-6748 (toll free)
Waite Park: 320-252-2952 x200 | 800-955-6032 (toll free)

 

Fund Development: Support Girl Scouts

 Girl Scout Leadership Lunch | Holiday Inn and Suites | Friday, May 13 | 200 West First St, Duluth | Noon-1:00 pm

Join us for the Girl Scout Leadership Lunch! Learn how Girl Scouts are making a difference in the communities we serve. The lunch is free. This event is a fundraiser, however; you will be asked to support our work. There is no minimum gift requested. Karen Salmela will be honored as a woman of Distinction for her work in our community supporting women and girls. To register contact Becky Reynolds, call 800-955-6032, email breynolds@gslakesandpines.org, or online, www.gslakesandpines.org. Please RSVP today!

 

Council Programs

For girls of all ages. Participate as an individual or with your Girl Scout Troop.  Visit http://www.gslakesandpines.org  for complete list.

“New” Featured Camp Session: Summer Sensation | Camp Roundelay  | June 26-July 1, 2011 | Grades 4-5  | Cost: $290

Spend a sensational week at camp.  Experience everything that camp has to offer in one week.  This is your time to try it all - horses, archery, swimming, nature, crafts and more.

“New” Featured Camp Session: Fun in the Sun | Camp Roundelay | July 24-29, 2011 | Grades 7-12 | Cost: $290

Do you love camp? Spend the week creating your own experience.  Your group will decide your activities each day.  Options include horses, geo-caching, community service or whatever you’ve been wanting to try.  Your counselor with help make the fun happen.

“New” Featured Camp Session: Jr. Jam | Camp Roundelay | July 31-August 3, 2011 | Grades 4-5 | Cost: $195

We’ll be jammin’ and crammin’ all the fun we can into 4 days.  Geared toward first time campers, this is your time to try it all at camp.

Check out more summer camp opportunities at http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/files/2239.pdf or register at http://girlscouts.le1.getliveedit.com/files/2061.pdf. Contact Outdoor Program Manager Kari Cromwell (kcromwell@gslakesandpines.org or 218-547-3535) for more information about summer camp.

Program Aide Training, a Program on the Go – two dates and locations! | Grades 6‐12 | $20 per girl/ adults observe free/ Girls may use up to $5 in Cookie Dough | 30 minimum/45 maximum capacity

The Program Aide Training prepares Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors to effectively work with younger girls by providing skills relating conflict resolution, group facilitation, activity planning and safety.  This training provides an Outdoor Skills concentration and will focus on preparing girls to volunteer at area Day Camps. Breakfast and lunch as well as all training materials are provided.   Register using the form found at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/2317.pdf.  For more information please contact Program Manager Tricia Andrews at 800-955-6031 or tandrews@gslakesandpines.org

Sunday, May 15, 2011 | 9am-4pm | Janette Pollay Cabin, Duluth MN | Register by May 11|

Please note that Janette Pollay Cabin is also reserved the evening of Saturday, May 14 for groups interested in staying overnight prior to the training.  Limited to 36 girls and adults, groups are on their own for meals and must provide their own adult supervision. There is no additional cost.  Please note your interest on the form when registering.

Saturday, June 11, 2011 | 10am-5pm | Father Hennepin State Park, Isle, MN | Register by June 6|

Cars without State Park stickers may purchase $3 “group rate” park passes upon arrival.

Product Sales

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Sale. We would love to hear feedback from this year’s sale for best practices. Please send your ideas and any suggestions or comments to cweis@gslakesandpines.org.  

Just as a reminder for all troops with a balance due, a third ACH debit will be done on Tuesday, May 10. Please contact Deb at dsjogren@gslakesandpines.org or Valerie at vjohnson@gslakesandpines.org if you have questions regarding this withdrawal. 

In addition, for troops who have earned troop bonus, troop accounts will have an ACH credit on Friday, May 13 for the amount earned based on packages sold and returned by March 27. Troops with an outstanding balance as of March 31 forfeit troop bonus.

 Recognitions have been shipped to service units, so troops should be contacted soon to pick up the incentives for their troop. We do not have extras of any items at the council office, so no exchanges will be possible. 

Adult Volunteers & the Community asked us to let you know …

Spring Fling @ Hibbing Public Library | May 18 | 5-7pm

Join us and Celebrate Family Fun at the Library! Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Book Give-Away for all children that attend by the Literacy Action Center. Entertainment by the Amazing Charles and local musicians. Hibbing Kiwanis Little Ones Indoor Park will be open. Let the City Council know the library is important! Sponsored by the Library Board and Friends of the Hibbing Public Library.

Girl Scout Troop 4256 to hold Shades of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Event | For young women and teens | May 21, 2011 | Lake Superior College | Duluth, MN | Contact: Tessa at (218) 393-8012 or Lubov at (218) 733-9662 or email shadesofpinkduluth@yahoo.com

Join Girl Scout Troop 4256 for "Shades of Pink:  What Young Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer".  This event is free and open to the public. Come and learn about how breast cancer affects young women and teenagers, and ways to help recognize it.

This event will feature Alane Davis, breast cancer survivor and Program Manager of the Young Survival Coalition, speaking on "the knowledge factor" of the risks and types of breast cancer that can affect young women. Survivors will share their stories. Health care professionals and advocates will promote prevention, resources, and healthy living. Create a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet, and make a quilt square for a quilt to be donated to a local breast cancer organization. Other highlights will include refreshments, vendors, and a silent auction. Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts who attend will qualify to receive the "In the Pink" Interest Project Patch.

“Wicked” Girl Scouts Day on Broadway | Manhattan, New York | Saturday, June 2, 2012

This just in from the Emerald City! The Wonderful Wizard of OZ has granted Girl Scouts from across the country a NEW opportunity to see Wicked in 2012! The StudentsLive & Wicked "For Good" Girl Scouts Day on Broadway Workshop and Show tickets are now available! Click your heels three times and call StudentsLive at 212-220-6000 for your tickets to our exclusive Wicked Girl Scout events. Tickets are available immediately and going fast. Package includes Interactive Workshop, Interactive Resource Guide, Special WICKED Girl Scout Patch, Preferred Seating to the Show, and a chance to win a Backstage Tour. To learn more about this event as well as other ways to enhance your visit to NYC, contact  info@studentslive.net, www.studentslive.net,  Facebook: StudentsLive Broadway Education Programs” – Twitter: StudentsLive BEP.

Wanted! Homes for Exchange Students! | St. Cloud Area

Three young women are looking for families to stay with during  the next school year.

Barbora: Czech Republic. Age 18. Interests: Playing the piano, harmonica, flute: Scout group, classical and fold dancing, volleyball, spending time with the dog. Quote: “I am very interested in nature. When I was a small girl my mother brought me to the Scout organization and now I am very grateful to her. The Scouts opend my life to new horizons, We often go camping in the countryside.”

Carolin: Germany. Age 16. Interests: Playing the violin; gymnastics, meeting with friends, reading, shipping, skiing, snowboarding, singing, Scouting, music, theater. Quote: “I also go camping with my family on our bike trips, Almost every year in our summer vacation we go biking for 2 or 3 weeks. I always enjoy it very much to bike in the sun through fields and let my mind wander.”

Maria Beatriz: Portugal. Age 17. Interests: Playing the guitar; horseback riding, Scouts, singing, choir at church, camping, youth group, intends to be a doctor. Quote: “ I belong to the youth groups of the parish. We are the biggest parish of Portugal. I’m going to the World Youth Day in Madrid, It’s the greatest event of the church with young people.”

If you or someone you know are interested in hosting an exchange student, please contact Susanne or Richard Barkalow. E-mail Susanne.barkalow@charter.net or call 320-259-1289 or 320-250-4867.

Valleyfair Scout Day | Valleyfair, Shakopee, MN | June 4

Valleyfair is offering a special discount ticket price to all Scouts and their families during our annual Scout Day. Admission allows you one-day unlimited access to rides, shows, Planet Snoopy and Soak City Waterpark! Food, merchandise, games, some attractions and Challenge Park are extra charges.

Regular Admision­: $21  (48” and taller)

 Junior/Senior Admission: $9.99  (3 years & older and less than 48” tall or 62 years and older)          

Tickets may be purchased at the specially marked Scout Day windows at the Group Sales Building, located to the right of the main entrance gate. You must print off the Scout Day flyer (http://www.valleyfair.com/_upload/VF11-054%20Scout%20Day%20Flyer.pdf)  and bring it to the Group Sales Booth to receive the discount. Tickets must be purchased by 4pm. Rate is valid June 4, 2011 only. Cash or credit card only. Save $18.99 off regular admission.

New Moon Girls | Nominate a girl you know who exemplifies real beauty

From New Moon Girls Magazine: Real Beauty is not about how we look. It's about who we are and what we do.

New Moon Girls say the word beauty shouldn't make a person feel bad about who she is. Help us change the meaning of beauty by honoring girls (and women) who are beautiful being themselves! Nomination form: http://www.newmoon.com/form/94/beautiful-girl-nomination

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Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops have new special gifts to honor Girl Scouts who have earned the highest awards for their age levels. Our selections include:

·          Stylish token necklace for Juniors completing the Bronze Award, $11.00

·          Frosted mug with metallic Silver Award symbol for Cadettes completing the Silver Award, $18.00

·          2½” gold medallion with symbol for Senior or Ambassadors completing the Gold Award, $19.95

 

See more Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold award accessories, magnets, and bumper stickers at  www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/GirlScoutShop, or call and we will be happy to help you choose just the right gift. Some items available by special order only. Please allow two weeks.

 

Shop hotline: shoporder@gslakesandpines.org

Duluth: 218-726-4714 | 877-476-6748 (toll free)
Waite Park: 320-252-2952 x200 | 800-955-6032 (toll free)

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