<![CDATA[Region-4-Family-Update]]> <![CDATA[Girls in the Garden - earn badges at the Common Ground Garden in St. Joseph]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Girls-in-the-Garden---earn-badges-at-the-Common-Ground-Garden-in-St-Joseph/
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Do your girls have a green thumb?

Girl Scout Troops are invited to attend “Girls in the Garden”, a summer opportunity for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts to earn badges and have fun outside with their Girl Scout friends. These sessions are sponsored by Common Ground Garden, a ministry of the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.
During each session, the girls will work with an experienced staff member or volunteer to explore a topic and complete requirements for the chosen girl scout badge. Troop leaders will be responsible for ordering and distributing the badges after the garden session.
Sessions will run from July 6th until August 18th and are $5.00 per participant per session. For more information check out this information flyer.

<![CDATA[Early Bird Nest at Kaleidoscope!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Early-Bird-Nest-at-Kaleidoscope/
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Ever wonder what sort of things the Early Bird hides in her nest? Bring your 2015-2016 Girl Scout membership renewal to Kaleidoscope on May 2nd for the chance to pick a surprise out of an egg! Contact Hannah McCabe at 218-302-3182 or hmccabe@gslakesandpines.org with questions.

<![CDATA[Zip Lining Anyone???]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Zip-Lining-Anyone/
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Kerfoot Canopy Tours just outside of Henderson, MN in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley is offering a Girl Scout Special at 50% OFF welcoming Girl Scout troops with groups of ten or more on their zip line tours.  Kerfoot Canopy Tours was recently named the best Minnesota Zip Line by WCCO 4 viewers.  Guests must be at least ten years old and weigh between 70-250 pounds. Girl Scout Special not available on Saturdays.  For more information visit www.KerfootCanopyTour.com.

<![CDATA[Minnesota Lynx Girl Scout Day]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Minnesota-Lynx-Girl-Scout-Day/
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Minnesota Lynx Girl Scout Day| Friday, June 5, 2015 | Target Center | Girl Scoutsand Families |$20 or $25 Girl Scouts Packages

Celebrate Minnesota Lynx Girl Scout Day by watching Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and the rest of the Minnesota Lynx take on the Tulsa Shock!  Don't miss the Lynx and their home opener!  All Girl Scouts will receive a gift with a Lynx Girl Scout patch and other fun prizes!  Party Zone activities include Girl Scout March Across the Court, face painting, pop-a-shot, games and photos with Lynx mascot Prowl.  Click here for registration details, or contact Kate LaFerriere at 612-673-1686 or laferriere@timberwolves.com.

<![CDATA[Leaders Day Card Winners]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Leaders-Day-Card-Winners/
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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!

<![CDATA[Travel Pathway Opportunities]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Travel-Pathway-Opportunities/
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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.

<![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.

<![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/
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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!

<![CDATA[Atlanta and Savannah 2015]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Atlanta-and-Savannah-2015/
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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.

<![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-/
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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.


$30 girl,

$5 Adult


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.


$8 girl, adult free


March 14, 2015,

from 6:30 -8:30 pm


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

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

Registration is open! For more information click the link below.

<![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/
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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

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!

<![CDATA[Gold Award Workshop]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Gold-Award-Workshop/
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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/.

<![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/
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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.

<![CDATA[Stars on Ice]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-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. 

<![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/
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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 included all art supplies and professional

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

<![CDATA[Happy New Year!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Happy-New-Year/
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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!

<![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/
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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. 

<![CDATA[Win Free Lift Tickets!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Win-Free-Lift-Tickets/
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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!

<![CDATA[Snowflake Adventure Program]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Snowflake-Adventure-Program/
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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. 

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




<![CDATA[Weekend Escape: Twin Cities Trip!]]> http://girlscouts.legacy-web-6.getliveedit.com/Blog/Region-4-Family-Update/Weekend-Escape--Twin-Cities-Trip/
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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