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Tricia Andrews

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Membership Specialist

Bemidji Office


Valerie Goerlitz

Product Sales & Finance Specialist

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Region 1

The latest news for Girl Scouts in Bemidji, Hibbing, and surrounding areas. Do you have something to share? Contact any member of our Regional Team.

Family Updates

By Amanda Morrow

The Girls Night Out Sneak Peek scheduled for November 15 in Superior, WI is full and registration is closed for this event!  Registrations will not be accepted at the door since we have reached capacity.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

There are still a few spots available for girls in grades 4 and up who are interested in the overnight option only.  For more information and to register, click here

By Amanda Morrow

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

3 choices: Friday overnightSaturday day program and Saturday overnight.

Questions? Contact Amanda Morrow at 218-302-3182 or 

By Tricia Andrews

Calling all Girl Scouts in grades 4-12! Join us for a fun-filled overnight adventure with Concordia Language Villages' supreme French Language Program, December 13-14.  Explore culture, language, and traditions from several French speaking countries.  We will take you to North Africa to dance and taste couscous.  We'll stop in Quebec to make "bannique."  We might even make a stop in La Louisiane at the end of the Mississippi to learn some fun songs.  Come and join us as we discover la fancophonie.  Girls receive a Concordia Language Village pin as their award for successful participation in the French language and culture experience.  Cost is $85 for girls, $75 for adults and includes lunch, supper, breakfast, snacks and overnight cabin accomodations.  Register by November 28, 2014.

By Tricia Andrews

Girls in grades 2-5 join the Headwaters Science Center on December 5-6 from 6pm to 9am for a rocket ride to outer space.  Star gaze under the Star lab dome then calculate the trajectory on a rocket YOU build and take home.  Plus, girls explore the HSC exhibit floor and gift show, and finish the evening with a movie and popcorn.  Cost includes snack, light breakfast, and activity patch.  Cost is $32 girl, $8 adult.  Register by November, 21.

By Tricia Andrews

Scout and 4-H Ski Days | December 20 & 21, 2014, March 7, 2015 | Buena Vista Ski Area, Bemidji MN | All Girl Scouts and their families | $17 Lift Ticket | $12 Ski Rental | $20 Board Rental |  Reservations reccomended

All Girl Scouts and their families are invited to the slopes of Buena Vista Ski Area north of Bemidji.  To make a reservation, call 218-243-2231 or contact  Additional details at or click here.

By Tricia Andrews

Sunday, November 2nd

2-4 PM

Bemidji waterfront and downtown

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from Chippewa National Forest, and Girl Scouts are invited to be part of the celebration.  Area Girl Scout troops are invited to lead an ornament making activity to be held at the Senior Center.  For more information check out the Chamber of Commerce website here:   

By Tricia Andrews

March 7, 2015

Join us for a special day dedicated to Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scouts. Wear your sash, vest or Girl Scout pin and be admitted for a discount ($9 per girl and $13 leader).

Additional family members pay regular admission. Zoo memberships will be honored. Parking for non-members is $7.00 per car.

No registration necessary.

There will also be special activity stations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. designed for various levels of scouts. All scouts can earn an exclusive Minnesota Zoo patch by completing an activity sheet during their visit (patches cost $3.00).

Sign up for a Girl Scout Day badge station for 2015!

Hosts Needed! Tables are available for scouts who would like to host their own activity station. Those hosting a station (maximum of five scouts per station) will earn a free patch for participating and be admitted free! Please plan on hosting your station from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information call 952.431.9331.

Scout Activity Packets – We also have Daisy/Brownie and Junior/Cadette Girl Scout Activity Packets available online. Click here to print copies. Scouts will want to print a packet if they wish to do the Activity Packet on Scout Day. Please be green and share a copy with a person or two.

By Amanda Morrow

Do you know a girl who has completed an exceptional volunteer project?  Encourage her to check out the Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  Girl Scouts in grades 5 through 12 who are making a difference through volunteer service are eligible for this prestigious award, which includes up to $11,000 in prize, scholarship, and DC-travel money combined.


Click here to apply. The deadline November 4 deadline is just around the corner!


Questions?  Please contact Amanda Morrow, program specialist, at 218-302-3182 or

By Tricia Andrews

Sunday, November 2nd

2-4 PM

Bemidji waterfront and downtown

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from Chippewa National Forest, and Girl Scouts are invited to be part of the celebration.  Area Girl Scout troops are invited to lead an ornament making activity to be held at the Senior Center. The ornaments will be made out of 2 to 3 inch diameter wood slices, at least 200 slices out of small trees or branches.  We are seeking some assistance here – if you are able to help, or know someone who can, please let us know.   Contact Tricia at or 308-8879.

By Tricia Andrews

Join the staff at the Headwaters Science Center to examine a crime scence and conduct real forensic tests on the evidence.  YOU become the detective and solve the mystery.  Girls will complete portions of the Junior Detective bade and the Cadette Special Agent badge.  Cost includes a snack, light breakfast and activity patch.  Plan to eat supper before arriving.  Cost is $32 per girl and $8 per adult.  Girls may use up to $15 in cookie dough.  Register by November 7, 2014.

Volunteer Updates

By Maureen Graham


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: or 320.247.4571, or Jess Hoffmann: or 320.247.4563.  We will also have an online training available at beginning Friday, December 12. RSVP today. We look forward to hearing from you!



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.

By Maureen Graham

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!

By Tricia Andrews

Join us for a fall festival Saturday, October 4th from 1:30-4:30 at Pla-Mor Roller Rink located at 1422 E. Hwy 169 in Grand Rapids!  This event is open to all girls in grades K-12.  The cost is $5 per girl, adults free.  Girls new to Girl Scouts will pay a registration fee of $15; scholarships are available. 

Birthday cake and punch will be served as we also celebrate the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, the woman who started Girl Scouts!  Adult volunteer information and training will also be available.  To sign up RSVP by Wednesday, October 1 to Becky Dean at or call 218-308-8880.  We hope to see you there!

By Tricia Andrews

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

By Tricia Andrews

Health Habits | Journey Cpmpanion Resource | Gir Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors | downloadable for free

With summer winding down, families are beginning to plan their back to school routines and get ready for Fall. For troop leaders and volunteers, it’s a natural time to plan for the year ahead and look at incorporating new activities into troop meetings.

Using the Healthy Habits Journeys companion booklets, it’s easy to find fun, practical ways to bring healthy living into the scouting experience for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The booklets contain tips and activities that correspond to the “It’s Your Planet – Love it!” Journeys. They are free to download and available in Spanish too!

Download your copy of the free Healthy Habits booklets using this link:

Across the nation, rain or shine, sun or snow,  troops have used the Healthy Habits booklets to add easy and engaging activities that encourage nutritious eating and physical activity. For inspiration, check out their stories here:

By Valerie Goerlitz

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!” 

The 2015 cookie is called gluten free Trios.  This delicious cookie combines oatmeal, peanut butter, and real chocolate chips, comes packaged in a 5 oz. re-sealable pouch, and has no artificial flavors, artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup, no palm oil, and no hydrogenated oils. It retails for $5 per package.

Participation Guidelines:

1.        Troops, girls and adults, must be registered by October 1, 2014.

2.        All required financial forms must be current, on file, and in good standing with the council.

3.        Order 1, 2, or 3 cases (maximum). 12 packages per case.

4.        Troops receive standard proceeds for the pilot cookie.  Girls receive credit toward recognition items for the pilot cookie. 

5.        The gluten free Trios Girl Scout Cookie will not be listed on order forms.

6.        Absolutely no returns – no exceptions!

7.    Same start date as the regular cookie sale – February 14. Pick up at your regular delivery station during the week of February 9-13.

Troop orders must be placed by September 15, 2014. If your troop would like to participate, please e-mail Jess Hoffmann at with your name, troop number, and number of cases.


Digital Cookie with COCOdirect

Brand new this year, customers will be able to purchase cookies from girls digitally and have the cookies shipped directly to them.  Girls can now sell online/digitally using GSUSA approved methods of online/digital selling only.  Girls in Lakes and Pines can sell online/digitally by using COCOdirect either by using the COCOmobile app or by sending a secure link in an eCard through COCO Online Marketing. Customers make their selections (options include an eight-pack sampler that includes one of each variety, a half dozen of any one variety, or a dozen of any one variety.)  Customers pay all shipping and handling.  This is a great option for girls who wish to sell to friends and family that live further away, in addition to their local customers. 

Continue to watch the blogs for more details on the upcoming Fall and Cookie Sales!  

By bdean


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


By bdean


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

By Tricia Andrews

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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