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Tricia Andrews

Director of Program

Bemidji Office


Denise Paulisich

Volunteer Specialist

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Becky Dean

Membership Specialist

Bemidji Office


April Rasmussen

Product Sales & Finance Specialist

Duluth Office

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 Hannah McCabe

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 with questions.

By Maureen Graham

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

By Kelsey Parker

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:

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!

By Hannah McCabe

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 or (218) 302 – 3182.

By Hannah McCabe

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

Any questions contact Hannah McCabe at or (218) 302 – 3182.

By Hannah McCabe

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

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

By Denise Paulisich

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

Here's what you do: 

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

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

3.  Leave the inside blank.

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

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

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

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

By Keri Lynn

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


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


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


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

By Hannah McCabe

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

By Tricia Andrews

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

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

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

Volunteer Updates

By April Rasmussen

Thank you to all of you for a great Cookie Season!  You made my 1st year run smoothly, and I hope we can work together to make next year even better! 

By now everyone should have  received their recognitions & cookie dough!! If not please contact me at  




Your troop finance Report is due to Product Sales & Finance specialist by June 15th. You have been e-mailed a letter with a attachment but you can also find them on our website at and go to volunteer / forms for volunteers / finance forms / troop financial Form (4702). You can send me a copy of this or e-mail at

By Maureen Graham

Community Product Sales Managers should have been receiving shipments of cookie sale recognition items this week.  Unfortunately it appears that the duffle bags which girls earned at the 650 - 749 package level were omitted from this shipment.  Our vendor is making a separate shipment of the duffle bags and we have heard they should be going out today.  So if your shipment is missing a duffle bag or bags, they should arrive very soon.  If you have any questions, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.

By Kelsey Parker

The Great Lakes Aquarium has recently informed us that they are unable to host our Overnight with the Otters program that was scheduled for June 26-27, 2015.  The good news is we were able to reschedule the event for June 20-21, 2015.  We hope to see you at this wonderful program.  Girl will get a behind the scence tour and hand-on animal encounters and they can choose their own campsite on the exhibit floor...they even get to watch the otters eat their breakfast in the morning!  The program is open to girls in grades 2-5 and the cost is $40 per girl, $20 adult.

By Tricia Andrews

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

By Maureen Graham

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  Thank YOU and please extend our thanks to your parents, cupboard managers, community product sales managers, and anyone else who did extra work during the 2015 Cookie Sale Program to help girls achieve their goals. It is much appreciated!


Now that the sale is completed, please close any open Cookie Apps you have been using (COCO, Cupboard, etc.) so that during the next cookie sale when the app is re-opened, all of any upcoming updates will be readily available to you.


2014 Cookie Dough expires on April 30, 2015. 


2015 Cookie Dough is currently being printed and put together.  This will be sent to the 01 Troop Leader as soon as we can get it out the door.  Adventure Points will be mailed directly to girls.  We should have both the Cookie Dough and Adventure Points out before the end of the month. Recognition items will be sent in early May to community product sales managers for distribution to troops.


The Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion was a success. We had over 4300 entries!!!  One winner was drawn per region.  Congratulations to our winners!:

Region     Name                   City

R01            Sam F.                  Becida

R02            Greta Q.              Finlayson

R03            Elizabeth W.     Mora

R04            Amy K.                 Avon


It’s not too early to start thinking about putting together your Annual Troop Financial ReportAn accurate accounting of troop funds is required every year. Complete and return this entire form, to your Troop Finance Consultant (TFC) or Service Unit Manager (SUM) or Treasurer (SUT) by June 15. (Please do a file, save as to your computer before entering information.  This form will automatically calculate income, expenses, and final balance.  Please enter expenses as negative numbers. You may print out and fill in the form if you prefer.) Attach the most recent troop bank statement and a copy of your checkbook register that corresponds to the dates of this report. The troop leader should keep all receipts and canceled checks on file for seven years. Make a copy of this report for your troop’s records. Questions about the Annual Troop Financial Report?  Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist. 



By Kelsey Parker


 Girl Scouts of the USA offers great ideas for preparing girls – even middle school girls – for college, and even has suggestions for incorporating college prep into troop or group activities.   Visit for scholarship and college readiness resources. 


Closer to home, girls are invited to “college camp” put on by Bemidji State University and GSMWLP.  Girls will have the opportunity to get the inside scoop on how to prepare for college from university experts;  admissions, financial aid and career services.  Girls will have the opportunity to choose which majors they would like to explore when the visit departments like nursing, psychology, education and criminal justice.  They will also get to stay in the campus residence halls, eat in the university dinning center and take part in other fun activities on campus.


Cost includes meals, snacks, overnight accomodations on campus, activity supplies and t-shirt.  

Grades:  6-12

Cost:  $75 girl, $50 adult

Date:  August 4-5, 2015, from 10am-4pm

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 









Dreams to Reality

Plan to Join us at...
The Kitchi Gammi Club 
Duluth, MN
Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:30pm - 8:30pm


Click logo above for more information and to purchase tickets!   




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