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Region 4 Team


Linda Bear

Membership Specialist, Team Lead

Alexandria Office


Maureen Graham

Product Sales & Finance Specialist

Waite Park Regional Center


Nikki Revier

Program Specialist

Willmar Office

Region 4

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

Family Updates

By Nikki

Join Kristen in her upcoming Gold Award Project!



My name is Kristen Bussmann. I am 15 and
will be a sophomore at Melrose high school.
For my Girl Scout Gold Award I chose to do
a run/walk to raise funds for a suicide
prevention seminar. I wanted to do my Gold
Award on suicide prevention because I've
seen firsthand how suicide affects people. I
have lost my cousin and a couple of close friends of my family to suicide. I also
wanted to do my project on suicide prevention because it's not only a growing
concern in our community, but in Minnesota and The United States. The
program will be aimed at bringing awareness of depression and suicide to
the area, and to reach out to those who might be struggling with depression
or coping with the loss of a loved one.

First Annual Run/Walk (held rain or shine)
Date: September 27, 2014
Time: Registration - 7:30 a.m Walk starts at 9:00 a.m
Place: Melrose High School
Register before Sept. 1st to guarantee a T-shirt $20 reggstration fee.
Register after Sept. 1st for $25 ( t-shirt not guaranteed)

Registration forms avaliable at

Contact us: or 320-285-7151

Healing Hearts Seminar                                            

Date: October 29, 2014

Time: 7pm

Place: Melrose Elementary Gym

Contact us if you would like your loved one remembered the night of the seminar.

By Nikki

Camp Lake Hubert, Nisswa, MN                                                                                                                  

Grades 1-12

Join hundreds of girls from Minnesota and Wisconsin who make Our World, Our Family (OWOF) part of their annual "back to school, back to Girl Scouts" tradition. This weekend program is held at beautiful Camp Lake Hubert and Camp Lincoln just north of Brainerd, MN; cost depends upon your length of stay. Day activities include favorites such as bog walk, climbing wall, archery, canoeing, eco art, and root beer science. Over 60 session choices in all! Visit our website for photos from past events. Watch upcoming publications to vote on next year’s theme! Cost includes program sessions, meal, snacks and activity patch.                                                                

Date:            September 5-7, 2014  

Cost:            $45-$115 person

Register by:    June 13, 2014


Volunteer and receive a discount of $10 per hour off your weekend price, up to $70 off! For more information contact Nikki Revier at

By Nikki

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.

By Nikki

Start the evening out by watching a Stingers game and receive a voucher for a free hot dog, chips, and beverage, then spend the evening with the players and Barry. We will play games and take pictures with the players. After, set up your tent and spend the night sleeping on the field! Cost includes game ticket, meal, activities, and breakfast. Fun for the whole family or troop!

Date: July 25, 2014              Cost: $13.00 per person

This event is for either families or troops!

By Linda Bear


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. 

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.  


Volunteer Updates

By Maureen Graham

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!” 

By Linda Bear

Region 4 Volunteer Girl Scout Kick Off!

Monday, August 11, 2014
6:30-8pm (6pm - Light supper will be served.)
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Alexandria – Great Hall


  • Fall Recruitment Training  -Community Recruitment Packets Distribution
  • Important Product Sales and Program Updates
  • Fall/Winter Regional Event & Training Calendar

Service Unit Managers, Community Coordinators and volunteers who assist with recruitment events in their community are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  RSVP to Linda Bear at by Monday, August 4.  RSVP’s are needed for training and food planning.  Directions to meeting location will be emailed one week prior to meeting. 

By Allison Hand

Albany Area Girl Scouts will be participating in the Albany Heritage Day Parade on August 2nd.
To join in or for more information please contact Diana Brown

By Linda Bear

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 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 We are happy to help!

By Maureen Graham

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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