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Region 5 Events

Check back often for upcoming events and links for Region 5: St. Cloud and surrounding areas. These could be council-sponsored or just something cool to check out in the community!

Region 5 Team Members

Leah Voss

Volunteer Specialist, Team Lead

Waite Park Regional Center


Allison Hand

Membership Specialist

Waite Park Regional Center


Jess Hoffmann 

Product Sales & Finance Specialist

Waite Park Regional Center

Region 5

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

Family Updates

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

Gold Award Training | Friday, October 17, 2014 | 5 pm-7 pm | Waite Park Regional Center Conference Room | Girls grades 9-12, adults | Cost: Free | Please register by October 16 using the GSMWLP Events Registration or register online.

Girls in grades 9-12 who plan to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award are required to attend an orientation to learn about the Gold Award approval process and the characteristics of a successful final project. While this step may be completed by taking part in a Gold Award Conference call held the 3rd Tuesday of each month (details at, this in-person training gives girls and adults a chance to also share ideas and learn from one another.   Space is limited to 20 participants. For more information or to RSVP contact Tricia Andrews at

By Tricia Andrews

Silver Award Discussion| Friday, October 17, 2014 | 3 pm-4 pm | Waite Park Regional Center Conference Room | Girls grades 6-8, adults | Cost: Free | Please register by October 16 using the GSMWLP Events Registration or register online.

Girls and adults interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Silver Award are invited to attend an informal discussion facilitated by Girl Scout program staff.  Please plan to attend this informal session to find out about the Silver Award approval process, the difference between a community service project and a Silver Award Take Action Project, and how to document your accomplishments.  Space is limited to 20 participants.  more information or to RSVP contact Tricia Andrews at Register by October 16 using the GSMWLP Events Registration or register online.



By Tricia Andrews

Program Aide Training Program on the Go| Friday, October 17, 2014 | 10 am-2 pm | Waite Park Regional Center Conference Room | $20 girls grades 6-8, free to adults accompanying girls | $5 Cookie Dough may be used | Register or RSVP by October 16

Troop 379 of Augusta invites area Girl Scout Cadettes s to join them for a Program Aide Training arranged as a Program on the Go delivered by GSMWLP program staff.  When girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors. As teen mentors, girls gain experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge and trying out new leadership roles. For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens – some of their favorite people! This four hour training completes one of the steps to become a Program Aide.  Please note that girls are expected to complete the Leader in Action award before attending this training.  Space is limited to 30 participants. The cost includes training supplies, lunch, and the Program Aide pin. For more information or to RSVP contact Tricia Andrews at Register by October 16 using the GSMWLP Events Registration or register online.


By Tricia Andrews

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 or call (320) 398-7200.

Volunteer Updates

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 Allison Hand

We had an excellent turn out and meeting on August 19th!  We had 55 Leaders, Volunteers, Community Coordinators, and Service Unit Managers attend.  We had fun dressing up in active wear!  Check out Diana Brown, Service Unit Manager for Service Unit 24 all decked out!

Diana Brown

If you missed the meeting, don't worry!  You can find all of the information from the meeting here

We also distributed our Region 5 Calendar!  If you would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact me at:

Thank you again to everyone that attended the meeting!  We look forward to seeing you all again soon!     

By Allison Hand

The Membership Department needs your help!  We need to meet our goal!  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. A total of 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. Interested to see how your Service Unit did?  Check out your numbers here!

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

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