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November 11, 2013 


Dear Girl Scout Family  


Guest blogger this week is Becky Reynolds, Director of Development.  


As a member of our Girl Scout Family, you know the positive impact Girl Scouting has on girls' lives. Through our diverse Girl Scout programming, girls gain important leadership skills and self-confidence. I hope you feel inspired by all the amazing experiences your Girl Scout has taken part in during her journey to build leadership skills through courage, confidence, and character!


Girl Scouts reaches out to all girls with an experiential and cooperative learning philosophy to develop a girl's sense of self and values, while promoting team-building to inspire action. The values instilled in your Girl Scout through the Girl Scout Promise and Law are building blocks for her future and will develop her into a strong leader with the passion and the know-how to change the world.


This Thursday, November 14 - I ask you to join me in supporting Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin Lakes & Pines through the Great Minnesota Give Together - Give to the Max Day! - a day to inspire unprecedented levels of charitable giving in the state of Minnesota!


Please say you value Girl Scouting by marking your calendar for November 14 and donating here to make a BIG difference in lives and futures of the young girls in your community!


One girl can make a difference; girls together can change the world.


In Girl Scouting,

Becky R.  



In the Shop
Holiday Shop & Camp Get-Together! 


Holiday Shop & Camp Get-Together!

Saturday, Nov. 23, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Waite Park & Duluth Girl Scout Shops


Love to shop? Love to camp? This is the place for you! Join us Saturday morning, Nov. 23, for a shopping and camping get-together "open house." Girls can visit with camp staff about what's exciting for summer 2014 and memories from their past, make s'mores, laugh and sing camp songs while family members shop for Girl Scout gifts. Kick-off your holiday season with us. Check out our holiday specials! 


Enter our great door prize drawings for an Adora Girl Scout doll wardrobe or Girl Scout Adora doll. Two prizes to be awarded at each shop. One entry per person Saturday, Nov. 23. One entry allowed for mail and phone orders received Friday, Nov. 22.


Prices rolled back!

Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting - now $16.87, was $22.50

Adult Journey Facilitator Sets - now $11.25, was $15.00


Save the date! Nov. 23, Holiday Shop & Camp Get-Together!

Browse our virtual Fall Catalog.

Shop online at www.girlscoutshop.com.




From the mailbox

Carla Lasky is a Girl Scout Troop Leader from Duluth. Recently she sent in a letter showing appreciation for sister volunteer Shirley Balgaard who introduced her to new international aspects of Girl Scouting.We thought you might enjoy hearing some of the insights she shared.


"... Eleven years ago, I started my troop. We ran our meetings, did some of the council events and went to Camp Roundelay. Then I met Shirley Balgaard! She opened up the world of Girl Scouts to me. She taught me what Roperunners and SWAPaloozas were by letting me help her run one of each. She showed me how to have an International Festival for World Thinking Day. She signed our troop up with hers for Our World, Our Family camp, which is amazing!


Read more... 


Have you heard about our  FREE Holiday Ornament offer? 

Sign up now for Family Camp, She & I, or He & I and you will receive this FREE ornament. Limited supplies.
In This Issue
In the shop
At a glance
Contact us
 The new Girl Scout year has begun! Keep the fun rolling along ... re-register now!

At a Glance

Quick bits of news you can use! 

Our volunteer learning sessions are designed to enhance your leadership experience and support your role as a volunteer.
Sign up today!

Cookie Training
Girl Scout Cookie Sale training for volunteers kicks off on November 21 in Alexandria. There will be sessions in Duluth, St. Cloud, Garrison, and Bemidji in early December.
Learn more & sign up today... 

Are you interested in traveling with Girl Scouts? Vote now for 2017 trip locations.


Girl Scout Day at MN Zoo
March 1 | Discount tickets & activity stations hosted by GS throughout the state.  
Wear your sash, vest or Girl Scout pin and be admitted for a discount ($8 per girl and $12 leader). Learn more ...
Harlem Globetrotters
Coming to Duluth, St. Cloud, and Bemidji. Get a discount or win FREE tickets Learn more... .
UMD Bulldogs vs. North Dakota
Girl Scout Night
Learn more...



Fill the Flyer Food Drive 

December 9-14  |  Various locations in St. Cloud

Respond by November 15 if you are interested.

Metrobus has invited Girl Scouts to hand out flyers and accept food donations  at grocery stores and  businesses in December. If you can help or would like additional information, contact

Berta Hartig or  320 252-1010


Regional blogs offer a updates from your local Girl Scout office. 

Region 1 Bemidji/Virginia
Region 2 Duluth
  • Important Volunteer Dates Sept. through Dec. 2013
Region 5 Waite Park
  • Important Volunteer dates to remember!
  • Regional meeting (for core members of the service team and any other volunteers interested) November 19, 2013.   


Contact us

Our phone system can transfer you to any office. 


  Waite Park   320 252-2952   

  Duluth   218 726-4710

  Alexandria   320 759-1196

  Bemidji   218 751-4886

  Brainerd   218 828-3515

  Mora   320 679-6807  

  Virginia   218 263-1596

  Willmar   320 235-2125


Toll Free

Please help us keep our phone costs down by using the toll free number only when needed, 800 955-6032.



General inquiries 



Waite Park 320 253-9403

Duluth 218 726-4715  

All other offices 866 295-3820


Shop and Office Hours

 M-F  |  8:30-5:30



Please note: Girl Scout offices will be closed November 28-29, 2013; December 23-27, 2013; and  January 1, 2014. 



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400 2 Ave S / Waite Park, Minnesota 56387 / 320 252-2952