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December 16, 2013  


A special message from Leigh Ann Davis, CEO.

In the Shop

Girl Scout Loom Band Kit

Perfect Holiday Gift for Girls! 

These kits are all the rage with girls! Ours comes with 600 latex-free rubber bands, crochet tool, hard plastic loom, 25 clips, and 6 soft plastic charms including trefoil, heart, cupcake, smile face, flower, and butterfly. Create rubber band bracelets and decorate with charms! $11.95, available at Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops while supplies last.


Have you seen our Girl Scout Holiday & Winter Catalog?

Browse our virtual Fall Catalog.

Shop online at www.girlscoutshop.com.






Grow Your Troop and Get Rewards!

Welcome new girls by January 15, 2014 and get valuable merchandise discounts and program rewards.  Any Girl Scout troop who has increased their girl membership over last year is automatically enrolled. In addition, all troops who grow by 1, 2, or 3 girl members by January 15 will also be rewarded.

Sign up to attend camp this summer with your Girl Scout and we'll send you a FREE ornament!

Sign up now for Family Camp, She & I, or He & I. Quantities are limited ... please sign up today!

Adult Retreat/Camp Care Weekend at Shingobee Timbers

Hi Everyone! This is your official invitation to the adult retreat/camp care weekend at Shingobee Timbers.  Please share this with all registered Girl Scout adults in our council and register today to be part of this great weekend! Space is limited to the first 40 registrations so don't delay! Click HERE for the registration form.



Program Highlights


Council programs -- numbers are on the rise! 

The program team announces that the 5 staff led events we've hosted this year have served 555 girls and adults.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in  Girls Night Out and Sneak Peek Pajama Parties in Superior and St. Cloud and Diva for a Day in Alexandria! We are pleased to be able to offer council programs to provide programming for girls to attend on their own or with their troop.

In January we present the third Girls Night Out & Sneak Peek Pajama Party events in Baxter, MN at Westgate Mall and then in February we're headed to Irongate Plaza in Hibbing -- the location that got the mall sleepover started for us many years ago! 

We have much more fun (and learning) in store  ... click the links below for details or visit the "events" page of our website for a complete calendar.   


Snow Much Fun
Be Anything, Do Everything Barbie Party 
Prairie Woods winter challenge


Do I need to bring a Chaperone to Council Sponsored Events?

Over the past few years we have had an increase in individual girls participating in council programs

independently .  As a result of this "shift," we've modified our chaperone requirements for council events.  


The biggest change is in events led by council staff. If a girl attends on her own (without her troop) we will provide the chaperones. This applies to staff led Events listed in our Program Events & Activities Guide, including: council sponsored events, camp pathway, and travel pathway.  


Please feel free to contact us with any questions.  

Girl Scouts Speak Out!

Today, cell phones and tablets let us stay connected to friends and family -- or even just play games wherever we go. Airplanes let people cross oceans faster than ever before. Lightbulbs help keep our homes bright at night. Television brings us new kinds of entertainment and allows us to see what's happening on the other side of the planet.

Now, imagine it's 2050. What does the world look like?

Make a PSA and submit to Girls Speak Out by  January 15, 2014. (Click on Girls Speak Out for complete details!)




Property Rental

Our camps are beautiful in the winter!
Choose from Janette Pollay Cabin, Camp Roundelay, Camp Sanderson, and Camp Shingobee Timbers--
all four have a cozy fireplace and a full kitchen.  Schedule a sleepover for your troop or a family get-together--day-only and overnight rentals are available. 





In This Issue
In The Shop
Just In Time For Holiday Giving!
Program Highlights
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! 
Regional blogs offer a updates from your local Girl Scout office. 

Region 1 Bemidji/Virginia

Don't Miss Animal Lovers Overnight!

Headwaters Science Center, Bemidji
Jan 17-18 and Jan 31-Feb 1

Get up close and personal with the many animals that inhabit the Headwaters Science Center.  Hold soft and fuzzy critters as well as more unusual creatures like snakes and lizards, tarantulas, rabbits, chinchillas, amazing insects, and beautiful birds of prey.  Click here for a flyer with more details!


Have Snow Much Fun in Bemidji!

Buena Vista Ski Area and Village, Bemidji  |  January 3-4

Dress warmly and be ready for outdoor snow games and challenges, sleigh rides and a stop at the Lumberjack Hall of Fame.  Girls will tube, ski or snowbaord (if snow conditions allow)--equipment rental included in the fee.  Register by December 20th.  For more information check out the flyer found here


Grow Your Troop and Get Rewards!

Get rewarded for helping Girl Scouts grow.  The 1-2-3 Grow Your Troop campaign rewards troops with an open-door spirit who welcome new girls by January 15, 2013.  There are valuable merchandise discounts and program rewards.  Any Girl Scout troop who has increased their girl membership over last year is automatically enrolled. In addition, all troops who grow by 1, 2, or 3 girl members by January 15 will also be rewarded. Plus we have a "Bonus!" program for troops welcoming 4+ new girl members.  Visit our webpage at:  www.gslakesandpines.org for more information or contact Becky at 218-308-8880. 

Region 3 Brainerd/Mora

Girls' Night Out

Westgate Mall, Baxter  |  Jan 11

Are you looking for some tropical fun this winter? Escape the snowy blues and join us for an evening of Hawaiian games and crafts!  


Grades K - 3 will start at 6:30 pm, enjoying games and activities at the Sneak Peek Pajama Party until 9pm. $8 Girl Scouts, adults free

Grades 4 - 12 will arrive at 8:00 pm and leave at 7:00 am. ($30 Girl Scouts, $5 adults)


All ages are invited to shop late at several mall shops that will stay open late just for us, as well as at the Girl Scout Shop, that will stay open until 10:00 pm. Join us for lots of fun and a great service project that will benefit a local women's shelter. 


Bring a new friend (new to Girl Scouts) and you each get $5 off of your fee!
Register today!

Region 5 Waite Park

Meeting Notes from 11-19 Regional Meeting




Special events for girls, troops, and families we were asked to share. Check each offer for details.  

Girl Scout Days at Powder Ridge in Kimball - discounted lift tickets!
January 11-12 and 18-19
flyer for more information

Gopher 2013-14 Women's Basketball
Girl Scouts Day
Williams Arena, Mpls  |  Jan 4  |  2pm 
Gophers vs. Michigan State
Choose from 2 different packages, only $10 each!  Order Tickets

2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour
April 13th  |  2:00pm  |  AMSOIL Arena

Exclusive Girl Scout Discount Offer ~ Save up to $11.00 per ticket!

Purchase a Magic Pass with your game ticket and spend time on the court with the Globetrotters - shooting, trying our ball tricks, autographs and photos!

To order tickets contact Cole Schlesinger:

Toll free: 800-641-4667 X146



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 December 23-27, 2013; and January 1, 2014. 



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