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June 3, 2013

Welcome to Wisconsin!
Dear Girl Scout Family,
Last Thursday I picked up Georgia, one of our international camp counselors, at the airport. She was flying in from New Zealand.

I arrived early with my "Camp Roundelay" handmade sign and parked myself in the baggage claim area pointing my sign in the direction of every young woman who passed by. Finally, a  poised young woman broke out in a smile and pointed at my sign. "Georgia?" Whew! She made it.

Impressive from the start, Georgia managed to get an entire summer's worth of supplies in one bag. Before long we were chatting on our way back to my van. While I closed the hatch, Georgia opened the car door to get in -- "Oh" she exclaimed with a giggle as she backed away from the driver's side. "I wonder why all cars don't have the driver's side the same?" she mused.

We chatted for about 20 minutes as I made my way through metro traffic. Minnesota weather was nice and warm (it's winter in New Zealand now -- though they don't have winters as harsh as ours). The highway is so bumpy (freeze and thaw buckles the tar). Would she need more than a light blanket? (yes, we will stop and buy a sleeping bag) ...  and so on. Her answers and questions slowed. We agreed she'd rest until we got to the store. She was resting so soundly I didn't wake her up until Pine City.

As I drove along I got to thinking what a "value add" International Counselors are to our camping program. They provide hands-on learning, global awareness, and diversity.  Add in the benefits it provides for the incoming counselors, it's really a win-win!

When we got to the Wisconsin border I pulled over and woke her up again. We took the picture at the top of this article. Back in the car, Georgia told me she had gotten a bug on that adventure but that I shouldn't worry -- she wasn't afraid of bugs. Over the next few minutes she found 7 wood ticks.Color me surprised that they don't have wood ticks in New Zealand. I gave her "Wood Tick Basics: 101" ... she'll learn the rest at training next week.

Melissa, our Outdoor Program Manager, met us a few miles from Camp Roundelay and took Georgia the rest of the way.  I couldn't resist giving her a hug before we parted. I hope to connect with Georgia at the end of the summer and see how it goes.


There's still time to sign up for summer camp so you can meet Georgia and our other camp counselors this summer.   




p.s. Don't forget to check out our FREE Camp T-Shirt offer (article below or visit the Camp Guide page of our website). 

Regional Blogs

Check out our blogs for updates from regional staff teams. We've highlighted updates of interest to multiple areas.  


Region 1 Bemidji/Virginia offices  

College Sampler 

Grades 4-12  |  Bemidji State University, Bemidji MN  |  July 30-Aug 1, 2013  |  10 am-4 pm
$85 girl/ $50 adult / Girls may use up to $40 in Cookie Dough |  Deadline July 14 |  Minimum: 20 Maximum: 50

All girls are invited!  Sleep in the dorms, eat in the college dining hall and experience college life.  Girl Scouts and Bemidji State have teamed up to create a memorable and fun 3 day College Sampler program. Girls may attend on their own or with a parent or other adult.  


Region 2  Duluth Regional Center

Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices

Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices


Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center


Valleyfair Scout Day
June 8  |  $25.50  
Valley fair is offering a special discount ticket price to all Scouts and their families during Scout Day. Print this flyer and bring it to any Valleyfair ticket booth to receive the discount. Cash or credit card only.    

Explore your world ...

Come to camp!

Make camp a special part of your summer!


Sign up for any camp session over $100 and receive a FREE CAMP T-SHIRT when you renew your Girl Scout membership for 2013-14 by June 30!


GSMWLP has many summer camp employment opportunities available, including kitchen staff and activities director at Camp Shingobee near Walker, MN.


For information about Summer Camp and employment opportunities, call your local Girl Scout office, leave a message here, or E-mail Outdoor Program Manager Melissa Garza.  


In This Issue
Camp Care Day
Work With Us
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Work With Us

Product Sales and Finance Specialist

provides oversight and coordination in all phases of the council's product sales and finance function in an assigned geographic area(s). Read more...  


Work at camp and make a difference in a girl's life.

Summer camp is the kind of work where you give your all every day, learn about yourself, and have the opportunity to use your talents to make a difference in the lives of girls. 


Seasonal positions for each camp are available, as well as the
Camp Maintenance Worker. The position descriptions are listed on our website.




In the Shop
Camp Care Package 2013!
Camp Care Package Contents

All new, all fun for summer 2013! Our camp care package will be delivered to your camper attending resident camp at Shingobee Timbers, Roundelay, or Sanderson. Contents include plush monkey, s'mores craft kit, bead & feather hair clip, character bend-a-pen, color-changing mood cup, and a personal enclosure note from you - all packed in a vinyl tote bag. Let your camper know you're thinking about her and wishing her a super-fun time at camp. All for $14.00. Camp care package orders must be placed in advance. Order form and more information here.


May/June E-Shopper for Girl Scout volunteers

Browse our virtual Spring Catalog!

Shop online at www.girlscoutshop.com 




Contact us

Our phone system can now 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



Summer Hours Now through August 30

Shop and Office Hours

M-Thurs  |  8:30-5:30

Friday  |  8:30-12:30



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