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May 27, 2013

Dear Girl Scout Family,

I was in Girl Scouts in third and fourth grade ...  and then my family moved. I didn't get reconnected until I joined as staff in 1997. Because of everything I've learned about the benefits of Girl Scouting (and the growth I've experienced), I was very happy when we announced girls can participate in "everything Girl Scouts" even if a troop setting doesn't work out. That all being said, I have some pretty vivid memories of those two childhood years.


One of my fondest memories happened at camp. Our troop spent an overnight during Camp Clean Up. We divided our time between camp chores and fun outdoor activities. My group was assigned to painting the pontoon. What a  rusty mess ...  and was I antsy to remedy that! Finally, staff handed me a paintbrush. But wait, not just "a paintbrush" - it was an adult-sized paint brush -- I'm sitting taller just writing that. I felt so grown up!


Surprisingly, I remember a lot from that weekend: games, swimming, boating. Laughing into the night. The paintbrush has become a powerful story on my personal leadership journey. It inspires me to want to give the Girl Scout experience to every girl. I've had a lot of "revelations" from spending time in the outdoors since then, too. They've helped shape me as a person and as a leader. Maybe you remember a "revelation" in the outdoors, too and you will join me in encouraging others to get outside this summer.  


Friends, we're a few weeks from the first Girl Scout Camp session. Please don't let your girl (or you!) miss out on the fun leadership experience of camp. Sign up today for Girl Scout Camp. If your girl registers for camp and re-registers now for Girl Scouts ... we'll even give you a free camp t-shirt as an enticement to give it a try.  


Thanks for being part of Girl Scouts. Have a great week!




Special Note: All Girl Scout offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, in honor of Memorial Day.

Summer Hours Begin May 31

Shop and Office Hours

M-Thurs  |  8:30-5:30

Friday  |  8:30-12:30

May 31-August 30


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   

        Program Aide Training

        Grades 6-8 | 4-8 pm | Thursday, June 6 | Grace      
        Lutheran Church | 5454 Miller Trunk Hwy,
        Hermantown | $25 per girl, observing adults free |
        Girls may use up to $10 in Cookie Dough |
        Register by Monday, June 3 using the

        GSMWLP Events Guide Registration Form.


Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices

Petal Power  

The Daisy Petal Power program is a special four month summer mail program designed for girls entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 in the Fall of 2013.  

Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices


Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center

Saturday, June 1, 2013  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Whitney Field, St. Cloud  |  For all Girl Scouts
Free event, please RSVP by May 29.
Activities to include: inflatable games, jump rope making, leap frog contest, snacks, parachute games, music, and more! Don't forget your cameras for our photo booth!
Granite City Speedway  |  Scout Night
June 23

Scouts 17 and under get in free wearing uniform


Gates open 3 p.m.  |  Races start 5:30 p.m.

This is an event for Boy and Girl Scouts.

Scouts in uniform can help with the opening flag ceremony!


   * Regular student admission (7-17) - $5

   * Children 6 and under - Free 

   * Adults are regular price admission - $12, also encouraged to wear uniform.

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.  


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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
New Fave Girl Scout Shirt!
Charcoal Hoodie

Here's a light-weight hoodie perfect for spring, summer, and fall. Charcoal heather gray with slight bell sleeves. Fitted style, adult sizes S-XL, $29.00; 2X-3X, $34.00. Find them at Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops in Waite Park and Duluth. You may also call or email your order. Cash, check, credit/debit card, and cookie dough accepted for all council shop purchases.


Browse our new 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 Begin May 31 

Shop and Office Hours

M-Thurs  |  8:30-5:30

Friday  |  8:30-12:30

May 31-August 30



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