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Dear Girl Scout Family,
Kismet=meant to be.

Seeing Girl Scouting happen first hand makes me so proud of this great sisterhood ... combined with reflection, it also offers personal leadership growth.

Last week I was part of the Registration Night in Becker, MN. Volunteers Jean and Marie had a well planned event. There was a flag ceremony, mini-troop meeting (led by girls!), and plenty of  volunteers to talk with new families. Mostly I brought paperwork and handed pencils to the girls which gave me time to see what was happening at each of the tables.

The following night I stopped after work to see my grandma who lives across town. My visit left me time to get a haircut, but not enough time to get to my regular salon. Luckily there was a salon nearby still open and with a short line.

I struck up a conversation with my stylist Danielle as she washed and cut my hair. Somehow we got around to talking about Girl Scouts (how does that always happen?). Danielle told me her daughters were looking to get involved in a troop. I took a deep breath & prepared to break the news that I wouldn't the details about the troop for her kindergartener and a fifth grader. Then she spoke the words that nearly knocked me off my chair,

"We're from Becker."

Now what are the chances? Lakes and Pines serves 350+ towns and she's from the one town I know EXACTLY where new troop membership is at from the top of my head!

Here's hoping your week is full of kismet moments & (like me) you're loving every minute of it!


Blog Network

Check out our blogs for updates from regional staff teams:

Region 1 Bemidji/Hibbing offices

Region 2 Duluth Regional Center/Wisconsin

Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices

Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices

Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center




Youth Entrepreneur Program | Bemidji, MN 

Ages 12-17 | October 25-26, 815-330 each day | $10

Workshop aims to inspire and encourage youth to create their "dream job" through entrepreneurship: learn from professionals! Learn more ... 


Fox 9 Girls & Science Day | Science Museum of MN

Fox 9 is partnering with the Science Museum & Girl Scouts to offer this special event for girls of all ages! Learn more...   


NOVEL Ideas Mini-Series| Hinckley, MN

Grades 6-12 (adults are welcome, too!) | October 6 (9am-Noon), October 27 (9am-10:30am), November 10 (9am-10:30am)   

Registration Deadline: September 28th, 2012| $10

Learn more ...  


Rake the Town | Ashland, WI

Planners of this community service project are asking Girl Scouts to help with lawn clean up for those in need.  Learn more...  


SHARE Food Drive | Duluth, MN

Collect food donations at the local grocery stores Saturday, October 27, between 8-4.  Learn more...   


YMCA Women & Girls Night | St. Cloud

All ages | 3rd Saturday of the month, 7-9 p.m. | FREE

All women and girls are invited to this free monthly event. Mark the date on your calendar for a monthly outing with your Girl Scout friends! Learn more...   



Volunteers make the difference

Timely updates for GS volunteers.  


New Leader Training

Learning sessions help you in your role as a Girl Scout volunteer. Session dates & registration... 


Fall Product Sale Training | Conference Call  

Troop Fall Product Managers | September 24, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

One more opportunity for you to get an overview of the Fall Product Sale process, find out how to navigate this year's new features, and get some tips for increasing your troop's sales. View the training PowerPoint, suitable for sharing with the families in your troop.  

RSVP to Keri Lynn, kigo@gslakesandpines.org 


Camp Like a Girl!  

Last week to sign up for the October 12-14 adult volunteer retreat. Open to all volunteers.  Learn more...  


Mentoring Awards

If you work with girls in grades 5+, get the latest on  Mentoring Awards - Program Aide, Volunteer in Training, Counselor in Training.  Learn more ...  


Daisy Petal Cookies

Check out the Daisy Petal frosted sugar cookies for your next GS event. Learn more...  


Regional Training Day CORRECTION The date for the Region 5 training day is scheduled for December 8. There was an error in the date published in last week's issue.


Annual Meeting/Delegates

Each fall service units elect delegates. This special volunteer position represents the area at the Annual Meeting held in January: electing board members, setting policies that impact the organization, and making friendships with other adults from throughout the council. Learn how you can get involved ...  


Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday

Our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, was born on October 31. Many Girl Scouts participate in special activities in October in her honor. Get some ideas...   



What did you do today?
Whether your girl in involved in a troop or participates in events, camp, or series, Lakes and Pines offers an array of activities to help her discover, connect, & take action in Girl Scouting. Register today for these events coming soon...

A Girl Scout Journey in Europe
Just in! We've added an overnight at Our Chalet, the Girl Scout Center in Switzerland! Learn more about this international adventure...

Fall Festivities| Walker, MN

Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome, too!) | October 26-27, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults and program aides


Fall Festivities-Day Only| Walker, MN

Grades k-adult | October 27, 9am-4:30pm | $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides


Haunted Harvest| Walker, MN

Grades 6-12 | October 27-28 9am-11am| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults


Fall Festivities| Spicer, MN

Grades 2-5 (adults are welcome, too!) | November 2-3, 5:30pm-4:30pm| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults and program aides


Fall Festivities-Day Only| Spicer, MN

Grades k-adult | November 3, 9am-4:30pm | $25 girls, $15 adults, $5 volunteering adults and program aides


Haunted Harvest| Spicer, MN

Grades 6-12 | November 3-4 9am-11am| $35 girls, $25 adults, $10 volunteering adults



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Off to a Great Start in Girl Scouts!


Every parent wants the best for her/his child. Get her off to a great start this fall with a Lakes & Pines Great Start Set. Great Start Sets offer both convenience and savings!  


Uniform options, emblems, book choices, and a FREE drawstring tote bag (pictured) are included. For details and ordering information, see our Great Start Set order form.


Give your Girl Scout the best program resources Girl Scouting has to offer by selecting a Leadership Journey book and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for her set.  


Working from photo-copied pages or huddling with other girls around a shared book at troop meetings short-changes her opportunities. Put our books in the hands of your Girl Scout and watch her do great things!


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

  Hibbing  218 263-1596

  Mora  320 679-6807  

  Willmar  320 235-2125


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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 218 726-4710 

  All other offices 866 295-3820


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