December 10, 2012
Dear Girl Scout Family,
One of my Girl Scout friends and I were talking last week about holiday lights.My friend announced, "This year I'm just turning my lights on for a couple of hours in the evening. I just got done facilitating the 'It's your planet, love it' journey with girls and it really made me think."
I smiled. I can relate. A few years ago my daughter's troop talked about the carbon footprint made by purchasing pickles in the store vs. using local ingredients. I had never considered how many miles were put on to bring the ingredients together and get the tasty treats to my table. It gave a whole new meaning to "buy local" for me.
Have you had a thought provoking experience after doing a Girl Scout activity? Let me know! I'd love to feature YOUR Girl Scout story in an upcoming issue!
All Girl Scout Offices will be closed Dec 24-Jan 1.
E-Weekly will also take a break--no issues Dec 24 & Dec 31.
Check out our blogs for updates from regional staff teams. Click on your region for updates specific to your area and view updates pertinent to multiple areas.
Region 1 Bemidji/Hibbing offices
Region 2 Duluth Regional Center/Wisconsin
Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices
Tuesday Tips with Jessica: Tips and Tricks for offering great girl programming.
Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices
Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center
Don't forget about our Add a Friend program. When your Girl Scout invites a friend to join, complete & send in this form with the application and each girl receives a free patch (plus gets entered into a drawing for other valuable prizes!). Check it out...
What did you do today?
Whether your girl is 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. View all council sponsored programs....
Below are exciting updates for our coming events!
Join us for the It's Your Business, Run It Series
Explore Your World Art Contest
When you think of Explore Your World and Camp, what comes to mind? Jot down your ideas on a picture or make a computer generated image using Explore Your World as your inspiration and send it in. Your design could be used on Camp T-Shirts or Patches!
More info ...
Animals Lovers Overnight -Registration deadline near
Hold soft and fuzzy critters as well as more unusual creatures like snakes and lizards (big and small) tarantulas, rabbits, chinchillas, and even amazing insects. Learn about beautiful birds of prey, including owls and hawks. Try out the experiments and activities on the exhibit floor, and end the evening with popcorn and a movie. Program includes an activity patch, evening snack and breakfast. More info...
Learn how to avoid getting "red-eyed" pictures, keep the flash from reflecting off of someone's glasses, & much more!More info ...
Join us for fun interactive games to help girls learn about operating their own Cookie Business. Only $4 per girl! We are seeking adult and teen volunteers in all areas to help plan and/or be part of the events.
Rally Dates & Locations
High School | Brainerd MN
January 5, 1-4 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church | Duluth MN
January 28, 530-8 p.m.
Lincoln Elementary School | Hibbing MN
January 12, 12-230 p.m.
Senior High School Gym | Sauk Centre MN
January 12, 12-3 p.m.
Rivers Edge Convention Center | St Cloud MN
January 5, 1-4 p.m
More info? Ready to Register? ...
Volunteers make the difference
Timely updates for GS volunteers.
Want to be a part of the democratic process of our Girl Scout Council? Perhaps you would serve as a delegate representing your area. Learn more...
Delegate Training Cancelled
Due to the absence of proposals to amend the By-Laws, the Delegate Training has been cancelled for December 11. Any questions, contact Katie Koester at 320-247-4560.
New Leader Training
Learning sessions help you in your role as a Girl Scout volunteer. Session dates & registration...
GSMWLP Finance Policies have been updated Guidelines for everything from managing the Girl Scout Bank Account to securing sponsors.
Work With Us
Join our Team
We currently have several openings in our council. The Director of Finance and Technology application deadline is Wednesday, December 12. Both the Director of Program and the Outdoor Program Manager have an application deadline of Friday, December 28. More info ...
We also have a seasonal opening for a Series Coordinator in the Willmar and Alexandria areas. More info ...
In the Shop
Holiday Gifts for Girl Scouts!
Treat your Girl Scout to our cookie-tastic Lip Smackers collection! Five great-tasting Girl Scout Cookie flavors: three lip balm and two lip gloss, $6.95.
More stocking stuffer ideas:
- Trefoil Pattern Earbuds, 15.00
- Girl Scout Charms, 5.00 - 6.25
- Confidence Trefoil Necklace, 4.00
- Daisy, Brownie, or Junior Ponytail Set, 5.50 - 6.25
Find these gifts and MORE at your Lakes & Pines Holiday Girl Scout Shops in Duluth and Waite Park!
Volunteers: Check out our most recent edition of "E-Shopper"
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
Please help us keep our phone costs down by using the toll free number only when needed, 800 955-6032.
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
Lakes and Pines
Girl Scouts of the USA
Announcements from the community.
Share the joy!
Are members of your troop doing something this holiday season to give back to your community? If so, consider telling Generation On and Hasbro & they'll donate a Toys for Tots Toy for every youth participating in acts of service! This opportunity ends December 18, so click and complete the registration today!
Equal Futures App Challenge
The Equal Futures App Challenge asks girls to create an app that promotes civic education and/or inspires other girls to serve as leaders in our democracy. Learn how to get involved...