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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.   

Blog Network 

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  


Add a friend 

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!


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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 ...  

Cookie Rallies
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.  


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.


Delegates Needed 
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...


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. 
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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! Lip Smakers Holiday

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
  • Charm Bracelet, 8.75
  • Girl Scout Charms, 5.00 - 6.25
  • Print socks, 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"   



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


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


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Community Partners


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...  


Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines
400 2 Ave S / Waite Park, Minnesota 56387 / 800-955-6032