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January 14, 2013

Dear Girl Scout Family,


Last week I was invited to a Girl Scout event to help girls make sit-upons. In my mind I instantly pictured my sit-upon from third grade: 2 squares of plastic tablecloth with "Raggedy Ann & Andy" graphics all over, red yarn whip-stitched around the edges to keep the newspaper inside. I was proud of my sit-upon: it was both functional and useful.

Wistfully & instantly I said yes as I thought about hundreds of girls weaving yarn through plastic. Later they'd be warm and comfortable in their friendship circle, singing Make New Friends.

Well ... the design process has gotten considerably easier (with re-closable freezer bags) and fashionable (with colored duct tape) but recycled newspaper is still the sit-upon filling choice for today's girls. I was delighted when a troop sat right down and tried their new sit-upon before they moved on to another station.

It makes my day to see the great Girl Scout traditions get updated and enjoyed by today's girls. It's the stuff inspiration is made out of. Share a tradition today.




All Girl Scout Offices will be closed January 21.


Blog Network 

Check out our blogs for updates from your regional staff team. Click on your region # below for updates specific to your area. We've highlighted updates of interest to multiple areas. 


Region 1 Bemidji/Hibbing offices 

Cookie Rally to Re-Schedule...

Region 2

Girl Scout fun is more fun when you bring a friend!

Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices

Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices

Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center


Add a friend 

Every girl who participates gets a patch ... one lucky girl will get $100 off her Summer Camp adventure!  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 


Art Designs Needed for Day Camp T-Shirt & Patch

Our theme for camp this year is Explore Your World. 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. We'll work with our design team to turn one of the ideas into a T-Shirt and Patch! The winner will have  the excitement of seeing her design worn all over our council service area and we'll give her a free T-shirt and Patch. More info   

Cookie Rally
Join us for fun interactive games to help girls learn about operating their own Cookie Business. Only $4 per girl!  Register today to join us in Duluth.
More info 

Volunteers make the difference

Timely updates for GS volunteers.  


SUN News  

Check out the latest edition of the Service Unit News (SUN) with important updates for all GSMWLP Volunteers. Read SUN News  


New Leader Training

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


Special Note to Troop Cookie Volunteers
Girl Scouts of the USA has announced that February 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Please share this information with girls and encourage them to set up Booth Sales and other special promotions such as "milk & cookie tastings" in the community to coincide with this national media campaign.

Great resources for Cookie Professionals to use with their business. Visit the Tools for Selling section of  www.girlscoutcookies.org.

For more details about the 2013 Cookie Program check out the Answer Book distributed at Training or visit the Cookies for Volunteers page of our website.

In This Issue
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Upcoming Event

Join us at
Dreams to Reality!

St. Cloud Area:  

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell


Twin Ports Area:  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013  

at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth


The event runs from 5:30 p.m. -  

8:30 p.m. and is an opportunity to celebrate and support leadership development for girls. Please join us for reception Hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting, silent auction, and live entertainment!  

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit our website at http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/DreamsToReality.




In the Shop


Winter Clearance!  

Last Week to Save! Winter Clearance


Warm up with deep discounts on Girl Scout gear! Clearance prices effective through Jan. 18 at Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops! Here's a sampling:




  Winter         Clearance


Daisy Zip-Front Hoodie



Brownie Zip-Front Hoodie



Teen 1912 Zip-Front Hoodie



Teen Tie-Dye Burnout T-Shirt




50% off and more on remaining Year of the Girl and 100th Anniversary merchandise. Call for more information.


December/January E-Shopper for Girl Scout volunteers.




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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 M-F  |  8:30-5:30




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400 2 Ave S / Waite Park, Minnesota 56387 / 800-955-6032