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Dear Girl Scout Family-


Jump in! Last spring about 40% of our members participated in our Jump Start re-registration campaign. By registering in the spring, you help our troops, service units, and council to plan for the coming year. To encourage Jump Start registration, our council offers:

  • A free Jump Start Patch for girls
  • A print copy of the Program Guide 2012-13 Program Guide to Troop Leaders registering as "01" (NEW! Published here first! Back by popular demand, this resource will be available online to other members but mailed in August to the homes of Troop Leaders!)
  • Learn more about Jump Start  

Jump Start registration is going on now through June 1. Please talk to your troop leader or community coordinator to Jump Start into next year today! Thank you for choosing Girl Scouts.  




Featured Pathway Events

The council Program Team plans events for all girls to attend. Girls are encouraged to come as an individual, with a troop, or "invite a friend" to participate. View a complete list and register. Questions? Contact Elex Morque.   


College 101 Road Trip

4 St. Cloud area colleges  |  June 19- June 21 

3 days 2 nights  |  Grades 7-12  |  $75 per girl

Girls may use up to $35 Cookie Dough

Registration Deadline May 15


Find out what you should be doing in high school to increase your chance of getting into the college of your dreams!  Just over one third of American young adults go to college, and only 17% complete college making the U.S. college graduation rate just 16th  in the world. Increase your odds of success by joining us on the College 101 Road Trip! Get the nitty-gritty on financial aid, applications and scholarships. Tour colleges like St. Cloud State University, the College of St. Benedict, St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Three fun filled day of immersing on college life, outdoor activities and entertainment .  Transportation provided from Bemidji, Duluth and Willmar to St. Cloud.  This is a girls only event with adult supervision provided. Transportation will be provided to all participants throughout the three days Overnight accommodations, meals and program supplies provided.


Program Aide Training 

Camp Shingobee Timbers  |  Walker, MN

Grades 6-12; adults welcome  |  May 4-6

6pm-11am  |  $25 girls and $15 adults (includes food, lodging, & activities)

If you are interested in working with younger Girl Scouts during the school year, with troops, at day camp or even as a Camp Aide at Camp Shingobee Timbers this summer-check out this opportunity to get your Program Aide Training. With fun social activities-like a lip-syncing competition and a Shingobee Style Polar Plunge-this isn't just a training; it's an event just for older girls! Spend 2 nights getting to know other girls your age, complete the training portion of your Program Aide Certification (25 hours of service will have to be completed after training), and enjoying the views of camp in the spring. Space is limited, so register today!


National Parks Road Trip

Conference Call  |  May 8  |  8-9 p.m.

Interested in learning more about the National Parks Road Trip scheduled for July 2013? Join Outdoor Program Specialist Jess Schiff in a conference call on Tuesday, May 8 at 8 p.m. for more information. During our conference call, we will discuss tentative itineraries, dates, pricing, means of transport, lodging, meals, and more. Email jschiff@gslakesandpines.org  to register for the conference call and receive the call-in number.


Murder Mystery Dinner Party 

Brainerd, MN  |  Grades 4-12  |  May 10  |  4:30pm-7:00pm  |  $18 (includes dinner and activity)

What better place to hold a Murder Mystery Dinner Party than in a Funeral Home? Join Troop 87 for a Murder Mystery Dinner Party you may never forget. Enjoy your friends, enjoy the food, and all the while try to figure out who the culprit is, during this exciting night of dramatic fun. Bring a friend, or your whole troop and let the mystery unravel.


Program Aide Training 

St. Augusta, MN  |  Grades 6-12; adults welcome

May 12  |  10am-6pm  |  $20; free for adults

If you are interested in working with younger Girl Scouts during the school year, with troops, at day camp or even as a Camp Aide at Camp Shingobee Timbers this summer-check out this opportunity to get your Program Aide Training in Outdoor Skills. Hosted by a local troop, this is a great opportunity to get your Program Aide Training and network with sister Girl Scouts close to home.


Camp Care Day 

Camp Roundelay (Minong, WI), Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN), Camp Shingobee Timbers (Walker, MN)  |  All Ages  |  May 19  |  10am-4pm  |  Free!

After a long winter our camps need a little TLC before the camp season starts. This is also a great opportunity to tour a camp, while you help open it up for summer use. Please make sure you register for this event, even though it is free. We want to make sure everyone has a snack ready for them throughout the event.


Up in the Air 

Camp Shingobee Timbers  |  Walker, MN

Grades 8-12  |  July 8-13  |  $290

Join us at Camp Shingobee Timbers for a summer session that is well-planned to be up in the air. We'll check out the local airport, learn about flying, spend some time on the high challenge course, AND NOW ANNOUNCING-we'll top off the session with a tethered HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE. If you enjoy spending time with your head in the clouds, this just might be the session for you.

Product Sales/Cookie Sale Update


Celebrating your success with Cookie Sale recognitions! 

  • Super Seller and Super Star invitations are in the mail! If you have not yet received, please let us know right away!
  • Cookie Dough has been mailed to Troop Leaders and should be distributed to girls soon!
  • Congrats to our iPad2 winners. 

Region 1

Emma R., Daisy Troop 1905, Virginia

Region 2 

Sareena F., Brownie Troop 4272, Cloquet

Region 3

Taylor C., Junior Troop 840, Merrifield

Region 4  

Samantha E., Cadette Troop 3323, Ortonville 

Region 5

Samentha S., Cadette Troop 923, Sartell 



Top Service Unit Sellers: Girl who have achieved top seller in their service unit will receive a Plush Penguin and certificate recognizing their accomplishments (will be sent in 3 weeks).   

Top Level Sellers:


 SU 7, Tessa L., Cloquet, 1,376 pkgs


SU 28, Audrey O., Sartell, 1,328 pkgs


SU 4, Hailey C., Angora, 1,134 pkgs


SU 27, Sara H., Milaca, 1,212 pkgs


SU 9, Estonia R., Duluth, 1,053 pkgs

SU 9, Lillian M., Duluth, 608 pkgs


Thank you to all the girls who participated in the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Sale!

Volunteer Development

Learning sessions designed to support your volunteer role. Visit our website to register and learn about other learning session choices.     


Basic Outdoor Skills

Stacey Phillips, a Community Coordinator for the Onamia Area is inviting you to attend the following:


June 16  l  1:30 to 6:30 p.m.  l  34452 140th Ave

Onamia  l  MN 56359-2822  l  For Adults

Registration deadline 10 days prior

$10 includes evening meal

This is a hands-on course designed for volunteers who are ready to take their girls on their first day or overnight camping trip. This course happens outdoors, rain or shine, and is a requirement in the approval process for Short Trip/Camping Application.  Outdoor Education in Girl Scouting Book may be pre-ordered to accompany this course, cost $9.50. Ready to register?  


Questions? Contact Jessica K  


Basic Outdoor Skills Calendar:  

June 16, Onamia, MN

June 16, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

June 16, Camp Shingobee Timbers (Walker, MN)

June 18, Camp Roundelay (Minong, WI)

June 23, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

June 30, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

June 30, Camp Shingobee Timbers (Walker, MN)

July 2, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

July 7, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

July 14, Camp Shingobee Timbers (Walker, MN)

July 16, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

July 19, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

July 28, Camp Sanderson (Spicer, MN)

July 28, Camp Shingobee Timbers (Walker, MN)

August 6, Camp Roundelay (Minong, WI)


Interested in being a Basic Outdoor Skills and Advanced Outdoor Skills Trainer? Join us at Camp Shingobee Timbers on June 3 to get certified for the low price of $5 per person.


Archery-Level 1 Instructor Training

June  6  l  8:30am-4:30pm  l  Camp Shingobee Timbers  |  Walker, MN  l  For Adults  l  Registration deadline 10 days prior  l  Price: $30 per person-this includes your USA Archery Certification and a lunch.

Join us at Camp Shingobee Timbers to become a Level 1 USA Archery Instructor. This training will certify you to teach archery to other girls and adults in a troop or day camp setting. This 8 hour course is designed for anyone interested in learning the art of "propelling the arrow forward." Beginners to Advanced-you're walk away with tips and tricks to use when teaching girls.


Questions? Contact Jessica K 


American Red Cross Lifeguarding for the Waterfront

June 4-5  l  8:30am-8:30pm  l  Camp Shingobee Timbers  |  Walker, MN  l  For Adults

Registration deadline 10 days prior  l  Price: $200 per person 

This includes certifications in: Lifeguarding, Delivering Oxygen, First Aid, CPR, and using an AED. Also includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for both days. Overnight Lodging Available upon Request. ***Price will be waived for anyone agreeing to offer lifeguard services for 4 Council Events within the next 3 calendar years.


If you've ever had an interest in becoming a lifeguard, consider joining us at Camp Shingobee Timbers for a 2-day training. All meals and certification costs are included. Compare to other American Red Cross Lifeguarding Courses-this is quite the deal. Save $75 (when compared to 4-day classes offered in Brainerd and Duluth with no amenities included). Use your training to take your troop to a pool, lake or swimming pond. You can also satisfy the Safety Checkpoint Guidelines to take your girls canoeing or kayaking.


Questions? Contact Jessica K 


Challenge Course Training

June 7-10  l  8:30am-5:00pm

Camp Shingobee Timbers  |  Walker, MN

For Adults  l  Registration deadline 10 days prior 

Price: $150 per person

Includes safety certifications and training for both High and Low Ropes Courses, all food and training materials for the entire training. Lodging available upon request. ***Price will be reduced to $25 for anyone agreeing to offer challenge course services for 1 Council Event within the next calendar year.


If you and your girls enjoy team-building, rock climbing, repelling or using the Ropes Course at Camp Shingobee Timbers, consider becoming a trained Challenge Course Facilitator. This training will do wonders for your leadership style and troop management skills. In addition-your troop will be able to utilize the course at a reduced fee in the future.


Questions? Contact Jessica K 


In This Issue
Pathway Events
Product Sales Update
Volunteer Development
In the Shop
Events for GS

In the Shop

Wave the Anniversary Flag!   Mini Anniversary Flag  

Is your community, school, or troop holding a 100th Anniversary celebration or year-end Court of Awards? Wouldn't it be fun to give each participant a Girl Scout mini anniversary flag to wave and share the excitement of this special year? 4" x 6" nylon flag on plastic stick with ball tip, $2.50. Order today for upcoming events and parades! Stock currently on hand.


Especially for volunteers: E-Shopper, April 2012, http://www.gslakesandpines.org/files/3081.pdf 



Events for GS
Girl Scouts volunteers and community members let us know about these events you may be interested in.


Last chance to sign up for Rock the Mall in Washington DC. Registration closes on Monday, May 14, at 5:00 pm EST. Join  200,000 Girl Scout friends to celebrate our 100th anniversary. Registration costs $10 and includes a commemorative t-shirt and patch. (NOTE: GSMWLP travel pathway for this event is closed. Registrants would make their own travel arrangements). Register :



Bone Marrow drive for  

" Be the Match" Foundation 

Michael Dorle is a Boy Scout from troop 106 in St. Cloud. His mom is Bobbie Dorle and has been a Girl Scout Leader for three different troops in St. Cloud. Michael is working on his Eagle Award project by coordinating and running a Bone Marrow drive for " Be the Match" Foundation.  The event will be held at the Great River Regional library on May 12. Please sign up for the registry to become a potential donor. Donors must be between the ages of 18-60 to sign up. They especially need minority participants.


For more information please check out the website at www.tinyurl.com/TeamStCloud 


Please forward the information on to your friends and family. Thanks!


Tonic Sol Fa  

A family (and troop) favorite. Tonic Sol Fa is a national a capella group who have performed on NBC's Today Show, been featured in Newsweek Magazine, and regularly tour 48 states! Check it out! 


Sauk Rapids High School  |  May 4

Tickets (320) 258-1772


Students $10

Adults $15

Premium seating $20


Pre-Show begins at 7:00

Performance begins at 7:30