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October 8, 2012

Dear Girl Scout Family,


Welcome new members!

Every year we welcome more than 2,500 new girls, volunteers, and of course, their families.

This past week I stopped by the office just as a new New Leader Orientation & Training was ending. There were 5 people standing near the door and I watched their animated discussion for several minutes. They were so excited to begin the Girl Scout adventures!

I smiled as I was reminded that new members bring new ideas and excitement into our sisterhood. This diversity helps us grow a strong and vibrant organization. Please join me in reaching out a helping hand to new members. Watch to see they're engaged in conversations and activities. Encourage them to get involved. Catch some of their enthusiasm.

Thank you for choosing to be part of Girl Scouting!


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




News From Region 5

So, we are pleased to announce that our monthly newsletter (and calendar) is not going anywhere - we're going to post it at the beginning of each month directly to our blog! Here is the link to our October 2012 Region 5 Newsletter! 


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 

Grades 5-12  |  Submission Deadline Nov 6, 2012

Girls who have provided significant community service over the past year are encouraged to participate in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  Girl Scouts who have recently earned the Silver and Gold Awards may be particularly good candidates for this award. The volunteer activity must have occurred at least in part after September 1, 2011. Read More... 

Dove's 3rd Annual Self Esteem Weekend

This weekend girls around the nation will be talking & learning about self-esteem. This toolkit link offers great resources for you to use in hosting a self-esteem event of your own! 

Ages 14-21, or 13 and have completed 8th grade 
8:30am-10:30pm  |   Feb 16  |  University of Wisconsin Center-Fond du Lac, WI  |  University Center (Student Center)

WAM is a one-day co-ed event for registered units of Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, Varsity Teams, Explorer Posts, Sea Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls. The day includes fun and skilled competition, dinner, awards, dance, and event patch. Members of different units may combine together, but must register together. Click here for more information.



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. View all council sponsored programs....

Below are exciting updates for our coming events!

Grades 6-12 | November 9-10 | $45 girl / $10 adult
NEW! Along with Friday night activities at the Rec Center (like swimming and the climbing wall), girls will also take part in a dance workshop by a local instructor.  The dance YOU CREATE will be incorporated into Saturday's explorations of robotics as well as technology, art and design.  How fun to program a robot to do a dance that you created!

Fall Festivities| Spicer, MN

Fall Festivities at Camp Sanderson | Spicer, MN 

Grades K-12 | November 2-4 | Prices start at $25 

NEW! Seeking adults to plan &/or facilitate activities with girls during this event. Adults who work at the event receive free admission. Learn more...   


 View all, learn more, & register  



Volunteers make the difference

Timely updates for GS volunteers.  



There has been an update to the dates and times for the Service Unit Delegate Training Sessions

Teleconference Delegate Training Sessions

Choose one:

Thursday, December 6, 6-8 pm

Tuesday, December 11, 6-8 pm

Dial: 866-477-6298   Enter PIN: 275465#

Please register as a delegate for the annual meeting


New Leader Training

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


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 ...  



In This Issue
Join our staff team
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Join our staff team!

We currently have a seasonal part time opening for a Girl Scouts in ACTION Coordinator. This position is responsible for quality delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by working directly with schools and volunteers to coordinate a 6 week after-school Girl Scout Journey series culminating with a related Take Action event/project. 


We will be hiring for this position in the following communities: St. Cloud, Duluth/Superior, Brainerd, Willmar, and Bemidji. 


We encourage current volunteers and family members to visit our website and learn more about this temporary part-time employment opportunity. 



In the Shop


New! Troop Leader T-Shirts at Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops!

  Troop Leader T-Shirts


Volunteers are giving "thumbs up" to our troop leader t-shirts new this fall. Available in two colors - garnet, sizes S - 2X, and iris blue, sizes S - 3X. V-neck, shaped cut, soft ringspun cotton knit with TROOP LEADER and our council name printed on the left. $16.00 - 18.00. Perfect attire for troop meetings and events. Call, email, or visit us soon!


Especially for Girl Scout volunteers: October 2012 "E-Shopper"


$24.00 (Save $2.25)!

October E-Shopper for Girl Scout Volunteers is now available! 



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 218 726-4710 

  All other offices 866 295-3820


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