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December 17, 2012

Dear Girl Scout Family,


It's hard to believe that this is the last issue of E-Weekly for 2012! This year has flown by. Here are a few highlights from this year ...
  • We joined our sisters around the nation in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting at local, regional, and national events both in person and online;
  • Our largest council program was Our World, Our Family, held in September with nearly 1,100 in attendance;
  • Girl Scouts of the USA launched the ToGetHer There cause campaign for girl leadership;  
2013 promises to be an even bigger an brighter year as we kickoff our Cookie Sale Financial Literacy Training January with 5 Cookie Rallies and the It's Your Business, Run It series, followed by the Cookie Program in February.

We thank you again for making Girl Scouts the premiere leadership development organization for girls and look forward to serving you in 2013!



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 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

Region 2 Duluth Regional Center/Wisconsin

Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices

Tuesday Tips with Jessica: Tips and Tricks for offering great girl programming.  

Volunteer Application Process: A review the steps for getting new volunteers involved. 

Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices

NEW! It's Your Business, Run It! Series coming to 3 Willmar Schools & 1 Alexandria School this February! 

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!

Murder Mystery Party | December 29, 4-7 p.m. | Grades 4-8 | $20/girl, adults free (includes dinner)
Girls get assigned a character, come dressed up as that character, and try to figure out who-dun-it. Register by 12/18.

Harlem Globetrotters
  |  The Sanford Center, Bemidji MN  |  Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tickets for Girl Scouts AND family members are still available! More Info 
Animal Fun 
Hang out with all kinds of animals, visit the Girl Scout Shop, have some pizza, and receive an Animal Fun patch! More Info 

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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 

Cookie Rallies
Join us for fun interactive games to help girls learn about operating their own Cookie Business. Only $4 per girl!  5 locations to serve you better! Register today!

This just in! The St. Cloud Cookie Rally will feature an appearance by the MN Vikings Cheerleaders! Register today and plan to join us on January 5.

You can also join us in Brainerd, Duluth, Hibbing, and Sauk Centre.
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 
Initial orders are due January 4. This order is how girls get cookies to sell for the first 2-3 weeks of the sale. Don't miss out! Troops wishing to return cookies must place an initial order that includes at least an average of 120 packages per girl selling. These troops can return up to one unopened, bakery-sealed case per girl selling towards the end of the sale.

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.

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Join our Team

We currently have several staff openings.

  • Director of Finance and Technology
  •  Director of Program
  •  Outdoor Program Manager
Application deadline has been extended to January 4. More info      

In the Shop


Perfect Gift for Girl Scouts! Girls Guides


The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting makes a perfect gift for your Girl Scout any time of the year. Girls love the fun, eye-opening activities and the all-in-one badge book and handbook format. Beautifully designed, these binders are divided into three sections: handbook, badges, and "My Girl Scouts" where there's space to personalize her own book. It will become a keepsake as she journals, scrapbooks, and records her memories of Girl Scouting. The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting complements the Girl Scout Journeys by helping girls build skills to become successful and gain the confidence to do amazing things! Six editions for all grade-levels, Daisy - Ambassador. $22.50


Just a few days remain to take advantage of discounted prices on Adult Journey Guide Sets! Save $5 through Friday, Dec. 21. Adult Journey Guide Sets offer detailed meeting plans, activities that bring the Journey to life for girls, and even supply lists - needed by every troop leader! On sale now for $10, regularly $15.


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