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April 1, 2013

Dear Girl Scout Family,


I'll admit it. Large gatherings of Girl Scouts make my eyes mist a little bit. It's that part about Girl Scouts being a Movement, something larger than each of us.

Girls get a taste of what it's like to come together as a Girl Scout Movement in many ways right in their home community, such as ...
  • doing a Thinking Day project,
  • participating in the Flag Ceremony at Court of Awards, or
  • singing songs at day camp.
Our council also offers opportunities to amplify the feeling of being part of a Movement through summer camp, program events, and travel.

Today the Our World, Our Family Registration Packet was released. This September camping weekend draws together more than 1,000 girls and adults and is by far our council's most popular single event. There's more than 60 sessions to choose -- from art to science, fitness to history.

If you've never attended Our World, Our Family or the other council sponsored events or camp, I encourage you to go right now to our website and check out the options. We have something fun for every girl.

Have a great week!


Camp Guide Updates
There have been some minor changes/updates to both the Resident and Troop Camp Guides. The changes have been made directly to the Camp PDFs and posted on the website. We apologize for the mis-communication.

Regional Blogs

Check out our blogs for updates from regional staff teams. We've highlighted updates of interest to multiple areas.  


Region 1 Bemidji/Virginia offices 


Tell Your Story at Our World, Our Family September 6-8, 2013  |  Nisswa, MN  |  $45-115 per person, depending  upon length of stay  grades 1-12  |  Registration deadline June 14   

If you have not experienced Our World, Our Family (OWOF), this is your chance to kick off your Girl Scout year in grand fashion. The 2013 theme, "Tell Your Story at Our World, Our Family" reflects a focus this year on the It's Your Story - Tell It! Leadership Journey, giving girls a chance to bring their creativity, imagination and energy to Lakes and Pines' biggest event of the year!


Grades 7-12  |  $800 per person | July 19-28, 2013  |  REgister by April 1, 2013, $100 deposit (included in cost)
April 1 deadline has been extended to May 1st!  Girls may use up to $400 in Cookie Dough for this trip. Join us as we visit some of the USA's most treasured national parks!

Region 2  Duluth Regional Center

April 6  |  Camp Roundelay, Gordon, WI.           

Region 3 Brainerd & Mora offices


Adult Volunteer Retreat 
SU 16 invites any adult volunteer to join them at Shingobee Timbers for a retreat!  They have space for 40! 
See the link for details and registration form: http://gslakesandpines.org/files/3873.pdf 
Region 4 Alexandria & Willmar offices 
The Daisy Petal Power program is a special four month summer mail program designed for girls entering Kindergarten or Grade 1 in the Fall of 2013.  Girls receive one packet per month, May - August, full of activities to do at home along with "get to know Girl Scouts" material for their family.

Region 5 Waite Park Regional Center

April 15  |  College of St. Benedict
The fashion show will demonstrate the career opportunities in the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Management Fields.
 New additions to the Girl Scout Health Fair!
Sessions are being finalized for the upcoming Girl Scout Health Fair! Yoga and Self-Defense are the newest ones confirmed - and good news for you that there's still time to register! Check out the flyer here  for more info.


There's still time to ... Add a friend 

Every girl who participates in our Add a friend campaign gets a patch ... one lucky girl will get $25 off Shop merchandise, program or camp registration (Day Camp excluded). Check it out

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In the Shop
Get ready for Bridging!
Bridging Kit

Bridging kits are now available at Lakes & Pines council shops. Kits include items Girl Scouts receive when they bridge to the next age level. Just write girls' names on the enclosed special certificates, and troop leaders are ready to present awards at the bridging ceremony. Each kit is packed in a large, resealable bag; other badges and patches can readily be added. So easy and convenient!


April E-Shopper for Girl Scout Volunteers


Check out our new virtual Spring Catalog!


Countdown till 2012 cookie dough expires on April 30th:  

  4 weeks + 1 day








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

  Mora   320 679-6807  

  Virginia   218 263-1596

  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


Shop and Office Hours

 M-F  |  8:30-5:30



All Girl Scout Offices will be closed April 9 for an all staff meeting.




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