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October 7, 2013


Dear Girl Scout Family  


Over the lunch hour today I got to give a presentation to a Kiwanis Club in our service area. There were about 30 people in the room -- a pretty nice-sized group. I really enjoy getting out in the public and talking about the GREAT things happening in Girl Scouts so I thank you for continuing to share your stories!

I opened the presentation with "my version" of  the phone call Juliette made when she returned from England and called her friend to come over and start Girl Scouting that very night. Re-telling that story brings me back to the excitement and wonder of my first time as a Girl Scout. You might even say it gives me the "I can't wait to ..." feeling.

Over the next few months, we'll be welcoming our new sisters into Girl Scouting. Let's use their enthusiasm and excitement to build and grow our program ... just like Juliette did.  


p.s. Juliette Gordon Low's birthday is coming up October 31. If you're having a party, why not invite a friend to join in on the fun!

North Country Rock-N-Wilderness

To the wilderness and back again: Challenge yourself on this multi-sport adventure in the Northland! Picture yourself on a ropes course and scaling a rock wall, sea kayaking on a beautiful lake and then take off on a multi-day canoeing adventure through one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the country.


Lakes and Pines will once again be hosting a Girl Scouts of the USA  destination through our Northern Lakes Canoe Base. Girls from our council receive a special rate on this adventure. Learn more...




In the Shop

Extra badges! New skills! Even more fun!

"Skill-Building Activity Sets" include five badge booklets each. Three sets are available for grade levels Brownie - Senior. (Other special programing exists for Girl Scout Daisies and Ambassadors.) These 15 additional badges per grade level supplement awards found in the
Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. Each badge packet complements a Journey theme - World, Planet, or Story - offering girls integrated options as they explore their leadership Journey. Give girls all the opportunities to earn Girl Scout badges. Each "Skill-Building Badge Set" is just $4.00 at Lakes & Pines Girl Scout Shops in Waite Park and Duluth.


Browse our virtual Fall Catalog.

Get started with our Great Start Set - for girls!

Get started with our Volunteer Resource Pack - for adults!

Shop online at www.girlscoutshop.com.




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Girl Scouts in Action


Girl Scouts in ACTION is another a great option for girls who may not be able to commit to a full troop year or where there are no troop openings in her community. She can continue her Girl Scout experience when the series is over by attending other Girl Scout programs and events as well as attending camp. Girls who are currently involved in a troop can participate in a series, too! 

Are you interested in volunteering to bring a Girl Scouts in ACTION series to your community? Council staff are here to assist you by providing curriculum, supplies, marketing, scholarships for girls, and training. please contact us today for more information or visit the Series page of our website to learn about our current series locations.



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In The Shop
Volunteer Training
National Delegate Application
Contact us
Volunteer Updates

Volunteer Training 
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learning sessions are designed to enhance your leadership experience and support your role as a volunteer. Sign up today!

Regional calendar with important dates!

Two important dates coming up to put on your calendars! The next regional meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2013. For the core members of the Service Unit team and any troop leaders that are interested in getting more involved within their Service Unit.

Second, we have our annual Training Date scheduled for December 7, 2013. This day will be divided up into the Cookie Sale training and other training sessions offered for ALL Girl Scout volunteers.

Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure is coming to the Xcel Energy Center the weekend of December 12. They are once again offering a special just for Girl Scouts! Check out the  flyer here to order tickets,

Volunteer Opportunity

Kids and Parent Expo

River's Edge Convention Center,  St. Cloud  |

October 19 | 9:30-3:00pm  

Seeking Adults/Troops/Girls  


The Kids' and Parents Expo is right around the corner!  The Girl Scout booth will be featured at this event!  We are looking for girls, troops, and adults to help with the activity stations!  Stations will include a Fishing Pond where participants will win prizes, a photo op station where girls can get their picture taken, and a Campfire and Songs station, where we would love Girl Scouts to sing songs!  If you can come for the day, or just for a short 1 hour shift we would love to have you be a part of this exciting event! 


If you, your troop, or your girl is interested in volunteering for the day or for a shift, please contact Leah Voss


Region 3

Girl Scout Silver Award Workshop

Grades 6-8  |  3-4:30 pm

Oct 13, 2013  |  United Methodist Church, Mora  |  $4 girl/adults free


Girl Scout staff and knowledgeable volunteers provide the information girls and adults need to achieve Girl Scout's highest awards, the Silver and Gold Awards. Learn about the benefits of earning these awards, the role of adults, the project documentation and approval process, and the characteristics of a successful final Take Action project. Please register by Tuesday, October 8 using the Lakes and Pines' event registration form. More...



Region 1 Meeting and Learning Sessions 

10 am - 4 pm  l  Oct 19, 2013

Coleraine Public Library, 203 Cole Street, Coleraine  

Register by Oct 9, Minimum - 20  l  Luncheon, Food & Beverages & Fun provided  l  Free

One woman.  One kayak. 1007 lakes. Mary, the Kayak Lady, challenges us to "get inspired to follow your dreams. Start your own 101 List of the things you want to do before you die. Hear about Goldie, who at age 80, began her bucket list and has successfully accomplished 70% of her goals. If she can do it, so can you!" More... 



Region 2  

UMD Bulldogs vs. North Dakota 
Sunday, Feb. 9, 3:07pm 


The University of Minnesota Duluth Women's Hockey Team is proud to welcome area Girl Scouts to be part of the 4th Annual "Girl Scout Day with the Bulldogs" as they host the University of North Dakota. UMD will also celebrate the 28th Annual "National Girls and Women in Sports Day" at the game. All Girl Scouts, family members, and friends are invited to attend this special event and experience the fun and excitement of women's college hockey! More... 



Important Volunteer Dates

Sept. through Dec. 2013

Region 2 volunteers, mark down these important dates in your calendar for future reference!



National Delegate Application 


It's time to elect our National Delegates for the 2014 Girl Scouts of the USA National Council Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah,  October 16-19, 2014.


Visit the  National Convention page on our website if you are interested in serving as a National Delegate.  


Applications are due October 18, 2013.   



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  Virginia   218 263-1596

  Willmar   320 235-2125


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