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issue 54
Feb. 1, 2014


Annual Meeting 2014

Join us for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland's Annual Corporate Meeting and Adult Recognition Ceremony. It will be held on Saturday, March 22, at the Ramada Oasis in Springfield, Missouri. All registered members ages 14 and older are invited to attend. You should be receiving an invitation in the mail.  If you have any questions, please contact Missy Cravens at Hope to see you there! 

Service Center Shop Openings

Traditionally, shops are open on the first Saturday in February. This year all locations will be open on Saturday, February 8 (the second Saturday) to coincide with the opening of the cookie cupboards at the service centers. Join us as we celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

Resident Camps are Hiring!

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is now hiring for summer camp! With camp running from June 8 to July 25, GSMH is looking for fun-loving adventurous leaders for employment at our resident summer camps. Multiple positions are available at all locations.   

Southwest Region: 
Finbrooke Program Center - Christian County, MO

Mintahama Program Center - Newton County, MO 

Southeast Region:
Cherokee Ridge Program Center - Wayne County, MO
Latonka Program Center - Wayne County, MO

Go to for listing of positions and the employment application.

Smart Cookies: A Gourmet Girl Scout Gala
You are invited to attend Smart Cookies: A Gourmet Girl Scout Gala benefiting Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. With attendees in cocktail attire, cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150.


Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Vesta Room

201 South Ingram Mill Road

Springfield, MO


To purchase tickets, or for more information, contact Angie Sullivan, Chief Development Officer at 877-312-4764 x1343 or 

Register for Events Online with ROSE! 


You already know that you can register and manage your family's, your troop's, and your own memberships online with ROSE.*


Beginning this month, you will also be able to register for council program events, camp, and trainings! No more waiting for registration forms to process-you will be able to sign yourself, your family, or your troop up for events with immediate confirmation on a secure Internet connection. Think of how much time and trouble you will save by registering online!


Check out the official ROSE Web page:, for more information on the new event registration system.


*ROSE: Registrations Online Simple and Easy! 

Young Women of Distinction 

Mark your calendars!  Our annual Young Women of Distinction recognition event will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Springfield, MO. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients will be treated to a luncheon in their honor and will receive words of inspiration from a distinguished speaker. Invitations will be mailed this spring.


Girls anticipating to be recognized at this event should complete and submit all necessary paperwork by April 1, 2014.

It's Cookie Time!

Cookie deliveries are right around the corner! Be sure to check with your service unit cookie coordinator or product program specialist for the delivery schedule in your area. 


It's also time to start scheduling cookie booths! Booth and direct sales run from February 7 - March 9. There are several ways to increase your troop direct sales. Maybe try a Cookie Caravan (decorate a van with washable markers and canvas a neighborhood together) or have a Cookie Drive-Thru at your local church, school, or business...the customers won't even have to get out of their cars! Girls can also buddy up for another door-to-door round, but bring cookies with them this time! For extra fun, pull them in a little red wagon! 


Don't forget to call and reserve a cookie booth kit. For a $10 deposit, you can borrow a tablecloth and two cookie costumes for your booth or sale. Don't forget that boxes sold at booths and during direct sales count towards girls' recognition levels and troop proceeds.


Upcoming Deadlines:

February 7 - Service Center Cupboards Open

February 7 - Cookie Booths Begin

February 14 - Cookie Merchandise Orders are due

February 8-14 Service Unit Cookie Deliveries

February 28 - Initial Order Money is due
Full STEM Ahead

Join us for a fun-filled, STEM-tastic day! This is a family event where everyone is invited to come explore science, technology, engineering, and math through fun and educational activities. There will also be interactive exhibits and live demonstrations, but girls and troops will have a chance to show off their talents, too! Mini competitions will be taking place throughout the day.  


For more information, please visit Join us Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost is $20, which includes a t-shirt and patch. Registration deadline is March 21, 2014. Don't miss your chance to participate - sign up before it's too late!  

The P.A.W.S. Project: Pets are Worth Supporting!
Are your girls ready to take action?


Participate in the 2014 GSMH Council-Wide Service Project: The P.A.W.S Project: Pets Are Worth Supporting.  All Girl Scouts are invited to help the animal shelter of their choice by collecting dog or cat food, paper towels, or newspapers. This project runs from April 4-12, 2014 and can be completed in five simple steps.


GSMH will provide bags for Girl Scouts to distribute to friends, neighbors and community members in which to place donations. The girls will return a week later to collect the donations and donate the items to the animal shelter of their choice. Complete a P.A.W.S Project Report and submit to GSMH to receive the 2014 Council-Wide Service Project Patch.



Leader's Weekend 2014

April 25, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Leader's Weekend is an adult volunteer enrichment retreat designed to create networking opportunities, enthuse the Girl Scout spirit and have volunteers leave with inspiring ideas for troops and service units. Come for the whole weekend or for just a few workshops! Workshops this year will include Geocaching 101, Beeswax Candle Making, Riflery, Tomahawk Throwing, Duct Tape Crafts, and MANY more.


Important Leader's Weekend Dates:

  • January 31, 2014: Registration packets will be available on our website and in our service centers.
  • February 3 - February 14: Register by postal mail only.
  • February 17 - February 28: Register by postal mail, online, fax, e-mail, or in person.
Stable News


"Hello from Sacajawea East and Cherokee Ridge Stables!  The herd is healthy and doing well, but missing all the riders!"


The indoor riding arena provides a large riding area away from the elements. Laughter and YeeHaws are heard from the girls as they increase their horse knowledge and riding skills by navigating obstacles, learning reining patterns, and playing games.


Each month the Sacajawea Stable holds new themes. This December, girls enjoyed decorating a Christmas tree while on horseback and playing musical chairs! 


When the weather gets a little warmer, you may want to venture further into the country and visit the riding program at Cherokee Ridge. After riding, troops and service units may hike, have a cook out, a scavenger hunts, utilize canoes or archery, or have a hayride to tour the camp!


The next event will be "All About Horses" for Girl Scout Juniors, February 15, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To schedule riding times for troops, service units, or individual Girl Scouts, contact Sandy Vaughn at 877-312-4764 x1514.



Trainings are an important and helpful component of the Girl Scout volunteer experience. Listed below are some upcoming training courses offered to GSMH volunteers. All GSMH training registration deadlines are two weeks prior to the training unless otherwise listed.

CPR/First Aid - $40

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cape Girardeau Service Center

9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Springfield Service Center

9:00 am - 2:30 pm


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Friendship Fields Program Center

9:00 am - 3:30 pm


Monday, March 10, 2014

Springfield Service Center

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Basic Outdoor Skills - $10

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sacajawea West Program Center

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Green Berry Acres Program Center

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Mintahama Program Center 

9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Basic Troop Camping:Accelerated - $20

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sacajawea West Program Center

8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friendship Fields Program Center

8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Latonka Program Center

8:30 am - 5:30 pm


Basic Troop Camping - $25

Pre Camp: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Springfield Service Center

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Overnight: Saturday, April 5, 2014- Sunday, April 6, 2014

Finbrooke Program Center 

9:00 am, April 5 - 4:00 pm, April 6


Pre Camp: Thursday, April 24, 2014


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 Overnight: Saturday, May 3, 2014- Sunday, May 4, 2014

Silver Meadows Program Center

9:00 am, May 3 - 4:00 pm, May 4



Change for Saturday Shop Dates   

All locations will be open on Saturday, February 8, 2014, (the second Saturday) to coincide with the opening of the cookie cupboards at the service centers.


National Girl Scout 

Cookie Weekend is Here!  

National Girl Scouts Cookie Weekend will be Friday, February 7 - Saturday, February 8, 2014. Come check out our new cookie-themed products and national cookie weekend patch!


Coming Soon!  

Watch for new "I CAN'T WAIT TO" products available in the shops and online!


What Did You Do Today?
Girls Attend Winter GAM - Gather of All Mariners
Girls from the MSS Warrior (Troop 62506 - Rolla, MO), Girl Scouts of Missouri Heartland's only Mariner Ship, attended Winter GAM (gathering of all mariners) over the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday weekend.  The event was held at Camp Tuckaho near Troy, Missouri. The girls met and hung out with almost 70 other Mariners from three ships in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Council.
In This Issue
Annual Meeting 2014
Service Center Shop Openings
Resident Camps are Hiring!
Smart Cookies
Register for Events Online
Young Women of Distinction
It's Cookie Time!
Full STEM Ahead
P.A.W.S. Project
Leader's Weekend 2014
Horse Stable News
Upcoming Trainings
Shop with us!
What Did You Do Today?
Quick Notes
  • Encourage girls to sell cookies!
  • Celebrate Thinking Day on February 22!


Do you need something from the Volunteer Resources CD? A product program order form? The tax exempt certificate?


If you don't have your CD handy, many resources are also available in the Forms and Resources Library on the GSMH website. Most items aren't password protected, but keep using the following for those that are:


Password CadettesCarry3Cards


Service Centers   

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (except Springfield) 


Retail Shops

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (except Springfield). Shops in all locations will be open on Saturday, February 8, and closed on Saturday, February 1. 


Service Center/Shop Winter Closing Dates:
Feb. 17 
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