Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf

February 2012

In This Issue
Girl Scout Cookie Time
Upcoming Events
Get to Know a Girl
Volunteer Voices
Annual Meeting
New York - Washington Trip
Cookie Entrepreneur Events
Ask the Elf
Animal Fun Fact
Add A Member 2012
Keep LA Beautiful
100 for 100
Girl Scout Cookie Time is Here! 
Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf cookie pre-order sale began January 20, 2012 and end on February 5. After which, direct sales (booth sales) begin March 2 and finish March 18.  This year Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf will boast eight flavors of cookies, including a new lemon flavored cookie called Savannah Smiles.  The Savannah Smiles cookie is named after the city, Savannah, GA, in which the first Girl Scout Troop was started 100 years ago.   The cookies will be available for only $4 a box and do "more than you know".   read more here...
Activities and Event
Enjoy the many pathways that Girl Scouts has to offer.  Whether you are in a troop, individually registered or see an activity that sparks your interest, girls of all grades can participate in Girl Scouts.  Join us today and build leaders of tomorrow!
Family Fun Day - Camp Wawbansee - March 12, 2012
Modern Day Leadership - Shreveport - April 21, 2012 and May 12, 2012 
Woodland Studio - Pinewood Girl Scout Camp -February 18, 2012, March 10, 2012 and April 21, 2012
ULM Baseball Overnight Camp Out- Monroe - March17-18, 2012 
Acadian Culture Badge Workshops - Eunice - February 4, 2012 and March 10, 2012 and March 31, 2012 
Check our website, facebook, and twitter for updates for events in your area.
Get to Know a Girl

This month we connected with Girl Scout Brownie Maddie Albritton to find out some of her favorite things about being a Girl Scout. We are so glad she shared with us.  

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 Volunteer Voices

Shannon Russell pictured with her daughter, Girl Scout Cadette Bailey, from Troop 482 in the Shreveport Region has been involved in Girl Scouts since she was a kid, and has been volunteering since 2005.  She says although many people believe Girl Scouts is outdated, living by the Girl Scout Law is not an outdated concept.   read more here...

Join Us at the Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar now and plan to join us for the fun at the 2012 Annual Meeting of Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf on Saturday, March 31, 2012  at the conference center in Pineville, next door to the Country Inn & Suites. read more... 

New York-Washington D.C. Bond!

Girls will spend 3 days in Washington visiting the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, Capitol Hill and Old Town. Two days of their amazing journey will be spent in New York where they will take in the sites of New York City and visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Much more awaits your girls on this fabulous trip. Deadlines approaching, apply today.


Cookie Entrepreneur Events

Save the Date:


Girl Scouts that sell at least 400 boxes of cookies will be invited to attend one of the following events. 


  • Lafayette - Planet Ice - May 26, 2012
  • Shreveport - Splash Kingdom - June 2, 2012
  • Lake Charles - Sulphur Parks and Recreation Water Park - date TBA
  • Alexandria - Alexandria Zoological Park - May 12, 2012
  • Monroe - Knuckleheads - date TBA
Ask the ELF 
Experienced leader friend
Brownie Elf


Since the journey books came out I've heard about Take Action, isn't that the same as Community Service?   answer here...  

Girl Scout Week

Girl Scout Week has been celebrated in March since 1954. This week of celebration begins on Sunday of the week that includes March 12 and ends on the following Saturday. See Girl Scout Week Calendar below.

2012 - Sunday, March 11 - Saturday, March 17*

2013 - Sunday, March 10 - Saturday, March 16

2014 - Sunday, March 9 - Saturday, March 15

2015 - Sunday, March 8 - Saturday, March 14

2016 - Sunday, March 6 - Saturday, March 12

2017 - Sunday, March 12 - Saturday, March 18

2018 - Sunday, March 11 - Saturday, March 17

2019 - Sunday, March 10 - Saturday, March 16

2020 - Sunday, March 8 - Saturday, March 14


*denotes 100th Anniversary 

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100th Anniversary Celebration

The 100th Anniversary is right around the corner.  Join us in celebrating in Alexandria on February 25, 2012.  Fun activities will include a vintage fashion show, time capsule, crafts, birthday cake, pictures with the Brownie Elf, GS history and memorabilia, Forever Green pledge, recycled crafts, camp activities, Flash Mob, GS Games and Trivia, and much more. Register today! 
Animal Fun Fact... 
Elephants can swim - they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.
Add A Member 2012

Girl Scout members who recruit a friend who joins Girl Scouts can receive an official 2012 Add-A-Member patch.  Please note that girls recruited are not required to join a troop.  For example, Girl Scouts can receive the Add-A-Member patch for friends that register to attend an event or go to camp!  Download and print the form from the council website.  Service units may also request patches for girls who invite a friend to attend service unit events. Ask your membership specialist for patches. 



Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is offering Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a patch by participating in the Great American Clean Up with any of their affiliates March 1 - May 31, 2012.   To participate, contact the affiliate in your area.  Contact information is posted on the attached flyer.  If you or the affiliate has any questions, please contact Leigh Harris, Executive Director, Keep Louisiana Beautiful at 225-752-7446 or lharris@keeplouisianabeautiful.org



100 for 100

Congratulations to Kimberly Miller from Troop 2034 in Lake Charles for winning the 100 for 100 Patch Design contest.  Her design will be used for the patch we give out for troops who perform 100 hours of community service for our 100th anniversary.


Don't forget to get your community service report form in to the GSLPG office by March 16, 2012 in order to receive your patch (flyer and report attached).


President's Volunteer Service Award

We are pleased to announce our continued participation in the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a Certifying Organization. 

This Award is a Presidential honor that recognizes the valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide who are answering the President's call to serve others through their current volunteer activities or lifetime service. As a Certifying Organization, we will identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours, and distribute the Award to outstanding volunteers. read more...



We would like to hear from you! If you have questions, comments or suggestions for this newsletter, please send them to info@girlscoutspinestogulf.org.