The 2015 Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting

The annual GSNWGL Leadership Conference at the Tundra Lodge in Green Bay, Wisconsin was a huge success. Last weekend over 200 Girl Scout volunteers and older girls attended sessions on everything from troop management and Silver and Gold Awards to African dance and computer programming. The conference’s keynote speaker Alison Gates, an art professor at UW Green Bay, spoke about her personal history in Girl Scouting and how the Girl Scout badges and uniforms in each era of Girl Scouting reflected the what idea of the model American girl was.

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Like last year, the GSNWGL Annual Meeting was hosted at the Leadership Conference. This meeting is a place for the GSNWGL Board of Directors to share with our membership everything that has been happening on both the financial and stewardship sides of our Council, elected new Board Members and Regional Delegates, as well as present Adult Awards.

Letter from the CEO: Happy Volunteer Week

When I first joined Girl Scouts as a staff member and heard we were girl led and volunteer driven, I probably did not give that a whole lot of thought. Then I realized what “volunteer driven” really means! It means 4,000 committed and caring adults who give their time, talent, and treasures to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

In everything we do, volunteers are there. . .

  • Leading troops of girls, large and small. We couldn’t do it without volunteers.
  • Selling and distributing over two million boxes of cookies. We couldn’t do it without volunteers.
  • Training new volunteers on how to be a successful part of Girl Scouting. We couldn’t do it without volunteers.
  • Providing inspirational programming to all girls we serve. We couldn’t do it without volunteers.
  • Spreading the word about the great work that Girl Scouting does in our communities. We couldn’t do it without volunteers.
  • Helping set the direction and assisting with the overall governance of our large council. We couldn’t do it without volunteers.

When you think of the impact we have on the many girls we serve it can be overwhelming! It’s no wonder we need the assistance and the guidance of volunteers to do this as well as we do.

Today and every day, my deepest thanks and appreciation to each of you who help make our girls the leaders of today and tomorrow.

Best wishes and many thanks,


Time to Start Planning Your Best. Summer. Ever.

Camp season is almost here. Temperatures will warm, school will let out and girls will be wondering what kind of adventure lies ahead. Time to start perusing the camp book and making plans for fantastic adventures that build a lifetime of memories.

Girl Scout camp is open to all girls–even non-Girl Scouts! Money kind of tight? We have financial aid packages available because we believe all girls should be able to experience the outdoors. And remember, girls can use the Cookie Dough they earn through the Cookie Program to fund fun at Girl Scout Camp. Get those summer plans rolling and register today!

RS8281_77_KRNEW! This year at  Camp Winnecomac Day Camp, choose from 1, 2, 3 or 5-day programs–whatever fits your schedule. Our new Summer School Combo offers half-day camp samplers after morning summer school sessions. And check our our new CSI Camp at the Fox Valley Technical College or Super Chefs with guest chefs and super cool adventures!

Overnight adventures more of your thing? Try our resident camp, Camp Birch Trails.  This year campers are going to be super excited to use the modern, new shower houses.  Birch Trails Day Spa, Gilligan’s Island and just Wild for Water sessions anre just a handful of the creative camp sessions offered this year.

Can’t find the planner? No problem! Our 2015 camp planner is available online so start filling the calendar now. It really is going to be the Best. Summer. Ever.

Wisconsin’s 2015 Girl Scout Advocacy Day

In true Girl Scout spirit, Chief Executive Officers and staff from the four Wisconsin Girl Scout Councils visited the capital in Madison on March 19, 2015. The group, known as the Wisconsin Girl Scout Alliance presented a briefing of the 2015 Girl Scout legislative agenda and invited newly elected female members of the Senate and Assembly, as well as current female members to participate in a (re) investiture ceremony for Wisconsin’s honorary Girl Scout Troop 1912.
Marci Henderson, CEO Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland started off the session with a speech featured a heartwarming thank you note she had recently received from a local fourth grade girl expressing the pure joy and excitement in receiving her Girl Scout membership information.