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.
Many prominent Wisconsin women spoke about their experiences as women in leadership including Senate Minority Leader, Senator Jennifer Shilling, Representative Dianne Hesselbein, and Representative Amy Loundenbeck. Girl Scout Advocacy Day is an important way for Girl Scouts to share information on the impact of Girl Scouts as well as issues facing girls and young women. Christy Brown, CEO Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast shared information from the Girl Scout Research Institute on the lasting impact of Girl Scouting. Denise Schemenauer, CEO Girl Scouts of Manitou presented the 2015 legislative agenda which includes a commitment to STEM opportunities and awareness of relational aggression. To end the day GSNWGL’s very own CEO, Gail McNutt led the investiture ceremony for the new legislators.2015-01-17 10.08.41

A highlight of the morning was Girl Scout Ambassador, Ananya Murali (Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast) who shared her experiences advocating for the girl voice in a conference at the United Nations this winter. Ananya was selected as one of the 4 girls from Wisconsin to make sure that girls voices were a part of the discussion. You can read all about Ananya time at the United Nations on GSUSA’s blog.

About the Wisconsin Girl Scout Alliance:
The Alliance represents girls’ interests before state legislators and Members of Congress, as well as with state departments and agencies. Through advocacy, we inform and educate about issues important to the well-being of girls and young women.

Bling Your Booth!

Why be plain when you could be fabulous? “Bling Your Booth” for a chance to win $500! It’s easy to participate. Just create an awesome, out of this world cookie booth, take a picture of you and your Girl Scout friends at the blinged booth, and submit your entry!

In addition to the $500 prize, our Council is giving out $50 troop rewards cards to three selected GSNWGL troops that enter the national contest! You can find all the details on Volunteer Connect.

Think Summer, Think Camp!

RS246_girl-scouts-2011_119-scrThe 2015 camp booklets have been mailed to every Girl Scout household. Inside you’ll discover all the exciting adventures we have planned for you! Camp registration is open now!

New 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!

Thinking of resident camp? Camp Birch Trails campers are going to love the brand new shower houses. Have you checked out the Birch Trails Day Spa, Gilligan’s Island or Wild for Water sessions? There’s so much fun stuff planned for Girl Scouts of all ages and interests.

Remember, girls can use the Cookie Dough they earn through the Cookie Program to fund fun at Girl Scout Camp and you are encouraged to check our our financial aid options which make camp affordable for everyone.

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