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  • Connect December 2017 - Fund Development


    As the holidays approach, many people look for ways of combining their desire to help the causes they believe in with their desire to save on taxes. For the charitably inclined, there are strategic ways of giving that can accomplish both goals.  So as you gear up for holiday shopping and end of year giving, remember these few tips on ways to give to Girl Scouts. 

    #1 Amazon Smile –  Do your holiday shopping today and give at the same time. All you have to do is go to smile.amazon.com  and type Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes into the charity search. Once you designate your charity, .5% of all your purchases goes back to Girl Scouts. Same Amazon, just giving back! Make sure to use smile.amazon.com whenever you shop to active the giving.

    #2 –In Honor Donations -  Did you know that 79% of Americans would rather have a charitable donation given in their honor than receive a gift they wouldn’t use? Give to Girl Scouts in honor of the go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders in your life! We will send you a certificate that you can wrap up and give to that person you didn’t know what to get for the holidays!  ...



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  • Happy Holidays From the Girl Scouts!


    It’s not too late for girls to join! Troops in your community are just getting started and are welcoming new girls. Give your daughter the gift of a lifetime of leadership this holiday season with a Girl Scout Membership.

    In fact, being a Girl Scout helps girls thrive in five key ways. As a Girl Scout, she:

    • Develops a strong sense of self
    • Displays positive values
    • Seeks challenges and learns from setbacks
    • Forms and maintains healthy relationships
    • Learns to identify and solve problems in her community

    Delivering Fun with Purpose

    To bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to life, activities are led by girls themselves, feature cooperative learning, and highlight learning by doing. Girls come up with their own ideas, build teams, and experience the joy of making a positive impact. At Girl Scouts, she will:

    Discover
    Find out who she is, what she cares about, and what her talents are.

    Connect.
    Collaborate with other people, both locally and globally, to learn from others and expand her horizons.

    Take Action. 
    Do something to make the world a better place.

  • Slime Time with Girl Scouts


    Join us to hear about all the great opportunities Girl Scouts offers, find a troop that is just right for you, and get registered for the new Girl Scout year!

    Then, have fun learning how to make 3 different kinds of amazing slime! Caregivers will attend a brief parent meeting and hear about available troops and volunteer opportunities in their communities while girls visit the slime-making stations.

    When: Thursday November 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
    Where: King Elementary Commons
    Cost: Free!

    Can’t attend, but still want to get involved with Girl Scouts? No problem - get involved online now!

  • Adult Awards


    We have some fantastic volunteers in our council! One hundred thirteen volunteers received a 2017 GSNWGL Adult Award as formal recognition for their outstanding service. Please congratulate the following individuals and community organizations for their significant support of our program mission to build up girls of courage, confidence and character. Applications for 2018 Adult Awards may be submitted anytime during the year, but are due on February 1, 2018, for awards that are distributed at spring ceremonies around the council. Take a moment to write letters of recommendation for the volunteers that you admire most! You can find the nomination forms here. Thank your favorite GSNWGL volunteer today!

    Volunteer of Excellence

    Paula Bake Brenda Johnson Sarah Reidy Maria Baker Jim Jursch Amber Renaud Dawn Bardo Andrea Kaasa Stephanie Samson Ann Batteen Susan Kitto Julie Schubring Ashley Bennett Pam Kleeman Amber Schultz Deb Bradley Amy Kloos Liz Sebena Lynne Buchner Teri Koshak<...


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  • Girl Scout Halloween Party


    Grab your costume and head to High Roller Skating Rink for a Girl Scout Skating Birthday Party.  Find out how your girl can JOIN A TROOP and continue to have SPOOKTACULAR fun. Be sure to join our costume contest at 6 p.m. Oh, and we're serving cake and there will consession specials throughout the evening!

    When: Sunday, October 29 2017 from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Where: High Roller Skating Rink , 3120 Melby Street, Eau Claire WI 54703
    Cost: $6 per person - Pay at the Door

    This event is family friendly 

    Join Girl Scouts at the event and be entered into a special drawing for camping gear!

    Can’t attend, but still want to get involved with Girl Scouts? No problem - get involved online now!

     

  • Girl Scouts: Where Girls are the Central Character


    All of the media surrounding Girl Scouts in the wake of the recent Boy Scout decision has me realizing one major thing – there are a lot of misconceptions around Girl Scouts! So, let’s clear up some of those misconceptions! First, let me say that Girl Scouting is alive and well and continuing to thrive.  From our founding 105 years ago to now, we are the premier girl leadership organization in the world, and we continue to deliver amazing girl-led programing nationally and right here in our Council.

    What is meant by programming?  Certainly not “just crafts and cookies” as some may have been led to believe. Girl Scout programming is specifically designed to enhance a girl’s skills and knowledge and to nurture the qualities necessary to be a leader in the world now and as an adult. Girl Scout programming builds important life skills that you would want your daughter, sister, doctor, government leader, co-worker, and yes – your boss, to have.  Good sportsmanship?  Public speaking?  Thinking big?  Making good choices?  STEM skills?  Great customer service?  Yup, we have badges for all of that!  Clearly, Girl Scouting is about so much more than just crafts.

    One of the hallmarks of Girl Scouts is service and nothing exemplifies this more than Girl Scouts’ highest distinction, The Girl Scout Gold Award. With talk in the media centered on Boy Scouting’s highest award, it’s time to claim our space and do a better job o...



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  • Girl Scout Colossal Fossils Recruitment Event


    Join us to hear about all the great opportunities Girl Scouts offers, find a troop that is just right for you, and get registered for the new Girl Scout year! Then, participate in some exciting fossil activities and take an eerie Halloween tour! Girls must be accompanied by an adult. Caregivers will attend a brief parent meeting and hear about available troops and volunteer opportunities in the community.

    Thursday, October 19
    5-7pm – drop in event, stop in whenever!
    Wausau Center Mall
    Colossal Fossils Exhibit
    Don’t forget your flashlight!

    *New Girl Scout members in grades K-5 can participate in the Colossal Fossils activities and tour free of charge! Family members may join them for an additional $5 per person! Girl Scout annual membership cost is $30, financial assistance is always available.


    Can’t attend, but still want to get involved with Girl Scouts? No problem - get involved online now!
    Learn more about the Colossal Fossils exhibit.

  • Get to know Girl Scouts at the Beach


    Want to learn more about the fun activities and traditions of being a Girl Scout?! Want to learn how amazing and rewarding it is to be a Girl Scout Leader? Great! We have just the place to learn what it means to be a Girl Scout member and volunteer - at the beach! Then enjoy a water ski show with Ski Sprites. Oh, and remember to bring a friend to share the fun!

    Who: All girls and their families

    Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Time: 5-7 p.m.

    Location: Lake Altoona Clubhouse, 604 Beach Rd, Altoona WI 54720 

    Remember to RSVP! 
    Email Karen Hauck at khauck@gsnwgl.org

    Can’t make it?
    Don’t worry, you can let us know you’re interested online or by calling 888.747.6945

  • Get to know Girl Scouts at Bay Beach!


    Want to learn more about the fun activities and traditions of being a Girl Scout?! Want to learn how amazing and rewarding it is to be a Girl Scout Leader? Great! We have just the place to learn what it means to be a Girl Scout member and volunteer. Then enjoy all the fun that Bay Beach has to offer! Everyone who attends will get their first fun patch. Oh, and remember to bring a friend to share the fun!

    Who: All girls and their families going into Kindergarten on Green Bay’s east side

    Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

    Time: 6-7 p.m.

    Location: Bay Beach, first pavilion on the right hand side

    Remember to RSVP! 
    Email Kathy Welty at kwelty@gsnwgl.org or call 920.955.3448

    Can’t make it?
    Don’t worry, you can let us know you’re interested online or by calling 888.747.6945

  • The Volunteer Toolkit is here!


    Volunteer Toolkit - Your Girl Scout year just got easier.

    As a Girl Scout volunteer, you already know that your girls love Girl Scouts for the friends, the fun, and all the new things they get to try.

    But what if there was a way to run your troop or group that saves you time and helps you plan so that you can spend more time with the girls? Meet the Volunteer Toolkit, the web app that makes it easy for you to get the most out of every troop or group meeting.

    And here’s the best part—with the Volunteer Toolkit, you can say goodbye to digging through big stacks of books and piles of resources. It is accessible from your home computer, tablet, or mobile device—placing everything you need in one easy-to-access place that’s accessible on the go.

    With the Volunteer Toolkit, troop leaders can:

    -Access a whole year of Girl Scout fun by age level. Year plans come with pre-populated sets of meetings that give you plenty of ideas for activities and all the resources you need at your fingertips.

    -Don’t see an activity your troop loves in one of the pre-filled meetings? Well go ahead and add that camping trip or visit to the science museum. Your year plan is fully customizable. You can even change the order of meetings by just dragging and dropping.

    Troop leaders can also:

      Manage troop finances Access the girl and family roster Track girls’ achievements and attendance...


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  • More STEM and Outdoor Journeys and badges are here!


    We’re always evaluating—and enhancing—what girls do, how girls connect, and how girls grow as Girl Scouts. We listen to what girls, parents, and volunteers tell us about what they like most, and we take action to keep our program relevant and engaging. This year, we added new Journeys and badges in STEM and the outdoors!

    Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming that addresses life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges help girls empower themselves to take the lead like a Girl Scout as they accomplish amazing things.

     Outdoor Journey

    Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, our new Outdoor Journey will strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Girls will also complete a Take Action project.

     STEM Journeys

    Engineering: Think Like an Engineer. Girls discover how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.

    Computer Science: Think Like a Programmer. Girls learn how programmers solve problems as they (girls) participate in interactive computational-thinking activities and complete a Take Action proje...



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  • Welcome to our new website!


    Welcome to our shiny new website! We hope you like it! Let’s give you a little tour. Here are the top five things you need to know:

    1.) This new website is part of our Membership Engagement Initiative which is a fancy way to say we’re making big changes to improve your Girl Scout experience.

    2.) Used to find it on Volunteer Connect? Need a troop cash report or want to look at Safety Activity Checkpoints? Head to the Resources page. You can enter a search term in the search box, or search by category by clicking on “options.” You’ll also see a list of top 10 forms so you can easily access some of the most popular ones.

    3.) We have a snazzy new calendar. Just go to Activities Calendar to see all upcoming activities in calendar format. Each activity is color-coded by category like “STEM” or “Outdoors.” When you click on an activity, a bubble will pop up with more information about that event. Click on the title in the bubble, and you will be taken to a page with details and a registration link.

    4.) You can also view activities in list form, by heading to Activities List. Fro...



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