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There’s still time to sign-up for the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.

DSCF8490That’s right! There’s a lot of summer left and that means there’s a lot of camp left. It’s not too late to sign-up for an amazing adventure at our incredible camps.

Sleep in a yurt, hike the woods, canoe Lake Olivotti, conquer the ropes course, and make new friends – Camp Birch Trails has it all!

Explore the woods, swim in a pool, ride a horse, and shoot archery, and make some new friends close to home –Camp Winnecomac is a place like no other!

Whether you want to be one with the water, get crafty, sleep under the stars, shoot archery, or try a little bit of everything, Camp is waiting for you.

Guess what? Sign up for a second (or third, or fourth) week at camp and get a $20 discount on your camp fees!

Start planning another adventure today! Already know what session you want to attend? Register today!

Want a stellar camp experience with your troop?

Our camps are at their best during the summer. Hiking, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, swimming, and campfires complete with s’mores are just the start of what our Girl Scout Camps have to offer. Experience all the excitement and adventure as a troop!

Outdoor Extravaganza
Canoe Lake Olivotti, build a campfire, and more with your troop! This program is perfect for first-time and seasoned campers. Food and activities are included.
Camp Birch Trails, Irma (map)
June 26-28, July 17-19, or August 7-9
Grades: K-12, adults, troops
Cost: $75/person

Weekend in the Woods
Take your troop meeting to the next level during this weekend of outdoor fun! Camp staff will lead some activities, and the rest of your time together at camp is up to you! Food is included.
Camp Nawakwa, Cornell (map) – July 18-19
Camp Sacajawea, Wisconsin Rapids (map) – August 1-2
Grades: K-12, adults, troops
Cost: $50/person

Register for troop camping today!

The early registration deadline is coming up quick!

I can't wait toWith June 30 is just a few weeks away, here are some great reason to early register:

  • Leaders can register the entire troop at once, which saves time and hassle during the busy fall!
  • When you register early memberships never lapse, so no one will miss out on our fantastic opportunities.
  • Girls who early register are more likely to stay involved.
  • Girls who early register online by June 30 will receive a free patch!

Know a girl who sold 165+ boxes of Girl Scout cookies?

Girls who sold 165+ boxes earned a $15 credit toward 2015-16 membership as a cookie recognition! To redeem this award their troop leader or parent needs to early register her before June 30. Don’t miss out another amazing year of Girl Scout adventures for only $5. She earned it!

Registration Still Open for Eau Claire’s Thin Mint Sprint

It’s a sprint to the finish! Have the courage to challenge yourself? The character to stick with it? The confidence that you’ll finish strong? We know you do! And with Thin Mints waiting at the finish line, what could be better?
Perhaps you are a Girl Scout friend located in the western region of our Council. Or maybe you are a runner up for a road trip to a new and fun 5K event! No matter your motivation, consider being a part of this fun and healthy event supporting the great mission of Girl Scouting.
Register today for this June 13 event!

Summer Hours

It’s that time again! Summer brings sunshine, fireworks, s’more made over the campfire, and summer Girl Scout hours. Our service centers/shops will start summer hours on June 1.

Service Centers and shops will be open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

*Please note the Eau Claire Service Center will be closed on Fridays starting June 1 through August 31.

Girl Scout Ranger Program

Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

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Choosing the Right Camp Experience

PrintSummer is almost within our reach and minds have enviably started to wonder to campfires, lightning bugs, and cannonballs off the dock. In our neck of the woods summer is magical. Make the most out of your Girl Scout’s summer with a week at camp. Girl Scout camp is filled with adventure, friendship, confidence building experiences, and, of course, lots of fun! There’s still time to register for the BEST. SUMMER. EVER.

Q: How old is your camper?

A: Under seven years old?
Choose a one to five-day camp experience at Camp Winnecomac

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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,

Gail McNutt, GSNWGL CEO

Girl Scout Advocacy Day in Wisconsin

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. 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.

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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 09.29.56A 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 right here on Volunteer Connect.

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