Important Cookie Dates
Due to the extreme cold this winter, cookie booth season has been extended to March 30! The extra weekend will help girls who haven’t yet met their goals keep on selling, plus it will open up some extra locations that are booked solid for booth season.
Also, don’t miss out on our Girl Scout Week Door-to-Door Cookie Party on March 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with chances to win all kinds of great prizes!
Below are some important dates to keep on hand. Please note that there was an error in our March issue of the Connect volunteer e-newsletter; the first ACH withdrawal of 50% amount owed will be on March 18.
January 27-March 21: Girls continue taking orders through Keep Goal-ing
February 28-March 30: Troops host cookie booths
March 1-14: Girls deliver initial cookie orders
March 18: ACH withdrawal of 50% amount owed
April 3: Troops finalize recognition orders in Snap
April 8: Final ACH withdrawal
3.5.14 Update on the Green Bay Service Center
In our last update on 2.10.14, we mentioned that there was a new offer on the GBSC on Finger Road. The GSNWGL board has approved the offer. Two things have to happen still for the sale to proceed. The building inspection will take place on March 6 and the Green Bay Planning Commission meets on March 10 to discuss the zoning reclassification. If all goes according to plan, the zoning change approval would be passed at the April 15, 2014 Green Bay City Council meeting. This would mean GSNWGL would close on the sale and relocate sometime between April 16 and April 30. We should have a clearer picture of the timeline after the Monday, March 10 planning commission meeting.
The new intended location for the Green Bay Girl Scout office is 112 Adams Street in Green Bay’s vibrant and growing downtown. (Continue Reading…)
Who We Are
Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez released a video statement this afternoon, confronting recent misconceptions about our organization. In the video, Chávez explains what Girl Scouts is all about and reminds us that, “A box of Girl Scout cookies is not a political statement. It is an investment in a girl and her dreams.” We are extremely proud of the great work Girl Scouts do in their communities with the money they earn from selling cookies, and we will continue to deliver the mission of Girl Scouting—to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place—to girls and women of every background.
2.10.14 Update on Green Bay Service Center
The Green Bay Public School system officially removed their offer to purchase GSNWGL’s Green Bay Service Center. However, we have since received an offer from an engineering company. That offer will have to go through the re-zoning process as well and we do not anticipate any issues.
We plan to relocate the GSNWGL Green Bay office and retail shop to a multi-tenant building in downtown Green Bay. Details are being finalized and will be announced at our Women’s Networking event and fundraiser on February 26 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.
Official Response to Call for Cookie Boycott
Our volunteers and families may have been exposed to recent news about a planned boycott of Girl Scout cookies in the national news. This attempted boycott is being orchestrated by an organization out of Texas and has no purpose except to spread falsehoods about the organization, negatively impacting girls in communities throughout the country.
Please remember that Girl Scouts is a non-profit, non-political organization and we do not take positions on any political platforms or topics. Should you or your families need an official statement from GSNWGL addressing these sensitive topics, please feel free to share, post, or distribute the following statement.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes and Girl Scouts of the USA do not endorse, support, or partner with any organizations or individuals involved in reproductive rights or other political issues. Both organizations believe that discussions regarding sexuality, sexual health, and reproductive rights should be between a girl and her caregiver. Internet articles, blogs, and social media posts claiming a link between Girl Scouts and reproductive health organizations are inaccurate and have been proven so. Please remember that your support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides direct support to girls in your own, local community. Every penny of cookie proceeds stays locally with your council and with the Girl Scouts in your community.
Cookie Season Still Going Strong!
Did you know that girls can continue to take cookie orders through March 14? Keep goal-ing is the second wave of the Cookie Program, and allows girls to quickly take and fill orders from their friends, family, and neighbors. Keep goal-ing order cards are distributed to girls when they turn in their initial order cards and are now available online. (Girls: orders can be filled by giving your keep goal-ing card to your troop cookie manager.)
The three parts of the Girl Scout Cookie Program:
Part 1: initial orders (January 10 – 26)
Part 2: Keep goal-ing (January 27 – March 14)
Part 3: Cookie booths (February 28 – March 23)
Participating in all three parts of the Cookie Program is a great way for girls and troops to reach their goals! Questions? Please contact the Product Program Department at 888.747.6945 or email@example.com.
Get Ready for Summer!
Camp registration is now open! There are lots of exciting day, weekend, and resident camp programs to choose from this year, with unique activities like geocaching, glamping, and duct tape art to more traditional camp activities like canoeing, hiking, and campfire cooking.
We’re proud to introduce some new programs to our camp lineup this year, such as Urban Adventure, which provides the perfect mix of city activities and outdoor adventures from zip lining to a drive-in movie. Back by popular demand, we are also running a number of wilderness trips this summer for girls interested in biking, backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking, as well as Wild West—an incredible hiking and horseback riding trip in the Badlands!
Cookie Program Resources
The Cookie Program just started, and there are many great resources for troop cookie managers and service area cookie managers on Volunteer Connect! You will find Snap resources, order cards, and other valuable resources to help you throughout the Cookie Program.
The Girl Scout Cookie Car is on the Move
In a pilot effort to increase visibility and awareness of GSNWGL and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, we recently wrapped the Appleton area Council car in these fun, Girl Scout cookie themed graphics. We are excited to draw attention to all things Girl Scouts as our staff is zipping around town delivering programs and assisting volunteers. To kick off the cookie season, we are running a local promotion with our friends at 95.9 KISS FM. If you are in the Fox Cities or greater Green Bay area and your spot the Girl Scout cookie car, snap a picture or note where you saw it, post it on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook, and use hashtag #cookiecar and #gsnwgl for a chance to win a box of Girl Scout cookies before they are available to the public. Spot it, snap it, tag it, post it, win it!
Camp Planners Are Arriving!
NEW This Year
- Busing costs are reduced by $10 per week.
- Camp Winnecomac
- Kickin’ It Campside sessions have a new girl planning feature. Now campers can select nine activities of their choosing for the week! Whether it’s trying their hand at duct tape art, archery, yoga, or outdoor cooking; there are many choices to create the perfect week at camp.
- Camp Birch Trails
- Now there are two new sessions for girls in grades 7-10. This is a nice alternative for girls interested in doing something other than or in addition to wilderness trips.
- Birch Trails Day Spa puts the glamour in camping (glamping!) with pedicures, mud masks, facials, and pampering in the woods.
- Urban Adventure session offers girls the perfect mix of city activities and outdoor adventures from zip lining to dining out.
- You’re on Your Own (YOYO) gives girls the power to choose what they want to do and where they want to go. Fun in the sun at the beach or a geocaching adventure, the girls are in charge!
- Wild West is an amazing travel camping opportunity to the Badlands! Girls in grades 8-12 will spend a week at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Custer State Park hiking, camping, horseback riding, sightseeing, and even shopping. This is a can’t miss opportunity!
- We are now offering an apprentice-level counselor training for girls to participate in the camp leadership path as early as grade 7.
- Camp Nesbit
- Summer Thing will continue to offer volunteer-led resident camp experience for girls in the U.P.
- As it is volunteer-led, staffed and funded, details will be communicated and promoted as they are shared with GSNWGL. Please check our website for the latest information on these camps as they develop.
- Camp Sacajawea and Camp Nawakwa
- These camps will offer troop camping weekends this summer. Staff will coordinate food and will lead structured activities.
- There will also be service area day camps at these and at our other properties this summer. Service area day camps are organized and run by GSNWGL volunteers. Activities, settings, dates, and times vary by community, and registration is through service area volunteers. For more information, members should contact their service area manager or community development staff liaison.
Regarding the changes at Camp Sacajawea and Camp Nawakwa, we are aware that this might cause concern and wanted to offer some background. The enrollment numbers for these day camps for the past three years were very low. Unfortunately, in the continually challenging economic climate, we needed to make the difficult decisions to restructure some camp programming to address the increased costs associated with low enrollment. One of those decisions was to change the focus from GSNWGL day camps to troop camping opportunities at these locations. Because of this, Camp Sacajawea and Camp Nawakwa will be offering these troop camping weekends instead of day camps this summer. Leaders can bring their girls and GSNWGL camp staff will coordinate food and lead structured activities for a turnkey camp experience. It is our hope that this style of camp will appeal to troops and enrollment will increase. We remain committed to mainating these beautiful properties so that they are available for any troop or volunteer-led programming needs.
It is possible that parents will call you and ask you about these changes; you can always direct those questions to council staff or you can answer their questions using the information given in this article.