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.
The Bellin Run
Date: June 13, 2015
Location: Green Bay, WI
Did you know you can get a discount on your Bellin Run registration this year just for being a registered Girl Scout? It’s true. Here’s how:
- Log in to the Bellin Run website and click on “Register Online”. This will take you to the Bellin Run registration page.
- Choose Kids for Running – Bellin Run 10k.
- Type in “Girl Scouts”, click “Select”; then select our team and input our three digit password – 609.
- An upgrade from the white Bellin Run cotton T-shirt to a color technical shirt is available for $15. Adult sizes only. Select an upgrade at this time, if desired.
- Enter the remainder of individual registration information. (Continue Reading…)
Summer 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Several national news outlets reported that there is a shortage of the popular Thin Mint cookies. ABC Bakers are the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes cookie supplier. They have no inventory supply issues and will easily fulfill all cookie orders.
Little Brownie Bakery (not the bakery with whom GSNWGL does business) may experience some minor delays after initial orders are fulfilled as reported by GSUSA. This will NOT affect our Council or our customers.
Have you shared the amazing things your troop does with your hometown media? If not, it’s time to start! Is your troop about to complete a community service project, earn an award like the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards, or host an event for other Girl Scouts? These are great newsworthy things to share with your local media.
Submitting a story to local media is as easy as writing a press release. Haven’t written a press release before? Don’t worry we have a press release guide that walks you through all the steps, as well as a style guide to make writing easy.
Hooray! The first week of the Girl Scout Cookie Program is in the books and everyone is excited. We’ve had great media coverage throughout the Council and considering that our Girl Scouts live in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan the winter weather could be worse! Girls throughout our Council have been hard at work practicing their sales pitches, knocking on doors, making videos, and using the Five Skills as they work toward their goals and truly become their own cookie bosses. Looking for more inspiration on cookies? Be sure to check our GSNWGL Pinterest Boards for sales tips, inspiration, recipes, activities and more. http://www.pinterest.com/GSNWGL And don’t forget our door-to-door cookie order taking continues through March 27 so connect with a Girl Scout today!