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Upcoming Event Deadlines – don’t miss out.

Register at gslpg.org

Alexandria

2/3- Horsemanship Fun Day 2 – Deadline was Jan 19th, still taking registrations

2/17- Horsemanship Fun Day 2 – Deadline is Feb 2nd

Lafayette

2/9 Interactive Experience – Deadline is Jan 30th

2/8 and 2/9 Space Science Explorer – Deadline is Jan 31st

Lake Charles

2/9- Zinni Petal Workshop – Deadline was Jan 25th, still taking registrations

2/9- Making Friends Badge Event – Deadline was Jan 25th, still taking registrations

2/10- Senses Badge Workshop – Deadline was Jan 27th, still taking registrations

2/16- Challenge Day: Land & Water – Deadline Feb 1st

Monroe

2/21 World Thinking Day – Deadline Feb 12th

Shreveport

2/23 World thinking Day Sessions 1 and 2 – Deadlines are both Feb 7th

Program Highlights

http://www.gslpg.org/content/gslpg/en/events/ProgramAndTraining.html

GSLPG strives to provide our girls with the best experiences that build their courage, confidence and character. We accomplish this through a number of avenues, one being our girl programming.

Each Tuesday, we will be publishing a blog post with girl programming events we would like to highlight to our membership. Each event was planned and schedule with our Girl Scouts in mind.

Interested in any of the events? You can sign-up at gslpg.org under the events tab.

Interested in viewing ALL of our events? Check-out our event calendar and spring program guide for a complete listing of all girl programming events.

Lake Charles

2/9- Zinni Petal Workshop – Deadline was Jan 25th, still taking registrations

2/9- Making Friends Badge Event – Deadline was Jan 25th, still taking registrations

2/10- Senses Badge Workshop – Deadline was Jan 27th, still taking registrations

2/16- Challenge Day: Land & Water – Deadline Feb 1st

Alexandria

2/3- Horsemanship Fun Day 2 – Deadline was Jan 19th, still taking registrations

2/17- Horsemanship Fun Day 2 – Deadline is Feb 2nd        

Lafayette

2/9 Interactive Experience – Deadline is Jan 30th

2/8 and 2/9 Space Science Explorer – Deadline is Jan 31st

Shreveport

2/23 World thinking Day Sessions 1 and 2 – Deadlines are both Feb 7th

Monroe

2/21 World Thinking Day – Deadline Feb 12th

In case you missed it…

Week of January 19-25, 2019

Cookies

January 21, 2019 – Monitoring You Troops Initial Order

  • Encourage girls to continue taking orders to reach their individual and troop goals
  • Review eBudde Girl list to check on your troop roster and determine which girls have been activated by submitting their permission form and follow up with parents that have not yet submitted their forms. No girl should receive a order card that has not submitted a permission form.
  • Monitor Digital Cookie Sales*Remind parents about the date to turn in their paper order card orders as well as any digital cookie orders that are GIRL DELIVERY ORDERS.
  • Set a reminder for yourself to have all orders complied and ready to enter in eBudde by the January 29th order deadline.  This is also the time that you will order booth sale cookies for at least your troop’s first two booth sales.

Want to view the entire cookie manual? visit here: https://bit.ly/2TE2X9P

Cookie Social Media

Make sure you VOTE in our staff cookie spirit contest! You can vote by visiting facebook.com/gslpg, opening up our phase 2 cookie contest photo album and liking the decorations of your favorite region.

DID YOU KNOW? This Cookie Season, for the first time ever, we created a social media web-page designed to help you promote YOUR cookie business through YOUR own channels. We have profile pictures, cover photos, images and sample messaging that you can easily copy and paste.
Check it out here.

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Girl Experience

Our Spring 2019 Program & Training Guide is out now! Make sure you check it out to view all of our upcoming events. There are 150+ events planned for the spring in all five regions.

Upcoming Event Deadlines

Listed below are some of our upcoming event registration deadlines. Visit our event calendar for event dates and more information.

Alexandria

  • Horsemanship Fun Day 2 – February 2, 2019
  • Love Your Selfie – February 6, 2019
  • We Can Build It – March 6, 2019
  • Archery Tag Field Day – March 8, 2019

Lafayette

  • Music Garden – January 28, 2019
  • Space Science Explorer – January 31, 2019
  • Awaken Your Senses – January 31, 2019
  • Interactive Experience Day – January 30, 2019
  • Music Garden – February 4, 2019

Lake Charles

  • Zinni Petal – January 25, 2019
  • Making Friends Badge – January 25, 2019
  • Senses Badge – January 27, 2019
  • Challenge Day: Land & Water! – February 1, 2019

Monroe

  • Gerri Daisy Petal Workshop – February 6, 2019
  • World Thinking Day – February 12, 2019
  • Healthy Meals Series – February 28, 2019

Shreveport

  • Gerri Daisy Petal Workshop – February 7, 2019
  • World Thinking Day – February 7, 2019
  • College 101 – February 18, 2019
  • Healthy Meals Series – February 18, 2019

Multi-Level Troops: Facing Challenges with New Outlooks

What is a Multi-level troop? A Multi-level troop is a troop with a combination of Girl Scouts of different grade-levels. Multilevel troops are fairly common within Girl Scouts of Louisiana-Pines to the Gulf. Reasons of formation for such troops vary depending on the place of the school’s information night to the availability of leaders within a specific community.  

When a parent/guardian is asked why she agreed to be a leader of any troop, often the answer is because of his/her daughter, not the arrangement of the group. Girl Scouting is, indeed, a place to create a Girl Scout Leadership Experience that exceeds a moment, but as leaders you are challenged to mentor, lead, manage and be great among other things. Not to worry! Here is are few things to remember for your troop.

1. Look at how the positives outweigh the challenges

Managing a multi-level troops has its challenges, however, the benefits are worth it. With a combination of older and younger girls, younger girls can learn from older girls and older girls gain self confidence when helping younger girls. If your troop consists of girl from multiple grade levels, as well as multiple schools each girl scout has the benefit of making new friends, stepping outside of the comfort zone and understanding different aspects of those situations. 

2. Divide and Conquer

Troops ranging from only 12 girls to 36 girls of multiple grade levels has its benefits. The key is multiple co-leaders willing to be trained for specific grade levels. Having certain adults take ownership of each grade level allows for more than two people to be completely  responsible of the troop. This type of arrangement does not mean that the troops will not have moments to share, it’s just a different set up of timing. All grade levels are together for an opening/closing ceremony, announcements and reminders, then divide up into age levels with one co-leader working with each group at meetings.

3. Girl Scout Law – “Use your resources wisely”

Say it with me, “Volunteer Toolkit” or commonly referred to as the VTK. By now, you have most likely heard this term as an existing or new troop. It’s an online app to help you plan and manage your Girl Scout year. It has lots of meeting plans for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops as well as admin tools and new content for all program levels. Make the resources work for you and your troop! 

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If your response is it is not user friendly, look below for the work around of multi-level troops.

  • If you are a multilevel troop, when you go to Year Plan Library you will have the option of “Create your Multi-Level Troop Year Plan”.
  • Click Create Your Year Plan and then choose what age levels you want (Daisy, Brownie and/or Junior).
  • Once age levels are selected, you can choose between Badge, Journey, Award Earning, Intro and Closing.
  • Choose your meeting plan type(s) and click View Meeting Plans.
  • Choose the meeting plans you want. Make sure if a badge has two meeting plans (part one and two) that you choose both meeting plans.
  • Click Add To Year Plan to add your meetings.
  • To combine meetings on one date (this way you can have your Daisy, Brownie and/or Junior meetings on the same date), you need to click on the colored meeting date box for the date you want to combine meetings. Find your meeting date and click on the calendar icon. This will open a box with the choice to Change Date/Time, Cancel Meeting or Combine Meetings. Choose Combine Meetings and click on the meetings you want to combine. Click Continue and use the calendar to choose the date for those meetings to occur. Click Save and when you view your Year Plan, you will see multiple meetings on that date.

The Volunteer Toolkit is an added resource for new and returning volunteers. There isn’t a right or wrong way to use it—so log in, take a look around, and see what you think!

GSLPG Fall Product Program is Here!

Why should you participate in the Fall Product Program?

We’re glad you asked! The Fall Product Program helps girls develop the five essential skills that are core to the Girl Scout Leadership Program: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Troops can choose how to participate in the program.

Troops can sell magazines, photo keepsakes, nuts and candy in person, or they can email friends and family offering them the option to purchase items online. If you want to make the biggest splash, do both!

Girls earn funds to support their troops.

Troops earn $1 for every nut or candy item purchased, 10% of total sales for every paper magazine and online order, and $2 for every completed address booklet.** This is a great way to get those “start-up” funds to purchase Girl Scout supplies for the troop!

**Note: Girls must sell a magazines & more item, or a nut or candy item before they receive credit for a completed booklet.

Fall Product Program has benefits for Cookie Season.

This year, every troop that **actively participates** in the Fall Product Program will be part of an exclusive cookie booth selection round when the cookies season rolls back around!

**Note: An actively participating troop has five or more girls participating in the program OR makes $250 or more in total sales as a troop.

It’s not too late to participate!

The program began October 2, but troops can decide to participate anytime before the end of the program on November 5. Interested? Check out the Fall Product Program Online Training, complete the Knowledge Check, grab your materials from your Service Unit Manager, and you’re all set to jump in!

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Be a part of the Fall Product Program and help your girl earn funds to support her troop and her council, while also earning rewards just for her!

Back to Troop!

Are you gearing up for the new Girl Scout year? Check out what some of our volunteers had to say about getting back to troop!

Here are 3 steps to preparing for another exciting year of Girl Scouts:

  1. Make sure you and your troop are renewed for the 2017-2018 year. The first step to enjoying another year of Girl Scout fun is to get registered for the new year! When you renew by September 30, you will receive a $10 voucher. This voucher can be used for upcoming events, Girl Scout merchandise in our shops, etc. If you’d like to use Cookie Dough to pay for your renewal, please contact us.
  2. Plan your year out on the Volunteer Toolkit.  Did you know you can plan our your entire year on the Volunteer Toolkit? These full year plans include step-by-step activity guides and activities for multi-level or level specific troops. In addition to planning your troop you can manage troop finances, access your troop roster and stay connected with troop members or parents. Utilizing the Volunteer Toolkit means you spend less time planning and more time being active with your girls.
  3. Check out our calendar and register for a variety of events. You’ll want to be sure and sign up for our On Time Parties! We are holding a Girl Scout year kick off party in each of our 5 regions, each party with a different decade theme. Besides our On Time Parties we have our regional meetings, product sale trainings, STEM workshops, camp outs, our first annual Thin Mint Sprint and more. With a combination of our council events mixed with your troop and service unit events, your troop calendar will be full of new adventures!

Have any questions or concerns about renewing for the new year? Be sure to contact us at info@gslpg.org or give us a call at 800-960-2093.

Discovering the Magic of Camp

Written by Troop Support Specialist – Kelli Lafont

As a new member to the Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Louisiana- Pines to the Gulf council, I’ve experienced many firsts over the last month. Perhaps the most exciting of these experiences was my visit to Camp Wawbansee for the Camp Hakuna Matata.

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A warm welcome to camp!

Camp Hakuna Matata was a wonderful introduction into the camps offered over the summer. As demonstrated through its name, the theme of the camp revolved around the magical world of Disney. From the decorations adorning every activity area to the themed activities, the imaginative world of princesses and other characters were brought to life. Girls studied archery with Merida, swam with Mermaids, played checkers and cricket in Wonderland, and crafts were created at Cinderella’s castle. The theme was even incorporated into meal time as Crush from Finding Nemo cruised the current highway above the girls while they ate! No matter what the activity, the girls were surrounded by Disney.

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Girls express their inner risk-taker in learning how to canoe.

This magical backdrop really helped me to see the magic that is Girl Scout camp. The magic of camp wasn’t just found in the decorations, but the spirit of camp. No matter what type of girl you were, there was an activity for you. If you were adventurous, you could try archery, hiking, or canoeing. If you wanted to have fun but play it a little safer, you could play games, go swimming, and make crafts. There was truly something for everyone! While all of these activities were fun, the girls were also challenged to learn new things, like how to paddle a canoe, how to play Cricket or explore the outdoors for the first time.

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Friendships & bonds are created while camp activities take place.

Similar to most Disney stories, the most magical thing that I witnessed at camp was the friendships being built. Camp is open to members across the council, so girls got to meet others outside their own troop and build new relationships. Older Girl Scouts led younger girls through their activities, which led to some beautiful moments of leadership and camaraderie. I suspect these relationships will stick with the girls, helping them to grow and develop into strong young leaders.

As a newcomer to Girl Scouts I never attended Girl Scout camp growing up, so Camp Hakuna Matata was one of my first looks into what the camp experience is truly like. After spending a day with the girls at camp, experiencing the activities and seeing the friendships being made, I could see the true beauty of camp. It was great experience for me and from what I saw, a great experience for the girls.

Had a great camp experience? Share your story with us!

Are You Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout?

Father’s day is approaching and we want to show our appreciation for all our hardworking and dedicated Girl Scout dads!

Girl Scouts USA research shows that a girl’s relationship with her father establishes the foundation for confidence building, for healthy future relationships and for her expectations of men. Here at a GSLPG, we know that fathers and other male figures are a huge part of the Girl Scout experience! Our male members are troop leaders, summer camp volunteers, troop support volunteers, and so much more.  Whether fathers are stepping up as single dads or just being supportive of their daughters, we applaud their dedication to seeing their daughter’s excel.

In honor of all of our awesome male members, we wanted to provide another way of getting involved in Girl Scouts. As a result, this spring we launched our Are You Man Enough? campaign!

There are several ways to become an Are You Man Enough? member. Check out our five donation levels:

trefoil_icon Your $40 donation includes: 2017-18 membership into the Man Enough club, 2017-18 Girl Scout membership, Awesome Dad badge and Man Enough t-shirt.
trefoil_icon Your $75 donation includes: 2017-18 membership into the Man Enough club, 2017-18 Girl Scout membership, Awesome Dad badge, Man Enough t-shirt, and Man Enough coffee mug.
trefoil_icon Your $150 donation includes: 2017-18 membership into the Man Enough club, 2017-18 Girl Scout membership, Awesome Dad badge, Man Enough t-shirt, Man Enough coffee mug, and a $15 gift card to Field & Stream.
trefoil_icon Your $250 donation includes: 2017-18 membership into the Man Enough club, 2017-18 Girl Scout membership, Awesome Dad badge, Man Enough t-shirt, Man Enough coffee mug, and $25 gift card to Academy.
trefoil_iconYour $500 donation includes: 2017-18 membership into the Man Enough club, 2017-18 Girl Scout membership, Awesome Dad badge, Man Enough t-shirt, Man Enough coffee mug, $50 gift card to Lowes, and a discounted rate to our Thin Mint Sprint for you and your Girl Scout.
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So if you are looking for a last minute Father’s Day gift for your dad, grandfather, uncle, brother, son or any other male figure…consider purchasing them an Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout membership.

 

GSLPG Intern: Leaving Your Mark!

by GSLPG Intern – Ednisha Lee & Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Every semester we try to find an intern for our GSLPG Lafayette office. We acquire these interns from the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The intern works hand in hand with multiple departments across the council. This semester we have had the pleasure of having Ednisha Lee as our Spring 2017 intern. Ednisha has been a BIG help in working with the Girl Experience, Recruitment, Troop Support, Fund Development, Customer Care and Communications departments.

Now let’s hear from Ednisha to find out what her experience was like and what she has learned about Girl Scouts!

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Girl Scout Leadership Experience

My whole life I really thought Girl Scouts were only about selling cookies and camping trips, but after doing the research I learned that they are much more than that. They are an organization that embodies the true potential each and every girl has. They take pride in leadership and allowing the girls to learn to make decisions that will benefit them and help them grow. The Volunteer Essentials handbook I did read emphasized how these girls participate in the planning of their activities, which then lead to how important the leadership role is among the girls in the organization.

Girls Scout Higher Awards 

The Gold Award recognizes Girl Scouts who are registered seniors or ambassadors and have completed a journey, which is a big yearlong service project the girl puts together and completes herself. I was asked to look up our state representatives so they can write letters to the girls showing their appreciation for the services that they have done in the community. In our district there are three girls who will be receiving the award. After I was given this task I was curious of the benefits of this award so I did a little research. This award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once a girl has received this award it can open so many opportunities such as college scholarships, higher rank in the military, and being able to stand out on your college or employment application. This blew my mind! I never knew being a Girl Scout had benefits like this.

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On Friday, March 3rd I got to do a radio interview with KSMB 94.5 about the Girl Scout cookie sales. I hesitated when they asked me if I wanted to go with Brittany (Troop Support Specialist) to the radio station. I was very nervous about speaking on the radio but Brittany gave me a mock interview on the way there. At the station we were being interviewed about the cookie sales and the new technology that will be used for the selling of the cookies. When people think of Girl Scouts they automatically think of the cookies but it is so much more than just cookie selling. These cookie sales help girls learn the 5 skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The money that the girls earn goes to the troops and the girls get to decide what they want to do with it. This money can be used for a trip, donations to a local organization, or even helping out in the community. All of the hard work that goes into cookie sales demonstrates all of the 5 skills!

Family Fest 

I was asked to help prepare for our Family Fest event. Family Fest is a day where families come and enjoy some of the activities that the Girl Scouts love to do. I called around to businesses asking for donations. It has been cool getting to know how they receive donations and how they get events together. A lot goes into the planning these events and it is awesome getting to be on the planning side of it. I have been helping with Family Fest since the beginning of my internship and excited to see the event come together.

Leaving Her Mark

Before cookie booth sales started Mrs. Keesha had me work on a project where I would call around to universities in Louisiana to see if they would allow the girls to conduct booth sales at the residence halls. Girls Scouts already has a similar program at Northwestern University. In this program, the girls have the opportunity to utilize their leadership skills by running their own booths and partner with residents in programs that focus on empowerment and life skills. I called ULL, ULM, and LA Tech but did not get very far because most of the universities rejected my proposal due to restrictions about solicitations. Two weeks later I received an email back from Ms. Laura Jennings, Director of Student life at ULM. She was more than excited to start this program on ULM’s campus and insisted we have a meeting over the phone. After the phone call I notified Ms. Keesha about the success and she was very excited. This made me proud because I have set up something that will be of great use to this organization, the girls and the booth sales longer after I am no longer an intern here. I left my mark and I am very proud!

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Congratulations Ednisha on your college graduation and thank you for leaving your mark at GSLPG!

Are You Ready For Summer Camp?

By Troop Support Specialist – Katherine Stagg

Summer time is nearly here! Our GSLPG summer camps are a great way to spend your summer. At camp you will be able to have a great time, make new friends, and learn new skills. If you are thinking about Girl Scout camp, there are a few things to consider.

Camp Readiness Checklist:

  1. Are you ready to spend a few days being away from home? Check out this Camp Readiness Quiz for some things that you and your family might want to think about.
  2. Look through the Summer Camp Guide to find a camp that sounds like something you will like. Each camp is different so read each carefully. Some of the summer camps are day camps, where you go during the day and return home at night. Some camps are overnight, where you will sleep over at camp for several nights. Speak with your family and figure out which fits you best.
  3. Once you’ve decided which camp you would like to attend, sign up! Register as soon as you decide, some camps fill up very fast.
  4. Tell your friends, they may want to attend camp too! They can join Girl Scouts now and go to camp with you.
  5. Start packing and getting ready early. Preparing early will give you a chance to see your items and become familiar with what you will have with you. So what should you pack? Take a look at this helpful video!

Going to summer camp is meant to be fun and a challenge, you will experience new and exciting things. Remember that other girls are having some of the same feelings as you. This is your chance to step up with confidence and make friends!

Here is what one Girl Scout has to say about her summer camp experience “Girl Scout camp was an experience that forever changed my life. At camp, I found a supportive environment filled with role models, friends, and opportunities to try new and exciting activities. I loved learning how to build a fire, singing silly camp songs, and spending time with equally adventurous youth. Most importantly, I loved having a group of young adult counselors teaching me new skills, making sure I ate healthy meals, and reassuring me.”

I can still remember the first time I went to summer camp. The memories are a part of my life that will never be erased and I made many friends during my camping years. Make this your summer to remember at Girl Scout summer camp!