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!

Girl Scout Volunteers – Desire to Inspire!

By Katherine Stagg – Troop Support Specialist

A young girl once asked me, “Why do you have boy toys in your car?” The question caught me by surprise. The robots in my car were for girls and had only been used by girls, yet in her mind they were for boys. When I explained this to the young inquisitive girl, she was pleased with the answer, however she did not express interest in them. Her specialty was gardening and selling her plants to make money. She explained to me her business plan: location, employees, business hours, schedule, etc. Although she was only six years old and unable to fully create business plan, the ideas were there.

According to the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, Louisiana is ranked 48th in girls who struggle with life issues.  Girl Scouting can make a difference in a girl’s life and change the trajectory of where our state is headed for young female leaders. I share this to inspire volunteers to be on the watch for our future nursery owners, future robot programmers, future dance stars and know that you are making a difference in their lives. You and your volunteer team are offering opportunities for girls to stretch their imagination, thoughts, and ideas. Listen and be there to support them. The way you listen to a girl today will have an impact on your future as well as hers. She will make a difference. I know this because my former Girl Scouts from when I was a leader are making that difference. Today these girls are teachers, cake decorators, nurses, mothers, journalists, advocates, doctors, security guards, etc.

What is the young girl mentioned above doing today? She is now eight years old, still in school and a Girl Scout. She still has some years left to build upon her dream and see it realized. We will have to wait and see what comes of her plans but I believe with the help and guidance of volunteers like you, she will see her dreams come true.

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Keep up the tradition of becoming a Girl Scout volunteer and inspire others to make a difference too. Inspire your girls, let them think, let them experience, and let them dream. You are building memories; memories for them…….and for you too.

Oh What a Treat! Tasty Fun Facts

By Brittany Bowie – Troop Support Specialist

Maybe you have been fond of Do- si- dos or your heart belongs to Thin Mints! Each of these delicious treats along with the popular variety of Girl Scout Cookies has a unique origin in the cookie program. As you look to sell them or just eat them, here are some tasty facts you might not know about Girl Scout Cookies.

The first Girl Scout troop known to sell cookies baked sugar cookies to raise funds for their activities in 1917. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts and their moms in different parts of the country continued to bake these cookies right in their homes. Customers could probably smell sweetness right around the corner!

In 1948, a total of 29 companies were licensed to bake Girl Scout Cookies. Today there are two official Girl Scout Cookie bakers. Little Brownie Bakers has been baking up the delicious cookies provided here in Louisiana.

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Now that we know a little history, let’s get to a stimulation of taste buds:

  • Did you know that Thin Mints are the top-selling cookie in America?!
  • As you take a bite of the traditional shortbread cookie, known as “Trefoil” you would be interested to know that it represents the emblem of Girl Scouts of the United States.  With a special shape mimicking the trefoil plant there are three rounded lobes representing the three-fold promise: “to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law.” A cookie baked for deliciousness and symbolism.
  • It’s great to taste the sweetness that each Girl Scout cookie has to offer, but it is more important to know that the purchase of every box of cookie adds to the value of a meaningful leadership experience for Girl Scouts! They are building a lifetime of skills and confidence.

For more fun facts about the Girl Scout cookie program and much more, click here!

Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

100 years ago, an innovative Girl Scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma baked and sold cookies to support their service projects. This was the first known Girl Scout cookie sale! Starting with that first bake sale, Girl Scouts have been known for their amazing cookies but even more importantly the projects and activities these use their cookie money on. Our girls and troops continue to benefit from the Girl Scout Cookie Program by setting goals, reaching them and using the funds collected to enhance their Girl Scout journey.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial business. Girls that participate in the program are cookie entrepreneurs that develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Research* shows that 2 out of 3 girls (66%) that participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are actively developing all five skills.

By participating in and/or purchasing Girl Scout cookies you are allowing Girl Scouts to participate endless girl-led experiences. These experiences include camp and outdoor exposure, STEM related activities, community service projects, domestic and international travel opportunities, Girl Scout higher awards (bronze, silver and gold awards) and lasting memories with their troops!

Want to learn more about “Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program”? Watch Girl Scouts USA’s PSA!

Amazing Experiences for Girls: Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

What are you planning to do with the money earned from this year’s cookie sale? Let us know! 

*Research statistics: cookieoutcomes-2016_final

Cookie Troop 100

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

Looking for a way to add some excitement to this year’s cookie sale? If you attended any of our cookie trainings you may have heard about GSUSA’s Cookie Troop 100. This is an added twist on last year’s Bling Your Booth contest. So how can you participate?

1. Set a troop goal and share the plan for your cookie money– what cool stuff will you do to improve your community this year?
2. Earn a Cookie Business badge– you can take your pick!
3. As a troop, ask 100 NEW customer to buy cookies.
4. Bling Your Booth. Gather your troop and get those creative juices flowing to come up with a fun theme. Just remember to snap a cool photo!

We already know about the great ways you have used your cookie money in the past so why not share this year’s plan and have a chance to earn more money to help complete your projects! While planning out your goals for this cookie season, set out to sell cookies to 100 new customers to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Your last step is to bling your booth. Maybe you’ve done this in previous years, but this year really step up your game and get creative! Once you’ve completed all the steps, submit your entry to GSUSA.

One lucky troop from EVERY council around the country will win $100 each to put toward their awesome cookie Take Action or service project. And one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to super-power their project!

Ready to get to work? You have from now until April 30 to submit your entries!

Have any questions? Check out the Cookie Troop 100 FAQ.

Take the Lead like a G.I.R.L.

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

Welcome to our brand new GSLPG…in the Loop blog! This blog has been created to keep troop leaders, parents and any member of our council informed on the happenings of GSLPG. Blog posts will generally be placed into four different categories: Fast & Fun, Troop Basics, Traditions and GSLPG Spotlight. Posts will be written by either our Communication & Marketing or Troop Support teams. We look forward to sharing information and stories with you! Now, onto our first post…

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You may have recently heard us talking about taking the lead like a G.I.R.L. So what exactly does it mean to G.I.R.L.? A G.I.R.L. is a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and a leader. This is the very definition of a Girl Scout!

GO-GETTER: Determined to succeed. Bold. Honest. Goal-oriented. Can-do mentality. Ambitious. Lifelong learner.

INNOVATOR: Creative. Thinks outside the box. Always looking for a new approach. Visionary. Uses resources wisely. Original. Do-it-yourselfer. Experimenter.

RISK-TAKER: Not afraid to try new things. Courageous. Strong. Breaks the mold. Steps up. Discoverer. Pioneer. Embraces the unfamiliar.

LEADER: Confident. Knows how to get the job done. Responsible. Committed to making the world a better place. Empathetic. Advocate. Empowers others.

We see and hear examples of our Girl Scouts taking the lead every day. A seasoned cookie seller setting a goal to sell 1000 boxes of cookies or more. A girl seeing a need in her town and creating a community garden. A Daisy going to camp for the first time or an experienced camper trying a new skill such as canoeing or archery. Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors showing young girls “the ropes” and passing on lessons they’ve learned.

While we may know all of the great accomplishments our members and troops have achieved, many people still think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, patches and camping. Let’s take on 2017 by showing our community what Girl Scouts are capable of! Make a new year’s resolution to be ambitious, think outside the box, try new things, and commit to making the world a better place whether you’re a troop leader or a Girl Scout.

Want to learn more about how to take the lead? Check our GSUSA’s new PSA!

Have a story to share about how your daughter or troop member(s) exemplify the qualities of a G.I.R.L.? Tell us how they take the lead and she maybe featured on our social media pages or blog!