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!


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.


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!


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

Emma J. Price Scholarship: Providing Opportunities for Girl Scout graduates

By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Did you know that GSLPG offers a scholarship for Girl Scout high school graduates? Each year the council awards one senior Girl Scout Gold Award recipient a $1,000 college scholarship in honor of Emma J. Price. Any Girl Scout who has completed their Gold Award, is a senior in high school with 2.5 grade point average minimum, and is planning to attend a 2 or 4 year degree program at a high education institution is eligible to apply for the Emma J. Price scholarship.

Over the past few years, GSLPG has awarded this scholarship to several Gold Award Recipients. Most recently, Sarah Wright was award the 2016 scholarship award. Let’s learn a little about Sarah and the opportunities both Girl Scouts and the Emma J. Price scholarship have provided for her!

Sarah Wright has been an active member of Troop 2016 (of Crowley) since she was a Daisy! Sarah graduated from Notre Dame High School and is now attending Baton Rouge Community College, majoring in elementary education with plans to transfer to LSU in the fall of 2017. For her Gold Award project, Sarah teamed up with the local VFW Auxiliary and created a bibliographical directory for them. Sarah’s father is the Post Commander of the VFW, so the project had a great deal of meaning to her. Now that Sarah has graduated from high school and has moved on to college, she is still an active GSLPG Member. Sarah is a registered adult member and volunteers along side her mother, Teresa Wright, when she is home from college.


Here’s a Q&A we had with Sarah:

  1. How has Girl Scouts affected your life for the better?

As a child, I was very shy and was never willing to participate in activities with other kids, but through Girl Scouts, I was able to come overcome my fears and learn how to be a leader. I have also made many lifelong friends through scouting and I have been able to watch the younger girls in my troop use the skills that I have taught them.

  1. What skills has Girls Scouts taught you that have helped you prepare for college and your future career?

I have always been active in more than one extracurricular activity, Girl Scouts being one of them. Having to learn time management has helped me a great deal this past year at college.

  1. How did you feel about receiving the Emma J. Price scholarship?

Receiving this scholarship has truly been a blessing. I’m very grateful for the help that it has provided with paying for college and it was very rewarding after the hard work that I had put into my project.

  1. How has this scholarship helped you with your college career?

This scholarship has helped to pay my college tuition, along with several other scholarships.

  1. What advice would you like to give to other potential gold award/scholarship recipients?

I would like for them to remember that this project is not about getting your picture in the newspaper or winning a scholarship. This project is about giving back to the community that gave so much to you. It is about using your unique talents and leadership skills to help those around you and to become a contributing member of society.

Interested in applying for this scholarship or just learning more about how it can help your daughter’s future college career? Check out the information on our website!

Annual Meeting 2017 Recap

By Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Staff, volunteers & girls enjoy a photo opportunity

We are so thankful to all of the volunteers, girls, board members and staff that were able to attend our Annual Meeting this year! It was so exciting to finally get to share G.I.R.L. with you and we hope that you take away as much inspiration as we did. To those of you who were unable to attend, we hope this recap blog will give you a taste of the event and entice you to attend next year!


Girls from Troop 184 from Pineville got our annual meeting started off with our traditional flag ceremony. The girls were poised and respectful during this Girl Scout tradition… but we also caught them having some fun hanging out before!


Next up on the agenda was the business of the credentials report, report of the board, financials, operations and board development committee. These reports are serious business but our staff and board members made sure to lighten the mood while still talking business.


Before lunch we had one last Girl Scout tradition, the Investiture and Rededication Ceremony! This ceremony allowed new Girl Scout members, staff and board to come up and receive their Girl Scout pin. With the staff reorganization of CEI, we had many new staff members to officially initiate into the Girl Scout family.


After lunch, we officially kicked off G.I.R.L. with our girl led presentation. We had four girls from various troops and regions of the council represent what it means to be a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader. Beaux Fisher (IRM) was our go-getter, Lilly Yarbrough of Troop 225 was our innovator, Danika Kleven of Troop 85 was our risk-taker and Cynthia Romero of Troop 398 was our leader. Each of these girls created a speech and a corresponding video or PowerPoint to explain what it means to be a G.I.R.L. champion.

Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader!

Next, on our inspirational journey were our Gold Award recipients. These dedicated girls each had a chance to speak about their Gold Award projects. This year three of the four award recipients were able to attend, Destiny Kennerson, Brandy Solice, and Rebekah Gauthier. Destiny assisted with the elderly in her community, Brandy helped underprivileged children celebrate their birthday, and Rebekah saved a historic landmark in her town.


The final section of our annual meeting was all about honoring our volunteers! Our COO, Keesha Buteau, honored out Volunteer Partners for their participation and dedication for the 2016-2017 year. Manager of Adult Development, Megan Ponder, presented our council level recognitions. Lastly our council’s Savannah 2017 Quest Fest Team talked about their upcoming adventure!

We hope all who attended had as much fun as we did! For those that were unable to attend, we hope to see you next year. As always, we thank our volunteers and girls for the dedication they give to Girl Scouts. We hope to make this next year even better!

Wanna see all the photos from the Annual Meeting? Check out our Flickr album!

Sweet Success: 3 Troops Take the Cookie Season by Storm!

By Troop Support Specialist – Marsha Miller

Everyone has seen an adorable smiling Girl Scout outside at a local business during cookie season. It’s hard to resist their cuteness but then you realize they are also selling your favorite Girl Scout cookies! You give in to the adorable Girl Scouts and buy a few boxes of cookies, but did you know that you’re buying more than a box of cookies? You are giving these girls the opportunities to learn valuable skills, make memories and plan exciting activities with their troop.

Read about 3 troops in the Shreveport area and how they took cookie season by storm:

Troop 147 – This new Daisy troop started out as shy young Girl Scouts but learned how to overcome their shyness in order to have a more successful cookie season. The girls learned to emphasize their strengths and used their adorableness to sell more cookies. These young entrepreneurs learned about money management and business skills during booth sales. If you encountered their booth sale you would hear them say “5 boxes for only $20!”

Troop 249 – The girls of Troop 249 know what it means to have fun and get the job done. With only 9 girls in their troop, they sold over $14,000 in cookie sales! Their leader, Wendy says, “don’t underestimate her girls. These girls learn important skills, life lessons and have a ton of fun doing it”. This troop demonstrates to everyone that it doesn’t matter the size of your troop, you can still achieve high success in your cookie season.

Troop 444 – Selling cookies with troop of 35 girls with varying ages levels can be difficult. Troop 444 found a way to make cookie sales a success for all girls no matter the age. Older girls do not look as sweet as the young Daisies or Brownies, but they have the business skills, drive and determination to get the mission accomplished. Despite the size and age levels of the troop they sold almost $95,000, which is unbelievable! With their money from cookie sales, they have chosen to help two charities that benefit the homeless and have also trip planned to Walt Disney World in 2018.

These girls have demonstrated that cookie season is more than just selling cookies. All three of these troops not only are cookie bosses but have learned skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. What kind of success has your Girl Scout or troop accomplished this year? We want to hear about it!

Generations of Girl Scouts

by Troop Support Specialist – Kim Lee Harris & Troop 593 Leader – Jamie Frost

Thank you to Jamie Frost, volunteer & troop leader of Troop 593 of West Monroe for writing and sharing her story of generations of Girls Scouts in her family!

As long as I can remember, my family has been involved with Girl Scouts. The tradition started with my great grandmother, Helen Houghton, who was a troop leader in the 1930 and 1940s. My mother was both a Girl Scout and leader for about 15 years. My father is an honorary life time Girl Scout and made many contributions to our troop growing up. My two sisters and I grew up as Girl Scouts in my mother’s troop. Now the tradition continues with me leading my daughter in Troop 593.


Growing Up as a Girl Scout 

Growing up in a house full of Girl Scouts and Girl Scout activities was very fulfilling. I have many fond memories of visiting the Silver Waters council with my mom. We were a very active troop and my parents took an initiative to help in numerous ways. It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting at Pinewood singing Girl Scout songs or participating in flag ceremonies. My father helped build many things at Pinewood and I can remember seeing my grandfather’s name on a plaque at Pinewood for his contributions. My father helped build the educational nature center as well as making all the nature learning tools at Pinewood. While I don’t remember a whole lot about our regular troop meetings I do recall going through great lengths to plan and prepare for meetings, investiture ceremonies, and bridging. I remember the incredible friendships, adventures, and leadership skills that we took away from Girl Scouts. As I got older I was able to participate in two great programs – Pathfinders and a Wider-Op to Michigan. I believe these opportunities helped shape me into the strong woman I am today.


Leading the Next Generation

In 2007 I had my little girl Kaylee and hoped that she would participate in Girl Scouts. When Kaylee started Kindergarten, she brought home the girl scout flyer and I was over the moon. I was still in school but wanted her to be involved with a troop. I wanted my daughter to have the same experiences that I had as a child. I knew that if I wanted her to have the true Girl Scout experience I needed to start my own troop. I finished school, found an incredible co-leader, and decided this year to start my own troop. I can’t say it’s always been easy but it has given me so many rewards that I never imagined. I learn new things every week from these incredible, strong, sweet girls.



I hope that I am instilling a long tradition of Girl Scout leaders not only with my daughter but others as well. I want them to know they can do anything if they put their mind to it!