Re-register for another year of Girl Scout fun!
It's hard to believe, but school is right around the corner, and so is another year of Girl Scout fun and adventure. The online activities & event calendar has been updated so troops can begin planning their year. Don't forget, Girl Scouting activities are to be Girl-Led, which means that girls of every grade-level take an active role in determining what, where, when, why, and how they’ll structure activities. As part of the adult-girl partnership fostered by Girl Scouts, leaders use this process to strengthen and support girls’ empowerment and decision-making roles in activities. A leader's role is to provide grade-level-appropriate guidance while ensuring that girls lead as much as possible in the planning, organization, set-up, and evaluation of their activities. The older the girl, the more an adult advisor serves as a resource and support.
Program Power, the annual program guide for troops, is in the process of being designed, and will be printed and mailed in August. A PDF version will also be posted online.
The fall schedule of leadership training classes is in the process of being finalized and should be posted on the website by August 3.
Apparel Sale begins August 1
GSUSA is offering its first ever, 20% off Apparel Items Shop sale, from August 1 to October 15. Buy any two or more regularly priced apparel items* for girls or teens as featured in the 2009-2010 Girl Scout Catalog. This is the perfect time to stock up on all your favorites. The 20% savings is available in council shops only; not available online.
*Apparel items excludes official sashes, vests and tunics.
New Journey merchandise in
Girl Scouts' newest journeys take leadership to a new level with the Earth-friendly theme of It's Your Planet - Love It! now available for purchase in both Council shops. Each journey has girls using their leadership skills for the good of the earth and all its inhabitants. Prices for the girl books: Between Earth and Sky, WOW! (Wonders of Water), Get Moving!, Breathe!, Sow What?, and Justice are $7 each plus tax, and the Adult Facilitator Guide sets are $15 plus tax for each level.
Don't forget, the Brownie Quest Journey sale ends July 31. Adult Guide...$9.99 and Girl book...$4.99.
Forever Green Project
Calling all Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts Louisiana East was chosen to be a pilot Council for the GSUSA program “Forever Green.” To help prepare for and celebrate our upcoming 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in 2012, we are asking you to commit to an earth friendly project over the next three years. Girl Scouts have always been “green” and we want to make sure we stay “forever green!” Here are some ways that you can help this cause:
- Start a No Idling program at your school.
- Start a walk to school program - count how many miles you walk in a week instead of always jumping in the car.
- Start a recycling program at your school. Recycle paper you would ordinarily throw in the trash.
- Talk to your principals about only using washable dishes at lunch, no more plastic or Styrofoam.
- Plant a garden and harvest the vegetables.
These are just a few ideas to help get you thinking! Be creative with your ideas and make sure you will be making a sustainable impact on your community, school or home! Girl Scouts Louisiana East will be in the spotlight as this program continues over the next three years. Come join in the fun!
Please email your project ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow up information will be sent to you via email. We want to make sure we track our efforts and send all of our information in to the Girl Scouts national headquarters so they can present a final report to the nation when we celebrate our 100th anniversary. Additional collaborator information will be sent to you as well. This is a very exciting project for Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts Louisiana East! A few of the collaborators on board already are General Electric, The Disney Nature Group, Waste Management, Whole Foods, and more!
Please continue to check the website under the “Forever Green” link. All information will be posted and updated on a regular basis.
Online surveys for Girls
Last week to complete Cookie incentive survey
Girls have until August 1 to complete the online 2010 Cookie incentive survey, where they vote on which incentives they liks the most! Click here for the online Cookie Incentive Survey!
Cyberbullying surveys now online
Have any members of your Girl Scout troop ever experienced relational aggression or cyberbullying? It's been estimated that 30 percent of young people in the United States have been involved in bullying, either as a bully, a target or both.
Girl Scouts of the USA has selected the two Girl Scout councils in Louisiana to become an Advocacy Champion and build awareness and educate the state's residents about relational aggression and cyberbullying. As we research the effects relational aggression has on girls, online surveys (Amaze Survey and a Cyberspace survey) have been created for girls to complete. As troops meet this fall, please encourage girls to complete one or more of the surveys, but only after completing the Internet Safety Pledge.
For more information about this advocacy initiative, please contact Marianne Addy at (504) 733-8220, ext. 2226.
Online Donations now accepted
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is now able to accept online donations through the website. You won't believe how easy it is to give to Girl Scouts Louisiana East. Please spread the word to other volunteers, families, etc. that this is a new option for making a donation.
Sign up for August-September events
Don't miss out on some great council events this August and September! On the website calendar, go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, etc.
8/3-7 - Girl Scout Day Camp Down in Da Parish (St. Bernard)
8/8 - Girl Scout Leader Day aboard the Steamboat Natchez 8/29 - Junior Fitness Fun, Baton Rouge
9/5 - What are Our Girlfriends for? (Daisies), Baton Rouge
9/5 - Bronze Award Workshop (Jrs), Baton Rouge
9/11-13 - New Wrangler/Spur Training Weekend, Camp Marydale
9/12 - Ceramics & Clay (Jrs), Baton Rouge
9/12 - Yoga & Pilates (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
9/19 - Lake Pontchartrain Beach Sweep, New Orleans & Northshore
9/19 - Brownies Fitness Fun, Baton Rouge
9/19 - Babysitter safety (Cad-Amb), Denham Springs
9/19 - Miss Manners (Br), Baton Rouge
9/26 - GSLE Extravaganza (all ages), Westwego