|Girl Scout Week:
March 7 - 13
Council Shops have an assortment of fun patches to celebrate Girl Scouts' 98th birthday, Girl Scout Sunday & Girl Scout Week activities.
Click here for more information.
Patch Puzzle of the Month celebrates the activities for each day of Girl Scout Week. "Ours is a circle of friendships, united by ideals." - Juliette Low.
|Baton Rouge Summer Camp Expo |
|Pony Up! Horse Campaign - coming soon to www.gsle.org|
The Equestrian Program at Camp Marydale is one of the greatest assets for girls here in southeast Louisiana. Our excellent staff and volunteers teach the girls the joys of riding, and that joy is carried with them throughout their lives.
In short, keeping horses is a costly business! But there is a wonderful new way for you to help.
It costs $1,200 per year to feed and care for just one horse. To keep our horses happy and healthy, Girl Scouts Louisiana East is offering you a unique opportunity to Pony Up! and sponsor a horse for a year, which will begin once your money is received.
Levels of Sponsorship
Sponsor one horse for one year - $1,200
Sponsor one horse for six months - $600
Pony Up! minimum sponsorship is $600. Individuals, troops, groups, or businesses sponsoring a horse will be recognized as their specific troop number or name.
|Girl Scout Day at the State Legislature|
Join Girl Scouts from across the state on Thursday, June 3, time TBA, for a visit the Louisiana state legislature in Baton Rouge. Enjoy a day of government relations as girls meet elected representatives and discuss with them exactly what they want the government to do in their community and what's important to today's girls.
Girls will get the opportunity to tour the Capitol, as well as learn how and why laws are created and changed. Additional details will be available for this event shortly. * NOTE: Times have not been set but will be posted as soon as is known.
Event Code: LDCA01
Girls 6th grade and up
|Swing into Spring at Camp Marydale|
Girl Scouts of all ages (Daisy - Ambassador) are invited to bring a sack lunch and come Swing into Spring at Camp Marydale on March 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! The cost to attend is $10 per girl (Safety-Wise ratio adults $2), and the fee includes program fees and one patch per girl. Please try to limit the number of adult participants to Safety-Wise ratio and transportation needs as each adult will be taking the spot that a girl could occupy. The registration deadline is March 5 and registration is limited, so get your troop signed up now.
A few notable organizations that will be on hand with activities and presentations include BREC Bluebonnet Swamp, West Feliciana Parish Hospital, American Red Cross, DARE, Of Moving Colors, Louisiana Office of Public Health and more, as well as arts and crafts, face painting, games, and a special rodeo performance from the Girl Scout Wranglers! This year's community service project will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, so have your troop conduct its own little drive and bring your donations to the event. Click here to find out more about the many activities going on that day!
|Global Advocacy: Generation Free|
Are you an older girl in 8-12th grade or ages 13-17? Are you interested in being a global advocate? Become a member of the GSLE Global Advocacy Group. The GSLE Global Advocacy group focuses on leadership, how to inspire others, and how to be a peer educator in the prevention and understanding of HIV/AIDS.
Wondering why this is the advocacy group's focus? In the winter of 2007 GSUSA and the Kenya Girl Guides Association were invited to be a part of a partnership initiated by the U.S. State Department's Office of the Global Aids Coordinator and President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) entitled HIV Free Generation. As a part of this partnership two councils were chosen to participate in a 5 year pilot program that pairs Girl Scouts here with their Girl Guide peers in Nairobi, Kenya. Girls will learn about HIV/AIDS and work with organizations in Southeast Louisiana to disseminate their new found knowledge both nationally and globally. Click here for the application/forms.
Note: Every participant will need to have a sensitive issues permission form signed and on file. Girls must be prepared to make at least a one year commitment which includes attending monthly meetings, actively participating in the curriculum, and helping to plan an event for HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. If you have any questions please contact Claire Dudenhefer at (225)927-8946 or email@example.com.
Why you should get involved:
Attend training at Edith Macy in NY (April 7-11)
Meet other Girl Scouts who are passionate about changing their world
Earn leadership hours
Help plan council's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day & Take Action project
Build your resume and strengthen your college applications
||Girl Scouts to celebrate 98th birthday at Baton Rouge Spring luncheon|
Join us as we celebrate Girl Scouts' 98th birthday during the council's annual spring luncheon on Thursday, March 11, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on LSU's campus in Baton Rouge. Please arrive by 11:30 a.m. for meet and greet.
Presenting sponsor is Valero, Mistress of ceremonies is Christel Slaughter, Ph.D. and keynote speaker is Myrtle Dorsey, Ph.D. Chancellor, Baton Rouge Community College. Table captains (those who host a table at the luncheon made up of their friends) as well as additional luncheon sponsors are needed. Please contact Cerise McClendon at (800) 644-7571, ext. 2222 for additional information or if you would like to attend. You may also RSVP online. Suggested minimum donation for the luncheon is $50.
||Check out the online Cookie Booth Locator!|
| Cookie Booth locations can now be found online using the easy to use Cookie Locator!
Selling Girl Scout Cookies at a Booth Sale is a privilege granted to us by the local merchants. These booth sales are a privilege, and if abused, even unintentionally, could cause all Girl Scouts to lose the opportunity for additional sales at these places of business, permanently.
Click here for Booth Sale Guidelines (the dos and don'ts of holding a booth sale).
||Happy Days Summer Programs and Day Camps|
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is once again offering its popular Happy Days Summer Programs in addition to our volunteer-led Day Camps. Hours vary, but most of the programs run five days from 8:30 or 9 a.m. until 3 - 5:30 p.m. with varying prices. Programs can be found in the council calendar or here in a word file. There are specialty camps like: Tennis, Dance, Scrapbooking, and Sewing in the Baton Rouge area, and we are also working on a sailing camp at the Yacht Club in New Orleans.
Volunteer-led Day camps to date include Days of Discovery in Houma, Camp Tangi at Camp Whispering Pines, and Camp Camellia in Slidell. If you can help volunteer at any of these camps or summer programs for a few hours or a few days, please contact Donna Dupre at (225)364-3283 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
||Dove Real Beauty Workshops|
Every day we are bombarded by hundreds - if not thousands - of air brushed images of "beauty." These images have the power to affect how we see our bodies and ourselves.
How can we encourage young girls and women everywhere to embrace a more positive image of themselves, both inside and out? You can start by participating in this upcoming Dove Real Beauty Workshop for Girls.
The Dove Real Beauty Workshops for Girls are fun, educational and interactive sessions for young girls and the adult leaders/advisors. By attending this workshop, you'll learn how society creates ideal images of beauty and how to engage young girls in a healthy dialogue about self-esteem.
Code: CSADOVE 01
When: Saturday,March 20, 2010
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Ages: Cadette - Ambassadors
Code: JRDOVE 01
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: GSLE Corporate Headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Pkwy., New Orleans, LA
Cost: $3 per person
Capacity: 10 minimum/ 50 maximum
Registration Opens: Now Deadline: March 12 for March 20 event; April 2 for April 10 event.
Registration: Complete the GSLE Program Registration Event form for each troop (complete girl roster on back) or individual and fax or mail to: Girl Scouts Louisiana East, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121 / Fax: (504) 733-8219.
Contact: Yvette Hairston at email@example.com for more information.
Note: If minimum attendance is not reached, event will be cancelled.
By making a donation to the Campership Fund, you will provide a girl who would otherwise be unable to attend camp - a priceless outdoor experience. Each year, we receive countless requests for financial help. In 2009 alone, Girl Scouts Louisiana East awarded scholarships to over 60 girls. The average scholarship was $50.
Again, this year we have campers waiting to see if they will be able to receive financial assistance to attend camp. In order to meet the increasing demand to provide opportunities for camp to as many girls as possible we turn to you, our friends, and ask for your support.
What can your gift do?
· For $165, you can send one girl to a 4 day camp session
· For $250, you can send one girl to a 6 day camp session
· For $325, you can send one girl to a 14 day camp session
If you'd like to help send a girl to camp, donate online, contact Carrie Thomas at 800-644-7571, ext. 2245, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Troops needed for council Relational Aggression Pilot Program|
Relational aggression encompasses behaviors that harm girls by damaging, threatening, or manipulating relationships with their peers, or by injuring a girl's feelings of social acceptance. Girls tend to target their bullying at other girls, often spreading gossip about their peers and encouraging others to reject or exclude another.
We are in the process of developing a relational aggression program for our council and we need several troops to volunteer to pilot the program. If you are interested in helping to make this program meet the needs of our girls complete the green team form and return to Yvette Hairston, ATTN: Relational Aggression Pilot Program. For more information email Yvette Hairston at email@example.com.
||Girl Scouts can officially raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts|
On January 22, Girl Scouts of the USA's executive committee of the board of directors adopted a special rule
to allow girl members to engage in activities, which may include the direct solicitation of money, from January 14 through September 8, 2010, to support emergency relief for the January 12 earthquake disaster in Haiti. Monies raised shall be contributed only to organizations on the approved list of agencies
; additions to the list shall be approved by the National President and CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.
As you know normally Girl Scouts are not allowed to raise money for other organizations (see Safety-Wise standard 33), but during certain catastrophic events such as the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and now Haiti, Girl Scouts has adopted a special rule, lifting this restriction.
To commemorate your girls efforts in helping their "sister" Girl Guides purchase the "Girl Scouts Make the World a Better Place" patch. The patches are $2 each and can be worn on the back of your girl's sashes or vest.
||Honor Girl Scout Leaders and Co-leaders with a Gift!|
Girl Scout Leader's Day is April 22. This special day honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls.
Show your leader how much you care with a donation of $35 or more to the Annual Family Giving Campaign in her honor. For your gift, you will receive an "I Love My GS Leader" patch. Your leader will receive a special card acknowledging your gift.
It is easy to make a contribution by giving securely online
Questions? Contact Carrie Thomas at 800-644-7571, ext. 2245, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
||Purchase a piece of history!|
Purchase a piece of history from one of our legacy councils, Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana. This print commemorating Camp Covington, Camp Whispering Pines, and McFadden Cabin is one of a kind.
The prints are numbered and signed. Dimensions are approximately 18" x 35". This collector's item is only $25.
Less than 250 prints are available.
The prints are being sold at our headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Pkwy., New Orleans, LA 70121.
||Sign up for March - April events |
Don't miss out on some great council events this March and April! On the website calendar, go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, cost, etc.
FULL 3/6 - SPCA Girl Scouts & Critters Day, New Orleans
3/6 - Program Aide Core Training (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
3/6 - P.A. Arts & Crafts, Songs & Games Training (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
FULL 3/19-21 - Older Girl Weekend, Camp Whispering Pines
3/20 - Great American Cleanup (Br-Amb), Baton Rouge
3/20 - Dove Real Beauty Workshop (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
3/23 - Resident Camp Early Bird Registration Night, New Orleans and Baton Rouge
3/27 - Swing Into Spring (All), Camp Marydale
3/27 - Daisy Fitness Fun (Daisy), Baton Rouge
3/27 - Girl Scout Tea at Longue Vue -Morning & Afternoon teas (All), Metairie
FULL 3/29 - 4/2 - Chicago Bound (Cad-Amb), Chicago
4/10 - Adventure Race 101 (Cad-Amb), Mandeville
4/10 - Daisy Day at Camp Whispering Pines, Independence
4/10 - Mother/Daughter Sewing (4th grade & up), Baton Rouge
4/10 - Dove Real Beauty Workshop (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
4/11 - Resident Camp Open Houses at Camp Marydale and Camp Whispering Pines
4/16 - Elmwood Cheerleading Academy Cheer & Pizza Night (all ages), Jefferson
4/17 - Flower Power (Daisies), Baton Rouge
4/17 - Girl Scout Earth Day at City Park (all ages), New Orleans
4/17 - Babysitter Safety (Cad-Amb), Denham Springs
4/17 & 4/18 - Love, Hug & Groom (Br), Camp Marydale
4/23 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Academy Friday Night Fun Night (all ages), Metairie
4/24 - Council Annual Meeting (Delegates), Holiday Inn, Gonzales
4/24 - Brownies Fitness Fun, Baton Rouge
4/24 - Stress Less (Juniors), Baton Rouge
4/24 Preserving the Past (Jrs), St. Francisville
4/24-25 - Destination: Lake Fausse Pointe (Cad-Amb), St. Martinville
||Purchase a bench at Camp Whispering Pines|
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is offering a unique opportunity to have a permanent part in the future of Girl Scouts by participating in "A Pathway into the Future" Bench Campaign. The purchase of a bench is a wonderful way to recognize and honor a current or former Girl Scout, Troops, Troop Leaders, Volunteers, Gold and/or Silver Awardees, or as a lasting memorial to someone special.
A 4x6 plaque of recognition will be permanently positioned on your bench. The new benches will be located around the singing circle located outside the dining hall, the theatre area, and the fire circles in the camping units.
There are only 194 benches needed, so purchase your bench today! Click here for the order form.