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July 28, 2010                                           Subscribe to this e-newsletter
In This Issue
Camp Marydale Happenings
Special ticket price for Girl Scouts for Saints Tampa game
Fall Product Sale
Catholic Religious Awards
Family Campaign kicks off
August/September activities
Quick Links
Council Shop News
Summer Clearance Sale Continues
Sportswear for Girl Scouts of all ages: $2.99, $5.99. $9.99, $12.99, $14.99, and $19.99
Girl Scouts honor Gold Award recipients at Governors Mansion

Please join us in congratulating nine of our Girl Scouts who recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Ambassador can earn.  The girls accompanied by their parents or special guests will be recognized at a reception and pinning ceremony at the Governors Mansion on July 29.   
Camp Marydale Happenings
 
Special thanks go out to:
Troop 10449 who donated a new leather breast collar and fans for the new horses that didn't have one.
 
Prairieville Service Unit 131 who donated a new flag and rope for the flagpole
 
Plantation Feed Store in St. Francisville donated several breast collars and assorted tack.
 
Did you know there are 22 hungry horses ready for "adoption" through the council's Pony Up! campaign? If you love horses this is one way you can help financially support Camp Marydale's Equestrian Program!
Special ticket price for Girl Scouts for New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay October 17 game in Florida
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida is partnering with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to promote Girl Scouting in west central Florida! They are sharing an awesome opportunity with Girl Scouts Louisiana East! Represent Girl Scouts Louisiana East by joining them in a "Girl Scout fan section" at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints game in Tampa on Sunday, October 17. Purchase tickets at a reduced rate while supporting Girl Scouts, wear your favorite Girl Scout T-shirt, and enjoy the game.

Tickets at a special Girl Scout ticket pricing of $42 each to the game in Tampa are available for purchase through our sister council. Tickets are sold out for this game at this price point. The GSWCF council has the only tickets. Ten dollars from each ticket purchase supports Girl Scout programs in west central Florida.

To purchase the tickets visit their council's online store at http://store.gswcf.org/ for the reduced rate tickets.
We're going to be nuts for our troops this fall!

nuts for our troops patchPlanning to participate in the Fall Product Sale of nuts, candy, and magazines, October 1-24?  Not only will you be able to earn start-up money for your troop, but this year we're adding community service with nuts going to military troops serving overseas!
 
You can check out product sale incentives, the nuts and candy product line (all items only $5-$6), now on our website!  Just make sure your Girl Scout is registered for the new membership year by September 15.
 
Don't forget that this friends and family sale differs from the cookie sale in that all orders are prepaid, and there are no booth sales. Girls deliver the orders in mid-November, and since the money is pre-collected, the troop receive the proceeds immediately.  Service Unit and Region level Training will be held September 18, time and location TBA.
Catholic Girl Scout religious information

Did you know there are Girl Scout religious awards for over 30 different faiths/denominations? Through Girl Scouting, each girl is encouraged to become a stronger member of her own religious denomination, and every Girl Scout group recognizes that religious instruction is the responsibility of parents and religious leaders.

In Baton Rouge:
 
The Baton Rouge Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (www.ccosbr.org) is a committee affiliated with the Diocese of Baton Rouge serving both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. There are five different awards a Girl Scout can earn throughout her years in Girl Scouts. On August 29, The CCOSBR will host the Religious Emblems Award Ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy.  Additional events at Our Lady of Mercy include a Young Scout Retreat for youth 2nd - 5th grade, and a Religious Emblems Counselor Training, both on September 12, and on November 7, a Rosary Patch Program for Girl and Boy Scouts of all ages.
 
For more information please contact committee secretary Barbara Sicard at 225-769-7781 or chezsic@bellsouth.net  or religious emblems chairman Patricia Mathurin at 225-756-8223.
 
In New Orleans:
The Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting, Archdiocese of New Orleans, is looking for new volunteers to step forward and get the Catholic Religious recognition program active once more at the committee level (since Katrina, all religious instruction and recognition has been at the individual troop level).  If this is something you think you might be interested in, please contact Barbara Wick at 504-378-3751 or email barbara@wlae.com or barb530@cox.net.  
Family Campaign kicks off

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Family Giving Campaign (AFGC) kick-offs. The Annual Family Giving Campaign is an opportunity for families and friends of Girl Scouts to make a financial contribution directly benefiting girls. As a member of our Girl Scout family, you know how important Girl Scouting is to girls, their families, and the community!
 
 
With your help, we are positive we are going to have a very successful campaign. Check out the Service Unit Leader Board for those S.U.s who have taken the early lead in their Region with the highest percentage towards their goal.

If your Service Unit has not received the AFGC packet or your S.U. goal, please see your Membership Executive.
 
Every Service Unit that reaches their goal by December 22 will receive a free S.U. encampment at Camp Whispering Pines (expires December 2011). Camp Fees will be waived. All other fees apply, i.e. activity and facilitator fees, food, etc. This is a savings of over $400!
 
You don't have to wait to be asked!  Donate to the Girl Scouts by including a donation with your daughter's re-registration form or donate online on our website here (just be sure to include troop and service unit info so service unit receives credit). If you have any questions regarding the Annual Family Giving Campaign, please contact Carrie Thomas at 504-355-5885
Sign up for August/September events 
We are hard at work designing Program Power, which will be going tio 01 and 02 troop leaders in late August, as well as updating the the website calendar.  To get more detail of what's going on in August and September, go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, cost, etc.
8/27 ( p.m. - 8/29 - New Wrangler Weekend (girls 14 and up), Camp Marydale
9/4 - Fitness Fun (Jrs), Baton Rouge
9/11 - It's Your Planet - Love It! Day at River Bend Nuclear Plant (Cad-Amb), St. Francisville
9/11 Miss Manners Tea Party (Daisies), Baton Rouge
9/18 - Fitness Fun (Br), Baton Rouge
9/18 - Ceramics and Clay (Jr), Baton Rouge
9/24 - 9/26 - Family Camping at Camp Covington (any Girl Scout family)
9/25 - Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Beach Sweep (Br-Amb), North and south shores of Lake Pontchartrain
9/29 - East Jefferson General Hospital Healthy You Workshop (Cad-Amb), Metairie
Leave No Child Inside
 
Children's books that celebrate nature and the great outdoors

Summer vacation is the perfect time to discover or rediscover the writings of authors who celebrate nature and the great outdoors. This summer Children & Nature Network presents books for children and youth. Click here for the reading list!  
 
Camp is For All Children - Including the President's
 
The American Camp Association® (ACA) reports that First Daughter Malia Obama will be attending camp for four weeks this summer. In an interview last week, the President announced that his oldest daughter would be joining the millions of children who attend camp each summer. Click here for more.
 
Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition
 
Artists ages 5 through 18 are invited to capture the plants, animals, and landscapes of area National Wildlife Refuges for the annual Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition. Now in its 12th year, the competition spotlights the native richness of southeast Louisiana through art, and encourages youth to learn more about our natural heritage. Art will be featured in an exhibition at the annual Wild Things event in Lacombe on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Download the entry form here and the resources form here.Contest deadline is September 30.