August 24, 2010                                           Subscribe to this e-newsletter
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Council Shop News
Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary
LA Renaissance Festival Workshop
First LEGO League Team
Leaders Lagniappe Weekend
Nuclear Science and Electricity
Register for Training
Fall Product Sale
Become a Wrangler
Family Campaign kicks off
Community Service
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Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary
We are thrilled to be approaching the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA on March 12, 2012 and we're gearing up
to celebrate this occasion in style! The 100th Anniversary is an exciting milestone and a cause for celebration among Girl Scouts worldwide. Please join us in planning our
council's 100th Anniversary celebration(s) by joining one of our task groups who will be girl, fundraising, and alumnae events.
If you are interested in joining one of the task groups, please contact Robin Guillmette, Executive Vice President of Membership and Program at 225-927-8946 or
Louisiana Renaissance Festival Workshop
The Louisiana Renaissance Festival will host the 3rd Annual Theater Workshop for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors on September 11, 2010. Your day will begin with a welcome from a few of the village nobility and a brief meeting. You and your troop will then be escorted to each of the stations set up around the village. Each station will fulfill a requirement toward the Let's Pretend Try-it or the Theater Badge. The day will end with a short performance of our "peasant court" and finally the presentation of workshop certificates to each of the girls. Cost is free, and registration deadline is September 8, although registration is first come, first serve.
Girls needed for Baton Rouge Girl Scout FIRST LEGO League Team!
Want to design, build, and program a robot?
Work with real women engineers?
Research challenges facing today's scientists?
Come join the Girl Scouts First Lego LeagueTeam. If your Girl Scout is 9 - 14 years old and lives in the greater Baton Rouge area, please join our team.  Girls will be coached and mentored by the Society of Women Engineers to build a robot for competition!
Plan to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, August 31, at 6:30 p.m. at LSU, Patrick F. Taylor Hall (CEBA), Room 2161.
RSVP to Diane Doise at with your troop number and the number of girls planning to attend. Contact at Girl Scouts is Kevin Shipp at 504-733-8220, ext. 2243 or
Save the Date for Leaders Lagniappe Weekend at Camp Marydale, October 15-17
The theme of the 2010 Lagniappe Weekend for registered adult members is "Think Green!" and aligns with the Forever Green initiative! Whether you attend the entire weekend or just Saturday, you are sure to have a great experience! Come join us a fun-filled weekend at Camp Marydale that you won't want to miss! 
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.
Learn about Nuclear Science and Electricity while earning the Planet Power interest project patch
Nuclear professionals will
lead Girl Scouts in interactive exercises and opportunities to learn about nuclear energy and producing electricity at Entergy's
River Bend Station Training Center in St.Francisville on September 11. Click here for more information. 
2010-2011 Program Power is online!
1st black troopGirl Scouts Louisiana East's 2010-2011 Program Power is now available online as a PDF and will be mailed to all registered troop leaders (01s) and assistant leaders (02s) next week.
Support our Sponsors!
In this year's Program Power you will notice a variety of local businesses and organizations that are sponsoring the publication, and by doing so, are helping to offset the cost to print and mail this publication to Girl Scout troop leaders. We encourage you to mention 'Girl Scouts' when contacting our sponsors, and letting them know you saw their advertisement in Program Power! We will also be providing a link to each sponsor's website, as a service to our membership. 
Additions to the Calendar!
The Program department is continuing to add new programs not listed in the guide - such as a La Renaisssance Festival workshop or the option to build a robot as part of a Baton Rouge Girl Scout First LEGO Leaque team (see info below), so be sure to visit our website at regularly to see what's been added or join our Facebook fan page!
Register for training
The top five reasons for participating in the Fall Product Sale!
Planning to participate in the Fall Product Sale of nuts, candy, and magazines, October 1-24?  Here's five good reasons why:
  1. Increase Financial literacy 
  2. Earn start up funds for the troop. Don't want to wait until spring to earn money in the Cookie Sale? Fall Product Sales orders are pre-paid so the troop receives the proceeds immediately!  This will allow your troop more options right away!
  3. Show our military troops how much Girl Scouts participating in the We're Nuts About Our Troops community service project. You can offer customers the opportunity to purchase honey-roasted peanuts for the military troops serving overseas, and if a girl sells five items, she'll even earn the We're Nuts About Our Troops Patch!
  4. Enjoy more profits than ever before! The troop earns $1 for every food item sold, $2 for every address booklet (only one per girl) completed, and 10% of the price of each magazine sold (and an extra 5% for online sales).  The more expensive the magazine, the more your troop makes! 
  5. It's so easy! This is a friends and family sale, and all food items are only $5-$6. No booth sales!  Magazine sales can be done online - click here for more info.
Check out girl product sale incentives, the nuts and candy product line, the online interactive Be A Reader (BAR) link, and most importantly make sure your Girl Scout is registered for the new membership year by September 15. Girls deliver the orders in mid-November.  Service Unit and Region level Training will be held September 18, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Library, 2020 New Highway 51, LaPlace, LA.  Register online by clicking here.  This training is NOT for troop leaders - it's for service unit and regional product sales volunteers.
Become a Wrangler!

Want to be a Wrangler? Is your Girl Scout 14 years of age or older and interested in learning about the care of horses? Does she have some experience with horseback riding and want to learn how to teach it? Then join us for the New Wrangler Training Weekend this weekend August 27-29!  Click here for more information.
Family Campaign kicks off

Did you know it costs the council $223 per girl to see that each girl receives the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?  Yet the membership fee is only $12 and none of it remains within the council?  This is why we encourage families and friends of Girl Scouts to make a financial contribution through our Annual Family Giving Campaign. 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
Community Service Opportunities

Help Rebuild St. Bernard and Orleans Parishes
For Girl Scouts age 15 and up (age 14 with family member in attendance)
The St. Bernard Project invites Girl Scouts 15 and older to participate in rebuilding a home damaged by Hurricane Katrina. You will literally help rebuild a family's home. This may include hanging insulation or sheetrock, mudding/spackling, sanding, texturing, priming, painting, laying floors, and/or hanging trim, doors and baseboard. Volunteer service fulfills 'lend a hand' portion of council's Rebuilding Our Community patch program. Several dates are available throughout the fall. Parent must sign liability release form at
When: Any of the following dates: October 2, 9, 16; Nov. 6, 20, 22-24, 2010. Volunteer as many days as you like!
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Begins with orientation at St. Bernard Project, 8324 Parc Place, Chalmette, LA 70043. Location for rebuild to be determined.
Contact: Volunteer coordinator at St. Bernard Project, at 504-277-6831 or to register for a date and for additional information.  Let Marianne Addy at know when you're going!
Notes: Bring a brown bag lunch or plan to eat at a local restaurant during hour-long lunch break.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Beach Sweep
For Girl Scout Brownies - Ambassadors
LPBF Save our Lake's Beach Sweep 2010! Girl Scouts are always a huge contributor to this yearly event! Come participate in the annual beach sweep and help keep Pontchartrain Beach clean for everyone to enjoy year round!
When: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: North and south shores of Lake Pontchartrain, with across
the city sweeps of street curbs and storm drains in addition to
the usual beach sweep.
Registration: Contact JoAnn Burke with The Lake Pontchartrain
Basin Foundation, Education Department at 504-836-2238
Sign up for 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 September, go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, cost, etc.
9/4 - Fitness Fun (Jrs), Baton Rouge
9/11 - Miss Manners Tea Party (Daisies), Baton Rouge
9/12 - Young Scout Retreat for Catholic Girl Scouts, Baton Rouge
9/12 - Religious Emblems Counselors Training, 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