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Volunteer Recognition 2/15 Deadline
Third Journey now available
Girl Bullying seminar
New Training dates
Applebee's February 24
Calendar of Events
Domino's January 27
Quick Links
Recognize our Outstanding Volunteers!
 The nomination deadline has been extended to February 15 so you still have time to nominate that volunteer(s) who has gone above and beyond this year.  Or perhaps there's a principal or religious leader who has bent over backwards to help a group of Girl Scouts. Let's make sure to recognize their hard work and dedication! Click here for the application and recognition criteria. 

It's Your Story: Tell it! Journey series now available in the Council Shops
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The third Journey,"It's Your Story: Tell It!" is now in stock in our shops. The Girl's journey book is $7 and the Leader' set is $15.


"It's Your Story-Tell It!" leadership journey series uses a storytelling theme in a fun and grade-level relevant way for girls to better understand themselves and their potential. Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series.
Register for March 26 seminar about Girl Bullying
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Learn more about dealing with female bullying in your troops by attending our one-day seminar "Girl Bullying: From Awareness to Action," Saturday, March 26, at the New Orleans Mariott at the New Orleans Convention Center, thanks in part to funding from the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund.  

It's All About Camp Marydale at our  Fundraising Luncheon March 3

Join us at the spring fundraising luncheon on Thursday, March 3, from 12 to 1 p.m. (meet and greet at 11:30 a.m.) at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
Mistress of Ceremonies is Christy Oliver Reeves, Executive DIrector of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and former CEO of Girl Scouts - Audubon Council, with a program that's all about Camp Marydale! Luncheon sponsors to date include Valero St. Charles Refinery, Capital One, and Little Brownie Bakers, however additional corporate sponsors and table captains (those who host a table of their friends) are needed. The actual luncheon is free to attend, with a suggested minium donation of $50.
Contact Cerise McClendon at (225) 927-8946, ext. 2222 to RSVP or for additional information.

Training Calendar has been updated

Troop Camping courses, First Aid/CPR  have been added to the council's website!

Become a new client of H&R Block and support Girl Scouts at the same time
It's tax season again, and Girl Scouts Louisiana East is participating in H&R Block's Non-Profit Referral Program.  Become a new client of H&R Block, and when you bring the referral form (to be posted on website next week) to a participating H&R Block office when you have your taxes prepared, Girl Scouts Louisiana East will receive $25. The program runs now through April 19, 2011.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. 

The Educational Development Outreach Center invites all Girl Scouts to experience the 2011 Tour of the Original Black Inventions Museum, Saturdays, February 5, 12 and 19 at The Mura Institute, 1416 N. 26th Street, Baton Rouge (Corner of N. 26th St. & Bogan Walk behind Capital High School).  Features will include a 10-minute Black History tour, science exhibits, and Pyramids in Baton Rouge. $1 donation. Call 225-381-8246 for group tour or more info.

February Patch of the Month

WTD patchFebruary 22 is World Thinking Day when we celebrate our international sisterhood, so February's Patch of the Month is a fun way to learn more about World Thinking Day and the World Association Pin (also called the World Trefoil Pin). Check it out at the Patch of the Month web pageWhich service units are holding World Thinking Day events?  Email if you're doing something for World Thinking Day.


How to sign up for Cookie booths

February 5: the Booth Scheduler opens at 7 a.m. Troop Cookie Managers may select 3 sites (2 hr time frames) from any of the three weekends of booth sales. Sites may NOT be the same chain location. Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Walgreens and Winn-Dixie are all examples of chain locations. Booth Scheduler will be open until February 7, at 7 p.m.


February 12:  Booth Scheduler will open at 7 a.m. Troop Cookie Managers may schedule three additional locations from any of the three weekends of booth sales. Sites MAY be at the same chain location. Booth Scheduler will close on February 14 at 7 p.m.


February 19: Booth Scheduler opens at 7 a.m. Troop Cookie Managers may select as many locations as desired. Booth Scheduler will remain open until the end of the cookie season.


The Process for Non-Council Booth Sites & eBudde

1)      Identify potential booth locations, outside of council sponsored locations, to host a troop booth sale.

2)      ASK store managers, pastors, school principals, etc... for their permission to hold a booth sale at their location. Use a Non-Council Sponsored Booth Sale Request Form to record the signature and approval of the business manager.

3)      Next, submit your request on eBudde. Click the Booth Site tab. Click My Sales and enter location information.

4)      Await the approval of your service unit booth coordinator before showing up to the booth sale.

(Please give your booth coordinator 48 hrs to review and respond to troop request)

5)      Lastly, have a wonderful and safe booth sale.         


For more information on eBudde and the Booth Scheduler please review the eBudde Booth Scheduler Manual.

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The Cookie Locator - online and now mobile
It's going to be easier than ever for consumers to locate Girl Scout cookies in their community with the Cookie locator mobile phone app.  Have you downloaded the Cookie Locator app yet?  Text ** GS COOKIES and you'll get a link on your smart phone taking you straight to the cookie locator app in the app store. Don't have a smart phone? There's also a link to an online cookie locator on our website as well.
 Stay tuned for resident camp information!

The 2011 Girl Scouts Louisiana East Resident Camp information for Camps Covington, Marydale and Camp Whispering Pines is currently being updated on the website, and will be available next week, with camp brochures being mailed to all registered member households in late February.


Camp Open House at Camp Marydale and Camp Whispering Pines is Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. (There's also an open house at CWP on March 12). Open House is a perfect opportunity for girls and parents to explore camp, visit camp sites and receive information before camp begins. No registration to attend either open house is necessary.

Scouting for Supper? Dine at Applebee's February 24 

Scouting for SupperEnjoy lunch or dinner on Thursday, February 24 at Applebee's, and 20 percent of your total purchase will be donated to Girl Scouts Louisiana East. Be sure to bring in the required flyer in order for Girl Scouts to receive the donation. Click here to see a list of participating Applebee's locations.

Do a Good Turn, March 12

Each year Girl Scouts collect donations and deliver them to Goodwill Collection Center/Stores as part of Goodwill Good Turn Day which this year falls on Saturday, March 12 (Girl Scouts' 99th birthday.  Click here for the flyer and list of participating Goodwill store locations. Girls will receive a Good Turn patch for their participation. Donations may include gently used clothing, shoes, books, housewares, purses, accessories and electronics.  They may NOT accept toys or stuffed animals due to new Goodwill consumer regulations.

Sign up for February and March events 

Don't miss out on some great council events this month and next! 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.
2/5 - Forever Green Girls (Jrs), Baton Rouge

FULL 2/5 - Women in Chemistry

2/5 - Louisiana Arts and Science Museum Girl Scout Day (Dai-Jrs), Baton Rouge

2/11 - 2/13 - Family Camping at CWP

FULL 2/11 - Ready Set Go Camping
2/11 & 2/13 - Girl Scout Nights with the Harlem Globetrotters

2/12 - ABC's of Babysitting, Metairie

2/12 - Yoga & Pilates (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge

FULL 2/12 - Colors and Shapes (Br), Baton Rouge

FULL 2/12 Science Discovery Day at Ochsner

2/12 - Snorkeling Splash Down (age8 & up), Metairie

2/19 - Calliope Puppets with a Purpose (Cad-Amb), Algiers

FULL 2/19 - Contemporary Arts Center (all ages), New Orleans

CANCELLED 2/25 - Lagniappe Weekend

2/25 - GLOBE at Night presentation (adults & girls 14 and up), Baton Rouge

2/26 - All Fired Up! (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge 

2/26 - Looking Your Best/Geaux Confidently (Jr), Baton Rouge

3/1 - Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful month

3/5 - Fitness Fun (Da), Baton Rouge

3/6 - Free admission for Skating on Girl Scout Sunday, Baton Rouge
3/11 - 3/13 - Family Camping at CWP

3/12 - Resident Camp Open House at CWP

3/12 - Goodwill Good Turn Day (all ages)

3/18 - 3/20 - Older Girl Weekend at CWP (Cad-Amb)

3/18 - 3/20 - Family Camping at Camp Covington

3/19 - La Dept Wildlife & Fisheries Family Fishing Day, New Orleans

3/25 - Elmwood Cheerleading Academy Cheer & Pizza Night (all ages), Harahan

3/26 - Swing into Spring (all ages), Camp Marydale Community service project in conjunction with event will be donation drives to benefit the Denham Springs Animal Shelter and the East Baton Rouge Animal Shelter.

3/26 - Longue Vue Girl Scout Tea and "Model for a Day" (Br-Amb), New Orleans

3/26 - Girl Bullying Seminar (adults), New Orleans

3/26 - Dancercise (Br), Baton Rouge

3/26 - City Park Fishing Rodeo, New Orleans

3/30 - Il Travatore Night at the Opera (Cad-Amb), New Orleans

 New activities & events being added

Please check the calendar regularly since we're adding new events and activities weekly. Here's what's been added since the beginning of the year!


February 12 - East Jefferson General Hospital's ABCs of Babysitting

February 25 - GLOBE at Night presentation, Baton Rouge
February 26 - Looking your Best/Geaux Confidently, Baton Rouge

March 6 - Free admission for Skating on Girl Scout Sunday, Baton Rouge
March 12 - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp's Rockin' at the Swamp (volunteers needed for this great event)!

March 19 - Family Fishing Day, New Orleans City Park

March 26 - Dancercise with the KDs, Baton Rouge

March 26 - City Park Fishing Rodeo & Fishtival, New Orleans

April 2- Twilight Paddle (Jr-Amb), Bayou Cane near Mandeville

April 2 - The Art of Salsa at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, New Orleans

April 9 - Going Green with the KD's (It's your Planet, Love It!), Baton Rouge 

April 28-30 - Disney on Ice presents Toy Story 3, New Orleans

April 30 - Completely You! workshop 12 Things every Girl Needs to Know (Jr-Amb), Baton Rouge

April 30 - Completely on the Right Path (Daisy and Brownie separate sessions), Baton Rouge

May 5-8 - Disney on Ice presents Toy Story 3, Baton Rouge

May 7 - The Art of Peanut Butter Candies at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum

 Send us your Healthy Living photos!

Troops and service units, it's great hearing about all of the fantastic things you're doing to encourage girls to adopt healthy lifestyles, but we'd love to include some photos showing girls participating in any health-related program in the next newsletter.  Any photos having to do with fitness, sports, nutrition, learning about healthy snacks, stress, self-esteem and body image, should be emailed along with a brief description of the activity to Marianne Addy at  Thank you and keep up the great work!

 2011 GSUSA National Convention to be held in Houston, Novermber 10-13

The 2011 Girl Scouts National Council Session/52nd National Convention promises to be a historic event, as Girl Scouts launches a year long-celebration marking our 100th anniversary.  Each council sends an adult delegation but adults can also attend as visitors. The council is considering getting a bus if there's enough interest from alumnae and volunteers.  Please let us know of your interest by contacting Robin Guillmette at

The council delegate caucuses are scheduled for February 17 (evening) in both New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

 GLOBE at Night Campaign, 2/21 - 3/6

Are you or your family or older troop interested in reclaiming the beauty of the night sky? The 2011 GLOBE at Night campaign, taking place from February 21 to March 6, is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the concepts of energy use and energy waste. To take part in GLOBE at Night, click on GLOBE at Night, and follow the instructions given on this website. The participant goes outside about one to two hours after sunset and finds the constellation Orion. Then she matches what is seen to one of the charts on the GLOBE at Night website, and reports the findings along with the coordinates of her location. The Library Information Service (225-231-3750) can translate house numbers to latitude and longitude if needed. The Highland Road Park Observatory will give a free GLOBE at Night presentation to adults and kids over 14 on Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in which they will give detailed instructions on how to take part.