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 December 2011                                                        Subscribe to this e-newsletter
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Shop News
News Briefs
Champagne, S'mores and All that Jazz
Dec. Patch of the Month
Product Sales News
Scouting for Supper
Facilitators Needed
Rhapsody in Green
Teddy Bear House
Dec/Jan. Activities
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Mardi Gras History patch

Did you know that a tour at Mardi Gras World now qualifies your troops for the History of Mardi Gras Patch? We'd love to help you plan your trip. Give us a call, and follow us on Facebook for Mardi Gras World updates.

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Shop News
Participating in a Holiday parade? Wave the mini Girl Scout 100th Anniversary Flag! Available at Council Shops - for a Special $1.50 each.
100th anniversary flag
The Shops will be open this Saturday, December 3, from 9.a.m. to 1 p.m. The last day to shop for the Holidays is Friday, December 9. Shops will be closed for inventory and the holidays Monday, Dec. 12, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.
Season Close-out!
75% OFF or more on retiring Program books - all $2.49 or less. These Program books are still filled with great ideas, crafts & activities, even with the badges being retired. Try-Its, Junior Badges & IP patches (Interest Projects) now only $0.25 each. Remaining stock only, no special orders.
"Pocket Stew" cookbook makes a great gift (reg. $10, now $5.)


News Briefs

Girl Scout Junior Troop 634 from Salisbury, MD (Chesapeake Bay Council), is interested in becoming pen pals with at least 100 troops from across the country as part of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary celebration. Interested troops should email or call leader Julie Peters at 410-749-9759.


Girl Scout Junior Troop 793 of Eastern Missouri (7 girls) would like to do a SWAP exchange with every state (including some extras). If your troop is interested in SWAPing with them, please email or call leader Tiffany Ulrich at 314-713-1876.


Congratulations to the Fall Festival Team 6, The Cajun Roll!  They are the winning team from the 2011 Fall Fest Camporee!  If you have photos from the event, send them to


A special "Thank You" goes out to Sac's Western Store in Prairieville! Mr. Joey helped some Cadettes with a Silver Award project by letting them put donation barrels in his store to collect riding boots for the barn at Camp Marydale.  When the girls went to pick up their barrels, Mr. Joey GAVE them 40 brand new, still in the box boots to add to their collection!  His generosity to our program is GREATLY appreciated.  


Save the date for spring luncheon

Girl Scouts Louisiana East's annual spring fundraising luncheon is Thursday, March 15, from 12 to 1 p.m. with a meet and greet at 11:30 a.m. at the Lod Cook Alumni Center in Baton Rouge. Table captains (those who host a table at the luncheon made up of their friends and colleagues) as well as luncheon sponsors are needed. Please contact Cathy Pottschmidt at (800) 644-7571, ext. 1238 for additional information. Suggested minimum donation for the luncheon is $50.

Champagne, S'mores & All that Jazz, Jan. 14

Join us in a Toast to Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary at Champagne, S'mores and All that Jazz!  Enjoy a night of champagne, hors d'oeuvres, and the jazz music of The Andy Pizzo Project, on Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 8 - 11 p.m. at the Heidelberg Ballroom, Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center


Purchase your tickets online! Tickets are $50 each, and all party proceeds go to support Girl Scouting in your community. For more information, contact Cathy Pottschmidt at 225-927-8946. Cocktail attire. Must be 21 to attend.


Event Sponsors to date include Clear Channel Radio Baton Rouge, Georgia-Pacific, Capital One Bank, and DeCuir, Clark, & Adams law firm.


Discounted hotel rooms are available at $139 plus tax under group code GSL. Guests may make their reservations by calling 800-955-6962 or 225-344-5866, or online at

 December Patch Puzzle of the Month

caroling patchThe December Patch Puzzle of the month is now on the council website! The November one is also available for download.  Don't forget the last day to shop at the council shops is December 9 before they close for inventory/ holidays.


Membership registration due December 2 to participate in 2012 Cookie Program


An important reminder that this Friday (December 2) is the deadline for girls/troops to be registered to participate in the 2012 Cookie Program.  All membership registration forms should be turned into your Service Unit Administrator (or designee) so they are reviewed and in the council office(s) before 4:30 on Friday.


Product Sales News 

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the Fall Product program! Sharing for Caring was a huge success, with over 1,800 canisters of honey roasted peanuts donated to Blue Star Moms for care packages to troops serving oversees and veterans at home.


Cookies are coming! Check out this year's cookie information on the council website. Cookie Dates are: January 20 - February 5 for the pre-order, March 2 - 18 for the direct sales. Be sure to register by the December 2, 2011deadline so your Girl Scouts can sell cookies.


Smart Cookie U is now full.


Calling all Girl Scout Alumnae! 

The council's 100th Anniversary Media Sponsor, Clear Channel Radio Baton Rouge, will be assisting the council in finding former Girl Scouts to join in the celebration. Have a great story to tell on the radio about your experience in Girl Scouting or know someone who does?  Contact Cathy Pottschmidt at 225-927-8946, ext. 1238 or as soon as possible.  

Scouting for Supper at Chili's, December 12

Join us on Monday, December 12, from 5 - 10  p.m at Chili's Grill and Bar (nine locations) and 10 percent of all sales will be donated to our council. Click here for the required flyer. 

 Council Adult Learning Facilitators needed

We have a fantastic Facilitators team at the council, who has been doing a great job facilitating all the various learning sessions being offered this fall throughout our council jurisdiction.  We just know there are many more talented women (and men) who can make our team even better.


Please register for our next FAL class - Saturday, March 3, at the council headquarters, from 9 a.m. - 4 pm. (lunch is provided).  Future volunteer "facilitators" attending this session will gain an understanding of how adults learn and the opportunity to practice facilitation techniques, as well as the basics of delivering and evaluating learning opportunities for adults. Hands-on activities and instruction guides are provided. Please contact Jill Pollard, Director, Adult Learning at if you have any questions.

Rhapsody in Green gala


The volunteer committee for the Rhapsody in Green, the council's 100th anniversary gala will meet at the council headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, on Tuesday, December 20, at 6 p.m. If you are interested in attending and/or need more information, please contact Cerise McClendon at at 504-733-8220, ext. 2222.

Volunteers needed, Teddy Bear house tickets available

Teddy Bear House 

Come celebrate the holidays at the Teddy Bear House in New Orleans and support Girl Scouts at the same time. Located at 1525 Duffosat St. in New Orleans (directly behind the Latter Library on St. Charles Ave.), the Teddy Bear House will be open for one-hour tours. Tours Dates and Times: Sunday, Dec. 11 (1-8 p.m.), Monday, Dec. 12 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Tuesday, Dec. 13 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Wednesday, Dec. 14 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), Thursday, Dec. 15 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Friday, Dec. 16 (11 a.m.-8 p.m.), Saturday, Dec. 17 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), Sunday, Dec. 18 (1-6 p.m.) 

Tickets can be purchased directly from the New Orleans Shop and Reception or by calling
Carrie Thomas at 504-733-8220, ext. 2245. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for children, 4 and older. Discounts for groupd of 15 or more. Dates do not have to be selected in advance.


We need additional volunteers, adults or older girl troops, to conduct tours of the house on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18. Tour guides should arrive at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and 12:15 p.m. on Sunday and volunteers can sign up for 3 hour time slots. Please contact Carrie if interested in this community service/volunteer opportunity. 

New Program Events being offered

Do you check the website calendar regularly?  We've added some new events for 2012!  There's a Spa Day for Girl Scouts on January 7 at the council headquarters in Jefferson, a Cadette Breathe Session with the American Association of University Women on January 21 in Mandeville, WeatherFest on January 22 in New Orleans, Lakeview's Nursing Exploration Day on January 28 in Covington, an American Red Cross First Aid Badge Workshop on February 4 in Baton Rouge, CARE: the power of girls with LSU's Kappa Deltas on February 11 in Baton Rouge, and a Science in Action Day at Oschner in Kenner on March 3 (registration opens Dec. 5).

New Orleans Bowl, December 17

Come cheer on the Ragin' Cajuns (UL Lafayette) at the New Orleans Bowl where all Girl Scouts have been invited to come adorn the field for the National Anthem prior to kick off of this very special local event! The New Orleans Bowl is Saturday, December 17, at the Superdome. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. A schedule of pre-game activities will be sent along with tickets. Register by Friday, December 2.

Louisiana Young Heroes competition underway

Nominations are now being taken for the 2012 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards, which was created by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge to honor Louisiana students in grades 7-12 who have excelled in the classroom, served their community or have shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives.


Nomination forms can be downloaded from the LPB website or submitted through the online form. Letters of recognition and other supporting materials should be sent to support the nomination. The deadline for entries is February 3, 2012.

Louisiana Young Heroes Day will be April 18, 2012. The Young Heroes will be treated to a day of activities including lunch on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion and a banquet in Baton Rouge.

Forinformation, call Margaret Schlaudecker at (800) 272-8161, ext. 4276.

 Activities/events for December - January

Please visit the website calendar frequently to get the latest information. Go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, cost, etc. New events are added all the time!


Dec. 2 - Elmwood Cheer & Pizza Night, Harahan

Now open to Juniors! Dec. 2 - 4 Older Girl Weekend at Camp Marydale (now Jrs-Amb), St. Francisville

Dec. 3 - Birds, Wildlife, and Nature Event with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife (Jr-Cad), Lacombe

Dec. 4 - Catholic Committee on Scouting - Saints Patch Program (Girl Scouts & families), Baton Rouge

CANCELED Dec. 9 - 11 - Family Camping at Camp Covington

Dec. 10 - Baton Rouge Christmas Parade (all ages), Baton Rouge 

Dec. 11 - Teddy Bear House tours start! (all ages), New Orleans  

Dec. 16 - Annual Family Giving S.U. Incentives deadline

New Dec. 16 - Council offices closed for Holiday party

Dec. 17 - New Orleans Bowl (all ages), New Orleans

Jan. 5 - 100th Anniversary Art Contest Exhibition, New Orleans

NEW Jan. 7 - Spa Day for Girl Scouts (5-16), New Orleans

FULL Jan. 7 - Smart Cookie U (Jr-Cad), Hammond

FULL Jan. 7 - 8 - U.S.S. Kidd Overnight (6 & up), Baton Rouge

Jan. 13 - 15 - Family Camping at CWP

Jan. 14 - Audubon State Historic Site Oakley Plantation (Jrs), St. Francisville

Jan. 14 - Breathe Session #5 Where Science Meets Art & Air Care in Action (Cad), Baton Rouge

CANCELED Jan. 14 -ARC Emergency Preparedness IP Workshop Day 1

Jan. 14-16 - Holiday Horse Rider Core Camp (Cad-Amb), Camp Marydale

Jan. 20 - 21 - Night Crawlers (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge

Jan. 20 - Globetrotters in New Orleans (all ages)

Jan. 21 - Breathe Session #3: Technology and the Math of it All (Cad), Mandeville

FREE Jan. 22 - Weather Fest (all ages), New Orleans

Jan. 27-29 - Wrangler/Spur Training Weekend (ages 12 & up), Camp Marydale