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April Patch of the Month
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Disney on Ice
Awesome Volunteers
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FOREver Green Golf Tournament
Summer 2012
Rhapsody in Green
Purple Up April 13
April/May Activities
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Operation Hug-A-Hero

Did you know that April is the Month of the Military Child?  The Month of the Military Child was designated 26 years ago and, in 2012, we will celebrate and honor the contributions and sacrifices that our nation's nearly 2 million military children make on behalf of our nation.  How thankful we are to have so many courageous and strong military daughters as Girl Scouts!

OPERATION Hug-A-Hero, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is proud and humbled to support the children of our nation's heroes.  Since its establishment in 2009, OPERATION Hug-A-Hero has raised funds to provide hundreds of Hug-A-Hero dolls at no cost to the children of heroes that are deployed, in harm's way each and every day, or have fallen in the line of duty.  The Hug-A-Hero doll (sometimes referred to as the "daddy doll") is no ordinary doll! The doll's design features the head-to-toe photograph of the recipient's mommy or daddy (usually dressed in uniform), and a pocket in the back to save pictures or letters from their loved one. It is one-of-a-kind for each child!

Please join us in celebrating our military children this month and spread the word!  If your troop would like to lead a service or fundraising project, please visit us at 

April Patch of the Month
april patch

Girl Scouting is as American as Apple Pie!  The April Patch Puzzle of the month is now on the council website! 

Council Shop News

The Council Shops will be closed Friday, April 6, for Good Friday.  The Council Shops will also be closed the first Saturday of April (April 7) because of the Easter Holiday.  Instead, it will be open Saturday, April 21.

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream

Disney on Ice returns to New Orleans and Baton Rouge in May with discounted tickets for Girl Scouts.


Click here for New Orleans flyer.

Click here for New Orleans ticket registration form.


Click here for Baton Rouge flyer.

Click here for Baton Rouge ticket registration form. 

Let's Celebrate our AWESOME Volunteers!

yard signApril is Volunteer Appreciation Month, a time set aside to honor those who give of their time and energy to serve a greater cause. We know our Girl Scout volunteers are awesome! A special thank you goes to:

  • Those "worker bee" volunteers - adults and girls - who made the Centennial Extravaganza such a success!  There were over 3,000 people who attended the Extravaganza on March 17 in Gonzales, and it was the efforts of the service unit volunteers who made the event so memorable and inspiring!  A heartfelt thank you for the fabulous work you did! It was great! 
  • Our Extravaganza collaborators were also tremendous, as was WAFB news anchor Cheryl Mercedes, and our presenting sponsor Winn-Dixie.
  • The Girl Scouts who participated in the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program and the dedicated parents and volunteers who assisted them in making this year's sale a success. Once again, you surpassed yourselves!  
  • Join us on Saturday, May 12 at the council's annual adult recognition event that honors volunteers and community collaborators for their outstanding work and devotion to Girl Scouts. This year's theme is "Let's Celebrate." The event will be held at the Clarion Inn Conference Center, Gonzales LA from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Food and refreshments will be served from 9:30 to 10 during check-in. To register for the event download the registration form located on the council website at For more information contact Jill Pollard, Vice President Program and Volunteerism, at 800-644-7571, ext. 2238.
  • Have an AWESOME volunteer whom you'd like to see receive our sign in their yard?  Click here for more information.
 Online membership registration available beginning April 1


eBizGood-bye paperwork! Online membership registration goes live on April 1. Troop leaders, please encourage your parents to register their Girl Scouts online. Go to our website at and click on the Join Girl Scouts/eBiz link to get started. Have questions? Please contact our help desk at
 Register online for our FOREver Green 9-Hole Golf Tournament


Registration is now open for the FOREver Green 9-Hole Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. tee time, Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans


This is the perfect Father's Day gift for those Girl Scout dads!  You'll get to play nine holes of golf on a beautiful course at Stonebridge on the westbank of New Orleans.  It's just $120 for a twosome, with food and adult beverages provided. Miller Lite and Coors are golf tournament sponsors, and additional tournament sponsors are needed.

Get set for Summer fun

Summer Fun
Be sure to check out the many opportunities available for girls and/or their families this summer!  Descriptions are available online by clicking the Summer 2012 banner ad at 
We are offering day camps, resident camps, special events AND travel.


This year Girl Scouts Louisiana East goes GREEN by utilizing online information and fillable registration forms for our Summer 2012 activities.

 Scouting for Supper at Chick-fil-A
Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 12, from 5 - 8 p.m., when Chick-fil-A will donate 15 percent back to Girl Scouts Louisiana East when you mention Girl Scouts. Let them do the cookingChick-fil-A and support Girl Scouting at the same time! Participating locations include: Mall of Louisiana, 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd Ste Fc-10, Baton Rouge; 912 N Highway 190, Covington; 1741 Martin Luther King Jr, Houma; and 1645 Gause Blvd., Slidell. 
 Join us for Rhapsody in Green


Rhapsody in Green 100th Anniversary Gala, June 23, 8 - 11 p.m. Hilton Riverside New Orleans


Enjoy an evening of live music, dancing, a silent auction, food, cocktails and much more! Music is Gina Brown and Anutha Level, and mistress of ceremonies is Fox 8 News Anchor Nancy Parker. TIckets are $100 each with two tickets for $150 if purchased by May 31, two tickets for $175 after May 31. Gala Tickets will go on sale on April 30. Call the Hilton at 504-584-3959 and ask for Girl Scouts Rhapsody in Green block for a discounted hotel room rate of $139. Contact Cerise McClendon at (504) 733-8220, ext. 2222. for more information. Gala sponsors include AT&T Louisiana, Whitney Bank, Valero, Total Graphics & Printing, Clear Channel, Fox 8 WVUE TV, and additional sponsors are needed.

 Purple Up for Military Kids, April 13, and save!


Wear purple on Friday, April 13, when you come into either council office and receive 10 percent off in the council shops or $10 off your summer resident camp registration. "Purple Up" for Military Kids is a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifice. For more information visit

 Activities/events for April - May

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!
April 6 - Council officese closed for Good Friday 

FULL April 14 - Daisy Day at Camp Marydale, St. Francisville

FULL April 14 - Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

April 14 - Council Annual Meeting, Gramercy

April 15 - Honeybees Dance Clinic & game (all ages), New Orleans
April 15 - Camp Open House at Camp Marydale, St. Francisville
April 20-22 - Family Camping at Camp Covington
April 20 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Academy Friday Fun Night (Br-Amb), Metairie
NEW April 21 - Breath Session #2: Engineering Everything (Cad), Mandeville

FULL April 21 - Nature Nuts (Br), New Orleans

CANCELED April 21 - Audubon Oakley Plantation
April 21 - Daisy Garden Adventure, Baton Rouge

April 21- Camp Covington Open House (all ages)

April 21 - Yoga & Pilates (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge

NEW OUTSIDE EVENT - Earth Day Regatta Scout Challenge, New Orleans
April 22 - Camp Open House at Camp Whispering Pines, Independence

April 25 - Night at the Opera Pagliacci/Carmina Burana (Cad-Amb), New Orleans

April 27-29 - Leisure Learning Weekend (adults), Camp Marydale

FULL April 28 - Twilight Paddle (Jr-Amb), Mandeville
NEW May 3, 4, 5, 6 - Disney on Ice Presen
ts Dare to Dream, New Orleans
May 5 - Bridging Brownies Day at CWP, Independence
NEW May 10, 11, 12, 13 - Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream, Baton Rouge
May 11 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Academy Friday Fun Night (Br-Amb), Metairie
May 12 - Adult Recognition event
May 12 - Fitness Fun (Jrs), Baton Rouge

CANCELED May 12 Daisy Garden Adventure
May 12 - Girl Scouts Zumba (all ages), Thibodaux

May 19 - Daisy Day at McFadden Cabin, New Orleans
May 19 & 20 - Love, Hug, and Groom (Br), Camp Marydale, St. Francisville
May 28 - Council offices closed for Memorial Day
May 28-June 1 - Camp Camellia Day Camp, Slidell

May 31 - Girl Scout Day at the State Capitol (details coming soon)







 Earth Hour is Saturday, March 31

Participate in this Girl Scouts Forever Green project by replacing incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STARŪ qualified, or other energy-efficient, light bulbs and turning off the lights for one hour-Earth Hour-8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March (March 31, 2012).


Earth Hour is just one way Girl Scouts and their families, friends, and community partners can make small changes that have big results when it comes to lowering CO2 footprints and saving energy and money.