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 May 2012                                                        Subscribe to this e-newsletter
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May Patch of the Month
Summer Service Hours
Teen Peace Summit
Summer 2012
Adult Recognition Event
Troop Paperwork Audit
Covington Take Action
FOREver Green Golf Tournament
Rhapsody in Green
May/June Activities
Quick Links
 May Patch of the Month
may patch of the month 

Girl Scouts leave nothing behind but footprints!  The May Patch Puzzle of the month is now on the council website! 

Summer Service Hours for Girl Scout Teens

Each summer we have limited opportunities available for our Girl Scout Cadettes - Ambassadors. We are looking for teens to help, starting June 4 to August 3. There are various opportunities at each office that may last several days to only a few hours.

We receive more last minute request than we are able to fill so please send request no later than May 18.

If you know a teen that needs service hours for either a Girl Scout activity or school have them contact Yvette Hairston at, subject line "Teen Volunteer."

teen peace summit 
Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans & Clear Channel Radio present Teen Peace Summit 2012

The Teen Peace Summit on May 19 focuses on positive messages, featuring national and local musical guests and speakers on the topics of crime prevention and conflict resolution, helping students to see how they can make a difference in reducing crime and promoting peace in our communities. For more information/register for the event visit their website by clicking here.


Adult volunteers are needed to help make the event a success. To volunteer, contact Yvette Hairston at 800-644-7572, ext. 2227 or

Submit your photos for Connections newsletter by May 4

Photos for the summer issue of the GSLE Connections newsletter are being accepted through May 4. Email digital photos as jpeg attachments to Marianne Addy at with a brief blurb on what's occurring in the photo, the troop number and town, along with those in the photo identified, left to right (IDs may or may not be used, dependent on space), as well as your contact information. Prints may also be mailed to the New Orleans council office, but will not be returned. Please do not email links to online photo albums - it's better for you to select your favorites. 

Join us for fun-filled days of adventure this summer!

Summer Fun

Summer Camp-  Summer vacation is just a few short weeks away, and we still have a few spaces available in our summer resident camps. From Camp Marydale's horse camps to Camp Whispering Pines rock wall and zip line, our campers are bound to have an unforgettable summer vacation. Make your plans today to have the outdoor adventure of your summer. 


Swimming-Girl Scouts Louisiana East, together with the YMCA of the Capital Area, are hosting water safety classes.SPLASH - Learn to Swim program will be held May 21-24, at four YMCA locations in Baton Rouge.These classes will give girls an introduction to water safety, along with their parent, and once complete, girls will be eligible for discounted swimming lessons at their local YMCA. Click here for branch options, times and registration information, etc. 


Staycations- Families and friends are invited to Camp Covington and Camp Whispering Pines for one of inaugural Staycations. During staycation weeks, you can bring the family or your friends for a local vacation. The Northshore is brimming with activities, not to mention our camps are full of pretty cool stuff. Staff is on site to help you make the most of your summer staycation. Click here for more.


Travel- Calling girls 12-17, to pack your bags and hit the roads, rails and trails with us this summer. We have awesome trips planned throughout the summer. On these trips we will whitewater raft, look for diamonds, and take a train trip. Check out the website to find out the details and register for your summer get-away.


Tennis Anyone? Girls, ages 6 to 14, are invited to discover the world of tennis in the council's newest workshop, in partnership with the United States Tennis Association, being held various Saturdays in June and July in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Slidell, Luling, and Thibodaux. Click here for locations, times and registration information.

Let's Celebrate our AWESOME Volunteers!

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.The event will be held at the Clarion Inn Conference Center in Gonzales 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. Deadline to register is May 4. For more information contact Jill Pollard, Vice President of Program and Volunteerism, at 800-644-7571, ext. 2238.

 Troop Paperwork Audit

On June 1 the end of the year troop leader paperwork is due to your service unit team. Each troop leader is responsible to complete and turn in the following: final troop budget, updated troop outing form with community service hours, bank account verification and looking ahead form. Due to the end of the year activities/schedules service unit teams may schedule an earlier due date than June 1.

 Covington Girl Scouts take action with Camp Covington project
step siteCovington Service Unit 380 is raising money for its 100th Anniversary Take Action project: building steps down to the bank of the Bogue Falaya River at Camp Covington, so everyone, regardless of their physical ability, has easier access to the river. Much of the work is being done pro bono, but the service unit must still raise between $4,000 - $5,000. Two fundraisers have been scheduled so far: Scouting for Supper on Tuesday, May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at three Covington Wendy's, 2700 N. Highway 190, 71 Park Place (by Home Depot), and 69340 Hwy. 21 (by Target), with 10 percent of proceeds going to the Camp Covington project, and a Saturday, May 5 fundraiser from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Rainbow Car Wash, 653 N. Hwy. 190 in Covington with $1 from each car going to the Take Action project.  Donations may also be made to Camp Covington on the council's online donation site here.
 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.

 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.

 Activities/events for May - June

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!

May 3, 4, 5, 6 - Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
, New Orleans
CANCELED May 5 - Bridging Brownies Day at CWP, Independence

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 - "Let's Celebrate Adult Recognition event, Gonzales 
May 12 - Fitness Fun (Jrs), Baton Rouge
FULL May 12 - Girl Scouts Zumba (all ages), Thibodaux

May 19 - Daisy Day at McFadden Cabin, New Orleans
Only May 19 1:30 -3:30 session has openings! Love, Hug, and Groom (Br), Camp Marydale, St. Francisville
May 21, 22, 23, or 24 - Splash Learn to Swim (ages 5-11), Baton Rouge

May 28 - Council offices closed for Memorial Day 


May 28-June 1 - Camp Camellia Day Camp, Slidell

NEW May 31 - Girl Scout Day at the State Capitol (girls entering 5-12 grades), Baton Rouge


NEW June 1 - New Orleans Zephyrs Lights Out game & overnight(game all ages, overnight Jrs-Amb), Metairie


NEW June 2 - ARC Masters of Disaster Hurricane Awareness Day (Br-Amb), Baton Rouge
June 9 - Tennis Anyone? (ages 6-14), Baton Rouge


June 11-15 Camp Crawfish Day Camp, Belle Chasse

June 16 - Tennis Anyone? (ages 6-14),Thibodaux


June 18-22 - Camp on Da Bayou Day Camp, Patterson

June 18-22 - Camp Sunshine Day Camp & Camp Moonbeam Twilight Camp, Covington (Mandeville SU 381)

June 23 - Tennis Anyone? (ages 6-14), Slidell

June 23 - FOREver Green 9-Hole Gold Tournament (adults only), Gretna

June 23 - Rhapsody in Green Centennial Gala (adults only), New Orleans

June 25-29 - Camp Loblolly Day Camp, Covington 

June 30 - Tennis Anyone? (ages 6-14), Luling