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Enter to Win
Family Giving Kick-Off
Adult Learning Courses Available
Shop for a Cause
LSU Event Opportunities
Geek Squad Summer Academy
Re-register Online
Become a Wrangler/Spur
First Lego League
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Enter to win a $50 council shop gift card

Your feedback is extremely important to us! Complete the council shop survey by August 11, and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift card to the Council Shop. Three winners will be chosen. Simply fill out your contact information at the end of the survey.

Family Giving Kicks-Off August11 

Join us on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Council Headquarters as we celebrate the success of the 2012 Annual Family Giving Campaign and kick-off the 2013 year. We will have pizza, raffles, and roundtable discussions led by volunteers on ways to reach your Service Unit Giving Goal. All Service Unit Giving Captains and Service Unit Administrators are expected to attend. Please register online at by August 7.

Archery, Small Craft Safety, Low Ropes and First Aid/CPR Courses added

Many of our adult learning classes for 2012-2013 are being added to the website.  Click here for dates, locations and to register. 



Shop for a Cause
Shop for a Cause at Macy's on August 25

Girl Scouts Louisiana East is partnering with Macy's to Shop for a Cause on Saturday, August 25! Purchase a Shopping Pass for $5 from either Council shop, beginning June 4, to receive 25% off ALL DAY on regular, sale, and clearance items and save 10% on electrics/electronics, furniture, mattresses, and rugs/floor coverings in every Macy's store and online at  


If you would like to sell these passes at your service unit meetings, please contact Carrie Thomas at 504-733-8220, ext. 2245. Sell them to your friends and family members or purchase one for yourself. Please do not give them away!


Photos needed for Connections newsletter

It's time to submit photos to the council's newsletter, Connections! We're especially interested in seeing what summer activities your Girl Scouts enjoyed. Send all photos to Marianne Addy at by August 3.


Product Program Dates

Mark your calendar with our council's 2012 Fall Product and 2013 Cookie Program dates! The council's fall product sale to friends and family will be October 5-28, with delivery of nuts and candy November 13-20, and service unit fall product training September 15. The 2013 Cookie Program will be January 18-March 17.



 Geaux Tigers! Check out these LSU event opportunities!


LSU TailgateStudent-Athlete Autograph Tailgate, September 15

Ready for some LSU Tiger football? Join LSU student-athletes for a tailgate and autograph session on Saturday, September 15, followed by the LSU-Idaho football game! Tailgate registration is $7 each (includes food/drink) and does not include the $25 football ticket group rate. Football tickets are available at a special $25 per member rate for Girl Scout troops or Girl Scout families, but tickets are limited, and available on a first come, first serve basis! Football ticket purchase is not required for the tailgating event (and vice versa). Register for the tailgate by completing the council's program event registration form and sending it in with payment. Football tickets can be purchased through Use promo code: 2012girlscouts

LSU Soccer Hosts Girl Scouts Soccer Clinic, August 31LSU soccer 

The LSU Women's Soccer team will host their first ever Girl Scouts Soccer clinic on Friday, August 31, from 5-6 p.m., followed by a pizza party and soccer game at 7 p.m. Children and families are encouraged to stay after to help cheer on the Lady Tigers. Fee is $7 each and includes an official LSU Athletics Girl Scout T-shirt, pizza and drinks, and opportunity for an LSU Athletics patch. Click here for more information. 


volleyball LSU Volleyball Hosts Girl Scouts Volleyball Clinic, August 18
Join the LSU volleyball team on Saturday, August 18 for their annual purple & gold volleyball clinic followed by a pizza party and game. Meet one on one with the team and coaching staff as they teach the girls volleyball skills, while also spending time exploring skill building and healthy lifestyle choices. Each participant will receive an official LSU Athletics Girl Scout t-shirt and LSU Volleyball poster. Fee is $7 each. Click here for more information.


 Register for Geek Squad Summer Academy!


geeksquadmusicDeadline to register for Best Buy's Geek Squad Summer Academy in Baton Rouge has been extended to July 26!  The two-day course being offered to girls (including non-Girl Scouts), ages 10 to 14, is Thursday, August 2 -Friday, August 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The council, who is hosting the two day academy in partnership with McKinley Middle Magnet School, covers team building activities including a PC build, digital music, programming, and digital photography. 


A second Summer Academy is NOW being offered in New Orleans, Saturday, August 25- Sunday, August 26 at Edward Hynes Charter School in Lakeview. Deadline to register is August 16.

The fee is $25 which includes supplies, sports backpack, T-shirt, 1 gig USB drive, lunch and snack both days. Registration is handled online at Once registered the guardian will be directed to complete a student permission form, with forms and fees to be mailed to: Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Attn: Jill Pollard, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121.

 Re-register online by September 1 and receive a coupon for 15% off a shop purchase



Have you re-registered your Girl Scout membership yet?  It's done all online through our eBiz membership system, and if you register by September 1, you will receive a coupon for 15 percent off a council shop purchase. No troop? No worries - your girl can register individually in any one of our pathway options. Visit and click on the eBiz logo to register. Members who have already re-registered online will be sent a coupon to the email address provided.


eBiz online registration customer service hours extended
Need help with online registration? We've extended our hours for phone support from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. through September 1. Call 800-644-7571 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F), and 504-575-4104 during our extended hours. Email:


 Become a Wrangler/Spur!
Is your Girl Scout crazy about horses? Consider joining the council's Wrangler/Spurs program where girls 14 and older partner with adult Riding Instructors to teach Western horseback riding and horse care to younger girls during weekend and holiday horse sessions at Camp Marydale. The Spurs program is for girls ages 12-13, advancing to Wranglers when they become 14. The time to join is now, with the Wrangler Weekend on August 10-12, and Spurs Weekend on August 24-26. Adult volunteers are also needed. Click here for additional information about the Wrangler program.
 Join the FIRST LEGO League Girl Scout team

Applications are currently being accepted for Girl Scouts age 9 to 14 to join the Girl Scout FIRST LEGOŽ League teams. Teams will be advised by members of the Society of Women Engineers to build a robot for competition. The council currently has established teams in Baton Rouge and New Orleans consisting of approximately 10 girls, with specific meetings/times needed to prepare the robot for the competition in November.


A strong commitment to the team is required in order to participate in this program. All girls must be present at meetings which will be set according to the availability of the team. Teams will meet periodically through the summer (Baton Rouge currently meets once/month), then begin meeting at least once, possibly twice, a week starting in September until the competition in November.


Click here for additional information.