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October Patch of the Month
Cajun Rollergirls
Art Bayou
Leisure Learning Weekend
Program Pathways
Centennial Luncheon
Fall Product Sale
Property Update
Cajun Country Corn Maze
Cookie Program News
Catholic Committee Update
Oct./Nov. events
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October Patch of the Month activity


hispanic patch 

It's Hispanic Heritage month! Check out the October Patch of the Month activity which has been uploaded to the website along with the answers. Leaders tell us this monthly activity is fun for girls to do as they wait for others to arrive at the troop meeting, etc. There are still September patches (Patch Nut) available as well!


Girl Scouts chosen as Charity of October 27 Roller Derby bout


cajun rollergirls  

Join the Cajun Rollergirls as they take on the Acadiana Roller Girls at Girl Scout Day on Saturday, October 27, at Aggie's Skate Connection in Houma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the game starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 per child, age 6-12, with 5 and under free. Adults are $8 each. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated back to the council. Purchase your tickets at or purchase at the door. Girl Scouts participating in a flag ceremony, national anthem, or halftime performance may receive complimentary tickets. Contact Carrie Thomas at 504-733-8220 if your troop is interested in performing.

Purchase your $10 ticket 
to Girl Scout STEM Day Oct. 6

Build and launch your own rocket! Measure/compare water density as you learn the fate of oil, water and sealife during the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe! Program a robot to follow your instructions! Use a telescope to view the day and night skies! All that and more when you join us in Donner, LA and enjoy an afternoon/evening full of science experiments, technology, and engineering marvels. Cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult (children 4 and under and adults 65 and older are free) with tickets available for purchase in the council shops or online at Contact Kevin Shipp for 504-733-8220, ext. 2243 for more information.

Girl Scouts is Art Bayou's Charity for the Month of October

During the entire month of October, mention Girl Scouts when purchasing a 16x20 painting session at Art Bayou and $10 per person will be donated back to the council. This is the perfect opportunity for a troop outing or for a group of adults to get together for a fun time while supporting our organization. Art Bayou is located at 4422 Shores Dr., Metairie, LA 70006. To book your painting session call Art Bayou at 504-264-2788. 

Channel your Inner Girl (Scout) at Leisure learning Weekend Nov. 2-4 at Camp Covington

Whether you are a volunteer looking to brush up on skills, or a Girl Scout alumna who wants to reconnect with camp and make friends, you won't want to miss this exciting weekend on Nov. 2 - 4 at Camp Covington. Registration closes 10/15/12. To review the sessions offered and to register click here.


  2012-2013 Program Pathways available online


Program Pathways Program Pathways, our council's annual program guide, is now available online and will be mailed shortly, but in the meantime you can download it to your computer. Take a look at all of the great program opportunities available!  The website events calendar is also updated so check back often, as you and your girls plan your Girl Scout year! 


A special thank you to our Program Pathway sponsors who helped may this publication possible. We're working on a sponsor page with links to our sponsors' websites, and will share this page via social media, website, and email shortly.

Jenna Bush Hager to give keynote at November 2 Centennial Luncheon

Girl Scouts Louisiana East is celebrating 100 years of leadership with Jenna Bush Hager as keynote speaker at its Centennial Luncheon and Women of Distinction Awards on Friday, November 2, at 12 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.  Hager, who is the daughter of former President George W. and Laura Bush and a Today show correspondent, will be joined by New Orleans City Council Vice President and Girl Scout alumna Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson as honorary chair. New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond will give the invocation, and mistress of ceremonies will be Kelder Summers-Jones, Co-Host of the Home Team Morning Show on Old School 106.7 and a Girl Scout Board Development Committee member. 


You are invited to this fundraising luncheon and a pre-luncheon champagne reception beginning at 11 a.m., with proceeds going to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in southeast Louisiana. Cost to attend the luncheon is $100 per person and may be purchased online, with reserved tables of 10 available at $1,000. Cost to attend both the luncheon and champagne reception is $150 per person. Sponsors include DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP; Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries, and Little Brownie Bakers, with additional sponsorship opportunities available.


During this prestigious event, we will honor Past Presidents of legacy councils, Audubon and Southeast Louisiana, and Girl Scouts Louisiana East as Women of Distinction. For more information about the luncheon, contact Cerise McClendon at or 504-733-8220.


 Fall Product Sale begins October 5

mint penquinsThe council's fall product sale of nuts, candy, and magazines, begins October 5 - 28! This is a friends and family sale, with nuts and candy $5-$7 each, and the troop making $1 for every food item sold and 10% of the price of each magazine sold - 15% for online sales. Orders are prepaid so the troop receives the proceeds immediately. The products will be delivered by the girls Nov. 13-20.


Troops who registered by September 14 and participate in the fall product program will receive an additional two cents in cookie proceeds for the 2013 sale. These troops must sell a minimum of five nuts/candy items, one magazine, and one complete address booklet.


Here is some food for thought! In a troop of 10 girls, if each girl sells: 3 QSP magazines, 20 nut items, and 1 address booklet - the troop earns $290!


Check out the product sale incentives, as  well as the online activities available for girls. Alisha Moore, Director of Sales, encourages girls to begin the QSP magazine email option by sending their emails on October 5. 

  Property Update

Council Headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson - operating out of adjacent Training Center

The mold has been successfully removed from the offices affected, and sheetrock, carpet, walls have been cleaned and/or removed where needed. The next phase is to replace the damaged areas (3-4 week estimate for completion). Shop and Business services staff continue to operate out of the adjacent Training Center.


Camp Whispering Pines, to reopen in Oct.- clean up Sept. 29-30

Ranger Larry at CWP has asked for help cleaning up CWP following the damage received from Hurricane Isaac. Volunteers or older girls (Cadette and up) are needed to clean up on Sept. 29 and 30 - you'll be cleaning up all latrines, units and the dining hall/kitchen. The ranger will supply all cleaning supplies and equipment, brooms, etc. If you can help either or both of those days, please contact Laura Rogan who has volunteered to coordinate the clean up efforts at

  Cajun Country Corn Maze Girl Scout Day is November 3

Pack up the family for Cajun Country Corn Maze between opening day on September 29 - November 18, with Girl Scout Day set for November 3. You'll have a blast navigating your way through the giant maze design that celebrates the 200th Anniversary of Louisiana. A Scout patch will given free of charge to all Girl Scouts and their leaders. Girl Scouts and their family members will receive $2 off of their admission to the maze during Girl Scout Day if each person brings in a non perishable food item that will be given as a donation to the St. Vincent De Paul Food Kitchen. The Corn Maze will also give back to Girl Scouts Louisiana East $1 from each admission collected that day. Visit for directions.


 Cookie Program News

Save the date for the 2013 Cookie Program being held from January 18 - March 17! Its theme of "What Can a Girl Do? A World of Good" encourages girls to use their cookie money to lead Take Action Projects that have MORE IMPACT than ever before.


This Cookie Season we will be increasing our price to $4 per box (last price increase was nine years ago in 2004). Due to the price increase we will be changing our proceeds structure.


Girl Scouts Louisiana East Proceeds Structure:

Girl Scout troops receive proceeds from the Cookie Program to help cover the cost of Girl Scout and other educational activities. Because Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops may be involved in broader and more complex activities, like trips and service projects, which may require additional funds, they have the option to receive an increased per package profit in place of individual girl incentive items. The proceeds only option for Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador is NOT available to any other program grade level.


Proceeds with Incentives (this option is mandatory for Daisy and Brownie Troops):

PGA Based (Per Girl Average)

1 to 99 box  PGA = $0.45 per box

100 - 199 boxes PGA = $0.50

200 boxes and up PGA = $0.55


Proceeds without Incentives (this option is available for Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troops only. Troops must possess a majority vote in favor of this option in order to exercise the proceeds without incentive option) 

PGA Based (Per Girl Average) 

1 to 99 box  PGA = $0.55 per box

100 - 199 boxes PGA = $0.60

        200 boxes and up PGA = $0.65

PGA is based on girls selling, not on girls registered.


 Catholic Committee Fall Update

The inaugural meeting of the newly reformed Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting in the Archdiocese of New Orleans is Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in St. Rita Parish (Msgr. Champagne Center), 7100 Jefferson Hwy, corner of Raven Street, Harahan. The meeting will include a presentation by the new Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting, religious recognition counselor training, and, for those that need it, an archdiocesan safe environment training at the end. It is very important that at least one adult representative from each Catholic parish/school having Girl Scouts be present on October 20.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing or calling Cecilia Matherne in their office at 504-227-3221. If you have any questions, you may contact John Smestad, Jr. CYO Director at 504-227-3223 (direct line.)


The Baton Rouge Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting ( is quite active. This year two events occur on Sunday, October 14 at Our Lady of Mercy: The Glorious Mysteries Rosary patch program for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and a Religious Emblems Counselor Training.


Activities/events for October & November

Check out the website calendar to see what October and November events have been planned.  Go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, grade levels, times, fees, etc.


Oct. 5 - Fall Product Sale begins

Rescheduled from Aug. 31 Oct. 5 - LSU Soccer Clinic (all ages), Baton Rouge

NEW PRICE Oct. 6 - Girl Scout STEM Day featuring St. George Observatory (all ages), Donner

Oct. 6 - Garden Investigation Workshop at Longue Vue House & Gardens (grades 2-5), New Orleans

Oct. 6 - Girl Scout Day at Southern Food & Beverage Museum "Quick Pickling" (all ages), New Orleans

Oct. 7 - Family Picnic at Camp Marydale (all ages), St. Francisville

Full Oct. 13-14 - Paddle It Up! at CWP (grades 4-12), Independence

Oct. 13 - Racecars & Hybrids-Tools for Success (grades 4-12), New Orleans

Oct. 13 - Wild Things (all ages), Lacombe

Oct. 14 - Family Picnic at CWP (all ages), Independence

New/Free Oct. 14 - Art to Wear (grades 2-8), Baton Rouge

Oct. 14 - Catholic Committee on Scouting Baton Rouge Rosary Patch Program and Emblem Counselor Training (adults), Baton Rouge

Oct. 19-20 - Me & My Pal Weekend at Camp Marydale (grades 2-12 and pal age 21+), St. Francisville

Oct. 20 - It's Your Planet - Love It! Day at Fast Food Farm (all ages), Gramercy

Location Update Oct. 20 -  Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting, Archdiocese of New Orleans, meeting & training (adults), Harahan

New Oct. 24 - Juliette Low Birthday Skate Party (troops 154 & 781 money-earning activity for all ages), Terrytown

Oct. 26-28 - Pathway Olympic Adventure (individually registered Girl Scouts all ages & guardian), St. Francisville

Oct. 26 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (all ages), Metairie

New/Free Oct. 27 - Super Science Saturday (all ages), Baton Rouge

New Oct. 27 - Cajun Rollergirls Girl Scout Day (all ages), Houma

Oct. 28 - Family Picnic at Camp Covington (all ages), Covington

Oct. 28 - Fall Product Sale ends

Nov. 2 - 4 - Camporee Weekend at CWP (grades 4-12), Independence

New Nov. 2- 4, Leisure Learning Weekend (adults), Covington

Nov. 3 - Our Flower Garden Workshop at Longue Vue House and Gardens (grades K-1), New Orleans

New Nov. 3 - Cajun Country Corn Maze Girl Scout Day (all ages), Pine Grove

New Location Nov. 3 - Night at the Opera Orientation (grades 7-12), New Orleans

New/Free Nov. 4 - Fun & Fit,( grades 2-8), Baton Rouge

Nov. 4 - Meet U There (grades 7-12), New Orleans

Nov. 10 - Girl Scout Day at Southern Food & Beverage Museum "Orange Pomanders" (all ages), New Orleans

Nov. 10 - Paddleboard Experience (grades 7-12), New Orleans

Nov. 10 - Money Matters: Savvy Shopper (grades 4-6), New Orleans

Nov. 14 - Barber of Seville Night at the Opera (grades 7-12), New Orleans

Nov. 17 - Tulane Green Wave Cheer Clinic & Halftime performance (grades K-12), New Orleans

Nov. 17 - Girl Scout Day at Longue Vue House & Gardens (grades K-12), New Orleans

Nov. 18 - 20 - Holiday Horse Camp (grades 4-6), St. Francisville

New Nov. 18 - International Girls Day, Baton Rouge

Nov. 19 Take Action -Travel-Destinations Combination Learning Session (grades 7-12), Baton Rouge

Nov. 20 Take Action -Travel-Destinations Combination Learning Session (grades 7-12), New Orleans

Nov. 30 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (all ages), Metairie