December 2011
Week 3

Introducing GS101 

A new and improved training for volunteers!GSUSA


Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has updated and streamlined two former online trainings into one new online training called Girl Scouting 101.  Beginning now (December 2011/January 2012), we will just have two required trainings for new leaders, GS101 (online), and Intro to Troop Managements, scheduled with your MVP Specialist or a Service Unit volunteer. Volunteers who have taken the previous two trainings will not be required to go back and complete GS101, but new volunteers should begin with GS101 now.


Girl Scouting 101 introduces new volunteers to Girl Scouts' to Journey resources and The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting, along with cookie sales, safety guidelines, and much more.   The training should take about 45 minutes to complete, and you can find it at You will need to enter the password: aboutGS101.


S'mores University    100 Things 

2nd Annual Girl Scout Volunteer Conference in Southeast Kansas!


Think that you need s'more Girl Scout training? Southeast Kansas volunteers have organized the second annual S'mores University, where volunteers will learn behind-the-scenes tips on running a troop, how to effectively use the Girl Scout journey books, and much more! This is also the place for the winter area meeting AND cookie training!  


S'mores University will be Saturday, January 7 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an optional overnight starting 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 6. Cost is $10 for breakfast and lunch on Saturday, or $5 just for lunch, with the proceeds going to Parsons Girl Scout troops. The location is the Wesley United Methodist Church at 500 N. Leawood in Parsons.


Friday night you can bring your favorite pj's, sleeping bag, and air mattress, and enjoy an evening of connecting with other leaders, create a Forever Green craft, play games, and learn songs. Saturday, choose your classes, interact with other leaders, enjoy a fashion show, and attend cookie training.


To register, contact Becky Falke at (620)421-2427 or


Countdown to the 2012 Cookie Sale   100 Things   

40 Days to go!


Don't forget to sign-up for Cookie Sale training in your area so you can learn how to have a successful sale and receive your Troop's Cookie Sale Materials.Click Here to see a list of the trainings. You can register for training at  GSKH online registration system,  Ultra Camp. You may also RSVP by sending an e-mail to, please include your Name, Service Unit, Troop Number, and Training Session in the email.  


Please remember that troop cookie managers must be registered adult Girl Scouts, with approved volunteer applications and criminal background checks. If you are recruiting any new helpers, please work with your MVP specialist to get those new volunteers approved and appointed!


Plan now to one of the Cookie Kickoff events held across the state. Statistics show that girls that attend a Cookie Kickoff event have a more successful Cookie Sale.  Click here for a listing of the Cookie Kickoff Events.



Parsons Volunteers Celebrate Girl Scout Traditions

Bringing the holiday season to their community!


Parsons Christmas Tree

The Parsons volunteers have gathered together many Girl Scout items to decorate a Christmas tree for public display at the City Offices/Municipal Building in Parsons. They also put up a great poster in front of the tree that talks about Girl Scouting both nationally and locally. See what they said and more photos by Clicking Here. 


Thanks for showing your Girl Scout spirit, Parsons volunteers!


Quick Links


Coming Up for Volunteers


Click for Cookie Training Dates


 Click for Cookie Kick-Off Events

Coming Up for Girls 


Sun Jan 1 - CSA 

Winter Congress Event - "Defy the Ordinary - UBU"



Sun Jan 1 - CSA 

 Winter Congress Event - "Money Matters"

Garden City  

Sat Jan 7
Science Sleuth

 Other Dates

Monday thru Friday,

December 26-30, 2011  

All Offices Closed 


Monday, January 2, 2012  

All Offices re-open


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Contact Information
Holly Slawkowski
Volunteer Services Manager
Phone: (620) 778-8463
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