January 2012
Week 2

Announcing the NEW Service Delivery Model   

New positions for our dedicated volunteers


GSUSASince 2005, GSUSA and councils across the country have worked together to build our capacity and move the organization forward. Teams have worked to develop new resources, grade levels, and outcomes based on developing girls as leaders.  We have seen a recommitment to service, a refreshed logo, and the development of new pathways that allow girls and volunteers to fit Girl Scouting into their lives.  We are continuing to move forward towards the vision of an inclusive Girl Scout program built on the Girl Scout Leadership experience, and girls Discovering, Connecting, and Taking Action.  We want to think beyond troops, open the door for more volunteers in pathway roles,  and find ways to support volunteers that are welcoming, engaging and meaningful.  We have developed the new service delivery model (SDM) in order to meet the needs of volunteers in every pathway...(Click here to continue reading)


Cookie News 

It's cookie Time! 

  • This is an exciting time of the year for Girl Scouts as they start selling America's Favorite cookies on January 21st.  Did you know that five of the Girl Scout Cookies are among the top 10 selling cookies in the US?  That's right!  Only the Oreo cookie out sells the Girl Scout Thin Mints.  Girl Scout Cookies are sold by girls with volunteer support in just six weeks, while the other top five are sold year round in retail stores. 
  • 9 out 10 consumers will by Girl Scout cookies if asked. Help your Girl Scouts create a list of customers to, friends, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, and more!  By asking people they know, girls will find success in selling cookies and learning valuable customer service skills.
  • It doesn't take much to get Girl Scouts excited about selling America's favorite cookies.  Consider conducting a fun cookie activity at the meeting that you hold in the next couple of weeks with parents and girls. Find cookie activity activities here!  
  • From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make the world a better place.  The Shortbread cookie will be featured in a commemorative 100th anniversary box highlighting the girls of today and yesterday! What better cookie to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting than the cookie that started it all!  


Pearls of Wisdom

Juliette Low
Juliette "Daisy" Low 

5 tips on preparing for the cookie sale 


1. When times, dates, and deadlines are set - stick to them. 

2. Be very clear at your Cookie Meeting about everything that needs to be covered with girls and parents. 

3. Write in dates of when money is due and cookie orders are due on info packets for parents.

4. Don't wait until the last minute to go online and set up your troops.

5. Learn from the girls and have some fun with it. 


*Kat Mascareno, Troop 20145 Leader, Herington 


In 1914, Juliette Gordon Low sold her pearls to fund the cost of expanding the Girl Scout movement across the United States. It is a symbol of personal sacrifice and sharing.  Do you have your own pearls of wisdom to share? Send them to Holly Slawkowski. 


Healthy Media Images Campaign

Join us in Salina with Special Guest Peggy Orenstein


Kansas Wesleyan University will co-host "Media (Re)flections: Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Mass Communications" with the Girls Scouts of Kansas Heartland January 30 through February 1, 2012, on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University. This three-day event includes a book signing and lecture by nationally-renown author Peggy Orenstein, as well as screenings of "Killing Us Softly 4" and "Tough Guise," and two panel discussions.


January 30:     7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Auditorium, "Killing Us Softly 4" with panel.  

January 31:     6 p.m. at the Student Activity Center, Peggy Orenstein book signing.

                        7 p.m. at Sams Chapel, Peggy Orenstein lecture.

                        8 p.m. at the Student Activity Center, book signing and reception.

February 1:     7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Auditorium, "Tough Guise" with panel.  


All events are free and open to the public. Contact Sara Netteingham at 785.827.3679 or for more information.

About the keynote speaker:
Peggy Orenstein is an internationally acclaimed writer and speaker on issues affecting girls and women. She is author of the New York Times best-sellers, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy as well as the classic SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Elle, Discover, More, Mother Jones, Salon, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker, and contributes commentaries to NPR's "All Things Considered."





S.T.E.M. Updates

Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering


-Future engineers wanted! The Society of Women Engineers in Wichita will be hosting their annual Engineering Expo Saturday, February 25th at the Spirit HR Center. This event is free to all girls in grades K-8 who are interested in engineering, experiments, or just trying new things. Click here for details.


-Attention Girl Scout volunteers and troop leaders! Are your girls interested in robotics? Would you like to learn more about how you can include robotics in troop activities or even start a robotics troop in your area? Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is on a mission to expand Robotroops across the council! The Society of Women Engineers would like to invite you to attend Challenge Day at Wichita State University on Saturday, March 10. Lego Mindstorm coaches would love to help you get started and answer any questions.


For more info about the Engineering Expo or Robotics troops,

contact Stacy Ward Lattin at (316) 684-6531 or 




Scholarship Info for Older Girl Scouts

Suggestions to help them plan ahead for college applications


GSUSA has  compiled a list of universities/colleges, foundations, and Girl Scout councils that offer scholarships, awards, and grants to Girl Scouts. Also, reading GSUSA's  College Planning Resources will help your older Girl Scouts in getting started.


For additional information on college scholarships, they can contact their high school guidance counselor or reach out to the financial-aid office of the school they wish to attend. With some targeted research, they can uncover all sorts of helpful information on securing grants and scholarships.



Catch the Travel Bug  

New Council Trips are on the Horizon


March 2012: Mall of America Trip 2012

Enjoy all of the many Girl Scout activities at the Mall of America, and explore local attractions. Click here for more info. Deposit is due 1/30/12.


May 2012: Japan Trip 2012   

This is the 50th Annual Friendship Exchange between the Kiryu Girl Scouts (Japanese) and Yokosuka Girl Scouts (American). Click here for more info. 
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2012

Contact Faith Martin at(316) 684-6531 or for more information.


Quick Links


Coming Up for Volunteers


Click for Cookie Training Dates


 Click for Cookie Kick-Off Events


Coming Up for Girls 


Thu Jan 26 - C
Silver Award Orientation

Thu Jan 26 - SA
Gold Award Orientation

Fri Jan 27 - DBJ

Sat Jan 28 - CSA

Sat Jan 28 - All

Tue Jan 31 - All
Media Refletions - Special Guest Peggy Orenstien

Fri Feb 3 - All
Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance
Sat Feb 4 - All
You're On Stage

Sat Feb 4 - All
Skate the Girl Scout Way

Mon Feb 6 - C
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