May 2012
Week 1 


Note: All Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Centers will be closed Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 for All Staff Meetings. Staff will be unable to access email to receive or send messages during this period. 

Pearls of Wisdom

5 Quick Tips on Bridging 


1. Ask for help from other experienced Girl Scout volunteers.

2. Know the bridging requirements and plan ahead!

3. Work on a badge from the next level.

4. Make it FUN!

5. Invite family and community supporters to the bridging ceremony to make it a big deal for the girls!

- Melissa Shoaf, Girl Scout Volunteer, Prairie Star Service Unit


It's Camping Season!     

Make sure you are prepared for outdoor activities      


Troop 20945 of Salina
Thinking about a troop camping troop or a service unit day camp?  Volunteers need to complete GSKH Outdoor Leadership training before facilitating outdoor activities with girls.  The home-study Outdoor Leadership Basics 100 can be completed on your own time, and prepares volunteers to take troops or groups out for the day to hike, have a picnic, and get a taste of outdoor fun (without fire-building or outdoor cooking).  By completing Outdoor Leadership 101, volunteers will be qualified to plan and have backyard camp-outs, host and attend day camps, and have a camping adventure within their own community or stay at any Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Camp property (with the exception of semi-primitive camp sites). Volunteers will also be able to lead cookouts and have campfires.  Outdoor Leadership 201 provides additional skills necessary required for any overnight camping (tents, A-frames, rustic cabins, etc.) outside your community and semi-primitive camping.


Check out these upcoming combined Outdoor Leadership 101/201 courses.  All are $20 per volunteer, and registration is online.

After taking the appropriate Outdoor Leadership course, when you're ready to plan your troop camping trips, remember that:

  • All girls and adults going on the trip must be registered Girl Scout members.
  • Adults who are going on the trip must be approved through our Volunteer Application Process.
  • Be sure to collect all drivers' license and insurance information before you head out.
  • One volunteer must be First Aid/CPR certified.
  • Be sure to make your trip GIRL-LED!
  • Be sure to refer to the  Safety Activity Checkpoints!
  • Make sure that you have filled out the appropriate travel forms, including:
    • Participant list
    • Itemized budget
    • Driver information
    • Detailed Itinerary
    • Any additional insurance needed for high risk events

Spring into Action 

Looking for some springtime Girl Scout activities?      


The Girl Scout Journeys are great resources for find games and activities to try with your troops or groups!  The It's Your Planet: Love It series has outdoor, earth-friendly activities perfect for the spring and summer!  Here are a few suggestions that can be customized for girls of all levels:

  • Create art-in-nature (Daisy girl-book, page 58).
  • Make recycled paper (Junior girl-book, page 36).
  • Plan a feast of local foods (Senior adult-book, page 62)

What are YOU doing outside with Girl Scouts this season?




Quick Notes!   

Quick Links

  Coming Up for  



Sat May 5

NSC First Aid & CPR 



Sat May 19

Outdoor Leadership 101/201

Camp Starwoods/Clearwater


  Coming Up for  



Fri May 4 - CSA
Outdoor Leadership for Older Girls
Camp Four Winds/Leon
Fri May 4 - CSA
Great Bend
Fri May 4 - CSA
Camp Four Winds/Leon

Sat May 5 - DB
Spring Camporee
Camp Tablemound/ Independence

Sat May 5 - DB
Celebrate Spring:
Session 1

Sat May 5 - DB
Celebrate Spring:
Session 2

Sat May 5 - JCSA
Queens of the Dutch Oven

Sat May 5 - JCSA
Spring Congress Meeting, Service & Auction
Fri May 11 - J
Tablemound/ Independence


Fri May 11 - J

Estes park - Sixth Grade Trip

Estes Park, CO


Mon May 14 - SA




Sat May 19 - SA

OK Kids Day



Sat May 19 - CSA

Older Girl First Aid & CPR



Sun May 20 - C

Program Aide

Camp Starwoods/Clearwater


Mon May 21 - CSA

50th Annual Friendship Exchange - Japan Trip 2012


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