August 2012
Week 2

100 Years Of The Kansas State Fair 

Check Out How to Participate as a Girl Scout      



Join other Girl Scouts in celebrating the 100th anniversary! What better way than at the 100th Year of Kansas State Fairs? 

  • Compete for ribbons and cash prizes - enter a project in a large variety of categories
  • Demonstrate creativity - sign up as a troop/service unit to do demonstrations at the Girl Scout cabin
  • Seek it out - Girl Scouts can enter the scavenger hunt and get an exclusive bracelet that turns into a patch
  • Show your pride - wear your uniform
  • NEW this yearbuild a Dream Rocket!
  • Volunteer at the gates or at the Alumni Get-together. 

For additional details see the GSKH Blog.


National S'mores Day!  

Celebrate August 11th with Girl Scouts       GSKH


Did you know that the first mention of s'mores was found in a Girl Scout handbook in 1927?  August 11th is the annual day to celebrate this time honored Girl Scout tradition of s'more making.  Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland are gathering in support of this special day:

  • Join Girl Scouts in Atwood for the "Bring Yourself and S'more" event.  The event will include water activities, crafts, and songs. 
  • Join Girl Scouts in Ellis for the "National S'mores Day" event.  The fun will include service projects, wildlife fun, songs and of course s'mores! 
  • Register for either event here !    
  • If your troop, group or service unit celebrates National S'mores Day, be sure to send us details and pictures to share on the GSKH blog!



Travel Opportunity for Girls and Adults 

Encourage a girl to apply for this Presidential Environmental Award  


Take Action projects are an essential part of the journey series.  Through these projects girls can create a lasting impression by making a difference in the world around them.  Do you know a girl who completed the "It's Your Planet-Love It" journey book and accomplished her Take Action project to make a difference in the world?  Encourage her to apply for the Presidential Environmental Youth Award.   This is a great way that the president and EPA recognize youth for the efforts they are making to protect our environment.  Applications are due December 31st.  


Fall Opportunity Sale 

Volunteer Training Sessions Scheduled  


Our annual Fall Opportunity Sale (FOS) is an amazing way for girls to jump into their new Girl Scout year with a plan, extra dollars to allocate for those plans, and an opportunity to learn new skills along the way.  We partner with the Trophy Nut Company to offer a wide variety of great-tasting nut and candy products that girls may sell to friends and family members.


Volunteers must complete training to prepare for FOS.  See a list of sessions scheduled so far here. - additional sessions are still being scheduled, so check back for updates.  Register online for a training session from by clicking on "Online Registration," then "Adult Event Registration."


2012 FOS Dates

  • September 9 - 20 - Troops host Girl and Parent Meeting
  • September 21 - October 7 - Girls take FOS Orders
  • October 9 - Troop Orders Due
  • October 22 - 26 - Product arrives to SU Delivery Sites
  • October 26 - November 12 - Cupboards Open
  • November 12 - Money due from Girls

Get Ready for Sign Up for Scouting! 

Training for Recruiters in Wichita  


Volunteers serving as Girl and Adult recruiters - and anyone interested in those positions - are invited to attend a training session on school talks and sign-up nights at the Wichita Girl Scout Center.  The sessions will be held:

  • Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 14th at 6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in SUFS training in other areas, please contact your MVP specialist!

Thank you for helping us bring more girls and adults into Girl Scouting!


Cast your Vote! 

Girls can Vote For 2013 Cookie Program Reward Items!  


Please help spread the word to girls that voting is now open for the 2013Girl Scout Cookie Program reward items!  See more details here!


Pearls of Wisdom 

5 steps to starting your Girl Scout year off right!!  


The new Girl Scout year is just around the corner.  Are you working on getting your plans together?  Remember these simple steps as you embark on another year of Girl Scout success.


  1. Set the Tone - You set the tone for the girls-whether they are new to Girl Scouting or returning Girl Scouts-you want everyone to feel comfortable.
  2. Have Some Fun - Need an icebreaker to get things started? Try some games or energy burners. Get them up and moving and before you know it, everyone's having fun!
  3. Mix it Up  - It's only natural for girls to want to stay with what's familiar-but cliques aren't cool! Encourage the girls to make new friends within the troop or group. Remind them of that Girl Scout classic: "Make new friends, but keep the old..."
  4. Ask the Girls - Girl involvement is vital for success. Whether it's deciding which petals to earn, where to take a trip, or what type of community service project they do, girls need to have a say in what they do. Encourage the girls to find activity ideas and to get them thinking about what they'd like to discuss and do.
  5. Chill Out - Everyone has hectic schedules-both you and the girls! They need to put their feet up, chat with friends, and have some down time. And so do you! Remember-you have a lot of support. Your Girl Scout council is available to help! From leader and advisor guides, to the latest research, there's a world of strategies available to you.


*From Helen Orloff, GSUSA


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 Jennifer Amrein.

Quick Links

Coming Up for 



Tues Aug 7

FOS Training



Thurs Aug 9

FOS Training



Sat Aug 11

South Central Learning Conference

Camp Starwoods/Clearwater


Sat Aug 11

FOS Training

Garden City


Mon Aug 13

FOS Training



Tue Aug 14

 FOS Training



Thurs Aug 16

FOS Training



Mon Aug 20

FOS Training 



Tues Aug 21

FOS Training



Thurs Aug 23

FOS Training




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