We are excited to announce that we will now be using a Direct  

Sale format for the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Beginning January 13, 2012, girls will have packages of cookies IN HAND to sell across the state. This means that girls will learn five essential skills -- goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, business ethics -- AND they will be actively selling during the entire program! It also means that customers will immediately have their favorite cookies!


For all the details, click here. 

If you are participating in the 2012 Cookie Program and you have not sent us your intent form, please do so now.

Creighton University
Medical Center Needs You

Adolescence has been recognized as a key time in life in which young girls are at risk of becoming overweight. Creighton University Medical Center's Dairy Diaries project is recruiting 13-14 year old girls for a one-year study looking at the role dairy intake has on weight management. Watch their video. This study proposes that increasing the intake of dairy foods, which are easily accessible and nutrient-rich, will actually help reduce the risk of becoming overweight in these young girls. Adolescent girls in various weight ranges are needed for this study. See their flyer here and send an email if you would like to participate.  

artVenture 2012
Deadline Extended
The artVenture application deadline has been extended to Friday, December 9!
Unleash your creativity! artVenture 2012 is just around the corner. Open to Girl Scouts of all ages, artVenture pairs girls with artists in their communities. Working together, the girls and artists create one-of-a-kind pieces of art for our annual artVenture auctions. You'll learn a new art medium or technique, have fun creating something amazing and also give back to Girl Scouts! Youth Artists Applications here. New for 2012... applications must be accompanied by the $5 application fee. Email Lori Williamson or call
877.447.5558 x239 for more information.
Now Accepting
Delegate Nominations

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is accepting nominations,  

from all members of all ages, for the position of Delegate or Alternate Delegate. 

  • The nominee must be a registered Girl Scout, 14 years of age or older.
  • Individuals CAN nominate themselves or someone else.
  • There is no limit as to how many individuals you can nominate.

For more information and a delegate nomination form, go here. You can email or mail your nomination to Kristin Barnett, 2121 S. 44th St. Omaha, NE 68105.

Distinguish Yourself!   

Girl Award Workshops

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

Are you ready to learn more on how to plan and prepare for your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award project? Sign up for a Girl Award Workshop and find out more about the process. The next workshop is December 10, 2011 in Lincoln at Southview Christian Church. Jump start your awards project and sign up now.

Girl Scout Pathways 

As you travel the Girl Scout Pathways, there is much to be discovered and rewards waiting for you along the way. Choose the Pathway that best suits you and don't forget to bring your passport!

Want to know more? Open the Annual Program Book here.


Event Pathway


Go Nuts at the Nutcracker  


Join the Midwest Ballet Company and Nutcracker cast members for a special "High Tea Party," which will provide you with ample opportunities to mingle with family, friends and cast members in full costume.Then enjoy the classic story of The Nutcracker; make this a treasured tradition for everyone in the family.


Healthy U   

Daisies and Brownies

Discover what it takes to keep your body in tip-top condition. Explore the world of germs through hands-on experiments and create your very own hand sanitizer and lotion! Start the New Year by maintaining a Healthy U!


Lock-In at "The Y" 
All Grade Levels

Stay up all night hanging with friends and enjoy swimming, crafts, games and much more! No need to keep your voices down as we have the whole place to ourselves.


Winter Wonder Camp  NEW PROGRAM!    


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bundle up and join us at Camp Crossed Arrows for a winter wonderland adventure.  Explore the slopes with downhill sledding and build the ultimate snowman. No snow? No worries. We will go hiking and explore camp with a winter scavenger hunt. Warm up by the fire with hot cocoa and spend time decorating sugar cookies and more!



Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

Sunday, January 22, 2012  

Join us for an afternoon devoted to "you" that will change the way you look at being healthy. In collaboration with the Lincoln Yoga Center, you will learn massage techniques, the impact of stress on the body, and healthy eating lead by professionals in young women's health.


Series Pathway


Heroines' Book Club    


Go on an exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors. Learn from these women and tap into your own inner strength to live your life with intelligence and grace.



Blast to the Past
Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

Ever wonder what it takes to create, design and build extravagant sets for Girl Scout programs? Experience the process firsthand as you work with professionals to create the sets for the upcoming "Blast to the Past" event. Get your creative juices flowing and sign up for this three-month series where discover significant dates in Girl Scout history.


Travel Pathway   


Girl Scouts Rock the Mall! 
Juniors through Ambassadors

June 7-10, 2012 / $800 

Join thousands of Girl Scouts in the nation's capitol for a special 100th Anniversary Sing-Along! Visit historic sites and museums and participate in special Girl Scout activities commemorating this special celebration! We are accepting just a few more participants for this trip. The registration deadline is December 16, 2011.   

NEW: Juniors may now also register, if accompanied by a parent or leader. Also open to all Cadettes and older.


Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors

July 9-17, 2012 / $1500 

Come along to Cuernavaca, Mexico as we visit one of the four Girl Scout World Centers! Develop friendships with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the globe; enjoy cross-cultural activities including traditional Mexican crafts! Take part is a service project with the community when local children visit Our Cabana for a day of activities. Enjoy day trips to Taxco, the silver capitol of Mexico and Tepoztlan, a traditional Mexican craft town. Throughout your stay, enjoy games, songs, activities, campfires, flag ceremonies and much, much more! The registration deadline has been extended to January 13, 2012.

World Thinking Day   

Each year on World Thinking Day, girls worldwide participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is girls worldwide say "we can save our planet."   

Plan now to attend a Spirit of Nebraska World Thinking Day Event:    

Saturday, February 11 (9 a.m.-12 p.m. OR 1 p.m.-4 p.m.) at University of Nebraska at Omaha

Email Lori Williamson at or call her at 877-447-5558 x239.


Sunday, March 4 (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) at University of Nebraska at Kearney

Email Jen Barker at or call her at 800.627.5940.


Troops wanting to "adopt" a country and offer an interactive exhibit at the event should contact the event coordinator for the event they want to participate in.


Click here to find out more about World Thinking Day.  

AT&T Employee

Matching Gift Initiative 

AT&T has announced a special matching gifts initiative just for AT&T employees in honor of our centennial.  If AT&T employees make a gift to their local Girl Scout council or to GSUSA between now and Dec. 31, 2011, AT&T will match their gifts dollar for dollar up to $500,000. Employee gifts made to Girl Scouts through the 2012 United Way/Employee Giving campaign will also be matched. 

AT&T Employees can visit the company intranet, AT&T Insider or tSpace to learn more (search Girl Scouts Centennial) for details.

Holiday Food Drive 

Celebrate the spirit of the season and help stock the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Join Channel Six for the Heartland on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m. until Noon. See their flyer for details.

In This Issue
Delegate Nominations
Girl Awards Workshop
Girl Scout Pathways
World Thinking Day
Service Centers
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