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Only 19 Days to Convention
The Great Escape Weekend
Volunteers Needed
Are You a Tough Cookie?
The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
Dedicate a Flower
Girl Scouts in the News
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52nd National Convention


October 21, 2011

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Only 19 Days to Convention  
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Three days of celebration.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Join us.

The time spent together in Houston at the 2011 National Council Session/52nd Convention this November will be historic, euphoric -- and unconventional. The party will be bigger. The speakers and entertainment will be unforgettable. The business sessions will be streamlined to leave more time for thoughtful conversations about where we are and where we're going.

Make a promise to yourself that you will join us.
You will rejoice that you did.

Snapshot of Opportunities See the entire convention schedule here.

2011 National Council Session
The Great Escape Weekend -- November 4-6
Not yet registered for The Great Escape Weekend? No worries! You have until Wednesday, October 26 to turn in your registration form to be a part of this great weekend, complete with leaning new things, making new friends, and, what we all need, relaxation! Get all the details and a registration form here.
San Antonio Puppy Up! Walk Needs Volunteers
It began with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer one mile, one city, and one person at time. Luke Robinson with his two dogs walked 2000 miles from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise he made to his dog Malcolm who died from this horrible disease.

2 Million Dogs was formed on the belief that if 2 dogs can walk 2000 miles to bring awareness to cancer surely 2 million dogs can walk 2 miles. Our mission benefits the study of canine cancer and comparative oncology.

Girl Scouts ages 10 and up and their families are needed to volunteer for San Antonio Puppy Up! Walk on Sunday, November 6 at McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger,San Antonio, 78232. The walk will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will be held rain or shine.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Lea Ann Goettsch (210-842-7157).
Are You a Tough Cookie?
Tough Cookies The best way to solve America's leadership crisis is to put more women in top leadership roles. And the best way to grow tomorrow's women leaders is to grow strong girl leaders today.

Tough Cookies, written by Kathy Cloninger, is the story of Girl Scouting's 100-year legacy of developing ethical, confident leaders, and about girls and young women who are already proving they can make their country and this world a better place.

Read more about the book and watch a video from Kathy Cloninger here.
Important Information regarding the
Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
The all new Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting has been such a big hit that it's flying off the shelves across the country!

Girl Scout Junior Girl's Guide to Girl ScoutingPlease note -- If you are on GSSWT's shop pre-order list, do NOT call the shop -- they are calling everyone on the list and you will be contacted. Once contacted, you will need to pick up your order by the shop's date or they will go back into the inventory.

Thank you for your patience.

Learn more about the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting here!

Dedicate a Flower on the
Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float 

Be a part of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 2, 2012! The spectacular float, designed and decorated by Girl Scouts, will celebrate our centennial anniversary and be viewed by an international audience of more than 50 million!
Girl Scouts hopes that all girls, adults, staff and volunteers will want to join in the excitement and ride "virtually" on the float. For a $5 donation, which will support the float, anyone can make a Float Flower Dedication and specify a name of their choice to be put on the float and "ride" the parade route. People have dedicated flowers for their daughters, troop leaders, volunteers, mothers or in memory of a loved one -- the possibilities are endless.
Please consider joining in on this unique opportunity and telling your friends too! Visit Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles website to get your name on the float or make a dedication in honor of a Girl Scout, alumna, troop leader, family member or friend today. And don't forget to watch the Girl Scouts' float live on January 2, 2012 in the Tournament of Roses Parade!

Questions? Email us!

Girl Scouts in the News

October 12, 2011 -- All Things Considered, NPR

Alisha Niehaus of Girl Scouts of the USA talked to host Guy Raz about a big update: For the first time in a quarter-century, they've completely overhauled the system of badges that Scouts can earn. Read the entire story here.

KSAT 12 News -- Girl Scouts Changing With The Times

It's just about 100 years and counting for the Girl Scouts. The long-standing organization was founded in 1912. But in order to keep up with a fast-moving society, the group is celebrating their centennial with a major overhaul. See the video here.

Learn more about these great changes and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting here

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