Girls Take the Lead
One of the main goals in Girl Scouting is that activities are girl-led. With Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts, this could be that girls are given choices and allowed to vote. With Cadettes and up, girls are empowered to do a majority of the planning for a trip or activity.
  
Two great examples of girl-led were shared at recent Service Unit meetings. A Brownie leader divided her girls into Elf Patrols. Each patrol was given a special responsibility during the troop meeting. She created the Clean-Up Elves, the Opening Elves, the Closing Elves, etc. Roles and responsibilities were changed at each meeting, giving girls the ability to experience different forms of leadership.
  
Another leader was working with her girls to select a country for their Service Unit Thinking Day / International Fair. In order for a country to be considered by the troop, a girl had to present basic information about the country to the other girls including food and craft ideas. Once all the countries were presented, girls voted on their favorite choice.
  
Let us know how you are inspiring girls to take the lead. We would love to share your creative ideas with others.
 Take Action Mini Grants Now Available
 New this year! We will be offering up to 20 grants for up to $100 to support Take Action Projects. These grants are available for any Girl Scout troop or individual Girl Scout completing a Take Action Project or Bronze, Silver, Gold Award Project.
  
The first deadline is February 1 for projects that will be completed between March - June 2013. Visit our website for more information.
  
 

Azteca's Shine On Fund - Grants Available

Azteca Foods, Inc. wants to support teens helping others! The Azteca Shine On Fund was created to help young adults make a difference in their community.
  
If you are working on your Gold Award, Silver Award or a Take Action Project, check out the Azteca website and apply for a chance to win $500.
  
 Cookies Take 2 - Great Booth Sale Locations

Thank you to all troops participating in Cookies Take 2!  If you haven't started yet and would like to take part, there is still time. We hear from customers every day who want more cookies and with national media focused on GS Cookie Day on February 8 we anticipate even more calls.

 

Community booth sales offer a nice opportunity to reach customers. Great locations remain at Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee across greater KC and Bass Pro in Olathe. The booth lottery is complete and now shifts can be signed up for on a first come / first serve basis. Sign-up for a shift today!

 

See all the Cookies Take 2 details now.

 

Have a question or don't have a SNAP account, let us know.

 Gold Award Paperwork Due and Honors Ceremony
  
The Honors Ceremony celebrating our Gold Award recipients is right around the corner being held on Saturday, March 9 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Missouri.
  
As a reminder, Gold Award projects must be completed and final paperwork submitted to the council by January 15, 2013 if girls are planning to participate in this year's ceremony.
  
For more information on the Gold Award paperwork, please visit our website.
 On Time T-Shirts and Year of the Girl Sale
Thank you to all troops that ordered on time registration t-shirts! We hope the girls are having fun wearing them. We still have a few troops who ordered shirts, but have not picked them up. If you are looking for your shirts, we have them and hope you will visit us soon.
  
If you are looking for another way to celebrate your Girl Scout experience, we are offering a 20% discount on all Year of the Girl merchandise from pencils to shirts to charms.
  
Visit the GS Shop in person or online today!
 
Upcoming Community Program Events

February 17, 2013

A Musical Kaleidoscope

Juniors

University of Central Missouri 

Warrensburg, Missouri

 

Programs You Can Schedule!

 

Science of Rock 'n' Roll

All Ages

Union Station

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Remington Nature Center - Nature Workshops

All Ages

Remington Nature Center

St. Joseph, Missouri

 

 

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