Happy Cookie New Year!

It's Cookie Time! Hope your troop had a fantastic 2nd weekend of order taking!!


Lots of links to support you, girls and parents. They are available to you on our web page www.gsksmo.org/cookies. Items include door hangers, thank you cards, CoCoMobile, cookie training and so much more!


As you know, all cookie proceeds stay local. Sometimes you are faced with questions from parents and customers, and we encourage you to share the what can a cookie do breakdown on our website. And looking for more about the 5 skills girls learn? Check out a great video just for girls!


Are you looking for Cookie Program patches, like my first cookie program and more fun items - check out the GSKSMO Shop for all your needs!


 Cookie Season of Fun and Skill-Building!

We are proud to feature two fantastic Cookie Program Rallies, one for North Kansas City troops and one for troops in Junction City, Manhattan, Topeka and surrounding areas. A huge thank you to Amber Cannady and Kathryn Pierce for making these events possible!


Both events featured workshops helping girls practice their 5 skills from learning all about the cookies, practicing making the pitch to the customer, blinging out their booth, counting change and even learning a cookie cheer. It was all about FUN while skill-building. Around 300 girls attended each event!  


We will be sending shop gift certificates to both Amber and Kathryn. We also want to give honorable mention to Junior Troop 41975 and Cadette Troop 7609 who led 57 Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts from Baldwin City and Lawrence through Cookie Program Badge activities. Way to go, girls!


Send us your story - How does your troop celebrate World Thinking Day? Stories can be sent to prdept@gsksmo.org by January 31 for an opportunity to be featured in the February S'MORE and a $20 shop gift certificate.


 Council Trainer Meet & Greets

Spend a fun and informative time with our Council Train the Trainer Team!


Meet the Training team and get up to speed on:

  • The role of the Council Trainer
  • What it takes to become a Council Trainer
  • Council Training needs and subject matters

Saturday, January 18
9:30 - 11:30 am
East Hills Public Library in St. Joseph, Missouri
RSVP by January 15

Saturday, January 25
9:30 - 11:30 am
Topeka & Shawnee Public Library in Topeka, Kansas
RSVP by January 22

Monday, January 27
6:00 - 9:00 pm
GSKSMO Office in Kansas City, Missouri
RSVP by January 23

If you know someone who is interested in becoming a trainer, please forward this invitation. For questions, please contact (816) 759-3016 or by email.


SPARK Event at Garmin

Does your Cadette want to learn more about STEM outside of the classroom?  Registration is now open for the Garmin Spark Event, February 13 in Olathe, Kansas.  Learn about a career in STEM with a factory tour of Garmin's International headquarters, and do hands-on experiments to learn about coding and electronic circuitry.  Space is limited, so register today!  There will be more Spark Events this spring, so stay tuned for details.

 Make your Spring Program Reservations Today!

Spring program dates for horses, zipline, archery and rappelling are now available online. Check out the interactive calendar for the dates. 

 2014 National Young Women of Distinction Award

The National Young Women of Distinction is the designation, and a special honor, conferred by GSUSA on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.   


This outstanding opportunity is for Gold Award Recipients who completed their Gold Award between May 1, 2012 and March 1, 2014. 

Each NYWOD will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship made possible by the Kappa Delta Foundation. The NYWOD will be nationally recognized at the 2014 National Council Session/53rd National Convention. In addition, NYWOD may be invited to serve as representatives for the national organization at speaking engagements, and/or other Girl Scout-related events.


An email has been sent to all eligible Gold Award Recipients with detailed information and the application. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, March 3 by 4:30 pm.


Questions: Contact Cindy Beals, Manager - Girl Awards & Teen Experience, 816-759-3021 or cindybeals@gsksmo.org.

 The DuPont Challenge

The DuPont Challenge is an essay competition for students in grades 7-12 that focuses on scientific and technological developments that create solutions to humanity's most pressing global challenges.  If your Girl Scout is working on the Breathe, Sow What, or Justice Journey, she will have a lot to say about feeding the world, building a secure energy future, protecting the environment and being innovative.  The deadline is January 31. Check out this link for all the details and keep us posted if she submits an essay. 


You Make all the Difference!

You made a big difference to Girl Scouts in 2013! Parents, Troop Leaders, and Volunteers like you gave more than $10,000 this past year to support girls in our Council.


Your contributions helped make it possible for girls to participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) experiences last year.


Thanks to you, Girl Scouts across our Council were able to take advantage of enriching programs in the arts, healthy living, financial literacy, service, and sports.


And your gift helped offer girls so much more...


This Council is your Council.  We exist to serve you and your daughters - to provide the very best for girls. We know you will help us meet our goals in 2014!


Happy New Year, and thank you for all you do to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

Upcoming Events

You Schedule It!

Quest Credit Union

All Ages and Families

Topeka, Fort Riley and Lenexa, Kansas

Multiple Date Options

Nelson Atkins Museum

Brownie - Ambassador

Kansas City, Missouri

You Schedule It!

Sunset Zoo

Daisy - Ambassador

Manhattan, Kansas

You Schedule It!

St. Joe Animal Control and Rescue


St. Joseph, Missouri

Multiple Date Options

Kansas City Zoo

Brownie - Ambassador

Kansas City, Missouri 

Even more events can be found on the
interactive calendar


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