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Mardi Gras World
January Patch of the Month
WInter Connections
Troop Night at the Hive
Shell Saturday
Join Us Feb.23
Cookie Season is here
Council Survey
Town Meetings
2013 Women of Distinction
Summer Camp
Red Cross MLK Day of Service
Jan-March events
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Looking for a place to celebrate your Girl Scout's special day? Birthdays at Mardi Gras World are always a special treat! And don't forget you can add a tour to the party and your troop can earn the council's History of Mardi Gras patch! Give us a call, and follow us on Facebook for Mardi Gras World updates.

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January Patch of the Month activity    

We love the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, do you?!Check out the January Patch of the Month activity which has been uploaded to the website along with the answer key.

GSLE Winter Connections
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The Winter 2013 issue of Connections is at the printer and will be mailed next week, but it's online now!  We tried to include as many photos as possible, but it's obvious our troops are busy, out in the community, discovering, connecting, and taking action! A big thank you to Mardi Gras World, this issue's Sponsor!

Your Girl Scout Troop Night at the Hive

Bring your troop to a New Orleans Hornets game for a night full of basketball, sisterhood, and opportunities to learn about teamwork, commitment and hardwork. Troops and families can get discounted tickets as low as $7, be recognized at the game on the Buzz Vision, and take a group photo on the court with some of the Honeybees. There are also opportunities to earn Hornets Scout patches! Contact Denton Faerber at 504-593-4748 to schedule your troop night!


Shell Saturday is March 2

Girls, grades 4 -8, are invited to join Shell and the LSU AgCenter for a day of environmental related exploration, appreciation, and rejuvenation!  The group will be planting native species as well as performing scientific experiments focusing on environmental sustainability.  Click here for more information. 

 Join us February 23 for It's Your Story, Tell It! Day with the NFL Saints Experience, Gayle Benson, and more!

QB challenge Girls, grades 4 to 12, are invited to participate in a day of activities and presentations by the NFL Saints Experience, New Orleans Hornets, NCAA Athletics, Thibodaux Playhouse, John Folse Culinary Institute, and many other groups and organizations on Saturday, February 23, at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.


Gayle Benson, wife of Saints/Hornets owner Tom Benson, will offer the keynote during an event designed to help girls build a strong sense of self esteem.  The fee is $10 per girl (no charge for adults), and girls do not have to be working on this Girl Scout journey to participate on Feb. 23.  A meal voucher of $8 is also being offered for a full buffet lunch in the campus dining hall if pre-ordered by the February 1 registration deadline. Click here for additional information!

Cookie Season is here!

cookie packagingWith new cookie packaging showcasing the five financial literacy skills the Cookie Program teaches girls, and girls participating in Cookies for a Change and Gift of Caring, this year's Girl Scout Cookie Program, running January 18- March 17, will surely do a World of Good!  We encourage you to attend the Cookie rally in your area, for fun games, safety tips, and cookie-tasting!


Click here to see the cookie rewards!


Give us your opinion and enter to win a sampler pack of Girl Scout cookies! 

Girl Scouts Louisiana East wants to gain key insights into how you feel Girl Scouting is doing within our 23-parish jurisdiction, and what you believe are the challenges and opportunities the council will face over the next three years.


Please complete this short, confidential survey available online by clicking here OR download the printable survey and return it to: Council Survey, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121. Names are optional, and will not be shared. Persons completing the survey will be entered in a drawing for a sampler pack of Girl Scout cookies (8 boxes). Surveys must be completed and submitted by February 15, 2013 to be eligible for the drawing (age 18 and older).  

  Council to hold Town Meetings this winter

Girl Scout volunteers, parents, and other interested registered members are invited to attend one of the council's Town Hall Meetings being scheduled in each of the council's four regions this winter. The town hall meeting setting provides the council the opportunity to share information on current and future plans and activiites, as well as dialogue with its membership and their needs and interests.


The Region 1 Town Hall meeting will be Tuesday, February 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Regional Service Center, 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge. The Region 4 meeting will be Thursday, February 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at council headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson. Region 2 (Bayou & River Parishes) will meet on Tuesday, March 19, location and time to be announced, and Region 3 (Northshore) will meet on Thursday, March 21, location and time to be announced.


For additional information, please see your membership executive or contact Robin Guillmette, Chief Operations Officer, at 800-644-7571, ext. 1237 or

Nominations being accepted for 2013 Women of Distinction 

Last fall the council recognized its first class of Women of Distinction at the Centennial Luncheon: our legacy council board/presidents.  We will be continuing this elite recognition and will be accepting nominations for the 2013 Women of Distinction from January 15-March 15.  If selected, the women will be recognized at a Women of Distinction event on September 27, 2013 in Baton Rouge.


Click here for the fillable nomination form.


 Catch the Camp Spirit this Summer!

It's never too early to start planning your summer, and the summer camp information is already up on the website! There are few experiences more impactful in a child's life than a summer camp adventure. Days and nights are full of fantastic activities from rock climbing to swimming to horseback riding to crafting to archery.


Girl Scouts Louisiana East will continue a long-time tradition by offering summer resident camp at its three camp properties, offering a variety of session themes this summer. Campers are encouraged to pick a session that fits their interests and schedule.

Interested in learning more about summer camp? Camp Open House (April 7, 14, and 21) is for parents and girls new to our camps and the overnight camp sessions, to allow you to visit with summer staff and tour the grounds. No reservation is needed.

  Red Cross MLK Day of Service
Volunteer at the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region / Louisiana Capital Area Chapter's Fire Prevention Neighborhood Canvassing in honor of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. The Fire Prevention canvassing event will take place on Monday, January 21, from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the 70805 and 70807 zip codes residential areas of Baton Rouge. (lunch provided at 12:30).
All youth under age 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult, with a one adult to three youth ratio. Registration forms will be sent to those interested in volunteering. Contact information: Barbara Bourgeois at 225-456-5555 or The registration deadline is January 16 before 5 p.m.

Activities/events for January - March

Check out the website calendar to see what January - March events have been planned.  Go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, grade levels, times, fees, etc.


Jan. 18 - Cookie Pre-order Begins

Jan. 19 - Hornets Dance Clinic (all ages), New Orleans
Jan. 20 - LSU Women's Basketball Girl Scout Night, Baton Rouge
Jan. 21 - Council offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Birthday
Jan. 21 - Red Cross MLK Service Day, Baton Rouge
Jan. 25 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (age 5-15), Metairie
Jan. 26 - Bronze, Silver, Gold Learning Session (grades 4-12), Thibodaux
Feb. 8 - 12 - Mystery Trip 2013 (grades 5-12), leaving from LaPlace
Feb. 9 - Money Matters: Financing the Dream (grades 4-8), Baton Rouge
Feb. 12 - Council offices closed in observance of Mardi Gras
Feb. 15 - 17 - Pathway Olympic Adventure (girl K-12 & adult partner), St. Francisville
Feb. 15 - 17 - Wrangler/Spur Weekend (Wranglers age 14 & up, Spurs 12-13), St. Francisville
Feb. 16 - Women in Chemistry (Brownie & Junior sessions), Baton Rouge
Feb. 16 - National World War II Museum Girl Scout Day (all ages), New Orleans
Feb. 22 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (age 5-15), Metairie
Feb. 23 - Bronze, Silver, Gold Award Learning Session (grades 4-12), Mandeville
Feb. 23 - It's Your Story - Tell It! Leadership Journey Day (grades 4-12), Thibodaux
March 1 - Cookie Direct Sale begins
March 2 - Shell Saturday (grades 4-8), Robert
March 3 - Girl Scout Fashion Show & Tea at Longue Vie (all ages), New Orleans
March 22 - 24 - Me & My Pal Overnight at CWP (grades 2-12), Independence
March 29 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (age 5-15), Metairie