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Playmakers of Baton Rouge
February Patch of the Month
Women of Distinction
March 23 events
Service Unit Team Retreat
Invite a Friend to Girl Scouts
Cookie Program News
Council Survey
It's Your Story, Tell It!
Summer Camp
Council volunteer recognitions
Feb-March events
Town Meetings
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Playmakers of Baton Rouge presents:


   Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse 

Bring your Girl Scout troop to the theater! Playmakers of Baton Rouge are offering a group discount rate of $9 per person to Girl Scout Troops (regular price is $15). Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse runs February 22-March 3. After the show meet the cast for pictures and autographs. 

About Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse: Meet Lilly, "Queen of the World" and lover of everything - especially her brand new purse that plays music whenever it's opened. In fact she loves it so much, it gets her into trouble and she learns making mistakes is all part of growing up.

For more information or to book your group, please email or call the office at 225-578-6996. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook!

World Thinking Day patch     

February Patch of the Month activity    

World Thinking Day is February 22! Check out the February Patch of the Month activity which has been uploaded to the website along with the answer key.

Nominations being accepted for 2013 Women of Distinction
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

Nominations for the 2013 Women of Distinction awards are now being accepted through March 15.  If selected, these professional women will be recognized at a Women of Distinction event on September 27, 2013 in Baton Rouge. Click here for the fillable nomination form.

Two new events planned for March 23

We've got two new events to offer:


Engineer It!, Girls, grades 4-8, will explore the impact engineering can make in providing clean drinking water around the world. Hands-on activities, compete for prizes and learn about various engineering careers. Hosted by LSU chapters of Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders-USA. $10 per girl, free/adult.


Ag Day
Pointe Coupee Farm Bureau invites Brownies-Cadettes to interact with farmers and learn why agriculture matters. Earn the Fresh off the Farm patch and Brownies will work on the Bug patch. Free, with lunch and patch provided. Space limited.

Save the Date for Service Unit Team Retreat

Friday, July 19 - Saturday, July 20


Check in at 6 p.m. Opening Session on Friday at 7 - 9 p.m.

Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Please identify three or more members of your service unit team to participate in this invaluable management/learning session.


Location and more info to follow!

 Don't let your friends miss out on the fun!  Invite a Friend to Join Girl Scouts!

Add a Girl to your troop between now and March 28 to receive exciting incentives:

  • Each new girl member and the Girl Scout who invited her to join will receive a free patch.
  • Every leader that registers five (5) or more girls through this initiative will receive a certificate for 25% off at either of our council shops. The certificate can only be used one time and will expire June 30, 2013.
  • The service unit in each region that has the largest increase in membership through this initiative will receive a free weekend at any of our three properties to be used between August 2013 and May 2014. There will be only be one free weekend at camp awarded per service unit and Region.
  • GS Invitation  Click here for a special invitation to give to your friends!

Cookie Program News

Pamper Me GSLE - this Cookie CEO award is a Spa Day for girls who sell 750 boxes or more. Enjoy a day of manicures, pedicures, and facials!


I love Honey HatDaisy Reward - For the first time, we have a Daisy Award (an I love Honey Hat!) for Girl Scout Daises who sell 130+ boxes of cookies! For Daisies only.


Top Rewards - Nook Color or Digital Camera (1000+ boxes), iPod Touch or Triple Cookie Dough (1500+ boxes), Wii & Wii Fit (1750+ boxes), Computer (2000+ boxes). Rewards are cumulative too!


Super Troop Rewards - A super troop reward for troops with an average of 200 boxes per girl, submit a budget, and participate in Gift of Caring. Each troop member will receive a one shoulder strap backpack with Super Troop logo.


Cookie Delivery - Cookie delivery is set for Feb. 22 - March 1. After troop leaders submit their initial order through eBudde, they will be guided to the screen for delivery. Troop leaders will then select the date/time for pick-up, and will learn where to pick up their cookies. The eBudde site is 


Booth Scheduler - First round of Booth Scheduler begins Feb. 2 at 7 a.m. Troops will be able to choose three booth locations, one per chain. Booth Scheduler will remain open until Feb. 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Second round of Booth Scheduler will open Feb 9 at 7 a.m. Troops will be able to choose an additional three locations, two per chain. Booth Scheduler will remain open until Feb. 12 at 11:59 p.m.


Third and final round of Booth Scheduler will open on Feb. 16 at 7 a.m. Troops may choose as many locations and time slots as desired. Booth Scheduler will remain open until the end of the sale. 


Complete the survey and enter to win a sampler pack of Girl Scout cookies! 

Girl Scouts Louisiana East wants to hear from you!  Give us your insights into how you feel Girl Scouting is doing within our 23-parish jurisdiction by completing this short, confidential survey available online by clicking here. The survey must be completed by February 15, 2013 to be eligible for the drawing for a sampler pack of Girl Scout cookies (8 boxes). Names are optional, and will not be shared.

  Join us February 23 at Nicholls State

It's your story On Saturday, February 23, Girl Scouts Louisiana East wants to shape and help you share your story, so please join us on for an event you will talk about for years to come.  Here are the Program Department's Top 10 reasons to attend It's Your Story, Tell it Day!

  1. NFL Saints Experience- challenging inflatable fun
  2. New Orleans Hornets - basketball clinic just for us
  3. Speaking of the Saints and the Hornets- Mrs. Gayle Benson,  First Lady of the Saints and the Hornets, will kick-off the day with a warm keynote speech.
  4. Hands-on fun - Nicholls State students will lead activities that encourage self-confidence while having a blast. 
  5. Food!  The  John Folse Culinary Institute will be hosting cooking demonstrations.
  6. Shape your story with things you enjoy-  science, theater, music, business
  7. Tell your story- Tips on public speaking and performance
  8. Engaging conversations with successful women in athletics, government, advertising and science    
  9. Pick up tips on how to be a better friend to others and yourself.
  10. NCAA Athletics-  balancing sports and college life. Did you know the Women's Final Four will be played in New Orleans?

This is a stand-alone event: you don't need to be working on the It's Your Story, Tell it! Journey to attend.  Plus, you can also attend this event independently if the rest of your troop is busy. All the details can be found here or by contacting Kevin Shipp via email or 504-733-8220, ext. 2243.


 Catch the Camp Spirit this Summer!

BeachBall A magical world of adventure awaits Girl Scouts at our 2013 Summer Resident Camp. Campers will participate in fun activities that vary based on session selection. Activities may include canoeing, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, building a raft, building a fire, Geocaching, cooking in a box, investigating a mystery, taking pictures or taking a moonlit scavenger hunt.


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.

Nominations for council volunteer recognitions due March 1

Help us recognize our amazing adult volunteers! Nominations are due to the council by March 1, 2013 (so they may be reviewed by the volunteer committee to assure candidates have met the criteria for the award and forwarded to the Board of Directors for approval). Awards will to be presented at the Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition event on Saturday, April 13, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Parc 73, 14379 LA Highway 73 in Prairieville. Click here for the updated nominations forms. 

Activities/events for February - March

Check out the website calendar to see what February - 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.

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 Vue (all ages), New Orleans
March 15 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (age 5-15), Metairie
March 16 - Night at the Opera Orientation (grades 7-12), New Orleans
March 22 - 24 - Me & My Pal Overnight at CWP (grades 2-12), Independence
NEW March 23 - Engineer It! (Jrs-Cadettes), Baton Rouge
NEW March 23 - Ag Day (Daisies-Cadettes), New Roads
March 24 - Court of Honor/Award Review, Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting (adults), New Orleans
Other NEW events in the calendar:
NEW April 13 - Lakeview Nursing Exploration Day (grades 4-8), Covington
NEW May 11 - Girl Scout Fun With Money Patch Workshop presented by American Numismatic Association (Girl Scouts and parents admitted free), New Orleans
  Save the Date for Summer Sessions for Adult Volunteers: June 8 - 15

Girl Scouts Louisiana East will offer a variety of adult learning sessions the week of June 8 - 15 during Saturdays and the weekdays - morning, afternoon and evening classes in both the Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge and the Council Headquarters in New Orleans. Plans are to offer Leadership Essentials, First Aid/CPR, Songs & Games, Ceremonies, How to be a Facilitator/Trainer, Planning Large Events, and Bronze, Silver & Gold for the adult mentor.


If you have any other classes you would like to see offered in a classroom setting, please email