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Email Newsletter Sponsor: Playmakers of Baton Rouge
May Patch of the Month & Shop News
RNS needed for camp
Photos wanted
FORE Leadership Golf Tournament
Early Bird Registration
Resident and Day Camp Opportunities
Thin Mint Sprint
Council Survey
Cookie Program News
Council Patch Contest Winners
Summer Sessions for Adults
May - June events
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Email Newsletter Sponsor


Playmakers of Baton Rouge  


The stage is calling!

Come play Playmakers of Baton Rouge this summer! They are offering an array of camps from Triple Threat Musical Theatre to Adventures in Acting, for the actor of any age! Check out their 2013 Summer Camps at

 and keep up with the latest news on Facebook!

And don't miss The Wizard of Oz showing June 14 - 23! Hope to see you this summer!

May 2013 patch           

May Patch of the Month activity    

It's Mom and Me activities in May, just in time for Mother's Day! Check out the May Patch of the Month activity which has been uploaded to the website.

Saturday, May 4, is the last Saturday the Council Shops will be open until September. Stop in from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Wanted: RNs for resident camp
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

Resident camp is looking for registered nurses to employ for the summer or to volunteer for weeks at a time. Volunteer RNs can receive a week free for a child. Please contact Angela Arneal or 225-747-0403.

Photos for Connections newsletter requested
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

Submit your favorite troop or service unit photos from this spring to by May 5 for possible inclusion in the Summer GSLE Connections newsletter. Please be sure to include a brief description of activity, troop number, and contact information.

Register for FORE Leadership Golf Tournament on June 24
GSLE Winter 2013 Connections  

The acclaimed Money Hill Golf Course in Abita Springs is the 


 for the FORE Leadership Golf Tournament benefiting Girl Scouts Louisiana East on Monday, June 24. Men and women golfers alike will enjoy an afternoon of golf beginning with lunch at 12 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Awards reception, with food, beverages and prizes, post play.

Sponsorships are available.

Individuals $200 per player or $800 per team.


Register today!

 Assistance available for Early Bird Online Registration

Early Bird FlyerIt's time to re-register your Girl Scouts and troops for the upcoming membership year.  We've extended our Help Desk hours through May 17 to help leaders and volunteers with online registation: Sunday-Thursday 5:30 - 8 p.m. Call 504-575-4104 or email There are also registration clinics for those needing assistance on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at both council offices, but RSVP first to for the New Orleans clinic and for the Baton Rouge clinic.


NEW! Troop leaders can now register troop members online by using their troop debit cards, personal credit/debit cards (reimbursed from troop funds) and pay with cookie proceeds!  Leaders may select girls all at once and pay in a single transaction!


The three incentives for troops who "qualify" by re-registering 75 percent of their existing girls and two adults during Early Bird are:

#1 Troops earn additional 2 cents/box during 2014 Cookie Sale 
#2 Free admission for girls and adults to our STEM Extravaganza on Saturday, September 21 at UNO. ($10 fee for other girls/$5 adults);

#3 25% off Starter Kits in both council shops April 11-May 17.  Must provide proof of registration to shop staff.

 Resident and day camp opportunities

Girl Scouting isn't over during the summer - that's when the fun begins - at any of our three resident camps as well as the many day camp opportunities available throughout our council. 


Campers at resident camp participate in fun activities that vary based on session selection, and 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. Click here for session descriptions.

At day camp, girls get a taste of camp, make new friends, and learn new skills, without spending the night. Check out the variety of locations and specialized themes developed and delivered by our regional volunteers. Volunteers are always NEEDED!

 Register by May 20 for discount to Thin Mint Sprint; family rates available


Thin Mint SprintJoin us for the first ever Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1 mile Daisy Dash fun run on Sunday, June 2 in New Orleans City Park. This non-competitive, family-friendly run is for runners and walkers of all ages. We've even heard there may be some girls (and women) wearing tutus!  This event is open to the public and families are encouraged to race and train together, with family rates available. Click here for registration times, fees, form, and schedule. Register by May 20 for a savings!  Run sponsors include Design the Planet, and additional sponsorships are available.


Click here to print out the Training Guide by program level. 

Complete the Council Survey by June 1 and enter to win a 2013 GSUSA Centennial Silver Dollar

Silver dollarGirl Scouts Louisiana East is gathering input to aid us in a decision regarding the finances of our local Girl Scout council. Please take a few minutes to share with us what you value most about the organization and the programming provided to girls and volunteers.  A survey for volunteers and a survey for parents/guardians are available online at  

Please complete the survey by June 1, 2013, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar (valued at $55.95). A winner from each survey category will be selected. Names and emails are confidential and are not a requirement for completing the survey.

Cookie Program News

Congratulations to the following winners in the Bling Your Booth, Bling Your Wagon (click here for Facebook photo album), and Cookies for a Change contests!

1st Place Bling your Booth: Brownie Troop 10324 from Baton Rouge. 

2nd Place Bling your Booth: Brownie Troop 10737 from Port Vincent.

3rd Place Bling your Booth: Brownie Troop 10384 from Denham Springs.

1st Place Bling your Wagon: Victoria in Troop 40876 from Avondale

2nd Place Bling your Wagon: Isabella in Troop 40550 in Kenner

3rd Place Bling your Wagon: Rosalie in Troop 40948 in Harvey


1st Place Cookies for a Change: Brownie Troop 10324 from Baton Rouge.

2nd Place Cookies for a Change: Cadette/Senior Troops 10314 & 10319 from Baton Rouge. 

3rd Place Cookies for a Change (tie): Junior Troops  40807 and 40062 from New Orleans and Brownie Troops 40443 & 40668 from New Orleans.

All entries will be added to the council's YouTube Channel as well as information on how other troops can assist with all of the wonderful Take Action projects! 


The 2013 Diva Destinations for our Cookie Topsellers (those who sold 500 or more boxes) are online! There are more than 30 fantastic opportunities, but be sure to have your diva destination request form for her preferred destination by the May 10 deadline!
Council Patch Contest Winners

Congratulations go to the following winners in the Council Patch Contest!  They are: Daisy Sarah H. in New Orleans Troop 40735, Brownie Erin B. in Denham Springs Troop 10353, Junior Zoe E. in Covington Troop 30793, and Adult Sheree Fontenot in Luling Troop 20023. Each winner will receive a free patch for being the winners in their category. The judges could not decide on one overall winner - we will be working with  our patch company to design the patch that incorporates the suggested patch elements - stay tuned for the final version!

Summer Sessions for Adults this June

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, Basic Camping, Geocaching, Girl Scout 201, Girl Scout 301, Songs & Games, Facilitating Adult Learning, Planning Service Unit Campouts, Service Unit Publicity Rep Training, Travel & Trips, 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
Activities/events for May - June

Check out the website calendar to see what May - June 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.

NEW May 2 - 5 - Disney on Ice Rockin' Ever After (all ages), New Orleans

May 3 - 4 - American Red Cross Small Craft Safety (age 15 and older and adults), Independence

May 3 - 5 - Canoe Exploration - Bogue Chitto (grades 6-12), Franklinton

May 4 - Art of Pasta Making Girl Scout Day at Southern Food & Beverage Museum (grades K-12), New Orleans

May 4 - Love, Hug & Groom 4 (third grade), St. Francisville

NEW May 10 - 11 - New Orleans Zephyrs Game & Sleepover (Jrs & up), Metairie

May 10-12 - Wrangler/Spur Weekend (Wranglers age 14 & older, Spurs age 12-13), St. Francisville

NEW May 10 - 12 - Disney on Ice Rockin' Ever After (all ages), Baton Rouge
NEW May 11 - Pamper Me GSLE! (girls who sold 750+ boxes of cookies, Gonzales

NEW May 11 - Children's World's Fair (all ages), New Orleans

May 11 - Girl Scout Fun With Money Patch Workshop presented by American Numismatic Association (Girl Scouts and parents admitted free), New Orleans

NEW May 11 - New Orleans Zephyrs Father Daughter Night (SU 401 Annual Giving for all ages), Metairie
May 17 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (age 5-15), Metairie
May 25 - Program Aide Training (grades 6-12), Covington
June 2 - Thin Mint Sprint 5K & 1 Mile Daisy Dash (all ages), New Orleans
June 3 - 7 - Camp Camellia Day Camp (campers entering K-7th grade, aides 8th - 12th), Slidell
June 10 - 14 - Camp Crawfish Day Camp (campers entering K-6th grade, aides 7-12th), Belle Chasse
June 24 - 28 - Camp Loblolly Day Camp (campers entering 1-6th grade, aides 7-12th), Covington