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In This Issue
Patch of the Month
Shop open Dec. 7 but closed Dec 9-13 for inventory
Cookie Dough expires Dec. 6
Louisiana Gives
New Orleans Bowl
SAI Music Day
Animal Habitats Workshop
Membership registration due
Give the gift of camp
Cookie News
Regional Program Planning Meetings
Become a Camp Champion
Thin Mint Sprint 5K
Nominate that Outstanding Volunteer
Get Moving!
Activity Calendar
Quick Links

Patch of the Month   

Warm Wishes is December's patch. Check out the December Patch of the Month activity which has been uploaded to the website.  

Council Shops open
Dec. 7, but closed
Dec. 9-13 for inventory

  The Council Shops will be open for Saturday hours (the first Saturday of the month) on December 7, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  They will both be closed for inventory. Monday, Dec. 9 - Friday, Dec. 13 for inventory.


Cookie Dough expires December 6

  Just a reminder that Cookie Dough expires December 6, 2013. Cookie dough may be used for programs and purchases through the council shops - instore, and online at Cookie dough may not be used for membership registration nor is it accepted at Girl Scouts of the USA.


Use Louisiana Gives, and support Girl Scouts Louisiana East!

  When you do your online shopping through Louisiana Gives, a portion of the purchase price is donated to Girl Scouts Louisiana East. It won't cost you anything extra, and it won't take any additional time. Louisiana Gives has more than 200 stores covering every shopping category, including, Best Buy, Orbitz, and Sephora. So logon to Louisiana Gives, choose Girl Scouts Louisiana East, and start shopping!


New Orleans Bowl is December 21


Girl Scouts are invited to come adorn the field for the National Anthem prior to kick off of this very special local event! The New Orleans Bowl is Saturday, December 21, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. The Tulane Green Wave and ULL Ragin' Cajuns will be the two teams competing. A schedule of pre-game activities will be sent along with tickets. It's free to girls participating and only $10 for additional family members. Register by December 11.
SAI Music Day

The Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) music sorority at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux invites girls, grades 1-4, to a music day on Saturday, January 11. The program, offered for the first time last year, will have some variations, so even if you've been before, girls are encouraged to come.


Animal Habitats Workshop, Jan. 18


The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service invites girls to participate in a fun and educational day of workshops focusing on birding and the natural Louisiana wildlife habitat at the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Bayou Lacombe Centre. Participants will learn about birds through fun games and activities such as "Jeop-Birdy" and "Bird Bingo;" how to use field guides and binoculars; and spend time outside learning their new binocular and bird identification skills as well as other wild animal habitats. The event is designed off the Animal Habitats Junior Badge requirements, but the event is open for all girls 9 and older. Click here for additional information and how to register. Free. 
 Membership registration due December 6 to participate in 2014 Cookie Program

Important reminder: Friday, December 6 is the deadline for girls/troops to be registered to participate in the 2014 Cookie program.  Registration can be made online using our eBiz registration system. If using paper forms, they must be turned into your Service Unit Administrator (or designee) so they are reviewed and in the council office(s) before 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

 Give the gift of Camp this holiday season

Looking for the perfect Stocking Stuffer for your Girl Scout? 

Give her a memory she will treasure for the rest of her life, a true outdoor adventure this summer at Camp Marydale or Camp Whispering Pines! Girl Scouts Louisiana East is offering holiday certificates for the 2014 Summer Resident Camp in increments of $25.


Stop by the online shop at to purchase a holiday certificate; purchases made by December 24 will receive a festive certificate via email to brighten your camper's holiday. For more information, contact Angela Arneal at aarneal@gsle.orgSeason's Greetings and a Happy New Year!

Cookie Program News

Cookie Season (January 17-March 16) is almost here! Let's get ready!


Smart Cookie U - January 11 for Juniors -Ambassadors at LSU. Registrations are coming in and space is filling up fast,  so register today!  Deadline to register is December 9.


Cookie Rookie Training

A first time participant to the Cookie Program?  There are four sessions of Cookie Rookie Training (12/3, 12/5, 1/14, 1/16), that are designed to give volunteers the tools needed for a successful cookie program. This training will also prepare leaders to train parents and general knowledge of eBudde. Click here for dates, locations and to register!


eBudde Training

The council is conducting three Saturdays of eBudde Training: December 7 in Baton Rouge, December 14 in Algiers, and January 25 in Hammond. Space is limited and re-registration is required. Click here for more information and to register online.


Sage Mobile Training

This learning session for Brownie-Ambassador troops teaches you how to convert your smart phone or tablet into a highly secure and convenient credit card terminal. Daisy troops are not permitted to participate. Troops must bring a voided check to training to participate. Training is December 17 in New Orleans and December 19 in Baton Rouge. Click here for more information and to register online.

 Regional Program Planning Meetings

Let's get our Program Department F.I.T. for the 2014-2015 Girl Scout year. Each Tuesday in January, the Girl Scouts Louisiana East Program Team will visit a different region as part of our F.I.T. Program Planning. We will work together to develop Fresh, Innovative, and Trendy programs using roundtable brainstorming sessions with volunteers, Girl Scouts Seniors/Ambassadors and the Program department. Bring your fresh, innovative and trendy ideas for your area and our council. You don't want to miss this opportunity to share your ideas and impact Girl Scouts in your region! Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Jill Pollard at


Region 1: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.

Regional Service Center, 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Region 2: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.

St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 1101 Belle Alliance Drive, LaPlace, LA 70068


Region 3: January 21, 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.

St. Tammany Parish Library, Main Covington Branch, 310 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433


Region 4: January 28, 2014, 6 - 8 p.m.

GSLE Council Headquarters, 841 South Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121

Become a Camp Champion!
Attention adults! Become a Camp Champion! Attend our work day at Whispering Pines on Saturday, December 7 to help "winterize" CWP for the winter camping season. We will be doing such work items as attaching tarps and/or Visqueen to the cabins in Oak Ridge and Pine Hollow, installing "Plexiglas" panels in lodges, cleaning up and marking trails, cleaning up canoes/kayaks, etc. Please bring items such as work gloves, lopping shears, cleaning rags, and some garbage bags. You can bring power tools if you are experienced with using them. 


Besides earning our NEW "GSLE Camp Champions" hat, our staff will provide a warm lunch for volunteers who attend. We are planning to have door prizes as well. We will have a great time enjoying each other's company while we winterize and make any needed repairs for the camp. Volunteers who plan to help with the workday can spend the night at camp either the night before or after the clean up. That will be on your own and you will need to follow the usual camping rules and procedures to do so. Sign up by Friday by emailing Jill Pollard at

 Register for Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1 Mile Daisy Dash, February 15

  Thin Mint dudeRun for their future, run for your health. Girl Scouts Louisiana East is proud to host the 2nd annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1 mile Daisy Dash fun run, on Saturday, February 15 at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. Current Girl Scouts will receive a patch if they register for either race by January 15, 2014! Commemorative t-shirts will be given to racers registered prior to February and family rates are available! Click here for more information and registration form!

Nominate that Outstanding Volunteer

 Each year Girl Scouts Louisiana East recognizes our outstanding adult volunteers. The recognition process begins with public nominations and letters of endorsement from your peers. Once a nomination is received, it is reviewed by a volunteer committee to assure the candidate has met all criteria for the award.  If all criteria are met, the nominations are forwarded to our Board of Directors for final approval. 


Nominations are due to the council by January 15, 2014 for awards to be presented at the April 5, 2014 recognition event. Please review the current award descriptions and updated nomination forms by visiting GSLE Adult Recognition.
Girls, new to Girl Scouting, invited to "Get Moving" at New Orleans Public Library

Girls in grades 4-5 are invited to participate in Girls Get Moving, one of Girl Scouts Louisiana East's most exciting science and technology programs, in partnership with the New Orleans Public Library, being held at the Algiers Regional Library on the fourth Saturday in January and February. During the two-day program, girls conduct science experiments, observe animal energy, and even design the car of the future. 

Girls Get Moving will be held on Saturdays, January 25 and February 22, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 3014 Holiday Drive, Algiers. Girls are expected to attend both days. The program will also be held at the East New Orleans Branch in March/April. Participants at all locations will be invited to a finale party at the Main Library on May 24.
The program fee is $15 per girl, and each girl will receive her own Get Moving book, two days of activities, and a Girl Scout membership, thanks to funding through a grant from Shell. While the program is geared to girls new to the Girl Scout experience, current Girl Scouts can be placed on a waiting list and may attend if space is available. To register, contact Jill Pollard at or 504-733-8220, ext. 2238.
Activities/events for December-January

Check out the website calendar to see what December-January 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.

Dec. 6 - 8 - Wrangler/Spur Weekend (ages 12 and older), St. Francisville
Dec. 6 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie  
New Dec. 7 - Camp Champions Day at CWP (adults), Independence 
Dec. 7 - Junior Achievement Financial Empowerment workshop (grades 9-12, and adults), New Orleans   
Dec. 8 - LA-SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (all ages), New Orleans
Full Dec. 11 - Theatre Baton Rouge Presents! (grades 3-12), Baton Rouge 
Dec. 14 - Cadette Field Day Badge Workshop (Cadettes), New Orleans 
Dec. 14 - American Red Cross "Hurricane Awareness Day" (grades 2- 12), Baton Rouge
Dec. 21 - New Orleans Bowl (all ages), New Orleans  
Jan. 4 - Buying Power (grades 9-10), Baton Rouge
Jan. 10 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie
New Jan. 11 - SAI Music Day (grades 1-4), Thibodaux 
Jan. 11 - Smart Cookie U - Her Own Way (Jrs - Amb), Baton Rouge
Jan. 17 - 20 - Me and My Gal Trip! (grades 4-8 and significant adult female), departs Baton Rouge
Jan. 17 - 20 - Dude Ranch Bound (grades 7-12), departs St. Francisville for San Antonio, Texas
Jan. 17 - Harlem Globetrotters NOLA World Tour (all ages), New Orleans
Jan. 18 - Harlem Globetrotters Baton Rouge World Tour (all ages), Baton Rouge
Jan. 18 - LA SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (all ages), New Orleans
New Jan. 18 - Animal Habitats Workshop (grades 4-12), Lacombe 
Jan. 24 - LSU Gymnastics (all ages), Baton Rouge
Jan. 24 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie 
Jan. 25 - Stay Connected (grades 6-12), Baton Rouge
Jan. 25 - Bronze, Silver, Gold Award Learning Sessions (grades 4-12), New Orleans
Jan. 25 - National World War II Museum Girl Scout Day (all ages), New Orleans
Jan. 25 - On My Own (grades 11-12), Covington
Jan. 25 - Girl Power at David Vincent's Martial Arts (all ages), Baton Rouge