February 2014                                                                                                           www.gsle.org
In This Issue
Shop News
Patch of the Month
Patch of the Month honors World Thinking Day, February 22!
Healthy Living
New! Girl Scout Night at Sun Belt Women's Basketball Championship
Join the fun and be part of Girl Scout Night at the Sun Belt women's basketball championship game on Saturday, March 15! Each $5 ticket includes a hot dog, beverage, supplies to complete the Good Sportsmanship program, troop recognition during the game, a meet and greet with the champions. Click here for more.

Leadership & Layups with the Pelicans
Girl Scouts are invited to participate in two great events: the first Leadership & Layups event with the New Orleans Pelicans on February 8 at their brand new program facility  and the February 7 Pelicans vs. Timberwolves game. Tickets start at $14 each and includes both events. Click here for more. 

For Families
Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1-Mile Daisy Dash
Run for your future, run for your health. Girl Scouts Louisiana East is proud to host the 2nd annual GSLE Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1 mile Daisy Dash fun run on Saturday, Feb. 15 at New Orleans City Park festival grounds. Click here for more info and to register.

Family Camping at Camp Marydale 
You are invited to get away from your routine to explore the beautiful campgrounds at Camp Marydale, March 29-30. You'll share a wonderful family experience, meet other Girl Scout families, and make new friends! You may canoe, hike, participate in family team-building activities, get a pony ride, and you may choose to cookout for Saturday dinner.

Fee is $20/person - includes facilitators for programs, Saturday lunch/Sunday breakfast (Sat. dinner not included). Deadline to register is March 5. Contact Angela Arneal for questions. 

Registration opens for 2014 Resident Camp

It's time to register for summer resident camp! Resident camp at Camps Marydale and Whispering Pines begins the first week of June and ends in mid-July, with sessions for girls entering first - 12th grades. Camp brochures were mailed to all registered girl households Feb. 5, and the information is also available on the website!  

This year's theme is Travel the World, and campers will participate in fun activities that vary based on session selection and weekly "World" theme. Click here for more.

Never been to camp, and not certain what to expect?  Come to one of our four Camp Open Houses in March. Click here for more.
Cookie Program Update
Get ready for Booth Sales!
Booth sales are February 28-March 16, and a time when Girl Scouts are very visible in the community, so let's make sure we review booth sale etiquette, take the booth sale etiquette pledge, and be on our best behavior!  

The second round of Booth Scheduler opens February 8 at 7 a.m. Troops will be able to choose three time slots, two per retail chain. 

Enter booth sales into eBudde the easy way - with the free smartphone app that works with eBudde to record the number of cookies sold at booth sites and keep track of who sold them. Click here for Fingertip Facts about the Booth Sale Recorder app.

The Council will be holding the Bling Your Booth and Bling Your Wagon contests once again! This year's themes to choose from are: Her Own Way; Five Skills for Girls; and Gift of Caring. Click here for additional information.
Introducing iGive, the council's Virtual Gift of Caring
The council is offering an optional new "iGive" virtual Gift of Caring this year. Customers will be able to purchase cookies for the Second Harvest Food Bank and Blue Star Mothers. The council delivers the cookies; volunteers and girls do not handle any of these boxes. While we expect this convenient program to be popular, it is just an option, and troops may still participate in the traditional Gift of Caring where the troop selects its own charity and delivers the Gift of Caring cookies to the charity. Click here to see how iGive works!
Find Our Alumnae
There are approximately 60 million Girl Scout alumnae in the U.S. today, and we need your help to find them! During this year's Cookie Program, individual girls who turn in at least 10 Alumnae Cards will receive a Finding Our Alumnae Patch.

Alumnae cards will be distributed at Cookie Pickup, are available on the website here, as well as in both offices. Girls participating in the Finding Our Alumnae Campaign will be marked by the TCM or leader in eBudde, and cards should be turned in with the troop leaders' final paperwork. Finding Our Alumnae patches will be distributed with the Cookie incentives.

Encourage girls in your troop to chat with booth sale customers who fondly remember their time as a Brownie, or ask their friends and neighbors when delivering cookies if they too are a part of our Sisterhood. We hope to reach out to even more of our amazing alumnae this year! For more information about Finding Our Alumnae or future plans for Alumnae Associations in your area, contact Hillary Christiansen at hchristiansen@gsle.org

Goodwill Good Turn Day is March 8
Girl Scouts can do a "Good Turn" this year by collecting gently used items to bring to your local Goodwill on Saturday, March 8. Participating Girl Scouts will receive a Good Turn patch at all Goodwill collection centers/stores during regular store hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please email Sabrina Written at swritten@goodwillno.org with store location and number of patches.
February/March Activities

Check out the website calendar to see what February-March events have been planned. 


Feb. 7 - N.O. Pelicans vs Timberwolves game (all ages), NO 
Feb. 8 - Leadership & Layups with the Pelicans (all ages), Metairie 
Feb. 8 - LA SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (all ages), NO
Full Feb. 8 - American Red Cross First Aid Badge Workshop (grades 4-6), Baton Rouge
Rescheduled to Feb. 10 - SciGirls Professional Development Training (adults), Baton Rouge
Feb. 14-16, Wrangler/Spur Weekend (age 12 and up), Marydale
Feb. 15 - Thin Mint Sprint 5K and 1 Mile Daisy Dash (all ages & families included!), New Orleans
Feb. 15 - Women in Chemistry Day (Brownie and Jr sessions), BR
Feb. 15 - Financing My Future (grades 9-10), Covington
Feb. 21 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Fri. Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie
Feb. 22 - Girls Get Moving (girls not yet in GS, grades 4-5), NO 

Mar. 8 - Goodwill Good Turn Day (all ages), multiple locations
Mar. 9 - Catholic Committee (NO) Court of Honor Book/Award Review
Mar. 9 - Camp Whispering Pines Open House, Independence
Mar. 14 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Fri. Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie  Mar. 15 - Girl Scout Fashion Show and Tea (all ages), NO 
New Mar. 15 - Girl Scout Night at Sun Belt Women's Basketball Championship (all ages), New Orleans
Mar. 21-23, Hoof Pick Horse Camp (grades 4-6), St. Francisville
Mar. 21-23, Spring Camporee (grades 4-12), Independence
Mar. 22 - LA SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (all ages), NO
Mar. 22 - Girl Scout Day at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (all ages), New Orleans
Mar. 22 - Night at the Opera Orientation (grades 6-12), NO
Mar. 22 - Engineer It! Day (grades 4-8), Baton Rouge
Mar. 23 - Camp Whispering Pines Open House, Independence
Mar. 28-29 - Me & My Pal Weekend at CWP (grades 2-12, and favorite adult guy), Independence
Mar. 29-30 - Family Camping at Camp Marydale (families), St. Francisville
Mar. 29 - LASM's Engineering Day (all ages & families), BR  
Mar. 30 - Camp Marydale Open House, St. Francisville 
New and Updated February Adult Learning Sessions

Check out the website calendar to see what adult learning sessions are being offered during February. Here are a few of the upcoming trainings: 


Feb. 11, 6 - 9 pm - Leadership Essentials, Elks Lodge, Houma
New Date! Feb. 22, 9 am - 12 pm - Leadership Essentials, Regional Service Center, Baton Rouge
Feb. 22, 9 am - 12 pm - Leadership Essentials, Council Headquarters, New Orleans
New Feb. 25, 6 - 8 pm, Adult and Child First Aid/CPR/AED, Elks Lodge, Houma

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For Adults
Free SciGirls Professional Development Training 
This free professional development training for adults has been rescheduled for Monday, February 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge.  Participants will learn how to engage young women (ages 8-13) through inquiry-based STEM instruction.  Learn how to access additional resources available through the Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project.  Click here for more.

Save the Date for Annual Meeting
Mark your calendar for the council's 2014 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition event on Saturday, April 5, at the First Community Antioch Baptist Church in Gramercy. This yearly meeting is attended by council delegates who will vote on the new board, and other items of business. Interested in being a council delegate - email us!

The annual Adult Recognition event honoring adult volunteers and religious leaders and school principals is being held as part of the annual meeting. Registration and a complimentary breakfast buffet is from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9:45 a.m.

STEM events
Women in Chemistry Day
Meet women scientists at Women in Chemistry Day on Saturday, February 15 (Brownie session in morning, Junior session in afternoon). Girls will discover new scientific ideas as well as perform experiments which relate directly to the It's Your Planet It-Love it Journey.

Fee is $5 per girl, and program is sponsored by Iota Sigma Pi, and AAUW. 

Engineer It!
Come spend a day with the LSU chapters of Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders-USA for Engineer It! on Saturday, March 22. Girls in grades 4-8 will enjoy hands-on activities and will be put into teams for a design and building competition using K'nex catapults.

Fee is $10 per girl. Click here fore more information.

Outside Events
Engineering Day at LASM

Enjoy a day of entertaining educational discovery at the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum's Engineering Day on Saturday, March 29. Girl Scouts will participate in "hands on, minds on" activities designed to make learning about engineering meaningful and relevant. Click here for more information and contact information.

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