April 2014                                                                                                           www.gsle.org
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Patch of the Month
Patch of the Month is a special troop activity that was adapted from Girl Scouts of the USA's award-winning BFF (Be a Friend First) Program. This activity teaches girls how to use I-Statements to resolve conflicts and speak directly with others about their feelings-important leadership skills they can use throughout their lives!
Cookie Program
Voting Opens for Bling Your Wagon Contest

It's time to vote for your favorite in our Bling Your Wagon contest!  Click here to vote! Voting will close Wednesday, April 23 at midnight.

Select Your Favorite in Bling Your Booth Contest
Check out these creative booths entered in the council's Bling Your Booth Contest. Troop selected one of the three Themes: Her Own Way, 5 Skills for Girls, and Gift of Caring.  Click here to vote! Contest ends April 23, at midnight.
Complete Your Diva Destination request form
The 2014 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 in by the May 9 deadline!
Earn a Bear, Give a Bear winners announced
Congratulations to the following troops who won the Earn a Bear, Give a Bear incentive drawing by participating in and recording 10 or more 
council-sponsored booth sales (through eBudde).  They are: Troop 10376 in SU 122; Troop 20772 in SU 217; Troop 30015 in SU 379; and Troop 40189 in SU 442. Each troop member will receive a Girl Scout Samoa bear (clothes not included) with the same number of bears going to young hospital patients in their region.

 


For Families
Mom's Knight Off with New Orleans Zephyrs
All Girl Scout families are invited to the New Orleans Zephyrs Mom's Knight Off on Friday, April 25. Service Unit 401's Family Annual Giving event is on Renaissance Night in addition to post game fireworks.  Click here for ticket price and optional hot dog meal info.
Disney on Ice Girl Scout offer for both New Orleans and Baton Rouge shows
Disney on Ice invites Girl Scout troops and families to join them for a jam-packed celebration of all your favorite holidays!
Specially priced tickets are $11 and include a free Scout patch, with $1 going back to Girl Scouts Louisiana East.

New Orleans VooDoo offer
The New Orleans VooDoo is offering 1 free child's ticket to their home game on May 24!  Click here for voucher and conditions.
Online Re-Registration is April 7-May 31

Claim your spot for another year of fun! Early Bird registration gives current Girl Scouts and troops the opportunity to re-register early for the upcoming membership year (10/1/14 - 9/30/15) and earn extra incentives like: 

#1 Incentive - Troops will earn an additional 2 cents per box during the 2015 Cookie Program
#2 Incentive - Free admission for girls and adults to our GSLE STEM Extravaganza event on Saturday, June 21, at Dillard University in New Orleans
#3 Incentive - a free fun patch (see image above), one per girl.

Troops qualify by re-registering 75 percent of their existing girls and two adults during our re-registration time frame: April 7 - May 15 for paper registrations, or April 7 -May 31 for online registrations.
Apply for Girl Scout Leadership Institute

Girl Scouts Louisiana East would like to invite Girl Scouts (age 14 by 10/16/14) to apply for the 2014 Girl Scout Leadership Institute (GSLI) held in Utah the same time as the National Convention.  The GSLI is a triennial conference that provides girls 14 and older with three days of leadership skill-building activities tied to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The GSLI experience will give each girl the opportunity to make new friends, develop important skills, learn about the new planning processes, and take advantage of a support system that will be there to meet her needs - all in a fun and engaging way.
 
To apply, submit your application by April 30, 2014 to be considered. Applicants must be currently registered members of Girl Scouts and 14 years of age by Oct. 16, 2014. If you are accepted to represent Girl Scouts Louisiana East, all expenses will be paid for by the council. For more information, click here.

Plan your Summer Today!
Meet Our Resident Camp Directors

Spring is finally here, and before you know it, it's going to be summer!  Click here to meet our two resident camp directors, "Pookie" and "Critter," who are so EXCITED about this year's summer camp!

Join us for summer camp fun at Camps Marydale and Whispering Pines 
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. 

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.
"Sunny Days" Day Camp is NEW! 
In this day camp, girls will experience the adventures that Camp Whispering Pines has to offer! From swimming, hiking, tubing, arts and crafts, rock wall climbing, going down the lake slide, and much, much more you'll have a fun-filled day! Camp sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. (no overnighting). Click here for more!
Save the Week for Leisure Learning!

Join fellow Girl Scout Volunteers for a week of learning, fun and networking at Camp Covington.  Each day will be packed with a variety of training offerings to help new and seasoned volunteers polish their skills in preparation for the 2014-2015 membership year.  


Can't stay the whole week or even a whole day? No problem! Choose the workshops that work with your schedule. For those who would like to stay at camp for one night or the whole week, lodging will be available. AND, each night we will feature a special themed dinner where you can relax and enjoy getting to know other volunteers and staff.

Stay tuned for more details!  For more information or to discuss a workshop you would like to offer, contact Kari Volz at 225-927-8946, ext. 1224 or kvolz@gsle.org.

April/May Activities

Check out the website calendar to see what April-May events have been planned. 

 

Apr. 2 - Night at the Opera-Puccini's La Boheme (grades 6-12), NO
Apr. 5 - Council Annual Meeting & Adult Recognition event, Gramercy
Full Apr. 5 - LA SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (all ages), NO
Apr. 5 - Girl Scout Day at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (all ages), New Orleans
Apr. 6 - Catholic Awards Recognition Ceremony (all ages), NO
Apr. 11 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Fri. Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie
Apr. 12 - Bronze, Silver, Gold Learning Session (grades 4-12), BR
New Apr. 12 - German American Cultural Day (grades 4-12), Gretna
New Apr. 12 - Watson Safe Driving Awareness Day (all ages), Watson 
New Apr. 12 - Kayaking (grades 6-12), Independence
Apr. 12 - Product Designer (grades 4-5), Baton Rouge 
Apr. 12 - LSU Biological Sciences presents Flowers Workshop (grades 4-12), Independence
Apr. 12-13 - U.S.S. Kidd Overnight (grades 4-9), Baton Rouge
Apr. 13 - Love, Hug & Groom (3rd grade), St. Francisville
Canceled Apr. 19 - Woodworker Workshop (grades 6-12), New Orleans 
Apr. 21 & 22 - Girls Get Moving (grades 4-5), Algiers 
Apr. 22 - Wonders of Water Day (grades 2-3), Robert
New Apr. 25 - Mom's Knight Off at New Orleans Zephyrs game (all ages & families), Metairie
Apr. 26 - Sew Sweet Dreams (grades 3 & up), Baton Rouge 
Apr. 26 - Entrepreneurs (grades 6-8), New Orleans 
Apr. 26 - Girls Get Moving (grades 4-5), New Orleans East
Apr. 26-27 - Paddle It Up! (grades 5-12), Independence 
Apr. 27 Sportsmanship Field Day (grades K-8), Baton Rouge
Apr. 27 - Love, Hug & Groom (3rd grade), St. Francisville 
New May 1-4 Disney on Ice (all ages), New Orleans 
May 2 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Fri. Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie
May 2-4 - Wranglers/Spurs Weekend (ages 12 & up), St. Francisville
May 3-4 - Weekend Retreat to Mississippi (grades 8-12), leave from Slidell
New May 8-11 - Disney on Ice (all ages), Baton Rouge 
Full May 10 - LA SPCA Animal Guardian Workshop (all ages), NO
May 10 - Wonder of Water Family Fun Day at CWP (all ages & their families), Independence
May 10 - Love, Hug & Groom (3rd grade), St. Francisville 
May 10 - Girl Scout Day at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (all ages), New Orleans

May 11 - Love, Hug & Groom (3rd grade), St. Francisville 
May 16 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Fri. Fun Night (ages 5-15), Metairie  
May 17 - Social Innovator (grades 9-10), Baton Rouge  

May 17 - Program Aide Training (grades 6-12), New Orleans
May 23-25 - Canoe Exploration-Bogue Chitto (grades 6-12), Franklinton   
New May 24 - New Orleans VooDoo (all ages), New Orleans

May 26-30 CSI: Day Camp Camellia  (all ages), Slidell
 
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For Adults
Don't forget to complete your Delegate Online Training
The council's 2014 Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition event is this Saturday, April 5, at the First Community Antioch Baptist Church in Gramercy, but there are still some delegates who have not yet completed the training. Two videos (a total of 14 minutes to watch both videos) have been created to provide this training online, to be viewed by each delegate, prior to the meeting.

 

New! American Red Cross Small Craft Safety Instructor Course

This course will certify those currently holding a valid Small Craft Safety certification to become instructors for the course.  At the completion of this course, you will be able to facilitate the Small Craft Safety course.  The course will be held at Camp Whispering Pines in Independence, LA on Friday-Sunday, April 11-13 (6 p.m. Friday through 12 p.m. Sunday). The cost of the course is $150 and includes meals, materials and lodging in a camp environment. If you are interested in registering for the course, please fill out the registration form and return it by Monday, April 7. Please contact Kari Volz at 225-927-8946, ext. 1224 or  kvolz@gsle.org, for additional information.


Day Camps
Register for summer day camp!
Day Camp information is coming in for our volunteer-led, day camps going on in the council this summer.
Camp Camellia (Slidell) is May 26-30
Camp Lobolly (Covington) is June 23-27
Days of Discovery (Lafourche) is July 14-18
Down in Da Parish (St. Bernard) is July 21-25 and July 28-Aug. 1
 
Volunteers are needed!
For girls grades 2-3
Wonders of Water Day is April 22
Looking for a "wonderful" way to spend Earth Day outdoors? Girls in grades 2-3 are invited to a Wonders of Water Day on Tuesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Shell Training Center, Robert Facility, 23260 Shell Lane, in Robert. While this popular program was created for girls new to the Girl Scout experience, registration has just been opened to Girl Scouts as well.

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