The new Girl Scout year is fast approaching and everyone is busy planning their Girl Scouting activities and experiences!  The 2013/14 Annual Program Book will be mailed this month and is filled with tons of fun events, series, camp programs and travel Pathways. This is also the time to jump start your troop funds for the year with the easy and effective Fall Product Program.


If you have not yet registered for the 2013/14 

Girl Scout membership year, now is the perfect 

time to do so!


Be a Super Troop!

This year, every troop that participates in the Fall Product Program AND the 2014 Cookie Program will receive a Super Troop patch for each registered girl. Plus, your troop will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate and prize package from the Juliette's Boutique. Find your Fall Product Program intent form here and your Cookie Program form here or look for both forms in your Early Bird Packet! 


If you have questions, email our Product Program team. 


Be a Friend First (BFF)

Did you know?...

-Nationally, nearly one-third of all youth ages 12 to 18 say they have been bullied at school. 

(National Center for Education Statistics, 2011)


-More than 160,000 students miss school each day because they are afraid of being targeted by bullies.

(National Education Association, 2011)


-68 percent of girls  ages 14 to 17 have been cyber-bullied on a social networking site.

 (Girl Scout Research Institute, 2010)


To find out more about the BFF program, please visit Girl Scouts of the USA's BFF pages here.

If you would like to help your girls navigate these issues, our program team will customize BFF for your service unit, troop or group.  If you think this program would be beneficial in the school your girls attend, let us know and we can provide materials to your school administrators. 

For more information email Lisa Hiatt.


Volunteer News!

We recently surveyed our volunteers and discovered that you want more personal and professional development opportunities and more ways to network with other volunteers. Based on those findings, our volunteer development team has a renewed focus on the adult Girl Scout experience. If you didn't take part in the survey, please share your ideas with us today.  


Volunteer learning begins this month!

Check out our Fall, 2013 Volunteer Learning Opportunities Schedule and register for the location/date/time that works best for you!


Volunteer Awards

Volunteer Awards, our formal recognition of the outstanding individuals and organizations that support Girl Scouting, will take place this fall across the state. Everyone is welcome and the events are free! 


Save the Date ~ Volunteer Awards!

Kearney: Sunday, October 13, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Columbus: Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Omaha: Sunday, October 27, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Lincoln: Sunday, November 3, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Guiding Star (Western NE): Volunteers will be recognized at leader and service unit meetings in lieu of a formal ceremony.

If you have questions, email Pat Larson.


Online Registration Improvements!  

We are upgrading our online registration system making it easier to manage and navigate. 

The upgrades are projected to be ready on August 12.

In order to accommodate these changes, the online registration system will be closed from Friday, August 9, 7:00 p.m. through Monday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m. CST. 


Whether you're using it for the first time or you're a seasoned pro, we hope that the following updates will make your Girl Scouting experience easier.  

Here are a few of the upgrades to look for:                      

  • Manage your whole family/troop with a single login
  • See all of your family/troop activities, regardless of registration method
  • See all orders placed online on behalf of your family/troop
  • Manage membership renewals and new memberships for your whole family/troop and MORE!

Finding Your Voice -The Power of Media 

All Grade Levels
Locations Throughout the State!

Saturday, September 28, 4-6 p.m.

This year's council-theme is "Finding Your Voice: The Power of Media" and these will be our state-wide "kick-off" events. Learn the value of media, its limitations and effects and the power it can have on others. Discover your unique voice and how you can use it to make the world around you a better place!

For more information, email Lisa Hiatt.


New York City, 2013

Grades 6-12

Friday, October 11 - Monday, October 14

Registrations are being accepted for our annual trip to NYC.  Visit landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park and the Statue of Liberty.  Enjoy a Broadway show and participate in a pre-show workshop! Space is limited for this popular trip so register early. 

For more information email Lori Williamson.


Upcoming Program Highlights!


H2O Know

All Grade Levels

Sunday, August 11

Hilltop House, Lincoln                                  

Register by August 5!

Visit our new Hilltop House Outdoor Education Facility and learn the importance of groundwater through hands-on activity stations, games and art! Contact Tracy Stewart for more information.


End of Summer Overnight

Grades 2-5

Friday, August 16 - Saturday, August 17

Camp Cosmo, Grand Island

Register by August 9!

Celebrate the end of the season with an overnight at Camp Cosmo! Don't let summer slip away without saying goodbye the Girl Scout way! Contact Alisha Sandy for more information.


Junior Naturalist Series

Grades K-5

Sunday, August 18

Pioneer Park, Lincoln

Register by August 9!

Inspired by the "It's Your Planet, Love It!" Journey, go on an amazing outdoor adventure designed to help you learn more about and appreciate the crucial role nature plays on our planet.
Contact Tracy Stewart for more information.


Up All Night

Grades 6-12

Friday, August 23


Register by August 7!

Come explore careers of men and women who start their work after dark. Learn how they keep our economy humming through the night and explore these unconventional career paths. Contact Tracy Stewart for more information.


My Guy and I

Grades K-5

Saturday, August 24

Camp Maha, Papillion

Register by August 8!

Bring your favorite guy to Camp Maha for a day of games, arts and crafts, archery and more! We'll have dinner, sing songs around the campfire and, of course, make s'mores! Optional overnight available! Contact Shelly Blakley for more information.


Cowgirl Up! Camp Adventure Weekend

Grades 2-8

Friday, September 13 - Sunday, September 15

Camp Crossed Arrows, Nickerson

Register by August 31!

Learn to groom and care for horses, learn rope tricks and hang out around the campfire during this weekend camp just for cowgirls. Contact Shelly Blakley for more information.


Fall Festival

All Grade Levels

Saturday, September 21

Dobby Lee's Frontier Town, Alliance

Register by September 9!

Kick off your Girl Scout year in this turn-of-the-century town. Enjoy music, crafts, wagon rides and more! Contact Krista Blumanthal for more information.



GSAG - Girl Scout Advisory Group

Calling all Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors ... we want YOU! Participating in GSAG is your chance to guide the direction of Girl Scout programming by creating themes and ideas that will help us provide more of the programs YOU love!  Expand your Girl Scout experiences and have FUN too! Participation in GSAG looks great on college and scholarship applications. 


Contact Julie Madsen for more information.


Coffee-mate Girl Scout Casting Call!

You could be the star of a new television commercial for nationally-licensed, Coffee-mate Girl Scout creamers. To try out, upload an audition video to the Coffee-mate website between July 30 and August 13. Visit their website today for more details.  Note: You MUST be a currently registered (2012-2013) Girl Scout to qualify!

Quick Links

Don't miss World O Water, a FREE event aimed at educating the public about water conservation, quality and recreation.

Bring your Troop and earn activity badges. Enjoy a day of science experiments, lunch, games, canoeing, face painting and more!  


Join us Saturday,
September 7, 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th Street, Omaha.

For more information visit the World O Water website.

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