One Smart Cookie

Are you ready to make the 2014 Cookie Program the most successful season yet? Get a jump start by attending One Smart Cookie where you will explore the five skills that girls will develop through their participation in the Cookie Program. You're sure to leave this event...One Smart Cookie!  Psst, girls and adults are welcome.


Have you met the girls who sold 1000 or more boxes last year?  Watch this video to hear about these smart cookies!





Change the World!  

The 2014 Cookie Program is just around the corner and we are ready to help girls Change the World. To get started, troops need to attend a training where you will receive all necessary materials. Troop Cookie Managers (TCM) and Cookie Booth Managers (CBM) are required to attend the training. Remember to submit your Cookie Intent Form and Bank Account Information form if you have not already done so.


2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program Dates   To receive the first mailing of training schedules, turn in your Cookie Intent Form now!


Mid-December 2013: Troop Cookie Manager (TCM) Trainings Begin
January 15: Initial Cookie Orders Due
February 3 - 7: Initial Cookie Order Delivery
February 7 - March 9: Direct Door-to-Door Sales
February 14 - March 9: Cookie Booth Sales
February 26, March 12 and March 21: ACH Withdrawal 


Dates AND...don't forget remaining Fall Product Program Dates!

November 25: Money due to troop
December 2: Troop payment to Council ACH
December 5: Recognition distribution begins 



Finding Your Voice

On September 28, hundreds of girls across the state participated in our Finding Your Voice: The Power of Media kick-off events! But that was only the beginning...we will continue to offer programs related to this theme throughout the year. We are also encouraging girls to express themselves through writing, art, music, social media and more, and to think critically about media messaging and its impact.


Discover more on our website. For more Finding Your Voice topics to discuss with your girls, please view this webinar. 


Discounted Tix to Broadway shows!

Back by popular demand, we are again offering discounted tickets to Broadway shows through our partnership with Omaha Performing Arts. Featured shows are:


     Elf the Musical - Friday, November 22 @ 8 pm, $56


     Sister Act - Thursday, March 20 @ 7:30 pm, $58


     Wicked - Wednesday, May 7 @ 7:30 pm, $56


All tickets for these discounted shows at the Orpheum Theater are main floor, orchestra level seating. Free show fun patches for girls, while they last. To order tickets, contact Lori Williamson by email or call 877.447.5558 x239.


BONUS: For discounts to other Omaha Performing Arts shows, go to their website and enter the special Girl Scout promo code GSNE14OPA. 


Programs on Demand

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska has developed five programs that can be facilitated by adult volunteers at a time and place that is convenient for YOU. Choose from Finding Your Voice: The Power of Media, Duct Tape 101, Healthy U, Mad Scientist or Water Warriors. For more information and to order, visit our website.  


Volunteer Learning

Fall learning sessions are still happening. Check out the   in-person learning schedule or complete the online learning so you can be well-equipped to lead your girls!


Girls in grades 6-12 can attend Program Aide training to prepare them for the next level Leadership Experience - leading songs, games, ceremonies and more with younger Girl Scouts. Sign up here.


When is the last time you completed a background screen? All volunteers must complete an online background screen every three years. For more information, contact the volunteer development specialist in your area. 


artVenture 2014

artVenture is a unique program that matches small groups of girls with talented artists to create collaborative artwork for our spring art auction fundraisers. Youth Artist Applications are now available online.  Download the form, fill it out and email, fax or mail along with the $5 application fee. Completed forms must be turned in by December 1, 2013, in order for girls to participate. For questions, please contact Lori Williamson by email or call 877.447.5558 x239.  


Upcoming Program Highlights!


One Smart Cookie

Grades 2-5

Nov. 2 - Dec. 7

EIGHT locations statewide

Through fun skits, games, crafts and snacks, explore the five skills girls gain through participating in the Cookie Program. Click here to see all the dates and locations!  


Finding Your Voice:  Choices and Voices

Grades K-12

Now through Jan. 18

21 locations statewide

Explore media's influence in your life and develop strategies for becoming more media literate. Click here to see all the dates and locations!


First Aid Badge Workshop

Grades 2-5

Friday, Dec. 6

Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus

Register by Nov. 18!

Learn how to be prepared in an emergency by making your own first aid kit and earn your First Aid Badge while you're at it!


Camp Adventure Weekend:  Let's Keep it Clean!

Grades 2-8

Friday, Dec. 13 - Sunday, Dec. 15

Catron Camp and Retreat Center, Nebraska City

Register by Nov. 20!

Girl Scouts and the Groundwater Foundation want to help you learn about the water you drink and how YOU can keep it clean! Earn your Let's Keep It Clean patch and get your hands wet through a variety of fun activities.


The World is Your Stage: 
Finding Your Voice Through Theater Arts

Grades 2-12

Saturday, Dec. 14

North Platte Community Playhouse, North Platte

Register by Dec. 2!

Discover how the theater can be a place to take action on issues that are important to you and how we can make the world a better place through theater arts. 


Go Nuts at the Nutcracker

Family Event

Saturday, Dec. 14

Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln

Register by Nov. 27!

Join the Midwest Ballet Company and Nutcracker cast members for a special "Tea Party" prior to attending the live performance of the Nutcracker ballet! 


Holiday Fun at the Rose-Narnia

Family Event

Saturday, Dec. 14 & Sunday, Dec. 15

Rose Theater, Omaha

C.S. Lewis' tale of four children who enter the enchanted world of Narnia to battle for good over evil has dazzled readers for generations. Online registration is not available for this event.  Click here for the Narnia registration form and mail by November 22.  


I Love Me!

Grades 4-12

Sunday, Dec. 15                 

Hilltop House, Lincoln

Register by Dec. 2!

Change the way you look at healthy living! Learn massage techniques, how stress effects your body, tips for healthy eating and more during this event, hosted in collaboration with the Lincoln Yoga Center.


PSA Contest: The Future I See...

Imagine it's the year 2050. What does the world look like? Girl Scouts wants to hear your vision for a brighter tomorrow. Enter the Girls Speak Out! PSA contest and share that vision, including how you would use technology to make the world a better place. Entries will be accepted through January 15, 2014, and is open to all Girl Scouts. Visit the Girls Speak Out! website to learn more. 

Quick Links
Cookie Program
Discount Tickets
Volunteer Learning
Upcoming Programs

Girl Scout Sleepover Night!

Don't miss Sleepover Night at The Amazing Pizza Machine, Friday, February 7, 2014! Enjoy delicious food, thrill rides and play games in our Amazing Arcade with Girl Scouts from around the region. For more information, visit our website or see our Community Collaborator listing.

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