August 2013
Week 2

Online Membership Registration Site Will Be Down Aug. 9-12 

Your online registration system is getting a makeover!            


Everyone is preparing for another exciting year in Girl Scouts! You asked for improvements on the online membership registration site, and GSUSA listened. Clarification: The online membership registration site is used to pay national membership dues for girl and adult members as well as adult trainings and activities. The Ultracamp registration system for girl activities will not be affected by this update. 
You will notice the following upgrades:
  • One log in per family
  • Improved search capability for adult training
  • Much easier site navigation and usability
All adults will be required to create a New Online Account following the upgrade.You can reuse your old user name and password when creating your new online account if you choose. With your new online account, you will be able to manage yourself, your family and/or troop(s) depending on your current participation status. For example, an approved 01 troop leader who has a daughter participating in Girl Scouts will be able to manage both her family and troop(s) with a single login.

The online membership registration site will be unavailable beginning Friday, August 9 to Tuesday, August 13 so that the system can be upgraded during that time frame.


Notice: GSKH Offices/Shops Hours August 7-8  



The Girl Scout Membership Year 

The new year starts October 1         


At this time of year, you may be wondering which GS membership year girls and adults should be signing up for. Here's the low-down:


Girl Scout membership begins on October 1 and runs through September 30 each year.


Girls and adults may still register for the 2013 membership year to participate in a Girl Scout activity. If a current Girl Scout adds a friend for the 2013 Girl Scout year by August 15, she and her friend will be entered into a drawing for tickets to see singer Bridgit Mendler at the Kansas State Fair on September 7. Click here for details.


If you are getting girls and adults ready for the 2014 membership year, get them signed up as EARLY BIRDs. Our final early bird incentive ends on August 9: all girls who register by August 9 will receive the Early Bird patch!


Thank you for helping more Kansas girls find opportunities to participate in Girl Scouting!


Volunteer Toolkit:   

Knowing what is out there                        


Each month in your volunteer toolkit we will focus on a different Girl Scout resource. 


As you're prepping for the coming Girl Scout year, make things easy for the girls and families in your troop with the Girl Scout Starter Supplies handout. With so many options for uniforms and books, use the Girl Scout Starter Supplies handout to let parents know what the troop is buying, what parents need to provide, and what items are optional. Everything listed is available in your local Girl Scout council shop and online at Additional items are available as well.


Troop Checking Accounts      

Accounts in good standing                        


Are you a troop leader, treasurer, or a signer on a troop checking account?


Ensure that your account is in good standing by making sure you can answer YES to each question on the list below!

  • Has your Troop Finance Summary been submitted? (Reminders have been sent to troops and service units who missed the June 30 deadline. Contact your regional office for assistance.)
  • Do you have (at least) two volunteer signers with current volunteer applications and background checks? (Applications and background checks expire after 3 years. Reminders have been sent to volunteers with expiring applications and background checks. Contact your regional office for assistance.)
  • Are the troop signers carefully tracking troop income and expenses, following the guidelines in Volunteer Essentials Chapter 5: Managing Group Finances?

Thank you for helping girls earn and manage money as part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience!


For Girls 


August 24

Mall Madness




September 14

Girl's Night





See more on the Activities Calendar!



Upcoming For Volunteers


September 17

First Aid & CPR


V + SA


Leadership Conferences


Hays - Sept 21

Wichita - Sept 28

Salina - Nov 9

Parsons - Nov 15-16

Garden City - Nov 16

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