On behalf of Girl Scouts Louisiana East, let us wish you and your families a safe and joyous holiday season. Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to Girl Scouting. May the New Year bring you and your family happiness and prosperity.
Data input help needed
We are seeking volunteers to help us with data entry at council headquarters in New Orleans. We are in a major push to have all of our membership information inputted into the database, so we can submit to GSUSA before the end of the year. We are seeking help from December 16-18 and 21-22 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Help as much or as little as you can. Additional help will be needed beginning January 4 until data entry is complete. Please contact Kim Hennegan, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help out.
Girl Scouts Cookie Program's mission: to help girls do great things
It's almost Cookie Time! Girl Scouts across the council’s 23 parishes will begin taking cookie orders on January 15. Cookies will be delivered beginning February 26 and will be sold at various booth locations until March 14. Please DO NOT sell cookies before the sale start date of January 15. Parents, stay tuned to your leaders regarding cookie trainings, cookie rally dates, and other cookie sale information. Ebudde training has been scheduled for Saturday, January 9 (10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), Sunday, January 9 (2 - 4:30 p.m.) and Monday, January 18 (10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) at St. George School (Computer Lab, Library Building), 7880 St. George Dr. Baton Rouge.
A popular community service project held during the Cookie Sale is Gift of Caring, a voluntary troop project in which girls encourage customers to buy cookies for donation to a non-profit organization selected by the troop. Troops may elect to ship cookies to military troops serving overseas in the council’s Troops Helping Troops service project.
This cookie season the Girl Scouts are offering one new cookie: Thank U Berry Munch, which features cranberries mixed with the sweetness of creamy white fudge chips. Cookies are $3.50 per box upon delivery, and are preservative-free, kosher, with zero trans fat per serving.
Little Brownie Baker, the cookie baker, has developed several online features available to girls selling cookies, with an all-new Cookie Club "ask" feature designed to help girls maneuver safely into the fun of today's social media as they boost sales and learn the power of online marketing. Girls can send emails to family and friends to ask for cookie "promises," while customers submit their promises through an online order form that protects girls from unwanted communications. Girls can track online orders before printing the final promises page, turning it in with their order cards, yet still delivering the cookies and accepting payment in person. Girls should talk to their troop leaders about how to access their Cookie Club (parent permission required!)
Customers interested in ordering cookies beginning January 15 may call the Cookie Hotline at (504) 733-8220, (225) 927-8946, or (800) 644-7571. An online Cookie Locator to booth locations will be available on the website during the direct sale beginning February 26.
January's patch of the month
It’s the Chinese New Year! Unscramble the words in January's patch puzzle to learn about this holiday. Click here for patch of the month page on the website.
Additional Bronze Award Workshop
A Bronze Award Workshop has been scheduled for Saturday, January 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Salem Lutheran School, 418 Fourth St., Gretna. Cost is $2 per girl. Registration is open now and closes January 15.
Online Donations now accepted
Girl Scouts Louisiana East is now able to accept online donations through the website. You won't believe how easy it is to give to Girl Scouts Louisiana East. Please spread the word to other volunteers, families, etc. that this is a new option for making a donation.
Sneak peek at council newsletters
For those who don't wish to wait until they receive Just for Girls and GSLE Connections in the mail, you don't have to since online versions are available on the council website. Check out the cookie recognitions in Just for Girls and all of the photos in Connections! Over 55 troops submitted photos! Just for Girls will be mailed on December 28, and GSLE Connections January 4.
Sign up for January-February events
Don't miss out on some great council events this January and February! On the website calendar, go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, age levels, times, cost, etc.
POSTPONED UNTIL 2011 - New Orleans Boat Show
1/9 - Yoga & Pilates (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
FULL 1/9 - Night Crawlers (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
1/15 - Girl Scout Cookie Sale Pre-Orders begin
FULL 1/16 - Nursing Exploration Day at Lakeview (Jrs), Covington
1/16 - Ceramics and Clay (Jrs), Baton Rouge
1/16 - Program Aide Core Training and Science and Nature Specialization Training (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
1/16 - Folk Arts Workshop (Jr-Cad), New Orleans
1/16 - Girl Scout Day at
Louisiana Art and Science Museum (Dai-Jrs), Baton Rouge
FULL 1/23 - Oschner Science in Action Day
1/23 - Native American Experience at
Cannes Brûlée Native American Museum (all ages), Kenner
New Wrangler/Spur Training Weekend (age 12 and up), Camp Marydale
National WWII Museum Day (all ages), New Orleans
- Science Wonders Day at Louisiana Children's Museum (Br), New Orleans
1/30 - Defend Yourself (Cad-Amb), Baton Rouge
CLOSED 1/30 clinic and 2/5 game - Girl Scout Hornets Dance Clinic (girls 5-12).
2/6 - Bronze Award Workshop (Jr), Baton Rouge
NEW 2/6 - Women in Chemistry (Br and Jr), Baton Rouge
2/12-14 - Backpacking Adventure (Cad-Amb), Ville Platte
2/20 - Daisy Day at Camp (Daisy), Camp Marydale
2/20 - Colors & Shapes (Br), Baton Rouge
2/20 - Contemporary Arts Center (All), New Orleans
CLOSED 2/20 clinic and 2/26 game - Girl Scout Hornets Dance Clinic (girls 5-12).
2/20-21 - St. George Observatory Sleepover (Br-Amb), Shriever
2/27 - Goodwill Good Turn Day (All), All Goodwill locations
2/27 - Arbor Day (Jr-Amb), Camp Covington & Camp Marydale
2/27 - Explore Scuba (Cad-Amb), Metairie
3/6 - SPCA Girl Scouts & Critters Day (Daisy-Br and Jr), and 3/7 - (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
3/6 - Program Aide Core Training (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
3/6 - P.A. Arts & Crafts, Songs & Games Training (Cad-Amb), New Orleans
3/19-21 - Older Girl Weekend (Cad-Amb), Camp Whispering Pines
3/27 - Swing Into Spring (All), Camp Marydale
3/29 - 4/2 - Chicago Bound (Cad-Amb), Chicago