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Operation "Make Today a 10"
Operation “Make Today
a 10” Service Project is a new service project that can be done
any time (or multiple times) throughout the year to benefit children
cancer. Operation “Make Today a 10” is
looking for small gifts ($1-$10) that can be given to children of all
are undergoing cancer treatments – a small “prize”
after they finish their
treatment each day. New or gently used
books are also being collected as part of this service project to be
by the kids with cancer as well as siblings who have to wait while
brother/sister undergo treatment. Troops
may choose to donate individual gifts/books or make a “Surprise
Bag” with a few
small items in it. Learn
more about it.
- A good website for leaders who are looking for
someplace to take their girls on a field trip can be found here.
- Here is a fun idea
girls of all ages…a Thinking Day postcard exchange. The site opened
last week to take requests and there are only 4 troops from MN
far! If you haven’t heard about it before, it's
simple. Your name
is entered into a database, sorted by state. You contact another
and ask if they'd like to exchange. You mail them a postcard,
one to you.
- Miss a Service Unit Meeting? Click
here for the meeting minutes.
- Looking for a
council program to attend Check out the "Program
Picks" (in a PDF file) for the Northwest Area.
- If you haven't seen it, check out the Resources
Page for fun activity ideas and great information for leaders!
- Brownie WOW Journey.Are you a
Brownie Troop working on the WOW journey? Here is a great website with some information on
the water cycle and more.
- Locavore Badge for Senior Girl Scouts Girls
Scout Seniors now have a new badge: Locavore!
This badge, released in honor of the
organization’s 100th anniversary, allows girls to explore the
local food movement in their communities.
- Good publicity
on Girl Scouting!!! The Today Show has a segment on how Girl Scouts is
keeping up with the times.
Essentials & Council Reference Guide are
now a combined document that can be found on the River Valleys website. There are sections of
the document that can
be downloaded/printed as you need them – the entire document is
(111 pgs.) and does not need to be downloaded or printed in its
entirety. However, you need to take a look at the
document to see what is there so that you are able to follow all policy
procedures outlined in this document.
Essentials is now "Planning Guides". Planning Guides
allow you to customize your year and help your girls become
well-rounded leaders as they earn awards, badges and patches in each of
seven skill-building areas.Visit the Girl Scout River Valleys Website for more info.
- Girl Scout
Highest Awards Announcements: Girls who are working on the
Girl Scout Gold, Silver or Bronze
Award should visit the River Valleys website for current highest
(project proposal and final report forms), sample projects and
deadlines in addition to the information in the new Girl’s
Guides. Inserts to the Girls Guide for these award can
also be downloaded. Important deadlines:
- Our next Service Unit Meeting will be Monday, March 18. The
schedule for the year has been posted and you can also find the
meeting minutes from the last meeting on this page.
- Have new members or renewing members? We have an
editable Health History Form available in PDF. You may
print out multiple copies after you fill it in, but unless the person
filling it out has a "full version" of Adobe Acrobat, you may not be
able to save your file.
- Is your troop interested in "adopting" a US soldier?
It is a great way to support our active military. You can
send correspondence and care packages. Ask for someone from the
Minneapolis area, and
they will do their best to find someone from the state
What's New - FYI
fun activities through Three Rivers Park District Looking for
something new to do with your
troop? Check these out – there are some
SUPER fun activities being provided by Three Rivers Park District for
SCOUTS! Check out the Three
Rivers Scout Calendar
is online at the
River Valleys website, along with Volunteer
Essentials. Both are in a
downloadable PDF format and should be your main point of
reference. The printed/bound versions of Safety-Wise are now
obsolete and should
Cross certified First Aid/CPR trainer Rita Halbur set up a
Valleys volunteers may use to directly access information about
training sessions and registration. Please direct any questions
and scheduling sessions to Rita herself using the contact
included on the website.
Don't forget to check
out upcoming events and training
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- Special Interest Volunteers are people who want
to share their talent, interests and time with girls on a flexible, as
needed schedule and are a great resource for leaders. You can access
the database to find a
volunteer with the skills you are looking for, and then contact them
directly to see if they can help with your project. You can choose from
camping, nutrition education/cooking, cultural diversity awareness,
lifeguard, and more. One of the volunteers is a forensic scientist with
the BCA Laboratory and can provide a tour of the state crime lab and/or
assist troops working on the “Uncovering the
Evidence” Interest Patch.
- Bring the fun to your troop/group with
flexible scheduling, being offered in the Metro
area for multiple Council-Sponsored Program Events!
Here’s how it works...
1. Choose one of the great flexible programs offered, gather
a group of at least 20 girls (from one or more
troops), and find a meeting location in your area.
2. Contact Program Specialist Nicole Huebner (651-251-1247 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
dates that work for your group. Classes can be held after school, on
weekends and early release days, and
during holiday breaks.
3. Once your program date and location have been confirmed, go online
and register for your program. That’s it!
For more information, check out the Flexible
- If you will be making purchases at OfficeMax,
use the Office Max Discount Card. It will
automatically flag your
purchase as tax exempt (and sometimes gives you a discount on general
office supplies). Note: OfficeMax is the preferred office supply store
for the council, and gives you a big discount on copies.
For Office Depot, use this number – it’s a general
Girl Scout number that can be used by any troop – 30177961.
- If you have done something fun with your
you’d like to share with others (e.g. JoAnn’s Art
or Stitch It badge or programs at the Three
Rivers Park District),
the information to be included on our Web site as a resource
leaders. Provide a brief description of the program along
- Need Ideas? Check the recent edition of The
Edge for community service opportunities, program openings, Destination
information, etc. Other terrific sources are our leaders, our service
unit website, and our service unit library!
- GSUSA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Passes
in Congress! Read more about it!
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- Open positions in the Service Unit are FastStart Coach, Organizer/Recruiter
(Greenwood, Kimberly Lane, Redeemer and St. Bart's), Event
(i.e. Field Day, Junior Event, etc.) and Family Fundraising Chairs.
These positions are very
to the success
of our service unit, and some can be shared with another adult. You can
contact Kris P.
or Norma P.
you are interested or want more information.
- Are you a saged and experienced Girl
Leader? Remember all the questions you had your first year? Mentor new
adult Girl Scout leaders through the stages of troop leadership and
girl planning. If you would be willing to help mentor a new
leader/troop and get them off to a great start, please contact Kris P.
more ways to volunteer from our
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- Be sure to browse through our
selection of books in our service unit library to
help with your
troop meetings/events. Please return all outstanding materials as soon
as possible as we have other leaders waiting to use them!
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Go to Troop
News to read
our service unit's troops and to take a peek at Web sites of troops in
our service unit and in other service units!
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