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  • Office, shop closings for the holidays

    19 Dec 2014

    All Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland offices and shops will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. We will reopen Friday, Jan. 2.

    Additionally, the Wichita Girl Scout Office will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19. The Wichita Girl Scout Shop will be closed Dec. 23 for maintenance. We hope you a safe and wonderful holiday season, and a happy and healthy New Year!

    To see a complete list of our Girl Scout office locations and hours, go to our Locations page.

  • Cookie College: It's Your Business—Run It!

    18 Dec 2014

    Calling all Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts! Want to learn what it takes to be a successful businesswoman? Girl Scout Cookie College is your chance to learn from the best!

    During Cookie College: It’s Your Business–Run It!, girls get to meet local professionals who will work with them through a series of mini-workshops during this one-day event. They will share secrets to success that girls can incorporate into their Cookie Sale Buiness Plan! All participants will earn a Cookie College Patch, a Cookie Sale Activity pin, and parts of either the Business Plan or Cookie CEO badge.

    Register today to attend one of the following Cookie Colleges, and click on the links below for more details:

    Jan. 17 - Hays

    Jan. 17 - Garden City

    Jan. 24 - Salina

    Jan. 24 - Emporia

    Jan. 24 - Hutchinson

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  • Girl Scouts 'Care to Share' with Kansas Food Bank!

    18 Dec 2014

    Girl Scouts "Care to Share"! Through the Fall Opportunity Sale, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland supports the Kansas Food Bank's hunger-relief programs. 

    During this year's Fall Opportunity Sale, a sale of nuts and candy to friends and family, Girl Scouts sold 2,547 items for "Care to Share," which allows friends and family to donate their purchases to the Kansas Food Bank. More than $12,700 worth of product was donated to the Kansas Food Bank!

    This week, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland staff members helped distribute all of the "Care to Share" donations to the Kansas Food Bank. (Click here to see additional photos.)The Kansas Food Bank has 55 distributions across the state.

    Thank you to our dedicated Girl Scouts and their friends and family for showing you "Care to Share" with the Kansas Food Bank!

  • Girls' Choice: Cast your vote on Outdoor Badges!

    03 Dec 2014

    Girls, make your voices heard! Four Outdoor Badges are being added to Program in fall 2015, and girls get to vote on the badges they will earn!

    Girls have chosen Outdoor Recreation as the theme for the new Outdoor Badges, through the first round of polling in October and November. Now through Dec. 31, girls get to vote on the badge activities! Whether it's challenging themselves in the outdoors, getting active in the water, or becoming an outdoor explorer, the girls get to decide. After voting is over, the new "Girls' Choice" Outdoor Badges will be announced March 12, 2015.

    Ready to take action? Girls, follow this link to cast your vote! http://bit.ly/1zkRo71

    As of Nov. 30, more than 40,000 votes were cast in the first round of polling with:

    • Outdoor Recreation topping the poll at 45 percent
    • Outdoor Survival close behind at 39 percent, and
    • Outdoor Environment with 16 percent of the vote!

    Girls of all ages (through 18) voted, although Brownies and Juniors cast 67 percent of the votes.

    BONUS: New Ambassador Outdoor badge in 2015!

    In response to discussions at the national Girl Scout Convention about Ambassador Girl Scouts' interests and experience earning badges, GSUSA sent a survey to more than 11,000 Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts and nearly 1,000 girls from the Girl Scout Leadership In...

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  • Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland website gets new look!

    01 Dec 2014

    It's a new look for kansasgirlscouts.org! Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's website now has numerous updates that make it easier to navigate the site.

    Our council has been listening to suggestions from members about how to improve our website, including the importance of eliminating obsolete and outdated information that clutters the site. This cleaner, simpler format will most importantly aid our members and volunteers, and it will be more easily accessible from mobile devices, as well.

    Important details and tips:

    • You’ll be able to search for events by categories, level (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, etc.), and region by clicking on the Events page and then selecting “Advanced Search.” Every event now features a direct link to event registration.
    • Important forms and documents can be found by clicking on the Forms link at the top of our new homepage. By clicking on “Options” on the Forms page, you will see all of the categories the forms are organized under.
    • Our brand-new Media page includes press releases and direct links to all of our publications.
    • This spring, members will have access to even more technology and tools when we introduce a new registr...

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  • Disney on Ice offer for Girl Scouts

    14 Nov 2014

    Disney on Ice “Princesses & Heroes” is coming to Wichita in March, and there’s a special offer for Girl Scouts!

    Tickets are $19, which includes a facility fee, for the Disney on Ice performance at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015. (Tickets are regularly priced at $20.) The ticket price for Girl Scouts also includes a free post-show Scout clinic from 9 to 9:30 p.m. Additionally, all Girl Scouts receive a commemorative Scout patch with their ticket!

    Click here to view the ticket price and order tickets. The deadline to order with the online form is Feb. 27, 2015.

    Questions may be sent to indygroupsales@sbcglobal.net.

    Disney on Ice “Princesses & Heroes” includes Ariel and Prince Eric, Aurora and Prince Philip, who defeats the evil Maleficent, Jasmine and Aladdin, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, Tiana, Tinker Bell, and Anna, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen.”

  • Support women, girls during National Stand Beside Her Week

    25 Oct 2014

    Starting in childhood, girls are inundated with negative messages and behaviors that prevent them from building healthy relationships and ideals about their potential. Girls keep these unhealthy ideals and relationships as they mature into women, preventing women from reaching their fullest potential.

    That’s why Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud to partner with Girl Scouts Heart of the South and other councils across the country for National Stand Beside Her Week!

    Stand Beside Her is a call-to-action initiative to mentor, support and develop women and girls; and to end comparison and competition and create more collaboration and support for one another.

    Stand beside us this week (Oct. 25 – 31) to highlight this national effort to change our current culture, so every girl and woman can reach her fullest potential.

    Ready to take action? Here are 5 Ways to Stand Beside Her:

    1. Support her in discovering her talents, and encourage her interests. Interest, not just expertise, should be motivation enough.

    2. Monitor your comments about yourself, your daughter, and other women. Show her how to build others up, not tear them down.

    3. Avoid negative terms. Why is a girl bossy, but a boy is ambitious? Shouldn’t a girl throw like a girl?

    4. Be her ...

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  • Volunteers, Girls Invited to Leadership Conferences

    19 Sep 2014

    Make plans to attend one of these great learning opportunities. Whether you’re a brand-new volunteer or a seasoned Girl Scout, you’re invited to network with volunteers, share your ideas, and have fun!

    These sessions are open to all volunteers. Girls in grades 6-12 won’t want to miss the Dec. 6 Leadership Conference in Hays! Register in Ultracamp.

    * Girl and Adult Leadership Conference in Hays – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Fort Hays State University’s Memorial Union, 600 Park Street in Hays. Girls in grades 6-12 and adult volunteers are invited for this great day of learning! Girls will hear engaging speakers from the Fort Hays State Leadership Department. Volunteers will attend training sessions on troop meetings, journeys, and leadership development.

    * Volunteer Workshop in Dodge City – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3231 N. 14th Avenue in Dodge City.  Join us for volunteer-led training on songs and ceremonies, trip-planning, activities and awards, and more!

    * Volunteer Workshop in Dodge City – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at Lady of Guadalupe Church, 3231 N. 14th Avenue in Dodge City. Join us for volunteer-led training on songs and ceremonies, trip-planning, activities and awards, and more!

  • Troop 40143 Shares Journey Project Idea

    14 Sep 2014

    Staff members at the Wichita Girl Scout Office were greeted with a surprise Monday morning. Cadette Troop 40143 kindly left Girl Scout Cookie-inspired bath salts to share!

    Troop leader Christa Vazeos says the fun project was organized by her “super great co-leader” Angela Libby, as part of Breathe, an It’s Your Planet-Love It! Leadership Journey.

    The troop shared details of making the bath salts, which turned out to be a fun project for the girls:

    * Mix 1 to 6 drops of food coloring into 2 cups of Epsom salt. The girls decided how bright they wanted to make their colored salts, which included green for Thin Mints or yellow for Lemonades.

    * Choose essential oils to add, such as lemon, peppermint or eucalyptus. The girls mixed the oils of their choice.

    * Place the bath salts into a small Ziploc baggie, and tie a ribbon around the top with a plastic spoon included. Create and add a label.

    “We labeled, bagged, bowed, spooned and ‘ta-a’!” Vazeos said of completing the project. “I think the bath salts are great for a spoon in the bath, a spoon in the shower, or even in a kettle of hot water.”

  • Council Wins National Recycling Challenge

    10 Jun 2014

    The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council has won the Great American Can RoundUp-Scout Council Challenge for the third year in a row after recycling 32,199 pounds of aluminum cans, thanks to an outstanding effort by Girl Scouts in Reno County who rallied their community.

    Girl Scout Troops 50244 and 50028 of Hutchinson were the top two recycling troops in the national recycling challenge. Both troops collected around 15,000 pounds of aluminum cans each – more than 900 pounds of aluminum per Girl Scout – to help the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council earn the National Recycling Champion award.

    The GACR Scout Council Challenge, sponsored by Can Manufacturers Institute, began on Jan. 15 and ended April 30, with 800 Girl and Boy Scouts from 56 troops across the country competing. The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council contributed a majority of the aluminum collected in the challenge: 32,199 pounds of the 57,504 pounds collected overall from scouts.

    “We are extremely proud of our girls’ hard work and the incredible commitment they make to recycling year after year,” said Liz Workman, CEO of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “They exhibit leadership by not only achieving but surpassing their goals and involving the community. We’re also thankful for partners like MidWest Iron & Metal in Hutchinson that continue to support Girl Scouting for the benefit of both the girls and the community.”

    For more than a decade, Girl Scout troops in Reno...

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  • 2014 Annual Meeting – State of the Council

    29 May 2014

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland CEO Liz Workman presented the following State of the Council remarks during the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon & Annual Meeting on April 5 in Salina.

    State of the Council 

    I am excited and honored to be standing here before you today as the CEO of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. My first nine months have flown by. Each and every day I am energized witnessing our many successes in building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We are here today to celebrate the achievements of our older girls and to recognize our many volunteers who play a myriad of important roles in delivering Girl Scouting experiences to the girls throughout our council. And yes, we are here to take care of some council business, as well.

    I know when I meet a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts shine; they reflect the confidence their experiences have ignited in them; they raise their hands to lead; they take action and give back to their communities; they set their sights on the stars.

    I was in Savannah last week. I still have goose bumps from visiting our birthplace and eating dinner at our first Girl Scout headquarters. I got to meet several visiting troops and hear Savannah Girl Scouts share their aspirations. My time in Savannah really brought home the importance of our Movement. We have the reach and the experience to help girls –  to equip them with values and leadership e...

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  • Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland: Proud Partner of Wichita’s ‘STEMpact2020′

    27 May 2014

    The City of Wichita is among seven cities selected to win the US2020 City Competition, a national competition encouraging STEM mentoring, and the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud to be a STEMpact2020 partner!

    This competition challenged cities to develop innovative models for dramatically increasing the number of STEM professionals who mentor and teach students through hands-on projects. US2020 specifically focuses on increasing STEM opportunities and STEM excitement for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families.

    Public and private coalitions from 52 cities across the nation applied, and Wichita’s coalition – which includes the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland – was selected.

    The winning cities, which were announced Tuesday (May 27) at the White House Science Fair, include: Wichita, Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Allentown, Penn. The cities will share $1 million in financial, consulting and staff support over the next year to support opportunities and mentoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

    “Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud and excited to be a STEMpact2020 guiding coalition member,” said Liz Workman, CEO of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “The vision of Girl Scouts is ...

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  • Osage County Troops Earn Bronze Awards Through Service

    20 May 2014

    Grounds at both a veterans’ memorial and a historical landmark in Osage County have been improved, thanks to the hard work of Girl Scouts whose service earned them the Bronze Award.

    Troop 30260 wanted to help beautify the Veterans’ Memorial in the Overbrook Community Park, so they appeared before the Veterans’ Memorial Committee with a plan to improve the area. Then, they took action by donating $100 of their own money to purchase marigolds and weed killer for the project. By donating their time, as well, they completed the project and achieved their goal!

    Girl Scouts in Troop 30142 earned the Bronze Award by cleaning up a Santa Fe Trail memorial in Burlingame, where the historical landmark was difficult to read amid a flower garden full of weeds.

    “The girls decided they wanted it to be taken care of, so everyone could enjoy passing through our town,” said troop leader Maurene Brake.

    The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. By completing service projects, Girl Scouts earning the Bronze Award develop confidence and leadership skills, meet new people, and make a difference in the world.

    Have you spotted Girl Scouts taking action to make a difference in their community...

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  • Bricks Available For Purchase As Girl Scout Tributes

    24 Apr 2014

    You have the opportunity to honor your Girl Scout friends, including family members, troop leaders or even your favorite camp, with a special message engraved on a brick.

    Girl Scout Alumni & Friends are selling bricks to create a winding, brick pathway from the sidewalk to the wooden bridge in front of the Wichita Girl Scout Office, 360 Lexington.

    Longtime Girl Scout supporters and volunteers Shirley and Richard Mosher donated the outdoor bridge in 2012 to the Wichita Girl Scout Office. Are you bridging to the next level of Girl Scouts? Many Girl Scout troops have used this spot for their bridging ceremonies.

    You can purchase a brick to commemorate your favorite person, place, or thing about Girl Scouts. Bricks in honor of troops (ex: Troop11111, Town) are available for $35, and bricks in honor of individuals are $50. Please submit payment and orders to GS Alumni and Friends, 360 Lexington Road, Wichita KS 67218. Here is a printable form: A&F-brick form

    For more information about purchasing a brick, contact  Ellen Fiedler Estes at (316) 218-1163 or efestes@cox.net. To reserve the bridge for your troop or service unit bridging ceremonies and events, call (888) 686-6468.

  • Girl Scouts Can Camp Free at Kansas State Parks (application required)

    14 Apr 2014

    Girl Scouts now have access to basic camping sites at all 26 Kansas State Parks, thanks to a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

    The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council is paying for its members’ access to basic/primitive campsites at Kansas State Parks — a great option for camp-outs or other activities packed with fun enjoying the outdoors!

    Reservation requests MUST be made through the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council to take advantage of these wonderful camping options across the state. Follow the link or click on the map to see the required application form and get instructions on how to request a reservation: http://kansasgirlscouts.org/about-us/camps-2/stateparkcampingoptions/

    “We’re excited about this partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, because this means Girl Scouts from 80 Kansas counties have many more options for camping across the state,” said Jerry Primm, director of property for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.

    The cabins at state parks, or premium amenities, would still have a cost attached, but the primitive campsites at Kansas State Parks offer picnic tables, fire rings and grills, along with access to shower houses and public, potable wate...

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  • Robo Troop, Robo Girls shine at Lego Mindstorms Challenge

    14 Mar 2014

    Step inside the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland office, 360 Lexington Road in Wichita, and you’ll find creative and colorful displays made by Robo Troop and Robo Girls, along with two trophies made of Legos.

    What you won’t see, however, is the hours upon hours of hard work the Girl Scouts in Robo Troop and Robo Girls put in to prepare for the 14th annual Lego Mindstorms Challenge on March 8 at Wichita State University.

    Their hard work paid off, as the Robo Troop took third place in the intermediate division and also placed first in Spirit and Sportsmanship. All of the Girl Scouts use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills, along with teamwork, sportsmanship and communication.

    Those skills are imperative as they construct robots by using Lego NXT kits. Then, they try to score the most points by running their robots through an obstacle course during competition.

    “It encourages girls to embrace STEM and gives them a safe, all-girl environment where they can learn about STEM and not feel afraid to ask questions,” leader Allison Wright said of Robo Troop and Robo Girls.

    The two teams are made up of girls from different cities in Kansas, including Wichita, El Dorado, Rose Hill and Halstead. They meet throughout the year, but their competition season is from January through March, Wright said.

    This year, the Robo Girls’ hard work was recognized during competition when they were selected to go on a flight simulator ...

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  • Baby born on Girl Scouts’ Birthday Gets Special Welcome

    12 Mar 2014

    A Girl Scout Daisy troop made sure the first baby girl born in Garden City on Wednesday, March 12 – the Girl Scouts’ birthday – received a special welcome.

    Troop 10605 from the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland took a trip Tuesday to the birthing center at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, where they dropped off a pink baby onesie that says “Future Girl Scout,” along with a special note for her mother.

    “Congratulations on the birth of your daughter!” the note read. “March 12, 2014, is the Girl Scouts’ 102nd birthday. Daisy Girl Scout Troop 10605 is celebrating by welcoming your baby girl into the world and hoping one day she will carry on the Girl Scout tradition!”

    “What can a girl do? A girl can change the world!”

    Shawna Deal, a spokeswoman at St. Catherine Hospital, confirmed a baby girl born at 11:59 a.m. March 12 received the special gift. The baby girl delivered at the hospital on the Girl Scouts’ birthday weighed 7 pounds and 10.9 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches in length, Deal said.

    “We went in and all of the employees thought they were the cutest and loved the idea,” Garden City resident Jackie Stoy, a leader of Troop 10605, said of the Girl Scouts. “After we delivered the gift, the nurses gave the girls all a little knit hat for their baby dolls and a heart sticker. They loved it!”

    Troop 10605’s gift to the newborn was a unique way to be of service for the Girl Scouts’ birthday and during Girl Scout Week.

    On Mar...

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