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  • Celebrate National S'mores Day with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland


    S'mores have long been a staple around the campfire, but did you know this delicious treat is rooted in Girl Scout history? That's right! The first-known recorded S’more recipe was the “Some More” recipe published in the 1927 Girl Scouts of the USA handbook, “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.”

    Aug. 10 is National S’mores Day, and to celebrate, all K-12 girls and their families are invited to make their own tasty s'mores with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland during our special events in Wichita, Emporia and Garden City! During these come-and-go events, which are FREE to the public, girls and their families can also enjoy hot dogs, fun activities, and learn more about Girl Scouts and its mission of building courage, confidence and character in girls.

    Plus, girls will get a free National S'mores Day patch if they're registered for the 2016-17 Girl Scout year or if they register to join Girl Scouts at the event! Council staff will be on hand at the National S’mores Day events to help girls sign up. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are also invited to attend. There are volunteer opportunities to fit any schedule, and the Girl Scouts’ new...



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  • Register by July 31 for 2016-17 Girl Scout membership year to enter contest!


    Great news, Girl Scouts! We're so excited for another year of Girl Scouting that we're offering a contest opportunity!

    All girls who register by July 31 for the 2016-17 Girl Scout membership year will be entered into a drawing to win FREE admission to the Outside In Campout! One girl’s name will be drawn per region. The winners will get free admission for themselves and all Girl Scouts in their troop who are registered for the 2016-17 Girl Scout year! (This includes volunteers to meet the girl-adult ratio.) Juliettes have a chance to win FREE admission themselves and a Girl Scout BFF! All girls who completed their 2016-17 membership registrations prior to July 1 are also eligible for the drawing.

    Girls are going to have a blast at Outside In Campout, an exclusive sleepover this September at Towne West Square mall that will include an attempt to break a world record. Sign up for the 2016-17 Girl Scout year or renew your membership by July 31 for a chance to win free entry to the ultimate sleepover. Got questions? Just email...



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  • Girl Scout campers learn from Wichita mayor, McConnell AFB Honor Guard


    Girl Scouts celebrated their country and their community this week during Stars & Stripes Camp! History came to life at Starwoods Outdoor Center, just 15 minutes southwest of Wichita, as K-5 girls learned about our nation's history and traditions.

    Stars & Stripes campers earned badges while learning from Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and the McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard. The girls had the opportunity to interview Mayor Longwell while working on badgework, including the Junior Girl Scouts' Inside Government badge. Daisy Girl Scouts learned about respecting authority while earning their Gerri petal, and Brownie Girl Scouts earned the Celebrating Community badge.

    Other important traditions the campers enjoyed included flag ceremonies and flag-folding, which the girls got to see demonstrated by the McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard. Campers learned why the flag is important as a symbol of the United States, and why it's important to treat it with respect. They sang songs, enjoyed outdoor activities like archery and waterfront, and made patriotic snacks and crafts, like making ink from blueberries and using quills to write with. They also toured the Girl Scouts' historical collection at Camp Starwoods, learning about Girl Scout history and how it is intertwined with our nation's history.

  • Kansas Girl Scouts aim for world record!


    We've got some BIG news to share: Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has submitted an application with Guinness World Records, with the hopes of setting a world record for the largest sleepover!

    The Outside In Campout coming up on Sept. 24 at Towne West Square mall in Wichita will be one massive sleepover you won’t want to miss. Our goal is to have 2,016 participants to mark the year 2016! The current world record for the largest sleepover/pajama party — with 2,004 participants — was set by Girlguiding North West England in September 2014 in Cheshire, United Kingdom.

    All K-12 girls are invited to join Girl Scouts or renew their Girl Scout memberships for the 2016-17 year and attend this exciting event. New Girl Scouts are welcome, so bring your BFF for the ultimate sleepover and help us attempt to break a world record! There will be dancing, karaoke, face-painting, a movie, shopping and more. Girls can get a jumpstart on badge work in every grade level, a free Outside In patch, plus there will be yummy favorites like pizza and ice cream. Select stores at Towne West Square will be opening up from 9 to...



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  • Start working on the new Girls' Choice Outdoor Badge series: Art in the Outdoors


    We're excited to announce the requirements for the new Girls' Choice Outdoor Badges are here! Girls from across the country had the opportunity to vote on their favorite badge category and topic, along with the design of the new badges. After the votes were tallied, the new Girls' Choice Outdoor Badge series was created: Art in the Outdoors!

    There is an Art in the Outdoors badge for Brownies through Ambassadors. The requirements are available below or can be purchased in their full-color glory from Girl Scouts' online shop for $2.50 to be added to handbooks.

      Brownie - Outdoor Art Creator Junior - Outdoor Art Explorer Cadette - Outdoor Art Apprentice Senior - Outdoor Art Expert...


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  • Get ready to "Go Gold" at camp this summer!


    Are you ready to make a difference in the world? This year marks the Gold Award Centennial celebrating 100 years of the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, so now's the perfect time to Go Gold!

    Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world, or at least your corner of it. If you did not earn the Bronze and Silver awards with a troop, no worries -- you still have the opportunity to earn the Gold Award! By the time you put the final touches on your project, you'll have solved a community problem, plus you'll be eligible for exclusive colle...



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  • Save your Girl Scout project for the Kansas State Fair


    What did you do this year in Girl Scouts? Did you paint a picture, make a snack, serve your community, or grow something in the garden, perhaps? Or maybe you created a masterpiece out of Legos! Don't forget to save your Girl Scout projects, so you can submit them to the Kansas State Fair to compete for a ribbon and even a cash reward!

    The state fair offers numerous categories just for Girl Scouts to participate in, including artwork, jewelry, baking, First Aid kits, woodworking, comic strips, knitting, photography, computer graphics, mosaics, candles, scrapbooking, and more! Every year, Girl Scouts from across the 80 Kansas counties served by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland submit their projects to the Kansas State Fair. These projects, which will be on display in the Girl Scout cabin at the fair, showcase a multitude of talents, service and leadership exhibited by Kansas Girl Scouts.

    "The Kansas State Fair is highly interested in the Scout movement in the State of Kansas, and urges all girls of Scout age (5 to 18) to become members and thereby be eligible to compete f...



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  • Delegates sought for 2017 National Convention in Ohio


    Want to travel? Want to represent your Girl Scout Council? We're looking for a few good Girl Scouts to serve as our council's delegates at the 2017 National Girl Scout Session in Ohio! All members ages 14 and up are invited to apply by September 30, 2016, to be a voting delegate with the opportunity to enjoy an experience you will never forget!

    In October 2017, the National Girl Scout Council will convene its next triennial session. Every Girl Scout council is entitled to send a specified number of delegates (we’ll learn later this year how many we get) to serve as voting members of the National Council. National delegates and alternates are selected by our Board Development Committee from the applications received. The applicants will then be presented to our council's membership for adoption at the Annual Meeting in April 2017.

    Take a look at the delegate position description below and then submit your application to Krista Wagner at kwagner@gskh.org.

    • Delegate Position Description
    • National Council Delegate Application

    If chosen to be one of our voting delegates, you will:...



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  • Top Seller Notice: 500+ Event Location Changed


    The location of the 500+ Event has been moved to Goddard High School, 2500 S. 199th St. West, Goddard, KS 67052. Due to recent rainfall totals and the anticipation of additional rainfall amounts, the grounds at the current location are too saturated for use. Members of the 500+ Club are being notified via email and Facebook posts.

    The 1,000+ Event will still take place at the Northwest YMCA as planned. We look forward to celebrating the girls’ amazing achievements with our Girl Scout family and friends. If you have any questions, please call 888-686-6468 or email info@gskh.org, and one of our staff members would be happy to help.  

    Directions: Goddard is about 13 minutes southwest of the Northwest YMCA in Wichita. Here is a map showing the distance between the two locations and directions: http://mapq.st/1Uk9uU6

  • 3 free ways to celebrate Earth Day


    Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this year? As the world celebrates Earth Day on Friday, April 22, here are some FREE activities you can do with your Girl Scout sisters:

      Explore the outdoors, and take action to protect the planet! We've got some great news. In celebration of the National Park Service centennial, National Parks across the country are offering free admission this week! This is the perfect opportunity for you to find the national historic sites right here in Kansas, get outdoors, and also get started on the Girl Scout Ranger Program. You can earn a Ranger patch or certificate and help your planet at the same time! Play the My Planet game or the Earth Day Memory Game to learn more about what you can do to help the environment. Do you know how many gallons of water it takes to wash a load of laundry? Do you ride a bike to school or carpool? Send a...


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  • News from National Girl Scout Board


    To our valued members of the Girl Scout community, we'd like to share an announcement from Girl Scouts of the USA's CEO, Anna Maria Chávez. Starting in the Girl Scout 2018 membership year, which officially begins October 1, 2017, the annual national membership dues will increase to $25 for girls and adults.

    While this fee increase will impact many families, we know that a Girl Scout membership is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl's life. We want to remind you that all membership dues go directly to the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA; no portion of this money is retained by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.

    This upcoming increase is needed to support GSUSA's research and continued investment and development of new technology and enhancements to girls' program experiences in the outdoors, life skills, entrepreneurship, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). You can find more information in a letter from Anna Maria Chávez, along with a FAQ sheet about this announcement.

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is committed to ensuring that all girls, regardless of financial means, can fully participate in our Girl Scout program,...



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  • Exciting camp additions announced! Camp registration now open


    How would you like to soar over camp on a zip line, spend the night in a yurt, and climb or rappel down a 55-foot tower this summer? Then we've got some great news. These exciting camp opportunities are all part of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s investments this year into outdoor experiences, ensuring girls have the opportunity to have even more FUN for years to come!

    Construction has started on a new 55-foot climbing tower at Starwoods Outdoor Center, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's 160-acre property about 10 minutes southwest of Wichita. Girls will learn about belaying through a progressive training program before climbing to the tower’s observation deck and either rappelling down the side or zip-lining through the trees and over the lake at Camp Starwoods – 900 feet from where they began. Next, enjoy another high-flying adventure while bouncing on a new inflatable “Blob” that will be installed on the lake at Camp Starwoods!

    And that's not all ... There's a new camping experience coming to Camp Four Winds in Butler County – yurts! Are you wondering, "What's a yurt?" A yurt is a round, environmentally friendly structure that is 16 feet in diameter with fabric walls and roof, and wood lattice for support. At Camp Four Winds,...



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  • Say "Thank You" during National Volunteer Month, Leader's Day


    Without adult volunteers, Girl Scouts would not be a viable organization for girls! Our volunteers make fun, friendship, and awesome new experiences possible for girls.

    With love, patience, and a deep dedication to enriching the lives of girls everywhere, Girl Scout volunteers give their time to mentor, inspire, and help girls discover the world around them. We are beyond grateful. From service projects to troop meetings, camp-outs and cookie sales, our Girl Scout volunteers give their all to help girls thrive. Join us in celebrating these incredible individuals this month during National Volunteer Month, National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) and on Girl Scout Leader's Day, April 22.

    We hope you'll take a minute to say thank-you to the Girl Scout volunteers who have made a difference in your life. Here are some ways to show your thanks:

      Share your thanks. Write a note, take a photo, or draw a picture expressing your gratitude, and then post it on our Facebook page, tagging your special volunteer. Use the hashtag #NVW2016 to spread the word on Twitter and Instagram, too! Consider writing a letter to your local newspaper to let others know the impact your Girl Scout Leader or volunteer has had on your life. Pick out a special gift in our...


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  • Voices Count: We want to hear your opinion about Girl Scouts


    At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

    This month, Girl Scouts of the USA will be emailing invitations to take part in a national survey called Girl Scout Voices Count. The purpose of this survey is to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. If you are a Girl Scout parent, it is possible that you could receive two survey invitations -- one for you, and a second asking permission for your daughter to take the survey. If you are one of those who are randomly selected for this survey, we want to thank you in advance. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.

    Please keep an eye on your email inbox for more information on how to participate, and make sure to check your email account's SPAM folder, just in case. We can’t wait to hear from you!

    Got questions? For more information, email GSVoicesCount@girlscouts.org.

  • Get rewards for renewing your Girl Scout membership early!


    Ready for "S'more Fun"? You can get rewards just for renewing your Girl Scout membership by June 30!

    Early membership renewal starts April 1. The 2016-17 Girl Scout Year begins Oct. 1, and early membership renewal helps troops, parents, and girls get ready for their next exciting year of Girl Scouting.

    Renewing your membership is easy! Just go to MY GS above and log into your member profile, where you can update your information in the "Family Profile" tab and then select the "Membership" tab to renew your membership! How easy is that?! Once you've renewed your membership by June 30, you can reap the rewards:

    • FREE S'more Fun drawstring bag for girls and adults!
    • FREE S'more Fun patch for girls! (Adults may request patch.)
    • $10 off registration to Outside In Campout (previously called Mall Madness) on Sept. 24 at Towne West Mall in Wichita! A coupon code for the Outside In Campout will be emailed to parents of girls who renewed their memberships early.

    Got questions? Check out our S'more Fun flier with more details about early membership renewal and the Outside In Campout. Need help? Email us at...



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  • Get ready for Thin Mint Sprint with a Tulle & Tutu Party!


    The third-annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K Run/Walk & Cookie Relay is coming up on April 16 in Wichita, so now's the perfect time to gather with your Girl Scout sisters for a fun Tulle & Tutu Party! 

    Follow these steps for your own epic pre-race, tutu-making party:

    1. Gather supplies:

    • TULLE: Depending on the age/size of girls, buy tulle either in store or online. An estimate for a size 5-6 girl would be 6 to 8 yards of tulle.
    • RIBBON: Cut the ribbon the length of the girl's waist plus 1 ft., so there is enough to tie a bow.
    • EMBELLISHMENTS: ribbons, fake flowers, jewels, etc. Pick out your favorite embellishments to individualize your tutu!

    2. Cut the tulle:

    • Measure the length you want the tutu to be, double it, and add an inch. *Please note that slender/smaller girls' skirts might be a little shorter, and older girls' might be a little longer.
    • Once you have cut the correct length, cut that into 4-inch strips.

    3. Tie your tutu:

    • Fold the strips in half, loop it around the ribbon measured to each girl's waist, and pull the ends through the loop.

    4. Be EPIC:

      Now, add...


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  • Girl Scouts aid Salina Animal Shelter, earn Give Back Badge


    Girl Scout Brownie Troop 20908 took action to give back to their community during the annual Cookie Sale this year, earning their Give Back Badge in the process!

    The girls in the troop love animals, so they wanted to do something to help the Salina Animal Shelter. They researched how animals end up in shelters, and the troop took a tour of the Salina Animal Shelter to learn how it operates, according to Troop Leader Melinda McNew. While at the shelter, the girls spoke with the facility manager, talked about wanting to give back, and found out what items the shelter was in need of.

    The troop put their plan into action! The girls made signs to post with their Cookie Booth, and they also created handouts for customers listing the items needed.

    "The girls worked really hard each weekend, not only selling cookies but collecting donations," McNew said. "As they asked their customers for donations, they also brought awareness to the shelter. Many people they spoke to didn't even know Salina had an animal shelter and that it is a 'no-kill' shelter."

    The girls in Troop 20908 managed to collect enough items to fill up the back of a pickup truck. Each girl also made a cat toy for the shelter, and they tested out their creations before proudly delivering all of the items to the Salina Animal Shelter. Way to go, girls!

  • Kansas Girl Scouts reach milestone: 100,000 Cookie Shares benefiting soldiers, charities!


    Kansas Girl Scouts and their generous Cookie Sale customers have reached a huge milestone this year we can all celebrate! This year, local Girl Scouts have surpassed 100,000 "Cookie Shares" benefiting soldiers and Kansas charities since the local Cookie Share Program started in 2010.

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland would like to thank Cookie Sale customers for helping the girls reach this incredible achievement! In fact, with at least 17,000 Cookie Shares sold this year by Girl Scouts across 80 Kansas counties, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has now reached more than 111,000 Cookie Shares sold since 2010. Customers who purchased a Cookie Share during this year's Cookie Sale, which ended March 20, donated a package of cookies to members of the military and their families, or to local charities like the Kansas Food Bank and Catholic Charities. In 2015, Kansas Girl Scouts sold 16,150 Cookie Shares, so customers giving back to soldiers and charities increased this year!

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has also surpassed the total number of cookies sold last year. Although 2016 sales are still being tallied, early sales reports as of March 22 show at least 1,495,563 packages of cookies sold in 2016, an increase of 32,993...



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  • Alumna buys cookies from every Atwood Girl Scout


    For the second year in a row, Girl Scout alumna Judy Sweeney has purchased Girl Scout Cookies from every Girl Scout in Atwood, Kansas.

    Sweeney, who now lives in Jacksonville, Florida, cherishes her memories as a Girl Scout in Atwood, so she wanted to do something to help both Girl Scouts and her hometown. She recently purchased 64 packages of Girl Scout Cookies – two from each of the 32 Atwood Girl Scouts participating in Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Cookie Program this year.

    "I'm very proud of my hometown. It's a small, growing community that keeps going in Scouting, and the people there work together to keep the community alive," Sweeney said. "This is just one way I could come back and say ‘thank you’ for the strength I got in my circle of life."

    Growing up in Atwood, Sweeney earned the Curved Bar as a Girl Scout Cadette – the highest level of Girl Scouting there at the time.

    “One of my best memories of the Girl Scout House in Atwood was learning square-dancing,” she recalled. “My first camping experience on the rich, Kansas soil – that’s a very vivid memory.”

    She credits Girl Scouts for helping her transition from her hometown of about 1,200 people in western Kansas to the big city of Baltimore, Maryland, where she moved with her husband in 1965. Sweeney said she discove...



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  • Show your Girl Scout pride during Girl Scout Week, March 6 - 12


    Girl Scout Week is a great opportunity to show your Girl Scout pride and join your friends in giving back to your community!

    Girl Scout Week starts with Girl Scout Sunday on March 6 and culminates with the Girl Scouts' Birthday on March 12, commemorating the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Demonstrate your courage, confidence and character, and wear your Girl Scout uniform or apparel throughout the week to show your pride. Proud Scout Patches will be available to purchase in all of our Girl Scout Shops.

    You can also show your pride through the council-wide Birthday-in-a-Bag service project. A Birthday-in-a-Bag is a gift bag filled with everything someone needs to have a special birthday: cake mix, candles, frosting, foil cake pan, birthday-themed plates and napkins, card, and maybe a toy or gift, for example. Deliver the bags to a Girl Scout office or inquire with a local food bank or organization serving youth. Check with a senior living center about donating birthday bags to residents that could include cards, books, magazines, toiletries, or othe...



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  • Troop 40503's Cookie Bingo highlights 2016 Cookie Sale


    Like many other Girl Scout troops across Kansas during this time of year, Troop 40503's latest troop meeting was all about the Girl Scout Cookie Program.  And this troop near Andover shared some great ideas to kick off the 2016 Cookie Sale that starts Feb. 13, including Cookie Bingo cards!

    Some of the fun questions Troop Leader Krista Davis used for Cookie Bingo included:

    • What is the top-selling Girl Scout Cookie in America?
    • Which peanut-butter cookie is vegan?
    • What Girl Scout Cookie is 10 years old this year?
    • Through what council program can people buy Girl Scout Cookies to donate to local charities, or military members and their families?

    Do you know the answers to these questions? If not, Troop 40503 has kindly shared their Cookie Bingo cards for others to enjoy! Simply print off the PDF or use the Word document to customize your own questions and answers.

    • Cookie Bingo (PDF)
    • Cookie Bingo (Word Document)

    During their recent meeting, the girls in Troop 40503 also donned their own Cookie Monster aprons they'll...



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  • 10 Tips for Conquering Your First Cookie Season as a Troop Leader


    Repost: GS Blog

    Being a first-time troop leader can be incredibly rewarding. On the one hand, you're responsible for this wonderful group of girls who you are helping to become strong young ladies of courage, confidence, and character. But that’s just part of the equation.

    Add your very first cookie season to the mix, and the words of the late David Bowie (with Queen) come to mind: “Under Pressure.”

    But don't fret! We asked our experienced troop leaders for their best cookie season tips, and we’re bringing you our favorites. Read on to ensure your girls—and YOU—enjoy the ride!

    Stay organized. Use receipts, create logs for financial information, make copies, and keep track of those IOUs. —Jen W. & Leah Q.

    Keep your girls and their parents informed. Provide detailed schedules, tell them exactly what you need from them, and let them know how they can help. The more they know, the easier it'll be for you. —Meagan W.

    You'll be shocked at how many cookies your girls will sell, but don't go overboard when you p...



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  • It's Cookie Time! Girl Scout Cookie Sale is now through March 20


    It's Cookie Time!

    During Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Cookie Sale, Feb. 13 through March 20, you're investing in more than just a tasty treat. You're helping local Girl Scouts prepare to become leaders and entrepreneurs as they develop key skills like goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

    Priced at the same $4 per package, with all of the proceeds staying in Kansas to support Girl Scouting, the nine favorite Girl Scout Cookie varieties are back for customers to choose from. The popular Lemonades – savory slices of shortbread with a tangy lemon-flavored icing – are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2016.

    Help Kansas Girl Scouts reach 100,000 Cookie Shares This year, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is poised to hit the 100,000 Cookie Share mark! Through the council’s Cookie Share Program, customers can simply purchase a package of cookies and donate it to service men and women and their families, or local charities like the Kansas Food Bank. Since the Cookie Share Pr...



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  • Join your Girl Scout sisters at Cookie Kickoff!


    Kick off the 2016 Cookie Sale with your Girl Scout sisters, and join us at one of the exciting Cookie Kickoff parties Jan. 29 - Feb 12 across the council! Locations include Augusta, Emporia, Garden City, Goodland, Great Bend, Hays, Iola, Liberal, Marion, Salina and Wichita.

    There are additional Kickoff events that may not be listed on the flier below (click on it to enlarge), so make sure to check with your troop leader to find out about the Cookie Kickoff party in your area.

  • Disney on Ice, plus other offers for Girl Scouts


    Disney on Ice is back with a magical medley of Disney tales spanning the years from the first animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to the 50th film, Tangled. Treasure Trove is an action-packed ice adventure that takes audiences on a journey through their favorite stories from Disney animated features. Brave a battle against Captain Hook and his pirate pals with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, trek across the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, and enter the whimsical world of Wonderland to see a skating performance from the Queen of Hearts’ Army of Cards.

    Here are the details we received from the show promoter: Patches will be available at the show for Girl Scouts who attend. Full-price tickets are $20, but the discount price for Girl Scouts is $16 (group minimum is 15). A $2 facility fee is not included in these prices. All discount tickets can be purchased through Amanda Shankle at (316) 440-9044. All questions should be directed to Amanda, who can also be reached at amanda.shankle@intrustbankarena.com. The discount expires Feb. 26 and is valid on the following showtimes:

    • 7 p.m. Friday, March 4
    • 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5
    • 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. Sunday, March 6

    Other upcoming events, offers at Intrust Bank Arena:

      Monster Jam on Jan. 15 and 16. Full-price tickets are $20, and the discount...


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  • Girls' Choice badges: Vote now on badge designs!


    Girl Scouts across the country voted on the topic of the new Girls’ Choice badges – Art in the Outdoors – and now it’s time to pick out the badge design!

    The polls are open once again, allowing girls to lead the way in deciding what these fun, new badges will look like. Now through Jan. 22, girls can vote on their favorite design for the new Art in the Outdoors badges!

    For each grade level, girls will have two design options for the badge they’ll be able to earn this fall. Since this round of badges is for Brownies through Ambassadors, current Daisies will get to vote on the Brownie badge. Although girls currently in 12th grade won’t be earning the badges in the fall, they are still welcome to join the fun and vote on the Ambassador badge!

    Remember, Girls’ Choice is all about GIRLS and what they want from their Girl Scout experience. Help us spread the word and encourage every Girl Scout you know to make her voice heard by voting today!

  • Girl Scouts discover secrets to success during Cookie College!


    Did you know the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the No. 1 girl-led business in the world, and Thin Mints are the third best-selling cookie in the USA?

    Girl Scouts: Are you ready to be part of this cookie empire? Attending Cookie College is your chance to learn from the best! Join us and meet local professionals who will work with you during a series of mini-workshops at this exciting event. Learn secrets to success that will help boost your own cookie-selling skills! Register now, so you won't miss out! Follow the links below to get more details about each of our six Cookie Colleges this year:

    Hutchinson Cookie College: 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Hutchinson Community College

    Salina Cookie College: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 at Kansas Wesleyan University

    ...



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  • Top Sellers 'Stand Tall' during Fall Opportunity Sale!


    Drumroll, please!

    Congratulations to the more than 60 girls across the council who sold at least $1,000 worth of Fall Opportunity Sale products. Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's Top Seller for the 2015 Fall Opportunity Sale was Daryian Belleau of Hill City, pictured above, who had $2,105 in sales! 

    This year, FOS Top Sellers also had the opportunity to win one of five giant, stuffed giraffes. The winners are: Klara Flom, Daniela Reyes, Aubree Dean, Sophia Gradig, and Olivia Davis, pictured at right with her giraffe.

    The Fall Opportunity Sale, a sale of nuts, candy and magazines, is a great way for troops to earn proceeds early in the Girl Scout year to ensure plenty of girl-led activities happen all year long. Additionally, this sale introduces girls to financial skills they will use throughout their lives. Troops earn 20 percent of the sale proceeds, and girls earn fun incentives, too.

    Stay tuned ... Watch for an exciting, NEW contest announcement for the 2016 Cookie Sale in our next Shout Out newsletter!...



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  • Support Kansas Girl Scouts with Dillons Community Rewards


    Do you have a Dillons Plus card? If you do, there's an easy way you can support Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, thanks to the Dillons Community Rewards program! Simply register your Dillons Plus Card in the program, and you'll be able to help Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland just by swiping your Dillons Plus Card. Dillons pays up to $500,000 per cycle to all participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Dillons Community Rewards organizations.

    Are you already supporting Kansas Girl Scouts with your Dillons Community Rewards? Dillons is requiring everyone who uses Dillons Community Rewards to re-enroll in the program after Jan. 1, 2016, in order for purchases throughout 2016 to credit their designated organization.  

    To participate and begin supporting Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, you must have: • A Dillons Plus Shopper’s Card, which is available at any store by asking an associate. • A valid email address and a personalized account at the Dillons website. To enroll in the Community Rewards Program: • Go to the <...



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  • This Giving Tuesday, Give the Gift of Girl Scouting


    When Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in 1912, she sold her set of pearls just so more girls could participate in Girl Scouting. She led by example in giving back, and on this #GivingTuesday, we're asking you to do the same.

    Remember, girls are worth every cent. Give the gift of Girl Scouting this #GivingTuesday, and support our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character.

    When you give a gift to Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, you help fulfill the dream of making Girl Scouts available to every girl who wants to participate. Your money will be used to support local girls, troops and volunteers. Imagine the smile of a girl experiencing camp for the first time, thanks to one of the camp scholarships our council – and supporters like you – provides! Or the pride when she puts on her Girl Scout uniform for the first time as a new Girl Scout and makes friends in a safe and supported environment.

    Go to our Donate page to invest in girls this #GivingTuesday!

    Looking for more ways to give back? Try the following:

      Give the gift of time. We have volunteer opportunities to fit any schedule, whether it’s one hour...


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  • Calling All Gold Award Recipients: Share Your Story!


    One of the most impactful parts of Girl Scouts is earning the Girl Scout Gold Award — the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn. The Gold Award challenges high-school girls to initiate meaningful and sustainable change locally, nationally, and/or globally through unique “Take Action” projects of their own creation.

    2016 marks the Gold Award Centennial, and we are encouraging all Girl Scout alumnae who have earned the Gold Award (previously known as the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar and First Class) to be part of the upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory!

    • To submit your story for inclusion in the directory, call Girl Scouts’ publication partner Harris Connect toll-free at 1-866-770-3079 (Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST). Gold Award recipients do not have to purchase a book to have their information included or listed.

    You can also share your story with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland; we’d love to reconnect with and share stories from our Girl Scout alumnae who have ach...



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  • 2 heroes are better than 1: Invite a friend to volunteer!


    Our Girl Scout volunteers introduce girls to fun, new experiences every day. They serve as amazing role models and guides, and we're looking for more amazing mentors to impact even more girls!

    So this November, when a Girl Scout volunteer invites a friend to start a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, everyone wins! The current volunteer gets $50 to spend at Girl Scouts’ online store, and their friend gets a fun, free Volunteer Resource Pack to help them get started. Plus, girls get another amazing role model and hero!

    And when you double the friends, you double your prize …
    $100 for the current volunteer and a Volunteer Resource Pack for each friend—awesome!

    Once your friend joins Girl Scouts as a troop leader, completes the volunteer application, and starts a new Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop, head on over to girlscouts.org/inviteafriend to claim your prize.

    Offer ends 12/1/2015.

    Have a question? We have the answer at info@gskh.org.

    Please review official Terms & Conditions.

  • Girl Scout completes Atwood cemetery project, earns Silver Award


    For the past few years, Dalyn McFee has been helping the American Legion hang up flags for Memorial Day. But after noticing the need for repairs at the Fairview Cemetery in Atwood, she took action and completed a project that has now earned her the Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

    Dalyn noticed the wear on the flag poles and ropes at the cemetery and decided to help with repairs, including painting the flag poles, replacing the ropes and clips, and painting the iron fence.

    Her Silver Award project included 50 hours of community service, along with approval from the Atwood township. She also got support from the American Legion and Lions Club.

    Way to go, Dalyn! 

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  • Celebrate Founder's Day on Oct. 31


    While people across the country celebrate Halloween, Girl Scouts are also celebrating the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, our founder.

    Founder’s Day, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday, is Oct. 31, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to remember the important role Juliette played in the growth of the Girl Scout movement in the United States.

    Born on Oct. 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia, “Daisy,” as she was affectionately known, founded Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912. She was an ardent believer in the potential of all girls and the importance of fostering their individual growth, character and self-sufficiency. She died in 1927 of breast cancer, but her vision lives on today through Girl Scouts across the nation and the globe who carry on her legacy.

    How will you celebrate Founder’s Day this year? Think about ways you can be of service to your community and the world. Then, lead the way and blaze a trail just like Juliette Gordon Low!

    Learn more:

      Juliette Gordon Low: A brief biography The Interactive Story of Juliette Gordon Low</...


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  • Support women, girls during National Stand Beside Her Week


    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, to end comparison and competition and create more collaboration and support for one another.

    Stand beside us 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 8 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, your friends, 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’...



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  • Mother-Daughter Camp continues after three decades of fun


    Did you know Girl Scouts have been enjoying the Mother-Daughter Campout at Camp Wood in Elmdale for three decades? This past weekend, Girl Scouts and their mothers continued the tradition as they enjoyed hiking the beautiful Flint Hills, making crafts, eating s'mores, fishing and more.

    This year, the family members of Beverly Mock attended (pictured above). They were presented a plaque in memory of both Bev and David Mock, who started the annual Mother-Daughter campout 30 years ago.

    In addition to the special experiences girls and their moms share at this camp, they also keep the Girl Scout Promise and Law in mind as they give back to the community. Girl Scouts brought non-perishable food items this year that will be donated to the C4 Food Pantry.

    Check out our Flickr photo album to see more photos from this incredible camp experience.  

  • FOS goals: Win Gigi the giant giraffe!


    Gigi the giant giraffe is looking for a new Girl Scout home ... will it be yours?

    We're excited to announce a fun giveaway this year that fits perfect with the "Stand Tall" theme of our Fall Opportunity Sale! This year, girls will have a chance to win one of five giant giraffes! All girls who sell more than $1,000 worth of FOS products will be entered into a regional drawing for one of the cuddly giraffes, measuring 5 feet tall.  

    The Girl Scouts' Fall Opportunity Sale of nuts, candy and magazines is a great way for Girl Scout troops to earn some quick funds to support girl-led adventures throughout the year. Troops earn 20 percent of the proceeds, so if you have 10 girls in your troop who each sell $250 worth of FOS products, your troop earns $500. How cool is that?! FOS customers also have the option to "Care to Share," or donate to the military or the Kansas Food Bank.

    And don’t forget, girls who participate are not only earning fun recognition items, their troops are one step closer to earning...



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  • Parsons Girl Scouts aid Red Cross, disaster victims to earn Bronze Award


    Junior Girl Scouts in Parsons worked together to make their goal of helping disaster victims a reality!

    To earn their Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn, the girls in Troop 70310 measured fabric, cut, pinned, ironed and sewed 30 pillowcases that they donated to the American Red Cross for comfort kits, which are handed out to people during times of emergency.

    Red Cross volunteer Darlene Tower took the girls on a tour of the Red Cross office in Parsons and explained how different trailers are sent out to different kinds of emergencies, according to Tara Clevenger, one of the leaders of Troop 70310. Tower also talked to them about everything that goes in a comfort kit and showed the girls the pillows that will be used with the pillowcases the girls made. The girls learned about different types of disasters the local Red Cross Chapter responds to.

    Members of Troop 70310 include: Hanah Lee, Ashlynn Smith, Marlee Mikel, Charis McSherry, Elyse Clevenger and Isabel Clevenger, with Troop Leaders Tara Clevenger, Emalee Mikel and Brenda Lee.

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  • Girl Scout Golf Troop teams up with Symetra Tour players


    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s new GirlSports Golf Troop in Garden City got a big boost this week from some inspirational role models: members of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour!

    The new Girl Scout Golf Troop, a partnership with LPGA Girls Golf and the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, participated in the Junior Girls Golf Clinic on Monday with players Emily Talley, Kathleen Ekey, Rachel Rohanna, Alejandra Llaneza and Nicole Jeray, along with golf teams from nine Kansas schools.

    During the clinic at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, Girl Scouts enjoyed hands-on lessons and learned about the players’ experiences as professional golfers. The players are in Garden City for the Symetra Tour Garden City Charity Classic.

    The new Golf Troop launched in August as part of an effort to make golfing easily accessible to K-8 girls in southwest Kansas. Girl Scouts in the troop are instructed by Cole Wasinger, PGA Head Golf Professional at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, with the help of the Garden City High School girls golf team. The troop,...



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  • Girl Scouts help welcome Governor Brownback to Smith County


    Smith Center Girl Scouts took pride in their community and in Kansas history when they helped welcome Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to town. When Gov. Brownback’s plane arrived Sept. 3 at the Smith Center Municipal Airport, Troop 20467 was there to greet him and welcome him to Smith County for a ceremony dedicating and renaming a portion of K-8 highway as the “Home on the Range Highway.” The ceremony was at the Home on the Range Cabin in Smith County, where “Home on the Range” was written by Brewster Higley more than 140 years ago.

    In their welcome, the 20 members of Troop 20467 recited the Girl Scout Promise for Gov. Brownback, who invited them to take a look inside of his airplane, said Troop Leader Cherie Herredsberg.

    “The Girl Scouts not only represented Smith Center very well, but they also represented the Girl Scout organization at large by the respectful and kind welcome they gave the governor,” Herredsberg said.

    Kansas Senator Elaine Bowers of Concordia, who proposed Senate Bill 43 designating the 17-mile stretch of the highway as the “Home on the Range Highway,” was also present for the Sept. 3 ceremony.

    “At the end of the event, Senator Elaine Bowers offered to come to Smith Center to do a Government badge with the girls,” Herredsberg said. “She said she did it for a troop in Great Bend and would love to do it for us!”

  • Junior Girl Scouts explore Rocky Mountain National Park


    Junior Girl Scouts from across northwest Kansas, as well as Garden City and Salina, have enjoyed some incredible outdoor adventures that will be remembered for years to come!

    This month, 65 girls and 37 adults traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to complete the final piece of their three-part campout that started in 2014. These Girl Scouts first had to attend campouts in Ellis last year and in Atwood this year before they could attend the final campout: an exciting excursion to the Rocky Mountains!

    Trekking up the mountains with 20 vehicles and trailers in tow, the girls and adults set up camp at Glacier Basin Campground and then enjoyed exploring the great outdoors. Many participated in the Junior Ranger program available at the National Park, while others went to the tundra and hiked to the many lakes and waterfalls. The girls planned their meals, cooked, cleaned their dishes, and gained knowledge on "Leave No Trace Behind" camping.

    Sponsored by Service Unit 112, with volunteer trainers from Service Units 109, 104, 102, and 101, this campout is hosted every other year to allow Junior Girl Scouts the opportunity to connect with wildlife, the outdoors, and then each other!

    To see a photo album from this trip, go to our Flickr page.

  • Share your experience in a Girl Scout op-ed!


    Have you experienced an incredible adventure in Girl Scouts, like a unique camping experience, a service project with your friends that impacted your community, or even a special trip to some place you've never been before? If so, we want to hear from you.

    Right now, we're inviting new girls to join Girl Scouts, and as the word spreads, who better to describe the fun in Girl Scouting than current Girl Scouts themselves?! We're looking for girls who would like to write an op-ed or a letter to the editor about their own incredible Girl Scout experience. An op-ed is a piece in a newspaper or magazine that presents the opinion of its writer -- someone who is not employed by the newspaper or magazine.

    Girls can write what they like best about Girl Scouts, what they've learned, and what it's like being a member of the largest girl-led organization in the world! Write about what makes Girl Scouts fun for you. You could also describe how you earned a special Girl Scout award or badge.

    Here is a Sample Op-Ed for girls to review to get ideas. Remember, this is just an example; we want you to share YOUR story! Contact your local newspaper to find out how you can submit your op-ed or letter to the editor. Once you've submitted it, then share it with us by emailing info@gskh.org. We'll pick at lea...



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  • Girl Scout Golf Troop Welcoming New Members


    Have you ever wanted to learn golf but found it was a bit expensive? Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud to team up with the LPGA and Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City to introduce a new specialty GirlSports Girl Scout troop that makes golfing easily accessible to K-8 girls in southwest Kansas!

    The new Girl Scout Golf Troop will be instructed and sponsored by PGA Head Golf Professional Cole Wasinger at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, with the help of the Garden City High School girls golf team and their coach, Walker Frey. With all equipment and supplies provided, K-8 girls are invited to simply enjoy learning the game of golf and have fun!

    The troop starts Aug. 11 and continues through Oct. 22 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, 5685 S. US Hwy 83 in Garden City. Girls in grades K-4 will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, and girls in grades 5-8 will meet at the same time on Thursdays throughout the 12-week series. The cost is $40 per girl, but scholarships are available to any girl who needs it.

    Plus, all girls who join the new Golf Troop automatically get an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf membership that includes a membership kit equipped with Girls Golf logoed accessories; free entry into all LPGA Tour, Symetra Tour and USGA Championships; scholarship opportunities through the LPGA Foundation; and access to National Girls Golf events, including the Girls Golf Academy.

    According to the National Golf Foundation, more than 300,000 women joined the...



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  • We're giving away Taylor Swift concert tickets! Register online today


    What’s your favorite Taylor Swift song? You could be rockin’ out to it live in concert just by signing up for an exciting year in Girl Scouts!

    We know you're ready for S’More Fun this year, so we’re excited to announce that ALL K-12 girls who sign up online by Sept. 1 for the 2015/2016 Girl Scout year will be entered into a drawing to win tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert!

    The tickets are for Taylor Swift’s concert on Sept. 21 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, part of her 1989 World Tour! There will be two drawings for two tickets (four tickets will be given away). All girls who have already completed early membership renewal will also be entered into the drawing.

    The lucky girl who wins these tickets could be in for even more surprises! Taylor has invited surprise special guests to join her on stage during some of her World Tour concerts.

    Why wait? Join today and be automatically entered into the drawing!

  • New Outdoor badge activities, free downloads available


    After voting on new badges and selecting the badge designs, girls can now work toward the five new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges!

    In keeping with the century-old tradition of encouraging girls to be active outdoors, Girl Scouts is rolling out the new Girls' Choice Outdoor badges this year, and the new badge materials and guidelines are now available online for the first time ever.

    Throughout the summer, girls can participate in activities to earn these exciting new badges, which were voted on and designed by girls.

    The new Outdoor badges, as voted upon by girls across the country, include the following. Click on each one to get your free download of the badge requirements! 

      Brownie: Outdoor Adventurer (a choice of outdoor activities) Junior: Horseback Riding...


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  • Girl Scout Little House gets National Register of Historic Places listing (UPDATE)


    The Girl Scout Little House in Ashland has sealed its spot in our nation's history! The City of Ashland has confirmed the Little House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

    Built in 1937 by laborers employed through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), this unique Little House stands out for its quarried-stone exterior, historical significance, and longtime service to the community.

    Kristi Lee, city clerk in Ashland, credited a group of local women who got together and volunteered to update the building, which is maintained by the city.

    "They did a lot of updating to the building, planted some trees and just made it really, really look nice," Lee said. "The Girl Scouts helped, too. The City Council and all of us here were very excited to see that accomplished."

    Lee said the Ashland City Council even toured the Girl Scout Little House to get a first-hand look.

    "All of us really pitched in, and it's made it very nice for our girls," she said.

    The Girl Scout Little House in Ashland was one of 10 Kansas sites nominated earlier this year after the Kansas Historical Society researched the Little House and other historic sites across the state. The Historic Sites Board of Review voted on which nominations to forward Washington, D.C., for evaluation.

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  • Council places second in national recycling challenge


    Kansas Girl Scouts recycled nearly 21,000 pounds of aluminum cans to earn the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council second place in a national recycling challenge, which also recognized two Girl Scout troops from Hutchinson for their outstanding recycling efforts.

    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland came in second among 22 Boy and Girl Scout councils across the country that competed Jan. 15 - April 30 in the Great American Can Roundup-Scout Council Challenge, which is sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute.

    Hutchinson Girl Scout troops 50028 and 50244 recycled nearly 20,000 pounds of aluminum cans -- about 833 pounds of aluminum per Girl Scout -- to earn second and third place recycling honors out of 38 troops and 700 Scouts nationwide. Girl Scouts in Reno County have coordinated an annual community can drive for more than a decade, partnering with MidWest Iron & Metal in Hutchinson and rallying the community to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling.

    The Hutchinson Girl Scouts' community can drive was April 18 this year in conjunction with Earth Day, and the community's longtime support helped Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland win the national challenge for...



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  • Girl Scout Voices Count: Adult Survey is open through June 30


    Did you know there's a chance for you to tell us about what your Girl Scout year was like last year? Girl Scouts of the USA has a new survey called "Girl Scout Voices Count," and we want to hear from you!

    There will be versions of the survey for girls, parents and volunteers, so we can get an idea of what the year was like for everyone. Here's what you need to know:

    Girls: Your chance to tell us about your experience is now through June 8. To participate, you need to sign up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. If you are 13 or older, you can sign yourself up here: www.GirlScoutVoices.org! If you are 12 or younger, ask your parents to sign you up. Everyone who completes the survey by June 8 will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $50 gift cards!

    Parents: Look for an email that tells you how to sign your daughter up for the Girl Scout Voices survey panel. Your feedback will also be sought, and you will be invited to participate in a parent/guardian survey starting June 1 and ending June 30 through www.GirlScoutVoices.org.

    Volunteers: Your opportunity to give feedback will be June 1 through June 30 on www.GirlScoutVoices.org. You'll also receive an invitation t...



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  • More than $24,000 in Girl Scout scholarships awarded


    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud to announce that more than $24,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 10 Kansas Girl Scouts. These scholarships, made possible through the generosity of donors and Girl Scout alumni, recognize the leadership and service exhibited by Girl Scouts who have made an impact on their communities.

    “Thanks to the generosity of our donors and support from Girl Scout Alumni and Friends, $24,500 in scholarships will benefit local Girl Scouts who have worked hard to make a difference in their communities,” said Liz Workman, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “These dedicated Girl Scouts have exhibited courage, confidence and character, and make the world a better place. As they now embark on their next journey, a post-secondary education, I look forward to staying in touch with them and learning about their many achievements to come.”

    Nine of these Girl Scouts not only earned scholarships, but they also earned the Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. Samantha Botros, Jordan Craft, Grace Eilert, Megan Goetz, Anna Griekspoor, Jenna Hammond, Jenae Maley, Jessica Steinbarger and Breanna Strohm all earned the Gold Award, which takes nearly two years to complete and requires extraordinary service through a Take Action Project. Gold Award recipients are eligible for special...



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  • Two Goddard Girl Scouts take action, earn Gold Award


    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland congratulates Jenae Maley and Grace Eilert for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn! To earn this achievement in Girl Scouting, Maley and Eilert demonstrated extraordinary leadership by completing sustainable and measureable Take Action projects. Maley, a senior at Eisenhower High School in Goddard, started a pen-pal project called “Senior to Senior: Writing the Generation Gap” to connect high school seniors with senior citizens. Through this project, Eisenhower High School students have corresponded over the past year with senior citizens at Avita Senior Living Center in Wichita. Maley developed surveys to match “senior to senior” and hosted a pen-pal party for the seniors to meet each other. Maley said she wanted to “change the perceptions each group has about the stereotypical teenager or senior citizen.” The project inspired Koinonia Senior Care to establish an annual scholarship for high school students! “My goal in this project is to establish better communication between these two age groups and help them form relationships through the lost art of writing letters,” Maley said. “It is very rewarding to see the excitement in students at my school as they receive their letters and the anticipation of the residents at Avita as they await their reply. They really...



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  • Girl Scouts make ceremonial bridges for Bronze Award project


    Bridging to the next level in Girl Scouts – from Daisy to Brownie, Brownie to Junior, Junior to Cadette, and all the way from Ambassador to Adult – is a special transition! Girl Scout bridging ceremonies are designed by the girls in true partnership with adults.

    To help their sister Girl Scouts mark these special occasions, members of Troop 40002 in Wichita decided to build portable, wooden bridges for their Bronze Award project. The girls first made birdhouses to practice woodworking, and they got measurement tips from a Boy Scout troop, as well. The girls, who each spent about 20 hours on the project, even wrote letters to managers of local home improvement stores like Star Lumber and Home Depot to get discounts on wood. They used their own proceeds from the Fall Opportunity Sale to complete the project.

    "The girls wanted other Scouts to be able to have a nice, easy-to-transport, collapsible bridge to use for bridging to the next Girl Scout level," said Troop leader Rhonda Moravec.

    The girls decided to keep one bridge for their troop and donate the rest to the council for other troops to use. Those who are interested in checking out the bridges for use can contact Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland at 888-686-6468 or...



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  • Top Cookie Sellers celebrate reaching their goals


    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's top cookie sellers – 610 Girl Scouts from across the state who each sold more than 500 packages of cookies – gathered this weekend in Wichita to celebrate during special events at Tanganyika Wildlife Park and Exploration Place!

    The top cookie seller of 2015 was Abby Uncapher, a Brownie Girl Scout from Independence who sold 1,800 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. Girl Scouts across 80 Kansas counties sold 1,462,645 packages of cookies between Jan. 31 and March 8. Statewide, more than 16,100 packages of cookies were purchased through the council’s Cookie Share Program, which benefits military members and local charities. Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has distributed more than 94,500 packages of cookies through this program since its inception in 2010, with more than half going to military members and their families.

    Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts learn five essential skills – goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics – that last a lifetime. They’re also working to help people in need and taking steps to care for our planet, as many Girl Scouts invest their own cookie proceeds right back into communities across our great state. All of the cookie sale proceeds stay in Kansas to support Girl Scouting and help girls reach their goals, whether it’s...



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  • Council launches new membership registration system


    The time has come! Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is excited to launch our new online membership registration system, also known as the Girl Scout Member Community. This improved, user-friendly online registration system is easily accessible from home computers and mobile devices.

    Girl Scouts eager to renew their membership should watch for a special email in May with a direct link to online registration through the Girl Scout Member Community. Are you new to Girl Scouts? We're excited to have you join us! Click here to join the fun today. Got questions? Contact one of our friendly staff members at info@gskh.org or just call 888-686-6468.

  • Ready for S'more fun? Early membership renewal has its perks!


    Get ready for another fun year of Girl Scouting by renewing your Girl Scout membership early!

    NEW this year: All Girl Scouts (girls and adults) who renew their membership for 2015-16 by June 30 will get the S'More Fun T-shirt! These fun T-shirts are going quickly, so don't forget to sign up early to get yours! Current members will get a special email with a website link to renew their membership. If you didn't receive the email, just email info@gskh.org or give us a call at 888-686-6468, and we'll make sure you get it!

    Are you new to Girl Scouts? We'd love to have you join the fun!

    The 2015-16 Girl Scout year begins Oct. 1, 2015, and early membership renewal helps troops, parents and girls get ready for their next year of Girl Scouting. Renew your Girl Scout membership online by June 30 and qualify for the following perks:

    Incentives

      All girls and adults who register online by June 30 will receive a S'more Fun T-shirt! Girls registered by June 30 will receive a S'more Fun Patch, and adults can request the patch. Leaders and co-leaders of troops that have the same number of girls as the prior ye...


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  • Adventure awaits this summer! Sign up for camp


    Get ready for an adventure this summer with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland!

    We're offering 111 exciting camps and activities this summer at our six camp locations and partner camps across Kansas. There will be a variety of offerings to fit your Girl Scout interests, from day camps to specialized camps to overnights with your Girl Scout sisters! Do you want to camp under the stars or in a cabin? You’ll have opportunities to do both!

    Check out the camp schedule in your region by looking at our online event list or calendar, or you can flip through our 2015 Summer Guide. Make sure to explore the opportunities across the council, as well. Join your Girl Scout sisters from across the state, and share the Girl Scout camping experience and the power of girls together!

    Not a Girl Scout? No worries! Our su...



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  • National CEO helps honor Kansas Girl Scouts, volunteers


    It was an unforgettable weekend for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland members, including girls, volunteers and their families, too! 

    Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, visited Wichita to serve as keynote speaker at Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's Recognition Luncheon & Annual Meeting. Both dedicated volunteers and Girl Scout award recipients, who achieved the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn, were recognized during the April 11 luncheon at Wichita State University.

    "You should be so proud to be part of this movement. ... We are doing things that are changing the lives of girls," Ms. Chávez told the more than 300 people in attendance who greeted her with a standing ovation.

    She talked about growing up as a Girl Scout in Arizona and becoming the first person from her high school to attend college at Yale. She also talked about her path to leadership and her desire to help those in poverty, particularly youth. Her inspiring speech included a call to continue strengthening the Girl Scout Movement.  

    Ms. Chávez also thanked the many dedicated Girl Scout volunteers, praising their tireless efforts, along with the Girl Scout award recipients she got to meet with during a special reception. Liz Workman, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland CEO, praised volunteers for giving girls "the skills they nee...



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  • Longtime volunteer Rosemary Smith earns council's top honor


    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland has awarded the council’s highest honor – the Juliette Gordon Low Achievement Award – to longtime volunteer Rosemary Smith of Haysville.

    Rosemary, who began volunteering in 1960 as a Brownie troop leader, received the distinguished award for demonstrating unique and significant contributions across the council. The Juliette Gordon Low Achievement Award, introduced by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland in 2012 and named after the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, also recognizes those who have a continued impact and embody the values in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

    Since becoming a troop leader in 1960, Rosemary has volunteered in every capacity of Girl Scouting: adviser, trainer, committee member, camp director, board member, national delegate, and more. Rosemary always had her hand up to help! She served on the council's Outdoor Program Committee for 11 years and as committee chair for five years. She also served on the council's property committee for 13 years, the Wichita Area Board of Directors for six years, and on the Festival of Giving Committee for 33 years, including seven years as committee chair. She at...



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  • Wichita Girl Scout selected for White House Science Fair


    Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland would like to congratulate one of our Senior Girl Scouts, 15-year-old Maureen "Reeny" Botros of Wichita, for being invited to participate as an exhibitor at the White House Science Fair! This year’s Fair, which features dozens of innovative projects, designs and experiments focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), also includes a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.  

    Reeny, one of the students selected from across America to be in the White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama, is presenting her "Illumi-cize" project that tackles the problem of childhood obesity. Inspired by First Lady Michele Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, Reeny wanted to make physical activity not just feel good, but also look good.

    Her Illumi-cize invention uses a pulse meter to measure heart rate and sends the information to a battery-powered computer chip, which is programmed to illuminate light-up accessories based on the intensity of a person’s physical activity. The wearable device includes an SD card that collects and stores the data gathered during a workout, which can be analyzed and tracked by the user. Reeny also developed a wristband that can be programmed to shine red, yellow, or green to signal whether and how muc...



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  • Robo Troop earns top honors at Shocker Mindstorms Challenge


    Girl Scouts in Robo Troop earned first place in Intermediate at the 2015 Shocker Mindstorms Challenge on March 7 at Wichita State University!

    Led by Allison Wright, an engineer at Spirit AeroSystems, this special-interest Girl Scout troop uses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills to construct robots using Lego NXT kits. Then, they try to score the most points by running the robots through an obstacle course during competition.

    Robo Troop members, who are from Wichita, Hutchinson, Andover, El Dorado, Goddard and Bentley, include: Hallie Blair, Katie Harrell, Alexis Thamann, Sabrina Kepfield, Victoria Cocannouer, Lilly Dolezal, Isabelle Haahr, Emma Haught, Malia Haught, Jenna McFall, Emma Morrill, Josie Trout, Katlyn Williams, and Emily Gerhardt.

    To learn more about Robo Troop, call (316) 684-6531 or email robotroop@gmail.com.


  • Be Girl Scout Proud during Girl Scout Week!


    Girl Scout Week, March 8 through 14, is a time to celebrate Girl Scouting with your Girl Scout sisters! Embrace your spiritual connections and be of service to your family, your community, and your world.

    Birthday in a Bag service project

    This year, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will be donating "Birthday in a Bags" to local food pantries to celebrate Girl Scout Week. A Birthday in a Bag is a self-contained gift bag with everything you need to have a birthday party.

    Every person needs some recognition of their birthday, but sometimes circumstances prevent this from happening. A Birthday in a Bag can make a birthday more special. Girl Scouts can fill the bags with cake mix, candles, frosting, balloons, a foil cake pan, birthday-themed plates and napkins, cake decorations, and maybe a toy or gift. Deliver the birthday bags to a Girl Scout Office or to a local food bank, food pantry, or organizations serving youth in the community for distribution.

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  • Did you know? Cookies = CAMP!


    When Girl Scouts participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they're not just earning fun prizes for themselves and money for their Girl Scout troop. Girls are also earning Cookie Credits they can spend on the Girl Scout camp or event of their choice!

    Girls, click here or on the images below to see a sneak peek of our Summer Program. Get ready for your next Girl Scout adventure!

  • USDA 'Smart Snacks in School' details


    In advance of our Cookie Sale, we wanted our members to know about a USDA advisement that applies to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other snack fundraisers at schools across the country. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 set a deadline for the USDA to revamp its school snack standards, and the USDA’s new Smart Snacks in School standards affect all foods that are snacks sold in vending machines, a-la-carte lunch lines, fundraisers, and in student stores.

    The new Smart Snacks in School rules set limits on calories, fats, sugar and sodium and encourage the consumption of dairy, whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables.

    You may be asking, “How this will impact our local Cookie Program?”

    It’s simple: Girl Scout Cookie sales will still be allowed on school property provided the school administration has given permission.

    Now, you may be wondering, “What has changed?”

    The change is around consumption. Girls will not be able to sell cookies for consumption on school property during school hours, because schools are now required to prohibit the consumption of non-healthy snacks during school hours.

    Girls can still take orders and deliver cookies during the school day. Girls can continue to take orders for consumption on school property outside of normal school hours. For example, if you have a Cookie Booth at an after-school basketball game, cookies can be sold and consumed during the game.

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


    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!


    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!

  • Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland website gets new look!


    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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  • Volunteers, Girls Invited to Leadership Conferences


    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


    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


    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.”

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  • 2014 Annual Meeting – State of the Council


    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′


    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


    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.

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  • Bricks Available For Purchase As Girl Scout Tributes


    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)


    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


    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.

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  • Baby born on Girl Scouts’ Birthday Gets Special Welcome


    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.

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