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  • Council launching new membership registration system

    23 Apr 2015

    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. To prepare for this transition, our previous membership registration portal (eBiz) will be unavailable for a few days while the new system is implemented.

    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! Contact us at info@gskh.org or just call 888-686-6468.

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

    23 Apr 2015

    Get ready for another fun year of Girl Scouting by renewing your Girl Scout membership early! Membership renewal for 2015-16 will begin in May. Current members should watch for a special email that will provide a website link to renew their membership.

    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 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 year registered ONLINE by June 30 will be eligible to win an iPad! To qualify, both leaders must be approved volunteers who have also renewed their memberships. There will be nine iPads given away across the state!

    Membership renewal instructions

    Membership renewal this year will be in our new Girl Scout Member Community, which can be accessed in May by clicking on "My GS" on our homepage. Watch for an email for details around May 11, and follow the link in the email to set up y...



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  • Adventure awaits this summer! Sign up for camp

    14 Apr 2015

    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

    13 Apr 2015

    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 of Wichita earns council's top honor

    11 Apr 2015

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

    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 atte...



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  • 5 Ways to Say "Thank You" on Leader's Day

    06 Apr 2015

    Without adult volunteers, Girl Scouts would not be a viable organization for girls. Creating youth-adult partnerships fosters trusting relationships, development in decision-making and leadership skills, as well as courage, confidence and character. Adults who work with youth also experience personal, positive outcomes themselves!

    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 during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 12 - 18, 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 five great ways:

    1. 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. 

    2. Get Creative.

    Consider a creative gift from the heart to show your appreciation. Try wrapping up marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate for a s'mores kit with a note that says, "We need S'MORE volunteers like you!" Or put a special note on a packet of daisy seeds that says, "Thanks for...



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  • Wichita Girl Scout selected for White House Science Fair

    23 Mar 2015

    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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  • Girls' Choice: Cast your vote on Outdoor badge designs!

    16 Mar 2015

    Girls got to choose the new Outdoor badges, and now they get to pick the badge designs!

    Voting on the designs is only open through March 20, so cast your vote today: http://bit.ly/1EXPvlH

    The Outdoor badges that are being added to Program in fall 2015, as voted upon by girls across the country, include the following:

    • Brownie: Outdoor Adventurer (a choice of outdoor activities)
    • Junior: Horseback Riding
    • Cadette: Archery
    • Senior: Paddling (canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding)
    • Ambassador: Ultimate Recreation Challenge (a choice five outdoor challenges)

    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.

    New Ambassador Outdoor badge

    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 Institute. Based on the survey results, GSUSA decided to create an Ambassador Outdoor badge for 2015....



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  • Robo Troop earns top honors at Shocker Mindstorms Challenge

    09 Mar 2015

    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.


  • Girl Scout Little House gets National Register of Historic Places nomination

    19 Feb 2015

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

    This unique Little House, a part of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, is one of 10 Kansas sites nominated for the National Register of Historic Places! The nominations were announced this week by the Kansas Historical Society after the society researched the Little House and other historic sites across the state. The Historic Sites Board of Review voted to forward the nominations to Washington, D.C., for evaluation.

    In its announcement, the Kansas Historical Society noted the Little House was built to serve the Ashland Girl Scout troop, which formed in 1924, just 12 years after Juliette Gordon Low established the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia. The Little House, built on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Nunemacher, was completed after a local Girl Scout building committee raised funds from individuals, businesses, churches and community groups. The small stone building was dedicated to the community in February 1938 and has served Girl Scouts and the Ashland community in Clark County ever since.

    "The small building is made of locally quarried stone and exhibits the Rustic s...



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  • Be Girl Scout Proud during Girl Scout Week!

    18 Feb 2015

    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.

    Be Girl Scout Proud on March 12!

    Don’t forget to show your pride on March 12, which is the Girl Scouts' Birt...



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  • Cookie Sale: Bling Your Booth contest

    06 Feb 2015

    Want to participate with your Girl Scout sisters in an exciting Cookie Booth competition? Then you'll need to banish the boring! It's time to "bling" your Cookie Booth to help reach your Cookie Sales goal. The goal of the Bling Your Booth contest is to create the most fun, energetic and creative booth that wil bring customers running to buy cookies. So be creative, and bling on!

    This year, there are two contests you can participate in: a local and a national contest! Here are the details:

    Local contest - Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland

    How to enter:

    1. Take a photo of your Cookie Booth! Cookie Booth sales are Feb. 13 - March 8.

    2. Post the photo on your Facebook page. Include your 5-digit Troop number and mention the location of your booth and/or location, date and time of your upcoming booths to help drive traffic to your booths.

    3. "Like" the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Facebook page.

    4. Share your photo on the GSKH Facebook page by March 8 or email it to communications@gskh.org. Remember to include your Troop number with the photo and the location.

    The deadline to share your photo with us is midnight on March 8....



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  • Support Kansas Girl Scouts with Dillons Community Rewards

    01 Feb 2015

    Do you have a Dillons Plus card? If you do, there's a new, easy way you can support Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland!

    Dillons has launched their new Community Rewards program. That means every time you shop at Dillons and use your Dillons Plus card, you can help Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland! Dillons will pay 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. To participate in the Community Rewards program for the benefit Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, here is what you need to do.   To register 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: • Visit www.Dillons.com/CommunityRewards • Click on “Enroll Now” to create an account, or Sign In if you already have an account. • Enter Girl Scouts' 5-digit NPO number (which...



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  • Did you know? Cookies = CAMP!

    26 Jan 2015

    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!

  • Cookie Sale Continues Through March 8: Invest in a Girl!

    09 Jan 2015

    The Cookies are here!

    Kansas Girl Scouts are learning to become leaders and entrepreneurs when they participate in the largest girl-led business in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. During Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Cookie Sale, which starts Jan. 31 and ends March 8, Kansans will be investing in more than just a tasty treat. They’re helping local Girl Scouts prepare to become leaders now and in the future as they develop key skills like goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

    New Addition to the Cookie Lineup

    The eight Girl Scout Cookie favorites are back – Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads and Thanks-A-Lots – but there’s a new addition to the Cookie lineup: the gluten-free Trios! The new Trios consist of delicious chocolate chips nestled in a gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookie. Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is one of the test markets for gluten-free Girl Scout Cookies, as part of a pilot program.

    Although there are Girl Scout Cookie lookalikes out there, the proceeds from those cookies aren’t supporting local programs for local girls. Kansas Girl Scouts are leading the way, as they invest money from their own cookie sales back into service projects across our great state....



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  • USDA 'Smart Snacks in School' details

    08 Jan 2015

    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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  • Attend one of the Cookie Kickoff parties!

    07 Jan 2015

    Kick off the 2015 Cookie Sale with your sister Girl Scouts at one of our Cookie Kickoff parties across the state! Make plans to attend one of the exciting Cookie Kickoffs listed below - you won't want to miss the fun!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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