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  • This Giving Tuesday, Give the Gift of Girl Scouting

    You’ve probably heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is participating in #GivingTuesday on Dec. 1, 2015 – a global day dedicated to giving.

    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...

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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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  • Girls' Choice badges are back: Vote now through Nov. 15!

    Have you heard the great news? Girls’ Choice badges are back! This year, girls can vote for one of three awesome badge categories, and they’ll also get to select a badge topic of their choice. Here are the choices, all full of hands-on activities, fun, and big adventures:

    • Art in the Outdoors
    • Camping Skills
    • Outdoor Cooking

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
    • Engineering
    • Coding/E-textiles
    • Life/Forensic Science

    Financial Literacy
    • Financing Your Fun Stuff
    • Watching Your Dollars Grow
    • Social Entrepreneurship

    Now, the real fun begins. From October 31 through November 15, girls can vote for their favorite category. Then, girls will vote for their favorite topic under the category they choose.

    Once the winner is selected, Girl Scouts of the USA will work alongside subject-matter experts to develop the badge content and test the activities with girls before we make final decisions. This will help make sure the badge activities truly resonate with girls. Girls will also have a chance to vote on the design of their badge. How cool is that?! Stay tuned for more information on the design poll. But for now, we encourage you to empower every Girl Scout you know to...

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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 to claim your prize.

    Offer ends 12/1/2015.

    Have a question? We have the answer at

    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 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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  • 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.”

    Monday, 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’more with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland!

    Girls and their families are invited to enjoy the traditional marshmallow, chocolatey graham-cracker goodness during Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s National S’mores Day event from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Wichita Girl Scout Office, 360 Lexington Rd. in Wichita.

    During this free come-and-go event, girls and their families can also enjoy hot dogs; visit the Girl Scout Shop; meet Miss Kansas Hannah Wagner, a proud Girl Scout alumna; and learn more about Girl Scouts and its mission of building courage, confidence and character in girls.

    Plus, all K-12 girls who sign up for Girl Scouts online by Sept. 1 will be automatically entered into a drawing to win tickets to the Ta...

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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!

  • Girl Scouts: Submit your entries to the Kansas State Fair!

    What did you do this year? Did you paint a picture, make a snack, serve your community, or grow something in the garden? Or maybe you created a masterpiece out of Legos. Now's your chance to submit your project for a ribbon at the Kansas State Fair!

    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 state fair offers numerous categories in which Girl Scouts can participate, and here are just some of the categories available: artwork, jewelry, First Aid kits, Legos, origami, windchimes, camp projects, cupcakes, woodwork, games, comic-strips, computer graphics, knitting, photography, mosaics, and even troop community service projects.  

    "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 for premiums offered...

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  • 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.

    The Kansas Historical Society...

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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:! 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

    Volunteers: Your opportunity to give feedback will be June 1 through June 30 on 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 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 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:


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

    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

    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

  • 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.

    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

    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 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

    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 of 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 • Click on “Enroll Now” to create an account, or Sign In if you already have an account. • Enter Girl Scouts' 5-digit NPO number (wh...

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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!

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

    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

    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!

    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!

    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! 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

    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

    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.”

  • 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.

    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

    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 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:

    “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.

    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    On Mar...

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