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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.

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  • Council places second in national recycling challenge


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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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



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  • Girl Scouts make ceremonial bridges for Bronze Award project


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

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

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

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



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  • Top Cookie Sellers celebrate reaching their goals


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

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

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



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  • Council launches new membership registration system


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Incentives

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


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  • Adventure awaits this summer! Sign up for camp


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

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

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

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



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  • National CEO helps honor Kansas Girl Scouts, volunteers


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

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

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

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

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



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  • Longtime volunteer Rosemary Smith earns council's top honor


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

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

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



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  • 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 robotroop@gmail.com.


  • Be Girl Scout Proud during Girl Scout Week!


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

    Birthday in a Bag service project

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

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

    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 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


    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 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 (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 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


    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


    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 thr...



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  • Volunteers, Girls Invited to Leadership Conferences


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

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

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

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

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

  • Troop 40143 Shares Journey Project Idea


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Council Wins National Recycling Challenge


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

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

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

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

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  • 2014 Annual Meeting – State of the Council


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

    State of the Council 

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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



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  • Osage County Troops Earn Bronze Awards Through Service


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

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

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

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

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

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  • Bricks Available For Purchase As Girl Scout Tributes


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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  • Robo Troop, Robo Girls shine at Lego Mindstorms Challenge


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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Baby born on Girl Scouts’ Birthday Gets Special Welcome


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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