In the Know
Girl Scouts of Louisiana — Pines to the Gulf
INFORMATION FOR ALL Girl Scout Juniors
Visit our website Junior Jamboree
www.girlscoutspinestogulf.org If you want to learn basic camp skills, you will
to view flyers for upcoming not want to miss this! The overnight event at
program events. Camp Wawbansee in Simsboro begins
Friday, September 18 at 6 p.m. and ends on
Troop/Group Finance Report and the Sunday, September 20 at 10 a.m. The
Troop/Group Treasury Information form are registration deadline is September 4.
due September 30, 2009.
Troops can begin reserving a spot at any of Come build your own rocket plus much more!
our camps beginning August 1, 2009 for An event for Girl Scout Juniors and Girl Scout
September, October, November, and Cadettes is scheduled at Camp Bon Temps in
December. Reserve your date with the camp Breaux Bridge on September 12. Register
ranger. today as space is limited! Unregistered girls
in grades 4 – 8 can blast into the world of Girl
Your council shops will be open Saturday,
Scouting through this pathway by paying an
September 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The
additional $12 to participate. The deadline is
council shops WILL NOT be open any
Saturday in August. All our shops have a
20% discount for the purchase of any two girl Open Studio – Lafayette
or teen items featured in the new 2009 Attention Girl Scout Juniors and
catalog from August 1 through October 15, all girls in grades 4 – 5 who
2009. would like to explore the world of
art with us on September 26.
The new “Adventures in Girl Scouting”
Register today! There will be an additional
program event guide will be ready August 1,
$12 charge for girls who are not currently
2009. Please check it out as it is full of
registered Girl Scouts. Share this information
program events that the council will be
with those you know – this is a great pathway
hosting as well as program resources we offer
opportunity. Girls can participate in a morning
that you may do on your own with your troop.
or afternoon session or both. Let us know
See your membership specialist or our
what art session you are interested in
website for your copy.
attending. Registration deadline is
September 11. There will be a showcase after
Girl Scout Daisies and the afternoon session to exhibit the artwork
Brownies created by the girls – the public will be invited
to attend – it will be great!
Are you a ham in front of the camera when it
comes to letting the world know how great Press Corp and Speakers Bureau
Girl Scouting can be? We need Media Girls! If you are a budding media darling or have
Flyers are available at your nearest service the scoop on your troop, call Darian Atkins at
center or online! 1 800 960 2093 ext. 214 or email her at
A flyer with more information can be viewed
on our website.
Girl Scouts 11-17
If you are interested in dance, music, theatre be available for those interested in making
or opera, either as a performer or behind the The Girl Scout Journey to London, Paris and
scenes, PASA has an opportunity for you! Lucerne.
PASA, the Performing Arts Society of
Acadiana, is well known in the community for PROGRAM DEPARTMENT
their annual presentations at the Heymann
Center of world-renowned dance, music and Tip-A-Canoe
theatre performances. One workshop has a few openings
PASA Street team is responsible for helping remaining. It will be held on Saturday,
PASA promote shows by placing posters and August 22 at Camp Wawbansee in
flyers for upcoming shows at designated Simsboro. This is a beginner’s canoe
places around town. This is a great way to get training for girls entering the 5th grade &
to know the community and be part of a very up this fall. See website for details or
important part of promoting PASA shows in contact Kara at
the community. To be on the street team you firstname.lastname@example.org or
have to be at least 16 years of age or older. the council office.
Call Apiyo Obala PASA Community Relations Camp Beverly Hills
Director at (337) 237-2787 ext. 206 for more All potential, new and re-registered Girl
details. PASA Ushers are mainly responsible Scouts and troop leaders are invited.
for handing out programs the day of the Pecanland Mall in Monroe is hosting the
show, and assisting guests with questions the overnight slumber party. Pick out your pj’s
night of the performance. All volunteers go and slippers and get excited about the night.
through a special training and in return have You must be registered by the deadline to
the opportunity to assist PASA and see the attend. Do not delay, get your Program Event
performance for free. Call Apiyo Obala, Registration form in by September 11.
Community Relations Director, at
(337) 237-2787 ext. 206 for more details Event Planner Workshops
PASA volunteers can earn points during the All service units have volunteers who plan
year to redeem for exciting rewards that events for the girls. Come to the workshop in
include gift cards from area merchants, PASA your area so that you can get the paperwork
series tickets and more. We need your help! that will be helpful in making each event a
Sign up today! Call the PASA office for more success. We want to make event planning as
information about our exciting volunteer easy for you as possible. We have a
program! handbook full of ideas and a few necessary
paperwork forms ready for you! Register one
Adventure and Awards – All you need to week prior to the event on the new Program
know! Event Registration Form found on the
Register today and travel with us through the website. If you have questions, contact any
opportunities and the process of Program Specialist.
accomplishing that which you desire. You pick Shreveport Service Center
the place (aka – destination) and we’ll help Aug.15, 9 a.m. - Noon
you get there. New guidelines have been Lafayette Service Center
introduced for the Girl Scout Bronze, Girl Aug.22, 9 a.m. – Noon
Scout Silver and Girl Scout Gold Awards. We Lake Charles, Warren United Methodist
will talk about the transition and girls who Church Aug.15, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
have been there and done that will share their Alexandria, Rapides Foundation Bldg
stories and knowledge. Paperwork will also Aug. 22, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Open Studio – Calcasieu Rain Barrels
This event, to be held September 19, is open What are they? It is a barrel
to Girl Scouts in grades 4 – 12 as well as girls constructed as part of a
in the community who would like to be storm water abatement
creative. Girls who are not currently program developed to help
registered will pay an additional $12 fee and reduce the amount of water
then they will have access to all that Girl that enters our bayous.
Scouting offers during the 2010 membership This barrel will help to
year. Share this opportunity with everyone decrease the pollution in our waterways and
you know. Two sessions are being offered, help our environment. There will be
girls can participate in one or both and their workshops in Lafayette until all kits have been
works of art will be showcased after the adopted. The barrel can be taken home and
completion of the second session. Silk you will be instructed on how to set it up and
painting and photography are a couple of use it. Registration is required; contact
options; to see what else is being offered, Danica Adams at 337-769-7283 if you are
take a peek at the flyer online. Be sure to get interested.
your registration in by the deadline, which is
September 4. Mom and Me
We will have two events this fall for girls and
Volleyball Anyone? their moms (or significant female figure in
We have many young girls their life over 18) on October 10-11, 2009 at
interested in volleyball and even Girl Scout Camp Indian Creek in Chatham
playing on teams throughout our and October 17-18, 2009 at Girl Scout Camp
council. Saturday, September 26 Bon Temps in Breaux Bridge. Cost is $20 per
at 7 p.m., University of Louisiana person. See flyer for details or check out our
at Lafayette has invited website. Registration deadlines are 2 weeks
registered Girl Scouts and their prior to each event or when event fills up.
families to a game. Two adults Register early as they fill up quick.
per troop will get in free. Adults
and family members will pay a Help Needed
small fee at the gate but they will In order to hold events in your area and to
reap much because spending time together keep costs down, the Program Dept. needs
builds bonds of friendship. Let us support the your help. We are looking for older girls or
female athletes who inspire our younger girls volunteers not attending the upcoming Mom
to be active in sports! Return the Program & Me events as participants to help us at
Event Registration Form to the Lafayette these events. If interested, fill out the handout
office so we will know how many you will be and turn in to your membership specialist or
bringing with you that night. local Girl Scout office.
Any questions about attending or volunteering
Build Up! A Tool Kit for Learning at these events, contact Kara Guillory at
Grades 5-8 email@example.com
Have you ever stopped to watch a bulldozer or 1-800-960-2093 ext. 312
at work or peered through a fence to see a
building under construction? How do you Groovy story telling inspired by African,
design bridges and what makes them so modern ballet and hip-hop as told by
strong? This kit provides a fun way to explore Evidence Dance Company. A dance
construction and even become a builder workshop taught by a local professional
yourself. Contact a program specialist if you dancer and the opportunity to see a live
would like to check this out and work with performance in Lafayette. Girls in grades 4 –
your girls. 12 can attend. Registrations are required and
space is limited so check out the flyer on our
website and be sure to get your registration in
soon! This, too, can be a pathway into Girl Product Sales
Scouts for non-Girl Scouts. They simply pay
the $12 Girl Scout registration fee in addition The QSP theme for 2009 is
to the event registration fee and they can GSI “Girl Scouts Investigate”
participate in any Girl Scout events in the Training Dates are as follows:
2010 membership year. Monday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. in Shreveport
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in Monroe
MEMBERSHIP DEPARTMENT Wednesday, Sept. 16 10 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.
ALL Calcasieu Parish Service Team Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in Alexandria
Members will meet August 10, 2009 at the Training locations to be announced soon.
United Way Building, Conference Room, Pre-orders begin October 12 and end on
Third Floor located at 715 Ryan Street November 6, 2009.
Lake Charles, LA
This meeting will be for all people who are “Inspired by U” 2010 Cookie Sales
interested in joining the service unit team. Pre-order sales begins January 15, 2010 and
We will learn about service team positions ends January 31, 2010.
and plan some events for our area. Deliveries and Direct Sales start on
For more information contact: Pat Lore at Feb. 26, 2010 and end on March 14, 2010.
PLore@girlscoutspinestogulf.org or calling The training dates, times and locations are to
her at extension 310. be announced. For more information, contact
Barbara Moran, Product Sales Director at
Northern Lights Service Unit (Shreveport) BMoran@girlscoutspinestogulf.org
will have their first service unit meeting at 6
p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2009, at the
Shreveport Service Center located at 3921 VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Southern Avenue. We are kicking off the new
Girl Scout year with food, fun, giveaways and Lifeguard and Canoe Course Training
new service unit news and leaders. Dates Announced
Do you want to get your lifeguard
The Shreveport Service Center 2009-2010 certification? Would you like to take your
Girl Scout Kickoff Event troop canoeing? Both courses are offered
Thursday, August 13, 2009, at the Sci-Port this fall in the Lafayette area. If interested,
Discovery Center located at 820 Clyde Fant hold the following dates:
Parkway. This free event will inform girls
about all that Girl Scouts has to offer as well Lifeguard Red Cross Certification Class
as the different things that the Sci-Port Lafayette on the following dates:
Discovery Center has to offer. For more September 11, 5 - 9:30 p.m.
information, call Lisa Tomkies at 318-868- September 12, 1 - 9:00 p.m.
7322 ext. 402. September 18, 5 - 9:30 p.m.
September 19, 5 - 9:30 p.m.
All four dates must be attended. The cost is
$75. This same course, when taken at your
Service Unit Team Updates! local Red Cross office, costs $200. Be sure
Your council has updated the volunteer to sign up for the council training and get big
position descriptions for all service unit savings! We only offer this course twice a
team members. The new descriptions will year. Clear your calendar and call the
be ready for the upcoming year. Lafayette Service Center to register.
More information will be available very soon!
Canoe Training Class in Lafayette We’re looking for volunteer trainers!
October 16, 5 - 10 p.m. Experienced volunteers are needed to help
October 17, 1 - 8 p.m. facilitate one or two classes in their Service
October 24, 1 - 8 p.m. Unit area. What a great way to pass on your
You must attend all three dates! expertise and enthusiasm to new leaders in
The charge for this class is $50. your own parish! Our team will be holding a
Experienced canoeists may want to challenge Train the Trainer class in the Shreveport
the course, rather than attend all the Service Center and Lafayette office
sessions. If so, the challenge course will be September 19 and in the Monroe service
run on October 24. If you have any questions center on August 29. To sign up for the
about the canoe training or doing the training at the Shreveport Service Center, call
challenge, call Karen at the Lafayette Service Claire Schroeder. For the Lafayette or
Center for more info. Monroe trainings, call Karen Gallaspy at the
Lafayette Service Center. There is no charge
Fall Adult Learning Course Schedule for this training and lunch will be provided.
The Volunteer Services Team is lining up Shreveport First Aid /CPR Courses
dates, locations and adult learning facilitators If you need to get your American Red Cross
for the fall 2009 courses as this In The Know certification or to be recertified, come by the
goes to press. Watch the website – it will Shreveport Service Center first and pay your
soon be posted there. training fee ($25). We will fax your
information over to the Red Cross office and
this will reserve your spot on the class roster.
I promise to keep my volunteer hours in check,
to keep my spirit and my family first and,
to make sure I ask for help when I start to feel overwhelmed.
I vow to compare myself to no one -
my time and contributions
are my own special gift and,
to feel proud that only I can do what I do.
I vow to compare no one to myself,
to recognize everyone gives to their best of their time and
to always remember it is the pieces that
make the whole.
I pledge to accept less than perfect,
to always remember I am a volunteer and,
to celebrate the joy in making a difference!
By Liz Ripke
DATES TO REMEMBER
1 Reserve a fall/winter camping spot at one of our Girl
6 Northern Lights SU Meeting
8 First Aid/CPR @ Red Cross of Shreveport You must preregister.
10 Calcasieu SUT informational meeting
13 Shreveport Girl Scout 2009/2010 Kickoff Event
14 Deadline, Adventures and Awards, Shreveport
15 Event planner workshop at the Shreveport Service Center
Event planner workshop at the Warren UMC, Lake Charles
19 First aid/CPR @ Red Cross of Shreveport You must preregister.
21 Deadline, Dance Workshop/Performance
22 Event planner workshop at the Lafayette Service Center
Event planner workshop at First UMC, Pineville
First aid/CPR @ Red Cross of Shreveport You must preregister.
Tip A Canoe
28 Deadline, Rockets Rock registration
29 Train the Trainer at Monroe Service Center
Adventures and Awards, Shreveport
4 Deadline, Open studio for grades 4-12 in Calcasieu
Deadline, Junior Jamboree
5 Dance Workshop in Lafayette
Deadline, Junior Jamboree at Camp Wawbansee
Council shops are open from 9:30 - 1 p.m.
11 Deadline, Camp Beverly Hills, Pecanland Mall, Monroe
Lifeguard Red Cross Certification Classes start, Lafayette
Deadline, Open Studio Lafayette
12 Rockets Rock, Camp Bon Temps
13 ULL Scout Night Soccer
16 Adult canoe certification class starts
14-17 QSP Fall Product sale trainings
18-19 Junior Jamboree, Camp Wawbansee
19 Open Studio, Calcasieu
Train the Trainer in Shreveport and Lafayette service center offices
20 Dance Performance in Lafayette
25-26 Camp Beverly Hills, Monroe
25 Deadline, Mom & Me, Indian Creek
26 Open Studio, Lafayette
ULL Volleyball Scout Night
30 Troop/Group Finance form and Treasury form due today.
3 Council Shops are open from 9:30 – 1 p.m.
10 ULL Scout Night Football
Mom & Me, Camp Indian Creek
15 Last day for 20% off sale in service center shops
17 Mom & Me, Camp Bon Temps