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Hundreds of Girl Scouts, girls and grown-ups, gathered on September 10 for Badgerland's Annual Meeting and Recognition Celebration. It was a fun three hours filled with celebrating the 286 Top Cookie Sellers, electing Board members and honoring outstanding adult volunteers. The special day was hosted by two members of Badgerland's Youth Leadership Council (YLC), Tori Braun and Annie Logan.
Four amazing adult volunteers were in the spotlight for the incredible work they do building girls of courage, confidence and character. Congratulations to our Adult Recognition Honorees (pictured above):
Volunteers of Excellence
See photos from the day here.
We’ve got a whole new way for you to start your Girl Scout year - LET'S GO! Expos. The expos are replacing Fall Kick-Off meetings from years past, and they’re going to be bigger than ever! We’ve got hands-on trainings, workshops, awesome door prizes and tons of Program Partners and community organizations for you to meet.
The expos are perfect for co-leaders and volunteers. There will also be workshops for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors as well.
Badgerland Gold Awardee Claire Evensen, Verona Troop 2967, was among eight Girl Scouts nationwide invited to share her Gold Award project at the Capitol Hill Gold Award Centennial Celebration on June 14.
Claire's project, Teen2Teen, is a mobile app that helps teens talk to friends struggling with eating disorders, anxiety disorders or depression. Click here to learn more about Claire’s project.
Now is the time to think about nominating a volunteer for an official Girl Scout award. Know a troop co-leader going the extra mile to change a girl's life? Nominate her! Know a volunteer who truly lives each day by the Girl Scout Law? Nominate her!
Browse through the Adult Recognition Packet and nominate the volunteer who has touched your life. Honorees will be recognized at the formal Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on September 10.
It's official...Victoria L. is Badgerland's Tip Top Cookie Seller. And there's more! She's also the number one cookie seller among all Wisconsin Girl Scouts! Victoria, a Madison Cadette from Troop 2082, sold 5,379 boxes of cookies to earn top honors.
Victoria said she has gained confidence because of her Cookie business. “I’ve learned it matters how you talk to people. You have to speak up and have eye contact to be successful,” she said. And Victoria knows how to be successful. She set a high cookie goal, in part, to earn funds to pay her way to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama this summer. Through her cookie business, she also earned a laptop computer that she plans to use for homework and three kayaks for her family to enjoy together! Victoria said her advice to other Girl Scouts, or anyone hoping to achieve a big goal is to “stay positive and never give up.”
In total, Badgerland Girl Scouts sold almost 1.5 million boxes of cookies during the five week cookie season. To learn more about this year’s top cookie sellers and Badgerland’s Cookie Program, click here.
Congratulations to the 16 Badgerland Girl Scouts who earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest national award a Girl Scout can earn. The Gold Award recognizes girls demonstrating extraordinary leadership through take-action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities.
The Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award during the Girl Scout Awards Ceremony held in Madison on March 12, the 104th birthday of Girl Scouts. "Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award are young women of extraordinary achievement," said Marci Henderson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland. "Each of these girls have done extraordinary and sustainable projects to impact their community for many years to come. These girls are truly tomorrow’s leaders!”
Nationwide, less than five percent of eligible Girl Scouts achieve the Gold Award, making these 16 girls part of an elite circle.
To learn more about the Gold girls and their projects, click here.
To celebrate the 100th year of Girl Scouting highest award, program host Nicole Clapp, who sits on the Badgerland Board of Directors, and keynote presenter, Renee Moe, President of Dane County United Way, shared their stories of earning their Gold Awards.
The ceremony also honored Silver Awardees, graduating Seniors and three scholarships were presented.<...
This summer, bring her somewhere safe, enriching, and, most importantly, full of nonstop FUN! We know it can be hard to send her to camp for the first time, but you can feel at ease that, while she’s having the time of her life discovering all the wonders of the great outdoors, trying new things, playing games, making friends, and so much more, she’s well taken care of, happy, and learning critical life skills every step of the way. Sessions are first-come, first-served so get signed up now!
Join us for the annual Holiday Open House and Shop Sale. Each Service Center will be packed with fun things to do, including card making and crafts tables, photo ops, self-serve gift wrapping stations and yummy snacks.
Oh...and did we mention the 1-Day Shop Sale?! There will be deals galore!
We'll have drawings from 10am-1pm in each Shop, giving away $10 Badgerland Shop gift cards. And there's more - all the drawing entries from the four Shops will be thrown into a hat and one lucky person will win the grand prize...a $50 Badgerland Shop gift card. You don't have to be present to win any of the drawings.
MORE FREEBIES Every Girl Scout who comes to the Holiday Open House will receive a Badgerland water bottle! Simply stop by the Shop during the Open House and show us your brand new Membership ID card to get your bottle! (Grown-up Girl Scouts get one too - just let us know you're a bona fide registered Girl Scout.)
Mark Saturday on your calendar because the shop deals, the drawings and free water bottles are available that day only.
Saturday, December 12
9am - 2pm
This patch is all about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The goal? Girls will discover their interests and understand how they can make a difference in the world through STEM. This is an amazing opportunity for girls to learn about, and connect with, women experts in STEM fields.
The Youth Leadership Council had their first meeting of 2015-16. This year, 15 Badgerland Girl Scouts were selected to represent their sister Girl Scouts from around Badgerland Council. Meeting every other month with the Badgerland CEO and professional staff, the YLC helps develop ideas for new council programming and provides perspective about issues important to girls.
Badgerland Girl Scout Youth Leadership Council Members:
For 100 years Girl Scouts have been changing the world through the Gold Award. To celebrate, Girl Scouts invites all Gold Award recipients to be part of something BIG—the upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory Centennial Edition. Help inspire future generations of girls and share your story.
The fall troop fundraiser, in a nutshell, starts October 9. This easy sale is as simple as 1, 2, 3!
Girls grab an order card and take orders from family, friends and neighbors.
Girls invite families, friends and neighbors to order online. These items are shipped directly to the customer.
Girls turn in their in-person orders to troop leaders. Troop leaders give girls their sold items to deliver the week of November 16.
Customers can order nuts, sweets and magazines from girls in-person on online. Photo keepsakes are also available online.
Nutshell is an easy way for troops to earn funds and for girls to set goals and earn rewards. Additional information will come from your troop leader or check out the nutshell page.
September 12 was a special day as Girl Scouts around Badgerland gathered for the Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition Celebration. Our amazing adult volunteers were in the spotlight for the incredible work they do building girls of courage, confidence and character.
We also celebrated Badgerland's Top Cookie Sellers and they, in turn, entertained us with songs. The day was hosted by Girl Scout Youth Leadership Council members Lena Figlear, Troop 2254 and Colleen McGuire, Troop 2561.
Congratulations to our Adult Recognition Honorees:
Volunteers of Excellence (left photo)
Thanks Badge (right photo)
Your Girl Scout year just got easier. As a Girl Scout volunteer, you already know that your girls love Girl Scouts for the friends, the fun, and all the new things they get to try. But what if there was a way to run your troop or group that saves you time and helps you plan so that you can spend more time with the girls?
Meet the Volunteer Toolkit, the web app that helps you make the most of every troop meeting. Here’s how it will save you time and help you plan:
Couldn’t make it to one of our Fall Kick-Off meetings? Watch the recorded webinar and get all of the great information you need to have an awesome Girl Scout year.
Hey Girl Scout, haven't re-registered yet? No worries. That means you'll get to use the slick new site instead of E-Biz for troop or individual registrations! Here’s how you get started:
1. Check your email inbox for an email from Girl Scouts USA on July 22. That email contains your login credentials to the new registration site. Don’t see it? Check your spam folder. Still don’t see an email? Let us know.
2. Follow the link in your email, set-up your new Girl Scout account and get renewed for 2015-16!
Have you already set-up your new Girl Scout account? You can access the new site by clicking on “My GS” in the navigation bar.
Troop leaders and volunteers, jump start your Girl Scout year by attending a Fall Kick-Off Meeting in-person or online. All of the in-person meetings will feature a Program Partner Expo, so you can discover more outings and activities to enjoy with your Girl Scouts. Even better, there will be more program partners than last year at all locations, as well as lots of door prizes! The Girl Scout Shop will be there too with troop essentials and fun, fall merchandise.
>>Register on E-Biz
|Tuesday, August 4||Lancaster||6 PM|
|Thursday, August 6||Webinar||12 PM|
|Thursday, August 6||Webinar||7 PM|
|Monday, August 10||La Crosse||6 PM|
|Wednesday, August 12||Madison||6 PM|
|Tuesday, August 18||Middleton||6 PM|
|Wednesday, August 19||Beloit||6 PM|
|Sunday, August 23||Webinar||7 PM|
Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.
Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.
“Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”
Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders a...
This year’s tip top cookie seller is Neveah Smith, a Junior from Troop 2276 in Fort Atkinson. Neveah sold 4301 boxes of cookies in just five weeks! She has been a Top Cookie Seller for several years and, along the way, says she's learned plenty of techniques. One key to her cookie success is to "ask every single person who walks by" to purchase cookies. During this year’s Girl Scout sale, held over a five-week stretch in February and March, Neveah worked 31 cookie booths, some with her troop and some on her own. She's found it most effective to hold her booth sales outside. Another thing she's learned? "Layering clothes! I did lots of outdoor booths because that's where my best sales are and I've learned to put on a lot of layers and to smile at everyone. It works!" Neveah says. A highlight of this year's sale was meeting an Elvis impersonator who happened by her stand. "He was nice and he bought cookies!" Thanks to Neveah’s cookie business, she earned trips to Disney World, San Diego and Chicago!
In total, Badgerland Girl Scouts sold more than 1.5 million boxes of cookies in February and March. To learn more about this year’s top cookie sellers and Badgerland’s cookie program, click here.
Earn a patch and do lots of fun Girl Scouting activities at home all summer! Sign up for GirlTime and you'll receive three activity booklets in the mail brimming with fun stuff to do. Sneak peek: The June issue for Daisies is all about gardening! Brownies will get their very own booklet with special Brownie-themed projects while Juniors have their own too. It's awesome. Projects are geared for girls to do both own their own and with a little help from a grown-up. Ideal for girls brand new to Girl Scouts and for those Girl Scouts who want to keep working on badges during summer months. More details and registration how-to info here.
Honor your favorite volunteer! Now is the time to think about nominating a volunteer for an official Girl Scout award. Honorees will be recognized at the formal Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on September 12.
Know a troop leader going the extra mile to change a girl's life? Nominate her! Know a volunteer who truly lives each day by the Girl Scout Law? Nominate her! Browse through the Adult Recognition Packet and nominate the volunteer who has touched your life.
In summer? Girls Camp! Get signed up now for the time of your life. Registration is open for all Badgerland summer programs. And there are so many to choose from. We have: Resident Camps. Family Camps. Day Camps. Leadership Camps. CampHERO! And even more. Browse the Summer Camp Book and get excited. Oh and be sure to check out the handy camp quiz on page 5! Sessions are first-come, first-served so get signed up now!
Badgerland awarded two scholarships during the Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony on March 14. Hallie Kircher-Henning received the Badgerland Council Envision Scholarship. Hallie, a Girl Scout for 13 years, received the $1000 scholarship on the basis of her essay reflecting about how Girl Scouting has influenced her life. Hallie, who will graduate from West High School in Madison this spring, intends to study social policy at university. Also honored at the Awards Ceremony was Emily Hill, a 2015 graduating senior from Deforest High School in Deforest. Emily was awarded the Loretta Himmelsbach Scholarship which is available exclusively to Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award. Emily was selected on the basis of her community service, extra curricular involvement and leadership. She was also honored with her Gold Award at the ceremony.
Do you love it? It’s spring so what better way to celebrate the freshness of the season than with this all-new, refreshed website. The site is designed to make it easier for you to find everything you need with just a click or two. We’re also thrilled that the website is just Phase One of even more new exceptional technology coming your way this year. All designed to make it easier to be a Girl Scout. Read more about what’s coming.
Congratulations to the eight Badgerland Girl Scouts earning Gold!
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Council recently honored eight girls who earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest national award a Girl Scout can earn. The Gold Award recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.
The Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award during a recognition ceremony held in Oregon, Wisconsin in March. "I am honored to congratulate these remarkable Girl Scouts," said Marci Henderson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Council. "Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award are young women of extraordinary achievement. They are well-prepared to become leaders in our communities." The eight Badgerland Council Gold Award recipients join the ranks of an elite group of outstanding young women. Nationwide, less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts achieve this prestigious award. Their hard work and dedication reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set them apart and will prove invaluable throughout life.
Class of 2015 Gold Awardees Courtney Burns, Troop 1054 - Madison A child of donor insemination, Courtney discovered there are limited resources for such families to connect. Using the Donor Sibling Registry website, Courtney learned she has over 30 half siblings. Her curiosity piqued, sh...