Girl Scouts learn financial literacy in hands-on program

Weekends are about having fun, but more than 200 Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of the Missouri
Heartland made last weekend about gaining practical life skills at the same time. In the fun,
interactive Making Cents in the City programs held on Saturday, Girl Scouts in kindergarten
through eighth learned about budgeting, goal-setting, and saving money.

Girls at the program discussed the difference between needs and wants, practiced budgeting for
those items, and made savings banks to take home and work towards a specific savings goal.
They also learned about the realities of adult budgeting with a game that taught them how to
manage their “paychecks” to pay for home expenses, living necessities, and other bills. Girl
Scout Cadettes had the added challenge of trying to budget for “want” items like cell phones
and cable service after paying for necessities – and sometimes receiving late fees and overdue
notices. “Wow,” said one participant, “I didn’t know everything that my parents had to do for me.”

Girls even had to use their critical-thinking skills during the program’s snack time; they selected
and purchased items from a “Girl Scout Snack Shack” with $2 that they were given at the start
of the program. “One of the best things about this program is that it is so hands-on,” said Girl
Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “By actually being given the money to
practice spending, and seeing the numbers written in front of them, the girls get to engage in the
kind of experiential learning that Girl Scouts is all about.”

The harsh reality of today’s economy makes it especially important that youth understand
budgeting and spending wisely. The money used in the games and activities may have been
cartoon-printed play money, but the skills that girls learned were very real. Said one Girl Scout
Junior in attendance, “I used to spend all my money and regret it later, but now I know to spend
my money without spending all my money.” Continue reading


GIRLS – Additional Opportunity for Fall Product Recognitions!

SolveItTogetherPatch_smHey Girls!

We have an additional opportunity for you to earn even more recognitions for the Fall Product Program.  On the council website ( under Programs/ Fall Product, there is a ”Solve It Together” patch you can click on it and it will take you to the QSP online magazine ordering portal.  If you have already done this, great, you can still earn additional recognitions!  If not, now is your chance!

Girls who send out additional e-mails inviting friends and family to purchase magazines, will earn the following recognitions:

13-24 e-mails – earn a mystery bag from QSP

25+ e-mails – earn a chance to win a Nintendo Wii or one of 5 Ipod Nano’s

To take advantage of this limited time opportunity for registered girls in the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, log onto the QSP online magazine ordering portal and send out e-mail invitations, between December 1 – December 15, 2009.  Only e-mails sent between December 1 and December 15, will count towards the recognitions outlined above.

If you have any questions, please contact the Product Program Department at 877-312-4764.

Wishing you the best of luck!


Videos: More reasons to volunteer

More choices, more reasons to volunteer!

More choices, more reasons to volunteer!

Come to our Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Facebook page! There are new things all the time…

including two new videos that show how you too can volunteer!

Volunteering with the Girl Scouts doesn’t have to be a full-time commitment. There are countless ways you can share your experience and expertise with girls in your area.

Come check out how you can make a difference!

For more information about volunteering, visit our official Council Web site: , or call 1-877-312-4764.

More choices, more reasons to volunteer!


Spring 2010 GO Guide and Volunteer Magazine Distribution

Spring 2010 GO Guide and Volunteer Magazine Distribution

It’s just about time for the spring program and training information to be distributed. Distribution will be a little different this time. In late summer, we incorporated a new membership database which has caused us to be unable to extract a current mailing list. Therefore, the GO! Guide – a publication for girls that contains council-sponsored program information – will be bulk-mailed to all girls who received the FA 2009 GO! Guide publication.  We will include as many new registered girls as possible, but we are aware that the list will not be comprehensive. Please allow until January 15 for the bulk mail to be complete.  After that date, additional copies should be available at service unit meetings and will be available in service centers.  Please note: We will not be able to mail them first class from council service centers. It will also be posted online at by December 1.

The Volunteer Training Guide – a publication that contains council-sponsored training information – will not be mailed, but will be made available at the December and January service unit meetings.  So please help spread the word that all leaders should attend their service unit meetings in order to receive the information for spring trainings.  A limited supply will be available at each service center, but we will not be able to mail them first class.  It will also be available online at by December 1.

Incorporating new systems takes time and we understand the inconvenience this may cause.  We appreciate your patience as we work to develop better systems for the future.

Thank you for your dedication to Girl Scouting.


Program Participation Survey

The Council Property Committee is in the process of developing a property plan for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.  These two surveys provide girls and adults an opportunity to tell the committee if they have visited our council properties and what programs they would like to see available at our properties.

If you have participated in a Council program, please select the appropriate Program Participation Survey to complete:


Call for Delegates, 2010 Young Women’s World Forum

GSUSA is seeking applications from young women interested in representing GSUSA at the 2010 Young Women’s World Forum. The Forum, organized by Girlguiding UK in collaboration with WAGGGS, is the first of three events for girls and young women taking place throughout the centenary celebrations. The Young Women’s World Forum takes place between October 19 – 24, 2010 in London, England and is open to two young women ages 18-25 (at the time of the event) from each Membership Organization. An application can be found here:

Email” “globalgirlscouting [a t] girlscouts [d o t] org” if you have any questions.