From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporees

Turning 100 deserves another celebration! Celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100th by getting together with your Girl Scout friends for an ole’ fashioned Camporee near you! The registration deadline for our From Past to Present – 100 Years of Girl Scouting Camporee is almost here – REGISTER BY AUGUST 15, 2012.

All participants will receive a commemorative patch bracelet the day of the event.

Want to join in the Celebration?

The Camporees are open to troops and individually registered girls. Troops need to follow the troop travel guidelines for ratio, first aiders, etc. and individual girls must be accompanied by a chaperone.  (In keeping with the Girl Scout Camporee tradition, this is a troop camping or individually registered Girl Scout experience.)

When and where are they happening? ­

September 21-23 (one day or all weekend!)

Central – Sedalia Fairgrounds

Southeast – Bootheel Rodeo Grounds, Sikeston

Southwest – Centennial Park Fairgrounds, Nevada


What is the Cost?           

Saturday daytime only (no overnight) $10* per person

Saturday daytime through Sunday morning $12* per person

Friday night through Sunday morning $15* per person


What Time does the fun start?

Gates open Friday September 21 at 5:00pm (all Locations)

(Friday is an on your own entertainment night)

Registration Starts at 7:30am Saturday

Opening Flag Ceremony at 8:30am Saturday

Saturday Night Campfire, Songs and S’mores

Closing Flag Ceremony Sunday at 11:00am



What goes on at a Camporee?

There are many scheduled activities throughout the day Saturday including:  Knot tying, Knife safety, Letterboxing; Tent pitching, Archery, team-building games & SWAP station, Trading Post & MORE!

What do I need to bring?

Camping is primitive tent camping only.  So you will need to bring your own tents.  If you don’t have one check with your service unit to see if they have one you can borrow.  They are a great troop investment.

You will be responsible for your own food, cooking utensils and cooking source. Only grills or camp stoves, no open fires are allowed.  Don’t have what you need; don’t forget to check with your service unit.  A food vendor will be available to purchase lunch and dinner on Saturday otherwise meals are on your own.

You will receive a confirmation email closer to the event which will include an agenda as well as directions, more information and even a sample packing list!


Some question you might still be wondering about:

Is there electricity or water at the camp sites?

There is at the fairgrounds but not at the individual sites…primitive camping only.


Is there shade?

There is some shade, but most of the area is open field.


Do the troops reserve their spot, or it is first come-first serve?

First come, first serve.


Can the girls use Cookie Cards?

Yes, just like any event.


What is happening on Sunday?

There will be a Scouts Own ceremony, Troop Team Challenges followed by closing ceremony.


Do I have to have the BOS training in order to bring my troop?

No, because it is a council event.


Do I need to bring swaps?

SWAPs are not required but are encouraged! You will receive information in your confirmation about an approximate number of participants for which to plan for.


How can we help with this event?

Troops are needed for flag ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday and to help plan the Scouts Own on Sunday. Adult Volunteers are also needed to help with various stations on Saturday.

Click here to Volunteer at the Camporees   




Believe in Girls Expo Photos, Compiled

Check out some photos of our 100th anniversary events! We had nearly 1,500 attendees at our Believe in Girls Expo, which was preceded by the inaugural Believe in Girls 5K race in the morning and followed by two fun parties for our Girl Scout members in the evening. Did you attend one of these events? Leave us a comment to tell us your favorite part!


Mark your calendars for Girl Scouting celebration on the Martha Stewart Show!

The Martha Stewart Show is featuring Girl Scouts in an episode that will air at 10 a.m. on May 7 on the Hallmark Channel. The entire show is devoted to Girl Scouting and a celebration of our 100 years.

The show, which was taped on March 21, begins with a conversation about Girl Scouting between GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez and Martha Stewart, who was a Girl Scout while growing up in New Jersey. The program also features Girl Scouts engaging with Martha Stewart in various cooking and craft segments, and there’s even a segment on Girl Scout uniforms through the decades.

The show will air again on May 7 at 2 p.m. and on May 8 at 1 p.m., and you’ll be able to watch clips from the show at beginning on May 8.

We hope you’ll tune in for a wonderful celebration of Girl Scouting.


Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend

This year in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts we will have a Fashion Show at Silver Dollar City Girl Scout Weekend. The fashion show will be in the Riverfront Playhouse from 12:15pm -12:45pm on Saturday, May 5, 2012. We need 10-15 models to wear historical Girl Scout Uniforms and they will need to be available starting at 11:30. These historical uniforms do run a little small and are best suited for Daisy, Brownie or Junior Girl Scouts. We also have a few adult uniforms that older girls could wear. If you are planning to attend Girl Scout Weekend at Silver Dollar City and have girls who would be interested in being in the fashion show please contact Lori Enyart at 877-312-4764 X 1111 by April 13, 2012.


Girl Scouts Celebrates 100 Years Of Leadership Development

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland – with members throughout central and southern Missouri,
southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma – joins Girl Scouts around the country to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in 2012. March 12, 2012 will mark 100 years from the day
that the first Girl Scout troop was established in the United States.

Self-discovery and community service were core values that Girls Scouts founder Juliette
Gordon Low sought to instill in girls from the earliest days. In 1912, many girls’ paths in life were
limited and Low’s vision was to establish an organization where any girl could expand her
personal horizon by having fun while exploring new interests and contributing to society. With
3.2 million members, Girl Scouts is today’s preeminent leadership development program for

“This special anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the long and proud history of Girl
Scouting and to engage our girls in making our communities and the world a better place,” said
Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s interim CEO, Anne Soots. “It is also an opportunity to
thank the countless committed volunteers in our community who give so much to Girl Scouting
all year long. The encouragement, coaching and resources from adults are crucial for girls to be
able to develop their leadership skills.”

Girls will be celebrating through the end of 2012, including at the Believe in Girls 5K and Expo in
Springfield, Missouri on March 31, 2012 and Camporees in Sikeston, Sedalia, and Nevada in
September. They will also, as always, give back to their communities in big ways. During this
year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program, many Girl Scout troops have participated in the Cookie Share
program, through which Girl Scout Cookies are shared with military organizations or food
pantries. At summer camp and locally, girls will also be participating in Girl Scouts Forever
Green projects to promote environmental stewardship.

For information about 100th anniversary initiatives, including the Believe in Girls 5K and Expo
and Girl Scout summer camp, call 877-312-4764 or visit


Exhibit opportunities at the Believe In Girls Expo, March 31

click for the full PDF file

Do you believe in girls?

Don’t miss out!
Join the largest girl-centered expo in Missouri, hosted by one of the most iconic brands for girls.

This event will encourage girls to explore leadership in five initiative areas (see below), and give parents, families, and community members a chance to show that they believe in girls and support girls’ growth and learning.

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Springfield Expo Center

why exhibit with us?

• Associate your brand with the advancement of girls and girl leadership.
• Engage thousands of youth and families.
• Be a part of history – commemorate 100 years of Girl Scouting

choose from 5 initiative areas:

• Healthy Living
• Environmental Stewardship
• Financial Literacy
• Science and Technology
• Global Citizenship

make your booth your own with:

• Interactive games
• Giveaways and prizes
• Product demonstrations
• Other brief activities

(See all this information as a flyer.)

Business rate: $125. Non-profit rate: $25.
For more information, contact Stefanie McCall at 877-312-4764 x1137 or

Hurry! Booth registrations are due February 29, 2012.

Click here for the booth sponsor registration PDF!





Register for Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Events

Register for the Annual Meeting & 100th Anniversary Events

Join Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland in celebrating 100 trailblazing years!

scoutsSaturday, March 31, 2012 in Springfield, MO.

Our celebration will include:

  • Believe in Girls 5K
  • GSMH Annual Meeting
  • Believe in Girls Expo
  • Girl Scouts Forever Alumnae Gathering
  • One Hundred Fun Hundred Party
  • 100 Years of Dreams Party

Look inside the PDF brochure for details and
mail-in registration form!

You can also register online for the meeting, the 5K, and any of the eciting events using your credit/debit card or PayPal account.


New CEO Anna Maria Chávez Speaks to Girl Scouts


Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated 100 years of history and welcomed its new chief executive officer, Anna Maria Chávez, at its National Council Session/52nd Convention in Houston from November 10-13.
The historic convention, titled Renewing the Promise: Girl Scouts in a New Century, drew some 15,000 girl and adult members, as well as noted celebrities, such as ABC News journalist Katie Couric; Soledad O’Brien, host of CNN’s In America; Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America; three-time Grammy-nominated recording artist Sarah Bareilles; Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker; actress and philanthropist Marlee Martin; gospel singer Yolanda Adams; and actress Monique Coleman, who starred in the High School Musical films.
Below is the speech delivered by Anna Maria Chávez. Enjoy!


100th Anniversary Patch Contest

As we get ready to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland wants your help in designing its 100th Anniversary patch.  Get creative as you demonstrate the accomplishments of Girl Scouting or what Girl Scouts means to you.   The 100th Anniversary Patch Contest judges panel will select 1 overall winner and 5 runners-up. The winning entry will be made into a 100th Anniversary patch that will be debuted at the Council Celebration on March 31, 2012. There are several details, so go to to get the entry form and complete contest rules.  Hurry – entries should be postmarked by January 5, 2012.

If you have questions, contact Angie Robinson Sullivan at 877-312-4764 x1343 or