Tell us what you think! GSLE-Outdoors

Girl Scouts will host its 53rd national convention in Salt Lake City, October 16-19, 2014. One focus during convention is the Girl Scout Leadership Experience-Outdoors. Cherokee Ridge 021

GSUSA wants to hear from you!

Below are a few questions about outdoor experiences in Girl Scouts. Share your thoughts by emailing your feedback no later than September 26, 2014.

 

1. What should our promise to girls be regarding outdoor experiences in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?

2. Girls tell us they enjoy their Girl Scout experience more when they get outdoors regularly and in varied ways. How can GSUSA and councils work together to provide outdoor experiences for our girl members?106

3. What can Girl Scouts (local and national) do to support and encourage volunteers and girls to incorporate outdoor experience into their regular troop activities?

4. What support should GSUSA be providing councils to strengthen outdoor experiences within the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?

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Thank you for helping Girl Scouts continue the tradition of providing leadership experiences in the great outdoors!

 

 

 

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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
girls.

“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 www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org.

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Property Program Surveys!

UPDATE: The survey period is closed. Thank you, those who have taken the surveys! And those who haven’t, we’re sorry we missed your input. Please stay tuned to our online channels as we will surely be requesting your feedback in the future.

The online version of the property surveys are here!

As you are aware, this year the property committee is working on developing a long-range property plan. This plan will be presented to the board of directors and will help set the course for GSMH’s future property needs.  In order to help the committee develop this plan, we want input from GSMH Girl Scouts, Girl Scout parents and Girl Scout volunteers.

There was a paper version released earlier this month, so if you’ve already filled it out and sent it in – thanks!  If not, use one of the appropriate links below to fill yours out.

The deadline to submit the survey is February 15.

Thank you so much for your help in setting the future for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland!

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Property Surveys

Update: The surveys are now available to be taken online through the new posting: Property Program Surveys.

This year the property committee is working on developing a long-range property plan. This plan will be presented to the board of directors and will help set the course for GSMH’s future property needs. In order to help the committee develop this plan, the property marketing research team wants input from you!

There are three different surveys: Girl Survey, Volunteer Survey, and Parent Survey. You may download the surveys and return them no later than February 15, 2012 via mail, fax, email or drop off at any service center.

Mail: Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Springfield Service Center,
210 S. Ingram Mill Road, Springfield MO 65804
Fax: 417-862-4120
Scan & Email: bscott@girlscoutsmoheartland.org

For a completely paperless option, we will have an online version of the survey available on our web site by January 20.

Thank you so much for your help in setting the future for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland!

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Activities to Resume at Latonka Program Center

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland will resume activities at Latonka Program Center on August 1, 2011.  Activities had been suspended during the restoration process from the historic flooding that affected the Lake Wappapello area in May.  All facilities at the program center – including the waterfront, challenge course and camping units – will be available to Girl Scout groups and community groups.

Much of the clean-up work required debris removal and hauling large loads of sand and gravel and will be completed by August 1.  Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland appreciates the numerous offers from volunteers to help clean-up Latonka from the flooding.

Latonka Program Center, just like all GSMH program properties, can always use clean-up help such as raking leaves, clearing trails, cleaning cabins and bathrooms, etc.  Volunteers, girl members and Girl Scout parents that would like to provide this kind of help can come to the Latonka Program Center Clean-up Day on Saturday, August 13.  The clean-up day will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Volunteers may want to bring work gloves and tools such as rakes and pruning shears if you have them.  Everyone can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the clean-up is finished and GSMH will provide beverages, watermelon and ice cream for dessert.  Registration is required for the clean-up day so that we know how many people to expect.  Adults will need to attend with the girls to provide supervision.  To register, please contact Sandy Vaughn, Property/Risk Manager, at svaughn@girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 1-877-312-4764 ext. 1514 no later than Wednesday August 10.

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High Waters Cause Suspension of Activities at Camp

Update: Activities have resumed — please see the June 19th blog post: “Activities to Resume at Latonka Program Center

Safety is number one priority

With Lake Wappapello’s water level at 35 feet above normal on May 9, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland (GSMH) is forced to suspend all activities hosted at the Latonka Program Center until the water recedes and clean-up and restoration at the property can be completed.  Latonka Program Center is located in Wayne County and home to summer, troop and family activities, as well as council sponsored activities, such as summer resident camp.

“It is unfortunate that the historic flood has created this tough decision,” states Jennifer M. Orban, CEO for GSMH, “but parents depend on us as an organization to provide a safe environment for their girls.”

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is offering summer camp at three additional locations, including Cherokee Ridge Program Center, also located in Wayne County.  Valarie Moseley, Chief Membership/Leadership Program Officer for GSMH understands the disappointment for the girls saying, “I know that many girls were looking forward to an outdoor camp experience this summer.  Therefore, we will be adding additional weeks of resident camp at the Cherokee Ridge facility for those who would like to participate in activities such as horseback riding, aqua sports, and the science behind the solar system.”  Go to www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org for more information on the additional sessions added at Cherokee Ridge.

If you would like to offer donations to help with the clean-up and restoration of Latonka Program Center, please contact Angie Sullivan at 877-312-4764 ext. 1343.

For additional information: http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/camp.php

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