Backpacking Interest Group

If you are interested in exploring the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars, we’ve got a group for you!

Becky Miller and Mara Teeslink aka “Chiknhead” and “Hershey” are starting a backpacking interest group. This group is for girls and adults alike! Troop leaders can bring their girls to learn along with them, or try it out on their own without the girls. Girls need to be at least in the 7th grade and everyone must weigh at least 100 lbs (so they can carry the packs!). Interested girls and adults will first attend a Shakedown to cover some basics about what equipment is needed, menu planning and a practice hike. There is basic equipment available for use and the destination of the trip will be determined by the group.

Shakedown is planned for September 24, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Finbrooke Program Center Rogersville, MO and the backpacking weekend is planned for October 8-9th somewhere south of I-44! If you are interested, or have any questions please contact Becky Miller at


Gearing Up for National Volunteer Week 2011

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year since, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected officials.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.

During National Volunteer Week, Girl Scouts of the USA pays tribute to innovative volunteers for making a difference. National Volunteer Week is not only our moment in time to celebrate our volunteers, but to enable a nation to share ideas, practices, and stories, wherever they happen, and shaping a movement to re-imagine the notion of citizenship for the 21st century.

(ht: GSUSA)


Trefoil High Tea Fundraiser for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Trefoil High Tea Fundraiser for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Share togetherness and special memories with your favorite ladies.

Nestled in the heart of Springfield, with a beautiful view of the skyline, is the Tower Club. Refresh your soul as music is artfully played on the baby grand piano, while a delightful meal of savories and sweets is professionally served to you and your favorite ladies. All ages are invited to join us as we take tea in support of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.

Saturday, April 30, 2011
11:00 am (tea service at 11:30 am)
The Tower Club – Springfield, Missouri
Enjoy a relaxing and elegant three-course luncheon, complete with fine china and fresh flowers.
Hats and gloves are encouraged!

Please RSVP by April 15, 2011.


click for RSVP card (PDF)

For more information, contact the Resource Development Department at 877-312-4764 x1343 or commitee member Jane Earnhart at

Hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Resource Development Committee with assistance from the local chapter of the Kappa Delta Sorority and alumnae.

See the full size invitation…

Tea Invite


What’s YOUR Story? Girl Scout Essay Contest

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In celebration of the third Girl Scout journey, It’s Your Story – Tell It!, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is having an essay contest for girls!


Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies
and Juniors:

What have you learned in Girl Scouts?
What do you love about Girl Scouts?

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors,
and Ambassadors:

How has your life changed because of
Girl Scouts?
What does Girl Scouts mean to you?


Length: Essays should be 1 page long or less.

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Submission Methods:
E-mail to with “Essay Contest” as subject or mail it to:

  • Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland
    Attn: Marketing/PR Specialist (Essay)
    210 S. Ingram Mill Road
    Springfield, MO 65802


There will be one winner selected from each of the following groups: (1) Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior; (1) Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, Ambassador.
Winning entries may be featured in a GSMH publication. Winners will receive a copy of the new It’s Your Story- Tell It! journey for their age level and a special writer’s kit from the GSMH retail shops.

NEW! Every girl who shares her story of Girl Scouting by entering this contest will receive a sister patch to add to her circle of friends.

All entries become property of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Inc. and may be used or reproduced in informational or promotional materials.
For more information, contact the Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland council office at 877-312-GSMH (4764).

Girls In Grades 6-12 Invited To Challenge Themselves, Change The World

Thanks to a generous grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, Girl Scouts of the
Missouri Heartland is offering Pemiscot County girls in grades 6-12 the opportunity to help make
a difference in their community by joining a special Girl Scout group called “Challenge and

“The goal of this program is to get girls involved as advocates for themselves and their peers,”
says CEO Jennifer M. Orban, “The girls will take action by planning youth services projects for
their community.” Projects could include movie or karaoke nights, holiday parties, and other
activities. “It really depends on what the girls choose to do,” says Orban.

Girls who are interested in joining this group may attend the next meeting on Monday, October
25 at 5:00 pm at Oasis Worship Center in Caruthersville. For more information, please contact
contact Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland staff member Melody Hutchison at 877-312-4764
x1510 or

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FIRST Lego League needs you!

GSMH is pleased to announce openings for our inaugural FLL robotics team.  We are looking for six to eight girls in grades 4 through 8 who would be excited to take part in this challenge!

What is FLL?

The purpose of FIRST teams is to engage girls in exciting robotics programs that build leadership skills in science, engineering and technology.  You will learn to build and program a LEGO robot to do tasks on a course and you will compete with your team against other young people and their robots!

What is the commitment?

The commitment is to meet once a week (perhaps more often right before competition) and the ability to travel with us to at least one competition.  The competitions begin in November.  You will also have a chance to put on programs during and after school to show other students what FIRST Lego League and robotics is about!

When and where will we meet?

We will meet once a week at the Hallsville Elementary School in Hallsville, MO.  This is north of Columbia, MO.  We may increase our number of meetings as we get closer to a competition.

How much does it cost?

We are asking that the girls participating pay 20 dollars for the entire program.  You may also need to buy your food on the days of competitions.

I have a friend who wants to do this too but she is not a Girl Scout.  Can she be part of the team?

That is just fine!  Because of all of the different pathways in Girl Scouting, this Series pathway is a great way to participate!

Can my parents help?

We would love to have parent involvement!  Parents are great support when preparing for and traveling to competitions.

How do I sign up?

We would like to have the team in place within a couple of weeks.  Please submit a short essay by Friday, September 24 on why you would like to participate on the GSMH Robo-Girls team to:

Karen Lawrence by email:

or by mail:

230 Metro Drive

Jefferson City, MO  65109

or by fax:


Please feel free to contact us for more information!


No More Boring Days: Girl Scouts Offers More For Less

Girl Scouts may be nearly 100 years old, but its program has evolved with the times. Traditions such as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, camping, and skill-building badges remain in place, but the additions of six program pathways and an outcomes-based program model have made the program more flexible for today’s families. Now, girls still have the option of joining a year-long Girl Scout troop, but they may also participate in other Girl Scout pathways – to addition to the troop experience or in lieu of it. Girl Scout pathways include one-day programs, 4-6 week series, camp, travel, and online activities. Whether they choose one or all of the pathways, all Girl Scouts benefit from fifteen tangible, research-based outcomes such as a strong sense of self, practical life skills, healthy relationships, and feeling empowered to make a difference.

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland is pleased to offer a wide variety of program opportunities for girls in 2010-2011; topics include career exploration, financial literacy, science, theater, sports, travel, and more. Girls are encouraged to make decisions about what and where they want to explore, and then to work together to plan and budget according to their age-level skills. With program events as inexpensive as $3 and annual membership dues of only $12, Girl Scouts is a low-cost investment with incalculable life-long benefits. Financial assistance is available for membership dues, council-sponsored programs, and uniform pieces for girls with demonstrated need.

For more information about joining Girl Scouts, please visit or contact Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland at (877) 312-4764 or

About the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12. With 3.3 million girl and adult members worldwide, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development. Today’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience has evolved to fit a wide variety of interests of schedules. With six program pathways – events, series, camp, troops, travel, and virtual – girls have more options and more reasons to join than ever before. Through hands-on learning opportunities and a girl-led decision-making process, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience empowers girls to discover a strong sense of self, connect with others in a changing world, and take action to help make the world a better place.

About Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland has a membership of approximately 16,000 girls and 6,000 adults across 68 counties in central and southern Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. With the support of community partners, donors, and volunteers, we mentor and support girls as they develop crucial life skills and prepare to take the lead – today, tomorrow, and for the rest of their lives. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call 877-312-4764 or visit us on the web at


Girl Scouts use resources wisely with annual phonebook recycling project

Project PetLitterIt’s nearly time for new phone books to land on front porches and in business lobbies. Local Girl Scouts have a creative way for your old phone books to be re-used! Now through July 31, Girl Scouts will be collecting old phone books for Nestle Purina’s Project PetLitter. “Yesterday’s News” is pet litter made from recycled newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, and other paper. “This is a great, hands-on way for girls to connect with community members and to practice the ‘use resources wisely’ part of the Girl Scout Law,” says Jennifer M. Orban, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Girl Scout troops also benefit by receiving proceeds from Nestle Purina PetCare rewards for each book collected. Last year Girl Scouts collected more than 67,000 phonebooks and earned more than $3,000 in proceeds to use toward leadership activities and service projects.

The drop-off locations in Springfield include all Dillon’s grocery stores and the Girl Scout Administrative Service Center at 210 S. Ingram Mill Road. Area businesses may also call Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland toll-free at 1-877-312-4764 x1137 or email to have a Girl Scout troop assigned to pick up old phonebooks.

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EF Tours Girl Scout Trips: A Girl Scout Journey

EF Tours Girl Scout Trips: A Girl Scout Journey

Enroll on your Girl Scout Trip to London, Paris, and Lucerne!

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It’s not too late to register for the 2012 Girl Scout Journey to Europe!
This 10 day trip includes three countries – England, France, and Switzerland- and visits to two world centers – Pax Lodge and Our Chalet!

Join your Girl Scout sisters from across the council on this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Space is limited and once it’s gone, it’s gone!

For more information contact Leadership Program Specialists Stefanie McCall at 1-877-312-4764 ext 1137 or Karen Lawrence  at ext 1329.


meeting See EF Tours flyer (1.5MB PDF) , and the Girl Scout Journey flyer for more information and how to enroll