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Crossing the English Channel

2013 Distinguished Alumna completes 26 mile swim

Surviving Survivor


top cookie sellers share their

secrets 10 Sizzling Fashion Trends

Utah’s Dawn Meehan tells how Girl Scouting led to the adventure of a lifetime!

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Your complete guide to summer fun!

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gsunow May 2013 / Vol. 1 |

Crossing the English Channel

2013 Distinguished Alumna completes 26 mile swim

Surviving Survivor


May-November 2013




Top Cookie Seller Secrets

Four New Initiatives

Surviving Survivor

We’ve created a new way of programming. Get tips on how to best utilize our new initiatives. Plus we’re going digital. Find full program listing online.

Dawn Meehan, former Girl Scout and two-time Survivor contestant tells about her most recent adventure and attributes her success to Girl Scouts.

Cookie Season has wrapped up and the numbers are in. Learn from the pros how to sell thousands of boxes!

top cookie sellers share their

secrets 10 Sizzling Fashion Trends

Utah’s Dawn Meehan tells how Girl Scouting led to the adventure of a lifetime!

on the cover Summer Camp Central

Your complete guide to summer fun!

Dawn Meehan Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS

Above Utah’s Dawn Meehan shows courage, confidence and character during a weight-bearing challenge on Survivor: South Pacific (with tribe members John Cochran and Whitney Duncan). Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS.

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r u o n G i o N I J N I A TR ! m a er? ! a e in ne b e t to ra nli t er T y o n l a W unteApp l Vo

gsunow Chief Executive Officer Cathleen Sparrow

Chief Development and Communications Officer Melissa Mathews

Contributing Writers Dawn Meehan Nathan Measom

Writer and Editor Josh Jones

Contributing Photographers Zuzanna Audette Laura Berbusse Scott Blackburn Kelli Bramble of Pepper Nix Monty Brinton/CBS

Communications Manager Annie Cutler

Anacandy Castro Paddle Moab

Graphic Designer Stephanie Jensen

This commemorative, first-edition issue of GSU NOW is dedicated to life-long Girl Scout and Girl Scouts of Utah’s Board Chair, Debbie Nielson, who will end her six-year tenure in August. Debbie has been a relentless supporter of GSU and will continue to be involved in the organization. Please read more about Debbie on page 28.

Girl Scouts of Utah 445 East 4500 South, Suite 125 | Salt Lake City, Utah 84107 Phone: (801) 265-8472 | Toll Free: (800) 678-7809 Trainers can be current or past leaders, Service Unit team members, troop members or first-aiders. Share your experiences, interests, and passion for Girl Scouting with volunteers just like you! Apply online at training-support/volunteer-trainer.php or4contact Katie Naylor at G SUNow for more information.

Sign up for a FREE subscription to “GSU NOW.” Simply email with your request. You may also email letters to the editor at






Sizzling Fashion Trends


Compromising towards Equality: HB145

This season’s 10 must have items.

Ensuring equal opportunity for Utah girls and boys.

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Still Giving, 25 Years Later A tribute to Debbie Nielson. Her life, her work, and how we change the world.

Summer Camp Central

Are you ready for Summer Camp? We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.


CEO Letter Continuous Improvement

10 Troop News From food to animals, our girls are making a world of difference

14 Goodness-Gracious-We’re Growing! Invite your friends to discover the benefits of Girl Scouts.

15 Girl Scout Information Meetings Find monthly meetings in your neighborhood.

16 Preserving Camp Cloud Rim 236 acre land purchase 18 Trefoil Ranch Update  Inagural summer for new cabins 18 Girl Scouts Collaborate on Cabin Construction  New camp cabins designed by Girl Scouts and the University of Utah

20 Volunteer Spotlight: Laurie Hovatter One volunteer’s passion and energy  for Girl Scouts

21 Volunteer Trainings 23 Girl Scouts on the Hill: A Legislative Recap  Girl Scouts shine at Legislature 60th 53 Alumnae Events Brewvies and Yoga Night 54 International Women’s Day  Happening party and one Tough Cookie Award

56 Crossing the English Channel Interview Joelle Beard 58 Planned Giving Made Easy One family and their giving plan 60 Donor List

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CONVENTION is coming to

Salt Lake City


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Next year, more than 10,000 Girl Scouts, Adults, and Girl

Scout alumnae from all over the world will meet here in Salt Lake City to attend the Girl Scout National Convention!

October 16-19, 2014 Plan a UEA “staycation� with your family, and be a part of this historic event! For volunteer opportunities contact For sponsorship opportunities contact For more information visit


reader in mind, and more approachable so you can find the information relevant to you, faster. Publications are just one way we’re making Girl Scouts of Utah more relevant, timely, and meaningful. The programming department is updating their initiatives and building our courses and camp experiences to be more powerful for girls. The new, highly acclaimed leadership program, BFF (Be a Friend First) pushes girls to explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques through creative writing, games, and discussion exercises. Our ultimate goal is to allow girls to create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle bullying on their own terms and turf. Another program we’re bolstering is our Healthy Media Initiative which teaches girls to view images in movies, television, internet, magazines, and other media with a critical and more observant eye. We

Continuous Improvement GSU NOW!? You may be scratching your head –

know when girls succeed, society does too. In order to raise a generation of girls to become tomorrow’s leaders, we must empower them with positive and healthy media images.

like we did for a few months. Let me explain. It’s common to be weary of change, but I’d challenge One of my core values is to be constantly improving; it

all of our members to adapt, grow, and learn from

is something I continually measure within myself, family,

change. Girl Scouts of Utah’s innovations will lead to a

and work. If I’m not growing and progressing, then it will

much more rewarding and dynamic organization. Our

be hard to achieve my goals in those areas, right?

goals are time-honored, our initiatives are relevant, and our mission is sacred; thank you for partnering

We felt, in a time of such technological growth,

for a better tomorrow.

when girls are getting so much information, it was time to move forward with our members. Ergo, the Trooper has become GSU NOW, a magazine-quality publication with dynamic photos, concise articles, and timely news. You’ll also see our monthly email column “The Shout Out!” dramatically change its look

Cathleen Sparrow Chief Executive Officer

and name. Both publications will be designed with the

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Shop | Trends

Sizzling FashionTrends this season’s 10 must have items HOODIE T-SHIRT The perfect combination of a comfortable T-shirt and lightweight hoodie! In charcoal grey heather with slight bell sleeves.

Polka Dot scarf Fashionable oblong scarf features polka dot and trefoil pattern.

Charm key ring This key ring is a charming accessory to show off your Girl Scout pride.

CAR MAGNET Catchy magnet with empowering theme.

VOLUNTEER PIN Show how proud you are to be a Girl Scout Volunteer when you wear this specially designed pin.

HEART LINK BRACELET This delicate link charm bracelet features a red glitter heart charm.

COOKIE GLASS SET Enjoy Girl Scout Cookies and your favorite beverage with these specially designed cookie glasses.

Boat Tote Bag Sturdy, khaki canvas tote bag with front pocket and inside zipper pouch. Embroidered solid trefoil and navy canvas trim.

BLING YOUR PHONE Add some bling to your cell phone with this trefoil design iPhone case. TREFOIL EARBUDS Plug in and rock out with cool trefoil earbuds!

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Find your perfect Girl Scout trend online at

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Troop News

What’s happening in Utah? From animal shelters to food pantries, our girls are making a world of difference Tis’ the Season!

“We are thrilled that these young leaders

Four Valley Service Unit

from our local Girl Scout Troops are helping

Girl Scouts from the Heber and Park City

Summit and Wasatch Counties,” said Rob

address the needs of hunger throughout

area partnered with the region’s food bank to collect food for the needy during the holiday season.

Center of Park City. Brenda Richards and Nancy Hornyak,

All 17 troops in the Four Valley Service Unit united over the winter months and collected 1,242 pounds of food! They also collaborated with Smith’s grocery store to donate gift cards earmarked for children’s vitamins.

Harter, Executive Director of the Christian

Girl Scout Service Unit leaders said they were honored by the participation of the community as well as the incredible effort of the 17 troops in their area. The food was distributed to food banks in Heber City, Kamas, Coalville, and Park City.

Members of Bountiful Troop 2283 deliver food, cat litter, and blankets to the Davis County Animal Shelter.

Animal Aid Davis Animal Shelter Project Armed with donated pet food, cat litter and small blankets, Junior Girl Scout Troop 2283 from Bountiful came prepared to aid, assist and apprentice at the Davis County Animal Shelter. As part of the requirements for obtaining their Bronze Award, the troop decided to focus on a project all members would have passion for: animals! Shelter employees told the girls about the services the shelter provides and showed the


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We’ll come right to your door! REQUEST A TRAINING Gather 5 of your fellow volunteers or troop members and submit a request online . Most training classes are FREE, so take advantage of 10 GGSUNow # SUNow

this opportunity to improve your Girl Scout skills! For more information contact Katie Naylor at

News | Troop

girls a photo display of animals that had

promoting pet adoptions and warning

been abused or neglected and brought

against animal abuse which will be placed

into the shelter for care.

in local businesses and schools.

The girls also saw the outdoor stables and barns that provide refuge for livestock that can no longer be cared for by their owners or have wandered away from their pens. At the time, the shelter was home to two horses and seven pigs that would be sold at auction if not claimed. In addition to donating pet supplies and

Above: Outdoor stables house livestock that will be sold at acuction. Below: Lauren, Sophie , and Hannah learn about how the shelter helps animals that are abused or neglected.

visiting the shelter, the girls made posters




News | Troop

Troop News CONTINUED Lupe – Troop 185 Salt Lake City, UT

Girls take a breather on the Colorado River.

Snow and Sun, O.W.L. Fun Outdoor Wilderness Leadership Adventures The recent Outdoor Wilderness Leadership (O.W.L.) adventures have proven that anyone can enjoy the outdoors during easy, sunny days, but Girl Scouts have the endurance to succeed even in cold conditions and unpredictable inclement weather. In the midst of January snow, Girl Scouts of Utah’s winter camping and snowshoeing expedition at Camp Cloud Rim showed girls how to appreciate all the beautiful seasons Utah has to offer. In April, GSU celebrated the oncoming spring season with a two day paddle boarding trip on the Colorado River. Gusty, cloudy conditions in Moab threatened the first day’s excursion, but the girls–from complete

We want to hear from you! If you have something to say, please submit your story and share your awesome experience! Email Digital photographs are welcome and appreciated.

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Photos by Laura Berbusse and Paddle Moab

“Girl Scout Troop 185 had a lot of fun selling Girl Scout Cookies this year. We sold 1,080 boxes in just six hours at Smiths! One person purchased 520 boxes alone! Troop 185 also went to the Winter Festival at Soldier Hollow and went skiing and tubing, and we received badges for these fun activities.”

News | Troop

beginners to experienced pro’s– pushed

“That was awesome!” said Amber, 17, of

their physical prowess and leadership

themselves onward, completing a day that

Riverton Service Unit, as she landed her

abilities. Led by experienced, trained staff,

was nothing short of epic and even included

paddle board on shore. “I would definitely

these planned adventures also promote a

a hike to a beautiful, secluded waterfall.

do that again.”

connection with nature and foster a sense of

The second day’s warm, sunny conditions

environmental stewardship.

were a welcomed reward, allowing the girls

Designed with girls in grades 6-12, O.W.L.

to complete the entire seven mile paddling

programs introduce Girl Scouts to rigorous

course with much laughter.

outdoor recreation activities, all while helping them to develop confidence in

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News | Membership Matters

Goodness-Gracious — We’re Growing! You already know Girl Scouts is a great organization. Invite your friends to join and help them discover the benefits.

achieve this goal during June and July with the following gifts: 1. Bring a Friend – If you bring a friend into Girl Scouts, both you and your friend will receive a friendship bracelet. Over 200 girls are wearing these bracelets, do you have yours? 2. Help a Troop Leader Join – Do you need some money for shopping? (Who doesn’t!?) Help another troop leader join Girl Scouts


brightest horizon. From camp counselors who

The Girl Scout Research Institute recently

Girl Scouts are

inspire, to troop leaders that mentor – Girl

conducted a national study with nearly 3,000

more academically

Scouts provides a safe place for girls to spread

girls and discovered some interesting findings

their wings and discover themselves.

of the benefits of Girl Scouts. The most basic

Did you know?

successful than non-Girl Scouts!

irl Scouting is one of the few places

and receive a $20 gift certificate to any

where girls are challenged to dream

GSU shop.

of their loftiest future, and see the

finding was Girl Scouts are more academically This passion for Girl Scouting is why the Council

successful than non-Girl Scouts, and that

has a goal of 3 percent growth this year. The

participation in the organization leads to

more girls who are involved, means a brighter

positive leadership abilities. One startling

future for all of us. To reach this goal we need

finding of the research was that being a Girl

everyone’s support. A few Service Units have

Scout influences academic success even more

already accomplished this task and we want

than a positive student-teacher relationship.

to sincerely thank them: Cache, Frontier, Silver Meadows, Scenic View, Sanpete, Sandy,

We already know Girl Scouts have fun, and we

and First Capitol Service Units. Thank you for

now have research to support the fact that

introducing girls to this incredible organization.

Girl Scouts get better grades! Girl Scouts of Utah sincerely hopes you’ll encourage the

Many other Service Units are very close to the

people you care about to become involved

3 percent growth and the Council would like to

in Girl Scouts.

encourage your volunteers and members to

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News | Membership Matters

Girl Scout Information Meetings Every month there are information meetings about how great it is to be involved in Girl Scouts. From St. George to Ogden, we make it convenient to be a volunteer or Girl Scout. Attend one of our Girl Scout Information Meetings held throughout the state! Service Center day/time/locations

St. George and Cedar City day/time/locations

First Saturday of each month, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Third Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

• St. George Library First Saturday of each month

•N  orthern Utah

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

4161 Riverdale Road, Riverdale •S  alt Lake County

88 West 100 South, St. George • Cedar City Library

445 East 4500 South, Salt Lake City •U  tah Valley

Third Thursday of each month 6:30pm-7:30pm

215 North Center Street, American Fork

363 North 100 East, Cedar City

We invite you to bring your friends and neighbors to learn about Gril Scouting. Please go to our website: to view any updates or changes to

get online updates about information meetings

these meetings. Meetings will not be held 4th of July weekend.

Summer is a great time to join Girl Scouts!

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New troops or individual girls register and pay for 2014 and the Council will pay for your 2013 dues. YOU can get started in Girl Scouts NOW! Participate through the summer and have a blast!

Check out these fun events: June Echo Art and Innovation Etiquette Dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory July Girl Scout Lagoon Day Drawing badge workshop at Discovery Gateway August Science in the Kitchen Microscopes, Mystery and Meteors GS U N ow




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Preserving Camp Cloud Rim Land purchase creates 236-acre buffer against looming development


you’re a Girl Scout in Utah, most likely, you either have fond memories of

your best self and earn a

Camp Cloud Rim, or you’re looking forward to

Financial Literacy

making memories there sometime soon.

or Entrepreneur Patch! Alumnae have such nostalgia when they speak For detials visit our website

of summer camp it often brings a tear to their eye. The 75-year-old Camp Cloud Rim is a truly special place, and one of the most beautiful Girl Scout camps in the nation. Several years ago it became evident the Council would need to take drastic moves in order to

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News | Camp Property

buffer Camp Cloud Rim from the growth of

zone from competing interests. The land

Park City. Developers were building hotels and

purchase will preserve the spectacular lakes,

multi-million dollar homes closer and closer to

land, and wildlife habitat with the creation

the Camp, and in order to protect the serenity

of a permanent conservation easement.

and safety of our future camp goers, GSU CEO,

The easement prohibits commercial

Cathleen Sparrow, and the Board of Directors

development, preserves and protects the

decided to investigate the possibilities of

wildlife, native species, forests, meadows and

purchasing land to secure the property for

aquatic environments, as well as protects the

generations to come.

Girl Scouts of Utah camp in perpetuity.”

After several months of negotiations with

A capital campaign will be launched to help pay

Silver Islet Lake Partners, LLC, which owned a

for the property. “Securing this property would

large parcel that abuts the camp, they agreed

not have been possible without the dedicated

to sell 236 acres with a few conditions, all of

staff, volunteers, and partners who are truly

which were amenable to GSU. The conditions

committed to Utah’s Girl Scouts; we sincerely

stipulated the land remain pristine with limited

thank each of you for your dedication to this

development by the Girl Scouts, and that the

cause,” said Sparrow.

plants and animals be protected. Sparrow said, “I am very happy to announce the purchase of this property. We’re protecting hundreds of acres of open space

75 year traditi o n



100% N ature c o nservati o n

for generations to come and creating a buffer

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Girl Scouts Collaborate on Cabin Construction New Trefoil cabins designed by local Girl Scouts and the University of Utah


year, the University of Utah School of Architecture approached GSU with an

exciting opportunity: “What if we partnered with Girl Scouts and lent our design expertise to build new cabins? And while teaching the girls about engineering and architecture, we could get their input and feedback?” Of course, Lisa HardinReynolds, Girl Scouts of Utah’s Chief Operating Officer enthusiastically jumped at the opportunity! It’s just a fact that girls generally don’t have the opportunities to witness first-hand the process of erecting a building. But

Inagural summer for new cabins at Trefoil Ranch Five years ago, Girl Scouts of Utah approached the Geroge S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation about funding three cabins at Trefoil Ranch. This June, thanks to the Foundation, those cabins will be dedicated and put into use. The generous grant allowed for deteriorating tent platforms to be demolished and for three permanent, modern structures to be built in their place. The new cabins will provide a safer and more comfortable camp environment for girls, volunteers, and staff! Girl Scouts of Utah sends its sincere appreciation to the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation for their ongoing and generous support.

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two cents into building three cabins at Trefoil, which will be dedicated this summer. “During the first of many planning and design meetings, faculty and students were enthusiastically surprised by the outpouring of ideas for the cabins,” said Hardin-Reynolds. “From paint color and wall coverings, to window sizes and bathroom facilities, the girls were unafraid to give their ideas, many of which were incorporated into the cabins.”

“From paint color and wall coverings, to window sizes and bathroom facilities, the girls were unafraid to give their ideas, many of which were incorporated into the cabins.”

Photos left by Scott Blackburn right University of Utah School of Architecture

Trefoil Ranch Update

in the last year, girls in troops all across the state put their

NEWS | CAMP property

The cabins were also built with sustainability in

“Although this was a special event, it’s exactly

mind. The timber fabrication took place in Heber

what we are chartered to do: to give girls the

City, just 15 miles from the ranch, and the wood

experience of something they may not have

came from waste wood from nearby pine forests

the opportunity to do without us,” said Hardin-

that had been infested with pine beetles.

Reynolds. “I know it’s an experience they will

University of Utah School of Architecture 3D rendering of new cabins to be completed this summer. Girl Scouts played a vital role in guiding the design.

not forget, and their work will be enjoyed by The buildings were prefabricated and will

thousands of campers for decades to come.”

be shipped to Trefoil Ranch where they will be assembled on pre-formed pillars later

A special thanks to the University of Utah’s

this summer. From using the latest design

School of Architecture as well as Euclid Timber,

technology, to the actual timber being milled,

in Heber City, whose in-kind donations made

the girls watched every step of the process

this undertaking possible.

and gave great feedback too. They will be invited to see the actual construction on-site when the weather warms.

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News | Volunteer

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT | LAURIE HOVATTER How one volunteer keeps her energy and passion for Girl Scouts burning bright


hat would an airplane be without

Girl Scouting. We could never accomplish our

wings, or a book without words?

mission without our dedicated army of 4,000-

They’d be useless! Volunteers are

plus people.”

essential components of Girl Scouting that make the organization work and thrive. Jean

One volunteer, Laurie Hovatter, deserves

Smith, Director of Volunteer Services, agrees,

a special shoutout. Laurie was inspired to

“Volunteers are the backbone and spirit of

volunteer when her daughter wanted to join the Girl Scouts. Today she is a Cadette Troop Leader, as well as the SUDBUD in the Jordan Service Unit. Kammy Topham, a Volunteer and Member Coordinator who works alongside Laurie, heaped the praise, “Laurie takes great care of everything she is involved in, from her troop to the Service Unit and anything in between! I have had the pleasure of working with Laurie for three years now and look forward to many, many more! She is always willing to do what it takes including wearing the Do-Si-Do cookie costume and dancing around to get the girls excited for cookie sales.” Laurie remembers when Girl Scouts became a passion, “My first bridging ceremony was an ‘Aha!’ moment; there were Brownies along with older girls receiving their Silver and Gold Awards. Listening to their projects and Photo by Anacandy Castro

commitment to the community made me

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realize Girl Scouts was not just about patches and cookies – it’s about how each girl can make a difference in the world.” It is hard for Laurie to contain her enthusiasm for Girl Scouting. When asked what her favorite part of volunteering has been, she rattles off a

News | Volunteer

“The work

dozen different reasons, “I’ve made so many

sounds like she’ll be putting the Do-Si-Do

life-long friends. I love getting goofy, and letting

costume on for at least a few more

loose with the girls. And watching the girls’

cookie seasons!

we’re doing is

so rewarding for me.” Laurie especially enjoys

“Laurie is just a fantastic team player. When you

monumental and

watching the learning process and seeing girls

need something done, Laurie is the first to raise

grow into young women with goals and dreams.

her hand,” said Jean Smith, “Laurie’s passion

faces light up when they try something new is

exudes into the adults and girls around her—she Between family and her job, Laurie said she

is one of thousands of Girl Scout volunteers

will always make or find time for Girl Scouts.

making the world a better place.”

meaningful.” - Laurie Hovatter

“The work we’re doing is monumental and meaningful.” With that kind of passion, it



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Compromising towards Equality: HB145 Ensuring equal opporunity for Utah boys and girls

“It is important that taxpayers have the opportunity to support


any Girl Scouts of Utah members

not adhere to the principles of equality and

probably read about House Bill 145

fairness, as outlined in our state constitution.

this winter. The bill gave the public

It is important that taxpayers have the

an option to check a box on their tax refunds

opportunity to support boys and girls equally.”

to donate a small contribution to a limited

boys and girls equally.”

number of large, youth-oriented nonprofits in

The bill nearly died in committee, but over

the state. The Council felt the first draft of the

the following days, Sparrow forged ahead –

- Cathleen Sparrow

bill excluded Girl Scouts. To rectify this, and find

communicating and compromising with the

compromise, GSU worked with the sponsor of

bill’s sponsor and Legislative Attorneys to

the bill, other legislators, as well as the media to

re-draft the legislation to include Girl Scouts.

correct the omission.

On the last day of the session, the bill passed with an overwhelming majority in favor, and it

The news of the apparent exclusion reached

was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert

papers in New Jersey and Kentucky, and was

on April 1.

widely covered in Utah. Please remember to contribute a small In a packed room, in front of the Senate

donation of your state tax refund next year,

Revenue and Taxation Committee, Sparrow

it may be the easiest way to give to your

was invited to give her testimony in regards to

favorite nonprofit!

the bill: “Girl Scouts of Utah feels this bill does

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Girl Scouts on the Hill: A Legislative Recap Girl Scouts of Utah shines at Legislative 60th Session


irl Scouts have always played a role

for their own communities, and many came

in Utah’s Legislative Sessions, but

prepared to ask questions regarding issues that

this year, for the 60th Session, GSU

affected them.

decided to elevate our presence and fill our ‘docket’ in order to shine a light on all the great

From the Council level, GSU CEO, Cathleen

things Girl Scouts contribute to this state.

Sparrow, met with many of the lawmakers throughout the session, and was able to

Left Girl Scouts enjoy Advocacy day at the Utah State copitol; Right Girls learn from powerful state leaders including Representative Rebeca Chavez-Houck.

“I’m positive between

The Council started our campaign early in

crystalize the goals and mission of the Girl

the year by sending a pamphlet with key

Scout Movement. The Council also organized

advocacy points along with a box of cookies

a continental breakfast for legislators that was

to all state legislators—a little sugar can go a

very well attended. They were informed of

long way to forging bonds! On February 6 Girl

the growth and mission of GSU and two new

Scouts performed the opening flag ceremony

representatives were added to Troop 1920, an

and presented the colors. Many volunteers

honorary Girl Scout troop for Utah’s female

also assisted with the event. Later that day,

legislators. Debbie Nielson said, “I’m positive

GSU Board Chair, Debbie Nielson, along with

between the girls’ presence on the Hill, and

several Miss Media girls were interviewed by

the Council’s work, we left a very favorable

Comcast Newsmakers about the mission of

impression on the legislators.”


Girl Scouts of Utah views this work as important

- Debbie Nielson,


Girl Scouting. There were several days scheduled for girls

to raise the visibility of Girl Scouts so that

to attend hearings, take tours, and meet their

our policymakers become advocates for our

representative. After training from a lobbyist,

mission to build girls of courage, confidence,

girls were allowed to do some advocacy work

and character.

the girls’ presence on the Hill, and the Council’s work, we left a very favorable impression on the

Board Chair

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TOP Cookie Sellers

Share Secrets Their


Four Utah Girl Scouts share their tips and tricks on how to sell thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies. What inspires them and why they keep selling.

MAYA MOODY I have a big phone

In an extraordinary feat, Maya Moody

must make it happen, and she said the key is to

list with thousands of

from troop 2010 in the Box Elder Service Unit

believe in yourself, “If you really make yourself

has done something few girls have ever done

believe you can do it, others will lift you up, and

in the history of GSU by being the top cookie

join your cause!”

people, and I go door-

seller three years in a row! This year, she sold an

to-door every day.”

astounding 4,278 boxes.

-Maya Moody

Now Maya is ready to “spill the beans” with her

but she counts the life-long lessons of goal

secrets: “I have a big phone list with thousands

setting, financial skills, and public engagement

of people, and I go door-to-door every day.”

as the most important part of the program. And

Basically, she just works extremely hard! She

with a trademark Girl Scout spirit, Maya says:

says her family has always been helpful, but

“I’m not from a big town, but I can still do big

now, people in the community are also reaching


credits she earns through the cookie program,

out to help. Ultimately, however, it is Maya who

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She loves the material rewards and activity

Photo left by Zuzanna Audette

Boxes sold: 4278 Troop: 2010 Service Unit: Box elder


Christina gunderson


Boxes sold: 3516 Troop: 1123 Service Unit: tooele

UPON Learning she had tied for

through her campaign which consisted of lots

second place for most cookies sold in Utah,

of door-to-door knocking followed by many

Christina Gunderson yelled, “I really did that!?”

cookie booths (which she is already planning

From troop 1123, Christina sold 3,516 boxes and

to increase for next year). “I guess I learned

she was ecstatic to share the second place title

that when I set a goal and I try hard, I can do it.”

with fellow Tooele Service Unit member, Ashley

Christina has justifiably earned a fair amount of

Rose. The two have been in the top 10 for the

confidence through this endeavor.

past four years! Accomplishing her cookie goal is the first In the beginning, Christina wasn’t sure she

step to something even bigger: a foreign

could accomplish this amazing feat, “I really just

adventure! Christina plans to use the money

wanted to see if I could do it, but I was excited

for an educational trip through the destinations

for the challenge and wanted to be in the top

program to Europe.

three.” That excitement carried Christina


Ashley rose

Boxes sold: 3516 Troop: 61 Service Unit: Tooele Sometimes you need a little help

out, walking door-to-door in her neighborhood,

from your friends… Ashley Rose actually got

trying to talk to as many people as she could.

motivation from her cousin, who made it

Ashley even left call-back notes for people who

into the top three last year. Ashley saw how

weren’t home! She also held a lot of cookie

awesome the accomplishment was for her

booths, and ‘blinged-out’ her booth to get as

cousin and set a goal for herself. “It was just so

much attention as possible.


cool; I wanted to see if I could do it by myself!” Ashley said, “I learned that I can do absolutely Ashley, from troop 61 in the Tooele Service

anything if I set my mind to it, and believe in

Unit sold 3,516 boxes and tied for second place

myself.” So what’s next? She is excited to use

among the top sellers. Ashley’s cousin gave

her activity credits this year at camp, and all the

her a little advice: hit the pavement; so she set

fun troop events they do year around.

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Boxes sold: 3333 Troop: 361 Service Unit: Wasatch Utah Girl Scouts sell more cookies

neighborhood and community to make sure

per girl than any other Council in the Nation,

everyone had an opportunity to buy Girl Scout

thanks to girls like Kaitlyn Jarman from troop

Cookies. Her ambition stood out – she would

361 in the Wasatch Service Unit. Kaitlyn sold an

ask people who stopped by her house, and

astounding 3333 boxes!

even strangers in the store. “I wouldn’t ask, ‘do you want Girl Scout Cookies?’ I’d say, ‘Oh, you

She’s not a novice at selling cookies. She’s

KNOW you want cookies!”

been doing it for a couple years, but she said it was more of a struggle this year because the

Kaitlyn said selling Girl Scout Cookies makes

weather did not cooperate! “It seems like this

her happy, “because knowing that I’ve done

year was much harder because the weather

something that is going to help me be my best

was always so bad – and very cold.” But Kaitlyn

in the future is the best thing I could hope for

persevered and trudged her way through her

through the Cookie Program!”

Financial Literacy Program

Do you want to have it all? If so, Financial Literacy is for you. Learn to set financial goals and gain the confidence you need to ultimately take control of your financial future!

Learn more at

• Manage your Money

• Be a Responsible Customer

• Build and Manage Credit

• Increase Income

• Create a Budget

• Save and Invest

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Cookies | STATS

the 2013 Cookie


Girl Scouts sold


boxes of cookies this year, a new record! (And yes, Thin Mints are still Utah’s favorite!)

On average, Utah Girl Scouts sold


boxes of cookies this year. That is the highest per-girl average sales in the nation!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the leading entrepreneurial program for girls in the United States. The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches business and life skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, marketing, and business ethics. By putting her mind and energies into something, a Girl Scout can overcome any challenge. There are no limits. She can be anything. She can do anything.




girls sold more than

girls sold more than

boxes of cookies

boxes of cookies

Top 3



of troops sell cookies

It would take approximately

Alta Service Unit

6859 cases 82,308 boxes

Service Unit Sellers Suncrest Service Unit

cookie dates*

Mark your calendars!

Thin Mints lined up side by side to reach across the state of Utah, (north to south)!

8581 cases 102,972 boxes

Tooele Service Unit



6441 cases 77,292 boxes

2013 Oct. 1 SUCM Agreements Due to Council Nov. 1 TCM Agreements Due to Council Nov. - Jan. 17, 2014 Cookie Manager Training Dates

2014 Jan. 13-17

Parent/Girl Training

Jan. 18 - Feb. 2

Girl Order-Taking

Mar. 1-14

Cookie Delivery

Mar. 14-30

Cookie Booths

Jun. 7

Cookie Celebration

*Dates are subject to change

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Still Giving, 25 Years Later A Tribute to Debbie Nielson


ith 2,600 active volunteers, Girl

the face of Girl Scouting, as well as other

Scouts of Utah has one of the

nonprofits around the state!

largest volunteer armies in the

state, and one of the most passionate too!

As a Girl Scout volunteer for more than 25

Our volunteers come from every background,

years, Debbie has served in many capacities:

every creed, and touch every part of the state.

troop leader, regional volunteer director, trainer

No matter what their contribution is, every

and now Board Chair. And yes, she was even a

volunteer is important.

Girl Scout in her native Wisconsin.

Debbie Nielson’s mark on Girl Scouts of Utah is

As Board Chair she provides support and

indelible. Her contribution to every facet and

direction for the 12,000 members

level of this organization will never be forgotten.

across the state, but there are three

As Debbie’s six year tenure as Chair person of

major projects she oversaw during

the Board of Directors comes to a close this

her tenure which she deserves

August, we felt it was a good time to recognize

special recognition for:

one of our volunteers who has truly changed




The 2014 Girl Scout National

Another huge accomplishment for

Debbie also chaired a capitol campaign

Convention will be held in Salt Lake

Nielson was the acquisition of 236

in early 2000 to build new facilities at

City, bringing tens of thousands of

acres of pristine wilderness adjacent

Trefoil Ranch. The original structures

Girl Scouts from around the globe to

to Camp Cloud Rim, above Park

had been there for over 40 years and

Utah. Held only every three years,

City. Encroachment on the camp

were falling down on themselves.

Nielson intensely lobbied the national

made the purchase mandatory for the

Her spirit and tenaciousness raised

committee to approve Salt Lake City

safety of Girl Scouts. Negotiations

2.5 million dollars for a new lodge,

over Portland and Orlando. The once

with competing interests were very

classroom, and restroom facility; all

in a lifetime event will bring national

intense, but Debbie helped finalize the

dedicated in 2003.

exposure to Utah.

purchase in December, 2012.

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Spotlight | 25 year tribute

“We have to invest in our children, this is how we will change the world.” Debbie makes an effort to engage with volunteers and members as often as possible, supporting statewide recognition events, camp activities, and special programs. She understands the powerful effect one positive role model can have on influencing a child’s life. She has dedicated countless hours to providing meaningful Girl Scout experiences. It’s impossible to measure Debbie’s contribution to Girl Scouting in Utah, and yet she still finds time to give to many other organizations, including serving on the Board of the Rotary Club of Ogden, and also a past member of the Utah Foster Care Citizen Review Board. Debbie often says, “We have to invest in our children, this is how we will change the world.” Her daily life entombs this mantra. She’s an authentic leader who loves to serve with no thought of financial or personal reward. Her services to organizations around the state have been vast, but nowhere has she made quite the contribution like Girl Scouts of Utah.

Photo by Zuzanna Audette

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Register Online Girl Scouts of Utah is going digital Site Surfing Tips You’ve probably noticed – we’re going digital. Our technical world is speeding forward and Girl Scouts of Utah is jumping on board. Your Summer Camp catalog, Program catalog (formerly “Fun Stuff”), and all registration is now exclusively online.

1) Visit 2) Click on the “register” button and create a user name and login (if you don’t already have one) 3) Sign up for all your favorite Girl Scout events and activities.

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Program | New Initiatives

four new


We believe Girls can change the world for good. Our four new initiatives provide the tools, programming, and knowledge to empower girls to make the world a better place. GS U N ow


Program | New Initiatives


self-worth, team building, reflection, and healthy lifestyle choices You will be able to participate in numerous opportunities to learn about, and experience, what it means to live well today. From anti-bullying techniques to healthy media consumption, together we’ll discover ways to increase your well-being! You will discover the value of your physical, social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being through activities focused on selfesteem, team building, reflection, and healthy lifestyle choices. Learning to be healthy has never been so fun! Contact: M  indy Harmon at or call 801-891-8379

It’s never too late to learn how to BFF (Be a Friend First)! You can find the right words to stop bullying once and for all. Check out the cool activities Girl Scouts of Utah is offering through our Healthy Living Initiative. When you know how to resolve conflicts, you can be the first to say, “It doesn’t have to be like this!” You’ll gain the confidence to be a better friend and have better friends, too. Contact Mindy Harmon to learn how to bring this program to your school.

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more programs online

Find a full listing of quality Girl Scouts of Utah programs online at

Program descriptions, dates, fees, locations, and all registration are now exclusivly online!

Drawing Badge Workshop for Juniors

Art is communication and expression; it is about discovering yourself through creativity. See what you can accomplish through the visual art of drawing. Spend an afternoon at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum studying the diverse techniques and styles of drawing. Learn about shading, perspective, and experiment with different mediums and materials. During this class you will create your own masterpiece, which will then be put on display in the museum. You will also leave with your own artist portfolio. Get ready to see where your artistic side leads you! Girls gain confidence as they express themselves through art. You will complete the requirements for the Drawing badge. Fee includes art supplies, admission into the museum, and Drawing Badge. DATE June 18, 2013 TIME 3-6 p.m. GRADES 4-5; Adults LOCATION Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum FEE $15 per girl; free for adults LIMIT 32 DEADLINE June 4, 2013

Girl Scout Open House at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures

Join us at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures for a day of learning and fun! Explore and participate in hands-on activities. Current exhibitions include Entwined: A Vibrant Heritage of the Modern Maya, featuring textiles from the Maya people in Guatemala and Mexico, and Concealing Faces: Revealing Expressions, featuring masks from Mexico. Relating to other cultures prepares girls to develop healthy relationships. The event is free, but you need to register in advance. DATE July 12, 2013 TIME 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. GRADES K–12; Families, and Friends LOCATION BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures FEE FREE LIMIT 200 DEADLINE July 10, 2013

I’m drawing my own creative masterpiece!

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OUTDOOR explore the world around you and become a confident camper Do you camp? Well we do! So come explore the world around you, whether in your own backyard, a mountain range, the deserts of Utah, or at Girl Scouts of Utah’s awesome summer camps, mini-camps, and rental opportunities. Whether you are new at this or a seasoned nature aficionado, GSU is here with resources and training to make you a confident camper. Summer Camp contact: Amber Kuecker at or call 801-891-8384 Outdoor contact: Carly Cahoon at or call 801-716-5089

The Nature Experience There is a lot of research-based evidence showing significant changes in childhood relating to girl’s experiences in nature. A recent Outdoor Foundation study found a significant decline in girl’s participation in outdoor recreation. The Nature Conservancy also surveyed children to understand their connection with nature. They found: • 88% of children reported using a computer almost every day, while only 11% of children reported visiting a local park or natural area almost every day. • 86% of children said that it is “cool” to do things that protect the environment • 90% of children who spent time outside said being in nature and taking part in outdoor activities helped relieve stress. Spending time in nature has proved to reduce behavioral problems, and improve moods, attention spans and short term memory. Girl Scouts of Utah offers many programs that teach about the natural world in a new and innovative way. Girls can come to summer resident camp or attend one of our weekend minicamps for a nature experience. Troops have the opportunity to rent a cabin at one of our camps and create their own, unique memories. The Outdoor initiative doesn’t just mean sleeping in the dirt; it’s about utilizing our natural playground that is all around us while learning life lessons and skills.

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Wilderness Warriors – He and Me Minicamp

Canoe Adventure – U.E.A. Weekend

Do you have what it takes to be a Wilderness Warrior? If so, grab your favorite adult male and get ready for an epic weekend at Camp Cloud Rim! We will cook dinner outside then spend the rest of the night learning about and making your own camouflage, learning about nocturnal animals, and playing night games. Wake up early for an optional polar bear dip or a sunshine hike to Mt. Majestic. Spend your day doing activities such as: geocaching, paddling on the lake, hiking, learning to build fires, and so much more!

Spend your fall break enjoying the sunshine and the amazing Fall weather as you take on a four day, three night canoe trip on the Green River in Labyrinth Canyon. By the end of this adventure you’ll feel confident in your backcountry and paddling skills. Transportation is provided from the Girl Scout office in Salt Lake City to Labyrinth Canyon. This is a beginner trip so no canoe or camping experience is necessary.

DATE Sept. 20-21 or Sept. 21-22, 2013 TIME Friday at 5:30 p.m. to Saturday at 3 p.m. or Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to Sunday at 3 p.m. GRADES K-12, Adults LOCATION Cloud Rim FEE $45 per person (fee includes t-shirt) LIMIT 70 per session DEADLINE September 6, 2013

DATE October 16-20 TIME Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m. GRADES 6–12 LOCATION Labyrinth Canyon FEE $300 per person LIMIT 16 DEADLINE October 2

We have so much fun outside!

more programs online Find a full listing of quality Girl Scouts of Utah programs online at

Program descriptions, dates, fees, locations and all registration are now exclusivly online!

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Program | New Initiatives

ADVOCACY environmental stewardship, government and civic engagement, human rights and social justice The Advocacy initiative inspires girls to lead with courage, confidence, and character to identify their passions and interests to make a lasting and impactful change in the world. The initiative focuses on Environmental Stewardship, Government and Civic Engagement, and Human Rights and Social Justice. Contact: Brandy Strand at or call 801-716-5160

Be counted and be heard! How often have you seen something that really needed to be changed and wondered, “Why isn’t someone doing something about that?” Girls have a lot to say about what matters most in their lives and are savvy in developing creative solutions to address those issues. In Girl Scouting, we view advocacy as a critical leadership skill for girls. Participating in advocacy activities can be very empowering, especially when you realize your ability to influence change. Come participate in our Advocacy activities and learn about the many issues our world is facing and how you can make a change in the world! Some upcoming activities include A Day Without, Making Waves, and our U.E.A. Staycation.

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I’m learning how to be “green.”

A Day Without

U.E.A. Staycation

Awaken your inspirations to make a change in the world. This event will open up a discussion of what other people live without that many of us take for granted. Walk without shoes, build a home with cardboard, experience the feeling of breathing with one lung, and the pains of hunger. Girls will participate in activities that are hands-on and people of all ages will be inspired to help others.

Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes are invited to go on an urban hiking adventure in Salt Lake City. Ride TRAX throughout the Salt Lake Valley for two days and learn the importance of being “Green.” On Thursday we will visit the University of Utah’s College of Engineering and the College of Science where we will probe into the vortex of our imaginations. Afterwards we will explore the great outdoors and our expansive changing Fall colors. Friday will take us into the world of living healthy where we will taste and experience the realms of making good choices. We will end our day with discovering the role of government, its impact on our community, and how YOU can get involved and make the change you see is needed in our world. Girls will need to bring a lunch both days. Juniors can start earning the Independence Badge and Cadettes can start earning the Eating for Beauty Badge. This will be a Staycation to remember!

DATE September 14, 2013 TIME 12-4 p.m. GRADES K-12 LOCATION Brigham City FEE $15 per girls, free for adults LIMIT 100 DEADLINE August 31, 2013 more programs online

DATE October 17 and/or October 18, 2013 TIME A.M. Extended Care 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Full Day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. P.M. Extended Care 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. GRADES 4-8 LOCATION A.M. and P.M. Extended Care: CRC, Salt Lake City 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Salt Lake area FEE A.M. Extended Care: $5 per day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. program: $25 per day P.M. Extended Care: $5 per day LIMIT 30 DEADLINE October 2, 2013

Did you know? We know what’s important to girls right now and what factors contribute to their future success. Our progrmas are research based. To register visit

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Program | New Initiatives

STEM science, technology, engineering, and math STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) helps girls develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills that are useful in all careers and life pursuits. Studies have shown the earlier a girl is introduced to STEM-related fields, the more interested she’ll be in them when she grows up! Contact: Allie Clark at or call 801-716-5132

more programs online Find a full listing of quality Girl Scouts of Utah programs online at

Program descriptions, dates, fees, locations and all registration are now exclusivly online!

Push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around you with an inquisitive eye! Discover your hidden strengths as a scientist, explorer, or chemist! Our STEM initiative provides girls with an opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Whether you discover how a car engine works, how the universe runs, or what makes the hear beat, you’ll have fun experiencing new adventures and truly understanding the natural world around you!

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Junior FIRST® Lego® Summer Team

Microscopes, Mystery, and Meteors

Join the Girl Scout summer Lego® team and uncover the fun! Become a mad scientist as you explore the science of nature’s fury. Be an engineer as you investigate simple machines. Build a model made with Lego® elements and a motorized part. Best of all, invite your friends and family to see what you have learned at the end of the session. Discover cool, new things about yourself and the world, make new friends, and learn how to solve problems. Needed: Two volunteer event assistants or Volunteers–in– Training.

Explore the world of science and technology with the Girl Scouts! Be a detective while examining fingerprints and learning crime scene investigation techniques. Do a dissection and discover the world at a microscopic level. Rock out at a star party and examine the night sky through a telescope. Create a unique mechanism to protect an egg from breaking after being hurled from a bridge. Savor the taste of homemade ice cream made with your friends. Choose two exciting workshop options. Juniors have a chance to earn part of the Detective Badge and Cadettes can earn parts of the Special Agent and Night Owl Badges. Enjoy dinner and awesome giveaways. Badges available for purchase at any Girl Scout Shop.

DATE July 3-August 7 (weekly), 2013 TIME 5:30-6:30 p.m. GRADES 1-3 LOCATION CRC, Salt Lake City FEE $10 per girl, free for adults LIMIT 25 DEADLINE June 26, 2013

DATE August 9, 2013 TIME 4:30-9 p.m. GRADES 4-8 LOCATION University of Utah campus FEE $15 per girl; free for adults LIMIT 70 DEADLINE July 26, 2013

You won’t believe what I discovered!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Delve into the exciting world of digital movies. Learn both the art and science behind the craft to earn your Digital Arts Badge. You’ll work with industry experts, gain insider knowledge on all the latest trends and techniques, and master cutting edge technologies all while creating your very own short film! Badges available for purchase at any Girl Scout Shop.

DATE July 13, 2013 TIME 1-3 p.m. GRADES 6-8 LOCATION The Leonardo Museum FEE $15 per girl; free for adults LIMIT 25 DEADLINE June 28, 2013

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“I love coming back to Girl Scout Camp each summer because I get to meet new people, try new things, and I get to discover things that I’m good at. I definitely gained self-esteem and courage by going to camp. Camp also helped me learn a lot of people skills. Girls that have not gone to camp before really should try it; you learn things like how to start a fire, camp songs and it’s just plain fun!” — Alexandra “Einstein”


“We choose to send “Einstein” to camp each

summer because she simply loves being at Girl

Scout Camp! We make a deal every year that she

needs to earn one camp by herself and we will

help fund the other one. Camp gives her a place to

meet new people, discover new skills and escape

from her brothers. We’ve seen “Einstein” bloom

into a goal-oriented young woman due to her camp

experiences, and gain confidence in herself and her

abilities. Moreover, she plans to be a camp counselor

when she is old enough.”

— Jen and Tim

See what campers and their parents have to say about Camp

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It’s your adventure Live it!




/ Which Camp

Include your camper in the decision process

Find the full listing of camps online at Register today!

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Experience is Right for You? From simple outdoor activities to troop camping to resident camp, there is a progressive experience developed in Girl Scouts.

All camping opportunities provide girls and

child to experiences outdoors and away from

adults with enjoyable, progressive learning

home to build her confidence. Before selecting

experiences in the outdoors. The activities we

a resident camp program, make sure your child

do at camp encourages a sense of stewardship

has had success sleeping overnight away from

and inspire an appreciation of nature.

home without parent or guardian contact.

When deciding which camp experience is right

The following list is a suggested guideline for

for you and your child, please include her in

helping you to decide what camping experience

the decision-making process. Have her try a

is best for your child. To further help you with

backyard campout, a sleepover at a friend’s

your decision, take the “Are You Ready for

house, or camping with her troop. Expose your

Camp?” quiz on page 44.





Day Camps

Troop Camping at Resident Camp

Resident Camp

Girl Scouts of Utah’s day camps are

Girls spend three days and two nights

Girls register individually for a camp program and are

organized and facilitated by Service

at Trefoil Ranch or Camp Cloud Rim

placed in units according to their ages and the program in

Units (geographic areas managed by

with their troop. They come to camp

which they are participating. Girls may choose to come by

volunteers). Day camps vary in location,

with girls and adults they already know.

themselves or with a buddy.

time of day, length of program,

They will enjoy traditional camp activities

and theme.*

while getting comfortable in the outdoor


environment. Please contact your Troop

• If it is your child’s first time at camp, have her try a three

day, two night program such as Little Rainbows, Bits and Pieces, or Try It You’ll Like It. • If your child has been to camp before or is comfortable

Leader(s) for more information.

being away from home for the week, have her try a six day, five night program such as Sunshine and Squirrels, Trail Mix, Archers of the Forest, Shutterbugs, or Cookout

You and Me Mini-Camps Girls spend a night or two at an introductory camp program with their favorite adult companion. These programs are designed to help your child prepare

*For more information on specific


programs in each category, please visit

• If your child can’t get enough of camp, have her try one (Programs and Camp

of our longer sessions such as Pottery Pro, LEAP, Hard

tab, Camp tab).

Hats and Horse Sense, or Range Riders.

to attend camp on her own in the future.

find camps online

Consider attending the You and Me MiniCamp programs in June or the Fall.*

View the full summer camp catalog at


(Programs and Camp tab, Camp tab). Camper

“What makes me excited about camp is I get to ride horses, make new friends, sing songs, and do crafts. I want to come back to camp because the crafts are awesome and the counselors are energetic, nice, and very fun. I like to be on camper council [2013 camp planning committee] because I like to spend time with my friends and share ideas.” — Chloe “Stitch”


“ ‘Stitch’ has grown so much each summer she

has gone to camp. She comes home every time

with great stories about new friends, fun counselors,

and wonderful experiences. Each year she is a little

reluctant at first to be away from home for so many

nights, but she always goes and is glad she did. Camp

is a wonderful, fun, safe place for the girls to learn

independence in a good environment.”

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Are You Ready for Camp? Camp can be a life-changing event in a girl’s life. It provides her with a taste of independence, new friends and adventures, as well as the values, skills, and confidence to help guide her in the

Are you ready? Take the quiz and find out

future. If you’re not sure if you and your child are ready for camp, take the quiz below to find out! Circle the answer that best describes how you feel. Add each circled number to get your score.

/ Girl Quiz 1 = “No Way! “

2 = “Maybe” 3 = “You Betcha!”

1. Do you enjoy staying overnight at a friend’s house without missing your family or feeling sad/lonely? 2. Can you shampoo and brush/comb your own hair? 3. Can you make your own bed and keep track of your own things? 4. Would you be okay if you had to walk to a nearby building to use the bathroom at night? 5. Would you be okay sleeping in a tent/cabin with other girls knowing your counselors are in a nearby tent/cabin? 6. Can you see bugs and mice without jumping up on a chair and screaming? 7. Can you survive without an iPod, TV, video games, computer, and cell phone for a week? 8. Are you willing to help with Kapers (camp chores) such as sweeping, setting tables, and picking up trash? 9. Will you try new foods that might be different than what you eat at home? 10. Do you like to try new things? 11. Do you easily make new friends and warm up to new environments? 12. Do you enjoy participating in group activities? 13. Do you enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, playing outside, sleeping in a tent, and listening to nature? 14. Can you live by the Girl Scout Law? 15. Are you REALLY excited to go to camp?!? Total Score Girl Quiz Results 15-25 This summer a Day Camp, You & Me Mini-camp, or Troop Camp would be just right for you! Get ready for resident camp next summer by experiencing the fun and excitement of camp during the day or overnight with your troop or favorite adult. 26-35 You’re confident and ready to give camp a go! This summer try a 3-day program on your own or a 6-day program with a buddy. Get ready to have a blast and experience the magic of camp! 36-45 If you’re not already a camping pro, you’re going to be a natural! You love adventure, trying new things, and making new friends. It sounds like you’re ready to take on a full week or more of resident camp this summer!

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/ Adult Quiz 1 = “No Way! “

2 = “Maybe” 3 = “You Betcha!”

1. Can YOU relax and enjoy yourself when your child sleeps overnight at a friend’s house? 2. Would you be OK communicating with your child only by mail? 3. Are you prepared to be away from your child for several days? 4. Are you willing to entrust the camp staff with the care of your child? 5. Are you comfortable with your child living and playing in a rustic, outdoor setting where she will get dirty and it might rain/snow? 6. Would you be willing to work with your child so she will be prepared for camp (i.e. coping when feeling homesick, keeping track of her own things, using her camping gear)? Are you confident in your child’s ability to: 7. Shampoo, brush/comb her own hair? 8. Sleep in a tent/cabin with other girls knowing her counselors are in a nearby tent/cabin? 9. Eat new foods that she has never tried before? 10. Make new friends and accept others who are different from her? 11. Follow instructions given by counselors? 12. Ask for help if she needs it? 13. Have FUN? Total Score Adult Quiz Results 12-19  Your child (and you) might not be quite ready for resident camp. Consider attending a You and Me Mini-Camp with her or trying a Day Camp experience. Coming to camp with your child is a great way to prepare for resident camp next summer. 20-28 You’re ready to send your child to resident camp! Start off with a 3-day program if you’re still not sure. Attending the Open House will help you and your child prepare. 29-36 Y  ou’ve done this before, haven’t you? You are confident in our child’s abilities and willing to help her prepare for camp. You and your child are ready for a camp session lasting 6-days or longer!

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/ Camp Cloud Rim Camp Cloud Rim sits at an elevation of 9,200 feet near Park City, nestled in aspen and pine on the shores of Lake Brimhall. The Camp has beautiful facilities, including a lodge and shower house, as well as electricity, hot water, and flush toilets. Girls live in nearby cabins or platform tents with staff located nearby. Depending on the camp session, campers may participate in canoeing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, photography, pottery, rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking. All waterfront programs are subject to weather conditions.

/ Trefoil Ranch Trefoil Ranch is located on 123 acres of beautiful ranch country tucked away in Provo Canyon. Trefoil Ranch has amazing facilities, including a lodge, ranch house, and bunk house, as well as showers, electricity, how water, and flush toilets. Campers sleep in platform tents or dormitory style rooms with staff located nearby. Trefoil Ranch is home to over 25 horses. Depending on the camp session, girls can enjoy horseback riding instruction, high and low ropes courses, archery, biking, hiking, and other camp activities.



“I love coming back to Girl Scout camp because I get to meet a lot of new friends, and you get to do a lot of awesome, challenging activities. From this program I’ve become

“Talina has grown from a shy girl to a very outgoing,

more outgoing among the peers around me and I’m not

helpful young woman in thanks to Girl Scout

as shy when I meet a new person. I have gained patience, confidence, and especially problem-solving skills. Everyone at camp is trustworthy and when you leave you will never forget the experience you would have because it is amazing!” — Talina “Nuziq”


camp and the Leadership Program. I have seen

her self-confidence rise with every activity she has

been involved with. She started as a girl just going to

camp, now she is in the leadership program, working her

way up. I think every girl out there needs to have some

experience with camp because it helps them grow from a

child to a young woman to adulthood.”

— Ladea

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/ ACA Accreditation

/ Outdoor Program Team

Trefoil Ranch and Camp Cloud Rim are

Amber “Frog” Kuecker

proud to be accredited by the American

Amber is Girl Scouts of Utah’s Outdoor Program Manager and Camp Cloud

Camp Association (ACA) and meet its

Rim Director. Amber graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A.

high standards for program design

in Leisure, Youth and Human Services with emphases in Outdoor Recreation

and activities, site and food service,

and Programming. Amber has an extensive background in leading multi-day

transportation, health and wellness,

backpacking and kayaking trips as well as facilitating leadership and teambuilding

operation management, and human

programs. She has worked in youth organizations as an Outdoor Instructor, Youth

resources. In addition, both camps

Sports Supervisor, Director of Campus Recreation and Ropes Course, and Youth

follow all guidelines recommended

Associate. This will be Amber’s eleventh summer working with Girl Scout camps and

by GSUSA in Safety Activity

her third directing Camp Cloud Rim.

Checkpoints and Girl Scouts Sites and Facilities.

Carly “Tangerine” Cahoon Carly is Girl Scouts of Utah’s Outdoor Program Specialist and oversees Trefoil Ranch’s summer camp program. Carly graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Experiential Education and Adventure Outdoor Programming. She has worked in various youth organizations as Camp Director, Program Director, and Mentor. She loves all things outdoors and enjoys teaching about the benefits of balancing your life with nature.

Nancy “Journey” Pianka Nancy is Girl Scouts of Utah’s Trefoil Ranch Director. While this will be her first summer at Trefoil Ranch, Nancy has 20 seasons of Girl Scout Camp experience and is a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts. She has coordinated and directed resident and day camps in four states. She is also an active volunteer for Boy Scouts. Nancy values the outdoor camp experience and is excited to share camp with Utah Girl Scouts and their families.

Camp Staff Our counselors are energetic and caring role models who are carefully selected by the Camp Directors based on their talents, skills, and experience. Staff members are recruited from various colleges, local community agencies, and Girl Scout referrals. Our counselors receive an intense week of staff training where they are taught: risk management, program development, Girl Scout program and philosophy, age level characteristics, environmental education, behavior management, outdoor skills, and much more. Those counselors working in high adventure programs receive additional training specific to their activity areas. Staff are CPR and First Aid certified.

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Photos: Monty Brinton/CBS


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SURVIVING SURVIVOR Two time Survivor Contestant, Former Girl Scout, and Brigham Young University English Professor, Dawn Meehan, shares her secrets to a happy and successful life


awn Meehan knows a thing or two

compete in the show’s most recent season,

about courage, confidence, and

Survivor Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites.

character. In 2011, the Brigham

Young University English Professor, and mother

This time, Dawn didn’t hold back. She fought

of six was whisked away to the islands of

even harder, played a more aggressive game,

Samoa as a contestant on the CBS reality show,

and outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted her

Survivor: South Pacific.

way to the final three!

After initially struggling with the elements, Dawn

Now that she’s home in South Jordan, Dawn

persevered by drawing on the skills she learned

is sharing the secrets of how she endured

as a Girl Scout. She worked hard, won challenges,

the entire 39 day game of Survivor, what her

and made personal connections that took her

experiences have taught her about life, and what

deep into the game. Even though she didn’t win

advice she has for Utah Girl Scouts who might

the million dollar prize, her appearance was so

want to follow in her adventurous footsteps.

memorable that producers asked her back to



WHAT I’VE LEARNED: Continued Survivor

Dawn’s 13 Pearls of Wisdom Remember, You’re Stronger


hold 140lbs on my shoulders. My brain told me “you can’t do this.” But guess what? With some encouraging words from other players, and sincere PUSHING past doubt, I was able to do it. That lesson was life-changing for me. I now know that not only am I much stronger than I ever realized; I now know that YOU ARE ALSO STRONGER THAN YOU REALIZE. Take Really Good Care of Your Physical Body. Get plenty of sleep. Drink lots of water. And eat a healthy diet. Your body is an incredible machine when you are good to it. It’s Okay To Cry. Be Forgiving—Of Yourself and Others. Plan on making mistakes in life. Plan on other people making mistakes. And plan now to be a person that extends forgiveness. Always. The world would be a much happier place if we were all willing to forgive more readily. (continuted on page 52)

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one I share with everyone I meet. You

beginning, episode 1! I believe the game

can do so much more than you know!


harsh living conditions.

the limit. I had no idea what challenge where I literally had to

I have been a fan of Survivor since the

off the land and trying to survive the

physical body was pushed to

capable than we know or realize. It’s a lesson that has come home with me,

wanted to see how well I would do living

In the game of Survivor, my

learned that we are all so much more

on Survivor?

is an incredible metaphor for life. And I

Than You Know.

I was capable of until I ran a

What appealed to you about competing


What surprised you the most about the experience?

What did you learn from your first time on Survivor that contributed to your game on the second season?


The first time I played I learned that it really is a game! I think I played the first time very worried about other people

I think I’ve been most surprised at just

and their games. The second time I

how strong the human spirit is. I mean

played, I tried my best to play a more

everyone–everyone–who plays the

individual game (meaning, to watch out

game has to face incredible mental and

for myself as well as others). I also KNEW

physical challenges. And literally every

that I could overcome challenges, so I

person learns that they are so much

was less afraid the second time I played.

stronger than they know! It’s powerful to

That was super helpful!

learn just what you are capable of. I have

Spotlight | What I’ve learned

Left Dawn with Survivor: Caramoan winner John Cochran Above Dawn receives the immunity necklace from host Jeff Probst


What is your advice to local Girl Scouts who might want to follow in your adventurous footsteps?


I think every Girl Scout should have adventure in her life! HOW you define that word is unique to you. But, no matter who you are–or what your


What is your favorite memory of Girl

my mom was involved in the program


as a leader. I learned so much from her. I


To be honest, my favorite memories of

I think the most important thing I learned

Girl Scouting are the friendships.

though, was how to set and accomplish


Did any part of your Girl Scout

my whole life: education, marriage,

experience help you out while competing

parenthood ... Survivor!

circumstances are–you can live a life full of adventure and growth. My advice is to set a goal, learn about the challenges you’ll face, prepare yourself accordingly, and GO FOR IT!

learned so much from my other leaders.

goals. And that laid a foundation for

on Survivor?


Girl Scouting gave me confidence in my abilities as a female–at an early age (I began with Brownies). I am so thankful

Do you know an inspiring woman with a unique background? Nominate her to do a “What I’ve Learned” article, and she could be featured in an upcoming issue of GSU Now! Send submissions to Nathan Measom at



WHAT I’VE LEARNED: Continued Survivor

Choose Good Friends: Because When You

people, travel, run, scream out loud—use all of

Our job is to just weather it—and

Smell, And Your Friends Smell, You Don’t

your senses to enjoy life.

appreciate the good as it comes.

On Survivor, we are without any toiletries

Remember, You’re Never Alone.

Use Your Words To Build

(toothbrush, toilet facilities, deodorant,

Even when you feel alone, like you’re deserted

People Up.

etc.) for 39 days! What does that mean? It

on an island (ha), you’re never alone. You’re

Unless you’re in danger, I really

means we smell. (Eeek!) But you know what?

part of a human family that needs you and

believe your words should only

I never knew I smelled because I was with

cares about you.

be used to encourage and build

Know You Smell.

people up.

other people who smelled like me! Then, my husband came to a family visit (he was

Accept That Life Will Be Full Of Highs And

showered) and I realized, “Oh, I smell horrible.”


So, my one big “aha” moment from Survivor

Don’t take any of life’s hard times personally.

was, “make sure you are around all different

The sun shines and the clouds rain on us all.

types of people—it helps you to SEE what you are really like.” (It’s a metaphor of sorts: you don’t know how bad you smell if you are around people who also smell.) Just Try Your Best. Everyone has different strengths and limitations. Everyone. Just try YOUR best. Create Challenges For Yourself. I think many of us take the “easy road” in life. We’re a little afraid to try hard things. But we need challenges in order to grow. We’re like seeds that need to push through soil in order to thrive. So try to push fear aside and face challenges in life head-on. And create challenges, too. There’s no better feeling than facing a hard challenge and overcoming it. Laugh A Lot. Don’t take life too seriously. Be willing to let things go. Laugh at your successes, as well as your mistakes. (Just don’t laugh at other people. Remember, they’re trying their best.) Don’t Spend Too Much Time Staring At A Screen. Be a DOER in life, not just a WATCHER. Get out there and see the world in person. Meet

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Be Generous. Below Dawn fights during an immunity challenge.

Alumnae | Events

Photos by Stephanie Jensen


Girl Scout Alumnae gather to celebrate their Girl Scout pride at the local cinema bar, Brewvies.


ore than 100 Girl Scouts of Utah Alumnae attended a boisterous reception with appetizers and wine at Brewvies Cinema in January. Following the reception, a free viewing of the hilarious “Troop Beverly Hills” was shown. Alumnae young and old connected and made new friends.

Yoga Night


tretching, Sweating, and Socializing — sound like fun? Members of our Alumnae Association recently got together for a girls-night-out yoga

Photos by Annie Cutler

class hosted by Salt Lake Power Yoga. After an hour-long session, guests relaxed with healthy snacks and cold mimosas while mingling with their fellow Girl Scout Alumnae.

We’re always looking for ideas for fun Alumnae

Girl Scout Alumnae refresh their bodies and spirits with Salt Lake Power Yoga.

Events! If you have ideas or opportunities that you’d like to share with our Alumnae group, please contact Nathan at

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Alumnae | Events

Tough Cookie Award recipient, Donna McAleer (center), her daugher Carly (left) and Diane Bracey (right) enjoy the opening reception of the Annual International Women’s Day celebration at The Complex.

International Women’s Day International Women’s Day is celebrated in Afghanistan and Zambia, and almost 1,000 locations in between. The only celebration in Utah was on March 7 at the Complex Event Center, presented by Girl Scouts of Utah!

social achievements of women past, present, and future with a silent auction, delicious dinner, cocktails, live music, and Girl Scout Cookie desserts. The event was also an opportunity to award Girl Scouts of Utah’s first Tough Cookie honoree, Donna McAleer. The award was created to honor women who are proven role models for girls. West Point graduate, Army veteran, award-winning author, and 2012 Congressional candidate, McAleer certainly qualifies. McAleer said, “Girl Scouts helped me face my fears. The fear of failing, the fear of disappointment, the fear of rejection; it taught me to get out of my chair and go hike that mountain!” Twelve-year-old Girl Scout, Kelly Lopez, another speaker, vocalized the intent of this year’s International Women’s Day when she humbly stated, “This organization encourages me to be a confident and proud leader. I don’t wait

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Photos by Kelli Bramble of Pepper Nix


he gala honored the economic, political, and

Alumnae | events

for things to change; I make change happen!� The crowd roared to their feet to applaud Kelly’s amazing speech given with such great conviction. Clockwise left to right: Mara Harwood, event co-chair, and Nathan Measom; Erin Stone, event co-chair, presenting the Tough Cookie Award to Donna McAleer; Champagne dress greets attendees; A local troop of Girl Scouts enjoying the evening; Beautiful decor provided by Events by LMG and local florists.

The event was sold-out with more than 400 attendees and raised $75,000. This event was made possible by the generous support from: Prince Yeates, Events by LMG, Questar, Snaplock, Salt Lake Magazine, and the Complex Event Center.

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Spotlight | Distinguished Alumna

Crossing the English Channel


Joëlle Beard

Girl Scouts of Utah will be honoring our 2013 Distinguished Alumnae, Joëlle Beard, at our 2013 S’more Soiree! Joëlle was a Utah Girl Scout for 12 years and graduated with her Gold Award in 2006, she was also a recipient of the Cornelia Benton Scholarship. In 2012, Joëlle was the first woman and youngest person from Utah to complete the swim across the 26-mile English Channel. She is currently completing a bachelor’s program in English at Utah State University. She is a great example of setting a goal, working towards it, and realizing your dream! Q What appealed to you about swimming the

were difficult to accomplish. I also learned to

English Channel?

communicate with people I did not know; this became useful as I was setting up all the legal

A The challenge; and the fact that many people

aspects of my swim and talking to the captain

around me thought I could not do it. I love the

of the pilot boat.

challenge of having a goal to work towards; the more difficult, the better!

Q What is your favorite memory of Girl Scouting?

Q What surprised you the most about the experience?

A As part of my Silver Award, my troop set up a three day camp for the Daisy, Brownie, and

A I was surprised the distance was not actually

Junior troops in our town. It was a lot of fun

the most difficult part of the swim, the cold

setting up the classes and activities for the girls.

temperature was.

We were able to use our experience to teach several of the programs. It was so much fun

Q What did you learn in Girl Scouts that helped

seeing the younger girls having fun doing the

you to accomplish your goal?

activities that we planned and taught.

A Girl Scouts taught me the value of setting goals and working towards them, even if they

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Q What is the best advice you would give to your fellow Girl Scouts? A Stay in Girl Scouts as long you can. I know

Beard poses trumphantly after finishing the 26-mile English Channel Swim.

many girls do not continue as they get older, but there are so many fun activities to do, and so many great people to meet. Do your Silver Project and Gold Project! By getting these awards, you are doing a lot of service that not only teaches valuable lessons, but it is good for college scholarships as well. Q What does being the 2013 Distinguished Alumnae mean to you? A I feel very honored to be this year’s Distinguished Alumnae. When I set big goals for myself I do it for me alone, I am not trying to impress others with what I have done. I feel

I love the challenge of having a goal to work towards; the more difficult, the better!

June 22, 12-3 PM

Join us at the 2nd Annual S’more Soiree for a fun afternoon with fellow Alumnae! Tickets include all day admission to the Utah Arts Festival with access to the VIP Hospitality Lounge,

honored to be able to represent Girl Scouting,

light hors d’oeuvres, complimentary soft drinks,

and I hope that my story can encourage other

and two adult beverage tickets.

Girl Scouts to dream big. Alumnae Tickets: $10 Q What does the future hold for you? A I already have several other big goals for

Alumnae Ticket + 1 Guest: $25 Non-Alumnae Ticket: $25

my future. This summer I am swimming from

Purchase your tickets today at, or

Catalina Island to Los Angeles, California, and

call 801-716-5162

I have two more big swims planned the two years following. After graduation I hope to have time to be more involved with Girl Scouts; I love working with youth.

Were you a former Girl Scout? Join our Alumnae Association for FREE to receive your discount ticket benefit. Visit for more information! G S U N ow


Planned giving

taxes on this retirement money as a tax-exempt organization.


Can I specify how my gift will

be spent?


The Development Department

at Girl Scouts of Utah will gladly work with donors to ensure that donated funds are used for specific purposes. In my example above, I could name GSU as a beneficiary and add, “This gift will help defer the cost of camp tuition for members of Troop 123 at Trefoil Ranch.”

Planned Giving Made Easy


Can I accomplish more with a

planned gift than an outright gift?

Girl Scout parents in the South Davis Service Unit, Matt and Andrea Mitton, are long-time supporters of Girl Scouts of Utah. Watching their girls grow strong in Girl Scouts inspired them to establish a planned gift for Girl Scouts. Matt and Andrea recently told us about their decision and the process of creating this gift.



feel connected to GSU by making Why did you and Andrea choose to

I might be able to leave more

to GSU through a planned gift, but I strongly believe that a current gift, no matter the amount, is always appreciated and always needed. I

Utah as the beneficiary of a retirement

current gifts for programs I know my

set up a planned gift for Girl Scouts of Utah?

plan or life insurance policy. In our case, I

daughters will participate in, but I know


designated GSU as a 10 percent, secondary

my planned gift may help safeguard a

beneficiary of my 401(k). In the event I die

program for granddaughters and other

large, Andrea and I can join other donors to

first, my wife is the primary beneficiary of my

young women I have never met – a

ensure that Girl Scouts of Utah will continue

401(k). When my wife dies, our children will

legacy gift.

to provide important programs for years to

divide 90 percent of the retirement plan and

come. With two Girl Scouts in our home,

GSU will receive the other 10 percent.


While our planned gift may not be

we are making a commitment to our daughters’ future.

I was able to complete this planned gift in


about 15 minutes by going to my 401(k) plan Can you describe how easy a planned

Will I need a tax advisor when I

set up a planned gift?

website. I logged in and selected “update


Some planned gifts are simple

and straightforward and may not

gift can be arranged by telling us the step-by-

beneficiaries.” Once there, I added GSU as a

require a lot of time with an attorney,

step process?

10 percent secondary beneficiary and I was

financial advisor, or accountant.



Your tax advisor might have invaluable

One of the simplest planned gifts

involves the designation of Girl Scouts of

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insight into the type of planned gift My wife and I liked the idea of using part of

that makes most sense given your

my 401(K) because GSU will not pay income

current financial situation.



GIVING Members

The Juliette Gordon Low Society The Girl Scouts of Utah’s Juliette Gordon Low Society recognizes loyal supports who have named PL ANNED


Girl Scouts of Utah in their estate plans. We are

eternally grateful for their decisions to provide a legacy gift to the girls. If you have made plans to support Girl Scouts of Utah with a Legacy gift we would be honored to add you to this special group:

Leaving a Legacy

The Juliette Gordon Low Society In March, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low started the Girl Scouts. Juliette’s outstanding leadership was matched by her stewardship when she converted the carriage house of her home into the first Girl Scout headquarters, and she gifted the property to Girl Scouts in her will.


In her memory, the Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacies and a beneficiary of their estate plans. By giving directly to Girl Scouts of Utah you will become

Barbara Bentley Aloma & Richard Blaylock Sandra Brown

a national Juliette Gordon Low Society member as well as a member of the GSU society, and will enjoy the benefits of both.

Margy Campbell

If you have already named us as the beneficiary of

Margaret Cannon

a planned gift, let us know. We will welcome you as a

Drusilla Copeland

Juliette Gordon Low Society member. If you would

Char Corbit Katherine Dumke

like more information about how you can become a member please contact Melissa Mathews at or (801) 716-5153.

Lois Fitzgerald Alida Hannum Joshua Jones Guy Lowell Knight Matt & Andrea Mitton Debbie & Karl Nielson

Providing a gift to Girl Scouts in your estate plans can include naming Girl Scouts as beneficiary of a: • Will • Retirement Plan • Living Trust

Noreen Rouillard

• Donor Advised Fund

Loa Russell

• Life Insurance Policy

Randy & Cathleen Sparrow Sharon Stetz Margaret Wilde

• Charitable Remainder Trust • Charitable Lead Trust • Remainder Gift of Real Estate • Any other gift that benefits Girl Scouts in the future

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Ara Serjoie Patrice Schulze Patrick Shea Lucy Smith Alexandra Soran Soroptimist International of Ogden South Valley Large Animal Clinic Glory & Aaron Spurlock Patricia & Ira Steele Alice & Kevin Steiner Liesel Stevens Riad Sweilem Truist United Way of Northern Utah Barbara Viskochil Wendy’s Centerville Marie Yergensen

Trooper ($100.00 - $249.99) Nola Adams A.I.S.C., Inc. Lauren Andersen Lynne Anderson Neena Ashton Ann Ashworth Genevieve Atwood Sarah Aures Renée & Lynn Beard Debra Benator Dr. Rachel Benator Andrew Bilanzich Kimberly Blackburn Scott Blackburn Jennifer Blakesley Sara Bouley Kate Boyd Diane Bracey Chad E. Brossman Brent Burr Cynthia Burton Michael Carey Anacandy Castro Judith Christensen Elizabeth Compton Carol & David Coulter Amalia Cochran Mary Cosgrove Creative Bioscience Becky Crumbo Carol & Robert Day Jenni DeBartolo Marta Dempsey Terrell Dougan Nancy Duncan John Durham Tarja Dye Elaine Ellis

Jeannie Ellison Peggy Emery Michelle English Gayle Everest Donald Gamble Lynda Gamble Delores & Colin Gardner H. Faith Gartrell Constance Gates Edith Gates GE United Way Campaign Marie Griffiths Mindy & Brett Harmon Nirla Harris Troy Hart Carolyn Hinckley Ashley Hoopes Carol Huffman Elizabeth Hunter Infinite Scale Design Group Brittney & Jake Irvine Shawn Jackson & Tyler Barlow Connie & Mike James Alexandra & Darin Johncock Lou Ann Jorgensen Louise & Helen Jorgensen Adrianna Karras Jacob Kenczka Greg Kingdon Shandra Koehler Raquel Lee Louise Luebcke Barbara J. Merz Yelena Makogon Mike & Cherylann Marchese Marilyn Marshall Linda Matern Gabrielle & Todd McAfee Shawn McDonough Peggy McElvain Mary Jane McNamee Susan Murdock Kenneth Myers Katie Naylor Ruth Nielsen Teri Nestel Patricia Noall Emily Normandeau Colleen Norris Langdon & Ann Owen Susan Parker Kyna Payne Darrell Peterson Nancy Pitstick Geri Reilly Zoe & Lon Richardson Maureen Riley Dianne Rivera Rosanne Reneo

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Beth & Martin Schwarz Stacia Sidlow Eric Shaw Simmons Media Heather Smith Ken M. Sowby Samantha & Shawn Stafford Carly Stevens Heather Stewart Carla Stoddard Studio H2O Salon Tera Sunder Annette Swan Diane Taylor Jill & Jason Taylor Helen Thomas Utah AFL-CIO Jodi Vest Margaret Vinton Robert & Josephine Wangsgard Jerry Warner Suzanne Weaver Stacy Weight Jeff White Dawn Woods Joanna Woolley-Trout Richard & Tillie Young Karyl Zimmerman

Friends of Scouting ($1.00 to $99.99)

Every donation matters & every dollar counts! Many thanks to our Friends of Scouting donors whose gifts uplift our girls & Girl Scout programs across Utah.

In Memory/Honor of:

In honor of Char Corbit Ara Serjoie In honor of Lisa Hardin-Reynolds Ara Serjoie In honor of Debbie Nielson Ara Serjoie In honor of Maggie Wilde Ara Serjoie In honor of Loa Russell Ara Serjoie In honor of Dylan Lolofie Lilly Landikusic In honor of Maria E. Schwarz Beth Schwarz In Memory of Patricia Wangsgard Robert Wangsgard Connie & Mike James In memory of Lola & Jack Lawson Jennifer Lund In memory of Marilyn Jane Adams Gayle Adams

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In Kind Donors

2 Local Gals Housekeeping Alta Ski Resort Connie Amos Andi Saxton Floral Asian Star Ballet West Bambara Best Western Zion National Park Biaggi’s Melissa Blackburn Blooms & Co. Blossom Sweet Brinker International Broadway Across America BYU Arts Cactus & Tropicals Café Madrid Café Med Café Trio Marcie Cancio Canyon Culinary Centered City Yoga Chelsea Haviland Christian Dior Chuck Ladvatter

Clark Executive Detail Cold Stone Creamery Char Corbit Chef Rubber Costco Cottonwood Heating & Cooling Jay Cutler Daniel Day Trio David Newkirk Photography Deanna McLaughlin, CPT Delta Air Lines Dexterity Salon Distinctive Inscriptions Calligraphy Egyptian Theater The Hotel and Club Elevate Elements Contemporary American Cuisine Fat Cats Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar Flight Boutique Foothill Oriental Rugs Frida Bistro Grand Targhee Resort Great Harvest Bread Co. Hale Center Theater Jordan Harwood Victoria Harris

Hilton Salt Lake City Centre Hogle Zoo Hotel Monaco Luke Huddleston J. Brooks Jewelers Jack Mormon Coffee JetBlue Airlines Darin Johncock Julie Prince Floral Kat Martin Katie Waltman Jewelry Kbella Strategies King’s English Greg Kingdon Kingsbury Hall Koo de Ker La Caille Landis Salon Larry H. Miller Corp Dr. Harrison Lazarus Liberty Park Tennis Center Lily & Iris Living Planet Aquarium Lucy’s Heavenly Bites Macy’s Mike Malaska Mandarin Restaurant

Donna McAleer Meditrina Small Plates and Wine Bar Morgan Jewelers Neptune Divers Odyssey Dance Theatre One Night Club Orchid Dynasty Peppermill Resorts Pig & A Jelly Jar Porcupine Pub Provo Marriott Purse Dreams RawBean Red Butte Café Red Butte Garden Red Iguana Red Lion Debbie Robb

Roosters Restaurant Rose Park Golf Margy Russotto Salt Lake City Golf Salt Lake Film Society Salt Lake Magazine Salt Lake Marriott Downtown Salt Lake Power Yoga Smith’s Food & Drug Cathleen Sparrow Spoons & Spice Squatters Star Seismic Stein Eriksen Lodge Stella’s Stevens Design Erin & Michael Stone Stoneground Studio H2O Salon

Studio Stems Takashi Telluride Ski & Golf The Advent Group The Dirty Dash The Dodo The Garage The Grand Theatre The Pie Timeless Medical Spa & Weight Loss Tin Angel Café Union Grill University of Utah Athletic Department Utah Arts Festival Utah College of Massage Therapy Utah Festival Opera Utah Jazz Utah Symphony | Opera

VacationRoost Visit Salt Lake Wasatch Brewery Waxing Gurus Lani Wilcox Stephanie Wilson Sarah Winward Xmission Cosmo Young

Founder’s Day Club Rick & Karen Fairbanks Linda J. Garner Marie & Jodi Grogan K. Ray Hammond Debbie & Karl Nielson Cathleen & Randy Sparrow

Camping for a Cause Friday and Saturday August 16-17, 2013 Register online Contact Nathan Measom for more information at or 801-716-5162

This isn’t the summer camp you remember! It’s the girlfriends’ retreat of a lifetime!

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