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INSIDE: • Your Girl Scout Year

We are so excited that you and your daughter have chosen to be a part of the largest leadership organization just for girls! Girl Scouts is the place where she can imagine the possibilities as she discovers new skills, connects with others and takes action to change the world. The Girl Scout environment provides your daughter an opportunity to step away from school pressures, social cliques and boys. She can be herself and try new things. She can have fun and work in cooperation with new friends. She can be creative and inspire others. She is a Girl Scout joining thousands of girls around the world in sisterhood. You and your daughter are partners in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Your involvement and support will help shape her experience. Here are a just a few ways we hope you will consider: •

Share special skills, your time and other resources directly to your daughter’s troop. When her leader asks, please say YES to activities like chaperoning a field trip or the annual Cookie Program.

There are great opportunities to share your talents beyond the troop. We are always looking for volunteers to serve on a council-wide committee or provide expertise in a specialized area like STEM. Let us know how we could work together by emailing

Make a gift to Girl Scouts. Annual membership and troop dues don’t cover the full cost of your daughter’s experience. Choosing to add just a few more dollars supports opportunities like training for adult volunteers, resources for leaders and financial assistance for other girls to be able to join.

Recognize your daughter’s leader(s) for the time, talent and skills shared. A thank you note and full support of your daughter’s experience will mean a lot.

Enjoy a great year in Girl Scouts!

• Cookie Program Changes • Top 5 Reasons your daughter should be a Girl Scout • Great Start Kits: Every girl deserves one!

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Register Now!

Time to register for the exciting year ahead! Register by Sept. 20 and receive an opportunity to purchase the exclusive on-time tshirt!

Camp Time Check out your service unit’s Day Camp or other fun council summer program!


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Girl Scout Week


Celebrate 102 years of Girl Scouting! March 12, 1912; Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia.

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Join in on special Service Unit activities and projects with global themes to honor sister Girl Scouts in other countries.

Early Bird Registration Get those forms in now for some fun incentives.


Honors Ceremony Honor our Gold Awardees. This is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouts.

We Our Volunteers Leader’s Day is April 22! As part of Volunteer Appreciation Week (the third week in April), we pay tribute to the amazing volunteers who help girls make the world a better place.

I Can’t Wait To... Be the star of my own story.

Be the one who makes everyone giggle.

Be a superhero with the powers I choose. Many girls will say that having an opportunity to teach a skill or mentor a young Girl Scout is what they can’t wait to do. Meet Alyssa Klinzing from Olathe, Kansas. Aly is proud to be a Girl Scout and carries the leadership skills she gained serving as Miss Kansas Teen USA. Aly’s platform is anti-bullying and she makes such an impact with her message – especially with our younger Girl Scouts!

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Be the star of my own story. Through Girl Scouts, girls work toward their Bronze (Juniors), Silver (Cadettes) and Gold (Seniors/Ambassadors) Award by developing and implementing a community service project. Troop 779 from Raytown, Missouri earned their Silver Award by creating and leading an anti-bullying workshop for their younger Girl Scout sisters.

Aly surprised Brownie Troop 565 from Olathe after the troop filmed an anti-bullying rap that received local and national attention.

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Exciting Changes Coming to the Cookie Program Save the New Date! Did you know that Girl Scouts began selling cookies in 1917? There are few businesses that can boast that kind of history, but we can – all because of girls who are running the business and supportive parents like you! Like any good business, listening to those who sell and buy the product is critical to success. We are pleased to make some exciting changes that came from girl, volunteer and parent feedback: •

We are moving the Cookie Program to January to allow more time for a troop to get up and running and be able to take advantage of national marketing efforts.

We are returning to an order taking program where girls will have their cookie cards to take orders from customers. No more guessing about how many or what kinds of cookies you may need.

We are modifying the girl incentive program to bring the kinds of rewards girls say they want.

Troop Cookie Managers will provide you all the details at your Cookie Parent Meeting in Nov./Dec.

Program Fast Facts • Troop will host a Parent Meeting in Nov./Dec. • Girls start taking orders from family in Dec. • Public order taking begins Jan. 1 • Orders are due to the troop in late Jan. • Deliver cookies in late Feb. through early Mar. • Community Booth sales in Mar. • Cookies will be $4.00 per box – all the favorites will be back excluding the Mango Cremes which will be replaced by a BRAND NEW cookie.

The Five Skills

Why the Cookie Program Matters Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for their bright futures too! The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: • Goal Setting: She sets a goal and develops a plan to reach it • Decision Making: She works with her troop to decide how to spend their cookie money • Money Management: She takes orders and money from customers • People Skills: She learns to talk and listen to all types of people • Business Ethics: She is honest and responsible at every step of the Cookie Program

GSKSMO is rolling out a new and exciting way to capture Girl Voices! Girl Scout Voices is an exciting opportunity from the Girl Scout Research Institute that lets girls, volunteers and parents share their thoughts about Girl Scouting through occasional online surveys. We hope that you will be willing to share your views and experiences with us so that we can help make the Girl Scouts the best leadership development program for girls! You will NEVER receive any sales or marketing contact as a result of your participation and we will never share your information with outside organizations and businesses. Please visit to register.

Register by Sept. 20 and Purchase an Exclusive

On-Time TShirt

Show your Girl Scout pride with an exclusive tshirt celebrating this year’s recruitment campaign, Imagine the Possibilities. An email with all the purchase details will be sent September 27 to all girls and adults registered by the on-time deadline. • Available in girl and adult sizes • Cost: $12 each.

Earn the Patch of Good Health The A Change of Heart® patch program teaches girls how to make heart-healthy choices. • Open to Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts. • Cost is only $5 per girl; adults attend free of charge. • Hour-long program covers heart health, risk factors, how to take your pulse, exercise and dietary decision-making skills. For more information or to schedule your troop, call 913.588.8280.

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Top 5 Reasons your daughter should be a Girl Scout

There are many reasons your daughter should be a Girl Scout – just ask her! If you are considering your options and aren’t sure about her becoming a member or renewing membership, check out the top five reasons she should be a Girl Scout... �

Girl Scouts lead the future! What do you want your daughter’s future to be? Whether your daughter is 5 or 17, you have probably imagined what her life will be like and how you can support her dreams. Today’s girls have an opportunity to choose their future. With your support and guidance and Girl Scouts’ expertise in building girl leaders – the future has endless possibilities for your daughter!

Girl Scouts can’t wait to try new things!  our daughter will discover she can do things she never Y thought she would – or could – in Girl Scouts! From participating in service projects that change her community to camping under the stars for the first time. From running her own business with the Cookie Program to traveling across the world. Your daughter will gain self-confidence and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime!

Girl Scouts find friends for life!  hen girls connect with other girls their age with the same W interests, friendships develop and grow. Many teen Girl Scouts still count the friends they made as Daisies among their best!

Girl Scouting works!  or over 100 years, Girl Scouts has shaped the lives of the F majority of female executives and business owners, two-thirds of women in Congress and virtually every female astronaut. Girl Scout alumnae routinely point to the lasting effects of their experience. Our alumnae have attained higher levels of education, display a more positive sense of self and are more engaged in volunteerism and community service.

Girl Scouting is affordable!  or a minimal cost ($15 membership, some troop dues and F essential program items), your daughter can join 2.3 million girl members throughout the U.S. and become a leader of tomorrow – and today!

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My Daughter’s Troop Information: Kansas City

8383 Blue Pkwy. Kansas City, MO 64133 (816) 358 - 8750


205 S. 4th St. - Ste. D7 Manhattan, KS 66502 ( 785 ) 776 -1488

St. Joseph

3300 Dale Ave. - Ste. 105 St. Joseph, MO 64506 (816) 279-7438


2300 SW 29th St. - Ste. 200 Topeka, KS 66611 ( 785 ) 273 -3100

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