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January Updates

Member Essentials

Notes from the CEO

2022 Girl Scouts Lakes & Pines Annual Meeting

Be a part of Lakes and Pines’ democratic process! The Board of Directors invites you to attend the Annual Meeting, which will be held IN-PERSON this year, starting at 8:30am on Saturday, January 22nd at the Sartell Community Center. A luncheon and Recognition Celebration will take place after the formal business meeting.  

Attend as a guest or as a delegate for your service unit. Any Girl Scout member, ages 14+ can be a delegate. Delegates can suggest improvements or initiate and develop policy for the Board of Directors to address in the future. Delegates are a vital communication link between local service units and our council.  

To learn more about attending Annual Meeting, contact your Community Coordinator or our Customer Care Team at or 320-252-2952. 

Council Updates

Target Circle

Girl Scouts Lakes and Pines is honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through March 31, 2022, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here:

We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign! Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

Programs & Events

Programs on the Go

Programs on the Go have been more popular than ever, and there’s still time to schedule one for your troop this year! Here a few tips from the program team to make scheduling a breeze: 

Have the following prepared for when you’re ready to schedule: 

What Program on the Go you want to schedule – View the virtual Program Guide here 

  • 3 dates and times – at least a month in advance- that would work for your troop to allow for as much schedule flexibility as possible 
  • The location of where you want to hold the program 
  • The number of Girl Scouts that you anticipate attending 

Once you have the above information decided upon, please contact your program specialist by emailing

Did you know that we offer virtual Program on the Go? Many of our programs can be delivered virtually to your troop! Ask your program specialist for more details.  

Have extra Cookie Dough or Fall Bucks sitting around? Cookie Dough and Fall Bucks can be used to pay for up to half the cost of many of our Programs on the Go! Check your program guide for more details. 

Camp & Outdoors

We are working on the 2022 Summer Camp Guide - watch for more details next month!

Product Program

Cookie Season is rapidly approaching. 

Troop initial order is due no later than January 14, 2022, in Smart Cookies. If you are looking for information please check the Forms Drive, Troop Forms, Product Program, 2022 Cookie Program. Girl Permission form is now digital and can be found in Troop forms or 2022 Cookies for Families. 

The training recordings are posted in gsLearn, if you have not yet activated your account you will need to do that. The system will need to sync, which may take 20 minutes or more. 

We have Question & Answer Zoom sessions scheduled for the 2022 cookie season, please register for those in gsEvents.

Reach out to your Product Program Specialist or customer care if you need assistance.


January Volunteer Mini-Session Training Series

Ready to learn something new? Join Lakes and Pines staff for a free, virtual mini-session training series January 10-13th. Each session covers a specific topic providing volunteers council updates and an interactive question and answer session.

  • Monday, January 10th at 6:30pm: Introduction to gsEvents
  • Tuesday, January 11th at 6:30pm: New Badges for 2022
  • Wednesday, January 12th at 6:30pm: Cookie Q & A: Initial Order/Smart Cookies
  • Thursday, January 13th at 6:30pm: Trips, Travel, & Overnight

Plan to attend one, two, or all four, whatever fits best with your schedule - simply register online through your myGS account

Cookie Rallies!

Congratulations to the 6 Service Units – SU003, SU020, SU021, SU024, SU025, SU029 – who met their December Membership Goal and earned a free Cookie Rally! If you have not already scheduled your rally, please contact us at to reserve a date.

Didn’t earn this recognition, there are still three fun ways to help girls build their entrepreneur skills:

Join us for a council-wide VIRTUAL Cookie Rally to learn about the 5 skills, hear about the new Adventurefuls™ cookie, and meet the 2022 cookie mascot! Virtual Rallies are being held online on January 11 from 6-8pm or January 20 from 5-7pm. Attendance to the event is free, but activity packets are available for purchase to be picked up at one of our offices or shipped to your door!

Request a Cookie Rally Program on the Go and have us bring the cookie rally to you! Girls will work on developing their people skills, goal setting, and become experts in the cookies they will be selling! Cost: $6/girl

To request a program on the go, email us at

Plan a rally at your next troop meeting. Use the Cookie Program meeting plans in the Volunteer Toolkit to help the girls learn more about goal setting, money management, and people skills. 

New Leader Tips

World Thinking Day

Making the world a better place is Girl Scout Law, so it’s no surprise we have a holiday dedicated to doing just that. Each February 22, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across 150 countries celebrate World Thinking Day. It’s a day of international friendship and a time to stand up for causes that could improve the lives of girls around the globe. And while the holiday itself comes in February, the World Thinking Day Award can be earned at any time of year.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), which you—as a Girl Scout—are part of, has celebrated World Thinking Day since 1926.

Observed by 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide, World Thinking Day has a different theme each year. In 2022, the theme is “Our World: Our Equal Future: The Environment and Gender Equality.” To earn your World Thinking Day Award, you’ll explore how girls and women are disproportionately affected by climate change and participate in the Girl Scout Tree Promise. Check out the activity guides below to get involved and learn about how you can make a difference in the world.

Activity Guide for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (PDF) 

Activity Guide for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (PDF)


Did you get your Luna & Friends Unicorn T-Shirt?

Are you new to Girl Scouts this year – or took part in the Add-a-Friend – and didn't get your free Luna & Friends Unicorn T-Shirt? Let us know!

Fill out this form and we will get one sent out to you!

Cookie Program Bonus – Grow Your Troop

At Girl Scouts, we are always looking for more girls join the fun! Troops will receive an additional $.01/package for every NEW* girl registered to the troop between October 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022, who participates (12+ packages) in the Cookie Program.

Troops can earn up to $.05/package – or up to 5 girls added!

*New is defined as any member who never been registered to Lakes and Pines or has lapsed at least one full membership year. Girls transferring from other troops with memberships completed prior to October 1st, will not count towards this bonus.

Stay up to date on your Troop's progress by clicking here.