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Event Alert: Core Camp Weekend at Camp Foxtail

Unfortunately, due to a malfunction in the underground water pump that occurred late last night at Camp Foxtail, for the health and safety of our campers, counselors, and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Core Camp this weekend. In coordination with the Southern Nevada Health District and the US Forest Service, we are working diligently to remedy this issue. We had every indication that we would be open for Core Camp this weekend and are extremely disappointed that we are unable to. If a make-up weekend is scheduled, we will notify registrants to transfer your registration. Alternately, you can call the council office at 702-385-3677 to be issued a full refund. Our office is open today until 5:00pm and will re-open on Tuesday, May 31st from 8:30am – 5: 00pm. At this time, we have every expectation that we will be open and functional for summer camp. For questions regarding the closure, please contact Camp Foxtail Hudlow Hall at 702-872-5485 or Camp Foxtail Director’s House 702-872-5791. We have been looking forward to this weekend and are extremely disappointed that we have to cancel. On behalf of everyone at the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, we thank you for your... read more
Cookie Season – Crumbs of Information

Cookie Season – Crumbs of Information

Thank you to everyone who attended our Cookie Kickoff on Saturday, January 30th. With over 840 attendees it was our biggest Cookie Kickoff to date and, most importantly, girls learned the 5 Skills for Girls in a fun and interactive environment. I even got dunked a few times in the dunk tank! A big thank you to the troops who worked each of the stations. You can view an album of photos from the day on our Facebook page. A big part of cookie season is goal setting. Whether your girl is a Daisy, Ambassador, or a level in between, learning how to goal set and strategize are skills she’ll take with her throughout her education, career, and home life. In last month’s blog post, I blogged my 5 Tips for a Successful Cookie Season. This month, I’ve added a few more tips to the list – everything you need to know to make cookie season as stress free and fun as possible. Mega Drop – Council location   We look forward to seeing you on Friday February 5, 2016 at your scheduled time to receive your initial cookie order here at the council office. If you need a reminder of your designated time, please go to SNAP+ > My Troop > Schedule Pick-Up Time. The pick-up process has changed from 2015. A few things to remember: This is a drive-thru mega drop! The driver in each vehicle will be required to stay inside the vehicle at all times. However, if you want to bring a passenger to help count, load or verify cookie counts, that is perfectly fine. Each car will assigned a member... read more
5 Tips for a Successful 2016 Cookie Season

5 Tips for a Successful 2016 Cookie Season

Happy New Year to all of our girls, parents and volunteers. I am excited that the 2016 Cookie Season is upon us. In the interest of a smooth and stress-free sale, I am sharing my 5 Tips for Cookie Success. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the girls of Southern Nevada. I know the amount of hours and preparation that goes into managing cookie sales and your support does not go unnoticed. I hope to see you all at the Cookie Kick-Off on January 30th, 2016. I’ll be the one in the dunk tank! 1. Have fun! This is the time for your girls to really shine! From Daisies to Ambassadors and every girl in between, cookie season allows your girls to work with their friends towards a common goal. Do they want to take a trip to Disneyland or pack their bags for a week at Camp Foxtail this summer? Perhaps they want to see a show at the Smith Center or make a donation to a local charity? Cookie season is a fantastic opportunity to make goal setting fun. Have a group of creative girls? Don’t forget about the Bling Your Booth contest! As a troop leader or parent, if you’re having fun, then your girls will have fun, too. 2. Ensure All Girls are Registered Members One of the biggest frustrations we hear at cookie time is that SNAP+ rosters are not updating to match your troop. Step one is to ensure all girls in the troop are registered members and the sooner the better. As other councils around the country begin their cookie sales, SNAP+ can slow down... read more

Season’s Greetings from the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada!

As we near the end of 2015, I want to congratulate the girls, troop leaders, volunteers and staff of the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada on the many successes we celebrated as a council in 2015. Together we launched the CEO in Training program, continued to grow our SuperTroops, debuted the Digital Cookie at CES 2015, and watched our girls grow in confidence and courage. 2016 promises to be a year full of continued promise and opportunity for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. We’re excited about the continued growth of the PR Girls and fantastic new programs at Camp Foxtail and look forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.   In addition to our dedicated veteran staff, we also added new professionals to the team in 2015. Whether experienced in marketing, training, or fund development, our staff is here to ensure that our troop leaders, volunteers, and girls have everything they need to be the best scouts they can be. Join us on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at our Council Meet and Greet to meet and mingle with our fantastic council team.   In closing, I’d like to thank each of you for believing in the mission of Girl Scouts – to build girls of courage, confidence, and character. Without you, this council would not be the community that it is. Thank you for all that you do.   Liz Ortenburger CEO, Girl Scouts of Southern... read more

5 reasons to sign your girl up for Girl Scouting today

I’m always inspired when I hear our troop leaders tell us why they decided to get their girl involved with Girl Scouts. Here are some of my favorite reasons troop leaders and volunteers have given me over the years: “I want to give my daughter every opportunity to succeed.” “Girl Scouting will help my girl meet new friends.” “I want to introduce my girl new outdoor experiences, like camping or hiking “I want my daughter to learn how to give back to her community.” “I want to spend more quality time with my granddaughter.” Our troop leaders and volunteers are as diverse as our troops. They are moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, big sisters, special family friends and even church mentors. They have many reasons for volunteering, though they all have the same goal: to help their girl learn how to be the best she can be. #whatdidyoudotoday... read more

What did you do today? Fall Recruitment Campaign Launch

What did you do today? It’s a question we ask our children every day. At Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, this question has a whole new meaning. Ask a Brownie and she could say she earned a first aid badge for learning CPR. Pose the same question to a Girl Scout Senior and her answer might be “I started a service project to help keep music alive in the classroom.” This month we launched our Fall Recruitment Campaign, using our new What did you do today? theme. You may hear a radio spot on Mix 94.1 or KLUC 98.5 that was voiced by our Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada PR team. Or you may see us on social media, talking about our What did you do today? recruitment campaign, showcasing our girls and their impact the Southern Nevada community. Our goal is to recruit 2,000 new volunteers during our Fall Recruitment Campaign. So whether you have four hours a week to volunteer, or four hours a month, we’d love to talk to you about opportunities to get involved with Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, and help our girls make every day... read more

Volunteer Concerns

Dear Volunteers, Thank you for the impact you make in our community and on your girls. I am excited to introduce this CEO Blog, and have a platform to help communicate out and gain feedback as we work on different ideas and strategies to help our organization grow and thrive. I have been in the position of CEO for just under two years and there have been a lot of changes in that short time. Recently Robyn Manzini, our Board President, visited several service unit meetings at the same time we have been collecting surveys and gaining input from our volunteers on many topics. As this is my first blog, I wanted to take the opportunity to update you all on some of the major topics that volunteers have voiced concern around and provide answers and next steps. Questions and Concerns: Website – many of you have let us know the new website has fallen below your expectations, particularly in regards to the high awards, local patch programs and the like. I completely understand the frustration as we moved into the national platform for websites and have lost traction on what we had on the old website and what was placed on the new website. We are fixing the information deficits and ensuring information is consistent. As we speak with other councils who have also moved to the national platform, we gain more ideas and structure updates to improve our site.  If you have a specific question or feel we are missing something, please do not hesitate to let us know by filling out this online form: Website Form These are the items... read more

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