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  • Girl Scout Cookie Celebration


    We're celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies! You won't want to miss this historic event on Saturday, January 28 at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. 

    Register today!


    Tickets are $16 and will include: 
    • Pre-game activities (2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.)
    • DJ dance party 
    • Prizes and fun 
    • Milwaukee Admirals game admission (game begins at 6:00 p.m.) 

    Registration tips: 
    • Registration: Families can register and pay separately.
    • Seating: When you register, make sure to use the same troop number so you all can sit together.
    • Volunteers: Girls sixth grade or older and other key adult volunteers will be receiving an invitation to register as a volunteer. Watch your email. If you would like to sit with a troop, make sure the troop number is listed on the form.
    • T-shirts: All Girl Scouts registered for the event receive a commemorative T-shirt. Families or friends can purchase a T-shirt for $10 when they register.
    • Meal vouchers: When you register you can choose to purchase meal vouchers for $5 each. Each voucher includes one hot dog, a bag of chips, and a drink.

  • GSWISE Cadettes Michela and Madison Win Philanthropic Youth of Today Award


    Congratulations to Girl Scout Cadettes Michela and Madison who were awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Wisconsin's Philanthropic Youth of Today Award! They were recognized for their efforts in making a significant difference through their Girl Scout Silver Award project All Aboard for Tosa Cares.

    The girls were successful in getting the Canadian Pacific Railroad's Holiday Train to make stop in Wauwatosa in order to raise awareness of and donations to Tosa Cares, a local food pantry. The girls' efforts brought out more than 15,000 spectators who donated over 13,000 pounds of food and close to $5,000 in cash donations. 

    We are so proud of Michaela and for taking action to make our world a better place!

    Watch the video of the girls featured at the event.

  • Change More Girls' Lives and WIN.


    Did you know?

    • 96% of girls have tried at least one new thing as a Girl Scout—what a confidence booster!
    • 93% of girls agree that Girl Scouts helped them learn leadership skills—her future just got brighter!
    • 73% of girls improved their willingness to persist through challenges because of Girl Scouts—she will never back down!

    Every day, as a Girl Scout volunteer, you help girls do all this and so much more. Beginning November 15, you can double that impact by inviting a friend to join you on this life-changing adventure. Not only will you be giving girls another hero they can depend on to help them find their spark, but you and your friend also get a fun prize!

    That’s right. Invite your friend to volunteer, and once they’ve formed a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, or Junior troop…

    • You get $50 to spend at Girl Scouts’ official online store—sweet!
    • Your friend gets awesome resources (a $50 value!) to help them get their troop up and running—so cool!
    • Plus, when you double the friends, you double your prize…$100 for you and a Volunteer Resource Pack for each friend—awesome.

    The best part is girls get one more guiding star to cheer them on, expose them to new and unique experiences, and prepare them for a lifetime of leadership (and fun!).

    Once your friend joins as a Girl Scout leader and starts a new troop, you’re ready to redeem yo...



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  • Apply for the Girl Scout Leadership Network by November 21


    We are proud to announce our new Girl Scout Leadership Network. This opportunity is open to Girl Scouts in grades 8-12. Members will meet with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast's CEO Christy Brown to share their opinions on a wide range of topics including:

    • GSWISE programming 
    • Council strategy
    • Issues affecting girls today

    View the position description for more details. Interested girls should apply by November 21.

    Questions? Contact Katelyn at 262-598-2210 or kcondon@gswise.org.  

  • Day Camp by Community 2017 Schedule Announced


    It's never to early to start getting excited for camp! We're happy to announce the Day Camp by Community 2017 schedule.

    Find your community’s day camp listed in alphabetical order by service unit:

    • Arrowhead: July 31 - August 4
    • Alpha Moraine: July 31 - August 4
    • Belles of the Lake: July 17 - 21
    • Enchanted Waters River Valley: August 7 - 11
    • Friends Forward: August 7 - 11
    • Glacier Hills: July 17 - 21
    • Indian Springs: August 7 - 11
    • Kenosha West: July 10 - 14
    • Lakeland: June 19 - 23
    • Northern Lights: August 14 - 18
    • Prairie Hill: June 12 - 16
    • Rising Stars Meadow Springs: June 12 - 16
    • South Shore: June 26 - 30
    • Sun Lakes: July 17 - 21
    • Sunny Trails: July 24 - 28
    • Whispering Trails - June session: June 12 – 16 (formally Deer Trails)
    • Whispering Trails - July session: July 24 – 28 (formally Whispering Willows)
    • Windy Waters: July 31 - August 4
    • Woodhaven (Southport Sisters): July 24 - 28
    • Woodland Trails: July 24 - 28 
  • Day of Play Offers Family Fun


    Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast invites families to kick, swing, hula, and blast…into Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. Get up, get active, and transform yourself into a moving machine! Activities will include rock climbing, an inflatable obstacle course, bean bag toss, dancing, face painting, soccer, basketball, and a create-your-own healthy snack station.

    Saturday, September 24, 2016
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Holton Center
    510 E. Burleigh St., Milwaukee

    Layton Boulevard West Center
    (Notre Dame Primary School)
    1425 S. 26th St., Milwaukee

    Not a Girl Scout? Not a problem. Just bring your family, and we’ll provide the fun. And you get to learn first-hand how Girl Scouts is a place to try new things and be yourself.  Event is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact CustomerCare@gswise.org or 800-565-4475.

  • Mary Pat Beals named Chief Development Officer


    Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) has appointed Mary Pat Beals of Kansas City, Missouri, as our chief development officer. Since 2012, Beals has served as vice president of fund development for Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, and held progressive roles in fund development throughout her career.

    As chief development officer, she will deliver strategic leadership to develop and implement GSWISE’s fund development and philanthropic initiatives, including donor cultivation and stewardship.

    "Mary Pat has an outstanding track record and will be a great asset to Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. I am confident that her ability to create and implement successful philanthropic and fund development strategies will prove to be invaluable to build on our success as the premier leadership experience for girls,” said Christy L. Brown, GSWISE chief executive officer.

  • Salem Girl Scout receives National Lifesaving Award for heroic efforts to save her father’s life


    Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) announces that in recognition of heroic efforts that resulted in saving her father’s life, Katelyn Hannah, 12, of Salem, a Girl Scout Cadette and seventh-grader at the time of the incident at Salem Consolidated Grade School in Salem, has received the Girl Scouts of the USA National Lifesaving Medal of Honor Award. During any given year and out of more than 2 million Girl Scouts, no more than 30 girls nationwide receive this prestigious award. Katelyn will be recognized during a special flag ceremony with Girl Scouts as follows:

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016 – 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
    Camp Pottawatomie Hills (rain or shine)
    N8005 Pleasant Lake Road, East Troy, WI

    On an afternoon this past November, Katelyn was working with her father, mother and three siblings to clean up their garage. As the work was nearing an end, Katelyn’s father, Chris retreated to the attic to determine the cause of a leak in their roof. Katelyn had finished her work, excused herself, and went to play in the living room when she heard a loud noise coming from their three-season porch. She immediately went to the porch and discovered her father had fallen through the attic to the porch, approximately eight feet, landing on a concrete floor. He was lying bleeding and unresponsive due to his injuries. Katelyn remained calm, enlisted her 9-year-old brother to alert their mother, and called 911 to relay details between her mo...



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  • Welcome to the new gswise.org!


    Welcome to our shiny new website! We hope you like it! Let’s give you a little tour. Here are the top five things you need to know:

    1.) This new website is part of our Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI) which is a fancy way to say we’re making big changes to improve your Girl Scout experience.

    2.) Need a troop cash report or want to look at Safety Activity Checkpoints? Head to the Resources page. You can enter a search term in the search box, or search by category by clicking on “options.” You’ll also see a list of top 10 forms so you can easily access some of the most popular ones.

    3.) We have a snazzy new calendar. Just go to Activities Calendar to see all upcoming events in calendar format. Each activity is color-coded by category like “STEM” or “Outdoors.” When you click on an event, a bubble will pop up with more information about that event. Click on the title in the bubble, and you will be taken to a page with details and a registration link.

    4.) You can also view activities in list...



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  • GSWISE Girl Board Member, Ananya, wins Prudential Spirit of Community Award


    Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast Girl Scout Ambassador Ananya Murali, 17, of Shorewood was recently named one of Wisconsin's top two youth volunteers of 2016 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 21st year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

    Ananya, a senior at Shorewood High School and girl member of the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast board of directors, designed and conducted an educational leadership camp to teach middle school girls life skills and strategies to stand up against bullying and other forms of aggression in school. Ananya became interested in that subject when her family experienced harassment and discrimination after moving from India to the U.S. “They started smashing our car windshields and tires and saying ‘Go back to your country, we don’t want you here,’” said Ananya. She did some research and learned that bullying is a huge problem in schools, especially for children of color. “I was determined to take action,” she said.

    With $2,000 in grant money and the help of several dozen youth and adult volunteers, Ananya developed an anti-bullying/leadership curriculum and then organized a camp at a local middle school called “St...



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  • Robotics Team LOL advances to nationals