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  • G.I.R.L. 2017 Inspires Girls to Take the Lead!


    Hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, the mega event provided attendees with unforgettable experiences as they gained inspiration, tools to empower themselves, and the know-how to lead change in their communities, connecting with some of the most influential women in the world along the way.

    Accomplished public figures Chelsea Clinton, Gabby Douglas, Barbara Pierce Bush, Mae Jemison, and others lead panels and breakout sessions on the pressing issues facing girls today. Many sessions featured female leaders from organizations and companies such as Facebook, Instagram, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and AT&T.

    Twenty six delegates from GSWISE attended, view our photo gallery.

  • Six Ways to Boost her Confidence


  • GSUSA 2018 Membership Dues Increase


    For the first time in over three years, the National Board of Girls Scouts of the USA approved a membership dues increase to $25 per girl or adult member for the 2018 membership year. View FAQ’s for additional information about the decision. 

  • 100th Anniversary Celebration at MPS’ Clarke Street School


    Today Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) and Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) hosted a celebration to commemorate 100 Years of Girl Scouting in Southeastern Wisconsin at Clarke Street School (2816 W. Clarke Street, Milwaukee). By historical record, the first Girl Scout troop formed in the state of Wisconsin occurred on the playground of the school in May 1917.  

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued an official proclamation observing Friday, May 19, 2017, as Girl Scouting in Southeastern Wisconsin Day for all citizens to join in celebration of the Girl Scout movement; and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett participated in this historic event to present an official proclamation. Christy Brown, GSWISE Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Darienne Driver, MPS Superintendent and Girl Scout Alumna, lead the inspirational celebration for the students, Girl Scouts, public officials and community leaders.

    Enjoy our photo album.

  • Sign Up for Girl Scout Genius


    Each fall, teachers spend the first six weeks of class helping students re-learn old material, trying to make up for summer learning loss. It only takes 2–3 hours of learning each week of summer vacation to prevent learning loss. Let Girl Scouts help with our Girl Scout Genius packets!

    Girls will receive one Girl Scout Genius activity packet, mailed directly to their home, each of the summer months. Parents can use the packets to supplement their family’s learning and summer fun. For only $20 the Girl Scout Genius in your household will be ready to return to the classroom in fall. The price even includes Girl Scout membership if your daughter is not a registered Girl Scout. If she is registered, the program is available to her for $15. Membership is valid through September 30, 2017.

    Learn more and see sample activities.

    Register for Girl Scout Genius.

  • We Honor Our Volunteers!


    At the recent Annual Meeting, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast was proud to recognize the following volunteers for their service and outstanding commitment to our girls and the council.

    View photos from the event.

    The Marion Chester Read Award recognizes previous Thanks Badge honorees who demonstrate noteworthy volunteerism, model the Girl Scout spirit, and share their skills and talent.

    Janie and Alan McGinty

    The Thanks Badge is awarded for service impacting the council or the Girl Scout movement as a whole.

    Lori Voca

    The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a team or committee whose exemplary service resulted in significant and measurable impact toward reaching the council’s strategic goals.

    • GSWISE Historical Committee: Diana Baldwin, Evelyn Hoffmann, Betty Kaebisch, Karen Pauli, Martha Prince, Mary Jo Zachow
    • Kinoje Girls West Executive Team SU 714: Rebecca Bracey, Roz Klemp, Katie Meyer, Robyn Moeller, Marie Sager, Dawn Spencer

    The Honor Pin recognizes outstanding service given to two or more geographic areas.

    • Sandy Cibulka
    • Jessica Frederick
    • Sarah Guzy
    • Jennifer Harms
    • Amie Lalor
    • Sharon Roeschen

    The Appreciation Pin is awarded for outstanding service to at least one service un...



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  • Start with the Girl


    Even though 74% of teen girls are interested in science, engineering, math, and technology (STEM) fields in high school, women hold only a quarter of the jobs in STEM. This means that women are missing out on high paying jobs, and the world is missing out on the talent, intelligence, and unique perspectives women bring to the table.

    The good news is that by exposing girls to STEM opportunities and fostering their natural curiosity, interest in problem-solving, and work ethic, we can close this gender gap.

    We spoke with Crystal Polak, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) Girl Experience Manager, to learn more about how to get girls engaged in STEM.

    Read more on our blog.

  • New Blog: So, You Want to Make the World a Better Place?


  • 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.

  • 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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