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Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana
February 2024 News from GSSI
Cookie Delivery
Cookie Delivery is happening the week of February 5, 2024. Please make sure you know when and where you need to go for your cookie delivery.
Cookie Cupboard and Friday Cookies
There are five cookie cupboards throughout our council (Vanderburgh, Perry, Dubois, Knox, and Martin) that troops are welcome to go to to get more cookies. Friday Cookies will allow you to check cookies out to use for the weekend and bring back what isn’t sold. Friday Cookie orders must be placed ahead of time with the participating cupboards (the link will go live on Monday).
Cookie Booth Set Up, Etiquette, and Addressing Falsehoods
Cookie Booths are a huge part of the Cookie Program as they are direct sales and a great opportunity for your troop to partner with a local business. Booths are an excellent way for girls to reach higher goals, too. Review the Cookie Booth Guidelines for more details on booth set-up and etiquette. Volunteers should also review the information found in Addressing Falsehoods about Girl Scouts to be prepared to answer any questions that may arise from customers during cookie booths.
Bling Your Booth
The Bling Your Booth contest is back! Troops are encouraged to create a fun and unique cookie booth to showcase their artistic marketing skills. The top three vote-getting troops will win a gift certificate to the council shop! To enter, submit up to 3 photos of your booth to by Thursday, March 7, 2024. Please include your troop number as well. Voting will take place from Friday, March 8 to Wednesday, March 13, 2024, via an online form that will be shared on social media. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 15, 2024.
Volunteer Cookie Booth Math Training
Our facilitator, Nicole, did an excellent job at our Volunteer Cookie Booth Math Training. There is a recorded video to watch for anyone who wasn’t able to make it.

This training goes over the following:
- Calculating varieties and quantities to bring to a cookie booth
- Dividing booth cookies by hours worked
- Counting cash and checks quickly
- Keeping track of cash deposits

Nicole also included her Google Tracker Report, so volunteers will need to "Make a Copy" if wanting to use it.
Troop-Secured Booths
There are now instructions on how to set up a Troop-Secured Booth in Smart Cookies. This allows you to access the CC platform through Digital Cookies and allows your troop booth to be found on the online Cookie Finder page.

You DO NOT have to put in your lottery or first come, first serve booths. These have been automatically added to your troop reservations. If you need to cancel any of your lottery or first come, first serve booths, please make sure to let the cookie department know at  
For assistance with anything cookie-related, contact your Service Unit Cookie Chair or Gretchen, Director of Product Sales, at
Bookkeeper: This role supports the Chief Business Officer in managing the council’s financial stability and operation, as well as overseeing general human resource personnel functions. APPLY NOW

After-School Program Facilitator: This part-time role provides girls with The Girl Scout Leadership Experience by facilitating programs at schools and community organizations during the school year. This role is perfect for college students or retirees! APPLY NOW

Membership Support Specialist: This role will lead the development and execution of girl and adult membership recruitment and retention, as well as support volunteers throughout the year. APPLY NOW

Director of Membership: This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing a comprehensive year-round plan for recruiting and supporting girls and volunteers to grow and retain council membership, as well as providing leadership and management oversight to 4-6 team members. APPLY NOW
Nominate a Deserving Volunteer for Adult Awards from GSUSA & GSSI
GSUSA offers several formal awards that can be bestowed upon deserving adult volunteers, and anyone can nominate a volunteer. GSUSA's deadline is February 15. GSSI's deadline is April 1. Click below for more info.
Reminder: Child Protection Guidelines and Training
Thank you to the volunteers who have already reviewed the new Child Protection Guidelines and completed the training! These guidelines empower staff members and volunteers to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to all forms of child abuse, and ensure GSSI programming takes place in safe, nurturing environments that foster healthy relationship building.

It is essential that all registered volunteers, regardless of volunteer role, review these guidelines, which can be found in the GSSI Policies, Standards, Volunteer & Children Protection Guidelines, as soon as possible. GSSI is also requiring at least one co-leader per troop to complete the Indiana Department of Child Service’s online training, Don’t Wait! Make the Call, before cookies arrive on Monday, February 5. GSSI has an online form for volunteers to confirm they have reviewed GSSI’s child protection guidelines and completed the online training. Thank you for helping us make child abuse prevention a top priority!
Volunteer Leadership Summits
What: GSSI is hosting two Volunteer Leadership Summits this spring to ensure everyone’s voice is heard as we plan for the future. Volunteers are welcome to attend either event location regardless of their designated service unit. Dinner will be provided, and a formal registration will be posted in the near future.
Evansville Summit
When: Thursday, March 14, 2024, 5:30-7:30 PM CDT
Where: Newburgh United Methodist Church in Newburgh, IN
Jasper Summit
When: Monday, March 18, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM EDT
Where: Vincennes University- Jasper Campus in Jasper, IN

Troop Camp Training
What: Troop Camp Training certifies volunteers to hold tent camping overnights at campgrounds and other outdoor locations. The training provides hands-on camp training during an overnight experience. **You must attend the entire training to be certified**
When: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 9:00 AM to Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 12:00 PM CDT
Where: Camp Koch - Cannelton, Indiana
Cost: $20.00 per person to cover food and training expenses (plus a $2.50 credit card processing fee)
Registration: Due by Friday, May 10, 2024, at 12:00 PM CDT

Fire Building & Basic Outdoor Cooking Training for Volunteers
What: This course is designed to equip volunteers with the skills to effectively utilize the Girl Scout program in an outdoor setting. With this course, you will be certified to conduct outdoor campfires for recreation or cooking.
When: Sunday, May 19, 2024, 12:00 - 6:00 PM CDT
Where: Evansville; exact location will be shared upon registration
Cost: $10/person (plus a $2.50 credit card processing fee)
Registration: Due by Friday, May 10, 2024, at 12:00 PM CDT
Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Push past your comfort zone by applying for a 2024-2025 trip on your own, and make friends from all over the country as you travel with new Girl Scout friends. Whether you go abroad or travel domestically, there’s a unique, life-changing experience for everyone!

GSSI is beginning to look into helping our local members experience the world with Girl Scouts again! As a council, we have not hosted a council-wide trip since pre-Covid times, and want to start providing local Girl Scouts with that opportunity once more. We have created a survey to gauge interest in planning a potential trip in the coming years, so please fill it out if you have dreams of traveling the world!
Do you want to show your community what a girl can do and the change-making power of Girl Scouts? Then we invite you to share your stories with us!
Help us show our community #WhatAGirlCanDo and, more specifically, what Girl Scouts can accomplish! Send your stories and photos to Hannah Minasian at
Show your Girl Scout troop pride with our 2024 tees & hoodies in fun new colors! All designs feature the GSSI Logo on the front and the option to include your troop number on the right sleeve. Orders are placed at the beginning of each month; the next deadline to submit orders is February 7. Allow approximately 3-4 weeks for delivery to the council. Download the order form at the link below.
Order Form
Women of Distinction 2024
Women of Distinction is GSSI's annual celebration of women and businesses working to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community. Save the date for April 19 at the Deaconess Pavillion; more information is coming soon! To become an event sponsor or for questions, contact Megan Stillwell at
Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Fall Event with Alcoa Foundation
GSSI's annual Girl Scouts Love the Outdoors Fall Event will be held at Holiday World on September 7. All girls in grades K-12 and their families are welcome to spend a day exploring the park and participating in special Girl Scout activities. More information is coming soon, so mark your calendars today!
National Girls & Women in Sports Day with UE Women's Basketball
The University of Evansville (UE) is having a big day coming up for one of their Women’s Basketball games: National Girls & Women in Sports Day! They would love to have Girl Scouts and their families attend, so UE is offering FREE tickets, as well as FREE lunch with the athletes, a tour of campus, and a sports clinic before the game begins.
When: Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 5:00 PM CST
University of Evansville's Meeks Family Fieldhouse

Posey County's Me and My Guy Dance 2024: “Boots & Beauties”
Join GSSI's Posey County Service Unit for their 2024 Me and My Guy Dance: "Boots & Beauties." Come for a fun night of music, dancing, refreshments, and prizes!
Saturday, February 10, 2024, 6:00-9:00 PM CST
Poseyville Community Center
60 N Church St, Poseyville, IN 47633
$15 per girl (including her guy), an additional $10 per Girl Scout sibling

Check out our event calendar for more upcoming programs!
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