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Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana
September 2023
GSSI's Monthly Newsletter
All girls in grades K-12 and their families are invited to join us for outdoor fun and discovery as we explore, learn, and create at Wesselman Woods!

Where: Wesselman Woods, 551 N Boeke Rd, Evansville
When: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM CDT
Who: All girls in grades K-12 and their families
Cost: $10/person for Youth (grades K-12), $5/person for Adults, and Free for Children (ages four and under) *Registration includes lunch for all registered attendees and one (1) Kona Ice treat for Youth (grades K-12).

Activities & Stations:
• Guided hikes with Wesselman Woods Staff
• STEM experiences & games with Toyota
• Painting wooden animals with Alcoa
• Outer space fun with the GSSI Astronomy Club
• Hair Tinseling (Free!)
• Girls Who Code
• Girl Scout SWAPS
• Leave No Trace Principles
• Explore the Nature Playscape and other areas of the nature preserve at your own pace

Live Entertainment and Classes:
Music from the Camp Koch Singers, 10:00–11:00 AM
Shui Lung Tai Chi, 11:00–11:45 AM
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit Demonstration, 12:00–12:50 PM
Yoga with Sara Loehr, 1:00–1:45 PM

Hurry, the registration deadline is Monday, September 11, at 11:00 PM CDT!
Keep the fun going with your Girl Scout crew! They’re waiting to create a new art project with you, build a robot together, and work as a team to change the world. The possibilities are endless when you let your curiosity lead the way. Don’t miss out on another year of incredible new experiences with your friends by your side; renew your membership today!
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Volunteer Spotlight
This month, we'd like to thank the volunteers who have assisted with recruiting at our recent SPA-Cial Day Events! Your assistance is vital to the growth of our council, and we appreciate your time!
Leaders: Honor & Golden Honor Troop Applications are Due October 1
Honor & Golden Honor Troops achieve the essential elements of a Girl Scout troop and provide overall excellence in troop management and programming in a given year. To achieve this honor, leaders and girls must work in partnership with each other, other troops, service unit team, and council staff.

Applications for the 2022-2023 membership year are due Sunday, October 1. For questions, contact
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Mark Your Calendar Now with Important Cookie Dates!
The 2024 Cookie Program Calendar is now available and contains all the milestone dates that volunteers and families need to know for the upcoming cookie season.
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Upcoming Volunteer Trainings
Troop Camp Training
Saturday, September 23 at 9:00 AM–Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 PM CDT
Where: Camp Koch, 6160 E. State Rd 66, Cannelton, IN 47520
Cost: $22.50/person
Troop Camp Training certifies volunteers to hold tent camping overnights at campgrounds and other outdoor locations. The training provides hands-on camp learning during an overnight experience. Skills covered include advanced fire building, various outdoor cooking techniques, tent care, Leave No Trace, and much more. Troop Camp Training is typically offered twice a year, once in the fall and also in the spring. *PREREQUISITIES: Fire Building and Basic Outdoor Cooking training must have been have taken at least six months prior to effectively practice skills.
Fire Building & Basic Outdoor Cooking Training
When: Sunday, November 5, 12:00 PM–6:00 PM CDT
Evansville; address will be shared upon registration
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 30 at 12:00 PM CDT (Space is limited; register early!)
This course is designed to equip volunteers with the skills to effectively utilize the Girl Scout program in an outdoor setting. The activities learned could be done at troop meetings, parks, or backyards to familiarize girls with outdoor activities. With this course, you will be certified to conduct outdoor campfires for recreation or cooking. This class consists of in-person training and a review of online information prior to in-person training (40 minutes). Fire Building and Basic Outdoor Cooking is valid for three years and may be recertified online once the certification lapses.
First Aid & CPR Certification
When: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM CDT
GSSI Council Office, 5000 E. Virginia Street, Suite 2, Evansville, IN 47715
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 30, at 11:45 PM CDT (Space is limited; register early!)
GSSI schedules First Aid/CPR certification courses with accredited organizations specifically for our Girl Scout volunteers. Individuals will learn to manage a variety of accidents, from scrapes and cuts to bruises, choking, and accidental poisoning. Volunteers are not required to complete this training through GSSI if they are already certified. Please note that GSSI will not accept certifications or recertifications from online-only courses.
From September 11-30, when you spend $60+ at the GSSI Shop, you will receive a $10 coupon to use on any $25+ purchase from October 1-November 30, 2023. Plus, the more you spend, the more you save; customers can earn up to 3 coupons each! Please note that this promotion is valid only in the GSSI Shop and not online purchases from GSUSA.
GSSI Shop Hours Update
The GSSI shop is now open for in-person shopping on Mondays from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM CDT.

Orders are accepted Monday through Friday and may be placed online, by email, or by phone for FREE shipping or pick-up! Learn more and find ordering info on our GSSI Shop page linked below.

Questions? Contact Customer Care at or call 812-421-4970.
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Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to join the GSSI Astronomy Club!
Are you curious about astronomy? Then GSSI Astronomy Club is for you. This girl-led leadership experience allows Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts to explore the universe together. Our regular meetings focus on various fascinating topics in the world of astronomy. Each session ends with telescope viewing, weather permitting.

The September meeting will focus on astrophotography with an overnight campout for night sky viewing! The list of upcoming meetings and topics is available on the registration form linked below.

Girls must be registered for the 2023-2024 program year to participate.

The Astronomy Club is led by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador and Girl Scout Volunteer Mandy Scurry; she can be reached at
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Saturday, September 9, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM CDT
Where: Lincoln State Park, Indiana 162, Lincoln City, IN 47552
Cost: Park admission is $7/vehicle for in-state and $9/vehicle out-of-state
What: GSSI is excited to partner with Lincoln State Park for the nationwide Girl Scouts Love State Parks initiative! During this event, Lincoln State Park Interpretive Naturalist, Michael Crews, will start the day off by leading girls and their families and friends on the historic Mr. Lincoln’s Neighborhood Walk, followed by some fun, engaging activities led by various staff and volunteers throughout the day. Plus, girls can earn the Girl Scouts Love State Parks fun patch!

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 PM CDT
Where: Arad McCutchan Stadium, 1900 E. Walnut Street, Evansville
Cost: $3/person; $2 for optional fun patch
What: Girl Scouts and their families are invited to cheer on the UE Women's Soccer Team as they take on Valparaiso! After the game, Girl Scouts can meet the players and get their photos and autographs.
For tickets, email Logan Belz at

Check out our event calendar for more upcoming programs!
GSSI Event Calendar
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