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Congratulations to our Top Cookie Boss and Top Troop!
Congratulations to Addison Burge for being GSSI’s Top Cookie Boss for the 2023 Cookie Program. Addy’s 3rd consecutive year being the Top Boss is a council record. This year she sold 3,584 packages. Great job, Addy! Our Top Troop this year was Troop 164 from Evansville. The troop rocked cookie booths and sold a total of 9,170 packages of cookies. Great job to all the girls, families, and volunteers in Troop 164!

For a complete list of all our cookie bosses, watch for the 2023 Cookie Celebrities Publication, coming soon!
End of Cookie Program Surveys
We always work hard to improve the Cookie Program for girls and volunteers, and we want your feedback! We ask all volunteers and girls who participated in the 2023 Cookie Program to take a short survey to help us know how your experience went. Please share the survey for the girls with your troop families.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a $25 GSSI shop gift certificate, and one girl and one volunteer will win. The surveys close on May 15.
Volunteer survey
Girls and Families Survey
Early Renewal is Happening Now!
Get ready for a year of fun ahead with Girl Scouts. All girls and adults who renew between April 1-June 5, 2023, are eligible to receive awesome incentives. (Troops and Service Units are also eligible for additional incentives.) Check out all the information at the link below, and renew today!

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April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!
April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we’re providing tools and tips to help you celebrate and recognize our remarkable volunteers all month. As a thank you from GSSI, our Troop Support Specialists will deliver volunteer gifts at Service Unit meetings in May!

Resources from GSUSA to Celebrate Volunteers
A Special Thank You from GSUSA CEO Bonnie Barczykowski
Exclusive Girl Scout Volunteer Discounts
Show Your Troop Leader Some Love Activities
The Best Way Girl Scouts Can Thank You this Volunteer Appreciation Month
Volunteer Thank You Cards (younger girls)
Volunteer Thank You Cards (older girls)
Delegates: Save the Date for the 2023 Annual Meeting
GSSI will host the 2023 council Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 6:00 PM CDT at the Pavilion Conference Room and Terrace at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh. (A virtual participation option will also be available.) A light dinner and dessert will be served.

Meeting Agenda:
  • 5:30 PM: Registration opens
  • 6:00 PM: Meeting
  • 6:30 PM: Recognitions and awards (Board Service, GSUSA & GSSI Adult Awards, Honor & Golden Honor Troops*)
Volunteers: Register Now for Troop Camp Training
When: Saturday, April 29, 9:00 AM CDT–Sunday, April 30, 12:00 PM CDT
Where: Camp Koch
Cost: $20/person to cover food and training expenses

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. 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 spring and fall. (The next date for this training is on September 23 - 24, 2023.)

Prerequisites: Fire Building and/or Basic Outdoor Cooking must have taken Fire Building and Basic Outdoor Cooking at least six months prior to effectively practice skills.

Registration closes on Friday, April 21, at 12:00 PM CDT; space is limited, so register now! If you have questions, please reach out to Aimee Stachura at astachura@girlscouts-gssi.org or 812-421-4970
Your voice matters and makes Girl Scouts better for everyone—so we want to hear from you! Your feedback is used to make national programs more engaging, inclusive, and hands-on, and to create new resources to support troop leaders.

This month, GSUSA is conducting the Girl Scout Voices Count national survey of Girl Scouts, parents/caregivers, and troop leaders (service unit volunteers will be surveyed in May). The surveys went out the week of April 3. Be sure to check your email for an invitation to participate.

As a thank you, everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win 1 of 20 $50 gift cards from GSUSA. Plus, GSSI troop leaders, girls, and parents/guardians will be entered into prize drawings—three leaders will receive a $50 prize, and four girls/parents will win $25.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Shop Updates
Bridging awards mark a girl's transition from one leadership level to the next. An exciting time in a Girl Scout's life, the earning of the award and completion of the activities are designed to emphasize the continuity of one Girl Scout program and to welcome girls to an anticipated "next level." Our Bridging Kits contain everything you need to celebrate these special events!

Each kit contains a bridging award patch, certificate, membership star and disc, bridging pencil, and a bridging fun patch. (Junior and Cadette kits include Brownie Wings.) Brownies, Seniors, and Ambassadors kits are $8.00 each; Juniors and Cadettes are $9.75.

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Shop Hours
• Monday & Wednesday: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM CDT
• Thursday: 9:00 AM–1:00 PM CDT

In addition to in-person shopping, we offer online ordering with free shipping or store pickup.
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The 2023 Highest Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 6, at Venue 812 in Evansville. We will recognize the following awards at the ceremony: Gold, Silver, and Bronze, Journey Summit, Graduating Seniors, and the Top Cookie Bosses. Invitations have been sent to all awardees. If you are receiving an award but did not receive an email, you may REGISTER HERE.
Award Certificate Request
If your Girl Scout is unable to attend Highest Awards, you may request printed certificates for your awardee. Certificates can be emailed, mailed, picked up at the council office, or delivered to Service Unit meetings.

Certificates available for:
• Gold
• Silver
• Bronze
• Journey Summit
• Community Service Bar
• Service to Girl Scouting Bar
• Counselor-in-Training 1 and 2
• Program Aide
• 10-Year Girl Membership
• Graduating Senior
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Alcoa Foundation's Project Pollinate Mini-Grants are Available Now
Through a generous grant from Alcoa Foundation, GSSI is now offering funding of up to $75 to assist with take action projects seeking help to protect pollinators. LEARN MORE
Spring has sprung, and summer is right around the corner, which means it's almost camp time! We have a variety of programs planned, including overnights at Camp Koch and service unit day camps.
Join our team as a Summer Outreach Program Facilitator!
Summer Outreach Program Facilitators provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by facilitating programs at schools and community organizations. This position involves leading a 1.5-hour program with a flexible schedule through the summer months, mainly in the afternoon. This role is perfect for college students or retirees!
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Friday & Saturday, April 21-22
Where: Wesselman Woods and Howell Wetlands
Who: All ages
Cost: Free
What: Join Wesselman Woods as they celebrate the planet with this community event! Visit either property for free between 9:00 AM–5:00 PM CDT each day, but stop by during special hours for giveaways and free nature-themed fun! Howell Wetlands activities will occur from 10:00 AM–2:00 PM, and additional activities will occur at Wesselman Woods from 2:00–5:00 PM.

Sunday, April 23, 2:30–4:00 PM CDT
Where: Friedman Park, East Pavilion 1, Newburgh
Who: All girls in grades Pre K-1
Cost: Free
What: What better way to celebrate Earth Day than some artistic fun and ice cream? Join us for painting, a scavenger hunt, other fun Earth Day activities, and an ice cream social by JB's Barnyard Ice Cream!
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Katie Shonk at leflerke@gmail.com
RSVP Please be sure to RSVP by April 19.

Friday-Saturday, April 28-29
Where: Hornady Park, Petersburg, IN
Who: All girls in grades K-12 (Grades 4-12 can attend the overnight; grades K-3 attend Saturday only)
Cost: K-3: $15; 4-12 $25
What: All girls in grades K-3 are invited to a special Outdoor Journey-in-a-Day event! Girls will complete all steps of the journey except the Take Action Project.
For questions, contact Sandy McBeth at slmcbeth@yahoo.com or (812) 582-0088.
REGISTER NOW Registration deadline is April 18

Sunday, May 7, 2:00 PM CDT
Where: Camp Koch, Cannelton (by the lake)
What: We invite all Girl Scouts, former campers, camp staff, and anyone in the community who would like to thank Ranger "Mr. Jim" Efinger for his service to Girl Scouting and Camp Koch to a special dedication ceremony. Mr. Jim served as Camp Ranger at Camp Koch for 21 years, from 1975-1996, and will be at the event. The ceremony will take place by the lake and be followed by light refreshments. No RSVP is required.

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