Spotlight: Girl Scouts

I’m going to attempt to spotlight some area businesses and organizations that I think you might be interested in hearing more about. Hopefully this will become a regular post. A special thanks to Rachel Kretzer with Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri for being my first guest!

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri

What is the mission of Girl Scouts? 

The mission of Girl Scouts is “Building girls of Courage, Confidence and Character who make the world a better place.”  Girl Scouting encourages girls to; Discover Self and develop confidence by building new skills and learning new things, Connect with Others by learning how to work as a team and resolve conflicts while treating others with respect, and Take Action by developing projects, based on their own interests and values, these projects should make their community a better place.  We want all Girl Scouts to “Lead Like a Girl Scout” where G.I.R.L. stands for Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker and Leader.

Who can participate in Girl Scouts?

We encourage all girls Kindergarten-12th Grade to participate in Girl Scouts and girls can register at any time.  In addition to girl participation, adult volunteers are an important part of delivering the Girl Scout mission.  Without a team of amazing volunteers to lead troops, manage area volunteers, organize the cookie sale, host events, etc….. we would not be able to offer the Girl Scout experience to girls in the NW Missouri area.  While we have great volunteers, we are always looking for more women to become a role model for girls and volunteer with Girl Scouts.

How do you join Girl Scouts?        

You can join Girl Scouts by visiting or you may sign up in person at our St. Joseph Office at 1311 N Belt Highway, Suite B.  The membership dues are $15 for the entire Girl Scout year and can be paid by cash, check or credit card.  We offer Financial Assistance for any girl that would like to join and needs assistance paying the annual membership.

What are the Girl Scouts in St. Joe up to right now?

Girl Scouts in St. Joseph are doing amazing service projects, earning badges, getting outdoors and having so much fun!  Our Troops have made holiday cards and sang Christmas carols at local nursing homes, collected cloth diaper supplies for Rebecca’s Foundation, served meals to those less fortunate at The Crossing Outreach Ministry, used troop funds to purchase hygiene items for the Noyes Home, collected food for Second Harvest through the Scouting for Food program and participated in many more service projects that benefit local organizations.
Since the start of the Girl Scout year in October, our local troops have hosted a Night Hike at Mark Youngdahl Conservation Area, went Roller Skating with Santa and got a workout at Girl Scout Zumba.
Girl Scout week is in March and girls will have the opportunity to celebrate by going Ice Skating, attending Girl Sunday services and participating in a My Promise My Faith Workshop, taking Self Defense classes and competing in a Girl Scout Cake Off.  Girl Scouts are also going camping and learning outdoor skills at our Girl Scout Camp properties, local State Parks and public camping facilities.
A Spring Camporee is scheduled in April that will give girls the opportunity to spend 2 nights camping at God’s Mountain where they will work towards earning level specific outdoor badges.  In addition to camping, troops are taking advantage of the Outdoor Adventure programs offered at our Girl Scout Camp properties.  These activities include ziplining, rappelling, archery, tomahawk throwing and much more!  Not only do girls participate in outdoor and adventure programs, our council, Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri, offer trips and excursions created specifically for Girl Scouts.  A troop in St. Joseph is preparing to attend the Council Sponsored Trip; From London to Lucerne where they will travel to London, Paris and high into to the Swiss Alps.

With so many troops in the St. Joseph area these are just a few examples of what Girl Scouts are doing.  It is a great time to be a Girl Scout and St. Joe girls are starting to recognize the endless possibilities Girl Scouts has to offer.

When is cookie season? 🙂 

Girl Scout Cookie Season begins on January 1st and lasts to mid-March.  Girls sell cookies as individuals and as a troop at cookie booths.  The Girl Scout Cookie Program is celebrating 100 years in 2017 and we have added a new S’more Cookie to the lineup.  The cookie program gives girls the opportunity to earn money for their troop but also teaches them the 5 Important Skills of Goal setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.  In order to make finding Girl Scout Cookies easy, we have added a Cookie Finder app that can be downloaded to your phone and will identify cookie booths in your area.

Contact information:

Rachel Kretzer
Manager, Training and Volunteer Support
Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri
1311 N. Belt Hwy, Suite B
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Office: 816-273-0610

Girl Scouts were entrepreneurs going as far back as 1917.
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