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Early Bird Registration

Spring is just around the corner, which at Girl Scouts River Valleys means that Early Registration is almost here! Early Registration for the 2015 Girl Scout year begins April 12 and ends on June 6, and we are excited to announce that this year’s early bird is the Atlantic Puffin. Everyone who registers during Early Registration will receive a free Early Bird Patch that features the puffin!! The cost for Girl Scout membership is $15.

Individual members who participate in Early Registration will be also automatically enrolled in a special monthly discount at the Girl Scout shop that runs May 2014–April 2015.This means that all Early Registration members will receive an email each month with a discount on a particular product for a limited time.The monthly discount is exclusive to only those who register during the Early Registration time period, so don’t miss out. Please note: Emails will start the month following your registration, so if you’d like to get all 12 month’s worth of special shop discount emails, we recommend that you register by the end of April.

Please look for more information to come and feel free to contact our registrar, Rhonda Kindem, at rhonda.kindem@gmail.com with any questions.

Announcing: VLSU's T-Shirt Design Winner!

Congratulations to Jada from Troop 55094 for winning the VLSU shirt design contest! Jada's design will be available for order on a large variety of apparel options from tank tops and tees to hoodies and backpacks.

  • To see Jada's original design, click here.
  • If you are interested in purchasing VLSU apparel, please contact Sara Garoutte at penguin0315@gmail.com with questions.
  • There are VLSU Patches too!

    Valley Lake patches (specially designed by one of our very own Girl Scouts) are still available for just $1.25 each. Get yours today! Why not make sure everyone in your troop has one too? Patches will be for sale at upcoming Leader Meetings - or contact Liz Rein to purchase at your convenience.

    Next Leader Meeting is May 1st - See You There!

    Troop Leaders & parents, please plan to attend. We meet monthly at the Timbers in Apple Valley (140th & Pennock):
  • All meetings run from 6:30-8:00p and are held (usually) the first Thursday evening of each month during the school year.
  • Come & get the scoop about what's new in Girl Scouts, hear the latest re: events, ideas, training, girl-happenings, cookie-sales & much more. You need this info to stay up-to-date on leading your troop(s)!
  • Let's hear your ideas, comments & suggestions. Our Share Ideas page of this website needs your clever input to inspire other leaders! Is there a topic you'd like to include on the meeting agenda? Contact Amy Fewell, Service Unit Manager.
  • Meeting is held in the Chapel area (main floor, rear of building). Please note that sign-in at the door is required for all attendees (this is a secure, senior-living building). Also note that if you must bring a child along to the meeting, they MUST sit quietly & remain within the meeting room at all times.
  • Share Your Troop's talents, accomplishments & projects--troops are welcome to hold a flag ceremony, discuss their recent service projects or activities, or even teach everyone a new song!
  • For a printer-friendly version of our SUT roster, click here: 2013-2014 SUT Roster
  • Here is VLSU's year-at-a-glance calendar: 2013-2014 Schedule. Watch for updates...
  • Miss the April Meeting? April meeting minutes will be posted soon.

  • Servie Unit Events & Activities: Valley Adventures Day Camp

    The 10th annual Valley Adventures Day Camp is now full!

    Thank you to everyone who has registered for Valley Adventures Day Camp! The program has a limited number of spots due to space constraints. The PROGRAM IS NOW FULL. A waiting list can be generated as there are usually 1-3 cancellations per year. Please email Gretchen Simpson at gretchsimpson@icloud.com to inquire about the waiting list.

    For more information, please visit our "Valley Adventures Day Camp" webpage. See the link at very left of the page or click the link here: Valley Adventures Day Camp Website

    ATTENTION VALLEY ADVENTURES DAY CAMP VOLUNTEERS! There will be a mandatory camp kick-off meeting on Monday, June 2nd from 6:30-8:30pm to present all of the information volunteers need to know prior to serving at camp. Please visit the VADC page for more details.

    More Service Unit Events & Activities

      The Pop Tab Challenge Celebration: Pulling For A Purpose was a success! Abigail exceeded her goal, which was to collect over 1,000,000 tabs. With the support of girl scouts in our area, she actually collected 769 pounds of pop tabs or about 1.2 million! Please take a moment to watch this video highlighting Abigail's Silver Award success:

    Troop 54084 is doing a service project for the Lewis House. The troop will be donating items, doing an art project, and playing yard games with the children currently residing there. The Lewis House is a safe place for women and children in danger. Please help our troop by donating items for our project.

  • Items needed are: Diapers, wipes, twin sheets, bath towels, infant toys,toddler clothing (24 months-5T), and standard size hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, etc.)
  • All items must be new.
  • Please bring items (in a bag or box) to the leader meeting on May 1st.
  • For more information, please see the troop's informational flyer.
  •   Cadette Girl Scout troop 51474 is working on their Silver award and has chosen to focus on the topic of homelessness. Please join them in making welcome baskets for homeless families/individuals in Dakota County who are transitioning into housing. These baskets will be distributed through the Dakota Woodlands shelter and the CAP Agency. Click the link to view the flyer with more details Hope for the Homeless Flyer.

      Bobbie from Troop 51323 is working on her Gold Award. Please help particpate in her project, titled: 'Remember You Are Loved' (Recuerda que eres amado). Click the following links to view her Gold flyer and website with crafting details: No-Sew Fleece Pillow.

      Troop 14403 is working on their Bronze Award by collecting books and donations to purchase books. Donations will go to people in need in orphanges, children's hospitals, military organizations, and senior centers. If you wish to donate, contact Cary Suriono at tutsiesmom@yahoo.com. Deadline is April 1, 2014. See the troop's informational flyer (click here) for more details.

      Save the date for a special invitation to the 2014 Yule Log!

  • When:November 15 & 16, 2014
  • Where: Camp Lakamaga
  • Who:Valley Lake Service Unit Leaders and their daughters
  • Why: To enjoy special "mother-daughter" time with each other

  • Community Events for Girl Scouts

      Join a traveling wagon train across the frontier,sing cowboy songs, cook over campfires, pan for gold, make pioneer crafts, learn to square dance, and more. Westward ho to Wild, Wild West Day Camp!

  • When:July 28-August 1, 2014
  • Where: Camp Sacajawea in Apple Valley, MN
  • Schedule: Mon-Wed 9am-3pm, Thursday dropoff at 9am, stay overnight, and Friday, pick up at 12pm
  • For the flyer and registration form click here or for more information, please contact: Cathy McCoy, Volunteer Director at
      651-423-3294 or email: cmmccoy@proactinc.org
  •   Namaste.  It's time for Yoga! Registered Yoga Instructor Jennifer Holzer is excited to announce an offer for Girl Scouts (4th grade & older) to try a yoga class at her new 3-in-1 Yoga studio in Lakeville. Groups of 5 to 6 can be accommodated at her home; or she is willing to travel to your designated (space-allowing) troop location to teach her 50-minute class. Class fee is just $30 for any number of participants. Leaders, please contact Jennifer at (952) 431-8892, to make arrangements ahead of time. Girls should dress in comfortable clothing and bring their own yoga mat (she has a few extras, if needed).

    Visit our Fotki Site for Valley Lake Photos

    World Thinking Day

    Click on this link to see all the VLGS photos of our amazing girl events. Password required. (See Nicole Junker if you have not received the password). In keeping with GS-USA guidelines, no G.S. photos placed on-line will be identified. Please restrict the use of our Valley Lake password to leaders, Girl Scouts, and parents of registered Girl Scouts. Click on 'view album' and enter the psw as prompted (no need to attempt login).

  • Note - Fotki.com is presently moving all of its photo servers & equipment (for greater security): some photos may not be viewable between October 15 & November 15, 2013.

  • Need Ideas for Your Troop?
  • Check out the Idea Incubator page of this site for great Girl ideas . . . and don't forget to submit your own!
  • Also head on over to the Links page of our site for crafts & games ideas, plus other helpful links.
  • To learn about upcoming events, please join us at the monthly leader's meetings.
  • Let's Talk - Main avenues of communication within our Service Unit:
    • This Web Site - It's always available and it's updated OFTEN. Make sure to check frequently for up-to-date announcements, & to find flyers & registration for MANY troop activities/events throughout the year.
    • Leader Meetings - Held the first Thursday (usually) of each month, Sept. through May, at the Timbers (Pennock & 140th, Apple Valley). Meetings begin at 6:30pm. Leader meetings are a great way to meet and learn from other leaders in our area, ask questions, get answers first-hand.
    Be sure to check out the Info for Leaders link on our site for more Girl Scout info.