Moving to a Sustainable Future

blog-gsrv-trefoilGirl Scouts River Valleys serves more than 40,000 girls in a 49-county area, making it one of the largest councils in the country. In order to remain strong in today’s competitive environment, our organization and the way we do our work must continue to evolve to meet the changing needs and expectations of girls and adults.

At the same time, Girl Scouts River Valleys is experiencing unprecedented financial pressures following two consecutive years in which proceeds from the Cookie Program (which account for 60 percent of council revenues), were more than $1.0 million below expectations. Facing a decline in membership and increased costs as we plan for the 2014 membership year, it is critical that we reduce our overall expense base to a level that can be supported by expected revenues.

After collecting extensive input from members and other stakeholders regarding mission priorities, Girl Scouts River Valleys will be implementing a lower-cost operating and support structure that will focus on increasing recruitment and retention, improving programming and streamlining processes to create positive experiences and meet the changing needs of today’s girls, families and volunteers. As a result, our current workforce will be reduced by 18 positions.

In addition, Girl Scouts River Valleys is transitioning two low-traffic service centers from full-time staff locations to part-time satellite locations. Both Northfield and Redwood Falls will retain a retail presence and meeting space for girls, volunteers and staff.

While these changes are significant, they are also necessary to preserve our capacity to provide opportunities for girls to develop their skills, talents and collaborative leadership abilities that are needed to master the complex, global challenges of the 21st century.

Members of the media with questions can contact Jen Thorson at or 651-379-4798.