Rewards of Volunteering Come in Quiet Moments + Hugs


  As an engineer at Donaldson Companies, hugs are not part of Kay Hatlestad’s standard greeting, but they are exactly what she is swarmed with anytime she stops by Edgerton or Harambee Elementary in Maplewood to see her Girl Scout troop. As a leader for her daughter’s troop for 10 years, Kay Hatlestad loved every […]

Cookie Advice from a Cookie Service Unit Manager


Even though Ellen Itskovich’s previous cookie experience was limited to supporting her daughters as they sold Girl Scout cookies, in 2013 she stepped up to fill the vacant Highlanders/Kewaydin service unit cookie manager position. Once she was educated on all the channels available to troop leaders and parents, Ellen made it her top priority to […]

Girl Scouts Badge Extravaganzas


As the troop leader for both a Girl Scout Daisy and a Junior troop, Girl Scouts River Valleys volunteer, Danielle knows that girls are busy, and the key to success is keeping them interested. To make the most of the time the troops have together, Danielle has developed what’s become known as the Girl Scout […]

Camping + Laughter Lead to a Lifetime of Connections


Laughter comes easily for mother and daughter Therese and Mary Britts, especially when the two start talking Girl Scouts. Therese is the matriarch of an exceptional family of Girl Scouts that includes eight daughters and five granddaughters. In her decades volunteering as a Girl Scout leader, Therese mentored more than 100 girls in Robbinsdale, MN. […]

New Resources are Available for Troop Leaders


Looking for help with troop operations, STEM, or planning your troop year? New resources are available to help you with a number of activities. Troop Support Specialists These River Valleys staff members specialize in specific areas of Girl Scout knowledge. They can assist you with questions regarding troop operations, program level resources, STEM, higher awards […]