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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons and Leadership South Dakota Announce New Partnership


    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH) and Leadership South Dakota have announced a new statewide partnership in the areas of brand advocacy, volunteerism and community-based projects.

    The two organizations will host receptions in various South Dakota cities with community leaders and speakers, along with Leadership South Dakota current and former members, as well as speakers from GSDH, including Girl Scouts.

    “Leadership South Dakota is excited about our partnership with Girls Scouts—Dakota Horizons,” said Rick Melmer, Leadership South Dakota Director. “We believe that we want the same thing—to create a strong pool of leaders for our state. We expect that this partnership will help both organizations do just that.”

    “We look forward to highlighting our position as the premiere leadership program for girls,” said Marla Meyer, GSDH CEO. “There is a tremendous amount of data and research to back up how Girl Scout experiences help girls develop leadership skills versus non-Girl Scouts, and by working with another like-minded organization like Leadership South Dakota, we’ll communicate and show how real leadership can make a difference in every community.”

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 13,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every...



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  • The Grainger Foundation Supports Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons in Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders


    The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation located in Lake Forest, Illinois, has donated $5,000 to Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH) in support of its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

    “This grant will be used to bolster Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons council as part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the nation’s premiere leadership program for girls,” said Marla Meyer, GSDH CEO. “We are grateful to The Grainger Foundation for its generosity.”

    GSDH programs currently serve more than 13,000 members in North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota, which include approximately 2,000 in the Sioux Falls area alone.

    This donation was recommended by Al Graue, Operations Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Sioux Falls location.  Grainger has been a part of the Sioux Falls business community for more than 40 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products.  “We are proud to recommend the programs offered by GSDH,” said Graue.  “We understand the need for supporting organizations driven by the mission of helping forge tomorrow’s leaders.”

    The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc. For further information about Grainger contact: Joseph Micucci, Director, Media Relations at...



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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Recognizes Women of Distinction in Service, Leadership and More


    The November luncheon is a celebration of achievement and success by those fulfilling Girl Scouts’ prime organizational goal, helping forge tomorrow’s leaders. 

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH) is pleased to announce the date and location of the Women of Distinction 2017 event, which takes place November 17 in Rapid City, SD at the Holiday Inn—Rushmore Plaza at 12:00 PM.

    Nominations are open now, and you can nominate individuals or businesses in these categories: Woman of Distinction, Distinctive Woman of Service, Juliette Gordon Low Legacy, Friend of Distinction and Tomorrow’s Leader.

    To nominate an individual or business or to read the criteria for each category, go to http://www.gsdakotahorizons.org/wod. You can also purchase tickets for the event at that link. Tickets are $30 per person or a table of eight can be purchased for $225.

    “Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership development program for girls, and the recipients of these awards are true role models,” said Marla Meyer, Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons CEO. “Congratulations to all of the recipients for becoming the kind of strong leaders Girl Scouts can look up to and emulate.”

    Nominations will no longer be accepted after October 15, so please have your nominations submitted by the closing date.

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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Ropes Course Fundraiser Invites You to Conquer the Course


    Calling all levels of cross-fitters, climbers and adventurers: both the high and low ropes courses are available for beginners, amateurs or experienced climbers.

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH) announces a unique opportunity for climbers of all skill levels to spend a Friday or Saturday at Camp Neche in Bismarck, ND on either September 22 or September 23 to enjoy a day in nature testing your own limits or maybe trying an activity you always wanted to but didn’t have the opportunity.

    The cost is $50 per person, and this includes both high and low ropes course participation. Also included is a meal, beverages, an official Circle of Courage patch, Girl Scout Cookies and more.

    Sessions are limited to 40 participants, and you must be at least 13 years old.

    To see a video featuring the Camp Neche ropes course, to buy tickets or for further information, go to https://e.gesture.com/events/6N2/.

    Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Girl Scout Service Center located at 735 Airport Road in Bismarck. Your donation provides the necessary resources so that we can continue to deliver exceptional leadership experiences to every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™  

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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Celebrates National S’mores Day with Community “Thank You” Event


    August 10, 2017 is the 101st anniversary of the renowned s’more campfire treat.

    SIOUX FALLS, SD

    The first known recipe for s’mores was printed in a 1927 Girl Scout handbook, and Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH) will be celebrating the 101st anniversary of the traditional camping favorite, the s’more, on August 10 from 11 AM–2 PM at its office on 1101 S. Marion Rd.

    S’mores are free for all who attend, and you can make your very own delicious s’more or hit the “s’more drive-through.” Meet GSDH staff, volunteers and of course Girl Scouts, who will be helping make the classic favorite.

    Those attending have the opportunity to win a year’s worth of Girl Scout Cookies by guessing how many cases of cookies are packed into a vehicle. Bring your family, troop, friends and co-workers to Girl Scout—Dakota Horizons on August 10.

    “Girl Scout councils across the nation are celebrating the iconic s’more’s 101st anniversary, and we invite everyone to join us,” said Marla Meyer, GSDH Chief Executive Officer. “This is our way of saying thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors, partners, girls, troop leaders, volunteers and more for helping us build Go-Getters, Risk-Takers, Innovators, and Leaders. And who doesn’t enjoy s’mores?  We hope to see you then!”

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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Celebrates Six Gold Award Recipients at TDAF Camp in Aberdeen July 20


    SIOUX FALLS, SD 

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH) is honored to announce the celebration of six Girl Scouts in Aberdeen, SD at TDAF Camp on July 20. Attendees included Girl Scouts; Marla Meyer, Chief Executive Officer; Susan Wefald, Board of Directors President; along with other GSDH staff.

    Gold Award recipients Katie Clark and Samantha Simonsen both attended.  

    To earn highest and most prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, Seniors and Ambassadors must first earn their Silver Award, and then create and implement a Take Action project. The project requirement is at least 80 hours, in which girls identify a community issue, investigate it, develop a plan and build a team to enact it. The goal is to make a mark on the community in which the girls live and also to make a lasting impact on the lives of others.

    Before the celebratory dinner that night, attending recipients had the opportunity to visit the annual Resident Camp held at TDAF Camp near the Richmond Lake State Recreation Area, where 40 potential future Gold Award recipients experienced Girl Scout versions of activities like “You’ve Got Talent,” “Iron Chef” and “Survivor.”

    “People say ‘Once you meet a Gold Award recipient, you never forget her,’ and we are celebrating that distinction for six of our Girl Scouts on July 20,” said Marla Meyer, Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Chief Executive Officer. “While this is only the beginning of who they are and what they will become, I can...



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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Congratulates Samantha Buckley as A Gold Award Recipient


    SIOUX FALLS, SD 

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Samantha Buckley — from Thief River Falls, MINN.— has earned a Gold Award.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor. Standing for excellence and leadership, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify important issues in their communities. Samantha earned the award for her project by creating a video titled “How to Survive High School.” The video—for students transitioning to high school—included a tour of the school, interviews from teachers and students, as well as advice on how to adjust to their new environment.  

    “I noticed that incoming freshman are typically timid and apprehensive about being judged by their peers, so they don’t join clubs or participate in high school events,” said Samantha of Troop 20271. “I think the video teaches them that high school is a place where you can be yourself, and grow.”

    Samantha’s past awards include completing the Mission: Sisterhood Journey and the Silver Award.

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the wo...



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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons and MDU Resources Group, Inc. Celebrate Camp Ocankusa Upgrades


    SIOUX FALLS

    MDU Resources Group, Inc. donated $30,000 for two main renovations: a new roof/shingles on the main cabin and a much-needed rural water hookup.

    The Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons (GSDH) “Arts in the Outdoors” camp will be held at Camp Ocankusa in Mandan, ND July 11. Joining Juniors, Seniors, Cadettes and Ambassador Girl Scouts, will be Mandan City Commissioner Shauna Laber; Susan Wefald, GSDH Board President; Cory Fong, MDU Resources Foundation President, along with Rita O’Neill, MDU Resources Foundation Manager; and local media will also stop by to celebrate the new amenities.

    “We’d like to thank MDU Resources Group for their generous investment. Their investment is not just in Camp Ocankusa, but in the entire Girl Scouts’ Outdoor experience,” said Marla Meyer, GSDH Chief Executive Officer. “This is a vital upgrade to Camp Ocankusa, and makes this beautiful camp even more of a treasure. Seeking new adventures, problem solving, building team spirit as they work together toward a common goal … and truly making the world a better place, that’s just part of what goes into helping hone Girl Scouts for a lifetime of leadership.”

    Meyer also said the water supply was a major need at Camp Ocankusa so volunteers and campers won’t have to make multiple trips every day carrying buckets of water for camp needs.

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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Announces Katie Clark as Gold Award and Scholarship Recipient


    Sioux Falls, SD

    The Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Katie Clark — from Valley City, ND — has earned a Gold Award and is also the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor. Standing for excellence and leadership, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify important issues in their communities. Katie earned the award for her project of organizing a team to refurbish the inside and outside of a chapel, landscape and build a prayer labyrinth at Wesley Acres Camp. Her past awards include the Bronze and Silver Award.

    Katie’s scholarship of $1,500 will go toward her post-secondary education at Valley City State University, where she plans to study elementary education with an emphasis on special education.

    “In Girl Scouts, I learned to be organized. I learned to set goals—especially daily goals that could build up over time,” said Katie of Troop 30613, a Girl Scout from kindergarten through 12th grade. “Additionally, I have learned how to communicate and advocate for those in need. These skills will also be valuable to me in my career and in my life.”

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 15,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. We are committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a...



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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Congratulates Samantha Simonsen as A Gold Award Recipient


    SIOUX FALLS, SD

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Samantha Simonsen — from Mission Hill, SD — has earned a Gold Award.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor. Standing for excellence and leadership, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify important issues in their communities. Samantha earned the award for her project by working with the Yankton Historical Society and Yankton Community Library to create a “walking tour” of downtown Yankton. The tour showcases the history engraved in her hometown, and also gives families a free activity when they visit.

    “I used my ability to work well with fellow citizens of Yankton and knew how to use my resources wisely by working with my AP History Teacher,” said Samantha of Troop 50158.

    Samantha’s past awards include the Bronze and Silver Award. She plans on attending the University of South Dakota and majoring in English Education and Journalism.   

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We are committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a b...



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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Congratulates Lindsey Kenney as A Gold Award Recipient


    SIOUX FALLS, SD

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Lindsey Kenney — from Fargo, ND — has earned a Gold Award.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor. Standing for excellence and leadership, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify important issues in their communities. Lindsey earned the award for her project by creating a permanent display at the Fargo Air Museum about how women have impacted the field of aviation. She partnered with both the Fargo Air Museum and the Fargo Jet Center to complete the project.

    “I called, e-mailed and met with numerous people to get information for the project,” said Lindsey of Troop 30922. “I learned how to be flexible and I was resourceful to find the necessary information and make a permanent display.”

    Kendra’s past awards include the Bronze and Silver Award. She is currently enrolled at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks majoring in Biology and Wildlife.  

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We are committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the...



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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Congratulates Kendra Kuehn as A Gold Award Recipient


    SIOUX FALLS, SD

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Kendra Kuehn — from Brandon, SD — has earned a Gold Award.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor. Standing for excellence and leadership, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify important issues in their communities. Kendra earned the award for her project called “She Creates,” a series of science and engineering camps for girls 4th – 6th grade. The camp taught them how to challenge themselves but also how to speak up for themselves in the moment and be bold with how they share ideas.

    “I was able to communicate with the girls and the community about my camps and was able to motivate the girls to try new things and share their ideas with each other,” said Kendra of Troop 50030. “I utilized a lot of skills to make these camps successful and I have heard back from some of the girls that they are speaking up more in classes and are still creating with the projects they took home from my camps.”

    Kendra’s past awards include the Bronze and Silver Award and the Gold & Silver Torch.

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-ge...



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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Congratulates Jennifer Johnson as A Gold Award Recipient


    SIOUX FALLS, SD

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Jennifer Johnson — from Dickinson, ND — has earned a Gold Award.

    The Girl Scout Gold Award is the Girl Scouts’ highest and most prestigious honor. Standing for excellence and leadership, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify important issues in their communities. Jennifer earned the award for her project of fundraising for a wheelchair accessible swing to be installed in St. Luke’s Nursing Home. She sent out hundreds of donation letters to charities, area businesses, residents’ families and others. She, along with her team of volunteers, raised enough to install the swing and in fact, exceeded their fundraising goals.

    “From this project, I learned how to gather help from the community and organize a plan of action,” said Jennifer of Troop 86110. “I mainly utilized the skill of directing others, but also incorporating others’ suggestions to improve the overall project.”

    Jennifer’s past awards include the Bronze and Silver Award. She graduated high school with highest honors and is enrolled in the medical laboratory science program at the University of North Dakota. She plans on earning a degree in anesthesia or pediatrics and gaining fluency in Korean in order to work overseas.

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  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Announces Lindsey Schoenbeck as Scholarship Recipient


    The Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Lindsey Schoenbeck — from Webster, SD — as the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship.

    Lindsey’s scholarship of $1,500 will go toward her post-secondary education where she plans to study business at the University of South Dakota. She has also earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Girl Scout Awards.

    “Some people are natural born leaders, and some have to work at it,” said Lindsey of Troop 44022, who has been a Girl Scout from kindergarten through 12th grade. “I consider myself the latter as leadership didn’t come easy to me. Girl Scouts has helped me take charge, make important decisions and taught me how to accomplish my goals.”

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 13,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We are committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information visit http://www.gsdakotahorizons.org/ or call 1-800-666-2141.

  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Announces McKenna Baer as Scholarship Recipient


    The Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce McKenna Baer — from Mandan, ND — as the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

    McKenna’s scholarship of $1,000 will go toward her post-secondary education where she plans to study nursing and pre-med at the University of Mary in Bismarck. She has also earned her Silver and Gold Girl Scout Awards.

    “Girl Scouts was really a mentorship program that allowed me to grow and learn about who I am,” said McKenna of Troop 87109, who has been a Girl Scout for 11 years. “I will use these learned skills in the workplace and through any other group work I am a part of.”

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 13,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We are committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information visit http://www.gsdakotahorizons.org/ or call 1-800-666-2141.

  • Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Announces Alexandra Martino as Scholarship Recipient


    The Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is honored to announce Alexandra Martino as a recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

    Alexandra’s scholarship will go toward her post-secondary education where she plans to study education at the University of Wyoming. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, and has earned both her Bronze and Silver Girl Scout Awards.

    “Girl Scouts taught me not to be afraid to be a leader when I am most fit for the role,” said Alexandra of Troop 30887, who has been a Girl Scout from kindergarten through 12th grade. “It has also taught me that it is OK to be a confident woman and that boys are not the only ones who can take charge when things go wrong.”

    About Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons

    Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 13,000 members in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We are committed to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information visit http://www.gsdakotahorizons.org/ or call 1-800-666-2141.

  • Cookies, Corks & Brews Raises More than Just Glasses for Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons


    Needed Revenue Raised Goes Toward Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders In North/South Dakota and Parts of Minnesota and Iowa

    The Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons Council held its first ever Cookies, Corks & Brews fundraiser Thursday, May 18 at the Icon Lounge + Event Hall in Sioux Falls, SD.

    Guests and community leaders celebrated the achievements of Girl Scouts and learned about its comprehensive programs. Attendees enjoyed live jazz music, hearty hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction, a photo booth, and a wine pull.

    Celebrity chefs competed by creating desserts featuring iconic Girl Scout Cookies, with attendees voting on the winners in the categories “Best in Presentation” and “Best in Taste.” Chef Skyler from The Bluestem won in both categories for his take on the Girl Scout Tagalongs.

    Current Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient Kendra Kuehn was one of the evening’s highlights, presenting on her journey from a Daisy to a Girl Scout Senior today.

    “Confidence, leadership as well as planning and project management are all skills I have learned and developed through Girl Scouts,” said Kendra. “My experiences with Girl Scouts have and will continue to help define my future.”

    “We’d like to thank all of the attendees, the energetic emcees, our committed sponsors, the talented chefs and everyone who helped make our first Cookies, Corks & Brews fundraiser such a success,” said Marla Meyer, Girls Scouts—Dakota Horizons chief executi...



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  • GIRL SCOUTS–DAKOTA HORIZONS ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF S’MORES COOKIE TO 2017 COOKIE LINEUP


    Sioux Falls, SD—Today, National S’mores Day, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced, in celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the organization will introduce two commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies. Girl Scouts–Dakota Horizons will add one of the new cookies to its 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®.

    Girl Scouts–Dakota Horizons will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.

    ”Our Girl Scouts cannot wait to introduce the new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie to the public,” said Marla Meyer, CEO of Girl Scouts–Dakota Horizons. “S’mores goes back a long time in our history and we are excited to bring such a fantastic tasting cookie to our customers, that supports girls and all the amazing adventures that expands their leadership skills through the Girl Scout program.”

    This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Like other similar consumer products, the cookie could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production.

    To celebrate the new Girl...



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