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Message from our Board Chair and CEO

The experiences of COVID tested our grit and fed our resilience making the accomplishments of this year so much sweeter. While we, and our Girl Scouts, were ready to be back together in-person we also realized that virtual programming was popular. So, this year we offered a hybrid model of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—and girls showed us through participation that they enjoyed it! We saw a record number of Girl Scouts attending programs that allowed them to explore and discover who they are and who they want to be. Girls attended camp virtually and in-person working together to build shelters, search for Big Foot, and conquer high-adventure challenges! 

To remain relevant and accessible to today's Girl Scout we used this opportunity to build upon our already strong foundation with innovative approaches to new skill-building experiences - like our Mobile STEM Center. Launching in May, this over the road programming brings state-of-the-art equipment to girls in their communities, giving many of them access to technology they haven't seen before. Girl Scouts are programming robots, coding games and earning badges that give them the skills to fill the STEM workforce pipeline. 

Strong leadership and efficient operations have enabled us to be more effective in our day-to-day work. Our Member Services team remains incredibly responsive to our volunteer needs, consistently handling inquiries within less than one business day. Our Board of Directors tackled a Long Range Property plan, finding the best ways to utilize our camps and properties across our 164,000 square mile council. Continued internal controls and financial oversight has resulted in another year of newest in class financial audits.

At the heart of it all is the volunteers who bring their best to every Girl Scout event and show us that they can embrace change while staying true to our Mission. Their encouragement and support has strengthened our girls, and our council; Girl Scouting would not be possible without them.

The upcoming year brings excitement as we expand on the ways we will succeed while prioritizing our Girl Scouts—the female leaders of tomorrow who are improving the world today. 

CEO and Board Chair
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membership

Serving communities in North Dakota, South Dakota and contiguous communities in Minnesota and Iowa, we have girls reaching their fullest potential in cities, towns and communities that cover more than 164,000 square miles including 3 Air Force Bases and 13 Native American Reservations!

Board of Directors

Jennifer Baloun
President

Valerie Loudenback
Vice President

Laura Lueder
Secretary

David Rasmussen
Treasurer

Marla Meyer
Chief Executive Officer

  • Lori Clausen
  • Cindy Graffeo
  • Ashley Hall
  • Erica Johnsrud
  • Sue Klose
  • Lisa Kunza
  • Lori Leingang
  • Karen Pearson
  • Marie Ruettgers
  • Linda Salmonson
  • Casey Sanders
  • Leslie Weigel
programming

As the premier leadership organization for girls, at Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons we provide fun and challenging program opportunities in the core pillars of outdoors, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), life skills and entrepreneurship.  As we emerged from COVID in this past year we offered a hybrid experience to our Girl Scouts; allowing them to come back together in-person while also offering opportunities to continue their experience through virtual participation.

Our at home patch programs took our Girl Scouts on adventures as they learned about product program mascots, brushed up on their entrepreneurial skills, and even attended camp. Bringing girls together for in-person programming showed us that the relationships built through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience remain one of the most important aspects of the girl experience. 

Regardless of how they participated this year, our Girl Scouts learned new skills, earned badges, met their goals, and even hunted for Big Foot!

Badges Earned
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Our Mobile STEM Center launched in May proving that STEM has no boundaries! 

The cargo van, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, is able to bring STEM experiences to girls in their communities providing access to Girl Scouts across all 164,000 square miles of our council. With the support of volunteers, engaging curriculum with hands-on activities allow Girl Scouts to explore STEM and shows them that they can be mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists, chemists, and more. 

Experiences provided through the Mobile STEM Center focus on 28 new badges released in 2021 in the areas of STEM, entrepreneurship, and digital leadership. Girl Scouts will find themselves building and coding robots, learning how to be a Citizen Scientist and the design process of mechanical engineering.

Meet the Robots

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More than just pins on a vest, Girl Scout higher awards set the foundation for a lifetime of leadership. Starting in fourth grade, girls have the opportunity to develop and execute “take action” projects that positively impact their communities. The Bronze and Silver awards recognize troop efforts that teach key skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving. The Gold Award is the highest individual achievement in Girl Scouting, a shining example of what a girl can achieve while working toward her high school graduation.

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Ten extraordinary Girl Scouts have been recognized for their Gold Award projects that provided safety and food during a world-wide pandemic, cared for animals and the environment they live, lifted up the importance of mental health in our youth, provided materials to support developmentally delayed students, and inspired a community to honor the veterans who have fought for our country. These awards gave girls a chance to make a sustainable impact on issues they care about.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Cayden Anderson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Horace, ND
Calm Down Kits

Kaylin Bosworth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Fergus Falls, MN
Veteran's Home "Patriot's Park" Military Garden

Skylar Garcia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Springfield, SD
An in"Vest"ment in Water Safety

Haleigh Grasma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Sioux Falls, SD
Face Masks

Emily Heisler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  East Grand Forks, MN
Doggy Stations at Parks

Ella Kruskamp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spearfish, SD
Spearfish Girl Scout Annual Food Drive

Riley Regorrah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   East Grand Forks, MN
Bat-tastic Bat Houses

Megan Rodine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Oakes, ND
Hockenberry Park Improvement

Bethany Schaefer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sturgis, SD
Epilepsi Awareness

Tennley Werlinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Sturgis, SD
Managing Teenage Anxiety Videos

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financial report

2020-21 Financials

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The condensed statements of financial position and activities have been summarized from the audited financial statements. The audited financial statements are available for inspection upon request.

Thank you to all of our 2021 supporters.

The complete list of donors, sponsors and supporters is available to download.

Thank You to those who contributed to Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons in the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year. Your gifts made the difference in countless Girl Scouts’ lives as they lived out the Girl Scout mission: Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

The Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouts who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacies and a beneficiary of their estate plans.  We are grateful for their decisions to provide a legacy gift to the girls, ensuring that the Girl Scout Leadership Experience will live on for generations to come. 

  • Erik and Eva Andersen Girl Scout Movement-wide Challenge Planned Gift
  • Tonya Andersen
  • Jennifer and Bryan Baloun
  • Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Girl Scout Movement-wide Challenge Planned Gift
  • Kurt and Valerie Loudenback
  • Marla Meyer
  • Stephen and MaryLynn Meyers
  • Jeff and Tracy Munce
  • Lorna Olson-Cooper
  • Donnie Riedel
  • Marie Ruettgers
  • Jane VanHatten
  • Susan and Bob Wefald