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Message from our Board Chair and CEO

Switching Focus In the past months, many things have changed in our communities due to COVID-19 and we, at Girl Scouts, have met those challenges with innovation, enthusiasm, and resilience.

The disruptions COVID-19 caused have meant we have not met face-to-face with our girls or volunteers. Our team quickly pivoted to virtual programming starting with a Be Prepared, Not Scared Patch Program that taught girls how to feel safe and take action in uncertain times. Offerings to our Girl Scouts have just exploded since then! We’ve offered more patch programs, badge-earning activities, live programming, virtual camp, and Sisterhood Socials.

Our new Backyard Adventure Boxes have our girls and their families finding adventure in the safety and comfort of their own home while still getting the Girl Scout Camp feel. I am incredibly proud that while we moved quickly, the quality of these programs and experiences are incredibly high and engaging.

Our Girl Scouts themselves also jumped into action in their communities by making masks for those at high risk, donating cookies to those on the front line and even teaching others how to be safe and healthy.

And, as thousands of people hold marches and rallies throughout the United States to bring awareness to racism in our country, we as a movement will continue to stand up for what is right and work with courage for positive changes in equal opportunity, justice, equality and inclusion for all people.

The Girl Scout mission is more important and relevant than ever…speaking up, speaking out, and taking action. Know with confidence incredible people are making sure our mission is delivered: building girls of courage, confidence, and character – just what our world is looking for in tomorrow’s leaders.

CEO and Board Chair
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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

  • Tamie Aberle
  • Lori Clausen
  • Travis Engelhardt
  • Cindy Graffeo
  • Ashley Hall
  • Erica Johnsrud
  • Sue Klose
  • Beth Massa
  • Karen Pearson
  • Marie Ruettgers
  • Linda Salmonson
programming

At Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, we provide program opportunities in outdoors, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), life skills and entrepreneurship to give girls in our council real-world experience that translate to a lifetime of leadership and self-confidence. Our program year started out strong with offerings such as Rocket Girl, Zoo Znooze, Horse Sense, Dog Sledding and so much more.

At the onset of COVID we prioritized the health and well-being of our community and quickly pivoted to delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in innovative ways.  We knew it would be important to our Girl Scouts to be able to continue to lead their own adventures while still teaming up with other girls on activities that interest them most. 

The response to our virtual camps and events, badge workshops, Award workshops, and Program Aide Learning Sessions  showed us how Girl Scouts have the confidence and persistence to take on new challenges.

Badges Earned
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In response to what has been a challenging time for our Girl Scouts, we quickly pivoted to online delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by offering engaging and fun at-home experiences from our Girl Scouts at Home webpage. 

Our Girl Scouts at Home programming offers patch programs, badge kits, Adventure Boxes and virtual experiences such as troop meetings, Sisterhood Socials and programs. Even though a girl's daily routine may have changed, there are still many ways she can participate in Girl Scout activities.n response to what has been a challenging time for our Girl Scouts, we quickly pivoted to online delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by offering engaging and fun at-home experiences from our Girl Scouts at Home webpage.

Our Be Prepared, Not Scared patch featured a series of videos created to build confidence in girls in the event of a disaster in their community. From there we built out more patch and badge programs with videos or live virtual interaction with a team member and other Girl Scouts.  Monthly Adventure boxes, ready-to-go kits delivered to a Girl Scout's door, and badge kits for all age levels began shipping out in April. Our Sisterhood Social Program provided an opportunity for Girl Scouts across the country to connect by age level. 

Patch Programs

2,214

girls explored something new and expanded their skill-set through our patch programs.

Adventure Box

360

families engaged in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by receiving a kit that allowed them to work together, in their own backyard, to learn something new.     

Badge at Home Kit

313

girls learned new skills with a Badge at Home Kit.   

Virtual Programs

283

girls connected with a GSDH team member to collaborate with each other and participate in events online and in real time. 

volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in Girl Scouts as the supportive adults that girls need to help them become the leaders of tomorrow. Girl Scouting is only possible with the support and dedication of the volunteers here at Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons.

Ways we Supported

As a council, we took action in many ways this year to ensure that our volunteers had access to information and resources to help them succeed. Volunteers attended informational Town Hall and Service Unit support webinars. Our team members made support phone calls this year to check in with our volunteers, guide new leaders through the Cookie Program, and offer support around COVID guidelines and protocols. 

The council's Member Services team consistently remains above national average when it comes to how swiftly and accurately they can meet the needs of our members. Over this past program year they were able to resolve over 6,300 inquiries. 

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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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Fourteen extraordinary Girl Scouts have been recognized for their Gold Award projects that benefited at-risk children and teens, immigrants and refugees, Alzheimer patients, the global environment, families of fallen officers, community safety, and veterans. These awards gave girls a chance to make a sustainable impact on issues they care about.

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Gold Award Girl Scouts

Vanessa Vincent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bismarck, ND
Warm Hands, Warmer Hearts

Lauren Peterson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bismarck, ND
Global Neighbors Learning Shelves

Sarah Bruschwein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bismarck, ND
Fidget Blankets for Friends

Jasmine Busche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hazen, ND
Hazen Dog Park

Hailey Vatnsdal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Grand Forks, MN
Blow Out the Candles—Birthday Bag Project

Mya Hassebrock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fargo, ND
No Straws Please

Tanna Scholesser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fargo, ND
Project Sensory Movement Circuit

Anna Clower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fargo, ND
Fallen Officer Memorial Crosses

Brittney Meyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moorhead, MN
Flag Presentation Cases for Veterans

Tasha Meyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hawley, MN
Katie’s Roar

Paige Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Webster, SD
Archery Range Sign

Anya Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pierre, SD
Group Cabin Seating Area

Ashley Turner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pierre, SD
Sign Design Oahe Dam

Lauren Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Yankton, SD
BEE Inspired

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Heroes on the HorizonGirl Scouts have a long tradition of making the world a better place, knowing the importance of community service, and the value of giving - particularly during unprecedented times like the COVID 19 Pandemic. This can be achieved through our Heroes on the Horizon donation program. Thanks to those who contributed to this program through a Girl Scout, a total of 11,400 packages of cookies, nuts and chocolates from our Cookie and Fall Product Programs were delivered to military organizations throughout the council.

To ensure that our girls and their families did not have excess inventory as a result of the pandemic, our volunteer Board Members, council staff and girls collaborated with businesses in their communities to coordinate the donation of tens of thousands of packages of Girl Scout Cookies to frontline workers. The gifted cookies were an opportunity to say thank you and show support to health care facilities, nursing homes, lunch programs, police officers, schools, over-the-road truck drivers and others who were impacted. 

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financial report

2019-20 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 2020 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