Join Us at Fall Events and You Could Win

cakeamaga-photo-boothKick off your year with Girl Scouts by meeting other families and volunteers in your area!

Each fall, volunteers from across our council hold events to welcome new families into Girl Scouting and help them form new troops for the year. These mostly take place between late August and mid-October and they’re a great opportunity for you to ask questions about Girl Scouts, learn about local activities and events, and meet the other families who will be in your troop.


If you RSVP to one of our troop formation events this fall, you’ll be entered to win a Girl Scout Starter Kit—a package including uniform, books, and everything your girl needs to get started as a Girl Scout.

Contest Details and Rules

To be eligible to win a Girl Scout Starter Kit, one must:

  1. RSVP or register for any one of the events listed on our See Us In Person page or enter your information on the form above.
  2. Live within the Girl Scouts River Valleys council area.

On November 1, we’ll hold a drawing for a Girl Scout Starter Kit. If the winner has already purchased their starter kit, they will receive a $50 gift certificate to Girl Scouts River Valleys shops. The prize will be mailed to the winner’s home.

Only one entry per girl will be recorded—RSVPs to additional events will not increase likelihood to win. Families will still be eligible to win if they don’t make it to the troop formation event.

If you have questions about this promotion, please email us at

Being a “Buddy” to All Kids!


Photos and story via the Jordan Independent.

For the Brownies in Troop 34643, building a better world begins in their own playground. They’re making a big impact at their school with a Buddy Bench, a new spot for kids who are feeling lonely to sit and signify that they’re in need of a buddy to play with.

After learning about other schools that had set up Buddy Benches, these girls thought their school should have one of its own. Their troop met at Jordan Elementary School playground last May, and discussed how the Buddy Bench could be used, how to pay for it, and the best size and color for the bench.

Next, the girls met with By the Yard, a local furniture showroom, and shared their ideas. These young entrepreneurs gained sales experience by giving a sales pitch, and successfully convinced the company to cover more than half the cost of the bench! They even included engraved lyrics from the Girl Scout, song, “Make New Friends, Keep the Old.”

“Those words fit the whole idea of the Buddy Bench,” says troop co-leader, Leah. “All the girls understand how they are spreading goodwill with this community service project and how it is so much bigger than just paying for and installing a playground bench”

Now this Buddy Bench serves as a place for elementary students to sit down or bravely stand up to make new friends or resolve differences. All kids at the school are taught to invite others to play if they see them sitting on the bench.

These girls have big plans for future friend-making.

“Next year, we hope to donate a Buddy Bench to St. John’s School and eventually add a second Buddy Bench at Jordan Elementary School,” says troop member, Madelyn.

Awesome work, girls!

Dayne and Shauna Share Their Love of Reading!


As Girl Scouts, girls build a better world starting with their local communitiesFor their Bronze award, Dayne and Shauna wanted to share their love of reading with kids who are living in homeless shelters. These Girl Scouts from Troop 15016 set out boxes at businesses so people could donate new or gently used books. In addition, they decorated and placed donation jars at a few businesses to collect money to purchase new books.

All together, Dayne and Shauna collected and donated 1,000 books to Sharing and Caring Hands homeless shelter in Minneapolis. We’re so proud of their work – way to go, girls!