Girl Scout Essay Contest

UPDATE: The contest is now closed! We are so excited to read and watch all the wonderful essays we received! We'll do our best to notify everyone who entered of our final decision on or before Thursday 2/4. 

We are pleased as punch to announce an essay contest to send six local Girl Scouts to camp who have never been before! This year, Molly Moon's will buy all of the Thin Mint cookies needed for our 'Scout' Mint flavor from the six contest winners. 

Essays should answer the question “Why do you want to go to Girl Scout Camp for the first time?” Winners will have the opportunity to sell cookies directly to our team. Molly has promised to buy 1,166 boxes of Thin Mints from each winner so they can attend the Girl Scout camp of their choice. Girl Scouts of Western Washington will provide each winner with a camp-readiness pack with a sleeping bag, camp t-shirt, hoodie and other camp essentials.

The contest will provide girls with the opportunity to attend a residential, staff-led camp. To be eligible, Girl Scouts must live in Western Washington and not have been to a residential, staff-led camp before. To attend camp, girls must be entering grades 1-12 in the Fall of 2016, and have a current membership with Girl Scouts prior to attending camp, per camp rules. 

The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, January 21. The Molly Moon’s team will accept essays and links to video essays at info@mollymoon.com. Please keep written essays under 500 words, and video essays under five minutes.

“Our goal here is to send girls to camp who have never been,” Molly says. “Camp was an amazing experience for me as a kid, and I would not have been able to go if it weren’t for the money I raised selling cookies in my first several years. I want to give as many girls as possible the same opportunities to feel self-reliant, build a fire, cook outside, make new friends and discover who they are in the amazing environment that camp provides.”

'Scout' Mint is one of our most popular flavors, and every year during cookie season we buy 7,000 boxes of Girl Scouts Thin Mint cookies so we can make it year-round. Our talented team of ice cream makers will crush 224,000 Thin Mints this year. Thee cookie crumbs then get folded into ice cream that’s subtly flavored with extract of Washington-grown organic peppermint.

GSLPG is partnering with Goodwill Industries to Do Good in Louisiana! Goodwill Industries' mission is improving people's lives through the power of work and GSLPG is thrilled to work together to achieve that goal by Doing Good in their own communities.

Essay Contest

To prepare the girls to understand the importance of giving back to the communities we challenge them to participate in an essay contest. Girls will write on the theme of "Doing Good." What does it mean to do good? Who did you learn this from? Why is it so important that we always try to do good? How has doing good for others affected you?

Girls will have until April 5th to complete and submit their essay. Essays must be submitted to info@gslpg.org in PDF format, 12 point font, and double spaced. Essay word length requirments are as follows:

Daisies - 50 words        Brownies - 100 words

Juniors - 200 words        Cadettes - 300 words

Seniors - 500 words        Ambassadors - 500 words

Title page mus include essay title, Girl Scout's name, age, Girl Scout level, troop number, and service unit number.

Essay winners will be notified by April 16th and will be awarded at a celebration event on May 5th. Each winner will also receive a free summer camp of their choice! Remember, the deadline to submit essays to info@gslpg.org is Thursday, April 5th!

Giving Drive

During the month of April, Girl Scouts in our council will be able to donate items to designated Goodwill store in their areas, and will encourage community memebers to get involved too! All girls that donate a kitchen size trash bag filled with items will receive a patch. Girl must drop off items at one of our designated Goodwill stores:

This will be a friendly competition between GSLPG's northern regions and GSLPG's southern regions. The region that donates the most pounds will be the winner!

This event is based on our Life Skills pillar where all girls that participate will learn the importance of giving back to their community and to help those in need. Girl Scouts have the ability to make a difference in the world!

The Big Events

The Doing Good celebrations will be held May 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in our Northern and Southern regions. In the South, the event will be held at Camp Bon Temps. In the North, the event will be held at Goodwill's Piermont Campus, located at 8100 Jump Run Rd. in Shreveport.

At the events, girls and community members can drop off their final donations, and also visit various community booths to learn more about our community partners and participate in activites and events. These events will provide a fun, free day for the for the entire family to enjoy! Stay tuned for more details!

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