Session A Workshops

Session A runs 8:45a to 10:15a. Courses marked with ** will run longer than this time.


Cookie Pizzazz with Mary Yapp.

No, we are not making pizzas from leftover Girl Scout cookies. This is about putting the pop back into your troop (and not in your cups), how to rise to the cookie summit and plan for a successful cookie season. Tips, tools, and tricks of the trade will be discussed. This session is led by the leader of one of our council’s top cookie-selling troops.

Essential Canoe Skills, Part 1 ** with Sheila Tatone & Liz Jaeger.  

This course gives adults an opportunity to learn and practice basic canoeing skills. From life-jacket fitting to boarding the boat. From paddling forward to turning the boat. Are you considering taking the Small Craft Safety course? This is a great first step to ensure your skills are ready. Note: A portion of this course is offered on Friday afternoon for additional practice time.  Please register for both Session A and Session B for this course.

Event Planning for Troops and Service Units with Andrea Luhman.

Event planning for all! Learn about planning resources available, the Girl Scout safety guidelines, and how to incorporate them without fuss. We’ll also cover online tools available to even make registration easy.

Firebuilding & Firestarters with Pam Wurster.

Ever started your own fire? Have trouble getting a wood fire to start and stay lit? Come learn from an expert (she learned from her Girl Scout leader!) on types of fires, how to start one, how to stay safe, and tips to teach girls this useful life skill. If you’ve never started your own fire before, this is absolutely the session for you.

Games!** with A.J. Steinbring.

Back by popular demand! Spend three hours playing games at camp. From rainy day games to team building games. Games to just burn energy. Games to run around and be silly. No athletic skill required, just bring a positive attitude. Please wear sturdy shoes (if sandals, they need a back strap!) Since you can’t take notes and play, receive a handout chocked full of these games and more!  Please register for both Session A and Session B for this course.

Girl Scout Trinket Box with Karen Klose.

Learn to make your own Girl Scout trinket box. We will be building, painting, and decorating during this hands-on maker course.

Health & Wellness Workshop with The Emily Program.

We live in a very weight-focused world with countless mixed messages about how to feed our children the ‘right way’ and how to teach healthy relationships with food. This parent/troop volunteer curriculum combines eating disorder prevention and nutrition concepts to help both adults and girls develop and maintain healthy relationships with food and their bodies.

Make Your Own Salsa with Emily White.

Learn how to preserve vegetables safely. We will make jars of salsa as part of the course while we discuss best practices for canning. The course has two parts: One in the morning, one in the afternoon. If taking in the afternoon, must take the session in the morning.

Making Journeys Their Own with Lorie Sweet.

Help your girls create a journey that fits their needs and likes. Our troop enjoys completing journeys and yours can too! We’ll talk about how to meet requirements with different kinds of activities, games, and field trips that fit your girls’ preferences.

New Leader Orientation with Pauline Wangen.

Introduction to Girls Scouts River Valleys and tips and tricks for new leaders.

Planting the Seeds of Followership to Cultivate a Garden of Influential Leaders with Laura Sourdif.

Followership is integral to leadership. Join this roundtable discussion on where implicit followership can be found in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This discussion and presentation is a part of the instructor’s Master’s program Leadership Action Plan.

Sew a Table Runner with Karen Anderson.

Come learn how to sew a basic table runner in this beginner sewing course. Table runners add elegant décor to any table. Please bring two pieces of cotton fabric – one background (18″ x 45″) and one center piece (12″ x 45″).

Sharpie Tye Dye T-Shirt with Julia Miller.

Create a tie-dye effect using Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. Discover a few ideas to jazz up t-shirts and other clothing. This process is less messy than other tie-dye methods – great fun for your girls.

The Robots Are Coming! Jobs of the Future with Stephanie Hammes-Betti.

Join Stephanie Hammes-Betti, SVP of Innovations at US Bank, as she gives us a perspective on the technology explosion we’ve seen in our lifetime and what girls can expect in the future.

Tried & True STEM Fun with River Valleys STEM Alumnae.

For the 50th Anniversary, the STEM Alumnae Chapter brings you tried and true STEM activities you can easily do with your troop or family. Join us as we make paper rockets and pencil catapults, extract DNA from strawberries, make yummy edible asphalt, and explore secret codes.

Wild About the Outdoors with Gerri Fitzloff.

Have you ever tracked an animal? Do you know what lives in a decaying log? Come and learn about some fun nature things to take back to your troop from the Project Wild Curriculum. Project Wild guidebooks will be available for sale as part of the course.

Wire Wrapping ** with Julie Denzer.

Jewelry making is something many girls are interested in. In this course, we will make two rings and a pendant and learn how to wrap stone. Great opportunity to learn a craft to use for money-earning activities.  Please register for both Session A and Session B for this course.


Head back to the full Schedule, or see what’s available in Session B, Session C, and Session D.