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SUM and Leader News

This page was last updated on June 23, 2017.  The most recent news and updates will be added to the top of the page and outdated items will be removed, so be sure to check back frequently.

We need YOU! Help lead a summer sampler series!

You get the power of Girl Scouts. You know that the skills you gained in scouting helped you get to where you are today. Share that power with girls this summer and lead a sampler series!

This series will introduce girls in grades K-5 to the world of Girl Scouts and show parents the impact scouting can have on their daughters. Parents will leave the series ready to get involved and lead the fun in the fall. Who better than you, someone who understands what it takes to be a leader, to tell our Girl Scout story?

GSEP staff will provide a training on the program and offer you support. Each four-session series can be completed in as little as five hours and, bonus, you'll receive a free, exclusive G.I.R.L. branded metallic shirt. (We've gotta have you leading in style!)

To learn more about this opportunity and to sign up, email Lilybeth Lugo at

You must be a currently registered and cleared member of GSEP. To learn more about registering and obtaining clearances, click here.

With your help, we can introduce Girl Scouts to more girls and strengthen our network of powerful women making the world a better place.  

Volunteer Training and Support Updates

Summer Nature Enrichment

Come explore how to bring your troop outdoors and complete badge/Journey work at the same time!

Outdoor play increases physical fitness, reduces obesity, raises vitamin D levels, improves distance vision, reduces stress, reduces ADHD symptoms, improves academic scores, and improves social interactions. All this from just getting outside!

We are offering four more different, hands-on training sessions.  Register for each one separately – you can come for just one or all of them!

Time- 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.; Bring your dinner and your questions. We will spend 6:00-6:30 discussing the topic while picnicking, and then get started on the actual activity at 6:30.

Summer Tree ID (7/6/17 Wissahickon Environmental Center)

Nature Walk (7/19/17 Valley Forge National Historical Park)

Insects, Spiders and Bugs (8/8/17 Jacobsburg State Park)


CEI Trainings

During the month of June, GSEP will host both in-person and webinar training sessions for CEI/My GS and we recommend you join us!

We'll explore everything from logging-in to membership renewal to the various uses of the system. Bring your own device for a hands-on experience. By the time you leave this session, you'll be ready to navigate through the next year! Check out the list of in-person trainings below to register. 

June 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grove United Methodist Church, West Chester, PA
Register here!

Webinar CEI Trainings:

June 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

To register for a webinar, visit the Program/Event Registration System and search "CEI Training" or click on the links above.

Calling All Facilitators – we need you for F.A.L.L. Weekend!

The F.A.L.L. Weekend Committee is preparing an awesome event this year for all volunteers to hone their Girl Scout skills, and learn a few new ones!  This year’s training weekend will be held at Camp Laughing Waters September 22-24. 

Do you have a special skill that you’d like to share with other Girl Scout leaders?  Now’s your chance!  Just email We can’t wait to see you there!

Step 3 is Going Digital!

Starting in July, Step 3, Grade Level Essentials Training will be available as an online-only course. In the fall, we will be offering in-person New Leader Socials for volunteers who are interested in meeting other volunteers in their local area and getting more support. Stay tuned to the Volunteer Training page of for more information!

Alumnae & Community Partners

Still time to register for Adult Camping Weekend!

There is still time to register for the Adult Camping Weekend (ACW), scheduled for August 18-20 at Camp Laughing Waters.  Enjoy a weekend at camp reliving your Girl Scout memories while building new ones with other Girl Scout alumnae.  Cost is $60 for the entire weekend and all proceeds benefit Older Girl Scholarships.  Click here to learn more or email


Night at the Freedoms

Mark your calendars for our GSEP Night at the Freedoms!  Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28 at the Hagan Arena (St. Joe's University).  Free pre-match clinic is 5:00-6:00 p.m. The first 250 kids receive a free tennis racket! Tickets are only $20. Stay tuned for more information coming soon on the Community Events/Discounted Tickets page of our website.

Book Fair

SAVE THE DATE for the GSEP book fair at Barnes & Noble stores throughout our Council footprint: from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.  There will be lots of fun activities! More information will be shared in the next edition of GSEP News.

Girl Experience News

Volunteer Opportunities

Silver & Gold Award Committees

Looking for another awesome Girl Scout volunteer opportunity? Join the Silver or Gold Award Committee (or both)! As a committee member, you will have an important role in preparing, supporting, encouraging, and motivating our girl leaders to earn their highest awards. Those interested in this rewarding and inspiring role should contact

Tough Cookie Adventure Race

Do you want to be a part of a fantastic event where you get the opportunity to help girls combine fitness and adventure? Volunteer for the Tough Cookie Adventure Race! We need approximately 50 volunteers throughout the day, from helping early in the morning and overseeing challenges to lifeguarding and facilitating archery in the afternoon. Anyone can volunteer—adults, students, families. Look at the race day volunteer positions on our Trefoil Fitness Challenge page of our website under volunteer opportunities to find where you might fit!

Program Opportunities

Trefoil Fitness Challenge: Tough Cookie Adventure Race

Looking for a taste of adventure and chance to show the world what it takes to be a great athlete? Experience the thrill of crossing the finish line in the Tough Cookie Adventure Race! You and your team of two to four people will take to the trails of Camp Laughing Waters as you run, bike, and navigate your way through obstacles in this two-hour jam-packed race! Register Today!

Girl Scout Says

Do you know a girl interested in a leadership role in GSEP’s Girl Experiences including the cookie season, future SPARK program planning, the NAR program, summer camp, and other events? We want to hear from her!

Cadette, Seniors, and Ambassadors are eligible to apply for the GS Says Girl Advisory Committee to help shape the direction of GSEP’s Girl Experiences. Not only will they become a decision maker in the planning process; they’ll also have the opportunity to attend Service Unit meetings to collect feedback, take part in cookie booth partnership meetings, represent council in media, and much more!

For more information about applying to be part of GS Says, click here! The deadline for girls to apply is July 15th. Interested girls must be able to:

·       Commit to one year of service (through September 2018);

·       Attend a MANDATORY kick-off meeting Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Camp Shelly Ridge (Miquon, PA);

·       Attend at least two other in-person meetings; and

·       Participate in conversations through email and our virtual platform.

Governance News

Attention Service Unit Managers - please don’t forget to hold your 2017-2018 Delegate elections!  After your elections are complete, please submit this form or submit your results via a survey found here:  

If you have any questions, contact