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SUM and Leader News

This page was last updated on May 24, 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  The most recent news and updates will be added to the top of the page and outdated items will be removed, so be sure to check back frequently.

Volunteer Training and Support Updates


CEI/My GS Volunteer 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. Registration for the webinar sessions will be available soon!

June 5, 6:30-8:30pm
Camp Laughing Waters, Gilbertsville, PA
Register here!

June 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Lehigh Valley Service Center, Allentown, PA
Register here!

June 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Delaware County Service Center, Springfield, PA
Register here!

June 15, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Register here!

June 20, 6:30-8:30pm
West Lawn United Methodist Church, Reading, PA
Register here!

June 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Grove United Methodist Church, West Chester, PA
Register here!

We will also offer an in-person training in Lower Bucks County and will advertise it as soon at as it is available.
 

Summer Nature Enrichment Trainings now available!

We are proud to announce our five part Summer Nature Enrichment Trainings. Studies have shown that getting outdoors is beneficial for girls and adults. We are here to support you whether it's the first time you've ventured out of the city or you have been camping your whole life.  Sign up for all five or select just one that interests you most.

Up first is Take Your Troop Outdoors!

REGISTER HERE!

When: May 25th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Shelly Ridge, Miquon, PA

Bring your adventurous spirit, and join us for a fun and informative evening getting comfortable outside and learning how to keep girls engaged.  We’ll address managing a group outdoors, activity ideas, and (most importantly) what poison ivy looks like.  We will do some fun activities that you can take back to your troop, and address common areas of concern about the outdoors. Bring a bagged dinner. We'll spend the first half hour picnicking and discussing the topic. The rest of the time will be spent in hands-on activities.

Register using our Program/Event Registration - click here!

Grade Level Essentials Training is moving online!

Starting in July, 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 local volunteers and getting more support.  Stay tuned to the Volunteer Training page of gsep.org for more information.

Troop Leader Early Bird Incentive!

Troop leaders who renew in My GS/Member Community by Saturday, July 15, will receive a (super cute!) first aid kit and a 10% off coupon to the GSEP retail shop. Leaders who renew during the Early Bird period will be mailed their coupon this summer. Stop into a retail shop with your coupon by Tuesday, October 31, 2017, to stock up on fall supplies and pick up your first aid kit. Visit our renew page for helpful guides to renew yourself, your family, and your troop!

Girl Experience News

Updated Service Bars Process

Great News: we’re using our resources wisely! The GSEP Service Bars is now an online application through our website.  For more information about Service Bars and how to submit a Service Bar Application and Final Report, check out the Leadership and Service page of our website.

Highest Awards Volunteer Opportunity

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 girlawards@gsep.org.

Silver & Gold Award Information Sessions

We all know that Silver & Gold Award Information Sessions are held in multiple locations several times a year, but did you know that these sessions are not just for girls? Parents, troop leaders, and even Service Unit Managers are invited and strongly encouraged to attend! Register now for an information session to learn all you need to know to help your girls earn Girl Scouts’ highest awards!

Silver & Gold Awardees

Looking to see what girls earned their Silver or Gold Award in your Service Unit to honor them at an upcoming event? Look no further! Visit the Resources for Adults section on the Silver or Gold Award page of our website to find a list of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Silver and Gold Awardees! Be sure to check back each quarter for an updated list of awardees!

Award/Scholarship Opportunities

The Congressional Award program, sponsored by the United States Congress, honors youth for setting and accomplishing goals in the areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. This award is given to youth ages 14 to 23 who complete a given number of hours across each area. Hours accumulated through Girl Scout Gold Award projects or other Girl Scout activities can be counted toward a candidate’s goal as long as activities are in compliance with the award program guidelines. (Please note that hours accumulated by Girl Scouts prior to registering for the Congressional Award do not count.) Gold medal recipients will be recognized by members of Congress at an event in Washington, DC and are eligible to receive scholarships and other opportunities through schools and universities. All deadlines are rolling; Girl Scouts can start working towards a Congressional Award at any time. To access the Congressional Award program guidelines and instructions for logging hours, visit the Congressional Award website.

Summer Camp Open Houses

Interested in sending your daughter, granddaughter, sister, or niece to camp, but you aren’t sure which camp is the right fit for you?! Come check out our summer camp open houses! During our open houses, you will have the opportunity to explore the camp property and learn about all the wonderful activities your Girl Scouts will be able to participate in.

For more information about our open houses, including dates and times, check out the Summer Camp page of our website under Open Houses.

Make Your Own Badge Site is Closing

The Make Your Own badge site, created in 2011, was meant to provide girls with the option of creating a badge that they did not see offered in the national badge program. Unfortunately, the number of girls making their own badges has been decreasing since 2013. Instead, the Girls’ Choice badge process, now in its third year, provides a more effective method of reaching a larger number of girls. To that end, the Make Your Own badge site will close on June 30, 2017. The design tool for Make Your Own will shut down on June 1, 2017. All Make Your Own badges must be submitted by this date.

Seasonal Summer Camp Staff Positions

Calling all Girl Scout volunteers and older girls! With summer right around the corner, GSEP is looking for exceptional seasonal summer camp staff to make our camps a fantastic girl experience for our campers! As a seasonal summer camp staff member, you will gain great experience through working with the girls on a day to day basis through hands-on activities while forging friendships and memories that will last a lifetime! Check out the Careers page of our website for all of our seasonal camp staff opportunities and to apply.  Girls must be 16 or 17 to apply for an aide or junior seasonal staff camp position and must be 18 or older to apply for all positions.


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:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7DXMWYP.  

If you have any questions, contact governance@gsep.org.