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This page was last updated Friday, February 8, 2019.

Retail

Retail Happenings

Have you signed up for TeamApp for retail yet? It’s the best way to hear about last minute closings, and more. Download TeamApp and search GSEP to find the Retail Team!

The Valley Forge location will be OPEN on Saturday March 9, 12:30-4:30 pm.

Check out all the new markdowns in store to get us ready for new merchandise!

Registered for camp as an Early Bird? We are still taking orders for the Early Bird T-shirt to show off your camp pride. Order on the Program Registration portal by searching for “Early Bird Shirt”. Shirts will be delivered to girls with the Monday mail delivery at camp.

Girl Experience

Program Opportunities

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Spring & Summer 2019 Programs and Camps

The Spring & Summer 2019 programs and summer camps are here! Come check out all these awesome opportunities for your girls in our Program & Camp Guide! (Link Guide here from website). Whether they want to explore their adventurous side and challenge themselves at one of our camp weekend programs or use their creativity to express their individuality at one of our day programs, they are sure to have a wonderful girl experience that will last a lifetime!

Check out our upcoming Signature Events:

*Thin Mint Sprint – All Ages – April 13, 2019

Race: 9:00a.m.

Set your sights on the finish line in the third and final race of the Trefoil Fitness Challenge. The Thin Mint Sprint will lead you on the perfect-for-running Forbidden Drive in Fairmount Park. Take to the course with sister Girl Scouts, your biggest supporters, and running enthusiasts to show the community your inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader).

*GSEP College Tour – G6-12

All aboard the college tour bus! Jump on one of our buses and visit the incredible colleges in the area, receiving insider info from current students. College tour locations and dates include:

Lehigh Valley April 22, 2019

Berks County April 22, 2019

Philadelphia April 26, 2019

Main Line April 27, 2019

Check out our upcoming GSEP staff-led programs happening right at one of our amazing camps:

Mosey Wood Work Weekend - G4-12

April 26-28, 2019

Camp Mosey Wood, White Haven

Winter is over, and Camp Mosey Wood needs some help to prepare for camping season! If the weather is nice, you can be among the first tent campers of 2019. Set up, clean and stay in platform tent units. Help beautify camp by painting and helping with trail cleaning. Bring along a pair of work gloves and help make camp shine. At the end of a hard day’s work, celebrate with a campfire on Saturday night. You’ll also have time to hike, play, and enjoy the natural beauty of Camp Mosey Wood. *Includes accommodations in platform tents and all food (Friday evening snack through Sunday breakfast).

Wood Haven Work Weekend - G4-12

April 26-28, 2019

Camp Wood Haven, Pine Grove

Winter is over, and Camp Wood Haven is gearing up to look great for the camp season! If the weather is nice, you can be among the first tent campers of 2019. Set up, clean, and stay in the platform tents, Conestoga wagons, Adirondack shelters, or tree houses (lottery for accommodations). Help beautify camp by painting and helping with trail clearing. Bring a pair of work gloves and help make camp shine. At the end of a hard day’s work, celebrate with an all-camp party in the pavilion Saturday night. You’ll have time to explore camp too, by hiking, playing Gaga, and enjoying the natural beauty of Wood Haven. *Includes accommodations and all food.

Summer Celebration - G2-12

May 24, 2019 07:00 PM-May 26, 2019 11:00 AM

Wood Haven, Pine Grove, PA

Kick off a great summer at our summer celebration! Enjoy hiking, crafts, sports, sing-a-longs, and swimming if the weather’s nice! Brownies and Juniors can take aim with archery, while Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can reach for footholds on the climbing wall. On Saturday night, celebrate summer with a party in the pavilion. Sleep in platform tents, Conestoga wagons, Adirondack shelters, or tree houses (lottery for sleeping arrangements) after a full day of fun. *Includes all activities, accommodations, meals and event patch.

Ready for a road trip? Check out our partner programs happening right in a community near you:

Flower Fun - GK-1  

March 16, 2019 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Camp Mountain House, Allentown

Daisies, come to camp and celebrate the beginning of spring! Dig into the life cycle of a plant and dissect a seed to see how something so tiny grows into a flower, vegetable, or tree. Explore the things that flowers and other plants need to grow big and strong! You’ll even plant a flower seed in your own decorated pot and take it home to create a window sill garden. *Great supplemental activity for Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey.

Fitness Frenzy - GK-3

March 16, 2019 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

One Fit Body – Leverington Church, Philadelphia

Exercise is great for your mind and body, but it can also be fun! Join One Fit Body and learn the basic techniques of yoga and Zumba. Work side-by-side with the instructor to practice your new skills and learn how yoga and Zumba are used to keep stress levels down and heart rates up! You’ll leave feeling energized, with new dance moves to show your friends and family! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes steps 1 and 2 of Dancer badge for Brownies.

Shake It Out! - G4-8  

March 23, 2019 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

One Fit Body – Leverington Church, Philadelphia

Exercise is great for your mind and body, but it can also be fun! Join One Fit Body and learn the basic techniques of yoga and Zumba. Work side by side with the instructor to practice your new skills and learn how yoga and Zumba are used to keep stress levels down and heart rates up! You’ll leave feeling energized and with new poses that you can practice at home. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes step 1 of the Staying Fit badge for Juniors.

Talking for Two - GK-5

March 24, 2019 01:00 PM-03:30 PM

St. John’S Lutheran Church of Kutztown, Kutztown

Come out and laugh along with Marian and her cast of zany puppet characters. You’ll love her mischievous tropical bird, Dudley, and you’ll be amazed when a drawing comes to life! Someone will even become a human puppet! After the show, you’ll enjoy a “behind the scenes” look at her puppets - everything from a life-sized ostrich to her glow-in-the-dark characters. Learn how to become a ventriloquist and take a peek at some very unique puppets. You’ll learn the basics of puppetry and leave with your very own puppet creation! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Mind, Body, and Yoga! - G9-12

March 29, 2019 06:00 PM-07:00 PM

One Fit Body – Leverington Church, Philadelphia

Exercise is great for your mind and body, but it can also be fun! Join One Fit Body and learn the basic techniques of yoga and Zumba. You’ll work side by side with the instructor to practice your new skills and learn how yoga and Zumba are used to keep stress levels down and heart rates up! Leave feeling energized with new poses that you can practice at home! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes step 2 of Cross-Training badge for Seniors.

Get Outdoors Challenge Patch

The Outdoors Are In!

Want to embrace the outdoors with your troop but not sure where to start? The Get Outdoors Challenge Patch will walk you through the steps to leading your troop to outdoor success. 

Here's how it works: 

Complete as many activities as possible on the  Get Outdoors Activity checklist. To earn a patch, a girl must complete at least 10 activities from her grade level (two can be from a younger grade level) and 30 activities from the all ages list.

When you've checked off the required amount of activities, stop by a local council shop to purchase your patch.

Monthly Outdoor Challenges are here! Each month, from October through May, there will be a new challenge for each age level to tack on to your meeting! Challenges are all about the outdoors, but could be done in just about any meeting space. Check it out here.

Share the fun and show off your outdoor skills by submitting photos and videos for our

Get Outdoors photo album! Post your photos to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #GSEPGetOutdoors. 

Questions? Contact us at memberservices@gsep.org, subject line Get Outdoors! Challenge.

Highest Awards and Leadership Opportunities

*Work at Camp

We want YOU to help make this year’s summer camp an experience our girls will always remember! Work at any of our four resident or three-day camps and make a positive impact on girls all summer long. We have many jobs available to fit different interests, ages, and levels of experience:

  • Camp Aide
  • Lifeguard
  • Unit Leader (camp counselor)
  • ...and many more!

Apply now to work at camp this summer!

Older Girl Service Opportunities

Looking for ways to give back to your community? Trying to find an organization to partner with to complete your Silver or Gold Award project?

Check out our NEW service opportunities resource guide. This tool will help you find service opportunities based on your interests. Get ready to change the world!

Important Highest Award Change

Effective October 1, 2018, Girl Scout Silver Award and Gold Award projects can now benefit the Girl Scouting community! Note that all other guidelines and requirements will remain the same.

*Silver & Gold Award Information Sessions

The Silver and Gold Award Information Sessions for MY19 are here! Sessions will be held in several locations from October to May. Girls, parents, troop leaders, and even Service Unit Managers are strongly encouraged to attend. Attendees will walk away from the session with an understanding of even the most confusing requirements, tips for highest award success, and feedback on project ideas! Check out the upcoming Silver Award and Gold Award Info session dates and locations.

Gold Award Proposal Deadline

Calling all future Gold Award Girl Scouts! The Gold Award Proposal deadline has been changed! Current 12th graders should plan to submit a Gold Award Proposal by March 15th of their 12th grade year. This means that girls graduating in 2019 should submit a Gold Award Proposal by March 15, 2019.

Ready to get started now? Proposals are accepted year-round on a rolling basis (and the earlier you can get started, the better!) so don’t wait to submit your Gold Award Proposal!

Travel Opportunities

*GSEP Sponsored Trip

Have you heard? GSEP is taking a trip to the west coast in August 2019! Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to join us as we experience all that Colorado has to offer, including a visit to Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park. We will be traveling for 7 days, with potential travel dates August 12-22. Price includes airfare, local transportation, lodging, meals, and event patch. Pre-travel meetings will be scheduled in the New Year. Contact travel@gsep.org with questions.

Ready to explore with us? Register now to reserve your spot!

GSUSA Destinations
Destination applications for Round 2 consideration are due February 15, 2019. For more information about how to apply for a Destination, check out our Travel webpage, plus review the deadlines below!

AUGUST 15, 2018

Round 1 Destinations open.

DECEMBER 1

Round 1 applications due.

DECEMBER 21

All Round 1 applicants are notified of their status.

JANUARY 11, 2019

Deposit due for Round 1 accepted participants to hold their space. Deposits are paid directly to the trip sponsor.

FEBRUARY 15

Round 2 applications due. 

MARCH 4

All Round 2 applicants are notified of their status

MARCH 18

Deposit due for Round 2 accepted participants to hold their space. Deposits are paid directly to the trip sponsor.

After MARCH 22

Most 2018 Destinations that still have space will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. 

Development

Donate a Raffle or Silent Auction Basket to Adult Camping Weekend!

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP) is hosting our annual Adult Camping Weekend (ACW), which will take place from Friday, August 16th to Sunday, August 18th at Camp Laughing Waters in Gilbertsville, PA. ACW brings together generations of Girl Scout Alumnae for a weekend packed with classic Girl Scout camp activities like campfire songs, crafts, canoeing, and more! All the proceeds from this fun-filled weekend benefit the GSEP Older Girl Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to support Girl Scouts who are graduating from high school and heading to college. Last year’s ACW raised over $13,000 in scholarship funds for graduating Girl Scouts!

ACW 2019 includes a popular raffle drawing and silent auction for an array of items, services, and themed prize packages. Please consider supporting the scholarship fund  with a donation to the  raffle or silent auction. Your generous donation will help girls reach their full potential and become the go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders!

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Deb Walters at, debwalters1256@gmail.com

For more information regarding Adult Camping Weekend, please visit: http://www.gsep.org/en/events/AdultCampingWeekend.html

GSEP Young Alum Group 
Are you a former Girl Scout age 18-35 and miss your Girl Scout Experience?
Are you interested in growing your network and connecting with your sister Girl Scouts?

  • Participate in Community Service activities and overnight camping weekend opportunities
  • Join the GSUSA and GSEP LinkedIn Network and connect with millions of other Girl Scout Alums.

Join us!  What to expect in College! Share your college experience with high school juniors and seniors. Dinner will be included.

               When: Wednesday, May 22 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

               Where: Camp Shelly Ridge, Activity Center

To join or for more information or to RSVP, please contact Trish Corvo at tcorvo@gsep.org.

Upcoming Alum Events:

St. Patrick’s Day Party with Young Friends Moms Group
Monday, March 18
10:30 – Noon
Lehigh Valley Service Center
For more information, please contact Trish Corvo at tcorvo@gsep.org

Young Friends Moms Group at Camp Mountain House!
Sunday, April 28
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact Trish Corvo at tcorvo@gsep.org

Lehigh Valley Alums at Camp Mountain House! 
Sunday, April 28
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Camp Mountain House
For more information, please contact Bonnie Young at gsd736@gmail.com.

Governance
  • LAST CALL for Service Unit Delegates for MY2019!  Names & contact info for SU Delegates (who can be adults or girl members who are at least 14 years old) ASAP!  Please submit the election results to  governance@gsep.org  utilizing  this form or through the  online survey
  • Register now for the Delegate Meeting on March 25 at Daisy’s Place at Camp Shelly Ridge! All SU Delegates, Girl Delegates, National Council Session Delegates, SUMs, and interested friends are encouraged to attend to hear the latest Governance news from GSUSA and GSEP. Please register to attend the Spring Delegate Meeting here. Registration closes on March 22.
  • Save the Date! GSEP’s Annual Meeting will be held the morning of Saturday, May 4th at Camp Shelly Ridge. The meeting will be followed by lunch for all and a Celebration and Service Project at Camp Shelly Ridge from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Look for registration information in early April.