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This page was last updated Friday, May 11, 2018.

Volunteer Training and Events:

Girl Scouts Women’s Leadership Summit:

Thank you to all who attended our inaugural Girl Scouts Women’s Leadership Summit! What an inspiring morning! Participants enjoyed breakfast as they heard from GSUSA’s Vice President of Girl Experience, Jennifer Allebach.  They then had their choice of sessions featuring local community leaders and Girl Scout volunteers. 

Dr. Terri Boyer, the founding director of the McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership at Villanova University led our final session which had volunteers crafting their own leadership statement. We ended the experience with a heartfelt presentation by longtime Girl Scout, Kathi Nemeth who shared what a difference Girl Scouts has made in her life.

One of our volunteers said her favorite part of the day was, “thinking about me (sounds selfish I know) but so often, I'm focused on my children or something else. It was nice to think about me. I enjoyed the focus of creating a ‘personal leadership statement’ “.

If you weren’t able to join us, we’d love to see you next year!  Find out more here: (http://www.gsep.org/en/for-volunteers/LeadershipSummit.html) and stay tuned for an announcement of the date for next year.

Save the Date for Kick Off 2018!

Saturday, August 11th

Service Unit Managers, bring your team and start Membership Year 2019 right! We will be sharing the information you need to know so you can have a great 2019.

Location and additional information is coming soon. 

Training Opportunities:

GSEP is proud to present peer to peer opportunities for you to develop your outdoor skills with the assistance of one of our volunteer trainers. More will be added for the summer months too.
 
Leave No Trace (https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=730425894
Saturday, May 19, 2018; Shelly Ridge, Miquon, PA; 1-4pm

Outdoor Cooking (https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/FamilyManagement/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=730427786)
Sunday, May 20, 2018; Camp Mountain House, Allentown, PA; 2:30-6pm

 

Outdoor & Camp

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.

 

Highest Awards

Silver Award Proposal Approval Time

It’s Proposal season for the Silver Award! Current 8th graders interested in pursuing the Silver Award had a deadline of May 1, 2018 to submit their Proposals. As you can imagine, we receive A LOT of Proposal submissions on and around this deadline – usually about 175 of them! If your Cadette has submitted a Silver Award Proposal recently, please note that the typical approval time is 4-6 weeks. Girls should expect to receive an email from girlawards@gsep.org within that time frame about revisions and final approval. Thank you for your patience – we can’t wait to see what our girls have come up with for their Silver Award projects!

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 girlawards@gsep.org.

Silver & Gold Award Information Sessions

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are encouraged to attend a Silver & Gold Award Information Session to learn about the requirements, approval process, and share project ideas for the awards. Parents, leaders, and other volunteers are invited, too! It’s not too late to squeeze an information session in before summer, either, so be sure to check out our upcoming May sessions in Program/Event Registration by typing the words, “information session” into the search bar.

Service Bars

Service Bars are a great way to keep older Girl Scouts engaged and reward them for their service to their community and/or Girl Scouting. It’s so easy to get started – simply follow the instructions below!

  1. Complete and submit the online Service Bar Application Form.
  2.  Allow 6-10 business days for your application to be approved, then log back in to www.smarterselect.com to check for approval. The status of your application will be changed to “Eligible” in Smart Select account once approved. Please note that there are two different statuses in SmarterSelect. To learn how to check the proper status, check out the How to Check Out the Status of your Service Bar Application document.
  3. Provide 20 hours of service. Be sure to keep track of your service by recording the tasks and hours you completed on each date!
  4. Complete and submit the online Service Bar Final Report.
  5. Allow 6-10 business days for your application to be approved, then log back in to www.smarterselect.com to check for approval. The status of your application will be changed to “Awarded” in Smarter Select account once approved. Again, please note that there are two different statuses in SmarterSelect. To learn how to check the proper status, check out the How to Check Out the Status of your Service Bar Application document.
  6. Go to any GSEP shop to purchase the pin – all you need to do is provide the girl’s name and we’ll check our database for approval!

These steps, and other helpful information, can be found at http://www.gsep.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/leadership---service.html!

Have you heard about our next generation of leaders? GSEP, in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), hosted tea at West Chester University for girls to learn about the Girl Scout Silver Award. Participants heard from Silver Award Girl Scout, Lena K., about her Silver Award experience, learned about the leadership skills girls gain while going for Silver, plus brainstormed Silver Award projects of their own! As an added bonus, the girls also assisted the West Chester Resource Pantry with a service project by creating welcome bags for incoming students, all while enjoying tea and treats made by the wonderful women of AAUW!

Are you ready to Take Action in your community, like these Cadettes? Learn more about Girl Scouting’s highest awards – the Bronze Award, Silver Award, and Gold Award – here!

 

Get Outdoors Challenge

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

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.

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 out May’s Get Outdoor Challenge.

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

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Green Project

Did you join thousands of Girl Scouts and adult volunteers as they celebrate Earth Day with planet friendly projects right in your community! No project is too small to include in our efforts to make the world a better and more beautiful place!

This year’s GSEP Green Project was from Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, April 29th.

Tell us about your Green Project! Complete this online survey to share your story and photos with us! Your story and photos maybe chosen to appear on our website, social media, or Spark Magazine!

Purchase the GSEP Green Project Patch in any of our GSEP Retail Shops!

 

Check Out our Upcoming Programs

Investigate Your Planet 
Grades K-5
Saturday, May 19, 2018 09:00 a.m. - 03:00 p.m.
Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus, PA

Become an environmental detective as you investigate a crime scene against nature! Hike the grounds of Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, collect clues, and rebuild a replica of the grounds as you solve the wild mystery! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please bring a bagged lunch. *Includes the Wildlands Conservancy Jr. Naturalist patch.

Nature Scene Investigation 
Grades 6-8
Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.
The Nature Place, Reading, PA

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a tree! Navigate your way through the Nature Place as you learn all about the fascinating trees that grow right here in Pennsylvania! Learn how to identify leaves and make a tree-inspired art project. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. Please bring a bagged lunch. *Includes Trees badge.

Green Thumbs for Everyone 
Grades 4-5
Saturday, May 19, 2018 01:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m.
Art Partners Studio, Coatesville, PA

From houseplants to flower boxes, let’s get our hands dirty. Visit a local garden and play with dirt, seeds and plants. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes Gardener badge.

Sensational Senses 
Grades 2-3
Sunday, May 20, 2018 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, PA

Four out of your five senses want to explore nature! Join a naturalist for a hike through the habitats at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve to discover all the sights, sounds, textures, and smells that nature offers. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes steps 1-3 and 5 of Senses badge.

Camping 101 
Grades 4-8
Saturday, June 02, 2018 09:00 a.m. - 03:00 p.m.
Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus, PA

Want to be the star of your next overnight camping trip? Learn how to put up a tent, build a fire, cook a meal, prep a campsite, and so much more! Take all the outdoor skills you learn and share them with family and friends! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes snack, Dutch oven lunch and Wildlands Conservancy Jr. Naturalist patch.

Outdoor Art Experts 
Grades 9-10
Saturday, June 09, 2018 01:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m.
Reading Public Museum, West Reading, PA

Want to combine your love of the outdoors and art? Come explore nature with an artist’s eye and create art outside! Design a nature-inspired piece of jewelry, build an outdoor labyrinth, and more! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes Outdoor Art Expert badge.

 

Product Program:

The 2018 500 Club Celebration at Hershey Park is less than a month away and we are ecstatic! Registration for girls and their guests has now closed. Additional entrance tickets and meal tickets can be purchased starting on May 25th. Families of the girls already registered for the 500 Club event will receive an email with additional information as well as the link to the portal where they will be able to purchase additional tickets.

Girls who sold 1,000+ packages of cookies can register for the Cookie Boss Class of 2018 celebration until Sunday, May 13th. The Cookie Boss Class of 2018 celebration will be hosted on Wednesday, June 20th starting at Camp Shelly Ridge and followed by a live show of Aladdin at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Adventure Credits have been released for the 2018 Cookie Program. Don’t forget to encourage your leaders and parents to redeem these credits before they expire on September 30th. Adventure Credits can be redeemed for Spark Programs, Resident or Day Camp Sessions, at any of the GSEP Retail Shops or to cover Gold and/or Silver Award expenses. For more information, email memberservices@gsep.org.

 

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 17th to Sunday, August 19th 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 2018 includes a popular raffle drawing and silent auction for an array of items, services, and themed prize packages. We would be thrilled to have your support with a donation to our raffle or silent auction. Your generous donation will help as many girls as possible reach their full potential and become the go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders that they are meant to be!

 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

Save the Date for Alum Events!

Calling all Girl Scout Young Alum ages 18 to 35! Please join us Thursday, May 24, 2018 for 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Daisy’s Place (the Activity Center) at Shelly Ridge Camp at 330 Manor Road, Miquon, PA 19444 for a gathering to share your college experience with one another as well as high school juniors and seniors. Dinner will be provided! Visit gsep.org/alumnae to check out upcoming events and fill out our interest form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevJTBG7xmMGGuwrFF6vbFUp9q9HoB046ONzMhUlqW6BxLIOQ/viewform) to  join the Young Alums Group!

Lehigh Valley Alum Group at Mountain House, May 16, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 7:30. Bring your own dinner or bring something to cook on the fire. For more information, please contact Bonnie Young, gsd736@gmail.com.

Philadelphia Area Alum Group at Shelly Ridge Smith Lodge, May 31 from 6:00 pm to 8:00. Before and After Potluck. For more information, please contact Mary Jane Meconi at amj4347@verizon.net.

 

Juliette Gordon Low Society

Join the Juliette Gordon Low Society and help us meet the Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder and the Erik and Eva Anderson Girl Scout Movement-Wide Planned Gift Challenge. Dianne Belk, the Founding Chair of the GSUSA Juliette Gordon Low Society, and her husband, Lawrence Calder, have encouraged Girl Scout councils across the country to focus on planned giving.

Dianne and Lawrence have pledged a $1,200,000 irrevocable challenge planned gift to Girl Scouts and it contains a special $10,000 planned gift to every council that can receive five new planned giving donors by December 2018.

Help us meet the Dianne Belk and Lawrence Calder Girl Scout-Wide Planned Gift Challenge and ensure the future of Girl Scouting in Eastern Pennsylvania. We welcome the opportunity to assist you and your financial advisor with your gift planning.

These gifts can be through:

  • Bequests
  • IRA and Tax-Deferred Accounts
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Gifts of Stock
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

Through your thoughtful planned gift, you will help ensure the future of Girl Scouting in Eastern Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Lim Capello at scapello@gsep.org or visit our website.