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 This page was last updated Friday, February 16.

Girl Scout Women’s Leadership Summit: Why You Matter

As a volunteer, member, or friend of the premier leadership organization for girls, you already know what it takes to inspire young women to become fearless, thoughtful change makers. Come join forces with like-minded women to empower even more girls to Take the Lead.

Discover new ways to harness your own power and tap into your strengths and leadership skills. Connect with other amazing leaders, and leave prepared to take action in your life and the lives of girls. Topics include personal, emotional, and financial wellness.

Keynote Speaker:  Jennifer Allebach  

Jennifer is the Vice President of Girl Experience for Girl Scouts of the USA. She will be speaking about her experience as a Risk-Taker and how every woman can make a difference in the world.

Date: Saturday, April 28th, 8:45am-12:30pm   Registration and networking begin at 8am.  Breakfast is served at 9am

Location: Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA

Cost: $25 for Girl Scout members - Register Here

          $57 for non-Girl Scout members - Register Here

          This includes membership in Girl Scouts until September 2018.

Please note: this event replaces Pot of Gold.  Some of the Pot of Gold workshops you love will be offered at Fall Adult Learn and Lead Weekend, Sept 21-23.

Member Engagement:

Thank you for Attending a Registrar Roundtable

Thank you to all of the Service Unit Registrars who made time to attend a Registrar Roundtable on January 31 and February 1. We know that your lives are busy, especially at Cookie Season, and we appreciate you taking the time to spend a few hours with our Placement, Recruitment, Strategic Planning and Implementation, and Volunteer Support Staff. Thank you for all that you do for your troops, your Service Unit, and GSEP! Please mark your calendars for the next Registrar Roundtables on April 25 and 26. 

Service Unit Shout Out!

Congratulations are in order! For the 2018 Membership Year, GSEP set a growth goal for each Service Unit to grow their membership by 10% over where we ended the last membership year. We are happy to announce that several units have already met (or exceeded) this goal! Congratulations to SU 502-M.C.C.U.L. (137%), SU 564-Tookany (113%), SU 763-Daniel Boone (102%), SU 652-Wissahickon (101%), and SU 715-River’s Edge (100%). THANK YOU for helping to bring Girl Scouts to more girls this year.

Volunteer Training and Events:

Volunteer Awards Nominations

There’s still time!  Nominate a special volunteer for a Volunteer Award for their service during the 2016-2017 Membership Year. These range from local service unit recognitions, to annual council-level and even national awards. Check out the full descriptions in the 2018 Chart of Awards to determine the best fit for your special person, and then follow the Nomination How-To Guide to submit your nomination by February 15!

 

Think Like an Engineer Enrichment Training 2/21/18

February 21, 2018 07:00 PM-09:00 PM 
Trinity Lutheran Evangelical
Lansdale, PA

Are you excited about the new STEM Journeys?  So are we!  Exploring the various areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math can be daunting if you don’t have much experience with this field.  Have no fear, this enrichment is just for you!  Join us for an exciting session exploring the new Think Like an Engineer journey, where we'll dive into the new content and try hands-on fun engineering activities. This training focuses on the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior STEM content.

 

Service Unit Manager Trainings Posted – Register Now!

Calling all Service Unit Managers!  Are you new to your role as the lead volunteer for your Service Unit or have you been in this role for a while, but still have questions?  This training is for you!  Join us for this 2 hour in-person session, where you’ll connect with fellow SUMS, participate in hands-on activities, and leave feeling equipped to tackle your role with confidence.  Here is a snapshot of some of the topics we’ll cover in the training: 

•        Gain knowledge of the duties/roles, responsibilities, and expectations of the SUM and the Service Unit Team

•        Gain insights into building a strong team, planning effective meetings, and working together

•        Learn how to utilize the new SUM Manual

If you cannot attend a training, have no fear, our new Service Unit Manual will be posted on our website by the end of this month, so you can access the materials at any time.

Click here to choose a training from our Council Courses Schedule.  Then go to the Program/Event Registration System to register.  Search “Service Unit Manager” to find the trainings in eBiz.

 

Girl Experience:

Beat the Winter Blues- Register for Summer Camp TODAY!

Calling all early birds - don't wait to sign up for camp this summer! Registering early has its perks - all day camp sessions are $25 off and resident camp sessions are $50 off, and it's your opportunity to purchase our exclusive early bird T-shirts. Each camp has its own special design! Early bird registration ends March 14- check out our Camp Guide and register now!

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.

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 January and February’s Get Outdoor Challenge.

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

Check Out our Upcoming Programs

Are you ready for the final race in our Trefoil Fitness Challenge? Grab your family and friends and join the fun today!

Thin Mint Sprint- All Ages

April 14, 9AM-12PM

Fairmount Park, Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

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).

Have older girls interested in pursuing their Highest Awards? Check out our upcoming Journey programs:

GSEP Journey Weekend: BLISS-ful Tubing - G9-12

March 2, 7PM-March 4, 10AM

Camp Mosey Wood

Discover the bliss you can achieve by helping others with their dreams. Meet women who have pursued and achieved their dreams, then work individually or as a team to help others realize and pursue their dreams. On Saturday night, celebrate your hard work snow tubing under the lights at nearby Big Boulder Ski Resort. Troops will be housed in shared heated cabins. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. All adults must have a satisfactory background check on file to participate in the program. *Completes steps 1-3 of the Dream Maker Award from Bliss Live It! Journey. Includes all meals Friday snack through Sunday breakfast and snow tubing pass.

GSEP Journey Day: MEdia Mayhem -G6-8

March 24, 9AM-12PM

Camp Valley Forge          

Media plays a major role in our everyday lives! Take a look at how women are portrayed on TV and in magazines then work with your sister Girl Scouts to blast stereotypes and discuss how those stereotypes affect girls’ self-esteem. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes the Monitor Award from the Media Journey.

Looking for a camp getaway as Cookie season winds down:

Cupcake Camp-In - G4-5

March 9, 7PM-March 11, 12PM

Camp Shelly Ridge           

Heat up your creative skills as you design, create and bake your own cupcakes! Delve into the science of baking, the art of decorating and the basics of cooking. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must attend with a registered adult. All adults must have a satisfactory background check on file to participate in the program. *Completes step 4 of Simple Meals badge. Includes accommodations in buildings, all meals, snacks and event patch.

 

Innovators Camp - G6-12

March 9, 7PM-March 11, 11AM

Camp Laughing Waters

Spend the weekend working together to design a better future for tomorrow. Create new works of recycled art and work through the design process as you develop a windmill and tin boat and test their strength. Then use your new skills to develop and compete in a high stakes water balloon drop. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. All adults must have a satisfactory background check on file to participate in the program. *Completes steps 1 and 4 of Senior Game Visionary badge. Includes all accommodations and meals.

Celebrate Spring - GK-5

March 16, 7PM-March 18, 10AM

Camp Mosey Wood        

Celebrate spring as you set off on a camping adventure at Camp Mosey Wood! Take to the trails for some hiking, have fun with games, and get creative as you create works of art inspired by nature. And don’t forget to spend time making new friends with your cabin mates! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. All adults must have a satisfactory background check on file to participate in the program. *Includes Daisy Buddy Camper badge, Brownie Cabin Camper badge, and Junior Camper badge.  Includes activities during the day on Saturday, accommodations and all meals served in the Dining Hall (Friday snack- Sunday breakfast).

Are your Daisies ready for an adventure? Check out these fun programs perfect for first time Daisies ready for a field trip:

Daisy Delight - GK-1

March 10, 1-3PM

Shelly Ridge Service Center         

Are you ready for an international Daisy adventure? Learn about the World Centers through displays, songs, games, and more. Enjoy hands-on activities such as making your own SWAP and decorate your very own passport! You’ll even participate in a World Pin Ceremony and learn all about why Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world wear this pin. Leaders, please bring World Association pins for the girls in your troop. Girls should wear their Daisy Vest and bring non-perishable foods for a local food cupboard. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes snack and event patch.

 

Rosie Petal - GK-1

March 17, 10AM-12PM

Reading Public Museum, Reading

Help make the world a better place! Join your sister Girl Scouts and learn all about Rosie the Rose. Read her story, take a walk to learn about how the Reading Public Museum keeps the Arboretum in beautiful condition, come up with ways that you can reduce trash, and more! Attend Clover Petal in the afternoon and get both programs for $30. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes requirements for Rosie petal.

 

Clover Petal - GK-1

March 17, 1-3PM

Reading Public Museum, Reading

Want to learn how to use your resources wisely? Join your sister Girl Scouts as you read Clover's story and then visit the Animal Habitat's gallery at the Reading Public Museum to see how animals can be resourceful, too! Create a collage and participate in other fun activities! Attend Rosie Petal in the morning and get both programs for $30. All troops must meet girl-adult rations for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes requirements for Clover Petal.

 

Are you looking for a badge experience to enhance your troop meetings? Check out our upcoming partner programs:

Inspire, Design, & Sew - G9-12

February 25, 3-6PM

The Handwork Studio, Narberth 

Want to change the way something looks? All you need to know is how to sew! Craft an inspiration board, then design and sew a pillow sham for your room. Build the skills to repair your favorite clothes by sewing on a button or hand stitching a hem. You can even bring an item that needs some hand stitching TLC. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes steps 1, 3 & 4 of Room Makeover badge for Seniors.

 

Special Agent Overnight - G6-8

March 9, 6PM-March 10, 8AM

Reading Public Museum, Reading

Explore the science of crime scene investigation! Join the staff at the Reading Public Museum as you look for fingerprints, put your eyewitness skills to the test, and much more! You'll even spend the night in the museum! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. All adults must have satisfactory background checks on file to participate in the program. At least one adult per group must have completed Indoor Overnight Skills. *Includes snack, breakfast, Special Agent badge, and "I Slept at the Museum" patch.

 

It's Your Healthy World - G4-5

March 10, 9AM-3PM

Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus

It’s your world, make it healthy in every way! Practice flexibility with animal yoga, get your creative juices flowing as you keep a journal and expand your outdoor knowledge on a hike around the Wildlands. Perfect your culinary skills as you make a nutritious lunch and give back to the earth through a community service project! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes steps 1 and 3 of Staying Fit badge and steps 3 and 5 of the Simple Meals badge. Includes snacks, lunch, and the Wildlands Conservancy Jr. Naturalist patch.

 

Silver & Gold Award Information Session

The Silver and Gold Award Information Sessions for MY18 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! Register to attend an information session now!

 

Leadership & Service Opportunities

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Green Project

Join thousands of Girl Scouts and adult volunteers as they celebrate Earth Day with two weeks of 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 the GSEP Green Project will be from Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, April 29th. Girls and adult volunteers can create and complete an eco-friendly community service project with their troop, service unit, small group, or individually.

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 starting mid-April!

 

Service Bars

Looking for a way to keep your older girls engaged? Service Bars encourage girls to help a cause that’s important to them while making a difference in the community and practicing values of the Girl Scout Law! Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can earn both a Community Service Bar and a Service to Girl Scouting Bar once per level, which means there’s endless opportunities for girls to get involved!

More information about Service Bars, including pre-approval and post-approval instructions, can be found on GSEP’s Leadership & Service page under the Service Awards tab.

The Global Leadership Program

The Global Leadership Program for high school students, grades 9-11, is designed to help young adults become better students, college applicants, and global citizens. Students build relationships and learn vital skills such as team communication, cultural awareness, creativity, community service, leadership, goal setting and decision making in a group setting with teens from multiple high schools and differing backgrounds.

Participants put their newly acquired skills to use working collaboratively on a service project of their choice, with proceeds going to helps marginalized children in one of our overseas programs. At the completion of the program, students and their families celebrate their success at a graduation ceremony, knowing that they have made a contribution to the world.

Class size is limited, so register today by filling out the application below and submitting at least two letters of reference.

 

Fund Development

Your contribution to SHARE (SHARE Her Love of Girl Scouting) directly impacts the opportunities available to girls in Eastern Pennsylvania. Your support provides more leadership programming for girls, financial aid for families in need, and enhanced volunteer trainings and the nurturing girl-led environment that shows each girl that her voice matters and gives her the confidence to take on a challenge and fight injustice in the world around her.

Now more than ever, it is vital for us to stand with girls. Show the girl in your life that you stand with her and her friends. Donate to SHARE today. 

For more information, please contact Jordan Hanchulak at  jhanchulak@gsep.org

 

 

 

Join us for Adult Camping Weekend, August 17 through August 19 at Camp Laughing Waters!

Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing weekend with friends, build memories at Girl Scout camp, or want to get back in touch with old friends and make new ones, GSEP's Alumnae Association Adult Camping Weekend (ACW) is for you! 

Weekend Excitement Includes: WEEKEND EXCITEMENT INCLUDES 

  • Swimming and smoothies by the pool
  • Silent auction fundraiser
  • Outdoor sports and games
  • Indoor rock climbing wall
  • Canoeing on a nearby lake
  • Creative crafts
  • Sing-a-longs and s'mores by the campfire
  • Traditional Girl Scout ceremonies
  • Flush toilets and showers throughout camp

 

For more information, please contact Trish Corvo at tcorvo@gsep.org or register here : http://www.gsep.org/en/events/AdultCampingWeekend.html

Camp Financial Aid Update

At GSEP, we believe that every girl deserves the opportunity to get outdoors, unplug, and make new friends at camp. To improve economic access to summer camp, GSEP is happy to provide need-based financial assistance on a sliding scale. The application process for camp financial aid and camperships for the 2018 camp season is now open until June 30, 2018! GSEP thanks all of our generous donors and supporters for providing girls the opportunity to attend our summer camps with tuition assistance and scholarships.