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Volunteer Training and Support Updates

Kick Off 2017

Calling all Service Unit Team Members… don’t forget to join us for Kick Off 2017!  If you haven’t registered yet, register here - or walk-ins are welcome! Come on Saturday, August 12 for an opportunity to learn about the latest council news and updates, relevant discussions, and round two of last year’s favorite – the CEO Chat!

Kick Off 2018 - August 12, 2017 09:30 AM-12:30 PM

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

8000 Cherokee St

Philadelphia, PA 19118

Register NOW for F.A.L.L. Weekend!

Join us at F.A.L.L 2017!  Are you a GSEP adult volunteer? This is your chance to get away with other passionate adult Girl Scouts and learn something new! Fall Adult Learn and Lead 2017 will take you on a magical adventure with 50 workshops geared towards expanding your leadership skills! Come for the weekend – or just Saturday! Our theme this year is the Magic of Girl Scouting.

Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure you register early!

Plus - look “magical” in this year’s F.A.L.L. shirts! They’ll bring the enchantment to your Girl Scout wardrobe! Our v-neck short and crew neck long sleeve t-shirts will be dark heather gray with a large, full color event logo on the front. And our full-zip hooded sweatshirts will be a navy blue with a full color event logo on the back. Orders must be placed by Thursday, August 31st and are non-refundable. Don’t miss out – click here to purchase!

You’ll find all the details you need in the 2017 Event Packet. Questions? Email 

Step 3 of New Leader Training – Now Online!

You’ve requested it – and we heard you! The Volunteer Training and Support Team is proud to announce the brand new version of the last step in New Leader Training can now be completed from the comfort of your own home – bunny slippers and all!

This online workshop will build on core leadership knowledge you gained in the first two steps of New Leader Training. Step 3 will introduce you to age specific factors that directly affect your girls and dive into the Journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

Simply click here to register for the online training.  Log-in to the Program/Events Registration System– add the training to your cart – and check out!  Within minutes you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions. This training is a 20 minute video, followed by a short quiz.  You must take and submit the quiz to receive credit for the training.  Feel free to watch the video and complete the quiz at your own pace. The entire training can be completed in less than half an hour.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us. 

Also coming soon - in the fall, we will be offering in-person New Leader Socials for volunteers who are interested in meeting other troop leaders in their local area and getting more support.  Stay tuned!


Financial Aid for MY18 Now Open!

Financial Aid for membership year 2018 is now open! To apply, visit MY GS to join or renew and click “Request Financial Aid” at the payment screen. GSEP will email you complete instructions for application and proof of income submission.

Financial Aid is available on a first-come first-served basis and covers membership fees ($25) and uniforms/Journey books only. To learn more about our new financial aid guidelines, click here!

Alumnae & Community Partners

Book Fair

August 19 is GSEP Day at Barnes & Noble!  Yes, all 13 stores in our footprint will be hosting a regional book fair from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on that day.  We’ll have lots of fun hands-on activities and GSEP staff will be on-site to answer any questions and register new girls and volunteers.  The top three Service Units that register the most new members will receive prizes!  Check out the flier with more details.  See you at the bookstore next week! Bring your friends and families!

Alumnae Service Project: Before and After Plarn Potluck

The Alumnae Committee invites you to join us on Thursday, September 14, for a Before and After Plarn Party from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Lodge/Shelly Ridge. Learn more about our community service project to crochet plarn (plastic yarn) into sleeping mats for the homeless Please bring plastic bags to cut and make plarn (plastic yarn). If you have a size 10 (J) or higher crochet hook, please bring that as well. Directions will be provided. In addition, please bring an appetizer or dessert to share during the meeting as the group works on the service project. For more information, please contact Mary Jane Meconi at You may also RSVP to her by September 7.

Are You a Federal Employee?

Attention all volunteers, parents, family members, alumnae, and friends who are federal employees!  Did you know that GSEP is an approved charity for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?  As you donate to this year’s CFC, please consider designating all or part of your gift to GSEP.  To make it even easier, our CFC # is 40106. 

And, just a gentle reminder that GSEP is a United Way Partner Agency.  If your workplace holds a UW workplace campaign, we also encourage you to consider designating all or part of your gift to GSEP.

Thank you for supporting our girls in this way

Girl Experience News

Volunteer Opportunities

Tough Cookie Adventure Race

Enjoy the outdoors and support girls engaging in physical activity, team building, and a bit of adventure. As with everything in Girl Scouts, Tough Cookie Adventure Race can’t happen without support from engaged volunteers. On Saturday, September 9, approximately 50 volunteers are needed throughout the day, from helping early in the morning and overseeing challenges to lifeguarding and facilitating archery in the afternoon. We are specifically looking for folks who are certified as lifeguards, archery facilitators, and belay staff. Anyone can volunteer—adults, students, families. Take a look at the volunteer opportunities here. If you’re ready to volunteer, or have questions, please email our volunteer coordinator, Melissa Pepitone at 

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

Program Opportunities

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Programs

The Fall/Winter 2017-2018 programs are here! Come check out all these awesome opportunities for your girls on our Fall/Winter Program Guide! 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!

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 jammed packed race! Register Today!

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.

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. 

And check out the NEW Girl’s Choice Badge-Troop Camping and Outdoor Skills Journey available on the Volunteer Toolkit.

Questions? Contact us at, subject line Get Outdoors! Challenge.

Highest Awards Deadlines:

Do you know a Girl Scout who is currently pursuing their Silver or Gold Award and has bridged onto the next age level? All Gold Award Final Reports, Gold Award Final Report Attachments, Gold Award Recognition Forms, and Project Visuals for girls who are completing their Gold Award and graduated high school in 2017 must be submitted to the Manager of Service and Awards no later than September 30, 2017. All Silver Award Reflections and Project Visuals for girls who are completing their Silver Award and starting 9th grade in the fall must be submitted to the Manager of Service and Awards no later than September 30, 2017.

Not sure how to submit all of the required materials for the Silver or Gold Award? Contact the Manager of Service and Awards at to find out!