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This page was last updated Friday, May 10, 2019.

Member Services

The Free Membership Cookie Voucher recognitions have been sent out, so keep an eye out for the email (it will be sent to the email address on the girl’s record in MyGS.)  If you are expecting this recognition, please do not renew your membership online.  Just click the button REDEEM MEMBERSHIP in the body of the email and we will take care of it for you! If you received an email that did not include the link, email us at memberservices@gsep.org and let us know so we can help.  

Business Services

Mark your calendars! Facility rentals for September 6th through December 19th, 2019 will open on May 15th, 2019. 

This Fall Laughing Waters, Mosey Wood, and Wood Haven will be hosting 7 Service Unit Camporees and many council-run programs. A reminder to troops that would like to rent in the fall: keep checking back throughout June and July for more availability as Service Units continue to release unwanted sites and activities.

Please note, troops and service units who book more than one camp for the same dates will be contacted to determine first choice so that other reservations can be cancelled and the space released for more Girl Scouts to have camping opportunities!

Reserve your space online here. For assistance, please email  memberservices@gsep.org and put “facility rental assistance” in the subject line.

Reminder - Camp financial aid and scholarships are now open to members of Eastern PA. Click HERE to apply! 

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! 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:

Family Camp – All Ages – May 24-27, 2019
May 24, 2019 7:00PM- May 27, 2019 10AM
Camp Mosey Wood

Enjoy a weekend of fun and relaxation for you and your entire family, while celebrating Mosey Wood’s 80th anniversary!! Parents, sisters, brothers, grandparents, and other relatives are all invited to Camp Mosey Wood to participate in organized activities, such as swimming, boating, hiking, games, and crafts. Attendees can also enjoy other activities independently. Activity specialists will be on hand to guide you through archery (2nd grade and above) and the high-ropes challenge course (6th grade and above), with lifeguards overseeing swimming and boating. Adults must supervise children during the event; one adult must register for every three children. *lncludes accommodations and all meals served in the Dining Hall.

Mosey Wood 80th Anniversary Celebration – All Ages – May 26, 2019
May 26, 2019 10:00AM-8:00PM
Camp Mosey Wood

Join us at Camp Mosey Wood for an 80th Anniversary Celebration! Young and young at heart alike are invited to join the celebration of eighty years of growth at Camp Mosey Wood. Look back at the history of camp through pictures, memorabilia, and stories, sing through songs that used to echo around the lake and those that still do today, and end the day with a Wishing Candles ceremony. Come enjoy camp today and enjoy camaraderie of fellow campers from throughout the years. Includes event patch, activities throughout the day, lunch and dinner. Interested in donating in honor of Mosey Wood's 80th Anniversary, please check out our giving page http://www.gsep.org/moseywoodgiving

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

Healthy Meals - G4-5 - May 11, 2019
May 11, 2019 10:30 AM-12:00 PM 
Capital Blue Stor
eCenter Valley, PA

Want to learn how to serve a meal to your friends and family? Gain helpful kitchen tips then work together to make a healthy lunch and delicious dessert for yourself! Leave with the skills to be more confident in the kitchen. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes Simple Meals badge.

Plant a Yoga Garden - G2-3 - May 11, 2019
May 11, 2019 01:00 PM-03:00 PM 
Valley Forge Service Cente
rValley Forge, PA

Come celebrate the magic of springtime with yoga! Use your imagination to plant a beautiful garden with your body and take breaths to mimic flowers, animals, and other spring time essentials. Participate in imagery exercises, games, relaxation, and even create a fun craft. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes My Best Self badge.

Clay Creations - G2-3 - May 11, 2019
May 11, 2019 02:00 PM-03:30 PM 
Allens Lane Art Cente
rPhiladelphia, PA

Roll it, throw it, glaze it! Work with a pottery instructor at Allens Lane Art Center and learn the basics of pottery and how to create the perfect piece. You’ll then use your new skills to make a pottery piece of your own. Allens Lane will then glaze and bake your piece for pick-up at a later date. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes Potter badge.

Spring Into Art - G9-10 - May 18, 2019
May 18, 2019 01:00 PM-04:00 PM 
Chester County Art Association
West Chester, PA

Take a stroll through the Art Partners Studio garden and the local park to explore outdoor art. Learn about women artists who use their creativity to raise awareness about the natural world. Using your creativity and passion for the outdoors, you will develop a nature message to share with others through your own art piece. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes Outdoor Art Expert badge.

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!

*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 you 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 approval. Thank you for your patience! If you missed the deadline but are still interested in earning the Girl Scout Silver Award, please email girlawards@gsep.org to discuss your options.

*Silver & Gold Information Sessions

Are you interested in pursuing your Silver or Gold Award? Explore the ins and outs of the Silver and Gold Award projects, review project requirements and paperwork, learn how to build your project timeline and budget, and discover how an idea can turn into a Take Action Project that will leave a positive impact on your community by registering for a session – we have in-person and webinar options available!

Travel Opportunities

*Colorado 2019

Looking for an unforgettable summer? Join GSEP in August 2019 on our trip to Colorado! Spend a week exploring all that beautiful Colorado has to offer while bonding with fellow Girl Scouts! Space for this trip is limited and registration closes on June 9! Find more information under the GSEP Sponsored Trip section of our Travel webpage. Questions? Email travel@gsep.org.

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.

Volunteer Training & Events

Are your troop parents interested in running a badge for the troop? Do you have parents that want to work on badges with their daughters over the summer? Tell them how to access the VTK Demo!

Follow this link http://vtkdemo.girlscouts.org/content/girlscouts-demo/en.html, or enter “vtk demo” in a search engine (such as Google)

enter the council code: VTKDemo253  (this is case sensitive!),

click on the troop leader view, and that’s it!

Parents can move around in the VTK just like troop leaders can, except none of their changes will save when they leave. So, if parents want to do a badge or journey, they should print it off.

Governance

Thanks to all who attended this year’s Annual Meeting!  We appreciate the Service Unit Delegates and Girl Delegates who used their voting power and elected our new Board officers, Members-at-Large, Board Development Committee members, and our new Girl Delegates!  Please check back soon to see the approved Minutes of the meeting.

Thanks, too, to all our GSEP members and family who volunteered their time at Comcast Cares Day. Your efforts have certainly made a positive impact on Camp Shelly Ridge!

It is now time to elect your new Service Unit Delegates for the new Governance year (which runs Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting).  SU Delegates are elected for 1-year terms and can serve a total of 6 terms in a row.

To hold a Service Unit Delegate Election, each SU must have a meeting where at least 25% of the troops are represented. Please know that girls, 14 years and older, can also serve as SU Delegates (as long as they are not also current Girl Delegates or Girl Advisors to the Board).  Election results (reported via this form) must be emailed to governance@gsep.org  no later than August 31, 2019.

To help with the Election, please see this suggested script. Also, please note: by Article II, Section 3 of our Bylaws, the ratio of SU Delegates to the Board & Board Development Committee is 5:1. Therefore, GSEP has a total of 150 SU Delegates. Since we have 98 Service Units, the top 52 SUs (in terms of numbers of girls served) are entitled to elect TWO Delegates and an alternate; the remaining 48 should elect one delegate and an alternate. Please check this list to see if your SU should elect 1 or 2 Delegates.

Delegate training will be held later this summer/early fall. The Delegate Meetings will be scheduled in September and March; exact dates will be announced soon.

Thank you!

Member Engagement

We are looking for troop leaders and girls to support with the following recruitment events. Materials will be provided. Please confirm your interest with Debbie Roman at droman@gsep.org

Upcoming Recruitment Events:

Girl Scout Night Fightin Phil's
Saturday, May 11
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
First Energy Stadium - Reading PA

Launch Into Daisies
Thursday, May 16
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
117 E. Arch Street, Fleetwood, PA 19522

Lower Moreland/Pine Road May Festival
Saturday, May 18
11 am - 6 pm
Pine Road Elementary School
3737 Pine Road Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Chester County Volunteer Fair
Saturday, June
10 am - 2 pm
Chester County Library
450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton PA 19341

Shoemakersville Children’s Fair/Berks County
Saturday, June 1
10 am - 4 pm

Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley
Saturday, June 1
10 am - 4 pm
SteelStacks Bethlehem

Emmanuel EC Church Bethlehem
Saturday, June 8
11 am - 3 pm

Fall Frolic/SU 744 Boyertown
Saturday, September
12 - 5 pm
Hickory Park 2140 Big Road, Boyertown, PA