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This page was updated Tuesday, November 14.

Volunteer Training and Support Updates

Join us for our November Enrichment Training at the Microsoft Store in KOP!

Coding with Kodu Enrichment Training
November 15, 2017
Microsoft Store, King of Prussia Mall

Are your girls interested in coding? This is a great way to get familiar with it yourself so you can join in the fun… not to mention a free way for them to participate!  Troop Leaders and Adult Volunteers – join us on November 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Microsoft Store at the King of Prussia Mall to learn all about Kodu in a FREE Game Lab session.  Kodu is free for kids to use and let them create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language.  Come to the Microsoft Store to learn how to use it so you can teach your girls! It’s an awesome opportunity to incorporate some STEM activities into your troop time that your girls won’t get anywhere else!

Register Now! Just search Kodu or Enrichment in the Program/Events Registration System.

Attention New Leaders – Register Now for a New Leader Social!

The Volunteer Training and Support Team is so excited to roll out our New Leader Socials!  But we need your help spreading the word.  Do you know a new Troop Leader?  Encourage them to register for one!

The New Leader Social is a follow-up to Steps 1-3 of New Leader Training.  It’s an awesome chance for new leaders to come and engage with one another, get their questions answered, experience some Girl Scout traditions, and learn some fun games and activities they can take back to their troop.  This in-person opportunity is optional – and covers all grade levels of Girl Scouts. 

New Leaders – this is a great way to get some extra hands-on support at the beginning of your new adventure.  We hope to see you there!

Click here to choose a training from our Council Courses Schedule.  Then go to the Program/Event Registration System to register.  More courses will be added to the calendar weekly.  So stay tuned!

Volunteer Awards – Now Accepting Nominations!

It’s that time of year again – the Volunteer Awards Nomination Window is NOW OPEN! Plus, we have some amazing new award opportunities geared towards troop leaders that you don’t want to miss!

Do you know an outstanding volunteer whose selfless efforts go above and beyond?  We need your help to recognize them for their exemplary service to Girl Scouting!  

For full details, check out the Volunteer Events page of our website!  

Product Program Updates

NAR Reminder:

SUMs and SUNARS! Don’t forget that increasing your girl participation and Service Unit total units sold in the Nuts About Reading program are crucial parts of your Service Unit Challenge! There is still time for girls to participate in NAR, click here to start!

Cookie Prep – Don’t Forget!

SU Registrars and SUCMs! Make sure to check your rosters in MyGS. Troops must have two registered, cleared, unrelated, and appointed leaders (one of whom must be a female) to be considered an active troop and to sell cookies! This year’s cookie sale starts on January 18th, 2018!

Important Systems Information

Important CEI Tips and Tricks

Attention Volunteers: we’ve learned some great ideas over the last few months that make it easier for us to help you get the help you need when contacting council.

For the quickest response:

• Contact Member Services first (not an individual staff member) – memberservices@gsep.org

• Include a detailed subject line on your emails (like “Troop Transfer” or “SUCM Training”)

• Do not send multiple requests for the same issue

• If you are following up on an earlier inquiry, please reference the previous case number (preferably in the subject line)

• Limit your emails to one subject/question

Troop Meeting Information

Attention Active Troop Leaders: This is an important message.  For insurance purposes, we need you to update your Troop Meeting Information, if you have not already done so.   

In addition to this important safety reason, we also need your meeting information to be correct so our awesome new Opportunity Catalog works to help build more girls of courage, confidence, and character!

As you know, the Opportunity Catalog is open!  Girls and adults can easily find troops and volunteer roles using a simple zip code search – but a big part of the catalog’s success relies on our troop meeting information being correct. 

We depend on you to ensure what appears in the catalog is up to date so that girls and adults can find troops and volunteer roles that meet their needs (and yours!). Please take a minute to review the current information we have on record for your troop(s). Active leaders who have selected their roles and completed the CBC process can review and update their information online:

1. Visit us at www.gsep.org, click on MY GS on the toolbar to the right of your screen

2. Select Member Profile from the drop down list and enter your user name and password.  If you need us to resend your login information, call 215-564-2030 or email memberservices@gsep.org

3. Click on Troops on the toolbar at the top, scroll down to the bottom and click on VIEW/EDIT TROOP INFORMATION ►

4. Update/enter all information to ensure it is correct for the Opportunity Catalog (all troops went live on October 1)

Some things to remember:

· Program grade level and meeting frequency, day and times must be accurate.  If this info varies, please let us know!

·  Meeting location is the name and zip code only.  If you meet in a private home, it should read as ZIP CODE-Troop Leader’s Home.  Please include zip code and full name of school (example: 18974-Willow Dale Middle School – cafeteria), church (example: 19040-St. John’s Lutheran Church), business (example:19053-Starbucks on Street Road), etc.

·  Meeting Address is not published online but is needed for our records

Please be aware that your changes must be manually updated by council staff and will not be automatically reflected in the Opportunity Catalog. There may be a 1-2 week delay between when you enter your request and when the change appears online.

Your help is truly appreciated and will be a valuable part of our success this year! 

Governance News

54th National Council Session and 2017 G.I.R.L. Convention

The Girl Scout National Council Session is held triennially for the National Delegation to vote on proposals, the slate of the National Board, and the National Board Development Committee members. GSEP sent 20 delegates and 1 alternate to Columbus, Ohio from October 4-8, 2017. GSEP had more than 60 girls and volunteers attend the Convention, and had one of the larger representations nationally. We also had five National Volunteer Partners from GSEP who assisted GSUSA in the planning and implementation of the Convention. Additionally, GSEP’s Josie Reinhardt, from Douglassville, PA was one of 21 girls on the Girl Advisory Council that planned the Convention.

Some more exciting news – prior to the NCS, Kim Fraites-Dow and Debbie Hassan attended the CEO and Board Chair Conference and received an award confirming that GSEP was one of 49 councils who grew in the past fiscal year! So we want to say a big THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to our volunteers like you who helped us achieve this awesome milestone!

GSEP prepared our National Delegates for Convention by holding two meetings to discuss the proposals. Additionally, our National Delegates took the opinions from GSEP’s Service Unit Delegates when forming their opinions. All National Delegates were given a summary of the discussion held at the Fall Service Unit Delegate Meeting so that their decision on voting results were well-informed.

 

Proposal 1: Reduce the size of the National Board of Directors (NDOB) from 25 members to 15 members.

This proposal failed.   Implications: The NBOD remains at 25 members.

Proposal 2: Make the National Board Development Committee (NBDC) a committee of the Board without any non-board committee members.

This proposal failed.    Implications: The NBDC remains a separate committee from the Board and retained its non-board committee members.

Proposal 3: Decrease the price of a Lifetime membership and revise the discount to include all professionals under 30 years old who were Girl Scouts before the age of 18, instead of the graduating senior discount. 

This proposal passed.   Implications: Lifetime memberships are now a flat rate of $400. There is a new discount for anyone under 30 years of age, who was once a girl member before age 18. She will get a discounted membership at a flat rate of $200.

The National Council Session was also followed by the G.I.R.L. Convention, attended by thousands of women and girls, which was a mix of fun and girl-centered learning for all participants. There were motivational speakers, including Mae Carol Jemison, Chelsea Clinton, Barbara Pierce Bush, and Gabby Douglas. The next convention will be in Orlando, FL in 2020.

Update on Lifetime Memberships
At convention, one proposal addressed the cost of lifetime memberships. After voting concluded, a new lifetime membership plan was adopted! Now, adult lifetime memberships cost $400 and Young Alumnae Lifetime memberships cost $200 and girls ages 18-29 are eligible. Learn more here.  If you have already purchased a 2018 membership, but want a refund to purchase a lifetime membership, email memberservices@gsep.org with a subject line of "refund for lifetime". 

G.I.R.L. Agenda

The G.I.R.L. Agenda, announced at the G.I.R.L. Convention, is a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. The G.I.R.L. Agenda is both a policy and educational outlet for younger girls, older girls, and adults. There are toolkits available for leaders and parents to educate their girl scouts about issues important to girls. This Agenda is a response to over 100 years of Girl Scouts having varied political views, but still come together to advocate for the well-being of girls we serve and the ones we do not serve yet. This Agenda is a way to unify all the amazing Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award projects we hear about in the news and other good deeds our Girl Scouts are doing. Now, all this good work is categorized into one umbrella to help facilitate even more civically engaged projects. To receive more information, sign up for the G.I.R.L. Agenda here: http://www.girlscouts.org/girlagenda

Juliette Gordon Low Bridge Petition

One National Project under the G.I.R.L. Agenda is the Petition to name a bridge in Savannah after Juliette Gordon Low. On September 28, 2017, the Savannah City Council passed a resolution proposing that the state of Georgia rename the Talmadge Memorial Bridge to “the Savannah Bridge” to be more inclusive and reflective of modern Georgia. Many Girl Scouts believe that renaming the bridge is the step in the right direction. However, we want the bridge to be named after Juliette Gordon Low, a woman who we obviously know created great, positive change for the state of Georgia and beyond. Therefore, a petition has been created that will be sent to the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Nathan Deal in January.

This is where we need your help! All interested individuals are able to sign this petition: http://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/advocacy/the-girl-scout-advocacy-network/sign-a-petition-to-name-the-savannah-bridge.html Please utilize the G.I.R.L. Agenda and the Juliette Gordon Low Bridge Petition project to promote civic engagement within your troops and Service Units. GSEP does so much to make the world a better place!

Girl Experience News

GSEP Sponsored Trip

Have you heard? GSEP is taking a trip across the pond in Summer 2018! Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to join us as we experience all that London has to offer, including a visit to the WAGGGS World Center, Pax Lodge! More details, including trip itinerary and registration, can be found via the Travel page on our website. Contact travel@gsep.org with questions.

Ready to explore with us? Registration closes in January 2018. Register now to reserve your spot!

GSUSA Destinations

GSUSA Destinations are open and ready for business! Check out all of the new and exciting Destinations on GSUSA’s Travel page, then review the information below for important dates and deadlines. Destination applications are accepted in two rounds. Girls are strongly encouraged to submit applications by the Round 1 deadline to ensure acceptance into the Destination of their choice.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

All 2018 & some 2019 Destinations are posted on GSUSA website

NOVEMBER 7

Round 1 applications due to GSEP – email to travel@gsep.org

JANUARY 5, 2018

All Round 1 applicants are notified of their status

JANUARY 19

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

JANUARY 31

Round 2 applications due to GSEP – email to travel@gsep.org

MARCH 2

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 18

Most 2018 Destinations that still have space will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. Submit applications for as soon as possible to GSEP by emailing travel@gsep.org

 

For more information about GSUSA Destinations, visit GSEP’s Travel page!

Silver & Gold Award Information Sessions

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!

Program Opportunities

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!

Unleash your G.I.R.L and sign up for one of these upcoming programs!

Be the Hero - G2-5

November 18, 2017 01:00 PM-November 19, 2017 11:00 AM
Camp Laughing Waters, Gilbertsville, PA
Cost: $50/girl; $35/adult

If someone was sick or hurt would you know what to do? Find out what to do in an emergency, from calling 911 to using a first aid kit. Work together to complete first aid challenges, act out scenarios, and play the patient. 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. *Includes activities on Saturday, accommodations in cabins, and meals in the dining hall. Includes Brownie First Aid and Junior First Aid badge.

 

Dance It Up - G2-3

November 18, 2017 09:00 AM-12:00 PM
Art Partners Studio, Coatesville, PA
Cost: $20/girl  

Let’s get moving! Explore different types of dance and movement. Learn a new dance and then make up a dance unique to you! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes Dancer badge.

Play Like a Girl - G6-12

December 02, 2017 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Cost: $4/girl

What does it mean to do something “like a girl”? The Kappa Deltas are here to tell you it means being confident and strong, especially if you’re an athlete! Chat with sisters who play sports at Villanova University and have a go yourself, from varsity water polo to ice hockey. No matter what sport you play, you’ll be inspired to strive for your dreams! All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult.

 

Cookie Coaches - G6-12

December 03, 2017 01:00 PM-03:30 PM
Camp Laughing Waters, Gilbertsville, PA
Cost: $5/girl

Cookie season is almost here, and we need your #cookieboss skills! Help plan a Cookie Rally for younger Girl Scouts and lead activities at the Cookie Rally at Camp Laughing Waters on January 6. At this planning session, you’ll design games and crafts to teach girls how to talk to customers, remember cookie flavors, and create goals. Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors interested in helping plan and run our Cookie Rally must register for and attend Cookie Coaches. Girls must be able to attend the Cookie Rally on Saturday January 6th (snow make-up day is January 13). All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes snack and January event patch.

 

Cookie Rally - GK-5

January 06, 2018 09:00 AM-12:00 PM OR 01:00 PM-04:00 PM
Camp Laughing Waters, Gilbertsville, PA
Cost: $10/girl; $2/adult

Cookie season is almost here! Play games and create crafts designed to help you build the skills of a #cookieboss. Learn tips about talking to customers from older Girl Scouts, get a sneak peek at the cookie recognitions, and even taste test the cookies! Snow date is Saturday, January 13. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Includes snack and event patch.

Or looking for a more laid-back camp or outdoor experience? Check out these programs!

 

Holiday Hoedown - G2-5
December 01, 2017 07:00 PM-December 03, 2017 10:00 AM
Camp Mosey Wood, White Haven, PA
Cost: $65/girl; $40/adult

Feeling the frenzy of the holiday season? Escape to camp and slow down as you craft the day away! The fleece pillows, greeting cards, beadie animals, and light switch covers you craft will make great gifts-or you can keep them for yourself as a hoedown memory! Afterward, head out to the trails for a hike and get some fresh air before enjoying Saturday night’s hoedown! All participants will stay in cabins with other troops. 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 activities during the day on Saturday, accommodations and all meals served in the Dining Hall (Friday snack-Sunday breakfast).

 

Winter in the Woods - G4-5

December 09, 2017 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Tyler Arboretum, Media, PA
Cost: $11/girl

Winter for animals can be tough! How do they make it through the season? Find out the ways animals adapt to survive winter in Pennsylvania. Make your own track key and test out your tracking abilities on a winter discovery walk, then explore the arboretum on your own after the program. Snow date December 16. All troops must meet girl-adult ratios for their group. Individual girls must be accompanied by a registered adult. *Completes steps 1 & 2 of Animal Habitats badge.

 

Slumber Party - GK-3

December 09, 2017 02:00 PM-December 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Camp Laughing Waters, Gilbertsville, PA
Cost: $50/girl; $35/adult         

A slumber party at camp? Count us in! Hang out with sister Girl Scouts while you play your favorite games and create arts and crafts! When the sun goes down, slip into slumber party mode with nail painting, snacks, and a movie! 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 to participate in the program. *Includes activities on Saturday, accommodations, and meals in the dining hall. Completes step 5 of Daisy Buddy Camper and step 5 of Brownie Cabin Camper.

 

Winter Camp - G1-12

December 27, 2017 01:30 PM-December 30, 2017 06:15 PM
Camp Mosey Wood, White Haven, PA
Cost: $135/girl

This is a girl-only event! Leave your parents and leaders behind as you make new friends and meet up with summer camp buddies. GSEP summer camp staff treats you to the traditional camp experience with a winter twist. Activities include crafts, campfires, hiking and—weather permitting—ice skating and snowshoeing. Stay in heated cabins and enjoy meals served in the dining hall. *Includes accommodations and all meals and snacks.

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 November's Get Outdoor Challenge.

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

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.

Scholarship & Award Opportunities

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Scholarship applications are here! If you have girls who are looking for great scholarship opportunities or know any extraordinary girls who demonstrate the qualities and characteristics of any of our scholarship criteria, check out the Scholarships page of our website for more details about each scholarship and how to apply. All scholarships applications and references must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 31st at 11:59pm! Check the Scholarship page of our website often for additional scholarship opportunities.

 

Tell us about an Amazing Woman Student Book Competition on Heroines
 
To honor the vast accomplishments of women in the United States, the National Youth Foundation (NYF) is pleased to announce the Amazing Women’s Edition (AWE) competition.  AWE calls upon students in grades K to 8 to write and illustrate original books on heroines in their communities.  The winning book will be published in hard cover and donated to public libraries.  Additionally, the winning student will receive $500 in prizes.  The winning book will be announced in March 2018, during women’s history month.

The deadline for the submission of completed books and applications is January 4, 2018.  Contest details and application material can be found at www.nationalyouthfoundation.org. 

Exciting STEM Award Opportunity for Girls! NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Do you know a future computer engineer or rocket scientist? Accepting applications now through November 17, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award for AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post-secondary education.

Each National and Regional Affiliate Award winner and each honorable mention receives an invitation to a Regional Affiliate Award event, an engraved award, scholarship and internship opportunities, and more! For more info »

 

Alumnae & Community Partners

Are You a Federal Employee?

Do you know a post office worker? A member of the military? Someone who works at a federal courthouse?  These are all federal employees!  And, we’re excited to let you (and your friends & family!) know that that GSEP is an approved charity for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  Please encourage your family & friends who are employed by the federal government to participate in this year’s CFC and consider designating all or part of their gift to GSEP.  To make it even easier, our CFC # is 40106

And, just a gentle reminder that GSEP is also a United Way Partner Agency.  If your workplace holds a UW workplace campaign (anywhere in our 9 counties or even outside

SHARE

Help us provide the Girl Scout leadership experience to more girls and donate to  SHARE Her Love of Girl Scouting (SHARE) today.

Your contribution to SHARE directly impacts the opportunities available to girls in Eastern Pennsylvania. Your support will provide more leadership programming for girls, financial aid for families in need, and enhanced volunteer trainings.

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. 

Service Unit bonus! For every $75 collectively donated by members of your service unit, your unit will be given an entry to a $75 gift certificate raffle to a Girl Scout retail store.  

The GSEP Pearl Award

Attention Volunteers, we want to hear from you!

Have you encountered a GSEP staff member who goes above and beyond and shows courage, confidence, and character through their work? Then nominate them for the Pearl Award. This award is a GSEP formal employee recognition by volunteers.

Nominating a staff member is simple! Just click here to fill out the nomination form. All nominations are due by Monday, November 20th. Our first award will be presented in December.