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  • Bridgette Lang: Girl Scouts allows young women to flourish, gain confidence


    Nobody tells the story of Girl Scouts better than you, the girls! Have you read the opinion editorial in The Morning Call written by Girl Scout Bridgette Lang? Read the article below, and check out the piece in The Morning Call here. 

    Girl Scouts allows young women to flourish, gain confidence
    By Bridgette Lang 

    From soccer to art club to student council, there are many choices for girls to prepare themselves for the future. High schoolers across the nation scramble to find choices that reflect their career paths and parents search for meaningful ways for their young children to spend their time — but some choices stand out among the rest. 

    It is hard to name any other organization that prepares young girls for the future in as many ways as the Girl Scouts does. No matter your interests, Girl Scouts offers a girl-led environment where you can pursue anything that you set your mind to.

    The girl-only atmosphere allows young women to flourish in an environment where they feel safe and included, and free to express themselves. My experience would have been very different in a co-ed environment.

    I became a Girl Scout in kindergarten and have been with Troop 6467 since then. Now, as a junior in high school, the same values that I was taught as a child still hold true. Out of a...



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  • GSEP's response to the Boy Scouts of America News


    Dear GSEP Family,

    As you may be aware, today the Boy Scouts of America publicly announced that they will accept girls into the Cub Scout program and will offer expanded opportunities for older girls. Girl Scouts was prepared for this announcement, as we have known for some time that the Boy Scouts are actively recruiting girls and their families for the current membership year. In fact, we have discussed this issue as a council at many recent volunteer events. Rest assured, this change does not impact who we are and what we do.  

    Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is based on time-tested methods (more than 105 years to be exact) and research-backed programming that helps girls take the lead--in their own lives and in the world. The inclusive, girl-led, all-female environment of Girl Scouts creates a safe space in which girls can speak confidently, stand tall, take a risk, and become the leaders they're meant to be.

    We know that you know the value of Girl Scouting. And together - as staff, volunteers, alumnae, and families - we will continue to offer positive experiences and unparalleled opportunities for girls across our council. We're strong, we're confident in the value of our program, and we're poised to grow. We've got this... thanks to all of you.

    GSEP will continue to share any updates about this news as it becomes available, and we are in contact with the local media to provide the Girl Scouts response. If you receive question...



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  • Important Update Regarding Opportunity Catalog


    The new membership year begins next week and it’s almost time for the Opportunity Catalog to go live. That means that interested and waiting girls will now be able to choose from a list of available troops near them when they register for Girl Scouts. Thank you to the more than 600 troops that have already opted-in and are eligible for prizes… be on the lookout for raffle results soon!

    We have been listening carefully to feedback from troops that are concerned about the troop size listed in the Opportunity Catalog. We also reviewed recently published research on troop size from Girl Scouts of the USA’s 2016 national troop survey. In response to our volunteers and this compelling research, for the 2017-2018 Membership Year GSEP will allow troop leaders to select their desired troop size from a range based on the maximum adult-to-girl ratio described in Volunteer Essentials, as follows:

    •       Daisies: 12 girls

    •       Brownies: 15-20 girls

    •       Juniors and Cadettes: 15-25 girls

    •       Seniors and Ambassadors: 15-30 girls

    NOTE: Troops may be larger than the stated range with additional volunteers; Multi-lev...



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  • Ready, Set, Change Lives! Become a volunteer today


    Help her unleash her inner leader. Check out ways to volunteer. As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. They’ll each find their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ after all! You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop essential life skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. Imagine the excitement, the impact, the memories made—those are the moments you’ll share at Girl Scouts. Volunteer today.

  • We Need YOU! Lead a summer Girl Scout Sampler Series!


    You get the power of Girl Scouts. You know that the skills you gained in scouting helped you get to where you are today. Share that power with girls this summer and lead a sampler series!

    This series will introduce girls in grades K-5 to the world of Girl Scouts and show parents the impact scouting can have on their daughters. Parents will leave the series ready to get involved and lead the fun in the fall. Who better than you, someone who understands what it takes to be a leader, to tell our Girl Scout story?

    GSEP staff will provide a training on the program and offer you support. Each four-session series can be completed in as little as five hours and, bonus, you'll receive a free, exclusive G.I.R.L. branded metallic shirt. (We've gotta have you leading in style!)

    To learn more about this opportunity and to sign up, email Lilybeth Lugo at llugo@gsep.org

    You must be a currently registered and cleared member of GSEP. To learn more about registering and obtaining clearances, click here.

    With your help, we can introduce Girl Scouts to more girls and strengthen our network of powerful women making the world a better place.  

     

     

  • Congratulations, Sylvia Acevedo!


    Have you heard the exciting news?

    After a nationwide search, the National Board of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) named interim leader Sylvia Acevedo the permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO)!

    From rocket scientist to CEO, Sylvia is an inspiring role model for girls. A lifelong Girl Scout, she held the title of interim CEO since June 2016. She is a persistent champion of girls' causes, and we know that with her leading the way the future is bright for Girl Scouts.

    Sylvia is a familiar face to GSEP! We were honored to host Sylvia, Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, GSUSA Board President, and CEOs and Board Chairs from more than 100 councils at the National Board Chair and CEO Retreat in Philadelphia last fall. Sylvia met some of GSEP's Girl Scouts and even helped a troop complete a STEM project.

    GSEP's CEO, Kim E. Fraites-Dow, was at GSUSA headquarters this week for the big announcement!

    Please join us in congratulating Sylvia, the ultimate G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) on her new role as CEO of GSUSA.  

    To learn more about Sylvia, visit the GSUSA blog.

  • Are you ready for the Trefoil Fitness Challenge?


    Lace up your sneakers, it’s time for a challenge. Trefoil Challenge that is! GSEP is hosting three adventure races this year, and we want you to join us.

    Part One, the Tough Cookie Adventure Race, will be on Saturday, September 9, at Camp Laughing Waters. All children, ages 5 and older, can participate. And make sure you tell your friends. Grab your parents and siblings too! Get a taste for adventure racing by taking to the trails of Camp Laughing Waters with your team. Using a map to navigate your way from point to point, everyone will be challenged to a fun course full of obstacles. Stay for the day and experience what Girl Scout camp is all about! Looking for the full camp experience? Stay at camp the night before! 

    Learn more and register now! 

  • Meet Our New Website


    We've got a shiny new website! The new and improved site has many features that will make it easier for you to find what you're looking for and learn about what's going on at GSEP.  

    Here are a few things you need to know about the site:

    • The website is part of GSEP's Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI). We're now on the same platform as other councils across the country and will have a consistent look and feel with the Girl Scout brand. 
    • It's way easier now to find the forms and documents you need. You can search by a word or phrase for specific forms, or browse using our form categories.
    • We've got a new calendar! Browse events by grade level and/or category (alumnae, badge earning, camp, etc). Event categories are also color coded and searchable.
    • The best is yet to come. We'll be adding awesome resources, like the Volunteer Toolkit, to the website soon. The Volunteer Toolkit (or VTK as the cool kids call it) is an online resource to help volunteers plan meetings, and it will help parents learn more about all the fun activities their girls are doing. 

    We hope you like the new website! 

    Have any questions or feedback? ...



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  • Join us at Adult Camping Weekend this Summer


    Thank you to Cricket Wireless for sponorsing Adult Camping Weekend! 

    Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Camp Laughing Waters in Gilbertsville, PA

    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 or make new ones, GSEP Alumnae Association’s Adult Camping Weekend (ACW) is the weekend for you!

    WEEKEND EXCITEMENT INCLUDES:

    • Swimming and smoothies by the pool
    • Silent auction fundraiser
    • Outdoor sports and games
    • 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

    Scroll down to register for Adult Camping Weekend or download the form. Please mail forms to:

    Attn: Carin Johnson
    330 Manor Rd. Miquon, PA 19444

    For more information please contact Carin Johnson by email or by phone: 267.308.5118.

    50% of the registration fee is tax-deductible and benefits the Older Girl Scholarship Fund

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