January 8, 2010
Girl Scouts Warmed Up the Holidays Throughout the Region
The holidays were brightened for thousands of Eastern Pennsylvania residents, thanks to the dozens of projects and events GSEP Girl Scouts conducted or attended. Girls of all ages warmed up community parades in Souderton, Red Hill, Peddlers Village and Oreland. In Bethlehem, Troop 8961 helped place 500 luminaries around Moravian Village. Others took part in annual celebrations in BoyertownJim Thorpe, Lehighton and Oxford, and visits from Santa in Jim Thorpe and Gilbert. Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 1947 in Bechtelsville collected toys for the Salvation Army, passed out cookies and cocoa at Boyertown's Chillin' on Main event, and enlisted residents of a senior community to judge their Christmas Cookie Bake-off. Cadette Troop 2811 in Quakertown (below) collected more than 200 items for the Quakertown Food Bank when they went "Caroling for Cans."
The holiday warmth will continue well into the New Year for hundreds in-need, thanks to three successful coat drives in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Girl Scout Troop 22874 wasn't deterred by the two feet of snow that fell on December 19. Philadelphia's NBC10-TV reported on the girls' partnership with a local church to distribute coats that day in Levittown. Brownie Girl Scouts in Ardmore collected more than 150 coats, and brand new Daisy Troop 51351 in Newtown Square (below) gathered more than they could count for the Greater Philadelphia Cares 14th Annual Winter Coat Drive. One Daisy dad sent an email that triggered a donation of more than 200 coats from his co-workers at SAP. The troop rented a U-Haul to transport its total collection of coats, which filled two resident garages. All of Philadelphia's four major TV news stations reported on the coat caravan to Greater Philadelphia Cares' warehouse. 
Programs for Girls 
Winter Fun Weekends at Camp Laughing Waters
January 29-31: Cadettes through Ambassadors
February 5-7: Juniors and Cadettes
A weekend of winter fun awaits! Girls choose from outdoor activities on-site, or an afternoon of skiing, snowboarding or tubing at Bear Creek Ski Resort, capped off with a DJ dance party Saturday night. COST: $40 per person (includes meals at camp, camp activities, patches, bus transportation to Bear Creek). Off-site meals and activities are additional.
Register on E Council.
Lunch with a Scientist--January 23
Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors lunch and learn about careers from 11am-2pm at Valley Forge Program Center. COST: $20/person. Full details, p.10. 
Highmark Emerging Leaders Conference--February 20
Skills and exploration workshops for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes and adult-track programs bring out the Leader in everyone! Conference runs from 9am-3pm at Catasauqua High School. COST: $15/girl. Full details, p.9. 
Get Moving! at Camp Mosey Wood--March 5-7 and April 9-10 
This two-part program helps Girl Scout Juniors Green as they complete the Get Moving! Journey. Girls make recycled paper and conduct an energy audit of camp, then put their learnings to work by making the campsite more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Register through the March 5 calendar posting on E Council. Girls must attend both events.
2010 Earth Day Service Project--April 16-30
Save the dates! To sustain the Earth-friendly program launched last year, GSEP will host a week-long Earth Day Service Project with the goal of engaging 5,000 volunteers to complete 16,000 service hours. Service Units, troops and individual Girl Scouts can conduct their own projects or participate in suggested activities from GSEP personnel. More information will be available soon.
Program Partner Activities 
Scout Events at Wachovia Complex Continue 
Scout Excursions continue at the Wachovia Complex, including Sixers, Temple University and Harlem Globetrotters basketball, Philadelphia Wings Lacrosse, and much more! View the flyer or contact Reta Feldman at 215.952.7316.
Sleep at the Seaport! 
Hey Girl Scouts!  You are invited to Sleep at the Seaport! Come to Independence Seaport Museum, located on Penn's Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, for Sailors, Stories & the Sea, a fun-filled overnight adventure in Winter 2010. You'll become a Naval Crime Scene Investigator and spend an exciting evening solving a maritime mystery. In addition, discover first-hand what it is like to be a sailor; participate in an interactive theater performance, scavenger hunt, and hands-on activities; sleep in the Museum galleries; then wake up in the morning to tour the magnificent Spanish-American War Cruiser Olympia and World War II Submarine Becuna - both National Historic Landmarks. Enjoy a light evening snack and breakfast, plus, all participants take home a cool Seaport "Be a Sea Dog" activity patch!  Saturday overnight dates are available in January, February, and March, but are going fast so call 215.413.8630 today to book your Seaport Slumber!  $45/person, ages 5-12. Also ask about our special Scout Days and programs that can help you work towards badge requirements. The Seaport's new exhibit, It Sprang from the River! Everyday Objects with Maritime Secrets, opens March 26, 2010. Don't miss it! http://www.phillyseaport.org/edu_sleepovers.shtml.
Picture Place 
Some Cookie Sales Off to an Early--and Chilly--Start!  
Cookie-mom Debbie Farver snapped a photo of her Girl Scout daughters with a new recruit. Michelle (center, wearing her old Junior vest) is a member of Cadette Troop 6932 in Fogelsville; Rachael is a member of Heritage Patrol Troop 83002 in Bethlehem. According to Debbie, 'Snowflake' Farver (shown wearing both girls' old Brownie vests) is not currently registered due to inclement weather conditions. GSEP's 2010 Cookie Program kicks off next week (Thursday, January 14) and runs through March 7.
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Programs for Girls
Program Partner Activities
Picture Place
Adult Development
Program Announcements
Camping Surveys
GSEP Board Nominations due January 15
The GSEP Nominating Committee is accepting Board nominations and referrals. Self-nominees must complete the Nomination Form. To refer an individual as a nominee, complete the Referral Form.
Applications for Girl Advisors and Girl Delegates due!   
 Girl Advisors serve as non-voting advisors to the Board of Directors and must be in 11th or 12th grade during the 2010-11 school year. 
Deadline: February 5 (Application Form and two references)
Girl Delegates are voting members of the GSEP Delegate Council and must be age 14 by May 22, 2010. 
Deadline: March 31
Contact Olivia Selinger at 215.564.2030, ext. 1040 with questions about all Governance positions.


Adult Recognition Award Nominations due February 1
GSEP invites nominations for any volunteer whose commitment, accomplishments and service are exceptional and exceed the scope and expectation of their position. Awards are not progressive, and anyone may nominate any volunteer. The Chart of Awards on the GSEP website includes both GSUSA awards and GSEP individual awards, including some that are new this year. Deadline: Feb. 1
 Contact: Devon Miller at 610.933.7555, ext.1419.
 Scholarships for Older Girls  

The Union League of Philadelphia Good Citizenship Award recognizes good citizenship, leadership and patriotism. GSEP can submit up to 15 nominations for applicants who are registered Girl Scouts and current high school juniors. Award recipients can apply for Union League scholarships the following year. Deadline: Feb. 15 Contact Joan Hannahoe at  610-791-2411, ext. 1509 to apply. 

GSEP Scholarship applications must be submitted to a GSEP Service Center office by January 15! Criteria and application forms are available at the GSEP website. Contact Joan Hannahoe at 610-791-2411, ext. 1509.
Program Note:
GSEP's 3rd Annual Collectors Meet scheduled for April
at the Valley Forge Service Center has been cancelled.

 New Troop Camping Surveys for girls and leaders close January 10.  Click here to complete. Hard copies are available from Membership Managers. 
Summer Resident and Day Camp Surveys for girls, volunteers and parents have been reopened. Click here.  
Note to Parents:
By allowing girls to complete the survey, parents consent for the girls' participation and their answers to be compiled in survey data. All responses will be aggregated and no individual girl will be identified. Survey participants who provide contact info will be entered to win a FREE week of 2010 GSEP Summer Camp. Summer-survey participant Zoe Jones, a Girl Scout Cadette from Telford, will receive one free week at Summer Camp.
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