April 8, 2010
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Gearing Up to Go Green

With the official arrival of Earth Day on April 22--and the April 16 kick-off of the PECO-sponsored 2nd Annual GSEP Green Project--the Council is seeing plenty of green this month. But the region's Girl Scouts Go Green all year long.

Troops Visit Harrisburg 
 
When Troop Leader Michele Tate invited representatives from the Recycling Education Subcommittee of the Lower Makefield Township's Environmental Advisory Council to talk to Girl Scouts about waste reduction and recycling, the lesson was a real eye-opener. Aluminum cans can take 200 to 500 years to break down, disposable diapers take even longer, and plastic jugs and styrofoam stick around for 1 million years! So Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies from St. John the Evangelist in Morrisville (Bucks County) learned to make lunch and snack containers out of plastic milk jugs (above). Among the girls' learnings? "We need to get everyone to recycle more."
  
Troops Visit Harrisburg(Right)
Girl Scout Junior Troop 1714 in Sinking Spring (Berks County) their favorite requirement of the three-part "Planting Seeds, Growing Lives: GROW, EXPLORE, LEAD"patch program: vermiculture, which uses worms to create nutrient-rich compost for gardening. The girls' project inspired science lessons in several classrooms at Cornwall Terrace Elementary School, where 100 2nd-graders now feed the worms every Friday, and 100 4th-graders will study vermiculture next year. (Girl Scout Daisy Troop 71801 from the Upper Perkiomen SU (Montgomery County) also made worm composting bins as part of their Journeys program.) 
 

Also working towards the "Planting Seeds, Growing Lives" patch is Troop 5092, which created a garden as Girl Scout Daisies last year at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Norwood (Delaware County), using some of the proceeds from their Cookie Program. As Brownies this year, they'll return to the garden on April 17 to weed, spruce up the mulch, and plant more flowers.

GSEP developed the "Planting Seeds, Growing Lives: GROW, EXPLORE, LEAD" curriculum last year in partnership with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS); since then, more than 200 troops (including one in Florida!) have completed the requirements. Listen to an interview about the patch activities on "You Bet Your Garden," a weekly, nationally-syndicated Public Radio program hosted by Mike McGrath. PHS Educational Director Pat James and GSEP Marketing Director Cheryl Baker were interviewed. (The broadcast segment begins at audio-counter 13:30, and runs approximately 12 minutes in length.)
Programs for Girls 
earthday 2010 logoPECO Sponsors the 2nd Annual
GSEP Green Project--April 16-30
With generous support from PECO, GSEP has a goal of engaging 5,000 volunteers in 16,000 service hours during the 2010 Green Project. See the flyer for a list of project ideas and locations. Troops should register their participation on E Council, with a brief description of their project and an estimated number of hours they'll spend in the Comment section of the registration form. Contact Brittany Sedler at 888.664.9770, ext. 1500.
 
Recognition Mass for Members of GSEP Catholic Committee--April 18
Girl members of GSEP's Catholic Committee will be recognized at a Mass at 2pm Sunday, April 18 at The Cathedral Basilica of S.S. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia (18th Street & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway). The annual mass, will be celebrated by Bishop Joseph McFadden to commend the work of Council Girl Scouts who are committed to their faith-based programs as part of their Girl Scouting experience. Contact Pat Antonacci at pantonac@adphila.org.
Adult Development 
'Facilitating Adult Learners' Workshop--April 24
Volunteers are still needed to become Council Learning Facilitators to provide mandatory training for troop leaders and other volunteers, especially for Outdoor Training programs. The next "Facilitating Adult Learners" training workshop is 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 24 at Shelly Ridge Service Center.
Contact Jennifer Allebach at 610.933.7555, ext. 1414 for application form and requirements.
 
Don't Wait! Submit Your Outstanding Volunteer Recognitions
Service Unit Managers can still nominate troop leaders and other adult volunteers for their outstanding achievements. Click here for an overview of the Adult Recognition Program, and visit the Adult Education page for nomination forms. Numeral Guards for eligible adult volunteers can be ordered and purchased at any GSEP Retail Shop. 
 
There's Still Room! Outdoor Fun and Skills Weekend--April 30-May 2
Camp Wood Haven (Pine Grove, PA) 
Space is still available for adult volunteers who need to complete Outdoor 101, 102 and 103 and other training. Cost is $30 per person. Full details and registration materials on the GSEP Adult Education page. Deadline to register is Monday, April 12 at 5pmContact Jill Sober at 610.791.2411, ext. 1504.
 
Online Background Clearance Issues Being Corrected
GSEP has experienced intermittent issues with its Online Background Clearance process, and is working with its provider to correct the problem.  Volunteers who are planning to use the online process are reminded to select the 'Submit Payment' button only once, which will open a secure page personal data entry.  Multiple selections of the 'Submit Payment' will generate multiple debit/credit card charges. Volunteers who have completed the online process and made their credit card payment--but were not directed to this secure window for data entry--should contact Vernita Smith at 215.564.2030, ext. 1011.
 
Home Study Available for E Council Field Data Entry
Home-study instruction to enter troop information online through E Council is now available for "01" Troop Leaders, Service Unit Managers and Service Unit Registrars. To receive the electronic instruction, email ecounciluserrequests@gsep.org with "Field Data Entry Instruction" in the subject line. Instruction requests will be answered via email with a link to access the home-study course; volunteers will have 10 days to complete the instruction upon receipt of the email. Upon completion and grading, volunteers will be notified via email regarding their ability to access E Council for online troop data entry. Contact Eleanor Malkemes at 1.866.564.2030, ext. 1055.
 
20th Annual Adult Camping Weekend at Camp Tweedale--August 20-22
Adults Only for this weekend of laughter, relaxation and Girl Scout memories! Activities include smoothies by the pool, canoeing and kayaking, home-cooked meals prepared for attendees, and special stories from Girl Scout alumna and archeologist Stephanie Bartlett. Cabins with flushies and showers available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $50/person for the full weekend, and $40/person for Saturday only. All proceeds, including commemorative T-shirts available for purchase and a Silent Auction, benefit the GSEP Older Girl Scholarship Fund. Download the registration formHelp is needed! Create a 'themed basket' for the Silent Auction! Theme suggestions include Movie or Game Night, Scrapbooking, Beach Holiday, Sweet Treats, Wine and Cheese, and Tea Party; thinking outside the 'basket' is encouraged for packaging basket items! Donations of new items or gift cards also welcome. All items can be brought to any Service Center by May 21. Mark all donations Attn: Chris Snyder/ACW at Valley Forge.    
Program Partner Activities 
Cost Clarification! 
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom--May 15 & 16 
In the March 25 issue of eNews, the cost of "junior/senior" admission was listed as $4.49/person. The information was intended to reference the per-ticket savings for a junior- or senior-aged guest to the park. Per-person cost (for all Girl Scouts, their families and friends) is $18.50; free for children age 2 and under. Download the coupon and copy as needed. A small quantity of pre-printed coupons is available for those who do not have internet access. Contact Brenda Zuberka at 888.664.9770, ext. 1521.
 
Discount Coupons Now Online!
Clementon Park and Splash World--June 12 & 13
Cost is $5/girl wearing her sash or vest and $14.99/accompanying family member or friend. Download the coupon and copy as needed. Contact Brenda Zuberka at 888.664.9770, ext. 1521.
 
Note to Leaders:
GSEP will set up a membership information table at the park entrance. To volunteer to staff the table for part of the weekend individually or with your Service Unit or troop, contact Marianne Zellner at 1.888.664.9770, ext. 1511 (for Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom weekend) or
Cheryl Baker at 1.888.664.9770, ext. 1508 (for Clementon Park and Splash World weekend).
Picture Place  
Girl Scouts Have a Lot of Heart

Brownie, Junior, Senior and Cadette troops from Radnor Township (Montgomery County) created more than 200 Heart Pillows for heart-surgery patients at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Patients grasp the pillows to their chests to ease their post-procedural pain.

 
 Troops Visit Harrisburg
Issue: 43
CONTENTS
Programs for Girls
Adult Development
Program Partner Activities
Picture Place
Dotti Martin Fund Established
Governance News
Camp News
Opportunities for Older Girls
DOROTHY 'DOTTI' MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP FUND ESTABLISHED 
Dotti Martin

To advance the level of charitable support Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania can provide, the Board of Directors voted to establish the Dorothy 'Dotti' Martin Educational Scholarship/ Destination Fund, in memory of lifetime-volunteer Dorothy Martin, who passed away

 January 20, 2010.

 

Several of Dotti's friends and fellow volunteers have contributed the initial dollars to launch the Fund. Additional donations can now be received. Email the Office of the CEO or contact Rosa Sanchez at 866.564.2030, ext. 1029 for information or to make a contribution.

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GOVERNANCE NEWS
 
 Phase I of Property Assessment
 Complete
 
Hear the findings at
 Spring Delegate Meetings 
Saturday, April 10
 
All GSEP members age 14 and up are invited to hear the results of last year's Camp Surveys and the Property Committee's next steps regarding GSEP resident camps.
 Meetings include "Girls Only" Strategy Cafe. View the full agenda, or contact Rosa Sanchez at 866.564.2030, ext. 1029
RSVPs appreciated, but day-of attendees are welcome. Meetings held at two locations:
 
9-11am at First Presbyterian Church
 Allentown
(3231 W. Tilghman St.)
 
2-4pm at Valley Forge Service Center 
 (100 Juliette Low Way)
 
Contact: Olivia Selingerat 866.564.2030, ext. 1040.
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CAMP NEWS 

BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Camp Tweedale adds second session of
 'The Amazing Race'
Session 3, July 4-9
 
The popular program (Session 4, July 11-16) has a waiting list. Campers entering grades 6-8 may register.
To accommodate the new session, "Adventure Sports Plus"and"Wilderness Cooks" resident programshave been closed and will not be available at Camp Tweedale during Session 3, July 4-9. Contact
Lavena Bryant at 866.564.2030, x1038.
 
 
APRIL OPEN HOUSES
Camp Tohikanee
Sunday, April 18
1-4pm
Shelly Ridge
 Day Camp
Saturday, April 24
1-3pm
Mountain House
Day Camp
Sunday, April 25
2-4pm
Valley Forge
 Day Camp
Sunday, April 25
1-4pm
 
2010 Summer Camp Guides are online. Early-bird Discounts for registrations paid-in-full by April 30. Financial assistance is available.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR OLDER GIRLS
 
SILVER AND GOLD AWARDS  
 
Project proposals
 due April 30
Final training workshops for Silver and Gold Awards using the original guidelines have been scheduled through June. All meetings from 7-9pm.  
 
Go for the Silver

June 1,
Lehigh Valley SC
June 9,Valley Forge SC
June 14,Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing 

Go for the Gold 
May 11,Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing
May 20,Smith Lodge at Shelly Ridge SC
May 25,Lehigh Valley SC
June 29,Valley Forge SC 
Contact Joan Hannahoe at 610.791.2411, x1509.
 
Join the GSEP
 Honor Guard
Girl Scout Ambassadors and Seniors invited to join the GSEP Honor Guard to conduct flag ceremonies at Council events. Members attend quarterly trainings; full uniform required (GSUSA-issued white polo shirt, khaki pants or skirt, black shoes, and a sash or vest). Gloves and red sashes issued at each event. Contact Jennifer Allebach
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Edited by: Betsy Taube
 
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