May 16, 2010
One Mission, Many Pathways 
DON'T MISS IT! 2010 Annual Meeting and GSLE Workshop--May 22
Penn View Christian School (420 Godshall Rd., Souderton)
Troops Visit HarrisburgOne Mission, Many Pathways is the theme for the 2010 Annual Meeting (10:30-11:45am), and all are invited to hear reports on the Council property assessment, programs, membership, finances; meet the 2010 Board Slate; do some shopping; and visit program update stations (beginning at 9:45am). Download the Annual Meeting Program and the RSVP form. Day-of registrants are welcome, but advance RSVPs (completed as soon as possible!) may receive registration materials in advance. Contact Rosa Sanchez at 215.564.2030, ext.1029 for paper copies of the program, RSVPs, and more information. 
(above) The first-ever GSEP Girl Delegate pins were presented at the Spring Delegate Meetings last month. Girls who were unable to attend the meetings--as well as newly-elected Delegates on May 22--will receive their pins at the Meeting, and pins for Service Unit Delegates will be presented upon registration. Girls who introduce themselves to Board Chair Ann Thornton Field at the meeting will receive a new GSEP Board Chair patch!
Come for the Meeting! Stay for GSLE Training!
Immediately following the Annual Meeting (12-2pm) is a One Mission, Many Pathways working lunch for Service Teams, Council Learning Facilitators, and Product Program Action Committee members. The workshop features information sessions and small-group discussion about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and Journeys rollout in the 2010-11 Program Year.
Participants need not attend the Annual Meeting. RSVPs appreciated! Contact Rosa Sanchez at 215.564.2030, ext.1029Service Unit Managers and Troop Leaders: Watch for updates about the rollout and training! 
Interest Troop News 
Heritage Patrol is Back at Musikfest!

One of many Interest Troops available to GSEP members, the Eastern Pennsylvania Heritage Patrol will help showcase early-American folk arts and local history as part of its annual participation at Musikfest:


Historic Krafts'N'Kids at Musikfest--August 9-13

The Colonial Industrial Quarter, Historic Bethlehem

Troops and individual girls and boys ages 6-12 are invited to spend an hour, a day, or the week making historic crafts. All-day program: 12:45-4:30pm; individual activity sessions: 12:45pm, 2pm, and 3:30pm daily. Visit the website for activity schedules and pre-registration forms. Day-of registrants are welcome, but class space is not guaranteed.


Heritage Patrol at Musikfest--August 10-12

Luckenbach Mill, The Colonial Industrial Quarter in Historic Bethlehem

Girls entering 7th-12th grades are invited to learn about Heritage Patrol, its quest for historic knowledge to share with others, and its commitment to working with other organizations to preserve local heritage. New girls learn to teach crafts and explore the Musikfest craft venue (from August 10-12) to earn the Artistic Crafts Interest Patch. Current Heritage Patrol members lead the Krafts'n'Kids program (from August 9-13) to pursue an interest patch of their choice. Time: 12:30-4:30pm daily (older girls may vary their schedules). Cost: Apprentice (new girls): $25; Journeywomen: $15; Masters: $10; Trainers: Free. Visit the website for registration forms; deadline: July 11.


Visit the Heritage Patrol website ( or contact Betsy Cutler at 610.395.2721 or Sandra Villard at 610.253.0620 for information.
Programs for Girls
Program Aide Core and Specialty Training for Older Girls
Girls in grades 6-12 help Council, Troop and Service Unit programs, work with younger girls, develop leadership skills, and meet fellow Girl Scouts from other troops. Free (bring a bag lunch). Register on E-Council. Contact Melanie Doll at 610.791.2411, ext. 1525.

Program Aide Core Training 
Saturday, June 5: 9am-3pm
Indian King Clubhouse (Belvidere Circle, West Chester)
Tuesday, June 22: 9am-3:30pm
St. John the Evangelist School Cafeteria (752 Big Oak Rd., Morrisville)
Specialty Training
(prerequisite: Program Aide Training)
Wednesday, June 23: 9am-1:30pm
St. John the Evangelist School Cafeteria (752 Big Oak Rd., Morrisville)
Scholarships available for Aerospace Career Explorer! June 27-July 9
An out-of-this-world opportunity for girls ages 15-18! The U.S. Space & Rocket Center offers funding for the Aerospace Career Explorer Destination. The $912.50 scholarship covers half of the $1,825 event fee. Activities are based on the first two years of fighter-pilot training; upon earning their jet wings, girls move onto simulated and extended duration space missions to earn their astronaut wings. Click here for program details, and send applications to Jennifer Covington, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805.
Deadline: June 4
Summer Travel Opportunity for Teens in Guatemala!--July 9-17
Fourteen Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (ages 15-18) will explore Guatemala's Historical and Natural Treasures! Trip is outfitted and organized by Holbrook Travel; Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina are chaperones. Local tour guide provides 24-hour accompaniment in Guatemala. Cost is $2,460/person (all-inclusive from Miami, with mandatory travel/trip cancellation insurance; additional $30 Guatemala departure tax and gratuities for guide and driver required). Contact Lesley Robinson at 843.552.9910, ext. 224.
Click here for more info.

Product Program News

This Sleeping Daisy Sold a Whole Bunch of Cookies
Troops Visit Harrisburg
Five-year old Girl Scout Daisy Kaylee Overby (Delaware County) helped sell hundreds of boxes of cookies at GSEP's 'Spring Cookie Fling' outside Philadelphia's City Hall last month. Girls got a
last chance to meet their sales goals at the day-long event, while commuters stocked up on their favorites.  

Congratulations 2010 Cookie Raffle Winners!
Twelve lucky Girl Scouts will be treated to some sweet prizes for their participation in the 2010 Cookie Program:

One Week of Resident Camp for two: Emily Van Koevering (Troop 4673, SU 611), Z'skina Jackson (Troop 9545, SU 519), Allison D'Ignazio (Troop 5390, SU 510), Pam Keller (Troop 830, SU 714) 

2 GB iPod: Samantha Suchsland (Troop 7300, SU 650), Kristen Applegate (Troop 5407, SU 509), Rebecca Ayoso (Troop 81117, SU 704), Jennifer Yeager (Troop 8300, SU 706) 


Troop Tickets for 'Ride the Ducks': Madeline Sinkler (Troop 82011, SU 714), Harmony McNealy (Troop 9288, SU 519), Brina Way (Troop 9315, SU 543), Kerra Delp (Troop 21635, SU 614)

Adult Development 
2010 Adult Recognition Ceremony--June 9 at 6:30pm
Spring Ford Country Club (48 Country Club Rd., Royersford)
Don't miss this celebration of the achievements of more than 100 of GSEP's dedicated volunteers. All adults (members and non-members) are invited. Registration deadline: May 26, through E-Council (via Adult Training Calendar). Cost is $30/person (includes three-course meal; cash bar available). Registrants will be contacted to secure their entrée of choice.
Contact Devon Miller at 610.933.7555, ext. 1419.
Global Leadership Opportunities for Volunteers! 
GSUSA is seeking young women (ages 18-35) for Global Leadership Opportunities through the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to attend global leadership conferences and workshops! Selected applicants remain in a candidate pool for one triennium; inclusion does not guarantee participation. GSEP cannot provide financial support for associated travel and expenses. Applicants must be 18-35 years old through the triennium and a GSUSA member; able to travel on short notice; an active volunteer endorsed by their local Girl Scout council; and committed to share and integrate new knowledge at local and/or National Councils. GSEP application 
and endorsement process required. Contact Kristen Hughes at
610.933.7555, ext. 1411.
How The West Was Fun! Fall Adult Learn and Lead (F.A.L.L.)--October 1-3 
Camp Tweedale (Oxford, PA)
One of GSEP's premiere events for volunteers includes the official 2010-11 rollout of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) and Journeys. Attendees will get ideas to guide girls through Journeys resources and activities.
Call for Presenters! Proposals invited for F.A.L.L. workshop instructors! Preference given to workshops that support and enhance experiences to engage girls in Journeys. Reimbursement for expenses is provided. View the Journeys Map to enhance and align workshops with the GSLE, and complete the applicationContact Dale Moelter at 610-933-7555, ext. 1498 for information.
President's Volunteer Service Award 

Girl and adults invited to apply for the President's Volunteer Service Award! GSEP is a certifying organization for the award, created by The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 to recognize and thank them volunteers. Individuals--regardless of their affiliation with Girl Scouts, a troop, or other organization--are eligible, with documentation of volunteer hours completed within a consecutive 12-month timeframe. Three award levels (Gold, Silver and Bronze) presented in three age-brackets: 5-14 years, 15-25, and 26 and older. GSEP is accepting logged-hour applications from Council members for service in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Send completed forms to Shawnna DiFilippo at the Valley Forge Service Center; call 610.933.7555, ext. 1409 for more information.

Staff Corner
head shotGSEP Names Melanie Doll as Program Director
Melanie Doll has been named GSEP Program Director, effective May 1. In addition to overseeing management of all resident and day camps, Mel is responsible for developing comprehensive program services to advance the Council's mission and goals and is accountable for outcomes measurement of innovative programs in targeted areas throughout the service area. Mel began working as a seasonal employee at Camp Wood Haven in 1996, then joined the Girl Scouts Great Valley Council as a Program Manager 10 years later. In 2008, she added Mountain House Camp Director to her responsibilities.
Picture Place  
Never Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Girl Scout Cadette Troop #22018 in Newtown (Bucks County) kicked off its Bronze Award project with the goal of collecting 1,500 books for a Philadelphia-area school. After two weeks of hard work and some ingenious marketing, the girls gathered more than 8,000 books from schools, churches, neighborhood residents, and a range of community groups--enough to support five Philadelphia-area schools and a charter school in nearby Camden, NJ!
Issue: 45
2010 Annual Meeting
Interest Troop News
Programs for Girls
Product Program News
Adult Development
Staff Corner
Picture Place
Camp News
What's In Store
Opportunities for Older Girls


Camp Laughing Waters Still Available May 21! 
Spring Campers: Camp Laughing Waters is available May 21. Check E-Council for available units.
Payment in-full is required with reservation. Contact Property Registrar at 215.564.2030, x1054
Program Changes
 at Camp Laughing Waters

  Two new program additions and two cancellations have been made to the Camp Laughing Waters schedule:


New programs 

aMAZing Riders!

July 18-30

 (Sessions 5-6)

Grades 6-10

Cost: $670

Earn: Horse Sense IPP, Interact, Diplomat and Peacemaker Award; completion of the aMAZE Journey (one of the new requirements for pursuing Silver or Gold Award).

All camper-levels (including beginners) learn Western Riding techniques to tackle challenges in the riding ring, on the trails, and all around camp-which is transformed into a 400-acre Maze! Out of the saddle, girls swim, hike and discuss the importance of navigating relationships.


Art for CHANGE

August 1-13

 (Sessions 7-8)

Grades 6-10

Cost: $595

Earn: Media Savvy IPA

Campers use art to advocate for a better world by producing videos about environmental preservation; writing songs or poetry about justice; photographing friendship-in-action; painting banners for freedom; and sketching their vision of "GIRLtopia." A graphic designer talks about media career opportunities and teaches logo design. Family and friends are invited (on the second Wednesday) for a display of girls' visual and performing art. It's a wrap when campers create the 2011 Camp Laughing Waters commercial as a team! (Girls should bring digital cameras; video cameras are provided.)


 Camp Laughing Waters Cancellations

Into the Deep 1 (Sessions 5-6)

Into the Deep 2 (Sessions 7-8)

 Contact Amy Hollaman at 215.564.2030, x1019.
Open Houses
Camp Mosey Wood
 Sunday, May 16
Camp Tweedale
(resident & day camps)
Sunday, May 16
Shelly Ridge Day Camp
Sunday, May 23

GSEP Clothing 25% Off through May 28

 While supplies last; no additional coupons or discounts.
All GSEP Retail Shops open Saturday, May 15 and 22 or shop online.


Summer Hours

 Begin in June

All Shops open Saturday, June 5 and 12.

Summer Hours begin

week of June 14: 




Shelly Ridge

Closed for inventory

 June 14-18

(re-opens Tues., June 22)


Valley Forge and

 online sales

Closed for inventory

 June 21-25

(re-opens Tues., June 29)


Lehigh Valley

Closed for inventory

 July 12-16

(re-opens Tues., July 20)


Delaware County and Jane Seltzer Shops close for the summer June 12.


Think Globally,

 Shop Locally!

Girl Scouts merchandise is available through GSUSA and third-party retailers, but purchases made at GSEP shops and the website directly support the Council, its programs, and girl-member activities.

Silver and Gold Award 
Final training workshops for Silver and Gold Awards using the original guidelines have been scheduled through June. All meetings from 7-9pm.  
Register on E-Council. Contact Joan Hannahoe at 610.791.2411, ext. 1509. 
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 20, Smith Lodge at Shelly Ridge SC
May 25, Lehigh Valley SC
June 29, Valley Forge SC

   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 sash or vest). Gloves and red sashes provided at
each event.
Contact Jennifer Allebach

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