Issue: 64March 12, 2012
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Happy 100th Anniversary Girl Scouts! In honor of this momentous occasion we have named 2012The Year of the Girl! There are a variety of ways for Girl Scouts everywhere to celebrate.


Save the dates for these 100th Anniversary Signature Events:

  • April 21-22, 2012:  Century of the Girl Expo
  • April 22, 2012:  Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
  • May, 2012:  Girl Scouts Forever Green Initiative
  • June 2, 2012:  National Trails Day
  • Fall 2012:  GSEP joins The Great Girl Scout Hike on the Appalachian Trail


The Century of the Girl Expo - April 21-22, 2012
This special weekend honoring the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting will include events for girls of all ages and will be full of FUN!  The Century of the Girl Expo features a wide range of interactive exhibits, national and local speakers, workshops for both girls and adults, and other activities relating to leadership, arts, the environment, outdoor education, science, technology, math, healthy living and community service.  Don't miss out on the fun!


The Century of the Girl Expo will also include an adult track, filled with engaging seminars, for parents, troop leaders, and members of the community.


Please note that all current and updated information regarding all of the 100th Anniversary Events can be found on our homepage. Registration for these events is now open - be sure to REGISTER NOW!


GSEP 100th Anniversary Patch

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary all year long and earn the official GSEP 100th Anniversary Patch!  This patch is available free of charge to any currently registered Girl Scout who completes the necessary requirements!  This patch may be earned between March 12th, 2012 and December 31st, 2012. Throughout the process of earning this once in a lifetime patch, you will discover, or maybe even rediscover the history and traditions of Girl Scouting, connect with other Girl Scouts through a multitude of events and activities, and explore how you can impact the future of the Girl Scout Movement. This program is designed to give troops and individual girls alike a snapshot of all that Girl Scouting has to offer and an opportunity to reflect on what Girl Scouting is all about! 


There are three sections: DISCOVER, CONNECT and TAKE ACTION designed to inspire Girl Scouts to learn about Girl Scout history, celebrate that they are Girl Scouts and think forward to the future of Girl Scouting. Girls will connect through community service and use their voices to let others know who we are.  More details on how to get these patches will be available at later in the week. 


GSEP Rocker Patches:

Be sure to register and attend all of GSEP's 100th Anniversary Celebrations where you'll receive special edition rockers that fit around the parameter of the GSEP 100th Anniversary Patch!

Rockers are available for the following events:
Century of the Girl Expo

National Trails Day

Girl Scouts Forever Green Initiative - Tree Planting




Continuation of GSEP Cookie Program

Thank you for all of your hard work during this year's Cookie Program! Congratulations to all Service Units and Troops that have met their goals. At this point in time we are at 97.1% of our 4,305,000 package goal. We understand that troops are wrapping up, but for those troops that have not yet achieved their goal or would like to continue selling, they may continue to pick up cookies through March 31, 2012. 


Troops wishing to continue their sales should contact their Service Unit Cookie Manager and the Product Program Coordinator, Jessica Menefee, at


10,000 Case Challenge!

Through the extension of the Cookie Program, GSEP hopes to sell an additional 10,000 cases of cookies after March 4, 2012. This is our 10,000 Case Challenge!

Special recognitions will be awarded to Troops that pick up additional cookies from a Council Sponsored Reorder Station after March 4, 2012.


  • Girl Recognition: If an individual girl sells two additional cases of cookies picked up after March 4 from a Council-Sponsored Reorder Station, she will receive a special, limited edition 10,000 Case Challenge Patch.
  • Troop Recognition: If a troop picks up three additional cases per registered girl from a Council-Sponsored Reorder Station after March 4, the troop will receive $5.00 per registered girl, in the form of a voucher, which can be used at GSEP Retail Stores. This voucher will expire on 10/31/2012.

Click here for more details on the 10,000 Case Challenge!


Baby Bundles 2012

Baby Bundles are...

packages of new baby items that will be distributed to needy mothers and infants through local agencies. Packages can include clothing, infants' toys, bottles, pacifiers, bowls and spoons, bath items and toiletries, nursing items, formula, diapers, and hand-made items such as booties, hats, quilts, and receiving blankets. All items must be new and unused.


Baby Bundles are distributed to...

local agencies in your community and local organizations serving military families. Feel free to donate your Baby Bundles to any agency or organization that provides help and services for mothers and infants in need.

You can donate your items to any organization or person that you choose. If you have someone specific in mind, check with them to see what kind of items they need.


How are baby items collected?

  • This year GSEP will not be providing collection boxes, posters or half sheets. Please consider having your troop decorate your own boxes and make your own posters.
  • Securing sites (i.e. retail stores, places of worship, schools) in which to place decorated boxes. You must get permission from the site to place a box in their lobby/entrance way. Holding a Baby Bundles Booth. This booth is similar to a Cookie Shop and you must get permission from the site before your collection date.


Creative and successful ways to collect baby items...

  • host a doll tea party, where the admission is a Baby Bundles item
  • ask for Baby Bundles donations for admission to an event you are already planning
  • set up a booth and distribute flyers in front of stores
  • solicit small businesses for donations of items
  • use decorated paper bags
  • contact local groups to make items for your bundles (women's clubs, religious groups, etc.)
  • leave bags and instructions on door knobs and pick them up at a designated time


Creative and successful ways to bundle baby items...

  • use white plastic bags tied with pink and blue ribbons
  • use empty Girl Scout cookie cases
  • use baby quilts made by your troop



Yes, there are Baby Bundle patches. There is main patch for those troops who have never done Baby Bundles and there are rocker segments (to be placed around the main patch) for troops that have participated in previous years. Since there is only a service evaluation, troops do not need to submit paperwork in order to receive patches. Please check with the resale locations before making the trip to purchase patches and/or rocker segments.



  • because GSEP will not be providing any materials (collection boxes, posters or half sheets), there is no paperwork to fill out and you can hold events and the collection whenever is best for your troop or Service Unit.





The Property Committee is working on Phase III of the property assessment.  During this phase the committee is working on the program vision, operational model and master plan for GSEP outdoor program.  Three subcommittees have been formed with members consisting of Board members, volunteers and staff.  The first committee is the Girl Task Force that is reaching out to girls both campers and non-campers to find out the likes, dislikes and dreams for girl outdoor programming.  The second committee is pulling together the program vision.  The final committee is studying our competition.  The GSEP Property Blog is still available for your comments as is the email address





 Shop now for Year of the Girl merchandise!  Click here for popular items .


Please note - all shops and service centers will be closed on March 12, 2012.   


Take The Lead 2012

Take The Lead honors outstanding women in our community for their breakthrough leadership. The program is entirely girl led, showcasing Girl Scouts poise, maturity, and leadership, and offers girls a unique opportunity to develop public speaking, networking, and presentation skills. See below for a list of events and honorees.


Berks County: March 13, 2012 at Sovereign Performing Arts Center 

2012 Honorees:
Mary Kay Bernosky, Executive Director, Berks Women in Crisis
Heidi Masano, Esquire, Partner, Masano Bradley
Lenette Wells, Architect, Entech Engineering
Nancy Xavios, Chief Adult Probation Officer, County of Berks

Centennial Award:  Carolyn Holleran

Click here to purchase tickets!


Lehigh Valley: March 27, 2012 at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

2012 Honorees:
Carmen Twillie Ambar, President, Cedar Crest College
Shelley Brown, Executive Director, State Theatre
Susan Kubik, Executive Director NCC Foundation Northampton Community College
Dr. Donna Miller, Private Practice

Centennial Award:  Frances Hesselbein, CEO Leader to Leader Institute

Click here to purchase tickets!

Save the Date

Advanced Outdoor Skills and Fun - April 27th-29th, 2012

More information about this event will be coming your way later this month!  Please note that in order to attend you do need to be current in your Outdoor Training to participate in this event. If you are not, there will be Outdoor 102 and Outdoor 103 offered during the first few sessions, which will allow you to participate in the advanced sessions later in the event. If you have any questions, please contact Devon Miller.



Dotti's Dare - May 25th - 27th, 2012

Dotti Martin, a longtime Girl Scout volunteer and former staff member, passed away in January 2010. The the Dotti Martin Educational Scholarship/Destination Fund is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Dotti's Dare event where girls can experience a themed weekend of activities and learn about Dotti's life. To sign up for this event click here.


Exciting Opportunities!


April 14, 2012

Girls will learn what life was like as a child in early colonial Bethlehem. They will tour the historic Industrial Quarter and learn about other colonial work like weaving and pottery. They will make a Moravian Paper Doll and leard about colonial toys and games. Girls will earn the Moravian Memories Try-It. Junior level Scouts will also enjoy this program and will earn the Moravian Memories Badge.

Click here for more information.


CoCo Key Scout Day

Click here for details and to sign up for CoCo Key Scout Day for Girl Scouts Of Eastern Pennsylvania.


Sleepover at The Franklin Institute!

Scouts can work toward earning badges while exploring the museum after dark!

Get your sleeping bags ready, this supersized overnight camp-in adventure is filled with exciting hands-on science activities, interactive live science shows, immersive films in the Tuttleman IMAX theater,  astronomy shows in the Fels Planetarium, rooftop stargazing in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory, and much more.   The fun doesn't end there, all of The Franklin Institute's popular exhibits are open all night long for sleeping!   

Because there's always more to explore, all campers recieve a souvenier patch which entitles them to FREE admission to The Franklin Institute for the rest of 2012!


Special Offer! Attention all Girl Scout Daisies & Brownies

The Franklin Institute has a special weekend of Camp-In fun just for you!

Enjoy $5.00 off April 13-14 during Daisy and Brownie Nights!

To register for Camp-In, call 215-448-1200.

Spcial GSEP Daisy and Brownie Nights redemption code: CI-GSEP 



Cadette Troop #2371 from Central Bucks County, SU 616, organized and participated in the Burlington Coat Factory Warm Hearts-Warm Coats Coat Drive as part of their take action project for their MEdia Journey.  The girls organized, advertised, collected, delivered and sorted the coats.  Their goal was to collect 100 coats to commemorate 100 years in scouting.  Instead, the girls collected 137 coats, 37 hats, 30 paris of gloves, 12 scarves and 3 pairs of snow pants. 


sage awards 

Three girls from Troop 7505 are pictured at the Sage Awards with GSEP CEO, Natalye Paquin.



Celebration of the Girl Scouts: Celebrating 100 Years exhibit continues through 5/5/12 at the LibertyBell Museum in Allentown.  Picture taken by Junior Girl Scout Sophie Auerbach, Troop 7583. This March 3rd event was planned by History Committee Volunteer Marg Mason. Ronnie Backenstoe, Carol Watters and Gern Druckenmiller told stories of their Girl Scout experiences.  



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In This Issue
Happy 100th!
Save the dates
Baby Bundles 2012
Take The Lead 2012
Save the Date - Upcoming Events
Exciting Opportunities!

Berks County Service Center Opening
The service center opened on March 5, 2012.  More information to come soon on a grand opening date to celebrate the opening of this new service center and retail store.





The new edition of


 is available on the GSEP website and has been be mailed out.  Registration is now open on the GSEP website for resident and day camp. 








Please note that all GSEP Service Centers are closed March 12th, 2012.