Issue: 65June 1, 2012 
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Over 3,500 attendees joined GSEP on the path to Discovery at the Century of the Girl Expo on April 21 and 22.  This event brought people from nearly every corner of our council, and beyond. It was truly inspiring to gather our council and community to celebrate girl leadership!  Check out the photos below to catch a glimpse of leadership in action during this weekend full of notable speakers, interactive workshops and thoughtful experiences to engage girls and adults who care about girl issues. Click here to see more photos from this event.


Summer Camp - Affordable, Enriching and Close to Home!


Did You Know...

*     Your Girl Scout can enjoy Resident OR Day Camps through Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP).

*     GSEP offers day or overnight camp options for a fraction of what other camps cost!

*     Camp activities include everything from games, crafts, face painting, hiking, swimming, horseback riding and archery.

*     Financial Aid is available for GSEP member registrations.


Summer Starts Here! Check out the most current edition of SPARK to view our exciting summer camp programs and sign your girl up for camp today. 


Plus!  Check out our Shelly Ridge Day Camp OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, June 3 from 3 - 5pm located at 330 Manor Road in Miquon, PA 19444  (RIGHT OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA) Experience camp crafts, games, face painting, hiking to get an idea of what Shelly Ridge Day Camp is all about.  Plus, meet the counselors and enjoy light refreshments and giveaways!

Volunteer and Girl Recruitment Efforts


GSEP is happy to share our newest recruitment advertising campaign with you!  Based on survey responses from you, our members and volunteers, GSEP will be utilizing multiple creative versions running in the form of bus and web advertising throughout our 9 county council foot print in order to attract new members to GSEP.  Below are just three of the creative versions you will begin to see in our market in the coming weeks as we gear up for a successful registration season!



Online Registration


Renew your girl's membership by June 30 to receive this special patch and give her another year of fun, hands-on activities, teamwork, community service, badges and awards, and new friends. Click here for step by step instructions and video tutorials regarding online membership registration or renewal.


We now have computers in place at our service centers for volunteers and parents to use.  These computers can be used for online registration and to view other information on the website and the national Girl Scout website.

In addition, through the end of June we will have a staff member onsite one day each week  at each of our service centers to answer your in person online registration questions.  The schedule for each site is listed below:


Monday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM            Delco

Tuesday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM           Lehigh Valley

Wednesday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM      Berks, Jane Seltzer, Shelly Ridge

Thursday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM          Valley Forge

More 100th Anniversary Highlights  



GSEP 100th Anniversary celebrations have been taking place throughout the year and May was a very busy month! GSEP, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and the two other Girl Scout Councils in PA joined forces to plant 10,000 trees.  That goal has been surpassed - 13,150 trees have been planted statewide since May 18, 2012!


Every registered troop in the state had the opportunity to receive a sapling (either an Eastern White Pine or Eastern Hemlock) to plant in honor of Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary. Trees planted throughout GSEP not only honor this momentous milestone in Girl Scout history, but also help contribute towards the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's  goal of planting 1,000,000 trees by 2020.



On May 8th volunteers gathered at Shelly Ridge to prepare many of the trees which were then taken by our sponsor, UPS, and transported to service centers for troop pick up.


Also in May, the Olave-Baden Powell Society (OB-PS), which supports the mission of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to enable girls to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world, returned to the United States for the first time in 15 years for their annual event. From May 17- 20 more than 230 members of the OB-PS, representing 21 different countries, joined GSUSA and GSEP in celebration of the Centennial of Girl Scouting in the USA.


The goal of the event was to provide the society's international visitors with opportunities to meet with city leaders, see Girl Scouts in action at the local headquarters -- the Shelly Ridge facility of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania - and to experience the rich history and culture of Philadelphia firsthand.


Highlights of the event included:

A welcome reception held at the National Constitution Center on May 17, during which Mayor Michael Nutter presented OB- PS's patron, HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, with the Philadelphia Bowl, the City's highest honor given for contributions to the City.




OB- PS's patron, HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark and GSUSA CEO, Anna Maria Chávez joined girls at Shelly Ridge on May 19 while spending the day outdoors participating in workshops and creating lasting works of art while celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting with members of the Olave Baden-Powell Society.






Retail Corner 


Click here for details on our upcoming TENT SALE being held at Valley Forge Service Center on June 23.

Save the Date! 


Spread the GSEP message - bring a non-Girl Scout friend to these fun and exciting events!


Dare Dream Explore - June 10 - Create a Dream Journal and make new friends! To register contact Sheri McDonald at or 215.564.2030, ext. 1056. Click here for more details.

Eating for Beauty - JUNE 7, 14 & 21 - Find out how to eat to keep your skin glowing, your mind focused, and your energy flowing! To register contact Susan Schmalzried at or 215.745.1717 ext. 1200. Click here for more details!

Pretty Precise and Putting - June 16 - Fun, exciting games & activities for girls K - 8 including: Mini Golf, Obstacle Courses & Intro to Golf. To register contact Sheri McDonald at or 215.564.2030, ext. 1056. Click here for more details!

Daddy Daughter Day at the Zoo - June 17 - Spend some time with Dad, Party like an ANIMAL and learn about Girl Scouts at The Philadelphia Zoo. To register contact Sheri McDonald at or 215.564.2030, ext. 1056

Junior June Jam - June 23 - Get moving at the Awbury Arboretum with fun activities like a scavenger hunt and artistic creation! To register contact Sheri McDonald at or 215.564.2030, ext. 1056

Explore & Snore - July 14 - Combine the excitement of exploring the zoo from a nocturnal perspective and engaging hands-on activities that teach participants about wildlife conservation and nature. To register contact Erin Williams at or 610-791-2411 ext. 1530. Click here for more details!

Girl Scout Benefits  


Girl Scout Exhibition at the National Constitution Center - Through December 31, 2012, the National Constitution Center is hosting On My Honor:  100 Years of Girl Scouting, a new exhibition highlighting the history and traditions of Girl Scouts over the last 100 years.  This exhibition focuses on themes of environmental awareness, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement and features nearly 100 artifacts, including badges and uniforms from the past century.  Tickets are FREE with regular museum admission.  On My Honor is part of the Girl Scouts' "Year of the Girl" nationwide celebration in honor of our 100th Anniversary.  Click here for more information. Receive a $2 discount when you attend in your Girl Scout uniform!


Scout Appreciation Days at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom June 9 - 17. Girl Scouts can enjoy some fun in the sun - Click here for your discount coupon!


Overnight Camp-In Adventure at The Franklin Institute!

Camp-In and explore the Museum at night, take a 4D flight simulator ride, participate in a live demonstration, see a planetarium show, experience an IMAX film and camp next to your favorite exhibits! The Franklin Institute's Camp-Ins offer one-of-a kind opportunities for Girl Scouts to work towards the requirements for a variety of achievements! Click here to learn more about The Franklin Institute's Camp-In and to access specially designed Scout guides. Sign-up early to reserve your spot and get your sleeping bags ready! 215.448.1200.  


Picture Place  


GS Father Daughter Dance a Success for SU635 !


The annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance for SU635 was held at the Middletown Country Club in Langhorne, on April 20th 2012. A total of 173 people attended the event, with 90 Scouts ranging from Daisy's to Cadettes with their dads, grandpa's, uncles and even moms. They danced the night away with food, fun and friendship. This year, the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts was honored with a sheet cake, lit with candles by a representative of each one of the scout ranks attending the event (pictured). 


Troop #50591participated in Northampton Community College Pet Day, click here for some fun photos.


May 12, 2012 marked the Grand Opening event for the new GSEP Service Center and Retail Store in Berks County. Girl Scouts and their families enjoyed fun activities and participated in the ribbon cutting with CEO Natalye Paquin.



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In This Issue
Discover You
Summer Camp
Volunteer and Girl Recruitment Efforts
Online Registration
More 100th Anniversary Highlights
Retail Corner
Save the Date!
Girl Scout Benefits
Picture Place

Summer Shop Hours at all 6 locations



July 1st - August 31st


Monday, closed

Tuesday, 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 10am - 5pm

Friday, closed

Saturday, closed