Issue: 66July 9, 2012 
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Spotlight: GSEP Goes to the White House

 

GSEP was selected to represent the National Girl Scouts organization at the White House on June 20 in a special celebration of Title IX, which since 1972 has mandated that no individual in the United States shall be excluded from participation in any athletic activity or education program based upon gender. Seven accomplished Girl Scouts from eastern Pennsylvania, including four Gold Awardees and three Girl Scout Advisors to the Board of Directors, joined CEO Natalye Paquin in participating in the Title IX anniversary celebration.

 

They participated in a mentorship session with White House representatives Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women & Girls and Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women & Girls.   


 

Online Early Bird Registration Is Extended

  

Renew your girl's membership by July 31 to receive this special patch and give her another year of fun, hands-on activities, teamwork, community service, badges and awards, and new friends.

 

Computers are 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 gsep.org website and the national Girl Scout website.

Camp Update 

 

It's not too late to sign up for Girl Scout Summer Camp!  There are openings at both Resident and Day Camps throughout our Council:

 

Resident Camps

               Laughing Waters

Mosey Wood

               Tweedale

               Wood Haven

 

Day Camps

               Mountain House

Shelly Ridge

               Tweedale

Valley Forge

               

There are half-week, full week, week and a half, two week and three week options!

 

For more information please click Spark available on our website!

 

There are two ways to register:

 

1.       Online Registration or

 

2.      Complete the below form and submit via email, by mail or by fax.    

Printable Camp Registration Form (or see attached)

 

We recently received a grant from The Lenfest Foundation for Camperships, providing financial aid to girls who need it to attend camp.  With a two week processing time, girls can still receive financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. 

 

To apply for financial aid, you will HAVE to fill out the paper registration forms, which includes the financial aid application.  Financial aid is not available to people registering online. 

 

PLUS! Based on what we learned from you, our members, volunteers and board members, we have developed ideas to move outdoor programming toward the future while staying true to our mission. We are excited to share these ideas with membership at two town hall meetings:

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Shelly Ridge, Smith Lodge

330 Manor Road

Miquon, PA 19444

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012

7:00-9:00 pm

Allentown YMCA & YWCA

425 South 15th Street  

Allentown, PA 18102


100th Anniversary Highlights    

  

Rock the Mall

Many GSEP members and volunteers enjoyed "Rock the Mall" on June 9, 2012 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Girls who reached their goal of 1,000 or more packages of Girl Scout cookies sold were invited to join Girl Scouts across the nation on this trip to the world's largest Girl Scout Sing-Along. This was one of the biggest anniversary celebration events on the east coast!

 




The Great Girl Scout Hike

GSEP is participating in the Great Girl Scout Hike through several Appalachian Trail Section Hikes, offered in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club.  BMECC is a local climbing club that has been advocating for the preservation and enjoyment of the Great Outdoors! From the inception of the Appalachian Trail, BMECC has helped to build and maintain their 65-mile section of the AT including its cabins, shelters, monuments, and rest stops between Pennsylvania's Lehigh and Susquehanna Rivers!  You must register ahead of time to participate in these section hikes. Click here for more information about each hike and how to get involved.

Retail Corner

 

Visit your service center retail shop for HUGE clearance sales going on now. We will match prices on GSUSA's website while supply lasts.*

 

Please note - summer shop hours are Tuesday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM with the following exceptions:

Lehigh Valley Shop is closed July 9-13.

Delaware County and Jane Seltzer Shops are closed July 16-20.

Valley Forge Shop is closed August 13-17.

Shelly Ridge Shop is closed August 20-24. 

 

*No rain checks or backorders taken for clearance items.

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!

 

Heritage Patrol Update

 

Historic Krafts 'N' Kids - Celebrate their 27th Year!
 
August 6-10, 2012 12:30-4:30pm at the historic 1869 Lukenbach Mill, Colonial Industrial Quarter, 459 Old York Road, Bethlehem, PA 
 
Historic craft workshops for boys & girls, ages 6-12. Click here to register.  

Heritage Leadership Program for girls entering 7-12th grade. Click here to register.  

For additional information, please contact Betsy Cutler, 610-737-2545
 

  

Picture Place  

 

 

 

 

 

 

This bridging event in the Lehigh Parkway was organized by girls as a Bronze Award project.  SU 741  Troop 690


 

 

 

 

GSEP scouts both volunteered and had the opportunity to sign up for our Passport Program and the recent Kutztown Folk Festival.  

 

 

On May 29, there were over 650 girl scouts and their families at the Trenton Thunder Game for a special scout night. Leaders and girls and their families from Rock United, Council Rock, Neshaminy, Oaskville, Centennial, Historic Trails and Sandy Run Service Units attended and marched in the pre-game parade. Cydnie Jones of Troop 2129 out of Oakville Service Unit received a foul ball.    

   

 

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In This Issue
Title IX Anniversary
Early Bird Registration
Camp Update
100th Anniversary Highlights
Retail Corner
Girl Scout Benefits
Heritage Patrol Update
Picture Place

Camp Laughing Waters

Sanitary sewer infrastructure work at Camp Laughing Waters is scheduled to begin in mid-August. This is approximately a 5 month project and there may be some areas of the site that will be off limits due to safety concerns. GSEP will do everything to ensure the work is completed during the week and that the site is safe for weekend visitors.




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