Issue: 67August 13, 2012 
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Spotlight on STEM


For two weeks during July, 29 Girls Scouts from Eastern Pennsylvania participated in an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer camp at Philadelphia University. With help from the United States Navy, the University, GSEP, and the Philadelphia and Norristown Area School Districts, students were exposed to new educational opportunities and potential future careers. Scouts constructed water-powered energy generators, programmed automated guided vehicles, and debated their positions on alternative energy. Afterwards there was a special closing ceremony at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia where participants received a tour of the laboratories and discussed what they learned at camp with Navy officials.

Take the Lead Awards Program  



We are looking for women leaders in your community who have taken action to make the world a better place. Click here to nominate a woman to be honored at 2013 Take the Lead.


2013 Take the Lead will be held next spring in Berks, Lehigh, and Philadelphia counties.  Dates and details coming soon!

Rent a Camp        


Now's the time to plan a fun camping adventure at one of our many great camp sites. The 2012-2013 Facilities Guide is now posted and fall sites are open for registration. Site availability and reservations can be made directly online. Go to and click on "Camps", then "Rent a Campsite." Please fill out all the information on the Site Rental Application which can be found in the Facilities Guide. The Site Rental Application may be submitted by mail, online, or in person.


Troop/group leaders, families and outside groups must follow all GSEP standards and rules governing usage of Council sites and GSUSA guidelines. All camp visits must be prearranged and pre-approved with the Site Rental Registrar.


Payment is due in full at time of reservation for all rentals excluding camporees. For camporees, 50% is due at time of reservation, the balance is due four weeks prior to camporee.


100th Anniversary Highlights 




12 girls from Troop 72134 made a special trip to Savannah, GA in July to celebrate the 100th Anniversary. For the past three years they planned and fundraised for their trip and got to meet other Girl Scouts from all over the country!




On May 19th Troop 7330 held a 100th Anniversary Rally. There were several interactive stations for SWAPs, the Forever Green Project, and they also collected food donations for the Narberth Community Food Bank. At the end of the day there was a dance party in celebration of them earning their Bronze Award for the event!






Troop 2359 traveled to Savannah in June to also celebrate the 100th Anniversary. These eight girls learned more about Juliette Low through the Heritage Day program and bridged from Juniors to Cadettes in the garden of Juliette Low's house!

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:

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.

Registration Assistance 


Each service center is equipped with computers for volunteers and parents to use when registering online, and to view information on and the national Girl Scout website.  


Still need more help? Check out our Registration Help Page to get answers to commonly asked registration questions.  

Girl Scout Benefits  


Spring into Fall Girl Scout Recruitment Event at the Lehigh Valley Zoo - Bring a friend and join us on Saturday, September 8 when admission to the zoo is free for Girl Scouts in uniform! (Not a Girl Scout yet? Sign up to become a Girl Scout outside the zoo entrance and your admission is free too!  There is a $12 registration fee to become a Girl Scout.) Spend the day at the zoo visiting the animals and enjoying all of the fun and excitement they have to offer. Learn cool facts about wildlife, play animal games, and make a variety of animal crafts to take home. During your day of zootastic fun, you'll also discover more about what Girl Scouts has to offer. No pre-registration is necessary.


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!


Two Town Hall Meetings this Month     


GSEP's plans for outdoor programming are focused around creating enriching opportunities for girls at camp. In an effort to keep the progress of camp planning transparent, we will hold two town hall meetings open to membership. At these meetings the GSEP Property Committee and property consultants will review the master plan (that is pending board approval) for Camps Wood Haven, Laughing Waters, Mosey Wood, Mountain House, Valley Forge and Shelly Ridge as well as any steps taken toward plan implementation.  Dates, times and locations for these meetings are:

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2012
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Location:  Shelly Ridge, Smith Lodge
  • Thursday, August 23, 2012
    7:00 PM  - 9:00 PM

    Location:  Allentown YMCA & YWCA  

Fashion Patrol Sleepover Workshop     


Friday September 7, 7PM - Saturday September 8, 3PM at the Valley Forge GSEP Service Center: 100 Juliette Way, Valley Forge, PA, 19482

Cost: $30, open to the first 30 paying GSEP members.    

Start collecting your recyclables now and mail your check to:

Fashion Patrol GSEP, Karen Zimmerman

529 Blue Mountain Drive, Walnutport PA 18088  

Call Kristi Simkins at 610-631-5076 for more information. 


Picture Place



On July 10th Girl Scouts joined CEO Natalye Paquin and Director of Community Partnerships Carla Hickey at the first-ever All Star Home Run Derby hosted by the Reading Phillies. This event benefited the United Way of Berks County and its  partner agencies.


Cadettes of Palmerton Girl Scout Troop 3112 were recognized as Junior Forest Stewards for completing the Junior Forest Stewardship Program. The curriculum encourages youth understanding about forest stewardship, collaborative learning through discussion, and hands-on learning through activity.


Troop 41476 stopped in London on an adventure that included Paris, France as well as Adelboden and Lucerne, Switzerland. They spend 3 years planning and fundraising for the trip was from June 22 - July 2.


During May the Fashion Patrol held a Fashion Runway where girls designed, created, and wore their outfit on a runway, all in one weekend! Scouts had the help of phenomenal mentors, including a Project Runway contestant, a model and movie star, a Fashion Career Advisor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and Miss Pennsylvania National Teenager.


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In This Issue
Rent a Camp
100th Anniversary Highlights
Retail Corner
Registration Help
Girl Scout Benefits
Town Hall Meetings
Fashion Patrol Workshop
Picture Place

Summer Shop Hours at all 6 locations  




Monday, closed

Tuesday, 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 10am - 5pm

Friday, closed

Saturday, closed