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Camp Wish List


Thin Mint Sprint Volunteers Needed  


Upcoming Programs        



The Power of Girl Scouts


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You don't want to miss some of the great things happening at GSSEF.


Women of Distinction: March 7        


Feeding Florida Together Food Drive: April 1-30


Thin Mint Sprint: April 6


My Chick 'N Me: April 6

Annual Meeting: April 13


Annual Recognition Ceremony: April 13


Early Bird Re-Registration: April 15 - June 30 


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honorHonor A Volunteer

We all know them...the awesome leader or the cookie mom who kept everything so organized or the Fire Station who opened their doors to every troop in your area!  In our Girl Scout family we encounter people, businesses and organizations who make our girls smile and help to build girls of courage, confidence and character. The new awards available this year allow us more opportunities than ever to nominate those who work directly with girls or indirectly by helping behind the scenes. 
Please take a moment to visit our website and nominate someone for a Girl Scout Recognition Award!  Imagine the joy that will be felt when they receive an award for being a great mentor for our girls. Click here to download a recognition packet today.  Don't delay as the submission deadline is March 1!   
     thin mint sprint 2013

mintThin Mint Sprint

Don't miss the race of the year! Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's Thin Mint Sprint is Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach.   You don't have to be a seasoned runner to join in the fun. The Thin Mint Sprint is for everyone - weekend warriors, dedicated runners, or self-proclaimed couch potatoes. We want to see all of you!


The race also includes a Tagalong Trot 100-yard dash for kids 8 and under. Awards will be given in 17 categories and the first 300 registrants will be given a race t-shirt. And in case you already have cookie withdrawal, all runners get a free box of Thin Mints!  Click here to register.


And, remember to like us on Facebook! We make it easy for you...just follow this link!/pages/Thin-Mint-Sprint-5k/133529223456097. 




feedingFeeding Florida Together Food Drive

food drive 2013 patch

Did you know that 1 in 5 children in the United States-nearly 17 million-don't get enough food to live active, healthy lives? Right here in our own communities there are children who are hungry or have food security issues. During the month of April, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will be conducting a Council-wide community service project, the Feeding Florida Together Food Drive to help address this problem.


This year we are partnering with the Palm Beach County Food Bank to collect non-perishable food items. Girls can participate in three ways: by placing food collection boxes in local churches, schools, grocery stores, etc.; by collecting food from their families within the Unit/Troop; or by purchasing food with proceeds from their treasury.


Then they have an opportunity to participate in a grade-level appropriate program at the Food Bank to learn more about the needs of local families and what we can do as Girl Scouts to help out. And check out the cool patch you can earn by participating. For all the details, click here.



wodWomen of Distinction  

There is still time to purchase your tickets 2013 WOD Evite
for the 2nd annual Indian River County
next Thursday, March 7th at Quail Valley River Club in Vero Beach.

The luncheon will celebrate the accomplishments of five deserving women who represent leadership in five key areas that Girl Scouts focus on in their leadership development and program offerings.



The honorees and their areas of focus are:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM): Amy Borello, PhD candidate, University of Florida
  • Financial Literacy: Catherine Lambert, Merrill Lynch
  • Healthy Living: Linda Hart, Crazy Hart Ranch
  • Environmental Leadership: Kerryane T. Monahan, St. Edward's School
  • Global Citizenship: Bunny Frey, El Hogar Ministries, Inc.

The event is sponsored in part by Seacoast National Bank and Florida Power & Light. Tickets for the Women of Distinction luncheon are $100. To register, please click here.  




sweEarn Badges with SWE

Want to earn your Brownie Hiker or Cadette Trailblazing badge? Then sign up for the Society of Women Engineers program on Saturday, April 20th at The River Center in Jupiter and fulfill all your requirements in one day. Click here for all the details or contact Laura Kerr at for registration information. A special thanks to the ERM Group Foundation for their continued sponsorship of these STEM workshops.  



wishCamp Wish List

Many troops have asked about the kinds of items they could donate to our camp properties. After consulting with our Camp Rangers, we have developed a Camp Wish List of items, all of which can be found at Walmart. If your troop would like to donate something from our wish list, items may be dropped off at either Service Center during regular business hours and should be marked "Attention Pam Ashworth". Please do not take the items directly to camp, as each camp has specific needs and the list below is a compilation of all the camps' necessities. Please contact Pam Ashworth, Operations Manager, at 
if you have any questions.


Camp Wish List:

Brooms - Both Angles plastic bristle & straw brooms

Push Brooms - 18" or 24" indoor/outdoor push brooms

Dust Pans - Plastic or metal floor dust pans

Dust Mops - Genuine Joe dust mop with handle

Mop Heads - Size 32 cut end white cotton

Hoses - 5/8" 50 foot heavy duty hoses

Rakes - Leaf rakes and bow rakes

Igloo water jugs - 3 gallon and 5 gallon Igloo water jugs

Trash Cans - Trash Master 32 gallon plastic can with lid

Light Bulbs - GE 90 watt spiral bulb outdoor flood lights and inside 60 watt spiral bulbs

Dutch Ovens - 6 quart cast iron with legs

Griddles - Coleman non-stick griddles 9.5" x 16.5"

Cook Kits (pots) - Coleman 5 pc. cook sets



volunteersThin Mint Sprint Volunteers Needed! 

Not really interested in running but you want to join in the fun at the Thin Mint Sprint? Come volunteer with us! Help runners prepare for the race, assist with water stations, or even cheer on your favorite youngster in the Tagalong Trot 100 Yard Dash for children under 8. Whatever your interest is, we'll find something that's perfect for you. We guarantee it will be a lot of fun; after all we're Girl Scouts! For more information on the Thin Mint Sprint as a runner or volunteer, please contact Lauren at 561-427-0258.



programsUpcoming  Programs 


Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:00AM - 3:00PM, $25 per girl/$15 per adult

Learn about one of the world's most important unique trees, the mangrove.  Then march on to plant mangroves and help restore our estuarine systems

Register here:



Saturday, March 15, 2013, 6:30 PM - Sunday, March 16, 2013, 8:30 AM, $30.00 per girl/$20.00 per adult

Have you ever wondered what the animals do after all of the visitors have left the zoo for the day? Then come and join us on this exciting overnight adventure at the Palm Beach Zoo. You will take a tour of the zoo at night and have up-close animal encounters. There will also be crafts, games, an evening snack and a continental breakfast in the morning. Come and see what your favorite animals are up to while you are usually sleeping.

Register here:



Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, $10 per person

Enjoy canoeing basics in the hidden mangrove trails off of the ELC campus in and around Wabasso Island. Discover the Indian River Lagoon at its best! All excursions will be tailored to incoming skill level.

Register here:



Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM, $10.00 per girl/ no adult registration

Geocaching at the ELC is a fun scavenger hunt for the entire family using a Global Positioning System (GPS)! Come out and learn basic GPS navigation techniques and useful tools for finding your way in natural places! We will explore the ELC campus looking for crabs, birds, fish and native plants! This is fun for the whole family!

Register here:



Sunday, March 17, 2013, 3:00PM - 5:00PM, $8 per girl/no adult registrations

Join us in the second of a three part series. Learn the Girl Scout promise and the law. You will participate in multiple workshops such as sewing, cooking and team building. You will learn more Girl Scout history and traditions and make a SWAP.

Register here:



Friday, March 22, 2013, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM,$8 per girl/ $6per adult

Girls will start out with a lesson on sea turtles species and their life cycle at Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and then walk across to Stuart Beach to learn more about the importance of sea turtles and threats to their survival.

Register here:



Friday, March 22, 2013 6:30PM - Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:30AM, $30 per girl/no adult registrations

This mock trial competition gives girls the opportunity to work together to simulate roles of both attorneys and witnesses in a fictional trial situation. Girls will be given the case information and will utilize the overnight hours to develop strategies as a team to prepare case notes for competition.  Program will be taught by a licensed Florida State Attorney.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013, 9:00AM - 4:00PM, $20 per girl/no adult registrations

Are you a Girl Scout Cadette interested in working with younger Girl Scouts?  A Program Aide is a girl who uses leadership skills to share her interests and experiences with younger girls in a troop, group or camp setting.

Register here:



Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, $5 per girl/$7 per adult

Come and celebrate Spring at the South Florida Science Museum. You will participate in several activities including: smashing flowers in liquid nitrogen, planting your own flowers, making spring crafts, and carrying out a dissection. You will also have the opportunity to view the night sky in the observatory. What a way to welcome in the new season!

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legacyWhat's Your Legacy?

Perhaps you don't think you are the type of individual who would leave a legacy. But the truth is, anyone can do it and every effort to support future generations helps. Leaving a legacy can be as easy as naming Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida as the beneficiary of a portion of your retirement plan assets or including a couple of sentences in your will or trust.


Contact PJ Layng, Vice President of Development, at 561-427-0181 or with any questions you have or to discuss a gift to GSSEF in your will or other estate plans.



powerThe Power of Girl Scouts

Here is a great example of the awesome activities and projects that girls from our Council are participating in. Their commitment to Discover, Connect and Take Action within their communities and throughout our Council showcases what the power of being a Girl Scout can really do. If you have photos or information you'd like to share about your girls, please e-mail Melinda Glasco, Director of Marketing & Communications, at





Girl Scouts from the New River Service Unit had a great time at Scoutmasters Weekend at Markham Park.   





engineering expo     

Girls from Troops 10717 and 10594 recently attended the Florida International University's College of Engineering's Expo. The girls are seen standing in front of The Wall of Wind that is used to simulate Hurricane Force Winds.  






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