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In this issue:  

 

I Heard it Through the Green Grapevine!

 

Girl Scout Summer Camp - pick your week to remember!  

 

Time to be an Early Bird!  

 

Mustache Mash

 

Sea Turtle Struggle for Survival

 

New Programs for Juniors 

 

Cookie Merchandise

 

Feeding Florida Together Food Drive

 

The Results are In for This Year's Thin Mint Sprint

 

What's Your Legacy?

 

The Power of Girl Scouts 

  

                       

Mark Your Calendar

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

 

Feeding Florida Together Food Drive: Ends April 30

 

Early Bird Re-Registration: April 15-June 30

 

National Volunteer Week: April 21-27

 

Strategy Cafés: May 18 

 

Visit www.gssef.org for all the latest events and activities.better place one box at a time. Read on: Heather, Kylie and Brandi while selling cookies at Publix saw a soldier in his fatigues decided to stop him and let him pick a box of his favorite cookies as a small token of appreciation for his service to the US. He was touched as were the girls. He came back a few minutes later and presented each girl with a challenge coin from his battalion. The girls just could not stop admiring the special coins and talking about the soldier. This one small act of kindness impacted them greatly. 

 

better place one box at a time. Read on: Heather, Kylie and Brandi while selling cookies at Publix saw a soldier in his fatigues decided to stop him and let him pick a box of his favorite cookies as a small token of appreciation for his service to the US. He was touched as were the girls. He came back a few minutes later and presented each girl with a challenge coin from his battalion. The girls just could not stop admiring the special coins and talking about the soldier. This one small act of kindness impacted them greatly.

      

 

cafesThe Future Belongs to Girls... won't you help us plan it?

Strategy Cafés planned for Saturday, May 18

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is planning for the future, and we need your help! We are kicking off our Strategic Planning process and we want to hear from girls and volunteers about what's important to them when it comes to Girl Scouts. This is a perfect opportunity to be part of the discussion that will help guide our work in the coming years.  

 

We will host two Strategy Cafés on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown West Palm Beach. One will host up to 40 adult volunteers and parents of Girl Scouts who will participate in small group discussions and talk about what they love about Girl Scouts, what challenges we have faced or are facing as a Council, how we strengthen the role of our delegates, improving communication between staff and volunteers, and much, much more. The second will host up to 40 girls (grades 2 and up) who will also participate in small group discussions with other girls their own ages about what they want to get out of Girl Scouting, how they spend their free time and what role Girl Scouting plays in that, and how we can improve communications with them and their friends.

 

The Strategy Cafés are open to all Girl Scouts in grades 2 and up, all parents of Girl Scouts and all registered volunteers-but is limited to 40 girls and 40 adults, which will allow us to have small group discussions and still get plenty of feedback. We would love to have representation from every area of our Council, so please consider joining us. And while we won't be able to provide a meal, we will have water and snacks available throughout the day.

 

Want to be part of planning the future of Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida? It's easy... send an email to Lisa Johnson (ljohnson@gssef.org) and tell her you want to join us. Please include: Name, Adult or Girl (grade of girl), contact phone number and email address. Please respond by Wednesday, May 8. Lisa will send out the information, as well as directions, on May 9. If you have any questions, please email Lisa or call her at 561-427-0175.

 

 

       
grapevineI Heard it Through the Green Grapevine!
This new recurring feature in E-News will help dispel the myths and rumors we often hear through the Girl Scout "Green Grapevine."  Most of the answers can be found in our Essentials documents in the Volunteer Vault.  As always, if you need an answer to any question, you can always email volunteer@gssef.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Dear Green Grapevine,

Which CPR and First Aid classes satisfy the certification requirement?  Can I take an online class?  I found one that's really inexpensive.

Yours Truly,

Brooke N. Bones

 

Great questions!  The answer can be found on page 54 of the Volunteer Essentials Manual, which we've excerpted below:

 

You can take advantage of first-aid/CPR training offered by chapters of the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, EMP America, American Heart Association, or other sponsoring organizations approved by your council. Try to take age-specific CPR training, too-that is, take child CPR if you're working with younger girls and adult CPR when working with older girls and adults.

 

Caution: First-aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts' requirements. Such courses do not offer enough opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique. If you're taking a course not offered by one of the organizations listed in the previous paragraph, or any course that has online components, get approval from your support team or council.

 

Important - Per this GSUSA policy, any class that is conducted and certified entirely online does NOT satisfy the training requirement.  Certain blended classes (those that offer both an online and in-person component) may be acceptable.  Please contact your Area MDM-V for approval before completing any blended class to ensure it meets the training requirement. Traditional classes, conducted entirely in person, offered by the organizations cited above are acceptable.

 

The Council is currently researching ways to provide a more affordable option to our volunteers that meet the training requirements outlined by GSUSA.  If and when those options are identified, we will communicate them with the membership.  Until then, should you have a question regarding whether or not a class meets the training requirement, please contact your Mission Delivery Manager for Volunteerism, or email volunteer@gssef.org.

 

 

   

campGirl Scout Summer Camp - pick your week to remember! 

Summertime means Summer Camp!  We have 3 incredible resident camp sessions to choose from - even one where the brothers can attend too!  Flexible payment plans are available and financial assistance is always available for girls too. camp brochure

 

It's A Wild Life is filled with wild fun and eco-exploration at Camp Nocatee this June!  

Dates: June 16 - June 22

Click here to register: Full one-time payment 

Click here to register: Two payment plan

   

  

Our most popular resident camp for 3 years in a row is Camp H2Ohhhh at Camp Welaka where water is the way to go! Surfing, seining, sunning, swimming and so much more!

Dates: June 23 - July 3

Click here to register: Full one-time payment

Click here to register: Two payment plan

 

Brand new this summer!  He's With Me camp at Camp Welaka will bring competition and family fun to a brand new level. We will build teams and Rope Runners for a race to remember!

Dates: July 7 - July 12

Click here to register Girls

Click here to register Brothers/Boys 

 

Don't forget, our fabulous Family Campfires are a perfect night out under the stars and reasonably priced at just $5.00 per person.  Online registration is easy and open now - just click here. Paper registrations are always accepted. Financial Assistance is available for girls. Questions? Send an email to program@gssef.org.

 

     

birdTime to be an Early Bird!

2013 Early Bird Patch
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the 2013-14  Early Bird flyer and the complete menu of incentives!
Early Bird re-registration opened on April 15 when troop leaders were sent an email invitation to re-register the girls and adults currently in their troop(s). Already over 450 girls and 200 adults have participated in Early Bird re-registration and are eligible to receive the first incentive...a $3 savings on the annual GSUSA National Dues and an additional 3-cents per box of cookies sold during the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program.

To receive these incentives, the troop must re-register 80% of the girls currently registered in the troop. Be sure to re-register by 11:59pm on April 30 because on May 1 this exciting incentive will fly away.

   

Registered as an individual? You can participate in Early Bird re-registration too! Individually registered girls can re-register until April 30 and receive the same $3 savings on the annual GSUSA National Dues. Beginning May 1, the 2013-14 GSUSA National Dues will be $15 for all girl and adult members.   

 

For more information about Early Bird incentives, contact Rhonda Lang Netzel, Director of Membership, at rnetzel@gssef.org.

         

 

 

moustacheMustache Mash

moustache3We mustache you to join us in kicking off a spectacular summer...at our Mustache Mash event! Before you break for summer - come party with us on June 1st from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

 

  • All Grade-levels are welcome to the Mash!mustouche1
  • Girls should come dressed to "h-impress" with men's wear classics!! Ties, hats, suspenders, etc.
  • Get ready to dance, make mustache-ish desserts and take troop pictures in a unique photo booth
  • Bring one pair of new flip flips to decorate! 
  • Bring a photo and join pros from Michaels to create a special mustache card. 
  • Enjoy an ice cream Sundae bar, music, games, and much more!   

The cost is $12.00 per registered girl and $3.00 per adult and includes a must-actular patch!  To register online, click here. For more information, please contact Catalina Cano at ccano@gssef.org.

 

        

 

seaSea Turtle Struggle for Survival

Did you know that sea turtles lived before the time of the dinosaurs? Yet today, they are endangered, meaning they might not survive.  Join us on Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Ft. Pierce where you'll take a great sea turtle adventure as you learn all about these amazing creatures. Cost is $5 per girl and $3 per adult. The registration deadline is quickly approaching so sign up today. Register Online here

 

     

       

healthNew Programs for Juniors                                    

healthy girls baptist health Our partners at Baptist Health South Florida offer incredible programs for our girls hosted by real doctors, nurses and dieticians. We have received rave reviews and the programs fill up fast. The series is part of our "Healthy Girls" initiative and always includes the Baptist Health patch. Now we've expanded to offer these Badge-earning sessions for Juniors. Check it out!   

  
  • Staying Fit for Junior Level, June 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon, Coral Springs Location. Click here to register.                                     

Pssssttt! Stay tuned to E-news for new "First Aid" and "Ready, Set, Babysit!" sessions in late summer and early fall.   

 

 

 

 

cookie jar and cookie glassesjarCookie Merchandise

Check out the new super cute Girl Scout Cookie Jar and Cookie Glasses set now available in our Retail Stores. 

 

From now until May 24th, get a special price of $29.99 for both.  Quantities are limited so stop by soon.

 

 

 

 

 

                       

foodFeeding Florida Together Food Drive   food bank photo

Our annual Feeding Florida Together food drive has been a very popular program during  the month of April. On April 13th, 60 Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from seven troops from Wellington, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens participated at Palm Beach County Food Bank. Activities included weighing the food donated by the girls through the troops' local food drives, girls sorting foods into bins according to food type, recycling activities where Girl Scouts decorated the outside of empty food cans to create pencil containers, decorating food distribution bags which will be filled with food and distributed to local families and boxing cabbage produce that has been gleaned from local farm fields.There is still one last Saturday to participate -- Seniors and Ambassadors on Saturday, April 27th. Tours are offered on Sundays beginning at 10:00 a.m. too! Click here for all the details on how you can help people in your local community. 

 

 

 

 

resultsThe Results are In for This Year's Thin Mint Sprint

TMS 2013 294 people joined us for the second annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K race and Tagalong Trot on April 6 in West Palm Beach.  Runners ranged in ages of 3 to 83 and came from all over southeast Florida as well as Virginia, Tennessee, New York, Minnesota, Texas, Connecticut and Toronto.  John Reback was the top male finisher and Lee Dipietro was the top female finisher in the race.  A full list of results can be viewed here.  A special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Dermatology Center of Florida - Dr. Joseph Masessa, who made the trip from New Jersey to be at the race.  Additional sponsors included Garden of Life, Champlain Advisors, LLC, Ed Morse Delray Toyota/Scion, Costco, The Fresh Market, Road ID, Fit 2 Run and Tri zMotion.  Check out all the photos by clicking here.

  
                                                                                             
          

yourWhat '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 the 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 pjlayng@gssef.org 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 have photos or information you'd like to share about your girls, please e-mail Melinda Glasco, Director of Marketing & Communications, at  mglasco@gssef.org.

 

troop 52010  

 

In honor of Earth Day, Troop 52010 of Vero Beach participated in a beach clean-up this past weekend.

   
 

 

 

 chick n' me

 

Matching shirts were perfect for a day on the farm at our recent My Chick'n Me event at Batten Farm in Davie.   

              

 

 

 

 

                                                       

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