Girl Scouts empowers girls ages 5 to 17 with vision and voice-girls who command their future, engage their communities and inspire others. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves more than 15,800 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties.


E-News October 2, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Highlights the Important Role of Girl Scout Volunteers 

We all know girls who could benefit from the Girl Scout experience or adults who
would make great volunteers! Please share this video with friends and help us spread the word.
First Lady Michelle Obama discusses the important role  played by Girl Scout volunteers in a video released by Girl Scouts of the USA, for which she serves as Honorary National President.

Mrs. Obama's video coincides with the launch of the organization's new national campaign to increase recruitment of girl members and adult volunteers while highlighting the fun, excitement, and anticipation that are part of the Girl Scout experience.          
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It's all about the U - Girl Scout U! And it all starts this weekend!

Join the Class of 2013-one day, two required classes, ONE AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!  Are you a new leader? Start your troop with all the required trainings by attending Girl Scout University.



GSU South - Saturday, October 5 - 8:30 am to 2 pm

Nova Southeastern University - Davie Campus


GSU North-Saturday, October 12 -  8:30 am to 2 pm 

Indian River State College, Chastain Campus - Stuart



Registration is only $20. Lunch and Girl Scout Swag (goodie bag!) is included!


Space is limited, so register online today! First click here to access the Adult Learning Calendar. Then click on the appropriate date and grade level class that you want to attend and follow the screen prompts. Registering is that simple!   


If you have any questions or need additional information, call Maritsa at 954-513-3769 or email  



I Heard It Through the Green Grapevine 

This recurring feature 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.  


Dear Green Grapevine-

My Troop would like to hold a car wash to raise extra money for our trip to Savannah next summer (yes, we are planning ahead!)  Is that ok?


Dot Snice



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Seeking Camp-Tastic! Volunteers and Troops!

Camp-Tastic! is our second annual outdoor program that showcases all-things-Girl Scouting! This year, we will celebrate the past and honor the future at Camp Welaka on Saturday, December 7 from 1 - 6 p.m. We are seeking adult volunteers and troops (Cadette, Senior and Ambassador levels) to work with us to present fun and educational activities at Camp-Tastic! for approximately 1,000 guests!  Can you lead a session? Contact us at: Volunteer perks apply!







Fall Product  Sale Program is Underway
2013 Fall Product Sale Program: October 1 - November 15

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's 2013 Fall Product Sale is underway. It is intended to reach family, friends, teachers and neighbors and will help troops earn money for programs and activities throughout the year. Girls can also earn individual rewards. The Council's Fall Product Sale Program helps girls develop five key leadership skills: goal-setting, decision making, people skills, money management, and business ethics.

Watch this video for easy step-by-step instructions. 
Get Started NOW with Online Magazine Orders
The easiest thing to do is sell magazines, and that can be done online from home. There's no need to collect money, no door-to-door order taking-it's EASY. To get started with setting up and creating your Online Magazine Orders account, simply log onto  to register. It is easy and the entire registration process only
takes about ten minutes. Magazines are delivered right to your customer. 
That's it! Log back into the program frequently to check your progress. 

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Fall Fest - Pumpkins and Hay Stacks and Food Trucks, Oh My!
Come join us for our first annual Fall Fest on Saturday, October 26 from 1- 6 pm at Camp Welaka. Celebrate autumn with a fun-filled day for the whole family, jam-packed with hay stack rides, trick-or-treat trail, rock wall climbing*, music, arts and crafts, and food trucks*, just to name a few!  And it's B.Y.O.P. - Bring Your Own Pumpkin. Register today

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Candy Donations Needed

GSSEF needs candy for our Trick-or-Treat Trail at Fall Fest on October 26. We are seeking bags of candy that won't melt; like Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, Starburst, Twizzlers or Candy Corn. Please bring donations to either GSSEF Service Center by October 21 or email us and we will do our best to schedule a pick up: Thank you for your generosity!


Upcoming Programs

Did you know that Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida offers a full year-round Calendar of Programs? Here are some of the Programs that are coming up in the next few months.


October Programs - I can't wait to:    


Baby Basics
October 1 - 31
Throughout the month of October, Girl Scouts can help local families and babies in need by uniting our efforts for this Council-wide community service project - Baby Basics.
The names and locations of participating agencies can be found on the Baby Basics Flyer. Each participant will receive a Baby Basics patch. Patches will be distributed through the Service Units in December.



It's A Girls Life - Tequesta (Daisies through Ambassadors) 

October 8

6:00 - 7:30 pm 

Tequesta Park (Girl Scout House) 

2280 County Line Rd

Tequesta, FL 

$8 per girl



Whether you are a new Girl Scout, a new troop, or a troop that wants to learn about the great history of Girl Scouts, this program is great for you! Register now. Download flyer here



Fun Science!  All grade levels and families            

October 9

6:00 pm

West Boynton Community Center

6000 Northtree Blvd.

Lake  Worth, FL

$8 per child

How does food interact with each other? Can food or drink cause explosions? What ingredients make food freeze fast?  Come to Fun Science and you can answer all of those questions and more! Register now.  Download flyer here

It's A Girls Life - West Palm Beach (Daisies through Juniors) 

October 14

6:00 - 7:30 pm 

Harmonia Masonic Lodge

1896 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL  

$8 per girl 

Whether you are a new girl in Girl Scouts, a new troop, or a troop that wants to learn about the great history of Girl Scouts, this program is great for you! Register now




Petal Palooza (Daisies)

October 12

1 - 4 pm

Oakland Park Service Center

4701 NW 33rd Ave.

Oakland Park, FL 

$10 per girl

 For more details, click here  or to register, click here.  


Candy Science (Daisies through Juniors) 

October 12

9:30 - 11:00 am

Okeechobee Recreational Park Pavilion

350 Northwest 6th Avenue

Okeechobee, FL 

$5 per girl

The candy aisle will never look the same after using candy in science experiments sure to amaze. Open to girls ages 5-12.  Register Now.



Balloon Bash (Daisies through Juniors)  

October 12

1 - 2:30 pm

Charles Park

15th Street and 24th Avenue 

Vero Beach, FL  

$5 per girl

Balloons are a huge source of fun. In this program, we will use balloons for all kinds of science experiments and activities. Open to girls ages 5-12.  Register Now.




Sweets and Swaps Masquerade Ball (Daisies and Brownies)

October 19

1:30 - 5:30 pm

Long Key Nature Center

3501 SW 130th Ave.

Davie, FL  

$25 per girl; $15 per adult 

Daisies and Brownies are cordially invited to a Sweets and Swaps Masquerade Ball. Dress in your loveliest gown and step into a dream world.  Register now



Full Moon Masquerade (Juniors through Ambassadors)

October 19

6:30 - 10 pm

Long Key Nature Center

3501 SW 130th Ave.

Davie, FL  

$25 per girl; $15 per adult  

Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to a Full Moon Masquerade. A naturalist will guide you as you discover what lurks in the night. The hike includes dinner, fun patch, and a guided tour.


Outdoor 101 (Brownies through Ambassadors)

October 22

6 pm

Tequesta Park (Girl Scout House)

2280 County Line Rd.

Tequesta, FL

$5 per girl

If you are new to Girl Scouts or a troop who just want to come out and learn the basics of Fire Safety this program is for you! Make a s'more and learn new songs! Register now.  Download flyer here. 



Weird Science Night (All grade levels and families)      

October 25

6:00 pm

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach, FL

$6 per girl/child; $10 per adult

 Join us for a weird family friendly night uncovering the quirky side of science!  Register now



Bananas for Brownies

October 27

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Wolf Lake Park

5400 SW 76th Ave.  

Davie, FL

$12 per girl 

Do you love your Brownie? Well, we are Bananas for Brownies. Come and go bananas with us.  Event includes bananas splits, bananas games, and a special community service activity with an Ape Sanctuary. Register now.



November Programs - I can't wait to:   


Pontoon Trip to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge 

(Daisies through Ambassadors) 

November 2 

10 am - 12 pm  

Environmental Learning Center

255 Live Oak Dr.

Vero Beach, FL

$12 per girl; $12 per adult

 Our destination is our nation's very first National Wildlife Refuge - Pelican Island. Our focus is birds - both their natural history and the role they play in our local history. A pontoon boat excursion opens your eyes to more than just identifying birds.  Register now.



Sea Cows and Sea Grass  (Daisies through Juniors)

November 2 

11 am  - 12 pm

The Manatee Observation and Education Center

480 N. Indian River Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL

$4 per girl / $1 per adult
Discover one of Florida's exceptional marine mammals without getting wet! Touch a manatee rib bone and see just how many kids it takes to be the size of a manatee! Who knows...we may even spot a real live manatee outside!  Register Now.

Team Building Triumph! (Juniors through Cadettes) 

November 3  from 1 pm - 2:30 pm  
Hosford Park
7474 Gaines Ave.  

Stuart, FL               


November 3   

3:30 pm - 5 pm
Troy Moody Park

Victory Boulevard and Cordova Ave.

Vero Beach, FL

$4 per girl

Got a troop that's tricky? Are they acting clicky?  Join us for a Team Building workshop to help them build their relationships in a fun, meaningful way. 


Seagrass 101 (Brownies through Ambassadors)

Saturday, November 9, 2013  

11 am to 12 pm

Environmental Learning Center

255 Live Oak Dr. 

Vero Beach FL 

$5 per girl

What do sea-horses, pipefish, shrimp, puffers and flounders have in common? They can all be found in seagrass beds. Join our Junior Naturalists and learn how to use a seine net to collect these animals. Register now



MANA-TANGLES (Cadettes through Ambassadors)

November 16

10:30 am - 12 pm

The Manatee Observation and Education Center

480 N. Indian River Dr.

Fort Pierce, FL

$5 per girl; $1 per adult

Inspired by Zentangle art and manatee awareness month, we will create beautiful images of manatees from repetitive patterns.  It is easy to learn and easy to do! You will love your mana-tangle!   Register Now.


For more Program opportunities, visit our Online Program Calendar here.   

Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low!
It's Juliette's birthday, but our gift is for YOU!  Come into one of our Council Retail Stores on Saturday, October 19 (10 am - 3 pm) in your best Juliette Gordon Low attire for a prize and a chance to win a Girl Scout quilt.


You will receive 10% off purchases of $25 or more. And each store will have activities for the girls to do while the parents shop.  There will be COOKIES...COOKIES...COOKIES...for everyone.



Introducing Mystery Mondays

Each Monday starting October 28 through December 16, our Council Retail Stores will be revealing a special offer for the day. How do you find out what this Mystery Monday Deal is?? Just visit our GSSEF Facebook page every Monday. There will be a Facebook post revealing the Mystery Monday Deal item. 



October Special

Shop in either of our Retail Stores, spend $50 or more and receive a beautiful holiday pin.

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Back to Troop - $5 off Starter Kit  

Back to Troop is in full swing. Both Retail Stores are stocked with all the items your Girl Scout will need for a FUN filled Girl Scout year. Purchase a Starter Kit and receive $5 off the entire month of October.

Calling all Girl Scouts! We are looking to show off the amazing work our Girl Scouts girls and volunteers do! We want to spotlight community service projects, volunteer work of a Girl Scout or volunteer going above and beyond. Please share and email your Girl Scouts Give Back story and a photo (if available) to 
Local Girl Scout's Gold Award Project Brings New Life to Park 
Check out this article about Savannah's Gold Award project.  Learn how she took action to help her childhood park come back to life for the local community.  

Upcoming Emerald Awards Celebration - a Sparkling Tribute to Outstanding Women
With the momentum of the  successful 2013 Forever Green event, more than a dozen past and new committee members recently gathered at Cabo Flats Cantina for the kick-off of next year's signature event, the inaugural Girl Scouts Emerald Awards Celebration.


The event will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Croquet Center in West Palm Beach.  The awards will recognize five Palm Beach County women who exemplify the five Girl Scout national initiatives in the areas of S.T.E.M., Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, Environmental Leadership and Global Citizenship. 

GSSEF Grows...Again!  
For the 2nd consecutive year, GSSEF has served more girls than the previous year. A total of 15,841 girls were registered in the 2012-13 membership year. Thank you to all the volunteers, parents and staff who helped provide programs to our girls throughout the year.



New Girl Scout Year Starts October 1

The 2013-14 Girl Scout year officially began on Tuesday, October 1. And, there are still lots of opportunities to join the movement. Girls and adults can register year-round by visiting and clicking the big pink JOIN NOW button. Joining the national organization, GSUSA, opens the door to all the programs and activities offered to girls throughout the six-county GSSEF jurisdiction. Program participation is not dependent on troop placement, so while girls await a troop or group placement, they can participate in the many fun and exciting programs listed on our Program Calendar. Click here for more information.  


For more information, or to register with one of our staff, contact:

Julie Brady at if you are in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River or Okeechobee Counties

Sue Holmes at if you are in Palm Beach County

Jeanette Jones at if you are in northern Broward County

Catalina Cano at if you are in southern Broward County



Area 1 to have new Mission Delivery Manager - Membership

Please help us to welcome the newest member of the GSSEF membership team, Julie Brady. Julie will be working in Area 1 (Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River or Okeechobee Counties). Recently relocated from New Jersey, Julie comes to us from the Heart of the Jersey Shore Council where she has over 14 years of both volunteer and staff experience. You can contact Julie at


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Baby Basics: October 1 - October 31
Fall Product Sale Program: October 1 - November 15
Girl Scout U: October 5 and 12
Fall Fest: October 26
All About Awards Day: November 2
Camp-Tastic!: December 7

Save the Dates - 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program: January 23 to February 16
Visit for all the latest events and activities.

Applications are Now being accepted for GSSEF Delegates to the National Council


Nominations are now being accepted for Council Delegates to the National Council Session to be held October 16-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

For Nomination guidelines, criteria and applications, click here.

Applications must be returned to the council by January 6, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Valz, at (561) 427-0177 or

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Included in this report are tips that parents and other adults who have girls in their lives can use to help girls develop financial literacy skills now and in the future.

Discover FIVE WAYS  that Girl Scouting helps girls become financially savvy - now and in the future.

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