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Meet GSSEF's Summer Camp Director 

Girl Scout Summer Camp - pick your week to remember!

Summer Program Fun! 

What's Your Legacy?
E-News Getting a Fresh New Look

The Power of Girl Scouts 


Mark Your Calendar

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

Early Bird Re-Registration: April 15-June 30

Summer Camp: Starts June 15


Visit 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.



directorMeet GSSEF's Summer Camp Director

In her own words.... 


 Hello Families,


My name is Jennifer Bowes. I am very excited to be your new Summer Camp Director. Besides being a Florida grown native, I reside in Stuart and am entering my fifth year of teaching. I am truly passionate about having a hand in inspiring our youth. My goal as an educator is to create leaders by teaching responsibility, independence and promoting confidence. Continue reading here.




campGirl Scout Summer Camp - pick your week to remember!

summer camp 2013


Summertime means Summer Camp! We have 3 incredible resident camp sessions to choose from - even one where the brothers can attend too! But - brothers are NOT required. Financial assistance is still available for girls, in May, too.



It's A Wild Life  

it's a wild life camp It's A Wild Life is filled with wild fun and eco-exploration at Camp Nocatee this June!  Girls will also be able to earn some requirements for the Naturalist badges as they explore the great outdoors.

Click here to register - Full one-time payment.

Click here to register - Two payment plan.


Camp H2Ohhhh!

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!

Click here to register - Full one-time payment.

Click here to register - Two payment plan.



He's With Me 

Brand new this summer!  He's With Me camp will bring competition and family fun to a brand new level. We will build teams and Rope Runners for a race to remember! (No, having a brother is not required to register!!! Girls who don't have a brother - or don't like their brothers are welcome to register!)

Register Girls here.   

Register Brothers/Boys here.




Family Campfires


Don't forget, our fabulous Family Campfires are a perfect night out under the stars and reasonably priced at just $5.00 per person.


We will stoke a classic campfire (learn the do's and don'ts) - all served up with sticky s'mores and a side of Girl Scout songs. Tag-alongs may register too.  




Register Today for Summer Camp

Summer Camp online registration is easy and open now, click here. Paper registrations are always accepted. Financial Assistance is available for girls. For questions, email




promoSpecial Store Promotion! From now until June 30, receive $5 off any Starter Kit and a BONUS.

Are you a new Girl Scout?  Our Starter Kits, make it  easy to get off to a great start in Girl Scouting!  It gives you all the essential Girl Scout items all in one Kit. And if you are bridging  to a new level, there is a Starter Kit just for you too.


Just what will you find in your Girl Scout Starter Kit?  Each set includes: vest, Flag Patch, Troop Numbers, GSUSA ID Set, Insignia Tab, The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and the Journey book of your choice. Plus, you will receive a fun, colorful backpack as a bonus (while supplies last). Stop by one of the Retail Stores and purchase yours today. For questions, contact




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  Volunteer Essentials documents in the Volunteer Vault.  As always, if you need an answer to any question, you can always email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.


Dear Green Grapevine-

My troop is getting ready to take an end-of-year trip.  Someone told me we need to fill out some kind of form and get approval from Council?  Is that true?  If so, what form are they talking about?

Yours in Scouting-

Carmen Sandiego


Indeed there is a form (or two) you need to complete before your troop embarks on a trip.  Just which form or forms depends on what kind of trip it is, where you'll be going and how long you'll be gone. This process helps us ensure the safety of the girls participating by confirming certain requirements are met before the trip begins.  If you're relatively new to Girl Scouting your troop's trips will probably fall into one of the two following categories:  a day trip, or overnight travel.


A Day Trip includes any daytime excursions occurring outside of your regular meeting location/time.  This could be a change of meeting location, a troop field trip (maybe to a cooking class at Whole Foods), or participation in Service Unit activities.  For these types of activities you'll need signed parent/guardian permission slips.  You also need to submit the names of girls and adults attending, where activity is taking place, date, and time of activity to your Mission Delivery Manager - Program at least 48-hours prior to the activity.  If the trip includes activities involving swimming or horses, you'll need to complete a troop travel application at least 48-hours prior to travel and submitted to your Service Unit Volunteer Manager, Mission Delivery Manager - Program and Volunteer Area Program Manager (in this order).


Overnight Travel could include camping at GSSEF or non-GSSEF facilities, or any other non-GSSEF-sponsored overnight travel, like a trip to Orlando or Savannah.  You'll need a completed troop travel application 14 days prior for in-state travel or a completed travel application 30 days prior for out-of-state travel.   If the trip is longer than 3-days/2-nights, additional Girl Scout Insurance will need to be purchased.  You'll also need signed parent/guardian permission slips.  All forms are to be submitted, per the timeline above, to the Service Unit Volunteer Manager, Mission Delivery Manager - Program and the Volunteer Area Program Manager (in this order).


All of the forms you need can be found in the Volunteer Vault on our website.  You should also refer to the chart in the Policies and Procedures document for specifics about other types of trips and activities that require additional documentation and Council approval.  The Volunteer Essentials Manual provides further guidance, especially about girl-adult ratios and when you need registered adult volunteers as chaperones. The Safety Activity Checkpoints discuss specific requirements for various activities involving girls.


As always you and your troop should plan ahead.  That way you can ensure all of the documentation and approvals you need are secured ahead of your trip.  If you have questions regarding troop travel, check with your MDM-Program, or email and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.  Happy travels!




summerSummer Program Fun!

Did you know that Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida offers a full Summer Calendar of Programs? Here are just some of the Programs that we will be offering this Summer.


Despicable Me 2 - Family Fun

Gather all of your minions (yes, the whole family!) and join us for the premier of Despicable Me 2 on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Sunrise/Weston area. Girls will make minion swaps, enjoy popcorn and drinks and get a one of a kind minion patch!!!  Click here to register.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Design and enjoy a tea party that Fancy Nancy herself would enjoy! Girls will decorate a tiara and fancy glasses, prepare scrumptious snacks (that's fancy for yummy), learn proper etiquette for a tea party (you'll thank us later) and enjoy a tea party sure to delight!  Just $10 per girl.  


Martin County:

Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 9:30-11:30 at the Palm City Presbyterian Church, 2700 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City, FL 34990. Register online by June 11, 2013.

Indian River County:

Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 1:30-3:30pm at the Indian River County Library in Vero Beach located at 1600 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Register online by June 11, 2013.


Volunteers are needed  for each of these programs, please contact Meredith Slaymaker at if you are available to help.



Girl's Life logo

It's a Girls Life Series

Summer Kickoff

Girls will kick off summer in style! Make ice cream in a bag, learn how to use a sundial and decorate a cool pair of flip-flops!  Open to girls ages 5-12.

St. Lucie County: Friday, June 21, 3013 from 6-7:30 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd in Port St. Lucie. $8 per person. Register online by June 17, 2013.


Sweet Science

The candy isle will never look the same after using Life Savers, M&Ms and Pop Rocks in cool science experiments sure to amaze! Open to girls ages 5-12.

St. Lucie County: July 12, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd in Port St. Lucie. $8 per person. Register online by July 8, 2013. 

Indoor Camp Out

Learn some camping basics without the heat! Make a pretend campfire, enjoy indoor s'mores, sing fun camp songs and play games. Open to girls ages 5-12.

St. Lucie County: July 26, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd in Port St. Lucie. $8 per person.  Register online by July 22, 2013.


Attend any two of these programs and receive the It's a Girls Life patch.  



Programs JUST for Juniors!
  jr first aide badge  

Junior First Aid

Saturday, June 8

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.



Junior First Aid is offered with our partners at Plantation General Hospital. Professionals will lead girls through common emergencies and the important first steps to take in caring for the injured. Girls will earn requirements for the GSUSA  Junior First Aid Badge. Click here to register. This program also fulfills the Summer Funshine requirements for June.



staying fit patch juniors Staying Fit
Saturday, June 8

10 a.m. -12 p.m.

Coral Springs



Our partners at Baptist Health South Florida will present a session to explore the issues of Staying Fit. Participants will earn the components to earn the Staying Fit Badge in the Agent of Change Journey series. This is an interactive session with professionals from the medical community will address super-fun ways girls can incorporate getting active into a healthy lifestyle! All participants will receive the Baptist Health "Healthy Girls" patch! Click here to register. This program also fulfills the Summer Funshine requirements for June.



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




feedingWeighing In - Feeding Florida Together Food Drive Results

By the Numbers

We tallied it up! 750 local girls participated in the Feeding Florida Together Food Drive in April to raise a total of 15,519 pounds of food for the Palm Beach County Food Bank in Lantana. Patches have been ordered and will be sent to troop leaders in the next few weeks.  






Weighing in with the Top amount

troop 20303

Congratulations to Troop 20303 from Palm Beach Gardens (Tri-Star SU) who donated a total of 361.2 lbs of food to the Palm Beach County Food Bank on April 13, 2013. This dynamic troop of home-schooled Brownies and Juniors has been led by Lori Lynn Ramsdell-Scott since 2010. They donated the TOP amount of food this year! 




troop 10546 Honorable Mention

Feeding Florida Together Food Drive sends a Honorable Mention to Brownie Troop 10546 from Broward County that donated 186 pounds of food! Special thanks to Troop Leader Nicole Mc Laughlin!! 






rewardCast Your Online Rewards Vote Today!      

Rewards Survey inage And the Survey Says? Help us decide which girl reward items to offer during our 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program. Cast your Online Rewards Vote Today! What's items are your must haves? Your opinion matters to us. This Survey is open to girls and adults. Parents - please help your girl with completing this Survey. Are you ready to get started? To open the Survey, click here.



If you have a question, email Denise Fiorelli, director of product and retail sales, at



dateSave the Date! 2014 GSSEF Annual Recognition Ceremony

The date for the 2014 GSSEF Annual Recognition Ceremony is set for Friday, April 25, 2014 during National Volunteer Week!  It's our night to shine!!Time is tentatively set from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and location is not yet established.  We will honor our Silver Award, Gold Award, Honor Pin, Appreciation Pin, Thanks Badge and Thanks II Badge recipients along with other special Council honors.



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 with any questions you have or to discuss a gift to GSSEF in your will or other estate plans. 


newsE-News Getting a Fresh New Look
Be sure to check-out our newly re-designed E-News coming soon. It will include several new regular features such as the Volunteer Corner, It's a Girl's Life - Live It, Love It, Lead It, Because I was a Girl Scout, What's New on the Website and more.

Have a suggestion for E-News content? Please send them to  


scheduleMemorial Day Schedule
Please note that the Jupiter and Oakland Park Service Centers as well as the Retail Stores will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. The Service Centers and Retail Stores will resume their normal hours of operation on Tuesday, May 28.

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



Anhinga Service Unit Troop 10896 hasAnhinga SU Troop 10896 made Hope totes for Broward Outreach Center for the past several years. Last year however, they toured the facility when making the delivery. The girls learned about all the good work that is done there on behalf of the homeless. And then decided to make helping the homeless their Bronze award project for this past year.  
troop 10896 The girls did a toiletries drive, along with collecting clothing, blankets, jackets and toys. They put together 150 Hope tote bags and delivered them personally giving one bag to  each person in the homeless center. The girls also took another tour reminding them of how worthwhile their Bronze project was.

 All together, they delivered to Broward Outreach 100 Hope totes for men, 50 Hope totes for women, 2 extra bags of toiletries, 15 bags of clothing, 2 bags of stuffed animals, large bag of VHS tapes, 4 bags of linens, and 12 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Congratulations Troop 10896!





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