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In this issue:  

Early Bird Re-Registration Open Through June 30!

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Elect New Board of Directors

Girl Scout Summer Camp - pick your weekend or week to remember!

Special Offer for Resident Campers! GSSEF Camp Care Bag 2013!

Seeking New Gold Award Advisors

Silver and Gold Award Workshops Now Online

Summer Program Fun!  

Barbara Ann Turner 2013 Scholarship Award Recipients

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.     

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.




birdEarly Bird Re-Registration Open Through June 30!

2013 Early Bird Patch

June is the last month to participate in the 2013-14 Early Bird re-registration period and ensure your girls are ready to continue their Girl Scout experience through next year. Don't forget the exciting new incentives...including our 2014 Early Bird penguin patch! Each troop with a re-registration transaction in the month of June will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Wal-mart gift card. There will be a drawing for each Area - 4 in total! And, troops can earn an additional 1-cent per box of cookies sold during the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale program. Eligibility requirements apply. Click here to view the Early Bird re-registration flyer with more information. 




Contact Rhonda Netzel, director of membership, with any questions at



chairGirl Scouts of Southeast Florida Elect New Board of Directors
lorna Brown-Burton and Judge Robinson
Pictured above l - r: Lorna Brown-Burton, GSSEF board chair and Judge Mary Rudd Robinson
At the annual meeting held on April 13, 2013, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida elected their board of directors for the upcoming year.

Lorna Brown-Burton was elected as the new board chair.  Brown-Burton, who will serve a two-year term, is an attorney with her own practice in Ft. Lauderdale. Other officers elected were James Mueller, vice chair, Julie Kreafle, secretary and Christopher Herron as treasurer. 


Newly elected members-at-large include Peggy Calhoun, Neil Campbell, Tami Donnally, Michael Fowler, Franny LaRue, Emma Sampson, Mimi Vail and Jean Wihbey.  They join current members-at-large Stephanie Brown, Nancy Proffitt, Sheila Ravindran, Sheila Schwartz and Mary Ann Stetson.   


In addition to other members-at-large, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida also elected two girl members. Elise, a student at Suncoast Community High School, and Kristen, a student at Pembroke Pines Charter High School, will each serve a one year term as girl advisory board members.




campGirl Scout Summer Camp - pick your weekend or week to remember!

summer camp 2013


Summertime means Summer Camp! We have added two brand new fun weekend camp sessions and there are still two resident camp sessions to choose from.




New Weekend Camp Sessions  


Up All Night!

NO SLEEPING ALLOWED! Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors come together and pull an all-nighter at Camp Welaka!

Grade Level: Juniors-Ambassador (entering 4th- 12th grade)

Cost: $35.00 per person

Location: Camp Welaka

Date: Saturday, July 6 - Sunday, July 7 (1 night)

Time:  Saturday at 12:00pm - Sunday at 12:00 pm

Click here to register.


Brownie Beat the Heat!

Calling all Brownies! Join us for some water fun in the sun as we explore the Brownie WOW Journey!

Grade Level: Brownie (entering 2nd-3rd grade)

Cost: $55.00 per person

Location: Camp Welaka

Date: Friday, July 12 - Sunday, July 14 (2 nights)

Time: Friday at 12:00pm - Sunday at 10:00am

Click here to register.


There are still spaces available for Resident Camp!


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.


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.



*Please note that the He's With Me resident camp session has been cancelled


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



bagSpecial Offer for Resident Campers! GSSEF Camp Care Bag 2013!

Want to make your girl's very first day at Resident Summer Camp really special? Have a super-cool GSSEF Camp Care Bag with your very own 'Care' message waiting for her at Camp!  Each Bag includes a: Nylon Backpack, Pillow Pal, Collapsible Water Bottle, LED Dragonfly Helicopter, Sunscreen, Bandanna and Lip Balm. You can order the bag online for only $35.00 plus sales tax  and  include a special message, just click here.  If you would like to order via a paper form, click here.  The Camp Care Bag is also available to order in both of our Retail Stores.


We will take care of delivering the Care Bag to your camper!  It's that easy. For questions, email or call 561-427-0197. This offer is available for Resident Summer Campers only - It's a Wild Life session or Camp H2Ohhhh session.




goldSeeking New Gold Award Advisors

gold award

Our team of adult volunteer Gold Award Advisors support high school age girls as they work towards achieving the prestigious Gold Award. This is a Council-Level position, appointed by the Director Program for 2-year terms. It involves a time commitment that varies by each project (and girl) and a mentoring relationship to help teenage girls succeed in her goal-setting, planning, and fulfillment of her Gold Award Project. It is a rewarding role for adults who can act as part mentor, coach, problem-solver, advocate and cheerleader for girls. The Volunteer Position Description is here. Training and an apprentice period is required. If interested, contact Lammy Askar at and save the date of Sunday, August 4 for orientation and the opportunity to meet current advisors too.  





workSilver and Gold Award Workshops Now Online

Earning the highest awards in Girl Scouting takes creativity, dedication and a zest for a true leadership adventure! In short, girls can put their passion to work, to make the world a better place. Come learn more about how girls can earn these National Awards at workshops this Fall. Online registration is now available.  More dates and locations will be added soon.  


Silver Award Workshop

August 29

Driftwood Community Center, Hollywood

Click here to register.


Gold Award Workshop

September 17

Driftwood Community Center, Hollywood

Click here to register.




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-


I see a lot of information on your website and in the stores about girl uniforms, but what are adults supposed to wear?  Is there an adult uniform?


Stylishly yours-




Great question, dahling!  Adults are afforded some flexibility and some stylish options when it comes to getting their Girl Scout look on, and just like wearing white after Labor Day, there are a few things they should never wear.

Adult members are in uniform when they wear their membership pins, which include the Girl Scout Pin (either the Traditional or Contemporary version) and the World Trefoil Pin.  These can be placed on an Adult Insignia Tag, or worn on the lapel of a suit. 

Navy blue is the official uniform color for adults.  This can be a navy suit for formal occasions, or a navy sweater, all the way to a navy polo with khakis for less formal or more casual occasions.

Adult members can achieve a "unifying look" with their uniforms by wearing an official Girl Scout scarf or tie for men, worn with the official membership pins, combined with their own navy blue business attire.

For a diagram of where to place your pins, click here

There are also a variety of Girl Scout t-shirts you can purchase, or even create with your girls, that will identify you as a member of the Girl Scout family.

On the flip side, adults should never wear a girl uniform component.  So that means, no khaki vests, no sashes, and no beanies.  Sorry ladies!  If you've amassed a collection of participation patches and you want to show them off then try sewing them onto a large denim shirt you can wear over a t-shirt, or sew them on a tote bag.  Either way, you're able to display your commitment and highlight some of the fun you've had while remaining within the uniform guidelines.

For some of the latest looks for adults, be sure to stop by our Council stores, or shop from anywhere by visiting our online store.  


canThe Canstruction Design Competition: June 10 -17 

The Palm Beach County Food Bank, our program partner for the recent Feeding Florida Together Food Drive, is partnering with The Gardens Mall to prove one CAN make a difference by launching the Canstruction® Design Competition. Local architects, contractors, and designers present giant works of sculpture made entirely of cans and packaged food, using the theme, "The Palm Beaches", to support the fight against hunger.


How Can you make a difference? There are several ways:


* View giant sculptures and vote for your favorite, June 10-17.


* Visit for voting details.
* Donate a can of food at the Information Desk, June 15-18.
* Guess the cans and win a Raffle Prize:

For complete details, click here.



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.


Ready, Set, Babysit Is Back!

This cool, customized program just for Cadettes is offered by Baptist Health South Florida on Saturday July 27. It includes everything a girl should know about interviewing parents before accepting the baby sitting job - as well as what girls need to know about the home before parents head out the door. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and the new "Healthy Girls" Patch. Get ready - and get set - to get that next babysitting job! Cost is just $7.50 per girl. Yes, this program can be used to qualify girls for the Summer Funshine patch program too!! Register now here.


Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Design and enjoy a tea party that Fancy Nancy herself would love! 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 a.m. 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.



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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, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd, 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: Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd, 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 :Friday, July 26, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 295 NW Prima Vista Blvd, 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.  



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




turnerBarbara Ann Turner 2013 Scholarship Award Recipients

The Service From the Heart Scholarship was established in 2007 by the legacy Palm Glades Council Girl Scout & Women in History Committee in memory of Barbara Ann Turner, a dedicated volunteer. She served as a leader, council trainer, service unit manager, and a founding member of the history committee.  She shared her enthusiasm and commitment to the Girl Scout volunteer spirit in the many service projects that she organized.  Her wish was that an on-going scholarship be established to recognize exceptional service.


This scholarship is awarded annually to a high school age Girl Scout who has given exceptional service in her community.  


Due to the quality and depth of all the applications and references received, it was very difficult to select just one recipient.  Therefore, we are extremely pleased to announce that two exceptional young women will each receive a Service from the Heart Scholarship. They are:  


julia Julia M.

Senior Girl Scout from Jupiter, FL

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts .... 12th grade

Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient:  Human Trafficking Awareness


1,000 hours (2000-present) to the following organizations:

Frederick Douglass Family Foundation                         

Human Trafficking Coalition of Palm Beaches               

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida:  Gold Awardee 2012, Girl Board Member 2011-2013, and National Delegate



In Julia's words:  "To help achieve my goal to end modern day slavery, my Girl Scout Gold Award and project focused on creating awareness of Human Trafficking and advocating for anti - Human Trafficking Florida Legislation.  I am proud to report that HB7049 passed and was signed into law by Governor Scott.  I will continue to serve and help the global victims of Human Trafficking.  My educational plan is to enroll in course work that will help me further understand and research the complicated social, business and legal issues surrounding Human Trafficking in every country of the world.   I will expand my advocacy work by continuing to create awareness and help the silent victims of Human Trafficking one person at a time, perhaps as a Human Rights attorney working internationally."   



rebecca Rebecca C.

Senior Girl Scout from Port St Lucie, FL

Treasure Coast High School .... 12th grade


183 hours (2011 - 2013) to the following organizations:

Stand up to Stand Out - Anti Bully Awareness Program

(created by Rebecca herself)

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida





In Rebecca's words:  "I created an organization called Stand Up to Stand Out.  I wanted to educate students to what they could do to stop being bullied and how to help others from being bullied.I designed and distributed 14,000 coloring books to students all over the county in kindergarten to 5th grade.For students in 6th grade and up, I created a PowerPoint discussing statistics and anti-bullying day was implemented where students were able to wear a pink shirt in support.  I have also gone to several schools to speak to their students about bullying, became a Student Ambassador for Kids at Hope anti-bullying initiative and served as a Guest Speaker for the St Lucie County Family Forum Bullying initiative.  I have become a stronger person knowing that I have helped others.  The scholarship money will help me on my goals to continue this work."  


If you would like to support the Barbara Ann Turner Scholarship Fund, please send your donation to the GSSEF, and earmark it toward the:

Barbara Ann Turner Scholarship Fund

1224 West Indiantown Road

Jupiter, FL  33458



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. 



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



troop 20168 These are the girls of Troop 20168 with the blankets they made for Project Linus.  Project Linus provides blankets to comfort children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.   This is a quick, easy and inexpensive Community Service project that Girl Scouts of any age can do.  For more information about Project Linus in our area, contact Kathy Adams at




SWE/GS Hiker & Trailblazer Workshop The Southeast Florida Society of Women Engineers Girl Scout Outreach Program recently held a Brownie Hiker/Cadette Trailblazer event sponsored by the ERM Foundation, on April 20th at the River Center in Jupiter, with 86 scouts (59 Brownies & 27 Cadettes) in attendance. The workshop activities included Adventure Planning, Gear Up, Team Building/Outdoor Safari, and a hike around Burt Reynolds Park.  

The ERM Foundation-North America is a unique and valuable partnership between ERM and its employees that provides financial and human resource support to community and grass roots environmental efforts around the world. Funding is targeted toward projects that improve quality of life, preserve the environment and inspire environmental responsibility.


troop 50003Cadette Troop 50003 from Sebastian participated in the Annual Memorial Day Observance at the Four Chaplain Memorial down at the River View Park in Sebastian. The Girls lead the Pledge of Allegiance with the Boy Scouts.

Photo left to right: Troop Leader Patty Giordano, Taylor, Jamine, Councilman Jim Hill, Sebastian Mayor Robert McPartlan, Sara Hansen. Bottom Row: Rachel, Madison, Stephanie     






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