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Seeking New Gold Award Advisors

Girl Scout Summer Camp - pick your weekend to remember!

New Merchandise Arrivals

Silver and Gold Award Workshops Now Online

Mustache Mash - a Huge Success

Fourth of July Service Center and Retail Store Closings

                          

Mark Your Calendar

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

Early Bird Re-Registration: Ends June 30

Summer Camp: Now through July

      

Visit www.gssef.org for all the latest events and activities.

 

 

 

seekSeeking 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 of  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 their goal-setting, planning, and fulfillment of their 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 aaskar@gssef.org and save the date of Sunday, August 4 for orientation and the opportunity to meet current advisors too.  

 

 

      

 

weekendGirl Scout Summer Camp - pick your weekend to remember!

time for summer camp

 

Summertime means Summer Camp! We have added two brand new fun weekend camp sessions and don't forget about our Family Campfires.


     

 

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.

 

   

Family Campfires

Campfire

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 program@gssef.org.

 

 
 

arrivalsNew Merchandise Arrivals 

Visit one of our Retail Stores for a great selection of fun new merchandise for adults and girls! Here is a sampling of what you will find:                                                          

 

grape color tshirt Say it loud! Say it proud!
Our mission statement is heard often - Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place!!!! Now you can wear it proudly on a stylish v-neck t-shirt. 
  
Available in: cactus green, pewter and grape. Adult sizes: $18 - $20.

    

        

Send your Girl Scout to camp in style! summer camp display

camp girl scouts Summer Camp is now in session, so it's time to check out our assortment of camp essentials and cool camp gear. There are even tank tops and pajama bottoms with either Camp Welaka or Camp Nocatee imprinted on them. 

 

And while you're there shopping, make sure you check out all of the sale merchandise too.

 

If you have a question, contact Jodi Potter at jpotter@gssef.org or at 561- 427- 0197.

 

 

   

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 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 volunteer@gssef.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

  

 

Dear Green Grapevine-

My troop is really excited that summer is here and we're making plans to do some fun, challenging activities we've never tried before. Is there anything we should keep in mind?

 

Many thanks-

Eva Knievel

  

How can you, as a Girl Scout volunteer, determine whether an activity is safe and appropriate? Good judgment and common sense often dictate the answer. What's safe in one circumstance may not be safe in another. An incoming storm, for example, might force you to assess or discontinue an activity. If you are uncertain about the safety of an activity, call your council staff with full details and don't proceed without approval. Err on the side of caution and make the safety of girls your most important consideration.

 

Once the girls have made some suggestions of things they'd like to try, be sure to check the Volunteer Essentials Manual and our Councils' Policies and Procedures. You should always be sure to review the Safety Activity Checkpoints for each activity.  You can find all of these documents on our website, here in the Volunteer Vault. 

 

These documents will provide guidance on the types of activities girls may participate in, the number of chaperones you'll need and any special skills or certifications they should possess (i.e. - is a First Aider required, and if so, what level of certification is required). They also outline the paperwork and submission timeline you'll need to follow in order to get the approvals you need from council. 

 

If  Safety Activity Checkpoints  do not exist for an activity you and the girls are interested in, check with the council before making any definite plans with the girls. A few activities are allowed only with written council pre-approval and only for girls 12 and over, while some are off-limits completely:

 

Caution: You must get written pre-approval from the council for girls ages 12 and older who will operate motorized vehicles, such as go-carts and personal watercraft; use firearms; take trips on waterways that are highly changeable or uncontrollable; experience simulated skydiving and zero-gravity rooms; or fly in noncommercial aircraft, such as small private planes, helicopters, sailplanes, untethered hot air balloons, and blimps.

 

Warning: The following activities are never allowed for any girl: potentially uncontrolled free-falling (bungee jumping, hang gliding, parachuting, parasailing, and trampolining); creating extreme variations of approved activities (such as high-altitude climbing and aerial tricks on bicycles, skis, snowboards, skateboards, water-skis, and wakeboards); hunting; shooting a projectile at another person; riding all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes; and taking watercraft trips in Class V or higher.

 

When planning activities with girls, note the abilities of each girl and carefully consider the progression of skills from the easiest part to the most difficult. Make sure the complexity of the activity does not exceed girls' individual skills-bear in mind that skill levels decline when people are tired, hungry, or under stress. Also, use activities as opportunities for building teamwork, which is one of the outcomes for the Connect key in the GSLE.

 

If you have questions about the suitability of an activity, or the approval timeline, you can contact your Mission Delivery Manager - Program for more information or email program@gssef.org.

  

 

      

foreverForever Girl Scouts

They say that nothing lasts forever. But, is that saying really true? If you think about it, there are things that last forever. Words and wonderful memories last a lifetime, and even a great song never really goes away. Shouldn't an organization that is as truly remarkable as Girl Scouts last forever? As you recall your time with Girl Scouts, including all of those words of encouragement, delightful memories and even that fun Girl Scout song, also remember that you can take steps to help ensure future generations of girls experience the wonders of Girl Scouting.

  

How can you  make something as valuable as Girl Scouts last forever? By remembering Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida in your estate plan or through a charitable annuity, you will be able to help shape the lives of girls for years to come.

 

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida should continue to exist for years to come so that generations upon generations of girls have the opportunity to grow and learn to become great women - girls like you, your daughter, your mother, your sister, and your aunt.  

 

For more information about ways to support Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida through planned giving, please contact PJ Layng at pjlayng@gssef.org or 561-427-0181.

         

                   

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.

         

Green, Health and Wellness Expo! All grade levels and families

July 20

6:00 pm -10:00 pm

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Per child $7; per adult $11

All of your senses will come alive at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium's 4th Annual Green, Health & Wellness Expo! TASTE fresh, organic, and healthy snack samples; FEEL the comfort of natural well-being methods; SEE what natural resources are available to help conserve & improve your lifestyle; SMELL the wonders of natural, organic and healthy products; and LISTEN to soothing sounds as you make your way through the Expo! Earn badge components of Brownies - Snacks, My Best Self, Junior-Staying Fit and Cadette - Eating for Beauty while you learn about the positive effects that healthy living has on your life.

  

To register, click here.

 

 

Super Hero Science Night! - D, B, J, C, S, A

July 26

6:00 pm -10:00 pm

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Per child $6; per adult $11

Dress up as your favorite superhero and learn the science behind their powers! There will be fun hands-on activities that will show you the real power of your favorite superhero! Prepare to experience a heroic adventure and more!

 

To register, click here.

 

  

It's a Girls Life at the ZOO - D, B, J

July 27

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Blvd

West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Per child $7; per adult $9

Bring your family to the zoo and have fun together! Learn what it means to be a Girl Scout and how you can make a difference in your environment!! Attend one of these workshops then enjoy the Zoo for the day!

Workshops' schedule:

*10 am -11 am

*11:30am -12:30pm

*1pm - 2pm

  

To register, click here.

 

 

   

Girl Scout Night at Lockhart Stadium - All grade levels and family

June 29

6:45 pm

Lockhart Stadium

1350 NW 55th St

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Per girl: $10; per adult $10

Join us Saturday, June 29th at 6:45pm for GIRL SCOUT NIGHT at Lockhart Stadium in a Girl Scout led International Flag Parade with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Soccer Team!! The girls will get to be a part of the opening ceremony, stay for the game, and will be able to meet the players, get autographs, and photos on the field. Girl Scouts who wish to participate in the flag ceremony are REQUIRED to wear their full Girl Scout uniform. Afterwards, they may change into their 'game' clothes. It's open to families to attend, but only the girls and leaders can participate in the International Flag Parade.

 

To register, click here.

  

 
Fancy Nancy Tea Party - D, B

July 13

10 am - 1 pm

Oakland Park Service Center

4701 NW 33rd Avenue

Oakland Park, FL 33309

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.  

    

To register, click here.

  

 

Tying It Together - Community Service Project - All grade levels and families

August 4

2 pm - 6 pm

Oakland Park Service Center

4701 NW 33rd Avenue

Oakland Park, FL 33309

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is Tying it Together to help those fighting cancer. Gather your family, your friends and your sister Girl Scouts for a fun event to raise cancer awareness! Girls and their families will have the opportunity to make personal mementos as part of a care package for local children and adults fighting various cancers; meet local physicians, nurses and other medical professionals; and inspire others to take action to get involved with our local partners - Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital, Plantation General Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic in Weston. Refreshments will be served.

  

To register, click here.

 

 

   

Girl's Life logo

It's a Girls Life Series

 

 

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.

 

 

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

   

 

 

mashMustache Mash - a Huge Success

mustache mash If you "Mustache"... Mustache Mash was a sold-out HUGE success!! The girls came sporting their finest mustaches, made Father's Day cards, decorated backpacks and enjoyed some goofy fun!

 

Thank you to all the participants, and to the great Volunteers who 'stashed the stations - we had a great time!

 

What's next?

See you at the Despicable Me 2 premiere on July 3rd... Tickets are selling fast: MINIONS! Don't be left out... To register, click here.

   

                                                   

  

       

   

closeFourth of July Service Center and Retail Store Closings

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's Service Centers and Retail Stores will be closed Thursday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. The retail stores will also be closed Saturday, July 6.

 

We wish our Girl Scout families and friends a Happy Fourth of July holiday.

 

 

 

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.

 

Recently, there have been several news stories highlighting the good works that our girls are doing in their communities. Here are a few:

 

Girl Collects over 1,200 DVD's for Children's Hospitals  (Palm Beach Post - June 2, 2013)

 

Two Scouts donate to ARC (Stuart News - June 10, 2013)

      

Check out our website's Press Room here to read more news articles about what our girls are doing in their communities to make a difference.


 

 

       

 

   
       

 

                                                        

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