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Last Days of Semi-Annual Clearance Sale 

Summer Program Fun! 
Forever Girl Scouts


Mark Your Calendar
You don't want to miss some of the great things happening at GSSEF.
Semi-Annual Retail Store Clearance Blow-out: July 1 - 29
Summer Camp: Now through July 27
Retail Stores closed for Inventory: July 30 and July 31
Fall Recruitment: August 28 - September 8
Duffy's Recruitment Night: August 28
Family Fun Recruitment Day at BB&T Center: September 29
Fall Product Sale Program: October 1 - November 15

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



dateDATE CHANGE for New and Returning Gold Award Advisors
Due to a scheduling conflict, we have rescheduled orientation and training for potential new and returning Gold Award advisors to Sunday, August 25 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at our Oakland Park Service Center. Please email Lammy Askar at aaskar@gssef.org to tell us you're interested and planning to attend. This dynamic team of adult volunteer Gold Award advisors supports 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 a 2-year term. It involves a time commitment that varies by each project (and girl) and a mentoring relationship to help a teenage girl 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 found here . A training and an apprentice period are required. 



      2013 Early Bird Patch
birdsThe Early Birds Have Landed!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Early Bird Re-registration. Overall participation in Early Bird registration grew by 1.5% compared to last year. In total, 5,930 girls and 3,176 adults re-registered between April 15 and June 30. Patches will be available by the end of August.
         


redGSUSA and American Red Cross Announce National Partnership

Discounts on Training Offered!
GSUSA and the American Red Cross have partnered on a national agreement to provide Girl Scout councils with reduced rates for training. The agreement offers reduced rates for an expanded roster of training courses for adults and girls. In addition to core trainings such as CPR and First Aid, the American Red Cross will provide discounts on training for Water Safety and Rescue, Lifeguarding, Wilderness and Remote First Aid, Babysitting, and more.

To take advantage of the discount, simply visit www.redcross.org and check out the class schedule in your area. When prompted, enter our Training Coupon code: GSUSASOUTHEASTFLORIDACOUNCIL0714.You will receive a 20% discount on your selected training class. Again, this code can be used on any Red Cross class, including CPR, First Aid, Babysitting and Lifeguarding.

You can also receive a 10% discount on purchases at http://www.redcrossstore.org/ by entering our Red Cross Store Coupon: GSUSA2014.

Please note: Red Cross blended CPR/First Aid DOES meet the training requirement outlined in the Volunteer Essentials manual:

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.

We are excited to offer this discount to our membership. If you have any questions about this partnership, please email Heather Hileman, Director of Volunteerism at hhileman@gssef.org.



     
semi-annual clearance sale
Store-wide clearance sale on selected in store merchandise ends July 29.


saleLast Days of Semi-Annual Clearance Sale
Less than 2 weeks remain before our Semi Annual Clearance Blowout Sale ends!! Visit one of our retail stores soon to take advantage of all these specials and SAVE!

And while you are there shopping, be sure to check out all the new merchandise too.

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





valuesValues Galore at Retail Stores
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Girl Scout Starter Kits
Pretty soon it will be back to school and back to troop time. We can help you simplify your Girl Scout shopping list with our Starter Kits, which make it easy for you to get off to a great year in Girl Scouting! The Starter Kits give you all of the essential Girl Scout items - plus a FREE BAG. Every Girl Deserves Her OWN!


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. Stop by one of the retail stores and purchase yours today.


volunteer resource pak Introducing a Girl Scout Volunteer Resource Pack
Are you preparing to embark on your experience as a new volunteer? Are you busy making a list of the items you'll need? We have something just for you. This summer we are introducing a Volunteer Resource Pack. It consists of all the essential Girl Scout items that adult volunteers need to take a girl on a Girl Scout Leadership Journey. Here is what you'll find in the Pack:
  • Adult Insignia Tab
  • Girl Scout Membership Pin
  • World Trefoil Pin
  • Volunteer Pin
  • Adult Leader Guide
  • Adult Leader Journey Guide
  • Girl Guide Book
These essentials all come in A FREE BAG too. Stop by one of the retail stores and purchase yours today. For questions, contact jpotter@gssef.org.



closedRetail Stores Closed for Inventory
The Retail Stores in Jupiter and Oakland Park will be closed for inventory on Tuesday, July 30th and Wednesday, July 31st. Both Retail Stores will be open normal hours on Thursday, August 1st.



recruitArea Super Recruitments Scheduled
Fall recruitment is quickly approaching and three new family-friendly recruitment events have been scheduled to introduce new families to Girl Scouts.

Girl Scout Day at Superplay
Saturday, August 24
9:00 -11:00 a.m.
(Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
1600 NW Courtyard Circle
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
$15 registration fee* per person includes unlimited bowling (w/shoe rental), mini-golf, and laser tag (est. value over $31) for kids up to age 17. $5 adult registration fee* allows the grown-ups to test their bowling, mini golf and laser tag skills! *Some restrictions apply. Contact Sue Holmes for additional information at sholmes@gssef.org.

Bounce into Girl Scouts at Monkey Joe's
Saturday September 21
9:00 -11:00 a.m.
6250 Lantana Road - Bay 18
Lake Worth, FL 33463
$7.50 registration fee* per person for Girls and siblings includes all-day bouncing fun at Monkey Joe's. *Some restrictions apply. Contact Rebecca Koss for additional information at rkoss@gssef.org.

Girl Scouts Family Fun Day
Sunday, September 29
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
BB&T Center
1 Panther Parkway
Sunrise, FL 33323
$15 annual Girl Scout registration* includes games, crafts, time to meet new friends! Families welcome! *Some restrictions apply. Contact Catalina Cano for additional information at ccano@gssef.org.

 

silverSoaring Up to Silver? The Girl Scout Silver Award
silver award
Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award-the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn-gives girls the chance to gain leadership skills and harness organizational skills and dedication to improve their community. The Silver Award may by earned by individually registered girls or up to five girls in a troop/group.

Learn more from GSUSA here. Get inspired by watching a short video featuring the GSSEF 2013 Silver Awardees. Then download the GSSEF Silver Award Interest Form and plan a meeting to speak with the girls about the needs they see in their community to get the ball rolling. Down the road, you'll need to complete the Silver Award Final Report. Remember, there's no need to rush through the award process. Take time to identify the needs, the girl's passions and craft the project.

Girls can submit an Interest Form beginning as 6th graders and need to finish their projects by September 30th following their 8th grade graduation, in the same year. So, set your sights on Silver soon!

Girls and their leaders may also learn more about earning a Silver Award by attending an upcoming Silver Award workshop - listed below. More dates will be added.


workshopsSilver Award Workshops
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 to one of these workshops to learn all about how to earn the Silver Award.

Second Silver Award Workshop just added!
September 21
10am
Oakland Park Service Center
This Silver Award Workshop is for Cadette-level Girl Scouts and their Troop Leaders. Click here to register.

August 29
6:30pm - registration continues
Driftwood Community Center
Hollywood - Click here to register.



communityCommunity Service Opportunity
September 21
9am - 1pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
188 South Swinton Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33444
St. Paul's Episcopal Church is hosting a Food Packing Event for healthy foods to be sent directly through the Episcopal Diocese to feed starving children in Haiti. The event will take place on Saturday, September 21 from 9 am - 1 pm at St. Paul's. Troops and girls - ages 12 and older - are invited to help pack food and earn Community Service hours. Some carrying and lifting of food parcels during the packing process is expected. To volunteer, contact Carol Anderson at 561-703-9703. Learn more at: http://www.stpaulsdelray.org/.




get up get healthy speakEnter Girl Scouts Speak Out PSA contest this summer!
You can submit your PSA as a video, a photo slideshow with captions or in script format. The theme is Get Up! Get Moving! Get Active! How can you help others use their energy in a positive way to a build a healthy, active lifestyle? Think about the best way to get your message across.

Girl Scouts Speak Out! will accept entries now through August 31, 2013. Learn more entry details at http://speakout.girlscouts.org/create/.

The Girl Scouts Speak Out! PSA contest is a great way for girls taking any of the three Journeys to make their voices heard while connecting in a meaningful way to their Journey theme.

 
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-

I was just approved as a leader!  I'm excited to take my training and get settled before the school year begins.  I haven't met with my girls yet, and that's why I'm writing.  Where can our troop meet?  My condo is kinda small, and I have a dog that's sometimes jumpy around kids he doesn't know.  Any ideas?

Sincerely-

M. Mouse

 

We're excited you're here!  And in fact, you've joined at the perfect time to get your bearings for the coming year.  As far as a meeting location goes, we would recommend against meeting in your home.  A meeting place needs to provide a safe, clean, and secure environment that allows for the participation of all girls. You might consider using meeting rooms at schools, libraries, houses of worship, community buildings, childcare facilities, and local businesses. For teens, you can also rotate meetings at coffee shops, bookstores, and other places girls enjoy spending time.

Here are a few points to keep in mind as you consider meeting locations:

  •  Cost: The space should be free (or almost free) to use.
  • Size: Make sure the space is large enough accommodate the whole group and all planned activities.
  • Availability: Be sure the space is available for the day and the entire length of time you want to meet.
  • Resources: Determine what types of furnishings (table? chairs?) come with the room and ensure that the lighting is adequate. A bonus would be a cubby of some sort, where you can store supplies.
  • Safety: Ensure that the space is safe, secure, clean, properly ventilated, heated (or cooled, depending on your location), free from hazards, and has at least two exits that are well-marked and fully functional. Also, be sure first-aid equipment is on hand.
  • Facilities: Sanitary and accessible toilets are critical.
  • Communication-friendly: Be sure your cell phone works in the meeting space.
  • Allergen-free: Ensure that pet dander and other common allergens won't bother susceptible girls during meetings.
  • Accessibility: Be sure the space can accommodate girls with disabilities, as well as parents with disabilities who may come to meetings.

The Volunteer Essentials Manual provides some helpful guidance on how to approach an organization and secure a meeting location. 

It's important to note that your meeting location determines which Service Unit you're in.  Your Service Unit can also suggest meeting locations they've identified that might be accommodating.  If you're having difficulty finding a space, you can reach out to your Service Unit Volunteer Manager, or your MDM Volunteerism for some ideas.

 

 

 

funSummer 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.


July Programs

Indoor Campout - D, B, J
 July 26
6:00 - 7:30 pm
St Andrew Lutheran Church
295 NW Prima Vista Blvd.
Port St Lucie, FL.
$8 per girl  
Join us for an Indoor Campout!! Make smores, explore a tent, make an edible campfire, enjoy campfire songs and much more! Register now online.


August Programs

Family Campfire
August 9
6 - 8:30 pm
Camp Ahbalufa
3548 Selvitz Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
$5 per person
Spread out a blanket, open a camp chair or bring your situpon, then sit back for Girl Scouts songs and classic s'mores as you count the stars and meet new friends.  Register online now.



pb zoo logo It's a Girls Life at the ZOO - D, B, J
August 10
First program starts at 10 am
Palm Beach Zoo
1301 Summit Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
$7 per child; $9.50 per adult
On the hunt for great summer program that can include the whole family too? Look no further! The popular GSSEF "It's a Girl's Life" program is offered three times on August 10 at the Palm Beach Zoo. Make a day of it! Attend the program and then spend the day inside one of Florida's most charming zoos for children of all ages. GSSEF program times are: (A) 10:00-11:00 am, (B) 11:30 am-12:30 pm and (C) 1:00 -2:00 pm. Then catch up with your brothers and your others to see the bear, otters, flamingos, kangaroos, tigers, koalas and silly tree monkeys too. We don't want to miss YOU at the ZOO!!!! To register, click here.


Banishing Bullying: Be Part of the Solution
August 29
6:30 pm - 9 pm
YMCA Pines
501 SW 172nd Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
GSSEF families and troops are invited to join our program partners at Baptist Health South Florida for an important one hour discussion to Banish Bullying in our community. The forum will be followed by a private screening of The Bully Project (Documentary, PG 13). We need to have this conversation with our parents and students so we can make a change. Use your voice, speak up and make sure you part of the solution. This program is FREE but space is limited and registration is required, so please call 954-837-1130 or email programs@BaptistHealth.net. Please visit http://www.baptisthealth.net/wellness for a complete list of programs.

 

   

SeaFari Science Night (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette) Family Event!

Friday August 30

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach FL 33405

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$6 per girl;  $10 per adult

Join the adventures as you embark on a walk through SeaFari. Discover all the amazing creatures that once existed and currently live under the sea. The night is filled with close encounters, presentations, labs, crafts and more! To register, click here.

 

 

September Program 

 

Program Aide Training

September 20 - 21

Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa

3548 Selvitz Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34981

$20 per girl; $10 per adult  

Ready to move up the leadership ladder in Girl Scouting? Girls 11-17 can start that climb by attending Program Aide training. Girls will learn leadership basics and have an opportunity to put those skills into action at the Area 1 BadgeAPalooza event on September 21.
Training starts September 20 at 6pm and ends at 3pm on September 21 at Camp    Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa in Ft Pierce.  Fee includes training materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Register online now.

 

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

 

 


 
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. 
    



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 Kate Dillon at kdillon@gssef.org.

 

 

 

troop 20372
Check out what West Boca Brownie Troop #20372 did recently to earn their Summer Funshine patch.

They spent several hours volunteering to remove invasive plants at Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area. The Troop is featured on the website of Broward Parks and Recreation. Click here to read the feature and view more photos.

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

it's a wild life camp photo

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