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Introducing a Volunteer Resource Pack 

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: Extended until August 3
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 for all the latest events and activities.

property reservations system  guide
systemNew Online Property Reservation System Launches Today
Over the last several months, a Task Group composed of members from each of our four areas have worked to develop a new property reservation system. The new GSSEF Property Reservation System features a user - friendly secure online form to submit your reservation request and payment. The online reservation form will greatly simplify and streamline the property reservation process.

 An instructional guide that includes step-by-step instructions that you can follow, can be found here. Troop camping reservations begin today, August 1.

For questions, contact Pam Ashworth at or 954 - 739 - 0966.

nutsNuts, Candy and Magazines

fall logo 2013 Time to mark your calendar. This year's Fall Product Sale Program runs from October 1 to November 15, 2013. The Fall Product Sale Program gives girls an opportunity to learn valuable teamwork, goal setting and confidence building skills. This year's theme is Be Your Best You. Let your friends and family know to save their magazine subscription orders for the sale. And also tell them to get ready to enjoy some yummy new nut and candy items. Please continue to read our E-news for additional information.

If you have a questi
on, please contact Denise Fiorelli at
or 561- 427- 0180.




 clearanceSemi-Annual Clearance Sale Extended 

The Semi-Annual Clearance Blowout Sale has been extended until Saturday, August 3!!!!!  


If you shop on Saturday, August 3, you will receive an additional 10% off any already marked down and in stock clearance item!!!!  Last Chance!


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 or 561- 427- 0197.

volunteer resource pak packIntroducing 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 Jodi Potter at

catalogFall 2013 Virtual Catalog
fall catalog

The new Fall 2013 Virtual Girl Scout Merchandise Catalog is now available online. To view the catalog,  click here.

If you have a question, contact Jodi Potter at

make a difference awards awardsOpportunity to receive $1,000 for a Girl Scout Community Service Project!
Local 10 (Broward County's ABC affiliate television station) and Youth Service America are teaming up to show how small actions can add up to big changes. In the "Making a Difference" Awards, Local 10 will be giving out $1,000 grants to kids who are youth leaders in their communities. Five winners will be chosen from the South Florida area. The grants will be used to fund projects already started by the children (ages 5-18) that are deemed to be important components of our community. Youth Service America supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. Applications are being accepted until August 18, 2013.To submit an application go to: The winners will be announced in September.



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 or 561-427-0181.  

vineI 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 and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Dear Green Grapevine-

My daughter's school is hosting an event they're calling Activities Night  where various groups can promote extracurricular activities.  Can I set up a Girl Scout table even if I'm not the troop leader?


Bree Cruiter


Yes!!!  As a parent, your personal involvement in Girl Scouting provides the most valuable recommendation of the program to other parents. As someone with first-hand knowledge of Girl Scouting, and your take on the value it brings to your own daughter, you can provide other parents with an accurate picture of the experience. You can talk peer-to-peer in a way our staff cannot. We'd love to help you share your story with other parents in any way we can!

Elementary schools are a great venue for the recruitment of girls into Girl Scouts. Open houses, back to school nights and kindergarten orientations are just a few in-school events that provide us with an opportunity to reach out to parents to market the Girl Scout program. Special parent information nights held at individual schools will be the most effective way to reach the largest number of interested parents. Parents are much more likely to attend an information night at their own child's school, so setting up recruitment dates one school at a time is your best bet for recruitment success.

GSSEF works with Service Units to coordinate efforts and reach as many girls as possible. You should always check with your Troop Leader and your Service Unit's Recruiter before confirming any recruitment event to ensure we aren't doubling efforts.

Wherever you hold them, most recruitments will require the same basic steps for preparation:

Step 1: Decide on a date & location and book it. You may need to get permission from the school administration as well as District approval for recruitment.  Build in time to cover your bases.

Step 2: Decide who will be helping out and make sure they know when, where and what they are expected to do. Your Service Unit Recruiter can give you some talking points, but again, your personal story will be most engaging.

Step 3: Order flyers and bracelets, stickers or other marketing materials through your MDM staff team & distribute them to girls and their parents.  We've have giveaways that can add some dimension and fun to your table. You can order flyers through your Service Unit Recruiter or MDM team.  You should allow at least a week to get them in the fall.  Check with the school to determine their distribution procedures.  You should have these available at least a week before you event, so people know to come.

Step 4: Reserve and pick up a Recruitment cart, or replenish the materials in your Recruitment Cart, from your MDM Staff Team at least 48 hours in advance of the event.  This cart is chock-full of everything you need  to illustrate the Girl Scout program and register both girls and adults.  From program flyers to registration forms, clipboards, banners and pens, it's all in one convenient cart.

Again, we are so pleased you want to bring even more girls to Girl Scouting!  If you have any questions about recruitment, or need to know who your SU Recruiter is, or your MDM team, just email and we'll connect you!




funProgram Fun!
Did you know that Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida offers a full year - round Calendar of Programs? Here are just some of the Programs that we will be offering over the next few months.

August Programs

Family Campfire
August 9
6 - 8:30 pm
Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa
3548 Selvitz Road
Fort Pierce, FL
$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.

SuperPlay the Girl Scout Way  

August 24

9 - 11 am

1600 NW Courtyard Cir

Port St Lucie, FL  

$15 per child; $5 per adult

Girls are invading SuperPlay USA! Enjoy bowling, laser tag and mini golf, meet other Girl Scouts and have a blast! You can even invite non-Girl Scouts to join in the fun.  Register now. Open to new Girl Scouts,  troops AND families!




September Program 


Program Aide Training

September 20 - 21

Starts at 6 pm on September 20

Ends at 3 pm on September 21 

Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa

3548 Selvitz Rd
Fort Pierce, FL

$20 per girl; $10 per adult  

Ready to move up the leadership ladder in Girl Scouting? Girls ages 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 Badge-A-Palooza event. Fee includes training materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Register online now.



October Programs


Hunger Games - Girl Scout Style
October 4 - 6

Starts at 7 pm on October 4
Ends at 11 am on October 6

Hidden Hammock
3696 Eleven Mile Rd
Fort Pierce, FL  

$15 per girl 

Archery, camouflage, and night tag are just the beginning.  This event is sure to sharpen your outdoor survival skills, while you also have time to sit back and relax with your friends.  Just for girls in grades 6-12. Register Now



Candy Science  

October 12

9:30 - 11 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

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.




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




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




sweet science Almost 40 girls from St. Lucie and Martin county participated in the Sweet Science program in July. Girls used candy as the main ingredient in several science experiments.  


The highlights were the 18 ft geyser of Diet Coke, making the letter float off a skittle or M & M and blowing up a balloon with pop rocks and soda.  






it's a wild life camp photo

Be sure to check out the fun-tastic Summer Camp photos on our Flickr page.

View our photos on flickr