New Service Units Formed for the 2013-14 Year!
Click on the map to view a PDF of Area 3 Service Units.
GSSEF welcomes three new Service Units:
Blazing Star, Orange Blossom and Sunny River who now join the other three existing Units in Area 3 for the upcoming year. All six of these dynamic volunteer teams are ready and willing to support girls and adults throughout Northern Broward County. Here's a quick contact list of who's who in the role of Service Unit Volunteer Manager:
GSSEF Launches Fall Recruitment with Kid's Eat Free Night at Duffy's!
Stop by your local Duffy's Restaurant on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm to register for Girl Scouts, learn about adult volunteer opportunities, and get a FREE Kids' Meal!
Fun activities and prizes, too! Click here for a list of participating locations.
Please share this with friends and neighbors too.
It's Back to School and Back to Girl Scouts!
Register today for the new Girl Scout year or visit us at one of our upcoming fall recruitment events. Click here for a complete listing of recruitment events near you! For more information, see your county's contact information listed below.
St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties:
Sue Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Palm Beach County:
Rebecca Koss at email@example.com
Broward County (North):
Jeanette Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catalina Cano at email@example.com
Nuts, Candy and Magazines
Time to mark your calendar. This year's Fall Product Sale Program runs from October 1 to November 15, 2013.
There are several benefits to participating in the Fall Product Sale Program:
- It is a QUICK and EASY way to generate start-up funds for your troop
- Girls get a chance to run a business and practice leadership skills
- Because of its built-in Program facet, it is great for troops that are just forming or participating for the first time
- Girls 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. Additional information will be available through your daughter's troop leader in September.
If you have a question, please contact Denise Fiorelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561- 427- 0180.
Look Your Best for Back to Troop!
New official shorthand Polo Shirts
for Daisies through Ambassadors are now available in either of our retail stores. Shorthand refers to just the first letter of each grade level
being imprinted on the white Polo Shirt in the color associated with it. They are truly a great value - any size, any grade level is only $12.00.
Stop by one of the retails stores and purchase yours today while supplies last.
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 year 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 in a FREE BAG. Here is what you'll find in the Pack:
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 email@example.com.
- Adult Insignia Tab
- Girl Scout Membership Pin
- World Trefoil Pin
- Volunteer Pin
- Adult Leader Guide
- Adult Leader Journey Guide
- Girl Guide Book
Girl Scout Starter Kits
Get started with Starter Kits. The Starter Kits give you all of the essential Girl Scout items - plus a FREE BAG. Every girl deserves her OWN.
Each Kit includes: a vest, Flag Patch, Troop Numbers, GSUSA ID Set, Insignia Tab, The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and the Journey book of your choice.
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!
Stop by one of the retail stores and purchase yours today.
If you have a question, contact Jodi Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org
All About Awards Day is BACK this Fall!
Last March we hosted a huge, one-day program, all about the Girl Scout Awards at the Oakland Park Service Center. It was so popular, we decided to do it again!!! All About Awards Day on Saturday, November 2 will feature three different sessions to provide detailed information on the pursuit of group Bronze and Silver Awards, as well as information for individual girls ready to travel the road to Gold. Sessions will include step-by-step instructions to earn each award, will answer questions and get you started on the right foot. Additionally, we are hosting a Community Partner Expo for girls to meet with local non-profits who also work to make this world a better place to live in.
It's a BIG day and it's totally free, but seats in the Award sessions are limited. Register with the specific links on this flyer.
All troops and girls are welcome to attend the Community Partner Expo from 10 am - 2 pm.
Kiwanis Club of Riviera Beach Foundation Donates to GSSEF
For the fourth consecutive year, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has received a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Riviera Beach Foundation. During a recently held presentation, the Club's past President, Robert Dillingham presented a check for $3,000 to our Vice President of Development, PJ Layng and Development Manager, Vivianne Hall. Dillingham cited that one of the reasons that the Club continues to support Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is their recognition of the importance of gender balancing when it comes to cultivating youth leadership
Forever Girl Scouts
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 email@example.com or 561-427-0181.
|I 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Dear Green Grapevine-
My daughter has just registered as a Girl Scout. When I was a Girl Scout, my mom was my leader. I've thought about being my daughter's leader, but I'm just not sure if I can do it. I'm so busy, and honestly, I'm unsure I can be as good at it as my mom was. I don't want to let anyone down. What should I do?
We've heard this concern before, and being a Troop Leader can sound like a daunting prospect. In reality, there are several ways you can participate as an adult volunteer, without necessarily being the Troop Leader. The reason Girl Scouts has remained a vital and valuable program for so long is because it is designed to adapt to the always changing needs of today's girls. Our opportunities for adults are also flexible and can be catered to meet your needs and make the most of the valuable skills you bring.
However, there are some definite perks to being the Troop Leader. As the Leader you get to make some key decisions. How often you meet is determined entirely by your troop's interests and schedule. As the leader of a troop, you have the authority to determine the meeting time and location. Some troops meet weekly, biweekly or once a month; it's up to you to determine the time you're able to give.
You can also choose a leadership style that works best for you and your schedule. Below are three (of the many) ways you can structure the leadership and management of the Troop:
This first model meets the minimum requirement and follows a Traditional troop model. To read more about the Traditional troop model, click here.
A second model is called Cooperative Leadership, or a Co-op Troop. To read more about the Cooperative Leadership model, click here.
The third model is the Leadership Team. To read more about the Leadership model, click here.
Yes, being a Troop Leader carries a certain responsibility, but it can also be a great way to have fun with your daughter and some of your best friends (or soon to be best friends)! And we'll provide you with the training and support to be the best Leader YOU can be.
If you have questions about how you, or someone you know, can get involved in Girl Scouting we'd love to speak with you! Simply email email@example.com to start the conversation.
If you have a question you'd like the Green Grapevine to answer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New FREE Programs from Baptist Health South Florida for adults and girls!
Women's Wellness: Passport to Breast Health
Saturday, September 14
Baptist Medical Plaza
4741 South University Drive
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Just for the adults! Take the day to pamper yourself with both knowledge and relaxation! Snacks and light refreshments will be provided while you listen to this session about breast health; and following will be access to medical experts for Q&A, chair massages and more. This program
is free to the community but space is limited and registration is required, so please call 954-837-1130 or email email@example.com
Banishing Bullying: Be Part of the Solution
Sunday, September 29David Posnack JCC - Orlove Auditorium
5850 South Pine Island Rd
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Join a panel of experts for a one-hour discussion followed by a private screening of the 48 Hours special Bullying
: Words Can Kill (PG-13). Without a conversation we can not start to make a change. Use your voice, speak up and make sure you are part of the solution. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. This program
is free for guests ages 13 and older, but space is limited and registration is required, so please call 954-837-1130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Using the GSSEF Online Program Registration System
GSSEF has been using our e-Council Database to support online program registration since January 2013. It's the same web-based platform we use for membership registration and adult learning registration. True, e-Council looks a little different than our old calendar - but the conveniences are worth the extra efforts to learn the new calendar. If you haven't used it yet - or still need some guidance - we want to help you!
- For Leaders, this one point of access will allow you to register your troop, register for adult education courses and register for programs too.
- You will see all of your troop members listed and Leaders can simply click a box for girls and chaperones to register for programs - without extra typing.
- This system will help guide selections for appropriate grade-level registrations - meaning if the girls are Juniors in e-Council they can't register for Brownie Blast-Off.
- If you see an error in a grade-level (or anything else) you can correct it by going into each individual member record.
- You will continue to see monthly calendar with an enhanced feature of online waiting lists for our most popular programs.
Leaders will use the username and password access in e-Council, that you already have to view your troop information. If you do not have this information, contact Maritsa Benoit at email@example.com or call 954-513-3769. If you would like a phone consultation to register, please contact Program Registrar Diana Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-513-3786.
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.
SuperPlay the Girl Scout Way
9 - 11 am (registration begins at 8:30 am)
1600 NW Courtyard Cir
Port St Lucie, FL
$15 registration fee* per girl and siblings to age 17, includes unlimited bowling (w/shoe rental), mini-golf, and laser tag (valued over $31)
$5 adult registration fee* allows girl and sibling caretakers to test their bowling, mini golf and laser tag skills
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. *Some restrictions apply. Click here for more information. This program is open to new Girl Scouts, troops AND families! All girls will receive a FREE Girl Scout Swag Bag filled with goodies. For questions, contact Meredith Slaymaker at email@example.com.
Program Aide Training
September 20 - 21
Starts at 6 pm on September 20
Ends at 3 pm on September 21
3548 Selvitz Rd
Fort Pierce, FL
$20 per girl; $5 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.
Hunger Games - Girl Scout Style
October 4 - 6Starts at 7 pm on October 4
Ends at 11 am on October 6Hidden 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
9:30 - 11 am
Okeechobee Recreational Park Pavilion
350 Northwest 6th Avenue
$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.
1 - 2:30 pm
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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Troop 30082 has been having fun together all summer long taking part in several Girl Scout programs. Most recently, they participated in the Sweet Science program in July. Girls used candy as the main ingredient in several science experiments.
Be sure to check out the fun-tastic Summer Camp photos on our Flickr page.
Traditional Troop Model - Green Grapevine (continued)
* One adult agrees to be the Troop Leader (an 01 on his or her registration form) and a second adult agrees to be the Assistant Leader (02).
* They are both required to submit volunteer applications, and agree to a background check.
* The drawback of this model is that the troop often becomes entirely dependent on one person, and that person can sometimes feel overwhelmed running the troop. In order to not let that happen, Assistant Leaders must attend the trainings and provide a significant amount of support if a troop is going to succeed using this model.
Cooperative Troop Model - Green Grapevine (continued)
* One parent agrees to be the primary contact for the troop and register as the troop's "Leader" (01) in addition to completing the application & background check.
* All (or most) of the other parents in the troop complete an application and background check and register as Co-Leaders (02).
* Each parent agrees to meet a specified responsibility - either running one meeting a year, helping the girls complete one Try-It or Badge, or organizing some other specific activity.
* Because troops are required to have a trained Leader at each troop meeting, several of the parents attend the Volunteer Essentials Workshop, online orientation and Troop Essentials.
* This leadership model works when all the parents follow-through on their responsibilities and work hard to maintain effective communication.
Leadership Team Model - Green Grapevine (continued)
*At least two, but preferably 3 or 4 adults agree to form a Team, working in an equal
partnership with one another.
* All the members of the Leadership Team complete applications, background checks, attend the Volunteer Essentials and other required trainings.
* One person agrees to be the primary contact and register as the 01, and the others all register as 02s, however all are known as and consider themselves to be Troop Leaders or Co-Leaders (whichever title they prefer).
* This model is particularly successful when the Team takes the time up front to clearly define each member's responsibilities. It can also survive even if someone has to step out of the team, as it is much easier to recruit another adult to fill the space.
* Most parents feel more comfortable agreeing to be part of a Leadership Team or a Co-op Troop than taking on the primary Leadership responsibility for a troop alone. Offering one of these two latter options will often be more appealing than the first option.