Girl Scouts empowers girls ages 5 to 17 with vision and voice-girls who command their future, engage their communities and inspire others. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves more than 15,800 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties.


E-News October 17, 2013

Town Hall Meeting - November 12 

Please join us for a Town Hall Meeting of all registered adult members on Tuesday, November 12, 6:00 p.m., at the Oakland Park Service Center, to learn about the work being done by the Council Service Fee Task Group. This team of  volunteers and staff is reviewing data and survey results and will make a recommendation to the Board of Directors about whether or not to initiate a Council Service Fee in the 2014 - 15 Girl Scout membership year.

At the National Council Meeting in November 2011, national delegates voted to allow councils to add a Council Service Fee (CSF) to assist in managing the costs of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls within their council jurisdiction. It provides councils with the option of assessing a fee to help cover costs related to the administration of Girl Scout program for girls. The amount of the fee is determined by each individual council and cannot exceed the cost of the full-year annual membership dues set by GSUSA for the year that the annual Council Service Fee is being charged. This is a girl fee and only applies to girl members.


Data and survey results will be presented at this informational Town Hall Meeting, followed by Q & A.There will also be an opportunity for you to make comments. 


We hope you will be able to attend.




Your Opinion Matters - Seeking Your Feedback
Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is gathering input to aid us in a decision regarding the finances of our local Girl Scout organization and the possible addition of a Council Service Fee. Please take a few minutes to share with us what you value most about the organization and the programming provided to girls and volunteers to provide the best possible Girl Scout experience for our members. Your answers are confidential and we appreciate the candor in your responses. If you have any questions, please contact Cindy McHeran, Vice President of Operations, at or 561-427-0179. Please use the links below to participate in the survey. Thank you.


Survey Links:






Volunteer Weekend: November 8-10, 2013  Register today, space is limited!

Learn crafts you can share with your girls, explore Camp Nocatee, meet and network with fellow volunteers and staff and have tons of fun over Volunteer Weekend.
Join us at Camp Nocatee for a weekend of sharing, songs, sisterhood and more s'mores than you can shake a stick at!  And it's all for YOU, our adult volunteers. 


You can choose to add Basic Troop Camp (BTC) Training or American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Training for an additional fee.


All your meals, camp accommodations, supplies, and a souvenir t-shirt are included for only $40. For more information and to register, click here.



I Heard It Through the Green Grapevine 

This recurring feature 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 Essentials documents in the Volunteer Vault.  


Dear Green Grapevine- 

I was interested in taking my girls camping this year.  What training do I need?

Many thanks-

Winnie Bago






 Fall Product  Sale Program is Underway
New item this year: Enjoy the City Coupon Books - there is a separate edition available for Broward county, Palm Beach county and the Treasure Coast.  Ask your Girl Scout to order one for you today.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's 2013 Fall Product Sale is underway. It is intended to reach family, friends, teachers and neighbors and will help troops earn money for programs and activities throughout the year. Girls can also earn individual rewards. The Council's Fall Product Sale Program helps girls develop five key leadership skills: goal-setting, decision making, people skills, money management, and business ethics.


Watch this video for easy step-by-step instructions.
Get Started NOW with Online Magazine Orders
The easiest thing to do is sell magazines, and that can be done all online from home. It's EASY
to get started by setting up and creating your Online Magazine Orders account. Simply log onto  to register. The entire registration process only takes about ten minutes. Magazines are delivered right to your customer. That's it! Log back into the program frequently to check your progress.
What's Camp-Tastic!

Camp-Tastic! is OPEN tor Families, Troops and Kids of all ages! It's a big scout-tastic day at Camp Welaka as we host a program that celebrates who we are and what we love.

Explore Camp Welaka, from 1 - 6 p.m. for demonstrations led by talented volunteers. Troop Leaders - this is the perfect event to involve your other parents as chaperones.

Cost is only $10.00 per person. GSUSA Membership isn't required - so bring everyone! Kids under 3 are free. Activities planned include: Arts-n-crafts, SWAPs, Sit-Upons, canoeing, archery, outdoor cooking demos, badge programs with our FP&L Solar Array, tent pitching contests and much more! Don't delay. This program sold out in 2012. Register now.


Upcoming Programs

Did you know that Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida offers a full year-round Calendar of Programs? Here are some of the Programs that are coming up in the next few months.

Outdoor 101 (Brownies through Ambassadors)

October 22

6:00 pm

Tequesta Park (Girl Scout House)

2280 County Line Rd.

Tequesta, FL

$5 per girl

If you are new to Girl Scouts or a troop who just want to come out and learn the basics of Fire Safety, this program is for you! Register now.  Download flyer here. 



Weird Science Night (All grade levels and families)      

October 25

6:00 pm

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

4801 Dreher Trail North

West Palm Beach, FL

$6 per girl/child; $10 per adult

Join us for a weird family friendly night uncovering the quirky side of science!  Register now



Bananas for Brownies

October 27

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Wolf Lake Park

5400 SW 76th Ave.  

Davie, FL

$12 per girl 

Do you love your Brownie? Well, we are Bananas for Brownies.  Event includes bananas splits, bananas games, and a special community service activity with an Ape Sanctuary. Register now.



Pontoon Trip to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge 

(Daisies through Ambassadors) 

November 2 

10 am - 12 pm  

Environmental Learning Center

255 Live Oak Dr.

Vero Beach, FL

$12 per girl; $12 per adult

 Our destination is our nation's very first National Wildlife Refuge - Pelican Island. Register now.



For more Program Opportunities in November, click here.     


For additional Program Opportunities, visit our Online Program Calendar here.   

Happy Birthday Juliette Gordon Low!
It's Juliette's birthday, but our gift is for YOU!  Come into one of our Council Retail Stores this Saturday, October 19 (10 am - 3 pm) in your best Juliette Gordon Low attire for a prize and a chance to win a Girl Scout quilt.


  • Receive 10% off purchases of $25 or more. Juliette Gordon Low attire is not required to receive 10% off your purchase that day.
  • Each store will have activities for the girls to do while the parents shop.   
  • There will be COOKIES...COOKIES...COOKIES...for everyone.


Mystery Mondays are almost here!

Each Monday starting October 28 through December 16, our Council Retail Stores will be featuring a special offer for the day. How do you find out what this Mystery Monday Deal is?? Just visit our GSSEF Facebook page every Monday. There will be a Facebook post revealing the Mystery Monday Deal item.  



October Special

Shop in either of our Retail Stores, spend $50 or more and receive a beautiful holiday pin. And while you are there, check out our Halloween selection of Fun Patches, Pins and Pencils.  


Volunteer Resource Pack Special  - $10 off until October 31                    
A Volunteer Resource Pack consists of all the essential Girl Scout items that adult volunteers need to begin a great year in Girl Scouting. These essentials all come in a FREE BAG too.

Here is what you'll find inside: Adult Insignia Tab, Girl Scout membership Pin, World Trefoil Pin, Volunteer Pin, Adult Leader Guide, Adult Leader Journey Guide, and a Girl Guide  



Calling all Girl Scouts! We are looking to show off the amazing work our Girl Scouts girls and volunteers do! We want to spotlight community service projects, volunteer work of a Girl Scout or volunteer going above and beyond. Please email your Girl Scouts Give Back story and a photo (if available) to

The Power of Pink

To Celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Junior
Troop 10221 made Cards of Inspiration, Pink Ribbon Pins and
Treats for a local Breast Cancer Support Group and learned about Breast Cancer and giving.


Registration is Open for the Third Annual

Thin Mint Sprint 5K!

The third Annual Thin Mint Sprint 5K  to benefit the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will be held on April 13, 2014 at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. It will also feature a Tagalong Trot 100 yard dash for kids 8 and under. Last
year nearly 500 runners, families, sponsors and volunteers came out to support us and our Healthy Living programs. For registration information, click here.  

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida would like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Dermatology Center of Florida, for their sponsorship and continued support of this event!


If you would like to volunteer for the Thin Mint Sprint or would like additional information about the race or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lauren Mathers at


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any of the great things  happening at GSSEF.            
Baby Basics: October 1 - October 31
Fall Product Sale Program: October 1 - November 15
All About Awards Day: November 2
Camp-Tastic!: December 7

Save the Dates - 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program: January 23 to February 16
Visit for all the latest events and activities.
Gold Award Workshops

Get Going on the Gold Award! Join one of our upcoming Gold Award Workshops:  
Saturday, November 2:
Oakland Park Service Center from 12 - 2 PM

Saturday, November 16: Camp Welaka - Jupiter from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Register now.


Saturday, November 23:

St. Augustine of Canterbury

Vero Beach from 1 PM - 3:30 PM

Register now.

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Discover FIVE WAYS  that Girl Scouting helps girls become financially savvy - now and in the future.

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