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 February 20, 2014

annual2014 Recognition Ceremony Now Scheduled!

We are pleased to announce the location for the 2014 GSSEF Annual Recognition Ceremony on Friday, April 25, 2014. This incredible ceremony honors our top adult volunteers for Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks and Thanks II - as well as girls who earn the Silver and Gold Awards too. If you are looking for inspiration - this IS the place to BE!  


Join us on April 25 at the:

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center

1950 Eisenhower Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316


Tickets are just $5.00 per person. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. Online registration will be open soon. Stay tuned to future issues of this E-News for more details, or email questions to 




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-

As a parent, how much am I entitled to know about the Troop's Treasury? 


Lynn Meabuck


Troop funds are generated to help support program activities planned by girls. These funds may be obtained through troop dues, council-sponsored product programs, special money-earning projects or troop sponsorship.  All funds are maintained in the Troop Treasury; Troop leaders and account signers are the guardians of money belonging to the troop and are charged with safeguarding all monies collected in the name of Girl Scouts.





Nomination period: February 15-March 15, 2014

Each year we ask our membership to nominate amazing volunteers who have gone above and beyond for our girls. We're excited to announce that this year the Adult Recognition Committee and Council staff have created a new online system for submitting nominations. This system will make it easier to nominate more volunteers than ever before. Not tech savvy? That's ok; we'll have the traditional packet available as well.


Each and every one of us knows someone who is deserving of being recognized for their hard work and dedication to Girl Scouts.  Please take a moment to visit our website and nominate someone for a Girl Scout Recognition Award!  Imagine the joy that will be felt when they receive an award for being a great mentor for our girls. Click here to complete an online nomination or click here to download a recognition packet today.  Don't delay as the submission deadline is March 15!



journeyJoin us for a Journey!

A leadership journey is an exciting series of themed activities focused on building specific leadership skills. All the leadership keys of Discover, Connect, and Take Action along with the Girl Scout processes of Girl Led, Cooperative Learning, and Learning by Doing are woven through each journey.  


For all three leadership Journey series -  the adult guide and the girl book have everything a volunteer needs to help inspire the girls and to assist them as they go and are fully customizable.  


Join us for an online informational session to help you determine which Journey is best, what resources are available and how they all work together!  Internet access is required. The cost per adult/per class is $3. Once registered, a link to access the online system will be emailed to you prior to the session.  



Date: Tuesday, February 25

Time: 7:30 - 8:45 PM

Click here to register:



Date: Wednesday, February 26

Time: 7:30 - 8:45 PM

Click here to register:



Date: Friday, February 28

Time: 7:30 - 8:45 PM

Click here to register:




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.


Introducing the new GSSEF Program Calendar Supplement


This tool was requested by volunteers in order to make finding the perfect Girl Scout program easier to do! No matter how long you have been volunteering, we have designed this to be a helpful supplement to the Online Program Calendar - complete with simple-to-follow online registration instructions too. Now our parents and volunteers can scroll through 4 months of upcoming programs and read the full program description prior to referencing it on the eCouncil Registration system - and before completing registration with a debit or credit card. You can find this Online Program Calendar Supplement on our web site at: with other program updates throughout the year.



Mark your calendars for Camp Open House!

Join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Camp Nocatee from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Camp Welaka, from 1.p.m.-3.p.m., for a Camp Open House. This is a great opportunity to meet the camp staff, ask questions, go over paperwork, meet other campers and check out the property.


We will cover the basics on each property with short walking tours. Guests will meet the Camp Rangers and our Program staff too. Such as the cabin units, Lake Langford, the barn and sports field at Camp Nocatee. Or come check out Lake Akalew, the platform tent units, pool and Loxahatchee River at Camp Welaka. There are no reservations or cost to attend a Camp Open House - so feel free to come to both!


Keep your eyes peeled for future E-News about  Summer Camp Programs!


When: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: Camp Nocatee

4009 Flaghole Road

Clewiston, FL 33440


When: Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Where: Camp Welaka

10205 SE Girl Scout Camp Rd

Tequesta, FL 33469



It's Countdown Time to Mall Madness! 



Just days away now - Mall Madness is right around the corner! And there is still room for YOU!  

Mall Madness is classic Girl Scouts overnight - with a twist. Mall Madness is filled with Girl Scout programs and activities all night long...such as fashion challenges, talent show, scavenger hunts, and dancing! We've also added live entertainment, face painting and caricatures.  


All that fun and more, for just  $25 per person! ...and there's a patch too!  




When: Saturday-Sunday, February 22-23, 2014

Doors open at 10 p.m. on Saturday and will not re-open until 5 a.m. on Sunday

Where: Coral Square Mall: 9469 W Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33071

Cost: $25 per person (Girls and Adults)





To register, click on:


For assistance with registration please contact Diana Mills at





Congratulations to Elise Howard of Troop of 20651!


Elise has been invited to participate at the Happy Trails Destination at Camp Misty Mountain with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta! We are so excited Elise will be participating in this opportunity and incredibly proud of her accomplishments. There's no doubt that Elise will do an excellent job of representing our Council and community! Happy riding, Elise!  




Legislative Days:  April 5 - April 7                

In addition to visiting our State Capitol, girls will participate in workshops and learn more about their State Legislators and how they can make a difference! Spaces are limited! Registration closes on March 12th! Click here or on image to view flyer and registration form. This program is for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.



Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot Weekend event

Celebrate your troop accomplishments with a girls' getaway to  Nickelodeon Suites Resort! Grab your troop members and do-si-do to the Nickelodeon Suites Resort to enjoy sweet rewards during the 7th Annual Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot Weekend event (select weekends April - June, 2014). 



 For more information, click here.    



More Programs     

Visit our Online Program Calendar here. 




Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program has now ended
We would like to thank all who participated in and supported this year's Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program.
Stay tuned for results.               


We can help you simplify your Girl Scout shopping list with our Starter Kits. The Starter Kits give you all of the essential Girl Scout items - all in a FREE BAG. Every Girl Deserves Her OWN!  Starter Kits cost is $45 - $61. They are available in our retail stores.

Starter Kits for all grade levels include:

  • Sash or Vest
  • Five Troop Numbers
  • Insignia Tab
  • Girl Guides to Girl Scouting
  • Journey Book
  • Flag Patch
  • Council ID Patch

If you have a question, email


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


Emerald Awards - Enjoy Dinner by the Bite and Dancing All Night
Last Call to for Tickets! 
Don't miss the chance to attend the Inaugural Emerald Awards Celebration on Saturday, February 22 at 6 p.m. at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. The event will honor five amazing women who exemplify the national initiatives of Girl Scouts and serve as role models for today's girls.

A Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy will also be presented to Lois Pope. 
The evening will also include a live and silent auction. Click here, to get a sneak preview of all the auction items on our website.

You can RSVP and purchase your tickets securely online by clicking here before 11:45 p.m., February 21. After that time, you may purchase tickets by emailing Mandy Allen at  


If you have a question, contact Mandy Allen at or 561-427-0190.    


sprintThird Annual Thin Mint Sprint 

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Thin Mint Sprint to be held on April 13th at Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. The morning is complete with a 5K and Tagalong Trot 100 yard dash for the little ones. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 5K registrants and a box of Thin Mint Cookies is given to all finishers!

You can register securely online at


If you have a question, contact Mandy Allen at or 561-427-0190.         


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