GSCCC Updates + News....GS is 100 Years Strong 
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January 2013





There are many youth organizations out there and some are doing good work but none can match the 100 year track record Girl Scouting has, not just for intervening in a girl's life today, but for influencing who she becomes and what she goes on to achieve as an adult.  The Boston Globe reports that a new study by Simmons College finds that Girl Scouts are more self-confident and have broader career aspirations-less limited by gender stereotypes-than girls who are not involved in similar organizations. The report, done in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, shows that organizations that serve girls boost their confidence and should be part of a larger effort to improve women's participation in top roles in society. 



DAISY CHAIN What if we had a Daisy Troop in every elementary school in our council? Two thousand additional girls throughout the six counties would be experiencing the life-changing program that helps them become girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.


Let's commit to making that impact on our communities. Starting in January, Service Units will be challenged to join the DAISY CHAIN. More information to follow.


NEW LEADER WEBINAR COMING THIS MONTH Are you a new leader who is not sure what to do with your girls? Or, are you an existing leader who just wants to learn more about the Journeys and Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting? Join the very first GSCCC webinar training - National Program Portfolio Nuts and Bolts! From the comfort of your own home, you will learn about what the Journey and Girl's Guide books are and how you and your troop can use them to have a fun and meaningful Girl Scout experience. Webinar will be in January. Watch for a separate eBlast announcing exact details with date, time and how to register.


QUICK START for busy Daisy, Brownie, Junior TROOP VOLUNTEERS online at Quick Start provides the Ten Essential Elements for Troops, plus specific ways to execute them. Quality troop experiences can happen sooner for today's busy families and volunteers!


LEADERAMA in the north has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The location has changed to the Castroville Public Library. More information? Go to Event Calendar: 

If you registered to attend the previous date, your registration will be transferred over. 


FAMILY GIVING CAMPAIGN - It takes more than cookies to change the world... It takes dedicated volunteers! Please help us support volunteer learning and development opportunities so that we can serve more girls in more ways.  Give to the 2012-2013 Family Giving Campaign online TODAY! -


OUTDOOR TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN EARLY JANUARY 2013 Want to take your troop camping, on an outdoor adventure, or to Kaleidoscope?Check:  Event Calendar

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITIONS NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 20, 2013 The Adult Award Guide is now updated and available on the website. All nomination packets are due to council on or before 2/20/13. Adult Award Guide  Contact: 


2013 WORLD THINKING DAY EARNED AWARD The World Thinking Day award activities are designed to complement the Girl Scout leadership journeys and reinforce the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at every level. Complete one activity to earn this award. Click here for more information. 




WHO NEEDS A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION & BACKGROUND CHECK? Anyone working with girls and/or handling money is required to complete a volunteer application and background check. It is super quick and easy to do: CLICK HERE





JUMP INTO JOURNEYS patch program will help your troop choose a Journey and your program for the year. Jump Into Journeys here. 


SPRING AND SUMMER PROGRAMS Save the Dates will be posted in late January and February. Check the Event Calendar 



Have fun @ GSCCC's 1st Annual COOKIE UNIVERSITY!  This weekend, Cookie "U" will teach girls how to set goals, plan a budget, practice managing money and learn valuable customer service skills. Girls will also have the opportunity to create fun cookie marketing crafts as well as learn more about Operation Gratitude and how they can help send more boxes of cookies to deployed military personnel. An adult booth will also be available for troop volunteers and parents to get age specific information and ask questions.


NOTE: COUNCIL SHOP AT ALL COOKIE U's Lots of great cookie-themed items will be available for purchase, including patches, pens, pencils and purses! 



The world's largest slumber party!

Saturday, January 12, 2013


It's about girls, goals, games and...COOKIES! At the first ever National Girl Scout Cookie Sleepover, girls from across the country will go online to experience an exciting virtual event that will deliver a brand new kind of cookie fun and learning. The cookie finale will be in 3D!


Brought to you by Little Brownie Bakers, this 60-minute web program will inspire girls and help them set an achievable cookie goal. It will also be a lot of high-energy fun!


The show will feature:

  • Stories of real girls doing A World of Good
  • Powerful sales tips
  • Action-packed games
  • Samoas Shout song and dance girls can learn
  • Interaction with girls across the country via Twitter and Facebook
  • Hands-on direction and Cookie Breaks that allow your girls to set their own cookie goals during the program
  • Goal worksheet



BROWNILYMPICS   Brownilympics is a day of sports and fun for Brownie Girl Scouts, K - 1st graders. Girls get to earn their Athlete Legacy badge and build self- esteem through a day of fun activities. Dads and other significant adult males run the event from start to finish. Brownilympics is a family and community event. PA's and volunteers will be needed at the events.


(Southern Hub) Steering Committte is looking for Event Committee Volunteers to plan the April/May events, contact:



KALEIDOSCOPE 2013 registration is open. Yeehaw! Registration by troop only. Visit the Kaleidoscope page for more information and to register for this once-in-a-lifetime event for Junior, Cadette, Seniors, and Ambassador Girl Scouts!  


ARNAZ PROGRAM CENTER PROJECT deer Join AGenCY Arnaz Girl Scout WildlifE, Conservation and PhenologY Team. Be part of an educational series guided by local experts on topics such as rain garden basics, landscaping project planning, native plants and animal identification. Planting started in November and goes through January. For more information or to join, send an email with "I want to join the AGEnCY" to

SHOP TIL YOU DROP Because of the Cookie U mobile shop, there will not be a Saturday shop this month. The next Saturday shop will be March 2, 2013.

REMEMBERING SANDY HOOK GIRL SCOUTS  Girl Scouts of Connecticut is planning a memorial service with the Newtown Service Unit in mid-January. At that time, they will be presenting thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes on trefoil art. If you or any of your troops would like to participate, please send these trefoils to: Hartford Service Center, c/o Trefoil Project, 340 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.