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2013 Annual Meeting

Registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting is now available via COMAR. 
Gold Award Starburst

2013 Girl Leadership Recognition Awards Ceremony

A special event honoring the excellence in Girl Leadership from around our council. Learn More
Top 10 Reasons She Likes Camp
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GS News Briefs

MEMO: Statement on 2013 Cookie Sale Rebate for Service Units - GSCV News


VIDEO: Spotlight on Great Girl Scouts  - GSNews


Women Who Make America, a New Documentary featuring Anna Maria Chavez - GSBlog

The 2013 Cookie Sale has officially come to an end! For the past 11 weeks Cookie CEO's and their support staff participated in the largest girl-led business in the Commonwealth of Virginia! The skills they learned during that time will have implications far beyond what we can imagine. Together we are proud of the accomplishment of every girl. 


On average the product sales revenue contributes at least 80% of the Commonwealth Council's operating budget. We rely heavily on the proceeds from our Cookie Sale Program to offer the best Girl Scout experience possible to our over 15,000 members. The initial numbers from this year's sale show a 12% decrease in boxes sold.  This translates to more than $1M in lost revenue that would be used to bring the Girl Scout experience to girls in Central Virginia. While councils around the country have seen a slight decrease in sales this year ours is greater than most. 


Overall the council experienced a 12% decrease in girls selling.  However, we saw Service Units around the council that were effected by the same decreases go above and beyond last year's sales performance. To those exemplary girls and leaders, great work! 


In the coming weeks, our CEO will be communicating how we as a council will move forward and what parts of our organization will be affected by the results of this year's sale. While we are still working on all the details of our changing plans, we can say confidently, that our mission will remain the same and the service to our girls will be unfailing.

First-Aid & CPR

The next course will be April 14th from 1:00-4:30 pm and is for re-certifications.  It will take place at Southside Community College at 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, Va 23821.  There are 11 spaces available for this training, so take advantage and sign up now! View in COMAR

Volunteer Appreciation Week
Volunteer Appreciation Week Badge Volunteer Appreciation Week is coming April 21st - 27th!   We can't wait to celebrate you!  Please stay tuned for special prizes at our shops during that week as well as highlights about our incredible leaders.  
Adult Awards Volunteer of Excellence
Adult Award Nominations
The deadline for submitting Adult Award nominations is May 1stThis is a fantastic opportunity to recognize someone whom you know does amazing things for our Girl Scouts. We can't wait to hear about their successes so please nominate today!  Information regarding the Adult Awards can be found on our website or feel free to contact the help desk via e-mail or call (804) 746-0590 x 316.

Spring Adventure at Camp Kitty

April 26 - 28, 2013

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Camp Guide 2013
Instasummer is your guide to everything Girl Scout Summer Camp. This interactive catalog will give you everything you need to plan the most amazing summer ever! All of the camp programs featured in Instasummer are available for registration via COMAR. Check it out here. 
Travel Pathway - Girl Scouts Take Manhattan 
December 27-30, 2013
Are you ready to take on the Big Apple Girl Scout style? Here are a few notes for those planning on making the trip. 
  • I Love New York Logo We need to fill a bus (54 seats) by May 31, 2013 or the trip will be cancelled with full refunds. Participants only need to pay their $99 deposit to consider the seat sold.
  • The dates have changed to December so there's more time to utilize EF Travel's free payment plan!
  • Girls can use product sale proceeds for this trip. 

Have questions? Want to register?  See the FAQs. 

Early Bird Membership Renewal 
Early Bird Patch

The 2013-2014 Girl Scout year will be here before we know it!  As you know, last year many councils (not GSCV) raised the membership fee one year early to $15 in anticipation of the GSUSA official increase of $15 for 2013-2014.  GSCV's Early Bird registration this year will be April 15 -June 30 and more information will be available at your service unit meetings. Thank you to all volunteers who participated in the Early Bird survey earlier this year; your feedback was invaluable and has helped design this year's Early Bird package. See you at your service unit meeting!

Free Gift w/ Purchase!
Council Shops will be closed for inventory and system updates April 1-8.
Due to this closing, we are unable to process any transactions during that time. Shops will re-open on Tuesday, April 9.