Friday, June 28, 2013
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We LOVE the Cadettes of Troop 81!

The Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 81 decided to take action to make a hospital stay for a child a little more enjoyable. These girls learned to sew and made stuffed snakes and small pillows to be given out to boys and girls during their stay at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. They made the world a better place by taking away the fear of being in the hospital and replacing it with a smile.


Girls Left to Right: Mariah, Sasha, Kassie, Rachael, Katie, and Olivia  

Revamped Hiking Trails Open at Lee Memorial Park - Progress Index


Congratulations Graduating Ambassador Girl Scouts!Ambassador Short_hand Lockup

You are now eligible for discounted Lifetime Membership as an Adult Girl Scout! The cost is $195 and this offer is valid from now until September 1, 2013. Please direct any questions to our Help Desk at 804-746-0590 ext. 316. Don't miss this special offer to continue your Girl Scouting experience. 

This is the Last Weekend!
Complete your Early Bird Registration by June 30, 2013 and receive a 10% Mr. Early Bird!discount at the GSCV Shop, which can be used immediately! Shop discount expires July 31, 2013. You can also email your order to to take advantage of the discount during the month of July! Pickup is available to avoid shipping charges. This incentive cannot be redeemed through our new online shop. Please contact the shop via email or call (804) 746-0590 x355 to make an appointment! Click here to learn more and get started.
Happening On COMAR
Top Cookie Sellers and Cookie Dough
Cookie Dough recipient coupons are in the mail, so be on the lookout! The Top Cookie Sellers were notified via email last week.  If you have any questions, please contact Maryclaire Kozlow at
Girl Scout Harvest Day 
July 13, 2013 
Fun for the whole family! The Food Bank of the Northern Neck has started a model community project of gleaning the produce that grocery stores can't use. This means more access to fresh, healthy food for the families of the Northern Neck. At GS Harvest Day, we will be harvesting corn for the food bank. Girls and their families will get the opportunity to get up close to agriculture and find out how the food we eat is grown. Please bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy after the work is done! This event is in upper Westmoreland County (near the Northern Neck), but is only 20 minutes from Fredericksburg near the King George County line. Register on COMAR 
Gold Award Review Meeting
Aug. 7; Sept. 18; Nov. 16; Dec. 14, 2013
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Girl Scout Gold AwardScout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Part of the process for this award is to present your project to the Gold Award Review Committee for approval and guidance before starting. Make sure to submit your project proposal one month prior to reserving a time at the review session. The committee will offer you constructive suggestions that will help you refine your project. If you have any questions, or would like to make other arrangements, contact Mary Elmore at (804) 746-0590 x372 or
Treasure Weekend
September 13-15, 2013  
Flashback to the 50s at Treasure Weekend! The event will include workshops, shopping at the trading post, and opportunities for learning and sharing with other adult Girl Scout volunteers. Registration will be opening July 1, 2013 on COMAR!
2014 Volunteer Kick Off 
August 3 & 10, 2013  
Volunteer Kick Off is a great opportunity to learn about what's new with Girl Scouts! We invite all our leaders to attend a day long event that is guaranteed to inspire, inform, and help build the best leaders in all of Girl Scouts! You can expect to learn more about Gold Awards, training, journeys, troop management, COMAR, program opportunities, and much more with lots of opportunities for questions and answers. Please make sure you have the current Southern Kick Off location, as it has changed due to unexpected fees from our previous location. The new location is: 3503 Old Hundred Rd. South, Midlothian, VA 23112. Register on COMAR 
Canoe and Backpack Training
July 13, 2013; October 4-6, 2013
We have partnered with Colonial Coast to provide some training opportunities for our leaders that aren't available at this time within our council. They are offering spaces in their July 13 Small Craft Safety course at Camp Burke's Mill Pond. This training does not include Canoe Basics, so if you are considering this training you must have experience in paddling. They have also offered spaces in their October 4-6 Backpack Training
and trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. This opportunity is open to all girls over the age of 14. No backpacking equipment is provided. To register for any of the classes, contact Colonial Coast's Sarah Spence, Customer Data Specialist at or 800-777-2688, ext. 1248. Specific questions about the class can be directed to Colonial Coast's Cheryl McGrenra, Adult Learning Manager at or ext. 1229. Thanks to Colonial Coast for the support! 
Important Announcement Regarding First Aid Training 
You asked for more trainings, dates and locations and we listened! There are currently 6 training certification or re-certification courses available that are at risk of being cancelled due to no or low enrollment!
July 16 from 6-10:30pm (certification) 
Aug. 15 from 6-9:30pm (re-certification)
Sept. 26 from 6-10:30pm (certification)
If you are at risk of your certification expiring, please take advantage of these upcoming opportunities! Register on COMAR
Calling All Leaders Approx. 50 Years of Age & Older!
July 9, 2013; August 13, 2013 
GSCV has partnered with VCU School of Social Work-Catch Healthy Habits Program! They are offering training to any of our leaders approximately 50 years of age and older interested in doing an inter-generational physical fitness and healthy lifestyle experience with their troop! They are providing leader training at our Mechanicsville office on July 9 and August 13 at 6 pm. The trainings include activities to be carried out during 4 troop meetings, physical fitness equipment for your troop to keep, and a mini-donation to your troop account. We need a minimum of 5 leaders to participate in each training. Some conditions do apply.  For more information or to register contact Kelsi Ramdeo at
Patch Orders 
Please place your orders by email to for the Peanut Butter Drive Patch and the Scout/Bridging Kings Dominion Patch by Friday, July 5 to be included in the next order!

Semi-Annual Blowout is Going on NOW! 
We're making room for new Back to Troop and GSCV merchandise! All sales are final and are while supplies last!  Please email your orders to or use our new online shop!
Shop Summer Hours Reminder  
The shop will be closed the month of July, but we are still here for you!  If you need something please call (804) 746-0590 x 355, email, or fax (804) 764-3127 your order in and when you want to pick up, or we will arrange a delivery. Don't forget, too, that you can now visit our online shop to make your purchases!
Please note, council sponsored incentives (i.e., Cookie Dough, Early Bird discount, etc.) will not be accepted at the online shop, but only by the methods listed above.