Issue: 69September 29, 2012 
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What did you do today? What will you do tomorrow?  


Girl Scouts are kicking off the new 2013 membership year with endless possibilities for discovering the fun, friendship, and power of girls together! Gain leadership skills through challenging and exciting activities found on GSEP's Calendar of Events, which has a new presence on the homepage and includes all fall Spark programs. Also, the Program Partners Listing is updated with thrilling places to engage in unforgettable experiences. There are limitless options for turning ordinary days into days you'll never forget! Get started today and then share your stories of girls changing the world!

Take the Lead - Deadlines Approaching!        



Take the Lead provides essential funds needed to support Girl Scout programming, while celebrating incredible women leaders in the community who inspire our girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.


As the region's most unique leadership development program for girls, Take the Lead is an entirely girl-led program, with our Girl Scouts 'taking the lead' as Presenters, Emcees, Hosts, Chorus or Color Guard during the event.  




Call for Nominations!

A Take the Lead honoree is a woman of exceptional impact. She goes above and beyond, strives for greatness, and achieves amazing goals. She is a confident and courageous leader, she gives back to the community and cares about others. Most importantly, she serves as a role model for Girl Scouts. 


Do you know a woman leader who has made a positive impact in your community? If so, nominate her to be honored at Take the Lead 2013! 

Deadline is October 8, 2012!


Calling all Girl Leaders!  

Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate as an emcee*, presenter*, host, chorus, or color guard. Apply NOW!   

(* Emcee and Presenter positions are for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts; these positions are limited in number and there will be an interview process for these applicants.) 

Deadline is October 26, 2012!


For more information on Take the Lead 2013, contact Denise Sullivan at 215.564.2030, ext. 1036.


Are your date books filling up quickly? Click here for program fliers to upcoming programs. As a reminder, program registration closes 2 weeks prior to the program so register early!


To the right: Girls of all ages and from all areas of our council enjoyed our summer camp programming. In this picture, girls at Valley Forge Day camp learn all about robots and develop teamwork and problem solving skills. Don't forget to check out everything girls can learn and do through our fall/winter programming.

Product Program

Automated Clearing House (ACH)

All troops that plan to participate in the Fall Product or Cookie Sales need to turn in their ACH paperwork.  We are currently in the process of organizing all bank information within our Bank Software.  We are also in the process of collecting ACH forms from newly forming troops. Once we have this information assembled, we will compare the bank information we have with active troops in Nut-E. If we discover any active troops that have not completed an ACH form, we will contact the Service Unit Nuts About Reading Manager, (SUNAR.) If Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania does not receive a completed ACH Authorization Form after the Fall Products have been delivered, GSEP will contact the SUNAR to hold the product until the troop has completed an ACH Authorization Form.  


Please know that with the Cookie Program, a troop that hasn't completed their ACH paperwork will be locked out of the SNAP system and will not be able to place an order.  


Important Upcoming Dates

Nuts About Reading Program Ends: 10/22/2012

Troops MUST have their orders into Nut-E by: 10/22/12

Nuts and Candy Delivered to Volunteers: 11/12-16/2012

ACH Sweep: 12/5/2012

Volunteer System 


Important Background Clearance and Volunteer Application Information!

Starting October 5th, the background clearance process for all volunteers will become automated.  All adults who would like to volunteer in a position that requires a clearance (adults who work directly with girls, work with Girl Scout funds and attend overnights) will be asked to complete an online volunteer application, which will include a direct link to the background clearance form.  Following the completion of the background clearance process, all applicants will be routed to a staff member or Service Unit representative for placement.


Please direct new volunteers and current volunteers who need to renew their clearances to, "For Volunteers," then "Become a Volunteer." The application will be located in a link on that page. Instructions for how to obtain your background clearance with this new system will be on our website by October 5th.


The price of the background clearance will be $1.95 per applicant.  An additional search and cost may be needed in a county that requires a separate fee to check public records.


Copies of background clearances from other sources will no longer be accepted after October 31st.  Any volunteers who wish to resubmit clearances obtained within the past year should send them in before the 31st. Please mail copies of the State Police and Child Abuse clearances to GSEP, PO Box 814, Valley Forge, PA 19482 Attn: Volunteer Management.


The revised clearance and application are both part of a newly automated Volunteer Management System, which will facilitate an efficient volunteer intake process.  All incoming adults will be guided through the on-boarding steps and will receive further assistance specific to their role.  


Please direct any questions about this new process to



Online Registration- is the fastest, easiest way to register for memberships, programs, training, and camps. First, you must activate your account and create your user name and password one time then you are ready to go. To activate and create your account...

Step 1: GSEP must have your email address on record in order for you to activate your account. Please email us at with your name, address, and preferred email address and we will update your record for you. Remember, girls must have their own records to register online but don't worry, we can use your email address for her if she doesn't have her own. Just send your girl's name, address, and email address and we will update her record too!

Step 2: go to and click the online registration system. Select Returning Member - enter the first name, last name and email address and click Continue

Step 3: Check your personal email inbox for a confirmation link from GSEP within 24 hours of activation and follow the directions to create your user name and password. Do the same process for your girl and you are ready to go.

Step 4: When you are ready to register for a program, camp or to renew your membership, just enter your login name and password and click Login.  


Online Registration Help Days- staff will be available for on-site support through October 30th in conjunction with the evening shop hours.  

Call your retail location prior to visiting to confirm staff availability!

Mondays            Delaware County 12 - 7 pm

Tuesdays           Lehigh Valley 12 - 7 pm

Wednesdays      Shelly Ridge and Berks County 12 - 7 pm

Wednesdays      Jane Seltzer 9 - 5 pm

Thursdays          Valley Forge 12 - 7 pm

Saturdays           in October, 10 am - 2 pm, limited availability at all locations,  

          by appointment only. Call 215-564-2030, ext. 1044  

   to schedule your appointment.


Help Desk - having trouble registering online? Check out the help pages at for valuable tips, detailed instructions, and exciting video tutorials.

2013 Membership Financial Aid - financial aid is still available for 2013 membership, troop dues, and uniform components. Apply by completing the 2013 financial aid application and mailing it along with your proof of income to: Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, PO Box 309, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444, Attn: Financial Aid Request.

Retail Corner  

Scout Night
Picture Place

On Friday September 21st a troop from SU 527 attended a Camden Riversharks baseball game in New Jersey. The girls enjoyed watching the team win as well as the fireworks show afterwards!




A special 100th anniversary celebration was held at the Hershey Lodge on Wednesday, September 5th to commemorate past, present and future Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA). Attendees gathered to salute the inspiring generations who built what the organization stands for today and to commit to future generations of Girl Scouts. GSEP member Darrah was the guest speaker at the event!



On Wednesday September 12th GSEP CEO Natalye Paquin participated in the Women to Watch Roundtable event at the Union League in Philadelphia. Ms. Paquin was joined by 40 other professional women leaders from the area to discuss successful strategies for today's busy women.


Volunteers from St. Luke's University Health Network spruced up the wraparound porch at GSEP's Camp Mountain House on September 27th as part of the United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley's 20th Annual Day of Caring.  GSEP also hosted other corporate volunteers doing projects around our Council during all our United Way partners' Days of Caring.   



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In This Issue
Back to Troop
Take the Lead
Product Program
Volunteer System
Retail Corner
Scout Night
Picture Place

Fall Shop Hours   


Shelly Ridge


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 7pm


Lehigh Valley


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Tuesday, 10am - 7pm


Valley Forge


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 10am - 7pm


Jane Seltzer


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 7pm


Delaware County


Monday, 10am - 7pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am -5pm


Berks County

877-876-0761 ext 1601

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 7pm


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10am - 2pm



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