Spotlight on Our Founder, Juliette!
On October 31st when most think about dressing up, carving pumpkins, and eating candy, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania commemorate Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low, and her birthday.
Juliette was an active, philanthropic and zealous woman whose strong desire to educate and empower women led her, at the age of 51, to form the Girl Scouts. Her original group of 18 has since grown into the largest and oldest girl-serving organization in the world! The earliest badges included electrician, economist, automobiling, and business woman, and conveyed the Girl Scouts' revolutionary nature. GSUSA's Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study elaborates on the many substantial effects her organization has had on women.
Today there are more than 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the USA and more than 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 145 countries around the world who discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. This is truly the Year of the Girl.
Happy 100th Birthday Girl Scouts and Happy 152nd Birthday Juliette!!
Fun Juliette Fact: every year on her birthday she was known to do a headstand to prove she still could do it, and she even stood on her head in the board room at GSUSA!
Older girl travel Recognition Plan
Need to earn credit to use toward troop-based programs, trips or Destinations® offered by GSUSA? The Older Girl Travel Plan is a non-cumulative recognition that can only be earned by registered Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassador Girl Scouts and used toward these trips! Troops planning to use this recognition for travel must submit the following to Barb Bankert via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at PO Box 27540, Philadelphia, PA 19118 for approval by January 1st, 2013:
For troop trips to qualify, they must be going to a world center or must include activities that support the Girl Scout Mission.
Finishing up the Nuts About Reading Program
The Nuts about Reading Program ended on October 22, 2012. Troops should have all their information entered into the Nut-e System. Troop paperwork should have been handed in to the Service Unit Nuts About Reading Manager. The Nuts and Candy will be delivered to the Service Unit Nuts About Reading Manager between November 12-16, 2012. Late orders are due to GSEP Product Program Managers by November 12, 2012. The ACH sweep for the Nuts About Reading Program will be conducted on December 5, 2012. Late Orders can be picked up from GSEP Service Center on November 19, 2012.
The Cookie Program is just around the corner!
The Cookie Program will begin January 17, 2012 and run until March 3, 2012. Prior to the start of the program, initial orders for the Cookie Program are to be placed in SNAP prior to December 10, 2012 and the Booth Lottery System will run December 7, 2012. For more information on the Cookie Program head to http://www.gsep.org/cookies/cookie-program.php.
At this time, if a troop plans to participate in the Fall Product Program or Cookie Program, a signer on the troop account must complete ACH paperwork.
If we discover any troops that are actively participating in NAR that have not completed these forms, we will contact the Service Unit Nuts About Reading Manager (SUNAR) to remind the troop leader or signer to complete this form. If the form has not been completed by the time the Fall Products have been delivered, GSEP will request that the SUNAR retain these products until a signer on the troop account has authorized the proper documentation.
For the 2013 Cookie Program, all troops must have completed an ACH Form prior to placing an order (initial, planned or unplanned order). Any orders that are placed by non-compliant troops will be cancelled pending the completion of the necessary paperwork.
Any troop that has not completed an ACH Authorization Form, please do so immediately. These forms can be faxed to GSEP Attn. ACH at 215-564-6953 or mailed to:
PO Box 309
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-0309
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!
2013 Discovering Leadership Conference Grades 2-5 Saturday, April 6, 2013 9am-12pm $10 per girl
Discovering Me. Discovering the World.
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Spend the morning with girls from across Eastern Pennsylvania at our first annual leadership conference as you make new friends and discover the world around you. Have fun creating art, practicing your performance skills, and getting silly with science. YOU get to choose your path for the day. Workshops will be focused on the "It's Your World-Change It!" Journey series and Skill Building Badges (Please Note: Workshops will be supplemental activities to the Journeys and may only complete a portion of the badges). A snack and patch will be provided.
Registration will close on Sunday, March 10th, 2013, at which time workshop selection forms will be emailed to all girls. These forms must be returned by Monday, March 18th, 2013 in order to guarantee placement in workshop selections. Confirmation information will be emailed out by Monday, March 25th, 2013.
All girls in grades 2-5 are encouraged to attend. You need not be a Girl Scout.
An adult lounge will be available for Girl Scout leaders/parents.
Workshop topics include:
- Team Building
- Dance for Fun
- Healthy ME
- Me and My World
- Art Power
- Science madness
2013 Real Girls Leadership Conference Grades 6-12 Saturday April 20, 2013 9:30am-3:30pm $15 per person
Real Girls. Real Change. Real Power.
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA
Join us for our third annual leadership conference which will be full of girl power and fun with girls from all across Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. You will be inspired and energized to set goals and dream big! Meet new friends, learn how to become a healthier you, and advocate for the world around you. Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania is excited to be partnering with Cedar Crest College's Women's Leadership Institute as they launch their report on the "Status of Women and Girls in Pennsylvania." A panel discussion will be held to learn more about the Women's Leadership Institute, their research on women and girls in all areas impacting their lives, and how you can work to create positive change for girls all over Pennsylvania and the World.
Workshops will be focused on the "It's Your World-Change It!" Journey series and Skill Building Badges (Please Note: Workshops will be supplemental activities to the Journeys and may only complete a portion of the associated badges). A bagged lunch and patch will be provided.
Registration will close Sunday March 24, 2013, at which time workshop selection forms will be emailed to all girls. These forms must be returned by Monday April 1, 2013 to guarantee placement in workshop selections. Confirmation information will be emailed out by Monday April 8, 2013.
All girls in grades 6-12 are encouraged to attend. You need not be a Girl Scout.
An adult workshop track and lounge is planned for Girl Scout leaders who register to attend.
Girl Workshop topics include:
- A Healthy You
- Team Building
- Friendship Matters
- Digital Arts and the Media
- Dream BIG
- Advocacy Art
- Science and Technology
- Move for a better YOU
Adult Workshop topics include:
- Diversity Today
- Global Issues for Girls
- Bullying: What can YOU do?
- Leader Lounge
Click here for more information on a 100th Anniversary Celebration event sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, being held on October 27, 2012. Some of GSEP's own History Committee will be on the panel discussion!
On Saturday October 6, girls spent the afternoon at the Philadelphia Zoo learning about the many animals they have all while completing a group scavenger hunt.
Outdoor Programming Master Plan - Board Approval
As you know, GSEP is focused on investing in the future of girls by building exceptional outdoor programming at our camp properties. The Property Committee, with the assistance of Domokur Architects, devoted more than twelve months of study to the development of the Master Plan to achieve this goal.
Master Plans were developed for Camp Mosey Wood, Camp Laughing Waters, Camp Wood Haven and Shelly Ridge. The Board unanimously approved the Master Plan Vision and commitment to outdoor programming as presented on September 27, 2012.
With the Boards' approval of the Master Plan Vision, the board reaffirms its earlier decision that Camp Hidden Falls, Camp Tweedale, and Camp Tohikanee shall be divested from camp use. They shall be divested pursuant to the following schedule:
1. Divest from camp use at Camp Hidden Falls on September 30, 2012
2. Close Camp Tweedale's Resident Camp at the end of the 2013 camping season (August 31, 2013)
3. Divest from camp use both Camp Tohikanee and Camp Tweedale no later than September 30, 2015
For more information and details about the Master Plan please visit
Troop Transfers and New Member Placements
GSEP has revised the process and form for placement of new and transferring members. The new Member Placement/Transfer Form is now available online. It is located at www.gsep.org, under Forms and Publications/General Forms/Troop Information/Member Placement/Transfer Form. Troop leaders requesting transfers or additions should save the form to their desktop, fill out the necessary information (remembering to include parents as well as girls), and email it to their Service Unit Registrar or Manager for approval. Once approved, it can be sent to email@example.com for database processing. Following is a link to the form's location: http://www.gsep.org/forms-publications/general-forms-for-volunteers-and-parents.php.
Program registration changes beginning with Winter/Spring 2013
In order to allow for troop leaders to register troop members for all types of programs, we will be discontinuing the deposit/multiple payment option for programs that cost more than $25 per person. Moving forward all programs must be paid for in full at the time of registration.
To register troop members for programs on line:
- Open http://www.gsep.org
- Click online registration system on the menu to the left of your screen
- Enter your user name and password and click LOGIN
- Click on Troop Management on the left side menu. A listing of your troop members will appear at the bottom of the screen. On the left side of each troop member is a small box. You can select members by clicking on the box next to the name. If you want to select everyone assigned to your troop, click the first box located in the header section.
- In the box marked Action, click the drop down arrow and select Purchase or register for - you will be sent to a complete list of memberships, donation types, and meeting products. You can page through the programs listed or use the search field at the top right of your screen to find the specific program you are interested in.
- Click ADD TO CART to complete your purchase! REMEMBER: whatever action you choose will be applied to each person you have checked off. This is important when purchasing programs as it will add a program order for each member that you checked. Make sure your order summary is correct before you proceed to checkout!
Registering online is the best way to register for programs! Not only is it faster, but you know immediately if you are in, if the program is full, or if there are any problems with your payment or registration information. It beats the old paper process hands down so give it a try!
If you are having trouble viewing your troop, contact us so we can make sure your active membership is linked to the correct position code. Call 215-564-4657 and ask to speak to any available registrar or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Desk - having trouble registering online? Check out the help pages at http://www.gsep.org/about/online-registration-page.php 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, 210 George Street, Suite 106, Reading, PA 19605, ATTN: Financial Aid Request. http://www.gsep.org/media/files/financial_aid_form2013pdf.pdf
On October 19, GSEP hosted Spooky Ridge, an autumnal celebration for its young scouts at Shelly Ridge. Older Girl Scouts took younger girls on a guided hike through the dark forest; girls enjoyed spooky shows stationed at various pavilions on the grounds; and the girls beat fear with face painting, pumpkin decorating and a dance party.
On October 22, GSEP hosted Spookless Ridge for younger scouts. Older scouts performed a skit, led younger girls on a guided tour through the woods, and everyone enjoyed dancing to a DJ and painting pumpkins.
In September, Troop 258 of the Palisades Service Unit took a trip to Maryland for an Overnight Lighthouse Adventure! The girls earned their Lighthouse badge (purchased from the local council) and slept in a real lighthouse. It was even more special, as the excursion was paid for with funds from the girls' previous cookie sale! Get more information through the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Senior Troop 2811 toured Fiber Mark in Quakertown in October. They met with their human resources representive and Director of Operational Accounting. Fiber Mark helped the troop with both the Career and Technology requirements of the Paperworks IP.
Daisy/Brownie Troop 301 lead under the leadership of Tammy Stetler adopted a soldier and gained a whole troop!
367 Years of Girl Scouting Fun at Camp Hidden Falls. Back Row: Troop 57188 each entering their 7th year of Girl Scouting. Front Row: Nannette Fridley (9 years); Roxane Lovell (12 years); Gretchen "Gretch" Neill (35 years), Betsy "Kip" Motten (52 years), Cecilia "Cecil" Penna (49 years) and Alice "Mop" Motten (54 years).
Troop 258 of the Palisades Service Unit went on the Great Girl Scout Hike and 'Juliette Low' even stopped by for lunch. The girls exclaimed that this was their best trip ever!
On September 28, Stacey Woodland and Dale Moelter of GSEP trained 26 City Year teams in the delivery of Journey programs - aMAZE and GirlTopia. CEO Natalye Paquin stopped by to add her message of encouragement, as she once served on the board of City Year. In the photo, City Year Corps members participate in the Journey activity "Overcoming Resistance" during training at Shelly Ridge.
Please share your Girl Scout activities by sending photos and stories to email@example.com.
The Mud Shack
The MudShack offers ceramic painting, clay sculpting, glass fusion, pottery wheel classes, mosaics and jewelry making. Call to book your scout outing today!
Drexel Basketball Girl Scouts' Day
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