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Issue 72
January 4, 2013
Spotlight on the New Year!
and New Spark too!!

With the hustle and bustle that the holiday season brings it can be easy to get sidetracked from the true meaning of this time of year. This holiday season, our members once again demonstrated the Girl Scout Promise and Law by reaching out to those in need. Through a wide range of events across our council, scouts donated clothing, food and gifts to a variety of local organizations. Here are some of their fun and inspiring stories.

On December 8th,  Junior Troop 8015 wrapped holiday gifts for the homebound clients of Meals on Wheels of Northampton County.  Troop Leader Jennifer Wooley volunteered her scouts talents to wrap gifts and serve hot chocolate and cookies.

Troop 7174 is a Brownie group of home-schooled girls that meet in Ambler. They've explored ways to be active in our community and this Thanksgiving they volunteered at Supplee Church. The troop prepared Thanksgiving dinner care packages for needy families then marched in the Ambler Holiday Parade. 

Girls from Junior Troops 2217 and 21687 and Brownie Troop 22135 from Jericho Service Unit spent time singing carols for residents of Pine Run Health Center in Doylestown. The scouts visited the long-term care facility and went from floor to floor singing carols, handing out gifts, and making crafts with residents.

On December 10th Daisy Troop 1128, Brownie Troop 1759, and Junior Troop 1854 of Boyertown Service Unit 744 entertained residents at the Walnut Woods Independent Senior Living Community. Scouts sang carols and a Girl Scout version of the 12 Days of Christmas called the 12 Days of Camping. Candy canes and red carnations were presented to each member of the audience too.

Turks Head Service Unit Troops 4439, 4121, 4108, 439, 4568, 4576, 4059, 486 participated in the 33rd Annual Old Fashion Christmas Parade on November 30th.

What will 2013 bring? The possibilities for adventure, sisterhood, and service are endless for our scouts! Browse through the newest edition of Spark to discover your next source of inspiration. And don't forget to check out the special pull-out Camp Guide to start planning your summer fun now! 

700 Latina Girls Complete STEM Program

GSEP served more than 700 girls from 2 middle schools in Reading this fall through the Inspirar·Breathe journey program. The series, which was funded by a grant from MetLife Foundation to support their Hispanic Leadership Project, focused on STEM activities to encourage more Latina girls to consider a future in the science and technology fields as well as develop leadership skills. Girls from Northwest and Northeast Middle Schools spent a day at Alvernia University and Albright College, respectively, learning about science; participated in more hands-on activities at their schools; and finally spent a day at Laughing Waters doing more fun experiments and planning their Take Action Journey projects.   

 

Read Al Día's translated article here

Take the Lead 2013 Update
The Take The Lead awards program honors outstanding women in our community and is entirely girl led, showcasing Girl Scouts poise, maturity, and leadership. It offers girls a unique opportunity to develop public speaking, networking, and presentation skills. Currently we're only a few months away so reserve your tickets now!

Philadelphia: March 5, 2013 at Hyatt at The Bellevue

Purchase Tickets 

 

Berks: April 17, 2013 at Sovereign Performing Arts Center

Purchase Tickets 

 

Lehigh Valley: May 1, 2013 at Holiday Inn Conference Center

Purchase Tickets 

 

To see the full list of honorees for each location visit our website.
To learn about sponsorships or if you need more information please contact Denise Sullivan at 866.564.2030, ext 1036 or dsullivan@gsep.org.
Product Program Update

The 2013 Cookie Program starts on January 17, 2013 and runs through March 3, 2013. This year we'll introduce a new cookie flavor, the Mango Crème Cookie, and continue to feature Thin Mints, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots, Shortbread Cookies, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Caramel Delites and Peanut Butter Patties. GSEP will hold 3 Kickoff's for girls at the start of the program:

 

January 13 - Lehigh Valley Kickoff at the Schnecksville Family Fun Center

12:00PM to 2:00PM -- Younger Scouts

2:30PM to 4:30PM -- Older Scouts

 

January 17 - Philadelphia Kickoff at the Shops at Liberty Place

9:00AM to 2:00PM

 

January 19 - Berks County Kickoff at the Reading Public Museum

1:00PM to 4:00PM -- Scouts get in for free with a uniform!

Program Update

Girl Program Survey and Summit

The GSEP Program department is looking for girl input to inform the council on the future of GSEP programming. We have created a survey to help us find out more about what girls are doing, what their interests are, and what they want to do in Girl Scouting. To get started, girls and their parents/guardians will need to complete the consent form for our National Program Evaluation System "Girl Scout Voices." Once registered, girls can  click hereto complete the survey by Sunday January 13, 2013. If you would prefer to have paper copies sent to you, please email girlprogram@gsep.org 

with the troop number, leader name, address, and number of surveys.  

 

Girls can participate in just the survey and/or also attend GSEP's first annual Girls Summit on Sunday January 6, 2013 from 2-4pm at Laughing Waters, Mountain House, Shelly Ridge or Valley Forge. The program is free and open to all ages. It's not too late to register for the Girls Summit, but space is limited so  click here! 

to register now. Those who participate in the summit will receive the 1st annual Girls Summit patch.  

 

The data collected from both the survey and Girls Summit will help propel GSEP program in the right direction to better serve and engage all girls. Girls will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in participating further in the GSEP Program planning process and will be contacted as we move forward.

 

Gearing up for MLK Day of Service

Join thousands of Girl Scouts across our council on Monday January 21, 2013 to celebrate the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Service.

 

To get started, work with your girls to choose a project. Consider the needs of both your community and GSEP. No project is too small! GSEP will be keeping track of how many hours of serve we complete as a council.

 

Click here for the MLK Day of Service Informational Letter  and Registration Form or go to www.mlkdayofservice.org to register immediately. When registering, please select "Girl Scouts-Eastern PA" under the Special Partners drop down menu. Also, please be sure to include your Troop Number and County in the field marked "Organization Name."

 

Troops who register by Friday December 21, 2012 will receive MLK Day of Service t-shirts for all participants. Don't forget to share your project stories and photos with us at girlprogram@gsep.org.

 

Click here for more information on MLK Day of Service as well as our other Service Opportunities: Baby Bundles and The Green Project.  

 

Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Council Awards and Scholarships

Registered Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for 11 council scholarships. Some of the awards are scholarships for college, while others are awarded for recognition of contributions to the community. Each award has different criteria, requirements, and applications. This application process is open to all members who meet the criteria of the awards that are offered. Please note the timeline below to participate in the process.

January 15, 2013 -- Applications must be received at one of the Girl Scout Service Centers

March 2013 -- Notification letters sent to applicants

Spring 2013 -- Achievement Ceremony (Date TBA)

 

Scholarship applications and "A Scholarship and Award Guide" can be found here. Scholarship applications can be sent to girlawards@gsep.org. Questions: Contact Joan Hannahoe at 610-791-2411, ext. 1509.

 

Silver and Gold Award Workshops

Girls, volunteers, and parents who want to learn about the award guidelines need to register for an awards workshop. There are 13 workshops scheduled from January to February. Click here for the dates, locations and times of the workshops.

 

Destinations

Girls who missed the first round of selections for Destinations can still apply for trips across the United States or abroad. Click here for a list of Destinations. The Elliott Wildlife Values Project is providing scholarships for three Destinations: Wyoming Wildlife Wonders, The Great Panda Adventure in China, and Scuba and Sea Turtle Retreat in Panama and Costa Rica. Questions can be directed to girlawards@gsep.org.

 

(pictured left) On Saturday December 8th girls gathered at the Allentown Art Museum for the Paintings, Patterns and Possibilities and Amazing Artists program. Here Brownie Girl Scouts work on sketching a portrait using one of the art museum pieces. 

Retail Corner

Registration Update

Online Registration

Registering online is the best way to register for membership, programs, training, and camps! 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 and remember to confirm what's in your shopping cart is really what you want before you checkout!

 

2013 Membership and Camp Financial Aid

Parents/guardians can apply by completing the financial aid application and mailing it to: Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, 210 George Street, Suite 106, Reading, PA 19605, ATTN: Financial Aid Request.

 

Financial Aid requests MUST include the following:

  • Complete and signed financial aid application
  • Complete and signed membership registration form (if applying for this), OR
  • Complete camp registration form and $50 required deposit (camp financial aid will not be processed until Spring 2013)
  • Required Proof of Income from the approved list:
    • salaries/ wages
    • social security
    • child support
    • unemployment compensation
    • disability
    • worker compensation
    • Proof of eligibility of free/reduced lunch program

Incomplete packets or packets submitted with a proof of income that does not appear on the approved list above will be returned to the parent/guardian without being processed. Proof of income will be destroyed upon verification, do not send original documents - they will not be returned to you.

 

Troop Transfers and New Member Placements

The Member Placement/Transfer Form is available online here. Troop leaders requesting transfers or additions should fill out the necessary information (for both girls and parents), and email it to their Service Unit Registrar or Manager for approval. Once approved, it can be sent to ebiz@gsep.org for database processing. Remember to include the transfer to/from information, a complete name and address, and confirm the transferee is already registered for 2013 so we can complete the request for you!

 

Help Desk

Having trouble registering online? Check out the help pages for valuable tips, detailed instructions, and exciting video tutorials.

Picture Place

The Girl Scouts of Glen Acres Elementary School worked very hard this past month to help the people and the pets affected by Hurricane Sandy. They collected 1,701 items for victims in Ocean City, NJ, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, deodorant, shaving cream, diapers, wipes, towels, blankets, and bottles of water. The girls also took up a collection for the pets of Staten Island, New York. The girls collected $668.00 in total which purchased 552 pounds of pet food for Staten Island and with a generous discount given to the Girl Scouts by Concord Pets; they were able to buy 168 pounds of pet food for Main Line Animal Rescue (the shelter responsible for initiating the collection).  

The Freeland Hills Service Unit Daisy Troop 7513 and two special helpers from Cadette Troop 7159 had a fundraiser to support the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund. The girls got together and made hundreds of Jersey bracelets.  They had a table at a local holiday shop and anyone who gave a donation received a bracelets.  The girls raised $323 and the remaining bracelets were sent to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County to be distributed to their scouts.

Daisies Troop 4093 comprised of 20 first graders at Pocopson Elementary School in West Chester, PA lead by Stacia Torrey, Nikki Carlson, and Steph Stanislawczyk collected items to send to sister Daisies in Staten Island, NY affected by Hurricane Sandy. In one week the girls and their families collected and donated clothing, socks, pajamas, blankets, school supplies, hair accessories, and toiletries to fill a giant shipping box. During the collection they opened their troop meeting by each stating something for which we were thankful.

The Francis D. Raub Middle School Cadette Troop 62032 in Allentown went on a trip to see the Bodies Revealed exhibit at the Da Vinci Science Center on December 15. Scouts completed human anatomy worksheets and found that the exhibit was aligned with the Girl Scout effort to get girls interested in STEM careers. The group of 28 girls attend weekly meetings and really want to have a positive impact in their community.

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In This Issue
Spotlight on New Year
Girls Complete STEM Program
Take the Lead Update
Product Program Update
Program Update
Registration Update
Picture Place

CALL FOR GIRL MEDIA ADVISORY COMMITTEE!

Looking for an exciting opportunity to represent girls in your council?

 

GSEP is looking for Scouts to survey for feedback and contribute to Spark articles, interviews, and more! If interested please submit your Name, Phone Number, Email, and Current Grade Level to Maggie Barla at MBarla@gsep.org. 


New Frequent Shopper Card!
Visit 1 of our 6 shops and get your frequent shopper card when you spent $25 or more. Get 10 punches and we'll give you 10% off a future purchase. See card for more details.

Shop Hours

 

*Shops will be closed on January 21*

 

Shelly Ridge

215-483-7744

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

Wednesday, 10am - 7pm

 

Lehigh Valley

484-866-4140

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

Tuesday, 10am - 7pm

 

Valley Forge

484-927-2317

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

Thursday, 10am - 7pm

 

Jane Seltzer

215-745-8757

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

Wednesday, 10am - 7pm

 

Delaware County

610-328-7564  

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

   

 Shop the Girl Scouts Catalog Online

Price Match Guarantee!

GSEP matches all GSUSA prices in our council shops and online.  

This includes in-stock sale items!

Berks County Museum Patrol

The Berks County Museum patrol invites you to join them. The Patrol runs overnight programs in which Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts can have a great time making cool projects and learning something new while sleeping over in a museum. Members of the patrol gain leadership experience by facilitating activities, singing songs with the younger girls, and helping to plan the overnight. This is a great opportunity to make new friends from around the council and have a ton of fun!

 

Training for new patrol members will be February 2-3, 2013 at Wood Haven.  For more information, even if you cannot attend the weekend, please contact Sue Frederick at bcmp@yahoo.com or 610-929-2024.   

"Right is right, even if no one else does it."
-Juliette Gordon Low

Fashion Patrol

The Fashion Patrol has many exciting events coming up in 2013. To participate or find out more information please contact Karen Zimmerman at kzsews@rcn.com, 610-760-1887, or 529 Blue mountain Drive Walnutport Pa. 18088.  

 

Upcoming Events: 

February 8-9 Accessories Workshop - Sleepover at GSEP Valley Forge Service Center

 

March 8-9 Illustration Workshop - Sleepover at GSEP Valley Forge Service Center

 

May 4 Project Innovate Recycled Fashion Show at Kutztown University

 

May 24, 25, 26 Fashion Runway - Sleepover at GSEP Valley Forge Service Center


Mark Your Calendars
February 8th is National Girl Scout Cookie Day!
 
A day to celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie Program -the largest girl-led business in the world- and the five life skills girls develop by selling Girl Scout Cookies!