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Issue 74
March 1, 2013
Spotlight on Take the Lead Ceremony! 

March 5th kicks off the Take the Lead Award Ceremony's with the first event in Philadelphia!

These three annual fundraising events are entirely girl led, showcasing Girl Scouts poise, maturity, and leadership, and offers girls a unique opportunity to develop public speaking, networking, and presentation skills. Each girl chosen as a presenter is matched up with a successful woman leader who will mentor them and answer interview questions that will become the Scout's presentation at the event. This year a record 80 Girl Scouts are participating in the Philadelphia event, which is March 5, 2013 at Hyatt at The Bellevue! Below are photos of the Award Presenters with their trailblazing honorees.

Girl Scout Gloria with Joan Carter, President, UM Holdings, Ltd.

(Past President, The Union League of Philadelphia)

Girl Scout Katie with Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Girl Scout Jahmeelah with

Romona Riscoe Benson, Manager of Corporate Relations, PECO

(Past President and CEO, African American Museum in Philadelphia)

We look forward to seeing you at one of our three events! To buy tickets, learn about sponsorships or if you need more information please contact Denise Sullivan at 215-564-4657, ext 1036 or dsullivan@gsep.org.

Product Program Update
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania thanks you for your dedicated service to support girl leadership development.  The Cookie Program, as you know, means SO much more than just selling cookies.  We appreciate your tireless efforts to help girls reach their goals this year.





In an effort to further support girls, GSEP is extending the Cookie Program for 2 weeks from March 4-17, 2013.   

GSEP has created a special promotion called Top O'Goal Program.  Here are a few details about Top O'Goal:

  1. If a girl sells more than 1 new* case or 12 new* boxes of cookies during these 2 weeks, she can earn a Top O'Goal patch.
  2. If every registered girl in a troop sells 1 new* case or 12 new* boxes of cookies, each member of the troop will earn a t-shirt.

* new means newly picked up after March 3rd as a planned order.

Note: Operation Cookies from Home orders must be placed as a virtual order to be a new order.


Below is the schedule for Planned Orders during the extension:

Troops will have to place their order into SNAP by midnight on Sunday to be picked up on Friday of that week.(March 8th and 15th). The reorder stations are as follows:

  • Delaware County Service Center
  • Megill Home
  • Lehigh Valley Service Center
  • Shelly Ridge Service Center
  • Berks County Service Center
  • Armstrong Middle School
  • Fisher Hughes - Lansdale
  • Reads Moving and Storage

All locations will be open for pick up between 5 and 6:30 PM.

The trucks will only be sent to these locations with a minimum delivery of 150 cases.  If for any reason the location does not reach that amount, a member of the Product Program Team will email and call with further details.


If any of your troops are participating in the extension this will not affect the final paperwork or the final sweep.

Program Update

2013 Real Girls Leadership Conference Grades 6-12 Saturday April 20, 9:30am-3:30pm

Real Girls. Real Change. Real Power.

Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA  

Cost: $15 per person


Join us for our annual Leadership Conference sponsored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, which will be full of girl power and fun with girls from across the region! You will be inspired and energized to set goals and dream big! Make new friends, experiment with art and science, and learn how to become an advocate in your community. Unlock your leadership potential and become a leader who acts with courage, confidence, and character!


All girls are welcome at the conference. Bring your friends so that they can experience the adventure and leadership activities that are unique to Girl Scouting! (There is an additional $12 fee for non Girl Scouts.)


Register online today at www.gsep.org and click the link to our "Online Registration System." Registration deadline: Sunday March 24.


We'll even have a pop-up shop with all the latest Girl Scout clothing, GSEP Camp clothing, and other items.


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

GSEP Green Project Saturday, April 13th through Saturday, April 27

Make a Difference in Your Community

Join thousands of girls and adult volunteers as they celebrate Earth Day with two week's worth of planet friendly projects right in your community. From Saturday April 13 to Saturday April 27 you can design your own community project. Girls can build bird houses, make wildflower seed balls, organize an art show of recycled art, or clean up and plant flowers at a park. Complete the GSEP Green Project form and email it to girlprogram@gsep.org. No project is too small to include in our efforts to make the world a better and more beautiful place. After you finish your project, complete the online evaluation to order your patch. Patches will be available for pick up at each Service Center in May. If you have questions, please contact girlprogram@gsep.org .

Click here for the registration form.

Click here for the Green Project Survey

Hope you have a successful service project and thank you for all you do for GSEP!


(pictured left) GSEP's Robotics Patrol teams- Tough Cookies and Smart Cookies from Ridley-Springfield SU in Delaware County- competed at the University of Pennsylvania's First Lego League (FLL) Championships on Feb 9. Both teams did great and Coach Joe McCullough was awarded the 2013 Penn FLL Championships Coaches Award.

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!


Helpful Tips to use the Online Registration System:

  • You must log in as the person you want to register
  • You must use the name we have on record when activating your account (i.e. are you Maggie, Peggy or Margaret?)
  • We must have your active email address in our database in order to activate your account

To activate your account,

New members - select this option if you have never been a member with GSEP, paid to attend a GSEP program, or been listed in our database as a parent or guardian

Returning members - select this option if you are a current or past member, a past paid GSEP program attendee, or are listed in our database as a parent or guardian


Once you create your profile and activate your account, you will be sent an email to complete the process. You are then able to log in with your user name and password any time you want to register!

2013 Camp Financial Aid

Available to active GSEP members, parents or 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: Camp Financial Aid Request. Deadline for submission: April 15th, 2013

Camp financial aid requests MUST include the following:

  • Complete and signed financial aid application
  • Complete camp registration form  
  • $50 required deposit  
  • 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.


Help Desk

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

Girl Scout Night at the Iron Pigs 

Picture Place
On Jan 21, 7 and 8grade girls from Girl Scout Troops 416 and 04416 at TE and Valley Forge Middle Schools participated in the MLK Day of Service sponsored by City Year of Greater Phila.  The girls painted murals at Dimner Beeber Middle School as part of a national day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. King and make a positive impact on students in the Philadelphia school district. 


Troop 794 of the Mill Creek Service Unit is comprised of Cadettes, Seniors and one Ambassador. The girls planned a winter camping trip to Caledonia State Park (close to Chambersburg and Gettysburg).  The girls chose the site, planned meals, and assigned duties to prepare for the trip. Together, they hiked 5 miles of rugged terrain assuring that the needs of "slow and steady" girls / moms were addressed so that everyone had a great experience.

Girl Scouts of 515 Mill Creek celebrated World Thinking Day on Saturday, Feb 16th at Bryn Mawr College. The Campus Girl Scouts of Bryn Mawr hosted the event for our girls of all age levels. They closed with the Golden Chain of World Friendship Ceremony and presented the Campus Girl Scouts with the Chain as their thank you.


Zoe, a brownie from Troop 7430 in Lansdale, has sold cases of cookies sent to soldiers around the world in Kuwait, Afghanistan, Korea, and Russia, just to name a few.

On Jan 19, Junior Troop 2978 from Maple Point Middle School assembled 100 lunch bags for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. The girls decorated the bags with cheerful encouraging notes and drawings, and then filled the bags with PB&J sandwiches they made, fruit, dessert and juice boxes.  They were able to purchase their supplies from gift cards donated by local Giants, Redners and Acme.  It was a great way to serve those in need on MLK Day!

On Feb 1 Ashley A (Brownie) and her dad, Steve from Fleetwood, PA enjoyed the Me and My Guy Dance sponsored by the Boyertown SU. There was a DJ, refreshments, canned goods collection for Boyertown Salvation Army, and a service project (Valentine's Day bookmarks for retirement community).

Oxford Area Brownie Troop 4644 cookie booth at Oxford Feed and Lumber, Oxford, PA. Great cookie booth design!

On February 3 Senior Troop 2811 had a great time tubing at Sno Mountain!


Brownie Troop 93546 learned about Fiji for World Thinking Day. They followed up with a beach party and everyone wore clothes from Fiji.



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In This Issue
Spotlight on African American History Month
Product Program Update
Program Update
Registration Update
Picture Place

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-Helen Keller 

We're looking for girls and moms to be GSEP guest bloggers. Maybe you had a blast on that last camping expedition and went straight home to blog about it. Or you beat your last year's record of selling cookies and laid down your strategy in a blog! That's exactly what we want to share with the rest of the GSEP Council!
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There is a very exciting, first come, first-served opportunity for Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and their families this Sunday March 3rd at the Barnes Foundation in center city Philadelphia. The Barnes Foundation is offering free admission to 50 people associated with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania for an afternoon of celebration  in honor of Women's History Month from 1:00-6:00pm. To take advantage of this great opportunity please arrive in uniform at the Barnes at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway and collect your free passes at the "will call" desk by stating that you are a member of our council.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America
This documentary tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy. It's a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves.