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Issue 78
July 3, 2013
A Message from the CEO
Dear Members and Friends of Girl Scouts, 


As we prepare to celebrate our nation's Independence Day, I want to take this time to thank you for your steadfast support of another time-honored American tradition: Girl Scouting.


As you may have read in the recent Associated Press article our national organization, headquartered in New York City, is in the midst of a major organizational shift. The goal is to better align its resources to its strategic priorities and enable the national movement to be more agile and customer-focused.


Here at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, we are fiscally sound. Our efforts over the recent years to right-size our programming to meet the needs of today's Girl Scout have led to a balanced budget and progressive, exciting leadership experiences for the 40,000 Girl Scouts in our region. While some councils across the country are seeing declines in membership, we've got our eye on growth for the future as our numbers have held steady this past year. For a comprehensive view of our council, I invite you to take a look at our annual report, detailing our 100th anniversary year efforts in 2012.


In Eastern Pennsylvania we're celebrating the significant impact our Girl Scouts are already having on their communities. Collectively, our award-winning Girl Scouts have contributed more than 32,000 hours of community service. Earlier this spring we were proud to acknowledge several Girl Scouts from our council who received the prestigious Gold Award, the highest honor any Girl Scout can achieve. Every day our Girl Scouts are participating in new activities ranging in topic from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to horseback riding, traveling to our nation's capital, environmental activities and much more. You can read about the breadth and depth of our programs here, in the latest issue of our SPARK magazine.


What's more, our summer camps are in full swing and we're excited to be serving close to 4,000 girls with outdoor programming.  Our properties allow us to offer the Girl Scout leadership experience in a beautiful, outdoor setting. In fact, our camp sites serve more than 10,000 girls throughout the year. It's not too late to sign up for some of our fabulous outdoor programming. If you know a girl who is interested in swimming, adventure, horses, archery or the environment, I encourage you to look at our camp guide and sign her up today. She will try new things, connect with new and old friends and have the time of her life.   Scholarships/Financial aid is still available.


Our rich history and our track record of successful alumnae illustrate the fact that Girl Scouting works. Please take a look at our alumnae impact study which exemplifies our organization's vast influence on women in America.


Together we are making a difference. We're building girls of courage, confidence and character who will undoubtedly make the world a better place. I thank you for your continued support and wish you a very happy Independence Day.


Yours in Girl Scouting,

Natalye Paquin, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA

Spotlight on... 
Roll Out the Red Carpet

Girl Rising Private Screening

"On June 26th, more than 100 Girl Scouts and their guests attended a private screening of the film "Girl Rising" at the Prince Theater in Center City Philadelphia. The Council was invited to the screening by Grace Killelea, a new Board member and the Founder and CEO of Half the Sky Leadership. "Girl Rising" is an innovative feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls around the world who were born into unforgiving circumstances simply because they are girls. Narrated by a star-studded cast, the movie demonstrates the power of education to change a girl-and the world. Many of the Girl Scouts who attended the screening expressed their optimism to make a difference after witnessing the struggles of other girls around the world. One troop leader sent an email the next day saying that she had received a text from a Cadette and an Ambassador who attended Girl Rising. They told her that when they left the theater, they ran into a homeless man who was begging for food. They were so moved by the film that they gave him the extra bag of snacks they received at the screening and then another extra bag to another homeless man. They were stopped by a person who asked if it was a Girl Scout project. They said "No, we just had extras after seeing a movie sponsored by Girl Scouts and decided to give them out." The man commended them and now both girls want to do their Silver and Gold Awards and the youngest wants to do something for the homeless. This is yet another example of how our Girl Scouts are girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!"


Take the Lead 2014 Is Around the Corner

Laura at TTL 2013 Plans for Take the Lead 2014 are already underway! There will be a Take the Lead in your area next Spring. Do you want to be a Presenter or an Emcee? Would you like to be part of the Color Guard or Chorus? Start thinking about which leadership role you would like to have at next year's Take the Lead events.

Dates and additional event details to come.
Program Update


Want to Take Action to make the world a better place?

If you said "YES!" then you are ready to begin earning Girl Scouts'Highest Awards: Bronze, Silver, and Gold!! Use the GSUSA Girl Guidelines and complete the new, revised forms that are easy to fill out online. Click here to access the forms and start using your leadership skills to make a lasting difference in your community! 



Take leadership to the great outdoors!

Girl Scout summer camp is all about trying new things, meeting new friends, and having fun. All girls in 1st grade through 12th are welcome - no Girl Scout experience necessary! Attend a day or resident camp, half week program, or even rent our facilities and equipment. Register online today to reserve your spot at Girl Scout Camp.  


Additional funds are available for various camp scholarships.  
The Financial Aid deadline has recently been extended to June 3, 2013. For details on qualifications and applications, please visit our website.


Open Houses 

Visit the camps before they open for the summer, meet the staff, and tour the facilities. Attend an open house!
Registration Update

2014 Membership Registration
  • Our goal is to have 100% of eligible membership registration completed online using the Online Registration System at www.gsep.org
  • The only registrations that are not considered online eligible are financial aid, the graduating senior discount lifetime offer (available 5/3 - 9/1), and the membership cookie vouchers
  • It is preferred that parents re-register girls online and forward the email confirmation to leaders
  • Leaders can also re-register girls and adults who are currently in their troops from 5/3 - 9/29 using Troop Management. Leaders must still collect parent signatures and turn them in to council, using individual registration forms or the new Leader Registered Troop Parental Permission form. 
How to Self-Appoint Position Codes
  1. Login to the Online Registration System
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of your Profile
  3. Under Roles, select the "role" you are serving and the membership "year." During the early bird period (May through 9/30), the current and future membership years are available for selection.
  4. Click on the box next to "serving" and the search screen will appear
  5. Click on the radial next to troop or service unit (GSEP does not use Area for self-appointing position codes)
  6. Enter the number of the troop/SU in the box and click SEARCH
  7. Find the correct troop/SU in the search results listing, and click on it
  8. Click ADD ROLE and the position will be added to your record with a pending status. Position codes are made active each business morning for the previous day. Position codes are subject to final approval by the membership and SU managers.
Lifetime Membership
Attention Adults: If you are considering becoming a lifetime member, now is the time to register. From now until September 30th, the fee is just $300. On October 1st it will increase to $375. You can now purchase the lifetime membership online at www.gsep.org.
This year's graduating senior lifetime offer is $156. Registrations must be submitted by September 1 and include the letter from GSEP for the graduating senior rate. This rate will increase to $195 after that so get your letters in today!

Help Available
  • Every GSEP service center has computers available for use during normal business hours
  • Staff will also be happy to schedule appointments for in person/phone training
  • Printed instructions and helpful, easy to follow video tutorials are available online
2014 Camp News
The camp season is underway but there are still spaces available at all camp locations. Why not explore some of the wonderful camp experiences GSEP has to offer. Registration for most camp sessions close one week prior to the camp start date. Space is limited so register today using the
Financial aid for camps has been extended pending availability of funds. Download an application online.
Additional funds are also available for various camp scholarships. Find details on qualifications and applications online.
Retail Corner

GSEP Retail Ad for July
Family Partnership Update 


The Family Partnership Campaign is a convenient and meaningful way for parents and families to support not only their daughters, but all Girl Scouts in their community.  


GSEP needs your participation in this year's Family Partnership campaign because  while Cookie and Fall Product sales support programs and camps they do not cover the expense of providing the full Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls-a cost of nearly $300 per girl!   While the $12 Girl Scout membership fee goes directly to our national organization GSUSA to support program development and insurance, all contributions made to the Family Partnership Campaign directly supports Girl Scouts living in Eastern Pennsylvania.  That means all funds raised through Family Partnerships goes towards local needs, including, volunteer development, providing affordable camp prices, and offering a full Girl Scout experience to all girls who wish to participate.


As a special thank you, all families who contribute will receive an "I heart GS" button. Also, the Service Unit that has the highest percentage of families participating towards the campaign will receive a free camporee weekend at Camp Tohikanee (restrictions and time frame will apply).



Picture Place


Congratulations to six Girl Scouts from Junior Troop 258,
in the Palisades Service Unit who received their Bronze Award
for their project which brightened the young patients' of the
Children's Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital.


New Hampshire Adventure Trip
Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors reach the summit on their New Hampshire Adventure trip to the White Mountains Presidential Traverse. Pictured are (standing) Maggie Gallagher, Dawn Gallagher, Riley Damitz, Megan Carbone, Ann Bebout, Julia Bebout; (seated) Anna Sixsmith, Erin Skibbens; (not pictured) Meg Kenna Skibbens


Troop 8819
Troop #8819, Easton with many of the items they collected
throughout the year to send to a Mexican orphanage, as part
of their Bronze Award. They completed their requirements
the night that this photo was taken. 


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In This Issue
Spotlight On...
Take the Lead
Program Update
Registration Update
Family Partnership Update
Picture Place

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Price Match Guarantee!

GSEP matches all GSUSA prices in our council shops and online. This includes
in-stock sale items!

Adult Camping Weekend 
Join GSEP for fun in the sun at the annual Adult Camping Weekend in support of the Older Girl Scholarship fund! The event will be August 16-18 at Camp Tweedale. To attend please download the registration form. For more information contact Kelly Strause at 610.791.2411 x1513.
2013 Nuts About Reading Rally 

September 14, 2013
Valley Forge Service Center

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