Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Shop Promotions for Month of November

November 4
Voter Appreciation
Receive a discount of 10 percent off entire purchase when you show your Voter Sticker.

November 11
Veteran Appreciation
Receive a discount of 15 percent off entire purchase when you show your Military ID.

November 16
Volunteer Appreciation
New leaders who attend the Volunteer Open House and make a purchase at the shop will receive a discount of 10 percent off entire purchase.

November 24 – 25
Receive a discount of 15 percent off all merchandise you can stuff into a bag provided by the shop.

Thanksgiving Holiday
The shops will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Chesapeake shop will be open on Saturday, November 28.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Let YOUR VOICE be heard with Girl Voices!

We'd like to thank everyone who completed step one of our Girl Voices survey. Congratulations to the four winners who completed step one by September 30, 2014 and were selected to win. They each won a $25 program credit or shop certificate!
GIRLS you still have time to participate and have a chance to win a FREE week at summer camp to be used the summer of 2015. 
Complete Step1 - Go here www.girlscoutvoices.org to register to be a member of the Girl Voices panel. 
Complete Step 2 - Complete the Girl Voices Survey by November 1, 2014t to be entered to win a FREE week of Camp! Surveys will be sent to any girl who registers to become a Girl Voices panelist by November 1, 2014.

Community Service Opportunity with Operation Homefront

Volunteers are needed to sort donated toys for Operation Homefront. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has provided assistance to thousands of military families since its inception in 2002.

The following days we will tentatively be sorting at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach, VA:
Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 10a.m.-2p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 10a.m.-2p.m.
Monday, December 1, 2014 from 10a.m.-2p.m.
Monday, December 8, 2014 from 10a.m.-2p.m.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 10a.m.-2p.m.
Additional dates may be added the week of December 8-12, 2014.
Distribution will be held on December 13, 2014 from 9a.m.-4p.m. and December 14, 2014 from 12p.m.-5p.m. (Volunteers for the first shift will need to be there an hour early to help with set-up and the last shift will stay an hour late to help with break down.)

The following days we will tentatively be sorting toys in Hampton VA:
Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 2014 from 10a.m.-2p.m.
Tuesday,  December 2, 2014 from 10a.m.- 2p.m.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 10a.m.-2p.m.
Additional dates may be added the week of December 1-5, 2014.
Distribution will be held on December 6, 2014 from 10a.m.-4p.m. (Volunteers for the first shift will need to be there an hour early to help with set-up and the last shift will stay an hour late to help with break down.)

Please keep in mind that these dates are still tentative and that we might not be there the entire planned time. It all depends on the number of volunteers we have that day and the amount of toys to be sorted.

Thank you so much for your interest in helping Operation Homefront with our holiday toy drive and being able to provide over 3,000 military children in need with a joyous Holiday.

For additional information and to sign up to help, contact:

Lauren Cossel
AmeriCorps Member- American Legion Auxillary “Call To Service Corps”
Program Coordinator
Operation Homefront – Mid-Atlantic
Serving Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia
904-524-3193 – cell
757-806-6150 – office

Friday, October 10, 2014

Let YOUR VOICE be heard with GIRL VOICES…and get the chance to win a WEEK OF SUMMER CAMP!

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast invites Girl Scout members to use our online survey system to tell us about their Girl Scout experiences. Feedback will help us better understand how Girl Scouting is benefiting girls and how we can make their experiences even better!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Service Units can earn $50.00!

Now is a great time to be a Girl Scout!  Share an awesome Girl Scout Leadership Experience with more girls!  Service Units that achieve 75% of their girl goal by November 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. will receive $50! Contact your membership team member for more information.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Add a Friend - Earn Your Patch!

What's more fun than Girl Scouts? NOTHING! But bringing in just one more friend to join gives you double the fun!

Girls who bring a friend to join Girl Scouts between now and December 15, 2014, will receive the "Discover the Universe" patch. Your friend will also receive a patch.

Then you and your friend have the opportunity to participate in all of the fun Girl Scout activities together! Your troop can learn more or complete this form.

Have you registered for the upcoming 2014-15 Girl Scout membership year yet? We've got so much in store for you! Register here.

Community 2 - Spice Up Your Skills Fall Volunteer Development Day

Thalia United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Workshops include Girl Scout Program Basics, Risk Management, Tips for Trips, PB&J (Proficiency Badges and Journeys), First Aid/CPR/AED, Managing Troop Finances and Compass Skills.

Click here for more information and to register.

Volunteer Support Team (VST) Position Training - Saturday, October 25, 2014

Did you miss the 2014 Dare to Lead! VST Conference on Saturday, August 9, but still need to take your VST position training?  If so, you can register to attend the VST training that will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Great Bridge United Methodist Church in Chesapeake.

Go here to register.

Please contact cherylm@gsccc.org if you have any questions.

Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning Classes

Do you enjoy talking to adult volunteers?  Do you enjoy speaking in front of a group?  Are you ready to take the next step to become an adult learning facilitator?  If the answers to any of these questions are yes, you should register for one of our upcoming Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning classes.
  • Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Peninsula Service Center
  • Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. - A Place for Girls

Please register here through eBiz.

Please direct any questions to Cheryl McGrenra, Adult Learning Manager, at cherylm@gsccc.org.

New Volunteer Open House - Sunday, November 16, 2014

Date:  Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time:  Open House - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
            Classes begin at 3 p.m.
Location:  A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

Don't miss this great opportunity to:
  • Tour A Place for Girls, The Lodge, and The Outback
  • Learn about camp and council programs
  • Make S.W.A.P.S. (Something Wonderfully Affectionate Pinned Somewhere)
  • Meet staff, network with other volunteers and visit the Girl Scout Shop
Classes that will be available are:
  • GS Program Basics - 3-6 p.m. 

Enrichment Classes:
  • Conflict Management - 3-4:30 p.m. or 4:30-6 p.m.
  • GS Patchwork - 3-4:30 p.m. or 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Managing Troop Finances - 3-4:30 p.m. or 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Troop Organization Tips - 3-4:30 p.m. or 4:30-6 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl McGrenra, adult learning manager, at 410-0595, or email cherylm@gsccc.org.

Register here on eBiz.

Flags for Flag Retirement

Council has flags available for  SU or troop  encampment flag retirement ceremonies.  Please contact Donna Farnham to make arrangements to receive one. 

donnaf@gsccc.org or 757-410-1406

Friday, October 3, 2014

The AMAZING Cookie Kick Off - Deadline October 17, 2014 - Time Change!

November 22, 2014
6 - 9 p.m.*
Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth, VA
$11(includes event patch)

Join us for the Amazing Cookie Kick Off sponsored by Towne Bank. Girls will learn everythintg they need to know about being a CEO…that’s Cookie Entrepreneur Officer! Participants will earn their cookie pin and complete badge activities from the cookie business badge category including Meet My Customers, Cookie CEO, Business Plan, My Portfolio and Research & Development! Taste our new Rah!Rah! Raisin cookie and join your fellow Girl Scouts for a super fun dance party!

This is a girl and adult event. 
Tagalongs are welcome. 
All must pay to attend.

Grade Levels: GS Daisy/Brownie/Junior/Cadette/Senior/Ambassador/Adult/Tagalong

Register online with eBiz.

Questions? Event content: jacquelineb@gsccc.org.
Registration: support@gsccc.org

*Please note change in time

Community 4 Girl Awards Committee Meetings are now scheduled

October 11, 2014 -  Manteo Field Office
November 8, 2014 -  Gates County Community Center
December 13, 2014 -  Currituck Library, Barco 
January 10, 2015 - Manteo Field Office
February 14, 2015 -  Manteo Field Office 
March 14 , 2015 - Currituck Library, Barco
April 11, 2015  - Manteo Field Office
May 9, 2015  - Gates County Community Center
June 6, 2015  - Currituck Library, Barco
July 11, 2015  - Manteo Field Office

Review of Proposals and Finals will be from 12-1 p.m.
Mentoring for Girl Awards will be by appointment on review days from 1-2 p.m.  OR by appointment outside of review dates. Appointments can be made by emailing gaccommunity4@email.com with the request. Please allow for 48 hour response time to requests.
Please request appointments on any review date even ones outside of their immediate area. i.e. review is being held in Currituck but they live Kill Devil Hills.
2014-2015 Review dates are being scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of the month except June 2015 which the 1st Saturday. 

New Go for Gold Workshop Added

Go for Gold!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
7-9 p.m.
Virginia Beach Christian Church - Fellowship Hall
2225 Rosehall Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Deadline: October 13, 2014
To register, visit eBiz.

Think you might like to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award? This workshop includes information on choosing and planning a Gold Award project, completing the application and answering questions you might have. Training is open to Girl Scouts ages 14 – 17, leaders, consultants or anyone interested. Completion of the Go for Gold Workshop is required for all girls pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award. Bring items for note taking. All participants (including adults) MUST pre-register.  

This is a girl and adult activity. Both must pay to attend. GS Senior/Ambassador/Adult.  

Questions? Program content: Robyn Singleton at robyns@gsccc.org
Registration: support@gsccc.org

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Volunteer Development Day, Virgnia Beach

You're invited to Spice up your Skills!
October 18, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thalia United Methodist Church
4321 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach,VA 23452

Registration Deadline: October 12, 2014

Come for a single session or for the day!
Unless noted, all sessions are FREE. Advance registration is required.
Bring own lunch or leave time to visit the nearby restaurants.

10 a.m -1 p.m.       Girl Scout Program Basics ($3 fee)
10 a.m.-Noon        Risk Management
10- 11:30 a.m.       Tips for Trips
Noon- 4 p.m.         First Aid/ CPR Certification ( $40 fee)
1-3 p.m.                 Managing Troop Finances
1-4 p.m.                 PB&J (Proficiency Badges & Journeys)
1:30 - 3 p.m.           Compass Basics

For more information- including class descriptions- and to register, visit the community event page: gs-coastalconnection.weebly.com/spice