Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Camp Skimino Amazing Race Core Camp - November 3-5, 2017

Amazing Race Core Camp
Friday, November 3 to Sunday, November 5, 2017

Brownies through Ambassadors
Camp Skimino, Williamsburg, VA

$75 per person

Don't miss your chance to register by October 20, 2017!

Join us for an all-inclusive weekend of camping fun! First time and experienced campers are welcome to attend. Experience camping at its best as your girls participate in outdoor activities such as:
  • Canoeing
  • Low ropes
  • Archery
  • S'mores and More!
In the evening, join us at the Camp Skimino All-Camp for a campfire, silly songs and awards. No previous camping experience or training is required. The per-person price includes meals, lodging, outdoor education activities, a patch, and a badge.

For an added bonus, each troop may register two volunteers to each of the following courses: Low ropes training, archery training and Outdoor I and II training. Take your troop on an awesome camping trip and adults come away with training.  What could be better!

Each troop is to assure the girl-to-adult ratio is met (do not count volunteers attending training in the girl-to-adult ratios). Volunteers contact CustomerCare@gsccc.org to register for the training courses.

This is a troop or group event. Both girls and adults pay to attend. No tagalongs. Questions? Contact CustomerCare@gsccc.org.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Girl Recognition - Buck Harris Award Nomination

The Buck Harris Award was established upon the retirement of Buck Harris, a former executive director of the Virginia Tidewater Girl Scout Council. Buck dedicated her life to providing the finest in camping and outdoor education programs.

This award is presented at the Annual Council Meeting each year and consists of a framed certificate and a certificate towards attending a GSCCC sponsored summer camp. To qualify for the award, a girl must be nominated by the girls in her troop, group or service unit or by an adult who is aware of her qualifications. As girls decide on their nominee, help them understand this is more than a popularity contest.

Nominations are due to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast by Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Have You Been a Girl Scout Volunteer for 20 or More Years?

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast formally recognizes volunteer years of service of 20 or more years (in increments of five years) at the Annual Awards event. This event will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Chesapeake Convention Center.

If you have served as a volunteer for 20, 25, 30, 35, or more years, let us know by completing the nomination form by Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

Volunteers do wonderful things and they go above and beyond the expectations of their position. Take time to recognize these go-getters by nominating them for a GSUSA national award. The deadline for nominations for the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, and Thanks Badge II is Wednesday, November 1, 2017, for volunteer service performed in the 2016-2017 membership year. Awards will be presented before the Annual Council Meeting on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Chesapeake Convention Center.

Find information about the awards and nominations forms on the Council website at gsccc.org.

Shop Promotions for the Month of November

November 1-30: Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Williamsburg $1.50 each.

November 10-11: Veteran Appreciation Day
Receive a discount of 15 percent off entire purchase when you show your Military ID.

New Items
  • GS Activity Uniform - Daisy: $28
  • GS Activity Uniform - Brownie: $28
  • GS Activity Uniform - Junior: $28
  • GS Activity Uniform - Cadette, Senior, Ambassador: $30
  • GS Denim Tote Bag: $34
  • GS G.I.R.L. Lanyard: $6
  • GS G.I.R.L. Token Necklace: $12
  • GS G.I.R.L. Tote Bag: $24
  • GS Missy Heather Navy Split Neck Tee: $30
  • GS Missy Official Navy Shirt: $48
  • GS Missy Soft Shell Top: $32
  • GS Navy Tote Bag: $34
  • GS Pearl Profiles Pendant: $24
  • GS Puff Rhinestone Key Ring: $10
  • GS Vintage Runners Brooch: $30
  • GS Watch: $55

Superpower Your Girl Scout Troop Year with the Volunteer Toolkit

Learn how the fully customizable digital planning Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) can save you time and energy all year long, so that you can focus on unleashing the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in her, ensuring she has every opportunity she deserves to build a lifetime of leadership, success and adventure.

View this short video and learn how you can save time when using the Volunteer Toolkit!

How can you get started?
Go to the gsccc.org website, and:

1. Click on the yellow "My GS" link located at the top right.
2. Click “Volunteer Toolkit”.
3. Sign in using your member username and password.
4. Click on “Volunteer Toolkit” to get started.

Questions? Contact CustomerCare@gsccc.org.

NASA Langley Open House - October 21, 2017

NASA Langley’s Open House
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Event is free and open to the public.

You are cordially invited to attend NASA Langley’s Open House. This event features: tours, lectures, and hands-on activities showcasing NASA Langley’s “storied legacy and soaring future”.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Girl Scouts to experience the evolution of space exploration, see a variety of STEM careers, and make authentic workforce connections.

If you are interested in bringing a group by bus, contact Ann Marie Trotta at ann.marie.trotta@nasa.gov for additional details.

For more information, visit the NASA Langley Research Center open house webpage.

Events Closing Soon! Register Today.

Visit the GSCCC Event Page for event details and registration.

Don’t miss the boat!
Nautical Adventure
This is a girl and adult event.
Spirit of Norfolk
Norfolk, VA
Set Sail: October 28, 2017
Check in: 11:15 a.m.
Depart: 11:45 a.m.
Cost: $32 (includes all-you-can-eat buffet and event patch)
New Registration Deadline: October 20.

Financial Cents
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
November 4, 2017
10 a.m.-1 p.m. (each age group in 1.5 hour session)
$12 (includes Financial Literacy badge)
Registration Deadline: October 18.

Camp Darden Climbing Wall Training

Learn how to work with girls on the Camp Darden Climbing Wall.

Attend one of the upcoming Climbing Wall training courses. Visit eBiz for details and registration.

Training Dates:
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $20
Location: Camp Darden, Courtland, VA

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Fire Safety Education Patch Program

Girl Scouts of Connecticut and BIC have partnered to develop and offer the Play Safe! Be Safe! Fire Safety Education Patch Program. What a great way for Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies to learn about fire safety and then earn a free Fire Safety Education Patch!

The program includes four lessons:
  • My Friend the Firefighter
  • Stop! Drop! and Roll!
  • Get Low and Go
  • Safe for Play! Keep Away!

To earn the free patch, girls complete 6 out of 11 interactive activities relating to the lessons, which includes a visit to a local fire station, completing a mock fire drill, and writing a skit or story about the importance of fire safety.

For more information and to see a complete program Leader Guide, visit: www.playsafebesafe.com/girlscouts

Troop Openings Opportunity Catalog

Volunteers can now view the Troop Openings Opportunity Catalog online to find troop openings for girls and adults without using the Join button on the GSCCC website.

To view troop openings for girls, visit: https://girlscouts.secure.force.com/girl/GirlCatalog_TroopGroupRoleSearch.

To view volunteer opportunities for adults, visit: https://girlscouts.secure.force.com/VolunteerCatalog_TroopOrGroupRoleSearch.

For additional information, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Highest Awards

We are changing the way we refer to girls who earn our highest awards. Effective immediately, we will use “Gold Award Girl Scouts”, "Silver Award Girl Scouts” and “Bronze Award Girl Scouts”. This language has the potential to strengthen engagement with our brand. We are excited for our movement because it allows us to effectively incorporate our highest awards and, more importantly, the girls who work so hard to earn them, into the larger Girl Scout story.

What Is Your Vision?

How to Create Your Own Vision Board
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
No cost. Girl Scout adults only.
Registration Deadline: November 12, 2017.

A vision board helps inspire you to image the future. It represents a tangible example, idea or representation of where you are going. It should represent your dreams, goals, and your ideal life. Join Kate Godby, a GSCCC alumna, as she shares her inspirational journey that motivated her to make a vision board. She will share her tips to guide you through creating a vision board as you prepare for the New Year.

What to bring:
Bring pictures or images that represent or symbolize the experiences, feelings and possessions you want to attract in your life. They can be photographs, magazine cutouts or images from the internet. You will also want to include affirmations, inspirational words, quotations and thoughts. Choose things that make you feel good. Be creative!

Register early, space is limited.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Do You Want to be a Parliamentarian?

Parliamentary Procedure Course
Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Chesapeake Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians is offering eight students the opportunity to participate in a parliamentary procedure course on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The course and materials (RONR-in-brief) are free, however, students are required to apply for membership in the national ($75) and state organizations ($15). The total membership fees of $90 will cover the testing process and membership for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018. The local Chesapeake Unit has a membership fee of $25, invited, but not required. The cost for full-time students and active duty military is half for national and local fees.

Visit the National Association of Parliamentarians website to apply by October 21. If you are interested in applying, email Martha Rollins at mgrnap@aol.com.

Volunteer Opportunity at NASA Langley Research Center

Senior high school students and leaders are invited to volunteer at the NASA Langley Research Center Open House on October 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers will work a 4-hour shift either 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-4:30 p.m. A certificate of participation for hours of support will be emailed after the event.

Gates will open to the public for tours, interactive experiences and kid's activities. The Office of Education is seeking volunteers to work in the Kid Zone. There are ten activity options to select from; a recommended age range has been included:
    • Rover Races - all age groups
    • Parachuting Onto Mars - ages 8 and up
    • Paper Airplanes - ages 6 and up
    • UV Beads - ages 4 and up
    • Engineer a Satellite - ages 8 and up
    • Pocket Solar System - ages 8 and up
    • Saturn Models - ages 2-6
    • Community Mural - ages 4 and up
    • Coding w/Lego WeDo Mars Rover - ages 6 and up
    • Playdough Models - ages 3 and up

Register by noon on Friday, October 13, 2017. Once registered, volunteers will receive an email with session details and training material attachments. Informal training sessions will take place the second and third weeks in October.

Questions? Email gina.r.blystone@nasa.gov