Monday, December 5, 2016

GSCCC is Moving to a New Membership System AND Going Live with Volunteer Toolkit!

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON NEW SYSTEM
  • Parents and Volunteers, keep an eye on your inbox. You will receive a login and password from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, which will connect you to the new enhanced membership registration experience. Also, note that events and activities will continue to be purchased in eBiz and will be available later this month. There will be a brief break in this service.
  • Volunteers, please note that access to the toolkit will be available after you login using the information GSUSA will email at the end of this month. The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is the ultimate resource for a troop leader and one parents will benefit from as well. It will help leaders plan meetings, communicate with parents and check out great badge opportunities for your girls.
Send any questions you have to customercare@gsccc.org. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Upcoming Closings

The Newport News office and shop will be closed all day Friday, December 9. The Chesapeake office and shop will close at noon Friday, December 9. The Chesapeake shop will be open normal business hours Saturday, December 10.

Shop Promotions for the Month of December

December 1, 2, 3: Holiday Open House
  • Receive a discount of 10 percent off your total purchase!
  • Receive a discount of 50 percent off clearance items!
  • Snacks, giveaways, and free grab bags!
  • While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.

Activity Fun Patches
  • Caroling
  • Christmas Parade
  • Hiking
  • Lock-in
  • Wreath Laying

New Items
  • Bubble umbrella: $15
  • Chevron drawstring bag: $20
  • GSCCC fleece zip-up: $35 (all sizes)
  • Lead Like A Girl Scout adult tee: $30
  • Pullover heather hooded tee: $44
  • S’mores best friends pouch: $15
  • Two-tone cuffed beanie: $18
  • Two-tone fleece jacket: $29.95
  • Two-tone gloves: $13

Calling all Volunteers!!

Start talking to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers about becoming a new troop co-leader for the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. If you recruit someone to start a new Daisy, Brownie or Junior troop, you’ll earn $50 to Badge & Sash online store and the new co-leader will receive a Volunteer Resource Pack (a $50 value). Once your friend joins as a Girl Scout leader and starts a new troop, you're ready to redeem your reward. Let us know so you can collect your prize. The Girl Scouts Invite-A-Friend program ends on December 15.

Color Me Mine Ornament Painting Party

Girl Scouts and leaders are invited to join us for an ornament painting party at our Ghent or Hilltop locations. Each participant will paint two trefoil ornaments, one to keep and one to swap! Call to reserve your seat.

Date/Time: 
December 18, 2016, 4–5 p.m. or 5–6 p.m.

Cost: 
$10 per child

Locations:
Color Me Mine Norfolk
1300 Colley Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-625-1666
www.norfolk.colormemine.com

Color Me Mine Virginia Beach
737 First Colonial Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-422-2166
www.vb.colormemine.com

See the event flyer for additional details.

New Silver Award Processing at GSCCC

Based on Girl Scout best practices nationally, GSCCC has made a change in the way Girl Scout Silver Awards will be processed effective immediately. Starting now, Girl Scout Silver Award projects will be approved by the troop leader or, if a girl is not a troop member, by the assigned adult volunteer within her service unit. Guidelines and help to approve and assist girls can be found on the GSUSA’s website.

The Opportunity Catalog is Coming!

Have you heard? Our new Opportunity Catalog is going live near the end of December 2016.  This will bring more opportunities for girls, troops and volunteers at Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast than ever before! This means instant access to add troop openings, volunteer opportunities and updating troop information at the click of a button. This amazing new tool lets parents find and join a troop instantly during the online registration process.

We know you are excited so here’s a quick overview:
The new troop catalog can be utilized by troop leaders to:
  • Add new troop openings
  • Change meeting dates/locations
  • Find new troop volunteers

Monday, November 28, 2016

Volunteer Opportunities at 2017 GSCCC Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon!

Calling all Girl Scouts!
Step up and volunteer at this year’s 2017 GSCCC Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon! There’s plenty of ways adults and girls may be involved. The event has a party spirit as we celebrate our girls and volunteers AND who we are as Girl Scouts! Take a look at the opportunities and decide how you can participate. You may want to volunteer only for Annual Council Meeting or the Awards Luncheon – or both! Select an opportunity and email customercare@gsccc.org, and we’ll get back to you with full details. Deadline to respond is Monday, December 19, 2016.

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.

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 5 years) at the Annual Awards Luncheon.

If you have served as a volunteer for 20, 25, 30, 35 or more years, let us know.

The Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Hampton Convention Center following the Annual Council Meeting.

Information and nomination form for the Volunteer Years of Service pin can be found here.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

Volunteers do wonderful things and they go above and beyond the expectations of their position. Take time to recognize these outstanding individuals by nominating them for a GSUSA national award. The deadline for nominations for the Thanks Badge (I and II), Honor Pin and Appreciation Pin is December 1, 2016, for volunteer service performed in the 2015-2016 membership year. Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon following the Annual Council Meeting on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at the Hampton Convention Center.

Information about the awards and nomination forms can be found here.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II Class Just Added

Do you still need to take the face-to-face Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II class? Join us on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Kings Grant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach from 9-11 a.m.

Register through eBiz before January 9, 2017.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Cookie Baking Community Service Project

The Girl Advisory Board (GAB) girls want your help in treating others to some homemade cookies for the holidays. Stratford University in Newport News has offered the use of their culinary kitchen and Now UR Cooking chefs have offered their expertise for the service project.

Three sessions will be offered on December 10, 2016. Sign up here on eBiz for a session convenient to you, and get ready to make some cookies!

Session 1: 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Session 2: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session 3: 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Minimum 10 girls per time frame.

Maximum 30 girls per time frame.

$5 fee per girl (includes community service project rocker)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday Closings

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 23-26 and will resume regular hours on Monday, November 28.

Girl Scout Night Special for the Nutcracker at Chrysler Hall

Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, is bringing the Nutcracker to Chrysler Hall from December 2-4 with a Girl Scout Night special for the evening performance on Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m. Girl Scout troops can purchase tickets at a reduced cost and get a chance to participate in a meet and greet with the dancers after the show! Use the discount code SCOUT and receive 15 percent off. The discount does not apply to $20 tickets or previously purchased tickets and is ONLY available for the December 3 performance. Purchase tickets at Ticketmaster either by phone (800-982-2787) or online at Ticketmaster.com. For group sales, call 757-664-6249.
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