Friday, March 27, 2015

Cookie Update - A Message from our CEO

Hey Girl Scout Cookie Rock Stars!

We are heading down the home stretch! There are only 2 days left till Girl Scout Cookies say goodbye for the rest of 2015!

There are still girls out there working hard to reach their goals. Let’s support these Girl Scouts who are so dedicated to success and who are committed to the very end!

This has been a truly unique cookie season. Girls have had exceptional experiences and they will come away with great memories to share! This only happens because you gave your time, talents and encouragement to the girls you care about. I would like to share my heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of our girls’ journeys. Thank you for being a cheering team for our girls, and thank you for all of the support you have given to your girls through this extraordinary and fabulous cookie season!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Tracy Keller

Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Join Us for Spring 2015 Town Hall Meetings

Join us at April Town Hall meetings for your chance to share ideas among volunteer and staff teams. All volunteers are invited to attend the Town Hall meeting that is the most convenient. RSVP and help us create the agenda by taking this short survey.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7:30-9 p.m.
Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m.
Kill Devil Hills Public Library, 400 Mustian Ave., Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Monday, April 20, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Gates County Community Center, 130 US Hwy 158 West, Gates, NC 27938

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 6:30-8 p.m.
First Christian Church, 1458 Todds Ln, Hampton, VA 23666

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Miles Memorial United Methodist Church, 9450 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23503

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church - Room #14, 4320 Bruce Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23321

Questions? Contact Millicent Luu at

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Girl Scouts Tour of the College of William & Mary

Are you interested in attending the 
College of William and Mary someday? Come take a tour of the College! The ladies of Kappa Delta will lead you on a fun, engaging and informative tour of campus. Get the best advice about how to navigate the ropes of college from girls just like you!
Open to Girl Scouts of all ages.

March 28th, 2015
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Meet and pick up at Sorority field at the College of William & Mary
Deadline: March 26, 2015

RSVP: To Alison Cohen  

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads - Youth Poetry Explosion

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads invites young people in grades K-12 to participate in a Youth Poetry Explosion at two locations.  Children may attend any one of the three sessions.

  • Visit the Chrysler Museum of Art 
  • Tour a gallery
  • Write a poem about a work of art
  • Read your poem and receive an award of participation
  • Members of The Muse and Hampton Roads Writers will assist you with writing your poems
  • Enjoy a day with friends and family at Chrysler Museum of Art

  • Saturday, April 11, 2015
    The Chrysler Museum of Art
    One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510
    Session 1 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
    Session 2 10:50 – 11:20 a.m.
    Session 3 11: 30 a.m. – noon
    Deadline: April 10, 2015
    Register here:

    Saturday, April 18, 2015
    The Charles Taylor Arts Center
    4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton VA 23669
    Time: 10:15 to 12:30 a.m. 
    Session I 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
    Session 2 10:50 – 11:20 a.m.
    Session 3 11: 30 a.m. – noon
    Deadline: April 17, 2015
    Register here:

    Friday, March 20, 2015

    Spring 2015 Renewal - Claim your Spot!

    “I am the leader and I wanted the girls to know I would still be there for them in the fall."
    “Troop records are accurate and ready for fall.”
    “Easier on me as a leader to get everyone registered in the spring rather than chasing $ in the fall just after back-to-school shopping.”

    The 2015 Early Bird Registration Campaign begins on April 1, 2015.  This is an opportunity to re-register for the next membership year in Girl Scouting (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016).  Get prepared to plan ahead and get a jump start on your fall troop start-up activities!  Go here to download the flyer.

    The Membership Spring Re-registration “Early Bird” Campaign starts April 1 and ends June 4 at 4 p.m.  Earn a great incentive while each girl receives a free patch.

    More about the rewards:

    Volunteer and Outdoor Learning Progression

    Now that it is spring and the girls in your troop are reaching their cookie program goals, you will be getting ready to go on trips.  It is important to know what you can do with the girls and what training you will need to do in order to meet the girls' goals of going on that trip that they worked so hard for during the cookie program.

    In Volunteer Essentials 2014-2015, beginning on page 22, you will find the Volunteer Learning Progression charts that explain the training you need depending on the position you hold.  For example:  if you are a troop leader, co-leader or an assistant leader; you will need to take the following adult learning classes:

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    2015 Alcoa Scholars Program

    For its second year, Alcoa Foundation is partnering with Nature Bridge – a trusted nonprofit organization that provides hands-on environmental field science education for teens in national parks – to send 54 16 to 18 year olds from Alcoa communities around the globe to experience either Yosemite National Park in California or Olympic National Park in Washington for two weeks this summer.

    Alcoa Foundation scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of a student’s application and recommendation and will cover full program costs, including round-trip international travel and passport and visa fees, if necessary. For more information about the Alcoa Scholars Program and to fill out an application, visit

    The deadline for applying is May 1; winners will be announced May 22. Please note: all participants must be proficient in English.

    We are thrilled to bring this opportunity to learn and experience science through nature to high-potential students around the world.

    If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kemi Goodwin, human resources manager, at 757-825-7076, or Alice Truscott, communications & program specialist, at 212-836-2835.

    Last year, we sent 24 students from 12 countries and we’re proud to say two were from the Hampton Roads area. To see photos and daily blog posts from the 2014 Alcoa Scholars Program, click here.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Cookie Update - A Message from our CEO, We are in the Final Stretch!

    Hey Girl Scout Cookie Rock Stars!

    March Madness is here and we’re excited that our Girl Scout Cookie season has been extended to March 29! That means more time to have fun with friends and more proceeds to build your Girl Scout adventures. Having a few more days to practice our cookie entrepreneur skills is big stuff to us! We’re taking 5 and celebrating March Madness by offering a little something extra to help your girls make a final push to reach their goals.
    • Take 5 cases of cookies from any Council cupboard between March 19, 2015, and March 25, 2015, and qualify for AMAZING new rewards!
    • For every 5 cases of cookies your troop takes, your troop will be entered to win!
    • For every 5 cases you take, your troop will receive a $5 coupon to the Council shop good on any purchase of $25 or more!
    See this flier for details.

    Hurry! There are only 3,912 cases of cookies left in the cupboards so get your cases before they are gone.

    Thank you for your support and your Girl Scout spirit! Girls are learning to find the silver lining in any cloud (and we sure had more than our share this season!). You are helping turn up the sunshine in her life!

    Yours in Girl Scouting,
    Tracy Keller
    Chief Executive Officer
    Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

    Shop Promotions for Month of April

    April 14-17: Volunteer Appreciation Week
    Shop early for Bridging supplies!
    Receive a 15 percent discount off entire purchase including Bridging supplies (while supplies last).

    “GO!” Activity Fun Patches for April: 

    • Biking
    • Caving 
    • Earth Day 
    • Helping Hands Food Drive 
    • Hiking 
    • Rock Climbing 
    • Ropes

    New Items!
    Cookie Scented Yankee Candles: $2.99 car jar air freshener$15.99 tumbler, and $27.99 large jar
    Girl Scout Jumbo Pencil: $1.75
    Girl Scout Mini Journal: $3.25
    Girl Scout Pet Pals Necklace Blue Dog: $10
    Girl Scout Pet Pals Necklace Pink Cat: $10
    Girl Scout Plush Doll: $19.99 (available in four varieties in both Girl Scout Brownie and Girl Scout Junior grade levels)
    Girl Scout Slap Bracelet: $4.50

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Educator Workshop on Birds

    Celebrate birds with Flying WILD, a conservation education guide featuring interdisciplinary hands-on activities along with information for engaging students in a school wide bird festival. Key concepts include migration, adaptation, the importance of habitat, and bird conservation efforts. Designed originally for middle school teachers and students, the guide contains activities suitable for all Girl Scout grade levels. Additional information about the guide can be found at

    All participants will receive a copy of the Flying WILD Activity guide and supplementary materials on Virginia birds.

    Date: March 30, 2015
    Time: 4:00 PM to 7:30PM – bring a sandwich/snack
    Location: Ernie Morgan Center - 3500 A Granby Street Norfolk
    Cost: Free! Pre-registration is required. Deadline 3/23/15

    Sponsored by the
    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Cookie Update - A Message From our CEO

    Hello Cookie Team,

    What’s the nation’s best-selling Girl Scout Cookie? The Thin Mint, of course! In fact, every year, Thin Mints account for approximately 25 percent of cookie sales! We want to make sure that our customers in our Council’s area are able to purchase and enjoy this #1 cookie. We have been fortunate that we have not experienced a shortage of Thin Mints to date.  Beginning next week, we anticipate a challenge to getting enough Thin Mints to our customers.  This challenge has been due to weather conditions and issues experienced by our baker, Little Brownie Bakers.

    In true Girl Scout spirit and through creative work by volunteers and staff, we were able to locate Thin Mints! Thanks to sister Girl Scout councils and Little Brownie Bakers, we have enough inventory to see us through the end of booth sales and the cookie season.

    We want to make you aware that the Thin Mints we were able to secure, and that will arrive next week are from ABC Bakers, one of two GSUSA approved bakers in the country. These are similar looking and tasting Girl Scout branded Thin Mints.  ABC cookies have a scalloped edge instead of a smooth edge, but they will taste like Girl Scout Thin Mints!  Most of the other aspects of the cookie and packaging are nearly the same, including being vegan and having the same allergen listings (see attachment).  Please know that this alternative cookie was carefully considered and chosen to help ensure a continued supply of Thin Mints will be available to you before cookie season ends.

    All varieties of Girl Scout cookies in our cupboards now are Little Brownie Bakers cookies.  ABC Thin Mint cookies are scheduled to arrive in time for booths sales that will be occurring the last two weekends in March.

    Thanks to you, our caring volunteers, the girls continue to have opportunities to meet their goals – and to put their cookie skills to work to make the best of an unexpected situation – a lesson that will help a girl for the rest of her life.

    Yours in Girl Scouting,
    Tracy Keller

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Earth Day II in Nags Head, NC

    April 18, 2015
    1 – 4pm.

    Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, NC is hosting Earth Day. If your troop is interested in helping to spread the Girl Scout message by having a table, creating an Earth Day craft or helping the pier with their tables, email us and join us!

    Donna Farnham at 757-410-1406 or

    Me & My Guy Take Action Project - Build Wood Duck and Bluebird Nesting Structures

    March 22, 2015
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    BASF Site, Williamsburg, VA

    Deadline: March 16, 2015

    Grade: Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors
    Girls:     Min: 12     Max:24
    Adults:  Min: 4        Max:8
    This is a girl and adult event all must pay to participate.
    Questions? Event

    Come join BASF in building nesting structures for song birds and wood ducks. The purpose of this project is to improve the available habitat for nesting. The song bird houses you will be building will provide needed space for bluebirds that have been attempting to nest in the established purple martin colony housing. We are also trying to provide nesting opportunities for the wood ducks to encourage wildlife diversity in the area. Wood ducks prefer to nest in natural tree cavities near water features; however these nest sites are scarce. Building nest boxes for wood ducks is a great way to fill this needed habitat niche. Construction  and posting will be completed at the BASF landscape in Williamsburg.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    Archery Instructor Course

    Sunday, April 12, 2015
    12 noon - 6 p.m.

    This course will teach you the basic steps of shooting, preparing you to instruct archery courses for Girl Scout groups.

    Register here on eBiz.

    Please contact Cheryl McGrenra, adult learning manager, with any questions at 757-410-0595 or

    Outdoor III: Advanced Camping Skills Training Course

    This two-part course is designed for adults with camping experience to learn advanced cooking methods, program and outdoor skills.  Emphasis is on advanced lashing, compass skills and nature exploration.  Attendance at a pre-course planning session is required.  The planning session will cover what items to bring, menu, and other details pertaining to the overnight portion of the course.

    Pre-Course Date:  Sunday, April 12, 2015
    Time:  2 - 5 p.m.
    Location:  Camp Apasus, Norfolk

    Overnight:  Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, April 26, 2015
    Time:  Report at 8 a.m. Saturday, Done at 11 a.m. Sunday
    Location:  Camp Apasus, Norfolk

    Register here through eBiz.

    Questions?  Please contact Cheryl McGrenra, adult learning manager, at 757-410-0595 or