Thursday, December 24, 2015

2016 Cookie Classic 5K and 1 Mile

Join the Girl Scouts of the 7 Sisters, 7 Cities community for the 2nd Annual Cookie Classic in in Chesapeake, VA. The Trefoil Trek is a 5K starting at 9 a.m., followed by the Samoa Stroll Kid's 1-Miler at 10 a.m. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and Girl Scouts can meet badge requirements!

We listened to our participants, and are returning to Bells Mill Park with course enhancements for a more accessible and family-friendly start/finish line. The volunteer race committee is working hard to improve the event, and this year we are offering free race photo downloads.  We are also rerouting the course so you won’t end the race on a hill (we think the latter is probably much appreciated!). Another change is our brand new logo. To celebrate our new logo, we are offering discount codes for our events from now through December 31, 2015.

Use the discount code TREFOIL to receive $5 off the Trefoil Trek 5K.   And use discount code SAMOA to receive $2 off the Samoa Stroll Kid's 1-Miler.

To learn more and to register visit the Cookie Classic event site here.

Global Action Award

Did you know the Girl Scout sisterhood not only stretches across the United States but spans the entire world, too?

Girl Scouts of the USA is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS, for short), which includes 10 million girls in 146 countries. And all of those girls in all of those countries are working to make the world a better place—just like Girl Scouts!

Each year, Girl Scouts of all levels can earn their Global Action Award. This award connects the WAGGGS sisterhood by helping girls work together to make a difference on a topic that affects girls and women all over the world. It’s an official national award, so girls can wear it just like a badge on the front of their vest or sash!

The theme for this year’s Global Action Award is “Increasing Girls’ Access to Education.” In many parts of the world, it is hard for girls to go to school and finish their education, whether due to poverty, lack of schools, or cultural factors. We believe every girl deserves the chance to get an education. Let’s make it happen!

To learn more about activities girls can engage in to raise awareness, help solve this worldwide problem, and earn their Global Action Award, check out these Global Action Award guidelines:

For Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (PDF)

For Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (PDF)

Winter Holiday Schedule

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for the winter holiday.  The Chesapeake shop will be open and resume regular hours on Saturday, January 2.  All offices and the Peninsula shop will resume regular hours January 4.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Holiday Schedule

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for the winter holiday.  The Chesapeake shop will be open and resume regular hours on Saturday, January 2.  All offices and the Peninsula shop will resume regular hours January 4.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Girls' Choice Badges: And the winner is...

Guess what? Today is a great day. That’s because the winning Girls’ Choice badge topic is in! And the winner is (drum roll please)...
The second Girls’ Choice badge will be Art in the Outdoors. How much fun will girls have doing this?

Now the real fun begins as we work hard to write and design the new badges, which we will be testing with girls in January. We can’t wait to hear what they think. And remember, girls will also have the chance to vote on the design of their badge from January 11-22. Stay tuned for that link, coming in January.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted. We are thrilled to be working with girls on more girl-led programming—they’re our favorite partners!

In the meantime, start taking notice of that crisp blue sky or the abstract sculptures in your local park, and get ready to create some amazing Art in the Outdoors next year. Badge requirements will be available for download May 30, 2016 and in council shops by the summer.

Girl Scout Discounts at Hampton Coliseum

1000 Coliseum Drive
PO Box 7309
Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 838-4203 www.hamptoncoliseum.org


Tickets available at  ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Box Office Hours:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday - Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday unless on event day.



Monster Jam
February 5 – 6, 2016
$5 off select tickets!
Discount valid on tickets regularly priced at $25. 
Minimum group order is 15 tickets. 
Deadline for group orders is February 3, 2016.
Additional fees may apply.




Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS
April 6 – 10, 2016
20% off select tickets!
Discount valid on tickets regularly priced at $25 and $20. 
Minimum group order is 15 tickets.
Deadline for group orders is April 4, 2016.
Additional fees may apply.



The Key Ingredient in Digital Cookie? STEM!

Are you ready for cookie season? Girl Scouts across the country are once again kicking their cookie sales into high gear, and one of the ways they’re selling your favorite treats just might change the world. Parents will receive an emails beginning December 19, 2015 that will include directions for enrolling their Girl Scouts in Digital Cookie, allowing their girls to sell cookies online.

Through the Digital Cookie platform, a game-changing upgrade to the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls have more ways than ever to connect with their customers, and are able to dig deeper into the economics of cookie selling by forecasting troop earnings and analyzing sales data. The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches the five essential life skills of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, and we’re excited to incorporate a new layer of twenty-first-century skills to ensure this generation is STEM savvy and ready to take the modern working world by storm.

The Digital Cookie 2.0 platform is made possible by Dell and Visa, companies that are providing Girl Scouts with the opportunity to learn more through platform technology and hardware enhancements.

The Tech World Needs Girls. We Can Help.

Close your eyes and try to picture a computer scientist. Who comes to mind? A geeky Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science? Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man lair with his homemade gadgets? Whoever it is, chances are you’re thinking of a man right now—and that’s a problem.

Girls need to be exposed to the fun, exciting world of computer science so they can have a direct impact on the twenty-first-century world we live in; and all of us need girls in computer science so that we can benefit from their creativity, problem solving, and general drive to make our world a better place.

That’s why Girl Scouts is thrilled to be a part of Google’s Made with Code initiative, which is helping millions of girls learn coding basics. If there’s a girl in your life, and you want her to have the brightest future possible, check out our free Made with Code party kit. It comes complete with super fun activities (Mixbeats! Make an animated GIF!) you and your group can complete even if you, as the host, have zero experience with computer science. Who knows, you might learn a thing or two yourself!

Winter Holiday Schedule

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for the winter holiday.  The Chesapeake shop will be open and resume regular hours on Saturday, January 2.  All offices and the Peninsula shop will resume regular hours January 4.

Monday, December 7, 2015

GSCCC Office and Retail Shop Hours

On Friday, December 11 the Chesapeake retail shop and the Peninsula Service Center office and retail shop will be closed.

The Chesapeake office will remain open during regular hours on December 11. The Chesapeake retail shop will resume regular hours on Saturday, December 12.

The Peninsula Service Center office and retail shop will resume regular hours on Monday, December 14.

Troop Project Opportunity - Centerpieces for Annual Award Luncheon

An Award Luncheon is held annually to recognize outstanding members who have a great impact on girls, our Council and the Girl Scout Movement. To add a special touch to the celebration, we are requesting donations of centerpieces created by girls to decorate each of the tables. In 2016, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award for girls, so the centerpieces should reflect that theme. This is a great chance for girls to show their creativity and share their artwork with all of GSCCC!

If your troop is interested in creating a centerpiece, please send notification by January 15, 2016, to christined@gsccc.org so that we know the number of centerpieces being made. Centerpieces can be delivered to any of the Council offices/service centers by Monday, February 1, 2016. Each centerpiece should be no more than 12 inches tall or wide and the troop’s number and location should be identified somewhere on the creation.

The 2016 luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 6, following the Annual Council Meeting at the Chesapeake Convention Center, 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia. Click here for more information about the Annual Council Meeting and Award Luncheon.

Contact Christine Duer, Volunteer Services Director, at christined@gsccc.org for more information.

Outdoor I and II: Combined Course

Outdoor I: 
This course will prepare volunteers to introduce girls to outside adventures. Emphasis is on knowledge of outdoor skills: meal planning and preparation (involving actual cooking/clean-up), use of kaper charts, propane stoves, knot tying, knife safety and protection of the natural world. Allows adult volunteers to take girls camping in a cabin or other walled structure.

Outdoor II: 
This overnight session is designed to prepare volunteers with the skills and knowledge to accompany the girls on a camping trip. Emphasis is on site set-up (tent and kitchen fly set-up and dishwashing), group cooking safety and program resources. Camp fire program, ecology and night activities will also be introduced.

Chesapeake Outdoors Upcoming Events and Activities

Holiday Brass Concert at Chesapeake Conference Center
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2015
  • Free
Virginia Symphony Orchestra rings in the holidays.
Visit cityofchesapeake.net/parks-rec-tourism for more information.

New Year’s Owl Prowl at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
  • Monday, December 28, 2015
  • $4 per person
The refuge is hosting an owl prowl.
To RSVP and for more information, call 757-382-1359 or email scallahan@cityofchesapeake.net.

Fly Fishing at Northwest River Park
  • Saturday, January 2, 2016
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Free
Learn about fly fishing and get hands-on instruction in casting and tying flys.
To RSVP and for more information, call 757-382-1359 or email scallahan@cityofchesapeake.net.

Bird Watching at Northwest River Park
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • $4 per person
Learn basics of birding and then head outside for practice finding common birds. Bring binoculars (limited number to borrow).
To RSVP and for more information, call 757-382-1359 or email scallahan@cityofchesapeake.net.

Saturday SUN-days at Bells Mill Park
  • Saturday, January 16, 2016
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Free
Explore the center of our solar system, our sun. Weather permitting.
To RSVP and for more information, call 757-382-1359 or email scallahan@cityofchesapeake.net.

SkyWatch at Northwest River Park
  • Saturday, January 30, 2016
  • Sunset-9 p.m.
  • Free
Back Bay Amateur Astronomers bring their scopes and expertise to Northwest River Park.
Call the park at 757-421-7151 for more information and latest weather update.

Remotely Operated Vehicle Team

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, do you love STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Do you want to learn more about being involved with STEM? Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast is creating an underwater robot (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) team. Designing and building an ROV for a specific mission will take you through the design process, encourage you to think creatively, research ideas and test and evaluate solutions. It will also challenge you to organize your time and resources while working towards a deadline.

This team will be entered into the regional competition, held in April 2016 at Old Dominion University. You must be willing to commit to be involved from January 2016 through competition in April 2016. Meeting times and locations will be decided by the team with a need to hold bi-weekly meetings. You will be working with an adult team to help guide you from start to finish.  For more information contact Donna Farnham at donnaf@gsccc.org or 757-410-1406.

Winter Holiday Schedule

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for the winter holiday.  The Chesapeake shop will be open and resume regular hours on January 2.  All offices and the Peninsula shop will resume regular hours January 4.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Last Chance: Girl Recognition - Buck Harris Award Nomination

This 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.

The 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.

Nominators should see the Girl Scout nominee as a person who has an awareness of herself as a unique person of worth; relates to others with sensitivity and respect for their needs, feelings, and contributions; has developed values that give meaning and direction to her life; and uses her skills and talents to serve the community in some way.

The nomination form and detailed information on requirements can be found here.

Mail nomination form, postmarked by November 30, 2015 to:
Buck Harris Award,
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Shop Promotions for December

"GO!" Activity Fun Patches
  • Hiking
  • Lock-in
  • Wreath laying

New Items
  • GSCCC hoodie: $30 (all sizes)
  • GSCCC pajama pants: $25 (all sizes)

December 8–10 Happy Holiday Blowout Sale
Receive a discount of 20 percent off all merchandise*.

December 2, 16, 23 "Stuff-a-Stocking" Wednesdays
Receive a discount of 15 percent off all merchandise you can stuff into a stocking provided by the shop.*

*While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Delegate and Alternate Delegate Training

Training is required for all service unit Delegates and Alternate Delegates to prepare for their role as voting members of the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast. The training will include an explanation of the delegate job description, information on topics that will be voted on at Annual Council Meeting, an overview of Robert's Rules of Order, and a State of the Council report.

Delegate and Alternate Delegate Training
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

OR

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News

OR

Thursday, December 10, 2015
7 – 8 p.m.
Webinar

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Recognize Outstanding Volunteers – Award Nomination Deadline Approaching

All volunteers do wonderful things, and many 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, 2015 for volunteer service in the 2014-2015 membership year. These awards will be presented at the Annual Award Luncheon following the Annual Council Meeting on Saturday, February 6 at the Chesapeake Convention Center.

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

For questions, contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@gsccc.org.

Be Prepared for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program

As we near the beginning of the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program we are sending an appeal to parents/guardians and leaders to take some time to review the following key fields needed to sell nuts/candy and cookies online.  Please login to eBiz and make sure these fields are populated with the up to date information for your family and/or troop:
  • Girl name
  • Girl date of birth
  • Girl grade (for this coming school year)
  • Parent/Guardian Name
  • Parent/Guardian Email
Please note that a valid email address is required for a girl to participate in the online program called Digital Cookie.

GSCCC Offices and Retail Shops Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

All GSCCC offices and retail shops will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. All GSCCC offices and the Newport News retail shop will reopen on Monday, November 30.

The Chesapeake retail shop will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, November 28.

Volunteer Learning Event in Chesapeake

Saturday, December 5, 2015
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Everyone is invited to attend the adult learning event in Chesapeake. Attend Girl Scout Program Basics free of charge or attend one of the enrichment classes free of charge. Bring a bagged lunch and have the opportunity to network with other volunteers.

See the flier on our website for more information and register today.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Girl Recognition - Buck Harris Award Nomination

This 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.

The 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.

In a Heartbeat: Military Women WWII to Present Photo Exhibit

Tidewater Community College
Virginia Beach Campus Joint Use Library
700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach
Through January 2016
View hours of operation

The Tidewater Community College (TCC) Educational Foundation in coordination with the Women's Center invites you to "In a Heartbeat: Military Women WWII to Present," a Therese Hughes photo exhibit dedicated to female veterans celebrating leadership, community and philanthropy. Hughes is using her camera to tell the story of women in the military with 98 black and white photos of 113 veterans as a tribute to their honor, sacrifice, commitment and dedication.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fall Product Sale Notification

Ashdon Farms, one of two companies licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA to produce Girl Scout-branded nuts and chocolates, has informed us that the Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix sold on or before November 15, 2015 is being recalled. While whey is listed in the ingredients statement, milk is not declared in the contains statement on the product label.  Those who are allergic to milk should not consume this product. Distribution of the product should be discontinued at this time until new product arrives for replacement.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has alerted area Girl Scout troops involved in the fall product sale of this issue and asked that the distribution of the product be discontinued. There have been no reports of illness or injury associated with this product.

Ashdon Farms is currently correcting the label at the distribution level so that all product distributed to consumers on or after Nov 16, 2015 will correctly declare the milk allergen. Affected packages can be identified by the contains statement found immediately below the ingredient listing. The contains statement on incorrect labels reads “Contains: Cashews, Almonds, Soy, Wheat.” Packages with the correct label read “Contains: Cashews, Almonds, Soy, Wheat, Milk.”

Troop leaders and product sale volunteers may accept unopened Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix products from customers and replace them with new ones. We anticipate new products arriving to the cupboards on Friday; however, we recommend calling and checking prior to picking up new product inventory.

Milk allergic consumers who have purchased the product may contact Ashdon Farms at 800-274-3666 for substitution with a non-milk containing product. For volunteers and parents involved in the GSCCC Fall Product Program, please provide this information to those customers who purchased Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix on or before November 15. If you have questions, email fallproducts@gsccc.org.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Product Sales News

It’s not too late to join in the fun of the 2015-16 Fall Product Program. Contact the GSCCC Product Sales team at fallproducts@gsccc.org to learn more on how to join the fun or how to buy yummy treats or purchase magazines.

As we near the beginning of the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program we are sending an appeal to parents/guardians and leaders to take some time to review the following key fields needed to sell nuts/candy and cookies online. Login to eBiz and make sure these fields are populated with up-to-date information for your family and/or troop:

Outdoor I and II: Combined Course

Outdoor I: 
This course will prepare volunteers to introduce girls to outside adventures. Emphasis is on knowledge of outdoor skills: meal planning and preparation (involving actual cooking/clean-up), use of kaper charts, propane stoves, knot tying, knife safety and protection of the natural world. Allows adult volunteers to take girls camping in a cabin or other walled structure.

Outdoor II: 
This overnight session is designed to prepare volunteers with the skills and knowledge to accompany the girls on a camping trip. Emphasis is on site set-up (tent and kitchen fly set-up and dishwashing), group cooking safety and program resources. Camp fire program, ecology and night activities will also be introduced.

Girl Scouts Invited to Share Input at Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe National Monument is looking for input from the public. As Fort Monroe anticipates the transfer of the northern portion of the North Beach district from the Department of the Army to the National Park Service, they are hosting two public listening sessions for input about past, current and potential future visitor uses in the North Beach area of the park. This includes input from our Girl Scouts—the future civic leaders.

Monday, November 16
1 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Fort Monroe Community Center
100 Stillwell Drive, Hampton

Annual Meeting Silent Auction

Girls who are traveling on approved Girl Scout travel opportunities are eligible to participate in the Annual Council Meeting silent auction. Review the Annual Council Meeting silent auction guidelines for participation requirements.  Applications are due to your community travel pathway consultant by December 6, 2015. 

Annual Meeting Silent Auction Guidelines Participation Requirements:
Any girl participating in an approved extended travel opportunity can participate in the silent auction fundraiser.

GSCCC Offices and Retail Shops Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

All GSCCC offices and retail shops will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. All GSCCC offices and the Newport News retail shop will reopen on Monday, November 30.

The Chesapeake retail shop will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, November 28.

Girl Recognition - Buck Harris Award Nomination

This 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.

The 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.

Nominators should see the Girl Scout nominee as a person who has an awareness of herself as a unique person of worth; relates to others with sensitivity and respect for their needs, feelings, and contributions; has developed values that give meaning and direction to her life; and uses her skills and talents to serve the community in some way.

The nomination form and detailed information on requirements can be found here.

Mail nomination form by November 30, 2015 to:
Buck Harris Award,
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Girl Scout Discount Program with Office Depot/OfficeMax

We are pleased to announce a new discount program available with Office Depot/OfficeMax. This partnership provides Girl Scout members with deeply discounted prices on printing services and supplies. Discounts apply at all Office Depot/OfficeMaxlocations...and you can even register for online savings by visiting the website www.officedepot.help/girlscouts.

Online orders over $50 ship for free. It is easy to begin saving. Simply click here and print your discount card (the store will laminate for free). Lose your card?, no worries, just print a new one. Please share this information with all your volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact hr@gsccc.org.

Fall 2016 Be a Reader Activity Poster

Here's an exciting opportunity for Girl Scouts to be selected and featured on the Fall 2016 Be a Reader Activity Poster. In their own words, girls need to describe how being a Girl Scout inspires them to be brilliant and shine on as they participate in the Fall Product Sale. It's so easy, its silly…

For a chance to be featured on the Fall 2016 Activity Poster click here. Girls will need to answer the question on the form and submit it by November 25, 2015 to be considered. 

Final decisions will be made by mid-December.  Girls selected will be asked to provide a high-resolution JPG head shot, preferably with her Girl Scout uniform. Here is an image of the Fall 2015 poster as an example of how girls would be featured on the Fall 2016 poster.

Igniting the Future of Entrepreneurship in Hampton Roads

Spark Tank: Launch Day
November 19, 2015
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Advanced Technology Center
1800 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 

More than 20 student companies from nine Virginia Beach high schools compete for real startup funding from real investors. This is the marquee event in authentic entrepreneurial experiences for youth, featuring an exciting lineup of activities:

Keynote Address
A surprise VIP from the Hampton Roads business community will speak about how entrepreneurship launches futures.

Color Me Mine Ornament Paint Party!

Girl Scouts and leaders are invited to join Color Me Mine for an Ornament Paint Party. Come to one event or come to them all!

Color Me Mine
Norfolk or Virginia Beach locations
December 6, 13, or 20
6–8 p.m.
$5 per ornament

Paint ornaments for gifts or swaps. Can't make it to an event? We can pack it up to go. Call to register:

Color Me Mine Norfolk
1300 Colley Ave.
757-625-1666
www.norfolk.colormemine.com

Or

Color Me Mine Virginia Beach
737 First Colonial Road (in The Marketplace at Hilltop)
757-422-2166
www.vb.colormemine.com

Note: We will be using acrylic paints that may stain clothing or skin.

Norfolk Farm Market Holiday Field Trip

1620 E. Little Creek Road
December 1–20, 2015
Hourly, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Field trip experience includes:
  • “Needles and Cones” tree program, holiday story ages 3–6.
  • Ornament creation ages 7 and up
  • Decorating a tree for wildlife
  • A sleigh ride
Each paid participant will take home their own holiday decoration.
New for 2015: if you can’t come to us, we can come to you.
Call: 757-440-4404 for reservations.

Remote Operated Vessel Team Training

Nauticus
Norfolk, VA
January 30, 2016
9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Nauticus is interested in starting a remote operated vessel (ROV) team within Girl Scouts. At this time, they are looking for 2-3 volunteers willing to commit to work with the girls. Adults should have an engineering background, ability to use tools, and building knowledge. This training will give more details and some hands on experience.

This commitment will start in January and end on April 30, 2016, when the competition is held at ODU Recreation and Wellness Center.

Student Night at the Opera 2015-2016

Harrison Opera House
160 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA

Romeo and Juliet    
February 3, 2016
7 p.m.

The Flying Dutchman     
April 6, 2016   
7 p.m.

Student tickets are $10 and adult tickets are $25. Contact Robert Cinnante at 757-213-4550 for more information and to obtain a reservation form.

The Pillowcase Project: Learn. Practice. Share.

Origin
The Pillowcase Project was created by the American Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Pillowcase Project became a preparedness education program for elementary school students, and in just a few years was adapted and implemented by several other Red Cross chapters with substantial success.

Program Structure
The Pillowcase Project is:
  • A 40-60 minute, classroom-based presentation targeted to ages 8-11, or grades 3-5
  • Presented in schools, after-school programs, summer camps and at other youth-serving sites

Monday, November 9, 2015

Delegate Chair and Delegate/Alternate Delegate Training

Training is required for all service unit Delegate Chairs and Delegates/Alternate Delegates to prepare for their role as voting members of the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast. The training will include an explanation of the delegate job description, information on topics that will be voted on at Annual Council Meeting, an overview of Robert's Rules of Order, and a State of the Council report.

Delegate Chair Training:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

Delegate and Delegate Alternate Training:
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

Barnes & Noble at TCC Holiday Gift Wrap Program

Girl Scout troops and groups are invited to take part in a holiday gift wrapping station at Barnes & Noble in MacArthur Mall in Norfolk. The program starts on November 27 and runs every weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) through December 20, and on the weekdays of December 21 through 24. Shifts are available in 3-4 hour blocks of time. The staff at Barnes & Noble will provide all supplies, including gift wrap, tape, ribbons, scissors and a donation box.

For more information, contact Lindsey Rowe, Operations Manager at TCC Barnes & Noble, at lrowe@bncollege.com or 757-625-3459, Ext. 112.

Girls' Choice Badges Are Back: Voting Is Open Through November 15

Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re SO excited. This year, girls get to vote for one of three awesome badge categories, and they’ll also get to select a badge topic of their choice.

From now through November 15, girls can vote for their favorite category. What will it be? Outdoors, STEM, or Financial Literacy? Stay tuned for info and dates around the design poll where girls will have a chance to vote on the design of this new badge. For now, we encourage you to empower every Girl Scout you know to vote, vote, vote!

We need every adult to help girls make sure their voices are heard, and encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity to create their very own Girl Scout experience. The time to vote is now.

Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

All volunteers do wonderful things, and many 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, 2015 for volunteer service in the 2014-2015 membership year. These awards will be presented at the Annual Award Luncheon following the Annual Council Meeting on Saturday, February 6 at the Chesapeake Convention Center.

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

For questions, contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@gsccc.org.

GSCCC Offices and Retail Shops Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

All GSCCC offices and retail shops will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. All GSCCC offices and the Newport News retail shop will reopen on Monday, November 30.

The Chesapeake retail shop will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, November 28.

Girl Recognition - Buck Harris Award Nomination

This 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.

The 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.

Nominators should see the Girl Scout nominee as a person who has an awareness of herself as a unique person of worth; relates to others with sensitivity and respect for their needs, feelings, and contributions; has developed values that give meaning and direction to her life; and uses her skills and talents to serve the community in some way.

The nomination form and detailed information on requirements can be found here.

Mail nomination form by November 30, 2015 to:
Buck Harris Award,
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Shop Promotions for November

“GO!” Activity Fun Patches
  • Biking
  • Climbing
  • High Ropes
  • Hiking
  • Low Ropes
New Arrivals
  • Bear-shaped earrings: $10
  • Daisy dolls (Ava, Kiara, Lily, Mia): $19.95
  • Fleece vest (Charcoal/Raspberry): $24.95
  • Fortune cookie bracelet: $12
  • Girl Scout Law coin holder: $12
  • Girl Scout Law coins: $10
  • Knit gloves: $13
  • Metal tree ornament: $25
  • Oblong Girl Scout Promise scarf: $45
  • Pom pom knit hats: $18
  • Snowmen embroidered ornaments: $5.25
  • Tech touch knit gloves: $13
  • Traditional logo tote bag: $17
  • Trefoil filigree goldtone earrings: $10
  • Trefoil filigree goldtone necklace: $12
  • ¼ zip pullover sweatshirt (Navy/Teal): $26.95

Monday, November 2, 2015

GSCCC Offices and Retail Shops Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

All GSCCC offices and retail shops will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. All GSCCC offices and the Newport News retail shop will reopen on Monday, November 30.

The Chesapeake retail shop will be open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, November 28.

Help GSCCC While You Shop

What if you could make a positive impact in the lives of girls simply with the click of a button or even while you shop for the holidays? Well it's just that easy.

Want to put your shopping towards a good cause?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a percentage of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. Be a part of the movement: get your shop on and spread the word!

New Volunteer Open House - Sunday, November 15

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Open House: 1–3 p.m.
Classes: 3–6 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

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

Choose One of the Available Classes:
  • Girl Scout Program Basics: 3–6 p.m. 
  • PB&J (Proficiency Badges and Journeys): 3–6 p.m.

Outdoor I: Cabin Camping

This course will prepare volunteers to introduce girls to outside adventures. Emphasis is on knowledge of outdoor skills: meal planning and preparation (involving actual cooking/clean-up), use of kaper charts, propane stoves, knot tying, knife safety and protection of the natural world. Course allows adult volunteers to take girls camping in a cabin or other walled structure.

Outdoor I: Cabin Camping
Friday, November 13, 2015
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Camp Apasus
Norfolk, VA

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Volunteer Learning Event in Chesapeake

Saturday, December 5, 2015
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Everyone is invited to attend the adult learning event in Chesapeake. Attend Girl Scout Program Basics free of charge or attend one of the enrichment classes free of charge. Bring a bagged lunch and have the opportunity to network with other volunteers.

See the flier on our website for more information and register today.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

The Norfolk Tree Commission

Due to the recent weather cancellation of the Norfolk Arbor Day Celebration, October 3, 2015, The Norfolk Tree Commission invites troops for a fun filled morning at Lafayette Park on November 7, 2015. Led by the City of Norfolk City Forester, Michael Nentwich, and World famous Arborist, Marcus E. Jones, we are planning a Tree Trail Trek throughout the park, where the Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to show off what they have learned to earn 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize hand-made tree medals.

Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Park and Visitor Center

Foundation docents provide free VIP Tours of the historic Battlefield Park. Docent tours focus on explaining the history and crucial details surrounding the Battle of Great Bridge and the history of the waterways of the region. Tours are free and can be for any size group.

For additional information visit gbbattlefield.org or contact cindy@gbbattlefield.org.

Enroll in the Jo-Ann Non-Profit Discount Program and save 10 percent on every purchase!

Girl Scout volunteers qualify for Jo-Ann Non-Profit membership status. As a Jo-Ann Non-Profit member, you'll save 10 percent on every total purchase, including regular- and sale-priced items at any Jo-Ann store.

To enroll, visit http://www.joann.com/non-profit-program.html.

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales Sunday, December 6

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales
December 6, 2015
4 p.m.
Ted Constant Center
Norfolk, VA

Join Mickey Mouse and friends for an amazing fantasy adventure with Snow White, Cinderella, and Belle when Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales presented by Stonyfield YoKids. Organic Yogurt.

Get your group tickets today by calling 757-683-7087.  Tickets are also available online at ynottix.com. Use special Girl Scout code: SGSCOUT.

Register Today for the 2016 Annual Council Meeting and/or Awards Luncheon

2016 Annual Council Meeting and/or Awards Luncheon
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Registration and Networking: 9 – 9:45 a.m.

Business Meeting and Program (free):
10 a.m. – noon

Awards Luncheon ($18 per person):
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon or to register, click here. Please select Annual Meeting, Awards Luncheon, or Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

For questions, contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@gsccc.org.

Free Being Me – Free Patch Program!

Through a partnership with Dove and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Girl Scouts of the USA has launched Free Being Me, a global leadership program developed to give girls ages 7–14 a safe space to strengthen their self-confidence.

Free Being Me will help girls understand from a global perspective that a greater diversity of beauty exists and give them opportunities to take action to promote this diversity locally and globally.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Girl Recognition - Buck Harris Award Nomination

This 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.

The 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.

Made With Code

Girl Scouts who code can literally change the world! That's why Girl Scouts is thrilled to be a part of Google's new initiative, Made with Code.

Made with Code was designed to:
  • Inspire millions of girls to experience the power of coding
  • Demonstrate how coding can help girls pursue and reach their dreams
  • Create a coding culture for girls based on creativity and making 
  • Encourage girls to write their own future and show them that coding can take them anywhere

Made with Code offers your Girl Scouts fun and creative games, moving videos, and profiles of girls and women who are using code to achieve their dreams.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Delegate Chair Training

Delegate Chair Training is required for Service Unit Delegate Chairs to help prepare for their governance role.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Recognize Outstanding Volunteers

All volunteers do wonderful things, and many 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, 2015 for volunteer service in the 2014-2015 membership year. These awards will be presented at the Annual Award Luncheon following the Annual Council Meeting on Saturday, February 6 at the Chesapeake Convention Center.

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

For questions, contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@gsccc.org.

Journey Quest

Join the Kappa Delta sorority of Old Dominion University on a Journey Quest and be an Agent of Change by participating in Journey Badge activities.  Girls may complete their Take Action Project with their troop or on their own.

November 15, 2015
ODU Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
Check In: 12:30 p.m.
Workshops 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. (includes snack time)
Closing: 4:30 p.m.- 5 p.m.

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

Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast formally recognizes volunteer years of service of 20 or more years of service (in increments of 5 years) at the Annual Award Luncheon. If you have served as a volunteer for 20, 25, 30, 35 or more years, let us know!

The Award Luncheon will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2016, at the Chesapeake Convention Center following the Annual Council Meeting.

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

Contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@gsccc.org for more information.

Delegate and Alternate Delegate Training

Delegate Training is required for all Delegates and Alternate Delegates to prepare for their role as voting members of the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast. The training will include an explanation of the delegate job description, information on topics that will be voted on at Annual Council Meeting, an overview of Robert's Rules of Order, and a State of the Council report.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

OR

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News

OR

Thursday, December 10, 2015
7 – 8 p.m.
Webinar

The Gala of the Royal Horses

November 1, 2015
4 p.m.
Hampton Coliseum
1000 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Discounted Girl Scout admission: $15
(Tickets to Girl Scout Clinic included.)

Girl Scout Clinic will be held 30 minutes before the show doors open.
Girl Scouts will be able to meet the riders, horses and more.
Deadline for Girl Scout orders is October 28. Additional fees may apply.

Tickets available at  www.ticketmaster.com.
Charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Coliseum Box Office.

Box Office Hours:
Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday unless an event day

Monday, October 12, 2015

Girl Scout Famous Formers Luncheon

Thursday, October 29, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
7001 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23505

Time is running out! Get your tickets now for the Girl Scout Famous Formers Luncheon on Thursday, October 29 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. Adult tickets are available for $40 and girl tickets are $25. Visit gsccc.org for details and purchase your ticket today.

For questions, contact Robin Thomas at 757-548-3809 or robint@gsccc.org.

Girl Scout Destinations - Round 1 Deadline is November 1, 2015

Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older. With different trips every year, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states, see and learn new things, and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences and memories.

2016 trips are here! If you have your heart set on a particular trip, apply during Round 1.

Girl Scouts and Family Only Ice Skating Days

Hampton Roads Iceplex
401 Village Ave.
Yorktown, VA 23693
Saturdays in November
9 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
(doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Cost
Admission: $4 per Girl Scout
($7 for children and $8 for teens and adults who are not Girl Scouts)
Skate Rental: $3
Reservations are required for all small or large groups.

Free Lessons
Must call to reserve lessons. Lessons are for total beginners only.
Free refreshments will be served.

For questions and to make reservations contact Tommy at (757) 877-7539 or iceplexgroupsales@gmail.com.

Journey Quest

Join the Kappa Delta sorority of Old Dominion University on a Journey Quest and be an Agent of Change by participating in Journey Badge activities.  Girls may complete their Take Action Project with their troop or on their own.

November 15, 2015
ODU Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
Check In: 12:30 p.m.
Workshops 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. (includes snack time)
Closing: 4:30 p.m.- 5 p.m.

New Volunteer Open House - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Open House: 1–3 p.m.
Classes: 3–6 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

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

The Richmond Ballet Invites Girl Scouts and Their Families to Attend The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 5, 2015
7 p.m.
Chrysler Hall
215 St. Paul's Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Discount tickets and the opportunity for a Meet and Greet with the cast are available.

Deadline: November 21, 2015

Purchase tickets by calling 804-344-0906, ext. 285.
For event questions, email pwisecrawley@richmondballet.com.

Virginia Opera’s Student Night at the Opera

Girl Scout Troops enjoy a special subscription offer of $20 for three operas!
  • La Bohème (November 4, 2015 - 7 p.m.) 
  • Romeo & Juliet (February 3, 2016 - 7 p.m.) 
  • The Flying Dutchman (April 6, 2016 - 7 p.m.)
Single tickets are also available. For more information contact Robert Cinnante, Statewide Director of Education & Outreach, at robert.cinnante@vaopera.org or visit vaopera.org.

Become an Archery Instructor

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

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Noon – 6 p.m.
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Service Unit Delegate Election

Hello Service Unit Delegate Chairs,

Following your special service unit meeting, complete the new electronic service unit delegate election form here, by November 10, 2015.  The service unit quota list can be found here.

NEW this year: the Delegate Consent Form is no longer required.

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Shop Promotions

“GO!” Activity Fun Patches:
  • Adventure Course
  •  Archery
  • Biking
  • Caving
  • High Ropes
  • Low Ropes
  • Rock Climbing

New Items:
  •  Barbie, Teresa, Nikki Doll: $14
  • Girl Scouts Official Daisy Scarf: $10
  • Girl Scouts GS Official Brownie Scarf: $10
  • Girl Scouts Official Junior Scarf: $10
  • Girl Scouts Official Cadette Scarf: $10
  • Girl Scouts Official Senior Scarf: $10
  • Official Ambassador Scarf: $10
  • Official Profiles Scarf Slide: $12

October 1-15 Back to Troop
Spend $75 or more from September 1 - October 15, 2015 and receive a $10 coupon to spend on a purchase of $25 or more from November 1 - November 20, 2015. One $10 coupon will be issued per qualifying order per visit in store. Orders over $75 will generate one $10 coupon regardless of merchandise total. Each coupon is redeemable separately on an order totaling $25 or more. Only one coupon code can be redeemed per transaction and must meet the $25 minimum order threshold.

October 27-29 Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday
Receive a discount of 15 percent off entire purchase.


Office Max and Office Depot Discount

Our community partner, EMTA Enterprises is sharing their store purchasing discount with Girl Scouts. Visit http://emta.ctcsavings.com/ to take advantage of savings up to 80% on purchases at Office Max and Office Depot.


Girls STEAM Ahead – Deadline October 30, 2015

November 14, 2015
6–9 p.m. (Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.)
Nauticus, Norfolk, VA
$15 (includes event patch)

Join us for a fun-filled night at Nauticus for our first girls STEAM night. Enjoy exciting, hands-on activities led by the Nauticus education team and local career professionals in the science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields! All activities will go towards earning requirements for badges from the Science and Technology category for each age level.

Minimum: 100
Maximum: 200
Deadline: October 30, 2015
This is a girl and adult event. Both pay to attend. No tagalongs.  

For event content questions contact donnaf@gsccc.org.
For registration contact support@gsccc.org.

NEW Go for Gold Training

Go for Gold training is now divided into two training components. The first required training is a convenient and interactive online module that girls can complete any time prior to attending the second module. The second module is a face-to-face training that will help girls discover a need in their community that can be addressed by completing the Girl Scout Gold Award. The online module covers the nuts and bolts of Going for Gold. Girls can start and stop this training as needed and can even go back to reference information. The online portion will cover the seven steps to Girl Scout Gold, prerequisites for the Girl Scout Gold Award, how to complete the proposal and final report paperwork, and when and how to complete a money earning activity request.

The second training will be face to face and will help girls brainstorm ideas for a successful Girl Scout Gold Award project. Girls will learn:
  • How to identify a Girl Scout Gold Award project
  • The difference between a community service project and a Girl Scout Gold Award project
  • How to identify the root cause of an issue in her community and how to build a successful Girl Scout Gold Award project to address that issue
Register for both trainings by visiting ebiz.gsccc.org. The online portion is to be completed before you attend the face-to-face training.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Brooks at jacquelineb@gsccc.org or at 757-410-0732.

Shoot for Silver Online Training

Shoot for Silver training is not required but highly recommended. GSCCC offers Girl Scout Silver Award training for girls and advisors. This class includes information on how to complete the proposal and final reports and how to plan a Girl Scout Silver Award project. Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes, parents, advisors and Girl Scout Cadette age-level consultants/coaches are encouraged to complete this training.

Shoot for Silver training is now an online class. There is no charge to take this class, and because it is online participants can complete it at their own pace. To register, visit ebiz.gsccc.org. Once you register, you will be emailed a link to the actual class. If participants do not have access to the Internet, an alternative paper based class is available.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Brooks at jacquelineb@gsccc.org or at 757-410-0732.

Online Risk Management Class Now Available

Safety continues to be the number one priority at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. All volunteers who work directly with girls shall complete a Risk Management class annually to be informed of the latest important safety guidelines.

Risk Management classes are now available online! This and other online classes can be accessed here.

For more information, contact adultlearning@gsccc.org.

Calling all Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors! - We're Starting a Team of Cookie Captains

What is a Cookie Captain?
Cookie Captains will play an important role in mentoring younger Girl Scouts about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Cookie Captains are leaders, role models and guides for new cookie sellers. Cookie Captains will:
  • Attend a troop meeting where you educate the girls and parents on cookie knowledge, safety, marketing and goal setting. Don't forget to share what’s worked for you in the past.
  • Attend a Cookie Rally. Host a station designed for Cookie Rookies.
  • Get some behind the scenes experience by helping at a Council or service unit initial cookie drop.
  • Visit Girl Scout Daisy or Brownie booths. Give them tips on how to approach customers and what to do if someone says no.
  • Girls aren’t the only Cookie Rookies – some new leaders may need guidance. Act as a resource for the service unit cookie coordinators to train new leaders.
In addition to this leadership opportunity girls who spend at least 20 hours as a Cookie Captain will also earn the Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Community Service to Girl Scouting bar.

If you have questions, contact Chris Ramos-Smith at chrisr@gsccc.org. Interested Girl Scouts and their parents/guardians will receive additional program information by the end of October.

Online Classes for New Troop Leaders Now Available

Attention new troop leaders! Now you can get much of the training you need to get started with a new troop right from the comfort of your own home. Two new online classes have just been added to the Council website at gsccc.org: Welcome to Colonial Coast and Getting Your Troop Started.

Together, these classes will introduce you to resources available at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and help you through your first steps of starting a new troop.

If you’re a new troop leader, you’ll need to follow these steps:
  1. Visit http://ebiz.gsccc.org to create a membership account and become a registered member ($15 annual dues).
  2. Complete the volunteer application and screening process, which includes a background check.
  3. Complete new leader online classes in this order:
    • Girl Scouting 101
    • Welcome to Colonial Coast
    • Getting Your Troop Started
    These classes can be accessed here.
  4. Have an informational session with your service unit volunteer coordinator. If you don’t know who that is, fill out this short questionnaire and we will contact you as soon as possible.
Access the full New Troop Volunteer Checklist here.

For more information, contact volunteer@gsccc.org.

Volunteer Learning Event – More Than S'mores – Helping Volunteers Remain Relevant in This Ever-Changing World

Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Shiloh Baptist Church
105 Goosley Road
Yorktown, VA 23690

Everyone is invited to attend the adult learning event in Yorktown. Attend new leader classes or attend one of the enrichment classes free of charge. You’ll have the opportunity to browse displays during lunch and explore materials that can help you and the girls you mentor.

See the flier on our website for more information and register today.

For questions, please contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Now Hiring: Full-Time Membership Specialist in Kitty Hawk, NC

If you are looking for a career that builds the future leaders of tomorrow, this is the position for you. We are seeking a full-time membership specialist at our Kitty Hawk, NC. location. We are looking for candidates with outgoing personalities who love working with diverse groups of people. This position will find creative ways to retain girl and adult membership by researching market data, membership trends and other pertinent information relevant to the designated areas. Strong communication skills are needed to provide direction, guidance, and ongoing support to our dedicated volunteers who deliver the Girl Scout program in the community.

Outdoor I & II: Combined Course

This course includes all of the content from the Outdoor I and Outdoor II courses in one weekend:

Outdoor I: This course will prepare volunteers to introduce girls to outside adventures. Emphasis is on knowledge of outdoor skills: meal planning and preparation (involving actual cooking/clean-up), use of kaper charts, propane stoves, knot tying, knife safety and protection of the natural world. Allows adult volunteers to take girls camping in a cabin or other walled structure.

Become an Archery Instructor

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

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Noon – 6 p.m.
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Become an Adult Learning Facilitator

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, consider registering for the upcoming Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning class:

Sunday, October 18, 2015
1 – 6 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Norfolk Botanical Garden - A Wow Children's Adventure

October 24, 2015
Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Road
Norfolk, VA 23518

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. - noon
Session 2: 12:30 - 3 p.m.
$12 (Includes event patch)
Registration deadline is October 1, 2015.

Norfolk Botanical Garden welcomes Girl Scouts to gather in the gardens and get into nature. Discover how to grow a vegetable garden. Decorate flowerpots and plant herb seeds to take home. Connect with the garden by learning about native plants and animals. Take Action by creating a nature journal, documenting what you see in the garden and recording ways you've learned to help conserve natural resources.

Sesame Street Live

Bring Your Neighborhood To Ours! Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend" is coming to the Ted Constant Center this October for four special performances.
  • Friday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m. (Special School & Day Care Show)
  • Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 4 at 2 p.m.
No matter where you’re from or where you’ve been, everyone is special – so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies. Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family.

Design Divas

October 17, 2015
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Registration deadline is September 28, 2015. Register now to secure your space.

9 a.m. - noon (Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m.)
10:30 a.m. – noon – Girl Scout Daisies
9:30 a.m. – noon – Girl Scout Brownies
9 a.m. – noon – Girl Scout Juniors
Cost: $13 (Includes event patch)

Are you creative? Would you like to be? Do you like taking things apart and see how things work from the inside? Learn how engineers solve everyday problems and create fun things with a little science and a lot of creativity.

This is a girl only event. One adult per group may stay and participate and does not pay. No tagalongs.

2015-16 Fall Product Program begins October 3, 2015

Parents/Guardians – Sign up now for the QSP Magazine and Online Nut Website!
It’s quick and easy and you do not have to handle product or money!

  • To begin visit this site www.girlscouts.qspgao.com/colonialcoast.
  • Register using an adult’s email address and create a password.
  • Help your Girl Scout complete the goal setting activity and create their personal landing page.
  • Girls can invite friends and family to purchase or renew their magazine subscriptions online.
  • Girls have the option of sending a link to the Nut Promise (local customers).
  • Girls can check back throughout the sale to track their progress and enter additional email addresses to meet their goals quicker.

World Sight Day for Girl Scouts

World Sight Day (WSD), the international day of awareness for the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment, is October 8, 2015.  Participate in these fun opportunities just for Girl Scouts:
  • Participate in a fun and educational World Sight Day activity as a troop and receive commemorative patches for helping to raise awareness.
  • Download the free toolkit with activity ideas to help you educate your troop and provide awareness in your community. Find it here

Monday, September 21, 2015

2015 Famous Formers Luncheon

Thursday, October 29, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
7001 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA23505

Join us for lunch on Thursday, October 29 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. We will be celebrating the following Girl Scout Famous Formers:
  • Peggy Birkemeier
  • Emma Jean Brady
  • Susan Colpitts
  • Barbara Hamm Lee
  • Khadijah H. Sellers
  • Sylvia S. Weinstein
Tickets are now on sale for $40 per adult. This year, we are pleased to offer a girl price for just $25. Buy your tickets today.

For questions, email Robin Thomas, Annual and Alumnae Giving Manager, at robint@gsccc.org or call 757-548-3809.

Emergency Procedures Card

Be prepared! More than a motto, it is a reminder to have all the information you need while engaging girls in Girl Scout activities. GSCCC provides an Emergency Procedures card with emergency information that all volunteers need to have. Go here to download and print so that you can keep it with you at all Girl Scout activities. 

Volunteer Learning Event - More Than S'mores - Helping Volunteers Remain Relevant in This Ever-Changing World

Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shiloh Baptist Church
105 Goosley Road
Yorktown, VA 23690

Everyone is invited to attend the adult learning event in Yorktown. Attend new leader classes or attend one of the enrichment classes free of charge. You’ll have the opportunity to browse displays during lunch and explore materials that can help you and the girls you mentor.

See the flier on our website for more information and register today.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595

Monday, September 14, 2015

Step Outside with Girl Scouts

How can current Girl Scouts help even more girls experience the greatness of Girl Scouting? Invite a friend to attend Step Outside with Girl Scouts and get a sneak peek at all the fun and adventure she’ll find with us! Girls and their families can join us on Sunday, October 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. to find out about and register for Girl Scouts, while having fun doing outdoor activities at A Place for Girls in Chesapeake, the Virginia Beach Farmers Market, Camp Apasus in Norfolk, First Christian Church in Hampton and Charles Creek Park in Elizabeth City.

Become an Adult Learning Facilitator

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, consider registering for the upcoming Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning class:

Sunday, October 18, 2015
1 – 6 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Join the Blazing Blue Herons Girl Scout Canoe Team

Do you love the water? Do you enjoy friendly competition? Even if you have never canoed before, the Blazing Blue Herons canoe team is looking for you. We invite 11-18 year old girls to practice and compete in the fall and spring. Check out our webpage here.

Questions? Contact Heather Comer at heatherandgreg99@gmail.com.

End of Year Round-Up

Service units can earn big rewards for on-time membership renewal!
Make sure your troop renews their 2016 membership by Friday, September 25, 2015, at 4 p.m., and your service unit can earn a free or discounted encampment or a cookie costume. Learn more here.

Great News for Graduating Seniors
A discounted Girl Scout Lifetime membership is available to girls who have graduated from high school in the spring of 2015 at a cost of $195. Because this is a one-time discount opportunity, the 2015-16 Adult Membership paper form must be used. You may access the adult registration form on our website here. Print and mail your completed form along with your payment to GSCCC, 912 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322. The final date for ensuring that payment can be processed and sent to GSUSA is September 15, 2015.  All graduating Girl Scout Ambassador Lifetime registration forms are to be received by GSCCC no later than 4 p.m. on September 15, 2015.

Become an Archery Instructor

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

Sunday, November 8, 2015
Noon–6 p.m.
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints

Volunteer Essentials
Volunteer Essentials is your guide to volunteering with Girl Scouts. This handbook will guide you through everything you need to know as a Girl Scout volunteer. From taking trips and staying safe, to managing finances and program materials, Volunteer Essentials is your Girl Scout encyclopedia that’s there when you need it.

Safety Activity Checkpoints
While the basic guidelines for working with girls can be found in Volunteer Essentials, the Safety Activity Checkpoints contains guidelines for specific activities—including archery, hiking and selling cookies.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement USA (JA) is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

Three Pillars
JA programming focuses on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.

Our Programs
Junior Achievement program content is tailored to meet the educational needs of youth grades K–12 with dynamic, engaging activity-based lessons.

Fall 2015 - Winter 2016 GO! Available Online

The Fall 2015 - Winter 2016 GO! Great Opportunities for Girls and Adults is available online now!

GO! offers exciting new opportunities in STEM, camp and outdoors, girl leadership, travel and adult learning. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming Fall Product and Cookie Programs!

Community Girl Awards Committee and Council Gold Award Committee Members Needed

Are you interested in mentoring and supporting girls as they pursue the highest awards in Girl Scouting? The Community Girl Awards Committee might just be a perfect fit for you. The committees meet monthly to work with girls as they prepare for the Girl Scout Silver and Girl Scout Gold Awards. The committees also provide guidance and support to the trusted adults working with girls on Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards.

The Council Gold Award Committee meets monthly to review Girl Scout Gold Award proposals and final Girl Scout Gold Award projects.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Message from our CEO - August Town Hall Recap

Hello,

It warms my heart to think about how many of you attended the August 2015 Town Hall meetings throughout our area - a testament to the extraordinary work you have already done for our girls, and of your dedication to be ready to do what it takes to move our organization forward together.

Since the spring Town Hall  meetings, we have been working very hard to develop solutions designed to address the challenges that you expressed you are having – challenges that keep you from doing what you signed up to do: serve girls.

Family Partnership Change, Beginning October 1

At Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, volunteers deliver learning experiences to girls by encouraging them to reach for the stars. We appreciate all that you do to foster this community of discovery and support. Because of you, girls come together to share stories and experiences and make new friends that last a lifetime. And because of you, girls have exceptional role models who inspire them to do great things.

Beginning October 1, 2015, the Family Partnership program is being eliminated to relieve service units and troops of the burden of asking for support.

Product Sales News!

As we near the beginning of the Fall Product Program we are sending a plea to parents/guardians and leaders to take some time to review the following key fields needed to sell nuts/candy and cookies online. Login to your online account in eBiz and make sure these fields are populated with the up to date information for your family and/or troop:
  • Girl name
  • Girl date of birth
  • Girl grade (for this coming school year)
  • Parent/Guardian name
  • Parent/Guardian email
Thank you for taking the time to help ensure the success of our Council sponsored product programs.

For help accessing and updating eBiz please email support@gscccc.org.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Student Night at the Opera

2015-2016 Season
Student Night at the Opera
Harrison Opera House
Norfolk, VA

4 Shows (Student/Chaperone): $30
4 Shows (Adult): $60

Orpheus in the Underworld
Jacques Offenbach
September 23, 2015
7 p.m.

La Boheme
Giacomo Puccini
November 4, 2015
7 p.m.

Romeo & Juliet
Charles Gounod
February 3, 2016
7 p.m.

The Flying Dutchman
 Richard Wagner
April 6, 2016
7 p.m.

For tickets and more information call 757-213-4550 or visit www.vaopera.org/snato.

Join Us for the Third Annual Leader Launch

Saturday, September 19, 2015
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Family
1279 N Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Calling all volunteers! You are invited to attend the third annual Leader Launch, presented by the Coastal Connection Community.

Join us as you browse displays, learn about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and explore materials that can help you and the girls you mentor. New volunteer classes as well as enrichment classes will be offered free at this event.

See this flier for more information and register today.

For questions, please contact Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org or 757-410-0595.

2015 Famous Former Honorees

Join us in congratulating our Famous Former Honorees for this year. They will be honored at our Famous Former Luncheon on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Norfolk Yacht & Country Club. Tickets are available for purchase at www.gsccc.org.
  • Peggy Birkemeier, Retired Senior Associate with the North Carolina Community Foundation
  • Emma Jean Brady, Retired Branch Manager with the Blackwater Regional Library
  • Susan Colpitts, Founder, Chief of Client Engagement at Signature Family Wealth Advisors
  • Barbara Hamm Lee, Executive Director and Host of Another View at WHRO Public Media

Monday, August 17, 2015

Zombie Fun Run and Party

Zombie Fun Run and Party
Chesapeake Central Library
October 17, 2015
5:30 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for this event that supports the Chesapeake Public Libraries. Volunteer with a group or individually to:
  • Dress as a zombie to chase runners
  • Give refreshments at the recovery station
  • Assist at the games and books station
To register or for more information, contact Heather Simpson at 757-410-7127 or hsimpson@infopeake.org or visit ChesapeakeZombieRun.com. Spaces are limited.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Fall Product Rallies!

Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to kick off the Girl Scout year? Why not host a Fall Product Rally for your troop or service unit?

Rallies are a great way to get the girls excited while participating in fun hands-on activities that educate them on the nut and chocolate and magazine offerings, goal setting, leadership and other life skills. Our vendors, Ashdon Farms and QSP, are excited to offer service units and troops a Rally Guide. The Rally Guide includes planning steps, rally procedures and nine station ideas. Download this year's Rally Guide here.

Let’s motivate the girls to Be Spotacular!