Monday, December 26, 2016

Girl Scout High Adventures: Cracks, Crevices and Crawlways

This event is open to all registered Girl Scouts. Adults are welcome to sign up & participate! All activities are indoors. Girls will be participating in caving type activities that will require crawling, climbing and scooting on the floor. Participants must wear long pants and tennis shoes.

Date/Time:
Saturday, January 28 OR Sunday, January 29
9 a.m.–2 p.m. (2nd Grade – 12th Grade girls)

Location:
Camp Skimino
Enmeier Center
Williamsburg, VA

Cost:
$8 per girl with patch / $6 per girl without patch

Registration:
For more information and to register, visit www.ccgscavers.org.
Deadline to register is January 14, 2017

Shop Promotions for the Month of January

January 4, 11, 18, 25: Fun Patch Wednesdays
(Non-GSUSA fun patches only)

  • Only 99 cents each!
  • While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.
January 10, 11, 12: New Year, New You
  • Receive a discount of 15 percent off all apparel!
  • While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.
January 21-28: Cookie Classic
  • Show your medal and receive a 10 percent discount off entire purchase!
  • Cannot be combined with any other offers.

Girl Scout ROV Team is Looking for New Members

2016 Girl Scout ROV Team
and "Gerard," their ROV
We are looking for SIX very dedicated, very interested Girl Scout Seniors and/or Ambassadors to form a remote operated vehicle (ROV) team. The Girl Scout ROV team that competed last year in the Mid-Atlantic Regional ROV Competition hosted by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center and Nauticus is moving up to the next level of competition.

Holiday Closings

All GSCCC Offices and Shops will be closed through January 2, 2017 and will resume regular hours Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.


Monday, December 19, 2016

UPDATE: GSCCC is on the New Membership System AND Live with Volunteer Toolkit!

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON NEW SYSTEM
Parents and Volunteers, you should have received an email from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Monday, December 19 with information on logging in to your Member Profile. If you did not receive your registration email, check your junk, spam or promotional folders. This login information will connect you to the new enhanced membership registration experience. Events and activities will continue to be purchased in eBiz, which is available now.

Volunteers, note that access to the toolkit is also available after you login using the information GSUSA provided.

Send any questions you have to customercare@gsccc.org. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Volunteer Invite-a-Friend Program Extended Until January 31!

The Girl Scouts Invite-A-Friend program has been extended until January 31, 2017! Now you have more time to talk 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.

Volunteer Toolkit is HERE!

The Volunteer Toolkit is now available for use by troop leaders, key volunteers, parents and caregivers. This digital resource can be accessed through your smartphone, tablet or computer; making it easy to use at any time.

Troop leaders and key volunteers will be able to streamline on-boarding and simplify troop management, meeting planning and program experiences, reducing their investment of time by half! Plus, they can communicate a Girl Scout's progress to parents.

Don't Forget to Register for the 2017 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon

See community partner exhibits, Gold Awardee exhibits, learn about Girl Scout travel and more!

Registration, Silent Auction and Networking from 9 to 9:45 a.m.
Annual Council Meeting: 10 a.m.-noon (Free to attend)
Awards Luncheon: 12:30-2:30 p.m. ($18 to attend)

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Register today via eBiz.

For questions about registration, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

A Junior Journey Jam: Get Moving!

February 4, 2017
1-5 p.m.
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
$25 (includes Journey patch and a light snack) 

Let's Get Moving! Girl Scout Juniors will learn about various forms of energy and find out what it means to be energy efficient. Fun crafts, energy discussions and an energizing snack are part of the Journey.

Register via Eventbrite
Contact Shannen at lalareb3@gmail.com for additional information.
This event is a fund-raising activity for Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 292.

Volunteer Enrichment Classes

Attend one or both of the upcoming enrichment classes coming Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Girl Scout Singalong! - Sing! Sing! Sing! 
Learn some new Girl Scout songs that you can teach the girls in your troop.

Ceremonies and Traditions
Investitures, rededications, and other ceremonies - they are easier than you think! Learn the history behind these traditional ceremonies and ways to help make them special.

Contact customercare@gsccc.org for questions.

Self-Protection and Self-Empowerment Workshops for Girls

Lisa Van Ahn, athlete with the US National Kickboxing Team and founder of the I AM INITIATIVE will be in Hampton Roads during the week following Christmas to lead self-love and self-protection workshops with Girl Scout troops, young ladies and women.

The I AM INITIATIVE builds personal safety by empowering girls to love and honor their talents and skills, never be a victim of circumstance, and be responsible in their lives. By attending the workshops, girls will become powerfully aware of the words ‘I am’ and how to use them wisely and positively.

Monster Jam at Hampton Coliseum

Monster Jam
Friday, January 20, 2017
7 p.m.
Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA
Group discount starting at $16

Purchase tickets at www.hamptoncoliseum.org/events.
Minimum group order is 15 tickets.
Deadline for group orders is January 13, 2017.

For more information contact groupsales@hampton.gov or call 757-838-5650 Ext. 68943

Girl Scout Alumnae Social at Passion

Girl Scout alumnae are invited to gather at the Passion restaurant on Thursday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the new year and share ways we can continue to engage alumnae in fun and meaningful ways.  Take time to network with your sister Girl Scouts and give us YOUR input to help plan some amazing events for 2017.  Appetizers will be provided. Passion is located at The Shoppes at Greenbrier, 1036 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA  23320.  RSVP by January 19, 2017. Questions? Contact Robin Thomas at philanthropy@gsccc.org.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

UPDATE: GSCCC is Moving to a New Membership System AND Going Live with Volunteer Toolkit Sooner than Anticipated!

IMPORTANT NOTICE ON NEW SYSTEM
  • Parents and Volunteers, keep an eye on your inbox. You will receive an initial email from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) this Friday, December 16, 2016, notifying you that a separate login information email will be coming to you. Then you will receive your login information from GSUSA on Monday, December 19, 2016, 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 the same time.
  • Volunteers, please note that access to the toolkit will be available after you login using the information GSUSA will email next week.
Send any questions you have to customercare@gsccc.org. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Upcoming Holiday Closings

All GSCCC Offices and Shops will be closed December 24, 2016 through January 2, 2017 and will resume regular hours Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.


Delegate Chair and Delegate and Alternate Delegate Training Webinar

Delegate 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 and Alternate Delegate Training Webinar
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
6:30–7:30 p.m.

Register here to attend the webinar.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Community Service Opportunity in Norfolk

Community service has been a cornerstone of Girl Scouting for more than 100 years. If your troop is looking for community service opportunities in Norfolk, this is it. The Lydia Roper Home Assisted Living Facility is looking for Girl Scouts to come and spread some cheer!

Volunteer opportunities consist of:
  • Singing songs
  • Playing an instrument (facility has a keyboard)
  • Doing craft activities
  • Making seasonal cards
  • Completing art projects
  • Playing games and mingling with the 23 ladies who love children and especially music

Date/Time:
To make arrangements for your troop's visit, contact Christine Hoppe, Activities Coordinator, via email at CHoppe@VUMH.org. Volunteer or visit on weekdays or Saturday at 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

ACE Adventure Resort Special Discount for Girl Scouts

ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest 1,500-acre mountain hideaway with more guided adventures, outdoor activities, whitewater rafting, lodging and amenities than any other Adventure Vacation Outfitter! ACE will maximize your mountain privacy and surround you with the great outdoors.

Book a group trip before March 31, 2017 using promo code GIVINGTUES16 to receive a 20 percent discount off of your adventure. Visit online or call 800-787-3982 to begin planning your trip.

ACE Adventure Resort
1 Concho Road
Oak Hill, WV 25879

2017 Cookie Classic!

Calling all Girl Scouts and Friends! Put your running shoes on and get ready to race – or walk – in the 2017 Cookie Classic. Now in its third year, the Cookie Classic organized by GSCCC community volunteers, will take place on Saturday, January 21, with plans to be better than ever. This year’s event takes place on the trails of the Chesapeake’s Great Dismal Swamp Park. Find details on the website at cookieclassicrun.wordpress.com to get information and register.

Everyone gets a T-shirt and there are awards – medals and patches – depending on the race you select at registration.

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 of 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 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.

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.

Become an Archery Instructor

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

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Noon – 6 p.m.
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Delegate/Alternate Delegate Training

Delegate Training is required for all service unit Delegate Chairs and Delegates/Alternate Delegates to prepare for their role as voting members of GSCCC. The training will include an explanation of the delegate chair 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 6, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center
Newport News, VA

OR

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

OR

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Webinar

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

What Our Country Needs Right Now Is You

As we move forward together as a country during this post-election period, it is more important than ever that we continue to observe and model Girl Scout values like respect for others, inclusiveness, and civic participation. During this time, parents and volunteers need to be aware that some girls might be experiencing feelings of anxiety, confusion, and uncertainty.

For volunteers and parents who may need support in how to talk with girls, here are some resources starting with the article “What Our Country Needs Right Now Is You." Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist, Andrea Bastiani Archibald, gives advice.

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 Scouts and their Take Action Projects to be Featured on Disney Channel

As part of the Girl Scouts/Disney Channel collaboration to promote girls' leadership, Disney Channel and Disney Junior are featuring Girl Scouts and their Take Action projects. Each of the two 90-second spots showcases the girls' experiences as true go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders (G.I.R.L.s!) in their communities—and how they lead the Girl Scout way as well as how they “lead like Elena,” with compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage. You can view a special behind-the-scenes look as information on a Disney Channel and Disney Junior contest on the Girl Scouts of the USA blog.

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.

Volunteer Opportunity - Chick-fil-A Christmas Parade

The Chick-fil-A Christmas Parade at Chesapeake Square Mall is seeking volunteers for their event December 3, 2016. The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers ages 13 years and older are needed at 6:30 a.m. for staging and walking in the parade.

Volunteers are invited to attend a volunteer dinner on December 1, 2016 and a volunteer breakfast on December 3, 2016 at the Chick-fil-A location at Chesapeake Square Mall. Volunteers will be presented with a volunteer letter documenting their hours of service.

For details and to sign up, visit the event website or contact Cfaparadevolunteer@gmail.com.

Register Today for the 2017 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon

2017 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Dr.
Hampton, VA 23666

Registration, Silent Auction and Networking: 9-9:45 a.m.
Annual Council Meeting: 10 a.m.-noon (Free to attend)
Awards Luncheon: 12:30-2:30 p.m. ($18 to attend)

Register here.

For questions about registration, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

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.

Volunteer Toolkit is Coming!

The Volunteer Toolkit will be available soon for use by troop leaders, key volunteers, parents and caregivers. This digital resource can be accessed through your smartphone, tablet or computer, making it easy to use at any time.

Troop leaders and key volunteers will be able to streamline on-boarding and simplify troop management, meeting planning and program experiences, reducing their investment of time by half! Plus, they’ll be able to connect with other volunteers and communicate a Girl Scout's progress to parents. Parents can use the parent portal that will make it easier to communicate with their Girl Scout’s troop leader, manage their daughter’s schedule, and stay involved in her Girl Scout experience.

What can you do now? Take a few minutes and view these five videos and find out how user-friendly the Volunteer Toolkit is.

Watch your mailboxes. Login information will be sent out to all troop leaders, key volunteers, parents and caregivers in mid-December.

Outdoor I and II Combined Course Just Added

Spring is only a few months away! Get ready for upcoming service unit encampments and camping trips by attending the Outdoor I and II Combined Camp Course in January.

Weekend: 
Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Sunday, January 22, 2017

Location: 
Camp Darden
Courtland, VA

Pre-Course: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
A Place For Girls
Chesapeake, VA
- OR -
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Camp Apasus
Norfolk, VA

Register on eBiz.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Make a Gift in Honor of Your Girl Scout Birthday

As we continue to celebrate the birthday of our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, we are inviting all Girl Scouts to make a gift in honor of your Girl Scout birthday. If you joined Girl Scouts in 1990, you would make a gift of $19.90. It is a perfect way to celebrate your Girl Scout birthday during this special time of the year. Make your gift today.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - Girls Grades 5-12, Apply by November 8

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. There are awards on the local, state and national level. Ten National Honorees will receive $5,000 awards and a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a recognition event! Find out more here.

Email questions and applications to customercare@gsccc.org.

Service Unit Delegate and Alternate Delegate Elections

As part of our policy-influencing process, members 14 years and older may serve as Service Unit Delegates and participate in the Council democratic process. Service Unit Delegates are elected by the members of the service unit and are the communication link between Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast girls, volunteers, community networks and Board of Directors. Delegates are entitled to elect representatives on the Council's Board of Directors and National Council Delegates at the Annual Council Meeting. 

The 2017 Annual Council Meeting will occur on February 4, 2017 at the Hampton Convention Center.

Elections for Service Unit Delegates and Alternate Delegates are held at a service unit meeting in September, October or November of each year. 
  • Registered Girl Scout members of the ages 14+ can serve as Service Unit Delegates or Alternate Delegates.
  • The Election Meeting is presided over by the Service Unit Delegate Chair, and following that service unit meeting, the Service Unit Delegate Chair is to complete this online service unit delegate election form here.
  • The number of Delegates each service unit is allotted can be found here.
For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Delegate Chair and Delegate/Alternate Delegate Training

Delegate Training is required for all service unit Delegate Chairs and Delegates/Alternate Delegates to prepare for their role as voting members of GSCCC. The training will include an explanation of the delegate chair 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
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Delegate and Alternate Delegate Training
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center
Newport News, VA

OR

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

OR

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
6:30–7:30 p.m.
Webinar

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

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.

Upcoming Program Events

NASA Langley Centennial Art Contest
As a part of the Centennial celebration, NASA Langley Research Center is hosting a Nationwide Art Contest for students in grades K-12. Using the theme “A Storied Legacy, A Soaring Future,” students are encouraged to let their imaginations fly while creating an original piece of art for the contest.

Artwork will be accepted starting November 1, 2016, and must be submitted by December 31, 2016. You will be able to view all of the artwork on the NASA Langley Flickr page and the 1st place art from each grade will be displayed at the Virginia Air and Space Center.

Earth! NASA will accept artwork from all 50 states as we encourage kids to use their imaginations and share the NASA Langley story!

Product Sales News

2016 Fall Product Program
Did you know you can participate in the Fall Product Program traditionally, online or both? GSCCC’s Fall Product Program continues through December 4, 2016. Online participants do not have to deliver product or collect payment, and it only takes a few steps to get started! Register, setup your store, then send emails to friends and family. Get started here; use Council code: 2690139.

Prefer the traditional sale? Please reach out to your troop leader or customercare@gsccc.org for more information. For more information on the Fall Product Program visit us online.

Monday, October 31, 2016

We Have a New Website!

We're bringing volunteering here at GSCCC to a whole new level. If you haven't had a chance to check out the new mobile-friendly www.gsccc.org website, we guarantee you'll love it. There are new features to help girls, parents and leaders plan their Girl Scout experience, such as the calendar and event listing. There's also a new way to search forms, and you will find the navigation experience intuitive. Starting in January, expect a few more elements to be added such as access to the awesome Volunteer Toolkit. We're always "here and anxious to hear" from you, so send your comments to customercare@gsccc.org.

Make a Gift in Honor of YOUR Girl Scout Birthday

October is a special month when we celebrate the birthday of our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low. This year, we are inviting all Girl Scouts to make a gift in honor of your Girl Scout birthday. If you joined Girl Scouts in 1990, you would make a gift of $19.90. It is a perfect way to celebrate your Girl Scout birthday during this special month. Make your gift today.

Stand Beside Her

Created by Girl Scouts Heart of the South, the National Stand Beside Her Movement is a call to action initiative to mentor, support and develop women and girls; to end comparison and competition and create more collaboration and support for one another.

The Stand Beside Her Movement culminates each year with National Stand Beside Her Week, October 30 - November 5, 2016, to encourage people to commit to supporting girls and women in their lives, their home, their office and in their community. This week was chosen to commemorate Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday on October 31.

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 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 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.

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.

Become an Archery Instructor

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

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Noon – 6 p.m.
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

"Getting to Gold" Workshop - for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Sunday, November 6, 2016
2-4 p.m.
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors
Free (Registration Required)

Come to the "Getting to Gold" Workshop and meet the volunteer Girl Scout Gold Award committee. Girls - bring your questions and project concepts. Committee members will share tips to help you on your path to earning your Girl Scout Gold Award.

There will be a session for parents, leaders and advisors to get information. Take this opportunity to ask questions that will help girls as they strive towards earning Girl Scout Gold.

Register today through eBiz.

New Volunteer Open House – Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Open House: 1-2 p.m.
Classes: 2-4 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
  • Have the opportunity to try out the Volunteer Toolkit

Choose one of the available classes (advance registration required):
  • Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II* (*prerequisite is Girl Scout Program Basics, Part I)
  • Parents as Partners
For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Governor's Land 5k, Williamsburg, VA, October 29.

Join the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast for the 15th Annual Governor's Land 5K Ghoulish Run for the Girl Scouts. This 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will benefit the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast Annual Giving Campaign. 

Details:
Saturday, October 29, 2015, registration and packet pick up begins at 7:30 a.m.

Park East, The Governor's Land at Two Rivers Route 5, Williamsburg, VA

The course is a fast, scenic, certified (Va-07030-RT)5K course through the Governor's Land residential community. Out-and-back on Two Rivers Road, with horseshoe loops of Horne's Lake and Whittaker Island neighborhoods on return trip. All paved roads.

Go here for more information and to sign up.

Boost Your Fall Product Sales with this Bookmark Giveaway

Fall is a great time of year, full of traditional and fun events and festivals celebrating the harvest season. Some of those events include giving out treats. Consider using our fall Girl Scout bookmark as a giveaway. Help connect more girls to the fun and adventure of Girl Scouting!

This giveaway helps troops, too. It carries a special message about how the purchase of a Girl Scout fall product – nuts or candies – supports troop activities. Download for printing here.

First-Aid/CPR/AED Training

Did you ever wonder if First-Aid/CPR/AED training that is offered completely online meets Girl Scouts’ requirements? Per Volunteer Essentials 2016-2017 page 78, “First-Aid/CPR training that is available entirely online does not satisfy Girl Scouts’ requirements. Such courses do not offer enough opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your technique.”

Register for a classroom First-Aid/CPR/AED training today by visiting the EMTA Enterprises website or Hampton Roads CPR and Safety website.

Remember to ask the facilitator to sign your training card and remember to keep your certification card for your records.

Shop Promotions for the Month of November

November 9-11: Patriotic Appreciation
Receive a discount of 15 percent off entire purchase, when you show your “I Voted” sticker or Military ID. If you are unable to make it to the shops, feel free to call in your order, pay, and pick up at your convenience.

Activity Fun Patches:
  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Helping Hands
  • Hiking
  • Thanksgiving

Safety First!

Keeping girls and adults safe are our top priority! You can do your part by viewing the online Risk Management learning module. Troop leaders as well as volunteer support team members are required to view this online learning module annually. See the Volunteer Learning Progression on page 21 of Volunteer Essentials 2016-2017 for requirements. You will learn something new each year!

Register on eBiz for the Risk Management online training before the next activity with your girls.

Take Me Back Fashion Show Update

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who are planning to attend the Take Me Back Fashion Show. It is just about sold out. Because of the overwhelming response, we will open the Chesapeake retail shop on Sunday, October 30 from 3-6 p.m. Additionally, you will receive a 15 percent discount off your entire purchase during this special savings event. It is an awesome sale that you will not want to miss - start writing your shopping list now!

Make a Gift in Honor of YOUR Girl Scout Birthday

October is a special month when we celebrate the birthday of our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low. This year, we are inviting all Girl Scouts to make a gift in honor of your Girl Scout birthday. If you joined Girl Scouts in 1990, you would make a gift of $19.90. It is a perfect way to celebrate your Girl Scout birthday during this special month. Make your gift today.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Introducing Girl Scout Program Basics, Parts I and II

The Girl Scout Program Basics course is to be completed by all troop leaders. View the online learning module, Girl Scout Program Basics, Part I, and then attend the face-to-face Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II, where you will use everything you learned in the online module to help guide your girls in planning their year and their troop meetings.

Register through eBiz for one of upcoming classes:
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

2017 Cookie Classic

Come back for S'more fun at the 2017 Cookie Classic 5K and 1-Mile on January 21, 2017!

Join Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast for the 3rd Annual Cookie Classic in Chesapeake, VA. The Trefoil Trek is a 5K starting at 9 a.m., followed by the Samoa Stroll Kid's 1-Mile at 10 a.m. This event is open to the public and Girl Scouts can meet badge requirements! For those that want to do S'more running, the Thin Mint Challenge includes both races to help get you through those mid-winter exercise blues.

Product Sales News

2016 Fall Product Program
It’s not too late to join in the fun of the Fall Product program. If you are interested in participating please reach out to your troop leader or contact customercare@gsccc.org. For information on the Fall Product program visit our website (http://www.gsccc.org/Fall-Product-Program.aspx) .

2017 Cookie Program
We are seeking volunteers for the following Cookie Program positions:
  • Cookie Cupboards are needed in the following areas:
    • Indian River/Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, VA
    • Kitty Hawk, NC
    • Elizabeth City, NC

“Getting to Gold” Meet and Greet for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Sunday, November 6, 2016
2-4 p.m.
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Free (Registration Required)

Come out and meet the volunteer Girl Scout Gold Award committee. Girls, bring your questions and project concepts.

Committee members will share tips to help you on your path to earning your Girl Scout Gold Award.

Committee members will be available to speak with parents, leaders and advisors on their role in helping to guide their girls in achieving the Gold Award.

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Forever Girl Scout Alumnae News

Take Me Back Fashion Show
Take Me Back Fashion Show volunteers are needed on Sunday, October 30 to monitor displays and help the fashion show participants. Contact Veronica Thomas at winfredthomas@cox.net to volunteer.

Cookie Cupboards
Are you interested in being a Cookie Cupboard? At this time, we are in need of cupboards for the Kempsville area and the Gloucester/Matthews area. If you are interested in being a Cookie Cupboard, please contact Chris Ramos-Smith at chrisr@gsccc.org for more information.

Take Me Back Fashion Show Models Needed

On Sunday, October 30 from 3-6 p.m. the Forever Girl Scout Alumnae are hosting a Take Me Back Fashion Show at A Place for Girls in Chesapeake. We are looking for Girl Scouts from Brownie to Ambassador level and adults to model the uniforms in our collection. If you are interested in being a model for this event, contact Betsy Kessler at eakeler@verizon.net for more information.

Become a School Representative

Are you affiliated with a local school? You could be a school representative!

Being a school representative is easy, as a school representative, you will:
  • Establish a relationship with school administrators and parent organizations. Already a PTA member or room parent? Perfect!
  • Share information on upcoming events at the school. Does the event need volunteers? Is there an opportunity to have a Girl Scout table at the event? Let us know and we’ll help to find coverage.

Model NATO Challenge

28 Students - 28 Nations. Become a Student Diplomat Today!
Represent one of the 28 NATO Member Nations while participating in a mock session of NATO's North Atlantic Council. Achieve consensus among fellow Student diplomats while addressing a crisis modeled after real world issues such as piracy, cyber-security or immigration. Develop your skills in diplomacy and leadership, as you are mentored by NATO Military Officers.

The Top Three Finalists will earn Scholarships! 3 levels of scholarships will be awarded:
  • First place - $2,500
  • Second place - $1,500 
  • Third place - $1000.

Brownie Journey Jam: Wonders of Water Event

Saturday, November 19, 2016
1-5 p.m.
Camp Skimino Enmeier Center
Williamsburg VA
Girl Scout Brownies 
$25 per girl (includes Journey patch and a light snack)

Join us at Camp Skimino to participate in a fun and educational program that will allow you to complete your Brownie WOW Journey. This event is a money earning activity for Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 292.

Register via Eventbrite to get started.

Minimum: 25 girls
Maximum: 150 girls
No tagalongs.
A light snack and water will be provided.
Adults may be asked to stay onsite to meet girl./adult ratios.

Contact Shannen Sager at lalareb3@gmail.com for additional information.

Monday, October 10, 2016

National Delegate Registration

Every three years, national delegates representing each council in GSUSA gather for the National Convention and conduct business at the National Council Meeting.

GSUSA’s 54th National Convention
Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 4-8, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

National delegate responsibilities:
  • Attend all local orientation and preparation meetings prior to the National Convention.
  • Study the National Council Meeting agenda.
  • Understand Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s stance on actions to be taken by the National Council (delegates may vote independently, based on the best interests of Girl Scouting as a whole).

Upcoming Program Events

Sesame Street Live Presents "Elmo Makes Music"
Sesame Street Live is coming to the Ted Constant Center this October with "Elmo Makes Music". When the new music teacher's instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together!

Performance Schedule:
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Purchase tickets here.  Enter promo code SGSCOUT and receive $5 off per ticket in select price levels. (If link does not populate, visit Ynottix.com/promo and enter the code.)

Product Sales News!

2016 Fall Product Program
It’s not too late to join in the fun of the Fall Product program. If you are interested in participating please reach out to your troop leader or contact customercare@gsccc.org. For information on the Fall Product program visit our website.

2017 Cookie Program
Seeking volunteers for the following Cookie Program positions:
Cookie Cupboards are needed in the following areas:
  • Indian River/Kempsville area of Virginia Beach, VA
  • Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Elizabeth City, NC

Group Rates at Hampton Coliseum

Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart
November 23-27, 2016
$13 tickets
Minimum group order is 15 tickets. Deadline for group orders is November 18.
Scout discount only valid for show on November 25 and 27. Additional fees may apply.

Monster Jam
January 20-22, 2017
20% off select tickets
Minimum group order is 15 tickets. Deadline for group orders is January 13.
Scout discount only valid for Friday, January 20 show. Additional fees may apply.

Professional Bull Riders
March 4, 2017
7 p.m.
20% off select tickets
Minimum group order is 10 tickets. Deadline for group orders is March 3. Additional fees may apply.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

GSCCC Offices and Retail Shops - Closed Monday, October 10, 2016

Due to inclement weather, all GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Monday, October 10, 2016.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GSCCC Office and Retail Shop Hours October 7-9, 2016

With the uncertainty of the weather this weekend, all GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Friday evening, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Rescheduled: Elizabeth River RiverFest

Sunday, November 20, 2016
Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jordan Bridge Walk: 1-3 p.m.
Paradise Creek Nature Park
1141 Victory Blvd.
Portsmouth, VA 23702

Due to impending inclement weather this weekend, the Elizabeth River RiverFest has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The "One Flock" art unveiling will be at 12:15 p.m. that day.

Learn more about the Elizabeth River Project and the RiverFest here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Go for Gold Workshops

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges girls to change the world – or their corner of it. Two of the requirements for Going for Gold are viewing the online learning session and attending the face-to-face session where girls will learn how to successfully plan and carry out a project. They will learn to identify the root cause of an issue in their community and how to build a project to address those issues. Register today through eBiz to view the online learning session and for an upcoming face-to-face Go for Gold Workshop:

Women in Transportation Society Scholarships

Founded in 1977, Women in Transportation Society (WTS) is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Boasting more than 6,500 members - both women and men - WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.

WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

Women in Transportation Society (WTS) fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in the area of transportation. One way it does this is by awarding the WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship to girls pursuing high school studies in science, technology, engineering and math. Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.

Help at the Suffolk Peanut Festival - Earn the New Council Recruiter Patch!

We’re super excited to have a booth at the Suffolk Peanut Festival this year and we need your help! Adult volunteers and girls are needed to cover a few slots at the booth. You’ll chat with people about joining Girl Scouts, play a little Plinko with them and hand out prizes all while earning the new Council Recruiter patch.

We have vendor passes available for use during your shift. Contact Jillian Sweetland at jillians@gsccc.org to let her know you can help.

Shop Promotions for the Month of October

Back to Troop
Spend $75 or more during a visit to our Shop October 1October 15 and receive a $10 coupon to spend on a purchase of $25 or more from November 118.

One $10 coupon will be issued per qualifying order per visit in store. Orders over $75 will generate one (1) $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 28, 29, 31: Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday!
Receive a discount of 15 percent off entire purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Activity Fun Patches
  • Adventure course
  • Archery
  • Biking
  • Caving
  • High ropes
  • Low ropes
  • Rock climbing

Monday, September 26, 2016

Product Sales News!

2016 Fall Product Program Launch Email
On September 23, 2016, caregivers received a launch email to kick off the online portion of the Fall Product program. Partner with girls to setup their online stores now so they’ll be ready to receive orders when the program kicks off on October 1, 2016. For more information, visit our website or email customercare@gsccc.org.

2017 Cookie Program
Toffee-tastic Update
Preorders for the Toffee-tastic cookies will not be required this year. For the first time the Toffee-tastics will be printed on your order card and included in the initial order.

New Volunteer Open House

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Open House: 1-2 p.m.
Classes: 2-4 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.
  • Have the opportunity to try out the Volunteer Toolkit.
Choose one of the available classes (advance registration required):
  • Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II* (pre-requisite: Girl Scout Program Basics, Part I – available online soon)
  • Parents as Partners

New Movement to Empower Young Women

Envision Lead Grow is more than an idea - it’s a movement. We want to empower you to build your dreams. That starts with a passion - your passion. We’ll show you what it takes to turn your passion into something incredible. It will require planning, dedication and heart. Is it worth the effort? Absolutely!

A webinar is set with Angela Reddix, President and CEO of ARDX, as the host, and we're so excited to offer this to young women anywhere. This webinar is open to girls in grades 7-12.

Volunteers needed for Susan G. Komen Tidewater's Race for the Cure

Saturday, October 15, 2016
7 a.m. until end of race
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
8th Street Water Station

Komen Tidewater is looking to have two to four troops (approximately 20 Girl Scouts) to be at the 8th Street Water Station and the Finish line to hand out water to the race participants. The Race Park opens at 7 a.m. and the Competitive Race will start at 7:30 a.m. The Recreational Race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The girls need to be able to stay until all of the runners have crossed the finish line. Girl volunteers will need to arrive with their volunteer waiver signed by their parents/guardians. Volunteers will receive a community service letter.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Competitive Programs & Scholarships are Open to Girl Scouts

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Competitive Programs & Scholarships
VFW offers a variety of scholarships for middle and high school students such as Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, Teacher’s Awards and Scout of the Year. There are national and local awards, so you’ll need to submit your entries to your local Post as a starting point. To find the VFW Post in your area, search here. Find information on these programs and deadlines for submissions here.

Backpacking Course for Adults

Are your girls ready to expand their outdoor skills to go backpacking? Register for this course (formerly known as Outdoor IV) and you will take a short trip and learn backpacking skills that you can share with your girls.

Pre-Course Class (attendance required):
Sunday, October 9, 2016
6:30–9:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Backpacking Weekend:
Meet at A Place for Girls and travel to Cold Mountain, VA
Begins Friday, October 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Ends Sunday, October 30, 2016, 5 p.m.

Register today through eBiz.

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

Become a Low Ropes Facilitator

Sunday, September 25, 2016
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Camp Darden
18406 Darden Scout Road
Courtland, VA 
Cost: $15

By completing this class, you will be qualified to work with girls on the GSCCC Camp Darden low ropes challenge course. You will learn Girl Scout activities that are appropriate to do with Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults, on the ground as well as on the challenge course.

Learn games that will build self-esteem, encourage teamwork, teach conflict resolution, and enhance communication and problem-solving skills.

Become an Archery Instructor

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Noon–6 p.m.
Camp Darden
18406 Darden Scout Road
Courtland, VA
Cost: $45

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

Register today through eBiz.

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

Become an Adult Learning Facilitator

Do you enjoy conversing with 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? Consider registering for the upcoming Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning class:

Sunday, October 23, 2016
1–6 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Register today through eBiz.

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

Culinary Crafts

Saturday, October 15, 2016
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
10-11:30 a.m. - Daisy
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Brownie
$11 (includes event patch)

Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, it’s your turn to cook! Work with chefs to prepare fun-filled delicious recipes to impress your family. Let’s enjoy the fine art of decorating our food and see how beautiful your creations will look. Girl Scout Brownies will complete some requirements of the Brownies Snacks Badge.

GEICO Car Care Clinics at Motor World

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Noon-6 p.m.
Motor World
Virginia Beach, VA
D, B, J, C, S, A
$24 (includes patch, six hours in park, excluding access to Skycoaster, paintball and the adult speed track)

Girl Scouts, start your engines! With over 26 acres of family fun, Motor World is the largest and fastest go kart complex on the East Coast and is sure to have something for everyone. With 11 tracks and 16 different styles of karts, you can take it easy on the family track or test your skills on the half-mile Road Racer Track!

Get Your Troop Information Ready for the Fall Product Program

As we near the beginning of the Fall Product Program we are sending a plea to caregivers 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 have the most up to date information for your family and/or troop:
  • Girl name
  • Girl date of birth
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Parent/guardian email
Thank you for taking the time to help ensure the success of our girls in our Council-sponsored product programs.

For help accessing and updating eBiz email customercare@gsccc.org.

2016 Fall Product Program

This fall, Girl Scouts of all ages will have a great opportunity to participate in the Fall Product Program where they will take nut, candy and magazine orders from their friends and families. This is a voluntary program activity and a wonderful way for troops to generate funds. With your help and support, your Girl Scout will have the opportunity to participate in a quality program, develop five key business and leadership skills, as well as generate funds for girl-selected troop activities and projects.

Last Call for 2017 Cookie Captains!

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors - are you experienced at selling Girl Scout Cookies?  If so, become a Cookie Captain!

Remember how hard it was to ask that first cookie customer? Become a superhero to Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies who are selling cookies for the first time. Share what you know - and earn service leadership hours too!

  • Help new cookie sellers develop skills and confidence.
  • Show the ropes to troop leaders
  • Lead activities at a cookie rally
  • Receive training that includes lots of fun game and activity ideas.

Fall Festival at College of William & Mary

Saturday, October 22, 2016
1-3 p.m.
Sorority Court
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

The Kappa Delta sisters request the presence of Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies at their Fall Festival to be held at the College of William & Mary on October 22, 2016. See the attached flier for details. 

Contact Ashley Darang at apdarang@email.wm.edu by October 12 for questions or to register.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, September 24, 2016
7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Neptune Park
3101 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Walk to End Alzheimer's 2016 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is seeking Girl Scout volunteers to be cheerleaders along the route and to help at a water station. Girls need to be at Neptune Park at 7:30 a.m. Approximate time to finish is 1:30 p.m. Volunteers should wear Girl Scout uniform, Girl Scout t-shirt or some form of Girl Scout identification.

Interested troops should contact Donna Farnham at donnaf@gsccc.org by September 19, 2016. Due to the length of standing time, girls in grades 4 and up are preferred.

Old Coast Guard Station Girl Scout Ghost Walk

Saturday, October 22, 2016
3–6 p.m.
Old Coast Guard Station
24th Street & the Boardwalk
Virginia Beach, VA

Come to the Old Coast Guard Station Girl Scout Ghost Walk on October 22 for ghost stories and local lore with a costumed guide, games, hot chocolate and more! Wear your Halloween costume for spooky fun for the whole troop! Not recommended for children under age 8.

Registration deadline: October 1, 2016.
Register using this form.

For more information, contact education@oldcoastguardstation.com.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Volunteer Essentials 2016

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.

Volunteer Essentials has been updated for September 2016.
Find  the Summary of Changes here.

Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout Leaders, October 7-9


This October 7–9, a space science education workshop will be held at the University of Arizona. Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout Leaders is a biannual program made possible by NASA as part of the of the “Reaching with the Stars” partnership with the SETI Institute and in collaboration with the University of Arizona, GSUSA, Girl Scouts of Northern California, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and Aries Scientific. Attendees will gain experiential learning at Biosphere 2, visit the Mt. Lemmon Observatory to work with a 61-inch telescope, and learn how to effectively engage Girl Scouts in space science. The cost of the workshop and lodging will be covered by the University of Arizona.

There are very few openings and one person per council will be selected.  Apply here as quickly as possible.
Questions? Contact christined@gsccc.org.

GSCCC Office and Retail Shop Hours

All GSCCC offices and retail shops will be closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.

Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016, GSCCC offices and retail shops will resume regular hours as follows:

A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Chesapeake office hours:
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Chesapeake retail shop hours:
  • Sunday & Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Colonial National Historical Park Butterfly BioBlitz

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Colonial National Historical Park
Jamestown and Yorktown, VA

Grab your smartphone, camera or binoculars and explore nature in like never before! On Saturday September 24, 2016, Colonial National Historical Park will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more! The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday with more than 100 Bio Blitzes across the country.

Project We Stand Strong – Opportunities for Peninsula Teen Volunteers

Saturday, September 10, 2016
1-4 p.m.
Alternatives, Inc.
359 Fenwick Road, Building 263
Fort Monroe - Hampton, VA

We Stand Strong is a teen-led disaster preparedness program that teaches kids grades 2-5 about how to prepare and be safe during natural disasters, such as a hurricane.

Middle or high school volunteers can participate in two ways:

Volunteer Kickoff – Register Now!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA

We can’t wait to...kick off another awesome Girl Scout year! Come kick off your Girl Scout year at this FREE event for all volunteers!

Start planning your day as you read through the Volunteer Kick-Off Guide available here. There is something for everyone including the following:
  • Check out the new Volunteer Toolkit.
  • Hear the latest information about the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI).
  • Visit with community partners.
  • Choose from dozens of fun, interactive and informative workshops.
  • Visit community service organizations and find out how your girls can lend a helping hand!
  • Enjoy free refreshments.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Parades for Girl Scouts

Girl Scout participation in large area parades are now organized through the Council. Registration and fees for the Council to participate in large area parades will be paid by the Council. Troops and individual girls can register to participate in theses large area parades through the Council. A committee will be formed to plan and organize each parade. Participating service units will have their own banners to carry, which will be provided by the Council.

Mark your calendars now for these parades, and check back later for more details:

GSCCC Office and Retail Shop Hours

All GSCCC offices and retail shops will be closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.

Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016, GSCCC offices and retail shops will resume regular hours as follows:

A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Chesapeake office hours:
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Chesapeake retail shop hours:
  • Sunday & Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Getting Ready for Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI) in the New Membership Year

We have THREE big CEI things you need to know for this month.

1. The next Membership Year is almost here. Parents and volunteers, make sure you renew your and your girls' memberships on eBiz. Troop leaders, make sure you get your troop's information in the Troop Opportunity Catalog by filling out the form before Friday, September 30. We have girls lining up at the door to join Girl Scouts, and we need your help to show them some Girl Scout sisterhood. Filling out the Opportunity Catalog Form will get these girls a spot.

Shop Promotions for the Month of September

September 1-30: Starter Kits
Get started with Starter Kits! Receive a free bag when you purchase a complete Starter Kit. (Starter Kit includes: Girl’s Guide, Journey book, vest or sash, flag, Council ID, troop numerals, insignia tab, World Association pin and membership pin.)

Back to Troop
Spend $75 or more from September 1 - October 15, 2016, and receive a $10 coupon to spend on a purchase of $25 or more from November 1-18.

Volunteer Kickoff – Register Now!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA

We can’t wait to...kick off another awesome Girl Scout year! Come kick off your Girl Scout year at this FREE event for all volunteers!

Start planning your day as you read through the Volunteer Kick-Off Guide available here. There is something for everyone including the following:
  • Check out the new Volunteer Toolkit.
  • Hear the latest information about the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI).
  • Visit with community partners.
  • Choose from dozens of fun, interactive and informative workshops.
  • Visit community service organizations and find out how your girls can lend a helping hand!
  • Enjoy free refreshments.

Delegate Chair and Delegate/Alternate Delegate Training

Delegate Training is required for all service unit Delegate Chairs and Delegates/Alternate Delegates to prepare for their role as voting members of GSCCC. The training will include an explanation of the delegate chair 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
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Delegate and Alternate Delegate Training
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:30–8 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center
Newport News, VA

Become a Cookie Captain!

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors - are you experienced at selling Girl Scout Cookies?  If you answered yes, become a Cookie Captain!

Remember how hard it was to ask that first cookie customer? Become a superhero to some Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies who are selling cookies for the first time. Share what you know - and earn service leadership hours too!

  • Help new cookie sellers develop skills and confidence.
  • Show the ropes to troop leaders
  • Lead activities at a cookie rally
  • Receive training that includes lots of fun game and activity ideas.

Camp Darden Challenge Course Facilitator Class

By completing this class, you be qualified to work with girls on the GSCCC Camp Darden low ropes challenge course. You will learn Girl Scout activities that are appropriate to do with Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors on the ground as well as on the challenge course. Learn games that will build self-esteem, encourage teamwork, teach conflict resolution and enhance communication and problem-solving skills.

Archery Facilitator Course

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

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016
Time: 12–6 p.m.
Location: Camp Darden, Courtland, VA
Cost: $45

Register at eBiz here.

For questions about the class, contact Cheryl McGrenra, Learning Manager, at cherylm@gsccc.org.

For questions about registration, contact CustomerCare@gsccc.org.

Monday, August 22, 2016

GSCCC Offices and Retail Shops Closed for Holiday

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.

2016 Fall Product Program

This fall, Girl Scouts of all ages will have a great opportunity to participate in the Fall Product Program where they will take nut, candy and magazine orders from their friends and families. This is a voluntary program activity and a wonderful way for troops to generate funds. With your help and support, your Girl Scout will have the opportunity to participate in a quality program, develop five key business and leadership skills, as well as generate funds for girl-selected troop activities and projects.

All who participate win! Girls learn new skills and can earn cool rewards. Troops generate funds for supplies, activities and trips. Your participation helps the Council continue to offer affordable, quality programs and events for girls, adult training and to maintain our camps. This year, our goal is to raise $125,000 to support the troops’ funds. We invite you to participate and take part in this fun activity.

The Fall Product Program begins October 1, 2016. For more information, visit our website or email fallproducts@gsccc.org.

Get Your Troop Information Ready for the Fall Product Program

As we near the beginning of the Fall Product Program we are sending a plea to caregivers 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 have the most up to date information for your family and/or troop:
  • Girl name
  • Girl date of birth
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Parent/guardian email
Thank you for taking the time to help ensure the success of our girls in our Council-sponsored product programs.

For help accessing and updating eBiz email customercare@gsccc.org.

2017 Cookie Program

Introducing the Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie! Do you want to be the first on your block to try the Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie? Ask a Girl Scout for a link to their online Digital Cookie store - you can have them shipped to your door in a matter of days!

Girls will begin taking traditional orders on January 7, 2017, and will be delivering cookies the week of February 19, 2017.

For more information email cookies@gsccc.org.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Volunteer Kickoff - Register Today!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA

We can’t wait to...kick off another awesome Girl Scout year! Come kick off your Girl Scout year at this FREE event for all volunteers!
  • Check out the new Volunteer Toolkit
  • Hear the latest information about the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI)
  • Visit with community partners
  • Choose from fun, interactive and informative workshops
  • Enjoy refreshments
Schedule
  • 8-9 a.m. Check-in and networking
  • 9-10 a.m. General Session and Council update
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Workshops
  • 1:15-1:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony