Monday, December 10, 2018

Alum & Friends Lady Boss Day

Thursday, January 24, 2019
Improv at Push Comedy Theater
763 Granby St
Norfolk, VA 23510
4:30-7 p.m.

YOU are a Lady Boss and we celebrate you! Kick off the new year right by joining us on January 24th to hone your Lady Boss skills! Become a better listener, think quicker on your feet, and strengthen your presenting skills by learning about the power of saying “Yes, and…” Enjoy an opportunity to network with Girl Scout Famous Formers, board members and fellow Girl Scout Alum & Friends in this unique setting!

Double your fun, bring a friend! Tickets are $15 for one, or $25 for two!

Register Now!

Alum & Friends Whimsical Winter Workshop

Thursday, December 13, 2018
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
4-8 p.m.

Tired of hiding from your family while wrapping holiday presents? Struggling to find space to spread out to add that perfect finishing touch to all your gifts? Need an evening to yourself during the busy holiday season?!

Join the Girl Scouts Alum & Friends for our Whimsical Winter Workshop! Bring your gifts and supplies to spread out and wrap presents uninterrupted!

Bring an ornament (optional, max. $15) to participate in the Ornament Exchange. Visit our Giving Tree, where you can select a donation amount to give back to a Girl Scout this holiday season! Stop in at the Girl Scout shop for special extended hours and unbeatable deals to snag that perfect last minute gift for your favorite Girl Scout.

We hope you join us to spend the evening with fellow Girl Scout Alum & Friends as you spread holiday cheer!

FREE to attend, advanced registration required. Register Now!

Grow Your Troop Patch Program

Did you know that GSUSA research shows that the most successful troops have at least 12 girls? Just imagine... what could happen if your troop added at least one new girl? Not only would more girls be able to participate in Girl Scouts, it allows existing members to flex their leadership and social skills which builds confidence as they mentor their new Girl Scout friends. Click here to learn more.

Updated Gold Award News

GSUSA has made two changes to the Girl Scout Gold Award.

National has updated the Gold Award outreach to include that projects may benefit the Girl Scout Community. The standards of the Gold Award have not changed. To ensure that this does not dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, the Gold Award must still complete the seven requirements that are key to making it a sustainable project. Every Gold Award project must contain two of the three components: build, advocacy, education and an active leadership component; as well as an organization who agrees in writing to sustain the project in the years to come.

January 2019 Cookie Classic Run


Since 2015, the Cookie Classic Run has been an annual event supporting the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC). In celebration of 5 years, we hope to make the Cookie Classic an event for all runners. With timed 5k and 10k races, runners of all abilities can join us in supporting GSCCC while preparing for their 2019 race season. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.



Monday, December 3, 2018

Space Science Symposium: 8th-11th Grade Girl Scouts Needed

Reaching for the Stars Symposium
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 10 a.m. – Sunday, February 10, 2019, 12:30 p.m.
Morehead Planetarium
250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Grade Level: 8th – 11th grade only

Would you like to share the wonders of space with younger Girl Scouts?

Apply to join members of the Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts (aka Girl Scout Stars) team for a free weekend symposium on the new space science badges for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts. Learn about the new badges, explore best practices for sharing science with girls, and take a closer look at the night sky. Leave with a plan to share at the NC Statewide Star Party and a Girl Scout program/event.

Gold Award News

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has updated the Gold Award outreach to include that projects may benefit the Girl Scout Community. The standards of the Gold Award have not changed. Gold Award projects must contain two of the three components: build, advocacy, and education; and an active leadership component, as well as an organization who agrees in writing to sustain the project in the years to come.

For example, Girl Scouts can benefit from the advocacy and education component of the project by being part of the audience. Build projects must have a community partner outside of the benefiting organization who will agree in writing to sustain what the girl has created in the years to come. This means that neither GSCCC nor a Girl Scout troop can be the sustaining partner.

As a reminder, collection projects and canned projects are not Gold Award Take Action projects, they are community service.

A girl must seek approval from the GSCCC philanthropy director prior to setting up money-earning activity or asking for any in-kind donation. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Colonial Coast Gold Award Committee directly at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.

Grow Your Troop Patch Program

Did you know that GSUSA research shows that the most successful troops have at least 12 girls? Just imagine... what could happen if your troop added at least one new girl? Not only would more girls be able to participate in Girl Scouts, it allows existing members to flex their leadership and social skills which builds confidence as they mentor their new Girl Scout friends. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Closings

The Newport News office and shop will be closed all day Friday, December 7, 2018. The Chesapeake office and shop will close at 11 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018.

Please visit gsccc.org for regular office and shop hours.

Monday, November 26, 2018

December Shop Promotions

December 1-31
Booth-in-a-Bag
Receive a 2019 Cookie Tote, 5’ Table Cloth, Money Pouch, Banner, Roll-a-bana, and Magnet for only $40! (A value of $49.95.) Available for pre-order! Free delivery to your cookie pick-up location.
While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.

December 4, 5, 6
Holiday Open House
Receive a discount of 15 percent off your total purchase. In addition, holiday fun patches (non-GSUSA) are $0.99. Purchase $100+ and receive a FREE GSCCC Coaster. First three customers to spend $150+ receive a FREE water bottle. First customer to spend $250+ receives a FREE GSCCC Sweatshirt. Refreshments will be served! While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.

December 13, 20
Candy Cane Wednesday
Draw a candy cane at checkout and receive a 10 percent, 15 percent, or 20 percent discount off the entire purchase. May not be combined with any other offer.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Senior Living Facility Looking For Girl Scouts Interested In Community Service

The WindsorMeade senior living facility is looking for Girl Scout Troops to visit this holiday season. Consider volunteering to do crafts and sing carols!

Get details of the center at www.windsormeade.org. They are located at 3900 Windsor Hall Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Contact Caroline Kaliris at ckaliris@pinnacleliving.org or 757-941-3663.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closings

GSCCC offices and shops will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday starting at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, through Saturday, November 24. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 26.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ladies in the Lab - IGEM Team

Sunday, November 18, 2018
The College of William & Mary
540 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Open to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors
Check-In: 9:50 a.m.
Event: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Free event. Patch is available for purchase in GSCCC retail shops.

The IGEM Team of William & Mary is offering a "Ladies in the Lab" event. If gel electrophoresis & DNA extraction, plating isolated colonies, bacterial art & titration and bacteria morphology and microscopes & gram stains sound like fun to you, this is your day. If you are unfamiliar with all this, register and learn all about it!

Register by November 11.

Questions? Contact jelaury@email.wm.edu

Girl Scout Cadette Workshops

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Salem High School
1993 Sundevil Dr
Virginia Beach, VA
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Screenwriter workshop
1 to 4 p.m. - Public Speaker workshop
Cost: $7 per workshop (includes badge and all supplies). A box lunch option is available for an additional $5.50.

Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to register and attend workshops, Screenwriter and Public Speaker, organized by Girl Scout Cadette Sydney from Troop 571 and hosted by the Virginia Beach Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Girls may register for one or both workshops and will learn how to create a screenplay for a show or movie and find their inner performer and be unafraid to speak up!

Registration deadline is December 22, 2018.
For more information and to register, visit https://girlscoutcadetteworkshops.weebly.com/.

National Internship Opportunity for Girl Scouts in Grades 8-10

G.I.R.L. 2020 will be planned over the course of two years by a group of 25 Girl Scouts known as the G-TEAM (girls together empowering and mobilizing). Members ("interns") will guide the overall direction of the Orlando event and have chances to participate in field-specific internships in areas such as marketing, event production, governance, and logistics. In-person planning sessions will take place in Orlando, Florida, and New York City, with all expenses paid by Girl Scouts of the USA. At the event in 2020, the G-TEAM will serve as leaders both behind the scenes and on the stage.

All Girl Scouts currently in grades 8-10 are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted from October 19 to November 19, 2018, at 12 a.m. ET.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Harlem Globetrotters

Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2 p.m.
or Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 3 p.m.
ODU Ted Constant Center
Norfolk, VA
Cost: Starting at $20.50 (includes patch).
Free parking.

Come out for a fun event that includes receiving a Globetrotter patch and a special meet-and-greet before the game! You can pick up the patch the day of the game. If you're interested in performing in the Color Guard, contact Todd McKeating at todd_mckeating@comcastspectacor.com.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Todd McKeating at 757-683-7087 or todd_mckeating@comcastspectacor.com.
For the complete group savings, view this flyer.

Wisconsin Tragedy

As many have read, a terrible tragedy occurred Saturday, November 3 in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin, involving a hit-and-run crash that killed three girls and one adult volunteer from Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes’ Troop 3055, leaving at least one other girl who was listed in critical condition and has since been reported as stabilized and improving. The girls and volunteers were all living our mission, making their community a better place while following proper safety protocols, including being dressed in bright vests and, in the case of the girls, properly supervised by adults, as they cleaned up a stretch of highway they had adopted. The driver, who was reported to be driving while intoxicated, turned himself in and is in police custody.

GSUSA and GSCCC posted Facebook messages on Sunday to alert our members:
At this difficult time, we turn our thoughts to our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin, who are mourning the tragic news. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes is holding a candlelight vigil at 6:00 p.m. CT – 7 p.m. ET today; we invite Girl Scouts everywhere to join the council in honoring the lives of the deceased by lighting a candle, observing a moment of silence, or engaging in other meaningful rituals. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes is inviting anyone who would like to send a card to send it to their Eau Claire Service Center: 4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

We are aware this accident impacted Girl Scouts everywhere and that some GSCCC troops would like to dedicate meetings to creating cards and sending them to Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Council. We understand that activities of this type may result in discussions of a sensitive nature. Therefore, we ask that troop leaders use the sensitive issues program permission slip for this purpose.  We also suggest that they refer to a GSUSA resource - leading difficult conversations with confidence. Cards may continue to be mailed to the address we posted earlier - Eau Claire Service Center: 4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Register for Camp Early and Other Important Camp Dates

Whether you’re giving the gift of summer camp this holiday season or just planning ahead, you’ll be able to register your Girl Scout for camp starting December 10, 2018! Our Camp Guide, filled with all the exciting details about camp offerings this year, will be available December 3, 2018, online. New this year, we’ve added a softball camp at Darden, mini-week for Fourth of July, and the two winning themes from the Camp Theme Contest! Register by February 1, 2019, to receive the Early Bird discount!

All summer camp registrations and forms are due by May 15, 2019.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Camp Song Video Contest!

Call all Girl Scouts! We want to hear your voices in our Camp Song Video Contest! Choose your favorite camp song, sing it loud and proud in the outdoors, and send us your video for a chance to win!


Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org or call 757-547-4405.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Camp Song Video Contest

Calling all Girl Scouts! We want to hear your voices in our Camp Song Video Contest! Choose your favorite camp song from the approved list, sing it loud and proud in the outdoors with your troop/group, and send us your video for a chance to win! The winning troop/group will receive a credit towards summer camp, camp sampler weekends or Spring Break camp for the 2019 season. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. For contest rules and to submit your contest entry, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ycp444mk.

Check Out Our New Community Partners Page

We've recently updated our Community Partners page to help you find local event partners, resource partners and service partners. We've even organized them by our four pillars - Entrepreneurship/ Financial Literacy, Life Skills, Outdoors, and STEM - to make it easier for you to locate the type of partner you're seeking. Additionally, we have provided a link for those partners with Explore patches.

Register for Summer Camp Earlier This Year!

Mark your calendars! New this year, summer camp registration begins December 10, 2018! The Camp Guide will go live on gsccc.org on December 3, 2018, and will include new and exciting opportunities such as Softball Camp at Darden, mini-camp week for Fourth of July and the first ever girl-led Camp Theme Contest winning week! Register by February 1, 2019, (Early Bird deadline) to receive a discount.

Consider giving the gift of camp this holiday season!

Ladies in the Lab - IGEM Team

Sunday, November 18, 2018
The College of William & Mary
540 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Open to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors
Check-In: 9:50 a.m.
Event: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Free event. Patch is available for purchase in GSCCC retail shops.

The IGEM Team of William & Mary is offering a "Ladies in the Lab" event. If gel electrophoresis & DNA extraction, plating isolated colonies, bacterial art & titration and bacteria morphology and microscopes & gram stains sound like fun to you, this is your day. If you are unfamiliar with all this, register and learn all about it!

Register by November 11.

Questions? Contact jelaury@email.wm.edu

Monday, October 29, 2018

Nominate a Deserving Girl Scout for the Buck Harris Award

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 to one Girl Scout who has made a difference in troop meetings, service unit events and/or Council events during the past two years. She will receive 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.

Nomination forms can be found here on the GSCCC website. Email completed nominations to customercare@gsccc.org by Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Volunteer Years of Service Pin Application

The Years of Volunteer Service Pin recognizes an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. for her/his years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals. If you have been an active volunteer for Girl Scouts for 20 years or more (in five-year intervals), complete the Volunteer Years of Service Pin Application and submit it by Thursday, November 1, 2018. You will be recognized at the Annual Awards Luncheon and Celebration.

There's Still Time to Recognize Those Extraordinary Volunteers Who Make Being a Girl Scout Great

Recognize those exceptional volunteers who make a difference in the life of girls! Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast volunteers who made a significant impact during the 2017-2018 membership year can be nominated for a GSUSA award.

The adult award nomination deadline for the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, and Thanks Badge II is Thursday, November 1, 2018. These awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon and Celebration on Saturday, February 2, 2019, following the Annual Council Meeting. Nomination forms can be found here on the GSCCC website.

Criteria:

Girl Scout Election Guidelines

As the election season is upon us, we'd like to remind Girl Scout members of our policies and guidelines.

Girl Scouts of the United States and any Girl Scout council may not, nor may they authorize anyone on their behalf to participate or intervene directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office; or participate in any legislative activity or function which contravenes the laws governing a tax-exempt organization.

Lady Boss Day

Thursday, January 24, 2019
4:30 - 7 p.m.
Improv at Push Comedy Theater
Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
Tickets: $15 for one; $25 for two.

Kick off the new year right by honing your Lady Boss skills! Become a better listener, think quicker on your feet, and strengthen your presenting skills by learning about the power of saying "Yes, and..."

Click here for more information or to register.

For questions, contact Individual Giving Manager Jessica Woodyard at 757-548-3809 or philanthropy@gsccc.org.

Monday, October 22, 2018

November Shop Promotions

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

November 1-21
Redeem Your Back to Troop Coupon!
Each coupon is redeemable separately on an order totaling $25 or more on qualifying merchandise. Only one coupon code can be redeemed per transaction and must meet the $25 minimum order threshold. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

November 9, 10, 12
Veteran Appreciation
Receive a discount of 15 percent off the entire purchase when you show your Military ID. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

November 7, 14, 28
Gobble Gobble Wednesdays!
Draw a turkey at checkout and receive a 10 percent, 15 percent or 20 percent discount off the entire purchase. With a $35+ purchase, you will receive a FREE patch. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Grade-Level Trainings Now Available to View

Would you like to learn more about the grade-level Girl Scouts you have? Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior grade-level online trainings are now available!

Access the level you want to view here.
  1. Scroll down to Enrichment Courses and click the down arrow on the training you want to view. 
  2. Then, click Access Course to view the training. 
  3. Once you have completed viewing the training, go back to the grade-level training you selected and click on Online Survey to receive credit for viewing it and to provide feedback.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

November is Girl Scout Month at The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium

Thanks to our community partnership with The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium, they are offering special group pricing for all Girl Scout groups of 8 or more people based on park hours and availability.

Tickets include harnessing, safety briefing and three hours of climbing and zip lining fun in the trees!
Family and friends are welcome to join the group as well.

Weekday group: $30 per person (7 years and up)
Weekend group: $35 per person (7 years and up)

Call 757-385-4947 today to enjoy the best Girl Scout prices of the year! Space is limited. Payment in full required at time of booking.

Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) Training

Cost: $40

Register for a CABS training today by visiting the E.M.T.A. Enterprises website at www.BabysitterTraining.info.

First-Aid/CPR/AED Training

Cost: $45

Does your troop have a first-aider? Has your first-aider's certification expired and now needs to attend an upcoming class? If so, register for a classroom First-Aid/CPR/AED training today by visiting the E.M.T.A. Enterprises website at www.HRGSTRAINING.com.

Becoming an Adult Learning Facilitator

Sunday, October 28, 2018
1–6 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Do you like to work with adults? Do you like to have fun? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, the adult learning facilitator volunteer position might be for you! A facilitator delivers courses, workshops and resources to individuals and/or groups of volunteers. You can decide what you enjoy facilitating - classroom courses or outdoor courses, or both! Start your journey as an adult learning facilitator today by registering for the Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning Course!

Register by October 23.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Buck Harris Award Nominations

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.

Nomination forms can be found here. Email completed nominations to customercare@gsccc.org by November 1, 2018.

Recognize Exceptional Volunteers

Volunteers are the Heart of Girl Scouts!

Recognize those special volunteers who make a difference in the life of girls! Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast volunteers who made a significant impact during the 2017-2018 membership year can be nominated for a GSUSA award.

The adult award nomination deadline for the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, and Thanks Badge II is November 1, 2018. These awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon and Celebration on February 2, 2019, following the Annual Council Meeting. Nomination forms can be found here.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Buck Harris Award Nominations

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.

Nomination forms can be found here. Email completed nominations to customercare@gsccc.org by November 1, 2018.

Recognize Exceptional Volunteers

Volunteers are the Heart of Girl Scouts!

Recognize those special volunteers who make a difference in the life of girls! Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast volunteers who made a significant impact during the 2017-2018 membership year can be nominated for a GSUSA award.

The adult award nomination deadline for the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, and Thanks Badge II is November 1, 2018. These awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon and Celebration on February 2, 2019, following the Annual Council Meeting. Nomination forms can be found here.

Check Out Our New Community Partners Page

We’ve recently updated our Community Partners page to help you find local event partners, resource partners, and service partners. We’ve even organized them by our four pillars (Entrepreneurship/Financial Literacy, Life Skills, Outdoors, and STEM) to make it easier for you to locate the type of partner you’re seeking. Additionally, we have provided a link for those partners with Explore Patches.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Zombie Fun Run & Block Party

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Rain Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
4-7 p.m. (3K starts at 5:30 p.m.)
Courtyard Square Park (Behind City Hall)
306 Cedar Rd
Chesapeake, VA
FREE event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Block Party is open to the public.

Block Party begins at 4 p.m.:

1st Annual Walk & Roll for Disability Awareness

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Hickory High School
1996 Hawk Blvd
Chesapeake, VA
FREE Event
All ages are welcome to attend.

You're invited to the 1st Annual Disability Awareness Walk & Roll hosted by Chesapeake Public Schools Office of Special Education & the Special Education Advisory Committee! This is an inclusive event to support people with disabilities and celebrate our differences!

Activities include:

Fall into Fun with Girl Scouting

Saturday, October 13, 2018
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bennett’s Creek Park
3000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road
Suffolk, VA 23435
Cost: $10

Visit the membership table, costume contest, vendors, concessions and all carnival games. Bring a friend and join Troop 843 for a day of fun!

Ticket Information: Yvonne Milteer 757-484-1089  or email vonflowers@aol.com.
Vendor Information: Judith Jenkins 757-528-2422 or email mrsjudithjenkins@gmail.com.

Zip Line Adventure Awaits!

Join us this Fall in the trees of Virginia Beach at the Adventure Park! You’ll learn about safety and climbing techniques before climbing your way through the trees. As an added bonus for Girl Scouts, you’ll get a behind the scenes look into the mechanics of how the park works. If you couldn’t make it to our October zip lining events, check out these upcoming opportunities to get your zip on!

Onward & Upward
Sunday, November 18, 2018
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Open to all Girl Scout levels.

Hanging Out
Sunday, November 18, 2018
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Open to all Girl Scout levels.

Additionally, our partners at the Adventure Park are celebrating Girl Scouts with a special discount in the month of November of $30 for weekdays and $35 for weekends for our members and their families.

Save the Date: 2019 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

February 2, 2019
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Dr
Hampton, VA

9:30 a.m. Annual Council Meeting
12:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon

Registration is now open.

Questions? Contact Executive Assistant Sunny Smith at sunnys@gsccc.org.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Prudential Spirit Award

Middle and high school level Girl Scouts can apply for a Prudential Spirit Award - an award recognizing volunteer service. Apply online starting now to November 6, 2018, at spirit.prudential.com. Honorees will be announced on February 5, 2019. State honorees earn $1,000, a silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a recognition event held in May; and distinguished finalists receive bronze medallions.

Apply today at spirit.prudential.com.

Volunteer Kickoff: Speak Up and Lead the Way

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Open to all registered adults.
Cost: $5 (includes lunch)

Buffet Lunch Menu:
  • Caesar Salad
  • Eggplant Parmesan
  • Italian Sausage with Peppers
  • Rigatoni Marinara
  • Garlic Bread Sticks
  • Miniature Cheesecake Tarts
  • Beverage
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Next GSCCC Destination? Iceland!


The next GSCCC Destinations trip has been selected. We are off to Iceland!

Experience stunning fjords and breathtaking waterfalls, then travel to a red mountain where mud boils and steam flows out of the earth. Journey through the Dimmuborgir lava formations, which some believe are trolls exposed to the sun, then walk along the gap separating two tectonic plates. This adventurous trip is not for the faint-of-heart or weak-of-limb; it will keep you moving, climbing, and hiking—and constantly questioning how your surroundings can possibly be real.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Catch the King!

It's the season of King Tides, the year's highest astronomical tides. The highest tides of everything other than the positions of the earth, sun and moon - and their gravitational effects - were taken out of the equation. Yet, impressive as they sound, this year's king tides will be more like commoners just decades from now. With sea levels rising, scientists say our high tides today will be more like low tides in 50 years.

We're building an army of data-gathering volunteers to catch one of this year's kings, plotting its rise as it crests across the region. The information will help scientists, planners and elected leaders get a better handle on our risks from coastal flooding.

How you can help:

Shop Promotions for the Month of October

October 1-31
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Chesapeake: $1.50 each.

October 1-17
Back to Troop
Spend $75 or more on a single transaction through October 17, 2018, and receive a $10 coupon to spend on a purchase of $25 or more from November 1 through November 21. 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 on qualifying merchandize. Only one coupon code can be redeemed per transaction and must meet the $25 minimum order threshold. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

October 31
Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday!
Receive a discount of 20 percent off entire purchase. Visit the shops to create a S.W.A.P. and enjoy a refreshment. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

The Apprentice "Can I Do That?" Deadline Extended

Saturday, September 29, 2018
TCC Student Center
1428 Cedar Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Session 1: 9-10 a.m.; Session 2: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $5 (includes newly released Department of Labor patch)

Ever wonder what it is really like to be an apprentice? Registered Apprenticeships combines on-the-job learning with technical education. Come and learn about various aspects of the Registered Apprenticeship programs and meet some of the companies who offer them.

Registration has been extended through September 26.


Volunteer Kickoff: Speak Up and Lead the Way

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Open to all registered adults.
Cost: $5
Register by October 2.
Are you planning on attending the Volunteer Kickoff? Register today to receive a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more, to be used at the GSCCC shop on the day of the Volunteer Kickoff. Coupons will be distributed at the check-in table and must be used the same day. Don't delay! Register TODAY!

ALL registered adults are invited to attend this year's Volunteer Kickoff. Spend the day celebrating with fellow volunteers and GSCCC staff, attend THREE workshops of your choice, find out what's new, network with other volunteers, and get energized for a new Girl Scout year. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to talk with our community partners to get ideas on programming. Stop by the program, properties and camp table to see what's new at our properties!

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Why You Should Renew Your Girl Scout Membership Soon

Hurry! If you haven’t renewed your troop’s Girl Scout membership, do so by September 30, 2018, to secure the girls’ spots in the troop.

Click here for more information.

Save the Date: 2019 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

February 2, 2019
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Dr
Hampton, VA

9:30 a.m. Annual Council Meeting
12:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon

Registration opens on October 1, 2018. More details coming soon.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Volunteer Kickoff: Speak Up and Lead the Way

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Open to all registered adults.
Cost: $5
Register by October 2.

Register between now and September 24th to receive a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase, to be used at the GSCCC shop on the day of the Volunteer Kickoff. You will receive your coupon at the check-in table. This special coupon must be used on the day of the event. In addition, you will receive a special gift at check-in just for attending!

ALL registered adults are invited to attend this year's Volunteer Kickoff. Spend the day celebrating with fellow volunteers and GSCCC staff, attend THREE workshops of your choice, find out what's new, network with other volunteers, and get energized for a new Girl Scout year. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to talk with our Community Partners to get ideas on programming. Stop by the Volunteer Toolkit table and get all your questions answered about this awesome resource that will save you time preparing for your Girl Scout meetings.

Membership Renewal Blitz

Does your service unit want to go camping? Would you like to have $700 of your encampment fee paid for you?

Here is your chance!

We are conducting a Renewal Blitz from September 10 through September 21. The five service units with the highest percentage of renewals during that time will each receive $700 towards their encampment. If your service unit hasn't reserved an encampment yet, there are still weekends available! Encampment must be on a GSCCC camp property to receive the incentive.

The wilderness is calling...renew today!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Membership Renewal Blitz

Does your service unit want to go camping? Would you like to have $700 of your encampment fee paid for you?

Here is your chance!

We are conducting a Renewal Blitz from September 10 through September 21. The five service units with the highest percentage of renewals during that time will each receive $700 towards their encampment. If your service unit hasn't reserved an encampment yet, there are still weekends available! Encampment must be on a GSCCC camp property to receive the incentive.

The wilderness is calling...renew today!

Volunteer Kickoff: Speak Up and Lead the Way

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Open to all registered adults.
Cost: $5

You don't want to miss this year's Volunteer Kickoff! It only happens once a year and when it's done, you'll have to wait a whole year for the next one.

ALL registered adults are invited to attend this year's Volunteer Kickoff. Spend the day celebrating with fellow volunteers and GSCCC staff, attend THREE workshops of your choice, find out what's new, network with other volunteers, and get energized for a new Girl Scout year. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to talk with our Community Partners to get ideas on programming. Stop by the Volunteer Toolkit table and get all your questions answered about this awesome resource that will save you time preparing for your Girl Scout meetings.

Just Added...
During the Welcome session, volunteers will hear from Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), who will share how to include all girls of all abilities in all activities.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

Thursday, November 8 – Friday, November 9, 2018
Hampton Coliseum
1000 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

Girl Scout Discount: $13 Tickets (includes patch) additional processing fees may apply. Discount valid on Thursday and Friday night performances only.
Minimum group order is 10 tickets.
Deadline for group orders is November 1.

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

View flyer for details. Print, fill out and submit this Girl Scout Discount Order Form to purchase tickets.

Questions? Call the Hampton Coliseum at 757-838-4203.

Volunteer Opportunity- Virginia Beach Autism Walk

Saturday, November 4, 2018
24th Street Park
Virginia Beach, VA
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Lunch provided)
Open to girls in grades 7, 8 and 9

Need volunteer hours? Start your school year off by earning volunteer hours early! Help at the refreshment tent or cheer on walkers as they return from the walk at the organized cheer tunnel.

For more information, questions, or to register, email Paige at paige.tanaka@autismspeaks.org.

Women's Forum: Equip. Engage. Empower.


Join the Virginia Council on Women for their inaugural Women's Forum: Equip. Engage. Empower.

Hear directly from women leaders on their journey in leadership and how you can get equipped, engaged, and empowered to lead in your respective field and community.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Questions? Email women@governor.virginia.gov.

Updated: Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints

Volunteer Essentials
Volunteer Essentials (VE) 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 2018. Review the Summary of Changes to see the latest updates.

Safety Activity Checkpoints 
Safety Activity Checkpoints (SAC) is a resource that provides safety standards and guidelines for Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA)-approved activities. 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 Girl Scout Cookies.

Safety Activity Checkpoints has been updated for 2018. Review the Summary of Changes to see the latest updates.

Visit the Forms page of the Council website at gsccc.org to see the latest versions of these documents.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Girl Scout Discount at The UFC Gym Anniversary Event

Saturday, September 22, 2018
The UFC Gym
550 First Colonial Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Open to all Girl Scouts and their families. Present this flyer to receive your Girl Scout discount.

Attention Girl Scout families: You're invited to help The UFC Gym celebrate their 2-year anniversary at this fun event - at a Girl Scout discount! Activities will include anti-bullying self-defense classes, an obstacle course, bubble ball, martial arts demonstrations and much more.

For more information, call 757-963-8784.

Shop Promotions for the Month of September

September 1-30
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Portsmouth: $1.50 each

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 on a single transaction through October 17, 2018, and receive a $10 coupon to spend on a purchase of $25 or more from November 1 to November 21. 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 on qualifying merchandise. Only one coupon code can be redeemed per transaction and must meet the $25 minimum order threshold. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Save the Date: 2019 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon

Mark your calendar for the 2019 Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon.

February 2, 2019
Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Dr
Hampton, VA

9:30 a.m. Annual Council Meeting
12:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon

Registration opens on October 1, 2018. More details coming soon.

Facility Rentals NOW on the VTK!

Are you a Girl Scout member who needs to rent a space for an upcoming meeting, day trip, camping weekend or a celebration? Our facilities are available for rent online. Simply login to the Volunteer Toolkit, select the Resources tab, and under Troop Leadership, click "Renting Locations/Facilities".

Back to School, Back to Girl Scouts


Labor Day Closure

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Renew Your Troop


Renew your troop! Your unstoppable G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) spirit has the unlimited potential to change girls' lives and make amazing things happen every single day. You have the strength to take on what others can't, the determination to keep going, and the drive to accomplish what you never thought possible. Because you're not just a volunteeryou're a Girl Scout!

And it's a G.I.R.L. like you who makes all the difference in your troop members' lives as they embark on another year full of the one-of-a-kind leadership, success and adventure that only Girl Scouts has to offer them. Andit's time to renew your troop!

2019 Cookie Captain Team - Now Accepting New Members


Are YOU experienced in selling Girl Scout Cookies? Become a Cookie Captain!

Remember how hard it was to ask that first cookie customer? Become a superhero to younger Girl Scouts 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 new troop leaders or troop cookie coordinators.
  • Lead activities at a cookie rally.
  • Earn the Community Service to Girl Scouting Bar (Senior/Ambassador).
  • Attend a team meeting where we'll discuss the program, materials, events and have some fun.

For more information or to sign-up, email Chris Ramos-Smith at chrisr@gsccc.org. Accepting new members through September 15, 2018. Girls must be in high school (grades 9-12).

Monday, August 27, 2018

Back to School Checklist - Renew Today!

Renew Today!

Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Register by September 6.

OR

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
6-8 p.m.
Register by September 12.

Attend one of the upcoming Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II classes where you will learn how to teach your girls how to plan their year and their troop meetings.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Go Gold Workshop for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Saturday, September 8, 2018
First Christian Church
Hampton, VA
1-3 p.m.
Open to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors.

Attend this training and learn how to successfully plan and carry out a Gold Award project.

Register by September 2.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

First Aid/CPR/AED Training

Does your troop have a first-aider? Has your first-aider's certification expired?  Need to attend an upcoming class? If so, register for a classroom First-Aid/CPR/AED training today by visiting the EMTA Enterprises website at www.HRGSTRAINING.com.

Just Added! GSCCC Canoe Instructor Course

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Camp Darden
Courtland, VA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Attend this course to learn the basic understanding of the responsibilities of a canoe instructor for taking girls out canoeing on flatwater.

Register by September 5.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Volunteer Kick Off: Speak Up and Lead the Way

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Open to all volunteers.
Cost: $5

Volunteers are invited to attend this year's Volunteer Kick Off. Spend the day celebrating with fellow volunteers and GSCCC staff, attend THREE workshops of your choice, find out what's new, network with other volunteers, and get energized for a new Girl Scout year. During the closing, you will have the opportunity to go home with one of our six 12-inch cast iron Dutch ovens that we have for door prizes! Don't delay, register today!

Register by September 24.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Saturday Hours at Chesapeake Retail Shop

As a reminder, starting September 1, the Chesapeake retail shop will be open every Saturday until November 10.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Girl Scouts Travel the Globe!

Where will your troop go next? You may have heard that Girl Scouts are traveling the globe – and we have a ticket with your name on it.

Join us in-person on September 10, 2018, at A Place for Girls from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about how GSCCC and EF Tours for Girl Scouts work together to support leaders and troops that want to travel abroad.

At this information session, you will have the chance to meet EF relationship manager Kayden Manning, as well as our local travel volunteer Eileen Livick. Together, they will discuss travel opportunities, ways to get your troop started, payments and money-earning, as well as hold an open question and answer period.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please register if you plan to attend.

Questions? Contact gscccdestinations@gmail.com.

Saturday Hours at Chesapeake Retail Shop

As a reminder, starting September 1, the Chesapeake retail shop will be open every Saturday until November 10.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Community Play-in & Sing-along

Sunday, August 26, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Scope Arena
Norfolk, VA

Join the VSO in a celebration of brotherhood, unity and peace in remembrance of 9-11. Created in 2017 in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, this annual event embraces our community's cultural richness and diversity, uniting people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds through participation in music, dance and spoken word. Music will be available for any instrument at any level, so come play and sing with us! See the flyer for details.

Girl Scout volunteers needed for ushering. Must wear uniform. For more information, contact Donna Farnham at donnaf@gsccc.org.

Presented by the City of Norfolk and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Register at virginiasymphony.org/play-with-us

Are you ready to Catch the King?

Fall is the season of king tides, and one of the highest of the year is forecast for the morning of Saturday, October 27, 2018. Hampton Roads is a part of the global effort of coastal communities to measure the impact of king tides as a way of preparing for sea level rise. Every bit of data counts, and it's citizens like you who are gathering it. Ready to get involved?

Sign up at http://kingtide.whro.org/

Questions? Contact Barbara Bonheur at bonheurs@aol.com.

2018 Western Tidewater Walk to End Alzheimer

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Constant's Wharf
Suffolk, VA

Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas including set-up, advocacy, walk route volunteers, tear-down, etc. Volunteers should plan to arrive by 7 a.m. You will receive your volunteer assignment the day of the walk.

To sign up to volunteer or for more information, contact Elizabeth Howell, Western Tidewater Chapter, at 757-478-4746.

2019 Cookie Captain Team - Now Accepting New Members


Are YOU experienced in selling Girl Scout Cookies? Become a Cookie Captain!

Remember how hard it was to ask that first cookie customer? Become a superhero to younger Girl Scouts 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 new troop leaders or troop cookie coordinators.
  • Lead activities at a cookie rally.
  • Earn the Community Service to Girl Scouting Bar (Senior/Ambassador).
  • Attend a team meeting where we'll discuss the program, materials, events and have some fun.

For more information or to sign-up, email Chris Ramos-Smith at chrisr@gsccc.org. Accepting new members through September 15, 2018. Girls must be in high school (grades 9-12).

Saturday Hours at Chesapeake Retail Shop

As a reminder, starting September 1, the Chesapeake retail shop will be open every Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) until November 10.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Saturday Hours at Chesapeake Retail Shop

As a reminder, starting September 1, the Chesapeake retail shop will be open every Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) until November 10.

Peninsula Shop Closed for Inventory

The Peninsula retail shop will be closed for inventory August 6 - 10, 2018.

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Congratulations to Our 2018 Girl Scout Famous Formers!

Join us as we celebrate our 2018 Girl Scout Famous Formers at Hilton Norfolk The Main on November 29, 2018, for the Famous Former Luncheon Celebration, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding.

2018 Girl Scout Famous Formers
Stephanie Adams, Old Dominion University
Kim Curtis, Tidewater Home Funding
Michelle Ferebee, NASA Langley Research Center
Daun Hester, City of Norfolk
Vickie Kearn, Princeton University Press
Lisa Schultz, U.S. Coast Guard
Charity Volman, SunTrust Bank
Future Famous Former: Sarah Buck, Cox Communications

We are pleased to have Jennifer Boykin from Newport News Shipbuilding as our Keynote Speaker.

Purchase your tickets today!

Would you like to help in celebrating these women leaders of our community? Consider becoming an event sponsor or leaving a message in the program book to these women. Contact Jessica Woodyard at philanthropy@gsccc.org.

Volunteer Support Team Conference

Saturday, August 11, 2018
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free event for service unit volunteer support team members.

Service unit volunteer support team members are invited to attend this conference especially for them. During this conference, you will receive your position training as well as information on media and communications. Find out what's new for the upcoming year and enjoy lunch on us.

Register by August 5.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

GSCCC Canoe Instructor Course

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Register by August 7.

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Register by August 12.

Attend one of these courses on either date convenient for you to learn the basic understanding of the responsibilities of a canoe instructor for taking girls out canoeing on flatwater.

Register here through eBiz.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

2019 Cookie Captain Team - Now Accepting New Members


Are YOU experienced in selling Girl Scout Cookies? Become a Cookie Captain!

Remember how hard it was to ask that first cookie customer? Become a superhero to younger Girl Scouts 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 new troop leaders or troop cookie coordinators.
  • Lead activities at a cookie rally.
  • Earn the Community Service to Girl Scouting Bar (Senior/Ambassador).
  • Attend a team meeting where we'll discuss the program, materials, events and have some fun.

For more information or to sign-up, email Chris Ramos-Smith at chrisr@gsccc.org. Accepting new members through September 15, 2018. Girls must be in high school (grades 9-12).

Calling All Performers!

We are seeking performers for Girl Scout Fun Day on September 15th at Northwest River Park.

If you love to sing, dance or otherwise perform in front of an audience, we want to hear from you! Performers can be individual girls, groups of girls or even whole troops.

Performance slots will be 15 minutes long and will take place on an outdoor stage. If interested, email Volunteer Support Manager Karly Howell at karlyh@gsccc.org.

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

All GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:

Chesapeake shop: July 30 - August 3, 2018

Peninsula shop: August 6 - 10, 2018

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Shop Promotions for the Month of August

August 1-31
Jump Start Back to Troop!
Free starter kit bag with purchase of starter kit.

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Flip Flop Wednesdays
Draw a flip flop at checkout and receive a 10 percent, 15 percent or 20 percent discount off the entire purchase. With a $35 purchase, you will receive a FREE flip flop patch. May not be combined with any other offer.

August 10
S'more Fun Day!
Receive a 15 percent discount off the entire purchase. Stop by the shops to create a s'more SWAP and enjoy a refreshment. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

August 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Last Minute Staycation
All Explore patches will be on sale for $2 each. While supplies last. In-stock patches only.

Updated Volunteer Policies

Volunteer policies are developed, approved and implemented for the protection and support of volunteers. The purpose of these policies is to provide overall guidance and direction regarding volunteers engaged in volunteer involvement and management efforts.

The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast's Volunteer Policies has been revised and adopted by the board of directors on July 17, 2018. These policies will also be updated in the 2018-2019 GSCCC Volunteer Essentials volunteer manual that will be released in September.

Click here to view the updated Volunteer Policies.

Share YOUR Ideas for the Summer Camp Theme Contest!


Want to win a free week of summer camp for 2019? Then enter our Summer Camp Theme Contest!

We've received some great ideas, and we can't wait to hear YOURS!

Girls and/or troops can help create a girl-led summer camp week for 2019 by submitting their ideas. The winner will receive that week of camp for free! Entries will be accepted online or on paper applications available at summer camp or Council offices in Summer 2018.

Contest runs June 1 through September 15, 2018. See flyer for more details and to print a hard copy application. Or, you may choose to enter online.

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) - What's New?

The Volunteer Toolkit is the troop management system that every troop leader needs to use to save her or him time keeping up with the troop roster, emailing parents and caregivers, and reporting financial information. The best resource just received a makeover to include even more program content and new features. All this and so much more is a few clicks away!

What's new in the VTK?
  • A brand new Explore tab. You have the option to select View Popular Tracks if you're not sure what you are looking for, or if you know what you are looking, click Start Adding Petals, Badges or Journeys. It's an easier way to fill your year plan. Once you are viewing a track, you can click on the icon to the right of the meeting to read the requirements to earn the badge.
  • In the Year Plan tab, you can click on Take a Guided Tour to add a Badge or Journey Meeting or Combine Meetings. With each click, another pop-up instruction tells you exactly what to do.

Shop Promotions for the Month of August

August 1-31
Jump Start Back to Troop
Free starter kit bag with purchase of starter kit.

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Flip Flop Wednesdays
Draw a flip flop at checkout and receive a 10 percent, 15 percent or 20 percent discount off the entire purchase. With a $35 purchase, you will receive a FREE flip flop patch. May not be combined with any other offer.

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

All GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:

Chesapeake shop: July 30 - August 3, 2018

Peninsula shop: August 6 - 10, 2018

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Camp Theme Contest - We Want to Hear YOUR Ideas!


Want to win a free week of summer camp for 2019? Then enter our Summer Camp Theme Contest!

We've received some great ideas, and we can't wait to hear YOURS!

Girls and/or troops can help create a girl-led summer camp week for 2019 by submitting their ideas. The winner will receive that week of camp for free! Entries will be accepted online or on paper applications available at summer camp or Council offices in Summer 2018.

Contest runs June 1 through September 15, 2018. See flyer for more details.

Membership Renewal

Her Girl Scout adventure has only just begun. There is so much more to discover and do (indoors and out!), and so much more she's capable of. Now, with new badges and Journeys in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); the outdoors; life skills; and beyond, there are even more opportunities to prepare her for the lifetime of leadership, success and adventure she deserves-all in a safe, no-limits place designed by and for every girl. There's even a new badge to help older Girl Scouts get ready for the future!

Renew today!

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

All GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:

Chesapeake shop: July 30 - August 3, 2018

Peninsula shop: August 6 - 10, 2018

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Girl Scout Fun Day - Extended Registration

There's still time to register for Girl Scout Fun Day!

Girl Scout Fun Day is coming this September - registration is open to any girl and/or adult who has registered for the 2019 membership year. Cost to attend is $10 per person and must be paid at the time of registration to guarantee a spot. This event promises to be super-duper fun, but capacity is limited, so register soon!

Event registration closes on August 15th, or sooner, if event capacity is reached.

Haven't renewed your membership for 2019 yet? Renew your membership today and then you'll be eligible to register for Girl Scout Fun Day as well.

See you there!

Attention: Volunteer Support Team Members

The new Girl Scout badges and Journeys are here! That means volunteers you support will be turning to you with questions. Make sure you have all the latest answers!

Join us for a special webcast hosted by GSUSA’s Volunteer & Girl Experience teams especially for Council service teams and Council trainers.

You’ll hear updated information on our new badges and Journeys, learn how your volunteers can get started, and discover how to effectively use the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) when implementing this new content rollout. Of course, you’ll have the opportunity to get answers to your questions.

Upcoming Adult Learning Opportunities

GSCCC Canoe Instructor Course
Saturday, July 21, 2018, OR Saturday, August 18, 2018
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Attend one of these courses to learn the basic understanding of the responsibilities of a canoe instructor for taking girls out canoeing on flatwater.

Register by July 15.

Challenge Course Instructor Training
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Attend this upcoming training, and you will be able to instruct girls on the Camp Skimino and the Camp Darden Courses.

Register by July 31.

Girl Scout Program Basics Part II

Saturday, August 4, 2018
First United Methodist Church Fox Hill
Hampton, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Free event.

Attend the upcoming Girl Scout Program Basics Part II class where you will learn how to teach your girls how to plan their year and their troop meetings.

Register by July 30.

Questions? Contact CustomerCare@gsccc.org.

Volunteer Support Team Conference

Saturday, August 11, 2018
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
8 a.m.–3 p.m.
This free event is open to all service unit volunteer support team members.

Service unit volunteer support team members are invited to attend this conference especially for them. During this conference, you will receive your position training as well as information on media and communications. Find out what’s new for the upcoming year and enjoy lunch on us.

Register by August 5.

Questions? Contact CustomerCare@gsccc.org.

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

All GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:

Chesapeake shop: July 30 - August 3, 2018

Peninsula shop: August 6 - 10, 2018

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Offices and Shops Closed July 4

All Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast offices and retail shops will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of the 4th of July holiday. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Jump Start Your Student's Success with the 2018 eXcel Leadership Academy

LEAD Hampton Roads is proud to announce the 2018 eXcel Leadership Academy, a summer youth leadership program designed to develop critical career and life skills while building an appreciation of our region and its many opportunities. The experience provides training and connections that assist students in accelerating their high school success and in building strong resumes and college applications.

For the Class of 2018, we are seeking rising juniors and seniors from high schools across Hampton Roads who are passionate about preparing for their future and providing service to their community.

For more information about the curriculum and mission of our programs, click here.
 
Jump start your student's future today!
For more information and assistance with enrollment, email aepps@hrchamber.com or visit LeadHamptonRoads.net.

Coming Up! Fall Product Program


It's time to start thinking about your troop's fall product strategy! Girl Scouts registered for the 2019 membership year may participate in the Fall Product Program and get a head start on earning troop funds, while earning fun prizes. Each Girl Scout who participates will learn five valuable life skills along the way!

2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program Reward Vote

Would you like to help select the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program rewards? Click here to cast your vote TODAY for your favorites.

Voting ends midnight on July 15, 2018.

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

All GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:

Chesapeake shop: July 30 - August 3, 2018

Peninsula shop: August 6 - 10, 2018

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, June 25, 2018

2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program Reward Vote

Would you like to help select the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program rewards? Click here to cast your vote TODAY for your favorites.

Voting ends midnight on July 15, 2018.


Shop Promotions for the Month of July

July 1-31
Explore Patch of the Month 

Explore The Mariner’s Museum: $1.50 each
While supplies last.

July 11, 18, 25
Flip Flop Wednesdays!

Draw a flip flop at checkout and receive a 10 percent, 15 percent, or 20 percent discount off the entire purchase. With a $35 purchase, you will receive a FREE flip flop patch. May not be combined with any other offer.

July 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Summer Blowout Sale!
Receive a 50 percent discount off the clearance rack.
May not be combined with any other offer. While supplies last.

New Items:

Volunteer Toolkit - Scheduled Maintenance


Due to the process of archiving the current membership year, the Volunteer Toolkit will undergo a maintenance period starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Users will not be able to access any features until the site returns the week of July 9th.

If you have not submitted your financial reports, do so by Thursday, June 28.

Go Gold Workshop for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church
Virginia Beach, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Open to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors.

Attend this training and learn how to successfully plan and carry out a Gold Award project.

Register by July 8.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Upcoming Adult Learning Courses

Girl Scout Program Basic, Part II
Sunday, July 8, 2018
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Register by July 3.
OR
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Francis Asbury United Methodist Church
Virginia Beach, VA
2-4 p.m.
Register by July 9.

Attend one of the Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II classes where you will learn how to teach your girls how to plan their year and their troop meetings.

GSCCC Canoe Course
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Camp Burke's Mill Pond
Gloucester, VA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $20
Register by July 15.

Learn the basic understanding of the responsibilities of a canoe instructor for taking girls out canoeing on our camp properties.

First Aid/CPR/AED Training
Does your troop have a first-aider? Has your first-aider's certification expired and now needs to attend an upcoming class? If so, register for a classroom First Aid/CPR/AED training today by visiting the EMTA Enterprises website.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Volunteer Toolkit - Scheduled Maintenance


Due to the process of archiving the current membership year, the Volunteer Toolkit will undergo a maintenance period starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Users will not be able to access any features until the site returns the week of July 9th.

If you have not submitted your financial reports, do so by Thursday, June 28.

Announcement: Early Renewal Incentive Winners


Thank you to everyone who participated in early renewal! The winners of our final incentives were drawn during a Facebook Live broadcast on June 5th. Congratulations to the following troop winners:

$100 Gift Card for Troop Supplies or $100 Gift Card for Movie Tickets:
  • Troop 1022
  • Troop 1362
  • Troop 4261
  • Troop 756

$500 Gift Card to Great Wolf Lodge:
  • Troop 1422

Haven't renewed your membership for 2019 yet? Renew today!

Time is running out, get your brick TODAY!

Your service to the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is part of the ground work that is making every girl in our community a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter. Innovator. Risk-taker. Leader.) Your dedication to give time will leave a long-lasting impression on the girls in your service unit, and now your impression can be ‘set in stone’ at A Place for Girls. Commemorate your volunteer time with the purchase of a Brick.

Click here for additional information and the order form.

The Brick Dedication ceremony will take place on August 16 at 4:30 p.m. Celebrate with us as we build a path to the future for all our G.I.R.L.s!