Monday, August 19, 2019

Healthy Habits = Healthy Communities

SUPAC - Substance Abuse Prevention Awareness Coalition
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Oscar F. Smith High School
Chesapeake, VA
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Open to Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults. This is a girl and adult event (only girls pay to attend).
Cost: $5 per girl.

Healthy habits for a healthy community begins with you. Become aware of how your healthy choices affect your lifestyle, relationships and community. This fun and healthy awareness day in partnership with the City of Chesapeake Police Department will be a day you do not want to miss!

Register by September 19th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Healthy Habits Family Day

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Oscar F. Smith High School - Athletic Fields
Chesapeake, VA
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Open to Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies (Juniors through Ambassadors may join after morning workshops). This is not a drop-off event.
Cost: $12

Join us for this super Saturday of fun! Attend this back to troop event and earn five patches in one day! Practice a new sport, paint your arts desire, learn about the science of happiness and much, much more.

Register by September 17th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

CommUNITY Day with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Scope Arena
Norfolk, VA
4:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.

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! There is also an opportunity for Girl Scout Cadettes through Ambassadors and adults to volunteer at this event.


Visit virginiasymphony.org/community for more information.
Register here to Play-In or Sing-Along with the Orchestra.
Register here by August 15th to volunteer as an usher and watch the show.
Questions? Call 757-892-6366.

Monday, August 5, 2019

We Are Hiring!

Do what you love, love what you do! We have a great opportunity available and need your help finding the right candidate to join our team. We are seeking a full-time Recruitment Specialist at our Elizabeth City, NC location. We are looking for an influential and persuasive communicator who can speak passionately and with conviction about the Girl Scout mission and its importance to the public. The successful candidate will be a results-driven, motivated individual who will champion efforts to increase awareness and participation in Girl Scouting. We offer a collaborative work environment with open communication and mutual respect. Work with a diverse group of professionals in a dynamic environment that empowers you to explore your full potential. To learn more or apply today, visit http://www.gsccc.org/en/our-council/employment.html.

Alum & Friends Jamestown Women Tenacity Event

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Jamestown Settlement
Williamsburg, VA
Cost: $15 per person
Open to all adult women.

Join us for a special presentation and guided tour of the TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia exhibit. Enjoy a light breakfast while hearing a docent presentation on the Tenacity of women in colonial America followed by a guided tour through the exhibit. At the conclusion of the guided tour, you are welcome to enjoy the rest of the Jamestown Settlement on your own. With the discounted price of only $15, this is a great opportunity to explore Jamestown's newest exhibit with your Girl Scout sisters!

Alum & Friends Women's Wellness Weekend - Open to All Adult Women

Noon, Friday, September 20, 2019,-Noon, Sunday, September 22, 2019
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA

Join us for this adult-only fabulous weekend that will help you find balance in your life. Enjoy a short getaway while experiencing your Girl Scout camp favorites all over again, like the climbing wall, canoeing, archery and a campfire with s'mores! Women's Wellness Weekend also focuses in on activities and experiences that you can take back to use in your busy everyday life. Spend the weekend meeting new people and making memories!

Activities include:

Now accepting applications for She Believes She Can, So She Does Scholarship

The She Believes She Can, So She Does scholarship was created for Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast to provide support to current Girl Scout Ambassadors pursuing higher education opportunities to include vocational training and undergraduate education. This scholarship will provide more opportunities for girls looking to further their skills and education all while fueling the leadership and workforce pipeline.

If you know any girls who could benefit from this scholarship, encourage them to complete the application by 5 p.m., Monday, September 2, 2019.

Interested in helping fund the She Believes She Can, So She Does scholarship this year and beyond? Please make a gift today!

Questions? Contact philanthropy@gsccc.org.

It's time to renew your troop!


Set your troop up for another year of success and adventure! Give them even more opportunities to prepare for a lifetime of leadership and the chance to explore the 42 NEW Girl Scout badges and one NEW Journey.

Renew your troop today!

Shop Promotions for the Month of August

August 1-31
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore va811: $2.50 each.
While supplies last.

August 1-31
Jump Start Back to Troop!
FREE bag with purchase of My Girl Scout Kit!

August 7, 14, 21, 28
S'more Wednesdays
Draw a s'more 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.

August 9, 12
S'more Fun Days!
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 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Last Minute Staycation!
All Explore patches will be on sale for $2.75 each! While supplies last. In-stock patches only.

Monday, July 29, 2019

VTK Access Update

As we approach the roll out of new users into the Volunteer Toolkit, GSUSA is making every effort to ensure the system is ready for our administrative volunteers and individually registered member families.

After testing the recent release of the updated program resources, we have decided to delay the deployment of new user types until August 8th.

Volunteer Childcare Opportunity

Social Services Building
5249 Olde Town Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(Corner of Longhill Road)

The Greater Williamsburg Regional Kinship Program is seeking childcare volunteers. They will be providing a 3-session support group to kinship caregivers on three consecutive Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.:
  • July 30, 2019
  • August 6, 2019
  • August 13, 2019

Currently, it involves 5 children in attendance - no babies or toddlers. Childcare providers must be 16 years of age or older.

Any volunteer childcare help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to participate, contact Debbie Delosreyes, Kinship Navigator, James City County Social Services, at debbie.delosreyes@jamescitycountyva.gov or 757-645-5457.

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

The GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:
  • Chesapeake: July 29 - August 2, 2019
  • Peninsula: August 5 - 9, 2019

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) - What's New?

Beginning Tuesday, July 16th, the 2020 Year Plan was open for customization by leaders who are registered for 2020 membership year. If you are not registered for 2020 membership, you will need to register to gain access to the VTK.

What's new in the VTK?
  • The primary contact/caregiver of an individually registered girl will now have access to the VTK. The primary contact/caregiver does not need to be a registered member of Girl Scouts to get access to the VTK, only the girl needs to be a member. This access will be through their member community login. Girls who are 13 years of age or older may use their caregiver's login to manage the VTK.
  • All Girl Scout Cadette badges are now on the VTK.
  • The three class Journeys for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are available in the six-session format. The Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior Journeys are now in the six-session format. This is a total of 287 plans for troop meetings on the VTK for volunteers to guide girls through the content.

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

The GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:
  • Chesapeake: July 29 - August 2, 2019
  • Peninsula: August 5 - 9, 2019

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 15, 2019

PSC Retail Shop Closure on July 24, 2019

The Peninsula Service Center Retail Shop will be closed on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, for our all staff meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Shop anytime at www.girlscoutshop.com.

Upcoming GSCCC Shop Closures for Inventory

The GSCCC shops will be closed for inventory during the following weeks:
  • Chesapeake: July 29 - August 2, 2019
  • Peninsula: August 5 - 9, 2019

Shop anytime at girlscoutshop.com.

Monday, July 8, 2019

We Are Hiring!

Do what you love, love what you do! We have a great opportunity available and need your help finding the right candidate to join our team. We are seeking a full-time Recruitment Specialist at our Elizabeth City, NC location. We are looking for an influential and persuasive communicator who can speak passionately and with conviction about the Girl Scout mission and its importance to the public. The successful candidate will be a results-driven, motivated individual who will champion efforts to increase awareness and participation in Girl Scouting. We offer a collaborative work environment with open communication and mutual respect. Work with a diverse group of professionals in a dynamic environment that empowers you to explore your full potential. To learn more or apply today, visit http://www.gsccc.org/en/our-council/employment.html.

Brownie Wonders of Water Journey Workshop

Girl Scout Cadette Aliya from Troop 273 is pursuing her Leader in Action Award by hosting the Brownie Wonders of Water Journey Workshop on July 15th, July 16th and July 17th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Fun Room at A Place for Girls.

The workshop will include all elements to earn the Journey, including Take Action project. Girl Scout Brownies must attend entire workshop to complete the Journey. A special guest speaker will bring fun hands-on models, presentations and materials to add to the Journey Workshop experience on July 16th.

The cost to attend is $15 per Girl Scout Brownie (includes Journey badge set). Adults may be asked to stay to meet girl-to-adult ratios. Only 15 spots are available - register via email to troop273.girlscout@gmail.com with Girl Scout Brownie name and caregiver contact information. Available payment methods will be provided in an email following registration. Fee to attend must be paid within 48 hours of email registration to confirm spot.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Incentive Winner Announcement

It’s been a whirlwind of an early renewal season!  We are grateful to each of the service units for the support that have provided to encourage renewals of both girls and adults. You are all appreciated!

But before we can officially wrap up early renewal, we have one final set of incentive winners to announce.  The winners of a service unit encampment are:

SU 150 and SU250

Early renewal may be over, but there is still plenty of time to renew your membership before the official start of the new membership year.

CommUNITY Day with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Scope Arena
Norfolk, VA
4:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.

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! There is also an opportunity for Girl Scout Cadettes through Ambassadors and adults to volunteer at this event.


Visit virginiasymphony.org/community for more information.
Register here to Play-In or Sing-Along with the Orchestra.
Register here by August 15th to volunteer as an usher and watch the show.
Questions? Call 757-892-6366.

Girl Scouts Join the Proteus Festival @ The Z - October 2019

Tuesday, October 8 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
The Zeiders Proteus Festival
Zeiders American Dream Theater
4509 Commerce Street
Virginia Beach, VA
Open to girls in grades 9-12.
Cost: FREE (option to purchase patch at the Zeiders Theatre after completing the festival).

Girl Scouts collaborate with The Zeiders Theater for the Proteus Festival, which is a celebration of creativity & community with performances, panel discussions and community participation. See last year's highlights here.
  • At the heart of Proteus Festival are the creative teams working to create new artistic pieces in three disciplines: music, film and theater. Teams will create their pieces over the festival weekend with mentorship from professionals in the field. On the closing day of the festival, all of the creative teams will present their new works to the public, and a panel of judges will award a “best of” prize in each category and an overall “Best of Proteus Festival” prize to the work deemed to best embody the creative spirit of the festival.

It's Your Planet Love It! - Journey in a Day

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Chesapeake Arboretum
624 Oak Grove Rd
Chesapeake, VA
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Open to girls in all grades. This is not a drop-off event. Only girls pay to attend.
Cost: $17 per girl.

Learn about how and where food is grown, harvested, processed, distributed, and consumed, and why it matters. Plan a Take Action Project to share your knowledge with others. Arboretum staff and local farmers will be on hand to teach us the importance of caring for our planet from Earth to Sky!

Register by September 15th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Healthy Habits Family Day

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Oscar F. Smith High School - Athletic Fields
Chesapeake, VA
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Open to Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies (Juniors through Ambassadors may join after morning workshops). This is not a drop-off event.
Cost: $12

Join us for this super Saturday of fun! Attend this back to troop event and earn five patches in one day! Practice a new sport, paint your arts desire, learn about the science of happiness and much, much more.

Register by September 17th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Healthy Habits = Healthy Communities

SUPAC - Substance Abuse Prevention Awareness Coalition
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Oscar F. Smith High School
Chesapeake, VA
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Open to Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults. This is a girl and adult event (only girls pay to attend).
Cost: $5 per girl.

Healthy habits for a healthy community begins with you. Become aware of how your healthy choices affect your lifestyle, relationships and community. This fun and healthy awareness day in partnership with the City of Chesapeake Police Department will be a day you do not want to miss!

Register by September 19th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Earn Your Think Like A Programmer Badge Online

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Rd
Chesapeake, VA
7-8:30 p.m.
Open to Girl Scout Cadettes only (10 spots available for this pilot program).
Cost: Free (badge available for purchase at GSCCC retail shops).

GSCCC will host one pilot event for earning your Think Like A Programmer Badge! Complete your Think Like A Programmer (TLAP) Journey online and learn to code. Our newest community partner will virtually guide you step by step as you work through your projects. No experience or previous knowledge is required. When you finish your journey, you will have coded a Take Action Project of your choosing and earned your journey award badge, all under the guidance of a live instructor.

Register by July 7th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Girls Rock STEM Day

Friday, July 26, 2019
Norfolk State University
700 Park Ave
Norfolk, VA
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Open to girls in grades 6-9.

This annual STEM event will be filled with numerous fun and interactive STEM projects and presentations from guest speakers designed to inspire participants to pursue an education and/or career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! Applicants must include a 200-word essay focusing on what STEM area they are most interested in and how attending the camp will benefit them. A panel of event coordinators will judge the essay submissions and select candidates for each event (plus 10 alternates, to help fill slots of selected candidates who cannot attend). Selected candidates will be notified by July 12th.

Apply by July 10, 2019. See flyer for more details.

Interested in Joining the Cookie Classic Committee?

Join us for the Cookie Classic Run Committee interest meeting on Wednesday, July 24th, at 7 p.m. The Cookie Classic Run is the official race of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and we are looking for new and excited committee members to assist in the planning and execution of the race on January 18, 2020. The committee meets monthly at A Place for Girls or via Skype. Each committee member will have specific objectives to complete between meetings based off of their interests. Items include, but are not limited to:

  • Partner with Council staff and other committee members to determine event logistics.
  • Collaborate with committee and Council to identify a sponsor pipeline and make connections with potential sponsors.

The 2019-2020 Council Program Guide is Here!

Get excited for your 2019-2020 Girl Scout year by checking out our upcoming programs created just for our girls! Any changes to the details included in the Program Guide located here will be updated on our Events web page directly. Additional events may also be added to the Events web page throughout the year, so be sure to check back often. We look forward to seeing you at the programs!

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Important Information

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) will be unavailable for 24 hours starting the evening of Monday, July 1, to accommodate the annual archiving process. What this means is that any year plans created in the "Year Plan" tab will be moved to "Past Years." You will be able to access prior year plans by clicking on "Past Years" and then selecting the year you want to view. Do not set up your year plan for the upcoming membership year, yet. Wait until after July 1st!

Also, if you are not yet registered for the 2020 membership year, you will not have access to the VTK after July 1. Renew today!

The system will be functional on July 2, however, from July 1 to July 16, the "Explore," Year Plan" and "Meeting Plan" tabs will not be available. During that time, new badge and Journey content will be added to the VTK.

NEW! On July 25, new users (service unit/administrative volunteers and individually registered members) will gain access to the VTK.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Independence Day Closure

All Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast offices and retail shops will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2019, in observance of the 4th of July holiday. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Shop Promotions for the Month of July

July 1-31
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore The Mariner's Museum: $2.50 each.
While supplies last.

July 1-31
Summer Blowout Sale!
Receive a 50 percent discount off the clearance rack.
May not be combined with any other offer. While supplies last.

July 3, 10, 17, 24
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.

Girl Scout Alert: Tell Lawmakers to Prioritize Civics Education!

We need your helpplease ask your Member of Congress to support the Civics Learning Act (H.R. 849), a bipartisan bill that would increase the federal investment in civics education and provide more students with meaningful, hands-on civics learning and community service opportunities from organizations like Girl Scouts!

TAKE ACTION

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Important Information

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) will be unavailable for 24 hours starting the evening of Monday, July 1, to accommodate the annual archiving process. What this means is that any year plans created in the "Year Plan" tab will be moved to "Past Years." You will be able to access prior year plans by clicking on "Past Years" and then selecting the year you want to view. Do not set up your year plan for the upcoming membership year, yet. Wait until after July 1st!

Also, if you are not yet registered for the 2020 membership year, you will not have access to the VTK after July 1. Renew today!

The system will be functional on July 2, however, from July 1 to July 16, the "Explore," Year Plan" and "Meeting Plan" tabs will not be available. During that time, new badge and Journey content will be added to the VTK.

NEW! On July 25, new users (service unit/administrative volunteers and individually registered members) will gain access to the VTK.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) Important Information

The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) will be unavailable for 24 hours starting the evening of Monday, July 1, to accommodate the annual archiving process. What this means is that any year plans created in the "Year Plan" tab will be moved to "Past Years." You will be able to access prior year plans by clicking on "Past Years" and then selecting the year you want to view. Do not set up your year plan for the upcoming membership year, yet. Wait until after July 1st!

Also, if you are not yet registered for the 2020 membership year, you will not have access to the VTK after July 1. Renew today!

The system will be functional on July 2, however, from July 1 to July 16, the "Explore," Year Plan" and "Meeting Plan" tabs will not be available. During that time, new badge and Journey content will be added to the VTK.

NEW! On July 25, new users (service unit/administrative volunteers and individually registered members) will gain access to the VTK.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

The 2019-2020 Council Program Guide is Here!

Get excited for your 2019-2020 Girl Scout year by checking out our upcoming programs created just for our girls! Any changes to the details included in the Program Guide located here will be updated on our Events web page directly. Additional events may also be added to the Events web page throughout the year, so be sure to check back often. We look forward to seeing you at the programs!

Earn a Performers Patch

Tuesday, October 8 – Sunday, October 13, 2019
The Zeiders Proteus Festival!
Open to girls in grades 9-12.
Cost: FREE (option to purchase patch at the Zeiders Theatre after completing the festival).

  • The Proteus Festival is a celebration of creativity & community with performances, panel discussions and community participation.
  • At the heart of Proteus Festival are the creative teams working to create new artistic pieces in three disciplines: music, film and theater. Teams will create their pieces over the festival weekend with mentorship from professionals in the field. On the closing day of the festival, all of the creative teams will present their new works to the public, and a panel of judges will award a “best of” prize in each category and an overall “Best of Proteus Festival” prize to the work deemed to best embody the creative spirit of the festival.

24th Annual Children’s Fishing Clinic

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Rotary Club of Newport News & Coastal Conservation Association
700 Town Center Dr, Ste. 320
Newport News, VA 23606
8 a.m.-noon
Open to girls 8 to 12 years old.
Cost: FREE (advanced registration required).

The Children’s Fishing Clinic is a great group event for youth to be educated on marine environment, the sport of fishing and saving the bay. Fishing equipment, bait, instructions, t-shirts and lunch will be provided. This event takes place on the James River Fishing Pier. Space is very limited – so please register your group as early as possible. Participation will be first come, first served. This is not a drop off event.

Earn Your Business Badge

Mondays-Thursdays (all year)
Duck Donuts
Chesapeake, VA
6:30-8 p.m.
Open to Girl Scouts in all grades.
Cost: $15 (includes workshop, grade-level badge, and two Duck donuts). Registration required (minimum of 10 girls needed for this workshop to be held).

Join the Duck Donuts staff as they walk you through all business badge stations at their store. Earn your Money Counts, Meet My Customers, Business Owner, It’s Your Business Run It! (Customer Insight) and It’s Your Business Run It! (Marketing) badge. Design and market your very own donut and a chance to win one of the famous ducks!

Register here. Questions? Email chesapeake.085@duckdonuts.com.

Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning Course

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 in order to prepare them throughout their appointment. We offer classes that are indoors as well as outdoors. You decide what you like!

Register on eBiz to attend the upcoming Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning class on Saturday, July 20, 2019, beginning at 10 a.m., at A Place for Girls, to begin your journey in becoming an adult learning facilitator.

Questions? Contact Learning Manager Cheryl McGrenra at cherylm@gsccc.org.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Early Renewal is Ending Soon - Don't Miss Out!

If you haven't already renewed your troop, now is the time! In addition to ensuring that your girls are on the path for a successful year of adventure, learning, and leadership skill building, you also still have the chance to win one of our incentives.

All troops who renew 90% of their girls plus two adults by midnight on June 15th will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 gift card to Great Wolf Lodge OR a $250 gift card to Build-A-Bear. Two troops will win!

We also added an additional incentive for service units. We're giving away an encampment...actually, two of them! For every 25 girls renewed between June 1st and June 15th, your service unit will receive one entry into the drawing for a free encampment. As an added bonus, for every 25 NEW girls added to your service unit during the same time period, the service unit will receive 5 additional entries into the drawing.

New friends, old friends, free encampment-sounds like the perfect recipe for a great Girl Scout year!

RENEW TODAY!

Going for Gold - Mini Mentoring Sessions

The Girl Scout Gold Award Committee is now offering mini mentoring sessions. Girls Going for Gold who are looking for help developing a project or have questions about Going for Gold may request an appointment time slot to meet with a committee member one-on-one. These mini sessions are being offered before or after current interview scheduled dates. The next meeting is June 6th, at A Place for Girls, and available time slots start at 4 p.m. and are by appointment only.

To request an appointment time, email the committee at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.

Next GSCCC Council Trip? Iceland!


The next GSCCC Council 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, May 27, 2019

STEM Incentive Winners


The news that you have all been waiting for… the winners of our STEM Incentives are (drum roll please…)

Virginia Aquarium Overnight
Troop 361
Troop 916

Zoo Snooze at Virginia Zoological Park
Troop 396
Troop 4159

Coasters 101 at Busch Gardens
Troop 126
Troop 656

Each of the winning troops will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem their prize. 
If you haven’t already renewed your troop, there is still time! There are more incentives being released soon. Don’t forget that Early Renewal runs through June 15th. All girls who renew by that date will receive the GSCCC Early Bird patch in addition to helping their troop qualify for incentives.

RENEW TODAY!

Summer STEAM Academy

Monday, July 22 - Thursday, July 25, 2019
Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Rising 7th - 9th grade girls are invited to apply to participate in NSU's free 9th annual Summer STEAM Academy. See flyer for more information.

Apply by June 9. Questions? Contact j17johnso@odu.edu.

STEM Girls Day Out

Friday, July 26, 2019
Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rising 7th - 9th grade girls are invited to apply to participate in NSU's free STEM day of fun for girls! See flyer for more information.

Apply by June 9. Questions? Contact ssclantgdo@gmail.com.

FREE GenCyber Summer Camps at ODU

Old Dominion University's GenCyber summer camps will recruit 80 middle and high school students entering grades 8 through 12 to learn cybersecurity, develop the interest in cybersecurity and acquire cybersecurity knowledge and hands-on skills. See flyer for more information.

Register by June 7. Questions? Contact gencyber@odu.edu.

Share Your Girl Scout Input on Sea Level Rise in Virginia Beach!

The City of Virginia Beach with the help of ODU wants your input on their plan to address flooding and future flood risk. Share your opinion in-person and have a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Can't attend in-person? Participate online at http://bit.ly/vbasert2019. See flyer for more information.

Questions? Contact slr-comment@vbgov.com.

Shop Promotions for the Month of June

June 1-30
Fun in the Sun Explore Patch of the Month!
Explore Virginia Beach: $1.50 each.
While supplies last.

June 5, 12, 19, 26
Celebrate "The Great Outdoors" Wednesdays
Draw a tent at checkout and receive a 10, 15 or 20 percent discount off the entire purchase.
May not be combined with any other offer.

June 10-14
Time to Have Some Outdoor Fun!
Make a $35 purchase and receive a FREE Great Outdoors fun patch.
$0.99 Outdoor fun patches (non-GSUSA) while supplies last.
May not be combined with any other offer.

Volunteer of Excellence Award Nominations

The deadline is approaching to nominate an awesome volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award. The deadline is just a few days away - Friday, May 31, 2019!

Nominate an exceptional volunteer by completing the nomination form and submit it along with at least two Letters of Endorsement (max of five) to customercare@gsccc.org no later than Friday, May 31, 2019.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Volunteer of Excellence Award Nominations


Volunteers do amazing things, and they go beyond the expectations of their position. The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while collaborating directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by using the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Take a few minutes and nominate an awesome volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award. Examples of a deserving volunteer are as follows:

Portsmouth Community Parade

Monday, May 27, 2019
Parade lineup location to be announced.
7:30 a.m. Assemble
10 a.m. March
Open to all Girl Scouts. Required attire: Girl scout sash or vest.

Communities often celebrate what makes them special. Celebrate our community together and honor our Fallen.

To participate in the parade, contact Michael at michael-cwi@hotmail.com or text 757-217-6480.

Girl Scout Ranger Program

The National Park Service has a Girl Scout Ranger Program! Click here for more information if your troop is interested in earning the patch at the national park sites in the Outer Banks (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Monument and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site).

Questions? Contact Nicole Loiseau, Volunteer and Youth Program Manager, at 252-475-9042.

Dames at Sea

The Battleship Wisconsin overnight program is proud to invite Girl Scouts to a special "girls only" evening aboard the battleship with overnight and "Dames at Sea" show included! Tickets for the show will be included at a 50 percent discount from regular price, one night only, only Saturday, July 20, 2019! The price per camper is $80, which includes the show, private guided tour of the ship and a full breakfast in the morning. We must have a minimum of 40 participants for the event to run.

Click here for more information or here for the overnight FAQ. Questions? Contact Tammie Drew Weitzman at tammie.weitzman@norfolk.gov or 757-664-1057.

Memorial Day Closure

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Regular office and shop hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Chesapeake shop:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Chesapeake shop location will resume Saturday hours until the second Saturday in June, on June 8, 2019.

Peninsula shop:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
(Closed daily 1-2 p.m.)
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Monday, May 13, 2019

Host Families Needed for French Student Exchange

The Toulon, France Sister City Committee is looking for host families for this summer's inbound exchange. If you have a daughter studying French between the ages of 15-18 and would like to be a host family, please review the Student Host Family Profile Form and Application, and the Toulon Youth Exchange Fact Sheet. This is a great experience and your child will be given priority for next summer's outbound exchange.

Questions? Contact Joyce Pierce at jepierce.va@gmail.com or 757-761-0888.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Volunteer of Excellence Award Nominations


Volunteers do amazing things, and they go beyond the expectations of their position. The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while collaborating directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by using the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Take a few minutes and nominate an awesome volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award. Examples of a deserving volunteer are as follows:

Community Award

Now is a great time to recognize an organization (the school or church where your troop met, a venue for an event, or a cookie booth location) or an individual in the community who has supported Girl Scouting over the past year. Nominators will receive a Community Award certificate signed by the CEO that they can present to the organization or individual. Complete the Community Award survey to request a signed certificate be mailed to you. Please allow up to four weeks from the request date to receive the certificate.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Girl Scout Ranger Program

The National Park Service has a Girl Scout Ranger Program! Click here for more information. If your troop is interested in earning the patch at the national park sites in the Outer Banks (Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Monument and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site).

Questions? Contact Nicole Loiseau, Volunteer and Youth Program Manager at Cape Hatteras NS, at 252-475-9042.

Portsmouth Community Parade

Monday, May 27, 2019
Parade lineup location to be announced.
7:30 a.m. Assemble
10 a.m. March
Open to all Girl Scouts. Required attire: Girl scout sash or vest.

Communities often celebrate what makes them special. Celebrate our community together and honor our Fallen.

To participate in the parade, contact Michael at michael-cwi@hotmail.com or text 757-217-6480.

Cyber Security Workshop Time Updated

Community Outreach FBI of Norfolk
Monday, April 29, 2019
Central Library
Chesapeake, VA
6:15 p.m. Check-in
6:30-7:45 p.m. Event time
Open to Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults (family friendly event).

Norfolk FBI specialists will be on-hand to explain the safety activities you can do to protect yourself when using electronic devices and cell phones. Bring your Girl Scouts and any device you would like to learn how to protect.

Register here. Questions? Contact gsccctroop759@gmail.com.

Awe-STEM Incentives

Does your troop want to explore the Virginia Zoo after hours? How about spending the night with the animals at the Virginia Aquarium? Would experiencing the thrills of the coasters (and the science behind them) at Busch Gardens be more their speed? If you answered yes to any of those questions, be sure to check out these awe-STEM early renewal incentives and renew today!

Note: Early renewal incentives are cumulative. If your troop has already qualified for a previous incentive, you will be automatically entered to win each additional incentive.

Volunteer of Excellence Award Nominations


Volunteers do amazing things, and they go beyond the expectations of their position. The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while collaborating directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by using the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Take a few minutes and nominate an awesome volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award. Examples of a deserving volunteer are as follows:

Go Gold Workshop for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Saturday, May 11, 2019
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 May 5. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Archery Instructor Course

Sunday, May 19, 2019
Camp Darden
Courtland, VA
Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: $45

Attend the Archery Instructor Course to learn how to instruct girls in archery.

Register by May 13. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II

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.

Monday, May 6, 2019
Camden County Library
Camden, NC
6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free
Register by May 2.

OR

Sunday, May 19, 2019
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Register by May 18.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Community Service Opportunity: Historic Cemetery Cleanup

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Oak Lawn Cemetery
440 Market St
Suffolk, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Open to all Girl Scout levels.

In the late 19th century, seven formerly enslaved African-American businessmen and veterans established Oak Lawn Cemetery, one of Suffolk's oldest African-American cemeteries. The cemetery remains to this day a vivid representation of the city's illustrious black history. The Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation is organizing a cleanup to restore the cemetery and preserve the history it holds. For more information in its historical significance, check out this article from the Suffolk News Herald. Volunteers will meet at the cemetery and be provided rakes, gloves, weed wackers, trash bags, safety vests, grabbers, and bug spray. Volunteers are encouraged to wear boots, jeans, long-sleeved shirts and headwear for the sun.

For more information, visit www.oaklawncemeterysuffolk.com.

GSCCC Explore Patches

Effective Wednesday, May 1, 2019, all Explore patches will be priced at $3 each. Please direct any questions to Retail Manager Stephanie Fields.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Something BIG is Coming...

Major early renewal incentive announcement coming soon!

We just received a set of amazing troop opportunities and can't wait to share them with you. More details to be released Monday, April 22nd, at 4 p.m.

Save the Date - Yearly Meeting of the Delegate Body

Save the date for the Yearly Meeting of the Delegate Body:

Saturday, October 26, 2019
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
10 a.m.-noon

More information will be shared as the date gets closer. Questions? Contact Executive Assistant Sunny Smith at sunnys@gsccc.org.

GSCCC Explore Patches

Effective Wednesday, May 1, 2019, all Explore patches will be priced at $3 each. Please direct any questions to Retail Manager Stephanie Fields.

Women's Wellness Weekend - Instructors Needed

Summer is fast approaching so I know you are looking forward to camp season being right around the corner! We are already preparing for the 2019 Women's Wellness Weekend taking place September 20-22, 2019, and are looking for instructors for the event. This is an adult women-only event where our alums and supporters can spend the weekend enjoying Girl Scout camp while connecting with other women.

If you are interested in volunteering, sign up as an instructor (please only sign up for activities that you are currently certified to instruct and do not plan to lapse on by September).

Registration is also open to all participants, so if you or someone you know would enjoy a weekend at Camp Skimino, register today!

Early Renewal + Summer Camp = The Perfect Pair!


Are your girls excited for summer camp?
Are your girls renewed for MY20?
If not...what are you waiting for?

All girls who renew their membership by April 28th will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five awesome "Peave, Love, Camp" Camelback water bottles. But perhaps the best part is that those water bottles come with $30 of camp credit!

Renew her membership today!

Shop Promotions for the Month of May

May 1-31
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Norfolk: $1.50 each. While supplies last.

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Girl Scout Proud
Draw a flag 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.

May 24, 25, 28
Memorial Day Sale!
First five customers to show Military ID daily at each GSCCC retail shop location will receive a 20 percent discount off the entire purchase. Remaining customers who show your Active Duty or Retired Military ID will receive a 15 percent discount off the entire purchase. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Broadway Goes to Maryland

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Delta Hunt Valley Hotel (Location subject to change- participants will be notified)
245 Shawan Rd
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Open to all levels of Girl Scouts.
Cost: $65 per person

StudentsLive is proud to provide outstanding access to our students, Girl Scout troops, schools and organizations with the best interactive educational experiences available on Broadway. Our workshops are fun, exciting, interactive and engaging experiences.

To register, complete this form and email to broadwaygstroop159@yahoo.com. Questions? Contact broadwaygstroop159@yahoo.com.

Win a Free GoPro Camera! - Contest Extended

Become your own historian by documenting all your activities at our Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown event on your very own GoPro Camera!

Contest rules:
  • Must be a registered Girl Scout Member for membership year 2019.
  • Purchase your Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown ticket on ebiz by 11:59 p.m., on April 15, 2019.
  • Applies to girl members only.
  • Only one winner will be selected. Winner will be selected by April 16th.

Register by April 15. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org

Portsmouth Community Parade

Monday, May 27, 2019
Parade lineup location to be announced.
7:30 a.m. Assemble
10 a.m. March
Open to all Girl Scouts. Required attire: Girl scout sash or vest.

Communities often celebrate what makes them special. Celebrate our community together and honor our Fallen.

To participate in the parade, contact Michael at michael-cwi@hotmail.com or text 757-217-6480.

Bridge with Us

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Camp Darden
Courtland, VA
10 a.m.-noon
This is a family friendly event open to all Girl Scout levels. All must register to attend but only girls pay to attend.
Cost: $5 girls only (includes badge). FREE, if also registered for Camp Sampler Weekend, May 3-5

It's time to bridge up! Join us as we celebrate your accomplishments this year with bridging ceremony. We'll supply the fun, the bridge and some sweet treats. You bring your troop (meeting the girl-to-adult ratio) and/or family as you move to the next chapter in your Girl Scout experience.

Register by April 19. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Want to Try Camping but Don't Have Experience? Our Camp Sampler is for You!

Camp Sampler Weekend - The Ultimate Adventure
Friday, May 3rd, 6 p.m. - Sunday, May 5th, 10 a.m.
Camp Darden
Courtland, VA
Open to Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and adults. This is a troop/group/family event for Girl Scouts and registered adults. Each troop must ensure the girl-to-adult ratio is met. Individually registered girls may attend with a parent/caregiver. Both girls and adults pay to attend.
Cost: $75 per person (includes meals, lodging, outdoor education activities, and a patch)

Cyber Security Workshop Time Updated

Community Outreach FBI of Norfolk
Monday, April 29, 2019
Central Library
Chesapeake, VA
6:15 p.m. Check-in
6:30-7:45 p.m. Event time
Open to Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults (family friendly event).

Norfolk FBI specialists will be on-hand to explain the safety activities you can do to protect yourself when using electronic devices and cell phones. Bring your Girl Scouts and any device you would like to learn how to protect.

Register here. Questions? Contact gsccctroop759@gmail.com.

Gather Together with Your Sister Girl Scouts at Girl Fest!

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Chippokes State Park
Surry, VA
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open to all Girl Scout levels and adults. This is a family friendly event. All must pay to attend.
Cost: $15

Explore Chippokes State Park and learn some history on this outdoor adventure. Discover this hidden treasure right in our own backyard. Learn about their pasture pals program, meet their ambassador animals, complete a self-guided Fossil Walk on Chippokes Beach, and visit a beautiful historical mansion.

Register by April 19. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Kappa Delta's Together We Are Better Event

Saturday, April 20, 2019
ODU Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $3 per girl
Open to Girl Scout Juniors only.

Join the Kappa Deltas at this team building event. Stations include team building activities such as where do you fit in this puzzle? Everyone plays a major role when we all team together. Display your skills learned by participating in some great skills and share your talents.

Register here. Questions? Contact Tessa Resek at kdthetaetacommunityservice@gmail.com.

2018 Cookie Kickoff Patches

If you attended the Council's 2018 Cookie Kickoff Event and did not receive your patch, please email customercare@gsccc.org with the following:
Your Name
Troop #
# of Patches Needed
Mailing Address (or you may request to pick up patches from the Chesapeake retail shop- inform shop associate you are picking up, and not making a new purchase)

Renew Your Troop Today!


Reasons to renew your troop now for MY20:
  • You'll solidify your troop roster. This will allow you and your girls to plan and build up momentum this summer and kick off the new membership year full steam ahead!
  • Your girls will be able to secure their spot in MY20 Council-led events as soon as registration opens.
  • Your troop will be prepared to tackle the Fall Product Program and earn troop funds to support all of their plans.
  • And if those aren't reason enough, you'll also be eligible for some fun early renewal incentives!

Girl Scout Summer Camp Positions Still Available

Do what you love. Love what you do!

You love the outdoors. You love hiking, boating and campfires. And, your friends say you’re great with kids. Does this describe you? If so, the perfect job is waiting for you—Girl Scout camp!!!

You know the value of Girl Scouting and the fun of Girl Scout camp. Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else!  Whether you are looking for something for your student or for yourself.
         
We are seeking the following to complete our 2019 summer staff roster:
Lifeguards (2)
Counselors (2)

What's New on the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)?

Girl Scout Cadette Badge and Journey resources are now on the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)!

You can take a look at the Badge and Journey Meeting Plans, found in the Resources tab, Cadette. Select "Badges", "Journey" or "All" to view the plans.

Create your Year Plan by clicking on "Add Badge/Journey". If you have a multi-level troop, click on "Use Filters" to select Cadette. If you do not have a multi-level troop, select "Badges" or "Journey". Start creating your year plan now!

How can you get started?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Upcoming Trainings Offered by E.M.T.A. Enterprises

Visit the E.M.T.A. Enterprises website to register for any of these upcoming trainings:
  • Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Wilderness First Aid - this is a two-day program (16 hours) designed to prepare you for delayed advanced care.

Go Gold Workshop for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church
Virginia Beach, VA
9-11 a.m.
Open to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors only.

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

Register by April 10. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II

Monday, May 6, 2019
Camden County Library
Camden, NC
6-8 p.m.
Register by May 2.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Register by May 18.

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.

Challenge/Low Ropes Instructor Course

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Camp Darden
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
For safety reasons, classes must meet minimum number of participants to go on as scheduled.

By attending and completing this course, you will be qualified to instruct girls on the Challenge Course at both Camp Skimino and Camp Darden.

Register by April 9. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Win a Free GoPro Camera! - Contest Extended

Become your own historian by documenting all your activities at our Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown event on your very own GoPro Camera! If you have not registered to attend the event, you still have a chance to have a great experience and possibly receive a few more surprises during this event.

Contest rules:
  • Must be a registered Girl Scout Member for membership year 2019.
  • Purchase your Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown ticket on ebiz by 11:59 p.m., on April 15, 2019.
  • Applies to girl members only.
  • Only one winner will be selected. Winner will be selected by April 16, 2019.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org

Cyber Security Workshop

Community Outreach FBI of Norfolk
Monday, April 29, 2019
Central Library
Chesapeake, VA
6:45 p.m. Check-in
7-8 p.m. Event time
Open to Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults (family friendly event).

Norfolk FBI specialists will be on-hand to explain the safety activities you can do to protect yourself when using electronic devices and cell phones. Bring your Girl Scouts and any device you would like to learn how to protect.

Register here. Questions? Contact gsccctroop759@gmail.com.

Portsmouth Community Parade

Monday, May 27, 2019
Parade lineup location to be announced.
7:30 a.m. Assemble
10 a.m. March
Open to all Girl Scouts. Required attire: Girl scout sash or vest.

Communities often celebrate what makes them special. Celebrate our community together and honor our Fallen.

To participate in the parade, contact Michael at michael-cwi@hotmail.com or text 757-217-6480.

Kappa Delta's Together We Are Better Event

Saturday, April 20, 2019
ODU Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $3 per girl
Open to Girl Scout Juniors only.

Join the Kappa Deltas at this team building event. Stations include team building activities such as where do you fit in this puzzle? Everyone plays a major role when we all team together. Display your skills learned by participating in some great skills and share your talents.

Register here. Questions? Contact Tessa Resek at kdthetaetacommunityservice@gmail.com.

Monday, April 1, 2019

1st Day Early Renewal Incentives


She's so much more than a Girl Scout.

She's a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM and together we can make sure she benefits from another extraordinary year of positive energy, excitement, and experiences that will help her build the skills she needs today and tomorrow.

She is the future, and we can help her build it.

Troop leaders! Renew 100% of your girls, one leader, and two adults by 11:50 p.m., on April 1st for a chance to win our of our 1st day incentives.

Renew her Girl Scout membership today!

Community Service for Older Americans Month

Card Making Day for Older Americans Month
Sunday, April 14, 2019
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Open to girls in all grades and adults. This is not a drop-off event.

You're invited to attend this open house style event (make your cards and move to the next station).
Meals on Wheels is requesting our support in delivering smiles and kind messages to their older clients. May is Older Americans Month, so Girl Scouts will create cards that will be shared with the elderly with their meal deliveries throughout the month of May.

Register by April 1.

Kappa Delta's Together We Are Better Event

Saturday, April 20, 2019
ODU Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $2 per girl
Open to Girl Scout Juniors only.

Join the Kappa Deltas at this team building event. Stations include team building activities such as where do you fit in this puzzle? Everyone plays a major role when we all team together. Display your skills learned by participating in some great skills and share your talents.

Register here. Questions? Contact Tessa Resek at kdthetaetacommunityservice@gmail.com.

Girl Fest Contest Winners

Thank you for registering for Girl Fest by March 22, 2019. The winners of the six free events are as follows.

1st prize winner Adalynn Fain will receive three free tickets to any of our upcoming events.
2nd prize winner Lundyn Carr will receive two free tickets to any of our upcoming events.
3rd prize winner Riley Walton will receive one free ticket to any of our upcoming events.

Congratulations to all of our winners! If you have not registered for Girl Fest, you still have a chance to have a great experience and possibly receive a few more surprises during Girl Fest.

Register to attend Girl Fest by the extended deadline of April 19.

Win a Free GoPro Camera!

Become your own historian by documenting all your activities at our Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown event on your very own GoPro Camera!

Contest rules:
  • Must be a registered Girl Scout Member for membership year 2019.
  • Purchase your Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown ticket on ebiz by 11:59 p.m., on April 1, 2019.
  • Applies to girl members only.
  • Only one winner will be selected. Winner will be selected by April 15th.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org

Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning Courses Coming Soon!

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 in order to prepare them throughout their appointment. We offer classes that are indoors as well as outdoors. You decide what you like! Start your journey as an adult learning facilitator after taking this course.

Saturday, April 6, 2019
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Register by April 1. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.
Volunteers do amazing things, and they go beyond the expectations of their position. The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while collaborating directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by using the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Take a few minutes and nominate an awesome volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award. Examples of a deserving volunteer are as follows:

Saturday Hours at Chesapeake Retail Shop

Starting April 1, 2019, the Chesapeake Retail Shop will be open every Saturday until June 8, 2019. Visit the GSCCC website for regular store hours.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Shop Promotions for the Month of April

Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Elizabeth City: $1.50 each

April 1 to 30
Redeem Your GSCCC Coupon!
Don’t let your Girl Scout Birthday coupons expire; redeem in April. May not be combined with any other offer.

April 3, 10, 17, 24
Egg-stra Special Wednesdays
Draw an egg at checkout and receive a 10 percent, 15 percent, or 20 percent discount off your entire purchase. May not be combined with any other offer.

April 22
Leader Appreciation Day
Receive a 20 percent discount off your entire purchase including bridging supplies! Leaders will receive a special “Volunteer” fun patch. While supplies last! In-stock merchandise only; may not be combined with any other offer.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Early Renewal

April 1st will be here before we know it which means it is time for early renewal! It also means it is time to announce this year’s Early Renewal Incentives.

Do your girls get excited about patches? That’s a silly question, of course they do!
All girls who renew their membership during Early Renewal will receive a 2019 early bird patch.

In addition to the 2019 early bird patch, girls who renew on April 1st will receive a special GSCCC 1st Day Patch designed by Ella Dow, a GSCCC Daisy in Troop 1422. Click here to see Ella’s design.

Patches aren’t the only cool things we are giving away this year, so be sure to check out the entire list of incentives!

Fun Day at the Beach Hosted by The Best Day Foundation

The Best Day Foundation, serving youth ages 4 to 24, is hosting a Fun Day at the Beach where children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, or other special needs, are invited to enjoy water activities such as tandem surfing, supported bodyboarding and kayaking.

Select one of two days:
May 18th or May 19th
Jennette's Pier
7223 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959

June 1st or June 2nd
Little Island Park
3820 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Visit www.bestdayfoundation.org for more information and to register.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Swim Watcher

Did you know that one adult swim watcher is needed for every ten swimmers? If you and your girls are planning a swimming activity, you will need to make sure you have swim watchers present. The swim watcher assists the group by watching for possible emergencies and does not enter the water unless instructed by the lifeguard. Swim watchers do not replace the need for lifeguards, but they assist the lifeguard. The lifeguard and swim watchers are stationed at separate posts and watch the water.

Swim watcher online training is required for anyone who will be a swim watcher. You can access this training on the Learning Opportunities page of our website. In addition, swim watchers must be registered and background checked as they are part of the troop committee working with girls. Take the survey and you will receive credit for this training.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Community Service

Card Making Day for Older Americans Month
Sunday, April 14, 2019
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
10 a.m.-noon
Open to girls in all grades and adults. This is not a drop-off event.

You're invited to attend this open house style event (make your cards and move to the next station).
Meals on Wheels is requesting our support in delivering smiles and kind messages to their older clients. May is Older Americans Month, so Girl Scouts will create cards that will be shared with the elderly with their meal deliveries throughout the month of May.

Register by April 1.

Win Free Council Event Registrations!

Register for Girl Fest by March 22nd and be entered in a chance to win free registration for up to three new Council events for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020*!
Winners will be selected by April 1st.

Contest rules:
  • Must be a registered Girl Scout Member for membership year 2019, and plan to register for membership year 2020.
  • Purchase your Girl Fest ticket on ebiz by 11:59 p.m., on March 22, 2019.
  • Winner must select her Council events by October 1, 2019. 
  • No substitutions on events once selected.
  • Council events are not transferable from one participant to another.
  • Applies to girl members only.

Win a Free GoPro Camera!

Become your own historian by documenting all your activities at our Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown event on your very own GoPro Camera!

Contest rules:
  • Must be a registered Girl Scout Member for membership year 2019.
  • Purchase your Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown ticket on ebiz by 11:59 p.m., on April 1, 2019.
  • Applies to girl members only.
  • Only one winner will be selected. Winner will be selected by April 15th.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org

Girl Scout Summer Camp Positions Still Available

Do what you love. Love what you do!

You love the outdoors. You love hiking, boating and campfires. And, your friends say you’re great with kids. Does this describe you? If so, the perfect job is waiting for you—Girl Scout camp!!!

You know the value of Girl Scouting and the fun of Girl Scout camp. Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else!  Whether you are looking for something for your student or for yourself, we offer a variety of positions in food services, administration/management, recreation, and general counseling.
           
We offer:

Outdoor Adventure Courses

Register now so your girls can get outside and experience these outdoor adventure activities. This is the last time the following outdoor adventure instructor courses will be offered until the fall. Please note: For safety reasons, classes must meet minimum number of participants to go on as scheduled.

High Ropes Instructor Course
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Camp Skimino
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Register here through eBiz.

Challenge/Low Ropes Instructor Course
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Camp Darden
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Register here through eBiz.

Monday, March 11, 2019

High Ropes Instructor Course

Due to inclement weather, the high ropes course scheduled March 2, 2019, was rescheduled to Sunday, March 24, 2019. There will not be another high ropes course offered in April, May or June. If your service unit encampment is at Camp Skimino and you would like to offer this amazing outdoor adventure opportunity to your girls, recruit at least two volunteers and register them for this course. Remember, Girl Scout Juniors and older can use the high ropes course.

Details for the course are as follows:
Sunday, March 24, 2019
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
Cost: $20

Register before March 19. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Win a Free GoPro Camera!

Become your own historian by documenting all your activities at our Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown event on your very own GoPro Camera!

Contest rules:
  • Must be a registered Girl Scout Member for membership year 2019.
  • Purchase your Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown ticket on ebiz by 11:59 p.m., on April 1, 2019.
  • Applies to girl members only.
  • Only one winner will be selected. Winner will be selected by April 15th.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org

Win Free Council Event Registrations!

Register for Girl Fest by March 22nd and be entered in a chance to win free registration for up to three new Council events for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020*!
Winners will be selected by April 1st.

Contest rules:
  • Must be a registered Girl Scout Member for membership year 2019, and plan to register for membership year 2020.
  • Purchase your Girl Fest ticket on ebiz by 11:59 p.m., on March 22, 2019.
  • Winner must select her Council events by October 1, 2019. 
  • No substitutions on events once selected.
  • Council events are not transferable from one participant to another.
  • Applies to girl members only.

Virginia International Tattoo Hullabaloo Volunteer Opportunity

Scope Arena Plaza
Norfolk, VA

Girls in grades 6-12 and adults are asked to volunteer to assist in the Hullabaloo kid zone area. Set-up craft stations, assist kids with educational crafts and clean-up/prepare for the next day.

Dates:
Tuesday, April 23, 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, 4-8 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

To sign up to volunteer or for questions, contact Tracy Uriegas at turiegas@vafest.org.

Latitude Climbing + Fitness

1830 Lindsay Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23504
757-347-1441
First Sunday of every month, all day, any time from 9 a.m. (gym closes at 8 p.m.)
B/J/C/S/A
This is a girl and adult event. All must pay to participate.
Cost: $12 per Girl Scout members only
Additional children (siblings, etc.) and adults are welcome (cost is $14 per child and $19 per adult). Shoe rentals are free for everyone the first time and then $3-5 after that (depending on shoe size). Shoes are also available for purchase.

View activities at: www.latitudeclimbing.com

Questions? Contact: marisa@latitudeclimbing.com

Fill out the waiver at: www.latitudeclimbing.com. Waivers will need to be filled out by parents/legal guardians for everyone entering the gym, regardless of participation.

Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 6, 2019
(Rain Date: April 7)
Red Wing Park
1398 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Noon – 4 p.m.
Free Admission & Parking

Join the Sister Cities of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki, Japan, in celebrating spring, peace and goodwill during the blossom season. Concessions and community vendors will be available.

Kappa Delta Pen Pals Program

The Kappa Delta Sisters from The College of William & Mary invite you to take part in their pen pal program. Girls of all ages are invited to write letters to Kappa Delta Sisters. Each Girl Scout will be partners with a Kappa Delta and write each other about their interests, goals and plans for the future.

A caregiver’s permission is needed to participate in the pen pal program. An adult is asked to complete this registration and permission form so each girl may be assigned a pen pal.

Earn Your Musician Patch

Hampton University Band
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Check-in at: Convocation Center Entrance C
Check-in: 10:30 a.m.
Event Starts: 11 a.m.
Open to Girl Scouts in grades 3-4. This is a girl and adult event.
Minimum Capacity: 10
Maximum Capacity: 30
Cost: Free (purchase your musician patch at a Girl Scout retail shop)

At this event, the girls and their parents will be introduced to the instruments we use in marching band. The girls will be able to come up and touch or hold most of the instruments and play the percussion instruments. Girls will be taught marching band commands, how to stand at attention, start marching and then play some songs and march around the band room.

Register here.
Questions? Contact: indya.hairston@aol.com

Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning Courses Coming Soon!

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 in order to prepare them throughout their appointment. We offer classes that are indoors as well as outdoors. You decide what you like! Start your journey as an adult learning facilitator after taking this course.

Adult Learning Opportunities

Thank you for being amazing because you volunteer with Girl Scouts! Whether you are new to Girl Scouts or have years of experience, learning something new is always worthwhile. We offer online courses, classroom courses and outdoor courses. Discover the adult learning opportunities that we offer adults on the Learning Opportunities page of our website. Classes and resources are broken down into five different categories:

  • New Volunteer Courses
  • Online Resources
  • Support Team Courses
  • Outdoor Courses
  • Enrichment Courses

Trainings are always being added, so be sure to visit this page regularly so you do not miss the training you want to take.

Volunteer of Excellence Award Nominations

Volunteers do amazing things, and they go beyond the expectations of their position. The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while collaborating directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by using the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the Council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Take a few minutes and nominate an awesome volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award. Examples of a deserving volunteer are as follows:

Congratulations to Our Awardees!

Congratulations to our awardees who were honored at the Annual Awards Celebration on Saturday, February 2, 2019:

Appreciation Pin Awardees
Tricia Armstrong, Service Unit 140 – Williamsburg
Stephanie Bahr, Service Unit 340 – Southern Chesapeake
Mara Bates – Service Unit 350, Greater Greenbrier
Cynthia Espana – Service Unit 350, Greater Greenbrier
Nancy Finn – Service Unit 140, Williamsburg
Melissa Graham – Service Unit 140, Williamsburg
Lisa Koon – Service Unit 350, Greater Greenbrier
Lisa McIvor – Service Unit 360, Suffolk

Girl Scout Gold/Silver/Bronze Awards Related to Sea Level Rise

Do you know of a girl working on her Girl Scout Gold, Silver or Bronze Award related to the effects of sea level rise, reducing our carbon footprint, reusing rainwater, or some other resiliency project? Encourage her to reach out to the Elizabeth River Project to display her project at the upcoming “Youth Imagine a Resilient Future Expo” on April 6th. Interested girls should have a trusted adult contact Mindy Carbonneau, Curriculum Coordinator, at mcarbonneau@elizabethriver.org or 757-392-7132 for more information and to sign up.

Summer Camp Staff Positions Available

If you or someone you know is looking for a fun summer experience, join us at camp.

We are seeking:
  • Assistant Camp Director
  • Unit Leader
  • Lifeguards
  • Counselors
  • Kitchen Assistant

To learn more on how you can apply today, visit www.gsccc.org or email hr@gsccc.org.

Girl Scout Summer Camp Jobs

Do what you love. Love what you do!

You love the outdoors. You love hiking, boating and campfires. And, your friends say you’re great with kids. Does this describe you? If so, the perfect job is waiting for you—Girl Scout camp!!!

You know the value of Girl Scouting and the fun of Girl Scout camp. Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else!  Whether you are looking for something for your student or for yourself, we offer a variety of positions in food services, administration/management, recreation, and general counseling.
           
We offer:

Monday, March 4, 2019

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, sing it loud and proud in the outdoors, and send in your video for a chance to win.

Questions? Contact Customer Care at customercare@gsccc.org or 757-547-4405.

Shop Promotions for the Month of March

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

March 6, 20, 27
Shamrock Wednesdays
Draw a shamrock at checkout and receive a 10 percent, 15 percent, or 20 percent discount off your entire purchase. May not be combined with any other offer.

March 12, 13, 14
107th Girl Scout Birthday Celebration
Visit one of the shops during our Girl Scout Birthday sale, and purchase special items priced at $19.12! Draw a Gold or Silver coin and receive 19 percent or 12 percent off your purchase. $19.12 items excluded from additional discount. Receive a FREE Girl Scout Ornament with a $100+ purchase. Pre-orders will be taken for GS graduation stole and cords, priced at $19.12 each. Pre-order bridging kits to be picked up or mailed for a flat rate of $5. Customers will receive a SWAP, grab bag and refreshments. While supplies last! May not be combined with any other offer.