Monday, December 30, 2019

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 camping education programs, and her friends felt that this award would be an appropriate way to honor her. The award is presented at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast's Annual Awards Celebration and consists of a framed certificate and a certificate towards attending a GSCCC-sponsored summer camp. One Girl Scout will be selected and honored in this manner. All other nominees will receive a nominee certificate.

Complete the nomination packet and submit to the Council at customercare@gsccc.org by January 15, 2020.

Formal Award Appreciation

Our volunteers do amazing things making a difference in the lives of girls throughout the year. Take a moment and recognize those special volunteers who made a significant impact during the 2018-2019 membership year by nominating them for a GSUSA award.

You may know a volunteer who qualifies for the Volunteer of Excellence Award, Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, or Thanks Badge II. Visit the Recognitions and Awards page on our website to find out which award is the best for your nominee. Learn about each award and how to submit the nominations by viewing the Awards Webinar recording.

In addition, if you have been an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the USA for years of active volunteer service for 20 years or more (in five-year intervals), complete the Volunteer Years of Service Pin Application and submit to the Council by January 15, 2020.

Completed nomination packets must be submitted to customercare@gsccc.org by January 15, 2020.

Upcoming Holiday Closings

All GSCCC Offices and Shops will be closed Tuesday, December 24, 2019, through Wednesday, January 1, 2020, and will resume regular hours Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Go for Gold in 2020!

Do you have an older girl troop?
Do they want to get started on their Gold Award Project?
Do they have questions about Gold Award Projects?

Did you know that the Gold Award Committee is offering mini mentoring Q&A sessions with Gold Award Committee members? These sessions will be set up before or after our regularly scheduled interview/review dates. Girls can sign up to request a slot via the Gold Award Committee's direct email at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com. These sessions are for girls to come and discuss project ideas, get answers to their questions, to receive assistance in finding a project idea if she is struggling, or just to get the extra support she may need.

The first step in Going for Gold is for the Girl Scout to create an account on the Go Gold App. Once the Girl Scout has created her account, she will login and begin going through the steps. The new 2.0 Gold Award App is extremely user-friendly and will walk girls going for Gold through everything to complete her Gold Award Proposal. GSUSA has a full resource page that contains guides for girls, families and educators/leaders. In addition, girls can view the first Gold Award App tutorial video, The Five Elements of a Successful Girl Scout Gold Award.

Questions? Contact the Gold Award Committee at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.

For more information about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit our website.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Volunteer Positions Are Open

We are looking for volunteers to fill the positions of Recruitment Champion, School Liaison and Placement Coordinator. Click here to read full volunteer position descriptions. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Anne Barclay at anneb@gsccc.org.

Summer Camp Registration is Live!

It's cold outside, so why not start thinking about something warm like Girl Scout camp?! We have so many awesome opportunities for your girl to have some fun, try new things, explore and make new friends. We've built up our leadership opportunities for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, continued girl favorites like horse camp, and added some brand new themes like "On Target", "DIY By Design", "Tree Top Adventures", and "Around the World". Check out the Summer Camp Guide for details and then register here.

All registrations and camp forms are due to Council by May 15, 2020. Get your registration in by February 1, 2020, for an Early Bird discount. We can't wait to see your girls at camp!

New for Summer 2020, Camp Fury Counselors Needed

Looking for a camp experience but not for the whole summer? Consider becoming a Camp Fury counselor. Choose to work one, two or all three sessions. Click here to learn more about this great opportunity. Please note you must use the online Camp Fury Application to apply for this position.

Spend Your Summer with Us Having Fun and Get Paid!

Do what you love, love what you do. You love the outdoors. You love hiking, boating and camp fires. And, your friends say you're great with kids. Does this describe you? If so, the perfect job is waiting for you at Girl Scout camp! We offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training and enrichment opportunities that can't be found anywhere else. If you are looking for a summer of fun, excitement and out of the ordinary experiences, click here to learn more and see what you could be doing this summer.

Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning Class

Do you like to share your Girl Scout knowledge with others?
Do you like to have fun?
Are you interested in becoming an adult learning facilitator?

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, the adult learning facilitator volunteer position might be for you! You may be wondering what a facilitator does... a facilitator delivers already-written courses to individuals and/or groups of volunteers. Your first step would be to attend the Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning class on February 9, 2020.

Sunday, February 9, 2020
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
Noon-6 p.m.

If you cannot make the class on February 9th, you can start observing and assisting with classes now. Find out how by emailing customercare@gsccc.org.

Register by February 3, 2020.

Upcoming Holiday Closings

All GSCCC Offices and Shops will be closed Tuesday, December 24, 2019, through Wednesday, January 1, 2020, and will resume regular hours Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Be Prepared!

The Girl Scout motto is "Be Prepared," and now is the time to ask volunteers from your service unit to get trained in one of the outdoor adventure programs to make sure you have instructors for your spring encampments. Outdoor adventure programs include archery, axe throwing, canoeing (occurs during the summer), challenge course/low ropes, climbing wall, and high ropes. Upon completion of the outdoor adventure instructor course, volunteers must complete a background check and be appointed.

Register for one of the following upcoming outdoor adventure trainings today!

Climbing Wall Instructor Course
Camp Skimino, Williamsburg
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Cost: $20

High Ropes Instructor Course
Camp Skimino, Williamsburg
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Cost: $20

Axe Throwing Instructor Course
Camp Darden, Courtland
Sunday, January 26, 2020; Sunday, February 9, 2020; and Sunday, February 16, 2020
Cost: $15

Archery Instructor Course
Camp Skimino, Williamsburg
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Cost: $45

New classes are added frequently. Check the Learning Opportunities webpage to find out what classes are offered and how to register for classes.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Update: GSCCC Destinations Trip to Iceland Cancelled

GSCCC Destinations trip to Iceland is cancelled, however, plans are still full steam ahead for the trip to Galapagos Islands in July 2021! For questions or to register, contact Eileen Livick at gscccdestinations@gmail.com.

Camp Training

Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether for a day, a week or longer, Girl Scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained volunteers.

Are your girls ready to go camping, but you are not sure what training you need to go? GSCCC offers four levels of camp training: Outdoor I, II, II and IV. As with all things in Girl Scouts, camp training is completed in a progression - start with Outdoor I and work your way up to Outdoor IV (review the Outdoor Progression Webinar recording).

Below you will find the camp trainings that we offer and what you will be able to do after successfully completing each one:

Axe Throwing Instructor Course

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can now participate in Axe Throwing at Camp Darden with trained instructors.

Attend one of the Axe Throwing Instructor courses and you will be able to instruct girls in axe throwing.

Choose a date: Sunday, January 26, 2020, or Sunday, February 16, 2020
Camp Darden
Courtland, VA
Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $15

Register on eBiz.

Monday, November 25, 2019

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 camping education programs, and her friends felt that this award would be an appropriate way to honor her. The award is presented at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast's Annual Awards Celebration and consists of a framed certificate and a certificate towards attending a GSCCC-sponsored summer camp. One Girl Scout will be selected and honored in this manner. All other nominees will receive a nominee certificate.

Complete the nomination packet and submit to the Council at customercare@gsccc.org by January 15, 2020.

Formal Award Appreciation

Our volunteers do amazing things making a difference in the lives of girls throughout the year. Take a moment and recognize those special volunteers who made a significant impact during the 2018-2019 membership year by nominating them for a GSUSA award.

You may know a volunteer who qualifies for the Volunteer of Excellence Award, Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, or Thanks Badge II. Visit the Recognitions and Awards page on our website to find out which award is the best for your nominee. Learn about each award and how to submit the nominations by viewing the Awards Webinar recording.

In addition, if you have been an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the USA for years of active volunteer service for 20 years or more (in five-year intervals), complete the Volunteer Years of Service Pin Application and submit to the Council by January 15, 2020.

Completed nomination packets must be submitted to customercare@gsccc.org by January 15, 2020.

Deadline Extended: Help GSUSA and Earn Free STEM Badges in the Process!

Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for troops at each Girl Scout level to participate in a research study on troop use of Girl Scout STEM program.We are seeking troops who are willing to engage their girls in local and/or national STEM program during this membership year.

What's Involved
  • Throughout the study timeframe, October 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020, troops will go about their regular troop-selected activities.
  • By December 1, 2019, leaders and girls will complete a pre-survey.
  • Troop leaders will report their troop's program activities monthly through a short online tracking survey.
  • At the end of your troop year, troop leaders will complete a leader post-survey and administer a girl post-survey to all girls in their troop. All surveys will be available online and in paper format.
  • All surveys must be submitted to GSUSA by August 15, 2020.

Who Can Participate
  • Any Girl Scout troop interested in participating in local and/or national STEM program during this membership year. We are looking for troops at all Girl Scout levels (multi-level welcome).
  • Troops with any level of STEM experience welcome. No STEM experience required.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closing

GSCCC offices and shops will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 27, through Saturday, November 30. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, December 2.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Vision Board Workshop

Friday, November 29, 2019
Gatling Pointe Yacht Club
903 Gatling Pointe Pkwy
Smithfield, VA 23430
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 (includes light lunch fare and board materials)

Learn to use the Laws of Attraction to set your dreams in motion by creating your own VISION BOARD. You can leave with a complete board, gifting yourself for the coming year!

All proceeds benefit the "She Believes She Can, So She Does" Scholarship for Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a dream manifested by a vision board in 2017.

View this flyer for full details.

For questions and to RSVP by November 26th, contact Kate Godby at kate.godby@gmail.com or 757-506-5654.

Just Released!

Just released... The Five Elements of a Successful Girl Scout Gold Award video.

View the video and hear from Gold Award Girl Scouts about what every Gold Award should have and what it means to:
  1. Address the root cause of an issue you are passionate about.
  2. Demonstrate leadership.
  3. Develop a solution with sustainable impact.
  4. Measure your success.
  5. Show a national or global link to your effort.
For more information about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit our website.

Questions? Email the Gold Award Committee at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.

Shop Promotions for the Month of December

December 1-31
Booth-in-a-Bag
Receive a 2020 Cookie Tote, 60" Table Cloth, Money Pouch, 36x20 Vinyl Cookie Banner, Roll-a-bana, Handheld Sign, and Magnet for only $45 (a value of $53.75)! Available for pre-order! Free delivery to your cookie pick-up location. While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.

December 10, 11, 12
Holiday Open House
Receive a discount of 15 percent off your total purchase! In addition, with a $50 purchase, you will be entered into a drawing to win a Fleece Blanket. With a $150 purchase, you will be entered into a drawing to win a GSCCC Cotton Polo. Take 50 percent off clearance items. Daily giveaways and refreshments! While supplies last. In-stock merchandise only.

December 4, 18
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.

Safety First

Keeping girls and adults safe is our top priority! You can do your part by viewing the online Risk Management learning module. Beneficial for anyone working with girls but required annually for troop leaders and VST members.

The online training can be accessed here.

GSCCC Retail Shop Closings/Openings during Holidays

Wednesday, November 20th: Peninsula Retail Shop closed for All Staff Meeting.

Friday, December 6th: Chesapeake Retail Shop will be closing at noon and Peninsula Retail Shop will be closed for Holiday Party.

Saturday, December 7th: Chesapeake Retail Shop will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 4th: Chesapeake Retail Shop will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.

Thanksgiving Holiday Closing

GSCCC offices and shops will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 27, through Saturday, November 30. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, December 2.

Refer to our website for regular office and shop hours.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, November 11, 2019

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 2018-2019 membership year can be nominated for a GSUSA award.

The adult award nomination deadline for the Volunteer of Excellence Award, Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, and Thanks Badge II is January 15, 2020. Nomination forms can be found here.

In addition, if you have been an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. for years of active volunteer service for 20 years or more (in five-year intervals), complete the Volunteer Years of Service Pin Application and submit it by January 15, 2020.

Completed nomination packets must be submitted to customercare@gsccc.org by January 15, 2020.

Climbing Wall Instructor Course

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $20

Attend this course to learn how to instruct girls on the climbing wall at Camp Skimino.

Register by December 9th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II

Attend one of the FREE 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.

A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Register by November 14th.

OR

Sunday, December 1, 2019
2-4 p.m.
Register by November 26th.

Register on eBiz. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

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! Start your journey as an adult learning facilitator after taking this course.

Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning Course
Sunday, November 17, 2019
A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Noon-6 p.m.

Register by November 11th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

News from the Gold Award Committee

Effective immediately, girls going for Gold will not need to attend the Gold Workshop. The new 2.0 Gold Award App is extremely user friendly and will walk girls going for Gold through everything to complete her Gold Award Proposal. GSUSA has a full resource page that contains guides for girls, families and educators/leaders. In addition, Gold Award App tutorial videos will be available soon. The workshop is no longer available, however, if a girl has any questions about anything related to the Gold Award, she can email the Gold Award Committee at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com. In addition, if a girl feels she needs a mentor, she can be assigned one.

The Gold Award Committee is offering mini mentoring Q&A sessions with its members. These sessions will be set up before or after our regularly scheduled interview/review dates. Girls can sign up to request a slot via the Gold Award Committee's email at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com. These sessions are for girls to come and discuss project ideas, get answers to their questions or to receive assistance in finding a project idea if she is struggling.

For more information about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit our website.

2020 National Delegate Role Informational Webinar

Please join us on Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m. We will answer questions and provide additional information before you submit your National Delegate application. If you have questions ready, please submit them ahead of time to Sunny Smith at sunnys@gsccc.org by November 15th, and we will incorporate them into the presentation.

Register here for the webinar.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

2020 National Delegate Role Informational Webinar

Please join us on Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m. We will answer questions and provide additional information before you submit your National Delegate application. If you have questions ready, please submit them ahead of time to Sunny Smith at sunnys@gsccc.org by November 15th, and we will incorporate them into the presentation.

Register here for the webinar.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Help Us Get More Girls Outdoors!

The Council Program Team is looking for volunteers interested in helping with the following outdoor adventure programs. If you're interested and available, click the links below to sign up.

  • Camp Sampler - sign up here.
    • Saturday, November 9, 2019, Camp Skimino, Williamsburg
  • Campfire Challenge - sign up here.
    • Saturday, November 16, 2019, Camp Burke's Mill Pond, Gloucester
  • Archery Aim I & II - sign up here.
    • Saturday, March 7, 2020, Camp Apasus, Norfolk
    • Saturday, March 21, 2020, A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
    • Sunday, April 5, 2020, Camp Burke's Mill Pond, Gloucester
    • Sunday, May 10, 2020, A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
  • Amazing Race - sign up here.
    • Sunday, March 8, 2020, Camp Darden, Courtland
  • Paddle Away - sign up here.
    • Saturday, May 9, 2020, Camp Burke's Mill Pond, Gloucester

Awards Webinar

Girl Scout Adult Awards and Recognitions are awarded to adult members who provide exemplary service and go above and beyond the expectations of their position to make a difference in the organization.

Everyone knows at least one volunteer who deserves to be nominated for an award, but you may not know where to start. Join us on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, on the Awards Webinar, beginning at 8 p.m., by registering here, where you learn about award nominations and how to write a strong nomination or Letter of Endorsement. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you can still register as you will receive the recording to listen to when you can.

Visit the Recognitions and Awards page on our website here to access the nomination forms.

Complete award nomination packets are due to customercare@gsccc.org no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Remembering Girl Scout Leader Kathy Bennett

Dear GSCCC,

On Saturday, we lost a great volunteer – Kathy Bennett. Many of you knew Kathy as the go-to volunteer when it came to Girl Scout Cookies in Norfolk. Since the late 90s, she has been a service unit cookie coordinator. Her daughter, Katie, now a professional counselor and mother of a Girl Scout, was a top cookie seller and held that honor for many years. Girl Scout Cookie time was just as important to Kathy and her family as a national holiday. Kathy planned out her family’s schedule accordingly and opened her home as a cookie cupboard. A few years ago, after Kathy lost her husband, Girl Scout leaders from her unit wanted to show their appreciation. They surprised her and painted each room of Kathy’s house!

When Cookie Rallies were introduced by Little Brownie Bakers in 2002, Kathy embraced the idea with gusto and created games and activities that ignited the interest and enthusiasm of girls and parents. Each year, Kathy accepted the challenge to keep her “clan” entertained while teaching them the 5 essential cookie skills. News got out about Kathy and her rallies, and in 2005 WTKR popped in and covered her rally!

While cookies were an important part of Kathy’s Girl Scout experience, her top love and cherished role was as a troop leader. She led many Girl Scout troops over the years at St. Pius Catholic Church and was known for producing over 60 Gold Award Girl Scouts – thanks to her extraordinary troop leadership. Kathy kept in touch with most of them and held reunions. She helped others get excited about troop leadership as well and served on her service unit’s service team, helping train and mentor new leaders.

In addition to making sure St. Pius had an active and strong Girl Scout program, Kathy also served on the Hampton Roads Catholic Youth Scouting Committee where she helped lead Catholic Scouting Teen Retreatorees. In more recent years, she added a role in support of the church community she so loved and joined the St. Pius after-school program team.

For her years of dedication and commitment, Kathy was honored by the Council with several national Girl Scout awards that included: Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge I and Thanks Badge II. Kathy was 72 when she passed on October 26. She is the widow of Charles Bennett. Left to cherish her memory: her daughter, Katie McCurdy and her husband, Blake; two sisters, Pat Kapinski and Marge Reinhardt and her husband, Ken; and three grandchildren, Emma Sarauw, Seth Sarauw, and Russell McCurdy.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. A private interment will be held at the Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Pius X Catholic School. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?n=kathleen-bennett&pid=194293669&fhid=15637

Photo: Kathy Bennett to the far right with Gold Award Girl Scout and alum Sarah Buck (center) and long-time friend and co-leader Nancy Toro.


Monday, October 28, 2019

Want to keep 40,000 plastic bags out of the Atlantic?

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is partnering with Trex to recycle 500 pounds of plastic bags (over 40,000 bags) from now until Earth Day on April 22, 2020. With your help, we will keep plastic bags out of landfills and the ocean.

We are encouraging EVERYONE to get into the habit of recycling plastic bags! Here is a way you can participate right in your own home with these 4 easy steps!
  1. Collect your plastic bags (don't forget bread bags, grocery bags, poly mailers and more can be recycled!).
  2. Weigh your bags (using a luggage scale or even a food scale in your kitchen).
  3. Report the weight of the bags you are dropping off to philanthropy@gsccc.org.
  4. Drop your bags off at any Food Lion location.
It's THAT SIMPLE!

Volunteer of Excellence Awardees


Congratulations to our Volunteer of Excellence awardees who were honored on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Volunteer Kickoff: Create Your Own Path.

Service Unit 120:
  • Jim Cummings
  • Stacey Cummings
  • Masao Green
  • Sherry Griffith
  • Christina Groce-Coverston
  • Tara Richard
  • Raven Sunley
  • Cherish Timmons
  • David Timmons

Monday, October 21, 2019

TECHSTERS – Cybersecurity Capture the Flag Competition

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Tidewater Community College, Advanced Technology Center
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Are you ready to test your cybersecurity skills? The Hampton Roads Women in Technology group is hosting a Cybersecurity Capture the Flag competition for middle and high school girls. Girls will work in teams of three (they can pick their own or will be assigned) on clues to cybersecurity related challenge questions. They will need to research (Google) the topic and then solve the challenges which are worth a variety of points. The teams that come in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will receive prizes for their accomplishments! Shannon Brill, a real FBI agent, will kick off the event as our keynote speaker!

Schedule:
8–9 a.m. – Student drop-off, equipment setup, light snacks will be provided.
9–9:30 a.m. – Welcoming Remark – Keynote Speaker – Special Agent Shannon Brill from FBI and contest instructions.
9:30 a.m.–noon – Contest begins - Online Capture the Flag competition.
Noon–12:45 p.m. – Lunch and Answer Key Review (boxed lunches are provided free of charge, thanks to our sponsors)
12:45 p.m. – Awards – Parents may attend.
1–1:15 p.m. – Student pick-up/dismissal.

Register here by October 25th.

Shannon Brill Bio:
Special Agent Shannon Brill entered on duty with the FBI in 2009. SA Brill was initially assigned to the Miami, FL Field Division and investigated a wide variety of crimes, to include violent crimes involving gangs and drugs. Now, currently assigned to the Norfolk Field Office, SA Brill specializes in complex cyber fraud investigations, where losses exceed over $100,000. SA Brill is a member of the FBI's Tidewater Hi-Tech Criminal Enterprise Task Force that is committed to mitigating local and transnational organized crime groups involved in cyber financial fraud schemes that include Business Email Compromise, work from home scams and romance scams.

Troops Needed for GSUSA Pilot - Get a $100 Gift Card

Girl Scouts of the USA has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast to test the NEW K-12 Entrepreneurship badges, made possible by Susan Bulkeley Butler. We need troops who will volunteer their time to test the NEW badges. Troops selected will be assigned to test the new badge content for their assigned grade level. Multi-level troops may also apply if they have the capacity to facilitate all levels of programming. No entrepreneurial program experience necessary – all Girl Scout volunteers can deliver this program!

Why participate? Your girls will…         
  • Be the first to try new entrepreneurship badge activities.
  • Help develop national entrepreneurship program by providing feedback.
  • Earn a $100 gift card for their troop to support troop-related program expenses.  

G.I.R.L. 2020

Would you like to be a Girl Scout National Delegate and represent GSCCC at the Girl Scout National Council Session being held in October 21-25, 2020? We’re looking for nominations now! It is open to any GSCCC Girl Scout member who is 14 years of age or over by March 26, 2020. A full slate of delegates and alternates will be presented by the GSCCC Board Development Committee for election on March 26, 2020, at the Board of Directors meeting.

If you are interested in applying, please read over the National Delegate position description and apply by clicking here. Applicants may be asked to participate in an interview, either electronically or in-person at A Place for Girls. The application submission deadline is November 30, 2019.

Get more information on what to expect when attending the 2020 GSUSA National Council Session here.

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

Join the GSCCC Girl Advisory Board or New STEM Club!

Older Girl Scouts (ages 14-17) are invited to an interest meeting on November 24, 2019, at 2 p.m. at A Place for Girls to learn about joining our Girl Advisory Board or new STEM Club.

Our Girl Advisory Board (GAB) works with the Council Program team to plan two events each year, assist with Council events and provide feedback/input on future Council programs. GAB offers girls opportunities to take on a leadership role, learn new skills and make new friends.

Our new STEM Club is being created to showcase STEM activities for service units, host tables at community partner events and participate in several Council-sponsored activities. The STEM club will focus on learning how to work with younger girls utilizing Bee Bots, Dash robots, cubelets and snap circuits. Meet girls with similar interests and grow your skills.

For more information on the groups or the application process, contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Outdoor I: Cabin Camping Training

Saturday, November 9, 2019
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA 
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Open to all registered Girl Scout adults.
Cost: $10

Outdoor I: Cabin Camping prepares volunteers to be able to cook using charcoal and propane, and sleep in cabins. This course is a prerequisite for Outdoor II.

Register by 11:59 p.m., November 3rd. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

High Ropes Instructor Course

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open to all registered Girl Scout adults.
Cost: 20

Attend this course to learn rescue techniques, knots and how to instruct girls on the high ropes.

Register by 11:59 p.m., October 21st. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Challenge Courses/Low Ropes Instructor Course

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Camp Skimino
Williamsburg, VA
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open to all registered Girl Scout adults.
Cost: $20

During this course, you will learn team building games, how to instruct girls on the fixed elements and spotting techniques while making safety a priority. By completing this course, you will be able to instruct girls on the Challenge Courses/Low Ropes at Camps Skimino and Darden.

Register by 11:59 p.m., October 20th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

News from the Gold Award Committee

The Colonial Coast Gold Award Committee has three ways for girls to have direct contact with the  committee members.

  1. The committee offers mentors for any girl who asks for one, as well as assigning one when the committee feels that the Girl Scout will benefit from having a mentor. A mentor from the committee is not a project adviser. The mentor will help the Girl Scout through the proposal phase of the project.
  2. Mini mentoring Q & A sessions with Gold Award Committee Members. These sessions will be set up before or after regularly scheduled interview/review dates. Girls can email the Gold Award Committee at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com to request a timeslot. These sessions are for girls to come and discuss project ideas, get answers to their questions or to receive assistance in finding a project idea if she is struggling. These sessions are informal but require that the Girl Scout has attended a Go Gold Workshop so she has the basic knowledge of Going for Gold. The next date is Saturday, November 2, 2019, in Virginia Beach.
  3. Girls and adults can receive answers quickly and directly from the committee by emailing gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.


Shop Promotions for the Month of November

November 1-30
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Williamsburg: $2.75 each

November 9, 11, 12
Veteran Appreciation
Receive a discount of 15 percent off entire purchase when you show your Military ID. May not be combined with any other offer.

November 6, 13, 20
Gobble Gobble Wednesdays!
Draw a turkey 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.

New Items

Outdoor Volunteers Needed!

The Council Program Team is looking for volunteers interested in helping with the following outdoor adventure programs. If you're interested and available, click the links below to sign up.

  • Camp Sampler - sign up here.
    • Saturday, November 9, 2019, Camp Skimino, Williamsburg
  • Campfire Challenge - sign up here.
    • Saturday, November 16, 2019, Camp Burke's Mill Pond, Gloucester
  • Archery Aim I & II - sign up here.
    • Saturday, March 7, 2020, Camp Apasus, Norfolk
    • Saturday, March 21, 2020, A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
    • Sunday, April 5, 2020, Camp Burke's Mill Pond, Gloucester
    • Sunday, May 10, 2020, A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
  • Amazing Race - sign up here.
    • Sunday, March 8, 2020, Camp Darden, Courtland
  • Paddle Away - sign up here.
    • Saturday, May 9, 2020, Camp Burke's Mill Pond, Gloucester

Interested in doing STEM programs with your troop and earning badges for free in the process?

Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for troops at each Girl Scout level to participate in a research study on troop use of Girl Scout STEM program. We are seeking troops who are willing to engage their girls in local and/or national STEM program during this membership year. 

What’s Involved
  • Throughout the study timeframe, October 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020, troops will go about their regular troop-selected activities.
  • By December 1, 2019, leaders and girls will complete a pre-survey.
  • Troop leaders will report their troop’s program activities monthly through a short online tracking survey.
  • At the end of your troop year, troop leaders will complete a leader post-survey and administer a girl post-survey to all girls in their troop. All surveys will be available online and in paper format.
  • All surveys must be submitted to GSUSA by August 15, 2020.  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Volunteer Kickoff: Create Your Own Path


Register TODAY for the Volunteer Kickoff! Tomorrow will be too late!

All registered adult members are welcome to attend this year's Volunteer Kickoff - leaders, co-leaders, troop treasurers, troop first-aiders, service unit volunteer support team members, outdoor adventure instructors, adult learning facilitators, chaperones, drivers, troop product sales chairs, and caregivers!

Create Your Own Path by registering and choosing classes or workshops you want to attend. Learn what's new this year, network with others, get a chance at a door prize, and be energized!

NEW THIS YEAR - During lunch, you will see our exceptional volunteers receive their Volunteer of Excellence Awards. You will be able to congratulate them and find out how they earned the award.

Welcome Back!


Welcome back leaders to a new membership year! Hope you are excited for new adventures with the girls!

Have you checked out the resources tab in Volunteer Tool Kit to review Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints? It gets updated every new membership year!

Do you know where to find in these, the adult to girl ratios? Check out page 4 in the Safety Activity Checkpoints and/or under Planning for Your First Troop Meeting tab in Volunteer Essentials.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

TECHSTERS – Cybersecurity Capture the Flag Competition

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Tidewater Community College, Advanced Technology Center
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Are you ready to test your cybersecurity skills? The Hampton Roads Women in Technology group is hosting a Cybersecurity Capture the Flag competition for middle and high school girls. Girls will work in teams of three (they can pick their own or will be assigned) on clues to cybersecurity related challenge questions. They will need to research (Google) the topic and then solve the challenges which are worth a variety of points. The teams that come in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will receive prizes for their accomplishments! Shannon Brill, a real FBI agent, will kick off the event as our keynote speaker!

Calling all troops! Help test the new entrepreneurship program!

Girl Scouts of the USA has teamed up with the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast to test the NEW K-12 Entrepreneurship badges, made possible by Susan Bulkeley Butler. We need troops who will volunteer their time to test the NEW badges. Troops selected will be assigned to test the new badge content for their assigned grade level. Multi-level troops may also apply if they have the capacity to facilitate all levels of programming. No entrepreneurial program experience necessary – all Girl Scout volunteers can deliver this program!

Why participate? Your girls will…           
  • Be the first to try new entrepreneurship badge activities.
  • Help develop national entrepreneurship program by providing feedback.
  • Earn a $100 gift card for their troop to support troop-related program expenses.  

Monday, October 7, 2019

Girl Delivery Dash - A Contest for Fall Product

Three girls participating in the Fall Product Program will have the chance to win by collecting Girl Delivery Orders.

Participating is easy!

The three girls who have the most girl delivery orders between October 6th and October 13th will win a free Girl Scout Cookie cart.

For more information, please see flyer.

It takes a village...

Whether you’re greeting a group of old friends or friendly new faces, your first parent/caregiver meeting is your opportunity to deepen the bonds among all members of your troop.

It takes a village to lift up the next generation of leaders, and to set the stage for a successful troop year for your girls, you need to set the tone for parents and caregivers. By helping the adults understand the roles they play in the troop, you’ll empower them to stay engaged and enhance the entire group’s Girl Scout experience.  Learn more here.

Create Your Own Path

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
Open to all registered Girl Scout adults.
Cost: $5



All registered Girl Scout adults are welcome to attend this year's Volunteer Kickoff - leaders, co-leaders, troop treasurers, troop first-aiders, service unit volunteer support team members, outdoor adventure instructors, adult learning facilitators, chaperones, drivers, troop product sales chairs, and caregivers!

Create Your Own Path by registering and choosing classes or workshops you want to attend. Learn what's new this year, network with others, get a chance at a door prize, and be energized!

NEW THIS YEAR - During lunch, you will see our exceptional volunteers receive their Volunteer of Excellence Awards. You will be able to congratulate them and find out how they earned the award.

Visit the Girl Scout Traveling Shop to see what's new for this year! Visit Community Partner Exhibits and our staff tables to discover new program ideas while completing the scavenger hunt.

You won't want to miss this, so be sure to register by Monday, October 14th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Updated: Volunteer Essentials & 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 2019.

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 2019.

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

Monday, September 30, 2019

Girls in Aviation Day - October 5, 2019

Come be a part of history and join us for our inaugural Girls in Aviation Day on October 5, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Virginia Air & Space Center in Hampton, VA. View this flyer for more information.

Pre-register and purchase tickets here at Eventbrite.

Interested in being a volunteer to help put on this amazing event? Sign-up here.

RENEW TODAY!

You know how life-changing it is to be a Girl Scout-trying new things, developing key skills, connecting with others, and building confidence at every turn. With our one-of-a-kind programming designed specifically to unleash a girl's greatest potential, just imagine what's still to come. So let's keep the excitement going!

Keep championing girls' success and get them renewed today!

Girl Scouts in Action

Hey G.I.R.L. Champions,

We are so excited to announce the launch of Girl Scouts’ first-ever official Facebook group, Girl Scouts in Action. The group is open to all registered Girl Scouts and is a way to share stories nationally about how girls in our Council are making the world a better place!

Please note that by posting in the group, you are giving Girl Scouts of the USA permission to share the content to social media. Before you post in the group, please make sure all girls in the photo(s) have documented photo permission with the Council.

To join and start sharing on Facebook, simply click here.

Interested in doing STEM programs with your troop and earning badges for free in the process?

Girl Scouts of the USA is looking for troops at each Girl Scout level to participate in a research study on troop use of Girl Scout STEM program. We are seeking troops who are willing to engage their girls in local and/or national STEM program during this membership year.   

What’s Involved
  • Throughout the study timeframe, October 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020, troops will go about their regular troop-selected activities.
  • By December 1, 2019, leaders and girls will complete a pre-survey.
  • Troop leaders will report their troop’s program activities monthly through a short online tracking survey.
  • At the end of your troop year, troop leaders will complete a leader post-survey and administer a girl post-survey to all girls in their troop. All surveys will be available online and in paper format.
  • All surveys must be submitted to GSUSA by August 15, 2020.  

Create Your Own Path

Saturday, October 19, 2019
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA
Open to all registered Girl Scout adults.
Cost: $5



All registered Girl Scout adults are welcome to attend this year's Volunteer Kickoff - leaders, co-leaders, troop treasurers, troop first-aiders, service unit volunteer support team members, outdoor adventure instructors, adult learning facilitators, chaperones, drivers, troop product sales chairs, and caregivers!

Create Your Own Path by registering and choosing classes or workshops you want to attend. Learn what's new this year, network with others, get a chance at a door prize, and be energized!

NEW THIS YEAR - During lunch, you will see our exceptional volunteers receive their Volunteer of Excellence Awards. You will be able to congratulate them and find out how they earned the award.

Visit the Girl Scout Traveling Shop to see what's new for this year! Visit Community Partner Exhibits and our staff tables to discover new program ideas while completing the scavenger hunt.

You won't want to miss this, so be sure to register by Monday, October 14th. Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Want to be a Cookie Cupboard?

The Product Program team is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas to be a 2020 Cookie Cupboard:
  • Great Neck - Northern Virginia Beach
  • Little Creek Square - Roosevelt Garden, Norfolk
  • Northampton - Bethel College - Riverdale, Hampton

Applicants must:
  • Be a registered Girl Scout adult with a current background check.
  • Be in good financial standing with the Council.
  • Comfortable with technology.
  • Own a personal device with Internet access.
  • Enter cupboard orders as received or at a minimum of once a day.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to store 350 cases or more in a garage or similar size storage space.
  • Available during weekends and most evenings from mid-February through the end of March for troop pickups.
  • Available during the day for deliveries from the delivery agent.
  • Accessible by phone and email to answer troop questions and respond within 24 hours during the Cookie Program period.
  • Conduct a weekly physical inventory and eBudde reconciliation.
  • Ability to lift 30lbs.
  • Opt-in to receive electronic communications.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Shop Promotions for the Month of October

October 1-31
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Chesapeake: $2.50 each.

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Pumpkin Wednesdays
Pick a pumpkin at checkout and receive a 10 percent or 15 percent discount off the entire purchase. May not be combined with any other offer.

October 14-31
Redeem Your Buy Now, Save Later Coupon!
Each coupon is redeemable separately on an order totaling $25 or more on qualifying merchandise. Only one coupon code may 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 the entire purchase. Visit the GSCCC retail shops and enjoy a refreshment! Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Religious Emblems Facilitator Training

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Holy Family Catholic Church
154 West Government Ave
Norfolk, VA 23503
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Training is free and continental breakfast will be provided.

Sponsored by the Eastern Vicariate of the Richmond Diocese will hold Consultant training for Catholic Girl Scout Religious Emblems for your church or Girl Scout troop.  Please register no later than September 27, 2019.

To register or for more information regarding the upcoming training or Catholic Girl Scouting Events (Retreat, Brownie Day of Recollection and Bishop’s Scout Sunday, contact Dee Miner at girlsonfire1031@gmail.com or text 813-453-9299.

2020 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 October 31, 2019. Girls must be in high school (grades 9-12).

Want to be a Cookie Cupboard?

The Product Program team is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas to be a 2020 Cookie Cupboard:
  • Great Neck - Northern Virginia Beach
  • Little Creek Square - Roosevelt Garden, Norfolk
  • Northampton - Bethel College - Riverdale, Hampton

Applicants must:
  • Be a registered Girl Scout adult with a current background check.
  • Be in good financial standing with the Council.
  • Comfortable with technology.
  • Own a personal device with Internet access.
  • Enter cupboard orders as received or at a minimum of once a day.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to store 350 cases or more in a garage or similar size storage space.
  • Available during weekends and most evenings from mid-February through the end of March for troop pickups.
  • Available during the day for deliveries from the delivery agent.
  • Accessible by phone and email to answer troop questions and respond within 24 hours during the Cookie Program period.
  • Conduct a weekly physical inventory and eBudde reconciliation.
  • Ability to lift 30lbs.
  • Opt-in to receive electronic communications.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Alum and 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 at Jamestown. 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 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!

Last Chance to Register for Women's Wellness Weekend

Friday, September 20, 2019, Noon - Sunday, September 22, 2019, Noon
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.

New this year, enjoy a tour of Eight Shire Coloniale Distillery and/or join us for an excursion to Jamestown’s Women Tenacity exhibit. Add one or both of the excursions as part of your Women’s Wellness Weekend experience!

This is a great opportunity to build comradery with your Girl Scout Alum sisters.

Don’t forget, current volunteers get a $5 discount!

Register Now!

Explore Today. Discover Tomorrow.


Helping your troop renew means:
  • You can start your fall planning.
  • You'll be able to reserve your troop's spot in popular Council-run programs and events.
  • Your families will be ready to tackle the Fall Product Program and earn troop funds to kick off the year with a bang (and save money on troop activities!).
Renew today!

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, September 2, 2019

Want to be a Cookie Cupboard?

The Product Program team is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas to be a 2020 Cookie Cupboard:
  • Great Neck - Northern Virginia Beach
  • Little Creek Square - Roosevelt Garden, Norfolk
  • Northampton - Bethel College - Riverdale, Hampton

Applicants must:
  • Be a registered Girl Scout adult with a current background check.
  • Be in good financial standing with the Council.
  • Comfortable with technology.
  • Own a personal device with Internet access.
  • Enter cupboard orders as received or at a minimum of once a day.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to store 350 cases or more in a garage or similar size storage space.
  • Available during weekends and most evenings from mid-February through the end of March for troop pickups.
  • Available during the day for deliveries from the delivery agent.
  • Accessible by phone and email to answer troop questions and respond within 24 hours during the Cookie Program period.
  • Conduct a weekly physical inventory and eBudde reconciliation.
  • Ability to lift 30lbs.
  • Opt-in to receive electronic communications.

2020 Summer Camp Theme Contest


Want to win a free week of summer camp for 2020? Enter our 2nd annual Summer Camp Theme Contest!

We received some great ideas last year and we can't wait to hear YOURS!

Girls and/or troops can help create a girl-led summer camp week for 2020 by submitting their ideas. The winner will receive that week of camp for FREE. Entries will be accepted online or on paper applications available in Council offices. Click here to view more details.

Click here to enter. The contest ends September 15, 2019, and the winner will be announced November 1st. We can't wait to hear your ideas!

New Badges, New Journeys, New Discoveries

Girls are a force to be reckoned with, and Girl Scouts can help her unleash more of that unstoppable potential—in a place that's all about championing girls' success!

What path will you choose next year? With new programs in outdoor adventure and STEM and dozens of new skills to learn and awards to earn, at Girl Scouts, the trail is yours to blaze!

Renew today!

Shred Day & Drug Take Back Sponsored by The Albemarle Area United Way

The Albemarle Area United Way is sponsoring a Shred Day & Drug Take Back on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon at Southgate Park in front of Belk. Anyone may bring a limit of 5 bags or boxes of old documents that will be shredded as they watch. A representative from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department will be there to collect and safely dispose of any unwanted and/or expired medicines. The Albemarle Area United Way is also sponsoring a Shred Day on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon in the TowneBank Mortgage parking lot in Kitty Hawk.

Labor Day Closure

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Monday, September 2, 2019, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Visit the website for regular hours.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Renew Your Girl Scout Membership Today!


Back to school is a busy time. Mark one more thing off of your to-do list by renewing your Girl Scout membership today. Renew now and you'll still have time to participate in our Summer Bucket List Challenge and earn a free patch!

Geico Car Care Badge - Register by Sept 7th & Receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card (J/C only) or a Car Care Kit (S/A only)

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Motor World
Virginia Beach, VA
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Open to Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. This is a family-friendly event. All must pay to attend. This is not a drop-off event.
Cost: $15 for Techbridge activities and patch or Car Care Clinic activities and patch.
Cost: $30 for all Girl Scout activities and wristband to ride all Go Karts.

Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes: Join us for Techbridge activities. The first 75 Juniors and Cadettes to register by September 7th will receive a $15 Amazon gift card.

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors: Join us for Car Care Badge Day. The first 75 Seniors and Ambassadors to register by September 7th will receive a Car Care Kit.

Be one of the first 75 to register by September 7th or no later than September 14th.

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.

Girl Scout Cadettes through Ambassadors and adults are invited to volunteer at 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!

Visit virginiasymphony.org/community for more information.

Register here to volunteer as an usher and watch the show.

Questions? Call 757-892-6366.

Healthy Habits Family Day - Register by Sept 7th to be entered in a drawing for one of five door prizes!

Girl Scouts Community Partners
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 per girl.

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 get ready to race in a live action Mario Kart challenge with prizes!

Door prizes include:

Healthy Habits = Healthy Communities - Register by Sept 7th to be entered into a drawing for a surprize door prize!

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 7th to be entered in a drawing for a surprise door prize! Last day to register is September 19th.

Questions? Contact customercare@gsccc.org.

Shop Promotions for the Month of September

September 1-30
Explore Patch of the Month
Explore Portsmouth: $2.50 each.

September 1-30
My Girl Scout Kit
Get started with a Girl Scout Kit (includes: Girl's Guide, Journey book, vest or sash, flag, Council ID, troop numerals, insignia tab, World Association Pin and Membership Pin). Receive a FREE bag when you purchase a complete My Girl Scout Kit.

September 1-23
Back to Troop
Spend $75 or more on a single transaction through September 23 and receive a $10 coupon to spend on a purchase of $25 or more from October 14-31. One $10 coupon will be issued per qualifying order. Orders over $75 will generate one $10 coupon regardless of merchandise total. Each coupon is redeemable separately on an ordering 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.

Cookie Classic Run - Registration Now Open!

Saturday, January 18, 2020
The Great Dismal Swamp
Chesapeake, VA

Since 2015, the Cookie Classic Run has been an annual event supporting the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC). With time 1 mile, 5K and 10K races, runners of all abilities can join us in supporting GSCCC while preparing for the 2020 race season. If that isn't sweet enough, the Cookie Classic is the only race in Hampton Roads where you get Girl Scout cookies while you race!

Race offerings:
  • 1 mile Samoa Stroll (timed)
  • 5K Trefoil Trek with Cookie Crawl (timed)
  • 10K Tagalong (timed)

Alum & Friends Glassblowing Class

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
Norfolk, VA
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $48

Join us for a GSCCC Alum & friends glassblowing class at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Spend the evening with your Girl Scout Alum sisters and friends as we learn about the art of glassblowing at this private event. With the help of Chrysler's talented staff, every attendee will make their very own glass pumpkin in the colors of their choosing as a keepsake. As you inflate the glass bubble with your breath, their team will form it into your personalized piece you can cherish for years.

Register by October 18th. Questions? Contact philanthropy@gsccc.org.



Labor Day Closure

All GSCCC offices and shops will be closed Monday, September 2, 2019, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Visit the website for regular hours.

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.