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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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!