Monday, June 27, 2016

Get Ready for the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI)

Get ready. In the next six months, big things are happening at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, and we need your help preparing. First, here’s a recap of the new and awesome things you’ll start seeing.
  1. Organizational realignment – The new structure will provide more specialized task-focused functions for staff to make us more efficient in serving you, our amazing members.

ZooTopia at the Ted Constant Center

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
10:30 a.m.
Ted Constant Center
Norfolk, VA

Come to the Ted Constant Center for the showing of ZooTopia on the newly renovated scoreboard. With state of the art, four panel viewing, this will be a unique event for everyone! Come out as a group or individual, but don't miss out on this summer time adventure.

To purchase tickets contact Todd McKeating at 757-683-7087 or

Visit the Ted Constant Center website for more information.

First Aid/CPR/AED Classes

Do you need to take a First Aid/CPR/AED class? Review the EMTA Enterprises and Hampton Roads CPR schedules for upcoming classes. Complete registration and payment through these sites:

EMTA Enterprises

Hampton Roads CPR

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra, Adult Learning Manager, at

Monday, June 20, 2016

Leadership Development Program Survey

GSCCC is working with a team of college students and Girl Scout Gold Award recipients to create a leadership development program for girls. This program will enable girls to earn their VIT (Volunteer in Training) pin while learning to become stronger leaders in their troops, service units and communities. We want you to be part of the planning, too! The team is conducting a needs assessment to find out what girls (and their trusted adults!) are looking for in a leadership development program.

National Weather Association Weather Ready Fest

Saturday, September 10, 2016
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nauticus Science Museum
1Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
Free (registration required)

Enjoy a day of fun and learning for the entire family at the National Weather Association (NWA) Weather Ready Fest. Meteorologists from around the country will be conducting fun activities, games, talks, book signings and movies. Weather organizations will also be exhibiting their programs and products.

Visit the NWA Weather Ready Fest event page for more information and to register.

Group Discounts at Hampton Coliseum

Cirque DU Soleil: OVO
September 7-11, 2016
Hampton Coliseum
Hampton, VA
Group Discount: Save up to 20 percent.
Minimum group order is 12 tickets.
Discount not valid on Saturday, September 10 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Additional fees may apply.

Tickets are available at or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Visit for more information.

New Girls' Choice Outdoor Badges

The Girls’ Choice Art in the Outdoors badges are ready! The booklets and badges are available in the Girl Scout Online Store—and as a special promotion, the booklets can be downloaded for free through June. (Or you can purchase the printed badge requirements.) Starting July 1, the digital downloads—for both years one and two of Girls’ Choice—will cost 99 cents. The new badges and badge booklets will be in Council shops by June 30.

Council Recognition for Girl Scout Bronze Awards and Girl Scout Summit Awards

You asked and we listened! During the town hall meetings, Girl Scout volunteers were loud and clear about their desire for the Council to recognize not only the Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards, but the Girl Scout Bronze Award and the Girl Scout Summit Award as well. Recognition for both of these higher awards is now available.

Council recognition of Girl Scout Bronze Awards may be requested by completing an online form. Once the form is complete, we will send the girls a Girl Scout Bronze Award certificate signed by GSCCC's CEO, Tracy Keller. The survey is available here.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Hours for GSCCC Retail Shops

All GSCCC shops will begin summer hours Monday, June 13:
  • Chesapeake shop:
    Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (no Saturday hours)
  • Peninsula shop:
    Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The shops will be closed for inventory on the following dates:
  • Chesapeake shop:
    July 25-29
  • Peninsula shop:
    August 1-5

All GSCCC offices are currently operating under summer hours:
  • Chesapeake office:
    Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Peninsula office:
    Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

How Did Your Volunteer Year Go?

As summer approaches, many troops and volunteer positions begin to wind down until the start of a new school year. Now is a great time to assess how your year went and whether you received the support you needed as a volunteer. Take a few minutes to complete the End of Year Volunteer Self-Assessment to reflect on your accomplishments and to let us know how your year went.

The survey will be available until June 30, 2016.

For questions, contact

New Volunteer Open House – Sunday, June 26, 2016

Open House: 1–3 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Don't miss this great opportunity to:
  • Tour A Place for Girls, The Lodge, and The Outback
  • Learn about camp and council programs
  • Make S.W.A.P.S. (Something Wonderfully Affectionate Pinned Somewhere)
  • Meet staff, network with other volunteers and visit the Girl Scout Shop where you will receive a 10 percent discount.

After the Open House, the following classes will be offered:
  • Girl Scout Program Basics (3–6 p.m.)
  • PB&J (Proficiency Badges & Journeys) (3–6 p.m.)
  • Nature Crafts (3–4:30 p.m.)
  • Girl Scout Singalong (4:30–6 p.m.)

Register here through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra, Adult Learning Manager, at

Monday, June 6, 2016

L.L. Bean Invites Scouts to Celebrate

L.L. Bean Grand Opening Celebration
Lynnhaven Mall,Virginia Beach
June 10-12 - Activities all weekend

Sunday, June 12 is all about the Kids! Come in uniform and enjoy a day of family fun. Complete an L.L.Bean Passport to win a cool patch!

Join the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and Tidewater Council Boy Scouts for hands-on activities and games.

To learn more, visit

The 5th Annual KayaXpedition


The 5th Annual KayaXpedition is a kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding festival in Chesapeake. There's something for everyone, including paddlers, music lovers and families. Register for an event or visit Northwest River Park for canoe rentals. To find the city’s paddling guide and more information visit the KayaXpedition website.

Hasbro Community Action Hero Awards

 HasbrogenerationOn has teamed up with Hasbro to celebrate kids and teens between 5 and 18 years of age who are making an impact in their local or global communities. The Hasbro Community Action Hero Award recognizes outstanding young volunteers whose service achievements have demonstrated the qualities of a hero - kindness, courage and leadership.

Winners receive a $1,000 educational scholarship, a $500 grant to continue or expand on their amazing work and recognition at a special event this Fall.

You can help us by nominating an amazing young person or encouraging them to apply! Nominations and applications are accepted through Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m. EST.

To nominate or apply, go to

Contact Emily at for more information.