Monday, September 26, 2016

Product Sales News!

2016 Fall Product Program Launch Email
On September 23, 2016, caregivers received a launch email to kick off the online portion of the Fall Product program. Partner with girls to setup their online stores now so they’ll be ready to receive orders when the program kicks off on October 1, 2016. For more information, visit our website or email

2017 Cookie Program
Toffee-tastic Update
Preorders for the Toffee-tastic cookies will not be required this year. For the first time the Toffee-tastics will be printed on your order card and included in the initial order.

New Volunteer Open House

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Open House: 1-2 p.m.
Classes: 2-4 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.
  • Have the opportunity to try out the Volunteer Toolkit.
Choose one of the available classes (advance registration required):
  • Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II* (pre-requisite: Girl Scout Program Basics, Part I – available online soon)
  • Parents as Partners

New Movement to Empower Young Women

Envision Lead Grow is more than an idea - it’s a movement. We want to empower you to build your dreams. That starts with a passion - your passion. We’ll show you what it takes to turn your passion into something incredible. It will require planning, dedication and heart. Is it worth the effort? Absolutely!

A webinar is set with Angela Reddix, President and CEO of ARDX, as the host, and we're so excited to offer this to young women anywhere. This webinar is open to girls in grades 7-12.

Volunteers needed for Susan G. Komen Tidewater's Race for the Cure

Saturday, October 15, 2016
7 a.m. until end of race
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
8th Street Water Station

Komen Tidewater is looking to have two to four troops (approximately 20 Girl Scouts) to be at the 8th Street Water Station and the Finish line to hand out water to the race participants. The Race Park opens at 7 a.m. and the Competitive Race will start at 7:30 a.m. The Recreational Race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The girls need to be able to stay until all of the runners have crossed the finish line. Girl volunteers will need to arrive with their volunteer waiver signed by their parents/guardians. Volunteers will receive a community service letter.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Competitive Programs & Scholarships are Open to Girl Scouts

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Competitive Programs & Scholarships
VFW offers a variety of scholarships for middle and high school students such as Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen, Teacher’s Awards and Scout of the Year. There are national and local awards, so you’ll need to submit your entries to your local Post as a starting point. To find the VFW Post in your area, search here. Find information on these programs and deadlines for submissions here.

Backpacking Course for Adults

Are your girls ready to expand their outdoor skills to go backpacking? Register for this course (formerly known as Outdoor IV) and you will take a short trip and learn backpacking skills that you can share with your girls.

Pre-Course Class (attendance required):
Sunday, October 9, 2016
6:30–9:30 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA

Backpacking Weekend:
Meet at A Place for Girls and travel to Cold Mountain, VA
Begins Friday, October 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Ends Sunday, October 30, 2016, 5 p.m.

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra, Learning Manager, at or 757-410-0595.

Become a Low Ropes Facilitator

Sunday, September 25, 2016
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Camp Darden
18406 Darden Scout Road
Courtland, VA 
Cost: $15

By completing this class, you will be qualified to work with girls on the GSCCC Camp Darden low ropes challenge course. You will learn Girl Scout activities that are appropriate to do with Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and adults, on the ground as well as on the challenge course.

Learn games that will build self-esteem, encourage teamwork, teach conflict resolution, and enhance communication and problem-solving skills.

Become an Archery Instructor

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Noon–6 p.m.
Camp Darden
18406 Darden Scout Road
Courtland, VA
Cost: $45

This course will teach you the basic steps of shooting, preparing you to instruct archery courses for Girl Scout groups.

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra, Learning Manager, at or 757-410-0595.

Become an Adult Learning Facilitator

Do you enjoy conversing with adult volunteers? Do you enjoy speaking in front of a group? Are you ready to take the next step to become an adult learning facilitator? Consider registering for the upcoming Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning class:

Sunday, October 23, 2016
1–6 p.m.
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Register today through eBiz.

For questions, contact Cheryl McGrenra, Learning Manager, at or 757-410-0595.

Culinary Crafts

Saturday, October 15, 2016
A Place for Girls
Chesapeake, VA
10-11:30 a.m. - Daisy
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Brownie
$11 (includes event patch)

Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies, it’s your turn to cook! Work with chefs to prepare fun-filled delicious recipes to impress your family. Let’s enjoy the fine art of decorating our food and see how beautiful your creations will look. Girl Scout Brownies will complete some requirements of the Brownies Snacks Badge.

GEICO Car Care Clinics at Motor World

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Noon-6 p.m.
Motor World
Virginia Beach, VA
D, B, J, C, S, A
$24 (includes patch, six hours in park, excluding access to Skycoaster, paintball and the adult speed track)

Girl Scouts, start your engines! With over 26 acres of family fun, Motor World is the largest and fastest go kart complex on the East Coast and is sure to have something for everyone. With 11 tracks and 16 different styles of karts, you can take it easy on the family track or test your skills on the half-mile Road Racer Track!

Get Your Troop Information Ready for the Fall Product Program

As we near the beginning of the Fall Product Program we are sending a plea to caregivers and leaders to take some time to review the following KEY fields needed to sell nuts/candy and cookies online. Login to eBiz and make sure these fields have the most up to date information for your family and/or troop:
  • Girl name
  • Girl date of birth
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Parent/guardian email
Thank you for taking the time to help ensure the success of our girls in our Council-sponsored product programs.

For help accessing and updating eBiz email

2016 Fall Product Program

This fall, Girl Scouts of all ages will have a great opportunity to participate in the Fall Product Program where they will take nut, candy and magazine orders from their friends and families. This is a voluntary program activity and a wonderful way for troops to generate funds. With your help and support, your Girl Scout will have the opportunity to participate in a quality program, develop five key business and leadership skills, as well as generate funds for girl-selected troop activities and projects.

Last Call for 2017 Cookie Captains!

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors - are you experienced at selling Girl Scout Cookies?  If so, become a Cookie Captain!

Remember how hard it was to ask that first cookie customer? Become a superhero to Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies 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 troop leaders
  • Lead activities at a cookie rally
  • Receive training that includes lots of fun game and activity ideas.

Fall Festival at College of William & Mary

Saturday, October 22, 2016
1-3 p.m.
Sorority Court
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

The Kappa Delta sisters request the presence of Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies at their Fall Festival to be held at the College of William & Mary on October 22, 2016. See the attached flier for details. 

Contact Ashley Darang at by October 12 for questions or to register.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, September 24, 2016
7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Neptune Park
3101 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA
Walk to End Alzheimer's 2016 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront is seeking Girl Scout volunteers to be cheerleaders along the route and to help at a water station. Girls need to be at Neptune Park at 7:30 a.m. Approximate time to finish is 1:30 p.m. Volunteers should wear Girl Scout uniform, Girl Scout t-shirt or some form of Girl Scout identification.

Interested troops should contact Donna Farnham at by September 19, 2016. Due to the length of standing time, girls in grades 4 and up are preferred.

Old Coast Guard Station Girl Scout Ghost Walk

Saturday, October 22, 2016
3–6 p.m.
Old Coast Guard Station
24th Street & the Boardwalk
Virginia Beach, VA

Come to the Old Coast Guard Station Girl Scout Ghost Walk on October 22 for ghost stories and local lore with a costumed guide, games, hot chocolate and more! Wear your Halloween costume for spooky fun for the whole troop! Not recommended for children under age 8.

Registration deadline: October 1, 2016.
Register using this form.

For more information, contact

Monday, September 5, 2016

Volunteer Essentials 2016

Volunteer Essentials 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 September 2016.
Find  the Summary of Changes here.

Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout Leaders, October 7-9

This October 7–9, a space science education workshop will be held at the University of Arizona. Astronomy Camp for Girl Scout Leaders is a biannual program made possible by NASA as part of the of the “Reaching with the Stars” partnership with the SETI Institute and in collaboration with the University of Arizona, GSUSA, Girl Scouts of Northern California, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and Aries Scientific. Attendees will gain experiential learning at Biosphere 2, visit the Mt. Lemmon Observatory to work with a 61-inch telescope, and learn how to effectively engage Girl Scouts in space science. The cost of the workshop and lodging will be covered by the University of Arizona.

There are very few openings and one person per council will be selected.  Apply here as quickly as possible.
Questions? Contact

GSCCC Office and Retail Shop Hours

All GSCCC offices and retail shops will be closed Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day.

Beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016, GSCCC offices and retail shops will resume regular hours as follows:

A Place for Girls
912 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Chesapeake office hours:
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Chesapeake retail shop hours:
  • Sunday & Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Colonial National Historical Park Butterfly BioBlitz

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Colonial National Historical Park
Jamestown and Yorktown, VA

Grab your smartphone, camera or binoculars and explore nature in like never before! On Saturday September 24, 2016, Colonial National Historical Park will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more! The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday with more than 100 Bio Blitzes across the country.

Project We Stand Strong – Opportunities for Peninsula Teen Volunteers

Saturday, September 10, 2016
1-4 p.m.
Alternatives, Inc.
359 Fenwick Road, Building 263
Fort Monroe - Hampton, VA

We Stand Strong is a teen-led disaster preparedness program that teaches kids grades 2-5 about how to prepare and be safe during natural disasters, such as a hurricane.

Middle or high school volunteers can participate in two ways:

Volunteer Kickoff – Register Now!

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Old Dominion University Webb Center
Norfolk, VA

We can’t wait to...kick off another awesome Girl Scout year! Come kick off your Girl Scout year at this FREE event for all volunteers!

Start planning your day as you read through the Volunteer Kick-Off Guide available here. There is something for everyone including the following:
  • Check out the new Volunteer Toolkit.
  • Hear the latest information about the Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI).
  • Visit with community partners.
  • Choose from dozens of fun, interactive and informative workshops.
  • Visit community service organizations and find out how your girls can lend a helping hand!
  • Enjoy free refreshments.