Monday, March 27, 2017

Cookies on Ice – Deadline Extended to April 7, 2017

Cookies on Ice
April 8, 2017
Norfolk Scope
This is a girl and adult event. Tagalongs welcome.
Cost: $15 (includes event patch)
Deadline extended to April 7, 2017

All must pay to attend. Anyone purchasing tickets after March 20 will be mailed patches.
Check-in at 6:30 p.m. Game begins at 7:15 p.m.

Show your Girl Scout pride by wearing your Girl Scout uniform or shirt. To have your troop seated together, list your troop number when placing your order. To order tickets online, visit the Norfolk Admirals group sales website (corrected link). To order tickets by phone for groups of 15 or more or for questions, call 757-640-1212, Ext. 23.

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

Spring is here, and it is a great time to go outside with your girls and enjoy the outdoors. Now you can use the meeting plans in the Volunteer Toolkit to “Get Girls Outside”.

Sign in to the Volunteer Toolkit and click on the tree icon:

Outside-activity options are available to you to make it easier to “Get Girls Outside”. Girl Scout Daisies can work on earning the petals Lupe and Clover. Outdoor activity badges for Girl Scout Brownies include requirements from the First Aid, Making Games, Snacks, and Senses badges.  Outside activities for Girl Scout Juniors include requirements from the First Aid, Simple Meals, Detective, and Staying Fit badges.

Two Online Enrichment Classes Now Available

Two online enrichment classes are now available for you to view:

Six Elements of a Troop Meeting
Keep your meetings on track by following the six elements of a troop meeting.  From the arrival activity to the closing, using the elements of a troop meeting will keep you and your girls on track.  View this online learning module to find out how to organize your troop meetings.

Troop Government
Every grade level of Girl Scouts uses some form of troop government.  View this online learning module and find out which form of government is best for your troop.

Register via eBiz.

For questions, contact

Girl Scout Voices Count Survey Coming in April

At Girl Scouts, we care about your experience, good or bad, and we want to hear from you!

In April, Girl Scouts of the USA will be conducting a national survey with girls, parents/guardians and troop volunteers called Girl Scout Voices Count to find out what’s working, and what’s not, in Girl Scouts. We will use your feedback to improve our services and programs.

The surveys open on April 3rd. Save the date and be sure to check your email for the invitation to participate. As a Thank You, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of twenty $50 gift cards! We can’t wait for you to make your voice count!

Got questions? For more information, email

Shop Promotions for the Month of April

April 25, 26, 27: Volunteer Appreciation Week
Pre-Bridging Sale!

  • Receive a 15 percent discount off entire purchase including Bridging supplies.
  • While supplies last.
  • In-stock merchandise only. 
  • Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Visit the Council Shops to See Our New Items!
  • GSCCC zip up fleece in navy with hoodie: $29.99 (all sizes)
  • GSCCC ¾ sleeve raglan tee in fuchsia/grey and purple/grey: $19.99 (all sizes)
  • GSCCC water bottle: $5 
  • GSUSA Lead Like a Girl Scout tee: $30 to $34
  • GSUSA robotics tee girls/teens: $22 (all sizes)

Activity Fun Patches
  • Archery
  • Canoe
  • Caving
  • Earth Day
  • Hiking
  • Tree Climbing
  • Ropes

Monday, March 20, 2017

Early Renewal 2018

It’s almost time for another wonderful Girl Scout year with renewal. Troops and individual members can take action today and renew their membership. The Council is offering girls, troops and service units some great renewal rewards to show our appreciation! All girls receive a free Believe in the Power of G.I.R.L. patch when renewed by May 15. Check out the incentive flier for full incentive details.

Girl Fest 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Military Aviation Museum
Virginia Beach, VA
Grades K-12
Tickets are $17 for everyone (includes event patch).
Bring the whole family: adults, girls, and tagalongs.
Deadline to register: April 15, 2017
Girls/children must be accompanied by an adult.
Bring a bag lunch.

Launch into an adventure in science and history while discovering there’s no limit for girls with wings! Girls can spend the day touring the museum’s aircraft collection and learning about the prominent role innovative and risk-taking women have played in the history of aviation. Girls can also meet local pilots and learn about careers in aerospace.

SaraBeth, a country singer and songwriter from Nashville, will be performing a lunchtime concert, which will include her hit song “Girl Scout Cookie Monster” and a brand new song she’s created to debut at this event!

During Girl Fest, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast will donate approximately 18,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to the USO. These cookies were purchased during cookie season by local customers through the Girl Scout Gift of Caring program.

Register today via eBiz.
For questions, contact

Community partners will be on site with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities and resources for girls. Exhibitors include:

  • Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • BrickHeadZ
  • Centura College
  • Civil Air Patrol
  • Cookie Classic Race Team
  • Epix Aviation
  • First Aider Station 1 and 2
  • Girl Scout Travel Group
  • Mad Science
  • NASA Girl Scouts Display
  • Nauticus Museum
  • Norfolk Technical Center
  • Now You’re Cooking
  • NSU - All About Bees
  • Sentara Lifeflight: Helo “Nightingale”
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • SPAWAR - US Navy
  • The Ninety-Nines, Inc.
  • Tidewater Community Academy
  • Tidewater Soaring Society
  • Tidewater Tech
  • Virginia Beach Police
  • VMM-774, NAS Norfolk (V-22 Ospry)
  • Young Eagles Program

Women and Liberty

Saturday, March 25, 2017
2–6 p.m.
Virginia Beach History Museums
Lynnhaven House Colonial Education Center
Cost: $3 in advance $5 at the door

Discover the diverse contributions of women in our nation’s past. Try your hand at activities at which colonial women were expected to perform including candle dipping and cross-stitching. Learn about home spinning and create take-home crafts. Meet America’s first First Lady, Martha Washington, and Oney Judge, an enslaved personal servant to Martha who fled to find freedom. Tickets are $3 in advance (through March 24) and $5 at the door.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Volunteers Needed for NASA Event

Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire
Playground Cardboard Space Scape Section
May 6, 2017
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Grades: 6 to 12 and adult leaders

Help NASA Langley Research Center colonize Mars. Kids and families attending the event will be constructing the colony. We are seeking volunteers to help organize the recycled materials that will be used and engage with the attendees. We would also like the volunteers to help start the Mars colony by building an example of what the cardboard buildings will look like.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Make Your Own Badge Site Closing

The Make Your Own badge site, created in 2011, was meant to provide girls with the option of creating a badge that they did not see offered. The number of girls making their own badges has been decreasing since 2013, however. The Girls’ Choice badge process, which is now in its third year, provides a more effective method of reaching a larger number of girls.

To that end, the Make Your Own badge site will close on June 30, 2017.

The design tool for Make Your Own will shut down on June 1, 2017. All Make Your Own badges are to be submitted by this date.

Click here to read more.

Girl Scouts Celebrating Women’s History Month

Here at Girl Scouts, we love Women’s History Month! It’s a time to celebrate the women who struggled for equality, who’ve broken barriers. To remember the women who have made discoveries and put in the hard work to make the world a better place.

Just as importantly, though, we should be recognizing the drive and dedication of women and girls around us today—and even of ourselves! Before they were leading scientists, military leaders, journalists, athletes, politicians, artists, or writers, so many women were Girl Scouts themselves and celebrated Women’s History Month with their troops—just as you will be for the next few weeks. When you think about

Summer Camp Employment Still Open

What are you doing this summer? We still have a few staff positions available for summer camp 2017 – but they won’t be available for long! We are in need of counselors and kitchen assistants. Both positions are great for recent graduates, first time camp staff, and those who want to develop the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ of the future!

To apply online TODAY, visit our website or call 757-548-4743. You must be 18 years of age by 6/19/17 to be eligible for camp employment.  We hope to see you this summer!

Girl Scout Day at Virginia Aquarium

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Virginia Beach, VA
All ages welcome (D/B/J/C/S/A)
$10 per girl, $16 per adult (free for children under age 2)

Enjoy our special sea turtle stations and earn the Explore Sea Turtles patch. Girl Scout Daisies can earn the Rosie petal. No registration needed. Come the day of the event and pay at the site. 

For more information call Jenny Smallwood at 757-385-0339 or email

Girl Scout Volunteer Opportunities

If you need community service volunteer hours, Operation Homefront is looking for your help.  See dates, times, and locations below. To learn more about Operation Homefront, visit

Tuesday, April 4 - Morningstar Storage (Chesapeake) to Pembroke Mall
  • Four volunteers needed
  • Shift: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Heavy lifting required
  • RSVP by March 28

Thursday, April 6 - Morningstar Storage (Chesapeake) to Pembroke Mall
  • Four volunteers needed
  • Shift: 9 a.m.-noon
  • Heavy lifting required
  • RSVP by March 30

Saturday, April 8 - Pembroke Mall Packing Party
  • 15 volunteers needed
  • Shift: 9 a.m.-noon
  • RSVP by April 1

Girl Scout Planet Journey Day

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Mariner's Museum
Noland Trail, Newport News, VA
All ages welcome (D/B/J/C/S/A)

Bring a water bottle and wear tennis shoes since we will be walking parts of the Noland Trail.

Contact for more information.

Complete this form to register.

Safety First!

Keeping girls and adults safe are our top priority, and it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure everyone is safe no matter where they are – troop meetings, cookie booths, camping, field trips, etc.  All registered volunteers are required to take the Risk Management online learning module annually (Volunteer Essentials 2016-2017, Volunteer Learning Progression, page 21).

Register on eBiz before the next activity with your girls!

For questions, contact

Outdoor I and II Combined Courses

There are now two Outdoor I and II courses available for registration. The course includes all of the content from the Outdoor I and Outdoor II courses in one weekend. Participants will sleep overnight in platform tents. Participants are not required to take a stand-alone Outdoor I course before taking this course. Registration and attendance is required at the pre-course session. 

Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 23, 2017 

Camp Burke’s Mill Pond, North, VA

Friday, March 31, 2017, at A Place for Girls, Chesapeake, VA or
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Camp Apasus, Norfolk, VA

Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)

What is the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)?
As a Girl Scout volunteer, you already know that your girls love Girl Scouts for the friends, the fun, and all the new things they get to try.

Now there is a way to run your troop or group that saves you time and helps you plan so that you can spend more time with the girls! Meet the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), the web app that makes it easy for Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop leaders to get the most out of every troop or group meeting.

My Promise, My Faith

Girl Scouts encourages girls to grow their faith and is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to explore their spirituality by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin.