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Girl Scouts Winter 2018

News and Program Information from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

2018 2018 Camp at

a Glance

Meet Lea Bonner

National National Young Young Women Women of of Distinction Distinction

Zoo Fest! April April 15, 15, 2018 2018

Girl Scouts News & Program Information from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast


Chair of the Board Carolene Goodwyn-Harris

Chief Executive Officer Tracy Keller

Secretary Sunny Smith

Vice Chair Barbara Tierney

Treasurer Megan Poppe

Members at Large: Avery Berge Dr. Ann Campbell Maria Chenault-Herbert Tricia Hudson Lu Ann Klevecz Catherine Magill Michael Mendelsohn

Maria Mills Lara Overy Carolyn Pittman Ellis Pretlow Marie Vesely Carletta Waddler





6 Troop News

4 From the CEO, Tracy Keller 16 Program Opportunities

10 All About Cookies 12 Outdoor Fun Girl Scout Ambassador Lea Bonner from Chesapeake with her parents, George and Andrea Bonner, at the G.I.R.L. 2017 - GSUSA National Convention in Ohio, where Lea was honored as a National Young Woman of Distinction.


15 Zoo Fest 18 Summer Camp 2018

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G.I.R.L. 2017 - GSUSA National Convention Kate GodbyAlways A Girl Scout 2018 Samoa Soiree

Stay connected with GSCCC! A Place for Girls 912 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-547-4405 800-77SCOUT

Peninsula Service Center 894 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601

Elizabeth City Field Center 214 N. Dyer St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Kitty Hawk Field Center 3852 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Girl Scouts – by girls, for girls, all girls, only girls. Since the launch of our movement, several years before women had the right to vote, advocacy for girls has been at our core. Tracy Keller Today, it continues and Chief Executive Officer in so many ways such as our national G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) agenda that is a non-partisan initiative seeking to inspire, prepare and mobilize girls and those who care about them to strive for positive change through their actions.

Girl Scout Troop 759 from Chesapeake conducted the flag ceremony during the opening of the Virginia Women’s Conference hosted by Senator Mark Warner and held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller, who also attended the conference, was part of a panel - Our Cause, Your Community - where she spoke about advocacy.

We know passion is personal and we believe everyone needs to find the causes that matter to them. Perhaps it is music and the arts that a girl brings to her school or maybe it is finding ways to prevent pollution in our oceans. We encourage girls to find what gets them fired up and then take action! Teaching girls and reinforcing your own advocacy spirit can start early in the home. For instance, make sure your Girl Scout Daisy explores her community. Help her understand how people can work together to be good neighbors. Research and learn together facts about your community, town or city and then get involved. Will it be marching in a parade, attending a community event that celebrates traditions or perhaps touring landmarks? As your girl progresses in Girl Scouts, she will take on more challenges. Perhaps she will ultimately earn the highest award a girl may earn, the Girl Scout Gold Award. On average, this award requires girls to dedicate a minimum of 80 hours to a meaningful and sustainable service project. Whatever your girl’s age and whatever her passion, encourage her to use her voice and take hold of the G.I.R.L. inside of her to help her become a responsible, caring and active citizen who looks for ways to improve her world! Sincerely,

Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer

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Girl Scout Troop 805 made a decision to use their cookie proceeds to travel to Washington D.C. and tour our nation’s capitol. Their trip included working on several patch requirements that led them to different museums, government buildings, and to Arlington National Cemetery. They also rode public transportation and had a great time sightseeing!

Join the Advocacy Network! All Girl Scouts and friends are asked to be part of our Advocacy Network where you’ll find tools to help you to become a voice for girls and to make a difference in your community and across the nation. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and state legislatures. In October, the Advocacy Network launched a petition campaign to capture signatures to have a Savannah Bridge named in honor of Juliette Gordon Low! Find details at

Get Involved - Civic Action in Girl Scouts We’re encouraging girls to speak up and advocate for the issues and ideas that are important to them. Girl Scout awards that concentrate on civic engagement help them do just that! New this year is the Good Neighbor badge for Daisies. This badge joins a lineup of existing Citizen badges—Celebrating Community, Inside Government, Finding Common Ground, Behind the Ballot, and Public Policy—that engage girls in age-appropriate activities involving community service, public policy, government, voting, and more.

BROWNIE: Celebrating Community Steps: 1. Explore community symbols 2. Sing together 3. Follow the parade 4. Be a landmark detective 5. Join a ceremony or celebration

JUNIOR: Inside Government Steps: 1. Decide what being an active citizen means to you 2. Go inside government 3. Look into laws 4. Report on the issues 5. Get involved in government

CADETTE: Finding Common Ground Steps: 1. Get to know someone different from you 2. Make decisions in a group 3. Explore civil debate 4. Understand a compromise 5. Find common ground through mediation

Did you know… Elected Officials in USA • Fifty-seven percent of women in the 115th Congress are Girl Scout alumnae. • Seventy-six percent of current female Senators are Girl Scout alumnae. • Fifty-two percent of women currently in the House of Representatives are Girl Scout alumnae. • Every female Secretary of State in U.S. history is a former Girl Scout Source: Girl Scouts of the USA Public Policy & Advocacy Office, Washington, DC (2017)

SENIOR: Behind the Ballot Steps: 1. Find out more about elections 2. Investigate the ins and outs of voting 3. Get out the vote 4. Plan a campaign 5. Explore voting in other countries

AMBASSADOR: Public Policy Steps: 1. Find out how activists advocate for change 2. Engage as a global citizen 3. Dig into national or state public policy 4. Explore local or community policy 5. See public policy creation in action

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Troop News is... Members of Girl Scout Troop 895 in Chesapeake became concerned when the trees near the church where they meet were cut down for new construction. The girls sprang into action and built a small wildlife habitat for birds, bees and butterflies. They researched native plants and visited a nursey to pick out flowers and shrubs. They also constructed bluebird nesting boxes. Finally, the girls shared their project with church members to encourage them to create wildlife-friendly spaces in their own yards. For their project, the girls earned the Bronze Award!

Girl Scout Junior Mackenna and Girl Scout Brownie Haley of Virginia Beach were among the many Girl Scouts who helped collect and sort school supplies as part of WAVY-TV 10’s Operation School Supplies campaign in August.

Coats for Families WAVY-TV 10 and community partners, including Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, are helping keep families warm this winter! After a December coat collection, families will be able to stop by a distribution location coats. GSCCC will be helping distribute coats on January 12 from 9 a.m. to Noon. 10 On Your Side Coats for Families campaign is more than 25-years in the making. The mission is to provide new and gently used coats to children, teens and adults in need across our region. Please contact GSCCC Communications and Marketing Director Marcy Germanotta at before stopping by to check on coat sizes available and if families need to be redirected to another distribution location to meet their needs.

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Troop 656 from Chesapeake recently took a trip to Timberline Ranch in Smithfield where they learned about natural horsemanship, helped groom horses and went for a horseback ride!

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Girl Scout Troop 843 from Suffolk participated in Suffolk Parks and Recreation Truck or Treat. The decorated three vehicles with a Girl Scout Camping in the Forest theme. Complete with fall leaves, sleeping bags, camp gear and a camp fire, their “camp site” was a hit.

Girl Scouts in Troop 615 spent a weekend of giving back in October! Starting on a Saturday morning, they first volunteered at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Run where they assisted with registration and helped at the water & snack stop. Later, they gave a hand at the Light the Night for Leukemia Foundation 2017 Walk where they did face painting, ran game stations, and served food. The volunteer filled weekend came to a close Sunday morning when they volunteered at Step Up for Down Syndrome. The girls helped with the bounce house activity and helped hand out individual medals to participants – the best part of their volunteer marathon!



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Girl Scouts in Troop 1694 in Norfolk love to read. As Brownies, one of their favorite community service projects was holding a book drive to collect books for homeless children. As Juniors, they decided to build a Little Free Library to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award. To do this, the girls downloaded blueprints, visited a Home Depot store where staff helped with construction, then painted the library and installed it near the vegetable garden at The Williams School. Every girl then selected a week during each month to be responsible for maintaining the Little Free Library!

Girl Scout Junior Aliya from Suffolk is on a mission! For her Girl Scout Bronze Award project, she has created colorful collection boxes and placed them in five Suffolk elementary schools. She is collecting used Sharpies, highlighters, dry-erase markers and more from classrooms for Crayola’s ColorCycle program, a national initiative meant to keep hundreds of tons of markers from being sent to landfills by turning the used school supplies into a liquid fuel. Her goal is to reach all the schools in Suffolk! At the end of the school year, she and her family will collect all the boxes and mail them to Crayola for processing.

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Girl Scout Brownie Ava from Suffolk loves science! Her parents are both scientists, so science is in her genes. Ava has helped introduce other girls to science by helping her mom, a NASA employee and former STEM teacher, teach engineering concepts to her fellow Girl Scout Brownies. So far, during this troop year Ava and her troop members have attended Science Alive at Norfolk State University and spent the night at the Virginia Air and Space Center where they had a blast. They’re looking forward to more “STEMagical” events here at GSCCC!

Great work by Mackenzie, Ella, Ivy and Maggie from Troop 250 in Virginia Beach. They each earned the Girl Scout Silver Award! The girls worked as a team with the Recreational Therapy department at Westminster Canterbury to host events for the residents that included: hosting an Afternoon Tea, leading bingo games and seated exercise classes, and helping at social hours. Girl Scouts in Troop 4702 each earned the Girl Scout Silver Award by supporting “Sentara Smile Squad.” They created a Girl Scout inspired seating area in the emergency room at Sentara Hospital in Virginia Beach. They made 800 “Care Bags” – all different for various age groups. The bags contained items such as coloring activity packs and snacks. They also made smile pillows and 40 fleece blankets.

Girl Scout Cadette Becca with Girl Scout volunteer Susan Ramsland.

Becca, a Virginia Beach Girl Scout, is the fourth generation in her family to be a part of Girl Scouts. When it came time to complete her Silver Award project, she decided to write a book about the Girl Scout spirit. She donated a copy of her book to the Lynnhaven Shores Service Unit Library for all members to enjoy.

Top row: Sarah Diaz, Addison Mainer, Sophia Perry, Cameron Belby Bottom Row: Julia Twiford, Noel Nonnenmacher, Brooke Sanderlin

Congratulations to Maya and Sophia from Williamsburg who each earned the Girl Scout Silver Award! For their project, they built two buddy benches for the Norge Elementary School playground. Job well done, girls!

Last year, Amanda, a Virginia Beach Girl Scout Cadette experienced a tragedy in her family when her aunt passed away. It was this experience that inspired her Girl Scout Silver Award project, bringing activities for children to a local hospice care center.

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Important Dates: Program Starts – 1/6 Booth Sales Start – 2/18 National Cookie Weekend 2/23 - 25 Program Ends – 3/25

Be a smart cookie and participate in the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Every year, Girl Scouts all over the country use their cookie earnings to do amazing things to support their Girl Scout experience. They fund trips like going to Savannah, Georgia, to visit the birthplace of Juliette Low. They fund special projects that make a difference in their communities such as making public areas more accessible to people with disabilities. Girls have so much to choose from and so much to do with cookie proceeds! Best of all, when girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they learn to work as a team to accomplish common goals and solve problems, while building the confidence they need to shine as girls, as young women, and as future leaders. And did we mention fun? They have a ton of that along the way, too. As cookie entrepreneurs, girls learn essential skills like: goal setting; decision making; money management; people skills; and business ethics. And now girls can add to skill building and their success potential with Digital Cookie 4.0 learn even more - and have more fun than ever before—all while giving cookie customers more ways to support them and their goals. Find all the details on our Council’s website.

Some of the Rewards... Augmented Reality T-Shirt Troop initial order per girl average of 228+ boxes

1,000+ Boxes Cookie Entrepreneur Officer CEO Bowling Bash hosted by GSCCC CEO

1,500+ Boxes A free* week of Girl Scout Camp OR a Lifetime Girl Scout Membership (for high school seniors) *Does not include the camp desposit

TOP 10 Council Sellers Limo & Breakfast with GSCCC CEO

108+ Gift of Caring Boxes Free admission to Zoo Fest plus an exclusive meet and greet with KC the sloth!

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Dream Big! Where Could Your Troop Go? After saving cookie earnings and leading other fundraising projects, Girl Scout Troop 311 from Virginia Beach took the trip of a lifetime before the school year started. The troop went on a cruise with stops in the Dominican Republic, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Highlights of the trip included swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and visiting the Girl Scouts of Caribe headquarters.

Gift of Caring As a Council-wide effort, we’ve chosen to support the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia as our Gift of Caring agency. Customers may buy an extra box to donate – or donate their entire purchase to the USO. Last year, more than 21,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were donated! Of course, girls earn a patch when they participate in Gift of Caring.

Girl Scout Cookie Family Guide Attention Caregivers We’ve got a great resource for you to make sure you have what you need to support your girl during the 2018 cookie season – the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Family Guide. You can pick this up from your troop leader or troop cookie volunteer along with a Girl Cookie Order form. You can also find the guide and more resources for you and your Girl Scout on our website’s Cookie page!

2018 Cookie Classic Calling all Girl Scouts and Friends! With this free mobile app, volunteers can: • Track and submit girl cookie orders for both traditional and digital sales • Easily track amounts due and paid Order girl rewards and never miss a deadline • Monitor troop sales data and generate troop sales reports • See when and where cookies will be delivered • Stay in the know with access to calendar dates and messages • Many other capabilities are built right into eBudde!

Put your running shoes on and get ready to race – or walk – in the 2018 Cookie Classic. Now in its forth year, the Cookie Classic organized by GSCCC community volunteers, will take place on Saturday, January 20, with plans to be better than ever. This year’s event takes place on the trails of the Chesapeake’s Great Dismal Swamp Park. Find details on the website at to get information and register. Everyone gets a T-shirt and there are awards – medals and patches – depending on the race.

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Meet a G.I.R.L. Champion

Outdoor Fall Fun!

Kami Lannetti likes a challenge. A busy professional who serves as the Deputy City Attorney for Virginia Beach, she is also a lead volunteer with the GSCCC Cavers. Kami’s love for the outdoors and adventure started during her Girl Scout Brownie and Junior years. She became interested in caving as a Girl Scout volunteer when she learned about Cracks, Crevices and Crawlways, a GSCCC caving program that introduces girls to spelunking.

Kami Lannetti

“Fifteen years ago, shortly after my oldest daughter turned 12, we went on our first caving trip and we were hooked,” she said.“ Four years later, my youngest daughter couldn’t wait to become a caver. Now in their 20s, they have returned as adult leaders. My husband and my younger son started caving with us on the Family and Friends trips about eight years ago. Like a lot of the Girl Scout Cavers, we are caving family.”

The Wild Things took a trip to George Washington National Forest in October to backpack. Photo: (left to right) Girl Scout Cadettes Ava Scheib, Cecilia Dunn, and Mary Reins.

Kami believes the caving program gives girls the opportunity to explore places that most people will never see in their lives, it is a real adventure with skill-building benefits. “My favorite part is watching a new girl persevere through her first experience (which often involves getting excited and overcoming fears) and developing the confidence that she can do so much more than she thought she was capable of. It’s that “Aha!” moment that all leaders want for their scouts. It is a privilege to watch the girls grow from goofy 12 year olds with few skills into confident and experienced 18 year olds who are leading younger girls.” Interested in trying something new? GSCCC Cavers invite adults interested to join them as well as volunteers.

Curious about Caving?

Bella Sandelier Troop 174 participated in the 2017 caving trip.

Sign up for Cracks, Crevices & Crawlways January 27 or 28 Camp Skimino, Williamsburg For girls in grades 1-12

The GSCCC Cavers want to invite you to go spelunking in Organ Cave, WV! April 19-22, 2018 Visit the website’s Events page for details. 12 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Members of the Blazing Blue Herons Canoe Team, Lillian Sish, Henna Sefcik, and Rosa Sish came out to host a table at the Volunteer Open House. Trophies from the May 2017 General Clinton Regatta where they took first place were proudly displayed! The team is now accepting girls in grades 6-12 who are able to commit to practice in fall and spring at Camp Apasus. For details, visit the group’s website

We Love Our Community Partners!

Girl Scout Daisies Aubrey and Riley from Troop 132 in Chesapeake, along with Aubrey’s sister, future Girl Scout Kayley, enjoyed exploring the GSCCC camp display at RIVERFest, hosted by the Elizabeth River Project in September at Carolanne Farms Neighborhood Park in Virginia Beach. Girl Scout Bailey was among the nearly 100 Girl Scouts who had fun during Nautical Adventures, a program held on the Spirit of Norfolk in October! Girls dressed in costumes and explored the boat and learned what it takes to run the Spirit.

Community partner Hope Springs Veterinary in Chesapeake helped Girl Scout Addison and more than 100 other girls learn what it takes to be a professional in veterinary medicine at the Life of Pets workshop. Girls who attended work on It’s Your Story Journey.

Girl Scout Brownies from Troop 606 had fun making piggy banks at the Financial Cents workshop.

Another chance to enjoy the water!

Sail Nauticus April 28 • C/S/A

Experts say that young people need to start learning about money as early as kindergarten. We’ve got that covered here at Girl Scouts! Starting as Girl Scout Daisies, girls start on their way. From participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program to working on badges and attending special workshops, such as Financial Cents held on November 4 at A Place for Girls. Many thanks to the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants who helped deliver this workshop.

Find all of our community partners on our website under About Our Council.

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College Life Rocks!

by Girl Scout Cadette Marueen Keller

I attended College Life, a Council event held on October 29 at The College of William and Mary. It was so inspiring and we had lots of fun doing it! I would like to thank all of the Kappa Delta Sorority women who attend the college and who took the time out of there day to help with this event. They led us in activities and on a tour. The college campus is beautiful, with cool sculptures and buildings! I learned lots of things about college to help prepare me for the day I begin my college journey. I learned about special celebrations at The College of William and Mary and what college life in general is all about. I hope this event can be done again next year because there is so much more I’d like to see and do there!

Check out these events coming up just for Girl Scout Cadettes and up! Girl Scout Cadette Maureen Keller

• February 3 - Sizzling Savannah Soiree • April 28 - Sail Nauticus • March 10 - Auto Tech

International Girls’ Day Out Fifty Kappa Delta Sorority members from Old Dominion University offered International Girls’ Day Out activities to nearly seventy Girl Scouts on November 12 at the university - that’s almost one college woman mentor for each girl! The program focused on educating girls on the importance of developing healthy living habits. Girl Scout Juniors and Brownies played a group board game, Keep It Moving, and they participated in outdoor physical exercises that were built around making exercise fun and exciting. No matter what the skill ability of an individual girl, every girl was given kudos and applauded throughout the day to help her build self-confidence. Girls also had a session on eating healthy where they made smoothies, turkey and cheese skewers and other healthy snacks. The environment throughout the day was charged with positivity and every girl left with an imaginary power cape to conquer the world!

Kappa Delta Sorrority member Alexa Cirecol, who was the lead organizer for International Girls’ Day Out at Old Dominion University (ODU), was never a Girl Scout but says she knows she would have loved it! She enjoyed volunteering for the event and plans on helping with future Girl Scout events at ODU. Photo graphed with Alexa are( left to right): Girl Scout Juniors Aubrie, Emma, and Graciela.

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Girls learned fun ways to exercise from the Kappa Delta members that included dance moves, yoga and soccer.

Another healthy living event ahead! Strong Girls - May 5 Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk

Opportunities Coming Your Way!

Girl Scout

Zoo Fest is the Place to Be!

April 15, 2018

Family Fun Event!

Virginia Zoo, Norfolk 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

To register visit the events page at

(includes event patch)

All ages Deadline to register: March 26, 2018


$17 GIRL

Zoo Fest is a special event for our Girl Scouts and their families. A day of fun doing all the great things the Virginia Zoo has to offer. You’ll find special Girl Scout activity tables and interactive exhibits created by zoo keepers just for us. Hear animal stories and get a close-up look at some of your favorite furry – and not so furry – friends. At Zoo Fest you’ll be able to stroll through the outback that looks and feels like the one you experience on the Australian continent! Then venture to Africa-Okavango Delta, home to a spectacular collection of scenic landscapes and impressive creatures, big and small. Get the whole family excited. Ride the train, visit the petting zoo area, enjoy the gardens and more, more, more! You can even work on Girl Scout badge requirements. Register early and start planning your adventure.

Special Ways to Celebrate Being a G.I.R.L. On February 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate World Thinking Day. The 2018 theme is “Impact.” Celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts + Girl Guides. Visit World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts at and download the badge activity pack for this year!

Let Your G.I.R.L. Light Shine! Let your light shine this March during Girl Scout Week, March 11-17. There’s so many ways to stand tall as a G.I.R.L. during Girl Scout Week that starts on Girl Scout Sunday with the last day ending on Girl Scout Sabbath. Plan to party and celebrate on our 106th Girl Scout Birthday, March 12! This commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Visit our website’s Marketing Resource page to download Girl Scout Sunday and Sabbath inserts and bulletins for your place of worship or for that special service unit or troop function.

Find Girl Scout Birthday patches and more at GSCCC shops!

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Are you ready to have a G.I.R.L. EXPERIENCE! Date Title/Location Deadline Grade


Badge/Journey Category

*Includes event patch *Includes grade level badge

Jan. 27

Emergency Preparedness 1/8/2018 C/S/A A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

$5* per person

Jan. 27

Little Medical School 1/8/2018 B/J A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

$26* per person It’s Your World: Healthy Living White coat/stethoscope

It’s Your World: Healthy Living

Jan. 27 or 28 Cracks, Crevices & Crawlways 1/20/18 1-12 Camp Skimino, Williamsburg

$8 with patch $6 without patch


Feb. 24

STEMagination TNCC, Hampton



$13* per person


Feb. 28

iFly Event iFly, Virginia Beach


All Grades

$33 per person


Mar. 3 Mar. 5

Tools of the Trade 2/7/2018 J/C/S/A $12 per person Camp Skimino, Williamsburg Cookie Madness 2/2/2018 All Grades $14* per person Norfolk Scope, Norfolk

Techbridge: Make it Green Puzzle Piece Legacy

Mar. 9

Get Moving Journey Overnight 2/15/2018 J Boys and Girls Club, Virginia Beach

$17 per person Get Moving Journey *

It’s Your Planet:

Mar. 9-11

Camp Darden Core Camp 2/23/2018 B/J/C/S/A Camp Darden, Courtland

$75 per person Meals included

Outdoor Art!

Mar. 10

Auto Tech 2/17/2018 C/S/A Tidewater Community College Automotive Center, Chesapeake

$7* per person Practical Life Skills

It’s Your Planet:

April 7 April 14 April 15 April 16 April 19-22

Girl Scout Day 3/21/2018 All Grades Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach A Day by the Pond and Beyond 3/30/2018 B/J/C/S/A Burke’s Mill Pond Zoo Fest 3/26/2018 All Grades Virginia Zoo, Norfolk Cookies on Ice 3/22/2018 All Grades Norfolk Scope Spring Caving Trip 4/07/2018 J/C/S/A Organ Cave, WV Norfolk, VA

$17* per person

It’s Your Planet: WOW Journey

$12 per girl $8 chaperone $17* per person

Outdoor Adventures

$16* per person


$90* per session


April 21

I Love Cha Ching! Navy Federal Credit Union, Virginia Beach

April 21 Archery-Aim I & II Camp Apasus Norfolk, VA April 28 Sail Nauticus Nauticus, Norfolk April 28 Archery-Aim I & II Camp Darden, Courtland May 5 Strong Girls Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk 16 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

It’s Your Story: Animals



$3* per person

Financial Literacy I



$10 per session




$29* per person


4/13/2018 J/C/S/A ` 4/16/2018 All Grades

$10 per person, per session Archery $13* per person It’s Your World: Healthy Living

We’ve got opportunities just for YOU to unleash your Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader DNA. Date Title/Location Deadline Grade


Badge/Journey Category

*Includes event patch *Includes grade level badge

May 12

Archery-Aim I & II 4/27/2018 B/J/C/S/A Camp Outback Chesapeake, VA

$10 per session, per session


May 12 May 18

All Hands on Deck 4/21/2018 C/S/A The Narrows, Virginia Beach Norfolk Tides Game 5/14/2018 All Grades Harbor Park, Norfolk

$18* per person


$12* per person Hotdog and soda


May 18 May 19

Norfolk Tides Sleepover 5/14/2018 All Grades Harbor Park, Norfolk Archery-Aim I & II 5/04/2018 B/J/C/S/A Camp Skimino, Williamsburg

$7 per person for overnight $10 per session, per session

N/A Archery

Legend ❧ This is a girl only event. No tagalongs. One Girl Scout registered adult may be asked to stay to meet ratios but does not pay.

❧ This is a family event. All must pay to attend.

❧ This is a girl and adult event. Both must pay to attend.

No tagalongs.

❧ Girl Scout High Adventures. Registered Girl Scout adults

are welcome. Find all details at

Events include activities related to the Badge/Journey Category but will not complete all the requirements unless noted (*). You can find FULL EVENT details – descriptions of workshops, trips AND registration information online at – Events Page!

Spring Break Day Camp - Stop! Drop! And Roll! at Camp Outback! April 2-7, 2018 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Deadline to register: March 23, 2018 Cost: $80 per camper $60 per experienced Program Aide or CIT Grades: K-5 Spring Break the Girl Scout way at Camp Outback! This spring break all campers will have the chance to experience a taste of Junior Camp Fury! Celebrate one amazing week planned around a Fire Safety theme that incorporates interactive activities relating to Fire Prevention and Safety Preparedness. Join us for a playful week of songs and games with old and new friends alike!

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The Outdoors is calling YOU! Girl Scouts wouldn’t be Girl Scouts without the great outdoors. We make the fresh-air experience educational as well as fun with summer camps. There’s truly something for every girl - horseback riding, nature exploration, swimming, boating, theme weeks, outdoor cooking, and plenty of fun.

2018 Camp Session Dates - Registration opens February 1 Camp book online starting January 23.

Resident Camp Darden

Day and Resident Camp Skimino

Day Camp Apasus

Day Camp Outback

Camp Fury

Franklin, VA

Williamsburg, VA

Norfolk, VA

Chesapeake, VA

June 17-22 June 24-29 July 1-6

July 8-13 July 15-20 July 22-27

July 30-August 3 August 6-10

July 30-August 3 August 6-10 August 13-17 August 20-24

Norfolk June 25-29 Hampton July 8-13 Chesapeake August 6-10

Camp Open Houses Check out all your options before summer begins at one of our open houses! Bring your family, meet our camp director and see it all — the tents, cabins, waterfront, and more as you explore camp!

Find details in our digital camp book on: • Outdoor badges to earn while at camp • How to apply to become a Program Aide or Counsel -in-Training (CIT I; CIT II) • Camp session descriptions


Want to join our team? Do you know someone who LOVES CAMP, loves working with children, and loves being outdoors? We are currently hiring for 2018 summer camps. Of course, we need counselors and unit leaders. We are also seeking incredible candidates to serve in our various manager, kitchen, and program roles. Qualified and energetic applicants must be 18 years or older. Interested? Contact

Saturday, April 21, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2-4 p.m. Camp Apasus, Norfolk, VA

Saturday, April 28, 2-4 p.m. Camp Darden, Franklin, VA

Camp Outback, A Place for Girls, Chesapeake, VA

Saturday, May 19, 2-4 p.m. Camp Skimino, Williamsburg, VA

2018 CAMP FURY Ready to shatter glass ceilings? Seize the opportunity to train alongside a team of firefighters and law enforcement personnel. Gear-up and experience handson fire, emergency service, and law enforcement activities. Challenge yourself to take risks, participate in rigorous physical fitness drills, and meet women who are breaking down barriers and stereotypes in these male dominated career fields. Camp Fury is for girls in grades 6-12. Enrollment in Camp Fury is limited. Sessions fill quickly. Registration begins February 1, 2018.

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Girl Scout High Adventures!

Registered Girl Scout adults are welcome to sign up & participate! Find details on all these great outdoor events at: Questions? Email Climbing Wall Lock-In Peak Experience - February 10, 2018 Peak Experience Midlothian, VA Ages: 11 and older are invited (no tagalongs) $40 per climber (girl or adult) $5 chaperone (limited spaces) Registration deadline: January 30, 2018 Minimum: 40 Maximum: 80 Climb all night at Peak Experiences, one of the largest climbing centers on the East Coast! Registered Girl Scout adults are also encouraged to sign up to climb and help belay. Participants age 13 or over will separate into groups for the “Learn the Ropes” belay class. This two-hour instructional session will teach how to belay and covers climbing basics. Parent drop off at 8:45 p.m. in the lobby. Parent pick up at 6 a.m. in the lobby. Badge in a Day – April 14, 2018 York River State Park $10 per Girl Scout Grades: 6-12 Registration deadline: April 1, 2018 Minimum: 6 Maximum: 20 April is prime migration season and we are bound to see many species of birds during this event. Bring a bag lunch, binoculars and dress for the weather. Parents are invited to stay. There may be a park entry fee, so carpools are encouraged. Canoe Camping with the Blazing Blue Herons Canoe Team – April 20, 2018 Powhatan State Park $40 per person includes canoe, camping and food Grades: 6-12 Registration deadline: March 6, 2018 Minimum: 10 Maximum: 20 Come and camp with the Wild Things and the Blazing Blue Herons. Enjoy paddling along the James River and camping in one of Virginia’s newest State Parks.

Hang and Cook - April 27 – 29, 2018 Newport News City Park Campground Newport News, Virginia $40 per person Drop off: Friday, 5 p.m. Pick up: Sunday 11 a.m. Grades: 7-12 or (age 12 and older) Registration deadline: April 13, 2018 Minimum: 10 Maximum: 35 This is a hammock ONLY camping trip – no tents. Girls must provide their own hammocks. We will talk about safe hanging practices and show you a few tips and tricks. Campfire cooking using different outdoor methods. This is a girl event with limited adult spaces. Backpacking the Appalachian Trail - May 18 – 20, 2018 Appalachian Trail $40 per girl includes transportation, group equipment, and patch. Grades: 7-12 or (age 12 and older) Pre-Course Meeting: Sunday, May 6 3:30 p.m. at APFG Registration deadline: May 4, 2018 Minimum: 6 Maximum: 12 Immerse yourself in nature...crisp spring air, mountain views, and a walk on the famous Appalachian Trail. Learn true selfreliance as you travel like a turtle, carrying everything you need on your back. Girls will backpack setup their own wilderness campsite. First time backpackers receive pre-trip training and support. Girls need good hiking boots and backpack. Limited number of packs available for loan. Bike Trip along the C & O Canal – May 25 – 28, 2018 Washington, DC $70 includes transportation, camping and main meals Grades: 7-12 or (age 12 and older) Registration deadline: May 11 Minimum: 6 Maximum: 15 You need your own mountain type bike. We will bike and camp along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (a.k.a. C&O Canal Towpath) which follows the route of the Potomac River between Georgetown in Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland. For its first few miles, the pathway also parallels the paved Capital Crescent Trail, which forms an arc around D.C.’s western and northern boundaries. Looking Ahead - Summer Outdoor Events Dates to be announced soon on Float / Camping Trip - July 2018 Come spend the weekend camping with us and we’ll float several miles down a river on a float. $50 includes transportation, camping, food and inter tube rental Duck Tape Regatta - August 2018

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Girl Scout Cadette Cree Diggs-Brown from Troop 4312, who was one of the girls nationally to help plan the G.I.R.L. 2017 event, with GSCCC Board Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris.

GSCCC National Delegates were: (from left to right) Erika Brock, Tracy Keller, Laney Butt, Mary Ellen Fentress, Lily Tomlinson, Christine Holmes, Jennifer Moose, Deborah Verhofstadt and Carolene Goodwyn-Harris (not pictured).

Thousands of girls and those who support them came together from around the world in early October to attend G.I.R.L. 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. The mega event provided attendees with unforgettable experiences. Accomplished public figures Chelsea Clinton, Gabby Douglas, Barbara Pierce Bush, Mae Jemison, and others led panels and breakout sessions on the pressing issues facing girls today. Many sessions featured female leaders from organizations and companies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and AT&T.

G.I.R.L. 2017by Lily Tomlinson

Lily and the other GSCCC Delegates had an opportunity to visit Hall of Experience exhibits and meet celebrities such as Girl Scout top cookie seller Katie Francis from Oklahoma City who sold more than 100,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies!

This event was unlike any other event held before. G.I.R.L. 2017 was planned by girls, executed by girls, and enjoyed by girls. This event showed the attendees and me that Girl Scouting is truly more than selling delicious cookies. While the Cookie Program is the most successful girl-led financial literacy program in the world, the world needs to know that Girl Scouts offers countless opportunities that empower girls for a lifetime. I have been asked several times to share my favorite part of G.I.R.L. 2017, which is very difficult because the whole experience was fantastic! Meeting new friends, interviewing attendees, and listening to inspiring speakers – I loved every bit of it! One of my many favorite memories was staying at the Convention Center late at night talking with other Girl Scouts, SWAPing, and exchanging our stories from the day. I will always remember the friends I made at G.I.R.L. 2017. I met Alivia on the airplane when we sang the Juicy Moose song, Olivia who is a Fencing champion, and Hrilina who is featured on the ABC Cookie Order form! Making these relationships warmed my heart so much; I will carry these people in my heart for years to come. As a GSUSA Media Girl, my responsibilities began as soon as I landed in Columbus. Addison, my Media Girl partner, and I interviewed attendees, including our National Girl Scout CEO, Ms. Sylvia Acevedo! A little humorous behind the scenes note, the news crew asked me to take off my shoes to match the height of Addison, and who do we interview next? Ms. Sylvia Acevedo. Needed to keep those shoes off! I posted live social media coverage for GSUSA, featuring all of these events, interviewed the first woman governor of New Jersey, Ms. Christine Todd Whitman, and met Virginia native Olympian, Gabby Douglas! Being a GSUSA Media Girl was truly a once in a lifetime experience that I feel blessed to have had. This Media Team was the first ever to attend a Girl Scout Convention, and I feel honored to have been a pioneer for the start of this program.

Lily Tomlinson with GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo and fellow Girl Scout Media Girl Addison Beal. 20 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

National Young Woman of Distinction honorees on stage with Chelsea Clinton.

GSCCC volunteer Jennifer Moose (far left) in the “kitchen� at G.I.R.L. Lily Tomlinson with Steve Parnell from Little Brownie Bakers. 21 Winter/Spring

Lea Bonner Receives Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor – National Young Woman of Distinction Girl Scout Ambassador Lea Bonner from Chesapeake was named by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as a 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction, the organization’s most prestigious honor. GSUSA selects 10 National Young Women of Distinction annually among candidates who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award which represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. For her Gold Award project, Lea established a recycling program for oyster shells from local restaurants in her community. With the help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lea created a sustainable path for the shells to be returned to the bay used on reefs to help the oyster population grow. Each National Young Women of distinction received a $15,000 scholarship, $10,000 from the Kappa Delta Foundation and $5,000 from Susan Buckley Butler Institute. The honorees were recognized at the G.I.R.L. 2017 event held in Columbus Ohio. In addition to being honored at the event, Lea was asked to moderate discussion sessions and share how her Girl Scout Gold Award project has impacted her and others. While being part of G.I.R.L. 2017 was super exciting, the excitement hasn’t ended for Lea! Upon returning to Virginia, she was asked to be part of the Student Leadership Confluence 2017 sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation where teens came together to focus on creating a vision for advancing advocacy, action and awareness. She joined other teens in learning how to influence others to take action, facts about the Chesapeake Bay, and skills such as fly fishing! The group also did a community service project where they planted trees.

Go for Gold Workshops The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and is open only to girls in high school. This prestigious award challenges girls to change the world by doing a seven-step project. Through Gold Award projects, girls help solve community problems—not only in the short term, but for years into the future and they may be eligible for college scholarships! Girls considering going for the award should plan to attend a GSCCC Go For Gold workshop which is mandatory and is presented in two modules – one online and one face-to-face session. Register for both modules by visiting Find details on earning the Gold Award visit

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Save the Date! Gold Award Girl Scouts and Alumnae Saturday, June 2, 2018 Questions:

Working on the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award and want to be in the news? One of the G.I.R.L. 2017 event’s highlights was honoring the National Young Women of Distinction – including our very own GSCCC Girl Scout Ambassador Lea Bonner! These young women are exemplary Gold Award Girl Scouts. So many girls were inspired to meet and hear from them at the national event and learn about the positive and sustainable impact they have made through their Gold Award projects. In the photo (center) is GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo with the ten honorees that include Lea Bonner from Chesapeake (third from left).

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Girls who have completed their Gold Award will complete a PR form found in their Gold Award packet. Girls working on or who have completed the Girl Scout Bronze or Silver Award should go to our Council website’s home page and message us through Share Your Story and provide details and any photos. You can also contact us by sending an email to and we’ll follow up with you! This applies for troops/girls working on the Junior Bronze Award as well! We want to be your G.I.R.L. champion!

Babysitting Course Girls ages 11 to 15 may register to attend a babysitting course that covers child safety and basic care techniques for infants and children. Participants will learn CPR, first-aid care, child feeding, diapering procedures, and fun activities to entertain children of various age groups. The cost of $40 includes a certification card and a book to review lessons learned in class. For details and to register, visit the GSCCC’s website’s Events page.

Program Aide! A Program Aide (PA) is a girl who uses leadership skills to share her interests and experiences with younger girls in a troop, group or camp setting. Find all the details on how to earn the Girl Scout Cadette Program Aide Award on the GSCCC’s website. Plan ahead and reserve your spot to be a PA at summer camp!

Change pouch $5

at the Girl Scout Shop!

It’s Cookie Time Apron How about wearing the apron at a cookie booth! $20

Counselor in Training (CIT) Serving as a camp counselor is one of the best jobs ever! And we’ve got a training to help you prepare for the job – Counselor in Training (CIT) for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. As a CIT, you’ll learn to be an excellent role model for younger campers, develop leadership skills based on Girl Scout Leadership Experience principles, and get a chance to dive into program planning, program delivery and much more while you enjoy the outdoors!

I Sell Girl Scout Cookies Car Magnet A easy way to promote your cookie business. $5

Girl Scout Cookie Program Vinyl Tote A practical way to carry cookies and promote this amazing program. $4.95

Leader in Action (LiA) Girl Scout Cadettes can take on leadership roles at camp while earning their LiA Award. Assist Girl Scout Brownies at camp while earning your award. Get details for CIT and LiA opportunities, in our 2018 Camp Book which will be on our website starting January 23, 2018.

Ready! Set! Cookie! Rolling Cart A must have and fun to use! $25

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Always a Girl Scout! Kate Godby vividly recalls her Girl Scout years as a girl. She joined as a Girl Scout Junior in 1970. Those years are never far away. She regularly relives them with those troop members who are still her friends today. “I absolutely adored my troop and my troop leader, Patti Schaeffer who still lives in Virginia Beach. Our troop was always involved in something – very active. We camped at Camp Apasus in Norfolk and at Camp Matoaka in Suffolk. One of the staff members from Greater Tidewater Girl Scout council, Phyllis Gordon, had a daughter in my troop. I still keep in touch with both of them.” Kate remembers how much Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were part of her family’s life. Her father held the volunteer honor of Silver Beaver in Boy Scouts and her two older brothers earned Eagle rank. Kate stayed in Girl Scouts until she was 19, earning First Class, the highest Girl Scout award at that time. As a teen, she was also a member of a Boy Scout Explorer Post. Through it all, she traveled, camped and earned a lot of badges. Along the way, she held many leadership roles including traveling to a regional conference where she was a speaker representing her Girl Scout council. Experiences, she says, served her well and polished her for future jobs. “There weren’t many years without Girl Scouts,” she said. “I became involved as an adult with my daughter Amy. I volunteered with her Brownie troop and later, when we moved to Surry, I volunteered to co-lead her Junior troop. I stayed involved in Juniors and beyond. I took training on canoe safety and camping, so her troop would have a trained adult.” When Amy made the decision to reach for the Girl Scout Gold Award, Kate was her biggest cheerleader. Talking about Amy’s Gold Award still comes with a lot of emotion. “Amy took on a very personal issue for her Gold Award – the issue of domestic violence that greatly impacted both of us. Working on the Gold helped both of us move forward. And for Amy, working on the Gold allowed her to blossom in so many ways. It taught her that caring for other people didn’t mean sacrificing care for yourself. Earning the Gold was more than an award, it was a life changing journey.” Kate decided to join the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society in 2017 and dedicate her gift to a special fund she named, She Believes She Can, So She Does. She hopes her gift will make it possible for more girls to have the life changing experience Girl Scouts can offer. Thank you, Kate!

Kate Godby attended the Alumnae Wellness Weekend event held in September at Camp Skimino where she joined fellow alumnae in some fun activities. She also taught a Laughing Yoga workshop! From left to right: Kate Godby, Emily Balke and Stephanie Brazen.

Juliette’s Vision Lives On One of the most effective means of giving to Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast is through a planned gift. When you take that step, you are boldly saying you believe in the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter; Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) and all that it can do for girls! Plus, you become part of the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society! For infomation on the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society contact Stacy Nixon at 757-549-0641 or email

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GSCCC Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society Three new members took the step to be part of the Juliette Low Legacy Society on November 2 at a breakfast – Dr. Nancy Welch, Barbara Tierney and Camile Peter. Dan Keller, who has been a member but never received a pin, joined the new members and was pinned during a special ceremony. Members of the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society: (front row, left to right) Dan Keller, Dr. Nancy Welch, Barbara Tierney, and Camile Peter (second row) Helen Kattwinkel, Tesi Strickland, Lila Davis, Beth Yates and Carolene Goodwyn-Harris (back row) Tracy Keller, Stacy Nixon, Jennifer Moose, Betsy Kessler, Cheryl McGrenra, Eileen Livick and Kate Godby. “I am so grateful for all the experiences I’ve had as a Girl Scout. While I was not one growing up, I am so fortunate to have it in my life as an adult. I believe in our mission and what we can do for girls,” GSCCC Board Chair Carolyn Goodwyn-Harris said.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018 5-9 p.m. Sheraton Waterside-Norfolk

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Welcome to the 2018 Restaurants to Date The Bee and the Biscuit The Butcher’s Son Cypress Grille Farm Fresh Mermaid Catering Mixxer’s Kitchen Salvation Army

Emcee & Celebrity JudgeWVEC’s Ashley Smith!

Tickets available online February 1! Plan to attend this popular event for adults 21 years of age and up. This event helps raise funds for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. You’ll get a chance to sample food created by top area chefs who are challenged to use Girl Scout cookies as a key ingredient in one-of-a-kind desserts and hors d’oeuvres.

Don’t forget to bid on quality silent auction items! A fun night out with friends for a good cause. Sponsorships and table purchases available now. Contact Stacy Nixon, 757-549-0641 or email Early Bird – January 3 to February 28, $65 per person Safe Shamrock Special - $45 per person (non-alcoholic beverages only) After Early Bird – until March 14, $80 per person; Safe Shamrock Special - $60 per person

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Meet celebrity judge Patrick Evans-Hylton at the 2018 Samoa Soiree! People’s Choice Savory from the 2017 Samoa Soiree! Braised Pork Cheeks with Girl Scout Do-si-dos cookies - from Catering by Farm Fresh Ingredients (Serves 4 people) 3 lbs. pork cheeks - cleaned (fat and excess silver skin removed) 1/2 tsp. each salt, black pepper and garlic powder 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup crushed Girl Scout Do-si-dos cookies 1/4 cup canola oil 32 oz. beef stock 1 cup port wine 1 tbsp. flour 1/2 cup water

Directions 1. Season pork cheeks with salt, pepper and garlic powder. 2. Combine flour, crushed Do-si-dos, then coat the pork cheeks. (hint: place into plastic bag and shake) 3. Heat deep frying pan or dutch oven and add canola oil, brown the pork in batches on both sides until crust forms then drain off excess oil. 4. Add the pork back into pan or pot and add beef stock and port wine to cover the pork, seal tightly and place into pre heated oven and bake at 350°F for 50 minutes to 1 hour. 5. Test the pork for tenderness (should be fork tender an still hold its shape). Remove the pork. Remaining liquid can be thickened with a slurry of 1 tbsp. flour and 1/2 cups water. Slowly add the slurry to hot liquid, thicken to your desired thickness. 6. Remove from heat and return cooked pork to pot. 7. Coat pork with thickened gravy and serve.

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Congratulations to this year’s Girl Scout Famous Formers! Each Girl Scout membership year, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recognizes local Girl Scout alumnae who are leaders in their field. These women serve as role models for girls today – the future leaders of tomorrow. On November 2 at The Main in Norfolk, nearly 300 guests attended the 2017 Girl Scout Famous Formers luncheon! These women are leaders in their fields and continue to support an organization that meant so much to them as girls growing up. Videos of each honoree can be viewed on our website’s Famous Formers page. Thank you to all the guests who attended this year’s event and to GSUSA Chief G.I.R.L. & Parent Engagement Officer Andrea Bastiani Archibald who served as our keynote speaker! Special thanks to Barbara Hamm Lee, Mistress of Ceremonies, and to our sponsors A. Reddix and Associates and Enspyr. Many thanks to our media partners that included WHRO, Coastal Virginia Magazine, Tidewater Women Magazine, Inside Business, and Tidewater Hispanic News.

GSCCC Board Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris (far left) and GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller (far right) with 2017 Girl Scout Famous Formers: Anne Conner; Carol Curtis; Nicole Stuart; Cecelia Tucker; Betty Wade Coyle; Nancy Welch; Katherine Glass; and (Future Famous Former) Amy Godby.

Save the Date! 2018 Girl Scout Famous Formers Luncheon October 31 – Juliette Low’s Birthday! Location – The Main Hotel in Norfolk

Keynote speaker: Jennifer Boykin, President of Newport News Shipbuilding


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Nominations for the 2018 Famous Formers Celebration will be accepted April 1-May 31, 2018.

An amazing gift announced at the Volunteer Kickoff! Chris DelCastillo, representing the Arconic Foundation, presented a $50,000 check to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast at the Volunteer Kickoff that took place at Old Dominion University in September. Last year, Arconic also donated $50,000 to GSCCC that was used to deliver science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) activities to area Girl Scouts. Arconic is committed to supporting Girl Scout’s progressive approach to STEM. Some of the activities that will be delivered to girls, thanks to this gift, include helping girls learn basic robotic programming, and introduction to engineering design using GoldieBlox kits. “We really appreciated this generous gift,” GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller said. “This will allow us to better capture the interest of girls and get them excited about STEM. We want them to learn more than skills – we want them to be encouraged to think like an inventor and a creator. Those are the types of things that we want to ignite in girls that will help keep them involved in STEM.”

Chris DelCastillo presents GSCCC with a check for $50,000 from the Arconic Foundation! 28 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Fun guaranteed, just add water! Special activities and patches are available to enhance your Girl Scout’s learning experience as they explore our underwater world. Visit to learn more.

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Girls Love To Travel! by Girl Scout Leader Jennifer Lynch As leaders, we often struggle to keep older girls involved in Girl Scouts due to so many competing interests. Engaging teens in activities they are eager to experience like travel excursions is one way. In addition to Savannah this past July, our troop traveled to Europe, visiting Pax Lodge and Our Chalet World Centers the summer of 2016. I know that these trips have kept my girls invested through years of fundraising and planning. Girl led adventures keep girls coming back for more, cementing bonds, and making memories for a lifetime! Consider a trip for your troop. The possibilities are endless and the rewards priceless.

Here’s my tale of our trip to Savannah – enjoy!

Jennifer Lynch

The ghosts of Girl Scouts past enveloped us in the present as we enjoyed an awesome three days exploring all of the hotspots in Savannah, Georgia. We toured the Andrew Low house, the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low - the home she resided in upon her death, and Laural Grove Cemetery, where she is buried. We soaked up the sun on Tybee Island while exploring the Tybee Marine Science Museum, the lighthouse, and beach. We grooved to “The Beat Goes On” show at historic Savannah Theater and feasted on an incredible dinner at the Olde Pink House. The girls got to eat fresh baked cookies right off the conveyor belt touring behind the scenes at Byrd Cookie Factory. We cruised down the Savannah River by riverboat, took in the city by horse and carriage, and a walking ghost tour. And of course, no trip is complete without shopping!

The best memories were made hanging out together, singing car karaoke to “Don’t Stop Believing”, the girls cooking a fresh shrimp pasta dinner, and game night where we laughed until we cried.

Get ready and pack your bags and travel with GSCCC! We’re hosting two Girl Scout Destinations for girls 12 and up! July 2018 Mediterranean Adventure Explore culture, arts and the outdoors during a 10-day trip to Greece, Italy and Spain.

July 2019 Celtic Adventure This Gaelic journey takes you to Scotland and Ireland. Questions? Contact Volunteer Travel Coordinator Eileen Livick at:

Hampton Girl Scout Shannon Hepp and Virginia Beach Girl Scout Lily Haywood visited Our Chalet, a WAGGGS World Center, while on a STEM-themed Girl Scout Destinations trip this summer.

Join your Girl Scout sisters for an alumnae trip to Savannah, GA - May 3-6, 2018! This adult-only trip includes 3 nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites, dinner at the Pirates House, deluxe continental breakfast each morning, “Discover Savannah” trolley tour, lunch at Leopold’s, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace tour, dinner at Lady & Sons, transfer to and from Tybee Island, Tybee Island Lighthouse tour, lunch at the Crab Shack, First Girl Scout Headquarters tour, Andrew Low House tour, dinner at Fiddlers Crab House, all hotel tax and gratuities for restaurants.

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Girl Scout Lily Haywood and Girl Scout Shannon Hepp having fun on their adventures! 31 Winter/Spring

GSCCC and Old Dominion University Team Up

Dean Stephanie Adams and Assistant Dean Carol Considine received gifts from GSCCC at the conclusion of the reception thanking them for hosting the workshop and opening the door to many more to come!

Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast is pleased to announce a strategic community partnership with Old Dominion University’s Department of Engineering. The announcement was made by the Department of Engineering Dean and Girl Scout alumna Stephanie Adams at a reception that followed an afternoon STEM workshop in November. Twenty-one Girl Scout Cadettes, participated in a Think Like an Engineer badge workshop led by Assistant Dean for Outreach Carol Considine. In a competitive workshop environment, the girls were challenged in teams to build the strongest model bridge.

“It’s a no brainer,” Dean Adams said while speaking to guests at the reception. “We are trying to get more women and minorities interested in engineering. Building a relationship with Girl Scouts just makes sense. Most of our student are local, 88 percent are from Virginia. If we can connect with a council that serves thousands of local girls we are reaching potential students and helping girls reach their potentials.” From the partnership, girls will have opportunities to work with young women college students and women professors, an important factor in attracting and keeping girls in STEM. According to How Girl Scout STEM Programs Benefit Girls, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, giving girls more access to STEM with women role models will help them visualize STEM as a real possibility in their future.

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Girl Scouts were challenged in teams to build model bridges that could withstand strength tests.

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Thomas Nelson Community College Newport News Juniors/Cadettes Cost: $13 per person

STEM 4 Girls The American Association of University Women’s Virginia Beach Branch is hosting STEM4Girls 2018. Girls in grades 6 through 8 may register for this annual event that engages girls in STEM activities and professional STEM professionals. Cost is only $15 per girl/adult and includes T-shirt and other goodies. Registration will be open January 15, 2018. Register and find full details on the AAUW Virginia Beach Branch website at http://

National Cyber Security by Girl Scout Alumna Lauren Prox I am so proud to be connected to such an active Girl Scout council – GSCCC, a council that was selected to be one of five to help develop the forthcoming Cybersecurity badges that will be available to troops starting September 2018. It was exciting to be invited to Washington D.C., as a Girl Scout alumna from the Council to moderate a very special panel discussion on Cybersecurity and Girl Scout programs on Cybersecurity Day. Palo Alto Networks, a national strategic partner of Girl Scouts of USA, chose Cybersecurity Day on The Hill to announce the partnership and why they were getting onboard with the G.I.R.L. national agenda. Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Nations Capital were invited to participate in special coding and related activities as well. It was an inspiring scene to see Girl Scouts so excited to participate in the activities in hopes of learning some new skills. Personally, those lines of code looked a bit intimidating to me, but those fearless Girl Scouts jumped right into the project. From this activity, the Girl Scouts learned about trace routes and how servers around the world receive digital information from their personal computers. I was pleased to hear that several of the Girl Scouts hope to enter the field of cybersecurity and make the world a better place. Lauren Prox celebrated the completion of her Gold Award Project in 2012. Her project focused on introducing aviation and engineering basics to girls in her community through special workshops she conducted in cooperation with Lowe’s. Lauren is a junior pilot and loves flying! She had the honor of being invited in 2015 to the White House Science Fair and participated in a special discussion session with Vice President Joe Bidden. She was also invited to be a guest speaker at a special reception in Washington D.C. for a Troop Capitol Hill reception. She is now studying engineering at Clemson University in South Carolina.

During the cybersecurity activity, I had the privilege of speaking to GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. Her background is industrial engineering which happens to be my major, so I took full advantage of our time together. Recently, I had been having some troubles getting my voice heard on a project team for one of my industrial engineering courses. I asked Sylvia for some advice on how to ensure my ideas were given the same attention as the other team members’ ideas. She described to me the value of forming connections with other team members and how that would help garner support and, in the end, they may help get your point across. She also stressed the importance of forming alliances with other female team members especially. I took her advice and I’m happy to say it works!

Sylvia offered everyone inspiration and told how her interest in STEM was sparked. Palo Alto Networks CEO Mark McLaughlin talked about his unique career path – from corporate law to CEO – as well as the advice he gave his daughter who is in college. Do what you love! My advice to you? Stay in Girl Scouts, explore and find what you love to do! With Girl Scouts leading the fields of cybersecurity and STEM, the possibilities for your future are endless.

iFly Event February 28 • Virginia Beach All Grades iFly is a great opportunity to get up-close and personal with math, science and engineering. This workshop is filled with incredibly fun lessons you will never forget! To register as a troop/group all participants must register at same time. $33 per person.

As part of their Peanut Butter and Jam series for children, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (VSO) is inviting all heroes and sheroes to come out for a super epic adventure on Saturday, January 27, at 3 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. The VSO, side-by-side with the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, will perform music from your favorite superhero movies! This high-energy concert will have you flying high! Girl Scout groups can receive 10 percent off group tickets when you use the following code when you purchase - GIRLSCOUTS. 33 Winter/Spring

Volunteer Toolkit is a MUST for Girl Scout leaders! You have tools at your fingertips for making your troop year a breeze. The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) gives you everything you need for planning and so much more. This year, we’ve added sixteen new badges and petals (six more than last year) in the VTK, with an option to change an activity that typically occurs indoors to an outdoor activity. This provides girls with more opportunities to get outside and reap the benefits. If you’re not familiar with the VTK, visit our website’s Online Support for Volunteers page.

Adults - Become a Facilitator! Share your passion for Girl Scouts with other volunteers. Sign up for the Effectively Facilitating Adult Learning course. This course focuses on developing facilitation skills that will prepare participants to deliver learning sessions to a group of adult learners.

Cost: Free! Sunday, May 20, 2018 1-6 p.m. Contact for more information.

Petals and badges that now have the outside option include the following: • Three Daisy petals—Rosie (new), Lupe, and Clover • Seven Brownie badges—Fair Play (new), Letterboxer (new), Painting (new), First Aid, Snacks, Making Games, and Senses • Six Junior badges—Drawing (new), Flowers (new), First Aid, Simple Meals, Staying Fit, and Detective.

Say Thank You – Special Awards Consider nominating that special volunteer with the Volunteer of Excellence Award! Anyone can submit a nomination to recognize a leader or other volunteer who is making a difference at a troop level, service unit level or beyond. The award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through the National Girl Scout Program Portfolio or who have made a specific impact in another area of work that helps keep our Girl Scout wheels moving! Reminder - April 22, national Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day, is a great time to say thank you to those volunteers who are engaged with brining our G.I.R.L. experience to girls. Submit a Volunteer of Excellence Award nomination for that special leader!

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Is there a church, school or local business that has helped your troop or service unit? Thank them with a GSCCC Community Award! Once your nomination is submitted and approved, you’ll receive a certificate signed by CEO Tracy Keller to present to your community member. Please allow four weeks from the request date for processing. Find details on both the Volunteer Excellence Award and the Community Award on our GSCCC website’s Recognitions and Awards page.

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A Place for Girls 912 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-547-4405 800-77SCOUT

Peninsula Service Center 894 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601

Elizabeth City Field Center 214 N. Dyer St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Kitty Hawk Field Center 3852 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

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2018 Annual Council Meeting & Awards Breakfast It’s all about the

in Girl Scouts! Saturday, February 10 Chesapeake Conference Center 700 Conference Center Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Schedule 8-8:30 a.m. Check-in 8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast Buffet 9-10:45 a.m. Awards Ceremony 11 a.m.-Noon Networking with displays and exhibits to visit. Discussion groups to attend as well! Noon-2 p.m. Annual Council Meeting

Cost for the breakfast is $15. There is no charge for the Annual Council Meeting. Questions? Contact: Sunny Smith at Deadline to register: February 5, 2018

More Girls More Fun! Grow Grow Your Your Troop Troop & & Win Win

Everyone knows that Girl Scouts is all about making new friends... and keeping the old! And this is the perfect time to round out your troop with some new faces. For every girl you add to your troop between now and January 15, 2018, your troop will be entered into drawings to win fantastic prizes. The more you add, the better your odds of winning! ★ Add one girl and be entered in a drawing for one of twenty $20 shop gift certificates. ★ Add two girls and be entered in a drawing for one of 12 First Aid/CPR classes with EMTA with a BONUS troop first aid kit. ($75 value) ★ Add three girls and be entered in a drawing to send TWO adults to Core Camp for FREE. ($150 value) ★ Add four girls and be entered in a drawing for one lucky adult to attend the adults-only trip to The Birthplace in Savannah, May 3-6, 2018, for FREE. ($550 value) Find tips on how to grow your troop on our Volunteer Connection Blog.

Register for Cookie Madness at Norfolk Scope! March 5 • All grades • Fun Guaranteed!

GSCCC Magazine - Winter 2018  
GSCCC Magazine - Winter 2018  

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