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Spring 2019

News and Program Information from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Family Destinations Summer 2019!

Summer is a time for family fun. Consider adding to your fun by visiting local museums and earning GSCCC explore patches! Patches can be earned by Girl Scouts of all age levels and can be purchased at GSCCC shops.

Explore Nauticus – Admission $13 Come see all the fun and educational exhibits that Nauticus has to offer. Take a self-guided tour of the museum to complete our age-level requirements to earn the patch. Are you a new Daisy? Just complete a total of three activities in the Discover, Connect and Take Action categories. Where can you find a chicken coop on a tugboat? Learn to tie a knot at the knot-tying station and name at least one maritime career that you can share with others after your tour. There’s lots of activities to choose from along your way to earning the patch.

Explore Chrysler Museum – Admission Free Start your visit in the museum’s interactive gallery, The Wonder Studio. Located on the first floor of the Museum, this space is family-friendly. Enjoy three different activities all meant to teach families about the human body. All works of art in this gallery are enclosed in glass to allow you and your family to get as close as you want. Everyone needs a little time making art. Stop in the family gallery where kids of all ages can create a work of art, read a book, build creative structures, and more. You’ll find plenty to do as you meet Discover, Connect and Take Action requirements to earn this patch. Visit the Perry Glass Studio. What is inscribed on the sarcophagus found in the Egyptian Gallery? Create a flier about the museum and present it to your troop and tell about your trip.

Explore the Mariners Museum – Admission $1 We are united as one global community through our shared maritime heritage. Everyone has a tie to the water, whether through career, culture, family, or leisure. Visit the Great Hall of Steam and the Small Craft gallery. This museum will allow you to explore that heritage and do hands-on, Discover, Connect and Take Action, activities.

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


Chair of the Board Barbara Tierney

Chief Executive Officer Tracy Keller

Vice Chair Carolyn Pittman

Treasurer Luis Estrada

Secretary Sunny Smith

Members at Large: Tracy Ashley Susan Blake Ann Campbell Amy Coyne Theresa Dozier Maria Herbert Tricia Hudson

Catherine Magill Maria Mills Lu Ann Klevecz Ellis Pretlow Bonnie Purefoy Rachel Szechtman


On the Cover Meet Girl Scouts Carolina and Marisa Chavez from Suffolk. After seeing how much fun her sister Carolina had as a Girl Scout Brownie, Marisa joined too! Both girls enjoyed going to Camp Apasus last August and are looking forward to the 2019 Girl Scout summer camp season. In addition to enjoying the outdoors, these Girl Scouts love helping in their community and say Girl Scouts gives them that opportunity. This year they visited a senior citizen center and handed out gifts and cards. More important they spent time listening to the seniors talk about their favorite holiday memories. They also collected food for a local food pantry. While Girl Scouts was not a family tradition, the whole family has now gotten involved!





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22 Volunteer Corner 23 Alum Spotlight 25 Alum & Friends Events

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Cooperative Learning = Team Building No matter if you are a member of a troop, troop committee, service team, or on the GSCCC Board of Directors or staff, working as part of a team is important. Team building is one of those things Girl Scouts do best! We’re all about getting everyone to be part of the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ team and making sure that every girl who wants to become a Girl Scout and have the Girl Scout Leadership Experience has that opportunity. Whether it is planning a troop trip, camp outing or a special event, being able to be a good team player is essential to a positive outcome and a good experience for you and the girls we serve.

Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer

Team-building exercises for girls help participants learn more about themselves and one another, build trust and learn to cooperate in different ways. Because we offer a girl-only environment, girls feel more comfortable opening up about themselves and participating in these activities. These exercises also bring diverse groups together, so they become a gateway to a learning experience and puts everyone at ease when it comes to new things and new people. Planning with progression in mind is also important when carrying out a team-building activity. For example, Girl Scout Daisies depend on volunteers to take the lead and guide them, while older girls may be ready to choose and carry out their activities. I recall one of my first team-building activities. Our leader placed us in a circle and asked us to hold hands. We were instructed to keep holding hands and turn the circle inside out, so our backs faced the inside of the circle. Not as easy as it sounds, and certainly not easy for a group of Girl Scout Brownies! With the support and patience of our troop leader, we succeeded. As I progressed through the Girl Scout ranks, team-building activities became more advanced. As a Girl Scout Cadette, our troop planned an adventure trip to a high-ropes course. All was going as planned, until our leader fell and broke her leg! We sprang into action. There were no cell phones back then, so we used our first-aid skills and chose buddy runners to notify the ranger. That’s one team-building exercise I’ll never forget. I also remember being part of a team when it came to planning ceremonies. Whether it was a Scouts Own while on a camping weekend or an investiture ceremony, my troop sisters worked together to create and share these special times. With spring approaching and bridging and camping on troop calendars, consider adding some team-building activities in advance. Take time to help girls be part of the planning process and celebrate as a team! Sincerely,

Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer, GSCCC

Photo One: Tracy (left) bridging from Girl Scout Brownie to Junior Photo Two: Tracy (center) bridging from Girl Scout Cadette to Senior

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Team Games Team-building activities help build a collaborative nature and challenge girls to work together more effectively while improving communication skills and introducing problem solving. Activities can be a great way to start a project or to motivate!

Communication Game This communication game requires girls to form teams of two. Each girl receives an envelope. All the envelopes have the same contents: shapes of various sizes cut out of different colors of paper. The girls in a team sit back to back. One girl is the designer and the other is the copier. The designer makes an image using the shapes and describes the creation to her partner, who then attempts to make an identical image. After the first round, the girls switch roles. The copier can only ask questions that have “Yes” or “No” answers. Upon a determined time, allow the girls to talk freely as they compare results.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Break the group into teams of two or more. Make a list of goofy tasks for each team to do as a group – or a list of items they need to find and record (write down or take a photo). Give the list to each team, along with a deadline by which they must complete all tasks and return to base. Whoever completes the most tasks the quickest, wins! Be sure to put girls or adults who may not know each other well together, so it becomes a bonding exercise and helps break up cliques.

Girl Scout Cadettes Rachel Jankell and Lauren Simms from Troop 759 learned the importance of communications during a teambuilding activity at a troop meeting. Lauren, using a photo of what the pair were to build, instructed Rachel to create a form without the advantage of seeing the photo of what to build!


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Girls Rule! Girls can do anything! Girls rule! The future is female! From T-shirts to water bottles to baseball caps, pro-girl slogans are everywhere these days—but as someone who cares about girls, you should know these catchy phrases aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Take the example of a company that won applause with a girl power–themed commercial in the United States. Just months later, that same company released an ad in a country where women aren’t considered equal. This time, the slogan actually insulted women. Similar to these empty promises are the people painting a picture of girls and boys, men and women as already being equal in today’s society—as though we’re in a post-gender world where girls no longer need extra or differently focused attention and enrichment. How wonderful it would be if that were true—but it’s not. Although girls and young women are completing high school, college, and even graduate school in greater numbers than ever before—even earning more degrees than their male counterparts in many areas, the day-to-day reality for today’s girls is a lot more complicated than that. For instance, while girls are working harder and achieving more academically, they get called on less in class than boys. “A lot of corporations and organizations that want to be seen as championing girls and women simply aren’t,” says Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald. “It’s incredibly telling when someone says they support the development of young girls, but then you find women are virtually excluded from top leadership at that same organization. There’s still a whole lot of work to be done when it comes to giving women and girls equal footing in society. Organizations can say they’re pro-girl all day long, but unless they’re truly investing in girls and helping them get the specific skills and experiences they’ll need in the future, they’re not walking the walk.” Naturally, giving your girl a shirt that says “Girls Run the World” is a lot easier than sitting down with her and actually talking about the inequalities that women and girls—including those of different backgrounds—struggle with. And who doesn’t want to think of their daughter as having equal opportunities to the boys and men in her life? But having these conversations with her, and letting her know you’re committed to helping shape a better world for her (and all of us!), will at least give her the comfort of knowing you’ve got her back.

So what can you do? • If she’s got to have that glittery “Girl Power” shirt, look for ones that support organizations that give back to women and girls. They exist! • Ensure your daughter has a group of supportive girls in her life who can both help her through life’s trials and celebrate her victories with her. • Give her a girl-only space where she can feel safe trying new things and flexing her leadership muscle. • Provide kids—girls and boys!—with a wealth of female role models. If we want to change things, boys need to see women in positions of power, too. • Speak out against sexist behavior, and discuss it with your kids when they witness it in real life or on TV. • Ladies? Model female leadership in your career, community, or both. Guys? Respect and lift up female leaders in both your professional and personal life. Getting to a place where girls truly do run the world isn’t going to happen overnight, and no magic spell or cute slogan on a tote bag is going to get us there. What will? Going beyond the talk to walk the walk, side-by-side with and for girls.

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Volunteer Cassie Bauman is a Girl Scout Innovator! After learning seven-year-old Karrissa wanted to be a Girl Scout but needed help to make it happen, Cassie Bauman didn’t hesitate to answer the call to become a volunteer. She knew that for someone who is deaf, like Karrissa, the world can be a challenging place – for both the child and family. Karrissa and her parents had been trying to find just the right troop for quite a while, when the troop leadership notified them they had a spot in the troop and a volunteer interpreter! The parents and volunteers in Troop 118 consider Cassie heaven-sent, a troop angel. To make it work smoothly, the troop leaders provide troop activity topics and outlines to Cassie ahead of time so that she can research and be prepared. Having Cassie allows them to run the meeting ‘off the cuff’, so they don’t have to stick to a script and provide everything in writing to Karrissa. This helps Karrissa get the full Girl Scout experience. Cassie, who was a Girl Scout as a girl and considers her volunteerism as a way to relive some of those great memories, is the official Girl Scout voice for Karrissa. These days, they are best Cassie showing a photo from 1983 friends. While they may be years apart, the two are close troop buddies. Cassie attends meetings, when she was a Girl Scout at a Thinking special events and plans to go camping with the troop this spring. She signs as the leaders speak Day celebration. and when Karrissa has a question or is ready to contribute, she speaks for Karrissa. Having an interpreter at the troop meetings allows for organic learning where all girls are participating. Karrissa has now learned the Girl Scout Promise and Law and is helping other girls in the troop learn to sign the pledge as well. Cassie has set aside her own family time and coordinates her children’s activities so she can also attend service unit events. She is passionate about her role as an interpreter and is teaching girls and adults in Girl Scouts the importance of understanding the deaf community, being inclusive, and how to share your skills and talents.

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Helping Coast Guard Families Girl Scout Troop 5292 in Suffolk took action in their community by helping Coast Guard families impacted by the government shutdown. They participated in the Help for Hampton Roads Coast Guard Families Food Drive. These go-getters took their service to the next level by continuing to collect food donations to support Coast Guard families even after the food drive ended. The girls learned what it means to give back to their community and how to identify and fill a need. Back-Ava Smith, Troop leader Holly MacCord Because they were Front-Girl Scout Daisies Brooklyn Wilson, able to rotate through Norah MacCord, Caroline Zawodny and tasks as they helped Megan L’Etoile with the food drive, they also learned what it takes to organize and carry out a project. More important, they learned that it’s important to come together in times of need.

STEM Based Journey Pilot Girl Scout Ambassadors from Troop 2119 in Camden, North Carolina participated in a GSUSA Journey pilot. This STEM based journey taught them how to initiate a project and observe its impact. They were taught how to collect data that can influence science research. They also implemented a Take Action project as part of the Journey, creating a bee hotel to provide a stable environment in L to R: Girl Scout Ambassadors Brittany Terrell, their rural community Lexi Infinger, Haley Brown, Jocelyn Warren, for local agriculture. Madison Brown; in back Deborah Verhofstadt Way to go girls!!!

Girl Scouts from Troop 1075 in Gloucester held their second annual food drive and gathered more than 2,600 pounds of food to donate to Bread for Life at Providence Baptist Church. The girls placed collection boxes outside of local businesses to increase their donations. They also used all of the money they made during Fall Product booth sales to buy non-perishable food items to give to their cause. The multi-level troop worked to earn the Savvy Shopper and Comparison Shopper badges.

Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors in Troop 1075 with co-leaders Megan Jenkins and Jessica Capone. Also pictured: Bread for Life volunteers.

Virginia State Capitol Visit Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 1539 visited with Virginia State Delegate Michael Mullin during a visit to Richmond. Delegate Mullin helped them learn about the legislative process and the history of the Virginia Assembly. They were able to get a tour of the House Chambers where they got a close up look at the voting system and then saw it in action. Their perfect day ended with a tour of the Capitol.

Meeting with Delegate Mullin are Girl Scout Cadettes Danielle Struck, Madison Cole, Mary Amelia Wells and Maggie Rosenbaum 8 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast



Design Time

Making the World a Greener Place Girl Scout Junior Addison Steadele from Troop 26 created a “no cookie crumbles” shipping box during the Design Time workshop held at A Place for Girls. Girls were able to learn engineering techniques while having fun creating projects. Participants designed and built catapults, made unique bubble wands with bubble solution, and developed marketing plans to promote their designs.

Girl Scout Junior Addison Steadele

Coats for Families Girl Scouts from Troop 1260 in Newport News participated in Coats for Families with WAVY-TV. The troop ran distribution weekends in December and January where they received coats from participating cleaners and then organized them based on size and gender. More than 200 coats were distributed and extra coats were taken to Newport News Public Schools and Virginia Beach Public School’s Project Hope.

Girl Scout Brownies in Troop 874 with one of the trees they planted in Virginia Beach.

Girl Scout Troop 874 completed the It’s Your World, Change It Journey by making Virginia Beach greener! The girls created a video explaining their Take Action project and asked for tree donations which they later planted. They sent a letter to the Virginia Beach Mayor Dyer, highlighting their efforts and he responded by presenting each girl with a certificate of appreciation. Their first planting was held at the Virginia Beach SPCA, a place where they give a lot of community service hours. Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation Coordinator Sysmi Denson visited the troop and spoke to them about the benefits of planting trees in the city and reviewed with them a map of schools in Virginia Beach that could be helped by this project. The Department committed to purchasing a tree for a school of the troop’s choosing!

Women Take the Wheel Event

Back-Micky Fulghum, Deb Hicks, Erin Schiller, Lena Anderson and Marie Montane Front-Deb O’Donnell, Kimmie Hicks, Sarah Fulghum, Rebecca Schiller, Bailey O’Donnell and Sandy Elder

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Southeast Maritime and Transportation (SMART) Center and Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast partnered for the first annual Women Take the Wheel event. Girls attending learned about skilled career opportunities in trucking, shipbuilding and the maritime Girl Scout Brooke Kral during a demonstration industry. Among those about cargo ships. represented were the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls Industries. Girls loved the hands-on activities where they tied knots, and the interactive exhibits where they used a simulated program to pilot a large vessel. 9 Spring

! s ! s r r e o t t a t v o e n g n I G oMedia Girls Learn Photography Girl Scouts Meet the Night Shift by Media Girl Maureen Keller

Girl Scout Cadette Michelle Parker, Girl Scout Senior Kai CumberbatchSmith, Girl Scout Cadette Brianna Orosco, Girl Scout Cadette Kailey Grey, Girl Scout Senior Elizabeth Huddleston, Girl Scout Cadette Elsa Kinnear (using camera) Girl Scouts discover that a lot of work is taking place while most of us are sleeping.

Meet the Night Shift was a great event for anyone who wanted to learn about what it is like to work at night. Most of the people I met said that they sleep during the day while many kids are in school. Meeting all of the employees at certain places proved to be a challenge because some of the workers were on lunch breaks at 9 p.m.! One of my favorite places to go was the fire station. While I was there, I discovered that they work for 24 hours straight and then have 24 hours off. Some even have to work on Christmas depending on their shift schedule. They have to go through an academy and they have to know how to be firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and medics, because they have to do whatever is needed in the event of an emergency. Because they sleep at the fire station, they learn to be a big family and help each other out with whatever is needed. The next stop was the police dispatch center that has employees who pick up 9-1-1 calls and get information to send to first responders. We met two police officers, one was a volunteer officer. They told us all of the interesting things they get to do and the training they have to go through - a six to nine month training depending on the position. We also made a quick stop at the Chesapeake Regional Hospital. The last place we visited was the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) traffic center. It is a very secure place. They are connected to police and fire departments to stay up-to-date on accidents. I had a great time and want to thank Chef Dedra at Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio for making sure we didn’t go hungry during the event!

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GSCCC Media Girls had an opportunity to meet and learn from Kesha Williams, a photojournalist for The Daily Advance. The girls learned about different types of photos and what makes a good image for use in media outlets. These go-getter Girl Scouts put their knowledge to the test with a mini photoshoot featuring Girl Scout Cookies!

Taking Action-Road Repair Girl Scouts in Troop 208 earned their Girl Scout Bronze Awards by working with residents in their neighborhood to get the roads fixed in their community. The girls interviewed neighbors to see just how important it was that the roads be repaired and collected more than 250 signatures to send to Delegate Convirs-Fowler. She was impressed with the girls’ work and invited them to a session at the Capitol Building in Richmond where they met and talked with other Virginia delegates.

Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 208, pictured with Legislative Assistant B.A. Ciccolella (far left) and Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler (center)

! s ! r s r e e k d a a t e L k Ris GSCCC’s National Gold Award Girl Scout Nominees Congratulations to Girl Scout Ambassadors Savannah Bowers, Ariel Hofman and Kaylee Keegan who were all selected by GSCCC as nominees for the National Gold Award Girl Scout recognition. They will compete with Gold Award Girl Scouts from across the nation. If they are chosen, they will receive scholarships and be national spokespersons for the Gold Award! Savannah Bowers’ Gold Award project, Abuzz for Honey Bees, helped spread awareness about the importance of honey bee conservation. Through her project, she targeted the environmental issue of the declining Savannah Bowers Ariel Hofman Kaylee Keegan population of honey bees by focusing on educating teachers, parents, and elementary school students. Savannah developed a curriculum that included lesson plans, games, a website, and a pollinator garden for an interactive experience. Her curriculum was presented to local and national organizations to widen the scope of her project. The Abuzz for Honey Bees’ project will be sustained beyond Savannah’s involvement through the organizations that AHB has partnered with. “Although my curriculum targets elementary school students, parents, and educators, it will benefit everyone in the United States. Everyone depends on honey bees in order to eat and the countless uses for honey bee products,” she said. Ariel’s project, Sheltering Native Bees, focused on promoting native pollinators, in particular, the Mason bee. Ariel made 12 bee shelters and placed them around the community. According to Ariel, the Mason bee is a great one to support because they barely sting and when they do, it is barely noticeable- it is comparable to a mosquito bite. The Mason bees are three-times more efficient pollinators than non-native honey bees. There is no upkeep for the shelters because the bees are independent and do not make honey to harvest. In addition to the shelters, Ariel made signs to explain what the bee shelters are, how they work, their importance and how locals can make a simplified version for their yards. Ariel targeted local citizens of all ages, genders and socio-economic levels. She wanted to capture the attention of those who visited state parks or take walks in their neighborhoods. Throughout her project, Ariel discovered that she had the ability to lead despite being a quiet person and learned being flexible is just one part of being a good leader. Kaylee Keegan used her Gold Award project to inspire others to take action when it comes to their mental health. For her project, Break the Stigma, Kaylee addressed the lack of education and readily available resources surrounding mental health issues. Kaylee created visibly labeled bookshelves filled with informational pamphlets on mental health for students to bring home to their families in order to start a conversation about the subject. Kaylee also created a public service announcement to be played on the morning announcements at her school to inform the student body of the resources that were in the library and also posted the PSA on her social media and YouTube. “Mental health is an issue that impacts my friends and me. Some suffer from anxiety and others from depression,” she said. Kaylee was also recognized by VFW Post 4809 for her Gold Award Project!

A Silver Garden Congratulations to Girl Scout Cadette Abigael Selkirk for earning the Girl Scout Silver Award. For her project, she planted and managed a vegetable garden at Community United Methodist Church. Through this project, she produced more than 1,000 pounds of vegetables and fruits for over 100 families! She has been a Girl Scout member for eight years and a GSCCC Media Girl for three years. She loves doing community service and has helped this year with an oyster conservation project with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Abigael Selkirk

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Girl Scout Legislative Days While being the best leadership experience for girls is of prime importance, Girl Scouts also take on the responsibility to share this expertise with a larger community – locally, on a state level and federally, helping ensure that all girls have the support they need to succeed and that girls’ voices are heard. That’s why Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast joins other councils who serve girls both in Virginia and North Carolina, the two states where our jurisdiction falls, to carry out Legislative Day events. Our goal is to have Girl Scouts viewed as a thought leader and expert on girl policy issues and bring attention to the need for: increased girls’ involvement in STEM, strengthening of girls’ entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills, expanded access to outdoor experiences and ways to prevent relational aggression and improved ways to build healthy communications within our schools and communities. GSCCC members who participate in these special days include the CEO, Board Chair, Board Advocacy Committee Chair and several other members from the Advocacy Committee, along with select girls on leadership tracks.

Virginia Legislative Day Girl Scout Cookies were served and conversations were held with legislators at an open house during Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day on February 28. The open house was followed by an introduction in the House by Delegates and by Girl Scout Alum Cheryl Turpin and in the Senate by Senator John Cosgrove. In addition to speaking with legislators, Virginia Girl Scout Councils launched a new statewide patch program - Explore American Evolution, Virginia to America. Kristin Ritchey, Statewide Engagement Coordinator for the American Evolution 2019 Commemoration, spoke at a special reception where the patch was unveiled. Created in collaboration with the Commemoration agency, this patch helps Girl Scouts Discover, Connect and Take Action in recognition of the 400th anniversary of events in Virginia which continue to define America.

GSCCC Program Director Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer with Statewide Engagement Coordinator Kristin Ritchey.

Plan a trip to a historical site this summer and earn the New American Evolution Patch! You can find all the details on Patch Programs at

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Civic Badges

Girl Scouts Emily Weaver, Elsa Kinnear and Kai Cumberbatch-Smith with Senator DeSteph at the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day event. Senator DeSteph purchased 200 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to distribute to fellow legislators!

Encouraging girls to speak up and advocate for the issues and ideas important to them has always been part of Girl Scouts. In fact, even before women could vote in the United States, Girl Scouts could earn the Citizen badge by displaying their knowledge of government and how to get involved! Today’s Girl Scout civic badges help engage girls in age-appropriate activities involving community service, public policy, government, voting, and more. You can find details on the Volunteer Toolkit!

North Carolina Legislative Day The North Carolina Girl Scout Legislative Day fell on March 12, the Girl Scouts’ birthday! Acknowledgements and proclamation readings were done in both the House and the Senate. Members in attendance also visited with Gold Award Girl Scout Chief Justice Cheri Beasley who presented them with a proclamation signed by Governor Roy Cooper recognizing the 107th Girl Scout Anniversary.

Girl Scouts Celebrate the 107th Anniversary On March 12, 1912, the Girl Scout Movement began in Savannah, Georgia. It was initiated by Juliette Gordon Low, whose life mission was to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Over 50 million women alive today were Girl Scouts in their youth-including 60 percent of women in the current Congress and every female secretary of state in U.S. history! This year, we asked leaders in our community to help us celebrate and honor Girl Scouts by issuing proclamations in counties and cities.

GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and Board Chair Barbara Tierney with Gold Award Girl Scout Chief Justice Cheri Beasley!

North Carolina Legislative Day Events Girl Scout Cadettes Mackenzie Hunt, and Emily Weaver with Suffolk Mayor Linda Johnson, Girl Scout Ambassador Peyton Hunt and Girl Scout Daisy Irie Snow during the proclamation presentation.

Girl Scout teens who took part in North Carolina Legislative Day, Hailey Richardson, Cheyenne Wikkerink, Bethany French, Kilani Conte and Maria Jackson, toured the Legislative Library with librarian and Girl Scout alum Kelsey Lewis. They were able to view and handle state legislative books from the early 1800s and read about current bills, including a bill asking for the Loggerhead Turtle be named the state’s saltwater reptile!

Girl Scout Junior Carmen Davis, Mayor Parker and Girl Scout Junior Brianna Waff at the Elizabeth City Council Meeting on March 11.

Hampton Youth Government Day A few Girl Scouts were able to be City Planners with the City of Hampton during Hampton Youth Government Day. They were involved in activities that led them in designing their own cities. They also gave input into Hampton’s 2040 Community Plan. Part of their learning experience was exploring some of the city Girl Scout Cadette Niaya Willis during a photo safari using the from Troop 1038 and Girl Scout Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) Ambassador Tenille Fields from buses, comparing Hampton of Troop 4020 while planning their city. years past to today and then into the future. Many thanks to Girl Scout alum and Famous Former Katherine Glass who serves as Hampton’s City Clerk and helped organize the event.

Girl Scouts from Troops 267, 382, 655 and 759 led the pledge at Chesapeake City Council meeting on March 12 and received a proclamation recognizing Girl Scouts’ 107th anniversary from Mayor Rick West.

Hampton Mayor Donnie R. Tuck shared his chair with Girl Scout Brownie Sophia DeVires during a proclamation ceremony.

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Annual Council Meeting Every Girl, Everywhere, Every Opportunity! New GSCCC Board Officers were installed at this year’s Annual Council Meeting (ACM) held on February 2 at the Hampton Convention Center. They included GSCCC Board Chair Barbara Tierney, Vice-Chair Carolyn Pittman, and newly elected Board Treasurer Luis Estrada. They joined the following installed members: Tricia Hudson, Ann Campbell, Amy Coyne, Theresa Dozier, Tracy Ashley, Maria Herbert, Catherine Magill, Maria Mills, Lu Ann Klevecz, Ellis Pretlow, Rachel Szechtman, Bonnie Purefoy and Susan Blake. A revision in the GSCCC Bylaws was also part of this year’s ACM agenda. Passing by a majority, the changes approved will result in more meaningful involvement by delegates and an increased level of transparency of the board of directors. With the revisions, the role of the delegate will be empowered within the governance process as they have representation at board of directors’ meetings and committee meetings. There will also be increased opportunities for girl involvement. In addition, the Council will now have a self-perpetuating board of directors. Overall, the bylaw changes create opportunities for stronger volunteer and girl voices and participation at the highest level of governance. Guests enjoyed hearing past National GSUSA Board Chair Connie Lindsey give the keynote address. She spoke about the importance of our Girl Scout legacy, and the girl-led program offered by Girl Scouts.

Newly elected GSCCC Board Chair Barbara Tierney with past National GSUSA Board Chair Connie Lindsey

2019 Awards Luncheon Dorothy Barber Lifetime Achievement Award Carolyn Abron-McCadden This award is presented to a person whose ongoing commitment, leadership and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire Council or Girl Scout Movement. Carolyn is a lifetime Girl Scout who has lived her life using the Girl Scout Promise and Law as a compass. She has impacted so many lives through her volunteerism - as a leader, board member, advocate and philanthropist. As a Girl Scout alum, she has many fond memories of her time in Girl Scouts. Carolyn began her Girl Scout experience as a Brownie in Memphis, Tennessee where her mom was her troop leader. She continued in Girl Scouts through high school and returned when her daughter was old enough to become a Girl Scout Brownie. Over the years, Carolyn has been involved as a troop leader, trainer, board member, board chair and advisor. She continues to be a strong supporter of Girl Scouts and helps introduce and connect key community leaders to our Movement.

Thanks Badge II Award Susan Ramsland This award is the highest Girl Scout national award presented to an adult who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, which resulted in a measurable impact benefiting the entire Girl Scout Movement. Susan is a lifetime Girl Scout who has been a volunteer in Girl Scouts for 25 years. Currently, she is at the helm of the Lynnhaven Shores Service Unit and is an active member on the GSCCC Gold Award Committee. She has mentored many adults in her service unit and has supported fundraising projects that have benefited Council camp properties. She also mentors many girls on their way to earning the Gold Award. Known for her attention to detail and ability to organize, she is an excellent workshop leader for the Go Gold Workshop classes. She has also given her talent to overseeing and helping create workshop materials. In addition, she facilitates riskmanagement courses for the Council. Making a difference every day is her motto!

Appreciation Pin Recipients

GSCCC Board Members installed at Annual Council Meeting were: Bonnie Purefoy, Lu Ann Klevecz, Ann Campbell, Carolyn Pittman, Luis Estrada, Barbara Tierney - with CEO Tracy Keller and Board Secretary Sunny Smith. GSCCC Board Members not pictured were: Tricia Hudson, Amy Coyne, Theresa Dozier, Tracy Ashley, Maria Herbert, Catherine Magill, Maria Mills, Ellis Pretlow, Rachel Szechtman and Susan Blake. 14 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Tricia Armstrong Stephanie Bahr Mara Bates Cynthia Espana Nancy Finn Melissa Graham Lisa Koon Lisa McIvor DeLevay “Dee” Miner

Heather Moore Amanda Morris Kimberly Peltonen Christian “Crissy” Pittman Shannon Sixbey Kristina Stephens Wanda Thompson-Rodgers Jamie Tomlinson

Honor Pin Recipient Jennifer Moose

Rollout of New Lifetime Membership Benefits Has Begun! GSUSA is excited to share that, as of January 24, 2019, $25 of lifetime membership dues automatically fund one year of Girl Scout membership for an underserved girl at your council.

Renew Today!

Other benefits include: • Lifetime membership card • Lifetime membership pin—available spring 2019 • 10% off Girl Scout merchandise purchased online • Invitation to join an annual call for lifetime members hosted by GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo • Invitations to exclusive local and national events (varies by council location) • Monthly enewsletter for Girl Scout alums • Opportunity to purchase Girl Scouts of the USA’s exclusive lifetime membership scarf—available summer 2019

Now is the perfect time to commit to another year of Girl Scouts! Renew today, save your spot, and get rewarded! We’ll be announcing incentives on our Facebook so be sure to friend us! While the 2019/20 Girl Scout Year begins October 1, we’re so excited about next year that we’re offering some incredible incentives to renew early! Like they say “the early bird gets the worm.” You won’t want to miss these incentives. We’ve started our incentive campaign off with our First Day Patch that everyone received FREE when they registered on April 1, 2019. Check out the winning patch created by Girl Scout Daisy Ella Dow from Troop 1422.

Do you have another girl in your family ready to jump into the Girl Scout adventure? She can register now and get a head start! Her next step, powered by Girl Scouts. With so many new experiences to conquer and lessons to learn as she steps into this new phase of her life, a trusted partner and all-things-girl expert like Girl Scouts is exactly what your girl needs to succeed in and out of the classroom.

Text DAISY to 59618 to have valuable tips and activities emailed to you, or visit Text STOPGS to stop receiving emails or HELPGS for help. Message and data rates apply.

Girls interested in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award will need to attend the Go Gold workshop. During the workshop, girls will learn how to successfully plan and carry out a Gold Award project, and learn to identify the root cause of an issue they want to address.

PLUS! All incentives are cumulative, so the earlier a girl is renewed, the sweeter the reward! We didn’t forget about service units! There will be incentives coming your way, too! If the incentives weren’t enough, register early for the convenience! For most parents and volunteers, the fall can get pretty busy with back to school business. When you renew membership early, that’s one less thing to worry about come August! You and your girls can just jump right into the fun and excitement of a new year!

Go Gold Workshops Help Girls Earn Highest Girl Scout Award! May 11 June 23 July 10 August 24 September 22

First Christian Church, Hampton A Place for Girls, Chesapeake Wycliffe Presbyterian, Virginia Beach First Christian Church, Hampton A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

1 - 3 p.m. 2 - 4 p.m. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 1 - 3 p.m. 2 - 4 p.m.

Gold Proposal Interview Dates May 4 June 6 July 13 August 1 September 7

Wycliffe Presbyterian, Virginia Beach A Place for Girls, Chesapeake Peninsula Service Center, Newport News Wycliffe Presbyterian, Virginia Beach A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

Submit Gold Proposal:

9 a.m. 6 p.m. 9 a.m. 6 p.m. 9 a.m. Register no less than 2 weeks prior to desired interview date. The Colonial Coast Gold Award Committee will contact you to schedule the interview.

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One-of-a-kind adventures! POWERED BY GIRL SCOUTS DATE



PRICE *event patch

May 18 May 19 May 25 June 02 July 13-14

Explore the Evolution of Virginia, Jamestown Girl Scout Skills Day, APFG Strawberry Festival Parade, Pungo World Environment Day, APFG National Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

5/1/19 5/6/19 5/15/19 5/15/19 6/28/19

$15* $10* $3* TBA TBA


LEGEND ❧ This is a girl only event. One Girl Scout registered adult may be asked to stay to meet ratios but does not pay. ❧ This is a family friendly event. All must pay to attend. ❧ This is a girl and adult only event. Both must pay to attend.

Disney’s The Lion King, May 29 – June 9, 2019 at Chrysler Hall. Group rates available.

The BEST Camp Just For Girls! Registration closes May 15! For locations, session details and dates, visit Camper forms due May 15.

Serving girls K-12


2019-2020 9/28 Chesapeake Healthy Living Awareness - J/C/S/A 10/5 10/11 10/25 11/2 11/7 11/23 12/14 1/4 1/11 1/11 1/18 1/18 1/19 1/20 1/26 1/29 2/1 2/8 2/15 2/16 3/8 3/14 3/15 3/21 3/28 3/28 4/4 4/24 4/25 4/26 5/3 5/16

International Day of the Girl - All Grades Space Science - D/B Space Science - J Jr Achievement-Career Shadowing - S/A International Girls Day – ODU & W&M - All Grades Young Audience of VA - B/J/C Young Adult Soiree - C/S/A Cookie Kickoff - All Grades Explore Military Pride Patch Event - D/B/J Explore Military Pride Patch Event - C/S/A -Sleepover BFF Samaritan House - D/B/J Safe Relationships - C/S/A Glassblowing - S/A Jr Achievement - Cadettes Glassblowing - S/A Cinderella Opera - All Grades UFC Fight Like Girl - All Grades Techbridge-Power It Up - B/J & C/S/A Glassblowing - J only Glassblowing - C only Glassblowing - D only Financial Literacy - Chartway - D/B Glassblowing - B only Journey Day - D/B Little Pharmacy School - D/B/J Big Medical School - C/S/A Author In You - All Grades Space Science - C/S/A Techbridge Thrill Builders - All Grades Love Your Pets - D/B/J Diversity Dialogue Day - J/C/S/A Girl Fest–Vote Fest! - All Grades

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Earn a new patch or TWO this summer! New American Evolution Explore Patch GSCCC has joined other Virginia Girl Scout councils, in collaboration with the 2019 American Evolution Commemoration, in the development of a special patch – Explore American Evolution Virginia to America. Girls can complete Discover, Connect and Take Action requirements to earn the patch, such as plan a trip to a historical site highlighted on the Virginia History Trail or complete the interactive quiz found on the 2019 American Evolution Commemoration website. You can find all the requirements and details on the patch at – Patch Programs page.

New GSCCC Patch That Celebrates Families At Girl Scouts we love our families and their support of building girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. In order to recognize their contributions to your Girl Scout experience, GSCCC has developed a new My Family Loves Girl Scouts patch! Registered adults in your family can complete at least four of the requirements during the year or one special requirement to earn the patch. Patches will be available for purchase in our shops.

Back by popular demand...

The Camp Theme Contest! June 1-Sept. 15 Find details under the camp tab at Camp 2019 Theme Contest Winners Go Green by Melody Smart STEAM Through History by Mackenzie Koman



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Hanging Out in the Wilderness! by Girl Scout Volunteer Bonnie Taylor

High Adventures!

Registered Girl Scout adults are welcome to sign up and participate!

Girl Scout Wild Things Events Hammock Camping - Powhatan State Park June 7-9, 2019

McAfee Knob, Dragons Tooth and Tinker Cliffs July 15-19, 2019

Lake Drummond Canoe Camping Sept 6-8, 2019

Bike Camping to False Cape State Park Sept 20-22, 2019

Fall Backpacking Oct 18-2, 2019

Turkey Cook / Hammock Hang Nov 15-17, 2019 Questions and registration, email Bonnie Taylor at:

Blazing Blue Herons

Have you ever wanted to come and hang out in the wilderness? Really hang out, like sleep in hammocks? The Wild Things do just that. We offer a high-adventure pathway for Girl Scouts 12 years of age and older. Girls can try backpacking, canoe camping, bike camping, hammock camping, rappelling and just about any other way you could think of to camp. Our leaders are trained in Wilderness First Aid, members of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and many are retired military. We are a well-trained team! Did you know that two Council camps have hammock sites? That’s right! Camp Darden and Camp Skimino each have hammock-only sites available for rent. Don’t have your own hammock? No problem, each camp has a small supply to lend. If you’re coming on a Wild Things adventure, we have supplies you can request for use. Hammock camping is a fun, easy and relaxing way to get outside. You need a hammock, an under quilt, a top and a tarp (to keep rain and dew off) and a bug net (to keep the critters off). Visit our website for more details and join our Facebook page! The Wild Things of GSCCC is calling YOU!

Even if you have never canoed before, the Blazing Blue Herons canoe team is looking for you. Girls in grades 6–12 are invited to practice and compete. The group is based at Camp Apasus in Norfolk and practices weekly on Sundays during the fall and spring to prepare for their race season in May and June. This spring, the team will travel once again to New York to participate in the General Clinton Canoe Regatta! They took home awards last year – and the year before, so we’re expecting another award-winning spring in 2019. Plan ahead and start your Girl Scout year with the Blazing Blue Herons in September 2019, that’s when they start a new practice season and is the best time to join. Visit their website at

Blazing Blue Herons Recruitment Meeting September 8, 2019 from 12-4 p.m. A Place for Girls Interested in joining our canoe team? Come by for more information and to sign up! July 13-14 National Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

If a challenge is what you desire, then caving is for you! Come with us to the hills of West Virginia for the adventure of a lifetime. Explore our world underground! Girls must have had their 12th birthday by the time of the event. Adult Caving Trip 2019 - June 20-23 Family and Friends 2019 Trip - August 1-4 Fall 2019 Caving Trip - October 24-27

Want to get a taste of what caving is all about? Sign up for Cracks, Crevices and Crawlways! January 25 or 26, 2020 This event is held inside the Enmeier Center at Camp Skimino in Williamsburg. Through the use of simulated caves, girls get to put on gear and explore the darkness that they will find in caves. Workshops include an amazing slide show of past trips, exhibit of gear and team-building activities. Girls ages nine and up may participate.

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“If you want a different result, make a different choice!”

GSCCC Employee Enfinity Dickerson Teaches Girls to Focus on Gratitude! For some girls, finding a Girl Scout troop and getting the support needed to join isn’t easy. Their families may not have the resources or ability to make that happen for their daughters. To add to the burden, most of these girls are attending schools that are overtaxed and struggling to serve families in distressed neighborhoods, and those students who need extra help to succeed may not be getting it. Thanks to Girl Scouts, the odds are getting better for many girls at these schools. They can participate in special series programming during the school day that helps them improve academically and raise their emotional score card. One of those locations is Cradock Middle School in Portsmouth.

Community Support

On this day, the classroom at Cradock Middle School where Girl Scouts meet looks like any other classroom. A chalkboard at the front and posters taped to the wall with positive and inspiring messages like, “if you want a different result, make a different choice.” Unlike a typical classroom with desks in rows, this classroom has desks assembled in a circle. The atmosphere is informal and girls are chatting. Old Dominion University student Enfinity Dickerson, an intern with the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, is in charge and leading this five-week mindfulness series. Her goal is to help girls build inner strength and healthy communication skills. Today’s activity is a self-reflective exercise focused on gratitude.

Without gifts from foundations and others, many programs and services offered by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast would not have the support necessary to make them successful. In 2019, a $10,000 gift from SunTrust Foundation was received to help girls gain financial literacy skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program and $25,000 was received from the Beazley Foundation which is helping support programming in South Hampton Roads through our community outreach initiatives.

“If you want to come out of a bad space, if you’re drained, if you’ve been around someone who upset you, you can change how you feel by looking at the good things you have,” she says to the girls who are now quiet and listening. “Giving thanks and saying thanks can change your day. If you wake up each morning and spend time giving thanks, you will find yourself having a much better day. Giving thanks, whether for what we have or thanking others, is not just something we talk about and do because our parents tell us to say thank you and be polite. We do it because it makes a difference.” 18 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

While Enfinity hands out journal paper for the girls to complete, the buzz of talk starts up again. Markers and crayons are distributed to decorate the sheets and the girls begin to talk about what and who they are grateful for – names they will place on their journal pages. A girl named Olivia pops out of her seat and hands Enfinity a strip of paper with a heart on it and the message, “I’m thankful for you.” Enfinity gives her a grin and thanks her. When asked how this series was chosen, Enfinity explains that community partners or schools choose a series topic based on their needs. Some want activities that will help girls explore issues such as relational aggression – a type of bullying, while others, like the one Enfinity did at Bettie Williams Elementary School, want a STEM focused series. The STEM series offers activities that include Snap Circuits, Cubelets and Legos as a way to explore engineering. At the Boys and Girls Club in Elizabeth City, Enfinity led a group in a cybersecurity series where they learned how to spot cybercrime and were instructed on ways to remain safe on the internet. No matter what the series, GSCCC counts on donors and gifts to deliver these special programs. The series being offered at Cradock Middle is being funded through a grant from the Beazley Foundation. Just as they opened their session with a Girl Scout tradition, reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law, they end today with a Girl Scout friendship circle. They hold hands, one hand crossed over the other, and then take turns telling what they are thankful for. One girl gives the names of at least six family members and another says she is thankful for her teachers. The last girl, before the group unfolds their crisscrossed hands to turn the circle inside out, says “I’m thankful for Girl Scouts.”

Learning about healthy relationships and how to communicate effectively was part of the Girl Scout mindfulness series presented to teen girls at Cradock Middle School. Since joining Girl Scouts and participating in the series, teens Destiny Knight and Amayah Cox have become good friends and plan to remain in Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts Introduced to Cybersecurity! Girl Scouts Kenya Lee and Makenzie Jones participated in the cybersecurity program series offered through GSCCC’s Community Troop initiative at the Boys and Girls Club in Portsmouth. The girls did an activity of fingerprinting as part of a lesson on document fingerprinting which is used in cybersecurity where files with data have text strings that are unique identifiers, much like human fingerprints that identify individual people. Do you have time to volunteer for a shortterm role helping Community Troops? Contact Tameika Hopkins, GSCCC Community Troop Manager at Girl Scouts Kenya Lee and Makenzie Jones learn about fingerprinting 19 Spring

Decoding the Digital Girl Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast announces the release of a new study, Decoding the Digital Girl: Defining and Supporting Girls’ Digital Leadership, conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI). The GSRI surveyed close to 2,900 girls and boys ages 5–17 and their parents to learn more about girls’ digital leadership, the role of parents and caregivers in this domain, and any differences in digital leadership between girls and boys. “The world is technology driven and girls are using it in every aspect of their lives,” CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Tracy Keller said. “We are now able to share data with educators, stakeholders and others that confirms girls want to – and are - pursuing leadership skills in many ways. They are connecting with others digitally, sharing what they’re learning and advancing what they believe in, such as social causes, through online action. This comes naturally to Girl Scouts who are immersed in digital programming including earning cyber-security badges, learning how to code and create apps, program websites, and becoming digital entrepreneurs through our Digital Cookie® platform.” In citing differences between girls’ and boys’ tech use, the study also suggests how adults can better support their girls’ digital leadership development. For one, interviews with parents who participated in the study show that they treat their daughters and sons differently when it comes to tech use, often putting stricter parameters on daughters’ digital engagement. Additionally, many parents and caregivers report that their sons figure out new tech on their own, whereas their daughters learn tech from someone else. In addition, girls in lower-income households may be missing out on valuable digital learning experiences. With less access to computers and devices (laptops, desktops, and tablets), they are less likely than their higher-income peers to participate in educational activities online and less likely to become digital leaders overall. Decoding the Digital Girl puts data behind the possibilities for girls’ digital leadership—leadership that can continue to benefit our community and beyond—illustrating the need for society to support and expand digital access and opportunities for all girls!

To register, contact Eileen at:

Girl Scouts were included in the study to help gauge how effectively Girl Scouts develops female leaders in the digital space. The data shows that: • Girl Scouts are more likely to be digital leaders than boys and non–Girl Scout girls (64% vs. 50% of boys and 43% of non–Girl Scout girls). • Girl Scouts particularly stand out when it comes to connecting to social issues and causes online (72% vs. 51% of non– Girl Scout girls) and connecting others to social causes through technology (63% vs. 37% of non–Girl Scout girls). • The study reports that girls match boys in digital leadership overall with 52 percent of girls and 50 percent of boys qualifying as digital leaders. There are, however, some specific gender-based differences that highlight girls’ tech strengths, including the findings that girls are more likely than boys to use technology to create (e.g., make videos using apps and online programs), to discover a new talent or interest, and to engage in educational activities, such as playing games for learning purposes (compared to boys, who are more likely to play online games for fun).

Travel with Girl Scouts! If you’re a girl who will be 13 by July of 2021, then you can apply for this awesome trip – Charting the Galapagos Islands! We’ll be taking a journey to the equator and exploring the wonders of Ecuador— including the Galápagos Islands, some 620 miles off the country’s Pacific coastline. We are anticipating the beginning cost to be $4,800 and it will take place in July of 2021. GSCCC has received a Destination grant from Girl Scouts of the USA to help with the cost of some of the applicants. Email our travel coordinator at to get details of the trip and financial assistance availability.

Trip Highlights! Two sightseeing tours led by a Tour Director; comprehensive sightseeing of natural attractions; entrance fees to Santo Domingo Monastery, Intinan Museum, Charles Darwin Research Station; Salsa dance lessons! All of the details are covered: Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach; internal flights; boat; 7 overnight stays in hotels with private bath rooms; breakfast and dinner daily; 3 meals on days 3-5. 20 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Congratulations to the 2019 Top 10 Cookie Sellers GIRL SCOUT


Danielle Stowell Makiyah Murray Maureen Keller Jasmine Barbour-Bassett Sariyah Vann Abigael Selkirk Audrina Wilkins Lorelei Timmons Alexis Vann Makenzie Tutone

GSCCC Girl Scouts rocked the theme for this year’s cookie season!

4,468 4,288 4,047 3,867 3,400 3,006 2,950 2,911 2,765 2,550

2019 Cookie Classic Run On your mark, get set, go! It was off and running for another fun-filled Cookie Classic Run this year that took place at the Great Dismal Swamp in Chesapeake with about 400 participants racing to get to the finish line. This was the fifth year for the Run, growing in popularity since starting in 2014. Since the start, there have been a key group of dedicated volunteers who keep it going: Kevin Wilkinson, Lisa McIvor and Mara Bates.

Many thanks to all our girls, caregivers and volunteers who helped make this year’s cookie season a BOLD success.

Over 1.5 MILLION Boxes Sold! Girl Scout Seniors Kiana Lawson and Emily Andrews from Troop 662 in Virginia Beach were busy this cookie season as Cookie Captains! They helped at the Cookie Classic Run, at troop meetings and during cookie delivery in Virginia Beach – pushing through the rain and cold that hit us that day! Thanks, girls!

Along with organizing the event, the volunteers also secured many of the sponsors and were the “hands on deck” the day of the event. Thanks to the hard work of these volunteers and others who supported the event through their volunteerism or participation, the run resulted in a gift of $14,279 dollars to the Council! Proceeds will help the Council deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Next year’s Cookie Classic Run has been scheduled for January 25. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer to help and to be a sponsor. Those interested, should email Girl Scouts in Troop 176 at a cookie booth located at Norfolk Commissary with Norfolk Fire Departments Truck #2.

We loved the Uniform to Uniform campaign!

Many thanks to Lisa McIvor, Kevin Wilkinson and Mara Bates who helped to raise $14,279 as part of the Cookie Classic Run! The check was presented to GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller at the conclusion of the race.

As part of this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program, troops were invited to take photos at their cookie booths with our friends in uniform – the Uniform to Uniform campaign! Through this campaign, uniformed police officers and firefighters were invited to visit Girl Scouts at their cookie booths throughout the area. The goal was to give girls an opportunity to learn about the work of these amazing women and men and what they do in our community – and to help support our Girl Scouts during this special time of year! Patches were available to Girl Scouts to recognize participation.

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Volunteer CORNER

Carolene Goodwyn-Harris Receives Exemplar Award!

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. It's a defining moment when a girl becomes aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. And most of all, it should be designed by the girls in true partnership with adults.

Past GSCCC Board Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris was recognized on April 7 with the Exemplar Award, an award created by Hampton Roads Gazeti, an area newspaper and voice for nonprofits. This award is a way for community service nonprofits to publicly recognize and say “thank you” to volunteers who go the extra distance. In addition to this community award, Carolene also received the Girl Scout Carolene Goodwyn-Harris Thanks Badge Award at this year’s Annual Council Awards Luncheon!

Bridging ceremonies usually take place at the end of the Girl Scout year; however, some troops wait until the beginning of a new year. The ceremony should have three parts: • Opening: Guests are welcomed and the tone is set. • Main section: The ceremony is explained and the girls celebrate moving from one level to the next. Candles, poems, or special readings can make this section special. • Closing: Girls can participate in friendship circles and a song, ending by thanking guests.

Carolene became active with Girl Scouts more than ten years ago when she volunteered on the Council’s Marketing Committee. She also spent several years on the GSCCC Board of Directors, accepting the Board Chair position in 2016. She accomplished much during her two-year term, including helping develop a long-range property plan that resulted in a new ranger home at Camp Darden and added adventure elements at both Camp Darden and Camp Skimino!

Each of the ceremony's parts offers plenty of room for the girls' creativity and individuality. The ceremony should always focus on paying tribute to Girl Scouts as they move forward. Be sure to visit to view the requirements for a bridging award.

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Celebrate National Girl Scout Bridging Week In MAY! Get details and ideas on GSCCC Blog!

Come “Bridge With GSCCC” on May 5 at Camp Darden. We’ll have some fun bridging activities. Look for details on our GSCCC events page.

Get Your Bridging Kits! Bridging is a special time for a Girl Scout. Bridging Kits can make it simple for volunteers. There are kits for each Girl Scout age level. Example: Bridge to Girl Scout Brownie $7

• Bridging Award Patch • Bridging Certificate • Membership Star & Disc • Bridging Pencil • Bridging Patch

Girl Scout Ambassador Lily Tomlinson, Devin Tucker, and GSCCC Public Relations Manager Courtney Herrick

Girl Scout Cadette and Media Girl Emily Weaver with Co-host of WTKR Coast Live April Woodard where Emily promoted cookie season.

Girl Scout Ambassador and Media Girl Lily Tomlinson recently talked on air with Radio DJ, Devin Tucker, in an installment of Hampton Roads Perspectives, broadcasted by Entercom radio. A shout out to Girl Scout Cadette and Media Girl Emily Weaver who helped promote Girl Scout Cookies on a segment of Coast Live on WTKR!

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Alum Spotlight: Laurie Tibbetts by ODU Intern Sydney DeLuca

What motivated you to be a Girl Scout? My mom pushed me to join because I needed something different and fun to do. All of my cousins were Girl Scouts and my aunt was a troop leader. Back in the day, we also had really funky uniforms. Being able to wear that uniform gave me a sense of pride.

What was your most memorable moment as a Girl Scout? I was a Girl Scout for five years and I loved camping and earning badges. I especially loved earning the Native American Lore badge. Back then I remember it was a lot of research and I got it! I was pretty happy with myself.

How have you been involved as a Girl Scout alum? I work for the school system as a special education administrator. Usually, I have seven or eight schools assigned to me at one time and most of them are Title I. One day I thought to myself “oh my gosh, we have to offer them [the girls] something to show them that there is more out there than just South Norfolk.” So, I came to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) after coming up with my idea and asked for some help. GSCCC gave me funding to help me organize the troop and cover things like their uniforms, membership and some books to get me started. I wanted to offer something to my community that would be positive and nonjudgmental. My goal was to create a group that allowed the girls and their parents to get involved. This truly was to give the girls an opportunity. I think that every girl deserves the chance to be a Girl Scout.

What have been your successes as an adult volunteer working with a community troop, a troop model that serves girls in areas less served?

Girl Scout alum and volunteer Laurie Tibbetts I have two troops, Troop 51 and Troop 5018. I love what I see Girl Scouts is doing for the girls. It gives them a sense of themselves and a sense of pride. These troops have given the girls opportunities to do a lot of things they have never done before like day camp or canoeing. I always tell the girls “you at least have to try things, you don’t always have to like it or even finish it but you should at least try it.” Watching them try something new and seeing them so proud of themselves is really rewarding. The biggest thing for one of my troops, Troop 51 was canoeing. A few of them said “I’m not going to do that” and I told them that if they didn’t like it they didn’t have to do it. So, they got in and I could not get them out of the canoes. They were so happy with themselves. They still talk about it. All of those huge jumps in their growth are so much fun to be a part of.

What is the most rewarding part of being a volunteer? Having the girls run up to me and hug me at the meetings. They are so thankful and grateful which makes it all worth while.

How do you see Girl Scouts fitting into your future? I want to continue going into areas where there are no troops. I’m hooked!

Canoe Instructors Needed! Consider being a Canoe Instructor and take training that will familiarize you with water safety procedures and precautions, essential equipment for proper canoe program, along with the knowledge and skills to instruct participants in having a successful canoe experience. Successful completion of this course will qualify volunteers to instruct girls with canoe activity sessions. (Requirements: Ages 18 and older. Must be able to swim.)

Sunday, June 23 Camp Skimino

Volunteer Kickoff! Saturday, October 19 ODU Webb Center Norfolk

All Sessions 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 14 Camp Burke’s Mill Pond Saturday, July 27 Camp Darden


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The Samoa Soiree: The Tastiest Night of the Year! It was hard to beat last year’s event, but we did it! More than 300 guests came out for the 11th annual Samoa Soiree held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, this event celebrated the great taste of Girl Scout Cookies and the creativity of some special chefs. Chefs from eleven restaurants were challenged to create desserts and savories using a Girl Scout Cookie as a key ingredient in their mix. Winning chefs who walked away with awards were: BEST SWEET: Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton BEST SAVORY: Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton BEST USE OF A GIRL SCOUT COOKIE: The Ten Top

This year’s participating restaurants included: The Butcher’s Son Anchor Allie’s Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton Sysco Hampton Roads The Dirty Buffalo Sheraton Norfolk Waterside The Main Norfolk The Ten Top Cogan’s Pizza Nawab Indian Cuisine Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe

Many thanks to:

BEST PRESENTATION: Anchor Allie’s Bistro

Presenting Sponsor • Newport News Shipbuilding

BEST IN SHOW: Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton

Contributing Sponsors:

PEOPLE'S CHOICE FOR BEST SAVORY: Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton

• Wall Einhorn & Chernitzer • Edward Jones Investments

PEOPLE'S CHOICE FOR BEST SWEET: Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites Hampton

In addition to the cookie cook-off, the Samoa Soiree also hosted a live band, NoID, a silent auction and, of course, party games.

Media partners who helped promote this successful event were: • VA Eats & Drinks • 13News Now • Coastal Virginia Magazine • VEER Virginia Magazine • Entercom • Tidewater Women Magazine • 2WD 101.3 • Yelp

Chef Kyle with GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and Board Chair Barbara Tierney.


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Jerk Chicken Kabobs with Samoa Risotto Find Chef Kyle’s recipe on the gsccc blog.

Nominations for the 2019 Girl Scout Famous Formers Celebration will be accepted April 1-May 31

Visit our Famous Formers page under the events tab at Save the date for the celebration luncheon on November 21, 2019 at The Main in Norfolk Event sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding 24 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Alum & Friends EVENTS

Improv Games Were a Blast!

Women’s Wellness W E E K E N D

Relax, Retreat, Rewind at Camp Skimino Meghan Harr, Joy Pecoraro, Malea Drummond, Stacy Nixon, Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer, Brad McMurran (instructor) Sandy Bond, Kitty Schaum, Jessica Woodyard, Melissa Burroughs, Robyn Robertson

Alum and friends were invited to stretch their imagination with improv games that develop and enhance publicspeaking and social skills. Push Comedy Theater offers a program just like this for teens, so check it out for a troop activity!

Join us for this adult only fabulous weekend that will help you find balance in your life. Enjoy a short getaway while experiencing your Girl Scout camp favorites all over again, like the climbing wall, canoeing, archery and a campfire with s’mores! But Women’s Wellness Weekend also focuses in on activities and experiences that you can take back to use in your busy everyday life. Spend the weekend meeting new people and making memories! Women’s Wellness Weekend is open to all adult women, regardless of if you were a Girl Scout as a girl or not.

Adult Caving Event

Confirmed schedule of events will be available mid-summer.

All adult alum and friends are invited to explore caving this June 20-23. Find details on the event page at

September 20-22, 2019

Meet Girl Scout alum Bri Lannetti who loves caving! She is a third-year law student but started caving when she was 12 years old. She started caving as soon as she was old enough and became one of the team’s strongest cavers. She served as a junior staffer all the way through college. Last year, she stepped up to being one of the Colonial Coast Cavers’ adult female leaders who leads caving teams.

Cost: • Entire Weekend: $75 when registered by Sept. 6; $100 after Sept. 6 • Saturday Only: $55 when registered by Sept. 6; $70 after Sept. 6 • Hotel Package: Holiday Inn near Camp Skimino Registration open now through Friday, September 13, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact “This was a fantastic weekend! Some of the women I was in a Girl Scout troop with decided to use this as our reunion. I loved the sisterhood and feeling the energy. Good food, good friends and a good time.” Girl Scout Alum Amy Godby

Buy A Brick

Taking Orders April 1-June 15

Brick Dedication Ceremony July 25 4:30 p.m. A Place for Girls

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GSCCC Council Shops Remember, you can call in your order to either location and then pick-up at your convenience! Find details on shop specials and hours online at

Remember dad on Father’s Day!

How adorable! Congratulations Seniors! Girl Scout graduating regalia in stock!

Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Recognition Patches and Charms

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Camp will be here soon! We’ll have an assortment of items for campers to make their camp experience extra special!

Calling All Military Families! The mission of the Military Family Festival is to provide our local military families with a day of appreciation and fun. Each October the festival vibrates with an entertaining kid-friendly fall theme and cool activities while our wonderful vendors share lots of Halloween treats. The event welcomes a crowd of thousands eager to have a fun, safe and wholesome family day focused on their unique culture.

Sunday, October 27 | 12-4 p.m. Virginia Beach Convention Center L to R - Property Director John Morgan, Property Manager Jody Kaurup and Vulcan regional Marketing Director Kevin Allen.

• Games • Costume Contest • Crafts • DJ • Moon Bounce • Face Painting • Rock Wall • Giveaways • And more!

Many thanks to Vulcan Materials Company for donating and delivering 70 tons of stone to Camp Darden! The gift is valued at nearly $2,500.

Dates for Your Troop Calendar May 4-11 National Girl Scout Bridging Week

July 4 Independence Day Council offices closed

May 4 Gold Award Ceremony

July 13-14 National Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend

May 26 Strawberry Festival Parade Pungo May 27 Memorial Day Council offices closed

July 25 Buy a Brick Ceremony APFG, Chesapeake

Hosted by The Flagship and Military Newspapers of VA

August 26 Women’s Equality Day

May 31 Deadline for Volunteer of Excellence Award Nominations

September 2 Labor Day Council offices closed

June 8 National Get Outdoors Day

September 20-22 Women’s Wellness Weekend Camp Skimino

June 8-9 Girl Scout Weekend at Ocean Breeze

The Military Family Festival is a FREE event for military families. A military ID is required.

September 30 Neptune Festival Parade Virginia Beach

New! Therapeutic Horsemanship Badge This program teaches about the elements required to provide riding lessons for individuals with special needs, including: • the types and qualities of therapy horses • specialty equipment • trained volunteer support

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Gold Award Girl Scouts and Guests are invited to the Girl Scout Gold Award Celebration

Saturday, May 4 5 to 7 p.m. Dominion Enterprises 150 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23510 Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served

Each Gold Award honoree receives one ticket for herself and two tickets for special guests. All others pay $15 Tickets can be purchased online at

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Prior Highest Awards Join Gold Award Family Girl Scouts who earned their First Class, Curved Bar, Golden Eaglet, or Golden Eagle of Merit, are now part of the Gold Award Girl Scout family! To make it official, Girl Scouts created a digital credential for you to display on LinkedIn (and other digital platforms) to show that you earned the highest award in Girl Scouting. Now you can display your award with pride and show the world—and potential employers—that you can triumph over any challenge that comes your way! You can go to to find the form to complete and access your digital badge, and if you are a recipient of one of the prior awards, you can get your Gold Award pin, too!

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