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Girl Scouts Winter 2017

News and Program Information from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

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


Chair of the Board Cheryle Mack

Chief Executive Officer Tracy Keller

Secretary Sunny Smith

Vice Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris

Treasurer Catherine Magill

Members at Large: Avery Berge Dr. Ann Campbell Maria Chenault-Herbert Francina Harrison Lu Ann Klevecz Ashley McLeod Maria Mills

Lara Overy Carolyn Pittman Marisa Porto Ellis Pretlow Scott Taylor Barbara Tierney Marie Vesely

Meet Our Cover Girls! Girl Scout Ambassadors Peighton Smith and Genesis Daniels from Virginia Beach Troop 292 have been friends and troop mates for many years. It’s uncommon to see just one of the girls because they come as a pair, their leader Shannen Sager says. They’ve participated in sleepovers, camping trips, and gone door to door to sell Girl Scout cookies. They’ve volunteered at service unit events to mentor younger girls and have given a hand whenever there’s a troop or service unit community service project, such as adoption and educational events for the K9 Justice League. Both girls participated in a career exploration day at BB&T Bank last year where they were able to work shadow a bank professional. These go-getters also took on leadership roles during last year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program when the Cookie Captain position was introduced. They’re looking forward to doing it again this year! As Cookie Captains they will mentor younger girls on the 5 skills for girls money management, people skills, business ethics, goal setting and decision making - while visiting rallies, troop meetings and cookie booths and will volunteer once again at the end-ofyear Cookie CEO celebration!



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We’re All Recruiters! Be Anything, Do Everything. That’s the name of one of our Girl Scout patch programs developed through a partnership between Barbie® and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). It’s designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders by encouraging girls to explore career possibilities through interactive program activities. The “I Can Be…” activity booklet is part of the patch program and encourages girls to learn about women in the work place. I’m all in favor of patch programs that help girls explore and see beyond the glass ceiling; however, they need more. They need adults to step up to leadership and lead them in Girl Scouts. They need adults to tell them how great they are and how they can be anything and do everything! Research supports that theory. When a girl has just one caring adult in her life who encourages her and believes in her, she’s more likely to stay in school and be happy. And when that adult is a Girl Scout leader who tells her to be a go-getter, risk taker, innovator and leader, there’s no limit! We have a first-class leadership program, from our Girl Scout Journeys and council events hosted by groups such as the Society of Women Engineers, to the award programs that require girls to develop their Tracy Keller own leadership styles. Girl Scouts offers girls a unique experience that help them become explorers and Chief Executive Officer adventurers. Just think of what the future would look like if more girls had the chance to be Girl Scouts! Based on our alumnae findings, more women would be serving in leadership roles. Currently, girls still have an upward battle and they need all the encouragement they can get. According to Pew Research, women working full-time earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn. Younger women (ages 18-24) earn 88% of what their male counterparts earn. Equity in the job market and society begins with us working together as a collective to make change. We can only progress if we demand of ourselves and others to do better and to become involved as change makers. Let’s take a stand for girls and help them create their own destinies. Help get more adults involved in Girl Scouts, start recruiting today for change! Sincerely,

Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer

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Contact Kim Lincoln at to sign up for Council recruitment and visibility events in your area.

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I can’t wait to earn this patch! Share how awesome Girl Scouts is and earn the new GSCCC “Recruiter” patch by completing 3 activities from the patch requirements. It’s simple! Volunteer at a recruitment table or booth in the community or have your troop host one at your school, church or other community location. Girl Scouts are all about friend making, so this should be a piece of cake. You’ll find ideas listed on the patch requirement form located on the Council’s forms page, or pick up one while you’re in one of our Council shops. Send in your photos from one of the activities you host, and we’ll place it in the next GSCCC magazine!

Recruiters in Action! Girl Scout Leader Megan Casavant and her daughter Girl Scout Senior Nyah, along with several other girl’s from Troop 742, volunteered to host a recruitment table at the Chesapeake Waterways Heritage Festival. To grab the interest of girls, the troop created a heritage doll-making, activity booth! Talk about a team of go-getters! Thanks for stepping up and being recruiters during a busy time for Girl Scout sign ups.

Girl Scout leader Megan Casavant and daughter, Girl Scout Senior Nyah Casavant.

There are many more memories to be made! Program Opportunities begin on page 18!

Troop News

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Girl Scout Daisies in Troop 45 from Norfolk’s St. Patrick Catholic School spent several meetings in the fall working on Using Resources Wisely, Daisy Clover Petal. Lisa Renee Jennings from the Keep Norfolk Beautiful department and Sandra Hungate from Recycling Perks were invited to speak to the girls as part of the connect portion of the award requirements. With fun audiovisuals and games, they helped the girls understand the importance of recycling and doing their part in the community to educate their peers and families about reducing, reusing, and recycling. They ended the meeting with a fun recycling relay race to see which group could correctly sort the trashcan! These Daisies also helped out a fellow Girl Scout from their school, Girl Scout Cadette Becca Bonheur from Troop 457. Becca’s Girl Scout Silver Award project included sending cards of thanks to our deployed service men and women, so the Daisies were more than happy to help Becca by creating a few cards of their own. With the help of Becca, they wrote short and sweet messages that were carried on the inside. Great job, girls! Girl Scout Cadette Becca Bonheur with Girl Scout Daisy Emma Slauson-Blevins from Troop 45.

Anxious to get started on their recycle relay, girls in Girl Scout Daisy Troop 45 took time for a group photo with Lisa Renee Jennings (left) and Sandra Hungate (right).

What does a Go-Getter look like? When Girl Scout Junior Kendall Tanner from Troop 408 joined Girl Scouts last year as a first-year Junior, she had a keen interest in what she knew Girl Scouts did well – helping people. Now, whenever there’s a community service opportunity, she’s on it. If there’s nothing happening in her area, she creates it! Last month when a member of her church passed away, Police Officer Todd Dooley, she decided to do something to honor him and all the other officers who serve to protect us. She researched online and found a craft that she adapted to be her own. She printed small cards that included a “M&M” thank you message and attached them to packets of M&M’s. Carrying them with her wherever she went, she gave out more than 50 packets to police officers and intends to give out a lot more. Great job to our Go-Getter, Kendall! Girl Scout Junior Kendall Tanner.

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Troop News

Girl Scouts can do anything! Troop 52 Raises Funds with a Brownie Scarecrow!

Troop 5292 Earns Bronze Award for Softball Field Improvement Project Members of Suffolk Girl Scout Troop 5292, Emily Baldwin, Mia Eckstrom, Katherine Griffin, Michelle Parker and Kylee Welch focused on improving the Bennett’s Creek Little League fields in Driver to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award. Two members of the troop played softball at the Bennett’s Creek fields and noticed that there wasn’t a specific place to safely store batting helmets. With the help of the girls’ softball coach, Dan Eckstrom, Troop 5292 designed, built and painted a wooden cubby to hold helmets and bats!

Girl Scouts from Troop 52 made a Girl Scout Brownie scarecrow and donated it to be auctioned during the Scarecrow Festival to support Currituck Kids, a nonprofit enhancing the education of children in Currituck County.

Public Service Survival Kits

Troop 176 Assists Displaced Wildlife Emily, Grace and Chloe from Girl Scout Troop 176 in Norfolk worked with the Virginia Beach SPCA Wildlife Program, which provides care for orphaned, injured and displaced wildlife to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award. The girls started their project by talking to staff and volunteers at the SPCA about their needs for the wildlife program. After learning that the SPCA was in need of more animal habitats, the girls got to work right away. They built 15 birdhouses and five bat boxes. They also sewed 25 pouches, which are used to mimic the natural environment of young, orphaned opossums. In order to make an even bigger impact, the girls raised money to purchase supplies, including birdseed and other animal feed, that they donated to the SPCA. After building the animal habitats and collecting supplies, the girls visited the SPCA Wildlife Program to drop off their donations. While there, they took a tour of the facility to see some of the animals that they were helping through their project. In addition to directly helping animals in need, the girls wanted to expand their project and added an educational component to teach local children about wild animals and their impact on the environment. In order to do this, the girls led activities at the Pretlow Branch Library and Slover Library, where they shared information handouts, stories, games and crafts with children there.

Police Officers Alice Ng and Sheridan Swoope with Girl Scouts from Troop 174.

Girl Scouts of Troop 174 took part in a community service project, Public Service Survival Kits, that took place at A Place for Girls. They made kits filled with various candies to coordinate along with the First Responder’s Survival Poem. The kits were delivered to police officers and fire fighters. Police Officers Alice Ng and Sheridan Swoope attended to meet the girls and thank them for what they did to honor those who serve the public. Troop 174 is active with many community service projects and are looking forward to participating in Gift of Caring as part of the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program!

How to submit your troop news and photos! To submit your troop story for consideration to be featured by GSCCC, submit stories and photos to Verify photo permission for each girl in the photos before submitting for troop news. 6 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Girl Scouts Love the Kappa Deltas!

SWE Day for Girls The Society of Women Engineers once again hosted a super engineering day for fourth and fifth grade girls. SWE members and several students from Old Dominion University and Hampton University led the girls on a series of Girl Scout Juniors Ann Marie Manovich and Sarah Savino of Elizabeth city, North Carolina, and Alaya challenges, such as Woodberry of Hampton, Virginia, collaborated to create programming a LEGO homemade water filtration devices during SWE robot and creating water Engineering Day. filtration system, to help them develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s study, Generation STEM, girls stop being interested or encouraged to pursue STEM in the middle-school years. In today’s world, where women hold only 25 percent of STEM careers, Girl Scouts is activity partnering with groups such as SWE to expose girls at a young age to a wide variety of career options to help them make STEM choices during their years in school and beyond.

Members of the Kappa Delta Sorority at The College of William and Mary hosted the annual International Girls Day at the college this year for nearly 100 Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors. The college women serve as mentors and volunteers, reinforcing shared values they have with Girl Scouts - honesty, integrity, friendship and girl leadership. This year, the chapter added a financial literacy activity where they spoke to girls about savings and led the girls in a Piggy Bank making craft! In addition to the fun activities, such as line-dancing that hit home on the need for fun exercise, girls who attended were exposed to life on campus and saw what they might have waiting for them in their future and also heard from guest speaker Cheryl Lynch, who is a Girl Scout alumna and spoke about her experience working at the State Department. Girl Scouts who participated were eligible to earn a special Kappa Delta participation patch.

The Journey Lock-In at the YMCA - Hilltop Angela Reddix, founder and president/CEO of ARDX, a Hampton Roads based company that delivers management and technology solutions in the area of healthcare to government, nonprofit, and businesses, was the guest speaker at the GSCCC Journey Lock-In held at the YMCA in November. She is a Girls enjoyed time together working on activites from Girl Scout alumnae who one of the Girl Scout Journeys. strongly supports the Girl Scout mission and believes in the power of girls as change makers! She’s a sought after speaker and the girls appreciated her taking time to meet with them and give a dose of inspiration through her wisdom. One take away that the girls left with – be true to yourself and your vision. Angela has lived by that rule most of her life and certainly follows that as a mom, business woman and volunteer. The girls were impressed with how much Angela has accomplished and her ability to keep a strong momentum going with the operation of her growing business that includes goals to help others through philanthropic efforts and community outreach, such as offering self-improvement and building conferences for women and teens and donating funds to support programs for girls and women. As part of the overnight, the girls worked on activities from several Girl Scout Journeys – Amaze, Mission Sisterhood, and Your Voice/Your World. In addition to meeting a dynamo role model, the teens had fun Zumba dancing, swimming, gym floor exercising and ended the night with pizza and a movie.

Girl Scout Brownie Miyonna Swindell from Troop 4159 and Kappa Delta Piper Gray showing off a handmade piggy bank.

Girls Learn about Healthy Foods at the Culinary Crafts Workshop. Girl Scout Brownies had fun at the Culinary Craft workshop held at A Place for Girls working with Chefs Dedra Blount and Debra Brabson from Now You’re Cooking as they completed activities to earn the Girl Scouts Snacks Badge. The girls learned about healthy eating and made a fall favorite – caramel apples.

Girl Scout Brownies Kennedy, Gabrielle, Olivia and Katie from Troop 31, showing off their culinary creations. 7 Winter/Spring

Cookie Captain Abby! For Abby Furco, a Girl Scout from Troop 308 in Virginia Beach, going to the Cookie Kick Off was more than just a chance to taste the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie and run free in the Children’s Museum after hours. She had been planning this date all fall. She was pumped to be wearing the CEO Cookie Captain cape given to her by Council CEO Tracy Keller and getting an opportunity to hang out with someone she admired for the entire night. These days, deciding on what to do with her time is not something Abby takes lightly. Her time is carefully planned out based on her priorities and what she really wants to do – not what she has to do. Something we all could take her lead on. Abby was diagnosed with leukemia at age four and almost immediately treatment began. While keeping up with doctor’s visits and medical tests were taking up time and energy, Abby’s resolute determination to have a normal life prevailed and she joined Girl Scouts and became a Daisy. That positive attitude ingrained in her spirit, along with the love of her parents, was not going to let dreams be sacrificed. Girl Scouts has been an important part of her life. It’s a place where she finds smiles, friends and a chance to make a difference. Last year, she attended Troop meetings when she could. Her troop even came to her house to earn their cooking badge this summer, a badge Abby really wanted to get! This year she and her troop members are working towards their Girl Scout Bronze Award. Earning a Girl Scout Bronze Award can be difficult for any girl, but for Abby who was fighting a bone marrow transplant and complications, it was harrowing. Joseph Furco, Abby’s dad, says the past year was full of ups and downs when it came to Abby’s life. In July, her health had deteriorated so much from the attack being waged on her body by the transplant that she was brought home for hospice care. Family was called in and the unthinkable was talked about. But Abby had other plans. She had more things she wanted to do and giving in to this battle wasn’t one. Abby gained more strength day by day and is now attending school two hours a day and keeping up with her Girl Scout troop. She’s excited about the prospect of selling Girl Scout Cookies and talked about designing a business card to boost sales.

Would you like to join Team Abby and send her words of encouragement? Your notes, letters and artwork can be sent to A Place for Girls attention Team Abby.

Abby’s Troop came to the house in early August when Abby was really very sick to do the GS Junior Cooking badge with her. Abby loves to cook and wants to be a chef when she grows up. You’ll often find Abby’s GS friends in their TEAM ABBY shirts :) Such a special group of girls.

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2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program We’re looking forward to the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program that starts Saturday, January 7, 2017! We want every girl in our Council to participate in this amazing financial literacy and entrepreneurial opportunity. This year’s theme is, Celebrating 100 Yummy Years, and there’s so many activities and ideas around this special theme. What will you do this year with your “cookie dough”? Visit the United Nations or see the Washington Monument or the Grand Canyon? When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than new adventures. They develop important life skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics — that will set them up for success beyond anything they can imagine. Learn about this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program by visiting the Cookie page at, where you’ll find parent resources, photos and information on rewards, marketing tips, the how-to of rocketing your sales through Digital Cookie and a wealth of details that will help you plan.

Towne Bank Sponsors the Cookie Kick Off!

Stacy Hasty, AVP, Executive Assistant at TowneBank and a Girl Scout alumna, along with daughter Katlyn, helped girls learn about handling and managing money.

Many thanks to TowneBank for sponsoring this year’s Cookie Kick Off! More than 500 Girl Scouts attended this cookie party that helped them learn how to gain important skills during the Girl Scout Cookie Program, such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The event was set up in stations that the girls visited. Stations included activities that helped them work towards cookie badges and also gave them tips on booth designs, boosting sales with Digital Cookie and other marketing strategies, and getting to know the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Everyone’s favorite station was the tasting room where girls and adults tasted the new S’mores Girl Scout Cookie!

Digital Cookie Rockets You to the Top With a fun, robust, hands-on interface, the Digital Cookie Platform is an amazing learning experience for every girl. Through her personalized cookie site, she has access to fun quizzes, games, videos and other stimulating activities that teach her about marketing, budgeting, resource allocation, and other critical business skills— encouraging her and guiding her as she makes her way to cookie boss success. On the platform, girls can set their cookie goals, track their progress, manage orders and inventory, learn Internet safety skills, and more—all while they earn age-specific Cookie Business badges and explore ways to help others by investing their earnings back into their communities.

Thank you GSCCC STARS! We had many local girls and volunteers who were filmed to be in this year’s Girl Scout Digital Cookie video! View the video on our website’s Cookie Page. Many thanks to our Product Sales Manager Chris Ramos Smith for making this happen.

History of the Cookie Sale It started in 1917 when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma, did what Girl Scouts everywhere always do. They had a great idea, got together, and took action to make it a reality. The girls of Mistletoe Troop hit upon the clever idea to fund their projects by selling cookies they made themselves in their kitchens at home. So simple—and so smart! Other troops took note, and the idea of Girl Scouts selling cookies took off. Fast forward to this year, when over a million amazing girls will sell hundreds of millions of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to support their mission of making the world a better place. But there’s more work to be done—and more amazing experiences to be had—and we need everyone’s involvement! You can help the next generation of girls fulfill their dreams—and change the world—by finding cookies near you now. With every box of Girl Scout Cookies you buy this year, you help support tomorrow’s courage-boosting, confidence-inspiring, character-building, make-the-world-a-better-place experiences.

What is “Cookie Troop 100?” Ready to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies? Our biggest cookie milestone yet is here. That’s right! 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first-known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, and we’re so ready to celebrate! One lucky troop from EVERY council around the country will win $100 each to put toward their awesome cookie Take Action or service project. And one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to super-power their project! Learn more at

2017 Cookie Classic! Calling all Girl Scouts and Friends! Put your running shoes on and get ready to race – or walk – in the 2017 Cookie Classic. Now in its third year, the Cookie Classic organized by GSCCC community volunteers, will take place on Saturday, January 21, 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 you sign up for. Interested in volunteering? Contact and we’ll forward your information to the organizers.

The flavor we’ve all been waiting for! Our new crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling (YUM!) are one more delicious way to support her next adventure!

If cookies can help Girl Scouts accomplish all this in their first 100 years, can you imagine what the next 100 years will bring? Let’s find out!

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id you know that Juliette Gordon Low’s bequest was the start of a legacy giving program for the Girl Scouts? It was a simple, but critical step, in securing the future for girls. Because of her vision and legacy gift, now there are more than 2 million Girl Scouts that are seizing opportunities to try new things like caving and camping, or able to explore all the career possibilities for girls including science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 59 million Girl Scout alumnae have benefited from Juliette’s legacy and in her honor, the Juliette Gordon Low Society was established in 2012 to recognize those bold individuals who have provided for the future of girls in their estate. We invite you to join Juliette and be bold and include the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast in your estate plans. It really is simple and the first step is a little paperwork. If you have already joined Juliette by including the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast in your estate plan, thank you. To best secure your legacy and intent, please do a little paperwork and let us know of your Juliette Gordon Low Society gift. For more information, please contact Stacy Nixon, Philanthropy Director, at 757-549-0641 or

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Connect With Leadership! 2017 Annual Council Meeting & Awards Luncheon

There is no cost to attend the Annual Council Meeting. Cost to attend the Awards Luncheon is $18. Please visit to register and indicate your meal preference. Attend both the meeting and the luncheon or select to attend just one.

February 4, 2017 Hampton Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, VA 23666

Schedule 9 a.m.

10 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Registration Visit Community Partner Exhibits, Gold Award Displays and Program booths. Information on the 2017 National Convention will be available. Annual Council Meeting begins Awards Luncheon Girl Scout Volunteer Awards presented, along with special Council awards.

Questions on Annual Council Meeting contact: Sunny Smith at Questions on Awards Luncheon contact: For Registration:

Philly Girl Scouts Sing the Hook on New Girl Scout Anthem, “Watch Me Shine!” Liz Rose, songwriter and two-time Grammy award winner, and Emily Shackelton, singer/songwriter on the popular TV show Nashville, combined their awesome skills to write “Watch Me Shine,” our new, inspiring Girl Scout anthem! With the help of three remarkable girls from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and their mom, Juliet Shavit (cofounder of Breakthrough Music and business producer on the song), Liz and Emily were able to make “Watch Me Shine” come to life to inspire millions of girls around the country! Maya, 13, Eden, 12 and Ariel, 9, are sisters and lifelong Girl Scouts who embody everything it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. When they heard their mom was involved in the making of “Watch Me Shine,” they were moved to take the lead like a Girl Scout, and join in on the adventure. “It was something I will never forget—going into this recording studio [Blackbird Studio in Nashville owned by Martina McBride] with all of these fancy microphones and not knowing what to do,” Maya said. “It just goes to show you, if you really think you can do something, you can.” We hope that “Watch Me Shine” will inspire you to lead like a Girl Scout, and awaken the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader) in you.

Download “Watch Me Shine” Now: iTunes | Amazon | Google Play

Buy A Brick Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast invites you to purchase a brick to recognize someone special in your life or in memory of a loved one. Girl Scouts Forever! Founded by JGL March 12, 1912

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Best Troop Leader!

♥☙♥ Troop 563

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It is a memory that will last forever and will literally be “etched in stone.” The commemorative bricks will be placed around the Girl Scout stone Trefoil, located at the ceremonial flag pole at A Place for Girls. The dedication ceremony will be held on August 17 at APFG at 4:30. Visit for all the details! Questions? Contact Stacy Nixon at 757-549-0641 or

Alumnae Lead Girls Scouts Back in Time! by ODU Intern, Jasmine Harris Betsy Kessler knew at a very young age that Girl Scouts would forever be a part of her life. With her grandmother and mother being a Girl Scout, she understood the important role Girl Scouts would play in her life. “From the moment I became a Girl Scout, I knew I would be a Girl Scout for life,” Betsy said. “My mother was my troop leader, which allowed me to not only participate in the fun activities of Girl Scouts but to spend more time with her and see her in a different role.”

Girl Scout Junior Maureen Keller wore

Betsy Kessler and Veronica Thomas were leads on the Fashion

Her favorite part of Girl Scouting has her grandmother’s Girl Scout Intermediate Show Task group. always been the friendships she found. Uniform. She says she made two of her lifetime best friends through Girl Scouts. While friendships were most important, connecting with the community was a close follower on her like list. “I loved that everyone in my church was so involved with Girl Scouts and we were able to do things as a community family.” For Betsy, her time at church and time with her own family was stronger because of Girl Scouts. It was only natural for her two daughters to become active in Girl Scouts as well. She signed her two daughters, Sonia and Tracy, up as soon as they were of age to become Girl Scout Brownies – Daisies had not yet been introduced. “As my girls got older, I wanted them to expand their knowledge of the world,” Betsy said. “That’s why it was so important for me to make sure they stayed in Girl Scouts. I knew from experience that girls learn so much through travel and community service as teens in the program.” The opportunities Betsy experienced as a Girl Scout did not stop with her girl years or as a Girl Scout leader. She is now an active Girl Scout alumna and was the spark behind the Take Me Back Fashion Show. Along with two other active alumna and history Girl Scout alumnae Pat Locke, who helped organize the buffs who collect fashion show, with daughter, Jennifer McGowan, who serves Girl Scout memoraas the Council’s Recruitment & Placement Director. Both bilia, Pat Locke and women received the highest Girl Scout award: Pat earned Veronica Thomas, the Curved Bar Award and Jennifer earned the Gold Award. Betsy planned and carried out the inaugural event which she and the others anticipate to be an annual event.

Girl Scout Ily Remson wore a Girl Scout Senior uniform from 1973, Girl Scout Junior Samanta Driver with her current uniform and Cheryl Driver wearing GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller’s Senior uniform from 1980s.

Girl Scout Brownies Lillie Short, Ellyn Fritz and Samone McIvor wearing vintage uniforms from 1941.

Look for the Archive Table at Annual Council Meeting and explore a “Herstory Box.”

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Alumae Spotlight! Lara Overy Lara Overy has spent most of her life as a Girl Scout, joining in first grade and staying in until eleventh grade, then becoming a Girl Scout leader for seven years before joining the GSCCC board of directors. As a board member, Lara has done so much that has included serving in the Council’s Advocacy Committee and helping get House Bill 942 passed, being the organizing lead for a State of the Girls forum that took place at Thomas Nelson College and helping sponsor many philanthropy efforts such as the Girl Scout Cookies On The Town tasting events. We asked Lara to respond to a few questions about her experience. What do you recall about your girl years in Girl Scouting? My troop leader was Patsy Lassiter and she was a trip. She seemed to do everything by herself and was a great role model. As we got older, Ms. Patsy kept the troop going for just a few of us and we were best friends. I tried things I wouldn’t have tried without Girl Scouts, and I learned so much about what it meant to be a patriot. We said the pledge at every meeting and ended the meeting with Taps. We always sang Make New Friends and shared the good and bad things happening in our lives. Girl Scout alumna Lara Overy at Camp Skimino where a Williamsburg Chamber breakfast meeting took place. Thanks to Lara’s support, nearly 20 Williamsburg business owners got to tour camp and learn about Girl Scouts!

What is your fondest memory of being a Girl Scout? The friends I made and the experiences we had. I loved camping, selling cookies, our awesome field trips and our leader! When I was in 7th grade, my appendix burst and I was out of school for several weeks. The girls would visit me and help me out. We went on a weekend encampment just as I was allowed to return to school and I remember everyone wanting to help me or sit out of activities that I couldn’t participate in. My sisters in scouting were so kind to me.

How have you supported Girl Scouts as an adult? When my daughter, Isabel, was in Kindergarten, I went to a recruitment meeting. I wanted Isabel to have the same Girl Scout experience I had! When we showed up, there was no leader and no troop openings, so I was encouraged to start the troop for her school. That was 14 years ago. I led that troop 6-7 years and passed off the troop to another leader with 42 girls ranging in ages from 5-14! I stayed involved and joined the board a few years ago. I feel my largest commitment to the board has been my interest in connecting Girl Scouts leadership to the Williamsburg community. I also support fundraising events and advocacy.


Why do you feel it is important to continue being involved in the Movement? Girl Scouts serves girls from all backgrounds and gives them the opportunity and skills to be leaders. It also gives girls a safe place to build lasting friendships and provides role models that girls can aspire to be like.

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An Adult-Only Tasting Event with live music and a silent auction.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 6 -10 p.m. Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Norfolk, VA $60 until March 1, $75 after March 1 | Tickets available online February 1 at! Plan to attend this popular “just for adults” event that 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

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Welcome to the 2017 Restaurants to Date Butcher’s Son Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio Tap It Local Town Point Club Travinia Italian Kitchen The Vineyards

Dominion Virginia Power Generously Supports Girl Scouts

Connecting with Community Partners - 2017 Leadership Tours Area Leader Tours are scheduled throughout the year to help connect community friends and leaders to GSCCC. CEO Tracy Keller provides an overview of Girl Scouts and a tour follows, just enough time to get guests excited about the great things we do for girls and invite them to consider supporting, volunteering or partnering with us. Thanks to these tours, we’ve nearly doubled our new Girl Scout alumnae here at GSCCC! Let friends know they are invited and email us their rsvp to We love to make new friends and get them involved! Area Tours are from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Board Member Maria Chenault-Herbert and GSCCC Chief Executive Officer Tracy Keller received a check for $2,000 from Dominion Virginia Power Media Community Relations Manager Bonita Billingsley Harris at A Place for Girls. Photo taken in The Outback on the boardwalk.

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Girl Scouts will have a chance to learn more about wetlands, wildlife and more, thanks to an educational grant from Dominion Virginia Power’s charitable foundation. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) was recently awarded a $2,000 educational grant from The Dominion Foundation which will be used to enhance program opportunities in The Outback. The Dominion Foundation, which oversees corporate gifts, has made environmental education and resource development a priority. The grant given to the Girl Scouts will help provide girls with opportunities to learn about the environment and their role as environmental stewards. “This grant will be used to provide more girls with opportunities to spend time in the outdoors - in particular, our nature and wetlands area located at A Place for Girls,” Keller said. “They’ll be able to explore the wetlands, observe wildlife and take action on projects that will enhance their education and improve the environment through wetland protection projects.” A study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, More Than S’mores: Success and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences, found that girls’ outdoor experiences are positively linked to their problem solving and environmental stewardship. Additionally, when girls get outdoors on a monthly basis in Girl Scouts, doing even casual outdoor activities, they are much more likely to agree that they’ve learned to recognize their strengths, to do something they thought they couldn’t do, and to gain skills that will help them do better in school. Dominion Virginia Power has been a longtime supporter of Girl Scouts and has sponsored events and programs that have helped build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who aim to make the world a better place.

Scout Ready Wrap Up!

We’re already starting to be prepared for next fall’s recruitment season! Would your troop or service unit like to host a table at one of the Council’s recruitment events? What a great way to showcase what awesome things your girls do while doing a service for the Council and the community – introducing more girls to Girl Scouting and you’ll earn the GSCCC Recruiter Parch! As a thank you, your troop will receive a 15% discount coupon to the Girl Scout Shop. This spring, our recruiting team here at GSCCC will provide information on the themes we’ll be using so you can be creative with your table! Look for more to come.

Girl Scout Daisy Makala Strickland from Troop 606 proudly displays her ID Card she received from Virginia Beach Police Child ID services.

Scout Ready was a “Join Us” event held in September to help kick off the school year, held at Pembroke Mall and co-hosted with the Tidewater Council, BSA. More than 20 community partners participated to help educate the public about emergencies and how to stay safe at school and in the community. The Virginia Beach Police with their children’s identification program, the Virginia Beach Fire Department had emergency vehicles and an awesome fire house model, and WAVY-10’s Deitra Tate, a meteorologist and reporter, was on hand to give out WAVY’s Hurricane Guide. Many thanks to all our community partners who participated to help us connect with more families and get them Scout Ready!

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Earning Girl Scout Faith-Based Awards by Mary Ellen Fentress Norfolk Girl Scout Leader Kelly Willette is excited for the girls in Troop 45. They have been meeting on Saturday evenings at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to earn the “God is Love” and “Family of God” medals. Kelly says that she has found faith in God is a huge part of her – and the girls’ - Girl Scouting experience. “This year we implemented the awards on a wider scale, by posting a flyer at St. Patrick’s and inviting other Girl Scouts to explore the awards available to them with us. It has been wonderful to spend time outside of our regular meeting together. The girls can’t wait to be able to wear their medal on the front of their vests!” Girl Scouts of all faiths are discovering that Girl Scout Religious Recognitions can strengthen spiritual lessons taught at their place of worship and at home. Found in the Handbook section of Every Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, girls can earn the “My Promise, My Faith” Pin. This national award helps girls connect the Girl Scout Law to their faith life. Girls can earn the pin each year that they are a Girl Scout. Choosing a line from the Law, and asking a woman in their faith community how she lives it, is an example of one of the five steps toward earning the pin. A girl can select a different line of the Girl Scout Law each year, and that’s what Girl Scout Amanda Brotemarkle has done during her time as a Girl Scout. Michelle Brotemarkle, a Girl Scout volunteer and Amanda’s mom, is proud of Amanda and says it was important from the onset when Amanda joined Girl Scouts as a Brownie to find a troop that supported Amanda’s faith journey. “She earned her first religious recognition as a Brownie Girl Scout. We’re so happy this has been part of her Girl Scout experience.” Amanda, now a Girl Scout Ambassador in Troop 558, will earn her final religious recognition in the Catholic faith this year. One of the places she plans to tour during her upcoming troop trip to Washington D.C. is the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where she’ll take notes on the religious art and architecture and write about it in the workbook for her “The Spirit Alive” medal. Many religious organizations administer their own program of faith based awards. The P.R.A.Y. program, found at, lists awards that serve Protestant and Independent Christian Mary Ellen first became a Girl Scout as a faiths, and visitors to the website can download the brochure girl in the Metro Detroit Council, and she “To Serve God” that lists all of the programs offered by faith continued as an adult as a Girl Scout leader – this is her twelfth year! Her daughter, on one fact sheet. Catholic Religious Recognitions, such as the medals that Troop 45 are earning, can be found at, the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire Girls. For additional information about Girl Scout faith based awards here at GSCCC, email

Girl Scouts participated in a special religious recognition ceremony at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.

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Anne, is a Girl Scout Ambassador who has just completed her Gold Award. Mary Ellen has held many Girl Scout positions within the service unit and Council, including serving on the GSCCC Advocacy Committee. She is a Certified Religious Emblems Counselor for the Diocese of Richmond and a member of the Eastern Vicariate Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Congratulations to Girl Scouts of Troop 967 for earning their “My Promise, My Faith” pin. They received the pins at a multi-generational service at Unity Renaissance Church in Greenbrier. Featured are Isabel Myers, Emily Myers, Jamie Surface and Hailey George.

Girl Scout Observances World Thinking Day 2017- Celebrate and grow on 22 February with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world! Girl Scouts act locally and think globally on World Thinking Day! 2017 Theme: GROW Since 1926, Girl Scouts and their international counterparts, Girl Guides, have celebrated World Thinking Day annually on February 22. This special day, February 22, celebrates the birthdays of Girl Guide/Girl Scout founder Robert, Lord Baden-Powell (1857–1941) and World Chief Guide Olave, Lady Baden-Powell (1889–1977). It’s a special day when girls’ attention is directed to learn about other cultures, remind themselves that they are part of a global community, and emphasize the similarities between Girl Scouts and their sisters around the world. No matter what their activities are that day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will be thinking globally about each other and then acting locally on issues important to girls. Girl Scouting can make a difference by opening doors of opportunity to girls of all races, creeds, and socioeconomic backgrounds. It brings out the potential in those individuals, empowers them to take charge of their lives and act positively, and promotes countless service projects in local communities. Service unit and communities who are hosting World Thinking Day events are asked to contact GSCCC’s Marcomm Department so we can include coverage on our social media or other communications! Email attention Marcomm. Go online and visit to learn about the theme and get details on patch activities. Patches can be purchased online as well.

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GSCCC Shop Manager Stephanie Fields invites you to come by our GSCCC shops. You’ll find World Thinking Day patches, Girl Scout Week patches, along with cookie and camp merchandise and more! Make sure you check out our monthly GSCCC e-newsletter for specials!

Girl Scouts’ birthday, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low started this great Movement for girls in our nation. Girl Scout Week starts on Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday, and the week always includes March 12. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout.

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Find the 2017 Girl Scout Week bulletin and program insert that can be used for special celebrations or for places of worship. They are located on the Council’s website’s form page. Here’s a great Girl Scout S.W.A.P. to consider making to celebrate! What is a SWAP? Girl Scouts often make small tokens of friendship to exchange with the Girl Scouts they meet while traveling. These little gifts are called ”SWAPS,” which stands for “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.”

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What are we going to do today? Program Opportunities - Registration Open Throw Back PJ Party Grades: 9-12 Minimum: 10 Maximum: 40 This is a girl event. No tagalongs.


Let’s go back in time to 2006 and 2007. A time when Kim Possible and Hannah Montana were all we watched on TV. Watch some of the best of these TV shows, enjoy snacks, and play games. Feel free to wear pajamas if you’d like! This event is being hosted by the Girl Advisory Board (GAB) group.

January 13, 2017 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 6:30-9 p.m. Deadline: January 10, 2017

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2017 Cookie Classic - January 21 - See page 10! Explore the World of Theatre Grades: 6-12 Minimum: 5 per grade level Maximum: 15 per grade level This is a girl event. No tagalongs.

$18 GIRL

All About Bees! Grades: 2-8 Minimum: 50 Maximum: 100 This is a girl event. No tagalongs.

$10 GIRL

Young Adult Soiree Grades: 6-12 Minimum: 10 Maximum: 30 This is a girl event. No tagalongs.

$15 GIRL

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Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are encouraged to expand their artistic horizons and learn important skills that will apply to the Girl Scout “It’s Your Story, Tell It!” Girl Scout Journey by participating in these workshops. Each workshop is designed to give a brief overview of how theatre is created along with a brief history of the newly renovated Wells Theatre. Taught by experienced instructors, areas covered include storytelling, theatre terminology, improvisation, and basic performance technique. Sign your group up early! This is a popular program and class size is limited.

January 28, 2017 Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theatre, Norfolk 9 a.m.-noon (includes event patch) Deadline: January 6, 2017

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Spend the day learning about the important role bees play as pollinators of our healthiest foods. The bees need all of the help that we can give them – learn about beehives, discover how bees affect our ecosystem, learn the importance of the diverse flowers that bees need to thrive and find out how we can help support local beekeepers. This event is hosted by Honeybee Brown. Participate in two station activities.

February 11, 2017 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 9 a.m.-noon (includes event patch) Deadline: February 1, 2017

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Come to the young adult soiree to be held at A Place for Girls and see what the soiree is all about. Now You’re Cooking will be on hand to help with all the creations. NowURCooking was one of the winners from the adult Samoa Soiree. You will create the food to be enjoyed by all, have time to dress in your finest clothes and enjoy the afternoon celebrating with your friends. Note: Wear clothes for baking. Bring a change of clothes for the soiree portion of this event. Any food allergies, email prior to event. Event content: Registration:

February 25, 2017 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 9 a.m.-noon Deadline: February 17, 2017

Glassblowing Grades: 2-12 Minimum: 15 per hour Maximum: 15 per hour Each session will be filled before opening the next hour. This is a girl-only event. No tagalongs. One adult per troop may be asked to stay to meet ratios but does not participate.

$25 GIRL

Envision Lead Grow Entrepreneur Workshop Grades: 7-9 Minimum: 20 Maximum: 50 This is a girl event. No tagalongs.


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A brief history of glass and career options will be discussed and then jump into making! Girls will be able to select and put on their own colors, blow out the object themselves and learn how glass cools properly in a kiln. Girl Scout Brownies/Juniors will make an ornament. Girl Scout Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors will make a fairy orb. Note: Objects will need to be placed in the kiln to cool properly. Girls will receive their object within a week of participating. Each troop leader or parent will be responsible to pick them up. Each participant will need to fill out a waiver form to be sent out after registration. Wear natural fiber clothing (jeans suggested), closed toed shoes and hair must be pulled back.

February 26, 2017 Glass Studio at the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk (includes event patch) Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Deadline: February 4, 2017 Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. B/J Time: 3 – 4 p.m. C Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. S/A

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You’re never too young for vision. And it’s never too early to learn entrepreneurial skills. Join us for a program that will give you the building blocks for success as your own boss. Successful Norfolk entrepreneur Angela D. Reddix created the curriculum that will take you on a journey - from identifying your passions, to developing a viable business idea to creating a smart business plan. By the end of the fourth and final workshop, you will have the tools you need to take your business idea and run with it.

March (Saturdays) 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Deadline: February 15, 2017

Note: Girls need to register for all classes. Questions: Registration:


CSALT-Teen Leadership Course Grades: 8-12 Minimum: 30 Maximum: 60 This is a girl event. No tagalongs.

Girls will join their fellow teen Girl Scouts for this course developed by girls for girls! Activities in this fun, exciting, action-packed weekend will provide teen girls with leadership skills and experience they need to take the lead in their communities. Earn your Volunteer In Training pin while competing in challenge style events! Event content: Registration:

March 10-12, 2017 Camp Darden, Franklin Check-in: Friday 5:30 p.m. Check-out: Sunday 3 p.m. (Includes event patch) Deadline: February 15, 2017

$75 GIRL

STEM 4 Girls Grades: 6-8 Each girl must be accompanied by a significant adult in her life (parent, scout leader, etc.)


$15 GIRL

A fun, full-day event focused on connecting girls to science, technology, engineering, and math – STEM, sponsored by the Virginia Beach branch of the American Association of University Women and Tidewater Community College. Hands-on workshops and women STEM professionals ready to share information to ignite STEM sparks!

March 11, 2017 Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (includes T-shirt and lunch) Deadline: February 18, 2017

Event content: Sally Daniel, 757-495-4349 Registration: AAUW VB Branch website at: 19 Winter/Spring

I Can’t Wait To.... Attend Girl Scout Events Mason Bee HouseTake Action! Grades: 9-12 Minimum: 10 Maximum: 20 This is a girl event. No tagalongs.

What a unique way to learn about bees and help with a community service project. Bees are important pollinators and without them most plants cannot produce fruits and seeds for our food. Girls will build mason bee houses and set them in place at a Williamsburg location. Each girl will also be able to start building a house to take home. Event content: Registration:

March 25, 2017 BASF, Williamsburg 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Check-in: 10:45 a.m. (includes rocker and lunch) Deadline: February 17, 2017


Harlem Globetrotters Grades: K-12 Minimum: None required Maximum: None required This is a girl and adult event. All must pay to attend. Tagalongs are welcome.

$19.50 ADULT

$19.50 GIRL

The Amazing Photo Race Grades: 6-8 Minimum: 2 teams or 10 girls Maximum: 6 teams or 30 girls This is a girl only event. No tagalongs.


Outdoor Art Experience Grades: 2-5 Minimum: 25 per session Maximum: 50 session This is a girl and adult event. Tagalongs are welcome but do not participate.


$16 GIRL

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The iconic Harlem Globetrotters present, “The ABCs of Bullying Prevention,” in an effort to impact schools and communities around the world. The program involves Globetrotter players discussing the three key words in the ABCs and tools that kids can use on a daily basis to reduce bullying. Teachers and/or administrators are also provided with program certificates to be distributed to the kids to take home after the program is presented.

March 26, 2017 Ted Constant Center, Norfolk 4 p.m. (includes event patch) Deadline: March 23, 2017

Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office or online. Use promo code ABC at For groups of 10 or more, please call Todd McKeating at 757-683-7087. Online convenience fees apply.

Hosted by the Girl Advisory Board (GAB), teams will be challenged to complete a photo scavenger hunt at Red Wing Park, Virginia Beach. Teams will consist of 2 - 5 girls. Each team will need a cell phone capable of taking pictures. Will your team find and take all the necessary photos? When registering, please indicate if you are a team or individual girl. Individual girls will be placed on a team. Adults will be asked to stay with their team but do not pay.

April 1, 2017 Red Wing Park, Virginia Beach 10 a.m.-noon (includes event patch) Deadline: March 20, 2017

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Earn the new Outdoor Art Creator (Brownie) or Outdoor Art Explorer (Junior) with experts from Norfolk Botanical Gardens. All activities will be held in the WOW Children’s Garden. What a beautiful setting to earn these badges. Note: Please indicate which session you are registering for. All Girl Scouts must attend with a Girl Scout leader or other adult who has paid for the program. Tagalongs and adults who do not plan to participate can pay regular admission and enjoy the garden. Event content: Registration:

April 2, 2017 Norfolk Botanical Gardens (includes Outdoor Badge) Brownies Time: Noon-2 p.m. Check-in 11:30 a.m. Juniors Check-in 2 p.m. Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Deadline: March 15, 2017

Cookies on Ice Grades: K-12 Minimum: 50 Maximum: 1,000 This is a girl and adult event. All must pay to attend. Tagalongs are welcome.


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$15 GIRL

“Spring Break” Backyard Bash at Camp Outback Grades: K-5 Minimum: 25 Maximum: 75 8 experienced PA’s needed

$65 GIRL

Show your Girl Scout pride by wearing your Girl Scout uniform or apparel. When placing your order, list your troop number to have your troop seated together. To order tickets online visit: To order tickets by phone call 757-640-1212 Ext. 23.

$55 PA

International Girls Day Out Grades: 2-5 Minimum: 100 Maximum: 200 This is a girl only event. No tagalongs.

Spring Break the Girl Scout way at Camp Outback! This spring break all young ladies will have the chance to seize the moment of pure laughter, fun, and enjoyment. Backyard Bash will have every girl screaming BEST CAMP EVER! Celebrate one amazing week planned around a glow in the dark science theme that incorporates an adventurous night in nature. This includes an overnight slime and dance party, as well as a playful night of twister paint with old and new friends alike! Campers are to pack a daily lunch; snacks provided.

April 8, 2017 Norfolk Scope Check-in 6:30 p.m. (includes event patch) 7:15 p.m. Game plus: • National Anthem • Color Guard • Ceremonial Puck Drop Deadline: March 15, 2017

April 10-14, 2017 APFG, Chesapeake 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Deadline: April 3, 2017

Note: Optional sleepover included: Thursday April 13. Registration camp and overnight:

Celebrate International Girls Day Out with the Kappa Deltas of ODU. Learn about different career paths and what it takes to be successful on your journey. Event content: Registration:

April 15, 2017 Old Dominion University, Webb Center, Norfolk Noon-4 p.m. Check-in 11:30 a.m. (includes event patch and healthy snack) Deadline: April 1, 2017

$12 GIRL

Girl Scout Day at the Lynnhaven House - See page 33! GIRL FEST 2017 - April 29 - See page 26! Strong Girls Grades: K-12 Minimum: 15 per grade level Maximum: 20 per grade level This is a girl event. One adult per troop may be asked to stay to meet ratios but do not pay. No tagalongs.

$13 GIRL

Do you want to learn more about health and the professionals that help us get and stay healthy? Join us for this hands-on learning event at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will learn about working in an emergency room, medical coding and they’ll even get to practice robotic surgery and medical procedures in the EVMS learning lab. Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors will learn about healthy food choices and exercise.

May 6, 2017 Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk 9 a.m.-noon (includes event patch) Deadline: April 17, 2017

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I Can’t Wait To.... Math and Movement Grades: 4-5 Minimum: 30 Maximum: 75 This is a girl event. One adult per troop may be asked to stay to meet ratios but do not pay. No tagalongs.

$15 GIRL

GEICO Car Care Clinics Grades: 9-12 Minimum: 20 Maximum: 40 This is a girl event.

$15 Girl

Girl Scout Night with the Tides Grades: K-12 Minimum: 100 Maximum: 1,000 The game is a family event. The overnight is for girls and the number of adults required to meet the ratios only. No Tagalongs.

$12 Game

Join Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia , as we explore math and healthy living through modern dance. Students will learn modern dance fundamentals (including shapes, gestures, dance etiquette and team work) while exploring fractions, degrees, and angles. Students will also have the opportunity to create healthy snacks and learn about portion sizes, healthy heart rates, and calorie intake to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

May 7, 2017 A Place for Girls 1:30-4:30 p.m. (includes event patch) Deadline: April 22, 2017

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Girl Scouts activity stations include: Tire Changing, Engine Education, and Driving Safety. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors will participate in the GEICO Car Care Clinic. GEICO staff will be onsite to help girls complete the Car Care Badge.

May 16, 2017 Elite Body Shop, Norfolk 6-8 p.m. (includes event patch) Deadline: May 10, 2017

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Join us for a fun night of baseball with the Norfolk Tides. The first 600 girls to sign up for the overnight portion of the event have the opportunity to camp out under the stars of Harbor Park. If the minimum sale of 1000 game tickets is not met, the overnight may be cancelled. No drop off for overnight. Tickets can be purchased by emailing or by calling 757-622-2222 ext. 121 or 106. All must pay to attend.

May 19, 2017 Harbor Park, Norfolk 6:15 p.m. (includes event patch, hot dog and soda) Deadline: May 15, 2017

Registration for overnight:

$5 Overnight

STEM Fun Day Grades: 2-8 Minimum: 10 per grade level Maximum: 50 per grade level This is a girl only event. One adult per troop may be asked to stay and meet ratios but does not pay or participate. No tagalongs.

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Three wonderful activities are being offered to registered Girl Scouts at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, North Carolina. A beautiful setting for ocean currents, pier fishing and solar science. The educational programs are designed to provide girls with hands-on learning experiences that produce long-lasting memories. Note: Bring a bag lunch for a 30-minute break. Event content: Registration:

May 20, 2017 Jennette’s Pier in Nag’s Head 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (includes event patch) Deadline: May 1, 2017

Girl Scout High Adventures!

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

Wild Pony Hike Grayson Highland State Park, Mouth of Wilson, Virginia May 26-29, 2017 Cost: $90 per girl C/S/A age 12 or older Minimum: 10 Maximum: 36 Deadline: May 7, 2017 Enjoy group tent camping at Grayson Highland State park and hike the beautiful Virginia mountains to catch a glimpse of the wild ponies that live there. We provide all transportation, tents, camping equipment, meals and patches.

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Cracks, Crevices and Crawlways

A Day by the Pond

Enmeier Center at Camp Skimino January 28 or 29, 2017 Time: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Cost: $8 with patch $6 without Ages: B/J/C/S/A Deadline: January 14. 2017 All activities are indoors. Girls will be participating in caving type activities that will require crawling, climbing and scooting on the floor. Participants must wear long pants and tennis shoes.

Questions and registration: Sharon Zummo or Bonnie Taylor at

Burkes Mill Pond April 1, 2017 Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $12 /$8 chaperones (need to meet girl to adult ratio for group attending) Lite lunch provided. B/J/C/S/A Minimum: 25 Maximum: 45 Deadline: March 22, 2017 Grab a paddle and a canoe, and enjoy some time on the water with the Blazing Blue Herons canoe team as they share their skills with you. This event is for both the experienced and inexperienced paddlers. Other activities like archery and art will take place around the water throughout the day. Age level badges provided.

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Archery: Aim 1

Midlothian, Virginia February 4-5, 2017 Drop-off Time: 8:45 p.m. in the lobby Pick-up 6-6:30 a.m. in the lobby Cost: $40 per climber. C/S/A, age 11 or older Minimum: 20 Maximum: 80 Deadline: January 16, 2017 Climb all night at Peak Experiences, one of the largest rock climbing centers on the East Coast! Registered GS Adults (parent or leader) are also encouraged to register to climb and help belay.

Art in the Outdoors Badge Day Chesapeake Arboretum, Chesapeake, Virginia March 25, 2017 Cost: $15 per girl C/S/A Minimum: 20 Maximum: 60 Deadline: March 11, 2017 Work with an artist to complete all the steps in your grade level Art in the Outdoors Badge at Chesapeake Arboretum. Badge included.

Bike & Fly Weekend Farmville, Virginia April 21-23, 2017 Cost: $100 per girl C/S/A Minimum: 10 Maximum: 18 Deadline: April 7, 2017 Come bike up to 22 miles on the High Bridge Trail. Bike through the scenic town of Farmville, VA, where we will stop for lunch and touring. Sunday morning, we will fly high in the trees on central Virginia’s largest high ropes aerial adventure course.

Camp Apasus April 30, 2017 Time: 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $10 Grades: 4-12 Deadline: April 23, 2017 This event is for girls who have never tried archery or have minimal experience shooting a compound bow. If you are planning to participate in both Aim I and II, you are encouraged to pack a lunch. For safety reasons, no baggy clothing, long sleeves are recommended, long hair is to be pulled back, and closed toed shoes are required. All equipment will be provided.

Archery: Aim 2 Camp Apasus April 30, 2017 Time: 1-3 p.m. Cost: $10 Grades: 4-12 Deadline: April 23, 2017 Prerequisite: Must have completed Aim 1 Girls will be involved in advanced archery training.

Beach Bike Camping False Cape State Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia May 5-7, 2017 Cost: $20 per girl C/S/A, age 12 or older Minimum: 10 Maximum: 16 Deadline: April 21, 2017 Participants will need a bicycle, helmet, and basic fitness, as they will travel 4.5 miles to camp carrying their personal gear (including sleeping bag and clothes) on bicycles through the barrier islands of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. (bike racks/bags are recommended) 23 Winter/Spring

Girl Scout Layney’s Gold Award Benefits Operation Smile

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 at If you have questions, email

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Girl Scout Ambassador Alayna “Layney” Duncan took action with her Girl Scout Gold Award project to help Operation Smile, headquartered in Hampton Roads, while helping area youth gain leadership skills. Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries.

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From doing some local research, Layney found there wasn’t a lot of volunteer opportunities open to pre-teen youth, so she decided to create opportunities! She partnered with Operation Smile to hold a weeklong camp, I Make a Difference Camp, where pre-teens could learn five leadership qualities: communication, teamwork, compromising, planning, and persistence. The goal of the camp experience was to also build confidence in youth who would soon be entering middle school.

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“Operation Smile is an organization I have been passionate about for a while,” Layney said. “They have a strong program to get students involved, but they don’t focus on younger kids. I saw a need to reach out to this age group.”

Layney was able to provide a detailed toolkit with steps to Operation Smile headquarters in Virginia Beach, so they can replicate the camp in the future. Operation Smile is a pioneer in advocating for the importance of safe surgery in resource poor environments and is the largest surgical charity of its kind, leading research into the causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, and its prevention, treatment and eradication.

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The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in their community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Layney to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.

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• Start a collection project for Operation Smile. Make a list of things that people can donate to Operation Smile. You can include items for smile bags or ask for additional item donations. Ask friends and family in person or online to donate one or more items on the list. • Nothing makes a child smile after surgery than having something to color! Here’s a great activity for you to do. Attach a coloring page with some crayons to a get well soon card that will be delivered to a needy child. Don’t forget to put a get well message from you inside the card!

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Awardees and Where? [InsertGold location and address] You’re Alumnae are Invited to the When? [Insert date and time] Invited Girl Scout Gold Award [Optional: Insert caption for Gold Award Recipient photo above]

Girl Scouts may earn an Operation Smile patch by completing the set number of activities per their level. Information and details can be found on the Council’s website. Here’s a sample of the Take Action activities: • Make smile bags! Collect small items such as compact mirrors, teddy bears, toothbrushes, etc.

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Girl Scout Creates a Community Library CHKD Receives Gift of Girl Scout Cadette Emma Reilly from Williamsburg loves to read. It was her love Children’s Books from for reading that drew her to developing a Girl Scout Silver Award project that Girl Scout Juniors! would spark that in others. She created a library for a neighborhood in Yorktown

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Guidelines and help to approve and assist girls can be found on the GSUSA’s website at:

Community Awards Do you have a school, church or community group that needs to be thanked for their support to a troop or service unit? Deadline for receiving community award certificates from GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller is February 28. The signed certificates will be distributed to GSCCC volunteers to give out to recipients in April, just in time for your end-of-year bridging and other ceremonies. Consider recognizing groups in your community who are supporting Girl Scouts with a Colonial Coast Community Award. You may request a certificate through

Recognition for Girl Scout Bronze Award

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Based on Girl Scout best practices nationally, GSCCC has made a change in the way Girl Scout Silver Awards will be processed effective November 1, 2016. Girl Scout Silver Award projects will be approved by the troop leader or, if a girl is not a troop member, by the assigned adult volunteer within her service unit.

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Congratulations to Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 78 led by Cheryl Driver who earned their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The girls collected children’s books to donate to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. To add to the money that they saved from their Girl Scout Cookie Program and Fall Product Sales, they sold items they collected at a yard sale. They used this money to make care packages for parents of the children staying at the hospital.


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Girl Scout Juniors Ashley Gonzales, Hunter Rink, Samantha Driver, Lexie Bohrer (other troop members who participated and earned the Girl Scout Bronze include Christin Mainor, Macy Rink, Elizabeth Jessup and Aspen Perkins).

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Registered Girl Scouts who have completed a Cadette Journey and are in sixth, seventh or eighth grade may earn the Silver Award. Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives girls the chance to do big things and make your community better in the process.

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that doesn’t have easy access to books. She was inspired by the Little Free Library in her own neighborhood. Emma plans to maintain the community library she opened by cleaning and refilling the container she built as needed. She’s received commitment from the director of the Rivermeade Community Center in Yorktown to assist her.

Registered Girl Scout Juniors who have completed a Junior Journey and who are in fourth or fifth grade may earn the Bronze Award. The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. As a girl plans and completes a project, she’ll meet new people and have the kind of fun that happens when you work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference. Visit for information on how to earn the award and how to file a final report to GSCCC for a certificate.

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Girl Fest2017 2017 Girl Fest will be held at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, home to dozens of aircraft from World War I and II. Opened since 2008, the museum is a destination to learn about flight and to be inspired to fly through real time and simulation flight opportunities. Thanks to Jerry Yagen, a local business man with a keen interest in planes, the museum became a reality and has taken off. He and his staff are excited that Girl Scouts have discovered this gem of a museum and will be coming by the hundreds this spring. Tucked away off of Princess Anne Road within an agricultural hub, the museum and its storage buildings sprawl over quite a large space. Girls will investigate the amazing and mysterious story of Amelia Earhart while standing aside an enormous PBY Catalina. Imagine taking the controls in an amazing adventure in flight while touring the museum’s collection to uncover the lives of pioneering female aviators. Launch an adventure in science and history while discovering that the sky is no limit for girls with wings! Tour the Museum’s aircraft collection and learn about the prominent role female aviators played in the development of aviation and discover a wide range of careers available in the world of aerospace.

Girl Fest 2017 Grades: K-12 Minimum: 100 Maximum: 3,000 This is a girl and adult event. Tagalongs welcome. All must pay to attend.


$17 GIRL

April 29, 2017 Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (includes event patch) Deadline: April 15, 2017 Note: Have a special breakfast with our CEO by selling 100 boxes of Cookies for Gift of Caring. Event content:

See you there!!

Registration: Gift of Caring Cookies will be presented to the USO this year at Girl Fest. Expect a very special delivery! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s the USO here to take our cookies away! Come to Girl Fest and be part of this presentation which is under wraps for now, so you’ll have to attend Girl Fest to find out how they’re being lifted off by the USO with a destination to our military men and women! 26 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Mother and Daughter Love Spelunking! Theresa Wiggs, a Girl Scout volunteer who helps oversee the Council’s caving program, considers the Girl Scout community as her second family that has allowed her to grow as a leader. She started off co-leading her daughter Renee’s Girl Scout Brownie Troop but soon took on leadership roles to help multiple troops. “It was fun and who can say no when you know girls need you,” Theresa said. “The time I give multiplies through the lives I’m able to touch.” When her daughter became interested in Spelunking – that’s caving for all of us novices – she supported her 100%. After attending multiple caving trips with her daughter, she realized volunteers were needed to help train adults and prepare girls for the adventure, so she became a qualified low-ropes course facilitator, outdoor trainer and trip planner. Theresa believes it’s important to have activities such as caving as an option for girls today. She feels teen girls in particular are looking to be challenged, and caving will do that and help them reach beyond their comfort level. That, according to Theresa, is an Girl Scout volunteer Theresa Wiggs in Haynes important step to building self-confidence that goes way beyond the caving adventure. Cave, Pickaway, West Virginia where there is a It changes how a girl will view life’s obstacles and how she will respond to difficult well that dates to the Civil War era. situations. For the caving program to work, Theresa enlists the help of many other adult volunteers. Most volunteer leaders come from the girl cavers’ parents. They come along to see what it’s all about and others join once their daughters come home excited about their caving adventures. Theresa’s husband, David, has been caving with her for many years and both of their adult daughters, Renee and Tiffany, along with 14 year old granddaughter, Destaney. It’s turned into a family tradition!”

Adult Training Opportunities

Challenge Facilitator Course Want to learn more about caving?

Alice Labbe, Brianna Parker, Jenna Kral, Nora Geer, Victoria Burton and Katherine Welch. Girl Scout Volunteers Sean Taylor (back) and Theresa Wiggs.

Visit the GSCCC Caver’s website at: Check out the upcoming events (on page 18) that will help you prepare for caving, such as the Cracks, Crevices, and Crawlways program taking place at Camp Skimino on January 28 or 29. This program is open to Girl Scout Brownies and up.

Camp Skimino, Williamsburg, Va March 19 Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $15 By completing this class, you will be qualified to work with girls on the GSCCC Camp Skimino low ropes challenge course.

Archery Facilitator Course Camp Skimino, Williamsburg, Va April 23 Time: Noon- 6 p.m. Fee: $45 This course will teach you the basic steps of shooting, preparing you to facilitate archery courses for Girl Scout groups. Registration:

The Volunteer Toolkit is here! The Volunteer Toolkit is now available for use by troop leaders, key volunteers, parents and caregivers. This digital resource can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or computer; making it easy to use at any time. Troop leaders and key volunteers will now be able to streamline on-boarding and simplify troop management, meeting planning and program experiences, allowing them more time to do what they want to do – be with the girls! Plus, they’ll be able to connect with other volunteers and communicate a Girl Scout’s progress to parents. Acquaint yourself with the toolkit by visiting our website and finding links to the following videos; Year Plan Options; Setting Meeting Dates; Times, and Locations; Meeting Plan Overview; Adding Custom or Council Activities/Events; and Resources Search Tab. The toolkit also offers a parent portal! Login information has been sent out to all troop leaders, key volunteers, parents and caregivers. If you haven’t received your login information for the Volunteer Toolkit, contact and start using the Toolkit today. 27 Winter/Spring

You Can BE ANYTHING You Want to Be! Let Your Colors Shine at One of our Girl Scout Camps. Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast Camps Resident Camp Darden Franklin, VA

Day Camp Outback Chesapeake, VA

Resident Camp Skimino Day Camp Skimino Williamsburg, VA

Camp Fury Chesapeake, Hampton and Norfolk

Day Camp Apasus Norfolk, VA To register for GSCCC Summer Camp visit

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Camp at a Glance

Registration opens February 1, 2017!

Resident Camp Darden - B,J,C,S,A June 18-23 June 25-30

Animal Whisper (B,J) H20 & You (B,J,C,S,A) Equestrian (C,S,A) Animal Whisper (B,J) Back to Basics (B,J) Equestrian (C,S,A) Survivor (C,S,A)

July 3-7 July 9-14 July 16-21 July 23-28

4th of July Family Camping for registered girls/adults, families or Girl Scout groups Space/Science/Star Wars (B,J,C,S,A) Camp Fury-Hampton (C,S,A) Harriet Pickle@Warthog Castle (B,J,C,S,A) Daisies Brownies Juniors Camp Rock (B,J,C,S,A)

Resident Camp Skimino - B,J,C,S,A

Grade K-1

Grades 2-3

Grades 4-5

Day Camp Apasus - D,B,J,C June 19-23 June 26-30 June 26-30 July 31-Aug. 4 Aug. 7-11

H20 & You (D,B,J,C) Back to Basics (D,B,) Survivor (J,C) Camp Fury Norfolk (C,S,A) Mystery Camp (D,B,J,C) Aloha to Apasus (D,B,J,C)

Day Camp Skimino - D,B,J,C July 10-14 July 17-21 July 24-28

Space/Science/Star Wars (D,B,J,C) Camp Fury-Hampton (C,S,A) Harriet Pickle@Warthog Castle (B,J,C,S,A) Camp Rock (D,B)

Day Camp Outback - D,B,J,C July 31-Aug. 4 Aug. 7-11 Aug. 14-18 Aug. 21-25

Mystery Camp (D,B) I dream, I can, I will (D,B,J,C) Camp Fury-Chesapeake (C,S,A) Harriette Pickle@Warthog Castle (D,B,J,C) Messy Art Play (D,B,J,C)

Cadette Seniors Ambassadors Grades 6-8 Grades 9-10 Grades 11-12

For session details and badge listings see our digital camp book online at starting February 1, 2017.

Be a Program aide at Camp! There will be Program Aide, CIT I and CIT II sessions offered throughout the summer. Updated information will be on the website.

* Kindergarten girls who have completed kindergarten in the 2016-17 school year.

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I Can’t Wait To.... Travel to an Exciting Destination Germany and Switzerland – Solutions for the Future July 25 - August 6, 2017 A GSUSA Destination Trip sponsored by GSCCC. $4,500 plus airfare to Boston and a $295 Council fee. This trip is open to all Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors 13 years of age and older at the time of travel. Girls will be introduced to the innovative spirit of Germany. Begin in Munich, home to the world’s largest museum of technology and science. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the real-life model for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle then continue your discoveries in the Lucerne region, where cutting-edge technology finds itself against a backdrop of medieval history.

Mediterranean Adventure – Greece, Italy and Spain July 17-31, 2018 A GSUSA Destination Trip sponsored by GSCCC. Prices start at $4,500 plus airfare to Boston and a $295 Council fee. This trip is open to all Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors 13 years of age and older at the time of travel. Trace the cultural and artistic development through the ages in Athens, Florence and Barcelona! The Parthenon displays an ancient understanding of engineering and an appreciation for the aesthetics of architecture. Florence reveals the giant leaps of the Renaissance. And in Barcelona, Gaudí’s surrealist work proves there’s no limit to artistic creativity.

Grand Canyon Adventure June 2018 Prices start at $2,735 for girls and $3,135 for adults. This trip is open to all Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors 12 years of age and older at the time of travel. Adult spaces are limited. Join GSCCC for a trip to the Grand Canyon in June of 2018. The trip also includes visits to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Colorado River and the Hoover Dam, and a Las Vegas Show.

Prices for trips increase as the date gets closer. Payment plans are available. For additional information on these travel opportunities, email Eileen Livick at Check out more places to TRAVEL! Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older promoted by Girl Scouts of the USA! You’ll find them all listed on the national website. With different trips every year, there’s something amazing for everyone to experience. Make friends from all over the country as you travel with Girl Scouts from different states and pack your bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences.

Visit our Council’s Facebook to view photos of past trips!

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Submergible Robots a Hit at STEAM Ahead Event Teen Girl Scouts who participate with a special GSCCC robotic program and who compete in the MATE competitions ( Marine Advanced Technology Center) were on hand as instructors at Girls STEAM Ahead held at Nauticus on November 5. An ongoing surge of fun and excitement flowed through the station they helped staff. Once younger girls – event attendees - found their way to the station, they didn’t want to leave! For most, this was their first time hearing about a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). “They are really strong role models for younger girls,” Donna Farnham the Council’s Events Assistant said. “This event is exposing girls to science and technology in a way they’re probably not use to. It’s fantastic to have older Girl Scouts as the teachers! I can really see a difference of interest and interaction when a young Brownie or Junior is paired with an older girl. What better way to expose girls to science!”

Girl Scout Junior Leann Purkey, Girl Scout Cadet Syndi Polk, and Girl Scout Brownie Ashley Morrell of Suffolk collaborate to build a remote-operated-vehicle during Girls STEAM Ahead at Nauticus on November 5.

Donna, who also leads the Council’s ROV team, says the MATE competition has helped attract more girls into STEM activities nationwide an she’s hoping more Girl Scouts, too, will become involved. While the GSCCC team has been made up of teens, the national MATE competition challenges K-12, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. The competition’s class structure of beginner, intermediate, and advanced complements the education pipeline by providing students with the opportunity to build upon their skills – and the application of those skills – as they engineer increasingly more complex ROVs for increasingly more complex mission tasks.

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“This will be the second year our girls will work as a team, however, we’ve lost one girl who graduated from high school and will be adding a new member,” Donna said. “To become a team and compete, we needed to raise money, so we looked at grant opportunities. Luckily, we applied and received support from the Tecnico Corp. and now are fully engaged with the competition and considered an a Navigator team. We participated last year which involved creating ROV’s and placing them in several challenges in the deep end of the swimming pool at ODU where the local competition is held. We’re looking forward to the challenges this year will bring!” Suffolk Girl Scout Mia Eckstrom of Troop 5292, Makenzie Jones and Morrigan Marchese of Troop 661 in Virginia Beach and Girl Scout Nyla Hyman, also from Troop 5292 test out their remoteoperated-vehicle during Girls STEAM Ahead at Nauticus on November 5.

STEMDAY SAT., MARCH 18, 2017 • 10AM-5PM

Enjoy a fun-filled day of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities. Attending Girl Scouts can also complete requirements to earn an

Explore Nauticus patch!


Contact Linda Harmon at (757) 664-1034 or Groups of 15 or more must pre-register by March 10. Individuals may pay at Admissions on the day of the event.

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Congratulations to this year’s Girl Scout Famous Formers! Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recognized seven local women leaders as Girl Scout Famous Formers on November 16 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. This special recognition given out annually not only salutes Girl Scout alumna who are women leaders making a difference in their communities, but it draws attention to the ongoing need for more leadership opportunities for girls so girls are molded to become our future leaders. The luncheon’s guest speaker was author and Girl Scout alumna Janine Latus. Her talk, which was based on her book, If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder and Liberation, gives a personal account of relationship abuse and the ultimate sacrifice that can result – one’s life. Janine travels around the world speaking about the spectrum of relationship abuse and her writing has appeared in O, Parents, Fitness, More, Family Circle and in flights of major airlines.

Back row: Kirkland Kelley, Esq., partner at Kaufman & Canoles; Carolyn Tyler, Ed.D., technical trainer at ICF International; Eileen Livick, transportation assistant at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic; Mariah Rule, commander in the United States Navy; Mary Kate Andris, Ed.D., president and CEO of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads; Linda Rice, Ph.D., vice president of grantmaking and community engagement at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation; and Terri Hathaway, M.A.Ed., marine education specialist at the North Carolina Sea Grant.

Following Janine’s address, Girl Scout Ambassador Savannah Williams from Yorktown took the podium to share her Girl Scout Gold Award project story, which centered on raising awareness about teen dating violence. Her project was prompted from her deep desire to take action on a topic that impacted a very good friend who was in a destructive relationship that included physical abuse. Savannah coordinated her project activities with Transitions Family Violence Services in Newport News. Savannah also did an awareness program in her school and led several community events. “I applaud Girl Scouts for empowering girls, such as Savannah, to take action on issues that are important to them,” Janine said. “It’s good to know that Girl Scouts are stepping up and tackling tough issues like domestic violence, teen dating violence and relationship aggression of all kind.” Barbara Hamm Lee, host of WHRO’s Another View and a past recipient of the Famous Former recognition, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event and introduced a video which showcased Savannah’s project. She also introduced each recipient who received a certificate from the Council’s Board Chair Cheryle Mack.

Thank You, Sponsors! Girl Scout Ambassador Savannah Williams speaks to Famous Former attendees about her Girl Scout Gold Award that addressed teen dating violence.

Tricia Hudson


Nominations for the 2017 Girl Scout Famous Formers celebration may be submitted beginning April 1, 2017. Forms can be found on the GSCCC website. Event sponsor Tricia Hudson and guest speaker Janine Latus. 32 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

GIRL SCOUT DAY AT THE LYNNHAVEN HOUSE Saturday, February 25 | 10 am - 4 pm | $8 per Scout, Leaders Free Advance Registration Required and Begins January 15. Activities for Brownies include several requirements for Making Games and Potter badges.

Activities for Junior Scouts include several requirements for Playing the Past badge.

For more information, call 757-385-5118 or visit

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calendar January 7 - June 4, 2017


January 7 Cookie Program Begins January 8 & 22 Glass Blowing Chrysler Museum, Norfolk

January 13 Throw Back PJ Party APFG, Chesapeake

January 16 Martin Luther King Day Council offices closed

January 28

March 25 Samoa Soiree Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, Norfolk

April 29

March 26

Spring Town Hall Meetings To be announced

April 1 Amazing Photo Race Red Wing Park, Virginia Beach

April 2

The Amazing Photo Race Red wing Park, Virginia Beach

April 15

February 25 Young Adult Soiree APFG, Chesapeake

February 25

Strong Girls, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk

May 7 Math and Movement APFG, Chesapeake Geico Car Care Clinic Elite Body Shop, Norfolk

Cookies on Ice Norfolk Scope, Norfolk

February 4

All About Bees, APFG, Chesapeake

May 6

May 16

April 8

April 10-14

February 11

May 2, 3

ABCs of Bullying at Globetrotter Night, ODU - Norfolk

Explore the World of Theatre Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theater, Norfolk Annual Council Meeting Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton

Girl Fest, Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach

May 19 Girl Scout Night at Harbor Park Norfolk

Spring Break Backyard Bash Camp Outback, APFG

May 20

International Girls Day Out Old Dominion Unversity Norfolk

April 18, 25, 27 Spring Town Hall Meetings To be announced

April 23 Archery Facilitator Course Camp Skimino

STEM Fun Day Jennette’s Pier, Nag’s Head

May 29 Happy Memorial Day Council offices closed

June 4, 2017 Gold Award Celebration Virginia Wesleyan College

Girl Scout Day Lynnhaven House, Virginia Beach

February 26 Glass Blowing Chrysler Museum, Norfolk

March 4, 11, 18, 25 Envision Lead Grow Entreprenuer Workshop APFG, Chesapeake

March 2017 Women’s History Month

March 10-12 C-SALT Leadership Training Camp Darden, Franklin

March 11 STEM 4 Girls Tidewater Community College Girl Scout Birthday

March 12-18 Girl Scout Week

March 19

March 19 Challenge Facilitator Course Camp Skimino, Williamsburg

March 25 Mason Bee House-Take Action BASF, Williamsburg

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Women in STEM Day Nauticus

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Birthday Parties, Family Reunions Church & School Events Festivals & Grand Openings Summer Camp, Field Trips Educational Programs Making children happy is our business!

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Earn the Health and Fitness Trail patch when you visit The Outback!

GSCCC Wins 2016 Chesapeake Beautification Award A Place for Girls, the headquarters and program center for the Council, was recognized by the Women’s Division Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce - Chesapeake with the Chesapeake Beautification Award. The award was presented one other time to the Council in 2002. It recognizes a business that takes pride in the visual impression it leaves on the surrounding neighborhood and shows awareness of the environment. The judges’ decision is based on the building design, landscape, litter control, and signage. While the property facing outward surely took the judges’ eyes, our nearly 9 acres of wetlands that serve as our nature area – The Outback – is a beauty in itself. It is a designated Lee Henry Hoover Memorial nature area, named after First Lady Lee Henry Hoover who was also a president of Girl Scouts of the USA and someone who loved the outdoors. Girl Scouts may work on the Lee Henry Hoover Memorial patch throughout the year and information on the patch may be found on our website’s form page – just search Lee Henry Hoover.

Girl Scouts delivers leadership programs to nearly 2 million girls across the nation in order to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. A key driver of this success is our commitment to evidence-based program evaluation. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) outcomes surveys help us evaluate the effectiveness and quality of the program by measuring how girls have achieved the five GSLE outcomes: strong sense of self; positive values; challenge seeking; healthy relationships; and community problem solving. Participate by registering at (girls under the age of 13 will need parental/guardian permission which is included as part of the registration). The surveys will be emailed to you! Responses will remain completely confidential, and the surveys are only used for research purposes. Girls will not be marketed to, solicited or exposed to any form of advertisement as a result of participating in the series of surveys. Questions? Contact

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