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Girl Scouts

Spring/Summer 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 Carolene Goodwyn-Harris

Chief Executive Officer Tracy Keller

Secretary Sunny Smith

Vice Chair Barbara Tierney

Treasurer Megan Poppe

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

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

On the Cover Read about Girl Scout Junior Elsa Kinnear from Troop 104 who is creating Explore Bike Norfolk as a way to earn her Girl Scout Bronze Award! See page 11. Girl Scout Junior Elsa Kinnear

GSCCC Summer Hours • All GSCCC offices will begin summer hours Tuesday, May 30. • Chesapeake office: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. • Peninsula office: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • All GSCCC shops will begin summer hours Monday, June 12. • Chesapeake shop summer hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (no Saturday hours) • Peninsula shop summer hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • The shops will be closed for inventory: Chesapeake Shop: July 24-28 Peninsula Shop: July 31-August 4



9 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program Wrap Up!

4 From the CEO, Tracy Keller

16 "Say Yes" to the Volunteer Toolkit 23 Girl Scout Alumna is All About Bees

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

5 Troop News 12 Girl Scout Summer Camp at a Glance 13 Program Opportunities

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

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

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

Girl Scouts Matter This is an exciting time across the Council as we’ve moved forward in using new volunteer systems and the new Volunteer Toolkit! Embracing new technologies is helping us connect with more girl members and adult volunteers. We’re working smarter, not harder to keep our Girl Scout Movement strong here at Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast. I believe in what Girl Scouts is doing and where we are going. There is excitement in knowing that these changes will have a tremendous impact on volunteers, families and most importantly, our girls. Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer

As we move into spring and summer seasons, we have so much ahead of us. First stop, Girl Fest. This event is right around the corner, and I hope to see many of you at this spectacular event. You can expect the spotlight to be on having fun with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). It’s all about exploration, empowerment, and Girl Scout spirit – the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Risk Taker, Innovator, and Leader). There will be hands-on activities aimed at sparking creativity and leadership in all of us and amazing entertainment by SaraBeth, a songwriter and singer from Nashville, whose "Girl Scout Cookie Monster" song has become a big hit. Events and special programs that focus on STEM are so important. In a Girl Scout Research Institute Study, Generation STEM, reports showed that 74 percent of teenage girls are interested in STEM but the ranks of girls dedicated to STEM thin during middle school as boys outpace them. Today, only 25 percent of STEM industry jobs are held by women. If we can make STEM the winner in the competition for girls’ attention when it comes to career choices, we can make a difference in the future – helping more girls reach higher paying jobs! While some people still think of us as just cookies, campfires, and crafts, we are so much more. Events like Girl Fest and our amazing summer camp line-up says it all. From opportunities to be mentored by women firefighters at Camp Fury to STEM activities with women engineers at Girl Fest, we’ve got unique experiences waiting for girls. We are defining girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. This is the Girl Scout DNA! Sincerely,

Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer

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Register Early for 2017-18 Girl Scout Year! Cost for the 2017-2018 membership year is $25. Early Bird Spring Renewal is the opportunity for you and your Girl Scout to stay committed to the next Girl Scout membership year beginning in the spring. Check it off your list and get set for another year engaged in our amazing Girl Scout Leadership Experience! To renew your Girl Scout membership online, go to Access your MY GS account by clicking on MY GS or SIGN IN. All girls who renew before May 15 will receive a free Power of G.I.R.L. patch!

Troop Celebrates African American Girl Scout Achievements In preparation for Black History Month, 18 Girl Scouts from Troop 630 who attend W.H. Ruffner Academy in Norfolk spent time researching participation of African Americans in Girl Scouting in the area. They put together an exhibit and had it on display at the Black History and Business Expo that took place at Thomas Nelson Community College on February 10. The girls were excited to meet Nikki Giovanni, an American poet, writer, commentator, and activist who has won numerous awards. The Girl Scouts enjoyed the opportunity to hear Giovanni’s presentation, along with a panel discussion about achievement through education. The girls also learned about local Girl Scout alumna Jay Johnson who became a Girl Scout as a Brownie in the 1940s, joining Troop 11 led by Mary Jackson – one of the three women portrayed in the hit movie Hidden Figures. Thanks to Mary Jackson’s great leadership, Jay received her Girl Scout First Class award and was selected to serve as president of the Council’s Senior Planning Board – one of the first African American girls in the country to serve in that leadership role in a council. Jay stayed with the troop and became Mary’s assistant leader.

Girl Scout volunteers Rachel Sandler and Joy Hinton with Poet Nicki Giovanni.

Girl Scouts Living Their Faith

Girl Scout Cadette Jadore Green with the display, "History of African American Girl Scouts."

(L to R) Girl Scout Ambassador (Troop 1289) Ashleigh Stukes, Girl Scout Ambassador (Troop 1289) Gabriella Stukes, Girl Scout Senior (Troop 1000) Astanzi Struhs, Girl Scout Senior (Troop 1000) Cat Sixbey, Troop 1000 Leader Shannon Sixbey, Troop 1038 Leader Jennifer Moose and Troop 1289 Leader Mei Stukes.

Back row (L to R) Kevin Wilkinson, Lauren Simms, Frances Webber, Lily Tomlinson, Tracy Keller, Dale McClure Front row ( L to R) Kaitlyn Wilkinson, Hannah Rafferty, Peyton Stephens, Elizabeth Engler, Megan Stephens.

Great Achievement Girl Scouts!

Scout Sunday Services

This was one of the largest graduating classes of the God & Church (P.R.A.Y. religious awards) program at First United Methodist Church of Fox Hill in Hampton. A total of 24 scouts were awarded their pins and certificates. There were also four Star recipients in attendance (Steven, Mitchell, Cat and Astanzi). Congratulations to Ashleigh Stukes from Girl Scout Troop 1289 for coordinating both services.

A group of Chesapeake Girl Scouts took part in a special Scouting recognition service at Great Bridge United Methodist Church. The day included a special flag ceremony led by the Girl Scouts at the start of the service. 5 Spring | Summer

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Troop 656 collected crayons from their classrooms at the end of the year. Instead of the crayons going to the landfills, they sorted the crayons by color, peeled them, smashed them into small pieces, and remelted them into new shapes. They then took their crayons to Connect a Wish to be used in the birthday bags they make for children in foster care.


Discovering the Art of Glass Girl Scouts learn art of glassblowing.

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Girl Scout Troop 661 from Virginia Beach took part in the glassblowing workshop hosted by the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio in January. The girls learned about the history of glass and career options in the field before making their own glass ornaments.


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Girl Scout Troop 142 is on a mission to bring a smile to the faces of local law enforcement, one box of Girl Scout Cookies at a time. Troop 142 attended the graduation ceremony for the 62nd Class of the Virginia Beach Police Academy at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. There, they handed out boxes of Gift of Caring cookies to the 43 newest officers in the Virginia Beach Police Department. For the troop members, this act of gratitude was particularly special because the father of one of the troop members was part of the graduating class of police officers. He started his training to be a police officer about six months ago, following a career in the military and as a contractor. Through this project, the girls in the troop were able to show support for the family in addition to the Virginia Beach Police Department. Recruit-turned-officer Ryan Manint said that he was “beyond happy” the girls chose to honor his family and his fellow new officers in this way.

Girl Scout Troop 1285 from Newport News introduced Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS to our newest cookie—Girl Scout S’mores. The troop members enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the mayor, and many now aspire to become a dentist or mayor!

Troop 468 Warms the Community The members of Virginia Beach Girl Scout Troop 468 had never thought twice about socks. They were just a part of their daily routine, that is, until they learned at school that socks are the number one item needed by the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC), an organization that aims to break the cycle of homelessness in Virginia Beach. The troop members were shocked to learn about this need, and even more so that it was so close to home—less than a mile away from their classrooms at Cooke Elementary School. Always looking to help others, this go-getter group of girls sprang into action. 7 Spring | Summer


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Visit with our community partners! • Aviation Institute of Maintenance • BrickHeadZ • Centura College • Civil Air Patrol • Cookie Classic Race Team • Epix Aviation • GEICO • Girl Scout Aviation Activity • Girl Scout Travel Group • Mad Science • Nauticus Museum • Norfolk Technical Center • Now You’re Cooking

• NSU-All About Bees • Sentara Lifeflight: Helo “Nightingale” • Society of Women Engineers • SPAWAR - US Navy • The Ninety-Nines, Inc. • Tidewater Community Academy • Tidewater Soaring Society • Tidewater Tech • Virginia Beach Police • VMM-774, NAS Norfolk (V-22 Ospry) • Young Eagles Program

Cookies...Cookies...Cookies Girl Scouts Take Part in Cookie Classic Run! More than 300 runners and walkers took part in the 3rd annual Girl Scout Cookie Classic Trefoil Trek 5K and Samoa Stroll One-Miler on Saturday, January 21 at the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. Julie Williamson, a member of Troop 5563, was the first Girl Scout to cross the 5K finish line. Both races ended with a sweet treat, as participants had the opportunity to taste the new Girl Scout S’mores cookie.

Girl Scout Cadette Julie Williamson is the first girl to cross the finish line at the 2017 Cookie Classic.

More Than One Million Boxes of Cookies Arrive in Hampton Roads! When it comes to the delivery of more than a million boxes of cookies, no one can do it better than Girl Scouts! Organized to the detail, boxes were loaded into mini-vans, trucks and cars at several drop-site locations on February 18. “Our goal was to have each car checked in, loaded up and driving away within 10 minutes,” Tracy Keller, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, said. “This happens with precision thanks to great volunteers and a lot of folks from the community who come out to help for the day.” This year, volunteers from Kappa Epsilon Psi, Kohl’s, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Thomas Nelson Community College, and the USO helped with cookie arrival. Cookie Captains, who are teen Girl Scouts who mentor younger Girl Scouts during the cookie program, also helped load cookies into cars. Volunteers from Kohl’s came out to give a hand at the Chesapeake cookie drop site.

Blinging Booths Boost Sales! Cookie Troop 100 There’s still time to enter this year’s Bling Your Booth competition—Cookie Troop 100. Troop leaders should visit, make sure your troop has completed all of the steps and upload a troop booth photo. One troop from each council will win $100 to invest in a Take Action project! And, one very lucky troop will $3,000 to super-power their project! Winning troops will be randomly selected—no voting necessary! The deadline to enter is April 30. Girl Scout Troop 273

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Thank you for participating in this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program! 9 Spring | Summer

Girl Scouts Attend Legislative Day in Richmond Virginia Girl Scout councils hosted their annual Legislative Day on Monday, February 20 in Richmond. The day was an opportunity for Girl Scouts to speak to legislators about issues affecting girls and young women. The day started with a Cookies and Milk reception, where Girl Scouts—girls and adults—met with their local legislators to share information about programs offered by Girl Scouts. Girl Scout Ambassadors Anne Fentress and Emily Rogic along with Girl Scout Senior Lily Tomlinson and Girl Scout Cadette Jasmine Barbour-Bassett were eager to talk about their award projects and what they loved most about Girl Scouts! “This is the third legislative day I’ve attended,” Girl Scout Anne Fentress said. “It’s experiences like this that helped me shape my Gold Award project which was built upon advocating for legislation.” Legislators were also given information on the status of girls in Virginia using Girl Scout Research Institute’s most recent research, The State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends. According to the report, the well-being of girls in Virginia ranks number 13 in the country, moving up from number 23, as ranked in 2007. Girl Scouts shared that despite an overall growth of well-being for girls in the Commonwealth, there are still issues that need to be addressed, such as the 64 percent of eighth-grade girls who are not proficient in math and the 28 percent of girls ages 10 to 17 who are overweight or obese. A full report can be found at Later in the day, Girl Scouts were introduced in the Senate by Senator Janet Howell and in the House of Representatives by Delegate Daun Hester, who are both Girl Scout alumnae. A joint resolution was passed to acknowledge the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program as marking the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts then visited the Executive Mansion, where they met Governor Terry McAuliffe. He presented them with a Certificate of Recognition for the success of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which has taught girls financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills for 100 years. Girl Scouts then took a tour of the Executive Mansion. GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller and Board Chair Carolene Goodwyn-Harris joined CEO of Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia Molly Fuller and interim CEO of Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Denise Stewart at a meeting with Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. They spoke with him about ideas for workforce development opportunities for youth. Legislative Day is one of the ways that Girl Scouts works across party lines to educate and raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women. Through their advocacy efforts, Girl Scouts demonstrates to policymakers that the organization is a resource—and an authority—on issues affecting girls and Girl Scouting.

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Explore Patches are Fun to Earn! Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast offers a variety of Explore patches for girls to work on and add to their patch collection. You’ll find Explore patches that take you on an adventure to a museum or to a new place within our Council’s area you haven’t been before! There are also Explore patches for each branch of the military describing how they are an important part of our community. Many of the GSCCC Explore patches have been created by troops! You can find them all listed along with details on requirements to earn them on our Council’s website.

Another Go-getter at GSCCC!

This year, a new one is being added for girls to consider thanks to Girl Scout Junior Elsa Kinnear from Troop 104, who is creating Explore Bike Norfolk as a way to earn her Girl Scout Bronze Award. She’s been a Girl Scout for six years and is homeschooled. “Girl Scouts is a big part of my homeschooled curriculum,” Elsa said. “I meet with my troop once a week during the day on Tuesdays. Our World Thinking Day project adds to my study of geography and culture. For my Girl Scout Bronze Award, I will be working on my writing skills and public speaking. I will also be learning how to make a blog." She was inspired to do this project when she noticed people thought bike lanes were a waste of a lane in her Norfolk neighborhood. She wanted to raise awareness for the bike lanes in Norfolk. “I love to bike around the block and neighborhood,” she said. “My favorite thing to do is to bike to Taste Unlimited.”

This spring, you can participate in a FREE bike ride event organized by Elsa: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Time 4-5 p.m. Start and finish at Blair Middle School 730 Spotswood Ave, Norfolk Register by sending your name, Girl Scout level, and troop number to: The City of Norfolk will do a safety brief, bike inspection, and insure that all have the needed lights, bells, helmets and reflecting vests. The ride will be approximately 30 minutes. At the finish there will be a discussion on the impressions of the ride and any ideas for improvements the City could make.

Girl Scout Annalee Marling is a go-getter! She organized a Girl Scout Silver Award project to help the homeless. She collected donations of pajamas and flip-flops for Union Mission Ministries, an organization that serves homeless men, women, and children in the community As a result of her hard work, she was able to donate 226 pairs of pajamas, 120 pairs of flip-flops, and other gently used clothing to Union Mission Ministries. In addition to her pajama and flip-flop collection drive, Annalee made sure to raise awareness in her community about Union Mission Ministries and the people they serve. She inspired her Girl Scout troop to collect nearly 100 hats and scarves for Union Mission Ministries. The troop also donated Girl Scout Cookies to the organization!

Girl Scout Cadettes may earn the Girl Scout Silver Award! Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to do big things and make your community better in the process. You can download the Girl Scout Silver Award guidelines from our Council’s website (go to and search for "Silver Award").

Recruiter Patch Any Girl Scout (K-12th grade) who recruits a NEW Girl Scout is eligible to receive this exclusive patch! Invite a friend to Girl Fest or another fun GSCCC event. Tell her about Girl Scout camp and get her to become a Girl Scout camper! Girls can become Girl Scouts any time of the year. Think about starting a Girl Scout book club over the summer or another special fun group. Send us your recruiter story to share in the next GSCCC magazine –

Do have a Girl Scout awards story you'd like to share? We want to hear from you! Email

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Camp at a Glance

Registration Open! Resident Camp Darden - B,J,C,S,A

Day Camps are open to girls who have completed kindergarten.

June 18-23 June 25-30

Under the Sea My Horse and Me Back to Basics/Animal Helper

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/Starwars (B,J,C,S,A) Camp Fury-Hampton (C,S,A) For session details and badge Harriet Pickle at Warthog Castle (B,J,C,S,A) listings see our digital camp Camp Rock (B,J,C,S,A)

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

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

Under the Sea (D,B,J,C) Camping Basics (D,B,) Survivalist (J,C) Camp Fury Norfolk (C,S,A) Apasus Mystery (D,B,J,C) Aloha Apasus (D,B,J,C)

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

Space/Science/Starwars (D,B,J,C) Camp Fury-Hampton (C,S,A) Harriet Pickle at 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,J,C) Fairy Tail (D,B,J,C) Camp Fury-Chesapeake (C,S,A) Harriette Pickle at Warthog Castle (D,B,J,C) Messy Art Play (D,B,J,C)

Counselor in Training (CIT) To prepare young women (Senior/Ambassador Girl Scouts, high school-age girls) for a possible future position as a camp counselor, GSCCC offers a Counselor in Training (CIT) program as part of summer camp. It is designed to: • Teach the importance of being an excellent role model for younger campers. • Develop leadership skills based on Girl Scout Leadership Experience principles. • Offer an overview of group dynamics in a fun environment. • Introduce program-planning skills, outdoors skills, the basics of camp life and more! For details, see our digital camp book online at


Paddle Boats for Camp! Thank you Barb and Frank Tierney! They purchased two paddle boats for our camps. More water fun for our girls! Girl Scouts Colonial Coast 1012Girl Scouts of of thethe Colonial Coast

What are we going to do today? Program Opportunities - Registration Open For the most current list of events and to register to attend, visit our website at

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.

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 teamwork) 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

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

May 16, 2017

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 at Harbor Park. If the minimum sale of 1,000 game tickets is not met, the overnight may be cancelled. No drop off for overnight.

May 19, 2017

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

$15 GIRL

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

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

$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

$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.

Game Tickets can be purchased by emailing: or by calling 757-622-2222 ext. 121 or106. All must pay to attend.

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

You must register separately for the overnight event.

Three wonderful activities are being offered to 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.

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

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Girl Scout High Adventures!

Fall Caving Trip - October 20-23, 2017 Organ Cave, WV $90 girls, $40 adult caving leaders Grades: 7-12 or (age 12 and older) Deadline: September 30

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

Head for the hills of West Virginia to explore our world underground. Trip is from Thursday to Sunday. Two depart/return locations: Crossways Commerce Center II in Chesapeake, depart-5:30 a.m. and return 4 p.m. and Camp Skimino, Williamsburg, depart-5:30 a.m. and return 3 p.m. Fee includes food, lodging, and transportation. Please indicate whether experienced or new participant when registering. All first time girl cavers must attend the Ropes and Initiatives Course on October 1, 2017. Find deatils and contact at

Blazing Blue Herons Canoe Team - September 17, 2017 Camp Apasus at 12-3:30 p.m. $5 to try the team - $65 to join. Grades: 6-12 Deadline: September 3 Even if you have never canoed before, the Blazing Blue Herons canoe team is looking for you. We invite Girl Scouts in 6 through 12 grade to practice and compete. Find details and registration information at

Canoe Camping - September 22-24, 2017 Lake Drummond, Virginia $40 per person includes fully outfitted canoe trip. Drop-off Friday, September 22 at 5:00 pm Pick-up Sunday, September 24 at 11:30 am Grades: 7-12 or (age 12 and older) Deadline: September 7 Paddle three miles along the Intracoastal Waterway through the Great Dismal Swamp to beautiful Lake Drummond. Learn canoe rescue techniques and explore the fascinating bald cypress swamp by canoe. Girls bring sleeping bag and pad. This is a girl event with limited adult spaces. Find details and registration at Questions? Email

Backpacking - October 13-15, 2017 George Washington National Forest, Virginia $40 per girl includes transportation, group equipment, and patch. Grades: 7-12 or (age 12 and older) Pre-Course Meeting: Sunday, October 1, 6:30 p.m./APFG Deadline: September 29 Immerse yourself in nature...crisp autumn air, mountain views, and a walk on a fun swinging bridge. Learn true self-reliance as you travel like a turtle, carrying everything you need on your back. Girls will backpack in George Washington National Forest and setup their own wilderness campsite. First time backpackers receive pre-trip training and support. Girls need good hiking boots and backpack. Limited number of packs available for loan. This is a girl only event. Find details and registration at Questions? Email

Fun guaranteed, just add water! From learning how to help sea turtles to exploring the wonders of the water, the Aquarium offers a fun environment and enthusiastic educators to help your troop earn badges or patches. Our workshops emphasize hands-on, experiential learning that your troop is sure to love! Visit to learn more.

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Adventure is Calling! Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast offers travel opportunities abroad for girls 13 years of age and older at the time of the travel event. Travel is a great way to learn about different cultures and so much more! Experience safe travel the Girl Scout way. Mediterranean Adventure - July 17-31, 2018 $4,795 plus airfare to Boston. Scotland & Ireland - July 23 - August 3, 2019 $4,900 plus airfare to Boston. Chose to travel to Scotland and Ireland or select the Mediterranean adventure! Both trips include a tour of Boston. Visit Boston’s historical center, the New England Aquarium and Take a Duck Tour aboard a World War II style amphibious landing vehicle.

Council Supported Parade Events Who doesn’t love a parade? At Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast, we embrace the opportunity for our girls to participate in civic activities including marching in community parades. Starting this summer parades that allow 100 or more participants will be coordinated by our staff and handled as a Council event. This will allow girls from throughout the Council to participate in parade events. Parade events will require registration like other events. Current parade events are:

Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade, Virginia Beach - May 27, 2017 Neptune Festival Parade, Virginia Beach - September 30, 2017 Tidewater Veterans Day Parade, Virginia Beach - November 11, 2017 Mediterranean Adventure (Greece, Italy, Spain): Trace the culture 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.

Scotland and Ireland: Experience the city of Dublin while visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, see the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and marvel the famed Georgian Doors. Continue to Belfast where the legendary steamship Titanic was constructed and visit Edinburgh Castle. While in Edinburgh enjoy a sheep dog demonstration. Continue your adventure by visiting the Highlands region and the Loch Ness Monster Museum. Prices for trips increase as the date gets closer. Payment plans are available. For additional information on these travel opportunities, email Eileen Livick at

A New Grant Announcement! Two GSCCC Girl Scouts were selected to receive the $3,000 D-Pass grant from Girl Scouts of the USA. Shannon Hepp of Hampton and Lily Haywood of Virginia Beach will be able to attend a special STEM focused trip this summer. D-Pass grants are awarded to Councils to help finance Destination travel. Our girls will join a group that will travel to Germany, discovering renewable and sustainable energy as they connect with the rich history of the country. Be sure to keep an eye on the Council blog this summer as we report on all our travel groups! You can learn more about GSUSA Destination opportunities at

New! Therapeutic Horsemanship Badge Horsemanship Badge and/or previous experience with horse required.

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

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Five Reasons to “SAY YES” to the Amazing Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)! Kick-Start the Year 1.





It is Everywhere - available on any computer or electronic device with internet capability, volunteers can plan and prepare practically anywhere. Pull out your smart phone, click on the My Troop tab, and send out your reminder. Browse through the Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie or Junior Journey activities or petal/badge activities to ensure that the girls receive the Girl Scout Leadership Experience at every meeting. No matter where you are, you can access the VTK as long as you have internet capability. It is constantly evolving - GSUSA is updating content, adding functions and improving this tool based on feedback from the councils and volunteers using this resource. It's Customizable - Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop leaders can choose from the pre-populated year plans from the Year Plan Library or create their own customized plan by dragging and dropping meetings into the customized Year Plan track. All leaders can use the "Create Your Own" Year Plan to add activities, trips, and council events to their Year Plan. Great Way to Track Important Things - Through the “My Troop” and “Meeting Plan” tabs, you can keep track of everyone who is registered to your troop, their meeting attendance, their achievements like Journey awards and badges, and their caregiver contact information. Keeps Parents and Caregivers Informed - Primary caregivers have the ability to view their girls' troop year. They will be able to see the Year Plan, Meeting Plan, and Finance Plan, as well as a list of the other members of the troop information.

with Volunteer Kickoff! Take the Lead Like a Girl Scout Join us for this FREE event on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Old Dominion University Webb Center, Norfolk, Va. Visit our community partners and find out what new and exciting programs they can offer your girls. Drop in on a workshop session where you will receive great information. Workshops will include Volunteer Toolkit; Troop Organization Tips; Ceremonies and Traditions; Girl Scout Songs; Making Sense of Take Action Projects; Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards; and more. Come for the entire time or just come for a few hours… you can decide your schedule. For questions, contact

Do not delay; sign on today! See for yourself and experience the VTK. Discover why it will be one of your best resources. To sign on: go to the “MY GS” on the website, enter your login information, and then choose Volunteer Toolkit. For login information or if you have any questions about the VTK, contact

Sharon Durette-Hunt Honored With Dorothy Barber Award Girl Scout alumna Sharon Durette-Hunt was recognized with the Council’s highest adult award, the Dorothy Barber Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2017 Annual Council Adult Awards Luncheon. This award honors a woman who has achieved success in her personal and professional life, has contributed to her community and to the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, and is a role model and mentor to other Girl Scouts. Sharon spent 22 years serving in the United States Air Force and has lived all over the world working in the field of logistics management. In 2004, three years after retiring from the military, Sharon decided to put her skills in logistics planning to start ENSPYR, LLC, a business management consulting company. Durrette-Hunt built the successful company from the ground up and currently works there as the chief executive officer. She says many of her leadership skills came from her Girl Scout background! Outside of her successful business endeavors, Sharon finds time to give back to the community and that includes supporting Girl Scouts. She is a committed donor who supports our mission to grow girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. In 2014, she made it possible for 10 local Girl Scouts to attend the National Girl Scout Leadership Institute in Utah. She is currently sponsoring two troops in Hampton, troops with girls who would not be able to participate in Girl Scouts without her financial backing. This year, Sharon’s company was the key sponsor of the Council’s key signature event, Samoa Soriee. Sharon recently founded the Inspire and Be Inspired Movement, aiming to uplift others through inspirational means and engage community groups, such as Girl Scouts, to do the same.

Annual Council Meeting Guests of this year’s Annual Council Meeting and Awards Luncheon were treated with a visit and performance by music artist SaraBeth. She sang a song she composed that has become a hit in Girl Scout circles nationwide, “Girl Scout Cookie Monster.” The visit was made possible to go-getter Susan Ramsland, a volunteer from the Lynnhaven Shores Service Unit. After receiving a video Susan sent of the girls in the unit singing along to SaraBeth’s song with added actions, SaraBeth wanted to meet these creative Girl Scouts. She and her guitarist, Glen Mitchell and SaraBeth take time Glen, flew in from Nashville to do a meet and greet for a photo op with Girl Scout Cadette and to do something they both had wanted to do Bella Sandelier. since the song was so embraced by Girl Scouts— become Girl Scouts! An investiture ceremony was carried out at the meet and greet event that took place on Friday before Annual Council Meeting (ACM), so they could both wear their Girl Scout pins at Annual Council Meeting and the Awards Luncheon that followed. While having SaraBeth as a guest was certainly one of the highlights at ACM, others included when some of our Girl Scout young leaders took the podium to speak. Those included Ashleigh Peterson who was the top cookie seller for seven consecutive years. She shared how her experiences as a Girl Scout and a cookie entrepreneur shaped her into the person she is today. Girl Scout Cadette Hailey George shared her Girl Scout Silver Award project. She said that being a Girl Scout allowed her to become a leader about an issue she is passionate about and that affects her family—food allergies.

Congratulations to All of the Honorees! Dorothy Barber Award Sharon Durrette-Hunt

Buck Harris Award Alexa Goldblatt

Honor Pin Yolanda Butts, Service Unit 330

Thanks Badge I Tina Brook, Service Unit 330 Elise Gore, Service Unit 120 Cheryle Mack, Board Chair Leann Slater, Service Unit 430 Bonnie Taylor, Service Unit 330 Sandra Warren, Service Unit 430

Thanks Badge II Sherri Sliker, Service Unit 130 Find a complete recap of this wonderful celebration that honors our volunteers on the GSCCC Blog.

Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, former chair of the board of directors, presented the newly elected board members who were installed after a vote by Girl Scout volunteer delegates. Carolene Goodwyn-Harris was installed as the new chair of the board of directors. Barbara Tierney will serve as vice-chair, and Megan Poppe will serve as treasurer. The Council’s Annual Adult Awards Luncheon followed where Alexa Goldblatt received the Buck Harris Award and 41 volunteers were recognized with Girl Scout national awards. The Buck Harris Award is a Council award that honors Georgie "Buck" Harris who was executive director for Greater Tidewater Girl Scouts, one of the two councils that merged in 1981 to form Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

If you missed seeing SaraBeth in February, plan now to see her at Girl Fest on April 29th!

GSCCC Board of Directors Left to right: Tracy Keller, Michael Mendelsohn, Barbara Tierney, Tricia Hudson, Marie Vesely, Carolyn Pittman, Carolene Goodwyn-Harris, Megan Poppe, Catherine Magill, Carletta Waddler, Maria Mills, Lu Ann Klevecz, Dr. Ann Campbell, Avery Berge, Lara Overy.

Girl Scout Ambassador Alexa Goldblatt with former GSCCC Board Member Ashley Mcleod.

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Juliette Gordon Low Society In March 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered just a few girls to begin the Girl Scouts. Juliette’s outstanding leadership was matched by her stewardship when she converted the carriage house of her home into the first Girl Scout national headquarters, and she gifted the property to Girl Scouts in her will. Juliette’s bequest was the beginning of planned giving to Girl Scouts. In memory, the Juliette Gordon Low Society was established to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouting who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacies and a beneficiary of their estate plans. Contact GSCCC Philanthropy Director Stacy Nixon at or call her at 549-0641.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Juliette Gordon Low Society Members: Deb Amatulli (not pictured) Lila Davis Dr. Sandra DeLoatch Helen Kattwinkel Dan Keller (not pictured) 18 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Tracy Keller Cheryl McGrenra Elizabeth Kessler Tesi Strickland Ashley McLeod Beth Yates Eileen Livick Dale McClure (not pictured)

For the Love of Girl Scouts Dr. Sandra DeLoatch was happy to say yes when asked if she would be among the community leaders to taste test the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie this year as part of our Cookie Blitz campaign. Sandra is a past Council Board Chair and is an active Girl Scout alumna who regularly supports the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program. Before tasting the S’mores, she admitted that it would be tough to beat out her favorite Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie! But after the first munch, it was clear that the Thin Mint had some tough competition. Recently retired as Provost for Norfolk State University, Sandra hopes that she’ll be able to do more with Girl Scouts, an organization dear to her heart. As a girl growing up in Suffolk, Virginia, she joined Girl Scouts to be a Brownie and stayed in until after tenth grade when she was a Girl Scout Senior. Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, recently retired provost of Norfolk State University, took part in this year’s Cookie Blitz where community leaders were given an opportunity to try out the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie!

“My most memorable activity was that of traveling to Natural Bridge to participate in a Girl Scout weekend event,” Sandra said. “I was entrusted with the funds for the girls in my troop and had to manage them carefully when we ended up staying longer than planned due to a snow storm. Although we experienced some unpleasantness from some of the non-black attendees, it was a wonderful trip that provided us with new experiences like ice skating for the first time and numerous other adventures. In addition, our troop meetings were held at church with a wonderful leader who always made us feel very special.”

While Sandra says there’s been a lot of changes in Girl Scouts since she was a girl—more opportunities for girls—the constants have been the supportive environment where girls feel safe and encouraged to excel with the help of superior leadership experiences that foster confidence and independence. Sandra was recognized at this year’s Annual Council Awards Luncheon as a new member of the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society, a society that was established in memory of our founder Juliette Gordon Low to thank and honor friends of Girl Scouts who choose to make Girl Scouts part of their legacy and a beneficiary of their estate plan. The Society celebrates those who have made a contribution to GSCCC through their estate plans. “I want to be a role model for girls to let them know that there are no barriers they cannot overcome and that there are people who believe in the power of girls,” Sandra said. “Growing up in a segregated environment and being interested in mathematics were two strikes against me as a black girl. The confidence instilled in me as a Girl Scout led me to believe I could accomplish anything. I hope that my financial support and volunteer activities can inspire in girls what helped me become the woman I am today.” Everyone has the opportunity to include Girl Scouts in their estate plans and make a big impact. It can begin by simply writing a will, but it can also include changing beneficiaries of life insurance policies and retirement accounts, or providing lifetime income for yourself and others through a charitable trust. By joining the Juliette Gordon Low Legacy Society, you are ensuring the future of Girl Scouting in this region. Your gift will help countless girls realize their dreams and become tomorrow's leaders. Contact GSCCC Philanthropy Director Stacy Nixon for details at

Buy A Brick

April 1-June 30, 2017 It is a memory that will last forever and will be literally “etched in stone.” The commemorative bricks will be placed around the Girl Scout stone Trefoil, located at the flag pole at A Place for Girls. Dedication and social with the Board of Directors August 17, 2017 4:30 p.m. A Place for Girls, Chesapeake, Va Visit for all the details! Questions? Contact Stacy Nixon at 757-549-0641 or

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If You Can See It, You Can Be It! By Heather Lowe

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These nine words were shouted from the rafters of Camp Darden's dining hall, during the first Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Leadership Training (C-SALT) weekend program. The amount of energy buzzing through the staff and participants was infectious. Young leaders spent the weekend of March 10–12 learning and growing their leadership skills through a series of spontaneous dance parties, riveting group assemblies, and contagious displays of laughter and friendship.

Leadership skill building through group activities.

The C-SALT program is the brainchild of three amazing young women – all Girl Scout alumnae - from the Hampton Roads area. Lauran Bussiere, Baillie McGowan, and Rachel Eddowes have created, nurtured, and executed a once in a lifetime opportunity for teen girls. The program is a unique combination of real-world, corporate level, leadership training and the infectious energy you can only find at a Girl Scout weekend event. “There is nothing out there like this for teen girls,” Baillie said. The program is an imaginative and groundbreaking experience designed to embed lifelong leadership and communication skills into teen girls, from all backgrounds and walks of life. After observing the weekend activities, it is impossible to deny that the C-SALT program has tapped into something special. This program is definitely here to stay and the future world leaders, emerging from the weekend, are certainly going places with the skills they gained and polished off during the experience.

Obici Healthcare Foundation Makes Rock Wall Dream Come True! Thanks to a $15,000 gift from the Obici Foundation, a new rock wall is being placed at Camp Darden. In addition to the low-ropes course and other activities already at camp, girls can use the rock wall to help them build self-confidence. Campers will learn to work together as a team through a variety of programs and exercises on and off the rock wall and participate in age-appropriate activities focused on climbing protocols, proper use of communication signals, knot tying, harness use, and belaying techniques. As a result, they start to get comfortable relying on themselves and their peers under careful guidance, which brings out their best!

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Angela D. Reddix (far right) with March 4th ELG class of young entrepreneurs!

Envision Lead Grow Using her vision to give the future generation of girls a helping hand, Angela D. Reddix, president and CEO of ARDX, a multi-million dollar healthcare management and technology consulting company based in Norfolk, offered a series of entrepreneurship workshops for teen girls at A Place for Girls in March. The series was created using a curriculum she is using in a new nonprofit she launched this year, EnvisionLeadGrow (ELG). The mission of the nonprofit is to break the cycle of poverty for 1,000 girls in underserved communities in the U.S. each year. Angela is determined to help them build their futures through entrepreneurship. “It’s not how your life starts, it’s how you end your life,” she said to the 20-plus girls who attended the first workshop on March 4. The girls met the requirements for the Girl Scout Entrepreneurship badge. Her inspiring story of how she took charge of opportunities given to her inspired the girls to get out of their comfort zones and share their own life journeys. Angela told them that confidence and caring about yourself is key to any success in life. Angela will be taking a similar workshop being given to Girl Scouts on the road this summer. The nonprofit is partnering with colleges and community groups in six cities to deliver the program to underserved girls. In addition to the workshops, Angela is also offering free online webinars for teen girls that focus on helping them gain confidence through business skills. The hour-long webinars are designed to bring together girls between the ages of 13 and 19. Visit for details of upcoming webinars. Upcoming webinars will be held at 7 p.m. on April 27 and May 25. “Partnering with Girl Scouts is smart on so many fronts,” Angela said. “As a donor and supporter, I want to invest in organizations that are change agents, and that’s how I see Girl Scouts.”


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GSCCC will recognize local Girl Scout alumnae as Girl Scout Famous Formers during a luncheon held in their honor.

Now accepting nominations for the 2017 celebration. Nominations due by June 30, 2017. Nomination form available at April 1, 2017. For more information contact Philanthropy Director Stacy Nixon at or 757-549-0641.

Save-the-Date Girl Scout Famous Formers Celebration Wednesday, November 2, 2017 Hilton Norfolk The Main Norfolk, VA 21 Spring | Summer

The Samoa Soiree was a Sweet and Savory Success! The ninth annual Samoa Soiree took place on March 25th at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center in Norfolk. More than 300 guests tasted Girl Scout Cookies like they never had before at this adult-only event that helps raise funds to support Girl Scouts. Top chefs from area restaurants competed to make the best dessert or savory dish using Girl Scout Cookies as a key ingredient. This year’s participating restaurants included: The Bee & the Biscuit, The Butcher’s Son, Catering by Farm Fresh, Cyprus Grille, Mermaid Catering, The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Sweetwater Cafe, Tap It Local, Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar, and The Vineyards Trattoria. No iD, a Virginia Beach-based cover band, provided lively music. Celebrity judges were Angela Blue, Editor-in-Chief Coastal Virginia Magazine, Don London from Entercom, Marisa Marsey from VEER Magazine, Xerxes Nabong from Yelp, Steve Parnell from Little Brownie Bakers, Ashley Smith from WVEC-TV 13, and Peggy Sijswerda from Tidewater Women and Tidewater Family Magazines. Guests were also able to cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. Awards went home to: ❧ Best Sweet Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar Newport News ❧ Best Savory Catering by Farm Fresh ❧ Best Use of a Girl Scout Cookie The Vineyards Norfolk ❧ Best Presentation Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads Hotel, Spa & Convention Center ❧ Best in Show Mixxer's Kitchen ❧ People's Choice for Best Savory Catering by Farm Fresh ❧ People's Choice for Best Sweet The Bee & The Biscuit

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Thanks to all the top chefs who participated in the 2017 Samoa Soiree!

Girl Scout alumna Edith White, Samoa Soiree Sponsor Sharon Durrette-Hunt and Ashley Smith WVEC.

Steve Parnell, from Little Brownie Bakers, with Girl Scout volunteer Kay Byrd from Ahoskie, N.C.

Many thanks to our sponsors: • Enspyr • ARDX and Associates • Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer P.C.

Our panel of celebrity judges! L-R Don London, Marisa Marsey, Steve Parnell, Peggy Sijswerda, Angela Blue, Xerxes Nabong and Ashley Smith (not pictured).

GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller, Samoa Sponsor Sharon Durrette-Hunt and Chair of the Board Carolene Goodwyn-Harris.

Media partners who helped promote this successful event were: • 2WD 101.3 • Coastal Virginia Magazine • Tidewater Women Magazine • VEER Magazine • WVEC-TV 13 • Yelp

Catering by Farm Fresh won the People's Choice award for best savory with their braised pork and sweet potatoes using Girl Scout Samoas cookie.

“This event will fund opportunities for girls to take part in programs that will teach them about how to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders." GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller

Girl Scout Lea Bonner is a Real Pearl to the Chesapeake Bay!

Girl Scout Senior Lea Bonner displays her Certificate of Appreciation from the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council.

Girl Scout Senior Lea Bonner from Troop 643 in Chesapeake was honored with a Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council Certificate of Appreciation at a special awards luncheon held on March 1, 2017. She was thanked for making a difference through her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, a project that involved establishing a recycling program with oyster shells from local restaurants in her community. From there, Lea contacted the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to create a sustainable path where the shells can be returned to the bay used on reefs to help the oyster population grow.

“Since my early childhood, I have had a passion for marine science protecting our coastal ecosystems,” Lea said. “There was no oyster collection program in Chesapeake, and I am concerned about how human activities are impacting our coastal ecosystems.” Congratulations and good job, Lea! Gold Awardees and Alumnae are Invited to the Girl Scout Gold Award Celebration Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, Va. Sunday, June 4, 2017, • 3-5 p.m. • Light fare will be served Questions:

Go Gold Workshops The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges girls to change the world –or their corner of it. For girls considering going for the “Gold”, training to prepare them is required. The training is divided into two mandatory modules - one online and another in person. The online session is first and is required before attending the in person training. You’ll learn how to successfully carry out a project that addresses an issue that you feel passionate about! Summer Go for Gold Workshops Register by visiting Questions? Contact June 24 First Christian Church Hampton, VA 10 a.m. to noon July 9 A Place for Girls Chesapeake, VA 2 to 4 p.m. August 12 First Christian Church Hampton, VA 10 a.m. to noon

Girl Scout Alumna Is All About Bees Dressed in all black, wearing bee wings on her back and a headband with antennae, Dr. Carrie Brown, strolled into the Parson’s Room at A Place for Girls to the excitement of more than 100 girls. “Honeybee” Brown was there to deliver the All About Bees workshop. This was the second workshop Carrie had done for Girl Scouts. A seasoned beekeeper, Carrie serves as a retention advisor at Norfolk State University where she recently hosted the Spartan Beekeepers Club, which made the college the first to have a rooftop apiary, or bee farm. The day with Girl Scouts started with a brief talk to give girls an introduction about the world of bees and why they are so important to the environment. “How many of you like to eat apples and other fruit?” Carrie asked. “Well we need bees to make sure we have all the good things you eat. A lot of the pollination of our fruit can be directly traced to honeybees. And not just fruit, other types of food, too, like cucumbers, onions, peppers and even pumpkins. Bees help our environment. We need them to pollinate the trees, the meadows and the wetlands just like the one here at A Place for Girls.” Girl Scout alumna Carrie Brown shares Brown brought along her tools of the trade for a show and tell period–a beekeepers hat, her passion for bees with Girl Scout beehive smoker and examples of beehives. By the end of the workshop, each girl had made Brownies. their own beehive using PVC pipes and cardboard, wildflower seed balls to plant at home, and garden markers to keep track of where they planted the flowers for bees. Adding to the fun, girls made antennae headbands. The workshop closed with a walk on the boardwalk in The Outback to see where “Honeybee” Brown will help introduce bees to hive, just in time for summer campers to learn first-hand about beekeeping!

Girl Scouts is committed to providing experiences for girls to explore a wide variety of STEM fields. Through partnerships, including the one with Brown, Girl Scouts is able to create opportunities for girls to be engaged in fun and unique STEM-learning experiences. 23 Spring | Summer

State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends The State of Girls is a first-of-its-kind research report by the Girl Scout Research Institute that focuses on girls’ health and well-being in the United States. The most recent data from The State of Girls show that economic conditions affecting girls in the United States have not recovered from the Great Recession that began in late 2007. In fact, they have worsened. More girls are living in poverty and low-income households today than 10 years ago. This is significant because these low socioeconomic-status (SES) girls face considerable challenges that affect their health, happiness, and achievement. Physical and emotional health are also at risk for girls today—obesity levels have risen and emotional health problems are more common today than before the recession. Virginia ranked 13th among the states—up from 2007 when the state was ranked 23rd. The number of high school girl dropouts has decreased and girls are faring better when it comes to reading proficiency, but there is a slight decrease in math proficiency, service or volunteer work, and those involved in organized activities. North Carolina was ranked 41st among the states—down from 2007 when it was ranked 35th. According to the report, the number of high school girl dropouts has increased in this state. Like Virginia, girls are faring better when it comes to reading proficiency. Math proficiency among girls has remained the same. In both states, there was a slight decrease in the number of girls involved in extracurricular activities. Girl Scouts is poised to help bridge the gap for girls, especially in low-income families, in order for all girls to live healthy and happy lives. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience complements school learning in fun, interactive, and age appropriate ways, allowing girls to develop a positive sense of self, build healthy relationships and strong values, engage in sustainable community service opportunities, and seek out and deal with challenges. For full reports and summaries visit or contact GSCCC Communications and Marketing Director Marcy Germanotta at

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Calendar: April - meeting September 2017 We come to your space! Explore future career options 8 We comeApril to24your meetingMay space! Town Hall Meeting Town Hall Meeting

April 1

Brownie: My Family Story Virginia Beach, VA Hampton, VA April 27 Scribe Junior: May 16 Buy a Brick Fundraiser Begins Brownie: Family Story Town Hall My Meeting Geico Car Care Clinic April 2 Cadette: Book Artist Elite Body Shop, Norfolk St. Andrews By-the-Sea Camp Open House Junior: Scribe Episcopal Church Camp Skimino, Williamsburg Senior: May 19 Novelist Nags Head, NC Girl Scout Night at Harbor Park Cadette: Book Artist April 8 Ambassador: Publishing Norfolk April 29 Cookies on Ice Membership Renewal begins

April 1-June 30


757-941-5007 Earn Badges Explore future career options We come to your meeting space! Brownie: My Family Story Junior: Scribe Cadette: Book Artist Senior: Novelist Ambassador: Publishing Visit for more information and to sign up

Senior: Novelist May 20 STEM Fun Day April 8 Ambassador: Publishing May 3 Jennette’s Pier, Nag’s Head Camp Open Visit House Norfolk Scope, Norfolk

Camp Outback, APFG Chesapeake

Girl Fest, Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach Explore Bike Norfolk

Mayup 27 (Memorial Day Weekend) Blair Middle School for more information and to sign Pungo Strawberry Festival Parade

April 10-14

May 3 Visit Pungo Town Hall Meetings June 4 up 208 Winborne Loopand to for more information sign Gold Award Celebration

Spring Break Backyard Bash Camp Outback, APFG Chesapeake

Pelican Pointe Housing

April 15

Development Elizabeth City, NC

Virginia Wesleyan College

May 4

Buy a Brick Ceremony APFG, Chesapeake

International Girls Day Out Old Dominion University Norfolk

April 15

Camp Open House Camp Darden, Franklin

April 22

Camp Open House Camp Apasus, Norfolk

April 23

Town Hall Meeting APFG, Chesapeake

May 6 Strong Girls, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk

May 7 Math and Movement APFG, Chesapeake

August 17

September 23 Volunteer Kickoff ODU Webb Center, Norfolk

September 30 Neptune Festival Parade Virginia Beach

Archery Facilitator Course Camp Skimino, Williamsburg

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News and Program Information from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast