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News and Program Information from Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Girl Scout Senior Lily Tomlinson Selected by GSUSA as Media Girl for

Unleash Your G.I.R.L. at the Volunteer Kickoff, September 23!

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

Extra bonus page on how to have a Juliette Gordon Low Birthday Celebration! Follow the link at!

Vice Chair Barbara Tierney

Treasurer Megan Poppe

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

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


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6 Troop News 12 Strong Girls

4 From the CEO, Tracy Keller

14 Meet Lily Tomlinson

5 New Outdoor Badges

20 Girl Scout Famous Formers Event 27 Scout Ready

11 Volunteer Kickoff 16 Program Opportunities 22 Philanthropy Events

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

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

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

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

Badges Big Learning, Huge Fun! There are some childhood memories that remain vivid for me and earning Girl Scout badges are among them. Badges are very special. They are special to those who earn them, and they are meaningful in telling our history. Back in 1912, the Telegraph badge seemed cutting edge, and in 1920 it was important to have a Canning badge for homemaking. While some badges have been shelved, there are still plenty of great badges girls can earn. My badge memories reflect the era of my childhood. I had a badge book that was well worn from use - one page, in particular, Outdoor Cook. The badge ended up being my favorite and led me to my first career as a chef. Using a cardboard box for cooking was a thrill for me. I baked cakes, cookies and entire meals using a cardboard box. I became creative and added solar cooking to the list of ways to cook in the outdoors – s’mores never tasted so good!

Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer

Badge Connections to Learning Standards Girl Scout badges and Journeys are correlated by grade level to state (and national) curriculum standards, including Common Core Standards. This translates into partnerships with robust potentials to boost academic success!

Today, girls have a wide choice of badges to work on that include Legacy badges, such as First Aid and Celebrating Community. The Cyber Security badge is a new one just introduced. Whatever girls choose to concentrate on, badge work is an integral part of Girl Scouting. Over the years, the focus of badges has shifted from more traditional things to teaching girls how to step up and take on roles and projects that put them in a position to solve problems and make decisions. At the same time, the badges continue to allow girls to create their own learning experience on the journey to earning the badge. Does the girl in your life dream of making her own movie or writing her own book? Does she want to build robots or code? Guess what, there’s a badge for that! Parents and volunteers can use the girl-led, hands-on and experiential leadership model of Girl Scouts to encourage girls to build skills while making badge memories! Sincerely,

Tracy Keller Chief Executive Officer

Save the Date to attend the Annual Council Meeting

Unleash Your G.I.R.L. Power! Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018 Our Annual Council Meeting includes a lot of fun with the business of the day! You’ll hear from our board chair and CEO as well as girls on leadership tracks. Be inspired by our Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who showcase their projects. See community partner exhibits and learn about new opportunities for girls and adults in Girl Scouts! 4 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Don’t forget to nominate that special volunteer for one of the national Girl Scout awards. A list of the awards, criteria and nomination forms can be found at Deadline for nominations is November 1. Listed in order starting with highest award first: Thanks Badge II Thanks Badge I Honor Pin Appreciation Pin Volunteer Years of Service Pin

Girl Scouts have new outdoor badges to earn! What a great way to build go-get-‘em problem-solvers, encourage challenge-seeking and expose girls to new experiences as they grow their skills, confidence and character. After all, camp life is the best life! Badge requirements are available for download and can be viewed on the Volunteer Toolkit; badges and printed requirements can also be found in our Council shops. Daisy Buddy Camper Badge

Outdoor Journeys

New Badges Introduced in 2017

• Focus on progressive outdoor experiences for Daisies through Ambassadors • Each Journey is comprised of badges to build outdoor skills, the new Troop Camper badge and a new Take Action badge for all six grade levels • Multi-level Leader Tips and Guides • Available for K-5 on the VTK • Available for 6-12 in PDFs • Awards: Badges and Take Action Award

• Daisies - Outdoor Art Master and Buddy Camper • Brownies - Cabin Camper • Juniors - Eco Camper • Cadettes - Primitive Camper • Seniors - Adventure Camper • Ambassadors - Survival Camper

NEW STEM Journeys! While the number of women in biology, chemistry and math

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have increased in recent years, the gap has widened in computer science and persists in engineering and physics fields. That’s why it is so important for girls to have opportunities to be exposed to female role models in these fields and to be given opportunities to explore and have fun with activities that open up possibilities. This year, Girl Scouts will have new STEM Journeys, badges and awards that will help spark their interest in engineering and more. You can find them in our Council shops or online! Look for announcements by our community partners who will be offering workshops to help Girl Scouts fulfill some of the requirements for these new badges! GSCCC also offers a number of STEM events and workshops throughout the year, such as Science Alive, a full-day event scheduled for September 16. Deadline to register is September 1. Look at the program calendar in this magazine issue on page 16 for a list of events and check our online calendar on our website for new events being added during the membership year.

Think Like an Engineer

Think Like a Programmer

Focus on Design Thinking • Curated content from Design Squad • K-5 and Multi-Level • Awards: Think Like an Engineer Award Take Action Award

Focus on Computational Thinking • Curated content from • K-5 and Multi-Level • Awards: Think Like a Programmer Award Take Action Award

Robotics Badges • Focus on robot basics: 3 badges each for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors

Engineering Badges • In partnership with GoldieBlox: 3 badges each for Daises and Brownies

Daisy Design A Robot Badge

Brownie Programming Robots Badge

Think Like a Citizen Scientist

Cadettes Primitive Camper

Senior Adventure Camper

• Focus on the Scientific Method • Curated content from SciStarter • K-5 and Multi-Level • Awards: Think Like a Citizen Scientist Award Take Action Award

Junior Showcasing Robots Badge

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Adventure out West

Troop 629 from Chesapeake took a trip to Nevada and California. The girls were involved in the entire process of planning the trip, from budgeting and monitoring weather to helping decide what to pack. The trip was full of once-in-a-lifetime moments and adventures! Even the plane ride was exciting, as it was the first time the girls had flown. Of course, troop cookie proceeds helped fund the trip! Highlights of the trip included: touring Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s headquarters, participating in a nature walk at Clark County Wetlands Park with Girl Scout troops from Nevada, taking a day trip to the Grand Canyon, visiting the Hualapai Reservation, viewing the incredible site of the Hoover Dam and taking a trolley tour through Hollywood.

Troop 771 Travels to Costa Rica

Girl Scout Troop 629 enjoys a trip of a lifetime to Nevada and California.

While in Costa Rica, Girl Scout Troop 771 visited with a Maleku indigenous tribe, went zip lining, cruised on a crocodile river, went whitewater rafting, and climbed a volcano! They also met with local Costa Rican Girl Guides and Boy Scouts at an area school where they presented the school supplies they had collected during the year and gave them a helping hand painting shelters in the schoolyard.

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My Trip to Savannah by Girl Scout Cadette Snowden Schauf My trip to Savannah was planned mostly by us girls. We picked out which foods we would eat for dinner on which day, what we would have for lunch and the activities we were going to do. Since we have only four girls in the troop, it was easy to decide what the majority wanted. We saved for two years, selling more than 7,000 boxes of cookies, to fund the trip. We even got to go to Juliette Gordon Low’s house. Speaking of Juliette’s house, not only did we see her whole house, but we even got to play a game in her living room. We went to her grave and letterboxed around the graveyard. We went on a trolley ride around the city and a walking tour through a park. Later that night, we went on a ghost trolley tour. Dolphin watching was another fun activity we got to do. We had lunch at The Pirates’ House and dinner at Paula Deen’s restaurant. A carriage ride was a highlight of the trip. We climbed the Tybee Island lighthouse and went to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center, where we got to touch some underwater creatures. Doing a trip like this with your troop brings you closer together!



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TROOP NEWS! My New Red Shoes For their aMAZE! Journey Take Action project, Troop 174 held a shoe drive at Princess Anne Middle School in Virginia Beach. The girls put together a bulletin board display and shared a message on the morning announcements to advertise the shoe drive. After their month-long collection drive, the girls donated 21 pairs of shoes to My New Red Shoes, an organization that provides children from homeless and low-income families with new clothing and shoes so that they look and feel confident as they start the school year.

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Christening of the USS Indiana A group of Peninsula Girl Scouts volunteered at the christening of the USS Indiana at Newport News Shipbuilding in April. They greeted the invited guests and operated the elevators that took guests to the breakfast before the ceremony and the luncheon after the ceremony. During the day, the girls heard speeches by Vice President Mike Pence and Congressman Bobby Scott, among others. the Dominican Republic where Troop 292 from Virginia Beach visited ajagua waterfalls! Cookie they had an awesome time at the Dam come true. proceeds helped make this dream trip 7 Fall

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Legislative Day by Girl Scout Senior Cheyenne Wikkerink This year I went to Raleigh for Girl Scout Legislative Day, and it was a cool event! Our legislators gave us insights into what it’s like to be in office and all the things they do. It was nice to see so many Girl Scouts from across the state! I learned a lot of things while there. I learned that if you work hard enough for something that you’ll achieve it and that confidence comes with that hard work – something we learn in Girl Scouts! I also learned that you should do what you’re passionate about. If you’re passionate about something, you need to stand up for that something. That’s how Bill Cook came into office. Will I ever run for office? Not sure, but this event opened my eyes up to the possibility!


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Clean the Bay Day!

Girl Scout Troop 1008 from Hampton helped clean local waterways as part of Clean the Bay Day. In just a few hours, the troop members picked up 155 pounds of trash.

ARE G0-GETTERS! Puppy Love! Troop 1148 from Williamsburg finished up their first year together with a tour of the Heritage Humane Society. As a service project, the girls made blankets for the dogs and brought in other supplies as well. They really enjoyed the chance to spend time with the animals!

Girl Scout Junior Maureen Keller was invited to throw out the firs t pitch during Girl Scout Night With the Tides. She was chosen for this honor becau se she holds the title of the girl who sol d the most Gift of Caring cookies – 396 box es of Girl Scout cookies that went to a goo d cause!

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Troop 813 from Virginia Beach created special gift bags for chemo patients in honor of a troop supporter, Mary. Girls sought out and collected donations for the gift bags. They also put their creativity to work and made hand-sewn pillows. All donated items, pillows, along with sweet messages on note cards, were placed in the gift bags and brought to Virginia Oncology Associates.

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Volunteer Toolkit For You! The Volunteer Toolkit (VTK) is here to help volunteer leaders - it’s a digital planning tool that gives troop leaders program content, troop management tools, and other resources to make running a troop easier than ever.

Troop leaders/coleaders can… ● Access Journey and petal/badge troop meeting plans ● See step-by-step activity guides for each troop meeting ● View and edit troop rosters ● Manage renewals for both girls and adults ● Email parents with a single click ● Share troop meeting activities with parents ● Record girls’ meeting attendance ● Log girls’ petal/badge and Journey achievements ● Add events and troop activities


The Volunteer Toolkit offers multi-level troop access—and all-new program content for STEM and Outdoors, plus Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden! Fully customizable, the Volunteer Toolkit is digitally responsive so leaders can plan and prepare practically anywhere.

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Want to learn more about the Volunteer Toolkit? Just sign in at, click MY GS and check it out! The Volunteer Toolkit contains program and meeting plans for K–5 Girl Scouts (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and K–5 multi-level). Cadette, Senior and Ambassador troops have access to features including the troop roster, national resources and all K–5 program content (if needed for working with younger troops).

JOIN US at Volunteer Kickoff! We believe in the leadership potential of every girl, parent and volunteer-every Girl Scout. We ARE Team G.I.R.L. All volunteers are welcome! Fellow go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders are invited to come out, recharge and energize with each other. Spend the day celebrating with fellow volunteers and GSCCC staff, take classes, attend our rally session, and be inspired by what our council and fellow volunteers are doing.

Our Volunteer Kickoff theme is: Team G.I.R.L. It's the perfect excuse for you to bring out your best team gear. From uniforms and helmets to favorite sports team tees and team hats, we want to see your creative side. Wear your favorite sports team gear and garb to show your team pride!

Our Team G.I.R.L. Volunteer Kickoff will include:

Volunteer Kickoff: Team G.I.R.L. Saturday, September 23 ODU Webb Center, Norfolk 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Choice of 2 Workshops* Lunch GSCCC Shop Community Partner Exhibitors Fun Team G.I.R.L. Photo Spot Door Prizes

Register for this event and the workshops you want to attend on eBiz at by Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

*Volunteers will have eleven workshop topics to choose from-including, the Volunteer Toolkit (the ultimate time saving tool!), highest awards, outdoor skills, troop organization, craft ideas and songs.

This event is $5 and includes a box lunch (sandwich, chips, cookie, and bottle of water).


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Open House 1:30 - 3 p.m. Volunteers will have the opportunity to: • Tour A Place for Girls, The Lodge, and The Outback • Learn about camp, properties, and programs • Meet staff and network with other volunteers • Visit the Girl Scout Shop and receive 10 percent off purchases

Sunday, November 19, 2017 1:30 - 3 p.m. Classes offered on Sunday, November 19, 2017: A Place for Girls • Girl Scout Program Basics, Part II – 3-5 p.m. 912 Cedar Road, Chesapeake Register on eBiz before November 13, 2017

• Girl Scout Songs, Ceremonies and Traditions – 3-5 p.m. • Troop Organization Tips - 3-5 p.m. 11 Fall

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BUILD ME UP! GSCCC hosted a special workshop at the Waldo Scott Center in Newport News for girls and their dads Build Me Up. At this workshop, girls and their fathers or male caregivers spent quality time together while taking part in fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenges. They constructed towers and vehicles using different shapes and sizes of Lego blocks. GoldieBlox kits were used to create everything from airplanes to flowers. Snap circuit kits were also available and duos connected electronic circuit pieces to run radios, alarms and launch helicopter spinners! According to The State of Girls, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute, 30 percent of girls ages five to 17 in Virginia live in single-parent families. Girl Scouts knows that families provide girls with critical social, economic and emotional support, which is why the organization provides opportunities for parents and their girls to spend quality time together. Girl Scouts is not just for girls and their moms. Dads, too, can look to Girl Scouts for constructive, adventurous and fun activities to do with their girls. GSCCC will be hosting more Build Me Up workshops this year starting in Norfolk this fall. If you would like information on how to host an event as a communityElise Calvin and Jeffrey Calvin outreach effort, contact Stayce Sedgwick at

STRONG GIRLS In today’s world, a girl has to be strong – strong in mind, body and spirt. That’s the message more than 100 girls received when attending a GSCCC Strong Girls event hosted by community partner Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade did activities that focused on movement, taking part in an obstacle course relay and other teambuilding activities. The girls also made fitness journals to keep track of healthy living activities at home. Nutrition, too, was part of the learning. The girls were amazed to learn how much sugar is in some of the foods they regularly eat. Girl Scout teens took on the role of medical students for the day. The girls learned how to take pulse and blood pressure readings and practiced CPR on a manikin. They also used virtual training methods to try their hand at laparoscopic procedures and suturing knots. In addition to the technical skills of medicine, the girls worked with EVMS standardized patients to learn about doctor-patient communication techniques. Girl Scouts and its community partners help girls adopt healthier habits by giving health a social relevance, emphasizing physical activity, making good health an attainable goal and utilizing adult role models to show girls that positive outcomes result from healthy behaviors. Don’t forget to check out events GSCCC is holding this year and register to attend one that focuses on health!

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Let's Hear it for the Kappa Deltas! by Elizabeth Engler I am a Girl Scout Junior in fifth grade. On Sunday, April 9, 2017, I attended my first event with Kappa Delta at Old Dominion University. While I was there, I learned about different types of careers and requirements for them. The events and activities were fun. We got to do Zumba to learn about our heart and keeping our body moving. We played a lemonade stand game on the computers to learn about accounting and money, and my team won! We got to learn about some of the careers that the Kappa Delta members at ODU are studying, and we got to play Heads Up! just for fun. My favorite part of the day was when we got to learn about a boat captain and what she got to do for her job. At this station, we took clay and made a boat out of the clay. After we made our structure, we put the “boat” in a bucket of water to see if it would float or not. If it did float then we would start adding marbles onto it to see how much weight it would hold. The record that one boat could hold was 23 marbles! My highest amount of marbles on my boat (after I got it to float) was four marbles. When we finished with all the events, we went on a campus tour. On the tour, we got to go in the largest building on campus where we went to the top floor and we were able to see some of downtown Norfolk. After the campus tour, we went back to the main building, and we all went home. I had a great time. Thank you Kappa Deltas for sponsoring this event!

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Girl Scout Senior Lily Tomlinson is really looking forward to this fall! This October, she will be attending GSUSA's G.I.R.L. 2017 Convention and serving as a Media Girl on the Media Team! She competed in a tough competition for the privilege of serving in that role and will be one of only a dozen girls with the title. As a Media Girl, she will be helping share the convention news and gathering feedback from attendees - sharing with the country what it means to be a G.I.R.L.! Her role as a GSCCC Media Girl really helped prepare her for the job and she plans to continue with our Council’s group throughout the year as well. In addition to being a Media Girl at the Convention, she is also serving as a National Council Delegate. GSCCC elected two girls as delegates – Lily and Girl Scout Ambassador Laney Butt. They will join the adult delegates from our Council who will take part in the democratic process and decide on issues that will impact the future of Girl Scouting. “I am excited to watch, use and experience the governing process of an organization that is so close to my heart,” Lily said. “ I cannot wait to see so many different people coming together to work as a whole for one cause. Some of my favorite experiences in Girl Scouting have had to do with advocacy and governance. I’ve participated in the annual Girl Scout Legislature Day in Richmond for the past four years.” When she’s not busy working on Girl Scout awards and participating in Media Girls, Lily volunteers during the cookie season as a Cookie Captain. She helps with the Troop Cookie Coordinator training, answers questions that new leaders may have and gives tips to beginner cookie sellers so they have the best sale possible! “The best day of cookie season is drop-off day, when I help distribute more than one million boxes of cookies to all of the Girl Scout troops,” Lily said. No matter what she does, Lily gives it her all and is a real go-getter. She has earned two top Girl Scout awards - Bronze and Silver - and is anxious to get started on the Girl Scout Gold Award.

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Party at the Aquarium! That’s right, we’re going to kick off the cookie season with a splash of a rally at the Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center – an amazing place that inspires conservation of marine environment. This "Altogether Awesome" celebration, this year's cookie theme, will get you awe-inspired to create your cookie goals. Build skills and have loads of fun with other Girl Scouts! The center is closed to the public, so it’s just Girl Scouts and a lot of marine life to explore that includes our cookie 2018 mascot, the Green Sea Turtle! Get ready to visit interactive exhibits while you make stops at our cookie stations. Learn about cookies while working on STEM badges and the Explore Sea Turtles patch. You won’t want to miss this high-energy gathering of Girl Scouts. Sponsor

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Unleash Your G.I.R.L. at the Cookie Kickoff! A NEW EVENTS PAGE LOOK!

Many of you have asked for an annual list of council events and we heard you! Enclosed you will find a listing of Council events available for the entire year. The bi-fold design allows you to remove this section from the magazine and conveniently take it to your troop meetings. Share the information with your girls and have them pick the events they would like to attend. Looking for program details, wondering what badge activities girls will complete, or just want to know more? Don’t worry, it’s all there. Just visit our Events page at for more information and an easy to use registration link. Don’t forget to check our events page periodically as additional events may be added throughout the year. You can easily stay connected with Council events by subscribing to our Volunteer Connection blog.

Get ready for the Ghoulish Run and the Cookie Classic! Ghoulish Run for Girl Scouts Run on the fastest 5K course on the Peninsula! This event is supported by our Williamsburg Girl Scouts.

Important Dates Girl Scout Cookie Kickoff.................................. December 9, 2017 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins....... January 6, 2018 Cookie Delivery ................................................... February 17 Cookie Booths Begin ......................................... February 18 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend............ February 23-25 Cookie Season Ends ......................................... March 25

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Date: October 28, 2017 Place: The Governor’s Land at Two Rivers, Route 5, Williamsburg Time: Check-in starts at 8 a.m. with one-mile run starting at 8:30 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk – 9 a.m. Dress in your favorite Halloween costume – prizes for best costume. Each participant receives a T-shirt. Details and registration at

The 2018 Cookie Classic Put on your running shoes and be prepared to have fun at this event. Each year, the attendance has grown as more and more girls and adults from throughout the Council come out for the Trefoil Trek or Samoa Stroll. Date: January 20, 2018 Place: Great Dismal Swamp – North Trail Head in Chesapeake Time: Check-in starts at 8 a.m. with the first run (5K) beginning at 9 a.m. followed by the one-mile run at 10 a.m. Each participant receives a T-shirt, Awards and patches are given out based on the run/walk. Dress in a costume that says spring is here! Prizes for best costume. Find details at 15 Fall

Here's What's Happening Girl Scouts! DATE TITLE/LOCATION DEADLINE GRADE

PRICE BADGE/JOURNEY CATEGORY *Includes event patch *Includes grade level badge

Sept. 16

Science Alive 9/1/17 B/J/C/S/A Norfolk State University, Norfolk

$16/Girl * - $13/Adult includes lunch

It's Your Planet: Investigation

Sept. 17

Blazing Blue Herons Canoe Team 9/3/2017 Camp Apasus, Norfolk

$5 to try/$65 to join

Girl Scout High Adventures

Sept. 17

RIVERfest N/A All Grades FREE family event Carolanne Farms, Virginia Beach Patch in GS shop

Go to events page for more more information

Sept. 22-24

Canoe Camping Lake Drummond, Va



Girl Scout High Adventures

Sept. 30

Neptune Festival Parade Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach


All Grades $3 * per person


$40 per person

Legacy: Citizen

Sept 30-Oct. 1 Camp Darden Fall Core Camp 9/15/2017 B/J/C/S/A $75 per person Camp Darden, Courtland Meals included

Experience camping like a Girl Scout! First timers welcome.

Oct. 7

$10 * per person

It's Your Planet: Investigation

$40 per person

Girl Scout High Adventures

Synthetic Engineering 9/25/17 C/S/A The College of William & Mary

Oct. 13-15 Backpacking George Washington Nat. Forest



Oct. 14

Waterways Heritage Festival N/A All Grades FREE family event Battlefield Park South, Chesapeake Patch in GS shop

Go to events page for more information

Oct. 14 Oct. 20-23

Engineering Women ODU, Newport News

It's Your Story: Innovation

Fall Caving Trip 9/30/17 7-12 $90 girls Organ Cave, WV $40 adult leaders

Girl Scout High Adventures

Oct. 21

Girls STEAM Ahead 10/1/2017 B/J/C $15 * per person Nauticus, Norfolk

It's Your World: Science & Technology

Oct. 28

Nautical Adventure 10/11/2017 All Grades $32 per person Spirit of Norfolk, Norfolk Meal included

Oct. 29

The College Life The College of William and Mary



$3 * per person

College Tour Rocker

Nov. 4

Financial Cents A Place for Girls, Chesapeake



$12 per person

Financial Literacy *

Nov. 4

Camp Skimino Fall Core Camp 10/20/2017 All Grades $75 per person Camp Skimino, Williamsburg Meal included



$9 * per person

Experience camping like a Girl Scout! First timers welcome.

Nov. 5 Life of Pets Hope Springs Veterinary, Chesapeake


All Grades $3 per person

It's Your Story: Animals *

Nov. 11

Tidewater Veteran's Day Parade Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach


All Grades $3 * per person

Legacy: Citizen

Nov. 12

International Girls' Day Out ODU, Norfolk



$12 * per person

It's Your World: Healthy Living

Nov. 12

International Girls' Day Out The College of William & Mary



$12 * per person

It's Your World: Healthy Living


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

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

No tagalongs.

❧ Girl Scout High Adventures. Registered Girl Scout adults ❧ This is a family event. All must pay to attend. are welcome. Find all details at 16 Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast



Dec. 9

All Grades

Cookie Kickoff Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach


PRICE *Includes event patch $12 * per person

BADGE/JOURNEY CATEGORY *Includes grade level badge 5 Skills for Cookie Program

Dec. 16 Take Action with the Norfolk N/A All Grades $14 per person Admirals, Norfolk Scope

Go to events page for more information

Jan. 20

All About Butterflies A Place for Girls, Chesapeake

Legacy: Naturalist

Jan. 27

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



$7 (includes rocker)

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

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

$8 with patch $6 without patch

Girl Scout High Adventures

Feb. 3

Sizzling Savannah Soiree Stratford University, Newport News



$15 per person

Legacy: Cook *

Feb. 24

STEMagination TNCC, Hampton



$13 * per person


Feb. 28

iFly Event iFly, Virginia Beach


All Grades

$33 per person

Mar. 4

Tools of the Trade Camp Skimino, Williamsburg



$12 * per person

It's Your Story: Innovation

Mar. 5

Cookie Madness Norfolk Scope, Norfolk


All Grades

$14 * per person


Mar. 9

Get Moving Journey Overnight 2/15/2018 J $17 per person Boys and Girls Club, Virginia Beach

It's Your Planet: Get Moving Journey *

Mar. 9-11

Camp Darden Core Camp 10/15/2017 B/J/C/S/A Camp Darden, Courtland

Experience camping like a Girl Scout! First timers welcome.

Mar. 10

Auto Tech 2/17/2018 C/S/A $7 * per person Tidewater Community College Automotive Center, Chesapeake

It's Your Planet: Practical Life Skills

April 7

Girl Scout Day Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach

It's Your Planet: WOW Journey

April 15

Zoo Fest 3/26/2018 All Grades $17 * per person Virginia Zoo, Norfolk

It's Your Story: Animals

April 21

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



$3 * per person

Financial Literacy I

April 28

Sail Nauticus Nauticus, Norfolk



$29 * per person

Legacy: Athlete


All Grades

$13 * per person

It's Your World: Healthy Living

May 18

Norfolk Tides Game 5/14/2018 All Grades Harbor Park, Norfolk

$12 per person Hotdog and soda


May 18

Norfolk Tides Sleepover 5/14/2018 All Grades Harbor Park, Norfolk

$7 per person for overnight *


May 5 Strong Girls Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk


All Grades

$75 per person Meals included

$17 * per person

Events include activities related to the Badge/Journey Category but will not complete all the requirements unless noted (*). You can find FULL EVENT details – descriptions of workshops, trips AND registration information online at – Events Page! 17 Fall

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EXPLORE Patch Programs In addition to the opportunities ope n to girls through the Girl Scout nati onal resources - including the creative Journeys series - girls may also take advantage of innovative program idea s introduced by Girl Scouts of the Colo nial Coast. Through Council patch prog rams, girls are linked with local organization s and resources, helping them develop appreciation for what our community has to offer while having fun! There are many educati onal patch programs for girls of all grad e levels. Nearly every regional museum and every municipality has partnered with GSC CC to offer activities that lead to an Explore Patch. From visiting Nauticus or visiting Ope ration Smile to traveling and seeing the Outer Ban ks, there are so many patch programs to choose from! Find them all online at www.gsccc org.

Fall Product Program 2017! The fall product sale is a Council-sponsored program that combines fun educational activities with money earning opportunities for troops. During the fall product sale, girls participate in selling nuts, candy, tumblers, organic plants and magazines, all of which go a long way to help with troop start-up funds.

What can a troop earn? When 10 girls sell at least five online items (magazines, tumblers, plants) and 20 nut/candy items, the troop can earn approximately $500!

Order taking starts: September 23 Booth Sales: October 29 Program Ends: November 12 While we can only offer 12 items on our order card, visit a girl’s online store to view all available offerings. Email us at for program questions or help finding a Girl Scout to take your order.

100 Club (sell 100 items; any combination) • 100 Club patch and

• GSCCC $25 certificate or • Free admission to the 2018 Cookie Kickoff and a $10 GSCCC certificate.

New Products!

Dill Pickle Peanuts!

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Organic Plants

Tumblers and Water Bottles

Girl Scout and Holiday Tins

You’re invited to the Francis Land House for a spooktacular evening. Learn about witches and women of the past—it’s a wee bit spooky and a lot of fun. Join us for a campfire, crafts, and a tour of the house—after dark, on Friday, October 6th at the Francis Land House. Tickets and more information available starting Sept. 1st: | Pre-registration required.

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Girl Scout


2017 Girl Scout Famous Former Honorees


Each year, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast recognizes local famous former Girl Scouts who are leaders in their field. These women serve as role models for girls today the future leaders of tomorrow.

Awards Luncheon & Celebration

❧ Anne Conner President Public Finance and Community Investment TowneBank

❧ Betty Wade Coyle

Thursday, November 2, 2017 Registration 11 a.m. Luncheon 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Media Partners Hilton Norfolk The Main


Retired Child Abuse Prevention Advocate

Tickets on sale at $40 per adult / $25 per girl (ages 13 and up) After 10/20 $50 per adult / $35 per girl

❧ Carol Curtis

For questions email Stacy Nixon at or call 757-549-0641.

Founder, President and CEO NOAH Enterprises

Media Partners Sponsors We’re thrilled to announce our Keynote Speaker is Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo.

A lifelong Girl Scout and longtime business leader, Ms. Acevedo held the title of interim GSUSA CEO starting in June 2016 and accepted the permanent position in June 2017. Her previous roles included Media Partners Sponsors serving as secretary of the GSUSA Board of Directors. She is an enduring champion of girls' and women's causes who brings to the organization a deep understanding of the youth leadership market and the evolving needs of today's girls. Ms. Acevedo has also Keynote Speaker advocated for Hispanic, Asian and other minority populationsSponsors in the Sylvia Acevedo Media Partners U.S. throughout her career and is a White House commissioner on the Presidential Initiative for Hispanic Educational Excellence. A talented technology executive who has held positions with some of the world’s most respected companies, Sylvia was the founder, president, and CEO of CommuniCard LLC, a marketing firm known for its innovative approaches to working with changing community demographics. Prior to that, she served in Media Partners Sponsors executive and business development roles at REBA Technologies, Dell Computer Corporation, Autodesk Inc., Tandem Ungermann-Bass, Apple Computer, and IBM—and she began her career as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Barbara Hamm Lee is the owner of Sharing Info, LLC and a Girl Scout alumna! Barbara is the host and producer of Another Media Partners Sponsors View, a weekly call-in talk show that is heard on 89.5 WHRV-FM, the NPR station for Eastern Virginia, and on WNSB-FM, public radio for Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. Mistress of Ceremonies Media Partners Barbara Hamm Lee

Media Partners

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Presenting Sponsor


❧ Katherine Glass Clerk of Council City of Hampton

❧ Nicole Stuart President Top Guard Security

❧ Cecelia (CeeCee) Tucker Director of Community Relations Old Dominion University

❧ Nancy Welch, MD Public Health Director Chesapeake Health Department

❧ NEW CATEGORY IN 2017 Future Famous Former Amy Godby Project Manager Anthem, Inc

An interview with

Lt. Avery Berge Lt. Avery Berge says serving on the Council’s board of directors is a rewarding job. Avery joined the board in 2016 and serves on the executive committee and helps with many projects that connect GSCCC with our military partners. Avery agreed to answer some interview questions for us, but before you read them take time to learn a little about this awesome woman. She’s a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has a bachelor’s degree in English (Honors) and a minor in Japanese. She later earned a Master of Arts in English Literature from Old Dominion University. During her first tour in the Navy, she served on USS DENVER (LPD 9) based out of Sasebo, Japan as the First Division Officer for Deck Department and then as the Main Propulsion Division Officer, while simultaneously serving as Legal Officer. In March 2013 she reported to USS STERETT (DDG 104) where she served as the ship’s Navigator. She is currently stationed in Norfolk as an instructor at the Basic Division Officer Course Do you think Girl Scouts has stayed relevant to today’s girls? (BDOC). Her naval decorations include three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation I think that Girl Scouts is a valuable Medals and multiple unit and service awards. program for girls today because it offers When and where did you spend your Girl Scout years as a girl? a positive environment to grow and learn. I was a Girl Scout from 1993 to 1997 in the former Mile High Girl Scout Council Girls can learn new skills, build confidence, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Council is now Girl Scouts of Colorado. be involved in their community and build life-long friendships. I think that it A fond memory from those times? demonstrates that you can have fun and I was at a store the other day and walked past the sunscreen and bug spray. I inhaled learn by building each other up instead of a whiff of bug spray and immediately had flashbacks of attending Girl Scout camp in bringing each other down. the mountains of Colorado! I loved being outside and getting to know the other girls. I also looked up to all of the counselors and leaders who were strong, approachable, and brave role models. Every day, Girl Scouts unleash Why do you think it is important for you to serve on the Council's board – what does it mean to you? My experiences as a Girl Scout have been invaluable and have served as a foundation to me. It is important that today’s girls receive that type of foundation as well. I also understand what it is like to be in the military, so I try to provide that perspective to the board of directors since there are many military families in our area.

the power of G.I.R.L. to make amazing things happen!

Juliette Gordon Low Society Luncheon Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast hosted a Juliette Gordon Low Society lunch at Sweetwater Cuisine in Virginia Beach for Girl Scout alumnae, volunteers and friends to hear how estate planning can play a big part in one’s financial planning and life’s mission. The Society was started in memory of our Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

Melissa Burroughs, Tracy Keller, Toni Taylor and Ellis Pretlow.

Ellis Pretlow, a member of the GSCCC board of directors and an associate at Kaufman & Canoles, spoke about different ways that individuals can leave a lasting legacy while writing their estate plans. She shared information about how different planned gifts, such as naming GSCCC as a beneficiary in a retirement plan, can provide tax credits and maximize giving potential.

During the lunch, Melissa Burroughs and Toni Taylor were recognized as new members of the Society. Melissa is a former chair of the GSCCC board of directors, and Toni volunteers to serve girls in at-risk areas. Although she was unable to attend the luncheon, Kate Godby also became a society member. Kate is a project manager with Hewlett Packard. As a girl in Girl Scouts, Kate received the highest award a girl could earn at that time – Girl Scout First Class. Kate was super proud when her daughter, Amy, received the Girl Scout Gold Award which is the highest honor today.

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women’s wellness weekend

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017 Camp Skimino, Williamsburg Hosted by GSCCC Alumnae. Open to all adult women! Join us for this fabulous weekend that will help you find balance in your life. Your weekend will include laughing yoga, a cleansing facial and a relaxing massage to nurture your whole body. Weekend also includes an optional excursion to the Williamsburg Winery. It would not

Samoa Soirée

be a Girl Scout weekend without a dutch oven cooking lesson, craft session, canoeing, archery and s'mores! Questions? Contact Robin Thomas at or 757-548-3809.


Spend the afternoon sampling your favorite Girl Scout Cookies paired with a carefully selected wine at the Williamsburg Winery.

10th Annual

An Adult-Only Tasting Event

Saturday, October 28, 2017 2 - 4 p.m. 5800 Wessex Hundred, Williamsburg, VA $50 by 10/13 and $60 after

Go Green for Girl Scouts!

Don’t miss the opportunity to sponsor the highly anticipated Samoa Soiree!

Ticket includes 5 wines paired with cookies, appetizers, a glass of your favorite wine and your souvenir wine glass. Bring your friends and meet new friends at this delicious event!

Take a Girl Scout to work. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is launching a full year of Take a Girl Scout to Work opportunities for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Girls will explore careers and be involved in mentorship activities with area alumnae who serve in leadership positions in various industries. For more information contact Stacy Nixon at

Contact GSCCC Philanthropy Director, Stacy Nixon, at

Saturday, March 17, 2018 5-9 p.m. Sheraton Waterside Tickets on Sale January 2018

TW Tidewater Women

Supporting the United Way Helps Support Girl Scouts! Throughout Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast’s jurisdiction, United Way organizations support our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. With a complementary vision of helping people achieve their full potential, the community-based United Ways are important Girl Scout partners. Thank you, United Ways, for supporting our mission and helping provide the funds to carry out our service to girls! When donating to United Way, designate your gift to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast.

Albemarle Area United Way Combined Federal Campaign Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Franklin-Southampton Area United Way United Way of South Hampton Roads & Combined Charities Campaign

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4011 59158 5016 Write-in Write-in

United Way of Virginia Peninsula & Williamsburg Martin County United Way - Bertie County North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign United Fund of Washington County

7016 Write-in 1470-008 Write-in

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and GEICO Received Governor’s 2017 Safety Transportation Award GEICO and the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast were presented with the 2017 Virginia Governor’s Transportation Safety Award within the youth category on June 15, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. The award recognizes individuals and organizations who have made contributions to transportation safety in Virginia. “Thanks to our successful partnership with GEICO, many of our teen Girl Scouts have been able to earn the Girl Scout Car Care badge and learn the importance of becoming a responsible driver,” Tracy Keller, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, said. GEICO has hosted several workshops and has offered activities at events sponsored by our Council, including a recent one, Girl Fest, where we had nearly 700 girls attend.

Left is Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, GSCCC Partnerships and Events Manager Jacqueline Brooks, GEICO Auto Damage Manager Julia Grim, and DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb.

Girl Scouts Taekwondo3rd Saturday of every month! 10 – 11:30 a.m. • Grades: 2-5 • Cost: $10 girls/$5 adults Lynnhaven Taekwondo Academy, Virginia Beach Register by calling Girls explore an introduction to traditional Taekwondo and self-defense through basic kicks, blocks and punches. Learn the basic then join us for a Taekwondo badge workshop to earn your badge*. *Workshop to earn you badge is $25 per participant. Girl Scout Jasmine Boyette from Chesapeake attended the May 17 Car Care Clinic hosted by GEICO.

Go for Gold Workshops


The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in LOCATION DATE TIME Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award Virginia Beach 9/27/17 6:30-8:30 p.m. challenges girls to change their world – or their corner of it. By the Camp Apasus 10/15/17 2-4 p.m. time they put the final touches on their projects, they will have solved a community problem – not only in the short term, but also for years Elizabeth City Field Center 10/29/17 2-4 p.m. in the future! Crooks United Methodist Church, Yorktown 11/18/17 1-3 p.m. Considering the challenge? Plan to attend the Go for Gold workshop. Girls will need to complete the online training, Go for Gold, before attending To set up a Gold Award interview, send an email to the Go for Gold classroom workshop. During the workshop, girls will learn how to successfully plan and carry out a project. In addition, In search of inspiration for your Gold Award project? Read girls will learn to identify the root cause of an issue in their community, about the 2017 Girl Scout Gold Awardees at and how to build a project to address the issue. Register for both 23 Fall modules by visiting 23 Fall

Camp Darden Climbing Wall Dedication GSCCC dedicated the new climbing wall at Camp Darden on June 20 during a ceremony with campers, Girl Scout alumnae and friends from the community. The 22-foot high wall was built at the camp this spring thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Obici Healthcare Foundation. Girl Scouts from the Suffolk Service Unit donated funds to purchase auto-belay devices for the climbing wall. Following the dedication ceremony, guests were led on a tour of the camp. Among the guests in attendance were Franklin Mayor Frank Rabil and his wife Lynne, and Tammie Mullins-Rice from the Obici Healthcare Foundation. John and Irene Field also visited camp for the ceremony. Irene is the daughter of the late former Virginia Governor Colgate Darden who donated Camp Darden for Girl Scouts to use.

Back (left to right): Carolene Goodwyn-Harris, chair of the board of directors for Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, Tracy Keller, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, Lynne Rabil, Frank Rabil, Mayor of Franklin, and Tammie Mullins-Rice, program officer with Obici Healthcare Foundation Front (left to right): Girl Scouts Addison Gwin, Taylor Nixon, MyAsia Fulton, Allison Miller

“When children are involved in programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, the knowledge that they gain and the habits that they develop have a long-term impact on their health and well-being,” Tracy Keller, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, said. “We hope that the addition of the climbing wall will encourage more girls to come to camp, spend time outdoors and be active.”

The climbing wall is the latest improvement Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast has made to the camp to offer a variety of high-adventure activities for girls. Last year, an archery range opened at the camp, and a low-ropes course and new pool were added to the camp in 2013.

Rock on Girl Scouts! Go-getter Girl Scouts of the Lynnhaven Shores Service Unit raised $10,000 that they donated to build a climbing wall at Camp Skimino. A check was presented to GSCCC Property Director John Morgan and Philanthropy Director Stacy Nixon on Friday, June 2, during an evening bridging program hosted by the service unit. Susan Ramsland, a lifetime Girl Scout who volunteers to oversee the unit and an avid outdoor program advocate, spearheaded the fundraising effort and led the ceremony, which included several girls from the service unit’s Girl Advisory Board. “We are committed to making sure we provide outdoor activities that are relevant to today’s girls and what they want,” Property Director John Morgan said. “Girls want to be challenged and they want adventure in a safe and all-girl environment." Thank You Lynnhaven Shores Service Unit Girl Scouts! GSCCC Property Director John Morgan and Philanthropy Director Stacy Nixon share the exciting news of the Lynnhaven Shores donation of $10,000 for the Skimino climbing wall.

Double Your Gift to GSCCC!

With the addition of the in-door climbing wall, Camp Skimino will truly be an adventure destination. Girls will find challenges on the low-and-high-ropes course and the thrill of “rock” climbing!

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Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. Some provide matching funds to support employee volunteer hours. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some will even double or triple the amount of your gift! Check with your employer to see if your company has a matching gift program. Contact Stacy Nixon, Philanthropy Director, at for more information.

Fun Picks of Camp Pics! We had a great 2017 summer camp season! Girl Scouts offer year-round outdoor activities and events. Find details on Council camp properties and upcoming outdoor events on our website!

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Fun guaranteed, just add water! From dolphin watching adventures to exploring the wonders of the water, the Aquarium offers a fun environment and enthusiastic educators to help your troop earn badges or patches. Visit to learn more.


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Adult Learning Opportunities You belong to a network of nearly one million adults who share an important commitment: preparing girls to lead successful lives. Now you can prepare yourself to be a more successful volunteer! Maybe you’ve volunteered to lead a troop or you’re an involved caregiver who serves on the troop committee or helps with outdoor adventures. Whatever role you serve in as a volunteer, there are opportunities for you to be trained and to network with other volunteers! Classes are offered in a variety of formats, including online, classroom and outdoor workshops. Visit our website at for details. Online Courses • Girl Scouting 101 - this self-paced course is required for all volunteers before starting a volunteer position. • Welcome to the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast • Getting Your Troop Started • Girl Scout Program Basics I • Elements of a Troop Meeting • Troop Government • Managing Troop Finances • Risk Management • Out and About • Volunteer Toolkit • Swim Watcher • Volunteer Position Training

Classroom Trainings • Girl Scout Program Basics II • Classroom Training Outdoor and First Aid (Open to all adults and girls 14 and up) • Backpacking • American Safety and Health Institute CPR, AED and Basic First Aid Resources Volunteer Essentials is a must for all volunteers. Get just about everything you need as a Girl Scout volunteer, including basic facts and forms. Find tips on planning outdoor activities, managing troop finances, promoting safety, arranging trips, selling cookies and more. Visit on the forms page. Safety Activity Checkpoints Every adult in Girl Scouting is responsible for the physical and emotional safety of girls, and we follow these guidelines at all times. From archery to hiking, outdoor cooking to ziplining, get checklists to help everyone stay safe—and have fun! Visit on the forms page.


Girl Scout Sign Up Event!

Attention Girl Scouts: Sign up for a booth, show off your troop accomplishments and Scout Ready skills and earn your recruiter patch!

Saturday, Sept. 23 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pembroke Mall Virginia Beach or Patrick Henry Mall Newport News

Interested in hosting a booth? Contact Kim Lincoln by September 10 at

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Adventure is Calling! Mediterranean Adventure Greece, Italy, SpainJuly 17-31, 2018 $4,795 plus airfare to Boston.

l Coast a i n o l o C abroad of the s s t e i u t i o n c tu Girl S l oppor ge and e v a r t fa offers ears o he travel y 3 1 s l ft for gir time o e h t t older a event.

Scotland & Ireland July 23 - August 3, 2019 $4,900 plus airfare to Boston.

Prices for trips increase as the date gets closer. Payment plans are available. For additional information on these travel opportunities, email Eileen Livick at

Girl Scout alumnae are invited on a trip to Spa Ixtapan de la Sal in Mexico in October/November 2018. It’s a wonderful seven-day pampering trip that includes: seven nights of accommodations, all meals, several Swedish massages, facials, hair and nail treatments, yoga, Pilates and much more. A trip to Our Cabaña, one of the WAGGG’s world centers, is on the schedule, too! This trip is expected to cost between $2,500-$3,000 for the entire week. For more information, contact Robin Thomas at or 757-548-3809.

Lila Davis, a Girl Scout alumna, recently traveled to Sangam, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Center in India. Lila is a lifetime member who has been a From the turtles to the treetops, 38 travelers from GSCCC explored the Girl Scout for more than 65 years. Lila spent a week of fun and fellowship with travelers from 22 countries. incredible biodiversity that makes Costa Rica truly unique. Planning and fundraising took over two years for this nine-day trip that was an World Centers offer Girl Scouts and Girl Guides a comfortable adventure of a lifetime. They floated down twisting and turning canals, and safe place for short stays or longterm visits. In addition scanned the rainforest canopy for endangered species, saw amazing to Sangam, there are World Centers in the United Kingdom, waterfalls, relaxed in a geothermal hot spring, and learned about the Switzerland and Mexico. Details about events and rich ecosystems. opportunities at the World Centers can be found at

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Council Shops Chesapeake Retail Shop (at A Place for Girls) 912 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-548-0933 Newport News Retail Shop (at Peninsula Service Center) 894 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601 757-548-2693

Printed on the back of the t-shirts

See our website for current shop hours.

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GIRLS LOVE THE ADVENTURE PARK! Kids - Teens - Adults - Groups Awesome adventures await you at The Adventure Park! Discover Virginia Beach’s coolest outdoor attraction! Climb, swing, and zip line across exciting aerial bridges. Great for Bridging ceremonies, birthday parties, and community-building fun!

Reserve Now at Our Discounted Girl Scout Rate! Contact us at 757-385-4947 or The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium SM

801 General Booth Blvd. - Virginia Beach, VA 23451 Ph: (757) 385-4947 -

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Important Dates for your Troop Calendar 2017

November 19 Fall Open House A Place for Girls

September 4 Happy Labor Day Council offices closed

November 23 & 24 Happy Thanksgiving Council offices closed

September 16 Science Alive

December 9 Cookie Kickoff Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

September 23 Volunteer Kickoff ODU Webb Center, Norfolk September 23 Fall Product, order taking begins

December 24-January 1 Winter Break Council offices closed

October 29 Fall Product, Booth Sales

2018 January 6 Cookie Program Begins

October 31 Juliette Gordon Low’s Birthday- Shop Specials

January 15 Martin Luther King Day Council offices closed February 10 Annual Council Meeting

November 2 Girl Scout Famous Formers The Main in Norfolk November 12 Fall Product Program Ends

February 22 World Thinking Day February 23-25 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend March 12 Girl Scout Birthday March 12-18 Girl Scout Week March 17 Samoa Soiree Sheraton Waterside Norfolk April 22 Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day May 29 Happy Memorial Day Council offices closed June 2, 2018 Gold Award Celebration

Call Out For Media Girls! Are you a teen girl – Girl Scout Cadette and up – who would like to learn how to do media interviews and get a close look at what it takes to work in the media? Then you’ll want to come to our fall Media Girls training at Old Dominion University. Get tips from GSCCC Public Relations Manager Kaitlin Smith and Girl Scout alumna and media specialist Taylor Abreu. Visit the events page on our website for date and details.

Have you heard about the Volunteer Connection Blog? GSCCC has TWO blogs – our GSCCC blog with inspiring girl and adult member stories AND our Volunteer Connection blog where volunteers will find great program ideas, resources and news. Subscribe today at and keep informed!

Be an Amazing

All Star troop this year!

GSCCC has an All Star patch program that carries a different theme each year. The aim is to ensure a well-rounded Girl Scout program year for the girls. Upon completion of the activities/ requirements, each girl member of the troop will be eligible for this year’s Amazing All Star Troop patch. Requirements include participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, early membership renewal in spring of 2018, helping with your troop membership growth and submitting an annual Troop Financial Report. You can see all requirements and details at – Forms Page.

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! e g a P s u n o B Celebrate Juliette Gordon Low on her birthday! In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low (1860–1927), founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, was born on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia. She was the second of six children of Eleanor "Nellie" Lytle Kinzie and William Washington Gordon II (the son of prominent lawyer and legislator William Washington Gordon. Shortly after her birth an uncle nicknamed her Daisy, and she used that name throughout her life. Juliette was an ardent believer in the potential of all girls and the importance of fostering their individual growth, character, and self-sufficiency, Juliette is credited with establishing and nurturing a global movement that has changed the world! Find out more about Daisy!

Here’s some fun ways girls can celebrate Juliette’s birthday: Troop Activity The girls can bring “gifts” to their troop in honor of Juliette’s birthday. A great way to start your troop supplies or replenish used items. Ideas for gifts might include crayons, construction paper, glue, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, etc. The list can be modified to your particular needs. Have the girls wrap their gifts and share them with their troop/group. Everyone brings a gift and opens a gift. Have a birthday cake or cupcakes and punch! Play some fun party games, such as pin the “Petal on the Daisy”, “Juliette Says”, etc. Just have fun! For those in their Daisy year, a full-fledged birthday party for Juliette complete with gifts that could be given to a local children’s hospital or charity would be a good way to introduce the youngest Girl Scouts to Juliette Low and would qualify for their “to make the world a better place” petal.

Community Service Participate in a service project to honor Juliette Low. Appropriate “Juliette-themed” gifts for such an event would be art supplies in that Juliette loved to paint and sculpt. If a charity, hospital, or school for disabled children exists in your area, donating to any of these choices would be doubly appropriate. When Juliette founded Girl Scouting, girls with disabilities were welcomed, whereas they were often excluded elsewhere.

Troop Party Snacks Cookies & S’Mores - Learn the history of Girl Scout cookies & S’Mores. Hint try looking up Some More. Create a recipe using at least one type of Girl Scout cookie (if available).

Craft Create a bouquet of woven daisies in various colors. You’ll need a fork for each girl to use as a loom – heavy duty forks work best (not plastic), various colors of yarn, and scissors. Each girl will cut a piece of yarn 6 inches long and place between the middle tines of a fork so that both ends hang down. Hold fork handle and yarn together in one hand. This will become the stem of the flower after being used to tie the weaving together. Cut a piece of yarn 12-18 inches. Hold one end of this piece of yarn in same hand along with fork and stem piece. Begin weaving yarn in and out of the tines of the fork, weaving under one, over the next. Go around the end and continue weaving until the yarn is all used or the fork is full. Have a buddy help by holding the fork so you can lift the ends of the stem pieces and tie around the weaving using a half knot in the center tine. Gently pull weaving off the fork, tightening the knot as you pull. When knot is off the fork, tighten fully and finish the knot as a square knot. Trim ends even, leaving stem longer.

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Have S’more Fun! Now service units have the chance to tell s’more girls about how great Girl Scouts is! Service units can run their very own S’more Fun events that will provide their service units with an opportunity to: • Fill open troop spots with new girls • Renew members • Share the excitement of s’mores! S'mores have long been a staple around the campfire. They are delicious treats rooted in Girl Scout history. The recipe for s'mores dates back to the 1925 Girl Scout Leader magazine! In the month of November, service units that celebrate this ooeygooey tradition by holding S’more Fun events will receive an event plan full of fun activities. Current Girl Scouts and those who join at the event will receive a free S'more Fun patch! To learn more, contact your service unit leadership or Kim Lincoln at

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