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A Publication of the Girl Scouts of eastern Pennsylvania

I Can’t Wait to…

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Spark is a publication of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and is published twice yearly. CEO Natalye Paquin, Esq. Chief Development & Marketing Officer Kim Fraites-Dow Director of Marketing & Communications Jennifer Richards Design Manager Jenny Kontos Graphic Designer Leslie Rockwell Production Coordinator Jeff Kwait Program Contributors

Jennifer Allebach Chief Volunteer Management and Program Officer Melissa Pepitone Program Manager Tracey Bunch Program Operations Manager Outdoor Program Contributors

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notes from natalye


Early morning sunrise over the lake. Late night stories with friends under the stars. Exhilaration after climbing the ropes course. The smell of marshmallows roasting over a fire. Mmm... memories that last forever! If you have experienced Girl Scout camp like I have, you know that camp can change your life. The friendships you make, the counselors who inspire you, the risks you take, and the accomplishments that bring out the leader inside you will make you smile. I can’t wait for you to learn all about the new and exciting things we are offering at camp this year. From Stand Up Paddleboards at Mosey Wood, to the Critter Cabin at Wood Haven, to Archery at Shelly Ridge, to an Outdoor Stage at Mountain House and a Star Lab at Valley Forge, there is something for every girl at camp this year. And don’t forget, you can earn credits through the cookie program to help pay your way to camp! We also offer discounts and financial aid to ensure that the camp experience is open to every girl.

the 75th Anniversary of Camp Mosey Wood. We’re inviting former campers and staffers to join us for a special overnight celebration in August (see page 50 of the Camp Guide for more information). Oh yeah, and flip the script of the Camp Guide! When you turn it over, there are so many fun events to attend throughout the winter ‘til June. So what are you waiting for? I hope this issue of Spark will have you looking forward to summer and soon you’ll be saying “I can’t wait to... go to camp… to have some fun!”

Camp is all about making memories, and you can read about other campers’ favorite experiences starting on page 19.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

We’re excited to recreate some of those memories when we celebrate

Natalye Paquin CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

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Go to Camp! pg. 19



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discover 9 GSEP Signature events  Experience sisterhood. Our signature

events are designed to bring together girls from all corners of the Council.



Notes from our “girl correspondents” at the 10th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women.

14 ALL ABOUT TRAVEL  Learn about new Council travel

opportunities and how Girl Scouts from our Council spent two years earning money for a trip to explore Europe.


History Committee

GSEP’s History Committee celebrates over 100 years of Girl Scout history.


I Can’t Wait to… Go to CamP  here are tons of new things to try T at Girl Scout camp this year! As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Camp Mosey Wood, campers reflect on their favorite camp memories and encourage every girl to experience Girl Scout camp this summer.

20 I ♥ Camp Mosey Wood


Ask a Camper


 om to Mom: Our Family’s M Camp Experience

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take action

28  Neighborhood Summer Day Camp

41  Girl Scouts highest honors

 he Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are T the highest honor that can be earned by a Girl Scout. We highlight some outstanding recent awardees, and share the steps you can take towards earning an award.

Cadettes: serve as a role model for younger Girl Scouts by becoming a Program Aide.


 ronze Awards: Go Green B and Increasing the Use of the Greenwood Nature Trail

30  connect with young alumnae


 ilver Awards: Young Naturalist S and Summer Math Camp

Behind the scenes at Sandy Run Service Unit’s annual summer day camp.

29  cadette program aide

 wo young alumnae share how they’re T giving back—and what they’re gaining in return—by serving as Troop Leaders.

47  Gold Awards: Opportunity House


Interest Patrols  fun alternative to the traditional troop A


In the Community

format. From Fashion to Alpacas, we offer a variety of patrols sure to pique your interest.

38 take the lead

travel the globe

 ave the Date for our upcoming Take the S Lead events in Philadelphia, Berks County, and the Lehigh Valley in 2014.

and Lean On Me: A Workshop to Becoming a Better Friend

Gear up for GSEP Green Project 2014 and the MLK Day of Service, or plan your own community service project to earn Community Service Bars.



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Notes from Natalye


impact investing

Shout Outs: Thank you to our generous donors who have made leadership investments in GSEP.



Your go-to place for the Cookie Program.


New Horizons

Travelogues from Girl Scouts who have participated in Destinations programs.



special pull-out

 Spark Your Mind Check out all the fun stuff in the middle of this issue of Spark! Explore what’s new at camp in our pull-out Camp Guide (which reverses to the Spring/ Summer Program Guide) plus enjoy special Girl Scout wrapping paper and a “fortune teller” you can cut out and use with your friends!

How do you make the world a better place? The Girl Scout Gold Award

As a high school student, I designed and implemented an infection control measure to decrease hospital infection and reduce death. My findings were published in the Journal of Family Practice. Ariel, 2010 Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Now a pre-med student at Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania

Create a lasting change in your community. Go Gold at

Photo: Copyright Š, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2012, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.


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Help us say thank you to these generous contributors whose investment helps us build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!

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TD Charitable Foundation

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United Way of Berks County

Girl Scouts of the USA

United Way of Bucks County (UW MAIN)


United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey

Bank of America BioClinica Boeing Company Brandywine Realty Trust Capital BlueCross Carpenter Technology Corporation Century Fund CIGNA Foundation Citizens Bank Charitable Foundation Comcast I NBC10 Cozen O’Connor Crayola CRW Graphics Danella Companies

Ms. Bonnie J. Hall The Honickman Foundation The Jerlyn Foundation Independence Blue Cross

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley UPS Metro Division US Airways

Independence Foundation

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Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

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Artists at Heart offers a variety of options for scouts to earn their Potters and Jewelers badges and offers just-for-fun art activities for all ages. We put the ART in PARTY

*The History of Ice Cream *Ice Cream Around the World *The Great Flavor Experiment (610) 554-0480 20 min. north of the LV Mall

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GSEP Signature

Events Experience sisterhood. Our “signature” events are designed to bring together girls from all corners of the Council.

The following events offer girls the opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills, bond as they discover ways to make an impact in society, explore their STEM future and build strong bodies. We hope these dynamic, shared experiences will inspire girls to make new friends and expand their network of lifelong Girl Scouts! • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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Real Girls Do STEM  

  Grades: K–5





Includes lunch and event patch.


Join the Alvernia University Science Association for a day full of fun! Do you love the planet you live on? Have you ever wondered how you can make a difference? Join us as we take an adventure to learn about water and energy! We will be exploring the wonders of water and how you can protect the water around you! Learn how you can make the most of your own energy and protect Earth’s energy! Activities will include taking a nature walk to observe animals in their natural habitats, making beads from recycled paper, testing water in Angelica Creek Park, and developing a plan to take action and save water. Completes activities from the Wonders of Water and Get Moving! Journeys.


Saturday, March 22 9am–2pm Alvernia University 400 Saint Bernardine St. Reading

or Real Girls Do STEM  

  Grades: 6–12





Includes lunch and event patch.

You have amazing talents and ideas to offer the world—did you know that you can use science to make the world a better place? Students from the Drexel School of Engineering and Society of Women Engineers will guide you through interactive workshops on robotics, music technology, environmental sustainability, and more. You’ll have the chance to talk to engineering students and experts in various fields who are using STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to make their passions come alive. Explore how you can integrate STEM with other disciplines like art, music and fashion to share your ideas and make a big impact!

Monday, February 17 10am–2pm Drexel University Bossone Research Center 3401 Market St. Philadelphia

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Real Girls Social Impact Conference  

  Grades: K–12

Want to help shape the conference? We’re looking for girls of all ages to share their ideas and opinions. Email to get involved.

Girls Only Triathlon and Duathlon  

  Grades: K–12

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Be inspired to take action by hearing from recent Gold Awardees and women who use their vision to create social change. Discover ways to have an impact in your community and beyond, whether you earn the highest awards or just want to make the world a better place. The Real Girls Social Impact Conference will include all of the great parts from our Real Girls Leadership and Discovering Leadership Conferences, as well as new ways that you can make a difference.

Spring 2014

GSEP is excited to host America’s First Ever Girls Only Triathlon and Duathlon.

Summer 2014

Triathlon: an athletic event consisting of three legs with three different activities completed in this order—swimming, cycling, running. Duathlon: an athletic event consisting of three legs with two different activities completed in this order—running, cycling, running. Start training now and keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

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• Customizable features for volunteers • No waiting! Register immediately for programs

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IN PERSON  Every GSEP service center has staff and computers available for registration use during normal business hours. After hours assistance is available by request. BY PHONE  Contact us at 888.564.4657, press 2 for registration. After hours appointments for phone support are also available by request. BY EMAIL  Email support is available at

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Tales of a Girl Scout Correspondent


By Alexa I. and emily s.

Emily and Alexa report on their experience representing Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania as “girl correspondents” at the 10th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Alexa I. On November 1, I attended the 10th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. A plethora of powerful and inspiring women spoke at this mighty convention, including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton. I am 16 years old and my dream is to be the Secretary of State; my attendance was not an option! During the morning keynote session, Albright mentioned that at times she was the only woman in the room and it was not always easy to make the men listen to what she had to say. She made

an intellectual and emotional impact the other speakers would create for me. I now have a more distinct sense of my own power as a young woman.

I loved being surrounded by strong, confident women because I know that I am a strong, confident girl. the point that “there’s plenty of room in this world for mediocre men, but no room for mediocre women.” I feel honored to have heard her speak.

Emily S.

On November 1, I was privileged to serve as a girl correspondent for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Former Secretary of State Hillary at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Clinton was the last speaker of the Conference for Women. There were Keynote Lunch. She is one of my 7,000 women in attendance at the role models because she pushes for all-day conference, at which dozens international women’s empowerment. of powerful, world-renowned female I knew that I would be blown away by speakers offered inspirational and listening to two former Secretaries of guiding messages. State, but I did not know how much of

One speaker who stood out in my mind and gave me goose bumps was Judge Glenda Hatchett. Judge Hatchett became the highest-ranking African-American woman for Delta Airlines, Georgia’s first AfricanAmerican chief presiding judge, and a two-time book author and motivational speaker. Her speech was beautiful! I walked away from the conference feeling empowered that each girl and woman must believe in herself and dream, get a good education, develop the right leadership skills, follow our own work-life flow, and work together as a team to reach our full potential in career, society and home. The sky is the limit if we believe in ourselves! • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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! This Year

Become a Global Citizen through Council Travel

We believe that each and every girl deserves a chance to see the world! That’s why we developed the Travel Pathway—to give you opportunities to learn about new cultures and meet new people. You will also develop valuable skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. You know these skills from participating in the Girl Scout Product Programs, now sharpen them as you travel the world. We are currently planning up to three years in advance to allow you the time to fundraise for the trip. Decide if you want to participate in one trip or all of them! Come to our Info Session to learn more! Savannah, Georgia – Summer 2014 Experience the southern charm of Juliette Low’s hometown. See brilliantly restored neighborhoods filled with stately mansions and Victorian homes. Discover hidden gardens and old plantations. Visit the Girl Scouts’ First Headquarters and participate in the Girl Scout heritage visit with a trip to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace. London & Paris – Summer 2015 From the impressive St. Paul’s Cathedral to the famed Eiffel Tower, discover two of Europe’s most popular cities. Marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, experience the luxury of Versailles, and pose for a troop photo in Trafalgar Square. Among the highlights of your tour will be a special pinning ceremony at Pax Lodge, the WAGGGS Centre in London. Costa Rica – Summer 2016 Participate in three days of environmental immersion and service learning activities! Explore Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest with a canopy tour at La Selva Biological Station, an internationally renowned research center owned by the Organization for Tropical Studies. Experience Costa Rica’s wonders through hikes, kayaking, and more!

Mark Your Calendars Girl Travel Info Session Sunday, January 12, 1–3pm

Valley Forge Program Center 100 Juliette Low Way, Valley Forge Grades: 6–12 Cost: Free GSEP launched its Travel Pathway this fall, and we’re inviting you to be a part of it! The Travel Pathway gives older Girl Scouts an opportunity to travel both domestically and internationally. These tours will provide you with an experience that you will never forget. Planned tours include Savannah, GA in summer 2014, London and Paris in summer 2015, and Costa Rica in summer 2016— join us on January 12 to learn more details! You’ll even be able to enroll in the tours at the meeting; to sign up, bring a check for the initial deposit of $150.


Questions? Send an email to

great things happen when you work together

We are partnering with EF (Education First), a world leader in international education to offer these travel opportunities.

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Girl Scouts’ European Excursion Girl Scout Troop 11132 of Morgantown explored Europe on a twelve-day excursion that included visits to London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, Pompeii, and Capri.


Troop 11132 consists of Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors of Twin Valley Service Unit, ages 12–18. The girls worked for over two years to go on the trip by selling Girl Scout cookies and nuts, selling crafts at local holiday bazaars, and producing fundraisers such as chicken barbecues and jewelry sales. As part of their trip, the girls visited Pax (Peace) Lodge in London, an international world center for Girl Scouts and also a part of WAGGGS: World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. While there, the troop met Girl Guides from around the world, made crafts, sang songs, had “High Tea,” and participated in a special pinning ceremony. In addition, the troop earned their

It was amazing to see other cultures; it has changed my view on how we live here in the U.S. and makes me appreciate what we have here even more. Sisterhood Award for the Mission Sisterhood Journey. Before the trip the girls wrote about their views of friendship and what sisterhood means to them in “friendship books.” The troop passed on the books to girls they met while abroad, encouraging other scouts from around the world to write in them and spread the friendship journals across the globe.   Girl Scout Troop 11132 in front of Pax Lodge, WAGGGS World Headquarters, London, England. Pictured from top row, left to right: Ramona Wilt, Leader; Helene W.; Morgan S.; Virginia S.; Sally Stalnaker, Assistant Leader; Jessica S.; Sarah W.; Brianna H. Bottom, front: Abby D. • spark • spring/summer 2014 


Building Courage, Confidence & Character with 2 Great Walking Tours of Historic Philadelphia

“No visit to Philadelphia is complete without taking a Constitutional Guided Walking Tour, a 75-minute, mile and a quarter stroll that puts 15 historic sites, from Independence Hall to the National Constitution Center, and Ben Franklin, in perspective.”

“Frightfully Fun.” 215.525.1776 Group Tours are available year-round with advance reservations. We also offer Scavenger Hunts. Girl Scout Group Rates are available for parties of 25 or more.

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Over 100 years of

history History’s Mysteries  

  Grades: K–12

Safety Activity Checkpoints Adults who register with their girls will be admitted to the Collectors’ Meet at no charge.


Volunteers from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania’s History Committee make Girl Scout history come alive!

Discover the past at the GSEP History Committee’s 4th Annual Girl Scout Memorabilia Collectors’ Meet! Earn part of your Girl Scout Ways badge as you participate in workshops and complete a scavenger hunt. Collectors from all over the United States know amazing facts about Girl Scout history, and they’re experts on their collections of memorabilia. Stop by to learn about their collections and get help on your hunt. Items will be for sale, so you can even start your own collection of memorabilia. Be sure to bring your camera, as our Juliette Low has been known to make an appearance!

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I Can’t Wait to…

Go to Camp! New friends, nature, and non-stop fun. Nothing will inspire and empower you more than spending time at Girl Scout camp. Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania offers three resident camps and three day camps that provide unique experiences for every girl. Whether it’s your first time at camp or your fifth, there’s something new for you to discover this summer! Are you a day-camper ready to try an overnight camp? Do you always go to Camp Laughing Waters but wonder what’s happening at Mosey Wood? This is the summer to find out!

No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find it at camp. Looking to relax? Our spa-themed weeks will leave you feeling pampered and energized. Ready to test your endurance? Try a fitness-themed week full of hiking, running, and biking. Love to cook? Practice culinary techniques and learn new recipes that you can take back to share with your friends and family. The enclosed 2014 Camp Guide has all the details for you to find your perfect week at camp.

But don’t take our word for it. We’ve asked some seasoned campers—as well as a mom—to tell you more about why a Girl Scout camp experience will help make this your BEST SUMMER EVER. • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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I ♥ Mosey Wood

By Emily L.

My first year of resident Girl Scout camp was in the summer of 2009. I was a few weeks away from turning ten, and this was my first time being away from home for more than a weekend at my grandparents’ house. When my dad walked me to my unit, Trail’s End, he told me it was where the bears would attack little girls and eat them as midnight snacks. I laughed him off and told him to go back to the car. I walked into my tent and began the week that would change my life forever.

By Wednesday night I was really homesick and cried throughout the evening, but I knew that I wanted to come back the next summer. I loved sleeping in a tent, swimming in the lake, and making friends that I would not have met elsewhere. I have been

going to Camp Mosey Wood for five years, and I intend to go for many more. I did not have close friends at school before I went to camp. I wasn’t an outcast, and I wasn’t bullied—I was just a weird kid who did not have much in common with other third graders. At Mosey Wood, I didn’t necessarily find third graders who watched the same movies as me, but I did find people with a common interest: camp. I can honestly say that camp friends are like no other people you will meet—over the course of a week, two weeks, or a month you gain new sisters. (continued on pg. 22)

75 Years of Camp Mosey Wood Can you imagine wearing a collared shirt to camp, today?

This summer marks the 75th Anniversary of Camp Mosey Wood and we’re inviting all alumni to join us at camp August 15–17 to celebrate (see page 50 of the Camp Guide for more information).

Got a favorite Mosey Wood memory or photograph to share? Send them to us at


Mosey Wood is founded

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I strongly suggest you go [ to camp] this summer—in fact,

I dare you to.

Florence “Bunny” Lemkau Heyl, Mosey Wood founder

Do you recognize this traditional camp ceremony?

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(continued from pg. 20) After my first

summer at camp I was able to make closer friends back at home based off of my experiences there. Camp is my second home, a safe haven. It is sacred. Every time I go, I try to slow down and appreciate every moment, every detail—my

Ask a Camper We asked Katrina and Eve, two long-time campers, to tell us more about their camp experience.


Why is camp so important to you girls?

Eve: For me it’s all about being able to connect with my Girl Scout sisters outside of my regular schedule. Katrina: The part that I love most is being able to meet other Girl Scouts and escape the chaos of my life as a high schooler.


What does camp mean to you?

Katrina: Challenging myself. Eve: Discovering new things about myself.

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friend’s smile, the crunch of leaves on the trails, the steam that rises when I speak in the early morning, the ripples that spread across the lake when I skim my hand across the surface. I want to experience and appreciate everything possible before it is too late.

People have asked me before what my favorite memories of camp are, and it is impossible to decide. I used to think that it was when I did the ropes course for the first time and I jumped off the platform at the end, or when I went rafting with my friends down the Lehigh River. Then, I decided that it



How have your experiences at camp changed you?

Eve: Camp has taught me to appreciate the simple things in life. It also gave me the opportunity to meet counselors that have seriously impacted my life for the better. Katrina: From camp I learned how to start a one match fire! It also helped me realize how much I can do without the help of my smartphone.


Do you have any favorite camp memories?

Eve: Oh gosh, I have to pick just one? My favorite would have to be work weekend. I love setting up for the summer and helping out my favorite camps. Katrina: I was a CIT this past summer at Laughing Waters and on the last day of our four weeks, a bunch of campers that we were working with left us really sweet bunk notes. That was probably my favorite camp memory: all of our work paying off.

What would you say to younger campers who are apprehensive about attending camp? Both: GO!! Katrina: I would absolutely recommend it. Even if you went when you were younger and didn’t completely love it, try it again. No two camp experiences are completely the same. Eve: Exactly. Camp teaches you so much about yourself and the world around you. The option of going to camp is one of the best things about Girl Scouting.


Any last minutes things to add?

Eve: Take risks. You could very well love camp or it might not be your thing. No matter what the outcome, I promise you will learn something about yourself that you didn’t know before. Katrina: Focus on the positives, if you’re unsure. Count the benefits, not your bug bites.

Mom to Mom: was definitely the time I went through my yearbook at a campfire with my counselors, or when I went off the Blob for the first time, or maybe when my new friends and I decided to have a contest to see who could eat the most strawberry-vanilla sheet cake. None of these are the best memories, though. I think my favorite memories now are seeing my friends’ faces in the flicker of the campfire while we sing slow, hauntingly beautiful campfire songs, the faintest glimmer of a tear in their eyes because they know that the very moment will not come again, nor will it leave their minds; staying up too late whispering in the darkness of a tent; building friendships with my counselors; the silent serenity of a summer morning at flag ceremony; the sunset over the lake during the Wishing Candles ceremony. These memories are my favorite because I cannot make them anywhere else in the world and they are beautiful. My grandmother went to Camp Mosey Wood in 1946, and the magic of camp is just as strong now as it was then. If you have not been to camp before, I strongly suggest you go this summer— in fact, I dare you to. Camp is the best part of being a Girl Scout in my opinion, and no scout should miss out on such a wonderful opportunity.

Our Family’s Camp Experience By Amy Benninger, Owner of

Swimming, horseback riding, sleeping under the stars, and singing fun camp songs; these are just a few things I remember from my days at Girl Scout camp. As the mom of two little girls, it had always been a dream of mine to send my girls to camp. I wanted them to experience the fun of the outdoors, roasting marshmallows on sticks and hiking through the woods. I wanted them to make new friends, learn a craft or two and maybe learn a new skill like archery. All of the fun things I did when I went to camp as a kid. This past summer both of my girls, ages six and nine, wanted to try camp. So we chose Camp Mountain House, a Girl Scout day camp located in Lehigh County. On their first day of camp, I was a bit nervous dropping them off. What would they do? Would they make friends? That nervous feeing disappeared when they jumped back into the car after their first day of camp. I heard camp song after camp song. I learned about all of the counselors and the crafts they did that day. Oh and don’t forget the fun they had while taking swimming lessons! Six months later and my girls are STILL talking about camp. They are STILL singing camp song after camp song and are reminiscing all they did that week at camp. And now they are asking how long it is until camp begins again next summer. If you’re looking for a camp experience that will create memories that will last a lifetime, check out the many Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania camps. You will be glad you did and so will your daughter. • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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We’re a part of the biggest girl-led business in the world. We set our own goals, keep track of our orders, and make big decisions, like how our troop should spend the money we earn. With every box of cookies we sell, we are one step closer to achieving our cookie season goals.

Come to the Cookie Rallies: Save the Date and Boost Your Sales! What’s a Cookie Rally? A chance for you to get together with other girls from around GSEP and get excited for the 2014 sale! At the rally, you’ll discover and start to develop the Five Skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. Those skills, Bling Your Booth Contests and your excitement, are what make Show off your ‘blinging’ skills! The the Girl Scout Cookie Program the Bling Your Booth contest is active for largest girl-led business in the world! the duration of the cookie program. Each troop may submit one entry per Operation Cookies category, and all submissions must from Home be received by 11:59pm on March 24, 2014. Submit your entry by email to Operation Cookies from Home is a partnership between GSEP and the

United Service Organizations (USO) to provide Girl Scout Cookies to men and women serving in the US Military. Throughout the Cookie Program, customers have the opportunity to donate any amount of money, or a package of cookies! For questions, or to donate, contact

Two finalists per category will be selected by the Product Program Advisory Committee. A link will be posted on the GSEP Facebook page beginning April 18, 2014 for voting. Voting will end at 11:59pm on May 2, 2014. The categories to ‘Bling Your Booth’ are listed below: • Operation Cookies From Home How does your Cookie Booth promote “Operation Cookies From Home”? • Change the World How does your Cookie Booth represent this year’s theme? • Because I’m a Girl Scout Show what your troop was able to do because you are Girl Scouts!

Mark Your Calendars Cookie Rallies

Saturday, January 11 , 1–4pm Alvernia University Cedar Crest College Holy Family University Lincoln University Morrisville United Methodist Church Work together with sister Girl Scouts to earn part of a grade level specific badge, then rotate through fun Power Stations! Each station will focus on skills you can use to become a top cookie seller. We’ll cover the Five Skills, how to decorate a Cookie Booth, and all of the great ways you can spend your proceeds from the Cookie Program—like a trip to a new destination or an adventure at camp! Please register via the Online Registration System. For questions, contact

Cookie Kick-off

thursday, January 16, 9am–2pm Liberty Place 16th and Chestnut St. Philadelphia Join us as we kick-off the start of the 2014 Cookie Program! Cookies will be available for sale during the Kick-off! If you are interested in participating as a cookie seller, contact

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1. Goal Setting 2. Decision Making 3. Money Management 4. People Skills 5. Business Ethics

Create your own ‘5 Skills Cookie Commercial!’ Show how you are putting the 5 Skills into action! Submit your 2–4 minute commercial to by 11:59pm on March 24, 2014. Three videos will be selected by the Product Program Advisory Committee and featured on! • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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Meet Rachael T. She’s a ten year old in fifth grade. Her little secret? After selling a whopping 3,600 boxes of cookies in the 2012–13 Cookie Program, she is the highest cookie seller in all of GSEP! Kudos to you Rachael! You did it! Rachael looks forward to the summers she spends at Girl Scout camp. Besides Rachael sold cookies at booths, to Girl Scouts activities and camps, friends, to her local fire department, she enjoys reading, traveling, visiting at Girl Scout Day at Drexel University, museums, and shopping! and to her family—all the way from California to North Carolina and every state in between!

With her well earned credits from the Cookie Program, Rachael attended a horseback riding camp at Camp Laughing Waters and sports adventure camp at Camp Tweedale. She was also invited to the Mystery Tour at the Museum of Natural History in New York.

With her well earned credits from the Cookie Program, Rachael attended a horseback riding camp at Camp Laughing Waters and sports adventure camp at Camp Tweedale.

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This year, she plans to beat her previous record of 3,600 boxes. We wish you the best of luck, Rachael. You can do it!!

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Trim the paper on the dotted line as shown.

2 With the text side facing down, fold up all four corners of the fortune teller.

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Flip the paper over and fold up all four corners again.

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Place your fingers in the four paper flaps and work the device back and forth to form creases. It’s time to play!


Help girls grow into the next generation of women leaders. Girl Scouts offers girls the chance to discover new surroundings, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place. By becoming a member of the GSEP Giving Tree, you are playing a crucial role in providing more than 40,000 girls in Eastern Pennsylvania the leadership development skills necessary to guide them into their future.

“Through Girl Scouts I have become a better leader and met people who have had a positive impact on my life.”—Leah H. Why your membership is important: The GSEP Giving Tree annual fund supports a significant portion of the annual operation budget. These contributions help provide Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania the resources to financially assist girls in need, recruit and train qualified leaders and volunteers, maintain camp properties for outdoor programming, and provide affordable programs that help more girls discover the keys to leadership.

Circle of Friends Giving Levels Sugar Maple Friend $1,000–$2,499.9

Giving Tree Membership Levels Non-level $0.01–$99.99

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Soaring Sycamore Friend

Sapwood $100–$249.99

• Thank you and special acknowledgment in annual report

• Recognition on GSEP website

• Envelope labels with Girl Scout insignia

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All of the above benefits plus:

• Invitation to private house gathering (for 4)

• Invitation to CEO guided tour (for 1) of campgrounds with lunch

• Recognition in an issue of GSEP’s Spark Magazine (distribution 55,000)

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• Invitation (for 2) to Take the Lead event of your choice

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Make the girls in your community a priority today! Use the envelope provided in this issue of Spark to contribute to the GSEP Giving Tree Annual Fund.


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Traveling through “Sandyland” Girl Scouts are the Campers and Counselors at Sandy Run Service Unit’s Annual Summer Day Camp Sandy Run Service Unit’s annual summer day camp was as much fun for the counselors as it was for the campers. About 40 counselors and 55 campers enjoyed a sunny August week of fun as they traveled through

“Sandyland,” a Girl Scout theme park. Each day they experienced a new section of the park: Outerspace world on Monday, Cowgirl Country on Tuesday, then onto Exotic Adventureland, and finally Pirate and Princess land. On Friday each age level group of campers learned a theme-day based skit that they performed for their parents at the camp closing ceremony. Some of the fun activities that everyone enjoyed included rocket launching, square dancing, an exotic animal show and etiquette lessons. The campers made

flying saucers, dream catchers, color-your-own bandanas and edible tea cups. From March through July the counselors spent hundreds of hours planning the week so that the campers would have a fantastic experience they would not soon forget. From the elaborate decorations to the yummy theme related lunch menus, the counselors paid attention to all the details. During the week of camp the counselors carried out their plans and adjusted them to fit the campers in their care. Getting to know the campers better and helping them make new friends was the best part of the “job” for some of the counselors; for others it was watching their hard work bring smiles to the campers’ faces; and for some it was the team spirit they enjoyed with the other counselors.

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Do you want to be a role model for younger Girl Scouts? Consider becoming a Program Aide! Program Aide is an award that provides Cadettes with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of what leadership development means to them and simultaneously get excited about guiding younger girls to be leaders in their own lives and the world. By earning the Program Aide Award, Cadettes will share their skills, test their knowledge, and try out new mentoring roles.

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Requirements to earn the Cadette Program Aide award:


Earn one Leader In Action (LIA) Award. (It is highly recommended that this requirement be completed or in progress before taking the GSEP Program Aide training course.)

You can earn a LIA award by assisting a group of Brownies on any of their Journeys. There are three different LIA awards, one for each Journey series. Complete requirements can be found in the Brownie Leadership Journey adult guides.


Complete the GSEP Program Aide training course.

The GSEP Program Aide training course will be offered for Cadettes in grades 6–8. When offered at neighborhood and GSEP summer camps, girls entering grades 7–9 are eligible to register. Check the Program and Camp Guides for upcoming Program Aide training sessions!


Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions.

This might be assisting girls on Journey activities, badge activities, or other sessions. You might work with a group at their meetings, at a day camp, or during a special Council event.


Or to find out more about facilitating Program Aide Award training, please contact for training materials as well as reporting guidelines. • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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The Girl Scout Promise by Jamie Mosser, Troop Leader for Troop 93547

I have always loved Girl Scouting. Because I was bullied a lot growing up and didn’t fit in with my peers, Girl Scouts was my safe haven. I had friends from all different schools and everyone accepted each other. I stayed in Girl Scouts, and when I started high school, I began helping out at Daisy and Junior meetings. I loved working with Juniors in particular because I knew from experience that 4th and 5th grade can be difficult years for girls. I wanted to make sure the girls had an amazing experience and a good foundation for sticking with Girl Scouts.

The perfect opportunity arose when the leader of my local Junior troop stepped down just as I bridged to adult. I immediately stepped up and became a Girl Scout leader. The first few years were easy because I knew all of the badges from when I was a Junior. When the Journeys were introduced, I spent my summer getting organized and planning great new activities. The work paid off and our Junior troop has enjoyed two successful years full of Journey content.

  Isabella M., Jamie Mosser, Imani S., and Keyziah M. about to try zip lining!

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I’m not just a troop leader—I’m also a fulltime college student. One of the first things I did at college was join a sorority. I never thought I would fit in, but when I realized that a sorority is kind of like college-level Girl Scouts, I was hooked. During recruitment you get asked over and over again: why do you want to join a sorority? That was easy for me to answer: I was a Girl Scout

and I wanted to reestablish the sisterhood I had felt with my troop in this new college environment. My dream sorority invited me to join, and my involvement in Girl Scouting was a big factor in their decision. Girl Scouts helped me to make choices about my future as well. I started college with a pre-nursing major, but I realized I wasn’t interested in nursing as a career. When I thought about my passions, being a Girl Scout leader was number one. I’m now finishing up a Secondary Education degree, with a concentration in Spanish. When I graduate (January 2014!), I’ll start an MBA program and keep working towards my dream of becoming CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. It hasn’t always been easy being a Girl Scout leader and a college student, but I don’t regret it for one second. I do it for the city girls, who at age 10 are already dependent on their cell phones but take off their socks and shoes and play in mud for the first time without worrying about getting dirty. I do it for the tiniest girl in the troop who was absolutely terrified of trying the zip line but finally did it with the biggest smile and couldn’t wait to tell her mom how she conquered her fear. I do it for the girls who were invited to go on Anderson Live and talk with Anderson Cooper about Girl Scouting, who were more excited for their first limo ride than being on TV. I do it for the shy, quiet girl who pulls me aside and tells me she’s so glad she joined Girl Scouts because this is the most fun she’s ever had, ever. I do it because I’m still that kid inside— I still like sleeping in tents and shooting archery and making camp fires, and I want to make sure that other girls can experience that too.

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by Kara Veach,Troop Leader for Troop 2828

To me, Girl Scouts is about friendship, education, adventure, community, and love. When my parents enrolled me in Girl Scouts at age 5, I doubt they expected the experience to be one of the best things to happen to me. Twenty years later, I have learned so much about life and what the world has to offer because of Girl Scouts.

  Pictured left to right: Kara Veach, Mary-lynn Brown, and Alex Funk, all Girl Scout alumnae turned volunteers.

Through Girl Scouts, I have been surrounded by wonderful and inspirational women who greatly influenced the woman I have become. I took time off from Girl Scouts during college, but I didn’t stay away long. A sister to every Girl Scout, I responded to a request for help from another former scout-turned-leader and became a volunteer. I recently assumed leadership of my local Senior/ Ambassador troop— the same troop I was part of as a girl. It has been a treat to return to a troop I loved so much! My transition from girl to volunteer was smooth because of the leadership training I received as a Girl Scout. When I was a Cadette, our troop was given more freedom

to plan activities that we wanted to do, and by the time I became a Senior, the troop was almost entirely girl led. As a leader, I try to step back and give the girls that same level of freedom to customize their Girl Scout experience. One of my favorite things about scouting is camping, especially when my troop is able to help younger girls. I enjoy sharing old camp songs and alternative cooking techniques, as well as teaching the girls campfire safety. Girl Scouts is a wonderful way to learn about responsibility, leadership, and

communication. The Promise and the Law teach you to take responsibility for yourself and your actions, a lesson that has helped me to advance my career as a banker and part-time wedding photographer. Through Girl Scouts, I have been surrounded by wonderful and inspirational women who greatly influenced the woman I have become. These leaders showed me how to be my own person and to follow my own path. I hope to encourage the same confidence and character in the amazing girls I lead.

want to connect with other young alumnae? Contact us at! • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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Do what you love and love what you do! Our Interest Patrols let you do that and give you a chance to try something new and different. No experience is EVER required, just a willingness to meet new people and have FUN!

Paca Patrol Grades: 6–12 

A bit of Peru in Pennsylvania. Alpacas are a passive breed of herding animal native to the Andes Mountains and known for their sumptuous coats, which produce one of the world’s softest and most versatile natural wools. Patrol members explore everything alpaca from training these intelligent animals to learning about their fiber and sharing what they learn with younger girls and the community. Contact Kit Hower

610.797.4309 or Patrol membership is full for the 2013–14 program year, but group visits can be scheduled for $6 per girl.

Heritage Patrol Grades: 6–12   

Fashion Patrol  

Celebrating 29 years! The Heritage Patrol works with community groups that are committed to preserving and sharing every aspect of the Lehigh Valley’s history. Patrol members organize special events for Brownie and Junior Scouts including: • Thinking Day: Heritage Style  March 1, 2014 • Moravian Memories  April 5, 2014 • Krafts ‘N’ Kids  a multi-day activity at Bethlehem’s annual Musikfest, August 4–8, 2014 Contact Betsy Cutler

610.395.2721 or

Grades: 8–12   

The Fashion Patrol organizes and runs workshops throughout the year, including our annual signature event, the Fashion Runway. The Fashion Patrol includes girls from across the Council, and many girls who have graduated come back as adult mentors. The Fashion Patrol helps girls explore fashion techniques, illustration, and careers in fashion. The Patrol even participates in area fashion shows. Up-coming Fashion Patrol workshops and events: • Up-cycle/Recycle Fashion Workshop • Accessories Workshop

• Fibers Workshop • Fashion Illustration Workshop

• Embellishment Workshop • Fashion Runway 2014 Contact Karen Zimmerman

610.760.1887 or

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Museum Patrol Grades: 7–12   

Mean Green Canoe Team

Hooked on history and like kids? Join the Berks County Museum Patrol and host overnights at the Berks County Historical Society for younger Girl Scouts. The theme for 2014 is International Foods! Come enjoy new flavors and meet other Girl Scouts throughout GSEP. Overnights will occur in March and April. Contact Sue Frederick

Robotics Patrol Grades: 1–12 

K–3 Junior FIRSTR LegoR League 4–8 FIRSTR LegoR League 9–12 FIRSTR Robotics Competition Do you have an interest in science and technology, or are you struggling with science and technology? The Robotics Patrol is the place for you! Gain skills in computers, research, problem solving, public speaking, team building, and so much more! This Interest Patrol competes in the FIRSTR Robotics competitions ( throughout the Philadelphia area, and helps run technology events for GSEP. Junior FLL meets on Wednesday nights from 6–8pm August–January; FLL meets on Wednesday nights from 6–8pm June–February, and Sunday evenings as needed during the competition season. FRC runs all year long, but on a reduced schedule from May–September. Contact

All teams are now taking new members. Join us now to get started and learn all the basics! Our Motto is “We Can Do It!” and so can you!

Grades: 8–12   

Join one of the most established interest groups in the country! For more than 36 years, the Mean Green Canoe Team has helped young women become great paddlers. No experience necessary—just an interest in flat-water canoe competition and a weekly commitment to teamwork with the goal of being able to participate in the General Clinton Canoe Regatta in Bainbridge, NY over Memorial Day weekend (May 23–26, 2014). Interest in the Mean Greens has steadily increased over the years, and we now must prioritize everyone based on commitment and attendance as well as capability and skills compatibility. A final decision about which girls will compete in the Regatta will be made by mid-May. Contact Barbara Curtin

610.896.7365 or An organizational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 7pm, followed by a pool practice on Sunday, March 9, and an overnight at Camp Laughing Waters from Saturday, March 15 to Sunday, March 16. Following these three mandatory events, team members must attend rain-or-shine practices every Sunday afternoon (except Easter Sunday) from midMarch through May 18, 2014 on the Schuylkill River in Linfield, PA. • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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s n o i t a n i t Des Wyoming Wildlife Wonders BY Morgan W.

This summer, I went to Wyoming for a Girl Scout Destination. I immediately made new friends—one from Idaho and another from California! We visited the Teton National Forest to canoe and hike. While our group was canoeing, a bear swam across the river! The river was so clear, it looked like the canoes were floating on air. We also camped at Yellowstone National Park. When we arrived at our campsite, we had a welcoming committee that consisted of two wild elk! During the time we spent in Yellowstone, we saw Old Faithful erupt, saw herds of bison, learned about wolves, and even saw another bear! Without Girl Scouts, I would probably not be as brave and independent as I am today, and I am extremely grateful for everyone that helped me along the way, including the girls I bonded with in Wyoming. Going on this trip helped awaken the adventurous spirit inside of me, and I hope I can go on other trips in the coming years.

Service in Costa Rica BY Linda M.

My trip to Costa Rica was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. I was able to work on my Spanish, meet girls from all over the United States, and make a difference in a community. My service projects in Costa Rica made me feel proud to be a part of Girl Scouts and have allowed me to discover my passion for learning and volunteering. My leadership and communication skills improved every day and the support of the staff and the girls made every minute enjoyable. Every day, I remember the adventures I experienced and they inspire me to be a better person in so many ways. The smiles on the Talamancan kids’ faces are a memory I wouldn’t trade for the world.

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Beauty and Adventure in New Zealand BY Rebecca F.

For several months I worked hard saving pocket money and selling massive amounts of Girl Scout cookies to help pay for the trip of a lifetime to New Zealand. My hard work paid off and before long I found myself making friends on the long plane ride. The trip was open to Girl Scouts from all over the world, so there were groups of girls from the U.K., Australia, Hong Kong and Canada. It gave me an awesome chance to see what Girl Scouting is like in other countries, as well as make new friends. From rolling green hills to beautiful beaches, everything in New Zealand was clean and gorgeous. I experienced so many new things, from tobogganing down sand dunes to trying New Zealand’s famous Hokey Pokey ice cream. I would encourage any girl who is interested in going on a Destination to do it. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience new cultures, make new friends, and travel to a place you never dreamed you could go to before. I know that I made friends and memories I will cherish forever.

 Rebecca F.—back row, 3rd from left.

Midwest Madness by Brianna D.

On the Midwest Madness Destination in Wisconsin, I went tubing on the Black River and learned about molecules at the Minnesota Science Museum with Girl Scouts from North Dakota, West Virginia and even Italy! We stayed overnight at the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, inside the Mall of America. While we were there, I saw a turtle give birth, touched a sea urchin and slept under the shark tunnel. It was a really cool experience!

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Adrenaline Rush BY Kirsten S.

I am an Ambassador and recently earned my Gold Award, but of all of my Girl Scouting experiences, the Adrenaline Rush Destination was by far the best. This week was so amazing for me because I found a better sense of myself through interacting with other Girl Scouts from all around the United States. We climbed up to and slept in a cave, went zip lining, paddle boarding, kayaking and hiking. Through all of these activities, I became so close to the other girls and counselors on the trip. Destinations are an amazing way for Girl Scouts to see and do amazing things—I would highly recommend attending any Destination that you can!

Wilderness Adventure Photography BY Elizabeth S.

The Wilderness Adventure Photography Destination in July 2013 was an amazing experience, which I funded mostly by selling cookies over several years. I met girls from all over the country as we learned and practiced photography skills in Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake, and Bodie (a ghost town), all in California. My favorite part of the trip was hiking to Vernal Fall in Yosemite Park. We got close enough to feel the spray from the waterfall—exhilarating! Photographing Mono Lake’s tufa towers, natural limestone rock formations, at dawn was another highlight!

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Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs BY Samantha P.

Everything from the Rainforest, River, and Reef Destination was amazing! From rapelling down an 85-foot waterfall—in the pouring rain!—to zip lining through the rainforest, making candy from sugar cane and playing soccer with native Costa Ricans, I cannot possibly pick a favorite part of the trip. I tried so many new foods that I never in a million years thought I would like; there were all kinds of fruits and juices that I didn’t even know existed! I will be friends with the people I met and supported on this trip forever. We shared a special experience that can compare to nothing else.

Girl Scouts in Space BY Amani H.

The time I spent at Space Camp this year was phenomenal. When I finally reached Space Camp I was extremely excited to meet new people. We practiced controlling and driving the space shuttle with real life simulators. On the final day, we went on our mission to “outer space.” I was thrilled—I felt as if I was a real astronaut! • spark • spring/summer 2014 


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TAKE THE LEAD is the region’s most unique leadership development program for girls, providing Girl Scouts in our 9-county Council with the rare opportunity to take charge and make a difference in the community, while recognizing the region’s most notable women of courage, confidence and character, for their exemplary leadership. The girls that participate in Take the Lead cite the experience as a true highlight of their Girl Scout career. The event helps girls build their presentation, networking, and public speaking skills. Many girls develop life-long ties to the honoree they interview and present. The girls are given the chance to shine by demonstrating poise, confidence, and leadership skills far beyond their years.

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Berks County Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Crowne Plaza Reading 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Or to learn more about Take the Lead 2014, to purchase tickets, sponsorships, or program ads, please call 215.564.2030, ext. 1036. • spark • spring/summer 2014 





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In membership year 2013 • 1,399 Junior Girl Scouts earned the Bronze Award, contributing 27,980 hours towards their community. • 102 Cadettes earned the Silver Award, contributing 5,100 hours towards their community. • 38 Seniors and Ambassadors earned the Gold Award, contributing 3,040 hours towards their community.

Girl Scout Bronze Award For girls in 4th and 5th grades Girl Scout Silver Award For girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades Girl Scout Gold Award For girls in 9th through 12th grades


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Bronze Awards

go green

by Mikayla H., Natalie L., Kahini P., Colleen W., Troop 21809 Participants

Our “Go Green” Bronze Award project stemmed from our visit to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority recycling center and wind farm and then working on the Get Moving! Journey. For our Take Action project, we managed a worm compost bin, then harvested the castings and fertilized our school’s garden. The more we learned, the more we wanted to spread the message about what we can do to help the environment. We decided to make a presentation for our classmates to teach them how to help the environment. We each presented one area of environmental information: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,

and Sustainability and Renewable Resources. The presentation ran for 40 minutes, including a question and answer piece where the prizes were pens made from recycled water bottles. There were 135 students present, as well as our teachers and the principal. We definitely inspired some of our classmates, because our troop doubled in size!

  From left to right: Mikayla H., Kahini P., Colleen W., and Natalie L..

Steps to the Bronze 1.  Complete a Junior Journey. 2. Build your Girl Scout Junior team.

3. Explore your community. 4. Choose your Girl Scout Bronze Award project.

5. Make a plan. 6. Put your plan in motion. 7. Spread the word! The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. As you and your team plan and complete your Take Action project, you’ll develop more confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when you work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference.

Email with questions. Download award requirements for the Bronze Award at

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For our Bronze Award, we chose to make the Greenwood Elementary School Nature Trail more accessible to the Greenwood teachers and students. Mr. Braunstein, a 4th grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School, was a source of inspiration for our troop. Some members of the troop were in Mr. Braunstein’s class and enjoyed visiting the nature trail and seeing different kinds of native and invasive plant species. When we talked about our visits to the nature trail, the rest of the troop wondered why all of the teachers weren’t using the nature trail.

increasing the use of the greenwood nature trail by Charlotte A., Anna B., Genna E., Mackenzie F., Gina L., Sofie L., Katerina M., Jessica S., Troop 47 SU 610 Participants

We met with the original founder of the nature trail, Carol Borchers, as well as Bert Rothenberger, the current trail manager, to get the history of the trail and learn about the plants and wildlife. Then we put together a web page for the school website which includes information about the trail and suggested activities that correspond to all areas of the curriculum. Together, we created a map of the

nature trail, and we changed the discovery station signs to make them more relevant for elementary school students. We even put a geocache on the nature trail! A nature trail clean-up day was held on May 18. We invited all of the other Girl Scout troops from Greenwood Elementary School to help. Mr. Rothenberger, the trail manager, started the day with a talk about the

trail, the types of plants and wildlife that can be found on the trail and instructions on clearing the trail. Junior Troop 41771 helped us check the trail for trash, and we only found two drink bottles. We replaced the discovery station signs and cleared large branches off of the trail. Finally, both troops painted toad houses and placed them on the trail.

check it out online Visit the web page that Troop 47 created about the

Greenwood Nature Trail that includes a hand-drawn map, descriptions of the different habitats found along the trail, and nature-inspired games and activities • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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silver Awards young naturalist by katie M.

I love working with young children, and I am very passionate about art and nature. When it came time to brainstorm ideas for what I would do for my Girl Scout Silver Award project, I knew that I wanted to help educate children about the importance of wildlife. My Girl Scout troop has attended Green Valleys Association (GVA) of Chester County many times for badge work and nature hikes. I contacted GVA’s Education Director, Dawn White, and proposed my ideas to her. Together we decided to schedule time during GVA’s summer camps for me to come in as a guest presenter. I decided that I wanted to present three programs—a bat program, a tree program, and an owl program—to three different age groups. It took hard work and a lot of time to plan and organize my three programs. I researched and learned about the three topics, made PowerPoint presentations, planned games and crafts, gathered supplies, and trained three of my friends to help me. For a creative and interactive twist, I made costumes as well. I sketched out my designs and consulted with a sewing expert to make each piece adjustable

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in order to fit a range of children. I made the costumes as anatomically correct as I could and talked about the different animal body parts while putting the costumes on students. The finished products came out great and the children loved them. I donated project howto binders, games, craft directions, craft examples, flash drives with my PowerPoint presentations, and all three costumes to GVA for their programs. I believe it is important to teach children about respecting wildlife. I hope they will share their newly learned knowledge with others.

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Steps to the Silver 1. Complete a

Cadette Journey.

2. Identify issues you care about.

3. Build your team. 4. Explore your community. 5. Pick your Silver Award project.

6. Develop your project

plan and send it to Council for feedback.

7. Make a plan and put it into motion.

8. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate!

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community. The deadline for current 8th graders to submit a Silver Award proposal is May 1, 2014. The final report is due September 30, 2014.

Email with questions. Register for an optional information session and find award requirements for the Silver Award at

I decided to earn my Silver Award by offering a summer math camp and tutoring. My project focused on students who wanted more practice and advanced knowledge or who needed to improve their math skills. Math is one of the most important school subjects because it is assessed on a state level every year as a part of different competitive tests. Keeping this in mind, I designed a program that would introduce kids to major topics that they would be studying in the coming school year.

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 All of the tutors (back row) and their second, third and fourth grade students.

summer math camp By Akanksha B.

This would help them gain knowledge in advance, increase their skills, and, hopefully, get better grades in math.

The participants learned how to work as a team and how to cooperate with each other. The tutors also developed leadership skills and learned how to The eight-week Summer Math Camp served 15 students in grades 2–5. The interact with kids in several different classes included math quizzes, games, grade levels. By the end of camp, and worksheets. My team of tutors was the kids had an “anything is possible” attitude toward math. equipped with teaching techniques and methods for recognizing each I had a great experience working student’s improvement. I designed through all phases of the Girl Scout tests, report cards, awards, and Silver Award and am proud that I certificates for the program. The completed it. Now I am ready to work students took a test three times toward the Girl Scout Gold Award. during the camp. I monitored their scores and progress and saw a great improvement in all of the students. • spark • spring/summer 2014 


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opportunity house

improvisational games and performed skits. They also were taught literary bY Leah K. and Moriah W. terms, such as imagery, to help them understand the book. The second part We first discovered the Opportunity connect with them on a personal level. allowed the children to form groups and create skits. They used the literary House in Reading through reading I learned about the different ways terms to form stories and the acting articles in our 10th grade history class. in which the students learn and was skills to bring those stories to life. For The Opportunity House is a homeless excited by their enthusiasm to learn. the third part, we read and acted out shelter and rehabilitation center, I developed a lot of leadership skills the book The Lion, the Witch, and which also runs a full-time day care and learned that I love to work with called the Second Street Learning kids. Overall, working towards my Gold the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The kids immediately loved performing as the Center. We met with the Development Award was a great experience. animal characters. I could see they Coordinator, Kathy, and discussed were enjoying the book when they possible projects that could be done Moriah’s Story would make connections between the for the center. We both decided Before deciding on my project, I went play and the book. It truly showed me it would be best to work with the down to the classrooms to talk to that children can be encouraged to children in the learning center. Before the kids. It was homework time. One read, sometimes they just need a little we decided on our projects, we spent girl was assigned fifteen minutes of push. In the end, the majority of the time with the children to learn what reading, and she asked me to time kids said that they want to read more. they needed most. her. During the entire fifteen minutes Even though not everybody wanted to she was either talking or daydreaming. read more, I am amazed that I made Leah’s Story Her lack of focus inspired my project. an impact on the kids, and I hope to go For my Gold Award Project I taught I wanted to create a program that back and do it again! the kids of the Second Street Learning encouraged kids to read. The question Center how to use Microsoft Office was: How do you get younger children Word, PowerPoint, Excel and basic to want to read? In my ninth grade internet safety. Many of the children English class, we were reading Romeo had never even heard of Microsoft, and Juliet. Everybody was interested but I could tell they were really in the story because our teacher interested in the topics and excited encouraged us to act out the scenes. to learn new things, be creative, From that classroom activity, REACT and explore new features. This was (a combination of REading and Leah K. and Moriah W. have been in Girl Scouts something new and different for them, ACTing) was created. for twelve years and in the same troop for five and I also learned a lot through the Project REACT was split into three years. In September 2012, they both began experience. The kids shared stories parts. The first part focused on acting work on their Gold Award at the Second Street of their lives with me, and I was able to and literary skills. The kids played Learning Center in Reading.

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Be sure to check out the highest awards page for updated forms and approval processes. Girls going gold can use the new GSUSA Gold Award Web App! • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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Lean On Me: A Workshop to Becoming a Better Friend By emily U.

I live in Easton, PA, an area that is high in racial, cultural and economic diversity. Growing up in this area has made me realize that while some people may look different, practice different religions, or live in a different size house than I do, they are not very different from me. This is why I chose to partner with the Easton Area Community Center to develop a workshop for young children to learn important skills for making and maintaining lasting friendships, while respecting each other’s differences. As opposed to an “anti-bullying” campaign that chastises children for wrongdoing, I developed a positive alternative: help the children become better friends. They learned how to become better friends to their best friends, to their school friends, and to their siblings. They were also able to understand the importance of tolerance for people that are different from them, which is especially important in a diverse area such as Easton. The program provided children with important lessons on strong character, self-worth, maintaining a healthy attitude, integrity, respect, and working cooperatively. These lessons and ideals were taught through age-appropriate interactive games and activities. The immediate audience of the project was the boys and girls

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between the ages of 5 and 10 that participate in the Easton Area Community Center after school program. The lessons learned by those 30 children will be passed along to others through their actions. My goal was to inspire the children to interact positively with all of their peers, no matter what they may look like, where they come from, or in what other ways they may be different from each other.

Steps to the Gold 1. Choose an issue: Use your values and

skills to identify a community issue you care about.

2. Investigate: Research everything you can about the issue.

3. Get Help: Invite others to support and take action with you.

4. Create a Plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.

Create a roadmap to your future success. The Girl Scout Gold Award

5. Present Your Plan and Get Feedback:

Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout Council.

6. Take Action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.

7. Educate and Inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to “Go Gold!,� an action that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. Girls must complete two Senior or Ambassador Journeys or the Silver Award plus one Journey to begin the Gold Award. The deadline for current 12th graders to submit a Gold Award proposal is May 1, 2014. The final report is due two weeks before starting college courses or by September 15, 2014.

Email Register for an optional information session and find award requirements for the Gold Award at

The Gold Award makes a difference in the college admissions process. Scholarships are available to Gold Award recipients. Gold Award Take Action Projects distinguish girl leaders.

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MLK Day of Service Join thousands of Girl Scouts across our Council on Monday, January 20, 2014 to celebrate the 19th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Plan a Day of Service

1 Consider the needs of both your community and GSEP.

2 Choose a project.

3 every year girls and troops participate in service including volunteering at a local food bank or shelter, transporting residents at a local nursing home, doing crafts with elderly, volunteering at a local place of worship, creating first aid or hygiene kits, and collecting and sorting books to be distributed to libraries or schools. Some possible project sites and partners include: schools, civic organizations, communities of faith, local businesses, and more.

No project is too small! GSEP will be keeping track of how many hours of service we complete as a Council. Register your project early and receive a t-shirt from the Global Citizen Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service organization!

More information and registration details can be found in the ‘For Girls’ section of

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A  fter the MLK Day of Service, we would love to hear what you did in your community! Email us at • spark • spring/summer 2014

Start planning your project and determining details, such as: where? Decide where you will carry out your project. what? Determine what kind of tasks are involved. who? Choose the number of volunteers you will need to complete the project.

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GSEP Green Project 2014 Make a Difference in Your Community Join thousands of girls and adult volunteers as they celebrate Earth Day with two weeks of planet friendly projects right in your community. From Saturday April 12 to Saturday April 26, you can design your own community project—no project is too small to include in our efforts to make the world a better and more beautiful place. Girls can build bird houses, make wildflower seed balls, organize an art show of recycled art, or clean up and plant flowers at a park.

register online

Complete the GSEP Green Project registration form found at and email it to At the end of April, you will receive an email from confirming the number of girl patches needed as well as the date when patches will be available for pick up from a local service center.

To get your partnership or program approved, please complete the first

two pages of the form found under the “ForGirls/Service Opportunities” section of Once the partnership is approved, a girl must perform at least 20 hours of service and then submit the final report to for approval.

Girl Scout Service Bars for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors Community Service Bars recognize Girl Scouts who are making a difference in their community and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. To earn the bar, girls must develop a partnership with an organization and get it approved by GSEP before becoming involved in their cause. Girls can also earn 20 hours of service toward the Service to Girl Scouting bar by planning and leading program for younger Girl Scout troops or a service unit event. • spark • spring/summer 2014 



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