Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

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Mark Your Calendar!
You don't want to miss any of the great things happening at GSSEF. 
Please Note: GSSEF will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
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Get Ready for #GREATGIVE17 on May 17      
Mark your calendar! On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from midnight to midnight, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is participating in the G reat G i ve, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possibl e for local nonprofits.
 
Last year, thanks to generous donors like you, we raised more than $4,000! We know we can accomplish even more in 2017 - will you join us?
This year, one of our areas of focus is getting girls into the great outdoors! Every girl deserves a chance to camp! Your Great Give donation will go a long way in helping us bring the outdoor experience into the lives of as many girls as possible!

We hope you will consider donating to Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida at
https://www.greatgiveflorida.org/gssef on May 17th and lend your support to our efforts of providing more girls with the opportunity of outdoor experiences.

 When sharing on social media, please use #GreatGive17.
 
    
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Find Your Fave Girl Scout Style 
Getting ready for your next awesome adventure? Find your   fave Girl Scout style and swag at our Jupiter retail store to make it the best ever. There is plenty of new  merchandise to check out. Questions? Please contact Jodi Potter at jpotter@gssef.org.      

You can also shop anytime by visiting our Online Store that is open 24/7.  
      


Celebrate Mother's Day. Celebrate You.
Mother's Day is May 14th and we would love to celebrate you. When you purchase an adult scarf beginning May 6th through May 11th in-store, you'll receive a free trefoil scarf slide. But there's more... For the entire month of May, you'll receive 25% off all bags or totes for your next journey.




Great American Eclipse
Get outdoors with Girl Scouts to celebrate the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017. Plan ahead and get prepared with all the tools you'll need to share this rare occurrence with your girls: eclipse glasses ($2.50), a complete guide to the eclipse including start and end times ($12), a map that shows you where to watch ($10), and a specially-designed patch ($1.50) to commemorate this special event.

Not sure what to get your father for Father's Day? You can pre-order the glasses, book, and map for only $19.99. That's a $4.50 savings.

To pre-order call Jodi Potter at 561-427-0197 or email us at
councilshop@gssef.org.


              
All-In-One Bridging Kit 
Are you planning a bridging ceremony? We can help. Our retail store has a convenient, all-in-one Bridging Kit that has everything you need. Each kit includes the items that are presented to girls bridging to the next age level. Just add the girls' name to the sheet provided and you're ready for your bridging ceremony! We invite you to stop by the retail store and get your Bridging Kit before they are gone.


 
Award Season is Here
Are you looking for something unique to give that special Girl Scout who has earned one of the highest awards that a Girl Scout can earn - a Silver or Gold Award? We can help. Come and visit our retail store for that perfect gift such as a lovely pair of dangling earrings for $9.99, a necklace for $19.99 or a bracelet for $11.99 (not pictured).  
 
            
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Did You Miss Out on the Fun at Thin Mint Sprint?!    
Thank you to those who joined us at one of our Thin Mint Sprint 5K race locations in April! Each of the races was great fun with an overall attendance of nearly 800 participants. Over 57% of our guests participated in the event as part of a team - proving that living a healthy lifestyle is more fun with friends!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Publix Super Markets Charities, and our Major Sponsor, LaCroix Sparkling Water, Inc. Make sure to check out these great companies when you have a chance. We couldn't have done it without them!

If you missed the final results or race day photos from one of the events, check them out here.
            
Were you unable to make the race but wanted to join in the fun?! We have a limited supply of leftover t-shirts that can be yours for a $20 donation. See what sizes we have available here. 
 
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Online Program Listings and Calendar  
    
Summertime is almost here! You can keep the fun and adventure of Girl Scouts going all summer long. Check out all the programs here.  
   
Take a look at our sampling of cool summer programs:

Become a Marine Biologist
Date: Thu May 18, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Atlantic Dunes Park 605 S. Ocean Blvd. Delray Beach, FL 33483

Ever wonder what it's like to be a Marine Biologist? This program is for girls who love the ocean and dream about having a career training dolphins, working at a sea turtle rehabilitation center, or studying sharks. Join us as we learn about some of the most fascinating women in the Marine Industry and get hands on with fun Marine Science lessons, experiments, games and crafts. This program is open to all grade levels. If you have a question, contact Catalina Cano at ccano@gssef.org.

Registration cost is $15.00 per girl. Register here.



Girl Scouts Splash into Safety
Date: Sat May 20, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Rapids Water Park, 6566 N Military Trail, Riviera Beach, FL 33407

Come Splash into Safety at Rapids Water Park. The park is opening an hour early exclusively for Girl Scouts. At 9 a.m. see the lifeguards in action demonstrating Life Saving rescue techniques, First Aid practices and skills used every day. Then the South Slide Tower (above) will open at 9:30 a.m. just for Girl Scouts. Each girl will receive a patch! This program is open to all Girl Scout grade levels. Register
hereFor additional information, see flyer.



First Aid Badge - Brownies and Juniors
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: 15885 Pines Boulevard Suite 130, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 

Join the experts at Baptist Health and find out how to help people when they're ill or injured and how to respond during an emergency in this badge program. Learn the first steps to take in an emergency, talk to first responders, make a portable first aid kit, find out how to handle urgent first aid issues, and know how to take care of someone who's sick.

Registration cost is $10.00 per girl. For additional information and to register, click here. If you have any questions, contact Catalina Cano at ccano@gssef.org.

      
   
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Tell Us Why Your Dad Is An Awesome Girl Scout Dad  
With Father's Day just around the corner on June 18th here's your chance to let your dad know just what an awesome Girl Scout dad he is. We're featuring a special Father's Day weekend tribute to Girl Scout dads on our Facebook page.
 
To participate, just email a photo to kdillon@gssef.org of you and your dad sharing a Girl Scout experience along with a caption completing this sentence:
 
My Dad Is An Awesome Girl Scout Dad Because. Photos and captions are due June 15th.
 
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Hey, Early Birds, hey - It's not too late to get in on the WORMrageous fun!

It's not too late, you still have time to be an Early Bird. Check out the guidelines: 
 
  • All individually registered girls and troops must submit their online re-registration with payment by 11:59 p.m. on May 15 to be considered an Early Bird.
  • All girls who are re-registered during Early Bird will receive the exclusive Early Bird patch!
  • Troops must re-register 80% of their currently registered girls AND two Leaders to be eligible for the 2017-2018 Early Bird cookie incentives and drawings.
  • The annual registration fee for the 2017 - 2018 membership year, October 1 - September 30, is $40 for girls and $25 for adults.
  • Can't remember your MyGS login? That's ok...just email troopsupport@gssef.org and our Troop Support Specialists will follow up with you.
 
And don't forget those WORMderful Incentives!
All girls who are re-registered during Early Bird will receive the exclusive Early Bird patch!

All participating Troops who re-register 80% of eligible girls and two Leaders, within the Early Bird period (April 1 to May 15 at 11:59 p.m.), will earn:

*An additional 3-cents per box of cookies sold in the 2018 Cookie Sale Program
*Eligibility for the WORMtacular grand prize drawings in May and November **
 
And since the Early Bird gets the WORM (Weekly Opportunity for Rad Merchandise), we will be offering a "Worm of the Week" drawing! Register at least one member of your troop to be eligible for that week's WORM. Mark your calendars and play along! And be sure to tune in to Facebook LIVE on WORM Wednesdays to find out which troop wins the WORM of the Week! #wormwednesday

Watch for these upcoming Weekly WORM drawings
Week 6: May 2-8 - Drawing on Wednesday, May 10th  
"Star Struck Adventure" Package: Entire troop to receive FREE 2 night trip to GSSEF camp property of choice (Nocatee or Welaka), priority date selection, program provided for star gazing (or similar) and a $250 gift card to Bass Pro Shop for camp gear.

Week 7: May 9-15 - Drawing on Wednesday, May 17th            
"Cowgirl Up!" Package: Accommodations for 8 during a Girl Scout weekend in Spring 2018 at Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales, FL for 2 nights. For more info visit: www.circlefduderanchcamp.com
 
And don't forget...
WORMtacular Grand Prize - Drawing on Wednesday, May 24th
All troops who meet the Early Bird eligibility requirements by 11:59 p.m. on May 15th (80% of girls in troop and two Leaders registered) will be entered into the WORMtacular Grand Prize drawing on Wednesday, May 24th.  The winning troop will receive DOUBLE proceeds on all Fall Product nut, candy and magazines sold by the troop.*

AND we'll hold a second chance drawing at the end of the Fall Product Sale where we will draw one additional troop winner from the pool of Early Bird troops who met the Early Bird eligibility requirements and they too will get DOUBLE their proceeds on all Fall Product nut, candy and magazines sold by the troop.*

*Coupon books are excluded from double proceeds prize.
 
Need more info?
For more information on all things Early Bird, including renewal tutorials, the WORMtacular Grand Prize drawings and a complete listing of the weekly WORMs, corresponding weekly drawing dates and fine print, click here.

Questions? Contact Heather Hileman, vice president of member engagement and experience, at (561) 427-0189 or hhileman@gssef.org .

Need your MyGS community log-in information? Contact our Troop Support specialists at troopsupport@gssef.org .
 
Happy Early Birding!
   
           
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Girl Scouts Take the Lead
Do you have photos from your troop or service unit activities or service projects that you would like to share? We'd love to give you a shout out. To share your photos and activities, complete this short form here.        


   
 
   

Because of their super #cookieboss skills, Troop 40237 were able to use their 2017 Cookie Sale proceeds for a trip to SeaWorld and attend the Girl Scout Jamboree there. Girls and moms participated after hours in the Girl Scout Jamboree. The girls got a personal tour of some of the areas, touched the sting rays, exchanged swaps with other Girls Scouts from across the U.S.A., and got to sleep amidst the manatees and turtles!
 





Go-getters from Troop 20603 collected a whopping 170 pounds of food items during our Council-wide Feeding Florida Together Food Drive and donated the food to Boca Helping Hands. Great job Girl Scouts! 






Knowing how to respond in a medical emergency and how to help save a life by performing CPR is so important. Congrats to the 22 GSSEF Troop Leaders who recently became CPR trained!
       

Take a look at more photos of Girl Scout Adventures
Check-out GSSEF'S Flickr page. 
 
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