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August 11, 2017


a monthly ePublication from Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania for our nine-county council

 
 SIGN UP FOR FALL AND WINTER PROGRAMS NOW!

Haven't renewed yet for next year? Make sure you re-register today so that you can start signing up for fall and winter fun now.  Check out our events calendar to view new programs by age level and category (badge earning, camping, volunteer trainings, etc.). 

Members who step up to become leaders by Saturday, September 30, will receive a Girl Scout padfolio!  If you have trouble renewing on our new member database, My GS, check out our website for video tutorials of how to log in and renew. If you cannot log in to My GS,  email us

Be on the lookout for the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Spark which you'll receive this month. In the meantime, check out the digital version and sign up for awesome programs. 

 
 BOOK FAIR SPECTACULAR! 
 
GSEP and Barnes & Noble invite you to join us at one of 13 B&N locations* for our Book Fair Spectacular on Saturday, August 19, from 1-4 p.m. Bring a friend or two and create a bookmark, play games, participate in a scavenger hunt, enjoy story time, and more! Present the code 1217690 at checkout and a percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchase will benefit our council. The top three service units that recruit the largest number of girls and adults will receive a $100, $50, or $25 gift certificate to the GSEP retail shop!

Can't attend the book fair? Visit bn.com/bookfairs to support GSEP online from August 19-24 by entering the code above at checkout.

*Participating locations: Bethlehem, Broomall, Center City Philadelphia, Center Valley, Exto, Lehigh Valley Mall, Montgomeryville, Neshaminy Mall, Oxford Valley, Plymouth Meeting, Reading/Wyomissing, Valley Forge, Willow Grove.
 

RETAIL CORNER 
 
Make some room on your vest or sash, because the retail shops will be stocked with the new Girl Chosen badges very soon! The requirements pamphlets are in each retail shop now. 

Our retail stores will have the Troop Camping Series, which includes Buddy Camper, Cabin Camper, Eco Camper, Primitive Camping, Adventure Camping, and Survival Camping badges soon! Once we've got everything in stock, we'll send out an email announcement. 

And remember, the  online shop is open 24/7, 365!
TAKE THE LEAD NOMINATIONS
 
Do you know an amazing woman? We want to hear about her! Nominate a woman you know and admire to be honored at Take the Lead 2018. Nominees must:
  • Exemplify extraordinary civic, professional, and philanthropic leadership and achievement
  • Showcase the Girl Scout values of courage, confidence, and character
  • Act as a positive role model for girls and be committed to making the world a better place
  • Live or work in the nine-county footprint of the GSEP council:

Greater Philadelphia  (includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) 

Berks County 

Lehigh Valley (includes Carbon, Lehigh, and Northampton counties)

 

To learn more and submit your nomination for a Take the Lead 2018 honoree, visit our website. The deadline to submit is Monday, September 4.
OPT IN AND WIN BIG
 
Join the 100-plus troops that have already opted in to the opportunity catalog!

The opportunity catalog is the online listing of all available troops open to girls in our area who are ready to join Girl Scouts. Sign up your troop before September 30, and your name will be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes, like a tablet or a s'mores-making kit. 

It's easy to opt in! Email  memberservices@gsep.org and include the words "opt in" and your troop number in the subject line. We'll send you a confirmation email once your troop is live. Raffle results will be announced in October.

Reminder: All troops that have spots available (according to adult-to-girl ratios) will be included in the opportunity catalog starting on October 1, 2017.

Make the most out of the coming year by bringing the Girl Scout experience to more girls and winning cool stuff!
NEWS & UPDATES
 

PROGRAM  ALERTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Fall is all about adventure! 
Get ready to run, bike, and navigate your way through GSEP's Tough Cookie Adventure Race on Saturday, September 9, at Camp Laughing Waters. Grab some friends or your family for this obstacle course that'll put your Girl Scout skills to the test. Learn more and sign up here .

Dive into the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Program Guide! Read about new programs like Mystery Ridge, Real Girls Code, and Sew Tech Stuffed Animals, and classic favorites like Autumn Adventure, Cookie Rally, and Winter Camp.  


GET THE FRESHEST VOLUNTEER NEWS
Service Unit Managers, leadership teams, and troop leaders: Get all your latest news on the  SUM and Leader News web page. 

We've gone digital! The Step 3 Grade Level training can now be completed right from your computer. This online workshop introduces new leaders to the world of Journeys and the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting. To register, click here!

If you haven't yet registered for F.A.L.L. 2017, sign up now! Visit our website to check out workshops, our T-shirt and sweatshirts, and more.

WE'RE NUTS FOR NAR!

Start saving for your troop's end-of- the-year pizza party or visit to Juliette Gordon Low's house in Georgia now! With Nuts About Reading (NAR), your troop can easily start earning money, and it's a great way for girls to prepare for the 2018 Cookie Program.

NAR begins Sunday, October 1. Paper ordering ends Monday, October 23, and online sales end Sunday, November 19. Check our website for training videos and resources, and make sure you RSVP today for our NAR Kick-Off, Sunday October 1, at Laughing Waters!

 
IMPORTANT DATES
 

Friday, August 18- Sunday, August 20


Saturday, September 9

Friday, September 22- Sunday, September 24
Saturday, September 30
New Leader Incentive and Troop Opt-In Ends  

Sunday, October 1 

Sunday, October 1
All open troops available in opportunity catalog





Rachel Z. completed her Gold Award project this year by educating her community on the superior abilities of service dogs and Canine Partners for Life, an organization dedicated to training service dogs for individuals who have physical and cognitive disabilities. Rachel realized the independence dogs provide to their owners, and decided to raise awareness about how the dogs are raised, the jobs they perform, and the critical need to raise them in her community. She hosted events, gave presentations, and even wrote, illustrated, and printed a book about training these highly skilled dogs!  Congratulations, Rachel!

 
SHARE THE GIRL SCOUT SPIRIT!
 

Girls from Troop 89010 visited 
Cedar Crest College this week. The girls heard from Mary Ozechoski, vice president of student affairs, about the school, studying abroad, and campus life. Check out our  Facebook post to learn more about the girls' trip.
Girl Scout Emily M. is one of 373
recipients of this year's Congressional Award, which is given to students who demonstrate a year of unprecedented leadership. Here's Emily with Paxton Baker, chairman of the National Board of Directors for the award and Brendan Boyle, who represents the 13th District of Pennsylvania.

Girl Scout Lena K. of Northampton
created an interactive anti-bullying project that earned her the National Liberty Museum TD Bank Young Heroes Award, which recognizes students who bring about positive change in their schools and community! Congrats, Lena!

Share your stories!

We love to share what our girls are doing around the council to make the world a better place. Send your photos and stories to  communications@gsep.org  and we will do our best to include your submissions in a future council communication.
Girl Scouts is a sisterhood of generations

Age is just a number here! Whether your last troop meeting was yesterday or a year ago, you're still part of the sisterhood that is 3.2 million strong. Join the fun with our  Alumnae Association . Give back by 
volunteering  your time or  donating  to help ensure that future generations of girls will be able to experience Girl Scouts. 
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