Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

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GSSEF Winter Break Schedule
Please Note: GSSEF will be closed on December 20 for our staff holiday celebration. In addition, GSSEF will be closed for Winter Break from December 21 to January 1. Normal hours of operation will resume on January 2.
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GSSEF New Administrative Headquarters Opens January 2, 2018 
We're excited to announce that we will be moving into our new GSSEF Administrative Headquarters on January 2! What an incredible way to start the new year and celebrate 10 years as GSSEF in 2018. Located in Lake Worth, the building meets all of our requirements in terms of size, age, geographic location and accessibility to a major highway, as it's less than one mile from the Turnpike. We are thrilled that we finally have a home that can truly represent GSSEF and provide one office for our team.  
 
Effective January 2, 2018 
GSSEF New Corporate Headquarters Location and Contact Information  
GSSEF Administrative Headquarters
6944 Lake Worth Rd.
Lake Worth, FL 33467
Phone Number: 561-427-0177 (Same as the current phone number)  
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Save the Date: Grand Opening Celebration
Please mark your calendars for the GSSEF Administrative Headquarters Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. (immediately following the Annual Meeting).  

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Don't Forget to use Amazonsmile for your holiday shopping and All Year-round!
It's a win-win for you and Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. Amazonsmile is the same Amazon that you know. When you use Amazonsmile, Amazon will donate a portion of the price of your purchases back to GSSEF. There is no cost or fee to use Amazonsmile, either.

Simply login in to your Amazon account using the Amazonsmile link - http://smile.amazon.com/ch/59-0657327.

Save this link to your Favorites on your browser so you can use it during your holiday shopping, and all year-round, to help support girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place!

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GSSEF Annual Appeal: It's the difference between taking the lead and just being called a leader
Sophia was quiet and often called shy. She was an okay student who hadn't really been encouraged to think about the future. She rarely raised her hand in class and was never the first one to volunteer. Fast forward a few years and Sophia has now organized the class-sponsored food drive. She's the first one with her hand up in Science. She already knows she wants to be cyber security specialist. And she's definitely the one that has convinced you to support her troop's cookie sale goal by purchasing six boxes of Thin Mints instead of one.

This is the Girl Scout difference. It's the difference between taking the lead and just being called a leader. The difference between stepping up and just standing by. It's the difference that you can help Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida make in Sophia's life and in the lives of the 11,000 girls we serve here in your community.

It is the best experience for girls in the world because it is girl-led. Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is more committed than ever to ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the world. But we need your help to do it.

For us, girls are not an afterthought.

How can you make sure that every girl has the chance? It starts with your gift. Today, we're asking you to make an investment in our girls - in their dreams, in their journey and in their future. We know that if girls succeed, so does society. And that success starts with you.

To make your gift, click HERE.


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Paragon Events Gives Back!  
 
 
Each year, Paragon Events sponsors a charity drive and employees vie to see who can get the most votes for their organization. Laurie Steele, friend of Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, chose GSSEF and is hoping that we will get the most votes and receive the largest donation. In order to win, we need as many people as possible to vote daily here.   
 
Let's make this happen for Girl Scouts!

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Program Spotlight  
 
Nui Cookie Luau: Three Locations
Say aloha to our 2018 Nui (great) Cookie Luau program that is designed for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. Whether you are a first time cookie seller or a cookie selling pro, this program is just for you. So, hula on over to a Nui Cookie Luau and learn all about creating your Girl Scout Cookie Business.  
  • Make and take decorations to wehi (to bling) your booth. Participate in a lole (costume) make-and-take so you can dress for cookie selling success. Enjoy a cool themed treat of Hawaiian shaved ice.
  • In celebration of our 2018 Sea Turtle cookie mascot, you will meet the requirements for the GSSEF patch program, Girls Scouts Love Sea Turtles.
  • While having all this fun, you will also earn your 2018 Cookie Selling Activity Pin and either the complete badge or parts of the following GSUSA Cookie Business Curriculum Badges:
    • Daisies will earn all of the Count It Up and all of the Talk It Up Badge components. Brownies will earn parts of the Meet My Customers, Philanthropy and all of the Give Back badges. Juniors will earn parts of the Cookie CEO Badge.
  • The Sea Turtle patch, cookie activity pin and GSUSA official badges are available for purchase at the Palm Beach County Retail Store and the Broward County Pop-Up Shop.
  • Cost: $16.00 per girl: Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. $5.00 per adult (girl to adult ratio) 
  • A Nui Cookie Luau program patch is included.  
Please note this is not a drop off program for Daisy, Brownie and Junior level girls. Please adhere to adult to girl ratios only. Adults will be responsible for chaperoning girls through activities - " mahalo." (thank you.)  
 
CSA's: Need some community service hours?
Join us and help lead this program for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors. Facilitate interactive sessions and earn your grass skirt and hours while having fun with us.

Email Catalina Cano at ccano@gssef.org for volunteer opportunities at the Dania Beach Location. Email Mica Minor at mminor@gssef.org for volunteer opportunities at Fort Pierce and Juno Beach.

Hurry! Volunteering opportunities are limited.

To register, visit the GSSEF Events Listing web page here
 
Three Locations:  
Saturday, January 13: Fort Pierce 
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County -The Williams Center
Turtle Program will be in partnership with the Manatee Observation and Education Center

Saturday, January 13: Juno Beach
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Loggerhead Park - GF Nelson Pavilion
Turtle Program will be in partnership with the Loggerhead Marine Life Center
 
Sunday, January 14: Dania Beach*
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Von D. Mizell - Eula Johnson State Park
*Join us early for a beach cleanup community service opportunity from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Dania Location only.  
Turtle Program will be in partnership with Under Blue Waters
 
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Mall Madness Registration is Open
Calling all Glow Getters! This year, Mall Madness is glowing with excitement! Our new location, Pembroke Lakes Mall, will feature lots of new stores and extra program space to add more fun. Join us for music, face painting and caricature artists. Come to the slime bar and design your own slime. Take a photo in our glow in the dark photo booth. Decode your way through a glow scavenger hunt and much more.
VIP has sold out. General Admission is still open. General Admission Cost is $30 per person. This includes a glow necklace and an event patch. Register here
Get Your Glow On:
Dress to GLOW: Troops are encouraged to create their own troop neon and glow-in-the-dark outfits. Be creative!
BRING THE GLOW! Troop contest: Participation is easy! Each troop should create and bring their own set of DIY photo booth props! Then, gather your troop and make your way to one of our two glow photo booths and our GSSEF judges will snap your photo. The first place troop will receive a $75.00 gift card, the second place troop will receive a $50.00 gift card and the third place will receive an ice cream party hosted by GSSEF program staff.
 
Props must include:
  • One prop with the Troop number
  • A prop for all! Each member of your troop must have a prop in the photo
The photos will be judged on creativity by selected GSSEF staff members at the booth. Additional information and contest guidelines provided in confirmation packet
SWAP your GLOW: Make glow-inspired SWAPS and bring them to exchange with your sister Girl Scouts! Throughout the night, the DJ will make announcements for when SWAP exchanges will happen. Suggested 25 SWAPS per girl.
GLOW TREKKER: Participate in a Glow Scavenger Hunt with your troop and earn an extra Glow Trekker patch. Instructions will be provided at mall scavenger hunt check-in table.
So, gather your best neon and glow colors and get ready to glow the night away! Hurry! Don't let anyone dim your glow. Register today! For additional information, see the flyer here .
Registration will close on February 14, 2018 or once it has reached capacity, whichever occurs first. Mall Madness is not a drop-off program. Adult-to-girl ratios are strictly enforced. Open to all age levels with registered adult females. All participants must be current GSSEF members. No Tagalongs or male chaperones permitted. For more information, contact Catalina Cano at ccano@gssef.org .

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The Great Outdoors with Girl Scouts: December 16
In partnership with Kolter Homes, we invite you to enjoy the outdoors and learn more about Girl Scouts at Vizcaya Falls in Port St. Lucie. It is the perfect opportunity to introduce Girl Scouts to your friends. At this FREE open house style event, you'll have the opportunity to meet your local Girl Scout Council and learn more about the outdoors as you explore the nature preserve.This event is open to all registered and non-registered girls and their families.  
 
The event includes a showcase of National Girl Scout Outdoor Badges with activities that will allow girls to begin their Girl Scout career on-site as they earn components towards the new and current Outdoor Badges.  
 
Vizcaya Falls
1101 NW Vivaldi Ct
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
 
Questions? Contact Sabrina Seme at 561-402-4781 or sseme@gssef.org.  

                
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Will You Be the 2018 Miss Thin Mint Sprint?
Are you the perfect girl to represent the Thin Mint Sprint in Broward County, Palm Beach County or on the Treasure Coast? Are you a Girl Scout that embraces a healthy lifestyle and promotes positive self-esteem? If so, we are looking for you!

Miss Thin Mint Sprint will need to be present at her race location:
April 7 - Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, Hollywood
April 8 - Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach
April 14 - Halpatiokee Regional Park, Stuart

Miss Thin Mint Sprint will need to commit to starting a race team and serving as a Thin Mint Sprint spokesperson at troop and service unit meetings, encouraging other girls to get involved.

Miss Thin Mint Sprint will be the recipient of an authentic Miss Thin Mint Sprint sash at her race location and will be invited to help present the runner's awards at her location.

Tell us why you would make a great Miss Thin Mint Sprint in 200 words or less and email your submission to Danielle Crouch at dcrouch@gssef.org by January 2 (include Name, Troop Number, and Race Location). This opportunity is open to all registered Girl Scouts. Three girls will be selected: one from Broward County, one from Palm Beach County, and one from the Treasure Coast.

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Join Us for the Emerald Awards: February 24  
On Saturday, February 24, join us at the Emerald Awards as we honor six Palm Beach County women who represent the national initiatives of Girl Scouts and serve as role models for today's girls. For additional information, see the
 
The Beach Club
755 North County Road
Palm Beach, Florida 33480
 
This year's Emerald Award Honorees are: 
Special Recognition
Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy: Geri Emmett
Young Philanthropist Award: Noemi Coltea
 
Emerald Awardees
Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy: Tammy O'Rourke
Healthy Living and Life Skills: Theresa LePore
Outdoor and Environmental Leadership: Hannah Campbell
STEM: Carla Duhaney
    
Get your tickets today here and help us celebrate these wonderful women.   
          
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Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program: Girl Rewards
As part of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, and with your help, girls have the opportunity to learn how to set goals, like, determining how many boxes of cookies they want to sell. By achieving and tracking her goals, she can earn some turtle-y awesome rewards this year. Girls can earn the fun sea turtle mascot (pictured right) at the 400 box level.  
 
Check out the Girl Rewards here and get 
  ready to have an Altogether Awesome Cookie Season. 
 
For questions, contact Gabriella Gaita at ggaita@gssef.org.
 
    
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Set Your Goal: Join the 2018 Cookie Extreme Team. Be a Super Seller, too.
The top seller in each Service Unit will receive a 2018 Super Seller Cookie Captain Patch, an awesome light-up sign and a fun Sport's Pack carry-all belt.
 
Extreme Team Rewards start at 1000 boxes and this year we have added more choices. For additional information see the flyer here.
 
Girls who sell 2018+ boxes will be treated to a VERY special Extreme Team luncheon with GSSEF CEO Lisa Johnson at our NEW Headquarters in Lake Worth on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
 
Remember to set up your Digital Cookie Store because there are special rewards you can earn.  
 
For questions, contact Gabriella Gaita at ggaita@gssef.org.
 
    
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Find Your Fave G.I.R.L. Gear  
Getting ready for your next awesome G.I.R.L. experience? There are many ways you can shop to keep your Girl Scout ready and excited for her next Girl Scout adventure. Our Palm Beach County Retail Store and Broward County Pop-Up Shop carry everything to meet all of your Girl Scout needs all year long.   
 
 
GSSEF Online Store Open 24/7 
You can shop anytime by visiting our Online Store that is open 24/7.       
 
 
   
    
The Jupiter Retail Store has Moved (Same Plaza )  
The new address is 1232 West Indiantown Road Suite 105, Jupiter Fl 33458. Please stop by and visit our beautiful new store with a wide selection of awesome G.I.R.L. Gear.  
 
Questions? Please contact Jodi Potter at jpotter@gssef.org.     
      
        
 
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Here's Your Chance for a Cookie Cart  
Cookie Season is right around the corner, We're having a chance drawing for a cookie cart. To enter, stop by the Palm Beach or Broward Retail Store for your chance to win this cookie cart.  
 
No purchase is necessary. The drawing will be held January 17. One entry per person.
 
See store for details or call Jodi Potter at 561-427-0197.
*valid in-store only  
 
 
   
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Gear up for cookie season and make your own sweet treats! 
Cookie Mom Kit includes: bowl, spoon, spatula, bag, cookie cutters, and five balloons.*  $24.99
*while supplies last   
      
      
 
 
 
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Gift Giving Ideas for the Holidays  
The holiday season is almost here. For that special Girl Scout in your life, we have the perfect gifts to give this holiday season.  
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gifts under $10.00
These gift items are sure to bring a smile to someone's face. Think smiley faces, think emoticons!   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gifts under $15.00
She can accessorize in Girl Scout style with these gift items. Head bands, hair ties, hair bows and accessories.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2018 American Honda Birdies for Children Donation Link is OPEN!
American Honda Birdies for Children program is a vehicle for GSSEF to team up with The Honda Classic and present you with a chance to win a new Honda automobile.Your donation will be matched at 110% courtesy of The Honda Classic. The minimum donation is $20 for which you will receive one guess. Any size donation can be given through this link and GSSEF will receive an additional 10% on each gift! Donations can be made through late February. Click here to donate.
 
 
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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.        

        



What's cookin'? These Ambassadors were learning and earning with Duffy's Foundation! What was on the menu? Potato skins, a taco bar and Girl Scout cookie ice cream sandwiches! The Go-getters were excited to take their culinary skills to the next level.


 
   
 
   
Proudly displaying their GSSEF Luna Service Unit banner, approximately 150 Girl Scouts marched in the city of Boca Raton's Annual Holiday Parade.Taking the lead, these G.I.R.L.s took the opportunity to let the crowd know that Girl Scout Cookie season is coming. 
 
        
Take a look at more photos of Girl Scout Adventures
Check-out GSSEF'S Flickr page. 
 
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