I n T his Issue:
FamilyFestJoin Us at the Annual
Family Festival!
ProdSaleProduct Sale Has Been
Extended!
The Fall Product Sale started on September 15th and has been extended due to Hurricane Irma. Here are the new dates:

Product Sale New End Date:
October 20th

Troop Turn In to Community Coordinator New End Date:
October 22nd

QSP/Nut Online Program - Troop and Girl Credit End Date:
October 27th at 11:59 PM

(PLEASE NOTE: Customers can still order, bur troops will not earn proceeds and girls will not earn rewards. Nut.E system need to lock down in order to process girl rewards and troop over payments.)

Nut Delivery Dates to Community Coordinators:
November 15 - North Communities
November 16 - South & Keys Communities

Does your troop still need training? Go to the Fall Product Sale Training webinar recording. It's available 24/7! Just enter your name and email to access. Then contact your Community Fall Product Coordinator for your Fall Product Sale supplies (if they still need them).

Get a quick start to the Fall Product Sale! Try the 59 Minute Quick Start Program! It's quick, easy, and a great way to earn funds for your troop. Click here for more details.

SupportGSTFThroughTargetYou Can Support GSTF
Through Target!

To our friends and supporters,

We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored by our local Target store. And you are invited to help!

Participating is simple: starting Tuesday, September 5 and running through Sunday, November 5, you will have the opportunity to vote on how Target should allocate a $5,000 contribution among three featured nonprofits addressing local issues.

We are one of those nonprofits!

We're asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity by voting for us when you are at the Target store in Hialeah this fall. Every vote counts to help us raise funds as we continue our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more here.

Thank you for your support, and don't forget to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting campaign.

 Membership1718What Year Is It?! 
The Girl Scout membership year runs from October 1 - September 30. The CURRENT year (2017 membership year) ends September 30, 2017. NEXT year (2018 membership year) begins October 1, 2017. If a girl or adult is a new member, they should register for the NEXT year (no worries about insurance, they are covered for the gap between now and October 1).

Co-leaders who are utilizing the VTK for planning, make certain your role is renewed for 2018. You must be a registered member for 2018, renew your role (co-leader) and have a background check that is current in order to access the VTK and your troop roster. We are aware many adults who have current background checks are requested to do a new background check- some of our old system and former paper information did not transfer correctly to our new online system. Please do a new one, and you will be good for 3 years!
 
WantMoreGirlsDo You Have More Than 12 Girls
Currently Registered In Your Troop?
Do You Want More Girls?
Every troop with less than 12 girls currently registered appears in our online catalog as open to new members. If your troop has more than 12 girls and you would like to widen your friendship circle to include more, please send an email to customercare@girlscoutsfl.org that includes your troop number, grade level(s), and the TOTAL number of girls you would like to invite into your troop. We will update your troop information and make it visible in our catalog. Make new friends!
 
TripAndTravelIs Your Troop Going Somewhere?
Our trip and travel form is online now!

Day trips, trips lasting 2 or less nights, and Council events do not require a trip and travel form unless non-members are attending and/or the trip is high risk.

Get the Trip and Travel application here.  

StoryoftheWeekStory of the Week! 
Shannon and Jacqueline McCloskey
Took Charge During Hurricane Irma!

When Shannon, Jacqueline, and their family evacuated to Sarasota, they had no idea that Hurricane Irma would shift to where they were staying and that they would end up staying at a hurricane shelter there. As they waited out the storm, a girl around 9 years old mentioned wanting a "GNO" (girls night out) and Shannon and Jacqueline stepped in to make this happen! The next day, they spread the news that they would be having a Girls Night Out and invited boys and girls of all ages to participate. Using the knowledge they learned from their CIT training, they interacted with the children in the hurricane shelter by playing games like hot potato and drawing pictures. They were even able to make s'mores, which some of the children never had before. These Girl Scouts were G.I.R.L.s and made an unfortunate situation a day to remember for many children and their parents staying at that hurricane shelter!

  Have a story you want to share?
Send a story with an attached picture to Gabrielle Stieglitz at gstieglitz@girlscoutsfl.org and it might premiere on Tropical Talk!
 
FourStarFour Star Troop Excellence Award!
Want to show off how awesome your troop is? Then aim for the Four Star Troop Excellence Award!

Each troop is required to compete at least 14 activities to earn the badge, a bar, a ribbon, and a pin per girl. Once the troop has earned the award, they get recognized at the Annual Meeting! How awesome is that?

To complete the award, the packet must be completed in the form of a book. All b ooks must be submitted by September 30, 2017.

Questions? Contact Beverly Jones at bjones@girlscoutsfl.org.

LocalCommunityPartnerLocal/Community Partner Events!
UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled for October 28th from
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This event will be combined with their annual Trunk and Treat event, which is also free and tons of fun!
A new flyer will be added soon.
UpcomingProgramsAndEventsUpcoming Programs and Events!
Outdoor Art Badge Workshops at Pinecrest Gardens
October 7, 2017

Brownies and Juniors will be earning their respective badges in this guided program, featuring a unique opportunity for scouts to embark on a guided exploration through nature, while learning about art of the natural world.

Fee is $12 per girl (badge, program materials, and full access to the Garden's amenities are included).

For more information and to register, click here.

Questions?
Contact Lacey Bray at
lbray@pinecrest-fl.org or 305-669-6990

College Admissions for Girl Scouts
October 14, 2017

Girl Scouts in middle and high school and their parents/guardians are welcome to join the expert college advisers of  International College Counselors and learn how they can maximize their admissions and scholarship potential.

Fee is $5 per girl.

Registration Deadline is October 4, 2017 or
when all spots are filled.

For more information and to register, click here.

Junior Jewelry Badge Workshop at Kendra Scott
October 14, 2017

Girls will learn all about jewelry making from the tools of the trade to metals to gems. They'll even visit the Color Bar and create their very own sparkling piece!

Fee is $15 per girl.

Registration Deadline is October 4, 2017 or
when all spots are filled.

For more information and to register, click here.

Silver Award Webinar
October 18, 2017

Join us for a webinar to learn more about the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. This training does count as the council-required training for the Silver Award.

Registration Deadline is October 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

For more information and to register, click here.

Introduction to Coding with Code/Art
October 21, 2017

Coding can be creative and fun! After a brief introduction to JavaScript, participants (girls and adults) will learn how to write a simple program that draws their own self portraits and then animate them using loops and the draw function.

Fee is $30 per girl and $30 per adult (includes lunch for both).

Registration Deadline is September 30, 2017 or
when all spots are filled.

For more information and to register,  click here.

Brownie Potter Badge Workshop
October 21, 2017

Brownies will complete their Potter Badge at the Bakehouse Art Complex with this fun and hands-on workshop in clay.

Fee is $25 per girl and $25 per adult (includes finished sculpture)

For more information and to register,  click here.

Outdoor Adventurer
October 21, 2017

Are you ready for the Outdoor Adventurer Challenge? Encounter unique animals, make a campfire, kayak through marine ecosystems and hike the trails. Brownies will earn the Outdoor Adventurer badge at this fun program.

Fee is $25 per girl and $25 per adult.

For more information and to register,  click here.

Outdoor Skills-A-Rama
October 28, 2017

Let's get ready to go camping! Come to this event and learn some new skills like knot tying, how to build a fire, leave no trace, outdoor cooking and tons more.

Fee is $15 per girl and $15 per adult (includes lunch and a patch).

Registration Deadline is October 13, 2017 or
when all spots are filled.

For more information or to register,  click here.

Once A Girl Scout, Always A Girl Scout!

Join the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
Alumnae Association Today!

Have a Public Event You Want to Put on the Calendar?

Contact Communications at communications@girlscoutsfl.org with information about the event (including where it will take place, time, etc.) and a  flyer with the Girl Scouts logo at the top of it. The public event
must be  related to  Girl Scouts or beneficial to Girl Scouts in some way.

Want to Share YOUR Story?
Go onto the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Website and
fill out the form.  Submit a picture with a brief paragraph of
why  your story deserves to be on the website and it may
premiere on Tropical Talk too!

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