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CEO Anne T HoganFlip the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar and either way it will be heads up. The coin has the Girl Scout trefoil on one side and three Girl Scout faces on the reverse. The coin was launched at an event held on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., February 28. GSCB teen board member and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Caitlyn Naughton was one of only 17 Girl Scouts invited to the event, along with GSCB CEO Anne T. Hogan, GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chávez, Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios and more than 100 other leaders.

The event included a leadership breakfast that brought together outstanding women and men from the public and private sectors, including members of Girl Scouts Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, made up of all the female members of Congress.

The coin is available through the United States Mint.
For information on the coin, visit www.girlscouts.org/coin or www.usmint.gov.

 
celebrating the holidays through service
 

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girl scout religious awards, troop 838Girl Scout Week started and ended with religious observances - Girl Scout Sunday was March 10 and Girl Scout Sabbath was Saturday, March 16. Girl Scouts from all over our council participated in special services that tied together the values of Girl Scouting with their individual churches, synagogues and mosques. Some highlights included: Troop 1335 at St. Paul's in Centreville, MD. SU 30 celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Jude the Apostle in Lewes, DE. Girls from Troop 234 were in charge of the service at Bayside Chapel in Selbyville, MD. Troop 725 hosted the service at St. Mary of the Assumption in Hockessin, DE. Troop 1114 participated in the service at St. Pauls UMC in Greensboro, MD and Troop 144 went to Salem United Methodist Church in Newark, DE. Troops 091, 315, 449, 105, 381 and 795 of SU 19 celebrated early—March 3 at Holy Angels School for their 24th Annual Mother/Daughter Breakfast after Mass services.

faith journeyParticipating in Girl Scout Sunday or Girl Scout Sabbath can be part of earning the My Promise, My Faith Award. This pin invites girls in grades K-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith. Girls can earn this national pin each year.

Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program. The To Serve God religious recognitions brochure shows the religious recognitions that have been created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video that explains the religious recognitions programs, and other resources for collaborating with the faith community at P.R.A.Y. Publishing. Some religious organizations are not affiliated with P.R.A.Y. or may not have a national office; to learn about their religious recognitions, contact their local leaders.

The Diocese of Wilmington offers a series of Religious Award Programs to Girl Scouts. These programs are designed to advance girls in religious knowledge and spiritual growth. A registered Girl Scout who is Catholic and attends Catholic school, CCD or regular religious instruction is eligible. There are also national awards available to Catholic Girl Scouts. For information on local and national Catholic Awards, please contact Girl Scout volunteer Joan Przywara - an active Girl Scout since 1943 – who is GSCB’s local expert and resource for awards for Catholic Girl Scouts at 302-478-0693.

For more information about connecting Girl Scouts with the faith community, please take a look at booklets for younger and older girls.

 
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Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world celebrated World Thinking Day on Friday, February 22. Many GSCB service units and troops experienced other cultures through playing games, tasting food and sharing skits, songs and dances.

Troop 229 in SU 2 hosted an evening for Brownies and Daisies. The troop made SWAPS to look like flags, played games from featured nations, had ethnic snacks and participated in grade-level activities from WAGGGS. Girls who attended earned the World Thinking Day Award.

For SU 12’s event, Troop 790 studied Brazil. The Juniors created a poster, table layout and wore carnival items. Brownies made the Brazilian food and Daisies made a craft to hand out.

SU 18’s World Thinking Day event brought in more than 100 girls, with troops showcasing the four countries where WAGGGS has World Centres - England, India, Switzerland and Mexico. Girls made pinatas and crowns, had henna painted on their hands and made SWAPS that looked like Swiss cheese. With dances, games and delicious food, the hosting troops seemed to have as much fun as the younger girls attending the event! View their Facebook photo album.

Several troops in SU 25, also in North Wilmington, hosted an event focusing on the countries officially recognized by WAGGGS for this year’s World Thinking Day, Malawi, Venezuela, Pakistan, Jordan and Ireland. For Malawi, girls tried balancing a basket on their heads, played with various musical instruments, created masks and fished for goldfish. Venezuela included the preparation
of a traditional bread made from a type of cornmeal. Girls learned about Pakistan girl guides, a craft where the girls made kites, tasted a sample of coconut, bread and a yogurt based drink, and had lessons about playing cricket. For Jordan, there was a mosaic craft and girls learned how to make hummus. For Ireland, the girls tried soda bread. View their Facebook photo album.

SU27 world thinking dayIn North Wilmington, SU 27’s International Festival for about 250 girls opened with a parade of flags, and featured a Chinese dragon dance and Irish step dancing. The event included displays and activities from 16 countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland. The booths were developed by the girls in various troops and offer food, crafts and activities representing the countries. Girls had specially designed passports to stamp at each location. View their Facebook album with photos, here.

 
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power of oneThe Girl Scout Cookie Season is wrapping up and GSCB is entering the cleanup phase. Cleanup cookies are sold by girls and troops after the official end of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Cookies sold now do not count towards the girl’s individual rewards but troops will receive proceeds—70 cents per box. The cleanup cookie period lasts until April 14, and helps to reduce the leftover cookie inventory in the council as well as boost troop funds.

There are two primary ways to sell cleanup cookies:
Cleanup Cookie Booths are like any other cookie booth and therefore must follow normal cookie booth guidelines found in the Troop Cookie Program Manual on the Troop Cookie Program CD. These booth locations are set up by the SU Cookie Booth Coordinator or by GSCB at prime booth locations and community events. Troops may use these booths to sell off their remaining troop inventory, to earn additional funds for the troop by taking cupboard cookies or a combination of both. Troops that take cookies from a cookie cupboard for a cleanup cookie booth may return any unsold cookies. (Troops may not return varieties they have not taken from the cookie cupboard for a cleanup booth.) Troops that sell at least 60 boxes of cookies from the cookie cupboard for a cleanup booth qualify for Power of One patches for the girls that participated in the cookie booth. (Shown above.)

Cleanup Cookie Transactions are orders that are late or catchup orders from customers needing additional cookies. None of these cookies will be returned to the cookie cupboard – they are firm orders. Use a half page Cleanup Cookie Sale Transaction for these transactions.

Please contact the Product Sales Department if interested in participating in the cookie cleanup period.

 
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kelsi ronningHospice of Queen Anne’s recently honored Girl Scout Ambassador Kelsi Ronning as the Junior Philanthropist of the Year for her Girl Scout Gold Award service project at the hospice center. The award was presented at the organization’s 10th Annual Gala. This is the second year this award was created specifically for the youth volunteers at Hospice. The recipient is nominated and voted on by the Hospice staff and adult volunteers. Kelsi is a junior at Queen Anne’s County High School, where she is concentrating in the Nursing curriculum. She is a member of Troop 399 with Andrea Alduino, who has been her troop leader since first grade. Kelsi completed her Girl Scout Gold Award in conjunction with Hospice of Queen Anne’s on a project called Paving the Way for Hope. This project consisted of the creation of a landscaped area in front of Hospice of Queen Anne’s completed with pavers purchased in the memory of those who’ve passed, as well as in honor of loved ones. Kelsi’s project was dedicated to the memory of her grandfather, Edward C. Adams, who received loving care from the Johns Hopkins Home Hospice during his last three months of life in 1996.
 
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family partnershipPlease watch your mail for how you can contribute to GSCB’s Family Partnership program. Girl Scouting opens doors, creates new opportunities and helps girls develop courage, confidence and character. Family involvement in Girl Scouting, both personal and financial, is essential to support troops and the Council. A financial contribution to the Family Partnership Campaign will aid in the continued growth and development of quality programs, provide safe facilities and ensure a wide variety of opportunities for girls and adult volunteers. Thank you for your support!

 

 

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SignDid you know that GSCB has its own badges, designed just for our girls? This month’s feature is the Speaking in Sign Badge Program for Girl Scout Brownies through Ambassadors. In this series, discoveries vary by grade level. You will learn things such as; the American Manual Alphabet, signing your name, signing the Girl Scout Promise and Law, as well as a fun song. Each grade level covers different Discover, Connect and Take Action steps. View the documents for Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadette, Seniors and Ambassadors.

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Women's History Month
March is Women’s History Month—and a good time to explore our Inspiring Women Timeline. The timeline highlights women in history who were the real "game changers" for women everywhere. We thank these pioneers for opening doors that were previously closed to females and creating opportunities for generations to come. To name a few; Grace Murray Hopper (computer pioneer who laid the groundwork for COBOL), Amelia Earhart (the name says it all), Chien-Shiung Wu (“First Lady of Physics”), and Geraldyn "Jerrie" Cobb (first woman military pilot to train as an astronaut, though unfortunately, she was never allowed to make a space flight). This month the timeline calls attention to Suffragists and the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

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3rd Annual
Thin Mint 5K Run/Walk

The Thin Mint 5K Run/Walk is for all Girl Scout grade levels, families and friends. The course has been professionally designed and will be officially timed. A Fun Run for kids under 8 will take place prior to the 5K run/walk. Participants will receive a t-shirt and a box of Thin Mints. Daisy through Ambassador Girl Scout participants will receive a Thin Mint Run/Walk patch. Pre-register by April 1
to receive a shirt on race day.
WHEN: April 14, 2013
Registration start time: 9 a.m.
Kiddie Fun Run start time: 9:50 a.m.
5K Run/Walk time: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Dravo Plaza, Wilmington Riverfront, Wilmington, DE
**Thank you to our sponsors providing more than $500 in funding or in-kind donations: Macy’s, PNC, 93.7 WSTW, Giant, Waste Management, Bank of America and 99.5 WJBR.**

GSCB Summer Camp 2013
2013 summer camp guide

Spring is a great time to finish up your plans for summer! Browse our camp guide at gscb.org to learn more about the fun and educational opportunities for your girl at GSCB Summer Camp. Please contact Barb Fallat, bfallat@cbgsc.org or 302-456-7150 if you want a printed copy
of the camp brochure mailed to you.

Book Drive
Troop 969, partnering with Success Can’t Wait and Miss Delaware USA 2008, is holding a book drive to help restock the library of a Long Island elementary school that lost its books due to Hurricane Sandy. Gently used children’s books can be dropped off in March at Success Won’t Wait, 1769 Marsh Road or at GSCB’s Newark office. The troop is hoping to collect 8,000 books.

101st Anniversary Fun
globetrottersGirl Scouts celebrated the 101st anniversary with at trip to the Harlem Globetrotters. The girls presented the players with Girl Scout cookies and were recognized on the court.

 
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WOMEN IN AVIATION
Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6–8)
Join the Delaware 99s (an international organization of women pilots) who graciously host this very popular event. You will learn the steps to become a pilot, explore emergency procedures, create rockets and design your own plane.
WHEN: April 28, 2013, 12:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: New Castle County Airport,
151 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE
COST: $12 per girl, includes fun patch.
NOTE: This very popular event fills up quickly, sign up early. Please eat prior to arrival.
Min 25/Max 60

COLLEGE PREP. NIGHT
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors
Thinking about college? Need to know how to apply? What’s the difference between SATs and ACTs? What’s a dorm room like? Calling all girls in high school to join us at the Ray Street Complex to find out about these topics: college admissions process, taking the SATs vs. ACTs, where and how to apply, what to major in, resume building and essay writing, applying for financial aid/scholarships, and more. Additional activities include tour of the residence hall and a panel with college students to answer questions.
WHEN: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Ray Street Complex
20 Ray Street, Newark, DE 19717
COST: $5 per girl.
Min 10/Max 35

GIRL SCOUT ENGINEERING DAY
Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors (Grades 6-10) Hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Girl Scout Engineering Day (GSED) is a program for local Girl Scouts, providing girls hands-on, fun engineering projects. These activities will be led by current members of the NSBE chapter at the University of Delaware. Girls will earn an Engineering
Day patch.
WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
WHERE: Gore Hall 2nd/3rd Floor University of Delaware, Newark, DE
COST: $9, includes patch, lunch and activity supplies.
Min 30/Max 60

MUSIC BADGE DAY—University of Delaware
Girl Scout Juniors (Grades 4-5)
Earn your Musician Badge from music students from the University of Delaware! The day will include a performance by UD students and give you the opportunity to make a new instrument and play it for your friends and family!
WHEN: Sunday, April 28, 2013, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: University of Delaware
Amy E. DuPont Music Building
100 Orchard Road, Newark DE, 19716
COST: $12 per girl, includes Musician badge.
NOTE: Please bring a bag lunch. Min 10/Max 30.

 
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