welcome to gsfamily



CEO Anne T Hogan
Technology is constantly changing how we communicate. Until a few years ago, GSCB published The Bay Window, a printed newsletter for parents, volunteers and other members of our community. Today, we use our website, Facebook, Twitter and electronic newsletters to share information in addition to printed brochures. This new electronic publication – gsfamily – is designed to provide information that families need to make decisions regarding programming and activities for their Girl Scouts. While troops are still the backbone of Girl Scouting, we know that troop leaders and families are busy – so we wanted to make sure parents have a direct link to information. gsfamily will be published bi-monthly and distributed via email. Issues will be available on our website and Facebook page too. We hope you find this resource useful!

If there are any topics you would like to see covered, if you would like to share pictures and information from your Girl Scouts’ activities, or if you have any feedback on this or other council communications, please contact Jennifer Acord, Communications and Advocacy manager, at jacord@cbgsc.org.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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Anne T. Hogan
Chief Executive Officer

celebrating the holidays through service



Toys For Tots
Girl Scouts throughout the Delmarva Peninsula are bringing cheer to others during the holiday season. Troop 537 held their annual Toys for Tots event at Gallaher Elementary School. Local troops were invited to bring toys and participate in holiday activities. Marines came to pick up the Toys and talk to the girls about the importance of the program. Troop 838 decorated a Christmas tree at the Connections Empowerment Center in Wilmington,
and returned to play bingo with the program’s clients.

Stockings For SoldiersMany Girl Scouts and adult volunteers from several service units participated in Stockings for Soldiers for the ninth year. More than 10,000 stockings stuffed with goodies were sent to soldiers
in Afghanistan. The girls helped stuff stockings, made snowman soup, cards and checkers games, repaired boxes and sprinkled glitter on the stockings.  Dr. Jill Biden, well known for her support of U.S. military families, visited the Stockings for Soldiers headquarters. 

Let us know what your girls are doing! Email jacord@cbgsc.org and we’ll share your Girl Scouts’ projects on our Facebook page or in a future edition of gsfamily.



a world of good
Girl Scouts who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program give back to the community through all sorts of projects. They conduct clothing and food drives, visit nursing homes and animal shelters, and make the world a better place.

If you think it’s just about cookies, think again! The Girl Scout Cookie Program, starting next month, is the largest girl–led business in the nation, and it’s time to get involved! You’ll learn the 5 Skills that will increase your business now, and you’ll benefit from the expertise
you’ve gained for years to come!     

The 5 Skills:
Goal Setting
– Learn to set sales goals individually and as part of a team.
Decision Making
– Decide how your troop will spend cookie proceeds.
Many troops do great projects for the community!

Money Management
– Take cookie orders and handle finances —
you’ll learn skills to last a lifetime.

People Skills
– Talk to customers and work with other Girl Scouts.
Almost every career requires communication!

Business Ethics
– Develop positive values and responsibility. It will pay off in the future!

Don’t forget the online Cookie Club to send eCards and an electronic order form to customers!
Set goals and don’t let anything stand in your way. To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program and the 5 Skills you will learn, visit www.gscb.org or call 302-456-7150. 

Check out the family education video, designed to inform you about how the Girl Scout Cookie Program works!

prudential awards

zimmermanCongratulations to Girl Scout Ambassador Hannah Zimmerman (pictured with GSCB CEO Anne T. Hogan.) for her selection as GSCB’s nomination for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. As GSCB’s nominee, Hannah receives a certificate of achievement and moves on to the state-level judging. A 12th grader from Newark, she combined her love of reading and art into her Girl Scout Gold Award. She created a reading corner at Holy Angels School and started a read-a-thon. Hannah invited grades
1-4 to participate in the read-a-thon. Seventy students participated, reading over 700 books. 

prudential awardsIn addition, four Girl Scouts received Certificates of Merit: Lauren DeRocili, Sarah Hartman, Melissa Matsanka and Kelsi Ronning. (Sarah and Kelsi are pictured here, left to right.) This program recognizes middle school and high school youths based solely on their volunteer work in their community. GSCB, along with local schools and other community organizations, nominates students every year.

Women of Distinction

The Women of Distinction program is a wonderful leadership opportunity for teen Girl Scouts. Girl Scout Cadettes (Grade 8 only), Seniors and Ambassadors are invited to mix, mingle and make connections with the Delmarva Peninsula’s elite businesswomen and government officials at these signature events. Girls serve in leadership positions that make this event successful – including Mistress of Ceremonies, flag presenters and greeters.

carol timmonsNorthern Women of Distinction: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, DE. The honoree is Brigadier General Carol A. Timmons of the Delaware Air National Guard. Honorary Co-Chairs are Attorney General Beau Biden and Mrs. Hallie Biden. Application deadline for the Northern Women of Distinction event has been extended to January 11, 2013.  



Lower Shore Women of Distinction: Friday, April 12, 2013, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
at The Fountains Conference Center in Salisbury, MD. The honoree is Paula Morris.

Mid-Shore Women of Distinction: Friday, April 26, 2013, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
at the Tidewater Inn in Easton, MD. The honoree is Kathleen Deoudes.

Girls interested in participating in the Lower Shore or Mid-Shore Women of Distinction Events should contact Denise Eberspeaker at deberspeaker@cbgsc.org.

Girls attending the Northern Women of Distinction event must participate in the Powerful First Impression workshop on February 23, 2013. Girls participating in the Mid-Shore and Lower Shore Women of Distinction programs are invited to Powerful First Impression but it is not required.

let's talk advocacy

bryan townsendAdvocacy is all about keeping our government officials informed about issues important to Girl Scouting. We are grateful when our federal, state and local officials spend time with our girls! Recently, State Senator Bethany Hall-Long participated in the Middletown Christmas Parade with girls from Service Unit 13. State Senator Bryan Townsend discussed recycling and environmental issues with girls from Troop 838 in Newark. Every March, we bring girls to Dover, DE for Delaware Legislative Day, which includes meeting with Honorary Troop 1912, comprised of the women representatives and senators in the Delaware General Assembly, led by Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins. And in 2012, Girl Scouts visited Wilmington City Council, New Castle County Council and other local government meetings. If your troop meets with your local officials, we’d love to hear about it. Or, if you’d like to be involved in GSCB advocacy events and initiatives, please contact Communications and Advocacy Manager Jennifer Acord at jacord@cbgsc.org.




Roots and ShootsDid you know that GSCB has its own badges, designed just for our girls? This month’s feature is the Roots and Shoots badge, adapted from the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots Program. The Roots & Shoots mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for the environment, animals and the human community. All Roots & Shoots members, from pre-K to university, demonstrate their care and concern for all living things through service projects in their community. The badge is available for Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. (Image shown is the Roots & Shoots badge for Girl Scout Juniors.)

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Home for the Holidays
GSCB offices are closed December 22, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1, 2013 and will reopen Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The Bay Shop will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2012 to Monday, January 7, 2012. The shops will reopen Tuesday, January 8, 2012, due to the holidays and inventory.  



kind to kids
Kind to Kids
is a wonderful friend to us at GSCB. The founder and executive director, Caroline Jones, is a former Girl Scout! We encourage you to "like" their Facebook page today! Between now and Christmas, they will receive $5 for every new like (up to 1200). Please click, like and share!



Good Turn for Goodwill

Clean out your closets and help a
great cause with Good Turn for Goodwill! This program, now in its second year, encourages Girl Scouts to bring bags
of gently used items to Goodwill donation centers. Turn in receipts and receive
a patch!


Council Program Guide
council calendar

Interested in attending GSCB programs? The 2012-2013 Council Program Guide
is posted online! Paper copies are
also available. Contact Barb Fallat
at bfallat@cbgsc.org if you would like
a printed copy.

2013 summer camp guide
Our 2013 Summer Camp guide is coming soon! 2013 is almost here, and it’s almost time to start thinking about summer camp! Here at GSCB, we’ve been busy getting our camp offerings together. Look for
our GSCB 2013 Summer Camp guide
in January!


Holiday Highlights
Troop 1082, Virginia

Troop 1082 of Eastville, Virginia packed about 50 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Great job, girls!



When girls succeed, so does society

What’s ToGetHerThere? Its the advocacy and fundraising initiative designed to change perceptions about girls and leadership. As a troop leader, parent, community member or friend of Girl Scouts, you are essential in helping ToGetHerThere. To learn more, visit togetherthere.org. Find out how you can help, get statistics on the importance of leadership for girls and – most importantly – hear from girls themselves.

GSCB offers many programs for
Girl Scouts! Girls can attend with their troop, with friends, or on their own!

Participate in guiding GSCB
to the future: Apply for
Teen Member, Board of Directors
Don’t miss this great opportunity for Girl Scouts from across the council to showcase their leadership skills! Each year, two Girl Scout Seniors (grade 10 only) or Ambassadors are selected through an interview process to represent the GIRLS in Girl Scouting by serving a one–year term as a non–voting member on the GSCB Board of Directors. Working with the members of the Board is an honor and will open your eyes to the hundreds of decisions the Board makes every year to keep our Council strong and growing.

WHEN: Applications are due by
January 11, 2013. Download form HERE.
WHERE: Submit application to Program Department, Newark Resource Center,
501 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19713
NOTE: You will need to submit a biography
with your application and will be notified by
mid– February 2013 regarding the interview.

HIKER - Brandywine Creek State Park
Girl Scout Brownies (Grades 2–3)
Join us to learn about the best places to hike in Delaware State Parks. Learn Leave No Trace skills and put them into practice on the trail. We will learn different trail signs and then go on a scavenger hunt on the trail. Bundle up and dress warmly for the outdoor portion of the program!

WHEN: January 26, 2013, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Nature Center, 41 Adams Dam Road,
Wilmington, DE 19807
COST: $6 per girl, includes fun patch.
NOTE: Bring a water bottle. Meet at the Nature Center. No park entrance fee. Min 15/Max 30


Girl Scout Cadettes
Engineering Your Tomorrow offers girls a wonderful opportunity to explore science, chemistry and engineering. Working with women who are currently engaged in several fields of science, girls will test scientific theories with hands–on activities as well as discover the many career opportunities for women. Additional informational sessions are provided for leaders and parents to help guide girls in making academic choices, preparing for higher education and considering career options in science. This will be the 24th year of this
favorite event, please sign up early.

WHEN: February 23, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: DuPont facility,
New Castle County, DE
COST: $8 per girl.
NOTE: Includes fun patch and lunch. Girls coming from a distance may stay overnight at Camp Country Center for an additional $7 per girl (includes breakfast). Min 25/Max 80



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