Start scheduling with the
2012-2013 Council Program Guide!



The 2012-2013 Council Program Guide is now available! This year’s programs include badge and patch programs hosted by state parks, museums, nature centers and arts organizations, as well as programs at our camps and resource centers. The 68 page booklet is available to download online here.


Girl Scouts Travel, At Home and Abroad


What did you do this summer? Three local Girl Scouts will have amazing stories to report when they go back to school! Katie Maher of Lewis, DE visited Costa Rica for an Outward Bound Service Challenge. Kendal Grubb of Rising Sun, MD traveled to the Advanced Space Academy then to Peru. Mary Epperly of Dover, DE visited national attractions in Wisconsin and Minnesota as part of the Midwest Madness destination.

costaRicaKatie’s service trip to Costa Rica involved protecting baby sea turtles. Every night, the girls walked up and down the beach looking for nests and mother turtles.  "We saw three mother turtles, saved and released 600 baby turtles and saved and reburied 200 eggs in the sanctuary," she said. She also enjoyed ziplining through the rainforest, rock climbing and visiting an artisan market. "I also learned some Spanish because we were encouraged to enrich ourselves in their culture," she added. "We were able to exceed our limits and go outside of our comfort zones."

peruOf Kendal’s week at the Advanced Space Academy: “Piloting a fighter jet, tumbling in the Multi-Axis Trainer, climbing and jumping off a 30-foot pole, and about fifty other activities built teamwork, leadership, courage, confidence, knowledge of anything that has to do with science, and character. Six days honestly didn’t seem enough sometimes. But good thing it wasn’t longer than six days, because once I got home, I had a week to prepare for my flight to Peru.”

Of Peru, Kendal said, “We hiked the Andes Mountains seeing beautiful scenery, spectacular ruins, and extraordinary skies,” Kendal said. “The people showed their love of their culture which made me appreciate mine even more. My favorite part of the trip was the community service we did, as we donated hygiene kits to an orphanage, gave blankets to a school, and fed breakfast to a community along with playing with the kids in all three locations. This experience opened my eyes to a new culture, pushed my mental endurance, and showed how money is not what rules your life."

wisconsinMary attended 'Midwest Madness 2012 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. “We went horseback riding at Bit and Bridle Stables, and tubing on the Black River. We also visited Native American museums. I will remember these adventures and the people I met for the rest of my life. Thank you for helping me to attend this event."



Click here for more information about the gsdestinations program.


Girl Scouts Receive Kudos
For Helping the Environment


During the summer, several Girl Scouts were honored for programs benefitting the environment. At the Delaware State Fair in July, Governor Markell presented the awards for Outstanding Volunteers and the Young Environmentalist of the year. Girl Scout Daisy Troop 115 of Rehoboth Beach, DE won DNREC’s Outstanding Volunteers in the Youth Category for their outstanding volunteer work in removing invasive species from Cape Henlopen State Park. The 2012 High School Young Environmentalist of the year is Girl Scout Ambassador Melissa Matsanka of Newark, a senior at St. Mark’s High School who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award by organizing and operating a recycling program at Holy Angels School in Newark. 

jeffersonMayor Carleton E. Carey, Sr. of Dover presented Girl Scout Troop 555 in Dover with the Jefferson Award for their work planting native Delaware plants at Killens Pond State Park to help prevent erosion. The Jefferson Award, part of the Youth Service Challenge, is designed to encourage students to get involved in community service. Troop 555’s project was also completed for their Girl Scout Bronze Award.

When Green Met Orange



Camp Country Center turned orange for a day in August, as 75 Associates from ING Direct spent the day planting trees, building a fence, installing sheds and doing a variety of other maintenance and cleaning projects as part of the company’s Orange Days of Giving. In addition to the volunteer work, ING Direct provided a grant to pay for supplies as well as for upcoming programs. Of the ING Associates on site for the day, four are Girl Scout Alumnae. Thank you, ING Direct, for all of your hard work.

Back To Troop!
Girl Scout Membership Year
Starts October 1.

Girl Scout service units and troop leaders are busy planning for the year. But it’s never too early to sign up! If you know a girl who could benefit from the leadership skills, friendships and self-esteem she could gain from Girl Scouts, then check out our website at for how to register and be placed into a troop.


People In Profile


The Women’s Journal, a bi-monthly magazine published by county, has featured GSBC CEO Anne T. Hogan as one of their "People In Profile," as an outstanding professional in Delaware. View the full story here.


When girls succeed, so does society

What’s ToGetHerThere? It’s 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 Find out how you can help, get statistics on the importance of leadership for girls and – most importantly – hear from girls themselves.


Get ready for Back to Troop
at The Bay Shop’s Open House!
Saturday, September 22
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

20% off ALL fun patches, camp items, scrapbook supplies and GSCB merchandise. Buy three or more copies of The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and receive 10% off each. Purchase one Girl Scout Journey and receive 10% off one The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Crafts and refreshments will be part of the fun!

Each Girl Scout who wears her sash or vest will receive an Open House patch. Troops should call 302-456-7176 (Newark) or 410-742-5107 (Salisbury)
to book your reservation.


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