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Let Your Voice Be Heard




National conventions are held every three years to determine general policy of the Girl Scout movement and the Girl Scout program. Each council can send delegates to the convention and the combined delegate body is referred to as the National Council. The number of delegates each council sends is based on membership as of September 30, 2013. Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay can send approximately six voting delegates and three alternates. Girls over the age of 14 are also eligible and GSCB has historically made a point of including girls in the delegation. The Board Development Committee wants to receive applications from both girls and adults.

If you are interested in serving as a delegate, click here to obtain an application and mail it to Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Attention: Board Development Committee, 501 S. College Ave., Newark, DE.All paperwork is due to council by November 30, 2013. The Committee will review applications and select a slate of national council delegates and alternate delegates. National Council delegates will be elected at the GSCB Annual Meeting on April 30, 2014.


New Building Location Announced



Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay will build a new, multi-functional service center near Newark, DE to serve as the organization’s Northern Region headquarters. The new service center will be constructed on seven acres of land on Old Baltimore Pike, located approximately 2 1/3 miles south on Route 896 and four miles east on Old Baltimore Pike from the current headquarters. The wooded tract is north of Smalley’s Pond near Route 273 and I-95. “Our new service center will enable us to better serve our volunteers and the growing number of girls on the Delmarva Peninsula by providing needed space and resources,” said Anne T. Hogan, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. GSCB owns its current headquarters building but leases the land from the University of Delaware. The lease is expiring and the university has agreed to purchase the building. Hogan said the new site has excellent access, visibility, parking and open space. It will provide welcome outdoor areas for Girl Scouts and volunteers to enjoy in conjunction with programming in the service center.


3rd Annual On My Honor Celebration



GoGoldTwenty Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2013. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls in grades 9-12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Girls from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania will be honored for their projects. In addition to the Gold Award, 79 Girl Scout Cadettes earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and 199 Girl Scout Juniors earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award. Many of these girls will receive their awards on December 1, 2013 at the third On My Honor event at Smyrna High School. Click here for more information.


Woman of Distinction Announced



terriThe 2014 Woman of Distinction for the northern part of the Delmarva Peninsula is Terri Kelly, President and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 10,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. Kelly will be honored at the Fifteenth Annual Women of Distinction program on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. A proud Girl Scout alumna, Kelly joined Gore as an engineer in 1983 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Kelly’s leadership abilities have driven her success in a company known for its non-hierarchical “lattice” structure. At Gore, associates become leaders based on their ability to gain the respect of their peers and to attract followers. Terri earned the title of president and CEO in 2005 — one of the few titles within the enterprise — following a peer-driven selection process.


Journey Camp



Looking for a unique way to kick off a Journey? Two Newark area troops spent a weekend at Camp Country Center working on Journeys. Troop 537 launched the “It’s Your Planet” Journey for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes. “We can get the key learnings from the Journey accomplished in a fun way,” says co-leader Kathy Fintak. “It gives the girls a chance to test the recipes in the Journey because we have a kitchen facility, they can form Take Action teams, and talk about project ideas in a more relaxed environment.” The girls were busy all weekend, Fintak said. “Our camp was focused around energy & air science. Camp Country Center is the perfect place for this because of all the energy efficient technologies that are part of the center. The girls made and used weather stations, kites, solar cars, aromatherapy products (soap, scrubs, bath bombs, etc), and we were able to bring in a Yoga instructor and reinforce the de-stressing and Breathe value of the discipline.”

Troop 34 worked on the Get Moving Journey. “We decided to do a weekend at camp because the Science & Tech Lodge at Camp Country Center gave us the opportunity to design some experiments to investigate energy in a hands-on way, including endothermic and exothermic chemical reactions, using oximeters to show how physical activity can affect respiration rates, making solar cars with the Agilent kits, and measuring the amount of energy used by our electric devices,” said troop leader Skye Bunting. “The girls also did a scavenger hunt to find the special features of the lodge that help conserve energy. Designing a set of activities to investigate the different facets of energy allowed the girls to actually experience the aspects of science in the Journey rather than just reading about them. Camping at Frog Hollow also allowed us to go energy-free, and all our meals were prepared without the use of electricity.”


Family Partnership Campaign 2014



STEMThe Family Partnership Campaign is an annual opportunity for families of adult and girl members to partner with GSCB. Family Partnership funds ensure that Girl Scouting is available to all girls and keeps programs and services affordable. The tax-deductible contributions remain on the Delmarva Peninsula and help bridge the gap between what is brought in from the cookie and fall product programs and what is needed to provide programs for girls. Family involvement, both personal and financial, is essential to support troops and the council.

A financial contribution to the Family Partnership Campaign helps the continued growth and development of quality programs and provides safe facilities and a wide variety of opportunities for girls and adult volunteers.

Ways to Donate:
Online at
Mail to Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, Family Partnership Campaign,
1346 Belmont Ave., Ste. 601, Salisbury, MD 21804 For more information, please contact:
Denise Eberspeaker - 410-742-5107 or 1-800-374-9811,

What your gift can do:
$15 – Can open a new door - It could provide a year's membership fee to one girl on the Delmarva Peninsula.
$25 – Can educate a troop leader - It could provide troop leader basic leadership education to a volunteer.
$50 – Can instill confidence - It could provide an opportunity for two girls to participate in a aock climbing adventure.
$100 – Can inspire a future engineer - It could provide an opportunity for ten girls to participate in a STEM program.
$250 - Can create lasting memories - It could provide an opportunity for one girl to attend Grove Point summer camp for a week.
$500 – Can change a girl’s life – It could support a Girl Scout troop in a low income community.
$1,000 – Can support a young lady's dream – It could provide a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient a scholarship for college.


Attention All Volunteers



This is a reminder about the Board Approved Awards deadline and the Short & Snappy trainings.
You can also find all the Short & Snappy trainings at the link below:

board approved awards

As mentioned, please call or email Tiffanie Chandler with any questions. Thank you.



Alumnae Corner

(Pictured above: Betsy Hughes made the loveliest greeter at our Easton Alumnae Luncheon.)

Girl Scout national alumnae groups are going to make a splash at the 2014 Girl Scout National Convention! Look for appearances by the Trefoil Guild, Senior Rounduppers, Young Professionals, Gold Award Alliance, Mariners and more. To make sure you get the latest word on what’s happening at convention – and to provide input – be sure to register at our Alumnae portal. You’ll also be in touch with what’s happening with GSCB’s alumnae. Last month, GSCB held three celebrations for alumnae, including a luncheon in Easton, MD and a birthday party at Camp Country Center in Hockessin, DE.


Music in the Woods

music in the woods
Our Girl Scout Camps offer unique activities as well as the traditional camp experience. One of many features at Camp Todd in Denton, MD is Music in the Woods, with permanent musical instruments including drums, xylophones and a storage box full of smaller instruments such as rhythm sticks and “boom whackers”. Music in the Woods is a great area for individuals or groups to explore  and learn the joys of music. For more information visit our Camp Todd section on our website.


Camp 2014

camp\Winter might be coming soon, but the GSCB camp team is busy developing programs for next year’s summer camp season. We’re excited about our offerings – be on the lookout in January for the 2014 Summer Camp brochure.

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