The criteria for the Service Unit STAR Awards has been reviewed and updated. You will find the information in your folders. Your RR Specialist will be able to review with you where your Service Unit is and the things you will want to focus on this year. Your Service Unit goals will be sent out shortly. Thank you for meeting with your RR Specialist and giving your input on the goals for the new year! We want to work together to set and meet our goals!
As of September our new members will have access to register online. We will still encourage new members to join through the Service Unit, however the option will be available. When a parent visits the web site they will have the option to request information by filling out an interest form or to join as a member. There is a note letting them know this does not guarantee a troop placement, and fees are non-refundable. When an adult visits the web site they will have the option to volunteer and fill out the application, or join as a member. These new members become members of the council when they join. They are not assigned to a Service Unit or troop yet. Each week the Specialist will receive a list for their areas with any new members that need to be placed into a Service Unit and into a troop. The new member will stay on this list till they are placed.
Zombies are invading Kettle Run Girl Scout Camp! On September 29th the zombies arrive! Older girls can come out to learn emergency preparedness, first aid, and survival skills. Girls will get to choose optional workshops that include zombie make-up, Thriller dance choreography, and more. IF girls are prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse they are prepared for anything! Cost is $10 for registered girls, for more information reach out to Katie Smith.
After hearing from you, the decision was made to restructure the Recruitment and Retention Team. This year each Specialist will have 8 Service Units to work with. Your RR Specialist will focus on both recruitment and retention, and will attend a minimum of 3 of your leader meetings this year. They will be working with you to have a recruitment plan for every Service Unit to recruit adults with girls. We are working now to be able to reach out to every school through either flyers, back to school nights, or recruitment nights. We also have yard signs for you to put out in your area, please let your specialist know how many you need and they will get them to you! We have been hearing a lot of excitement and positive things about the new year, we look forward to working with you to make this our most successful year!!!
Theme for this year’s magazine and nut program is Be Your Best You and the mascot is the bumble bee. The mag and nut sale will take place from October 7th through the 25th.
All trainings will begin at 6pm. There are still a handful of service units who are still trying to fill the Mag and Nut Mgr position: EHT, Raccoon Valley and Shamong.Please contact us as soon as you do. We want to ensure that sales materials are shipped to your service unit in a timely manner.
There are 3 new chocolate offerings for the 2013 season:Double chocolate trufflesDulce de leche owlsDark chocolate mint penguinsWe are anxious to see the sales results of the Dark Chocolate Mint Penguin. The penguins were the best new item ranking #4 in overall sales with 70% of all GS councils carrying them.
These are the two tins in our line up for 2013.The holiday tin will contain the delicious choc covered pretzels and the flowerpot tin will be filled with double choc truffles.We have revamped this year’s sale and part of the inspiration came from a conversation during on the last SUM meetings. An SUM expressed, “We do fabulous things during the cookie program but I feel cheated during the magazine and nut sale. Why don’t you guys do cool stuff for that sale!”We are excited to show you what we have planned for the magazine and nut sale because we think it will be well received.
This is our first time implementing a troop reward.Troops selling 125 nut, candy or chocolate items and 30 magazine and subscriptions will earn a Regal movie ticket for each girl participating in the sale. Participation is defined as having sold items in the 2013 sale. It does not include the sole submission of an address booklet.
Girls selling 100 nut or 35 magazine items will be considered a Top Seller and receive a trophy, pin and certificate to acknowledge her hard work.These girls will also receive an invitation to our 2014 Top Seller Video Production. These girls will become the stars of our product program video that will be used to promote the Girl Scout Magazine and Nut Program.Girls selling 150 nut or 50 magazine items will earn a digital camera that can be used to document her Girl Scout experience throughout the year.Finally, the Top 6 Sellers will receive an invite for a fun and fabulous event with our NEW GSCSNJ CEO and a special VIP pin from our CEO!How’s that for excitement!
We didn’t forget about the friends and family that support our Girl Scouts every year!If customers purchase 5 nut/candy items or 3 magazine subscriptions in a single transaction, they can enter our online drawing for a delicious Ashdon Farms Gourmet Gift Basket. Entries will be accepted from Oct 7-25. Winners will be announced on November 1st.
This year’s theme is Change the World and the mascot is the red panda.
Ginger sent this information out to all the Service Unit Manager earlier this week. But, here are the scheduled dates for the upcoming cookie program just in case you missed that email. Please continue to recruit to fill this position. When you do fill the position, forward Ginger’s email to them so they can complete the online form. All trainings begin at 6:00pm.
Just in case you haven’t heard, the Mango Cremes will not be coming back! The Cranberry Citrus Crisps will take it’s place. This is ABC Bakers attempt to take advantage of the breakfast cookie segment of the market that is experiencing growth at the current time. We are “going big” for the cookie program reward line up! We know girls, parents and leaders will be exited to see the great things we are offering for the 2014 Cookie Program.
The Taste of Home program is our way of saying thanks to our military men and women at home and abroad.In 2013, our council donated approximately 1,000 cases of cookies to Fort Dix/Fort McGuire. We are shooting for a bigger donation in 2014.To help boost this number, we are offering a Taste of Home Troop Incentive. Troops that collect 4 or more cases donated to Taste of Home will earn the patch for each participating girl.
Girls can earn tickets for experience trips to Girl Scout Day at Morey’s Pier and Great Adventure. Those who sell at least 500 boxes of cookies will be invited to a GSCSNJ Superstar Sellers Event at Clementon Park and Splash World. We know that Girl Scouts just want to have fun so we are providing them with a few fantastic options!
In addition to experiences, electronics are the hottest things that girls want! We are offering the iPod Nano, stereo headphones and a Kindle Fire.The Kindle was voted #1 by our girls. We are excited by the line up that is in place for the cookie program and we know the girls will be excited too!
These guidelines apply to Troops. All money earning activities for Gold and Silver awards should be approved by GSCSNJ through the Gold/ Silver award application approval process.
This application is for TROOP money-earning only. Independent girls should contact email@example.com or the Product Program department if interested in participating in Cookie and QSP sales. Silver/Gold award projects should have money earning activities approved through the awards committee.
Applications require the approval of the SUM, who will forward to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit applications at least 1 month in advance of the activity to SUM, 2 weeks to Council. SUMs, if you do not have a response within 48 hours, please contact Leah O’Connor or Donna Evans.
We don’t like to get yelled at! Companies often do not include the name of the troop/Service Unit when sending a check. This will help us keep track and be able to serve you more efficiently!
$10 to cover the cost of lunch.
Most require $35 refundable deposit. Contact the office manager in the service center nearest you to reserve a resource.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage,
confidence and character,
who make the world a better place.
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God* and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong,
and responsible for what I say and do,
respect myself and others,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place,
and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Director Membership & Community
• 20,655 Girls -13.6%
• 9,975 Adults -13.0%
• 1, 146 Lifetime
31,776 Total Members
• Girls –
58% Retention 6,016 New Members
• Adults –
63% Retention 3,060 New Members
• 6,076 Girls
• 2,999 Adults
• 1,146 Lifetime
10,221 Total Members
• Criteria has been updated for 2014
• RR Specialist will review with you
throughout the year
• Membership numbers to be sent out
• THANK YOU for your input on
• New members will be able to register
• We are still encouraging new
members to use paper and go
through the Service Unit
• New members are not guaranteed a
• There are no membership refunds
• Zombie Apocalypse Day
• Sunday, September 29th 1-8pm
• Kettle Run Camp
• Workshops: emergency preparedness,
first aid, survival skills
• $10 registered girls
• Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors
• Contact Katie Smith email@example.com
• New RR Team structure this year
• Each RR Specialist has 8 Service Units
• Recruitment plan for every Service Unit
• Reach out to every school
• Yard signs available
• Have a great 2014!!!
Service Unit Cookie Booth Coordinator Training
• September 17 - Newfield Service Center
• September 18 - East Brunswick Service Center
• September 19 - Cherry Hill Service Center
Service Unit Cookie Manager Training
• October 22 - Cherry Hill Service Center
• October 23 - Newfield Service Center
• October 24 - East Brunswick Service Center
The Service Unit Cupboard Manager training will be held online in
New Whole Grain Cranberry Citrus Crisps
– Whole grain most popular claim
consumers look for when purchasing
– 9 grams of whole grains
– Made with real fruit, no hydrogenated
oils, no high fructose corn syrup, no
artificial flavors, no artificial
– First “all occasion” Girl Scout cookie
• Great with coffee or tea
• Breakfast cookie segment has more than
quadrupled to $124MM
• 75% of growth coming from belVita
Taste of Home Troop Incentive
Troops that collect 4
or more cases
donated to Taste of
Home will earn the
patch for each
Girl Scout Leadership
Director Girl Scout Leadership
New for 2013-2014
• Staff Structure in GSLE
COUNTY GS Daisy, Brownie &
GS Cadette, Senior,
Lyndsey Herman Melissa Dougherty Shena Seppanen
Morgan Landes Rona Whitehead Shena Seppanen
Middlesex Marisa Dietrich Kerry Camerer Nalette Castillo
GS Daisy GS Cadette
Flower Garden – Shena aMAZE – Melissa
Between Earth & Sky – Marisa Breathe – Melissa
3 Cheers for Animals – Marisa MEdia – Melissa
GS Brownie GS Senior
Brownie Quest – Lyndsey GirlTopia – Rona
WOW – Lyndsey Sow What – Rona
World of Girls – Lyndsey Mission Sisterhood – Rona
GS Junior GS Ambassador
Agent of Change – Morgan Your Voice, Your World – Kerry
Get Moving – Morgan Justice – Kerry
aMUSE – Morgan Bliss - Nalette
* Program Pieces – 3 yearly
September for programs in October through December
November for programs in January through March
February for programs in April through June
Print copy for Leaders distributed through SUM Mtg.
E-Mailed to families – Posted on Website
* Regional Awards Advisor – GS Bronze, Silver, & Gold Awards
* Summer Camp Update
Other GSLE News
Chief Development Officer
By planning and participating in money-
earning projects, girls build real-world skills.
• Goal setting
• Decision making
• Money management
• “People skills”
• Business ethics
• Activities - age-appropriate and adhere to
the goals and principles of Girls Scouts
• Group decision
• Have adult present at all times
• Participate in Cookie & QSP programs
• Be creative!
• Participate in games of chance, direct
solicitation of cash, or product
• Raise money for other organizations or
• Forget to complete a Money Earning
• Conduct Internet sales.
Does your employer award donations based
on your volunteer service?
Please complete the “Notification of
Corporate Donation” form available on the
Girl Scout Leadership Summit
Girls in grades 6-12
Chart a course towards professional
and personal success
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Mercer County Community College
West Windsor, NJ
Girl Scout History - Resources
Juliette Trunks - Each level-appropriate trunk contains historic objects, a brief
description of the items, suggested activities and instructions for proper handling and
Uniform Boxes - Girl Scout uniforms have changed a lot over the years. Each box
contains uniforms for different levels from different time periods in the past.
Reproduction 1918 Girl Scout Leader Uniform - The uniform worn by Juliette
Gordon Low in the iconic photo has been meticulously reproduced for use for at Service
Unit special events.
Artifact Boxes - Packed with rare historic items from our collection, these boxes are
available on a limited basis. A member of the Historic Preservation Committee will bring
the box and talk about its contents.