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Looking for a new STEAM opportunity? How about Taken Charge!

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A new technology education video game for kids! Learn computer science education in an engaging, fun and educational way, while earning digital badges and building confidence.

Adventure your way through Taken Charge, helping Siri, Adele and Sonny rescue their dog, Charge.

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Girl Scouts get a special discount when they take advantage of this new STEAM opportunity.  For $31.99 per girl (instead of $39.99 for regular users), you gain one year’s access to Taken Charge.

To register, please visit this link.

Do you have questions about Taken Charge? Send them here!

Learn more about Taken Charge!

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Taken Charge Teaser

Taken Charge You Can Teach Computer Science

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2016 Cookie Time Shop Promotions

During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which runs through March 6, our council shops will offer weekly sales and special hours just for you! Check out the weekly specials!

Plus follow us on Instagram for even more shop promos!

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What’s New – January 5

SERVICE CENTERS AND SHOPS CLOSED
Our service centers and shops will be closed Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will resume regular business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

JANUARY GIRL SCOUT SHOP PROMOTIONS
Stop by any of our four council shops to enjoy these January promotions:

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY BULLETIN AVAILABLE TO TROOPS
Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath take place during Girl Scout Week. The week revolves around March 12, the birthday of Girl Scouting. Girl Scout Sunday is the first Sunday before March 12 and Girl Scout Sabbath is the preceding Saturday of March 12. The purpose of this special day is to emphasize that we take the Girl Scout Promise seriously – “On my honor, I will try to serve God.” It is a time for Girl Scouts to reflect upon the importance of the words, “to serve God.”

Your troop can recognize Girl Scouting by asking your religious organization to place the Girl Scout bulletin insert or bulletin cover on Girl Scout Sunday or Sabbath.

HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DAUGHTER ABOUT SCARY NEWS 
Whether due to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other factors, there have been many challenging times in the past few months, and the 24/7 news cycle has been there to cover it all, at times blanketing media outlets for days on end with such coverage. Here are tips for parents and volunteers to use when speaking to girls when the news is scary.

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What’s New – December 7

COOKIE DOUGH EXPIRES DECEMBER 10
A reminder to all our Girl Scouts, cookie dough expires this Thursday, December 10. Our council shops will be open extended hours at 6:30 p.m. at each location to encourage girls to use remaining funds. In addition, there are council shop promotions exclusive for Thursday so don’t forget to stop by!

2016 GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PUBLICITY
Each year we receive requests for newspaper and TV interviews during Girl Scout Cookie time! If you would like to be added to our potential interview list, please submit you and your daughter’s name, program age level, e-mail address and daytime phone number to our marketing/communications team.

In addition, send us your interest in scheduling a potential visit to your local radio station, and we will help coordinate those efforts. Many of our radio partnerships are receptive to these ideas posted below:

  • Radio interview – girl and volunteer to talk about this year’s cookie program (key messages provided by our council upon request) and a great opportunity to feature local cookie booths or how funds will be used for service projects and other troop activities
  • Radio trivia/giveaway – deliver PR cookies (provided by the council) to your contact and ask them to promote the upcoming cookie program with specific booth locations. The trivia can be used for callers to call in and win a box of cookies or they radio can give a box away to a caller or even a Facebook follower.
  • PSAs – take your troop on a field trip to the radio station to record a PSA (examples provided by our council upon request).

INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBIT AT GIRL SCOUTS
Girl Scouts is accepting art submissions for an upcoming exhibit. The theme of the exhibit is It’s Your Story – Tell It!, which is inspired by one of the Girl Scout Journey resources.

Current and alumni Girl Scouts are encouraged to submit objects or artifacts that have a specific and sentimental memory/story associated with it by Thursday, January 7. The object can be a photograph, a letter, a badge, a note or an item that can easily be framed or displayed on a pedestal. Exhibitors are also required to submit a written component along with the object explaining or remembering the memory/story associated with the object.

The artwork will be on exhibit at the Hickory Service Center from January 18 to February 18. Service center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

SERVICE CENTERS AND SHOPS CLOSED
Our service centers and shops will be closed from Wednesday, December 23 through Sunday, January 3 for the winter holiday. We will resume regular business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 4.

CATHY THACKER SELECTED FOR HONORABLE MENTION IN “TIME TO RIDE” WRITING CONTEST
Time to Ride’s freelance writing contest awarded our very own Cathy Thacker, Program Specialist/Equine – Circle C Equestrian Center, an honorable mention!

Cathy, a CHA- and PATH-certified instructor whose piece, Dear Feedbag Fairies, described the heartfelt letters summer camp riders write to their horses. Cathy writes “the connection between girls and horses can be hard to explain to outsiders; our letters help us explain and illustrate that connection and unconditional love. It could be argued that a lot of activities inspire children to overcome their fears and gain confidence. I would argue that there is a strange and special alchemy that takes place only at the barn.” Click here to read the entire piece, including an excerpt from “an emotion filled and tear stained declaration of love for our miniature donkey, Jenny.”

ATTENTION: CALLING EVERY EXTRAORDINARY GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT
Are you a recipient of the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting (previously known as the Golden Eagle of Merit, Golden Eaglet, Curved Bar, and First Class)? Awesome! Today, we invite you to be a part of something BIG — the upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory Centennial Edition!

This historic publication celebrates the thousands of inspiring Girl Scout alumnae who, over the last 100 years, have used their extraordinary courage, vision and kindness to rally communities and take action to make the world a better place. History. Impact. Inspiration. It’s all in there and more! Here’s your chance to take action one more time. Join us in celebrating Girl Scouting’s highest honor.

Share your Gold Award story! Help inspire future generations of girls to carry on the Girl Scout tradition of thinking big and creating amazing change in the community and the world. To submit your story for inclusion in the directory, simply call our publication partner, Harris Connect, toll free at 1-866-770-3079 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

PARTNERSHIP FOR GIRLS REMINDER
Partnership for Girls – Part 1 – concludes on December 1, 2015. Please send in your donation as soon as possible and you will receive a check by January 31. E-mail Karen Chandler if you have any questions at or call 336-369-7451.

If you have signed up for Part 1, you will still be signed up for Part 2, which begins on May 1, 2016. In the meantime, keep DREAMING BIG!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR GIRL SCOUTS
The Bill of Rights Institute is offering more than $30,000 in prizes and incentives for students 14 years of age and older.

Girl Scouts are encouraged to write a 500-800 word essay on the ongoing debate between liberty and security. The deadline for submissions is February 7, 2016. Here’s the prompt: Our Founders believed that the Bill of Rights should guarantee your individual liberty. But how has our government compromised on your rights in the name of security? Learn more.

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What’s New – November 2

2015 NATIONAL YOUNG WOMEN OF DISTINCTION
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Elizabeth Martin, Girl Scout Ambassador,  was honored at a national recognition ceremony hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA on Oct. 7 in New York. Ms. Martin was selected by Girl Scouts of the USA as one of the ten 2015 National Young Women of Distinction, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, for her Gold Award project, Shine Your Own Way.

In addition to the honor, Ms. Martin will receive a $5,000 college scholarship from both Girl Scouts of the USA and the Kappa Delta Foundation.

Ms. Martin focused her Gold Award project on helping pre-school children develop a strong sense of self-worth and positive relationships with others as well as developing resources for teachers and parents. She created a “Shine Your Own Way” box that included a brochure with positive parenting tips, a series of childhood books featuring various bullying scenarios, an activity booklet for children to learn better ways to express their feelings, costumes for children to role play the activities and concepts from the books and a video for new teachers informing them how to use the program.

DEADLINE FOR TROOP FINANCIAL REPORT
As a reminder, the Troop Financial Report Form is due November 15.  Complete the fillable form and send with a copy of the most recent bank statement to your Membership Services Manager and/or designated member of your service team. Remember to keep a copy for your records.

SERVICE CENTERS AND SHOPS CLOSED
Our service centers and shops will be closed from Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume regular business hours at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 30.

SHOP OUR NOVEMBER #MONDAYMARKDOWNS
There are lots of great deals happening during November’s #MondayMarkdowns specials. Deals are one-day, in-store only while supplies last. We hope to see you in the shop soon!

JOIN THE S’MORE SISTERHOOD CHALLENGE
Participate in our S’more Sisterhood Challenge and enjoy FREE Girl Memberships for 2016-2017! For additional questions, e-mail info@girlscoutsp2p.org or click here for our FAQ’s.

GIRL PROGRAMS
Don’t miss out on all the GREAT programs planned for 2015-2016! Visit our online calendar for a complete listing of all our upcoming programs.

ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
A schedule of Adult Learning courses through January 2016 can be found online or click here to view our online calendar.

PARTNERSHIP FOR GIRLS 2015-16
PFG will continue through December 1. View the slide show presentation that will help you start DREAMING BIG for your troop. Call 336-369-7451 or e-mail Karen Chandler if you’d like more information on how to join this campaign.

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What’s New – October 5

VIRTUAL MENTORING WITH GE-ECLP
Help! I have an interview for a job. What do I say? What do I wear? Limited sign up time now for a mentoring program between GE and GSCP2P – Sign up deadline is October 10! Learn more!

STOCK UP ON GIRL SCOUT GEAR AND RECEIVE A $10 OFF COUPON
You can earn a $10 coupon to our council shops when you spend $75 or more during a single transaction. The coupon promo will run through October 15. Coupons will then be redeemable between November 1-20 on an in-store purchase of $25 or more. Shop hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. and select Saturdays.

SHOP OUR OCTOBER #MONDAYMARKDOWNS
There are lots of great deals happening during October’s #MondayMarkdowns specials. Deals are one-day, in-store only while supplies last. We hope to see you in the shop soon!

CELEBRATE JULIETTE GORDON LOW’S BIRTHDAY
Come celebrate Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday the week of October 26-29 with a blow-out sale in her honor. Plus, our council shops have stocked up on new, fun things for our girls and volunteers. Stop by to see what’s new!

GIRL SCOUTS INVITED TO ALLEY OF BREEDS AT RALEIGH STATE FAIR
The North Carolina Horse Council (NCHC) will be conduct an “Alley of Breeds” designed to introduce newcomers to the diversity of the horse in a comfortable and backstage setting. Girl Scouts are welcome to contact the NCHC to make a reservation for a special showing of the Alley of Breeds. This educational exhibit will be open all ten days during the State Fair in Raleigh from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Girl Scouts will be able to see and touch live horses and talk with horse specialists from 10 unique breeds and if desired may sign up for a free five-minute riding lesson. On Wednesday, October 21 through Saturday, October 24 only, a live Parade of the Breeds will be held at 5:15 p.m. Each participant will come away with a folder including information on the Distinguishing Features, Origin, Size and Color of 10 distinct breeds along with a fun coloring page of each breed. In addition, facts about the horse industry in North Carolina and the horses’ role in agriculture will be presented. During their time at the Hunt Horse Complex, Girl Scouts will also have the opportunity to hunt for the red horseshoe and win a large stuffed horse! We hope to make everyone’s trip memorable and draw our young people outdoors into the wonderful world of horses and NC agriculture.

Call 919-854-1990 or e-mail to schedule your groups’ private showing.

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What’s New – September 8, 2015

BACK-TO-TROOP SHOPPING
We are now offering troop registry forms that leaders can use to make shopping in the store much easier for parents. Leaders are encouraged to complete the form and send to your local shop, and we do the rest when the parents enter our store. Click on the program level name to access each registry: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador.

REMINDER: 2014 NUT BUCKS EXPIRE SEPTEMBER 11
As a reminder, 2014 nut bucks expire on September 11. Our council shops are open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SUBMIT YOUR VOLUNTEER VIDEO BY SEPTEMBER 15
Volunteers, we want to hear from you! Leading a Girl Scout troop or volunteering in our offices can be a life-changing experience, and we want to hear about it! Send in a short, high-quality video (2 minutes or less) to Sarah Robinson telling us why you volunteer with Girl Scouts. Submissions are due by September 15.

GLUTEN FREE TRIOS COOKIE ORDERS DUE SEPTEMBER 22
If your troop would like to ensure you have the opportunity to sell the gluten free Trios, place your pre-order by September 22. Learn more.

GOOD TURN FOR GOODWILL STARTS OCTOBER 1
Our annual Good Turn for Goodwill council-wide service project starts October 1. Learn more.

FALL PRODUCT REMINDERS
Don’t forget about our new top selling troop incentives for the upcoming fall program, with the most popular being the Keep the Cookie Cash incentive. Online sales begin September 14 and paper order sales start September 24. Learn more about the girl reward items.

PARTNERSHIP FOR GIRLS NEWS
Troop leaders who want to participate in Partnership for Girls are reminded that it begins on October 1. Troops need to sign a new agreement form if you wish to participate in PFG 2015-2016. Please e-mail Karen Bell-Chandler or call 336-369-7451 if you have any questions. In the meantime, DREAM BIG!

GIRL PROGRAMS
Don’t miss out on all the GREAT programs planned for 2015-2016! Visit our online calendar for a complete listing of all our upcoming programs.

ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
A schedule of Adult Learning courses for August 2015-January 2016 can be found online or click here to view our online calendar.

GIRLS IN THE OUTDOORS
Looking for ways to get your girls in the out-of-doors? Use the Venture Out! resource. Venture Out! is an online adventure that lets volunteers explore different ways of taking girls outside in Girl Scouts. Here, you will encounter the kinds of challenges and successes that only the outdoors can bring.

TROOP BANK ACCOUNTS AND FINANCING TROOP ACTIVITIES GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The NEW Troop Bank Accounts and Financing Troop Activities Guide is online! This guide will help troops understand the steps, processes and guidelines of managing troop funds.

REGISTER FOR LEADERFEST AND TRAINFEST
Looking forward to some time well spent with other Girl Scout volunteers? Need some new ideas to take back to your girls? Consider Trainfest and Leaderfest! Trainfest (October 16-18 at Camp Pisgah) registration closes September 24. Click here for the brochure. The Leaderfest (November 7 at Camp Ginger Cascades) early bird deadline is October 12 and registration closes October 22.

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What’s New – August 10, 2015

EVERYTHING THAT YOUR GIRL NEEDS TO START HER GIRL SCOUT YEAR
One of the exciting things about becoming a Girl Scout or bridging to the next grade level is the sisterhood of uniforms and earning badges.

We have everything to make that happen in these ready-to-go packages, available online or at one of our four council shops. Check out our various Girl Scout program age levels – Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador.

SUBMIT YOUR VOLUNTEER VIDEO BY SEPTEMBER 15
Volunteers, we want to hear from you! Leading a Girl Scout troop or volunteering in our offices can be a life-changing experience. And we want to hear about it! Send in a short, high-quality video (2 minutes or less) to Sarah Robinson telling us why you volunteer with Girl Scouts. Submissions are due by September 15.

ONCE A GIRL SCOUT, ALWAYS A GIRL SCOUT
We’re in the process of building a fantastic network of fun-loving and committed women who want to get back in touch with old friends, learn what’s new in Girl Scouts today and continue to change the world! We are asking all former members to stand up and be counted. Learn more.

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Reminder: GSCP2P becomes tobacco-free March 12, 2015

On January 27, 2014, the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Board of Directors approved a tobacco-free property policy.

Effective March 12, 2015, GSCP2P will be a tobacco-free organization and will prohibit all tobacco use on all GSCP2P property. This means that smoking and tobacco products, including but not limited to smoking devices (i.e., cigarettes, cigars and pipes), chewing tobacco, snuff and electronic/vapor cigarettes, will not be allowed to be used on any of the owned or rented council properties, including camp properties, service centers or vehicles, or any place while Girl Scout program is taking place. Events that are sponsored by GSCP2P where girls are present will also be required to be tobacco-free.

The Board of Directors believes this policy is important to 1) to promote a healthy lifestyle and model that to our Girl Scouts and 2) to provide a safe and healthy work environment. As Girl Scouts, it is our responsibility to model behavior that discourages tobacco usage.

This policy is being announced a year in advance in order to facilitate a smooth transition, with understanding that there will be challenges for employees, volunteers and visitors. GSCP2P will support employees, volunteers and visitors in the transition to a tobacco-free worksite through educational materials and tobacco cessation resources. Appropriate signage will be placed and our membership will be educated on the policy. It is expected that all employees, girls, volunteers and visitors will be aware of the policy and will help educate others when necessary.

This policy is not intended to be a punishment to tobacco users and should not be viewed in this way. Instead, it should be seen as a benefit to all employees in a safe, clean, healthful environment, and to our membership as we can begin to lead the way in healthy role modeling.

For those of you who want to quit using tobacco, QuitlineNC provides free cessation services to any North Carolina resident who needs help quitting tobacco use. Quit Coaching is available in different forms, which can be used separately or together, to help any tobacco user give up tobacco. You can visit www.quitlinenc.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to enroll or learn more.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, understanding and support as we transition to a tobacco-free environment.

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