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Weekend of Service- April 8-10, 2016

Join us for our 5th annual Weekend of Service! Plant some flowers, help a neighbor bring in their groceries, clean up a local park- we hope you will do a good turn with us! A short survey will go out after the weekend to collect all our great results.

Details about the weekend can be found here!

March 31, 2016

Important Girl Scout News- Membership Dues to Increase in 2017-18 Membership Year

Dear Girl Scout Members:

Every day in Girl Scouts is a different kind of exciting! Whether girls are having a science-tastic sleepover under the stars, programming their own robot or planting trees in a park, girls are learning that they can be and do anything while building a circle of respectful and compassionate friends.

When compared to other extracurricular activities, the wide variety of experiences girls are exposed to in Girl Scouts is a tremendous value. For instance, consider that:

  • Intramural youth sports cost upwards of $100 for a single season,
  • Gymnastic classes in Statesville or dance classes in Asheville cost around $60 per month, and
  • Horseback riding at stables in Winston-Salem or Gastonia costs $45 for a single 30-minute lesson.

With these comparisons in mind, recognizing costs for things like insurance have increased and recognizing the powerful impact Girl Scouting has on girls and the community, we hope you will understand that Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board of Directors has voted to increase the Girl Scout membership dues to $25 per year beginning October 1, 2017. This does not impact the 2016 troop year, which begins October 1, 2016 or the Early Bird registration that begins on April 1. At roughly $2 per month, Girl Scouting will still be one of the most reasonably priced, life-changing experiences for girls in North Carolina, and one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in a girl’s life.

Girl Scouts of the USA has provided the following information:

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail our council at info@girlscoutsp2p.org  or call 800-672-2148.

 

Lane Cook
CEO

March 24, 2016

Early Bird Registration Begins April 1!

Get a jump start on the 2016-2017 Girl Scout year by re-registering through our Early Bird program starting on April 1. Once again, if you re-register at least 80% of your total girl members, you will receive some great Early Bird incentives including $10 off any council shop purchase!

The easiest way to re-register is through E-biz. The Early Bird program runs April 1 through June 30.

Click below for the 2017 Early Bird files:

 

 

 

March 16, 2016

What’s New – March 7

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WALK-ABOUT WINNERS!
Thank you to all the girls who participated in our annual Walk-About Week! Everyone did a great job promoting the Girl Scout Cookie Program in their communities. Congratulations to the following troops who won the ice cream parties for the best-decorated vehicles:

Girl Scout Troop 02858 – Statesville

Troop 02858. 2

Girl Scout Troop 13069 – Asheboro

Troop 13069. 4

Girl Scout Troop 12932 – Hendersonville

Troop 12932

Girl Scout Troop 20740 – Lincolnton

Troop 20740

BLING YOUR BOOTH PHOTOS ARE DUE
For troops that participated in the Bling Your Booth contest, photos are due to Sarah Robinson on Thursday, March 10. Winners will be announced on March 31.

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF CHANGING THE WORLD
The Girl Awards team is in the process of collecting information about former Gold Award recipients. Were you or do you know a Gold Award, First Class, Curved Bar, Golden Eaglet or Golden Eaglet of Merit recipient? Please complete the online survey to share the information with our council. We plan to highlight former recipients and we want all former recipients to re-engage with Girl Scouts in some way.

PARTNERSHIP FOR GIRLS – DREAM BIG
Partnership for Girls gives girls a chance to DREAM BIG – to plan a trip to the beach, Savannah, the Grand Canyon or maybe Europe. It’s also a way to make a real difference in their community with a special service project. What’s your dream? Troops are signing up for Partnership for Girls right now. E-mail Karen Bell Chandler or call 336-369-7451 for more information. The world is calling. Answer it.

ENTER THE NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT COOKIE RECIPE
The National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, sponsored by Taste of Home, is returning for a second year! We are so excited to bring back this contest, giving our hungry cookie customers yet another opportunity to support their local councils and girls.

Through March 25, Girl Scout cookie enthusiasts can create and submit their favorite dessert recipes using our iconic cookies as ingredients, for the chance to win prizes ranging from $250 to $500, plus a spotlight feature in Taste of Home magazine. Voting will take place April 25 through May 1.

This contest invites chefs of all levels, from home cooks to established professionals, to submit Girl Scout Cookie-inspired entries in one of four categories:

  • Cakes, pies, cupcakes
  • Cookies, brownies, bars
  • Pudding, ice cream, gelatin desserts
  • Candies

SUMMER CAMP 2016
Registration is open for summer camp 2016! You can find full program listings and register at www.camplikeagirl.org. Register before March 15 to save $50 on your favorite session!

REGISTER NOW FOR ANNUAL MEETING
Our board of directors have scheduled the Annual Meeting for:

  • Saturday, April 23
  • Monticello United Methodist Church in Statesville
  • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Learn more! Registration deadline is Saturday, April 2.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RUN SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 16
The Community Foundation Run will be held April 16, 2016 in downtown Gastonia. On this day, the community will come together to celebrate and financially support all participating nonprofits in Gaston County, including Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. The giving season for the 2016 event will begin February 1, 2016 and go through April 24, 2016. To learn more, e-mail Grace M. Lewis, CFRE, or call 704-864-3245.

March 7, 2016

Celebrate Girl Scout Week With Us!

In celebration of National Girl Scout Week and the 104th birthday of Girl Scouts, GSCP2P is celebrating with special activities throughout the week. Shop promos, community service, special social media shout-outs- find all the details here!

We encourage you to participate and share with your troop, girls, volunteers and Girl Scout alumnae.

March 1, 2016

Asheville-Area Pizza Huts Offer Special Fundraising Night

On Monday, March 7, Pizza Huts in the Asheville-area will give 15% of orders to Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont to support the campership fund.

Participating locations include all the Buncombe County dine-in locations (511 Smoky Park Highway, Bi-Lo Plaza, Asheville and 497 Weaverville Road, Asheville), the 2615 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher location and the 250 U.S. Hwy. 9, Black Mountain location.

The 15 percent will apply to all eat in or carry out orders. To recieve the 15% on your order, you must present this flyer at time of purchase.

February 29, 2016

What’s New – February 1

VOLUNTEER AT A COUNCIL COOKIE CUPBOARD
Would you like to involved with the Girl Scout Cookie Program? We have an easy way to do just that- volunteer at our service center cookie cupboards! It’s as simple as filling out a little paperwork and helping troop leaders load the cookies into their cars. You can volunteer for two-hour shifts through Friday, March 4 at any of the four links below. If you have questions about volunteering, please e-mail Ellen Ball.

SPRING 2016 DISCOVER GUIDE
The spring Discover Guide is now available on our website, giving you access to all our great programs and events for March-May 2016!

SUMMER CAMP 2016
Registration is open for summer camp 2016! You can find full program listings and register at www.camplikeagirl.org. Register before March 15 to save $50 on your favorite session!

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

SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL MEETING
Our board of directors have scheduled the Annual Meeting for:

  • Saturday, April 23
  • Monticello United Methodist Church in Statesville
  • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Watch for more details to be shared soon!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS FOR DESSERT FIRST
Dessert First, scheduled for Thursday, March 3, is an exciting and fun adults-only evening where local chefs create delicious, one-of-a-kind sweet and savory dishes and signature drinks using Girl Scout cookies. Guests and celebrity judges will sample the dishes and vote for their favorites. Awards will be presented to the winning chefs. There will also be a silent auction and a live performance of The Dan River Girls. Learn more.

GIRL SCOUT SUNDAY BULLETIN AVAILABLE TO TROOPS
Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath take place during Girl Scout Week. Your troop can recognize Girl Scouting by asking your religious organization to use these Girl Scout materials on Girl Scout Sunday or Sabbath.

DO A GOOD TURN WEEKEND OF SERVICE
Can you imagine more than 20,000 Girl Scouts showing our communities the power and impact of Girl Scouting in just one weekend? Mark your calendar and plan to Do a Good Turn April 8-10. It’s easy! Just do some kind of service to another person or group sometime during the weekend and then respond to the short survey so we can record the impact.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RUN SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 16
The Community Foundation Run will be held April 16, 2016 in downtown Gastonia. On this day, the community will come together to celebrate and financially support all participating nonprofits in Gaston County, including Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont. The giving season for the 2016 event will begin February 1, 2016 and go through April 24, 2016. To learn more, e-mail Grace M. Lewis, CFRE, or call 704-864-3245.

PARTNERSHIP FOR GIRLS – DREAM BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY AND ALL TROOPS!
Checks for Partnership for Girls (PFG), Part I were sent to the participating troops last week. Please contact Karen Bell Chandler if you have any questions.

Part II of PFG will begin on May 1, 2016. It’s not too soon to sign up and plan ahead for that big trip or service project. Let us know what you are planning. We’d love to highlight your plans!

Those troops who achieved Honor Troop will be notified soon of their flag or ribbon presentation. These troops will be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

For more information on how your troop may participate, e-mail Karen Bell Chandler.

February 1, 2016

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!

January 20, 2016

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.

January 5, 2016

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.

December 7, 2015