|A Message from Our CEO|
As we prepare for the holiday season and look forward to a new year, we have so much to celebrate as a Girl Scout family. We are preparing to enter our 110th year as an organization- an organization that prepares girls to lead, to grow and to give back throughout their lives. We are gearing up for another successful cookie program, that kicks off tomorrow with online sales and will run through the first of March, teaching our girls the key skills of decision making, money management, people skills, goal setting and business ethics. We are excited to share our brand new program guide that features a variety of programs and opportunities- from virtual to outdoors and everything in between, we can’t wait to see our girls in action! And along with this programming, our 2022 summer camp programs will also officially open for registration in January.
We are thankful to have you- our volunteers, families and girls- with us as we work together to get back to the mission of Girl Scouting in all our communities. We can already see some exciting progress- our membership is climbing, and we are nearly at 85 percent of our current membership year goal. But as great as that number is, we still have room for more girls- and we want to get them involved! Girl Scouts are amazing in every way so continue sharing your own Girl Scout experience with others and encourage them to become a part of this great sisterhood.
Finally, I want to personally thank all of you for the warm welcome you have given me and my family since we became a part of the P2P family in August. It has been a pleasure to get to know you, work with you and grow with you. We have so much potential going into the new year- just imagine all the possibilities with me!
Wishing you happy holidays!
Jennifer L. Wilcox
CEO New Program Guide Now Available
Our new program guide, which includes upcoming programs and opportunities from January through June 2022, is now available. You can also find it our website here. We can’t wait to see you at a program soon!
2022 Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins Tomorrow
Our Girl Scout Cookie Program officially begins tomorrow, December 21. Girls can begin taking in-person orders on their order cards, as well as begin selling online through Smart Cookies. We hope you have a successful sale! When selling, please remember the council’s social media guidelines in regards to Girl Scout Cookie sales: Marketing on social media should be limited to personal pages, so that the cookies are being advertised to friends, family and acquaintances only. Posting on any “yard sale” or open forum pages should be limited only to advertising that a troop is having a booth sale at a particular location. For safety reasons, there should be no postings encouraging one-on-one transactions. Girl Scouts should not post on eBay. Always remember that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a girl activity so the girl must be involved with the transaction. Arrangements should be made to deliver any cookies sold via the troop booth link in a public “safe” location during daylight hours. As for girls vs. adults, most social media sites require an individual to be at least 13 years old to have an account. So, it is ok for a parent to post on their personal page that her daughter is selling cookies and to contact her if they would like to make a purchase, but the Girl Scout must be involved in the transaction. It’s not ok for either the girl or parent to make a post on a public, open forum selling site (i.e. no Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, etc.) where there would be a one-on-one transaction. Other relatives (grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc.) sharing a girl’s cookie link on social media should adhere to the same guidelines as established for a girl and her parents/guardians. Cookie posts should be made only on a person’s individual, personal Facebook page and the girl must still be involved in the sale in some way. Posts requesting orders, sharing links or offering to meet in person for cookie sales should NOT be made in any open or public form, including Facebook Marketplace, buy-sell-trade groups, Craigslist, eBay or any other similar site. The only information that should be posted publicly is the advertising of the date, time and location of a troop cookie booth. Remember that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is designed to be a learning activity for girls. Adults should assist their Girl Scout in adhering to these guidelines, as well as following them themselves.
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Announces New CEO
After an extensive search and interview process conducted by the CEO Search Committee, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is pleased to announce that the new CEO is Sofia Chang, an accomplished business executive, an advocate for women and diversity, and a champion for girls and the mission of Girl Scouts.
As the mother of a Girl Scout Junior, a parent volunteer, Lifetime Member, and member of the Juliette Gordon Low Society, Sofia joins Girl Scouts after three decades of experience in the private sector, becoming the organization’s first AAPI CEO.
Sofia will assume the role of CEO on January 27, succeeding interim CEO, board member, and life-long Girl Scout Judith Batty, who came out of retirement to take the helm of this organization in August 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the official press release here.
|Upcoming First Aid Trainings|
Virtual Journey Jumpstarts Workshops
Starting in January and going through May, several virtual Journey Jumpstart workshops will be happening. Check out this link for the different girl levels available.