Sunny Palms Community

February 2016 Update

Hello Sunny Palms Troop Leaders

Here is a brief summary of events in our community. Please contact me with any ideas, comments or questions. In this update, you'll find:
  • Meeting Schedule--next meeting is February 1st
  • Girl Talk Presentation
  • Cookie Season is Here!
  • Encampment Info
  • Daisy Day Info
  • Design A Patch Contest
  • Silver Award Project
  • Pictures
  • World Thinking Day
  • Adult Awards
  • Girl Scout Week
  • Upcoming Events in our Area
  • Program Registration is Getting Easier!
  • Contacts and Resources
  • Contributing to Future Updates
  • Past Updates

-Liz

Sunny Palms Community Leader Meeting Schedule and Key Dates

Mark your calendars! Our leader meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 902 S Orleans, Tampa, FL 33606 from 7-8pm.

February 1st
March 7th
April 4th
May 2nd
June 6th

Key Dates (see below for more details):
Encampment: February 5-7, 2016
Daisy Day: Saturday, February 13, 2016. All Cadettes and older troops encouraged to participate. Details below.
Sweetheart Dance: Sunday, March 6, 2016

Girl Talk Presentation

Learn about some of the issues girls may face during their pre-teen and teenage years and get some tips and tools to help girls in your troop better understand and address issues and "THINK" before they speak. Watch this PSA from Girl Talk--it is a great resource: https://youtu.be/QHjS-6f9tMs

Cookie Season is Here!

  • Feb. 1 - Mar. 13 - Girls sell cookies online (Digital Order Card)
  • Feb. 12-14 - Cookie delivery to troop cookie chairs
  • Feb. 19 - Mar. 13 - Direct sales (cookie booths)


Here is the Little Brownie Bakers YouTube channel: watch!

Encampment Info

Encampment is February 5-7th. Get ready to learn everything you need to know about encampment.

Click here for a printable guide to Encampment.

Very important that you read the guide, distribute information to your Troop, and make sure all necessary memberships, background checks and forms are completed prior to the event.

Here are forms you may need:
Health: for girls and adults: http://tinyurl.com/SunnyPalmsHealth
Permission: http://tinyurl.com/SunnyPalmsPermission
OTC Medicine: http://tinyurl.com/SunnyPalmsOTC

Challenge Course Permission Slip: http://tinyurl.com/SPChallengeCourse

If you have missing girl or adult membership registrations:
Girl Registration: https://www.gswcf.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join.html
Adult Volunteer Application: http://www.gswcf.org/en/volunteers/why-volunteer.html

Daisy Day Info

Daisy Day is Saturday, February 13th and registration is due by February 1st! All that you need to know for Daisy Day, packing list, permission slips, adult requirements and more, is located here: https://www.smore.com/408bn

All Cadettes and older troops encouraged to participate. If you have girls in your Troop who can help, contact Jane Ramos: janesram@tampabay.rr.com

Design A Patch Contest

Below is a link to the templates your girls can use to create a patch design for the Sweetheart Dance - Sunday March 6th. Please email to your troop members and arrange to collect their designs by Friday March 4th. The winning design will be used to make patches for all of the girls attending the dance.
Link to templates: here.

Silver Award Project

Sunny Palms Cadette Troop 26 has started earning the Silver Award. The troop is collecting gently-used sporting equipment from the following sports: Dance, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, and Tennis. The collected items will be donated throughout the Tampa Bay area to those in need. Please let your troop know about this opportunity, as many families might have eligible items in garage, closet, trunk, or spare bedroom! Troop leaders, please bring all donated items to the February and March Sunny Palms leader meetings. Contact Kristen Morris at kristenkmorris@hotmail.com with questions.

Pictures from our Troops!

If you have pictures you'd like to share from your Troop, please send to: sdheine@me.com, with a brief description and we'll feature in a future update.

Troop 1327 at Metropolitan Ministries

The girls in Troop 1327 brought a gift to donate, took a tour of the tent, and then worked in the holiday tent sorting toys on Dec. 12th.
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Troop 2207

Making SWAPS for Daisy Day.
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World Thinking Day

As a Girl Scout, you are part of a special network of girls that stretches across the world.

On Feb. 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD). That's one big celebration and it's a great opportunity to rally your global Girl Scout sisterhood around a particular theme.

The World Thinking Day 2016 theme is "Connect." Check out the theme and learn more about the activities available this year by clicking the big green button below.

For more information on World Thinking Day activities and events contact the Troop Support team at the Leadership Center.


Click here for the World Thinking Day Booklet.

Adult Awards

Showing love and appreciation for volunteers is a must. After all, our volunteers are ah-mazing! They (you) do it all for the girls and often work extra hours on top of busy schedules and hectic lives. Girl Scouting wouldn't be the same without you! Let's be sure to shout it from the Girl Scout rooftops!

The deadline for award nominations is February 22, and the nomination forms will be accepted online only. Click here to view the forms.

Girl Scout Week

Since 1954, Girl Scout Week has been observed annually during the week containing the Girl Scout Birthday (Mar. 12) to celebrate the connection between Girl Scouts and their faith. This year the celebration will run from Sunday, Mar. 6 through Saturday, Mar. 12.

Girl Scout Sunday and the Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to be recognized as a Girl Scout at their place of worship. Girls may also perform a service, such as greeting, ushering, or doing a flag ceremony. Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath are also great opportunities for girls to organize a service project or other activity for their congregation or as a way to say 'thank you', if the troop meets at a place of worship, for their support and sponsorship.

Check out the great ideas for observing Girl Scout Sunday & Sabbath by clicking here.

Program Registration is Getting Easier!

We have some exciting news to share. GSWCF is one of six pilot councils launching the new Activities/Events Registration process. Why is this exciting? Because it means members will no longer need to login to two separate sites to manage their membership and register for events and training. The Member Community, found by clicking the My GS tab at gswcf.org, will now be the one place to do it all.

With the new system, you can use the NEW Activities tab in your Member Community to find great programs and training for you or your girls. Once you are logged in to your account, you can easily pick your events and manage the entire process from there. Plus, for those that like to use our Events Listing and/or Calendar pages, those will also still be available to find what you need.

Look for more information and step-by-step tutorials in the weeks ahead.

Here are the key dates for the upcoming transition:
Feb. 13 - 14 - Spring Program Registration opens (at this time, registration will still be handled through the ORS and require a second login)
Feb. 15 -16 - NO EVENT REGISTRATION will be available during the system transition
Feb. 17, 9 a.m. - NEW SYSTEM GOES LIVE; parents and leaders can now register for events and trainings through their member community.

Contacts and Resources

From GSWCF: Here are contacts of people in the GSWCF office who can help you with Troop questions.
Robin RoupExternal Recruitment Manager-- 813.262.1692 / RRoup@gswcf.org

Tiffany WingardInternal Recruitment Specialist-- 813.262.1809 / TWingard@gswcf.org

Layne GregoryCommunity Membership Manager-- 813.262.1599 / lgregory@gswcf.org

Troop Support -
K-5th Contacts are Erin Hollen Ehollen@gswcf.org and Lisa Ranon LRanon@gswcf.org
6-12th/STEM Contacts are Alison Wenickie awernickie@gswcf.org and Alice Benefiel abenefiel@gswcf.org

Customer Connectionscustomerconnections@gswcf.org

Camp Reservations - camp info / 813-262-1770 / campreservations@gswcf.org

2015-2016 Volunteer Essentials: Volunteer Essentials

Sunny Palms Check Reimbursement - here

Guidelines for Troop Travel: here.

Future Updates

If you have anything to contribute to future updates, please contact Liz at: landmand3@aol.com
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Upcoming Events in Our Area

Here are great activities for our troops and adults in February here.

The 2015-2016 Program Events are Online Now! Click here. See news about an easier program registration system below!