Sunny Palms Community

April 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 April 4th
  • Dance Thank you!
  • April is Volunteer Month
  • Speaking of Volunteers..Nominate Someone
  • Summer Camp Scholarship Application--Please Forward
  • Stop Summer Hunger Campaign
  • Early Bird Renewal
  • Bridging and Award Ceremonies
  • GSWCF Town Hall Forums
  • Pictures
  • Upcoming Events in our Area
  • Contacts and Resources
  • Contributing to Future Updates
  • Past Updates


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.

April 4th
May 2nd
June 6th

Key Dates (see below for more details):

5/22/16 - Sunny Palms Bridging, 3:00 - 4:30p at Hyde Park United Methodist Church

Council Events:

4/16/16 - 2016 GSWCF Annual Meeting 9a-12p at MOSI: All registered girls age 14 and up and all registered adults invited, and elected Delegates/Alternates need to attend. Information here: Call to Annual Meeting

Dance Thank You!

Enormous thank you to all of our volunteers that helped make the annual Sweetheart Dance a success! Special thanks to our Chair Denise Cassedy for another wonderfully memorable event for our girls. Your organization skills are top notch. Thank you to Jane Ramos and Kristina Isackson for their colorful and creative gym transformation for the Neon Nights...Dancing in the Dark theme chosen by the Cadettes. Once again thank you to Heather Manning and her husband Jon for creating professional photos for each guest. Jon went above and beyond by getting training on portrait lighting to help capture the evening for our girls. The picture to the right is the winning dance patch, from Troop 1457 6th grade at Wilson...coming soon!

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

Every day, our amazing, dedicated and generous volunteers make all of the fun, friendship, leadership, and awesome new experiences that make up what it means to be a Girl Scout come to life for girls across the country. And on April 22, the party is especially big, as we celebrate National Girl Scout Leader’s Day. What can we say? We love Girl Scout volunteers the most!

Thank you Girl Scout volunteers for giving of your time and hearts to support girls as they discover the world around them and the spark inside of them!

Celebrate with Us on Social Media!
Be a part of the celebration. All month long, share your favorite Girl Scout volunteer photos, stories, and moments on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, and tell us:

“I’m a Girl Scout volunteer because..."
“I appreciate my Girl Scout volunteer because...”
“Because of Girl Scout volunteers, I...”

Pick one or two—or share on all three! And don’t forget to use #NVW2016!

Girl Scouts Show Their Volunteers Some Love and It’s BIG!

Nominate Outstanding Volunteers

Ways to Recognize Volunteers

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. We love them for it and, well, Girl Scouting wouldn’t be the same without them. Let’s be sure to shout it from the Girl Scout rooftops!

Volunteers can be recognized in the following ways:

  • Everyday little things go a super-long way. A card from the girls, handmade gift, planters, photo keepsakes – these are all ways the girls can say thank you and often times mean the most.
  • Nominate a special adult for an Adult Award. It’s a big deal and there is a ceremony for most awards. Check out our Adult Awards Webinar for an overview of each award. Then see below for the breakdown of the best fit.
Volunteer of Excellence
  • Nominate for outstanding service while working directly with girls

Application form -

Camp Scholarship Application--Leaders, please forward scholarship link

Leaders: please forward this link to your troop parents with a note to check out the camp scholarships!

Application here.

Stop Summer Hunger Campaign

One-in-six people in west central Florida live with daily hunger and there are people in our community who won't eat enough over the weekend, during school vacations, or the summer months. These students might be sitting right next to you in class every day without you ever knowing. Find out more about how you can help: click here.

Sunny Palms is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries to provide volunteer opportunities for our troops. Metropolitan Ministries’ minimum age to volunteer is 8, soour younger troops are encouraged to hold a food drive (themed or otherwise) to benefit any food pantry or participate in Channel 10’s summer cereal collection. Saturday, May 7th is a media day at Feeding Tampa Bay to collect the cereal donations.

Metropolitan Ministries dates: Saturday April 16th and April 23rd

Shift times: 8:30 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 3:30 both days

Volunteer spots: Kitchen (age 12+, 15 spots), Food sorting (age 8+, 15-20 spots), clothing sorting (age 8+, 15 spots), environmental services (age 12+, 6-10 spots), special projects (age 8+)

Volunteers needed: approximately 40 per shift

Here are the remaining open spots (email Liz at

Saturday April 16 8:30 - 11:30 Food sorting - 12 spots

Saturday April 23 12:30 - 3:30 Food sorting - 5 spots

Saturday April 16 8:30 - 11:30 Kitchen age 12 & up - 15 spots

Saturday April 16 12:30 - 3:30 Kitchen age 12 & up - 15 spots

Saturday April 23 8:30 - 11:30 Kitchen age 12 & up - 15 spots

Saturday April 16 8:30 - 11:30 Thrift Store & Warehouse age 8 & up - 15 spots

Saturday April 16 12:30 - 3:30 Thrift Store & Warehouse age 8 & up -15 spots

Saturday April 23 8:30 - 11:30 Thrift Store & Warehouse age 8 & up - 15 spots

Saturday April 23 12:30 - 3:30 Thrift Store & Warehouse age 8 & up - 5 spots

Early Bird Renewal

Mark your calendars...April 15 is the start of Early Bird Registration and renewal for the 2016-2017 membership year! Early Bird (April 15 through June 30) registration gives current Girl Scouts and troops the opportunity to register early for the upcoming Girl Scout year (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017) before the fall rush! We will be offering some fantastic incentives to reward our troops' Early Bird efforts. Get in on the excitement and re-register your troop during Early Bird!

Contact: For more information about Early Bird contact your Community Membership Manager, Layne Gregory.

Bridging and Award Ceremonies

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout's life. It's a defining moment when a girl and her peers become aware of her achievements and is ready for new adventures and responsibilities. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved and most of all, it should be designed by the girls in true partnership with adults. Bridging ceremonies can take place in the spring or the fall and should involve as many area troops as possible for impact and recognition of each girl.

Whether the ceremony includes an actual bridge or a symbolic one, or if it includes props like candles, flowers, or flags, it should always focus on paying tribute to the girls as they move forward and support each girl in their transition.

In addition to the ceremony itself, there are other ways you can help your Girl Scouts move on to the next level. Troop leaders should be involved in the bridging activities and ceremonies whether seeing girls off to their next troop and/or welcoming new girls to their current troop.

Use the Ceremony Planning Worksheet to help communities plan ceremonies and learn about the future of troops in your community.

Please note that the Sunny Palms Bridging ceremony is: 5/22/16, 3:00 - 4:30pm at Hyde Park United Methodist church.

GSWCF Town Hall Forums

GSWCF is hosting four Town Hall Forums in order to gather input from our membership on the future of programming and the experience at camp properties. During the meetings, an overview of our properties and the work done by the Long Range Program and Properties Task Force will be presented. They encourage girls, families and volunteers to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more and to share feedback with committee members. Please bring your Girl Scouts, they really want the girls' voice to be part of the process.

Please let them know if you plan to attend one of the following meetings by registering here (registration is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory to attend).

April 6, Lakeland
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Family Fundamentals, 1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL

April 7, Ocala
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Belleview United Methodist Church, 5640 SE Brown Rd., Belleview, FL

April 8, Riverview
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Camp Dorothy Thomas Lodge, 16119 Boyette Rd., Riverview, FL

April 9, Palm Harbor
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Camp Wai Lani, 500 W. Wai Lani Rd., Palm Harbor, FL

Your voice is critical in this process. We are eager to share our progress with you and hear your feedback. We look forward to see you at one of the upcoming Town Hall Forums!

Register here for a Town Hall Forum.

Pictures from our Troops!

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

Troop 2217 at Wag

Troop 2217 went to Wag And met the owner. They learned about animal care and proper nutrition. The Troop is working on the "three cheers for animals" journey.
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Upcoming Events in Our Area

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 /

Tiffany WingardInternal Recruitment Specialist-- 813.262.1809 /

Layne GregoryCommunity Membership Manager-- 813.262.1599 /

Troop Support -
K-5th Contacts are Erin Hollen and Lisa Ranon
6-12th/STEM Contacts are Alison Wenickie and Alice Benefiel


Camp Reservations - camp info / 813-262-1770 /

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:
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