Sunny Palms Community

January 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 January 4th
  • Cookie Season is Here!
  • Daisy Day Info
  • Encampment Info
  • Upcoming Events in our Area
  • Pictures
  • World Thinking Day
  • Adult Awards
  • 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.

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

Key Dates (see Upcoming Events section for more details):
Cookie Pre-Sale Begins: January 4, 2016
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

Cookie Season is Here!

  • Jan. 4 - 24 - Girls take cookie pre-orders
  • 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)
  • Nov. 14-16 - Nuts/candy are delivered to troops (troop pickup)

Here is the Little Brownie Bakers YouTube channel: watch!


Here, you can be part of Cookies Across America, a virtual cookie rally. You'll find lots of videos, information and ideas for your cookie season.


Please send this egram to volunteers and parents to tell them about the upcoming show.

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

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. 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

Upcoming Events in Our Area

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

The 2015-2016 Program Events are Online Now! Click here.

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.
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Troop 2209 caroling at Horizon Bay.

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.

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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