Sunny Palms Community

May 2015 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 May 4th
  • Bridging Information
  • Summer Camp Registration
  • Early Bird Registration
  • Troop Status--Fall Info Requested
  • Troop Camp Reservation System
  • Pictures
  • Upcoming Events in Our Area and Spring Program Guide
  • 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.

May 4th
June 1st

Plus these important dates:

The Bridging Ceremony - is Sunday May 17th at 3pm

Bridging is Sunday, May 17th at 3pm at Hyde Park Methodist Church

If your troop is bridging and you haven't yet RSVP'd, please do so by emailing Caryn at Caryn Ratchford and Jacque Griggs are co-chairing the ceremony.

Please RSVP for your troop and an estimate of numbers so we will have something to use as a guide. A troop did ask if they were required to attend and the answer is no, but we hope most of the troops do participate. It is difficult for many of us to meet the bridging patch requirements (talking with an older troop and a younger troop) without the joint event and it is nice to see all of the ages together.

You are welcome to reply directly to Caryn ( if you would like to help with the event. Please also let us know if you have any suggestions or questions, but for now please share the date with your troop parents so they can get it on their calendar.

Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp registration opened March 16th and on the first day we had over 250 campers register for Overnight, Day, and Travel Camps. We are on track for an amazing summer! Camp information is here:

We are using Bunk1 for our Summer Camp registration this year and we did experience some technical issues related to high volume of users logging on at the same time or incompatible browsers (Internet Explorer is not recommended). A number of users who began the process were concerned that their reservation did not register or that their deposit payment was not captured. If this is the case, we advise that they visit and log-in to view their personal camp portal. NOTE: Parents should only visit directly if they have already begun the registration process. Here they can see all of the sessions they've registered for and make any payments.

Early Bird Registration

Early Bird registration is right around the corner!

Troop Leaders will be able to re-register their girls and adults from April 15 through June 30. We will be offering some fantastic incentives for girls, troop leaders and community team volunteers so stay tuned for more information. We hope you will encourage your troop leaders to participate in Early Bird!

Summer Troops!

If your troop is just getting started and will still be meeting over the summer and is taking new girls, please let Tiffany Davies know ( We will be tweaking the opportunity catalog to reflect only those troops that are still meeting (and it would be GREAT to have some options up there). If you are willing to host a few meetings over the summer for any interested girls (does not have to be your troop) let Tiffany know that, too! Girls working on leadership awards - this could be a great opportunity!

P.S.: We are starting new troops still at this point in the year, proving that year round recruitment does work! If you know someone who wants to get started as a leader now, let Tiffany know (!

Troop Status for Fall--Info Requested

The new opportunity catalog for the Fall is being worked on now. If your troop has openings for new girls, you can be listed on the catalog and allow new girls to register straight into the troop. Once a new girl registers, the leader will receive an email notification will the new girl’s contact information and can reach out to them to welcome them to the troop, inform them of the next meeting, etc. Please fill out the attachment and email to Layne Gregory, Community Membership Manager:
This will help the community get a good sense of what direction your troop is headed in for next year.
Attachment: click here.

Troop Camp Reservations

There's a new online reservation system for troop camping that went live on March 9. The system has been working great! Troop leaders are easily making reservations, payments are collected immediately, and the GSWCF HQ can more accurately monitor the camp usage. The camp calendars are open until August 31 for reservations at this time.

Click here, locate the camp of interest, and follow the link to reserve online: camp info

Contact: Troop camping reservation questions call 813-262-1770, e-mail

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.
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Troop 665 participated in an archeological workshop at Weedon Island, here with a Tribal drum.
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Troop 665 at an archeological workshop at Weeden Island: Elizabeth Atlatl throwing.
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Daisy Troop 2209 at Weeki Wachee.

Upcoming Events in Our Area and Spring Program Guide

The 2015 Spring Program Guide has been mailed and includes tons of fun program activities! Girl can stay overnight at Busch Gardens, meet puppies, learn how to prepare for a disaster, build tall towers, ride horses, snorkel and zip line! We have programs for troops, individual girls and families--something for everyone!! The guide includes the months of March - June.

New programs include:

  • Zip the Canyons (The Canyons Zip-lining & Canopy Tours), May 10, 17 and June 20
  • Dog Days of Summer (Southeastern Guide Dogs), June 6
  • Blue Man Group, June 7

Here are great activities for our troops and adults in May: here.
And, the Spring Event Program Guide: here.

Future Updates

If you have anything to contribute to future updates, please contact Liz at:
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