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Camps and Properties
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Volunteering

 

Camps and Properties

How many camps does Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida have?

GSSEF operates three camp properties. Camp Welaka is located in Jupiter; Camp Nocatee is located in Clewiston; and Camp Telogia is located in Parkland. All camp properties are available for use by our membership. Information on reserving property can be found on each individual property page.

How can we reserve a GSSEF property?

Each property is assigned to an Area each weekend. The Property Reservation Calendar will tell you what Area is assigned which weekend. You will also want to review the current Property Reservations Procedures. To make a property request, you will need to complete the Online Property Reservation form.

Fund Development

How do I make a donation to Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida?

Donations can be made by sending a check to either the Jupiter or Oakland Park Service Centers, and can also be made online.

How is Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida funded?

GSSEF receives funding from several sources, including individuals, corporations and foundations. We also receive funding through sponsorships for our special events and through planned giving.

Does GSSEF receive United Way funding?

We receive funding from the following United Way organizations: United Way of Martin County, United Way of Indian River County, United Way of Town of Palm Beach and United Way of Okeechobee county.

Marketing

Tell me about e-News

GSSEF publishes e-News twice a month. Additionally, topic-specific e-newsletters are also sent one to three times per month. To sign up to receive future issues of e-News, enter your e-mail address on our homepage. To view previous issues of e-News, visit our archives.

Can we use the Girl Scout logo?

In order to ensure that any artwork that includes the Girl Scout logo follows GSUSA’s graphic guidelines, any artwork that includes the logo must be submitted to the marketing department for approval. You can use the words “Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida” with your Service Unit name – such as Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Dolphin Service Unit – without permission. If the logo is used, approval must be secured. You can download commonly used art and logos here. For artwork approval, please email Melinda Glasco or Lisa Johnson.

Membership

Who can be a member of Girl Scouts?

Girl Scouts is open to all girls, ages 5 – 17, and to volunteers, both men and women, over the age of 18. All members must be willing to make the Girl Scout Promise, accept the Girl Scout Law, and pay an annual membership fee. All girls are welcome regardless of socioeconomic status or racial, ethnic, cultural, or religious background.

How much are membership dues?

Annual membership dues for the 2013-2014 Girl Scout year (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014) is $15. This annual fee goes directly to Girl Scouts of USA, however in registering as a Girl Scout adult or girl member, you are eligible to benefit from programs and services provided by Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. The membership fee includes accident and activity insurance. Membership dues can be paid online here or at one of the Council’s many recruitment and registration events. Other costs associated with Girl Scout activities may include the purchase of a uniform and pins, The Girls Guide to Girl Scouting and Journey Books, patches and badges as they are earned, program activity fees and troop dues. Visit one of our Council Retail Stores for more information.

Effective with the 2015 membership year, read here.

Is Financial Assistance available to help with membership dues and program costs?

Financial Assistance is available to help cover annual dues, uniform components and program fees. Click here to view the Financial Assistance Guidelines. Download the Financial Assistance application here.

What are the Girl Scout grade levels?

Girl Scout Daisy: Girls in grades kindergarten through first.
Girl Scout Brownie: Girls in grades 2-3.
Girl Scout Junior: Girls in grades 4-5.
Girl Scout Cadette: Girls in grades 6-8.
Girl Scout Senior: Girls in grades 9-10.
Girl Scout Ambassador: Girls in grades 11-12.

What is a Girl Scout troop?

A Girl Scout troop is a group of five or more girls with trained adult leaders, who meet on a regular basis as the troop decides – be it once a week or once a month. Troops are either made up of girls who are all the same age or of mixed ages, who meet either after school, in the evenings, or on the weekends.

Can a girl be registered as an individual instead of part of a troop?

Yes. Some Girl Scouts prefer to be registered as individuals, participating in those programs that interest her, but not as part of a troop. These girls may participate in every aspect of Girl Scouting, including programs and activities, the Girl Scout Cookie Sale program and more.

Operations

What are the Council Service Center and Store hours?

The Council Service Center Hours are M-W from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our stores are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The stores are open every Saturday in September and October. Closings and special hours will be posted on our home page.

Program

How can I find out about upcoming programs?

The Council publishes an online program calendar to make it easier for girls and adults to register for upcoming programs. To learn more about the calendar, click here. To register for programs, use one of the following links:

To access the online Program Calendar:
  • If you are a parent and would like to register your girl/girls for a Council-sponsored program or to view the Program Calendar, please click here.
  • If you are troop leader and would like to register your troop for a Council-sponsored program or to view the Program Calendar, please click here.
Programs at a Glance -  GSSEF Program Calendar Supplement:
  • Now our parents and volunteers can scroll through 4 months of upcoming programs and read the full program description prior to referencing it on the eCouncil Registration system – and before completing registration with a debit or credit card. To view or download the updated June – August GSSEF Program Calendar Supplement, click here. If you have a question, email program@gssef.org.

Retail Stores

Where can I shop for Girl Scout merchandise?

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida operates 2 Council Stores: one in the Jupiter Service Center (1224 West Indiantown Road) and one in the Oakland Park Service Center (4701 NW 33rd Avenue). Our stores are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The stores are open every Saturday in September and October. Closings and special hours will be posted on our home page.

Do I have to go to the store to shop?

We always recommend coming to one of our stores to see all the latest fun merchandise on display. But you can also shop from home. We currently accept orders via phone, fax or email.

On-Line Store is now open!

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida has teamed up with GSUSA to bring much of our Girl Scout merchandise online including uniform components, handbooks, badges and more! You’ll still want to come into our stores to see the latest in Council merchandise and take advantage of special offers… but look for more of these to be added online in the future.To visit our online store, click here.

Volunteering

Who can volunteer?

Girl Scout Membership is open to women and men 18 and over who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  Volunteers must be registered members and complete a volunteer application and additional screening to be appointed as a GSSEF volunteer.

Do Girl Scouts run background checks on their volunteers?

Yes. Protecting the girls and young women in our charge as well as the Girl Scout Movement is top priority, and screenings and reference checks are integral parts of our due diligence process and risk management policy. Background screening is the process of authenticating the information supplied to a potential employer by an applicant on his or her resume, application and during interviews. At Girl Scouts, the screening of volunteers (and employees) includes references checks and criminal background checks, which are performed by independent, third-party, background-screening agencies.

Can men participate?

Male adult members may serve in a troop/group; which includes being designated as the Leader with a minimum of one unrelated female adult member who serves the same troop/group as Co-Leader.

Male adult members may participate and/or accompany girl members on overnight activities (e.g. trips, travel, programs, etc.) with a minimum of two unrelated female adult members.

For more information, refer to Volunteer Policies and Procedures and 2014 – 2015 Volunteer Essentials Manual.