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  • Ambassador Water Badge Opportunity


    Living in Florida, we’re surrounded by water every day.  From lakes to oceans to the Everglades, we’re always minutes away from a water source.  But how does this water go from these sources to our faucets, and where does it go after we’ve used it in our houses?  Get ready to learn all about treating and recycling water in a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Orlando’s wastewater treatment plants – specifically designed for Ambassador-level Girl Scouts.  Bonus: you’ll earn your Water badge too!

    Before your day at the wastewater plant, you’ll receive 5 poems about water so that you can begin your Water Badge.  You’ll explore how water is present in literature by reading and reflecting on what you learned about water through reviewing and evaluating these poems.  Congratulations! You’re now 20% done with your Water badge.

    On the day of the tour, you’ll head to the City of Orlando’s Wastewater Treatment Plant bordering Shingle Creek, which you’ll soon learn is more than a picturesque urban oasis. This water is part of the over 40 million gallons of sewer water that are treated and cleaned in Orlando every day

    Your tour of the City of Orlando's wastewater facility will allow you to see how the water goes from Shingle Creek to our houses and back again. Thanks to this process, we actually use the water again for things like irrigation and to replenish the Florida aquifer, which is the major source of drinking...



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  • UberEATS and Girl Scout Cookies!


    Girl Scouts of Citrus made a new friend just in time for the Girl Scout Cookie Program! We are teaming up with UberEATS, a food delivery service from the people who brought you rides, on demand.

    For the first time in Girl Scout history, cookie lovers in the Orlando area can order Girl Scout Cookies through the convenience of the UberEATS app to be delivered right to their door in minutes.  The orders, filled by Juliette Girl Scouts participating in this pilot program, can be placed through the app during shop business hours, Monday – Thursday.

    The best part? 100% of the proceeds from this partnership go directly to Girl Scout programming in all 6 counties. We’ll bring you an entire calendar of events in April, all brought to you by the UberEATS partnership, including $2 Ticket Events.

    You might have questions. Check out the information below or reach out at CustomerCare@citrus-gs.org (did we already mention that we’re the first council, ever?!).

    [Updates]

    Juliettes! Contact Troop Support at troopsupport@citrus-gs.org to schedule an UberEATS shift in the Council Service Center! Juliettes from across the council are eligible to participate in this pilot program. 

    New UberEATS app users! Save $10 off your first order with promo code GIRLSCOUTS17. UberEATS will donate $1 per promo code redeem...



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  • Lulu's Cookie Academy


    Did you know…?

    The 2017 cookie season marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts.  It all started in 1917 when one troop in Oklahoma decided to bake cookies and sell them in their high school cafeteria as a service project.  Since then, Girl Scout Cookies have become the largest girl-led business in the world!   We’re talking millions of cookies sold every year to help girls dream big, do big things, and create a big impact as they work together to make the world a better place!

    Celebrate with us at the biggest cookie party of the year!

    You’ve spent all year telling your friend all about the cool things you’ve done with your Girl Scout troop.  Now is your chance to get her involved.  Sign up with an unregistered girl who can’t wait to join, and the two of you will get to enjoy a morning of Girl Scout activities and an exclusive brunch.  Hurry!  We only have room for 40 girls!

    Afterward, get ready for…

    Badges, patches, and llamas - oh my!

    We hope you still have room on your sash because we’re about to help you fill it with a 2017 Cookie Pin, Financial Literacy Badge, and Cookie Business Badge on the front; and the Rally Patch, Cookie U Patch, and Event Patch on the back. 

    Lulu’s a great teacher!

    Whew! That's a lot, but we're not done yet. Celebr...



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  • Let's keep this Girl Scout party going into next year!


    Here are some awesome reasons to register now:

    1) Don't miss a single minute of Girl Scout fun! From super fun STEM programs to overnight sleepovers, we have great events for your girl(s) all year long. Keep your registration current so you can join us for some (or all!) of these great events. 

    2) Start getting ready for the Fall Product Program, troop meetings, and much, much more! Your troop is well into the Fall Product sale and creating their custom badge now! 

    3) We are super excited about being a part of your journey and we hope you are too! Want to stay up-to-date on all cool stuff coming your way? Follow us on Facebook for all the latest updates!

     

  • Our Office is Closed!


    Girl Scouts of Citrus is closing down for a week of training and preparation for the upcoming Girl Scout year!

    Between Monday, July 18 and Thursday, July 21, the Council Service Center in downtown Orlando as well as the Council Shop will be closed. 

    Have a question or problem? Don't worry! Send a quick note to CustomerCare@citrus-gs.org and we'll get back with you as quickly as possible.

    The Council Service Center will reopen at 9:00 a.m. and the Council Shop will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 25. 

    Happy Girl Scouting! 

  • Early Bird is Coming April 1st - Are you ready for it?


    We are so pumped(!) about Early Bird this year. We know you're ready to get going and we are too! That's why we want to make sure when Early Bird starts on April 1, 2016, re-registering your girls will be as easy as the click of a button.

    Pre-Early Bird Checklist:

    • Adults need to have positions within the Organization
      • Log into MyGS Community and click “Member Profile”
      • Click “Volunteer Role”
      • Insert troop number you wish to be associated with for the upcoming year
      • Choose role you wish to participate with your troop (leader, product, etc.)
    • Clean up troop roster
      • Log into MyGS community and click the “My Troops” tab
      • If changes are needed, use the Troop Transfer Request form located on our website: Troop Transfer Request
    Want to learn more about this year's incentives? Check out our Early Bird page for more information!
  • Have you heard about Volunteer Retreat Weekend (VRW)?


    If not, you’re in for a treat. Imagine a weekend where you get to gather with your fellow volunteers and enjoy a weekend of fun and learning out at camp. This amazing event is coming up soon(!) and we want to invite all leaders, troop and community volunteers to come on out and see what VRW is all about.

    This year, our theme is "Journey Through Time".  Participants will explore the past to embrace the future. Discover how girls took on the challenges of gaining outdoor, leadership and cultural skills from the 1700s through today and learn how you can share these achievements with your own scouts.

    Volunteers from all over Citrus Council come to attend this event. Here is some of their great feedback:

     

    “Great event, look forward to it every year”

    “This was a fun and exciting weekend”

    “I had a wonderful weekend and will be back”

    So….what are you waiting for? Register now and get ready for a weekend you will never forget.

     

     

  • Cookie Business Cards are Here!


    Are you ready to take your cookie business skills to the next level?

    Hand these out to your cookie customers. One side will let them know how they can sign their daughter up to be a Girl Scout. The other side will let them know how to get their hands on more delicious Girl Scout Cookies!

    Interested in getting business cards for your troop? Contact our Membership Director Kristin Ramirez at kramirez@citrus-gs.org

  • Want to learn more about camp?


    Enjoy one of our Summer Camp Open Houses with the entire family! If you would like to visit the camp, or if you want to come out and meet the staff, then come on down to one of our 3 open houses. Take a tour of our sleeping and activity areas. You will also learn about the different activities that the girls may participate in this summer that are offered at each location. You will have an opportunity to sit down with our staff and discuss any concerns or to answer your questions.

    Open House will be from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:

    Riverpoint Program Center - March 6, 2016

    Celia Lane Scout House - March 13, 2016

    Mah-Kah-Wee Program Center – March 20, 2016

    The first 10 girls that bring a friend and register together at one of our open houses will be put in a special drawing! Prizes will vary each week and each girl can only win once.

    This event is free but advanced registration is required.

  • Holiday Boxes are back!


                      For over 10 years, Girl Scouts troops in Citrus Council have brought holiday cheer to countless children across our six service counties. Our annual Holiday Boxes Toy Drive has collected around 20,000 boxes to date for children in need in Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Orange, Seminole and Osceola. This community service project has become a tradition amongst our troops and every year we are able to collect thousands of boxes full of bright items.

                      With drop-off centers across Central Florida, the Holiday Boxes drive helps out children in all walks of life. Girl Scouts have brought a little extra joy to children of migrant workers, homeless shelters, churches, and even touched the hearts of senior citizens in Brevard.  

    So if your troop is ready to add a little sparkle to someone’s day, get together unwrapped toys for boys and girls and put them in a wrapped shoe box. Please wrap the lid of the shoe box separate and no food or violent toys. If you’re in Brevard, Aging Matters needs toiletry items donated to bring our senior citizens a little extra comfort this season. Drop-offs will happen from December 1 through December 15th and we have locations across our six counties. Ple...



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  • Have you heard? We're rolling out some snazzy new stuff.

    Have you heard?
    We're rolling out some snazzy new stuff.

    We all know that volunteering with Girl Scouts is one of the most rewarding (not to mention FUN!) ways to serve your community, but it can take quite a bit of time.

    We're determined to fix that. Introducing a new suite of tools built with volunteers in mind. But in order to roll them out, we need help answering 10 questions about every single troop. You can fill out the survey or we'll give you a call. Not the Troop Co-Leader? No problem. Can you help us make sure this survey gets in their hands?
     
    THE SNAZZY STUFF:

    Take a deeper dive into all-things Volunteer Systems if you have a few minutes to spare. Otherwise, here's a one-sentence recap of everything coming down the pike and when to expect it. New Online Membership Registration<...



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  • Great things are coming soon!

    November has been an exciting month here at Girl Scouts of Citrus! We have been hard at work preparing for the launch of our new system. We know you have heard the buzz about our new Volunteer Toolkit and how it will be available by December 1st. But that means there are some important dates for our volunteers, parents and girls to know about.

    While we transition to the new system, our CORS system will be “down” from November 13th – November 30th. Which means troop leaders and parents will not have access to their CORS account during this time. During this time we will not be able to process new membership or program registrations. We know this is a bummer, but we are sure when you see the new system online on December 1st – you will be as excited as we are!

    No need to just sit around and wait! You can get a sneak peek of the new Volunteer Toolkit which will give leaders access to information like never before. Imagine being able to plan meetings, update parents and access valuable Girl Scout resources all with the click of a button. Pretty sweet, right? Learn more about it here.

    Questions? No problem. Shoot us a quick email at cors@citrus-gs.org

  • Summer fun with Girl Scouts!

    We are so excited for all the summer fun here at Girl Scouts of Citrus!

    Troops and girls can take advantage of all the great opportunities we have coming their way this summer - from program and events to summer camp fun, we have just the opportunity your girl is looking for to make this summer her best one yet!

    Check out all the ah-maze-ing fun here!