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Shenandoah Region Newsletter

February 13, 2015 Edition

What's New


Registration for Annual Meeting is now open.  For additional information or to register for the meeting or overnight accommodations, please click here.



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Please contact Gina Sturgis at 202-942-2915 or if you have any questions.

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"Bird Study" Merit Badge Workshop
Sponsored by Shenandoah Naturalists and the Shenandoah Audubon Society


Who: Any interested Boy or Girl Scout (must be over 9 years old)

When: March 27 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and March 28 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Lunch: 12 to 1 pm (You may want to pack one.)

Where: Market Street United Methodist Church at 131 S. Cameron St. in Winchester (at the Cork & Cameron St. intersection)

(Please use the Cork St. entrance!)

Cost: free (However, the BSA scouts should buy the Bird Study Merit Badge book and read thru it before the workshop.)

Activities will include learning how to identify birds by sight and song and calls. You will learn how to properly use binoculars and a bird field guide. There will be talks about bird migration and how and why we keep track of bird populations. You will build a bird house and will also start a field notebook to take with you on your bird walk.

There will be a list of future bird walks offered (at Abram's Creek Wetlands or Third Winchester Battlefield). You can choose which one you want to attend. This is a BSA requirement in order to get a "blue card".

Bring to the workshop an 8X11 note book and Merit Badge book. If possible bring a pair of binoculars and a bird field guidebook. We will have extras if you can not.

You must register by March 20th. You can e-mail: or call 540-667-6778.

For more information, please go to: 


Upcoming Girl Scout Adult Volunteer Training Classes:

March 21, 2015 Blitz at Riverton UMC Church in Front Royal VA - Backpacking, Presentation Skills, Facilitation Skills, Step Dancing, Adult Recognitions, Recycle Crafts, Ceremonies, Songs, Facilitation Skills and Silver Award workshop for girls and adults.  Please check the GSCNC website for times and to register. 

May 15-17, 2015 at Spring Blitz at Camp White Rock in Capon Bridge WV - SU Encampment Coordinator, Night Hikes, Beginning Hiking, Letterboxing, Dutch Oven and Foil Cooking, DIY Camping Gear, Easy Camp Cooking for Daisies and Brownies, Lashing, Pioneering, Panless Cooking, Ceremonies, Outdoor Fun for Daisies and Brownies, Gold Award Workshop for adults.  Please check the GSCNC website for date and times and to register.

Cookout and Campout classes:            

Cookout & Campout - April 26, 2015, planning session at American Legion in Front Royal; May 15-16, 2015, overnight at Camp White Rock                                                      

Cookout & Campout - (Planning Session and Overnight Combined) May 16-17, 2015 at Camp White Rock

As always, please contact us for all your Girl Scout Training needs.   

~Vivian and MaryAnne

March 20-22, 2015 March Magic at Camp Potomac Woods

Teen Workshops Include:

Intro to the Gold Award - Silver Award Workshop - From Idea to Viable Gold Project - From Idea/Interest to Viable Silver Project - Where to Get Those Silver Trefoil Hours - Opportunities Beyond the Troop - Teen Leadership - Program Aid - Providing Meals for Large Events - Child Care - Cookout/Campout

Outdoor Workshops Include:

Box Oven Cooking - Dutch Oven Cooking - Cooking on Stick & In a Pie Iron - Cooking with Gizmos & Gadgets - Pizza 3 Ways - Basics of Fire Building - Fun with Fire - 1 Match Fire - A Knot of Fun - A Lotta Lashing - Geocaching Beginning Hiking - Intro to Primitive Camping - Trying on Primitive Skills - Letterboxing -Take the RiverWalk - Outdoor Crafts for Girl Scout Program - Rainy Day Fun - Outdoor Games - Compass Games - Cookout/Campout

Please check the GSCNC website for date and times and to register.

To download a flyer for March Magic, please click here.

Troop Spotlight - Working Together for SHARE!

Troop 40275 and Troop 40279 worked together on raising money for SHARE! We called it the "SHARE Pocket Change Challenge." The girls brought in what they could and filled a tin can and a small Ziploc bag full of change. They collected $80 between the two troops. Great job girls!

Calendar of Events

February 2015

Monday, February 16
Offices and Shop Closed

Friday, February 20

Booth Sales Begin

Sunday, February 22
Thinking Day

Wednesday, February 25
Cookie Cupboards Open

Thursday, February 26
Area Meeting

Saturday, February 28
Delegate Forum, 10 a.m., Martinsburg Girl Scout Office
Shop Hours Resume, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Shop Information 
We're happy to announce that we now have an on-line store! Please Mini Shop
Monday - Friday 10 am - 4 pmSaturday hours resume February 28, 2015 
For more information or to place an order for pick up, please call 304-263-8833.

Click here to download our Mobile Shop Spring 2015 schedule.

Archives Update 

  The recent passing of Florida Fritz has left a great gap on our Archive team.  We would like to ask if anyone could donate some time to help.  Our next meetings will be March 11 and March 25 at 3 p.m. in Winchester at the Youth Development Center.

If there are older Girl Scouts who need volunteer hours, this is your chance to earn them and learn a bit about Archives at the same time.  We need help with inventory, accession and after that, if interested, computer help.  This does not only apply to older Girl Scouts, but adults who may want to help!

Please contact Sandy or Patsy at the information below:

As usual, Archives can be open if your troop wants to visit...just give one of us a call.  We will be glad to arrange a visit.

Looking forward to hearing from some of you! ~Sandy and Patsy 

Patsy Campbell  
301-991-2515 or PitterPatterPaty@aol.comSandy Jones   
540-662-4366 or nokemis@verizon.netFor:  All Girl Scouts

WV Youth Environmental Program - For WV Troops

The West Virginia Youth Environmental Program provides a challenge and an opportunity to the youth of our state to participate in environmental projects within their communities.  Troops can enroll in the program, get information to supplement their girl scout badge work, or if the troop has been working on an environmental project they can submit the project for a possible award. To learn more about the program, click here. 2015 WV Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest - For WV Troops

Students can enter the contest with an original drawing of a North American waterfowl.  Artwork will be judged by its artistic quality, anatomical accuracy, and appropriateness as a stamp.  Entries must be received by Saturday, March 15, 2015.

For additional details, click here.

For:  Brownies and Juniors


To download a Brownie/Junior Camporee 2015 registration form, please click here.

For: Girl Scout Teens
Image GSCNC's teen-edition has loads of valuable information for our teen Scouts!   Encourage them to sign up  to receive their edition TODAY!!Social MediaThe Martinsburg Girl Scout office is now part of the social media scene! Go to!/pages/Martinsburg-Girl-Scout-Office/111011402270273 to become a fan!We will be posting registration information, local program events, and all things important to Girl Scouts!Don't forget to check GSCNC on all your other favorite social networking sites to see program updates, interesting Girl Scout trivia and updates from Council.Check us out on Facebook at Girl Scouts Nation's Capital, on YouTube on twitter at @GSCNC and at our official GSCNC blog!        For:  Volunteers

Are you looking for a social media tool to coordinate your Girl Scout volunteers and parents?  Look no further. Rally groups and the Community Hubs over them (think troops within a Service Unit) are free for Girl Scout volunteers in Nation's Capital.

Have a question about Rallyhood?  Visit the RallyhoodHelp page to find the answers you need.   Please join us for the next Girl Scout webinar on Rallyhood. We'll cover the basics and more advanced uses:Wednesday, February 11, 12-1:00 pmThursday, February 26, 7-8:00 pmFriday, March 20, 12-1:00 pm   Register on Rallyhood. Image    
Association 14 Facebook PageHave you joined the Shenandoah Region-Association 14 Facebook group?  It's for the Shenandoah Region team members and leaders to communicate better so we grow stronger as a region and use our resources wisely. Only registered Girl Scouts will be admitted to this page for privacy of our local Girl Scouts. We encourage team members, leaders, co-leaders and older girls to join if they want more information on what's happening in the area.    Go to to request to join.  

For:  Parents 
Image   Girl Scout Alumnae  Were you a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador...a troop leader, volunteer, or former/current staff member? If so, join the Girl Scouts Alumnae Association!Image 

Girl Scout Endowment  Consider putting Girl Scouts in your will or estate plans.  A bequest in a will is easy to do and helps Girl Scouts for years to come!  (the language: "$____ or _____% is designated to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital Endowment. (Federal Tax ID# 54-0732-966)").  For more information contact Betsy Thurston at 202-274-3330 or   

Martinsburg Contact List

Below are the direct numbers and phone extensions for the staff at the Martinsburg Office:

Kathy Deffer (304) 596-9930
Pam Allen (304) 596-9931
Jane Barvir (304) 596-9940 
Cindy Bayne (304) 596-9932 
Judy Johnson (304) 596-9934 
Lori Kooken (301) 359-9540 or (304) 596-9941 
Darylle Smoot (304) 596-9948 
Beverly Soule (540) 313-4191 or (304) 596-9942 
Jennifer Wiseman (304) 596-9944

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