Letters of Love Delivered to SC Girl Scout

PRESS RELEASE: 

North Charleston, July 29, 2015: Letters of Love Delivered to Charleston, SC Girl Scout


Camryn Singleton is a 15 year old Girl Scout in Girl Scouts of Eastern SC. She is also the surviving daughter of Girl Scout member and volunteer, Sharonda Singleton, one of the Charleston Nine in the Mother Emanuel Massacre.

Almost immediately after the shooting on June 18th, letters, cards, poems and drawings poured into the GSESC headquarters office in North Charleston on Dorchester Rd. The mail came from the heavy and compassionate hearts of Girl Scouts in Tampa, Battle Creek, San Diego, Baltimore, Galveston, Baton Rouge, Spokane, and Summerville.

The letters were written in the shaky, unsteady hand of Girl Scouts whose younger days were many years ago. The letters were addressed in the shaky, unsteady hand of the youngest Girl Scouts trying to master the task of writing in pen.

The staff cleared a space in the mail room to let the letters collect until the steady flow finally slowed down. Today was the day that Camryn came by to get her mail.

CEO Loretta Graham presented her with a certificate honoring her for her courage, confidence and character. As staff made their way into Ms. Graham's office and gathered round, she presented Camryn with a deep box filled with the poems, cards, drawings, and letters sent in from all across the country. Ms. Graham said to Camryn, "We want you to continue in Girl Scouts. When you graduate high school, we want you to know that your Lifetime Girl Scout membership is taken care of." She gave Camryn a personal gift of a story booklet and cd titled, "Thank You" and said, "Thank you for leading with so much bravery in the midst of so much heartache. Just like in the Footprints poem, all of us around you right now are here to carry you. Don't be afraid to call your leaders. Don't be afraid to call me."

There is a special bond amongst Girl Scouts, from Aspen to Asheville, from Timmonsville to Tucson: Whether they have actually met or not is incidental.   A Girl Scout's love reaches out across the miles, age groups, races, similarities and differences. It reaches out and connects hearts and lives in a fabric first woven by Juliette Gordon Low over 100 years ago in Savannah, Georgia.

In the early years of Girl Scouts, Ms. Low sold her prized possession of rare pearls to raise the money to keep the movement financially viable. She said, "The girls need Girl Scouts more than I need the pearls." The heartbeat of Girl Scouts is still beating over a century later with that same resolve and dedication.

Over a hundred years ago, the Girl Scout bond showed up in the form of rare, priceless pearls and personal sacrifice. And in the summer of 2015 in the Girl Scout office on Dorchester Rd in North Charleston, SC it showed up in the form of hundreds of letters from Girl Scouts from many places, written in the intuitive language of Girl Scout sisterly love.











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Hootie And The BlowFish Foundation Grant

Girls in Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Lee counties will have the chance to enjoy the Girl Scout experience thanks to a $6,000 grant awarded to Girl Scouts of Eastern SC from The Hootie and The Blowfish Foundation Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation.

The funds are allocated to be used for:

Girl Scout Membership fees

Starter Kits

Camperships

 New Leader Kits

Girl Scout meeting signs

Loretta Graham, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern SC said, "We are so excited about this grant! We love that 'home-town' guys are helping 'home-town' girls. The Hootie and The Blowfish Foundation does a wonderful job in making a positive impact and improvements in the lives of our South Carolina youth. We are thrilled to be a partner with them in that common mission to make the world a better place. Now, girls in those counties who might not have had an opportunity to become a Girl Scout but wanted to be a Girl Scout will be able to realize that dream."

For more information on the Hootie and The Blowfish Foundation Fund of Central Carolina Community go to www.Hootie.com or www.yourfoundation.org.



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Imagine Your STEM Future!

​Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 8 am to 4 pm at Trident Technical College, Main Campus, 7000 Rivers Ave, Building 910. 

This event is FREE to ALL girls grades 9-12. 

The registration deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015. 

Please download and fill out the registration form on page 2 of the "Imagine Your Stem Future" download below.


http://www.girlscoutsesc.org/downloads/Public/Girl%20Leadership%20Experience/Imagine%20Your%20STEM%20Future.pdf


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Charleston Area Summer Troop

​Meetings are 6:30-8:00 PM every other Thursday in July starting July 2nd at the North Charleston Service Center 7951 Dorchester Rd.  

This is for girls K5 - 12th grade who are NEW registering girl scouts (those who are not already in an existing troop.)

Total investment: $50

$30 for Girl Scout membership registration and $20 for activity fee, Girl Scout Journey book and the badges she will earn.

Financial Assistance is available.

RSVP to NyRe Taylor by email nyretaylor@girlscoutsesc.org or call her at 843-300-0256.



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Florence Area Summer Troop

​Meetings are 6:30-8:00 PM every other Thursday over the summer (July 9, July 23, August 6, August 13)

This is for girls K5 - 12th grade who are NEW registering girl scouts (those who are not already in an existing troop.)

Total investment: $50

$30 for Girl Scout membership registration and $20 for activity fee, Girl Scout Journey book and the badges she will earn.

Financial Assistance is available.

RSVP to Dana Spivey by email danaspivey@girlscoutsesc.org or call her at 843-656-9756.



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Our CEO on the Mother Emanuel Church Shooting in Charleston

Our hearts are heavy today in our city and state in light of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in downtown Charleston last night.

It is truly unspeakable and unfathomable that people would or could lose their lives while gathered together in prayer under the roof of God’s house.

Ms. Sharonda Singleton was one of the victims. She was a track and field coach at Goose Creek High School. She was a speech therapist. She was the mother of one of our own Girl Scouts who is now a 15 year old motherless child. She was the biggest fan of her son Chris, a baseball player for Charleston Southern University. She was not only a tremendous asset to our lives and the lives of those in our community, we also knew her as a registered Girl Scout in our council…We cannot begin to convey the amount of sadness and the level of loss that we feel throughout our city, our state and our council.

Our support as a council will be to support the families of those killed. While this is being classified as a Hate Crime, we as a council will approach this heartbreak and tragedy with love. We will offer all the love, prayer and support that we can as individuals and one collective voice to the families of the victims and the people of Mother Emanuel Church.

Loretta Graham, CEO Of Girl Scouts of Eastern SC                                                                                                                                                      



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Donor Privacy Policy

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http://www.girlscoutsesc.org/donate/#DonorPrivacyPolicy



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Service Unit On-Time Incentive

Check out the On-Time-Registration Service Unit Incentive here!



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Submission Procedures for Trip Approvals

As stated in Volunteer Essentials Appendix II page 152 and Forms Section page 187 ALL Trip Approval/Multiple Troop Event Approval Forms must be submitted three (3) weeks prior to the trip. Effective March 2nd, 2015 Trip Approval/Multiple Troop Event Approval Forms submitted less than three weeks will automatically be denied.

Forms can be submitted:
via email to christineclogston@girlscoutsesc.org,
via fax 843-552-6221 or
via mail Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina
7951 Dorchester Road
North Charleston SC 29418

The three week time gives any leader missing trainings and/or paperwork ample time to take and/or submit it.

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Newsletters and Publications

We have most of our publications from 2014-2015 published here at Issuu.com. The link to our publication "stack" is http://issuu.com/gsesc

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