Friday, June 7, 2019

What do you sit upon?


Picture this… You’re spending the weekend camping at Camp Blue Bay with your Girl Scout troop. Your troop is sitting around the campfire at Romany Wood. You’re sitting on a bench, but it is a little dewy from the day. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you had a sit-upon?


Sit-upons are exactly what they sound like; something you sit upon. A sit-upon provides a dry, slightly cushioned barrier between you and the ground, a bench, bleachers, or whatever else you might be sitting on. They can be store bought or hand-made (hint, hint: hand-made sit-upons make a great troop activity leading up to a camping weekend). And, remember although you can make sit-upons that aren’t waterproof (they are useful because they provide comfort), waterproof sit-upons are a great idea because we don’t want a little rain to dampen a camping weekend.



Check out some of these sit-upons ideas…

Remember, a sit-upon is great for any outdoor adventure. Consider bringing yours to one of GSNC’s outdoor programs like the 2019 Girl Scouts Love State Parks day on July 13.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Get Parade Ready: Memorial Day Parade Tips


 


Memorial Day Parades are a great way for you and your troop to represent Girl Scouts! If you are participating in a Memorial Day parade soon, it’s important to follow the below guidelines on flag and girl order. 


Remember, a parade is a place to have fun, but also remind the girls to handle all flags with respect.



Flag Order and Girl Order (see additional diagram below or image above)



Girl 1- American Flag


  • "The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag’s own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line." (4 U.S. Code § 7 - Position and manner of display)  
  • The American flag should be held higher than the rest of the flags
  • The American flag should be to the far left of all other flags
  • For more infromation regarding position and manner of display of the american flag, visit 4 U.S. Code § 7 - Position and manner of display

Girl 2- State Flag
  • The State flag should be to the right of the American flag

Girl 3- WAGGGS Flag
  • The WAGGGS flag should be to the right of the State flag

Girl 4- Council Flag
  • The Council flag should be to the right of the WAGGGS flag
Girl 5- Daisy Flag
  • The Girl Scout Daisy should be to the right of the Council flag

Girl 6-Brownie Flag
  • The Girl Scout Brownie flag should be to the right of the Girl Scout Daisy flag


Visual Order of the Flags

When you are directly facing the flags, the order your should see is...


Need flag ceremony accessories? Borrow flag holsters or white gloves from the Volunteer Resource Center at the Council’s Service Center! Fill out this form on our website to reserve materials. For questions, email customercare@gsnc.org.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Thank you for all you do to help make Girl Scouting possible!



Opening her eyes to a world of possibilities? Helping her transform into a force for good? Unleashing her most confident self?

As a Girl Scout volunteer, you’re an everyday hero with an extraordinary super power: you prepare girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Because of you, every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ has the opportunity to learn what she’s capable of accomplishing and reach for the stars.

Thank you to all of our Girl Scout Leaders and Girl Scout Volunteers who help make Girl Scouting possible.

From your friends at Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Friday, April 12, 2019

What you need to know leading up to and planning for a Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony

As a Girl Scout, you’ve probably taken part in a ceremony. You might remember lighting candles or holding the flag, crossing a bridge or welcoming a new girl into your troop. Ceremonies are an integral part of the Girl Scout year, covering topics including rededication, birthdays and awards, and even bridging to the next level of Girl Scouts. 

Bridging is an important transition in a Girl Scout’s life; it honors and celebrates a girl's “graduation” from one level of Girl Scouting to the next. 
Daisies bridge to Brownies
Brownies bridge to Juniors
Juniors bridge to Cadettes
Cadettes bridge to Seniors
Seniors bridge to Ambassadors
Ambassadors bridge to Adults

This transition marks important milestones in each girl’s journey through Girl Scouting and should be celebrated by the troop, family, and close friends. Celebrating this change should be fun, personalized, and memorable for everyone involved. And most of all, it should be designed by the girls, with help from their troop volunteers.


When does a bridging ceremony happen?
Girl Scouts automatically recognizes a girl’s level in Girl Scouting based on her year in school. As soon as one school year ends and another begins, she is considered having moved to the next grade level—but when you choose to host your official troop ceremony is really up to the troop. You might decide to follow the school year calendar and host your bridging ceremony in late May or early June. You might decide to bridge during the summer, when the girls have had some time to finish up the last of the badges or journeys they started. Or, your troop might decide to wait until right when the new Girl Scout year starts (October 1st).


Talk with Girls, Make a Plan
As girls get closer to moving up to another level, tell them what steps are needed to complete bridging, discuss which activities the troop wants to participate in, and then work together to create a plan. 

Remember, a bridging ceremony is a culmination of all that your Girl Scouts have done at a level, and should represent each unique quality of your troop. Make sure girls take a leading role in planning, leading up to and running the ceremony. Just like in other Girl Scout activities, there is a natural progression in the level of participation. As girls get older, their participation should increase!


Plan the Bridging Ceremony
Typically, a Girl Scout Ceremony has three parts; an opening, a main section, and a closing. During the opening, guests are welcomed and the tone is set with an activity such as a flag ceremony or reciting the Girl Scout Promise and Law. During the main section, the ceremony is explained to the guests and run by the girls and co-leaders. During the closing, guests are thanked and the celebration ends with an activity such as a friendship circle or flag ceremony.

Most bridging ceremonies include the following:
  • A flag or opening ceremony
  • Reciting of the Girl Scout Promise
  • Reading or reciting of the Girl Scout Law
  • Crossing a bridge
  • The Girl Scout handshake
  • Presentation of certificates, patches, and other awards
  • Ending ceremony

You might also include:
  • Doing the friendship squeeze
  • Singing a Girl Scout song
  • Serving refreshments
  • Sharing favorite Girl Scout memories or pictures
  • Sharing plans for the next year
  • Something to showcase the uniqueness of your troop 

What is presented to the girls once they bridge?
Below are the insignia traditionally presented to girls as they bridge.

Daisy
Automatically Given: Membership Star with Daisy Blue Disc, Ending certificate, and Brownie Girl Scout Membership Pin
Earned: Bridge to Brownie Award

Brownie

Junior


Senior 
Automatically Given: Membership Star with Senior Red Disc 
Earned: Bridge to Ambassador Award

Ambassador

Girls may also need a new vest or sash, membership stars, and new guide books. The GSNC shop sells Bridging Kits that contain the awards and insignia each girl should receive as she crosses over to the next level in Girl Scouts. The kits are packed in a clear bag and include a certificate that can be personalized!





Friday, April 5, 2019

What you need to know about the Girl Scout Bridging Award

If you were a Girl Scout growing up, you probably have some memories of your bridging ceremonies. Maybe it was walking under an arch of balloons in the gymnasium of your elementary school or walking across the bridge at your local duck pond (the duck pond memory was when I “flew” up to Girl Scout Juniors… now as an adult, I see the symbolism).

Did you know that there are actually requirements to earn those bridging awards? The Bridging Award is earned by completing a set of activities. Earning the award offers a chance to look back on what they’ve accomplished while looking to the future. Each level of Girl Scouting has its own unique bridging award patch.

Earning the Girl Scout Bridging Award
Although not required, completing the steps to earn Girl Scout Bridging Awards helps girls get a taste of what their experience will be like at the next level. 

There are two general steps:
  • Pass It On! Girls get the chance to look back at what they’ve accomplished and pass a bit of their knowledge on to younger Girl Scout
  • Look Ahead! Meet with Girl Scouts at the level they will be bridging to and learn about the exciting adventures that lie ahead.
Although these are the steps for girls to earn their bridging award, there are specifics on how girls at each Girl Scout level should fulfill the Pass It On and Look Ahead steps.

Steps for earning the Girl Scout Bridging Awards by level:



Friday, March 15, 2019

Ways to Say “Thank You” to Your Favorite Volunteer


Do you know a Girl Scout volunteer who turns frowns into smiles? Who inspires your girl to dream bigger? Or who offers endless encouragement? Whatever your favorite Girl Scout volunteer’s super power might be, let them know how much you appreciate everything they do!

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and April 22 is Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day!

Let’s say “thank you” to those who help make our Girl Scout experience possible!




Ways to say “thanks” to your favorite volunteer
  • Write and send a thank you card or letter. Make it extra special by making the card yourself. 
  • Nominate them for the GSNC Volunteer of Excellence Award.
  • Make and send your Leader a video telling her how much you appreciate her being a part of your Girl Scout story.
  • Give a packer of flower seed with a note that says, “thank you for helping me grow!” 
  • Post a “thank you” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or in your Service Unit group on the OLC. 
  • Take a picture of the entire troop and make a frame that includes the signatures and/or notes from each girl. 
  • Bake a cake or cookies. 
  • Buy her a special Volunteer gift from the Girl Scout Shop

Friday, March 8, 2019

Girl Scout Week 2019

Girl Scout Week is March 10-16, 2019


Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March. It starts with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath on a Saturday. It always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12th, the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.



This year, Girl Scout Week is extra special for Girl Scouts of Nassau County because we are celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County!!



Don’t let the week pass without earning your Girl Scout Week patch and learning so much more along the way!

Let's Celebrate! All Day! All Week!


Try some of the activities on the Girl Scout Week Calendar
Commemorate this special week by taking the challenge! Complete at least one activity from each day of the Girl Scout Week calendar. 
View GSNC's Girl Scout Week Calendar and Game.


Learn how Girl Scouts connects with you Faith

The 107th Birthday of Girl Scouting (March 12th) begins with Girl Scout Sunday on Sunday, March 10th and ends with Girl Scout Sabbath/Shabbat on Saturday, March 16th. What better time to review the ways we can link Girl Scouts with their Faiths. Learn how Girl Scouts can connect with their Faiths.

Visit one of the Girl Scout history collections being displayed throughout local communities during the month of March.
This year, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County. To commemorate its centennial anniversary, the council will be hosting a historical exhibit 100 Years: Empowering Girls Through the Decades. The exhibition, which will highlight a collection of vintage Girl Scout uniforms, patches, artifacts, photos, and more, will be available at four locations throughout the county in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay, Town of Hempstead, Town of North Hempstead, and Nassau County. #gsnc100  Learn more about visiting a Girl Scout history display.


Work on GSNC’s Centennial Celebration Patch Program

The Centennial Patch program will enable Girl Scouts to explore how the Past, the Future, their Self and their Community have positively impacted their Girl Scout experiences in Nassau County.

Requirements for earning the patch: There will be 4 rockers, each named for the 4 areas: The Past; The Future; Self and Community. Complete at least 1 Rocker to earn the main patch. #gsnc100 

Get started on GSNC's Centennial Patch Program!
Centennial Patch Program "Tell Your Story" form.
Centennial Patch Program "Service Hours" form.