Monday, December 4, 2017

Welcome our new Chief Executive Officer!

The Girl Scouts of Nassau County Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Randell (Rande) Marie Bynum as the new Chief Executive Officer!

Rande joins Girl Scouts of Nassau County with experience as an independent contractor working with non-profits, corporations and media entities, most recently with the PwC Charitable Foundation. Prior to her consulting work, she was the Publishing Director of Family and Community Engagement at Scholastic Inc. She was also the Senior Director, Outreach and Partnerships at Sesame Workshop where she managed all engagement activities for Sesame Workshop’s The Electric Company.

Earlier in her career, Rande was the Director, Program and Adult Development at Girl Scouts of Nassau County. She also worked at the Girl Scouts of the USA, where she was responsible for the implementation of The Dove Self-Esteem Fund corporate partnership and the development of the Girl Scout/Dove Self-Esteem Program. She is the co-author of Dove’s True You!- Sometimes I Feel Ugly and  Other Truths About Growing Up workbook for mothers and daughters. 

Rande is a third generation Girl Scout and received a Master of Social Work with a program planning, administration and research concentration from Stony Brook University. She also holds a B.A. from Binghamton University.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Girl Scout Troop 1254 and their Silver Award project

Girl Scout Troop 1254 recently received their Silver Award at the Garden City Association of Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony. Together, the girls developed programs to help shelter animals.

Ella, Mary and Deanna, created a reading program entitled “Reading to the Rescue” for Pets 4 Luv.  The girls donated a bookshelf that they personally painted with animals and bright colors to be placed at the main entrance of the center. The girls filled the bookshelf with books they collected throughout the year. The program helps young readers gain confidence as they read to a non-judgmental audience and it calms the animals and gives them the attention they need while they are waiting to be adopted.


Riley, Simran and Colleen instituted a field trip program that invites sister Girl Scouts, senior citizens and all members of the community to visit Pets 4 Luv.  Visitors are encouraged to bring much needed supplies to the shelter. The Troop visited The Bristol assisted living residence to make cat toys with the residents and spread the word that senior citizens can have an impact on the lives of shelter animals. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

A Truly Sustainable Bronze Award

Girl Scout Junior Troop 3404 of the Plainedge Association received recognition for having earned their Bronze Award. They learned the value of public service announcements while working through the Agent of Change Journey. The Troop named their project Kind Kids Count because though memories may fade; they all agreed that they remember being treated with kindness in kindergarten.  

The girls created a PSA virtual tour of their school that included everything they wish they knew when they entered kindergarten; like how to use a lunch card, playground rules and what to do when you are not feeling well. Their virtual tour was added to the school website so that new students could view it repeatedly over the summer months. It was also shown at the kindergarten parent orientation meeting. The girls also created a coloring book that depicted the kindergarten experience. A copy of the book was mailed home by Principal Thearle of Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School, to every incoming student along with a parent orientation letter. The Troop donated cloth and colorable tote bags for each student to use to carry their library books. At the annual Sailing into Kindergarten Orientation event, the girls helped new students write their names on their bag and they answered all kinds of questions.


To make their project sustainable, the girls saved their PSA virtual tour and coloring book to a flash drive and gave it to Principal Thearle for future use. The night of the award ceremony, the girls were happily surprised to be greeted by Principal Thearle who personally thanked them for their contribution to the Schwarting school community and handed them their awards on stage. She also asked them if they would like to return in August to orientate another kindergarten class. The girls did not hesitate to say yes! The PTA has approved and paid for the bags this time around and Troop 3404 is looking for a younger Troop to mentor so that their Bronze Award is not only sustainable— but is a new tradition!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars
By Madison S.

Do you find yourself staring up at the night sky wondering about the stars and the planets?

Do you love learning about the Universe and dream of becoming an astronaut? Two Senior Girl Scouts with a passion for astronomy were selected to represent Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) during a weeklong Leadership Training Summit at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The experience was out of this world. It was a combination of lectures given by NASA’s best and brightest, hands on laboratory activities, fun and friendship.

At NASA Goddard, hundreds of scientists are making the latest discoveries each day. NASA launched a partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA to educate and excite girls about astronomy. As you can imagine, there was a lot of competition, and only 10 councils were chosen to participate in the Leadership Training at Goddard! GSNC compiled a team of four individuals, an amateur astronomer, a council representative, and two Girl Scouts. Our amateur astronomer, Sue R.’s love for astronomy was contagious, and her expertise invaluable. Without Sara S., Girl Experience Senior Manager at GSNC, our trip would not have been possible. Sara wore many hats during this trip, she was our support and guidance, go to for any questions, and reminded us to stay hydrated. Miranda and Madison were Nassau County’s Girl Scout representatives. Miranda is a student at Jericho High School with a long time interest in astrophysics. In addition to being in accelerated courses, she is a member of the Girl Scout FIRST®  Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Team, The Digital Darlings, and a volunteer for the younger FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) Robotics teams and at FIRST Robotics events. Madison is an honors student at Our Lady of Mercy Academy. She is a member of Media Girls, Ceremonial Unit, Girl Speak, and a volunteer for Girl Speak Junior and Scoutreach Programs. Our team was a great fit!

Our days at Goddard began with introductions and discussions about the outcomes we wanted from the program. This welcoming and friendly atmosphere set the stage for the week to come. Each morning, we heard from one of NASA’s expert scientists. Dr. Carrie Anderson discussed the Cassini Mission and the moon Titan, which are her areas of research. Dr. Nicki Viall discussed heliophysics, which is the science that focuses on Earth/Sun Interactions. Dr. Viall is currently studying temperatures in the corona of the Sun. Dr. Sten Odenwald gave an engaging discussion regarding the unanswered questions of the Universe, including Dark Matter. Ms. Kristine Romich gave a relatable talk about the internships and research programs for high school students interested in STEM.

Our week concluded with an address by Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. John Mather. His speech centered around his role cementing the Big Bang Theory and the James Webb Telescope, the successor of the Hubble Telescope. All of the speakers radiated passion and were excited to interact with the girls.

Learning by doing is an important part of all Girl Scout programs. Our interactive lab activities and tours enabled us to apply what we learned from our lectures and talks in a real-world environment. Our group created a scale model of the Solar System, made observations and inferences about a brand new planet made of Play-Dough, viewed Robotic Solar Telescope images, made cereal box spectrometers, created an H-R  Diagram, and had a Virtual Reality experience. We visited the Space Weather Action Center, Spacecraft Assembly Building, Educational Technology Lab, and Goddard Visitors Center. While touring, we were introduced to different scientists and astronomers, and learned more about the diverse career opportunities in science.

Our week at Goddard was specifically designed for us by two NASA employees, Lou Mayo and Troy Cline. Lou and Troy were there every step of the way with us during the summit, coordinating all speakers, tours, and activities. They made sure everyone felt included and had a memorable time. All of the hard work done by these individuals made it possible for GSNC to begin a local Astronomy Club! The GSNC Astronomy Club will be a series program for girls in sixth and seventh grade who are passionate about astronomy or want to learn more about this fascinating topic. Meetings, which will begin later in 2017, will consist of interactive activities, engaging presentations, fun and friendship. When more information becomes available, it will be found on GSNC.org.


We hope to see you at our first meeting

Monday, October 2, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years of Robotics!

It’s hard to believe that GSNC girls have been competing in US First Robotic Challenges for 10 years, but we reached that milestone this past season! The program we participate in is the FIRST Program. 

In the US teams from 50 states, and worldwide teams from 80+ countries, participate in this program. FIRST combines the engineering challenge of a robotic competition with real-world problem solving and inventing. Girls who participate in GSNC’s Robotics Program, develop and expand their organizational and problem solving skills, learn teamwork and cooperation and become involved in their local and global community.  They gain hands-on experience in applying real-world math, engineering, coding and science concepts while adhering to the philosophy of “Gracious Professionalism,” exhibiting helpfulness, kindness, and respect as they work, play, and share with others.


We have had three program levels throughout the years.  We started out with the FIRST® LEGO® League FLL) level, 9-14 years old, added FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. (FLL Jr.), 6-9 years old, and when our FLL girls aged out they wanted to continue so we started a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) team for high school age girls!  Through the years our teams have won numerous awards (a lot!) and have gone to the School Business Partnership of LI, Inc. (SBPLI, Inc.) Championship Tournaments, the WORLD Festival in Atlanta, GA & St. Louis, MO and the FLL US Open at LEGOLAND, FL. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Leaders NEED-TO-KNOW Guide for a successful Girl Scout Year

Not sure what resources you need make your year as a Troop Leader strong? Here are all of the basics to get you started:

TIP #1: Know the staff people that represent your area. Our GSNC staff is here for you! Our customer care staff are here to answer your questions. A Volunteer Experience staff person will make sure you are provided with all of the information you need including training, background checks, etc. Our Membership Engagement and Community Engagement staff will guide you with registering all of the girls in your Troop, etc. To find out which staff members are assigned to you, call 516.741.2550.

TIP #2: Know who your Service Team is. A Service Team is a group of Volunteers in your community trained to help all Leaders in an Association (group of towns that are close to each other). Your Service Team is comprised of Volunteers with many different roles to help you in your new leadership role. To find out who the members of your Service Team are call 516.741.2550.

TIP #3: Know what resources are available to you and how to plan your year. The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) is a place where you can come to learn about various activities in which your Troop may be interested. You will learn the current Girl Scout program, different ceremonies to do with your Troop, what trips to take and much more. Plan ahead, Volunteers! If you need help planning Troop activities, such as mapping out your Girl Scout year or if you just need ideas for a meeting, book an appointment with our MVP Volunteer Resource Specialist by emailing customercare@gsnc.org. Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm, Thursday: 9am-8pm (excluding July & Aug).


TIP #4: Explore our website and Social Media pages. Our website, gsnc.org has a wide range of programs available for girls to participate in, explanations of awards and patches girls can earn, our shop’s online merchandise, etc. Use our social media pages including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with what your fellow Girl Scouts are learning and doing in Girl Scouting and what your Troop can look forward to! Additionally, don’t forget about the Online Community (OLC), where registered parents, Leaders and Service Team members can access information on how to effectively plan meetings, exchange ideas and keep updated on GSNC’s current events. For any questions about our website, social media pages, or the OLC, contact customercare@gsnc.org. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

We're Home!

We are so excited to welcome you to our newly renovated Service Center! Girl Scouts of Nassau County has waited over a year and now proudly shares some of the new features and improvements to our home.
If you have passed by 110 Ring Road West over the last year you may have noticed some of the changes. Yes, the building has been expanded; we have increased the square footage by 2400 feet. We have redesigned the main entrance and enlarged the GSNC Shop and Cookie Cupboard with their own entrances making it easier to manage a stroller or cart loaded with cookies!
We added larger windows and redesigned the entire lower floor to better serve our members. The curb appeal has been modernized with LED lighting, new signage and new awnings. The landscaping has been redesigned to accent the architectural changes and newly paved parking lot.
Inside the building you will be greeted by a bright and open design, full of vibrant colors and images. The GSNC Shop is larger and has more floor space to make your shopping experience even better.  Also redesigned is the Volunteer Resource Center with easy access from the main building and shop. The Living History collection has its own space to allow us to showcase many of the hidden treasures we have in the collection. Electronic options populate every meeting space, making them state of the art centers of learning. Don’t forget to check out the bathrooms which feature an all-in-one sink! It is very cool and will help us save on water and soap usage, as well as eliminate paper waste.
The second floor features an open concept floor plan with large windows, pops of color and streaming natural light for all to enjoy. Almost all the staff will be housed on this floor and their workspaces have been designed for maximum efficiency and takes into consideration the latest ergonomic concepts. A newly designed collaborative space encourages people to come together in a comfortable environment where creativity and teamwork can flourish.
Throughout the building you will find improvements designed to save money and help our environment.   A new HVAC system, roof and insulation ensures we will be warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 

These systems will use less energy and reduce our costs. Many of the finishes are made of recycled content, offering noise abatement and reduced maintenance.