Friday, March 10, 2017

Hosting Your Troop Meetings During the Summer Months

Although it might be cold out now, the weather this past summer was delightful…

Brownie Troop #2170, from Island Beach Association, took advantage of the beautiful days and had Troop meetings throughout the summer…

They met 5 times and the majority of the meetings were outside. “We were so grateful for the weather and that we had those beautiful Tuesday afternoons.” said Mindi, Co-Leader. The girls played on the playground and utilized games and art activities to get to know each other. They each said something interesting about themselves. This got them smiling and laughing with each other, quickly. We brought to their attention their uniqueness. Sitting at picnic tables that windy day, they learned how to use their resources wisely, using shells as paper weights when the wind picked up. The girls got to use their problem solving skills when they worked together to complete a scavenger hunt at the beach and park.

After reading Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Good Deed, we worked in groups to brainstorm how we could help our community. As a Troop, they decided to clean up our community beach. The girls worked together in pairs to pick up garbage and recycling on our beach. The locals on the beach that day were grateful, they clapped and took our picture. The girls felt amazing when they received the instant positive feedback. Their smiles and giggles said it ALL!

Sammi Hoop taught the girls new hula hoop moves and some girls had more trouble than others. What a learning experience. They learned how to respect each other and that everyone has different strengths.

All in all, our “Summer Troop” was fabulous.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Earn your 2017 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Participation Patch

How you can take part in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017?

Mark your calendars for February 24-26, 2017 and get ready to celebrate another great National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

·       Hold a Cookie Booth Sale. A booth sale is when a Troop sets up a table or booth at a public location and displays and sells boxes of cookies directly to customers, allowing them to eat Girl Scout Cookies right away. So get out there and bling your booth!

·       Go door-to-door with your Girl Scout Cookie Order Form. Ask your neighbors if they purchased all of their Girl Scout Cookies? Call your relatives and tell them about your goals for the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Educate your teachers about all that you learn by selling Girl Scout Cookies. They might want #OneMoreBox!

·       Get Social. If you have Facebook or Twitter account, post about Girl Scout Cookies and your National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Festivities… be sure to be part of the conversation by including #NGSCW, #CookieBoss and/or #OneMoreBox in your Tweets and posts and of course tagging us on Twitter (@GSNC), Instagram (@GirlScoutsNassauCounty) or on Facebook (Girl Scouts of Nassau County)... and yes, it’s okay for Girl Scout parent’s to use these hashtags as well if their Girl Scout asks for help.  

·       Are you looking to find Girl Scout Cookies? Download our new Girl Scout Cookie iPhone or Android app to find Girl Scout Cookies in your area or visit

·       Learn about the 5 Skills girls develop through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

·       Share your Cookie Story. GSUSA is calling for submissions of your amazing #cookieboss(es)!

This is a chance to celebrate all of the amazing things girls around the country do with their cookie earnings every year and to highlight how the Girl Scout Cookie Program = Amazing Experiences for Girls. Here is how it will work:
o   Who can submit: Rock star Girl Scouts from your council who have amazing cookie stories
o   Why: GSUSA will pick a few top stories to highlight in national press surrounding NGSCW
o   Where: Stories should be submitted at

Now, that your Troop is taking part in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2017, you can purchase the special 2017 Cookie Weekend patch for the girls in your Troop at the GSNC Shop. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

World Thinking Day 2017

ON FEBRUARY 22 of each year, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from 146 countries celebrate World Thinking Day (WTD)— that’s one BIG celebration!
The World Thinking Day 2017 theme is “Grow.”
This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will explore, stretch, and take on new challenges—and celebrate what it means to be part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Not sure what fun things girls can do to celebrate World Thinking Day?
Here are earned activities as well as games your Troop can take part in to celebrate Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world.
Here’s what your Troop can earn:
Games from around the world:
  • Pass the parcel, played in England (hot potato in USA)
  • Elephant, Ant, Man, played in Indonesia (rock paper scissors in USA)
  • Rayuela, played in Columbia (hop scotch in USA)
  • Queimada, played in Brazil (tag in USA)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentines Day Gift Ideas from GSNC

Will you be my cookie valentine?

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, you’re probably wondering what to get your valentine. Well, with it being Girl Scout Cookie Season, we’re thinking about Valentine’s Day from a different perspective…. one that involves that tasty treat.

Here are four ways to incorporate Girl Scout Cookies into your Valentine’s Day gift:

1.       Give the gift of cookies. Simply purchase a box or two or more of your valentine’s favorite Girl Scout Cookies, tie them up with a pretty bow and add a Girl Scout Cookie themed Valentine’s Day cards to your gift.

2.       Go DIY. As Girl Scouts, we always enjoy a good craft… so let’s get crafty. Make your own Valentine’s Day cards utilizing used Girl Scout Cookie Boxes. We made ours with a Thin Mint box and wrote “We are ‘mint’ to be.”

3.       Make a donation to Operation Cookie in your Valentine’s name, for a gift to our soldiers too.

4.       Bake some sweet treats with Girl Scout Cookies as an ingredient. Try out Thin Mint Brownies and cut them into a heart shape or Mini Samoa Cheesecakes.  For more recipes visit Little Brownie Bakers and GSUSA.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Tricks of the Girl Scout Cookie Selling Trade

By: Isabella I, Troop 2185
Every year, I sell a lot of Girl Scout Cookies. The number one question I get is “how”? First, I look at the number of Cookies I sold the previous year. Then I add to that number, and that creates my goal. During Cookie season I dedicate all my free time to selling. I wear Cookie costumes. They aren’t only a cute sales tactic, but an extra layer of warmth. I ask everyone that passes if they would like to buy Cookies or make a donation. Selling takes a lot of dedication and perseverance not only because of the freezing temperatures, but because a lot of people say “no” when they are asked. Being able to accept rejection is a skill that I have learned through the Cookie Program. Another skill I have become a pro at is staying warm in freezing temperatures. Now some of the secrets to Cookie selling have been uncovered!
While selling Cookies is hard work, it really pays off in the end. This year, I earned a trip, with my mom, to Washington D.C. We went to the Spy Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We also got a tour of the US Capitol building. I was even able to take a picture with a portrait of Juliette Low in the National Portrait Gallery. One night we took a trolley tour that brought us to a bunch of the national monuments. It was so much fun! The last day we spent a lot of time at the Smithsonian National Zoo. My mom and I got to see the pandas. They are very cute. After that, we walked across the street and got snacks at this really awesome nut-free bakery called Baked by Yael. I enjoyed the whole trip but out of everything, I really enjoyed the zoo and the Spy Experience at the Spy Museum. I would definitely suggest for others to take a trip to Washington D.C.! I can’t wait to see what this year’s 4000 box reward is!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!!

2016 Year in Review

As Girl Scouts of Nassau County closes out 2016, we look forward to 2017 and give thanks for the time and work of our volunteers who are the mainstay of Girl Scouting! 

This past year we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award with an extra fancy Gold Award Ceremony for 101 recipients at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, with Captain Cynthia Robson, Gold Awardee and a professor at the Academy, as our keynote speaker.  In November we concluded our 100th Anniversary Celebration with our Golden Flight to Leadership Conference that included noted women as keynote speakers and panelists.  Geared to both adults and older girls, the Conference provided information and inspiration on the skills and traits one needs to be a leader.

The bulk of Girl Scouting occurs in Troops and groups that meet regularly.  Troop Leaders, parents and Association volunteers set the path for our Girl Scouts to pursue Journeys and badges that introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™. In Girl Scouts, girls take the lead, change the world, make friends and build skills, all while having fun!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program once again took the lead from January through March with our girls mastering the 5 Skills and showing their support for Operation Cookie.  Camping also saw a slight uptick in the number of girls participating at Camp Blue Bay proving that girls love going on adventures in the outdoors… especially when there is boating involved.

This year’s Annual Meeting brought us a new group of Members-at-Large for our Board of Directors, and the Delegate body passed six proposals that will allow our Council to govern more effectively and to be in accord with the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Laws.

The biggest news for GSNC this past year was the actual start of renovations on the Girl Scout Service Center at Ring Road in early July.  The staff has been temporarily relocated to 325 Duffy Avenue in Hicksville while the building has been gutted to allow for all-new updates to insulation, room configuration, electrical, HVAC, technology as well as adding a 1600 square foot extension on the north side of the building.  The first floor of the building will be almost totally devoted to the needs of our girls and volunteers with an expanded Girl Scout Shop with attached Volunteer Resource Center, more meeting space, designated space for Entrepreneurial Programs, and designated public space for our Living History collection. We expect to be back in our newly renovated space by late spring 2017.

Also coming in 2017, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is following the lead of our national organization in implementing the new Customer Engagement Initiative [CEI] that will allow us to use technology and personal connections to better serve our girls, parents and volunteers.  Members will be able to register and complete applications online for both girls and adult volunteers and Volunteers will have more program planning and Troop management resources available to them.

There are so many exciting things already happening in Girl Scouts that we can’t wait to… see what else 2017 has in store!