Friday, January 19, 2018

Troop Click: Troop 3305

Junior Troop 3305 was very busy this summer! They went to the Montauk Lighthouse to earn Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s Lighthouse Badge. “Our historian Henry was extremely informative. The girls learned all about the history of light houses, and even got to hear the automated fog horn because it was foggy that day!”

Next, the Troop took a trip to Safety Town to help earn part of their Junior Safety Award pin on bicycle safety. The girls had a great time!

Would you like to share what your Troop is doing? Email your photo and brief description of your Troop activity to Don’t forget to include your Troop number and the name of each Girl Scout in the photo! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Troop Click: Troop 3242

Troop 3242, participated in a Girl Scout educational program at Old Westbury Gardens. They were provided with elements of badges for the girls such as Senses for Brownies and Flowers for the Daisies. The girls loved seeing the amazing statues by Seward Johnson positioned throughout the gardens and mansion.

The girls also took a tour of Cinnabon at Broadway Mall and sampled some tasty treats!

Would you like to share what your Troop is doing? Email your photo and brief description of your Troop activity to Don’t forget to include your Troop number and the name of each Girl Scout in the photo!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program: Accomplishing BIG GOALS

“Last cookie season I earned the 4,000 box reward, a trip to Savannah, Georgia. I went over the summer with my mother and had a lot of fun. While there, I visited the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, the Gingerbread House, the Savannah Botanical Gardens and all 22 Squares in Savannah. I learned many new facts there too like, Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. I had a great time and would love to go back!” - Isabella I. Troop 2185

Isabella has been GSNC’s top seller for 4 years in a row and she’s already set her goal so she can earn the top reward again this year—a trip to Niagara Falls! Will you be joining her?
It takes a lot of effort to sell so many boxes of Cookies, but Isabella is a real entrepreneurial G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader)TM. In 2017 she worked hard with her Leader and Troop Cookie Manager to not only reach her own goals, but to support the Five Skills (Goal Setting, Decision Making, People Skills, Money Management and Business Ethics) of the rest of her Troop members. One of the girls in her Troop sold over 2000 boxes and two additional girls sold over 1000 boxes!

How did they do it? One reason can be attributed to over 75 booth sales—most of them outdoors! The booth sales and other successful girl-led sales tips (Door-to-door selling, online sales, social networking, telephone sales, and workplace sales) require lots of support from parents and the other adults in your Troop. You really need to be a go-getter to be a goal-getter!

Friday, December 15, 2017

An Altogether Awesome! Girl Scout Cookie Season awaits…

Every Girl Scout is amazing, and when we come together for fun, friendship and purpose in the Girl Scout Cookie Program® we are unstoppable!

This year, we’re celebrating the strength, value and spirt of teamwork powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program®. As the country’s largest girl-led business, it’s a unique, hands-on way for girls to develop essential skills that will help them grow into leaders in all aspects of life. Many successful businesswomen and community leaders say they got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies.

The Cookie Program also funds your Troop’s activities, and it helps support our council’s financial assistance, girl programs, Volunteer training and facilities maintenance – including our newly renovated Service Center and our beautiful Camp Blue Bay. All proceeds stay here in Nassau County.

Best of all, our girls look forward to the Cookie Program every year because of the fun activities, exciting opportunities…and the chance to take charge. 

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!