Friday, March 9, 2018

All About Guide Dogs Patch Program Coming Soon!

Created by Girl Scout Jane G., in Collaboration with GSNC

Jane G., a Girl Scouts of Nassau County Girl Scout Junior, created the All About Guide Dogs Patch Program in collaboration with Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC). 

As part of a program in her school, Jane completed an independent study project and she chose to do it all about guide dogs! She decided to create a patch program for girls in grades K - 8 to teach them about the importance of guide dogs, while also creating collaborative and hands-on activities to learn about them.

Jane was inspired to do her project on this topic after learning about her dad’s friend named Jim, who is blind. After hearing stories about him and his guide dogs, she was intrigued to learn more.

Being the true Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader (G.I.R.L) that Jane is, she wanted to make sure that this opportunity would go beyond her school project. She decided to present her project to the staff at GSNC, and over time, was able to collaborate with them to expand and develop this patch program. 

Starting in the mid-spring of 2018, Girl Scouts will be able to earn this patch! Additionally, there will be a resource box with several hands-on materials and an easy to follow guide that will help Volunteers deliver the program to their Troop. The kit will be available for loan from the Volunteer Resource Center at the GSNC Service Center.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

G.I.R.L. 2017

On Wednesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 8 four girls flew to Columbus, Ohio representing Girl Scouts of Nassau County at G.I.R.L 2017. They were Emma V., a ninth grader and a Girl Scout Senior, Emma W.U., an eleventh grader, and Amanda I. and Chloe V., twelfth grade Girl Scout  Ambassadors. Chloe is also a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors. These four girls were National Council Delegates from the Jericho-Syosset Service Unit, Rockville Centre Service Unit, and Glen Clove Service Unit. Here are some excerpts from an interview with the girls. For the full interview check out our blog.

What was your favorite highlight?
“My favorite highlight from convention was being able to meet and talk to so many different Girl Scouts from around the country and the world.”  -Amanda I (AI)

What was it like during the National Council Sessions?
“It was very interesting to see how policy is formed and to learn about Robert’s Rules of Order experientially. It was also interesting to have to follow what was going on, what changed, and what we were voting on, outside of the proposals, based on what was said on the floor.” -Emma W.U. (EWU)

What was one of your favorite breakout sessions or what speakers did you enjoy?
“My favorite speakers were Chelsea Clinton and the 2017 National Young Women of Distinction. I really enjoyed hearing about their projects and the advice they provided to other girls looking to make an impact on their community. Listening to Chelsea Clinton speak was a once in a lifetime experience. I also really liked listening to Marley Davis, the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks. She was so cute and inspiring. She spoke so well and was very professional for a 12 year old.”  -Chloe V. (CV)

Talk about the Hall of Experience. What was your favorite part?
“In the Hall of Experiences I really enjoyed the Joann Fabric create a cape station. I also loved the orienteering USA table. They had an orienteering course set up around the Hall of experiences where you followed the map you were given to each place marked and hole punched the map.” -EWU
“The Hall of Experiences is always a crazy experience. With over a hundred vendors throughout the hall there is ALWAYS something to do. My favorite part of the 2017 Hall of Experiences was the SCUBA booth where we were able to learn how to scuba dive.” -AI

What was something you learned or took away from GIRL 2017?
I learned from the National Young Women of Distinction that hard work and dedication can get you very far. Each of them put time and effort into their Gold Award projects and they ended up having amazing effects and impacts on their community and the world.”  -Emma V. (EV)
“The entire GIRL 2017 experience was very inspiring.  There are so many different Girl Scouts and each and every person has completely different values and I learned just how important it is to be a part of this girl environment.  This organization really does shape each and every one of us as a person.”  -AI   

What would you recommend or what advice would you give to others who are planning on attending GIRL 2020?
“I definitely recommend attending G.I.R.L. 2020!! G.I.R.L. 2017 was one of the best trips I have been on! I would recommend leaving lots of room in your suitcase because of all of the free giveaways and SWAPS available to collect. I would also recommend being open to trying new activities and branching out and leaving your comfort zone because every new and exciting activity was an amazing experience! I would also recommend that anyone planning to attend G.I.R.L. 2020 should prepare to be exhausted! We packed SOOO many activities into a short five days, but it was so worthwhile.”  -CV

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Celebrate World Thinking Day!

Celebrated since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship. It is an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect young women all over the world. 

Every year, World Thinking Day has a different theme that Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world can learn about and take action on. The 2018 World Thinking Day theme is “Impact.” Making an impact means having a strong effect on something or someone.

This World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides will think about what it means to make an impact on the world—and celebrate being part of the global sisterhood that is Girl Scouts & Girl Guides.

Here’s what your Troop can earn:

  • 2018 World Thinking Day Award
  • The World Trefoil Pin     
  • Juliette Low World Friendship Council Patch program  
  • Global Action Award 2018

Games from around the world:

  • Pass the parcel, played in England  (hot potato in America)
  • Elephant, Ant, Man, played in Indonesia (rock paper scissors in America)
  • Rayuela, played in Columbia (hop scotch in America)
  • Queimada, played in Brazil (tag in America)