Friday, June 15, 2018

Are You Man Enough?

Happy Father's Day to all of our Girl Scout Dads! Thank you for all you do to make our Girl Scout Experience possible.

As we approach Father’s Day this Sunday, we would like to take a moment to honor and celebrate all fathers—especially the fathers and father figures who are involved behind the scenes right here in Nassau County! Through their dedication they exemplify our key values, contribute to the power of Girl Scouts, raise our future entrepreneurs, and teach the value of being a volunteer.

Contributing to the Power of Girl Scouts
Dads have contributed to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in innumerable ways. Many men volunteer their time throughout the year to play a role in leading our specialty clubs, council events, troop activities, camping trips, and cookie sales. Through their support, our council has made so many wonderful memories!

“It is fantastic to see how the robotics program helps the girls develop confidence and expand the way they think and their willingness to discover new things,” said Jacques Germans of Bayville, who volunteers to lead his local troops’ robotics team. “I have the highest regard for the Girl Scout organization, the time commitment of the leaders, and how much the girls are able to learn. I’m wearing my Man Enough t-shirt with great pride and would recommend all fathers, uncles and grandparents get involved. The bond is beyond anything else, and the memories, values and characteristics will last them the rest of their lives.”

Raising Entrepreneurs
We know from research that a girl’s relationship with her father aids in establishing her confidence and shaping her development. The men who volunteer in our council are committed to our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character.

“If I had to give advice to a father thinking about signing his daughter up for Girl Scouts, I would say, ‘your daughter needs to be in this organization,’ ” said Michael Tolani of Farmingdale, who has been a volunteer for the last five years. “That’s how strongly I feel about it.”

Mr. Tolani is raising the world’s next greatest entrepreneur by assisting with annual Girl Scout Cookie Program. He works alongside his wife, who is his daughter’s troop leader, and believes being involved with the Girl Scouts as a dad is the best thing he has done for their relationship. As a salesman by day, Mr. Tolani looks forward to tying his profession together with selling cookies with his daughter. The pair have gone from selling 100 boxes in 2013 to selling 4,100 boxes of cookies and becoming the second highest seller for the past two years, which they consider one of their greatest accomplishments.

The Value of Volunteering
Other dads, like Ray Brewer of Levittown, volunteer at events such as the annual Girl Scouts of Nassau County Girls Go the Distance Family FunDay. Ray has been a volunteer for more than a decade, and can be found every year helping manage traffic to keep attendees safe at events. Over the years, his daughter Keeley, who is now a teenager enjoys volunteering alongside her dad at events. 

“We are a Girl Scout family—I’ve always been the third "mom" whenever my wife or her coleader need a substitute. I don’t think men realize, dads can do a lot for Girl Scouts. Sometimes we can come up with cool ideas,” said Ray Brewer. “As girls grow up, we can also help encourage them to stay with the organization. I teach girls the famous and powerful women who were Girl Scouts—who earned their Gold Award, are a celebrity, or CEO of a company. Girls need to know they have the power to channel their destiny. Girl power is huge in my house.”

Investing in the Future
Girl Scouts, tell your father, uncle, grandfather, brother and all the men in your life they can get involved in volunteering! The Man Enough Campaign is intended to inspire other men to get involved—like Mr. Tolani, Mr. Germans and Mr. Brewer—by  offering three-tier packages of merchandise options to men who sign-up to volunteer from now through October 13. 2018. Men interested in volunteering can visit the website at, and choose one of the three tiers of the Man Enough campaign to sign-up.

Men, you will not be disappointed in this incredible campaign we are throwing.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Harnessing the Unique Strengths of Girls Everywhere

If I could name only one thing that girls learn when they’re involved with Girl Scouts, it’s that they become capable of tackling pretty much anything. With the right encouragement, guidance, training, and confidence, they grow into women who lead by example to do great things for the world.

There are so many reasons to support Girl Scouts and stand with girls:

  • Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world. Our programs are specifically designed with girls in mind and provide opportunities that they can only get from the preeminent leadership organization for girls.
  • Girl Scouting bolsters the benefits of school by fostering a safe, inclusive, and girl-led environment where girls are free to practice different skills, try new things, and take on leadership positions.
  • The fact is, most of a girl’s life is coed. The girl-only, girl-defined, and girl-led aspects of Girl Scouts are crucial for girls; the safe space that Girl Scouts offers helps them stretch beyond their limits and transfer knowledge, experiences, and skills to any environment, both now and in the future.
  • The options for exploration and leadership are endless. Whether it is an outdoor adventure, a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience, the chance to explore issues they care about or the financial literacy skills learned in our iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program, every girl has the opportunity to take the lead.
  • Only Girl Scouts gives girls the chance to pursue the most challenging, rewarding, and life-changing award for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award requires girls to demonstrate their leadership skills by addressing a local or global community issue.

With more than a century of experience, Girl Scouts brings a wealth of knowledge to programs that provide cornerstone experiences for girls that last a lifetime. Put simply, Girl Scouts works! Because without my Girl Scout background, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!

by girls, FOR GIRLS

By Mikaela M.

On Tuesday, February 20, Girl Scouts from Nassau County assembled at the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science at Hofstra University for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!

The day started with a presentation on the different fields of engineering and how Hofstra helps students gain positions within companies. We learned that engineering encompasses all fields, in fact, many doctors have roots in engineering.

Following the presentation, two female engineers held a forum where they spoke about their experience in the field and at work. They offered two important pieces of advice; math is important, if you don’t like math the chances of you enjoying engineering are slim and that social skills matter. Both women agreed that their social skills helped them rise in their respective companies and that being able to communicate with their team is crucial in technology careers.

The final speakers were two engineering professors from Hofstra, they taught us about the logistics of bridge building, specifically suspension bridges. All of the girls at the event had the opportunity to build a suspension bridge out of masking tape and styrofoam. We conducted experiments on the best length and give of materials used in the making of our bridges and were surprised by how much weight some of our bridges could hold.

Overall, we learned about working in one of the fastest growing fields from experts in the profession and we had fun!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Countdown to GSNC’s Centennial Celebration

Girl Scouts of Nassau County (GSNC) is counting down to the start of our Centennial Celebration! During the 2018-2019 Girl Scout year, we will be celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County! Join us for our Centennial Celebration year.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Congratulations to all our Robotic Teams!

Thanks to our coaches and mentors, the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s robotics teams had a fantastic year! We thank them all for their dedication and for the example they set for the girls.

Here are the results of our 2017 – 2018 season: FIRST® LEGO League Junior (Jr. FLL) 6-9 years old: The Magical Bots and The Sassy Hot Dogs attended the SBPLI’s FLL Jr. EXPO, where the girls showcased their LEGO robot design and research. The Magical Bots were awarded the OUTSTANDING TEAMWORK AWARD and The Sassy Hot Dogs were awarded the JOURNEY Award!

FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) 9-14 years old: Our five teams this season were the LEGO Lovelies, Smart Cookies, Soaring Rockettes, Tech Time Girls and The Dream Stream Robotics Team! The teams competed in the School Business Partnership of Long Island’s (SBPLI. Inc.) FLL Qualifying Tournaments, where they showcased their LEGO robot design, research and invention. During the course of the tournament, each team’s robot competed on the playing field. Then to a group of judges, the team presented their “problem” and the solution they invented to address their problem, and explained the engineering and coding process they went through to build and program their robots. The LEGO Lovelies were awarded the GRACIOUS
PROFESSIONALISM Award! This award recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.

FIRST® TECH Challenge (FTC) 9-12 grades: The Digital Darlings had an exciting season! They participated in two Qualifier Tournaments, they won the DESIGN Award at one and finished in second place overall at another. Their wins enabled them to move on to the championship tournament where they had a fantastic experience!

ALL of our teams worked hard and persevered! We congratulate them and thank them for representing Girl Scouts of Nassau County with courage, confidence and character and for showing everyone what a G.I.R.L. looks like! We are very proud of them all!

Would you like to know more about our STEM Robotics Program for your daughter or to coach a team? Please join us on June 5, 2018 at 7:00pm, here at the GSNC Service Center, 110 Ring Road West, Garden City, NY 11530. For additional information, please contact

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ways to say "thank you" to your Girl Scout Volunteer?

One of the earliest behaviors my parents taught me was to say “please” and “thank you;” continuously reminding myself and my siblings that these were the magic words. After a birthday party, we would write thank you notes to those who came to celebrate with us. On Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents’ Day, Teacher’s day, and all the other “days” of the year, we would say “thank you” to those who were there for us or supported us by giving cards and homemade gifts.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and April 22 is Leader Appreciation Day which makes it an extra perfect time to say thank you to those Girl Scout volunteers in our lives. Maybe it’s the volunteers who are our cheerleaders, guides, and mentors. Or, that volunteer who helps us build courage, confidence and character. Girl Scout leaders and volunteers encourage us to be G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, Leaders). So, this month, and every month, say “thank you” to your Girl Scout volunteer. They go above and beyond to make your Girl Scout experience extra special.

Here are a few ways you can say thank you:
  • Say “thank you” and tell them how they have made your Girl Scout experience special.
  • Hand-make a thank you card.
  • Buy them a volunteer appreciation gift from the GSNC Shop.
  • Nominate a volunteer for the Volunteer of Excellence Award.
  • Throughout April, show your favorite Girl Scout volunteer how much they mean to you with a straight-from-the-heart, personalized ecard.
Remember, it’s a fact: without our volunteers, we couldn’t and wouldn’t be the largest girls’ leadership development organization in the world. But we are


Friday, March 30, 2018

Camping Myths Debunked

Girls don’t like camping. Our first myth is far from the truth. Girls aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, build a fire, pitch a tent or explore the outdoors and nature. Sixty-two percent of girls said they enjoyed almost all of the outdoor activities they participated in through Girl Scouts, with camping ranking in the top three activities. Girls described camping as “fun.” They enjoy the opportunity to overcome challenges, and the feelings of accomplishment. Girls use this time to build and strengthen social bonds and hang out with friends.

Girls will get bored at camp. This is not the case at all; finding the time to fit in all your favorite activities is actually the problem. Taking a break from technology might scare some girls… and the volunteers who agreed to take them to the woods. Including the girls in the planning will keep them enthusiastic and engaged. Go for a hike, collect shells on the beach, play a game of GaGa, roast marshmallows or star gaze. The opportunities are endless, there’s not time for being bored! 

There are wild animals… and bugs. This isn’t a myth, there are wild animals and bugs, but they won’t hurt you. Wild animals don’t want to be bothered by you just as much as you don’t want to be bothered by them. Animals are interested in your food not you. Make sure to clean up after cookouts and lock up any food you have in the kitchen shelter away from the tents! Don’t forget to say hello if you’re lucky enough to encounter a baby deer, box turtle or chipmunk on the trails. They are a key part of the camping experience. Bugs are inevitable, you are visiting their home, but as long as you don’t cover yourself in fruity scents, or take a detour off the path you’re more than likely going to be ok.

You a lot of supplies to go camping. Camping doesn’t need to be elaborate; grab your sleeping bag and a flashlight and you can be on your way. While taking a Troop camping will require a little more preparation than that there are many conveniences that Camp Blue Bay has to offer that will make your stay a little easier.

You’ll be very hungry. This myth is true, but not for the reasons you think, there will be plenty of food. All the outdoor activities you will be doing will definitely make you hungry, just in time for a delicious campfire cooked meal. Just because you are camping doesn’t mean you have to live on hot dogs for the weekend. Practically anything you cook at home can be made over a fire, sometimes it’s even better. Baked potatoes and chicken pockets with all the works for dinner and apple crumble in the Dutch Oven for dessert, with a little creativity you’ll be fine dining on your next camping trip.

Camping relies on good weather. Camping is not only a summer activity, perhaps the best time to camp is the spring and the fall when it’s not as hot and buggy. In the winter months Camp Blue Bays’ Troop House is the perfect place to camp. Spend the day doing your favorite camp activities just a little more bundled up, to end the night have an indoor campfire and make some s’mores. Don’t let rain dampen your trip! Be prepared to put on your boots and a poncho and start singing in the rain; just because its raining doesn’t mean camp activities will be cancelled.