Friday, November 9, 2018

Days of Action for Troop 3055


Our hearts remain with everyone affected by the tragic events in Chippewa, Wisconsin. In true Girl Scout spirit, Girl Scouts have been asking what they can do and how they can get involved and offer support to troop 3055 during this difficult time.

We are encouraging Girl Scouts to honor their Girl Scout sisters in troop 3055 in whatever way is most meaningful to them.

The Wisconsin Girl Scouts community has come together as a unit to support their sisters with Days of Action to honor troop 3055. They are inviting all of their sister Girl Scouts to participate in service projects during the month of November to pay tribute to Troop 3055’s commitment to public service and making the world a better place.

We encourage volunteers to balance their interests and needs to participate while taking into consideration the girls’ awareness of the tragedy and understanding of the reason for the service. Service projects already happening can also be dedicated to the memory of the Girl Scouts we lost in Troop 3055.

You can send letters of love and support for Troop 3055 and their families to Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc., 4222 Oakwood Hills Pkwy, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Our hearts are broken, but we are encouraged by how we have all come together to provide support, comfort, and light to our Girl Scout sisters who have experienced such an incredible loss. Please keep Haylee, Jayna, Autumn, Sara Jo, Madalyn, and their families in your thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.

 

Friday, October 19, 2018

My Experience as a Gold Award Intern with Girl Scouts of Nassau County (Guest Blog)

by Gina G.
Gold Award Intern
Girl Scouts of Nassau County

As my internship with the incredible organization that is the Girl Scouts of Nassau County quickly comes to an end, I can easily say that I am extremely grateful for the time spent working within the marketing office here. As a current graduate student pursuing my Master’s and a future career in public relations, I appreciate this experience, one which led me to gain many valuable skills while adding to my pre-existing understanding of public relations, marketing, and communications as a whole.

Having the chance to work in a close-knit department where open communication came easily and asking for assistance was never a hesitation, GSNC has shown me a prime example of what a positive office setting looks like. As a current full-time student, experiencing the many tasks and duties of marketing led me to understand how much and how often it overlaps and involves public relations, proving how important it is that I have background knowledge in fields beyond my own. As a Gold Award Girl Scout and lifetime member of Girl Scouts, I am honored to have had the opportunity to give back to an organization that did so much for me, and I am proud to have been involved in recognizing the new generation of extraordinary girls of Nassau County.

Throughout this internship, I was tasked with an array of projects including the creation of many Gold Award related materials. From building the ceremony slide show, which highlighted each of the 71 Gold Award Girl Scouts of 2018, to making the Gold Award ribbons awarded to each girl on stage, and even filing through the bundles of awards sent to GSNC, which congratulated each individual girl on their hard work, being involved with the Gold Award process was truly special to me. Seeing how much time and effort the individuals here at GSNC put into creating, preparing for, and executing an event all about recognizing the accomplishments of young women in our community made me appreciate both the weight behind earning this award as a Girl Scout as well as all the unseen work that takes place at GSNC each year.

Girl Scouts has remained a constant part of my life over the last 17 years; from joining Brownies in the 1st grade to finally earning my Gold Award during my junior year of high school, and all the trips, activities, and friends made in between. I choose to stay connected to this organization because of the inspiring individuals I have had the privilege of meeting through it and because of the overall effect it has on young girls across the United States. I am tremendously grateful for my time spent here this summer.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Troop Leader Tips: My Girl Scout Troop is Ready for its First Trip!

Girl Scouts are Going Places!

Trips are a GREAT way for your Girl Scouts to experience and learn. If you are taking your troop on a trip, you will need to follow some procedures.

Before you plan a trip, you will need to refer to the SAFETY ACTIVITY CHECKPOINTS and the VOLUNTEER ESSENTIALS which is necessary to ensure that the activity is consistent with GSNC Policies, Standards & Guidelines.

Now that your trip is planned a TRIP APPLICATION needs to be submitted to the Council. This fillable form will be submitted electronically to your Volunteer Experience Manager and a Service Team Member in your Service Unit. This form should be filled out at least two weeks prior to the trip or event. Please know that you will not be contacted unless the Trip Application is not approved. Leaders must be registered and background checked and the troop’s Tag-along Insurance must be up to date.

A PERMISSION FORM must be signed by the parent/guardian of any girl attending a Girl Scout trip. These signed permission forms should be in the possession of the adult who is in chaperoning the girl.

Most important HAVE FUN!

Please feel free to contact customercare@gsnc.org should you have any questions.


*All of these forms and documents can be found on the GSNC Forms and Documents library on our website.
**Please note, the trip application above is for Troop Leaders with Girl Scouts of Nassau County. If you are not a GSNC Troop Leader, please reach out to your council for troop trip procedures.

Friday, September 28, 2018

GSNC's Centennial Celebration of Girl Scouting

Approximately six years after the first Girl Scouts blazed the trail of redefining what was possible for themselves, the first official Girl Scout troop in Nassau County was established circa 1918. Girl Scouts of Nassau County will be honoring this amazing milestone by celebrating all that Girl Scouts can do throughout the 2018-2019 year.

The celebration begins with the ever-popular Bowling Bash, kicking off the new Girl Scout year, as well as the Mags & Munchies program. It is a time for girls to make new friends and reconnect with their current friends, after having the summer off.

To continue the celebration, GSNC is partnering with the NY Jets! We are able to offer discounted tickets and other incentives to our Girl Scout families and friends for the October 14, 2018 game against the Indianapolis Colts. Neighboring Councils have also been invited to join us. We can’t wait to show the NY Jets the power of the Girl Scout spirit!

We also created our “Man Enough to be a Girl Scout”campaign. We are encouraging our dads and other positive adult male figures in our girls’ lives to become official members of the Girl Scout family. By joining, they have access to exclusive “Man Enough” attire and other perks.

As we move into the 2019 year, our Girl Scout families will be able to participate in World Thinking Day, our Cookie Kickoff, National S’mores Day and a wide variety of activities such as our Pen Pal Program, 100 Stories Program, the Savannah Speedway Showcase, our Family Appreciation Day, and our Council’s community service challenge. This, combined with over 100 events featured in our Possibilities Program and Event Guide will surely make for an action-packed year of challenging and exciting adventures.

To culminate the year, we will be holding “Forever a Girl Scout Campfire.” This will be an opportunity for all Girl Scouts of Nassau County and their families to gather for one large campfire, complete with traditional songs, storytelling, and appreciate the bond that has made Girl Scouts of Nassau County the success it has been for 100 years.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Want to get your troop to be active outside, AND have them earn something?

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of camping and being outdoors! Fall is a great time to get your troop active outside and have them earn a badge or two.

Camping

Fall is a great time for your troop to go camping. Traditional Troop Camping is a unique experience planned and carried out by a group of girls and their camp-trained volunteers/leaders. Under the guidance of trained and enthusiastic adults, girls may take their first hike, build their first campfire and sleep under the stars for the first time—so cool! Girls take part in planning of meals and activities, learn outdoor skills and work as a team to enjoy a fun outdoor adventure.

And, if you’ve never been to Camp Blue Bay before and want to check it out? We have a Council Camp opportunities available for those troops that don’t have camp trained volunteers, for those troops who are new to the camping experience, and for those who just want to try a new camping experience! With our Council programs, no training is required and all meals are provided! Experiencing the outdoors can be easy and fun! Thanks to our many dedicated volunteers, our Council camp programs are hugely popular.
 

Outdoor badges and Journeys!

Girl Scouts at all levels have an array of outdoor experiences to choose from with the Outdoor badges and Journeys. Check them out.

DAISIES:
  • Outdoor Art Maker
  • Buddy Camper
  • Outdoor Journey
  • Outdoor STEM Journey

BROWNIES
  • Bugs
  • Hiker
  • Outdoor Adventurer
  • Outdoor Art Creator
  • Cabin Camper
  • Outdoor Journey
  • Outdoor STEM Journey

JUNIORS
  • Flowers
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outdoor Art Explorer
  • Camper
  • Eco Camper
  • Outdoor Journey
  • Outdoor STEM Journey

CADETTES
  • Trees
  • Trailblazing
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Art Apprentice
  • Primitive Camper

SENIORS
  • Sky
  • Adventurer
  • Paddling
  • Outdoor Art Expert
  • Adventure Camper

AMBASSADORS
  • Water
  • Ultimate Recreation Challenge
  • Outdoor Art Master
  • Survival Camper

All badge requirements are available in the Volunteer Resource Center. Email customercare@gsnc.org or call 516.741.2550 for more information.

Friday, August 31, 2018

NEW Girl Scout Journeys and Badges

The lineup of badges for Girl Scouts in grades K–12 just got bigger!

30 NEW badges + 2 NEW Journeys = even more opportunities for your girl to explore environmental stewardship, cybersecurity, space science, engineering, robotics, college prep, and more! 


There are new badges and Journeys in the Volunteer Toolkit for all levels.

NEW BADGES
Girl Scout leaders can decide with their troop members which ones they would like to work towards. Below are some examples!

Space Science Badges: Daisies, Brownies and Juniors investigate, explore, and observe space, and learn to see things in new ways.
College Knowledge Badge: From test prep to financial aid, Ambassadors walk through all the steps of the college admission process and get ready to attend the school of their choice.
Cybersecurity Badges: Daisies, Brownie and Juniors learn how computers and the internet work and apply the concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. These badges are developed in partnership with the Cyber Innovation Center.

Environmental Stewardship Badges: Daisies, Brownies and Juniors will learn how to treat the environment with kindness and protect the outdoors.



NEW JOURNEYS
STEM: Think Like a Programmer
(Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-level 6–12)

Girls participate in interactive computational thinking activities to learn how programmers solve problems. At each level, girls explore how computers work, learn about algorithms, and create user-centered designs. They learn how to see needs in the world and come up with solutions before they plan and create their Take Action projects. This Journey is developed in partnership with Code.org.

STEM: Think Like an Engineer
(Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Multi-level 6–12)
Girls learn how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project. At each level, girls spot problems and come up with solutions using the Design Thinking Process before creating a sustainable Take Action project for their community. This Journey is developed in partnership with Museum of Science, Boston and WGBH/Design Squad.

All badge requirements are available in the Volunteer Resource Center. Email customercare@gsnc.org or call 516.741.2550 for more information.

Friday, August 24, 2018

GSNC Congratulates our Gold Award Girl Scouts


The 71 young women honored in this year’s Gold Award ceremony make up Nassau County’s most accomplished. As a Council, we are extremely proud of their achievements as Girl Scouts and look forward to what they will do as leaders in the future.

Girl Scoutsof Nassau County honored its Gold Award class of 2018 on Monday, June 25, 2018 at Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). The event began with the honorees arriving in their vests and sashes ready for the memorable evening ahead. Excited family members and friends gathered to learn more about the individual projects that made it all possible while viewing the informative display boards created by each Gold Award Girl Scout. The honorees assembled together and posed for an official class photo before the ceremonial events began.

When doors opened, GSNC Chief Executive Officer Randell M. Bynum welcomed the honorees, their families and friends to the special occasion. The Gold Award Girl Scouts listened closely while Ms. Bynum shared words of praise and advice. She then introduced the Mistresses of the Ceremony, Kaitlyn Gioia, a 2011 Gold Award Girl Scout, and Katie Lenz, a 2015 Gold Award Girl Scout.

Kaitlyn and Katie introduced the GSNC Ceremonial Unit who put on a traditional presentation of the flags and called upon the GSNC Chorus to perform a few special songs. The ceremony’s keynote speaker, 2008 Gold Award Girl Scout Melanie Sinesi, was then welcomed to the podium. Ms. Sinesi, who is the Deputy Director of Community Affairs for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, spoke of her experiences as an intern and related the familiar efforts of going above and beyond to the incredible determination found within Gold Award Girl Scouts. As a delegate for her Service Unit, Ms. Sinesi cited the role that Girl Scouts continues to play in her life after earning her Gold Award and encouraged the honorees to become Lifetime Members. She advised them to always lend a hand to a fellow girl in need and to continue to take part in volunteering experiences, reassured the honorees that not knowing their next step is acceptable, and instructed them to always strive to be leaders.

Kaitlyn and Katie led the highlight of the evening when they began introducing each individual Gold Award Girl Scout in recognition. The honorees joined the stage to be pinned by GSNC President and Chief Volunteer Officer Wanda Jackson, followed by a handshake with Ms. Bynum and Ms. Sinesi. Also on stage, were GSNC’s assigned Gold Award mentors who stood proudly to congratulate their mentees while they were honored and pinned. Each honoree’s moment in the spotlight was notable and unique, adding to the overall sense of joy felt in the auditorium.

Ms. Jackson took to the podium one last time to congratulate the honorees, requesting they continue to do great things and stay connected to Girl Scouts. She spoke to the Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader (G.I.R.L.) within each honoree, deeming them unstoppable women on powerful missions.

To conclude, the honorees stood to accept the Gold Award Charge, where they promised to live by the Girl Scout law and to encourage the younger generations to reach for Gold! Met with a roaring applause from the audience, the girls then set off colorful streamers as a class to commemorate the end of their special ceremony.

The event truly showcased the drive within each Nassau County Gold Award honoree and the pride that comes with being a Girl Scout.