Monday, February 8, 2016

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 26th-28th!


National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is February 26th-28th!


Girl Scouts and Non-Girl Scouts alike can join in on the fun and festivities on National Girl Scout Cookie Day! Girl Scouts can celebrate with us by hosting a Cookie Booth Sale, a Cookie Walkabout, or simply going door-to-door that day with your Girl Scout Cookie Order Form. Not a Girl Scout, well you can still participate in the day’s festivities. When Girl Scouts sell Girl Scout Cookies®, they are building practical life skills such as Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics… skills that will help them be successful in life and become the leaders of tomorrow!
 

Here are some ways to take part in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend…

  • 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 Digital. Take some time to send an email reminding your past cookie buyers that Girl Scout Cookies are only available for purchase through April 4th (that's only a little more than 1 month away). And, for those customers who have already purchased Girl Scout Cookies from you, take the time to send them a Thank You email.
  • 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 #CookieBoss and/or #GSCookieGram in your Tweets and posts and of course tagging us on Twitter @GSNC or on Facebook at Girl Scouts of Nassau County.   --And it is fine if parents want to help this promotion for their daughter ... just ask for her input on what you should say and what artwork/photo to include.
  • 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 www.girlscoutcookies.org.
  • Learn about the 5 Skills girls develop through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Monday, February 1, 2016

World Thinking Day 2016 is February 22


World Thinking Day 2016 is February 22.


Every year, on February 22nd, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day. We honor our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking the time to think about and give thanks for our international friends and to remember that Girl Scouts of Nassau County isn’t the only group of Girl Scouts out there; that we are part of a larger community of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. This year, the World Thinking Day theme is “Connect.”

 

Try some of these activities with your Troop to honor our sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world…

  • Come down to the GSNC Shop and join us for our World Thinking Day Scavenger Hunt.Those who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a special gift. Now through February 22nd.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015 was another very good year for Girl Scouts!



In January, we tried for a record… a cookie dunking record that is! Even though we didn’t break the official record, we had lots of fun and laughs trying.

In February, we cheered on our Robotics Teams as they moved to the regional finals!

Every March we celebrate Girl Scouts’ Birthday and our Volunteers! This year, we honored 90 amazing volunteers who do so much for our girls at our Adult Recognitions Ceremony! Recognizing those people who give so much to our girls and our community can never be overdone…we’re firm believers in saying “Thank You!”

In April, Girls Go the Distance Walkathon focused our attention on fun and fitness and was a great way to bring our girls, their families and friends and members of our community together to share a fun filled day in the outdoors learning about healthy living.

Our Annual Meeting in May gave us some new Board Members and the opportunity to consider changes to our Bylaws.  And in May and June we celebrated our girls who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

In June, the Board of Directors approved the recommendations to make major upgrades to the Girl Scout Service Center on Ring Road, including making the building more accessible for people with disabilities, and giving us more public space for our volunteers and girls to use and enjoy.

July and August brought us soooo much fun, a lot of laughs, and a whole bunch of friends at Camp Blue Bay and Summer Fun Day Camp. At the Farm at Oyster Bay almost 100 girls volunteered hundreds of hours to plant, tend and harvest organically grown crops that are then donated to local food banks. – So much learning and friendship occurs in all of our many outdoor program opportunities.

In addition, we had our second year of partnership with North Shore –LIJ Health System to present a Career Exploration Camp for 20 girls who learned all about the workings of a major medical system.  Two other Girl Scouts were also chosen to complete a summer internship at the for Medical Research. 

With school starting back up in September, Girl Scouts jumped into “Back to Troop” mode with local and Council activities including the Bowling Bash! 

In October we celebrated with Julie K., Nassau County’s first Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient to be named a Girl Scouts of the USA National Young Woman of Distinction. Julie’s work on creating a bee colony and educating us on the importance of bees to a healthy ecological system made us all very proud! 

The fall also gave our girls expanded opportunities to explore the world of STEM in GSNC’s Second Annual STEM Conference at Hofstra University and in our first partnership event with Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology. Girls and their parents learned from working scientists what it takes to become a successful research scientist at the Feinstein Institute.

We also established GSNC’s first Girls Who Code Club for 25 middle to high school girls who are learning the various “languages” of coding and basic computer science concepts.

And while all of these Council highlights reflect lots of excitement and learning, they really don’t hold a candle to the ongoing work of Girl Scouts that occurs throughout the year in Girl Scout Troops and groups. That is where the real benefits of Girl Scouting continue to shine, and step by step, through Journeys and Badges, around campfires and on outings, with crafts and the Cookie program, Girl Scouting continues to build girls of courage, confidence and character… Discovering, Connecting and Taking Action to make the world a better place!

We can’t wait for what 2016 has in store and particularly look forward to celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Let us know the highlights of your Girl Scout year!



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Juliette is visiting Girl Scouts of Nassau County


After a summer of adventures with many of her Girl Scout friends, Juliette has decided to take a rest and visit us here at the GSNC Service Center. And, just in time for her birthday! Juliette is inviting all of her sister Girl Scouts to come celebrate her birthday with her during the month of October.


Activity:

Visit the GSNC Service Center and take a picture with our life-size Juliette. Post that picture to either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag Girl Scouts of Nassau County in the post and use the hashtag #HappyBdayJulietteLow. Once you have posted the picture, head into the GSNC Shop and show the cashier your post and she will give you a special “party favor” from Juliette.

Wondering How to Tag GSNC in your Social Media Posts?

  • Twitter: include @GSNC in your Tweet.
  • Instagram: include @GirlScoutsNassauCounty in your post
  • Facebook: include @Girl Scouts of Nassau County (when you start typing out the name, a drop down should appear… select Girl Scouts of Nassau County in the drop down.) you will know it worked by the name being highlighted in blue.

*Please note this is only available during Council Business Hours and all the above requirements must be met in order to receive the special gift.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Top 5 reasons to volunteer for Girl Scouts by Katie S.


There are countless reasons to become a Girl Scout Volunteer. I was challenged to list my top 5 reasons– so here they are for your reading pleasure!

5. You Will Build Your Business Skills –
Did you know that Girl Scout Volunteers manage budgets, records, and bank accounts, book meeting spaces and field trips, communicate on various social media platforms, and coordinate the schedules of 12 or more girls? That’s why so many of our Volunteers smartly include their volunteer position on their resumes!



4. You Will Spend Time in the Great Outdoors –
Girl Scouts and camping have always gone hand-in-hand. Did you know that in addition to taking girls camping, Girl Scout Volunteers also help girls plant gardens, clean up parks and beaches, and advocate for the environment in their communities? Volunteers help girls earn outdoor badges on topics like trees, hiking, horseback riding, paddling, and even bugs!

3. You Will Eat Delicious Cookies –
Nothing on earth tastes better than a Girl Scout Cookie. Girl Scout Volunteers help girls become Cookie CEOs! The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world. Through our Cookie Program, Volunteers help Girls learn skills they will use throughout life: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Helping girls become business women AND eating tasty cookies? It’s a win-win!

2. You Will Make New Friends –
It’s well known that girls who participate in Girl Scouting make lots of friends, but did you know that our Volunteers make friends too? Volunteers work together as Co-Leaders, committee members, Service Team members, and at programs and events. We even have events especially for Volunteers like Oktoberfest and Expand Your Horizons Leader Conference, where you get to meet leaders from all over Nassau County!

1. You Will Make a Real Difference in the Life of a Girl –
This is what being a Girl Scout Volunteer is all about. Volunteers truly build girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character who make the world a better place. At every Troop meeting, at every cookie booth sale, on every field trip and campout, YOU will change girls’ lives, and they will change yours.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sharing and Caring through Mags&Munchies ... and Memories: Operation Stop Hunger and Project Thank You



Are you familiar with “Operation Cookie,” our Council Gift of Caring program that encourages you to collect donations from your customers so that boxes of Girl Scout Cookies can be sent to our country’s military at home and abroad? Did you know that we have Gift of Caring programs for Mags&Munchies, too? Operation Stop Hunger donations go towards the purchase of nut items for a local food pantry and Project Thank you provides magazine subscriptions to soldiers and veterans. Every $5 donation to either program counts towards Troop proceeds and a girl’s Nut/Snack totals, and just two $5 donations earn the “Share” patch! When a customer says they don’t want to purchase nut/snack items or a magazine for themselves, ask if they want to make a donation to one of these worthwhile programs.

Friday, September 18, 2015

What Can a Girl Do?



Be Spotacular & Reach New Heights with GSNC’s 2015 Mags&Munchies… and Memories Fall Products Program Mags&Munchies…and Memories makes it so simple to add to your Troop’s treasury early in the Scouting year, and it’s an easy way to earn fun patches, too!

What’s new?

  • Design your own patch: You’ll receive a coupon to design your own giraffe patch if your customers make online purchases of at least $150 in mags and/ or munchies! How cool is that?

  • “Made in Brooklyn” tour reward: For 50 Subscriptions/Keepsakes or 150 Nut/ Snack items (online and paper orders, combined), join with other entrepreneurial girls for an amazing weekend afternoon trip to Brooklyn, including a Mast Brothers chocolate- making tour!

  • Tempting treats: Caramel Caps with Sea Salt and Honey Mustard Pretzel Mix are two of this year’s new choices added to last year’s surprising “fan favorite”… Almond Cran-Orange Crunch … and all of the other popular Ashdon Farms snacks and treats.

  • Girl Scout Tote Tin: A tin with ribbon handles that looks just like a Girl Scout tote! And, it’s filled something new... tasty mint treasures.

  • Enhancements to the Photo Keepsake order process: Improved and simplified way to order calendars, cards, memory books and other photo keepsakes.