Friday, May 19, 2017

Why is Family Partnership Important?

As a parent of a Girl Scout, you want her to reach her highest potential, which is one of the reasons why you chose Girl Scouts. With Girl Scouts she can become a Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader. You can help us continue to bring programs and activities that benefit your daughter and her Girl Scout sisters by making a donation towards Family Partnership.
When you invest in a girl you will change the world!


Family Partnership giving supports:
  • Financial Assistance - No girl is ever turned away from Girl Scouts of Nassau County due to her family’s financial limitations.  Financial Assistance can include, but is not limited to: membership and participation fees; uniform pieces; equipment and supply fees; and camp fees
  • FREE Council Patch Programs and the cost underwriting for specialized Council programs
  • GirlFriends Newsletter



Friday, May 5, 2017

Why Girl Scout Camping is Awesome



by Jillian K.
Every year I get super excited when I register and count down the days till I am back at camp. Being part of Girl Scouts since I was a Daisy has taught me to be independent and more grown up, so I have learned to pack my own bag. I have to fit everything into one big duffle bag: pack two weeks of clothes, a sleeping bag, sheets, beach and bath towels, toiletries, flashlights, stationary with pre-stamped envelopes, books, and NO food. Food is not allowed at camp because all of the wildlife around camp. Being at camp has also taught me how to have manners especially at the table and kapers at cookout. Camp Blue Bay(CBB) has taught me so much every summer that I want to continue to grow and give back: this summer I'll be a counselor-in-training (CIT).

Camp is on Gardiners Bay in East Hampton so everyday we go swimming. Every other day we go sailing and it is always beautiful out on the bay. On the other side of camp is the Creek. The Creek is where you can go row boating, canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding. CBB is secluded, all girls, peaceful, and
filled with fun.

At camp my favorite rule is no electronics. All of our interactions are face to face; you get to know people, listen to them and learn to read their body language. Every year I meet so many different girls and make new friends. From the moment of waiting for the camp buses, I am so excited to reunite with old friends and make new friends. I have made many friends at camp, but I have made one that is my best friend. If it was not for camp and being a Girl Scout, I probably would never have met her.

The counselors, many who would have never met either, are from overseas. They are part of a program called Camp America which sends young overseas leaders to America to experience camp counseling. I have had counselors from England, Scotland, Australia, Wales and America. The counselors from overseas have accents and odd expressions that are fun to learn. They say suncream (sunscreen), sunnies (sunglasses), bathing costume (bathing suit), wellies (rain boots) and much more. They are all extremely nice and caring. Meeting them has opened my eyes to see that even though we may not live in the same country we’re all just people living life.

Everyday we go to the dining hall for meals but on some days we have a cookout, one of my favorite meal times because we get to stay with our group of girls and make our own food. We learn how to prepare food, make a fire, and watch it for safety and keep it going. We complete kapers our assigned chores: bathroom cleaning, picking up trash in the unit, and cleaning up the meal. At cookout we do fun activities like arts and crafts, baking, games and sports.

When I first went to camp I was a little scared and nervous, but when I got there I realized it was made for girls just to have fun. I enjoy my summers without distractions, always come home happier, more confident in myself, and just a bit tanner. I have learned to trust in myself, be independent, and enjoy receiving letters from family and friends. I truly believe that Girl Scout camp is awesome and I think that if you're a Girl Scout or want to be an independent young lady have your parent sign you up.

Come enjoy camp with me; maybe I’ll even be your CIT.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Everything you need to know for 2018 Spring Renewal!



http://www.gsnc.org/en/about-girl-scouts/renew.html

It’s official!! We have launched our new online registration process.

She’s a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, and we can help her unleash that greatness again this year. Together, let’s make sure she benefits from another extraordinary year of positive energy, excitement, and experiences that will help her build the skills she needs today and tomorrow. She is the future, and we can help her build it.

Here is your step-by-step guide to renew her Girl Scout membership today:

(Note: Please check with your Troop Leader to see if they plan to return or if additional leadership is needed. Consider volunteering!)

  1. Visit www.gsnc.org
  2. Click "My GS" in the navigation bar and select "Member Profile."
  3. You will be prompted to log in to the MY GS Member Community. Enter your email address and password that you set up when you received your “Welcome to the Girl Scout Member Community” email and click the green “Log In” button. If you can’t remember your password, select the “Forgot your Password?” link and you will receive an email to reset your password. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders. If you do not receive this email, contact GSNC Customer Care.
  4. If you’re renewing just members of your family, select the "Membership" tab. If you are a Girl Scout leader and renewing members of your troop, select the "Troops" tab.
  5. In the upper right hand corner, make sure you have selected "Next Year" in the drop down box.
  6. For each member you would like to renew, select the "Renew" drop down under the Renewal Choice column. Click "Continue."
  7. You will be asked to accept the Girl Scout Promise & Law. Click "Continue."
  8. On the payment screen, you can decide if you’d like to contribute to the GSNC Annual Family Partnership campaign. We’d love for you to support Girl Scouts this way! You can also make a donation to Family Partnership any time throughout the year at www.gsnc.org/family-partnership. Enter your payment information and click "Continue." Please note, that no refunds will be given once a payment is submitted.
  9. A confirmation page will appear for you to review all the girls and adults you’ve selected to renew. Click "Submit."
  10. Once the transaction is completed, you will be given the opportunity to share your exciting renewal news on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll also have the option to print an itemized receipt at the bottom of the screen.

Congratulations! Your membership renewal is now complete. Get ready for another year of fun!  Before you submit, please make a donation and help your daughter be an awesome G.I.R.L.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017



Earth day is April 22nd.

Here are some activities you can do with your Troop to celebrate:

  • Visit a recycling center to learn the importance of recycling
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Go on a nature hunt
  • Do a park clean up
  • Plant a tree/flowers in your community
  • Have a recycle relay race. The first team that sorts each material in its designated box wins.


Remember to visit us in the Volunteer Resource Center for help with your Troop planning needs. Book your appointment now by emailing customercare@gsnc.org.