Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Cookie Program can be a very Rewarding Experience!


The Cookie Program can be a very Rewarding Experience!
 
 
Girl Scouts Isabella I. and Maya T. both earned a trip to Niagara Falls last year by each selling over 4,000 boxes of cookies. These go-getters are real goal getters, too! They each set their sights on a goal and achieved it. What did Isabella take away from this awesome trip? "I really enjoyed going on the Niagara Falls trip this year. I was very excited to have another top seller, Maya, on the trip with me to experience the many attractions in Niagara. There were so many fun things to do; my favorite was the ghost tour because there were always interesting facts and cool stories which created a great experience."

Friday, December 28, 2018

Benefits of Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award



Have you ever wondered what is the benefit of earning your Girl Scout Gold Award? A 2012 study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, titled Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study reports that overall, Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life.

Here are some of their findings

Gold Award Girl Scouts tent to...

Higher education and career
  • Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
  • Earn college scholarships
  • Enter the military one rank higher
Life skills
  • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
  • Master time management skills
  • Make the world a better place
Community
  • Use your vision for change
  • Tackle an issue, locally or globally
  • Establish a lifetime network
  • Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem
To learn more about earning your Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.gsnc.org.
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Go For Bold this Cookie Season!

All that glitters is BOLD! As we celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting in Nassau County, we also celebrate all of the bold and beautiful things our girls, troops, and council are able to do – powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
This Entrepreneurial Program, fitting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience model of learning by doing, isn’t just money earning – it’s skill building. Girls learn the five skills of goal setting, decision making, people skills, money management, and business ethics.
 
Here’s what one GSNC parent had to say about her daughter’s experience in response to our 2018 end of season survey:
 
"It was my daughter’s first year in Girl Scouts and I felt that she learned a lot about how to sell cookies and how to always greet a person with a smile. She also learned some math as a kindergartener, counting and returning proper change with the supervision of an adult. Overall, it was a good experience for her to know the value of a dollar and how to sell a product she loves herself."

Let’s encourage every girl to GO FOR BOLD during this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Holidays from your friends at Girl Scouts of Nassau County!


 
 
During this season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have, like our Girl Scouts, volunteers, families, and community partners. We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Girl Scouts of Nassau County!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Seneca Falls Revisited: Women's Equality Weekend


 
by Emille B., Emma V., Allison T., Setu M.

 
Recently, we had an amazing opportunity to attend “Seneca Falls Revisited: A Women’s Equality Conference and Retreat.” We engaged with a plethora of inspirational women and sister Girl Scouts channeling the spirit of past female leaders who championed women’s rights, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony. Rochester and Seneca Falls are two places that are no strangers to the women’s equality movement. Rochester was home to Susan B. Anthony and served as headquarters of the women’s suffrage movement, and Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Seneca Falls was the location of the first ever Women’s Suffrage Convention, where 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments. We want to share with you some highlights from our trip:
 
What was the best advice you received this weekend?

Emilee B: Honestly, so much amazing advice was shared with us this weekend from all of the accomplished women attending the conference. However, in my opinion, the best advice I received from this great experience was to always be your authentic self and to stay true to yourself regardless of what other people may think or say. I learned from the speakers’ stories that only when you are true to yourself can you really succeed and reach your full potential. If you spend your time worrying about what others will think of you, you will be too busy hiding behind someone you are not to reach your dreams.
 

What was your favorite part of the conference?
Emma V: My favorite part of the conference was listening to and engaging in conversations with so many empowering women leaders. Every woman who spoke, shared her own amazing story about her journey and how she got to where she is today. It was so inspiring to hear that all of these women started out like me and were able to work their way up to positions of power, and that even though they all faced numerous hardships along the way, nothing stopped them from reaching their goals. The powerful messages that they conveyed in their speeches proved to me that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.
 

Who was your favorite speaker?
Allison T: There were many impactful and motivating speakers throughout the conference but one that stood out to me was Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. She delivered an inspiring speech on the first day of the conference that called the attendees to take action about women’s issues. The speech caused us to reflect on the progress that women have made in the past and look forward to all that has yet to be accomplished. Hochul left us with important questions; what will the legacy of our generation be? What will people one hundred years from now think of our efforts towards progress? Her speech provided an amazing start to an incredible weekend.
 

What surprised you the most from the conference?
Setu M: I was surprised by the fact that despite the difference in age between us and the speakers, we were all able to connect with one another and discuss how to achieve women’s parity. We were able to use the differences among our experiences as women to generate fruitful conversation that allowed the older generation to pass their knowledge onto us; we built bridges and laid the foundation for the future of women’s equality. Everyone was so open to questioning, discussing, and growing, and that was such an amazing environment to be a part of.

Just as the speakers challenged us, we want to challenge you to share the unspoken story of women. Engage your peers and family in the fight for gender parity, making the world a better place for the next generation of girls and women.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Changes to the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award

We are pleased to announce a change in requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls may now do Take Action projects that benefit the Girl Scout community. In order to make sure that this change doesn’t dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, Silver and Gold Award projects must still meet the requirements that are key to taking sustainable action:
  • The project makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond
  • The project puts the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action
  • The project includes provisions to ensure sustainability
  • The project identifies national and/or global links to the girl’s selected issue
  • And the project inspires others
Take Action projects must go beyond community service. When choosing to benefit Girl Scouts, the projects must identify an issue in the world that needs improving, then determine if Girl Scouts could be one of the audiences to help propel the change you want to make.

GSNC will not accept projects that focus on creating badges or patch programs. If your project’s focus is to help improve something at Camp Blue Bay, you need to think Take Action, not just a service (ex. building benches.) The first step would be speaking to our Camp Director to see if the project is viable.

Changes to the Bronze and Silver Award Toolkits:All award toolkits have been updated on gsnc.org and on the OLC. Within the Bronze Award Toolkit and Silver Award Toolkit you will find our new Final Report Online Forms. We will no longer be accepting paper final reports. The online version will help connect earning of the high awards to each girls’ record. A confirmation and the actual final report will be generated and emailed to you.

The Gold Award final report will remain the same, using Go Gold Online to submit both Gold Award proposals and final reports.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Informal ways to thank your Girl Scout Leader!

Adult volunteers make Girl Scouting happen! Our adult volunteers help Girl Scouts unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader) and make events possible for all Girl Scouts. Acknowledging the efforts of others is an essential part of Girl Scouts.

Acknowledgements can be informal and initiated by the girls, parents, co-leaders and Service Units.
Some ideas may include:

Recognition Certificate - A certificate may be given to a volunteer at a Service Unit Meeting in recognition of her/his interest in and support of Girl Scouts.

Handicrafts - A mobile, flower arrangement, special ceramic plaque, scrapbook, sampler, poster, decoupage, ornament, bookmark, etc.

Written Thank You - Send a brief note, poem, letter, special occasion card, scroll signed by members of the group, autograph book with signatures and comments, framed pictures of girls, or a yard sign with message “A Great Girl Scout Leader Lives Here.”

Adult Recognitions Nomination - Another great way to recognize that special Girl Scout Volunteer in your life who goes “above and beyond” is to nominate them for an GSUSA Adult Award or Girl Scouts of Nassau County Adult Award.